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Unproductively And Ssc4 Update

Posted by xccj , Dec 03 2007 · 38 views
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I'm am entering dead weak here at the University of my state, which is a really cool and I really like living in it at times... except for when the one short day of snow turns into a downpour of rain. URG... uh, where was I? Oh yeah, dead week before finals. I'm entering that. Sounds like fun, although I never really got much done in the so called dead weeks of high school, so we'll see about it this year.

It's not so much that nothings happening this week... we don't have to take any midterms... (although I'm sure some Chem teachers wouldn't mind throwing some at us if they could. sarcasm.gif ) ... we don't have chem labs... we don't have free time. Nope, instead it's study until you drop dead, but not quite that far because then you wasted a tuition bill for a quarter. I'm not much one for studying, but I can do a bit of it every now and then.

Oh, but that's not the worst of it all. Let me tell you what the worst is. Dead week is final project week. That means final projects are due this week.

I have to currently write a paper for drama that is part of a group project. The group paper is due Friday, but my group wants all individual papers in by Wednesday. I have to do a character analysis on a character I'm not very interested in. It's not that he's a Shakespeare character... its that he is not a main character in the play. So I think I have some research ahead of me... as well as some analytical thinking for writing the paper in the first place. Why did so and so feel motivated to do such and such? Well, because he wanted to. Duh!

I also have a Geography final paper due Thursday. It requires a lot of scientific research and interpretation of the evidence and such, much of which I haven't really started. However, whenever I look for some useful material, I find a bunch of other mish-mash of or relating to the subject at hand minorly. Uhg. That's gonna be five pages of Karzahni (2.5 with double spaces! colgate.gif ) that I need to really work on.

And although there's no lab or midterm, I have chemistry homework and a final next week. Bah.

So with all this stuff to prepare for, I'm up at 5:00 in the morning on BZPower and other social-community websites that will remained unnamed (even though they're sometimes useful for contacting that class partner who doesn't answer their phone/e-mail but quickly replies to their private message over said site). I haven't worked towards any of my classes. I've thought about it, and that thinking has given me a migraine, so I gave up.

However... progress is being made on my Short Story Contest #4 entry. I had about half of it done, with the boring introduction and some soul searching and stuff. It was already getting pretty long, nearing 8 pages. Tonight, I finished writing up the big battle sequence, and I need to go back through it to make sure I got all the important parts that I wanted. In the end, I think it turned out to be an exciting and inspirational story. It involved Matoran proving themselves where Toa can't, and has a few good jokes as well... I hope others pick them out and enjoy them too. Problem is that it's roughly 12 pages long... and about 6,000 words. I heard the suggested limit was 4,000... oops. I may trim it down in places, to make sure it has a good read. I think it's pretty smooth, but of course I think that because I wrote it.

Anyway, to whet your appetite, I'll list off the main characters for you, so you'll know a bit of what to expect. sly.gif

It stars Tahu, Vakama, Takua, Jaller...
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And now for sleep! (I have class in four hours)

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A Downfall Of Snow...

Posted by xccj , Dec 02 2007 · 38 views
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Yay, we just got the first snowfall of the season. Mind you, it's a Saturday, so no classes were canceled. Unfortunately, I bet classes wouldn't be cancelled anyways, so I'd have to walk to them in the cold if it were a weekday... hmm. I tried to take some good pictures, but my camera's battery was dead. So I had to go buy some more AAs to charge it up. We got some pretty big flakes coming down at one point, and for a while we had a nice layer on the sidewalks and everything. I walked down to the local Barns n Nobles during the main stream of it, and while it was cold, it was kinda cool too. What I don't know is how I kept getting snowflakes in my eyes when I'm wearing glasses! But it's died down now, so we're getting more of a cold rain and strong winds... not nearly as much fun to walk through. Hope it dies down by Monday, 'cause I do not want to walk through that to class.

On another note, while I was at the bookstore, I happened to see that they had Downfall in stock. dribble.gif So, now I have it, read it through once and a few parts twice. It's much better than the comics for sure... if you thought the last comic was emotional, this book tops it. I would love to write a strong review of it, but I'm unsure about the spoilers necessary for it, so I'll keep it to myself for now. (But as a note, Maxillos has a bunch of good lines this time 'round.) I'm not sure I'd rate it as one of the greatest Bionicle books ever, but it certainly tops out this year's selection.

Now I have that cursed free-time parasite known as homework. Must have an operation done to remove it.

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A Rant About Bicycles.

Posted by xccj , Dec 01 2007 · 40 views
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This was prompted by CF in my last entry, so as I promised I'm going to go off the deep end on this one.

