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What did you think of the Star Wars - The Force Awakens?

I finally saw it, Sunday. Opening weekend. I caught the movie in 3D at the iconic Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. The theater itself is an experience for Hollywood, and awesome. If you haven't seen the movie yet, and want spoiler free whatever, click away now - because I'm going to be spoiler heavy, quite candid, and blatant with them. Not even joking, I'll flat out spoil the surprises and plot points for anyone that hasn't seen this movie all over this post. This is "Snape kills Dumbledore" level spoilers filled... 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...

Death Star 3.0

SW:TFA has a few story arcs within it, the main ones being "where's Luke", another is "Death Star 3.0". I thought the Starkiller plot vehicle was a bit cheap; I mean, it was "just introduced" excessively late into the film. I get it, it's reminiscent of the 1977 release when "that's no moon" popped in and became the icon of all things Empire for the Star Wars franchise. So much so, it was done again, in Return of the Jedi. But this time, Starkiller seems to serve only two real purposes and neither of which had much to do with crippling the First Order/Empire or were even actually all that necessary, but at the same time, was very necessary - so as an item in the SW Universe, I feel its very significant, but in The Force Awakens, it felt glossed over in favor of numerous sub-plots and universe expanding precursors. In fact, by the end of the film, the Starkilller only really did two things, listed in order of importance:

1) Place to kill Han Solo, akin to the way Obi Wan got murdered so "pointlessly" in New Hope

2) Show of resource and organization of the First Order... as though none of the previous films efforts had any lasting effect on the power of the Empire or the Dark Side.

I liked it, but I also felt that there was so much going on in the sub-plots, Starkiller was basically a cop-out to kick Act 3 into high gear with a reasonable action sequence and give Kylo Ren a large scale stage to murder his father, Han Solo, and make his transition to the Dark Side "complete".

Sounds like a huge freakin' deal when typed out like this, and maybe with a second viewing I'll pick up on a more clear feeling of significance with Starkiller overall, but it felt like I was watching all this awesome new Star Wars stuff get moving then all of a sudden... "oh yeah, this giant planet's a weapon... the good guys are gonna jack it up... Hans dead now... on to the rest of the act"... Maybe a few scenes before hand needed to linger a bit more, I could have used an extra 8 minutes of dramatic screen time to allow some type of emotional response when it was destroyed, but I guess the same thing could go for the death of Han Solo. That whole sequence seemed like "you're dead now"; that was about it. Obi-wan went out the same way in New Hope, so maybe it's by design.

Han dies, "shit! seriously?!! what just happened?" - Boom that Starkiller thing got jacked up already, "well bummer". That's life. It's almost merciless how these things play out, giving you the sense that shit just goes down without a huge build up in Star Wars now. They've all done it before. They suffered the gungans and now everything's just easy.

Questions

I loved all the questions that were raised. Who's Rey? Where did Finn come from? Where the hell did Snoke come from? The Starkiller was a massive undertaking, how did that even get started? Why is 3PO's arm red? Aside from fanfare, why was the falcon reintroduced into this trilogy? Is Rey commanding the Force or is the Force using her to wake up? Why did R2 suddenly power on half way through the third act? Are BB droids R2 upgrade units?

I'm a fan. It's good stuff.

Final Thoughts

This was the prettiest Star Wars done ever. Period. The practical and visual effects teams did a phenomenal job. The acting was superior to most other acting across the board on all 6 other Star Wars feature films. It successfully kicks off more "War" and has a powerful World War 2 feel, in antagonist presentation, ground war filmography, and so on. It's not lost on me that 4 - 6 are probably being morphed into a metaphor for WWI wherein the vale of the "war to end all wars" is obliterated by a vicious war that follows decades later. It introduced a ton of sub-plots. I can see the groundwork for the many, many, many movies coming from the Disney powerhouse.

Overall, I put it as the third best Star Wars film to date; where New Hope still reigns king.. and of course Empire Strikes back still holds second place on my nerd shelf. But this easily trumped 1 - 3, easily; and it beats Jedi out mainly because... well, Ewoks. Sorry, not sorry.

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Los Angeles - Night, Cityscapes

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I found out how to do what I've been looking to do with Google+... now that they've done jacked up photo viewing.

1. Go to https://photos.google.com
2. Click Collections
3. Click "+" next to Search Box (seriously)
4. Create a new album
5. Add a photo or two
6. Close
7. Open album
8. Click "Edit" pencil
9. Click double "+"
10. Browse photos and select them
11. Click done
12. Click "Share" icon
13. Select "Get Link"
14. Slam face into desk.
15. Be sad that no one can +1 photos
16. Give up on hoping for comments on new shares
17. Consider spamming people with Collections
18. Consider just migrating to Pinterest, fuck it.

