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  • Create your own topics, participate in existing discussions, and vote in polls
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  • Participate in raffles, including exclusive raffles for new members, and win free LEGO sets
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  • Much, much more!
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2013 Fan Conventions

Posted by Black Six , in LEGO Con Nov 30 2012 · 512 views

So what conventions is everyone going to next year?

My current plans include BrickFair Alabama, BrickFair New England, and BrickFair Virginia. I think there's a pattern there... I'm actually going to be the Bionicle Coordinator at New England, so expect me to bug you guys about sending in MOCs.

Anyway, I'm considering seeing if I can squeeze in a fourth event, because I'm crazy and stupid like that. Bricks Cascade is unfortunately out, because they moved it to right around the time that PAX East is, and two vacations that close just isn't feasible. Bricks by the Bay is out too, since that's the week after Brick Fair Virginia. Apparently Brick Magic isn't happening next year, so I guess I can't go there either.

The top two I was considering then were BrickWorld Chicago and Brick Fiesta. They haven't released any details for the latter yet, but I recall hearing it was going to be in San Antonio or Dallas next year. Neither is really high on my list of places to visit, and I've never been to Chicago, so I'm kind of leaning towards BrickWorld.

I'd like to see where other LEGO fans will be though, since that could help my decision.


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Go Vote!

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Nov 28 2012 · 217 views
Like, Thank You, Reputation
The presidential election is right around... oh right, missed that.

No, the reason I'm posting here today is to get the word out about this poll. We want your feedback to know how best we can improve BZP. So please go let us know what you think.

Thanks!


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Announcing Ticket Closures

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Nov 22 2012 · 409 views
Tracker
Recently with the new Tracker, I made some blog entries about some of the tickets that were resolved, to help get the word out. Now I know not everyone reads my blog and it seems clear that not everyone has quite gotten the hang of the Tracker or is aware of it yet, so I'm trying to figure out the best way to make people aware of tickets that have been closed.

I don't want to keep posting blog entries, because I feel like I have better things to post here, plus not everyone reads it. (But they should!)

I'm considering a topic in GD that would keep a running tally of things that are fixed and added. Maybe pinned, maybe not, but as tickets get closed, I'd make a post so people are aware and can comment or discuss it.

What do you guys think? Any better ideas?


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Logging into the Board and the Archive

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Nov 18 2012 · 437 views
Tracker, Archive, Logout
Another one bites the dust.

You should now be able to be logged into the archives and the main forums at the same time.

Alright, I think that's enough BZP work for today.


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Indenting Paragraphs

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Nov 18 2012 · 246 views
Tracker, Indent, Tab, Proto and 1 more...
     Apparently people like to indent the first line of paragraphs. I was totally unaware of this, and had gotten out of that habit in middle school sometime, and just included an extra break between paragraphs, or in Word used the 'space after' setting, or whatever it is. But once I was made aware of the issue, it was a pretty easy fix. I just added a new BBCode to 'tab'. It just adds five spaces wherever you put the tag. You can put it       in the middle of a sentence if you want.

[tab]Put your paragraph here.

I also added your Proto bar to your profile. Which was actually harder to do than the above.

Keep the tickets coming guys!


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Return of the Notepad

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Nov 17 2012 · 373 views
Tracker, Notepad
Manage Notes! As a bonus, all notes from the archive are still there.

Man look at all this progress we're making already.

Don't get used to it. ;)


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New Feature Incoming

Posted by Black Six , in BZPower Nov 14 2012 · 755 views
BZP, Upgrade
We're currently entering the final phases of prepping a new feature for BZPower. It's something I've had in mind for a while and finally found a tool we could use to accomplish it. I'm looking forward to seeing what you guys think and hope it will help in determining how we can continue to improve BZPower.

I need you guys to help me out though. The feature will only help if you actually use it and use it as intended, so you all have to promise not to be silly.

Think you can do that?

Didn't think so. :P

But I'll keep my fingers crossed.


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Which Hobbit?

Posted by Black Six , in Real Life Nov 11 2012 · 363 views

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey comes out in theaters next month, based on one of my favorite books of all time. I am super pumped.

So of course I want to reread the book before the movie to have it fresh in my mind. The question is - which version should I read?

I have a copy of the mass market paperback (not that exact version) that I got in sixth grade. I've read it countless times and it's definitely seen better days, but it certainly has some sentimental value.

I've also got a nice hardcover illustrated edition that looks just amazing. I love the Old English runes (which I can read, or could at one point).

No? Well how about The Annotated Hobbit? I got this back in high school when I was writing a research paper on The Hobbit. It has a lot of interesting details about Tolkien's inspirations, the references he makes, and the time period during which it was written that had an impact on the book.

Most recently, I received a copy of The Pocket Hobbit as a gift in July. It's so adorable, and packs in a lot of detail on the jacket design.

So many choices! Help me decide!

Also, I may have a problem...


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Back in a Bit

Posted by Black Six , in Real Life Oct 28 2012 · 317 views
hurricane, Sandy
So the military base I work at is closing tomorrow because of the hurricane. If it's that bad, then at the very least I'm expecting to lose power at some point over the next few days. So my presence here may be a little scarce. As it is, here's my plan:

  • Go to bed tonight.
  • Wake up tomorrow, work from home for as long as I have power.
  • Edit the Powercast while I have time.
  • In the event of a power failure, break out the dead tree books for some reading.
  • Hope I don't lose power for too long.
  • Repeat.

Depending on if/for how long I lose power, the next episode of the podcast may be delayed. I've got everything recorded, I just need to edit it all together, master it, and upload it, which is probably about three hours worth of work at least. Between battery backups and my wireless hotspot, I should be able to stay connected for a while even if I do lose power, so I'll do everything I can to get it up on time.

I hope everyone stays safe during the storm and that damage is minimal.


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Reading Rainbow Road

Posted by Black Six , in Real Life Oct 23 2012 · 235 views
Halo, Books
I'm a bit behind on making this entry, I suppose. I finished The Thursday War last Friday night/early Saturday morning, completing my mission to reread all of the Halo novels before Halo 4. Woohoo! It was good, but not as good as Glasslands. It did have some nice twists and revelations, and a lot of stuff that seems like it will tie in to Halo 4. I'd definitely recommend it.

Now I feel like I have nothing to do though, after having spent all this time reading. To start though, I'm going to go through The Art of Halo followed by the Halo graphic novels. I'm not going to blog about all of those though, because I feel it would get too boring. These entries have already seen to have lost everyone's interest.

So what should I read next? I have to reread The Hobbit before December, and am considering re-reading the Lord of the Rings too. But I'd be open to some recommendations too.






Welcome To My Blog

I'm glad to see you made the trip intact.

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Name:
Andrew
Alias:
Black Six
Join Date:
August 2, 2001
Staff Since:
August 6, 2001
Position:
BZPower Administrator
Forums Currently Moderated:
Bionicle RPG, LEGO RPG, News Discussion
Forums Previously Moderated:
Fan-Created Games, Promotions, Marketplace Banter, Storyline & Theories, Buy/Sell/Trade, probably some others
Other Responsibilities:
Making sure news is posted, keeping the forums running smoothly, learning the ways of server-burping.

Video Games!

Most Played Games (as of late):
  • Halo 4
  • Tiny Death Star
  • Plants vs Zombies 2
Currently Playing:
 
 

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