Posts Tagged ‘star wars’

Star WWII

Posted: 16 April 2008 in Uncategorized
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The lack of posts lately is due to the semester winding down. And by winding down, I mean grinding me up.

So in lieu of something substantive, here is another re-envisioning of Star Wars. I posted about Steampunk Star Wars a couple weeks ago, but this one is slightly more recent — taking its inspiration from World War II. Boba Fett and the Stormtrooper are my favorites. I can imagine a Death Star (not featured) that looks like a giant steel ball with steel panels bolted together. The weapon dish would be steel mesh. Many antennae would protrude from the poles.

Boba Fett - 1942 style

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Steampunk Death Star

Posted: 30 March 2008 in Uncategorized
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Just stumbled on this really cool site if you like steampunk and Star Wars. Being a huge fan of both, I recommend checking it out. If you’re a Star Wars purist, avoiding it might be healthier. The reimagining of Jabba the Hut and the Death Star are the best imo.

Steampunk version of the Death Star from Star Wars

Product Visualization

Posted: 21 February 2008 in Uncategorized
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How do you best visualize the struggle between two competing standards?  Light sabre battles between children, of course!

HD DVD vs. Blu-ray

Galactic Attactic

Posted: 18 December 2007 in Uncategorized
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When you subscribe to a crapload of feeds that have overlapping subject matter, you see interesting themes emerge. In the astronomy subblogosphere, the recent news about the double galaxy 3c321 has sparked yet another competition over who can come up with the coolest headline. In case you haven’t heard about it, 3c321 consists of two galaxies, one of which is shooting a jet of particles at the other (via its black hole) which could strip the atmosphere off any planets in that galaxy. Here are the headlines I have collected in the wild:

  1. Bad Astronomy: Taste my death ray, 3c321!
  2. Space.com: Galaxy blasts neighbor with deadly jet
  3. NASA: ‘Death Star’ galaxy black hole fires at neighboring galaxy
  4. NASA Image of the Day: Black Hole Bully
  5. Discovery News: Galaxy zapping neighbor with deadly beam
  6. National Geographic: ‘Death Star’ galaxy found blasting smaller neighbor
  7. Celebritycraps: Black Hole ‘Owns’ Galaxy!!!
  8. Cumbrian Sky: ‘Death Star’ galaxy lets rip…
  9. BBC: Black Hole ‘bully’ blasts galaxy
  10. ArsGeek: I swear, some peoples galaxies…

And the list goes on with variations on the theme. Almost as shocking as the campy puns are the multitude of posts that just regurgitate titles from the major news outlets.

Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational battlestation!

This phenomenon is not limited to the domestic abuse in double galaxy 3c321. I have observed it occur again and again. I suppose it comes from probably three different causes: catchy headlines attract readers, blogs are supposed to be creative outlets and so bloggers try to be creative (and I guess newspaper editors as well), and a natural desire by people to show off their wit. I decided to combine all three by going over the top and using a fake word just to make it rhyme. The result attracts readers, is creative, shows off my prodigious wit, and thumbs a cynical nose at the blagoblag for its absurdity while ironically increasing said absurdity. Insert arrogant, fake, British-gentleman laugh here.

As a side note, wouldn’t be interesting if we’re actually witnessing a galactic war between two ridiculously advanced civilizations who don’t mind taking millions of years to kill each other?

If you were going to build a death star, then hide it, what would it look like? SciAm Observations today has an array of desktop backgrounds of the moon Iapetus, which orbits Saturn. Iapetus is an especially fascinating moon for many reasons. For starters, it has a giant impact crater. Also there is an equatorial ridge which encircles the entire moon, making it slightly resemble a walnut. The moon is heavily pockmarked with craters.

Iapetus - a moon of Saturn

Image courtesy of NASA and JPL. Taken by the Cassini probe.

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Real X-Wing Disintegrates

Posted: 7 October 2007 in Uncategorized
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Apparently I’m the last one to hear about this since I was the 3166th Digg, but Andy Woerner and a group of friends have built a working X-wing fighter powered by solid-fuel rocket engines.  This bad boy is 21 feet long and complete with a model R2D2.  It was set to launch yesterday.  The results were about what you’d expect.  I don’t think R2 managed to eject though, poor little droid.

The Space Station goes gimmicky

Posted: 28 August 2007 in Uncategorized
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As a big fan of both Star Wars and the International Space Station, you would think that the upcoming marriage of the two would delight me. You would be wrong.

Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber will be flown to Houston, where it will be sent off by Chewie and a host of other minor Star Wars characters, including R2 and some stormtroopers. Then, it will be carried along with the new Italian-built Harmony node to the space station by STS-120 (Discovery) on October 23rd. At the end of the mission, it will be brought home and probably gain a few tens-of-thousands of dollars in value as a result. The reason for this gimmick is the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars franchise.

I suppose the reason I hate this cheap, pointless exercise so much is that I am really angry with people not appreciating the sheer awesomeness that is the International Space Station. Most Americans would be shocked to learn that there are currently people living in space. The fact that they don’t already know it says to me that something has gone horribly wrong in our national psyche. So NASA feels the need to allow this gimmick to proceed, perhaps in hopes of increasing awareness and therefore funding. Maybe it’s not so much anger I feel as it is sorrow, for the futility I sense in trying to change the status quo with such a cheap trick.

Or maybe I’m just being way too dramatic — a charge that has oft been levelled at me. I will not deny it. Probably the LucasArts people wanted to generate some buzz for their franchise and the NASA geeks, having a high probability of being devoted Star Wars fans, accepted gladly.

Space.com: “NASA Shuttle to Launch Luke Skywalker’s Lightsaber”