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Through the Eyes of Madness



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Furby

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 23 2011 · 29 views

Sorry; I have a habit of being nostalgic. This time it's the owl-like Furby that was so big in the late '90s that even I had one!

Anyone else remember them?


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A Reminder

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , in Uncategorized, Bring Back Bionicle Club Oct 22 2011 · 88 views
BBBC
The BZPower Branch of the Bring Back Bionicle Club is still active and accepting members.

During the downtime, the club has gotten bigger. It has another branch (with yet another on the way), and its very own website! Unfortunately, I am not allowed to post a link here.


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Any Warcraft 3 Fans?

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 22 2011 · 21 views

Just curious.


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Why Can't Bionicle Return?

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 21 2011 · 48 views
Bionicle and BZPower
I'm sure Lego would've learned from their mistakes of making brittle pieces and using the Inika and Av-Matoran builds over and over.

I'm sure they could go in trillions of directions at LEAST with the story now that everyone's together on one now-whole planet.

I'm sure Toa Helryx, Artakha, the MU Robot, Kojol, Lariska Johmak and the Sisters of the Skrall would make brilliant sets.

But why is no-one giving them a chance?


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The Freedom Of Minimodding

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 21 2011 · 40 views
Bionicle and BZPower
One thing I love about BZPower is that we're allowed to point new users in the right direction when they make mistakes. We're not allowed to do that on any other forum I frequent; they all call it minimodding, and infract you for it. Here, it is actually ENCOURAGED, because the staff here know that it makes their job easier.


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What I'd Like To See In Buildable Action Figures

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 20 2011 · 17 views

I'd love to see skeletons that are the size of Skrall, armed with a variety of weapons, like swords, bows and magical staffs. I'd also love to see a lich (which is an undead sorcerer and leader of an undead army/society) that's about the size of Tuma.

And to think I was afraid of skeletons over a decade ago...


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I Stand At A Crossroads

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 20 2011 · 37 views
life news
I want to continue study at TAFE to get into the computer games industry, but my parents are against my continuing to study because they think I'm going to become a professional student, and do nothing but study for my whole life. Even if I can convince them, I won't have enough money to both start a TAFE course I found that I want to do, and buy my dad's car off him (my driving test is coming in a week).

I do plan to try and find work, but I'm scared. Getting part-time work is harder than people make it out to be, especially when you're in your early 20s and you've never worked for money in your life, like me. Plus, a series of ads featuring part-timers injuring themselves (making the kinds of mistakes I feel I'd make) has made it all but impossible for me to muster up the courage to even try.


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So... You're A Cartoonist?

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 19 2011 · 9 views

I'm curious to know if anyone has heard of that comic series.


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Taming A Street Teenager (Warning; Very Long Story)

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 19 2011 · 41 views
life news
Earlier this year I created my own chatroom. Not long after, a street teenager from Queensland started to frequent the chatroom seeking freedom and redemption, and I willingly took him under my wing.

Over time the former wild child soon became calm, friendly and open, and the two of us would become as close as brothers. He showed me his natural talent for rap music, and was even able to record a song! However, his past life in a gang war continued to haunt him, and dominate his entire life.

In his town there are two gangs: the east gang and the west gang. These gangs are so deadly that the police are powerless to stop them, and have even become too afraid to try! After my friend helped the east gang with something, the west gang marked him for death.

At this point, my friend had moved in with his girlfriend, but she was a member of the west gang, so she betrayed him for her own protection. She hit him with a crowbar, knocking him out, and then went to juvenile detention for 2 weeks. Her parents spent the entire time away from home trying to free her, leaving my friend home alone with no food. It was during this time that the home was invaded by west gang members, who had come solely to kill my friend. He fought back and was able to hold the gang members off for a while. However, he began to lose faith and consider letting them kill him next time they came. However, I managed to use my words of wisdom to convince him to keep fighting and not give up. He fought back when the gang returned, and managed to kill one of the intruders before he was overcome, and dumped in the family pool. However, he survived, and was rushed to hospital after another girlfriend called an ambulance.

