sovay: (Sydney Carton)
sovay ([personal profile] sovay) wrote2017-06-05 12:55 am

Do you like what you're doing? Or is it that you can do nothing else?

What actually happened last night was I watched the first two-thirds of a serial of Sapphire & Steel and then did my damnedest to pass out, failed, watched the sun come up, and finally managed to fall asleep sometime after the twenty-four-hour mark. I have spent most of my day not on the internet, doing laundry, cleaning things, baking an angelfood cake with whipped cream and lemon curd. (It's for a friend of the family with a birthday tomorrow.) I have a doctor's appointment I'm not looking forward to. I should do actual work somewhere in here.

1. Talking about politics in the previous post, I realized that my original model for being catapulted unprepared into high office is not the Emperor Claudius or even George VI, but Kaliko, the Royal Chamberlain of the Nome King Ruggedo in L. Frank Baum's Tik-Tok of Oz (1914). It was my favorite Oz book when I was in elementary school and Kaliko was my favorite character in it. In hindsight he's kind of a shoo-in: kindhearted, harassed, hates his job. He spends most of his days managing his short-tempered king's bad life decisions (and dodging the heavy objects that get thrown at him in the process; Ruggedo also threatens at one point to turn him into a potato and make Saratoga chips out of him) and his nights writing himself wistful letters of recommendation against the day when he can look for work in a less hazardous household. He hides the heroine in his own room when Ruggedo has an army of nomes out looking for her and is rewarded with a kingdom for his kindness: asked point-blank by a dragon (it's a long story; there are fairy politics involved) if he thinks he could do a better job of ruling than Ruggedo, Kaliko is so surprised that all he can stammer is, "Well, I couldn't be a worse King, I'm sure." He's certainly pretty decent for the rest of the book.

(He later returns as the villain in Rinkitink in Oz (1916), which struck me as so out of character at the time that I decided the book was, although I didn't have the word for it then, non-canonical. I felt vindicated to learn as an adult that Baum had originally written Rinkitink with Roquat/Ruggedo as the antagonist, shelved it for a decade, and then reworked it into current Oz continuity without changing anything about the Nome King except his name, with the unfortunate side effect of character assassination. I much prefer Kaliko in the short story "Tiktok and the Nome King" (1913), where he's still Ruggedo's Chamberlain and uses his surprisingly badass robotics skills to rebuild the thinking metal man after Ruggedo has smashed him in a fit of temper. Apparently I am not alone; I did not expect to find fanart of Kaliko on the internet, but I'm not complaining.)

2. I did that angel name meme. Due to the way my name is constructed, "Taoafiel" is somehow not as ineffable as I think it's supposed to look. I've practically heard telemarketers pronounce it.

3. [personal profile] spatch: "In other news, Mayor Joe just favorited a thing I retweeted where a proud Londoner invited Trump to fuck himself."

Me: BRAVO TO ALL CONCERNED.
nineweaving: (Default)

[personal profile] nineweaving 2017-06-05 06:08 am (UTC)(link)
Those Kalikos are adorable.

Nine
moon_custafer: (Default)

[personal profile] moon_custafer 2017-06-05 10:12 am (UTC)(link)
He looks like a calmer, hatless Mad Hatter.
rosefox: A cartoon flower with a monkey's head coming out of it. (crazy)

[personal profile] rosefox 2017-06-05 09:06 am (UTC)(link)
I did that angel name meme.

"Foosxiel" does have a nice ring to it. Very Biblical.
rosefox: Two cupped hands holding the Earth. (healing)

[personal profile] rosefox 2017-06-06 02:45 am (UTC)(link)
Intercession has never sounded so queer.
davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Default)

[personal profile] davidgillon 2017-06-05 09:21 am (UTC)(link)
I did the 24 thing (actually about 36 I think) courtesy of watching the live coverage of London on Saturday night. Then fell asleep on the couch at 8:30PM and slept for 12 hours, which doesn't feel like enough.

ETA: Tweet by @GlennF "Donald Trump is a demon who feeds off sleep disruption. Everything else is incidental."

Angel name? Gialniel. Which sounds more like Tolkien on a bad day.
Edited 2017-06-05 09:49 (UTC)
moon_custafer: (Default)

[personal profile] moon_custafer 2017-06-05 10:11 am (UTC)(link)
Rinkitink (which apart from suddenly!bad Kaliko I quite like), is the Oz book with the least Oz content anyway, probably due to its history as a rewrite.
ashlyme: (Default)

[personal profile] ashlyme 2017-06-05 11:02 am (UTC)(link)
Joauriel. Eh, it'll do.

Ruggedo's a charmer isn't he? Hats off to Mr Townsend!
ashlyme: (Default)

[personal profile] ashlyme 2017-06-06 03:04 am (UTC)(link)
I don't *quite* know how to pronounce my angel name, but hey it's got all the vowels!

