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Thunder And Lightning

Posted by xccj , Jul 03 2008 · 91 views
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Nothing extremely new, as I used to live near Colorado Springs, which was for a time the second most-likely spot for thunderstorms (after some place in Florida). We used to watch lightning storms all the time, as well as rush around unplugging everything. You also heard of plenty of people getting struck, so I knew all the safety things about lightning at a young age. (Don't go swimming, don't fly kites, don't stand in a meadow holding up a big metal bar... etc)

Well, the hot weather we've experience for the last few days have brewed up some good t-storms. The other day the first one hit while I was outside working on our retaining wall... took me a while to realize I was holding a bunch of metal tools and all, but I survived. Tonight was awesome, because it was dark and there were flashes of lightning everywhere... a little too far off to hear all the thunder, but still cool. Besides, we had the fireworks going off around us too, in case it got too quiet.

Which now gets me thinking... what would happen if lightning struck a firework in midflight?

With that, I leave you to ponder as I go to bed and unplug my laptop.

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Summer Sets

Posted by xccj , Jul 01 2008 · 70 views
Thoughts
I recently got a catalogue from Lego... one of those smaller, special edition ones, with all the new sets and stuff. I must say, this next line of toys are lookin' cool.

So why don't I share my thoughts with you on some of them.

First of all, Agents. The various vehicles they have look cool and all, but they aren't necessarily revolutionary. What I'm interested in is the new minfigures, like the guy with spider legs or the dude with the chainsaw arm. That is something that is new, cool, and much needed. smile.gif

I also see that they have a new "Hard to Find" Indiana Jones set (based off the forth movie). It has a plane, some maintenance vehicles, a jeep, and lots of characters. I find it amusing that the set is based off a short, background scene from the movie where they relocate. That made me laugh.

Then there's that new Death Star playset. Man, why didn't they come out with this earlier? When they were making huge, detailed sets of that thing, they should've instead come up with this, with a whole bunch of rooms from the movies that are mini-fig scale. If I were ten years younger... I would be drooling of that set. Heck, if I also had alot of pieces, I might've even built something like that on my own. Very cool, Lego.

And then there are the Mistika. Blah, blah, seen them already. Now that I have a non-computer image, the vehicles don't look too bad, especially Jetrax in yellow. I hope to pick up those canisters... I have some money... but they aren't in stores yet and probably won't go on sale until I'm all the way back in school. Bummer.

Also, let it be known that I will be purchasing none of these sets (besides a few Mistika) I am merely commenting on Lego's really cool designs this summer.

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20 Questions 3

Posted by xccj , Jun 29 2008 · 217 views
Thoughts
Let's Play 20 Questions. I will think up something pertaining to Bionicle, and you must ask me questions to see who it is.

Rules

1: The questions can only be yes or no questions. So "Is he pink" works but "what color is he" doesn't.

2: There can only be one question per post, and no double posting.

3: I will edit my answer into every body's post. You can only add a second question in your post if I have already edited in my response.

I am thinking of a Bionicle think (AKA, it isn't a character. Any more specific and I'd give it away too quickly)

Now, ask away, and see if you can figure it out in under 20 tries.

GO!

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Answer: It was Bula berries, and Bfahome got it again. Unfortunatly, it took y'all 32 guesses, but I was being pretty vague plus I chose something that isn't too popular. Just 'cause I used Bula berries in all my epics doesn't mean that everybody does. I have an idea for next week which should be really good.

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Drawing It Close

Posted by xccj , Jun 28 2008 · 75 views
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In a few hours, the entry period for Epic Contest #7 closes. After that, no more chapters. I was planning on spreading out the chapters I had this week, but BZP downtime cut my time short, so I posted half of them today. Since the server merges (and thoroughly distorts) doubles posts that are made within a few hours of each other, I had to manually combine some of my chapters. That, and I had to finish writing the final one.

But, now I've got it all done. Finished. I'm sure there are some mistakes in spelling and grammar I missed, but I hope they aren't too distracting. Anyway, now is the time for the judges to start reading. And you too! See if you can be the first reviewer to reply in my review topic! See, now it's a competition. biggrin.gif

I also plan to add some character Bios, as well as images so you can see how I picture them all. But, right now, it's 3 in the morning and I'm exhausted. Night.

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New Epic

Posted by xccj , Jun 26 2008 · 79 views
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Check out my newest epic, Mystery on Keli-Nui!

Yep, in case you are unaware, I am entering a murder mystery epic into the latest contest, Epic Contest #7. I've been working on this for a while, but the deadline is drawing near and I need to start posting some of the chapters. They'll be popping up quick, because the 1-Post-A-Day rule doesn't apply. tongue.gif I'm still working on the final chapters, but I should be able to get it done by this weekend. I hope, at least. While it's good, I'm starting to doubt the overall quality compared to others that have been popping up. At the very least, I hope it makes it past the judges and into the voting... at the very least it'll attract a few new reviewers, right? tongue.gif

Anyway, go read it. If you have time, of course. smile.gif

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Edit: Bumped 'cause I posted chapter 2. I would've posted a bunch more if the server hadn't gone down yesterday. rolleyes.gif



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20 Questions 2

Posted by xccj , Jun 22 2008 · 138 views
Thoughts
Let's Play 20 Questions. I will think up something pertaining to Bionicle, and you must ask me questions to see who it is.

