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Get Your Own R2D2 Star Wars USPSjedimaster.com Mailbox! March 31, 2007

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They’ve appeared all across America and now you too can have your very own Star Wars R2D2 mailbox.

KIND OF.

Lucas Online has a PDF (linked here) which lets kids make their own little mailbox replica – sure it’s not quite the same as what the USPS has …but for now it’s what we’ve got.

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300 – the hard cover graphic novel March 31, 2007

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Sure it’s a big budget Hollywood blockbuster now – but what about the original hard cover graphic novel?

IT’S AWESOME.

First off Dark Horse has printed this in a landscape format which i’ve never seen before for a graphic novel – sort of like widescreen for comics. The story is pretty straightforward of course..it’s the art that sets this apart.

Some might keep a book of Monet prints on their coffee table – on my table (for now at least) it’s 300 all the way.

It’s not madness it’s Sparta – as drawn by one of the greatest artists who ever lived Frank Miller.

ShowMeSciFi On Twitter March 31, 2007

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ShowMeSciFi feed is now available on Twitter.

What does that mean? Who knows ..Twitter isn’t something that is easily explained – is it a micro blog, a stream of thought or just a waste of time? Only time will tell.

Star Wars Legacy – Is Darth Krayt a Jacen Solo descendant? March 29, 2007

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Star Wars Legacy which has often been reviewed here on ShowMeScifi is one of the best comic books today and likely the best Star Wars comic book series ever created.

Set far beyond any other Star Wars series -the only lineage connection we’ve had so far is Cade Skywalker – a descendant of Luke.

But what about other Star Wars family trees? Dark Horse Editor Randy Stradley recently tackled that topic in a letter to the editor q&a.

1. Are we going to learn what happened to the Solo family of this time?

There are no plans for an exploration of the Solo lineage for the forseeable future. We’re not in denial about them, it’s just that there isn’t a place for them in the story. Yet.

2. Any chance of running into any other descendents of of any other Star Wars Characters?

Oh yes my friend. Oh, yes.

4. How long are we going to have to wait until we learn who Darth Krayt is under the mask?

The answer will be revealed in issue 15.

Jacen Solo is set to become a to be named Sith in the upcoming Star Wars Legacy of the Force Sacrifice book .

My guess is that Darth Krayt is a descendant of Jacen Solo.

Anyone want to take that bet?

Steve Jobs Is A Cylon !!! March 28, 2007

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Steve Jobs is a cylon! Explains a lot doesn’t it?

Think about it a human looking entitiy bent on having good looking technology infiltrate and take over our lives..

It’s also the title of a really cool Battlestar Galactica fan flick in which a pair of geeks running a Mac with an iPod attached are illegally downloading a BSG episode and get a ‘virus’.

The vid really gets interesting 1:50 seconds into the video. One dude says, “Mac’s don’t get viruses’ AND then…well just watch the FRAKIN YouTube video. Great stuff, a must for all Apple haters and BSG lovers.

(oh and be sure to keep your iPod nailed down or risk get blasted)

USPSJediMaster.com is TOTALLY live now – VOTE for your fav Star Wars stamp! March 28, 2007

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From a galaxy far, far away…to your mailbox and just like we’ve been talking about on ShowMeSciFi for weeks.

For only the second time in its 256-year-history, the U.S. Postal Service is letting Americans vote for your favorite stamp. The winning stamp will become its own stamp sheet. The choice is from one of 15 iconic images: Darth Vader, Yoda, Luke Skywaker, Princess Leia and others

So far Vader is in the lead !

Star Wars fans everywhere will delight in the issuance of these exciting new postage stamps,” said David Failor, executive director of Stamp Services, U.S. Postal Service, who hosted the stamp preview. “Because of the movies’ popularity, we believe these stamps have the potential of reaching the blockbuster status of the Elvis stamp, a milestone only the Force could attempt to surpass. The Star Wars films have timeless qualities that cross generations, just like the United States Postal Service,” said Failor, who made the announcement of the new Star Wars stamps along with R2-D2, Darth Vader and Howard Roffman, president Lucas Licensing.

