Nov. 3rd, 2015 03:32 pm
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)
oh, hm, we might actually get good adaptations then. the only good thing about the the golden compass movie was the alethiometer prop. though to be honest, i've come to find the whole story pretty boring anyway...

Feb. 6th, 2014 05:35 pm
elsewhence: (warning it's raining men)
augh i just realised that in whatever universe my old doctor who/his dark materials fusion belongs in, the moment probably ended up taking the form that the doctor's dæmon once did. and also eight probably regenerated in the first place because it's a lot easier to deal with conflicting feelings on how to deal with a war going on - or fail to do so - without a personified conscience on your heels.


Nov. 4th, 2012 01:27 am
elsewhence: (warning it's raining men)
my response to all claims that the bit about a deceased scholar's daemon having been shaped like a fair woman only appears in the earliest editions of northern lights:

(someone is wrong on the internet!)

Nov. 29th, 2009 07:37 pm
elsewhence: (look out of the window)
i kind of think philip pullman used the spelling "dæmon" instead of "daemon" because in a lot of typefaces the æ character kind of looks like two copies of the same letter viewed from different angles and stuck together. see, it's symbolic.

or maybe i just think too much.

Oct. 18th, 2009 11:32 pm
elsewhence: (silly ikea person)
i'm not convinced that dæmons actually were human souls given physical form. seems to me that's just what the people of lyra's world came up with for lack of a more rational explanation. i'll be coldly logical and say they were simply vital organs that happened to be located outside the body. their function was to gather dust, the same way it's the lungs' function to gather oxygen. the fact they had their own personalities, could talk and took representative animal forms is just a side effect in my eyes. it's obvious none of these were necessary for them to fulfill their purpose, as evidenced by the unseperated daemons of will's world.

another theory i had was that dæmons are not actually part of their human at all, but rather a completely different being. namely, i was thinking they might be a very specific kind of angels who've entered a sort of symbiotic relationship with humans, which somehow gave them a stronger, more tangible physical existance (which the angels shown in the books seemed to be yearning for) while giving the humans a stronger mental one and allowing them to become sapient. it'd give the term "guardian angel" a whole new meaning, wouldn't it?

Jul. 31st, 2009 05:22 am
elsewhence: (Default)
okay, if liquid leaf can make an egg look like this, it's probably really worth a try. especially since the alethiometer's surface is smooth and somewhat shiny to begin with. i'm only worried about whether it's possible to apply the stuff without ruining the engravings. if it was regular paint, an airbrush might work, but this stuff would probably just clog it up. (nevermind that i don't have one.) i suppose i'll just try it with a regular paintbrush and start worrying if that doesn't work.

Jun. 26th, 2009 12:58 am
elsewhence: (life in fiction)
you know, i suspect philip pullman only made dæmons take fixed forms when children became adults to make it immediately obvious that some huge change took place at that point. without that the magisterium most likely never wouldn't have seen any reason to investigate the matter, they wouldn't have looked into intercision, lord asriel wouldn't have had an energy source to open the bridge into citagazze, the whole story would fall apart.

having these fixed forms represent peoples' personalities really comes across more as something just tacked on because it sounded good at the time, not something that had much thought put into it. because really, it doesn't make much sense. the same single animal is supposed to represent a person equally well from puberty until the day they die? i can't see that working unless it's so superficial a representation it wouldn't tell you anything you wouldn't have known without seeing their dæmon. it'd make more sense if adults' dæmons were still capable of changing, but did so less frequently and only to represent actual personality changes, not totally on a whim as seems to be possible with children. though as i said, the story couldn't have played out the same way if it worked like that.

Jun. 16th, 2009 06:45 pm
elsewhence: (life in fiction)
oh, nice. that should tide me over until i get another pocket watch to tinker with. though actually, going from the model, the cover looks almost exactly like the one i really just bought for the chain and otherwise don't like much. whether the actual prop looked that way is a different question, though...

EDIT: nope, it didn't. i'm guessing the paper model was originally of a pocket watch and reworked later on. i have no idea how costly getting an actual watch to look like that would be - i suppose that if you had a clear image of the pattern, you could get it engraved...

Jun. 1st, 2009 01:34 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 surprised)
it would be a lot neater without that huge the golden compass text across the middle, though. but come to think of it. taking a pocket watch apart to get to the face and put a different one in isn't hard. i don't think i could bear doing it to any of the ones i already own, but new ones - plain, or one like this might be nice - don't cost much. and a good, high-resolution image of an alethiometer face? right here. you could probably use something like liquid leaf to embellish it, too.


pity i threw that broken one away, it still would've worked fine for decorative purposes. i never liked the face of that one much, either. and it was at least broken in an interesting way - the seconds hand kept on jumping back and forth, the others didn't move at all. oh well.

