Solo: What We Know So Far

This is what I know about Solo: A Star Wars Story so far.

First, the Millenium Falcon. It looks way different for a couple reasons. The prongs are the most noticeable. Instead of looking like this:

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It looks like this:

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The biggest difference is the front prong. The other difference is that the Falcon is white. If you look closer, you can see the laser cannon is different. It is a lot more noticeable on the Lego one:

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For those of you who don’t know, besides Han Solo, the other main characters are Chewie and someone named Q’ira.

According to the teaser trailer, Han was a criminal since he was 10. That means he was probably an orphan. He was kicked out of the Imperial Flight Academy. How he could have got in being an orphan, I don’t know. He did, though. Chewbacca looks the same as ever, but he has 2 bandolier straps. For a quick moment in the space storm (that’s what I think it is), you see a TIE fighter with some sort of bulb on one side of it:

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After that, you see the Millenium Falcon fly through a bunch of tentacles.

Teaser Trailer

In trailer 2, you see Han tell Lando Calrissian, “I heard a story about you, is it true?” Lando replies “Everything you heard about me is true.” Han might be going up to him to play sabacc to win the Millenium Falcon. Lando Calrissian seems to have a droid. There is also a new type of stormtrooper called the range trooper:

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You see them fighting Han Solo on a train that might be on Coreilla. If it is, then Coreilla is a snowy planet. Next, Han discovers that Chewbacca is 190 years old.

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That is what I know so far about Solo: A Star Wars Story. If there is anything I missed, then tell me in the comments.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Parallels to Other Films

*SPOILER ALERT* THE LAST JEDI

The Last Jedi, still being somewhat new (even though Solo is coming soon), has parallels to other movies.

One of them is the Battle of Crait. The First Order uses the AT-M6s while the Empire uses AT-ATs. The Resistance and the Rebellion use tiny speeders that have no chance of defeating them. Not to mention that both planets are white. C3-P0 also told everyone that they were going to die.

When Luke duels Kylo Ren at the end of The Last Jedi, he says, “Strike me down in anger and I will always be with you.” In A New Hope, Obi-Wan says, “If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”

Binary Sunset

Before Luke dissolves, he looks at the twin suns at Anch-To. That is like the famous scene in A New Hope when Luke looks out at the sunset on Tatooine.

Praetorian Guard

In Snoke’s throne room, the praetorian guards are in red like the royal guards in Return of the Jedi. Snoke put Rey’s lightsaber on the arm of his throne like Palpatine did in Return of the Jedi. Kylo Ren and Darth Vader both kill their master to save Rey or Luke.

Kylo Ren flies into the hangar bay of the Raddus like Anakin flying into the hangar bay of a Trade Federation ship.

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Of course, Admiral Ackbar died in a trap.

Both Finn and Luke begin the movie in a tank healing from their injuries. How can they breathe if they are trapped in a bacta tank, though?

Rey trains with Luke on a remote planet like Luke and Yoda did. There were no porgs on Dagobah.

Luke threw Anakin’s lightsaber away like he did with his own in Return of the Jedi. (R. I. P. Anakin’s lightsaber though.)

Rey Cracking Ground

When Rey cracks the ground in The Last Jedi, maybe she did that on Starkiller Base. It was probably just the planet imploding.

A Wreched Hive of Scum and Villiany

Rose says that Canto Bight is full of the worst people. She was looking in the wrong places. It is Tatooine. Or maybe it was Obi-Wan who was wrong? I don’t know. Speaking of Canto Bight, it is similar to Cloud City. They both go there to find help. But in The Empire Strikes Back, they actually got it.

When Rey and Kylo Ren defeat the praetorian guards, Kylo Ren offers Rey a chance to rule the galaxy. That has been in a lot of Star Wars movies.

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On the Supremecy, we see BB-8 steal an AT-ST. Chewbacca did the same thing during the Battle of Endor.

Those are a some of the parallels between the films.

Some of my other posts are:

Who is Snoke?

Darth Jar Jar Binks?

 

Darth Jar Jar Binks?

I found this theory that Jar Jar Binks is a Sith Lord. Before we start with why he is not, I briefly want to tell you why I think it is a bad theory. It is Jar Jar. George Lucas would not give such a hated character a big role. Here is why that is true:

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Jar Jar does a huge leap into the water. That has to use the Force, right? No. He is kind of like an amphibian. Frogs can jump high, so why not Jar Jar? If he is amphibian-like, then the jump into the water is normal.

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His clumsiness, oddly enough, is supposedly a style to make himself innocent. When George Lucas said that Jar Jar Binks was based off Goofy from Mickey Mouse, that also helps prove that he is not. Is Goofy a villain? No. So Jar Jar is not a Sith.

Jar Jar on Tatooine

Strangely, Jar Jar supposedly did mind tricks to influence the Naboo Guards. It looks like he is mouthing what the Naboo Guard is saying, but he is actually just breathing. He is a water creature and is hot in the two suns of Tatooine. He even said: “The suns doin’ murder to meesa skin.”

