Day Of the Doctor was one of the best episodes of Who - one of the best episodes of anything - I have ever seen. How is Moffat able to produce gold like this on the odd occasion against a career of more commonly producing complacent, politically problematic, garbled rubbish? As so many say, the man is clearly more suited to a writer position where he is only required to come up with stuff occasionally, and the problems with his writing don’t come to define the series.
Goddammit, Who, why can’t I quit you?
I know you and you know me and we both know that while sometimes you do some research, at the same time you automatically do some research without knowing what you are researching; simply reading books on any subject that takes your fancy, and it is amazing how all those little things you read in all those second-hand books suddenly turn up and hand you a plot. As a matter of fact I did a lot of interesting work for Monstrous Regiment in lesbian book shops. —
Terry Pratchett, in an interview by Neil Gaiman.
Does this mean I get to think of Polly and Mal as canon?
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im sorry im freaking out. i just remembered koko the gorilla and how she learned sign language let that sink in for a minute i think we forget. how unbelievable that is. people are always coming up with the “one thing” that separates us from the rest of the…
Somewhere Chomsky is crying.
And somewhere deaf linguists are feeling insulted. Chimpanzees didn’t ‘learn sign language’ any more than they learned French. Because sign language is not an elaborate pantomime that even bright animals can learn. A chimpanzee can’t ‘learn sign language’ for the same reason it can’t learn any language: its brain is not hard-wired for language acquisition
Humans and chimps split from the same evolutionary stem billions of years ago. Both species have continued to evolve down different paths. At some point since the split humans developed a capacity for language. Chimps may be our closest living relative species but that doesn’t mean they’re just humans with furry suits.
Chimps like Koko and Kanzi learned, a sophisticated communicative system after intensive drilling. They even learned to be creative with it - no one ever said chimps weren’t clever little sods. Even discounting the point tnat a lot of the researcher’s reports have been rather, uh, generous in attributing meaning to their charges utterances, this does not constitute language acquisition.
(Source: benjaminhargreeves, via walllmakers)
so what exactly is a crumpet
that is an english muffin what the fuck
British people judging you. So hard.
I am too angry for words.
Terry Pratchett & Rob Wilkins Talk About The Watch - Discworld TV Series -
The Ankh-Morpork City Watch is going to have its own show! And everything that happens is going to be canon and tied in directly with the novels and its going to be handled directly under Terry Pratchett and his daughter and OH MY GAWD IT’S GOING TO BE AMAZING!!
Why doesn’t Tumblr have a crazy Discworld fandom!?
*hyperventilating with excitement*
you may say I’m overreacting
this is the most natural, logic reaction to that.
You want a crazy Discworld fandom? I;m right here.
If I allow myself to let loose on this news I’ll actually explode, so I’ll just say with Vetinari-like suppression of emotion…>
This is a good day for me.
(Source: redbehindthesmoke, via keratumbles)