(Considering I wasn't in the deep end already... but I'm diving down some more)

Okay, I like bicycling as much as the next person. It's a great way to get from point A to point B very quickly... especially if its a long distance. It gives you a workout... especially going uphill.

The initial reason I didn't bring my bike with me is because... well, my bike has some defects. Shocks on the front aren't so good, gears are kinda rusty, breaks don't work. Period. I've been reminded about that the hard way a few times. It's not to say I don't like the bike... it's wicked red and I've been in more accidents on it than I can count (once even broke a few bones). Basically, riding that bike has given me plenty of paranoia about driving a car.

But not that I've been a pedestrian on campus for a few months... I loathe the people on bikes.

Sure, bikes move faster than walking. But they don't go up stairs or do well in crowds. Unfortunately, that's what most of the campus pathways are like. You got crowds of people walking on this concrete walkways in between classes, turning corners, climbing stairs, and all the such. That's not accounting for traffic lights and street crossings to get to the building on the edge of the campus. The conditions aren't that bad for an able-minded pedestrian... but bicyclist seem to think the paths are for them too. And they're always in a rush, and woe to the pedestrian that gets in their way. In between classes, you have people zooming around through crowds on their bikes, getting to their urgent appointment or whatever. Thus, to be able to avoid any crashes, the pedestrians have to get out of the way of the bicyclists. After having numerously dodged aside from a bicyclist who seems to think they're the only important person on the path, I have developed a strong disliking for them.

I'm not against all bikers... just the ones who use the pedestrian paths and thus demand room as they zoom by. I respect the bikers who use the bike path and actual roads... sometimes the bicyclists are going as fast as the cars, or faster. But those on the paths around campus who think they own the place... uhg. My fuse is burning short. However, this is not a one sided battle. Pedestrian vs car... it doesn't matter who made the wrong move, the car always wins. But the bikers don't have such an advantage. The reason everybody has to dodge is so the bikers don't crash into them. Sure, it would suck to be the pedestrian who got mauled bike a biker, but bikers can get damaged pretty well too if they're thrown over their handlebars. (Curse thy mailboxes). So if there's a collision, the biker and pedestrian both come off on the bad side of things.

Thus I now have to hold back a strong desire to throw a stick through the tires of the bikes that cut me off, and then watch as the rushed bicyclist hits the ground hard. Woe if he isn't wearing a helmet. (I'm hit my head a fair share of times, but never in a bicycle accident. Wear your helmets, kids!)

So I don't want to bring a bike to school for a few reasons. A: I don't want to deal with a new piece of equipment that I have to look after. If I get a bike, it'll be a new bike, and probably something I'll need to keep in a secure place at all times to make sure it doesn't get stolen. B: The trip between point A and point B might be faster, but I can rush into class with my bike, now can I? So I thus have to lock up my bikes at point B, which takes time. Since I am always running late for some reason or another, I prefer just walking than to deal with that delay. (The quicker I can travel will just mean the later I'd leave, so it would never work out). And C: I don't want to be a hypocrite. I live on campus, my classes are on campus, and I can easily walk to them. I find the obstacles between point A and point B for me are best dealt with as a pedestrian. If I were commuting a mile to the campus everyday, I might have other thoughts, but in my current situation, a bike would just e overkill.

The same argument can be made for skateboarders. My ideal attack for a skateboarder involves clothes-lining him as his zips by. I still don't quite understand what my motivation for such action would be, but I think it would be cool to write about in a story.

If you think I have an overly violent mind... well, you wanna make something of it punk. (Don't call my bluff)

BTW, story wise, my entry to SS Contest 4 is nearly halfway done, but already at about 3500 words. It's looking cool, but it might be too long. Then again, I always use a lot of dialogue, so that'll make it seem even longer. Plus I'm even including moral! Anybody want to further guess the five Matoran I'm using with Takua. Hint: They only represent 4 Koros and there aren't any females.

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My Portfolio

Posted by xccj , Nov 29 2007 · 36 views
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For this one class of mine, I have to come up with this portfolio thingy that describes me, my first quarter at college, and stuff I've done. I could try to write seriously about it, or I can throw it all in the air and give them my hard to earth opinion. So I'll include a few excerpts here... and best of all, some of them are even recognizable fro this blog. ohmy.gif

QUOTE(Censored for privacy)
Greetings. My name is First Name, Last Name. You may know me as First Name. If you know me as Last Name, I am going to throw something at you.

It's funnier if you actually know my last name... but I'm not revealing that here.

