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Review: The Last Jedi

December 27th, 2017 by Ipso

its been a long time since i’ve posted to this blog. every time i go to add a new article, i remember i have this and tell myself i’m going to start posting to it again, but then life happens, and you realize its been over 2 years since you last posted.

but i got things to say, and by golly, i’m going to say them here, mostly because its a lil spoilery and i dont want to unleash a litany of tweets.


overall, i enjoyed it. keep in mind, since the major disappointments known as The Prequels came about i have gone into new Star Wars movies with tempered expectations. ‘Force Awakens’ ended up a pleasant surprise, and ‘The Last Jedi’ also was a fun watch.

notice i’m not calling them amazing, or perfect, or masterpieces. thats for a reason, these are action space operas, they are fun movies to watch, but its not groundbreaking story telling, or amazing cinematography or any other the other elements that make a movie a true work of art.



  • the updated AT-AT’s. very aggressive design, the front two legs have a very gorilla/ape like shape to them, and the wider stouter midsection gave it an air of pit bull.
  • Chewbacca is vegetarian or maybe even vegan.
  • the rei/kylo co-op fight was rad.
  • the supreme leaders chambers looked badass, but i was also thinking there was about to be a musical number or something, it looked like a stage.
  • it was nice seeing yoda bitch slap luke.



  • seriously, they could have removed most of that gambling planet/code breaker bullshit. entirely. just remove benicio, remove any talk of code breaking, the expected double cross, all bullshit. gone.
  • Finn was just kinda wierdly/conveniently popping up in the early parts of the movie, seemed kinda forced.
  • Did Lukes island really need caretakers? hes no longer a hiding hermit.
  • bummed the bombers didnt get more love, most got destroyed.
  • why couldnt they have just been in old snow speeders on planet red velvet cake? i know its not snow, but they can still kick up sick rooster tails with the snow speeders.
  • why did snopes need to be CGI, an reg human actor would have sufficed.
  • it would have been cooler if kylo destroyed his mask at a different point, maybe before/after the co-op fight.
  • when you thought they couldn’t get any bigger than the dreadnaught, here comes the supreme leaders delta wing of doom.
  • the rose/finn thing felt super forced and odd. rei all day every day.



  • Leia’s Mary Poppins move. maybe Guardians of the Galaxy 2 filled my mary poppins quota for 2017, but that shit was kind of dumb. maybe the bridge gets blasted, and everything goes to shit and gets sucked out, but Leia focuses her VERY LITTLE MENTIONED (empire right? “no there is another”?) jedi power and keeps herself planted on the bridge. i can see an argument for her unlocking her jedi power just as shes about to die in the vacuum of space, and she pulls herself back to the ship, but meh.
  • red velvet cake planet looked cool, but really felt like Hoth 2: red velvet boogaloo.
  • purple hair felt a little odd. your on the run from the first order and your like, “hey you know, i think i want purple hair”. it just stuck out and drew attention.
  • i was kind of hoping that the ‘mirror’ scene would have offered some piece of information, but that entire scene went no where.
  • why did the mini death star need to be towed, they couldn’t throw some tracks or tires on it, thought that was dumb.
  • so what happened to ’emperor’ now its ‘supreme leader’?
  • they never really touched on how the rebel forces were being tracked, they made such a big deal of the first orders ability to track them through hyper space – i thought there was going to be a tie in with the little locators that rei and leia had.
  • oh nothing, rei and chewy show up on the millennium falcon out of no where on red velvet cake planet.
  • RIP Admiral Akbar.

overall, it was fun, good. but really kinda felt like an ‘Empire Strikes Back’ remix, very similarly to how ‘Force Awakens’ felt like a remix of ‘A New Hope’.

Back unto the Breach.

September 28th, 2016 by Ipso

Social Media really took off eh? yea, i got really caught up in it for a while. But its too bite sized, and i was finding my ideas and thoughts were a bit too big for 140 characters, not interesting to any of my friends on Facebook, or something i wanted to expose myself to the SJW hordes on Tumblr.

if only i had a place to post articles, no matter how long (or short), or what the content is – no ones gonna report me (this is hosted off of my server after all).

so, i’m coming back to blogging, a lots happened since my last posts. I’m way into RC now. From airplanes, helicopters and most importantly, multirotors. I still read, and watch tons of movies – no TV, sorry duders. Some video games every now and then, but when you fly FPV, video games seem a lil boring.

Adventures in RC – My first plane

November 14th, 2013 by Ipso

You gotta start somewhere right?

