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Hundreds of Crimson Seeds


Re: Cannonization

Posted by Pomegranate , in 2014 Onwards! Jan 19 2015 · 265 views

How did we go from this

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They called it a Skyblaster but we all know what it really is, it even shoots to-scale cannonballs. We're onto you, Greg.



Back in Town + Gali

Posted by Pomegranate , in 2014 Onwards! Jan 12 2015 · 177 views

I'm back home in the city! Flew in last night after a wild night/morning, and with the ensuing head-melting headache and queasiness and the following jet lag from the flight keeping me awake, I basically ended up going straight to class without much rest.

It was nice to be back, though, and I hopped over to the LEGO Store down the block right after class and picked up Gali, and she's standing all cool and mighty on my shelf now.

I've never owned a CCBS set before, so it was a very new build to me and I had a lot of fun, and she's a great set and I'm very happy with her, except I'm having a really frustrating time handling her due to the combined issues of: not being able to maneuver her head without the mask slipping off or getting caught on the shoulders; the axe being heavy enough to tip her over or interfere with posing even with all those friction gears; her legs sliding apart really easily at the hip while nearly all the other ball joints on her are really stiff and require much more force to move, basically making it incredibly hard to make small tweaks to her pose without completely messing everything up. Nonetheless, I managed to snap a bunch of really neat photos and I'm sure I'll get used to the nuances quickly. I apologize for the lack of a proper backdrop and all the clutter, I wasn't really snapping photos with the intent of putting them here but they ended up coming out too nice not to show off :P

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Hope y'all enjooooooy :D


Speculating It

Posted by Pomegranate , in 2014 Onwards! Jan 08 2015 · 147 views

I wanted to say "calling it" but we know so little right now that I can't claim to be confident in this, but anyhow, I'm theorizing that the Toa came from the Ancient City or whatever-- like, they were sent up into space or wherever by the ancient Okoto society that made that the prophecy drawings that the village elders show us in the animations, or possibly by an even older group of Okotans. I just realized that's basically saying "I bet it's exactly like in the original Bionicle" but I forgot that's what they did the first time and I was thinking of something a lot less convoluted for this time 'round :P


The Sun Will Come Up

Posted by Pomegranate , Jan 04 2015 · 228 views


I saw Annie and it was really great, and I loved seeing all those shots of New York City cause I'm getting a little homesick. They mentioned pomegranates twice, so, basically, it's a 10/10 movie. Go see it right now.


I've been having Bionicle dreams like every night now, it's getting out of hand. I need those sets before I lose my mind. HOW IS THERE NO TARGET IN THIS TOWN? I've waited five years, I can't go any longer. They're so close, but so far.

New Years was really great, had a lot of fun and had yummy foods and the crushing disappointment of a Wal-Mart without bonkles was balanced by the joy of finding a really nice, ripe pomegranate and a lot of great snacks and bringing them back to a toasty hotel room with the only person I wanted to spend the holiday with, while fireworks were going off all over the place. 2015 is gonna be awesome :D

Also my hands are completely scratched up, but I refuse to stop playing with these cats. They are so lovely c:

Aaaaand I got cute new clothing things and a really nice nightgown and I finally got around to watching Django Unchained and the Mask of Creation game is really tedious but I'm having fun with it.

That's just what I've been up to. I think I got most of it. Just a little update.


Happy Holidays, everyone!

Posted by Pomegranate , in 2014 Onwards! Dec 24 2014 · 146 views

I'm flying off to the other side of the country for the next three weeks, so I won't really be on the forum much during that time. I won't be able to get any of the new sets, either, which is a bummer. HO HO HO WELL.

Thanks for the positive and reassuring responses to my previous entry, y'all da best; I don't have time to reply to them all, but I'll say that I'll definitely try to stick around and hope that the revival of Bionicle brings in a flood of fresh, innocent faces to the fandom to drown out the stagnating nonsense and make everything way more chill.

Hope everyone has a great holiday and a relaxing break, here's to an exciting new year! With Bionicle officially back, it's sure to be memorable.




Posted by Pomegranate , in 2014 Onwards! Dec 22 2014 · 495 views

What is it about plastic construction toys that make people so unpleasant?

