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Tycho
11-10-2002, 02:36 PM
Actually, I need it. I live alone in a 2-bedroom now, and I'm out of room! There's so many large battles I want to build and display!

I need 2 rooms for Tatooine alone: Prequels and Sequels.

The Sarlaac Pit I want to make will be huge and have to be a center-room piece so you can walk around it and see inside the sailbarge (or the kind of sailbarge I want).

Mos Eisley is rather large too, so it's better that Mos Espa and a Pod Race Arena are in a different room.

Plus I want to cannibalize a large-scale model railroad set and adapt my podracers to run on it! Then they can fly around the room!

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Between the Death Stars, Coruscant's Jedi Temple and the Galactic Senate, plus cases for all the 12" that go with these scenes, it's impossible to fit them in the same room as anything I described already.

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And on Naboo, I have to build a town of Theed with a war going on in it, and a reactor room below it for the Jedi Duel - not to mention have another spot in the same room for the Gungan Battle.

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Try and get that in the same room as the Battle For Geonosis with 2 Arena playsets and 4 Republic Gunships, not to mention the army I'm building for the Separatists!

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OK: I've graduated college. Check.

I've gotten started in professional consulting with government contracts. Check.

I just helped win an election for a potential, and very influential employer. Check.

I should start to get better and better opportunities...

Now in San Diego, 4 bedroom homes cost over $400,000. And then there's location - I can appreciate Star Wars, but I can also appreciate the Pacific Ocean!

I want it all and I want it now!

As it stands, I have to settle for a Tyderium Shuttle that will arrive late in the mail.....

Deoxyribonucleic
11-10-2002, 02:38 PM
You and everyone else here! :D

JesusFreak
11-10-2002, 03:08 PM
Dang Tycho, two rooms just for Tatooine!?

2-1B
11-10-2002, 03:18 PM
With 20 Duros figs, you NEED 2 rooms! :D

QLD
11-10-2002, 04:25 PM
with 20 duros figures, you need a rubber room. :crazed:

Jargo
11-10-2002, 04:53 PM
quite.

sith_killer_99
11-10-2002, 05:01 PM
LOL!!!:D

But seriously, I will be needing a full, FINISHED basement for my collection.;)

derek
11-10-2002, 06:03 PM
tycho,

i'm gonna come off sounding like a jerk, but that's not my intention. i'm mainly just curious about your, and others like your self and their thought processes.:)

as one who advocates socialism, wouldn't the governments and your money be better spent on the "needs" of the downtrodden than if it were spent on government consultants and their $400,000 houses/star wars toy museums?

what do politicians need consultants for? i can understand them having a modest staff, but based on what i've heard about my local politicians, they love to waste vast amounts of money on studies and consultants on various trivial issues.

again, i'm not trying to be a jerk, it just gets under my skin for someone to post things like this. anyone being paid with tax dollars should never be able to afford a half million dollar home, not even the president.
I've gotten started in professional consulting with government contracts. Check.
I just helped win an election for a potential, and very influential employer. Check

shouldn't your concerns be for other's well being first?
I should start to get better and better opportunities

if you were employeed in the private sector, i would have no problem with you or anyone else spending vast fortunes on what ever they wanted, even star wars toy museums,:) but people who work for the government have seemed to forgotten the concept of public service and are in it only to get rich.

2-1B
11-10-2002, 06:10 PM
Nah, Bill and all of the other top Dems have their mansions too.
It's other people who are supposed to be doing all of the giving. :crazed:

derek
11-10-2002, 06:19 PM
Originally posted by Caesar
Nah, Bill and all of the other top Dems have their mansions too.
It's other people who are supposed to be doing all of the giving. :crazed:

that's exactly my point.;) if they really cared about the poor, they would be living in small houses or apartments and donating any salary over $50 thousand to the needy.

those who claim the loudest to care for the poor, unemployeed and uninsured are the most greedy, wasteful ones around.

sith_killer_99
11-10-2002, 06:41 PM
Bahhh,

I am EXCEEDINGLY greedy AND wasteful, and I don't give two hoots about the poor.

