The birds of the future are birds of a feather indeed

Thursday, 31 July, 2014

The Silva Field Guide to Birds of a Parallel Future… one day, in the distant future perhaps, some birds may fly in a formation that creates the illusion they are one, giant, avian creature, among other possibilities that is.

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Is Tatooine really as bad as it is made out to be?

Wednesday, 23 July, 2014

Tatooine

A People’s History of Tattooine by Jacob Harris, Tim Carmody, and others. Having, by chance, re-watched the original “Star Wars” trilogy last week, it is apparent our perceptions of the planet, and the Mos Eisley space port, are very much shaped by Obi-Wan Kenobi’s quite disparaging, really, point of view.

What if Mos Eisley wasn’t really that wretched and it was just Obi Wan being racist again?

It’s hardly an excuse, but I guess the old Jedi master hadn’t ever envisaged that he would end up seeing out out his days on the desert planet.

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And now, the 1976 trailer for “Star Wars”

Friday, 18 July, 2014

This trailer for “Star Wars”, dating from 1976, the year before the first film in the sci-fi saga was released, seems a galaxy removed from trailers we’re familiar with today, as do the trailer/teasers for “The Empire Strikes Back”, and “The Return of the Jedi”, all of which I spotted at Kottke.

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Victorian Wars and other illustrations by Terry Fan

Thursday, 10 July, 2014

Image by Terry Fan

Take some time out to peruse the work of Toronto based artist and illustrator Terry Fan… this image, from his Victorian Wars series, somehow reminds me of the group photo of Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, and associates, that was said to be taken in 1900.

Via Design is Kinky.

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Who really killed Luke Skywalker’s aunt and uncle in “Star Wars”?

Thursday, 12 June, 2014

Might this constitute a “Star Wars” conspiracy theory? Events in “A New Hope” suggested that Luke Skywalker’s aunt, Beru, and uncle, Owen, were murdered by Stormtroopers. Jim Ciscell however, writing for Toptenz, argues that bounty hunter Boba Fett was actually responsible.

For all of the many failings of the Star Wars Special Edition that was first released in 1997, George Lucas has stood by this version as being canon. The last part of the docking bay scene clearly establishes that Boba Fett was on Tatooine during the search for the droids. Boba Fett would not have been above trying to collect multiple bounties. A bounty for the droids, as well as a bounty for Han Solo, would have made Boba Fett even more likely to be on Tatooine.

There are a few holes in this idea, but isn’t that case for any conspiracy theory?

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Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar”, our century’s “Alternative 3”?

Monday, 26 May, 2014

Christopher Nolan’s new film Interstellar opens in Australian cinema’s later this year, Thursday, 6 November in fact. While watching the trailer though, I couldn’t help but think of a BBC produced documentary called Alternative 3, er, made on 1 April 1977.

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What’s with the Death Star’s ring of destruction as it explodes?

Tuesday, 13 May, 2014

Like it or lump it, “Star Wars” is the talk of the galaxy, and the excitement is only going to grow in the run up to the release of the new film in the franchise, The Ancient Fear.

While there’s loads that could be discussed, I thought I might focus on the rings seen emanating when the two Death Stars, and the planet Alderaan, explode, in the first films. Obviously this is science fiction, but what is the go with these rings anyway, would they actually occur should a planet sized body be destroyed by super powerful laser?

But wait! These are no ordinary planetary sized explosions. Instead, all of these blow up and produce this expanding ring of stuff. I really don’t know why they do this. Maybe this is due to a high speed internal rotation of the core. I could understand some type of high speed spinning thingy inside the two Death Stars, but Alderaan? Maybe Alderaan has a secret core power source inside so that they can keep the surface looking all natural. I’m just guessing here. Oh, we all know that there would be no sound from these explosions in space, right?

It has been suggested these rings only came along after first being seen in 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, but I’m not going to touch that.

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May the fifth be with you, new “Star Wars” film cast named

Monday, 5 May, 2014

The cast of the upcoming Star Wars movie has been officially announced. Those expecting the actors who originally played Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker, to return for the new film, er, like worst kept secret ever, will not be surprised.

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“2001: A Space Odyssey” photos set between the scenes

Wednesday, 16 April, 2014

2001: A Space Odyssey set photo

I’ve seen some of these, while others are new to me, another collection of set, or behind the scenes, photos from the filming of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

In the above image, Stanley Kubrick (right), chats with Margaret Tyzack and Leonard Rossiter between takes.

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How that elegant weapon, for a more civilised age, came to be

Thursday, 10 April, 2014

A short feature, produced in 2004, that charts the development of the lightsabre, the weapon of choice of the Jedi and the Sith, in the “Star Wars” films.

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