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Insomnia Killed (Recap)

Posted by Agnes Oblige , in Recap Apr 19 2014 · 54 views

Recap 03: Insomnia Killed
We’re back again. It’s been three weeks already, gosh. This week was certainly an interesting one. My brain is blanking right now, but I’m sure you’re reading an entry lengthier than the norm right now regardless.
So... this week.
I have to work alongside one of my bosses for our Art Program, but there has been very little communication outside of the classes themselves, and on Monday I ended up having to figure out a way to make coloring with pastels last an hour with three different classes, filled with increasingly older and more skilled kids. It was a nightmare. This Monday we’re doing manga... I don’t even read manga. The sooner we get to the weeks where we focus on Shepard Fairey and Bill Watterson, the better.
I had my first (and probably last) real field trip for this year on Wednesday; we went to the Ontario Science Center and were easily the oldest group there. The presentation we saw was dreadfully boring, the imax video we watched I had already seen, and I was too familiar with the building itself to be suffering déjà vu, so I am currently stuck on a hunt for information to determine when exactly I was last there.
The trip itself was terrible. In addition to my complaints above, every single bit of service I received while on the trip was terrible. At Subway, the person behind the counter got mad at me for using a Subway gift card; at Tim Hortons, both the person behind the counter and the manager tried to tell me that they didn’t serve lattes, and in the science center (especially at the theater portion), the employees were all snooty. But to top it all off, when I was paying for my lunch in the science center’s way overpriced cafeteria, some dude that had at least two feet of height on me came over and threatened me for trying to “chat up his girlfriend”, who was apparently the super old lady (okay, maybe not that old but still) behind the counter. I guess purchasing food counts as asking for a date? If that was true, I could have a million different people going to prom with me.
I almost punched him, but I decided not to because I didn’t want to ruin my pizza. Also, he was three times my size, and I didn’t really want to find out if there would be any benefits to him beating me to oblivion after I physically instigated a fight.
On the bright side, while I suffered an entirely sleepless night on Tuesday, on Wednesday (once I was able to stop fuming, which was actually easy enough because I was exhausted at that point) I slept very well, and I have slept easily for the past two nights since. I have killed the insomnia! +1 points.
I’m about 90% certain that I’ll be receiving my mid-term marks on Tuesday (technically the reports go home Friday, but I’ll just ask the teachers because why not), so we’ll see how that goes. I know at last count I was tied with someone for the highest mark in English (ironically, the girl I asked to prom), and on the IB scale I had a Level 6. I’m hoping that I managed to bump my mark up to a Level 7, but in the most probable event that I did not, I’ll settle for taking the lead in marks. If I’ve fallen behind I’ll cry a little, since I’ve never actually been at the top of a class before.
Actually, I probably won’t cry. I’ll just sulk for a couple of hours.
Aside from that, the biggest part of this week was working on Bionicle Mafia Uprising. While you all would either jump to “I don’t care about your silly story” or “Didn’t you just post one chapter, and that was it”, I will mention here that there are three different things in the pipeline for the series that are being worked on; this is alongside what I’m doing so far for Book 2, and a short story that I will release later this year that must be re-read and improved to perfection.
That’s it for this week. I’m hoping eventually something that’s actually emotionally significant will happen, because obviously those are the most interesting to read. All I’m doing right now is complaining about not fighting guys that would beat me up if I tried.
What a shame. But at least I have more points!
Point Total: 2


The end begins.

Posted by Agnes Oblige , in BZP Library Apr 18 2014 · 64 views

You can read it right here.


The Best of Quotes

Posted by Agnes Oblige , in BZPower Apr 17 2014 · 84 views

Here shall remain a compilation of the best game-related quotes that I discover from the Games & Trivia forum (since that is the game forum I spend the most time in). I shall, of course, bump this entry whenever I find a suitable number of new quotes.
Please note that if need be, I shall shamelessly steal these quotes from the signatures of those who discovered them first.
Let us begin!
From Bionifight Ultimate




So now we get to fight in a burning magnetic cyberspace castle, above a tsunami filled with magnetic flying explosive sharks, where bricks and sharks are being magnetically flung around the room, two people are hugging/tickle-dancing, one person has had his chest explode, and the rules of time and space have completely forgotten that they are supposed to exist. This round is awesome.



