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Ask Kelso.... 8.0
Haha, Kelso is beating Phipson SO BAD!

XD

Here you go Mark, hope you don't mind.

Fire away guys.
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| January 15, 2010, 3:51 pm
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Quoting Commander Flare .
Haha, Kelso is beating Phipson SO BAD!

XD

Here you go Mark, hope you don't mind.

Fire away guys.


Flare, this isn't a race or a popularity contest. If it was, Phipson WOULD be beating me (...oh, that innuendo is SO tempting!) But thanks for starting a new thread for me.

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| January 16, 2010, 8:39 am
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Quoting Brick Freak
What I mean to ask is: There are alotta mocs featuring you and Phipson. Do you ever look at them?


Ah, I see what you mean. We'll look at them from time to time, but I don't think either of us go LOOKING for them. It's very flattering and we're both fat-headed, egomaniacal, publicity-mongoring, attention-whores, so we'll certainly check 'em out when we run across them.

What catches my attention is just good building and good presentation, regardless of any topic. Those are the posts that I seek out.

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| January 16, 2010, 8:44 am
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Quoting Mister Bones
'Ello Mark, I think I located something you would be interested in. A pink, SHAVED, sheep. http://www.brickforge.com/store/product.php?productid=16806&cat=0&page=

Ok, this joke is starting to get old isn't it?


Ya know, it is...but, I think we can still beat that horse just a tad bit more!

Actually Brick Forge had various colors of those at Brickworld last year, and Phippy picked up a couple...which is how this whole bleeping fiasco got started!

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| January 16, 2010, 8:48 am
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Quoting Areetsa C

And I know from experience that an XD card won't fit in a slot intended for an SD.


What about a slot intended for an STD?


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| January 16, 2010, 8:50 am
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Quoting Chris Phipson

It's at times like this, that most people would be expecting me to make one of my trademarked "Phipsonian" comments...


Always leave them wanting more I say.


Ironically enough, I just saw this comment after leaving one of my own.

See, this is why we work so well, Phipson. You leave a gap, and I fill it. (God, if my wife saw some of the --- I write!)

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| January 16, 2010, 8:53 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

What about a slot intended for an STD?


BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!! What an odd comment to wake up too!
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| January 16, 2010, 8:53 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
Quoting Brick Freak
What I mean to ask is: There are alotta mocs featuring you and Phipson. Do you ever look at them?


Ah, I see what you mean. We'll look at them from time to time, but I don't think either of us go LOOKING for them. It's very flattering and we're both fat-headed, egomaniacal, publicity-mongoring, attention-whores, so we'll certainly check 'em out when we run across them.

What catches my attention is just good building and good presentation, regardless of any topic. Those are the posts that I seek out.

So you seek out your own then...? Just joking (:
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| January 16, 2010, 8:54 am
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Quoting Tr3v0r W.
Im watching avatar


While you're online?


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| January 16, 2010, 11:15 am
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Quoting James Hawke
I think he means soon...


Pssst *whispers* I know...that was a little joke. (the first person to say "that's what she said" gets electronically dope slapped!)


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| January 17, 2010, 8:09 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Pssst *whispers* I know...that was a little joke. (the first person to say "that's what she said" gets electronically dope slapped!)


Hahahhahahhah dope slapped. Good one. You just make that up?
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| January 17, 2010, 8:22 am
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Quoting Brick Freak

In past threads, I've read that you (as in you, Kelso) can't look at private groups even though you are a moderator. Every now and then I hear of some problem group that you can't check out because of its privacy. Why can't you bypass the privacy of the group?


For starters, that's true - if a group is private, I (as a moderator) don't have access.

I can only assume that the reason is simply that MOCpages is a constant "work in progress." With the additions of the groups last year, Sean complicated the site immensely, and this is just one of MANY new issues for future tweaking.

I don't think it's a huge matter, though. My only thought is that in those threads, there is potential for troublesome comments and the like, that we (the mods) can't examine or adjust if needed. It's another item for Sean's consideration, but not as pressing as some of the other fires he's being asked to put out at the moment.

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| January 17, 2010, 2:23 pm
Oh my. I just popped over to my "MegaBloks" thread and notice it's been locked up. I don't mind, in the least, yet as a MOCpage member who normally sticks to himself, I couldn't help but get worried. Did you guys lock it because the green pastures that it once was have dried up and started to grow cacti? Or was I naughty?
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| January 17, 2010, 5:33 pm
And, as long as they don't put on warpaint and start dancing 'round the campfire....
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| January 17, 2010, 5:40 pm
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Quoting Caleb Cutlass-Crocodile Blanchet
Oh my. I just popped over to my "MegaBloks" thread and notice it's been locked up. I don't mind, in the least, yet as a MOCpage member who normally sticks to himself, I couldn't help but get worried. Did you guys lock it because the green pastures that it once was have dried up and started to grow cacti? Or was I naughty?


