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1.   You know those decals that parents put in their car's rear window to brag about what school sport their kid plays?  (For readers unfamiliar with this bit of possibly-regional American culture, here's an example.)  Spouse keeps saying he wants to make and sell some with first names of famous dictators.  I now want a set that references Marvel's Avengers -- "Clint" with a bow and arrow, "Thor" with a hammer, "Tony" with a science-club-ish logo, etc.

2.  Tonight's household discussion began with The Cat in the Hat and ended with the idea of William Shatner, Time Lord.  (Yes, there was actually a logical progression.)  (If a Time Lord was a redshirt, would anyone notice that they were regenerating?)

3.  And on that note, is there a Doctor Who fic where Martha Jones says "I'm a doctor, not a TIme Lord"?

4.  Now that we have a PC working well enough to run The Master Genealogist, I've been doing a little bit of genealogy research online, and I've found the marriage licenses for my paternal grandmother's second and third marriages.  (#2 we knew about; #3 we didn't.)  It's very interesting which records list her as widowed (1940 census; marriage license #3 [when there was a license for husband #2 marrying someone else a couple years earlier) and which list her as divorced (marriage license #2, which was after the 1940 census).  (Divorced was almost certainly the correct status, though I've never been able to find any documentation; if the Los Angeles Superior Court's archive & records center is open to the public, some day I want to go there and see what I can find.)

5.  What's especially interesting: When I searched the census index for husband #1, my grandfather (or at least, the person who I get my surname from), who I know was actually alive in 1940 (and for many years afterwards), I did find a person with the right name, age, and birth state...who was an inmate in a federal prison.   While I can't confirm that it's the right guy, if he is, it would certainly explain why my dad and his siblings were told that their father died overseas in WWII when in fact he was alive.

6.  Sadly, everyone who'd know what the heck was really going on with my grandparents is long dead, and they probably wouldn't have been willing to tell the gory truth anyway.

7.  Genealogy is really fun.

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I've wanted to make Extermiknit ever since I first saw the pattern, and the Ravellenics Games were the perfect excuse.

Spouse, however, expressed concern about having a robotic force for evil resident in our house -- dangerous to the short people and all that. "Make sure that it's a non-functional Dalek," he said. Every time I've shown him my progress over the past few days, he's said, "Are you sure it's non-functional?", "Gotta double-check and make sure it doesn't work," "You didn't forget and make it functional, did you?", and variants thereof.

So, how do you make sure your Dalek is non-functional?

cut for photos )
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(while PBS's The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That plays in the background)

Spouse: Have you ever noticed that the Cat in the Hat is a lot like the Doctor?

Castiron: Now that you mention it....

S: They're both exuberant.

C: They both have vehicles that are bigger on the inside.

S: They both run around with people who are much younger than they are.
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Dear subconscious:

The dream this morning where, during an alien invasion, Martin Freeman was on a hill leading a large group of people in singing the Sesame Street song "We Are All Earthlings"?

...that was actually rather sweet. A sign that I'm reading too much Sherlock fic and that I will cross anything over with Doctor Who given the opportunity (and that I do too good a job of storing songs I dislike) (and yes, it was definitely DW and not tHG2tG), but nonetheless sweet.
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What does a Dalek at a spa say?


They're all in the same vein, so turn aside if you're already shaking your head in disgust. )

Yes, the spouse and I do swap these on a regular basis.


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