There is no shortage of self-appointed nerds at Code42. And today is another one of those nerd holidays we love to celebrate: Star Wars Day. For fans, these films are milestones in our youth. We’re not sure how much influence watching our heroes repair hyperdrives or disabling tractor beams and shield generators had on us becoming tech nerds. But for many of us, we remain as excited about these films today as we are about working with great technology everyday.
Some Star Wars thoughts from the Code42 nerds:
Josh S. Code42 Customer Champion: Star Wars was a fantastic part of my youth, and still is today. The height the excitement for me was the opening night of Episode I. The school bell rang and I jumped on mike bike, furiously peddling to buy my midnight show ticket. I had watched all of the originals, marveling at the ingenuity of their special effects. I studied the integration of Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey into the story and investigated the Samurai and Taoist roots of Jedi philosophy. I read books from the Star Wars library and even started trying meditation, which was wonderful for a boy still full of energy and A.D.D. This was Arthurian, shining-knight story; rescuing damsels, defeating black knights, overthrowing evil empires, but with a delicious new flavors of sci-fi, in a universe that was new, yet ancient.
The eight hours prior to the midnight debut would provide me some of the best memories of my high school years. I dressed in Jedi robe, had lightsaber battles, chatted with old friends, made new ones, and took pictures with the 501st legion. I’m not sure any movie could have lived up to the expectations I had watching the prologue creep across the stars. But the largest disappointment I had that night was biking home was not the quality of the movie, but that I had accidentally deleted all the pictures on my camera that I had taken that night.
Star Wars is not three to six movies created by one man. It is a universe of ideas and experiences that I share and enjoy through books, fan films, comics and RPGs. Star Wars is even with me today at my job at Code42, where I work as a Customer Champion. It brought a smile to my face when I saw they had plastered Storm Troopers, Darth Vader, Rebel and Imperial symbols plastered on the beverage coolers. I love working with nerds.
Chad V. Code42 Customer Champion: When I was a child, I was taken out on a warm spring night in the back of a station wagon to see a movie that my mother was sure I wouldn’t understand. It was called Star Wars, and she only had a vague idea what it was about, and believed that would apply to her child. And at first, I didn’t. I saw a world of bright colors and golden robots and sandy deserts, and PLANETS EXPLODING! and a Robot Dracula who sounded like he talked through a fan. I saw space pirates, kissing (ewww!) and scary soldier men in white armor. I loved it for the adventure. Got the toys and made sequels in my head. Then the sequels came. Empire- the rebels were losing, but Lando was AWESOME! Would Luke become a Jedi? What happened to Solo? DARTH VADER IS WHO?! Then Jedi – we saw an Emperor fall, a villain redeemed, and a family reunited.
As I grew older however, I learned to appreciate the life lessons. Tolerance – Ackbar and Chewbacca were people too (disagree, and Chewbacca would tear your arms off). Don’t judge a book by its cover - even space pirates can be a good guy (even though we all know that Han shot first). Forgiveness – Darth Vader had love in his mechanical heart for his son after all.
There is no emotion, there is peace. There is no ignorance, there is knowledge. There is no passion, there is serenity. There is no death, there is the Force.
May the Fourth be With you! I know it still is for me.