Monday, September 21, 2015

Brick or Treat

Friday, April 17, 2015

Andy's Creeper

Here's a video of Andy Milluzzi's Creeper bot from Orlando Maker Faire a few months ago... I would have shared it earlier, but I keep forgetting to. :(

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New Web Host

I'm transferring BrickBuildr to a new web host today.  Shouldn't take longer than a few hours, so please hold off on updating the Pick-a-Brick wall until I'm finished.  We should be back on-line soon.  :)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

iPaB Parts Data

I was adding a new part to the database this morning, when I did something catastrophic -- the part name don't show up correctly.  I'll be spending the next few days correcting this error, as well as find a way to make the process of adding a new part less tedious.

Stay tuned...  I'll post updates as I make progress.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Quick Update

Heading into 2014, it's never a dull moment... I've been procrastinating on a project that I need to finish by mid January -- OrangeLUG will be participating in The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons Exhibition display at Orange County Regional History Museum.  As you can see, I'm working on a mosaic.  :)

I'm using the Photobricks app for my iPhone.  I love and hate it; I have few different shades of orange and red that I'd love to incorporate into the mosaic, but the application has a limited pallet, but beyond that, it's been a wonderful! 

I've also recently spoke with Bryan Bonahoom about getting the website ready for Brickworld Chicago registration.  I have been working on updating the web-site with a fresh look for the new year -- hopefully it looks better on mobile and tablet devices.  I still have more work to do... some pages haven't been converted to the new look yet.

I have a few updates to BrickBuildr as well, in terms of new parts selection & wall dimensions for some stores; I should get to that in the next day or so...

Ok, back to building.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Wal-Mart Side Effect, part 2: Winning a Fight, but Losing the War

So I didn't intend to write a blog follow up to The Wal-Mart Side Effect, part 1 just yet, but this is related...

Here's something I think is funny... so I'm on eBay this morning, and one of the new features is displaying items similar to what I've searched for in the past... when I see the following mixed in with the results:
What I suspect, with LEGO outsourcing many things to China, China is fulfilling the quota of parts, but making a few extra on the side, in the process -- I doubt there's any agreement in place to what the machinery does after the quota is fulfilled -- so minifigures are being sold to different distributors and repackaged.

I also suspect, LEGO Retail is waging a war with BrickLink sellers -- seeing the amount of money being spent on after market LEGO -- LBR is using this to justify reducing discounts and many policy changes -- damaged sets use to be on discount at 20%, now it's 10%; opened & returned sets use to go into grab bags, to which many LUG used to help bulk up collections; etc.  But honestly, I think LEGO is losing the war -- the amount of money they're losing through discounts to North Americans vs. outsourcing to China, has got to be comparing a trickle of water to a tsunami.

You can't use the quality argument for not buying any of the above -- I suspect the makers of the above make the same quality of parts for LEGO.  Unless I do a side-by-side comparison, would there be any differences?  If it's minor, would it matter in a large fan display, considering if I bought some of the above at 50% of LEGO's price or better?  I makes you think if TLG & LBR has their priorities a little backwards.