Rules

1: The questions can only be yes or no questions. So "Is he pink" works but "what color is he" doesn't.

2: There can only be one question per post, and no double posting.

3: I will edit my answer into every body's post. You can only add a second question in your post if I have already edited in my response.

I am thinking of a Bionicle item.

Now, ask away, and see if you can figure it out in under 20 tries.

GO!

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Edit: Final answer in! It was Lava Surfboard, and the winner is Snoopy82!


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Transforming?

Posted by xccj , Jun 22 2008 · 74 views

Wow, the staff has transformed into transformers. I wonder why they didn't do this in the first place... throw us off with ponies, turtles, and army dudes, and now onto the big robots. maybe next they can move onto that old Lego theme... you know, the one with big robots, some evil and some good.

Anyway, I didn't see anybody take on the name Frenzie, which was my favorite Decepticon from the movie. Except that he was like made only for the movie, and I've only seen the movie so I'm oblivious to all previous or current cartoon series.

In news about me, I've been revising my story for the contest, and I should start posting it this week in rapid doses, in order to get everything posted by the deadline. I've hardly had any free time this summer to write, as I've been working. Hard physical labor, always way too early in the morning. I think my parents are suggesting that I get a real job.

And I'm posting this mostly because I haven't had time to post much of anything else.

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Is 50 Too Much?

Posted by xccj , Jun 18 2008 · 99 views
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Um, er, yeah...

A little over a week left in Epic Contest #7, and I'm cranking out the chapters. I'm about into the big finale, because I'm writing this as an action story that's revolving around a mystery. Of course, it could use a lot of revision, and I still have a few chapters to finish up. But that's not the biggest problem.

This is. It's currently just over 50 pages long.

Yeah. On MS Word. 1 inch margins, 12 space font, Times New Roman.

My last contest entry, Kulagi's Kanoka, one of my better stories, evened out around 64 pages. Unfortunately, I still have a thrilling finale to write, as well as to finally solve the mystery in completion. So, at least, I'll be matching Kulagi's Kanoka in length, and most likely I'll be overshooting it.

I'm not worried about the judges here... let their eyes water as they try to finish it. tongue.gif But when it comes to voting, nobody's going to take the time to read an extra long story no matter how good it is. They'll either finish the shorter ones and vote for those, or only vote for mine based on my "reputation". But I don't like it when people do the latter. Now I'm not even sure if I'll enter this contest. Again, I wrote a novel for a story contest... why?

I may change my mind if I start seeing a bunch of other excessively long stories pop up. But I'm sure some people have mastered the ability to be "concise" and will max out around twenty. Oh well... it'll make for a cool epic after the contest is over, regardless.

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Summer Employment?

Posted by xccj , Jun 17 2008 · 217 views
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It's just as I feared.

Doing landscaping, housework projects. For my family. To pay of debts from the school year.

On the brighter side, I'd getting more credit 'cause my dad's also paying one of my friends to help. So now it's on an hourly basis pay instead of the by job pay. Making $47.89* an hour!

On the darker side, it's doing hard work in hot weather. Now I remember why I dislike the sun... I forget that kind of think after months of rain.

I'll still search for some jobs, but no real luck. I do have a tip for collage students willing to go to work for anything. Vector is willing to hire anybody regardless of experience! The downside? They pay you minimum wage (or below that) and you have to go door to door selling knives. So I turned it down... but they did accept me. (AKA, they're desperate)

Other problems consist of the fact that I'm getting out of school nearly a month after other people, and I haven't actually put any effort beforehand to look for a job. But, hey, when in doubt, I can always do land work for the folks.

And with this all added up, I'm working on my story at Midnight. Aw well.

*Okay, maybe that's a slight exaggeration, because I don't actually plan to tell you how much I'm "making" to pay off the debts.

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20 Questions 1

Posted by xccj , Jun 15 2008 · 177 views
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No, I'm not creating a second, larger version of my last entry. This is something new.

Let's Play 20 Questions. I am thinking of a Bionicle Character; you must ask me questions to see who it is. The questions can only be yes or no questions. So "Is he pink" works but "what color is he" doesn't. There can only be one question per post, and no double posting. I will edit my answer into every body's post, and will only answer the first question.

Now, ask away, and see if you can figure it out in under 20 tries.

GO!

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Edit: Final answer in! It was Toa Naho, and the winner is Bfahome!

Would anybody be interested if I did this kind of thing once a week? It was kind of fun. See my last post for details. smile.gif






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Lisztomania, think less but see it grow. Like a riot, like a riot, Oh.
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I took a sip of something poison but I'll hold on tight.
~ Foster the People

Birds sing for you, you can make this blue sky blush
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On the other side of the street I knew, stood a girl that looked like you.
I guess that's Déjà vu, but I thought this can't be true
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But even the sun sets in paradise
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Crazy how that shipwreck meant my ship was coming in
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So make now your ally, and leap before you look
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I'm just too much a coward to admit when I'm in need.
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Just believe in far away, ikiru tame ni sore wa
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Everything that drowns me makes me want to fly.
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I live my life in shackles, but I'm borderline-free.
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