“May the 4th” otherwise known as Star Wars day is coming up soon. This year it happens to fall on Sunday, so if you want to have some fun with it in your program. The team over at DYM have you covered. They have a great FREE Powerpoint game for you to download and use. Enjoy, and May the Force be with You.
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This guy is great. You should try to get your church organist to play this in this weekend’s service.
I read a great post over at 99u.com about 7 productivity tips you can gleam from Star Wars. Here are a few of my favorites:
1) Rest when you have nothing to do.
When Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn is fighting Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace, a transparent door closes, dividing them (see in video above). Darth Maul paces back and forth ready to continue their battle while Qui-Gon simply sits and rests, seemingly doing nothing.
In modern society we all feel like we have to be like Darth Maul. Pacing, finding a “purpose,” being anxious, stressed, waiting for doors to open. But it is great to just rest and be happy and not move when you don’t have to. I will tell you those doors will open, and it’s great.
I know for myself that when i don’t spend time to rest my productivity nosedives. Sometimes we get under so much pressure that we feel like that time to rest will hurt, but usually the opposite is true. I also find my problem solving and creativity are so much higher after a little rest.
2) Rid yourself of everything you don’t need.
Obi-Wan lives a simple life in exile for 40 years when he’s on Tatooine. Yoda, Jedi Master, lives in a simple swamp hut after he loses his battle with the Emperor. They were still capable of laughing, of living, of staying healthy, and were able to train the next generation. They didn’t need anything to keep them entertained. It’s a story. But this is the way I would like to live: with my friend and my health intact, and not a material care in the world.
Clutter can be such a distraction to me. Simple almost always helps me focus and get more done.
5) Be around other Jedis.
Once Anakin Skywalker starts hanging out with Darth Sidious he becomes a bad guy (see above). Here are some things that are hard in life: being honest, being kind, and trying to add value to others. These things take time and energy. When you are around people who steal your energy then those things become even harder. As a wise man once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
Just like we teach our students being around those that have the traits we wish to have helps build those habits. When I’m around those that are creative and productive it helps to inspire those traits in me as well. I recommend finding those people around you and schedule time to be hang around them. Even if it’s just for coffee, discussing what you are working can with them can be a huge lift to you, especially if you are feeling stuck.
OK, there’s much excitement in our house about Star Wars Angry Birds in our house. It’s a mashup of two of our favorite things. After playing it for a few days, we are still just as excited. Who doesn’t like an Angry Bird with a light sabre slaying though evil storm trooper piggies.
If you are interested you too can enjoy the fun and games. It’s available on just about every platform out there.
May the Force be with you!
Apple has their big announcement tomorrow, but while we wait, here’s a hilarious video to keep you entertained. Star Wars and Justin Beiber, who could ask for more.
This is such a great mashup of two things that I love, Christmas and Star Wars. The song “Mary did you know?” and Star Wars seem an unlikely pairing, but it’s awesome.
Thanks to Marko for posting it.
OK, today was the big game, but I’m going to let other people that are much smarter talk abou the football side of things. Let’s talk about the commercials, after all that’s why everyone watches, right?
In case you missed any, or you just decided you’d wait till later to see what the best were, here are a few places to catch-up:
Between these two sites you can catch pretty much all the commercials from the game.
One of my favorite class of commercials is always the movie ones, and this year they got my little geek heart excited. Here are a couple of the films we got our first looks at that I can’t wait to see:
Also if you’d like to take the conversation with your students further, Walt Mueller over at CPYU put together a discussion guide that you can download from his blog.
What were your favorites?
I don’t know if you taken your summer vacation yet, but I want to go on this trip:
I personally can’t wait for the new Star Tours ride at Disneyland. It’s needed a revamp for awhile, but it’s still one of my favorites.