I know I spent some time in my girlhood sewing for that little vinyl minx Barbie and her discount-store knockoff cousins. I even gave my Marie Osmond doll a haircut and my Sindy doll a bad Wilton dye-job. But that's nothing compared to what I've seen in the community of OOAK (One Of A Kind) customized fashion dolls. Through the magic of the Interwebs, we can peek into this alternate universe to see how with a new head of hair, a coat of acrylic paint, and judicious applications of boiling water and Sculpey, the little plastic diva can become a Tolkien heroine, an A-list celeb, a matinee idol, a TV icon, a Discworld character, or a centaur. Some defy categorization. With some excruciatingly detailed period clothing, a tutorial on re-rooting hair, and some other customizing techniques, she can represent such exotic cultures as Nigeria, the Middle East, the Far East, India, and even Canada. Can I say it again? I love the Internet!!!
Did you ever stumble into an online community that made you feel like you'd stepped through the looking glass? Warning: Lots of crappy, pop-up-laden webhosting. (Possibly NSFW, depending on how seriously you want to be taken by your co-workers in the future.)