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keep it in the family

“Keep it in the Family” by the Welsh band, Hybrid – it is an incredible mixture of strings and electronica. The track came up randomly on Pandora and I have been listening to it on repeat since. A section of it has been used for Frank Miller’s The Spirit‘s trailer, but I reckon this track deserves a film on its own. I don’t know about you, but I have been itching to watch an epic sci-fi film (preferably based in space) ever since I heard this track for the first time. A friend has kindly lent me Danny Boyle’s Sunshine DVD – guess I’ll be watching that this weekend!

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Comic Con 2010 pt.1

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2010

Unfortunately, I was not able to purchase all four days + preview night tickets for Comic Con, but I managed to purchase Friday and Sunday tickets through the official website about a month prior to the actual Comic-Con weekend. The program of the days were not released until last minute and I had no clue as to what to expect until I actually got to San Diego Thursday night.

While I was on the Amtrak, I did some research on my phone to find that Friday was Star Wars Day!

I attended three Star Wars panels: Star Wars Collectibles Update, Old Republic and Clone Wars panels. To be very honest, I am not familiar with any of those. The only Star Wars licensed merchandise I have is the Ewok PEZ dispenser, I haven’t played the Old Republic games, nor have I watched the Clone Wars series properly (I took the shortcut and watched the film instead). I know, I shouldn’t have even been there. But I feel like if I hadn’t been there, I would have wasted the whole Comic Con experience of being exposed to all kinds of nerdiness. and I mean that with no judgement at all. There was a stereotypical nerdy guy who impersonated a character from Clone Wars – I had no idea who it was but everyone was cheering him on. Lots of kids who looked like they could have been half my age (!) were battling against people double or even triple my age in trivial quizzes in hopes of winning limited edition Stormtrooper figures and helmets. It was just an amazing atmosphere.

I am so glad I wasn’t the only female attendee in the panels. I got to see the development/concept sketches of new products they are coming up with, as well as existing products including the Lightsaber Chopsticks (that I later purchased)! The new Old Republic game is still in development and I am going to look into playing the game as soon as I’m done with this semester. As you can see in the images above, there were some fantastic images of Kamino, which seems like it will be heavily featured in the new season of Clone Wars. The Season 3 preview (now available here) made me want to start watching the show from the beginning.

While I was at the panel, a man from Guinness Book of World Records came up to the front to surprise and award the creators of the show for the Highest Rated Animated Sci-Fi Television Series.

Lesson of the day: go to Comic Con alone if you want to sit in a popular panel. It also allows you to eavesdrop on other people’s nerdy conversations which tends to be pretty interesting.

These two charming men were outside waiting to get into the conference room… ballin’ Boba Fett and Darth Vader… haha

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tron: legacy concept art


More amazing Tron: Legacy concept art @ jivid

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tron: legacy

I thought I had watched the 1982 film, Tron, but clearly I hadn’t. Perhaps I watched the trailer of the soon-to-be-released 2010 sequel, Tron: Legacy, way too many times to have imagined it all.


I finally watched it last night, and it’s pretty incredible what they had come up with 28 years ago. The filming technique was completely new at the time, and integrated use of live-action and computer simulated images is just retro-wonderful. It’s always interesting to see what people believed the future would be like – I feel like modern technology is finally catching up to what people had visualized decades ago. I know that in Tsukuba, Japan, facilities exist to research a similar technology to what the laser beam thing did in the film… supposedly, it is going to be used to transform objects (or tiny molecules) from point A to B…

There is a 28 year gap between the release dates of the first and the second films… making it the biggest gap in Hollywood history. Hopefully Tron: Legacy will meet, or even exceed everyone’s expectations. I’m pretty excited:


However.. I won’t think I’d like to watch in 3D because 1) it makes my eyes tired 2) my eyes are not fully 3D-compatible 3) it’s more pricey. Basically, I’m not a huge fan of the current craze over 3D films. I’m a poor student with old eyes so I think I’d rather watch in 2D.

Ps. The Daft Punk soundtrack for the new film is quite amazing.


The Crash – Daft Punk

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star wars weekends @ disney’s hollywood studios

That’s right.
NERD ALERT.

photo via disney parks (c) disney

It’s not much of a surprise that I am a huge Star Wars fan, and Disney is doing a special event entitled, “Star Wars Weekends” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. The dates are:

  • May 21 – 23
  • May 28 – 30
  • June 4 – 6
  • June 11 – 13

I also found these amazing images from the ad campaign they did last year:


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