Friday, June 7, 2019

Favorite TV Shows: June, 2019 Edition

 Favorite TV Shows: June, 2019 Edition 

Welp. My days of watching traditional TV are just about over. Whether I'm watching something on Amazon Prime, Netflix, or Youtube, it's usually being viewed on my computer or iPod rather than a television. And while I still revisit old favorites every now and then, a lot of what I watch these days isn't exactly a "TV show" in the traditional sense. 

And so, with my changing viewing habits comes the changing of the format of this annual post... again.

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Shows I've Recently Enjoyed That Have Produced New Episodes In The Past Year:

 Jeopardy (Syndicated)

We Bare Bears (Cartoon Network)

Call The Midwife (PBS)

The 100 Baby Sims Challenge (Youtube/Buzzfeed)

Be Kind Rewind (Youtube)

Rick Steves' Europe (PBS)

Shows I've Recently Enjoyed That Have NOT Produced New Episodes In The Past Year:

Parks & Recreation (All seasons)

Reign (Revisited S1)

Lois & Clark (Revisited S2)

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (All)

Quantum Leap (Revisited S1)

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (Misc. episodes)

Guilty Pleasures I Like To Watch On Cable When I'm Housesitting:

Shows involving antiques, ie Flea Market Flip & Salvage Dawgs

Shows involving house renovations, ie Good Bones & Love It Or List It

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

Misc. Other Things I've Consumed:

Be Good And Rewatch It - 1995's Pride & Prejudice (Waypoint Podcast)

Honest Trailers (Youtube)

How It Should Have Ended (Youtube)

Vids By Lindsay Ellis (Youtube)

On My "To-Watch" List:

Continue watching the most recent season of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Anne With An E, series 2

The Pretender (Series revisit)

Road To Avonlea (Series revisit)

Ru Paul's Drag Show

I've Given Up Trying To Think Of Creative Titles For These: Bricks Cascade - Year 8

Bricks Cascade
Portland, Oregon
February 28 - March 3, 2019

This year's Bricks Cascade was a little bit different for me. I opted not to take any time off work -- nor did our school holidays naturally fall during the con, as they were nice enough to do in 2018. As a result, I missed some of the games on Friday as well as the Opening Ceremonies. Ah well.

I was there Thursday evening to set up some MOCs. Then on Friday evening I arrived in time for the WAFOL (Female LEGO fans) meet & greet dinner.

On Saturday, during public hours, I got a surprise visit from my brother, sister-in-law, and nieces! This was my nieces' first time to the con, and my brother's first appearance since 2014.

4-year-old J was mesmerized by Ben's Funland, naturally.

The girls lasted about an hour, but seemed to really enjoy all the things... especially those that either moved or could be climbed upon.

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I played only two games this year. I did the sadistic Build-in-a-Bag...

And, on Saturday evening, I participated in a kind of Master Build game using pieces from one of the new LEGO Movie 2 sets...

Below: This set's designer, and Senior Designer for LEGO, Nicolaas Vas, signs autographs...

Earlier in the day, he gave a presentation and did a Q&A. Those who were in attendance got a ticket for the evening's game.

We were each given part of the set and told to build something. I built this...

 Here are a few of the other builds. There was so much creativity!

This year I wanted to get a team together for Team Speed Build. I did recruit enough people to form a team. But the sign-up happened at 8pm Friday at the front desk, just as the nightly meeting was ending. By the time I got back to the hall, there was already a line in front of the sign-up sheets. By the time I reached the front of the line, all the slots were filled.

Bricks Cascade is great in so many ways, but I really wish they'd consider going electronic for game signups in the future. There are still occasional problems with this method, sure, but it's so much less stressful than the "first come" method. If I don't make it into a game, that's fine. But I guess I'd just rather that the reason be "random draw!" rather than "you didn't run out of the meeting early enough and camp out in front of the registration tables, fool."

In the end, though, the Team Speed Build took place in front of public on short tables, so really? Maybe not getting into it was for the best... this time.

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Meanwhile, out on the display tables...

My Kitchen Exhibition ballooned to 7...

...with the addition of a 1930s model...

...and an Edwardian vignette...

I had fun making an industrial Microscale playground...

A challenge was put out to make a MOC that included an "Octan" piece, and so Quacktan was hatched...

LEGO mazes aren't a novel concept, but I wanted to make one of my own. It was fun watching kids standing before it throughout the con with their little fingers moving around in the air, "tracing" their path to victory. :)

I also added 2 new "toy" MOCs -- the TV/music box and the Lite-Brite.

My modular LEGO store made its Bricks Cascade debut. (It's perpetually winterized, now, as it is expected to appear at future Festivals Of Trees...)

Green Gables: Version, uh.... I can't even remember. 4? 5? But it has interiors! And the fireplaces light up! More pictures to come... someday.

I've been bringing "Old West" MOCs off and on for a few years, and this year some folks wanted to do a full collaboration. 

(The dinosaurs took over on Sunday.)

So I rebuilt my barn....

And also contributed my Dry Goods Store, Hotel, Abandoned House, and Sheriff's Office.

I also threw together this Superman mirror vignette that's based off an old Superfriends episode.

That's pretty much it for my MOCs... I think???

Here were some of my favorite builds from other people:

This was a really cool build... the TV screen "scrolled" and Mario really jumped!

That's it for this con! I've got another post coming up about BrickCan 2019, so keep an eye out for that!

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