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Ask Kelso volume 1,673..."The Morning After"
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Well, after last night's rather dramatic and lengthy conversation, I admit to being a bit dubious about this, but here goes...

Any questions?
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| November 5, 2010, 8:22 am
How can you tolerate the endless swarm of kiddies wanting comments from you for the status and perceived fame it brings them?
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| November 5, 2010, 8:25 am
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Quoting Paul Vermeesch
Venerable sir,
Perhaps this has already been brought up in some other lonely corner of MOCpages, but, being too lazy to go around looking for it, I will just ask you. The new image uploader is giving me grief. It places ugly grayish (nearly invisible) plaid lines on my white backgrounds. I thoroughly enjoy the user interface of the new uploader, but it ruins my presentation. (At least in my opinion it does.) I suppose this is more of a complaint than a question, but I ask that you please enlighten me as to how this can be resolved. I have a "thing" for nice photography, so I have been using the old uploader for most of my creations. Please help!
Regards,
-Paul V.


Nope, no one's brought that one up before as far as I'm aware. I'm not familiar with the tech side, so I'm afraid I can't answer your question regarding the lines, but I'll pass the info along to Sean.

I find it odd that it's only happening with the new loader, and apparently only with your computer.


UPDATE: Just heard back from Sean, and it looks as though that one's got him stumped as well. (It's rare that I get a response from Sean where he's scratching his head!) I'm afraid for the time being you'll have to either use the old loader, or deal with the lines.

Before I leave this one, though, maybe there's something else your could try. Let me ask you this...Do you load straight from your camera, or do you save the images to your computer? And IF you save to your computer, what format do you save them in?

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| November 5, 2010, 8:28 am
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Quoting Areetsa C
How can you tolerate the endless swarm of kiddies wanting comments from you for the status and perceived fame it brings them?


HAHAHAHA!! Oh, I just remind myself how much Chris deals with, and it always seems better afterwards!

Actually, as long as I get legit questions where I can offer building tips, or help out in MOCpages community, I'm glad to do it.

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| November 5, 2010, 8:33 am
I wish to take over the world. Can you help me with that? Or is that more of a Yuri question? I also need some help with buildings. My ships are improving (I'd really like some feedback on http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/234727) but I'm stuck when it comes to structures. I love them, but whatever I do, they seem to be blank walls or wall-less and wierd looking. Can you help with that?
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| November 5, 2010, 9:15 am
Hey Mark, my one year anniversary is coming up in 5 days, and I don't know what to do. Im going to make a One Year MOC, and I don't have a clue in what to put on there. Any advice?
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| November 5, 2010, 9:16 am
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Quoting BobaFett 2
I wish to take over the world. Can you help me with that? Or is that more of a Yuri question?


I'll quote from a song by Sting:

"Blessed are the poor for they shall inherit the earth,
better to be poor than a fat man in the eye of a needle

In the corner, I swear I hear the old man laughing,
he said what good is this used up world, and how could it be worth having?"

Quoting BobaFett 2
I also need some help with buildings. My ships are improving (I'd really like some feedback on http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/234727) but I'm stuck when it comes to structures. I love them, but whatever I do, they seem to be blank walls or wall-less and wierd looking. Can you help with that?


There are so many options to detailing a wall or structure that giving specific advice would be impossible. I think the best thing I can tell you is to look hard at reference material for a structure that you want to build. Look at the pics and ask yourself what details are you seeing, and how might you use Lego parts to emulate those details?

God created Google and saw that it was good! Use it! If you want to do a skyscraper, search for images of them on line. If you want to do a castle, guess what...search for images on line. If you want to do an old brick building, guess what again...

Even if it's a fantasy image, everything is based upon reality. So look for images of real structures that you feel might give you suggestions as to what you could add to a blank wall to make it more realistic or visually appealing.

Hope that helps!

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| November 5, 2010, 10:39 am
Quoting Cade :D
Hey Mark, my one year anniversary is coming up in 5 days, and I don't know what to do. Im going to make a One Year MOC, and I don't have a clue in what to put on there. Any advice?

You should do something special.
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| November 5, 2010, 10:45 am
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Quoting Cade :D
Hey Mark, my one year anniversary is coming up in 5 days, and I don't know what to do. Im going to make a One Year MOC, and I don't have a clue in what to put on there. Any advice?