Yeah... much better, Google. Well done.
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A colonoscopy would be quicker
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Omg! That beats "hot chicks" on fx. 
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Google+ for a Photography Archive is Useless

There used to be a tab for "photos" on Google+ profiles. That tab had albums listed of uploads dating back to the inception of Google+. That tab is now gone. So, now what? The only way anyone would ever see this republished photo from 2004 would be to scroll all the way back through my endless stream of posts, to sometime in 2012, and just "happen" upon it...

I've hunted for a way to share my public albums with others these past couple of days, and the only solution I've found is - revert back to Flickr - what the fuck, +Google+?

I can only assume that this is due to some "not yet done" functionality. Just an oversight; like, some part of the team is still working on it... +Dmitry Shapiro? if that's not the case, man - what an upset. Right now I'm uploading some 1000+ photos to Flickr because I need to have a running archive of publicly shared photos for people interested in them. They exist. My "go to" was Google+

I'm hoping it can stay that way, but for now, I'm going to have to send people to Flickr. Yuck.
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Your sarcasm and dry wit out do my dull days staring at dual screens..still hoping 'photos' returns from the g plus graveyard. Hoping i never have to use the blue f
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New Google+? Shiny.
I like it.
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I love Pinterest 
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$1,000,000,000 in merchandise sales.
$100,000,000 in movie ticket presales
25th largest grossing film in history already...

... hasn't even been released yet.
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens has earned $100 million in advanced ticket sales, obliterating the previous record.
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Ok, Google+, wtf

So... let me get this straight; aside from liking the new interface, I'm pretty much hating the shit out of the limited functionality presented within the new Google+

1. Public view of Albums, organized over years of sharing... gone
2. Seeding collections from past works.. spams everyone
3. Profiles are pretty hideous actually
4. Collections are basically Pinterest. If I wanted to use Pinterest, guess what I'd do?

Bring back Albums. Let me organize them accordingly, without "creating" bullshit content streams for the 40,000+ users following me... even though I'm certainly only 12 of them still stomach Google+.

I really wish Google would pay closer attention to use-case shit. They've been on a tirade of new UI behaviors, which is experimental and awesome, sure - but drastic alterations to UX and burying key functionality for people at the same time is ludicrous bullshit, and amateur at best.
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Funny, Google thought that your post was important enough to warrant sending me an email about it. I guess that a trending discussion of their failings is better than no discussion at all.
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Awaken the Force within you. Choose a side and your Google apps will follow your path.
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Downtown LA

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This might be one of the best YouTube channels... ever.
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Work
Occupation
Founder of Digithirve, acting CTO
Skills
C# and PHP Web Developer, Web Designer, Business Intelligence, SEO, PPC, SMM, jQuery, mySQL, CSS, so on, so forth
Employment
  • Digithrive, Inc
    CTO & Co-Founder, present
  • JibJab
    Director of Product, 2012
  • Mahalo.com, Inc
    Revenue Strategist, 2011
  • EDS
    Software Engineer, 2006
  • Newland Communities
    Online Marketing Director, 2008
Basic Information
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Relationship
Married
Other names
@nrek
Story
Tagline
Photography. Technology. Philosophy.
Introduction
I run a business or two. Passionate about photography; night/extended exposures; landscapes; cityscapes, junkscapes. Occassionally, some models, candids, etc. I do not do HDR

Pretty good with computers, networks & Internets
  • Product/Revenue strategist
  • Web developer
  • Web designer
  • Automation specialist
  • Database junkie
  • Desktop software developer
  • Network administrator
Builder of things, fixer of cars and boats, DIY junkie, artist, creative, blogger, social network abuser, technologist. 

CTO/Co-Founder of Digithrive (+Digithrive), CTO of TechZulu.
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I drank a coffee once, the experience went viral.
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Los Angeles
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San Diego - Aberdeen, WA
Fast staff, got to the point of getting the keys in my hand and on my way quickly. They do the standard upsell attempts, but aren't pushy with it at all - car was clean, they picked me up on time, and were friendly getting me out the door when I returned.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Reminiscent of childhood Italian haunts with my folks, Di Vita's is spot on with "simply damn good Italian food" style and dishes. Home cooked, served quick, atop a red and white checkered table cloth, under some random beer lamp... this place is so full of winning. If you don't need some guy rockin a white towel over his sleeve to serve you a calzone, this is the place.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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Well rounded, good experience. Food was good, service was attentive, atmosphere was great. Would have 5 starred if the tables were a bit bigger.
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Great place for dinner or lunch. The service is attentive, not pretentious, and the place is chill. If you're a fan of steak, they make some darn good cow. For those in West LA (Brentwood / Westwood) they deliver too.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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