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It's Gone. It's Done.

Posted by Zatth , Aug 03 2015 · 278 views

This is the sixth year that Summer for me sees its end.

I use the capitalized Summer because, while the period between June and August is technically summer, Summer refers to the period from GMIF to the last day of BrickFair activities.

I can't state how much Summer means to me. I leave physically spent and exhausted, but emotionally fulfilled in ways that shock me months down the line. Seeing people you only get to see once a year kinda does that to you, and especially when every moment with them is fun, or heartfelt, or silly, or just plain lovely.

To other BZPers I met at BrickFair, I'm so glad we got to meet up! I'm terrible with names and usernames, so feel free to keep corresponding with me; drop me a PM, add me as a friend, whatever!

Now I officially start preparing all the final details for my semester abroad, and also must have four events ready for Forensics auditions the day before I leave (August 30th).

The fun part is done. The tough part is just about to begin.

(Also, be on the lookout soon for BrickFair Funk and the BrickFair Omnibus 2015. It's coming.)



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And The Summer Fun Cavalcade of Funness Continues...

Posted by Zatth , Jul 28 2015 · 298 views

Currently waiting to check out from GMIF. Wonderful two and a half weeks, as I previously elaborated.

Tomorrow morning, drive to the Dulles Expo Center for good ol' BerkFer VA.

Expect Xaeraz, Sumiki, and AT to carry my MOCs inside. Expect various vines and hats, maybe a pile of some sort. Expect random shenanigans, a seminar on Thursday that Xaeraz, Sumiki and I will give, and breadsticks. Many, many breadsticks.

Expect the unexpected. Unless you can expect everything that's unexpected. In that case... um... EXPECT THINGS *smokebombs away*



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The Two Most Human Weeks Of The Year

Posted by Zatth , Jul 25 2015 · 311 views

I've often mentioned that, just before BerkFer VA, I spend two and a half weeks cooped up on the GMU campus. For two years, I was a camper. For the past three, a staff member.

I've mentioned that my going to camp in 2011 changed the course of my life: it got me into the activity I do even today, it convinced me to try out for the GMU team and thus attend George Mason, it gave me friends that have lasted to this day, and it changed who I am as a person in a myriad ways.

To say I await for every George Mason Institute of Forensics is an understatement. However, this was a very odd one.

Unlike my first year as a staffer, with no experience or lessons to teach campers, or last year, where I was still recovering from illness and worked as a first-year lab assistant, this year was different. For the first time, I felt confident enough that I had something to teach these kids. I was the most senior member of the Oratory Junior Faculty, and worked with the other Junior Staff to divide responsibilities equally so we could all teach. I was a second-year lab assistant, with an incoming Graduate Student and coach for our team for his first year as a lab leader. I felt more prepared and confident to teach these kids.

It helped that, during one of our nightly Performance Hours, I was able to perform my piece on Jaime Garzon whom I've mentioned previously. Being the last time I'd perform the piece, and with a sense of urgency to spread Jaime's message and story one last time, I amended the piece slightly to reflect this urgency and importance. I cried, for the first time in six years, in a performance, delivering what I think is the performance I am most proud of. Many students later approached me, saying that though they were not Colombian, they had cried and empathized alongside me. And, during the Q&A session after the four performances, the first student to talk, said, in Spanish and in front of staff and students alike, that he was happy that he saw someone else spreading Jaime's story, and, through tears, expressed hope that our country will see the end to 53 years of violence. When I prepared and worked on this piece all year long, I always expected it to be solely for United Statesian audiences. Never would I imagine my last performance would be seen by another compatriot, in what I can honestly describe as one of the most meaningful and magical moments of my life.

As camp drew near and it unofficially ended tonight, I went through a whirlwind of emotions. Seeing students who'd arrived two weeks ago total strangers and with no speeches, to leaving as best friends with prepared performances. Seeing my teachers, now my co-workers, be vulnerable and explain why they did Forensics. To see students, like I had been years ago, have their lives change radically over the course of the two weeks. We laughed, we cried, we were vulnerable, we were powerful.

We were human, and we saw so much humanness over a two-week period.


GMIF is the moment of the year that reminds me who I am, why I do what I do, and what it means to be part of the human experience. And, as every year, I am reinvigorated to go forth until GMIF rolls around again in 365 days. And I will count down the days, waiting to relive these two most human weeks, all over again.


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Perks of Being A Spanish-Speaker

Posted by Zatth , Jun 28 2015 · 215 views

Your computer auto-corrects Piraka to PiraƱa.


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Team Farm Animals - Valendale

Posted by Zatth , Jun 26 2015 · 196 views

Day five, character five. Today's chapter sees the introduction of Ice Master Extraordinaire Valendale!

And now that all the characters have been introduced, this comedy will return to a weekly schedule. I purposefully released the first 5 chapters in a week so that readers could get acquainted with both the characters and the structure of the Comedy. Now, finally, a semblance of a plot can quasi-begin to emerge!



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Team Farm Animals - Avohkah Tamer

Posted by Zatth , Jun 25 2015 · 138 views

Day four of Team Farm Animals, and today we have the only Toa to have ever tamed and Avohkah

AND LIIIIIIIVED TO TELL THE TALE!













(clarification: the link does not send you to the story of how AT tamed the Avohkah)


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Team Farm Animals - Xaeraz

Posted by Zatth , Jun 24 2015 · 147 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 · 152 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 · 131 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 · 285 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)