Hmmm...well, I'd suggest starting by asking yourself how much time you want to spend, what your parts selection looks like, and then start looking into subjects that fit the criteria.

Do you want to do something specifically refering to your anniversary, or just a genral MOC?

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| November 5, 2010, 11:04 am
My comic is coming along nicely, just have to take pictures, and edit them, and post them. *Sigh* so much to do so little time.
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| November 5, 2010, 3:14 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Hmmm...well, I'd suggest starting by asking yourself how much time you want to spend, what your parts selection looks like, and then start looking into subjects that fit the criteria.

Do you want to do something specifically refering to your anniversary, or just a genral MOC?

Sorry it takes so long to reply... School, you know?


Anyway, I was thinking about doing a MOC about my anniversary. I got a couple of ideas now, but nothing big.
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| November 5, 2010, 6:13 pm
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Quoting Matthew Novosad
My comic is coming along nicely, just have to take pictures, and edit them, and post them. *Sigh* so much to do so little time.


I love doing the story-telling thing (like the Apocalypsis series I started), but the picture editing took practically as long as the build...I feel your pain.

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| November 6, 2010, 6:28 am
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Quoting Cade :D
Sorry it takes so long to reply... School, you know?


Anyway, I was thinking about doing a MOC about my anniversary. I got a couple of ideas now, but nothing big.


Then I'd say go with the idea that you like best, but try to do it in a way that's very different than what you've done thus far in style of build or presentation - so not only subject-wise is it something unique, but also visually different to mark the occassion.


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| November 6, 2010, 6:31 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
I love doing the story-telling thing (like the Apocalypsis series I started), but the picture editing took practically as long as the build...I feel your pain.

It's not the picture editing nearly as much as the dialogue boxes, in my experience. Fortunately, my way of doing things involves writing the script, taking the pictures and THEN handling the individual text boxes- so by the time I'm handling the pre-written dialogue, I've forgotten most of it and can spot the bits that just don't work.

That's the most major problem about writing; you need to leave it alone and let it sit for a while, or it'll be filled with "I could've done that better"s when it's released.
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| November 6, 2010, 6:36 am
Quoting Areetsa C
It's not the picture editing nearly as much as the dialogue boxes, in my experience. Fortunately, my way of doing things involves writing the script, taking the pictures and THEN handling the individual text boxes- so by the time I'm handling the pre-written dialogue, I've forgotten most of it and can spot the bits that just don't work.

That's the most major problem about writing; you need to leave it alone and let it sit for a while, or it'll be filled with "I could've done that better"s when it's released.

Don't forget though, there are no words in this comic, just effects, an a bunch of pictures I've yet to take.
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| November 6, 2010, 10:34 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Nope, no one's brought that one up before as far as I'm aware. I'm not familiar with the tech side, so I'm afraid I can't answer your question regarding the lines, but I'll pass the info along to Sean.

I find it odd that it's only happening with the new loader, and apparently only with your computer.


UPDATE: Just heard back from Sean, and it looks as though that one's got him stumped as well. (It's rare that I get a response from Sean where he's scratching his head!) I'm afraid for the time being you'll have to either use the old loader, or deal with the lines.

Before I leave this one, though, maybe there's something else your could try. Let me ask you this...Do you load straight from your camera, or do you save the images to your computer? And IF you save to your computer, what format do you save them in?

Sir, I am afraid it is not just my creations. If you look at any recent creations on the 'pages that have a pure white background, many have invisibleish lines on them that seem to vary in hue. For my creations, I upload my JPEG images from my camera to the computer, edit the images on the computer and resize them to 800 x 600, before uploading them to MOCpages. Thank you for your time, but I think this needs to be resolved.
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| November 6, 2010, 3:18 pm
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Quoting Paul Vermeesch
Sir, I am afraid it is not just my creations. If you look at any recent creations on the 'pages that have a pure white background, many have invisibleish lines on them that seem to vary in hue.


I realize that my advice when it comes to technical matters is "iffy" at best, but I checked out your pages and I gotta admit... I didn't see anything wrong with them.

