I'm going to BrickCon after all - turns out there will be people from Edmonton there that I know so I won't be wanting for company. In keeping with tradition, I'm accepting suggestions for this year's brick badge. Past badges have included "Fashionable AFOL," "This character limit suc," and "The character limit still su." -L
Since 2008, I've been a regular attendee at LEGO conventions - primarily Seattle's BrickCon, but I've made appearances in Portland and Virginia as well. I've attended nine conventions, and have plans to attend at least another three in the next year-and-a-bit. These conventions are horrendously expensive to go to, especially for a university student still largely dependent on his parents for financial support. Flights are of course the largest contributor to this - my flights to BrickFair were
Yesterday Andrew posted this article by Jonathan Last to the front page. While I agree it's nice to see a mention of the LEGO hobby in more widely-read media, as something of a journalist myself I have a few bones to pick with this bit of writing. The article on Acculturated is titled "The Cult of LEGO - It's creepy. And awesome." The title on the New York Post is "Why Legos [sic] are the best toy ever (for adults too)." Both titles are a little cringe-worthy if you've ever read or written for
First of all, this bit of genius courtesy of Avohkah Tamer featuring Sumiki and Lady Kopaka has be shared again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omT4z6xDL0Q Next, shoutouts to Trisha, Pat, Maddison, Andrew, Ben, Susannah, Vance, Christie, Corvin, Jess, Jamieson, David, Nate, Thomas, Pablo, Scott, Andrew, Yanni, Danny and more people that I'm trying desperately not to leave out but probably failing. You are all so wonderful. One of the greatest things to happen during BrickFair: Sumiki call
Seeing as I have another four hours to wait here in Dallas, I might as well do a quick review of the past few days. I flew to Baltimore at around midnight on Tuesday night. After a layover in Toronto, I arrived at BWI at 10:00am, whereupon Xaeraz and his dad picked me up on their way to BrickFair. A good amount of laughter and like-minded political discussion took place, in particular whilst driving by NRA headquarters. Our timing turned out to be impeccable, as we arrived at BrickFair almos
Actually leaving for BrickFair in a few minutes. Like, for real. This is really cool, because I've wanted to go to this con since its first year in 2008, and it's finally happening. See a bunch of you soon! But first, like twelve hours of travelling. Oh boy. -Letagi
Slightly freaking out right now because I leave for BrickFair in two days and I can't find my passport. I think it might be in a different province. Whoops. Cancel red alert. Passport has been located. -Letagi
That was slightly underwhelming, but cool nonetheless. The new Kepler discovery was exactly what I and most others expected it to be - the most habitable exoplanet found to date, but with no signs of life. The planet, Kepler-452b, is the only planet found so far in the Kepler-452 system, 1400 light years from Earth. It was discovered using the transit method, where the apparent brightness of a distant star decreases slightly (usually by about one part in 10,000) when an orbiting planet passe
NASA has scheduled a press conference for tomorrow morning at 9:00am PDT, and you should all watch it. The announcement has to do with a new Kepler discovery. Kepler is a space telescope that is responsible for finding over a thousand confirmed extrasolar planets, or planets orbiting other stars. The new findings will very likely be the most Earth-like planet found to date. The press conference can be watched live here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/9407922 Best-case scenario? Kepler has f
I might actually make it this year. It's never really been an option in the past, either because of the cost or because I was too young to travel that far on my own (or to register for a conference, for that matter) and would have needed a parent with me - which would have doubled the already high cost. I'm twenty, so obviously the second problem isn't a problem anymore, and I have some good job prospects so I'll be able to pay my parents back for at least part of the trip in the near future.
Last entry I mentioned I had picked up LEGO Marvel Superheroes from Steam. What a fantastic game. Not only that, but it's gotten me into the recent Marvel film and television literature; I'm particularly enjoying Agents of SHIELD. I've never been into superheroes; I always thought the concept was a bit silly. That perception is definitely changing. I mean, some of it still seems kind of silly, but a bit of silliness isn't a bad thing. In other news, I managed to slam my head into a concrete
I've never been much of a gamer, but I've always enjoyed the LEGO games. Recently I've also gotten into playing Smash. Anyways, I just picked up a bunch of LEGO games on Steam. Star Wars Complete Saga, Clone Wars, Marvel Super Heroes, LotR, Hobbit and Indiana Jones 2. Good thing I don't have much important stuff to do this summer. -Letagi
For some reason I've really been enjoying spy/espionage/secret agent movies lately. Aside from the Bond, Bourne and Mission Impossible films, what are some other good ones? (MI 2 excluded from list of "good ones" because it was terrible.) -Letagi
Some of you may know that I'm a musician. My instruments are flute and string bass, but I also do a fair bit of arranging and transcribing for fun. My current project - and one that I just started a few hours ago - is this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vLByq36ENg I'm sixteen measures in, or about 30 seconds, not counting the brief intro because I don't like it. Since I have no sheet music at all to go off of, I'm transcribing every note by ear into a music notation program called Finale.
So I go to all the trouble of moving my BZP images from Majhost to Brickshelf, and right after I finish telling Makaru that Brickshelf is usually pretty reliable, it decides to stop working. Brickshelf, I am disappointed. Now my blog is back to looking utterly ridiculous. In other news, go and join The Toa's Hideout. It's what all the cool kids are doing. There are cool things like custom member titles and blogs after 100 posts, and the membership is currently tiny. There's just one rule in