StarWars.com has their Best of 2008 up. Of course there’s the obligatory geeking out over the obligatory Big Events like The Force Unleashed and The Clone Wars. All the Expanded Universe stuff is together for easy access (Plus Frames, because it is a book, sort of, so where else can it go?) On the fandom end, Rusty Miller gets a nice chunk and DIYers get a highlight.
As for Club Jade, this was a pretty good year. We had our first JadeCon since 2006 and it was fabulous!
And this was a very good year for the blog. We’ve been doing this long enough that we’ve hit our stride. Big thanks as ever go out to Paula, for her fantastic Gate Geek posts and boundless enthusiasm. JawaJames did a great job on the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull coverage. Eliz hit it out of the park with her posts and photos covering JadeCon’s Project Runway. Additional thanks to Yav, SirRogue, SithSpit, HollywdLiz, SueD, NanLuz, Blu, and Hlynn!
And also? Our readers. There are a lot more of you this year (hits have doubled!) and a lot more of you commenting. I continue to be amazed by you guys! Thanks also go out to everyone who linked us – StarWars.com, TheForce.net, Wookieepedia, EU Cantina, Jedi News and everyone else!
And just for the hell of it, under the cut are out top ten posts of 2008… Continue reading
After going through practically every holiday since 1999 with some sort of “coffee table book” from the Star Wars franchise, you would think that I’d be mentally prepared for the weight associated with it. Well, I was fooled again with the latest edition of The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia. I nearly dropped the blasted thing (all 12 pounds of it — I weighed it) when I tried to pick it up.
Still, this baby’s beautiful! Three hardcover volumes in a shell. (Which is making it resemble, more and more The Encyclopedia Brittanica.) That beautiful Empire red and black coloring. Images subtly glowing out. Each hardcover has its own different cover design. Each book has its own quote for the dedication page. A lot of fun! Continue reading
Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of the Clone Wars cartoon (not that one, the first one), spoke at Rhode Island School of Design this past weekend.
Club Jader (and some-day-Pulitzer Prize winner), Caroline Sedano, attended and wrote up this great summary of the event for The Brown Daily Herald.
Club Jade wishes to note that we aren’t the least bit biased about the shining examples of Star Wars reporting done by its members.
The news is almost always slow during the holidays; even fandom slows down, as schools and workplaces take breaks and people just find things to do offline. Alas! What’s a bored blogger to do?
In this case, I went to the referrer logs. The sad fact is, all bloggers are obsessed with referral logs: They tell us how many people are looking, what they’re looking at, and how they got here. It’s that last part that’s most fascinating: Sites linking to us, what search results brought them here. In the last week, 20% have come here directly (bookmarks and the like,) 30% from links and a whooping 50% from search engines. Now, I realize this is all pretty boring stuff, but you have to understand: There’s some seriously funny stuff in that 50%. Sure, not in the terms with the biggest numbers (‘robot chicken star wars 2’, ‘club jade’, and ‘fate of the jedi,’ in case you were wondering) but in the little ones. Witness, the most hilarious search engine referrals of November:
- 80 people searched for fandom trash (thanks, tagline!)
- 69 people searched for doctor porn. (With an additional 75 specifically looking for doctor who porn. Costume porn also does pretty well with 22 hits. In short, porn porn porn.
The real fun starts when you get into the smaller numbers: That’s where all the most truly bizarre searches are. Get the crème de la crap under the cut. Continue reading
We had seven talented teams: Which would you pick to be the overall winner? Head beneath the cut to vote for the teams in our poll, and post your favorite individual looks in the comments! Continue reading
Okay, okay- it’s been a week and I know everyone (who wasn’t at JadeCon) is just dying to know who won Club Jade’s Project Runway!
The third challenge involved a mystery- the teams drew a planet to which their boyz were assigned a mission. The additional challenge was that the audience had to be able to guess what planet the boy was heading for.
The teams were then given a pile of fabric to choose from. The chaos reminded me of the footage shown for bridal gown sales. A few minutes later the teams had their fabrics (or in case of Team Bitca, their minimal materials) and the race was on.
Saturday night was our final runway show. A special thanks to Caitlin as our Heidi for wonderful hosting during all the events! The teams worked hard throughout the day to dress their boyz for the mission. The judges were amazed yet again with the level of determination and dedication to the competition!
I now proudly present the results for Project Runway: Challenge 3!
- Team My Master Made Me Do It won Best Movie Recreation for their Dagobah entry. There is a R2-D2 in Luke’s backpack recovered from the piñata the picnic. For someone who was forced into participating, Steph did a wonderful job!
- Team Have Gunn Will Travail won Most Innovative Use of Materials for their Tatooine entry. Yes, that is Yoda in a Slave Leia outfit. The bra was made from foil from the wine tasting earlier in the day.
- Team Sprockets won Best Workmanship for their Hoth entry! The level of detail was incredible and the judges were very impressed by the cloak. While the judges questioned the use of chaps on the frozen planet of Hoth, Team Sprockets explained that Mace was hot enough on his own. Point taken.
