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Quoting Matthew Novosad
Hey Mark, if you want to keep updated on my writing here are the links to the threads in the group Stories and Comics: http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=6599&topicid=53268

and my older story that is on hold: http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=6599&topicid=41901


Cool. Thanks, Matthew!

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| July 11, 2010, 1:55 pm
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Quoting E.K.O =D
do you often get group invites?


Dude...TONS!!! And they're literally on a daily basis. It's awesome that everyone seems to want me in their group, and I often feel bad that I can't join all of them, but unfortunately, there's just no way.

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| July 11, 2010, 1:56 pm
Hey Kelso, have you looked closely at my buddy Icon? You may recognize someone in it.
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| July 11, 2010, 2:24 pm
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Quoting Brady G
Kelso's either really short, or you're just tall.


Let's put it this way... Kelso's pushin 6ft 2.

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| July 11, 2010, 8:10 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Let's put it this way... Kelso's pushin 6ft 2.

Well, first off, he was hanging on my shoulder, and two, I am 6'6". I will get around to posting my Brickworld pictures one of these days, don't worry.
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| July 11, 2010, 8:28 pm
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Quoting Tyler Halliwell .
Hey Kelso, have you looked closely at my buddy Icon? You may recognize someone in it.


You fool...be seen with me and you can kiss any community respect you might have had goodbye!
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| July 11, 2010, 8:34 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

You fool...be seen with me and you can kiss any community respect you might have had goodbye!

Who said I had any community respect in the first place?
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| July 11, 2010, 8:41 pm
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You just can't argue with that kind of logic...
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| July 11, 2010, 8:56 pm
http://www.flickr.com/photos/40712407@N06/4779243670/

Does thee care to review one of the mortal's creations?
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| July 11, 2010, 9:11 pm
Why did the MOTD change? At first today it was a minifigure and now it is a tank. What happened? I am not making this up.
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| July 12, 2010, 4:09 pm
Quoting Tyler Halliwell .
Why did the MOTD change? At first today it was a minifigure and now it is a tank. What happened? I am not making this up.

The Fig was spammed by someone who apparently had a spazz attack with the 'enter' button. I'm guessing that was why it was removed.
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| July 12, 2010, 4:28 pm
Quoting Andrew Somers
The Fig was spammed by someone who apparently had a spazz attack with the 'enter' button. I'm guessing that was why it was removed.

Okay. Thanks.
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| July 12, 2010, 5:26 pm
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Quoting Nick Shelton
http://www.flickr.com/photos/40712407@N06/4779243670/

Does thee care to review one of the mortal's creations?


Well, mortal, not too bad! Love the color choices throughout the MOC. I like the varied tans especially. That looks great. Might be cool to see the patterns of the dark tans a bit more irratic and broken up. They're pretty blocky right now, and some variation might help to make them feel a bit more natural. That's providing you've got smaller plates to work with...I know that color's pretty limited.

The MOC is also a little visually heavy at the top with the plane AND the building. I love the idea of the low sweeping plane over the area. I think it would be cool to see the plane in a different location, at a different angle than the building, and maybe even tilted a bit. It would help to emphasize the action more than it sitting flat and square, and right up against the structure below it.

Anyway, those are my thoughts. Nice work all the same!



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| July 13, 2010, 5:57 pm
Hey there mark, i am really into animation making my figs come to life, do you have any experience with that? i could use some advice. I am making a new video and was wondering what i could do better would you mind reviewing this one telling me EVERYTHING i could do better? i just want to make my videos the best they can be, so if you have a few minutes could you review this vid? http://mocpages.com/moc.php/209133 the second part
Thanks!

~Shane
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| July 15, 2010, 7:29 pm
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Quoting Snooperking .
Hey there mark, i am really into animation making my figs come to life, do you have any experience with that? i could use some advice. I am making a new video and was wondering what i could do better would you mind reviewing this one telling me EVERYTHING i could do better? i just want to make my videos the best they can be, so if you have a few minutes could you review this vid? http://mocpages.com/moc.php/209133 the second part
Thanks!

~Shane


Well, Shane, I've not done any video work myself (in regard to Lego work, but I have done video art before), so I can't give you any info on the tools you use. But, I can give you some thoughts on the aesthetics. Here are a couple of things I might suggest...

1) Lighting - I noticed some flickering in the first film. You might have corrected that because I didn't notice it so much in the second. But I was thinking that the lighting, in general was too warm (yellowish) for the kind of scenes you were depicting. I would expect them to have a more bluish cast for night time imagery, or even, in some instances, some red or orange light from fires and explosions. (It would be cool to shoot a frame or two with a red light to suggest explosions in the distance).

2) Viewer's perspective - It's a 3-D world, so take advantage of it! Much of what you shot was from the same level and distance. You might consider changing that up a bit. Close-ups, overhead shots, wide angle shots, etc. Could really help. I know it's just Lego, but think about the mood you're trying to set, and the events taking place in the story you're telling, and select shots (angles, focal lengths, etc.) that reflect that.

Actually Alex Eylar would be the one to tell you more about that, as he knows a LOT more than I do about film. But anyway, those are some thoughts I had watching those...

Best of luck, and great work!

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| July 16, 2010, 9:19 am
Quoting Snooperking .
Hey there mark, i am really into animation making my figs come to life, do you have any experience with that? i could use some advice. I am making a new video and was wondering what i could do better would you mind reviewing this one telling me EVERYTHING i could do better? i just want to make my videos the best they can be, so if you have a few minutes could you review this vid? http://mocpages.com/moc.php/209133 the second part
Thanks!

~Shane

I know I'm not Kelso, but I am a big time brickfilmer, and I have a few tips.

1. Shoot and replay your pictures at 12 frames per second.

2. To know how long it would take a minifigure to do a specific action, time how long it takes you to do it, and then use that same amount of time in the film. For example, we walk two steps every second at a normal speed.