Take this one as an example: http://mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=234563&id=/user_images/54098/12887822251

You said that on the images with a white background you could see lines on the pics and... maybe I'm just going nuts, but I can't see any lines at all. Perhaps it's my computer, perhaps it's yours, I just don't know.

I'd like a few other advice group readers to check this out as well please. Being as Sean was stumped on this one, is it his computer showing lines that aren't there? My computer not showing lines that are there? Or could it possibly be a group hallucination?

Anyone please respond to this to let us know what you see.

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| November 6, 2010, 4:05 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
Anyone please respond to this to let us know what you see.

It looks just fine to me. Don't see any lines.
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| November 6, 2010, 4:08 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Anyone please respond to this to let us know what you see.

Looks fine, better than my photos in fact.
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| November 6, 2010, 4:16 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
Anyone please respond to this to let us know what you see.


Looks a-okay to me!

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| November 6, 2010, 5:10 pm
Quoting Paul Vermeesch
I think this needs to be resolved.


That happened to me a year back. Had to replace my video card. Very annoying.

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| November 6, 2010, 6:37 pm
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Quoting Chris Phipson

I realize that my advice when it comes to technical matters is "iffy" at best, but I checked out your pages and I gotta admit... I didn't see anything wrong with them.

Take this one as an example: http://mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=234563&id=/user_images/54098/12887822251

You said that on the images with a white background you could see lines on the pics and... maybe I'm just going nuts, but I can't see any lines at all. Perhaps it's my computer, perhaps it's yours, I just don't know.

I'd like a few other advice group readers to check this out as well please. Being as Sean was stumped on this one, is it his computer showing lines that aren't there? My computer not showing lines that are there? Or could it possibly be a group hallucination?

Anyone please respond to this to let us know what you see.


Yep, perfectly clear on my screen as well. At least as far as I can tell. There's a lot of gunk stuck to the front of my screen, but you know...in between all of that, it looks good. (Say it Phipson, I dare you!)


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| November 6, 2010, 7:26 pm
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Quoting Paul Vermeesch
Sir, I am afraid it is not just my creations. If you look at any recent creations on the 'pages that have a pure white background, many have invisibleish lines on them that seem to vary in hue. For my creations, I upload my JPEG images from my camera to the computer, edit the images on the computer and resize them to 800 x 600, before uploading them to MOCpages. Thank you for your time, but I think this needs to be resolved.


Well, you're certainly giving MOCpages the best kind of pics possible, so that shouldn't be an issue.

I haven't heard from anyone else experiencing these problems with their images. It's beginning to sound like something within your own system, given that others here can't find it appearing on their screens. as I mentioned to Chris above, I couldn't find anything wrong with your images.

Do you have access to another screen/computer to compare with the one where you're seeing these lines?

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| November 6, 2010, 7:33 pm

Five by five, Captain!

...That means it's crystal-clear. That's actually rather good photo quality. However, some lower-quality photoshop knock-offs can display 'bit-errors' that don't really exist. Or some photo editors that are severely confused.
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| November 6, 2010, 7:58 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

I realize that my advice when it comes to technical matters is "iffy" at best, but I checked out your pages and I gotta admit... I didn't see anything wrong with them.

Take this one as an example: http://mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=234563&id=/user_images/54098/12887822251

You said that on the images with a white background you could see lines on the pics and... maybe I'm just going nuts, but I can't see any lines at all. Perhaps it's my computer, perhaps it's yours, I just don't know.

I'd like a few other advice group readers to check this out as well please. Being as Sean was stumped on this one, is it his computer showing lines that aren't there? My computer not showing lines that are there? Or could it possibly be a group hallucination?

Anyone please respond to this to let us know what you see.

I have been using the old uploader once I realized that the new one was giving me problems. Take my "Western Windmill" for example. It's background is lined. Other MOCs like this one: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/235063 or others have lines. It may be the kind of camera that, when pictures are uploaded gives a different result, but the old uploader, the one I am currently using does not make lines. I prefer the new uploader, but for me it does change the quality. "Rainbow Warrior" and "Western Windmill" are the only two MOCs of mine that I used the new uploader with. Then again, perhaps this is not too big a deal. Thanks to all of you.
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| November 6, 2010, 8:54 pm
Tilt your screen back, or look at the image from lower to see the lines. Like I said, I am somewhat of a perfectionist, so this may not be a huge deal.
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| November 6, 2010, 8:56 pm
Quoting Paul Vermeesch
Tilt your screen back, or look at the image from lower to see the lines. Like I said, I am somewhat of a perfectionist, so this may not be a huge deal.