Voting for the most popular Star Wars stamp will take place online at www.uspsjedimaster.com beginning today, March 28, through May 23. The winning stamp will be announced at the first-day-of-issue ceremony on May 25.

Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collection Volume 1–The Freedon Nadd Uprising from Dark Horse Begins March 28, 2007

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Star Wars: 30th Anniversary Collection Volume 1–The Freedon Nadd Uprising Hard Cover is now out and I’ve got a copy.

Usually at ShowMeSciFi we don’t focus that much on the actual physical construction of a comic, this is an exception.

This is a GORGEOUS looking graphic novel.

Dark Horse has done an awesome job on printing this the cover is slick and elegant and the paper is just top notch. Even better is the price -they’re charging the same for this hardcover as I would have expected to pay for a regular soft-cover trade paperback.

The hardcover series is part of a 30th Anniversary thing from Dark Horse where they’re re-printed some popular stuff. Next up is Jedi vs. Sith which ShowMeSciFi has already reviewed (in the regular soft paperback edition).

Full review of the The Freedon Nadd Uprising will follow in the coming weeks.

Saturn’s Hexagon Captured by Cassini March 27, 2007

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Science fact is something far stranger than fiction. Case in point is a new picture released from NASA from their Cassini probe currently orbiting Saturn.

I don’t think any human has ever seen anything like it.(Though Voyager 1 and 2 did more than 25 years ago).

It’s a hexagon shaped cloud formation that now covers the entire North Pole of the ringed planet. The hexagon is nearly 25,000 kilometers (15,000 miles) across. Nearly four Earths could fit inside it. This image was acquired with the Cassini visual and infrared mapping spectrometer , from an average distance of 1.3 million kilometers (807,782 miles).

“This is a very strange feature, lying in a precise geometric fashion with six nearly equally straight sides,” said Kevin Baines, atmospheric expert and member of Cassini’s visual and infrared mapping spectrometer team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif in a statement. “We’ve never seen anything like this on any other planet. Indeed, Saturn’s thick atmosphere where circularly-shaped waves and convective cells dominate is

perhaps the last place you’d expect to see such a six-sided geometric figure, yet there it is.”

For more on this freak’ish feature of Saturn check out NASA.

Escape from New York set for remake – Kurt Russell isn’t happy March 26, 2007

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Another SciFi classic is set for a remake – though some might argue whether or not John Carpenter’s 1981 Escape from New York is classic.

One this is for sure – Kurt Russel’s performance as Snake Plissken makes the movie.

None other than 300’s lead Spartan Gerard Butler is set to take the role of Snake in the remake set for a 2009 release.

Apparently that hasn’t left poor Kurt Russell very happy. In fact multiple news outlets are reporting that he’s quite peeved.

Asked if he’d do a cameo in the new version, he said: “F–k that! I am Snake Plissken! It’s like Sean Connery always watching someone else do their version of Bond.”

Russell isn’t the only one that isn’t happy about the remake, there is already a petition online to Stop The Escape From New York remake.

Just in case you missed it 26 years ago…here’s the 1981 trailer…(trailers sure did suck back then).

How Much is the SciFi Apartment worth? $200,000 USD March 26, 2007

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Thanks to ShowMeSciFi reader iwanttofitin who pointed out that Reuters has a story up now about the SciFi Interior Design firm 24th Century Design.

Apparently the dude is now selling his original apartment.

The price?

$200,000 US – and it doesn’t even include a bedroom.

Check out the full vid on Reuters.

Battlestar Galactica Movie all about Pegasus March 26, 2007

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So now that Season 3 is officially over for Battlestar Galactica – we’ve got 8 long months until we see Season 4. In the interim there will be a Battlestar Galactica direct to DVD movie – all about the Battlestar Pegasus. In an awesome interview, Ronald D. Moore explains what’s going to happen.

