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Team Farm Animals - Xaeraz

Posted by Zatth , Jun 24 2015 · 108 views

On day three of Team Farm Animals week, prepare to encounter everyone's favorite slapper/Ron Swanson/Pacific Rim and Mad Max: Fury Road connoisseur, dear old Xaeraz!


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Team Farm Animals - Sumiki

Posted by Zatth , Jun 23 2015 · 104 views

Second chapter is up, introducing everyone's favourite hat enthusiast and Hats Enterprises CEO!

(also updated my signature. only took me six years)



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Team Farm Animals

Posted by Zatth , Jun 22 2015 · 79 views

FARM ANIMALS. FOOTNOTES. FANTASTICAL ADVENTURES (AND WHERE TO FIND THEM).

YOU CAN FIND IT ALL
RIGHT HERE.

ENJOY!



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Team Farm Animals - The Story So Far

Posted by Zatth , Jun 21 2015 · 195 views

I remember personally first seeing information about a Brickfair on BZPower in 2009. It was a few months before I was to move from Venezuela to the U.S., and I did all a 13 year old could to to convince his parents to move a few weeks early so he could at least attend such an event.

No such luck.

And so, when 2010 rolled around, I was determined to become immersed in this strange world as soon as possible. (Also because BIONICLE had just been cancelled, so I needed to fill the void with all things LEGO as soon as possible). I attended a panel hosted by the Brick Chick, I stood in line for the Running of the Bulls and fawned over Black Six who was two people in front of me (don't judge, we've all done that when it comes to Staff we meet IRL for the first time), and tried to make the 50+ MOCs I brought that year seem even remotely cool.

No such luck.

2011 rolled around, and I had a pretty decent idea of what to expect. I hoped, at least, that was the case.

Oh, how things changed (for the better).


Now, I hate to admit it, but 2011 and 2012 have kind of melded in terms of BrickFair. All I know, however, is that during those years I met Sumiki, Xaeraz, Takuma Nuva, Avohkah Tamer and Valendale (I think? Yeah, I think Val was there one of those two years). I also had the pleasure of meeting others, like Brickeens, Cholie, etc (I mention them because they had a very direct impact in our 'origin story' if you will. There are others, and I apologize for forgetting right now).

Anywho, we struck up a friendship. Why? We may never know. Maybe it was age. Maybe it was that we were more willing to be silly and zany at first glance and found kindred spirits. Any who, we began forming a bond more insoluble than a Mata head and the eye piece when it clicked inside.

We began recounting our exploits in YouTube videos, blog posts, and inside jokes.

I do know, however, that it was under a Blog post (or a comment) of JMJ where the name Team Farm Animals first sprang up. It made sense; by this point we held to our BrickFair diet of breadsticks, latched on to a single joke and beat the ever-loving lime green out of that horse (Hats, Galidor2015, you name it).

And we became good friends.

True, because of life some of these 'integral' members come and go. But the beauty of Team Farm Animals, I think, is that anyone who has interacted with us at one point or another is, essentially, part of the group. Think of it as the Avengers, except without superpowers and witty one-liners. We also don't have a Hulk.

But it's a motley crew we've assembled, and I, for one, am glad it exists. So this little video is an homage to the crew, to our adventures of the past, and to those YET TO COME.




(oh, yeah. that was the teaser)



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A Mystery Explored, and A Heads Up On Things To Come

Posted by Zatth , Jun 20 2015 · 76 views

And so, it is done.

I had a blast returning to the universe that started me off on creative writing back in '07. However, I'm always looking to improve (and trust me, I know I have A LOT to improve upon), so if you have any comments, they are very much appreciated. This Epic was fun to work on, and if nothing else, as I was nearing the end, I realized I wanted to work on some other project, similar, but different.

Which brings me to tomorrow.

Tomorrow I'll unveil a video that's meant as a teaser of sorts for this next project. I won't lie, it's super ambitious and bizarre (the project, probably not the video). I'm deathly terrified of sharing it, because while it could go well, it could also go terribly.

I guess I'll only know when I post it.

So tomorrow I'll post the video/teaser, and starting on Monday, I'll upload a chapter a day. I feel it's the best way to give an idea of the project; I feel like posting a chapter a week will make it seem very discombobulated and it might lose its steam.

So yeah. A Mystery Explored is done (for now), teaser tomorrow, and the new project begins on Monday.

I hope y'all liked A Mystery Explored, and will enjoy this new little something.



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Feeling In An Odd Mood Today

Posted by Zatth , Jun 19 2015 · 48 views

Just one of those weird days where I've got a lot of emotions. I cried from sadness today. I got angry. I got deflated. I wrote. I edited a silly video. I remembered my friends and colleagues (at least the people I call my friends, who knows how they see me). I filmed a serious video. I laughed at some stuff. I balled my fist at others. I felt powerful and important. I got taken down a notch. I got some good news. I read sad news. I planned out parts of my schedule for the next six months. I was reminded how fleeting life is and how quick it can be taken away.

I dunno, a lot of stuff in the last 24 hours.

So I'm gonna re-post a blog post from a while back, and amend it a tad.

Smile back at someone today
Give someone a compliment
Help someone out in some way
Hug your loved ones, tell them how glad you are for them to be here
Give yourself a few minutes of the day just to yourself
Wake up happy for what you have. Strive for more, even if it's a little or a large goal, but go at it
Thank your friends, your family
Take 30 seconds or more to ponder on your current existence. Look at what you're thankful for. Think about what you want. Decide to learn something new, or change something about yourself today.
Cry, laugh, do whatever you need to.
This too shall pass.
Our time here is limited, so spread the love, y'all.



