MORE POSTS 
 

Star Wars oil painting exhibit "Sandstorm" opens

Breakneck boredom: an old time Star Wars fan's thoughts on Star Trek Into Darkness

They put me on the news to talk about Star Wars

More from Steve Sansweet on Star Wars and gay marriage

Carmine Infantio has died

I can die happy: I've been interviewed by Dungeons & Dragons

Star Wars Episode 7: All My Children?

What JJ Abrams needs to really succeed with Star Wars 7

Star Wars: The Old Republic is gay--on one planet at least

Tongal and Pringles bring us DYI desecration of Star Wars

Reminiscences about West End Games' Star Wars Roleplaying Game

Here's the biggest Star Wars news of 2012

Stephen Quinn interviews me about Star Wars on CBC Vancouver

Star Wars: modern myth or global franchise?

Parents turn child's 1st birthday into extended Lucasfilm/Hasbro advert

Me reading from A Long Time Ago

Highlights and lowlights of the upcoming Star Wars Celebration VI

Grown men (mostly) dressed up as Lando Calrissian

Beggar's Canyon Toys offer Star Wars toy "restoration" service

Blog's t-shirts banned by Zazzle

Will the real David Prowse please stand up?

LaserSaber: Unlicensed, dangerous and yours for only $99

Is this the future of Star Wars?

Is Star Wars link bait?

Dissent not tolerated at the Prequel Appreciation Society

TSOT discovers its nemesis

Comme des idiots: Star Wars teams up with poncy fashion house

US Christian activist attacks SWTOR for being gay

Yodaphone--the latest product pitch from Star Wars Inc.

Attention tortoise-fanciers: do you like Star Wars?

History of Star Wars as related by a bot

Is Star Wars a travesty of science fiction?

Luke Skywalker and company on the Muppet Show

Yoda now shilling instant soup in Japan

Commander who?

$6000 for a toy you can't even play with

Star Wars underwear

Retro Star Wars decor in my son's bedroom

Phantom Menace 3D: Now With Plot

Star Wars and disco: the forgotten love affair

Will Muschamp: What a guy!

Oi, fanboy: grow up! A reply to Darren Franich

 

aaction figures aboriginal action figures admiral ackbar Advertising Afghanistan ai alderaan Alec Guiness amazon Apple Architecture artoo Arts and crafts atari AT-AT a-team AT-ST auction Australia AV Club bad feeling bar mitzvah Beatrice bedding beeb Ben Affleck bib fortuna birds birthdays blogs bloopers blu-ray Boba Fett Boing Boing Bonnie Burton Books boxing Bryzgalov bullying Burger King burlesque c-3po calgary herald Canada candles candy cantina Carmine Infantino carrie fisher cars cartoon cell phones Chewbacca China Chris Woods christmas Clone Wars Clothing & Fashion cocktails coffee cold war Colin Mochrie Collectibles Comics comics conspiracy copy red leader copyright corrupting youth Cory Doctorow costumes Crime cufflinks Culture Cyndi Lauper D&D dark horse Darth Vader darwin Dave Banks david prowse ddark horse death star deathstarpr diapers diary Dick Cheney dinosaur comics Disco Disney diy documentaries doll Dr Seuss dr. who dresses droids early bird easter egg eBay effects Empire Empire Uncut Endor episode 7 etsy Events ewoks expanded universe fanboys father first viewing Food food football Furnishings Games gamorrean guard Gary Gygax Gary Kurtz gawthrok geekdad geeks gene siskel George Lucas gifts graffiti Grand Moff Tarkin Greedo Grenadier growing up Halloween han solo Han Solo harmonica harrison ford Hasbro helmet high definition hockey holidays hologram homophobia honeymoon Hot Problems humour Humour Hygiene Ian Doescher iron-on transfers izzard jabba james last Jamie Benning jar jar jawas jaxxon jedi Jefferson Starship Jesus jewellery JJ Abrams john booth john williams Joseph Campbell judaism jumping the shark kari maaren kdp Kelowna Kenner kids Kobo Lando Calrissian language laundry Law Lawrence Kasdan Lego leigh brackett Life Day lightsabers lincoln little free library lollipops Los Angeles Times louvre luke Malaysia mark hamill marvel masers may the fourth Mayfair Theatre Meco memes michael arndt middle ages midichlorians millennium falcon miniatures Minnesota mMy book Mona Lisa money montreal canadiens Movies Music My book myth nasa Navajo needlecraft nelson mandela New York New York Times New Zealand nostalgia obama Obi-Wan Kenobi Ottawa paedophilia pants Parenting pee Pen-Mar Penticton Peter Cushing pets Pets physics plasticine please stop Politics porkins porn posters pranks prequelitis Prequels prequels Princess Leia princess leia pringles prop psa pulp novels puppetry purim pussy riot quotes R2-D2 radio ralph mcquarrie ratherchildish reddit Relationships Religion reviews Rick McCallum right on brother Rob Lang roger ebert RPGs rumours Sam Witwer san francisco sandcrawler Sandstorm Science science fiction Scribd sculpture sellout shakespeare shoes silence sillof smells snowspeeder sorry Spaceballs special editions speeder bike sperm Sports star trek Star Wars Celebration star wars detours Star Wars Holiday Special star wars logo Star Wars Uncut Star Wars Uncut Starlog starwarsremix steve nash Steven Sansweet stormtroopers stupidity tattoo tauntaun Tel Aviv Television terrariums The Board of Education The Emperor the force The Muppets thermal detonator Threepio Threepio TIE fighter toilet Topps tortoises Toys tractor beam trading cards trailer tuna tupac Turkey twitter underwear USSR vader valentine's day vancouver violin Volkswagen wales wampa Warwick Davis watermelon wedding West End westerns Whedon William Wordsworth wired women and girls wtf wygant xkcd x-wing yaswb yoda yoga zazzle
Tuesday
Apr222014

