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Endless Blue Begins!

Posted by bonesiii , Nov 15 2011 · 120 views

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Prologue, What Has Gone Before, and Chapter 1 posted!

Enjoy! =D


Lego Universe, Endless Blue, Jack The Smoke Monster, And Other Time Slip Updates

Posted by bonesiii , Oct 31 2011 · 106 views

Hey yall, still undead. :P

So, just thought I should let yall know wuzzup with me and stuff. The whole downtime thing threw most of my plans out the window. I had planned to work on an updated version of The Map of Mata Nui, tying up loose ends, but that got delayed by a lot of work being required by me to get us back up on the new forum, and now that we're back I've got plenty else to do like the contests and stuff.

I did have time to finish the next BP epic, Endless Blue, however, and hope to get posting it before the new year. :)

It turned out to be by far my longest and most complex work. It's split into Five Parts, each ten chapters long, with a rough average of sixteen pages in Word per chapter, plus prologue and epilogue. Its main protagonist is of course Bhukasa, the reptilian sea captain, as previously announced, and also has four other main threads, including Lewa. In addition, each Part has at least one extra side protagonist for the duration of its ten chapters, so it's sort of a series of short epics instead of just one epic (though I'll use one topic for it :P). PLUS a handful of side-character POVs where plot calls for it.

Included in the story is a new science fiction concept with a nod towards LOST; you'll have to read to find out what, though. :)

Also got a fair way into the next story, which is now titled The Perfect Cage, whose main protagonist is Onua. I'll go almost the opposite route here; it will have only three Protagonists, including Kopaka, and the Ko-fisherwoman Nijire. No other POV sections at all.

After that I'll post what I'm probably now going to title "Falling Sun" -- the single-protagonist story that's already written which I've mentioned. I've been debating what to do with it now that I've compressed the plans for the remainder of the Paracosmos, because the protagonist sees Kuambu in it, and now that's too soon to reveal their appearance. I think I've got a simple solution to edit in, though, which makes sense based on precedent in EB.

Also tried out a month membership on LEGO Universe, loved it.

Details (quoted from PM to Gatanui for his list of BZP members playing):

Might as well include my brother's in this (Ojhilom), although the arrangement on the table of who is who's main doesn't really fit for us. :P I paid for a month membership last month, and plan to get a six month starting in mid-December, but he has a free-to-play under his LEGO ID we both use too. Anyways:

BZP name: bonesiii
bonesiii (my main, when membership is on) -- Assembly
FriendlyPlasmaFoghorn (Ojhilom's main, when membership is on) -- Sentinel
Parallelodox -- Paradox
Radventurer -- Venture League
Overbuild, paying

BZP name: Ojhilom
Minifig name: AdeptCurlyPixel (main) -- overbuild, free

As bonesiii I typically wear orange, faction colors and my fave. :P With white as the helmet. Just before it ran out I got my Summoner's Valiant cape and the Skull helmet, plus the Valiant weapons for Assembly (I especially like the sawblades one). I also like to include purple to match the Maelstrom staff when collecting items, and I've got one of the Ninjago rice hats and the Thought Hood (the purple one with the spear attack). So if you see anybody looking like that it's probably me.

Also have a public property on the Block Yard, called the Skull Star Vale. Check it out; it's got a few original MOCs and is based around a Maelstrom-themed mystery riddle. Stromlings to fight too. (You have to be a member to type the riddle answer, though.)

Before membership ran out I bought a bunch of bricks for my plans for a cool property for Parallelodox, and I've tested the plans in LDD. Will have a bunch of original MOCs, based on a theme from Crux Prime, Maelstrom related. You'll have to wait to see what it is. :P (Probably won't get it done until after the new year.)

Anywho, back to BZP updates, for those curious:

-S&T Contest -- unless I find unexpected problems with this I plan to treat the current poll results as final. It's just been too long to remake them, and they were up for a good amount of time. But don't take that as a final answer, per se; I need to look through it.

-Shard Moons Contest -- Will continue this soonishish, where we left off. Entries already in will still be in, and I'll allow another few months or so for entries. It's unofficial so there's no rush, so yeah.

-New rules in Art -- we're still working on some of the details as far as all four art forums go, though, so patience is asked there. But yeah, for now, Gen. Art and Kits has some changes to check out. (Yall probably already know though. Just for the record. :P)

-BRC -- I had gotten a lot of work on remaking this done, and then a step in the updating erased it, and I just haven't gotten back to it. Regardless, the old content is all still there on the archived forum. It'll get copied over eventually.

