sábado, 23 de janeiro de 2010

Adidas Originals

Sometime ago I´ve posted about the Adidas Originals Star Wars collection. Now we have a video available with lots of celebreties and a remix of the Imperial March. Check it!


Há tempos fiz um post sobre os Adidas Originals para Star Wars. Agora já temos vídeo disponível com algumas celebridades e um remix da Imperial March. Espreitem!

Adidas Originals is kicking off 2010 by welcoming you to the neighborhood, the street where originality comes to life as artists, athletes, and celebs celebrate their style. Everyone's invited to our street corner along with some special guests, who traveled from a galaxy far, far away to launch a year's worth of celebrations.

Star Wars and adidas Originals have officially joined forces in our most colossal collaboration to date, bringing you a striking collection of sneakers and apparel inspired by the characters and crafts you've followed for a lifetime.

The most iconic moments and beloved figures from the Star Wars saga are translated to the streets, telling their creative story across a forceful collection of adidas Originals footwear and apparel.

Celebrate this powerful alliance to the beat of a new and improved remix of the Imperial March, as Vader and the stormtroopers land on our street corner greeted by Snoop Dogg, David Beckham, Calle 13, DJ Neil Armstrong and Daft Punk representing their originality. No matter which side of the Force you're on, believe the hype, this year is going to be massive.

Mauro Bex : maurobindo

Force Trainer

Mysterious "Force Trainer" Toy Explained

By Pete Vilmur

Last month, the Official StarWars.com Blog reported a story about the new Force Trainer toy from Uncle Milton Industries that reportedly utilizes brainwaves to levitate a ball within a tube, a la the Force. Well, that post generated so much attention on the site that we felt a follow-up story was in order to get to the bottom of this thing.

We contacted Uncle Milton Industries' Executive Vice President Frank Adler to get the low-down on this exciting new toy, which we hope to see out later this year:

Ok. Seriously. How does it work?
The wireless headset reads your brainwaves through dry sensor technology and can determine the differences between alpha, beta, gamma and delta waves. This allows a chip inside the Force Trainer to use an algorithm to interpret the data and translate it to physical action, which in this case moves the Training Sphere into different sections of the cylinder.

Will some people be able to produce brain waves more powerful than others? Can you consciously control them?

It depends on your midi-chlorian count! Ok, in actuality, it's not a matter of "more powerful" brain waves as much as "more focused." It's very much like the concept of practicing the Force as you see in the films. The deeper you are able to concentrate, the more you will 'feel the force flowing through you,' and the more you will be able to move the Training Sphere. The device will interpret different levels of focus rather than being just one big on/off switch.

How is the ball physically lifted?
The brainwave data is translated via computer chip to a fan inside the base of the Force Trainer, which is what actually lifts the ball -- your brain waves control how high the ball goes or how much it moves. As you move through the 15 different levels, you will activate Yoda's training tips and other sound effects.

How do you see this technology being applied in the near future?
The applications for the underlying technology are nearly limitless -- there have been discussions of using it in remote controls for televisions, stereos, video games, as well as some medical applications and other avenues for this type of technology.

When can we expect the Force Trainer to become available?
The Force Trainer will be in stores and online in Fall of 2009.

Please tell us you've got a bona-fide lightsaber in the works.
As soon as we find the right focusing crystals, you will be the first to know.

Original interview here

Mauro Bex : maurobindo

The Empire Strikes Back - 30 years

Taken from the Star Wars Homing Beacon, the weekly newsletter:

´This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. For the entire year, Lucasfilm is celebrating this landmark movie, including making Empire a central theme to this year's Star Wars Celebration event in August. Look for retrospective features on StarWars.com throughout the year, as well as here, in the Homing Beacon.

Back in 1990, Empire celebrated its first major milestone at ten years old. Then, Lucasfilm Fan Club Magazine asked director Irvin Kershner to recall how he came to be director of Episode V.

