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Lucky Number 13

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Jan 17 2016 · 173 views
Breez Head
Almost missed my BZP-versary. I've been here for 13.

YOU JUST CAN'T GET RID OF ME.

I WILL KEEP POSTING AND POSTING.

LIKE THE ENERGIZER BUNNY, EXCEPT WITHOUT THE QUALITY PART.

I now have a spinning, decapitated Breez head under my avatar. Yay.

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Force Awakens Thoughts

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, TV Jan 13 2016 · 186 views

Things to discuss about the latest Star Wars movie.

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And that has been my random thoughts about nitpicky things in Force Awakens. Until next time / I think of more.

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Umarak the Mosaic!

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions Jan 10 2016 · 266 views
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More ideas for a potential colab mosaic for this year that's looking less and less likely...

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A couple of different variations that could be done for good ol' Umarak. He's looking to be one of the more popular sets in the winter wave, so why not glorify his might in a mosaic, eh? Plus, y'know, mask of control.

This are all preliminary designs, so there's be a fair amount of color swapping to make it affordable. (Oh, they're all 3x3 baseplate / 96x96 stud mosaics). I do realize that Umarak's glorious face is kinda wiped blank in all these variations... the comic version I use just didn't have enough detail there for the mosaic program to use, so I'll probably custom design that bit if we move forward. (I have ideas.)

I did try throwing Onua's uniter mode from the comic through the mosaic generator. It turned out... basically a blob of purple. Some of the other Toa might turn out better, but unless there are higher resolution versions of the comics, I'm less optimistic about those working out.

Thoughts, lack thereof? BOW BEFORE ME, SHEEPLE!! Oh, not quite there yet? Well it was worth a try.

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Bionicle 2016 Mosaic: Ideas?

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Jan 04 2016 · 318 views
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So, like, for real this time.

Hey folks, I think it's time we start planning for a BZPower Bionicle 2016 Mosaic that can grace the various conventions. To start out with, let's finalize an idea.

I'm thinking that the best idea is to utilize images from the comics that come with the 2016 sets. The best images to use, IMO, would be the Uniter images of the Toa and Creature combinations. Each comic has a straight-on image of the Uniter character, which would be easy to mosaic-fy. Still, we would need to select which one. Gali, Lewa, and Tahu would be some of the more colorful choices, but we could do any of the six, depending on what colors people would want to contribute more of. (FYI, gold would probably be portrayed by yellow.) However, there's also potential to do Umarak the Hunter. He seems to be the best model out of the bunch, and it would be a first for us to show off a villain rather than a Toa. Thoughts?

Size-wise, I would aim for a 3x3 mosaic, so we would need 9 contributors of 32x32 baseplates. I could maybe build half of it, depending on what design we go with, but the more the merrier. If there's enough interest we could attempt a 3x4, which we pulled off last year, even if there were some stability issues at a few conventions.

Speaking of conventions, I would ideally like to have this ready by BricksCascade. But I keep forgetting that cascade is at the end of February instead of mid-March, so that may be pushing it. Otherwise, we could aim for BrickUniverse Raleigh in April. Ideally, I'd like to see this mosaic make the rounds with the BZP MOCs, making it to the BrickFairs and such, but members would have to be willing to contribute for shipping. (I paid entirely last year and it ended up being expensive.)

But of course, I also have incentive to join this year:

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I got a bunch of engraved bricks done this year and handed em out to everybody who participated on the Gali Masters Mosaic. But I have plenty of leftovers to anybody willing to ship in a mosaic baseplate again this year.

So let me know if you'd be interested in participating and what design you would like to use.

To get an idea of what we've done in the past, here is Bionicle Collaborative Mosaics: A History.

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End of Year Entry: 2016

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Jan 01 2016 · 149 views
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This is the part where I normally type some self depressing rant about how the year sucked and why I hate myself. (You'd think there'd be some positivity for the coming year, but there usually isn't.)

But 2015 wasn't a terrible year. It was not a great year, but now I'm angry at outside forces instead of myself, so yay progress. Plus, y'know, we have the Toa reappear as sets; always a plus.

So here's to 2016; I hope the world doesn't come crashing to a horrible and devastating end where we all die painfully. Cheers.

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How the Force Awoke

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Dec 20 2015 · 216 views
Not Spoilers
In the time before time, the Force united all peoples in the universe, and all was well. But the Force's brothers, the Sith, grew jealous of the people's devotion to it, so they cast a spell that made the Force sleep. And then the Sith were free to spread their darkness.

The people of the universe suffered greatly at the hands of the Sith, until one day when six a hero known as a Jedi appeared. He challenged the Sith's darkness, and began a quest to reawaken the Force.

After many years (three of which were prequels) the Jedi accomplished this task, and the Force awoke. But alas, this was all part of the Sith's master plan, and before the Force's spirit could return to it's body (which was the entire universe) the leader of the Sith slipped in and took control of it. The Force was then expelled from the universe, landing on a distant desert planet of Jakku. Now mostly powerless, the Force must help the war torn locals and learn how to become a true Hero.

That is the tale of the Star Wars.

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Star Wars was great

Posted by xccj , Dec 17 2015 · 173 views

Man, that was quite a movie. Some great space sequences, good light sabor duels. Dialog was okay, but I wasn't expecting much more.

Lots of good shocking moments. I mean, I totally saw Darth Binks coming, but Reys dad being C3P0 was quite the surprise. It was also quite a shock when Chewbacca betrayed the Rebels to the stormtroopers. Didn't see that coming.

