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Would Vader Make a Good CEO? Team | April 25, 2008

force_choke_2.jpg recently updated with a great entry which asks which Star Wars character would make the best CEO? Ten characters are profiled, accompanied by a roster of assets and, uh, challenges – here’s Darth Vader’s:

Discipline is this dude’s middle name, and his dominance could easily transfer to a Fortune 500 company. However, his less savory traits — the easily stoked anger and penchant for inspiring fear to name a couple — might lead to high secretary turnover.

Head on over to to find out which denizens of our favorite faraway galaxy are CEO material (thanks to Paul Ogle for the tip!).

Could Tatooine Be Closer Than We Think?

Bonnie Burton | April 16, 2008

If you don’t mind lots of sand, high temperatures and well… that’s about it, then you might be excited to hear about the idea that a planet like Tatooine could possibly exist in reality. reports about Ryosuke Kita of Northwestern University, who recently presented at the Astrobiology Science Conference 2008 about the likelihood of a Tatooine-type planet in a nearby solar system.


Empire Strikes Back Gets ‘Sweded’

Bonnie Burton | April 16, 2008

Nothing excites me more than seeing crafty fans get out cardboard, socks and foil to make their own DIY Star Wars sets, costumes and props. I can’t get enough of this ‘Sweded’ version of The Empire Strikes Back — complete with a homemade costumes, a comical puppets including one of a comical Wampa, lightsaber effects, ringtone soundtrack and a backyard Dagobah jungle!

VIDEO: Empire Strikes Back in 60 seconds

Be sure to also watch Cardboard Star Wars too!


Star Wars in Save Pinball movie Team | April 8, 2008

Long before first-person shooters, Wii and arcade games, there was a little coin-eating game called pinball. For those of us who fancied ourselves as the next pinball wizard a new documentary about its decline in popularity (and sales) is an interesting look at a lost segment of gaming.

IGN reviews TILT: The Battle to Save Pinball which chronicles America’s largest manufacturer of pinball games — Williams — and its last ditch attempt to save the company with “Pinball 2000.” As the tale unfolds, TILT makes a mention of the role the Star Wars franchise played during the last moments of pinball.

Insider interviews with some of Williams’ designers give insight into the design process and technology behind “Pinball 2000″ as well as the classic models of the past several decades. The most interesting part comes during the final section, discussing Williams’ deal with Lucasfilm to distribute Star Wars: Episode 1 themed Pinball 2000 cabinets and how executive and creative interfere affected the quality of the final product and quite possibly the fate of the company in general.

Read the full review here:
TILT: The Battle to Save Pinball DVD Review (

General Grievous Wheel Bike Blog Team | April 3, 2008

For all your General Grievous Wheel Bike blogging needs, there’s the Monocycles Blog on This blog has news and reviews of monocycles in production right now. They might not be as advanced as Grievous’ sweet ride, but they sure do look cool!

May April Fool’s Be With You

Bonnie Burton | April 1, 2008

Nothing shows off our fans’ excellent sense of humor more than every site trying to pull a fast one on April 1. While didn’t have a chance to jump in on the fun like we have in the past — April 1, 1979 — we were thrilled to see loads of Star Wars fans — and various sci-fi kids — get in on the act.

Here’s a list of our faves so far…


The Force is Strong on Telnet

Bonnie Burton | April 1, 2008

Here’s an oldie but goodie from the archives of Star Wars online fandom.

Check out this Telnet server that broadcasts Star Wars Episode IV to your command line as animated text. From any command line, type: telnet and watch A New Hope unfold in ASCII style!

Be sure to also watch Star Wars Asciimation here.

SOURCES: Lifehacker, The Register

Old Timey Grievous Cycle Team | March 31, 2008

Star Wars was indeed “long ago,” but perhaps not so much in “a galaxy far, far away.” Check out this Old Timey Grievous Cycle found in an old issue of Modern Mechanics magazine from 1928. Though that little boy may not be as dangerous-looking as Grievous, he sure has a similar ride — a Little General version.

SOURCES: Geekdad,

Han Looks a Little Frantic

Pablo Hidalgo | March 28, 2008

So, Frantic is on Universal HD right now. Great flick. You know, the one where Harrison Ford’s wife is in danger. No, the other one. No, the other other one.

Anyway, looking at the imdb entry for the film, I noticed the photography of Ford on the back of the DVD package, and noted a striking similarity to a recently profiled Japanese cover on Check it out, it’s Hero’s Trial, from Japan, with a rather frantic looking Han on it.


Get Tips from Modelmaker Grant McCune Team | March 26, 2008

Grant McCune, the Chief Modelmaker who received a Visual Effects Oscar for Star Wars and was nominated for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), chats with Popular Mechanics about the secrets of good modelmaking and how to perfect your work like the pros.