Monday, January 22, 2018

Podcasters Spotlight: Kaden Stetler from Rebel Chatter

I haven't done a Podcasters Spotlight episode in a while, so here we go!  It's five minutes with Kaden Stetler from the Rebel Chatter podcast.  Kaden talks about the charity work he does with his podcast, what it's like to work with his dad, and reveals the new show he just started working on with an awesome new partner! ;-)

And like all Star Wars podcasters I invite on LT12P, I make Kaden come back for a second episode, and make him sit through my 10 Stoopid Questions.  Ten questions, and only ten seconds to answer each one.  Look for that later in the week!

Kaden's Links...
Twitter: @RebelChatterHQ

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Acting! (The OT Edition)

As you know, the actors in Star Wars are just that... Actors!  And while we love them in their Star Wars roles, they have also played other great parts in other great films.  In today's episode, I take a look at the main actors from the Original Trilogy, and share my favorite performances of theirs, from other films. -- Check back later in the week when I cover the Prequels, Sequels and Stand-Alone Films.

PS - I apologize for the sound quality on this one.  I had some technical difficulties today.  Too many darn gremlins in the gears, messing things up for me!

PPS - This week, I was invited onto the Nerfherder Council Podcast to chat about Episode VIII.  It was a lot of fun, and I didn't embarrass myself too much!  Please, check it out at...

Thursday, January 18, 2018


In honor of my new favorite Twitter account, @Rick_Olie_Quote, I present to you my favorite quotes from the greatest pilot in the galaxy, Ric Olie.

Please be sure to follow @Rick_Olie_Quote on Twitter.  And while your at, please follow Less Than 12 Parsecs as well!  We can be found at @TwelveParPod.  Thanks!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Lucasfilm Story Group

Like a lot of hard core Star Wars fans, I have a fascination with the Lucasfilm Story Group.  I also have a lot of questions about the Lucasfilm Story Group.  Today's episode is my top five questions about the Lucasfilm Story Group.  Enjoy!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

My Star Was Addiction

Hi, my name is Tim, and I’m an addict.  Today, I take a serious look at my Star Wars addiction.  They said admitting you have a problem is the first step towards recovery, so maybe, hopefully, this episode will be the beginning of my journey.  And no, I’m not joking around here, please have a listen to today’s episode and you’ll learn more about my problem.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

LT12P Conversation #0001

As everyone knows, Less Than 12 Parsecs IS the fastest Star Wars podcast in the galaxy!  My goal is to produce episodes that are only 5 minutes in length.

Well, starting today, I'm dipping my toes into some long form content.  Welcome to the first episode of LT12P Conversations!

So, here's the premise...  Every week, or every other week, I will sit down with one star wars fan, and I will ask them one Star Wars questions, and then we will  discuss that one Star Wars topic.  It's going to be a deep dive into the nerdier side of Star Wars minutia.

Oh, and, just to let you know, I do not give my guests the questions in advance of the conversation, I like to make them think on their feet!

Two caveats however...  Because this show IS under the LT12P banner, it is still going to be shorter/quicker/faster then most other Star Wars podcasts out there.  We are shooting for a 20 or 30 minute length, no more.

Also, even though I say one question, one topic, that's not completely true.  I am more then certain our conversations will take us off on tangents and down hyperspace lanes we never expected to explore.  That's all part of the fun of geeking out over Star Wars!

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy this conversation I had with my good friend and yours, Mr. Ryan Dassing?  What question did I ask him?  Well, you'll have to listen to find out!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Star Wars Sub-Communities

 Today I was thinking about all the different types of Star Wars fans, and Star Wars fandoms.  So I started to create a list of five wacky and weird, (and purely imagine by me), groups of Star Wars fans. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought that these groups of Star Wars fans and fandoms could either be A; already a reality, or B; be something that some people might be into for real, but who just haven’t come together as a Star Wars sub-community yet.    So, while this list may seem like a joke on the surface, I think it might not be for some.

Two of the things I want to mention. First off I did not script this episode, I just recorded it on the spot, all extemporaneous like, and it shows.  And that’s why this episode is a little long. (My original edit was 15 mins long,)  Sorry about that.  Secondly, I don’t know if “sub-communities “ is really the proper word to use here, but I’m not a sociologist, so I’m going with it,  thanks.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Much Appreciated!

Today’s episode is one of those episodes I hate doing, because it’s not really about Star Wars, but rather it’s about the podcast itself.  That said, I have a really good reason for talking about LT12P today. Really!  Please take five or six minutes to find out why!