Over the next week, my friend was in hiding. The west gang thought him dead, and had plans to retreive his body later and burn it. When they arrived, my friend hid on the roof and was able to avoid notice. However, starvation began to kick in, and he began to have dizzy spells. Thankfully, he was rushed to hospital again. But on the way, he yelled out profanities against the west gang, who, realising he was still alive, pursued the ambulance, with the east gang, who had also heard him, following.

When they arrived at the hospital, a fight inevitably broke out, and my friend joined in. Eventually both gangs decided to have my friend fight west gang members one-on-one. My friend constantly won each fight, fuelled by pure hate and rage. When he nearly killed a member, the west gang fled, and the gang war ended.

Afterwards, my friend was operated on for his dizzy spells, and nearly died one night. However, he was saved, and it was revealsed that he had a low blood sugar level due to the starvation. The next day saw him eating nothing but pies and coke all day to increase his blood sugar level to a safe level. After 2 weeks in hospital, he returned home to a hero's welcome!

Despite that, my friend was beginning to slip into Depression. Only my words of wisdom were able to keep him going through this entire ordeal.

The family my friend is currently living with has plans to move interstate because of how dangerous the neighbourhood had become. Last I heard, they plan to move away at the start of next year.

However, my friend was still in danger, and 3 months may be too long. West gang members still want him dead. Just recently, he was attacked by west gang members, but was saved by a man. This man, however, had killed his parents 10 years earlier and had tried to kill him too. He still wants my friend dead for god knows what reason. He pretended to have been my friend's uncle, and even let him live with him for a few days. However, it was revealed just yesterday to be a ruse to kill him. My friend escaped to an abandoned house, but was able to remain hidden despite the killer looking for him.

The killer soon rounded up some other people who also want my friend dead. Even now they search for him with plans of murder.

I realised that my friend would have to go to school today, and made some suggestions to get him to school, and to his adopted family's home, safely. I also tried to get him to convince the family to move TODAY, since he could be killed at any moment, and that puts immediate targets on their backs too.

I can only pray that he is able to survive his ordeal, and find a happier life as the rap star he is destined to be. I also hope I can help him in any way I can, even if all I have is online chat.


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Blog Bug

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 18 2011 · 54 views
Bionicle and BZPower
I just found a problem with the blog layout.

Whenever I access the blogs with Internet Explorer, the blog's rows appear massive, and they don't show the latest entry on the right.

Are these blogs simply incompatible with Internet Explorer?


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Timid Bellsprout

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 18 2011 · 101 views
Pokemon, dA Gallery
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This is the Bellsprout that follows me around on my journey, always out of sight. It wants to join my team and my quest, but is far too shy to approach me and ask.

Sometimes it can have its own adventures, and every so often its actions save me from danger, though I never realise.


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It's Lonely Down Under...

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 18 2011 · 34 views

Are there any other Australian BZPers here? Finding another Aussie BZPer is frighteningly hard.


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Warcraft Minifigs?

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 17 2011 · 14 views

Has anyone ever tried to make minifig versions of the characters and units in Warcraft 3? I'd love to see pics.


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Blog Approvals

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 17 2011 · 25 views
Bionicle and BZPower
Surprisingly, it's been a while since I last did a non-life news entry.

Just moments ago, I got my very first blog approval! :D

Thank you to Squishyfrog for the honour!

Who'd've ever thought that a pair of plush toys and a pair of scottish steam engines would earn me an approval?

Come to think of it, I need to get working on my own approval image. I'm thinking about using my Shiny Machop Wants a Hug image from dA.


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Blackout!

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 17 2011 · 21 views
life news
So, we were having a break during my first TAFE class yesterday, when suddenly the power went out! When it came back on with a generator, the alarm sounded! We didn't evacuate at that point, but we were eventually told what had happened: the surrounding area had a power outage! The primary generator couldn't be fixed within the day, so to preserve energy, the entire campus was soon evacuated and we had the rest of the day off.


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How I Spent My Extra Time Off Tafe

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 17 2011 · 7 views

:sleepy: <-- that's how. :/


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Can This Day Get Any Wierder?

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 16 2011 · 38 views
life news
I just got home from TAFE due to a power surge at the campus, I arrive home alone, and there's an unfamiliar car in the driveway.


