Star Wars

M.I.A. Due to the Empire

Sorry everyone.  I’ve been MIA the last few days.  I’ve been busy, boarded up in my basement, sitting in my easy chair….Playing tb1bxvwifxxxxbaxpxxxxxxxxxx_0-item_pic

Really really good.  There’s a couple of the online Multiplayer modes I don’t particularly care for but there’s lots of content here.  So I may actually be a while before I resurface

KIDDING.  Of course.  I have two small kids..both of whom have been sick all weekend.  I have been playing a lot into the nights though and I LOVE it

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU

 

I’m a Gen Xer…Holy F#&*

I am a Gen Xer. 
 
Sometimes in the early mornings in my daily shower I get reflective about things.  This morning I found my mind wandering to the subject of my life, my generation and all the incredible things that have happened in just my short time on this planet.
 
First off…lets get the definition crap out of the way for those reading who have no idea.  I stole this from Wikipedia..read the entire article HERE
 
Gen X is the generation born after the Western post–World War II baby boom describing a generational change from the Baby Boomers.  In a 2012 article for the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, George Masnick wrote that the “Census counted 82.1 million” Gen Xers in the U.S. The Harvard Center uses 1965 to 1984 to define Gen X.

Gen Xers are often called the MTV Generation. They experienced the emergence of music videos, new wave music, electronic music, synthpop, glam rock, heavy metal and the spin-off glam metal, punk rock and the spin-off pop punk, alternative rock, grunge, and hip hop.

Compared with previous generations, Generation X represents a more apparently heterogeneous generation, openly acknowledging and embracing social diversity in terms of such characteristics as race, class, religion, ethnicity, culture, language, gender identity, and sexual orientation. 

You’re welcome.
 
So I was born in the mid 70s, smack dab in the middle of Gen X So I was thinking of some of the stuff that I’ve experienced and things that have changed in my short life..here’s a (perhaps not so) brief list

GEEKY TYPE THINGS

THE EVOLUTION OF PHONE TECH – In my life I’ve talked on a roatary dial phone, punched keys on a touch tone phone, owned early cell phones (motorola bag phone anyone?) late 90’s motorola flip phones, Palm Treo, Blackberry, to my current iPhone.  I’ve seen the invent of cell phone technology, text messaging and smart phones..all in less than 40 years.

VIDEO GAMES – So here’s the short list of consoles I have personally owned.  Atari 2600, NES, SNES, N64, Wii, Xbox, Xbox360, XboxOne.  Thats not to mention all the ones I haven’t owned, Playstation 1, 2 3 and 4, Sega Genesis, Turbografix 16, Atari Jaguar, and a whole bunch of others I’m not mentioning.  That’s not to mention the handheld consoles too, gameboy, gamegear, PSP, Nintendo DS, DSI, 3DS.  Graphics from simple squares to 8 bit Super Mario bouncing across my screen for hours on end to the hi res 3D graphics of the current consoles.  I also remember dropping quarters into arcade games as a kid, One game I can remember loving was Rampage.  Anyone else remember this one?

STAR WARS – There has literally not been a time that I can remember in my entire life that Star Wars didn’t exist.  I have always had a healthy obsession with this (see my other blog posts, you’ll figure it out quickly)  This movie changed the way movies are made and set the bar for visual effects and sound design.  Even today, ILM and Skywalker Sound (If you didn’t know are the result of the direct success of George Lucas and the Star Wars franchise)are the Hollywood standard for sound and CGI Effects in movies.

THE INTERNET – Could you imagine what the world would be like today if the internet didn’t exist.  I lived in that world..up until highschool.  I still remember a bunch of us being herded into the school library and shown this wonderful thing called the internet.  Back then it was all text based and dialup.  I went to a rural highschool so we had to dial into the most local University to get access to it.  After highschool I went to college and was introduced to the world wide web and Netscape Navigator.  After that it continued to evolve…websites for everything, social networking, blogging, twitter, Facebook, the list goes on and on.

