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Weekly Update - 2/22

Posted by Black Six , Feb 22 2008 · 64 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Alas, ToyFair has come and gone, and we have to wait until next year for similar excitement. Our coverage isn't quite done yet, you can expect one more article about the new sets that weren't on display at the Collector's Party. But now it's back to the grindstone.

Updates
First off, I'd like to thank Andrew M for coming up to NYC and attending Toy Fair with me. I'm glad he was able to come and hopefully in the future he'll be able to join me again. I'm not going into discussion of the sets anymore here; I think that's something I've covered extensively elsewhere.

Next, I want to thank Toaraga for the honor of being the very last Blog of thee Week. Yes, it is indeed the very last one. That doesn't mean this will be the last you hear from the Blog Team though, so don't fret. We're just looking at some new and different ways to promote blogs and to thank Premier Members for supporting our site.

Now that things like the above are over, I'm hoping to have some more time to look at some other things on BZP. This may be short-lived, however, as the next RPG contest is coming up. We may be making some changes to that, but you'll have to wait until March to find out. tongue.gif As far as those other things, we may have some more changes in the staff, or maybe we won't.

Not much else to say, so I suggest you just go ogle the new sets for now and let us get some work done.

Mailbag
QUOTE(Xaeraz:Toa-demon/Dr.Zephyr)
Are you part of any other bionicle fansites?

Which bionicle would you be?

Which of the '08 sets is your favorite?

Would you recommend this product to a freind?

Would you like a frequent flyer's pass?

Who would win: Vican or Kirop?

Isn't it awesome that I've got a split personality?

1. You mean there are sites other than BZPower? Nope.
2. Kapura seemed to have it pretty sweet.
3. I think either the Jetrax T6 or the Axalara T9.
4. Sure.
5. What's the catch?
6. Kirop in the sixth round with a knockout.
7. If you say so. tongue.gif

QUOTE(toa nuva of alex™)
1-is it true that you cloned your self 28 times so that you can watch over ever part of the froum?
2-why did smerg steal one of your nukes?
3-why did you play halo three 12 hours with no breaks?
4-do you like mass effect?
5-do you ever wish that you weren't the 2nd in cammand of bzpower?
6-why are you so mean to smerg?
7-it is also true that you cried out like a gril when you were chased by that t-rex?
8-is this anuff?
9-if not, what movie that you saw in your enter life did you like best?

1- I wish it was.
2- I'm guessing it has something to do with his plans to take over Minnesota, but I can't be sure.
3- So I could beat the game and see how it ended before someone spoiled it for me. And I did take a couple short breaks.
4- I love it. I haven't played it recently, but I'm working on my third playthrough. I can't wait for the DLC for it.
5- Yes. Things were so much simpler before.
6- I just play a mean person on BZP. In reality we're good friends.
7- No, that was the other Andrew.
8- Never.
9- Such a hard question. I think I'll go with The Matrix if I had to pick just one.

QUOTE(Master Cheif 117)
Hello, Six. Some Mailbag questions.

1) Why did you select the name Black Six as your Alias on BZP?

2) If your Adventure in NYC gets made into a full length motion picture, which film company (You know, Paramount, Fox, Universal, etc.) would you want to make it?

3) What was the first topic you closed?

4) What type of topic was it?

Thank you! smile.gif

1) I had been using the name for years before coming to BZP. The name's origins are shrouded in mystery.
2) Fox.
3) This topic may have been it.
4) It was a dupe topic.

Want to see your questions answered? PM them to me and put 'Mailbag' in the subject line. I'll pick the few I like the best and answer them in the next update.

Conclusion
And that's it for tonight. As always, please send or post your questions or comments. Also, if you have a topic or something you would like me to discuss, just ask, I'm more than willing to take something and run with it. Goodnight all!


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An Adventure In New York City

Posted by Black Six , Feb 17 2008 · 150 views
Real Life
So, yesterday was the Lego Collector's Party for Toy Fair in New York City. Being that I live nearby I headed over into Manhattan to attend, accompanied eventually by that other Andrew, Smeagol4, and later, by LehvakLah. It was a fun and dangerous trip, one that shall be made into songs and epics, and perhaps even a full-length motion picture.