-Story Squad -- As far as we know, we're still in operation, so we can consider new requests. However, we're waiting to move farther on old or new requests until we know Greg's intentions for the team now. Stand by on that. :)

-Multiverse Cipher Chronicles -- The next episode is written, and it appears the guest writer will be available to post it (if not, one of the leaders will). First I will need to do some art for it, but then hopefully we can get it up soon.

-Other Multiverse Stuff -- We need a new Discussion topic, story links topic, etc. I know. On the to-do list. Also, last I heard, Freewebs (or "Webs" now) was nuking all of their wikis, including ours. I have a saved backup of it, but not sure what/if we'll do anything like it again.

-Dreaded Real Life -- For my paper delivery job, I need to update our maps very badly for various reasons, which I intend to do this week, so sorry but that will delay everything.

-Paracosmos in General -- I am strongly considering eventually/soonishishishishish starting to repost all my old stories, reformatted. When I started out I used massive paragraphs, very hard to read, for example, and various other things could be improved. I'll also likely repost the collection topic when I launch EB, but really not sure at this time when that might be. And yes, I'm aware the link to the Map of Mata Nui isn't working; if my plans to publish a finalized version take too long, I may make an old one available again soon.

-Vain hopes to soonishishishishishishish open an avatar shop -- Since I'm moderating the forum now, I thought I'd give it a whirl since I often get requests anyways. We'll see. ;) Won't be possible at least until several months into 2012. (And of course we all know the world will end soon then anyways. :P Because neutrinos will suddenly mutate and cook the planet's core. :D) In the meantime my own av seems to be gone, so one more thing for the to-do list, sigh. (I'm a little unclear how to fix it, too... I don't see it in the control panel...)

-LOST -- own all episodes now. Including the New Man in Charge bonus chapter, which previously I had no idea existed. Not much to it, but what's there is cool. I especially liked the Mobisodes and the "Mysteries of the Universe", lol. Plus, Ojh and I had a theory about "Mother" that is essentially confirmed with a wink wink in the Commentary to Across the Sea. Awesome. (That she was a smoke monster. Notice she didn't speak before Man in Black killed her...)

And now I'm wondering... shouldn't Jack be a smoke monster now too???

Had a theory about the flash-sideways too, that maybe what it seemed to be and what it seemed to later be revealed to be are one and the same. Maybe it IS an alternate timeline, but when the main characters died their minds were sent into their alternate selves; what would have happened if the island had been sunk because of the nuke in Dharma times. Maybe their minds were then guiding events so they'd find each other, and after that they moved on due to the main-timeline island's power. Anywhen, probably nothing new, but yeah. :)

-Other important stuff I've probably forgotten -- remind me. :P


Shard Moons, Bionicle's Likely Return, & More

Posted by bonesiii , Apr 19 2011 · 81 views
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  • EMC#7: Shard Moons -- go and post! Your task? Describe the elemental moons of the EM planet Clysmax. We'd previously had this as an open question in the Discussion topic, but now we've turned it into a separate mini-contest. Go!

  • Why Bionicle's Return is Likely -- GD essay topic. Go read and take it to heart! Bionicle is actually quite likely to return! Just not right now. laugh.gif

  • Taxes be done yay bye now on to "more important" things lol...

  • In case you're wondering, about my LDD Bionicle contest, yes, both the new HF pieces and the existing LU mode are now allowed for it. Seriously go there and maketh stuff, there's literally zero entries so far!


Unauthorized Biography Of Pumaa And Other Updates

Posted by bonesiii , Apr 13 2011 · 101 views
Expanded Multiverse

1) Go check out Swert's latest "bonus" Multiverse story, The Unauthorized Biography Of Toa Pumaa! This is an "episode 4.5" of sorts but it doesn't really spoiler anything from Cipher Chronicles, so check it out even if you haven't read those! It's been a fun project to work with Swert on, and we hope you guys like it. happy.gif

2) Taxes are taxing. Yeah.

3) I've got Endless Blue almost totally written. Just the final few chapters of the end showdown to write. I think yall'll like it. biggrin.gif

4) I've come up with a concept for a new computer game, which I've made several preliminary graphics for (minus shading/lighting). It will be very much like MNOG 1, click-through screens and stuff -- it's always felt disappointing to me we never got a game very similar to that, and from the fan works I've seen most seem to be more like MNOG 2, which is fine but they're slower with more chores. However this will have a lot more battles, including early on, if I pull it off.

