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that would be bad ass if you could plug it in and play it
The BEST lego that I've ever seen!!!!
this is really cool....is it heavy too? =P
very cool!
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I'm learning to play the guitar. Help?
For most of my life, music has been the thing that I am most passionate about. For most of my life, I have convinced myself that I am incapable of actually making any music of my own. But for a brief (and ill-fated) foray into the universe of the piano in my early teens, I've never been able to do much of anything with instruments. Which is odd, because I know that I have a really good ear for music - at least, that's what I pride myself on. And when I talk to people about music, it eventually comes up that I don't know how to play a damned thing, and I get embarrassed. So I'm putting an end to that. This is a public declaration: I am learning to play the guitar. There. I said it. Now, I have no choice. People are watching. Right? I can't really say why it's taken me so long to realize this, but the reality is that while I say I have no musical ability, I haven't actually ever tried. Yes, I played the piano for a few years. But I hated it, because that's not the kind of music that I like. The guitar is. I dug out my mom's old guitar - the one she claims to have bought some time in the mid-'70s - and started familiarizing myself with it. I'm taking it slow - I literally don't have the first idea of what to do. I found an online class (thank you internet) that I'm hoping will do a good job at teaching me. I started to learn the language and posture last night, just sitting on the floor with the guitar in my lap. When I first picked it up, I felt so uncomfortable, so awkward. I couldn't get my arms right. But after only half an hour, it started to feel more natural. Sure, my back hurt a little from being in a strange, unfamiliar position, but the guitar started to feel OK in my hands. And I learned how to hold a pick. And what a fret is. It was an encouraging, if slow, start. I'm committed to this. It's going to be hard, and I may not be ready to play a single note for a week. But I know that things like this take time, and I'm prepared to dedicate some real hours to figuring it out. I don't have an end goal, outside of just being able to competently make some sounds with a guitar. That's all I want - and if I can get there, I'll be one happy man. Suggestions? Does anyone have a good website with tricks and tips? Or any pointers of your own? Anything and everything helps! I'll keep you guys posted!
Guitar Photography Challenges - White Guitars
Cat in the photo aside - the challenges of shooting a white object in any situation can test even a seasoned photographer. Shooting in any digital format completely complicates the situation for digital is prone to blowing out (losing detail) in hot/white areas. A good rule of thumb - which I learned in cinematography school ( I was fortunate to have learned both digital and film - I went to school just as the digital technology was gaining momentum in the film industry) - that rule is if shooting film it's better to slightly over-expose than under-expose and digital is the opposite; it's better to under-expose than over-expose. Film needs light to make the halides react and capture an image. Over exposed film can be pulled back down. Digital technology's main weakness is the loss of detail if the sensor is over-exposed. It's easier to pull under-exposed digital images up - noting that you're going to get a lot more grain and color artifacts - than to work with an image that was over-exposed because with digital an over-exposed image has NO detail to work with. I use an incident meter for reading the light in studio instead of my camera's spot meter. The difference between a spot meter (which meters the light reflected from one area of the subject you are shooting) and an incident meter (which reads the amount of light falling on the subject from the light source) - is that reflected light is affected by the color, texture, and position of the object it is read from and an incident meter will give you a general reading of the light all around the subject. This is very handy for lighting a green screen, which must be uniformly lit. Think of the incident meter as giving you a great average place for your camera settings - to ensure you'll get the best (most "normal") exposure. BTW - "Normal Exposure" is a photography term - an image which is shot with normal exposure will have details in the brightest and darkest areas of the frame. No black shadows without detail, no bright highlights without detail. Another MAJOR consideration is shadows. You can mask the shadows from the bridge and knobs on a guitar that's stained or finished in a darker