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