2012/04/30

Z is For...

I cannot believe that month of April has come to a close. We are now to the letter Z and that stands for Zett Jukassa.


Zett was a Padawan serving the Jedi Order and the Galactic Republic in the final days of both institutions. Apprenticed to Jedi Master Mierme Unill at the start of the Clone Wars, he was reassigned to Temple battlemaster Cin Drallig following Unill's death. Jukassa was stationed at the Coruscant Jedi Temple with Drallig when the ancient edifice was invaded by the Grand Army of the Republic under the orders of the Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. Fleeing the Temple, Jukassa was shot and killed by clone troopers in front of Senator Bail Organa.

He was  possessed a strong connection to the Force and was gifted in the rare ability of farsight. One of the Jedi Temple's most promising students, Jukassa put up a valiant defense during the raid on the Jedi Temple.

Some information about the actor who played Zett was  Jett Lucas, son of George Lucas.

Do you have any memories of Zett or is this new information?

2012/04/28

Y is For...

We are to the letter Y for the A to Z Challenge. I bet you know whom I selected that is correct Y is for Yoda.
The final computer-generated Yoda as seen in t...


 "Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is."

Yoda was one of the most renowned and powerful Jedi Masters in galactic history. He was known for his legendary wisdom, mastery of the Force and skills in lightsaber combat. Yoda served as a member of the Jedi High Council in the last centuries of the Galactic Republic and reigned as Grand Master of the Jedi Order before, during and after the devastating Clone Wars. Following the Battle of Geonosis, Yoda held the title of Master of the Order in addition to that of Grand Master. In his centuries of service to the galaxy and the Force, Grand Master Yoda had a hand in the training of nearly all the Jedi in the Order.

Though arguably the Order's greatest master of the Force and most skilled warrior, Yoda believed most firmly in the importance of instructing younger generations and never missed an opportunity to ensure his students learn from their experiences.

The Grand Master was among the few Jedi to survive the Emperor's  Great Jedi Purge, after the beginning of which, he went into exile on the swamp planet of Dagobah. The exiled Jedi Master was responsible for the instruction of Luke Skywalker who would use Yoda's training as a basis for the creation of a New Jedi Order.

Can you even imagine living for 900 years? Do you have any thoughts of Yoda?
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2012/04/27

Harry Potter Was In the House

If any of you follow me on twitter, you may have notice mt account was erupting with NFL-related tweets.I am sorry. I am the most loyal Vikings fan that lives in Wisconsin. I was reading the NFL website this morning and saw something interesting.

Harry Potter, aka Daniel Radcliffe, was in attendance for the draft last night.
Our in-house spies told us Radcliffe is an avid NFL fan who has become borderline obsessed with the game. While he's still learning the game, Radcliffe is a big New York Giants fan who always has wanted to come to the draft.
This probably won't come as a surprise, but Harry Potter is a big-time fantasy (football) guy.

I wonder if he approved of the Giants selection.  Did he get there by broom or through the ever so convenient Floo Network?

X is For...



For the A to Z Challenge, we are up to the letter X and that stands for....X-Wing Starfighter.

Who did not want an X-Wing Fighter growing up? Please raise your hands.That is good so did I.

The X-wing was the primary all-purpose starfighter of the Rebel Alliance and its successor governments. Known for its versatility and exceptional combat performance, it was a favorite with Rebel and New Republic pilots. Possessing deflector shields, a hyperdrive, an R2 astromech for repairs and navigation, and a complement of proton torpedoes, the X-wing allowed the Rebellion to launch raids in Imperial space with improved odds of a successful mission.
The X-wing played a major role in the Galactic Civil War following its capture on Fresia and the defection of its designers to the Alliance. It was most heralded as the fighter that destroyed the Death Star at the hands of Luke Skywalker. Later in the war, it would form the backbone of the Alliance Starfighter Corps, defending Alliance ships and leading attacks on Imperial vessels and installations. Most importantly, it could perform on near equal terms with the Empire's high-performance TIE fighters when handled by an experienced pilot.

 After seeing this clip from A New Hope, what are your thoughts of the X-wing fighter?

2012/04/26

W is For...

With the letter at W now I cannot believe that April is almost over..WOAH. In my section for the letter W is going to be Watto. 
Watto

junk dealer/human trafficker, who owned a shop in Mos Espa, Tatooine. In his youth, he served as a soldier in the Ossiki Confederacy Army on his homeworld of Toydaria, but later left after sustaining permanently damaging injuries. Making his way to Tatooine, he fell in with the Jawa natives of the planet, and learned how to trade from them. Once he felt he had learned all he could, he abandoned the Jawas, and set up Watto's Shop in Mos Espa. He became one of Tatooine's many slave owners, and made a lucrative business for himself.