I do not plan to tie this into any other stories. It'll standalone in a self-contained setting taking place in the distant future on the restored Spherus Magna, but with completely new characters and species and everything, without relying on much if anything from old story. I want this, ideally, to do a lot of what MNOG did and thrust the player into a whole new world -- definately Bionicle, but so new as to feel very mysterious. It will work totally in a major canon gap that I doubt will ever get filled -- you'll see why just from the title when I'm ready to reveal it. tongue.gif So basically it "could" be canon, except there are no sets, heh.

I plan to make this in Gamemaker most likely, unlike all the past games me and Ojhilom have made. It'll be heavily quality-graphic and gameplay-battle oriented, with minimal chores or speeches, just enough to add interest along the way. I want to focus on the fun factor and cool imagery factor as much as possible. Ojhilom probably won't have time for the coding but I've done enough code tests to know pretty sure I can do it myself, the hard part will mostly be making all the graphics, which I'll be doing in Powerpoint -- this won't be pixel art as I'm planning. It should appear much more like MNOG's art. smile.gif

So yeah, I dun' wanna reveal more at this time but there's some heads up to tease it. smile.gif After taxes are done I want to finish EB, and then work heavily on this.

5) Just to confirm, I haven't forgotten about Unseen, got the final two chapters planned but not written, and many apologies for the huge delay. But right now the final chapters probably need to involve something the BSS is actually discussing right now and given that I have other things to do, I think I'll most likely wait to see if anything is done with that canonically before I go ahead with my version of it.


6) Oh yes I knew I forgot something I was gonna post here lol. I have untracked all my tracked blogs, bar none. I finally realized that I keep having to go past them all to look at pages 2 and 3 to see other blogs, when now blog activity is slow enough there's no need, I can just untrack them all and see them right on page 1. I might be crazy but it seems to be working, heh.



Posted by bonesiii , Apr 11 2011 · 160 views
So, making poetry is fun and it's been a while since I've done any on my blog. But this turned out to be more of poetic prose. Technically I believe it's considered a "short short story." Anyways, enjoy, and you get extra points if you figure out what the title means. smile.gif


Last in line at grocery checkout, shortest line open but short isn't the word. Running late.

First in line's an old lady moving very slow. Very doesn't cut it. Extremely. Many groceries. Unloading slow. Tick.

I comment quietly, to the man ahead of me who just calmly checked his watch. Tock.

He doesn't face me. Doesn't seem at first to hear me.

Then he says, just loud enough that I can hear but the old woman cannot, just one word.

"Transillumination," he says.

"What?" I ask.

"Transillumination, around the fifteenth circling up behind and about twenty... seven? Yes, twenty-seven and seventeen. Plus negative one... no, never mind that last bit. Definately twenty-seven and seventeen. Hamburger... No, cheeseburger with lettuce, onions, and a calculator."

So he's insane. He looks a little dirty, wears a big gray overcoat, never used a razor apparently. The watch looks cheaper now. A bum. The cart, he'd probably brought in with him and would take with him too. I should've kept my mouth shut.

He glances back at me as if to make sure I'm listening. I try to look like I'm not.

The bum holds out his hands and types in the air, staring silently at me for a moment.

"Case in point," he says. "After about four... maybe five, maybe three or a million, you say that... Well, let's recompose..." He continues to stare at my face as he speaks, keeps typing the air. "There's a knock at the door. Doorbell rings if you have one. It doesn't if you don't. You put down the cheeseburger. You answer the door."

He nods to himself and mercifully turns forward again, watching the old lady, but he just keeps on talking to himself, won't quit. "Yes, twenty-seven and seventeen, I'm sure of it." Drops his hands to his size and acts normal except for his moving mouth.

"If you had a screen door, it's gone. You don't see it even if you have one of those windows in your door, until you've swung the door wide open. It's an eye. A giant eye, much bigger than your door. You can't tell if, like the eye of Sauron, it's unlidded or lidded, except that it never blinks. You can't tell if it's a right eye or a left eye. You see no hint of a nose, an eyebrow, or anything except the eye. It's pressed up so close to the doorframe you cannot see around it."

The old woman finally starts paying her bill. Fumbling through her purse slowly.

