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By tps12 (Thu Jun 02, 2005 at 09:14:09 AM EST) Star Wars, Attack of the Clones, sonic charge, physics (all tags)
Element 3


Okay, so the screen cap doesn't really do this one justice and I couldn't find an audio clip. It's the detonation effect of the Slave I's "sonic charge" weapon. So awesome.

What I love about this effect (in addition to its just being very, very cool) is that it takes one of the old standby Star Wars nitpicks—no sound in space!—and throws it right back in spoilsport pedantic nerds' faces. Too bad there's no sound in space because it would rule.

The site where I found the image even has a great pseudo-scientific description of the physics behind why the bomb sounds the way it does. You see, it creates "an explosion so cosmic that the energy of the sound is unable to escape at the time of ignition, but is released a moment later."


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It's seismic by spacejack (4.00 / 1) #1 Thu Jun 02, 2005 at 09:18:07 AM EST
not sonic. Otherwise it wouldn't work in outer space, silly!

IHBT by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Jun 02, 2005 at 09:22:14 AM EST
A "seismic" charge doesn't make any sense in space either.

Anyway, they are called "sonic charges" in the original screenplay, though I forget what Obi-Wan calls them in the film (IIRC Jango just refers to them as "surproises").

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that shouldn't work either by MillMan (2.00 / 0) #5 Thu Jun 02, 2005 at 09:23:17 AM EST
no physical medium for transmission. Same problem.

"Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in financial crises." -Krugman

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Yes there is. by mrgoat (4.00 / 10) #9 Thu Jun 02, 2005 at 09:33:04 AM EST
The air inside the movie theatre will transmit the sound.

--top hat--
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Æther by Rogerborg (4.00 / 1) #17 Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 12:24:50 AM EST
That's ALT-0-1-9-8, you genius.

Metus amatores matrum compescit, non clementia.
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without my setups by MillMan (2.00 / 0) #18 Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 05:11:28 AM EST
where would the trolls be? Dead, that's where.

"Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in financial crises." -Krugman

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A man of science by jimgon (2.00 / 0) #19 Mon Jun 06, 2005 at 02:46:54 AM EST
There's nothing like a true man of science who holds steady with the 19th century foundations of physics.

Technician - "We can't even get decent physical health care. Mental health is like witchcraft here."
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also by spacejack (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Jun 02, 2005 at 09:21:15 AM EST
You skipped the most awesomest moment from Ep II -- when Obiwan fights Jango on the landing pad. I was waiting for a screen cap of his flying kick.

what is it with you people? by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #7 Thu Jun 02, 2005 at 09:23:40 AM EST
Ewan McGregor and his flying beard kick?

There are many cool things in Star Wars. Hand-to-hand combat is not one of them.

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They're making a point by debacle (2.00 / 0) #15 Thu Jun 02, 2005 at 01:54:28 PM EST
By devaluing your diary through overexaggeration.

Haven't you ever watched Will and Grace?


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That was pretty awesome by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #8 Thu Jun 02, 2005 at 09:24:08 AM EST
it would have been even better with matrixy spin around 360 degree freeze frame effects, though.

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yes, or by spacejack (4.00 / 2) #11 Thu Jun 02, 2005 at 09:37:12 AM EST
he could've used a good Buffy-esque quip like "You couldn't hit the broadside of a HUTT! HIIIIIYAH!!"

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Of course, an asteroid field of that density by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #4 Thu Jun 02, 2005 at 09:22:50 AM EST
is very unstable, and would be sand in a very short time, cosmologically speaking.

I much prefer the Brennan-monster's version of space mines, but they only work with Ramjets.

What do you mean, 'pseudo-scientific' by DesiredUsername (4.00 / 5) #6 Thu Jun 02, 2005 at 09:23:38 AM EST
I guess you are unaware of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. The canonical example is velocity and momentum or energy and time, but there is also "cosmicness of explosion" and "time of sonic release". The cosmicness times the time must be less than a constant h, so when you have an explosion of great cosmicness, the time of sonic release is later.

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Woh. by ana (2.00 / 0) #13 Thu Jun 02, 2005 at 10:34:14 AM EST
Cosmic, man.

Even if it had been raining flaming poodles, it's better than work. -- blixco

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Ah, yes. by yicky yacky (4.00 / 3) #10 Thu Jun 02, 2005 at 09:35:26 AM EST

A conventional sci-fi explosion run though some comb filters.

Very awesome — No! The other thing ... — shitty!

Vacuity abhors a vacuum.
You seem very.. by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #12 Thu Jun 02, 2005 at 10:01:15 AM EST
cynical recently... I think you need to write a diary including the words Sven, USA, Peter Crouch etc. to let off some steam.

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You're accusing by yicky yacky (4.00 / 1) #14 Thu Jun 02, 2005 at 10:35:35 AM EST

me of cynicism, in the diary, of a guy, who's talking about awesome moments in Star Wars Episode II. There's not a jury in the land who'd convict based upon that exhibit. :)

Actually, I'm not nearly as irascible as the last few comments would have you believe. Just pretty damn busy. When I get snowed under, I tend to treat Scoop like primal scream therapy and let it roll. The fact that I don't have much time to post anything other than one-liner comments concentrates and exacerbates this effect.

Cheers, anyway. I'll save the football commentary for a diary. No need to hijack tps's diary with more cynicism.

Vacuity abhors a vacuum.
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I like this bit too by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #16 Thu Jun 02, 2005 at 11:24:13 PM EST
in fact it's the best bit of the entire Star Wars series.

It's political correctness gone mad!

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