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HAPPY 2015!

Last year was weird and crazy for us. I can’t say that it was all good or all bad but whatever it was, it was interesting all the way. There were many bumps in the road but we got through them.

This year is going to be amazing. There are some great nerdy things happening right now. Lots of fantastic books, television, movies and games are coming out this year. Here is a list of things I am looking forward to:

Cartoons:
1. My Little Pony Season 5
2. Bravest Warriors Season 3
3. The Sponge Bob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Television
1. Constantine
2. 12 Monkeys
3. Gotham ( aka the Penguin show!)

Games:
1. MONSTER HUNTER 4 ULTIMATE!!!!!!!

Movies
1. Jupiter Ascending – Mila Kunis stars in this movie.
2. Fifty Shades of Gray… haha Not! Just kidding. This looks like tripe.
3. What We Do In The Shadows – Mockumentary about vampires by the Flight of the Concords people.
4. Chappie – This is by the director of District 9. If that wasn’t enough, Die Antwood act in the movie.
5. Mad Max: Fury Road – Watch the trailer, it’s what sold me on the idea of this movie.

Books: Well… these came out last year or before but I am just reading them now.
1. Prince Lestat
2. Doctor Sleep – Seriously… the sequel to “The Shinning.” This is a must read.
3. The Wolf Gift

We are also seriously still into Legos in my house. We have a bunch of new sets to build and some older ones we just purchased. We’re planning to go to Brick Con and if we can get to California, Lego Land.

Here’s to a wonderful year to come.

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The Holidays are here… or almost over if you celebrate Hanukkah. Sorry! I didn’t get this up soon enough for Hanukkah shopping. I’ve got some lovely holiday gifts and stocking stuffer ideas for your friends and family.

1. Digital Soaps – I blogged about these soaps previous by they are a great gift for the gamer in your life. Plus, you are supporting a small business run through Etsy. These soaps from $5.00 to $78.00 for a complete set of controller shaped soaps. They also have a Dragon Ball set for $44.00.

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2. The Doubleclicks – This musical sister duo sings about Mars Rovers, Dimetradon, Velociraptors and being the best geek girl you can be. Based out of Portland. They play Cello and Guitar or Ukelele or Cat Keyboard. Buy a CD today!

The Doubleclicks

The Doubleclicks

3. The Hunger Games Book set  – The trilogy that inspired the movie, authored by Suzanne Collins. Read more about Katniss Everdean and the world of the Hunger Games.

4. The Divergent Trilogy – Soon to be a movie, the freshman release by Veronica Roth, Divergent is about Tris Prior’s decision to leave her family. On every child’s 16th birthday they have to take a test and then choose between one of the 5 factions that form their world or become factionless. Tris has a problem though, she doesn’t pass the test. The test doesn’t say anything about her at all meaning she is Divergent. She can’t tell anyone her secret. 

5. The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings Books – There are some AMAZING special sets out there. Barnes and Nobel has several different leather bound editions of both the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

6. Loot Crate – A monthly gift for those you love. It’s a box of random geeky items for $13.37 a month, plus shipping. Here are some of the cool things I’ve received.

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7. Lego Video Games – These games run between $20.00 to $40.00 dollars depending on how new they are. The majority of them fall into the $20.00 range. I recommend Lego Pirates of the Carribean, Batman, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. These can all be found for $20.00.

8. Lego Sets – Lego has a bunch of small sets for between $10.00 – $25.00. I’ve built a few of them myself like Bilbo getting the ring from Gollum. This little set is $10.00. They have a bunch of sets like this for the Lone Ranger, Star Wars, Teen Aged Mutant Ninja Turtles and many many more.

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9. Wil Wheaton shirts – Woot.com has a parasitic relationship with Wil Wheaton. Right now they have several shirts and things designed by him.

10. Lego Necklaces! – You can make these at home. Go to your Lego store or online and by two lego coupling plates. Glue them together if you want, otherwise just lock them together. The jump rings go through the hole at the top and you attach a chain, cord or ribbon to the jump rings. Here is a tutorial I found so you can see what I am talking about.

