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Stormtrooper Model in Art Class Team | March 23, 2011

Most life drawing classes have nude models for their artists to sketch. But we have to admit, stormtroopers are way cooler.

WATCH VIDEO: Stormtrooper Model In an Life Drawing Class

Jedi Master Yoda Tarsier? Team | March 23, 2011

While this might look like a cuddly, furry version of Jedi Master Yoda, this big-eyed, pointy-eared critter is actually a tarsier.

The unusual-looking animal was spotted clinging to a tree by photographer Erik Mikhailov while he was on a tour of the rain forest in the Philippines.

Learn more about the tarsier here:
WATCH VIDEO: Tarsier: The Littlest Alien

Read the full story here:
Yoda’s twin is this? Star Wars character spotted in Philippines rain forest

Best of #SXStarWars Twitter Meme Team | March 15, 2011

If you were hanging out on Twitter for the last few days you might have noticed a merging of Austin’s most popular digital, film and music fest South By Southwest (SXSW) mixed with your favorite Star Wars characters thanks to the #SXStarwars hashtag meme.

Interactive storytelling consultant Jay Bushman has brought back the #SXStarwars social experiment, as he does every year during SXSW since his first attempt of the Twitter Trench Run was such a geektastic success!

This time fans tweeted about attending #SXStarwars as panelists, party-goers and more.

Below are some of our favorite tweets!

Just met a Pit Droid who CLAIMS to have worked for Anakin. Now he works at a BBQ. That’s right, he’s a BBQ Pit Droid. – @novysan

The Core Conversation “How to Motivate Droids, not Punish Them” was taken over by Jabba justifying his hot iron technique. – @tara

A lot of flirting going on in line for “Astromech Romance: How to Find the Droid You’re Looking For” panel. – @bonniegrrl

Trying out that Alderaanian flatbread deli — smells delicious, but there’s no way that roast gorak is still fresh. – @GMSarli

There’s that guy with the blue telephone booth again. He’s at the front of every line! HOW IS HE DOING THAT!? – @novysan

Passed a homeless Power Droid on 6th St., panhandling for electricity. Heartbreaking. – @jaybushman

Just walked by two battle droids making out. I can’t believe I missed the Droid Pride Parade! – @bonniegrrl

Note to all Con attenders who are in the food court: DON’T order the Tauntaun Tacos. – @LadyVader66

There’s a Bothan Spy advocacy group here pushing for workplace safety reforms. Mon Mothma will be happy. – @erier2003

Wow. There sure are a lot of hipsters at the Jawas’ Fixed Gear Bikes Demo. Just saw @hipsterstarwars rolling his eyes. – @bonniegrrl

Oddly colored foam on this latte. I thought it might be some rebel scum, but Ackbar yelled, “It’s a Frap!” so I drank it. – @novysan

Modal Nodes reunion concert is sold out. Guess I’ll check out Lobot’s DJ set instead. *sigh* – @starwars

Does anyone know how to get a Hutt out of an elevator? They need to know on three different floors, actually. – @jjmfaraway

At Dex’s Diner. Booth full of Ewoks are looking at me hungrily. That “Ewoks Eat People” is a rumor, right? – @bonniegrrl

Worst. Panel. Ever: “Mating Habits of the Rancor,” presented by Jawa Tteel Kkak. – @scott_walker

Everyone seems really excited to see a giant cloud of Mynocks come shooting out of a bridge or something tonight on Congress. – @novysan

Protocol #droid just stormed away when I asked the odds of the guest speaker being on time. – @DonBuley

First featured panel of the day: Multi-Species Interface Design, or How Can a Wookiee pilot that thing? – @sxstarwars

The Modal Nodes are playing at this party and everyone keeps asking for “The Cantina song.” They look annoyed. – @erier2003

Only 10 min til big Keynote by Admiral Ackbar: “It’s A Trap” is just another way of saying “It’s An Opportunity.” – @sxstarwars

