Archive for April, 2011

Fergie earns my respect in Lego outfit.

Posted in Children, Design, Fashion, Music, Musings, People, Social Media, Television with tags , , , , on April 5, 2011 by zzyzxbryxx

Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come for me to make an “about-face” on yet another music performer who I would not consider giving the time of day to watch perform…let alone, of what she wore.Yes…I’m talking about Fergie.

Why me no likey?????

To be honest, I can’t think of a good reason to explain why Fergie rubs me the wrong way, but I’d bet there are a few males that would loooove to have her rub…..Oops, NEVERMIND! I got to remember to stay on topic here.

So let me think… “Why do I have a problem with Fergie”?
She’s not ugly, but looks are all not that important to me anyway, in a general sense. She knows how to shake her “lady lumps”, but then again….I enjoy watching Tori Amos just sitting at the piano while tickling the ivory’s. Fergie can sing, from only the small evidence of songs that I happen to catch on pop FM radio, which I don’t really listen to. Although I’m not too fond of the studio version for The Black Eyed Peas “My Humps” where she repeats the song title excessively, I absolutely bump the Lil’ Jon remix of the same song where you don’t hear Fergie talk over, she in fact….SINGS! But then, she sounds beautiful on “Don’t Lie”. a ballad from a previous BEP album.

Just as there was never a reason for me  not to accept her as an entertainer/person, there was just as much reason to accept her as well. I just could not see it. Kinda chickesh!t, isn’t it? After all…who the hell am I?

I’m a Lego “newbie” that’s also a “newbie” in blogging…

…that just happens to have egg on his face, pulling the foot outta my mouth so I can eat crow….talk about multi-tasking. I’m also the guy that heard about Fergie showing up in a Lego dress at her recent appearance to Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards that took place this past weekend.

I’m also the guy that spent about 5 minutes registering myself on gather.com to spend another 5 minutes on replying to the post about the Fergie dress being a “hit or a miss”. A funny thing happened while I was typing text to put my perspective on the topic….I found myself being open-minded about Fergie.

 

But I didn’t stop there…

Nope, I’ve decided to address it here on my blog. As I’m researching the info for this very post, I was discussing the whole Fergie Lego dress with my Brother who just happened to mention that Fergie’s Black Eyed Pea counterpart…. will.i.am, had sported some Lego of his own at the American Music Awards back in Nov. of 2010.

When I saw the above pic, my mind got to thinking, which led me to speculate about Fergie’s mindset on the whole Lego dress altogether. Let me stress again that I was just speculating the following sentences.

Was Fergie impressed with will.i.am’s Lego accessories so much that she wanted to take it up a notch and be in a total lego ensemble? I (slightly) only know of their music because mainstream/hip-hop is not one of my strengths in music knowledge, let alone if will.i.am has some type of fond memories of the bryxx that I’ve known and come to love…again,  just in a recent couple of years. And what of Fergie? Does she have some of the same memories of Lego just like her band mate? Probably, probably not…I don’t know these people.

Did not only Fergie like the idea of a Lego dress, would she seek out a designer for the said dress, be caught in it in public, photographed and yes….PERFORMING in the very same dress, no matter what the fashion consequences, if any????

I don’t care who you are….that takes guts and character. Something that I like in my celebrities.

Am I to ever think negatively of the Fergalicious performer again?

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Subtle Lego part variations.

Posted in Design, Fun, Miscellaneous, Random with tags , , on April 3, 2011 by zzyzxbryxx

Part# 3747a (upper-left), part# 3747b (lower-right)

You can file this post under “Lego lessons” just like my previous entry, because this Lego “newbie” keeps discovering new things in the wonderful world of Lego.

As the title suggests, I’m talking about some of the subtle differences in the molds that The Lego Group creates at the factory and how in fact, they can make all the difference in the world when it comes to creating (your) MOC’s.

The pic above shows 2 relatively similar pieces, but if you look closely…you can see the differences in the mold where there are connections between the studs on the lower-right piece and no connections on the upper-left.  “Mold A” started to appear in sets as early as 1980, while “Mold B” appeared with the change in 2004. For the record, I had Mold B in my inventory for some unspecified time. It came from any of the various sets that are now taken apart and placed in their respective bins categorized by color. I  received Mold A from a bricklink order just days ago, which is to be used in my current project. My design calls for 16 of these pieces. At first, I wasn’t too thrilled that the shop only had 1 piece in their entire store’s inventory, but it was a blessing…I’ll explain later.

In regards to the piece itself, I honestly could not understand why an additional mold was created. If one was to place another piece over the entire surface, it would not make any difference in regards to the pieces locking together, nor would there be a difference in placing a round studded piece smack dab in the middle of the 4 “open” studs. So why on Earth did  TLG create another slope piece similar to the original but with the extra plastic???

I’m not 100% certain of this, but I suspect that the connections on Mold B have something to do with the thickness of the edge shown in the oval. Mold A is thicker so it did not need the connections between the studs like Mold B.

It was in fact, the difference in the edge’s thickness between Molds A & B, where I was happy to learn that the bricklink store only had the 1 brick, because Mold B would have suited my project better now that I realized the differences between the 2 molds. As I write this, I’m waiting for another bricklink.com merchant to invoice me for the remaining 15 pieces of part #374b, ship them and finally add them to my project where I can at that point,  call it done.

One thing is certain however; the next time that I see 2 different part #’s…I’ll be sure to examine both of them thoroughly so I don’t order the wrong piece(s) for future projects.