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Retrospective

Posted by Princess Grr , Dec 16 2006 · 28 views
Music and Literature
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Despite tribulations involving illness and difficulty is locating a parking spot, I had the awe-filling sight of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, with all their pyrotechnics, lasers and lights, glow-in-the-dark violins, and outrageously incredible music before me.

The show opened with a slightly curtailed presentation of their first album, Christmas Eve and Other Stories. Interposed between the narrator's crisp relating of the tale of a lone angel were such memorable TSO tunes as "A Mad Russian's Christmas" and their biggest hit, "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24." Expertly coordinated to the musics was a brilliant light and laser show that accentuated the symphonic sound in an exciting visual way.

After the narrator (who often played along with the band-members on an air guitar when he was not reciting his story) completed his tale, we were introduced to the members of the band. Following this short break the group erupted into song once more, blasting familiar compositions from The Lost Christmas Eve and my favorite TSO album, Beethoven's Last Night. Among these were the wildly entertaining "Wizards in Winter," "Christmas Nights in Blue," "A Last Illusion," and the electrically-charged rendition of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, "Requiem." The latter was accompanied by breathtaking jets of fire and other pyrotechnics and captured the power and majesty of the famous Fifth Symphony in a way only the Trans-Siberian Orchestra can.

One of the best parts of the three-hour show was a preview of the upcoming TSO album Night Castle. The band played their adaptation of "Carmina Burana" (the "O Fortuna" part, specifically) to much applause. Afterward there was a great keyboardist duel between two pianists which led into an explosive finale featuring a second performance of Sarajevo in an even more grandiose style.

If you are a fan of the Trans-Siberian Orchetsra, you must see them perform live.

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Attention Bzprpg Members

Posted by Princess Grr , Dec 08 2006 · 16 views
BZPower and the Internet
If you are involved in the BZPRPG, please read this post from the BZPRPG Discussion Topic.


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Most Recent Moc Updated

Posted by Princess Grr , Dec 06 2006 · 20 views
Things That I Like


Yes, I actually made a new MOC. Unfortunately it's just a silly little hodge-podge of red and green pieces made for the contest. You can drop a post in the topic if you wish.


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The Pianist Resurfaces

Posted by Princess Grr , Dec 03 2006 · 28 views
Music and Literature
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The Trans-Siberian Orchestra has instituted a contest encouraging fans to play one of their best songs, "Wizards in Winter," and make their own music video. Following the creation of this media, entrants must post it on a certain video-sharing web site and submit the url to the TSO.

The existence of the contest is, however, secondary in coolness to the fact that they've posted the sheet music for Wizards in Winter online in .pdf format! I've downloaded and printed out the piano music and and working on learning the tune--my skills are rusty though, so it will be a slow process. If I manage to learn how to play it satisfactorally prior to the expiration of the deadline, I may enter the contest.


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An Addition To The Mcsmeagol Electronic Empire

Posted by Princess Grr , Dec 02 2006 · 32 views
Life and Lessons Learned


Yesterday evening I gained possession of a shiny new silver Motorola Q smartphone, as the contract expired for my much-inferior (and very annoying) previous cell phone.

How much am I enjoying this new communcations hub, you inquire? I'll provide a hint: My screen's backdrop is the cover of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, my ringtone is the Cantina Band theme from Star Wars, I've taken multiple photographs of my cat with the built-in camera, and I have enjoyed listening to songs by Van Halen, Queen, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and The Who that I have stored on the phone.

Even better than these entertaining additions is the presence of internet explorer on the phone--while I detest the use of that browser on a PC, I revel in the fact that it is installed on my phone, as it signifies that I can now access the internet from any given place. Prior to my trek to the stable this afternoon, I checked my BZ reports and browsed several sites on the Q. I hope that this expansion of my access to the internet, and therefore BZPower, means that I will be able to accomplish more modding than I have been in recent months.


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Holy Horatio, Batman!

Posted by Princess Grr , Nov 27 2006 · 25 views
Declarative or Editorial
There is Google Search, Google Maps, and Google Earth. None of those, however, is the coolest product of that world-controlling information corporation.

That, my friends, is Google Shakespeare.

http://google.com/shakespeare

Holy Hamlet, it's awesome!


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Stop The Madness

Posted by Princess Grr , Nov 24 2006 · 25 views
BZPower and the Internet
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^all credit and a hearty "thank-you" to Makaru^


Do not post in spam topics.


DO NOT POST IN SPAM TOPICS.


DO NOT POST IN SPAM TOPICS.

Although there have been many topics, replies, and blog entries dedicated to this piece of BZPower ordinance, many members still seem unclear on this concept. A recent explosion in scofflaws--both of the straight spam, reply spam, and unintentional spam (parenthetical note: Later I will be posting in this blog a list of the different kinds of spam and related posts) varieties has occurred, pre-empted by rising levels of such activity.

