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Story Update

Posted by xccj , May 24 2008 · 209 views
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After about a month, I have finally updated my epic Many Adventures. Considering my usual habits, a month isn't that bad, but it did take me only a couple f days to write, so it was mostly a lack of inspiration and / or time.

Slizers on Mata-Nui should also be making progress, because I have an entire chapter written and the following chapter partially written. The problem is, there's a section in the next chapter that I really don't like, and I haven't figured out how to rewrite it and make it better. So until I can do that, that epic is also stalled out.

Furthermore, I'm dying to write a review on the latest Indiana Jones movie. You know, besides just bragging and using emotions like bounce1a.gif .

However, I don't want to post too many spoilers and ruin it for people too early. Thus, I'll wait until the weekend is over before writing something up. (And who knows, I might see it again. One of my friends was going to see it, but midterms kept him in his room.) Just for the record, I liked it, but I want to go into more detail about what worked and what didn't... and point out some of my favorite gags. biggrin.gif

In other news, I am getting my first three day weekend for spring quarter, but the weather's dull and I don't have anything good planned. I want to go home next week, but my parents are going to be gone, so I have no way to make it from the train station to my home (we don't have quite as elaborate a bus system as Seattle). Thus I'm trying to exploit friends with cars, but it's not looking too good...



Some Bloggy Type Stuff

Posted by xccj , May 22 2008 · 235 views
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I've thought about writing a new blog, but when I had a nice long one a couple of days ago, the server ate it. And then burped. So here I go again...

Anyway, I have completely solved my roommate troubles by moving across the hallway. It's different, but much more bearable.

Unfortunately, the hassle of moving meant that I was slammed with a ton of homework on Monday, so that wasn't very fun, especially because the new Bionicle game came out at about the same time. glare.gif

Speaking of the game, it's quite fun. It takes a little practice, but I'm pretty good at it now. A little thing I noticed; when you press the space bar, you can knock Toa / Makuta out of your way. i discovered this while I was Tanma, because he has the little sword swinging animation. You get the same results from the other Matoran (Light and Shadow) but they just don't have any cool slash moves. I am currently trying to get a perfect score: 27000. So far, I've reached 25000, but I need to practice not hitting the walls.

More about the game: I created a poll about your favorite Phantoka games this year. I've been keen to make one for a while now, but I waited until all of them were out. I was frankly surprised that nobody beat me to it... although the odds are somebody will post the same poll in a few days and everybody will post there, and completely ignore mine. Oh well, here it is.

Furthermore, check out this picture. I think Lego is really just tormenting us by posting what could have been the sets but just stayed as prototypes. A couple of things...

Matoran Body = WIN, especially with the reused Bohrok (Kal) shields. Why couldn't the Matoran have had build-able bodies?
Matoran Mask= Cool
Matoran Wing Weapons= WIN
Kopaka's varied armor= Super Win! Why'd they have to give the finalized set boring Inika armor on the legs and arms? This is a great design, and even uses preused pieces.
Kopaka's torso armor (Matoran body piece) = Super Win.
Matoran Body Piece > Inika torso piece.

Really, why couldn't the finalized sets be a little more like the prototypes?

And, one final point, I will be seeing Indy 4 tonight at Midnight. I've heard it's a horrible movie because it's not like the original... which I consider gibberish, because the sequels are never as good as the original. I still am going and expecting to enjoy it, even if it's not Raiders

Here's hoping this makes it through the server in one piece.




Posted by xccj , May 17 2008 · 221 views
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Troublesome Roommate Solution

Bury him and don't look back.

Move rooms, even if it is only for three and a half weeks.

More trouble for me now, but at least I'll get away.

On another thought, I love re-watching Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

I got it right this time, Kumata. tongue.gif

It's a great movie. Unfortunately, I always get hung up after the tank sequence... after that brilliant chase scene, everything else just feels dull.

Now I have to pack.




Posted by xccj , May 15 2008 · 182 views
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Things that are going wrong right now. (In no particular order of magnitude)

Bothersome roommate
Switching rooms this weekend to get away from him.
Sinus / Ear infection
Calculus Midterm
Econ Homework Group shrunk, so now I have to do more homework problems
Physics homework
Little / no motivation
BZP Procrastination
Epic Writer's Block

And I am so much better off than people in that last Chinese earthquake. sad.gif




Posted by xccj , May 13 2008 · 140 views
I was thinking (a rare occurrence these days) and I got interrupted by the idea of listing my favorite Bionicle sets over the years. So here's for stuff you think up while you're supposed to be taking notes.

Favorites, based off set design, not storyline.

Toa Mata: Gali, Lewa, Pohatu. All the Toa Mata are just classic favorites, so I won't even bother choosing between the three listed.

Turaga: Nokama. Just because.

Tohunga: Nuparu, mostly because he was the first one I could get.

Rahi: Of the two I got, I preferred the Tarakava.

