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Make-A-Wish Builds A Millennium Falcon Fort For Boy

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the it's-fast-enough-for-you-old-man dept.

Star Wars Prequels 94

Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and a production crew from Little Mountain Productions, a 9-year-old is getting the best fort ever. The crew is making him a Star Wars-themed fort with a gigantic Millennium Falcon with solar-powered LED interior and exterior lighting to sit on top. No word on how fast it can make the Kessel run, but lets hope the kid gets a long trip.

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*Awkward Shuffle* (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32667924)

Not to look a gift-Millenium-Falcon in the mouth, or anything... but that doesn't look big enough to actually play -inside-. Can I have another one, but bigger, please?

Re:*Awkward Shuffle* (1)

jimbobborg (128330) | more than 3 years ago | (#32668014)

It's the top of the tree fort they're building for him. Too bad he has to be dying to get this.

Re:*Awkward Shuffle* (3, Informative)

addsalt (985163) | more than 3 years ago | (#32668728)

Make a wish is not just for kids that are dying. It is for kids that have not gotten to be a kid because they have been kept in a hospital for most of their childhood.

Parsecs (3, Funny)

pavon (30274) | more than 3 years ago | (#32667986)

No word on how fast it can make the Kessel run

I think you meant how short it can make the Kessel run.

Re:Parsecs (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32668018)

No, that would be revisionist history, compensating for Lucas' misuse of "parsec."

Re:Parsecs (4, Funny)

Jarik C-Bol (894741) | more than 3 years ago | (#32672724)

hey, the Han Solo trilogy clearly explains why and how the Kessel run records are measured in parsecs.

Re:Parsecs (4, Informative)

Isotopian (942850) | more than 3 years ago | (#32668314)

I'm getting a little tired of people saying that. It may very well have been Lucas not knowing what a parsec was, but it has long been corrected in the canon. The Kessel run was a smuggling route that skirted the Maw black hole cluster. The more daring pilots would take uncharted routes that brought them dangerously close to singularities - hence the bragging of "the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs." Yes, George probably just made an astronomy boo boo. But that was corrected a long time ago in lore, and it's just tiresome when people point that out, not witty.

Re:Parsecs (3, Interesting)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#32668394)

And it was corrected in the lamest way possible.

It would have made more sense if the ships drive bent space. This would have the side benefit of explaining how they can get around so fast.

It also make more sense because Lucas was clearing trying to have Han boast about the ship engine. This ties in to Lucas love for hotrods at the time.

If the Kessel run was 20 parsecs, but the ship bent space around itself so the ship only need to travel 12 parsecs, this would be the space craft equivalent to shaving seconds off a drag race.

In fact, I assumed that's what he meant when I say SW the first time.

Re:Parsecs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32669034)

Except that hyperspace in starwars functions without space bending. It is just an overlay space that is not bound by they same laws of matter acceleration and the speed of light. Maybe a ship could use both space bending (warp drive) and hyperspace at once, but I don't think there is any reason to think that they did in canon.

Re:Parsecs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32669920)

Except that hyperspace in starwars functions without space bending. It is just an overlay space that is not bound by they same laws of matter acceleration and the speed of light. Maybe a ship could use both space bending (warp drive) and hyperspace at once, but I don't think there is any reason to think that they did in canon.

It's gobbledygook in the original films; they use "hyperspace" and "light speed" pretty much interchangeably.

Han makes a comment about "Without precise calculations we'd fly right through a star, or bounce too close to a supernova" - something that would be hard to do if they're not in normal space.

Re:Parsecs (2, Funny)

morari (1080535) | more than 3 years ago | (#32671662)

Star Wars is about as far from real science fiction as the Lord of the Rings. Explaining it all away in technical terms is like trying to put a realistic spin on Sleeping Beauty.

Re:Parsecs (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | more than 3 years ago | (#32679652)

It is closer to fantasy than Star Trek is, that's for sure.

But even Trek has its own "Han shot first!"

Specifically, V-Ger being 82 AUs in diameter, chopped to just 2.

82 is roughly the diameter of the solar system, while 2 is the diameter of Earth's orbit.

