Tag Archive: Star Wars


princess-leia-regalGirl Geeks everywhere are in mourning. Carrie Fisher, the embodiment of true butt-kicking girl geek power, is dead. While Star Wars fans everywhere may be sad, this is especially difficult for the girl geek squad because it took so long for women to be accepted as action heroes. Princess Leia may have been the pinup dream girl of young boys, but for girls she made it ok to pick up a lightsaber, laser pistol or tree limb and be the rescuer, not the rescued.

Princess Leia laser pistol

Princess Leia on HothPrincess Leia brought princesses out of the ivory tower and into the action-packed fray of real life. Girls every where saw that they could give orders, deliver justice and even fix a beat up Millenium Falcon. Princesses began to pick up wrenches, learned to code, joined the military and became heroes.

And in real life, Carrie Fisher spoke bravely and honestly about struggling with substance abuse and mental illness. She also detailed her family struggles with grace, humor, and dignity.

Thank you Carrie Fisher, girl geeks everywhere are lighting their lightsabers in salute. May the Force be with you Always.

Great design requires inspiration and preparation. Sitting at a desk for long hours can cramp muscles and distract the brain from inspiring thoughts. So Techsnoop has a great solution for you inspired by the perennial geek favorite, Star Wars.

If you have been spending too much time at the keyboard or desk and need a break, try this great Tai Chi routine led by none other than the great former Jedi Darth Vader himself. And while you are getting your geek exercise, maybe the great animation will inspire you.

Thanks to John Leo for the great work on this animation project. Techsnoop feels inspired already.

Star Wars Tai Chi from John Leo on Vimeo.

Get a Taste of Geek

If you don’t understand the geek trend, May is a great month to test run your inner Geek. Try out some comics, movies or dress up as your favorite super hero.

Free Comic Book Day

Wonderworld ComicsIf you missed Free Comic Book Day, stop into your local comic store and talk to the staff. Chances are they still have some free stuff and some deals on popular story lines. As a newbie, they will be happy to catch you up on the latest. Techsnoop’s favorite store is Wonderworld Comics, located on Ecorse Road in Taylor, Michigan. The staff is ultra friendly and knows everything comic-related. Click here to find a store near you. As a bonus, most comic shops are small businesses and supporting local small business is great for everyone.

May The Fourth Be With You

Finally, celebrate today with a marathon of Star Wars movies. They were all released in May and the tag line is catchy. Here’s a salute from Techsnoop’s pal #SmuttyCat.

SmuttyCat Jedi

 

 

If you have been sad since Star Wars The Clone Wars ended, try getting your fix in the games.

SWTOR, or Star Wars The Old Republic is now a free-to-play game with intensely rich and beautiful graphics.  Lightsabers, blasters and jetpacks, oh my!

The characters are detailed and richly colored, the ships and space stations are nearly real-world level.  In addition, the characters and objects are expertly animated so the movements are smooth, not jerky.  And of course, the sound has that other-world quality we have associated with Star Wars since Episode I.  Even on the free level there are great stories to follow and action to enjoy.  As with all free-to-play games, there is fine print or restrictions.  Read them here.

But what makes this game great are the graphics.  You feel that you are in a movie especially if you opt to plug into a large monitor or HDTV.

Click the image below to view the video trailer for SWTOR.  And let us know if you had fun playing.

star wars the old republic

Darth Disney?

Darth DisneyThe takeover of Star Wars by Disney has many fans fearful for the future of the franchise.  Star Wars has a strong following over many generations of fans.  Even with Jar Jar Binks, a sappy unbelievable love story sub-plot and killing off the Jedi, the franchise stands strong.

Disney has a great track record with the Marvel franchise and many other beloved characters, but sci-fi fans stand in a category by themselves.  They don’t want their story lines drifting off center.  Don’t believe me?  Star Trek Enterprise anyone?  What killed that story was the radical shift from the known Star Trek universe.  Don’t play with my backstory.

So let’s give Disney a chance to expand upon the great foundation they inherited from Lucasfilms.  There is a wealth of material still to be explored, especially with The Clone Wars series.  If you haven’t seen it, tune in to Cartoon Network and catch a few episodes.  It is a great accounting of how Anakin transitioned from promising Jedi Master to Darth Vader.

If you are one of the many upset about the Disney buyout of Star Wars,  here is something to help you sulk it out.  A fantasy take on George Lucas’ revenge as if the buyout was a sinister plot.

Angry Birds/Star Wars

(Credit; Rovio)

Yes, Star Wars fans, it has come to this.  Angry Birds is so popular it is now eligible to become a Star Wars spoofer.

Techsnoop for one is happy.  Star Wars is a favorite franchise and the Angry Birds games have become a favorite also.  The blending can only mean good, clean family smack-down fun.

In the world of mobile gaming, Rovio has hit another home run.  This game will use the physics of Angry Birds Space to provide the mindless mayhem the franchise is famous for.

According to TechCrunch, the birds play Jedi and the pigs play the evil Empire to no real surprise.  In addition, there will be board games, plush characters and costumes.

The actual game does not come out until November 8, but the toys and costumes will debut today at Toys R’ Us.

Friday Fun!

There has been a long standing tradition of comparing Star Trek to Star Wars and asking which is best.  Now Best Engineering Online brings us a great infographic comparing the two universes point by point.  Look it over and decide which you like best.

Personally, Techsnoop is firmly in the Star Trek universe due to the tendency of humans to try to be the best they can.  Not to mention all the great tech we have filched from them (smartphone, tablet, diagnostic bed) and the great gardens.  However, I like Star Wars also and no one can tell me Yoda isn’t the best Jedi ever.  But the drinking, drug problems and over manufacturing of many planets is not a healthy universe.

Let us know in the comments which universe you like best.
Star Wars vs. Star Trek
Source: Best Online Engineering Degree

Space travel has captured the imagination of humanity for millions of years.  Now that NASA has been stripped to oblivion, the private sector has begun its own space race.  This competition will be just as fraught with set backs as the early tests at NASA, but backed by private dollars.

Now, I know many will think in the current global economic climate all dollars should be spent on terra-firma, and further space exploration is a useless  a waste of money.  But let’s look at the larger picture.  Most of today’s medical and daily technology has come as a direct effort of experiments with space travel or trying to duplicate technology from sci-fi franchises such as Star Trek or Star Wars.

The hypospray, a needle-less delivery system for medications is a reality and now the diagnostic bed, a non-invasive tool for reading patient information is also here.  Read more on Trek Technology here and here.  All of these radical inventions and many life saving drugs and tools are spin-offs from space exploration.

Look no further than your flat-screen TV and cell phone to find even more tech from the stars.  The challenge for us mortals is to merge humanistic efforts here on Earth with our necessary exploration of the surrounding universe.  They are both worthy goals and even in Star Trek, the ending of poverty and world hunger began with the development of Warp Drive.

Live long and shoot for the stars…