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After all, I want my writing to totally convince you to drop everything you are doing and agree with my side of the argument, but also to get a good laugh every now and then, even if it’s at my own expense.


QUOTE(Disclaimer)
And remember, if anything I write insults you, it’s all your fault for reading it in the first place.

It's true for this blog too!

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I like to eat goldfish. After you’re done cringing at that statement, I’ll mention that it’s Goldfish snack crackers and not your cute little pet that’s now swimming upside-down in his fish tank.


QUOTE(Coincidentally @ this assignment is for GS 199)
I’m also taking General Studies 199 as apart of my FIG, which is just an excuse to make me walk across campus from McCarty to Condon every Thursday.

I've mapped it out... Condon is about 3/4 a mile away from where I live in McCarty.

QUOTE(About a seminar on Global Warming)
I’m sorry, the seminar was all nice to try and convince people that there is a problem, but I want something with a better solution to fix the problem than just, “Well, it’s up to you. We’ll be cheering you on in the retirement homes.”


QUOTE(Advertisement!)
This portfolio is brought to you by sarcasm. You can use a limitless variety of literary methods to get the point across, but in the end you’re insulting somebody. Yeah, and you’re fat.


Yes, I am feeling particularly shameless tonight.

See if you get a laugh out of any of these, or if you just want to throw raw tuna at my head afterwards.

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It's Still Rock And Roll To Me.

Posted by xccj , Nov 24 2007 · 36 views
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Billy Joel concert. Tonight. Yes.

Will he be better than Tom Petty? I dunno. He's a different style, really. He'll probably have more stuff that old people like.

Not to say I don't like his work... I just don't like all of it. I'll bet he'll play a few old favorites... but also alot of new stuff (I think he came up with new stuff). Anyway, here's a list of music of his that I have listened to.

Probably Will Play
Piano Man (If he doesn't play this, he's crazy)
Scenes from an Italian Restaurant (the middle part of this one's okay)

Songs He might Play
Only the Good Die Young (I like it... it's true too, all you goodie two shoes people... oh, wait, I am an eagle scout, so I fall in that category. Uh oh)
It's Still Rock and Roll to Me (Buh yah!)

Songs I doubt he'll play
You May be Right (I may be crazy...)
Downeaster Alexa (Good song, but doesn't really seem like an oldie a rock star would bring back)

We Didn't Start the Fire. (I doubt he'll play this song, because people either seem to love it or hate it. I'm of the former. If he does do it, though, I can sing every lyric to tune. Hey, that song almost got me into a high school musical a few years ago... and it would've too, if I hadn't failed English at the time and had to work harder on that and drop and drama stuff)

Anyway, I'm excited, but not as excited as I was for Tom Petty. One reason is probably that my mom's coming too... and she can get a little loud when she's excited. (I've seen her at sports games. She gets into them). So it's not the speakers that I think will break my eardrums this time. tongue.gif

Anyway, it's an awesome thing to do during Thanksgiving break... unfortunately, I despise going back to school on Monday because finals are coming up, and I have work to do this weekend. Great, school life follows me everywhere.

And I now have a solid idea for SS#4... might turn out to be too long, but the story's gonna fit together pretty well. I'll wait to start typing it up when I have access to a keyboard better than the one on my laptop. It has this problem that just irks me, but whenever I try to explain it to anybody, they just shrug it off and say its my typing skills. Hey, my typing may be erratic, but it's not THAT bad.

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Short Story Contest #4

Posted by xccj , Nov 22 2007 · 29 views
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Short Story Contest #4 has begun!

I am soooo physced!

First off, one thing I just noticed. The Takua in TOM's drawing isn't accurate to the set... he had blue feet, remember? Oh well, I like this version better.

I already have a great idea cooking up. It's looking to be a great action story with some character developement. I'm thinking it'll include a group of about six Matoran... including Takua, of course. I'll probably pull some of my favorite Matoran characters from my other epics and put them into this. This idea sounds really cool and complex and everything... I just hope it doesn't turn out too long. Otherwise some judges will be sending their glasses and contact bills my way. happy.gif If this gets too long... then I'll break it down into a short epic and think up something else for this.

I am soooo excited... and I can't wait to see what other people write as well. (Not that I'd want to steal their ideas... no, of course not. tongue.gif ) And, what's that? College finals? Bah, I have a BZP contest to prepare for!

So, any guesses on the team of Matoran I'll be selecting? tongue.gif

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Last Night...

Posted by xccj , Nov 19 2007 · 28 views
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Last night turned out to be a wild night, both in my dorm and on BZP (mostly on BZP...)