"The eye is made of metallic wood. Yes, I said metallic wood. The circle of color around the pupil is blue -- not a human blue but a dark, pure blue with no hint of depth or texture -- just the solid color blue. The pupil... The pupil is black. Jet black, pitch black, these are not the right words. Pure black. No light reflects off the pupil. It pulls in everything. Red, green, blue, heat... even cold, though it doesn't affect the room's temperature itself."

The man appears to shudder. "The eye stares directly at your eyes... or seemingly between your eyes and a little above, at your forehead. It never blinks. It just watches."

The bum waves a hand. "You reach out to close the door, hand shaking. But the door explodes into splinters at your touch. As if it had been sliced and diced, invisibly, and restacked there just waiting for you to knock it off balance. It even seemed like the pieces were springloaded. Looking down in the rubble you see little metal coils here and there, and you wonder how you never saw them before. Through the wood. Or whatever material your door is made of."

The bum backs up a step, bumping my cart. Steps back forward, apologizing under his breath.

"You back away. But the eye advances. Crumbling through your walls, ceiling, floor. It moves forward through your house. You turn and run. Glance back. It's following, demolishing your house on the way."

The old lady finally finishes paying and leaves.

The bum walks forward and starts unloading his groceries.

But he keeps talking, at the same volume. I can tell the clerk can hear, but tries not to look like it. The man keeps glancing back to make sure I'm listening... or to make sure the clerk knows who he's talking to, perhaps.

I try to look small.

"You retreat to the farthest room, and the eye moves forward, destroying everything. The hardest materials, the strongest metals, all of it crumbles. At the widest parts of your house, you look back hoping to see lids or a nose with this giant eye, but the metallic wood part just seems to stretch beyond all of it. When you try to go towards your back door it angles around and blocks that way too. Finally you reach the last corner of your house and the eye bears down on you."

The man gets out his wallet.

"You close your eyes. Then open them."

Hands the clerk some money.

"The eye is gone. Your house is fine."

Signs the receipt. I can't help it -- I look, but it's illegible.

"The next day, you're walking casually along and some kid bumps into you, then runs away apologizing. There's nobody else on the street. You didn't see his face, or really notice even how he was dressed. He turns a corner and he's gone."

The bum pulls away and I start unloading my groceries. Waiting for the bum to leave so I can comment on him to the clerk. The clerk appears to feel the same way.

But the bum doesn't leave. He walks forward a few paces, and raises his voice just enough that I can still hear him over the crinkle and thumps of the groceries.

"Later when you try to pull out your wallet, you find out it's gone, and you immediately realize the kid was a pickpocket. But there were no witnesses, or so it would seem."

Finally the bum starts moving, but he turns one last time to add, "You know better."

And he leaves.

"What a weirdo," I mutter.

The clerk smiles. "Twenty-seven and seventeen," the clerk says.

I stare. "What?"

"That's what it comes to."

"Oh. Right."

I feel for my wallet, suddenly afraid it's gone. Sigh in relief. It's still there.

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The point is, writing either a drum solo, or is like a mountain, the bigger the base, the higher it can get, and the more amazing it is. Think about it, when building a mountain of dirt or sand, you need to slowly create your huge base, then as you build towards the peak things get faster and easier to pile on. The High points are where the story is fast paced and we are reaching the climax--what we just left on the last mountain of story we had (the MU story arch), and now Greg is building a new story mountain for us."

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Logic is the key.

I am insane. I know that I am insane. In fact, I know that I am so insane, that I am incapable of realizing that I am insane. Therefore, I know that I am not insane.

Forgetting things since.... umm....

Creativity should not be confused with nuclear weapons.

I heart logic.

Only dead things do not change. Much.

Pay attention now. Repeat after me. "Bones. Can. Be. Wrong."

The problem is, "Tradition for tradition's sake" is like flying blind in an airplane. It's like saying as you approach a mountain "But we've always flown in this direction before... why would we change direction? It isn't the tradition!"

Remember that -- clever absurdity, designed to harmonize with certain tastes, is the key to originality.


People are like snowflakes. No two are the same.

Yes, the Toa will win somehow. But let me give you a challenge. Write a story. In which the good guys win, or the bad guys win, doesn't matter. But write it with only introducing the challenges that the winner must overcome, and avoid showing how the winner wins. Just set up the problem, then skip to the end:

"In the end, this character wins, somehow."

Now, do you think this is a successful format for a story, that anybody would really want to read? [...] Readers demand that you as writer have thought through the "how" of the story.

