Last night we were watching the end of Empire Strikes Back on TV when the kids & I got home from a trip to Target. Molly was full of questions, including but not limited to;
☆ What happens if he gets hit by those pewers?
☆ Why does he have a pewer?
What are those pewer things called?
☆ Why are they blasters?
☆ I called them pewers because I didn’t know what they were called. They sound like “pew pew.”
☆ Why is C-3PO in a net?
☆ Why does he have a lightsaber too?
☆ Why is it blue?
☆ Does Darth Vader have a pewer?
☆ Why is a lightsaber more civilized?
☆ Why did they freeze him?
☆ Where are they taking him?
☆ Why does he owe Jabba the Hutt Money?
☆ Boba Fett is a good guy. Is Boba Fett a good guy?
☆ How does he fight without his hand?
☆ Why is Darth Vader a bad guy?
☆ Why is Chewbacca choking that guy?
☆ Why is R2-D2 smoking?
☆ Why is C-3PO holding his leg?
☆ Where is Chewbacca going?
☆ Why are there animals and people and robots all together?
☆ What is that place?
☆ But what part of Cloud City are they in?
☆ Why is there a big hole to fall down?
☆ Where does it go?
☆ Why is there a slide there?
☆ It’s a good thing that bridge is there. Why is that bridge there?
Ian calls Darth Vader “Tai Tai” or “Kai Kai” and we have no idea why. He was also excited to see “Bobo Baba” (Boba Fett) and “Doot Doot” (R2-D2).
He weaseled his way back downstairs later to manage to catch some Ewok (“Weeewok”) action in Return of the Jedi. Ha ha.
…and check out this incredible entire live show! Apparently all these cats ever left was one EP & a handful of performances. Their guitars have so many strings, it takes 12 parsecs for any non-force user to make their way across the fretboard.
I did download all I could form MySpace, but all I could get of some of the stuff was some snippets of songs. Their interpretations are proggy, masterful, eerie, and dark. I would love to get my hands on the EP.
Obviously, these scruffy-looking Nerf Herders rock too. The costumes and video production are all-out. The metal seems happier if that’s even a thing. They used kickstarter to fund their eventual takeover of the galaxy. Galactic credits go far with the Empire. I’m anxious for their full-length album, too.
It looks like of the two, these guys are the only ones currently in existence.
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I would love to see a fan mix of the movies using either of these guys to score the entire thing. I don’t think Disney would go for it, unless like Darth Lucas they realize they can make more money by selling the movies again to the same people that already own all possible formats & variations.
One thing people seem to be good at is arguing over texts. We can argue different points about the same information. How many interpretations are there for the constitution? And that’s just one language. Hit up the Torah, Bible, or Koran that’s been translated into different languages a few times and it’s absolute chaos. People seem to focus on minutiae instead of the big picture.
I can easily imagine a post-apocalyptic dystopian future where the Star Wars films have become the basis for religion. People will subscribe to their own versions of the Jedi and Sith philosophies and have an overall high regard for the force. Some people will say it’s all fiction. Magicians will use levitation and spoon-bending illusions to “prove” that the force is real.
I can imagine sects breaking out of each group of trilogies, finding their own interpretations of the overall themes to be the only correct way to see things.
Some will say Anakin/Vader brought balance to the force. Some will say it was Luke. Some may focus on the new characters to come. Some cults will say you have to go to the dark side before you can be redeemed by the light and that is the only true path to Jedi salvation.
Some will argue that the original films unedited are the only true word. Some will argue that the standalone films and animated series are like the apocrypha, and can’t be true canon.
Monasteries will open and instead of vows of silence, they will talk like Yoda.
Books will be written trying to prove that the holiday special did in fact exist.
People will kill each other arguing over who shot first.
I think you now have a script for Idiocracy 2: Idiocracier.
Molly was super-excited going door-to-door getting candy & telling eveyone we passed on the street “Happy Halloween!” She loved the compliments on her dress & shoes, and even got to pet a few puppies.