JK.;)

Lowly Bantha Cleaner
11-10-2002, 09:29 PM
Originally posted by Caesar
Nah, Bill and all of the other top Dems have their mansions too.
It's other people who are supposed to be doing all of the giving. :crazed:

I agree. Most in government don't give a rat's patootie about the poor. They are unkind and unsympathetic to their plight. Maybe if the poor form a PAC or a special interest group then maybe they will get more attention. :p

But some of the wealthiest Americans seem to have a genuine concern for the poor or downtrodden. Didn't Bill Gates give enourmous sums of money to the education field? Didn't Ted Turner pledge a billion dollars to the U.N. I know a lot of Hollywood celebrities that are very charitable or who give much of their time to worthy causes on behalf of those without a voice. These Americans dispell the notion that America by and large, is an uncaring nation, a nation in where it is everyman for himself, where you are out to grab all that you can, and there is no reason for you to be concerened about the guy next to you, who is sleeping under a bridge, living off canned sausage.

Tycho
11-11-2002, 09:06 AM
Derek makes excellent points. However, I can rationalize, if not justify my wants with my position.

Unfortunately, I've never tried to do this before, so my thoughts will be a little disorganized. I'll summarize them at the end. Meanwhile, congrats to Derek, for making me think, look in the mirror, and consider things carefully.

Now, I'll continue.


1) I do want to do right for the needy and the poor, however I also believe altruism goes only so far from my heart as my own fingertips may reach. Or at least I prepare for that: the worst case scenerio.

From there, I come to the conclusion that no one gives a darn about ME and my happiness (material gains, or even my subsistent needs being met alone). Many of you have already witnessed my outlook on women and the likelihood I'll find a girl who I'll marry. If I did, I'd put my family ahead of myself, and my career demands (the latter within reason - especially since it seems like I'll have my commitment to my career well ahead of any time I'll be making a commitment to having a family). So now were back to me and my being the sole member of my household.

I'll gladly make a commitment to my own happiness. Like the rest of you, a part of that is having a Star Wars hobby (with Hasbro toys). My take on that hobby: recreating each movie with toys - and as many toys as it takes to maintain permanent dioramas of each scene. That means if Obi-Wan is jumping out a window after some droid, I need another Obi-Wan figure if he's going to fight the Acklay, and another one if he's to duel with Dooku. OK - so we're talking a lot of figures and fleets of ships. Now I gotta make some dough to afford a place to keep all this stuff.

We've pretty much covered all that before.

Next, why public service? And why don't people who are employed in this field for altruistic reasons live in single bedroom "cubicles" and donate "everything they don't eat to the poor?" Great question - especially for me, who might advocate some policies of socialism (in medicine, insurance, education, and many other fields where it could benefit the needy).

I won't deny that capitalism's founding principle - that is that a man will act in his own best, self-interest - does have to do with why people will go into public service. Theorectically, if it did not pay more than satisfactory, qualified people, thinking and creative people, would not go into public service at all. There has to be a motivator (the great argument that pure communism has no motivator). Furthermore, public service requires such extended hours that it is often a 50 - 60 hour a week job. It is salaried, which means not "paid by the hour," so the salary tends to be higher than simple wage jobs for several reasons - all intended to attract people to the job.

1) Wage jobs are standard 40 hour a week jobs with OVERTIME paid for anything over the 8 hour work day as an incentive to finish work that must be done in certain time-frames. Overtime is not always paid, because the hours and efficiency plans are designed to minimize the amount of extra hours needed to complete a job.

2) Public Service jobs are EXPECTED TO ALWAYS GO BEYOND THE 40-HOUR WORK WEEK. A typical day for City Council staff workers starts at 8 am and goes to 5 or 6 in the office. Then starting at 6 or 7, local community meetings are held for 2-3 hours into the evening. There will be 3-4 of these per week, at least 3 weeks out of every 4, or an average of 9 meetings per month. They are done so local people can participate in democratic government and issue community planning for their own immediate neighborhoods, schools, police, and roads, etc. The public official cannot attend all of these meetings in their district - some are held at the same time as others. Representatives from the office must be there to answer questions and start legislative processes for changes demanded by the community.

3) When special projects like redevelopment are initiated, community members are elected or volunteer to serve on special committees to oversee those projects, and consultants are hired to attend these additional meetings. These consultants must be well-read in the laws governing these particular kinds of projects, able to advise the committees, and attend not only the committee meetings, but the regular meetings (out of the 10 or so that affect their project area). This could mean 15 or more meetings in the evenings all month long, every month.

