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Today is Just Too Hot

Posted by xccj , in News Jul 01 2015 · 54 views

I'll just preface this in saying that I have no heat tolerance.

So, I spent all of last summer in an apartment with no Air Conditioning and it was terrible. I decided to get ahead of the curve and got an (expensive) portable AC unit a few months ago. But its loud and is constantly filling up with water that needs to be changed every 40 minutes when its on, but as needy as it was, it did provide cool air for a bit.

But it's been in the upper 90s here this week, and then the bloody interior fan decided to break, causing it to make a really irksome high pitch whine while running. So, yeah, not working. I am not very pleased with this at all, and it is still way too hot out. Man, summers suck. At least I can take comfort is knowing that I have full AC at work... yay.

Also, I guess a lot of people liked my last review of Skull SLICAHR! But apparently I also upset a bunch of other people, to the point where a few are asking me to never review anything again. So, YAY, I upset Youtube Trolls!! But there are still some out there, so I will continue to post sub quality reviews until I hath angered every last one of em. Muhahaha.

Curse the heat.

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Reverse Engineering Contest IV: Thoughts On It

Posted by xccj , in News Jun 06 2015 · 1 views

So for the past 10 weeks I have been partaking in the Reverse Engineering Contest IV on Flickr. It's been my first real Flickr contest, and it's been interesting to interact with a different community of builders. Anyway, the idea was the host would post some small, convoluted Lego design and we would have to show how it was built. Lots of odd dimensions, from 1/2 plates to 1/4 plates to mind-numbing 1/8 plates. Not a lot of room for technic, mostly system. But it's been fun. There would be two challenges a week, although a couple of times five were squeezed in.

I initially started it just to see how well I could do, but I managed to get all the main challenges, but I lost in the second round of the tie breaker, so I'm officially out as far as prizes are concerned. But I've learned a few new techniques and such, and now to see if I can use any (of the legal ones) in some MOCs...

While I can't blame this contest for all my inactivity from the last couple of months, it is a big reason why I haven't MOCed much. :sly:

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Let the Hunt Begin!

Posted by xccj , in News Mar 31 2015 · 122 views
#BionicleMaskHunt
After reading about the contest this morning, I took some time on my lunch break to wander around downtown Portland and look for some interesting faces in thing. And I dusted off my old twitter account... which I haven't used for three years. (I mean, I could use FB but I'm a little unsure of how to get it tagged in, and I'm not on instagram, so Twitter it is!)

I posted a couple of shots, including an interesting angle from a boat, a ladder, some markings on a tree, an interesting bit of broken masonry, and the joints of the light rail trains. And I plan to keep looking for more as I can, and hopefully can get some other good ones up. (Since Twitter is stupid and apparently won't let me BBCode link to each pict individually, here's a general link.

I am curious as to just what they're looking for. I was trying to find something that naturally looked like a face. But can we arrange things, using different mediums of artwork to create a mask? (Rearrange stones / sticks on the ground or something? I'm assuming anything made out of actual Lego would be a no-no, which is kind of unusual for a Lego contest...)

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Fredies Comes Through Again

Posted by xccj , in News Feb 17 2015 · 95 views

After having no new sets all through January (except the Series 4 Mixels), Fred Meyers has come back strong with a bunch of new sets in store, including City, Chima, Bionicle (but only Kopaka, Onua, and LoSS), Ultra Agents, and (most excitedly) Elves and Ninjago. I'm planning to save a couple of purchases for the double VIP points from Lego stores in March, but I couldn't resist and purchased a two of the three new Ninjago sets right away. (They didn't have them all there.) Expect reviews shortly.

Also, my complaint to Kumata Nuva. I keep automatically saying "Tournament of Shadows" when I mean "Tournament of Elements" as seen in the Ninjago television series. Kumata, your Epic / RPG has got that name engrained into my head!

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Oh Hey, It's The 17th

Posted by xccj , in News Jan 18 2015 · 98 views

What is that now, Furno's spinning head?

Anyway, this is my... (2015-2003) ... twelfth BZP anniversary. You can try to get rid of me, but I just won't leave.

And since I might as well update something... in regards to my BZP story, no I have not forgotten about it, I've just been focusing on a bunch of other projects (some voluntarily, others not so much.) But it will continue!

