I do wonder if somewhere on the internet, someone is busily constructing a theory that explains how all the different Sherlock Holmes and their stories can exist within the same universe. This include not only all the stories in print and homages to them, but also explains how Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Robert Downey Jr, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee Miller and all the others are playing the same person.
Whoever the person coming up with that theory is, they probably look at Doctor Who fans attempting to impose a notion of ‘canon’ across a plethora of stories told via TV, film, books, comics, audios, stage plays and whatever else and think they’re being very silly and attempting an impossible task.
And immediatetly after that rant, this neat little project came down my feed: TWEE-Q - a test to see how equal your retweets are of men and women. Disquietingly, even though I think I probably follow more women than men, and believed I interacted more with women, apparently ‘@rhube retweeted 69% men and 31% women.’
It’s worth all of us being aware of the disparities in ourselves. Awareness of a problem is the first step to change.
Very interesting test - my personal account (@nickjbarlow) got a very poor 3 (77% men and 23% women) but my ‘work’ account (@cllrnickbarlow) did much better with an 8 (55% women and 45% men) though with a much smaller sample of retweets.
(This is something I produced at my writers’ group on Monday. As people there enjoyed it, I thought I’d share it with a slightly wider audience.)
“There is a gap in your understanding of reality and unless you fill it quickly something is going to walk through it and eat you.” She said.
“I’m sorry,” I replied, “I’m just waiting-“
“To buy a drink, yes.” She interrupted. “To try and blot out this reality and escape your realisation that everyone is doomed unless we take action.”
It’s not the sort of conversation you normally have in the pub on a Saturday night, but the queue was long, there seemed to be only one overly stressed person working behind the bar and she was attractive in that way all strangers who talk to you after your third point are. Plus, she hadn’t mentioned the day’s football scores once, which was a welcome change from the normal conversations you had in the queue.
“What action needs to be taken?” I asked, deciding to humour her and go along with her story.
“You need to choose.” She looked at me with the sort of intensity someone normally only finds at the bottom of the third bottle of wine at 2am.
“Choose whether to come with me right now, leave your life behind and never see anyone you know ever again, or stay here, buy your drink, go back to your friends and prepare to be eaten.”
Three months later, in a pause between screams as the Elder Gods devoured, I remembered that conversation. By then, I was pretty sure I’d made the wrong choice that night.
IS THIS MY DREAM COMING TRUE AND THE BISEXUAL NUN-FUCKING SWORD WIELDING OPERA SINGER JULIE D’AUBIGNY BEING IMMORTALIZED IN A FILM BY NATALIE DORMER
Have had a quick look and can’t confirm the casting, but that would work. Apparently Natalie is a trained mezzo soprano.
OH MY GOD. This is so awesome. Show that real women who kicked ass in the past are not FANTASIES.
I have just realised that film makers totally need to start hanging out on Tumblr to get wind of all the awesome historical figures white CIS-gendered male history has forgotten about that would be awesome subject matter for films.
Googling came back with inconclusive results on whether she’s playing Julie D’aubigny or just some other awesome woman with a sword. But still, awesome.
The Strain in your pants.
Empire of Unreason In Your Pants
Beautiful Creatures In Your Pants, Eldest In Your Pants, The Tea Rose in Your Pants, The Magicians In Your Pants, and Instant Mom In Your Pants. I read several books at once.
We play this game all the time in the bookstore. My all-time favorite is The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin in your pants.
That does sound unlikely
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls In Your Pants.
Sword in the Storm in your Pants
Managing Successful Projects with Prince2 in your pants.
John Wilkes: The Scandalous Father Of Civil Liberty In Your Pants