That story will not pick up our cliffhanger at the end of Season 3. That didn’t seem right. The story will be set on the Battleship Pegasus and will take place in the past, relative to where we are in Season 3. But the events set up in that story will then pay off in Season 4.

…. Since we won’t be back until January, which is a long time to be off the air, it gives the fans something to see and keeps the show alive. So it serves multiple masters. There was no way we could pick up the cliffhanger in that format, and then ask people to wait to really start the season later. One of the story lines everyone had really liked was the Pegasus story and the character of Admiral Cain, so we decided to go with that.

Moore also drops a real bomb- apparently he hasn’t yet determined whether or not Season 4 will be the last season for BSG either.

The way i see it Season 4 is all about the origins of the cylon race as well as the human race. When and if both of those plot lines are resolved the show really should end.

Read the full interview with Moore on Salon.com

Stargate Universe will be the third stargate series March 25, 2007

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It’s official! Following in the footsteps of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis will be the new Stargate Universe Series.

Details on the new series so far are very sparse- we don’t know for example when the show will actually air. Though it is being targetted for sometime in 2008.

BUT we do know that it won’t be a prequel or something in the far future, though it’s not a spin off of either of the two existing franchises.

The new series has been conceived to be “a completely separate, third entity,” executive producer Robert C. Cooper said in an interview — “much more so than Atlantis was. Atlantis was much more of a spin-off series of SG-1 and was sort of born out of SG-1.”

Apparently the show will also deal with the 9th Chevron the stargate (most addresses requiring 7 chevron with the 8th being for distance).

More information (though few hard details) are available in the full length interview on Gateworld.

USPS March 28th Star Wars Event Details March 23, 2007

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Thanks to ShowMeSciFi reader Pat who just sent this in about the March 28th event for USPSJediMaster.com

For 12 days, R2-D2 has been waiting patiently on street corners around the United States, eager to show how the U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Star Wars Saga. On March 28, the U.S. Postal Service will preview the design of a commemorative stamp based on the most successful and popular epic adventure movies of all time and announce when the stamp will be available for purchase.

At 10 a.m. (PST) on Wednesday, March 28th, USPS Executive Director of Stamp Services David Failor will be joined by R2-D2, Darth Vader, and Imperial stormtroopers in front of Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to reveal the design of a new stamp commemorating 30 years of the Star Wars saga.

The Grauman’s Chinese (actually Mann’s Chinese back in 1977), was one of 32 theaters to open Star Wars on May 25, 1977, and has since become a destination for fans who wish to explore some of the Star Wars hotspots scattered throughout the region. It is the perfect venue for revealing a stamp commemorating the cultural impact of the Star Wars saga.

Although the March 28 event is intended as an unveiling for the media, it will be held in the forecourt of the Chinese Theater, and there will no doubt be opportunities for fans to be the first to see the new stamp design. Of course, fans and collectors will soon get to send a little piece of Star Wars with every letter sent through the mail.

When: 10 a.m. (PT), Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Find USPSjedimaster.com Mailboxes Across the US March 23, 2007

Posted by showmescifi in R2D2, scifi, Star Wars, starwars, USPS, YouTube.
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R2 D2 WHERE are you?

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Looking to find where those R2D2 mail boxes are?

Now there is an easy way to find them.

There is a wickedly cool site up now that shows the location of all reported R2D2 boxes in the US – complete with pictures. There is also some great footage up on YouTube.

Check it out the interactive map at :

http://www.frappr.com/r2d2

YouTube vid below:

Dr. Who Coming Back For Fourth Season – or is it the 30th season? March 22, 2007

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BBC News is confirming that the NEW Dr. Who show will be returning for its fourth season in 2008.

It is unclear however whether or not David Tennant, would return in the lead role.

Personally i much preferred Christopher Eccleston who was the Dr in Season One of the new series.

Then again this really won’t be the fourth season will it?

Friends of the Dr know well that this is actually the 30th season of Dr. Who which ran from 1963 to 1989 making it the longest running SciFi show ever.

