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Saturday, April 30, 2016

More LEGO Hijinks!
I made some creative adjustments to my Batman minifigure that I got in a Mighty Micros set.
Like the Flash.
And like Robin.

My joy out of these sets wasn't the Instructions.
But the Vision I had of "Something More" from them.

And I got them.  All three.  So happy to be a Geek.
Cheers!
And for "Why"?
The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh is something eye-catching.
And I appreciate the Modern Spin.
While forcibly injected with Weapons-Grade Heroin and set to the streets of Gotham, Batman enables a "Backup Personality"...just in case Bruce Wayne just happens to "shatter" psychologically.
To be added as "props" to the Batcave I'll put together...
Namaste.




Star Wars...

Cheers to the "Lattes With Leia" Ladies!

I like to "tag" my coffee cup.
Doing this ensures no-one throws it out if my back is turned.
So during one week, I went Star Wars-y!!!
I was thinking the Lattes Gals (or would you prefer Lattes Chix? ^_~) would get a kick out of my daily Cuppa Jawa Juice.
And having a rainbow of Sharpies only enable my inner-glee.

The Force Will Be With You Always.
Cheers! ^_~

Monday, April 25, 2016

Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.
-Darth Vader

Thursday, April 21, 2016

xkcd

Laws of Physics
xkcd
(click link above to embiggen and also Hovertext Punchline -not included here!)

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Star Wars...

Finn's Panic Attack
(aka: The Bhagavad Gita According to Stormtrooper FN-2187)

With Story, we have something that starts It All.
It's called the Inciting Incident.  This applies to everything.
"What Happened?"
It's something asked in any workplace dispute or broken plate at home.
Basically in movies, Inciting Incidents are the Reason the Rest of the Movie Happens.

Such as 5 minutes and 51 seconds into "The Force Awakens" we're introduced to...
Stormtrooper FN-2187.  
And he's Under Great Stress.  
He's just been traumatized.  
He's witnessed his first Battlefront.
And he's lost a Friend.
This Blood-Streaked Stormtrooper Helmet is Now Iconic.  
It has Subtext now.
Meaning...
"RESIST!!!"
Stormtrooper FN-2187's "Programming" was Overrun.
Whatever measures the First Order has over their Army is speculative and hidden in backstory.  I for one will not invest in books or comics this time around.  I'll be getting what I need from the movies.  It should all be there anyhow.  
FN-2187 is now a Conscious Choice Maker.  
He gained Insight with the Horror of Death.  Of seeing his friend killed then by Not Firing on the Jakku Villagers.  
Spiritual Sidenote: The same thing kinda happened to Buddha.  Way before being known by that title, the young Prince Siddhartha was forbidden to leave the Palace yet as all children do, they need to experience on their own.  So Siddhartha sneaks out!  And into the town and he sees his first dead body.  It was of a wizened old man, who had lived life and passed away.  By Hindu tradition, he was being carried to the crematory by his eldest son.  This changed Siddhartha's Life.  He was kept from all forms of suffering, being the Prince of the Brahman Caste and never allowed to leave the Castle.  From then on, Siddhartha went on to find a Cure for Suffering in Enlightenment...but iDigress...

FN-2187's Panic Attack on the Battlefront, carries over back "Home" to where he chooses to Run Away from the Only Thing He's Every Known...
Why?
Because He has Resisted!  
Spiritual Sidenote 2:  In the Bhagavad Gita, we are given our hero Arjuna, the mighty archer on the eve his family's great civil war which will change the world as they all know it.  His inciting incident in this Story is his Panic Attack when he's beheld to the Enemy's Lines...he sees his Uncles, Cousins, Teachers, Mentors, Friends, Neighbors, Classmates, Nephews, In-Laws...and Mighty Arjuna breaks down weeping.  He slumps down in his war chariot, drops his bow and weeps. "I Will Not Fight..."
It is Arjuna's charioteer, the Lord Krishna who helps his friend in his time of need.  
And this is just the beginning of their adventure! 
Like Arjuna, FN-2187 needs a Chariot and a Charioteer.  
And like Krishna, Poe Dameron is cool under fire, got a wry sense of humor and helps his Friends find his True Path.  Poe flies as now "Finn" shoots the Arrows just as Krishna drives Arjuna.  

*Irony Alert! If it wasn't for Poe Dameron being such a crackshot with his rifle, going 3-for-3 taking out 3 First Order Stormtroopers, Finn would never have lost his friend and later find Poe as his friend.  We don't know who was under that armor yet the seeing the "Magic of..." documentary with my Bonus Material, I know lots of women are under there!  Also the obvious Captain Phasma was a woman too.  Gwendoline Christie's approach to this character is amazing!

So next time I draw this on my coffee lid, I gotta remember to get the streaks right!
The Force Will Be With You...Always.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Star Wars...

Awakening Bite By Bite...

On my lunch break, I watch The Force Awakens on my iPhone via my Amazon Streaming copy.
Picks up where I left off.
Gawd, I love the Future but iDigress...

Today at home, I pick up the old fashioned book & pen and when I hit "Resume Play", I'm greeted by a vista of Poe Dameron giving BB-8 a flash drive (a flash drive!!!) with orders to run away.

This opening scene is wonderful.  We're introduced to Legacy in Cinema.
Max Von Sydow as Lor San Tekka.
Von Sydow is a Sci-Fi Legend having played Ming the Merciless in 1980's cult classic "Flash Gordon" and Liet Kynes in David Lynch's "Dune" just to mention the Scope of his Work!
As previous Star Wars movies have gifted us is the presence of an Old School actor.
Complain about the Prequels all you want yet Christopher Lee as Count Dooku is still Flawless!
Peter Cushing had a great amount of screen time in A New Hope.
Max Von Sydow dies within the first seven minutes of The Force Awakens.

I don't know who Lor San Tekka is.
I don't care.
The intro to this character is so profound here just with casting and wardrobe.
This is Von Sydow in 1957's Ingmar Berman's "The Seventh Seal" in a literal & metaphoric struggle against Death, futility in its inevitability.  It's a great movie.   
Can you notice the similarities?
Is the opening of The Force Awakens a classic cinema homage scene?  
Look at Lor San Tekka's clothes?  Compare to the Knight in the Seventh Seal?
Compare relationship visual values of Death then Kylo Ren, in terms now of the Great Game of Light & Dark, of Life & Death.  
And of Movie References!  This is Nerd Context at its Finest.  Bravo, JJ!!!  

With great casting, I already know that Lor San Tekka is a "Great Warrior" without running time for exposition, back story or Info Dump.
He is Beyond Important.
It's one of this film's merits.

Namaste...