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Character Analysis » Sherlock OCD? » October 9, 2013 6:31 pm

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Manticone wrote:

I don't know if enough has been revealed to show Sherlock as likely having OCD. He's passionate about his interests, doggedly almost single minded when he wants to be, but doesn't seem to have obsessions (typically these present as harm obsessions - to self or other) or the compulsions that tend to relieve anxiety.

 

Normally I don't take a snippet out of someone's post to comment on, because taking something out of context can cloud it's meaning. That is why I took the entire paragraph here.

I want to comment on is the part in parenthesis. (typically these present as harm obsessions - to self or other)

I have to disagree with this statement. My daughter has been diagnosed with OCD and is both on medication for the disorder as well as seeing a weekly counselor. Like you, Manticone, she is not very tidy. As a matter of fact her bedroom is a right mess most of the time. Her stuff  (papers, books, what ever she is looking at or working on) tends to explode out of her room into the the living room fairly regularly. 

She has many very noticeable obsessions, and many internal ones that the casual observer can not discern, but none of them involve either self harm or harm toward others. These odd little behaviors or obsessions, if not preformed, will begin to cause stress to build in the sufferer until there is a stress related consequence. I have learned a great deal about this disorder so that I can identify building stress in my child any change in the obsessive patterns and see warning signs that will indicate that it is time for a med dose change. What I have learned is that these obsessions can be very subtle as well as rather over the top and exaggerated (example: Monk). The self harm (cutting) I have learned has more to do with anxiety related problems than straight up OCD. I have also found that the percentage of teens who engage in cutting is alarming. (In the neighborhood of 60-70%)

Given this information I, as an adult of nearly

Films » Recently watched movies. » September 27, 2013 5:34 am

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I found a film on Netflix that was absolutely fascinating. It is called The Man from Earth.
 
The premise of the film is a university professor has decided to pull up stakes and move on much to the dismay of his friends and colleagues. They throw him a going away party that he ducks so they bring it to him at his cabin in the woods where he is packing up the belongings he plans to take with him.
 
Over the course of the afternoon he decides to tell his friends that he is leaving because they have started to notice that he isn't aging. He tells them that he is a caveman, or really a Cro-Magnon from the Paleolithic era and is 14,000 years old. Naturally they think he is kidding them so they play along and have a discussion about this.
 
The discussion goes in a few surprising directions. I like the whole thing all the way up to the last scene. The author of this rather provocative script took the last bit in a predictable direction that was mildly disappointing, but overall the film is excellent and quite thought provoking. I would recommend it to anyone.
 

Films » Recently watched movies. » September 23, 2013 9:18 pm

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I don't remember what thread I saw the question on but someone seemed to think that it is cannon that Spock is a decendant of Sherlock Holmes. I am currently watching Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country. In it Spock says, "An ancestor of mine maintained that if you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
 

Fan Fic » Plot Bunnies: Opening the Hatch! » September 10, 2013 2:37 pm

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madwitch58 wrote:

I love cross overs so , Spencer Reed from Criminal Minds is in London and is asked by the police to help with a case. Sherlock is not too pleased and does his observeing on Reed who in turn profiles Sherlock. 

Now that sounds like a fic I would Reed! Pun intended http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/wink.png

Other » Free Rants » September 2, 2013 2:48 pm

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Davina wrote:

Ignorance is bliss as they say!

That's the Fact Jack! http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/wink.png

 

TV Programmes » Doctor Who » September 2, 2013 1:53 pm

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Hello All! We just got back from our European trip. One of our first stops was Cardiff and the Doctor Who experience. It was brilliant with one exception. We wound up at the back of the pack. There is an interactive (sort of) part in the beginning of the tour where you see a recorded video of Matt Smith talking to you (the visitor) and guiding you through the different venues. At one point you even wind up in the control room of the Tardis. The problem is each tour is started with a group of 50 people and if you wind up at the end of the line you miss a lot when moving through the different venues. It takes a few minutes for 50 people to go through a doorway you know.

My advice for anyone wanting to go to the Doctor Who Experience: If you end up at the back of the pack, wait the extra 20 minutes and let someone else go in ahead of you. If I had it to do all over again that is what I would do. The non interactive part is brilliant and my husband was ready to go long before I was. I could have easily spent another hopur or two looking at and checking out all the costumes, props, actual Tardis(es) from all the way back to the beginning.

The gift shop: I could have spent hundreds of pounds (really I could have!) I had to limit myself to 200 pounds though. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/cry.png
When we got back home after 3 weeks away and we were walking up the ramp to the security gate where the kids were waiting at the airport I saw my son (7 yrs old) jump up and run almost through the gate. He was stopped by the security guard and he stood there at the threshhold bouncing up and down. I was expecting him to throw his arms around me because he had missed me so much. Do you know what the very first words out of my little cherub's mouth were?

