Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Wired Magazine (Nov 2015)

Superfan JJ Abrams On Directing The Force Awakens

Fear Not, Star Wars Fans.  Your Movie is in Good Hands

You Won’t Live to See the Final Star Wars Movie

Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Arsenal of Epic Battle Props

Star Wars Exclusive: Blueprints for the First Order’s Base

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailers


[UPDATE 12/13/15: Star Wars: The Force Awakens “5 Days” TV Spot posted]  That’s right!  There’s only 5 days until the new Star Wars movie comes out!

[UPDATE 12/11/15: Star Wars: The Force Awakens “Secret” TV Spot (Official)]

[UPDATE 12/6/15: Star Wars: The Force Awakens “Legacy” Featurette (Comic Con Experience, Brazil)]

I’m collecting all the Official Star Wars The Force Awakens Youtube Trailers in here.  I just noticed that there are a ton of Comic Book Resource TV Spots and I’ll put those in another post to keep these separated.


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Oahu Tips

I wanted to help a friend out with her trip to Oahu, so I decided to start compiling a list of a few favorite places.



Come here for the fresh Udon

Island Vintage Coffee

Some of the best Acai Bowls I’ve ever had.


Macky’s Sweet Shrimp Truck

Leonard’s Bakery

Nico’s Pier 38

Nisshodo Candy Store

1095 Dillingham Blvd Bldg I-5
Honolulu, HI 96817

Get the Chichi Dango!  This place might look like a warehouse, but it’s legit.

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck

4 Things You Must Do When Your Web Application Is Down [via Downhound]

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Downhound posted their first blog post today, and it’s an important one for Operations people to know.  Having been in operations for almost 8 years now, I’ve come to a realization that not everyone deals with outages in the same way.  There are some that will take any action possible (restart all the things) and some that investigate the problem but don’t take any action until they verify with someone.  I’ve been in both of those parties and more.

Downhound listed the following must dos:

  1. Above all, stay calm.
  2. Establish a situation room
  3. Look, but don’t touch
  4. Pause before fixing

Stressing on the need to stay calm is very important.  Junior and Senior Operations folks often get a surge of panic when a crisis hits but if you can take a deep breath and keep a cool head, figuring out the problem will be much easier.

They mention creating a new “room” for every outage.  I’ve never tried that and maybe I will some day.  However, I do like having a dedicated situation room that I can refer back to when assessing a new outage.  Slack rooms are technically free and unlimited, but I like being able to search one room for keywords and commands used previously.

The third “do” is pretty important.  This is the fact gathering stage where you figure out what is wrong with the system.  It’s important to assess why there is an issue.  Although, on one of these fact finding missions, I’ve accidentally cat’ed a large file instead of running a tail.

Pausing before fixing gives you the opportunity to think of the repercussions of your fix.  “Will there be a split brain scenario?” “What happens if you rerun that script?” “How long will this take?”  Often times that last question forces you to think about a long term vs a short term fix.  You might be able to get away with turning off puppet and manually editing a config file to get out of the hurdle and then turning around and editing the puppet files to make the config stick.

It’s also very important to remember that complaining, blaming and making fun of technical issues during the outage doesn’t help.  When SHTF you should fix the problem now and critique later.

Star Wars The Force Awakens Speculation from a Notebook Cover

The internet is funny.  How does someone figure out a very crucial tragic event from a screenshot on a notebook?  This photo has huge potential spoilers so if you are sensitive to such things, please move on.

Click here to see the image and read the rumor.

Making Star Wars reported these images from a notebook that some of their fans found at a store (probably Target.)



They further add speculation that Chewbacca and Rey seem a little too sad to be flying the Millenium Falcon.  There’s a possibility they are leaving a tragic event such as the death of a popular main character.  I can’t even find the words to say his name in that last sentence.  No.  That can’t be true… It’s Impossible!


NBA Finals 2015 Champions Golden State Warriors!


Congratulations to the Warriors for their amazing win over the Cleveland Cavaliers!  I haven’t been this excited about basketball since I was maybe 10 years old.  I can’t call myself a true Warriors fan, but I’m definitely a Bay Area sports supporter.

The Warriors definitely played as a team.  Beautiful passing, excellent defense, and exciting shooting really made this an amazing game.  There wasn’t a moment where I felt like Curry was hogging the ball or “Iggy” was carrying the team.

