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Work, Ambivalence And Full Metal Alchemist

Posted by Makaru , Sep 18 2006 · 77 views
Ugh. Yesterday had to be the most ambivalent day at work thus far.

We've closed down four of the pumps to Self-Serve (with big flourescent signs 'n everything), but people are still expecting full serve, and thus we still have to deliver it to some degree. If you can't reed giant pink letters, you deserve to sit and stew in your own anger for a while.

I started training for cash. It's awesome and surprisingly easy. But I discovered that upon my first official cash shift, the only one there to assist me is our manager, who I've decided to here-on-out refer to as 'Halitosis'. Google it. You might get a giggle or two.

I'm pretty sure I'm about as good as it gets to dispensing Propane. And I managed to sell a couple hundred pounds, as well as push about 5 new canisters. But one lady comes in with a 20 year old propane tank (I'm not allowed to fill ones over 10 years old), and it turns out some bumblehead from OUR STORE gave it to her two years ago on a trade-in. And I get the earfull because I'm convenient, despite having the perfect alibi. I didn't even know the chemical composition for propane 2 years ago, let alone know how to dispense it.

Also, the day was a startlingly beautiful day despite the last four rainy days we had. Which was a great change to having to work soggyand groggy. But this morning it was colder than all the days combined, and I think I have a cold. Again. Ugh.

So I don't know whether to be glad for the good stuff at work, or peeved at the nonesense that did. All in all, I was very confused. Until I stopped at Wal*Mart and picked up Arsenal of Megadeth, Full Metal Alchemist (Conqueror of Shambala) and my second Nuparu. And I'm pretty sure I'll be getting the rest of the Inika soon, as well as a second Hewkii. And when I do, I'll be posting a MOC I've been fiddling around with for a while.

And as for Conqueror of Shambala, I was quite impressed. Definately a worthy end to the series (though it was meant to be a stand alone film). I was on edge for the whole thing, despite having only seen half of the show so far. However, I wasn't too keen on the ending, with certain folk being split up, but that's just me. Otherwise, I'll be watching it again soon.

Now if you don't mind, my last day of a 7 day work period awaits me. And after that, Arsenal of Megadeth.



Two Important Issues In Bionicle

Posted by Makaru , Sep 17 2006 · 59 views
There are two things in the news that's getting the fan community in an uproar. One is the possible cancellation of one of the Bionicle Legends Books this year, which means Greg will have to remove awesome content from some of the books, the biggest one being the secret behind the Krana and a cameo with the Bahrag. The other one is the possible removal of a great game on Bionicle.com, the Mata Nui Online Game 2 (here on out refered to as MNOLGII) due to unfixable glitches and the relative unfinished aspect of the product. I will seperate the two incidences into two different entries so that you can respond to the one that interests you.

Scholastic Dropping One of the Bionicle Books
Bionicle.com Removing MNOLGII



Issue #1 : Scholastic Books

Posted by Makaru , Sep 17 2006 · 66 views

The facts:
  • Scholastic Books publishes Bionicle Legends and other Bionicle Books available for purchase
  • They are widely available and contain more information on the storyline than the comics, promos and movies do put together.
  • At it's peak, Scholastic was selling over 100 000 books per copy.
  • That number has since decreased to 30 000
  • Because of this drop, Scholastic has less incentive to publish more Bionicle Books, and has since discussed dropping one of the titles from this year's line up.
  • If things do not change, the number of books will decrease every year.
  • This has caused BZPCitizens to rally together to get the book back in this topic.
Here's where I stand:
I'm all for this one. I've even sent in my e-mail to Scholastic as the topic advises. Here's what I sent:

To whom it may concern,

Hello. I'm a big fan of BIONICLE and I know that you guys are the ones who publish the BIONICLE books for LEGO. The writer of these books (Greg Farshtey) informed a majority of us BIONICLE fans that SCHOLASTIC cut one book out of the BIONICLE novel schedule next year. There were supposed to be 4 BIONICLE chapter books next year, and two guide books. Now there are only 3 chapter books and 2 guidebooks. Unfortunately, a lot of the great info Greg was going to give to us next year through the chapter books won't be able to be shared now. I ask that you, as a company, reconsider taking the book off of the schedule. We BIONICLE fans eagerly await the change in decision. Thanks for taking your time to read this.

End of form letter.

I personally would like to add that I have read many novels published by Scholastic. One of such was a great series called Animorphs. But since the author, K.A. Applegate decided to end the series, I sort of fell out of the habit of reading for fun.