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Jar Jar, who also “jumped” from a bridge, did it when they were fighting battle droids. We see him fall after Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon jump. He grabbed onto a ledge and was swinging back and forth. Then, he landed in a different place from Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon. It was because he was swinging back and forth.

So, that is why Jar Jar Binks is not a Sith Lord. Snoke is not a Sith Lord, but Jar Jar isn’t Snoke, either. Speaking of Snoke, I made a post about him here.

 

Who is Snoke?

*Spoiler Alert*

For those of you who have seen The Last Jedi, you will know that Snoke is dead. For those of you who haven’t, don’t say I didn’t tell you there were spoilers. But no one knows who Snoke really was.

First of all, Disney shouldn’t have killed him. Snoke could have done a lot more than sitting on his throne and talking to Kylo Ren and General Hux. We never got to even see him fight. He could have had powers to rival Darth Sidious. However, we will never know. Darth Maul did survive being cut in half so Snoke might have.

So who is he? First of all, I think he is a new guy, but I don’t want to think that. I’m going to go through some of the theories.

  1. Mace Windu: Some people say that Snoke is Mace Windu. It seems plausible but quite unlikely. So, after he got blasted out the window in Revenge of the Sith, he went underground and resurfaced 53 years later as a guy named Snoke.  I don’t think that is possible. Mace Windu did use Vaapad. That lightsaber style is one that brings you closest to the Dark Side. He died. He died. Ok, he died. He’s not alive. Mace Windu got blasted with Force Lighting, got his hand cut off, and fell 1500 feet. Despite being a Jedi Master, he couldn’t survive. He was shocked in both ways (lighting and startled.)Mace Windu
  2. Jar Jar Binks: Okay, so Jar Jar Binks was responsible for everything because he is Jar Jar Binks. That’s all I need to say. So that means that he isn’t Snoke.Darth Jar Jar
  3. Darth Plagueis: People think that Snoke is Darth Plagueis. I agree with this one the most because it makes so much more sense. Darth Plagueis could influence Midi-Chlorians to create life. So, Palpatine murdered him in his sleep. Plagueis sensed his apprentice and made more life. Even though he was killed, he survived. And maybe Palpatine stabbed him in his cheek? Odd place but Palpatine was an odd person. That would explain how his cheek is all warped.

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So that explains who Snoke is. (Kind of)

 

Coming soon: Darth Jar Jar.

Joshua Tree Campout

When I went to Joshua Tree National Park for a campout, it was with my Boy Scout troop. My dad and I left around noon. We ate at Sizzler along the way. We spent about an hour and a half setting up the camp.

We went rock climing. There was a safety course we had to listen to.

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It was my first time doing so much of the prep on my own. The harnesses were quite hard to get on correctly. The first course I did had me rappeling. After finishing, I was shocked how high up I was.

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I am on the big piece of rock in the middle of the picture.

Sadly, I wasn’t used to rappeling, so, I scraped myself. The second course I did was a rappell practice. I was fine on that one. Next, I had to wait in a long line to do a difficult course where you climb up and then back down. I went on the first climbing course again and did another rappell practice.

Next, I did some belaying. That means you use the rope to let them go up or down.

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This is an example of belaying.

 

After I finshed that, all I had left was the knots and the paperwork. I completed the knots later that day. I will be going to another campout in April. You can see what I did last year right here. Overall, it was a fun campout.

Hidden Google/Gmail Features

These are some of the hidden features Google has coded into their web browser.

Firstly,  there is the No wifi game. This is a cool Chrome easter egg. When you can’t connect to the internet, you see a screen with a dinosaur.

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Hit space or tap the screen. When you see the cacti, hit space or tap to jump over it. Eventually you find pterodactyl.

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Some of them you can jump over. Some of them you can’t. Once you reach 700, the colors of the screen reverse.

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Do a barrel roll. This makes the screen rotate.

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Search askew, and, you will see the page at a slight tilt.

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Answer to life the universe and everything, Apparently, the answer is 42.

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Once in a blue moon seems to be 1.16699016 × 10-8 hertz.

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When you search anagram, it says did you mean nag a ram?

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In Google Hangouts, there are a bunch of easter eggs. One of them is /bikeshed.

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It changes the color of the screen. /ponystream makes ponies run across the chat screen.

 

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/pitchforks makes a group of men with pitchforks and other tools run across the screen.

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Go to Google Images and search Atari Breakout. It leads you to that game.

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Just go to normal Google search and type “play snake”. All you have to do is click where it says.

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Those are all the ones I currently know about. Google will almost certainly be making more.

Angels Spring Training 2018

My dad and I went to see Angels Spring Training at Tempe Diablo Stadium. We woke up at 4:30 AM to catch our flight which boarded at 6:15. The flight only lasted 55 minutes. When we arrived, my dad and I took a Lyft to our hotel. It was a Courtyard Marriot. The Courtyard was finished in 2017.

We didn’t know what we would do on Saturday, so we went to see Shohei Otani pitch. He is known as the Babe Ruth of Japan. Before the game, there was a live band.

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They played “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

 There was a lot of Japenese media,  and they televised the game in Japan.

