On Vader / Anakin

Pretty funny article, here (Darth Vader?s ?Management? Secrets). It’s a tongue in cheek look at Darth Vader, and the public perception of him. But, I gotta add something. As a long time Army guy, I think I know a little bit about management – I’ve certainly seen enough examples of good and bad, if you insist on excluding experience and training. And I know a bit about Star Wars — I watched the series again this summer, back to back over 6 days, and blogged about it, here. Let me see if I can add something to all this.


Luke Skywalker: So, why is that?

Luke Skywalker is a self-professed Jedi Knight. So, why is that? Because he has a light saber? If you watch the movies, Jedis are always losing their light sabers. It’s something of a galactic epidemic. And with that, they are landing in the hands of all kinds of folks — General Grevous, for example, had a whole collection of them, and he was no Jedi. So, just having a glowing stick sword thing isn’t enough to be a Jedi. Because the Force is strong in him? Well, no. The Force is in everyone and everything, and not everyone or


Movie: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

After watching all of the other movies over this past week, Return of the Jedi is such a disappointment. Easily, of the six movies, this is the lamest. And it’s lame for so many reasons. 1. The Ewoks. Seriously, who wants teddy bears with lips? Not me. The only thing of any value that came out of the whole Ewok thing was the brief scene with Luke and Leia talking, and realizing that they are indeed siblings. 2. A second Death Star? What’s that going to cost? No wonder the Emperor has no interest in resolving the dispute over


Movie: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

When this movie came out, it was dogged. The critics went to town on it, really beating it up. Why? Lots of reasons. * It suffers the same fate as that other great cinematic achievement, Back to the Future II, in that it’s a bridging film. It has no real beginning, and no real end. it just is. * The storyline is a lot more complicated and advanced that Star Wars IV, with deep emotional and intellectual issues. It’s no Western, that’s for sure. I’ll admit — when this movie came out, I was underwhelmed, if you can be


Movie: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

In case you have not noticed, I am much more of a concept guy than I am a fact guy. I am most comfortable arguing about ideas and big, broad concepts that I am about specific facts, mainly because I have no mental capacity to remember exact facts. Which should explain why there are two additional things from Phantom Menace that I need to add. Both came to me as I was trying to go to sleep this morning. And by “this morning” I mean, yes, this morning, as watching that movie and birthing that giant blogstrocity last night


Movie: Star Wars Episode 1, The Phantom Menace

I haven’t even made it through the opening scrolling text things, and already I have the movie paused. Something just isn’t right. A long time ago, in a galaxy far away…. Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute. Hoping to resolve the matter with a blockage of deadly battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet of Naboo. While the Congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights, the guardians of