An Unsatisfying Star Wars Salute to the Beatles

We need to talk about Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about and haven’t read vearious articles about it (like NPR‘s or Slate‘s), PLSDSP is an album that retells the story of Star Wars using the music of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The … Continue reading An Unsatisfying Star Wars Salute to the Beatles

Star Wars Monopoly and the Merchandising of Rey

Over the past twenty-four hours, I’ve seen a number of people, some friends, some not, outraged by Hasbro’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens Monopoly set because it doesn’t include a player token for Rey. For background on the story, see this article in The Guardian. For an example of the outrage, see this Gizmodo article. … Continue reading Star Wars Monopoly and the Merchandising of Rey

Who Is Supreme Leader Snoke?

Who is Supreme Leader Snoke? Radio Times delves into the soundtracks for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Revenge of the Sith, and they notice something interesting. The Force Awakens‘ shadowy villain, Supreme Leader Snoke, has a familiar motif, one that first appeared in Revenge of the Sith. It’s the motif that plays when Senator … Continue reading Who Is Supreme Leader Snoke?

Link Round-Up: December 28

I’ve just finished listening to Joel McNeely’s Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire soundtrack. I bought this when it came out in the spring of 1996. And I have no idea what I did with that CD. So, after seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I found it inexpensively on eBay. It arrived today. I … Continue reading Link Round-Up: December 28

Link Round-Up: December 20

A couple of links for you kind readers today. Mostly I spent the day baking cookies and finishing the first season of Star Wars Rebels. Which ends, by the way, with a pretty intense three-part story. And the droid, Chopper, remains a psychopathic asshole. Irish Whiskey Cookies, Perfect for Christmas – Science! A friend posted … Continue reading Link Round-Up: December 20

Link Round-Up: December 19

Not a lot of links today. Star wars, religious violence, and how to make a new emoji – The BBC World Service’s On Background program takes an in-depth look at three or four big news stories during the week, and this episode interested me not for its Star Wars content but for its interview with … Continue reading Link Round-Up: December 19

Link Round-Up: December 18

Last night, after work, I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens with my coworkers thanks for an end-of-year work function. Here are my non-spoilery thoughts, posted on social media last night and this morning. First, Facebook: My non-spoilery reaction to the new Star Wars movie — I was entertained, but it’s best to have tempered … Continue reading Link Round-Up: December 18

Link Round-Up: December 17

We start today’s link round-up with something I wrote on Facebook this morning. It relates to two of today’s links, and I’ll link a third article in this: Christians and Muslims worship the same god. This isn’t and shouldn’t be a controversial statement. As a matter of history, it’s as much of a fact as … Continue reading Link Round-Up: December 17

Link Round-Up: December 16

Some links for today. We’ll start with Star Wars and go from there. The Best-Case Scenario: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ – There’s a new Star Wars film out this week. It’s a total surprise; I haven’t seen ads or merchandise for it anywhere. Reviews are starting to trickle in, albeit ones light on details. … Continue reading Link Round-Up: December 16

Link Round-Up: December 15

Our second link round-up! These are things I read today that interested me, with some commentary on what I read and what I thought. BBC World Service: Space – The BBC World Service has begun an occasional podcast series of podcasts on an astronomy/space exploration theme. As of right now, there are four episodes, ranging … Continue reading Link Round-Up: December 15

This Year’s Angel Tree Package

Last week was… not the best. I should clarify. It wasn’t bad. It was simply stressful. And hectic. And tense. And all of the things that a week that where the catalog and orders go to press usually is. Thankfully, the week ended with the Nerd Prom — the Employee Appreciation Party (or the Christmas … Continue reading This Year’s Angel Tree Package