Just Let Lumpy Stare At You

In an interesting move, the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special has had it’s first tug into canon.

In the new Star Wars anthology book, From a Certain Point of View, there are 40 fun stories highlighting the ancillary characters in our favorite galaxy far, far away. The love and attention given to background characters in the Star Wars universe has long been a linchpin of its popularity starting with the release of the toys from the very first movie. Characters that had no lines and sometimes barely a second of screen time got a name, a figure and a back story. These would lay the foundation for some of the best Star Wars literature ever released. Although now cast to the “Legends” pile, the great “Tales of the Bounty Hunters” was one of my favorite examples of this. The story of Dengar and his wife saving Boba Fett is a classic… But I digress.

One of the stories contained in From a Certain Point of View is called, We Don’t Serve Their Kind Here by Chuck Wendig and is a fun little tale of Mos Eisley Cantina’s bartender, Wuher who mentions two characters by name, Ackmena and her wife Sorschi.

Why is this important?

BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT BEA ARTHUR’S CHARACTER ACKMENA FROM THE FLIPPIN’ STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL IS NOW CANON AND THAT IS BOTH AWESOME AND HILARIOUS!!

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Reading Without Walls

Of all the social media “challenges” I’ve seen over the years, this is perhaps my favorite, and it’s happening now, in the month of April, but you can feel free to continue it as long as you like.

Reading Without Walls is happening now, and anyone can participate — teachers, librarians, book-sellers, and readers. Just find something new and different to read — and let books open up the world around you.

Thanks to books series that have been made popular through movies and TV series like Harry Potter, Hunger Games, A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), Twilight, and I’m sure upcoming, American Gods, the hobby of reading books has retained a love and following that I once feared becoming extinct.

This year, however, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang, has issued a challenge to the world. #ReadingWithoutWalls

The challenge goes like this:

It’s that simple! Once you’ve finished (or heck, before you even start!) don’t forget to challenge your friends as well. Also, make sure to use the hashtag #ReadingWithoutWalls on your posts to join the community and spread the word.

Reading Without Walls aims to promote diversity and learning through exposing people to ideas, cultures, experiences and concepts outside of their normal circles and/or comfort zones. To help us all better understand one another at a time when we couldn’t feel or seem more divided.

READING WITHOUT WALLS is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things.

RI Comic Con 2015 – lessons learned from 2014

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In 2014, I reported that both the Rhode Island Comic Con organizers and convention center have some growing up to do as they were entirely unprepared for the new cohort of nerds that were quickly expanding (click here for original article).  This past 2015 con demonstrated that they had indeed adapted to that demand.  More articles discussing the events, costumes, and general other fun things will be published soon.  For now, I am focusing on the con’s logistics, improvements, and a few questionable choices for both the attendees and the vendors.

Where the con was before undersized, using just the RI Convention Center, it was now rectified with the expansion to also include the Dunkin Donuts Center.  Lines were better organized into the event; waits were not unreasonable for the volume of people at the peak times.  And of course, no one was turned away this time.

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Review: Total Confusion 2015

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Once again I attended my personal favorite gaming convention, Total Confusion. Mostly, I love it because it is purist gaming at its best. I always make it a point to try some new things and play some other things that I just plain enjoy. However, this time was special for me.

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Rhode Island Comic Con 2014

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This year’s Rhode Island Comic Con was a general success.  The Comic Con attendance greatly exceeded the organizer’s expected turnout compared to all prior years.  In fact, the Rhode Island Convention Center exceeded their expected numbers compared to all other events… ever!  (Nerd pride.)  However, the convention was not without problems.  You can read about the over-capacity debacle here:

https://nerd-base.com/2014/11/02/rhode-island-comic-con-2014-exceeds-capacity-fans-stuck-out-in-the-rain/

But for now, let’s focus on the other experiences, which were generally positive.  The con took place on November 1st – 2nd with a Halloween party the night before (on Halloween).  The party was decently attended.  I enjoyed the drink list which had tasty choices such as the Ecto-1, the Ooze, and the Beetlegeuise.  And of course, it was a great place for the cosplay to begin.

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Rhode Island Comic Con 2014 Exceeds Capacity! Fans Stuck Out in the Rain.

Congratulations to The Rhode Island Comic Con organization for blowing way past their turn-out in 2013, on Saturday alone! However, it seems that the Rhode Island Convention Center wasn’t ready for the big leagues.

On November 1st, 2014, a little prior to 3pm, the RI State Fire Marshall shut down the registration area of the Convention Center due to the Center reaching capacity This meant that no one new was allowed to enter the RI Comic Con.

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Confucius

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The movie Confucius is obviously based on the historical person of the same name, founder of the philosophical movement of Confucianism.  Personally, I know a little about Confucianism but really less than I’d like to.   Therefore, this movie appeals to someone like me. However, I must admit, beyond a simple Wikipedia search, I don’t really know how much of the movie is autobiographically accurate and how many liberties were taken. Based on my meager prior knowledge and the wiki-gods, the movie seems to draw on true events and stories. I’m sure others will disagree. Having said all that, I really learned a lot.

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5 Differences between Edge of Tomorrow and All You Need is Kill

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Hopefully you’ve gotten a chance to go see the excellent movie Edge of Tomorrow over the weekend.  I took some time on Friday to go see the movie a second time, and I still love the film.  Now that the movie is out I wanted to go into a deep dive into how the source material All You Need is Kill compares to the Edge of Tomorrow.  This is going to be very spoiler heavy so don’t read on if you haven’t seen the film yet.

 

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All You Need Is Kill

All you need is kill NBI don’t remember how, or when I first heard about, Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novella All You Need Is Kill, but I remember being super interested.  The idea of a guy living the same day every day, fighting against an alien race sounded amazing.  It’s basically groundhogs day in a sci-fi military action setting.  I finally got a chance to check it out for the first time last year, and re-listened to the audiobook recently in preparation for the movie Edge of Tomorrow.  It’s just as enjoyable now as it was the first time through, possibly even better.

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