Ten Years Blogging

Ten years ago today, I wrote and published a post that said “Hello, World!” My life and my blog have changed so much in that time. I’m taking a bit of a hiatus right now but I didn’t want to let this milestone pass unremarked. I’m still here and I still feel like I have things to share.

So right now, I’m going to share ten of my favorite posts I’ve written for this blog over the past decade! I should probably do one per year or something but let’s not get too caught up in rules haha. Here they are in chronological order. Happy reading!

  1. How NOT to Photoshop
  2. Bad Biology in Marie Lu’s Champion
  3. Revisiting KOTOR II: (#1) A Fresh Start (this whole series was so fun to write)
  4. My Star Wars pilgrimage: Skellig Michael
  5. Bookshelf Battle
  6. How our new Star Wars trio is a reimagining of the old one
  7. Black History Month: Henrietta Lacks, HeLa cells, and informed consent
  8. My Top 5 Versions of Beauty and the Beast
  9. In which I re-write the Justice League movie
  10. Engineering a squirrel obstacle course: Practical deterrent, entertainment, or science?

Fan Art Friday: Oola

Welcome back to our Star Wars coloring book club, where every now and then Kiri from Star Wars Anonymous and I color the same image to compare and contrast.  Here’s our first effort for 2022!

I started out doing only cool colors to match Oola’s green skin, but then I got bored with that and kept adding more colors and now it looks like a rainbow hahaha. I could not get Oola’s skin color quite right either which bugged me.

Oola and Bob Fortuna in ROTJ were the first time Twi’leks were introduced as characters. I’m so glad the species has gotten more depth since then, especially in The Clone Wars and beyond with the Syndulla family. In Legends, I always liked the explanation of Twi’lek naming conventions from the X-Wing series:

An example of a true Twi’lek name was Nawar’aven. This name would be split into two parts when used outside of the local culture, becoming Nawara Ven

Wookiepedia

My light side Jedi Sage character from SWTOR was also a Twi’lek. She was actually the first character I created for that game, so she has a special place in my heart though she wasn’t the character I played the most.

Once again, a very happy new year to you all! I can’t promise how many of these SW coloring pages we will do this year, (probably not many) but I hope you will enjoy our efforts as much as we enjoy doing them.

Looking back, and going forward

Hello all! I’m back from my hiatus to wish you all a Happy New Year! You can check out my retrospectives on books and Kpop MVs from 2021, and now it’s time to talk about blogging.

In 2021, my blog got over 10,000 views from more than 7,500 visitors representing 110 countries around the world. I only posted 43 times, which is the least I’ve every posted on this blog in the course of a year. And that’s okay!

My most-viewed post last year was, as always, There is no hot air balloon in Around the World in Eighty Days, which got a lovely bump in December from the Masterpiece TV adaptation starring David Tennant. Spoiler alert: it has a balloon. There are a lot of changes to the source material, frankly, but having seen the first episode I think it will be an interesting story all the same.

My most popular post I wrote last year was Feeding Reading 2021, because who doesn’t love free books, followed by a bunch of Lens-Artists photography challenge posts.

Someone also found my blog by searching for Phat Gus, so I consider that a win.

Phat Gus is still my spirit animal

With regards to blogging this upcoming year, my only goal is that I would like to do some.

Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya on Pexels.com

Here are some things you may see here at Jedi by Knight in 2022:

  • More Fan Art Friday, though probably sporadically, where Kiri and I both color the same picture from the Star Wars coloring book, often with very different results
  • Maybe a few more book reviews; look for a post about recent novellas at some point
  • Maybe some Lens-Artist photo challenges?
  • Wordless Wednesday photo posts
  • Probably lots of random short thoughts

My biggest stumbling block to blogging is not just lack of time, but rather lack of focus because my brain is so tired. Any suggestions from other busy people on how to find focus for writing?

Happy 2022 everybody! We can only go up from here, right? …Right?

5 Favorite K-pop MVs of 2021

As always, here is my list of the MVs I had on repeat this year.

1. “Rosario” by Epik High

The year started off strong with this collaboration, which is hands-down my most-watched video this year. Epik High is a phenomenal hiphop trio whose playlists helped get me through lockdown last year. CL is the former leader of my favorite Kpop group, 2NE1, and Zico is the main rapper from Block B who has consistently been putting out bops with his own label. So when they say they are legends, they are not exaggerating.

There are so many great little details in the MV: Mithra Jin’s The Shining reference, Tukutz’s bare feet, the different hotel rooms. I especially love Tablo shooting with the remote at the end, and the way the MV is shot vertically, like a TikTok; these both speak to the song’s themes about fame and longevity/obsolescence. There are a lot of great fan theories about the MV as well, like that they are all actually dead and the narrow rooms represent graves, or that there is a criminal conspiracy going on between the characters. So many possible levels of meaning!

2. “Love Peace” by Tiger JK

Another legend of K-hiphop here, Tiger JK created a real piece of art with this MV (and the song features his wife and collaborator Yoon Mirae as well). It’s beautifully shot and the aesthetics are amazing, plus the song is so culturally relevant with its positivity about Asian cultures during this time of increased hate crimes against people of Asian descent.

Plus, how cool is this??

Love Peace GIF

3. “Lalisa” by Lisa

All of the solo debuts of the BLACKPINK members have been great, but Lisa’s MV really stood out this year. She can sing and rap, is one of the best dancers in Kpop, speaks fluent English, and has that natural swagger and stage presence that just can’t be taught. I love how the MV incorporates her Thai heritage at the end.

Also check out her performance video for her single “Money.”

4. “Advice” by Taemin

Long hair Taemin is back!! Taemin’s solo releases never disappoint and this one is no exception. Catchy song, intricate yet effortless choreography, amazing aesthetics: that’s SHINee’s multitalented maknae for you. And how does he look so good in that crop top?? He’s just unreal.

5. “Lilac” by IU

One of my favorite Kpop singer/songwriters, IU reflects on her career and the end of her 20s with this charming and slightly bittersweet song and MV. Her other releases this year “Celebrity” and “Coin” also had really excellent MVs, but I feel this one is destined to become a classic.

Honorable Mentions: