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So I'm in Stockholm Now

Posted by Emzee , Mar 26 2015 · 134 views
sweden, vacation
Why are people here so well-dressed?? Or maybe I'm just a sucker for the whole slim-winter-coat-and-scarf look.

This is the last night of my vacation though. Tomorrow I fly back to the states. It's really fun though. My Instagram only tells a very small story.

It's too bad I won't be doing something like this again for a long time (if ever), but hey -- that's kinda the point right? Once is better than never.


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I leave for Munich in 2 days

Posted by Emzee , Mar 19 2015 · 86 views
germany, vacation
Hey what's up!

Who's been to Munich? Any must-sees/must-eats I should try? Reubens and beer are on already on the list, as is (most likely) which ever attraction you believe is the #1 result on TripAdvisor.

Got any tips?


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Special Pi Day

Posted by Emzee , Mar 14 2015 · 92 views

Happy 3-14-15 everyone! Enjoy whatever type of pie that you'll undoubtedly be eating.


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Portland

Posted by Emzee , Mar 13 2015 · 94 views

Hey! Remember me?

Just sitting here on the MAX right now. There's nothing quite like spending some time on a city where the hills and trees are taller, but it otherwise rather similar to home.

Looking forward to seeing all the new and old faces at Bricks Cascade!


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Happy New Year to Dubai (and you)!

Posted by Emzee , Dec 31 2014 · 96 views
new years, dubai
As per the trend, my sister in Dubai has enjoying early access to New Years (I still need to post those pictures I took while there, don't I?). I don't think I've ever seen a city go all out like this for their fireworks.

Seriously though, this year was a step up from 2013 in many ways. Goals and such didn't progress for me as fast as I wanted though. I said this time last year that 2014 would be the year of change. I was half right -- the changes were just delayed by 6 months. I did finally start going to the gym and I saw some results, but it's challenging to keep a habit like this going. I'm paying too much to keep skipping out though. 2015 will be interesting to say the least. Lots of management changes at my job (a job that has less than desirable work, I must confess).

That, and the Power Lies Beneath project didn't move as fast as I wanted. I've moved some priorities around though, so you all should start seeing some new stuff soon.

Anyway, 2014 was a good year, a nice step up from the not-so-enjoyable 2013. We'll just have to see how I fare for 2015. I definitely look forward to at least catching a glimpse of Doc Brown and Marty McFly -- not to mention all the tech advancements! Flying cars, hoverboards... it's gonna be great. :lol:

For those who haven't been graced with 2015 yet (like me), I hope tonight is fantastic for you, whether you're out having fun or sitting at home binge-watching The Legend of Korra on Amazon.

I'll be out! Of course... :lookaround:


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Title Grammar Question

Posted by Emzee , Dec 24 2014 · 120 views
game titles
Ok, I'm 90% certain that I got it right the first time, but I need to hear honest feedback:

Power Lies Beneath or The Power Lies Beneath?

Which sounds better? Which is better from a title grammar perspective? Does it only depend on what "Power" means or does it really not matter? Let me have your input!


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Random Fact

Posted by Emzee , in BZPower and LEGO Oct 19 2014 · 184 views
10 years, legends of, metru nui
Ten years ago today, the second BIONICLE movie was released. That was also the year I started high school.

...

Gotta love these decade anniversaries that remind me of my age. They're not gonna stop either...


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Bionicle 2015

Posted by Emzee , in BZPower and LEGO Oct 10 2014 · 213 views

Honestly, I'm just happy there gets to be a new generation of kids that'll get to experience this awesome line. I won't pretend like I'm going to buy all the sets (or even just one), but from what I see, the beginning wave of sets mostly look well-built.

Job well done, TLG. ^_^


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Enter the Ninjago Monster Contest!

Posted by Emzee , Sep 18 2014 · 100 views

Entry period ends on September 22nd. There have been some entries from this forum so far, but I'd really love to see more from you guys!

Here's a refresher on the entry requirements:

MUSIC AND MOVIES RULES:

1. There should be one entry per member. All BZPower members are welcome to submit an entry.

2. Entries must adequately fit into the Ninjago theme. For music, that means either stylistically or through lyrics. Don't be afraid to be creative with this if you plan on writing lyrics though!

3. All entries must be your new and original work and cannot have been presented before.

4. You may not modify your entry once posted unless you have instruction to do so to fix a rules violation, or if you have approval to correct a minor error. All such requests should be PMed to Emzee.



FAN CREATED GAMES RULES:


1. Board games, card games, video games, and detailed game ideas are all allowed as entries.

2. All game ideas must be your new and original work and cannot have been presented before, whether on paper or as an actual game or game demo.

3. Entries may not be modified once posted unless you have instruction to do so to fix a rules violation, or if you have approval to correct a minor error. All such requests should be PMed to Emzee.

4. Games must fit into the theme mentioned.

5. If entering a game idea, each entry must include at least the following:

  • An objective of the game (the “win” condition)
  • A genre (First Person Shooter, Action-Adventure, etc.). Board/card games are allowed.
  • A detailed overview of the game controls (keyboard keys, joystick support, etc.)
  • A detailed description of your game’s mechanics or features (i.e. what can the player do?)
  • A description of your game’s artistic style (if applicable)
  • A description of the story and characters (if applicable)

6. If entering a playable game as an entry, make sure to include a short but informative description about the game. You should include screenshots or, if you're submitting a board/card game, pictures of the props, cards, etc.

7. There should be one entry per member. All BZPower members are welcome to submit an entry.


Four days left. Make me proud, y'all.

(I should have maybe posted this sooner and for that I am sorry)



Source: Create, envision, or compose in the name of Ninjago!


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How Well Do You Know Me? AMA!

Posted by Emzee , in BZPower and LEGO Jul 27 2014 · 144 views
ask me anything
I had considered starting this on my membership anniversary, but decided that no one really does these anymore.

This is why I'm not in the stock market.

Anyway, you know the drill? What is something you've always wanted to know about me? Ask away!






My Bio

Age: 25
Gender: Male
Location: Austin, TX
Favorite color: Cyan
Occupation: Software developer
Games I'm current playing: The Stanley Parable
TV shows I'm watching: Game of Thrones
Interests: Bionicle, Ninjago, Game Grumps, RWBY (Rooster Teeth in general), assorted genres of music (electronica, alt. rock, classic rock, instrumental, classical, and hip-hop), music composition/remixing, programming, and game development.
Attended Brickfair VA 2009 and 2013, Brickfair AL 2012, Brick Fiesta 2011 and 2013, Bricks Cascade 2014
Also attended PAX East 2013 and RTX 2014.
Lactose Intolerant
Pumping more iron than I probably should
Actually a liberal arts guy who just majored in Software Engineering

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