Wasting my time on the Internet

I’ll help you waste some, too. Just in case you find yourself with nothing to do over the weekend.

Because I am a sci-fi nut, I really get a kick out of blogs written by certain well-known characters. Here are a few favorites:

The Darth SideEmpire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, as told from Darth Vader’s POV. Start at the beginning – it was live last summer, and has ended. It is a fun read, but it has its poignant moments, too.

Master Yoda’s Blog – I cannot stop laughing every time I read this one. It’s written by Yoda (and in his syntax). Check out the greatest hits on the right sidebar – each one had me in tears, laughing. This particular blog is currently on hiatus, but check out the links to all the character POV blogs on the left sidebar. Apparently, there are a lot of people with too much time on their hands.

Captain Picard’s Journal – I don’t care what my brother-in-law says, I love Star Trek. This blog is a hodgepodge of “real” events in the Star Trek 24th century universe, with the occasional guest posts by other characters (I especially liked the Borg Queen’s “recruitment” post). This blog is still current.

Wikipedia – the free online encyclopedia. It has almost everything. And if it doesn’t? You can add to it! One day, I started with looking up the plot to Silence of the Lambs (it was on TV and I’ve never seen the whole thing all the way through, and I really don’t care to), and I ended up looking up Henry Fonda. I went from the whole Hannibal Lecter thing to Hitchcock to Jimmy Stewart to Henry Fonda. No, it doesn’t make any sense. But it was fun!

Superman Returns trailer – Apple’s got it. I grew up watching the 1978 version and loving it. It’s still one of my favorite movies. Superman II‘s not bad, but let’s just forget that the other two exist, shall we? Anyway, the trailer for the new one is fantastic. I can’t wait to see it!

And I am apparently raising a nerd… Two days ago, the Munchkin asked to watch Star Wars! What she meant by that, though, was to watch the Musical Journey DVD that came with the Episode III soundtrack. It’s got the best music from the entire series, with clips from each movie. I figured it was a pretty good introduction for a kid to watch to start learning the characters. And she’s got to start learning them now, because I had them all down by the time I was three. By the way, what’s the vote out there – do we show the kids the movies chronologically (starting with Episode I) or the order they were actually made in (starting with Star Wars/Episode IV)? Leave a comment and let me know. Or just tell me that I’m a nerd and leave it at that. 🙂

Have a great weekend, everyone!

2 Responses to “Wasting my time on the Internet”

  1. Little Cousin's Mommy
    May 5th, 2006 07:40

    Well you are a nerd, but we can’t do anything about that now.

    As for showing the kids the movies in chronological order or release order, I don’t think it will matter. The kids will grow up as we did, seeing all the movies at different times, never with an anticipation of the unknown. You honestly can’t be considering “hiding” Episodes I-III to “surprise” the kids in their teens!?

    It comes down to this: Will you be able to keep from them the fact that Darth Vader is/was Anakin Skywalker and that Luke and Leia are not only brother and sister but also Vader’s kids? No. (Did Mom and Dad even try with us.) It would be impossible. Even if you didn’t show the kids the movies, “Star Wars” is engrained into populare cutlure to such a degree that they would “find out” at school, church, etc.

    So don’t worry about it. Watch whichever movie you want to watch when she asks for “Star Wars” and let her decide when she’s old enough to differentiate the films.

  2. DozeyMagz
    May 6th, 2006 03:04

    Hmmm – tricky one. I’ve been thinking about this myself on how and when to show my little ones. I am inclined to let them see episode 4 first, just like I did, so they can enjoy the best adventure EVER the same way I did. It’s obviously going to be different for them because the effects and stuff are so ‘normal’ now. I really hope they love these movies as much as I do. I also want them to appreciate the story itself, so I may hold off a year or so – I’m not sure… oh – the dilema!!!