Ian loved his short 1½ street trip strapped on the front of me. People fawned over him too and he ate it up. It was a little chilly & windy so we took him home about dark to pass out candy with Grandma & BB.
At every house Molly would ask if we were going to get more, but when we circled back & she saw the other end of our street, she was ready to go home. No fight or fuss!
We got to celebrate several times since last week’s Halloween party at the church. I had a day off & was able to attend their library story time, and today we even hit up a trick-or-treat at Gaint Ealge.
I loved decorating pumpkins, the porch, and even gutting/carving the pumpkin with Molly this year.
I’ve seen almost all those movies. I agree with all of the choices that I recognize. [LIST SPOILERS – Read the other one 1st:] Man, I hated Johnny & The Cobra Kai. Sensei John Creese was the incarnation of evil. I dig this list because it’s not full of the obvious choices. There’s no Darth Vader, no Joker, no Xenomorph.
A while back, a friend of ours who is a teacher invited my wife & I to a Learning Festival that’s happening at her school this Saturday (May 12th). I can’t wait to go check it out! All of my favorite stuff is going to be in one place. Garrison Carida of the 501st Legion will be walking around in Star Wars attire, there will be a dude showing his guitar collection (there’s 50 of them!), they’ll be raffling a Fender Stratocaster from Moonlight Music, there will be free appraisals of collectables, and much much more! Looking at the flyer, it’s like I put the thing together with all of my favorite stuff.
Our friend is taking her 7 year old nephew, my wife is taking me. Ha! At any rate, I know other geeks read this that may be interested. Here’s the official flyer:
Apollo-Ridge Education Foundation Learning Festival – Sat. May 12th, 2012 (Click the image to go to their website.)
I have a Fender Mini Twin MT-10 9V amp that I recently dug out of a box in the basement. Obviously I don’t use it much. It’s the one in a plastic enclosure, and it sounds like… it’s in a plastic enclosure. The battery compartment cover has decided to move on to better things. My little Smokey Amp kicks its butt where 9V rocking is concerned, and it drives a cabinet if you wanna get really crazy.
I have the boring MT-10 on the right in the incredibly awesome sounding high-quality black plastic enclosure.
If it looks like a duck, and sounds like a cat getting its tail pulled, it must be a... guitar amplifier?
One of the clamps inside that was supposed to hold the speaker busted off of the plastic enclosure anyway, so it was all in there rattling around.
I have been a fan of the stuff that the dude from Artistic Amplification is doing for a while. The other day I got the brainstorm to turn my Mini-Twin into something like that dude does. He uses the Ruby circuit from Runoof Groove, but I already have guts to a perfectly good amp.
All I need is one of those 9V battery connector things(the amp has a stupid box w/ prongs), a fun shell, maybe some longer wires, a drill, some time and I’m good to go. Even my level of poor soldering skills should work for this venture.
These would certainly make badass little novelty amps.
I could possibly route out the eyes of the skull for the Twin Speaker placement. Was thinking the same with with Darth Vader’s eyes, or even mount them in the mouth-piece. Somehow I could maybe even work in that control panel… If the speaker was in the mouth, I could make the eyeballs light up or something even crazier. I can even use the integrated AC adapter, but I have read online that sometimes they produce an additional unwanted hum.
Then again, I thought trolling an antique store or two for an old box or transistor radio or crazy piece of kitsch would be kind of fun. I might come across something that hits me as the perfect vessel for the Frankentwin. (And a wooden box or old leather-covered transistor might sound better than yet another plastic enclosure.)
I pulled the amp apart with ease… I’m sort of stuck with the knobs. They’re not coming off with a gentle pull, and while other goofy replacements might be fun, I don’t really want to bust these (or the circuit board inside) yet. I guess I’m going to have to try to get something thin in behind them to pull them off.
I’m asking you the reader if you have any tips, tricks, advice, suggestions, etc. Have you done this before? Have you seen anything similar? Have you ever had the urge to build your own amp? Would you buy one if I learned how to make a circuit & started making/selling weird stuff? (Provided it sounded cool?)