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New Apartment

Posted by xccj , in News Mar 09 2014 · 190 views

A lot went on at Bricks Cascade this weekend, but it's not over yet so I'll blog about that later.  For now, I have other news; I'm moving into a new apartment.
I've been commuting to my job in down town Portland from my parent's house, which is 1 hour one-way on a no-traffic day.  Basically, it's a pain, so I looked into moving closer.  I found a place that's reletively affordable (assuming I don't blow all my income on lego) and also close to the MAX line (light rail public transportation), so it'll be an easy commute in.  Not nessessarily that much faster, but a 30-40 minute train ride beats a 60-90 minute car ride (or a 30 minute car ride followed by a 40 minute train ride, which is one option I've used.)  Still, it'll be a little easier to commute daily, even tho I will lose access to my parent's car.  And I'll have to pay rent and utilities and all that stuff, which is sometimes ridiculasly expensive.  Oh well.
I am splitting the cost with a roommate.  I met him online, and he seems okay enough, but he is new to the city, so hopefully he won't get too confused by real civilization.  As long as he pays rent, doesn't burn the place down, and tolerates my Lego collecting, I'm sure it'll work out.  (I've had worse roommates in the past anyway.)
So with any luck, I'll be moving in mid-April.  Yay.  Unfortunately, having to pay for rent has kinda pushed back my plans to buy a new computer, since my current one is merely limping along.  I may still get one, but it would be like two months worth of rent to buy, so I'm cautious about the idea.  (Besides, I need to save up for lego too.  :P )


Where We're Going, We Don't Need Roads... Just FAA Flight Regulations

Posted by xccj , in News Mar 03 2014 · 195 views

So I visited the LEGO Store today and made some purchases, in which I got a Martian Manhunter fig.  The fig itself isn't that interesting to me (I'm not that big a fan of MM) but I figure there'll be others out there clamoring for him, so I could trade him for another rare figure that I would want.
But the highlight of my purchase was the 21103 Cuusoo Back to the Future Delorean.  I finally committed on my purchase after I voted for that model... what, two-three years ago?  I've been keeping an eye out for it in stores but never saw it, and I never really wanted to pay shipping for it, so I never got it online.  But today I was ready for the purchase (having a gift card and VIP points) and was delighted to find two left in stock.  And it's a good thing I grabbed it too, since the other one got snagged minutes later.
As for the model, it's delightful, with some very fun designs.  My model does come with the misspelled brick, but whatevs.  The only thing I don't like about it (which has been mentioned in like EVERY review I've read on this) is that Marty and Doc can sit inside together, and there's no easy modification to remedy this.  But either way, this is going on my desk at work for display first thing tomorrow!
The other set of interest, surprisingly, was the Friends Life Guard stand.  (I wanted the penguin set, but they didn't have any in stock.)  It comes with some nice colors, from medium lavender (my new favorite Friends color) and trans medium blue cheese slopes (the color that glows well under a blacklight!!)  But the dolphin is such an excelent mold.  Like all Friends animals, it has a pin hole on the top of its head for bows and whatnot, but the hole is perfectly placed for a blow-hole, which is super amazing.  (And borderline animal cruelty by putting a bow piece there.)  It has a stud connection in it's belly which is a little weird, but what I wasn't expecting was the stud connection on its tail, so it can be placed over the blue plates in mid-leap.  Such a great animal mold... now I want more to create my own pod!
I didn't get any Hero Factory tho, but not thru lack of trying.  Their selection was rather sparse; they had a few of the humanoid mechs (I already got one), the Splitter beast and flying beast (not interested) and the Evo XL Machine (too expensive for me.)  And, with the exception of the flying beast, there were only a few left, and absolutely none of the purple beast, which I wanted.  I talked to one of the store employees, who said that they've been selling pretty well, and the purple ones just flew off the shelves.  (I went to a retail store later in the evening and they were also out of all Hero Factory models too.)  So say what you want about Hero Factory, but this is not a dud theme by any means, since people are buying it out.  Maybe I'll go back in April, when they'll have double points, and see if their selection is any better.
Also MIXELS but that's another blog entry...


Worst Weekend Ever

Posted by xccj , in News Feb 09 2014 · 137 views

Because The Lego Movie came out and I can't see it because the entire city froze and all the theaters seemed to have closed down.  Stupid snow storm and freezing rain.
Oh, and I lost my phone.  But tracked it down, and a co-worker picked it up for me.  So it's not that distressful of a situation anymore.


