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Geek Craft: Shakespearean Star Wars

So, a while back, I got this goofy idea to combine two of my favorite things: Shakespeare and Star Wars. I didn’t know if I could pull it off. For one, I didn’t have a pattern for R2D2 and C3PO so I’d have to make them myself. My first few tries were disasters. R2 looked all right, but 3PO always came out looking rather squashed. Then I found patterns online for Gundam Wing character sprites. Inspiration hit and my first-try C3PO sprite looked pretty good.

"Never was a tale of more woe... than this of R2 and his 3PO"

Now that I had my sprites and quote, how to put them together? I found a nifty medieval-style border in a blackwork book that I modified a bit and put that around the whole thing. But it was still missing something. What else could I add? ROSE BUDS.

In hindsight, I probably should have used lightsabers, but I really dig the juxtaposition of droids and girly flowers.

I have other “Shakespearean Star Wars” ideas I want to explore. But I think I shall find a simpler border to use next time, as this was such a pain in the rear to do.

Haven’t decided if I want to sell this finished piece or not. I like it, but I’ve nowhere to hang it. Woe. 😦

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Friday Five: My Little Pony of AWESOME

I missed last Friday. Again. I hang my head in shame. But I was feeling rather sickly last week, and just had no extra energy to sit up and compile my weekly list of Cool Crap on Teh Interwebs. And because I know you all look forward to it every week (I wallow in delusions of grandeur), please accept my heartfelt apologies.

Because I skipped a Friday, usually that would mean I would be giving you a double dose of Cool Crap. But, I usually put my list together while at work. Today, however, we had a departmental road trip to Nashville, and all my bookmarks are on my computer in the office. Fail. Again. Still, I did manage to find some of them thanks to the “Favorites” link on Twitter. Ah, Twitter. I really do less-than-three you.

"Help me, Obi-wan Little Pony. You're my only hope!" (Image credit: *Spippo on deviantART)

1. My Little Geeky Ponies

I wasn’t a huge My Little Pony fan back in the day, but that just means I only had about a dozen or so Ponies (that I still have stored away carefully in a box). I liked my Ponies. But this collection of 50 My Little Pony Mods for Geeks makes me absolutely drool. Both my inner geek and my inner 8-year-old are screaming “WANT!”

Source: BuzzFeed

2. LEGO Street Shootout

I’m becoming increasingly infatuated by the all the incredibly clever stop-motion LEGO movies being made these days. I’m not sure if this awesome shootout is from anything, but it’s just so clever and the facial expressions on the little LEGO man had me cracking up. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

Source: Keshen8 on YouTube

3. Star Wars Improv

I’ve been a fan of the group Improv Everywhere for years now, ever since they pulled their Best Buy stunt. I’ve had dreams of visiting New York and getting to see one of their stunts in action (or, better yet, be IN one). Their latest stunt takes the cake though. I bet Princess Leia thinks twice about taking the subway next time!

Source: Improv Everywhere

4. LOLcat Eclipse

I fell in love with LOLcat Twilight, laughed till my sides hurt with LOLcat New Moon, and have been eagerly awaiting the latest installment, LOLcat Eclipse. And it didn’t disappoint. I cannot wait to see LOLcat Breaking Dawn!

Source: Pop Suede

5. Hi, I’m TWILIGHT and I’m TRUE BLOOD

You know, I’ve always found those Mac vs. PC commercials annoying, because Mac is such a condescending little shit. But parodies? LOVE ‘EM. Especially when it takes on a franchise I love (and one I love to hate). Sookie Stackhouse vs. Bella Swan. I laughed. I cried. I may have peed a little. (And for the record, Sookie would totally kick both Bella AND Edward’s asses.)

Source: ItsJustSomeRandomGuy on YouTube

Hope everyone has a better weekend than I will. I wore fancy shoes to the shindig today, and learned the hard way my feet are not cut out for fancy shoes. I’ll be spending the weekend nursing some mighty impressive blisters. Owie.

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Friday Five: Hello Vader!

Someone toss me a fail whale. I let last Friday come and go without doing a Friday Five. I blame having the day off and generally being lazy. I should be punished. I should be given a good spanking! And after the spanking, the oral s…. wait. Maybe that’s not the best movie to be quoting in a public blog.

As penance for my sins, I offer up a double dose of Internet goodies.

