The Geeks Strike Back

The origins of Luke Skywalker’s landspeeder — and why the kid was ripped off selling his X-34 to pay Solo and the Wookie for his flight off that rock. Raising the spirits of fans of Spirit of the West. We’ll look at how the band is turning tragedy into hope as Stone Temple Pilots fans say goodbye to their frontman. And who still uses jukeboxes? We’ll look at a decidedly 21st Century solution to a 1940s gadget. Plus — the winner of the Philips Hue lighting starter kit and why a South Korean girl band was turned away at LAX.

As this show went into production, I was suffering from severe anxiety. Somewhere in the handoff between United and Air Canada at O’Hare, all my luggage disappeared. Two large suitcases containing a weeks’ worth of clothing and supplies required for my time at the NE Caribbean Command Centre–not to mention some very fine duty-free alcohol–just vanished. I was not happy.

Fortunately, everything was located and returned safe and sound by Monday afternoon with all contents intact. My travelling companions, however, were not so fortunate. US Customs saw fit to seize a bottle of vanilla rum–no explanation given even though they were well under their allowable limit–and more bizarrely, a small bottle of pizza oil. I guess Homeland Security was worried that they might weaponize both.

‘Murica. Can’t be too careful, you know?

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