*I like the idea of London's Mayor as Superman.*

HAHAHAHAHA. That's great!
asakiyume: (feathers on the line)

[personal profile] asakiyume 2017-06-05 11:22 am (UTC)(link)
Wow, that's amazing about the Kaliko fanart! And now I want to reread Rinkitink in Oz, which I don't really remember, though I remember liking it. (How did Ruggedo go bad again after drinking from the oblivion fountain after his invasion?) I did like Rinkitink in Oz, just plotwise, but I agree about the character assassination--I wish he'd said Ruggedo too.

My angel name comes out Foartiel, which sounds noisomely close to fartiel, so I think I'll pass. Taoafiel at least looks vaguely Maori. .... Except for the -fiel part.
lemon_badgeress: basket of lemons, with one cut lemon being decorative (Default)

[personal profile] lemon_badgeress 2017-06-06 02:37 am (UTC)(link)
...sovay's right, the meme hates you as much as it hates me. Smethiel, forsooth.

*toasts you*
asakiyume: (nevermore)

[personal profile] asakiyume 2017-06-06 03:28 am (UTC)(link)
I lift my glass to you in return--we, the Unmentionable Angels!
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh Daniel Jackson knowledge)

[personal profile] calliopes_pen 2017-06-05 12:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Apparently, my angel name is Atansiel.
lost_spook: (s&s)

[personal profile] lost_spook 2017-06-05 01:13 pm (UTC)(link)
What actually happened last night was I watched the first two-thirds of a serial of Sapphire & Steel

And then there was nothing else in the post about it! That's just too cruel. ;-D I am all agog to know now. Was it A2? (It is long and slow but excellent.)

My angel name would be Jeiitiel or Jeivtiel, depending which parent's first name I used (I don't have a middle name). I think I prefer the first. (I'm just wondering about Scottish (& Irish) people who are highly likely to end up, by those rules with, Mc[whatever]iel which is a pretty entertaining thought.)

(I'm pretty sure I read Tik-Tok of Oz, although we didn't have many of the later ones in my library, but it was too long ago to remember a thing. I liked the art, and the tale of the unfortunate, accidental character assassination.)
lost_spook: (s&s)

[personal profile] lost_spook 2017-06-06 01:44 pm (UTC)(link)
It was excellent—like things I have written and dreamed and loved in other forms—a

Oh, lovely. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I rewatch 3 and 6 the most, because of Silver, but A2 is wonderful and chilling. (I think it's fair to say that the heights are reached by the even numbered assignments! A1 is good, but handicapped by the obvious children's TV trappings that it hasn't yet shaken off; & though I liked A3 a lot and not just because of Silver - I think it really works for the series to have one threat that comes from a different direction - it is very beige and odd, and the message is *cough* not subtle in some places! And A5 is... well, it's not written by PJ Hammond, which is very noticeable, but you'll see what you make of that when you get there.)

I would have imprinted hard on this show if I had seen it at a formative age. It's doing a pretty good job on me anyway.

*nods* It genuinely isn't like anything else, I think.
lemon_badgeress: basket of lemons, with one cut lemon being decorative (Default)

[personal profile] lemon_badgeress 2017-06-05 01:32 pm (UTC)(link)
.....I'm not an angel I'm a Smurf villain.
lemon_badgeress: basket of lemons, with one cut lemon being decorative (Default)

[personal profile] lemon_badgeress 2017-06-06 02:26 am (UTC)(link)
Smethiel. That's what I get. Fucking SMETHIEL.

this is the sort of thing that leads to a desire for the one ring, dammit.
lemon_badgeress: basket of lemons, with one cut lemon being decorative (Default)

[personal profile] lemon_badgeress 2017-06-06 02:37 am (UTC)(link)
...You have a point!
kore: (Default)

[personal profile] kore 2017-06-05 02:51 pm (UTC)(link)
I am....Ruonliel. Hunh.

(are you on Tumblr?)
kore: (Default)

[personal profile] kore 2017-06-05 07:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, I hate Tumblr, altho it seems that's where everything even vaguely fannish went, including conversations and meta (why I have no idea, I can never find ANY text stuff on Tumblr), and Twitter is even worse, but that's where all the personal updates and political news are. I can't really engage with either, but not engaging with them makes me feel pretty left out. I'm hoping DW will make a comeback....
choco_frosh: (Default)

[personal profile] choco_frosh 2017-06-05 02:56 pm (UTC)(link)
Me: BRAVO TO ALL CONCERNED.

Seconded!
Well, except Trump, obviously.
gwynnega: (Leslie Howard mswyrr)

[personal profile] gwynnega 2017-06-05 05:47 pm (UTC)(link)
I gulped down all the Oz books (even the Ruth Plumly Thompson ones) as a child but unfortunately retained little.

BRAVO TO ALL CONCERNED.

Bravo!
moon_custafer: (Default)

[personal profile] moon_custafer 2017-06-06 07:12 pm (UTC)(link)
That was the first one I read!