The BBC released an article today, showcasing the US Navy’s new LASER GUN!!!  The Navy test-fired the gun to disable a small boat by setting its engine on fire.

Now if only they’d get those lightsabers working:

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Humpday Links

April 6, 2011

 

Alright.  We tried this last Thursday and I thought we could give it one more whir.  Be sure to comment at the bottom and let me know what you think of a weekly links post.

  • The Salon media news website posted an article today featuring Star Wars: the Musical in its entirety.  Nothing like mid-90’s instruments and mid-90’s style, all captured on mid-90’s camcorders.
  • Also on-topic with fan-made tributes, Vimeo has an entire channel devoted to Star Wars fan films.  I’ll be going through them in the future and posting some favorites, but be sure to check it out in the meantime!
  • AMOG’s just posted an article about the Chilean Jedi Academy.  It may be a little late, but it has a lot more information than any earlier articles.
  • Lego Star Wars can get tricky.  Here’s the walkthrough for the latest version, Lego Star Wars III.
  • Need a new set of wheels? The AT-AT is officially on-sale for all your Rebellion crushing galactic conquest.
  • Maybe this isn’t exactly Star Wars related, but the article does reference the Star Wars kid, and apparently it’s an amazingly addictive game.

Star Wars in the Arts

April 5, 2011

 

Sometimes it’s good to appreciate the finer things in life.  Star Wars fans do it all the time.  Have a look!

Just ignore the titles; the puns are free.

 

 

…And some other classic Hip-hop-based, Star Wars tributes and parodies.

College Humor usually has the funniest videos on the YouTube.  For this amazing Star Wars tribute, CH took the track from Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind and spun it out in a way only Vader, himself, can deliver.  Check it out:

Granted, Star Wars and Hip hop have been romancing for a while now.  The first entry on this site was for the Star Wars Gangsta Rap.  But seriously, everyone loves Star Wars, even real, hardcore, gangsta rappers like Immortal Technique.

**A LITTLE FOREWARNING, THIS NEXT CLIP IS ABSOLUTELY EXPLICIT, VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED**

Did you notice how well real, murder rap and Star Wars just seemed to flow together in that clip?  It’s as though the Force cannot deny the flow of a sick Hip hop beat, and Hip hop can’t deny epic coolness of Star Wars.  Even Snoop Dogg showed up to help promote the Adidas/Star Wars line.

Missed him?  How about this one?

See what I mean, now?  Star Wars and Hip hop were born to be lovers.  Even Yoda can’t deny his feelings.

Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi

April 2, 2011

 

Born on the planet Stewjon, Kenobi was sent to Coruscant at an early age to train in the ways of the Force.  However, due to impatient tendencies, Kenobi was seen as a threat and sent to work with the Jedi Service Corps, rather than train to become a Jedi Knight.

 

It wasn’t until a fateful meeting a year or so later between Jinn and Kenobi, that Jinn realized Kenobi’s potential.  Since his training under Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi became the first Jedi to kill a Sith Lord in 1,000 years, played a major role in the Clone Wars, and assisted in the rekindling of the Jedi Order as well as the defeat of the Galactic Empire.

 

 

One of the most dynamic characters in Star Wars lore, Obi-Wan Kenobi remains a force to be reckoned with, even after his death.  His roles in Episodes IV, V, and VI may seem minor, but without him, Luke would have never studied in the ways of the force, he and Han would have never saved Leia Organa, and the Rebellion would have been crushed at the Battle of Yavin.

 

 

For more information on Obi-Wan Kenobi as a character you can visit his profile on Wookiepedia.

For more information on Kenobi’s home during his exile on Tatooine you can visit Ben Kenobi’s hut’s profile.

For a profile of the character based more in reality you can visit the Wikipedia page.