Why Julia/Barnabas was never “weird” to me:

So, yeah… why was this non-canon pairing not scary to me?

Because?

I witnessed something MUCH scarier earlier! Here it is!

AHEM! Yeh! I witnessed something WAY WEIRDER! EARLIER! And I kinda like that Danzig asked, “WTF??” and Rollins was all like, “Heh… hmm! Well, whatever!” And that was it. Kinda similar to how Hall and Frid reacted, you know?

Anyway, that’s my take.

Let it go.

Let it be, (as The Beatles might say…)

END OF LINE.

😀

A Conversation With Tito (October 2021)


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We know Tito from my husband’s high school days… Tito very much enjoys the Dark Shadows 2012 film because he doesn’t know the old show and frankly, doesn’t care! He came over as my husband and I were playing dominoes. It was pretty cool!

Instructions on how to differentiate real hate from “manufactured hate”. (It’s actually pretty simple, fellow fans…) Then my consultation with Melissa about the “confusion” about the confusion itself. 😀

Tito’s 1960’s Nostalgia is good enough for me. We begin with a “garbled” discussion between my husband, Tito and I. ^_^ Next we start with “The Kids In The Hall”, then “Clue: The Movie” (with a segue about “Murder By Death” that hopefully wasn’t too long). Proceeding with “The Time Machine”, “The Golden Girls” and other cameos in The Pit narrative, a likely a too long segue explaining who Edward Mulhare played on “Knight Rider”.

Then “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”, a Prisoner cameo scene, “The Addams Family” (lots of conversation here including Charles Addams original drawings in The New Yorker) and “The Munsters”. (Bonus Points to Tito for knowing Fred Gwynne from another production!) MAS*H and Beetlejuice mentions. Almost neglected “Bewitched” but caught myself in time! (Some focus on Paul Lynde.)

Finalizing in bringing out the “Dark Shadows” box set to place on Tito’s lap. ^_^ Determining how one could ‘marathon’ the whole of “Dark Shadows”. Darrin Stephens hanging-out with Roger Collins ideas…

Then I wrap up with various potential scholastic pointers including:

Don’t focus on the negative and, dare I say it? Don’t focus on the positive?

Focus on the NARRATIVE.

Themes for this show: “Katip Arzvhalim Yaz Yare Boyle” by Mogollar, “waltzinblack” by The Stranglers (a favourite band between Tito and my husband) and if one enjoys the background music on the stereo while we chatted? That was a compilation called “Beautiful Noise” by Sunday Records. BUY ‘EM ALL! *wink*


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Potentials…

Just letting y’all know: if you enjoyed my Dreamwidth entry “Adventures With Tito”, I’m working on a podcast in which we share all the hardcopy productions of the bonus helpers with him before he left. It’s taking a long time to edit, but if I do a “regular” October show, he should be in it.

Feel free to let me know you are looking forward to it. In the meantime: Everything takes “forever”.. I wish it didn’t but here we are.

For the DS 2012 Fans? Tito really enjoys that movie. We are not alone. He is actually pretty snobbish about movies but he definitely enjoyed that one, so there ya go. 😉

I am resting my laurels on the fans of that movie because, as I told someone at AO3, I’ve found fans of that movie are the nicest and it’s true. So far they have been and I don’t hold with manufactured-hate, much less any other hate. Forget it. Seriously…

As Tito might say, “Let’s burn a dollar bill together,” *wink*

Love,

Daryl

Sept/Oct 2021 Spoilercast-Update

Plenty of “Doctor Who” study updates here…

Touching on Douglas Adams and the compliments I received over the years with my own creations that were similar to his.

“Stones of Blood” commentary enjoyment and “The Key To Time” scenarios we’re watching currently…

Discussing our loss of ability in digesting the narrative form. Very, very tragic! (If one is being rewarded to be rude, yeh, y’arent’ gonna get anything good… really.)

Being relieved of anxiety through “Your Undivided Attention” podcasts and why.

Working out how to reach “Doctor Who” after the Turn of The Screw and 1897 portion in “Dark Shadows” along with the obvious pairing of Quentin and Angelique and how much Angelique desired this in the original series of “Dark Shadows”. (Which one can view in my novel already: The two of them together, and making it.) Angelique argues with Barnabas about her wanting Quentin in “Dark Shadows”. If that’s doesn’t convince you? I don’t know what does!

Some stuff about Pit #24 and Osheen’s splendid help and some stuff about Pit #25 too. Whatever we can add with Madam Findley surviving and the fun of that in the story, and Milligan and Hecubus’ glorious additives to that as well. ^_^ (How about a Henry James novel?)

Wee bit of a rant against people making you pay to have your personality removed: $60-$100 a month? To have all this high tech stuff taking away your personality? THAT’S RIDICULOUS! And I say so!