Anybody care? No. Oh well. Also, Gali mosaic for Bricks Cascade! I'll do a quick update of it (eventually) and then piece claiming can begin! And with this rush, we'll see if it does get done in time!

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Hit Right on Target

Posted by xccj , in News Dec 21 2014 · 358 views

I'd been hearing some reports about Bionicle showing up in Target, so I decided to swing by my local one... and found some.

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For Bionicle, they only had the two protectors, so I grabbed both. Oddly enough, the cashier was really excited to see they had them in and was bummer when I said there were only a few left. (And then seemed reluctant to sell me the ones I picked up... I assume it was all part of an act.) In addition to Bionicle, they had some other 2015 stuff from other themes, including Disney Princesses, the battle packs (Lions and Bears) from Chima, the Double Decker Couch from the Lego Movie (pictured above), and a bunch of Friends sets, some of which I don't even remember seeing online.

Well, I could just brag about my find... or I could help you with your search!

Yesterday, The Brick Fan posted a bit on how you could track Target's inventory if you had their DCPI number. It wasn't 100% accurate, but it would show you the stock stores nearby had. Unfortunately, the article only gave the DCPI number for the Frozen Princess set, and I couldn't find one for Bionicle... until I went to the store.

The DCPI number for the Protectors is 204 00 1009. This number seemed to be shared between both protectors, so Target doesn't seem to currently be distinguishing between color for them... yet.

And just for grins, the DCPI number for the Lego Movie set is 204 00 1476. In general, if they have one of the new sets in stock, they probably have the rest, given the inventory described above. I know I selected my specific Target cause it had the Frozen castle (had, it was sold out by the time I showed up) but it seemed to be a good indicator.

Happy toy hunting. And if you can't find it... well, wait a few weeks and I'm sure they'll be everywhere. Besides, NYCC goers have already had these for months, so there's not much to brag about getting them early, now is there.

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Collectible Minifigures Series 13

Posted by xccj , in News Dec 15 2014 · 110 views

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Fred Meyers has let again released a series of collectible minifigures earlier than anybody else. They did it with Series 3, they did it with the Lego Movie batch, and they're doing it again with Series 13. Granted, I had to go through three stores to find one that had em in stock (and now I'm kicking myself for not just buying the whole crew). If I can make a future trip and secure the rest, I might do another full review, but for now, some quick notes!
  • Unicorn Girl: Eh, kinda bland, at least from the front. Although most images don't show it, the back of the neck and the tail have some nice lavender fur. But with the positioning of the horn, she's gotta be one of the tallest figs around. The tail is nice, ala Rocket Raccoon.
  • Hot Dog Guy: Wow, that hot dog suit is ridiculously easy to feel for. He's supposedly very rare, so being easy to feel for and probably popular will likely make him hard to find at all. (I did feel two, but I think I was going through a new box.)
  • Disc Gal: Wow, psychedelic printing on her arms and legs. Plus, puffy hair in dark brown!
  • Goblin: Not bad. Better than some of the LotR/Hobbit ones IMO.
  • Egyptian: Nice design, like the shield printing.
  • Samurai: Hey, it's like Nya grown up! It's an interesting choice to make a female samurai, but no complaining from me. Descent female robe printing on the torso too!
  • Carpenter: Like the new saw piece. His hat is the same as Emmet's (hard hat with hair) but each in new colors, so that's a plus.
  • Paleontologist: Really digging the fossil tile! The helmet comes with an oddly shaped ponytail that kind of forces it to be a little off center, and also means that mold won't work well for a male variant. Oh well. Still, she's miles ahead of the other paleontologist in the Research Institution, and she's totally going to replace her too!
  • Alien Squid: Very cool new head design. Also nice dark azure color scheme, he'll fit right in with some of the latest space themes. (I assume since he's in blue, he's a good guy.) (I'm also still waiting for non-printed dark azure legs.)
  • Lady Cyclops: Pretty much a female version of the old Cyclops, only in sand blue. She has lipstick on her head piece, but I think that piece is ugly anyway, and really like the expressions printed on the minifig head. I also like they they gave her a more roundish belly, to show that not all bloodthirsty female monsters have to maintain an unnatural thin waistline!