Other Great Star Wars Podcasts Mention In This Episode...
Generation X-Wing —
Fode & Beed’s Star Beque —
Star Wars 7 x 7 —

Friday, January 5, 2018

Weekly News Roundup for January 5th, 2018

Hey, I'm bringing back a classic... It's the Less Than 12 Parsecs Weekly News Roundup!  Can you believe I haven't don't one of these since June 9th!  That's crazy!

For those of you who don't remember the Weekly News Roundup, what I do is once a week, I recap and review all the Star Wars headlines that grabbed my attention in the previous seven days, and I share a quick thought or opinion about each story.  This is Less Than 12 Parsecs, we don't have time for indepth analysis, and LT12P shouldn't be your source for Star Wars news.  That said, it's fun to recap the weeks big headlines!

The Weekly News Roundup is always unscripted, so please bear with me as I babble.  Normally I try to keep these episodes between 3 and 7 minutes, but I am a little out of practice and went on for 9 minutes.  Sorry!  But thanks for listening anyway, and please enjoy!

The Last Jedi: Biggest Film Of The Year -

The Last Jedi In China -

John Williams Is Back For Han Solo (Sorta) -

Han Solo Leaked Artwork (Possible Spoilers!) -

Han Solo Lego Sets (Possible Spoilers!) -

Christian Bale In Star Wars -

Star Wars: Secrets Of The Empire Opens -

2005's Battlefront II Patched! -

Rogue One Homage In Black Mirror -

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2018: The Star Wars Year Ahead

So, what can we expect from our favorite franchise in the year ahead?  Well, here are five predictions I have for 2018.  Be warned, these are made with tongue firmly planted in cheek, so if any of these actually come true, I’ll eat a Porg!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017: The Star Wars Year In Review

Less Than 12 Parsecs is not a news podcast.  Sure, we cover the big headlines when everyone is talking about them, and I occasionally recap the top headlines of the week that grabbed my attention, but by no means is this a Star Wars news podcast.

That said, with the year winding down, today I am looking back the last 12 months and recapping what I think were the biggest stories in Star Wars this year.  And all in 5 minutes or so!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Happy Star Wars Holidays!

Since it's that time of year when people celebrate a wide variety of holidays, in today's episode I take a look at the special occasions commemorated in the Star Wars galaxy.  Yeah, there's more out there than just Life Day!

I hope that you and yours have a wonderful holiday season, no matter how you celebrate this time of year!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Gut Reaction: Star Wars Adventures

After spending too much time online this past week, I needed something fun, simple and pure Star Wars.  And I think I found it in the Star Wars Adventures comic book published by IDW.  Here is my mini-review, in only 5 minutes!

ALSO... I am experimenting with a video edition of the show.  I have a great deal of technical details to work through first, but here ya go, this is my "rough draft".  Please, let me know what you think!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Chatting About The Last Jedi

Today's episode is a Bonus Episode, because it is longer than 7 minutes.  Waaaaay longer!

I sat down with friend of the show, Mr. Ryan Dassing, and we just nerded out together over the newest film in our favorite saga, The Last Jedi!  We're not all that deep, and I'm not that articulate, but if you like listening to fanboys gush, then this is the show for you!  Beware, here there be spoilers!

AND, if this episode wasn't enough for you, I can be found doing the exact same thing with my old pal Mr. Jason Collier, over on my old show, The Expanded Fandomverse.  It's another hour of nerdy chatter amongst friends!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Last Jedi Review

Today’s episode is more than just my typical Gut Reaction, it’s the closest thing to a review I can accomplish in under five minutes.  Warning, spoilers ahead!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Last Jedi: Declan McMahon's Initial Thoughts

Just moments after we got out of the theater tonight, after seeing the premier of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I turned on the recorder to get my son's first thoughts on the film.  I'll be working on my own review this weekend, but for now, here is what Declan, the 14 year old casual Star Wars fan, thought of the film.

Warning, spoilers ahead!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Gut Reaction: Forces of Destiny

I'm a little late on this one (late in posting a new episode and late in talking about this topic) but today I finally get around to reviewing this years animated Star Wars micro-series.  Have a listen to hear what I though, and then let me know if you agree or disagree.  I wanna know!  ;-)

Friday, December 1, 2017

The Last Jedi Predictions

David Frishkorn from The Cocky Cockpit Podcast put the word out that their show was looking for people to submit their Top Five predictions for The Last Jedi.  So, I sent him my thoughts.  But, I am also going to share those same thoughts with you here now!