It begins... at the beginning...

(Note: I apologize for the darkness of some of the pictures. Some of the settings on my camera got messed up and I didn't realize it at first. But hey, better with these photos than inside Toy Fair, right?)

I started out by taking the PATH train to 34th Street and Broadway, which I was able to follow all the way to my first destination up on 50th Street. I'm a fast walker so it didn't take much time, I was only slowed down by the need to document my travails. There are always many interesting things to see in NYC, from famous landmarks to street performers to public disturbances to hobos, but I tended on focusing on the former on this occasion.


This store is named after the famous parade that takes place on Thanksgiving.


Talk to someone from NYC and ask them about Starbucks, and they'll tell you there are a lot of them. To you that may mean three or four, but in truth it's a whole lot more.


Could it be?


What are the chances I would come across another one? After all I was only walking a few blocks.


Pretty darn good...


Since there's been a lot of discussion about economies and the values of money and the prices of goods with the WalMart story recently, this seemed like an apt picture to take.


Trivia Fact: Andrew's Dad has appeared on that screen.


The NASDAQ sign marks the beginning of the Times Square area, which is neither a square nor does it have a time piece readily visible. There are many places to have food there, from the hardcore...


An omen of things to come.


...To the pop-culturey...


That's no planet, it's a restaurant!


...To the artery-clogging.


The brightest McDonalds you'll ever seen, and those lights run 24/7.


If eating's not your thing, there are plenty of other places to go. Like this little toy store, for instance.


By 'little' I mean it only has a ferris wheel, not a roller coaster.


Oh, and could it be..?


What a surprise!


There's no way there could be another, right? Right, but close...


Ziggy played guitar...


Finally, after rendezvousing with Smeag, we headed back downtown towards where Lego was having the event.


The lovely (yet blurry) Westin Hotel.


At this point Toy Fair happened. You can see all of our pics from that over the next couple of days on the front page. It was a good time and as always we appreciate The Lego Company's hospitality and thank them for inviting us.

After the Collector's Party, we headed back towards Times Square (only a block away) and got on line for the incredibly crowded Hard Rock Cafe, since you know, someone is a huge Rock N' Roll fan. An hour and a half later, and after much oohing and ahhing (and bowing in the majesty of The Beatles) we were finally seated, with LehvakLah in tow. Thank you so much St. Edmunds and your party of 47 people for making the wait take forever...

Dinner was quite tasty, and afterwards we went wandering about Times Square, since this was Smeag's first time in NYC. Of course we had to go to Toys 'R' Us and look at the Lego and laugh at the Mega Bloks. Unfortunately our visit was cut short by the store closing. Party poopers.

It's just as well though, because soon we were in for the run of our lives. Almost as soon as we left TRU, we were attacked!


If you don't move, he still sees you, so you had better run.


It was a mad dash for our lives. Things got even more dangerous when a brawl broke out in the streets in front of us. You wouldn't believe it unless you saw it, so I took a picture.


Shark vs Pegasus


Fortunately these beasts turned out to be a more attractive meal to the T-Rex, allowing us to escape for the time being. Soon after Smeag jumped into a passing cab and LehvakLah into the subway, leaving me to fend for myself back to the PATH station.


As I rushed for the train, fearing for my life, I accidentally took a picture.


Once I was back on the other side of the Hudson River, I finally felt safe. There was no way that thing was fitting into the Holland or Lincoln Tunnels, and I sure hope it can't swim...

Back in the comfort of New Jersey, I was able to spot the T-Rex as it scaled a famous landmark.


If you squint and tilt your head, you can just make out its silhouette.


And that is the end of our tale. I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you enjoy all the rest of our Toy Fair coverage.

Until next time...


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Weekly Update - 2/15

Posted by Black Six , Feb 15 2008 · 53 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Welcome back to another edition of the weekly update. I'm your host Black Six, but you can call me Andrew. Let's see what's happened this past week in the Bionicle world. Eh, who am I kidding, things have been dull... for now!