WORLD EVENTS

 
Looking back there has been a lot of stuff happen in the world during my lifetime.  Here are a few highlights in no particular order…actually there is an order…of when I remember them
 
  • Princess Diana was married and then buried
  • Challenger space shuttle explosion
  • Fall of the Berlin Wall
  • Chernobyl Disaster (Same year as the Challenger, yay 1986)
  • The Gulf War
  • Collapse of the Soviet Union
  • OJ Simpson Murders and Trial
  • 9-11
  • 5 Catholic Popes
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Death of Michael Jackson
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Hong Kong Handover
  • Y2K
  • San Francisco Earthquake
  • Toronto Blue Jays World Series Champions 2 years in a row
  • Toronto Maple Leafs Stanly Cup Champs not at all
I realize that there is so much more that I haven’t mentioned.  Comment below some of your favourite developments of the last 40 years or so

 

MAY THE FARCE BE WITH YOU

Congrats Georgie-boy

George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson became the proud parents of a baby girl earlier this month.  How did  I miss this story?..sheesh

Anyway Congrats to one of my all time heroes….and welcome baby Everest.  Since George is such an intensely private person there is like Zero photos of the baby online…so this is all I could find. 


MAY THE FARCE BE WITH YOU



Disney Is Buying my Childhood

Hello readers, long time no post 😦 Sorry about that
First the Muppets, then Marvel and now this.  

Disney Acquires Lucasfilm!!!  New Star Wars Movie by 2015.

Here is the official press release.

An exciting new future featuring the continuation of the Star Wars movie saga was announced on October 30, as the Walt Disney Company enters an agreement to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. from George Lucas. Backed by the global reach and brand stewardship strengths of Disney, the future of Star Wars is now under the direction of acclaimed film producer and studio executive Kathleen Kennedy, co-chairman of Lucasfilm. Kennedy and Disney plan a slate of new Star Wars feature films, beginning with the long-awaited Star Wars: Episode VII, targeted for release in 2015, followed by Episodes VIII and IX. Additional feature films are expected to continue the saga and grow the franchise well into the future.
“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said George Lucas. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s strength gives Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”
The acquisition has Lucasfilm and its creative works and operations enter into Disney’s global portfolio of world-class brands that include Pixar and Marvel. “Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas,” said Robert A. Iger, chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company. “This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled ability to leverage creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.”
Kathleen Kennedy, current co-chairman of Lucasfilm, will become president of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager for Star Wars, working directly with Disney’s global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant.
The acquisition combines two highly compatible family entertainment brands, and strengthens the long-standing beneficial relationship between them that includes successful integration of Star Wars content into Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris and Tokyo.
Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Lucasfilm, a leader in entertainment, innovation and technology, and its operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, videogames, animation, visual effects, and audio postproduction. Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. The present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations.
The acquisition has been agreed upon by the board of directors of both companies, and is undergoing customary regulatory review and should be complete in the next few months. For further developments on the continuation of the Star Wars saga, including Episode VII, continue checking StarWars.com.

I’ve eaten a little crow on this blog in the past so I’m reserving judgement.  Lets just say this Star Wars Geek is cautiously optimistic.

now off to watch the Avengers on Blu-Ray for the 18th time

MAY THE FARCE BE WITH YOU

Geeky Dad 2.0

Well well well…has it really been over 3 months since I posted last?  My how time flies when you’re having fun.  And Babies 🙂

To update my loyal readership (all 3 of you..baha) I must apologise.  I have been …well busy.  My wife and I  had our second child just before Christmas so the life of the geeky dad just got a lot more intense.  Not only do I have a rambunctious 2 year old running around destroying my action figures with a toy lightsabre, but also a newborn as well.
yup…this really is her…cute isn’t she!
She was a tad teeny (6lbs 1 oz) and a tad early (3 weeks early) but I’ve never been happier.  Especially since my wife actually went for the Name I wanted…Parker.  Which is kind of a cool girls name but also the Last name of my favourite Wall-Crawler’s mild mannered alter-ego. 
I’ve also been working on a few other things.  As you see from the photo above I do dabble in a little photography so I’ve been trying to get more business on the side for some extra cash as well as funding for an artsy project I want to get going as well.  Shameless Plug..go to My Website To see some of my portrait work.  Also I’m looking for models who…ahem…aren’t shy…OK..I need people to get nekkid for me for this project so if you know anyone shoot me a comment or message me…contact info is on my website.
Every day is a new adventure and I can’t wait to see what geeky leanings my newest Daughter will have

Oh and this is my 80th Blog post..Happy blogaversary!