Where is this idea coming from?


[L]et's not mince words here -- all LEGO products are toys. It's a toy company, in the toy business. There's nothing wrong with that.

[A] wise Daoist once said that a name is merely a label. If a person calls me a "nerd", then that is their label for me. If a person calls me a "human", that is a label. If they call me "bonesiii", that is a label. I would simply reply that, if "nerd" is the term they wish to apply to me, like "human", then so be it -- I would thus be proud of that label, because I am proud of who I am.

I'm not telepathic.

I don't know if this is just the way I'm wired, but I don't really think like "hey, wanna be my friend?" I just be myself, treat others with respect and friendliness, and those who would make good friends just sorta show up. And I really don't think like "well, you're not my friend, you are, you aren't" etc. Anybody can be my friend.

*revives topic, only to kill it seconds later*

My two pieces of eight.

Ha ha! Voriki myth still isn't dead? It's been so long since the constant flow of these topics stopped I guess I thought Voriki had finally kicked the bucket. Well, I hate to put another nail in the old guy's coffin, but...

Topic closed.

I Heart Logic


Ahhhhh, the sweet smell of complaint topics in July!

I think Evil Lord Survurlode is out to get me.

Bionicle doesn't revolve around ANY one fan. Not even you.

Bionicle does NOT age with its fans.

If something absolutely has to be done for the greater good, it is by definition NOT evil.

Think, guys, think! You have brains! Use them!

Logic is not some meaningless buzzword you can throw around like pie, at least not as long as I, an actual logician, am here.

Common myth. The answer is: "Yes, if you are an ancient Greek."

Last I checked, most of us aren't ancient Greeks. tongue.gif Some of us are ancient Geeks, but...

Besides, show me a brown rock, and I'll use your logic on you. "That's not a rock, it's hardened lava."

The best symbol of stone would be gray. But it would probably sell almost as bad as brown -- LEGO needed a "flashy" color, more like what Ta, Ga, and Le Toa have.

Do not insult cheese.

Omi's right.


(Four eight fifteen sixteen twenty-three... *ahem*)

Logic! Why don't they teach logic in these schools?

Can you imagine MNOG ending with the Turaga and Matoran executing Ahkmou?

So here's the question: If LEGO working harder by listening to fans is "lazy", then wouldn't they be "lazy" if they listened to you -- a fan?

You don't need to hate to say it.

Four extra letters. "Bionicle sets." How hard is that?

Actually, three extra letters since the s just moves.

If they are "Bionicles", then you are "History".

BZPers are often the exception, not the rule.



Of course it's cruel -- did you think bad guys were Mother Teresa?

It isn't like I hide it, but it also isn't like I go up to random students at college at say "Hey, I like Bionicle, isn't that something?!"

One man's junk is another man's treasure.

I had the same theory in ages past, and Greg personally disproved it.

The thing can destroy time, man. You guard those kinda things.

Brevity is the soul.

Which I suppose is a fancy way of saying, "I have no idea."

I attack my own theories. I'm weird like that.

If only books could be updated like web pages.

Bionicle was supposedly a betrayal of everything LEGO stands for, its pieces far too clunky, a horrible turn away from the more "intelligent" Technic and a total stabbing in the back of the good old brick, an insult to AFOLS, evidence of a mythical trend away from the construction toy, far too violent, etc.

It's really pretty simple:

Gadunka is one of the "coolest" sets ever. Most inventive, most unusual, most striking. Thus, he is horrible.

Of course they're weird. All Bionicle names are supposed to be weird. Show me the Bionicle name that is "normal".

You just completely contradicted yourself. If Mata Nui was working out great, then wouldn't Metru Nui have made less money?

If that's greedy, then you are greedy for driving in a car to get somewhere far away fast, for wearing shoes so you can walk at a reasonable pace without cutting your feet, using silverware to better eat your food, using a telephone to avoid having to make a trip and speak, using a computer to type a forum post when you could walk personally to everybody's house and speak what you just said over and over and over again.... At least 2000 times to account for all the possible active BZP members, and preferably about five million times -- and you'd have to go door to door throughout the whole world to even figure out which people were Bionicle fans anyways before you started confusing monks in Tibet with strange words like "Kongu" and "Cordak". All within your own lifetime, regardless of whatever else you had wanted to do in your life.

And forget speech. You have to scratch out the message with your fingernails in stone. Then maybe you wouldn't be greedy. Maybe.