4) Consultants don't have to work the 8-5 hours, though they often meet with public officials like the Council or the Mayor during some part of the day, several days each week. However, since they don't have the 40 hour week in addition to their community meeting hours, they have to pick carefully which projects will let them make enough money to afford a living.

I typically work 2-3 projects (which is about the maximum I can handle). Different projects compete with each other to lure the consultants - with guess what? Money. In order to pay my bills to start with, I'll take the highest paying contracts first.

5) I stipulate that I only take contracts that I find of moral balance with my own values, which must benefit the community. There's my altruism.

Redevelopment stops areas without adequate parking, or anchor businesses to draw people to old strip malls, from declining into boarded-up graffitti targets where gangs hang out. It helps small businesses survive by bringing in grocery stores, hardware stores, or office building space to draw new customers by older businesses where "mom and pop" make their entire income out of their watch repair or small restaurant business. It helps these people afford their employees, and keeps jobs. Redevelopment also has written in law (California law) that a component of it must bring affordable housing for lower income (rental) and moderate income (first-time home buyers) into the area and create mixed-use (living above commercial space, so people can be regular customers and support local businesses and also work near where they live, cutting down on traffic and transit costs).

I am doing good for people across a broad spectrum by how I work.

By contrast, I turned down a contract for a church group that wanted to build a community center complete with staff who would "witness Christ" to everyone who came to use it. I won't use or support the use of public funds to promote one kind of religious view over another - especially one that denies knowledge and teaches against science and discovery in young people. The same church opposes a public museum that is showing an inter-active display on evolution that shows how scientists test their theories. You see: if you want someone to believe in Creation, teach them to be a scientist and let them try to PROVE evolution with their own mind until they are blue-in-the-face and they give up and believe on faith, or they are forever dedicating themselves to advancing science. Do this to teach our young how to learn, improvise, think creatively, and test what they think they know and take for granted. Make a smarter youth versus one that believes what you TELL THEM TO. Sure, faith's up to the individual, but they first need to be exposed to what (you think) they should have faith in. A baby does not "know about God." However, if you teach them to theorize, collect, test, and quantify data, you can teach them skills by which they can market themselves in a competitive world and use to earn the money to one day feed themselves, their family, and maybe a whole lot of people!

A public community center, service, etc. offers individuals developmental instruction and opportunities, not dogma.

We're in the process of determining if the community in question wants a center, or more affordable housing, new office space, or grocery and retail. After neighborhood surveys are done, statistics will be made public, and if it's a community center, we'll offer the religious group's proposal as well as open the project up for other developers to bid on. Then another vote... it's a long process. But you want things to be done right.

6) Doing things in a different style is called dictatorship. Saddam Hussein practices a different style of community planning in his country.

7) I can work very long, but irregular hours in what I do. If that is broken down into how much I make per hour, taking into account what education and expertise I put into it, I rate at around $50 per hour. By contrast, if I wanted to be a licensed nurse, I might get $26 an hour. This is because there is more of a need for nurses, so there are more nurses, and a larger supply draws down the price, the figure that measures demand. But most nurses also work neat shifts of set hours, barring emergencies. I work more irregular and possibly overtime hours, so the added money is there to compensate me because I'm not paid hourly. Also, I'm not garaunteed 40 hours, so many weeks can be like 20 hours, and another one - 60 hours. The money insures it's worth it to me to not become a nurse because I would estimate how much my bills are per year, what standard of living I want for myself ("must have Star Wars figures in large quantities...") and what kind of occupation is best suited to making this kind of income.

8) Another large factor is what am I good at? I'm fascinated by history and the use of power. I am good at working with people, arguing, and helping others arrive at an agreement. I like this kind of work. I get a little nausceous around medical stuff due to the death I've already witnessed in my life. Meanwhile, I'd do social work or psychological counseling to help the poor (find jobs, housing, psychiatric servese) etc. if I didn't know that all the good I could be trying to do, could be yanked out from under my office by a budget cut by some politician who doesn't value the particular program.

I can make a difference by working in the circles where those kinds of decisions - where the money is coming from - are made. Someday I will be able to influence those decisions.

"We need a system where all the politicians sit down together, agree what's in the best interests of all the people, and then 'just do it.'"

