Hey, Mom! The Explanation.

Here's the permanent dedicated link to my first Hey, Mom! post and the explanation of the feature it contains.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #832 - Falling - Musical Monday 1710.16


Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #832 - Falling - Musical Monday 1710.16

Hi Mom,

I am still.

I remain in that quiet mood.

Contemplative.

Serene.

Still water.

Glass.

Rain.

Falling.

Sometimes it's best just to let the music speak.

It's nice here in the quiet. Join me.

But first, some words about the source of the music.

It all started with the HYPNAGOGUE PODCAST, which I referenced last week and in several past weeks.

I looked up some of these artists -- starting with Michelle Qureshi -- and I found someone on Bandcamp with a lot of music to explore.

This is Rebecca on bandcamp - https://bandcamp.com/ofthismemory

When I discovered Rebecca because she likes some of the artists on this page, I found that she likes 240 artists almost all of which are new to me.

NOTE TO SELF: Raid her list of artists she likes!

Isn't this exploring of the lists others have made one of the most powerful benefits of social media?

This though about social media is relevant because I just started teaching a class (started today) in social media.

Oh, but I said I would let the music speak, and so I will.

Rebecca has many great musical art saved, like this one



and this one



Here's her YOU TUBE channel  -

WHEN ALL THE WARMTH LEAVES US.

Here's a video from that channel.













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Reflect and connect.

Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you, Mom.

I miss you so very much, Mom.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1710.16 - 10:10

NEW (written 1708.27) NOTE on time: I am now in the same time zone as Google! So, when I post at 10:10 a.m. PDT to coincide with the time of your death, Mom, I am now actually posting late, so it's really 1:10 p.m. EDT. But I will continue to use the time stamp of 10:10 a.m. to remember the time of your death, Mom. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #831 - The end of an era.. plate comes off


Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #831 - The end of an era.. plate comes off

Hi Mom,

We had a good weekend here at the Tower compound. I caught up on several things that needed doing. Many things were crossed off the list, which makes me feel more in control and more secure than I have been feeling lately.

I archived a ton of email.

I stunk at NFL picks. 4-9 through Sunday night.

The Cubs lost the first two NLCS games.

But in good news, we had a delicious steak and crab dinner last night.

Horror movies played all day today as we anticipate Halloween.

I wanted to unpack more but instead there was vacuuming and dog walking and dishes to do.

And last week, I got my Washington state license plate.

I want to apply to get "THE GMR" as my Washington number, but that's a separate process, so we shall see. I hope it is available. I am not sure if Washington has a way to check that online like Michigan.

Okay, short one today. I know. This stuff is not too exciting. But it is what it is. I am just happy to be feeling more acclimated to my new home and feeling like more things are under control, like being able to legally drive my car.

More tomorrow...


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Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you, Mom.

I miss you so very much, Mom.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1710.15 - 10:10

NEW (written 1708.27) NOTE on time: I am now in the same time zone as Google! So, when I post at 10:10 a.m. PDT to coincide with the time of your death, Mom, I am now actually posting late, so it's really 1:10 p.m. EDT. But I will continue to use the time stamp of 10:10 a.m. to remember the time of your death, Mom. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #830 - They do up Halloween big here in Meriwether


Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #830 - They do up Halloween big here in Meriwether

Hi Mom,

There's some impressive Halloween decorations around my new neighborhood.

I am sure someone will comment that the pictures would look better if not in direct sunlight.

But, I can only do what I can do and it's difficult enough taking photos while holding two dogs who want to smell EVERYTHING.


And so I made some pasta with some sausage Liesel bought and whatever else I could find to use up.



Not a ton of content today.

Sometimes, it's just the photos. :-)

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Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you, Mom.

I miss you so very much, Mom.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1710.14 - 10:10

NEW (written 1708.27) NOTE on time: I am now in the same time zone as Google! So, when I post at 10:10 a.m. PDT to coincide with the time of your death, Mom, I am now actually posting late, so it's really 1:10 p.m. EDT. But I will continue to use the time stamp of 10:10 a.m. to remember the time of your death, Mom. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #829 - Ban on asking about salary history




Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #829 - Ban on asking about salary history

Hi Mom,

Oh, hey, It's Friday the Thirteenth. I am sure the rest of you know that, but me, in my bubble, missed it until it was over...

I am catching up after falling behind with straight up shares.

This is just an article I want to read and an issue that I want to investigate, especially as I look for a job.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/marshall-alan-associates-what-new-york-citys-ban-salary-massarsky/?trackingId=dKdhki%2BSG65zZvTqqMqRxg%3D%3D

What New York City’s New Ban on Salary History Inquiries Means for Employers


Alan Massarsky

President and Founder, Marshall-Alan Associates Hospitality Executive


Understand the implications of New York City's new ban on salary history inquiries for hospitality employers.