Eventually, he came into possession of a young slave, Anakin Skywalker, who proved to be a gifted mechanic, and an invaluable asset to the running of the store. Soon enough, Watto discovered that the boy had an affinity for podracing. Watto would often bet on the podraces, and was an avid fan, so he had Anakin race for him in several tournaments. Although the boy never won, he was clearly gifted. During one particular race, Anakin destroyed Watto's own podracer, which incurred the Toydarian's wrath. Shortly thereafter, a stranger to Mos Espa, Qui-Gon Jinn, claimed that he had his own podracer, and that he wanted Anakin to fly it in the Boonta Eve Classic. Watto conceded to the deal, but decided to bet against Anakin, instead investing in the Dug Sebulba. Jinn took the bet, wagering the pod against Anakin's freedom. Ultimately, Anakin won the race, and Watto was left with very little. His business declined, and he eventually had to sell Anakin's mother, Shmi Skywalker. Watto stayed in business until the Galactic Civil War, when he handed over ownership of his shop to his assistant, W. Wald. 

Did you dislike him in the movies or see him as a businessman?
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2012/04/25

V is For..

We are now at the letter V for the A to Z Challenge. I thought about doing Darth Vader for this post, but I decided to so something else. V is for Vader's Fist. 


You maybe asking what the heck does this mean. It was the nickname given to the 501st Legion of clone troopers commissioned by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine during the Clone Wars that later became a stormtrooper unit. Made up of units like Torrent Company, the 501st fought in many battles, such as the Battle of Teth and the Battle of Coruscant, becoming one of the most well-known legions. The 501st became Darth Vader's personal unit as he led them during Operation: Knightfall, in which the clones helped take down the Jedi, whom they believed to be traitors to the Republic.

This group was like the Navy Seals of the Empires Army. 

Would you join Vader's Fist, if he wanted you??


2012/04/24

U is For...

In the continuation of the A to Z Challenge in my post today. We are to the letter U and that stands for Luminara Unduli. 

There are not that many characters in the Star Wars Universe that start with the letter U. So therefore, I had to do some digging around. She was uncredited the Revenge of the Sith, so not a big role in the movie. 

Luminara Unduli was a female who served as a Jedi Master and Senior Jedi General in the fading years of the Galactic Republic. She was a valued adviser to the Jedi High Council, the Supreme Chancellor, and the Galactic Senate. During the Clone Wars, she fought with her last Padawan, Barriss Offee, and she was a common and formidable presence at points of crisis, on worlds such as Ilum, Nadiem, and Geonosis. She was killed during the Battle of Kashyyyk when Contingency Order 66 was enacted.


She was also said to be amazing at lightsaber combat, but she had also trained herself to become so incredibly flexible that she could easily twist to evade almost any attack that she did not block with her green lightsaber.
I am just wondering, do you know anything else about her?





2012/04/23

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Cover of "The Lies of Locke Lamora"
Title: The Lies of Locke Lamora
Author: Scott Lynch
Series:Gentlemen Bastards Book #1
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fantasy
Year:2007
Acquired:Library
Ranking: Back It Up

Summary: An orphan’s life is harsh–and often short–in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains–a man who is neither blind nor a priest. A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected “family” of orphans–a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards. Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting.

Passing themselves off as petty thieves, the brilliant Locke and his tightly knit band of light-fingered brothers have fooled even the criminal underworld’s most feared ruler, Capa Barsavi. But there is someone in the shadows more powerful–and more ambitious–than Locke has yet imagined.

Known as the Gray King, he is slowly killing Capa Barsavi’s most trusted men–and using Locke as a pawn in his plot to take control of Camorr’s underworld. With a bloody coup under way threatening to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own brutal game–or die trying.…(Good Reads)

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My Thoughts:

One of my friends has been head over heels for Scott Lynch since reading this book. Then I decided to join her read-along that she ran the last month or so. Due to real-life constraints, I had to bow out of the read-a-long. I sure am glad that I stuck with the The Lies of Locke Lamora.


In the book it is fast paced throughout. You just never know what twist or turn going to happen on the next page. I do guarantee that it will keep you(the reader) up in the wee hours of the night,while reading it under your bed sheet....people still do that right. 

