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There's a short and interesting comment on the last episode by [livejournal.com profile] leakey_lover. Highly recommended.


I keep reading complaints about Park's way of speaking, but I actually find her no more difficult to understand than the rest. And I don't find her voice annoying either. She looks and sounds a bit like me at twelve. On the other hand, I utterly dislike Adams, and have a special place in Hell for the shoes she gives Park: the color and the style, and more so the idea of choosing shoes for someone else that seems to me completely demented. I appreciate that [livejournal.com profile] cuddyclothes, following [livejournal.com profile] deelaundry's prompt, put them to good use.

Tonight I went with my daughter to a public lecture on how do we know that the Universe expansion is accelerating. It was extremely good, and she followed it easily although it was in English. The speaker usually works in a lab I often went to - because it's near to a research Institute where I occasionally go, the lab has a restaurant and the Institute doesn't. Of course I've been in the lab cafeteria only.

When we got out, she said what that guy was doing seemed like an interesting career choice. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. The twins refused to come and remained home alone. They had dinner and one of them was already in bed when we came back at eight thirty. The other one was, and is, reading. [Guess who's H and who's W. Too easy, uh?]

I have to give a talk tomorrow and a lecture Friday. I will have to get up early tomorrow and finish last-minute preparation. Today I didn't do anything because I was in an extremely bad mood. Flare up of depression, plus husband traveling, plus House-related anger, plus my-last-five-ideas-didn't-work angst. I need to pull myself together, since going until my-last-fifty-ideas-didn't-work is a completely normal event.

Date: 2011-10-19 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] menolly-au.livejournal.com
I think I like Park mostly because she isn't in the 'lobby art' mode (without being Mary Sue/Doogie Howser like Masters was), I do miss little bits of her dialogue, but then I miss little bits of most people's dialogue so I'm used to that. I like her little bit of spark.

And I like that House is a little bit more subdued that he was at the end of last season, I *want* him to be affected by what he did, and his prison experience, I wish there's be more follow up on Wilson though, because although I want them to be friends I also don't think it should be a complete reset.

Hope the talk and lecture go okay and that tomorrow is better than today for you.

Date: 2011-10-20 04:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
I miss little bits of most people's dialogue
I do too that because English's not my native language. But in a sense it isn't your either, right? [LOL, sorry. Do you get to see the Queen?]

I *want* him to be affected by what he did
So do I. On the other hand, the fact that he's de facto still a prisoner really breaks my heart. He has lost so much already with the infarction, and now even the little remaining pleasures (like going to a bar and getting wasted) are off limits.

Talk okay, lecture tomorrow :).

Date: 2011-10-20 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] menolly-au.livejournal.com
and now even the little remaining pleasures (like going to a bar and getting wasted) are off limits

It's probably because I'm a non-drinker but I think House could use a little less of that pleasure myself (I roll my eyes at Wilson's solution to every House problem - let's go out and get drunk) It will be interesting to see if they address HOuse's restrictions seriously at any point.

Date: 2011-10-21 06:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
I don't like to get wasted but going out and drinking a beer or a glass of wine with a friend is something I really, really love. My favorite conference center offers good beer and wine at subsidized prices, because drinking together is a way to make people talk. No, it's not in the US.

It will be interesting to see if they address House's restrictions seriously at any point.

I'm not holding my breath, but at least they are determined to keep him inside - which will spare them money and give this season a dark feeling. The inability to just go out and eat in a nice restaurant is also a big loss. Not that he would have the money to do it at minimum wage.

Have we heard in canon whether he got to keep any of his apartment/bike/musical instruments? Of course the writers have long forgotten that there's an organ at Wilson's place :(.

Date: 2011-10-21 07:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] menolly-au.livejournal.com
Have we heard in canon whether he got to keep any of his apartment/bike/musical instruments? Of course the writers have long forgotten that there's an organ at Wilson's place :(

I assume it's business as usual. Hopefully 'someone' kept on the mortgage payments on the apartment (unless he owns it outright I guess), also paid bills etc while he was 'away'. The car he smashed into Cuddy's House apaprently being repaired this week for $4500 (in Australia we call a car that smashes into someone's house a 'write-off', fit for the wreckers but they must make them tougher in America!)

One would assume Cuddy's insurers would sue House for damages but we'll probably never hear about it...There are so many missing plot points in this season, it's a little frustrating...

Also - can you keep your driver's license if you drive deliberately into someone's house? Maybe he lost it for a year or something but has it back by now - shrug?

Date: 2011-10-21 03:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
I would assume a single doctor of House's age has finished paying mortgage, despite his many expensive hobbies. Housing is cheaper in the US, especially if you have no kids - prices are high where the school system is good.

in Australia we call a car that smashes into someone's house a 'write-off'
Everywhere in Europe as well. The US both makes tough cars (weight is not an issue since fuel is basically free) and have much lower standards on when a car is drivable.