Cyndi Lauper with TIE fighters, obviously

Today I bring you yet another Toronto-based geek band singing about Star Wars. This time, however, it's not Tatooine but TIE fighters.

Debs & Errol wrote "TIE After TIE" to the tune of (and borrowing a few lyrics from) Cyndi Lauper's beautiful "Time After Time". Errol then made this terrific video out of it. 

How does this video have only 9000 views on YouTube? Debs & Errol have many other tracks, plus a webcomic.

Debs & Errol

@debsanderrol

Sunday
Apr202014

Two odes to Tatooine by Copy Red Leader and Kari Maaren

Thanks to @mspratt for letting me know about Toronto geek band Copy Red Leader. They don't just sing about Star Wars--for instance their WHOLE ALBUM on The Princess Bride--but when they do turn their talents to Star Wars it sounds a bit like this...

This track is actually off of an album CRL made with a certain Kari Maaren. This amuses me to no end because Kari and I were at Massey College, University of Toronto together in 1999-2001. As I was struggling to forget The Phantom Menace, she was all worked up about something new called Harry Potter.

Since then Kari has become a geek musician (and cartoonist and blogger). Like CRL, her interests range well beyond Star Wars (for instance, Beowulf Pulled My Arm Off). Curiously she, too, has chosen Tatooine as the location of her Star Wars ode: 

Copy Red Leader has a new album out on 26 April 2014. I'm told it will have six more Star Wars songs--stay tuned. ("Tuned" like "tunes", i.e., music, but also like "stay tuned" as in...never mind.) Meanwhile Kari has a new web comic, It Never Rains

Copy Red Leader

Pirate Elves in Space

Kari Maaren

YouTube: Kari Maaren's channel

Thursday
Apr172014

Denial is the only reasonable reaction

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

Cartoonist Stephan Pastis (@stephanpastis) nails it. Go check out his comic, Pearls Before Swine.

Go Comics: Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

Sunday
Mar232014

Taunton Gazette reports on Star-Wars-themed Purim celebrations 

From the Taunton Daily Gazette:

Purim is celebrated by observing five religious obligations: The Book of Esther is read aloud from a scroll, charity is given to the poor, gifts of food are sent to friends and neighbors, a certain amount of drinking is encouraged, and naturally there is a Purim Feast.

There is also the Purim skit, or Purimshpiel.

This year, the youth group marked this humorous and festive day with a Star Wars-inspired skit: “Star Wars 5774: The Revenge of Shushan.” The title plays on the Jewish year of 5774, the number of sequels/prequels in the Star Wars series, and Shushan, the town in Persia where the action takes place.

I know, I know, it's "tauntaun" not "Taunton". But still...

Taunton Daily Gazette: Temple Beth El youth group marks Purim with a Star Wars-inspired skit

Tuesday
Mar112014

In case you think Disney paid too much for Star Wars...

