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AT-AT's: not just for Christmas. Check it out, awesome pics of a 'pet' AT-AT. Even if you don't like Star Wars, it's still cute - I defy anyone to look at them and not go 'Aww'.
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WARNING: THIS VIDEO MAY INDUCE HYSTERICAL LAUGHTER, UNCONTROLLABLE LEAKAGE FROM EYES, AND POTENTAL *DED*

Star Wars: Retold (by someone who hasn't seen it) )

I haven't laughed so hard in years. (On the down side, uncontrollable laugher-induced coughing has left my throat raw.)

(Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] deirdre_c, from of Joe Nicolosi on Vimeo.)
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Prompted by [personal profile] fialleril's comment on this comic, I give you:

The Last (Sith) Supper

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QuickPost

Full image under the cut )

I love the Internet. There are photoshop tutorials for everything.
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The results are in, and Star Wars narrowly won the poll for the first set of recs.

Before I get started, a couple of notes on the way I label fics. If a fic is, in either my opinion or the authors, predominantly gen-focused but also includes either het or slash pairing, the fic will be tagged both 'gen' and 'het'/'slash'. Anything that does contain ship will also be labelled with the pairing, so nobody should be scared for life by reading anything they don't care for. And if I haven't included a rating, assume it's PG - PG-13 at the most.

I'm working my way through some of my older fics here, so if I've rec'd these before, I apologise. I'm just getting my tracking system in order, so from here on in I'll be able to keep track of what I have and haven't rec'd. I'm also trying to get a balance between authors, genres, and timeframes (taking into account my obvious biases, of course!).

And now, on with the recs! )

Enjoy! Up next week - Crossovers.
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I was thinking about Star Wars AUs tonight, specifically those where Luke is raised by Vader. It occurred to me that, in this situation, I could see a lot of similarities in parenting style between Vader and John Winchester (apart from the Vader-being-evil thing, of course). No, hear me out.

Both are characters whose defining moment is the loss of their wife. This loss is the single most powerful driving force - no pun intended - in their lives. Both are devoted to destroying those who have hurt their family. Both have little tolerance of physical weakness. Neither encourage disagreement. Both appear isolated from 'normal' society. Both tend to be rather black-and-white in their views, especially of good & evil. John clearly impressed his moral universe - demons bad, humans good - on his children early. Vader tried to do the same, the first time he was face to face with Luke. Both want their children to carry on in their footsteps. And, arguably, both think they are acting for the greater good.

Before I get slaughtered by the John Winchester fen, let me be clear that I am not equating John with Vader, nor do I think he was an OMGEVOL!parent. I just think that, in this situation, parent!Vader could be a little like parent!John, amped up to the max.

OK, I'm extrapolating a bit here, and some of these points are debatable depending on your view of the characters, but still. Not a complete stretch?

And now I really, really need to go to bed. Stupid Olympics.

([personal profile] deirdre_c, I think I need your Supernatural/Star Wars icon!)
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Is anyone else going through a period of fandom withdrawl right now? Looking back over my last entries I'm noticing a marked absence of content, and, despite the crazy work and uni and professional and social commitments, I'm going to pin the blame on my general lack of fannish interest at the moment.

That isn't strictly true - I still like fandom as much as ever, but I'm feeling a general sense of... exhaustion with my usual sources. It's been a while since a new fandom caught my eye, and while I always cycle back to my old fannish haunts eventually, new texts (or shows or movies) keep my fannish motivation up. Which is where the insane commitments thing comes in; I don't have time for new obsessions right now. *sigh*




Eh. enough of that. I bring you some educational and edifying links instead:

Music piracy no match for Avril Lavigne Because I get so damn sick of the same 'Piracy is evil' paranoia that is trotted out by the music and movie industry, this from the manager of Avril Lavigne:

"I do not believe that the record label owns the song, the publisher does not own the song, even the artist does not own the song... It is the emotion that a fan attaches to that song, to that lyric that makes it popular. What the record business needs to do is to monetise the behaviour of that fan."

And bold, because this is a concept that needs to catch on. While I'm not quite sure about the idea of monetising fan behaviour (or, for that matter, erasing the idea that producers own content), it is damn nice for someone in the industry to be not talking about fans of their products as if they were the enemy.

Oh, and the Mother who's baby videos were removed for copyright infringement strikes back. This is also something we need to see more of. If she wins, of course.

And finally, Worth1000 had a challenge to incorporate Star Wars characters into classic works of art. Check it out - there's some brilliant stuff, as always.

Better late

Jul. 1st, 2008 05:49 pm
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OK, so remember how a couple of weeks ago, there was that drabble meme? And how I wrote most of them on the weekend I did it, but lack of Quality LJ time prevented me from posting? Well, here's the first lot. Better late than never, I suppose. (In my defence, life has been hectic, yadda yadda yadda... never changes. *sigh*)


Title: Babel
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Wordcount: 100
Notes: For [profile] seldear, who wanted "Sam and Daniel being geeky". It turned out more angsty than geeky, sorry. Consider this post-'Threads', if you will.

