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Cosplay Question!

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Aug 24 2014 · 139 views

I'm contemplating doing a President Business outfit for BrickCon, but I don't quite know what to do for headgear. The evil helmet is a little too over the top, but the brick-shaped hair? Not going to happen with my short hair, sorry. But I have an idea to make it into a kind of hat. But where would I find a hat that I could easily glue stuff to? Also preferably one that won't turn into an oven cause that convention center doesn't stay cool when packed full of people. I've tried looking at a few different places but all I can find are the usual sports hats. Anybody have any suggestions? Thanks!



Korra Season Three Finale

Posted by xccj , in TV Aug 22 2014 · 140 views

Spoiler: It was good. I was kinda annoyed cause I saw other blog entries pop up while I was at work and I couldn't watch this until the afternoon... but I guess that's what you get for being a responsible adult, can't watch cartoons whenever.




Spikels Mixels Review

Posted by xccj , in Review Aug 18 2014 · 156 views

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Probably not the first review of the new Spikels, but gosh it's gotta be one of the first. (Not that it really matters, I know most people barely read the reviews anyway.) Still, I am happier with these three than a lot of the others! Lots of character here!



Tired All The Time

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Aug 17 2014 · 103 views
complaining, again
I can't say my life is bad, since I've managed to secure a bunch of the essentials: a college education, a regular job that actually pays for something that I'm fairly good at doing (but don't ask me to explain it), an apartment that is mildly tolerable even without air conditioning, and enough money that I can buy Lego without an overbearing sense of budgetary guilt.

But as of late, it's seemed very... basic. Work has been interesting, but I'm usually quite burned out by the end of the day, and usually resort to napping or watching shows. I've done a little bit of building, but not as much as I would like. And despite all the great plotlines in my head, I haven't touched any of my stories since last November. Oh, and no social life to speak of. At all. Mostly, it just comes down to me not having the energy to do it after a full day of work.

I've always been under the assupmtion that I've lazy. A procrastinator. Unmotivated. An ungrateful leech. (Or so I've been told.) How else could my lakc of drive towards school and socialization and such be explained?

Unless it turns out I have sleep apnea. In which case when I try to get a full night's sleep I don't... and instead I'm tired all day. And don't have energy for non essential things. Like friends. Or stories. Or game ideas that I've had for years. Or for exersise at that gym where I'm totally paying each month for membership but hardly going to. Arg.

I kinda-sorta have plans to go get tested for it, but just getting that takes up so much energy! <_< But if that's not the problem then something else must be reeeeeally messed up with my outlook of life. And my only other solution is to just keep buying new Lego sets to ease the pain away...

Tl/DR I'm complaining about life. Want to take a nap now.



Recommend Me a Book

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Aug 10 2014 · 178 views
Imgonnaregretthis, probably
So I have a cross continental fight at the end of the month, for like 9 plus hours both ways. It’ll be a red eye on the way out, so hopefully I can try to get some sleep, but it’s going to be middle of the day on the way back. Just my experience two years ago with airplane rides was that my electronic devices won’t hold a charge long enough to provide ample entertainment over the full course of the trip. As such, I need an old fashion, non electronic form of media. Y’know, like a book. But I haven’t read any new books in years now. (I read plenty of online stuff, so not illiterate, but just haven’t had the chance to really settle down with a book.) I don’t particularly want to reread something, so I’d thought I’d ask for suggestions.
All the while knowing there’ll probably be a deluge of recommendations from the BZPower bookworms.

So here are some of my preferences:

Genres I would prefer would be science fiction. Not particularly fantasy, it’s not the same as sci-fi even if it’s in the same section at bookstores. I guess I would also be down for adventure or mystery, but not something that’s too gritty. I want something fun. And preferably something that’s not part of a trilogy or a tetralogy or whatever; is it too much to ask for a story with a full beginning and ending in a single book?

I dunno, I have particular tastes, and sometimes books can just be hits or misses. So, go ahead and make suggestions, but ones that clearly violate one of the above points will be crossed out and publicly shamed. :P

Oh, and um thanks! (Unless I scared everybody away at this point.)




Posted by xccj , in TV Aug 03 2014 · 128 views

Man, it was more of an adventure getting to this movie than I'd like to admit but will love to brag about. Between timing, troubleshooting at work, Max trains not running, and a distance of about 0.5 miles from the station to the theater, I only just got in as they finish the credits at the beginning. But man, was it worth it. Great movie, and I have just one thing to say about it! (But beware, may contain spoilers.)



That is all.

(Gosh now I need to buy The Milano Spaceship Rescue set)



Ordering a Rare Color

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Aug 02 2014 · 118 views

Isn't it great to spend a hefty amount (in two different orders) on Bricklink to get some useful pieces in a rare color... only to finally receive the packages and realize that it's actually a different color.