The liked the way that Scott Lynch build the world of  Camoor. It struck such a strong resemblance to Venice, Italy.  Lynch gives you information about the world throughout the book, but wanting to learn more about this deep book. For example, The city-state of Camorr is built on the ruins of some ancient civilization known as the Eldren. Lynch does not go into terrible detail about the Elren. I am hoping to learn more in his upcoming books.

The dialogue throughout this book is also something you just do not forget. You could swear the Lynch has been in jail a time or to with some of the lines he writes in the book.  You the reader will be laughing out  loud before you realize it. Especially, with Locke's sarcasm is what get me  much of the time.

I did like the way that Locke does seek revenge on the Gray King. I think you will as well.

Scott Lynch has me sold and roped into his world. Now I am going to be starting his next book, Red Seas in the Red Skies.His book structure is different as well, he what is happening now and then the next chapter is a flashback of the past. It did not disrupt the pace of the book whatsoever.I HIGHLY Recommend this book to you. So please drop everything you are doing and do find this book ASAP.

I cannot say enough about this book, so I  am going to end my review before the internet crashes..lol.
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T is For...

In the continuation of the A to Z Challenge in my post today. We are to the letter T and that stands for Tusken Raiders.
A Tusken Raider, a native inhabitant of Tatooine.


were a culture of nomadic, primitive sentients indigenous to Tatooine, where they were often hostile to local settlers. The term Sand People was given to them due to their existence in the desert,  but the more formal name of Tusken Raiders was acquired much later, due to a period of concerted attacks on the settlement at Fort Tusken. This later became the definitive name for the species
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Specialists studying the past of the Tusken Raiders also used the term Ghorfa to denote an earlier sedentary phase of their culture, and lastly Kumumgah, for the earliest stratum of sentient civilization on the planet, believed by some to represent a common ancestry shared by the Ghorfa and the Jawas. In the culture of the Tuskens, to expose any part of the flesh was forbidden and seen as a disgrace.

I hope that you guy enjoyed this little snippet about Sand People. I actually have one that stands on a dresser in the bedroom;) Am I SW geek or what. I dunno, but I have been fasinated with these people.

Does the fact that they cannot expose flesh should familiar? 
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2012/04/21

S is For...

In the continuation of the A to Z Challenge in my post today. We are to the letter S and that stands for Shmi Skywalker Lars.
Shmi Skywalker, as seen in The Phantom Menace.

 Shmi was sold into slavery at an early age. She gave birth to a son she named Anakin, who also served as a slave. She cared for her son greatly, and was willing to do anything to help him. After Anakin left to become a Jedi, and everyone knows that FAILED. She was sold to Cliegg Lars, who freed her and married her. Just before the Clone Wars, Shmi died in her son's arms after being brutally tortured by a band of Tusken Raiders

Shmi was kind and gentle, despite her years of slavery. She was selfless, willing to sacrifice anything for her son. She loved and cared for Anakin more than anything, and desperately wanted him to have a better life, knowing that there was something special about him. It was because of her love and sense that he had a special destiny that she allowed him to go to Coruscant to become a Jedi, knowing she would likely never see him again. She was befuddled by his birth however, as it seemed Anakin had "no father" She cared for Cliegg Lars, her husband, following Anakin's departure and his son, Owen Lars, despite the fact that he was not her true son.


She earned a small income cleaning computer memory devices. Like her son, Shmi could fix almost anything. She must have been a geek underneath it all.

What are your thoughts of Shmi and the force?
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2012/04/20

R is For...

In the continuation of the A to Z Challenge in my post today. We are to the letter R and that is for R2D2.

I am not that sure how I could not use R2D2. He has been a fan favorite from the beginning scene of A New Hope. R2D2 was a resourceful and spunky, the droid developed an adventurous personality during his many decades of operation. Inside of his cylindrical frame were many arms, sensors, and other tools that could be extended to fulfill various needs, such as slicing computers, extinguishing fires, projecting holograms, repairing starships, and flying. He was the Swiss army knife of the Rebellion.

When forced into combat R2 held his own by using his wide variety of mechanical features to serve as weapons, such as using oil to blind his opponents or make them slip, shocking them with his shock prod, tying them up in a cable or simply bashing into them.

R2D2 and his counterpart C3P0 were always in the thick of the rebellion. I thought that R2 had more use and saved the Rebels more times that C3P0 had. I sometimes wondered what R2 was really saying with all his beeping. I guess only his partner would have known.

You share your favorite memories of R2D2  memories or just thoughts of him.
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2012/04/19

Q is For...



In the continuation of the A to Z Challenge in my post today. We are to the letter Q and that stands for Qui-Gon Jinn. 

