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Guess What I Got!

Posted by Toaraga , Nov 19 2016 · 584 views
life, the real world
I know I don't come here very often, but sometimes it's nice to visit and maybe leave an update. It's been a couple years since I made a blog post, but I'm sure there are still some people who remember me (if they don't already interact with me on Facebook, which is my main social hub online). I realized I missed visiting to celebrate my account becoming a teenager, but I've been somewhat busy with life anyway. This year has been an interesting one for me, to say the least.

I'll give you a brief update of my life this year:

I left a night job that I worked for nearly 6 YEARS! (My, how the time crawled.)

I got a new car!

Bigger than that, I got...


Engaged! :wub: :ooolala-sign:

That's right. Soon enough there will be a Mrs. Toaraga-- and after I wrote that, I realized how awkward that sounds. But seriously, I met a great girl, and we're getting married next year.

So yeah, that's a brief rundown of my year. I'm still alive. I've got a new job and car. And I'm getting married!

©1984-2016 Toaraga EAM


30 Is the New 30, Also the Old One

Posted by Toaraga , Dec 25 2014 · 553 views
birthday, age, AFOL
I turned 30 this week.

Am I still a fan of LEGO?

This is my Charlie Brown tree (seriously, they sell/sold this product):

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This is what that space looked like before I made room to put a tree there:
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I may not do as much building these days, but I think those pictures should answer the question.

©1984-2014 Toaraga EAM


Still Alive

Posted by Toaraga , Oct 03 2014 · 625 views
Not Portal, BZPower
I'm still alive.

Also, I've been part of this site for eleven years. Less so than I used to be, but I still visit from time to time.

The site's changed. I've changed. Such is life.

Even though I'm not as much a part of this site as I used to be, I think in some way being part of this site was beneficial. In fact, I still retain some of the friendships I made with people from this site. So even if LEGO were somehow to disappear and the site to shut down for whatever reasons, those friendships I made would've been worth the time I spent here. After all, at the end of the day, LEGO is still a toyline, and BZPower is still a web site, but people are people. Some will come and go, but some will stay with you for the rest of your life.

©1984-2014 Toaraga EAM


Brick Fiesta 2013- This Weekend

Posted by Toaraga , Jul 05 2013 · 582 views

I'll be there tomorrow, but probably not Sunday.


Hampton Suites & Convention Center Mesquite (map)
1700 Rodeo Drive
Mesquite, TX 75149
Saturday, July 6, 2012 : 10 AM – 4 PM
Sunday, July 7, 2012: 11 AM – 3 PM
Public Exhibition Options
Saturday Individual Membership ($10) – 1 Person
Saturday Family Membership ($20) – 4 People
Sunday Individual Membership ($10) – 1 Person
Sunday Family Membership ($20) – 4 People
Two Day (Saturday and Sunday) Individual Membership ($15) – 1 Person
Two Day (Saturday and Sunday) Family Membership ($30) – 4 People
Please note membership sales will close each day about 1 hour before the exhibition closes for that day.

©1984-2013 Toaraga EAM



Posted by Toaraga , Jun 23 2013 · 666 views
lego, california, theme parks
One thing I've wanted to do years ago was to visit LEGOLAND in California, though I never had the money or any other reason to visit the state before now, so I didn't really think much about it. But this week I am here in the city of Los Angeles, visiting some friends, and part of my plan is to go to LEGOLAND. I'm looking forward to it. It wasn't the reason I came out here, but I figured since I'm in California, I might as well make the trip to the theme park. I don't know if I'll get another chance later.
©1984-2013 Toaraga EAM


Brick Fiesta 2013

Posted by Toaraga , May 12 2013 · 578 views
texas, lego, conventions
I heard about a LEGO convention that's happening in my neck of the woods (from somebody who doesn't live in my neck of the woods... see how on top of things I am).
Brick Fiesta
July 4-7, 2013
Hampton Suites & Convention Center Mesquite
1700 Rodeo Drive
Mesquite, TX 75149

I'm thinking about going, if anyone's interested. If I do go, it might just be during the public hours, since I haven't really done anything with LEGO in a while and am not really sure what I have going at that time. (I might have a chance to go with a cousin who's also grown up with LEGO and whom I don't see much). So if anyone else is interested, just let me know. I wouldn't mind meeting up.


