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How ‘Star Wars’ Changed Everything

Charles Q. Choi, SPACE.com contributor, says that from household robots to bionic hands to CNN holograms, the world is looking more and more like that galaxy far, far away, in the Christian Science Monitor:

It’s been more than 30 years since “Star Wars” first exploded into theaters, but the swashbuckling sci-fi films from writer-director George Lucas have left a legacy no other blockbuster has surpassed.

Increasingly, the impact of “Star Wars” is not limited to pop culture or even world politics. As science and technology advance, the world is little by little growing more and more like that galaxy far, far away.

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A taste of the science fiction franchise’s impact is landing in Orlando, Fla., this week, where devotees from around the world are expected to congregate for the Star Wars Celebration V convention. The four-day convention runs Thursday through Sunday at the Orange County Convention Center.

The cultural influence of the six “Star Wars” films, plus the novels, comics, television shows, games, toys, spoofs and documentaries linked with “Star Wars,” is such that, in the 2001 United Kingdom census, some 390,000 people stated their religion as Jedi, making it the fourth largest religion surveyed.

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Darth Vader Robs Long Island Bank

Image_3.jpgNothing like this ever happens in New York City. Why is all the action out in the suburbs? The New York Post reports:

A man wearing a Darth Vader mask and cape robbed a Chase bank branch on Long Island on Thursday, police said.

The thief entered a branch in Setauket at 11:30 a.m. and demanded money from a teller. But instead of using a light saber, “Darth” threatened the teller with a semiautomatic gun. The teller gave the robber some cash from the drawer.

The Darth Vader thief, described as between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall, took off heading east through the bank’s parking lot.

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Snoop & Daft Punk In World Cup Star Wars Video Mashup

Following on the Star Wars theme (see my last post about the comeback of the Star Wars Kid), here's an admittedly corporate but still excellent Star Wars Cantina mashup released just in time for the FIFA World Cup and featuring David Beckham, Daft Punk, Snoop Dogg, Franz Beckenbauer, Noel Gallagher, Ian Brown, Ciara, Jay Baruchel, and DJ Neil Armstrong. The gang at disinformation are skeptical about the benefits of the World Cup for South Africans, but on the other hand can't wait to see the actual soccer...
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Star Wars Kid To Obtain Law Degree, Last Laugh

From Roorback:
Remember the Star Wars Kid and his .002 seconds of Internet fame? He’s gone from harassed geek to community leader and young lawyer. That faint glow is coming from the cockles of my blackened heart.

The mean kids at the Internet table wreaked hell on the poor guy. Yes, the self-styled demi-gods of Gawker hate us all equally, but you can’t help but feel for the kid when you hear about the severe depressions, the lawsuits, and the hospitalizations.

But look at him now: president of a conservation society! Co-star of a documentary! Budding lawyer! Living meme! Sir, tonight I quietly drink to you. Without telling anyone I am doing so. Because that would be embarrassing for everyone.

Let’s all have a moment, shall we?

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Can You Make Your Own Darth Vader Helmet? (Photos)

Vader Helmet by Plasticgod

Vader Helmet by Plasticgod

Laura Sweet writes on if it’s hip, it’s here:

If you’ve never heard of The Vader Project, the idea began in 2005 and the first exhibit took place in 2007. Since then, it has continued annually. Each year, various artists are asked to customize a 1:1 scale authentic prop replica of the actual Darth Vader helmet featured in the STAR WARS films.

This summer, 2010, the following 100 talented artists are participating in the project: Josh Agle (Shag), Troy Alders, Kii Arens, Attaboy, Anthony Ausgang, Axis, Aye Jay, Gary Baseman, Andrew Bell, Tim Biskup, Mark Bodnar, BXH HIKARU, Andrew Brandou, Buff Monster, Mister Cartoon, Chino, Mr. Clement, Robbie Conal, CRASH, Steven Daily, Dalek, Dehara, DGPH, Cam de Leon, Devilrobots, Yoko d’Holbachie, Bob Dob, Tristan Eaton & Azk One — Thunderdog Studios, Marc Ecko, Eelus, Ron English, FERG, David Flores, Brian Flynn — Hybrid Design, Paul Frank, Gargamel, Huck Gee, Fawn Gehweiler, Mike Giant, Girls Drawin Girls, Dan Goodsell, Gris Grimly, Joe Hahn, Haze XXL, Jesse Hernandez, Derek Hess, Itokin Park, Jeremyville, kaNO, Mori Katsura — RealxHead, Sun-MinKim & David Horvath, Jim Koch, Frank Kozik, David S.

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Purported Serial-Killing Film Critic Reviews the ‘Star Wars’ Prequels (Video)

Star Wars ScandalIf you haven't seen Red Letter Media's (a.k.a. Milwaukee-based filmmaker Mike Stoklasa's) take on the Star Wars prequels, they are really worth the lengthy video reviews. Do note that his twisted sense of humor isn't for everyone, particular his "Buffalo Bob"-style narration and the "Mr. Plinkett" scenes in these reviews can be distracting. (My take is he does this in the reviews to say that it's even obvious to someone psychotic that these movies are terrible ... or he might just enjoy playing a psycho.) Regardless, he does have some salient points about filmmaking, particularly on establishing a protagonist the audience can identify with and actually having a story arc in your movie. Stoklasa also does a great job at pointing out the pitfalls of completely digital filmmaking and a (seemingly) lack of true collaboration between Lucas and his staff in the making of these prequels. If you haven't seen it yet I'd start from the beginning with his review of The Phantom Menace, but if you've already seen those, Red Letter Media's take on Attack of The Clones is now out. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Review (Part 1 of 7) Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Review (Part 1 of 9)
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Pacman Eats The Death Star!

From Universe Today:

Mimas has drawn a fair amount of attention with its “Death Star”-like appearance, but with new images from the Cassini spacecraft, this icy moon of Saturn has just gotten a lot more interesting. The highest-resolution-yet temperature map and images of Mimas reveal surprising patterns on the surface of the small moon, including unexpected hot regions that resemble “Pac-Man” eating the Death Star crater (officially known as Herschel Crater), as well as striking bands of light and dark in crater walls.

“After much deliberation, we have concluded: Mimas is NOT boring,” said Carolyn Porco, Cassini imaging team leader, in an e-mail about the new images. “Who knew?!” And best of all, Porco added, “be sure you have a pair of red/green glasses handy ’cause you won’t want to miss peering into gigantic Herschel crater in 3D!”

Cassini collected the data on Feb. 13, and Porco said the team has spent some quality time poring over the images.

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Star Wars Teams Up With… Ugh… McDonalds

Killer At LargeGreat commentary by Killer At Large producer Bryan Young, in the Examiner:

Perhaps I have a different perspective on this than a lot of people, but I’ll explain it and hopefully you’re all with me on this.

Star Wars is doing a Happy Meal promotion with McDonald’s for their Clone Wars series starting Februrary 26th. (More information on that here).  The 8 year old in me jumps for joy. The parent in me is filled with disappointment and disgust.  My kids aren’t allowed to eat food of such poor quality and now I’m going to have to tell them they can’t have these Star Wars toys because I refuse to buy them junk food.

I understand that this makes sense from a marketing perspective, but the problem is that marketing junk food to kids with beloved characters and properties like Star Wars is morally reprehensible.  I spent two years making a documentary about the American obesity epidemic called Killer at Large, and one of the things we found responsible for the sharp rise in overweight and obesity in today’s children is marketing directly to them to get them to nag for food and products that aren’t good for them (like McDonalds Happy Meals).

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