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ASL what does the fox say

Posted by Nukaya , in Eclecticness May 28 2015 · 67 views
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100/10 KUTGW I love everything about how she interprets this.

Also, did you know that when you build things larger than a car out of LEGO bricks, EVERYTHING will start to warp and it is awful because there are not enough clamps and weights in the building to hold it together.


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Week Five: Rain

Posted by Nukaya , in BZPower and LEGO Mar 03 2015 · 141 views
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It has rained all weekend and today (I have missed the rain and it reminds me of Portland!). The roof is leaking, but it's only leaking over my desk. Apparently this is an improvement from when they were in a tent on site and every time it rained they would have to sweep all the water out of the tent. I'm really glad I don't have to sweep water out of a tent, and instead just have to move my desk over a few feet and get another bucket when another leak starts.

As of last week, I am done with training! I am now assigned to a project that I can't say really anything about, beyond that it is super cool, and you will see it eventually.

This is the minifig I use to check in at work, and I did a update to it. My coworkers approve:

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My thumb is doing really well. I've apparently set a new bar for worst workplace accident in the last few years, and am on par to the time a giant LEGO building fell off the moving truck when they were transporting it to LEGOLAND.


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Week Three: Drill Bit

Posted by Nukaya , in Life, BZPower and LEGO Feb 21 2015 · 150 views
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The main things I learned this week is that it is extremely satisfying when the LEDs you soldered together successfully light up, and that drill bits should not go into your thumb.

That was my adventure this week! Wednesday afternoon, I was drilling out LEGO pieces to put wiring through for a street lamp I was making (which is awesome and will look really nice when it's done), and the drill bit somehow slipped off the LEGO piece and went directly into my left thumb. A super sharp drill bit is definitely not something that you want going through your thumb, and I kind of just looked over at one of my coworkers and was like "help?", which didn't click for him until he looked at my hand and was like "ohgod".

This is when my other coworkers ran over and were also like "ohmygod how what someone call 911 DON'T REMOVE IT FROM YOUR HAND" to which I was like "I'm not going to remove it because there is a drill bit in my thumb and I'm still holding the drill why is this happening also I can't see anything because I'm wearing safety goggles where are my glasses but I can't get them because I can't put the drill down help?????" Yet another coworker detached the drill bit from the drill, which was about when the full realization of what had just happened hit me. Luckily, I have coworkers who are not only amazing but also super skilled at First Aid, and one of them wrapped my thumb so the drill bit wouldn't be able to move.

The rest of my day went pretty much like this:
  • Sobbing and apologizing way too many times to my boss Ryan, to which he responded "It's ok, we want to make sure that you are going to be ok, we'll laugh about this later".
  • Attempting to remember Pat's phone number so Ryan could let him know what had happened as I was being put in an ambulance. Turns out this is really hard to do when you're in shock, but I DID IT.
  • Riding in an ambulance!
  • Getting an IV put into my arm.
  • Being given morphine, which was weirddd.
  • Having a serious morphine-induced inner debate on whether I could convince the paramedic to take a selfie with me (the answer was no because I was just way too out of it at that point).
  • Making up hand and drill puns with the paramedics. This was oddly calming and included the highlight of "So, were you listening to Tool when you put that drill bit through your thumb?"
  • Discovering that my emergency room roommate was a six year old girl who had fallen off the monkey bars at school and hit her face on a bar. She knocked out a baby tooth and had to get nine stitches and was an absolute champ. I would have high fived her but I still had a drill bit in my hand.
  • Having five extremely painful shots of some mysterious liquid injected into my thumb to make it go numb.
  • The doctor pulling the drill bit out of my thumb and going "oh wow, this thing is sharp!"
  • A nurse cheerily bringing back a sanitized and ZipLocked bagged drill bit, "so you won't have to buy your work a new one".
  • Discovering that, oh wow, morphine makes me extremely nauseous, and that it gets even worse when the nurse decides to go super fast with the wheelchair while going to get x-rays.
  • Getting to call my boss and my coworkers to see who can come get me from the hospital and take me home.
  • Also discovering that I somehow didn't hit the bone or any tendons in my thumb with the drill bit.
  • Telling Ryan "yeah I guess I'll come into work tomorrow because I'll be really bored at home if I don't". PRIORITIES.

