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I Have My K'nex Back! Answered

Well, I've got some explaining to do.  It turns out my K'nex was never actually sold.  My parents hid my K'nex from me, telling me they sold it, only to give it back to me extremely recently under one stipulation: I can't build guns anymore, unfortunately.  Trust me, I'm not complaining; I'm just ecstatic that I can build with them again.  I'm sorry for the huge lack of activity lately, but I haven't had that many ideas before I got my K'nex back.  My first K'nex creation in a while is this really cool compact lock.  Being K'nex, of course, I wouldn't advise that you lock anything with it, but it is nigh on impossible to open with force unless the button is pushed, or you deconstruct the lock itself.  It is powered completely by tension, and doesn't need any rubber bands or power source other than the K'nex from which it is made.  It is also extremely fun to mess around with, and I could spend about an hour just fiddling with the mechanism; such is my attention span.  I'm thinking about working on instructions, but I wanted to see what you guys thought of it first.

The second thing I'd like to share with you all is this 3D Owl I printed over at Fab Lab in Chicago at the Museum of Science and Industry.  I would like to sincerely thank Matt Chalker, the head executive of the Museum of Science and Industry's Fab Lab, the museum itself, and all that make Fab Labs possible for such a wonderful experience.  Along with this owl, we made many things out of wood via the wood laser engraver, and finger puppets for each member of my family, depicting our faces, of course.

(I have more pictures of both the owl and the lock.  If anyone is interested, I could post them in the comments.  They're pretty much the items on different backgrounds, though.)

Enjoy!

-DarkOwl

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No guns, eh? That muse be saddening, and yet freeing. I don't know how I would feel if I was told I couldn't build any more guns... I'd probably feel pretty bad, but I don't know. BTW, you seem to like owls a lot, do you like Owl City?

Well, luckily for you, you're not me. Your guns are pretty epic, my friend, and I'm glad you're still able to build them. Owl City's not really my taste, but Weird Owl's pretty rad. For me at least, nearly all of the Owl City songs sound the same. Don't get me wrong, they sound great, but their albums and discography are a bit too cohesive and similar. If you like stuff like Owl City, Synth Pop is a good genre to explore. Some of my favorites from that genre are Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Yazoo, Erasure, Pet Shop Boys, and others. (If one of the members is gay, it's epic like 90 percent of the time. It's just a general rule I've found with Synth Pop.)

Dang, it has taken me so long to get back to you...

I am glad you like my builds, and I hope to get progressively better, but I am not sure for how much longer I will get to build. I have almost attained man's estate, and K'NEX are, no matter how much it pains me to say it, rather childish. I hope to continue to build, but I don't know what the future will bring.

I've been reading the comments above about how your parents don't like the idea of you building guns. This is one of my (few) contentions with parents in general. The amount of rules they (parents) make that they don't take the time to think about is absolutely, flabbergasting-ly, extensively, infinitely, ridiculously astounding. Its kinda sad, actually. They are just trying to do their best... mostly. =D

As to music, that is what everybody without a trained ear says. "It all sounds the same." =D I don't listen to much "secular music," but I just like how Adam Young (Owl City) writes his music.

Dammit, I had a whole reply typed out, and now I lost it. Let's try again then. BLEGH!

K'nex are, no matter how much it pains me to say it, rather childish. I
hope to continue to build, but I don't know what the future will bring.

>Implying you can't enjoy stuff deemed as childish as a man / adult.
You've said this before, so I will reply again. It isn't a good reason to stop doing things you enjoy when you become an adult. There are a lot of adult fans of Lego, K'nex, magical talking ponies, gaming and what not. I'm becoming 18, and thus an adult, in July this year (from then on, you'll have to call me Mr. Dr. Richtofen), and that won't stop me from enjoying the things I like.

The amount of rules they (parents) make that they don't take the time to
think about is absolutely, flabbergasting-ly, extensively, infinitely,
ridiculously astounding

I agree. No offence to your parents, Darky, but it is pretty silly that you aren't allowed to build guns anymore. But as more peeps have said, there is so much more to build with K'nex.

As to music, that is what everybody without a trained ear says. "It all sounds the same."

Ha. Stuff like LMFAO, some Owl City stuff, most modern pop artists (*adjusts hipster glasses*) do sound the same throughout their career. The same with a lot of deathcore, metalcore etc in the metal scene (though that's just mostly bands sounding alike). It isn't necessarily wrong, but it can be a sign of lacking originality. Or they don't dare to evolve their sound, rather sticking to something they're comfortable with, as to not lose fans.
Half related: Glorious Power Metal parodies, that come out sounding awesome
Link, you better work, or I'll hit ye.

