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White House Posts Epic Response to Death Star Petition

We recently told you that a petition urging the US government to build its very own “fully operational” Death Star garnered enough signatures to require a response from the White House.

Well, ladies and gentlemen (and wookies and Ewoks), this weekend brought us the official response, and while the Obama administration has decided (unsurprisingly but disappointingly) to deny the American people our very own Death Star, it has demonstrated both a sense of humor and an admirable level of geekiness in its response.

Some of the reasons the White House will not be building a Death Star are pretty predictable (the fact that it would cost roughly $850,000,000,000,000,000 and would therefore not help the deficit, and that the administration does not support blowing up other planets, blah blah). But even the most dedicated Star Wars fans couldn’t argue some of the other justifications. As chief science guy Paul Shawcross writes, “why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship”? Touche, sir.

The administration also urges us not to be too disappointed, because even though “we don’t have a Death Star…we do have floating robot assistants on the Space Station, a President who knows his way around a light saber and advanced (marshmallow) cannon, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is supporting research on building Luke’s arm, floating droids, and quadruped walkers”. Fair enough, we suppose.

Click through for the response in full. Its title alone assured us that we weren’t about to read an average cookie-cutter form letter, but one that might actually be worthy of its impassioned, Force-filled audience:

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Ikea Drops ‘Augmented Reality’ Catalog

Remember the halcyon days of 2002, when the holographic touch-screen special effects of Minority Report seemed like a glimpse into a fantastically distant future? Well, this week we took a step closer to that new (virtual) reality thanks to Ikea, those Swedish kings of meatballs and particleboard.

After a big buildup, the company finally dropped its new high-tech holiday catalog, created by Philadelphia’s Brownstein Group and cheerily titled “Celebrate Brilliantly“. We’re generally skeptical of “interactive” products, but any catalog that allows “users” (not readers) to pull down a virtual shade and play with various living room arrangements earns our tentative thumbs up.

For a refresher, here’s the promo video that the company released this summer: