Star Wars


by Joey deVilla on May 30, 2011

R2 tea 2

As geeks, we never miss an opportunity to Star Wars-ify stuff at Shopify. Meet our kettle, R2-Tea-2.

This article also appears in the Shopify Technology blog.


Betty White, Jedi Master

by Joey deVilla on June 9, 2010

This image actually had me rolling out of my chair laughing. Click it to see it at full size:

Betty White, in a forest wielding dual lightsabers, as the spirits of Rue Mclanahan, Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty in Jedi Master garb, look on, a la "Return of the Jedi"

This article also appears in The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century.


A Busy Day

by Joey deVilla on June 2, 2009

It’s a busy, meeting-filled day for Yours Truly down at the local headquarters for The Empire. Here’s a (slightly edited) photo that I took at our big Evangelism team meeting around 3:30 this afternoon:



Why He Became Darth Vader

by Joey deVilla on March 18, 2009

Photo courtesy of Matt Gunn.

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Skywalker Style!

by Joey deVilla on February 14, 2009

Even though it’s been almost four months since I’ve joined Microsoft, I’m still asked the question “Joey, why did you join the Dark Side?”

There are many reasons for joining the Dark Side. One of them is that the Rebels are sick, sick puppies:

Valentine card with Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia kissing: "If loving you is wrong, I don't want to be right"
Card courtesy of Ben Congdon.

Happy Valentine’s Day. my fellow nerds!


“R2Decaf” T-Shirt

by Joey deVilla on January 19, 2009

Blue and grey "R2Decaf" t-shirts

As of this writing, you’ve got just over 10 hours to get the R2Decaf T-shirt before it’s gone forever tonight (January 19) at midnight. It sells for a mere USD$9 at TeeFury.


The Star Wars Storybook

by Joey deVilla on November 18, 2008

It’s a busy day for me: I’m gearing up for my first presentation on behalf of "The Empire", which will happen at Microsoft’s TechDays event in Calgary (Wednesday, December 10th and Thursday, December 11th). More on that in a later post.

In honour of this preparation, I thought: here’s an opportunity to riff on the theme of “The Empire” (and to provide you with some reading material)  — I can present the storybook version of Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope. Of course, back in those days, it was known simply as plain ol’ Star Wars.

The book came with a vinyl record that was meant to be played along with the book; I’ve included its audio below in MP3 format:

The voice work on the record is terribly off – whoever’s playing Darth Vader sounds more like Count Dracula, but you have to keep in mind the book was released in 1979, well before Star Wars had firmly established itself as part of the pop culture canon. Enjoy!