Bohrok: Kohrok. Since all the Bohrok are pretty much the same, I went with the one with the coolest shields.

Bohrok Va: Lehvak Va. Love those machetes.

Toa Nuva: Lewa. I really don't have a favorite out of this bunch, but I like Lewa's color and weapons.

Bohrok Kal: Nuhvok Kal. Ah, it was just the first one I got, and the black and silver went together well.

Rahkshi: Lerahk. Again, it's the green.

Matoran 03: Um, Takua, I guess. I wasn't very impressed with the design, but the masks and colored pieces were great.

Toa Metru: Onewa. His weapons are sweet, as is his mask design.

Vahki: Vorzahk. Mostly because its green, I suppose.

Metruan: Ehrye or Nuhri.

Toa Hordika: None. Only thing that was great about them was the skull piece, really.

Visorak: Oohnorak. Just because of the yellow eyes. The Visorak were bummer sets too.

Rahaga: Iruini. Green.

Piraka: Thok. Great color scheme, awesome head design, wicked weapon. Yeah.

Toa Inika: Hewkii. His mask rocked and he had chains.

Voya-Nui Matoran: Garan. Mostly because of the hordika skull pieces. Except for Dalu, all the Voya-Nui Matoran were awesome.

Barakki: Mantax. Great design, especially considering he's named after a manta ray.

Toa Mahri: Hewkii. A more unique design with lots of good blade pieces, as well as a unique way to hold the Cordak.

Mahri Matoran: Dekar. I guess it's because of th yellow.

Toa Phantoka: Pohatu. The orange is good, but the propellers are an awesome idea.

Makuta Phantoka: Chirox. I dunno, his wing design looks good.

Matoran of Light or Shadow: Tanma and Kirop. For their colors, I suppose.

Toa Mistika (estimated): Tahu. Basic design is overused but not too bad. Rotating blade looks good.

Makuta Mistika (estimated): Bitil or Krika. Both have good designs, I'm just not sure yet.

Titan that I Have from 03 onward: Keetongu. New color (at the time) and useful design.

Special Mention: Boxer and Bahrag. Expensive but very intricate.

Procrastination is complete. Retinas have been burned out due to multitude of colors.

In other news, which mask do you prefer, Mask 3 or Mask 4?



Chinese Films

Posted by xccj , May 10 2008 · 221 views
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Or Hong Kong, as it was separate of China when most of 'em were made.

Here's the scoop. I had a rough morning with a midterm and all (yes, I'm still on Midterms, finals don't come for another month.) So tonight, I thought I'd do something to just chill out. Sleep was out of the question once my roommate arrived, and I felt like watching a movie. But I didn't feel like shoving out five bucks for a rental (not to mention the walk to and from the nearest Blockbuster) So instead, I logged onto a video website, and randomly searched Jackie Chan. They had a bunch of clips from his various movies, and sometimes even the whole movie itself. It's split into ten minute portions or so, and the quality is not exceptional. But, hey, it's free.

Plus, here's something I do with foreign films. I don't use the English dub, where there are voice overs for all the characters in English. I listen to the film in its original language, and use English subtitles instead. I don't know why, but it makes the sound flow a lot better, plus I find it easier to understand quick words by reading it rather than hearing it blurted out rapidly. Just something I do. So I watched the movie clips in Chinese with English subtitles. There were English voice overs, but I skipped those.

With that said, I've wasted the last five or so hours watching all three Police Story (at least, I think that's the English name) movies in ten minute portions on an unnameable video hosting site. I don't know if it's legal or not, but these movies came out before I was born, so whatever.

And I've seen enough martial arts to satisfy me. yeah. cool.gif



Not Now!

Posted by xccj , May 07 2008 · 87 views
I love it how people so easily mess up the words "not" and "now" when they're typing. By switching those two words, the sentence can completely change its meaning.

For example

I am not eating your arm.

I am now eating your arm.

"Not" implies a negatory meaning, as the user believes whatever action they are addressing will not come to pass.

"Now" implies an observation, as the user is usually stating something that is obvious in the here and now.

Basically, by switching the two words, you switch the meaning of the entire sentence into something that is usually opposite of what you really mean. And, by the way the English language spells the words, changing between the two of them only requires you to alter the last letters. Thus, switch the "T" in Not to a "W" and you get Now. And thanks to the common qwerty keyboard, the "W" key and the "T" key are three key-lengths apart on the same row.

Thus, it is easy when one is typing something fast to accidentally spell "not" instead of "now" and vise versa. And by that one simply mistake, you have completely changed what you were trying to say.

And I am aware that I am looking too deep into something too trivial, but I find it funny, because I have made this mistake many times before and I have seen it quite often recently.

Is this a grammar guide? A warning? Making fun of people who make mistakes? Maybe, I don't know for sure.

I just hope you've learned a little something not now. Or now not.



People Flock To My Reviw Topics!

