Thursday, November 1, 2012

DISNEY BUYS LUCASFILM!!! EPISODE VII IN 2015!!! WOOHOO!!!

Okay, so I'm a couple days late on talking about Disney buying Lucasfilm from George Lucas and announcing the slated release of Episode VII in 2015.  Cut me some slack, we just moved halfway across the country!

I just have to say I am so ridiculously, unbelievably giddy.  As I was finishing listening to the 2.5+ hour Forcecast about the announcement on the way to pick up my wife, I was literally bouncing up and down with excitement.  Yes, literally.  When I was explaining my excitement to my wife, I actually got choked up at the thought of camping overnight with my daughter at a Star Wars premiere, an experience I thought I'd never get to share with her.

Oh, and for all those that piss and moan about Star Wars being owned by The Mouse:
Deal with it. This is my daughter's dream come true.
More thoughts after the jump.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

I Built a Bucket of Bolts!

Hi, folks!  First, no, this blog hasn't been abandoned. After three years of grueling schooling, I've been taking a good long break with the family.

But that's not what this post is about.  This post is about the computer program of my dreams: LEGO Digital Designer.  For a good 15 years, I have desperately wanted a good LEGO building computer program, especially since LEGOs have become so insanely expensive.  Well, apparently LEGO made one.  And it does everything you would ever want a LEGO building program to do.  And it's free.

Naturally, after screwing around with it for a few minutes, the first question I asked myself was "Exactly HOW good is this program?"  So I downloaded the instructions for the Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon (which holds a record for the most pieces in a prepackaged set) to put LDD through its paces.  5168 pieces later...
Turns out, it's pretty freaking awesome.
UPDATE: Okay, I'm having trouble getting the model uploaded to LEGO's servers, so until they get back to me, I've uploaded it to Mediafire here.  Download and enjoy!

UPDATE 2: Well crap.  When I started this project, nobody else had tried to make this in LDD.  Apparently since then, user Wigamondo uploaded his version, so there's a good chance LEGO won't even post mine (though I'd argue mine is slightly better...but then I'm horribly biased).  If you want to download his version, just go to the LDD gallery and search for his username.

Check out the full build gallery after the jump.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Kids Can Be So Cruel (or My Daughter Learns the Force Isn't Real...from a Certain Point of View)

So, I recently had to have a very difficult talk with The Princess about the Force.  No really.  You see, we'd always let her open doors using the Force while we pushed the handicap button, or push me over with the Force while we were dueling with lightsabers.  But both my wife and I thought she knew deep down that we were having fun.  Well, apparently she genuinely, wholeheartedly believed she could wield the Force.  In and of itself, I wouldn't consider this a bad thing, no worse than believing in Santa Claus.  Except that kids--and by kids, I mean the little shits in her Kindergarten class--are cruel, and revel in each other's misery.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

I Saved a Horse (and Didn't Have to Ride a Cowboy to Do It)!

So this past weekend we were driving up to Spokane for Mother's Day.  It was your typical, boring-ass Sunday drive until about midway up, when traffic practically came to a standstill.  As we moved further up, we found out why.
Yes, that's a freakin' horse on the freakin' highway.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mothers' Day!

I just wanted to wish you all a Happy Mothers' Day! Today Star Wars Mom put The Princess up in Leia buns, for no other reason than she looks adorable in them.
(That action figure she's holding is Ariel in a "Batgirl mask").

In other news, my buddy's down in Cali having the best nerd vacation ever. Yesterday we had this conversation:

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

How to Love Star Wars All Over Again: Watch It with Kids

I'm watching Return of the Jedi with The Princess and The Padawan. This is the first time my son's watched it.  Every space scene, he exclaims "Woooow!"  It makes me remember how awesome the special effects are.  The 1980s special effects, of course!

Update: Heh heh...now they're swinging their lightsabers whenever Vader and Luke fight!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Itty Bitty Kitty Committee!

Last night I caught my wife singing to our kitten.  I pulled out my phone and started recording her under the guise of messing around with an app.  After I showed it to her, she agreed I could post it...if I only shared the audio.  So I made a montage out of it!


And no, there was no alcohol involved.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Today was "Dress Like Your Favorite Storybook Character" Day at School

...so she dressed up as Princess Leia and brought one of her Learn 2 Read Star Wars books in case anybody challenged her.

Would've brought her lightsaber too if it wasn't for that pesky "no weapons" rule. Not even elegant ones.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Watching Adywan's A New Hope Revisited with The Princess

This is her first time watching this version of Episode IV.  If you haven't seen it, you should.  It's what the Special Edition should have looked like:

You can download your own copy here.


Disclaimer: You have to legally own a copy of Star Wars on DVD or Blu-Ray to watch a fan edit.  Of course, if you're looking at this blog and you don't own a copy, there's something wrong with you.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I Crack Me Up

So Peter Mayhew tweeted:






I replied:





and nearly pissed myself laughing.