I saw them. I'm almost certain that's an eye illusion, not actually the uploader. But I think I saw what you are takling abuot. You can see it if you look hard MOCpages's white background.
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| November 6, 2010, 9:28 pm
Quoting BobaFett 2
I saw them. I'm almost certain that's an eye illusion, not actually the uploader. But I think I saw what you are takling abuot. You can see it if you look hard MOCpages's white background.

Perhaps. That may very well be. Although, the lines are clearly imperceptible on the images that I uploaded with the old uploader.
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| November 6, 2010, 11:35 pm
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Quoting BobaFett 2
I saw them. I'm almost certain that's an eye illusion, not actually the uploader.


But if that were the case, an optical illusion wouldn't differentiate between an image added with the old loader and one added with the new. Because of that, we have to conclude it's not an illusion.

And Paul, you're probably right - it's not a huge deal. But we all love a good mystery! ;-)

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| November 7, 2010, 6:15 am
Quoting Paul Vermeesch
Perhaps. That may very well be. Although, the lines are clearly imperceptible on the images that I uploaded with the old uploader.

Show me one of your old uploader images to compare to. I'm thinking it's an optical illusion that may be harder to see because the white backgrounds may be a bit different-the more "white", the easier to see the illusion? Or am I confused?
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| November 7, 2010, 7:45 am
This is a MOC with a "plaid" background (at least for me.) http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/228947 This is a MOC without a "plaid" lined background. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/234484 Both MOCs are mine. I am sorry to be cluttering up this thread. Unless someone solves the issue, this will be my last comment. Thanks to all.
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| November 7, 2010, 10:45 am
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Quoting Paul Vermeesch
This is a MOC with a "plaid" background (at least for me.) http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/228947 This is a MOC without a "plaid" lined background. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/234484 Both MOCs are mine. I am sorry to be cluttering up this thread. Unless someone solves the issue, this will be my last comment. Thanks to all.


Aaah, you're not cluttering up the thread...I've got no life, so hey...this is entertainment, right?

Again, I couldn't see any difference on my screen. I suppose at this point I shrug my shoulders and - in my best Jewish impression - say "but whatta ya gonna do?"
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| November 7, 2010, 7:27 pm
(I also reported this to Chris, in case he gets to it first) Excessive HTML:http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/29911
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| November 9, 2010, 8:55 pm
Quoting Matthew Novosad
(I also reported this to Chris, in case he gets to it first) Excessive HTML: http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/29911

That's so much color it hurts to look at!
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| November 9, 2010, 10:13 pm
Quoting Paul Vermeesch

You might want to try adjusting your monitor settings.
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| November 10, 2010, 4:18 am
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Quoting Matthew Novosad
(I also reported this to Chris, in case he gets to it first) Excessive HTML:http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/29911


*sigh* Not against the rules, so I can't legitimately say anything. For all that color, though, he's not real bright...if you take my meaning!



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| November 10, 2010, 7:38 am
Do you have any advice on how to make rock structure look better. (I would not be asking this if I had not looked at apocalipsis about 100 times)
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| November 10, 2010, 1:40 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

*sigh* Not against the rules, so I can't legitimately say anything. For all that color, though, he's not real bright...if you take my meaning!



Oh, I thought there was something about HTML though. Or was that just widgetiy type things?
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| November 10, 2010, 3:36 pm
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Quoting J .V
Do you have any advice on how to make rock structure look better. (I would not be asking this if I had not looked at apocalipsis about 100 times)


LOL...well, glad to hear you like the Apocalypsis posts (wish I could get around to working on that series again!). The idea for the way I approach rock design is a bit different. I use a studs-out approach, along with some studs-up building. It allows for more complex variations in the rock's forms. I can give you a general description of my approach, if that might help at all...

I'll build a standard, studs-up substructure first, to support any weight that might be an issue. After that, I'll start adding bricks, plates, slopes, and tiling to large plates. Sometimes I'll connect the larger plates with hinges, to create unique angles. Eventually, I'll add the larger plates to the substructure facing studs out. Very often I'll try to arrange the brick work and the plates so there appears to be horizontal striations running through the rock facades (as this is something often seen in nature).