"I had a phone call from [producer] Gary Kurtz who asked me if I would be interested, and I said I would think about it. I talked about it with my agent and I said, 'Oh, what a hard act to follow! Star Wars! I don't know.' I was kind of put off by the enormity of the job and having to not top it. I never believe in topping, I believe in just making something which stands on its own terms. I thought, 'What a difficult job!' I met with George Lucas at Universal over lunch and he began talking about what he wanted to do and how important the second film was, because if the second one worked, then he could make more. If the second one didn't work, then that would be the end of Star Wars. So I thought about it and said, 'Well, why do you want me? Of all the younger guys around, all the hot-shots, why me?' And I remember he said to me, 'Well, because you know everything a Hollywood director is supposed to know but you're not Hollywood.' I liked that.

"Of course, I've always liked George and respected him. I loved his little films and his stuff at USC. I had some seminars with him when I was teaching and he was making some little films. I remember THX 1138 and, in fact, did my best to make Warner release it. They were reluctant to release it. So I finally decided, 'Why not direct this Star Wars film.' However, I didn't know it would take me almost three years! So, I went up to see George and he took me to his office and showed me these drawings of what would later be Skywalker Ranch. He said, 'This is what this film will pay for.' He showed me drawings of the buildings, etc. But he said, 'This will only happen if Empire works.' And that was something else I had thing I had to carry on my shoulders. I thought, 'Wow, what a dream! That's incredible!' You know, it's not like saying, 'Look, we're going to make a lot of money!' It's saying, 'We're going to build something.' And that was the difference fo r me. That's what hooks me every time. You know, money itself means nothing. It's what's done with it that matters.

"So, George convinced me. Actually, he didn't have to try very hard."´

Mauro Bex : maurobex

sábado, 9 de janeiro de 2010

Star Wars in Concert - Lisboa

I just wanted to say that mentalization works :)
Today I´ll buy my tickets!!!


Só queria dizer que a mentalização funciona :)
Hoje vou comprar os meus bilhetes!!!

Mauro Bex : maurobindo

sábado, 2 de janeiro de 2010

Villa Balbianello

The last days of 2009 and the first ones of 2010 were spent in the north of Italy, Milano and Lago di Como. This last one is the subject of this post. In the village of Lenno, in the western shore of Lago di Como, stands Villa Balbianello, where some of the Star Wars scenes were shot for "The Attack of The Clones". The 2 scenes I am posting are from the first kiss and also from Anakin´s and Padme´s secret marriage. The beautiful natural scenario was the ideal to represent the planet Naboo, homeland of Queen Amidala, where she and Anakin ended up falling in love.

In the end of the post I placed some of my own photographs from a nearest spot, and from a far one also. In this time of the year the Villa Balbianello and its´ gardens are closed, opening for the new season in March 2010, which was a pity...
Hope some day many of you can have the chance to take a closer look to it :)
A very happy 2010 from Italy, and may the Force always be with you!


Os últimos dias de 2009 e os primeiros de 2010 foram passados no norte de Itália, em Milano e no Lago di Como. Este último é o tema deste post. Na vila de Lenno, na margem oeste do Lago di Como, fica a Villa Balbianello, onde algumas das cenas do filme "O Ataque dos Clones" foram filmadas. Os 2 momentos que aqui coloco são do primeiro beijo e também do casamento secreto de Anakin e Padmé. O belíssimo cenário natural foi o ideal para representar Naboo, planeta de origem da Rainha Amidala, onde ela e Anakin acabaram por se apaixonar.

No final do post coloquei algumas fotos minhas de um local mais próximo e de outro mais distante. Nesta altura do ano a Villa Balbianello está fechada, bem como os seus jardins, reabrindo apenas em Março, o que foi uma pena...
Espero que um dia muitos de vocês tenham a oportunidade de a ver mais de perto :)
Um feliz 2010 desde Itália para todos, e que a Força esteja sempre convosco!

Mauro Bex : maurobindo