Some other notes from feeling around for other figs
  • I was 9 out of 10 in my first round of feeling. I did initially mistake the goblin's sword for that of the king's. I was able to figure it out before I opened the pack, but that was after I'd already bought it.
  • The fencer seemed to be super common in the box I went through, because I seemed to keep coming across it and the pointy foil sword. Then it turns out it's actually one of the rare ones! I guess it's probably the least appealing of this batch.
  • I noticed the artwork on the checklist has changed a bit. Instead of each character printed above a background, the rows are lined up with a shelf, almost like they're on display in the printout. Plus, the numbered checkboxes moved from the top of the figs to the bottom.
  • Also, the instructions all comes with a code that we can enter online to win. Guess I'm keeping all of them now instead of keeping a few and tossing the rest.
I'll have to see if I can get the last six soon and post a decent review. It might help, cause I already got most of the rares... but then again, while the store had three boxes out today, those might be gone soon, especially with all the holiday shoppers.

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Korra Game

Posted by xccj , in News Oct 30 2014 · 212 views

So the first thing I do when I get Internet? It's not work on the projects I said I would. It was download the new Legend of Korra game off Steam and play it. (I only recently downloaded Steam when it wouldn't let me download Lego Marvel without it. I got a couple of games at the beginning of the summer but I've been so swamps with stuff in the last few... months, that I've hardly done any actual "gaming".)

Anyway, the Korra game is fun. Decent animation and voice acting, which is cool since they got the original actors to do it, I believe. A basic story to go by, nothing fantastic (would expect better from the show) but still good for what it's for. I'm actually rather fond of the gameplay of going around and beating on things. There are some good combos to use with the bending, eventually, when you earn them. The Mecha Tank bosses can be really tough tho.

My biggest gripe has to be the controls. Since I'm doing this over PC, Steam only seems to allow me to use keyboard and mouse. Nevermind that I have a Logitech game controller collected that works on other games; none of the games I've gotten from Steam seem to recognize it. Worse yet, I don't seem to have the ability to change the keyboard controls for the Korra game, which is kind of a pain when all the buttons are in one general area. Would work so much better with a controller. :(

Not that I've beaten it yet; still stuck on the final level, second round of bosses, methinks. I kinda wish it was longer and spanned more areas (it covers Republic City, Air Temple Island, the South Pole, and the Spirit World, and I think it ends there.) I also wish some more characters were included, but while they're referenced, this seems to be a Korra-only game. (With the exception of Naga, and I guess Mako and Bolin appear in the Pro-Bending bit that I have yet to unlock...)

Um, yeah, that's what I've done with my time. Also tried to build a table when I realized that it required a specialized tool that I don't have to work, and disassembled my fan to try and fix it but now it won't go back together. So really the gaming is the more productive thing I've done.

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Moving Tomorrow

Posted by xccj , in News Oct 21 2014 · 125 views

Stressed.

Want to punch things.

Stupid adult responsibilities.

Also no internet.

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No Internet... Again

Posted by xccj , in News Oct 20 2014 · 118 views

I'm moving on Tuesday and today I finally got around to calling about the Internet. (I was putting it off cause I always get put on hold. Last time I did it I was on the phone for over an hour going over details. This time, it only took 20 minutes... but still!)

Anyway, I'm currently in a lousy place where I can only get 6 MBPS (which they never really advertised to me... but I've only really recorded 2 MBPS so that estimate was off anyway.) And where I'm moving to can boost me all the way up to 30 MBPS (or advertised as such.) Still, it'll be nice to get a faster connection. The sad thing is, it'll require an installation, which means I have to wait another week before it gets installed... yet again. Well, still, I guess better than last time where it took like two weeks for them... to hook up my neighbor's place accidentally and then switch over to mine.

And I'm sticking with this company despite all the issues cause they're the only ones offering Internet at the price I can afford. The other ones might (maybe sorta) offer better service, but it would come bundled with cable and cost and arm and a leg (and maybe an appendix) so that's not gonna happen. Still, kinda annoying, but not like I was posting much of anything. Will still be able to check in at work and on my phone.

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