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Just Voted

Posted by Velox , in Other, Life Nov 06 2012 · 383 views
Romney/Ryan, Election 2012 and 3 more...

Woke up, ate breakfast, went to my morning Econ class, did an hour workshop for my English class, Voted for Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan (and all the other things I could vote for -- I looked at each measure/candidate extensively last night before choosing which way I would vote). And I am wearing my Les Miserables T-shirt. A great day. ^_^

If you live in the US, and are legally able to, go vote! Go do it. Take advantage of this great Right we have and go vote. And don't just vote for the President/VP -- vote for your State and County Measures. Vote for the other office candidates. Those matter too, and you should take advantage of this amazing Right -- this great honor that we have as American citizens to vote. Use this ability, this Right, this honor. And go vote.

~ Velox


One of the Greatest Blog Entries Ever

Posted by Velox , in Other, Life Oct 26 2012 · 352 views
Love, Relationships and 3 more...
53 Things to do Before a First Kiss, by Kraggh

Honestly, that is one of the most awesome things I have read on BZPower. I've always thought that many relationships today are flawed, and the intentions that people have are...well, I guess, wrong. Now I'm not sure that I agree that all of these should be/need to be done before a first kiss, because I feel like that's something that you need to just kind of "let it come" when the time is right.

I don't think of this so much as a "to-do list" or "bucket list", but rather, just a list of amazingly cute couple things that would be simply awesome to do. Because I think the focus should be on each other, on doing things like this (pure, innocent things) together -- the relationship should be about your thoughts, intentions, and attitudes toward one another. I definitely think that all of these things should be done at some point (or, rather, that it would be incredibly awesome if they were done at some point), but again not in a way of checking off things as you do them, but just things to do that would keep the relationship pure and focused on each other. Basically I just feel like this is a list that would be incredibly awesome to do -- not that everything would, necessarily, be done, but that I wish all of these things could be done, even before a first kiss.

This really leads into my thoughts on love and true love -- things that I think are really, really misunderstood in society today. I mean, honestly, if you can do all of this, before even a kiss, that means something. I'm not saying this all needs to be done before a first kiss, but the intention should be there -- that you're not so much concerned about kissing, etc., but more just concerned about each other, and the purity of the relationship. I honestly can't think of any reason not to do any of these...if you're bad at singing (like I am), so what? That's just what makes this list so awesome, that a lot of these things you would be making a fool of yourself, but done with the right person and that's something extremely beautiful.

I've started to write a blog entry on true love and relationships, etc., probably at least half a dozen times now, but every time I do I end up straying into religion or something else not appropriate for BZPower. I still want to some time, though...who knows. But honestly, this is just an amazingly beautiful blog entry and awesome thing.

~ Velox


What are you doing at 11am?

Posted by Velox , in Other, Literature Sep 21 2012 · 295 views

If the answer is not "having second breakfast" then unfortunately your answer is wrong. Join in!! Take part! In honor of the 75th anniversary of the publication of the Hobbit, people are dedicating 11am to a "second breakfast" to celebrate Hobbit-style!

Happy Tolkien Week, everyone! And enjoy that food!

~ Velox


In Memoriam

Posted by Velox , in Other, Life Sep 11 2012 · 169 views
9/11, We Remember and 2 more...

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9/11 has always been one of my favorite days of the year. Not because I am necessarily happy, but because of the attitude and the respect that people show (hopefully) on this day. It's a day of remembrance, a day of prayer, a day of memory, a day of sadness, a day of reflection, a day of respect, a day of honor, a day of fervor, a day of comforting, a day of charity, a day of love. A day to remind us of what happened, to honor those who suffered and died that day. A day to remind us to honor those that work each and every day, even to the point of sometimes giving up their lives, in order to try and protect the United States of America. This day reminds us that we must show love. To the families, to the people, to those who fight for freedom, to politicians who work to keep us safe even when we might disagree with them on other things, to those who give their lives, to those who cannot be with us today, to the people of the United States of America, and to the people of the world. Today is a day of love. It is also a day of remembrance, sadness, but also of hope and strength. Hope that a tragedy like this will never happen again. Strength that we are resolved, that nothing will break our spirit.

