Return of the Jedi Missed Opportunity

Kind of a weird title, right? I didn’t know what else to use for this one.

So I once read a critique/review of Return of the Jedi that attempted to answer some of the Ewok criticisms. Basically, it called into mythology and folktales in regards to the Little People, the Fae. The Big Bad thinks these peoples are beneath their regard. The Good Guys placate and befriend these peoples and they help with the big battle. Sometimes they give a weapon or a boost, sometimes, as in RotJ, they join the fight.

I did not see this originally, but once I read this particular summary (I wish I could remember where for a link), I got it. I’ve played a lot of Dungeons & Dragons. I’ve read mythology and folklore. I got it. It made sense.

But Lucas and co. really should have made the Ewoks a little… better as helpers. Some of their traps were good, but really? Their archers should have been hitting the gaps in the Stormtrooper armor a *lot* more. Like every archer should have dropped a Trooper. Maybe they had primitive grenades/Molotov cocktails. Hell, maybe their leaders were Force Adepts. If you wanted to evoke Fae, Force Adepts were the way to go.

So yes, I originally thought the Ewoks were kind of silly. But after thinking about the Fae angle, I think they were a missed opportunity.

New Year, New Me?

My year started with an appointment at my doctor. Just my normal physical and check up, and I set it up a month in advance. At my age, I mostly dread them. The best thing a doctor is going to tell me is that I am falling apart at the correct pace.

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Holiday Spirit

I hate this time of year.

I don’t hate the things I do this time of year. I don’t hate seeing family and friends. I don’t hate hosting the big family gathering and dinner between Christmas and New Year’s, though I admit the cleaning the house ahead of time is tedious. I really like seeing family and friends and feeding them and drinking with them.

My mom died early in December. Not long after Thanksgiving. This was her time of year. I like feeding people, and I got it from her. And with everything I do, every gathering I attend, every meal I host, she is no longer there.

I have no holiday spirit. I love my friends and family. I love hosting and feeding them. But I could have just as much fun doing it in May.


It’s taken me a week to get to the point where I can write this.


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Not Sure I Can Even (part 1 of Who Knows?)

How is this guy a Sheriff?  I mean, he doesn’t even seem to know what his job actually is.

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Not Even Wrong, Red Pill Edition

We Hunted The Mammoth is web site I read.  It’s devoted to mocking things anti-feminists and other so-called “Men’s Rights Activists” and “Pick Up Artists” put online for anyone to see.  Some of it is ridiculous, most of it is horrendous, all of it is wrong in one way or another.

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State of the Union 01

So, I encountered this in my relatively new Twitter feed:

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Ted Cruz Admits He is Guilty of Assault/Battery

From reports, Ted Cruz said:

In my house, if my daughter Catherine, the 5-year-old, says something she knows to be false, she gets a spanking

Alright, maybe it’s actually Battery rather than Assault, depends on the statutes in your area.

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Happy New Year!

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year as we get to 2016.  I know it’s really something like 4 billion, two thousand and 16, but I should stick to the current locally standard for time keeping.

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I Miss My Mom

As the title says — I miss my mom.

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