He was a revered, yet maverick and unconventional Jedi Master. He was the Padawan to Count Dooku, and the mentor to Obi-Wan Kenobi and briefly Anakin Skywalker. Jinn often placed himself in conflict with the Jedi High Council. You have to like a guy you speaks his mind.He was deeply attuned to the Living Force, which contributed to him frequently taking side trips to help seemingly weak and useless life-forms. Despite his opposition to the council, he was regarded by many Jedi as sharp-witted and possessing great wisdom.
Jinn served the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order his entire life, participating in actions against the Nebula Front, most famously during the Invasion of Naboo. It was Jinn who discovered the Chosen One, Anakin Skywalker, on Tatooine during this crisis and was largely responsible for championing his training. Even after his death at the hands of Darth Maul, he played a vital role in the legacy of the Jedi Order.

Imagine if he could trained Anakin the entire time instead of Obi-Wan Kenobi. It would have been interesting to see how things would have turned out.

I wish that we as an audience would have had more than one movie with Jinn. I hope you enjoyed the clip.

Do you this that Jinn would have kept Anakin from turning to the dark side of the force?

2012/04/18

P is For...

In the continuation of the A to Z Challenge in my post today. We are to the letter P and that is for Padmé Amidala.  

Natalie Portman as Padmé Amidala
Amidala became the secret wife of Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and the mother of Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa Solo, two of the most important figures in Galactic history.  Amidala was the democratically elected Queen of Naboo before representing the Chommell sector as a Senator in the Galactic Senate. As Queen of Naboo, Amidala fought bravely to liberate her people during the Trade Federation's invasion.

She and Anakin Skywalker feel in love after he was assigned to protect her following the  Battle of Geonosis. The two married in a secret ceremony on Naboo. Padme participated in many events of the Clone Wars, both political and military, while also becoming pregnant.

After Anakin slaughtered many Jedi, including younglings, Obi-Wan Kenobi came to tell Padmé about Anakin's transformation to the Sith Lord Darth Vader. She refused to believe him, and went to Mustafar to find her husband. Unknown to her, Kenobi had hidden aboard her ship in order to find his former apprentice. When Kenobi revealed himself, the newly christened Sith Lord assumed she had betrayed him, and he strangled his wife using the dark side, knocking her unconscious. 

With these event taking place, Padme was taken to a medical facility where she game birth. In that she also lost the will to live with her heart being scattered and strain of giving birth resulted in her death.

Do you any thought about having a Queen at age 14? Do you any overall thought of her life and/of her fashion?






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2012/04/17

O is For...

In the continuation of the A to Z Challenge in my post today. We are to the letter O and that stands for Owen Lars. I know many of you will wonder who?? He is known as Uncle Owen in a New Hope

He was a son of moisture farmer Cliegg Lars and the stepbrother of Anakin Skywalker. He married Beru Whitesun, and after his father's death, he inherited his job as a moisture farmer. In 19 BBY, Beru convinced Owen to adopt Anakin's son, Luke Skywalker, as Anakin had turned to the dark side and become the infamous Darth Vader.
Owen and Beru raised their nephew as well as they could, and Owen instilled into Luke the values of his own childhood. Fearful of Luke's potential, and distrustful of the outside galaxy, Owen attempted to keep Luke isolated and ignorant of his true parentage.

He is the first person in my theme that has not affiliation with the Republic nor the  Empire. Just imagine that your stepbrother turned out to be one of the most ruthless villains in all the galaxy. It is like being Stalin's immediate family.

Owen reminded me quite a bit about my upbringing. I was always at my grandpa's farmer, because my parents were always at work. On a farm there is always something to do or just tinker with as well.

Just imagine how different everything would have been if Own would not have adopted Luke?

2012/04/16

N is For...

In the continuation of the A to Z Challenge in my post today. We are to the letter N and it stands for Naboo.


Naboo  was a planet that was the sector capital of the Chommell sector near the Outer Rim territories. It was a largely unspoiled world with large plains, swamps and seas. It was mostly known as the homeworld of notable historical figures who played major roles in the downfall of the Galactic Republic and the rise of the Galactic Empire, namely Padmé Amidala, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and Jar Jar Binks.

Once in power, Queen Amidala opened negotiations with the Trade Federation. However the Federation was scandalized by Naboo's resistance to its authority, which coincided with a Galactic Republic Senate tax on interstellar trade. Both actions were perceived by Federation leadership as a threat to their commercial interests and power. The Federation answered with a military blockade of Naboo, with the aim of forcing Naboo into subservience and to hopefully intimidate the Senate into repealing the taxation measure. The Federation leadership was secretly advised, and manipulated, by the Sith Lord Darth Sidious.