color. But white? It's nearly impossible to shoot the image without some shadows (unless the guitar is inside a light box). By shooting the image with the incident meter I get a medium point for exposure where I won't blow the whites out or get the dark areas too murky - and this makes cleaning the guitar up in Photoshop much easier. The last thing to consider is the purpose of the photos... if you are shooting them for a catalog, you want straight, clean, non-distorted images. In this application I use a 50mm lens with zero distortion along the edges. I center the lens at 90 degrees from the plane of the fingerboard/neck - and I place the lens in the center of the guitar - usually around 5 inches above the neck/body joint. If you are shooting images for a magazine (editorial) or a coffee table book - then you may choose to augment the unique design features of the guitar's design. I shot these photos for a book on vintage/classic guitars. For this reason I chose to use the shadows to bring out design details such as the joint between the neck and the body and the "Made in USA" stamp which is gently indented into the wood under the finish on the back of the headstock. Lastly I chose to use a Panagor Macro Adaptor (it fits onto the camera and the lens attaches to it - it has it's own focus ring and aperture) - to shoot extreme close-up images - macro shots) but limiting focus to a few millimeters. This is called selective focus and it allows you more control over the composition. The human eye - controlled by the human brain - will automatically move to the area of focus in a photograph. By carefully selecting the area that is in focus you ensure the image is presented and received with the content you've selected being the undisputed focal point of the photo. I hope these little tips help. Happy shooting! And if you shoot some guitar photos and would like to share them with me, please tag me in your card!
Guy Builds Life-Size Lego Batmobile, Everyone is in Awe
A couple of days ago Nathan Sawaya finished his "strenuous" "challenge" of building a life-size Batmobile out of Legos. The process took about three-months and he used around 500,000 Legos. It's around 1,500 pounds and 18-feet long and if it were a real car and not a bunch of plastic pieces, he could probably sit inside and drive it around town. It's complete with "flames" that "shoot out of the back". When I asked him [I didn't contact him I'm making this part up] about his endeavor, he looked at me with a wry-smile and said, "I know everyone will think I'm awesome. I know I'm awesome. This isn't your child's plastic building block anymore." During the rest of the interview, Sawaya was taking sips from his mug -- which was also made of Legos -- as if he was trying to tell me to ask him about his workshop (also made of Legos). But instead, I steered the line of questioning back to his Batmobile. Or at least I tried. He stood by the "flames" and kept pretending that it was real fire. He slowly inched closer and closer to the plastic fire and said, "Paul, do you dare me? Huh? Do you dare me to touch the fire?" I nodded and he touched the fire and grinned in a way that I can only describe as uncomfortable. He looked at me then said, "Do you know why nothing happened to me?" I responded that it was because the fire was made of plastic. At this point he got angry and raised his voice, "No, Paul, it's because I am a god. Do you see what lay before you? Are you in awe like all of them are in awe? [he pointed at life size Lego men and women that lined his workshop] Do you see what they see, Paul? They are all in awe." I nodded out of fear. Sawaya had a look in his eyes that I've only seen on my dog when my dog sees a small bird or a squirrel. At this point, I was scared. Scared for my own life, for the lives of others, and how he kept pointing at the Lego men and women that stood before us. "They were like you, once," he said, "they didn't believe the way I do. And I can tell, the look on your face, the way you're retreating to the exit, that you don't believe." Sawaya stared at his hands for a while before cracking a sly smile. And I heard noises groaning from the life size Lego men and women. "You know, they call me the real Batman. The real Bruce Wayne. I've built my Wayne Tower, what do you think we're standing in right now? Christopher Nolan had no idea what he's done for me. Watching those movies, his trilogy, gave me life. Gave me a reason to live. I'll be the Batman. I will." That's when he threw a life size Lego batarang at me and I got knocked unconscious. When I awoke, I was encased in Legos, with the others, unable to move. If you are reading this. Please send help. [I don't know Nathan Sawaya and none of this happened. I'm sure he's a well-adjusted individual who just likes building things with Legos.]