MAY THE FARCE BE WITH YOU

Earth: The New Tattooine?

The Earth with 2 Suns??  I can see the brooding Moisture Farm-boys now (“but I was going into Toshi Station to pick up some power converters”)
In all seriousness, this has got to be one of the freakiest/weirdest stories I’ve happened upon.
According to scientists, one of the brightest stars in the Orion constellation is due to explode.  The Red Supergiant, meaning it’s at the end of it’s life, could explode as soon as within the next few months.  The ensuing supernova could  be so bright that night would become day for a couple of weeks according to “experts”. 
What is less certain to these “experts” is exactly when this will happen.  While they say it’s possible that it could happen within the year, they also say that it could also happen within the next million years…talk about  your wide open timeline. Sheesh.  Check out the story I read here.
…sounds like the kind of window a furniture delivery or cable company gives you for a service appointment doesn’t it?
The other thing that kind of makes me smile about this story is that the star that’s due to go “blewey”..it’s designation is “Betelgeuse”…You know..like the movie “Beetlejuice”  So basically, when this thing goes up……
IT’S SHOWTIME!!!
MAY THE FARCE BE WITH YOU

Star Wars Cha-Ching

It’s like it’s totally right here….cooooool

Ok…I really feel the need to comment on this now.  I know, I know it’s been a few days since this particular piece of news broke but it’s taken me this long to calm myself down enough to put something intelligible down on blogper (blog with paper…get it?  did I just coin a new phrase?) 

Allow me to just make something particularly clear.  I am a HUGE STAR WARS FAN!!!  I always have been.  For as long as I can remember I have been steadily watching the movies, reading the books, playing with the toys, cosplay…you name it I’ve done it.  I was only 1 year old when Episode 4 came out but that hasn’t stopped me from being one of the most devoted fans out there.  Hardly a year went by when I was in Public school that I didn’t have something Star Wars on my lunch box.  


Back in August George Lucas & Lucasfilm announced that they would be releasing The Star Wars Saga on Blu-Ray.  Which I am all for by the way.  It’s an epic space opera, and the entire reason for HD video to exist (for me anyway) is so I can see that gigantic lump on Mark Hamill’s face in Glorious High Definition as I watch “The Empire Strikes Back” In my Man-Cave.  I am literally on the edge of my seat waiting for the release date.


Then On Sept 28th, 2010 Lucas Makes me kinda scratch my head a bit when he announces that starting in 2012 all 6 Star wars movies will be converted to 3D and Re-released to theatres


Ummm what?


After typing what I did a couple of paragraphs ago, this makes it very difficult to say this.  George.  This is unnecessary and screams of cash-grab.  Sure it may be cool and all but just because Avatar made X amount of dollars doesn’t mean you have to show up Jimmy C and try to out do him.  It feels like a school yard rivalry to me…he’s got a cool New thingamabob..now I have to go home and get myself a new thingamabob too…but this one with flashing lights and ribbons.  I have seen some movies converted to 3D that weren’t meant to be (Clash of the Titans…I’m looking at you) and it wasn’t that great.  Avatar?…excellent because the entire production and visual concepts were centered on the 3D Technology they used while filming.  Mr. Lucas…aren’t you rich enough?  You currently own THE Top Special Effects houses on the planet (for those not familiar..that would be Industrial Light and Magic), Not to mention one of the most sought after post production and post sound facilities going (Skywalker Sound).  And…you still retain all the merchandising rights to Star Wars and anything related.  You could just sit on your bearded behind and just watch the money roll in and just enjoy it.  Why Why Why George…this is probably the worst idea you’ve had since you made Greedo shoot first.


Whew


That being said…I’ll probably still go to see them all.  I haven’t seen an original trilogy Star Wars Movie on the big screen since 1997…I think I’m due.  It may make me a hypocrite, but I’m still a geeky, Star Wars Lovin’ hypocrite

MAY THE FARCE BE WITH YOU