Initially a tongue-in-cheek homage to a classic Star Wars line, the fourth day in May has become an international day of celebration for geeks the world over. May the fourth allows those on the fringe of the conventional world to, for at least one day a year, show that not only have they seen the movie and get your reference, but have a little geek in them too.
With a new Star Wars movie scheduled for release later this year, excitement among the Jedi and Sith is already building. Since it has been ten years since the last Star Wars movies was released, expect this 4th to be laden with more Star Wars-themed events. Just last year, a special May the 4th message was broadcast from the International Space Station by astronaut Rick Mastracchio with a little help from R2-D2 himself.
As one might expect, there is no shortage of Star Wars fans at Geek Squad HQ. Agents regularly adorn their cubicles with Star Wars memorabilia. There is even a Secret Weapon Agent who is known for “force choking” Windows Updates into working. And he takes his role seriously – his desk is covered with Darth Vader figurines and other Vader-related tchotckes. Who could be we referring to? Dahlquist, anyone?
So whether you brought a lightsaber to work today or just plan on watching all 6 episodes back to back when you get home tonight, enjoy this unofficial geek holiday. I’ll be replaying Knights of the Old Republic while nestled snuggly in my tauntaun sleeping bag.