Updates
The highlight of tonight is the Mailbag. I had a massive number of questions submitted over the past week and it took a while to work through them all, so the rest of this issue might not be that long. Sorry, you'll get over it.

One thing I mention in the Mailbag that I'll go into more detail about here, is the BZPower Staff Page. This past week it has actually been updated somewhat! Sure most of the bios are out of date, but now it's organized by staff group (Admins, Globals, FLs, etc...) and the members are now listed in alphabetical order! I know, it's amazing. I'm still looking into maybe adding a couple small new things on there, but if there's anything you guys think we can do to make it better, leave a comment or send me a PM!

The other thing I'm going to talk about is the LAML Radio podcast I've now appeared twice on. I really enjoy it, especially since it's like having a podcast without having to do all the work editing and hosting it (James, your dedication is inspiring). I think it's a nice break from the norm and I like getting the chance to talk about some other things in the Lego world aside from Bionicle. What do you guys think of it?

Of course, there have been a few news items this week, the biggest, I think, being the new Bionicle games (released today on Bionicle.com) and the Bionicle Battle Cards that were found in Croatia. According to Bink, they're going to be making their way through Europe, so keep your eyes peeled for them!

Oh yeah, tomorrow is ToyFair! Who wants to see a photo journal like I did back in October when I got my new computer? Let me know soon so I know to take random pictures tomorrow.

Mailbag
QUOTE(Toa Z)
OK. I have these questions that have been bugging me for a while tongue.gif

1) How often is the Staff Page updated?

AND

2) How did you go from being a member to a staffie in like 4 days? =O

1) Every now and then. I've actually been doing some work on the staff page recently. You can see that the staff are broken up by their group and there are a couple new bios.
2) Hard work, lots of posting (meaningful posts) and great timing.

QUOTE(.:Sgt. Panda of the 60's:.)
If BZPower was in fate, what would you do?
And would a sausage join BZPower?
BTW, What's better? Coke Or Pepsi tongue.gif
~SGT~

1. I would figure out what being in fate meant, and then I would take appropriate action.
2. If the sausage happened to be sentient and liked Bionicle, it very well might join BZPower.
3. I'm not a fan of colas, so I'd have to pick water as my favorite beverage, with Sprite and iced tea close behind.

QUOTE(Magnus Magnolius)
Why did you decide to be a BZP admin?

Who said I decided? Perhaps I was told to be an admin. tongue.gif There was an opening, it needed to be filled, and I was the best candidate, so someone had to do it, and that someone was me.

QUOTE(Xaeraz:Toa-demon/Dr.Zephyr)
Have you ever wanted to stop being an admin?

What is your favorite forum on BZP?

What are the practical applications of junior physics?

What was your favorite board message when we had those little quirky quote things on them?

Have you ever been happy to get a board message?

Which of these questions was the hardest to answer?

#1 Every time something crazy happens and I have to deal with it, a little part of me wouldn't mind stopping.
#2 I've always been a fan of RPG.
#3 Getting to tell people how the world works while only having a slightly more than cursory understanding of it yourself.
#4 "Cross my heart, smack me dead, stick a lobster on my head."
#5 Nope.
#6 This one.

QUOTE(toa nuva of alex™)
1: how do you get to be on bzpower almost half the day?
2: what made you join bzpower?
3: how many games do you have for your xbox?

1: The practical applications of cloning have yet to be fully realized, but I think I've found at least one good use.
2: It was cooler than the Bionicle fan site I was running at the time on Yahoo!
3: Maybe around a dozen for the original Xbox and another dozen-ish for Xbox 360.

QUOTE(Zyglakky Sharky)
Why?

Who's your favorite villain (other then MoMN if that's the one)?

Favorite set?

I heard you don't like Mudkips?

Why did you color in your avatar?

Do you still have the blue inked version image?

What exactly is your avatar?

Favorite carnivorous sea animal?