Nah, there was no problem. I just thought the conversation had run it's course. If you think anything new can be added to the conversation, let me know and I'll unlock it.

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| January 17, 2010, 5:47 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Nah, there was no problem. I just thought the conversation had run it's course. If you think anything new can be added to the conversation, let me know and I'll unlock it.

Nah - It's fine as it is. Thanks for clearing that up!
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| January 17, 2010, 6:06 pm
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Quoting The Master of Mario
Hey anybody that can change this site? (Chris, Mark, etc...) Is it possible to add a horror directory? Bceause there isn't one, and there are alot of horror MOCs. There are also alot of Nintendo MOCs too. I'm just curious.


That would actually be Sean's department. Right now Sean is frying a lot bigger fish. This is a good idea however. Keep it in mind and when we get everything else caught up, remind us and we'll see what we can do.

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| January 17, 2010, 6:39 pm
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Quoting The Master of Mario
Hey anybody that can change this site? (Chris, Mark, etc...) Is it possible to add a horror directory? Bceause there isn't one, and there are alot of horror MOCs. There are also alot of Nintendo MOCs too. I'm just curious.


My question is, would all of the bad Halo and Clone Wars MOCs be included? (I personally find them QUITE horrific!)


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| January 17, 2010, 8:34 pm
Hey Kelso, what do you think I need to improve in my mocs?
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| January 17, 2010, 8:45 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

My question is, would all of the bad Halo and Clone Wars MOCs be included? (I personally find them QUITE horrific!)


(que the dramatic violin music)
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| January 17, 2010, 9:21 pm
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Quoting Lord J
Hey Kelso, what do you think I need to improve in my mocs?


Alright LJ, took a look at your work, and here are a few things that come to mind...

My first thought is that you're doing a pretty competent job with the amount of bricks you appear to have. Most of your MOCs aren't huge, but there's a lot of nice variety within the sci-fi genre of building that you seem to like...which is great to see.

Your compositional work in your dios and narratives could stand a little trimming. What I mean by that is several of the ones I saw looked very busy visually, making it difficult for my eye to focus on any one element in particular. When you have a lot of characters or elements in a vig, try to create some space between them, or least temper the visually busy areas with other areas of the MOC that are simpler. That way you strike a balance, and provide a focal point.

Your color work in general seems very good. On some of your ships, it might be helpful to suggest blocking your color areas a bit more, rather than having them scattered throughout the MOC. That scattered look of secondary color does the same thing as a very busy composition. It visually breaks up the surface area and makes the form harder to recognize. If you "block" your colors (and by that I mean keep secondary colors less scattered and more in a few select areas), the form comes across clearer, and the MOC will appear cleaner as a result.

I also can say that I like the MOCs where you've gotten away from all of the studs showing. Studs are great textural supplements for suggesting things like grass, sand or rocks, textured walls, etc. But especially on smaller MOCs, the heavy texture of the studs can interfere with the forms you're creating, and you'll loose some cleanliness. With larger MOCs, it's not such a big deal.

Presentation: You're taking decent pics already, so now it's just a matter of taking the next step. You might try changing the camera angle a bit more for the various images you're taking. It would be nice to also see some shots from farther away, and other shots much closer. Your lighting seems pretty good. If you're up for it, a photo-editing software would certainly help with your backgrounds, and helping you to get the most out of your creation in it's presentation.

One other thing...detailing. Keep pushing yourself to find areas of greebling for your ships and dios. Don't greeb out everything, of course. But in select areas, keep aiming for more complexity of parts usage, and variety of surface texture.

Okay, that about does it. Hope these comments help, and good luck with your next creations!


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| January 18, 2010, 7:39 am
Did I do a somewhat good job on the greebs here- http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=179832&id=/user_images/25596/12638230991 ?
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| January 18, 2010, 9:17 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Alright LJ, took a look at your work, and here are a few things that come to mind...

My first thought is that you're doing a pretty competent job with the amount of bricks you appear to have. Most of your MOCs aren't huge, but there's a lot of nice variety within the sci-fi genre of building that you seem to like...which is great to see.

Your compositional work in your dios and narratives could stand a little trimming. What I mean by that is several of the ones I saw looked very busy visually, making it difficult for my eye to focus on any one element in particular. When you have a lot of characters or elements in a vig, try to create some space between them, or least temper the visually busy areas with other areas of the MOC that are simpler. That way you strike a balance, and provide a focal point.