There are so many missing plot points in this season
Definitely. The driving license might not be a problem, though: the US makes it usually very easy to get one. But Cuddy's damages... all fic writers found ways to address this, but the show seems to want to forget S7. Which I can sort of understand ;).

Date: 2011-10-19 08:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barefootpuddles.livejournal.com
That's so funny that one of your boys put himself to bed and the other stayed up. If I left my sons at that age I would have heard the sounds of children quickly rushing into bed when they heard the lock opening up. No one ever goes to sleep around here without dire threats (except for my husband of course who falls asleep often before the boys).

That is awesome that your daughter is thinking about physics! I have an elderly friend that is 88 years old. I knew she was a teacher but then the other day she told me she graduated college in 1943 as a physics major. One of only two women in her entire university. No one would hire her so she went and became a high school science teacher. I think we definitely need more girls in science so I hope your girl goes for it some day.My own daughter likes science but more life sciences.

The only thing that bothers me about Park is that she speaks so softly. But I figured that is part of her character and background.

Date: 2011-10-20 03:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] taiga13.livejournal.com
I find Park's voice very irritating - not hard to understand, just extremely annoying. Like fingernails on a blackboard. But I'm naturally sensitive to that.
she speaks so softly
Interesting you mention that. I've never traveled, unfortunately, but I've noticed that many people I meed from East Asia and especially Africa speak more softly than North Americans do. I wonder if they complain about us shouting all the time.
So far Adams doesn't interest me but there's still time. For example, was she just trying to win as she said or is it part of her privileged background that she thinks she should push charity on people?

Date: 2011-10-20 05:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
I wonder if they complain about us shouting all the time.
Everybody who's not Tuscan complains that I shout all the time. It's the unfortunate combination of growing up in a region with a strong pitch and a family of hard-of-hearing.

And yes, my impression is that it part of her privileged background that she thinks she should push charity on people. I must admit I try hard not to embarrass others who have less money than me, which sometimes mean I don;t give them fancy presents which they couldn't. Accepting is as difficult or more than giving, and you can't do it with everyone. this subtlety seems to escape Adams completely.

[OT What an awesome icon. When I went to Oslo, may years ago, the picture had been stolen and so I never saw it.]

Date: 2011-10-20 04:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
The latest news from my daughter is that she's now also thinking of biochemistry. She has no clue, really, but she lives in an environment where science plays a big role. And she seems to be genuinely fascinated both by David Attenborough's series and by Sagan's Cosmos.

One of the boys (ironically, the one who drove me nuts by crying in the night) needs much more sleep than his brother. When he was younger he sometimes fell asleep halfway through dinner, a couple of time with the fork still in hand. The Hous-y twin and the girl both go to bed late and sleep little.

I think each of us learns which tone and vlume of voice to use during childhood. Many Americans (or Italians from different regions, LOL) have complained about my voice because of it being too loud and penetrating.

Date: 2011-10-19 10:20 pm (UTC)
ext_622702: (Finch)
From: [identity profile] selkie3.livejournal.com
What I find best if I can feel a "fit of pique" approaching it to literally shut everything off, myself included. At most, I will have boring background television on (no shows that could upset me though) in my darkened bedroom. I am not allowed to do anything, because then I will start thinking again. Which, of course, would lead to nowhere good.

So I think you need to give yourself a little break, maybe half an hour at least.

Date: 2011-10-20 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
This morning, as I revised my notes for the fifth time, I felt I was becoming a total basket case. So I sat down and wrote two short fics, and after that was feeling Zen enough for a final revision.

Date: 2011-10-20 06:06 pm (UTC)
ext_622702: (Finch)
From: [identity profile] selkie3.livejournal.com
Oh, I'm so glad! Sometimes, I literally need to schedule that kind of thing in so that I just don't blow up. It's the only way to prevent the consequences.

Date: 2011-10-20 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
That's a brilliant strategy. I need more coping mechanisms for stress.

Date: 2011-10-20 06:42 pm (UTC)
ext_622702: (Finch)
From: [identity profile] selkie3.livejournal.com
I'm glad you think it's a good coping mechanism. I've always thought of it more as a defensive retreat ;).

Date: 2011-10-20 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
I got the expression coping mechanism from today's QC comic.

Date: 2011-10-20 08:57 pm (UTC)
ext_622702: (Finch)
From: [identity profile] selkie3.livejournal.com
Ha ha! I like her "mechanism" as well.

God, that made me realize how much I have ignored all my webcomics since discovering fandom...

Date: 2011-10-21 06:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
Yes, me too. I keep reading three webcomics and Dan Savage, but I've basically flattened out my internet timewaste outside the comm.
Don't know whether it's good or bad.

