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My Dad and Lobsters

Posted by Sumiki , in Sumiki's Dad, The Great American Road Trip Jan 25 2014 · 125 views

The Great American Road Trip 0: The Quest for Lobster
 
Five and a half years before I was born, my parents lived in an entirely different section of North Carolina. With a number of days off of work after Christmas, my dad gets an insatiable hankering for a Maine lobster after seeing a particularly delectable television advertisement.
 
"Pack and get in the car," he says to my mom.
 
"Where are we going?" she asks.
 
"We're going to Maine."
 
So off they went. Twelve hours later, it's midnight, but they make it in one piece to Maine. They cross the border and pull into the nearest open restaurant.
 
They sit down to order. The waitress asks what they want to eat.
 
"A lobster," my dad said, with an ecstatic grin.
 
"How would you like it cooked?" the waitress asked.
 
"You know ... a Maine lobster!" he says.
 
"I know ... but how would you like it cooked?"
 
At this point, it dawned on my dad that he'd embarked on a spur-of-the-moment road trip all because he thought that a Maine lobster was a method of cooking lobster known only to Mainers.
 
"Wait ... you know that a Maine lobster is just a lobster from Maine ... right?" my mom asked.
 
Her inquiry was in vain, for she knew the answer to this question just as much as he did.



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Music Favorites X - Einojuhani Rautavaara's Piano Concerto #1

Posted by Sumiki , in Music Jan 20 2014 · 62 views


 
Einojuhani Rautavaara is a contemporary Finnish composer who has written a substantial amount of orchestral music. His rejection of "modern" composition techniques and his unique style has led him to a musical language that is accessible yet still distinctly modern. His most famous piece is "Cantus Arcticus" - a concerto for birds and orchestra featuring recorded birdsong - but his other pieces, particularly his piano concertos, deserve further study.
 
The first movement of his first piano concerto is a stunning display of virtuosity from the soloist, banging out a triumphant melody in tone clusters with the right hand while maintaining a manic polytonal undercurrent with the left. These clusters make their appearance throughout the piece, both in the piano and the orchestra, culminating in an epic volley of sound as the main theme recapitulates in massive arm clusters. This unique combination of old and new gives it a sound that makes it one of my favorite piano concerto movements.



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BLOGARITHM CONTEST #7: WINNERS!

Posted by Sumiki , in BZPower, Contests, twiggy Jan 20 2014 · 86 views

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In first place, with eight votes: PALEO!
 
In second place, with four votes: REZNAS!
 
In third place, with three votes: PALEO! (again)
 
Your prizes will be autographed selfies, featuring exclusive snippets of wisdom.
 
(I may or may not have ripped off this idea from Windrider.)
 
Congratulations to the winners and big thanks to all of the fantastic entries - although no one guessed correctly.  :sly:



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BLOGARITHM CONTEST #7 - POLL!

Posted by Sumiki , in twiggy, Contests, BZPower Jan 19 2014 · 160 views

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It's time for the poll.
 
Vote for up to THREE explanations of the nature of my status updates. Vote in the comments. You can only vote once.
 
Voting will end on January 19th ​at 11:59 PM Eastern. A tiebreaker, if necessary, will be held the following day.

 




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Entry 1: You have invented a new form of musical notation, which uses syllables to represent notes. Your status updates are in reality short piano pieces.




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Entry 2: Written on paper strips are the words. You pull them out of a hat, or several.




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Entry 3: You ate a Q-fruit from my garden to gain Qtopian powers.




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Entry 4: Sumiki channels the amazing powers of Vezon, Deadpool, Murdock, and The Mentalist to select the exact and precise words and word order needed. 




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Entry 5: You get them from commercials. Likely, you take every 3rd, 5th or 8th word spoken in the commercial, or something similar. If it was Lhik, it'd obviously be every 13th, not sure what it'd be for you. It's also possible you exclude brand names and the like.




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Entry 6: Clearly farm animals communicate these phrases to you in your dreams.




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Entry 7: They are all simply part of an algorithm, one so powerful and so intricate, that if coded correctly could ultimately destroy the very infrastructure of this world, which would let Sumiki's roam the earth wreaking havoc wherever they go. Eventually, with Sumiki Prime (the head Sumiki) as their leader, the Sumiki's would rule the world with enmity and violence using farm animals as tools of war. For him to finish these algorithms would essentially foreshadow the dark and merciless future the Sumiki's have planned for us. That is an incredibly scary thought. I pray that the algorithm will never be completed; otherwise, we are doomed.




