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Paul Shawcross

  1. Kickstarter Jumps the Shark, Offers Campaign to Fund a Death Star

    Fifty years from now, when we all look back at what once was, and we fondly remember how Kickstarter used to be a great way for artists and inventors to fund projects that might not otherwise be possible, we could very well remember this campaign as Kickstarter's jump-the-shark moment. After the White House refused to build a Death Star, someone started a joke Kickstarter campaign to build one anyway, and it already has more than 1,000 supporters.

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  2. This Isn’t the Article on the White House’s Death Star Petition Response You’re Looking For

    As you may or may not be aware, there's a petition over on We the People, which is where folks post petitions to potentially receive an official response from the United State government, requesting that the Obama administration "[s]ecure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016." Like, Star Wars Death Star. Ordinarily, this would just be an amusing blip on the radar, covered by our sister site The Mary Sue back in December. That was before Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, penned an official White House response to it.

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  3. So We’re Not Getting A Death Star But We Can Confirm We Have The Geekiest Administration In History

    I will make it legal!

    We already knew President Barack Obama was a nerd but this...this solidifies his place in our intergalactic records. Remember when we reported on that petition someone started to get the United States government to fund the building of a Death Star ala Star Wars? We all had a good laugh, knew it wouldn't happen, and assumed they wouldn't even get a response. They did. While it may not be the one petitioners were hoping for, it's probably the single best response to anything, ever. 

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