A fun listener getting back in touch for the sake of 1960’s nostalgia, and isn’t that bloody awesome?

Lots of details about Wadsworth from “Clue: The Movie”. I never believed the 3rd ending and I don’t believe I ever will. How we consider “Clue: The Movie” canon and how easily Wadsworth can be included, and the glory of that: Happy news, eh?

For folks who don’t know how to choose for themselves? Leave! Go away! Get out of my way! I don’t care about this popularity stuff! I really don’t! I just want 25 listeners and FIVE substantial comments per episode so I can FINISH THIS THING! (Seriously…)

Next on the agenda is the very strange and very British story of how I could uncork “Margaret Josette Dupres” and the potential of a complex relationship involving reincarnation. (Jean & Lionel for the win!)

Re-Cap of the June show with the online-diary websites and re-stating those… (Because the best defense you have against “surveillance” is surveying yourself.)

More non-canon romance stuff and how I and my dear friend, Helena, dealt with that over the years. Julia/Barnabas, “Little Women” and “Twin Peaks” explanation.

(Introducing my ‘idea’ of “Human-Defragmentation” and how that might work.) Why I haven’t been able to do a retrospective show for Pit #16, and making sure you all tune-in to: https://www.thesocialdilemma.com/

Going against social media addition is not “quitting”. I call it “escape”, for good reasons. (Donation based alternatives…)

My optimism in The Future is still in the words of James Burke and Robert Ornstein’s book, ‘The Axemaker’s Gift’:

“Above all we have been persuaded to think that it is unacceptable to be different or even to acknowledge that differences in abilities exist between us. But our survival may depend on the realization and expression of humanities immense diversity. Only if we use what may be the ultimate of the many axemaker’s gifts—the coming information systems—to nurture this individual and cultural diversity, only if we celebrate our differences rather than suppressing them, will we stand a chance of harnessing the wealth of human talent that has been ignored for millennia and that is now eager, all around the world, for release.”

Let’s solve problems together, not detract ourselves from the solutions. Peace.

D.W.


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The Social Dilemma – documentary

Once upon a time I would have loved to simply have people in fiction and music interests to talk to…

But, the reality of this world took over.

This movie is not the whole story, it is a starting point.

Here it is on youtube for one month:

I watched it again this way and got the chills because there is a scene where they show programmers going through and deleting lines of code to make their products safer, which is basically the type of platforms I found for my June show this year. (I came across at least ten.) All that need be done is remove some lines of code, and the big sites could be like the little sites. (Or heck, how the big sites were over ten years ago!)

take care,

Daryl

Shared Opponent: Laura Collins

Dark Shadows Episode 165! We watched it last night and I was applauding!

Consulting the Bewitched ladies, Samantha and Endora (in my imagination) for Episode 24 in The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows… It began returning to me; the 1897 show down between Angelique and Laura. But earlier in the actual series, in the 1960’s, who was Laura’s supernatural opponent?

The Ghost of Josette Collins! Woo-hoo!

I’d only gone through The First Year of Dark Shadows once or twice, so I couldn’t recall all the details and wasn’t sure how many I’d need.

In this particular episode, 165, Laura has David spending the night at the cottage, but she senses Josette’s spirit is trying to protect David and Laura tells her, calls her by name, that Josette needs to leave and David is hers.


So from here and the eventual 1897 show down in Dark Shadows (episode 760) Josette and Angelique share this challenge at different points in time.

Of course it is far more subtle in The First Year due to caution of even producing a show like this for the first time, but there we have it!

I wasn’t entirely certain, but now I am. HUZZAH!


More fun evidence is always reassuring, and of course Josette manages things more subtly most of the time. Hence we don’t notice her as strongly, but she is there, she surely is. ❤

Peace.

Tell Me What Was Solved

Good Evening, fellow fans.

I have a new idea.

I realise it has become virtually impossible for my listeners to tell me what they enjoyed in my episodes (minus a very precious few; keep it up)!

So, what I wish to tell all the tongue-tied folks, who might not be in touch with me, this second format:

Listen to an episode in The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows, listen carefully.

Find what problems were solved from Dark Shadows itself.

This will mainly be good for fans of Dark Shadows who know and remember the details of the television program very well.

As you list the solutions created in a Pit episode let me know by email, or here on this web-log, or in a review box where there is a script for it. (I’d suggest podomatic too, but I didn’t want the options to become too lengthy.)

After that? Listen to the following episode and go at it again!


I think that should be simple enough.

Don’t forget to have fun!

(And hopefully in the least negative way possible.)

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Cheerio!

Daryl

2021 June Updates and Online Diaries

(I think the play button works now! 🙂 )

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DS Annotations is back up and my involvement with that. Much love to Saramonster!

