On Monday, March 20th of 2017, my wife and I will be relaunching our Etsy shop. The newly renamed shop is called The Multiverse Market. I have to say that we are pretty excited about this. This time it’s just for fun, not because we have to sell/buy/sell 😉
Misty was diagnosed with Lyme’s disease which prevented her from performing her job as a Dental Assistant, and I made some bad decisions about moving to another part of the country to take on a task that I had no idea how to do. Eventually we moved back to the West Coast, where we belonged. We found Etsy about a year after I lost my final contract job, and in the horrible job market things were looking pretty bleak. We were living with my parents in California at the time. We still had a bit of inherited things from Grandparents who had passed away, along with all of our stuff that we had been hauling around from state to state. There were things that I really didn’t wish to part with, in fact I have recently gone out of my way to replace some of those pieces.
Long story short, Misty is still sick but creating some really nice jewelry pieces, while I am gainfully employed in a field that is almost exactly where I want to be. I’ve switched my collecting focus to, primarily, Vintage Star Wars. I am still very opened to other things but having a focus saves on space and money.
On our shop, you’ll find some of Misty’s designs and my collection overflow. For my part, I am liquidating the items that I no longer want or have too many of. Our prices are not sky high like some sellers who fervently believe that “Star Wars + [insert age of piece here] = $$$“. I use Star Wars as an example, I will be selling various lines. We price competitively, and calculate actual cost of shipping (even factoring in the cost of any shipping material that is not recycled, we will be a lot cheaper that that seller who charges $13 for anything over 8 oz. You know that guy, we don’t like him either). Also, our shipping is calculated by weight.
In this, the 14th episode of the 6th season, Mr. Nimoy explores the Futurist Lifestyle. Titled “Future Life“, it’s one of the handful of episodes that actually tackles ideas that have a concrete concepts. While I have fond and frightening memories of “In Search Of“, it had very little to do with exploring evidence. It mostly dealt with legend, myth, hearsay, and superstition. All while addressing each as though they could be a reality. As an adult, I look back on these few episodes that stood on firm logic, and reason, with a new appreciation.
I challenge you to find a better uniform in all of Sci-Fi than the Colonial Warrior. (OK, it’s not a contest… this is just my opinion) The closest thing I can come up with would be the Fremen Stillsuit that was designed for David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation of Dune.
The outfits don’t feel dated at all, and still work to this day. While the show didn’t last past it’s first season, due to the blockbusting budget, it’s legacy continues.
There were three things that caught my 8 year old imagination back in 1978 with this show. Beautiful, and Strong women aside… The first was the fighter pilot theme of the show. Fighter pilots have always been a staple of my imagination from Black Sheep Squadron to the present. Next we have ROBOTS! The Cylons were an awesome part of the show. Robots were everywhere after Star Wars hit the scene, but BSG did them right. Finally the Colonial Warriors. Not only did they cut a dashing figure wherever they appeared, they felt like they were a functional military. They never felt out of place, like say the “Triad” outfits that were worn in a few episodes. Another bonus was that the uniforms were gender neutral. With the addition of that Han Solo like holster, it just doesn’t get any better.
This design has been, and still is, one of my absolute favorites. I would love to own one, myself.
Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the passing of Leonard Nimoy. As I sit here and reflect on his death, I find myself remembering how empty I felt on the 27th or 2015. The logical conclusion of life is death. While my rational mind understands, that part of me that is what it means to be human, still grapples with the loss. As we grow older, increasingly, we deal with that sense of loss. Unlike others, I don’t believe that one day I will be reunited with all those who have gone before. I grieve, I move on, always remembering the best times and the lessons. To me, this is logical. Join me this weekend in remembering Mr. Nimoy. The roles he portrayed, the art he made, the lessons he taught. Remember his contributions to humanity. Also, take some time to recall others you’ve lost, and smile for they are not truly gone as long as we Remember.
Until next time, Live Long, Prosper, and May the Force be with You.
Once upon a time, way back in 2003, a great adventure took place. It was a dark time in Star Wars. No, not for the lack of Star Wars content like we had in the late 80’s and early 90’s. This was far, far worse. It was the time of the prequels. OK, they were not all that bad. There were some cringeworthy moments for us all. As an adult who was seven in 1977, I’ve since made peace with the prequels, for the most part. Some things from that era are better than others. One such nugget of geek goodness is the original animated Clone Wars.
Wikipedia’s entry contains all the dry facts.
Star Wars: Clone Wars is an American animated microseries created by Genndy Tartakovsky, set in the Star Wars universe. Chronologically, the series fills the three-year gap between prequel films Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The show follows the actions of various characters from the Star Wars prequel trilogy; notably Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, Yoda, and other Jedi Knights during the conflict, leading the clone trooper forces of the Galactic Republic against the battle droid armies of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Sith.
Clone Wars was produced by Cartoon Network Studios in association with Lucasfilm Ltd., and was aired on Cartoon Network in 25 chapters from 2003 to 2005. The first two seasons, comprising Volume One, were produced in a two- to three-minute "micro" format, while season three was produced as fifteen-minute episodes making up Volume Two. Both volumes were later released on home video edited as feature-length films. Since release, it has received critical acclaim and won multiple awards.
Now for the wet opinions.
This method of serializing the story over two years in three minute (or so) increments was novel and refreshing. It left you wanting more! The series also bridged the gap between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The programing was one of my favorite things on the Cartoon Network and is still fun to watch from time to time. The style of story telling suites today’s tastes for clipped, short info bursts. When watched all together it makes for an action packed saga. If you have not seen this one then do yourself a favor and check out the video bellow. It runs a bit over two hours and is well worth the watch. You can probably still purchase the DVD on Amazon, but don’t quote me on that.