I Heard Wedding Bells

Posted by Toaraga , Apr 29 2013 · 553 views

They just weren't mine.
So I never posted this on BZPower or anything (I'm not very active these days), but my brother did get married last September.
©1984-2013 Toaraga EAM


You Remembered!

Posted by Toaraga , Jan 11 2013 · 1,549 views
BZPower, birthday
Well, it's nice to know I wasn't forgotten here on my birthday (I actually didn't even think to visit that day, but it was a very busy day, and I wasn't really on the Internet anyway). Thanks for the birthday wishes though. :)
©1984-2013 Toaraga EAM


Presidential Speeches

Posted by Toaraga , Jun 27 2012 · 1,083 views
Speech, LBJ
I've recently been listening to different speeches by different US Presidents. Originally it was because I wanted to improve my speaking ability by listening to Ronald Reagan, who was nicknamed The Great Communicator, and I wanted to know what that was about. Then I started listening to parts of other speeches for a certain project I was working on.

Some of them were at least somewhat interesting to listen to (enthusiastic, passionate), whether or not I agreed with their ideas, but Lyndon B Johnson was a really boring speaker, who, if he taught a class I attended, would likely have put me to sleep... his speech pattern makes the sterotype of slow Texans seem true. :|

Also, he might've been Uncle Ben. Look up his 1968 speech to the National Association of Broadcasters... if you don't fall asleep or zone out while listening, you might just catch the reference. (Or you can read the transcript, which just might be faster anyway.)


Get Off My Lawn!

Posted by Toaraga , Jun 13 2012 · 610 views
I worked hard to water my lawn, and now you whippersnappers are ruining the grass. *Shakes cane*

©1984-2012 Toaraga EAM

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Lego Staff That Have Joined Us

Blog Entry: This space is to catalogue all the staff of LEGO (and affiliates) that have joined the ranks of BZP. (These are in order of Join Date.)

Swiftone: I'm not sure what he does, but he works for LEGO. In his words: "I'm a writer here. Pretty much the same job description as Greg, but my focus is on Knights' Kingdom while his is on Bionicle."

GregF: Greg Farshtey- Current book author and comic book writer of our beloved BIONICLE, Knights' Kingdom, and other LEGO series. He is also the go-to guy when you need questions answered about the storyline.

Binkmeister: Kelly McKiernan- Former Admin of BZPower, he is currently filling the role of BIONICLE.com Webmaster while Leah is on maternity leave.

Brickgirl: Leah Weston- Senior Producer, LEGO Virtual: she is the webmaster for the BIONICLE and LEGO Factory sites.

poetryinmotion: Lee- "Among his accomplishments he is an adult fan of LEGO, a former employee of the LEGO Company, and is a solid supporter of the Bionicle line."

Stuart Sayger: Stuart Sayger- Comic book artist beginning with the 2006 storyline and running throughout 2007.

Pompeyblue: Arthur Parsons of Travellers Tales Games (TT Games)- he was the guy interviewed by Binkmeister.

Hero Rich: "I work for TT Games and have been lucky enough to work on the campaign for BIONICLE Heroes."

jennyj: Writer of the HarperCollins BIONICLE mini guides, which are meant for the younger readers.

David Seidman: Publicist for Papercutz, a company which publishes BIONICLE graphic novels.

popm: Pop Mhan, current comic artist.

David White Illustration: David White, illustrator of "Challenge of Mata Nui" and other LEGO comics.

pretoa: Faber, only one of the co-creators of BIONICLE... nothing big or anything.

