I've seen the word "cosplay" thrown around when people post pictures like the one above, but didn't really know what it was. Looking at the wikipedia entry, it seems like its a word meant to make "playing dress up" sound more cool:
Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure?), short for "costume play", is a type of performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea from a work of fiction. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered on role play. A broader use of the term cosplay applies to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.
I'm sure a lot of people would look askance at it as being the epitome of geeky weirdness (even more so than painting toy soldiers) but I don't see how it's any different than investing hundreds of dollars and hours into "suping-up" a car. And it's definitely more productive than drinking one's face off. Just that cars and drinking is more socially acceptable. Seems like this stuff is becoming a bit more acceptable as geekiness becomes more mainstream.

At the end of the day, it's just plain impossible to say that there isn't something really cool about this:

It was made by Daniel Høgh (Boltshells) and Justina Šniukštaitė (Roses) over at Roses and Boltshells, who make custom props and cosplay accessories, and it certainly showcases their considerable skill. Apparently this thing is made of foam and cost about $2000 to make.


Next Episode of Swords and Space Radio Ready to Go

I learned that one of my regular guests on Swords and Space Radio, Brian Pauls, is a fan of Prometheus (a film dubbed "one of the worst I've ever seen" in my review last summer). So I figured it was timely to have a little "show down" to debate the merits/demerits of this film before I completely forget the whole thing:

Swords and Space VIII: Prometheus 04/23 by AMDG Radio | Blog Talk Radio

I'm in the process of reading Isaac Asimov's Nightfall for a future show, though I will probably nip out to see Oblivion and squeeze in a show on that in-between. In truth I'm not all that enthusiastic after viewing a couple trailers, but my co-host Stephen recommended it and it will surely be better than Prometheus!

Oh, and just for fun, a Star Wars in 60 seconds I stumbled across:


Restoration Radio: The Hobbit

Last night I got "back in the saddle", at least as far as Restoration Radio is concerned, with (finally) our show on The Hobbit, which had been rescheduled a couple of times. My guest was Matthew Zepf, editor-in-chief of Brav's Index, and the show can be downloaded for free here:

Swords and Space VI: The Hobbit 04/09 by True Restoration Media | Blog Talk Radio

Also worth noting is that Swords and Space Radio has been picked-up by the newly founded AMDG Radio, and starting with next week's show concerning Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Hobbit, that will be the place to go for all future shows. Below is the link for that show:

Swords and Space VII: The Hobbit Film 04/16 by AMDG Radio | Blog Talk Radio

Hope you'll join us!

I just want to mention briefly that the only reason for the move to AMDG radio is that I always envisioned Swords and Space as a Sci-Fi/Fantasy programme hosted by a Catholic, rather than a specifically Catholic Sci-Fi/Fantasy programme. Given the other content on  Restoration Radio, I thought this was an appropriate move.
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