"How can a thing 82 AUs in diameter 'enter' the solar system, much less orbit around Earth?"

Thus they chop the "eighty" part of the 82 from the pronounciation.

This is truly sad, and reduces V-Ger by over 3 orders of magnitude in power. Couldn't they have changed another word, say, "enter" to "merge" or whatever she said was happening? Forget the details.

Han shot first! V-Ger is not a wimp!

Re:Parsecs (2, Funny)

Jarik C-Bol (894741) | more than 3 years ago | (#32672768)

just because a parallel space is not bound by the laws of the speed of light does not mean that planets don't exist in the parallel locations. The way i always understood it was that hyperspace in star wars was sort of like crawling under the rug, the floor is different down there, but if you run into the couch, it still hurts. (objects of mass effect both locations)

Re:Parsecs (1)

Isotopian (942850) | more than 3 years ago | (#32669228)

Keep in mind, this is according to Star Wars canon, so flame me not for anything that is impossible, but you have part of a good point. The majority of travel done in the star wars universe is via hyperdrive, which functions vaguely as a wormhole generator - the ship travels to an alternate dimension, and the travel time to an exit point is vastly shortened - thousands of years to hours. This, combined with nonsense like inertial dampeners and "relativistic shielding" allows neat sidestepping of the massive issues that arise with FTL travel. The drives are bending space, and apparently the alternate dimension the hyperdrive links to is connected with the "real world" in enough of a way that all travel has to avoid gravity wells and such - which is how interdictors and such could function. All hyperspace engines are classified against a measured standard speed - the Class 1 hyperdrive. Commercial and public ships use Class 1.5 or Class 2 drives (taking 150% and 200% the time a Class 1 would, respectively), but the Falcon had an illegally obtained and highly modified (also highly unreliable) drive that would "make .5 past light speed." At any ratem the hyperdrive was the main transport method on ships anyways, and the ships sublight drives are basically fancy boosters anyways, mainly for takeoff, maneuvering, and docking.

tl;dr Kids these days need to read their Timothy Zahn.

Re:Parsecs (1)

pookemon (909195) | more than 3 years ago | (#32672184)

It also make more sense because Lucas was clearing trying to have Han boast about the ship engine

Well I'm glad "it make more sense". Something has to...

Re:Parsecs (1)

Jarik C-Bol (894741) | more than 3 years ago | (#32672754)

requiring that your pilot and ship be capable of flying dangerously close to black holes to shave distance off a shipping route is *lame*? your way requires the cannon to all be altered to change the way the ship engines in the star wars universe work.

Re:Parsecs (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | more than 3 years ago | (#32679464)

your way requires the cannon to all be altered to change the way the ship engines in the star wars universe work.

Ok, let's just simplify the damned thing once and for all. Star Wars engines shoot gremlins out their ass.

Re:Parsecs (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | more than 3 years ago | (#32679418)

That's what I thought, too, in my own attempt to technobabble it. That it bent the space until the (wormhole) length was only 12 parsecs.

The only problem with that is that that's still years objective at 0.99999c.

Unless, of course, light speed is different in the wormhole. But if that's the case, an explanation need not include distance. Then the parsec thing falls apart as stupid.

Re:Parsecs (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32668812)

Corrected? The movie says what it says, there's no "correcting" to be done. Han's bragging line is what people call "techno-babble". Neither of the sequels make any explanation of this bit of techno-babble, nor do they need to, any more than someone would need to explain what a "hydrospanner" is.

Techno-babble permits inane crap to help move the story from one plot point to the next. When done well, it works like this [imdb.com]:
Brandon's Mom: Where are you going with those fireworks?
Brandon: Well, the Protector got super-accelerated coming out of the black hole, and it, like, nailed the atmosphere at Mach 15, which, you guys know, is pretty unstable, obviously, so we're gonna help Laredo guide it on the vox ultra-frequency carrier and use Roman candles for visual confirmation.

Re:Parsecs (1)

SomeoneGotMyNick (200685) | more than 3 years ago | (#32675946)

any more than someone would need to explain what a "hydrospanner" is.