Why does Smeag do all these strange tasks for you?

1 - Well, you see, due to the causal effects of the this, the that, and the other thing, conditions occur at just the right time and place to make it so.
2 - Let's go with the Piraka, they were pretty good villains.
3 - Muaka and Kane-Ra were pretty sweet back in the day.
4 - Nope, not a fan.
5 - I felt it was time for a change.
6 - Yes.
7 - Me, as illustrated by Schizo Kaita.
8 - A dolphin.
9 - I'm his boss.

QUOTE(Gatanui)
1. Who is your favourite Bionicle character setwise?
2. Who is your favourite Bionicle character storywise?
3. Which is your favourite Bionicle element?
4. What is your favourite Bionicle game?
5. Are you excited about the ToyFair this weekend?
6. What are you expecting of the 2008 summer sets?
7. What do you think of the new Bionicle artist?

(1) Muaka and Kane-ra, as above.
(2) Tahu.
(3) Fire.
(4) I think Bionicle Heroes or the Mata Nui Online Game. The Voya Nui Online Game sucked me in for a while too.
(5) Definitely.
(6) Three more Toa, three more Makuta, and some larger sets. I keep my expectations low so I'm not disappointed.
(7) I think the art style is pretty cool. It's a lot more set-oriented then Sayger's style was, but that's not a good or bad thing.

Want to see your questions answered? PM them to me and put 'Mailbag' in the subject line. I'll pick the few I like the best and answer them in the next update.

Conclusion
And that's all folks! The next you'll be hearing from me will be after ToyFair in wonderful New York City!


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Weekly Update - 2/8

Posted by Black Six , Feb 08 2008 · 42 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
First and foremost: congratulations Giants! Sorry Patriots fans, but it was a great game, and the best team won.

Anyway, Bionicle. There were definitely some interesting stories this week and it should be interesting to see how they turn out in the long run.

Updates
One of the biggest stories this week is that Wal Mart stores have stopped ordering Lego products. Anything you see on the shelves is all that's going to be there until some sort of deal gets worked out. Some people have been blaming Wal Mart, others on the Canadian government. Very few have been blaming Lego, though in truth all parties are at fault in some way. Now I'm and engineer, not a politician or banker, so I try to not worry myself about these sorts of things. Hopefully though, we'll see democracy and capitalism at work. The Canadian dollar has a value as determined by the market. That price should dictate how much Lego charges for selling their sets to retailers and customers. As the Canadian dollar has risen, however, the cost of sets (and other products imported into Canada) has not fallen. From people I've talked to in Canada, it's gotten to some ridiculous levels. Now, I'm sure Wal Mart and Lego want to keep making money, and I'm sure there are lots of people in Canada creating a demand for Lego products that shop at Wal Mart. There will be a resolution, as they would be stupid to do nothing and lose potential sales.

The next important item is that the new artist for the Bionicle comic series has been revealed, one Leigh Gallagher. There has been a very positive response to the teaser page we posted (thanks to Greg for that). Many say it calls back some of the earlier comics that were illustrated by D'Anda, and I'd tend to agree. Don't get me wrong, Stuart Sayger definitely left his mark on Bionicle, and I think change is good to keep things interesting, but every now and then it's nice to get a little throwback.

Aside from that, we should have a Radiak review posted tomorrow, and hopefully a few more after that. Toy Fair is a week from tomorrow (so don't expect any set reviews next weekend, just pictures of new sets!). So some cool stuff to look forward to.

Mailbag
Finally, some letters!
QUOTE(~Blue Diamond~)
What really got you interested into the world of Bionicle and LEGO?

As a young child I received lots of Lego sets as gifts over the years. They were great creative toys that provided hours of fun, more than any of my other toys. My interest in Bionicle stemmed out of that, combining the creativity of Lego with the story of Bionicle that we all know so well.

QUOTE(Aoran)
Have you read the new BZPMonthly as of yet?
- If you have, what article do you feel is most important in this issue?
- Of your own choice, out of all possibilities in the world, what one article would you want written on any subject?