Do you have any thoughts of the world of Naboo?
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2012/04/14

M is For...

In the continuation of the A to Z Challenge in my post today. We are to the letter M and that stand for Mace Windu.



He was Jedi Master of legendary status who was the Master of the Order in the days leading up to the Battle of Geonosis, after which he gave the title to Grand Master Yoda.Hailing from the world of Haruun Kal, Mace Windu served as one of the last members of the Jedi High Council before the Great Jedi Purge. Serving on the Council, Windu was often regarded as second only to the Grand Master Yoda, though Windu was eight centuries Yoda's junior. Windu's wisdom and power were considered legendary by many, as were the weight of his words. 

Widely considered one of the best swordsmen in the Jedi Order, Windu created Vaapad, the modern seventh form of lightsaber combat which he mastered. He was the only practitioner of the form who did not fall to the dark side. Windu served the Jedi Order his entire life.

It was Master Windu who led two hundred and twelve Jedi into combat at the Battle of Geonosis and slew the infamous bounty hunter Jango Fett. He continued to serve the Republic throughout the Clone Wars, often on the frontlines of fierce fighting, where he led Republic forces as a High Jedi General. In the final days of the war, Windu confronted and defeated Darth Sidious in a difficult duel. He was ultimately betrayed by Anakin Skywalker and subsequently killed by Sidious, falling to his death from the window of Sidious's office.

If you saw the movies, what were your thoughts when Skywalker betrayed Mace?


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2012/04/13

L is For...

In the continuation of the A to Z Challenge in my post today. We are to the letter L and that stands for  Luke Skywalker.
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Luke Skywalker
This was an obvious choice for L well for me at least. Where do I start..hmmm. the son of the fallen Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and the Queen and Senator of Naboo, Padmé Amidala, Luke was raised on Tatooine and hidden from Emperor Palpatine and his father, who had become Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith. Skywalker's life changed forever. A chance purchase of two droids, R2-D2 and C-3PO, led to him to receive training in the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and to meet Han Solo, and Princess Leia Organa, who was, unbeknownst to him, his twin sister. Skywalker then destroyed the first Death Star and joined the Rebel Alliance. 

Over the next few years, he fought in many of the most important battles of the Galactic Civil War, helping to found Rogue Squadron and fighting Imperial forces across the galaxy.  Skywalker received Jedi training from Yoda, and learned from Vader that the Sith Lord was his father. One year later, he fought in the Battle of Endor, and succeeded in turning his father back to the light. Thanks to Skywalker, Palpatine was killed, and the Empire was dealt a crippling blow. One year later, the New Republic was formed.

Meanwhile, after a long series of failed relationships, Luke married fellow Jedi and former Emperor's Hand Mara Jade.They also had a son he named Ben Skywalker, after Luke Skywalker's Jedi Master, Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi.

The Republic was lucky that the Empire was never to locate Luke or his sister. The empire would have killed them whatever it took. They knew that the offspring of Vader had a good chance in being another chance to take over the Empire.

If you were in Luke's predicament would you of went with Obi-Wan and the other rebels? 

2012/04/12

K is For...

In the continuation of the A to Z Challenge in my post today. We are to the letter K and it stands for Obi-Wan Kenobi.

"You were the Chosen One! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the Force, not leave it in darkness!"

I am not that sure why, but Obi-Wan was always one of my favorite character in the Star Wars galaxy. He was a legendary Jedi Master who played a significant role in the fate of the galaxy during the waning days of the Galactic Republic. He was the mentor of Anakin, later know as Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, training both in the ways of the Force. He had a long and tumultuous career that helped shape the fate of the entire galaxy.  

During the duel he and Vader had at the First Death Star. He sacrificed himself for Luke and the Falcon's crew to escape. Kenobi let down his guard and concentrated for a moment, vanishing to the spiritual plane; his body disappearing entirely just as Vader's lightsaber (instead of severing his body) passed through his empty robe. Kenobi became a Force ghost, and was more powerful than ever.

Everyone knows that after becoming a Force Ghost, Kenobi guided and counseled Luke in his Jedi journey. 

Do you wish that you had a Force Ghost of somebody to guide and counsel? If yes who, would it be?
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2012/04/11

J is For..

In the continuation of the A to Z Challenge in my post today. We are to the letter J and that is for Jar Jar Binks.

Jar Jar Binks was the first Gungan to represent his people in the Galactic Senate, first serving as a Junior Representative along with Senator Padmé Amidala, and then, after her death, serving as full Senator himself. He was also Jar Jar was also one of Qui-Gon Jinn's(Kenobi's master) companions during the Invasion of Naboo.

