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Through the Eyes of Madness


My Assignment: Create an Unreal Tournament level!

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jul 31 2012 · 191 views
life news
That's right, an assignment I just got requires me to create a level on Unreal Tournament's Unreal Development Kit! :D

I need to make a simple 1v1 DeathMatch map. "Simple" means no skins or backgrounds at this stage, but I might get them later on my own.

The map I'm making will be inspired by Bionicle's Karda Nui. Players will fly around upside-down cones (stalactite villages) on Cicada vehicles (Rockoh/Jetrax). One cone will have a cave (Mutran's lab) which will contain a few good powerups, but (if possible) the wall above the cave entrance can be shot, causing a cave-in, and unless the player inside the cave can shoot his way out in time, he'll suffocate. At this stage there'll be no Codrex, but I might add one later on my own. I'm also undecided at this stage whether the swamp floor will contain poisonous water or a kill level (ie. you die if you fall down to a certain level). It'll probably be the latter because it's meant to be simple.


I feel like advertising CUUSOO proposals

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jul 27 2012 · 239 views
Bionicle & BZPower
(can I just say that the new character limit has ruined one of my biggest tags?)

This is probably not the most prudent decision after my last entry, but I feel like advertising some LEGO CUUSOO proposals I've made. They are in a thread I've created, but I feel like they need more attention.

http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/3654 - baterra
http://lego.cuusoo.c...deas/view/16686 - the rest of the Toa Hagah
http://lego.cuusoo.c...deas/view/19422 - Toa Tuyet

If someone has a 3D model of Lariska or the Mask of Elemental Energy, or an MOC of a Skrall-sized skeleton, I'd love to use them for other proposals I've been working on. I will give credit. I always do.


The countdown has begun

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jul 25 2012 · 961 views
Bionicle & BZPower
... to my leaving BZPower forever. I REFUSE to be seen with such a horrible spinny next to my name! It goes against EVERYTHING I stand for!


and so it goes, go round again

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jul 19 2012 · 153 views
V/Line has redesigned their conductor talent pool vacancies, allowing me to apply with them once again! :D

I've also started applying for work at smaller places in my local area.


Yesterday's tournament

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jul 15 2012 · 181 views
So, there was another Pokémon tournament in the city yesterday! :D

The tournament used the same rules as the past 3 Nintendo-run tournaments did, so I didn't bother to build a new team. Besides, my last team did well, and there's another tournament next week that uses different rules.

My first round was put on the big screen, this time not by design but by coincidence! :D I almost lost the battle but then a communication error (not the only one on the big screen) forced us to restart the battle and let me make up for my mistake. Even then though, I had to work for my victory! Thankfully I was able to get there in a close one.

I ended up losing in the second round though, just like the good old days. The guy who beat me then went on to beat October's champion (who I would've faced in the next round had I won) before falling in the 5th round.

A lot of people were given the opportunity to commentate some matches if they asked! I got the chance, but it was actually because someone else asked: the guy I beat in round 1 in October (The SelfDestructing victim of my Conkeldurr's Wide Guard > :D) asked for me to commentate, so I did! He went on to win the match while being able to pull off the Selfdestruct well, meaning he did better than I did! :(

One player was in hospital, and had his father play on his behalf, giving him commands by phone from his hospital bed! :o

In the end a girl won, which was a first in these tournaments! :D She was one of many competitors that was part of my large circle of friends (whose name I don't think I'm allowed to say because they now have a forum).

Stay tuned for the next tournament next Sunday!


Back At Square One

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jul 09 2012 · 209 views
My application to become a train driver for Metro just got rejected. :crying:

I am now reduced to looking for part-time work at fast food restaurants.


The Beginning Of The End For Australia

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jun 30 2012 · 250 views
life news
The Carbon Tax has hit Australia. We are now being taxed for breathing!

Watch as life becomes completely unsustainable in Australia. Watch as all our companies are crushed by the added burden. Watch as Julia Gillard laughs her tyrannic head off as the money comes in, not caring about the 20 million PEASANTS (because that is how she sees us) that are going through poverty because of her.


Got More Train Trips Planned

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jun 28 2012 · 130 views
life news
I now have 4 weeks off TAFE, which gives me plenty of time to do some train trips around the Melbourne metropolitan area! :D

I plan to go from Caulfield to Pakenham by diesel train because I can, even though electric trains terminate there. This is unique to Pakenham: you cannot travel between the city and any other terminus by diesel.

