Monday, March 31, 2008
To that end, I'd like to offer my own couple of pieces of advice, and then see if you guys have anything to add or suggest.
First, image hosting. If you don't have your own website (or prefer to use someone else's bandwidth...) the best LEGO solution is probably http://www.Brickshelf.com. They don't allow HTML uploads, but they do offer a very nice, structured, and FREE storage space for your images.
If you're looking for somewhere to write up your creation, though, you'll need to move to something more advanced.
MOCPages.com seems to be very nice, but I don't know much about setting up things there. Any gurus feel brave enough to post an email address were we could direct questions?
Beyond that, the solution would seem to be to start your own blog and post about creations there. This blog is run via Google's Blogger service at http://www.Blogger.com. It has a few hiccups, but works okay for me.
If that seems like too much, you might look at joining some other LEGO forums that allow and encourage people to post their creations. Lugnet, Classic-Space.com, and From Bricks to Bothans are a few examples - there are tons more. You'd probably need to combine forum membership with a brickshelf account to host your photos, though.
Well, that's my off-the-cuff advice. Anyone have something else to suggest?
Iron Man. Cooler than Batman because he's completely bullet proof. And he can fly.
Iron Man. The basis for this month's contest. (So if you honestly don't know who Iron Man is, here's the Wiki on him.)
Over the years, Iron Man's armor has undergone a number of changes. It's been rebuilt, streamlined, melted-down, rebuilt again, modularized, customized and optimized.
One of the coolest ideas about Iron Man, though, is that he has prototype armor designed for special missions. He has a Deep Sea armor. Stealth armor. Space Armor. An armor designed to fight the Hulk. Heck, there's probably even a prototype somewhere of his EZ-Bake Oven Armor.
Your challenge this month is help Iron Man tackle a tough job by designing and building a Special Mission Armor Set.
What special mission? That's up to you. Maybe he's on an Ice Planet. Or fighting Ninjas. Or
Pirates. Or Pirate-Ninjas. Maybe he's just having trouble cashing a check. Surprise us.
This contest runs from April 1st until May2nd - just in time for the US opening of the new Iron Man film!
Sound like fun? Well, we're just getting started!
This Tony Stark of LEGO builders will be rating all entries on the key quality of Special Mission Functionality.
Will has also donated weapons from his new mold, not available to the public until mid-April!
Want to learn more? Check out these links!
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I'm sorry to share that Bela is no longer with us. We lost him today to kidney failure.
This happened at the same time that our eldest cat, John, had also reached a quality-of-life point of no-return, due to age, thyroid, and kidney issues.
We said goodbye to both of them this morning.
As you can imagine, I'm not doing too well with things at the moment. I'm ahead enough on the comic that the next couple weeks will go up without interruption. Maybe by then I'll find things funny again.
But not right now.
I've disabled comments on this post - I'm really not up to discussing things on-line right now.
If you have an animal companion, give them an extra hug today. You'll be glad you did.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
The problem, of course, is that I don't have any reader mail to have them answer.
If you've got a question you'd like to have answered by a character (as opposed to me babbling about it here in the blog) post it here. You might just end up with your question being a part of the strip for all time.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Order 3 or more figures, and you'll get figure stands for every figure in your order.
Order 5 or more figures, and I'll pay shipping costs.
Order 10 or more figures, and I'll include an extra figure. (I'll design it for Maximum FUN)
Why the sale? Taxes are due, and it seems like every prize from the Steampunk Contest is being shipped overseas. (First prize is going to Romania, for example. ROMANIA!) So my LEGO fund is...how shall I put this delicately...depleted.
I'm also working on a "Townbuilder" Mega-Pack for when those "Stimulus Checks" start arriving the in the US. Watch for details.
Why is that in a horror-movie type situation, there's always that one guy who runs off to confront the monster?
It's nice that Whiskey's character is well established enough that I didn't need to pen any "Boy, Donut is being an idiot" dialog for him. If you've been following along at all you just know that's what's going though his head...
Tomorrow: Another new set, and the first in-strip view of the creature.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Here's what our Celebrity Judge Jake von Slatt of The Steampunk Workshop had to say:
"Thanks everyone for giving me this opportunity! I was amazed and surprised at the number and variety of entries, when I first read the contest rules I thought 'what can you do with only 50 bricks?' Turns out you can do a lot! The top cluster of entries were pretty tightly matched, and on a different day any one of them might have come out on top. But it's clear that everyone put in a lot creative effort and I'm pleased to see that the Lego-istas (Lego-folk? Lego-nattii?) are such a vibrant part of the Steampunk world!
Once again, a hearty "Thank you" to all who participated, and I hope to see you all again in our next contest. Details on that will be announced April 2nd!
It may be insane logic, but I figure if you're reading Brick House you wouldn't be satisfied with anything less.
And now, as a special treat, a spoiler image! Click here if you want to see what broke out of the Cryo-Tube. (You'll see it next week regardless - but I thought it'd make a nice EasterEgg for the die-hards.)
Thursday, March 20, 2008
In particular, the 4916 Mini-Animals, 8146 Nitro Muscle, and several of the mini-fig scaled Bionicle Sets (8925, 8926, and 8927) have joined the lineup.
This is in addition to the recent drool-worthy cuts on the UCS Star Destroyer and Death Star II...those marked down to a mere $199 each. (Still out of my price range at the moment, but it's fun to dream.)
I'm not up on what other nationalities have had on clearance before today, but there's probably some new stuff showing up for everyone. Post info in comments if you care to...