1. How ‘Lost’ should have ended

It’s been a few weeks since “Lost” ended, but I still can’t get it out of my mind. It was a hell of an ending. Can’t really think of how the writers could have ended it any better. But apparently, the folks over at Cracked.com could. Because this is the way it really should have ended. (Warning: some spoilers for the final episode… but it’s so freakin’ cool!)

Source: Cracked.com

Awwwwww! Hello Vader!

2. Star Wars demotivational posters

I’m a pessimist living in a cynical world. There are very few things that keep me from committing seppuku and ending it all. Demotivational posters are one. Star Wars is another. Demotivational Star Wars posters? Epic. I have gained the will to live another day.

Source: Furious Fanboys

3. The (Illustrated) Hitchhiker’s Guide to Daleks

It’s nice to know that the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy includes Daleks. Watch this instructional video to learn everything you ever wanted to know (and some things you didn’t) about this evil war machine race.

Source: SCI FI Wire

4. The ultimate Internet video

Both the bank OK Go and the Muppets have gathered quite a large following on the Interwebs. At the recent Webby Awards program, the two groups got to meet… with some interesting results. Let me just say I doubt the band members of OK Go will be making any more bets with Animal.

Source: Huffington Post

5. Amazing acrobatics

If ‘America’s Got Talent’ actually had people with talent, I imagine they’d be something like this group of young men. I dare you to watch this video and not exclaim, “Holy crap!” (Warning: Men, this may make you wince a little. Hell, it made me wince a little and I don’t have dangly bits.)

Source: siwayvideo on YouTube

6. Best. Headline. EVER.

Working in the newspaper business, you live in fear of writing bad headlines. No thanks, in large part, to Jay Leno. But sometimes you come across a rare gem of a story that lets you throw all that caution to the wind. Well played, Evening Herald.

Source: debonbon on TwitPic

7. Star Trek: Tik Tok

I dislike Ke$ha. Of course, I didn’t know who the hell she was up until a couple of months ago. But I don’t like that style of music. I find it irritatingly grating on my ears. However, this video just proves that adding Classic Trek to any song can make it awesome.

Source: MissSheenie on YouTube

8. Backyard Millennium Falcon

I have a family of owls in my backyard. One special little kid has the freakin’ Millennium Falcon in his. Whose backyard is cooler? I like owls, but I think Christopher’s yard wins hands down. The folks at the Make-a-Wish Foundation are truly amazing for the joy they bring to these children.

Source: io9

In my first attempt, I was the "Nerdy Virgin." Figured "Bookworm" was more accurate. *cough*

9. Scott Pilgrim avatar creator

I always feel like I’m a day late and a dollar short, especially when it comes to pop culture. I didn’t know who Scott Pilgrim was until the movie trailers hit the Internet. But it looks intriguing. I may have to catch it when it hits theaters. While we wait, you can create your own Scott Pilgrim avatar. Fun!

Source: Scott Pilgrim: The Movie

10. Epic Facebook update

I’m a Facebook addict. Admitting you have a problem is the first step, right? These folks, however, are Facebook masters. I wish I could be this cool. Maybe if I stopped playing all those stupid Facebook games… but I doubt that would help.

Source: jennyblumberg on Twitter

Whew! Done! Honestly, it takes twice the work to make up for being a slacker… and yet I never seem to learn from my mistakes.

Hope everyone has a non-sucky weekend!

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Friday Five: Snoop Dogg and David Beckham walk into a cantina…

There was no Friday Five last week. I make no apologies. I was on vacation and it was my birthday. Vacation included blogging. For the most part. OK, I’m a horrible liar. I’m so sorry. Please forgive me? 🙂

Lots of fun goodies to be had this week as usual! I love my Twitter feed. They find the best stuff!

Qapla'!

1. Make it Sir!

Last week, Captain Jean-Luc Picard became Sir Patrick Stewart after being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Some enterprising individual with some mad Photoshop skillz went to work on the official picture of the knighting, replacing the sword with a Klingon bat’leth. Awesome. By the way, while on vacation, I finally got around to seeing the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet, starring David Tennant as Hamlet and Sir Patrick Stewart as King Claudius. While we all know we haven’t experienced Shakespeare until we’ve read him in the original Klingon, this version of Hamlet starring the Doctor and Professor X was a three and a half hour geek-gasm!

