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Nooo Waaaaiiiii

Posted by xccj , in News May 26 2013 · 208 views

I posted a legit news story for the first time in forever!!
I forgot that I was a reporter!!
Oh, and it helped that Duel Matrix submitted the report.  :D


Palm Pilot

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, Stories May 23 2013 · 538 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!)


Game Idea: Need Artists

Posted by xccj , in News May 20 2013 · 205 views

I mentioned this idea to Kakaru when I met up with him last week, and he mentioned I should make a topic, but I'll do a blog post instead.  :P
So I have this idea for a Flash game.  Nothing nearly as complicated as MNOLG; basically a "find a hidden object in a picture" thing, Bionicle themed.  I've been practising on writing code for such a game, and I'm pretty sure I could get this completed with ease.  But... well, first, I need material.  I can animate and code, but I can't draw, and I especially can't draw complicated images with hidden objects located within them.  :(
So that's where you can come in!  Are you an artist who excels in designing complicated landscapes?  If so, PM me or contact me somehow, and I'll tell you the specifics of my idea!  It's not a ton of work; as I mentioned, it won't be the MNOLG with hundreds of scenes, but rather maybe just 6 scenes, 7 tops.  And, of course, the artwork needs to be digital and easily transferable into Adobe Flash.  Vector art would be appreciated (PowerPoint yay!) but I think I can make due with something drawn in MS Paint.  Hand drawn stuff might not work too well tho.  :(
So yeah, let me know if you're interested.  If not... well, might as well try and ask.
Oh, and I got to hang out with Kakaru and his family last week on my drive from Dallas to Portland.  It was a blast!  Except the part where we looked at our old BrickShelfs...


Leaving Dallas

Posted by xccj , in News May 10 2013 · 210 views

Hey, an update from me, yayz!
So this past weekend I got to meet Toaraga in person.  (Turns out there are other BZPers in Dallas!)  He was a pretty cool guy, and it was fun chatting with him.  Toaraga, you need to come to a convention sometime. ;)
I also visited the Dallas Lego Store one last time, and bought a handful of Series 10 figs.  There were a lot of people in there looking for the gold fig, and apparently at least 5 of the goldies have been found in that store.  (By customers)  But they still had a ton of bags to feel through, and I got the figs I wanted. (Librarian, Medusa, Roman General, Warrior Girl, Bee Girl, Sailor, and Baseball Player.) I know some people get tired of these collectible figs... but I'm not one of them.  :P
I'm also set to move out of Dallas this weekend, and then it's another road trip back to Portland, so I'll be offline for a week again.  (Because I've been soo active these last few months.)  That, and I'm losing Internet tonight, so... yeah, gonna be away from BZP for a while.  (Well, I'll check up on it via my mobile web on my phone, but I rarely use that to post.)
Anyway, need to find a job to pay for the next Lego convention.  See ya!

May 2013


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