Happy Star Wars Day!

by DaniGirl on May 4, 2009 · 4 comments

in Life, the Universe and Everything, My inner geek

What, you didn’t know it was Star Wars Day today?

Look at the calendar, isn’t it obvious?

(wait for it, you’re gonna groan)

May the 4th be with you!!!!

(I couldn’t possibly resist this one. The intersection of embarrassingly bad puns and hopeless geekyness is my happy place.)

So since we’re talking about Star Wars, I thought I’d share this article from Slate with you (waves to Holly, who sent me the link in the first place) that asks, “Why does Star Wars still take over the minds of young boys?”

The author ponders: “Maybe it’s the combination of simplicity and multilayered detail, good vs. evil in a world of interdependent yet rival creatures. Maybe it all comes down to Darth Vader, with his fearsome helmet and the voice of James Earl Jones. Or maybe the magic element is the open void of outer space as a backdrop.” (It’s a fun article, well-written and wry, but the comments afterward served as an unpleasant reminder that the Internet is a largely nasty place and maybe I should rethink my goals of ever wanting to be published in something like Slate!)

Whatever it is, there’s no doubt that a love of Star Wars is entrenched in the DNA of our family:

In which the evil Lord Vader protects the innocent Frog Prince and half-Batmanned Bruce Wayne from the evil Mamarazzi

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 alison May 4, 2009 at 8:17 am

My girls have seen the original three episodes. Leah loves them, Rachel not so much. She would still rather watch a Disney cartoon, but when she’s feeling especially magnanimous towards her older sister, she’ll suggest watching Star Wars.

2 Strictly May 4, 2009 at 8:26 am

Most excellent – my son is watching Clone Wars right now!

3 Ari May 4, 2009 at 1:50 pm

*snicker* I srsly just turned around to check and see if Star Wars Day was listed on my teaching calendar. Alas, it is not.

I’d never heard of this day before, but it is all over the interwebz so.. woohoo! And that picture, btw, is TOO adorable!

4 DrDeb May 4, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Happy Star Wars Day, and I love the photo of your kids!

Here’s an article that I wrote in honor of this fun occasion, because we all need reasons to celebrate in dark times:


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