>Implying you can't enjoy stuff deemed as childish as a man / adult. You've said this before, so I will reply again. It isn't a good reason to stop doing things you enjoy when you become an adult. There are a lot of adult fans of Lego, K'nex, magical talking ponies, gaming and what not. I'm becoming 18, and thus an adult, in July this year (from then on, you'll have to call me Mr. Dr. Richtofen), and that won't stop me from enjoying the things I like

XD, here we go again. I have explained this to you before, but in case you don't understand me, I'll try again. =D

As I am sure you know, I am a Protestant (a Christian = Jesus Christ follower), and 1 Corinthians 13:11 says:

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

This is the basis for my argument. I have said this in other conversations online, but I'll say it again. You and I can't argue this, because we don't have the same world view... and we are online. Online arguments (like ones via YouTube comments) rarely get anywhere. The reason why we can't argue this is because you are not a Christian, and I am. You do not hold the Bible (yes, EVERYTHING in it) to be true, I do. So, in the end, you are "correct" from your perspective, and I am "correct" from mine. The world would hold you to be in the right in our argument. (true) Christians would hold you to be wrong.

BTW, this is a logical fallacy:

There are a lot of adult fans of Lego, K'nex, magical talking ponies, gaming and what not.

There could be 1 billion people killing every human they saw, but that doesn't make it okay. Just because adults act childish, doesn't make it okay.

Anywho, I will (eventually, sooner than later) give up K'NEX, as playing K'NEX is, from my world view, childish.

On regard to this:

Ha. Stuff like LMFAO, some Owl City stuff, most modern pop artists (*adjusts hipster glasses*) do sound the same throughout their career. The same with a lot of deathcore, metalcore etc in the metal scene (though that's just mostly bands sounding alike). It isn't necessarily wrong, but it can be a sign of lacking originality. Or they don't dare to evolve their sound, rather sticking to something they're comfortable with, as to not lose fans.

I still hold that this is a result of an untrained ear. I have yet to hear any Owl City song that sounds that similar. Admittedly, I have not heard EVERY Owl City song, but I have heard most, and they do not appear that similar to me. IMO.

Heh heh. =D

No, no, no, you are missing the point. "Playing" K'NEX is, in my opinion, is thinking and reasoning like a child. So, in my opinion, "playing" K'NEX is childish and slightly immature.

No worries. =D

Yeah, we differ in that view. Sorry if I came over as harsh, or
arrogant. We will never agree with each other on this subject. That's
okay, because if everyone just agreed with each other, the world would
be boring. About the killing part, yeah, that was a hole in my argument, or wrong wording,
I see that.

As for the music part, this will probably turn out in the same way as ^that. We both like different types of music, with probably the biggest difference being me despising most modern pop music. And that's most likely the biggest reason why I think that Owl City sounds similar in their songs. I wouldn't call my ear untrained, but I still stand with that. Again, there's nothing wrong with sounding similar, it just gets boring after a while. I'm sure that Owl City isn't as bad as the deathcore genre I mentioned before, though, as that subgenre has dozens of bands that sound exactly the same. The same downtuned guitar stuff, the same 'chugging' breakdowns, but especially some of the vocal styles. Keep in mind that deathcore has some amazing bands though :3
If we're gonna continue this talk, we should probably take it to PM's

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I'd write a more elaborate reply to Caitlinsdad, but I couldn't really word myself, so I'll keep it pretty short, but I hope my point is clear.
I understand why rules are there, and I appreciate that parents have them. Giving your children the freedom to do whatever they want will only give negative results when they grow older. Just sometimes, they can get too restricting. This isn't the case here, as Dark can still do a lot with his k'nex. I just wanted to address this point, even though it might sound hypocritical with what I typed in my previous comment.

The amount of rules they (parents) make that they don't take the time to think about is absolutely, flabbergasting-ly, extensively, infinitely, ridiculously astounding

Sure, right.(bonus sarcasm included)

No one does...besides the point...just commenting that there is incredible effort and thought that goes into parenting. Maturity is the line you cross when you understand why those rules were made.

Oh, I see what you are saying. Well, I believe that you misunderstand me. While the comment I posted was rather emphatic, the meaning behind it was less so. I can, to a certain degree, understand your sentiments. I have numerous siblings (not numerous in my mind, but numerous in today standards), and have, again, to a certain degree, made rules and requirements for them. I minutely understand the requirements of parents, and the tension put upon them, but at the same time, I have encountered numerous sets of parents (remember, I am homeschooled, and meet many homeschool parents) that have a large amount of ridiculous rules. For example, one family I know forced their kids to do 50 push-ups if they forgot to shut the car door after returning from an outing. I am sure you will agree that this appears rather... um... preposturous.

