Feb. 16, 2006

Make This Yoda Doll, You Must

Next up in the series of craft projects I create for the kids section of Starwars.com: Make Your Own Yoda Felt Doll

It's easy to make, plus it's fun! Just print out the pattern made by our own Star Wars How to Draw artist Cat Staggs, and follow the instructions!

It also got a mention on the MAKE magazine blog here!

Feb. 14, 2006

Bittersweet Valentine

Now available in TWO unique collections, "Dejected" and "Dysfunctional," featuring up to 37 unique sayings each!

"Dejected" sayings include:
I MISS MY EX PEAKED AT 17 MAIL ORDER TABLE FOR 1 I CRY ON Q U C MY BLOG? REJECT PILE PILLOW HUGGIN ASYLUM BOUND DIGNITY FREE PROG FAN STATIC CLING WE HAD PLANS XANADU 2NITE SETTLE 4LESS NOT AGAIN

"Dysfunctional" sayings include:
RUMORS TRUE PRENUP OKAY? HE CAN LISTEN GAME ON TV CALL A 900# P.S. I LUV ME DO MY DISHES UWATCH CMT PAROLE IS UP! BE MY YOKO U+ME=GRIEF I WANT HALF RETURN 2 PIT NOT MY MOMMY BE MY PRISON C THAT DOOR?

More here.

Feb. 3, 2006

Dark Beetle of the Sith

For your science geeks out there (and I'm one of them) I started a new section on the Kids area of Starwars.com called Real Life Star Wars that goes more in depth on the real-life science behind Star Wars creatures, vehicles, locations and more. I also wanted to show how biology, space technology, robotics, and other fields of science are influenced by the saga.

For the latest article in the series I interviewied the Head of the Department of Entomology at the Natural History Museum of London, Dr. Quentin D. Wheeler who honored the Dark Lord of the Sith by naming his discovered beetle Agathidium vaderi after Darth Vader himself.

"I was doing field work in the southern Appalachian Mountains in the 1980s when the initial impact of the original trilogy was felt," Wheeler explains. "The shape and texture of the head reminded me of Darth Vader's helmet and the connection seemed obvious. The head of Agathidium vaderi is very broad, smooth and shiny and the eyes are reduced to mere slits on the front of the head, so small and narrow they are not even visible from above. It was this unusual form of the head that suggested a comparison with Vader's helmet."

Get the full story here:
Dark Beetle of the Sith


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