Showing posts from April, 2006

Micronauts, Part Deux

Okay, so it turns out we'd dug them all out of storage, not just the Star Searcher. So how did my memory hold up? I finally know where all of the yellow parts are from - the almost vanished Rhodium Orbiter! The Crater Cruncher does have both scoop supports, and is in playable condition I'd tried to turn the Aquatron into the mission pod for a Nebula -class starship at some point, so I had to take it apart and put it back together. No harm done, but it's missing lots of pieces. Photon Sled - if you don't mind popping wheelies, it might be playable. Star Searcher - it's the one missing a scoop support, but otherwise stil unabashedly awesome ! The Interplanetary Headquarters is the mere potsherds of a lost civlization. Acroyear got in and out of the Star Searcher's hidden compartment one too many times and is down a leg. At least he came with prosthetic wheels! The Time Traveller is just a ghost of his former self. And to round it out, there's Battlest

Crap I had as a kid: Micronauts

In the new "Crap I had as a kid" category... with commentary that points out which of the removable parts went to the big sandbox in the sky first. Introducing the Micronauts ! Figures:  - clear - gray, still have the sarcophagus  - red; had way too much fun with this guy Vehicles:  - the body went AWOL. D'oh.  - stayed intact a rather long time  - lots its charm without the missile launchers  - pointy tip vanished first  - sadly, one of the scoop supports went first, which rendered the toy rather pointless Big vehicles:

Artistic talent (or lack thereof)

So I can't draw, but I was obsessed with Aliens (acid for blood, facehugger/chestburster... that kind) when I was attending University that I attempted some drawings. One graced the cover of a binder (yeah, the kind with a velcro closure on it). Somehow I managed to save the binder cover, and when I ran across it today I realized that the ink was fading badly so I scanned it. I only had a few minutes to play around in Photoshop, but here's the result. (The caption reads "ALIENS 4 - The Awakening" and "Last time was a dream/This time is a nightmare" - this dates from before Alien Resurrection came out, when fans of Aliens could still hope for a Dallas-style recovery from the disaster that was Alien^3 ).

Farthest N E S W

Sarah tried to start a meme using the mapping sites to track "Farthest North, East, South and West" you've travelled from your current location. My map is below. North: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada East: Nice, France South & West: Queenstown, New Zealand Note that the resulting shape isn't a convex hull of my travels. To do that it would have to include London, England and Hawai'i, USA. And yes, I could have done the map with New Zealand on the right, so I'd have a bigger area, but that would be cheating.

They don't have any protein!

In NZ we all shared a hotel room each night, so Caspian got used to sleeping close to us. Now that we're back he's had a hard time - his imagination is running strong, and so any little thing that wakes him up can trigger monsters (the bad kind, not like Cookie or Harry). Su was comforting him after a waking-up incident, and saying things like "you have your Care Bears here to protect you," which apparently lead to a conversation about what Care Bears ate. Susan said, "They eat cloud sandwiches" which lead to the quote: "But those are just made of air, they don't have any protein!" Susan then said she'd give him a magic "good witch of the North" kiss, to which Caspian responded: "But that's too powerful!" He also said he "couldn't be Luke [Skywalker] brave, but I can be shot brave, like when I was little and didn't cry when I got a shot." I also taught him a trick I learned (far too late, IMHO)