Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars’

I guess the question is, who would be her running mate? In any case, this SHOULD happen! Right? I’m all for Bernie, but the closer we get, the less likely a Bernie Sanders presidency seems. But Wonder Woman as president? Yes, yes, a THOUSAND times yes!

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But, who knows, she may not have even consider running for such an office. She does get a little mift at American’s inability to adhere to compassion and fairness. So, if nothing else, we could go with another set of presidential possibilities who have PROVEN political and military skills, as well as bringing down the evil surrounding everyone and being a pivotal piece in ending tyranny!

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Mothma/Ackbar 2016

Mon Mothma as President and Admirel Ackbar as her running mate? I mean, really! Mothma has, on multiple occasions shown her leadership abilities with true integrity and passion. She’s also not someone to beat around the bush, lie, or do anything that would give us an inkling she’s not on the side of the people. And Ackbar, always loyal, always true to the leadership, but never forgets about the people he serves. This is the dream team of politics!

What are your thoughts? Who would YOU vote for? Who would YOU rather see running for the highest office in the nation?

I’ll go with the Hoth Tauntauns, but those darn Wattos are a deceptive bunch of con-artists. If they win, it’ll be because of dishonesty and cheating. What are your thoughts?

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I know I’m a tad bit late, but if you follow me on Facebook then you’ve already seen this. For Halloween this year we, the Nerd Company, decided to continue the annual tradition of having a themed costume party. Last year we decked ourselves out as famous rock stars, me going as red shirted Alvin the Chipmunk, and two years ago we gathered up all the ingredients needed to throw the most epic Harry Potter party, with me playing the part Ron Weasley going to the party in his great Aunt Tessie’s dress robes. This year we put our heads together and decided a Space Age theme would be perfect for this year’s Halloween frivolity.

It took some time as I muddled around the idea of going as Mega-Man, Green Lantern, and I even entertained the idea of putting together a Marvin Martian costume. But none of these ideas could top what would become my greatest creation…the AT-ST walker costume!

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If you’ve seen Star Wars then the AT-ST isn’t a foreign concept to you. However, if you aren’t a fan of the famous movies series, or simply don’t pay attention to the names of robots and contraptions, then let me explain. This costume idea was no simple task and required a lot of planning and constructing – wheel and ball bearings, movable legs, holding straps, etc etc. It took about two and a half weeks to complete so I decided to document the entire process with photos.

Phase 1 – The Head
I decided to start with the head piece as I found that to be the most design-specific part of the entire ensemble. I decided that if I wasn’t able to get the head together, then I would need to look at other costuming endeavors. The head was rather large because I had to account for my shoulder width as well as making sure I had room for my arms to move. I was able to acquire a lot of cardboard from my part-time job, did some measuring, a little math, and cut five large sheets out and glued them all together.

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Phase 2 – Painting
My next task was to make sure this was going to LOOK metallic enough to work. So I bought some metallic colored spray paint and sprayed the crap out of the head. I did this early in the morning on a Saturday and allowed the paint to dry for a few hours in the sun. After that I got a big black sharpie and marked out the lines for the window eyes and other parts that needed those defining features.

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Phase 3 – The Legs
Now came the most difficult part. I didn’t need an incredibly substantial construction for the legs, yet I knew I needed them to be sturdy enough as to not bend so easily. I made eight leg pieces, four for the top portions and four for the lower portions, and cut out some smaller pieces to splice them all together using pipe cleaners to do the binding.

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Phase 4 – The Waist, Feet, And Leg Movement
I didn’t want to stick the legs to the head so I knew I needed a waist piece. I poked some holes where it was neccesary and used some nuts and bolts to get motion out of the legs. I was starting to run out of time since the party was in two days so for the feet I simply cut out larger strips of cardboard, wrapped them around my feet and glued it all together. Bad engineering maybe, but it worked. I used duct tape to act as straps to hold the waist up, and did the same thing with the head to keep it rested on my shoulders.

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Phase 5 – Testing It Out
I needed to make sure I didn’t put all of this together for nothing so I put it on to see how well it would all work out. I found that the feet kept ripping through the holes of the legs so I had to reinforce them a lot more, and that still didn’t work too well but it held well enough for the party.

