What We Know About The Force Awakens, 8 Days Before It’s Release


What we know about The Force Awakens, a week before it’s release.

Finn: Our new Jedi? Probably, but we do see him in Stormtrooper armor in the first trailer. Was he once a stormtrooper? Or a TIE pilot? Either way, he does draw a lightsaber in the final trailer. And not just any lightsaber. Anakin’s blue one. How he found it in Cloud City were Luke lost it is a mystery.




Rey: An expert scavenger from the planet of Jakku, which bears a striking resemblence to Tatooine, where it all began in 1977. She’s also the one who finds BB-8, while on her awesome speeder.





BB-8: The most unique, most original, cutest and simply best astromech droid so far. How he ended up on Jakku is yet to be found out.



Poe Dameron: T-70 X-wing fighter pilot for Resistance. Leader of Black Squadron. Could be our new Wedge Antilles.





Kylo Ren: the Anti-Luke Skywalker with the crossguard saber. A member of the Knights of Ren.




Captain Phasma: A female human in charge of the First Order’s Troops.




General Hux: A brilliant young officer with hopes to restore the Empire to its former glory.



These are the most famous starfighters from Star Wars movies 1-6, with brief descriptions of them.

X-Wing Starfighter


X-Wings may be the most obvious starfighter in all of Star Wars, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t the best. A laser cannon on each wing, a proton torpedo launcher, hyperdrive, life support, and an astromech socket, it is the true classic. If we could step into one starfighter’s cockpit, it would be this one.

Y-Wing Starfighter

Perfect for everything from bombing runs to scouting missions, Y-wings are the workhorses of the rebel fleet. Earlier models were fully armored, however some of the armor plating was removed for enhanced maneuverability.

TIE Fighter

The chilling whine. The menacing design. Twin Ion Engine Fighters are the main force of the Imperial Navy in episodes 4-6, and they earn their keep double.

TIE Advanced X1

The Chosen ride of Darth Vader, the TIE X1 is a heavily armored version of the TIE reserved for the Imperial Elite.

Millenium Falcon


Han Solo’s smuggling starship is a scoundrel’s paradise. With two quad-laser cannons, smuggling compartments, an array of concussion missles, it is truly the fastest hunk of junk in the Galaxy.

Slave 1

Boba Fett’s flagship has everything a bounty hunter could need: two twin-laser canons, two proton torpedo launchers, ion canons, seismic charges, heat seekera, and an amazing hyperdrive. Much like it’s pilot, it never runs out of surprises.

A-Wing Starfighter


The fastest fighter in the rebel fleet. Take a lesson from Yoda: judge it by it’s size do not.

B-Wing Starfighter

3 words: gyroscopic rotating cockpit.

Naboo N1 starfighter


An elegant starfighter for a more civilized age, used exclusively by the Naboo Royal Fleet.

Jedi Starfighter


The Delta 7-b Aethersprite-class Light Interceptor has seen it all; no wonder the galaxy’s protecters make it their fighter of choice.

V-Wing Starfighter


The Alpha-3 Nimbus-class Interceptor was used by both the Republic and the Empire.

Vulture Droid


It walks. It talks. It’s the creepiest Seperatist starfigher ever.

ARC-170 Starfighter


It takes 3 clone troopers and an astromech to operate, and the result is amazing.

Gray Jedi: Guardians of Balance


Gray Jedi Code

Gray Jedi are by definition Force-users who “walk the path between the light and dark [sides] without surrendering to either.”Gray Jedi did use some strong dark side powers: force-lightening, force-choke, etc. The reason they were not considered Sith is that while they openly wielded the dark side, they were not corrupted by it.


Darth Malgus, Sith Warrior


Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight

The Jedi Council’s prophecy states that the “Chosen One will bring balance to the Force by destroying the Sith.” The prophecy was fulfilled, BUT:
how is destroying the Dark Side bringing balance? This is why I lost my faith in the Jedi.

As for Sith, they feed off the darkest emotions there are: they combine their opponent’s fear with their own anger to forge hate, the weapon of the dark side. I mean, really, who could do that all their life? Yeah, besides the Emperor, he does a pretty good job of it. 🙂


The solution to the problem is the Gray Jedi. The keep the balance–actual balance–between the Jedi and Sith.

Gray Jedi make their way into both the Jedi Order and the Dark Council, as well as their own society, helping whichever side they believe needs help the most. In this way, they ensure the survival of both sides, but don’t allow either to destroy the other.

