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  1. Someone is adjusting her invisible corsetry.
  2. There has been some talk on the boards of people's costumes, the wearing of them and how they change things and what people are working on. So I'd like to throw open the question, What is your costume? It can be any approach. Are you working on one now? Are you a fan who appreciates them but doesn't make them? Do you have a favorite costume? Do you have favorite memories of one? Do you like realism, or abstraction, history, sci fi, or fantasy? Does costuming connect to your gaming or other hobbies? When and where do you wear costumes? Are you making something for another person? Or for a doll maybe? What's your favorite one you've seen? What would you make if you had the materials and time? *** I'll start. I have a reproduction late-eighteenth century dress in a big floral print in shades of red and blue on white, complete with undergarments, big pockets, mitts, a ruffled cap, and cocked hat that I had been wearing to our neighborhood's annual Fourth of July parade. But I've been feeling weirder about it in the last few years since late eighteenth century dress has become political in a direction I am not. So I've found myself turning towards the struggles of the Suffragists a century ago. I've been reading old mail order catalogues from the First World War and checking out the eminently practical suits women wore at the time -- big pockets everywhere! At this point I have plans for nearly everything except a suit. I have undergear and petticoats, a blouse, nearly acceptable shoes, hats to be modified, a good pattern for spats, and a pageant-style banner edged with green and purple ribbon* ready to be painted front and back with "Votes for Women". At this point it would be nice to make a historically accurate suit, but looking at what I have, I think it would be a fairly convincing impression with any reasonably matched jacket and calf-length skirt. *Those are the colors of the English suffragists, not the US ones, but I'm okay with that.
  3. It just occurred to me, Pratchett and Gaiman's "Good Omens" is at least in part a satire of the old '70s film "The Omen". In "The Omen" Patrick Troughton, who played the Doctor in "Doctor Who" from 1966-1969, plays a priest who gets impaled failing to avert the apocalypse. In "Good Omens" David Tennant, who played the Doctor in "Doctor Who" from 2005-2010, will play a laid-back demon with an interest in sabotaging the apocalypse.
  4. Hey, ho, the wind and the rain!
  5. It's a sort of milk custard thickened with rennet instead of cornstarch. It has a pretty unique texture, a little wobbly like egg custard. I used to adore lemon junket when I was a kid, but all I can find these days is raspberry. :P I know, right? And yet yiaourti me meli is one of my favorite light desserts.
  6. I was a total introverted geek who knew little about pop culture who decided, my last year of high school, that I should pay attention to pop music. So I applied myself. Every week I bought a 45 (Yes! They still existed in the 1980s!) of the top song of that week, or the next if I already had it. I remember I had 45s of "Here Comes the Rain Again" and "Time After Time" and "Send Me An Angel" and "99 Red Balloons" and "Strip" and "Safety Dance". Other hits from my roughly one year of paying attention to pop music: "Total Eclipse of the Heart" "Every Breath You Take" "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" "Hungry Like the Wolf" "When Doves Cry" "Billie Jean" "Say Say Say" "What's Love Got to Do With It" "Footloose" "Jump" "Owner of a Lonely Heart" "Karma Chameleon" "She Blinded Me With Science" "Domo Arigato Mister Roboto" "Beat It" "Ghostbusters" "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" "Puttin' on the Ritz" "Electric Avenue" "Let's Dance" "Flashdance / What a Feeling" "I Just Called to Say I Love You" "Talking in Your Sleep" "Hold Me Now" "I Always Feel Like Somebody's Watching Me" "Don't Turn Around, Der Komissar's in Town" "Let's Go Crazy" "Ain't Nothing Gonna Break My Stride" "Uptown Girl" "Oh Sherrie" "i Guess that's Why They Call It the Blues" "Heart of Rock and Roll" "Love is a Battlefield" "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" "I Want A New Drug" "Thriller" "Wrapped Around Your Finger" I know almost nothing of pop music outside that one year span, but I rather liked it at that time.
  7. I'm reading a book from 1950 in which the author found it necessary to define yogurt in the back glossary for the benefit of readers. "Curdled milk, in the form of a junket"
  8. Please forgive my ignorance. I know very little about handguns. I may not even be asking the right questions. But I have faith in the experience and knowledge of the forumites. What would be a common sort of handgun used by a British or German person in North Africa during the Second World War? Would military people have access to different guns? How were they carried and used?
  9. You fool! That's just what they do to lure you in! ... Just kidding. Awww.
  10. Photographer Rä di Martino traveled around the Tunisian desert in September 2010 locating and photographing the decaying old sets for the original Star Wars films, which she learned had never been torn down. Fascinating pictures here:
  11. A happy birthday to you!
  12. Happy vacationing, Xherman.
  13. Wow, they look like jello molds!
  14. Thank you. I thought he might be something like that. He's got curly-toed pointy shoes. I though he might be a leprechaun, one without the stereotyped accoutrements. He is super-tiny.
  15. She said "This is the dustiest I've been since I was doing actual archeology!" (Technically it was paleontology, but yep ...)
  16. I shipped the BoGW off yesterday ... Quite possibly, but I don't know. In the now-classic collaboration between Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Crowley is a sort of fallen (more sauntered downward) angel who is buddies with actual (but suspiciously regarded) angel Aziraphale and the two of them work together to avert Armageddon - sort of - because, among other things, they kind of like living on Earth.
  17. Firstborn has taken it upon herself to clean out a storage pile in the front hall. She found three old space-themed goodie bags from a birthday party. I can't even remember when she had a space-themed birthday party. But given the teachers' letter she found by them, they are probably about fifteen years old. We tossed out the Lindt truffles that were in them and the hard candies that had gone gooey. ( ) What remained were a bunch of multisized glow-in-the-dark plastic stars, some little inexpensive plastic astronaut and rocket toys - and some tiny Star Wars spaceships on flying bases with some sort of accompanying playing card. I don't even remember getting little Star Wars spaceship minis ...
  18. Live

    That's what I thought, but it's been a really long time since I shot a bow.
  19. Lena Horne was one of the singer-actors Warner Brothers were originally considering for the part of Sam, played ultimately by Dooley Wilson, in "Casablanca." That would have been an interesting variation.
  20. David Tennant is going to play Crowley in the upcoming miniseries of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's "Good Omens"!!!!!
  21. Well, this is interesting. So, according to Roger Ebert, Warner Brothers was the first Hollywood studio to take a stance against the Nazis. The brothers Warner were seriously worried about the rise of fascism and its threat to freedom and democracy. They cut off all contact with Germany in 1934 and started inserting warnings in their films and cartoons, at a time when other Hollywood studios were courting the Nazis. Little known fact, anti-Nazi content was banned from Hollywood productions between 1934 and 1941. Warner Brothers put it in anyway, and was censured for it. They were actually on the FBI's poo list for being "prematurely antifascist"! So "Casablanca" is just exactly what you would expect from them.
  22. With which I am currently washing out my mouth ...