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Phase 6 – Finishing Touches
I spray painted the rest of the costume and put the final touches on the head with my black sharpie. I was so happy with how it turned out even though there were other complicated details I would have LOVED to add to the entire costume. However I was lacking on time so I simply had to be fine with what I finished at this point.

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Cardboard is an awesome medium to work with when it comes to costuming, and if you’re ambitious enough you can construct some epic costumes. The whole costume bent a little in places when transporting it to the party venue, but I was expecting that.

If I were to change anything it would be how the feet connected to the legs as well as reducing the length of the head. I’m planning on redoing this costume using perforated plastic which would hold up better as well as making the needed additions to turn this costume into something I’d feel proud to wear at events like Comic-Con!

And just so you can see this beast in motion, here’s some videos…

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A couple of weeks ago a petition was written for the government to begin building a Death Star as a means of national defense.  While I’m sure most of us knew that it would never happen, the technology of the Star Wars universe is something fans have been dreaming of for quite some time. Enough people signed the petition to compel a government response. It looks like we’ll have to continue hoping that the construction of real life lightsabers will be in our near future.

They sure provided all of us with a very humorous title for their response. At least they have a sense of humor! Official response from the White House.

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By Paul Shawcross

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons: 
·The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
· The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
· Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?
However, look carefully (here’s how) and you’ll notice something already floating in the sky — that’s no Moon, it’s a Space Station! Yes, we already have a giant, football field-sized International Space Station in orbit around the Earth that’s helping us learn how humans can live and thrive in space for long durations. The Space Station has six astronauts — American, Russian, and Canadian — living in it right now, conducting research, learning how to live and work in space over long periods of time, routinely welcoming visiting spacecraft and repairing onboard garbage mashers, etc. We’ve also got two robot science labs — one wielding a laser — roving around Mars, looking at whether life ever existed on the Red Planet.
Keep in mind, space is no longer just government-only. Private American companies, through NASA’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO), are ferrying cargo — and soon, crew — to space for NASA, and are pursuing human missions to the Moon this decade.
Even though the United States doesn’t have anything that can do the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, we’ve got two spacecraft leaving the Solar System and we’re building a probe that will fly to the exterior layers of the Sun. We are discovering hundreds of new planets in other star systems and building a much more powerful successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will see back to the early days of the universe.
We don’t have a Death Star, but we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke’s arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers.
We are living in the future! Enjoy it. Or better yet, help build it by pursuing a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field. The President has held the first-ever White House science fairs and Astronomy Night on the South Lawn because he knows these domains are critical to our country’s future, and to ensuring the United States continues leading the world in doing big things.
If you do pursue a career in a science, technology, engineering or math-related field, the Force will be with us! Remember, the Death Star’s power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.
Paul Shawcross is Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget

– See more at: http://www.starwarsunderworld.com/2013/01/white-house-responds-to-death-star_11.html#sthash.QyX59uYQ.dpuf

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As reported by Following the Nerd, Star Wars episode VII is rumored to have Palpatine returning as a Sith ghost. If the rumor holds true, then great!  It makes sense given that Jedi maintain that same ability. The Force is a mysterious and mystical piece of magic, and it’s always interesting to think how it can be manipulated by the properly trained.

But that isn’t the most interesting part.  At least not for me.  Further down in the article more rumors are revealed – one being how J. J. Abrams plans to write a script that doesn’t pull from any of the already published novels.  That’s right, it’s possible that Episode VII will have no influence whatsoever coming from the books.  It’s going to be a fresh new take on the films.

I have no idea if this rumor is true, but it does bring to mind an interesting question…What is Star Wars cannon? No doubt, there are TONS of novels written for the Star Wars universe – continuing the tales of Luke Skywalker or going in depth into the lives and dealings of the Sith.  The Star Wars universe has expanded into something George Lucas (curse him) had never dreamed of.

But the films came first.

If J. J. Abrams is writing a new Star Wars movie that doesn’t pull from the novels, is it possible he could write a story which negates what’s already been published?  He’s certainly done that with Star Trek, and it’s been well received.  With Star Wars, however, he isn’t going back in time to change everything so he can do what ever he wants with the characters, but rather continuing the storyline Lucas set with Episode VI. Are the films considered the canonized version of the Star Wars mythos or are the books? I know most comic book fans consider the Superman story in the comics to be the continuity to go by, by does that hold true with Star Wars?

What are your opinions?