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Laugh-nesia: It's That Funny

Posted by Toaraga , Jul 06 2006 · 31 views
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"That's so funny I forgot to laugh." That's got to be one of the stupidest phrases I have ever heard: it never actually made any sense to me. I am aware that when people say that phrase, they are usually being sarcastic, but for the love of humor, they should at least say something that makes sense.

That gets me to thinking though. What if there really were comedians walking around telling jokes that made people forget what they should do? "He said something funny; am I supposed to sneeze?" Sometimes I think some people just don't think. rolleyes.gif

Thought provoking... or just over thinking? You decide.

©1984-2006 Toaraga EAM



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Spoiler Free Superman Returns And Bryan Singer

Posted by Toaraga , Jul 05 2006 · 37 views
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So for US Independence Day, I didn't see the live space shuttle launch. However, I did see Superman Returns, and it had a scene near the beginning with a space shuttle... does that count? tongue.gif

Anyway, that's not what I'm writing about: I'm talking about the movie. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either. Most of the movie felt if it was building to this great moment that never actually happened; there was too much filler, if you will. Now I understand there's supposed to be another movie or two, but that's no excuse to build up to something that never happens.

The battle between Superman and Lex Luthor just seemed so weak and over too quickly, and the ending of the movie just seemed to draw out too long. Shouldn't it have been reversed: the battle longer (not drawn out though) and the ending shorter (to the point)?

Okay, I guess Bryan Singer isn't a bad director, and many people are disappointed with the way X3 turned out because Bryan and others left to make Superman Returns. I just wonder what each of the movies would have been like if he had finished the X-men trilogy before changing ships. How much more screen time would Cyclops have had and storytelling possibility would there have been if James Marsden had stuck around? shrugs.gif

So yeah, it wasn't necessarily a must-see, but it might be worth viewing again. happy.gif

©1984-2006 Toaraga EAM



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Computer-based Alphabet: C Isn't Computer.

Posted by Toaraga , Jul 02 2006 · 25 views
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Just for the heck of it and because I was inspired, I decided to make an alphabet based on computer stuff. (Oh dear, I think I'm turning into a geek/nerd... with the glasses, computer knowledge, jokes, and everything.)

A is for Application
B is for Byte
C is for COBOL
D is for Data
E is for ESC
F is for Format
G is for Gigabyte
H is for Hardware
I is for Input
J is for Jumper
K is for Kilobyte
L is for Linux
M is for Megabyte
N is for Nanobyte
O is for Output
P is for Processor
Q is for Quicken
R is for Right-click
S is for Software
T is for Terraflop
U is for URL
V is for Virus
W is for Word Count
X is for X-Axis
Y is for Y-Axis
Z is for Zip Drive

Well, I wasted a few minutes of my life... now how do you feel? If you understand all that (maybe more than I do on some of those), than you might want to feel scared... really scared. tongue.gif

©1984-2006 Toaraga EAM



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I'm Collectibly Collectible Too

Posted by Toaraga , Jun 27 2006 · 60 views
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Okay, so I don't just collect Care Bears and BIONICLE; I also collect the hard-to-find Zodiac Beanie Babies.



So far, I have seven of twelve, so that means I only need five more: snake, dog, goat, dragon, and tiger. Though I don't have the dog, I have seen it in pictures, and it just doesn't seem to fit with the rest of them. My personal favorite is the rat (kudos if you know why... and I haven't told you).

These things were probably discontinued as quickly as they came out, and almost nowhere can they be found... and I don't want to pay an arm and leg on eBay. So I'm still looking for them affordably. happy.gif

©1984-2006 Toaraga EAM



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Do I Care? I Care-a-lot.

Posted by Toaraga , Jun 26 2006 · 43 views
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For those that have been paying attention to my current avatar, you should have figured out that I do indeed like Care Bears (and even the lesser Care Bear Cousins). Laugh if you must, but I've been collecting the stuffed animals and a few other memorabilia since I was a little kid... you already know I collect BIONICLE sets, so there's no shame in your knowing this. (Who can resist such cute faces with tongues sticking out?) Mind you, I collect the real deal, not the recent comeback specials that are made from cheap-looking, low quality material.

Bedtime Bear is the one that started my collection. Years ago, I lost the original one I had, but my mom found this one at a garage sale or somewhere, and I started collecting the others afterward, usually either buying them or receiving them as gifts. As time has gone by, they have become harder to find, so my collection hasn't grown in years. But that doesn't mean I won't stop looking for them.

