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I Killed Swert

Posted by xccj , in News Jun 14 2012 · 165 views

Swert 9:21 pm
lame joke

Jason Xccj 9:22 pm
hahaha die

Swert 9:23 pm

Jason Xccj 9:23 pm
*posts blog saying I killed Swert*



I Got Accepted!

Posted by xccj , in News, Lego Conventions Jun 13 2012 · 147 views

Well, not really accepted, but more like I’m qualified for it.

No, not a job. A surgery.

See, I had this acid reflux problem, and they stuck a tube down my throat and left it there for 24 hours to see just how bad it was. Turns out, it was very bad. (Either that, or I accidentally drank battery acid last night…) So, yay, I qualify for a surgery. Maybe.

In other news… I moved my Lego collection into our unfinished basement tonight. That means more room to spread out down there, and plus my bedroom remains less messy! (The downside… less lighting, dusty conditions, and my cat likes to hang down there too.) Now I’m taking apart most of my creations from Bricks Cascade (because I can’t ship all of them to BrickFair or BrickCon, so no need to keep all of them intact.) Hopefully, I can also come up with some sort of fire-Rahi in time for the BBC Contest.

Oh, yeah, also… still no job. I guess lying on your applications is still a bad thing, but you’re supposed to leave out lots of little details, like when you have to return to school. So that’s apparently how half my friends got these seasonal positions and I didn’t… because they didn’t say when they had to leave and I did, so automatically that makes them better candidates.



Job Conflicts

Posted by xccj , in News, Lego Conventions May 21 2012 · 126 views

So I got an interview for a position at a new movie theater they're opening next month, which could offer a nice summer job. (Yes, Ben, I totally stole the idea from you. :P ) They had this big thing where we could go meet with somebody there and fill out applications and such. But there was one conflict.

Their training sessions for the jobs is the same week as Bricks Cascade. >.<

It's a bummer, but hopefully I can work around it. At the very least, I can ditch the convention mid-day and go to the training sessions... if I get the job. So here's hoping. (I also hav a handful of other internships that I'm still waiting to hear back from.)

Looking for employment is just no fun. :(



Marvel-Ous Weekend

Posted by xccj , in News, TV May 21 2012 · 93 views

I watched an episode of Grimm and Avatar this weekend. The season finale of Grimm was pretty good, except it ended with quite a few unresolved issues. Luckily there's an assured season two... but that means I have to wait until then to see what happens. D: (Avatar was good too.)

But I also caught up on the latest Marvel cartoons by watching The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes and Ultimate Spider-Man. Both decent shows. It's really my first move into the whole Avengers thing outside of the movies, and it wasn't bad. And the latest Spider-Man cartoon takes it in a different direction than some of the other shows I've seen.

(Apparently these are also based on... comic books? Who knew?)

Also made more Bricks Cascade plans, transport wise, ext. At this rate I doubt I'll get employment by then, so I'm counting on having the entire weekend off... juuuuust no moneys. (Man, this lack of an income is really messing with my plan to buy all the LotR sets this summer!)

Aaaaand I need more to blog about. Cat pictures maybe? More MOCs?



Job Hunt Disappointments

Posted by xccj , in News, Lego Conventions May 15 2012 · 82 views

Man, today has not been my best day. So I'm gonna gripe in my blog.

First off, I've been applying to some local stores, including Lowes, since I need a summer job. Lowes has seasonal positions, and I've applied for a dozen in the last couple of weeks, including like 4 this weekend. Monday morning (1 AM) I get four emails that all say "You aren't accepted." Then my sister comes home from school, applies for one position online Sunday night, and BOOM she has an interview the next day. What the heck?

Granted, I did sign up for a college student online job finder thingy... which has lots of technical jobs in the local area. Most of them aren't the temporary summer stuff I'm interested in, but I've applied for a couple, and I did get an email from one of them asking for some writing samples, which I assume is a good sign.

I've also been building quite a bit; got a few mechs and space ships designed for Bricks Cascade, in addition to the many Bionicle MOCs I've made. (Seriously, my Bionicle stuff isn't the best, but there's enough that it can fill up some table space if we don't get a lot of Bionicle MOCs on display... but that's not gonna happen cause you're all going to bring / send stuff in, right. :P ) Another snag was hit today when I went to register some of my MOCs and realized I didn't remember my password for my Bricks Cascade account. :o Luckily, I was able to email them and got it back... it would be nice if there was some sort of "recover password" feature, but I suppose people could also attempt to [i]NOT]/i] forget their passwords too...

Oh, and vehicle transportation for the convention has become a slight issue. I'll probably be bringing around 4 other people around, but my car only fits 5 and the trunk space isn't unlimited. (I thought I would have access to our Explorer, but now the rest of my family is planning to flee from the area come Lego convention season, and they're gonna take the big car with the dog, so I'm stuck with the smaller car.) There will be just enough seats for everybody, but since I'm planning to move a lot of MOCs around, trunk space might become an issue. Also, if my sister steals the car for her job, I might have no way to get to downtown Portland for any of the positions I'm applying for... :(

Also my dog ran out of control today on her walk, and I got reminded multiple times that I am A: Unemployed and B: Pursuing a degree that doesn't have a high demand in the job market (and isn't engineering.) And some other stuff made the day less-than-pleasant.

