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American Pie

Posted by xccj , Oct 13 2007 · 32 views
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The song, of course.

Anyhow, my current crave in music right now is Weird Al parody songs, and he's done a parody called "Saga Begins" of "American Pie" by Don McLean. The parody is a retelling of Star Wars I: The Phantom Menis. The lyrics are pretty cool, and I memorized most of them by now. But it's so cool how the parody is so close to the original song, which I have listened to before but never paid too much attention to.

So, I bought (legally on Zune) the original "American Pie", and I am now determined to memorize all the lyrics, like I have done for other long songs like "We Didn't Start The Fire" by Billy Joel. I have a few of the stanzas down, but there are a few I'm still working on. It gives me something to hum to myself as I walk between classes.

No, I will not post the lyrics here like every other stereotypical song entry.

BTW, the other (longish) song that I have mostly memorized is Weird Al's "Horoscope For Today". "American Pie" may have some hidden meaning in it that singing over and over again might be revealed to me (or not), but "Horoscope For Today" is just amazingly funny.

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Naming Chemicals

Posted by xccj , Oct 11 2007 · 30 views
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First of all, I'm sure this is an easy problem, because it was on first course Chem class homework. I'm stil allowing myself to be stumped, so if any of you brilliant chemists want to step in and show off your grand knowledge, feel free to, but don't go bashing my lack of intelegence, because I'm fragile. tongue.gif

(Okay, don't know exactly where that disclaimer went to, but let's get to the point now)

Problem on Homework.

Name this Compound.

Na2HAsO4

What is it?

I have no idea. I've already givin my five shots at trying to fgure it out (internet homework) so I'm locked out, and thus any answers given here will improve my grade by nada.

Anyway, I couldn't solve it using the methods from the book (as far as I understand them), so I was wondering who else can figure this one out on the top of their head. (I would guess Makaru or KIE could, because they often like to correct me when I make slight errors in my chemistry). So, anybody know the name from this?

Because I don't.

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New Avatar. Huh?

Posted by xccj , Oct 09 2007 · 31 views
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I just made myself a new avey.



Why? I dunno? 'Cause I can, since all the Powerpoint files where I made Lego heads is now on a computer wth output devises. Anyway, here it is. That's the expression I've been practicing fo a while now, and wanted to see if I could make a visual copy of what I have going on in my head (how I imagine the expression). All I changed was the eyebrow, eye shape, and mouth. They kinda work, but not quite what I'm looking for. I seem to be thinking of some sort of other facial exression that incorperate maybe wrinkles in the skin, lips, and a nose that's not tw intersecing lines.

But, hey, I can't draw that well, which is why I stick to Lego faces. And I think I got the basic concept down. My main problem was getting the right curve on the eyebrow so that he has the kinda "huh" expression, and not a "I'm coming after you with a chainsaw" syle of expression. upils in the eyes might work too, but too much detail is dfficult for me. tongue.gif

Anyway, until I create another crazy lego expression...

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Edit: Oh yeah, the real reason I made this: I'm putting of chem homework.


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Tidbits From Seattle...

Posted by xccj , Oct 08 2007 · 19 views

Some interesting things frm NW Brickcon this weekend that I encountered...
  • The bus ride to the Seattle Center area where the exibition was held and the University district (where I am) is roughly thirty to forty minutes... depends on if they raise the draw bridge. It helps if I'm zoned out to music.
  • The MOCs at the Bionicle table are completely awesome. Coincidentally, everybody I heard called 'em Mocks and not M-O-Cs. Hmm.
  • There was alot more going on on the Titanic model than the movie suggested. AKA, I never knew Spoungebob was on the boat, nor that he knew how to use a lightsabor.
  • The mini titanic was actual sunken by a Gahlok, but the cyclops defeated Hewkii Inika.
  • The skeleton army has allied itself with Pluto, and I don't mean the ex planet.
  • The people at the Space table had the best sense of humor, and decpitation was common. Gotta love mini figures.
  • I thought there was a conspiracy to do with squids, and I was RIGHT!
  • The guy washing windows need help from a firetruck when his platform turned upside down. However, I noticed that minifig was still standing even when upsidedown. blink.gif
  • Far Side comics rule, especially in Lego.
  • I always had two to three numbers match up on my raffle ticket and with the winning number, but never all six. tongue.gif
  • Star Wars minifigures are expensive! I guess there are real collectors out there.
  • The Toa being sold at the Bionicle table were very randomized, and many tended to have Pakaris.
  • I have been keen on building my own miniature of a Washington state ferry boat, but I don't have any of the right pieces. And guess what... they just happened to be selling custom made sets of WA St Ferries! It's sooo cool and a great little model, and I'm going to give it to my grandparents for christmas, because they use the WA St. ferries alot.
  • I can spend four hours a day for two days browsing around and oberving all the LEGO Bricks there and still not get enough of it all!

