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Lego Slingshot

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts May 22 2015 · 110 views

I finally managed to track down some Collectible Minifigures: Simpsons Series Two, and got the only one that I really wanted: Bartman. Even then I don't care much for the fig itself, since I have a generally negative view of the Simpson figs. However, he does come with a slingshot accessory, which is the first time Lego had produced one. (Although they've been printed on torsos before, my self fig torso has one printed on it.) (I'm also annoyed that, while the Lego Hobbit game gave Ori the Dwarf a unique slingshot ability, he did not get one in the set.)

The reason I am so interested in this slingshot element is that it's for a story I've written. I've minifigure-ized most of the characters, and I tried to give them Lego weapons based off the story. That works when the weapons are standard, like a sword or bow, but one of the characters uses a slingshot, and until now I haven't had an accurate assessor to give him. (I've used one of the fork-like Bionicle minifig weapons from back in the day instead.) So now his character is now properly armed. Yay.

Granted, two characters are still unrepresented. I need Lego to make minifig-sized accessories of a boomerang (preferably black, but dark brown seems like a natural choice) and a yoyo. Why does one of my characters use a yoyo as a weapon? IT SEEMS LIKE A COOL IDEA AT THE TIME, KAY! And it still is; it's like a metal ball you throw at people and then draw back cause it's attached to a string you're holding, what's not to like? (Oh, in the story the yoyo can also emit a blinding light to use against your enemies, but that doesn't need to be represented in Lego necessarily.)

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Wait... Do Kanoka glow in the dark in the story?

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Apr 05 2015 · 245 views

The Kanoka discs in set form glow in the dark, but was that ever canon-ized?

I found I sudddenly need to know this but have never considered the idea before. I guess.

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Derpy Smaug

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Mar 17 2015 · 179 views

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He doesn't know he's the most powerful firedrake in the north.

Also, that Smaug set is totally worth the $70 I spent on it. Great figs, a good amount of pieces for that price (some good ones at it) and the dragon itself is quite amazing, especially the wings. Gosh, could you imagine if we have to pay $130 for it, that would be a total rip.

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Elves Joke

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, Lego Conventions Mar 09 2015 · 213 views

You know the new Lego Elves theme is aimed towards girls because when the main character gets lost... she asks for directions! Ba dump dump chshshshshshshsh!

(Wonder how many people will be offended by this. I mean I don't think it's offensive but it's about a gender stereotype and people seem to get easily offended by stuff like that.)

In other news, I have 5 of the 12 baseplates completed for the mosaic, plus one extra in case somebody else doesn't get theirs in on time. (I hope it would be just one somebody, my brick supply has dwindled and I don't think I can crank out any more.) Like 5 more are in the mail (presumably) and should be arriving soon, and the other two will be brought in, so I'm fairly certain they'll all make it.

Yeah, Bricks Cascade this weekend! Otherwise known as the rare weekend where I won't be online the entire time!

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Jimmy Eat World and Story Updates

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, Stories Mar 03 2015 · 111 views

I dunno how common place they are, but I've been listening to the band Jimmy Eat World lately. Also, their band name. :P

I mean, I originally had their album back in 2001, which was I guess their breakout album? (And I had it on CD! For those too young to remember, that's how we used to store our music... which was a step up from cassettes, which were a step from records, ext... okay really CDs aren't that old of a technology.) But while I was a fan of their music then, I wasn't really following much current music in the early 2000s (I was more obsessive with 80s music at that point) so I never really listened to any of their other albums.

So now I just bought two of their later albums, and man their songs are still pretty good! I feel like quoting a bunch of them on social media, but then realize it's pretty lame to be quoting decade-old songs just cause I'm now hearing them for the first time. On the other hand, my posts in general probably fall under the "lame" category so I might do it anyway. *ahem* "Can't keep safe what wants to break. I'm alone in this, I'm as I've always been: right behind what's happening. She's lost in this, she's like she'll always be; a little far for me to reach."

Um, anyway, in story news, I'm thinking about maybe reposting some of my old stories. By that, I mean I'm actively going to finish reposting Kulagi's Kanoka, which I had posted about half the chapter for in 2013. I think I may have finished reposting it, but there was a data loss, and I lost the second half of it again. :shrugs: Nobody ever did review it the second time, but I remember I had some great readers when I initially posted it, so can't ask for more than that. Just want it here to prove that, yes, I did used to write fan fiction here on BZP, even if most of it has been wiped out in data losses.