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Entry 8: Surprisingly, it is a simple process that forms highly philosophical messages. Sumiki first takes the first and last notes of a piece by any famous composer (though he is partial at the moment to Chopin), and then converts their tones into a corresponding human pheromone. He then exposes test groups of 400 individuals to this pheromone and records their moods. These moods each have differing corresponding number values on a very special spreadsheet. Sumiki adds these values together and then counts backwards through the Oxford English Dictionary. This is how he obtains the so-called "odd words" in his status updates, so called by those ignorant souls who view his profile with empty minds. He then uses a trained blindfolded Orangutan to pick a book in the Congressional Library and a trained blindfolded spider monkey to pick a page in the book. Sumiki then replaces nouns, verbs and adjectives in that sentence with ones he chose using his pheromone method to convey cryptic snippets of wisdom from his great mind.




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Entry 9: They are just random. You try to fool us with a well laid plan. But I see through it. Pure randomness meant to distract us from something far more... less random, as it is clearly a plot of deception designed to ensnare our attention. I applaud your efforts, but you have failed.




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Entry 10: Mere mortals cannot comprehend the mental processes of Sumiki because of their fourth dimensional nature.




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Entry 11: Sumiki listens to Broadway play soundtracks and chooses the 42nd word of the first song over 7 minutes. Repeating this process, he gathers enough words to modify sentences from ancient aramaic texts into wise sayings for the modern age.


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BLOGARITHM CONTEST #7: The Wisdom of Sumiki

Posted by Sumiki , in twiggy, Sumiki's Dad, Contests, BZPower Jan 14 2014 · 466 views

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Some of you may be wondering about me and my sanity due to my various profile updates, which have, as of late, been getting around outside BZP. There's now a Wisdom of Sumiki tumblr and twitter. (I cannot take credit for the operation of either of those accounts.) I also feel as if my activity on here has waned a bit, and I'd like to take a step towards rectifying it. Thus, I decided that it's time for another Blogarithm Contest.
 
Let's talk about my status updates for a minute - specifically, what's behind them. I'm a simple man, and I like simple, ludicrous status updates. What originally started out as a mashup of whatever surrealist things I came across has taken on a mind of its own.
 
So let's pretend that these aren't snippets of wisdom that mere mortals are unable to comprehend. Realistically or not, let's assume that there's a pattern here. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is theorize on the nature of my status updates. In other words, tell me how you think I derive them.
 
You have until January 15th at 11:59 PM Eastern to post your theories in the comments section, and you're allowed to submit up to three entries. After the polls, the winner will be announced on January 19th. The winner will receive a prize.


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Hero Factory, Re-Imagined

Posted by Sumiki , in BIONICLE/LEGO, BZPower, Writing Jan 12 2014 · 142 views

Hey you. Ever wanted to read a story where Hero Factory was rebooted to be gritty and dark and with humans and stuff?
 
Well have I got news for you.

 
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(also go enter that contest)


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i accidentally a thing

Posted by Sumiki , in BIONICLE/LEGO, BZPower, Writing Jan 11 2014 · 155 views

it's nearly two o'clock in the morning and I just wrote nearly 1,400 words about a gritty human Hero Factory AU (which I've been meaning to do for a good while)
 
question is, would anyone actually be interested in reading a story with a re-imagined Von Nebula, grizzled veterans, psychological manipulation, gender bends, and plot twists?

 


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its ocld

Posted by Sumiki , in Life Jan 07 2014 · 167 views

onlee wan playc is oclder
 
also go enter that contest


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Downton Abbey

Posted by Sumiki , in Other Stuff, Life Jan 05 2014 · 127 views
go enter into that and 2 more...
LARGE OPULENT CASTLE FULL OF RICH WHITE PEOPLE. CONTINUOUS INTRIGUE AMONG RICH WHITE PEOPLE. RICH WHITE PEOPLE BECOME UNHAPPY. RICH WHITE PEOPLE ARE PASSIVE-AGRESSIVE TO OTHER RICH WHITE PEOPLE.
 
WHAT ARE RICH WHITE PEOPLE GOING TO DO THIS WEEK. FIND OUT ON THE NEXT EPISODE OF RICH WHITE PEOPLE DOWNTON ABBEY



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Music Favorites IX - Lowell Liebermann's Nocturne No. 4

Posted by Sumiki , in Music Jan 01 2014 · 47 views


 
Lowell Liebermann is a modern pianist-composer from New York. His music, a blend of traditional structure and profound invention, has made him one of the most popular and most often-played of modern-day classical composers. As a pianist, a good chunk of Liebermann's works have been for or include the piano, including three Sonatas, eleven Nocturnes, and his most famous piece, the epic Gargoyles.
 
His fourth Nocturne is one of my favorites - although it takes a good while to build up, the dreamy (and polytonal) opening motifs give way to the luscious harmonies and textures of the surprisingly violent middle section (building up to a crashing fortissississimo). One of my favorite musical moments occurs at this transition, which occurs around 2:38 in the video.