On October 31, 2017, a new law will go into effect in New York City, restricting employers from asking applicants about their salary history during the hiring process, aimed at narrowing the gender and minority pay gap as a result of an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law. Last year, Massachusetts enacted the first statewide ban on salary history inquiries, Philadelphia became the first city to do so, and Puerto Rico, Delaware and Oregon have also included similar bans as part of recently enacted equal pay laws; however, none of these laws have yet to become effective, so New York City will be a testing ground for how these laws will be applied.
Under New York City Human Rights Law, it will be an unlawful discriminatory employment practice for an employer with four or more employees or an employment agency to: 
Inquire about an applicant’s current or prior wage, benefits or other compensation history. “To inquire” means to communicate any question or statement to an applicant, an applicant’s current or prior employer, or a current or former employee or agent of the applicant’s current or prior employer, in writing or otherwise for the purpose of obtaining an applicant’s salary history, or to conduct a search of publicly available records or reports for the purpose of obtaining an applicant’s salary history.
Rely on an applicant’s salary history in determining salary, benefits or other compensation during the hiring process, including the negotiation of a contract.
The law also states that if an applicant’s salary history is provided to an employer in a background check, the employer cannot use that salary history “in the hiring process, including the negotiation of a contract.” There are certain limited exceptions such as the internal transfer or promotion of a current employee.
The New York City Commission on Human Rights is charged with enforcing the law and there is a civil penalty of up to $125,000 for an unintentional violation, and up to $250,000 for a “willful, wanton or malicious act.” An individual can also initiate a civil lawsuit for violations and seek additional remedies such as back pay, compensatory damages and attorneys’ fees.
“New York has taken another step forward in its efforts to remedy the gender pay gap. The salary history ban, along with the recently enacted Women’s Equality Agenda and Achieve Pay Equity Law, will create opportunities for women, and particularly women of color, to earn wages based on their skill level, productivity and market trends rather than past discriminatory pay practices,” says Hope Pordy, a Partner at Spivak Lipton LLP, a New York labor and employment law firm.
New York City employers must review their applicant screening and hiring protocols, and make any needed changes, to ensure compliance. So how can executive recruiters and human resources departments adapt to comply with the new law and still ensure that they will arrive at a fair salary and benefits packages for new hires?
To comply with the law, employers and recruiters should shift their focus from salary history to salary expectations. Employers may, without inquiring about salary history, engage in a discussion about the applicant’s salary and benefits expectations or the position’s anticipated salary range and benefits package. Hiring managers should focus on education, productivity and experience, rather than basing decisions on an applicant’s salary history. Employers may also rely on salary history the applicant “voluntarily discloses without prompting” and verify its accuracy. Hiring managers can also ask to review an applicant’s revenue, sales, or other production figures.
Companies should begin taking steps to review their job applications and other hiring documents to ensure that prohibited salary inquiries are not included in these materials. To minimize the risk of being accused of violating the law, employers should also implement procedures to document if and when an applicant voluntarily discloses their salary history.
Recruiters and hiring managers should also keep in mind the reasons behind this legislation – that women and minorities are often at a pay disadvantage, and can earn far less than their white male counterparts over the course of their careers.
The hospitality industry has long been at the forefront of the national effort to create, recognize, hire and promote diverse staff and leadership teams, regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. The glass ceiling that challenged women in our industry has given way as women of all backgrounds increasingly take on management roles. These new laws may change some of the questions we have become accustomed to asking of prospective employees, but they will also produce more effective and cohesive hospitality leaders who are confident that they are recognized for their talents and skills.
With similar legislation being considered in many other cities and states, employers nationwide would be wise to pay close attention to these new regulations.
Disclaimer: This article is for information only and does not constitute legal advice. Consult with your legal advisors before applying this information to your specific situation.
About Marshall-Alan Associates: 
Marshall-Alan Associates is a full-service executive search organization, established in 1982, dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of the international hospitality industry. Its team possesses over one hundred years of combined professional experience and is uniquely qualified in every aspect of identifying, recruiting and placement of all hospitality positions. To learn more, please visit Marshall Alan's website or Facebook page
About Alan Massarsky: 
Alan Massarsky, Founder and President of Marshall Alan Associates, specializes in retained and contingency search for top-tier and senior management professionals in all areas of hospitality management. With more than 40 years of experience in hospitality search, he is responsible for identifying, recruiting and negotiating of both key individuals and entire management teams for an international clientele which includes many of the most prestigious and innovative hotel and hospitality organizations.
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Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you, Mom.

