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Mark Frein
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Creative guy, geek & proud, family man that tries to learn something new every day
Creative guy, geek & proud, family man that tries to learn something new every day

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Finally saw Star Wars Force Awakens.  Prepped by watching everything that is "finished" in order.  Episode I, II, then all the Clone Wars, then III.  Finally the old IV, V, VI in a major binge.  Skipped Star Wars Rebels given it is still going.

Quick verdicts on all the hubbub:

1. Good show.  Fun.  Not game changing.  But a good solid movie to set the stage for two more.

2. It is most certainly Kylo Ren that drops a 5 year old Rey on Jakku.  And then force programs her to feel compelled to stay.  Even without reading the theories, the voice sounded like him.  Why did he spare her and take her there?  Either familial tie or he cared for her like a little sister.  He clearly was interested in the identity of the "girl" on the planet and had a historical connection to her.

3. Rey is probably a Solo (given her reference to "alone" in a pre-release interview).  I think that's more likely than a Luke daughter.  Her force abilities plus her natural piloting and engineering abilities certainly point to her being of Skywalker lineage.  I think the Leia and Rey embrace is too "big" to be anything other than mother-daughter and there's no reason to believe they don't both know it then.  I doubt she's Obi-Wan's granddaughter although the "read" of her being more like Obi-Wan is fair.

4. I hope Snoke is Darth Plagueis.  Likely not, but that would be super cool.  It's entirely possible the directors/writers will let the chips fall ultimately where they may and go with fan support.  It seems likely he's a new villain with a separate backstory.
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Fiona already has picked up a fondness for stoner rock.
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Just finished Peter Watts' brilliant sci fi novel Blindsight.  I've found recently that a bunch of science fiction falls into standard formulas: it's outer space and there's a monster (or a few of them); it's a first contact situation and OMG how do we actually communicate!?; it's a singularity and everyone is being translated into digital selves.

So, Watts has all of this.  Plus vampires.  Yes, vampires and somehow pulls it all off.  To boot and perhaps what truly tips the scales on Blindsight from a very good novel to what might end up being a canonical science fiction book of the new millenium is the profound philosophical and psychological musings about identity, consciousness, and ultimately the evolutionary practicality of the concept of "self" among human beings.

There were occasions during the early part of the novel where I almost put it down.  He poured a ton of context-building concepts in the early pages and the narrator (Siri) did not bother much to give all the backstory.  It was confusing at times.  However, the Siri's tendency to jump around in time and omit background detail early only to work it in later chapters made the journey with the novel all the more satisfying.

I hadn't previously had the pleasure of reading Watts -- a Canadian writer.  I'll pick up more of his work after this one.

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We just released our album ... debut of a band project myself, Elle Anhorn, Stuart Turner, and Will Tynan have been working on for around a year and a half.   It's been up on Google Play for a couple of weeks, but we wanted to put it up on Bandcamp as well.
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Moon-set at 6 am over waters off Grand Turk Island .. from a quick escape to warmer weather last week.
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Looking for msuic inspiration in the 70s and 80s.  This may just be the best pop rock album of all time (imho).
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The Cars
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