May 4th, 2005

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Star Wars Considered as a George Lucas Biography

Or, The Hollywood ("Do as I say, not as I do!") Story Version 1138. Jim Geraghty at National Review Online takes a skeptical look at the disconnect between the messages presented in the Star Wars heptalogy and what Lucas himself has done in and with the movies, and saves the most pointed question for last.

On a related topic, does anyone else think it's cool that such archetypal geek subjects as Star Trek and Star Wars can be discussed seriously in major political magazines like National Review? Obviously I do.

Via Instapundit.
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Best Megatokyo Ever.

For the last week, and including today's strip, Fred has been on a completely crushing roll. Emotion is blazing off the pages here, and I salute him for taking the extra time this last week to get everything just right. Awesome. Just completely awesome. I haven't been this impressed with the strip in ages. phoenixalpha is of the opinion that this sequence mirrors the one in this strip from three years ago, which in fact is just the climax of the online adventure Miho referred to here.

Things have come full circle in a number of ways. Once, it was Largo slinging an extremely drunk Piro across his back, after Piro had crashed and burned horribly in yet another bout with the RL Game of Love. Now, it's Largo who's gotten his ego crushed, and Piro comes to the rescue. Life imitates art, which at some point imitated someone's life. It's just so cool.
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Eclexia and our remote controls

Cobb reacts to an NPR appearance by Christine Rosen, who was discussing the changes in peoples' viewing and listening habits caused by the remote control, TiVo, and, most recently, the iPod. Ms. Rosen don't like it, no, not at all; she implies that channel-surfing has changed TV for the worse and that mixing our own tapes (oddly, she doesn't mention mix CDs) has deprived us of the ability to enjoy symphonic works and operas. She bemoans the rise of "egocasting" and approvingly quotes Cass Sunstein's Republic.com, which condemns the rise of the Internet as a means of insulating the electorate from opposing or even different views.
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