"That's exactly what we do - only the problem is that sometimes not everyone agrees."

"THEN SOMEONE SHOULD MAKE THEM!"

While Anakin has a very simplistic grasp of the situation, I suspect if he listened toObi-Wan at all, he'd know, "[he's] observed that politicians are very adept at serving only those who fund their campaigns."

While this might not describe Naboo's politics (we don't know for sure though), Padme undoubtedly has to work with other people who are beholden to special interest groups.

As a smart consultant, I need to research and learn who's backing who in whatever project I'm contracted for, and then explore ways of exposing them, or making them see it's also along the lines of the best interests of these politicians' backers to go along with a project (or against it). Knowledge is power and I'm getting better at exercising power.


9) My own agenda may very well be that I want to be the hero, the Robinhood that gives to the poor and brings some level of awareness of the need for it to the newspapers, the media, and the politicians and their interest backers. Capitalism alone, in its purest forms will not work entirely by itself. People need assistance along the complicated paths life walks. But capitalism is also a motivator, in that the life I choose is "....A Hard Life. One without reward, without remorse, without regret. A path has been shown before me. I must do what you think I cannot. It will be a hard life. But I will find out just who I am" - and I have found a way to reward myself, because my work will never be 'all done,' and for most of the others I will meet in life, it will never be good enough. So I will find a way to measure my succeses, motivate myself to go on alone.

I've channeled that into material measures having to do with my hobby - one centered around a fantasy universe where the forces of good do battle with weapons of great power.

There is another way to "make them agree." There is another way to counter the accusations, the criticisms, et. all that comes with a public life. There is a way to "at last have revenge." It is best left in my fantasies in my Star Wars retreat I build within my castle. Or else, with my ambitions, I'll be far more dangerous to mankind, than I'll be of any help.

In the end, I hope to make good on the promises I've made myself, to enter the arena and fight - with words and winning arguments - so that I can help others and make a difference because I understand so many things. I have some real power and some gifts.

My 4 bedroom house I want, filled with toys I'll probably stop collecting in about 5 more years (given sensible predictions when the modern Star Wars line dies out) is a small price to pay.

I would probably be miserable in the private sector. I'd most likely be able to manipulate stocks like some relatives of mine do, and need not "contribute to society," to leech off of it. It's better I do something like I've described. I've already saved many businesses and some families' livelihoods. It's best I make a difference this way. Others will also benefit by it.

sith_killer_99
11-11-2002, 10:11 AM
LBC, I know that there are plenty of rich people that give large sums of money to good causes (not always to the poor). That really dosen't matter to me, or at least I should say the AMOUNT is irrelevant.

Is it any big stretch for Bill Gates to give away 20 million dollars? NO, the guy has more money than he could ever possibly spend! As for Mr. Turner, has the UN recieved that monay yet?

I have more respect for someone who makes less than $50,000.00 a year and donates a few hundred dollars to worthy causes, than I will ever have for some rich person trying to make themselves feel good, or look good in the public eye.:rolleyes:

Don't get me wrong, it is their money, they earned it, and they can do what they want with it. I just get a little tired of people giving praise to these folks for their huge donations, meanwhile they are still living high on the hog. Yet at the same time families are strugling to make ends meet and they STILL manage to give.

Just some food for thought.:crazed:

scruffziller
11-11-2002, 01:41 PM
Yea that is one of the big reasons I stopped collecting, running out of room.

JEDIpartner
11-11-2002, 05:11 PM
Jedi Drew...? Has anyone seen Jedi Drew?

derek
11-11-2002, 10:11 PM
thanks for your reply tycho.:)

i guess we have different ideas of what a "public servant" should be. i think if people go into politics, it should not be a career choice, they should do it because they want to, not to "get rich".

they should have no pensions and low pay to discourage anyone from making a career out of it. i think politicians should be equal to soldiers, who mostly just serve a 2 or 4 year term and then get on with their life. people like ted kennedy, or even george w. bush, who have never really done anything, have become millionaires basically on the backs of the taxpayers. that's just wrong.

no offense intended to you, but i just disagree with the concept of "community planning". i don't think the puropse of a proper government is to build community centers or rejuvinate abandoned areas of a city.