The rest of my collection:

Care Bears
Birthday Bear (one of my personal favorites)
Cheer Bear
Friendship Bear
Funshine Bear
Good Luck Bear
Gram Bear
Grumpy Bear
Love-A-Lot Bear
Tender Heart Bear
Baby Tugs and Hugs Bear, respectively
Wish Bear
Little Versions
This little guy sets on my computer monitor.

Care Bear Cousins
Bright Heart Raccoon
Gentle Heart Lamb (Yes, I have two of them.)
Lotsa Heart Elephant
Swift Heart Rabbit



I may have others somewhere that I missed. So, yeah, if there's anyone out there with ones I don't have (originals, not modern), I might buy them from you... or even trade something. happy.gif

©1984-2006 Toaraga EAM



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Dedicated To Dimensioneer... Return That Thander!

Posted by Toaraga , Jun 23 2006 · 45 views
BZPower
As promised, I'm dedicating this blog to Big D, but I actually have something to say. (Yeah, gasp.)

Seriously, you are awesome: though a full-grown adult, you created a site for a child's toy line that you weren't afraid to say you too liked. With some help, your site combined with another, and in just a few short years (as opposed to long years?), the site managed to gain the attention of over 30,000 people and growing. Now that's an accomplishment.

But you didn't stop at just having a basic website that does its best to stay kid-friendly: you pulled out all the stops whenever possible, and like the toy company you celebrated, you too (with your staff) listened to your fans (or however it should be said). From allowing us to express ourselves creatively with BIONICLE to even giving us the ability to blog and speak our minds (within reason). In under a month, even that has gained 100+ unique bloggers and over 700 entries.

Here's to you, Dimensioneer, and celebrating 37 years of life. No, I'm not just sucking up: I really mean that rambling... just remember that it was your day before it was Than's. tongue.gif

©1984-2006 Toaraga EAM



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Think Before You Quote

Posted by Toaraga , Jun 16 2006 · 67 views
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Okay, something I noticed people doing is quoting a post that has something against the rules, and they want to kindly bring it to the poster's attention that something in said post is against the rules. Provided that's not the only thing someone's posting, it's good to let someone else politely know that there's something wrong in the quoted post.

However, if you're going to quote the post, please remove the rulebreaking content out of the quote before you hit that post button. If you quote the post and leave the offense, you are breaking the rule by proxy. Sure it's not the same thing, but it's just as bad.

So please, for the love of editing, take the time out to delete the content from the quote, so the Forum Leaders won't have to. smile.gif

©1984-2006 Toaraga EAM



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Being F A Isn't Always E Z...

Posted by Toaraga , Jun 07 2006 · 75 views
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I guess another title could be "There's Something About Topics." Ah, so you want to be a staff member of BZPower because you think it's all about fun, games, and closing topics? Well, it probably is that and more, but there are downsides; since Tufi's covered spam, and Schizo's covered Proto: things which are out of my jurisdiction, I'll just talk a bit about the things I do know: closing topics and taking reports. happy.gif

Closing Topics: Love It or Leave It
Being staff of COT (one of the busiest/most chaotic forums), there are so many topics that if I had the choice, I would close in a heartbeat. (I won't say what because that's not important.) But like all staff members, save the Admin groupings, I have certain rules to follow. Just because I don't like something about a topic, I can't just close it; that's just not how it works.

First off, it wouldn't be fair to those that do like the subject, and unless the topic becomes too unstable (like a certain former COT topic) or is flat against BZP rules, its fate is not sealed. Besides, I might one day become interested in that particular subject: tastes change, after all. Second off, if I can't control myself from closing topics just because I'm not interested in the subject matter, where would I stop? With a topic made by someone I disagree with? Who knows.

Only when a topic has served its purpose or lived its usefulness will someone generally close a topic (ie., topics based on timely events). If there is something against BZP rules, then it's closed as soon as possible. If it's an official topic, it stays open as long as it is official... I won't go into official topics, as that would best be something said by a Forum Leader or higher.

Reports: Sometimes You Can't Do Anything
As a Forum Assistant, I do get the same post reports that the Forum Leaders of my respective forums get, so any given report (with the new forum, some are exact duplicates) will be seen by at least three people, if the report didn't get lost in the shuffle; alas, some of the reports I can do nothing about, much as I would like to. If it has to do with a particular post, I can neither edit nor delete, but I digress and will let someone with that ability cover it, if s/he so chooses.