3. Try to acquire a good editing software like Adobe Premiere. It really helps in the aspect of turning your pictures to film.

4. To get a deeper depth of field, turn the f-stop on your camera down as far as it will go. In return, you will also have to turn up your shutter speed.

5. If you shoot in a room with windows, cover all the windows while shooting to help prevent light flicker.

6. Turn your lamps on at least 30 min. before you shoot. This helps the light to level out and not flicker as much.

Keep up the great work, your films are already looking good!

Mudskipper
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| July 16, 2010, 1:58 pm
When you're doing your lighting for your large ships, how do you manage to keep the background so dark while leaving the ship well lit?
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| July 16, 2010, 3:54 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Well, Shane, I've not done any video work myself (in regard to Lego work, but I have done video art before), so I can't give you any info on the tools you use. But, I can give you some thoughts on the aesthetics. Here are a couple of things I might suggest...

1) Lighting - I noticed some flickering in the first film. You might have corrected that because I didn't notice it so much in the second. But I was thinking that the lighting, in general was too warm (yellowish) for the kind of scenes you were depicting. I would expect them to have a more bluish cast for night time imagery, or even, in some instances, some red or orange light from fires and explosions. (It would be cool to shoot a frame our two with a red light to suggest explosions in the distance).

2) Viewer's perspective - It's a 3-D world, so take advantage of it! Much of what you shot was from the same level and distance. You might consider changing that up a bit. Close-ups, overhead shots, wide angle shots, etc. Could really help. I know it's just Lego, but think about the mood you're trying to set, and the events taking place in the story you're telling, and select shots (angles, focal lengths, etc.) that reflect that.

Actually Alex Eylar would be the one to tell you more about that, as he knows a LOT more than I do about film. But anyway, those are some thoughts I had watching those...

Best of luck, and great work!


Thank you so much for your time! and in my new video (im a major WWII fanatic if cant already see that) i have been testing out camera angles and i have been messing around with my camera, tripod ect. The light sometimes still flickrs but not nearly as much as it did, i blocked all the windows in my room with pillows and stuff and i have been working on my sound effects as well. Once again thank you so much!

~Shane
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| July 16, 2010, 5:18 pm
Kelso! *whistle* Here Kelso! I got a brickfilm for you! It's an old one, and my animation has gotten better, but I still think it's good. Tell me what ya' think. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/214292
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| July 16, 2010, 6:04 pm
Hey Kelso! How's it going with the Eye of Chaos SHIP. You gonna post an update soon, or are the Competent Halo builders gonna take their own Lifes? I just Love building Halo Ships and the Phoenix or whatever class is the only Warship I haven't done.
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| July 16, 2010, 9:20 pm
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Quoting Brendan Dore
Well, Mark, you're good at giant ships, so I thought I could ask you a question: Could you give me a little constructive criticism on this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/republic_of_brendonia/4746629008/

And yes, the picture is bad, but everyone tells me that. So, if you have the time, you can, if you don't, that's fine, I don't mind. Thanks.


Yeah! Looking AWESOME!

At this point there's not a lot to say, partially due to the fact it's still in the early stages, and partially due to the fact you're already looking very competent with your building skills.

I will say that I really like some of the side walls in the WIP shot, the angles that you've set up, and so on. I'll assume that you're going no-studs with the project, based upon the way you handled the guns (tiled on top), which is always a recommendation I give out.

I think right now that the forms are looking fairly blocky, and it would be nice to see some smaller forms mixed in with the larger ones in the way of detailing and some greeb work. You're not far enough along at this point to really be pushing the detail, and maybe you've already considered that.

For now I'll just say "looking great" and leave it at that. Keep me posted, though, if you wouldn't mind, as the work progresses. As you get farther into it, I'd be glad to throw more thoughts your way.


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| July 17, 2010, 10:12 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Yeah! Looking AWESOME!

At this point there's not a lot to say, partially due to the fact it's still in the early stages, and partially due to the fact you're already looking very competent with your building skills.

I will say that I really like some of the side walls in the WIP shot, the angles that you've set up, and so on. I'll assume that you're going no-studs with the project, based upon the way you handled the guns (tiled on top), which is always a recommendation I give out.

I think right now that the forms are looking fairly blocky, and it would be nice to see some smaller forms mixed in with the larger ones in the form of detailing and some greeb work. You're not far enough along at this point to really be pushing the detail, and maybe you've already considered that.

For now I'll just say "looking great" and leave it at that. Keep me posted, though, if you wouldn't mind, as the work progresses. As you get farther into it, I'd be glad to throw more thoughts your way.

mr kelso how can we make the sigfiggy abuser club more active oh and btw whats your opinion on this its your specialaty http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/214389
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| July 17, 2010, 10:15 am
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Quoting 000 000
When you're doing your lighting for your large ships, how do you manage to keep the background so dark while leaving the ship well lit?


I create a good bit of distance between my backdrop (which is made of large black curtains) and my MOCs. Then I arrange the lights so they shine mostly on the model itself, while the drops (that are farther away) don't get any light.

I'll also often attach sheets of foam board to stands just in front of the lights, and adjust the boards so they block any excess light that would shine beyond the MOC. This is a very handy technic. If you don't have a way of attaching the boards, you can get a single light source, set the camera on a timer, and while the timer is counting down, pick up the board and manually adjust it so light is only on your MOC.

Meanwhile, by having a drop way behind the model, it not only stays out of the light, but also goes out of focus in the pictures, which helps to visually push it back even further. When it's out of focus, wrinkles also soften and you get a smoother background in general.

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| July 17, 2010, 10:22 am
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Quoting Darren D.
Hey Kelso! How's it going with the Eye of Chaos SHIP. You gonna post an update soon, or are the Competent Halo builders gonna take their own Lifes? I just Love building Halo Ships and the Phoenix or whatever class is the only Warship I haven't done.


