Were the Stormtroopers under orders to let the heroes escape?

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I’ve previously written about how the original Star Wars movies treat the Imperial Stormtroopers far more respectfully than movies treat their nameless bad guys. But there’s still the problem of the Stormtroopers repeatedly missing the heroes at close range. [Read more...]

I totally called this one: Tim Curry takes over Palpatine

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I just found out that Tim Curry is taking over the voice of Palpatine for the Star Wars: The Clone Wars cartoon. My first thought was, “wait, they’re still making that cartoon?” But my second thought was: I totally called this one. [Read more...]

How unhappy are you about J. J. Abrams directing Star Wars?

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There seems to be some mild backlash over the announcement that J. J. Abrams will be directing the next Star Wars movie (example here). But did anyone else hear that and think “total disaster”? I wasn’t thinking that when I first heard about Disney buying the franchise. I was hoping for an enjoyable if unsatisfying on reflection movie like The [Read More...]

In a non-futurismic world, human-level AI changes everything forever

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I just finished reading Cory Doctorow’s excellent essay collection Content, which included one essay that introduced me to a term I’d never heard before: “futurismic” (Doctorow talks as if the word was coined by someone else, though he doesn’t say who, and he seems to be the top search result using the word in his sense): [Read more...]


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