Posts tagged Star Wars
In my many journeys through the internet, I stumbled across something awesome, and thought it deserved to be shared. Catherine Gretschel with Aisha Voya Creations makes these intricately glittered geeky shoes by hand.
Not only are they very expertly done, but she has such a fun geeky collection. Take a look:
All of those pics lead to the actual shoes, and it looks like she has a ton of sizing options. Take a look at her shop for other fun geekness: http://www.etsy.com/shop/aishavoya
The True Adventures of the World’s Greatest Stuntman by Vic Armstrong (with Robert Sellers)
Review: Jenn Zuko Boughn
Chances are, you have never heard of Vic Armstrong.
But you probably have heard of: Indiana Jones, James Bond, Superman, Rambo, the Terminator, Flash Gordon, Han Solo, Henry V, The Green Hornet, and Thor.
And since you are reading a site called Nerds in Babeland, you must have heard these names: Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Christopher Reeve, Tom Cruise, Richard Attenborough, Kenneth Branagh, Angelina Jolie, Will Smith…
Vic Armstrong is the recipient of many accolades and awards for stunt performing and stunt coordination, including the Guinness World Record for Most Prolific Stuntman. Keeping in mind that this above list is a mere fraction of the people Armstrong has doubled, worked with, or directed as Second Unit Director, you can see why. The man is a legend among stunt performers, and his family is following in his footsteps. Armstrong’s new memoir details his early life as a horse lover (and expert) on through stunt performer and, later, stunt director. He gives a behind-the-scenes look at many stages of his epic life in the field of stunts.
This is not the autobiography you read for its scintillating prose. This is an autobiography you read for the amazing stories of the amazing events throughout an amazing, long career. The book begins with a recounting of Armstrong jumping from a moving horse to a moving tank, as Indiana Jones. The harrowing near-miss is delivered with the wry humor typical of a stuntperson, with the dry reality that he would have to reset it and do another take. The book is an immensely entertaining combination of a “special features” behind-the-scenes narration of a staggering number of favorite films (and characters), and chatting with a chummy mentor over a pint, recalling the good times of back in the day.
One of the most engaging things about Armstrong’s narrative is his genuine respect and even awe for his fellow professionals, not only in the stunt field, but everyone who’s worked hard in the movies he’s been involved with, and those that came before. He speaks with true joy about his excitement at starting a new project, and with not too much modesty about his skills and setbacks as a professional. Peppered throughout his personal narrative are brief bold-fonted paragraphs penned by some of the more famous folks he’s worked with. These magazine-article-blurb-like interruptions range from delightful (Harrison Ford avers: “If you learn to talk, I’m done for”), to slightly repetitive (many of the paragraphs start to sound like a ping-pong game of vague praise), but all in all the book reads like a snappy, exciting…well, action sequence!
As a stage combat professional myself, what I appreciated most was his consistent stress on the safety of the techniques used, from the earliest movie he appeared in (You Only Live Twice!) to a lovely farewell as he puts down this book to go work on Thor. He makes it clear what technology was available for each movie, what stunts he did that were foolish-young-man stuff and which he butted heads with the director with over safety. He also has interesting things to say about actors that want to do their own stunts, which is food for thought for those movie-goers that may think an actor doing his own stunts is a “cool” thing.
The bottom line: Vic Armstrong has been involved with the stunts for a dizzying number of films that we at Nerds in Babeland regularly nerd out over, and more than that, and more. The man is a legend, and continues to be so. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the world of the stuntman, or indeed any movie buff.
 Unless you’re a stage combat nerd, like me.
 The Second Unit director is the guy who directs the action sequences.
Guest post written by T. Johnson. T. Johnson is a blogger, au pair, and part-time tutor who has been obsessed with science fiction and comics since roughly first grade. One of her life`s big revelations was discovering Wonder Woman comics-another milestone was starting to read the works of Heinlein and Aldous Huxley. She has always been convinced that girls can be as truly nerdy as any fanboy.
A blog post on Wired.com assets that the female characters of Cartoon Network`s Clone Wars are “over-sexualized” by their “scanty” attire, especially Jedi apprentice Ahsoka Tano and the older mentor Aayla Secura. The author admittedly makes a good case for this in some ways. Male Jedis of Clone Wars tend to wear long monk-like robes and/or practical cropped pants. Ahsoka and Aayla do wear somewhat less.
But I`m not sure if their clothing can be construed as scanty in the extreme. Consider Ahsoka`s costume: it consists of a leather halter top worn wth a short brown skirt and leggings. I never thought of it as particularly sexy or revealing. This is reinforced by the fact that AT is a character who is concerned with becoming a better Jedi, not dancing in a cantina. We usually see her in full-on action scenes, running,leaping, and wielding her light saber.
In fact, most costumes worn by comic book heroines are far more “scanty” (gasp)! Look at the stuff foisted on Supergirl. Everyone draws her with her navel front and center,regardless of what kind of shirt she wears. She and cousin Power Girl (to name but two examples) are also renowned for their amazing displays of cleavage. Marvel`s Emma Frost always sheds her snow-white or gray cloak to expose a white sports bra and miles of shapely legs. Next to these fan-boy favorites, Aayla and Ahsoka look amazingly modest.