-And even though your listening to them now, please be sure to check out The Cocky Cockpits prediction episode.  I promise you it will be fun! In an adult humor sort of way! ;-)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Action Figure Number 14... Maybe.

Hey there, I haven't added a new classic Kenner Star Wars Action figure to my collection in quite some time, so that's what I am going to go today.  I think.

I received a package from the great Ryan Dassing, and I am going to open it up live on the show today (on video even!) and see what's inside.  Let's find out together!

To recap, here are the figures I already have...

ANH Princess Leia
Hoth Luke
Hoth Rebel Soldier
Hoth Rebel Commander
AT-AT Driver
Walrus Man
Imperial Royal Guard

If you have a figure to sell me, or send me (I won't say no to freebies!), please let me know!  I'm looking for loose, clean, near-mintish figures, preferably with their accessories!

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Greatest Of All Time!

Over the weekend, I read a fun debate on Twitter.  People where trying to decide who was the greatest pilot in all of Star Wars.  I really enjoyed the discussion, and it gave me a lot to think about.  So, today, after much thought, I've decided who I think is the best pilot in the galaxy.  Please take 5 minutes to hear my conclusion!

PS - If you're not following me on Twitter, please do!  You can find me @TwelveParPod

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Gobble Gobble Gobble

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  In what I hope will become an annual tradition lasting many years into the future, todays episode is a list of some of the things in the world of Star Wars I am happy for.  I did this last year (which you can listen to HERE), and am doing it again, this time with a new items of thankfulness! (That makes sense, right?)  Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Annual Entertainment Weekly Star Wars Issue

Have you read the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly? The annual issue that previews the new Star Wars film?  Well, I haven't. And I haven't watched any of the new commercials that are out there for The Last Jedi either. Why?  Well, take four minutes to learn why!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Gut Reaction: Battlefront 2

I had preordered Star Wars Battlefront 2, which gave me early access to the game.  So, today's episode is a bit of my personal history with Star Wars video games, along with my initial thoughts on BF2 (which was officially released today!).  And I keep it spoiler free, so feel free to listen even if you haven't play it yet.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Gut Reaction: Star Wars Rebels: Season 4, Episode 9 "Rebel Assault"

As you know, I'm not much of a reviewer, but that said, from time to time, I like to give you my "Gut Reaction" about something new in the world of Star Wars.  So, here is are my thoughts on the mid-season finale of Star Wars Rebels that aired last night, as well as some opinions about the season as a whole so far this year, and where I think it may go next.  Be warned, there are spoilers ahead, so do not listen to this until after you've watched the episode!  Enjoy!

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Star Wars Guy vs The Jerk

Are you like me, and are you known as "The Star Wars Guy" among your groups of friends, family and acquaintances?  Well, I'm guessing a lot of us are.  Anyway, since I proudly accept this label, I get a lot of Star Wars questions.  But the other day, this jerk I know, and he is a jerk, started asking me some questions.  It was like I was on the hot spot in a game of "10 Stoopid Questions"!  (Note to self, bring back this segment.).  Sadly, I did not record this conversation, but today's episode is me telling you the tale of this kinda odd interaction.  Enjoy!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Big News!

Yesterday, BIG news in the world of Star Wars broke.  And as required by Article 4, Subsection B, Paragraph 17c of the Star Wars Podcasters Code, I am required to comment upon it.  Unfortunately, the "real world" prevented me from posting this right away. So, here ya go, better late than never!

PS -

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

More EU Refrences Please

As a fan of the old Expanded Universe, I love whenever Star Wars elements that are branded "Legends", make it back into canon.  We've seen a lot of this thanks to Star Wars Rebels.  For example, the Noghri assassin Rukh has just made this leap.

Well, after this week's episodes, it got me to thinking... What other old EU elements would like to see referenced on the screen, be it television or the movies?  So, are five ideas of mine.  Mind you, these aren't necessarily things to build a story around, just ideas I'd like to see referenced in canon.  Enjoy!

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Next 10 Years Of Star Wars Story Telling

Last week, Kathleen Kennedy mentioned on The Star Wars Show that the Lucasfilm Story Group is currently working on laying the groundwork for the next ten years of Star Wars stories.  And while it is fun to speculate what those stories may be, I'm interested in the new and interesting ways Lucasfilm will tell them.

Beyond the normal way of telling tales, such as novels, comics, television show and games, what other story telling tools could we see in the next decade?  Here are 5 possible ideas I came up with!  Enjoy!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The LT12P Fan Cave!

