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J_Brandt
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11/14/2013 | 9:00:50 PM
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WeG«÷ve now got G«£Phantom Vibration/Ringing SyndromeG«• and other obsessive compulsive behaviors associated with our smart phones. It is nice every so often to leave C3PO and R2D2 back in the ship, get outside, smell the banthas, socialize with some friends with some karaoke at Mos Eisley Cantina so simply watch the three moons rise.
Whoopty
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11/14/2013 | 2:09:06 PM
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I stopped getting email on my phone for this same reason, never found a good reason to put it down when it was going off every few minutes!
Chuck Brooks
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11/13/2013 | 10:11:10 PM
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It is true, we are all becoming addicted to the technology, especially smart phones. As our education institution digitize learning and our children grow up in the new technology age, the addiction will continue and grow stronger. Taking a break and putting the screen down is a good idea for everyone.
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11/12/2013 | 1:00:49 PM
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One thing that you missed is that it teaches us that technology is going to peak one day then head into decline until it is a utility. Look at the Episodes in sequential order not date order and you go from Shiny skinned luxury ships and pretty fighters to dumpy falling apart cargo ships and fighters that look like they are one hard turn away from the junk yard. Eventually we'll get to a point where shiny new phones give way to clunky terminals that just barely give us a flickering green image of the person on the other end.
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11/11/2013 | 8:28:52 PM
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I'm not a big Star Wars buff, but I completely agree with the idea of putting our devices to the side every once in awhile. A couple years back I broke my phone while on vacation and was forced to be out of the loop for a few weeks. Though inconvenient at times, it was pretty relaxing to take a break from the constant communicating that our society is so used to. I definitely recommend leaving your phone behind when out at dinner or spending time with friends and family; some things are just more important than email.
Shane M. O'Neill
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11/11/2013 | 2:32:21 PM
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True, Han Solo is a skeptic. But he does say "May The Force be with you" to Luke before The Death Star battle. His way of saying, I respect your belief even though it's not my belief. Solo didn't put enough stock in tech to upgrade the hunk-of-junk Millenium Falcon! I guess he didn't have the money.
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11/11/2013 | 11:28:09 AM
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In 1977 Microsoft was selling (pirated?) tiny basic for S-100 systems (Altair et al) and Apple was building knock-offs of the KIM-1. Orwell's "1984" was still 7 years away. Missile guidance systems at the time were prone to jamming. "Top Gun" school was formed to teach dogfighting in response to poor accuracy of missile systems in Vietnam. Also note the vent he was aiming for was not a straight on target like another fighter but had to be "bounced" in. Certainly Tatooine was an odd mix of high tech and low tech.
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11/9/2013 | 2:26:24 PM
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Not to sound like too much of a Star Wars nerd, but Han in fact does put a lot of stock in technology, assopposed to Obi-Wan and Luke. He is highly suspicious of the Force, which, remember, he tells Luke is nothing "compared to a good blaster by your side, kid."
Thomas Claburn
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11/8/2013 | 11:27:34 PM
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"Search your feelings, you know it to be true." That also sounds like Stephen Colbert and his lead-with-the-gut obsession.
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11/8/2013 | 11:17:00 PM
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The headline used to read, What Star Trek Teaches Us About Technology. My wife would be glad to explain how we made a wrong turn when we came to Star Wars.
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