That one is easy. It's nothing more than a garden hose nozzle with a conically shaped spray.

Re:Parsecs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32669118)

It's not a boo-boo. Due to the black hole shorter and shorter distances become impossible to achieve. The Kessel run has a starting point and and an end point with a big black hole in between them. In other words, most ships aren't fast and powerful enough to avoid the gravitational pull of the black hole if they traveled in a straight line, having to instead travel around it in an arch. The less powerful your engines the more you have to avoid the black hole adding more and more distance to safely navigate between the two points. Because Hans ship is fast and powerful he can take a more direct line between the 2 points i.e. a distance of 12 parsecs where most ships would have to travel much further, in effect bragging how powerful his engines are.

Re:Parsecs (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 3 years ago | (#32669568)

Well, yes, except that there was not just one black hole but rather a whole bunch of them relatively close together. You can either go waaaaaaay round the whole entire thing at a safe distance, or you can fly smack dab through the middle of them, weaving your way just between the surrounding black holes along a twisting path where their forces pretty much cancel each other out. Needless to say this is a very thin line. With a really souped up engine, you can cut corners, but it’s dangerous... get too close to a black hole, and—

J*(#*@&^&(*NO CARRIER

Re:Parsecs (1)

Lundse (1036754) | more than 3 years ago | (#32671006)

Only on slashdot is this "insightful".

(I am not saying it is not true, it might even be informative. It is, however, irrelevant, because when you mention George's "Kessel boo boo", you are not evaluating his ability to retcon, but his basic astronomy knowledge).

Re:Parsecs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32671848)

The shorter the path across a gavity well, the greater the velocity needed to keep from being captured by said gravity well, hence his boasting of the Falcon's engines. He didn't make a boo boo, people are just too dense to understand the reference.

You are using too big of a word with too small of a frame of reference when saying singularities. The Maw was a metric fuck ton of black holes. Think hundreds of black holes all orbiting each other. Solo didn't just fly around the Maw, or even near it, but through it.

It was half skill along with more than all luck, but then Solo was always so lucky to the point that you would think it was some power of the Force.

Re:Parsecs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32672208)

The shorter the path across a gavity well, the greater the velocity needed to keep from being captured by said gravity well, hence his boasting of the Falcon's engines. He didn't make a boo boo, people are just too dense to understand the reference.

I can guarantee you Lucas was NOT thinking of the Falcon skirting black holes when he wrote that. Based on the way he throws around jargon, he was just looking for an obscure way to have Han brag about how fast his ship is.

And don't claim YOU understood it from the beginning because you're not "dense." Some writer came up with the retro justification so that people would go "oh, how clever!" And they did, but it was still a dumb mistake in the original.

Re:Parsecs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32672018)

Except that I'd argue that most Star Wars fans have never even heard of the expanded universe, so the handwaving done therein to explain away Lucas' mistake is largely unnoticed and therefore irrelevant.

Re:Parsecs (1)

Script Cat (832717) | more than 3 years ago | (#32668786)

Ok here it is... A faster millennium falcon would defiantly make the Kessel run in fewer parsecs...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Length_contraction [wikipedia.org]
This might have been added to the script by a staff writer that talked to a university professor back when people gave a damb about science fiction. Now it's all vampires and magical fearies anyway.

The gigantic Millennium Falcon is just the top (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32668002)

The Falcon will sit atop a 20-ft high Jar-Jar Binks, so wishing the kid a long trip might actually be cruel.

They are the Best! (2, Insightful)

GregC63 (1564363) | more than 3 years ago | (#32668056)

Make a wish is a fabulous organization! Kudos to them and Little Mountain Productions for giving this young man a ray of sunshine!

Those darn kids... (1)

Saroful (1364377) | more than 3 years ago | (#32668068)

..with the terminal illnesses have all the luck!

Seriously though, Make-A-Wish is one of the few charities I give to. It is truly wonderful what they do for the children.