In contrast, the Cavs looked messy.  The first three games were exciting because they looked alive.  But, the Warriors have “Strength in Numbers” and it really showed.  It was interesting seeing a difference between game 3 and game 4 where Dellavadova was harassing Curry all day to looking way too tired to really do much of anything.  Lebron definitely tried to carry the team on his back, but he was looking pretty tired near the end, too.  I wonder what it would have been like if Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving were there to play.

To be honest, I was hoping for a game 7 to continue the excitement but I am really happy with the win on game 6.  I kept rooting for the Cavs to close the gap and bring the game closer.  Don’t hate me, I just like watching a good game.  I even kept texting #DubsOn7 to different people.  It was a hashtag I saw ABC7 display on the first 2 games, which I think they took down. =(

Anyways, again, congratulations Warriors! Thanks for bringing more Trophies to the Bay!  And thank you fellow fans for not bringing the violence to our city!


Microsoft’s Xbox One E3 2015 Press Conference

Is console gaming back?  I haven’t really played hardcore on console for the past 3 years.  I played Skyrim here and there, finished Arkham Asylum, started GTAV, but it was all pretty casual.  I’m watching the MS E3 Press Conference and off the top of my head, I’m pretty excited to see Gears of War 4, HoloLens, and Halo 4.

Sam and I have been huge fans of the Halo series.  It’s actually the first “hardcore” game I had her play when we first started dating.  I remember the days she started running around and aiming her gun at the sky, not really sure how to move her head yet.  Then, she grew into this hardcore multiplayer, demanding SWAT no shields BR every time.

It looks like for Halo 5, they are taking a squad based shooter approach.  From the footage, you are one of 4 Spartans trying to find out what happened to Master Chief.  According the the Podcast that Microsoft has been producing, it sounds like MC has gone Rogue and in the campaign you are trying to find out what has happened to him.

The multiplayer modes seem to have your standard squad vs squad matchups and will include a SWAT-like “Breakout” mode which will feature a 1 life competitive mode that encourages communication between players.

The next cool thing they showed that caught my eye was the Hololens with Minecraft.  I don’t play Minecraft, but what they were doing was blowing my mind.  How much of it was smoke and mirrors? I don’t know.  But, if they can really pull this off at home, I’d really like the chance to try it.

And finally, they ended the game with a preview to Gears of War 4.  It was a quick demo bringing you back into the universe as a new character named JD.  The footage showed what seems like 2 characters working together instead of a squad of 4.  The enemies were bigger and scarier than before.

[Battle Report] Imperial Assault The Spice Run Review

A long, long time ago (on Wednesday), we continued our Hot Imperial Nights campaign with ‘The Spice Run.’  In this mission, the reward is to have Chewbacca as a permanent ally that the rebels can call into battle.

Chris Chiuey as Gaarkhan
Larry Hobiwan Kenobi as Fenn Signis
Lanakin Ikaiwalker as Mak Eshka’rey
Samdo Calrissian Lee as Gideon Argus

Emperor Palpa-King as the Imperials

In this mission, Chewbacca is deeply concerned with Han Solo’s debt with Jabba the Hutt.  He decides to organize a team to steal some Spice to relieve some of the heat on his friend.  Leading a group into a spice factory, Chewbacca hits the guard at the door smashes the door in and the mission begins.

End of Mission Triggers

1. All 6 Spice Barrels are recovered
2. Round 5 ends
3. All heroes are wounded and Chewbacca is defeated

I was pretty excited for this mission.  There was a little ‘hide the queen’ game and it gave me the opportunity to control a diverse group of figures.  The initial deployment consisted of an elite Nexu, elite Trandoshians, and a Probe Droid.  The mission allowed me to start the game with twice the amount of Threat level increase, 4 Threat at this point in the game.  I decided to deploy a second Nexu to annoy the heck out of these guys.

The first part of the mission, the heroes needed to find the yellow keycard.  When deploying the Trandoshians and the Probe Droid, I needed to place tokens under them with one of them holding the keycard.

The heroes made their way through all the Nexu figures, and eventually killed the 2 Trandoshians.  With the tokens on the floor, I decided to create a diversion with the Probe Droid by sending him as far away as possible.  It worked by splitting part of their group there to waste some turns.  Eventually, the heroes picked up the keycard which triggered an increase in Threat level.  After the heroes finished readying themselves to complete the rest of the I deployed some Stormtroopers.

The heroes opened the door, which revealed an additional E-Web Engineer (Stormtrooper on a turret).  I moved the Stormtroopers in to start boxing in the doorway.  This seemed to work at first, until they started taking advantage of Chewbacca’s Slam to move Troopers away.


There's an exciting world out there, and I want to conquer it.