I'm still not entirely happy with my own work, as I feel there still is more I might do with form, pattern, and even color (if Lego would only give us more dark tan!!!), but I feel like it's a step above the standard studs up approach. Keep in mind - if you decide to mess with it, though - that it's very fragile, and the plates can't support weight on their own. They'll need that substructure for support.

Hope that helps a little, and good luck!

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| November 10, 2010, 3:45 pm
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Quoting Matthew Novosad
Oh, I thought there was something about HTML though. Or was that just widgetiy type things?


Ya know, I'm not sure. If I were going to try to do that, though, I'd simply take a long line of text into photoshop, then duplicate it in various colors, and then post it as an image. But honestly, I'm not sure WHAT he's done.

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| November 10, 2010, 3:47 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Ya know, I'm not sure. If I were going to try to do that, though, I'd simply take a long line of text into photoshop, then duplicate it in various colors, and then post it as an image. But honestly, I'm not sure WHAT he's done.

It were originally a moving text that said "check out my mocs", but the page is full of HTML now because marquee isn't allowed to put on pages anymore.
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| November 10, 2010, 4:01 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Ya know, I'm not sure. If I were going to try to do that, though, I'd simply take a long line of text into photoshop, then duplicate it in various colors, and then post it as an image. But honestly, I'm not sure WHAT he's done.

I think he did this a billion times: <font color=whatever color he used)><font size=big font size>CHECK OUT MY MOCS!!</font color>

<font color=whatever color he used)>...

So on and so forth.

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| November 10, 2010, 4:05 pm
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Quoting Matthew Novosad
I think he did this a billion times: <font color=whatever color he used)><font size=big font size>CHECK OUT MY MOCS!!</font color>

<font color=whatever color he used)>...

So on and so forth.


Yeah, you're probably right. I just can't see wasting so much time with all of that worthless, inane vomit of babble (Hopefully I'm not being too vague regarding my perspective on the matter! ;-).

If builders who do stuff like that would put half as much effort into their actual creations, they'd be up for a MOCIE!

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| November 10, 2010, 4:51 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Yeah, you're probably right. I just can't see wasting so much time with all of that worthless, inane vomit of babble (Hopefully I'm not being too vague regarding my perspective on the matter! ;-).

If builders who do stuff like that would put half as much effort into their actual creations, they'd be up for a MOCIE!

Yep, I agree with you fully. If you go to my homepage (You don't have to) I have some colors (For titles of sections) and a little bit of font size change (For the same reason) some links, and two pictures. Not much, but it looks good.
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| November 10, 2010, 4:55 pm
Venerable sir,
Would you mind informing me as to the email address that Sean Kenney can be most easily reached at? If not that is perfectly fine.
Thank you.
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| November 11, 2010, 7:08 am
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Quoting Paul Vermeesch
Venerable sir,
Would you mind informing me as to the email address that Sean Kenney can be most easily reached at? If not that is perfectly fine.
Thank you.


I'm afraid I don't feel comfortable giving you a direct email of his, as he gets COUNTLESS communications from the MOCpages people. I hope you'll understand. BUT...

If you have a problem and need some help, you can contact him through MOCpages (go to Home page > About MOCpages > Contact Us > Report a Problem), or you could go to his personal web site and click the "contact" link to send a message that way.

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| November 11, 2010, 7:38 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

I'm afraid I don't feel comfortable giving you a direct email of his, as he gets COUNTLESS communications from the MOCpages people. I hope you'll understand. BUT...

If you have a problem and need some help, you can contact him through MOCpages (go to Home page > About MOCpages > Contact Us > Report a Problem), or you could go to his personal web site and click the "contact" link to send a message that way.

I understand completely! Thank you though for the other options.
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| November 11, 2010, 7:55 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

LOL...well, glad to hear you like the Apocalypsis posts (wish I could get around to working on that series again!). The idea for the way I approach rock design is a bit different. I use a studs-out approach, along with some studs-up building. It allows for more complex variations in the rock's forms. I can give you a general description of my approach, if that might help at all...

