Because, Just Because

Star Wars ATAT

I have always loved cutaway diagrams. (I suppose I was an early enthusiast of visualizations.) As a kid, I would make drawings of both the external appearance of a machine or building as well as the occasional internal plan or profile. Cutaways like this fascinated me. The artists who created them were like magicians to me.

UPDATE: My apologies for the first version of this image not being enlargeable. You can now click on the image to embiggen it.

Fandom and Authenticity

There is something to be said about the role of authenticity and how it plays out in fan versions of fictional worlds. [Tested reports on the efforts of fans to replicate Hans Solo’s blaster from the Star Wars series][tested]. Whether as the object of a collector’s desire or as a prop in cosplay, fans seek an authentic version of the DL-44. The term for this is *canonical*. The interesting twist to this particular story is that there were multiple versions of the prop over the three films, and so authenticity and canonicity are kind of up in the air. This does not jive with the innate impulse some humans have for there being only one right answer. The kinds of amazing research that people do in search of that answer is, quite honestly, really really amazing.

Hans Solo's DL-44 Blaster

[tested]: http://www.tested.com/art/makers/452186-how-obsessive-fans-built-better-han-solo-blaster/

Make Halloween

Make has some great Halloween ideas: a [DIY lightsaber][] and [styrofoam tombstones][] are my two favorites. But there’s always [slime][] to make, too.

Note: more on lightsabers [here][].

[DIY lightsaber]: http://blog.makezine.com/2006/03/12/lightsaber-for-33-in-33-m/
[styrofoam tombstones]: http://makeprojects.com/Project/Styrofoam+Tombstones/208/1
[slime]: http://makeprojects.com/Project/Slime/2351/1
[here]: http://www.zapwizard.com/oldsite/Guides/Lightsaber/Index.htm

Renovating Luke’s Home

Short version: a serious _Star Wars_ fan came across Luke’s home in the Tunisian desert and decided to bring it back to its cinematic glory.

Thanks, [Inhabitat, for the story](http://inhabitat.com/star-wars-fans-restore-luke-skywalkers-igloo-shaped-home-in-tunisia/save-lars-9/).

Here’s one image from the larger slideshow:

A typical dwelling on Tattooine gets refurbished for the upcoming agricultural season -- or, what was Uncle Owen thinking?