I'm doing my best, but a combination of re-works and daily life (work schedule and a family invasion...my wife's sister, husband, kids, and even the dog are staying with us for a month or so) have slowed things a good bit.

I found some killer reference pics in the new Halo Encyclopedia, which finally gives me proper proportions. BUT...I quickly realized my version was too short. So these past few weeks, what little build time I have had, has been dedicated to taking apart the back end of the SHIP, and then adding another foot of ship length to what I already had...pain in the gluteus maximus, but necessary for proper form!

Hope to have another post in late August. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

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| July 17, 2010, 10:28 am
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Quoting Random Dan
I mean come on, who knows what goes around inside Kelso's head!


Well, when I sneeze there's often a faint rattling, sort of like a spray paint can...if that gives you any indication.

Quoting Random Dan
I was wondering if Kelso could give me tips on putting details into the the insides of buildings, tips on making furniture, tips on lighting, and anything else he feels like revealing to me.


Dude, unfortunately you're covering so much territory with that question that it would take months to respond appropriately.

In general, however, I would recommend looking on line (here and on Flickr in particular) at other builders who really catch your attention. Take a VERY close look at how they approach their work. Look at their parts choices, their building methods and techniques, even their lighting and presentation, and try to emulate what you see.

For example, I was heavily influenced when first coming to MOCpages by Dan Jassim and Keith Goldman's work. I was also struck by the work of Erick Varszegi (his Venator). So when I decided to start building, I was constantly looking at how they pieced together their creations, what they used for detailing, etc.

I also looked at Jassim's presentations and tried to do something similar with mine. Eventually I found my own path...and hopefully you will, too...but until then, look towards the builders that inspire you. The answers are often right there in the works themselves.


Good luck!

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| July 17, 2010, 10:38 am
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Quoting Glenn Streeter
mr kelso how can we make the sigfiggy abuser club more active oh and btw whats your opinion on this its your specialaty http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/214389


As for the Sig Figgy Abusers Club, I'm leaving it up to you guys to do what you want with it.

I did actually go and open up the rules a bit, so MOCs that are using and abusing fellow sig figs can now be posted. As for suggestions...

Start a contest. Or maybe have a weekly fig to pick on (just randomly pick a member each week and have everyone build a MOC smack-talking the dude or something). Or have a monthly theme (for example: August could be the "death by kittens" month where anyone interested can build and post a MOC with a figgy biting the dust due to cats or something).

The point is, don't wait for someone else to come up with fun ideas...Be bold, be daring...be creative with your abuse!

(I'll have to get to the link next time - gotta get back to work at the moment)

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| July 17, 2010, 10:49 am
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Quoting Mark Kelso
"death by kittens"


I think that's probably the most random and funniest thing you've ever said and you've inspired me.

All hear this! I hear by decree that it is now "death by kittens" month and all of you are to make a moc of Kelso or myself using this theme.

Post links to your creations in one of our threads and I will do my best to comment on each and every one of them!

You've got till the end of July. GO!
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| July 17, 2010, 4:55 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

I think that's probably the most random and funniest thing you've ever said and you've inspired me.

All hear this! I hear by decree that it is now "death by kittens" month and all of you are to make a moc of Kelso or myself using this theme.

Post links to your creations in one of our threads and I will do my best to comment on each and every one of them!

You've got till the end of July. GO!


I suggest a group. This is going to be funny.
Reminds me of the killer rabbit in The Holy Grail..."That's the most foul, cruel, bad- tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!"
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| July 17, 2010, 8:10 pm
Quoting El Barto !

I suggest a group. This is going to be funny.
Reminds me of the killer rabbit in The Life Of Brian..."That's the most foul, cruel, bad- tempered rodent you ever set eyes on!"

That is in the Holy Grail, not the Life of Brian. Monty Python Mix-Up alert.
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| July 17, 2010, 8:19 pm
Quoting Tyler Halliwell .
That is in the Holy Grail, not the Life of Brian. Monty Python Mix-Up alert.

Fixed! Glad someone's paying attention.
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| July 17, 2010, 8:31 pm
Quoting Random Dan
and anything else he feels like revealing to me.

NO, bad idea!

Anyway, Kelso, I made this "tall" vignette, sort of a micro dio, it features a micro ship bombing a city bla bla. http://mocpages.com/moc.php/212451
It is on a snowy planet and as you can hopefully see it's featured right next to a cliff, but all I have is a giant white wall with a lump. I tried to make rocks with snow on them sticking out from the wall, but was having trouble and was wondering if you had any tips on what pieces to use and how to make it convincing.
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| July 17, 2010, 10:33 pm
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Quoting Glenn Streeter
whats your opinion on this its your specialaty http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/214389


It's a cool little sigfiggy. If you want to specialize it a bit more, you could always use a sticker of some kind on the shirt, or even make a custom one yourself.

I'll go ahead and mention a couple of things to shoot for next time...

I find any MOC, even just a sigfig, looks nicer with a plain background instead of your room showing in the distance. White and black tend to be the most common choices, but anything that doesn't clash with your MOC and simplifies what's in the background will help.

Also, I would STRONGLY recommend using proper punctuation and better sentence structure... capital letters to start your sentences, periods to end them, commas in proper places, etc. If you fail to use those tools in writing, it makes your text very difficult to understand. For example, you wrote:

"my bill oddy moment ooh look its a swallow im also holding a bird book"

I'm sorry if this sounds bad, but WHAT THE HECK are you saying there? If people can't understand what they're reading, then they'll be much less likely to look.

Hope those tips help. Good luck!

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| July 18, 2010, 9:01 am
Mark, can you give me your opinion on this? http://mocpages.com/moc.php/213870
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| July 18, 2010, 9:09 am
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Quoting Brendan Dore
Here's an update of my ship, Kelso: http://www.flickr.com/photos/republic_of_brendonia/4813014328/


Looks fantastic so far. What do expect the final length on this monster to be?