Date: 2011-10-22 12:28 am (UTC)
ext_622702: (Finch)
From: [identity profile] selkie3.livejournal.com
I figure it's good, since of focusing on many different things I am now more focused on one mainly.

Date: 2011-10-19 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yarroway.livejournal.com
Park's speech doesn't bother me at all. I don't have any difficulty understanding her.

I hated Adams in both her episodes so far. I'm not looking forward to seeing any more of her.

Date: 2011-10-20 08:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] justjuly4.livejournal.com
Why did you hate Adams? It's too early to say if I like or dislike her.

Date: 2011-10-20 09:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yarroway.livejournal.com
Because she's supposed to be smart, yet behaves stupidly.

In 20 Vicodin, she let a prisoner sweet talk her into doing what he wanted, handed him a patient file, handed him an entire bottle of narcotics and allowed him to just pour pills into his pocket (this one in particular bothered me. House could have killed himself, or someone else. He did start a riot with it, in which both prisoners and guards could have been injured, and some of them probably were. I have no idea where all that Vicodin ended up, either). At the end House locked the infirmary staff into another room so he could run a test on the patient. She didn't let them out.

Adams had no history with House, no prior knowledge of him, and every reason to distrust him. Yet instead of being the prison's doctor she threw herself into the role of being his groupie, and the hell with everything and everyone else.

So I got to Charity Case already disliking her, and then she got into this weird pissing contest with Park. I see nothing in Adams to like. Some viewers admire her bitchiness, but if I wanted to see that kind of immaturity I'd watch Real Housewives.

Date: 2011-10-20 03:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] justjuly4.livejournal.com
Thank you for your argumentative answer. I haven't thought about the facts you mentioned, but now I agree that Adams had no reasons to trust House.

Date: 2011-10-20 03:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yarroway.livejournal.com
Thank you for your argumentative answer

I'm very sorry!

Date: 2011-10-20 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
Uh. I don't think argumentative was meant nasty. I think it meant well-argued. I'll ask justjuly4 to confirm, but remember we're not all native speakers :).

Date: 2011-10-20 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yarroway.livejournal.com
Oh! OK. Nevermind then. I just didn't want to upset anyone, and felt very badly when I thought I might have.

Date: 2011-10-20 04:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
Ehm, justjuly4, I conjecture that you didn't mean argumentative in a nasty way, right? I had to go wikitionary on that :).

Date: 2011-10-21 11:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] justjuly4.livejournal.com
Sorry, sorry. I liked yarroway answer very much! I just got confused with the meaning of "argumentative". I planned to say that her comment was well thought-out and sensible (hope I'm right with the word choice this time).

Date: 2011-10-21 11:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yarroway.livejournal.com
I'm sorry I misunderstood, but I'm glad you're not upset with me. :)

Date: 2011-10-20 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
I wish I had such good reasons as you have to dislike Adams.
I partially dislike her for being so privileged, blind to it and condescending in her attitude (it hits home since I'm one of the most privileged people I know, and I tend to be very condescending if I don't check myself All The Time).
And partially dislike because she's so beautiful in a very very conform-to-canon way. Park is also beautiful, but at least she's not like that. I hate that being a woman in our society means you are judged first and sometimes only for your looks, and you're supposed to adapt your body to some impossible, crazy standard.
And yes, bitchiness per se I don't like. I never even liked Amber, despite her being obviously intelligent and in love with Wilson.

Date: 2011-10-20 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luridlurker.livejournal.com
well Amber had a really mean streak on the side, which was refreshing. Honest assholeness with a coldblooded badness that House lacks totally (fortunately). But I did not like her with Wilson as she ate that little do-gooder alive. Their love had a not so small s/m component. And I know she would have left him not so far down the road if she hadn't died. Wilson was much to stuffy a nerd for her little black heart. And too old for her anyway.

Adams. First people called her Cameron 2.0. Then she became Paris Hilton with triple as much IQ. So far the only good thing with her is that she became a doctor instead of lawyer...or just daughter. Her attitude towards Park is hate worthy. Her looks is hate worthy, too. House only wants her there because then he can ogle her, as he likes much too thin woman with long, brown hair. Yeah, I'm prejudiced. But every woman that he liked or hired looked that way: Stacy, Cuddy, Cameron, 13...
Wilson looked like that too when they met, by the way. Coincidence? Stacy and Wilson were practical twins.

Date: 2011-10-20 06:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
Their love had a not so small s/m component.
As witnessed by a large number of very interesting fanfics, LOL.

too old for her anyway
If anything, I'd say she was too old for him. Wilson and House both maintain (or maintained in the first seasons) a youthful lightness.

Paris Hilton with triple as much IQ
0x3=0

But every woman that he liked or hired looked that way: Stacy, Cuddy, Cameron, 13...
I think that you have very well described David Shore's taste. As for House, his choice of sex workers seems to indicate a wider interest.

