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China’s Munchkinland

Chinese Dwarves

There are two things I remember most about the Wizard of Oz…the scary-as-crap flying monkeys and the odd little people called Munchkins. As a child I didn’t realize Munchkins were real people. But now I have proof…they just happen to live in a village in China.

Seriously, folks, a group of dwarves in southern China have built their own community to escape discrimination from us “normal” sized people.

The 120 residents of the mountain village, located in Kunming, cannot exceed the maximum height of 4ft 3 inches tall and they have their own police force and fire-fighting brigade run by community members.

But the most interesting thing here is…these little people have turned their community into a tourist attraction, building mushroom-shaped houses and living and dressing as fairy tale characters.

Holy Lollipop Guild! Can you say Munchkinland? No, really, check out this video of the Wizard of Oz Munchkins and take special note of the mushroom-shaped houses in the background.

This story makes me wonder about something…if you could build your own freakin’ village, what would it be like? Who would you exclude from your community? I fancy I’d live in a world that resembles LOTR’s Rivendell (below), where reading, taking naps and eating dessert are the most popular pass times and ALL decent folk are welcome…even Munchkins.

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[via Metro.co.uk]

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Tribute to Reading Rainbow

The lovely and talented ThatCostumeGirl has made a video tribute to the TV show Reading Rainbow, which recently went off the air after a lengthy 26-year run.

She does a great job! My favorite part is towards the end, when she goes full nerd in costume. Adorable!

[via ThatCostumeGirl]

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Twi-Manga

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The Twilight fandemonium may be skeptical about Yen Press’s announcement that it plans to publish a manga-style series of novels addapted from Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight” books. But apparently, the author has given the project her blessing and she is reviewing each page (I think the sketches of Edward and Bella [above] actually look pretty good).

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Meyer, herself, is headed for the comic books. Bluewater Productions will feature the “Twilight” author in the publisher’s next “Female Force” standalone bio comic. “Female Force” honors women of accomplishment in society and pop culture. Meyer’s issue will be released in a standard 22-page edition as well as a 40-page collector’s item with bonus material.

What do you think, Twilight fans, are you ready to cross over to the Manga side? Will you read “Twilight” comics with as much relish as Meyer’s original books?

[via Comics Alliance]

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A Look into the World of Furries

Want to learn more about Furries? This is a great video, sent in by an anoymous tipster who asked MyDisguises to give more attention to Furries. I’m happy to oblige.

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So… does anyone want to talk about Furries? Share some stories or further insight into this culture?

I can see how people could think it’s… a bit odd. But I like the idea of being true to yourself and finding others with the same interests. It’s far too easy to go through life being fake and pretending to be normal.

I have to hand it to the folks who can embrace their inner strangeness and have fun at the same time. And come on – going to a party where everyone is wearing animal costumes sounds fun, right?

🙂

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The Rorschach Controversy

The Rorschach Controversy

Here’s is an interesting bit of news. The scientific community is buzzing about the psychological inkblot test known as the Rorschach test. Many psychologists are angry because Wikipedia has published the Rorschach images, and they claim Wikipedia has ruined the test by giving patients the answers.

The Rorschach Controversy If you’ve never seen the movie Watchmen, one of the superheroes is named Rorschach, and he wears a mask with inkblots that constantly shift into patterns resembling the real Rorschach test.

During a scene in the movie, a psychologist shows Rorschach these images, but Rorschach knows how to answer.

Doctor: “Tell me what you see.”
Rorschach: “A pretty butterfly.”
Doctor: “What about now? What do you see here?”
Rorschach: “Some nice flowers.”

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I guess I’m kind of wondering what’s the big deal. The Rorschach test is almost 100 years old, and the images are in the public domain. A group of psychologists are taking legal action against Wikipedia, but I don’t think the doctors stand a chance.

What do you think? Should Wikipedia take down their Rorschach entry? Feel free to comment below.

[via Yahoo!, Wikipedia & New York Times]

In related news, here’s an awesome tutorial on how to make a moving Rorschach mask by the special effects gurus at Indy Mogul.

 
I think I’ll conduct an experiment of my own. Stare at this for a while, and tell me what you see….

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“V” stands for “Vacuous”

Initially, I was very excited about ABC remaking the popular 80’s sci-fi series “V”.

Until I saw some clips from the yawner. You know how you see a preview and it gets you so excited that you go see the movie and realize all the best clips were in the preview? Well, that’s an effective preview, wouldn’t you say?

You’d think ABC would want to promote something as iconic as “V” with a montage of some of their best scenes. But no. These clips are as dull as a documentary on, well…nothing. And where did they dig up that “Party of Five” guy–Scott Wolf, is it?–I thought he was dead?

Any way, take a look and tell me what you think. Were you as bored as I was? Let’s hope, in this case, that the series is more than the sum of its previews.