overall, we have a very different view of what man's nature is. i seem to view man as an individual capable of great things, who only needs to be left alone by an intrusive government to suceed, and you see someone who has to be bribed with social programs to not rob me. and i think we have a different understanding of the concept of "altruism". most people, like yourself, seem to think it simply means kindness, but, as defined by immanuel kant, it actually means self-sacrifice, which is why i find it hypocritical for anyone who advocates the redistribuiton of wealth to own anything other than what they actually need. and if the socialist were to be consistant, every bite of food he were to take to sustain his very life, could be sacrificed and given to someone else. this is why i believe socialism has never, and will never work. to be consistent, man must act as a sacrificial animal, the exact opposite of his nature, who's life is not his, but property of a non-existent collective. socialism, in theory, and practice, violates what nature requires for man to survive. those who claim it will work, if practiced properly, are those who demand the sacrifice of everyone, except themselves.

anyway, sorry to hi-jack your thread with an economic discussion, but i do appreciate your relpy.:)

QLD
11-11-2002, 11:58 PM
I was going to read Tycho's reply, but I think I will wait for the book on tape. :crazed:

2-1B
11-12-2002, 12:04 AM
Will that be in abridged form ? :crazed:

OC47150
11-14-2002, 12:07 PM
One word: BASEMENT. When I get married, the little lady can do whatever she wants upstairs. The basement is mine.

My basement is 900-square feet and my toy collection (SW and GI Joe) occupies it. A spare bedroom in the basement will eventually be my showcase room, if I ever get around to cleaning and organizing it.

Jargo
11-14-2002, 03:04 PM
'the little lady'? How...quaint, and... archaic.......... here, you may borrow my cricket bat and just do the job properly with regular beatings she'll not hassle you none no sirreebob!

Perhaps you and Tycho could start your own mens club for mysoginists.

Beast
11-14-2002, 03:12 PM
I thought they already belonged to the "He-Man Woman Haters Club"*. Atleast from most of Tycho's posts lately, he seems to. :)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

*A gold star and a Klondike Bar to anyone that actually recognizes the refrence. I know most of you youngens aren't going to get it. :D

Lord Malakite
11-14-2002, 03:18 PM
Nah, Tycho is part of "NO MA'AM." :D


By the way, the answer is "Little Rascals" JJB.

OC47150
11-14-2002, 03:18 PM
It's pretty obvious I'm still single, huh? 'Little lady' probably wasn't the best choice of words.

But, hey, it's the same arrangement my married friends have with their wives.

Beast
11-14-2002, 03:25 PM
Originally posted by Lord_Malakite
Nah, Tycho is part of "NO MAAM." :D
"Woooooooah, Bundy!" :D

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

Deoxyribonucleic
11-14-2002, 03:36 PM
Originally posted by EMPEROR JARGO
'the little lady'? How...quaint, and... archaic.......... here, you may borrow my cricket bat and just do the job properly with regular beatings she'll not hassle you none no sirreebob!



Remember....no cricket bat bigger in diameter than your thumb though, otherwise it's curtains for ya! :D

JEDIpartner
12-03-2002, 09:03 AM
Originally posted by Lord_Malakite
By the way, the answer is "Little Rascals" JJB.

"You said it!"

"Aaaaaand how!"

I thought Jedi Drew would have joined in with this thread a long time ago... I know HE certainly has some ideas about this large, four bedroom house want... :rolleyes:

JON9000
12-03-2002, 02:08 PM
Originally posted by derek

no offense intended to you, but i just disagree with the concept of "community planning". i don't think the puropse of a proper government is to build community centers or rejuvinate abandoned areas of a city.



What do you think of government incentives given to private entities to help rejuvenate abandoned areas of town? For example, if you have an abandoned slum, pressing absentee landlords to make the imporovements necessary to bring them up to code or face demolition? Or giving some sort of zoning preference to businesses that would revitalize run down areas?

I don't know what it is like in Texas, but when I lived in New Jersey, The North East corridor is filled with abandoned warehouses and buildings. These places wind of being nests of crime. I don't think it is out of the government's (the peoples') purview to try to fix the bad areas through the political process.

Jedi Drew
12-05-2002, 11:39 AM
O.K. here I am and have no comment on this issue. Because if I do I will be "Banned." Happy Hunting :D :D

JEDIpartner
12-05-2002, 01:36 PM
wimp. ;)