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Where's Waldoaraga?

Posted by Toaraga , Apr 07 2010 · 15 views
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<-- That's where I'm going. tongue.gif

If you can't figure out the clues, I'll put the real flag before the end of the contest, if I don't forget. psychotwitch.gif

©1984-2010 Toaraga EAM



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Google Search Win

Posted by Toaraga , Apr 01 2010 · 36 views
Fad Fun


Now let's get these Internets up to 88 MPH!

©1984-2010 Toaraga EAM



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Blog Resolution

Posted by Toaraga , Apr 01 2010 · 23 views
BZPower
1366 x 768

I'm monitoring the situation, whatever that might be.

1984-2010 Toaraga EAM



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Guess What!

Posted by Toaraga , Apr 01 2010 · 19 views
Other
I'm typing this entry with my nose... attached to my face. The actual typing was done by my fingers, which are attached to my hands.

I'd just thought you'd like to know.

That is all.

1984-2010 Toaraga EAM



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Guess Where I'm Going.

Posted by Toaraga , Mar 24 2010 · 26 views
and 1 more...
No really, guess. This summer I'm planning to go somewhere I've never been, and I am excited.

Maybe I'll theme my blog around where I'm going and enter the contest.

©1984-2010 Toaraga EAM



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Aang Drawings

Posted by Toaraga , Mar 15 2010 · 70 views
Artist Tree
I drew this first one in Flash from scratch:



This one I drew not so much from scratch, but I had a drawing tablet I wanted to familiarize myself with. I basically used Photoshop to "trace" and color a pre-existing image, alternating between the tablet and mouse as need be.



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Not Quite Lego Posters

Posted by Toaraga , Feb 27 2010 · 43 views
Collections
There are some perks to working retail:







I got these from the valences at work once they weren't needed. Whenever I get room, I'll have them on my wall. biggrin.gif

1984-2010 Toaraga EAM



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Excitement Building

Posted by Toaraga , Feb 20 2010 · 19 views
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The future looks brighter every day.
And summer is but months away.


Haha, random poetic moment.

Anyway I'm so full of amazement and excitement for this year, but there are so many distractions to getting things accomplished, things I couldn't quite finish when Christmastime was around. I'm trying to force myself to focus on what's really important to me. (I'm still kind of figuring that out.) I'm looking forward to summer, not because school is out (though an added bonus I assure you), but so much more than that is planned. I guess I'll have to wait to see what transpires between now and then. I did say 2010 was going to be better than 2009 to me personally, and it's shaping up that way, in spite of the obstacles.

Also, I made an 88 on my algebra exam from Monday. Considering that's not my strong point, I'm really happy about that. I remember numbers, not formulas... I've memorized so many personal numbers (ones pertaining to identification, etc.) over the years, it's insane. I even used to be able to remember phone numbers so easily, but with speed dial and people getting new phones/numbers so often, that kind of became a semi-active trait.

Summer can't come soon enough, but soon enough, the spring will pass too. Life is so short.

Here's to the future!

©1984-2010 Toaraga EAM



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The Last Airbender

Posted by Toaraga , Feb 11 2010 · 55 views
Computerized Stuff
Super Bowl spot was mediocre, but the theatrical trailer is full of win. Go, watch it!

Also, Industrial Light & Magic.

The effects should be top-notch, so here's hoping for a just as good or better story. I don't want an overpowering special effects show to make up for bad storytelling. So far, the movie looks promising.

©1984-2010 Toaraga EAM



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Depression Sucks - Or - Why I Stepped Down

Posted by Toaraga , Feb 01 2010 · 27 views
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Let me say this right off the bat. I am a Christian, yet I have struggled with depression. No matter who you are, depression is never a fun thing to go through.

This is not something I like to broadcast, but I do like to help people. I prefer to do behind-the-scenes stuff with little or no attention on myself. I'm terrible at spearheading projects from scratch, since that's not how my thinking works, but I do like to help people when I see a need. The problem with helping people is that sometimes others will take advantage of that generosity, especially if you're not a person who can easily say no. I did stuff for people, not because I was the best person for the job, but because I didn't know how to say no to helping out and am willing to try. Yes, I like to help, but I don't like to feel manipulated into helping.

For who knows how long, I was doing things that may or may not have been important but feeling miserable and pretty much questioning my self-worth and what I was doing in the real world; I didn't find much enjoyment in a lot of what I did. I even quit giving it my all eventually because I didn't see the point or feel a reason. I did not realize what was happening in my life; all I knew was something was not right, but I didn't know anyone I could really share my problems with, since I didn't trust people. I proved myself to be trustworthy, but I was hesitant about trusting anyone else. I didn't know who I could talk to that cared about and really knew me, and being the introvert that I am, I learned a long time ago how to keep my emotions and thoughts to myself; so often I didn't even think deeply about what I was doing with my life. I was just going through the motions of day-to-day and week-to-week living.

So what does this have to do with BZPower?

I'm going to admit it. BZPower was one of my escapes; it was how I coped with the real world because I didn't know how to face my problems. I felt disrespected, ignored, or used by too many people I had once trusted: family and friends alike, people I grew up with or who watched me grow up, but on here I had developed respect, friendships, and a sense of belonging from people I have never even met. I felt more welcomed here than in the real world. What I did here was contributive, and my opinions were valued; I had even worked my way up the ranks of the staff. People "listened" to what I had to say.

Through some events that began in 2008 at least (maybe before, but I didn't notice), my life began to turn around for the better. One event in particular caused my focus to shift, and I began to make changes in my life. As I was going through these changes, my faith began to be rekindled; I never lost my faith, but it had been weak. I even made new friends over the summer, and I started to really enjoy life outside the Internet and video games... things I once used as an escape. These things just didn't feel worth my time as much. As great as my position at BZPower was and as wonderful as the staff was during my time, my heart wasn't in it anymore, and dealing with moderating was adding to stress I was still dealing with; besides, Christmastime was rolling around, so I knew I was going to be extremely busy with work anyway.

Now don't get the wrong idea. BZPower was neither a cause nor an effect of what I went through; it didn't cause me to be depressed, and I wasn't here just because I was depressed. In fact, it was a great asset in my life. I've gotten to know some wonderful people and even had an excuse to travel last summer, an event that's really made me want to travel more than I already did. It's something that allowed me to really try what I might not have otherwise done.

As I was able to open up with my problems to someone I found I could trust and even took a serious look at my life, I saw the misery I had been through for what it was. I can't say for sure when I really knew I had been going through depression, but I know it was during recent months that I figured it out. Just before Thanksgiving, I was even able to write something for the first time to tell friends and family what I had been through, to confront a part of me that I had learned a long time ago how to keep hidden.

Check this out. I never used any kind of medication to deal with depression (honestly, I'm not sure I would recommend any, since the side effects sound worse than helpful). If something is seriously bothering you, don't be afraid to deal with it. If you're going through depression, find a way to talk about what is bothering you. You might also need to get your focus shifted because your priorities are probably wrong.

I'm not going to lie and say I never get sad or feel down anymore, but now that I'm aware of what I went through, I can better sense when something is going to pull me down. I also find myself wanting to be more optimistic and encouraging... I've think I've always been an optimist at heart, but I was surrounded by pessimistic people for years.

This is why 2009 was the best year of my life.

1984-2010 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.

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. happy.gif

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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