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Bionicle Graphic Novel #1

Posted by xccj , Jun 11 2008 · 72 views
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Today I picked up the graphic collection of the first Bionicle comics at B&N. A little pricey, but it's excellent! All the pages are colorful and glossy, just as good as the original comics, or even better. True, it is a little bit smaller, but the artwork looks just the same. In fact, considering how thick each page is, I'm surprised its only a couple dollars more than the regular books.

Now, why did I get this book? I already know the story by heart... and I have half the lines memorized anyway. Plus, back home I still have my entire Bionicle comic collection; some in better condition than others, true, but they're still readable. I even have a limited edition copy of Comic 1, which I got from BZP when I achieved OBZPC-ship.

No, I got this entirely for it's nostalgic properties. Because, when asked about the golden days of Bionicle, I think of the first two years of the comics. (Well, and the MNOLG, but that's beside the point) The dialogue and action are supreme, and there are countless lines in there that I've used in epics over and over again. The Rahi and Bohrok era were the pinnacle of Bionicle comics in my mind. By the time the Rahkshi came around, half the story was being left out because it was already told in the movie. The Metru-Nui sagas were even worst, as the comics just delivered colorful side stories, leaving the movies to carry the bulk of the main plot. (And comics > movies in this sense) By the time we got to 06, we had a new artist who no longer drew the characters in their set forms (just as the sets had become articulate enough for him to do so, really) and most of the battles became blasts and witty comments. I'm not saying that I dislike the comics of today... but they hold nothing to the original comics.

Lego was kind enough to re-release these comics, showing that they are reaching out to some old nostalgic fans. Although I don't need the book, because I already have the original material, I still bought it to support Lego. And also, no matter what, having artwork with the Toa Mata in action is super cool. What got me hooked on Bionicle in the first place. If your comic supply in insufficient, then you most certainly should pick these up. Otherwise, it's just a repeat of your comics... although this book is bound to stay in better condition than some of the old comics from 01.

Of course, I am not going to buy every Graphic Novel that comes out... the Rahkshi era may be worth it, but Metru-Nui and beyond definitely aren't. Yet I couldn't pass up a chance to get one last reminder of 2001 and 2002.

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Winter Vs Summer

Posted by xccj , Jun 10 2008 · 230 views
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Rain in the summer? Big deal. I've been on plenty of Boy Scout summer trips where it was more than drizzly.

Wind? When can you not expect it? (When you're on the sail boat, of course)

Snow? In June? Not in the Northwest!

But, no we're getting snowfall in the passes tonight.

Just... wow, yeah. Colorado, I could expect this. Not Washington.

Unfortunately, I just get to look forward to rain down at this elevation. Lovely weather for finals week.

This really isn't so bad, though, compared to flooding and tornadoes elsewhere.

What's ironic is that we had some really nice sunny days in February.

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F / L = I

Posted by xccj , Jun 08 2008 · 108 views

Get it? The joke part, I mean. I don't even know what it's suppose to bean in physics term. I got it off a help forum for my physics class, but I don't even know what the F variable stands for! ARG!

I hate Homework and finals.

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A Toa, Skakdi, And Makuta Walk Into A Bar

Posted by xccj , Jun 07 2008 · 139 views

And Go "OW!"

I have nothing to really say besides I'm exhausted, brain warped, and ready to be out of school so I can begin a job search. 1 final finished, 2 more to go, not to mention some last minute home work. Oh, and I have some funny jokes to put in the new epic. Hope I can get it finished before the deadline.

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Funness

Posted by xccj , Jun 07 2008 · 239 views
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Here's the definition of not-funness.

Economics Final next Tuesday
Physics Final next Monday
Calculus Final TOMORROW! ARRRGGG!

Epic Contest NOWWW!

This is horrible... I'm having alot of fun writing up a complex mystery story. It should have some amazing plot twists and everything, but won't be nearly as long as Time Disruption or Slizers on Mata-Nui. It is shaping up to be really good, in my opinion, but the timing is completely off. I need to be studying for finals! And I really need to pass them too.

So I really should cut my time on BZP. But here I am, writing a blog...

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A Chance To Brag

Posted by xccj , Jun 05 2008 · 236 views
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I Have Bionicle Legends 10! Swamp of Secrets! Yeah!

I was checking B&N online, as I was surprised to see that it now have the option to check the availability of Bionicle Legends 10. Well, I did, and pretty much every store around me had it... except the one that was just a short walk away. Nope, it was out of stock.

So I walked there, just to be sure.

And walked out with the book. Ha.

Anyway, the story is good... the characters are just as good as they ever were, and this time they don't have any personality problems to deal with. Onua rockz. And the Makuta are good too... I actually like Bitil the most now, but Krika owns. To my disappointment, the conflict between the Toa Mistika and Makuta Mistika wasn't nearly as good as the Phantoka book... probably because it was cut short by the flashbacks. I actually greatly enjoyed the flashbacks, sometimes even more than the current story. And, of course, Takanuva's portion was good too.

Probably one of the coolest things about this were the connections to past years that have been neglected in the past... I'd list them, but I think I'll wait until spoilers are allowed. And then the Kingdom story is veeery fun to read... I will go into a more in depth review of that too once spoilers from it are allowed. But I think it is an excellent idea for Greg to expand the story and bring back a multitude of characters we want to see more off.