This also makes me consider reposting another one of my stories, Mystery on Keli-Nui. It was for a mystery epics contest back in the day. (The theme was mystery, not that the contest itself was mysterious.) I was really pleased with how it turned out, even if it had a few weak spots. But while it got past the initial group of judges and made it into the finals, absolutely nobody voted for it (probably cause it was the second longest story in the entire contest, but it did lose to bonesiii's story, which was like 3 times longer. Yes, I am jealous.) and only one person ever commented it on it in a brief post, so I kinda felt dejected. (Especially when the good jokes in it got overlooked.) Not really expecting anything different this time round, but would anybody be interested? (It was only 14 chapters, and if those were spaced out over a couple of weeks it wouldn't be so bad right ;) )

Might work on my BZ-Koro story soon. I know where I want to go with the next chapter (based on what the members voted for) but just need to get it in writing. And it's bad timing, because I have Bricks Cascade to prepare for.)

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More Thoughts on BBC Contest 69

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, MOCs Feb 14 2015 · 154 views

Oh man, this has got to be my favorite contest in a while. It's so awesome to see all the entries of classic characters reimagined. I mean, there were some neat builds in the BFTGM, but this is just an awesome revamp nostalgia trip with some swell designs of characters big and small! I mean, I always appreciated a good revamp, and this contest is littered with em. I have a feeling the polls are going to be REALLY tough!

I also don't know how well my entry will do in comparison. I haven't see my chosen character pop up yet, but he undoubtedly will. Still waiting on my Bricklink order... I think it arrived in the mail today, but I won't be able to retrieve the package until Tuesday. :( (Stupid tiny mailboxes and having them hand it to my apartment manager who has really bad hours.)

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Working on my BBC Contest Entry

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, MOCs Feb 10 2015 · 114 views

Sorry, no picts, but I can at least talk about it and the contest in general.

I was already planning a project that would require me to rebuild a Toa Metru (I won't tell which one yet). I was thinking about designing it akin to my Toa Mata revamps, in that I would build a custom torso and then use my basic and unarmored limb design. But this contest gave me an excuse to try it out a little more CCBS style. Unfortunately, the finished model ended up being too big for my original project, so I need to make another scale character for that one. But I'm overall pleased with the design, although as always there are parts I wish I could fix, but color and CCBS restrictions don't really allow for it. And strangely enough, only one Toa Masters was sacrificed for parts; the other five are still on display. (Sorry Pohatu!)

Anyway, I'm awaiting on a Bricklink order to get a part in the right color. When that comes in, I'll enter my MOC. If it doesn't come in before the deadline... well then that part just becomes black and I'll call it good. (I'm not too worried, since most BrickLink orders arrive within a week. But I have one that I ordered back at the beginning of the year and the seller STILL hasn't shipped it out yet, and they haven't been very polite about it either. They're not going to get a negative review from me, but the odds of them getting a positive review are dropping sharply. So, y'know, a neutral review.)

Anyway, reading through the BBC Contest topic has been interesting. There've been other BBC Contests since Bionicle ended, but I think this might be one of the bigger BZP-only MOC ones in a long time. And as such, there has been a lot of nit-picking about the rules. I mean, there used to be a fair amount of that in every BBC Contest, but I'm seeing that a lot of them are asking for clarification on rules that are now kind of irrelevant, but were put into place years earlier when it was an issue. It's interesting to see how things have changed in the decade or so that I've been following BBC Contests. (Or haven't changed... I now integrate a lot more System pieces into my builds, and that often puts me in conflict with the 75-25 ratio. But hey, it's their contests.)

But the biggest change seems to be the new form system for entering your models in. On one hand, that's an excellent idea. Instead of cluttering the topic with entry posts, they're all entered in differently, and I assume it's also easier to track and grab links from the new system. But what I find interesting is how little discussion there is of it in the topic. Every once in a while there's a vague "Make sure you read everything" statement, which you know is referring to all the members entering the old way. Why not just downright say "Enter via the form, that's the new way we're doing things, entries via post will be ignored." It just seems odd to me, like the new form is a secret only to those who read the full text entirely; like one of those trick assignments in elementary school that tricks you to doing stupid stuff unless you read to the bottom where it then tells you not to do any of it. I get that it's a way to get people to READ all the rules first, which I'm sure a lot of people don't do, but it just seems in contrast to the usual IN YOUR FACE reminders of the rules I've come to expect. :P (And to be fair, I missed this on my first few readings of the topic, maybe just because of change-blindness cause the old way of entering just seems second nature to me. :shrugs: ) (Also, if you're concerns that I'm "giving away the secret" in my blog, tis okay, nobody really reads this anyway!)

Anyway, yeah, it's been an interesting contest so far, and I can't wait to see more of the various entries!

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Potential Natural Disasters

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Jan 12 2015 · 173 views

In the latest xkcd comic, he said he would want to live on the example map in geography books where all the geographical features are labeled. However, I believe there are a lot of risks he's overlooking, and I shall list them here.