He was clumsier than most of his fellow Gungans, which was the reason why he was banished from Otoh Gunga. He would often explain his dislike, lashing out with his long tongue.With his clumsiness, I am surprised they allowed him to shoot a gun alone be a general. Maybe that is why he was a general for a short time.

During his career as Junior Representative, he acted as Amidala's proxy and proposed giving Supreme Chancellor Palpatine emergency powers in order to deal with the Separatist Crisis.

Seeing the movies, would you take Jar Jar seriously?

2012/04/10

AudioFiles: Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich

Title: Smokin' Seventeen
Author: Janet Evanovich
Narrator: Lorelei King
Series:Stephaine Plum Series #17
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Mystery
Year:2011
Acquired:Library
Ranking: Save It

Summary:  Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list.

Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend, Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and the bad boy in her life, security expert Ranger. Stephanie’s mom is encouraging Stephanie to dump them both and choose a former high school football star who’s just returned to town. Stephanie’s sidekick, Lula, is encouraging Stephanie to have a red-hot boudoir “bake-off.” And Grandma Bella, Morelli’s old-world grandmother, is encouraging Stephanie to move to a new state when she puts “the eye” on Stephanie.


My Thoughts: My wife and I listened to this book going to visit her family. We did enjoy listening to this one. I have listened to all of the series. The only problem with this book is you know exactly who has been doing the murder about half-way through the book. We did continue to listen to see how they caught him. Plus, you never know what is going to happen to Stephanie next.

I like these books, because you see that you are not the only one that messes up and does something embarrassing. In this book, the people who work for Ranger have a pool going to see how long the car she is driving is blown up.


It is always nice to kick back listening to a book that cracks you up that is not serious throughout the whole thing.


If you read this book, what were your thoughts?




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I is For...

In the continuation of the A to Z Challenge in my post today. We are to the letter I and that stands for Imperial I-class Star Destroyer.

The Imperial-class Star Destroyers, along with Imperial stormtroopers, represented the might of the Imperial Military throughout the galaxy during the reign of the Galactic Empire. The Imperator-class was originally used by the Republic Navy toward the end of the Clone Wars, and served alongside the Tector-class in a few task forces during the conflict. It was at the time one of the largest warship classes in the Republic Navy.[19] It later became a mainstay of the Imperial Navy and was also fielded to a lesser degree by the Empire's successor-states.

It was crazy the amount that these ships cost to make. The cost was equivalent of several star systems' annual economic output. WOW!!  Star Destroyers had at least 37,000 officers and crew. Counting the stormtrooper complement (one division or legion, 9,700 men) would total 46,700.

This warshield can equip with the whole 9 yards as well. It had security shields, six heavy turbolasers and two heavy ion cannons, arranged in four dual mounts flanking the ship's tower structure, also other weapons in its arsenal.

What would be your plan in trying to take down this warship?

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2012/04/09

H is For...

In a memorable scene from The Empire Strikes B...
In the continuation of the A to Z Challenge in my post today. In my Star Wars theme, H is for Han Solo.

Solo was a pilot and a smuggler before getting a visit from Obi-Wan Kenobi.Solo was also known for his cockiness, dry wit, rudeness, and his fast draw. Solo became caught up with the Rebel Alliance, courtesy of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa, whom he helped rescue from the Death Star. Solo helped Skywalker destroy the Death Star when it attacked the Rebel base at Yavin 4, where they had taken Organa. Solo became an unofficial member of the Rebel Alliance, and fell in love with Organa. He helped destroy the Second Death Star at the Battle of Endor.

Solo was not one with the force whatsoever. Solo had the ability to think up inventive and often extremely unorthodox solutions to problems on the fly proved to be a constant source of frustration to all enemies he encountered.
  

What are your thoughts of Han being a key part of the Rebellion?

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2012/04/07

G is For....

A face a mother could only love.
In the continuation of the A to Z Challenge in my post today. In my Star Wars theme, G is for General Grievous.He was was the cyborg Supreme Commander of the Droid Army of the Confederacy of Independent Systems for most of the Clone Wars. He displayed no mercy toward his enemies.

Grievous developed a great hatred for Jedi, and the Republic in general. After his shuttle crash, Grievous was left feeling bitter and cheated, having been robbed a proper warrior's death. When he was offered to become a cyborg, he took the offer, as he had come to see flesh as weak. However, despite this viewpoint, he remained secretly humiliated by his resurrection as a cyborg.

