Anonymous asked: "Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat stole his long-term plotting from Lawrence Miles, who he keeps banned from the show and book line." I mean, I like both Moffat and Miles and I think this goes too far. Ignoring the long term plotting stuff, which I disagree with, he doesn't hire Miles to write for the show because he can't, as Miles hasn't written for TV which is a requirement, and he doesn't hire him to write for the book line because (cont)
[2/2] (cont) even a sympathetic reading of Miles’ blog posts has to acknowledge that he’s been, let’s just say, not nice in his attitude towards Steven Moffat, which is completely fine, but it makes it very easy to understand why Moffat wouldn’t hire him.
Oh, sweet! If industry restrictions are the only issue, Miles only has to write something for TV and then he’ll be welcomed to Doctor Who with open arms, right? Or better yet, I’m sure someone with such power in the media industry as Moffat could appeal to a relevant authority and have an exception made! This is so awesome! Let’s all go mail him copies of The Book of the World so he can realize the error of his ways and help his good ol’ pal Loz! :jD
The truth is that Moffat doesn’t do it because he doesn’t want to, and saying that it’s because of a rule, restriction, or outside circumstance is all just throwing in red herrings to make him look more sympathetic. If you think that his feelings are justified, fine, but don’t deflect the responsibility for his actions and inactions to someone or something else.
Especially considering that you immediately make the same point yourself: Moffat doesn’t like Miles, and so doesn’t hire him. I do like Miles, and so I’m already skewed, but I think (and would like to think) I would have the same high opinion of Miles and the same low opinion of Moffat even if the two never interacted or had anything to do with each other.
I know that the two of them were friends, although I have little knowledge of what went sour. The fact that Miles has criticized Moffat’s writing is well-known, just as he’s criticized many others’, as is the fact that Moffat does not spend much time listening to criticism. What we read on the Beasthouse is simply an aftermath, and debating the nature of the acquaintanceship of two people we have strong opinions of seems rather creepy to me, so I’ll move on. Suffice to say that you can’t just look at what we’re left with, extrapolate out to whatever happened before and then call your imagined version of events an acknowledged truth.
And in some jobs it’s very important that you like the people you’re working with. Synergy is droned on about in business conferences for a reason, after all. However, writing is not one of these. Not only are you all working mostly separately, you’re also encouraged to have as many different viewpoints as possible. That’s what makes good serial television.
And I don’t expect Moffat to be a completely unemotional writer and never act petty, but surely when you’re working with this much money for something that affects this many people, you can set aside these squabbles in the name of the finished product? Children, teenagers, blue-collar adults and starving artists everywhere have to deal with things they don’t like, and I personally dislike that, but if that’s the way the world’s structured and it’s for a good cause, what makes Moffat exempt?
Dear STFU-Moffat and associates,
From now on, I insist you describe Steven Moffat as “Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat.” Just to make sure you’re being fair.
Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat is a queerbaiting hack
Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat’s writing features sexism and overly complicated plots that don’t really make any sense.
Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat has characters needlessly tell the viewer information that he should be showing them.
Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat is incapable of creating real emotional stakes in his stories.
Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat calls teenage mother a ‘slut’ in DVD commentary
Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat says bisexuals are too busy having sex to watch television, and therefore don’t need representing.
Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat thinks asexuals are too boring to write about.
Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat includes gay characters in his work not because it’s politically correct, but because it’s ‘cheeky, off-centered and fun’.
Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat stole his long-term plotting from Lawrence Miles, who he keeps banned from the show and book line.
Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat, when forced to think up a long-term plot that wasn’t stolen from a better writer, came up with a love triangle and a pregnancy plotline.
Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat is far more concerned with looking clever, mostly through cheap uses of timing and post-hoc excuses for plot holes, than with making impactful television.
Anonymous asked: Do you think Roberts Shea and Anton Wilson would approve of people pirating copies of the Illuminatus Trilogy audiobooks? I'm trying to ethically justify pirating it to myself
Well, they were Discordians, and Discordians are usually pretty big on copyleft. I know that the full text of the trilogy is already online at various Discordian websites, and that it’s been in print it’s almost 40 years old, which is about the age where piracy becomes normal for a classic. But I’ll defer to what the audiobook itself says:
“If you listened to this audiobook as a digital pirated copy, please consider paying for it at DeepLeafAudio.com. Or, at least, convince or hypnotize a friend or foe into purchasing it. Hail Eris.”
Anonymous asked: Señor 105 is a spin-off of Iris Wildthyme, I believe, which puts it further away from Doctor Who than FP.
That depends on the route you get to Wildthyme by. If you go Doctor Who-VNAs-EDAs-Iris Wildthyme-Señor 105, you are further than Doctor Who-VNAs-EDAs-Faction Paradox, and City of the Saved is the only spinoff that’ll match you on that count. You could, however, just go Doctor Who-Big Finish-Iris Wildthyme-Señor 105, a four-link chain, while getting to Faction Paradox by this route would take a similar four-link one: Doctor Who-Big Finish-Bernice Summerfield-Faction Paradox.
Currently muddling my way through required reading for my Single Camera Production course. I’m partway through a 32-page scanned textbook chapter about why realist and anti-realist filmmakers are wrong, almost all of it taken up by announcing what topics the author is about to cover in the next paragraph, going on about the relationships between objects and recordings, and all sorts of faux-philosophical gibberish.
(Side note: the fact that “pseudophilosophy” isn’t a common word like “pseudoscience” is shows exactly how much salt you need to take most of this stuff with to get to anything true or useful.)
I swear, if some of these people were taught minimalism, these books would be pamphlets. We’d probably learn something, too.
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Even allowing for absurdism, you’d think there’d be a hard limit to how much existential dread you can fit into a production that features the line “Oh my golly gosh! Oh, cripes!”
Anonymous asked: I'd say Señor 105 is less well-known than Time Hunter.
Is that based off of Doctor Who? I’ve seen talk of it, but if it’s a spinoff I had no idea.