I miss you so very much, Mom.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1710.13 - 10:10

NEW (written 1708.27) NOTE on time: I am now in the same time zone as Google! So, when I post at 10:10 a.m. PDT to coincide with the time of your death, Mom, I am now actually posting late, so it's really 1:10 p.m. EDT. But I will continue to use the time stamp of 10:10 a.m. to remember the time of your death, Mom. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #828 - Code is too hard to think about

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https://www.infragistics.com/community/blogs/devtoolsguy/archive/2015/11/11/it-s-never-too-late-to-learn-how-to-code.aspx
Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #828 - Code is too hard to think about

Hi Mom,

This article from the Atlantic is very interesting. I am tempted to share the entire thing rather this summary blurb from SLASHDOT.

But this is enough. If you're interested, follow the link.

https://developers.slashdot.org/story/17/10/02/144245/code-is-too-hard-to-think-about


Code is Too Hard To Think About (theatlantic.com)






From a longform piece on The Atlantic:What made programming so difficult was that it required you to think like a computer. The strangeness of it was in some sense more vivid in the early days of computing, when code took the form of literal ones and zeros. Anyone looking over a programmer's shoulder as they pored over line after line like "100001010011" and "000010011110" would have seen just how alienated the programmer was from the actual problems they were trying to solve; it would have been impossible to tell whether they were trying to calculate artillery trajectories or simulate a game of tic-tac-toe. The introduction of programming languages like Fortran and C, which resemble English, and tools, known as "integrated development environments," or IDEs, that help correct simple mistakes (like Microsoft Word's grammar checker but for code), obscured, though did little to actually change, this basic alienation -- the fact that the programmer didn't work on a problem directly, but rather spent their days writing out instructions for a machine. "The problem is that software engineers don't understand the problem they're trying to solve, and don't care to," says Leveson, the MIT software-safety expert. The reason is that they're too wrapped up in getting their code to work. "Software engineers like to provide all kinds of tools and stuff for coding errors," she says, referring to IDEs. "The serious problems that have happened with software have to do with requirements, not coding errors." When you're writing code that controls a car's throttle, for instance, what's important is the rules about when and how and by how much to open it. But these systems have become so complicated that hardly anyone can keep them straight in their head. "There's 100 million lines of code in cars now," Leveson says. "You just cannot anticipate all these things."


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Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you, Mom.

I miss you so very much, Mom.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1710.12 - 10:10

NEW (written 1708.27) NOTE on time: I am now in the same time zone as Google! So, when I post at 10:10 a.m. PDT to coincide with the time of your death, Mom, I am now actually posting late, so it's really 1:10 p.m. EDT. But I will continue to use the time stamp of 10:10 a.m. to remember the time of your death, Mom. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #827 - Undersea Cable

microsoft marea ship


Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #827 - Undersea Cable

Hi Mom,

While we're distracted by Trump's antics and legitimate news like the massacre in Las Vegas (yes, I finally mentioned it and it didn't take me this long because I don't care).

But how come more people are not talking about this cable?

Please don't troll me. I am not making ANY comparison between the Las Vegas tragedy, which is terrible and horrid, and this cable other than they are somewhat related in time. I have steered clear of the Las Vegas slaughter here on the blog because I have nothing to add to the national discussion and the last thing the nation needs is more words. It needs actions.

Anyway, that's not today's subject.

Today's subject is this

This cable is an amazing achievement of modern civilization.

Check out the full article after this summary from SLASHDOT.

55% more data across the Atlantic than the Pacific.

Did we move to the wrong side of the country? :-)

Um.... the SLASHDOT story title is wrong. I changed the title but I can't change the URL.

This is what happens in OPEN SOURCE and SLASHDOT is open source.

If I understood the code and the way to the git hub works, I would just change it.
I am surprised no one fixed it, but the comments are pretty hilarious.

There's a cool video at the end.

Microsoft and Facebook Just Built a 4,000-Mile Cable Across the Atlantic Ocean (popularmechanics.com)


https://tech.slashdot.org/story/17/09/23/1935237/microsoft-and-facebook-just-built-a-4000-mile-cable-across-the-pacfic-ocean

An anonymous reader quotes Popular Mechanics:Microsoft, Facebook and global telecommunication infrastructure company Telxius have completed the Marea subsea cable, the world's most technologically advanced undersea cable. The Marea crosses the Atlantic Ocean over 17,000 feet below the ocean's surface, connecting Virginia Beach with Bilbao, Spain. Over 4,000 miles (6,600 kilometers) long and weighing nearly 10.25 million pounds (4.65 million kilograms), the Marea can transmit up to 160 terabits of data per second, which Microsoft notes is "more than 16 million times faster than the average home internet connection, making it capable of streaming 71 million high-definition videos simultaneously."
The undersea cable -- about 1.5 times the diameter of a garden hose -- contains eight pairs of fiber optic cables encircled by copper, a protective layer of hard plastic, and then waterproof coating. Its 4,000-mile route had to avoid everything from earthquake zones to active volcanoes. 

