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Fifth Brony Anniversary

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , in Ponies Mar 29 2016 · 341 views

*comes out of hibernation/lurk mode*

Almost exactly five years ago, I started watching Episode 1 of MLP:FiM. It's been a long time since then and lots of things have changed, but I'm glad to still be a fan.

In the past five years, I've put together numerous song covers, was a part of multiple voice-acted projects (which were unfortunately scrapped D:), made a lot of friends in the fandom (and still regularly do so), and even attended two conventions (and after this weekend, three!). It's not the biggest part of my life, but it's a lot of positivity and friendship that I'm thankful to have.

I was going to try to do something special for my annual song cover this year, but unfortunately the flu kind of wiped me out all month, so I haven't had enough time to record anything. I know only a handful of you ever hear my song covers, but I still plan to hopefully maybe possibly put something new together within the next month or two. Nothing concrete's been decided, so if you have a song you'd like me to do, I welcome ideas!

For now though, I'm especially looking forward to Whinny City Ponycon this weekend, the first brony convention in the Chicago area since (the extremely fantastic and memorable) Midwestria in 2012! You can expect an entry on that soon.


The 4-Vacation Gauntlet Recap

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , Aug 16 2015 · 504 views

As some of you may be aware, I had 4 consecutive weekend vacations this summer, due to BrickFair VA and Bronycon being a weekend apart, and my family planning two camping trips for before and after my convention trips. I'm on my way home from the final camping trip now, so I figure this gives me a good chance to recap.

Four vacations in a row sounds really nice and relaxing on paper, but to be perfectly honest, I'd say they make things more stressful than if they were spaced out. Imagine the stress of planning and packing for a trip, times four. And the whiplash of going back to work for several days between the vacations (and having to make up for the missed work each time) just served to make things even more hectic. Even still, the trips were fun.

Vacation 1: Camping with family (July 24 - 26)
My family typically has made plans to go camping once or twice a year for the last 10 years we've had our pop-out camper. Nowhere too remote, the farthest we've camped is in the Smoky Mountains (that was a really fun trip), but usually we just go somewhere more nearby, like Wisconsin. Plenty of campground areas there. Anyways, camping trip went fine, weather was excellent, swam in the lake and did typical camp things, nothing really stands out as worth mentioning. Oh yeah, and I got an awful sunburn while out on the lake. Like really awful. Even though I used sunscreen. And re-applied it hourly. Why.

Vacation 2: BrickFair VA (July 29 - August 3)
So I'm not gonna lie, this year's BrickFair was not quite as great as past years, for various reasons others have already touched on in their recap entries. Still great overall, just not... as great. Personally-speaking, though, the first few days were somewhat ruined for me by a really bad mood and a lot on my mind stemming from stress from home (so for those of you who may have noticed I wasn't quite myself for a lot of the con, that's why). Thankfully though, the good outweighed the bad, and I still had a whole lot of fun. It's always great hanging out at the BZP table each year, whether I'm participating in shenanigans with Team Farm Animals, hanging with the BZP staff, getting to chat with old friends, or meeting new people. BrickFair is easily the highlight of my year every year, and I'm really glad to call all of you my friends. All in all, I didn't get to do as much as I'd have liked to do this year (those 6 days went by way too fast), but you can be sure I'll be back next year.

Vacation 3: BronyCon 2015 (August 7-9)
Going into this convention, I had no idea what to expect. The largest event I've really been to is BrickFair, and that's a completely different sort of con that has a much smaller number of attendees outside of public hours. As soon as I stepped off the light rail from the airport, seeing dozens and dozens of fans and cosplayers walking the streets of Baltimore was really surreal and made me start to realize the scope of this event. The convention center itself was absolutely massive too, with the vendor hall alone being roughly the same size as BrickFair's expo hall. I eventually met up with Aanchir and Lyichir to hang out and get my stuff into the room, worked out a schedule for the panels I wanted to see, and just enjoyed the con. Overall, the atmosphere was just so incredibly positive and friendly, and the panels and music performances at Bronypalooza I got to see were phenomenal. I'm told the convention ran without a hitch, and hit a new record with over 10,000 attendees this year! If at all possible, I'm planning to go back next year (since it doesn't conflict with BrickFair again!).