May. 31st, 2009 09:24 pm
elsewhence: (look out of the window)
so i've seen it suggested in some places that there's actually no fundamental difference between worlds where dæmons are physically seperate from their humans and ones where they aren't, but that people from the latter kind simply haven't learned to see them...

i don't buy it. if dæmons were seperate but invisible, wouldn't the touching taboo be getting violated all the time because people simply wouldn't have any idea they were there? wouldn't there be a lot of accidents with people accidently getting seperated from them? wouldn't there be people inexplicably incapable of moving away from open bodies of water because they had an aquatic dæmon? but there were no signs of anything like that in any of the dæmonless worlds.

unless perhaps dæmons don't become solid and bound by the laws of physics until people start perceiving them, and the more people do so, the stronger the effect becomes. but i don't really think most people would be capable of the method of seeing them that serafina pekkala shows to mary malone - you know, that thing about gazing into nowhere and getting into that kind of relaxed, spaced out state of mind. seems like that would require a certain ability to let go of yourself, and i think a lot of people would be too scared of losing themselves to succeed. that, and will wasn't able to see his own dæmon until they were forcibly pulled apart, had no idea he even had one, even though he had no problem seeing already seperate ones.

actually, hasn't anybody else wondered whether having a physically seperate dæmon caused him any problems back in his own world? or did she disappear back into non-seperation eventually, because there's just some fundamental difference in the makeup of different worlds? would the same thing have happened to pantalaimon if lyra had been irrational enough to stay in that world despite the knowledge it'd slowly kill her?

i just don't get how anyone can see dæmons as such a wonderful, flawlessly positive concept.

Apr. 24th, 2009 04:43 pm
elsewhence: (silly ikea person)
really, though, in my opinion dæmon forms don'tindicate what a person will be like for the rest of their life, but rather only what that person was like when they reached a certain stage of mental development, one that coincidentally puts an end to their dæmon's ability to change forms. giving them more permanent meaning than that is more of an interesting idea to play with to me, not a way things could really work.

though it's quite possible that most people of lyra's world think they should fit for your entire life, possibly attempting to cling to them and viewing these whose forms don't fit anymore as somehow weird and wrong...

also, i think the entire concept of childrens' dæmons being able to change shape but adults' remaining fixed might reflect an ability to treat fiction and reality as seperate things. as in, children are more able to, in some sense, become whatever they're playing at being, without much of a sense of pretending, so their dæmons change along with that. it's hard to explain what i mean, really.
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)
Title: Juxtaposition
Fandom: Doctor Who/His Dark Materials fusion
Characters: The Doctor
Rating: G
Summary: What if... Doctor Who was set in a world where dæmons existed?
Disclaimer: I may own the words, but not the concepts they describe.
A/N: I’m not normally a writer, but this just kind of fell into my head, you see... I have no idea which Doctor it’s talking about; let me know if you find out, won’t you?

Gallifreyans didn't have dæmons. )

Jan. 23rd, 2009 01:44 am
elsewhence: (Default)
again on the topic of his dark materials crossovers - why do people keep assuming that firstly, the doctor would have a dæmon at all, and secondly, it would take the form of an earth animal? he's neither human nor from earth. i'm not saying you absolutely mustn't do either of these, but i'd like to see some more thought put into it, rather than pretty much just going "well he looks human" and assuming...

Jan. 8th, 2009 08:46 pm
elsewhence: (look out of the window)
turns out i have one of the versions of northern lights that mentions some scholar having had a dæmon in the shape of a fair woman. it was removed from newer editions my ass.

and [ profile] silveradept, i now have to disagree with your notion that HDM's world probably just entered the industrial age at most: among the speculation what the gobblers want the abducted children for, lyra says that they probably have them working in uranium mines for atomcraft. they're well into their atomic age. seems it's just the structure of their society that's stuck so far in the past from our point of view, not their technology.

Jan. 2nd, 2009 05:44 pm
elsewhence: (Default)
question is, where's the star wars/his dark materials crossover that draws a parallel between the force and dust? they are similar concepts - both are external forces presented as the cause of what we consider purely biological functions, both are created by living things and require some means of channeling them back (well, it's not explicitly stated that this is what midichlorians do, but it's a plausible enough way of reading it), both can be used by certain people to accomplish things that might be considered supernatural, and the list could be continued if i felt like thinking about it more...

Dec. 22nd, 2008 12:25 am
elsewhence: (Default)
when i was reading northern lights, a good part of my reaction at the events at bolvangar was to wonder why they didn't just kill the seperated dæmons, because what would you still need the stupid things for? was it just an inability to completely let go of the way things had always been?

i didn't find the rest of the situation as horrifying like most people seem to, either, because i find the concept of dæmons creepy. stupid talking animal you can't get rid of constantly following you around, with their form immediately revealing what sort of person you really are to every total stranger? how is that in any way appealing?

this post probably says a lot about what sort of person i am.

Aug. 3rd, 2008 02:31 am
elsewhence: (silly ikea person)
i wonder whether in the world of his dark materials, feral children's daemons would end up settling as the species they were raised by.