Anyway, that brings me to what I would like to address: the post report button is meant for just that: reporting posts/topics. If you have a signature report, please send a PM with a link and name of the profile and the offense: It will be easier to investigate and deal with it that way. If you report a post for a signature violation, someone else might report the same post for spam, flame, etc., and a Forum Leader might delete the post before noticing it had a signature violation. In which case, the link in the report won't take anyone to the right post, and whoever tries to follow the report will reach a dead end. In the case of deleted posts, the link will generally lead to the opening post of the topic. So please, if you feel that a signature or avatar violates the rules, feel free to drop a PM to any Forum Assistant (not that I'm hinting or anything). happy.gif

©1984-2006 Toaraga EAM



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C G I: Speaking Of Overused...

Posted by Toaraga , Jun 05 2006 · 67 views
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Ah, CGI (Computer-Generated Images) spawned great movies like Toy Story, A Bug's Life, hopefully Cars, and some other ones by Pixar (Toy Story 2 was not so great). Back when movies first started to be full-length CGI, beginning with Toy Story, they were something special to see, something different to behold, and something somewhat or totally unexpected. They're storylines were usually pretty good, and the characters' abilities were just so impressive to see.

But now, especially in the last couple years, there have been more and more CGI movies. Now don't get me wrong: I don't hate these CGI movies (all of them, at any rate), I'm just annoyed that so many companies are now making them: it's just not anything special or different. It doesn't really standout as a must-see movie anymore, simply because it's CGI.

Some of the CGI movies I have seen are not that great: it was probably something just to compensate for an idea/storyline that wasn't so great. In my opinion, Doogal was a terrible movie: there were too many jokes (and incessant dialogue) to really pass for a movie, and I'm a person that usually likes cartoons and comedies. The jokes were either typical or you had to know the movie references... that many movie references shouldn't be needed for the particular movie you're watching anyhow. Having that many comedians doing voice acting was probably not a good idea either: I'm still not sure if I was watching animated stand-up routines or a story about a dog trying to make up for his mistake.

Today I sigh
For CGI sleep.gif


On the same token, I liked Hoodwinked: a different telling to classic fairy tales is almost always a good step. (A pun for a title didn't hurt either.) It wasn't hindered by having four different points of view either; in fact, they actually added onto one another. Even though some of the jokes and gags are predictable, that is expected, as long as they don't overshadow the storytelling; most of what I saw/heard was fresh material anyway. Though most of the characters' mouths seemed bulgy when they talked, that is a movie worth seeing again.

Anyway, I plan on seeing Cars, not simply because it's Pixar, whose movies I actually like: their CGI movies I've seen haven't disappointed me... save for maybe Toy Story 2. (Perhaps certain types of movies just shouldn't have sequels.) Also, the storyline and idea seem different enough, at least: it'll be like a full-length "Chevron with Techron" commercial... but better animated. happy.gif

©1984-2006 Toaraga EAM



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Ironing Out My Irony: Defined By Being Misdefined

Posted by Toaraga , Jun 01 2006 · 92 views
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The life of the ironic: so unpredictable yet not unexpected; I have a love-hate relationship with the word "irony."

I love when it happens, except that it happens to me so often; I'm the type of person who could climb a ladder quickly, run across a tight rope safely, and fall off the bottom rung on the opposite side. I like to think of myself as an accident-prone Jackie Chan: I could do insane stunts well, only to stub my toe when walking away.

Anyway, one thing that gets is the constant misuse of the word. Yes, I know it can be tricky to define and/or use properly, but it kind of irks me when I hear/read blatant misuses, so now I present to you...

A Quick Guide To Irony (Although It Might Get Kind Of Lengthy)

Irony (definition): "The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning."

In average person's term, it means that what is expected to happen and what really happens are total opposites. Suppose someone says, "This is the last place that I would expect to run into you; it's ironic." Perhaps that's coincidental or something else, but that is not necessarily ironic.

Examples of irony:
While watching a comedian's routine, he sits in a chair, but he's still doing "stand-up" comedy.
If an ambulance runs over someone, that's sad but still ironic.
A teacher learns something from the student.
You use a computer, so you can read a book.
You have to go online, so you can learn how to use the computer.
"Drive on the parkway; park on the driveway." Irony, right there.
Flammable and inflammable mean the same thing.
Palindrome is not defined by its definition: a palindrome is a word that is the same forward and backward.
The fact that I actually added my own blog to my RSS Reader... now that might be ironic (or stupid, I'm not quite sure).

Okay, so those are just a few examples of irony; I don't know why, but it just annoys me that I hear so many people misuse the word. In so doing, they actually help define the word. Go figure...

Sigh sleep.gif

©1984-2006 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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