Update: I changed the title of this post because Dr. Rotwang used it first. I should have know I wasn't that clever...
Last Friday was the 3oth anniversary of the release of Star Wars. It's difficult to describe just how ground-breaking the film was and how inspiring it continues to be for legions of fans around the world. Maybe I'll write about it later, because I was there from the very beginning to see it all. Hard to believe there are people watching the new trilogy who weren't even alive when Jedi was released...
Here are a few links to stories about the anniversary and the phenomonon:
Star Wars Rewired: Interviews, Galleries and More http://www.wired.com/entertainment/hollywood/news/2007/05/lucasThirty years later, 'Star Wars' force still being felt
How Star Wars Changed Everything
The Science of Star Wars
(Since this one is from Forbes Magazine, it's a bit more conservative on the prospects of Star Wars Science, especially on lightsabers. Hey, guys, it's a movie...relax. Anyway, you can read more than you ever wanted to know about lightsabers at Wikipedia.)Star Wars Celebration IV