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May 24th, 2019
06:52 pm

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Caravilla
Do you ever have a made-up name that pops into your head and you decide just to run with it?

I don't know how many years ago I came up with the last name 'Caravilla' for a character. I was pronouncing it to kind of rhyme with the N. American pronunciation of 'tortilla,' so more or less (and my IPA is not great) /ˌ kɛ rə ˈ vi jə/. It was almost certainly influenced by the term 'caravel.' This was, what...over ten years ago?

Well, I don't remember ever actually writing anything with Ms. Caravilla, so I don't think I told anyone about it. But now I thought I'd see if it is in fact a real name. Let's see what Google has to say.

Well, apparently that spelling does exist as an Italian name, so, OK. But what I found first is that it's also some sort of portmanteau of 'caravan' & 'villa' in...Israel & Australia? I...wow. Maybe I should change that.

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May 8th, 2019
11:51 am

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Twitter
https://twitter.com/philippos42
I have a twitter now. I don’t know how much I’ll use it. I expect it will end up being used largely to yell about racism in Missouri.

Oh, I’m from Missouri. That’s a thing.

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May 5th, 2019
06:36 pm

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What I did Saturday
Well, I did get some Free Comic Book Day books yesterday, & bought two more issues of the current stupid Captain Marvel (Carol) run, after basically skipping the previous stupid Carol run. Oh, I saw a trade of the previous run ("The Life of Captain Marvel" or something) but no.

I think they probably should have kept her with a butch haircut on a space station with a bunch of Alpha Flight veterans. That was kind of neat.

Also, I saw a little green lizard with a not-so-green underbelly, not far from my house. Like a skink or something. It was cute.

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May 4th, 2019
01:11 pm

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Why coming back may be abortive
I was thinking about why I don't post here, or even read this friends page. The funny thing is, there's really not that much for me here now. I was thinking it was about who I was trying to be, but maybe it was about where I was & what I was surrounded with.

Well, LJ is kind of gone. __marcelo is still there, at least. I don't know who else. And Dreamwidth, at least my corner of it, is largely a kind of fandom space that means much less to me now.

For a long time, some of the people I follow here were really significant in my emotional landscape. I was looking for a kind of connection? Maybe I had to keep up? And yet I have effectively disconnected for years now. Even if I tried to reconnect, that doesn't mean they would care, or indeed ever did.

"She's a redhead and likes Doctor Who," is not a great basis for a relationship, is it? I suppose, "She's into Buffy and Highlander!" isn't either.

Even if I start using this name again, maybe it's just not going to be in this box of "Things that I hung my emotional state on ten years ago."

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12:42 pm

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Greek name, Nordic face
Would it shatter anyone's illusions if I said I'm not actually Greek? I've been using this name for so long that it's just my name at this point.

Looked at myself in the mirror today & thought about what ethnicity I 'look like.' Swedish? (Scots? Sächsisch?) I used to say, tongue-in-cheek, that I was actually 'White Kree,' like Mar-Vell.

Wait, is Mar-Vell in the new Carol Danvers movie? I still haven't seen it. (Is he Annette Bening? I thought she was the Supreme Intelligence. Oh, well.)

Anyway, I am alive, probably; a bit more white in the beard than I like, but I'm here.

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February 21st, 2019
09:28 pm

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Peter Tork is dead.
Peter Tork is dead. That wasn't a nice thing to find out today.

Long ago I must've sent a fan letter or something? I have no memory of what I sent. I got a card from him, somehow: "Thanks for writing. Thanks for caring." It's most likely long lost now.

Whenever Micky Dolenz dies, I may want to go out and yell at something. But right now I am just sitting here feeling kind of sad.

It's interesting how much I identify with each of the Monkees, & how much in different ways. Peter & Mike were funny, but good at being decent & nice in a way I wish I were.

Rest in Peace, Pete.

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January 9th, 2019
05:52 pm

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I unscreened a post from last month. It got ranty at the end and I hid it, but meh.
https://philippos42.dreamwidth.org/153689.html

I may try to post here a little more.