Cables under the Atlantic Ocean carry 55% more data than cables under the Pacific, Microsoft writes, adding that "the project highlights the increasing role of private companies in building the infrastructure of the future."


Microsoft, Facebook, Complete Enormous Undersea Cable

Marea reaches from Spain to Virginia.





Microsoft, Facebook and global telecommunication infrastructure company Telxius have completed the Marea subsea cable, the world's most technologically advanced undersea cable. The Marea crosses the Atlantic Ocean over 17,000 feet below the ocean's surface, connecting Virginia Beach with Bilbao, Spain.
Over 4,000 miles (6,600 kilometers) long and weighing nearly 10.25 million pounds (4.65 million kilograms), the Marea can transmit up to 160 terabits of data per second, which Microsoft notes is "more than 16 million times faster than the average home internet connection, making it capable of streaming 71 million high-definition videos simultaneously." With digital services expected to see an eightfold increase in usage by 2025, it's safe to say that capacity will probably be useful.
The Marea, which is Spanish for 'tide,' is designed to be interoperable with a variety of networking equipment. This openness will allow for the cable to evolve with the latest technologies in the years to come. In the present, Microsoft lists a wide array of cloud-based services that it aims to enhance with the Marea ranging from Bing and Office 365 to Skype and Xbox Live. For Facebook, Marea will increase its capabilities as the site looks to expand into VR.
Rafael Arranz, Telxius COO, has said in a previous statement that "all of these applications, especially everything that is driven by video, consume a huge amount of bandwidth. So everybody needs to be connected with a high-volume, high-bandwidth infrastructure."
The impetus for the cable emerged out of Hurricane Sandy, which in 2012 knocked out servers and disconnected wireless, internet and home phone service for days. "It was a major disruption," says Frank Rey, director of global network strategy for Microsoft's Cloud Infrastructure and Operations division, in a press statement. "The entire network between North America and Europe was isolated for a number of hours. For us, the storm brought to light a potential challenge in the consolidation of transatlantic cables that all landed in New York and New Jersey."
After running into Facebook executives at meetings, the companies eventually agreed to join forces on the historic cable. Work started last year in August 2016.
"Marea comes at a critical time," says Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, in a statement. "Submarine cables in the Atlantic already carry 55 percent more data than trans-Pacific routes and 40 percent more data than between the U.S. and Latin America. There is no question that the demand for data flows across the Atlantic will continue to increase and Marea will provide a critical connection for the United States, Spain, and beyond."
Source: Microsoft via TheNextWeb





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Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you, Mom.

I miss you so very much, Mom.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - date - time

NEW (written 1708.27) NOTE on time: I am now in the same time zone as Google! So, when I post at 10:10 a.m. PDT to coincide with the time of your death, Mom, I am now actually posting late, so it's really 1:10 p.m. EDT. But I will continue to use the time stamp of 10:10 a.m. to remember the time of your death, Mom. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #826 - The Last Jedi - new trailer


Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #826 - The Last Jedi - new trailer

Hi Mom,

Once again in the category of things you do not care about but that I do and so you humor me, here's the new Star Wars trailer for the upcoming movie and some fine summary text by my friend Charles Skaggs as posted on his DAMN FINE blog - DAMN GOOD COFFEE AND HOT! I put all of Charles' text in gold as I will preamble a bit before embedding the link to the trailer.

This trailer even more than the others really sparks my imagination and cements what I dreamed of as a young man seeing Star Wars for the first time, envisioning the potential pathos in the story and the possibility for really stunningly gorgeous imagery.

There's some great images in this trailer -- truly breathtaking.

Like this one




... And this one...



The trailer "fulfills its destiny" as it hypes the film very well. I am chomping at my bit just a bit more.



http://charlesskaggs.blogspot.com/2017/10/star-wars-last-jedi-trailer-teases.html

All the following written by Charles Skaggs:

Is Rey going to follow Ben Solo to the Dark Side?

That's one of several questions posed by the new trailer for the film Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Episode VIII of the main Star Wars saga, that debuted during last night's Monday Night Football game, where the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Chicago Bears 20-17.