NHL Playoffs (Round 1)

Posted by Agnes Oblige , in Life Apr 17 2014 · 34 views

I guess I'll shoot these up here again. I was busy last night but each of the wins fits with my predictions anyway. I suppose I'll give series length too.
Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings >> Bruins in 6
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens >> Canadiens in 7
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Bluejackets >> Penguins in 4
New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers >> Flyers in 7
Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild >> Avalanche in 5
St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks >> Blackhawks in 6
Anaheim Ducks vs. Dallas Stars >> Ducks in 5
San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings >> Sharks in 7


Radiant Historia

Posted by Agnes Oblige , in Video Games Apr 16 2014 · 45 views

This shall be my next great RPG adventure, in 9 steps:
Step 1: Find a copy of Radiant Historia
Step 2: Buy said copy of Radiant Historia
Step 3: Perform Step 7 immediately and decide that both are great, but Bravely Default is better
Step 4: Become broke because Radiant Historia ate all the money
Step 5: Play Radiant Historia
Step 6: Finish Radiant Historia or become bored with Radiant Historia (blasphemy!)
Step 7: Decide whether Radiant Historia or Bravely Default was better
Step 8: Buy Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Step 9: While playing Kirby: Triple Deluxe, begin search for next great RPG adventure to be transpired


The RT Podcast

Posted by Agnes Oblige , in Film/Shows Apr 14 2014 · 49 views

I got sponsorship  again lasr week, and it turns out I can watch the live podcast on the wii u! So I am.
Not sure why twitch doesn't work, but this does....


Any artists out there?

Posted by Agnes Oblige , in BZPower Apr 13 2014 · 107 views

If you happen to be an artist, I was wondering if any of you might be interested in doing a piece for me? If you're interested, just comment below and I'll shoot a PM with more details. It's not anything urgent, mostly just something I think would be cool to do.


I Don't Even (Recap 02)