I decided that when I started getting into RC that it will probably be a good idea to go the cheap route in case it wasn’t for me. Instead of getting a plane first I picked a simulator where I can get the fundamentals with out all the crashed plane hassle.

I spent hours in Real Flight 6.5. Totaling in thousands of dollars of destroyed virtual planes. Trainers? Crashed em. 3D? Crashed em. Helicopters? Woo boy did I crash the shit out of those, and don’t even get me started in quadrotors.

After I had the basics down, and did some research, I picked up my first plane, a GWS Slow Stick. Why that one? First, its a three channel that you can convert to 4 later if you wanted. Second, the construction of it was so simple – a stick for a fuselage and the wings/control surfaces were foam with some plastic bits holding it all together. When I inevitably crash it and bust up the wing its a simple fix, as opposed to having to rebuild the structure and recover it with film.

Another big plus was its slow flight and light weight meant I can fly it at local parks/empty sports fields. Since I live in the LA area open space is a premium. There’s a couple RC flight fields near me, but require an expensive AMA membership on top of dues for the organization maintaining the field. I’m going to wait until I have larger/faster planes to sign up for membership.

Adventures in RC

November 14th, 2013 by Ipso

I recently started to get into RC. I had started to mess with Legos, mostly Technics – the Lego’s that don’t quite look like Lego’s – gears, axels, beams and what not.

But pretty quickly I realized the limitations of Lego. Not in that you can’t build anything with them, but its really difficult to build something precise and accurate. One of my first devices was a rotating camera mount for time lapse. Turns out there’s quite a bit of play between the teeth of gears which meant the camera only rotated every 3rd try.

Then I tried making an rc car with legos, and the other hurdle reared its head: you never have enough of or the right Lego pieces. I had spent quite a bit picking up certain sets just to get the parts i needed, but when putting together whatever I was making I was always a couple pieces short of being able to make what I wanted.

That also brought another problem to light: Lego’s are fucking expensive. I understand why they are and I’m not complaining, but when I can build a working flying quadcopter for less than a Lego set that doesn’t do anything but open/close doors with simple gears the answer is clear.

So here I am a few months later, Lego’s are now on eBay looking for a loving home and I have a couple to rc models to tinker with and I couldn’t be happier. There’s a certain joy from putting something together and being able to use it, break it and put it back together again.

DIY: BMO & Fionna Sword from Adventure Time

October 29th, 2012 by nesoxochi

This year the BF and I are dressing up as Finn & Fionna from Adventure Time for Halloween.  I decided to get creative with my props and went to town with cardboard and tempera paint.  Here are some step by step pictures of the process for making my pink Fionna sword and BMO!

Materials Needed: masking tape, scissors, primary tempera paint colors, paint brushes, pencil, black permanent marker

Fionna’s Sword

Fionna from Adventure Time has a pink sword, but after realizing that it’s not sold anywhere in stores I decided to make my own.  Luckily, we have a lot of cardboard on hand from our monthly CSA vegetable box.  Making the sword was easier than expected because last month’s box came with vertical inserts.  I trimmed the end of one insert into the point of a sword and cut triangles along the side for details.  For the hilt, I trimmed down the other vertical insert and then made a slit in the middle until I could slide the “blade” through.  Aim for a snug fit, but don’t be too worried if it’s loose, the paint will dry the sword in place.

I only had primary colors, so I mixed white and red in a bowl to make pink.  Note that you only need to add a few drops of white to a primary color to lighten it up.  I also added a drop of blue because red and white made a Pepto Bismol pink.  Dip your brush and paint!

The sword needed about two coats of paint.  I’m sure I could have primered the coat white but it was a warm day and it dried pretty quickly to allow for an extra coat.


To make BMO I had to trim a pre-existing box into a smaller shape.  I carefully lined the edges of my new box with masking tape.  I mixed green, a few drops of blue, and a few drops of white to get his teal color.

I reaaaaaaally should have primered this box white, especially because it had writing on it, but I got super lucky that it was warm and the coats dried fast, allowing me to do multiple coats.

After BMO’s initial teal coat dried, I added a few more drops of white paint to the lighten the mixture for his face.  I then outlined his buttons with a pencil.  Because I didn’t primer, the buttons did need a few coats.

BMO and Fiona’s sword drying.

When it came time to outlining the buttons and detailing BMO’s name on the side, I used a permanent black marker.  It was super easy to work with and wrote on the dried tempera paint really well.

And there you have it!  BMO and Fionna’s pink sword using tempera paint and cardboard!

i <3 LA.

January 3rd, 2011 by nesoxochi