And now I just need to get the summer sets, which will come out approximately when summer is starting for me, give or take a month or two. (Last year, I think the Mahri came out right when I went back to school) I'd totally get all the Mistika (except Gorast) if money wasn't an issue... but I most certainly will get Tahu. And I greatly desire Bionicle Legends 11 now... and I have just enough money left over on my B&N gift card to purchase it when the time comes.

Night.

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The Board And The Blog

Posted by xccj , Jun 04 2008 · 135 views
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Yes, yes, paranoid people copy their posts before they hit "post new entry." I do that half the time myself, but sometimes I'm just so eager that I forget, and then the Board Message looms down on me like a dark cloud... or an evil pinkish message that no longer has cool jokes in it.

But here's what irks me.

I post in a topic, and I get the board message. Sometimes, I can backspace, and get the original post all written out still, where I then copy and paste. Or, sometimes, I can't get through but check back later to see that it did post... and sometimes double posts when I clicked the "post" button twice. Annoying, but all the same, it posted!

Neither happen when I post a blog.

And this has happened to me alot recently.

So my really cool, really long, really gone blog entry is... well, non existent, as of this point. And I am too lazy, preoccupied, and tired to retype it. I'll post it later.

This is just frustration and murphy's law.

End, Shift Home, Pg. Up, Ctrl C

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A High School Musical

Posted by xccj , Jun 01 2008 · 262 views
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But not that stupid Disney one… a real one.

Pretty much the only reason I went home for the weekend was to see my high school’s musical “A Funny Thing happened on the Way to the Forum.” It’s set in Rome, with lots of crazy antics going around. The singing by a few people could’ve been improved, but the hilarious acting was great. Plus, I got to see a ton of old friends that I haven’t seen in a long time. And to add to that, I would go back to high school just to act in a few of these plays again. Arg, college life does not allow time for that, and anyway the people who do drama in my university are serious about it and offer strong competition. Plus they aren’t taking practical courses like math, physics, and other mathy-sciency-type stuff.

Although I do hope to see the plays my high school puts on next year, the first being “And Then There Were None: A Murder Mystery.” Speaking of which, have you seen Epic Contest 7? Such an awesome theme! I am most certainly going to try and enter, although I still have two weeks that I have to use to study for finals, so I may not find the time to finish it before the deadline. But I most certainly would like to see what other people come up with. 

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Busy Weekend

Posted by xccj , May 30 2008 · 160 views
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Stuff I have to do in the next 72 Hours
  • Physics Midterm tomorrow morning
  • Stay awake through Math and Econ
  • Catch a bus to the train station (the right bus this time)
  • Get on a train.
  • Hope my phone works on the train.
  • Find a way to entertain myself for the three hour trip.
  • Wait for my friend to come and pick me up because my parents decided to ditch me this weekend.
  • Finish Physics online HW before Midnight.
  • Wake Up Saturday morning.
  • Go help out scouts for local Fun Days events.
  • Watch Fun Days parade.
  • Participate in Fun Days activities.
  • Go home and polish up stuff
  • Go to job interview... the Second!
  • Make it back in time to take my sister to the musical (she's in the band)
  • Watch the musical (and see all my friends from drama last year)
  • Go to sleep.
  • Wake Up Sunday morning.
  • Finish Econ HW that is due Monday
  • Work on / even start Math HW that's due on Wednesday
  • Battle in Kumata's RPG
  • Get my friend to take me to train station.
  • Suffer another three hours
  • Get on late night bus and go back to university
  • Go to sleep in order to make my morning class.
  • Start next week.
Well, it's looking kinda jammed up, especially since my last few weekend have been primarily
  • Sleep
  • Get up and eat
  • Cruise BZP
  • Watch TV
  • Maybe look at HW (but don't start)
  • Sleep some more
And to top it all off, my cell phone isn't working very well after it's little dip in the lake. And customer service sucked. glare.gif And since I'm needing to make quite a few calls this weekend, this might prove to be a problem.

Now, my goal for right now.
  • Go to sleep so I'm not a zombie through the midterm!

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Miracle Camera

Posted by xccj , May 26 2008 · 206 views
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Here's the back story: I used to have a cool digital camera that I bought just before I headed off to school. It got stolen with my laptop and pretty much all my other electronics. So I got another one. tongue.gif

Anyway, yesterday my friend and I went canoeing on Lake Washington (ten guesses which state that's in). I brought my camera along to actually make use of it, for once. Well, we were passing the camera across the canoe (to me, actually) when the already unsteady boat decided to flip over. I went over, and my head went underwater.

The hand holding onto the camera did not go underwater.

Bu Yah!

A few other boaters came along to help us... they were so nice... and then a rescue boat from the place we rented the canoe came along to toe it back to dock. I tried to use the methods I learned in Boy Scouts to empty the water out from the swamped canoe... but this brand was heavier than our old troop ones. So, yeah...

It was an interesting weekend.

The actual accident actually involved a motor boat, sharks, and an intense action sequence, but the details are too graphic for me to share on BZP. sad.gif All you need to know is that the camera did not get wet. (The cell phone, on the other hand...)

Oh, yeah, and finally...



That's a prefect score, FOOLZ!

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