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Look What I Got~

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , Feb 27 2012 · 919 views

(Entry title shamelessly stolen from LM's blog)
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Michelle Creber (Voice of Apple Bloom from MLP!) recently held a Guess The Song contest on a social networking site, and I won second place!

That's right, Apple Bloom just said I rock.

Oh, and the song was "Saturday Night" by the Bay City Rollers.

Image is a little warped-looking because this is actually a photo from my cell phone, not a scanner.


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In Which Avohkah Tamer Spends Too Much Money

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , Feb 16 2012 · 159 views

I just bought every one of the Series 6 minifigs in one shopping trip, without a cheat sheet and without getting any doubles/extras!

I swear, they must have had like 8-10 minotaurs in that end-cap display.

No photos unless you guys really want 'em, because I'm lazy and don't feel like digging around for my camera right now. =P


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Have I Ever Mentioned I'm A Geek?

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , Jan 27 2012 · 188 views

I just installed Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on my HP Touchpad tablet, while keeping the default Palm WebOS intact so I can choose which OS I want to boot when I turn it on. It's so awesome~

Examples of some stuff I can do now:
  • Minecraft
  • Netflix
  • Google Earth
  • Steam Mobile (<3)
  • Other fun Android things
So yeah, fun stuff.

Also ponies tomorrow!

~ (A VTOAHMKEARH)


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My Name Is Orange!

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , Jan 24 2012 · 410 views

That's right, I'm finally a POBZPC! And it only took me 8 years, 6 months, and 18 days here on BZP to do it!

Maybe I'll actually use this blog now! =P

~ (A VTOAHMKEARH)


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Can Anypony Help?

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , Apr 10 2011 · 132 views

Turakii #1 Lavasurfer demands reasons for why she should watch My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. She won't even give it a chance until then! D:

~ (A VTOAHMKEARH)


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Bronies

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , Apr 05 2011 · 133 views

My Best Bronies.

Friendship is Magic~


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How To Block Ads And Other Images

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , Mar 24 2011 · 125 views
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Lately, I've seen a good number of BZPower members complaining about some members' recent banners, and some disabling all signatures or even leaving BZP temporarily because they don't want to see them. There's no need! Since I didn't see any existing guides already, here's my tutorial on how to use Adblock Plus to block online ads and other images!

You've probably seen some members mention the Adblock Plus browser extension before, but you may not know what it is or how it works. This add-on (available for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome) makes blocking online advertisements dead simple, and has the added bonus of being able to block any additional images you tell it to!

First-off, I should make it clear that this extension is not available for Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, or other browsers. There may be similar solutions for them, but this guide only covers Firefox and Chrome, which are both excellent browsers you should consider trying out if you have not already done so. Assuming you've got one of those browsers, let's move on.


Step 1: Installing Adblock Plus
"Where do I get this wonderful thing?", you may ask. Well, unfortunately, pretty much every web page you can install it from has a link to a forum or an unmoderated comment section, which makes it against the rules for me to link to. Instead, I'll put some direct links to the downloads right here! (Note: for best results, click one of the following links in its respective browser so it will start the installation automatically.)

Install Adblock Plus for Firefox (DIRECT DOWNLOAD LINK)
Install Adblock Plus for Google Chrome (DIRECT DOWNLOAD LINK)

When the installation is done, your browser may need to be restarted (depending on which one you're using).

Step 2: Blocking Ads!
Once it's done, it will ask you for a "Filter Subscription". This is basically an automatically updated list of common ads it will block. Assuming you're in an English-speaking country, I would recommend you choose the "Easylist (English)". Add that subscription, and that's it! 99% of ads you'd normally run into online are now blocked! Easy, huh?

Step 3: Blocking Images
Now that your browsing is virtually ad-free, you can get to blocking any other images you'd like to hide. This could be an advertisement the Easylist missed, or a BZPower banner you would rather not see.

Right click the image you'd like to block. In Firefox, click "Adblock Plus: Block Image..."