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These are just a few of the many people that were at Tempe Diablo Stadium from Japan.

 

Otani is pitching in the picture below.

 

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It might be hard to see, but Otani is pitching.

When he walked onto the field, Otani had a translator because he can’t speak much English.

 

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The translator is right behind Otani.

Since it was Spring Training, they weren’t as strict about seating. We never even sat in the seats we bought. Passing the concession stand, there were ladies who sang “Hot Dog.” That probably did generate more sales than normal.

Otani wasn’t as good as everyone thought he would be. That might be because he needs to get used to his team. The Angels ended up winning that game. It was against the Brewers.

There was another one the next day against the Padres.

 

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We arrived at the game early, so not many people were there.

 

Otani didn’t pitch that game, though. The Angels still won. We met some of our friends at that game. They had to leave after the third inning.

Going to Arizona was fun even though I was only there for three days.

Willy Wonka Bars

For Christmas, our uncle made us Willy Wonka bars and other things from the movie.

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The three bars. No Musketeers, though.

 

We got the Scrumdiddlyumptious, the Fudge Mallow, and a normal one.

 

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Unwrapping one of the candy bars.

 

Inside the Scrumdiddlyumptious, was a Charleston Chew. The Fudge Mallow didn’t have any marshmallow in it because he couldn’t figure out how. It’s not like he makes chocolate for his job, though. Some of the other presents he gave us were a book where we went to the chocolate factory, the contract they had to sign, and a golden ticket inside the normal chocolate bar.

 

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The golden ticket is accurate, word for word. I don’t know about the bottom of the contract though.

 

The Ever-Lasting Gobstopper, which was made of wood, was inside so much wrapping, that it seemed big. At one point, there was only a small aluminum foil ball left, so I thought that the whole thing was a trick. I felt something in the ball, so I unrolled it. And there it was! The Ever-Lasting Gobstopper! After that, he brought us our Fizzy Lifting Drinks.

 

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I had the orange one.

 

They weren’t with the other presents because they were more perishable. The way you opened them was very weird. The lid was hooked onto the bottle. He had hired artists to make the labels. The only thing he didn’t need to make was the Wonka Pop. He just ordered it.

I really liked everything he gave me. The chocolate was quite tasty.

Houston Space Center

For our Christmas vacation, one of the things we did was go to  Space Center Houston.

 

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At the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

 

They had an Angry Birds Space exhibit, but I didn’t find it very interesting.There was also a film. It told about how humans wanted to find out more about the universe. They also had a simulator for the launch sequence of the Apollo Missions.

 

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The film looked like it was on a film reel.

Next, we sent a message that was supposedly to Mars. There was a delay. After our cousins arrived, we had a snack and went on a tram to Historic Mission Control, that was used for the Gemini and Apollo missions. They didn’t even have computers during that time. Next, we went on the other tram to the astronaut training facility. There were a bunch of cool spaceship parts there.

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Finally, we went to the Space Shuttle Endeavour. It was taken through Los Angeles on top of a plane. To make the plane, which was a Boeing 747, lighter they removed all the seats and everything else passengers would use. Even most of the insulation that was used to keep the passengers warm was removed. Somehow, the plane and spaceship were driven through neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Workers even had to chop off some tree branches! We also saw the SkyLab.

 

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The man behind me was rotating.

 

My grandfather worked on it. To hear more about what he did, see my post Interview with My Grandfather about Working on the Apollo Space Missions.

It was very fun there. I want to go again.

 

 

Archaeology Field Trip

For our nature school, we went to a simulated archaeology dig site. We did find more artifacts than was probably normal. Two of my friends and I went early to do some work for the archaeology merit badge. The most fun part was using the precursor to the bow and arrow. You set it on this thing that you hold. You move your arm kind of like a throwing a baseball.

We had to try and match tin cans from the 1800’s to what we have now. We only got about half of them right.

 

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We had to match tin pots.

 

After that, we got to go dig. The excavation was fun. Once you had enough dirt to fill up your bucket 1/3, you were supposed to sift it. That meant putting it on a thing with a netting.

 

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I literally could not explain what the sifting device looks like so this helps.

 

All the small dirt got out, but if there was anything good it would still be on. My team was almost able to pull a vase out, but we didn’t dig deep enough.

Ian, Jayson and I went back for more requirements for the badge.

 

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We did more digging on Friday.

 

We dug in the Iron Age site next to it. The artifacts in it were over 3,000 years old. Once we arrived, we started digging. Some of our friends who were taking the class there came over to talk to us. Since we dug up a firepit, the wind blew the ash everywhere when we sifted it. There were pieces of stone with ridges. There was also a half handstone. A handstone was used to grind things. They were used in pairs. We also found a few pottery shards. When we thought we had been digging for 2 hours, we had only been digging for 80 minutes. About 45 minutes later, Ian suggested sifting a full bucket. It took about 20 minutes to get it full. It was somewhat hard to carry. The effect was amazing, though. We made good progress. I had to leave 1 minute early to go to the Newport Sea Base. It was extremely fun, but it was hot.