Is Luke Skywalker a Hero or Super Hero?


luke skywalker star wars poster
Is Luke Skywalker a Hero or Super Hero? 



Che Tibby claimed on Twitter that the first superhero movie they ever saw was Star Wars. I begged to differ that Star Wars was a super hero film, as did other wise sages . Someone on the internet was wrong. Who was it?



Skywalker as a Hero Claims

  • Rescued a princess from a giant space station, then blew it up like a whamprat back home or something.
  • Escaped from the lair of a furry snowman.
  • Defeated a Rancour with quick wit and an old skull.
  • Masterminded the downfall of Jabba the Hutt.
  • Became a Jedi, turned Darth Vader from the Dark Side
Claims Against Luke Sky Walker being a Hero 
  • Actually failed to defeat the Emperor who was owning him till Daddy stopped the bullying.
  • Did not win the heart of the princess, and actually kissed his sister. And liked it.
princess leia gold bikini

You can see why Luke's feelings betrayed him...


Despite his 'Flowers in the Attic' issues, Luke seems to have done some heroic deeds. But is he Super?



Luke as a Super Hero Claims

  • Sees dead people, who give him useful advice.
  • Able to do super leaps from industrial strength carbonite makers
  • Nearly lifted a X-Wing out of a swamp, can make golden robots fly.
  • In facing Vader, he caused the restoration of peace to the Galaxy.
Claims Against being a super hero

  • Wears his underpants on the inside, not outside like Superman.
The Verdict


Luke is probably a super hero even though he breaks Irvine’s immutable law about super heroes and underpants (thus further proving the worth of his super hero abilities).


However, no matter what Che Tibby might have you believe, Star Wars is not a superhero movie - It’s a space … opera odyssey.


Check out some Star Wars cosplay which will put this argument to shame....


Extra for Experts:

Fred Durst's Top Ten Inspirational Quotes from Twitter

After paying him in three dollars bills, Mr Limp Bizkit, Fred Durst was willing to share with me some inspirational quotes  via his twitter account to help guide us though life.

fred durst

As you can see Fred doesn't look so nearly angry as he used to be so some of his counsel is pretty mellow!

Here's Fred Dursts Top 10 Inspirational Twitter Quotes

1. "Take a serious moment for yourself and truly focus on something that can make your life, and those around you, more rewarding and positive."

Fred Say's everything without saying any thing really

2. "We all have our problems and faults, but we also have our hope and faith. I find myself actually becoming whole and that inspires life."

Fred says to make yourself whole and that's that.

3. "Life is what you make it."

This is nearly as good as life is like a box of chocolates. It's life affirming because with Fred Durst you never know what you're gonna get.

4. "I truly believe you can change for the better if you believe that you can. "
Cher believes in lots of things too Mr Durst.
5. "Tomorrow is yours. Own it!"

But if everyone owned the day, we'd all own like 1 / 7000000000000000000000th of it. 

6. "And may the bed bugs shrivel and die before they make it in your sheets to eat you alive" 

I'm actually with this Fred's quote on this one. I wish the bugs would all die!

7. "Logic is my tool of choice for a quick fix."

I know I've stolen this one from its proper context but on its own it does make sense. Not using logic is illogical according to Spock.

8. "my favorite tattoo is my Albert Einstein on my leg"

fred durst albert einstein tatoo leg

Not really an inspirational quote but more of an insight that Fred thinks everyone should think like Albert Einstein. Hey that is logical....

9.  "The FUTURE is easy because it doesn't exist. The PAST is painful because it is forever."

It's accurate but its almost the inverse of an inspirational quote. Fred makes excellent use of CAPITALS to make the quote even more ACCURATE.

10.  ""Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."

Fred borrowed this one from his main main Albert. I'll leave you to ponder it, but I'm pretty sure I read in Dawkins that Einstein was an athiest (despite popular belief to the contrary).

