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I Need Pumpkin Ideas!

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , Oct 30 2012 · 459 views

As some of you may know, I try to carve a geeky/video-game related/pony Jack-o'-Lantern every year for Halloween.

The problem is, tomorrow is Halloween, and I still haven't picked out a pattern to carve this year! Anyone have any ideas?

I don't have any particularly nice tools (just cheap plastic saws from dollar store kits), and I'd prefer not to have any shaved/thinned parts as I found out they don't light up well with just a candle inside. I'd like to do another pony-themed pattern this year, but video game ideas are fine too.

Examples from the past few years (Click the images for larger):

2009 - Half-Life 2 (Click for a mock-up of how this pattern looks lit-up)
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2010 - Portal 2 (Particularly proud of this one, designed the pattern myself)
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2011 - Mare in the Moon
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Ask AT!

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , in BZPower Sep 21 2012 · 320 views

Ask me things and I will answer things!

Because jumping on bandwagons late is fun, and also because I need blog filler material since I have nothing else to blog about.

I'll put all answers here:

You can turn one - and only one- of the five Tally Hall members into a pony and insert him into MLP:FiM. Which one do you choose?

I'd say probably Joe.

and do you dream about farm animals

I dream of electric sheep. Do they count as farm animals?

What's the difference between a duck?

The difference is that one of them is a duck.

Who put the bomp in the bomp bah bomp ba bomp?

I dunno, but I'd like to shake his hand; he made my baby fall in love with me~

How much sand must you use to make an elephant stumble?

Approximately 28.2 sgu* of sand.

According to your comment on Cholie's Pirate Name entry, your initials are DST. Does this make you a Time Lord?

More like a Daytime Lord. And only during the summer.

Here's a tough one. You've been to both Brickfair and to a pony convention. Which, for you, was a cooler experience? (20% or otherwise)

I'd have to say Brickfair, because I've been a fan of Lego for a lot longer than MLP, because I got to meet and hang out with all you guys, and because I finally got to meet some of my long-time best friends in-person for the first time ever.
Honestly, it's a pretty close margin, though. Getting to hang out and sing karaoke with some of the staff writers from MLP was amazing. Better step up Brickfair's awesomeness in 2013!

Are you an android?

4.1 Jelly Bean!


~ (A VTOAHMKEARH)


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Midwestria, Days 2 and 3

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , in Ponies Sep 19 2012 · 312 views

Oh yeah! I was supposed to blog about Saturday and Sunday, wasn't I?

Saturday (9/15) was most definitely the high point of the con.

I started out in the artists/vendors room, bought a bunch of buttons and a Vinyl Scratch hat. Ran into a friend of mine from my local meetups who was selling some of his own handmade plushies, and bought a Twilight and Fluttershy.

I headed over to the game room, where we had about 35 people gathered for a massive game of "Are You A Changeling" (Ponified version of Mafia / Werewolf). BASELESS ACCUSATIONS AND SUSPICION is always fun!

I also attended several panels and discussions. Some were boring, some were really interesting. The Writer's Panels were great, and videos should be popping up online as soon as Everfree Radio gets a chance to edit them.

I went to the electronic artists' concert (with Eurobeat Brony, Chain Algorithm, Taps, F3nning, Seventh Element, and EHT), but technical difficulties forced them to delay the performance until later in the evening, so I headed off to karaoke!

Oh, karaoke. Friday was my first time ever visiting a karaoke, but Saturday was the first time I actually went up to sing. M.A. Larson and Amy Keating Rogers weren't there yet, so I held off on MLP songs, but I still went up a couple times to sing "Hakuna Matata" (Big mistake, I didn't know that song nearly as well as I thought) followed by "Mr. Blue Sky" (<3).

When M.A. and Amy showed up, me and my friend Shim rushed over to sign up on the queue for a couple MLP songs. As promised, we sang "At the Gala" for Amy (who wrote the lyrics for the song).

Her response?

She hugged me.

