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Job Woes

Posted by Lyichir , Apr 16 2014 · 113 views

Another year, another opening for a set design position at Lego. You'd think that'd be good news for someone like me whose life goal is to have such a career. It's not.
 
Let's start at the beginning. In High School when I had to finally decide what I'd do with my life (and after failing an architectural drawing class hard, and giving up on studying to be an architect), I realized that my childhood dream of working for Lego wasn't actually all that unrealistic. Through BZPower and other Lego fansites, I met actual people who worked for the company, and they loved it. And I read all sorts of news on the internet about what a great company Lego is to work for. Of course, my interests had changed since I was a kid. Back then, when I was asked what job I wanted, it was to be a Master Model Builder at Legoland. But my building preferences have never favored large-scale models or sculptures—I liked the sets. I liked minifigures. I liked the idea of actually being able to walk into a toy store, and look at a product on a shelf, and be able to say "I made that". So I decided I'd like to be a set designer, and to my guidance counselor, that meant getting a degree in industrial design.
 
So I looked at some design schools, but as I approached the end of my time in high school it became apparent to me how much my Aspergers Syndrome and Non-verbal Learning Disorder affected my ability to learn and function in school. So I ended up going to Landmark College, a school specifically for students with learning disabilities. And I loved it. They didn't have a design program, but since it was a two-year school I figured that I could get my associate's degree there and then transfer to a design school. When it came time to find a school to transfer to, I looked at a number of options, but so many of the schools seemed so competitive and their programs seemed to ask the world of students. My transfer services associate at Landmark recommended Wentworth Institute of Technology, a school that had an impressive program for getting design students internships in the field.
 
It turns out, Wentworth was a hellhole. I spent a year there and it was the worst year of my life. I went from being a bright student who was constantly encouraged by my professors to being a talentless hack who couldn't manage to complete even the simplest assignment. And it wasn't for lack of trying—but Wentworth turned out to have zero tolerance for anything short of perfection, and no useful options for a student who needed clear instructions and step-by-step assistance. I withdrew from Wentworth, and went home to see if I could earn a position at Lego through job experience, rather than through education.
 
It's been a year since then, and I've been stymied at every level. Trying to get a design job? Good luck, if you don't have education or a portfolio. Trying to get a retail job with Lego, and work my way up through the company. Good luck, for someone who can't drive (and maybe never will, since I have a crippling fear of being behind the wheel) and has no retail experience. Trying to get retail experience? Good luck in this market, where there are always more experienced people out of work and looking for the same job. My only work experience was interning at the newspaper (a business my family runs), as a copy-editor, and copy-editing doesn't offer a lot of transferrable skills (and is a dying trade to boot). I've since diversified that to interning for the radio (also part of the newspaper), handing out freebies to listeners. For the past month I was working an unpaid internship with a local toymaker, hoping that could be seen as an advantage if I apply for a design position at Lego again. But I scarcely got to do any design work, and while he was impressed with my skills and knowledge (the first person to recognize such things in me for some time), I don't think I was furthering my future at all by working there.

So I quit, at least temporarily, to try to work on a portfolio to submit to Lego next time there's an opening. And now there is. But just like last year (when I lost my chance at a job with Lego after the first email back from them), I have no portfolio and don't know the first thing about making one. My counselor instructed me to look at ones online, but all I've found there are amazing portfolios that I have neither the skill nor the content to make.
 
If not for the total lack of other options, I'd be just about ready to give up my dream of working for Lego entirely. After all, no matter how many people say I'm talented or knowledgable about Lego, my experience in the fan community constantly reminds me that there are hundreds of people who are both more talented and more knowledgable than me, most of whom don't work for the company either. I'm an intensely uncompetitive person who wants to apply for one of the most competitive jobs in the world. And I'm just about at my breaking point. I can't tolerate much more disappointment, or one more "no" from a prospective employer. Not with the family paper going bankrupt and my annoying little brother almost done with high school (he'll have a job before I do, at this rate, and then any hope of ever getting respect from him goes out the window). I don't know where I can go from here.


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All the Wrong Questions (From: Last Book You Read)

Posted by Lyichir , Apr 14 2014 · 81 views
Lemony Snicket, Books

The other day at BJ's I picked up the three books from Lemony Snicket's new series, "All the Wrong Questions".

