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May the Holiday Force Be With You   Leave a comment

I’m not going to lie.  This has been an awful year for me.  Annus horribilus.  I’m not sorry to see 2014 go; in fact, I’ll be personally booting it out the door come 11:59:59 on 12/31/14.  I can’t wait.

That doesn’t mean I’m going to go all Bah Humbug during the holidays, however.  In fact, as a result of this terrible year, I’m determined to finish it on a positive note, or even a humorous one.

Sometimes when the self-spirit’s lacking, one has to dig deep to find the certain stuff to pull it up and out.  Get that old smile back on the face.  Muster up some cheer.  To that end, I started with lights.  Dug out the old LED outdoor string and got to work putting them on the gutters for all to see.  Have a few strands of solar lights and stuck them on the bushes on the front lawn, since there’s no outlets there.  Already, the house looked much better.

We did notice a couple of our older strings weren’t working, so Andrew and I went over to Lowe’s and bought replacements.  Hanging in the aisle was this:

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It’s a Chewbacca stocking.  Andrew walks over to it and says, “I don’t care how much it costs” and throws it into our basket, along with our new color icicle lights.

The next day, I’m in Target, wandering the aisles for a few last-minute gifts and holiday supplies.  I’m looking for Archer Farms Caramel Chocolate Popcorn mix when I happen upon this:

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I say to myself, “I don’t care how much it costs” and toss it into the basket.  It’s truly horrible, but I don’t care.

We’re the sort of family that gets its tree a few days before Christmas, so that the holiday actually has some kind of special anticipation (as opposed to those who put theirs up right after Thanksgiving, a month before).  I went to the local farmers market.  They always have great trees at good prices.  Of course, they also have all sorts of other things that go along with holiday decorating too, so I saw this:

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Oh boy.  This was hard.  Oh, these would look soooooooooo fantastic on the lawn, now, wouldn’t they?  A storm trooper with a candy cane?  R2D2 with a Santa cap?  I already had a holiday Yoda, but he looked kinda cute, almost determined to celebrate Christmas with great force.  One look at the price, though, and I wasn’t about to shell out $59.95 when the tree cost half that.  Sensibly, I moved on.

So the other day, my son wanted to go Christmas shopping.  Again, we’re back at Target and he spots these:

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Oh, heck, they were only $10.00.  On clearance.  Such a bargain!  What better way to drink egg nog?  Of course, the bottom of the glass had the expected caveat:

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NOT A TOY.  Well, it’s not like we go tossing these things around.  Who’d even think a glass is?

So here we are, putting nice things on tree.  It’s all sparkle and light.

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Yoda fits in so well with all the other sparkly bits and such.  He’s so serene, stuck in the branches:

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It’s as if he’s the keeper of the holiday spirit, beckoning joy and light, and be of good cheer.

So I will.

So should you.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Festive Festivus, Sassy Saturnalia, Kickin’ Kwanza, Happy New Year and all of that, to all of you.

Star Wars Pas de Deux   Leave a comment

Imagine this:  You wanted a big change in your life and, unwittingly, you set out on this epic adventure wherein you witness the death of your mentor, you pick up a woman with danish for hair, you make friends with a giant carpet and a bum on the run.  With no marketable skills, somehow you all manage to wreak major damage to a major investment of a major empire.  Oh yeah, and there’s this big hulking guy after you.  Through pluck and luck, everything works out in the end and you receive official recognition from a whole bunch of people in a very big hall.  For all its majesty, there’s something a bit awkward and uncomfortable about it.  Hmmm…

Then much, much later, after all those demons have been conquered and the next generation actually admits they might be able to learn a thing for two from you, there’s a bit of tarnish and patina on the legend.  Denial plays heavily into what you’re still able to accomplish, but then again, you have luck and pluck, and the once impossible becomes possible again:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/07/snl-star-wars_n_6284190.html

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

The Dark Side of Star Wars   Leave a comment

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You’re sitting in your favorite chair, reclining and relaxing to that iconic sci-fi morality tale trilogy, Star Wars.  You’re petting the cat, eating popcorn as you watch planets blow up, walkers trip and burn, even the Death Star going ka-blammo!  It’s all good fun, and you even find yourself cheering.

But did you even consider the toll?  I hesitate to say “human” toll…many species lives were lost.  And it’s kind of sad, don’t you think?  But then again, it’s all in the name of a heroic cause, and now, if you click on the above link, you’ll have your opportunity to cheer on the death and destruction, as Digg has tallied all 2,005,645,868 deaths in the original Star Wars trilogy.

Quite a feat, I’m sure, but worthwhile, just in case you wondered…and admit it…you have…

Enjoy!

Starship Spectacular!   Leave a comment

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From the In Case You Wondered department:

Here’s a complete chart of all the spaceships out there.  Sci-fi ships, that is.

This chart comes courtesy of artist Dirk Loechel and one look at it will tell you it’s a true work of genius and labor of love.  Apparently it’s missing a Tardis, but he explains why at his site.

Enjoy!

 

Be a Star Wars Star!   Leave a comment

Hey, folks!  Just keeping you updated on the latest Star Wars controversy as we wait impatiently for the latest, newest incarnation!

J. J. Abrams, the director of Episode 7, makes an appeal to directly to you, the nerds and the geeks (that includes me, my husband and just about our entire social circle) to donate to UNICEF and if you do, you, yes, YOU might get a chance to win a part in “SW7”!

See here for yourself:

From a press release that accompanied the video:

All Wings Report In! On the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, Director J.J. Abrams was interrupted by an X-Wing pilot and rogue robot as he announced the chance for fans to win an advance private screening of Star Wars: Episode VII. “We are so grateful for the support that the fans from over 119 countries have shown for Force for Change,” said Abrams. “As we close this final week, we’ve added an additional prize that allows the fans the opportunity to see the movie early as a thank you for supporting such a great cause as UNICEF’s innovative, lifesaving work for children.” By contributing at any level by July 25th, participants will be eligible for all prizes including a chance to be in the movie.