I'm just trying to have fun and talk about magic robots but I spend most of my time tiptoeing around battlegrounds and eternal grudges, heated disagreements about things nobody has any business even caring about, avoiding saying the wrong keyword of the week like I'm avoiding a landmine, lest it revive a nasty discussion whose only real conclusion is the immediate and permanent derailment of any topic, or get myself on someone's naughty list and see my name pop up in random places in unflattering contexts.

I go to BZPower, tumblr, other unsavory and unfriendly sites, anywhere to just find a safe haven, but all the same calamities of the day are being blown up everywhere in addition to the general nastiness due to all the rivalries.

Do you have a personal vendetta against someone for whatever reason? Private message them and sort it out, instead of vagueblogging and making nasty passive aggressive remarks about them in all your comments and topics on BZPower, and waging all out war across several other platforms. Have a strong opinion about the Matter of Pure Personal Preference of the Week? Post to your heart's content in the relevant topic, but don't inject it into every other discussion, or cram it down anyone's throats and be extremely bitter about it for the rest of time, waiting for someone to bring it up again. Hate an entire community? Stop visiting it and ignore it like a rational person, instead of obsessing over everything they do and actively complaining about it and attacking anyone and everyone associated with it.

Keep it to yourself, or keep it between yourself and your target, and for broader issues keep it where it belongs and don't say it more than it needs to be said. It saturates and pollutes the entire community and it ruins the fun for everyone else.

There's a time and place for everything. It'd be nice if the default wasn't "all the time" and "most places". The Bionicle fandom has been more vile than ever, lately, and it's not even for anything actually Bionicle related, usually. Either lighten up or deal with your issues directly because the rest of us shouldn't have to see all the negativity and be left with no choice but to: join in on it and argue with the rest and get drawn into a nasty, hostile war; stay quiet and not enjoy ourselves, watching everything go horribly wrong around us; or just leave and find someplace nicer.

I'm close to just leaving. Lord knows I'm tired of the negativity and the hostility and trying to defend friends or diffuse arguments or avoid the hot buttons, and I definitely can't stand just watching everything go down and hang around and associate myself with it. Maybe I'll just buy my sets, watch my webisodes, post my fanart when I make it, and not check in on anything the rest of the time. I don't have it in me to start fresh with another (hopefully much more pleasant) core of the fandom, like the Russians.

Mata Nui, give me strength. I've tried so hard to ignore it and be patient and stay for the good stuff. Don't make me regret coming back in the first place.


Animations have arrived

Posted by Pomegranate , in 2014 Onwards! Dec 16 2014 · 158 views
pommy is free
I'm not talking about the Bionicle 2015 videos, but rather my animation that my group and I have been slaving over for the past 4.5 weeks. The one that nearly killed me? That one. I haven't slept in two days but it's done and it's great and the Department Chair loved it and we're so happy. It's a bit glitchy here and there but it's so minor and we are so proud of our baby.

Please give it a watch and spread it around if you like. If you've got any friends in New York, they'll love it for sure. The title alone got the room laughing here :P

I guess the Bionicle animations are exciting too, whatever :P

Oh, and Happy Hannukah to everyone observing!


My life is a train wreck

Posted by Pomegranate , in 2014 Onwards! Dec 09 2014 · 167 views

Almost literally.

