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Star Wars-Themed Party for Young and Old Alike

Posted by on Nov 14, 2013 in Movie-related party themes | 0 comments


play Quigon or Obiwan if you must…

One of the best, if not THE BEST, sci-fi movies of all time is Star Wars. Ask anyone, even someone who’s not a keen moviegoer, and he will tell you that Star Wars is simply A-grade. This is probably one of the reasons why it’s a popular party theme for young and old alike.

In fact, many people don’t even wait for special occasions to party with a Star Wars theme. I know some people who make up their own events to give them valid reasons to plan a party.

If you have young children who have yet to watch all the movies in the series, it might be a good idea to introduce them to Star Wars by planning several movie nights where they can enjoy each movie in the series. Invite some friends over and watch all the Star Wars movies complete with costumes, props, and Star Wars-inspired food.

glow sticks light saber


You can easily buy imitation light sabers in stores that sell party supplies. However, you can make it more exciting for kids by providing them glow sticks that they can play with. Let them pretend that the sticks are their light sabers. You could even attach the glow sticks to the costumes so that when you turn off the lights, all you would see are the outlines created by the sticks.

You can find everything you need for a Star Wars-themed party in party supplies stores. They can provide you with all the miscellaneous items needed, from paper cups to party trinkets.

Remember, your kids can enjoy their childhood only once in their lifetime, so make it count.


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Should You Buy a 3D TV for Home Use?

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in TVs | 0 comments


While many people consider 3D television sets a virtual flop, still a great number of people are optimistic about it. After all, it’s not every day that you get to watch images on your TV screen “come to life” right before your very eyes. Some would even agree that 3D technology is the mother of all optical illusions, going all out in its efforts to mimic reality. Just think, a 3D TV can actually trick your brain into thinking that the images on display on the screen have depth when in reality, these don’t.

It’s not surprising, then, that many still dream of owning one. Samsung, Panasonic, Sharp, Sony, and LG are just some of the famous brands that have joined the bandwagon and have started manufacturing 3D plasma TVs, clearly the top of the line.

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our movie nights outside

So are you ready to buy one for your home? It does seem like the best thing to do especially if you’re adventurous when it comes to your TV-viewing experience. However, before you go out to buy a set or two, you might want to consider these useful tips:

1. Unlike traditional TV sets, you will get the ultimate viewing pleasure if you place your 3D TV in a dark room. The darker the room, the better you would appreciate the “almost live” images from your TV. If there are windows in the room, make sure you have heavy curtains on the ready for when you’re doing some daytime viewing.

2. Take measurements to make sure TV would fit into the spot you have chosen. There should be at least a 1 to 2-inch space on either side of the TV set and enough legroom at the back not only to allow for ventilation but also to accommodate audio and video connections.

3. Make sure there’s adequate space between you and the TV. For 3D TVs measuring 30-50 inches, there should be at least 8 feet of space in between. For larger TV sets, a good 10 feet of space would do.

4. Currently, there are three types of 3D TVs out in the market – LCD, DLP, and Plasma. It would do you well to know the differences between the three before deciding which one to buy. Digital Light Processing or DLP usually offers the biggest screen size for the most affordable prize. Some sets even measure up to 92 inches. Nevertheless, since a DLP is a projection set, it’s much bulkier than Plasmas and LCDs. It’s also notorious for the “rainbow effect”. If you choose an LCD, make sure you have it tested since not all LCD TVs display 3D images the same way. Plasma 3D TVs, on the other hand, has better motion response than LCD and better natural black levels and contrast, both of which can provide a better 3D viewing experience.

5. You need to choose the type of 3D glass you would get for your TV, too. There are two types: passive polarized glasses and active shutter glasses.

Aside from the five tips mentioned above, you need to consider the settings in order to get the best 3D TV viewing results. In addition, you could get the most out of your viewing experience if you have 3D-compatible home theatre. Finally, decide on the best source of content such as 3D-enabled Blu-ray Disc player, HD-Cable, or HD-Satellite Box.

By following these simple tips, you’re sure to enjoy watching 3D movies and shows on your awesome TV with the whole family.


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Teaser Trailer: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Coming Soon | 1 comment

Middle-earth’s probably the only one not celebrating. Director Peter Jackson has finally let fans sneak in on what’s to come in the second of three Hobbit movies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, following Bilbo Baggin’s adventures in An Unexpected Journey. Viewers are teased as Smaug, the winged fire-breathing dragon, can be seen at the end of the trailer gigantically looking down at Bilbo amidst his treasures. We don’t hear Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) but you can pretty much imagine  Khan Noonien Singh’s voice, in J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness. ^_^

bilbo baggins, the hobbit

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman)

The film picks up from the last’s scenes in Journey, as hobbit Bilbo Baggins travels with wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage)  to Erebor, the dwarf kingdom. It has since been destroyed and owned by the infamous dragon, Smaug.

