The Mirror: Star Wars and Doctor Who fans in bust-up: Police called to separate sci-fans

15 05 2013

Nerd Rage gets taken to a whole new level…

– dEV

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daily-mirror-logoStar Wars and Doctor Who fans in bust-up: Police called to separate sci-fans

By Louie Smith

15 May 2013 20:52

Police were called in when a long-running dispute between the two groups spilled over into the dark side at a sci-fi convention

The Force had to be used to end a bust-up between Star Wars and Doctor Who fans.

Police were called in when a long-running dispute between the two groups spilled over into the dark side at a sci-fi convention.

It kicked off when angry organiser Richard Walker, of the Norwich Star Wars club, saw Jim Poole, 44, of rival Norwich Sci Fi Club filming the family event with two fellow Time Lord fans, one dressed as David Tennant.

Mr Walker, 63, said: “The person on the door had not not recognised them. I put my hand on Mr Poole’s arm to escort him off the premises and he said I had assaulted him.”

More than a dozen people then became involved in a bitter row at the University of East Anglia, where 1,000 sci-fi fans had gathered, many dressed as Stormtroopers.

Police arrived and put one Who fan in a car before calming things down. They decided there was no assault.

A spokesman said: “The rival groups were told to keep out of each other’s way.”

Mr Poole said he had attended “in good faith” to get autographs from Doctor Who actors.

The clubs’ dispute is over the names of their separate conventions.

(Original Story)

Happy Star Wars Day!

4 05 2013


Film vs. Reality: The Cost of Exploring Space

16 04 2013


The Week: The White House’s nerd-delighting Death Star petition response

14 01 2013
Construction would cost more than $850 quadrillion dollars, the White House’s Paul Shawcross dryly notes
By Chris Gayomali | January 14, 2013
death-star-2Anyone with an agenda and 25,000 signatures can elicit an official response from the White House’s “We the People” website. This being the internet and all, requests naturally tilt toward the edges: A petition for President Obama’s impeachment, federally legalized marijuana, secession appeals, and a nationalized Twinkie industry.

Over the weekend, the White House indulged Star Wars fans by issuing an official response to a popular request — that the U.S. government begin construction on a Death Star to be completed by 2016. Total signatures amassed: 34,435.

In a post titled “This isn’t the petition response you’re looking for,” Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, outlines a few reasons why construction of a Death Star simply isn’t in the best interest of the country. A few of his points:

  1. The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  2. The administration does not support blowing up planets.
  3. Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that could be exploited by a one-man starship?

Shawcross ends with a call for star-gazing youngsters “to pursue a career in science, technology, or math-related field” to ensure the United States’ position as a space leader. “Remember,” he concludes, “the Death Star’s power to destroy a planet, or even a whole star system, is insignificant next to the power of the Force.”

(Full Story)

Merry Christmas from EDUtainmentBLOG!

25 12 2012

I thought this was sacrilegious until I saw Batman on the roof. I also appreciate the inclusion of Bill and Ted rocking out for the Newborn King.

Anyway, may you and yours have a happy holiday and a Merry Christmas!

– dEV


Nobody liked caroling with Yoda…

17 12 2012


TODAY: George Lucas donating Disney sale billions to charity

5 11 2012
By Alex Ben Block, The Hollywood Reporter

By the end of the year, the $4.05 billion sale of Lucasfilm to Disney should be finalized. And since George Lucas owns 100 percent of his company – which has little to no debt — all that money goes to him.

After that, Lucas plans to quickly put the bulk of the money into a foundation which will primarily focus on educational issues, a spokesperson for Lucasfilm tells THR.

“George Lucas has expressed his intention, in the event the deal closes, to donate the majority of the proceeds to his philanthropic endeavors.”

It’s not yet clear which foundation will get the proceeds. Lucas is currently the chairman of Edutopia, which is part of the George Lucas Educational Foundation. He could put money into that or create a new foundation which would be funded from the sale.

The Foundation was the vehicle Lucas used to make a $175 million donation to his alma mater USC in 2006. He has also given to many other causes over the years including the Film Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company,” Lucas said in a statement Wednesday. “As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy.”

The spokesperson noted that this “announcement continues a commitment that Lucas made in 2010 to The Giving Pledge where he stated,  “I am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education.  It is the key to the survival of the human race.  We have to plan for our collective future—and the first step begins with social, emotional, and intellectual tools we provide to our children.  As humans, our greatest tool for survival is our ability to think and to adapt—as educators, storytellers, and communicators our responsibility is to continue to do so.’”

For the full text of the 2010 letter, click here.

NBC News: Disney buying Lucasfilm, will release new ‘Star Wars’ movie in 2015

30 10 2012
By NBC News staff and wires

Updated at 7:15 p.m. ET: Walt Disney Co. is buying Lucasfilm in a $4 billion deal that brings the best-selling “Star Wars” franchise under the Disney umbrella, with plans to release Episode 7 of the long-running saga in 2015.

Disney has long had a close relationship with closely held Lucasfilm and founder George Lucas, including featured attractions at Disney theme parks such as Star Tours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida.

“It’s now time for me to pass ‘Star Wars’ on to a new generation of filmmakers,” said Lucas, 68, in a statement.

The cash and stock deal is valued at about $4.05 billion, Disney said. Lucasfilm is solely owned by George Lucas.

“This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value,” Disney CEO Robert Iger said in a statement.

Lucas will act as creative consultant on the new “Star Wars” film, with more feature films expected beyond Episode 7.

The six “Star Wars” feature films have earned a total of $4.4 billion at the box office alone and offer “a sustainable source of high quality, branded content with global appeal,” according to the Disney news release.

The deal is subject to federal antitrust approval.

(Full Story) ‘Star Wars’ class teaches lightsaber skills to adults

8 08 2012

Learning to fight with lightsabers? Teaching fencing techniques and elements of stage combat through the techniques shown in Star Wars? I’m so there!

Seriously, I wish this were available a bit closer to where I live. I’d sign up in a heartbeat! This looks like so much fun, and a great way to get some exercise while simultaneously getting your geek on!

More information is available on the Golden Gate Knights website. Check it out!

– dEV

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Try you must, as Yoda would say. A “Star Wars” lightsaber school in the San Francisco area is offering lessons in twirls, figure eights, behind-the-backs and other tools of the lightsaber trade. While most Jedi camps and classes are aimed at young children, this one is for adults who enjoy the escapism.

“We’re kind of indulging in their childhood and that sort of fantasy of being a real Jedi,” said Alain Bloch, the camp’s instructor and a “Star Wars” fencing enthusiast.

Darth Vader makes appearances at the class, and Bloch’s ultimate goal for his Padawan pupils is for them to be able to reenact the entire five-minute, nearly 90-move battle scene between Luke Skywalker and his nemesis/father, Darth Vader, at the end of “Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.”

What do the students say to critics of their hobby?

“If you move forward and act like, ‘Hey, this is me, this is what I like,’ then nobody’s gonna question you,” noted a proud participant wielding a yellow lightsaber.

(Full Story with Video)

FAILBlog: Adventure? Excitement? A teacher craves not these things.

21 02 2012