Hey guys, after using a Galaxy Note 2 for 6 whole years, I’ve just replaced the old dinosaur with a Note 8, and I’ve got mixed feelings about it. The specs are nice; internet browsing is fast, games run smoothly, and the camera looks good (see the photos below). But a lot of the hardware design decisions are really questionable! The main speaker is at the bottom of the phone, so when I’m playing games, it’s always covered by either my hand or my stomach. This wasn’t a problem with the Note 2, since the speaker was on the back of the phone. This seems like a major oversight to me!
I also feel scammed by the advertised 6.3 inch screen size. The Note 2 screen is 5.5 inches, so I’d figure it would be an upgrade, but it’s not! The Note 8 screen is just longer! Videos and games aren’t even designed for such a long screen! And some of the screen space is wasted on reflective curved edges. So if anything, the screen looks smaller than on my old phone! Questionable design indeed.
Annoying hardware aside, it’s nice to have a phone that doesn’t crash when I try to open basic apps like Google maps. I’m still happy I got a “flagship” phone, as it’s partly for market research. Speaking of which, I’m trying to play a lot of little indie games on it – the kind of stuff you’d see on Kongregate a few years ago. Looks like a lot of browser game devs have moved to mobile, and I’ve got some catching up to do. It’s a shame that the mobile market is poorly curated and saturated with garbage, so finding those gems will be tricky. Feel free to recommend some wholesome, non-exploitative games. So far I’m enjoying Super Dangerous Dungeons, Monument Valley, and Cat Bird. I was sceptical of on-screen keyboards, but they work okay if there’s only 3 buttons.
Also I’m really liking the EBF5 Foe Competition entries so far. I thought maybe the rules were too specific this time, but it looks like most people understand what I’m looking for.
Above is me and Ronja doing a bit of gardening. We don’t actually have a dog, but I do indeed use a pickaxe to till the earth. Below is us crunching before the launch of EBF5. We forgot to change out of our outdoor clothes, apparently.
Hey guys, here’s a dump of my Lego creations from the last few weeks.
I’ve been making a lot of vehicles lately. Themed cars are fun to do – I’ll probably make more of these and pretend they’re playing Mario Kart or something.
This truck came about because I simply wanted to use the yellow and red door pieces.
It’s a retro-looking design with a few modern features too.
And here’s another Bionicle guy! I guess he can be called Swamp, since I did Jungle earlier.
He’s got a shoulder-mounted cannon which he can aim, and that’s all he does, really.
Made this a little while back. All of those pink pieces turned out to be really useful.
Making a mosaic that’s not a square is a big challenge – it takes a few complicated layers to make a strong foundation. The sprites are based on the NES Kirby game, but I added some extra colors and highlights.
I discovered colors!
For a while I thought that modern Lego had too many colors and it was hard to make use of them all, but now I appreciate them. I’m not sure which exact version of Mario these are from, since they look like updated Super Mario Bros 3 sprites, and I changed them a bit more to work with the bricks I had available. But either way, they turned out very shiny, and I’ll keep probably keep these around for a long time as decorations. They took about an hour each to make.
I’m getting into this Lego mosaic thing.
I don’t know where this skull is originally from though, sorry.
I’m just looking through pixel art for designs that would look good in Lego.
Had a hangover day yesterday, and watched Attack on Titan all day. It’s almost a very good show, but it still suffers from the usual anime budget problems, like padding out the episodes with boring talk scenes. Also the film Hereditary is masterpiece, one of the best horror films I’ve ever seen. It’s incredibly well made. I also went on a slug-killing crusade in the garden in my pyjamas. They come out for beer, and then it’s stabbing time.
Here’s some simple art I made for my office wall.
EBF5 final boss is animated. Programming it now.
Here’s another Bionicle I prepared earlier.
Here’s another original Lego thing.
It took me quite a bit of experimenting to get some limb proportions that felt right – he was originally supposed to have 6 legs, but that looked like overkill.
Also if you rub his groin you get some helicopter action.
Here’s another Bionicle. This guy’s quite normal-looking, except for them huge propellers. Big pieces used to scare me, but they’re quite cool if you start with them and build the rest of the design around them.
A few years ago I was given a big box of random Lego Bionicle/Hero Factory/Technic parts. I didn’t think there was any complete sets in there, so the box just sat in storage for a long time. A few days ago I pulled it out to see what was in there. I came up with a few original Bionicle-style creatures, and I shall annoy you with Lego posts over the next few days.
Let’s start with my favourite. There was a lot of brown and sandy coloured parts, but no standard Bionicle body, so I put some random parts together and ended up with a very interesting body shape for this guy. Looks like he’s permanently in a sumo-wrestler pose.