1285 Nightbeat.

Thanks for the various content suggestions. I appreciated them all. Haunting Hour is what I’ve been watching although that accounts for all of 3 hours worth of my time. Still, the first episode was a creepy doll one, which is a good start. I’ve been falling asleep early, like right after I get the Teen to sleep, then I wake up way too early and cant go back to sleep. anywhere from 3-5 AM after going to bed at 12 or so. Which makes the afternoon incredibly hard to bear. Because I want a 3 hour nap at some point. Unfortunately our society doesn’t take naps into account. Which is a damn shame, I suspect a lot of the world’s problems could be solved by controlled napping. Really I think a lot of people are just cranky babies who need a bit of a lie down.

Mega Bloks has expanded their Call Of Duty Zombies sets. Really they amount to army builders for zombies in different clothes, but they are still pretty cool. They made a little farm for Tranzit and a prison for… whatever that DLC is called. I kind of wish they’d make some civilians, or maybe make a deal with State Of Decay so I could have a Marcus figure. XD The problem with Mega Bloks, unfortunately, is quality control. I’ve noticed that the base plates have a tendency to not exactly be flat, or even get uneven spacing from one end to another. It’s not a massive problem generally, but it happens more often than it does with Lego. And these days their prices more or less match Lego, so it’s less a question of them being the cheaper option and more of them getting away with doing shabbier work. On average I’ve had few problems, but I have had them. That said, they upgraded the Halo figures to more closely match the COD line. They are more articulated now, and have customizable armor. (there’s also a set of lime green Spartans that I am drawn to…) I like where they are going with the ideas they have.

I’m not a huge fan of the traditional Lego minifigure. I liked the movie, and whatnot, but I prefer the Friends style minifigs. It’s just a preference I have. The problem with Lego Friends is that it has a tie in narrative that restricts creation of generic figures. It doesn’t have to, but that’s how Lego chooses to play it. Really the problem comes down to the same kind of problem you have with all Lego figures. The only way to differentiate between characters is accessories. In the main like that comes down to faces, hats, and bodies, just like with Friends, but there are a lot more hats and hair to choose from. Basically Lego needs to make some new hair packs, or assortments of generic figures, kind of like the blind bags they’ve done with the traditional lines. Of course none of that is important in any real way, I just want to talk about it as an enthusiast.

Here’s something odd about Lego Friends; girl hair is a soft vinyl like substance, but boy hair is hard, glossy, plastic like regular figures. Not that there are a lot of male characters to begin with, but of the sets that do have them this difference is present. Is it cost saving? Is it an aesthetic choice? Is it so you know not to switch girl hair with boy hair? I’m really curious about it. My guess is it’s cost saving. They don’t need to have the ability to add accessories, because boys generally don’t wear bows, so you just make the hair out of the materials you would already have on hand that are cheaper.

Did you know you can order specific legos in some cases? I found the option in their online store. There are limitations, but you can just order bags of green bricks if that’s what you want. Here’s the problem though, there’s terminology involved. You have to figure out what different kind of bricks are named in their system. It’s easy enough for regular bricks, but what about wall paneling? I was just looking to see what was available and was like “What the heck would you call this?” Their system makes sense one you figure out the pattern, but I was like “People actually had to sit down and agree on what all this stuff is called.” Like some kind of Lego naming summit.

You can get standard bricks in most colors, but wall panels and stuff tend to be restricted to one or two tones. Which is fine, I understand why you’d need to do that. The actual price per Lego is interesting to take note of. It’s also something I’d never thought much about. What got me going on this whole thing was kind of my research into doing better backgrounds. It got me looking at architecture which got me wanting to build stuff, which led me back to Lego.

They have this cool set of white bricks for making mock ups of buildings and such. It’s super expensive but I want to play with it. It looks so fresh and clean. XD Like building stuff out of toothpaste.


In Spain they have a mandated nap/period where everything closes for an a hour or two in the afternoon. I don’t know if it’s every day, or just the day when the cruise ship I was on stopped off there.

Indeed. It’s pretty much every day (although I would suppose it’s less official on Sunday). Mexico carries on the tradition — you may have heard of the Mexican siesta. No, you aren’t likely going to get your rental car fixed in Guadalajara between, say, noon and two. Go take a nap…

That thing I said a few posts back about a land grab gone wrong cover up. I’m still voting for that for now… *crosses fingers*

Legos and their kindred were a lot of fun when I was young but I never wanted anything to do with human and animal versions. Just blocks and stuff to build with (and some silly putty for those moments when I couldn’t figure out how to make what I wanted all stick together in the joint I wanted… XD )

Sounds like Lego has their shit together to allow for piece mail order like that. Now if only Games Workshop would take a que and do the same thing for their bitz order everything would be alright.

Can’t wait to see what Jo will get up to!

For scary films, one I that like is the 1967 film: “The Shuttered Room”. Oliver Reed plays a major part in it. It is a British film.

Not really surprising that this type of LEGO™ has soft hairstuff for girl figures, and the usual hardtop for boys….

It’s aimed and marketed at *pre-teen girls*….. The pastels may have been a hint.. It’s only used for the girly stuff.

One of my bosses at my previous job told me that I could take a nap under my desk as soon as he could. He’s still on my list of top-3-favorite bosses…

Lego… I used to keep a little bin of it under my desk to play uh, work with while I was waiting for hyooge programs to compile or run. This Client/Server stuff just goes too damn fast…

In the world of webcomics, somehow, someway, everyone knows everyone.

Fuck, in a small town you see every citizen once a week even if you never speak to someone you know OF them. But sure, I guess that’s just a webcomics thing…

I come from a town FAR smaller than the one pictured. Maybe this explains why so much of this “webcomic logic” elicits no questions from me.

Yup. I saw a guy in the country store in town, and asked him if his last name was Littlefield. He said no, he was an Avery, but his Mom was a Littlefield. How could I possibly know that. You face, dude. He looked just like a guy I went to college with, and turned out to be that guy’s nephew. Small freakin’ world, and I didn’t even grow up in that town.

My favorite scary movie (it’s not in the horror genre, though – and I haven’t seen many scary movies or horror) is “The Ghost and the Darkness”. Stories that you know are true have a different feel to them than something you know or suspect is fiction.

It’s got more Jo in it so I’m happy already. Mass Effect is finally starting to pick up. I’m curious about the headstones though. For some reason, I keep getting pet graves as an answer. Either that or it’s people who failed the 15 second clock. :-P

“I suspect a lot of the world’s problems could be solved by controlled napping.” This needs to be on a T shirt with Thomas. Does Alex kind of remind anyone of the sheepdog in those old Wiley Coyote cartoons? Ralph or George-can never remember which was which-except way cuter?

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