Saturday, May 4, 2013

Still Life With Robin: May the Fourth Be With You

by Peggy Robin

Happy Star Wars Day! The galactic juggernaut actually had its premier on May 25, 1977, but fans celebrate a few weeks early, on May 4th because of the homophonic convergence with the immortal phrase "May the Fourth be with you." (

What do you do to observe this monumental date in sci-fi history? The true aficianados put on costumes of their favorite characters and leap around with light-sabers, but there are a number of other lower-key activities available to more restrained fans (and those of us over the age of eleven). My suggestion for a simple, fun way to mark this occasion is to discover your Star Wars name. This is such a popular activity that there are at least 10 different websites devoted to it, but here are two that consistently come up with good ones: and

Well, that didn't take long, did it? Now how are you going to waste the rest of this beautiful spring day? As long as you are having a good time with goofy name generating, why not find out...

Your pirate name:

Your Viking name: (Note: if you want an actual Viking name, used by a real Viking, go here: )

Your Hobbit name: (Note: if you want an actual Hobbit name, used by a real Hobbit, I hate to break it to you, but Hobbits do not exist.)

Your Japanese name:

Your steampunk name: (Note: This site won't turn your name into a steampunk name, but it's an unbeatable compilation from which to select your steampunk moniker.)

Your NPR name: . (Note: Follow the formula described on this site and you will come up with something more or less appropriate, but it still won't be in the same league with Dina Temple-Raston, Kai Ryssdal, Kavitha Cardoza, or Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson!)


Still Life with Robin is published on Saturdays on the Cleveland Park Listserv, and on All Life Is Local. Assisting on this report: Leseth Lightrider, Octavia Arronax, Sigrid Gauti, Miyo Takano, Marroc Whitfurrows, Mad Toby Garrocks, and Armand de Pompadour a/k/a The Tiger of the Tormented.

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