I have pictures of some of the cirumstances mentioned above, and I'll post 'em eventually, but not tonight, 'cause I'm lazy and tired and have class tomorrow. But it was a blast, and I met a few BZP members (but not many. Hmm... sad.gif ) And for all of you who missed out... tongue.gif Ha ha, I just happened to be in the right city at the right time. And now I've got myself an extra mini fig, spare Toa parts, and a mini ferry boat! YEAH!

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The Many Forms Of Me.

Posted by xccj , Oct 06 2007 · 21 views

Okay, I went to the NW Brickon today. I struck it rich this year for Lego conventions. When I was down by Portland, there was an event in Portland... when it's in Seattle, I happen to be in the city. (Which was good, because I was able to make a delivery that came too late for Brickfest 07, so I delivered it today). The MOCs were, as usual, amazing. I've seen alot of nice usage of pieces, as well as some of the new 07 pieces in action (from the Toa Mahri/ Titans). Yeah, from what I could see of the MOCs, they were all great. (But the table was crowded alot, so it was also popular.) The other Lego creations were, as usual, astronomically amazing. You can certainly do alot with Lego bricks. (But some people, I have determined, have too much time and money on their hands to build some of those things.) One of my favorites was "The Happy Sunshine People's Winter Home". There were cool spaceships, Mindstorm robots, buildings and trains and everything cool. I was able to spend four hours browsing through all of them. I think there were less here than at Brickfest 07, but I spent more time observing the details here. tongue.gif

Oh, and I also went a little overboard on the purchasing. (Well, for somebody who has no means of income and is attending college.) I had fun trying to find all the right pieces and colors for my custom minifigure. I'm used to snapping on and off arms and (to an extent) legs, so it was easy for me to customize a mini fig... the person there had to help alot of other people who were either having a tough time deciding on designs and colors or who didn't quite understand the pricing situation. (Legs, body, head, and one accessory for two dollars). I haggled price and got four accessories (and a mini fig) for three bucks. There were two or three tables selling customized mini figs for cheap prices, but there was this large collection of minifigures from Star Wars, Spider man, Batman, and other big Lego hits... those were selling for $5 and up. I think when it comes down to it, the mini figs are what makes LEGO Bricks the best thing to play with. Bionicle was great because it made the characters more complex, and not their vehicles / buildings, but you can never deny the worth of a good mini figure.



Here are the mini figures that represent me, because I like them the most. I don't knowwhy, but I have a fondness for that specific head... it was in the first big set (Aquanauts) I ever got, and since then has been very hard for me to find. (The most recent set I found it in was the original soccer field). I found a good condition one at the "build your own mini fig" table, and built a body for him, including green limbs, a green hat, a machete (they didn't come in green, pity) and a scuba tank (interchangably a jetpack). The one on the far left is the new one I bought... the center one is my default character and the one on the right has the cool policeman body. (In case you couldn't tell, I like the color green, base ball caps, and swords.) Only thing I couldn't find was purple arms and legs... they did have purplish basket ball legs, but those aren't real minifig legs!

I wanted to get some custom masks at the Bionicle table, but they were only selling whole Toa (customized Toa). They did have masks, but it turns out some lady from the Bionicle display table bought them all the first day. tongue.gif I wonder who... Anyway, I bought something that resembled Toa Lewa Mata (so thus I can replace his broken leg and axe) but came with a Kongu mask, so now I have the masks of every Mctoran version of the Inika.

I really don't have a choice about coming back again... I have to do it. I left my MOC-toran on display again, so I'll go back and get them tomorrow. It's not that bad... just a bus ride away, and I've got a bus card. I met Roa (again) and Arpy. If anybody is there tomorrow, I'll be the guy in a baseball cap, with a camera, who's having way too much fun looking at the Bionicle MOCs. So, yeah, that's it for now.

Next up... chem homework? *bang*

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The Winning Entry?