But then I became interested in Bionicle, a line of toys lego had produced with great success back in the early days of 2001. It really picked up when Scholastic released three novels by Cathy Hapka, and then later several others by Greg Farshtey.

Since then, I've taken a re-discovered shine to reading. I've read many a book from new artists to old. I've even re-read the Animorphs series. So I feel more than obliged to send this to you in gratitude of Greg, Lego and even the fans that support this movement.

Sincerely, A dedicated BIONICLE and Reading Fan,

All of that is what I truly feel. My reasons are not for getting this book back on track so I can find out about the Krana. That's little. I could care less about that on a scale this big. My reason is because the Legends Books, and the other Bionicle Books, gets kids to read. And last I checked, that's what Scholastic hooks their fanbase on.

But here's where the real problem lies. They are still a company. We aren't doing them a favour by buying their books. They're doing us a favour by publishing them. Because here's the thing, Scholastic is a company. Companies make money. This is what they do. It'd be nice if we lived in a Utopian society where good things aren't driven by economics, but we don't. So here's what you need to do:
  1. Buy The Books
  2. Read them
  3. Encourage your friends to do the same
This is the only thing that will change their minds. Don't get me wring, the rally on BZP is amazing. But BZP is only a small fraction of the target demographic (who they want to sell to), so even if all of BZP sends in one e-mail, all that does is gets them to reconsider their postion slightly. But by buying the books, you're forcing them to re-think on a level they operate on.

Not to mention that if you have signed this petition, but don't gt the books, you literally are a hypocrite. You're riding on the coattails of others for whatever reason without actually believing in the cause, which pretty much makes the whole movement useless. Because if Scholastic then releases said book, and no one buys it, what incentive do they have to listen to BZP then?

The Final Word:
Yeah, signing the petition is nice, but so is buying the books. Go do it. In fact, if you really want a good deed double whammy, go buy the books and donate them to an orphanage, special needs assosciation or children's hospital. Because that's not only good Karma, but you're also spreading the word around. And word of mouth always prevails over typical advertisement.



Issue #2 : Mata Nui Online Game 2

Posted by Makaru , Sep 17 2006 · 73 views

The Facts:
  • MNOLGII is the sequel to the classic game, MNOLG
  • There were familiar elements from the toher game. Graphics, collecting and puzzle-solving along with mini-games.
  • Along with the old elements, you also had to gain experience and build up your character as the story progressed. It was also surprisingly larger than it's predeccessor.
  • Unfortunately, the game was riddled with bugs and errors from the get-go.
  • Lack of interest, as well as general age, has caused Lego to consider removing it from Lego.com
  • This has caused senior Bionicle.com producer, Leah, to post a topic on the Lego.com message boards here to ask members what they think of the decision.

Here's where I stand:
This may shock you, but I say they should drop it. My reasons are detailed in this message I left on the boards as makarupsuedo:

I believe you should. Yeah, it'd be nice to play it front to back, and yeah it'd be nice to have it de-bugged. But I'd rather move onto other games instead of yearning for one that a. won't be finished completely and b. won't be storyline relevant at all.

MNOLG was nice because it was a direct link to thepast that made Bionicle so great. MNOLGII, as incredible as the gameplay was, did not even hold a candle to the sentimental value the first one had. And to keep reaching out for something that won't happen is frivolous.

It's hard to let go of it, but hey. That's life.

Seriously. I did love MNOLGII. I worked very hard to beat all the Koros in Kohlii (all I had to beat was Le-Koro), and I racked up some impressive points. Some ranging in the 100s. I also had at one point over 5000 widgets and several hundred of everything you can put in your inventory, as well as all the artefacts, weapons, tolls and accessories. And I even attempted to beat the game, as per the instructions in this old topic. But like a lot of things, you just have to let go. In order for the web producers to properly bring back MNOLGII, they would have to re-devote their time to fixing the game.

This would delay future projects (like the VNOLG, which the beta version is supposed to be released very soon) further and cause them to have the same problems as MNOLGII. And that's just not a sacrifice I'm happy with. I know it may not sit well with a lot of the nostalgiacs, but that's what I feel.

The Final Word
It would be great if we could play MNOLGII without problems, and that it could be downloadable like MNOLG is. It would be awesome if all this would fall together, but it won't happen. It just won't. And we need to move on.



More On The Topic Of Self Improvement

Posted by Makaru , Sep 16 2006 · 81 views
I'm using Comic Sans now as my default font. In fact, this was so important, I felt I had to tell you all in this blog. Hooray for bandwidth I sorta paid for. I'm also working on an entry so awesome, I had to split it up into three parts. And I'll post them all tomorrow. Or later today. Whenever I feel like it.


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