Nobody would surprise me, so it's probably Makuta. But I went with Hydraxon, because he's a weapons master and it would make sense, no?

Why didn't I think of that earlier?

I don't just ask rhetorical questions -- I answer them.

I knew you'd say that.

You're a body with a head. So what?

A simple conversion is not a business plan to actually get two radically different markets to behave as if they were the same.

Um, hello? Are my posts invisible?

Universe go poof.

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I hate typing Roman numerals above three.

I always find these topics funny -- everybody goes in circles, pointing to the exact same aspect of the set and going "See that? So it's obvious it's horrible! How can you not see that?", and then someone else saying, "See that? It's obvious it's awesome! How can you not see that?"

Obviously, not everybody sees I to I.

They have their uses -- like if you're making a MOC that's supposed to be a light green faceless humanoid.

I hate it when I can't tell if someone's joking.

Yes, that's an excuse to be lazy.

Hold on just a second. I think you have things backwards. Mata Nui was not paradise -- it was a place of horror and war for a thousand years!


I'm a logician. I can tell you that your argument does not merely sound illogical. It is.

Yeah, that'd be bad. Next question?

We'd still have wooden ducks, no plastic bricks, and definately no LEGO if change was prevented. Really, we wouldn't even have that.

It is unfortunate that it's this way (at least for us). But it is. We might as well come to grips with it.

And I walk away in peace.

You have no idea how many times I've read this style of opening to this kind of topic, man. I must admit I am very very tired of it.

*deeeeep breath*

*shakes head madly*

Okay, I'm good.

My memory doesn't go back that far.

If I didn't agree with something, I'd try to find out the reasons for it before doing anything else, which is something I think some people forget to do and instead they dig themselves a hole for no reason.

Lol, I think you missed the point -- BR isn't going to think your forum deserves approval if he has to be told it exists.

I'm a coolomaniac.

But I like spam!

This is not a country. This is a website. Countries are led by governments. Websites are owned by owners. Countries are places you physically exist in, and may have difficulty leaving. Websites are places YOU choose to go. Countries are places you may be born in, or grow up in, etc.

BZPower is a place YOU sign an agreement in order to join. Blame cannot be placed on us when a member violates that agreement. And if a member chooses not to like that agreement anymore, they are free to leave at will. If a member violates the agreement they made with us, we are justified in punishing the member as agreed.

I'm a logician -- I think in terms of what makes sense all the time. I don't just agree -- I know why I agree, and I think my reasons are pretty sound.

If I'm breaking a rule, it's because I gave myself permission to allow myself an exception, thus I am not technically breaking it.

[A]lthough Evil Lord Survurlode does seem to be making a bit of a comeback, just like Sauron, so we might have an epic war that will spawn a novel and three giant books of a trilogy soon... but yeah...

I object to the wording of this question.


I'm A Doctor, Not A Great Being

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Ever had one of those moments where you think you just passed into an alternate timeline? This is one. ()_o

Rants are based on pompous egos and desire to pick a fight. Not intelligence.

The Monster on LOST is Makuta.

Cynics are some of the most naive people on the planet. They hear someone claim things are bad, and they accept it without question.

I'm a realist with an imagination.

I blame Survurlode.

You see a flamer, your response should not be to just flame him back -- you lower yourself to his level if you do.

Let's open that can of worms, as unpleasant as it might be. [...] *I'm not afraid of you, worms!*

"Transformation" can be as simple as a bomb rearranging a building into a debris field.

Far better to be proven wrong than to be wrong without knowing it.

I remember when I was a kid, and I was just playing around, I didn't know this stuff, so I said gas prices were five dollars at my play gas station.

My dad laughed, said gas would never be that expensive.

Toa carrying rifles... as they ride their space shuttles into... Klingon territory...

Kazi [ha]s Rahkshi staffs. (Oooh, Kazi=evil??)

Take an election between two candidates. Obviously, both candidates will get votes. However, one will get more votes, and one will get less. You would be, in this example, voting for the one with less votes (Mr. Olderfanson). You see why the fact that you, one person, did vote for that guy, doesn't prove that he won the election? [...] "Mr. Newerfanson" won the election.


In general, I do enjoy debates--but I don't enjoy being flamed, no. Nor do I enjoy wasting time when I have tons of PMs I need to reply to and top secret reference projects to work on and all that responding to things that could have been cleared up with more thought before posting, heh. Debates can still get tedious when it seems (please note "seems"!) that a few people refuse to approach them with an open mind.


