Friday, August 13, 2010

RorschWEEK Number 2

Well, by now you should not have expected profundity.
If you knew we had a seven-year-old kid in the house, then you might have expected something like this.

Also, if you had known in advance the Rorschach blot.

So, starting now, I'll show you the ORIGINAL blot for our next post so that you can discover your own twisty little subconscious imagery!

Here is Rorschach Blot "Plaat III" (Plate 3 for unGerman-types).

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Cool DVD Alert!

I'm happy to share the news that  the 1994 FOX series M.A.N.T.I.S., which died after one season in the Friday-night "death slot," has been released on DVD!

I just ordered mine.  I understand that there aren't any special features included (ARGHH!) but on the four discs are the pilot and all of the produced episodes, including some that weren't aired.

We now return you to your thoughts about ink blots.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

RorschWEEK Number 1


You thought this would be about Watchmen's Rorschach!

Actually, a recent thrift-store find was a book on how to show-and-grade the ten Rorschach cards.  It is probably a symptom of my own mental sicknesses that, while reading the book,  I needed the authors' help to find all the penises and female parts that some of those respondents gave.

To give a Rorschach test properly, you (the Mental Health Guru) also have to learn/memorize a lots of code initials so you can make rapid notes concerning your test subject.  You make notes about whether the person "sees" humans or animals, or various forces of nature; and whether the image is perceived as moving or not; and whether or not an inanimate object is "natural" or not; and lots of other stuff.

You know, when I briefly saw a child psychiatrist in my grade school years, I was probably given a Rorschach test.  Considering how deviant some of the "common" responses are -- according to the book -- I must have passed muster or just acted innocent --, because after a year or so I didn't have to see Dr Coutant (spelling?) any more.  Mostly I recall how fun it was to be allowed to play with the set of Lincoln Logs he had in his office.

Anyway, RorschWEEK entries will be about what the Rorschach blots look like to me.  I hope you agree, or at least consider my ideas a brief diversion.

What do YOU see?

Monday, August 09, 2010

A (exceedingly) Small History Lesson

Some of you, my friends, hang about because you know me. Some have droppeth as the manna rains from Heaven.

Anyway, a few of you guys might have some interest in STAR OKC, central Oklahma's SF/Fantasy Club (now defunct).

After my pal (and fellow STAR OKC survivor)Larry Nemecek (see his Blog Listing to the right) asked if there were any STAR OKC records online, I took the bit into my (figurative) teeth and figured I would just throw up a STAR OKC blog about it.

STAR OKC started in 1973 as part of the Star Trek Association for Revival movement. Some of you may recall a time when the ONLY STAR TREK was local syndicated reruns, ususally trimmed for time as desired by local stations.

So, the S.T.A.R. groups decided to change all that.

As far as actual influence, I figure maybe .005% is a generous estimate of our "push power". But we sure felt vindicated when the gears began grinding exceedingly slow towards a movie -- now, a series -- no, a movie.

Anyway, if you was to see a drip-by-drip posting of some Fandom Days Gone By in Oklahoma City, then check out the blog at

Stay tuned right here in a couple of days for

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