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| July 21, 2010, 7:06 am
Hey Mark, what is the ratio of MOCing ability to intelligence level?
Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?
What happens to helium balloons that float up from children at the county fair?
I like mine with lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes. A big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer, good God Almighty which way do I steer for my cheeseburger in paradise?
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| July 21, 2010, 10:05 am
I want an outside view from someone. What do I pass off to you as? (If you look at my stuff.) Am I a builder with a small collection? Am I a builder who makes unneeded shortcuts?
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| July 21, 2010, 4:46 pm
Here's some tricky ones for ya, Mark...and hopefully something that hasn't been asked a hundred times already...

1. Your an artist obviously...so do any art periods (and particular art works for that matter) ever influence your lego creations?

2. A lot of people are asking both you and many other of the MOCpages "elites" to rate them, their stuff, how their doing, etc. What do you see as three characteristics that should be possessed by a MOCpages member for them to be considered a quality, respected, and accomplished builder? Listen up new and comment-conscious builders...this question is for you.

3. Does the madness ever end?
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| July 22, 2010, 1:36 am
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Quoting Aaron The Azure Knight .
Hey Kelso? Would you mind to critisize.... uh, I mean comment on this? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/214690
It's one of my best ship MOCs, and I need some critisizement on it. (Pics may be bad, cause my camera isn't state-of-the-art.)


As I mentioned on the page, I really think the addition of the sticker was nice. And the lighting was a VERY cool touch.

I think the next step for you might be to work on something with a more of a complex form, and start trying some techniques with studs facing different directions.

For example, with the MOC we're talking about here, you created the impression of an angular hull section, by stair-stepping the bricks inward. But have you considered making an angular section by turning a plate sideways and attaching it with a hinge or two of some type? Also, the general shape of the ship is pretty straight forward. Maybe try something with a more unusual form next time...wing units, cargo bins, weapons, etc. Just some thoughts.

Anyway, I thought it was a nice build, and I hope you'll keep trying to push your skills with each new MOC.

Good luck!



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| July 22, 2010, 4:30 pm
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Quoting Brendan Dore
I really don't know yet, 'cuz I still have to put two more triple gun turrets on there and some anti-aircraft guns on it. I don't even know the current length. I'll get back to you on that one, Kelso.


Keep me posted!

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| July 22, 2010, 4:35 pm
Hey Mark, do you play RTS (Real Time Strategy) Games like Age of Empires 3?
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| July 22, 2010, 4:36 pm
Mark, I hope I'm not intruding but what do you think of these two?

link 1:http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/204993
link 2:http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/205391
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| July 22, 2010, 4:37 pm
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Quoting Dennis Price
Hey Mark, what is the ratio of MOCing ability to intelligence level?


I'm sorry. I don't understand the question.

Quoting Dennis Price
Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?


Because I sing like Snow White, and smell like worms.

Quoting Dennis Price
What happens to helium balloons that float up from children at the county fair?


They land in Erie, Indiana to join all of the missing socks from your dryer.

Quoting Dennis Price
I like mine with lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes. A big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer, good God Almighty which way do I steer for my cheeseburger in paradise?


I'll meet you at I-65 and Southport Road...we can discuss it further, but you're buying.

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| July 22, 2010, 4:45 pm
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Quoting Green Man
I want an outside view from someone. What do I pass off to you as? (If you look at my stuff.) Am I a builder with a small collection? Am I a builder who makes unneeded shortcuts?


I wouldn't say it's immediately obvious that you take shortcuts or have a relatively small collection. What comes across the strongest is that your building and presentation could use some refining in order to stand out a bit more from the crowd.

You don't have to do massive creations to improve your MOCs, but eliminating most of the studs, having a nicely composed creation, and presenting it well will help IMMENSELY.

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| July 22, 2010, 5:25 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

I wouldn't say it's immediately obvious that you take shortcuts or have a relatively small collection. What comes across the strongest is that your building and presentation could use some refining in order to stand out a bit more from the crowd.

You don't have to do massive creations to improve your MOCs, but eliminating most of the studs, having a nicely composed creation, and presenting it well will help IMMENSELY.

could you check out those links for me?
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| July 22, 2010, 5:28 pm
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Quoting Dylan B
Here's some tricky ones for ya, Mark...and hopefully something that hasn't been asked a hundred times already...

1. Your an artist obviously...so do any art periods (and particular art works for that matter) ever influence your lego creations?

2. A lot of people are asking both you and many other of the MOCpages "elites" to rate them, their stuff, how their doing, etc. What do you see as three characteristics that should be possessed by a MOCpages member for them to be considered a quality, respected, and accomplished builder? Listen up new and comment-conscious builders...this question is for you.

3. Does the madness ever end?



Dylan, I'm sorry, dude...but MOCpages is being a MAJOR pain today for whatever reason. I just lost everything I typed, and don't have the time to do it again today. I'll get to this one again in the next few days, I promise. Great questions!

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| July 22, 2010, 6:14 pm
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Quoting Matthew Novosad
Hey Mark, do you play RTS (Real Time Strategy) Games like Age of Empires 3?


Nah. It's not that I wouldn't enjoy it, though. Unfortunately, my free time is extremely limited and if I get any, it's always Lego related.


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| July 22, 2010, 6:20 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Nah. It's not that I wouldn't enjoy it, though. Unfortunately, my free time is extremely limited and if I get any, it's always Lego related.


Yeah, that is defiantly understandable, games can take up to about an hour.
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| July 22, 2010, 6:25 pm
Kelso, did you ever check out that Kitty Animatic? Seeing as I made it, I'm lookin' for your opinion...http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/214292
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| July 22, 2010, 10:25 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso


Dylan, I'm sorry, dude...but MOCpages is being a MAJOR pain today for whatever reason. I just lost everything I typed, and don't have the time to do it again today. I'll get to this one again in the next few days, I promise. Great questions!


