I’m not one of most who’s been wrong about where the Death Star trench was

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Quite surprised that most Star Wars fans and those who have seen the films have believed that the infamous trench on the Death Star that Luke Skywalker and his fellow Rebel pilots flew in to get to the tiny exhaust port and blow up the dreaded battle station was its equatorial trench. You know, the most visible feature on the Death Star aside from the dish of the super laser.

io9 has a good post that breaks down why most fans thought it was the equatorial trench based on visual effects artist Todd Vaziri’s story on his blog, FXRants.

I never bothered with this notion because I assumed, as it was quite clear from the scene in A New Hope where General Jan Dodonna’s briefing to the Rebel pilots have clearly shown that based on the Death Star plans, the trench that leads to the exhaust port is perpendicular to the equator. In other words, it is longitudinal or runs north to south on the Death Star’s surface.

Another fact: the equatorial trench was clearly much wider than the trench as the scenes of the trench run have clearly shown that only 3 small starfighters could barely fly through it.

Probably because unlike most of who have seen A New Hope, I paid attention to, in particular the computer animation of the Death Star plans indicating where the trench was, during General Dodonna’s briefing.

Do check out Todd Vaziri’s post as it has lots of good stuff about the final trench run and more Star Wars.

Image credit: io9

Microsoft Xbox Kinect Star Wars Spoof

It’s always been a fantasy of every geek to wield a lightsaber, cut down hordes of droids, use the Force to manipulate objects and of course, duel a Sith. The closest thing we could get to brining this into reality is via video games.

Microsoft pushes the envelope and wets our appetite even further with their immersion device Kinect for Xbox 360. It alows users to play a game using body gestures and movements, voice commands and real-life objects.

Now imagine, playing a Star Wars game with Kinect?

Forget the life-long training and celibacy! Buy a Kinect for your Xbox 360, grab a long stick and start restoring order and peace in the galaxy!

I’d like to see how it would be like to play The Sims 2 with the Kinect. 😛

Star Wars meets Real Wushu

Found this on Bro Arwee, FSC’s multiply site. It’s an edit of a Wu Shu demontration wherein lightsaber effects were added to the jians or double-edged straight swords used in the demonstration. The footage is impressive on its own, but with added lightsaber effects, it’s so awesome I say it qualifies as p0rn for Star Wars fans! LOL

Star Wars trivia, all thanks to Doc Tess

AnakinWith pretty much nothing to do this morning, I happened to chance upon this post by Doc Tess recalling how she and her friends spent the last days of 2007 by having a trivia contest. There were lots of cool trivia questions but what really awakened the geek inside me was the Star Wars trivia questions.

I’m supposed to answer this in the comments section of that post but I figured it would be a good way to kick off my blogging this 2nd day of 2008. Besides, I’ll give Doc Tess lots of link love for this.

So do you know how much of Star Wars geek am I? Let’s see, I’ll answer these questions off the top of my head and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll never Google for it. Swear!

And here we go…

  1. What is Jar Jar Binks’ height?
  2. A: I really don’t know. Perhaps 7 feet? He was taller than Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon.

  3. To what race does Jar Jar Binks belong?
  4. A: He is a Gungan, a native of the planet Naboo.

  5. What do you call a Jedi apprentice?
  6. A: The proper term is Padawan.

  7. Who found Anakin in the planet Tatooine and was convinced that he is the “Chosen One” who would bring balance to the Force?
  8. A: It was Qui-Gon Jin.

  9. How do you measure Force-aptitude?
  10. A: Mediclorian blood-count. Those microscopic living things inside every living thing in the universe that, as Qui-Gon once told Anakin, “they tell us the will of the Force.” I just don’t know if I spelled it correctly.

  11. What is the subtitle of Star Wars IV?
  12. A: A New Hope

  13. What are the two reasons why the Council forbade the training of Anakin?
  14. A: First, Master Yoda said to Anakin that “Clouded your future is.” Then later he added, “I sense much fear in you.” Ergo, the boy is “too dangerous” to be trained. Master Windu, whom Yoda stole the spotlight from, all had this to say, “The boy is too old.” Poor Anakin, he got pwnd by the top two Jedi Masters!

  15. Who is the first Jedi Padawan to be able to defeat a Sith (within the timeline of the Star Wars movies)?
  16. A: It was Obi-Wan Kenobi when he sliced Darth Maul in half. Though in reality, it was a bit odd, because Darth Maul had the higher ground and clearly he was more skilled in close-quarter combat than Kenobi. Oh well…

  17. What is the name of Jango Fett’s ship?
  18. A: It was called the Slave I which was designed by Kuat Systems Engineering as Firespray-class patrol and attack ship.

  19. What is the secret identity of Senator Palpatine?
  20. A: He was the evil-genius, bad-ass Sith Lord, Darth Sidious.

  21. To what race does Chewbacca belong?
  22. A: Chewbacca is a Wookie. Yeah, let’s do the Wookie!!

  23. In Star Wars IV, Obi-Wan Kenobi was known to the inhabitants of Tatooine as ________.
  24. A: “Old Ben” or “Old Ben Kenobi”

  25. Name 4 sith lords in the Star Wars movies.
  26. A: Darth Sidious who was also Senator/Emperor Palpatine, he was the Master and his three apprentices who were also referred to as Sith Lords; Darth Maul, Darth Tyrannus who was also Count Dooku, and then the baddest of all Sith Apprentices, Darth Vader who is non other than Anakin Skywalker.

  27. Who was born first, Luke or Leia?
  28. A: If I recall Episode III right, Luke was born first.

  29. What is Han Solo’s occupation?
  30. A: He was a smuggler.

  31. Where do Ewoks live?
  32. A: They live on one of the moons of Endor. I think it was the 4th moon of Endor.

  33. How did Padme Amidala die?
  34. A: She died after giving birth the twins Luke and Leia.

Ah, yes. Nostalgic isn’t it? Thanks to Doc Tess for this wonderful trivia, and I have strong feeling this will turn into a meme of some sorts. 😉