I'd like to thank everyone that has posted about this day, on BZPower or otherwise. I'd like to thank those that have said a prayer today in honor and remembrance of this. I believe this is one of the most important days of the year, because it is a day to remind us. Remind us of love, of those lost, of those fighting, of simply everyone. To remind us that peace is what we all need to strive for. I have seen many beautiful posts about today, and it honestly warms my heart to see that people care as I do. I'd like to end by sharing one of my favorite posts I have seen today:

Karen and I wanted to take a moment to honor those who lost their lives and whose lives were changed forever on September 11, 2001. We were all changed that day, but there are many who gave so much - many who paid the ultimate price - fighting for freedom on that day and the days that followed. We honor them today.

Eleven years later, we still vividly remember the heroism and courage of those who fought back against the terrorists. That day was a dark day for our country, but demonstrated what is great about America: Nothing can break the spirit of our great country.

Today we honor those who sacrificed on the planes, in the World Trade Center towers, in the Pentagon, on a field in Pennsylvania, our intelligence communities, and of course, the men and women in uniform who fight for our freedoms.

We will never forget.

-Rick Santorum

Please remember. Please do not forget. And may God Bless America.

~ Andrew


Out of Bagels

Posted by Velox , in Other Aug 03 2012 · 255 views

(Katie B=Ezorov)

[12:14:47 PM] Andrew P: KATHERINE
[12:14:54 PM] Andrew P: THE ["P"] FAMILY
[12:14:59 PM] Andrew P: ...no no i can't even say it D:
[12:15:01 PM] Andrew P: ...
[12:15:04 PM] Andrew P: the ["P"] family
[12:15:04 PM] Andrew P: is
[12:15:06 PM] Andrew P: ...
[12:15:10 PM] Andrew P: OUT OF BAGELS D:
[12:15:14 PM] Andrew P: OUT
[12:15:15 PM] Andrew P: OF
[12:15:16 PM] Andrew P: BAGELS
[12:15:17 PM] Andrew P: D:
[12:15:17 PM] Andrew P: D:
[12:15:18 PM] Andrew P: D:
[12:25:53 PM] Katie B: AUGHHHHHH
[12:25:54 PM] Katie B: ANDREW
[12:25:57 PM] Katie B: NOOOOOOOOOOO
[12:26:00 PM] Katie B: ;_;
[12:26:05 PM] Andrew P: you always think
[12:26:06 PM] Andrew P: that
[12:26:13 PM] Andrew P: there'll be one more time
[12:26:14 PM] Andrew P: one more chance
[12:26:16 PM] Andrew P: to have a bagel
[12:26:18 PM] Andrew P: but then
[12:26:22 PM] Andrew P: you realize
[12:26:22 PM] Andrew P: that
[12:26:27 PM] Andrew P: they're gone
[12:26:30 PM] Andrew P: :'(
[12:26:35 PM] Andrew P: i believe
[12:26:36 PM] Katie B: D':
[12:26:37 PM] Andrew P: a moment of silence
[12:26:39 PM] Andrew P: is in order
[12:26:48 PM] Andrew P: for this
[12:26:49 PM] Andrew P: terrible tragedy
[12:26:50 PM] Katie B: Shhhh
[12:26:59 PM] Katie B: :|
[12:27:01 PM] Andrew P: *sobs*
[12:27:11 PM] Katie B: That's how I'm feeling right now
[12:27:14 PM] Katie B: ;_;
[12:27:36 PM] Katie B: It'll be okay, Andrew, it'll be okay
[12:27:38 PM] Katie B: (hug)
[12:27:46 PM] Andrew P: THEY WERE SO YOUNG D:
[12:27:56 PM] Katie B: :'C
[12:28:05 PM] Katie B: YOU MUST NOT
[12:28:22 PM] Katie B: I'M
[12:28:24 PM] Katie B: NOT SURE HOW
[12:28:25 PM] Katie B: BUT
[12:28:26 PM] Katie B: YEAH
[12:28:32 PM] Andrew P: NO
[12:28:34 PM] Andrew P: I CAN'T
[12:28:35 PM] Andrew P: I MUST
[12:28:39 PM] Andrew P: AVENGE THE BAGELS
[12:28:42 PM] Katie B: INDEED
[12:28:44 PM] Andrew P: CONTINUE THEIR FIGHT

So today, I'd like to dedicate this blog entry to the Egg Bagels that have now passed on to a better life. Their sacrifice, will not be in vain. A moment of silence, please.