Re:Those darn kids... (2, Interesting)

Nos. (179609) | more than 3 years ago | (#32669494)

Yup, a great charity. One of my nephews took a trip to Florida to do all the theme parks and space centre there. They had a great time. My sons are also eligible, but we'll give them a few more years before we starting thinking about a wish for our oldest (4.5 years). We're thinking one wish will be a trip for sure, maybe both, but its up to them to decide when they're old enough

Re:Those darn kids... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32670408)

I am suddenly very grateful for my health.

That's no moon... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32668106)

... it's a golf-ball sized tumor!

Follow the superhero story link in TFA... (3, Informative)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 3 years ago | (#32668246)

Follow the superhero story link in TFA, that one's really touching, too.

That's Great (1)

Das Auge (597142) | more than 3 years ago | (#32668262)

It really great that they built a Millennium Falcon for the kid and all; but if he really had a wish and is a Star Wars fan, he really should've wished that Greedo shot first.

Re:That's Great (1)

masmullin (1479239) | more than 3 years ago | (#32670648)

You can wish all you want, but you can't change the truth. What Mr. Lucas? Did you just say you CAN change the truth? ohhhh.... :(

Re:That's Great (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 3 years ago | (#32671446)

It really great that they built a Millennium Falcon for the kid and all; but if he really had a wish and is a Star Wars fan, he really should've wished that Greedo shot first.

What? No!

Greedo shot first in the Special Editions. So the kid would basically have already got his wish. It's supposed to be Solo who fires first, with Greedo dead before firing a shot.

Is it wrong... (2, Funny)

kentrel (526003) | more than 3 years ago | (#32668266)

... to hope the kid hurries up and dies so we can bid for it on ebay? Am I right!?

Sweeeet! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32668298)

That's sooo awesome! Good luck, kid, you have good taste :)

Good to be thinking of feelings, but (0, Troll)

Improv (2467) | more than 3 years ago | (#32668380)

It'd be better to instead funnel that money to funds for research on diseases that tend to strike people down. Between spending money on a party for someone who's probably going to die and spending that same money on research towards treatments that stop families and communities from losing those people, the latter is a much better use of funds.

Re:Good to be thinking of feelings, but (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32669000)

It'd be better to instead funnel that money to funds for research on diseases that tend to strike people down. Between spending money on a party for someone who's probably going to die and spending that same money on research towards treatments that stop families and communities from losing those people, the latter is a much better use of funds.

Hey son you will be happy to know despite you dying in 2 weeks that someone has contributed $5k to research a cure for your disease.
Or
Hey son you will be happy to know despite you dying in 2 weeks that someone has contributed a weeks worth of time to make you a kick ass fort.

Re:Good to be thinking of feelings, but (3, Funny)

Chris Tucker (302549) | more than 3 years ago | (#32669252)

"For every problem, there is at least one solution that is simple, neat, and wrong."

As amply demonstrated by the bonehead comment above that sig.

Re:Good to be thinking of feelings, but (2, Insightful)

antibryce (124264) | more than 3 years ago | (#32670978)

even if you pull all the money spent on stuff like this across the entire world it probably amounts to less than 0.01% of all the money spent on researching disease cures. It'd be a drop in the bucket. Or we can spend that drop making a dying kid's wish come true.

what's the point of living a long life if you can't bring happiness to someone else?

Re:Good to be thinking of feelings, but (0, Troll)

Improv (2467) | more than 3 years ago | (#32671518)

The happiness of having a healthy child and watching them grow into adults (rather than watching them die and trying to mitigate that trauma) is a deeper, more meaningful happiness than giving a kid some toys.

Re:Good to be thinking of feelings, but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32672488)

False dichotomies are lies.

Re:Good to be thinking of feelings, but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32673358)

you're a sad, empty little man :(

Re:Good to be thinking of feelings, but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32674642)

quit being such a dick

Parenting FAIL (-1, Troll)

ACQ (966887) | more than 3 years ago | (#32668428)

Not only is your kid dying, but you let him be a Star Wars fan? Now, an Enterprise D fort? WIN

Not be a ghoul (2, Interesting)

Itninja (937614) | more than 3 years ago | (#32668474)

But what happens to this thing after the boy dies? Usually MaW gives activies (i.e. Disneyland trips or visits with a rock star), not physical things.

