Jay Psi

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  1. The move seems logical to me. From what I remember before the split, Mindstorms topics didn't generate much discussion; hopefully, with the lines between Mindstorms and Technic becoming more blurred, the move back would see more discussion. I don't think the relative lack of activity is to the same extent as the scale model forum was (I'm happy to be corrected), but they would definitely receive more attention in the Technic forum. If the response from the Mindstorms forum is positive, then go for it.
  2. This thread cannot go on without mention of the single greatest pneumatic set ever to be released. Two cylinders, seven switches, ten pumps, thirteen t-pieces, over 4.5m of pneumatic hose, all in just over 700 pieces. And it fits almost perfectly. Not a single function is out of place or awkward to operate. Quality over quantity. 8455 Back-Hoe Loader.
  3. I hope the price drop works out. It does seem that €15 has become a "soft ceiling" for instructions of alternate models. FWIW, I was happy to pay €20, the implementation of diagonal drive in Lego is one worth studying.
  4. It does. His spoken English is also very good, but I can understand Sariel not wanting to do his own voice-overs for various reasons. As for the set, this what I thought Dom's Charger was going to be like. The new-ish black panels are welcome additions
  5. I remember taking an afternoon out to read this the first time, it was as inspiring then as the "new chapters" are now. I hope you get to enjoy the fruits of your labour for years to come. It's also made me a bit nervous though - if that's what circa-60,000 pieces looks like properly organised, my current collection (105k pieces, 8-10 display models) that's half sat in their original boxes is going to need some serious work!
  6. My pie in the sky contest idea would be animals. I doubt it would be popular though, it's a niche of a niche. Why yes, I have been looking at @grohl's MOCs, how could you tell?
  7. I think that's been borne out in what Jim has already said (emphasis mine): For what my opinion is worth (having not entered a contest yet), I'm okay with a jury doing some form of (pre-vote) screening as long as it is well communicated, but the above reads like a red flag. I definitely would be more comfortable with a larger jury that had a range of opinions/tastes. It would reassure contestants that there would have been some deliberation and/or compromise in the selection, even if the final result does not differ significantly, if at all.
  8. It wasn't just the outsiders that voted for the coolest entry though. Given that most of the votes were from other contestants, a significant number of "insiders" also voted for the coolest entry as well, even though they were more knowledgeable and aware of the criteria they were supposed to vote by. I'll be honest - one of the reasons I didn't vote because I was constantly double-guessing whether I had adhered to what you & Milan had asked for in the voting. With that in mind, I would be in favour of a jury selection first, it will be the best way of ensuring whatever spirit the rules were meant to convey (depending on the quality of the entries). Of course, deciding how to do so is another topic entirely! Related to this, unfortunately it's not hard to see arguments over the jury selection; the "spirit" of the rules would need to be communicated clearly throughout the entry process. No, it won't stop all complaints, but at least there will always be something to refer back to when somebody argues about the interpretation of the rules. About the points, I do think it's time to expand on them. The old F1 (10-6-4-2-1) points scale was made for a time when you would expect ~15 cars to actually finish the race. If we're going to have more contests with such a large number of amazing entries, then it makes sense to have more points to be awarded to more entries. Again, one of the main reasons F1 shifted to its current points scale is because many more cars could be expected to finish the race. Edit - Credit to @Gray Gear for this from the results thread - an expanded jury would also be worth considering. There'd be less pressure on the jurors with more people involved in the selection process.
  9. It almost feels like digital BI were set up to fail. If you're going to go to the effort of having a B-Model, that model (and therefore the instructions) should be put in front of as many eyeballs as possible. Even with near-universal access to digital content, most people who buy a set won't be downloading digital BI, for a number of reasons. I understand the reasoning to save paper, but in doing so, the designer's efforts are essentially wasted instead. Back on topic, flipping the actuators over is an incredibly simple solution, but only to those with the skill and experience to see it! Thanks to you & @M_longer for this instant purchase.
  10. It's a common sentiment amongst United fans that Old Trafford could use a few new bricks, but this is probably not what they meant... More seriously, it's about time they got rid of that knock-off brand that does the rounds in the megastore. If it's up to the usual standards, this might be my first non-Technic purchase in a decade.
  11. Could you not just dilute the mixture again to make it 3%? A 1:1 ratio of solution to water (ideally distilled) would halve the concentration from 6% to 3%. If only we could do the inverse to increase the concentration of sunlight in the UK!
  12. I must admit to being obviously biased, but the Technic line has the most capacity for interesting mechanisms and builds. That would explain the sheer volume and variety of topics. IIRC (this was my dark age, so I'm only going off what's left on the internet) while Star Wars was the most important franchise, by way of being the most profitable, TLG have BIONICLE to thank the most for turning things around. Not only was it one of the few successful lines in a time when TLG bled cash, it also laid the blueprints for the design principles that are still used extremely successfully today. Seeing as nobody has (yet!) gifted me Brick By Brick, I think it's about time I picked it up myself. As for Game of Thrones, that was a hot mess well before D&D were tapped up for the ill-fated Star Wars venture. Unfortunately, GoT is probably the only definitive ending we will receive for A Song of Ice and Fire.
  13. I'm going to stick my head above the parapet and proclaim my preference for digital instructions - I spend a lot of my free time at my computer, and most of the desk/floor space is taken up by those pesky plastic building blocks. Ultimately, the convenience is a greater benefit to me than any argument over nostalgia.* However, paper instructions are, to put it bluntly, far more Ragnarok-proof than digital instructions could ever hope to be. So I do not want them to be discontinued. TLG are very close to what I would call the "happy medium," where A-models always have printed instructions and B-models are almost always digital. *The comprehension argument however, is new to me. Many thanks to @nerdsforprez for bringing it to my attention.
  14. Great MOC which nails the looks. I even spot room behind the BuWizz where PFx brick could be squeezed into; then the sounds will match the looks!
  15. Rest In Peace, Ingmar. Your MOCs were functional and beautiful - I could never see a brick out of place on any of them. Thank you Jim for making this thread. If it's in line with his family's wishes, then I believe it would be a good way for the community to express its condolences.