No sweat...MOCpages has been quite a pain in the butt for the last few months. Always remember to either type long comments in Microsoft word or hit "copy" before you submit them. It can save a lot of unnecessary anger, foul language, and time. ;)

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| July 23, 2010, 1:38 am
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Quoting Mudskipper 4
Kelso, did you ever check out that Kitty Animatic? Seeing as I made it, I'm lookin' for your opinion...http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/214292


I don't recall you asking me to check it out before, but then again I'm old and senile, so there it is.

So anyway, I did manage to get over there THIS time, and for those that haven't seen the page, I'm going to go ahead and copy what I wrote on your comments section over there...

"Absolutely fantastic. Some nice variation in camera angles, depth of field, zooms and fades...all very seamless and fitting for the concept. But what I love...let me say again...LOVE!!!!!...about this, is that it manages to transcend being a trite little Lego flick about a cat stuck in a tree. Somehow you made me stop and think for a moment about one of humanities greatest qualities; our capacity for compassion for others. It's a rare thing when a MOCpages creation is as powerful as this. 'Well done' doesn't even begin to come close. This was brilliant!"

Not much more I can say.


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| July 23, 2010, 9:11 am
Can you tell me your opinion on this
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/215426
I'd like to be able to be good at Post-Apoc kinda stuff.
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| July 23, 2010, 4:21 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

I'll meet you at I-65 and Southport Road...we can discuss it further, but you're buying.

You're on! I'll let you know when I plan on heading that way and, indeed, lunch will be on me.
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| July 23, 2010, 4:53 pm
If you had to choose:
Would it be this or that?
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| July 24, 2010, 11:31 pm
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Quoting Lt. John Harland
Can you tell me your opinion on this
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/215426
I'd like to be able to be good at Post-Apoc kinda stuff.


Okay, so I left a quick comment, but let's go into a bit more detail...

The general layout itself is REALLY nice. I love the height of the building, too, in contrast with the stark surroundings you've created. You paid some nice attention to details as well, with multiple rooms and little scenes in each, and I really liked some of the elements you used: the netting, the sand bags (I'm not a purist, so I thought those were actually nice additions), the trash can with the fire.

Where I think you could still make some improvements would be in the color blocking, studs, and photography area. And this is getting pretty picky here, but it's what you'll need for the next step, IMHO....

While I liked your color choices a LOT, their placement seemed a bit chaotic and I had a hard time making out the forms of the building as a result. Just a little too much "every color, everywhere" for me. I understand the need for it to some degree, particularly with the subject you're working with, so just a bit less browns everywhere...or even make the browns smaller plates instead of bricks, and I think you'd have it.

I don't mind the studs at all in the landscaping, but if you could eliminate more of them in the building, I think it would tend to create a more believeable scene. And finally, try to work on your pics. Many of them were poorly lit and out of focus. You've done a great job with the build, and it needs to be presented to the best of your ability. I know I'm always anxious to post when the building is finished, and it's easy to rush through the photographing process...but good photos show off your work as it deserves to be seen, and it's worth it to go back and take more pics if the first ones aren't in focus or have lighting that you're not happy with.

Anyway, some really nice work there, keep it up, amigo!

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| July 25, 2010, 7:59 am
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Quoting Brendan Dore
Quoting Mark Kelso

Kelso, here's another update of my battleship: http://www.flickr.com/photos/republic_of_brendonia/4830841279/


Sweet, thanks. And keep 'em comin. By the way, have you seen this insanity...

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/215847


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| July 28, 2010, 7:56 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Sweet, thanks. And keep 'em comin. By the way, have you seen this insanity...

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/215847


mr kelso sir are you one of the judges in the mocolympics?
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| July 28, 2010, 8:59 am
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Quoting vasilios nikolaou
mr kelso sir are you one of the judges in the mocolympics?


Yep...yep...and, yep. If you'd like to win, I accept cach, check, credit card, or Lego by the pound.

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| August 1, 2010, 6:44 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Yep...yep...and, yep. If you'd like to win, I accept cach, check, credit card, or Lego by the pound.


I've got cash lol XD
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| August 1, 2010, 6:49 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Yep...yep...and, yep. If you'd like to win, I accept cach, check, credit card, or Lego by the pound.

Haha. How's $100 by papal? Lol
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| August 1, 2010, 6:55 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Yep...yep...and, yep. If you'd like to win, I accept cach, check, credit card, or Lego by the pound.

You don't deal in pounds of gold?
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| August 2, 2010, 7:15 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Yep...yep...and, yep. If you'd like to win, I accept cach, check, credit card, or Lego by the pound.

Sean Kenney could use some cache for the server.
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| August 2, 2010, 8:10 pm
Easy there Mark....bribes go to me!
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| August 4, 2010, 10:21 am
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Quoting William Meng
You don't deal in pounds of gold?


Lego IS gold!


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| August 5, 2010, 8:53 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Lego IS gold!



The amount it costs around where I live, you'd certainly think so.
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| August 5, 2010, 9:30 am
Quoting Joe P.
This kid needs some attention-

http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/46627

Everyone's homepage is like that.
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| August 5, 2010, 7:34 pm
Kelso can you tell me how come when I upload my pics in the right order and then go to create page thair all rong?
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| August 6, 2010, 4:32 pm
Mark-This kid really could use some more comments. He's got a real knack for Bionicle:
http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/52571

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| August 6, 2010, 10:17 pm
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Quoting Ford F250
Kelso can you tell me how come when I upload my pics in the right order and then go to create page thair all rong?


Any time you load more images, their placed at the very top. Say you've got five pics already loaded. You decide to add another three...those three will appear above the first five. All you need to do is highlight the ones you want to move, cut them, and paste them in their proper location.