Flooding: He is located in the drainage area of a fairly large mountain range, and the primary drainage seems to be just north of his location, so he would likely be prone to seasonal flooding, particularly since he's on a fairly flat section.

Cold Climate: Considering how far that glacier is reaching in this day-and-age with global warming and all, his location must expect pretty cold temperatures.

Volcanic Eruption: He's located fairly close to a volcano, and seemingly an active one too. (It has a red caldera, that probably signifies something.) Since it's a Stratovolcano, with steep sides, it is likely prone to explosive Plinian eruptions, which can be widely devastating over a long range. He might be far enough away to avoid pyroclastic flows, but eruption-triggered lahars (huge floods with ash and mud and everything else they pick up along the way) could reach him. Furthermore, if a collapse were to fall into the lake, it could trigger a tsunami wave. (Mt. St. Helens did this in Spirit Lake.) Not to mention he's well within range of an ash cloud, though that could depend on the wind.

Earthquakes: Granted, earthquakes can happen anywhere, but his location would likely have strong ones. The volcano so close to the coast is probably caused by a seduction zone in the tectonic plates, similar to Japan or the Pacific Northwest. These areas are prone to strong earthquakes, like the big ones that hit Japan, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Chile. (California's earthquakes are caused by a slip-zone tectonic plate boundary, which is different.) Besides the shaking, such earthquakes triggered off coast could cause tsunamis. Which brings us to...

Tsunami: His location is right next to the lagoon, which means that he would be right in the path of a tsunami. Also, since the water area is constricted by the bay, this might cause a tsunami wave to grow in size. So technically he could get wiped out from a landslide-triggered tsunami from the lake in the west OR an earthquake-trigger tsunami from the sea in the east.

Hurricanes: This depends more on the exact latitude / longitude of his location, as well as the directions of the Gulf Stream-equivalent air and ocean currents. But if a hurricane blew from the southeast, as in the Eastern US, then he would still be in trouble. Unless the hills on the peninsula are significantly large to block the winds, the storm would push through it, and the storm surge in the water would push through the bay and into the lagoon, adding more potential flooding. But there are plenty of other factors here that could make-or-break the hurricane threat. Additionally, I don’t think he’s at a great threat for tornados, which seem to rely on as collision between warm and cold air systems. Potentially, cold air could flow from the mountains while warm tropical air could blow up from the forest, creating a thunderstorm mix that could spawn tornadoes, but there’s nothing absolutely indicating that.

Meteor Impact: Okay, I guess anywhere that's above ground is prone to meteor impacts. I forget if longitude has anything to do with where they'd strike, but I don't think it does.

Dinosaur Invasion: C'mon, there's a giant mesa in the forest. Odds are, there are bound to be dinosaurs there who survived the extinction.

Granted, any location has it’s own set of risks for natural disasters, but he’s just asking for it with this location. So he just needs to be aware of the warning signs, prepare for emergencies, and have good home-owners insurance.

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Bird of a Feather... er, Brick

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Jan 02 2015 · 137 views

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Lego Store visit paid off. (Just in case this goes the way of other Cuusoo / Ideas sets and disappears quickly.)

Also FYI although there are like 3 polybag deals you can get with Lego right now, my store would only give my one bag even tho I qualified for all of em. But I went online and was able to get all three deals. So that's a better option really... except I didn't want to risk not getting the Birds and I wanted Gali in hand... so yeah. (BTW, I got Gali, and Onua has been ordered. I'll find some time to pick up Tahu and Kopaka eventually.)

I also went for a hike on a nature trail today, and slipped on ice and skinned my knee. CURSE YOU KOPAKA, I KNOW THIS IS YOUR FAULT BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO GET YOUR SET FIRST.

Now I have to go back to work tomorrow. :( I liked sleeping in.

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What I Haven't Done in 2014

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Dec 31 2014 · 154 views

I'm seeing some people writing about accomplishments and such they've made this past year. I considered it, but since I'm an eternal pessimist, I'm going to look at what I didn't accomplish this year, albeit with a slightly positive outlook.
  • I didn't die.
  • I didn't lose my job.
  • I didn't get booted off BZP.
  • I didn't go broke or get kicked out of my apartment. (Those two kinda go hand in hand)
  • I didn't start the apocalypse.
  • I didn't get robbed.
  • I didn't get swept out into the ocean via a tsunami.
  • I didn't get in a car accident.
  • I didn't have to deal with the Big Earthquake.
  • I didn't have to flee from the Yellowstone Super Volcano.
  • I didn't get obliterated by a meteorite.
  • I didn't lose any of the files on my computer.
  • I didn't run out of room to store more LEGO.
  • I also didn't work on any of my stories, save the BZP one, and this one does make me sad.
*Clearly each of these could be appended with a "yet."

Anyway, I'm hoping to not do all that same stuff in 2015. Wish me luck!

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