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Zatth Blag


The Sandman

Posted by Zatth , Dec 24 2014 · 149 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!



Posted by Zatth , Dec 21 2014 · 164 views

I was hospitalized at NIH a week ago, and while there my mom told me she was thinking of having us go on a vacation as a family to some theme parks in Florida. I was surprised, but super excited.

A week later, and it looks like we're going to Legoland and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Should be fun. Stuck in a car with my sister for 14 hrs might be tough, but I WILL SURVIVE. I'm scared because we're visiting Legoland on the 31st, and I dunno if they'll have Bonkles in stock then. Because it would be unreal to buy my first Gen 2 BIONICLE from Legoland.

I'm excited about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter after reading the entire series for the first time in May (why, you ask? For a class. Yeah, my classes are THAT cool). Since I know what house I'm in I feel more pumped to go and shell out money on unnecessary things. BECAUSE I'M AN ADULT.

Any of y'all who have gone or live there have any tips? Preferably for Harry Potter since we've been to Legoland in California.


The Colbert Report

Posted by Zatth , Dec 19 2014 · 134 views

First off, don't think I'm not grieving about Korra being over, I just haven't seen it yet (I don't want to cry twice in one night).

ANYWHO, I just watched The Colbert Report finale. There were a lot of feels. And don't worry, no political message in this blag entry.

When I moved here five years ago, I came from Venezuela. For those who don't know, during the time that I lived there (2000-2009) I lived through a coup, the Venezuelan government threatening my home country, lack of basic food and medical needs, many of my friends being assaulted and almost murdered. Colombia wasn't much better. Even though I only lived in Colombia for three years, my parents lived through three political candidates being murdered, the newspaper where they both worked being bombed to nothing, and more. My uncle was murdered, my grandfather lost all his land leaving my mom's family almost penniless when she was in her teens. A car exploded a block from where my parents had parked their car. Had they been a block closer to the car, I would've been left an orphan at age three.

What did all this have in common? Not much freedom of speech. In Colombia, my parents being journalists meant that they could be targeted at any moment if they were to delve into investigative journalism. In Venezuela, I saw news stations being brought down, religious and secular places vandalized, and became paranoid of leaving my own house. Just this February, I spend a week not knowing if my friends had died protesting in the riots because the media in Venezuela didn't cover any of what was happening.

Why do I mention all this? I want y'all to be thankful. I have been amazed and grateful to live in a country where someone like Stephen Colbert can have a humorous political show and say things and not be killed or shut down or be forced to flee. I am amazed that a man can have a political caricature for nine years, and can end his show when he wants to.

We had a person like that in Colombia. Jaime Garzón was a comedian who basically had his own Daily Show/Colbert Report hybrid for almost a decade. His life was ended in 1999 by paramilitary forces, not just because he didn't shy away from the truth, but because he engaged in humanitarian efforts. I was four when my parents brought me to the front of our building. I remember waving a small white handkerchief at a black car that passed by the streets of Bogotá that day.

All I'm saying here is to think about that. The freedom of speech that y'all have. That a satirist can end his show by his own will, not by the bullet of an assassin. Don't take these things for granted, because they matter.

With that, I'm off to watch the Korra season finale and cry again.


We're Toast

Posted by Zatth , Dec 12 2014 · 162 views

So a friend of mine who knows very well about my love for puns decided to share a picture of some bread-related puns on my Facebook wall.

Needless to say, another pun-loving friend of mine engaged me in the comments below.

