Okay, so I was left a bit jaded by Flux, I really didn’t like it at all that much in retrospect, but I DID like Eve of the Daleks A LOT MORE. Just a nice simple (by Who standards) story about the romance between two complete weirdos, complete with Daleks. Actually this might be the best use of the Daleks for ages, they were way more engaging in this story than they usually are.
And, oh my god, they made Thasmin canon?!?! And did it really well?!?!
A couple of weeks ago I decided to bingewatch Golden Girls for the first time, so that’s how it turned out that I was hearing Betty White’s voice in the background while reading the news of her death. Man. Golden Girls was great and I absolutely adored Rose.
White didn’t make it to 2022 but she did get to totally disrupt all the “Notable deaths of 2021” lists in the media, and I have a feeling she’d have loved that. RIP, St Olaf’s favourite daughter.
She was also the greatest eater of hot dogs to ever walk the earth.
I didn’t do as much this year as previous years but that’s how it goes sometimes. Still done a couple things I’m proud of. Fewer small games but, I went into a long-term project as well as updated Katelabs a whole bunch of times.
Any Pokémon fan can recall the voice of Team Rocket’s sidekick Meowth, but fewer might know about the trans actor behind the beloved character. Meowth is one of the few Pokémon throughout the show’s decades-long history to ever speak, and the cat-like creature remains a distinguished feature in the series. Pokémon has captured the imaginations…
Lots of people will be posting this Desmond Tutu quote today, but it’s probably worth contextualising that this came from a man who opposed capitalism, was keenly aware of the climate emergency and opposed apartheid in Israel as well as South Africa. This was a man who said he wouldn’t want to go to a homophobic heaven and criticised his own government for not giving a visa to the Dalai Lama.
With the benefit of hindsight, many people say they would have opposed apartheid in South Africa, whilst being unwilling to acknowledge the radicalism it took to overcome it. Desmond Tutu is a man who held fast to his principles when it wasn’t fashionable to do so. He will be fondly remembered, but in the 70s and 80s he made some dangerous enemies by speaking truth to power. As an atheist myself, Desmond Tutu is a powerful example of why the left cannot and shouldn’t write off the compassion and humanity that can be displayed by religious figures.
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”