Hope that does it for ya. Good luck!

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| August 10, 2010, 8:03 am
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Quoting Drew the Sk8er
Mark-This kid really could use some more comments. He's got a real knack for Bionicle:
http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/52571


Wow, you're not kidding! Thanks for the link. I left a comment on one of my favs of his, and I'll try to get back to leave a few more. He's got chops with the Bionicle, no doubt!

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| August 10, 2010, 8:08 am
As of now, Chip...er I mean Chris will be known as...The Phiponater!
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| August 10, 2010, 8:15 pm
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Quoting Aaron The Azure Knight .
Hey Kelso? What is your progress on the Eye of Chaos? It's been a while since the last entry. I'm to excited about the final product!


It's been slow (due to a hectic work schedule, and a lot of home improvements in my spare time), but steady. I hope to have another entry in about another one to two weeks with shots of the back portion of the dorsal section.
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| August 11, 2010, 11:48 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

It's been slow (due to a hectic work schedule, and a lot of home improvements in my spare time), but steady. I hope to have another entry in about another one to two weeks with shots of the back portion of the dorsal section.

Hey Mark (can I call you Mark?), I need your opinion. For the comic I'm making, is it ok if the theme music is this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arL2BqHD42A
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| August 11, 2010, 6:05 pm
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Quoting Fox .
Hey Mark (can I call you Mark?), I need your opinion. For the comic I'm making, is it ok if the theme music is this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arL2BqHD42A


First of all, you're welcome to call me whatever you like...but what most people call me gets deleted, so choose your adjetives carefully. ;-)

Second, the song...I'm afraid I'd have to say nopety, nopety, no on that one. It drops the F-bomb, and that's not cool with Sean round these here parts. Too bad, actually. REALLY like that song. It uses Ozzy's "Crazy Train" hook nicely.

I will say thanks for asking, though. But it we had seen it posted, it would've gotten deleted immediately, so better to know ahead of time.

Thanks!

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| August 12, 2010, 7:59 am
Hello, Mr.Kelso,I was wondering how to make my creations known on Mocpages,I did not really want to be famous like you(not an insult)just wanted more than the average people looking at my mocs,because I might get a comment every 3 months.Im a little disappointed with that because I work hard and no see's them.Think you can help me?
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| August 13, 2010, 8:02 pm

You sir, Have excellent taste in music. I love that band!
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| August 14, 2010, 10:43 pm
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Quoting Master N the Making
Hello, Mr.Kelso,I was wondering how to make my creations known on Mocpages,I did not really want to be famous like you(not an insult)just wanted more than the average people looking at my mocs,because I might get a comment every 3 months.Im a little disappointed with that because I work hard and no see's them.Think you can help me?


I'll do my best. And I know it's a bit frustrating. You put time and effort into your work, and would like to see a payoff in the way of comments from others. I know I do.

Part of the difficulty in getting more people to show their appreciation for your work is simply competition. SOOOOO many creations go through MOCpages each day, and we as viewers, only have a few minutes to look at the countless pages, which means MOST of what gets posted also gets missed. That's just the way it is.

I always say the most important part of getting more reviews is a good presentation. You've got a split-second visual with that thumbnail to convince a viewer that among the dozens of new pages full of thumbnails, your MOC is one they'll want to spend time looking at. That means clean background, clear images, clean construction (studless if possible), and a unique subject (something we don't see everyday). That should help to get new people to look at your work.

In addition, post the new work to groups. And try to post new pages consistently. It's very much like advertising, and a product doesn't get remembered unless we see it over and over again.

Anyway, hope these thoughts help you out. Gook luck with your next posts!



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| August 15, 2010, 8:45 am
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Quoting Brendan Dore
That's gonna be a problem, Kelso, 'cuz I just scrapped it and started on an even BIGGER ship.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/republic_of_brendonia/4886165945/


Alright, so you gotta tell me...why'd you put the kibosh on the other one and start something new? You were looking good with the last one.


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| August 15, 2010, 8:47 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

I'll do my best. And I know it's a bit frustrating. You put time and effort into your work, and would like to see a payoff in the way of comments from others. I know I do.

Part of the difficulty in getting more people to show their appreciation for your work is simply competition. SOOOOO many creations go through MOCpages each day, and we as viewers, only have a few minutes to look at the countless pages, which means MOST of what gets posted also gets missed. That's just the way it is.

I always say the most important part of getting more reviews is a good presentation. You've got a split-second visual with that thumbnail to convince a viewer that among the dozens of new pages full of thumbnails, your MOC is one they'll want to spend time looking at. That means clean background, clear images, clean construction (studless if possible), and a unique subject (something we don't see everyday). That should help to get new people to look at your work.

In addition, post the new work to groups. And try to post new pages consistently. It's very much like advertising, and a product doesn't get remembered unless we see it over and over again.

Anyway, hope these thoughts help you out. Gook luck with your next posts!


There's a quicker, easier method, though; start out as a clonet__d, do a heap of that sort of kiddie thing and then switch over.

You'll end up with a crowd of kiddies following you around going AWSUM CHEK MI NEW 1337 STUFFZ on everything you post.

See Flare if you want more details.
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| August 15, 2010, 8:27 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Alright, so you gotta tell me...why'd you put the kibosh on the other one and start something new? You were looking good with the last one.



Someone reminded him battleships don't work any more.

Not that that sort of thing stopped any of the other crazy things that go on in that group.


It's gotten so bad people can't tell a post about building a 30 meter smoke grenade so as to render solar panels useless is a joke.
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| August 15, 2010, 8:29 pm
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Quoting Aree't'sa C

There's a quicker, easier method, though; start out as a clonet__d, do a heap of that sort of kiddie thing and then switch over.

You'll end up with a crowd of kiddies following you around going AWSUM CHEK MI NEW 1337 STUFFZ on everything you post.

See Flare if you want more details.


