The name of this blog comes from the Internet handle I took up years ago on starwars.com, kesseljunkie.  You may (but probably don’t) recall when 3P0 lamented to R2 at the beginning of Star Wars during the battle on the rebel blockade runner, “We’ll be sent to the spice mines of Kessel smashed into who knows what!”  Additionally, Han Solo, who, per the Expanded Universe of Star Wars, smuggled the illegal drug known as glitterstim spice famously bragged that he had “made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.”  So, when looking for something sufficiently geeky to create my own internet persona, I took Kessel, figured drugs produce junkies and hence ‘kesseljunkie’ was born.  The sad part is that I remember it took me a mere 15 seconds (possibly less) to reason all of that through at the time.

The original incarnation of kessel korner was on the (now-defunct) blogging platform at blogs.starwars.com/kesseljunkie. It was born on July 28, 2005.

They have since shut it down and fired a ton of people, but here’s the original mission statement from kessel korner:

Fans talk about everything, from the minute to the grandiose, from characters to plot. Kessel Korner is instead focused on the metaphorical, metaphysical and mythological layers that Mr. Lucas laid throughout his sweeping epic; I am not concerned so much with the machinations of the plot so much as what those machinations mean.

I like the more implicit intricacies of Star Wars, the things which are said without words and the places that are seen without senses. That does not mean I won’t discuss plot and character – I will. But I prefer to approach it from a different angle, one that perhaps you have yet to consider yourself.

Sometimes, when I’m inspired, I will also rant about other things. And I love to rant. Almost as much as I love Star Wars. That’s a lot.

Now that I’ve gotten this blog up and running on another platform (finally) after a multi-year hiatus, I had to keep the name, ‘kessel korner.’  That’s because some of what I write about will still be Star Wars related and honestly, it’s a unique name that I’m not willing to cede control over.

I’m a man of deep conviction.  If you are going to challenge what I believe, I consider it only proper that you have a good argument ready.  As Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  I’ve no problem with opposing views nor admitting when good points are made, but I’m not terribly understanding of those that aren’t thoughtful.  If you have an opinion, have a reason for having it beyond simply ‘because you feel that way.’

Outside of all of that, I’m your typical thirty-something.  I write, paint and compose poetry but am not enough of a selfish idiot to think that everyone should be able to make their living that way.  You have to have a day job.  I’m fortunate to be in a field that’s fulfilling as well, but it hasn’t been that way always, it won’t necessarily remain that way, but who I am isn’t defined by my job.

So you know, sit back and enjoy. It may not be always Shakespeare, but it’ll be always interesting!

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