Still Raindrop

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  1. LEGO Pet Peeves

    In addition: the computer game LEGO Island includes a song that uses the word "Legos".
  2. LEGO Pet Peeves

    Glad to hear it! While we do disagree on whether the method by which proper names are made generic and plural can be described as technically correct or not, you do make good points. I do have a question for you: would you find the sentence "I built a castle out of Lego" to be just as incorrect as "I built a castle out of Legos"? I know that a lot of people get tripped up about using "Legos" as the plural, but then use "Lego" as a plural noun instead of as an adjective. It seems to me that, for those who are concerned about "correct" usage, both sentences would be equally incorrect. Do you see it this way?
  3. LEGO Pet Peeves

    But that's just the point--common usage does dictate what's correct, on a large scale. Otherwise one might say that the entirety of the English language is technically incorrect, because it's very different than it was when Chaucer used it. But that's just the thing: languages change, and those changes are driven by usage. English, at least, doesn't have a central authority dictating what the rules are (as French does--but even its power is contested). Look at the grammatical differences between, say, the MLA style and the APA style. In a way, there's no such thing as "technically correct" in English, because there's no one authority that everyone agrees to. There I am a little confused by your statement that "I vacuumed the floor" is incorrect. Every dictionary I can find lists "vacuum" as a verb meaning "to clean with a vacuum cleaner." What indication do you have that it's an incorrect usage? You seem to be using a prescriptivist view of linguistics (always tough with a living language), but I'm not sure exactly where you'd draw the line. Would you argue that using "you were" instead of "thou wert" when referring to one person is technically incorrect? I'm not trying to be rude, by the way--I really am interested in figuring out where you're coming from.
  4. LEGO Pet Peeves

    Precisely. Language is dictated by people, not by companies. I'm sure the Hoover people weren't pleased that people in the UK "hoover" their floors with a Dyson or a Kirby, but it's an accepted word in the UK--as a verb, even! One can try to argue that it's not "technically correct" to use it . . . but one could also argue that it's not "technically correct" to say "I vacuumed the floor" instead of "I hoovered the floor." After all, "vacuum" was only a noun before the introduction of the vacuum cleaner. And yet, nobody says "I cleaned the floor with a vacuum cleaner." So the two verbs "to hoover" and "to vacuum" are found in most dictionaries. I think that, if people want to get prescriptivist, they should stop focusing on using "Lego" instead of "Legos" (though, as has been noted, the Lego Group doesn't even want people to say "I built something with Lego"--instead, they recommend saying "I built something with LEGO® elements"). Instead, they should work towards getting "thou" and "thee" back as singular forms of address, with "you" being reserved only for the plural. That's something that could actually be useful.
  5. LEGO Pet Peeves

    You mean you don't take the sticks from your Popsicle brand ice pops and the empty cups from your Jell-O brand gelatin desserts and put them in a Dumpster brand large trash container? I agree, though. "Legos" sounds like a more natural plural to me. I used it when I was a kid, and I still use it (despite going through a time where I tried not to say it). When it's the common term, as it is where I live, it's a bit pedantic to insist on not using it.
  6. Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Nice! I was thinking of downsizing my modulars, as well--I'm glad to see that they can still look so great!
  7. LEGO Pet Peeves

    Heck, even an official Lego video game used the term "Legos." (It's in the song "The Brickster" in the Lego Island jukebox)
  8. The discontinuation (and subsequent expensive/hard-to-find nature) of Sand Red is a huge bummer to me. However, this is largely because it almost perfectly captures the look of Pikes Peak granite--a local type of stone that I really love. I'd like to be able to use it in MOCs, but I don't have the funds necessary. It would be nice to see that come back--or, as mentioned, a reddish-orange.
  9. For people who prefer more modern-style faces, do you also prefer minidolls instead of minifigures? If you like detail, I would have thought that having more sculpted legs and torsos would be better than the smoother, more abstract look of the minifigure. You could extend it to details on the buildings, too. Why not make the modulars even bigger sets that cost $1,000 each and are more accurately sized, with things like bathrooms and dish rooms? Why be abstract at all when you could put minute detail into everything? I'm being tongue-in-cheek, and I actually love minidolls. But I also really like the older style of minifigure. I tend to mix face styles in my town: "background" characters get simpler faces (the classic smiley, as well as a few variations thereof), while more central "characters" tend to have more detailed faces. I like the way it looks in my town. As far as clothing, I've actually given it much more thought than I probably should--just as I've done with faces! But I do try to avoid back and leg printing when possible, and I don't use dual-molded arms or legs. I have lots of reasons for these things, and it kind of boils down to: I like how they look in my town. But enough about why I do things the way I do. All this is to say that people like different things and different styles. It might or might not be well thought out, but it's not always as arbitrary as it seems--and slippery slope/straw man arguments like this one don't really address anything in a meaningful way. I'd be fascinated with having an actual discussion about things like this (I've had to edit this post several times before submitting because it was just too darn long!), but posts like this are why I largely haven't. I'm also disappointed to see implications that people who don't like the classic smiley faces have a lack of creativity or imagination.
  10. [MOC] Street Layout

    This is great! It reminds me of the background cities that Lego would put in their advertisements (I'm not sure if they still do this--I haven't paid as much attention--but when my Dark Age ended a decade ago, I was always impressed with those backgrounds). I like the clean look that you've given the buildings; it makes them all fit together very well.
  11. [MOC] - my city

    I love it! I always enjoy seeing cities (or sections thereof) that feel like they fit together, and this certainly looks like it was all very well planned out. I really like the two more modern buildings, as well. Your use of minimalism has really captured what makes buildings like that so special.
  12. I'd agree that the market is the worst. We got plenty of small builds in the first three buildings, so the only really new thing the market offered was the carousel. It was nice and all, but it also lacked the cohesion that came from a central building plus one or two smaller builds.
  13. I also am not a huge fan of the cottage—I actually sold my copy to help pay for the Temple of Airjitzu a couple years ago, and I haven’t missed it.
  14. Disney Princesses 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    I love that we finally get Mulan--and that she's not in a huge set. What's the deal with that katana, though? The gladius piece would have been much better, I think (fortunately I have one, so I can swap it out).
  15. 2018 Friends Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Nice to see the pictures! Once again, Friends has some of the most fun, creative, and innovative designs. I've admired Friends since it came out, but only really started getting sets this year (my daughter is old enough for regular Lego now, and she adores Friends); looks like next year is going to be another great one!