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Akano's Blog



Posted by Akano , May 25 2012 · 140 views

Tomorrow my roommate (of three years), a fellow physics graduate student, and I are going to watch the three extended Lord of the Rings movies. In a row. In one day.

My roommate has tried this once on another occasion, but we couldn't help but bleed into the next day. Here's hoping that we can manage it this time.

Also, three day weekend! 8D

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Summer: Week 1

Posted by Akano , in Math/Physics, Life May 24 2012 · 156 views

Already I'm nearly through my first week of summer research. That's kinda weird.

What I've gained from this experience thus far: aligning a laser beam so that it hits a fiber optic cord that's ~1-2 microns in diameter is tedious, painful, and annoying. However, magneto-optical traps and ultracold plasmas are awesome. I am learning a lot about optics and atomic physics despite it only being week one, and I'm sure this lab will be fun. :)

This weekend I hope to work on my Whirling Time Warper review (I have the pics, I just have to type and format everything) and maybe even make a new comic! :o Hurray for no homework and more free time!

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Oh Hey, Guys...

Posted by Akano , May 20 2012 · 153 views

So, I've kinda been gone recently. The reasons for that are the school year was wrapping up and I went home for a week to visit my family. In that time, I didn't go online much and thus did not visit BZP much.

However, I did get pictures of the Whirling Time Warper, which I will be reviewing next in my overarching review of the Time Cruisers/Twisters theme from LEGO, so keep your eyes peeled for that review entry.

Also, now that it's summer I hope to get some comic making done (seeing as there will be no homework to stop me). :)

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Quantum Mechanics

Posted by Akano , in Math/Physics May 08 2012 · 111 views

You were a worthy adversary, but in the end, it was I who came out superior.

Got an "A" in the course. :)

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2 Days

Posted by Akano , May 07 2012 · 149 views
comics, third grader, eight years
…Until my comics are eight years old. :blink:

You'd think after all that time I'd have more than 154 of them. :P

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Set Review: 6495 Time Tunnelator

Posted by Akano , in Set Review, LEGO May 06 2012 · 163 views
Time Twisters, Tony Twister
Greetings, all! It's time for another retro set review. This time, the villainous Time Twisters and their smallest set, the Time Tunnelator!

From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.

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We see here one of the sibling antagonists, Tony Twister (whose face bears a striking resemblance to Black Bart of the Wild West theme), flying through a stormy backdrop with a jagged mountain to the left, a forest or something of the like near the bottom of the picture, and what looks like a portal to a city in the back-right.

Half the fun is had building the set. How fun is it to build and how easy or challenging is it?

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There are 80 pieces in this set, and all are pictured above. This build is pretty straightforward and doesn't take more than ten minutes. Still, there are more pieces than the Rocket Racer, so it's slightly more involved, but not by much.

Set Design
Now that the set is complete, we can critique how it looks from every angle. New or interesting pieces can also be examined here.

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The set foundation is a blue wing piece, and everything kinda sprouts from there. It's interesting that, despite the fact that the set isn't really "filled in," it doesn't look very skeletal or lacking, and I think the plastic wings help that. As far as interesting pieces go, there are two trumpet pieces, two bats, and a few trans-neon orange pieces. I like the use of the black dragon wing as a rudder; it adds to the bat/evil look that this theme has going for it.

The other half of the fun is in playing with the set. How well does the set function and is it enjoyable to play with?

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Oh, the functionality. In this set, when the wheels move, not only does the propeller spin, but the wings also flap up and down. The mechanism for the propeller is a rubber band belt that goes from the wheel axle to the propeller, while the flapping wings occur due to the cranks connected to the outside of the wheels; as they spin, the wings flap.

This kind of functionality will be seen again in future reviews of Time Cruisers and Twisters, and this is one of the reasons why I find this theme so cool; they have cool looking vehicles that do more than just roll on the table.

Final Thoughts
Once it's all said and done, how does the set stack up? Should I get it?

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Oblivion is at hand!

While this is a small set, the functionality is a reason I would recommend getting this set over the Rocket Racer; the friction-driven propellers in that set aren't as reliable as the cranks and gears of this set, so this set will satisfy you more if you're a fan of functionality (like me).

This set also looks cooler than the Rocket Racer and has a more diverse range of pieces in its inventory, like the bats, barrels, and bugles. Tony Twister is also a good minifigure in that he gives you a set of epaulettes in yellow and a police hat (which is odd seeing as he's a bad guy, but I digress). Given the choice between the two, I'd buy this set. It was originally listed as $10.00, but can be found now for about half of that, making this set a pretty good deal.

What's to like?
  • Functionality!!!
  • Cheap (~$5.00 on BrickLink)
  • Looks cool despite being small
  • Has good pieces to plunder
What's not to like?
  • Small
If you're thinking of collecting the Time Twisters sets, this isn't a bad one to start with, so I highly recommend it. :)

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Mark Hamill And Rob Paulsen

Posted by Akano , May 04 2012 · 105 views
Talkin' Toons
Longest Talkin' Toons podcast yet, and every second is worth listening too.

I love voice actors. 8D

For those who don't know Rob Paulsen, his roles include:
  • Yakko Warner
  • Dr. Otto Scratchansniff
  • Pinky
  • Raphael
  • Mark Chang
and many more.

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Take That, Quantum

Posted by Akano , in Math/Physics May 03 2012 · 141 views
quantum mechanics, exam, final and 1 more...

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Finished 4/5 problems on my quantum final today AND almost half of the fifth one. I'd say I thoroughly owned that test to the best of my ability. 8D

Also, kudos to BZP's staff for keeping their cool and being able to bring the forums back. You guys are awesome.

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Posted by Akano , Apr 27 2012 · 98 views
Star Trek
So, I saw Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan for the first time last night and Space Seed, Khan's debut episode in the original series. I love Khan's character. I can't tell if it's because he's written well or if Ricardo Montalbán's mannerisms make him so unique. Or both.

This also makes his role as Gutierrez in Freakazoid much more enjoyable (even though he was quite enjoyable to begin with).

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Elijah Wood On Red Vs. Blue

Posted by Akano , Apr 24 2012 · 168 views
Hobbits, LOTR, win, squee
I don't even...this is...


And as Sigma, no less.

I don't think ecstatic even begins to cover my excitement for this upcoming season.

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About Me

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Name: Akano
Real Name: Forever Shrouded in Mystery :P
Age: 25
Gender: Male
Likes: Science, Math, LEGO, Bionicle, Ponies, Comics, Yellow, Voice Acting
Notable Facts: One of the few Comic Veterans still around
Has been a LEGO fan since ~1996
Bionicle fan from the beginning
Misses the 90's. A lot.
Twitter: @akanotoe

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