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Top 12 (plus one) Sexiest Male Sci-Fi and Fantasy Costumes

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I have my reasons for liking Sci-Fi…and none of them have to do with the dangerously appealing male characters in other-worldly costumes. Yeah, okay, that was a lie. The truth is, I fantasize about men in sexy Sci-Fi costumes.

So, I was hardly opposed to taking a peek at Convention Fans’ Top 20 Sexy Male Sci-Fi Costumes when it was presented to me by a friend. While I agreed with some of the elected winners, others left me perplexed and unimpressed.

That’s when I decided to make my own list. It is my opinion that this list should be expanded to include Sexiest Male Fantasy (including the paranormal genre) costumes as well. While technically Fantasy is NOT Sci-Fi, and visa versa, there is a great deal of overlap between the two genres which both fall under the umbrella of speculative fiction (so there). Besides, it’s my list so you don’t really have a say in the matter…but I highly doubt you’ll be disappointed!

Anyway, here’s what I came up with…

Medieval Majesty

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Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy – The chivalrous medieval-style warrior, whether peasant-like or knightly, will ever attract the romantically-minded female.

Lusty Leather

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Jason Mamoa as Ronan Dex in Stargate Atlantis – # 7 on the CF Top Twenty List. Nothing says “All Male” like distressed, form-fitting leather.

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Keith Hamilton Cobb as Tyr Anasazi in Andromeda – The long dreads and fitted leather vest strategically cut to highlight one firm pec really made Andromeda worth watching (no, I didn’t watch it for Kevin Sorbo).

Eclectic

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James Marsters as Captain John Hart in Torchwood – The blending of historical, weathered and modern costume elements creates a Steampunk-feel that’s bad-boy appealing. (# 20 of the CF Top 20 list).

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Adrian Paul wore many costumes in his role as an immortal, from kilts to aviator gear to tuxedos…and he wore them all well. But if I had to choose, the traditional Scottish plaids would be have to be my fave.

Attired for Adventure

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Brendan Fraser as Rick O’ Connell in The Mummy – Reminiscent of the tough adventurer persona in Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones character. It has a rugged quality that says “I’m man enough to protect you, battle supernatural forces AND find you a nice little treasure!”

Military Masculinity

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Michael Beihn as Dwayne Hicks in Aliens: Military togs give off that strong, fit and disciplined vibe that compels women to croon, “I love a man in a uniform.”

Tantalizing Tanks

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Hugh Jackman as James Howlett (aka Logan) in X-men Origins: Wolverine – What girl wouldn’t smack her lips in the presence of the feral Wolverine looking alarmingly virile in muscle tank, dog tags and denim…GRRR! (#3 on CF top 20 in his X-men suit)…simple but savory.

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Steve Bacic as Telemachus Rhade in Andromeda – His snug sleeveless T-shirt and long fingerless, leather gloves compliment his muscular arms perfectly (by the way, this guy also looks great in SG-1 in a Gladiator-like costume…that’s him at the very top of post).

Vampire Vestment

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Alex O’loughlin in Moonlight – Thank heaven’s vampires no longer wear the goofy high-collared black cape and tuxedo-like suit. This long black duster over a tasteful button down Henley and snug jeans is more likely to seduce a woman into letting the undead bite her…right, ladies?

Werewolf Wardrobe

Jason Behr as Varek in Skinwalkers – Biker denims accessorized with leather holsters, arm cuffs and a cool tattoo (Oh, and great facial hair) hint at the beast within.

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Michael Sheen as Lucian in Rise of the Lycans – Knowing that a primal creature lurks under all that structured warrior-y leather goodness could drive a gal wild.

“Dressed” to kill Dragons

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Christian Bale as Quinn Abercromby in Reign of Fire – If one is going to slay the dragon and save his people (including his damsel in distress) he needs to demonstrate that he has the strength necessary to get the job done. I’d say this less-is-more “costume” rather proves that Quinn is up to the task. The minuscule proportion of the teeny-tiny neck scarf augments the broad expanse of his ripped chest (I think I’ll buy my husband one of those scarfs).

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New Sherlock Holmes Movie Trailer

Okay, I’ve been waitng, most impatiently, to see the Sherlock Holmes trailer and now that I’ve seen it…

I admit, it looks exciting. And Robert Downey appears to do a fabulous job—not surprisingly–as Britain’s most famous detective (although his version of Holmes is quite cheeky).

But if I were to try and describe the movie to you, I wouldn’t know where to start…”Sherlock Holmes: A Swashbuckling Victorian Romp,” perhaps?

Maybe the post I saw on the Cinematical web site is an apt description. It states that the new Sherlock Holmes movie looks like a fusion of “Young Sherlock Holmes meets The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vs. Van Helsing: At World’s End….”

What do you think?

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