Posted by xccj , Oct 05 2007 · 30 views
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Nope, probably not, but it is my first entry into an art contest, so that has to be worth something.

Since I'm unsure where I'd post an artwork topic (I don't want to do any research) I'll just do it here, because then the only people who'd review it in the first place will see it anyway. So, yeah.

First of all, problems you may find in this. Porportions are sometimes off from the body and limbs and mask, but many of them are very detailed. The Matoran, although sometimes looking clunky, turned out well. Masks included are the Hau, Kaukau, Miru, Pakari, and Huna. Of all of then, the Hua is the worst in design. Tahu himself is not completely like the set... I used my body for Tahu Nuva but removed the armor and changed the weapons. (Because my design for the Nuva is more recent and smoother than the Mata, but I still wanted a Tahu Mata for my entry). The Rahkshi's body is a bit off, but it's not that bad. Makuta's design is simplistic to the max, because he's a titan with too much details to include in, and also because I don't have him as a set, so I based my desing off internet pictures. And, yeah, I made all the characters and backgrounds using artwork features on MS Powerpoint. The formatting is a bit odd at times, and I didn't really get the text size down most of the time. But it's readable, and hopefully a humourous tale. Now, for the images.



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Now enjoy bashing my computer drawing skills.

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Art Contest...?

Posted by xccj , Oct 03 2007 · 27 views
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But what? I suck at art! There's like no possible way I could do well in a contest like that!

Of course the same is true of BBC contests, and I've entered far too many of those.

Anyway, I have something new up my sleaves. In the past, on my computer-without-internet-connections-or-any-other-form-of-output-that-ran-off-MS-95, I used to make set drawings on Power Point. (Yes, if you know the right functions, you can make some really interesting shapes and characters... but it's alot harder to do the same in the newer versions. Uhg). Thus, I have an entire collection of Bionicle character art from 2001 to 2006, featuring various characters from Matoran to Toa to Rahkshi. Some of the features are a bit distorted (the Hau olda, for example) but some of it looks rather remarkable for a set. Hey, I think it's all good, and I think with a little bit of tweaking, I can make an interesting contest entry with it for the latest Art Contest. Because, really, Art is one of the only contests I have yet to enter (well, maybe not the only one... I have yet to enter an RPG, Comedy, or poetry contest, but I digress.)

So, yeah, prepare to look at some odd computer art from me soon. And then I can make a series of blogs first promoting it and then mourning for it after it died in the polls. laugh.gif

BTW, I hate chemistry homework, and I'm only on unit conversions. I know a bunch of you (KIE, for exmple) might come in and tell me how interesting and important chemistry is in our life as we know it. I still don't like it. I'm looking forward to taking Physics next semester... you know, a science you can see to understand.

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Relationship Songs

Posted by xccj , Oct 01 2007 · 27 views
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Think about it. Lots of popular songs have to deal with a significant other or a search for one. Sometimes, they’re love songs… two people meet randomly and like each other, and then there’s a nice melody and lyrics and everything to make it sound good and all. There are the breakup songs, songs about having that significant other cheat on them or walk out on them and all that. I don’t mind these songs… sometimes they’re really good songs, which are after all about the music and lyrics more than the meaning… a meaning’s just an extra thing, but not something that decides whether you like the song or now (for me, anyways).

But what gets me is how big a proportion of songs out there involve “love” about boys or girls or that such a thing. For general, I’ll label this genre “relationship songs” for lack of a better term. Now for some experimentation.

Part 1

Go grab your music player and set the thing to random (like every other music thingy out there in BZP blogs). Go through the first ten or so songs (if you want to continue with this through however many songs you have, go ahead, but ten makes it better for creating percentages afterwards.) Listen to the individual songs and determine if they’re a relationship song or not (of course, there is some leeway, as some songs might not quite fit in the category). Do this for the first ten songs, then say the percentage of those songs that were relationship songs.

My example. Out of my first ten songs, three were relationship songs. That’s only 30%. However, out of my first twenty songs, ten were love songs, so that’s 50%.

I’m curious to see the statistics on this, so if you have some time to quickly do this, please post your results, at least for part 1. Please. smile.gif

Part 2

Okay, now go through your songs and find the first ten songs that are not relationship songs. (Or how ever many you want to post) If you want to, describe what the song is actually about.