Anyway, I'll cover a few points about it all.

Point 1) Nighttime Stroll

I had Chem homework to do last night that's due today. So I went on a midnight stroll down around the nature park at around midnight. I did it once before, and had a great talk with Orion, but it was cloudy last night so I couldn't see him. I'm sure he was having a nice conversation with the clouds about the predicament on earth and everything. Anyway, last time it was really dark, and whenever I saw a city light I totally lost my night vision. But last night, the clouds reflected all the city light back down and I could pretty easily make out the entire trail. I didn't meet up with any serial killers who were waiting for the dumb college student to come wandering out on the trail at Midnight after it had rained all day... he must've been on break / not existed in the first place. (I also assume that he's blind so if he tries to stab you he'll miss and get your shoulder instead. Gives you plenty of time to run away screaming). However, I did see a Raccoon that reminded me of my cat. It was afraid of me at first, and started to climb a tree... but then decided that was too much effort and just decided to stand at the base of the tree. Unlike my cat, I didn't decide to go pick it up and bug it... you know, it's still a wild animal, even if its probably living off the trash of a thousand college kids.

Point 2) McDonalds Toys

Walking back from my stroll, I happened to catch a glimpse of the golden arches glowing in the distance. Just a way to remind me I'm still in a big city (if the busy freeway bridge and huge dorm buildings didn't get that point across). Anyway, I started thinking about the new Bionicle toys rumored to hit happy meals with greasy bad-for-you food sometime soon, and I was thinking how they were going to make them. If they did the same basic thing as they did last year, then which characters would they choose, and what functions would they have? Carapar would be cool with snapping claws, and Kalmah could spin his tentacles or something. The Mahri would be cool if they had some sort of foam Cordak blaster... big and light, so a kid can shoot it but not swallow it / get hurt by it. Of course, they'd probably choose like Kalmah, Pirdak, Ehlek, and Carapar, and not include my favorite Barraki, Mantax. As for the Mahri, they'd probably have Jaller, Hahli, Matoro, and Nuparu, against disregarding my favorite Mahri, Hewkii.

Then I get this cool idea... what if they got characters that transform into sea animals? I'm sure they've have transformers toys there before, and I even remember getting a car that transformed when I used to eat there ten years ago. So maybe they could do the same thing with the Barakki and Toa. Think, Pirdak is so shark like already that he could easily turn into a Takea. Mantax can go sting ray, and Carapar can go crab, and maybe Kalmah does squid or something. I'd like to see Hahli turn into a dolphin or something, and maybe Kongu could do a turtle. Then, even though they would also be characters, the sea animal versions could be used to play with the actual sets as part of the Barakki's army.

Point 3) BZPower Last Night

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Anyway, last night was quite a night. In the time it's taken me to write up this blog entry, I've had to save it and go to my lecture classes. As it turns out, I didn't get any of my chemistry homework done at all. (I was having a brain freeze on it, but I still could've put more effort into it.) On the bright side, our professor extended the due date to next Monday. That means I can take the homework home over Thanksgiving break and have my dad help me with it. happy.gif (Yes, all you crazy Canadians, we have Thanksgiving in November!!) So my only trouble was staying awake through lecture class today. laugh.gif

Enough of my rambling. Thanks for reading this far. (Eh, it's not that bad if you skip the spoilers) I feel in the mood to write something... unfortunately, it'll likely be one of my stories off BZP, but after that I may get inspired to work on Slizers...

Awe, what am I saying, I won't be writing anything until January when I'll be forced to take another English course. I've found it much easier to write fiction when I really have to write that other nonsense.

*hmm, long blog*

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Spoiler: Sadness In 2007

Posted by xccj , Nov 17 2007 · 21 views
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Why, what did you think this entry would be about? blink.gif

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My Member Number

Posted by xccj , Nov 17 2007 · 27 views
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You may have noticed I have been quiet on the boards lately. There's a logical reason for that, but it requires some back story.

You know all those topics where you have to say what your post goal is. Most people say something like "I want 1 bazillion posts, LOL, ROTC FTW!" or something along those lines. But I remember once Makaru had a goal that intrigued me... he wanted to get enough posts to match his member number. Anyway, this last month, I've been nearing that goal. So I thought I'd make that post worth something.

My first idea was to post some sort of story or something, although I haven't had any real inspiration to write fiction since starting my classes. (Chem does that to you). But then there was the threat of a short story contest, so I thought it would be cool of my 4255th post (that's also my member #) could be my story entry.

