Okay, enough of that rant on the top of my page.  It's time for some joy! I've just found a bunch of random things that have brought a smile to my face and I wish to share them with you. There's nothing really specific and no set theme.  Just something to enjoy on this chilly Saturday -

Follow the Cut to Lots of Good Things )
I'm probably like a lot of people in that I have a YouTube account, but I've never uploaded any videos.  I just like to favorite the ones I like so I can find them again.  But for my group project in my Reference Services class, I have to come up with ways library reference services could change in the future (the rest of our group is doing the same, but with how reference services have been in the past and present - past has even gone back as far as the Library at Alexandria and have created speculative memos from that library).

Anyway, I was watching "Star Wars: Attack of the Clones" and I wanted to use the part where Obi-Wan Kenobi is looking for information at the Jedi Temple library in class.  However, the librarian there isn't a very good reference librarian (George Lucas must have had a bad experience with reference in his youth), but the next scene with Obi-Wan is the part where Yoda and the class of younglings help Obi-Wan find the planet.

I've been wanting to learn how to make videos for a while and I've been on my mom's computer (which is just made of win), so I started putting this together and - voila!  It's not as flashy or cool as some of the other ones you see on YouTube, but it serves its purpose.  And I'm just so stinking excited that I did this and I want to share it with everyone and their dog (there are still some things I'm not happy with, but I'll deal with that later).

I'm bored at home and I find myself flipping channels to see if anyone has any good movies or marathons on for Memorial Day Weekend. Spike seems to be having a Star-Wars-O-Rama, starting with "The Phantom Menace" today and rounding out with everything else (in order from Episode 2-6) tomorrow. I hadn't seen TPM in quite some time, so I sat down to watch and I wound up with a few thoughts to share. Also, any excuse to use this video is a plus.



I guess it takes a year or two of not seeing TPM to realize how really goofy Jake Lloyd as Anakin is.  Now I see what everyone was talking about in 1999.  His lines were meant to be delivered by someone much, much older.  The cute little boy persona just doesn't fit.  Even Qui-Gon Jinn starts to look weary of the kid and probably was happy he got killed off (you know I'm being facetious - Liam Neeson doesn't like to do sequels, generally speaking).

Even back when this movie was new, there was something funny about Anakin someday being romantically involved with Queen Amidala (holy crap, lady you are hitting on a nine-year-old!!!).  Hindsight being what it is, I wonder if George Lucas might possibly could have gotten away with having Anakin be a little older in TPM - like 11 or 12 (heck, the Jedi Council would have pegged him as too old to begin Jedi training no matter what).  Meh - just my musings.  It really doesn't matter.  Personally, I watch TPM for two reasons - Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi and John Williams' score (esp. "Duel of the Fates" at the end - makes it aaaaall worth it!).  Oh, and Yoda is awesome, but that's almost redundant.

My favorite Star Wars movies will always be the original trilogy from the 70s (the number one on the list being "Empire Strikes Back").  There's some kind of mystique around them in that they didn't have so much computer technology to make those movies, yet they still did some pretty awesome stuff.  They had to be more inventive and resourceful to do what they did and that amazing thing is that they don't look terribly hokey when put side-by-side some of the big special-effects orgies they make nowadays (I'm not saying anything's wrong with special-effects in general, but when you sacrifice a good story just so you can get one more big explosion in there, then we have a problem).

(I'm noticing this is becoming quite the little geek-fest blog.  Not that it wasn't already.  Eh, whatever the special is, that's what I post about).

ETA - I have to say a Happy Birthday to my grandma, who passed away eleven years ago this month.  She would have been 91 today.  Miss you, Grandma!
This totally made my day last night.  All the adults were gone, so [profile] adjie1026 and I were watching my eight-year-old and four-year-old cousins (eight-year-old's a boy, four-year-old's a girl).  We decided to go online and look for some coloring book pages so the kids could color.  We found a website pretty quick and we let the four-year-old pick out the first picture.

I asked her: "What do you want to color?"

She said: "A princess."

I found a whole host of princess categories: Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast.  I then asked her which one she would like to color.

Her answer (I kid you not): "Princess Leia."

As much as I love the sparkly Disney Princesses and the like, nothing made me grin as big as an adorable four-year-old little girl wanting to color a princess that hangs around scruffy-looking nerf herders and packs a blaster.  My cousin still loves Belle, Ariel, etc. and Barbies and other girly little things, but it's cool that she loves Star Wars too.

There is actually a reason why she loves Princess Leia.  Once, she asked her dad to tell her a story about a princess.  The problem was her dad doesn't know very many stories about princesses.  The only princess he knew was Princess Leia, so that's who he told her about and that's been her favorite ever since.

(and yes, we found a picture of Princess Leia for her to color.  It's hanging up on our art wall downstairs).

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