KDSJFKASDJAKDFJAKDSFJJKSAFDJKFJAKJD

A few songs later, we also got to sing "The Flim Flam Brothers" for M.A.,who wrote it, and completely NAILED IT. The audience even joined in! A couple of girls in cosplay ran up and did all the Mane Six speaking lines for us (including swooning Rarity), and everyone chanted "CIDER CIDER CIDER" and sang along to the chorus! (And yes, I did Granny Smith's part too. =P)

I got standing applause and what must have been a dozen brohoofs after that, including from M.A., who called it an "extremely impressive" performance. I later discovered that he Tweeted a photo of me and Shim on stage during the song, and Daniel Ingram retweeted it.

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After that, we mostly just hung around watching the other performances, but I did join in a rendition of the "Bad Horse Chorus" from Dr. Horrible and of course the inevitable "Bohemian Rhapsody" before heading off to the concert.

Since the concert was delayed so late, they just decided to merge the concert and late-night rave, which just made everything better. Seeing Eurobeat Brony perform live was amazing, especially with LASERS AND GLOWSTICKS AND RAVE DANCING. Oh, also they gave everyone free foam pony ear headband things! I got blue ones.

Sunday (9/16) was a lot more mellow, probably because everyone was tired from all the awesomeness the day before.

There wasn't a whole lot to do in terms of actual con activities on the last day, but I did attend the musicians' panel and got to ask a couple questions. After that, most of my time was spent hanging out with my brony friends, roaming the con looking for things to throw our money at (I bought a second hat! A knit Twilight Sparkle cap~), and playing several more rounds of Are You A Changeling.

Unfortunately, here's where the first and only bad thing happened: Some lowlife decided to steal my Fluttershy plushie out from under my chair while I had my eyes closed during the game. It really sucks, but the guy who made it offered to commission me a new one at a discount price. Oh, well. At least I still have my Twilight plushie, and I didn't spend too much on the Fluttershy to begin with.

And at last, the con was over, and everyone had to head home. :C

Speaking with the con staff afterwards, it sounds like everything was a huge success, and they can't wait to start putting together plans for Midwestria 2013!

This was one of the best weekends ever~

~ (A VTOAHMKEARH)


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Midwestria Convention

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , in Ponies Sep 15 2012 · 378 views

Today marked the kick-off of the first Chicago-area brony convention, Midwestria 2012!

Holy crud. It's been amazing so far. Despite the fact that I only got to arrive pretty late in the evening, due to my job.

It's about 3:30 AM right now so I'll just recap a couple things and then go to bed.
  • MLP:FiM writers M.A. Larson, Amy Keating Rogers, and Cindy Morrow are in attendance, and just kind of hanging out with everyone
  • Not a lot of custom merch, unfortunately, but I'm sure I'll end up with at least one plushie and hat by the end of the con
  • Both M.A. Larson and Amy Keating Rogers participated in karaoke. Multiple times. They're pretty good singers!
  • Hangin' out around Final Draft and Joe Stevens of Everfree Radio
  • M.A. Larson randomly started talking to me, and challenged me to go up and sing an MLP song on stage. (Tomorrow, since the karaoke queue was full tonight)
  • Sweet Celestia, M.A. Larson himself is challenging me to sing karaoke (which I have never done in my life) of a Pony song.
  • He also wants me to sing one of Amy Keating Rogers' songs, like Smile or At The Gala, so she can hear it because she will be there.
  • Went to a rave. Like an actual rave. WITH GLOWSTICKS. AND LASERS. It was dubsteppy and pretty fun, though tiring.
  • Hung out with a bunch of my local brony friends afterwards and we hung out and played card games until 2 AM
  • oh my gosh there are still two days left of this
So yeah.

I'm going to bed now so I can get up early and spend THE ENTIRE DAY at the con tomorrow.

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

~ (A VTOAHMKEARH)


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LEGO Studios Backlot

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , Sep 06 2012 · 2,361 views

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Jeez, Johnny, I'm two feet away. You don't need to yell.


Anyone here remember playing this on Lego.com way back in the day? Crazy to think it was over 10 years ago since it launched; less than a year after Bionicle started!

