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Star Wars Saturday: Fears and Star Wars, Episode II

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Many moons ago, when the cast listing was first posted for The Force Awakens, I posted a brief article about my worries about the future of Star Wars. No big issues - just some concerns about the returning cast players and how everything was going to fit in.

With three weeks left till the movie opens in theaters, I can't say I've shaken off all my worry about the film and the future of the franchise. Yes, I am excited to get new Star Wars, but I am also apprehensive. People are treating this movie like The Greatest Movie In The Galaxy. I even read in this week's Entertainment Weekly about the movie's Oscar implications!

Let's be honest. No one has seen this thing. Anyone outside of Lucasfilm that has seen it is going to say it's amazing. They could be lying! It could be a giant dose of fanservice, resulting in a hollow film that tries to give us everything we want in a Star Wars film and nothing that we need - i.e. solid character development, a great story, a…

I Should Write Something

It's quarter to seven in the evening. My pajamas are on, I'm wrapped up in a blanket, I've eaten dinner, and I've caught up on my television shows.

I should write something.

Now, what to write about? It's not Saturday, so writing about Star Wars is out. Besides, people are probably getting tired of my constant references to the Greatest Ever Movies Series (GEMS). Just ask my parents.

I've written about running recently, too, so I should hold off on that for a couple weeks. I only ran 9.5 miles yesterday, after all. If I'd broken double-digits in miles, then I would have something to talk about.

Music, and the fact that I've rediscovered one of my favorite radio hits, "Everywhere" by Fleetwood Mac? Nah.

I could get serious. I could bring up a topic that requires several revisions, multiple mental logjams, and the fear that someone else is going to tear everything I write down.

I could, but I'm in too good a mood to get serious.

I got it! Ho…

Star Wars Saturday: Shattered Empire Review

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At the start of this calendar year, Marvel comics began running several comic book series that fit canonically into the Star Wars universe. Unlike the series that preceded them, these books were official canon - that is, anything that happened in the comic books could carry over into the books, TV shows, and movies.
To keep us interested in Star Wars - but keep us away from anything spoilery when it came to The Force Awakens - Marvel's series revolved around the time surrounding A New Hope. The main comic, Star Wars, takes place after the Battle of Yavin (and the destruction of the first Death Star) and revolves around our three main protagonists: Luke, Leia, and Han. A second comic takes place during the same time period, and follows the antagonist, Darth Vader
A third series that is still going is called Kanan: The Last Padawan and follows a Jedi Padawan named Caleb who has escaped Order 66 (from Revenge of the Sith) and is laying low while the Empire forms and grows around …

Michigan Football Is Ruining Me

Dear Michigan Football,

I don't get it.

Really, I don't.

I have been a fan all my life, watched countless games on television, been to the Stadium a bunch of times, and even went to Madison to watch you play. But this season, when I want to watch you in your first season with Jim Harbaugh, you always suck.

And then when I don't watch, you guys rock.

Why?!

It all started with game one against Utah. It was on a Thursday night, but I was at church and the pastor has cable in his office. So before I had to be at the church service, I was watching the game.

And you sucked. This Jake Rudock kid was playing quarterback and I realized how few of the names I recognized and Utah just dominated down the field and you guys did nothing.

Then I turned it off.

I watched and enjoyed the Oregon State game, but the next four games either weren't available or I had other plans. And, of course, that's when you dominated. That's when you went on your 3-game shutout streak. And I co…

Star Wars Saturday: Preparing for a Movie Marathon

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October 19, 2015. I am sitting in my living room trying to secure tickets for the first screenings of The Force Awakens. The websites keep sending me error messages. I'm starting to mildly panic. Earlier that afternoon, I finally figured out which movie theaters in my area were showing the seven-movie Star Wars marathon, and I figured that if I got a ticket, that would be cool, but I wouldn't be distraught if I didn't.

The first showing I secure is a 3D showing at a theater I can't stand - one of those theaters that has dining and makes you choose your seat (the seat of which I chose isn't that great). I make sure I can get a refund if I get a different ticket.

And then it happens. I finally find the website for the movie marathon nearby, and I'm getting through. I put in all my information, wait impatiently, and then boom. They confirm my ticket for December 17!

I'm gleeful. I had already adjusted my work schedule for that day, and now I would be taking a…

Wacky Wednesdays

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Wednesdays have always been an interesting day of the week. Two days down in the normal work week, and two days to go. Sometimes it can be the kickstart to a great end of the week, and other times it can just remind you that the weekend is so far away.

I guess I've always felt this way. Back in grade school one of the books that was always making the classroom rounds on library day was Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Seuss. It tells of a child who wakes up to everything being incredibly out of place, but no one seems to notice!

I found a video of the book - you can watch it if you're not familiar with it:


Since I read this book so many times, perhaps it's always in my head that Wednesdays will be abnormal days. This has especially come true at my most recent job. It's not like it's a bad thing - it's just that I really notice it nowadays.

Wednesdays are the weird day of the week. We open the day with chapel instead of just a normal classroom devotion. This means we have…

Star Wars Saturday: Bold Predictions

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In this week's article I am going to do some predictions for the upcoming movie The Force Awakens. Some of these are based on rumors that are floating around so you might not want to read if you are avoiding those rumors. My predictions aren't spoilers, but if you're trying to keep your mind clear...I'll see you next week!

So that I can make sure those spoiler-phobes are truly gone before I post anything that would make them angry by just glancing at it, I'll share this very cool video that I caught on YouTube. It kind of goes with the first point that I'm going to make. Enjoy!


Prediction #1: Luke Skywalker isn't the villain.

Much of the Internet is speculating that Luke isn't in the poster or trailer because he's the bad guy of the film. I'm going to say they're wrong, and not just because Luke is my favorite Star Wars character (possibly all-time character).

After all of the character growth in the original trilogy, it would be horrific to…

Running Etiquette

It hasn't taken me long to understand the rules of the road when it comes to running. Or the rules of the trail. Or the rules of the sidewalk. There's a good understanding between the drivers and pedestrians of Colorado, considering Colorado is one of the top states for outdoor exercise.

There are always thing to keep in mind when running. Here's some things I've learned:

Wait Till You've Seen the Whites of the Driver's Eyes

When crossing the street at a corner, it's easy to assume that the drivers see the runner. But there are way too many times when drivers look only at the road and not at the sidewalk. You need to make sure the driver acknowledges that you're crossing the street before going. It doesn't matter if you're running for speed; always make sure you see the driver see you before going.

Wave to Other Runners

You're both in the same boat. You're forcing your body to run way more than it wants, and all it wants to do is sit down …