And Wilson isn't much too thin, nor is his hair long (and he DOES NOT look like Stacy). [Sorry, I know I am overreacting. They do look a bit alike in fact, more than I want to admit].

I also think too thin and long dark hair isn't enough. It describes me for a long part of my life (my hair is getting white and is shoulder length now, but I used to be able to sit on it) and I'm sure I never saw anyone looking vaguely like me onscreen, with the possible exception of Barbra Streisand.

I think too thin, long brunette hair, very small nose, big eyes, regular teeth and pale Northern European complexion is a better fit. Oh, and high heels - except for Thirteen because she would have been taller than everybody else except House. I hate the overconsumption of high heels in the show, although I do love the idea of using them as sex props (for m/m sex).

Date: 2011-10-20 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luridlurker.livejournal.com
Their love had a not so small s/m component.
As witnessed by a large number of very interesting fanfics, LOL.


Which I never ever read or will read. I don't read m/f anyway. Icky.

But every woman that he liked or hired looked that way: Stacy, Cuddy, Cameron, 13...
I think that you have very well described David Shore's taste. As for House, his choice of sex workers seems to indicate a wider interest.


Who is this David Shore guy? Never saw him at PPTH? And House: Ah, but that are payed fantasies, payed for quantity, not quality (House deluding himself in being Hugh Heffner), totally different from real life.

And Wilson isn't much too thin, nor is his hair long (and he DOES NOT look like Stacy). [Sorry, I know I am overreacting. They do look a bit alike in fact, more than I want to admit].

Dadahdadadaaa! :-)
He WAS much too thin once, lanky manchild he was, all eyes and floppy hair. For a man that IS, I mean was, long hair! Totally gay!

I also think too thin and long dark hair isn't enough. It describes me for a long part of my life (my hair is getting white and is shoulder length now, but I used to be able to sit on it) and I'm sure I never saw anyone looking vaguely like me onscreen, with the possible exception of Barbra Streisand.

Barbra Streisand => exeptionally beautiful woman. Fits.
What is your train of thoughts here? You think House would not have hired you if you were into medicine (and the genius there as you are in maths) and had applied for a job, regardless of your thinness and long, brown hair? Might be, he would not have stood a chance, I guess, against you in all your italian passionate glory. And Wilson is getting white haired too now. House wouldn't mind.

I think too thin, long brunette hair, very small nose, big eyes, regular teeth and pale Northern European complexion is a better fit. [...]

Well, would look a bit strange, if they had crooked teeth... As for comlexton: Stay a bit longer in the high north (and winter is coming, hehehe!) and you will become as chalky as any native. It's in the air. Genes can be switched off when the environment changes...your genes for darker complexion will just selfdestruct.

Date: 2011-10-20 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
I don't read m/f anyway. Icky.
Well, House, strap on on one end, cock on the other (blushes, can't continue)(very guilty pleasures).

long hair! Totally gay!
Most of the gay men I know have a haircut like House now. And when I met my husband he had a lovely prince charming haircut :). His hair is still a bit long, too.

in all your italian passionate glory.
LOL If he could understand enough Italian to appreciate my swearing I'd be certain of a job. I also think he likes Park a lot, just not in a sexual way. Also, she's too short for him.

you will become as chalky as any native
To prevent that I'll spend two weeks in Lanzarote over the Christmas holidays. But you're right, and our faces are getting pale. The kids' backs and bellies stay cappuccino colored year round, when they're in the swimming pool in the Canary Islands I can spot them at a large distance (there's a mostly North European clientèle).

It's so good to have you back to writing long comments! I like just about everything you do. I so hope you'll feel like making another manip or write an episode comment or essay on any topic of your choice in the near future.

Date: 2011-10-20 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chocolate-frapp.livejournal.com
"Paris Hilton with triple as much IQ
0x3=0"

I was thinking the EXACT same thing. GMTA!

Date: 2011-10-21 06:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
:) GMTA indeed!

Date: 2011-10-20 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yarroway.livejournal.com
Those are good reasons too.

Date: 2011-10-21 06:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
I'm not proud of my dislike for conventionally beauty, because it makes me take longer to be friendly with great people based on their looks, which they didn't choose any more than I did mine.

Date: 2011-10-20 09:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] justjuly4.livejournal.com
Hope your lecture and talk will go smoothly! Good luck!

Date: 2011-10-20 04:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
Talk gone well, lecture tomorrow. But that's not so important, if I make a mess I can fix it in the rest of the course.

Date: 2011-10-20 09:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hibernia1.livejournal.com
Hope you're feeling better today... that's an interesting lecture you took your daughter to!

Date: 2011-10-20 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
It was fun! Really. The guy has a great sense of humor. And there were even some women sitting near us in the lecture room. I was a bit disappointed when they turned out to be Spanish, LOL.

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