We were toast:
Pablo: 'll have to punder on these jokes, because I was not bread to understand them
Richard: I'm sure that you'll rise to the occasion Pablo.
Pablo: Will I, dough?
Richard: I'm sure you are. You're not one to loaf around.
Pablo: All I'm getting from this is that I knead to get a life
Richard: At the very yeast, you should keep making these puns. I can tell you're pretty good; there isn't a half-baked one among them.
Pablo: Richard, you ain't seen muffin yet.
Richard: I've had way worse, this is a cake walk.
Pablo: Whatever happens, this conversation will be in'grain'ed in my memory for years to come.
Richard: That's for sure, these aren't some simple cookie cutter jokes we're throwing around here.
Pablo: I dunno, it feels like we've spread ourselves too thin. I hope we baguette more of these puns, or else we're toast.
Richard: I don't think we're digging too deep, we've only just scratched the crust!
Pablo: So you're saying we've got puns in a'bun'dance?
Richard: Maybe not that far, but we've got plenty before we need to start scrabbling for crumbs.
Pablo: Then let's keep doughing this!
Richard: I don't know, I don't feel like I'm baking any records here. I may want to call it a night.
Pablo: Yeah, we butter shut this down
Richard: See you next time.
Pablo: ...
And, scene!


A Mystery Explored Ch 2

Posted by Zatth , Dec 12 2014 · 95 views

Chapter 2 is out!

I finished my Science final yesterday, so one of the first things I did was finish the second chapter. Hope y'all like it, and feel free to comment on the Review Topic!


Sisen and I Are DUN For (Also, Bees and the Bard)

Posted by Zatth , Dec 10 2014 · 123 views

[12/10/14, 8:12:35 PM] The Zatthman: Brevity IS the soul of wit
[12/10/14, 8:13:01 PM] Jon //Sisen: DONT WORDS ME
[12/10/14, 8:13:06 PM] Jon //Sisen: YOU ARE NO LONGER MY
[12/10/14, 8:13:09 PM] Jon //Sisen: FRIEND WITH WORDS
[12/10/14, 8:13:13 PM] Jon //Sisen: OR WORDS WITH FRIENDS
[12/10/14, 8:13:20 PM] Jon //Sisen: I'M DELETING THIS APP FOREVER
[12/10/14, 8:13:22 PM] The Zatthman: aaaaAAAAAAAA
[12/10/14, 8:13:27 PM] Jon //Sisen: zatth you are the weakest link
[12/10/14, 8:13:28 PM] Jon //Sisen: GOODBYE
[12/10/14, 8:13:32 PM] The Zatthman: nUUUUUUU
[12/10/14, 8:13:42 PM] The Zatthman: BUT I AM ZATTHMAN THE BLEY
[12/10/14, 8:13:50 PM] Jon //Sisen: YOU HAVE NO POWER HERE
[12/10/14, 8:13:59 PM] The Zatthman: BUT I HAVE BLEY
[12/10/14, 8:14:02 PM] The Zatthman: A LOT OF IT
[12/10/14, 8:14:33 PM] Jon //Sisen: TAKE YOUR BLEY AND
[12/10/14, 8:16:26 PM] The Zatthman: HOW DARE YOU
[12/10/14, 8:16:30 PM] The Zatthman: YOU SHALL NOT PASS
[12/10/14, 8:16:51 PM] Jon //Sisen: !!!
[12/10/14, 8:16:58 PM] The Zatthman: DASTARDLY
[12/10/14, 8:17:02 PM] The Zatthman: THAT’S DEVIOUS
[12/10/14, 8:17:12 PM] Jon //Sisen: dun dun dun
[12/10/14, 8:17:56 PM] The Zatthman: YOU DUN DUN DUN FOR
[12/10/14, 8:18:27 PM] Jon //Sisen: Don't make me come over there
[12/10/14, 8:18:40 PM] The Zatthman: BUT YOU LOVE TO TRAVEL
[12/10/14, 8:21:50 PM] Jon //Sisen: do i love to traveL?
[12/10/14, 8:21:57 PM] The Zatthman: MAYBE
[12/10/14, 8:22:00 PM] The Zatthman: MAEBE
[12/10/14, 8:22:06 PM] The Zatthman: MAY BEE
[12/10/14, 8:22:10 PM] The Zatthman: THE BEE OF MAY
[12/10/14, 8:22:22 PM] The Zatthman: THE IDES OF MARCH
[12/10/14, 8:22:34 PM] The Zatthman: Everything returns to the Bard
[12/10/14, 8:22:40 PM] Jon //Sisen: UNLESS
[12/10/14, 8:22:44 PM] Jon //Sisen: THE BEES ARE DISAPPEARING
[12/10/14, 8:22:45 PM] Jon //Sisen: THEN
[12/10/14, 8:22:56 PM] The Zatthman: IT MEANS THEY ARE ALIENS
[12/10/14, 8:23:00 PM] The Zatthman: DOO WEE OOO
[12/10/14, 8:23:03 PM] The Zatthman: WEE OOO OOO


