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Playing- Just b’cos

Which Potter character would you/ do you like to dress up as most?

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One of the things I loved doing from when i was a young teen was making costumes and finding excuses to wear them.  It started from when I became interested in role-playing games.  I’d already had an interest in sci-fi from my childhood.  I usually made warrior-type costumes.  I’m doing what I can to get my kids going this way.  I just made this breastplate for my almost three year old son…

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He cried until I took it off…

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Around the Common Room 19 August 2011

Just a few bits and pieces today, links to various other articles and topics and whatnot.

First, this is too hilarious to not post first. Jess over at The Last Muggle, a site you should really check out by the way, posted this video the other day on How Harry Potter Should Have Ended. It is, as they say, priceless!

Also, I’m not kidding about checking out Jess’s site. She also has a  great series of articles discussing the various houses as we anticipate which one we all might get sorted into for Pottermore. Worth reading even though she disses Hufflepuff. So, if you’re down with the ‘Puff, you might want to go over and defend the honor of the badger. 😉 BTW, this brings up an interesting question, if J.K. Rowling puts you in a house, via Pottermore, is that the last word on the subject?

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News & Other Potpourri

As a result of varying factors, I only have time to throw together a variety of news stories and other things I found of note.  First, a hat tip to The Torch Online, as I first saw many of these stories referenced on their site.  So here goes…

If you haven’t heard, Elijah Wood has been cast to appear in the upcoming Hobbit film.  If you’re wondering how Frodo, who Wood played in the LOTR films, gets into The Hobbit, in which the character doesn’t appear, then you’re not the only one.  Please note the linked story has some spoilers about how they plan to incorporate Frodo. In related news, Ian McKellen & Andy Serkis will be reprising the roles of Gandalf & Gollum respectively.  If you’re interested, TheOneRing.Net is the place to go for news & speculation.  Speaking personally, I can’t help but think that this movie will end up being visually spectacular but will bear little to no resemblance to the actual source material that J.R.R. Tolkien wrote.  More’s the pity.

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Another Form of Therapy: Hostile Takeover

OK, so everybody knows that robots are competing with humans for places in the job market. And I think everyone’s sufficiently paranoid to realize that in this case–and this case only–they’re not just simply wanting to settle in and get along, moving forward to happy clappy new world. We’ve always known, or suspected, that robots have it in for us big time. (Was anyone else other than me freaked out by the Droid commercials?)

“One day they will have secrets; one day they will have dreams.” And one day, it seems, they will have very disturbing ideas.

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Joss Whedon’s Firefly View-Through


On the Hog’s Head forum we’re beginning a view-through of Joss Whedon’s brilliant Sci/Fi series Firefly.

This is an excellently conceived, written, acted and produced series that is well worth your time and won’t insult your intellect. Just the sort of series that Fox likes to axe.

We’ll be going through the series episode by episode in the order intended by Whedon. Not, I repeat NOT, in the order Fox decided to air them.
1 “Serenity”
2 “The Train Job”
3 “Bushwhacked”
4 “Shindig”
5 “Safe”
6 “Our Mrs. Reynolds”
7 “Jaynestown”
8 “Out of Gas”
9 “Ariel”
10 “War Stories”
11 “Trash”
12 “The Message”
13 “Heart of Gold”
14 “Objects in Space”

Discussion will begin on 15th Feb. If you wish to join and contribute your valuable insights please limit your discussion to the current episode or any preceding episodes- ie. Don’t get ahead of the story arc.

C.S. Lewis and The Doctor

For me, two very important events happened yesterday and today.  Yesterday, November 22, 1963, C.S. Lewis died, his death being overshadowed by the assasination of John F. Kennedy.  Aldous Huxley also died that day too.  Lewis is well known for his Chronicles of Narnia books and also for his Christian apologetical works, even giving a series of radio lectures during World War II which would later form the book Mere Christianity.  Among many works, Lewis also wrote science fiction, The Space Trilogy, and also, what I consider to be his best work, Till We Have Faces, a retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche. Continue reading

New Poll: In which fictional drinking establishment would you most like to imbibe

By Matthew

The watering hole plays a strong part in the adventures of many of our fictional heroes and heroines and I’d like to have a real-life poke around in some of them. The inns, that is.

Please comment with your choice and why you’d like to go there… or not.