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at 02:33 on 21-05-2012, Cammalot
There was a Polish guy in my cohort back when I did my MA who was known for being a particularly fantastic dancer, if that helps? :) Most proper Polish accents I come in contact with nowadays belong to older folk who are feeding me Jewish food, so the word "sexy" comes to mind less than "comfy," but I might have slightly tingly memories of dancing fellow...
at 01:57 on 21-05-2012, Ibmiller
I confess to the American-exoticising-British (and Scottish and Irish - pretty much everything in that general area - hope that's not too offensive) -thing as well. But I don't think there's one of them I don't like. I like the northern ones, and the southern ones, and the Cockney ones. I admit to some class bias, but on the whole, they're all awesome.

Not awesome: either British or American actors trying to do their counterpart accent. I used to just think it was that Americans can't do a British accent to save their lives, but after watching Doctor Who, Torchwood, Sherlock, The Way We Live Now, etc, I realize that it's the same vice versa. With some notable rare exceptions (though I am very curious how good James Marsters' Spike accent is, considering he got hired to be British on Torchwood).

Side note: I listened to the 50 Shades Peacast while at work, and cracked up multiple times. Loved it.

In terms of favorite Ferretvoice on a cast - I'd have to go with Jaime. But maybe it's just because he says "Well, listeners" in just that particular way... :-)

I shamefacedly admit that I don't recall a Polish accent. I was irritated at the accent mishmash they used in Defiance, though. I wished they'd just pick one and fix on it, or something.
at 00:36 on 21-05-2012, Michal
See, i have the standard American thing where i think that British accents are incredibly sexy

Sigh, I've yet to find anyone who finds a Polish accent sexy.
at 23:34 on 20-05-2012, Wardog
Also you will like Shim best because he a) can do the most accents and b) has retained his gentle Northern rhythms and short 'a's better than the rest of us ... well me ... :)
at 22:45 on 20-05-2012, Shim
@Adrienne: you might be thinking of RP, which is the classic Posh British one.

Phonebook readings incur the usual rates, plus cost of phonebook. I think there's also a discretionary charge for particularly difficult names...
at 22:44 on 20-05-2012, Arthur B
Easiest Text Factor ever.
at 22:39 on 20-05-2012, Adrienne
I would totally listen to you all read the phonebook, though. :) I'm pathetic, i know!
at 22:38 on 20-05-2012, Adrienne
Shimmin -- I sort of thought that? But then thought it wasn't squeaky enough. Apparently, then, there is a PARTICULAR southern British accent that hits me like nails-on-chalkboards, and that wasn't it.
at 09:06 on 20-05-2012, Shim
@Adrienne:, I'm not sure how to tell you this, but Dan has a southern accent...
at 08:06 on 20-05-2012, Adrienne
So it's REALLY HARD to listen to this Peacast about 50 shades of gray. See, i have the standard American thing where i think that British accents are incredibly sexy, and so it is REALLY jarring to listen to Kyra and Dan talk about a book entirely filled with bad sex and worse dialogue... my brain can't make up its mind between "Oh my GOD i cannot listen to another word about this AWFUL book" and "oh my GOD i want to listen to these two for like another million years."

Sorry, Kyra and Dan. Your voices are hot. :) I'm a silly American that way.

(Okay, i have an exception to the standard American thing. I don't think Southern British accents are sexy. At least not mostly. I think they're squeaky. But otherwise? Yeah.)
at 17:53 on 18-05-2012, Sunnyskywalker
For Jamie and Dorian, since I don't have one of these Tumblr thingies: Felix Gaeta on the Battlestar Galactica reboot loses a leg, which the show implies makes him a bitter and irrational mutineer (never mind that he had some legitimate grievances and no way to know his partner-in-mutiny was a psychopath); John de Brun in Crystal Rain by Tobias Buckell is missing a hand (it doesn't seem to slow him down much, though); Pepper loses an arm and a leg in Sly Mongoose by Tobias Buckell (which really doesn't slow him down...); and Jenna in The Silver Ship and the Sea by Brenda Cooper is missing an eye and an arm (and now I'm really starting to wonder what is up with cyborgs and genetically enhanced people proving how badass they are by not having trouble with missing limbs). Oh, and Anakin and Luke Skywalker and their lopped-off arms, easily replaced with super-duper prosthetics. I think one of the characters in Soon I Will Be Invincible regularly threw up due to complications of her human/alien hybrid biology, if he's counting superhero stuff. Oh, and then there is Captain Pike in the original Star Trek, who ended up totally immobile with only the power to beep, and his reboot counterpart who seems to be partly mobile (he could sorta walk when they first rescued him, anyway) but still benefits from a wheelchair. A disability that only exists in sf... um, in Caprica Zoe and Tamara die and now only exist as virtual copies in V-World, which has advantages but makes interacting with the real world difficult.

If he wanders into fantasy at all, there's Phoenix in The Phoenix Dance, who has what is recognizably bipolar disorder, and Orrec in Gifts by Le Guin, who at first appears not to have the gift of "unmaking" the rest of the guys in his family have, and then appears to develop it so powerfully and uncontrollably that he wears a blindfold so he doesn't accidentally destroy everything around him.
at 15:29 on 18-05-2012, Arthur B
My new hero on Twitter is Anti-Racism Dog. The account's currently suspended but check this out.
at 00:16 on 18-05-2012, Michal
*breaks into silent Count Fosco-like laughter*
at 00:08 on 18-05-2012, Wardog
Oh no, how could ruin Wilde for me like that!

"I'm going to paint your portrait now," growled Basil. "Hard."
at 23:49 on 17-05-2012, Michal
Then Kyra can explore the fifty shades of Dorian Gray.
at 22:56 on 17-05-2012, Wardog
You have a friend called Dorian.

That is awesome.

I hope he has a picture.
at 22:03 on 17-05-2012, Jamie Johnston
Hi all! My friend Dorian would be very grateful for help assembling examples of two things: first, depictions of disability in science fiction (including things that aren't real-world disabilities but function as disabling in the fictional setting); secondly, science fiction stage-plays and musicals. More details at his tumblr.
at 21:28 on 17-05-2012, Adrienne
Aha. Gotcha. :)
at 20:57 on 17-05-2012, Andy G
Adrienne: I didn't guess a name, I just guessed it was the state that fulfilled that description.
at 20:42 on 17-05-2012, Adrienne
Andy G: Just out of curiosity, what was the name of the state you guessed originally?
at 20:40 on 17-05-2012, Andy G
I didn't guess the name of the state but I did correctly guess
that it was the state where Interview with the Vampire was set, on account of it being all French.
at 20:27 on 17-05-2012, James D
Trivia question for anyone who cares to play: which state does NOT, and what's its legal system based on instead?

Huh, I guessed Hawaii, but was wrong. I won't spoil the question in case anyone else wants to guess, it's kind of interesting.
at 20:21 on 17-05-2012, Adrienne
Arthur: Having read Paragraph 3.21 of the document in question, I confess to finding it funny/ironic that one of the people who made the legal case that the skilled person is a nerd is apparently named Laddie.
at 20:19 on 17-05-2012, Adrienne
(The test seems to have originated in a UK case, in fact.)

Ah, that makes sense, since the US federal government and 49 of 50 states and base their legal systems on British common law. :)

(Trivia question for anyone who cares to play: which state does NOT, and what's its legal system based on instead?) :D