Archive | October 2014

Uncle Josh thinks maybe Disney retconning Star Wars EU isn’t such a bad thing

I am slowly catching up on my newsfeeds, and I came across this io9 post and specifically this comment. The comment made me realize that maybe twenty-five years of fandom is getting a mercy killing.

Back in ’91, I discovered the Thrawn trilogy and it opened up a door to a great universe that I wanted to live in as a kid, and it led to more great books that I really enjoyed. I couldn’t keep up with the expanded universe, but I took comfort in knowing it was going on.

Until Vector Prime.

Turning the Star Wars universe into something gritty was not what I wanted. I tried to keep reading, because the scale and scope of the story was so great I wanted to live it.

But they killed Chewbacca, and that’s not acceptable.

Star Wars is not a universe where important people die. There are plenty of minor characters who die, sure, but the majors? No. They move on to a higher level of the force. That’s death in Star Wars. Star Wars is for the kid who understands heros and accepts the opposite sex but doesn’t get gooey about it. Star Wars is a common vocabulary for the inner 12-year old.

After Vector Prime, I was willing to part with almost every Expanded Universe book I owned.

And now Disney has shuffled it all off so it’s the closest thing to official as fanfic could ever get. Okay, rebooting the EU is probably the best term. But really, this is the important thing about Disney starting over:

Chewie lives.

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Uncle Josh thinks about the election

We’re what, three, four weeks from the election and I haven’t picked up what was supposed to be my active citizenship stuff.

It’s a midterm election, and almost every pollster is claiming the Republicans will take the Senate, which I can’t see, as they don’t have a platform. They have Bengazi and Repeal Obamacare. They have “support families” by eliminating the minimum wage and “environmental protection” by letting oil companies write pollution guidelines.

I probably won’t get far this year, either. I’m feeling isolationist. The more I watch the world, the more disgusted I feel. The more time I spend on the world, the more my time seems wasted. In short, I feel like “they” are doing a good job of beating me into submission.

So, here’s my current take on the Oregon measures. I reserve the right to change my mind as I investigate.

    • Measure 86 – Form some sort of fund to help students pay for college. Why not? I know too many people burdened by school debt they cannot ignore and underemployement, because the American Dream turned out to cost too many “job creators” money. It’s a temporary fix, but that shouldn’t stop us.
    • Measure 87 – Let our Judges get second jobs. They probably need them, to pay off school loans. No one seemed to care enough to make arguments for or against this, and it is described as a technical fix on the constitution. Okay. I’ll bite.
    • Measure 88 – Let non-citizens get a card saying they know how to drive. My parish has a stake in this one, and I’m pretty sure compassion will override principle. There are more arguments against it than for it, but a cursory glance at the opposition highlights many “I don’t like brown people” type of comments. Life is tough enough with a screwed up immigration system. Let’s make it easier on people who are just trying to build a better life. You know, like the American Dream we sold them on promises.
    • Measure 89 – Let’s put Gender Equality in the Constitution. No one is arguing against this. Wow. This one should have been like clickbait for the misogynists, and they didn’t follow through. Vote yes. Seems like a no-brainer to enshrine equality.
    • Measure 90 – Let’s Screw with the Primaries! – I’m against this one. It’s the wrong solution to the problem. Instead of sending the top two “best politicians” we’ll send the top two “richest runners” instead. I’d vote OH HELL NO but Secretary of State Brown won’t let me.
    • Measure 91 – Legalize Pot. Sorry. No. Yes, they are less physically harmful than cigarettes, but I wan’t to ban cigarettes, so there.
    • Measure 92 – Label GMOs. I don’t fear GMOs. I believe that science can do a lot to improve our quality and quantity of food, and we should use every measure possible to do so. That being said, I do fear food manufacturers (and I kind of dislike thinking about food being manufactured. Cars are manufactured. IKEA furniture is manufactured. Food should be grown) are too eager to see a return on investment of their research and will bypass the normal science-based shit we do to ensure our food is safe. I’m in favor of this, because every little bit helps.

So that’s where I stand today. If I take a more serious look at things, I’ll try to share.