Check out this photo of my son's preschool class. Three of the sixteen children (and three of the eight boys) wore Star Wars t-shirts for the photo.  

My son, Zach, is in the front row middle, obviously. I've obscured the other faces out of respect for privacy.

Sunday
Mar022014

Dorkly on the eight types of Star Wars fans

Here's type one (i.e,, me). Click through for the rest. The t-shirts are a nice touch.

Dorkly: The 8 Types of Star Wars Fans

Tuesday
Feb112014

Thoughts on gendered Lego from a woman you should know

Women You Should Know brings us this great piece on the classic 1981 Lego ad and the girl (now a 37-year-old naturopath) who starred in it. You may remember the original ad circulating around the net last year as Lego announced its heavily gendered (and mightily criticized) Friends line, the message of which seemed to many people to be, "This is Lego for girls--and the rest is Lego for boys". 

From the article: 

Something about this piece with the iconic 1981 ad tapped the zeitgeist and it became one of HuffPo’s more viral articles in recent memory, receiving over 60,000 shares. And along the way, the small world of Facebook led to a comment thread on my wall where someone, upon seeing the little red-haired girl holding her LEGOs, wrote, “Hey, I know her!” And now I do too, because that’s the serendipity of social media. Her name is Rachel Giordano, she is 37 years old, and she’s a practicing naturopathic doctor in Seattle, Washington. Giordano agreed to talk to me about her childhood and the ad, and to pose for a new Then & Now photo meme, which you see above in the lead image.

As I was planning my interview with Rachel Giordano, I saw this blog post by Achilles Effect, and knew immediately what Giordano should be holding in the new version of the photo. Enter the Heartlake City rolling beauty salon TV news van, one of the latest additions to the LEGO Friends line. Advertising copy lets us know what being a news anchor involves for minifig Emma:

“Break the big story of the world’s best cake with the Heartlake News Van! Find the cake and film it with the camera and then climb into the editing suite and get it ready for broadcast. Get Emma ready at the makeup table so she looks her best for the camera. Sit her at the news desk as Andrew films her talking about the cake story and then present the weather to the viewers.”

Cake? Seriously? And what-the-what is that when you look inside the news van? Where is the equipment? Is it behind the gigantic makeup vanity?

Follow the link for more.

Women You Should Know: The Little Girl from the 1981 LEGO Ad is All Grown Up, and She’s Got Something to Say

Monday
Feb102014

Russian icons Pussy Riot crack Star Wars joke

As if Russia's Pussy Riot weren't amazing enough already, the Independent reports they cracked a Star Wars joke at the Berlin Film Festival:

Maria Alyoshina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova from punk band Pussy Riot have received offers for a Hollywood film based on their lives, the pair revealed at a Berlin Film Festival press conference.

The Russian duo said they had received "several offers" for film projects, but they declined to share the names of studios chasing them.

"We have some offers but we cannot say from whom, nothing is agreed," Tolokonnikova said, joking that the movie would be "like Star Wars".

To know more about Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk rock group three of whose members were imprisoned for two years by the Russian government for anti-Putin protests, check out the Guardian's coverage.

The Independent: Pussy Riot members receive offers for movie 'like Star Wars'

Saturday
Feb012014

I talk Star Wars on Following the Nerd

I was recently on Ireland's Following the Nerd podcast talking about A Long Time Ago. It was a great time. Check out the Following the Nerd web site, and click below to listen to the podcast. My interview starts at around the 8:30 point. Thanks to Marc and Jay for having me on!

The Following the Nerd Podcast Ep 87

Tuesday
Jan282014

Star-Wars-themed cranial bands

Today.com has a story on parents decorating their children's cranial bands (helmets used to correct flat spots on babies' soft skulls). Unsurprisingly, Star Wars and other pop culture mainstays have featured heavily. From the post:

California dad Wesley Piercy recently transformed his son’s cranial band – a helmet designed to treat a flat spot on a baby’s head, known as plagiocephaly – into something right out of “Star Wars” by adding an R2D2 motif.

My son had to wear one of these for a few months when he was 12 months or so. My daughter, then three, decorated it herself with a bunch of stickers. We always worried, when going out, that people would see him and fear that there was something horribly wrong with him. In fact these devices are largely cosmetic, like braces but for your head.

Today.com: From 'Star Wars' to 'Superman,' baby medical helmets get creative