Weekend Diversion: A Jedi’s Dream Come True (Synopsis)

“General Kenobi. Years ago you served my father in the Clone Wars. Now he begs you to help him in his struggle against the Empire. I regret that I am unable to convey my father’s request to you in person, but my ship has fallen under attack, and I’m afraid my mission to bring you to Alderaan has failed. I have placed information vital to the survival of the Rebellion into the memory systems of this R2 unit. My father will know how to retrieve it. You must see this droid safely delivered to him on Alderaan. This is our most desperate hour. Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” -Princess Leia, in Star Wars: A New Hope

I'm not the biggest fan of schadenfreude, but when someone who consistently acts like a jerk to their biggest fans gets their comeuppance, I'll pause to admire that. Have a listen to the Jayhawks sing their magnificent composition,

Real Light,

while I share with you something that Star Wars fans have been waiting their whole lives for: a real-life lightsaber!

Image credit: Lucasfilm / The Empire Strikes Back. Image credit: Lucasfilm / The Empire Strikes Back.

So when Wicked Lasers -- a company notorious for their high-powered optical lasers -- came out with the LaserSaber, it's only natural that George Lucas would sue. But what you might not expect is how true to the science-fiction the LaserSaber actually comes!

Image credit: WickedLasers, via http://www.wickedlasers.com/lasersaber. Image credit: WickedLasers, via http://www.wickedlasers.com/lasersaber.

Go check out the whole thing here!

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