Archive for 2009

Let the Wookiee Pumpkin Win! Team | November 4, 2009

Photos by Raphael Isaacs

This Halloween fans everywhere carved and transformed ordinary pumpkins into their favorite Star Wars characters. But instead of cutting up the Great Pumpkin, crafty fans Raphael Isaacs and his wife Jennifer made this Wookiee-tastic pumpkin for a contest — which, of course, they won! chats with Raphael about his adorkable pumpkin tribute to Chewbacca with tips for you crafty fans.

Why did you decide to make this pumpkin in a non-traditional way?
We were determined to make the pumpkin look as Chewbacca-like as possible, which as everyone knows requires copious amounts of fur. Also, with the right tools, covering a pumpkin in fur is a lot easier than carving it.

What materials did you use?
Pumpkin, various types of faux fur, glue gun, Sculpey, aluminum foil, cardboard, satin ribbon, and googley eyes.

How did you and your wife make this Wookiee-tastic pumpkin?
We first created sectional templates of the pumpkin (approx. 5) with plastic wrap. We then used those templates to cut out corresponding sections of fur. This was tricky, since the templates had to be reversed in order for the fur sections to be placed back in their correct positions on the pumpkin. Using a hot glue gun, we applied the furry sections one at a time, making sure there were no orange spots poking out.


Star Wars Teaches Us About Career Management Team | November 4, 2009

The next time you want to chat with your boss about getting raise, or you need to ask a co-worker to stop screaming at you about lost memos, perhaps you should channel your inner Jedi Master or Sith Lord.

“It’s very dangerous putting them together. I don’t think the boy can handle it.” -Mace Windu
File Under: Human Capital Management; Succession Planning
Star Wars Moment: The Jedi Counsel assigns an impressionable and unstable Anakin Skywalker, who is supposed to bring balance to the Force, peace to the galaxy, etc., to serve as the “personal representative” for Supreme Chancellor Palpatine to the Jedi Council. Never mind that Palpatine makes most Jedi Knights uneasy and fear for the future of the Galactic Republic.
Real-World Lesson: Not the wisest idea to allow the “chosen one” and the best hope for the future of your company to be mentored or influenced by an individual you don’t fully trust.

“Commander, tear this ship apart until you’ve found those plans!” -Darth Vader
File Under: Project Management; Risk Management
Star Wars Moment: Rebels are able to acquire a secret set of plans to the Empire’s Death Star, and eventually exploit a weakness and destroy the moon-size battle station.
Real-World Lesson: If you’ve got to nail “The Big Project,” think carefully about the worst, most gaping vulnerability in the project. And don’t, under any circumstances, allow that vulnerability to leak out onto, say, the Internet.

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What Star Wars Teaches Us About Career Management

Why X-wings don’t have cup holders

Bonnie Burton | November 4, 2009

There’s a reason why you shouldn’t eat while flying an X-wing into battle, and this is it. Check out this fan-made tribute video honoring everyone’s favorite ill-fated Rebel pilot, Jek Porkins.

This is an instructional video on what not to while driving a starfighter capable of Mach 65. Ergo — don’t eat cheeseburgers at the wheel, people.

Maybe those folks who built that real X-wing in Plaster or wherever it was, could learn a lesson from the master of nose-dives!

WATCH VIDEO: Porkins Video Tribute

Clone Wars DVD Box Set Out Now! Team | November 3, 2009

(MythBusters‘ Grant Imahara shows off his Clone Wars DVD box set.)

Today Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season One comes out on DVD and Blu-ray, giving you a chance to revisit the first 22 episodes of the series in unparalleled depth and clarity!

Take a look inside The Clone Wars: Season 1 DVD Box Set:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

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Rancor monster finds The Clone Wars DVD Box Set very tasty.
Nom nom nom!

Let’s Go “Skywalking”

Bonnie Burton | November 3, 2009

Check out this awesome fan-made music video depicting a lovesick Luke Skywalker pining away for a certain sassy princess before he discovered they were actually siblings.

If Ackbar ran KTEL, this is the kind of record we’d be slow skating to on Hoth. Just sayin…

WATCH VIDEO: L.B. Rayne’s Skywalking: A Star Wars Love Ballad

Clone Wars Characters “In Memorium” Video Team | November 3, 2009

Our friend Jovial Jay Shepard from the gave us the heads-up on this video short that memorializes all those Season I Clone Wars characters that can’t be with us today as we celebrate Season One’s DVD and Blu-ray release.

Head on over to check it out.

Star Wars Halloween at the White House Team | October 31, 2009

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

This Halloween, President Obama and the First Lady hung out with Chewbacca, Ahsoka Tano, and the 501st stormtroopers as they handed out candy to 2,000 trick-or-treaters and military families who were invited to the festive party.

An odd cast of figures wandered around the North Lawn, including skeletons playing musical instruments, walking trees and Star Wars characters.

The president, dressed in casual clothes, was one of the few not in costume. Even Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, was dressed as Darth Vader, the Star Wars villain.

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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No trick: 2,000 kids knock on White House door
(via Yahoo News)

Star Wars Halloween Round-Up

Bonnie Burton | October 31, 2009

In honor of Halloween, here’s a round up of spooky, scary Star Wars crafts, costumes, drawing tutorials, stories, blog entries and even a ghoulishly-frightening creature MP3 for your haunted house!






Snapshots from the Today Show’s Halloween Fun Team | October 30, 2009

Here are some cell phone snaps from this morning’s Star Wars invasion of the Today show.

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Today Show’s Star Wars Trick or Treat Team | October 30, 2009


Each year, the anchors of the TODAY Show have fun as Halloween approaches by dressing in costume. This morning, with the help of Lucasfilm, Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Meredith Viera, Hoda Kotb and company showed up decked out in classic Star Wars outfits. After conferring with Darth Vader via hologram, Roker showed up dressed as Han Solo with Chewbacca in tow. Matt arrived via X-wing as Luke Skywalker. Hoda, fittingly, arrived as Yoda. Kathie Lee Gifford had R2-D2 as her sidekick since she was dressed up as C-3PO. Ann Curry was revealed to be hidden beneath Darth Vader’s mask. Appearing as royalty were Natalie Morales as Queen Amidala and Meredith Vieira as Princess Leia. The hosts then competed in a game of “Jedi Jeopardy,” where the anchors tested their Star Wars trivia knowledge. See it online here. Read the Today Show’s story here.