See, I saw that they had 2x2 dishes, ribbed tubing, and some clickits elements in trans medium blue, the kind that glows under a black light. The tubing and dishes turned out to be in light blue. (Well, the dishes, anyway. The tubing appears to be some unique color between trans medium and light blue, but in the end it doesn't glow under a black light.) The clickits pieces do glow, fortunately. However, that's still $15 that I thought was going to be spent on a rare color only to realize that it was not the color I thought it would be. (Again, the tubing wasn't a complete rip... it seems that bricklink in general has misclassified that color. The dishes... I have sent my complaint to that store owner.)

And this isn't the first time this has happened to me with this color. :annoyed: Next time, I'm asking the stores to look at their parts under a black light BEFORE shipping them to me to confirm.



Buy from Lego Online Now!

Posted by xccj , in News Aug 01 2014 · 113 views

Except in the span of me starting to write that front page article and posting it, shop.lego.com decided to just crash.

It happened in the middle of verifying my order too! So I don't know if I'm getting the Exo-Suit or not.

It seems that the hype for the new sets (likely the rumored-quite-a-bit-to-be-a-limited-release Exo-Suit) may have crashed the site? They posted an unusual error report on the shopping cart page, saying that we can't use express shipping or VIP points and that they'll add all the perks (free shipping, free polybag) later if they qualify. Also that it could take 24 hours to process your order, oh, and by the way, availability might not be up to date, so that limited production set that we totally say is available is actually sold out... sorry sukkah!

I see this for potential to reeeeeeally screw up orders. "Oh, sorry, we forgot the free polybag?" "What's that, we charged you for shipping when you qualified to get it for no cost?" "Instead of LEGO sets, your package contained a bobcat? Odd." I've had good experience with Lego customer service a few times in the past, so I'm sure they could eventually help work it out... but yeah I still could see this going badly.

Or worst of all, my order might not have gone through at all, and by the time I realize that the Exo-Suit will have sold out. :( I don't want to risk dropping more cash to redo the purchase on the off chance that it did fail... especially when they mentioned that there will be a delayed response. But if it goes over 24 hours, I might redo my purchase.

(My purchase, to note, was a Exo-Suit, 2x Research Institutions [an extra for a potential gift maybe?], Breeze Flea Machine, discounted Dragon Bolt, and Aquaman parts pack that also contains Batman.)

But, all in all, not the smoothest release of new sets from Lego, not by a long shot.



Posted My Lenticular Mt St Helens Mosaic

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Jul 28 2014 · 49 views

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Lookie here, a topic in SBC!

So I guess the phrase "lenticular" is the one to use, since "cheese slope mosaic," besides being a mouthful, can also refer to some other styles of mosaic-ing.

I do need to take some better pictures, but my issue is A: bad lighting in my apartment and B: no backdrop large enough to fit the full mosaic. I also need to get a stand for it, and maybe somehow reinforce the back because it's rather flimsy, especially compared to classic brick mosaics, which hold up remarkably well. This will probably show up at a few conventions, cause I'm not planning to take it apart any time soon.

Also, anybody know a decent was to advertise this? :P I put it in a mosaic flickr group that, apparently, turns out to be dead. So fail there on my part. (Maybe the whole "take better pictures" thing also needs to come into play here.)



Cheese Mosaic Update

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Jul 20 2014 · 92 views

Okay, so posting this week means even less likely for somebody to read it with all the traffic... but like that's not a huge change from 1 to 0 on the grand scale of things, so I'll ramble along anyway.

I got my mosaic completed... mostly. I was fretting over if I would have enough elements in white, light gray, black, blue, dark tan... and then the color I ended up coming up short on was dark gray. >.< I'm only a few short, so I'm thinking of replacing te empty bits with dark brown, which legitimizes my purchase of the brown Mixels just for those slopes! I also ordered some dark tan slopes (apparently a lot came with the Sydney Opera House, so someone was selling them for not-super-expensive) and it makes a good color replacement for gold. I did use some medium lavender... because I sent in a set for a draft specifically for that element. It's not the best shade (a little too bright compared to the rest of the model) but it works. Also, my purchases of the Grevious Bike and GotG $20 set were worth if for the sand blue and dark blue cheese slopes, respectively.

I only have the one half with me, so I haven't seen what the whole thing looks like together. Hopefully it'll be of a decent enough size that it'll stand out at conventions. (I dunno if I'm ever going to take this one apart, even if it does take up a majority of my cheese slopes. So it might make it to multiple conventions.) I'm excited to take pictures of it tho. It did end up being a rather expensive project; based on just the individual parts I ordered (including the baseplates) I would say it cost about $300. And that's not taking into account various sets that I picked up primarily for the cheese slope elements. I know my submarine project from a few years ago clocked in around $150, and that produced two and a half SHIP length subs. This just proves that, once again, cheese slopes are extremely expensive for their size.

Anyway, picts to come soon.


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Birds sing for you, you can make this blue sky blush
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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
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But even the sun sets in paradise
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So make now your ally, and leap before you look
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