Babel )


Title: Charades
Fandom: Star Wars
Word Count: 100
Notes: For [profile] _bluebells, who wanted "Han attempting to communicate with R2 without C3-P0 there to translate."

Charades )


Title: Priorities
Fandom: Supernatural
Word Count: 100
Notes: For [personal profile] deirdre_c, who wanted "Dean geeking out about Star Wars and Sam mocking him". This is sort of two mini-mini fics in one... hope you don't mind.

Priorities )

More coming soon...
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For my own convience, a record of my themes for [profile] saga_6

Western Set
1. Superiority Complex
2. "Ehyeh asher ehyeh." - Exodus 3:14 (Translation: "I am that I am.")
3. Eschatology
4. "Hell is other people." - Jean-Paul Sartre
5. Democracy
6. Progress
Optional. God can be found in the pages of history.

I'm currently panicking that I've somehow volunteered to write for Anakin and Obi-wan. But so many of the themes just fit, and it's very rare for me to actually be immediately inspired by prompts, so I decided to bite the bullet and sign up. Watch me fail dismally at transferring any of my brilliant ideas to paper... er, screen.

(If any Star Wars folks round here haven't checked this prompt/claiming community out yet, I recommend you pop by for a look. Should be some interesting things to come out of it, and there are so many interesting themes to chose from!)

Also, over at [personal profile] moonshayde's journal, everyone is confessing their Mary Sues. Amazing how many of us came up with the same sort of characters. Well worth a read if you have time to spare, and you never know - you might just see something you recognise :P
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Help me, Obi-wan Kenobi flist ... Do Wookiees' have paws or hands? Neither the Star Wars databanks nor Wookieepedia will give me an answer.

Hmm. Neither really seems right to me, given their combination of manual dexterity and retractable claws.
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One of my New Years Resolutions is to write more fic. Let's start as we mean to go on, shall we?

Title: Simulation
Author: [personal profile] lyore
Rating: G
Summary: Skywalkers' have a great many talents, but flying in simulators isn't one of them. Two drabbles, one story.
Author's notes: Inspired by the discussion on this post.
Characters:Drabble One - Anakin. Drabble Two - Luke, Wedge.

Father )
Son )

Happy New Year, everyone!

~
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Everyone, Aussie or not, should check out this video. As background, today is the federal election in Australia, and while three of the four commercial TV channels are providing live election coverage, channel 10 is showing... The Empire Strikes Back. (Also, Howard is the current PM, while Rudd is the leader of the opposition.)



OMG, I think I just died laughing.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go join the rebellion vote.
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Well, guess who got her letter of offer for her Masters today? Go me.

In other news of awesome, courtesy of [personal profile] animator, the most awesome macro to ever awesome:



(Outside a cut since the image is small - let me know if it causes any problems for anyone.)

Also from [personal profile] animator: The Order of the Science Scouts of Exemplary Repute and Above Average Physique. I qualify for way to many of those badges *g*

~
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I think it's about time for some new Star Wars recs, don't you?

So, without further ado:

A trilogy of one-shots by [personal profile] fialleril. Obi-wan, Anakin, and the rain.
Gen, introspective, and hauntingly beautiful.

Shadowed Reflection by deaka.
A lone Jedi faces a malevolent Emperor... but all may not be as you think.
An incredible dark AU one-shot - so much backstory invoked, but the fic remains completely focused. Chilling, and wonderful.

(And while you're at it, check out Desert Drifting (Pre-ANH, Luke and Biggs), Pieces of Air" (Pre-ESB, Luke, with a side of Leia and Han, mild angst and h/c) and Shades of Doubt (Post ESB, Luke thinks about Vader's revelation), by the same author.)

Finally, if there is anyone out there who reads WIPs, then I need to mention In the Empire's Shadow, by Lieutenant Dan. Post-ESB and Pre-RotJ, it has a full cast of movie characters, plus a few from the EU. So far, it's shaping up to be a good old-fashion Star Wars-style adventure. Could be straight out of the EU, except that it is, you know, actually good. (Note: this fic isn't marked as an AU, and so far, it isn't. However, I have no idea if it is going to stay that way.)

Enjoy :)
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A question for any of my Star Wars flisters who've read the EU.

In which I get analytical about the abilities of the Jedi and their application in flight simulators. No, really. )

Um, yeah. All this was is a long-winded way of saying that I think it would be really cool if there was fic where either Luke or Anakin (or Vader, for that matter) was incredibly bad at flying sims.
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I'm still laughing at the Chaser's latest stunt, but possibly even more amusing is the way the Police Commissioner is trying to paint this as a success. Um... no. Not really, but nice try. (And if you haven't seen the fake security passes, you should check 'em out. They weren't exactly being subtle about this.)

While I can see why some people disapprove of this stunt, I think I believe the Chaser when they say that they never expected to get through the first checkpoint - I can't imagine the lawyers approving it otherwise, let alone the whole 'risking and life and limb' aspect.