What do you feel is the best 'perk' of being on the BZPower Staff, let alone being an Admin AND a News-Guy-Thing?

Lastly... Um. What's usually an average day for such an incredible person like yourself?

Nope, things are generally very busy.
As for an article, I always thing it's great to look at how Bionicle has changed over the years and the story and sets have evolved (for better or worse).

The best perk, eh? The giant avatars are nice, but I'd have to go with getting invited to events like ToyFair as being pretty awesome.

An average day depends on the time of year. Right now I'm taking classes, so my average day consists of waking up, having some breakfast, going to class, doing homework, having some dinner, going back to class, doing more homework, and then catching up on BZPower. Eventually I go to sleep.

QUOTE(Smeagol4)
Why don't you pay me for all those weird errands you send me on? And why did you need three tons of potatoes dug by my hand from a farm on the other side of the planet, anyway?

Why did you win that court case I filed against you? Was it because you could afford a lawyer and I had to pull someone off the street to represent me (she was friendly, though)?

Would you be upset if I admitted I stole one of your nuclear missiles?

What are all those books with satanic symbols on the covers that you keep on your desk? And why did you put a ring of candles with a pentagram painted in the center in blood in front of my door?

Why is your name so freaking awesome?

You're a volunteer. Volunteers don't get paid. Oh, and I like my french fries to be from China. I was just stocking up.

It was because I'm older, smarter, and better looking. Oh and that girl was a friend of mine, so I don't think she was trying to defend you too well.

Only if you pronounced it nook-yoo-ler, otherwise I have plenty.

Those are my engineering manuals. You'd be surprised the crazy things that go on to make the world work. Oh and that pentagram? That was, um, err, your invitation to ToyFair. Yes.

Because it begins with 'A,' ends with 'w' and has 'ndre' in the middle.

Want to see your questions answered? PM them to me and put 'Mailbag' in the subject line. I'll pick the few I like the best and answer them in the next update.

Conclusion
That's it for this week, but it was more than usual, so be happy! Until my next blog entry, have fun on BZPower!


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Weekly Update - 2/1

Posted by Black Six , Feb 01 2008 · 45 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
So, the weekend is upon us again. And that of course means it's time for another Weekly Update. Read on to see what's new this week.

Updates
It's been another week and we've had no more reports of the virus affecting anyone. I'm glad things have finally cleared up.

The announcement I mentioned last week was of course that all forum staff have been given the ability to approve posts. This has definitely sped things up and gets new members onto BZP faster. It's good to see things working out.

Tomorrow should be the debut of the Makuta Icarax review. There are only a few more sets to be reviewed from the first wave of 2008 sets. Hopefully we'll get them all done before the second barrage comes at us. Thanks again to all the staff that have been reviewing sets!

Speaking of the second wave of sets, ToyFair is now only two weeks away! I will be attending as I have for the best few years, and joining me for the first time will be our newest reporter, Andrew M, aka Smeagol4. It should be a fun time in the greatest city in the world. Oh and speaking of New York, go Giants!

Mailbag
Come on guys, let's get us some questions!

Want to see your questions answered? PM them to me and put 'Mailbag' in the subject line. I'll pick the few I like the best and answer them in the next update.

Conclusion
So that wraps things up for this week. I hope you enjoy tomorrow's review, and for those of you that are football fans, enjoy the big game on Sunday - I hope I do!


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Weekly Update - 1/25

Posted by Black Six , Jan 25 2008 · 47 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
It's that time of week again. BZPower has been pretty slow lately, but there are a few things on the horizon. Read on to see what's up!

Updates
First off, as you can see in this story our recent virus problems have now been solved. If you still see some kind of message, clear your cache/temporary internet files and try again.

Next up, reviews have been going great! Vamprah should be up tomorrow with any luck, and there's at least one more on standby after that. The new review system we've switched to (behind the scenes) has really sped things up in the time it takes staff to make the reviews and the time it takes me to post them. I'm really please with how it's working out.