For the past 4 weeks, my teammates and myself have been working on the dreaded Train Project, the final assigned by the hardest 3D teacher the school has. And it has been a trainwreck indeed. System crashes, memory problems, renders that take half an hour a frame, vanishing geometry, broken lights, poor planning, wonky textures, the whole shebang. Our two classes doing the train project literally broke the freshman-sophomore-junior-senior render farm yesterday with all our scenes. The render farm that every senior in the department abuses with all their thesis movies. This is all combined with my finals for my other four classes, all enormous and terrifying as well. My heart's been in overdrive since last Thursday, I've barely had time to eat properly, I was up from saturday morning to monday morning, and accidentally fell asleep for 4 hours last night and the night before, I've been seeing things that aren't there, and because every moment that I'm at home or at school I'm in front of a computer animating this train and when I'm not it's because I am riding the train for an hour in either direction, I've started to lose my grip on reality. This much adrenaline and stress really should've killed me by now, especially in conjunction with all the other ways this deadline has been destroying my mental and physical health-- emotional health isn't even an option at this point, I've been crying left and right and definitely much more than usual. I'm not talking "the Terminator gives the thumbs up and I shed a tear because this movie has destroyed me," I mean like crying in the fetal position in the shower, and soggy pillows on the bed. The only reason I'm still alive and typing this right now is because yesterday the school had therapy dogs and cookies in the student center precisely because it's finals week and there's a very real chance that it can kill us. Those dogs were the cutest things I've ever seen and one of my partners and another friend and I hugged and petted and played with them for a good half hour, and then we got the remains of the last box box of peanut butter cookies. It was the calmest and happiest I've been in weeks and I'm pretty sure it reset my blood pressure. Thank god for that.

Thankfully, on account of breaking the render farm, a few hours ago our teacher said that he's decided to move the deadline ahead from two days from now, to seven. Which is a whole world of difference. So I am obviously overjoyed. I'm gonna spend the next 22 hours writing an 8 page Film History research page paper and make either a portrait of my director or a video to go with it, and then by monday I've gotta edit and re-render 6 videos for VFX, go to a museum and write a report for History of Ancient Civ., and meet with my group to write up a big complicated script with accompanying GUI for our Python class.

Train. Wreck.

Speaking of which, here's some samples of some of the renders and workspaces from different stages of our process; the video is about a regular subway train, just showing off the model and animation, and then the train's lights go out and come back on all colorful, a bars descend on the seats like a rollercoaster, claps fold out and hold the train onto the tracks, and it corkscrews out of the tunnel into an abandoned fair and it comes to life. It's gonna be wicked.

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And here's some of the cute little doggies that saved so many lives yesterday

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Thanks for listening. Good luck to everyone else doing finals or midterms!


The Rush

Posted by Pomegranate , in 2014 Onwards! Nov 29 2014 · 159 views

In classic Pomegranate fashion, it's the end of the month and everything has piled up into one blinding, flaming deadline zooming towards me. In classic Pomegranate fashion, I expect everything to get done and meet that fiery end of the road with honor and probably a lot of screaming. Thankfully, Thanksgiving dinner completely knocked me right out and after many months my sleeping schedule is finally back on track.

I finished inking the entirety of my Thousand Likes entry so I'm painting it now, and when that's done I'm gonna model and texture a bunch of stuff for my animation project, fix up the graphics and timing on my VFX project; then on Monday I'm gonna scan my painting at the computer labs, and when I get home I'm gonna dump these carefully sorted bags of Technic all over my desk and whip up something pretty for the Golden Mask contest. And eat at some point. Awesome :D

Here's another teaser of my Thousand Likes entry; it's still not showing much but I really love the teeny tiny protectors in the corner :P I had this whole big design that I'm really proud of so I wanna wait to present the finished product to show it off.

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Not Enough

Posted by Pomegranate , in 2014 Onwards! Nov 27 2014 · 150 views

Why aren't there more slots for your pokeman team? Six isn't enough. I've already got a beautiful, strong, covers-all-the-bases team that I am in love with and I don't wanna ever give any of them up for the even more lovely pokemon I'll find and the HM slaves I'll need :c I've only got three badges so far, I think; I know I am in for a lot of heartbreak still to come ;~;

This game is absolutely cruel.

I'm also torn between focusing on the long, exciting story and running around doing that, and stopping at every single new area to talk to everyone, creep with with DexNav, fill my pokedex, enjoy some contests, do Amie and Training to get my pokemans properly taken care of. I'm not like, feeling like I'm missing the story, I like that it follows you everywhere, but I'm just anxious to experience it at all as much and as quickly as possible, but I also wanna be insured for the late game. ORAS is gonna tear me apart.

If anyone's curious, my team consists of:
Miso, the Marshtomp
Licorice, the Swellow
Plum, the Mightyena
Basil, the Kirlia
Lemongrass, the Shedinja
Metang, the shiny Metang

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