Continuing narrative between The Pit and Osheen Nevoy’s “In Darkness” along with kind words from Helena Clara Bouchet. Also why I found the Hoffman/Stokes romance made the most sense.


Next segment for beloved pen friends: postage stamp updates, things coming out and so forth.


Alternative social sites by using a search-engine of choice and looking for the words “online diary”. These are my (first page search) results. I am not listing the sites I speak of here because the point of this podcast is to encourage listeners to search this topic on their own.


How I dissected my anxiety over hype-modules in both the 20th Century and recently. Life experience is an important aspect of this. Plainly put; many people don’t really care! (frowny face)


A response about our old long-lost friends, who have been taken over by big biz social media, to my new friends. (They did care.)


Pointers about how to treat people who don’t have expected life-skills; such as how to drive. No matter how politely you nag someone: Nagging doesn’t work.


Online journal suggestions I found and one of which I use and am grateful for. (Stalkers likely already know about this.) My solution to the “like” and “kudos” button problems.


Going to the source is still important. Responding to notifications created by someone else may be very unimportant.


Continued support for Dark Shadows and the 2012 film for very important reasons.


Get in touch when you can, if you can.


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‘Love Came For Me’ (MJD-support)

I wanted to post this to show there is a lot interest. (And why shouldn’t there be when Barnabas and Josette is the main romance, with or without the reincarnation swarming all over the place?)

These discussion reviews have meant a lot to me over the years and I gladly welcome more! I like escapism, I like this series, I like a lot of things entailing many, many characters, and these two are no small matter in my relief-series endeavour. (I do not particularly care about who fictional characters “should” love. I care about who they do love. And how the original creators formulated those concerns.)

So here is my tribute to the people who helped and I am sorry if I neglected anyone. I am easy to reach if you want more recognition. Why not? We already have this extremely-complicated couple in common, right?

(I also love this particular song since, in the ‘Splash’ film, the lady portraying the mermaid was also named Daryl, a-ha.)

As James Burke (of ‘Connections‘ fame) once expressed, “… a good start would be to recognize within yourself the ability to understand anything, because that ability’s there as long as it’s explained clearly enough. And then go and ask for explanations.

“And if you’re thinking right now, ‘What do I ask for?’ Ask yourself if there is anything in your life that you want changed… That’s where to start.”

I wanted this soap-opera changed into a humour-mystery relief-series, and by golly, I GOT IT! (I hope you all get-it someday, too!)

And, man… to get a review from angelsinstead of “Forever Mine” fame? Among all of you, that was incredible!

Keep listening, reading and loving this couple. It’s complicated and who the heck wants simple when it comes to Happiness? Damn it!

love,

Daryl

The Exponential Growth (of Laura Collins)

DS Episode 142:


With Sam being so disturbed at the painting he creates of Laura Collins, somehow Victoria is compelled to request it and, after some endless arguments about nothing, Sam allows her to take it.


Frankly, I think it looks kinda sexy! Hee hee hee!


Victoria takes it back to Collinwood. Our David is swiftly enamoured with the painting as it represents his dream of Laura when she arrived. Laura, herself, is upset and distressed but still agrees to let David have it after asking Miss Winters for it. (More endless arguing ensues.)

I, myself, am in total agreement with David. It is, as he says, “cool”. Not to mention she’s got WINGS in the darn thing! I strongly felt that should have been David’s argument about the painting, “Dude, Mom, you have wings in it!


(Perhaps someone dropped a tab in Pop’s whiskey?)


David gets the painting hung up in his room and says he could “watch it all day”. I can see where he’s coming from. It rather looks as if it’s animated.


Of course, Sam returns home happy as heck the canvas is gone and then in another state of possession begins forming a new one… (Which reminds me that I managed very naturally with his character in The Pit… The man is clearly psychic.)


But the highest delight of this episode? David Collins rests, almost peacefully, in the bliss of his mother’s psychedelic picture hanging in his room and…


The portrait begins glowing…


And Laura’s head appears to be glowing…


And growing


And growing


Until it seems to encompass the entirety of the room to David’s understandable horror.


[Commence Daryl writhing with hysterical laughter in the recliner to her husband’s great amusement.]


Forget Barnabas, people.

Laura Collins is a force to be reckoned with here.


Then the interview with Diana Millay on the same disk will kick your butt even more resolutely. She is a Phoenix, she even claims it, and she has no fear of the “R-word”. (Reincarnation.)


Fill as much virtual space as you want with deceptions and misguidance about Dark Shadows. Try!

For you shall never exceed the size of Laura Collins’ IMAX head!


M’WA–HA–HA—HA–HA–HAAAAWWWWWWWWWW!!!