Anyway, since I have this option to post polls and never actually use it, here's a poll for you all:

[Poll #1051584]

ETA: And on a completely different topic, I want one. Yeah, I agree the Ewoks were way overdone in RotJ, but they are undeniably cute :)

Stuff...

Aug. 16th, 2007 11:35 pm
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Brand New Shiny Computer is at the shop, being fixed. On Saturday I should get him back, and then I can seriously start replacing all the software I lost in the Great Computer Crash. Computer type friends - expect a call from me in the next week or so :)

Other significant thing which happened today: Got a haircut. Yay! After hunting around all of Canberra for a decent and not ridiculously expensive hairdresser, I ended up going back to the one on campus. Makes me all nostalgic for university :)

Which got me thinking - I really would like to go back to uni. While, fingers crossed, I will be starting my Masters next year (if I ever get around to submitting my paperwork), I'd really like to be able to go back full time and study something completely, just for interest's sake. I'd love to do an Arts degree, for instance. Maybe one of these days...

The other important thing which happened today was that I bought an adorable Super-deformed Darth Vader. On special, even. Now I just have to convince myself that I don't want to go back and get the TIE Fighter Pilot and Stormtrooper too...

Oh, and thanks for all the input and feedback on my topic for the public speaking competition. I've registered, and now just have to write and learn the damn thing. Before Monday. Hmmm - why do I do this to myself?
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Despite my mild aversion to things Trek (one day I will get over my reactions to the movies and watch the series, I swear), everyone should go read this: Analytics According to Captain Kirk, because it is analytical, awesome and amusing.

Although honesty and fandom partisanship forces me to admit it is not quite as cool as Star Wars and Gravitational Constants, which is probably my favourite combination of Star Wars and physics I have seen on the web, and embodies everything I love when fans and geeks combine.

Plus, it's a wonderful example of the great scientific principle whereby one goes to great lengths to prove something one already know, and then writes it up as a paper :)

And since I am linking (semi-) scholarly works, I should include the real deal: Intercourse and Intelligence, an article discussing the effects of intelligence on the likelihood of virginity, from adolescent to adulthood. Cites a number of studies, and presents some interesting theories, some of which I agree with, some of which I don't. Interesting stuff, anyway.

(And for some reason none of my drop-down posting menus are working - mood, icon, journal. Anyone else have this problem?)
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I think the lifts at work are haunted. They are always about 5 degrees* colder than the rest of the building, will randomly bump and shudder, and the screen that displays the floor number will flicker on and off.

Definitely haunted. I'm expecting Sam and Dean to show up and save the day any time now.


*that's Celsius, btw.
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Squeezed in a little writing time today, around work and other things. Only about half an hour, but at least it's something. Trying to get the motivation and time to write to line up together has been an exercise in futility for the longest time, so I'll take what I can get, even if it does happen when I really should be getting reading for bed, and I have to stop because I really do have to get up the next morning and go to work. And Darth Vader and Han Solo are still trapped in the turbolift, but at least they are threatening each other talking. This is a start.

Anyway, this got me thinking about Han Solo's character, and how he's changed/not changed through the saga. And since I know my flist are all intelligent and discerning people, who understand that Han Shot First, I have a question for you all.

Would Han still have shot first, if the Greedo scene had occurred at some other time in the Saga? Would he still have shot first if it had happened between A New Hope and Empire, for instance, or just after Jedi? 10 years after Jedi? At what stage (if ever), would the respectible-isation of Han Solo stopped him from shooting first? We all know that he'd still shoot last, but would the changes in his values (the reaffirmation of the value of friendships, standing up for your beliefs, true love, all that jazz), change his instinctive response to the situation?

Feel free to include or ignore the EU in your responses - whatever floats your boat. I'm just interested in other people's thoughts.

And now I really, really need to go to bed.
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Sheesh. Between this and the continuing FanLib thing, I'm getting seriously overloaded on the Fandom drama. One things for sure - I was considering trying to get a permanent account when they go on sale, but there's not a chance in hell of me doing that now.

For some reason, I'm still more upset/annoyed about FanLib (not that I'm NOT bloody pissed about this), but I think that's mostly because it has the potential to follow fandom wherever it's hosted. At least LJ arbitrarily deleting accounts without investigation, as bloody insane infuriating as it is, can be countered moving. And I seriously doubt LJ will keep this up once WfI and their friends get bored, declare 'victory' and find a new target.

So, to make up for the crappiness of the news hitting LJ today, I shall share this rather amusing YouTube video
I stumbled across last night. Star Wars - The Empire Brokeback.

Oh, and a nice, rational post by profic author Elizabeth Moon Bear on fanfic. I have some of Elizabeth Moon books, been meaning to get some more. This just encouraged me to move her books to the top of my list.

Enjoy - and then go check your Interests, just to be safe.

Edited to fix my bloody stupid mistake. *Sigh* It's been one of those days.

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