Also, I need to decided what Bionicle MOCs to register. I have 50, and that's too many, and some are clearly just filler MOCs. So I need to decide which ones to register to have them in the running for trophies and everything. (Granted, I read that trophies can be given to unregistered MOCs, but only registered MOCs are eligible for some secret "random winnings" and I must say I'm intrigued so I'll prolly register some of my best Rahi and let the rest just show up.)

On the upside, the weather broke an all-time high today, after all the rain we've been getting lately. Oh wait, I don't like hot days either... I miss the cool rain. :(



Aaron Is Awesome

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, News, Lego Conventions May 12 2012 · 120 views
Mata Nui Island Project
And this is why:

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So for our Mata Nui Island Project, people kept complaining that we didn't end up including the Kaukau waterfall. My original idea was to use a Kaukau mask, but that would've been far too large. Next was to use a mini mask from the old Bionicle Pens, but those were hard to get ahold of. (Update tho, Swert did come across a complete collection, so there is a future project coming out of that.) Besides, the pen masks wouldn't have blended in with the landscape as well.

So this is where Nuju Metru came in.

Aaron's like totally famous for his customized LotR sets, and he helped us with the short story contest prizes by adding some decals to the fig prizes. They were amazing. So I paid him in Collectible Minifigures to apply some decals to some 1x2x2 tan bricks and create mask statues that can be added to our island. And they turned out wonderfully! I can't wait to add them into the designs, so that we can realistically have a Kaukau waterfall and a full Quarry setup on our island!

(I also bribed him into putting on some decals for his Eowyn fig, which can be seen here, That's why he's doubly awesome. But I did send him all the bricks and everything... only one he traded me for was the Hermione head.)



Why Bzpers Loves Lego Friends Figs

Posted by xccj , in News, Review May 04 2012 · 271 views

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Yay, another Lego Friends Review. I actually got this set and took pictures of it in January, but then I heard DeeVee was gonna write a review so I put it off so he could get his say in first. (Also, because I didn't want to point out the exact same things. Now I know that a few of my observations are somewhat original as far as BZP reviews go.) Last month, I got around to finally writing this review, and now I've posted it. Yayz.

As for why BZPers should love the new Friends Mini-Dolls... well, click for the next picture. I put it in a Spoiler tag because it would spoil the best part of the review, IMO.


Anyway, I expect a lot of fallout from this, considering what DeeVee got when he posted his review, so I guess I'll see how people react to my observations. (Granted, I did already write a long detailed essay on my views of Lego Friends but I'm sure nobody read it because it was too long. I'll cite it tho in future arguments. :D )



Lego In The Community

Posted by xccj , in News, Lego Conventions May 04 2012 · 120 views
School Work
I can embed Vimeo in the blogs, right? Oh well, doing so anyway. :P

So as I've blogged about constantly this last month, I've been working on a Lego movie for my Video Journalism class. I finally have a polished version (or as polished as it's going to get for now) so I thought I might as well share it on the place where I interact most with the Lego community: AKA BZPower. So, without further ado...

Keep in mind this is for a general audience, so I had to introduce the basic concepts about Lego, AFOLs, ext. I got some great interview footage from both Dan Parker of City Blocks (Guy who let us build the giant Mata Nui Island in his Lego Art Studio) and Thomas Prill of Bricklandia (the guys running Bricks Cascade in Portland, Oregon next month.) I also managed to sneak in some BZP interviews with Jedi Master J, Kakaru, and Fivey, and I'd like to publicly thank them for their help with this! (Even Fivey, who complained about my interview questions and whose video quality wasn't the best. :P )

I also ended up using a lot of my personal pictures (and one borrowed from KopakaNui) from my experiences at BrickCon and BrickFair. As such, most of the AFOLs who appear in the video are BZPower members, including cameos of prominent members like Nuju Metru, Black Six, ToM, and even Bink! Plus I have a couple of group shots from BrickFair and BrickCon with lots of members in them... so many that I can't even think of all the member names off the top of my head. I'm not sure what other AFOLs would think if they realized they were all being represented by Bionicle Fans here, but hey they're all cool people.

But yeah, this has been my big project for the last few weeks. I'd post it on the front page, but I'm not that big-headed yet. So in my blog it goes. :D



They're Back?

Posted by xccj , in News May 03 2012 · 64 views


First member post that popped up after the forums came back was in the RPG forum. Funny. I bet they were refreshing like crazy down there. :D

Anyway, been a crazy weekend with finals and whatnot. So the school year is over. Yay. Sadly, no job, and the job hunt so far isn't looking too great. Meh. But Bricks Cascade in a month, so that's enough to get excited about!



Job Losses

Posted by xccj , in News Apr 25 2012 · 73 views

So I've spent my night updating my job profile. Guess it's back to searching for summer employment again. >.<

On one hand, this might mean I'll have no conflicts for Bricks Cascade. On the other, it'll mean I can't buy anyway there.


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