Patriot Games 2014

Posted by Zatth , Dec 08 2014 · 103 views

I've mentioned before being on the Forensics Team at George Mason University. Along with that comes a ton of other responsibilities, and this past weekend was an event that, quite literally, has shaped my life.

In 2009, having moved to the U.S. only three months ago, I had been competing in this thing called Speech and Debate. I wasn't too sure about how I was doing, and whether this was for me. Then December rolled around, and I was told of the first national tournament we could attend, which was 20 mins away from us at a university called George Mason University. And so, in December of 2009 I competed in my first Patriot Games tournament. I should've realized then how magical the event was, because the Sunday of the tournament I saw snow for the first time in my life, on that campus, at that tournament.

A year later, I decided after my second Patriot Games that I would go to the summer camp offered by Mason. After those two and a half weeks of camp, I was hooked.

Junior year of Patriot Games I was lucky enough (I mean that literally, luck was the only factor that decided things), to not only final Impromptu Speaking (an event with about 200 students entered), but win. I still believe, to this day, that if it hadn't been for that I would never have been accepted on Mason's team.

Senior year I auditioned for the team during my last GMIF. I got on.

Freshman year of college, I got to host the tournament for the first time, which was kind of scary in itself.

And a day ago we finished hosting the 11th Annual Patriot Games Invitational.

It was weird to think that this little tournament helped me choose my college. Speech has opened me up to other perspectives and ideas, without which I would be a much more narrow-minded individual. I have made friends during camp and at the tournament that have been my friends and mentors for six years now, and I don't see those friendships fading any time soon. Patriot Games and GMIF have made me see that I want to give back to the community, helping me choose to major in Language Arts for Education and become a teacher (for those who have sneeze freely hand out MOCs at BrickFair, I imagine this didn't come as much of a surprise).

I don't think I exaggerate when I say Patriot Games is magical. It has literally steered my life in one direction. Over 120 high schools, 60,000 Speech ballots (not counting debate), and a myriad tired high schoolers and college students, and I think it was all worth it.

Here's the recap video we made. Enjoy:


A Mystery Explored

Posted by Zatth , Dec 03 2014 · 153 views

I finally published Chapter 1 of the thing!

I hope y'all get a chance to look it over and feel free to send any comments and criticisms!

Thanks again, y'all :)


Back To Writing

Posted by Zatth , Dec 03 2014 · 86 views

It's true! Even though this weekend we are hosting the largest Speech tournament in the nation and I have finals in the next two weeks and then a hospitalization at NIH on the 15th that could last until who knows when, I'M BACK WRITING!

I decided that if I don't feel like writing an actual novel (my second one, technically), I might as well go back to my roots and write a BIONICLE story!

I mean, sure, my first BIONICLE Epic was written when I was 13, featured a myriad members who agreed to be characters in the story, and never actually got resolved, but that's past.

I'm hoping this new Epic gets em writing in my familiar element (the BIONICLE universe and mythos), ensuring that I'm excited to write.

And if the Epic goes well, I hope on making it a sort of anthology series!

Expect the first chapter soon-ish.

And, can I just say, it feels so good to be writing again :)



Posted by Zatth , Dec 01 2014 · 128 views

Actually really excited about Rooster Teeth's new channel.

I remember when in the podcasts or in other Lets Plays we met the younger children (that one Christmas short sticks out), and thinking that Rooster Teeth had the potential to go much more family-oriented.

Not only do I think the videos will be successful (I audibly giggled with the Fireplace and Sims videos), but I think it makes sense, not as a company but as parents who want their children to see content they create.

I applaud RT for taking this leap, and while a departure from other RT content, I still think it'll be wild enjoyable.