Now, I’m no prude – showing skin (male and female) in comics and cartoons is a long-held tradition. Male heroes have always dressed to show off their chest and leg muscles, even in the fashion-conservative 40`s and 50`s. I’m sure many straight and gay folks enjoyed seeing them this way, and I do as well. But it`s interesting that no one worries about, say, Anakin Skywalker`s pants “over-sexualizing” him. This is something that is applied far more to female characters, as if they are somehow more vulnerable-even if they have good light saber skills or super strength. In fact, fretting about their attire sometimes seems to be a politically correct put-down.
A few months ago, the artists who draw Clone Wars modified Ahsoka Tano`s costume. She`s now wearing a long brown tunic and gray pants-like leggings (funny how this trouser option has never gone away, even in fiction). I`m not sure if fans will take her more seriously with covered legs. She never had much of a problem fighting in her other attire. It remains to be seen whether Aayla will suddenly cover her cleavage with a high-necked blouse. As noted above, I guess I did not notice clothing implications because I was far more interested in these women as valid people. Whether they rock short skirts or full body armor, the women of Clone Wars are competent and powerful.
A portion of this post can also be found at Nerd Society.
Special Episode 2/4 – Guest Directors – Stephenie Meyer, J.K. Rowling & George Lucas – Mad Dog McGillicuddy and his Rabid Band of Howler Monkeys0
I asked people on Twitter and Facebook what they thought of the possibility that JK Rowling will do another two or three Harry Potter books. We got tons of great responses but one follower, HowlerMonkeys, shared this wonderful cartoon with me.
Good little entertaining way to end the weekend
We have an upcoming interview with the boys from Down in Front: Teague Chrystie, Brian Finifter, Michael ‘Dorkman’ Scott, and Trey Stokes. We’ll be posting that soon but in the meantime, check out their movie commentaries. They aren’t really your traditional MST3K commentaries or the ones you would typically hear on DVDs. They dissect movies and give their praise or their own nerdy suggestions as to how they might have fixed certain plot problems. Seriously, they’re awesome. Check ‘em out. Down in Front.
Three of the boys from Down in Front have films on Our Favorite Star Wars Fan Films – Movies Feature at IGN. They are “Injured Stormtrooper” by Brian Finifter (#6), Ryan vs. Dorkman (#5), and The Pink Five Saga by Trey Stokes (#4). Check out their work below (I linked RvD2 instead of the first one just b/c it’s my personal favorite of the two )
This won’t embed but you can click on it to go to youtube OR the whole saga can be found on Atom films (pinkfive.com) so go check them all out there
So today on Twitter I played a fun game with a fellow geek @GEEKLEETIST. We decided that there needed to be a Star Wars Hotel and we came up with a list of names for rooms, etc that would be in this hotel. We had some help from other lovely fellow geeks/nerds as well
-Meesa Gonna Fry as a fondue shoppe! (@egspoony)
-Java Hutt (coffee and pastries. LOTS of pastries) (@egspoony)
-Bar Bar Jinks (@egspoony)
-Cantina Bar and Lounge – exotically colored drinks (Pangalactic GargleBlaster anyone?) with foam and dry ice. (@theroseinbloom)
-Yoda’s Yoga Lounge & The Sarlaac Steakhouse (@1JoshuaStone)
-Jabba’s Joint featuring The Max Rebo Band (@1JoshuaStone)
-AT-AT room @ rear exterior of the #StarWarsHotel costs few extra Republic credits but worth it. Includes HBO and Skinimax! (@GEEKLEETIST)
-Princess Leia hair salon and hot bun shop (@ladyshark66)
-Mon Calamari is exclusively on the bar menu. (@dreidelhustler)
-Knobs labeled “The Force” in order to make the jacuzzi work…they go to 11! (@nerdsinbabeland & @GEEKLEETIST)
-Wampa Cave room (@GEEKLEETIST)
-the honeymoon suite is called the Kessel Run (@aboynamedart)
-Star Wars Hotel should constantly have a broken hyperdrive. (@meek_the_geek)
-Wookie Nookie room, like a tree house but hairier with crossbows! (@GEEKLEETIST)
-Dagobah Steam room (in the gym area), Cloud City Room (penthouse suite) (@nerdsinbabeland)
-We’re gonna need a room with the Millennium Falcon bed
-Jawa Gift Shoppe complete with snow globes and baby onesies that say “This is what happened when mommy says “Be my father” (@GEEKLEETIST)
Please add your suggestions in the comments section!
My birthday is still months and months away, but for those who have a upcoming reason to celebrate allow me to present you with a Wampa Cake! I have trouble making top ramen most days but it is now my mission in life to make that cake.
This cake is from the same lady who brought us the Luke Skywalker pinata.
Now, I have a project coming to you guys, but seeing this, I simply cannot resist relaying it for today’s DIY project:
See the full tutorial here. And if you make your very own little Star Wars party.. for the love of all things nerdy, we will NEED to see pictures.
As always, if you have any requests for DIY: Saturday posts, feel free to leave a comment, or even contact me directly at Jackie@ashtoberfest.com.