. He was known as one of the greatest Jedi hunters and a collector of the lightsabers of fallen Jedi, which he used in battle with his foe. He was taught light saber combat by a Sith.

What would your thoughts be if your death was handled like the Republic handed the Generals death?

2012/04/06

F is For...

In the continuation of the A to Z Challenge in my post today. F is for Force.


Most people fans of the series or not have heard of The Force.The Force was a metaphysical, binding, and ubiquitous power that held enormous importance for both the Jedi and Sith monastic orders.

Here is how the light side and the dark sides of the force are distinguished.The first two aspects were concerned with the moral compass of the Force, as manifested by the conduct and emotions of living creatures who were themselves part of the fabric of the Force. The light side of the Force was the facet aligned with compassion, selflessness, self-knowledge and enlightenment, healing, mercy and benevolence, while the dark side of the Force was the element aligned with hatred, fear, covetousness, anger, aggression, jealousy and malevolence. 

 There are people out there that practice the way of the force. It is called Jediism. If you are interested, here is a link to a wiki page. 

May the Force be with you always.

What are your thoughts of The Force and/or Jediism? 
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2012/04/05

E is For...

In the continuation of the A to Z Challenge in my post today.E is for Ewok.

Ewoks were sentient diminutive furry bipeds na...
If you have seen the Return of the Jedi. Then you know exactly what an Ewok is at least. For those who do not know. 
Ewoks were curious individuals that stood about one meter tall; they were omnivorous and used spears, slings, and knives as weapons; they also used hang gliders, battle wagons, and bordoks as vehicles. Although extremely skilled in forest survival and the construction of primitive technology like gliders and catapults, the Ewoks had yet to progress past stone-level technology when discovered by the Empire. They were quick learners, however, when exposed to advanced technology with simple mechanical processes and concepts.


The Ewoks were in allaince for the Rebellion towards the Empire. So yes they are good guys. The Ewoks are also a  tribal society meaning they have a chief. Think of a Native American tribe with the different men in that society.


I am just wondering what your thoughts are toward the Ewoks?
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2012/04/04

I will Be Back

If you did not notice my announcement on the sidebar. I will be out of town until Monday. The family is going to be in Michigan visiting some of my wife's family.  I am sorry that I will not be around, I have posts scheduled for the A-Z Challenge for the letters that I would miss. I promise that I will caught on the discussion ASAP.

I would like to thank you for stopping by Geeky Daddy. I hope that everyone has a great weekend.

D is For...

In the continuation of the A to Z Challenge in my post today. D is for Darth Maul. There was so many different ways that I could have went with this letter so I decided ti go with Darth Maul, due to the fact that I used Darth Vader with letter A already.
Ray Park as Darth Maul

Darth Maul was an effective and trained Jedi killer thanks to the Emperor. He was not completely heartless, granting those he felt worthy of his respect quick and painless deaths.Maul thought a one-man army for the Sith (Empire)Order. He wanted to defeat the Jedi Order in their temple. Maul was heavily prone to acts of gloating, despite his master's disapproval. His overconfidence was such that he revealed his true identity.

The thing that everyone remembers about Darth Maul is that he was the poster child for the Phantom Menace movie.  He is also the sith that had the sweet double-bladed lightsaber. What else could be more useful while fighting multiple Jedi.

I bet the way that Maul was defeated by Padawan  Obi-Wan Kenobi. Maul severely underestimated Kenobi's skill after killing his Jedi master. Kenobi severed Maul at the waist.

What would cause you more fear the appearance of Maul or his skill?
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2012/04/03

C is For...

c-3po
In the continuation of the A to Z Challenge in my post today. C is for C-3PO.


He is the first letter that I am doing for the for the rebellion side. C-3PO was a different type of a droid. He was probably the last that anyone would guess that would be in the middle of the the rebellion. He with all the different languages out there in the galaxy. It is rumored that  he was fluent in over 6 million forms of communication.

C-3PO was rather  cowardly as shown when he flees in terror when attacked by Imperials on Hoth. C-3PO is rather polite and quirky and also sarcastic at times as well. He was also the most loyal to any master of his without question. It also seemed that he was always so scared. 

Later in life,  C3PO had uploaded information regarding child-rearing into his memory banks and would meet the challenge with an initial enthusiasm but mixed results to help Leia with her children.

Now can you imagine C3PO as your babysitter for you children? 

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2012/04/02

B is For...

In the continuation of the A to Z Challenge in my post today. B is for Boba Fett.

Boba Fett, the most well-known Mandalorian in ...

