29 November, 2009

Star Wars in Concert : Ewoks

Now look at the Ewok costumes and tell me- what's weird about this picture?
Why yes, these Ewoks are as tall as I am (shut Up- I'm 5'-6") which is funny because Ewoks are supposed to be about 3 ft. tall and a lot of the Ewoks were played by dwarves or children. I'm curious about how this discrepancy in size was masked in the film.

28 November, 2009

Star Wars in Concert : C-3PO

The scrim of the Ewok village on Endor is probably not original because people could touch it, but the C-3PO costume is supposed to be original. It was indescribably awesome to be, like, 2 or 3 feet away from these legendary props.

Did I mention that Anthony Daniels narrated the show? Live? He obviously didn't wear the costume, but he did have some quotes in there.
Why isn't this titled "Droids," you ask? Will R2-D2 have his own entry? No. Because they didn't bring R2-D2. >.<

... I am not bitter.

22 November, 2009

Star Wars in Concert

Several weeks ago we had recorded an episode of New Yankee Workshop, but when we went to watch it last Saturday there was just a PBS telethon. This telethon just happened to be showing the making of Star Wars in Concert as they attempted to bribe supporters with tickets. To put it mildly, I was intrigued. We were looking at the website immediately after, and I got tickets on Tuesday.

We went yesterday. It was pretty epic.

I'm sorry to say I was so excited that I forgot to take pictures at the beginning when they had Star Wars up on the screen. If I had, it would have looked something like this but from the right a little more and without the borders. Did I mention that they have a really awesome website? They do.

I got my act together at the beginning of the second half, but I didn't really want to be distracted by taking pictures during the show.

The other awesome thing- besides the show itself- was the touring exhibit of costumes and props. We took a couple hundred pictures, so expect them to start turning up in the near future.

10 November, 2009


Good Food Nation, 2009 Nov. 10

This MITnews article is an interesting piece for anyone interested in the relationship between where their food comes from, what they eat, and how much they weigh.

"Obesity is widespread due to our national-scale system of food production and distribution, which surrounds children — especially lower-income children — with high-calorie products. “The problem lies not just in a child, but the whole environment around a child,” says Albright. “To end obesity, we need to produce healthier, more accessible, more affordable food.” As Albright notes, 90 percent of American food is processed — according to the United States Department of Agriculture — meaning it has been mixed with ingredients, often acting as preservatives, that can make food fattening."

"Only 1 to 2 percent of all food consumed in the United States today is locally produced." And yet "during World War Two, small “victory gardens” produced more than 40 percent of America’s fruits and vegetables." Quite an interesting pair of statistics.

Really, none of this is a surprise to me. Local produce in CT is priced for people who can afford nannies- local organic is for people with butlers and maids. Personally I'm looking forward to having a garden so that I can affordably grow the things like heirloom tomatoes and more pumpkins than I can shake a stick at. I'm also allergic to grass which means I won't really miss the lawn.