And then last week, I was getting real close to that number, and the contest hadn't started yet. So I decided that I would make that post in the contest topic celebrating what a great idea it would be for another contest. (Whatever its theme turned out to be)

Then that didn't get posted, so for the last few days I've been staying off the boards to conserve my post, but the contest seems to have been put on hold because the Library mods are busy with real life (okay, so I'll just wait).

Then I saw the BBC Contest 46 polls...

Here's my Post # 4255.

I couldn't resist. The polls are uniquely named after Canadian capitals. Not just the provinces, but also the territories. So the capital of Northwest Territories was there... aka Yellowknife. That city is special to me because I was born there. (And lived there apparently 3 months before my dad's work moved him back to the states.) Nope, I'm not Canadian... I have pretty much grown up in Colorado and Washington... but it's just cool to know I was born in far north Yellowknife. I've seen some pictures my parents have of the northern lights there... sweetness!

Maybe I'll visit that place later in life, although with global warming it's sure to change a lot. And it's not like it's a geographically awesome place... I prefer the mountains and forests of Washington or Colorado.

Anyway... the whole point of this is, I was so excited to see the poll's name that I voted there and posted there and completely blew the "special" post I was saving up. But who cares? It's not the post count that counts, but the content. And it's not like my real 4255th post... I'm sure I'm at 1 or 2 thousand posts in forums that don't count posts, so the post count isn't accurately portraying my total involvement on BZP.

I also have some other topics to post in that I've put off for a while... so I'll be checking those out soon to see if I can still cram in my point of view. And I'll still be checking out blogs and stuff... I need to make my own approval stamp soon to pass out. sly.gif

Blogs coming soon: Transformers Review and Class Registration.

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Let Mccarty Burn!

Posted by xccj , Nov 16 2007 · 30 views
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Of note... this is 3:30 AM for me, and I've been up since 8:00 AM yesterday (with a few nice naps). Yes, I'm not as bad as Smeag was in his latest entry, but I have been up for a while and my writing's gonna be erratic, so yeah...

Anyway, today's special for a few reasons. #1- at 6:00 AM, straight away, is registration for my next quarter of college courses. Very competitive... especially since most of the classes I've had my eye on have already been filled by people with earlier registration dates. (Curse them... it's some random digit in their student ID number that gives them an earlier day). Anyway, I need to be up at that time to click the refresh on their registration website until I get the classes I want... hey, it's not BZP's server so F% is going down. (I'm sure plenty of college bound peoples here can relate)

Thus, in 2 hours and 30 minutes, I gotta be awake to do this.

I spent most of my night messing around on the computer, looking up classes I can take, and just preparing for registration. My roomie was out at a study party for most of the night, so I was expecting him back around 5ish... just in time to wake me up. So, at 3 AM, I'm thinking of turning in, getting a few hours of shuteye before registration, then I'd sleep through the morning and blow off chem lecture (I took the #$&@ midterm yesterday, so I demand a break... anyway, half the people skip that lecture anyway, and it'll only be second time... the first was when I was sick as Krazahni.) So at 3, as I got ready to brush my teeth, I got a surprise when my roomie showed up early. He wanted a few hours of sleep. Then we got another big surprise.

T'was the fire alarm. Some totally uncool dude burnt popcorn at 3 in the morning.

So, big screeching sounds are getting people out of bed and out into the cold night, half asleep. Except me, who was wide awake and aware of everything around him. Because I knew it was going to be dull and cold outside, I grabbed my jacket and Ipod, and rocked out to tunes for 30 minutes as they got the fire trucks to pull up and approve of the situation. Lots of people were plenty angry... how would you like to get awakened at 3, especially if you have to get up to do something important at 6? And my dorm has a tradition (curse?) of people being dimwitted and setting off the fire alarms at the worst times and way too often. (Last time, they set the alarm off on the only day of the week I could sleep in... thus ruining my morning). So people like to say "Let McCarty Burn" (McCarty being my dorm, not any specific math teacher I may have had in the 6th grade) But the uncool dude who set off that alarm, besides being hated for a month by the student population of the dorm if they knew he/she was responsible, will also get fined nicely for setting off the alarm and summoning the amazingly fast firefighters (props to them when it isn't even an emergency). I wouldn't want to be him... thus I watch my food when I cook it and refrain from burning popcorn early in the morning.

Now I'm contemplating taking a short nap until registration or just staying up and watching some DVD. I'm going with the latter and am skipping morning classes for once.

Maybe I'll even post a blog on the classes I'm trying to get into... later. Now, I just need to make it through the night in one piece.

Remember, let McCarty BURN! burnmad.gif

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