Quoting Thomas N
Due to an unforseen vacation my parents sprung on us as a surprise, I won't be able to be building in the competition.
While I will have internet access for the next few weeks, but absolutely no lego access.
I'm sorry to disappoint you all, but there is simply no way to work around it.
Sorry to hear you won't be competing, but that's a pretty good reason to have to miss out. I know i'd take a surprise vacation if one was sprung on me - I haven't had a real vacation in 4 or 5 years....
Quoting Heath 'kik36' Flor
This "contest" doesn't seem to be one at all with all the DQ's going on every round.
It's true. I just keep trying and applying myself, and then you get to Sunday and find there's a no-show. I fret over marking fairly but honestly, then realise it's a moot point because posting anything at all has been enough to get through.
If this contest (or one similar) is to happen again, then I suspect the only way to avoid this is to make bigger cuts earlier - perhaps ignore DQ's from the cuts if the group numbers allow it, at least until the time-wasters are gone. Permalink
Thomas N.: 3 Points. Very nice Aeroplane and good presentation.
Stuart Delahay: You get five pints (and also points), I guess no more words are needed.
Phil Rumsfeld: 2 points, the build wasn't very strong.
Alex Fojtik: 5.
Heath: Ingenious idea, makes 5.
Did I forget somebody?
Phil Rumsfeld: Score of (2.5). The presentation of the infinity loop was kinda neat, but I feel like taking the idea straight from a game was kind of a cop out.
Stuart Delahay: Score of (5). You almost lost points for not deciding on an invention, then you went and pulled your little 'live comfy' ploy; tricky one, Stu. Of course, this is the shining entry in the round and full of fun builds and entertaining commentary.
Thomas N: Score of (2.7). Cool jet. But lets be honest, warplanes were invented long ago and this was probably crammed in to avoid a DQ. Buildwise, I would have liked to see something to break up all the black studs on the wings, maybe a stripe or emblem.
Heath 'kik36' Flor: Score of (4). Conceptually, I like the idea of a giant functional radiometer. The build is solid and has enough detail to keep it interesting. The rotating (swiveling?) blades are quite clever, as well.
Josh!: Score of (3). Speaking as a gamer, I think the idea is cool and I'm gonna go ahead and say the couple blurry pics were for presentation purposes. Even then, I feel like you could have executed this idea much better.
Sam Ellis: Score of...what happened man? Permalink
Groupmates-I'd like to formally apologize for not submitting a creation this round. It took me a week alone to come up with a decent idea, and then I still have to find time to build between a full-time job, training for track, and a girlfriend. When I quickly checked the deadline the other day, I thought the build deadline was the 7th. A stupid mistake I know. However, I am going to still complete the creation (and now perfect it), hopefully before the end of the next round. Thanks for a great contest.
Alex Fojtik – I love the look of this Alex, as I said in your comments it’s got that industrial look that’s really appropriate – safety cones and sparking generators, etc. In addition it’s a clever idea - I’m no scientist so I’ve no idea whether it would really work, but that’s not the point of this category is it? Funny and well presented too. 5 points.
Heath ‘Kik36’ Flor – As with Alex, it’s got a core of a genuinely clever idea (I feel a bit low-brow with mine now) that’s really nicely presented – pretty flowers and grazing cows distract nicely from the fact somebody just installed a 50-foot windmill in your field! Kudos for using a real technology and finding a useful application for it too. Again, a score of 5.
Phil Rumsfeld – I am really NOT your target audience with this – I don’t like first-person-perspective games so I had to do the research. Looks like a fairly faithful tribute to the game, the turret, portal gun, etc. and one or two of the photos have the look of screen shots so good job on that. But, is this what you would invent if you could invent anything? You don’t address that and it does seem like you’ve shoe-horned a game/ idea you like into the category. It also uses a lot of direct quotes, videos and explanation, which always bothers me. 3 points.
Jøsh – Really nice original idea here (who wouldn’t want to have a little bounce around in a real-life Marioworld?) but the photos let it down a bit. Good build on the lab, perhaps a bit more needed on the Mario section (a b-bomb or a Koopa?) and a bit more explanation. 3 points.
Thomas N – A very nice plane, good shapes, I don’t mind the studded look and always appreciate a low-brow joke. I like the fact it has some function in the landing gear and the presentation is good. As with Phil, it seems you’ve put something in that you like, that just fits (I know you said elsewhere you started this weeks ago) but it’s not an original invention. 3.3 points.
Phil, Josh and Thomas – you all could have scored higher here – Josh for presentation and Phil and Thomas for original thinking. However I know people had time issues this week so I’m just glad that you got entries in.
So with a minimum of two cuts this round, points actually matter even with Sam’s DQ (unlucky Sam). Good luck! Permalink
Stuart Delahay- 3 The burning of clones was pretty trick. The rest of it was very long and wordy. Your set pieces were excellent, but I just think you tried to do too much. If you would have kept it a single concept, I feel you could have scored higher.
Alex Fojtik- 5 Interesting how people immediately go to arms to challenge a concept, eh Alex? LOL I really thought this was a great idea, and well executed. It would be excellent if we could turn our noise pollution into an energy source, as I feel we have a vast amount to tap into!
Jøsh ! – 2 The blurry visuals were great, and I think the idea was solid enough. I just don't think you tapped into the idea well enough.
Phil Rumsfeld- 2.5 Another example of not utilizing the idea to the fullest extent. Excellent building of the set though...especially the portal gun.
Thomas N- 4 Your build is excellent. It has every aspect of a future fighter that I would be on the lookout for. A very sleek design, and great details. Permalink
Quoting Thomas N
I'm sory Heath, I believe you misunderstood me, when I say "a few weeks ago" I meant at the start of this round, which was two weeks prior to when I stated that. I hope you can change my score, as I never built any part of my entry prior to the start of this round.
Really, what I meant, was that I had two days build time from the beginning of the round until I left for vacation, I was on vacation for about two weeks, and the returned with a couple days to finish my build that I had started "a few weeks ago" prior to my vacation, not prior to the start of the round.
Oh yeah....OK, I definitely misunderstood. You should probably change the expression to DAYS instead of weeks. LMAO
Let the record reflect that I changed Thomas' score to a 4 in light of new evidence. Carry on. Permalink
well, I was going to grade based on what would keep me in, but that isn't going to work out, I'm doomed.
In order of appearance:
Alex Fotjik- 3.
this was a really quick build. for someone of your skill, that's, like what- 10 minutes? I feel like this was a low-effort build. 2, plus a point for those cute li'l caution cones! who's the cutest li'l piece of plastic? who's the cutest li'l piece of plastic? youuuu are!!!
Stuart Delahay- 4
amazing, just that your actual 'invention' wasn't much of an invention.
the 4 is 3 for the idea and one for the build. the build was pretty simple, and I realize that it was a good representation of the idea, but the solution to that is to use an idea that would have a cool build. this is a lego contest, so things should be based more on your build, not your concept.
this would be a 0.5, but you used decent english, for which I am thankful. SOME blurry pictures could be chalked off as 'special effects', but that could be done on the computer, and the rest were blurry too. exactly one picture of the mario world. also, Ich weiss nicht du aus deutschland kommen.
Thomas N- 1.5
warplanes were invented long ago, and those colors are mediocre (all over the place). the points you did get were for the landing gear and the air intakes, I really liked those.
also, a comment on my build- I would really like to have a portal gun, and I've been playing a lot of portal lately. when you merge my addictive nature to two different things (portal and lego) then you get horrible things (why did you think bjorkistan isn't on maps anymore?)