Your color work in general seems very good. On some of your ships, it might be helpful to suggest blocking your color areas a bit more, rather than having them scattered throughout the MOC. That scattered look of secondary color does the same thing as a very busy composition. It visually breaks up the surface area and makes the form harder to recognize. If you "block" your colors (and by that I mean keep secondary colors less scattered and more in a few select areas), the form comes across clearer, and the MOC will appear cleaner as a result.

I also can say that I like the MOCs where you've gotten away from all of the studs showing. Studs are great textural supplements for suggesting things like grass, sand or rocks, textured walls, etc. But especially on smaller MOCs, the heavy texture of the studs can interfere with the forms you're creating, and you'll loose some cleanliness. With larger MOCs, it's not such a big deal.

Presentation: You're taking decent pics already, so now it's just a matter of taking the next step. You might try changing the camera angle a bit more for the various images you're taking. It would be nice to also see some shots from farther away, and other shots much closer. Your lighting seems pretty good. If you're up for it, a photo-editing software would certainly help with your backgrounds, and helping you to get the most out of your creation in it's presentation.

One other thing...detailing. Keep pushing yourself to find areas of greebling for your ships and dios. Don't greeb out everything, of course. But in select areas, keep aiming for more complexity of parts usage, and variety of surface texture.

Okay, that about does it. Hope these comments help, and good luck with your next creations!


Thanks, this helped alot. I will try some of the things you said with camera angles on my next moc. And I will keep in mind all of the things you suggested. What editing software would you suggest? Do you know of any good free ones that I could get?
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| January 18, 2010, 9:25 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
... Phipson WOULD be beating me (...oh, that innuendo is SO tempting!) ...


you - pole, chris - dancer.

So, maybe this is now the time to explain http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=8176&topicid=41719#comment-423647 and http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=8176&topicid=41719#comment-423654

XD

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| January 18, 2010, 1:40 pm
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Quoting Lord J
What editing software would you suggest? Do you know of any good free ones that I could get?


I've not used it, but a lot of people really like GIMP. And, if I'm not mistaken, it's a freeware application.

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| January 19, 2010, 7:30 am
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I've said too much already!!!

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| January 19, 2010, 7:33 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

I've not used it, but a lot of people really like GIMP. And, if I'm not mistaken, it's a freeware application.

Thanks, I will look into it.
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| January 19, 2010, 8:37 am
When you post mocs on the site do you photoshop them or leave them as is?
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| January 19, 2010, 11:23 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Flare, this isn't a race or a popularity contest. If it was, Phipson WOULD be beating me (...oh, that innuendo is SO tempting!) But thanks for starting a new thread for me.


Your welcome!
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| January 19, 2010, 12:57 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Pssst *whispers* I know...that was a little joke. (the first person to say "that's what she said" gets electronically dope slapped!)



Thats what sh... *Mugged* ...d
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| January 19, 2010, 12:57 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

What about a slot intended for an STD?


I think Chris has one of those.
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| January 19, 2010, 2:05 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso
Quoting Brick Freak
What I mean to ask is: There are alotta mocs featuring you and Phipson. Do you ever look at them?


Ah, I see what you mean. We'll look at them from time to time, but I don't think either of us go LOOKING for them. It's very flattering and we're both fat-headed, egomaniacal, publicity-mongoring, attention-whores, so we'll certainly check 'em out when we run across them.

What catches my attention is just good building and good presentation, regardless of any topic. Those are the posts that I seek out.

Well, I have put various builders in two creations, Blockage 2 and Dem Bones Xmas party, but that was mainly as a nod to them for their building skills and friendship, also because I thought it was funny.
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| January 19, 2010, 2:07 pm
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Quoting 000 000
When you post mocs on the site do you photoshop them or leave them as is?


The editing varies considerably depending on the need. For something like my latest post, there's minimal Photoshop work. For posts like the Apocalypsis series, the editing is extensive.

But even on the simplest images, I'll usually take them into photoshop before posting, and just check to make sure they look as good as they can with color enhancement, lighting adjustment, or compositional changes.

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| January 19, 2010, 3:55 pm
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Quoting Mister Bones
Quoting Mark Kelso
What about a slot intended for an STD?


I think Chris has one of those.


Wait...a slot, or an STD? Hey, just wanna be clear on this, that's all!



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| January 19, 2010, 3:59 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

I think Chris has one of those.


Wait...a slot, or an STD? Hey, just wanna be clear on this, that's all!



Well you of all people should know the answer to that!
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| January 19, 2010, 4:02 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Pssst *whispers* I know...that was a little joke. (the first person to say "that's what she said" gets electronically dope slapped!)


*whispers* That's what she said... drrr...
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| January 19, 2010, 4:51 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

I think Chris has one of those.


Wait...a slot, or an STD? Hey, just wanna be clear on this, that's all!