Lego Therapy

Posted: November 3, 2013 by Noccie in Legos, Noccie
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Kane and I are on a Lego binge. We’ve been collecting sets and also collecting second hand Legos. We’ve been very lucky to find a bunch of Legos at our local thrift stores. There are two Lego stores near by one in Lynnwood and the other in Bellevue. I prefer the one in Lynnwood at Alderwood Mall though. The store was a lot calmer and the employees were super nice and knew what they were doing and seemed to enjoy their jobs.

I, personally have a very stressful day job. When I come home sometimes I need a meditative activity to relax. Getting on the computer when I get home stresses me out because I am on the computer all day at work. I can also think about logging on remotely if it’s been a really hard day. Putting Legos together is very relaxing. It’s a creative activity and you can do whatever you can imagine.

Most of the time I start putting blocks together without any plan for my structure whatsoever. Every once and I while I have a vague idea of what I want to build. By the end I am usually in a much better frame of mind. The only thing I can liken it to is sand mandalas. This is my form of sand mandalas. The Buddhist monks make these elaborate mandalas out of sand and then at the end, they brush them away. The act is a practice that shows impermanence. It’s beautiful to watch. There is no urgency or need for structure when I am building. I just start putting blocks together and let them take me to a conclusion. My brain is still working but it’s not worried about the next five steps. There is something comforting in knowing there is no pressure to complete the structure. There is no pressure to have it formed in a certain manner.  That is what I need in my life, more doing and less thinking about the pressure and stress of the day.

My husband has also called what I do Lego sculpture. Some of the structures I make have more form than function. They are an art form for me. I try and see what I can do and if it resembles something at the end, I am ok with that. What can you see in my art?

Here is my gallery.

Kane and I went to the public hours for Brick Con. We have been very into Lego’s lately.  My favorite moment of the day was walking into the hall and seeing so many people. There were armies of children and adults all milling around excited for Lego’s.

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The tables are set up by themes. They had Castles, Sculptures, Battle, Vehicles, Light up, Portraits, Moving, Space, Pirates and other random stuff here and there. There were so many things to see, I took around 300 photos. I am not going to post them all here. I am setting up a Flickr later. Next year we want to go to the four day convention to see what goes on.

Everyone who knows me well knows how much I love Tolkien. Right in the door, off to the left of the Space Needle, in the castle section, was a huge set of Lord of the Rings scene. Then around the back was a model of Hobbiton with a full sized Bag End. The pieces were from all different sets, including some of the Star Wars sets. They came together to make Lothlorien, Rivendell and Hobbiton.

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Here is Miley Cyrus and Robin Thick.

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Here is the crew of the Enterprise from Next Gen and a few impressive Borg.

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Someone made a fantastic Gamorra, Mothra and Chuthulu.

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We found Ecto 1 and Slimer in the vehicle section. Then the guys and the fire house were in the micro block section.

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The space section had two gigantic starships from Star Wars, the Millenium Facoln.

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There was Sputnik.

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The Aurora was amazing. There were scenes inside and out.

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Here is a space octopus.

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This is Red vs Blue.

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This is a scene from the new game, The Last of Us.

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World War 2 Russians, note Santa is in the distance. I guess he’s a Red.

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In Monoland, they had the Disney Carnival Cruise ship.

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The battle section had a WWII vs Zombies scenario going on. The custom minifigures were pretty impressive. They are very expensive though. There was a booth selling them.

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The Tiger’s Nest Monastery was impressive. The builder is scene in a few of these photos. She was amazing; I didn’t get any shots with her name though.

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Next to the Tiger’s Nest was Lhasa. It’s much smaller but also very impressive.

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Facing the monastery was Hogwarts. They built the full castle, quiddiche fields and everything. Parts of the buildings would open to show different parts of the book.

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Easter Eggs were included in most of the big scenes. There were several obelisks with monkey’s, Santa’s and Doctor Who’s included in various scenarios. There was a ship in a bottle in the Pirate section. I was so confused by how this was made.

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Here is the Doctor Who section. They had a Dalek.

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Patrick was dressed up as Slave Leia in this scene. Very disturbing.

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