LOL!

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| August 16, 2010, 8:31 am
Mr. Kelso, would you care to take a look at this? I want to know how it looks to someone like you. Thank you for reading or even considering. (You don't have to if you don't have time. I don't want to force this upon you.)

Link:http://mocpages.com/moc.php/204993
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| August 16, 2010, 4:13 pm
Quoting The Lone Knight .
hey Mark? Have you seen any MOCs that, well, just disgust you? Like some realisim MOCs that gone a bit too far? Cause I was thinking about making a Starfox midi-sized sculpture, and NO, it's not you know what. But something way less than that, but still is considered 17+. Or am I not allowed to do it? I've seen worse on here. Like Gio's Chance MOC. (not offending Gio. it just makes me a little queesey)


Is it something you wouldn't want your mother to see? Is it something you wouldn't want some hypothetical girlfriend from school to see?

If it's a yes for either, no, it probably isn't safe for this site.


(I say hypothetical because-
okay, no, I just can't say that. It'd be like shooting deaf, blind fish in the 15cm bucket of Circular Swimming. With a scattergun.)
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| August 16, 2010, 6:37 pm
Quoting The Lone Knight .
It's not that bad anyways. (I just finished it/posted it.)


How wonderful for you. Not that I pay any attention to things you post, I've had a policy about that since 2009.
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| August 16, 2010, 6:51 pm
Quoting Aree't'sa C

How wonderful for you. Not that I pay any attention to things you post, I've had a policy about that since 2009.

That kinda came out rude, (I'm sure you didn't mean it that way though.) But, what exactly is that policy?

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| August 17, 2010, 1:14 am
Quoting Andrew Somers
You sir, Have excellent taste in music. I love that band!

I know. But what's ironic is I like Hollywood Undead, but I'm a country/classic rock/a little pop kinda guy.
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| August 17, 2010, 2:09 am
Quoting Fox .
I know. But what's ironic is I like Hollywood Undead, but I'm a country/classic rock/a little pop kinda guy.

Hahaha. I've also got a weird taste in music. I'll be listening to Eminem at one moment, and then switch to Ke$ha the next. Either her, or Katy Perry. I think it's good to have a very diverse taste in music.
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| August 17, 2010, 2:14 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

First of all, you're welcome to call me whatever you like...but what most people call me gets deleted, so choose your adjetives carefully. ;-)

Second, the song...I'm afraid I'd have to say nopety, nopety, no on that one. It drops the F-bomb, and that's not cool with Sean round these here parts. Too bad, actually. REALLY like that song. It uses Ozzy's "Crazy Train" hook nicely.

I will say thanks for asking, though. But it we had seen it posted, it would've gotten deleted immediately, so better to know ahead of time.

Thanks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwoXmXA8BvY&feature=related

This song is so powerful and beautiful, it'll send chills up your back.
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| August 17, 2010, 2:16 am
Quoting Green Man
That kinda came out rude, (I'm sure you didn't mean it that way though.) But, what exactly is that policy?


Oh, I meant it that way, believe me.

My policy regarding him is to skim his comments quickly without paying too much attention to the details, paying as little attention to his fellow starfoxers as possible and, on those few occasions when I actually try to figure out what one of his posts is, not reading the description.

He has this habit of fantasising at length about some hairy imaginary girlfriend, you see.
Well, he used to anyway. Don't know if he still does it, don't care enough to read his homepage to find out.


Anyway, I've got that policy because the things he used to do gave me facepalmitis.

Quoting Fox .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwoXmXA8BvY&feature=related

This song is so powerful and beautiful, it'll send chills up your back.


This one's far superior: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvH5uBpzXX0
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| August 17, 2010, 4:29 am
 Group admin 
Quoting Green Man
Mr. Kelso, would you care to take a look at this? I want to know how it looks to someone like you. Thank you for reading or even considering. (You don't have to if you don't have time. I don't want to force this upon you.)

Link:http://mocpages.com/moc.php/204993



Are you kidding...glad to have a look!

A very cool idea, for starters. Nice work on the space, in general. I think the only suggestion I might have made would be to have gone no studs with the floor. You could have tiled the floor, perhaps, or gone with bricks turned sideways. The detail in the rest of the MOC is so nice, that the studs on the floor become very obtrusive by comparison.

Other than that, though, it's a great little build, with a nice presentation and a strong concept. Nicely done!


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| August 17, 2010, 8:08 am
 Group admin 
Quoting Fox .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwoXmXA8BvY&feature=related

This song is so powerful and beautiful, it'll send chills up your back.


A very nice message to be sure. Unfortunately, that kind of music (regardless of the message) causes me to skip the chills and go right to nuseau and projectile vomiting.

Sorry. It's my own bias, and there's probably some great works within the genre. But to me, country music is the preverbial nails on a chalkboard.

But then, I'm sure a lot of people feel the same way about the music I find appealing. Such is the way of things.


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| August 17, 2010, 8:17 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

A very nice message to be sure. Unfortunately, that kind of music (regardless of the message) causes me to skip the chills and go right to nuseau and projectile vomiting.

Sorry. It's my own bias, and there's probably some great works within the genre. But to me, country music is the preverbial nails on a chalkboard.
But then, I'm sure a lot of people feel the same way about the music I find appealing. Such is the way of things.

Haha n what music do u find appealing then mr.kelso

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| August 17, 2010, 8:45 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

You fool...be seen with me and you can kiss any community respect you might have had goodbye!

Yeah mr kelso not much of us have community respect yet. It would be an honor to have u comment on my creations. Would u?
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| August 17, 2010, 8:48 am
Quoting vasilios nikolaou
Yeah mr kelso not much of us have community respect yet. It would be an honor to have u comment on my creations. Would u?


You really should know this already, but the number one way to NOT get liked is acting like a kiddie.

And the number one way to be considered as acting like a kiddie is to ask for comments.

