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I'm changing the name of this blog, and #WeWantLeia is why

I spoil it for Siri

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Beatrice and I watch Star Wars together

[Review] William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher 

Star Wars oil painting exhibit "Sandstorm" opens

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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?

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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


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Entries in christmas (15)


ThisSortOfThing's 2013 Star Wars holiday gift guide

Star Wars Inc. reliably churns out vast amounts of merch and noise to distract us all from anything important that may be going on in the world. Much of it is crap, but there are gems, especially (but not exclusively) items produced by people without a Lucasfilm licence. (It must be said that Lucasfilm, and now Disney, are admirably tolerant of independent makers.)

So here's my latest list of likeable starwarsia, well in time for the holidays.

Zeon Star Wars watches

That's a goodlukeing watch. US$199 from ThinkGeek.

That's What I'm Tarkin About t-shirt

I own this and wear it frequently. Shouldn't you? US$12 from CoastCityShirts on Etsy.

William Shakespeare's Star Wars

I've praised it before. US$12 or so (hardcover) on Amazon. Coming soon: The Empire Striketh Back and the Jedi Doth Return.

Star Wars skirts from GoFollowRabbits

For the Star Wars lady in your life (who may be you). Also available in R2-D2, Vader, Bounty Hunter and (if you'll forgive a brief departure from the Star Wars universe) this awesome man on the moon print. US$55 from GoFollowRabbits on Etsy.

Kenner action figures iPhone case

Awfully hard not to like this. US$16.99 from MichaelEllisCases on Etsy.

A Long Time Ago: Growing up with and out of Star Wars

"a thoughtful, funny, and beautifully written story...scathingly hilarious and bang on." -- Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing

Did you really think I wasn't going to plug my book? What do you think this blog is for? US$10.79 (paperback), US$2.87 (Kindle) on Amazon.

Oh and by the way

I still want these cufflinks. I put them in last year's gift guide but didn't get them.


The nine days of Cringe-mas: The Meaning of Christmas

So here we are: Christmas Day, the ninth and final day of This Sort of Thing's Nine Days of Cringe-mas. What better time to be lectured on the meaning of this most sacred of western holidays by a fictional robot with a British accent?

Merry Christmas to you all! Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to take a little break from blogging for a few days...


The nine days of Cringe-mas: A Christmas Sighting

On this Christmas eve (and day eight of the Nine Days of Cringe-mas) I suggest you read your children Clement Clarke Moore's beloved poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas", which famously begins: 

’T WAS the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that ST. NICHOLAS soon would be there;

Or, if you're a terrible parent, just hit play on the YouTube video embedded above and let C-3PO do it for you.


The nine days of Cringe-mas: Sleigh Ride

For this sixth day of Cringe-mas MC ADan is back, this time instructing Artoo about singing in a track called "Sleigh Ride". The Wikipedia entry for Christmas in the Stars informs us that Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt provided sound effects for R2-D2 and Chewbacca on this album. Check out Artoo/Burtt's solo at 3:20. Spoiler alert: it sucks.


The nine days of Cringe-mas: R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas feat. Bon Jovi

It's true--Jon Bon Jovi is the lead singer on this track. Don't believe me? Check Wikipedia:
The album [Christmas in the Stars] is notable for featuring the first professional recording of Jon Bon Jovi (credited as "John Bongiovi", his birth name), who sang lead vocals on the song "R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas." His cousin Tony Bongiovi co-produced the album and ran the recording studio at which it was recorded, where Jon was working sweeping floors at the time.
Thanks as always to Finnish YouTube sensation Keroiman for making this bit of pop culture history available for us all to scowl at.

The nine days of Cringe-mas: What Can You Get a Wookie for Christmas?

There are a lot of bad tracks on the Christmas in the Stars album. Nine, to be precise. But "What Can You Get a Wookie for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb)?" may be the worst. Blame again must be shared with Keroiman.


The nine days of Cringe-mas: The Odds Against Christmas

The nine days of Cringe-mas, day three: Galactic teacha MD ADan rhymes about statistics on this Christmas in the Stars track, brought to us again by YouTuber Keroiman.


The nine days of Cringe-mas: MC ADan busts out Bells, Bells, Bells

It's day two of the nine days of Cringe-mas. Today it's more holiday hip hop from MC ADan: a pompous Christmas lecture on Einstein, indigestion, the Japanese and, of course, bells. Thanks again to YouTuber Keroiman for posting all this drivel online.

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The nine days of Cringe-mas: Anthony Daniels sings Christmas in the Stars

Christmas is nine days away (if you count today and Christmas day itself, which I choose to do). That works out well as there are nine tracks on Christmas in the Stars, the Star Wars Christmas album. Starting today I will present one track a day from the album, with the assistance of Finnish YouTuber Keroiman. If, by Christmas day, you haven't cringed at least nine times, you haven't been paying attention.

Up first, the title track: Christmas in the Stars.

Learn more about Christmas in the Stars here.


A Long Time Ago--a great Christmas gift for any Star Wars fan!

There must be a Star Wars fan on your Christmas list, right? Unless you live alone on a swamp planet pretending not to be a Jedi master, you're bound to have a friend somewhere who likes Star Wars. But does he or she really need yet another Star Wars action figure/t-shirt/novel/bowtie/coffee-maker/fishing gear/condom

Why not pick up something different--like a Star Wars book HARDLY ANYONE ON EARTH HAS EVER READ? But those who have like it! Here's some proof. Here's some more. Here's some from Britain--and last I checked they INVENTED THE LANGUAGE. 

But order soon: you can only get A Long Time Ago on and, which means they send it in the mail--unless you're a Kindle-type, in which case they send it by the magic of the internet.