"Where's my sonic screwdriver?"

 

Other » Free Rants » September 2, 2013 1:12 pm

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Back home after 20 days in Europe. I want to thank Marry Me, sj4iy, Ditsy Damn Daffy, and holmes23 for your comments. Ally did have to testify at the grand jury hearing. My sister naturally took the day off and went with her. She said it was scary, but she did just fine. Kids are so resilient. She's a good kid, but still managed to get herself into trouble while we were away. She talked her friend, Matt (the boy who got mugged with her) into coming over while she was home alone and use my car to drive her over to her boyfriend's house. Matt didn't want to do that but she pestered him until he gave in. She figured it would be no problem. My father had taken her brother and sister to Niagara Falls for the day and my mother spends most of her time at her own place because she has such bad RA so Ally figured she would never get caught. Well my mother decided to check up on Ally that afternoon and when she got to my place Ally was gone and so was my car! She freaked out, called my sister who in turn called Ally and told her to get home NOW!

So when they pulled into the driveway Ally was terrified because she knew she was in for it. My mother told her to get in the house and she lambasted Matt saying "You get yourself home young man, and don't you ever show your face around this 'establishment' again!"

Ally got grounded for a week (the last week of summer vacation) and part of her punishment was that she had to tell her father and me what she had done. So she wrote me a letter. As I sat down to read this letter I started to get very concerned because I knew from the get go that something happened. She started out the letter with making bad choices and honestly I was afraid that she had gone and got "jiggy" with her boyfriend. Once I read what she had done I had to work very hard to keep a straight face. I was so relieved that my little girl was still a "little girl"! Then when Ally told me what my mother said to Matt, I couldn't help but shake my head and laugh. It wasn

Other » Free Rants » August 9, 2013 6:22 am

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We are set to leave for London in less than 48 hours and you just have to know that after months of planning disaster will strike!

My 15 year old daughter and her friend were mugged tonight. They were attacked by two men. One of them was a Marine or ex-Marine according to the police and he was the one who needed a sledge hammer to go after a 15 year old girl who is 5 foot 2 and weighs 110 pounds! Big man ya know! http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/devious.png
 

The other guy was 6 foot 2 and there was a third guy who stayed in the car with it running ready to bolt if they got in a tight spot. The 6'2" guy grabbed my daughter from behind in a choke hold and lifted her off the ground by her neck. He carried her back toward the car to abduct her I would assume, but she fought very hard. She couldn't breath very well so she couldn't really call for help. He was also trying to prize her cell phone from her hand but she wasn't letting go. He got frustrated, I guess, because he ended up throwing her to the ground and falling down on top of her when he bit the back of her neck. You should see the bite marks. This guy had a very large mouth!

That was when she started screaming. This drew the attention of the guy with the sledge hammer who had been busy beating her friend and taking his cell phone and I-Pod. He came over yelling obsenities and telling her to shut up. He hit her in the left side of her head with the hammer and then again on the right side behind her ear. The second hit was only a glancing blow, but she kept screaming her head off and the neighbors started coming out so they took off in the car. Another driver took down the licence plate number when they peeled out and cut him off and he gave that to the police. Within 2 hours the three men had been apprehended and they took the kids to the scene where they were being arrested and had them identify their attackers.

The kids got off lucky. These guys had committed 6 robberies over the course of th

Other » Chit-chat » August 2, 2013 5:09 am

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9 days left before we come to London! I am excited and nervous at the same time. I know that London is very crowded and we will be using the tub system to get around. Crowds make me panick a little but I am very excited to be visiting the city.
We have already gotten tickets to The London Dungeon, The Aquarium, The Eye, & Buckingham Palace. We got train tickets to go to Cardiff to go to the Doctor Who Experience. We plan to go see 221B Baker street and a few other places. We have a long time - more so than our other stops. We will arrive in London on a Sunday morning and leave the following Thursday evening so there should be plenty of time to see all the "important" sights!

How warm is it in the UK right now? I have been told by several people who have visited different places around Europe that Italy is brutally hot this time of year. We are visiting 4 cities in Italy so I guess I am wondering how we will fare in those temps. (I was told 100 and muggy) I tend to wilt in the heat. I'm still looking forward to seeing these cities even if I melt along the way! :-)

 

TV Programmes » Doctor Who » July 13, 2013 5:19 am

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Russell wrote:

Just wanted to add some love for the heartfelt-ness of the Vincent one as well… although about on par, 'The Girl in the Fireplace', and 'The Doctor's Wife' always tugs at my heart and adorable funny-bone every single time as well.
As far as other 'wow' episodes for either being super creatively sweet/scary, and/or impressed by it as a whole, I loved…

Empty Child/Doctor Dances (sure, Nine doesn't always get a whole lot of love, but that one ep was quite well done… another ordinary thing they managed to make scary! playful side-kicks! it had heart!)
'Blink' and 'Midnight' for equally scary creativity and awesome story
Asylum of the Daleks
Bells of Saint John
both of the 'Library' episodes, for again making something ordinary creatively scary, interesting story and one-liners, and… obviously… River. ;_;


Also totally agreeing with the perfect sequence of hilarious back-and-forth Doctor in The Big Bang. Plus, not to forget the emotional intensity and action between Ten and the Master's 'final' showdown episode, hmm?