Oh, sorry if I spoiled anything, but yeah seems like a good movie, or at least one fans will complain about but watch a dozen times anyway. Still haven't decided when my second showing will be. Anyway, good night, and may the force not sleep in with you.

*also I should probably say I haven't seen the movie yet... Writing this from my theater seat, 1 hour to go. Suffice to say, spoilers above are fakes. As far as I can tell.*

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No Stars in Star Wars

Posted by xccj , in TV Dec 17 2015 · 196 views
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Have I complained about this before? I feel like it's something I've complained about here before, but I don't see it in a search.

Anyway, a crucial problem I have with Star Wars is the lack of scenes with, y'know, stars. (Not like movie stars, but the big balls of burning gas and such that give off light. For local reference, see sun... just don't look directly at it.)

I mean, a big part of this takes place in space. You see planets and big ships. You see big ships casting shadows on other ships, so you know there's a big light source nearby. And you do see the sun(s) on the planets... heck, TWIN suns.

But in no shots in the original trilogy do you actually see a full on star from space. I mean, you see the little white dots in the background... technically stars, yes. But they're moving around so many planets and such that you know they get close to real stars, and yet they're never visible from the camera angles.

I rewatched the original trilogy this weekend and confirmed this to be true... except for two cases. In "A New Hope" when the Millennium Falcon flies to the rescue in the last scene, it flies with the sun at its back... which is probably a legit tactic in space (it's hard to detect something small when you have the sunlight behind it overpowering the sensors... like your vision. I mean, it's possible... it's actually one way astronomers detect planets around distant stars... but I said it's hard for SMALL objects.) The second time happens in Empire where the Millennium Falcon again flies out of the sunlight as they escape Bespin.

So it seems that the only time you see a star in Star Wars is when the Falcon is flying out of it. Keep that in mind when you watch the new movie tomorrow. (Because of course you're all watching it tomorrow night, right?)

Also, don't ask me about the prequels, I didn't rewatch those looking for star scenes. Not that I greatly dislike the movies, but I don't feel like going out of my way to rewatch them, sorry.

No, I think this is a totally productive use of my time.

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Baaack

Posted by xccj , in News Nov 30 2015 · 204 views

Yay, Internet at new place after going without for a month. I AM CONNECTED!

I mean, I was always lurking either on my work computer or my phone...

But yeah, I have all sorts of things to update. Finished NaNo this year despite a late start. Went to BrickUniverse Dallas and took pictures. Got super stressed at work and it's only getting worse... yeah.

But what about all the projects that were left in limbo that you were supposed to be working on?

Forget about that now, I have a bunch of shows to binge watch that I missed last month!

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Brick Universe Dallas

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions Nov 19 2015 · 172 views

So last weekend I attended Brick Universe in Dallas, Texas. This is actually the first non-local convention I've been to since BrickFair 2011, so it was fun to see how many MOCs I could cram into a suitcase. I got a fair amount there; I think my stuff took up about 3 tables. (Stuff was grouped together by builders rather than themes, but most of my stuff was Bionicle anyway so no big deal.) I do think I was the one who traveled the furthest to get there; Oregon is just a bit further away than Virginia or Florida.

I got to hang out with a lot of great folks, like Toaraga, danny316p, Emzee (Furiosa's Sidekick), InnerRayg, Zox Tomana, and some more who's names I'm forgetting. And then of course there was Matt from Beyond the Brick and this fellow Andrew from Bee-Zed-Power, who were always busy giving talks to the public or leading discussions and stuff. :P (And on the side, I got to hang out with one of my other friends who lives in the Dallas area after the convention.) Lots of great time spent.

The MOCs were quite amazing for a first year show, and the local people sure know how to build. And they also got a lot of public attendees. (It wasn't quite as crowded as BrickCon, but maybe that's because it wasn't packed as tightly either.) One of the more interesting bits was that there were a bunch of tables of loose brick for the public to build stuff, including white bricks for Architecture, loose red and blue bricks, Friends bricks, Star Wars bricks, and even a bunch of Bionicle elements. And the public built some fairly cool things, especially in Architecture. I was impressed anyway.

It was a fun event overall, and I thought it went over well for a first run in the Dallas area. I mean, their website was a little wonky, and they perhaps had a few more sessions than there was an audience for. (Except Danny went to all of them.) Still went out to eat at a few new places (to me) which seemed to include a lot of tacos. Oh, and on Sunday I threw my green spaceship, I'll be interested to see when those videos start popping online. ;) Overall, a fun weekend.

(I guess I could also mention that I started a NaNoWriMo story on the plane rides, both ways. Already two thirds through the month but only one fifth of the way there... I'll have some catching up to do, I guess.)

Pictures (and maybe a link to someone else's video) to come!

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Is that the light at the far end of the tunnel, or just the train.
~ Owl City

Lisztomania, think less but see it grow. Like a riot, like a riot, Oh.
~ Phoenix

I took a sip of something poison but I'll hold on tight.
~ Foster the People

Birds sing for you, you can make this blue sky blush
~ Oh Land

On the other side of the street I knew, stood a girl that looked like you.
I guess that's Déjà vu, but I thought this can't be true
~ Train

But even the sun sets in paradise
~ Maroon 5

Crazy how that shipwreck meant my ship was coming in
~ Train (Again?)

So make now your ally, and leap before you look
~ Nothing's Carved In Stone

I'm just too much a coward to admit when I'm in need.
~ Passion Pit

Just believe in far away, ikiru tame ni sore wa
~ Song Rider

Everything that drowns me makes me want to fly.
~ One Republic

I live my life in shackles, but I'm borderline-free.
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