Posted by Agnes Oblige , in Recap Apr 12 2014 · 95 views

Recap 02: I Don’t Even
This week, this week... was pretty ordinary, but some interesting stuff did happen. Actually, I’m lying, it was a pretty abnormal week.
My mother is insisting that my brother and I see a councillor (is that the right councillor, or should it be counsellor? I don’t even know) because my brother and I got into a physical skirmish on Tuesday night. He’s a bit bigger than me and I won’t go into details, but I say “skirmish” and not “fight” because victory was had by one of us in about thirty seconds. Separate councillors (counsellors?), I think. I keep telling her no, partly because I don’t ever want  to step into one of those places again and partly because I’ve just got too much on my plate IRL to even consider trying to make room for a councillor (I should just google it....).
I feel like I should probably be feeling a lot worse than I do at the incident, since my brother seems to be suffering more than me (although we’re also both very different in personality, so it could just be coping differences?). I know that I’m a master of internalizing my emotions, but even still, I should feel more beat up about this? Or maybe everyone else is just blowing the incident out of proportion (although seriously why would I be the only one treating it normally)? I do feel like I should feel worse, but... meh. I’m fairly certain that I’m pretty messed up, but at least that would mean that I’m interesting to learn about, which means more readers?
Moving on!
I work at a nearby YMCA center as one of the youth program instructors, and the head of our aquatic division was recently announced to be taking control of the youth division as well (that’s a lot of work and I admire the ability to shoulder it). Things are already improving; she’s set up an extremely effective communication binder for us to use when we need shift coverage, and I have already taken advantage of it to claim more hours for myself. Our aquatics division is apparently the best in the region (or province? It was one of them), and since she’s organizing the youth division the same way, I have high hopes. It certainly feels more organized than with our last two heads.
One thing I’ve noticed in my classes for this session is that I have a lot of autistic kids in my classes (if my terminology offends you here, I apologize – I’ve looked all over online and people seem to literally be divided in two regarding “autistic person” and “person with autism”), and I’m actually kind of excited because I will freely admit that I’m terrible with this stuff (especially when parents and authority figures are around because then I’m constantly wondering if I’m doing something wrong?). I usually treat them like I would anyone else unless their parents specifically request something different, but this session will be huge for making it just another part of my day.
It’s also got me thinking about my job this summer, because they have “one on one” campers (campers with some sort of special needs, basically), and I’m pretty terrible at individual interactions at the best of times, and having to spend almost twenty-four hours a day with the same person for a week is like something out of  a nightmare for me (ESPECIALLY if they talk a lot because I’m sorry I just can’t keep up a constant conversation).
And then from camp we go back to my prom and graduation. You see, the camp is about four hours away from where I live. Graduation and prom land directly in the middle of my training week. Which means I need to find a ride up to the camp to start the week, find another ride back home for both events, then a third ride back up to camp. It’s going to be a nightmare to organize. Honestly, if the graduation and prom could just be one week earlier, all of my problems would be solved... le sigh.
We’re starting to hit the hardcore study mode for the IB exams, which I believe are starting in the first week of May? We’ve been reviewing material since March for Biology, and now we’ve hit the end of the road for our IB Math as well. Just one more test and then we’ll be onto the practice exams. In English we’re to finish reading our final play and then reviewing begins, so I’ll probably be done learning new things by the end of next week. The exams are staggered throughout the first three weeks of May, and after that I’m technically done high school (although I still need to attend and participate in the bogus activities our teachers are forced to come up with, since the board dislikes us finishing a month early... stupid board). Woohoo.
And going back full circle to the YMCA, where I have to help two of our newest staff members with the planning and running of a class on Saturday mornings for the first three weeks to make sure they know what they’re doing. I’m not sure why I need to do that for three weeks, but today I barely arrived in time because I was so exhausted (yay continuing insomnia and growing caffeine (addiction/dependence/they’re the same thing so be quiet).
I don’t believe I did anything of terrible awesomeness this week, so unfortunately I’m gonna have to leave my point total where it is. Maybe I’ll do this again next week or maybe you’ll all wait for two weeks or maybe never again, because really how interesting can my life be?
Points: 1


Very Quote

Posted by Agnes Oblige , in Life Apr 09 2014 · 116 views

9:32 PM - The Agyrophobic Chicken: As the wise iBrow once said: "very goat" -- iBrow Voltex, 4/9/2014.

9:32 PM - The Agyrophobic Chicken: iBrow's language skills have officially devolved.
9:33 PM - much mislead: much devolve
9:33 PM - much mislead: very language
9:33 PM - much mislead: such lacking


9:36 PM - Voltex has changed their name to The BIONICLE Hero.
9:37 PM - The Agyrophobic Chicken: ...
9:37 PM - Vinylstep: We've been overrun!
9:37 PM - Vinylstep: Men, to your battle stations!
9:37 PM - The BIONICLE Hero: ok
9:37 PM - The BIONICLE Hero: Kill the imposter
9:37 PM - The REAL BIONICLE Hero: NO.
9:37 PM - The REAL BIONICLE Hero: I am the REAL BIONICLE Hero.
9:37 PM - The REAL BIONICLE Hero: See?
9:38 PM - The REAL BIONICLE Hero: It's in my name.
9:38 PM - Vinylstep: ...
9:38 PM - The REAL BIONICLE Hero: You have to believe everything you read on the internet.
9:38 PM - Vinylstep: Can you swap Avatars for a bit?
9:38 PM - The BIONICLE Hero: I refuse
9:38 PM - Vinylstep: That should make this more interesting...
9:38 PM - The REAL BIONICLE Hero has changed their name to iBrow Voltex.
9:38 PM - Vinylstep: ...
9:38 PM - Vinylstep: Lovely.
9:38 PM - iBrow Voltex: =)
9:39 PM - The BIONICLE Hero: oh dear
9:39 PM - The BIONICLE Hero: much mislead