God I'm such a nerd.

Monday, March 26, 2012

S.I.M.P.!

It's become a family tradition that for our daughter's birthday, she makes a mix CD of her favorite songs to include with the party favors.  It's always a huge hit with the parents, because it's not another rinky dink toy for kids to bring home and discard in minutes, and the music is actually tolerable.  I think this year's is by far the best yet (despite the obligatory Disney songs :-/ ):

1. Everything at Once - Lenka
2. Cello Wars - The Piano Guys
3. I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Rhythms Del Mundo feat. Kaiser Chiefs
4. A Whole New World (from "Aladdin") - Brad Kane & Lea Salonga
5. Firework - Katy Perry
6. I See the Light (from "Tangled") - Alan Menken
7. S.I.M.P. (Squirrels In My Pants) - 2 Guys n the Parque (from Phineas & Ferb)
8. Mahna Mahna - The Fray
9. Just Around the Riverbend (from "Pocahontas") - Judy Kuhn
10. That's How You Know (from "Enchanted") - Amy Adams
11. Elevation (Influx mix) - U2
12. The Powerpuff Girls (End Theme) - bis

Thursday, March 22, 2012

She is the Joy and the Laughter

How we pass the time on road trips*:
"So, if you could be a Digimon Tamer or a...Powerpuff Girl, which would you be?"
"Powerpuff Girl!"
"Okay, what about Powerpuff Girl or a Jedi?"
"Powerpuff Girl!"
"What about..."
"Dad, whatever you're going to ask me, I'm going to answer Powerpuff Girl."

Can't really argue.  Jedi can't fly.
 *doesn't actually pass much time

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Lucky the Accidental Kitten

So today, while waiting for my wife to pick me up (we've been carpooling), I got a text from her.  Then this little conversation happened:
Sometimes I think I know her TOO well...

When she arrived, I was introduced to Lucky, the three-day-old kitten she accidentally acquired.
How do you "accidentally" acquire a kitten?
Where there's my wife, there's a way.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Oh no they DIDN'T!

Last week, my daughter came home upset because she'd been arguing with some of her Kindergarten classmates...about Star Wars.  Apparently they insisted that Princess Leia doesn't have a lightsaber, and she was trying to convince them that she does get a lightsaber eventually, because I had shown her pictures that prove it.  So naturally, she got upset because she told the truth and they didn't believe her.

Resisting my initial urge to suggest she tell them to shut their little turd mouths for daring to question her (and by extension, my) Star Wars knowledge, I decided I'd help her resolve the situation by providing her evidence to support her claim.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Can you say "Scoundrel"?

This afternoon, my daughter insisted on watching Star Wars with my 2 year old son (this is the boy, mind you, that literally giggled with excitement watching the SWTOR cinematics).  During the screening, my wife overheard the following exchange:

Padawan: "Airplane!  Airplane!"
Princess: "Almost!  Say Millennium Falcon!"
Padawan: "Mennium Fackin!"

Hehehe...I love these little geeks.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Any Given Sunday (except it happened on a Monday)

*THUD*
"Are you okay?"
"Yeah, I'm fine."
"What was that noise?"
"I was trying to use the Force and fell over!"

Sometimes she doesn't know her own midi-chlorean count.

Friday, February 17, 2012

That's Just Wrong

Ah, my wife.  She's smart, funny, witty, and God bless her...she means well.  But while she knows the Star Wars characters' basic histories, she doesn't understand why I'm such a huge fan...or why I was so mortified when she affixed this to the back of our car:
I really hope she's not trying to tell me something.  And why do I hear banjos?

UPDATE: Apparently, not only have people been taking pictures of this, but now it's become part of the Failblog.  My wife's extremely embarrassed, and wants me to buy the Han Solo sticker ASAP.  I'm busting up laughing...and I think I'm going to keep the stickers as they are.  It's just too damn funny.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

In the Beginning: The Induction of a Star Wars Geek


My wife absolutely hates all forms of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, and it's all her dad's fault. He was a huge Trekkie and tried to indoctrinate her into a love of sci-fi, and it backfired. So I decided to take a different approach with my kids. I figured if they wanted to get interested in it, I'd let them. If not, that was their call.

Which isn't to say I didn't drop hints.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Why the blog?

Over the past couple of years, I've thoroughly enjoyed recounting the story of my daughter's budding love of Star Wars, and how quickly her little brother is catching the bug.  But with the ever-fluid nature of the internet and Facebook, these tales keep disappearing into the ether, and I wanted a more permanent place where I could keep these stories, both for my own posterity, and for those that have enjoyed reading about a geek of a father raising two little geeklings.  Not all stories will be Star Wars related, of course...there's other awesome things my kids do that I'll feel inclined to share.

NOTE: No, their names aren't actually Princess and Padawan. :-)

So I hope you enjoy it, and may the Force be with you!

...

What?  I said I was a geek!