Shouldn't you have thought of that a long long time ago?
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| January 19, 2010, 7:17 pm
Quoting robert ball

Shouldn't you have thought of that a long long time ago?


LOL... though that is a good question...
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| January 19, 2010, 7:20 pm
Hey Mark, if you were to get a job offer from the Lego company would you take it?
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| January 19, 2010, 8:12 pm
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Quoting robert ball

Shouldn't you have thought of that a long long time ago?


Indeed, but I was blinded by his Phipsonian wiles.


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| January 20, 2010, 8:32 am
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Quoting Brian peczyna
Hey Mark, if you were to get a job offer from the Lego company would you take it?


Actually, I don't think that I would...at least not at this point. It has mostly to do with the fact that I LOVE being an artist, and really wouldn't want to give that up.

The other thing is that as I work with Lego right now, it's what I WANT to build. If I worked for the LEGO Group as a builder or designer, it would probably be more about what THEY want me to build.

Of course, things could change. The art world right now is suffering terribly, and my income has dropped as a result. If I were to reach a point where I could no longer support myself as an artist, then working for the LEGO Group would certainly be an option that I would welcome (and as an artist and long time hobbyist, I might actually have a shot).

What about you? Would you go for it?

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| January 20, 2010, 8:41 am
im trying to find a specific piece on bricklink,can anyone help me? its a 6x6 wing piece like the black ones on my pelican v4, look at it for reference. im trying to buy it in gray, but i cant find it on that website. grrrr frustrating!
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| January 20, 2010, 11:00 am
Kelso, the official SigKelsoFiggy is a fleshie, but it seems most depictions / abuses by fellow MOCers (i.e., Phipson) use an "unofficial" version.

http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=3626bps9

1. Is this legal?

2. Do you prefer abusers to use the right head? (that did not come out right...)

3. Do you turn from flesh to yellow when you get mad?
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| January 20, 2010, 11:35 am
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J
Kelso, the official SigKelsoFiggy is a fleshie, but it seems most depictions / abuses by fellow MOCers (i.e., Phipson) use an "unofficial" version.

http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=3626bps9

1. Is this legal?

2. Do you prefer abusers to use the right head? (that did not come out right...)

3. Do you turn from flesh to yellow when you get mad?

I used a yellow head.....bad Bones, BAD!!
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| January 20, 2010, 12:23 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
I used a yellow head.....bad Bones, BAD!!


Bad to the bonez!
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| January 20, 2010, 12:26 pm
Quoting Master Shifu Leo J

Bad to the bonez!

HAHAHAHAHA, that was punny.....
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| January 20, 2010, 12:28 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
I used a yellow head.....bad Bones, BAD!!

You bonehead!

Sorry. Bad punz! ;)
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| January 20, 2010, 12:36 pm
Quoting Doctor Sushi
You bonehead!

Sorry. Bad punz! ;)

OH! It's bad pun Wednesday!
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| January 20, 2010, 12:40 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
OH! It's bad pun Wednesday!

I'm not gonna fibula, it takes smarts tibia a good pun writer.~H
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| January 20, 2010, 1:47 pm
Quoting Hans Dendauw
I'm not gonna fibula, it takes smarts tibia a good pun writer.~H

Oh my, I think I threw up a little at that.....
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| January 20, 2010, 1:49 pm
Hey, that was quite humerus! Beats a kick in the coccyx!~H
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| January 20, 2010, 1:53 pm
GROAN.....
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| January 20, 2010, 1:59 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso
Quoting Mister Bones
'Ello Mark, I think I located something you would be interested in. A pink, SHAVED, sheep. http://www.brickforge.com/store/product.php?productid=16806&cat=0&page=

Ok, this joke is starting to get old isn't it?


Ya know, it is...but, I think we can still beat that horse just a tad bit more!

Actually Brick Forge had various colors of those at Brickworld last year, and Phippy picked up a couple...which is how this whole bleeping fiasco got started!


Hey Mark,

I'm a little confused. Theres this thing that a lot of people do called "Honorable Mentions". Does that mean YOU give OTHER people honorable mentions, or are they honorable mentions OTHERS have given to YOU.

If you know, or don't know I would appreciate an answer! Thanks!

