RoxYourBlox

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    [MOC] Galaxy Cliff Lighthouse

    My latest creation, Galaxy Cliff Lighthouse, reflects a desire to create an autobiographical MOC to share joy and pain non-verbally. It was inspired aesthetically by Split Rock Lighthouse on Lake Superior, thematically by Voyage of Life (1842) by Thomas Cole, and structurally by Obelisk Overpass, Boulder Dam, plus an early draft of River Wheel (featuring pirate ship gondolas rather than lumber). In fact, the 96 x 96-stud plot vacated by the dismantled River Wheel fed my drive to combine structures absent from my Lego city—a bridge, dam, and Ferris wheel. As you may imagine from the photos, a hilltop lighthouse teeters over an ocean, beneath a collection of galaxies spiraling through the nighttime sky, while a shooting star passes overhead. The light and dark figurative sailboats represent positive and negative memories, while the logarithmic spiral of galaxies in the sky is reflected in the earth below by the failed attempt of humankind to overcome the nature of life itself. Stats 26400 pieces 75 lbs (34 kg) Footprint: 96 or 128 square studs Volume: 156 x 156 x 176 studs Timeline Phase 1 Idea conceived: January 2020 Digital design: 8 weeks total Wheel: 2 weeks Lighthouse: 2 weeks Bridge: 2 days Cliff: 4 weeks Shipping: 13 weeks Building: 2 weeks Phase 2 Digital design revision: 1 week Shipping: 4* weeks Building: ongoing *Multiple international part orders in October never did arrive and had to be repurchased domestically. For more, follow me on flickr, instagram, or ideas.
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    [MOC] Galaxy Cliff Lighthouse

    Thanks for the suggestion! As you probably could tell, availability and cost were criteria for the color palette. But I do have plenty of trans-light blue tiles and pieces for foliage.
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    [MOC] Galaxy Cliff Lighthouse

    Thanks for asking so politely! Originally, I intended to make 16 vignettes on boats depicting memories that formed who I am today. Then, as an introverted person, I could just have those scenes out there with anyone left to wonder what I meant to say or to strike up a conversation with me to ask. Unfortunately, physics and gravity stood in the way of that goal, forcing me to simplify the intent into 2 boats, one light and one dark. I am still deciding whether to add vignettes-on-boats to the sea below.
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    [MOC] Galaxy Cliff Lighthouse

    Thanks! And yes—I’m always using a calculator for trigonometry while I design. Thank you! The end of the bridge is free-floating and not secured:
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    [MOC] Fiesta Balloon

    Fiesta Balloon soars above Lego city! To contribute to Eurobricks' airship collaboration at Brickworld Virtual Halloween 2020, I swapped the color palette of Harley's Balloon with rainbow colors spiraling around to emulate the more vibrant patchwork pattern you might typically see in the sky. Its name refers to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which I would someday like to attend after our pandemic is over. Stunningly hollow thanks to a dome technique refined over 10 years, the balloon can rest on its gondola or float from a technic beam installed at the apex. My previous technic balloon skeleton has been strengthened with #24121 11x11 quarter technic gear racks to beef up stability and allow access inside the top or bottom hemispheres by removing the equatorial plates. An optional reversible handle can be mounted inside the hole at the top to carry or hang it.
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    [MOC] Fiesta Balloon

    @peedeejay @NewTown @makoy @EVE @BrickChampsCOM Thank you! Thanks! Yes, the colors were constrained to the assortment of wedge plates and round tiles available in bright colors. There is room for expanding it into a larger MOC when my imagination is ready to tell me what's next. Thank you! Yeah, that's interesting; I suppose if Lego produced something like this, they could print large cloth ovals that stretch over the frame. I admit it is not quite as rock solid as I'd hoped, and some of the color shell might break off if the entire balloon tipped over. But with normal play you can lift it up and move it wherever, no problem.
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    [MOC] Apple Square Research Center

    I've looked into doing something like this as an hour-plus demo at Brickworld Virtual. While it won't happen for June 27 (and there are plenty of other great presentations there, by the way), it remains a possibility for the December show. Thanks!
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    [MOC] Apple Square Research Center

    Apple Square Research Center is a 4-story 96x96 modular building conceived as a revision to my original Apple Square University. Designed entirely in Lego Digital Designer (Stud.io needs an update before I could adapt), this iteration is also influenced by a locale in a Japanese RPG (サクラ大戦3), the Antwerpen-Centraal Station in Belgium, as well as my ongoing career as an electrophysiologist. ASRC and ASU will be on display together at the next Brickworld Chicago (June 20-21, 2020). For more, follow me on flickr or instagram.
  9. This interpretation of 10937 Arkham Asylum as the modular building, “An Alternate Asylum,” was created with four official sets and a handful of various monochromatic plates from my collection. Additionally, I elected to substitute some gray bricks with those of slightly more saturated hues via Bricklink. Enjoy! flickr Front: Rear: Interior: Stealing a moment away: Spooky Street: Until next time~
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    10937 Modular Building: “An Alternate Asylum”