When a member posts a topic that is in breach of BZP law, do not reply to it. Don't say "haha, you're in trouble" or "this is certaintly an entertaining topic," and especially do not reply to the topic starter with more pointless spam. Remember what spam stands for: Stupid Pointless Annoying Message. If your post serves no justifiable purpose, it definitely is stupid and annoying.

In addition, do not post just to say "stop posting spam" or "that's against the rules." All you are doing is adding fuel to the inferno. Just use the "report this post" button to alert the moderating staff to the rule-breaking, and refrain from posting. Members acting like staff simply contribute to the problem by adding posts to the spam topic.

As Makaru said in his blog entry, How to Report a Topic,

"Any time you type these phrases:

I don't think this is allowed...

I think this belongs in...

Please don't flame, [member]...

That's spam, [member]...

The folder isn't public...

Reporting...

This topic was revived...

This should be closed...

...can someone please close this?

I guess a Moderator can close this now...


...anywhere in your post, DON'T post. If you do, you aren't helping the situation. You're making it worse by drawing attention to the topic/post, and any available Staff that can handle the situation are still unaware of the problem.
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Overruled Music Issue 1: Dead Man's Party

Posted by Princess Grr , Nov 22 2006 · 34 views
Music and Literature
One of the unfortunate side effects of time's progression is that of eventual surpression of good music. Some brilliant songs, such as Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Queen's "We Will Rock You" remain remembered, but too often some very good and enjoyable songs, even ones that enjoyed popularity when released, fade from public's memory. This column in my blog will be dedicated to these forgotten melodies that I enjoy.

This week, I'll start with "Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo.


"Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo
Composed by Danny Elfman


I'm all dressed up with nowhere to go
Walkin' with a dead man over my shoulder
Waiting for an invitation to arrive
Goin' to a party where no one's still alive


"Dead Man's Party" was the title track from Oingo Boingo's fourth album and probably their best-known song. It is definitelty my favorite, which its catchy yet mildly creepy repeating melody and unsettling lyrics.

I was struck by lighting
Walkin' down the street
I was hit by something last night in my sleep
It's a dead man's party
Who could ask for more
Everybody's comin', leave your body at the door
Leave your body and soul at the door


Oingo Boingo was actually led by Danny Elfman, who is now known for his film scores--one of his most recent works was the score for the Spider-Man films.

All dressed up with nowhere to go
Walkin' with a dead man
Waitin' for an invitation to arrive
With a dead man...Dead Man

Got my best suit and my tie
Shiny silver dollar on either eye
I hear the chauffeur comin' to the door
Says there's room for maybe just one more

Don't run away it's only me
Don't be afraid of what you can't see
Don't run away it's only me . . .



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Countdown...

Posted by Princess Grr , Nov 16 2006 · 29 views
Music and Literature
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December Fifteenth.


The Trans-Siberian Orchestra.


Smeag has tickets.



That is all.


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When Politics Drives You Wild...

Posted by Princess Grr , Nov 08 2006 · 30 views
Life and Lessons Learned
...elect officials with true wisdom!


Credit to LehvakLah for showing that great sign to me at her weblog, which you can find a link to at the leftmost portion of this page. I suppose I'm essentially copying her blog entry, but that image tickled me so much, I felt I had to spread the word even more.






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Faces To The Names

In relative order of meeting and/or encountering them. There are definitely some missing but I'm bad with usernames. PM me if you've met me at a BrickFair or something but aren't on this list.

1989: ActionMasterBumblebee
1995: Cronua
2002: Antonapoulos
2006: Bionicle Rex, Kopaka's Ice Engineering, Kaiapu, Spoony Bard, Black Six, InnerRayg, ChocolateFrogs
2008: Swiftone, LehvakLah, Makaru, Deevee, Magpi, Kohaku, Roa McToa, speaknspell, Nikira, Twingding, krazyrapdude
2009: Janus, Friar Tuck, Senjo, Hahli Husky, Emzee, Alsru: Toa of Honor, Spink, Disky
2010: Nukaya, ToM Dracone, Arpy, Sisen, xccj, Nuju Metru, Primus, Vezok's Friend, Lloyd: White Wolf, Stubbed Toa, Waffles, dablackcat
2011: Brave Dragon, Brickeens, Toa Lhikan Hordika, and many more at BrickFair '11 who I do not remember!
2012: Tufi Piyufi, Takuma Nuva, Avohkah Tamer, and many more at BrickFair '12 who I do not remember!
2013: !!JOHN CENA!!, Ryuujin, Der Xaeger, probably more at BrickFair '13 that I don't remember

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