Vacation 4: Camping with family (August 14-16)
For whatever reason, my family picked the exact same campground as the last trip. I mean, it's a decent one, so it's not all bad. Anyways, not a whole lot to say here that hasn't already been said above since it's largely the same experience. I did manage to avoid a sunburn this time, so that's a plus.

So that's how I spent my vacation days this year. It's been quite a ride, but I don't think I'm gonna plan consecutive vacations again if I can help it. It's just too much! D:


Need BrickFair/Bronycon Travel Advice/Help

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , Jun 29 2015 · 592 views

As I've mentioned elsewhere in posts and comments, I'm hoping to attend both BrickFair and Bronycon this year due to their relatively close proximity to each other and being on consecutive weekends.

(For reference, BrickFair is July 29 - August 2, Bronycon is August 7-9).

Here's the problem. Should I fly home after BrickFair and then fly back for Bronycon, or do I try to stay somewhere in the DC/Baltimore area all week until the end of Bronycon, and then fly back home?

If I stay the whole 2 weeks, I don't know what to do or where I should stay in the days between BrickFair and Bronycon. Should I reserve extra days at the Holiday Inn post-BrickFair and just chill at a hotel the whole time, or should I get to the Baltimore Hilton early and stay for a few days prior to Bronycon?

Or, heck, is there anyone who lives in the area who's attending both cons who I might be able to stay with for a couple days and then hitch a ride to the Baltimore Hilton? That would save me so much hassle (and money o_o).

As of right now I haven't actually purchased any reservations or plane tickets because I'm not sure how this will all pan out, but reservations for both cons are running out and plane ticket prices are going up, so I need to figure this out pretty dang quick. If I have to make a decision to only attend one, I'll pick BrickFair.

Sorry for the rambling. Any help or advice would be immensely appreciated.

Edit: I should also mention, regarding BrickFair: Please PM me if anyone's looking to save some money and either has space available or would like to share a 2-bed hotel room at the con. I should have space available.


Fourth Brony Anniversary

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , in Ponies Mar 29 2015 · 509 views

Or specifically, the fourth anniversary of the night I started the show and became a fan!

I know I made and posted my annual song cover a few weeks early, but I'm really glad I did, because two days later I came down with an awful and persistent cold that's even still affecting my voice.

Anyways, not a whole lot of new stuff to talk about this year, since season 4 ended shortly after my last anniversary entry, and the fandom has seemingly gone into a bit of a hibernation during this insane 329-day break (not counting EqG: RR) before Season 5 starts this Saturday. Even still, meetups have been awesome, fan-created creative works are higher quality than ever, I've definitely made some good new friends in the past year, and I'm really looking forward to what this this next year will bring. I'm even hoping to attend Bronycon this year if possible, since for once it doesn't conflict with the Brickfair VA weekend!

Oh, also, if you haven't already seen my song cover mentioned above (of "You'll Play Your Part"), please check it out! It's only gotten a handful of views so far, and I'm really proud of it.



You'll Play Your Part

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , in Ponies Mar 07 2015 · 476 views

Jeez, it's been ages since I last blogged.

So although it's not my 4th brony anniversary until the end of the month, I've already got my new song cover ready ahead of time, so why don't I just go ahead and post it early:

I know, I know, I said before that my next cover would be The Flim Flam Miracle Curative Tonic. I still fully intend to record that song to bookend my first cover, but this amazing song from the season 4 finale really just resonated with me and I had to record it first. Also, it's finally an excuse to record a song starring best pony. (I'll leave the question of "which one?" up to your personal interpretation)

What do you think?




