This is the time when I wish I could change my display name.
Of course, judging from how those people responded, all politicians ought to actually start doing that if they want votes.
it also tells me that I know virtually nothing about pop culture until two months after it happens.
Anyhow, what I really want to talk about is the World Series. I am grateful beyond belief that the Giants were able to come back and beat the Cardinals. I already died twice in my lifetime in '06 and '11, along with a near miss in '04 and a bullet grazed my heart in '05, but the White Sox aren't as bad as the Cards.
Even so, I'm still rooting for Detroit. You all remember how I complained about the style of baseball played in '10? This time, I think it will be a little more balanced. Both have great pitching staffs, but Detroit has the better offense. I would say the Giants have the advantage, except that the Freak was freakishly bad this year, and so that factor is out of the World Series picture. On the other hand, Detroit has Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera (Triple-Crown winner and my choice of AL MVP), and Justin Verlander (last year's AL Cy Young and MVP winner). That's a pretty strong triple threat.
Then again, San Francisco has proved me wrong before, and they have a hot trio of hurlers in Cain, Zito, and Vogelsong. Even so, after the ALCS sweep, I still say Tigers.
For nine years, LEGO put out the BIONICLE theme. For most of those years, BZPower (or BZCommunity and KanohiPower) was there discussing, speculating, reviewing, and all-in-all enjoying this mix of toys and story that made up BIONICLE. We had fun. We had positive outlooks, and positive looks back. And for those of you who don't remember, we had a lot of negativity also. Remember the complaints about silver? Inika builds? Cheesy films? We've offered both praise and criticism for BIONICLE long before Hero Factory was a mere idea in some LEGO executive somewhere.
And criticism is not a bad thing. Many of us are looking back, noticing things about the line that we never noticed before. We have new perspective, and with that perspective, we are reexamining BIONICLE. GregF was awesome, back in the day, but we're older now. We've read more books, invested in more stories, and we now find that, as a book author, Mr. Farshtey was not the great literary giant we once saw him as. We see him as a talented author, whose books were entertaining, but not exactly as incredible as some of the authors we have read as we moved on past books with 200 pages or less and with easy-to-read text.
We also look back on BIONICLE's story, and now that we have expanded our view of entertainment, it is no longer the grand epic we thought once we have read true epics, and engaged in other mythologies. BIONICLE was great for what it was, but it is still a kid's toy line.
We follow Hero Factory and Ninjago now, because those are what are being made now, and when they're complete as BIONICLE is, we will move on to whatever is next. It's not negativity, it is a healthful contentedness, while we also look back favorably and sometimes with a more critical eye towards what our past has been.
But we don't need to coddle BIONICLE and cling to hope of its return to be happy, or to be positive. If it returns, I will give the shouts of victory with all the rest, but just as I enjoy and discuss BIONICLE today, two years after it gave up the ghost, I will enjoy and discuss the new guard of LEGO themes. I also will talk about BIONICLE in ways that examine its weak points. "How could this have been done better? Was this really as impressive as it seemed, or was it simply the novelty? Does this make sense?" One does not need to coddle BIONICLE to be positive. In fact, this discussion of BIONICLE's strong and weak suits are inherently positive, because even though we are looking at it with minds that have absorbed things that may be more impressive, we are still talking about it.
As people who have seen things come and go, and as folks who have had things they love give their swan song, we understand that BIONICLE is very likely gone, but that does not mean we wouldn't like it back. And we understand from the past that LEGO rarely brings back themes without radically changing them, which, in many cases, alienates those who followed the theme before. (See Alpha Team: Mission "Deep Freeze", so-called)
It is in fact, another very positive thing when we look forward to what the LEGO Company has in mind. They gave us BIONICLE, so why do so many, in the name of that very theme, often bear a negative attitude towards anything the company puts out, if it doesn't have the name "BIONICLE" on it.
Discussion is positive. Rejecting the present and future in nostalgia for the past is negative.
Source: Rumours Abound
I was thinking about infections and viruses in BIONICLE. For the most part, the word "virus" is used in BIONICLE to refer to something the Brotherhood of Makuta used in experiments. "Infection" and the only real mention of illness (in MNOG) involves infected Kanohi.
My idea is that viruses in BIONICLE are similar to computer viruses, that infiltrate a computer and can pretty much take over. Given that much of BIONICLE now is compared to computer programs and so forth, this makes sense.
Viruses, when used by Makuta, "program" the Rahi they are making. One virus will give them a more aggressive program, one will give them a more domesticated program, and so forth, but they can also be used to alter the program of other creatures, as shown when Teridax used viruses to put Mata Nui into "sleep mode", and essentially shut him down, much like a computer virus.
Makuta viruses could also be used to add tissue to whatever Rahi they are creating, much like a biological cancer virus reprograms cells to make a new type of tissue (even though in the Real World, tumors are dangerous rather than beneficial--and given the failed experiments some Makuta had, it's probably accurate to describe them that way) A Makuta would start with a base, and then use both "biologic-style" viruses and "computer-style" viruses to shape and program the animal, respectively.
Infection, on the other hand, I think is not an illness at all, but rather something the Great Beings had in mind from the very start. Given the importance of the Makuta's mission, particularly in Teridax's case, it makes sense that somewhere along the line, they would need help from some of the Great Being's creations. So the Great Beings allowed the Makuta to take a portion of their "program" (antidermis) and give it physical form (kraata), separate from the Makuta. Like a biological virus, this would be essentially a packet of information that would reprogram a being when they infected their Kanohi, which contains a copy of that being's "program" (and without which many of them cannot continue to operate). Once infected, that virus' program would take over the system, and that infected being now serves the Makuta for as long as they wear that mask.
Kraata could also infect other devices intended for infection, like the "Comet" brand Kohlii balls and they also could control Rahkshi armor using that same basic "Servant of Makuta" program, but until inside Rahkshi armor, their primary purpose was to spread the program.
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Cincinnati Reds: None
Pittsburgh Pirates: WERE DOING THIS
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St. Louis Cardinals: Toa Onarax, Toaman25
San Francisco Giants: Nuju Metru, Iro, Great being Velika
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Colorado Rockies: Shadix, Alpha123, xccj
Arizona Diamondbacks: Progenitus Worldsoul
San Diego Padres: thoron
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Detroit Tigers: None
Cleveland Indians: Aho-Chan
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Chicago White Sox: terminallyCapricious
Texas Rangers: Rarity, tent163phantoka
Los Angeles Angels: thebeggarpie
Oakland Athletics: None
Seattle Mariners: Kakaru, Toa Kaithas, Swert
Houston Astros: Flaredrick: Forgotten One
New York Yankees: Captain Marvel, Kylus, Toa 11, Zarayna
Boston Red Sox: Chro, Iskandar
Toronto Blue Jays: Blade: Hero of Truth
Baltimore Orioles: Princess Grr (That's the Smeaginator, if he has another name change sometime again)
Tampa Bay Rays: Sumiki
Nuju Metru: New York Yankees
Iro: Oakland Athletics
WERE DOING THIS: New York Yankees
Zerothemaster: Colorado Rockies
Toa Onarax: Boston Red Sox
xccj: Seattle Mariners
Kakaru: Colorado Rockies
Flaredrick: Forgotten One: Texas Rangers
Great being Velika: Oakland Athletics
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