The two minute, thirty second trailer opens with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) standing in front of a window, overlooking what appears to be a weapons plant manufacturing dozens of First Order combat walkers.

We hear a voiceover from Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), who says "When I found you, I saw raw, untamed power. And beyond that, something truly special."

We cut to Crait, a new mineral planet that now serves as a base of operations for General Leia’s Resistance. Old school AT-ATs are on the march, along side larger versions known as AT-M6s, as well as Kylo Ren’s personal shuttle.

The next few shots show Kylo Ren leading a garrison of stormtroopers through a craggy black rock formation, then kneeling in a blood-red room and reaching down to pick up his lightsaber.

Cutting to the planet Ahch-To, we see Rey (Daisy Ridley) finally handing over the lightsaber she recovered in The Force Awakens to Jedi Master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). "Something inside me has always been there," remarks Rey. "But now it’s awake. And I need help."

Rey walks toward what looks like a giant, decayed tree trunk. Inside the tree, she finds a modest bookshelf first shown in the teaser trailer. Rey then demonstrates her will over the Force, sending cracks through the ground as she meditates.


Luke appears considerably terrified by Rey's strength in the Force. "I’ve seen this raw strength only once before," he begins, as the trailer cuts to a flashback. Luke’s mechanical arm emerges from a heap of fiery splintered wood. Standing next to R2-D2, Luke's knees buckle at the sight of his temple ablaze. "It didn't scare me enough then. It does now."

We see a close-up of Kylo Ren’s face, which highlights the scar that Rey gave him in the previous film is now covered by a black metallic strip, either for healing or simply accentuating his new facial feature. He smashes his helmet against a wall, echoing the shot in the teaser of its shattered remains.

"Let the past die," remarks Kylo Ren. "Kill it if you have to. That’s the only way to become what you were meant to be."

Kylo Ren shows his family's talent for flying in his new TIE silencer, ripping through Resistance capital ships. Snoke’s Mega Star Destroyer, the Supremacy, is visible in the background. We then see General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), Kylo Ren’s mother and leader of the Resistance, as she watches the carnage. Kylo Ren aims at the bridge of a ship, his grip tightening around the firing mechanism, as it's heavily implied that Kylo Ren will murder his mother as well.

The Millennium Falcon speeds through a cave of red crystals, which may be the minerals found on Crait. The mighty Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew and Joonas Suotamo) lets out a roar as a porg squawks beside him. The camera doesn’t show us who’s in the Falcon’s pilot seat.

We then see hotshot pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), who makes a brief motivational speech. "We have a spark that’ll light the fire that’ll burn the First Order down."

The trailer cuts to images of ex-stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) dressed as a First Order officer, presumably in disguise. Carrying a First Order riot control baton, Finn charges at his nemesis Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) in what appears to be the ruins of the combat walker factory from the beginning of the trailer.

Next, we see a number of fleeting images, including BB-8 shaking off an electric shock in an X-Wing, and Luke lying down in the rain, warning someone off-camera, "This is not going to go the way you think." Returning to Crait, we see a new creature that resembles a crystalline ice fox running toward what looks like a Resistance base.

Rey plunges into a pool of water and emerges in a grotto. Luke stands over her wearing his darker robes. We see a massive battalion of stormtroopers and officers overseeing the factory. Finn enters, wearing the same disguise he wears while fighting Phasma.

We cut to Snoke, presumably not a giant hologram this time, reaching out to someone off screen "Fulfill your destiny," he says as we immediately widen to a shot of Rey being bent over by the Force and screaming in agony.

In the final scene, we cut to black and hear Rey’s voice say "I need someone to show me my place in all this." The camera switches to Kylo Ren, surrounded by sparks and ashes, with his face now missing the metallic stripe and leaving the scar behind. Kylo Ren offers his hand, leading us to think he's offering it to Rey, but the sparks and ashes don't appear alongside Rey, so who knows?

If you'd like to check out the new trailer, you can view it below thanks to the official Star Wars account on YouTube...

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Have someone give you a kiss, and tell you that I love you, Mom.

I miss you so very much, Mom.

Talk to you tomorrow, Mom.

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- Bloggery committed by chris tower - 1710.10 - 10:10

NEW (written 1708.27) NOTE on time: I am now in the same time zone as Google! So, when I post at 10:10 a.m. PDT to coincide with the time of your death, Mom, I am now actually posting late, so it's really 1:10 p.m. EDT. But I will continue to use the time stamp of 10:10 a.m. to remember the time of your death, Mom. I know this only matters to me, and to you, Mom.