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Friday Finds – Psychic Benefits and the Silmarillion

Hey all, hope you had a good week.  I’ll be out of the loop a bit this weekend, though I might actually be able to do my fantasy football draft (wooo!).  Here are last week’s posts:

And now for the links:

A third TRON movie is in the works.  It’s unclear how sure this is at this point, but I very much enjoyed Legacy, so another movie would be welcome.

A great breakdown of the problems of scale for the Defiant in Star Trek: Deep Space 9 and other properties.  Also a good illustration of why JMS never wanted to quote sizes and speeds for the ships in B5.

Nerdier shirts may not exist.  Not that you’d wear, anyway.

There’s a fascinating article at Grantland by author Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers, The Tipping Point) about the ‘psychic benefits’ of owning a sports team.  Touches on the Red Sox, Snyder’s Redskins, and the NBA lockout.  For Buffalonians, it can provide a bit of insight into the mind of Terry Pegula.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, in Lego form.  Wow.

Getting closer to blasting pirates with lasers.

Dork Tower on George Lucas.  I’m a bit ashamed I didn’t think of this.

Via Geeks of Doom, check out this hand-illuminated version of Tolkien’s Silmarillion.  There is a picture below, but click through to the second link to see more.  It’s stunning.

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George Lucas is Murdering Star Wars

I have to get this out.  I gave Lucas the benefit of the doubt when the new trilogy came out.  I went and saw the first two in the theaters, thinking “they can’t be as bad as people say”.  They were, pretty much, especially Phantom Menace.  I shrugged when he added a CGI Jabba scene to Star Wars, groaned and rolled my eyes when he had Greedo shoot first, gritted my teeth when he changed the end of Return of the Jedi to have the Hayden Christensen version of Anakin appear in ghostly form, but the man must be stopped.  You’ve probably heard by now of some of the further changes that are supposedly going in on the new Star Wars blu-rays that are forthcoming.  If not, check here and here

I don’t understand why Lucas can’t just release the damn movies on Blu-Ray and sit back and rake in the cash.  Each individual change is minor, but the problem is few to none of them make the movies BETTER.  In 15 years, the original trilogy is going to be completely remade, inch by inch, as GL keeps mucking with it.  All the Ewoks will be played by Doug Jones and Andy Serkis in motion capture suits, and will fly around the forest like they’re in a Hong Kong wire-fu movie.  All the droids will be CGI, and there will be a certain floppy eared Gungan added to the shuttle that Han and Luke fly to Endor.  “Ooooh Han, meesa know da code to give da bad Empire man!”  YOU KNOW HE’S THOUGHT OF IT.  Doesn’t he have any NEW ideas he’d like to make into a movie?  Most filmmakers do that, you know, even if they try to revisit the well of the best success multiple times, they do move on and make something else.  Either that, or Lucas needs a hobby, like hang-gliding, or ending world hunger.