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Guess we're doing Star Wars references now...

Sounds good, i can do that. Have at me!
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| October 1, 2010, 9:54 am
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Quoting Lt. John Harland
Today I bring with me a harder question than I normally do. Do you still remember that first moment when you really discovered you love of the brick? When you got that one set and you knew you werent gonna put it down 'til you had made everything and anything possible with those little plastic bricks? If so do you know the set? How old were you? Do you still have parts of it? If not then be sad.


The first set I got as an adult was the "Recon Robot," set #6889 http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6889-1

I was about 20 at the time and picked it up while working for Disney on Ice over in Europe somewhere. I honestly can't remember which country I was in at the time as we hit about 15 countries in a three month period. It's all a blur. I was just looking for something to help pass the time while on tour and came across that set in a store and was hooked. Over the next year or two I picked up a number of space and castle sets (you can see my brickset list here. Anything with a date in the early 90s would be included in this time frame) http://www.brickset.com/search/?Page=1&owned=1

Then I kinda drifted out of it for a couple of years until Lego began releasing the Star Wars sets in 1999. I started picking those up basically because I'm a Star Wars freak. I didn't start moccing until the begining of 2007 give or take (got my mocpages account Feb 07) and the rest, as they say, is history.
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| October 1, 2010, 9:54 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

The first set I got as an adult was the "Recon Robot," set #6889 http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6889-1

I was about 20 at the time and picked it up while working for Disney on Ice over in Europe somewhere. I honestly can't remember which country I was in at the time as we hit about 15 countries in a three month period. It's all a blur. I was just looking for something to help pass the time while on tour and came across that set in a store and was hooked. Over the next year or two I picked up a number of space and castle sets (you can see my brickset list here. Anything with a date in the early 90s would be included in this time frame) http://www.brickset.com/search/?Page=1&owned=1

Then I kinda drifted out of it for a couple of years until Lego began releasing the Star Wars sets in 1999. I started picking those up basically because I'm a Star Wars freak. I didn't start moccing until the begining of 2007 give or take (got my mocpages account Feb 07) and the rest, as they say, is history.

Well sir I did the math and you have been working legos not much longer than I have! How's that for scary?
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| October 1, 2010, 8:50 pm
GUESS WHAT!!!!1! I am really hyper right now! Ya wanna know why? Huh? Huh? Huh? Well my school's Varsity Football team beat our rivals 41 to 3 IN THE POURING RAIN! And the game is going to be televised! On a local news station that is! Maybe the camera picked up me screaming at the top of my lungs...? HAHAHAHAHHA! As you can see (well read!) I am extremely hyper! I was jumping and yelling the entire time (if someone took that a certain way it could be considered an Innuendo, but not here), too awesome!
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| October 1, 2010, 9:37 pm
O.K., that was extremly random, but yes I am very happy and hyper.
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| October 1, 2010, 9:39 pm
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Quoting Chris Phipson
Guess we're doing Star Wars references now...


No end to the possibilities, eh Phippy! (or should I say..."that's no moon. It's a SPACE STATION!!!")


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| October 2, 2010, 11:05 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
Quoting Chris Phipson
Guess we're doing Star Wars references now...


No end to the possibilities, eh Phippy! (or should I say..."that's no moon. It's a SPACE STATION!!!")


It's too big to be a space station.
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| October 2, 2010, 3:50 pm
I got an idea for my comic series and I was wondering if you can give me your opinion. I wanted to make one part where this american soldier is walking on a patrol and then goes nuts when he thinks he sees some french civilians he accidentally killed on D-day like he turns around and there they are and he just starts screaming and weeping. Think it a good idea?
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| October 5, 2010, 6:41 pm
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Quoting Lt. John Harland
I got an idea for my comic series and I was wondering if you can give me your opinion. I wanted to make one part where this american soldier is walking on a patrol and then goes nuts when he thinks he sees some french civilians he accidentally killed on D-day like he turns around and there they are and he just starts screaming and weeping. Think it a good idea?


