Sirius’s death gets a lot sadder when you remember that over the summer, he gave Harry that mirror so they could talk. If Harry had just used that god damn thing, he would have seen that Sirius was in no danger at the end of the year.
But it gets even sadder when you remember that he gave Harry that mirror over the summer so that they could talk all through the year.He was like, “Here, Harry. Have this. Me and your dad used to use these to talk to each other a lot.” And Harry’s like, “Thanks, Sirius!” And then goes off to school and never takes it out of his fucking trunk.
I can just imagine Sirius alone at Grimmauld Place holding his mirror in his hands every day and thinking, “Maybe today he’ll remember. Maybe today he’ll pick it up and say hello.”
However it originated, though, the usage of “because-noun” (and of “because-adjective” and “because-gerund”) is one of those distinctly of-the-Internet, by-the-Internet movements of language. It conveys focus (linguist Gretchen McCulloch: “It means something like ‘I’m so busy being totally absorbed by X that I don’t need to explain further, and you should know about this because it’s a completely valid incredibly important thing to be doing’”). It conveys brevity (Carey: “It has a snappy, jocular feel, with a syntactic jolt that allows long explanations to be forgone” ).
But it also conveys a certain universality. When I say, for example, “The talks broke down because politics,” I’m not just describing a circumstance. I’m also describing a category. I’m making grand and yet ironized claims, announcing a situation and commenting on that situation at the same time. I’m offering an explanation and rolling my eyes — and I’m able to do it with one little word. Because variety. Because Internet. Because language.
Reblogging. Because linguistics.
The charater development of Effie is incredible, Elizabeth Banks is perfect for this part she portrays it incredibly
Also her face when she looks at Katniss. No one in the Cptl ever lost anyone to the games. This is the first time she might loose someone she cares about.
In case you’re in need of motivation, have some from the Doctor.
You can do it!
On Sunday’s panel at the Doctor Who con in London, Steven Moffat was asked “can you imagine life without Doctor Who?”
For someone who’s so often criticised by the very fandom he used to be a huge part of, it’s very clear that this is a man who absolutely adores this show and the character of the Doctor. His answer to this question sent the whole audience into a stunned silence as he spoke, slowly and emotionally, and since I was in the audience, I was fortunate enough to make a note of what he said:
“It’s hard to talk about the importance of an imaginary hero. But heroes ARE important. Heroes tell us something about ourselves. History books tell us who we used to be, documentaries tell us who we are now but heroes tell us who we WANT to be. And a lot of our heroes depress me. But when they made this particular hero, they didn’t give him a gun, they gave him a screwdriver to fix things. They didn’t give him a tank or a warship or an X-Wing fighter, they gave him a call box from which you can call for help. And they didn’t give him a superpower or pointy ears or a heat ray. They gave him an extra heart. They gave him two hearts. And that’s an extraordinary thing. There will never come a time when we don’t need a hero like the Doctor.”
Then he paused, smiled, and said “happy birthday, Doctor Who” as we all began to cheer :)
The bottom photo is Stuart’s 7-year old son this past weekend with Tom Baker at the 50th Anniversary celebration, exactly 35 years later.
Also Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy and Colin Baker in the background! I wonder where Paul McGann is? Probably off shooting something. For TV.