Several fond memories:
  • That one guy with the pointless three-question movie trivia
  • Running around delivering coffee to the movie crew
  • Spotting Takua in the Commissary (!!)
  • Being a stunt double, jumping across crocodiles
  • Falling off catwalks
  • ALL THE GLITCHES
So yeah. Good times.

Oh yeah, and guess what?

IT'S STILL PLAYABLE. WHY, LEGO, WHYYY???

Protips:
- If the first area is all glitched out and invisible for you, resize the window and it should fix it.
- Never hit the Escape key, it freezes the game.
- Hold Z to run (So much better than walking everywhere!)
- If you played a long time ago, your save file probably still works! Try logging in and hitting Continue.


~ (A VTOAHMKEARH)



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So, yesterday...

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , in Ponies Aug 19 2012 · 497 views
THIS HAPPENED
I met John de Lancie.

Also got his autograph.

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~ (A VTOAHMKEARH)


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BrickFair Blog Entry (It's About Time!)

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , in BZPower Aug 10 2012 · 601 views
BrickFair, Hats, Shenanigans and 2 more...
Hey all,

I would have blogged about this sooner, but I've been out of commission with a really bad cold for the last couple days.

So here, finally, is my chronological account of Brickfair in EXCRUCIATING DETAIL.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, Aug 1:.
Thursday, Aug 2:
  • DONE WITH TRAINS
  • CAR RIDE WITH SMEAG
  • BRICKBADGE GET
  • BINGO (BUT DIDN'T WIN)
  • SUMIKI: IS HUMAN KAZOO
  • ZATTH: HAS ACTUAL KAZOO
  • PANDA FEZ GLASSES SWAG
  • BOARD GAME (TEN DOLLARS? TEN DOLLARS.)
  • TREE PUNS
  • KNEE SLAP
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Friday, Aug 3:
  • ACQUIRE MOUSTACHE FOR HAT
  • GENERAL SHENANIGANS
  • BOUGHT BIONICLE STUFFS
  • PICNIC LUNCHEON BEHIND HOTEL
  • DRAMATIC BOARD GAME NARRATION
  • PHOTOGRAPH MOCS
  • I'M BATMAN
  • CHOLIE CHOLIE CHOLIE
  • NOMMED PIZZA*
  • LASER TAG UNTIL MIDNIGHT
  • WHERE'S HARVEY DENT
  • AIM...
    ...
    ...
    ...DOWN
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Saturday, Aug 4:
  • OW MY LEGS HURT
  • PHOTOGRAPH MORE MOCS
  • PUBLIC HOURS AAAHHH
  • HIDE BEHIND BIONICLE TABLE
  • LM LM LM HI LM
  • HANGIN' OUT WITH LM
  • WOW PUBLIC HOURS ARE NOISY
  • SISEN TAKES US THE SCENIC ROUTE TO ARBY'S
  • QUEST TO FIND JMJ OR KOTHRA (BUT WE WERE TOO LATE)
  • PUBLIC HOURS OVER
  • PHOTOGRAPH MORE MOCS
  • ZATTH IS A LIVING GIF
  • ABANDON THREAD
  • SO MANY GIFS TO MAKE
  • DINNER WITH TAKUMA, APOLLOMAHRI, SUMIKI, BRICKEENS
  • BANNED?! THIS SITE SUCKS
  • WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD (TO CONQUER)
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Sunday, Aug 5:
  • PHOTOGRAPH THE REST OF THE MOCS
  • PUBLIC HOURS AAAHHH
  • HIDE BEHIND BIONICLE TABLE
  • HELLO AGAIN LM
  • TOWERING PILLAR OF HATS
  • SILLY HOTEL ATM, YOU'RE NOT A MEME
  • BRONY CALL-OUT ("DISCORD" REMIX)
  • DANCE PARTY (WITH NACHOS)
  • OPEN THE DOOR, GET ON THE FLOOR
  • EVERYBODY WALK THE DINOSAUR
  • EPIC FAILURE
  • DESHI DESHI BASARA BASARA
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BLACK SIX
  • GROUP PHOTO (MEIKO AND DAIKER MISSED IT)
  • PUBLIC HOURS OVER
  • BYE LM :C
  • YARD SALE (BOUGHT NOTHING)
  • LEFTOVERS FROM YARD SALE (BOUGHT THINGS)
  • COSPLAY MATORAN
  • LORD GORMADON
  • CUSTOM KANOHI GET (AND THE ONES I DIDN'T BUY)
  • CON TEAR-DOWN
  • CLEAN IT ALL IT MUST BE CLEANED CHKT CHKT
  • CLOSING CEREMONIES
  • DOOR PRIZES (TAKUMA'S COUSIN WON THIS)
  • STAFF LEAVE FOR FANCY STEAK DINNER
  • WE LEAVE FOR OUR OWN FANCY STEAK DINNER
  • OURS WAS COOLER
  • POST-CON HANG-OUT AT HOTEL ROOM
  • SKYPE VIDEO CHAT WITH EMPEROR WHENUA, BFAHOME, AND KOHAKU
  • SAD GOODBYES :C
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Monday, Aug 6:
  • PACK UP AND CHECK OUT
  • HI AGAIN SISEN
  • CAR RIDE WITH WINDRIDER
  • NOT A WIND RIDE, I AM DISAPPOINT
  • OH CELESTIA NOT MORE TRAINS
  • TRAINS TRAINS TRAINS
  • SLEEPING ON TRAINS
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Tuesday, Aug 7:
  • TRAINS TRAINS TRAINS
  • BID TAKUMA AND APOLLOMAHRI FAREWELL
  • ALONE ON TRAIN :C
  • HOME
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BONUS!
Thursday Evening, Aug 9:
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This has been an in-depth review of Brickfair from my own humble perspective.
I trust this detailed itinerary was both insightful and informative, and I look forward to providing further professional retrospectives such as this for future shenanigans.