Part of what I was doing while Less Then 12 Parsecs was on hiatus was converting part of my basement into a "fan cave".  (Thank you to Ryan Dassing for that moniker!). This is not a typical "finished basement" as you often find in suburban American homes.  No, instead, what I did was cordoned off a corner of the basement, laid down a false floor, and put up four walls.  Basically, I made a room to call my own.

A little history here...  when my wife and I purchased our home, it was plenty big enough for the two of us.  Compared to the apartments we had shared, this place was darn near palatial!  In fact, we both had extra rooms we called our own.  Not bedrooms, but dens.  Studies.  Man-caves. (call them what you will).  It was great!

Then, the kids came along...

It's amazing how much room kids, and all their stuff, takes up!

So, I gave up my room for my daughter, and told myself that "someday" I'll get that space back.

Well, I grew tired of waiting for "someday" to come, so... I went into the basement, and made a corner of it my own.  That's the stereotype anyway right?  We nerds all dwell in basements according to popular myth!  ;-)

This post is a series of photos of my build process, followed by a video tour of where things stand now.  The room is about 90% complete I'd say, but I wanted to get this out there.  (I wasn't going to bring LT12P back from hiatus until I was 100% with the room, but I'm not sure that day will ever really come!)

I should have taken more photos, but here is what I remembered to make note of...

The first task was to clear out the junk in the basement.  This was taken after 99% of the stuff we had stored down there was gone.

The wall on the left caused my first problem.  I found that it was leaking, in part because there weren't any rain gutters on that side of the house (that's another story for another day).  So, the first thing I had to do was a bit of masonry.

(I did research for each step of this building process, but I'm not a contractor.  Far from it!   I'm sure I got a lot of it wrong. If you see mistakes on my part, please don't tell me.  My ego doesn't want to hear how poorly a job I did!)

This next photo is of the corner of the basement after the wall had been repaired and painted.  Also, the ceiling has been painted at this point as well.  These first two photos were nearly a month apart.  I had to wait for the cement to cure before I could seal and paint it.  That was unexpected, and annoying, delay.

Next is the framing for the false floor I laid down.  We've had one small basement flood in the 20 years that we've lived here, and I am paranoid it is going to happen again.  I even laid down a heavy tarp on the floor as well, and a tarp along the wall (with heavy foam insulation behind it) to keep out the cold.  I wasn't able to build all the way to the far wall (the white wall in the photo) because of the water-do-hicky-thing.  I don't know what it's called, but that's were the water line comes into the house.  I could have built around it, but I thought better of it.

To keep the draft out (our basement gets quite cool in the winters), I put down a lawyer of fiberglass insulation.


And then next is the ply-wood sub flooring.  Here's a find fact I didn't figure out until I was nailing in the last piece...  One side of this type of ply-wood is smooth, and the other is rough.  Guess which side I have facing up?  Yup, the rough!  Oh well. --- Because I was trying to keep the cost down, I didn't put any additional flooring material over this.  I just painted it with a heavy duty floor paint, and then threw down a could of cheep throw rugs.

Next, I started framing the walls.  Because our house is hold (from the 1920's, and because the basement floor wasn't even close to level, this was a pain.  I swear, every one of these studs was a different length.  So there was lots of measuring, and remeasuring, and then measuring again, to make sure I got things right.  (and even then I didn't always get it right, but I got it "right enough".)

This is after the walls went up, and I put together the first of 11 bookshelves.   I just put up the cheap, 1970's fake wood paneling, and then painted them.  I ended up using 5 different color paints in total.  The ceiling is a very light grey with a satin sheen (to reflect the light, since there are no windows in this room), three of the walls are an eggshell medium grey, then the floor is a matte black.  The desk I installed was a darker, putty grey, and the wall behind that a flat white.  Because every decorator knows the power of an accent wall!  -- I tried to complete this project "on the cheap", but buying all the different paints was my one extravagance.  A treat for myself.

Here are the brackets for the kitchen countertop I purchased, to use as a desk.  I also purchased
 the same type of brackets (in a smaller size) to use for a shelf that rings the room.  ---  I screwed up two of these brackets, as they are not quite the correct height.  I think I'll be ok though.

And these here is the countertop, all installed!

And finally, here is a panorama shot of the room, before I started to move in all my books, computer, lights, and Stormtroopers.

All in all, I am quite happy with myself.  I did this project completely on my own.   I believe my wife thinks I am crazy for doing this, (and that I spent too much money), and she is probably right (on both accounts), but life is short, and you have to find ways to enjoy it while you can.  And so, that's what I'm doing!