Spinning Rocka Head

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, News Jan 18 2014 · 156 views

Gosh, I've been here for 11 years now.  It's kinda sad to see BZP nowadays, where the only discussions in the forums seem to be arguments... granted, it was like that 11 years ago, there were just more people doing it.  :P  But it's not quite as big a community as before.  But there are still lots of cool people here, and conventions are always super fun, and where else will I blog about random things?
Anyway, been reeeeeeeally busy at work.  They've officially nicknamed me Jego, cause I like Lego, which they poke fun at a lot.  But I do too, so its fair play.  ;)  Right now I have some minifigs and the Trash Chomper on my desk, but I really need to build some custom models for display.
I'm getting excited for Bricks Cascade, and I've been attending some PortLug meetings, although that'll come to an end when I start working weekends.  I've been looking to rent some apartment closer to the city so I won't have to deal with an hour and a half commute (1 way) each day, but it's a pain to do when all the apartments have terrible business hours: 10-3, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, with apparently a two hour lunch.  Okay, maybe that's a slight exaggeration, but since I'm working full time, I don't currently have a way to go check places out.  (It'll be better when I start working weekends, but they haven't given me a set limit for when that'll be.)
Um, not a whole lot of other stuff to mention.  I did some set reviews, and I guess nobody cared...?  I got initially excited when I started doing video reviews because I can film and edit and it's Lego... but then I forgot that I hate the sound of my voice and can't seem to spit out coherent sentenses between all my thoughts while reviewing.  I like reviewing, but I don't think others really like my reviews, so sometimes I'm confused as to why I really do it.  (Although I do like the ones about Collectible Minifigs because I give advice on how to feel for them that I KNOW is accurate cause I've given it IRL to others and its worked so there!!!)
But where was I?  Oh yeah, 11 years on BZPower.  YOU CAN'T GET RID OF ME THAT EASILY.  MUHAHA.  (Unless you have the ability to ban people...)


Recent Lego Purchases

Posted by xccj , in News Nov 29 2013 · 152 views

Yay Black Friday!  Shop.Lego.com actually has some okay deals, especially with free shipping on any purchase.  I'm too cheap to get the exclusive sets and all, but I'm all for grabbing a couple of the smaller stuff at 50% off.  So I grabbed the Magic Tricks Friends set, Fox Speedorz set, and Skunk Speedorz set.  Yayz, should be in the mail soon.
Also, I've hinted at it, but I'll just come right out and say that I did indeed pick up some 2014 Ninjago sets.  Fred Meyers appeared to have released them early, and Pat (DeVee) clued me in.  (They're actually only in the Oregon stores, so I visited the one closest to my train station, which coincidentally happened to be the exact store that Pat went to.)  Best of all, they had some of the prices wrong in our favor... the $12 was just $10, and the $60 one was $50.  I first bought Zane's plane ($50 instead of $60) but the 10% off coupon I brought had expired so I didn't get a further discount.  But then the other day I went back and they had Kai's Plane, plus a 25% off toys coupon, and I had an additional $2 off toys coupon... so I saved 35% on that set.  (Sadly, it was the accurate price.)  They had some Hobbit sets too... emphesis on had.  But then i checked my local Washington store and there was the Laketown set... so if you want Hobbit or Ninjago stuff (and, y'know, live in Washington, Oregon, or Idaho... or a few locations in Alaska) check out your Fred Meyers.
I probably shouldn't be going on a Lego buying binge, since I just started working and do kind of need to save up for other stuff.  But golly, I just can't help taking advantage of some good deals!  :P
I'm also working on Black Friday, but it's totally not in retail so the office is just kind of laid back, and I feel sorry for all the folks who were forced to work insane hours today and yesterday.  I hope y'all got some serious dough for your efforts!!


Story Finished

Posted by xccj , in News, Stories Nov 19 2013 · 121 views

So, yeah, at 50,281 words, I finished my story for NaNo. Like, legitly finished too. I was actually getting worried as I was writing the final scenes, wondering it it would make it over the cut, and it just barely did. I expect when I got back to re-edit and trim the fat, it'll drop below the mark. That's what happened to the one I wrote last time. Although this time I don't have as many scenes that would be as unnecessary. Plus, I would estimate that a good third of it is fighting scenes. I went into a lot of detail and threw together a lot of may-not-actually-be-physically-possible moves. I tried not to be too repetitive, but I'll have to see how a read through goes later this month.
But the reason why I rushed to finish so early was because I started work on Monday. And now I have much less free time. The 8 hour days (plus an hour for lunch) are kinda hard on my after spending a summer unemployed. (Yeah, yeah, I know I shouldn't complain, and I'll just have to get used to it.) But then add on to that a three hour commute per day and it's like "Where'd the time go?" I guess this is the part of life where ya never have any free time. Oh well, I guess it's about time I joined the working crowd and start earning my keep.
Heck, I even have two or three different ideas for the BBC Contest, but no free time to build!  (And i won't be able to until after the contest ends.)  I also want to make some things to send to the Bionicle conventions, so maybe I'll throw some stuff together this weekend if I'm able.