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Hope's In The Horizon

Posted by Zatth , May 28 2015 · 179 views

So I just got back from watching Tomorrowland, and I'm feeling kind of giddy and... I dunno, but I wanted to write a little something. Let me say, first off, as just a movie Tomorrowland isn't anything spectacular or game-changing. It's a movie, yeah, but that's about it.

However, as info on the movie was leaking out slowly a few months ago, it caught my eye that it was planned as a sort of "origin story" for the Tomorrowland theme park at Disney; the thinking was that other parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, etc) already had origin stories of sorts through previous movies, so why not do the same for Tomorrowland?

I remember going to Disneyworld as a 9 year old (I remember because that's when I saw the Metro at the LEGO store) and falling in love with the Tomorrowland park. I truly thought, more than at the other parks, that what was around me was functional, that this park was the future, and that this was all waiting to come to be. Granted, I've always been a bit of an unhinged dreamer, but this park, I think, had a strong impact on me that pushed me to sci-fi. Years later I found myself seeking out many of these stories and authors, reading Verne, Douglas Adams, a lot of Isaac Asimov, and I was interested and all, but I didn't get it. I think, looking back, I had no one to explain or talk me through these stories and their context, and so I never really got them. Seeing the "future" was one thing; reading (Especially for someone for whom English was a second language) was a bit tougher.

Around the time I was 12 I began reading dystopian novels for fun (my thinking was, "Hey, we're gonna probably read 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World in school so why not get a leg up?) As people saw me reading these, they engaged in discussions with me, which made these realities more palpable and real than anything else.

No wonder, then, that I've never questioned the state of the future in the minds of our generation.

What I mean by that, is a phenomenon we all know well: it appears that our conceptions of the "future" are based around dystopia, technological ruin or acceleration, starvation, desolation, disease, self-destruction, etc. I read a great article a few days ago that compared previous generations, that saw a man land on the moon, that got to discover how planets looked for the first time, that actually strove to go out there, while we got stuck with a world that saw the destruction of two shuttles, the canceling of funding, and the idea that "inventing", of any kind, wasn't really a lifestyle. And so, in a way, we've become a generation that sees the "future" through bleaker lenses. Just as sci-fi is used to examine the world through another sense (and, in a way, reflects the real world of the time), the stories of Asimov were bright and futuristic, while the stories of our time are much sadder.

And then a movie like Interstellar comes around. I loved reading what Christopher Nolan had to say about it, and how it strove to use science to inspire viewers to not give up, to continue with the idea that there was still something out there to explore. It's true that Interstellar was grounded in science as much as it could, but the marriage between scientific reality and artistic lenses made it a hodgepot of all types of interests coming together to say "Hey. The world and the future looks bleak. But there's still hope."

And then Tomorrowland comes along. And throughout the movie it became clear that it was similar to Interstellar, but more accessible as it is aimed mainly for kids. And yet, if you approach the movie the same way you do Interstellar, you're still left feeling elated, feeling hopeful. The final scene of the movie features
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suggesting that no field is superior to the other, that it's the task of math, science, the arts, all together, to create the future.


I know that, at a time when it seems like the future isn't gonna get better, it's hard to dream. But I am so happy for Interstellar and Tomorrowland; they produced in me a similar effect that 9-year old Pablo got at that park of the future, the difference being that now, as an adult, I have agency to go out there and make my dreams a reality. I am glad for these movies, because they offer hope for a population that is comfortable, or grew up with, sadness and dystopia as the norm. And I am so happy that there's a little bit more hope in the horizon :)


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Nick Bluetooth and Kek Powerizer

Posted by Zatth , May 21 2015 · 246 views

If you have followed Team Farm Animals and the various exploits of our ragtag group, you will no doubt be well acquainted with our general silliness from BrickFair VA. Well, here is some extra content for you all to enjoy! (Courtesy of Sumiki!)




And in case you're wondering, yes. If you attend BFVA, there is a great possibility, if you so wish, to partake in our silly and not at all funny exploits.

We'll see what joke we can come up with and then repeat so often that the phrase 'beating a dead horse' doesn't begin to describe it.



#Galidor2015 #confirmed


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An Evening with Neil Gaiman

Posted by Zatth , May 01 2015 · 198 views

So as luck would have it, I live right by D.C. (explains the BrickFair VA connection), and so when I first heard of An Evening with Neil Gaiman, I (literally) jumped at the chance to see one of my favourite authors.

I just came back from the event, and wow.

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Granted, the guy was very humorous. If you've read Good Omens, fear not, the man is a witty in real time as he is funny in his prose.

I'm just floored by his answers, his philosophy, his ideas and explanations. It's great to meet those you're a fan of, but he really blew me away. He also made me want to work even more on my writing, so this is a sort of apology to my parents/extended relatives/anyone else who hoped someday Pablo would grow up and get a real job (granted, my major is in Language Arts for Education, but I'm just using it as a way to do both); I ain't quitting' on this yet.


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PROMPT TIIIIIIIIIIIME

Posted by Zatth , Apr 20 2015 · 306 views

Hello, friends! Now that I'm done with a 48-page research paper I handed in for one of my classes (the one on the Sagrada Familia and the Library of Congress), and my remaining assignments are either presentations, papers, and a childcare manual, I've gotten back into trying to write and read daily, to make it into a habit again! But as a way to stop myself from using the excuse that "I don't know what to write about today", I want YOU ALL to provide me prompts!

They can be prompts for BIONICLE short stories!

They can be prompts for Off-Topic short stories!

They can be prompts for poetry or prose!

Heck, it can be a combination! Anything you'd like to see me write, I'll do my best to tackle! Who knows, I might actually be proud of the end result and share it somewhere here?

Thanks, y'all. Any and all prompts will force me to turn this into a habit, and get me to make more art :)






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