All quotes are from Fred Durst's Twitter stream

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Weekend that was Pt: Shawshank! Shawshank! Shawshank!

Weekend that was Pt: Shawshank! Shawshank! Shawshank!

  • Dinner Arbitrageur with Te Whanau: Recommended
  • Hike over Mt Vic
  • Dinner JJ Murphy's / Hurricanes destroy the lame horses
  • Man Night with the lads. Played Jenga, drank cups of tea.
  • Saw a fire truck

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Bolter...

Usain Bolt goes to the clubhouse in Augusta and asks
to become a member. The secretary says: "I'm
sorry, Sir, we can't accept you here but there's a
multi-racial club 10 minutes down the road."
He replies: "But I'm Usain Bolt!"
"Ok. Five minutes down the road".


Sauce: Popbitch

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Lest we think

lest we think



'Lest We Think' - some tagging found in Aro Park, Aro Valley, Wellington.

Nirvana Rock Band Cartoon

What was the last thing to go through Kurt Cobain's mind?

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His teeth.

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Weta Work Shop: Confirmation Halo Chronicles is definitely on hold

So like I saw an interview with former Bungie Hero now Microsoft Champion, Frankie and it intrigued me with the short reference to Peter Jackson's take on the Halo franchise, Halo Chronicles

Frankie was asked about the progress of  Halo Chronicles and gave this reply in response to a question:

 "No let's just say that Weta makes awesome special effects and let's leave it at that". 

I thought we needed a better answer so I sent a twitter to Weta Work Shop:

"@wetaworkshop Dear Peter Jackson's friends, how is the Halo game project coming along ?..."


"@jimmyjangles It's on hold - that's all we know. But thr R lots of cool projects coming out soon. District 9... Daybreakers... Avatar... :)"

So there you go, Halo Chronicles is on hold from a source in at least the same Wellington suburb as Peter Jackson's Wing Nut Films....

Avatar is the new James Cameron film so I'll be sure to check that out! District 9  is the new Neill Blomkamp Directed film - he was in line to direct the now defunct Halo movie. So indeed, as Weta said, cool projects coming soon - sci fi to boot!

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Do you have the time to listen to me whine?

The Guardian newspaper has written a review of Green Day’s new album, 21st Century Breakdown, which is all nice and dandy. I thought the final paragraph was way interesting and could do with some further comment:

“Green Day have become so accustomed to viewing the American Dream as a nightmare that they've lost sight of another significant interpretation. That three punks who named their band after slacker slang for sitting around getting stoned can become the most prescient polemicists of their age is as good a justification of the American ideal as you could hope to find.”


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This is an interesting insight as on face value, it could be very true, Green Day are now the American Dream. Young people everywhere want to have their success. Their songs, their money, their houses, their face on the cover of a magazine. They want it all and they want it now. They are the new ideal American Idol. They stuck it to the man with their songs and now they are the Man about the House. Game over, man.

Going deeper though, predictable people could parrot on that Green Day have now actually become part of the corporate machine (by the way which one of you is Pink?), indeed a global commercial juggernaut selling boat loats of songs, t shirts and concert tickets, giving the apathetic consumer whores something else to suckle from the tit of commercial greed.

This view, however, could just simply be myself echoing the familiar cry against every band who ever tasted mainstream success having come from initial humble punk roots as having sold out to the Man. Man, there is NO return to 86.

Or you could just say Green Day are just three guys making their way through the universe who got very lucky.

Where I disagreed with the paragraph was where it described Green Day as being “prescient polemicists”. Prescient means to have an ability to see the future. A polemicist is a person who puts forward a controversial view. For the Guardian to suggest that Green Day have the ability to see the future is quite odd, because American Idiot (of which its lyrical themes presumably precipitated the comment) was actually a comment on what had happened to America under the watch of George Bush. It was not a guess as to what would happen. St Jimmy blew his brains out, Green Day did not foresee this but commented on the fact. As for being polemic, that fact Green Day are soooo popular suggests they are not actually putting forward a controversial view, in fact they could just be singing what everybody is thinking.