I also plan to travel the shuttle service between Newport and Williamstown. It will likely be the last time I'll see 3-carriage electric trains, which run on the Alamein shuttle line, and probably will at Williamstown too. The rest of the electric railway uses 6-carriage trains. Might visit the Newport Workshops while I'm there too.

I could also travel the Sydenham line. a diesel service branches off at a station on that line and I want to see if the automated marquee on each train says something about it.

A new station called South Morang has been created beyond Epping since my last visit there. Might have a look at that too.

Also, I might take a few trips down some tourist railways, and to the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre.

First and foremost I need to top up my Myki card! :P



Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jun 19 2012 · 179 views
My application process at V/Line is over. They rejected my application after the latest test. :crying:

Now i just have to worry about the position at Metro, which I should hear about in 3-4 weeks.


About My Application To Become A Train Driver

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jun 14 2012 · 208 views
In an earlier entry, I revealed that the Australian suburban rail company Metro opened up vacancies for the next generation of train drivers, and I applied for the position.

I discovered that an old friend from high school had also applied for the job, making the process much more interesting! Last night, over two weeks after applications closed, he said on social media that his application was accepted. I hadn't heard anything from them at all, so I feared I had been rejected. :(

However, when I got home from nan's today, I got an e-mail. It was from Metro. It said that I too was accepted! :D HUGE relief!

This process will apparently be much quicker than V/Line's, and could see me at work within a couple of months if all goes well. I have to do an online psychometric test, and if I pass that, I attend an Assessment Centre, which I believe will be a job interview.

On the downside, I've heard that I need a full driver's licence to get the job, and I only have a probationary licence, so the rest of the process will be shaky unless that gets proven wrong.


So Close!

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jun 13 2012 · 125 views
Bionicle & BZPower
But I didn't make it into the Legends of Lhii final poll despite coming a close second in the poll before. :(

Ah well, I'd consider it a personal best in BZPower contests. :P


My Opinion On Pikmin 3

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jun 05 2012 · 124 views

Pros: stays true to the original, more captain interaction, graphics are improved but still true to tradition, new Pikmin species

Cons: Rock Pikmin? :/ They'll take some getting used to.

What else I'd like to see: more Pikmin species (particularly those pink flying ones on the title card, and what the parastiic Pikmin that infected Bulborbs in Pikmin 2 really look like), what happened to Olimar (he's not one of the pklayable captains in Pikmin 3), what happened to Louie, the President's real name, and more Pikmin plushes that are smaller than those from Pikmin 2.


Day = Made

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jun 03 2012 · 125 views
So, I went on a big meetup with my friends yesterday. During the morning, a couple of us went shiny hunting.

My friend went hunting for a shiny Mewtwo with no success, and I went hunting for a shiny Machop because it's my favourite Pokémon. <3

Suddenly, I did get a shiny! Sadly it wasn't machop, but Geodude. Nonetheless, it was only my 6th random encounter shiny, and my first in a Gen 4 or later game, so my day was still made. :D


3 Warning Points?

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , May 31 2012 · 245 views
Bionicle & BZPower
After making a recent post, I suddenly noticed I had 3 warning points against my name. Panicked and confused, I had a look. All it said was I had one warning point. I looked under "More Details", and the PM I got from McSmeag when he gave me that proto boost was staring back at me! :/

Completely confused.


The Latest On My V/line Application

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , May 28 2012 · 172 views
I just got an e-mail out of the blue a few hours ago from V/Line, who I applied for work with a couple months ago. I passed the aptitude test! :D Next in the application process is surprisingly not a half-day interview, but an online work style profile and safety questionnaire.

In other news, applications for the train driver position at Metro expired less than an hour ago.


Treasures Found On Ebay

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , May 25 2012 · 150 views
Bionicle and BZPowe
So, I decided to go on eBay for the first time in a while, and I found I didn't regret it: I found THREE sales for Misprint Kanohi! One for the 6 misprint Ruru (60 GBP), the 6 misprint Matatu (60 GBP) and one for a blue misprint Kaukau (20 BGP)!

