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My Thoughts on Arguing

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Aug 20 2013 · 2,373 views
Serious entry, funny stuff later
So I guess there’s another blog war going on.  Oh boy.  But a few bits of it have annoyed me, and despite myself, I’m going to add in my words.  (And to be fair, I've only read a few entries on this issue, and I’m not going to pretend to be some sort of expert or anything.  Please hear me out before replying.)
So, to get to the bone of it, there’s a discussion over LGTBQA+ rights.  I should say something along the lines of “I’m a neutral party” but I’m just going to come out and say it.  I am in support of Princess Grr’s Gender Squad.  I do not like discrimination of any kind, and I think it’s an excellent idea to support those in the minority.  BUT that does not mean I approve of the way some people have been doing so.  (I’m not going to name names, and I’m not even sure if the people I have in mind are associated with Princess Grr.)
Anyway.  These people (I’m just gonna refer to them as Group A) fight fire with fire.  They see hatred and fight back with equally angry stances.  Now to step back.  This is not saying Group A doesn’t have a right to be angry.  This is not saying that they are completely overreacting.  But the people they are angry against (for scientific purposes, let’s label them Group B) are human too, and deserve to be treated with basic respect.  Again stepping back; this does not mean Group B is not in the wrong or that the issue should be ignored.  What I think is that this method of “discussion” is ineffective and should be gone about in a different way.
The way I see it is this; when Group A harshly puts down Group B for their actions, they are victimizing them.  Group A probably doesn’t see it this way, and their reasoning is probably legitimate.  But Group B won’t believe that legitimacy, no matter the facts.  They will feel victimized, and as such be less likely to listen to any further reasoning from Group A.  This doesn’t solve the conflict; if anything, it makes things worse.  Another analogy: Group B is acting like a bully.  Group A’s response is to bully them right back.  I don’t know what your elementary school education was like, but I was taught that this isn’t the way to solve conflicts.
Based off what Princess Grr wrote about, I thought the idea was to educate Group B about the issues of LGTBQA+ rights.  You don’t do this by villain-izing them right off the bat.  You open a reasonable discussion.  You calmly explain to them why their comments were hurtful or disrespectful.  I know I can’t say this for everybody, but I would like to think that most people aren’t actively trying to be down on LGTBQA+.  Perhaps they are ignorant of how their words and actions hurt others, and given a calm discussion, they will realize the errors of their ways. 
Yes, that’s an insanely optimistic way to put it, but why shouldn’t that be the first step.  This is a kids forum after all, and it wouldn’t surprise if people posting here don’t realize what their words are doing to people.  They’re likely to have a point of view based on their upbringing, and by outright telling them they are wrong and evil, they’re going to get defensive.  But if the first step... even if it’s just the first step... is to honestly tell them how you and others in Group A feel, then perhaps you will sow the seeds that will lead them to move past their outdated upbringing and become more progressive and opened to others who are different than they are.
Is this the only step?  Eventually, is verbal harassment the best solution for some people who won't change?  Here’s a quick story: one year in college, I got forced into a room with a guy and we ended up having several conflicting lifestyle preferences, such as when to turn the lights off and what temperature to keep the room.  We butted heads quite often, and I eventually went to my RA, who had us sit down and try to reach a settlement.  I was willing to make some sacrifices to match his, but he was utterly unwilling to admit that his ways were perfect and wouldn't budge until I did everything according to his methods.  Our sit-down went nowhere, and the eventual outcome was me paying to change rooms.
The moral of that story?  Some people are too stubborn or prideful to change their ways or beliefs.  No matter how much reasonable discussion is had, they won't yield to a new way of thinking.  In this case, more extreme measures might be appropriate.  I was really into the idea of hitting him hard on the head, for example.  (My RA advised me not to do that.)  In this case, said member might be asked to leave the community, if they are truly incapable of being open to others.  BUT such drastic measures are not the first step, and they should probably be avoided anyway.  The first step is to try and calmly talk it out.  That’s what my RA did, and that’s what they taught me about bullies in elementary school.  Want another metaphor?  Say that the problem is like a wound.  Clawing and scratching at it won’t make it better, and could actually make it worse.  Applying medicine will help it heal.
So let’s apply some medicine to this situation.  Let’s educate Group B about the LGTBQA+ community.  Let’s teach them to be friendlier and more open.  Let us not be like Malcolm X during the Civil Rights era, where we fight fire with fire.  Let us be more like Martin Luther King Jr.
We are all people.  Nobody’s perfect.  Some of us are wrong.  Some of us can be very wrong.  So help us correct the errors of our ways instead of shouting slander at us.  The shouting might be legitimized and make you feel better, but ultimately, it’s not going to solve the problem.
From what I read, Princess Grr’s Gender Squad is about using the metaphorical medicine to solve the problem, and I fully support that.  I hope that others in this argument can back down and start taking an approach like this.  Frankly I am disappointed that so many have taken the yelling approach instead.  Come on, we can be better than this!
I’m not saying this is the perfect solution.  I don’t know what the perfect solution is at all.  I just think that calm discussions are a better method than angry villain-ization, and I hope further discussions move away from the latter.
Anyway, if you do see some error in my reasoning, please politely let me know.  I’m willing to admit when I make a mistake, even if I don’t like doing so.  It’s strange to write this, because I am clearly a pessimist, but I think you should look for the good in people first before you judge them harshly.  My motto is to respect everybody equally, until they have proven that they do not deserve my respect.  Even if Group B is being disrespectful, try to help them change for the better before putting them under some sort of evil label.
Those are my thoughts for tonight.  Thank you for reading, and peace out.  :)