The series is a sort of prequel to A Series of Unfortunate Events and deals with Lemony Snicket's apprenticeship with VFD at the age of thirteen. Where ASOUE was inspired more by Gothic novels and penny dreadfuls, this new series is more of a noir detective story. It maintains Lemony Snicket's trademark humor, but being told in the first person more of that humor is told through dialogue than in ASOUE, where the bulk of it occupied the narration. It definitely scratches the itch I've had since ASOUE concluded almost eight years ago.

The titles, for whoever is interested:

"Who Could That Be at This Hour?" (Book one, dealing with a "stolen" statue)
"When Did You See Her Last?" (Book two, dealing with a disappeared girl)
"File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents" (A standalone collection of Encyclopedia Brown-like whodunits, presumably taking place between book two and the upcoming book three, "Shouldn't You Be at School?")

Halfway through the series (which will have four books rather than the 13 of ASOUE), I'm already on the edge of my seat with anticipation. And I'm surely going to want to read these to my mom, as I did with ASOUE back in high school. Personally, I can't wait.


Source: Last Book You Read

So, anyone else reading this series? Thoughts? Opinions? Please share in the comments!


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New Lego Movie Fanfiction?

Posted by Lyichir , Apr 08 2014 · 87 views
The Lego Movie, Fanfiction and 1 more...
So, I was thinking about writing another, longer, slightly-more-serious Lego Movie fanfiction (after my Comedies Contest entry from earlier this year). And I was bored, and all of a sudden I found that I'd written about two pages worth. Thought I'd post it here to see what people think of it and get a second opinion on whether I should keep going with it. It's tentatively titled "The Courting of Princess Unikitty".

Spoiler

 
So, what does everyone think? Continue Y/N?


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Metru Nui Online Game

Posted by Lyichir , Apr 07 2014 · 110 views
Bionicle, MNOG, rambling
While I was a fan of Bionicle for its entire lifespan, I was often disappointed by its video games. There was obviously one exception—the original Mata Nui Online Game, which I feel was the best tool Lego ever used for establishing a world for a new line of sets. Later settings lacked any such vehicle for immersive world-building, and I think they suffered for it.
 
If I could program in Flash (or anything else, for that matter), I'd love to create a "Metru Nui Online Game" based on the original MNOG. My concept for such a game would involve a Matoran (possibly Jaller, who had previously investigated the Toa Tuyet killings) being asked by Toa Lhikan to investigate the ongoing disappearances of the Toa Mangai. Such a story would allow for the exploration of Metru Nui, and a darker, more noir take on the MNOG formula (imagine if during the battles in which Takua was introduced to the Toa Mata in the MNOG, the Toa LOST and Takua could do nothing but watch). The climax would involve the discovery that Turaga Dume was behind the killings, and your character having to steal the Toa Stones so that Toa Lhikan could use them to train a new team of Toa to save the city.

Obviously such a game couldn't have a completely happy ending; to maintain a semblance of canon and explain your heroic Matoran's absence in the main story they would have to be captured after delivering the Toa Stones. That's the other reason Jaller would be an ideal character in my opinion—it'd allow for a bittersweet epilogue, with his mask possibly being damaged over the course of his adventure and the epilogue being his awakening on Mata Nui (on the same beach the original MNOG started and ended on), and receiving Lhikan's mask from Turaga Vakama.

Again, though, no matter how much I conceptualize, this is just another of those ideas I'll likely never be able to bring to fruition. I just don't have the skills necessary to make this dream a reality.


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dnd

Posted by Lyichir , Feb 25 2014 · 74 views
bad jokes
do not disturb


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CHEAP PLASTIC

Posted by Lyichir , Feb 21 2014 · 162 views
Lego, BZPower
I really need to learn to avoid any and all discussions of Lego part quality. The amount of misinformation in them tends to make my blood boil. Like the idea that the plastic formulation in Bionicle parts ever changed across its ten-year lifespan (excepting the introduction of new materials like the rubbery plastic tubing of 2007 onward), or the notion that Chinese production is inherently inferior (and cannot be made better or more reliable). I just read an interesting article about Lego setting a target date for transitioning off of ABS as its primary material, which is a considerable challenge but an admirable one in terms of sustainability and a fascinating notion as it relates to materials science. Yet I'm already dreading the furor that is sure to erupt in Lego communities regarding this news, which is sure to only get worse with each passing year.