Source: Sci Fi Wire

2. Get over here!

This week, a mysterious Mortal Kombat short film swept through the Interwebs, making us all drool about the possibility of a new movie. No one was sure what it was supposed to be for, but it was later revealed by Jeri Ryan, who plays Sonya Blade in the clip, that the “trailer” was made to sell the director’s vision of a re-imagined Mortal Kombat movie to the WB. Here’s hoping WB liked it as much as we did!

Source: Geek Week Online

3. Font Conference

My friends and colleagues in the journalism/publishing industry sometimes get crazy obsessive over fonts. Which is why we all got excited when we saw the video of the Font Conference earlier this week. Comic Sans to the rescue!

Source: College Humor

4. Circus-school proposal

Dancers, choreography, cue cards, acrobatics and a unicycle… all to ask a girl to marry him. This guy has balls to put on such a performance just to ask a girl to marry him. And she has balls to say yes after witnessing the show. Awww!

Source: Huffington Post

5. GOOOOOOAAAALLLLL!

The World Cup is on and everyone seems to be nuts over soccer, including the folks at adidas, who put together a clever Star Wars-themed FIFA World Cup viewing party at a little cantina on Tattooine. I love how, even 33 years later, Star Wars is still such a cultural phenomenon that it’s still showing up in the mainstream media. Although Snoop Dogg wielding a lightsaber is a little out there…

Source: adidasoriginals on YouTube

That’s all I’ve got for this week. Have a great weekend! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a little Doctor Who/Star Trek TNG crossover to dream about… which I’m sure exists in fanfic somewhere.

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Friday Five: Get ‘Lost’

As I’m typing this, there’s still two hours left in Friday… so it’s not too late to post my Friday Five, right? I had today off today and planned to get so much done. And then I overslept until almost lunch time and my day just went to hell after that. Never did catch up. But there’s always tomorrow.

It’s funny. When I was in my 20s I could stay up all night. Now that I’m in my 30s, I can’t wait to go to bed. So I’ll just jump right in. Sooner done, sooner to sleep. 🙂

1. ABC extends ‘Lost’ finale

This better not be a Bobby Ewing, snowglobe, waking up in bed with Suzanne Pleshette kind of ending. Or heads will roll.

No spoilers, but if you haven’t seen this week’s episode of ‘Lost’ yet, have some tissues ready. The writers aren’t holding back any punches for this show’s final season it seems. ‘Lost’ was such a great show when it started. Then it suffered from dragging plots in later seasons, especially thanks to the writers strike. I almost gave up on it, but stuck with it because I knew it would end someday. And that day is almost upon us. And now that it is, I find myself not wanting it to ever end! Lucky for us, ABC has allowed the show’s producers to extend the finale to 2 and a half hours. That’s right, an extra half hour in which to RIP OUT MY HEART. *sob*

Source: The Live Feed

2. Muppets meet ‘Lost’ creators

I’m not the only one giving the writers and creators of ‘Lost’ a hard time. Check out this video of a couple of Muppets crashing their planning session for the final episodes. Give ’em hell, Rizzo!

Source: MTV Movies Blog

3. Raising money for hot, ass-kicking chicks

Stephen Baldwin isn’t my favorite Baldwin. Sure, he was OK in Biodome. Which is a bad movie. But he’s done worse. Much worse. And now he’s broke. And raising money. Because of Jesus and stuff. Or something. But there’s someone else who also deserves some money. Joss Whedon. Not because he needs it. But because he’s awesome. Really. Watch the video and see if you don’t agree.

Source: io9

4. LEGO Star Wars trilogy

May 4th was Star Wars Day. What’s better than Star Wars? LEGO Star Wars! What’s better than LEGO Star Wars? How about the entire Star Wars trilogy (the good one) told in two minutes… in LEGO. “Whaddup, son?” I did learn a valuable lesson. Don’t watch while drinking, because inhaling liquid is not a pleasant experience.

Source: Huffington Post

5. Remake of Lady Gaga’s ‘Telephone’

Last week we had Gaga a capella. This week, it’s a remake of her video ‘Telephone’ as performed by soldiers in Afghanistan. I don’t know what my fascination with Lady Gaga has been of late, but I do know I really enjoy the remakes.

Source: malibumelcher on YouTube

Enjoy the weekend!