My example… (note, my taste is music comes from the lyrics and music and everything you get out of song at face value. So if I get one of the song descriptions off, don’t bother correcting me, because I don’t really care…)
  • “We Got the Beat” by The Go-Gos: I interpret it as a dance song, which doesn’t have to be with a significant other…
  • “Blue Collar Man” by Styx: About getting a better job.
  • “Jamming Me” by Tom Petty: He’s talking about stuff he’s fed up with.
  • “Learning to Fly” by Tom Petty: Metaphorical song about moving on.
  • “Come On, Come On” by Smash Mouth: A village crazy’s (or something of that equivalent) view of life.
  • “Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty: He’s just telling people he’s not going to back down (excellent song, BTW)
  • “Kung Fu Fighting” by (???- I don’t have the artist recorded. Huh?): Well, come on, it’s about kung fu fighting!
  • “Rocky Mountain High” by John Denver: Talking about some guy hanging out in the beautiful rocky mountains.
  • “Our House” by Madness: I doubt this is a love song, since it appears to be talking about a family on face value… from a kids point of view.
  • “Welcome to My Life” by Simple Plan: by some guy who’s life is obviously a lot worst than yours.
As you can probably tell, I’m into Tom Petty, and a lot of it is because he has lots of songs that go in other directions rather than just a “Boyfriend together with girlfriend” or “girlfriend totally dumps boyfriend” theme. I like songs that vary in themes other than Relationships, and one of my favorite songs (not yet listed) is “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel. If that song doesn’t have a different theme, then I don’t know what does. tongue.gif In my opinion, too many relationship styled songs, no matter how cool a tune, will get old after a time, without some new theme thrown in every now and then. (Plus, when you have to do school assignments or something like that which relates to a song, relationship songs never seem to work out.)

Anyway, I’m interested to see some music statistics from members who read this blog occasionally, so for once, I’ll ask you to please reply. smile.gif

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Spider Crab

Posted by xccj , Sep 30 2007 · 39 views
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*Note, I have not yet seen The Simpsons Movie, but I have seen a few trailiers*

Presenting, Spider Crab!



Just because reading all my boring writing can get old for reviewiers, so needed to put in something more graphic. tongue.gif

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Inika Analysis

Posted by xccj , Sep 29 2007 · 49 views
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Before the Inika/Mahri ever became Toa, they were well known Matoran in the Bionicle universe (heck, four of them were the first Matoran ever released) For the most part, I’ve written stories including every single one of them (‘cept Matoro). Everybody likes to complain about how the Inika aren’t like their Matoran counterparts, me included, but that’s because I established their characters on my own, without Lego’s help. (Well, okay, they invented the characters, but I better developed them.) So, thus, this blog entry is devoted to describing the characters who became Toa in my universe.

Matoro: (Appearing as a very minor character in a few short stories) While I never really developed Matoro’s character in any story, I have the basic description for him. He was serious, always seeming to know the answers to village problems (the minor ones). In my eyes, he was just a Matoran extension of the Turaga, who was maybe a bit more athletic than old Nuju but shared the same basic knowledge. Matoro was the authoritative figure in Ko-Koro, but when it came to the Ko-Matoran bizarreness, I always preferred to use Kopeke. My favorite use of Matoro was in an unpublished epic where he translated Nuju when the Turaga announced the Bohrok. ~ “They’re the Bohrok,” Matoro said, then gave a double take. “What! I thought the Bohrok were a legend!”

Kongu: (Appearing in Slizers on Mata-Nui) In previous epics, most of my Le-Matoran were custom made (Duka and Triki) but I used Kongu for a group of refugee Matoran in the Slizer epic. Kongu was on the elite guard team because he was one of the more agile Toa, not to mention his previous duty in the Gukku air force. But Kongu’s character was the witty, sarcastic, pessimistic one. He was the kind to complain loudly when something went wrong. That’s sorta like Kongu’s Inika character, but I think he better resembles Kazi. But, like in the Legend Books, Kongu always gets the witty lines in my story too. ~ “Another fun-adventure?” Kongu asked. “Count me in.”