- Team Quilt won for Best Use of Plaid and a Special Award in Prop Construction for their Kamino entry! Judges were impressed with the Burberry-look raingear and especially the creation of the umbrella. Maybe if Obi-Wan had been so stylish and prepared the first time he met with Jango…
- Team Bitca won the Jessa’s Go-Go Dancer or the Victoria’s Not-So-Secret Award for their Coruscant entry. The judges appreciated their steadfastness to their minimalist aesthetic but did question if this design would cause additional problems for the mission. Interestingly, the audience guessed the correct planet at first sight. What does this say for the center of government in the GFFA?
Our final two teams tied for the win of Project Runway Challenge Three:
- Team We Did What? tied with their entry for a mission to the Wookiee planet of Kashyyyk. The judges were impressed by the detail, the fringing, the bandolier, the layers, and how well it would work on Kashyyyk.
- Team Not Quitting Our Day Jobs also tied with their entry for a mission to Mustafar. The judges were impressed with their innovative use of fleece rubber ducky material to simulate flames, including the flame logo on the reverse side of the jacket. This Obi-Wan wouldn’t need the advantage of higher ground if he was wearing this exciting outfit!
The overall winner of Project Runway was…. Everyone!
Yes, the judges could not come to a decision as to which team should be declared the overall winner as they were just so impressed by all of the entries. Call it what you want, but this means they can all be included in a calendar, to be published in time for 2009.
Thank you to all the teams for participating and really making this such a great event. We look forward to the next season of Club Jade Project Runway!
[Editor’s Note: Come back late Monday for a poll on which CJPR team is your favorite!]
It’s Sunday morning and we’re starting the Post-Con Depression Kick-Off Breakfast. Once again, it appears we were foiled by actually having fun (and those annoyingly addictive Olympics) and prevented from blogging. Since clean-up is about to begin, I thought I’d capture the remaining quotes from the weekend that were taped on to the wood-paneled wall with painter’s tape. (We won’t cause any duct tape damage this year!) We might have some good quotes from PCD Breakfast, but we’ll be too depressed to capture them.
- Australia is a sexy man. – Several women in Dave’s bed
- A YOW? We could make it a Yao Ming by adding soy sauce – James
- That’s not a head. That’s a boob. – Beth
- A YOW and an Anakin Fireball: together they make beautiful music. – Liz double-fists it
- An Ewok with a spear is 2 inches taller than Trina. – Trina’s own response to a Telephone Pictionary drawing
- A snowflake makes me happy. – Telephone Pictionary
- Warooh! Oh s**t! It’s a moon! – Telephone Pictionary illustration of Chewie
- It is really annoying when Tribbles laugh at you. – Telephone Pictionary
- I need a naked man! – Steph&
- Padme’, let’s get busy. I’m about to be evil. – Telephone Pictionary
- Let’s make out. Oh, look! A TIE fighter! – Telephone Pictionary
- I can really see you in the design. And by “you,” I mean “his a**.” – Caitlin
- I was signed off by the person that usurped my rightful place in Dave’s bed. – Liz
- Your hair is on the pineapple behind the bar. – Vic
- I have to go rescue my hair from the pineapple. – Caitlin
- Someone absconded with Liz’s salty snacks. – Liz
- I’m the Space Pope: LOL, WTF and bless you my child. – Liz
- The part of the Rodian will be played by Ben Stiller. – Tom, describing Jeff’s RPG blaster skills
- My slash does not write itself. – The Emperor
- Paula and I both really like Menage. — Somewhere back in Tucson, Ray just went “oooh.” – Kelly
- Oh my gawd. It’s all about the boots and kilts. – Beth
- I can eat a whole plate of bacon. – The Olympics announcer commenting on Miss Bacon’s win
- Sometimes we are the Asian porn site you’re looking for. – Nancy
- Elizabeth: Did you say “burning crotch”? Yav: No! Barty Crouch!
- Faster! More intense! – All of Club Jade watching Michael Phelps score his 8th Olympic gold medal
- Would this be easier if I was lying down? – Ruby
I’m closing the comments on the post at midnight on Friday, so be sure to get your entry in while you can…
ClubJade.net has teamed up with NJOE and EU Cantina to bring you… Well, it was originally supposed to be a week – of fun as we gear up for the finale of Legacy of the Force series.
We’re first on the fire with a giveaway of the book itself – Invincible by Troy Denning. No, you won’t get it early, but it will be for free – and we’ll even spring for one-day shipping from Amazon.com.
How do you win this fabulous prize? It’s really quite simple: Comment on this very entry, telling us what you like best about Legacy of the Force. Comments will close at midnight (Eastern) May 9th, and the winner will be picked (based on their comment number) by the fearless and inventive random number generator.
Fine print: One-day shipping offer applies to U.S. addresses only. Please use a valid e-mail address and NO SPOILERS. Only one comment per person, please – and be aware that if you haven’t commented on ClubJade.net before, your entry will have to be approved before it appears. (We reserve the right to reject inappropriate comments, including Invincible spoilers.) All entries will be approved before random.org is consulted. The winner will be contacted on May 10th, and must reply before May 12th or another will be chosen. Direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY, MAY 10th 12:01am: Comments are closed.
SATURDAY, MAY 11th: We have a winner!
Our second sidebar poll expires at midnight (Eastern) tonight, so get your answer in while you still can. The next one relates to last night’s Stargate: Atlantis season final. (Don’t worry – Paula wrote it.)