The name of this blog comes from the Internet handle I took up years ago on the starwars.com forums that has stuck with me since.
3PO lamented to R2 they’d “be sent to the spice mines of Kessel…smashed into who knows what!” Spice is, per the sources, a drug. Over time we’ve found out they also mined coaxium (hyper fuel).
Han Solo also bragged that he “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.
I’ve used it ever since. It’s unique and I’ve been using it so long that it even gave birth to the name of my “homeland,” kesselvania, which is indeed a play on one of the greatest games of all time, Castlevania for the original Nintendo Entertainment System.
The original incarnation of kessel korner was on the (now-defunct) blogging platform at blogs.starwars.com/kesseljunkie. It launched all the way back on July 28, 2005. Back then, it seemed everyone was more relaxed and finding their way. I’m sure the current staff over there could find something to bury me from back then with inartful or foolish words but fortunately so long as I don’t run for office I should be OK. I hope.