Now comes the controversy.  It appears that the vehicle that J. J. Abrams is standing in front of is not really an X-wing fighter.  Even my friend has told me so.  It appears to many to be a Z-95 Headhunter.  Apparently, this is IMPORTANT.

What do you think?  Does the viewing audience/people who claim to be Jedis know their stuff better than J.J?  Or is this a genuine case of mistaken identity?  Remember, we’re looking into the future here.  Could be a whole new class of fighter vehicles!

Watch the clip and decide.

 

 

Official “Star Wars” Leaks   Leave a comment

You knew it had to happen.

With the impending arrival of “Star Wars: Episode Seven”, there’s all kinds of stuff being posted on YouTube.  My husband sent me one link today and after viewing it, I drooled.  If you hadn’t seen this one already, go ahead, take a glimpse:

Note the exquisite detail.  Whoever did this is a dedicated geek worthy of award status.

Of course, if you have that, you’re also going to have to look at the leaked TMZ photos of Episode 7, too.  Since these have been out for a while and no doubt everyone’s had a look already, I’m including these as a matter of convenience.  You know, so you can geek out all in one space.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/06/leaked-star-wars-footage_n_5562440.html?utm_hp_ref=email_share#slide=start

Enjoy!

Children: Alien Specialty   Leave a comment

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Credit:  Andrew Chattaway – Moon over Devil’s Tower

 

With kids and cute aliens helping out each other again this summer, I’d thought I’d focus on a few past endeavors by Hollywood that exploits children for the greater good of the alien’s quest to rule the planet, or at least have some practical use for it.  Generally, all the aliens wind up doing is using the kids (or their friends/family) to stick it to the man, break laws, wreak havoc and make a positive, heartwarming impression on the kid(s) that will guide them through the rest of their lives.

Quick!  Name five films wherein aliens and kids meet up, bond and learn important life lessons that will guide them through their formative year and beyond.  Name two wherein Devil’s Tower figures prominently.

Drawing a blank?  Here’s mine:

1) E.T. – An obvious choice, eh?  Such a story: a lonely kid from a broken marriage meets up with an ugly-but-cute alien who is also a fugitive from those nasty government people.  After a few tentative missteps, alien and kid learn a few things off of each other and discover that being different has its assets.  Older brother totally embraces the outlaw aspect of harboring said fugitive, gets friends on board to skirt the law after a scary brush with it, then everyone goes on a quasi-high speed dodge-’em bike chase to lose the cops and send E.T. back to the planets.  It’s a heartwarming tale meant to leave the viewer with a warm, glowing feeling…just like the pulsating chest of E.T.  Kids also learn the value of sticking it to The Man by learning that all government officials are evil, hostile sorts who have absolutely no business wondering just exactly what kind of being from another planet goes after young innocents and teaches them how to get away with breaking nation security protocols.

2) Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Kid actually gets abducted by stereotypical, pale verdigris aliens and winds up in a ginormous ship from which mobs of abductees are eventually unloaded back to the planet where they were first plucked.  It’s assumed they’ve been probed, charted, analyzed and documented for future use.  Cherub child, abducted in early scenes of film, runs towards Mommy (who’s been skirting the law herself trying to get the kid back) once he’s set free.  In the film, it’s mentioned that some have an unusual force beckoning them towards the expected alien landing site.  Apparently, they were invited to attend, and the calling card is an unshakable mental image of a strange-shaped mountain located somewhere in the American West.  Well, the kid was dragged through a doggie door.  I get the distinct impression it wasn’t his idea to come to the party or he even had the faintest idea of what Devil’s Tower even was, where it stood or why he, of all kids, was selected for this particular space venture.  Apart from being scarred for life with post-traumatic stress disorder from his abduction, we know that child is going to be just…fine…

3) The Day the Earth Stood Still – Little Bobby Benson’s Dad died in World War II, and Klaatu/Mr. Carpenter’s just the guy who’ll show him not only how to improve his math skills, but nuclear bombs are a bad idea because if anyone on Earth’s ever going to use them, Klaatu’s going to teach all those naughty, nasty Earthlings a big lesson they’ll never forget.  The government’s going after Klaatu, so he uses Bobby’s mom Helen as his ticket to freedom and get back to Gort and that big ship sitting on the President’s Park ellipse.  Kids learn that while they might be able to skirt the law together with their new-found alien friend, their parents might.

4)  Mars Attacks! – Now, these are teenagers that wind up being victorious in the end.  What’s cool about this one is Natalie Portman, as the president’s daughter Taffy Dale, winds up giving Lukas Haas, another teenager, the Medal of Honor, all because Slim Whitman yodeling makes the Martians heads explode.  There really is no law to skirt here, but if nothing else, the cheese factor’s on overload, with Tom Jones providing plenty of it for the film.  Natalie Portman would go on to play Padmé Amidala in the “first three episodes” of Star Wars films.

5) Paul – This one’s a bit of a stretch, but Paul landed on Tara Walton’s dog, who was stigmatized her entire life and called a freak because she met a real alien and no one believed her.  A child at the time, she suffered insults from other kids thinking she was a reclusive nut case, which she did become.  In the end, we find out that she isn’t really skirting the law, only trying to have a wonderful adventure to make up for the rotten hand that Paul dealt her by helping him escape the G-men out to nab Paul for the Big Guy.  One can only imagine the misadventures that lie ahead for both she and her old friend, Paul.  And yes, they go to Devil’s tower, where everyone know aliens go for a good time.

So. What’s your favorite child & alien film?

 

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