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Topic: The model of a modern empire?
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (May 23, 2005 10:00AM)
It's 10:45 and my supervisor comes into my office excited.

He tells me that he didn't see any paper in the star wars movies.

He saw the new one last night, and said the special effects were impressive.

Then, three hours later comes in with that observation.

I tell him the movie action did not take place in the accounting, marketing or quality assurance facilities. We both laugh.

Did you notice any paper in the six movies? Just now I can't recall even currency note.

Then the guy comes back and tells me he did not see many trees on those planets either. ;)
Message: Posted by: JoeJoe (May 23, 2005 10:18AM)
They have computerized clipboards of some sort, but indeed there is no paper. Most of the writtings amd symbols you see have meaning - some are considered actually "languages", although I don't believe there is anything as complex as the Klingon language.

Endor had tons of trees, as did Dagobath ... and Chewbacca's home planet also has lots of trees - I'm not posative, but I believe that was Chewie's home planet on ROTS where Yoda goes. The books describe his planet, the tree's are so tall that the ground level is pitch black - there is a wookie "coming to age" ritual that requires the young brave wookie to take a journey down into the darkness.

Corosant (the capital) is the most interesting, I don't think the movies did a very good job portarying it at all. That planet is entierly populated, there is no land left - all vegitation replaced with buildings. The buildings go up as high as 500 stories. The poor lived down below, in the levels where no light ever reached. When the Empire took control, many citizens went to lower levels to hide.

Message: Posted by: Patrick Differ (May 23, 2005 03:52PM)
'sfunny what people actually see when they're looking...

I'd be interested in knowing your boss' thought processes that led him to this remarkable discovery. It seems to me that he was looking for paper and didn't find it, and that's what struck him as being odd.
Message: Posted by: Diavo (May 25, 2005 01:26PM)
Kashyyk is the Wookie planet in ROTS, yes. Plenty of trees.
Now, are Ewoks the evolutionary ancestors of the Wookies? :lol:

As technology becomes more prevalet, we use paper less and less. Not completely gone yet of course, humans like to mark up paper. Me, I like to have multiple sheet in front of me and not have to scroll thru to read something.
But think of how wasteful paper is. How much do you throw away in an office for example (or recycle, similar use: it goes away and must be processed)? Wouldn't it be nice if we had electronic notepads or such? But the tech of SW is much further along than present 2005 technology, we're used to using paper.

No paper currency? Imagine if each planet had it's own paper/coin currency: if you never left home you'd be fine. But the space traveler (pirate, merc, stromtrooper) who be overwhelmed with conversions. So electronic credits are a galactic-wide idea. Credit cards anyone? ':-)
[Altho in Ep1 Watto says "Republic credits are no good here"...]
Message: Posted by: Dr_Stephen_Midnight (May 25, 2005 06:29PM)
"Now, are Ewoks the evolutionary ancestors of the Wookies?"

From the standpoint of the 'series evolution,' just the opposite. Lucas originally intended Endor to be populated by Wookies, then changed his mind and created Ewoks.

Message: Posted by: JoeJoe (May 25, 2005 09:59PM)
Yes, credits are in all the books as well ... but I'm wondering, didn't Princess Leia tell Han Solo "if money is all you care about, then it's money you shall get"? Based on an electronic credit system, I'd say that must have been one HUGE fortune Solo was loading up then!

I always felt that part of the plot didn't make sence, that they would pay him so handsomely ... at the time, the Rebellion was indeed strong but they still needed every resource they could get their hands on.

Message: Posted by: Dr_Stephen_Midnight (May 26, 2005 05:50AM)
Maybe the resources they needed were materials, not money. They could pay, but what they needed had to be gotten through various 'iffy' black-market cartels.

Message: Posted by: Diavo (May 26, 2005 02:26PM)
Maybe the Rebellion had great slicers (aka hackers) who could edit banking systems and just add some zeros to the end of someone's funds... ;P
Message: Posted by: CamelotFX (May 26, 2005 07:17PM)
I met a guy who actually heated his home with junk mail. He subscribed to every catalog, newsletter and mailing list that he could find. He built a super-gigantic mailbox out on the road and his postman had to get a bigger van just to deliver the sackloads of fuel to him every day.

I told this story to my students once and one raised his hand. "That's a great idea! I'll just print out all the spam I receive... and burn it!"

Ah, the digital age.