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Monthly Archives: September 2013
I don’t like it as good as I liked the old versions…IOS 6.whatever.
The flat icons don’t do it for me. Isn’t 2D a step backwards?
The redesigned Calendar, Clock, Newstand, Game Center, Messages, Music don’t do it for me. The camera’s “Square” feature is un-needed. And the Camera doesn’t look as good all around.
So there you have it.
I like the new animations. The “fly-in” looks great. I like that tilting the phone creates a movement effect with the icons. (Have you noticed that yet?) I like iTunes Radio, but am not sure that should be included…That is everywhere, not just on IOS7. I like the softer sound scheme a little better. Siri sound better. I am keeping HER female…Safari is better…more visual than before.
IOS7 looks better on my iPad Mini than on my iPhone 4S.
These are my thoughts. What are yours?
SpartanNerd Sundays…Apple vs Google vs RIM vs Samsung vs Microsoft
SpartanNerd Sundays…Faith and Mulligans
My favorite style of Magic The Gathering play is called “constructed”. I like either “standard” or “modern”. But Legacy and Vintage are beyond me (I’m a cheapskate, remember?). And I am not good at limited and drafting….
I generally mulligan….draw six different cards after the first draw…when I have no land or nothing worthy to play. Here’s the devotional bit….if I have 5 lands in hand, what are the odds of Mana flood? I have faith that there is NO WAY the next three turns are going to be all land….I mean, it could happen…(this IS a card game) But probably not.
What does this have to do with anything?
deck, ahem, “library” in Magic is like your Christian testimony. When the old devil tries to vex you away from the truth, you can think back on your life and say to him…”I remember when Jesus did this in my life, or did that in my life.” It is called “The Shield of Faith.” You can use it to protect yourself against the fiery arrows of Satan! You can rely on the things God has provided in you! You can have those experiences…that spiritual growth…always in mind.
But you have to keep your faith in those things. The Bible says you have to “Take Up” that shield of faith! Then swing that sword of truth!
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Figure Review…Marvel Select Deadpool
This is a figure that SpartanSmurf #1 picked up at the MonsterCon.
I wish I got a picture of the unboxing, but sorry!
Let me just say…WOW! The MOTUC figures have met their match in almost every way!
I mean, Deadpool was only $25! He is massive! Has tons of articulation! And lots of accessories!
Here are some pics and my review!
|This is the basic figure.|
|Here is his diorama and stand|
|Here are his accessories, minus one sai. Trust me. He came with another one.|
|Here he is with pistol, about to draw the other.|
|Here he is with machine gun and sai!|
I used the extra large pics here to show the detail!
The Value of Nerd Stuff…Specifically "Why Do Lego MiniFigures Cost So Much?"
Today I am going to rant about something. Everyone who reads this blog knows that I am a cheapskate. This post might sound like “get off my lawn.” But I feel strongly about this, and have put alot of thought into it. I have to teach my children about the value of money, and so when they read this, maybe they’ll get it too.
I am specifically ranting about the amount of money that Lego MiniFigs are going for nowadays. My question is, Why?
(I should say that these pictures come from places that I will not disclose, on the web and in person)
Here is a MODEST example.
OF COURSE I am a Star Wars fan. I unashamedly identify with Anakin/ Vader. I also think the LEGO Star Wars video games are fun, and enjoy the cuteness of them as well. But I think this much money for a mini-fig is ridiculous.
Remember, we are talking about something about the size of a quarter, made out of plastic.
The Mystery Pack here seems reasonable enough. This kind of thing is popular nowadays. But you don’t know what you are getting…And I happen to know, that these guys tend to be rather generic. (I know this is a pic of the HALO MEGA BLOCKS mystery pack price..But both are the same price, I checked. At least with Halo, you know you are getting something Halo.) $2.97…You can get a happy meal for this price, and get food AND a better toy.
Now, I don’t think the Mystery Pack is entirely overpriced…It’s just not my kind of thing. Magic The Gathering Booster Packs operate the same way…More about them later in the post.
Am I alone in this?
Here are some things to compare for discussion of value.
|You get a decent set, and three well known characters. Good deal! Maybe a good birthday present.|
|You get a pretty big set…and four mini-figs. This is OK. IMHO. Maybe a good Christmas present.|
|The SpartanSmurfs own a comparable set. Of course I had to build it for them. After that dragon bit the dust, it never has been together again. I should have seen it coming. It has been done before, after all! (power rangers!) Eventually…a Gold Ninja. Is this good value? Looks like you get three minifigs and the dragon…a pretty big set. I guess its OK. If you are a fan of Ninjago. But not the Gold Ninja alone. Sorry.|
|Here you see everything you get in the Halo Pack. $6. Considering the price of the mystery pack, this seems fair. Plus I happen to know that there is more stuff here than you would get in the Mystery Pack.|
I guess I just don’t value Lego MiniFigs. They are the kind of thing that just gets played with for awhile, then taken apart, and then the hands get lost, or the weapons, or they get mixed up. And the kids could have just as much fun with the generic type you get in the Mystery Pack. Or the ones you find at a yard sale….
I mean, for as much money as the Darth Vader up there, you could have THREE Ninja Turtles. And you wouldn’t have to order them on the internet…You can walk out the store with them!
|Metalhead is one of my favorites!|
|I have spoke a few times about this movie. It is an older movie now. But look at the size of this guy! For $19! Great articulation! 1000% larger than the Vader Minifig, and STILL CHEAPER.|
Here’s a “girly” example. For $19.97, you can own a doll, with tons of accessories…A popular toy at that! You still aren’t paying as much as you are for Vader!
The Great SpartanAunt is guilty. You see, she got the SpartanSmurfs some extravagantly priced Storm Troopers and Clone Mini-Figs. And spoiled them! I try and tell them…Look, you could get THIS item, or four of THESE items for that price…Nope.
There is nothing there but INSANITY! Am I being a jerk?
I exercise caution when I am buying Magic Cards with the boys. I don’t feel a piece of cardboard is worth the price of a meal for a whole family at a decent restaurant. I personally own a Voice of Reason…This card would cost $35-$50…But I got it in a booster pack….That’s How I roll, see. And all of the Shocklands that I own, I got the same way, or traded. I boosted my collection, and I keep it organized alphabetically by set. I am getting the bang for my buck, see. And I play everyday.
The SpartanSmurfs are going on and on about Mr. Gold. He’ll cost his weight in real gold. Mr. Gold is apparently the rarest MiniFig or something like that. Here’s what I see happening. They’ll get a Mr. Gold. Then he’ll be in 10 golden pieces, mixed into Storm Trooper and Ninjago parts.
And I just don’t see the value here.
And that is my two-cents cheapskate opinion! Are you mad now?…Comment!