I'll build a standard, studs-up substructure first, to support any weight that might be an issue. After that, I'll start adding bricks, plates, slopes, and tiling to large plates. Sometimes I'll connect the larger plates with hinges, to create unique angles. Eventually, I'll add the larger plates to the substructure facing studs out. Very often I'll try to arrange the brick work and the plates so there appears to be horizontal striations running through the rock facades (as this is something often seen in nature).

I'm still not entirely happy with my own work, as I feel there still is more I might do with form, pattern, and even color (if Lego would only give us more dark tan!!!), but I feel like it's a step above the standard studs up approach. Keep in mind - if you decide to mess with it, though - that it's very fragile, and the plates can't support weight on their own. They'll need that substructure for support.

Hope that helps a little, and good luck!
thanks that should help a lot on my far upcoming (yet halfway done) creation thanks( insert Mark or Kelso here, I do not know which one you prefer people to call you)
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| November 11, 2010, 12:32 pm
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Quoting J .V
( insert Mark or Kelso here, I do not know which one you prefer people to call you)


Well now, let's see here. What people usually call Mark. I'll start with "A" and go alphabetically shall I?

1: A.....

HAHAHAHA

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| November 11, 2010, 4:41 pm
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Quoting Chris Phipson

Well now, let's see here. What people usually call Mark. I'll start with "A" and go alphabetically shall I?

1: A.....

HAHAHAHA


Yeah, if they only heard all the *&@%! YOU call me!


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| November 12, 2010, 7:37 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Yeah, if they only heard all the *&@%! YOU call me!



Quick question. Just how many bricks do you think there will be in the Eye of Chaos? (a LOT is not an answer) :)
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| November 16, 2010, 12:42 pm
Kelso, what do you think of http://mocpages.com/moc.php/236865? Also, is my joke on you in bad taste?
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| November 16, 2010, 11:51 pm
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Quoting ODST .

Quick question. Just how many bricks do you think there will be in the Eye of Chaos? (a LOT is not an answer) :)


a LOT.


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| November 17, 2010, 12:37 pm
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Quoting ODST .

Quick question. Just how many bricks do you think there will be in the Eye of Chaos? (a LOT is not an answer) :)


Oh, okay...okay! ;-)...

Unfortunately my real answer isn't much better. I'm guessing somewhere between 20k - 30k. Sorta? Maybe? Kinda? Dunno.

The thing is, I don't count parts when building. (And I often wonder how other builders do it!) I'm too caught up the creation process to mess with that, and I don't plan things out much, either. I build based upon look and feel, starting in one spot and then just - very organically - expanding from there. Probably not the best way to build, but I just use what I use, and never worry about parts count.

Sorry I don't have a better answer, but that's how I roll. ;-)


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| November 17, 2010, 12:46 pm
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Quoting President Rick Archerd Federation of Lynot.
My Lord Kelso, do you think you out build Master Kenney sometimes? And how can you make a ship, without it being square, without much slopes?


I wouldn't say any of us outbuild one another - we just all have our different styles.

As to the other question: As I mentioned to Phipson, I actually just use one brick. The rest is photoshopped! ;-)

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| November 17, 2010, 9:40 pm
I thought you would be interested in my inspiration for my Comic (Not out yet *Sigh*). Avatar the Last Airbender T.V. show. Great story, very emotional and and impacting. And the score. Beautiful. Here is my favorite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFnnNijn_OI&feature=related
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| November 18, 2010, 7:43 pm
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Quoting Matthew Novosad
I thought you would be interested in my inspiration for my Comic (Not out yet *Sigh*). Avatar the Last Airbender T.V. show. Great story, very emotional and and impacting. And the score. Beautiful. Here is my favorite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFnnNijn_OI&feature=related


Wow, that's awesome! Brings a ton of great visuals to mind.

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| November 20, 2010, 8:05 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Wow, that's awesome! Brings a ton of great visuals to mind.

And this is the scene the music is from. Finally found it! : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHPOnWczkXc


And if you didn't know, the two characters fighting are Zuko and Azula. They are Brother and Sister, Zuko decided to change to the good side, and Azula never even thought of it. One of the best parts of the scene is how beautiful firebending is. It's the most... Most... I don't even know how to describe it, it is really beautiful and is really like a dance. An episode that really shows that is one where Zuko and Aang go to find the origin of Firebending, and part of it is called "The Dance of the Dragons". The episode where the scene is from is the series finale.
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| November 20, 2010, 9:13 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso
Well, after last night's rather dramatic and lengthy conversation, I admit to being a bit dubious about this, but here goes...

