New computer day, Lego Star Wars, and today’s comic haul

New MacBook Pro

I’m writing this on my absolutely awesome new MacBook Pro; it’s a Retina display with 16 gigs of RAM and a 500-gig SSD. I’m still getting everything up and running; I have reconnected to my cloud services, which would have had me up and running and doing work almost immediately if I would have needed to do that. Except for some files and my non-iTunes music, I’m basically functional right now and I haven’t moved a single file off of my previous laptop. It’s just all there with the cloud storage.

The Retina screen is everything it’s supposed to be; the clarity is amazing, and the little things you run into when traveling about the Web that aren’t optimized for the high-resolution display just look muddy and sad.

I’m downloading Diablo 3 to put this thing through the paces; I have heard that it supports the Retina display’s full resolution, and I’m curious to crank all of the graphic settings up and see what this machine can do. Unfortunately or fortunately, however you look at it, since my World of Warcraft account is still active I’ll probably have to check that out too. Y’know, for science.

The only issue I’m seeing right now is with our home WiFi; it probably is related to both of my DropBox accounts trying to sync while I’m downloading the Diablo 3 client and goofing around online, but every couple of minutes every download operation stops and has to reconnect. I will be interested to see if this continues once these massive simultaneous downloads are finished.

Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles

The new Lego Star War special, The Yoda Chronicles, debuted on Cartoon Network tonight. The girls absolutely love these, and awesomely they have served as a gateway drug to Star Wars for them.

This episode hooked me in the first minute with a sign that said “Coruscant: 15 parsecs” with a subhead that says “A parsec is a unit of distance.” It’s a great “we-know-40-year-old-nerds-are-watching-this” shot at the oft-discussed Han Solo claim from Star Wars that he “did the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs,” which led a bunch of nerds to speculate that George Lucas mistakenly thought it was a unit of time. Awesome.

The basic plot is actually pretty interesting, from a Star Wars nerd perspective, too. Count Dooku and Gen. Grievous plotted to steal the Kaiburr crystals from the lightsabers of four Jedi Padawans; those crystals were combined to create one “super crystal” which the pair took to Kamino and used to power Sith-enhanced clone troopers.

Cartoon Network led into The Yoda Chronicles by playing The Padawan Menace and The Empire Strikes Out back-to-back; we have had Padawan Menace on BluRay for awhile, and it’s very good; Empire Strikes Out wasn’t quite as good (although the Darth Maul character is hilarious) but was still pretty funny. I will have to pick that up for the kids as well.

Comic Haul

Today’s pickups for #NewComicDay.

Morning Glories #28

G.I. Joe #4

G.I. Joe: The Cobra Files #2 (this was released on the 22nd, but I just got around to getting it today)

Transformers: More than Meets the Eye #11 (this is six months old; somehow the shop didn’t get it pulled for me, but there was a copy sitting on their back-issue racks today. So I got it)

I was also planning to get Transformers: Robots in Disguise #17, but that wasn’t in my pull box. I should just bail on those and go digital.

Andy Bartlett

By day, I am the executive director of communications and marketing at Bemidji State University. The rest of the time, I'm a husband, father of three, and proponent of super heroes, lasers, space ships and explosions.

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2 Responses

  1. Joel Awesomesauce says:

    Speaking of Lego, I browsed the Lego section in Wal-Mart tonight. Lego rules the faces of ALL toys. Lone Ranger, Lord of the Rings, Superman, Batman, Avengers, X-Men, Ninja Turtles, Star Wars… and a load of awesome Lego-branded themes, too.

    I was absolutely floored by it all. Things we could only imagine about 5 years ago, staring back from the shelves.

  2. Helen’s totally enamored with TMNT, so we’ve been buying those sets; we have about half of them right now. The two big sets we have are Shredder’s Dragon Bike and Baxter’s Robot Rampage; they’re just OK, honestly. The Superman stuff looks really cool; I want that Battle of Metropolis set with the Gen. Zod spaceship in the worst way. But, yeah, in terms of covering all of the nerd bases, Lego is on fire right now.

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