As far as the forums go, we should have an announcement tonight or tomorrow that should help get posts approved quicker. We're also looking at some long-term changes and improvements to help make things run smoother.

Speaking of long-term, ToyFair is in three weeks, and BZPower will be there, more on that as it gets closer!

Mailbag
No questions this week. Send some in!

Want to see your questions answered? PM them to me and put 'Mailbag' in the subject line. I'll pick the few I like the best and answer them in the next update.

Conclusion
So that's it for this week. Hopefully that will sate your curiosity. As always, I welcome all comments, questions, and criticisms. So until next week, farewell!


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Congratulations Giants

Posted by Black Six , Jan 20 2008 · 80 views
Real Life
Tonight the New York Giants defeated the Green Bay Packers and won the NFC Championship. They'll move on in two weeks to face the New England Patriots in Superbowl XLII. It was a very close game score-wise and a real nail-biter in the end. But if you watched, the Giants played the better game (in my opinion). Our defense played extremely well and won the game for us (especially considering Webster's interception in overtime to get us the ball back). Our offense had a decent night, with a few miscues. Dropped passes hurt us in the beginning, thanks to a cold ball, and had Tynes not missed the two earlier field goals it would have been a different game. There were also a couple penalties, one that called back a touchdown. But still, we won, and didn't turn the ball over, so I'll take what I can get.

Next week the Gmen face the Pats again, hopefully with better results than last time.

Go Giants!


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Weekly Update - 1/18

Posted by Black Six , Jan 18 2008 · 48 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Very short update this week. Not much to say with school back in session.

Updates
We've been getting a lot of reviews up lately. Other than that there hasn't been much. We're still working on cleaning up the server, making a little progress, but no big updates.

You will see something tomorrow, but you'll have to wait until then to see it

Mailbag
QUOTE(Axinian the Chronicler)
1) Concerning set reviews, do you coordinate which Staff Member reviews a certain set, or does the Staff contact you about the sets they would like to review?
2) Basically, what does it take to turn the text and pictures that the Staff send you into the well-organized reviews we see on the news page?
3) Do you have a favorite 2008 set yet?
4) Number-wise, how many of the Staff team do you know in person?

1)We work things out so there are no duplicate reviews.
2)I have a template
3)I'll wait until I see the summer sets at ToyFair.
4)I know at least ten that I can think of offhand.

Want to see your questions answered? PM them to me and put 'Mailbag' in the subject line. I'll pick the few I like the best and answer them in the next update.

Conclusion
Sorry for the short update. Maybe something cool will happen next week.


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Weekly Update - 1/11

Posted by Black Six , Jan 11 2008 · 49 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Another Friday, another week in review. There has been plenty of little things popping up recently worth discussing, and I will do so here. So let's see what happened over the past few days.

Updates
First and foremost, we are aware of the leaked images of the summer 2008 sets. Lego has asked us not to post any images until Toy Fair in February, and we intend to oblige. If they start to become a serious problem, the usual warnings and administrative actions will be taken.

Next up, we had the LAMLradio interview. A lot of people seemed to like it and a bunch seemed surprised by my voice, for whatever reason. We're definitely interested in following this up with either more interviews or a Podcast of our own, but only time will tell what that brings.

As many of you have seen, a bunch of new content and designs have been spread throughout the official Bionicle sites. I personally think Kelly has been doing a great job with them and look forward to see what else he has planned. BionicleBattle.com also looks interesting, we'll have to see what the content on there is like when it becomes available.

Our staff has been continuing to churn out reviews. So fast, in fact, I've been having a hard time keeping up with posting them. Our Chirox review should be up later today or tomorrow, and I have at least one other ready to go, and there should be more in my inbox this weekend. We've revamped our review system to encourage a faster turnaround time on reviews, and so far it has been working great.

That's pretty much all the big stuff for this week. The gears continue to turn behind the scenes, we'll share more when we're ready.

Mailbag
QUOTE(Gatanui)
1. What was the hardest time for you being an admin of the site?
2. Which was your favourite moment on BZP?
3. What is your favourite Bionicle song?
4. You always post pics from the ToyFair every year, don´t you? How does it feel to be one of the first people on BZP to see the summer sets?

