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Star Wars Bluray: The Complete Box Set

Posted in Movie,Movies by Elliott Back on May 8th, 2011.

I’m excited; the entire Star Wars collection is coming out on Bluray this fall. Amazon (see the link below) is selling it for $89.99 (36% off) and I’ve put in my preorder already, with the added benefit of free shipping and release-day delivery from Amazon Prime. See, my wife has never seen Star Wars, and I want to get through at least “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back” with her in order to further her cultural scifi education.


Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) [Blu-ray]

Meanwhile as a massive nerd, I will be checking out the never-before-scene additional footage. The press-release highlights some of the features that you will be able to see:

Bring home the adventure and share Star Wars™ with your whole family – when STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment! To be released beginning on September 12 internationally and on September 16 in North America, the nine-disc collection brings the wonder of the entire Saga direct to your living room, where you can revisit all of your favorite Star Wars moments – in gorgeous high definition and with pristine, 6.1 DTS Surround Sound. Dive deeper into the universe with an unprecedented 40+ hours of special features, highlighted by never-before-seen content sourced from the Lucasfilm archives.

There’s even a Bluray disc (number 9) containing Star Wars documentaries, like “Star Warriors” (2007), “A Conversation with the Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later” (2010), and “Star Wars Spoofs” (2011). There are some downsides:

  1. This is not the “original version” of the classic trilogy. You will have to deal with Greedo shooting first, etc.
  2. This is not a new transfer of Star Wars; it’s basically going to be a slightly better version of the 2004 edition. There’s no new HD 4k transfer.
  3. These discs are 4:3 wide, not 19:9 widescreen

Move Complete!!

Posted in Family,Life by Elliott Back on August 1st, 2006.

I just finished moving to my new place, which is a very beautifully furnished condo. The furniture my landlord left is quite nice, and will only need to be supplemented by a bed, desk, and bookshelf. There’s a pharmacy and a grocery store five minutes on foot, and bus lines that can connect me with the subway. I’ve also got borrowed wifi from some generous neighbor!

Interestingly, the residents of my area all appear to be middle class white women in their 50-60s, nearly uniformly. I wonder if I’ll stand out in this ‘hood….

I went into the city in the afternoon, which only takes about 25-30m from where I live by bus/train, and saw Matt Damon walking down 5th Ave, which was pretty cool.

Complete GLAT Solutions

Posted in Code,Google by Elliott Back on January 20th, 2005.

I used to have an extremely long post containing the full GLAT solutions, but it was on the old blog and I never fully migrated. Well, now’s the time. For those who don’t remember, the GLAT was the Google Labs Aptitude Test that Google mailed to a number of institutions and placed in a lot of magazine ads to try and recruit some bright individuals. I took it, and with my own brains and Google figured out most of the problems. So, either read on, or download the glat solutions (doc)!

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