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  • Create your own topics, participate in existing discussions, and vote in polls
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  • Organize with other members to attend or send your MOCs to LEGO fan events all over the world
  • Much, much more!
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The Surgery (Disty Says Hi)



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Depressing Introspective Post cuz it's perks week hooray

Posted by Distorted , Jul 20 2018 · 177 views

Seventeen years.

I joined around 2004/2005, so I've been here at least thirteen years.

I'm not really sure why I still visit. The forum is still full of wonderful people, of course, but Bionicle has finished (twice), most people have grown up and moved on from Lego altogether, others have taken to BZP's social media channels for discussion instead, and the daily activity has dropped massively since the forum's heyday.

Perhaps I still visit because this place was a form of escape from the terrible years I spent at secondary school. When things were bad and my self-confidence was being drawn out of me on a daily basis, I could still come here and interact with friends over something I loved.

Monthly BBC contests were not only an exciting chance to build and enter my own creations from my collection of parts, but also to see how other big-name builders in the community interpreted the contest brief and made incredible creations with their own collections of parts

Perhaps I still visit because - subconsciously - I want that monthly flurry of activity and great MOCs to return. Contests are - understandably - more few and far between these days, and most of the big-name builders (many of whom were my online friends) have disappeared.

Perhaps I still visit because - again, subconsciously - I want my online friends to return. Most of them have gone from the community. Some have even deleted all their old content, perhaps out of embarrassment. (Myself included - I deleted all my old posts from this blog because they were all so cringy.)

And even if their content does still exist, it likely won't last forever. In these days of Instagram and Imgur, it's easy to forget the community once used the archaic Brickshelf and Majhost to host our pictures. When Majhost went down for good a few years back, it took a lot of amazing MOCs down with it. I suspect Brickshelf will go the same way someday.

I don't begrudge them leaving. But I sure do miss them.

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There's a moderately happy ending to all of this. A few of my online 'MOCer' friends have come back - not to the forums specifically, but to the community at least. Primus and Blue Diamond (to name just a couple) have re-emerged on Discord, and both are slowly picking their bricks back up and making awesome new things.

And Bionicle has gotten more mainstream attention recently. Liam Robertson posted an amazing look at the troubled development of the cancelled PC game (which is a mystery that has been bugging the community since 2001), and I've seen a few other content creators posting their own retrospective looks at the toys and video games. For some reason, it's made me feel more comfortable about my own fan status - maybe it wasn't just us and our secluded online subculture that loved Bionicle, after all...

As for my own confidence, I'm unrecognisable from where I was during those school days. I'm still shy, and I still have a few issues I'm working on. But I feel so much more comfortable in my own skin.

Thanks, BZPower. Your effect on my own life has been huge. Whatever form you may take in the future, I hope you live on for another seventeen years.

Hugs and kisses,

Disty

xoxoxo

p.s. arpy and laka where u at


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I never thought I'd say it...

Posted by Distorted , Jul 25 2017 · 286 views

..but I miss the onslaught of newbie blogs that used to accompany BZP's anniversary week. :(


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I Still Lurk

Posted by Distorted , Jul 20 2015 · 348 views

Once again, anniversary blogging privileges has brought me out of hiding.

So, how is everyone? Would love to know if any of my old buds here are still around, or if anyone even remembers this blog in the first place.

Happy birthday, BZP. :D


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So, Who's Still Alive?

Posted by Distorted , Jul 22 2012 · 611 views

Just curious to see if any of my old chums are still lurking on BZPower. If you're on the list (and even if you're not), get in touch! Give me a shout! Tell me what you're up to! Mash the keyboard and post the resulting gobbledegook! I won't bug you afterwards, it'd just be nice to hear from you. Back when I was even more of a nerd than I am now, you folks helped me through some fairly sucky times, so I suppose i owe you some thanks. :P

- Czar
- Seran
- Laka (I know you're alive, you can't hide your Bbc 63 entry from meeeeee >: D )
- Neaku
- BCii (I imagine you're currently on tour of the etheral planes with your post-rock/funky house band, but if you're not, hi)
- Arpy
- Other people whose names escape me atm but I'll edit them in later so forget you ever saw this

I've tried to stick to the ones I haven't heard from for ages. Other peeps are awesome too (Chols, Bunda, Fivey and BD immediately spring to mind). I don't keep up with name changes so I guess one or two of you will be like 'dude I've been here the whole time'.


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Looking Through All My Old Entries

Posted by Distorted , Jul 21 2012 · 242 views
what a noob :(
And they're all appalling.


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Swings and Roundabouts

Posted by Distorted , Jul 20 2012 · 460 views

Premier perks for a week! :D

also

I'll probably have no internet access for a week! :(

...

Ho-hum. :)


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So Lets See If I Can Still Blog

Posted by Distorted , Nov 30 2011 · 321 views

If you're reading this, then apparently I can. :S

Anyhoo, can somebody maybe give me a hand with OpenMPT please? I want to record a sustained note into a pattern, but I don't know how. Holding down the key doesn't seem to work in patterns.


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Sax-Oh-Moh-Phoooone Outros

Posted by Distorted , Nov 10 2011 · 418 views

So I've been a bit addicted to Midnight City by M83 recently. I'd never heard of them before, but apparently they've done like six albums.

Anyways, the sax outro on MC makes me smile, and got me thinking about other 80s-style electronic songs I like that use saxophone bits. But the only ones I can think of are Hearts on Fire by Cut Copy and Wonderful Life by Black (which actually is from the 80s). And I know there are more. So what say you BZPonies? Csn you think of any more?


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Daddy...

Posted by Distorted , Nov 05 2011 · 267 views

...why did you eat my fries?


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Yo All You Mellow Indie Hipsters

Posted by Distorted , Nov 02 2011 · 383 views

Have you had your slice of chillax today?

If not, look up 'Lights Out Words Gone' by Bombay Bicycle Club.

=3


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Wip Sketch

Posted by Distorted , Oct 29 2011 · 222 views
and 2 more...
http://www.flickr.co.../in/photostream

Kind of a remake of The Surgery. Remember that pile of junk?

I would just attach the image, but I don't know how to.


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Who Has A Gba Sp?

Posted by Distorted , Oct 27 2011 · 313 views

..because I need one to build a working BMO.

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I can get one from eBay, but I'm kind of stingy and cheap, so does anyone want to trade me one for some of my Lego? =3


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Brainstorming Sessioooon

Posted by Distorted , Oct 27 2011 · 198 views
and 2 more...
Hey, you there! What words immediately spring to mind when I say...

...'videogames'?

...'superheroes'?

...'comics'?


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Holy Flying Circus

Posted by Distorted , Oct 22 2011 · 293 views

Did anyone else see it? I'm quite curious to know what BZP's Python fans thought of it.

I enjoyed it, but I'm not really the best judge since I've only really seen Brian and Holy Grail.


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Toxic Reapa

Posted by Distorted , Oct 21 2011 · 355 views
and 3 more...
I expet that sort of lame name from Battlebots contestants, but not from you Lego.

Still, the sets look vaguely nice.






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