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Toodles Noodles !

I met a struggling graphic artist at JJ Murphy's last night - as a side project she and her sister have a wee stationary publishing website - if you need some wedding cards or whatever designed and printed, check out Toodles Noodles !

"Toodles Noodles stationery is a collection of whimsical all occasion cards and personalized stationery created by two sisters, Liora and Sharon."

What was unique was one does the designing, the other runs the 'office' from the other hemisphere in America.

It's the way the world is going, small niches forming as resources dictate.


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Proof that Search Engine Optimisation Works

But first, what is Search Engine Optimisation? (SEO) In a nutshell it is preparing your website page so that the google search engine (or other - but face it, google own the market) considers your page to be shown higher than another site's page when someone uses a search term peculiar to your page.

Here's the proof that Search Engine Optimisation works: The Optimus Prime Experiment's site traffic stats, pre and post learning and implementing SEO techniques. You can see they had almost immediate affect from March 2008 onwards:

the optimus prime experiment proof seo works

I trundled along for a few years, just doing myu own thing, with the odd friendly reader here and there. No complaints, the blog is mainly for me and Optimus Prime to share a few in jokes and maybe make the odd dollar or two (other sites I have are more for that). I went to the Easter Rock to Wellington when Alice Cooper played and posted the set lists on The Spaghetti Incident and hundreds of people came to visit and I was away. I doubt my 'loyal' readership has grown markedly over the past year, and that increase traffic is more do to with google liking my pages more!

I continue to write pages for myself and people I know, things that interest me like Optimus Prime, Halo and Cricket but when I do I try think how does google like things set out? -here's my What would Matt Cutts Do? post which highlights the things google really likes to find on a web page. Doing stuff like posting a Radiohead set list sure helped too! SEO it and they will come. 

Sometimes I try and write link bait (based on things I like to write about) and have had mild success - see 101 Tips for Life from Optimus Prime as an example! This of course does suggest you have to write about want people want to read about too! SEO alone is not a magic button you can just press. 

Here's a post on how not to do SEO!


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Hot Air Ballons at the Basin Reserve


It's Easter Weekend so what else do Wellingtonians do to celebrate? The light up the Basin Reserve with a display of Hot Air Balloons....

The fun is part of the Levin Lift Off 

Here's some pictures from @craigdolph who was in the Basin Reserve as the ballons were being prepared.


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Hot 'em up Scottie!

hot air balloon festival wellington basin reserve


hot air balloon festival wellington basin reserve

And here's one I took from the second story:

hot air balloon festival wellington basin reserve
The ballons are being lit up in time to some piece of classical music that every knows but can't name. It reminds me of the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind when the aliens come and communicate with light and sound...

What I loved about all this was I took the last picture put on twitter, noticed that @craigadolph had post some and I thought I'd do a post. While I'm doing that my Dad rings to ask what the Ballons are like as he's seem then on the news! The seemingly limitless technolgy we are getting these days makes us live in a very small world!

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Weekend that was Pt: Easter

Weekend that was Pt: Easter Weekend
  • Dinner at Strawberry Fare, left full and happy
  • Went up the top of Mount Victoria, drove round the Bays.
  • Watched Zoolander again. Actor / Models .....
  • Ate pancakes and scones.
  • Watched the Balloons in the Basin Reserve.
  • Ate some biscuits made by wifey!
  • Finished the lyric site 21st Century Breakdown
  • Went back to Strawberry Fare again!

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The Phantom is still out there in the Pavilion

Black Caps bowler Chris Martin is perhaps equally known for knocking over top orders in test cricket as much being known for his bunny status with the bat. He has surpassed Danny Morrison as the NZ duck champion. He has 23 ducks and did not make a double-figure score until his 36th Test. He also the record for the most pairs in test cricket history. Bless.