About The Monster Contest

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Aug 16 2013 · 365 views

I mean, man, it's incredible how the entries have turned out.  The MOCs seem to be rather high quality, with a few exceptions (AKA my entry) so that it's kind of hard to pick the best of em.  I mean, usually BBC contests aren't this evenly matched, right?  That, and most of the art entries are awesome... that was my best entry into this contest, and mine's being blown out of the water by some of the other ones.  The game ideas are fun, but I am really impressed at the music (and video) submissions; we have some talented people on BZPower, don't we?  I still need to sit down and listen to everything before I cast my vote.  Also, I haven't read all the stories yet, but I mean we had more literary entries than any other category besides MOCs, so that's pretty awesome too.  Library power, yay!
There is one thing I am disappointed about, tho.
A few people keep voting for my entries!  Sure, my MOC has nill, but I did get a few for my art piece and a few for my basic game idea and I guess even someone voted for one of my stories??  WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?
I feel that there's another category that I'm missing, but I must be wrong cause it's not something I'm going to discuss here. I know I love bragging that I can delete comments in my blog by sheer force of will (or, y'know, cause I'm authorized to see those delete buttons here) but I will do so if need be.
But all in all, I'm impressed with this contest.  It would've been cooler to see even more awesome entries, but the ones that did make it through are pretty good.  Yay BZPower... Bionicle may be over but we can still keep it going strong.  TAKE THAT JACK STONE I DON'T SEE ANY OF YOUR FANSITES AROUND ANYMORE!
Also, I changed my avi.  I know Steins;Gate came out a few years ago, but I recently finished it and thought it was one of the most epic science fiction / time travel stories out there.  (Oh no I am liking anime too much now, goodness knows if I become one of those people who gets insulted when its refered to as Japanese cartoons!)


It's Just Four Letters

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Aug 08 2013 · 353 views

For the record, the xkcd comic were first posted in 2005, although granted Randall Munroe might have come up with the name before that.

I registered as xccj on this site in 2003, and I'd been using the same name on Lego.com since the late 90s.

I did not steal Randall Munroe's four letter name; he stole mine.

It's also not really an acronym but I did a whole contest about that back in the day so it actually stands for Xtra Carbon Copy Justice. You can thank Toaraga for that... and those of you who voted for that option.

Just to clear this all up. :P



Rejected (Maybe) Distillery and Pub

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Aug 03 2013 · 430 views

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Cause my team would rather have blood sacrifices than parties with lightshows. :P I think. I dunno, it's not like we communicate or anything.

That one image totally isn't someone drinking; it's somebody tazing themselves in the mouth. Who it is is still up in the air.



Chima Fig Swap?

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Aug 02 2013 · 194 views

So I guess the latest round of Chima system sets is out.  There are a lot of cool fig characters that I'm interested in, and some that I'm not so much.  I'm assuming other people are interested in collecting Chima figs, and I know myself I'm uninterested in the BrickLink prices they fetch for.  I'm considering buying one of the larger sets (like that one wolf car / moving fortress one) which has some cool figs and some that I'd be willing to part with.
So is there anybody here who'd be willing to swap Chima figs at all?
Specifically, I want to get the female versions, and currently I haven't bought a larger set yet so I can't trade em right away... but potentially in the future?  Eh, thought I'd at least put this out there.  Thanks for reading.



Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Jul 23 2013 · 322 views

We make a team of elemental Toa.
Who's with me?


Why I Like Being a Lifetime Premier

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Jul 21 2013 · 166 views

Back when I first bought premier membership, 6 months was like $6, 1 year was $10, and lifetime was $25.
So if it lasted for more than 4 six month periods (2 years) or the equivalent of 2.5 years, then lifetime membership would pay for itself.  (Assuming that BZP's life was greater than said 2.5 years.)
I've had it for 10 years.  Yeah, it's paid for itself.  :P
And that was before price increases!
Also, I clearly have very little of what some call "a life."
Anyway, probably won't blog too much cause it'll get lost in the oncoming flood anyway.  Enjoy the perks, everybody!