Some groups of Gray Jedi: The Voss Mystics, a force-sensetive species of the planet Voss, who allied themselves with neither party; Jensaarai, an order of Force users from the Suarbi System who considered themselves neither good nor evil; and Imperial Knights, who have nothing to do with the Sith Empire: they are their own, separate, non-dark side Empire from years after the fall of the more commonly known Empire. Jolee Bindo (human male), was also a self proclaimed Gray Jedi. Qui-Gon Jinn and Mace Windu were also suspected to be Gray, but neither case was proven.


Lightsaber Colors

Red, blue and green lightsabers are popping up in the hands of all sorts of characters from a far away galaxy, with the occasional purple. But what can these colors tell you about the wielder? And anyway, how many colors are their? That’s what I’m here to answer.

Note that by the time of the New Republic Force-sensetive individuals chose crystal colors by personal preference rather than moral value.

Red: Red lightsabers are used by individuals deep in the Dark Side, such as Sith, or Dark Jedi, though not all Dark-Side users have them. Red lightsaber crystals are synthetic; thus they are more compatible with Dark Side energy. Occasionally, they may even shatter the opponents blade, overloading the matrix. Famous users: Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, Darth Maul.


Blue: Blue is the color of a Jedi Guardian, Jedi Warriors who use force on a very physical level. The first branch of Jedi (Consular and Sentinel are the other two), they are possibly the most skilled swordsmen in the Jedi Order, and the Galaxy. Blue lightsaber crystals, like most other naturally occurring ones are found on the planet Ilum. Famous users: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker.

Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Green: Green is used by Consulars, the second branch of Jedi, who prefer to study the mysteries of the Force, fight evil in their minds, and concentrate on Force abilities rather than combat skills. Consulars try to not use their weapons, however will not hesitate to do so if necessary. Famous users: Yoda, Qui-Gon Jinn, Luke Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano.yoda-star-wars-vii (1)

Yellow: This is the color of the Jedi Sentinel. Sentinels, the third and least known branch of Jedi, seek balance between the other two branches, and to destroy all traces of the Dark Side, going undercover for months at a time: When faced with a sealed door, a Guardian will slice it, a Consular will knock, and a Sentinel will pick the lock. They also concentrate on tech, distraction and surveillance. Famous users: Plo Koon Yeareal Poof, Bastilla Shan.Jaden_Korr

Purple: These lightsabers are used by individuals who combine both sides of the Force into an aggressive, brute-strenght attack, sometimes having mixed loyalties. Gray Jedi also use these sabers. I will write an article on them hopefully before christmas, so stay tuned. Famous users: Mace Windu, Darth Revan, Mara Jade.


Orange: Orange tends to be used by Jedi who focus on negotiation as well as combat. Wielders of this color often operate in the Sentinel class. Famous users: Yaddle, Plo Koon (again!)


Gold: Gold lightsabers are generally associated with strong Light Side abilities. Famous users: Qu Rahn.


Bronze: Bronze sabers were used mostly by Jedi who used great physical strength. They are possibly the rarest color there is. Famous users: Lowbacca.e1e3783fec872f9e19fbe9a2e9fdd454

Silver: Used by Jedi who are very calm and focused on the living Force as a whole. Silver wielders sometimes operate in the Consular class. Famous users: Tera Sinube.


White: Wielded openly and arrogantly by the Imperial Knights, and not many others, white lightsabers are used by those with extremely narrow-minded philosophy. Famous users: All Imperial Knights.


Darksaber: Black, like white, is used by Sith with a very narrow view on the Force. However, instead of serving a master, wielders of the one known darksaber (“stolen from the heart of the Jedi Temple”) are the master. Famous users: Darth Maul, Pre Visla.


What kind of lightsaber would you have? Write about it in the comments Here’s mine: Two sabers, a red and a blue, which can be joined together into a double-blade. When joined, the crystals’ colors mix, giving both blades a uniform purple hue. The center of the blade, (the core), would be black instead of white.

Mt. Tam

A few weeks ago I climbed Mt. Tamalpias in a record setting 2 hours! Here are some pictures I made on the way.


Also, let me now if you think I should make a page from these photos and others from Dirttime.

A gopher snake we found while hiking down. We also found two rattlesnakes, but I couldn’t take any good pics.

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A douglas iris and star lily. I thought i’d add them anyway.

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The mutant chicken pen plant. You may know it as the golden chinkapen.

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Not quite the summit but still a good view. Kinda makes the weather look creepy.

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Mt. Diablo in the distance The weather really isn’t this bad. Seriously, It’s just the camera…

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We did it!!! And a great view!

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Yup. That lake’s where we came from.

2015-03-16 12.51.41Awesome hike, huh?