Posts Tagged ‘Videos’

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

History of Star Wars Video Games Doc Team | March 31, 2008

vidgame.jpg has posted the first two parts of a fantastic three-part series showcasing the history of Star Wars video games. From the first Empire Strikes Back cartridge made for Atari’s old 2600 in 1982 to the LEGO Star Wars series and beyond, these short docs walk us through the history of Star Wars video gaming with extensive gameplay footage and the classic old 8-bit soundtracks — no quarters required.

Check out Part 1 and Part 2.

TRON Gets ‘Sweded’

Bonnie Burton | March 26, 2008

It seems that director Michel Gondry’s film Be Kind Rewind has been inspiring fans everywhere to make “Sweded” versions of their favorite movies which include everything from classics like Star Wars to this creative tribute to the 1982 sci-fi film TRON!

The level of detail in the costumes and cardboard vehicles is quite impressive. We want more! What movie would you like to see get “Sweded” next?

Check out the video here:

Star Wars Gets ‘Sweded’

Bonnie Burton | March 17, 2008

If you’ve already caught director Michel Gondry’s film Be Kind Rewind that involves video store employees creating their own DIY versions to classic flicks like Ghostbusters and Driving Miss Daisy, then you might want to check out these fans who made their own “Sweded” version of Star Wars.

Chris Parrott and his friends used cardboard, fast food chicken buckets, a beer keg (for R2-D2) and more in a fun video they entered in the Be Kind Rewind Youtube Competition. You can see photos of all their crafty costumes and props here: Cardboard Star Wars.

Watch the video here.


Star Wars vs. Saul Bass

Bonnie Burton | March 2, 2008

The opening credits to Star Wars are already burned into the brains of fans across the galaxy — but we can’t help but love this reimagining of those credits if done by the legendary graphic designer and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Saul Bass. His animated fillm intros were used by iconic directors Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese.

Star Wars Pinball at MAD Offices

Bonnie Burton | November 6, 2007

When MAD magazine’s “Maddest Writer” Dick Debartolo gave Part 5 of his multi-part video tour of the MAD offices in New York, we could help but notice their vintage Star Wars pinball machine. Here’s what Dick had to say about the artifact in the MAD magazine conference room:

Another piece of very important office equipment is the pinball machine. We come in here and we do lunch. What we do is actually gamble to see who’s going to eat. Each day only one employee is allowed to leave the building for lunch. So you have to win that game in order to leave the building.

Watch the video here:
VIDEO: Mad Office Tour — Part 5
(Watch ALL the tour video clips here.)

Be sure to read our interviews with the MAD staffers responsible for the new MAD magazine tribute book to Star Wars
The Usual Gang of Jediots: MAD About Star Wars

May the Puppies Be With You…

Bonnie Burton | October 30, 2007

Tech guru and Star Wars fan Chris Pirillo sent us this adorable video of his pups (Pixie and Wicket) dressed up as Princess Leia and Darth Vader for Halloween. We can’t help but wonder what these dogs are thinking…

Watch the video here.

Virtual Peek at Star Wars Vault Team | October 24, 2007


The French publisher of the upcoming Star Wars Vault by Steve Sansweet and Pete Vilmur (October 30 in the U.S.) just launched a website which allows readers to virtually browse through several spreads of the book. The cool functionality of the site even allows you to pull out some of the inserts which are featured within.

The site is completely in French, but if you go here and click the link, you’ll be taken to their landing page (download is a little slow, but worth the wait!). Go ahead and click the top tab at left to thumb through the book (and make sure to pull out the inserts!).

StarWarsShop is selling an exclusive version of Star Wars Vault signed by both authors — head on over to check it out!


HarperCollins has sent a quick video preview of several of the book’s amazing spreads!

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Breadboard Electronics and Vader

Bonnie Burton | August 24, 2007

Need a geektastic project to tinker with over the weekend? Lucky for you Make magazine’s Bre Pettis, host of the “Weekend Projects” series is here to give you a few ideas.

In his regular DIY video podcast, he explains the science behind all kinds of cool projects (droid building, geek knitting with hackers, tabletop biospheres) making it fun for you to learn while crafting! Recently, Pettis gave viewers the lowdown on how learn how to test electronics projects on a breadboard.

Check out his video and see if you can detect a few inside Star Wars references in his podcast.

Watch his video podcast here.

Bre wears the same cool Vader shirt in this short video talking about Handmade Music Night at Etsy Labs and demonstrates his 201 Kit.

Unemployed Palpatine Team | August 16, 2007


We’ve seen Chad Vader lose his day manager position, but it would seem others in the Imperial executive staff are also between jobs at the moment.

G4 posted “The Emperor Gets a Job” some time ago, but in case you missed it, Palpatine visits a temp agency to find work after the destruction of the second Death Star. Check it out here.