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Horizon Express

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Nov 14 2012 · 148 views

I am not a train person. I cannot afford the set. I don't have the money for it, I don't have the room for it, and I don't even have any train tracks for it to run on. Me and Lego trains are not meant to be.

Mostly I just wanted to see how they managed to build those SNOT arrows on the side!!

Finally found a review where they took pictures of the building process, and I can safely say that "my mind = blown" when it comes to that technique. So awesome. Now I have to steal it. :evilgrin:

Oh yeah, and new staffie masks and such, figured that out too.

Also looking for lodging for this spring. Anybody know of a cheap apartment in Dallas?



Falling of Skies

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Nov 11 2012 · 123 views

I wouldn't say I'm a huge Bond fan, but I went with my family to see the latest installment tonight.

I have a feeling I'll be against the grain on this one, but I didn't think it was a great Bond movie. Okay, it was still a decent movie, but for the most part it didn't have the "Bond" feel to it. Quantum of Solace did, and so did Casino Royal (even tho I didn't like that one very much.) But while this movie did have some great callbacks to the theme and cool action sequences, overall it felt a little underwhelming.


Granted, now I have to go back and watch older James Bond movies. We watched a couple of the Connery ones two weeks ago, and I've seen the Brosnan ones quite a lot, but I guess there are others out there too...



BTW, Voted

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, News Oct 22 2012 · 125 views

Actually filled out my ballot last Friday, but got it put in the mail today.

And even tho I watched the full debate, my mind was already made up. (And having watch it, it just made me more determined to vote my way.)

That way being Obama. Also went generally Democrat for the state positions too. Especially hoping to replace my Republican Representative, whom I sent a letter to a year ago and got a response that boiled down to "thanks for contacting me, here is why I'm doing the exact opposite."

I would love to discuss political views because I can't believe how some people out there thing, but alas this is BZPower and it's against the rules because we don't want the equivalent of a food fight with boiling sauce being thrown around. (I think that's a lovely analogy for heated discussions on BZPower. :P )

And as such, entry locked! Make sure to go out and vote!



Bohrok Pens

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Oct 21 2012 · 234 views

Oh god I'm doing it again...

Okay, anybody ever get one of those Bohrok pens from 02? I guess they're like the Toa pens, but they have these smaller Bohrok faceplate elements... and maybe a krana bead?

See, these might be useful pieces for building minifig-scale Bohrok. (Yeah, crazy idea, I know.) But there are so few images of them on the web, and I can't see the kind of detail for how they'd work. So if somebody has ever owned one, could they say what kind of unique pieces the pens includes, and how they connect (are they a clip or an actual bead? Would they be able to connect to standard studs?) Also, if you have one, interesting in selling? :P

But yeah, seriously, any details on these would be nice. Would like to know if they're going to work before I make a potential purchase, rather than buying one and realizing it's useless.




Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Oct 18 2012 · 148 views

While (InLoop){



InLoop = False;


See, when you're outside the loop, you are not in it. But when you are in the loop, you can never escape.

This brought to you be recursion. Now go to the top and start reading again.




Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Oct 04 2012 · 91 views


so yeah, he knows we're not taking the models
it's just faster for him to take back to the shop


where you can start disassembling the island :-D




you're gonna love all the red, blue, and yellow plates underneith the foothills


nah I'll live


well darn, now we need another assassination plot
Death by Lego would've looked awesome on your gravestone



Friend Me?

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Sep 27 2012 · 150 views

I've been made aware of just how out of date my BZP Friend list is. I think it's updated from like 2008 or something. There's not many people on it, and half of them aren't active anymore, and I know I must be missing a lot of people. If you want me to add you to my friends list, post here. (Granted, if I have absolutely no idea who you are and we've never interacted I may be hesitant but what the heck bloated friends lists are all the rage.)



Finally Watched The Harry Potter Finale

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, TV Sep 22 2012 · 137 views

The final Harry Potter movie, the Deathly Hollows Part 2, came out in theaters in July 2012. I did not go to see it.

The movie came out on DVD last November. Around that time, I added it to our Movie Queue for Blockbuster (the service where they send us DVDs like Netflix... and yeah they're still in business.) Since then, my mom keeps reshuffling the list to bring the movies she wants to see to the top. (And I didn't even put my choice as a high priority.)

So here it is, at least 9 months later, and it finally came it. Couldn't have picked a better weekend, since my folks are out, and they wouldn't have appreciated the movie anyway.

It was... interesting. It changed a lot of things. Somewhat iconic moments too. Although I guess that's to be expected for any movie adaptation. I wish they had actually shown some of the deaths like Fred's, but the other-student fighting was a little sparse. On the other hand, they did give Neville proper treatment, and I especially liked his bridge scene. (Like seriously, people said he was cool in the books, but the movie makes him look the part so much better.) Oh, and the fire creatures were well done.

So the movie was enjoyable. Book is better, but seriously, the seventh book (especially the second half of it) was some of the best stuff from the whole series, and I guess it did a good job of showing it on the screen. But I was still shouting out corrections when they said the quotes wrong. :P


Electronics I Want

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Sep 13 2012 · 143 views

Just a various list of new devices I would want upgrades on, in order of want.

