Archive for the 'Star Wars' Category

Star Wars Yoda Stamp Release

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Yoda StampLong-time Chad’s News readers are already aware of the contest to select one Star Wars stamp for mass production. Yoda was the winner, narrowly beating out Darth Vader, and his stamp will be released tomorrow, Oct. 25th (available in sheets of 20 stamps).


Star Wars: Where Are They Now?

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Darth VaderRegular Chad’s News readers know that I tend to go a bit overboard when it comes to Star Wars (did I mention that I own over 80 Star Wars books?), but I think this one is interesting enough to share. ABC News has a slide show of 12 Star Wars actors, giving modern-day pictures and describing what they’ve been up to since the original trilogy ended.

(via digg)

US Postal Rates Going Up On Monday

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

MailStarting next Monday (2007-05-14), first class postage in the US will increase to 41 cents. In addition, the previously mentioned “forever” stamps are already on sale. These forever stamps are a great deal, but I’m spending my money on the Star Wars stamps.

(via Lifehacker)

Thought-Controlled Lightsaber

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

Darth VaderA company named NeuroSky has developed brainwave reading technology that can detect when a person is focusing on a fixed image. They created a prototype toy lightsaber that lights up when the user concentrates on it. When his/her attention wanders, it turns off. Apparently this is just the beginning of what they can determine from reading brainwaves. The initial market will be toys and games, but I think it could be used in a wide range of applications.

(via TheForce.Net)

Star Wars Stamp Images Available For Download

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

Darth VaderThe US Postal Service web site has free, downloadable, high-resolution images of the upcoming Star Wars stamp set. Not only is the full sheet available, but each stamp also has its own download. Some of the images are impressive. You can also vote for your favorite stamp. The winner will be made into its own sheet of 20 stamps, while the losers will only be available on the mixed, 15-stamp sheet.


It’s a Star Wars Post Office

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

MailThe US Postal Service has begun a 30th anniversary Star Wars tie-in by converting some of its drop boxes to look like R2-D2. Apparently there is more to come, including specially-themed stamps. The list of cities receiving the drop boxes is here, and a map of the ones “discovered” is here. My home town of Denver has one, but it’s not yet listed on the map.


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UPDATE: The Denver mailbox is located at 299 Fillmore St.

“Weird Al” Yankovic Hits It Big

Sunday, October 29th, 2006

Music“Weird Al” Yankovic’s latest CD, “Straight Outta Lynwood,” has made it into Billboard’s top 10—a first for him. Much of the reason for this was the wide (and illegal) internet distribution of the video for “White and Nerdy”. You can listen to the song legally at Weird Al’s MySpace page, where you can also download the the highly amusing and satirical song, “Don’t Download This Song.” Most interesting of all, an AOL premiere of his video was cancelled because the video was prematurely leaked to the internet. But what at first seemed like a bad thing has turned out to be a very good thing.…

UPDATE: Here’s an interesting interview of Weird Al by the Star Wars folks. Anyone who knows about the Star Wars Holiday Special and the Star Wars kid is definitely my kind of nerd.

UPDATE #2: And for anyone who wants a copy of the low-quality, poorly acted, and poorly written Star Wars Holiday Special, I have it on DVD and am willing to provide copies for $1.00—but you have to pay the cost of packaging and shipping, if any. If interested, just drop me a line.

Piggyback Yoda Backpack

Monday, September 4th, 2006


ThinkGeek is selling a Yoda-shaped backpack that looks just like in the movie, where Yoda is clinging to Luke’s back. A definite must-have for the true Star Wars fan.…
(via digg)

Star Wars vs. Star Trek

Monday, June 12th, 2006

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Back in my Usenet days, the Star Wars vs. Star Trek debate became so heated that it got its own forum, just to keep it from clogging up the actual Star Wars and Star Trek discussion forums. Someone has taken this to a whole new level, as shown in this video.

I am convinced that, just based on sheer size, the Star Wars fleets would easily be able to demolish anything from Star Trek. The regular, Imperial-class Star Destroyers are about a mile long, while the Super Star Destroyers (think Darth Vader’s flagship) are nearly 12 miles long. The late-model Enterprise ships were only 750 yards long, with much less destructive power. A single Death Star could probably take out the entire Borg collective.…
(via Digg)

The Star Wars Kid

Monday, April 10th, 2006

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If you’ve never heard of the “Star Wars kid,” then check out this video before reading the linked article. There are also modified videos, with effects. Leave some comments to let me know what you think of the whole situation.…

Take Cover! The Death Star Has Entered Our Solar System

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

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This is just too unreal……

Star Wars Episode III on DVD

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

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Yesterday marked the DVD release of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Some retailers, including Target, Wal*Mart, and Best Buy, are giving away promotional items along with the DVD. The smart consumer, of course, will put off purchasing until the release of the second-trilogy bundle, which is bound to come out in a year or so and which will have all kinds of extras……