Now here's the tricky part. In Firefox, the window that pops up will look really complicated and intimidating with all the options. By default, it will select the second option, which is to block all the images from the folder it's in. That would be a good choice for ads, but if you did that on a banner, it would block all of the user's images on majhost in that folder. Instead, you'll want to select the top option, which should be the full deeplinked URL.
Here's an example:


Google Chrome's is a lot easier. In Chrome, right click the image and click "Block Element". Simply make sure the URL in the box is the direct deeplink to the image, and hit Add.
Here's an example:


Quick note: if you block a Premier Member's uploaded avatar as well, it will stay blocked even when they change it because the URL remains the same.
And that's it! If you've got any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

~ (A VTOAHMKEARH)


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Pumpkins!

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , Nov 01 2010 · 1,141 views
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Why, oh why do I never blog? I mean, it's not like I'm not on BZP much, 'cause I visit every day. I really have no good reason for not blogging.

Anyways, today's Halloween! My family doesn't really celebrate it that much, besides some pumpkin carving and dressing up in a costume for fun if I want to, though we don't Trick-or-Treat.

Now, I'm no expert in pumpkin carving. I've never done the shave-part-of-the-surface-off-instead-of-cutting thing due to my only light source being those dim tea light candles. I don't do super-complex patterns or enter contests. Heck, I don't even carve the generic spooky faces! I carve video game designs! In fact, last year I carved a pretty darn cool Half-Life 2 design on my pumpkin.

This year I spent hours trying to think of how I could top that awesomely geeky HL2 Jack o' Lantern. Staying with my VALVe theme, I finally came up with an idea and got it carved-- JUST before the Trick-or-Treaters started showing up! That's right, a Portal 2 pumpkin!

And here it is lit up!

And here's the template, if you'd like to print it out and carve your own! (Made from a vector image of the Aperture Science logo, and a portion of the Portal 2 logo)

So what do you think?

~ (A VTOAHMKEARH)


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My Birthday Cake Is Not A Lie

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , Aug 23 2010 · 964 views
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So I turned 20 today.

I still have no idea how I got to be so old. I'm like... OLD old.

I feel compelled to tell people younger than me how back in my day, I had to walk to school barefoot, in the snow, uphill both ways; except I was homeschooled so it's not really true.

My birthday was largely uneventful, no party, no friends over; but I got a couple Hero Factory sets as gifts (Duncan Bulk, Xplode, Furno's Bike). Oh, and one of these, which my brother found in-package at a garage sale a few weeks ago. It's LOUD, too, which is pretty cool.

But you didn't click my blog entry to hear about my gifts, did you? You clicked it to see my cake.

BEHOLD!

It's not really a Black Forest cake (the kind the Portal Cake was modeled after), just a pretty simple cheap version my mom made for me. Boxed chocolate cake mix, crushed Oreo wafers, a can of chocolate frosting, white decorating frosting in a compressed can, and maraschino cherries.

And it tasted so good.

Oh yeah, and check out what I did with the Oreo frosting I scraped off the cookies!



~ (A VTOAHMKEARH)


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Do What You Want 'cause An Oil Spill Is Free

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , May 25 2010 · 125 views

Obligatory blog entry since LM ordered me to blog in many font styles.

I'll get to my catch-up-on-everything-since-I-last-blogged stuff in some future entry, but for now, I've got something to show you!

A website posted this image showing the infamous Gulf Oil Spill from space, with added contrast and false color to see the spill clearer:


Now I ask you guys, what do you think that spill kinda looks like? As you've probably guessed by this entry's title, I see a pirate. You can see his hat, one eye, his moustache, beard, a sorta-mouth, and what LM noticed that appears to be a pipe. I, being the weird person that I am, decided to fire up MS Paint and use my laptop's terrible trackpad to create an ARTIST'S RENDITION of said pirate.
Take a look.

Opinions?

~ (A VTOAHMKEARH)






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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, Mirror's Edge, LEGO games
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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