The seller is called teresaslegos. She is the best seller on eBay for Bionicle sets of verying rarities, especially full collections! VERY highly recommended!

The Misprint Kaukau: http://www.ebay.com....=item3a74bee515

I have already purchased the misprints, and if all goes well, some will appear on B/S/T in about a month or so.


Brilliant Day Yesterday

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , May 20 2012 · 199 views
life news, Pokemon
I just noticed we can add "entry images". I might have to do that later so I have proof.

So, yesterday I went on yet another meetup with some friends from my Pokémon family, to attend a Trading Card Game Battle Roads in Geelong. I had to travel from one end of Port Phillip Bay to the other, so I got up very early.

On the way to the station I saw a possum! Even though I live in Australia, possums are nonetheless a very rare sight, especially in my area!

When I got to Southern Cross station, I purchased a V/Line ticket... we were going to take a diesel train the rest of the way! :D I met three of my friends there a while later, and helped them purchase their tickets.

On the train to Geelong, I talked to the conductor on board, and he told me about the employment process for the job, and what a conductor does. It turns out conductors, not drivers, are the ones in charge of announcements over the PA system on diesel trains. Also, the employment process is a lot lengthier than I thought. I have to apply, then take an aptitude test (this is where I'm up to), do an interview in front of four people, do ANOTHER aptitude test, and then do another interview! Even after all that, I'd go on a waiting list, and I wouldn't actually start work until next year!

Registration costs $5 AUD. When we got there and went to register, I decided to pay with my debit card. However, I needed to take out at least $8 AUD to use it. To that end, I decided to look through the individual cards the venue had on sale. After finding nothing of interest, I decided instead to purchase a Next Destinies booster pack. When I opened it, one of the cards I pulled was one of the rarest in the series: a differently-coloured Zoroark! One of my friends wouldn't leave me alone for the rest of the day trying to get it off me! :P Apparently that card costs $25 AUD because of its rarity and power in duels!
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I went into the tournament not using my Eeveelutions deck, which I had scrapped, but with a s###### Durant deck. I was able to win 2 matches, beating my personal best! :D I came 13th in my division (a minor setback for a triskaidecaphobic :/), which was one of the best among my friends!

I later got a Dark Explorers booster as a participation prize. I opened it, and... shock horror... a Groudon EX fell out! TWO RARE CARDS FROM TWO BOOSTERS! That's not gonna happen again! Even though Groudon EX is only worth $8 AUD, it was the card the same friend wanted the most, more than Zoroark! He was upset that everyone around him was pulling it except him! Naturally, he asked to trade me for it, and I agreed because I had no use for the card because I'm a battler, not a collector. In exchange, I got 2 Revives, a Crushing Hammer and $5 AUD, as well as a pledge that he'd get me an Enhanced Hammer. These are cards that I can use to improve my already surprisingly good Durant deck.
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A larger group of us, about 7, then went home together on another diesel train.

All in all, a brilliant day! :D

EDIT: Just looking through my old entries, I found a comment from SPIRIT saying that I had used up all the luck in my life. He was wrong. :P


In A Startling Twist Of Events...

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , May 15 2012 · 139 views
Metro, a company in charge of electric trains within the Melbourne metropolitan area, has begun hiring trainee train drivers!

Now I'm torn between applying for this position, and sticking with my conductor role at V/Line! What if I apply for this, and then get both!? I'm still studying a dual award, so it's gonna be hard to juggle 2 jobs and 2 courses at the same time!


What's So Great About My Little Pony?

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , May 15 2012 · 152 views

Is it the characters? The animation? The story? Does it have a continuous story like the best kids' shows of the 90s?


An Update Regarding My Job Application In The Rail Industry

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , May 12 2012 · 116 views
In entries past I expressed my interest in working in the rail industry. Something I didn't mention (I haven't got a clue why) is that I applied online for a position as conductor at V/Line a couple of weeks ago.

Yesterday I got an e-mail saying my application was accepted! :D THAT made my day!

Today, for the next part of my application process, I had to do an aptitude test, which was divided into a verbal test, a numeric test and an error checking test. I had to answer a series of questions in a VERY small time limit! Aside from a tiny, almost negligible hiccup in the numeric test, I think I did very well. :) Sadly, I don't get to find out how I went for over a month. :(

Stay tuned for more updates!

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