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Through the Eyes of Madness


Let's try this again

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Sep 16 2012 · 174 views
Bionicle & BZPower
PLEASE visit my trade topic! I'm begging!


A Haiku best describes my latest job application

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Sep 09 2012 · 180 views
The website you seek
Cannot be located, but
countless more exist.

It's a Haiku I learned in high school, which I have interpreted to mean "The way you want to do something can't always be done, but there are other ways to do it."

In this case, it's for a job at V/Line. I recently applied to become a fill-in Customer Communications Officer for them. The position won't get me on a V/Line train, but it nonetheless gets me a job.

V/Line is a very flexible company that approves of people moving between jobs in the business, so if I play my cards right I might be able to become a conductor (even if it'll pay less), or better, a shunter. If I play my cards PERFECTLY, I could even be a conductor and a Customer Communications Officer at the same time!

Applications close Wednesday afternoon. Wish me luck!


Spring has sprung!

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Sep 02 2012 · 219 views
life news
and I already feel relaxed!



Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Aug 30 2012 · 394 views
Bionicle & BZPower, life news
Triskaidekaphobia is fear of the number 13, and I suffer from it. This is because I suffer from being stalked by the number 13. Everywhere I look, the number 13 appears. EVERYWHERE! Even when I used an online random number generator to find my Spirit Pokémon, the number I got was 13! THAT was the biggest sign of all of my 13-based bad luck!

I have 13 pages of blog entries on BZPower too, which I don't like. :annoyed:

EDIT: this entry, ironically, makes it 14 pages! Good riddance!


One day...

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Aug 28 2012 · 328 views
Bionicle & BZPower
...the original Makuta of Oz (with spaces) will return to BZPower and see my activity. When that day comes, it will not be pretty! :s


I'm considering making a model railway!

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Aug 27 2012 · 212 views
Decided to add a new category tag: trains! I'll update some of my older train-related entries with it shortly.

When I move out, I might build a small model railway in or under my house, using HO scale models of V/Line trains. At this stage, I'm considering using a few A-class locomotives (which look like the N-class I have pics of in past entries, only with bulldog-nosed cabs instead of square cabs) hauling carriages, and Y-class locomotives (again, no image available) shunting. DERM and VLocity railmotors are also tempting. Sadly, there are no models of the Sprinter, my favourite train. Otherwise I'd use them without hesitation.


DERM Railtour

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Aug 05 2012 · 146 views
So, there was a vintage train called a DERM (Diesel Electric Rail Motor) doing a railtour from Melbourne's Southern Cross station yesterday, bound for Colac. Needless to say I couldn't resist participating! :D

During the trip we watched the surprised faces of people we went past. Never got old! :P I also fell in love with the DERM's high-pitched whistle!

Then there was trouble. CRUNCH! #MichaelAngelis

Between Marshall and Winchelsea, just past Geelong, the wind picked up. A tree was blown onto the track, and the DERM crashed into it! The driver's window was broken (imagine the fright he got!), and the radiator was punctured. We managed to limp into Winchelsea station, but with the radiator leaking we could go no further. We had to wait for 3 hours for an N-class locomotive to come and rescue us.

Was obviously a dramatic day and I did get home late, but I still had a lot of fun! :D

Pics coming soon.


My Assignment: Create an Unreal Tournament level!

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jul 31 2012 · 222 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 · 288 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 · 996 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 · 175 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 · 193 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 · 226 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 · 264 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 · 143 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 · 201 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 · 223 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 · 134 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 · 144 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.

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