While this was not the way I expected my third week at LEGOLAND to go, now I have a ton of bandaids, one tiny puncture hole connected to a large zigzaggy puncture hole, approximately four weeks of healing (and four weeks of building with only my right hand), and what I hope to be one crazy looking scar.


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Week One

Posted by Nukaya , in Life Feb 09 2015 · 487 views
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Things I have learned in my first week as a model builder at LEGOLAND, CA:
  • Turn signals are a foreign concept in California.
  • So is going the speed limit. It's either five under or at least ten over. WHY IS THIS.
  • The average teenage lifeguard at a LEGOLAND orientation training is very confused by the concept of an adult liking LEGO and will ask if they need to call security if they see an adult without children walking around.
  • Also being one of five people out of the 75 at training who are older than 17-19 will be weird.
  • When you are asked which high school you go to and you respond "...I graduated high school seven years ago?" you will break their teenage minds.
  • The training book has "Weeks and weeks of fun!" as the subtitle, and they mean it.
  • You will spend fifteen minutes staring at the sculpture you replicated trying to find the one plate that you forgot to add and it will be AWFUL.
  • If you accidentally forget your coworker's name during pizza and beer night, he will show up the next day with a gigantic name tag.
  • There are daily Super Smash Bros. games during lunch and sometimes all day tournaments on the weekends, and your boss is super into them.
  • The corners of LEGO bricks will cut the daylights out of your hands if you are not paying attention while prying something apart without a brick separator.
  • POWER TOOLS.
  • Throwing your glued and unglued creations to test durability during training is common. Sometime either at the end of this week or early next week I get to throw a glued sphere I made off the roof and see how it holds up.
  • LEGOLAND is still awesome 11 years later.
  • The Tahu statue isn't red and orange, he's now red and yellow???
  • The model shop is stuffed full of crazy cool sculptures and it's super AWESOME because you're just constantly surrounded by super amazing creations.
...and a lot of other things that I'm not sure I'm allowed to talk about yet, but I will if/when I can.

Yeah!!!


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California

Posted by Nukaya , in BZPower and LEGO Dec 25 2014 · 183 views
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A few weeks ago I applied for a model building job at LEGOLAND, CA. Last week, I got an email from their HR department, which lead to a phone call asking if I would come down for a group interview on that Friday. I said yes, and Pat and I flew down that Thursday night for the group interview the next day. I did really well in the group interview and the building challenges in it, and a few hours later I did an individual interview. This past Monday, I found out that I got the job! We'll be moving to California at the beginning of the year, which is crazy and exciting and I'll be doing a job that I've always wanted as a career and !!!


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SENIOR BALL PIT OVERLORD

Posted by Nukaya , in BZPower and LEGO Jul 18 2014 · 296 views
BALL PIT
WHO CHANGED MY STAFF TITLE TO SENIOR BALL PIT OVERLORD.

DO NOT GIVE ME THIS POWER I WILL DESTROY THINGS.

I ALMOST BOUGHT 200 PVC BALL PIT BALLS AT WAL-MART TO FILL THE TUB WITH AND A MINI BALL PIT FOR THE FRONT ROOM.

THIS ONE LOOKS EQUALLY COOL.

OH WAIT THIS ONE HAS THE PHRASE "DOUBLE SHOT" IN IT AND I FIND THAT FUNNY.

LET'S SPEND THE PREMIER MEMBERSHIP MONEY ON ONE OF THESE.

GOOD INVESTMENT.

EVERYONE TAKE AN EXTRA HOUR IN THE BALL PIT.

Ok, new avatar time.


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BrickFair MOCs

Posted by Nukaya , in BZPower and LEGO Jul 12 2014 · 215 views

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No but seriously send your stuff. Purroblem Sleuth decided to be sassybutt and she demands it.


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B6

Posted by Nukaya , in Eclecticness Apr 16 2014 · 288 views

IS THIS YOU BUTTLOP.
 
King Buttlop.
 
Tiny crown.
 
Probs friends with Burnie Buns.
 
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Bricks Cascade

Posted by Nukaya , in BZPower and LEGO Mar 08 2014 · 207 views

Y'ALL READY FOR THIS.
 

 
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Ask Wyldstyle?

Posted by Nukaya , in Life, BZPower and LEGO Feb 16 2014 · 254 views
wyldstyle, the lego movie
If I started an ask Wyldstyle tumblr, would anyone send stuff in? There's an ask Rita Repulsa tumblr that is delightful and she uses gifs in her responses, so maybe something like that?






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