Hewkii: (Appearing in Time Disruption and Slizers on Mata-Nui) Hewkii (formerly known as Huki) was always the athletic Po-Matoran. He knew a thing or two about carving, and new a lot about hating water. In TD, he got the slightly pessimistic/ complaining role. However, Hewkii wasn’t characterized in my stories by his bigheadedness or great confidence in his abilities (like he is in the Legend Books) but more by his compassion for his friends and Macku (formerly Maku). Hewkii was the guy who’d complain about a dangerous mission in one scenario, but rush in without thought to personal safety if his friends were in danger. I characterized Hewkii by his relationship with Macku. By completely ignoring that in the books, I think Hewkii’s official character just seems… different. I like him, but he’s not the Matoran with the brownish-orange Kakama that I write about. ~ “No you don’t!” Huki shouted. “You don’t understand what it’s like to have the Matoran you care the most about taken away from you!”

Hahli: (Appearing in Time Disruption and Slizers on Mata-Nui… leading role both times) Hahli can be the most developed Matoran and very underdeveloped at the same time. Of course, playing as her in the MNOLG II made lots of people familiar with her and her abilities (heck, if you don’t remember all those stupid little tests she had to do to prepare for the Kohli tournament, then you obviously didn’t play them often enough). Then again, what was her real character? She was shy at first, but then she got over her shyness and became a bit adventurous. I always thought she went down the path towards being a fighter, kind of like Takua (I mean, he must’ve fought a bit during that Rahi attack at the Kini-Nui). So, thus, in my stories, Hahli is the one who becomes the warrior princess of Mata-Nui, or something along those lines. She was always ready for a challenge, but never got in over her head (well, in TD). In the Slizers epic, she want to reach that warrior status, but she makes a few mistakes along the way that she eventually corrects and learns from. But the Hahli in the books… she just doesn’t seem to contain the zeal of the Hahli I like to write about. Oh well. ~ “I’m always watching your back, Jaller,” Hahli said with a wink and a laugh.

Jaller: (In Time Disruption and Slizers on Mata-Nui) Okay, so Jaller’s character has been strong since the beginning, when he was just this random Matoran in a Ta-Koro hut in the MNOLG. He was strict and militaristic, but smart and strategic. As time went on, we saw his great loyalty and bravery as well (and he had a crush on Hahli, but wouldn’t you know it, it’s hardly surfaced at all now that he’s a Toa). Thus, Jaller’s exactly like I envisioned him. He’s the leader, making battle and moral decisions all across Voya-Nui, even risking his life for his friends (okay, Matoro beat him to it once, but he was still going for it). I also like how he’s struggling with leading the others in Mahri-Nui, now that many think they could do better on their own. It’s the same Jaller who would lead the Matoran army in TD, and set off to search for Ahkmou (even though he doesn’t necessarily like him) in SoMN. But it’s not that the story of 2006 and I thought alike… Jaller’s characterization has taken place since 2001, so Lego and I were both building off the same basics. ~ Jaller shouted. “For Unity! For Duty! For Destiny! For the freedom of all Matoran!”

Nuparu: (In Time Disruption, Slizers on Mata-Nui, and a couple of short stories that focus in on him) I never saw Nuparu as the confident Toa Inika he became. When we first met him in the online Bohrok episodes, I saw him as an average Joe Matoran who just had a good idea that worked. As an engineer, I could see him tinkering around with equipment trying to make something cool and new. But I never thought he would do great in a battle situation. Sure, in the Bohrok war, he was using his invention, so of course he had to try it out and battle. But sucking up Zaktan’s swarm and flying him into the bay… I thought that stretched Nupaur’s character. In TD, Nuparu did start out just as violent as his friends when attacking Bohrok and Rahkshi, but when Makuta captured him and revealed his weakness, Nuparu saw that he couldn’t just rely on his pick ax to get him out of situations. (Thus, he invented the ultimate Boxer). In SoMN, I made his character less polarized. He was part of the Coliseum infiltration group, but he wasn’t the one who was fighting… he was the one using the computers to give them an edge. Nuparu had a role in that society: engineer; and when he got thrown into a position as a warrior in the battle, he couldn’t do the intense fighting against the Zarxec that Kongu, Kopeke, and Kapura managed to pull off. In my short stories, while Nuparu progressed to a more warrior style status, he met with struggles that he had to overcome in the transition from engineer to warrior. I did not see that transition in the books, just an instant change. In a way, I wrote those short stories to justify that the Nuparu I wrote about could turn into that character that uses his name with the suffix Inika. ~ “I’m an engineer,” Nuparu said. “Not a chemist.” ~ “I’ve got to make something for this trip!” he said, and rushed to gather supplies.

Did that bore you to tears? Oh well, I just kinda like writing about my own work rather than writing something new… still have this big writers block on SoMN… that and college readings.

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