April 23, 2017

Lego Star Wars #75168 Yoda's Jedi Starfighter™

The third Lego Eta-2 Actis-class light interceptor I have now. We should be grateful for this release as Star Wars: the Clone Wars has ended for years.

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Same as Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter released in last year there is no slot to hold Yoda's lightsaber. But the lightsaber can be kept safely inside the cockput which is much better than Obi-Wan's one.

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It is cool to have foil-wings & cannons to increase playability. Another nice feature is only few stickers are used for needed areas. The cockpit is rightly designed to hold Yoda and R2 sits comfortly compared to its master's one.

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But it is hard for lego to resemble the fighter completely in such scale. The wings are too big when comparing the size of the cockpit. In the Clone Wars, the cockpit is round but that would not make bricks stick well. An oval version is the final solution.

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January 23, 2017

rogue one & passengers

Rogue One - I love it for its well connection of events in Starwars universe. And that is cool to see characters and events from The Clone Wars, Rebels and also the Main Saga to come back. The only worry is how good will be for coming two films on Han Solo & Boba Fett?

Passengers - I'm just interested in two things, animation & Jennifer Lawrence... I don't mean I do not respect Jennifer Lawrence. But I cannot find anything else can attract me when comparing to Rogue One. There are several faults in the story making me a step back from saying the film is good, like how would a person like to sleep for 120 years? How can the company apply the loans & capital from stakeholders for such a long period?

September 18, 2016

lego star wars #75038 jedi™ interceptor

It has a different design from Obi-wan's one, from wings, droid socket to even the cockpit, even the major layout remains the same. Obi-wan's one has more details on wings but much more stickers. A open-ended droid socket makes R2 not easily removed by buzz droid.



The best of this set against his master's one is there is space to hold lightsaber!

What will Yoda's one be as available in next year?

July 23, 2016

improvement of bus arrival prediction system

Implementation of bus arrival prediction system is a mandate for HK franchise buses. But tons of high-rising buildings here make GPS-backbone system not as useful as we expect.

The signals cannot be sent and received from buses to satellites due to blockages of buildings & bridges. Also reflections of glass curtain wall can distort the communications.

Bus companies currently use historical data to compensate the inaccuracy mentioned above. However we cannot know how long ago the data are. Even worse the road condition always changes such that the information used can deviate a lot from actual situation. Customers are suffered and misled. The experience actually worsens especially the companies are adjusting the route frequency to adopt more and more railways around.

One of the methods can be by handshaking when buses are passing each other. If there is a GPS signal, positions and time can be dropped down. If the memory is large enough, all data collected by a bus in between the trip can be copied to another bus nearby. Once the bus arrives the terminal, the data can be uploaded and let the mainframe / cloud adjust the prediction. The data is more updated than the historical one and relevantly more accurate.

Finding Dory

Piper - The background is made as so damned real. The story is simple but meaningful.

Flaws are including not many species of fish living in salty water can survive in fresh water. And how can the pipes of Marine Life Institute connect to sea outside directly? But without these, the story cannot go on.

The surprise brought is weaker than Toy Story 3 or Inside Out. I'm really working on how the story is  in Cars 3 and Toy Story 4.

February 10, 2016

lego star wars #75135 Obi-Wan's jedi starfighter

This should be the only set so far Lego solely built for Obi-Wan's Eta-2 Starfighter.

It is cool to have a new Obi-Wan with a headset. The wings are nicely built to provide the rigid structure and also weight to play nicely. Even R4-P17 can be fit nicely compared to the previous build. Some older one can only put the head on the wing while later run can only leave the legs of R2-D2 hanging. Higher R4 can also fulfill what the movie shows which it was destroyed by buzz droids.

The cockpit is a bit disappointing. Obi-Wan cannot sit straightly. There is no proper place to hold his lightsaber. That's such a shame. The worse thing should be the amount of stickers used. Why does Lego really like stickers but the size cannot fully fit the brick?

February 08, 2016

lego star wars #75136 droid escape droid

This is one of the sets with both C-3PO and R2-D2. It should be the one most following the storyline which both droids are captured by Jawas.

Compared to previous 2 sets, this set is with most details. The engines rotable and the case can be opened. There are two different printings on the Jawas. And also a printed death star. But there are a lot of stickers which need skills to stick. Especially to make the stickers of the case in sync and also stick the panel correctly in a small piece of lego.

January 16, 2016

the abominable bride

First half is brilliant enough even those who did not watch the tv series before can understand. But second half you need to have some background before. And the frequent time traveling made that worse. Is that because both are working on Doctor Who too much?

Is that the first time to formally incorporate the actual scene of the original story even the story line has been tuned? Is Mary also hired by Mycroft or just imagination? Is the line of Moriarty finally ended? Sherlock really wants his brother to die faster while his mind is attracted to Irene. He thinks Hooper wants to show something to him. Using Christmas special to explain Sherlock back from exile earlier can make Series four a reboot.

Make up of Mycroft is funny. First part of additional footage is nice but later part, just like the special, becomes boring.