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Celebrate your inner nerf-herder

Today, May 4th, is the unofficial official International Star Wars Day. (And, in case you live under the same rock as I occasionally do and want to know why May 4th… “May the Fourth be with you.” Get it? Yuk yuk.)

By the time I was 7, I had built a droid, left home, won a major space battle and met the woman I would marry. What have you done? Look at yourself. No hand, no master and you can't even levitate your X-wing out of a swamp...

This year also marks the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, arguably the best of the Holy Trilogy. But Empire holds special memories for me because it was the first live-action movie I ever saw in the theater. I was either just about to turn 4 or had already done so when my parents took me and my baby brother to see Empire. As my mom tells it, my brother started crying, so she had to go sit out in the car with him while Dad and I finished the movie. (It would be a long time before they took him to the movies again.)

I really have only one memory of the movie, and that’s the very end when Boba Fett is loading a carbonite-frozen Han Solo into his ship. I remember wondering, with my 4-year-old brain, why Boba Fett was going to shoot Han Solo out of his cannon, because that’s what his ship looked like to me at the time. It wasn’t until years later when I saw the film again did I realize it was a ship and not a big gun.

I remember going to preschool after seeing the movie and playing Star Wars on the playground. I was always Princess Leia because I think I was a little bully at the age of 4, while the other two girls in our group had to be the droids. I obviously had not learned the lesson of sharing yet. I think I would have been better suited to play Vader, come to think of it.

Those are really the only memories I have of the entire Star Wars franchise. I’m pretty sure we went to see Return of the Jedi, but I don’t remember seeing it. All my other memories come from when I was older and better able to understand the actual plot.

Star Wars Day has been a trending topic all day on Twitter, and that makes my inner geek proud. These movies have been with me since I was very young, and will continue to inspire and awe me for years to come.

Happy Star Wars Day! MTFBWY.

And as a treat, some Star Wars humor. (Watch all the way to the end!)

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Friday Five: Star Wars and 8-bit nostalgia

I love Twitter. I love the people I follow. They share the most interesting things. Mind-blowing things. Things that make you go, “Holy crap, that is the epitome of cool!” So thank you, Twitter, for bringing me the following links this week!

1. Galactic Empire State of Mind

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys apparently teamed up for a song called “Empire State of Mind.” I’ve never heard it. It’s not my kind of music. But the Star Wars-themed parody “Galactic Empire State of Mind” was right up my ally.

8 million asteroids, where’d your little ship go?
Get me to Cloud City, I got Lando on my payroll…

Dancing stormtroopers are always fun.

Source: College Humor

I'm sure I'm not the only who wishes this game really existed.

2. 8-Bit Dr. Horrible

Just when I thought nothing could top Joss Whedon’s “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” (except, perhaps, talk of a full-length movie sequel), Felicia Day let us know about “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Game,” brought to you in nostalgic 8-bit format. And it’s only part 1, which, hopefully, means parts 2 and 3 will be coming soon!

Source: Doctor Octoroc

3. MOAR DOCTOR!

Hmm, this category may start becoming a regular thing. Yes, I’m that obsessed. The new season of “Doctor Who” started over the weekend in England. Here in Yankee land, we have to wait until next weekend. That’s OK. I’m actually being patient for a change. But I was excited to hear that there will be four additional episodes in this new season — in the form of four online games. The project has been commissioned for BBC Online, so I hope those of us in the States will have access to them. According to the press release:

These four new adventures will take the form of downloadable computer games available for PC and Mac, in which players assume control of the Doctor and Amy as they embark on new adventures which complement the new TV series.

Interesting, very interesting. Color me intrigued.

Source: Destructoid

4. When Pixels Attack

The io9 Web site titled this one “the coolest thing you’ll see all day.” And they were right. Watch what happens when old-school video games attack New York in “Pixels: Retro Gamers.” Personally, I loved the Tetris blocks best. This and the 8-Bit Dr. Horrible have made me yearn for some good, old-fashioned 8-bit gaming.

Source: io9

5. Feudal Japanese Star Wars Art

The fine, fun folks over at The Power Geeks podcast pointed me in the direction of the wonderful, amazing art of Steve Bialik, in which he melds characters from the Stars Wars universe with feudal Japanese artwork. Move over, Hokusai. If given the opportunity, I’d replace your prints on my wall with one of these.

Source: The Power Geeks, Buzzfeed

Can’t wait to see what goodies my Twitter feed brings me next week!

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