This creep in black keeps trying to buy me a drink at the Fourdroids party, but he is a heavy breather and needs a breath mint. – @tara

Got stuck in elevator with Uncle Owen. Tried pitching me his Desert Farmville FB game again. Give it up, dude! – @jasonhall

Drama Droid Alert! Someone just mistook Gonk for a trash can at the Power Droid Tweetup. Awkward! – @bonniegrrl

5 credits for a tauntaun milk latte!?? Really??? They’re 3.5 credits outside the convention center. Galactic gouging! – @vpisteve

Anyone who can give me a lift to coruscant? My YT-1300 just broke down. – @Inspirementt

Max Rebo Band record release party tonight at Stubbs. Sy Snootles returning on vox. Should be good. – @bsharbaugh

Excited for keynote from TK-421 entitled “The Business Value of Staying at Your Post.” – @bsharbaugh

I hate it when a Hutt can’t keep his monkey lizard quiet throughout a conference. That crazy laughter is very distracting! – @PatrixCjous

Left the “I don’t like you. My friend doesn’t like you either” personal actualization workshop. They didn’t like me. – @Maestroboombatz

Read more here SXStarwars Tumblr.

Star Wars Cats! Team | February 23, 2011

Love Star Wars? Love cats? You’re in luck. Buzzfeed recently blogged their favorite selection of cats sneaking into Star Wars scenes, doing their best Jabba the Hutt impressions and playing…er chewing on action figures.

Japanese Scientists Create Touchable Holograms Team | February 17, 2011

Thanks to researchers at Tokyo University, it appears that touchable holograms are now a reality.

Researchers used two Wiimotes from Nintendo’s Wii gaming system to track a user’s hand as well as software that uses ultrasonic waves to create pressure on the user’s hand touching the projected hologram.

Professor Hiroyuki Shinoda from Tokyo University says:

“Up until now, holography has been for the eyes only, and if you’d try to touch it, your hand would go right through. But now we have a technology that also adds the sensation of touch to holograms.”

Watch video here:
Japanese Scientists Create Touchable Holograms
(via NTD Television)

Wookiee Protestor Wants “Chewy Justice” Team | February 17, 2011

(Photo by Mark Moran / The Citizen’s Voice via AP)

Protestor Bill Clark of Wyoming County, Pa., holds a sign outside the William J. Nealon Federal Building and United States Courthouse, Wednesday Feb. 16, 2011 in Scranton, Pa.

Read more about this here.

Darth Egg Salad Sandwich!

Bonnie Burton | February 11, 2011

Eggs, mayo, mustard, relish, hot sauce and celery make this egg salad sandwich by extra tasty. Jenn uses the Darth Vader cookie cutters on toasted King’s Hawaiian sweet bread as the finishing touch.

The Dark Side…of Egg Salad (via

Which Star Wars Job is Meant For You? Team | February 8, 2011

Remember those career placement tests you took as a kid that decided your ultimate fate as either a brain surgeon or a fry cook depending on whether you liked the color red?

This Star Wars Occupation Flow Chart, written by Andy Green from, shows you whether you’d make an ideal Sith Apprentice, Ewok Chief, Bounty Hunter, Jedi Knight, Death Star Laser Operator or Jabba’s Slave Girl.

Read the full Star Wars Jobs Flowchart here.

Good luck!

SOURCE: Geekologie

Han Solo in ChocoBaconite!

Bonnie Burton | February 7, 2011

What do you call an awesome treat made from chocolate, peanut butter & bacon that happens to be molded in the shape of Han Solo trapped in Carbonite? Ham Solo in CandyBaronite!

Read more about this geektastic concoction here:
Ham Solo in CandyBaronite by booturtle

Hoth in the Real World Team | January 31, 2011

With the snow dumping down on the U.S. East Coast, it was only a matter of time before fans spotted a few droids, wampas & tauntauns lurking about!

Check out these Hoth-tastic photos from Colin Mcgreal! More photo here.