Having been in the Army, 50 push-ups is nothing. I think a Marine dad would drive back to the outing site and make his kid crawl back home in the mud with a 40lb rucksack on his back. Check out the movie "The Great Santini" or at least the synopsis to understand why that was done.

Life goes on and is all about learning new things or adapting to the changing situation. Survive as long as you can.

Having been in the Army, 50 push-ups is nothing. I think a Marine dad would drive back to the outing site and make his kid crawl back home in the mud with a 40lb rucksack on his back. Check out the movie "The Great Santini" or at least the synopsis to understand why that was done.

I gather from that comment that (yes, I am being teasingly sarcastic here) you think leaving the car door open is a great sin...? =D

Let me explain the situation as far as I remember:

This family had picked me up from my house to drive to to their's as I was going to hang out at their house for the afternoon. As I hoped out of the car, one of the kids (my particular friend) was about to shut the door for me when his dad said the he would have to do 50 push-ups for leaving the car door open. The door had been left open for less than 20 seconds after I had left the car, and my host was about to shut it. This appears slightly ridiculous to me, but you and I needn't continue our discourse, as we are getting nowhere fast. =D

Yesss. But build em in secret ;)

I thought the same thing.... Or just make your build look like a truck, but in reality, it has a full auto mech inside!

#idowhatiwant

Good to have you back! There is other things you can always get into like ball machines ;-)

I look forward to your (awesome) future creations! Also, the K'nex contest is returning again this summer ----> Let's win some prizes! :D

Yes, it's good to be back. I'm look forward to the contest, too. Stay awesome, my friend.

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That's too bad. But then again, sweet lock! If we could make it a bit bigger and connect two locks, they could become like handcuffs! (Of course, the trigger would be moved to somewhere they can't open it.)

Yeah, I know, but there's really nothing I can do (except for building them in secret until I'm of age). I was thinking the exact same thing about the handcuff idea, funnily enough. I might do that, actually, once I get the time. I'm thinking about making instructions for the lock today, and then I can get going on that idea.

Only reason I ever got back into K'nexing was making guns. Why don't they like it? Could you possibly ask them for me or do you know? I find it incredibly petty that any parent should object to it.

They dislike guns and violence. As rad a person as you are, TD, if I tell them that The Dunkis says I should be able to build guns again, they'd be a wee bit confused. I actually want to do that for humorous purposes now. I have asked many a time, and getting my K'nex back is the first step to possibly being able to build guns again. It really is extremely petty. But hey, it's only a few years before I'm of age. They can't stop me then. (Hey, I can always build them in secret until then. *wink*)

Do they dislike bows? How about knives? I'm sick of parents thinking they know the intentions of their kids. Guns aren't purely about violence. The satisfaction for me comes from making something that launchers a projectile which if anything I'd aim at targets. Oh, I'd love to give them a stern talking too. XP

Anything weapon-like they're not going for, sadly. Those are my feelings, too. I'm not a violent person at all; I just like the satisfaction of being able to build something that does something, especially when I can do target practice with the said thing. I'd love to get you over here to give them a stern talking to, but I don't think it's possible. The effort it would take would exponentially outweigh the reward. (Although I can only imagine the speech you'd give, and it's glorious.)

Meh, I carry around a soapbox specifically for sheople. If any a pet peeve I should have, it's seeing someone being a sheep and thinking a way for no other reason than because they were told they should think that way. I have the same issue with people's views on swearing, nudity, etc. things that are "traditionally" bad. But I digress, no need for philosophy here. Good luck with building in secrecy. =P

You got your knex back? Party!!!! I knew your family couldn't complain to much about building with knex, seriously, my parents would rather I build with knex then play video games. Also as your parents said not to build guns, well there are plenty of things to build other than guns. Heck before I came to this site in 2012 I didn't even think of building guns out of knex, so I pratically built everything else.

Anyway I'm sooooo pleased you have your knex back. They really are a great and innovative toy and I can't wait to see what you build next!

Yes, I'm partying too; I'm ecstatic now that I have my K'nex back. I just posted instructions for the lock if you're interested. :p

i would be interested in building the lock , cool BTW

Thank you. It's good that you're interesting in building the lock, because I'm going to make instructions today. Hoorah!

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4 years ago

That's to bad, my parent didn't really enjoy it but after I continued to do it for a while she got used to it. Also, sweet lock!

I wish my parents would be accepting as yours. Thank you, my friend; I'm glad you enjoy it.