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Rare Disease Day

Posted by Zatth , Feb 28 2015 · 184 views

Hey friends!
Today is Rare Disease Day. For those of you who don't know, Rare Diseases are those that (in the U.S) affect less than 200,000 people. Nonetheless, there's over 6,000 Rare Diseases, and this is an important issue for me because I suffer from Autoimmune Polyglandular Syndrome Type 1. Yes, it's the reason why I seem to spend half my time in a hospital.

These diseases are called rare, however, because we don't understand them. Because we don't get as much funding as other better known diseases. Because there's such lack of knowledge doctors don't know about them. Because so little people know about them we can be called liars, or hypochondriacs, and all because of an illness that's not well understood. And for every Pablo that that survived to this day and can live a relatively comfortable lifestyle, there are ten of me who have never been diagnosed correctly. Who have never had the financial access to support them. Who, like me, may have started in a third-wield country, but unlike me, didn't live past three due to the lack of awareness.


I write this all today because I recognize how lucky I am. I know it sounds horrible to say, but I don't deserve it. So I use the little time I have to speak out about these issues; so that twenty years time a child with a rare disease can know, so their families don't treat them like a shameful secret that must never be discussed, so they can have one specialist that knows what they have and treats them. John F. Kennedy, Pope John Paul II, Stephen Hawking, all suffer(ed) from rare diseases. And look at what they did. How many have we lost because of our lack of awareness?
If anything, I hope you read this and do a bit more investigation on rare diseases. As long as you know we exist, as long as you know that we are present, as long as you know that we suffer but push through, then I feel like my advocacy will have educated a bit more on this issue.



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It's Times Like These

Posted by Zatth , Feb 22 2015 · 242 views

When a performance of "Everything Is Awesome" is featured at the Oscars, when LEGO is called the world's most recognized brand, when BIONICLE has come back, that I want to shout into the annals of history...

HEY THERE, FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS FROM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THAT MADE FUN OF ME AND CRITICIZED ME FOR LIKING AND BEING OBSESSED LEGO, LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENING, IT'S BECOMING COOL AND MAINSTREAM AND I'M STILL HERE LOVING LEGO AND ALSO COVERING UP THE YEARS OF EMOTIONAL PAIN CAUSED BY YOUR OSTRACIZATION THAT MADE ME RETREAT DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO MY INTROVERTED SHELL AND PROBABLY ACCOUNT FOR AT LEAST A BIT OF MY SOCIAL AWKWARDNESS AND GENERAL LACK OF LIFE SKILLS BUT YOU'RE NOT SO AHAHAHAHAHA LOOK WHO'S TAKEN CENTER STAGE NOW


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On Those Delays...

Posted by Zatth , Feb 12 2015 · 174 views

This is mostly for the few of you who follow A Mystery Explored, but it also applies to anyone who felt my presence or productivity decline over the past two weeks.

I had an operation on Tuesday of last week for the removal of a polyp in my small intestine. Long story short, they snipped off a part of my intestine, sewed it back together, and I've been recovering since.

Nothing to be alarmed over, I had great medical care, a very high pain tolerance which has the doctor and my parents amazed (and angry), and good spirits that have carried me through.

I didn't mention anything before the operation because, well, to be honest, I was given the date the Sunday before the operation, and Monty Oum's passing was announced on a Monday. I'm not lying when I say I tried to keep myself as awake as possible after the anesthesia, making it to seeing the lights in the operation room, because my sense of mortality was that much heightened, and so only close family members, friends, and my professors knew about the procedure.

But hey, now I'm out and recovering well! I go back on campus on Monday, and though I can't lift anything over 10 lbs for the next four weeks, my gut hasn't burst open and that's all we can ask for.

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Deciding On A New LEGO Project

Posted by Zatth , Jan 31 2015 · 109 views

I think it's a blessing and a curse to want to switch things up while simultaneously one-upping myself.

Anywho, I've delved into mosaic building. I've made models of the Hagia Sofia, the Poporo Quimbaya, and the Cathedral of Barichara (these last two are Colombian in origin).

So of course it makes sense that I now want to devote myself to a quasi-microscale model of a theme park in Colombia.
A theme park which, I might add, includes a 1:25000 scale raised-relief map of Colombia, an actual Colombian destroyer that fought in WWII, a 1:1 scale replica of the Taj Mahal, mini replicas of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, castles that depict the Divine Comedy and the 1,001 Arabian Nights, a self-titled "Museum of Man", and an entire section of the park which is a zoo.

Please. Send help.


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BOM Podcast

Posted by Zatth , Jan 06 2015 · 116 views

So if you've been following the BIONICLE: ANP, you might know that, eventually, some other kind of project would spring out of that.

SO HEY THERE'S A PODCAST NOW!
Here/s the link:


I believe that after this, I now have to proceed with my BIONICLE Parody Songs EP, including tracks like "Do You Want To Build a Boxor?", "The Plan", and everyone's favourite, "Some Story That I Used To Know"

i may or may not be joking about all of the above



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Tubular

Posted by Zatth , Jan 06 2015 · 104 views

My New Year's Resolution is bringing tubular back.


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In 2015

Posted by Zatth , Jan 01 2015 · 120 views

Be fierce.
Be fantastic.
Be only the person you can be.

Seize the day (or the year, in this case).
I love y'all :)


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If You Ever Want To Talk

Posted by Zatth , Dec 30 2014 · 260 views

I admit I'm very privileged. I admit I cannot fully empathize with a lot of you because we haven't had the same life experiences. I know I'm some online person hiding behind a Kanohi Zatth.

But I am here for you. I'm sure everyone else on this site is, but I just want to put it in writing.

There is too much oppression, hatred, and sadness in this world, and nobody deserves that. As an immigrant (and third world kid), chronically ill, mentally depressed, demiromantic 19 year old, I know I can't empathize with everything, but I will listen to anything and everything you ever want to say or think about. I've been trying to change my ways and learn to be a more toleran and open person, and if nothing else, your talking to me about things will open up my eyes and make me want to make a bigger change.

Talking to me might not do much. Whether it's because you've never met me, or don't trust me, I totally get that. But this is, more than anything, an open invitation to talk with me about ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. It can be silly, it can be nonsensical, it can be looking for someone to vent to and not want or wait for an answer.

Just remember that there are always those who will love you and will accept who you are, in any and all facets. This is an open invitation to PM me about anything at any time. Y'all are loved, and y'all matter to me.


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A Mystery Explored - Chapter 4

Posted by Zatth , Dec 26 2014 · 114 views

I'm shocked and happy that I've been able to stick with this for so long :)

Anywho, here's the new chapter! Again, any comments and criticisms are appreciated and welcome


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The Sandman

Posted by Zatth , Dec 24 2014 · 148 views

I'm a big Neil Gaiman fan. But more than anything, I'm a HUGE Sandman fan. I think it revolutionized the graphic novel scene. I credit it with getting me back into an interest in mythology and religion in modern-day literature. I think Dream is such a cool character, and one day that will be my next costume/cosplay.

So naturally I wanted to pay homage.

Two years ago I brought to BrickFair this little fella (and the mosaic):
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As soon as that weekend was over, I viciously dismantled the mosaic and got to work on the new one. I've been going at it during this break, and this is how it looks like at the moment:

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I hope to have it finished by the time BrickFair VA 2015 rolls around.

Thoughts? Comments? Criticisms? Any are welcome!