THAT’S NO MOON...

The Death Star be­yond Star Wars

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The AT&T Sta­dium in Texas – home of the Dal­las Cow­boys – is known lo­cally as the Death Star on ac­count of its gi­ant, grey re­tract­ing roof.

Seat­tle-spawned alt.rock band The Pres­i­dents Of The United States Of Amer­ica re­leased the song “Death Star” in 2000. Con­tains the stir­ring cou­plet, “Death Star, mas­sive and ma­ni­a­cal/Death Star, teeny weeny vul­ner­a­ble hole.”

In­dus­trial Light And Magic chris­tened their San Fran­cisco ren­der farm the Death Star. It’s a gi­nor­mous, high-pow­ered su­per­com­puter but can­not, as yet, take out ri­val FX houses.

Ger­man dig­i­tal hard­core band Atari Teenage Riot in­cluded the ditty “Death Star” on their 1997 al­bum “Burn, Berlin, Burn!” We like to imag­ine Grand Moff Tarkin tap­ping his jack­boots to the soul­ful con­fes­sion “I only de­stroy to demon­strate my pow­ers.”

Kevin Smith’s slacker-cham­pi­oning comedy Clerks (1994) sees two Gen­er­a­tion Xers de­bat­ing whether the work­men killed on the Death Star were re­ally in­no­cent in­de­pen­dent con­trac­tors. The new age of pop-cul­ture savvy di­a­logue be­gins here.

Dis­graced Cal­i­for­nian en­ergy com­pany En­ron named one of their scan­dalous busi­ness prac­tices the Death Star Strat­egy. Pal­pa­tine would have ap­proved. And then Force-zapped the board for be­ing caught.

Death Star is the nick­name of Mi­mas, a moon of Saturn, whose gi­ant im­pact crater re­sem­bles the con­cave su­per laser dish of the Im­pe­rial bat­tle sta­tion. Hold on, this one ac­tu­ally is a moon… nick setch­field

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