Wonder if the parents will sell it for a (sure to be) tidy sum. Not sure what I would do in the same situation.

Re:Not be a ghoul (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32672636)

Dude! Nobody will want a *haunted millenium falcon*!

Re:Not be a ghoul (1)

RESPAWN (153636) | more than 3 years ago | (#32674494)

Actually, these days the Make a Wish foundation will also handle requests from patients who have contracted conditions that are usually terminal but from which they may make a recovery.

I have a 2nd or 3rd cousin (I can never remember how it works past 1st cousin) who took a trip to Disney World but who was also predicted to make a recovery from her cancer.

So, best case scenario, this kid recovers and gets to live out the rest of his childhood with the coolest fort that any kid could ask for. I hope that's what happens, anyway.

Sounds like Copyright Infringment (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32668640)

Wonder how long until they get sued.

I want to be the first asshole to say... (1)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 3 years ago | (#32668706)

...that it is damn ugly (and small).

Re:I want to be the first asshole to say... (2, Funny)

masmullin (1479239) | more than 3 years ago | (#32670690)

If I had a quarter for everytime I heard that .....

Re:I want to be the first asshole to say... (1)

treeves (963993) | more than 3 years ago | (#32671724)

I think the appropriate funny response to GP's comment is "That's what SHE said!"
Better luck next time!

In other news... (1)

Dishwasha (125561) | more than 3 years ago | (#32668928)

the Star Wars kid [slashdot.org] is filing a suit against the Slashdot community for not building him a Millenium Falcon fort. In a recent interview Ghyslain Raza exclaims, ".. that is totally the coolest thing and all I got was this #@!%$^* iPod".

Next wish.... (1)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 3 years ago | (#32668958)

Now if they could just get Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer, Mark Hamill and Peter Mayhew to get in costume and come play with him.

Re:Next wish.... (2, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#32669368)

They should try to dig up Alec Guinness as well.

Re:Next wish.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32671358)

Ooooooh, they could cover him in radium to give him that Jedi glow.

Kewl! (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#32669574)

More pics [geekologie.com]

Does a 50-year old man wanting to get invited over to this kid's house to play sound at all creepy to you?

Re:Kewl! (1)

LizardKing (5245) | more than 3 years ago | (#32675748)

Does a 50-year old man wanting to get invited over to this kid's house to play sound at all creepy to you?

Nope. Just sad. There again, I bought a complete set of TinTin books with the paycheck from my first contracting job, so I qualify for a special award of sad.

Yes, but (4, Funny)

Megahard (1053072) | more than 3 years ago | (#32669648)

The kid next door is building a Death Star.

Re:Yes, but (1)

masmullin (1479239) | more than 3 years ago | (#32670766)

Dont worry... the plans specify a small thermal exhaust port, right below the main port. The shaft leads directly to the reactor system. A precise hit will start a chain reaction which should destroy the fort. Only a precise hit will set up a chain reaction.

Unfortunately though, The shaft is ray-shielded, so you'll have to use proton torpedoes.

Re:Yes, but (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 3 years ago | (#32671420)

The kid next door is building a Death Star.

Yeah, but the kid with the Millennium Falcon ain't interested in your revolution, man, he's in it for the money. He expects to be well-paid. He's not crazy enough to attack that battle station, that's suicide!

Goddamn slackers... (1)

Tetsujin (103070) | more than 3 years ago | (#32671376)

Look at this thing, would you? How the hell could they miss such a simple and important design feature as the mandible toe-in?

Obligatory (1)

Radtastic (671622) | more than 3 years ago | (#32671718)

Typical Slashdot... OP is about a dying kid getting the fort of his dreams, and /. debates star wars lore.

please... THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

Unfortunately... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#32672206)

The sad part is that every time he gets in, a replica of C-3PO tells him that the odds of surviving his type of cancer are 3,720 to 1.

Trite, I know, but stories like this (1)

ridgecritter (934252) | more than 3 years ago | (#32673490)

make me feel better about humans. I'm glad a bunch of talented people decided it was a worthwhile goal to make a kid happy. Hope he finds an even (faster/shorter) Kessel run!
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