~Flare
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| January 20, 2010, 4:33 pm
I'm probably asking this in the wrong place, but I was wondering if you noticed that there is both a "mocpages" and a "new.mocpages" or is it just me? Take this address for example. http://new.mocpages.com/group_conversation_FORM.php?groupid=8176&topicid=42072 (note the "new" at the front of mocpages)
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| January 20, 2010, 6:26 pm
Quoting 000 000
I'm probably asking this in the wrong place, but I was wondering if you noticed that there is both a "mocpages" and a "new.mocpages" or is it just me? Take this address for example. http://new.mocpages.com/group_conversation_FORM.php?groupid=8176&topicid=42072 (note the "new" at the front of mocpages)

That is the login screen.
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| January 20, 2010, 8:27 pm
Quoting 000 000
I'm probably asking this in the wrong place, but I was wondering if you noticed that there is both a "mocpages" and a "new.mocpages" or is it just me? Take this address for example. http://new.mocpages.com/group_conversation_FORM.php?groupid=8176&topicid=42072 (note the "new" at the front of mocpages)
That's very odd. I never would have noticed that.

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| January 20, 2010, 8:30 pm
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Quoting 000 000
I'm probably asking this in the wrong place, but I was wondering if you noticed that there is both a "mocpages" and a "new.mocpages" or is it just me? Take this address for example. http://new.mocpages.com/group_conversation_FORM.php?groupid=8176&topicid=42072 (note the "new" at the front of mocpages)


The "New mocpages" was the beta testing site that we used when we were changing over from the old mocpages to the new system a little over a year ago. Once the change was implemented, "MOCpages" and "New Mocpages" became basically the same site.

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| January 20, 2010, 8:40 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Actually, I don't think that I would...at least not at this point. It has mostly to do with the fact that I LOVE being an artist, and really wouldn't want to give that up.

The other thing is that as I work with Lego right now, it's what I WANT to build. If I worked for the LEGO Group as a builder or designer, it would probably be more about what THEY want me to build.

Of course, things could change. The art world right now is suffering terribly, and my income has dropped as a result. If I were to reach a point where I could no longer support myself as an artist, then working for the LEGO Group would certainly be an option that I would welcome (and as an artist and long time hobbyist, I might actually have a shot).

What about you? Would you go for it?
It depends. when I grow up My biggest dream is to become a professional tennis player, But I realize that only a handful do-so


I feel the same way about not being able to create what I want, As you do, And i'm sure after eight hours of building with Lego you woulden't want to come home and incorparate your own ideas in to Lego. Then again i'm sure they would put me up to a lot of projects that I was into.


I don't think I would ever want to design sets, I would much rather be a builder for them like Sean Kenney is.


In the end it would depend on where I was in life, What the income was, And what my other choices are. I would be just as happy if not more, If I could have a job that I enjoyed, And when I get a chance to build my own stuff, As I do now. :D

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| January 20, 2010, 9:11 pm
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Quoting Brian peczyna
I don't think I would ever want to design sets, I would much rather be a builder for them like Sean Kenney is.


Sean doesn't work FOR Lego. He is a certified Lego Professional who is certified by the Lego company to build commision builds for private contracts. It's a little confusing if you're not familiar with the concept. Long and short of it is, Sean doesn't actually work for Lego.
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| January 20, 2010, 9:19 pm
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Quoting Chris Phipson

Sean doesn't work FOR Lego. He is a certified Lego Professional who is certified by the Lego company to build commision builds for private contracts. It's a little confusing if you're not familiar with the concept. Long and short of it is, Sean doesn't actually work for Lego.


That's an important distinction to make, too. While I don't know a lot about what he does, I know that he is usually commissioned to do work. The difference is that he doesn't get a check from the Lego Group, but uses Lego as an artistic medium, and people hire him to do creations for them.

I work on commission quite a bit, and from my perspective that's a tough way to go. If you worked for the Lego Group, you could expect a steady paycheck. But if Lego is simply your medium, and you work on a commission basis, checks come along as the work comes along. So you constantly have to be acquiring new jobs, and you often can't predict very far into the future how much you will make.

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| January 21, 2010, 3:24 am
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Quoting Commander Flare =D

Hey Mark,

I'm a little confused. Theres this thing that a lot of people do called "Honorable Mentions". Does that mean YOU give OTHER people honorable mentions, or are they honorable mentions OTHERS have given to YOU.

If you know, or don't know I would appreciate an answer! Thanks!

~Flare


In my experience an "Honorable Mention" is used most often in contests by a jury, judge, or representative from the competition. They will award placements for the contest, and might give an Honorable Mention to someone who's work was not quite good enough to win a specific place, but was still worthy of recognition to some degree.

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| January 21, 2010, 3:30 am
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Quoting James Hawke
I was also reading that YOU build what you want and they approve of it, but IDK could be different. ; )


I would guess that it depends on the position (shut it, Phipson!) that you're hired into. The thing is, even if you are coming up with an idea of your own as a master builder, you're still probably taking into consideration things like where it will be seen, size parameters, subject appropriateness, potential for popularity, etc. So even though it's you own concept, you're still heavily influenced by a lot of factors. I don't work for Lego, though, so I could be way off.

