Star Wars The Force Awakens : What is the Point of Finn?


So if you have not seen the new Star Wars film then hold off reading this until you do. I have been trying to unpack this film mentally for the past few days. There are a number of things I really just don’t get. I will take them one at a time starting with Finn which is really the most confusing one.


What is the point of this character really? What could he possibly contribute to the campaign against the First Order other than the point in time intelligence that he left with? Lets review his skills.


Finn is terrible at fighting and proves it again and again. He is a typical grunt storm trooper. Not very good with a blaster and no hand to hand combat skills. Rey beats him up immediately on Jakku without issue. He then spends the rest of the movie trying to run from a fight and getting variously beat up to which Rey has to rescue him.


Finn admittedly has no piloting skills


Finn supposedly has extensive knowledge of the first order. But what could that knowledge be really? We know he basically just got out of training and was a total flop on his first battle. We know that he was a janitor on Star Killer base which is now blown up.

So really what Finn would know is the protocol of an officer of the first order. He would know about Star Killer base, He would have some general knowledge about the hierarchy of the First Order.

None of this information to me seems even useful. It would seem to me the resistance would have knowledge already of some or most of this. Some of it would not even be helpful strategically.

Special Skills/Knowledge

none; except foolish bravery at times. There were a few instances where Finn foolishly rushed into a fight he was ill equipped to handle. This was strange when you consider the amount of time he spent complaining about how he didn’t want to fight and wanted to run away. So maybe he will be the much lamer Han Solo of the films.

Relationship with Rey

This might be the only skill he has. He is a friendly human companion to Rey. We don’t really know what that is going to amount to for him as far as a character is concerned. I think this is going to be a very superficial friendship and as soon as Rey gets those Jedi powers I can’t see much that Finn could do to help her.

So to wrap it up. I can’t really figure out what the point of this character is. He doesn’t move the story along much, doesn’t provide much assistance, and I can’t really see this changing. Maybe they wanted to contrast Rey a bit? Maybe they wanted to make her task harder by giving her someone else to take care of?

Living a week with a BlackBerry Classic

So I am posting this from the WordPress app on my new BlackBerry. I know what you are thinking who is running a BlackBerry these days? Especially with the release of the priv. Well so far the experience has been awesome and I hope to do a full write up of it at the end of my week with this device. But just a spoiler I cannot believe this device didn’t do better.

Astronomy Album

you can view all my astro photos at the following album Astronomy Album these images fall under the same license as the rest of my website.

Oh yeah!!

Oh yeah!!

Libreplanet 2015!!

Libreplanet 2015!!

Kicking it Monday Style!

Getting some good work done today! Back to exercising and eating right. Working on a new website for the Diaspora community I help support . Looking forward to a Tarot Class this weekend with Stephanie Grimassi, and looking forward to Libre Planet the following weekend. March is shaping up to be a great month. I am already enjoying the much improved weather.

End of the road for pogoplug for linux

So I got Pogoplug for GNU/linux to a certain point of functionality and I have decided to drop the project. The reason being is that ownCloud is now a more compelling replacement. owncloud is free software and the source code being available means developers will easily be able to extend its functionality. I recommend that if you are looking for a way to do Cloud storage and would like as much control as possible you check it out: ownCloud

I plan in the coming to do some tutorials on how to install/configure ownCloud in Banana Pi as a cheap low power replacement to Pogoplug.

Better Views of Jupiter

I realzed that the reason I couldn’t image Jupiter had to do with the planet being to bright. I captured the following with no filtering.

Jupiter Without Filter

I then added in a polarizing filter and dialed down the brightness until I got the following image… the detail would have been better if I didn’t use digital zoom

Jupiter Best

Orion XT8

12mm Ioptron PL (100X)

Orion Polarizing Filter 1-40%


Tonight was perfect for observing. It wasn’t too cold but it was very clear and without the moon I was seeing stars nearly down to magnitude 4.5 – 5 at the zenith. Interestingly I realized that my star chart had a funny little error where it looks like they labeled Zeta Persei as Atilk instead of Omicron. Consulting two other charts and wikipedia corrected me on it. Weird that such a widely used chart would have that kind of an issue. Perseus is in such a good spot of the sky right now that I am going to stick with it for a while and make a detailed study of it’s stars over the next few nights.

Objects observed:


Beehive cluster

Perseus Double Cluster

Orion Nebula

Crab Nebula

Double Stars split

Omicron Persei AKA Atik 


spectral  type:B1 III

Distance:1,000 Ly

Companion info: B3 Dwarf 

Zeta Persei 


spectral  type: B1

Distance: 750 Ly


Companion info: Mag 9.2

Don’t be a snob be an enjoyer

So today I was contemplating why some people are snobs and exactly what is it that causes people to cross the line from an enjoyer to a snob. I think it’s a kind of an idealism that has gone way too far. People find some interest and they like it. Eventually they get to a point where they experience whatever the best of that particular interest is. At this point this “Best” gets put up on a pedestal against which all other things are measured.At this point only what is approaching the best is acceptable and everything else is considered far inferior.

The problem with this mentality is that you are no longer enjoying this interest you have just become a snob with a very discriminating outlook. You sink tons of money, time and effort in your snobbish ambitions. Meanwhile people who are just casually enjoying things are looked down at as just not getting it.

I would prefer to just save my money/time and bump into the best now and then than chase that best all the time. I call myself an enjoyer. I enjoy things but I won’t get snobbish about them. Do I like coffee sure but I drink instant now and then when I am lazy because I enjoy coffee I am not  a snob about it. Do I like expensive guitars? Heck yes but my 200$ backpack guitar gets the job done too.

So get on with it people and stop being a snob. If you only drink 200$ bottles of wine… go buy a cheap 5$ bottle now and then and just enjoy it instead of being all judgmental.