    Due to IP theft, I no longer share LDD files with people whom I haven’t met. That said, this build was a simple modular conversion of TLG’s set, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out if you look up the instructions at customer service. Also, Eurobricks has a private messaging system.
  11. Bricklink’s AMA: “15. How will Studio continue under the LEGO Group? And what are the plans for Studio vs. LDD going forward? The future looks great for digital building and we want to do more! Our vision is to make Studio the ultimate building tool for both professional designers and all entry-level builders. We are planning new features and upgrades to the Studio Desktop App to bring in an influx of new or existing MOCs that can be more easily fulfilled by BrickLink market. In this regard, The LEGO Group is planning to support and evolve Studio and will review opportunities for both services (Stud.io and LDD) as part of developing the business plan. Please stay tuned in the months to come!”
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    [MOC] Apple Square Research Center

    Thank you! In terms of how it’s done, I think I start off with a goal / focal point to the build (i.e., weirdly shaped domed building from a video game), next try to match that to scale (i.e., a 96x96 open lot in my city) and to the angles and lengths that the trigonometry will allow (i.e., angular floor plan), and finally partition off long stretches of exterior wall into windows and columns in multiples of phi. From there, I start small with window sills and expand back out, copying elements into patterns like tesselations while trying to add variations to the previous pattern with each additional floor. Thanks, although sometimes it feels like a curse—I feel trapped from being able to branch out, especially when trying to do MOCs that look more random! @paupadros @LEGO Train 12 Volts Thank you!
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    TLG acquires Bricklink

    I wholeheartedly agree!
  14. Given that Lego would not have acquired Bricklink with the purpose of dropping the AFOL designer program or pulling the plug on Stud.io while not updating LDD, I think it'd be reasonable to conclude that either Stud.io or LDD (but not both) will continue to be updated with Lego's standards for quality and ease of use. Hopefully, this would mean better camera control in Stud.io or a new LDD to replace Stud.io.
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    TLG acquires Bricklink

    I'm hoping that this announcement hints at a LDD2, or an update to Stud.io to make it operate more like LDD.
  16. For now, I'm happy enough that they forwarded my feedback.
  17. It seems that my comments & suggestions were quite timely. Lego replied back; BrickLink has yet to do so. I’m feeling optimistic.
  18. As a regular user of LDD since 2011, I am aware of its update history. The status quo for both LDD and Stud.io simply is not acceptable. Since I'm their customer, there's no harm in continuing to give each company feedback until one or both companies implement the changes I want. Better chance of success if you don't put all the eggs in one basket.
  19. This morning I posted to Bricklink Stud.io forum and sent an email to Lego Customer Service: I think we all should become very vocal with both Bricklink and Lego until one or both companies take action to support their customers.
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    Apple Square University

    Update (May 10, 2017):
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    Apple Square University

    I got your message in Flickr relayed to my email, but I can’t reply in the app until I’m back at my laptop in a few days. If you’ve invested time looking at my MOCs, then you should also be aware that this is a sensitive situation for me and that I’d want to exercise caution in considering whether to re-open a can of worms. (If not, please read the first post.) Is a $20 sale worth another 2 years of trouble? This is the type of issue I’d be facing. Thanks.
  22. A quick example to illustrate @CorvusA‘s point: Delete is a locked shortcut. This means that you can’t remap it to “D” as in LDD, so you need to reach across the keyboard to the Delete key to remove bricks or to force-quit Studio from copying bricks if you’re using the copy tool. Second, you should be able to map right-click to be Set As Origin without bringing up a menu. Third, the ribbon should be centered over the viewport window with the Select pulldown mappable as separate buttons in the ribbon. I use LDD with one hand, my left hand hovering over V, D, C, and command-Z or shift-command-Z. You simply cannot use Studio this way because they’ve locked out the key controls and don’t offer ribbon customization. In short, Bricklink needs to spend a few updates improving the ergonomics of their software.
  23. Will Catalina change iTunes? I hadn't heard. Edit: Oh, god... can't tech companies just stick with something for good? I hope TLG realizes that LDD is still the go-to program for AFOLs and its own employees. Stud.io feels cumbersome in terms of controls/control options/item selection, and it fails to recognize perfectly Lego-legal SNOT connections from .lxf--making it necessary to rebuild after import. The Bricklink team has had a lot of time to optimize their software, but it still is not yet a good replacement. I could write up a long list of needed improvements (Studio) / complaints (LDD), but would anyone listen?
  24. I’d like to see a 64-bit update! This fall, I don’t want to chose between upgrading my MacOS or keeping LDD!
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    LEGO Masters US wants Paokus... apparently...

    Raph Korine (@raph176, 18k followers, Lego Masters USA casting in bio) wrote to me on IG, but in retrospect it appears he might have spammed other accounts to apply, too. I followed up with 2 phone calls and took some notes: - 12 pairs, preferably family/friends with one of those being a Lego master - Oct 28 to mid-Dec, max 7 weeks - LA, flights and accommodations paid plus a stipend TBD - grand prize 100k USD - Thanksgiving break halfway through - 6 of 7 days per week, 1 day off per week - phone & skype interviews, then a test build