I just know that as an artist, I don't get to paint exactly what I want very often. I'm always influenced by factors such as: Is it a sellable subject? How much will someone be willing to pay? Have others already done something similar? Where is it going to be hung (Phipson, did I not just say shut it!), and what subjects can they sell?

The only time I feel entirely free to create what I want to is when I build in my spare time. There are always conditions, but when building as a hobbyist, I feel the most free to do what I want. And that's a GREAT feeling.

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| January 21, 2010, 7:33 am
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Quoting ODST serial 142-761 (46th ODST platoon)
im trying to find a specific piece on bricklink,can anyone help me? its a 6x6 wing piece like the black ones on my pelican v4, look at it for reference. im trying to buy it in gray, but i cant find it on that website. grrrr frustrating!


Here ya be: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=6106

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| January 21, 2010, 7:36 am
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Quoting Master Shifu Leo J
Kelso, the official SigKelsoFiggy is a fleshie, but it seems most depictions / abuses by fellow MOCers (i.e., Phipson) use an "unofficial" version.

http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=3626bps9

1. Is this legal?

2. Do you prefer abusers to use the right head? (that did not come out right...)

3. Do you turn from flesh to yellow when you get mad?



1.) This is entirely against Kelsonian law and punishable by dope slap.

2.) Any head is good head. (and since no one ever abides by Kelsonian law anyway, it's not like they're REALLY going to get punished for it!)

3.) When I get mad, I turn plaid (Hey, that rhymes!)

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| January 21, 2010, 7:43 am
Steve DeCraemer, one of the guys who started TwinLUG, went off to work at the LEGOLAND in San Diego. They don't make much there (an unconfirmed $14 an hour) and it's an expensive city. I couldn't make it on $14 an hour anymore.

Mark - Have you noticed some drop off in commissions for your art work. A guy I know here has found people just aren't buying his paintings of late and it's been the same for several of the people at the Galleries they sell at.

see ya
garth
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| January 21, 2010, 8:02 am
thanks mark! Oh by the way, is there an easier way to search for pieces on bricklink? I cant figure out the lego terminology, for example a wedge 3x3. What does that mean? I know what a 3x3 is but whats a wedge? I dont quite understand how lego names their parts.
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| January 21, 2010, 9:36 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Sean doesn't work FOR Lego. He is a certified Lego Professional who is certified by the Lego company to build commision builds for private contracts. It's a little confusing if you're not familiar with the concept. Long and short of it is, Sean doesn't actually work for Lego.

Oops, My bad.
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| January 21, 2010, 11:17 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

In my experience an "Honorable Mention" is used most often in contests by a jury, judge, or representative from the competition. They will award placements for the contest, and might give an Honorable Mention to someone who's work was not quite good enough to win a specific place, but was still worthy of recognition to some degree.


Thank you Mark! :D
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| January 21, 2010, 11:56 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
2.) Any head is good head.

Any head IS good head. Just like any cat is good cat, mate.~H
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| January 21, 2010, 1:22 pm
Quoting Hans Dendauw
Quoting Mark Kelso
2.) Any head is good head.

Any head IS good head. Just like any cat is good cat, mate.~H

Well, now.....I beg to differ. Cat or the head of which you speak from a 98 year old hermit, not so good. (Do NOT ask how I know)
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| January 21, 2010, 1:28 pm
True, ever tried to separate a cold grilled cheese? *shudder* Sorry for the imagery...~H
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| January 21, 2010, 1:35 pm
Oh....my.....that time I did throw up. Time to clean my desk, again.
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| January 21, 2010, 1:37 pm
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Quoting Garth Danielson
Mark - Have you noticed some drop off in commissions for your art work. A guy I know here has found people just aren't buying his paintings of late and it's been the same for several of the people at the Galleries they sell at.


The commissions are still going strong for me, personally. and thank God they are, because my sales of original work (one's that weren't done on commission) last year were down by almost 80%!!! Galleries have closed down, annual shows have gone under, it's been a nightmare. Fortunately, in my circles, we're starting to see an increase in sales again, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the drought is waining.

It's a precarious thing, though. This isn't the place for a long discussion about the state of our nation's economy, or that of the global economic problems we face, but suffice to say, I'm not optimistic about the future for artists. Here's to me being wrong!

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| January 22, 2010, 8:44 am
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Quoting Hans Dendauw
True, ever tried to separate a cold grilled cheese? *shudder* Sorry for the imagery...~H


Oh, you're killin me, Smalls!

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| January 22, 2010, 8:45 am
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Quoting ODST serial 142-761 (46th ODST platoon)
thanks mark! Oh by the way, is there an easier way to search for pieces on bricklink? I cant figure out the lego terminology, for example a wedge 3x3. What does that mean? I know what a 3x3 is but whats a wedge? I dont quite understand how lego names their parts.