My favorite Dr of all time?

That’s easy.

Tom Baker.

Jelly belly anyone?

Battlestar Galactica Season 4 Extended to 22 Episodes – and a few ideas to keep the show fresh March 22, 2007

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Originally set for only 13 episodes, word has come down from SciFi that an additional 9 shows have now been ordered.

I guess that’s pretty good frakking news.

When BSG rocks it really rocks.

BUT the show needs to kick it up a notch or two if it’s going to pump through to season 5 (if that’s the plan). We know that season 4 is going to have alot to do with final 5 cylons and the search for earth.

There is only so long you can stretch things out before they get bad so i really hope that they line up some other interesting plot angles that will truly take BSG over the top.

Here are a few of my own suggestions…

1) Where is the illustrious leader of the Cylon race? Wouldn’t that make for some interesting plot?

2) Introduce a third ‘alien’ race – non humanoid that hates both Cylon and human

3) Mirror Universe baby!! It works for Trek why not BSG?

Katee Sackhoff to star in the Bionic Woman (kinda/sorta cylon’ish..) March 20, 2007

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Katee Sackhoff is set to guest star in a re-imagining of the 1970s show.

Sadly Lindsay Wagner who played the original bionic woman isn’t in the show and Lee Majors the bionic man isn’t likely to appear either.

This time around as in the 70’s the show centers on Jamie Sommers now played by Michelle Ryan, a woman who is turned into a walking technological miracle after a car crash. Sackhoff will play Sarah, an evil bionic woman and nemesis to Sommers.

Why doesn’t she does play an evil robot hell bent on the destruction of humanity? oh wait i forgot she already does that on Battlestar Galactica .

So i guess that makes Sackhoff a fembot??

Tvashtar’s Plume March 17, 2007

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I had always thought that IO was the most exciting of all the Jovian moons.

I mean come on it’s so far away from the Sun and yet it has enough geological thermal activity to have the most active volcanoes in the entire solar system.

The Pluto-bound New Horizons space probe, which was launched a little over a year ago, recently passed Jupiter.

On its way through the Jovian system it snapped some amazing shots..this one of Tvashtar’s Plume on Io is one of the most spectacular.

More info on Tvashtar’s Plume can be found at NASA’s New Horizon site.

Next up: Saturn

New Horizons’ next checkpoint comes on June 8, 2008, when it passes the orbit of Saturn.

Projected Orbit Crossing Dates

     Uranus: March 18, 2011

     Neptune: August 24, 2014

Pluto: July 14, 2015

Star Wars Horoscope March 17, 2007

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Just tried this out … apparently i’m most like Yoda (strange this is i always figured myself to be more like a Sith).


You are superbly wise and have been known to spread your wisdom widely.You are impatient and pushy when people take your teachings too lightly.

And your philosophical side always peeks through.

Star wars character you are most like: Yoda

What Is Your Star Wars Horoscope?

Battlestar Galactica – Season 3 Finale – SPOILERS (don’t read this post if you want to be surprised – you have been warned) March 16, 2007

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Looks like SciFi sent out some screening copies of the season 3 finale of Battlestar Galactica – and the screeners are all over the frakking place.

So for those of you who like surprises - FRAK OFF AND GO AWAY.

** last chance….

TOO LATE.

Now for the rest of you – here’s just a bit of the spoilers you’re looking for.

1) Kara Thrace is back (as ShowMeSciFi predicted) though it’s not what you think (she comes back in the final episode in a viper saying that she’s been to Earth).

2) Baltar is found not guilty. Immediately after the verdict CYLONS ATTACK.

Frakking finally! Though didn’t the end of Season Two end with the cylons attacking too? I wonder if all seasons will end with a Cylon Attack.

3) Final five cylons? Saul Tigh, Galen Tyrol, Sam Anders and Tory Foster (Roslin’s aide) all hear the same music in their head and are all driven to the same launch tube.

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