·Keeping Up w/ Day6·
Hey fellow Day6'ers! Welcome to the very first 'Keeping Up With Day6', where you are informed on what Day6 has been up to. LETS GET STARTED ~ What has Day6 been doing this week? Lets see.... 1st: The boys performed this Monday (April 3rd) on EBS SPACE empathy. Sadly I could not find a video of this performance *cry* 2nd: Jae appeared on Arirang Radio Music Access (Full Audio Above) and Arirang TV After School Club (*crying* again no clip) 3rd: Day6 held a small concert on April 1st & April 2nd (short clip above) Im glad they are doing frequent small concerts to gain fans. 4th: DAY6 HAD A COMEBACK THE SONG IS SO ADORABLE IM STILL NOT OVER IT AGGGGHHHH (M/V above) 5th: On the topic of their comeback with 'Im Serious' they performed their new title track on MNET. (Video above, its been awhile since they've performed on music shows) 6th: Day6 ALSO performed on KBS Music Bank (Above ^ GO OUR BOYS YAYYY) 7th: As soon as a couple hours ago Day6 performed on MBC Music Center. Lastly!!: This week in the Day6 Community the support & I have made short introductions to each member. Keep an eye out for a card labeled 'Meet Day6' to see the links to each card and to find out more about Day6 as a whole! Thank you my lovelies!! I hope you had a great weekl and I can't wait to talk to you on my next Day6 card! ~ XOXOXOXOXO ~ If you would like to be added to the Official Day6 Taglist comment >HERE< ~ Day6 Mods: @awkwardjazzy - Dowoon @ChaErica - Wonpil @MaeLyn - Jae @xoxorittie - Youngk @Baekyeol27 - Sungjin ~ Day6 Tags: (Updated 4/6) @twistedPuppy @Bangtanss @AimeeH @AlenaSegura @kandle779 @StefaniTre @WinKonVIP @AlmaRangel @EvilGenius @KarenGuerra93 @aleciaLOVES @addri @cue2pal @HayleyEastman @ESwee @IsoldaPazo @VKookie47 @MaeLyn @JiyongLeo @Starbell808 @DalyRomero @StephanieDuong @yehetmyohorat97 @Choijiah  @Starbell808  @karinamiranda81  @ShailaZaman  @StefaniTre  @MelissaGarza  @amberg171997 @KierstinAndrews  @xojuliettexox @kitkatkpop @AridaysRamirez @kaepjjang @LiyahBoon @KenyaMendoza @MsLoyalHeart ~ TAGGING MY YEOLIES!! ♡~ @Chace @MadAndrea@JustinaNguyen @jazgaara33 @MrsBangYongguk @Badtz @ScarletMermaid @punkpandabear @SusiBosshammer @JamiMilsap @VeronicaArtino @ElenaP16 @KellyOConnor @Kyokeo @Sankeerthana @EmilyCayetano @shellyfuentes70 @MBLAQSA @P1B2Bear @Kpopfangirl15 @Bitterlimelight @jojojordy2324 @Rawr21 @Juliag13 @KaiJae @ArmyofKookie @WinKonVIP @SugaOnTop @Sammie99522 @minimanim3 @Defy24601 @StefaniTre @SugaMint @DesireeChucklez @sarahdarwish @VatcheeAfandi99 @EliseB @VKookie47 @TiffanyBibian @RebeccaLondon @Katherina2078 @AimeeH @KpopQueen1 @KatelynSummerso @CrystalGuerra @QueenLele @Minnieluvs @kimnam94 @CamrynCherry @Izzy987 @faith92 @BetseyBleau @Lesliesoo @ninjamidori @Ihiranthom13 @MelissaGarza @Maddie27 @MelinaHernandez @abby177 @DayzC @DawanaMason @Daniimals @jeonjungkook8 @LiyahBoon @IsoldaPazo @xoxorittie @LysetteMartinez @KittyKpop @herreravenessa9 @rosajlm2 @ChoHee1 @MaddieRudicil @michievip @kanatm @AlysaNguyen @Katmejia @Choijiah @GabyWilliams @Tamsinskye @TiffanyBibian @KpopQueenaBee @TracyLynnn @AlisonNichole @KpopandKdrama @emily1478 @Vay754 @CrystalGuerra @xojuliettexox @michix5 @amandamuska @StephaniePoore @SugaKookieV @KatelynSummerso @Joshuahoseok @BtsIsLife @Chrissy2009 @mycreativename @jungkookie18 @ArielaPicazo @IDK2018 @Taisa @ChrystalA @DestinaByrd @BriannaN @taeyumme @MarrickeJ33 @ShailaZaman @RainaC3 @Gaarita100 @CamrynCherry @BonnieDomo @JessicaSchnipke @Minsuggie @karinamiranda81 @MomoChamie @Ilikepancakes @YessicaCardenas @callmeguena @JessicaVang @LydiaYan @lunastormnoona @Jupiterchan @BreeMassey @Vixxstarlight1 @katcollins02 @Zhac16 @93yogurt @Kat711 @DejaunaSiders @EmilyGardner @ezzygomez24 @MaraWhite @Defy24601 @TrishaLee727 @InnocentiaKishi @SophieNguyen @MorleeCorielus @ruthmilian89 @XergaB20 @EstelaLopez @KDluvR1999 @KatieRussell @AliciaJaneth @rochellelove12 @EvilGenius @JessicaFigueroa @TesneemElAlami @kpopdeluxegirl @JuviaJongdae @Jeshaki @yehetmyohorat99 @jessicacheung97 @Norma1004 @luyawn @CheyanneLindsey @sherrysahar @DanaAmoi @StarishaRichard @jazgaara33 @ButterflyBlu @karinajune1017 @lizbethV @JasmineWilliams @LilianaGD @deefran  @lashonda0917 @Kyokeo @KierstinAndrews @terenailyn @BAbrajan1 @Rebecca22 @GerciaFlores @KrystaDericek @megancurrent9 @roseeoh @musicundefined9 @MaryNtanga @sarahdarwish @MadAndrea @Konnor @externallyeli @LizaNightshade @SugaKookies @lashonda0917 @ArmyVIPKayla @elainarenea @2Jaebam @amobts @kpopandkimchi @NicoleJolly @parktaemi @Changkyunie ~
Legos Are Now Worth More Than Gold.
Looking to invest your money somewhere safe? Well, you might want to head to your local toy store. According to a recent report in the UK's Telegraph, financial analysts are beginning to suggest that - when it comes to turning a profit - Legos are the new gold. Within the past 15 years, the FTSE 100 - an index of 100 companies on the London Stock Exchange - has increased in value by roughly 4.1%. And while gold investments have seen an increase 9.6% annually, LEGO sets kept in pristine condition have surpassed them with a 12% increase on average. Bottom line? Legos are an investment that packs one serious return. So what kind of LEGO sets should you be investing in? According to avid collector Ed Maciorowski (seen right, with lots of Legos), the money is in franchise picks - movies, TV shows, and even more specific product lines within the LEGO brand: "The neat thing is that all sets are retired at some point, and several hundred are retired each year a movie run ends, a licence expires or the Lego company wants to refresh its range. That means anyone with a set at home – large or small, it doesn't matter – could have quite an investment on their hands if it's in good condition, as this stuff appreciates very well in value." The most coveted LEGO set, for example, is the 2007 Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon - which originally retailed for $500 and currently goes for over a cool $4,000. However, financial analyst Laith Khalaf warns that 'trendy' investments come with much more risk than more traditional options: "The returns from Lego look pretty awesome, but investors need to beware that the value of collectibles can be vulnerable to fads. There’s absolutely no harm in buying some pieces as a hobby, and you may well make some money, but as a main building clock for your retirement, I would suggest sticking to more traditional shares and bonds." So what do YOU think? Would you take the risk of investing in LEGO sets, or would you stick more traditional options like gold? Let me know in the comments below, and for more WTF news, follow my WTF Street Journal collection!