Posted by xccj , May 07 2008 · 226 views
I randomly looked at a new post in the Writing Tips topic, and came upon this...

QUOTE(Exo-Fat @ May 5 2008, 07:57 PM) View Post
7. Reviews. Way too many people post a topic thinking that they get instant popularity and the reviews will just flow in by the minute. That's not how it works, ever. The only times that it works are when people like GaliGee, Xccj and Takuta-Nui post something. Then poeple absolutely flock to the review topics. I hate to say it but most of us aren't like GaliGee.

I find this interesting, considering I have been put off numerous times by a lack of reviewers. But I guess, to newcomers, I get a lot of good, constant reviewers. Really, I have had a really bad history for reviews. Only a handful of my epics really got anywhere, with about half of them dying out because nobody was really interested. I hit it big on TD, although for a while most of the posts were just spam. A few of my other, shorter epics got a few people reading them the whole way, but not too many. SoMN isn't really hitting it big, it's just lasting so long that the few reviewers that have stayed with it have posted alot. And MA, an experiment in a new writing style of letting reviewers answer questions that will drive the plot, is doing rather well. But short stories and comedies never last too long, and any MO or artwork topic die instantly as if they were playing with a Doom Viper.

Which brings it down to, I have had so many bad experiences that I feel I hardly get reviewers at all, and enjoy the ones I do get. However, based on my good experiences, I've got a weird reputation. Hmm.

How did this come by? Did my writing vastly improve so that everybody wanted to read my stuff? Well, maybe a little, but that's not the whole thing. I've found the best way to get reviewers is to review yourself. The first person who started reviewing my first epic was an author who's epic I started replying to. I don't remember his story being worth much, and he mentioned that quality was lacking in mine as well, but we got reviews from each other, and started improving. I have had many reviewers also be authors who's work I enjoyed. Right now, I am being a total hypocrite because I am only reading Kumata's stories, whereas I have a few other reviewers out there too. annoyed2.gif But I make up for it in blogs; I like people replying to my blog posts, and I spend a substantial amount of time in BZP's blogs replying to other people's work.

So, remember, it's a trade-off. If you review somebody else's work, they might just return the favor. Or not.

But out of the names GaliGee, Xccj and Takuta-Nui, one does not belong, and that is Xccj... ziplip.gif



Home For The Weekend

Posted by xccj , May 05 2008 · 163 views
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For no real particular reason, except just to get away from my room, I went home this weekend. Went on a cool Kayak, ate real food, built an MOC during the night. It was okay

Except that I spent upwards of 10 hours traveling to and from. The train on the way down had to stop ten minutes away because of rail traffic... because there's only one track, so one train can mean a lot of traffic. glare.gif So, although parts of my weekend were fun, the traveling parts were irksome and tiresome.

And now I'm mostly exhausted and looking at the pile of homework I have due. That, plus another midterm at the end of the week. (Its strange, I never call them tests anymore, but I always mix up midterms and call them finals, so I have about a final every week and then the super finals at the end of the quarter.)

With that said, I will post dreary and jealous comments in any and all blog entries I read talking about the end of the school year and / or the start of summer. I will only share my pity with those taking AP tests in the coming weeks, but it's limited if those tests are at the end of said test taker's school year. I'll be getting off sometime mid June, thank you very much.

It's late, I'm tired, I have a lot of homework, and there's really nothing worth reading on BZP right now. I'm signing off.



Vector Masks

Posted by xccj , May 01 2008 · 166 views
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Bonesiii is hosting a contest on PowerPoint vector art, and I'm having trouble choosing my entries. I made one, but I don't have enough time and / or inspiration to make more. Luckily for me, I was into Bioncile vector art via PowerPoint long before bonesiii ever posted his guides (although I did get a few tips from them) So I thus have a pretty good collection of Bionicle masks from 01 to 06. Some of them are bad... the Hau was one of the first I ever created, and I never took the time to revise it. But so many of them are good and similiar to the set forms. I have two more masks that I can enter into bonesiii's contest, so I need help choosing which to put in. So you can recommend which ones look the best... (or which ones offer you the least amount of competition). So, yeah.

And mostly this is just to counter Adventurer's and Takua the Chronicler's Wanderer's multiple entries on vector masks. Here's some of my work now. LOOK AT IT! wired.gif

Great Pakari on Nuparu (Ignore body to mask proportion problems here, I know they're bad so just focus on the mask)
Great Miru on Kongu
Great Kaukau on Hahli
Great Akaku on Matoro
Great Miru Nuva on Lewa Nuva
Great Pakari Nuva on Onua Nuva
Great Kakama Nuva on Pohatu Nuva
Great Mahiki on Matau Metru
Great Komau on Onewa Metru
Avak's face!
Vezok's face!
Thok's face!
Great Sanok on Hewkii Inika
Great Hau on Jaller (Wait, this wasn't one of my better masks...)



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