Any questions?
Mr Kelso what is your opinion on this?.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/237681
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| November 21, 2010, 4:53 pm
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Quoting Glenn streeter
Quoting Mark Kelso
Well, after last night's rather dramatic and lengthy conversation, I admit to being a bit dubious about this, but here goes...

Any questions?
Mr Kelso what is your opinion on this?.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/237681


Not bad, Glen! I don't think I've ever seen the studs-down technique utilized for the bottom hull section like that - nice idea. Some good parts usage for the detailing as well.

I think your pics aren't doing justice to the build, unfortunately. They're bit dark in the shadow areas, and it makes it a little tough to see some of the nice detail you've got going on. That's really the only critisicm I can immediately come up with, though. For the scale you've worked in, it's a very nice MOC.

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| November 22, 2010, 8:20 am
Dear Mark,
I am having a Dark Age moment going through my life. I don't really know how to put this, but a few times, I have had thoughts to delete my account. Now, I am not going through the dreaded Builder's Block, because I have pictures from my Hawaii vacation and from going to Denver Broncos games. I am still into Legos, but by a thread. Please give me some advice.

Sincerely,
Fox
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| November 23, 2010, 7:00 pm
Quoting Fox .
Dear Mark,
I am having a Dark Age moment going through my life. I don't really know how to put this, but a few times, I have had thoughts to delete my account. Now, I am not going through the dreaded Builder's Block, because I have pictures from my Hawaii vacation and from going to Denver Broncos games. I am still into Legos, but by a thread. Please give me some advice.

Sincerely,
Fox

You should try building into some other theme. That often helps re-spur interest. Don't delete your account-you will regret it.
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| November 23, 2010, 7:02 pm
Quoting Fox .
Dear Mark,
I am having a Dark Age moment going through my life. I don't really know how to put this, but a few times, I have had thoughts to delete my account. Now, I am not going through the dreaded Builder's Block, because I have pictures from my Hawaii vacation and from going to Denver Broncos games. I am still into Legos, but by a thread. Please give me some advice.

Sincerely,
Fox

Don't delete it, you will regret it.
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| November 23, 2010, 7:05 pm
Quoting BobaFett 2
You should try building into some other theme. That often helps re-spur interest. Don't delete your account-you will regret it.

I agree with Boba, don't delete your account. Even if I ever abandon mocpages, I would leave my account for others to enjoy. I never do plan to leave, so don't leave us, Fox! :D
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| November 23, 2010, 7:07 pm
Quoting Fox .
Dear Mark,
I am having a Dark Age moment going through my life. I don't really know how to put this, but a few times, I have had thoughts to delete my account. Now, I am not going through the dreaded Builder's Block, because I have pictures from my Hawaii vacation and from going to Denver Broncos games. I am still into Legos, but by a thread. Please give me some advice.

Sincerely,
Fox


Fox,
I have just gotten back into building again from my own dark age/builders block. I suggest taking a break from the brick. It can really help, by just finding other things to do, and releasing your mind a little. Every time I had sat down to build, I found myself stuck and didn't know what to build. I would have these good ideas, but then get stuck in the transition between my head and my hands to build. I went and took a break (the length will depend on you) I took a break for a couple of months never touching a brick. I still checked up on the 'Pages but didn't comment or post anything.I came back and started building again, and felt really good about it, and my abilities as a builder. For you, I think it would be a smart move to do something you wouldn't be able to do with the brick. Something out of your theme. Just to release your brain a little bit, and get the creative juices flowing. This will often times spur your love for lego back into your life. I hope this helps, as I didn't like it when it happened to me.
Best of luck.
Sean

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| November 23, 2010, 7:20 pm
Quoting Sean Flynn

Fox,
I have just gotten back into building again from my own dark age/builders block. I suggest taking a break from the brick. It can really help, by just finding other things to do, and releasing your mind a little. Every time I had sat down to build, I found myself stuck and didn't know what to build. I would have these good ideas, but then get stuck in the transition between my head and my hands to build. I went and took a break (the length will depend on you) I took a break for a couple of months never touching a brick. I still checked up on the 'Pages but didn't comment or post anything.I came back and started building again, and felt really good about it, and my abilities as a builder. For you, I think it would be a smart move to do something you wouldn't be able to do with the brick. Something out of your theme. Just to release your brain a little bit, and get the creative juices flowing. This will often times spur your love for lego back into your life. I hope this helps, as I didn't like it when it happened to me.
Best of luck.
Sean

Thank you Sean. I'll try it and see how it works.

