Some light geekery for a change

The original Star Wars trilogy holds a special place in the heart of many geeks. It has grandiose space battles, a rip-roaring plot full of daring escapes and noble sacrifices, and memorable lines (C-3PO: “Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1!” Han: “Never tell me the odds.”) The movie is clearly not meant to be taken as realistic — after all, it’s got planets being blown up by lasers — but it can be great fun to take it at face value.

One article that does exactly that is “Endor Holocaust“, which asks, “What happens when you detonate a spherical metal honeycomb over five hundred miles wide just above the atmosphere of a habitable world? Regardless of specifics, the world won’t remain habitable for long.” The Rebels may have saved the galaxy, but it seems they doomed the Ewoks in the process.

Another such article is “On the Implausibility of the Death Star’s Trash Compactor“. What was that thing doing in the cell block, anyway?

Finally, there’s the ultimate in geekery: the article entitled “How Lightsabers Work“. Filled with handy safety tips (“NEVER point the blade emitter of a lightsaber toward your own body. NEVER look down the “barrel” of a lightsaber, even if you are “sure” it is in safe mode.”), this article also contains photos of other handy uses for a lightsaber, such as hedge trimming or slicing bagels (“The big advantage of using a lightsaber, of course, is that you can both cut and toast the bagel in one stroke.”) A must-read for anyone considering purchasing this handy device.

If you have a particular favorite Star Wars article that I didn’t mention, let me know and I’ll update this post.