Black Friday post #4: Priorities

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As George Takei quips: “Perhaps we should hold elections on the last Friday of November, with polling stations at Wal-Mart, Target and Apple.”

Found via George Takei.


And now, the LEGO “Star Wars” trailer!

You’ve seen the Star Wars teaser trailer, but have you seen the LEGO Star Wars teaser trailer?

It’s got LEGO John Boyega:

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…and LEGO new-droid-on-a-ball…

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…LEGO Daisy Ridley

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…LEGO mysterious-new-Sith-lord…

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…and the LEGO Millennium Falcon!

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Enough teasing — here’s the LEGO trailer!


A little flowchart from Bruce Lee about how to become good at something

Practice, practice, and more practice:

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Black Friday post #3: The roundup, including the greatest accidental Black Friday haiku ever

This year’s Black Friday Death Count

Black friday Death Count leaderboard: 8 deaths, 96 injuries.

Black Friday Death Count’s leaderboard says that Black Friday 2014 resulted in 8 deaths and 96 injuries.

I wouldn’t have counted the murder attempt/suicide at the Nordstrom in Chicago. That’s not violence or injury as a result of marketing-generated shopping madness, but a domestic assault carried out on someone who was working at a retail store on the day.

More and more of the Black Friday incidents on their list are taking place in the U.K., where they don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but have borrowed the post-Thanksgiving shopping gimmick from their cousins across the pond.

The violent history of Black Friday

Here’s Machinima’s entertaining history of Black Friday, which wasn’t always a term used the way we use it today:

The science behind why people kill each other over TVs on the Friday after Thanksgiving

Two shoppers fighting over a TV set in Wembley, UK.

The photo above shows two sets of shoppers in Wembley, an area of northwest London (and remember, I mentioned earlier that Thanksgiving isn’t a tradition in the UK), fighting over a TV. It appears along with an article in the British paper The Independent, where they say that we’re hardwired in such a way that under the right set of circumstances, we will commit acts of violence, and Black Friday lines up those circumstances all too well.

Last year’s Black Friday Haiku, just because

I’ll close with Kenzie Lind’s three greatest sequential tweets from last year, which became an accidental haiku (right down to the 5 – 7 – 5 syllable scheme) that captures Black Friday so well:

3 sequential tweets from Kenzie Lind:


JJ Abrams’ accidental homage to “Spaceballs” in the new “Star Wars” film

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Until this scene in the just-released teaser trailer…

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…it’s been decades since we last saw a black actor playing a stormtrooper on the desert world of Tatooine, and the last time, it was in Spaceballs:

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In case you don’t remember, it happens in the classic “Comb the desert!” scene:


Black Friday post #2: The REAL Star Wars teaser trailer

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…and yes, there’s a Millennium Falcon combat scene!

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And new X-wing fighters flying just above the water, raising waves, either to avoid enemy scanners or just because it looks cool!

new speeder bike

And big-ass speeder bikes!

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And a soccer ball droid!

Here’s the trailer:


Black Friday post #1: 1978’s “Dawn of the Dead” vs. Black Friday 2013

It’s pretty hard to tell the difference:

zombie terror then and now