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Weekly Update - 2/8

Posted by Black Six , Feb 08 2008 · 50 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 · 52 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 · 55 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 · 93 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 · 58 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 · 53 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.

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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 · 104 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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Weekly Update - 1/4

Posted by Black Six , Jan 04 2008 · 45 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Welcome back to our weekly updates. I'll try to make this one a little longer than other recent entries and see if I can scrounge up some goodness. Oh yeah, before I forget, Happy New Year everybody!

Updates
The new year is here, and every week the new sets become more widely available. We already have posted one review of a new set, and we have a few more more coming up. In addition, we have a couple more 2007 sets that were never reviewed. We intend to still post reviews for them, and the first should be up tomorrow with any luck. In other news, we should be increasing the number of Post Approvers soon, to help get posts and topics approved faster.

As far as the virus goes, we're aware people are still having issues and are progressing through our options to resolve the problem. We know it's a real pain, but bear with us.

That's it on the updates front for this week.

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QUOTE(Nukora)
  • What if your favorite year of BZPower’s history?
  • What is your favorite 2007 set (that you have)?
  • How old were you when you first joined the staff?

My favorite year was probably 2003. The first movie was released and that was a huge deal. BZPower was able to go to its premier and was really recognized BY Lego as the premier Bionicle fan site in that year.
Since I only have one, I'll have to got with Mantax for that.
I had just turned 14 when I became a staff member. That was almost six and a half years ago, wow...

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 all there is for this week. Hopefully some things we are scheming about behind the scenes (all good stuff) will be able to be revealed in the coming weeks. But until that point, keep checking back!


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Weekly Update - 12/28

Posted by Black Six , Dec 29 2007 · 66 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
This is going to be a real quick post tonight. I have places to go and people to see tonight. Read on for a few new things though.

Updates
Not much has happened recently. With the holiday season in full swing many staff and members have been less active, so there's not as much to do. Unfortunately there still seem to be some problems people are experiencing. We are looking into it, but so far have not found anything on BZPower that could be causing the problems members are reporting. In other news, we should have our first 2008 review in the next couple of days. Also, I'm glad to see some positive feedback for the return of a BZP Podcast. I got one of these for Christmas, so maybe I'll put that to use on BZPower.

Mailbag
QUOTE(.::Toa Stheno Nuva::.)
1. How was your Christmas?
2. What was your favorite gift?
3. Do you have any 2008 sets yet?
4. Who is your favorite 2008 set?
5. What is your favorite forum to moderate?
6. Is it hard being an admin?
7. Did you want to be an admin?

1. It was great, I already showed one of my presents above. In addition to that I also got a bunch of DVDs and books, plus other things. My family and I had a good time.
2. Probably the Sennheiser headset.
3. Nope.
4. I'll wait until I've seen them in person to make a decision.
5. RPG holds a special place for me, in terms of BZP.
6. Hard is relative. In relation to being a member? Yes. Hard compared to working or pursuing multiple college degrees? No.
7. There was a need, I was the best qualified, so I do what I can to help out.

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
Like I said, tonight's update was short. I hope everyone had a good Christmas. I'll talk to you all again next week!


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Weekly Update - 12/21

Posted by Black Six , Dec 21 2007 · 74 views
Weekly Updates
Intro
Welcome back loyal readers (all five of you), except most of you can't read this right now. That's the unfortunate result of cyberterrorism. It seems Google's ad system was compromised and had the result of affecting a number of websites out there. We're hoping things get cleared up soon and we can bring things back online. We have to make sure nothing on the server was damaged before we do that though. So yeah, enjoy the rest of the show.

Updates
This week has been fairly slow, with the forums offline. 2008 sets have been spreading, and there have been sightings across the country, in Canada, and in Europe as well. If you want to find the new sets, get out there and look for them, they should show up soon enough. We should be wrapping up a small part of our 2007 set reviews tomorrow. We hope to start 2008 reviews as soon as our staff are able to pick them up. I'm sure things will pick up once the holiday season has ended.

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QUOTE(Omicron)
With the new year coming up, what are your plans for BZPower in the year 2008?

Can we do a BZPCast (Audio and Video)? Would be fun to do live episodes and conventions. tongue.gif

We have a few plans for BZPower over the coming year. There's a lot of things we'd like to do. We'll just have to see if we have enough time to implement it. Expect to see more reviews, weekly updates and other coverage of Bionicle, as always.

The return of the BZPowercast is something I'd like to see. If there seems to be enough interest there's definitely a chance of it coming back.

QUOTE(Setsuna)
What do you like the best about Bzpower?
How did you get into Bionicle?
What is your top three for RPG contest #8?
Wich element is your favorite?
Favorite Tv show, book and game?

The community is definitely the best part. We're fortunate enough to have some great members.
I got into Bionicle in 2001 with the initial ad campaign, like many other people.
There's a lot of great entries out there, things like The Gate, A World Gone Mad, A Midnight Grey, and A City Divided all look to be good competition.
I've always been partial to fire, for whatever reason.
Farscape, The Hobbit, and Halo, among others.

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
For those who celebrate, Christmas is only a few days away, I hope you get everything that's on your wishlist. Everyone else, I hope you enjoy some time off, be sure to spend it with your friends and family. We're doing our best to get the site back online, hopefully you'll get to read this before the holiday. Take care everyone!






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