Monday, December 4, 2017

Outlook on Job/Health Security

Besides summer jobs in high school and college, I officially joined the workforce when Obama was sworn in as President in 2009.

Pay was alright for an entry level job. Not as much as the average salary people in my major were making, but it was something to get my foot in the door, start accumulating experience. Health insurance was alright. High deductible unlike my mom's insurance at her job, which covered and paid for everything.

Lots of changes have been made since then: overtime pay, work permits for foreign nationals, Affordable Care Act, etc.

Within a year of the new administration, all of these have been demolished. Reduced budget. Removed. Repealed. At least about to be.

Tom Brokaw on NBC used to run a segment called "The Fleecing of America." It was a series of segments "exposing cases of waste and fraud that victimize individuals or the general public." Most of them were done behind doors. I didn't think we'd see a national example currently in progress out in the open.

This affects everyone in the middle class. This includes everyone who thinks they are part of the 1% but are really in the middle class.

How do we change this besides a full blown coup or revolution? Informed voting seems to be out the window. The GOP appeals to the disenfranchised, presenting themselves as their savior, propagating class, religion, and racial warfare, and screws them over anyway. The Democrats, too, are mobilizing their efforts, appealing to social change, presenting themselves as the voice of reason, and an implied air of superiority as the intellectual.

How do you reach everyone, turning them into informed voters, without alienating and/or belittling their way of life? When education, now a luxury controlled by greedy corporations and institutions, is an informed people still possible?

I'm done.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Thanksgiving in New York 2017

This year, we're in Chinatown again eating at Hop Kee and Taiyaki NYC for desserts.

The next day, we went to Jollibee in Queens, then to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum near Central Park. We walked around part of the lake at Central Park.

Went back to our hotel then ate at Carmine's for dinner. My sister and I watched the Book of Mormon. Parents watched Anastasia. We met at Junior's afterwards for desserts.

I'm done.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

DORBZ - Assassin's Creed Unboxing

I got these heavily discounted Assassin's Creed DORBZ figures. Usually you'd find one or two discounted figures from the same set. This is the first time I got the entire set in the discount aisle.

080 - Altair (Assassin's Creed)
081 - Arno Dorian (Assassin's Creed: Unity)
082 - Élise de la Serre (Assassin's Creed: Unity)
083 - Ezio (Assassin's Creed 2, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Assassin's Creed Revelations)
084 - Edward (Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag)
085 - Jacob (Assassin's Creed: Syndicate)

It's a bit of a let down that they didn't have Ratonhnhaké:ton (Connor) from Assassin's Creed 3. They have Elise from Unity, who isn't even a playable character. That is a weird choice for this set. They could have used Evie Frye, Jacob's twin sister, from Syndicate.

Accidental ASMR Unboxing

I'm done.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Brick Montage (2011-2016)

Here are all the LEGO Architecture, Nanoblock, McFarlane Construction, and one Kubros buildable figure I've built from 2011 to 2016.

  • 17 LEGO Architecture sets
  • 16 Nanoblock sets
  • 3 McFarlane Construction sets (The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones)
  • 1 Kubros buildable figure (Ezio)

  • 2011:
    • 21006 - LEGO Architecture - The White House
  • 2013:
    • 21003 - LEGO Architecture - Seattle Space Needle
    • 21008 - LEGO Architecture - Burj Khalifa
  • 2014:
    • NBC_017 - Nanoblock - Grand Piano
    • NBH_004 - Nanoblock - Eiffel Tower
    • NBH_033 - Nanoblock - Great Pyramid of Giza
    • 21018 - LEGO Architecture - United Nations Headquarters
    • 21015 - LEGO Architecture - Leaning Tower of Piza
    • 21019 - LEGO Architecture - The Eiffel Tower
    • NBCC_001 - Nanoblock - Hello Kitty
    • NBA_004 - Nanoblock - Chrysler Building (USA Exclusive)
    • NBC_099 - Nanoblock - Santa Claus and X'mas Tree
    • NBC_100 - Nanoblock - Snowman and X'mas Tree
    • NBC_014 - Nanoblock - Reindeer
    • NBH_077 - Nanoblock - X'mas Tree Set
  • 2015:
    • NBH_010 - Nanoblock - Neuschwanstein Castle
    • ML_027 - Nanoblock (mamelog) - ❤Love❤
    • ML_030 - Nanoblock (mamelog) - Thank You
    • 21000 - LEGO Architecture - Willis Tower (Sears Tower)
    • 21001 - LEGO Architecture - John Hancock Center
    • 21002 - LEGO Architecture - Empire State Building
    • 21016 - LEGO Architecture - Sungnyemun
    • NBH_009 - Nanoblock - Moai Statues of Easter Island
    • 21023 - LEGO Architecture - Flatiron Building
    • 21020 - LEGO Architecture - Trevi Fountain
    • 21022 - LEGO Architecture - Lincoln Memorial
    • 21024 - LEGO Architecture - Louvre
    • NBH_008 - Nanoblock - Taj Mahal
    • NBH_011 - Nanoblock - Kinkaku-ji
    • 14526 - The Walking Dead Construction Sets - The Governor's Room
  • 2016:
    • NBPM-001 - Nanoblock - Pokémon (Pikachu)
    • 21026 - LEGO Architecture - Venice
    • 14649 - The Walking Dead Construction Sets - Wolves Not Far
    • 21027 - LEGO Architecture - Berlin
    • 21011 - LEGO Architecture - Brandenburg Gate
    • 19391 - Game of Thrones Construction Set - Iron Throne Room
    • 18 | Kubros - Ezio
I'm done.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Nanoblock - Statue of Liberty

I believe I bought this in 2015. I finally found time to build it. This took two hours.

Construction of Lady Liberty began in 1870 but was delayed many times due to fundraising issues. While the rest of the statue was still being designed, the head and the torch holding arm toured the world in an effort to gain support for the completion of the statue. After many fundraising efforts, including one by Joseph Pulizer, the publisher of the New York World paper, the statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886.

Today, a ferry service is provided to take tourists out to visit the statue, Provided it is not being renovated, tourists can stop by the museum housed in the pedestal and if they are feeling particularly athletic, climb the staircase all the way to the observatory in the crown.

I'm done.