This Rogue One Scarif Citadel is what we were waiting for! | TOP 10 MOCs of the Week

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Zy Marquiez
February 7, 2018

The following are this week’s best MOCs.

Here are the links to research the MOCs on your own:

LL112 Aura & LL424 Harbinger by ZCerberus https://www.flickr.com/photos/zcerberus/

Rogue One – Scarif Citadel by Paul Trach https://www.flickr.com/photos/disco86/

Foot-type Weapons (AT-AT?) by Minigray! https://www.flickr.com/photos/minigra…

Horizon Zero Dawn – Aloy’s Sharpshoot Bow by Peter Mowry https://www.flickr.com/photos/peter_m…

Voslung Hall by Eli Brinsmead & Ben Cossy https://www.flickr.com/photos/elis_ph…

City of Bandari by Henjin_Quilones https://www.flickr.com/photos/1417354…

Working Dogs by LEGO 7 https://www.flickr.com/photos/lego7/a…

Temple in the Jungles of Celestia by Jonas Wide https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonas_w…

Bag End by Patrick B. https://www.flickr.com/photos/-balbo-…

Barber Shop by Heikki M. https://www.flickr.com/photos/1289638…

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UCS Hulkbuster, First Fallen Kingdom Images, Summer 2018 Star Wars & More! – Brick Show News

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Zy Marquiez
February 7, 2018

The Brickshow gives us a cursory glance at some of the new LEGO sets coming up this year.  Overall not a bad line-up, although not sure about my feelings of a UCS Hulkbuster….we’ll see.

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Book Review: Getting Things Done By David Allen

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Zy Marquiez
January 10, 2018

“We get such a kick out of looking forward to pleasures and rushing ahead to meet them that we can’t slow down enough to enjoy when they came.”
– Alan Watts

In an advancing age of speed, where the smallest circumstance can cost time and money, a way to warp through the morass would benefit any individual.  Getting Things Done is a book that not only helps individuals cut through the cluttering weeds of daily life,  but also helps narrow down with specificity the proper actions to be taken and how to sequence those in order to attain your goals.  Therein lies the simplicity of the book.

The book’s main tenet lies behind the ultimate value of “Next-Action Decision-Making Process.”  This next-action process is achieved by merely asking ourselves “What’s the next action?” or simply “What’s next?”  The task of asking ourselves what needs to be done not only increases our speed because we remain focused on completing tasks, but also increases productivity while also forcing accountability.  However, for all this to take place one needs to be precise.  For instance, saying one needs to go buy groceries is vague; on the other hand, saying one needs to purchase eggs, milk, bread, is not.  Such simple actions help dissolve much of the confusion that can take place in countless settings.  To be even more specific, one could also write down what store one would need to buy which specific items (if shopping at multiple places was part of the schedule.)

In any case, Allen also encourages individuals to write down their daily, weekly, and monthly goals in order to set their mind concretely on the right target, therefore employing the right steps.  Specificity here is also crucial, since the use of writing down specific action-steps through goals breaks down seemingly monolithic projects into much more manageable bite-sized chunks.  Such tangible actions are at the core of “getting things done”.

One of the critical suggestions Allen gives is in how one organizes tasks and thereafter sifts through these critical tasks.  This was my main reason for my purchasing the book, and the insights were highly valuable.  Along these lines is Allen’s two-minute rule, which is the one rule that has helped me the most given my nature and its practicality.  This rule boils down to whether or not a task can be done in two minutes; if it can, the task should get done on the spot – no waiting whatsoever.  If not, one gets to follow the proper “What’s the next action?” sequence and go from there.

With everything said, it is crucial to note that there are different editions of this book.  After reading reviews I chose to purchase the first edition rather than the latter one based on suggestions by a few people.   I noticed the latest edition, which is the third, is about 100 pages longer, although the content might be garrulous and didn’t seem to add any additional value in the eyes of the reviewers.  This is mentioned for consideration to others since there are multiple editions out there, some of which are more useful than others, depending on the circumstances.  The latter editions have been quite different, so please bear that in mind.

In any case, another significant component which added additional value to the book was the quotes on the margins.  Although the book could have been written without out them, the fact that the author chose to include these illuminating aphorisms help cement the points he was trying to make, and was very much appreciated.

Plain and simple, if navigating through life you run into ceaseless constellations of clutter, or merely want to organize part of your life, work, hobby, are a homeschooler or self-directed learner, even if just a bit, get this book.  Not only will this book help you streamline a lot of goals and save you time, but probably also save you money while also giving you immense peace of mind.  Complement this book with Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy, and you will surely have a template for success.

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15 Minute CALMING YOGA For Stress Relief and Anxiety

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Zy Marquiez
January 10, 2018

Use this 15 minute calming yoga for stress relief and anxiety to calm your mind and relax your body with long, relaxing yoga stretches.

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Perler Beads Tutorial: Super Mario Bros – Pixel Art Show

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Zy Marquiez
January 10, 2018

In this follow up video, Kyle McCoy, creator and Artist at the Pixel Art Show, gives his viewers a tutorial in creating Pixel Art on Super Mario Bros.

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Quote | Love | Individuals | Change | Politics

*Thx to Lily for sharing this.

“We need to stop looking to politicians to make our world better.  Politicians don’t make a world a better place.  Everything that’s ever made a world a better place has come from inventors, engineers, scientists, teachers, artists, builders, philosophers, healers, and people that choose love over hate.”
– Don Freeman

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Mega Man and Dr Light Speed Painting – Squarepainter

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Zy Marquiez
January 10, 2018

Squarepainter speed paints Mega Man and Dr. Light from the Mega Man series on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

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