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I Don't Like It!

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 16 2011 · 22 views
life news
If you are seeing this now, it means that
I don't like it,
When you turn my voice about,
I don't like it,
When you vote One Nation out,
My language has been murdered,
My language has been murdered,
My shopping trolley, murdered!
My groceries just gone!



To be clear, I have nothing against Pauline Hanson. I just love that song.

I wonder if any older Aussies remember that song...


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And Now For Something Completely Different.

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 16 2011 · 62 views
dA gallery
You may or may not know that I collect Pokemon plush toys. Here are some photos of popular Pokemon plushes that I have uploaded to deviantArt (if I'm allowed to mention that site's name):

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These are my two Wobbuffet plushes. I added lipstick to the one on the right so I could tell them apart more easily, and because females have lipstick for real. Without it I'd have to look at their legs to tell them apart (The Wobbuffet on the left stands taller on his front legs than the one on the right does).

These Wobbuffets are quite literally my answer to Donald and Douglas from Thomas the Tank Engine. For those who don't know, I'll explain:

The Fat Controller ordered one engine from Scotland to work on his railway, but was given two by mistake: Donald and Douglas. He was considering sending one home (Douglas), but in the end decided to keep both, and they work on the island of Sodor to this day.

Likewise, I purchased one Wobbuffet plush on eBay, but the seller sent me two by accident! I was considering returning one, but in the end I decided to keep both. Now they work as bodyguards to my Pikachu plushes.

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This is my Eeveelution collection. There are many like it but this one's mine. (Free watch to anyone who can get the reference first)

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My Arceus plushes. Yep, all seventeen of them.

This photo is the most popular deviation in my gallery, followed by my photo of my Eeveelutions.


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The Nanny Plague

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 15 2011 · 84 views
dA Gallery
Please note: Despite the following rant, I am not racist. Please also note that this is going to be a very long entry.

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Over the past decade, the Nanny Plague that has been spreading throughout the countries of the west has slowly been eating away at Pokemon from within. In the good old days Pokemon had a much higher target audience, but America misinterpreted it, thinking Pokemon is for little kids when it's really meant for people over the age of 10 (under-10s can also play it, as I did back in the day, but they weren't quite the target audience), and that has resulted in so many good aspects of Pokemon being ruined.

Two of the most well-known victims of this plague are black Jynx and slot machines/coin-buying.

No-one in my age group who watched the Anime back then would have ever thought that Jynx could've been racist. The only person who thought that was a racist American called Carole Boston Weatherford. She was responsible for giving Jynx a bad name, making Jynx what it never was - a racist figure. While you're at it, why not ban Umbreon too? It's black!

The slot machines of generations past definitely did not encourage gambling. I talk from experience. I was below the target age group when I got Yellow, and was 9 when I played those machines for the first time. Nowadays I avoid real-life slot machines whenever I encounter them. Even when I visited an RSL with my nan once a week, and was given $2 AUD to spend on their slot machines, I'd just take the $2 and leave because Pokemon's slot machines taught me that playing slot machines for money is not worth it. All Pokemon players know that it's way more worth one's time to buy coins and pretend the slot machines didn't exist, because it's so much easier and faster that way (In DPPt one can get 10,000 coins in half an hour without using the machines).

Pokemon, however, is not the only sign of the Nanny Plague. Just look around in real life, and you can't miss it.

In my day, Year 12s used to spend their last day of school before exams having fun, dressing up, and playing various pranks on the school. We used to call that day "Muck-up Day". Then came the Nanny Plague. Now teachers think that name encourages long-term violence and crime, and we were forced to call in "Celebration Day"!

Back in the olden days, nearly every cartoon had slapstick violence. Then came the Nanny Plague. Now people think that slapstick violence encourages real-life violence, and slapstick violence is seldom seen. When it appears in movies, they now give warnings under classifications, which they never did before.

Ask yourself, are you racist because you've seen black Jynx? Are you a problem gambler because you've played gambling minigames in video and computer games? Have you become violent because of Muck-up Day or equivalent, or because you watched cartoons with slapstick violence?






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