Find the Masks Game: Feedback

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Jun 25 2013 · 657 views

Please leave feedback about the game here. Thanks.

Bionicle: Find the Masks Game


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The premise of the game is pretty simple. Each of the Toa need to locate five other Kanohi masks of power in order to defeat Makuta. You can visit each region and help locate the five masks. Once youve found all five masks for a Toa, they will receive their golden Kanohi. And when youve found the masks for all the Toa, youll win the game!

All the masks are hidden, although some are more difficult to locate than others. Some will be carried by the vicious Rahi. Others can be retrieved with the help of the local Matoran. Some will require an event to happen multiple times before theyre revealed, and others will require the use of specific tools that can be found in different regions. See if you can locate them all!


The quest for the masks was one of my favorite aspects of Bionicle in the early days, and so it seemed natural to want to make a game out of it. The game made using Flash ActionScript, and all the drawings, animations, and coding were done by me. (But to be fair, by draw I do mean trace out characters based on their set images or their appearance in the MNOLG) Honestly, the MNOLG was a big inspiration for me to try this. The game isnt nearly as complex as it or some of the other fan games Ive seen in this form, but I had fun making it and I hope you can have fun playing it too.

Please feel free to leave comments on the game play or any coding bugs you notice. (Ive tried to make it uncool-dude-proof, and Im a fairly big uncool-dude myself so I was a great tester, but I still mightve missed some things.) I also have help from Swert, Kakaru, 55555, and Velox, who all tested the various stages for me and gave me helpful advice. Please report any issues and Ill either try to fix them or explain how I cant fix them. (Laziness is an important factor in this too. :P )

If you want to discuss the various locations of the masks and such, please do so in spoiler tags, because honestly thats the whole point of the game play and I dont want it ruined for new players who start by reading the topic first. But I dont mind giving hints either, since some of the masks are a bit tricky to locate, depending on your skill at these kinds of Flash games. ;)

You can also leave feedback in the topic for now, but eventually it's going to die, and so I'm channeling feedback here because blog entries can always be revived. Yay.

So anyway, this is what Ive been working on for the last month or so. Have fun, and again, feel free to leave any comments. Thanks!

Xccj ~ Jason



Lame Archive

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts Jun 18 2013 · 253 views

For a reference, I wanted to go back and look at one of my older Bionicle stories, one that had actually gotten a decent response on BZPower back in the day. But for the life of me, I couldn't find it saved on my computer. (But having looked up the date, I realize that it was probably written in the brief period where I owned my own laptop... which was stolen after six months, along with a whole bunch of my work that I had neglected to save elsewhere. Well, that's one mystery solved.)

But anyway, failing to find my copy, I decided to look up BZP's. Cause, y'know, I posted it here way back in the day, and when you post something on the internet, it never disappears. NEVAH! (Oh wait, I guess that only applies to embarrassing stuff and not work I'm proud of.)

So I dove into the BZPower Archive. After some searching and browsing and logging in again, I found the topic. :D Then I opened the topic. No posts were saved, just the topic and it's meta data (date, title, author, ext).

I looked up more of my old stories, as well as my review topics. Only a few of them had anything saved, and most was incomplete.

So really not much of an archive as far as I'm concerned. :P Oh well. (Google isn't any help either; their "cached" version is only a month old so it's the same blank page.)

I'm not complaining or anything: I know how much data there was to save on the old BZP forums, and I'm amazed that any survived at all. But yeah, just posting my findings. And anyway, why live in the past?



Palm Pilot

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, Stories May 23 2013 · 428 views

So, way back in the day, there were these devices called Palm Pilots or something.  They could include calendars and notepads and other stuff on them.  Basically, I always saw them as hand held computers, although clearly they were limited compared to desktops.  This was like in the early 2000s.  I know a couple of my classmates had some.
And back in 2003 or 2004 (I forget when) I wrote this adventure story that I'm sure I've mentioned here before.  It was about four friends getting trapped in a virtual game, where if they die there they die for real, and the only way out was to win the game.  (Rip off of Sword Art Online?  No, I finished this before then.  It was a rip-off of some other cartoon idea.  :P )  But one guy was able to keep out of the game, and he spend the story hacking into the program and trying to free the friends.  At one point, his desktop is compromised, so he downloads the data onto his palm pilot and goes mobile.  The palm pilot is integral to him finally figuring out the coding in the end.
The problem?  Well, I'm updating the story again, and something occurred to me.  Palm Pilots totally want out of style, and were never quite the extravagant hand held computers anyway.  But... well, what I described does sound familiar, doesn't it?  Oh yeah, smart phones.  Everybody and their dog has one nowadays, and they're clearly not a passing fad.
So, should I replace the palm pilot in the story with a smart phone?  It would be a little more accurate and true to current technology.  But it's also a classic part of my story which follows the technology of that era.  So, opinions?
(I know, first world dilemma for sure!)

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