The trailer is quite creepy, set in the usual dark forests, lots of valleys and waterfalls but with humongous spiders, and them orcs. Plus, there are lots and lots of elves and little ones, probably what most  ”Lord of the Rings” fans, would be looking to. Wel particularly the appearance of Orlando Bloom as Legolas, he is not originally in the Hobbit story but who would complain?


Legolas was surprisingly in (Orlando Bloom)

Another character addition would be Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel, created just for the Hobbit movies. There is also Luke Evans as the human Bard the Bowman, who if I remember clearly will bring Smaug great pain (oooppsss).

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug  will come to theaters on December 13. Meanwhile, there’d be a lot of superhero flicks you can see to pass time. ;)

elf warrior Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) hobbit

elf warrior Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly)

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The Fashion World Surprises Us Again – Gap-Toothed Smiles Are In!

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Celebrities | 17 comments


Fashion trends, as we all know, come and go and then come back again. It’s part of what keeps the fashion world front and center in our attention. It is also what adds to the reinvention of styles from the past that we have fallen in love with: Victorian lace up boots, shoulder pads in those boxy yet impeccably styled 1940’s women’s business suits, 1960’s mini dresses, bell bottoms, and more. All of these have seen a resurgence time and again. But every blue moon or so we get a surprise from the world of fashion that has not occurred in the consciousness of the mainstream media. We have just such an occasion now.

Gap-toothed smiles are in.

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Georgia May Jagger

When And How Did This Happen?

This unique and quirky trait became the hot trend around the time of New York Fashion Week in 2010. According to a Wall Street Journal article on celebrities flaunting gap-toothed smiles, transforming the typical look of models is one tactic of gaining fresh attention.

The savvy W magazine presented a total of three up and coming fresh faces with this stand out feature; Georgia May Jagger (Mick’s daughter), Lara Stone and Lindsey Wixson. Each of these ladies has gone on to very successful modeling careers. Wixson was featured in a Miu Miu marketing campaign, Stone found high exposure with a Calvin Klein advertisement and Jagger appears in the new ads for Hudson jeans.

The modeling industry has received much flack for promoting impossible physical standards for the average person to attain. There have been trends from tall “glamazon” models like Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell to skinny and waifish types such as Kate Moss. Recently, the look du jour finally became more realistic, representing a fit and shapely frame. This was coincidentally around the time that Lara Stone, who is said to be a size six, became popular. Stone is also now commonly recognized for making popular the gap-toothed smile.

The Charm Of The Gap-Toothed Grin

There is also the interesting look of a gap-toothed grin; it makes you look twice at a person who has one. It allows for the subjects’ true beauty and individuality to come through. This dynamic characteristic must finally appeal to the beauty industry as it has to some people for a long time.

For instance, according to a Ghanaian journalist and Gates Fellow of African Agriculture at the University of California-Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Bernice Agyekwena, in three African countries, Namibia, Nigeria and Ghana a gap (or diastema, the clinical name) in female’s teeth is a sign of an attractive and fertile woman. She mentions that some women will even create a synthetic gap in their teeth to sustain the customary model for African beauty.

In the Western hemisphere as far back as the Middle Ages, Geoffrey Chaucer wrote of the gap-toothed wife of Bath in “The Canterbury Tales,” insinuating the character’s insatiable lust with that description.

The new interest in this charming trait is believed to be an adverse reaction to the impossible beauty ideals of the fashion machine. Heather Muir, beauty news editor of Allure magazine, notes the “cookie cutter” look of beauty no longer stands out and we are moving to a more “quirky” beauty.

Clinically Speaking – Intentional Gaps?

Walnut Creek dentist and assistant clinical professor at the University of California-San Francisco’s School of Dentistry Tim Patel says there is no benefit to joining the gap from a clinical point of view. He states that he clearly likes to see completely straight teeth with no diastema.

“But if patients like it, I certainly don’t try to encourage them to change it. By and large, it’s an aesthetic issue.

The Wall Street Journal also reports that after the death of his father, fashion designer David Delvin got an intentional diastema between his teeth, explaining it was a metaphor for the separation he was feeling.

The Journal of Clinical Orthodontics shows that a tongue stud can cause a gap-toothed smile. It would be interesting to know how many professional dentists and students graduating from dental assistant schools have seen this phenomenon.

Described in the journal from a case study at the University Of Buffalo School Of Dental Medicine, one young lady formed a space between her front teeth by toying with her tongue piercing. The girl produced a considerable gap between her upper teeth by lodging the narrow part of a barbell shaped stud in the middle of the teeth and twisting it around over seven years’ time.

Dr. Sawsan Tabbaa an assistant professor of orthodontics at the University of Buffalo says, “It is a basic tenet of orthodontia that force, over time, moves teeth.”

So whether by genes or intention, if you are one of the distinctive looking people that sport a gap-toothed grin, smile big because this is your day!

Steven Ellis who is a freelance writer focusing on education, health care, tech and business. Connect with Steven on Twitter @stvnlls


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