Hello. I'm Veet. Bask in my awesomeness. I'm 27, a proud geek and nerd, and will probably post a lot of silly and ridiculous things on here. My fandom of the moment is Doctor Who, especially the Big Finish Eighth Doctor audio plays, but I'm also into a lot of other fun, geeky things that I'll hopefully talk or post pictures about, especially scifi and fantasy. Oh, I'm also a lesbian, so expect gay pride and hot chicks sometimes.
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Man. That’s a long time. Some would say wasted time.
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OK, so if you’ve never heard of Alan Turing: he was a British mathematician, codebreaker and computer scientist. He helped invent the computer and his codebreaking skills were integral to defeating the Nazis, but his career — and life — ended early. After being convicted of “indecency” (homosexuality), he was sentenced to a “cure” of chemical castration, and eventually killed himself at the age of 41.
For the last few years LGBT activists have been trying to get an official pardon and apology from the UK government, but they’re not quite there yet. Last year was the 100 year anniversary of his birth so there were a bunch of news stories about his achievements, so his story is pretty high-profile. People know who he is, and what happened to him.
Anyhow, I just saw this post on Tumblr, which says that the new Alan Turing biopic focuses on his relationship with a female love-interest, but I assumed it was an overreaction. Or a misinterpretation. Or something. NOT SO MUCH, it turns out.
“The Imitation Game” will star Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, and so far gives every impression of focusing on Turing’s relationship with his ex-fiancee, played by Keira Knightley. A woman to whom he was only briefly engaged, and according to historians, had barely any physical contact. The fact that the movie (or at least the press) is treating her like a “complicated love-interest” is pretty much The Worst. And, as dictionarywrites points out, it completely belittles her real role as Turing’s friend, and as a person in her own right.
Perhaps I’m totally wrong and it will turn out to be an intelligent portrayal of a genius who was betrayed by an oppressive society. Maybe the quantity of Keira Knightley-related coverage is just because she’s big star, and she’ll actually have a relatively minor role. But I’m not hugely optimistic, because the movie’s producer has already said they’re taking “creative liberties”, and Turing’s biographer thinks the script is total garbage.
Dear filmmakers: I know this is gonna seem like a downer, but if your Alan Turing biopic doesn’t emphasise the fact that he died as a direct result of institutionalised homophobia, UR DOIN IT RONG.
Good news: last night I rediscovered my drawer of American Girl doll clothes
Better news: they perfectly fit my Eighth Doctor plushie
As I thoroughly support any reason to get Eight in dresses…
Who is that cheerful man with the adorably double-braided beard and why is he dressed up as a Japanese schoolgirl? Kotaku’s Brian Ashcraft has the scoop: This is Hideaki Kobayashi and he’s known (and rightfully so) as “Sailor Suit Old Man.”
Recently, Japanese sites and Twitter users in Tokyo have spotted an old guy dressed in a sailor style school uniform—a truly unusual sight to behold. People were amused. People were baffled. What the hell was going on?!
Japanese site IT Media met Kobayashi and asked him the question on everyone’s mind: Why do you dress like a Japanese schoolgirl?
“That’s a difficult question,” said Kobayashi. “It’s not really something I’ve thought too deeply about. Hrm. I guess it’s because sailor suits look good on me?”
We hope Mr. Kobayashi has some inkling of just how awesome he is. We can’t stop smiling as we look at these photos. Head over to Kotaku to learn more about “Sailor Suit Old Man,” our new hero of Japanese weirdness.
Neil Gaiman/OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE/Full Ticket Info EventsTuesday, June 18/BROOKLYN, NYGreenlight Bookstore w/ Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) @ Howard Gilman Opera House7:00 PM30 Lafayette AvenueBrooklyn, NY 11217Twitter:@greenlightbklynFacebook:Website:Wednesday, June 19/NEW YORK, NYSymphony Space “Thalia Book Club Series”7:00 PM2537 Broadway (@ 95th Street)New York, NY 10025Box Office:Twitter:@SymphonySpace@SelectedShortsFacebook:Website:Thursday, June 20/SARATOGA SPRINGS, NYNorthshire Bookstore Saratoga @ Saratoga City Center6:00 PM522 BroadwaySaratoga Springs, NY 12866Box Office: Tickets will be sold on the store’s website, or in the VT store (4869 Main Street Manchester Center, VT 05255)Twitter: @NorthshireBooksWebsite: www.northshire.comFriday, June 21/WASHINGTON, DCPolitics & Prose Bookstore @ George Washington University Lisner Auditorium6:00 PM730 21st Street, NWWashington, DC 20052Twitter: @Politics_ProseFacebook: www.facebook.com/politicsandproseWebsite: www.politics-prose.comSaturday, June 22/DECATUR, GAEagle Eye Book Shop @ Agnes Scott College Presser Hall7:00 PM141 East College AvenueDecatur, GA 30030Twitter: @eagleeyebooksFacebook: www.facebook.com/eagleeyebooksWebsite: www.eagleeyebooks.comSunday, June 23/CORAL GABLES, FLBooks & Books @ Temple Judea2:00 PM5500 Granada BoulevardCoral Gables, FL 33146Twitter: @booksandbooksFacebook: www.Facebook.com/booksandbooksInstagram: BooksandbooksMonday, June 24/DALLAS, TXDallas Museum of Art @ Majestic Theatre7:00 PM1925 Elm StreetDallas, TX 75201Box Office: or visit tickets.dma.orgTwitter: @DallasMuseumArtTuesday, June 25/DENVER, COTattered Cover Book Store (LoDo)6:00 PM1628 16th StreetDenver, CO 80202Twitter: @tatteredcoverFacebook: www.facebook.com/tattered.coverWebsite: www.tatteredcover.comWednesday, June 26/PHOENIX, AZChanging Hands Bookstore @ South Mountain High School Auditorium6:00 PM5401 South 7th StreetPhoenix, AZ 85040Twitter: @changinghandsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/changinghandsWebsite: http://www.changinghands.com/Thursday, June 27/LOS ANGELES, CALive Talks Los Angeles w/ Barnes & Noble @ Alex Theatre8:00 PM216 North Brand BoulevardGlendale, CA 91203Twitter: @livetalkslaFacebook: www.facebook.com/livetalksFriday, June 28/SAN FRANCISCO, CAThe Booksmith @ American Conservatory Theater (ACT) Geary Theater7:00 PM415 Geary StreetSan Francisco, CA 94102Twitter: https://twitter.com/BooksmithFacebook: www.facebook.com/booksmithWebsite: www.booksmith.comSaturday, June 29/PORTLAND, ORPowell’s Books @ Crystal Ballroom3:00 PM1332 West Burnside StreetPortland, OR 97209Twitter: @PowellsFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/powellsbooksWebsite: http://www.powells.com/eventsTumblr: http://powells.tumblr.com/Tuesday, July 2/SEATTLE, WAUniversity Book Store w/ Clarion West Writers Workshop @ Town Hall Seattle7:00 PM1119 8th AvenueSeattle, WA 98101Twitter:@ubs_events@ClarionWestFacebook:Website:Saturday, July 6/SANTA ROSA, CACopperfield’s Books @ Santa Rosa Theater8:00 PM1235 Mendocino AvenueSanta Rosa, CA 95401Tickets: www.copperfieldsbooks.com/boxofficeTwitter: @CopperfieldsWebsite: www.copperfieldsbooks.comSunday, July 7/ANN ARBOR, MINicola’s Books @ Michigan Theater6:00 PM603 East Liberty StreetAnn Arbor, MI 48104Box Office: http://www.michtheater.org/Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nicolas-Books-Ann-Arbors-Premier-Independent- Book-Store/322456060697Website: www.nicolasbooks.comMonday, July 8/BLOOMINGTON, MNBarnes & Noble of Edina @ Jefferson High School Auditorium6:00 PM4001 West 102nd StreetBloomington, MN 55437Tuesday, July 9/CHICAGO, ILUnabridged Bookstore @ Music Box Theater7:00 PM3733 North Southport AvenueChicago, IL 60613Twitter: @unabridgedbooksWebsite: www.unabridgedbookstore.comWednesday, July 10/NASHVILLE, TNParnassus Books @ Tennessee Performing Arts Council’s War Memorial Auditorium6:00 PM301 6th Avenue NorthNashville, TN 37243Box Office: http://www.wmarocks.com/eventsTwitter: @parnassusbooks1Facebook: www.facebook.com/parnassusbooks1Website: www.parnassusbooks.netThursday, July 11/LEXINGTON, KYJoseph-Beth Booksellers @ Grand Reserve Events Center7:00 PM903 Manchester StreetLexington, KY 40508Tickets: purchase at Joseph-Beth Lexington at or 859 273 2911.Twitter: @josephbethlexFacebook: www.facebook.com/josephbethlexWebsite: www.josephbeth.comSaturday, July 13/CAMBRIDGE, MAPorter Square Books @ First Parish Church6:30 PM1446 Massachusetts AvenueCambridge, MA 02138Twitter: @PorterSqBooks
The William Morrow press office just sent me the dates and locations of the OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE tour.
This may be modified slightly as we go — I’ll add any additional information (there’s nothing on ticket prices here, for example — most stores will count your ticket cost toward the cost of the book.)
The current plan is that I’ll sign any copies of The Ocean at the End of the Lane for you, and one or two other things, depending on lines and numbers. This may change.
I’ll also plan to sign as much as possible of what the bookstore has of mine when I get to each new shop, including many copies of OCEAN. So you can watch me read and do a Q&A and then take off if you do not want to wait.
Many shops will have leftover signed books after the signing, or will take preorders for a book to be signed and sent out. I’ll sign all the books that each store needs signed, but there’s no guarantee that I’ll be able to personalise phone/internet orders.
And yes, this will be my last US book-signing tour. And I’m going to try and do as much as possible of it in a bus, mostly so I can get more sleep than I did on the Anansi Boystour.
Feel very free to spread the information around. (UK & Canada & the rest of the world signing information is not in this post.)
I’m not really sure what I think of the new episode. I found it enjoyable to watch, at least. And I like Clara, even if I really, really wanted her to be Victorian.
yo im real happy that billie and david are coming back for the 50th but where are my classic who actors yo when u gonna call them steven we’re celebrating 50 years here not 8 youre a fan u get me call them up u got the power
Yeah, why can’t we have some awesome people like Daphne Ashbrook back?
Okay, so their big thing for the 50th anniversary special is brining back Ten and Rose? Seriously? In fifty years of history they just go back to the last Doctor?
Not saying anything against Ten and Rose, mind, but come on. We’re celebrating fifty years, not the new series.