New Laptop: I have a Toshiba Satellite that I got in December 2007. In Summer 07, I got a Toshiba Satellite that was the top of the line student laptop of the day. (Or well, high enough quality for it's $1,000 price tag.) Then it got stolen, and my replacement was a lower quality model. It's worked swell for five years, but now even web browsing can tax my system, and dare I even think about playing games on it! And five years isn't a bad time to get an upgraded machine, IMO. (And I am also considering a new desktop too... but either way a new computer is sometime I need/want.

New Cell Phone: Some of my classes have dabbled in mobile web browsing, but I'm still on a phone I got two years ago that has the most basic of web browsing. (And the fact that it's lasted two plus years says something, since I've drowned or cracked my other two phones I've had since 07.) It would be nice to get some of the newer equipment so I can actually experience the mobile browsing that we're being told to design for. But smart phones are expensive... both in the initial purchase and then with the monthly plan. And I might as well keep going with my current phone for as long as it can last...

New Headphones: Okay, I go through headphones faster than anything else. The headband snaps, the wiring rips out, some internal issue screws up the sounds; I am just excessively hard on them. For example, I got a nice expensive pair for Christmas last year, and they snapped in half on me in June. :( I am kind of picky about headphones, since I cannot for the life of me use ear-buds, so I need decent ear-cover ones. And in general, I try to buy cheap ones, but sometimes they turn out to be too cheap. There's a style of Sony headphones for $14.99 that I've gotten often, and those seem to last longest with me and feel the most comfortable. But my current pair is starting to wear out, so many time for new ones? (And I need to convince people that when I say I want new headphones for birthday / Christmas, don't get me those expensive that cost alot and then eventually break in some stupid way. :glare:

New Watch: I'm also fairly old fashion in that I like to wear a wrist watch at all times. Yeah, yeah, people claim they can just check their phones or whatever for the time, but I've developed the habit of glancing down at my wrist whenever I want to check the time... so much that I keep doing so when I'm not wearing my watch. :o I'm also picky about watches... they've got to have the date, a light, and preferably a timer. (So pretty much a standard digital watch, but I used to be even more old fashion and use the basic clock models.) I also prefer a non-metal strap that has reinforced connections behind the watch, because I've had so many of them rendered useless because the area where the strap connects to the watch itself strips apart, and then the whole thing is useless. I've had watches where the straps break somehow or where the internal battery just dies. My current watch got scrapped up pretty badly on my last hike, making it nearly impossible to read the minute's number. As such, I need to get a new one, and the process is complicated enough even when I try to stay cheap. (Because why buy a pricey watch when I know it'll inevitable get wrecked too?) But I'm going to keep on wearing watches, because I'm looking forward to the day where I can hide a communicator in it and / or a wrist laser. :D

Wireless Mouse: Man, I've had bad luck with mice too. Sometimes the optics go dead, sometimes they drain the batteries too quickly, and sometimes the USB connector gets busted. I've generally switched between Microsoft and Logitech mice, with my current one being of the MS variety. In general, I have liked using both types, so it's mostly just a matter of when they break down. My current mouse has a gummed up scroll bar that no longer works properly, and now I realize how much I use scrolling when I can't do it as easily anymore. Maybe I should go for a Logitech one next (since the last one from them had the USB connector break, but now they make those smaller so it shouldn't be an issue anymore.)

Ipod Charger / Stereo: Yes, in general I am a PC guy; I really don't like having to use the MAC OS at school. Plus, Apple's actions as a company are often to my distaste. (Personal preference, feel free to have your own opinions, just be aware that I don't want you spouting them in my blog) But, gosh darn it, Apple did the iPod thing well, and I have to give them credit for it. Granted, I did not buy my first iPod... it was a gift, and I might've gone for something else on my own. (Not sure about Zune... never really caught my taste to begin with, and it's not exactly uber popular either. Maybe one of the off-brand MP3 Players.) And my iPod nano has lasted for five years without any real complications. (Sure, it has a few scratches, and once it did get corrupted but I was able to go to the university's Apple store and they restored it.) But the iPod stereo hook-up... I've been through two, and my current one can barely connect with the iPod and play music. (And it no longer charges it either, much to my dismay.) So another one of those would be swell too.

Jetpack: My current backpack has lasted me since high school. Sure, one of the front zippers has worn out, but overall it is still one of my best pieces of luggage for trips, be they backpacking, to school, or on an airliner. Unfortunately, by backpack does not yet let me fly. This is a major design flaw, and I think I need to upgrade. Anybody know the best manufacturers of jetpacks? (Don't answer that... I have researched the option and their still in the testing phases, and keep spouting nonsense like "inefficient" and "unsafe.")


So yeah, lots of technology I want. Lots of things I could buy. It would cost lots of money to get all of this. And currently, I barely have any spending money. I have some saved up for BrickCon that I earned from working for my folks this summer, but my saving from last summer's job have been spent, and being unemployed this summer didn't do much for my bank account. And then there's all the LEGO I need to purchase. Personally, I'm hoping for a discounted Helms Deep at BCon, and maybe a t-shirt that's a size too big, so that way when it shrinks like all the rest I bought at Cascade, it'll still fit.

Anyway, that was a rant about my wants and desires. If you want to send money to the "Make Xccj Happy" fund, just give me a PM. ;)



50 Ways To Say Goodbye

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Aug 29 2012 · 157 views

But the song only gives 11 examples of how she died.

Why does Train keep releasing catchy singles?


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