I could say something about last year. I got interested in some newer music, or newer to an old fart like me. Like Avicii, after he died. Yeah.

I started buying a few comics again after a while. Not sure how much I'll stick with that.

I don't watch television much at all.

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December 18th, 2018
03:23 am

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I don't think I'm going to get any new followers here, but I saw Squids do something like this, so here goes.

Name: Philippos, or Philip, or Flip, whatever.
Age: Old enough to have "distinguished" white streaks in my beard that I don't want.
What I'm doing on Dreamwidth: Not very much, really. I've been here for a while, but I don't write, really. I read a couple of communities.
Do I want followers? Sure, why not, what do I even care?
Do I check on my LiveJournal friends? Rarely. I should do that now.
Did I delete my Tumblr? Nah.
Fandoms: In an AO3 fanworks sense? Not really, not anymore. I was very briefly in Narnia fandom.
In a looser sense? I like comic books.
I used to watch television.
I was at one time pretty familiar with BtVS and Star Trek up through ENT.
My favorite Doctor is Jon Pertwee.
I like music but I don't understand it.
Wait, what comic books? What've you got?
I reflexively want to defend Chris Claremont against people who think he's all horror and les yay.
My favorite Hernandez Brother is Xaime.
I know a little bit about Carla Speed McNeil, Matt Howarth, and Joe Linsner.
I know a lot about Wonder Woman, apparently.
I like Yotsuba&!
I read a few webcomics, too. I might read yours, if you ask.

What else?
I don't ship anybody. Why be disappointed?
I have been accused of "negging" a friend of mine's work. I was having a hard time saying nice things about work which was not my kind of thing. Seriously! I'm still sore about this.

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02:48 am

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meh
Well, I didn't keep up with Doctor Who through the whole season. If I catch the other episodes, I may blog about them later.

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November 12th, 2018
09:59 pm

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Demons of the Punjab
Well, that was a kick in the gut.

This was, in the end, a harsher story than "Rosa." I am enjoying this season's approach to historicals so far. And this one, more than "Rosa," was really a historical, and also very Doctor Who. I think "Rosa" was better executed, line by line, but this was more brutal, emotionally.

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November 6th, 2018
03:28 pm

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More Thirteen
I voted today. I voted for all Democrats this time; that's what we do now apparently. I don't know what to make of the Green candidates, one of whom actually had poll workers come to my door this fall. Maybe it's better just to stick with the Democrats for now.

I have been watching the new Doctor Who and not writing about it.

I remember pausing "Rosa" because I was tearing up a couple of times. It was almost like Quantum Leap for an episode.

I'd say "Arachnids in the UK" had some script problems, but the spiders looked pretty good. I'm not clear how they did the effects there, but the spiders looked like real spiders.

The third one with the gremlin was a bit better I think, and not as grim as episodes of this type have sometimes gotten; melancholy rather than kill-em-all. I thought the gremlin (Pting?) looked a little like a tiny Slitheen, or Raxacoricofallapatorian, whatever.

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October 15th, 2018
09:28 pm

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Thirteenth Doctor, two episodes in
Thoughts on Doctor Who, as posted elsewhere:

I have to give this series credit for using Asian characters, including a regular in a non-stereotypical role. As an American, I'm used to seeing South Asians (that aren't Marvel Comics' Kamala Khan) mostly as physicians or as Bollywood nerds.

In a sort of related vein, I appreciate the idea of Doctor Who having an older white man as a sidekick, as a sort of inversion of the traditional Doctor and assistant types. I can't really knock that, even if Graham has yet to grow on me.

Grace's sacrifice wasn't well-integrated into the script, no. I'm not sure what to do with that.

I liked the setting of the first episode; I think they did pretty well with the realistic English bits. The second episode, on a fantastic & previously-unseen planet, lacks that kind of depth of setting and I didn't like it as much. The third episode looks like it might be an actual historical, or maybe a mostly-historical like the Vincent van Gogh story, and it's set in my stupid country, so I hope it's good.

I am still getting used to Thirteen's accent. It's a nice accent, but the vowels aren't all the same as other Northern accents, are they?

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