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Lego Movie Meetup THIS WEEKEND

Posted by Lyichir , Feb 19 2014 · 87 views
The Lego Movie, BZPower and 2 more...

I'm super excited for the Lego Movie coming out a month from today, but had the start of an idea for how to make it even better. I know a lot of BZP members in the northern Virginia area, and thought that if a bunch of us could go to see the movie together it'd be a lot more fun than going individually. It's only the inkling of a start of a plan at the moment, but I figured it would be a good idea to start a topic here to gauge interest and hopefully develop it further with some of the people who might be able to go.

So, would anyone be interested in doing such a thing? Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm not used to planning this sort of thing, and I certainly can't arrange it on my own, so I appreciate your input!
 
EDIT 1/31/14:
 
The meetup will be held at AMC Potomac Mills 18 (2700 Potomac Mills Circle, Woodbridge, VA) on February 22. The meetup time is still TBD, but we will probably see the movie sometime that afternoon, followed by a trip to the LEGO store inside the mall itself.
 
EDIT 2/19/14:
 
Alright. Now that I have a list of showtimes for The Lego Movie, I can confirm that we will be attending the 4:00 p.m. showing. I will be at the mall starting at 3 p.m. to greet attendees who arrive early. After the movie, there should be plenty of time to visit the LEGO store!

Source: Northern Virginia Lego Movie Meetup?

This Saturday I am holding a BZPower Lego Movie Meetup at Potomac Mills mall in Northern Virginia! If you can make it and are keen on seeing The Lego Movie with a bunch of other cool dudes, you should totally come!


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Daaaaaaang

Posted by Lyichir , Feb 18 2014 · 150 views

 
Oh yeah. My Piraka Stronghold required two special orders of parts just to be able to build the dang thing. Turned out to be a terrible set, but I was blissfully unaware (read: ten years old) at the time.
 

 
Sumiki was 10 back when the Piraka Stronghold was released? Geez. It makes me realize that my mental image of the staff generally makes them out to be older than me (probably in part from having been on the site when I was young enough for the staff to have genuinely been older than me).
 
Still.


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Why I'm Excited for The Lego Movie

Posted by Lyichir , Jan 28 2014 · 149 views
The Lego Movie, Rant
  • It looks like it'll be funny, heartwarming, and spectacular looking, while paying homage to the Lego experience.
  • The sets are fantastic and really capture the spirit of Lego creative play.
  • It seems that it could generate more interest in Lego among the non-FOL population.
  • My upcoming meetup will give me a chance to see some of my BZP peeps without having to wait six more months for Brickfair VA.
  • And finally, it seems like other Lego fans will love it too. Not in the cult "there will never be anything better" sense that some people still cling to Bionicle with. Not in the "ha, ha, I like this ironically" sense that some people treat the Hero Factory or Ninjago or Chima or even the once loved Bionicle media with. Not in the "oh well, I guess the kids will like it" sense that the jaded AFOL community tends to view more whimsical themes with. And I certainly don't see the "Lego is doing everything wrong" perspective that I can't seem to escape whether I'm on BZP or Eurobricks, talking about sets or story, coming from revolutionary progressives who feel Lego isn't doing enough or from sexists or racists or otherwise backwards old geezers who feel Lego is doing too much. From what I see, the Lego fandom seems to largely be coming together in genuine, heartfelt appreciation for what this movie's shaping up to be. I'm sure once it's over BZP and Eurobricks and Tumblr will find things to complain about what it did or didn't do, but for now discussion of the movie is one of the few aspects of Lego discussion that doesn't tend to end in arguments or end up written off entirely by all but a select devoted fanbase. And I appreciate that.



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Comedies Contest Results

Posted by Lyichir , Jan 25 2014 · 71 views

I have to admit being a little disappointed by the results of the tiebreaker poll. Not because I lost, but because neither I nor Peabody Sam even got the eight votes we did in the main poll, let alone new votes from either members who hadn't voted before or members who voted for some of the entries that didn't make it. I really think that there should be some direct line of communication between staff who run contests and the news team so that unexpected events in need of immediate attention (like this 24-hour tiebreaker poll) can get at least a little bit more visibility.

But in any case, congratulations are due to Peabody Sam for his story! I hope he enjoys The Lego Movie itself when it comes out in less than two weeks!






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