Star Wars


Mon April 22, 2013
Arts & Life

Slideshow: StarFest Turns 37 With Mix Of Old And New

Umbrella Corp. from Denver
Vince Darcangelo Transgress Magazine

The city of Denver exercised its geek right to assemble over the weekend, bringing together zombies, redshirts, wookies, browncoats, and more.

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Fri March 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Jedi? Vulcan? Mind Meld? Mind Trick? What Was Obama Thinking?

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 6:53 pm

That's a light saber, sir, not a phaser. (President Obama in September 2009, during a White House event promoting Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics.)
Roger L. Wollenberg UPI /Landov

He can't do "a Jedi mind meld" with Republicans and get them to see his way about taxes and spending, President Obama said Friday.

About which CBS News' Mark Knoller immediately tweeted:

"Pres Obama Mixed Metaphor of the Day: The 'mind meld' is not a Jedi tool from Star Wars, but a Vulcan ability from Star Trek."

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Tue February 19, 2013
All Tech Considered

As 3-D Printing Becomes More Accessible, Copyright Questions Arise

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 2:13 pm

A 3-D printed bust of Yoda is one of the more popular digital designs shared on Thingiverse.
Courtesy of

Many people think 3-D printing could help spark a manufacturing renaissance in the U.S. — even President Obama highlighted this technology in his State of the Union address last week.

But as 3-D printers and 3-D scanners get cheaper, this nascent industry could be roiled by battles over intellectual property.

Not so long ago, a good 3-D scanner that could create accurate digital models of objects in the real world cost more than $10,000. Then, Microsoft released the Kinect — the video game controller that allows you to play games by just waving your hands.

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Thu February 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Makeup Artist Who Created Yoda Dies; Stuart Freeborn Was 98

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 3:28 pm

One of makeup artist Stuart Freeborn's best-known characters, Yoda.
Tim Whitby Getty Images

The makeup artist who gave Star Wars' Yoda and Chewbacca their out-of-this-world looks, and helped bring to life other memorable characters such as the apes in 2001: A Space Odyssey, has died.

Stuart Freeborn was 98. According to The Associated Press, his granddaughter Michelle Freeborn "said he died Tuesday in London from a combination of ailments due to his age."

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Thu January 17, 2013
The Two-Way

White House Death Star Petition Wouldn't Pass New Threshold

The White House

Eliciting an official response to your petition just got tougher. The White House now requires a petition on its We the People platform to get 100,000 signatures within 30 days in order to get an official response.

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