Posted by Avohkah Tamer , in LEGO Sep 08 2014 · 375 views

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Brickfair: Day 1

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , Jul 30 2014 · 404 views

Gonna keep this Day 1 recap entry short because I'm super tired:
  • Got ~2 hours of sleep
  • Woke up and got to flight with an hour to spare
  • Flight went swell, trekked across airport to meet up with Bfahome
  • Arrived at hotel and met up with Takuma
  • Basically wandered around saying hi to people and setting up MOCs
  • Slapstick comedy shenanigans with Sumiki, Xaeraz, Zatth, and co.
  • Got breadsticks at the COMBINATION PIZZA HUT AND TACO BELL
  • Word Crimes
  • Played bingo and didn't win
  • Played door prizes and didn't win
  • Walmart for FOODSTUFFS
Tomorrow should be a lot more action-packed since more exhibitors and vendors will finally be set up, and more event things will happen. I'll try to get lots of photos as well.



Need Some BrickFair Advice...

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , in LEGO Jul 08 2014 · 1,096 views

I've got something I hate to admit, but I'm at my wit's end and need help, so here goes...

I will be at BrickFair VA this year, as several of you already probably know/assumed, and I've already got travel and hotel arrangements taken care of, but there's one thing that I haven't done yet.

I, uh... I haven't actually registered for the con yet.

YES I KNOW, I need to register/pay by the 14th, and I will, but I've been stuck on one minor detail: deciding what to put on my Brickbadge bricks.

For the past couple years, I put my real name on one brick, and my username on another. This was dumb, because now I have two completely identical badges aside from the year number. This time around, I want to put custom text (not my name) on both bricks.

Since I've been drawing a blank for the past month straight, anyone have any brick text suggestions? (max. 24 chars/brick)

I'd be eternally grateful for any help. :C

Update: Thanks for all the suggestions so far! I've got one brick figured out, but I'm thinking I want a Bionicle-specific reference on my other one. I could do something like "UNITY ▪ DUTY ▪ DESTINY", but that seems like it might be too simple/obvious. Anyone have any better ideas (Or think I should go with UDD)?

Update 2: Bricks chosen and registration complete! Thanks, everyone!


11 Years!

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , in BZPower Jul 07 2014 · 453 views

And I think this is the first time I actually remembered the date!


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(Farewell, glorious Tohu spinny :C)

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Who Is Avohkah Tamer?

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Name: David
Age: 25
Location: Illinois
Profession: IT Support Technician
Religion: Christian
Best Pony: Twilight Sparkle
Favorite Word: Defenestration
Interests: Computers, Video Games, Music, Ponies, LEGO, BIONICLE

Favorite Games:
PC: Team Fortress 2 (and other Valve games), Warframe, Overwatch
NDS: Pokémon series, Metroid: Prime Hunters, Ace Attorney series, Super Mario 64 DS, Mario Kart DS, Animal Crossing: Wild World, Elite Beat Agents, Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 1-2
3DS: Pokémon series, Super Smash Bros. 4, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Mario Kart 7, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Legend of Zelda series, Tomodachi Life
Wii: Super Mario Galaxy 1-2, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart Wii, Animal Crossing: City Folk
Wii U: Super Smash Bros. 4, Mario Kart 8, Splatoon, Super Mario Maker

Favorite Music:
Artists: Tally Hall, Jukebox the Ghost, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Lemon Demon/Neil Cicierega, Jonathan Coulton, Cake, Weezer, The Beatles, Apocalyptica, Hans Zimmer, Murray Gold
MLP Artists: Official show composers and vocalists, Replacer, SoGreatAndPowerful, Kreühn Pöny, Ponyphonic, Sherclop Pones, µThunder, PinkiePieSwear, Glaze, The Living Tombstone, DJ Alex S., JackleApp, Emkay
Types/Genres: Video Game Soundtracks, TV/Movie Soundtracks, Alternative/Indie Rock, some Electronic/Dubstep (when done right), some Orchestral, some Classic Rock, some Jazz, some J-Pop/Rock, some Bluegrass/Folk

Favorite TV:
Current: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Gravity Falls, Avatar: The Legend of Korra, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Person of Interest, Arrested Development, The Walking Dead, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Psych, Sword Art Online
Old / Not Airing: Avatar: The Last Airbender, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Death Note, Teen Titans, Invader Zim, Digimon (seasons 1-4), Stargate: SG-1, Firefly, Code Lyoko, Code Lyoko: Evolution, Fringe, Breaking Bad, Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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