Seriously- don't do it. It irritates people who otherwise might have actually been inclined to look.

Now, I don't know about Kelso, but I'm pretty sure quite a few people have a habit of deliberately ignoring things people ask for comments on. So if you, say, spam Phipson with requests, chances are you'll never get a comment from him, at least for a while. And I mean "months" by 'a while'.


Of course, given that this is Kelso you're asking... flattery is a notorious weak point for that man. So I dunno. Maybe a 75% chance of a comment, at the expense of most of your dignity.
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| August 17, 2010, 9:24 am
Quoting Aree't'sa C

You really should know this already, but the number one way to NOT get liked is acting like a kiddie.

And the number one way to be considered as acting like a kiddie is to ask for comments
Seriously- don't do it. It irritates people who otherwise might have actually been inclined to look.

Now, I don't know about Kelso, but I'm pretty sure quite a few people have a habit of deliberately ignoring things people ask for comments on. So if you, say, spam Phipson with requests, chances are you'll never get a comment from him, at least for a while. And I mean "months" by 'a while'


Of course, given that this is Kelso you're asking... flattery is a notorious weak point for that man. So I dunno. Maybe a 75% chance of a comment, at the expense of most of your dignity.

Well genius he is a mod and it's the only time I asked. So buzz off
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| August 17, 2010, 9:26 am
Quoting vasilios nikolaou
Well genius he is a mod and it's the only time I asked. So buzz off

You know, it is this attitude that got you booted from the MOC Olympics. I would relax if I were you, and I think that crossing blades with Areetsa is a bad idea.
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| August 17, 2010, 9:56 am
Quoting Mister Bones
You know, it is this attitude that got you booted from the MOC Olympics. I would relax if I were you, and I think that crossing blades with Areetsa is a bad idea.

So I'm getting blamed because this kid started it?
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| August 17, 2010, 9:59 am
Quoting Mister Bones
You know, it is this attitude that got you booted from the MOC Olympics. I would relax if I were you, and I think that crossing blades with Areetsa is a bad idea.

It's his fault He should have just been quiet. And we wouldn't be having this little chat
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| August 17, 2010, 10:00 am
Quoting vasilios nikolaou
It's his fault He should have just been quiet. And we wouldn't be having this little chat

First of all, what makes you think he is a kid? Careful what you say, that is what we are trying to teach you. If you do not like his comment, say so without the "buzz off" or better yet, ignore him. However, he is giving you some sage advice that you should think about following.
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| August 17, 2010, 10:04 am
Quoting Mister Bones
First of all, what makes you think he is a kid? Careful what you say, that is what we are trying to teach you. If you do not like his comment, say so without the "buzz off" or better yet, ignore him. However, he is giving you some sage advice that you should think about following.

Well if he didn't say anything to begin with I would be happy right now so why don't u give him ur little advice
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| August 17, 2010, 10:06 am
Quoting vasilios nikolaou
Well if he didn't say anything to begin with I would be happy right now so why don't u give him ur little advice

OK, we are done here. You will never learn it seems.
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| August 17, 2010, 10:07 am
Quoting Mister Bones
OK, we are done here. You will never learn it seems.

I didn't even start it yet u blame me
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| August 17, 2010, 10:10 am
Quoting vasilios nikolaou
I didn't even start it yet u blame me

Yo, stop before it gets out of hand.
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| August 17, 2010, 10:51 am
Quoting vasilios nikolaou
I didn't even start it yet u blame me

Actually you did. You just asked for a comment. I ask for Constructive Criticism from these guys every now and then, to help me become a better builder, not just to get another "I like It". You have to earn those, with respect, and acting maturely. Like when given some sound advice, don't act like a snob. It will make you seem un-mature and fit into a very large stereotype here on the 'pages. Areetsa always has sound advice to give, so I'd listen and let him help you become a better person. I can tell from looking at a few of your MOCs you need some advice. Tell you what, if you don't over react and get all angry for trying to help you a a few MOCs I will give some HONEST advice.
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| August 17, 2010, 3:42 pm
Areetsa wins, simple as that.

#1 way how to get respect on these pages: Don't ask for comments.

Grammar and spelling would be first, but we have a good deal of people here who don't speak English as their first language, so we really can't blame them for that kind of thing.
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| August 17, 2010, 3:57 pm
Quoting Brady G
Never really thought of groups as forums, but we need the "Thanks" button, or at least a thumbs-up.
This post is win.


http://web.mit.edu/ryangray/Public/Gnus/thumbs_up.jpg

Quoting Matthew Novosad
Areetsa always has sound advice to give, so I'd listen and let him help you become a better person.


Well, thanks.
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| August 17, 2010, 7:09 pm
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Quoting vasilios nikolaou
Haha n what music do u find appealing then mr.kelso


Some favorites would be:

Ennio Morricone
Vangelis (his classical works particularly)
Nusrat Feteh Ali Khan
Queensryche
Disturbed
Linkin Park
Beethoven
Sanctuary
Judas Priest (anything before 1990)

and if I had to choose one all-time fav, it would probably be Dead Can Dance.

Yep...call me crazy, but there it is.

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| August 18, 2010, 7:48 am
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Quoting vasilios nikolaou
Yeah mr kelso not much of us have community respect yet. It would be an honor to have u comment on my creations. Would u?


One step forward...


Quoting vasilios nikolaou
Well genius he is a mod and it's the only time I asked. So buzz off


Two steps back.


Areetsa's just tellin' it like it is. Now, I'll be glad to look and comment (cause like he said, flattery will get you everywhere with me), but you'll have to learn not to get so defensive around here when someone throws a comment your way. Yeah, Areetsa's not always the poster-child for tact, but he's honest and to the point (something I've come to respect from him), and it was solid advice.

Now having said that, let's have a look at yo brick skilz...

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| August 18, 2010, 8:00 am
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