He has however seemed to have developed a minor cult following when he comes out to bat. Every run is a victory over the other bowler to be savoured.

Recently pie eater Jesse Ryder was near a test ton against India when Ian O’Brien fell to a rash shot. Chris Martin had to come out as the last batsman left and survived a tense over before Ryder was able to claim his first test ton. Chris Martin was lauded for simply not getting out.

In the latest test match against India at the Basin Reserve, he was the only Black Cap Batsman India field to dismiss in the first innings (Ed - umm...). His cover drive for four runs was greeted by cheers and approval from The Bank.
The Phantom

Cricinfo appears to have picked up on Martin's cult following too. And have given him the nickname, The Phantom. I have no idea why, I surmise it's to do with the above picturevof the Phantom and not the one from a certain opera. Still they give him props when they can. Witness:

El Pedro: "If my calculations are correct - at the current run rate for the remaining 37 overs plus 90 tomorrow - NZ WILL WIN ... pity about the weather prospects, the remaining batting reserves ... Taylor and Franklin will have to do it themselves ."

Cric Info: Don't worry Pedro.. The Phantom is still out there in the pavilion.

Trevor Nesbit from New Zealand: "Chris Martin = 80 test runs Chris Martin = 160 test wickets...Could he achieve the 100 run 200 wicket double?"

Cric Info: Don't you go doubting and woofing Da Maan.

Fan's watching the game on cricinfo also chip in with anti: fanboy commentary.

Michael from NZ: "481 @ 3.9 an over. Do-able by Oz, South Africa and Indian standards... but New Zealand!? asking for 600+ scores in consecutive tests...You're more likely to see Chris Martin confidently stride out to the middle and crack a 6 over Zaheer Khan's head." I am waiting for the great Marto strike.

Guess he didn't see Martin's shot for four last innings!

Chris is actually a bloody good sport about all of this and even teamed up with Bill and Ben to produce a satire video endorsing his Learn to Bat video...







On other celebrity news, Cric Info has not yet confirmed whether Chris listens to Coldplay.







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Accosted by an anorexic Dalek

So like I was wandering round town doing my shopping, minding my own business when I was accosted by an anorexic Dalek. You would have thought I'd have been scared but it didn't even have the energy to cry 'Exterminate! Exterminate!'

Here's a photo I took of the poor thing.

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I didn't need a Doctor Who to take care of the thing, the stiff breeze Wellington knocked it over.

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U2 NLOTH - The Leaving Home album

So after the wedding I grabbed myself a CD copy of U2's No Line on the Horizon. First listen through I was like "Oh yeah really? How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb owns this!" And then it hit me. The first single Get on Your Boots was a grow up-er and so was the album. NLOTH is almost a revelation for U2. Critics thought they found their soul again on Leave Behind, but I think the real rebirth was the last album. NLOTH is the 'leaving home' album and the parents could not be prouder.

no line on the horizon

Magnificant is the second track and should have been the first single, it has cross over hit written all over it. After a kind of Black Betty intro, The Edge chimes in with trademark appegio notes that could not be improved apon. To state the obvious, the song is already magnificant before Bono even utters the word itself.

Third song, Moment of Surrender finds U2 baring their soul completely, with Bono perhaps earnestly singing about his the day he married his wife (though it could easily be one of the characters Bono claims are running round the album. Exhibit A: Unknown Caller).

NLOTH pounds its way through a solid set of songs, musically and lyrically its a totally satisfying listen and is easily up there with U2's best offerings. That said, I think U2's Pop album was Bono's best ever lyrical effort.

Fez - Being Born offers a minute of mixed up whatever ness with Bono asking to be let back in the sound before picking up where Stand Up Comedy finished off. 

Breathe finds Bono almost scat rapping live a preacherman before Cedars of Lebanon quietly rounds out the album. Amen.

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