I didn't even spell "the" right.

Lol. I never said I'm always right! Yeesh, what do I have to do to convince you guys I don't think that? Purposefully take wrong positions or something?

Guess what? I could draw before I learned to write, but does that mean I should get all huffy and insulted at the fact that not everybody shares my particular talent? This is just absurd, isn't it? Did you honestly think that everybody has the same talents and gains proficiency at the same time?

When someone much older than you was a kid, LEGO was wooden toys. [fogie teeth voice]"These newfangled plastic things are insulting! As if there isn't money to be made in good old fashioned woodblock toys!"[/fogie teeth voice]

Can we sing kumbaya yet? Sing it! Koooooooo----oom---bah-----yaaaaaaaaahhhhhh.

Or something... Sing it! You don't even have to agree with me! Just sing it anyways, maaan!


Your mistake is that you are thinking in terms of a simplistic "formula" of strength, and thinking that can be used to predict everything. It can't--every situation is different, and sometimes a weak Matoran might catch a glimpse of a passing Rahkshi while a powerful "Toa Ultimaultrasuper" might get blasted to bits when the same Rahkshi actually attacks. You need to be realistic--think in terms of the situation. Stories are based on that--they are a "game of seconds and inches" where dangers both big and small can occur to both powerful and weak people, and how you perform depends on your brains and the time you have to prepare more than your actual power level.

Why did the entirely robotic Bohrok need teeth? Someone explain how that is okay but teeth in Piraka isn't?

Phew. Now, to post, and see if I maxed the text limit out.

Yabo! Hahaha!

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Thanks X. Thanks D. Thanks X and D. XD

I lazy.

You can make any innovation look bad if you point to the non-innovative ways (the old "normal" ways) and claim they must be followed blindly.

But what I don't get about it is -- why the apparent desire to kill characters off for no reason? In real life you meet tons of people who you will never meet again, and they're not dead. Is that to you a problem? I don't get it -- you'd go insane if you tried to stay in touch with every random old lady that said hi when you were walking the dog...

Yes, my post in this topic is product placement. So sue me.

In addition, high gravity affects spacetime on a fundamental level, slowing time down and bending the spatial brane. Not to be confused with the spacious brain.

It would create a field of electrogravimetry that would pull all nearby matter in and then make it explode. The explosion cloud would take the form of an anchovy.

There's only a slim chance that we exist.

I love taking myself out of context.

I think it's admirable to be careful not to offend people where it makes sense. But at some point, you have to be willing to stand up for yourself and be confident enough that if someone comes at you with an unreasonable accusation, you don't take it.

I think aliens invaded already and have fooled us into thinking they are mere animals who "meow".

Good stories aren't puppet shows. They are tales of life, with realistic characters -- people -- living out their lives, with really minimal "guiding" by the author.

Oh goody, a complainer to blast to oblivion.

To begin with, I disagree strongly with pretending it is "killing off", rather than a serious story being told, with serious themes and life in the story. Characters aren't "killed off". They die.

I find this term somewhat offensive, because it implies the writer kills the character like a TV show host telling a contestant to leave. This is not a game show. It is the events of the storyline that kill the character. That term is merely a psychological shield to avoid the emotion of the moment in the story. IMO, that's a kind of immaturity.


You can't always get what you want "now now now". Your logic makes no sense -- if you want to know what's in the books, that means you support the books' existence. Yet you apparently want spoilers to go up the day it's out, so in the countries where it is bought, people could just read the spoilers and not buy the book, risking its sales going down and the books ending, and thus no more spoilers for you to read!

Truth = Truth. And nothing else.

I had spammed ten thousand times.

A good comedy is a development, like a story, not a punchline. You start with a situation, and it goes in unexpected, funny ways, which leads into other twists, to a conclusion that often can be more serious than funny, avoiding random cliches and developing enough logic that it doesn't feel like you slapped random nonsense down. Comedies Forum has this bad rap of having a lot of Unfunny Stuff -- I think it's the temptation to write short punchlines drawing on typical one-liner cliches that causes this. The 300 word rule is a good basic start to avoiding that problem.

Dude. My voting precint is a "23". ph34r.gif

And what people are saying about randomosity is true -- I hope that it's not surprising that as a logician, I understand how to be funny (though I won't try in this post ). Logic isn't for Spock who refuses to smile -- you actually need logic in your comedy to make it funny. In my experience, a balance of logic and random nonsense helps -- even logic OF the random nonsense.