Fox
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| November 23, 2010, 7:35 pm
Could I get your guys opinion on this please. Thanks

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/237954

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| November 23, 2010, 8:26 pm
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Quoting Fox .
Dear Mark,
I am having a Dark Age moment going through my life. I don't really know how to put this, but a few times, I have had thoughts to delete my account. Now, I am not going through the dreaded Builder's Block, because I have pictures from my Hawaii vacation and from going to Denver Broncos games. I am still into Legos, but by a thread. Please give me some advice.

Sincerely,
Fox


Hey, Fox!

Best thing I can tell you is don't fight it. If you need to take a break from building, then definitely take a break. I personally don't think you can force creativity...well, you can, but it just doesn't work as well. Lego isn't something most of us HAVE to do, and if it stops being fun, then take some time off - you can always come back to it...in a week, in a month, in a year, or whatever.

I wouldn't recommend deleting your account, though. That way, when you decide to come back, everything is already in place to pick up where you left off.

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| November 24, 2010, 7:49 am
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Quoting David .
Could I get your guys opinion on this please. Thanks

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/237954


Really nice little MOC, David! Love the clean look. You also managed some solid parts usage, and good color balance.

As is so often the case, I would recommend trying to improve your presentation if you can. The white background was a start, but some of your shots were too hot (too bright with the white, so to speak), while others were too dark. With a build this nice, I'd like to see you use a photoediting application, create a solid white background, and then paste a cutout of the MOC on to the white. You could also adjust the values (lights and darks) in the application so the MOC comes across with proper color and value.

Meanwhile, very nice build. Keep up the great work!

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| November 24, 2010, 8:03 am
Thanks Mark Kelso I will try to do that.
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| November 24, 2010, 9:20 am
Kelso, what do you think of my lighting in this MOC: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/237430

I found out that if I used white foamboard and took pictures at a certain time in the morning, it looked like my moc was in a photobooth thing.
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| November 24, 2010, 9:27 am
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Quoting President Rick Archerd Federation of Lynot.
Hey Kelso. Are you going to see Tron: Legacy when it comes out December 17th? I sure am. Cause I love it. (looks toward future MOCs)


Yeah, definitely! My wife and I are fans of any kind of sci-fi, and we're both old enough to remember the original Tron, too. We've been on a great run of movies lately, and that should be another good one to add to the list from this fall. HP was okay, but I LOVED Megamind!

Quoting President Rick Archerd Federation of Lynot.
Also, can you look at this? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/236936
I didn't use flash like normal cause you would been blind. And besides, you're supposed to be looking at a TV.


That's hilarious. I've always aspired to be like Doog, and here you are fulfilling my dream. I can die happy...which, by the way, should be any minute now after that rant you involved me with against the LIU!

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| November 24, 2010, 6:44 pm
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Quoting ODST .
Kelso, what do you think of my lighting in this MOC: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/237430

I found out that if I used white foamboard and took pictures at a certain time in the morning, it looked like my moc was in a photobooth thing.


Okay, for starters, nice job on the ship! It would have been great if you could have gone no-studs all the way, but still a very cool build nonetheless.

As for the lighting, it looks really good in several of the shots, and then falls short in a few others. The main pic and the last shot are particularly nice, I think. The white of the surrounding boards helped to lighten the black surface of the build, which was nice.

Part of the reason why I recommend photo editing software for a presentation is so your shots come across with consistency. I think some of your pics are a bit dark, or in other instances, the background isn't light enough. With an editor, you could control that, as well as controlling the value ranges of the blacks in the MOC itself.

Still, the shots are pretty good for not having a lot of manipulation done to them.

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| November 24, 2010, 6:51 pm
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