Yes, that's a good idea but... I'd try to expand it a bit. Make sure your readers know what's going on. You can't just assume that everyone will understand that he's seeing someone that he thought he killed. My advice would be to make a "flashback" scene with some backstory. Are they truly the ghosts of the people he killed, or is he hallucinating? Be sure to answer these questions when you go with it and your response from the reader will be a lot better. Good luck man, it does sound like a good idea with some interesting possibilities.

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| October 7, 2010, 1:42 am
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Quoting BobaFett 2

Sounds cool but what would it be about? Past MOTDs? Builders? A wiki can be about a lot of things but I don't see what we would need one for. By the way, Brickipedia is an epic LEGO Wiki.


(Just moving the convo over here)

Yeah, I was thinking about that. Maybe just a Brickipedia entry would be good. The page's contents could cover stuff like the history of the pages, Sean's background and why he started it. Then maybe some stuff about our community as a whole and what we try to do here (getting people involved in the hobby and positive influence on younger builders and so on).

Tom's right though, we'd need to pick any specific mocs or builders VERY carefully so as to avoid the "ego" contest thing... have to put some thought into that.

Anyone know how to edit a wiki entry or create one? If so, and you'd like to be involved, let me know and I'll ask Sean if he will authorize this idea. The more "advertisment" we get out there for our site, the better.

Thoughts?
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| October 7, 2010, 7:06 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

(Just moving the convo over here)

Yeah, I was thinking about that. Maybe just a Brickipedia entry would be good. The page's contents could cover stuff like the history of the pages, Sean's background and why he started it. Then maybe some stuff about our community as a whole and what we try to do here (getting people involved in the hobby and positive influence on younger builders and so on).

Tom's right though, we'd need to pick any specific mocs or builders VERY carefully so as to avoid the "ego" contest thing... have to put some thought into that.

Anyone know how to edit a wiki entry or create one? If so, and you'd like to be involved, let me know and I'll ask Sean if he will authorize this idea. The more "advertisment" we get out there for our site, the better.

Thoughts?


Yeah, I know how to do good editing on a wiki (I'm an administrator of Brickipedia) and I know quite a lot of code (HTML and some minor parsers). As to creating, I'd ask Christian Schlitling (probably mispelled) or try asking Adrian Raddatz on brickipedia (Ajraddatz).
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| October 7, 2010, 7:09 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
Yeah, I was thinking about that. Maybe just a Brickipedia entry would be good.


A Brickipedia entry is a fine idea for serving the community, but it does not address the initial purpose. That is to provide reference and knowlege for anyone, especially someone who does not know much about the community. So the question is not what an entry would do for us, but for random people.

There is in fact a brief 1 or 2 lines about the pages under Sean's wiki page. Not much.

Case and point: when I started in Feb I heard about MOCpages and immediately went to wikipedia to get the scoop. I was left uninformed, but went ahead and tried it out on a lark. Good thing that.

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| October 7, 2010, 7:38 pm
I certainly don't think it would be about past MOTDs or builders. But it might explain features of the site, like the presence of a MOTD in the greater context of a social networking and user community web site. And it might give statistics about the community: distribution of the community by geography, age, etc...

Again, this would be information for anyone curious, not for ourselves.

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| October 7, 2010, 7:45 pm
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Quoting Tom Simon
I certainly don't think it would be about past MOTDs or builders. But it might explain features of the site, like the presence of a MOTD in the greater context of a social networking and user community web site. And it might give statistics about the community: distribution of the community by geography, age, etc...

Again, this would be information for anyone curious, not for ourselves.


I like where this is going. Just got the "ok" from Sean to do this. I'll get a group of us together (in a secret place) and we can iron this out further. Gimme a day or so. Can't promise tonight, but by tomorrow some time.
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| October 7, 2010, 9:43 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

I like where this is going. Just got the "ok" from Sean to do this. I'll get a group of us together (in a secret place) and we can iron this out further. Gimme a day or so. Can't promise tonight, but by tomorrow some time.