You have touched on almost all of my favorites, Russell. There a couple of two part episodes that were stellar. The Impossible Planet and The Satan Pit / Human Nature and The Family of Blood (I loved this set), also The Waters of Mars was excellent as well as The Voyage of the Damned. Actually I think I have liked just about all of the Christmas specials. 
 

Benedict's Non-Sherlock Work » Star Trek (spoilers - for those who've seen it already) » July 13, 2013 5:07 am

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I read through the first few pages of posts and it seems as though this movies was not well liked overall. That's too bad. I loved it.

The movie starts out at 100 mph and never really slows down. I thought that Mr. Cumberbatch was absolutely "bad-ass". I did cringe at the death scene when Spock screams Kahn's name. I know that it was a hats off to the first film with Bill Shatner, but it was so corny. The parallels with the first movie "The Wrath of Kahn" were there of course. I liked that it was Kirk who died in this film rather than Spock. Chris Pine dies well in my opinion.

I knew that the tribble was going to come back to life as soon as McCoy took the blood sample, that bit was very obvious, but frankly you can't kill off your hero or there will be no more films. I thought that this was a more plausible means to bring a dead man back than what they did after Wrath of Kahn.

The one thing I didn't really buy was that John Harrison was at any point someone you could either identify with or feel sorry for. (something that BC stated in an interview before the film was released) It is true that the Admiral Marcus was just as warped and evil, but that never bought Kahn any points in my book. I do like the way BC plays the bad guy. He was completely believable as Kahn and the fight scenes were spectacular! I especially loved how the Vulcan neck pinch didn't work on Kahn and only served to really piss him off. It was great watching him take down a whole garrison of Klingons, and then stand there and let Kirk punch him until Kirk couldn't stand up anymore.

If I had any problems with the plot it was that JJ Abrams tipped the hat too much to the original films. With the plot he set up in his first film he basically gave the Star Trek universe a whole new lease on life to go in any direction it wanted to, so having so much of the first film with Shatner showing through in this film kind of bothered me. I already saw the Wrath of Kahn, hell I own it for goodness sake. I

Other » Tea » July 12, 2013 11:44 am

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Hello everyone! It is just under a month before we leave for Europe! Tea is going to be a big thing for me now for two reasons: 1. I am sure I will not like coffee in Europe. I drink very weak coffee. According to my husband it is not much more than dirty dish water! LOL 
2. I have quit smoking and frankly a cup of coffee (regardless of strength) seems rather pointless without a smoke, so I have quit coffee as well I guess.

For me tea should be sweet if it is flavored or unsweatened if it is like green tea, or black tea or white tea without added flavor such as lemon, or fruity or whatever.

New question that is related - sort of. I have recently begun juicing. (That is extracting the juice out of fruits and veggies - awful looking stuff actually) Can you get that sort of thing easily when visiting? I have become kind of addicted. This is the first time in my life that I have actually felt an abundance of energy and I would rather not go without. Somehow I don't think packing my juicer would work very well! LOL

General Sherlock Discussion » I just made an interesting observation... » May 28, 2013 4:08 pm

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I was re-watching the Hobbit when Bilbo was writing to Frodo that nothing unexpected ever happens to him. (queue Gandalf). That mirrors the reference John Watson makes when we first see him in ASiP.

I've been away for a bit so I'm not sure where this topic should go, but has anyone else every observed important lines for different characters that are so similar and also played by the same actor?

Other » ? Say What ? » May 7, 2013 3:37 am

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This may seem a stupid question mainly because I do understand what it is, but what exactly does CV stand for? I am assuming that it is equivalent to what we would call a resume here in the states, but the way I have heard it used it sounds like it is something more official than a resume. Honestly when I was in management you would not believe the crap that people would put on their resumes and expect a perspective employer to believe it. I just don't see how a 19 year old could possibly have flown a fighter jet for the US Air force for a whole year! Yeah, I actually had that on a resume that came across my desk for a kid trying for a customer service position.

I give you my 2 cents on the I/me question but am unsure how the grammatical rules change from country to country. Here in the states the way to know if the word should be I or me is to take the other person out of the sentence.