Posted by Agnes Oblige , in Smash Files Apr 09 2014 · 217 views

Smash Files 31: The Direct Recap
Five new characters to whip up some profiles for! Oh, goody! We've got a lot of smash files on the way, but first things first: I must recap everything I have learned and am excited about from the direct yesterday.
1. Release Dates
Yes... more than new characters, new moves, and what have you, I was most excited to learn the release dates. I mean windows. Yes, release windows. That they definitely won't delay. Nope. The 3DS version is set to release this summer (bugger, how am I supposed to buy it on the release day) while the Wii U is set for a winter release (presumably late November/early December?). I'm glad that they're staggering the releases; it's easier to spend $40 one month and $60 later than $100 all at once.
2. New Character Announcements
Now we're talking! Five characters in one night? I am a very happy camper, albeit... well, not entirely? I was initially disappointed that Shiek and Zero Suit Samus have their own character slots this time around; while I suppose that this was a precedent set by Link all the way back in Melee, I'd much rather see different characters being represented. That said... the idea has grown on me. Let's do a quick recap of the characters announced here before their profiles:
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I've never used Samus (and by extension, Zero Suit) very often, but my interest has been piqued with the rocket boots. If her jump or air combat abilities are enhanced at all, I'll give it a go.
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Shiek being split away from Zelda interests me more; I was never good with either form, but I can also (sort of but not really leave me alone) pretend that maybe she's a different character. Some anonymous person from the Legend of Zelda franchise that definitely, absolutely is not Zelda.
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I'm not gonna lie; I'm a HUGE fan of Yoshi's redesign for this game. He looks adorable, and turning people into eggs will become even funnier. I always like giving Yoshi a go now and then; I doubt I'll ever use him as one of my mains, but I'm glad he's back (plus, Original 12, minus Jigglypuff because Jigglypuff sucks). But where are Captain Falcon and Ness?
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I hated the Pokemon Trainer in Brawl; the optional transformations of Zelda and Samus were one thing, but being forced to play three different characters in a single match always tuckered me out. More often than not I would just use Squirtle anyway. Since I'm not generally a fan of the bigger, heavier characters, I doubt Charizard will see much use from me. I'm glad it's there, though.
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Color me super excited! While I may not have enjoyed Pokemon X enough to even move past the sixth gym, the Froakie evolutionary line was my favorite series of starter Pokemon since Generation IV. I'll definitely be sure to give Greninja a go, and maybe I just got another possible character added to my main fighters?
3. Mega Evolutions
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So if you haven't heard, both Charizard's and Lucario's mega evolutions will be a part of their final smashes. Will my dreams of Mega Lucario staying for the rest of the fight come true? Probably not. Am I beyond excited that I will at least get to battle as Mega Lucario? Heck yeah I am.
4. Mega Man's Final Smash
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If I need to explain this one to you... well, I shouldn't have to explain this one to you.
5. Smash Run
Tie this into the whole "separate modes for separate games" things - this is perfectly suited to the nature of the 3DS and I can't wait to try it out with the abundance of other people around me who will own this game (and surprisingly I am not being sarcastic!).
6. Total Number of Characters So Far?
29 and counting, with 6 newbies and 23 oldies. We're still missing veteran fighters Wario, Ganondorf, R.O.B., Pichu, Mewtwo, Roy, Dr. Mario, Ike, Snake, Metaknight, Mr. Game & Watch, Captain Falcon, Ness, Lucas, Falco, Jigglypuff and Wolf. Those crossed out never returned for Brawl, so don't expect them here.
I expect Wario, Ganondorf, Metaknight, Mr. Game & watch, Captain Falcon, Ness, and Falco will all appear for sure (and Jigglypuff if Nintendo still hates us).
But then, what do I know? I mean, I want Agnes Oblige, but we all know that won't happen. :(