April 23, 2010

Geek Out!: The 'Fett' is back!

Posted: 04:14 PM ET

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With the 30th anniversary of “The Empire Strikes Back” only weeks away [May 21, mark your calendars!] I was happy to see that “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” [on Cartoon Network, which, like CNN, is a division of TimeWarner] was about to start a three-episode season finale arc this Friday called “Death Trap.”

Why? Because one of the Star Wars universe's biggest fan favorites - Boba Fett! - will make his first appearance.

I, like many Star Wars fans, love “Empire,” and believe it's the best in the original trilogy. And, by far, my favorite character from the movie is "The Fett."

To be completely accurate, Boba Fett was first introduced to us in an animated section of the ill-fated 1978 “Star Wars Holliday Special” [You know ... the one that inspired Lucas to say he would like to "... track down every copy of that show and smash it."] .

Also, Kenner released a Boba Fett action figure before "The Empire Strikes Back" was released.

And if we want to get *really* deep into Star Wars geekdom, I'll point out that his first "public" appearance was at the San Anselmo's County Fair parade on September 24, 1978, in a parade alongside Darth Vader.

But when the largest group of us saw him first was on the bridge of the Star Destroyer being briefed by Darth Vader.

We loved him from the get-go.

He wore that cool Mandalorian armor [not that we knew what it was called when we saw the movie]. He hid what he looked like. He said only 29 words in the entire original trilogy.

His ship, Slave I, was so whacked-out looking. He was just ... cool.

It was even cooler that he was hunting down the heroes of the movie and we were never 100 percent sure of his motives. Was he just in it for the money? Or did he have another reason he wanted to get his hands on Han Solo?

For me, he was the second coolest of all the characters we meet in the Star Wars universe [I'm a Vader guy]. He is also one of the characters that we meet in the Star Wars universe that gets their back-story fully fleshed out later in the movies (Ep II, Ep III, Ep V, Ep VI), video games and comics books.

I can't think of a part of the Star Wars world that does not have at least a mention of him.

Are you a Boba Fett Fan? What went through your mind when you first saw him in the Star Wars universe? Let us know in the comments.

Also, what are your favorite “Empire Strikes Back” memories, especially if you saw the movie when it first came out? Share your story and photos on CNN iReport.

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January 28, 2010

Apple Fanboy 1: Why I (really!) need the iPad

Posted: 03:57 PM ET

After the Apple press event Wednesday, I sat back and watched Twitter and Facebook. I saw what we always see after one of these big gadget announcements: Two-thirds of the people who followed the event complained because the item that Apple announced, the iPad, did not live up to the hype.

The iPad was never going to live up to the hype for them.

Unless it was 100 different things to 100 different people, the item would always have some level of fail.

So, do I think the iPad perfect? Not even close. Is it what I thought it would be - and what I had hoped for?

Yes it was!

It is the perfect device for the person who uses his or her iPhone as their mobile computing device. But the iPad is better because it has a larger screen, more storage space, a faster processor and better graphics.

It doesn’t play Flash-format video. OMG! The iPhone has no Flash capabilities and we have dealt just fine with that. Besides, with the advent of HTML5 it will become less and less of an issue.

I do see the lack of a forward facing camera as a downside. I would think that the iPad would be perfect for video chatting.

I also don’t like that I cannot run multiple applications at the same time, but that’s also an issue we have dealt with on the iPhone. I am sure Apple will address it when they think it will not have an adverse effect on the user experience.

Will I buy one? Not sure yet. The price is not bad for the Wi-Fi only versions, but I’m not sure about it for the 3G/Wi-Fi ones. This really is one Apple device I’ll wait until I can play with before I try to convince my wife that we have to have it - or the world will come to an end.

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