Who else would I choose for this letter. Boba Fett is most popular person on the Empire that is a fan favorite....well besides the dark lord Darth Vader. What is no to like about Fett. He was one of the best bounty hunters in all the galaxy hands down. Plus, what is more intimidating in a bounty hunter that does not talk, but does his job.

Boba was a clone of the famed Jango Fett. Jango taught Boba much, training him to become as skilled bounty hunter as his father-figure was before him. With all the weapon he has access to he was very skillful with the tutelage.

I do consider myself a big Star Wars fan and I learned something during this article. The way that Boba Fett died. Did you know that he did not die when he was was knocked into the mouth of the Sarlacc by Solo. He escaped due to his iron will and Mandalorian armor, he was able to fight his way out of the beast's belly, killing the Sarlacc.

Is the escape  news to you or did you know this already?
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2012/04/01

Magic Kingdom for Sale—Sold! by Terry Brooks

Cover of "Magic Kingdom for Sale--Sold! (...
Title: Magic Kingdom for Sale—Sold!
Author: Terry Brooks
Narrator: Dick Hill
Series:Magic Kingdom of Landover Book #1
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Fantasy
Year:1986
Acquired:Library
Ranking: Back it Up

Summary:  
 Book One in the Magic Kingdom of Landover Series Landover was a genuine magic kingdom, with fairy folk and wizardry, just as the advertisement promised. But after he purchased it, Ben Holiday learned that there were a few details the ad had failed to mention. The kingdom was in ruin. The Barons refused to recognize the king, and the peasants were without hope. A dragon was laying waste the countryside, while an evil witch plotted to destroy everything. Ben's only followers were the incompetent Court Magician; Abernathy, the talking dog who served as Court Scribe; and the lovely Willow - but she had a habit of putting down roots in the moonlight and turning into a tree. The Paladin, legendary champion of the Kings of Landover, seemed to be only a myth and an empty suit of armor. To put a final touch on the whole affair, Ben soon learned that the Iron Mark, terrible lord of the demons, had challenged all prospective Kings of Landover to a duel to the death - a duel which no human could hope to win. The task of proving his right to be King seemed hopeless. But Ben Holiday was stubborn...

My Thoughts: 
 I was not that sure what to expect from this book. I would never put a light comedy and Terry Brooks together, especially with his epic Swords of Shannara series. It was a pleasant surprise that I stepped into with the  Magic Kingdom for Sale—Sold. It has a great balance of comic relief and adventure in this book.


The cast in this book, I have not quite read before well...Terry Prachett, but that is a different ball game.This is a perfect first read for my challenges(Once Upon A Time and A Humor in It All). This book anyone can read from a fantasy genre addict or somebody that just wants to wade into a fantasy world.


I will be continuing this series in NEAR future. I sure am glad for Good Reads recommendations..;)


If you have read this book, what were your thoughts this book?
 
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A is For...

Jake Lloyd portrayed 9-year-old Anakin Skywalker
Jake Lloyd portrayed 9-year-old Anakin Skywalker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I decided to participate in the A-Z Blog Post Challenge. So I must post a minimum of 26 times this month from A-Z.  The basic idea is that, from today (April 1st) and every day until the end of the month (excluding Sundays) a blog post must be made according to a different letter of the alphabet. So, today is day A, tomorrow is day B and so on. There are other bloggers that are going to blogging randomly, but not this droid. I am going with a theme for the entire challenge.

My theme will be Star Wars.


So I guess I am going to get on with the alphabet already.:) Today's posts will be  is  A for Anakin Skywalker.

Anakin was suppose to be the Chosen One for the Jedi Order. The prophecy of the Chosen One was an ancient Jedi legend that foretold the coming of a being who would restore balance to the Force. The Jedi Order thought that Anakin could  destroy the Sith, which was why the Jedi Council chose to bend the Jedi Code and permit his training.


He also was one to carry grudges and was vengeful, but he commonly held these two traits in check. He also hated being treated unjustly or being wrongly accused. He was fiercely loyal, doing anything to keep those he was close to from harm, at any cost.

With the attitude it did not sit well with the Jedi Order. His belief in them was shattered more and more as Skywalker's closest friend, Palpatine(the Emperor), swayed him from trusting them. Slowly, his bond with everyone except the Emperor.

In the end, I hope that this not spoiling anything for anyone. Anakin become Darth Vader the most powerful Sith the galaxy has ever known.

What are your thoughts of the events that took place of Anakin becoming Darth Vader?
David Prowse as Darth Vader in The Empire Stri...
David Prowse as Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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