Ha! And there's more to it...Bricklink appearantly has their own terminology for parts, and it doesn't often resemble the terminology used by Lego with their on line PAB. So it gets really confusing if for some reason you try to cross-reference the two sites (which I'll do from time to time when price comparing).

As for understanding the lingo, I really think it's just a matter of spending a little bit of time on Bricklink, and getting to know the parts list better. It took me some time, but I've found Bricklinks method of cataloging not only exceptionally thorough, but also an aid in my own organizing of parts, and I sort and store by their method and descriptions.

Next time you're over there, take a few minutes to just click on any item in their parts list that doesn't seem familiar, and take a look. It gets easier. :)

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| January 22, 2010, 8:52 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Ha! And there's more to it...Bricklink appearantly has their own terminology for parts, and it doesn't often resemble the terminology used by Lego with their on line PAB. So it gets really confusing if for some reason you try to cross-reference the two sites (which I'll do from time to time when price comparing).

As for understanding the lingo, I really think it's just a matter of spending a little bit of time on Bricklink, and getting to know the parts list better. It took me some time, but I've found Bricklinks method of cataloging not only exceptionally thorough, but also an aid in my own organizing of parts, and I sort and store by their method and descriptions.

Next time you're over there, take a few minutes to just click on any item in their parts list that doesn't seem familiar, and take a look. It gets easier. :)


But the numbers for the pieces are identical...
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| January 22, 2010, 11:12 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
Next time you're over there, take

any item in their parts that doesn't seem familiar, and take a look. It gets easier. :)

Heheh.
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| January 22, 2010, 11:23 am
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Quoting Commander Flare =D

But the numbers for the pieces are identical...


Yeah, that's a constant, and handy every now and then. But I rarely look at those numbers (Can you imagine trying to remember the individual numbers for all of Lego's parts?), and when in conversation you rarely, if ever, hear someone say..."okay, so take part no. 3005, and two part no. 6112, and add those to part no..." We all use descriptions.

And Bricklink has a very nice way of describing pieces, I think. they start with generalization (for example: Brick), and then get more specific (Brick, Modified), and more specific (Brick, Modified 1 x 2), until the last part of the description gives you the final aspect of the item (Brick, Modified 1 x 2, with vertical clip). This is how I organize all of my storage, and it's worked beautifully. And any time I'm not sure where to place a part, I'll check with Bricklink, and can almost always find where it should go.

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| January 22, 2010, 1:04 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Yeah, that's a constant, and handy every now and then. But I rarely look at those numbers (Can you imagine trying to remember the individual numbers for all of Lego's parts?), and when in conversation you rarely, if ever, hear someone say..."okay, so take part no. 3005, and two part no. 6112, and add those to part no..." We all use descriptions.

And Bricklink has a very nice way of describing pieces, I think. they start with generalization (for example: Brick), and then get more specific (Brick, Modified), and more specific (Brick, Modified 1 x 2), until the last part of the description gives you the final aspect of the item (Brick, Modified 1 x 2, with vertical clip). This is how I organize all of my storage, and it's worked beautifully. And any time I'm not sure where to place a part, I'll check with Bricklink, and can almost always find where it should go.

Good points! :D
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| January 22, 2010, 1:06 pm
Can anyone tell me the best way of sorting legos? I thought I should sort by color, since I usually want a single color in my model. is this a good option, or is there a more efiicient way?
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| January 22, 2010, 2:44 pm
Quoting ODST serial 142-761
Can anyone tell me the best way of sorting legos? I thought I should sort by color, since I usually want a single color in my model. is this a good option, or is there a more efiicient way?

Sorting by color is MUCH easier than any other system, however it can still take forever to find a small piece, so I suggest sorting by color and then breaking your collection down further once your done. That's what I'm going to do anyways.
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| January 22, 2010, 3:00 pm
Quoting Jake H.
Sorting by color is MUCH easier than any other system, however it can still take forever to find a small piece, so I suggest sorting by color and then breaking your collection down further once your done. That's what I'm going to do anyways.

You are so right, but I suggest micro sorting from the outset. I sorted my collection by color, now when I need a certain black piece I have to dig through a 40 gal tub of black plastic to find it. My searches have taught all the cats some rather interesting swear words.
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| January 22, 2010, 3:24 pm
Quoting Mister Bones
You are so right, but I suggest micro sorting from the outset. I sorted my collection by color, now when I need a certain black piece I have to dig through a 40 gal tub of black plastic to find it. My searches have taught all the cats some rather interesting swear words.

