Author Archives: Bethany Blanton

A Star Wars Experience Across Generations

Everyone knows that time travel isn’t possible, yet. Sure, we’ve had plenty of examples on TV, films and books with characters coming and going through the time stream. Einstein even has a theory that proves it is possible but, to this day we just can’t do it. Now, that doesn’t mean a little slice of the past can’t come back to us. It could be through a memory, a feeling or an experience that “takes one back” to that one point in time. I had that experience recently while watching “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”.

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A Road Trip with the Waze C-3PO to See The Force Awakens

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It was the end of an amazing road trip/vacation, and I’d seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens three times in theaters when I posted the following on Instagram:

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However, things had not begun on such a nice note. Days before I was sick and had a fever. College finals were upon me. I was dreading my multi-hour long Russian language and European Federalism/Multi-Level Governance exams. A day later on Dec. 12th I was so many hours into studying after pulling an all-nighter I’d lost count. BUT!! I was happy because I knew in a few short days I would be watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens with my friends in Texas!

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On Wednesday the 16th me, my brother Riley, and my friend Steve took off from just south of Atlanta, GA, to head to Austin, TX, and we took C-3PO with us. For parts of the road trip we had lots of fun using the Star Wars version of the Waze road navigation app, the largest community based traffic and navigation app, which currently has available C-3PO’s voice as your guide. Best part? It’s a great app that’s free! https://www.waze.com/download

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On our way back from Texas, we also listened to some of The Force Awakens audio book, and The Force Awakens soundtrack (and also tons of Steve’s ’80s music). I also took Wicket the stuffed Ewok with me!

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It was a road trip filled with Star Wars. My friends and I exchanged Star Wars gifts, saw The Force Awakens multiple times in 2D and 3D at the Alamo Drafthouse and other theaters, went shopping for Star Wars goodies, and recorded podcast episodes about the latest film. I was sad to leave Texas, but the time came for us to head back home, once again with our trusty, droid co-pilot. Some of my favorite moments with C-3PO as our guide were his overly fussy, worried, and perfectly in character directions. My four favorite quotes are:

Whenever there was a road hazard, 3PO would say in a panicked voice: “Hazard reported ahead; we’ll be destroyed for sure!”

Whenever there were police/an accident reported on the route he would say: “Police up ahead. Don’t blame me, I’m just the interpreter!”

I felt rather like Anakin or Luke whenever he would give directions because he’d call the driver ‘master’ saying things like: “Turn left, master.”

Whenever we arrived at our destination he’d say: “You have arrived. R2-D2 it is you, it is you!” and then he’d make me laugh by ending with: “What a desolate place this is.”

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Driving across the Mississippi River.

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Press Release for the Supply Pod’s Star Wars Mystery Box

The holiday season is fast approaching and this year, December is going to be dominated by one thing, and one thing only. On December 18th, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit theaters, bringing with it legions of fans who are desperate to see the franchise return to its former glory. To celebrate the movie event of the century, Outer Places is pleased to announce that the next Supply Pod from Outer Places will be dedicated to that Galaxy Far Far Away.

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Press Release for Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind

STAR WARS PSYCHOLOGY: Dark Side of the Mind (Sterling, October 27, 2015) sheds new light on the Star Wars saga for fans of the series and for fans of psychology!

Evil, tyrannical oppression rules this world and heroes must rise to battle the darkness. According to Psychiatrist Carl Jung and mythologist Joseph Campbell, people in every place and time tell tales of heroes who face darkness, win victories, and return transformed. This archetypal Hero’s Journey underlies the Star Wars story, and demonstrates the role of psychology in shaping this beloved saga.

In STAR WARS PSYCHOLOGY, a group of expert contributors, led by Travis Langley, explore the “Big Five” personality factors and the characters who embody each major trait.

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C-3PO Guides You through Traffic in the Star Wars Version of GPS App Waze

In this day and age, practically everyone uses a GPS app on their phone to navigate their way through life. Why not spice things up by turning it into a game, and have C-3PO himself, the best droid co-pilot in the galaxy guide you through traffic to your next destination as you earn points collecting road goodies like stormtroopers, TIE fighers, droids, and more along the way? The Force is with Waze this month, and from now through December 31st you can experience the Star Wars version of Waze road navigation! You can download Waze, the largest community based traffic and navigation app for free here: https://www.waze.com/download.

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I’ve had Waze since I first got a smart phone, and have loved the app. As they put it: “Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app with more than 50 million users and a social following of over 1.5 million people! At its core, Waze is all about contributing to the ‘common good’ out there on the road. By connecting drivers to one another, Waze helps people create local driving communities that work together to improve the quality of everyone’s daily driving. That might mean helping them avoid the frustration of sitting in traffic, cluing them in to unexpected road closures or shaving five minutes off of their regular commute by showing them new routes they never even knew about.”

I just downloaded and tried out the Star Wars version of the app, and I LOVE it! It feels exactly as is an overly worried C-3PO is guiding you through traffic, and I may or may not have directed some Han Solo-like sarcastic quips about fear of spaceship travels at my phone.

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Screen shots from downloading the Star Wars Waze updates.

One of my favorites in Waze is how the app shows you upcoming obstacles, road-side hazards, and other potential difficulties on your route. I haven’t experienced this real time updating of everything that might impact your drive in any other app. I like how Waze rewards you with points in a system that basically gamefies your normally boring commute, making it fun to use.

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In the Star Wars version of the app, you look for things like where R2-D2 and BB-8 are hiding in your town with a commute full of stormtroopers, TIE fighters, lightsabers, and more to make your commute full of Star Wars fun. The Waze app is available for download for iOS and Android here: https://www.waze.com/download

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