I highly recommendate it.

Another mistake a lot of people make is thinking a comedy must be 100% funny -- reality is that that tends to just overwhelm the reader and come off more as spam. If you look at my Survurlode interviews, for example, there is always at least one serious theme that the whole work revolves around. The serious aspects support the humorous, and vice versa.

*strongly approves of the use of the term "bionical"*

Well, my observation has always been the opposite -- more established official facts inspires MORE fan imagination -- at least with imaginative official facts. It was really only once the "gappists" starting complaining, in my observation as a 2003+ member here, about "tons of official facts" that I saw the fanfiction community here really explode with creativity.

Think about it -- imagination feuls imagination. Less imagination doesn't -- it starves imagination.

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How much wood would a woodwood wood if a woodwood would would wood?

But my point related to that isn't that I literally think it should be FULLY sun-sized. I'm just saying, there's a whole range, from a little larger than Earth, to a LOT larger, to a TONTONZILLION larger, and it's all possible if the story team just feels like it.

*imagines massive asteriod pulling out a pirate's telescope lol*

GD is NOT for storyline-only discussion. That discussion belongs in S&T.

S&T policies are designed for good reasons, tried, tested, and they work.

Sure I'm sure -- it's Bionicle. Anything's possible.

I never understand these claims -- how do you know what "proportionate" is for that character? He's a fictional character, made out of plastic LEGO parts.

So why get annoyed at it? When you look at a giraffe, do you get annoyed? It makes no sense to me to do so.

Besides, you're setting yourself up for it. Nobody ever told you these characters were supposed to be exactly human.

If you look at an ape, would you say it's done wrong, just because it resembles a human?

I plan not to, but I guess if the site shut down I'd kinda have to, wouldn't I?

...they usually give their jokes when they have the upper hand at the moment, though, or when they've just run into a frustrating difficulty that's not immediately dangerous, which are realistic IMO. When they're in immediate danger, I am not aware that they pause to crack jokes.

I strongly disagree -- everybody capitalizes their name. It's cliche.

(I do not capitalize because 1) I hate being cliche, and 2) it is symbolic of humility.)

I knew you'd say that.

Seriously though, obviously the focus groups like silver, guys -- there's no mystery, those of you portraying it as odd that LEGO keeps using the color. This is how personal taste works -- it differs, and you're gonna find yourself in the minority sometimes. Best get used to it -- that's life.

*lets self dp*

I'm not a soldier, but I know that keeping your sense of humor alive even in dangerous or serious situations can be a huge boon to keeping your sanity.

He who forgets how to laugh forgets how to live.

I heart silver. My favorite metallic. If I had my way, gold would be considered lesser than silver.

The red eye thing is the closest thing you have to evidence, but I could argue that Berix is the traitor for spending time away from the villages, or Ackar is the traitor because his name sounds like Admiral Ackbar and there was a traitor in Star Wars called Darth Vader.

Ultimately it comes down to this for me -- YOU choose to dissapointed or miserable.

If you expected the universe to be perfect, that was your choice, and really not very sensible of you.

If I as a writer were to try to appeal to the attitude you express in your post, I would feel like I am constantly walking on eggshells. Everytime I had a cool idea how to use a character, or more importantly logic told me the character naturally would be involved in something, I would have to worry about whether I shouldn't do it as it might offend someone.

That's a miserable way to write, and I wouldn't wish that on the story team, myself, or anyone.

But one thing. Everyone expects something when they do something.

Very true. For example, when I posted the above post, I expected somebody to reward me with this point, giving me an excuse to discuss it in a separate post so as to give it better focus.

Therefore, the more "things to expect" from a "donation or whatever the heck you want to call it", the more likely we get mooooolaaaaaaaa. Therefore good.

I don't see what the anology has to do with this. "Chevys" (or "Chevies") makes sense. Like "Keets" or Morby or my personal favorite for Makuta -- Terry Mack. "Biological Chronicles" referring to beings makes no sense. And as I typed this, a Chevy ad came on TV. They called it "Chevy." Seriously, exact same time.

Oh my, you're completely irrelevant metaphor makes you look sooo intelligent.

This is obviously getting out of hand, so I guess I have to close it. Also, you failed to answer my question. When a moderator asks you a question, answer it. Capisce? wink.gif

Please do not attack people like that. That is flaming, or at best trolling, both of which are not allowed.

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