Star Wars: Machete Order

All credit for finding this insanely awesome article goes to Adam. Disclaimer, if you’ve never seen Star Wars, don’t bother reading, just go watch Star Wars, and in this episode order: IV, V, II, III, VI*. Skip Episode I. That’s the crux of this fantastic blog post by Rod Hilton. He makes the overwhelmingly compelling argument that this particular episode order (which he calls Machete Order) is the best way to truly experience the films, preserving the killer twists and turns that the saga has to offer, heightening tension in many parts lacking, thematically connecting the original and newer films in a much stronger way, and, possibly most important of all, completely striking Episode I from a new viewer’s Star Wars experience. I’m so excited to watch the films in Machete Order with Colleen, as she is essentially a Star Wars newbie.

*To the uninitiated, that’s A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, Return of the Jedi.


The New Face of Autism Therapy – Popular Science

This Popular Science article is a very cool read on autism research being done in California using humanoid robots. This kind of work is so important for the well-being of kids who are so quickly overlooked because they can be a challenge for parents, teachers and classmates.

I’m consistently impressed by the writing of the AV Club. Fantastic article about one of my Desert Island Top 5 Favorite Albums.

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