Vezok's Friend: Corvin Stichert, set designer for LEGO City line
I don't think I've missed anyone, but if I have or made any errors, feel free to let me know, and I'll correct it as soon as possible. Just because Binkmeister's a LEGO Ambassador, it doesn't mean he needs a spot: he runs this site, after all. Posted Image

Thanks go to Kahu Rider 13, Clark Kent, Sidorak, Turaga Dlakii, Sumiki for the helpful info.

I Said Them Once, I'll Say Them Again!

  1. "What is popular is not always right. What is right is not always popular." -Unknown
  2. It's not wrong to say something's wrong, nor is it right to say everything is right.
  3. "I have to believe that as long as anyone who enjoys freedom is alive, there is still hope." -Takanuva
  4. "We do what we must because we can." -GlaDOS
  5. We're computer nerds; we don't run... we write programs that run.
  6. I'm in your profile, editing your interests.
  7. I don't fear the unknown; it's what I know that scares me.
  8. Percentages are for squares... so is multiplication; division is for square roots.
  9. Every time someone writes "TBRPG," a taco dies.
  10. Being added as a friend by people you don't know is like standing around with the only name tag on.
  11. You have the right to read; use that right, then act accordingly.
  12. Pronouns baffle Toaraga.
  13. I bet you're reading this line of text just to see what it says. It says, "Hi."
  14. Talent is for people too lazy to make excuses.
  15. If life is a play, we're all characters... and you're ruining this scene.
  16. I'm from the nation of Pelica; therefore, I'm a Pelican.
  17. The fine line between fantasy and reality is lived by the masses but enjoyed by the few.
  18. I'm the replacement Janus munkeymunkey me.
  19. To look above and beyond yourself makes you more human.
  20. "Visorak" must mean "server busy." It strikes fear and anger in all those that hear it. -Busy Server
  21. He who fights and runs away... will be called a chicken behind his back.
  22. It's all so highly technical you wouldn't understand. Allow me to explain with puppets.
  23. My inner child says, "Nah, nuh, nah, nah, boo-boo!"
  24. I am never surprised by my own ignorance.
  25. Don't beg the question... it's not interested.
  26. I'm currently trying to resist the urge to look stupid. Sadly, it's not working. *Reverse Than Maneuver*
  27. In lieu of flowers at my funeral, please send money while I'm alive.
  28. One who can't accept the past won't believe the future.
  29. Ignorance of incorrectness: millions of people don't know they're wrong.
  30. A double dose of helium is represented by laughter on the periodic table.
  31. Tufi or not Tufi? That is the Puffin.
  32. Move FAST; act quickly.
  33. Truth shall lead to freedom.
  34. "Imagination" is a made-up word.
  35. If I explain the joke for the thousandth time, then will you laugh?
  36. "Easy chair"!? Are the others complicated!?
  37. Life's not fair: it's a circus.
  38. Texas: no seasons, just days minutes.
  39. English: many speak it; few actually understand it: I'm not sure I do.
  40. Humbled to be who I am plus AFOL (especially BIONICLE)
  41. "Bejabbers" -Dave the Barbarian
  42. We all make mistakes. 2=2=5.
  43. I'm an idea man, but I have no idea, Man.
  44. We're all unique; that's what makes us the same.
  45. I'm a man of my word... now what was I saying?
  46. "If I could say a few words, I'd be a better public speaker."-Homer Simpson
  47. Nothing is taught: it must be learned.
  48. In Short, Happy B-day to the people with birthdays today.
  49. If no news is good news, does that mean it's all bad news?
  50. "Some people talk because they have something to say; other people talk because they have to say something." -???
  51. Corrected: "Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something." -Plato
  52. Study history to know the past.
  53. I'm not anonymous... I know who I am.
  54. SPAM: the anti-post.
  55. ~I am a flower quickly fading
    Here today and gone tomorrow
    A wave tossed in the ocean
    A vapor in the wind~
    -Casting Crowns
  56. The hardest part of comedy is getting people to take you seriously.
  57. I laughed; I cried... I went to a clown's funeral.
  58. If you can read this, my post and sig haven't been deleted.
  59. I converse profusely with inanimate objects; so far, I'm doing all the talking.

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