But wait, there’s worse!

For the many that think my ideas of what is Sci-Fi and what isn’t are a bit extreme, it seems my views are rather moderate! I just read this blog post on amctv.com and…. wow!

Personally I think she goes too far. I agree that Inter-Species Mating is pure rubbish, and that Precognition is probably better seen as fantasy, but questioning the believability of Godzilla is silly; it’s supposed to be a hybrid of a gorilla and whale afterall.

Most of all, her stance on “Ray Guns” is odd and rather simplistic. Straight away she pretty much says that all “Ray Guns” are lasers and then explains why they would make silly weapons. While I agree that lasers would have limitations, I disagree about the initial assumption as there are other “Ray Gun” options. Babylon 5 for example have a nice solution (and a cool looking effect in the first season) with PPGs (possibly the same concept is in Terminator and Aliens), and Nikola Tesla in the 1930s believed a Teleforce weapon was possible.

Even so, it’s nice to be on the other side for once!

Harsh discipline in Metal Gear Solid 4?

Originally posted on the ACAPsoft forum, 12 Mar 2009

I was playing Metal Gear Solid 4 the other day (for the third time…) and I saw something moving. Here is an in-game photo…

…and close-up.

Odd. Very odd. It would have been odd enough even without the hand still moving. Shooting her had no effect however so the game must have seen her as dead…ish. I’ll have to look out for this next time I play and see if it happens again! On a similar note (and for those that don’t know what they are supposed to look like) here is a Haven Trooper.. in Figure form!

Encyclopedia

As mentioned earlier, I’m going to make an in-universe encyclopedia to go with the comic, and the first part is ready! The main index is here. All that’s there at the moment is a few detail entries explaining some brief universe backgrounds.

As it is said on each page, the science is researched, but that doesn’t mean it’s fact. Thus feel free to tell me that my ideas or information are wrong! Also, things might change as the story progresses. I hope to keep it to a minimum, but it can be hard to avoid this.

De-Classic-Space Comic Preview 1

As a test I created this image today.

I did it with GIMP and I’m decently happy with it. I’ve never done any image work like this before so it was all very hit and miss. I need to do another 20 or so images for the full intro “story”, but I’ll probably post something after the first five are ready. (This’ll probably be one of the first.)

I’ll post pictures of the raw model later.

De-Classic-Space!

I’ve been talking about making this for a while, and at last I have… sorta. First off, the name. The secondary reason will be explained in time in my comic (more on that later), but I must confess that the primary reason is that it’s a subtle jibe at the never-ending stream of “Classic” LEGO sites. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em I suppose!

That lame reason aside, what I like to build isn’t that classic either; I prefer to build MOCs that I think are scientifically possible. To expand, I don’t believe that transporters, artificial gravity, “Deflectors”, “shields”… and other stuff like that are possible. Ever. Small fighters I don’t believe in either. Feel free to argue with me if you want; I can be convinced!

As part of this I plan to make a comic with an on-going story arc. At this stage I make no claim to have 200 single spaced pages in a triple-encrypted file… but I do hope to soon. The comic will feature existing and new MOCs, and I’ll be making a universe encyclopedia as I go.  My goal will be to keep the technology scientific and  not fantastical… and I’ll be hoping people pick on me if I falter. Many stories, such as B5, started out very believable, but by the end were not much better than Star Trek.

Sad to say, the comic won’t be a regular release; I’m a pretty busy guy already. Partially for this reason I’ll be posting about other things here as well; not all of it LEGO. I’m not completely sure yet at this stage, but just keep in mind that this is not a LEGO blog. Even so, I won’t be blogging about going to the toilet or things like that….

…oh yeah! My name is Andrew J Glina. Long term Sci-Fi and LEGO fanboy. I’m also an Admin at the LEGO site Eurobricks (Siegfried/Sinner) and I’m 34. I’ve got a more detailed bio if you’re curious.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you come back!