A 40 gal. tub might be too big to do this but try emptying the pieces into a blanket look for your pieces, then when your done fold the blanket up, drop it into the tub and slowly pull it out from one of the corners.
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| January 22, 2010, 3:37 pm
Quoting Jake H.
A 40 gal. tub might be too big to do this but try emptying the pieces into a blanket look for your pieces, then when your done fold the blanket up, drop it into the tub and slowly pull it out from one of the corners.

I have. Then there is cat hair on all the pieces....HAHAHAHAHA My Dark grey and light grey are also in huge tubs, so color sort of did not work for me. It will take forever to micro sort this &^$%&^$%! I like having the colors sorted, but I want the sizes sorted a bit as well.
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| January 22, 2010, 3:45 pm
On Bricklink, I find that I can also use a set's inventory to look up a part I'm not sure of the name or category. If you see a part in an Indy set you can look up the set on BL and then use the inventory to look up the part. After that you see what people are selling it and for how much.

I keep the intial page on thumbnail so I can a lot of parts on each page. loads faster and easier to see the range of parts in a type. Studying the parts is good too. You might see something that could be of value you don't have.

It's like anything complicated, you just need to spend some time with the site. I bet I go there every day. It's just a great place to look up stuff and crib pics for my blog.

see ya
garth


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| January 22, 2010, 4:24 pm
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Quoting ODST serial 142-761
Can anyone tell me the best way of sorting legos? I thought I should sort by color, since I usually want a single color in my model. is this a good option, or is there a more efiicient way?


Sorting by color is basically how I started off. As your collection grows, you'll find that you need to sort it further into other categories. If you're interested, here's a link to how I've sorted my collection thus far.

(wow, who says "thus far?")
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/154746

So for those just starting out, I'd suggest starting by color. Others have their own opinion of course. You'll have to find what works best for you. Good luck!

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| January 22, 2010, 4:39 pm
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Quoting ODST serial 142-761
Can anyone tell me the best way of sorting legos? I thought I should sort by color, since I usually want a single color in my model. is this a good option, or is there a more efiicient way?


Others have already chimed in with some good tips, but I'll go ahead with my two cents here, as well...

I prefer sorting by part rather than color. The reason for that is your colors will contrast well with one another as they get grouped together, this contrast will make it easier for your eye to perceive the differences in the shape of each individual piece. If you have all of one color in a container, then the forms become more difficult to differentiate from one another.

That doesn't mean you need a bin or drawer for every single element Lego's created (although I'm heading in that direction!). You can go with something as simple as bricks, plates, modified bricks and plates, slopes, and misc. Or you can go as complex as I do, with over 500 drawers and bins, or anything in between.

The important thing is that you find what works best for yourself. We each have differing ways of organizing (or failing to organize) our collection, but whatever the case, if it works for you, then that's all that matters.

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| January 23, 2010, 7:33 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Others have already chimed in with some good tips, but I'll go ahead with my two cents here, as well...

I prefer sorting by part rather than color. The reason for that is your colors will contrast well with one another as they get grouped together, this contrast will make it easier for your eye to perceive the differences in the shape of each individual piece. If you have all of one color in a container, then the forms become more difficult to differentiate from one another.

That doesn't mean you need a bin or drawer for every single element Lego's created (although I'm heading in that direction!). You can go with something as simple as bricks, plates, modified bricks and plates, slopes, and misc. Or you can go as complex as I do, with over 500 drawers and bins, or anything in between.

The important thing is that you find what works best for yourself. We each have differing ways of organizing (or failing to organize) our collection, but whatever the case, if it works for you, then that's all that matters.

Cool I was about to ask the same question. 0.o Thanks though!
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| January 23, 2010, 7:48 am
Hi mark! Would you know how to get a completely white backround with Paint.net?
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| January 23, 2010, 4:31 pm
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Quoting Brian peczyna
Hi mark! Would you know how to get a completely white backround with Paint.net?


Brian, I typed up a reply to you, but it's been lost in the ether. I'll give it some time to see if it magically appears. If not, I'll respond again shortly. Sorry for the delay...not sure what happened there.

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| January 24, 2010, 6:47 am
Quoting Brian peczyna
Hi mark! Would you know how to get a completely white backround with Paint.net?


How does this 'Paint.net' you speak of, work?
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| January 24, 2010, 5:14 pm
Quoting Brick Freak

How does this 'Paint.net' you speak of, work?
It's a photo-shopping software. Here is the link:http://www.getpaint.net/

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| January 24, 2010, 6:23 pm
Im thinking about purchasing 10 pounds of legos off of Ebay. It costs $100, so Im wondering if $10 per pound is a good deal.
Is it?
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| January 25, 2010, 12:16 pm
Oh supreme abuser of the sig figgy, will you let me in the SigFiggy Abusers Club?
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| January 25, 2010, 1:49 pm
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