Sunday, August 14, 2016

If Any of My Circuits or Gears will Help, I'll Gladly Donate Them

I had to pop on through my phone to pay respects to the actor who brought the true hero of the Star Wars Saga to life.

Kenny Baker was a true renaissance man, a veteran of film and vaudeville and by all accounts a professional and pleasant man to work with.

George Lucas wrote R2-D2. Ben Burtt and his sound team gave him a voice. Artists, fabrication teams, puppeteers, and animators too numerous to mention by name gave him physical form. But it was Kenny Baker, and Kenny alone, that gave R2-D2 his soul. The most important droid in the galaxy. Mechanic of royalty, partner to Jedi, agent and savior of rebellion.

Kenny, you will be missed. The Force will be with you, always.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Dry August

Just a heads up:

My hard drive on my laptop is dying. While I can post from my phone (in fact, that's what I'm doing right now), I DON'T LIKE IT. Therefore, posts will probably be scarce until I get a new hard drive installed (which is being worked on as we speak).

The rest of the posts I promised for the remainder of summer and beyond will still come, just slightly later than anticipated. This post is just to say: I didn't forget, and I didn't give up, and worst case scenario I have ways of bringing you all what I said I would.

Enjoy the disgusting, disgusting heat.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Love Letter to the Women of Star Wars

(Originally Written for Jedi News)

Within the last few months, I finally watched The Force Awakens again for the first time since the theatrical run. What I had liked about it at first I loved even more the second time. What had bothered me about it the first time likewise bothered me exponentially in the repeat viewing. All in all, it makes for a very awkward filmgoing experience for me – I love parts of it too much to say I dislike it, but I hate other parts too much to say I like it. And even if Episodes VIII and IX tie the narrative together in a way that really makes Awakens shine in retrospect, the fact that those films have totally different teams behind them (as opposed to The Maker’s overarching, if fickle-with-details narrative) will always undercut whatever “hidden brilliance” we may or may not find in the film upon future analysis.

The above paragraph was originally supposed to be a lead-in to a whole column re-evaluating The Force Awakens upon a repeat viewing away from the hype and the fear, but frankly, that’s really all I have to say on the matter until the entire picture comes to light. Besides, the main point of my column is to keep Episodes I-III and their rightful place in the Saga as a whole in the public’s eye as a positive force (pun unintentional, but welcome), lest the bile levied at them by mainstream geekdom be history’s final word on them.

But it does serve as a nice introduction to a matter that I’ve been wanting to write about for nearly a year, but wasn’t confidant I could do it justice. Because there is one element of The Force Awakens that I have had a slight but noticeable shift on in the intervening months: Rey.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Reflections on 30

30 years old today.

I've been on this planet for three decades.


I speak to adults who say they grew up with things that didn't exist until I was in my teens.

I'm the new adult generation.

I'm only a "young man" in the technical sense with lifespans ever expanding. Just a few centuries ago, I'd be middle-aged.

I'm already flabbergasted by "kids these days".

And the worst part?

It doesn't really feel any different from my late 20s.

I've learned so much in the last six years, that I am in many ways a different person than I was in college, but that's not tied to any specific number.

I thought I would have more insight, but frankly I don't know how I feel on this milestone of a day.


...I'm going to go play some WoW....

Sunday, July 24, 2016

My Name is Dory, and I Suffer From Short-Term Memory Loss

Hi, I saw Finding Dory.

Boy, I've seen more theatrical movies in the past three months than in the past three years.

Hi, I saw Finding Dory!

Minor Spoilers Ahead...I think?