Are we crazy?

~ Velox


Nook Tablet

Posted by Velox , in Other, Life, Literature Jul 29 2012 · 210 views

Heh, been a while.

Anyway, one of my birthday presents was a Nook Tablet. Gotta say, I'm definitely loving it. It's going to be very useful when I go to college this fall, as I'll be able to download a lot (most likely) of my textbooks, so I can just carry around my slick Nook instead of a bunch of books. Not to mention it's really awesome for if I ever want to read outside of my house -- waiting rooms, plane trips, car trips, etc. Of course, the problem is that I buy most of my books at a used bookstore where they're between $1-5, usually $1, and on the Nook, they're often more than that. =/ Oh well. I've already downloaded a couple of my favorite books, plus a handful of cheap and/or free ones.

Unfortunately, there are a couple of slight things about the Nook -- I can't seem to post on BZPower (I click on the add reply box, and the keyboard won't come up -- still looking into that, though), and there aren't Skype/AIM apps. I can, however, use websites for that, so it's fine, just not as neat. And a couple other things, but they're all minor. Otherwise, the Nook Tablet is extremely awesome. It will especially be handy as a calendar -- I need to keep better track of things that I need to do/appointments/etc. I have/etc., and this will definitely come in handy. Very much so.

But of course this is just going to make me add to my reading list. I seriously have so many books I want to read -- a lot of which I already have in normal book-format. I have nine books that I want to read "next," and then (literally) hundreds of others I want to read after that. Currently I'm re-reading the Hobbit, which is amazing (I don't remember much from the last time I read it, as it was a long time ago). Man, I am so excited for that movie! I'm not sure it'll be able to top TDKR, but I'm sure it'll come close.

I also got the Les Misérables 10th Anniversary Edition Soundtrack for my birthday, which is also very amazing (my personal favorite version, mostly because of Colm Wilkinson and Philip Quast). Speaking of music, I've started buying CDs again. I've never been that much of a music and/or CD person, but now that I have my license (oh yeah, I passed my test with flying colors after starting to drive for the firs time two weeks earlier. Forgot to mention that here. Driving is fun!) and a car that I can use whenever I want (and no iPod jack), I've started using CDs more. I recently bought Oh! Gravity and Vice Verses Deluxe Edition, by Switchfoot, which are both awesome, and that technically completes my Switchfoot collection because the only CD I'm missing is Hello Hurricane, but a live version of that comes with the VV Deluxe. The other bands I am trying to get CDs for are: Matt Maher, Owl City, The Fray, Lifehouse, Coldplay, Eisley, Rise Against (although I have 4 of their albums, just not in CD format), Yiruma, and Linkin Park, among others (those are my first priority). That bookstore I mentioned also sells a few CDs for $5 (where I got Oh!G), so I should be able to get a lot of those there.

All right, I think that's enough rambling for now. Look at that, I actually (very slightly) rambled for once. I should try to use this more, maybe.

~ Velox


So I Just Realized

Posted by Velox , in Other Jul 19 2012 · 175 views

...I don't use this blog much. =/ And my subtitle even says "ramblings" yet there aren't many of those here. Whoops. Mainly that's because the things I rant/ramble about most are either political or religious, so can't be posted here. But I'm sure I could find some things to rant about here.

Like today for example. Except it's not going to be much of a rant, as I'm far too excited. The Dark Knight Rises tomorrow!!! I honestly cannot even put into words how excited I am without being entirely newbish, so I shall refrain. But...yeah. 7PM showing tomorrow, IMAX. So psyched. Today I had a Batman marathon, watching Batman Begins and The Dark Knight with Katie (Ezorov), Micah (Kakaru), and Micah's girlfriend, Ashley. And then watching every trailer I could find (there's also like...7 or 8 TV trailers) of TDKR. Just all that is making me unable to contain my excitement. =P I should've bought tickets for tonight at midnight...

