Jul 07 2018

CoPrA – An Asyncronous Python Websocket Client for Coinbase Pro

I know it’s too much too hope that I have any regular readers, but if you  come here even infrequently you may have noticed it’s been seven months since I last posted. You may even have wondered what I have been up to.  What could’ve possible kept Tony so busy that he would totally ignore his blog for more than half a year? Well, I tell you. Fortnite. I have been busy getting my ass kicked 24-7 by eleven year-olds in Fortnite. It is embarrassing quite honestly.

In between matches, however, I actually have been productive working on intelligent agents for trading cryptocurrency on the Coinbase Pro (formerly GDAX) exchange. While most of the high level code isn’t ready for prime time yet, a good portion of the low level, workhorse code has been road tested and is relatively stable.  Since other developers might find it useful, I’ve decided to begin releasing it into the wild.

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Dec 24 2017

Day 24 – BB-8 with Santa Hat

As I predicted yesterday,  today, day 24 of the LEGO Star Wars Advent calendar, is a minifigure with a Santa cap. I am not sure, though, that he is meant to man the rocket sled, since it turns out BB-8 has his own mode of transportation – a snowboard.  I could care less about the cap or the snowboard, but the BB-8 minifigure is really cool and a great way to cap off this year’s calendar. Only 341 days until this madness starts again. But who’s counting? Continue reading

Dec 23 2017

Day 23 – Booster Sled with Presents

Rocket Sled

I shouldn’t be disappointed. Day 23 of the LEGO Star Wars Advent calendar is always a rocket sled with gifts on it. The upside is that tomorrow will be a minifigure sporting a Santa hat to man said sled.  Sure it will be cute, but the 23rd of December always feels like a letdown LEGO-wise.  I’d give up the novelty of a Star Wars character playing Saint Nick for another awesome vehicle like the Millennium Falcon or another badass minifigure like the Imperial ground crew member. Alas, no such luck.

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Dec 22 2017

Day 22 – All Terrain Scout Transport (AT-ST)

With only two days left to go in the 2017 LEGO Star Wars Advent calendar, I have a strong suspicion that this is the last micro-vehicle we are going to see. Thankfully LEGO is going out on a high note with this All Terrain Scout Transport, or AT-ST. I admit I had my concerns given the consecutive abominations that were the TIE striker and imperial hovertank.  The AT-ST just goes to show that it doesn’t take many pieces or a complex build to satisfy me. It just needs to be a real thing (see: imperial hovertank) and look like the vehicle it is modeled after (see: TIE striker).

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Dec 21 2017

Day 21 – Imperial Ground Crew

Day 21 of the LEGO Star Wars Advent calendar proves that for every rule I have there exists an exception. At best I had felt blasé about the Resistance officer minifigure and the Imperial officer minifigure. Generic LEGO Star Wars minifigures aren’t my bag. Unless, it turns out, they are totally bad ass like this Imperial ground crew minifigure. Just look at him. And he has a gun! The First Order should take note.

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Dec 20 2017

Day 20 – Imperial Hovertank

Imperial Hovertank

I can forgive LEGO for the First Order snowspeeder. There was a pretty long chase scene featuring snowspeeders that was excised from the final cut of The Force Awakens. LEGO finalizes sets before the movie is released so they had to make the best of it. However, there is no excuse for the Imperial hovertank. There is no such thing as an Imperial hovertank in the Star Wars universe. They don’t exist. According to starwars.wikia.com, even though the idea of a hovertank was scrapped early on in the development of Rogue One,  LEGO ran with it anyway. The tanks seen roaming the streets of Jedha are Imperial combat assault tanks, track propelled tanks. Get with the program, LEGO. If you are going to give us non-existent vehicles to build at least make them interesting. It’s better than a box with a wrench, but not by much.

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Dec 19 2017

Day 19 – TIE Striker

Talk about esoteric.  Day 19 of the LEGO Star Wars advent calendar is the sk x1 experimental air superiority fighter, or TIE striker for short. When I looked at the instructions at first I thought it was just the top half of Kylo Ren’s TIE fighter, but nope this a whole spaceship from an entirely different era.  TIE strikers were used by the Empire in the battle of Scarif, so the last 20 minutes of Rogue One give or take. The pictures make it look like a cooler build than it actually was. As my father-in-law likes to say, “It don’t impress me.”

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Dec 18 2017

Day 18 – Y-wing Starfighter

If you want to be official, day 18 of the LEGO Star Wars advent calendar is a  BTL-A4 Y-wing starfighter. Although you’d have to be a hardcore fan to know its model number. I’m guessing most casual fans don’t even realize there are other Y-wing variants. I admit that I never gave it much thought before today. If I saw a spaceship with this distinctive wishbone shape, then it was simply a Y-wing. That was good enough for me. This is a neat build. I would say I like it as much as Director Krennic’s imperial shuttle. Maybe more so, because it took a fraction of the time to assemble.

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Dec 17 2017

Day 17 – Imperial Officer

Just as the prophecy predicted, Day 17 delivered the minifigure who would bring balance to the LEGO Star Wars Advent calendar, the generic imperial officer. The ying to today’s yang of course being Day 5’s resistance officer. At least the resistance officer got points for sharing a hair style with me. This imperial officer is as bald as cue ball sideburns not withstanding, and based on the grimace on his face, I’m guessing he’s not happy about it. He does score some points, however, because I was able to find a picture of an officer that looks like him.

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Dec 16 2017

Day 16 – Director Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle

Director Krennic's Imperial Shuttle

I’m not sure if this is my favorite build from the 2017 LEGO Advent calendar so far, but if not then it’s a close second to the luggabeast. What I can say for sure is that it took me longer to put together Director Krennic’s imperial shuttle than everything from the first 15 days combined. It turned out the instructions were mostly useless in illustrating how to build and attach the wings and tail. Through trial and error I believe I got it right. It really is a cool build although interestingly, it’s the first one so far that isn’t able to stand on its own. The stand in the photos was added by me.

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