Apr. 24th, 2012

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We've all seen them -- covers with poses that we suspect defy physical possibility. Well, Jim C. Hines has one of those covers on THE STEPSISTER SCHEME. He decided that investigation was in order -- and what better way to investigate than to pose for the covers himself? So he did, thanks to his giggling wife as photographer. And here are his results -- Women (yes, scads of these poses are painful and several impossible) and men (bare-chested manly men, but still in dominant positions over women.)

To add to the fun, you can also check out a post by a martial artist and contortionist who points out that even she cannot get into these poses, much less fight crime in them. And why would those awesome women even need such silly poses?

Finally, the talented folks who brought us Avatar, the Last Airbender (the anime, NOT the movie) purposely made the magic forms based on different real, graceful, powerful martial arts -- thus making the fight scenes even more awesome, because the things done are possible! So -- after seeing the contortionist do things that may give you nightmares, check out the Avatar short. Well worth the two minutes, if you like visualizing things like this. (Short link provided for those who fear the contortionist.)
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Is there a word for the concept of Last Child? This is in a enclave on one of the Seven Sisters. Population growth is encouraged, but only to a point -- any child who is the fifth child in a family is "Extra" and does not have the same rights as the others. They can emigrate, join a trading outfit for ten years and return home solvent and as an immigrant, or join the military (when the country is at war, you have a 30% chance of making it back in one piece.)

So -- this concept may or may not be a pejorative, as these are family members. But they don't have the same destiny, and are rarely moved up in pecking order if someone dies, as health care is excellent.

Ack, I have an appt! Later --

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Apr. 24th, 2012 12:00 pm
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