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He's the lord of all strangeness. - Ignika: Nerd of Life

How awesome is Sumiki on a scale of 1 to 10? - Waffles
42. - Black Six

[He's] the king of wierd, the prince of practicality, the duke of durr! - Daiker

Sumiki is magic. - Cholie

Sumiki says, "Do I creeeeeeep you out?" Yes, he does. - Waffles

Sumiki is a nub. He's cool, but he's still a nub. - Ran Yakumo

 

"What is a Sumiki?" You may ask. But the answer to that is still unknown, even to the Sumiki itself. - Daiker

Ah, Sumiki. - Electric Turahk

 

LISTEN TO SUMIKI - Cholie

 

Sumiki is best snickerdoodle. - Takuma Nuva

 

BZPower = Sumiki + McSmeag + B6. And Hahli Husky. - Vorex

 

What's a Sumi? Does it taste good? - Janus

 

I would have thought Sumiki wanted to reincarnate as a farm animal. - Kraggh

 

EAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH - Kakaru

 

Sumiki: the horse_ebooks of bzp - VampireBohrok

 

Everything relates to Sumiki. No really, everything. - Daiker

 

He's in worse mental condition than I thought. - Obsessionist

 

I'm just wondering why I'm looking at some cat dancing ... I suppose the answer would simply be "Sumiki." - Brickeens

 

I was like a beast, screaming through the mind of Sumiki at the speed of sound. I.. I wasn't strong enough to stop myself. What I saw was the end of infinity, through which one can see the beginning of time, and I will never be the same. - Portalfig

 

I imagine the 13th Doctor will be rather like Sumiki, at the rate we're going. - rahkshi guurahk

 

I was quite sure Sumiki had another set of arms stashed somewhere. - Bfahome

 

Note to future self: don’t try to predict Sumiki, he’s unpredictable. - Voltex

 

Let's be honest, I would totally have picked my main man Sumiki to lead my goose-stepping night killers anyway. We tight like that, yo. - Xaeraz

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Every week, I post a new "Tuesday Tablescrap", a small MOC not worthy of a topic, but something to post and inspire me to build more.

10/25/11 - Duplo Flower
11/1/11 - Slender Man and Masky
11/8/11 - Bizarre Black Spaceship
11/15/11 - 2001 Monolith

11/22/11 - My Little Slizer 50
11/29/11 - Punching Bag
12/6/11 - Thunder and Escorts
12/13/11 - Three Concepts
12/20/11 - Kaxium Alternate
12/27/11 - None (Christmas Break)

1/3/12 - Daiker
1/10/12 - None
1/17/12 - Volant
1/24/12 - Nidman's Chute Shoop Shop
1/31/12 - None (Brickshelf down)
2/7/12 - None
2/14/12 - Atomic Lime
2/21/12 - Spearhead
2/28/12 - Glatorian Kahi
3/6/12 - Seeker
3/13/12 - Skyscraper
3/20/12 - Microphone
3/27/12 - Toa Vultraz
4/3/12 - Flammenwerferjüngeres
4/10/12 - Umbrella
4/17/12 - Lime Beetle
4/24/12 - Special - Flame Sculpture
5/1/12 - None (BZPower down)
5/8/12 - Purple Ninja
5/15/12 - The Original Sumiki
5/22/12 - 7/24/12 - None
7/31/12 - Tahu
8/7/12 - None (BrickFair)
8/14/12 - Special - Chess Set
8/21/12 - Heavily Armored Wasp
8/28/12 - Spaceship Drill
9/4/12 - Scuba Vehicle
9/11/12 - Orange Guy
9/18/12 - Strange Flying Thing
9/25/12 - Goblet
10/2/12 - None
10/9/12 - Aim .............................. Down
10/16/12 - Gold Bot
10/23/12 - Teal Mech
10/30/12 - Special - Teal Mech (#2)
11/6/12 - Bits and Pieces
11/13/12 - Two Spaceships
11/20/12 - TARDIS Interior
11/27/12 - Christmas Creep
12/4/12 - Toaraga
12/11/12 - Fireplace
12/18/12 - Abstract Duckling
12/25/12 - None (Christmas)
1/1/13 - Black Bot
1/8/13 - 1/22/13 - None
1/29/13 - Handheld Rhotuka Launcher
2/5/13 - 8/6/13 - None
8/13/13 - The Hinklebot
8/20/12 - Special - Post-Apocalyptic Piyufi

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If you learn one thing in life, learn this:

You should never, ever question why demons would possess a soda.

just a heads up - Cthulhu would probably eradicate mankind before bringing back Bionicle
 
so yeah, all I'm saying is, please think twice about this okay

nothing gets democracy flowing like erratic capitalizatION

[the NSA] couldn't say no when I offered them an ostrich farm in exchange

Sumiki -- nice try but we all know Toa Mata Nui stuffs its bra

 


 


 


You have a great understanding of history, but don't forget, war, murder and other poor decisions are also huge characteristics.

Also a long line of really great hats.

Shhh, I'm trying to focus on the negative to justify my dislike of history.

have we mentioned hats

To be fair, I am the one responsible for the invention of Mafia in the 1320s by seventeen bored italians locked in a mine shaft.
 
It's a long story.

 

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