And now, here is a video tour of the room, now that I have moved in.  Enjoy!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

I'm Worried About Luke

A new commercial dropped last night for THE LAST JEDI.  It contained some additional footage of Luke Skywalker.  And, that got me to thinking... and worrying... about Luke Skywalker.  Have a listen to learn what's on my mind.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

We Are Back!

Hey, Less Than 12 PARSECS is back! And man oh man, am I a wee bit rusty! Don't worry, podcasting is like riding a bike, it will all come back to me soon enough!

Today I share with you the Top Six things I've missed in the world of Star Wars since the show has been on hiatus. (Because Top Six lists are a thing, right?) This list is part missed news, and part things I've personally missed.

So, what have I been up to while away from the mic? Well, come back tomorrow for a rambling, babbling episode we're I tell that tale. Thanks for  listening!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

One Week!

One week from tonight...
The triumphant return of...
LESS THAN 12 PARSECS, The Fastest Star Wars Podcast In The Galaxy!
Back from our summer (and early autumn) hiatus in only 7 days!

Sunday, September 3, 2017


Well, I've come to the conclusion that my time management skills are the worst!  Right now, I am so busy with some other projects, stuff that I've put aside for the last two years while I was working two jobs, that I havent found the time to produce new episodes of LESS THAN 12 PARSECS.  The irony that I was able to do this show wile working 80 hours a week, but cant seem to find the time now, while I'm a normal 40 hour a week wage slave, is not last on me!

So, I'm going to make it official, and put the show on hiatus.

I am not ending LT12P, I am just putting it aside for two or three months.  I am currently building a man cave/Jedi Library/podcasting studio in my basement.  I am devoting all my free time and energy to getting this done.  Once it is done, and I am all set up, I will be back behind the microphone once again!

In the meantime, please remain subscribed to LT12P on you favorite pod catching app, because I will be dropping the occasional episode from time to time.  (In fact, you may find a new episode later tonight... Maybe!)

Anyway, I thank you for your patience.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me or connect with me on any of my social media accounts.  Talk to you soon.  Utinni!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

What's Going On?

Have you been wondering just what the heck is going on with Less Than 12 Parsecs and myself?  Well, wonder no longer, have a listen and find out!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Gut Reaction: The Freemaker Adventures, Episodes 3 & 4 of Season Two

As promised, I am back with my review of the new episodes of Lego Star Wars The Freemaker Adventures.  Today I tackle Episodes 3 & 4 of Season Two.  I'll be back with Episodes 5 & 6 this weekend, so please check back then!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

LT12P Is Back!

(that's all you need to know. just listen to the episode!)

Friday, June 30, 2017

A Less Than 12 Parsecs Public Service Announcement

Hey everyone.  I'm on vacation, which is why I haven't posted all week.  I'm also on vacation next week as well, but as they say, the show must go one!  And I have something big planned for the next 8 days!  What do I have up my sleeve?  Well, have a listen and find out!

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Google Deep Dive

What do you find when you look past the 10th page of search results for "Star Wars" on Google?  Well, let me share with you a few interesting nuggets I came up with!

Page 21 - Did Inadequate Women’s Healthcare Destroy Star Wars’ Old Republic? -

Page 24 - Most Citizens of the Star Wars Galaxy are Probably Totally Illiterate -

Page 26 - Star Wars and the Debate Among Physicists -

Page 29 - Star Wars by Battle of the Future Buddahs -

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Breaking News: Ron Howard Hired!

Wow, the news just continues to break!  In a follow up to yesterday's big story, of Lord and Miller being fired from the Han Solo solo movie, today we learn that Ron Howard has been hired by Lucasfilm to finish the job!

What do do I think Ron Howard will bring to the table?  Well, here's five minutes where I look back at his directorial resume and try to make some guesses.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Breaking News: Lord & Miller Fired!

As you probably know by now, it was announced yesterday that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the directors of the Han Solo solo movie, were let go by Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm.  Well, as a Star Wars Podcaster, I am obligated to give you my opinion on this matter.  Here are a few minutes of what I, someone who knows very little about the movie making industry and the inner workings of Lucasfilm, thinks about all of this.  ;-)

Here are some articles about the situation...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Gut Reaction: The Freemaker Adventures, Episodes 1 & 2 of Season Two

 Well, my guilty pleasure, Lego Star Wars The Freemaker Adventures, just began its second season. So, I am going to try my best to review each episode as they air. Episodes one and two where released on the same day, so here you go, my first two reviews in one! Actually, review maybe too strong a word, this is Less Than 12 Parsecs after all, so I give you my GUT REACTION!