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I just placed an order for an updated set of Serenity Blueprints - once they arrive, I'll be putting in some serious work on the mini-fig scaled Serenity. The plan remains to build that monster one set at a time; to finish with a modular construction that has plenty of play areas and remains as slavishly devoted to the series/film as possible.
First up will be the cargo bay - a necessary point of origin as all the other sets/hull exteriors will have to fit around it.
And, yes, I'll still be trying to document the build in MLCad. It goes against my building style, but I know if I don't I'll never hear the end of it.
As to the new mid-scale version, I've been staring at the half-completed drive section for a while now and I'm really just not happy with it. I'm going to be taking another swipe at designing it soon as well.
Hope that satisfies some of you.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
The final page contains the entries that didn't make the final spreadsheet for one reason or another. I still wanted to showcase the effort those builders made; I consider all of them "Honorable Mentions".
Thank you once again to all the builders - this contest couldn't have happened without you.
I'll be mailing off the scoring spreadsheet to Jake von Slatt shortly - winners will be announced once he's had a chance to complete things and send it back to me.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
My apologies if my wording confused anyone. I see now why other folks have picked seemingly goofy times like "1:24 am" to end their contests.
Still, if you've looked at any of the other recent blog posts about the contest, it's been pretty clear when I intended to close the threads.
Eh. Doesn't hurt to be sure.
Friday, March 14, 2008
I'll be updating this post as I build the chart in hopes of catching the attention of any problem builders before the entry deadline. Which is tomorrow at midnight (EasternST). Just sayin'.
All entries submitted as of 9:00am on 3/14 have been posted to the grid. If I missed your entry somehow, please let me know asap. Thanks.
Part lists needed:
- Entry #13 By: ArielJ (Mobile Missile Platform (MMP))
- Entry #14 By: ArielJ (The Fabulous Flying Thing)
- Entry #15 By: ArielJ (When Themes Collide (AKA Pohatu on steam))
- Entry#16 By: ArielJ (Imperial Army Landing Ship)
- Entry #18 By: Yellost (Jet pack Flier)
- Entry #21 By: takua777 (a steam suit )
- Entry #22 By: takua777 (steam chair)
- Entry #54 By: Roren42 (speeder)
- SirNadroj, would you break your flicker stream into a few sets (one-per-entry) so the judge has an easier time of finding the right photos?
Okay, I admit it. I stretched out that scene about as long as I possibly could without telling you guys what was really going on. I wrote deliberately vague dialog for Donut, added a gusher of a scalp wound for a blood source, and kept Whiskey's head juuuust out of frame.
All to do the forum regulars a bit of fan service and get rid of Whiskey's new hairdo.
Now what possible use Donut have for Whiskey's hair? Is there a plot-driven reason for this scalping? Well, you'll just have to turn in next week to find out.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Don't you just hate it when they break into a show to tell you an "important news update" about something you could care less about? And rather than stopping the tape, they just let the show you were watching run so you miss all the good parts?
Yeah, me too.
Wrote this strip this morning, after reading my usual morning funnies. When I told my wife about it, her horrified reaction? "If you post that strip, people will know you read For Better or For Worse!"
(Actually, I've bitched about FBoFW here in the past, so that wasn't really much of a shocker.)
If you don't read FBoFW, you might want to check it out today, just to see the most depressing, non-romantic end to a decades long romantic storyline that has ever been written.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
A couple of rules clarifications - if you're wanting to cut up the rigid hose that LEGO makes, that's okay, as LEGO does that themselves. Each individual snippet of tube counts as its own element.
The 2 part lever (base and handle) counts as a single element, as that's how LEGO counts it. If you break it up to use the parts in different places, then count it as two parts.
Same thing with the 1x2 hinge brick - for the purposes of this contest, if you use it as a complete assembly then it's one element. If you break it up and use each part individually...then it's two parts.
You have until midnight EST on the 15th to submit your entry. There are some great LEGO kits awaiting the winners!
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Just a reminder, but please include a photo of your creation in "a grid of parts" style, or provide a text listing of the pieces you used. If I can't find either when I'm putting together the Judgment Spreadsheet for our Celebrity Guest Judge, you'll be disqualified. Just sayin'. (I'm going to start compiling that spreadsheet this week, so I can post a warning for anyone who's already entered. But I expect there'll be a rush of last-day entries, and those folks won't have a second chance to provide that part list...)
You have until midnight EST on the 15th to submit your entry. There are some great LEGO kits awaiting the winners!
Yes, that's another new set. What's going to happen to Whiskey and Scotch just couldn't occur in the main control room set I'd already built.
Considering the infinite space Donut has to work with inside the revamped Brick House, it was tempting to name this "Medlab Seventy-Six." Sadly, that was too long a phrase to fit nicely into the frame.
A few readers have asked about the oil can Donut had back in Episode 380. It's part of a "wheel of tools" that LEGO includes with race and city sets from time to time. The drill, hammer, and wrench in today's offering are from the same wheel. (Although this time in grey plastic.)
Friday, March 7, 2008
Remember, you have until midnight EST on the 15th to submit your entry. There are some great LEGO kits awaiting the winners!
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
The only change is that I dropped the "post a sample photo" requirement. All you need to provide commentary and a link to your photos in the entry thread - I'll be taking care of making up a grid of contest entries as I've done for other Reasonably Clever contests in the past. If there's a photo you want to be sure I use as your sample, please make sure I know. (And if you need changes to the way things are displayed on the grid, also just drop me a line.)
It looks like it's going to be a very tough competition - I've just compiled the first 23(!) entries.
You can take a look at them on the Official Entry Grid.
If you've entered and I didn't include your creation, please email me again - I don't think I missed anyone, but it's been a busy couple of days.
Remember: You have until the 15th to post or email me with your entry!