Can I be a part of this? I'm quite experienced in these matters.
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| October 7, 2010, 10:05 pm
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Quoting BobaFett 2

Can I be a part of this? I'm quite experienced in these matters.


Yeap, you'll get the invite when I get it going. Thanks for helping!
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| October 7, 2010, 10:18 pm
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Quoting Nicks Bricks

Hey Chris i've been wanting to tell you this, if you could please can you join the mocpages survival contest, so i can make you an admin. Theres also a judges group for it that i've sent you an invite for. Thanks if you could join i'd really appreciate it.


Got it. I'll join up here soon. I won't forget (kinda hard with the "respond to messages" thing telling me to respond)

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| October 7, 2010, 10:26 pm
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Quoting Tom Simon
I certainly don't think it would be about past MOTDs or builders. But it might explain features of the site, like the presence of a MOTD in the greater context of a social networking and user community web site. And it might give statistics about the community: distribution of the community by geography, age, etc...

Again, this would be information for anyone curious, not for ourselves.


To me what you're saying about non-lego enthusiasts makes good sense. I think it would be good for whoever puts the info together, to imagine they're NOT familiar with the hobby or the community, and provide information in an introductory capacity.

When I tell non-builders about this "thing" I'm involved with, they're always astonished that such a world even exists. Always cracks me up when they hear about how deep the rabbit hole goes! ;-)

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| October 7, 2010, 10:51 pm
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Quoting Mark Kelso

To me what you're saying about non-lego enthusiasts makes good sense. I think it would be good for whoever puts the info together, to imagine they're NOT familiar with the hobby or the community, and provide information in an introductory capacity.

When I tell non-builders about this "thing" I'm involved with, they're always astonished that such a world even exists. Always cracks me up when they hear about how deep the rabbit hole goes! ;-)


Always take the blue pill. I'll get a private group together tomorrow for this and we'll get starting round table style.

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| October 7, 2010, 10:59 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

To me what you're saying about non-lego enthusiasts makes good sense. I think it would be good for whoever puts the info together, to imagine they're NOT familiar with the hobby or the community, and provide information in an introductory capacity.

When I tell non-builders about this "thing" I'm involved with, they're always astonished that such a world even exists. Always cracks me up when they hear about how deep the rabbit hole goes! ;-)

Yeah, I'm in my freshman year and kids think it's wierd to play with LEGO...that's why during free-time (I get a lot of them at a private school) I make sure that I'm not being watched by other kids...
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| October 7, 2010, 11:07 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Always take the blue pill. I'll get a private group together tomorrow for this and we'll get starting round table style.

Oh, I think I could help with that too.
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| October 7, 2010, 11:18 pm
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Quoting Cade :D
Oh, I think I could help with that too.


No offense meant in this reply of course, but do you have any qualifications that would make you good for this? I want to keep the group VERY small. Too many cooks and all. (please don't respond to this comment directly, just add a new one please).
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| October 7, 2010, 11:21 pm
Chris and Mark:

I left a couple of questions for Sean in MOC pages help "MOCpages wiki".

It would be useful if you privately get answers to those when we start.

Of course, anyone else who is aware of any already published material about the site should point us to it.

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| October 7, 2010, 11:25 pm
Quoting BobaFett 2
I make sure that I'm not being watched by other kids...


I know the pressures can be great, but there is a down side too. There is some kid out there who would like to play with Legos too, possibly together with you, but who hasn't had his/her epiphany about it. They might if they saw you.

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| October 7, 2010, 11:28 pm
Quoting Tom Simon

I know the pressures can be great, but there is a down side too. There is some kid out there who would like to play with Legos too, possibly together with you, but who hasn't had his/her epiphany about it. They might if they saw you.

Possibly, but at the same time I'd rather not end up being laughed at...

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| October 7, 2010, 11:29 pm
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