I'll probably do a longer life and/or ranting entry later, but for now...TDKR tomorrow! It is going to be an amazing, amazing film.

~ Velox


Les Misérables

Posted by Velox , in Life, Other Jun 26 2012 · 199 views
Les Miserables, Jean Valjean and 3 more...

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So yesterday (well, Sunday, considering it's almost 4 am now haha) I saw Les Misérables at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Oh my goodness was it amazing. I am seriously trying to contain my excitement without using all caps. It was that good. Not that I expected any differently, it being Les Mis. And this is now the second time I have seen it performed professionally (I also saw it done as a high school production), the first time being roughly a year ago at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. I actually saw pretty much the exact same show both times with much of the same cast, the biggest exception being Jean Valjean -- however, Javert, Fantine, Éponine, and more were all the same.

It is seriously such an amazing play. I haven't been able to stop listening to Les Mis songs since. If you have any sort of appreciation for Les Mis at all, I suggest you search for the "Jean Valjean Quartet" version of "Bring Him Home" -- Colm Wilkinson (!!!), Alfie Boa, Simon Bowman, and John Owen-Jones all sing it together and it is absolutely beautiful and amazing (many, many thanks to Aderia for showing it to me =P), an encore from the 25th anniversary edition (which I simply must buy some time, especially since the 10th anniversary edition that I have is a VHS and my VHS player no longer works).

So yes. Awesome play, amazing songs. I cannot wait for the movie! I really think it's going to be great, and with that cast it should be (Colm Wilkinson playing the Bishop! That right there is reason enough, but Hugh Jackman is a great theatre guy, not to mention Anne Hathaway's amazing voice). I really urge everyone who hasn't seen the play to try to. And of course, go see the movie come December, too. =P

~ Velox



Posted by Velox , in Other, Life Jun 24 2012 · 182 views

...I am always right?

[6/22/2012 2:59:24 PM] Katie: You are always right.

Katie being Ezorov.

Good to know. ^_^

Anyway, last night I saw a high school production of Wizard of Oz:

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Closing night, too, which is always fun. My brother and sister used to perform in plays years ago run by Biola Youth Theatre (where I saw the play), so it was fun going there again. Next year they're performing Guys and Dolls, which I think I may just have to see.

But man, seeing a play makes me even more excited for today...Les Mis!!

~ Velox


Coming Soon

Posted by Velox , in BZPower, Other, Reviews Jun 18 2012 · 166 views
Do you like epics and want to give back by giving people reviews? Ever thought of joining the ECC? Well now's your chance. Coming June 22nd, a contest will be hosted in the Epics Critics Club (staff approved); the winner will be given an internship at the ECC. Keep your eyes on the ECC topic this Friday for further information and the opportunity to put the power of the pen in your hands.

~ Velox

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Name || Andrew
Birthdate || July 8, 1994 (age 19)
Gender || Male
Location || Los Angeles, California
Occupation || College Student
Hobbies || Writing, reading, ranting
Religion || Roman Catholic

Political Views || Conservative (generally Republican)

Standalone Book || A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness; The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak; The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
Authors || Vince Flynn, J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allen Poe, Jim Butcher, Neil Gaiman, Erin Morgenstern, and more

Musical || Les Miserables
Action Trilogy || 
Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy.
Fantasy Trilogy || Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings
Sci-Fi/Fantasy Films || The Avengers, Serenity, Inception
Drama Films || A Few Good Men, Warrior
Animated Films || Ratatouille, Madagascar
War Films || Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan
Comedy Film || The Princess Bride
Classic TV Shows || Sherlock Holmes, with Jeremy Brett; Columbo, with Peter Falk; and The Rockford Files, with James Garner

Ended TV Shows || Firefly, Breaking Bad, Leverage
Current TV Shows ~ Sherlock, Castle, HIMYM, Person of Interest, Doctor Who

Music genres || Classical, Film soundtracks, Musicals, Rock, Alternative
Artists || ThePianoGuys, Rise Against, Switchfoot, the Beatles

Composers || Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Howard Shore, Handel


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