May the 4th Be With you

Last year the 9-movie Star Wars saga ended with Rise of Skywalker. (for better or worse, depending on your point of view. Not counting ‘solo’ and ‘Rogue One’) Which, with the hindsight that we now have in 2020 and the tectonic shifts the coronavirus and Covid-19 have brought about (and will continue to do so for the rest of the decade as country after country with little or no health-care resources, stable economic bases and governance, and less-than robust food security, add one more burden to their already breaking shoulders), created a certain grim symmetrical bookend to the last 43 years, that otherwise might’ve been missed.

There was (eg, The Mandalorian) and will be (eg, Taika Waititi – he, of the fabulously successful ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ – has just been tapped to co-write and direct a new Star Wars feature film) more Star Wars-ian stuff, but it is essentially the end of an era.

Just as there was a (mythically proportioned) ‘Golden Years of Hollywood’ so now the last 50 years of western cinema can claim a similar appellation. Perhaps we can call it ‘The Birth of Special Effects and CGI Era’. (a bit long and it doesn’t acronym-ise very well either – TBSECE)

The force, (or as it’s known for just one single day every year, a bit like Brigadoon  really, ‘the 4th’) as Yoda describes it, is another name for the energy that so many of us have seen come into its own of late. What ‘life on Earth’ might just be like if everyone strove for balance rather than the accumulation of ‘wealth’. Or perhaps it’s a desire to experience that balance for more than a few fleeting moments, as we realise on deeper and deeper levels just how far out of balance we truly did fall.

‘May the force be with you.’

 

‘Do, or do not. There is no try.’

Luke – ‘I don’t believe it.’ … Yoda – ‘That, is why you fail.’

Photographing In David Attenborough Stealth-Mode

A week ago I posted a bit about Mrs Widds new toy, promising further revelations when the rain stopped.

Stop paying attention to that silly piece of black plastic. I have rescued a sunbeam with my fur

Stop paying attention to that silly piece of black plastic. I have rescued a sunbeam with my fur

Coco The community Cat has informed me that the sun is indeed shining and Mrs Widds has been spotted heading toward her new toy. I grabbed my super-duper whizz-bang hi-fi camera (aka cellphone) and tailed her, making sure I was downwind so as not to give myself away.

I got a single shot of her before she moved out of camera range.

Helmet on, keys in hand, ready for action

Helmet on, keys in hand, ready for action

My next shot needed to capture the rare and elusive ‘toy’ in its natural habitat. Well camouflaged, it took some time but I did indeed get a once-in-a-million shot.

Cover on

Cover on

The thing about ‘toy’ camouflage is that the outer layers seldom match the inner ones. I’d have to keep an eye on this one to capture the moment when it shed the outer layer and reveal the beast within … oh look, it’s happening already!!!

Cover off – Taa-dah!!!

Cover off – Taa-dah!!!

David Attenborough Stealth Mode fully engaged to get a long-distance shot from behind the Winter tree

David Attenborough Stealth Mode fully engaged to get a long-distance shot from behind the Winter tree

Oh oh, looks like I’ve been spotted. This might cause the shy beastie to bolt

Oh oh, looks like I’ve been spotted. This might cause the shy beastie to bolt

Yep, there she goes

Yep, there she goes

The bloke next door was so intent on mowing his grass verge, Mrs Widds got right past him without him noticing a thing. Once the grass gets growing here on out little street the competitive mowing season shifts into high gear. It’s serious business here, let me tell you!

Back to stealth mode picture taking. Looks like Mrs widds is bringing her in.

First run up to the landing strip ... nope, going around for a second try

First run up to the landing strip … nope, going around for a second try

Corner...er...ing in for a landing

Corner…er…ing in for a landing

Made it ... and back into hiding she goes

Made it … and back into hiding she goes

A well-earned rest

A well-earned rest

-oOo-

… and so, another day on Widder Island draws to a close. All that’s left is to wish that may you all live long and prosper … and May the 4th be with you.

Jedi Betty (no idea where this meme originated or who created the image, but whoever you are, thank you)

Jedi Betty (no idea where this meme originated or who created the image, but whoever you are, thank you)

Dear Carrie, May the 4th Be With You, Always

Because it won’t be the same here without you.

May The 4ourth Be With You

… especially because this year we have …

Best hero ever!

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Well, this rewriting gig is taking a whole lot longer than I planned. (you know what they say about mice and best laid plans and lesbians) I’m almost done, so I’ll see you in a week or two.

 

Bon Voyage Messenger. May the Fourth be with you

Last week, the Little Space Probe That Could, having completed it’s purpose, died. It crashed into the surface of Mercury, somewhere in the vicinity of Shakespeare crater.

By the Numbers

“ Thou know’st ‘tis common; all that lives must die,
Passing through nature to eternity.” – Hamlet: Act 1, scene 2.

What Messenger saw

What Messenger saw

Image Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington.

What’s ‘May the Fourth’, you ask? One of the best days of the year!

May the 4th Be With You

 

Saturn's Moon Mimas - May the 4th

Curtesy of NASA and io9