Special Thanks

I’d like to give a special thanks to this VPS Coupon website for helping us get a great discount when setting up the hosting for our websites. We want to run a few websites that will hopefully get decent amounts of traffic, so we decided that a VPS (which stands for Virtual Private Server) was probably the best way to go for our hosting. It is more expensive than shared hosting, but you also have greater flexibility and won’t run into problems without going over your bandwidth limit (yes you will have limits on budget hosting plans, even if they claim to be unlimited).

When we first looking into it we thought a dedicated server might be the best way to go, and it’s certainly a great option if you know you will be getting a lot of traffic and will need a lot of storage. The problem for us was that we would be starting from scratch and building traffic over time, which means we didn’t need to be paying for the large amounts of bandwidth and storage initially. With a VPS you don’t have a fixed amount of storage or RAM, and you can adjust your service level as needed. So essentially your payments can grow along with your business, and in any venture you want to keep your costs down as much as possible initially while still leaving yourself the ability to grow.

We decided on using Dreamhost, but there are many great companies that offer VPS hosting plans such as Bluehost, Hostgator, FatCow, JustHost, and GoDaddy. Dreamhost offers a 30-day free trial (provided that you don’t use more than 100GB of data, which is highly unlikely unless you have a lot of streaming video or hi-resolution photos) which was very enticing, and we liked their 100% uptime guarantee. They also said that their VPS service is actually better than the dedicated servers, because if you have content that goes viral and you get a sudden spike in traffic the VPS is much better able to handle that since it has the capacity to grow.

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The Simpsons: now in Lego!

Earlier this year Lego released the 71006 The Simpsons House set in celebration of the iconic American TV show having been on air for 25 years. It’s a fairly large set which is reflected in it’s price tag ($199.99!), there are over 2500 pieces and it comes with 6 minifigures including Marge, Homer, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, and Ned Flanders. The house swings open and the roof is removable, so you can see inside and arrange the minifigures in the home.

lego simpsons house

The garage is detachable with a working door, and it comes with the Simpson family car, dent included! The car opens and you can put up to 4 minifigures inside. There is really a lot of attention to detail and easter eggs for fans of the show in this set. See if you can find all of the items marked ‘Property of Ned Flanders’ that Homer has “borrowed” over the years, or where El Barto has struck! Check the trunk of the car to see if Homer might have accidentally brought something home from the Nuclear Power Plant that he maybe shouldn’t have. The house measures 9″ high by 16″ wide and 9″ deep. I think this would be a great gift for somebody who is a fan of both the show and Lego, it’s a fairly complex build that most reviews said took them several hours to complete.

Check out this video review from JANGBRiCKS, it gives a good view of how the house functions and what the inside looks like when fully assembled:

And this upcoming Sunday the Simpsons will be airing a Lego episode! Not a stop-motion version using the Lego set, but fully digital versions of the characters like in the Lego Movie. Homer wakes up one morning to discover that everyone and everything in Springfield is now made of Lego bricks and has to discover what is going on before he is trapped in the plastic world for the rest of his life. The episode will be airing this Sunday May the 4th at 8pm on Fox.

To coincide with the episode Lego will be releasing a set of Simpsons themed minifigures this May. In total there will be 16 minifigures including the 6 that come with the House set. You can also get Grampa Simpson, Krusty, Milhouse, Ralph Wiggum, Apu, Nelson, Itchy, Scratchy, Chief Wiggum, and Mr. Burns.

lego simpsons minifigures

The Lego Movie

February of this year saw the release of Lego’s first full-length animated movie in theaters. It was well received by critics with a rating of 8.3 on IMDB and a score of 96% amongst top critics on Rotten Tomatoes. As a lifelong fan of Lego I think that this film was a great achievement for the company. I was laughing the whole way through, it was colorful and beautifully animated, and the film had a surprisingly thoughtful and sweet message at the end. It had a great voice cast with a lot of fun cameos from their licensed properties, but the movie never relied on that to keep it interesting. Although I’m not going to lie, Batman was probably my second-favourite character after Emmett (Chris Pratt). I’m a die-hard Kevin Conroy fan, and I think Will Arnett did a great job doing a comedy voice performance for the dark knight. I also really liked the performances from Liam Neeson as Good Cop/Bad Cop, Alison Brie as Princess Unikitty, Morgan Freeman as Vitruvius, and Charlie Day as Benny the 1980-something space guy.

The theme song from the movie ‘Everything is Awesome’ performed by Tegan & Sara and the Lonely Island is ridiculously catchy:

The story follows Emmett, the most normal, ordinary, rules-following minifigure to have ever existed. After discovering an intruder and a special piece at his job at a construction site he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a huge conspiracy that all seems to lead back to the ruler of the Lego world. It’s your typical ‘ordinary person is thrust into an epic adventure and must lead’ type of story, but the execution is quite original, and there are so many gags that it’s still really entertaining. I also really liked the fact that the ability to create and use your imagination with Lego was an important part of the story. What could have been a 90 minute Lego commercial ended up being a tremendously funny and epic adventure movie with a really great message about creativity and individuality.

A second movie has been planned for 2017 although almost nothing is available in terms of details yet. Here’s hoping they can capture what made the first film great again!

Lego Video Games

Lego first entered the video game market in 1997, it’s first title was Lego Island. I actually played Lego Island when it first came out (yeah, I’m that old) and I immensely enjoyed it. It had a loose storyline and objective, but it was largely open concept and you could roam around the island customizing it and completing missions in whatever order you liked. Given that game technology was still pretty limited in 1997 when compared to today’s standards, the graphics and gameplay were actually quite good. A follow-up game titled ‘Lego Island 2: The Brickster’s Revenge’ was released in 2001. The plot and setting were similar to the first game, however in the sequel the missions must be completed in a linear order and there is only one playable character available.

Another one of Lego’s early video game ventures was Lego Creator. In this game there are no objectives, missions, or constraints, it was conceived to be a virtual version of the physical Lego blocks. Two Harry Potter themed versions were released later on to coincide with the first and second movies. During the late 90′s the Lego Racers video games were also popular. It featured minifigures from the Castle, Adventurers, Space, and Pirates sets, and players could build their own cars. They have also released several games based on their Bionicle, Ninjago, and Legends of Chima properties.

But the current bread and butter of Lego based games these days are their games created with licensed properties that currently include: Batman, DC Superheroes, Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, Marvel, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Star Wars. I’ve played several of these games and they are a lot of fun, and typically quite humorous as well. Lego Marvel Heroes gives you an idea of what the Avengers could have been like if Marvel still had the rights to all of their characters, and was a bit less serious. A lot of fun, and a lot of laughs.

Lego: The Hobbit and The Lego Movie game both came out this month, and there are no current announcements for any new games, but I doubt we’ve seen the last of them!