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The fandom minute: Ewoks, Webbies, Vader, Death Star BBQ, Wedge (fake,) and lists

For the budding anthropologists in the room… McSweeny’s has Yub Jub Means “Devour the Weak:” An Authoritative Study of the Ewoks From the Field. (Also noteworthy, though not Star Wars: Selections from H.P. Lovecraft’s Brief Tenure as a Whitman’s Sample Copywriter.)

Plus I really doubt that’s clean energy

Most of The Physics of the Death Star is pretty much Greek to me (art degree!) but long story short, the amount of energy the Death Star needs just to blow stuff up:

It’s a solid week of the sun’s entire power output. Dumping it in about a single second, as required to blow up Alderaan, is a very, very impressive feat. Doubly so when you take into account the fact that the binding energy is just enough to dissociate the planet into a diffuse cloud. If you want to actually blow the thing up into pieces flying out at many times escape velocity, you need much more energy.

So how much would it take to move that thing around? Even in zero gravity? How about the lights? Interior gravity? Refreshers? Mouse-droid charging stations? On second thought… I don’t want to know. (via)

The fandom minute: Falcon dreams, lists, cakes…

Carve geeky pumpkins for Halloween!


Most of the patterns on FantasyPumpkins.com are for advanced carvers only, but you don’t need mad skills to look, thankfully. For those willing to take a whack (bad choice of words?) there is a brand new tutorial on making last year’s hit, the Death Star pumpkin, above.

Alas, the free templates on StarWars.com were a victim of the redesign, but Bonnie did find an alternate application for this year. And there’s always Fett, I suppose. Or the Clone Wars kit available at a store near you. Ahh, capitalism.

Have a favorite pumpkin-carving site or pattern? Share the URL!

Friday randomness: Fan art, time-lapse Lego, analog piracy, Mark Hamill, graphs