"Me and Harry traveled all the way across town for a very special cup of coffee."
Take Harry out.
"Me traveled all the way across town for a very special cup of coffee." Instant cave man speak! LOL

In the case of what Sherlock said:
'Did you know there were other people after her too, Mycroft, before you sent John and I in there?'
Take John out of the sentence.
'Did you know there were other people after her too, Mycroft, before you sent I in there?'

Here in the states the dialogue should have been 'me' or the sentence re-written so that the question of I/me never comes up. Such as:

"John and I went in there not knowing that other people were after her. Did you know that, Mycroft?"

Speech patterns are different in different parts of the world. The thing with dialogue is that it really does not need to be grammatically correct because that isn't how people talk. If you are writing a paper for school or a thesis, or a work document then, yes, you should pay close attention to grammar. When dealing with written dialogue, however, you should write it the way people talk or

TV Programmes » Doctor Who » May 4, 2013 3:09 am

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Thanks Russell!

I'm so not happy. Our Direct TV was set up to record all new Doctor Who episodes but it doesn't recognize the specials as episodes so I have missed all of the special episodes for the last 4 months. Wasn't this past one supposed to be with or about Tom Baker? He was my favorite Doctor until David Tennent came along.

Ok this is on topic but I am about to voice an opinion that will most likely not be well received.

I am not very impressed with the Doctor this season. I was worried when DT left the show because I was of the opinion that no one could successfully step into his shoes, but was pleasantly surprised by Matt Smith. I thought he did an admirable job filling the role.
 
Now that Amy and Rory (best companions EVER) are gone, his personality has changed and in my opinion not for the better. There is a subtle arrogance that I am picking up that I don't care for. The time it really stuck out was when that big planet thing wanted to eat all the past experiences of the people on the planet that little girl was from. He offered himself up as enough of a meal for the beastie because he is the Doctor and has traveled all of space and time and so on. I actually found myself rolling my eyes at him during that scene.
 
I did like the fact that it was Clara and her leaf (the most important leaf in all human history filled with all the potential experiences that never happened after her mother's death) that took the beast down. It's just that the Doctor this season seems off or wrong somehow to me. I am having some trouble putting my finger on exactly what it is about his character that is putting me off, but it has been present since this new season started. He is definitely different than MS has played him up to this point and I'm not too keen on it, to be honest.
 
I will still watch the show no matter what. I have been a Whovian for my entire life (basically as long as the show has been on the air) and couldn't give up on it no

TV Programmes » Doctor Who » May 3, 2013 5:46 pm

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How do you guys do that? Get images from the shows for pics to put in your posts?

TV Programmes » Doctor Who » May 3, 2013 5:25 pm

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Hmmm. I'll have to go back and watch that episode. I thought the cliff face read Hello Sweetie clearly, but maybe not. I thought the only language that the TARDIS couldn't translate was that stuff from the Satan Pit because it was so old - as in before time itself as the creature said. 

TV Programmes » Doctor Who » May 3, 2013 5:14 pm

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Where is that made canon?

TV Programmes » Doctor Who » May 3, 2013 1:32 pm

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Russell wrote:

Brings to the first 'wait, what?' point I'm sure is one of the questions you mentioned. The book. That crazy, treasured, history book the Doctor saved (or wrote?), that Clara looked at. And considering the subject matter, I wouldn't be surprised if it was written in Gallifreyan. Which means... how the heck did she read it?!? And knows/knew his name?! (although kinda love how he reacted). They're really milking the 'impossible girl'/name thing until the finale!

She is inside the TARDIS after all. The translation matrix translates any language written or spoken. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/smile.png

 

Meet The Members » Questions for Londoners. We are coming for a visit. » April 28, 2013 11:41 am

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tardis wardrobe-just had a look at a few. Honestly, I'd say they'd be pretty easy to make! Or at least mod an existing wardrobe. Certainly for the amount it would cost to buy and ship it back.

Thanks for that tip. My daughter is a HUGE Dr. Who fan and she does not have a closet so I thought the Tardis wardrobe would be the perfect sweet 16 present.

Ok. Thank you for all the info. This is our honeymoon trip so no kids. We never took a honeymoon when we got married so now that we have the time and the funds we are finally taking it after 20 years of marriage. 

The whole reason for taking extra days in London is so that we could fit in the Cardiff trip. I have been watching Doctor Who since I was a wee little child. I really want to go to the Doctor Who experience and see that square with the towers and the waterfall sculpture where the rift is supposed to be. I have also become a Torchwood fan (not surprising). In any case yeah we will get the train. The most advanced I can buy tickets would be when we arrive unless I can get them from here before we even leave for England. No worries. We planned on spending money while abroad and have set aside for it. I'm not worried about a 20 pound train ticket.

Thank you so much for all the tips and advice. I am so excited for this trip. I have been a fan of everything English for as long as I can remember and I'm finally going to get to see your country. 
 

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