New Job

Posted by xccj , in News Nov 15 2013 · 148 views

FIIIIIIIIIIIINALLY got employment.  And it's as a data guy person thing.
It's also a weekend shift, making it suddenly way more difficult to attend conventions or most future LUG meetings.  On the other hand, MONEY, EXPERIENCE, and NOT-BEING-A-BUM all kinda outweight that.  :happydance:


I Guess The Bigger Question Is

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, News Nov 08 2013 · 241 views

Is there even an audience that still reads my blog at all?

Like no replies lately. Or maybe it's just that my content's been boring. WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME? CAT PICTURES? I MAY HAVE SOME OF THOSE ACTUALLY.

But I'll post a short list of borning updates anyway. :P
  • Nano: Have 12,000 words written. But I'm progressing so far in the plot that I'm afraid I might finish before I hit the goal. Like, my other related stories have only gotten to 30K-40K, and I'm not going to add in excess just for the sake of work count. Oh well.
  • PortLUG: I'm finally going to try and attend a LUG meeting for the first time. And see if I can help out for Bricks Cascade somehow.
  • I have a second job interview for tomorrow, so I should stop blogging and go think about that.
  • There's also that brick game on the Lego Movie site that I've gotten addicted to. That's probably not a good thing for productivity.
  • Also the new Lego Movie sets are so awesome. On one hand, I think a bunch of the vehicle mechs will probably only get short cameos in the actual movie. On the other hand, when else would we get city vehicle mechs? Lots of people don't like em, but I think they're great. Also there's a higher percentage of female figs in this sets, although most of them seem to be the damsels in distress. Still, so much want! Need to get a job just so I can afford these!
  • Oh right, interview, gonna stop procrastinating.


So, Update on Story Stuff?

Posted by xccj , in News, Stories Nov 01 2013 · 109 views

The most ironic thing about the shutdown?  I was one chapter shy of finishing my repost of my epic Kulagi's Kanoka.  Now, after a second data loss, I have to repost it AGAIN.  I'm not angry or anything (nobody was reviewing it anyway) but I find the irony amusing.
So I'm going to try and repost it.  (And get my post count up some more... gee, I lost all of like 30 posts!  That's a lot for me!)  No, seriously, I'm reposting it! Maybe try to do it faster than last time.  Maybe not.  I've also considered posting it elsewhere online.  I mean, I've come across other fan fiction sites before.  But I'm hesitant to do so because it probably wouldn't get me any new reviewers, and because I'm too fond of the BZP library, even in its excess of inactivity.  I might do it at some point, but I'll focus on BZP first.  At the very least, I have a good copy saved on my laptop AND external harddrive.
(Additionally, I found that somebody also copied my epic Time Disruption onto some Bionicle fan fiction wiki, so even tho it was without my permission, it still means that it's out there on the internet.  Doesn't bother me, except that maybe they should've copied a few of my other stories too.  :P )
And even tho the lack of reviews kinda depressed me, I did start a mini sequel to Kulagi's Kanoka, set during the Dark Hunter wars.  I'd love to post it here eventually and get people's take on it... but I kinda already know that nobody would read and review it.  I had a hard enough time getting reviews when BZP was in its golden age... can't expect much now when the library is almost a graveyard.
And finally, I'm thinking about doing NaNo this year again.  I'm kinda harsh on the whole National November Writing Month thing, because I view myself as better than them cause I can write whenever I want to, and I work on quality over quantity, (And even then I can produce some quantity... even tho quality is only determined by me.)  But between having a few stories I need to rewrite and still technically being unemployed, I have the time to do it, so I should challenge myself.  Although it will be different than the first time I really participated.  Then, I used existing characters from one of my original story themes and wrote a new story.  This time, I'm planning to rewrite a story that I lost years ago.  This means that I know all the basic plot twists and how it ends and everything waaaaay in advance, so I just need to push myself to type it up and flesh it out.  The issue is that I'm pretty sure the original one I wrote years ago was more like 30,000 - 40,000 words, so I dunno if it'll hit the 50,000 word mark before I finish it.  But if that happens, so what, I'll have one of my stories completed!  (The NaNo I did three years ago was 51,000 after one month, but incomplete.  I finally wrote the finale this summer, and it finished at about 72,000.)
But don't worry, I don't plan on posting it here and asking you to review it.  :P  Heck, the 582 word blog entry is already pushing it for your expected attention span.  Oh well.
Maybe tomorrow I'll write a blog updating some MOC things I've been working on.  :P


Well Um That's Disheartening

Posted by xccj , in News Oct 30 2013 · 140 views

I totally had my bet that the site wouldn't be up until sometime after the new year.  Guess I'm not getting in on that jackpot.  :P
(Also, I had just about finished reposting my story that got lost in the archives... well, guess I need to start that up again.)
I can't think of anything else that I posted back then that was worth anything, so I guess I'll just have to come up with new worthless things to write about.  (But gosh I do luv my blog!)

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