1. The hardest times are when we have to take the site offline for an extended period of time, such as last summer. This site is here for you guys, and it's frustrating to know we're not able to always give you access to BZP.
2. There have been so many over the years, it's hard to pick one. I guess becoming an Admin was pretty big and something I will always look back on fondly.
3. I liked the song Move Along by the All American Rejects that was used back in 2006.
4. I've been providing coverage of ToyFair since 2005, so this year will be my fourth year. It's cool getting to see the sets in person and getting to play around with them, and we're very thankful that Lego provides us with that opportunity.

QUOTE(Macku: Toa of Bubbles)
1. Can post approvers edit posts in the queue? I know some software allows this and some doesn't.

2. Why does the Avohkii rotate in the opposite direction of the other spinning masks? Is it a special mask? Was it an oversight that was rectified in future masks? Or doesn't it really matter which way they turn?

3. How can onua nuva fan have been a Premier Member since Nov 30, 1999 when BZP is "©2001-2008," and, according to his profile, he didn't join until August 2004?

4. Why does the Premier Member list sort most symbols to the top of the list, but tildes to the bottom? What's special about tildes that they're pushed to the bottom?

1.Nope, all they can do is approve and unapprove.
2.That was just the way Mahalis felt like making it turn.
3. That appears to be an error in the database.
4. As any ASCII Table will tell you, most symbols come before letters and numbers numerically, yet tildes come after. When members are sorted, it's not alphabetically, but by the value of the ASCII characters.

Want to see your questions answered? PM them to me and put 'Mailbag' in the subject line. I'll pick the few I like the best and answer them in the next update.

Conclusion
I hope you enjoyed this week's always-exciting Update. As always please leave any questions, comments, or criticism you have, we're always looking for ways to improve. Until next week!


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Winter Break

Posted by Black Six , Jan 08 2008 · 95 views
Real Life
My break is unfortunately coming to an end and soon it will be time to go back to classes. It's been a fun few weeks though, I've been able to hang out with my friends a lot and catch up from the past semester. But now it's come to saying goodbyes again. Only a few of us are left, and I go back this coming weekend. It will be a change, getting used to a semi-rigid schedule again, we'll see how it goes.

While I'm not enjoying the company of my compadres I've been enjoying a bunch of other things. I purchased Rock Band with the help of some gift cards and though I got just the game it's still been lots of fun. I already have two guitar controllers, and you can use a normal headset as a microphone, so I'm only missing out on the drums. I did get to use a friend's set, and they're a lot of fun, but nothing I could justify $180 for.

I also received and read Metal Swarm, the sixth book in the Saga of Seven Suns series by Kevin J. Anderson. It's definitely only for mature audiences as it contains some very graphic content, but if you're into sci-fi or just a darn good story I highly suggest it. It basically looks at the Milky Way a few hundred years from now from dozens of different perspectives as we go through one of the most trying conflicts in mankind's history. Very good stuff.

I've also been watching From the Earth to the Moon a twelve hour HBO miniseries from the mid or late nineties that chronicles our voyage to land on our neighbor in the cosmos. It's a very deep, emotional, and well-done project that I remember enjoying when I was younger, and enjoyed just as much, if not more, now. I wish our culture could have that same kind of bond or cohesion again, with everyone working toward a common goal, something so amazing, it seems out of reach, but that we pull off in the end.

Finally there's been a lot of music listening going on. I got a bunch of albums over the past few weeks, with things like Paranoid by Black Sabbath, The Platinum Collection by Queen, Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones, and of course The Halo 3 Official Soundtrack by Marty O'Donnell and Mike Salvatori. I'm surprised my iPod hasn't burst yet, but there are still a few GBs of free space left.

So that's a fun, non-BZP related entry from me. I hope everyone else either enjoyed their break or is still enjoying it, and if you live in the Northeast I hope you got outside today and enjoyed the amazingly unseasonal and nice weather we've been having.

Until next time!






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