~ (A VTOAHMKEARH)


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BrickFair Is Over

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , Aug 06 2012 · 196 views

So, BrickFair is over, and I'm currently on the train heading back home.

I'm gonna be perfectly honest here.

That was the worst BrickFair I've ever attended! :D
Because it was the only BrickFair I've ever attended. =P
I'll miss all of you guys so much. :[

I'll blog about ALL THE THINGS when I can get to a computer.

~ (A VTOAHMKEARH)


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Brickfair

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , Jun 28 2012 · 263 views

Oh man, you guys.

Take a wild guess who's officially registered for BrickFair.

Yep, you guessed it!

Takuma Nuva!

And guess who our very own Evil Blog Master is going to be bringing with him to BrickFair!?

That's right, HIS COUSIN! (Man, you're so good at this)

Okay fine, I'll stop with the fake-outs and make my announcement:

I've just officially registered and paid for BrickFair!

I'll actually be hopping on Takuma's train when it stops through my area, hanging out with him all the way to BrickFair, and even splitting a hotel room 'cause he's just that awesome.

This'll be my first time to BrickFair, so any tips from longtime attendees? Like how do I even mentally prepare for this level of amazing???

~ (A VTOAHMKEARH)






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Who Is Avohkah Tamer?

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Name: David
Age: 24
Location: Illinois
Profession: IT Support Technician
Religion: Christian
Best Pony: Twilight Sparkle
Favorite Word: Defenestration
Interests: Computers, Video Games, Music, Ponies, LEGO, BIONICLE

Video Games:
PC: Valve games (TF2, Portal 1-2, HL2, L4D2), Minecraft, Mirror's Edge, LEGO games
DS: Metroid: Prime Hunters, Super Mario 64 DS, Mario Kart DS, Elite Beat Agents, Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 1-2
3DS: Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, Ocarina of Time 3D, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Pokemon X, Tomodachi Life
Wii: Super Mario Galaxy 1-2, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario Kart Wii
Wii U: Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8

Music:
Artists: Tally Hall, Jonathan Coulton, Jukebox the Ghost, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Lemon Demon, Cake, Weezer, The Beatles, Apocalyptica, Hans Zimmer, Murray Gold
Pony: Daniel Ingram, William Anderson, Steffan Andrews, Glaze, The Living Tombstone, DJ Alex S., PinkiePieSwear, SoGreatAndPowerful, Makkon, MandoPony, Replacer
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

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 Favorites: 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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