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Power Point Art

Posted by xccj , Oct 19 2007 · 32 views
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I cannot be outdone by Bonesiii, at least when it comes to this. I recently read this Blog Entry by Bonesiii, which is an excellent guide on how to make art using the tools available in MS Power Point. But it's nothing new to me, I've been doing it for years. Case in point is my Artwork Contest 14 entry, which is justly losing in this poll. I do believe I entered that before Bonesiii's blog, so I assure you I did not just steal his idea and go somewhere with it.

Why have I never shown anything before with this? Well, prior to this summer, I had a computer in my room that was without any output source at all, including printer, Internet, flash drive, CD drive... floppy disk drive (yes, even the floppy broke on that computer. Lame machine). So I could do stuff on it, like use MS Powerpoint 95 to make Bionicle figures... but they could never leave that computer unless I felt like redesigning them from scratch on a real computer. However... in my going to college, I wanted take a few stories off that computer before it was thrown out of the house by my sister in her haste to claim my room as her own. rolleyes.gif One of those stories was in fact the original Kulagi's Kanoka, which I wrote on that computer first, and then rewrote it on another computer to post on BZP. (The rewrite is better than the original, as it catches more grammar mistakes and fixes some plot holes the original had. And, hey, it worked, as it did win second in Epics Contest 6) Along with some other stories mentioned in previous blogs that are unrelated to Bionicle (I've recently done a revision of some of those too, editing out the mistakes. It's been kind of cool to see the highs and lows of my writing in the past). So, I did the only thing I could to transfer files from that computer to my new laptop. I ripped out the harddrive, put it in another computer, copied the files onto a CD, and loaded them onto the laptop, and WAH-LAH, I have all my old stories stored on a computer with output devices, so I can read them (and in theory update them) anytime I want. But, Wah-Lah, I also copied the Power Points containing my Bionicle artwork, so now it can thus be transferred into PNG files and posted on the Internet, and thus shared with BZP. I did a lame job doing so with my AC 14 entry, but now I hope to show you all exactly what I've been up to while I was off BZP. (I mean, what did you do when the server went down?)

Without further ado...

Toa Inika


Piraka


Toa Metru


Toa Hagah / Toa Lhikan


Toa Nuva


Voya-Nui Matoran


03 Matoran / Rahaga


Brickshelf (When Public)

What I have up:
  • Toa Inika
  • Piraka
  • Voya-Nui Matoran (minus Balta... his design isn't too great)
  • Rahaga (Norik, I have the others, but only the color changes, so why bother?)
  • Toa Hagah (I have custom made versions of the others, but only have Norik and Iruini posted)
  • Toa Metru (including Lhikan)
  • Toa Nuva
  • 03 Matoran (the six who went to Voya-Nui, but I could easily make others)

What I have that I haven't posted yet.
  • Bohrok (minus Kohrok and Nuhvok)
  • Rahkshi
  • McToran (I have a ton of these guys made custom)
  • Mata-Nui Turaga
  • 04 Matoran (I also have a ton of these)
  • Mahri-Matoran
  • Hahli Mahri (haven't attempted to make the others yet)
  • The Vahi and Avohkii masks (but without characters to fit on)

What I have that is pretty lame and I don't want to post 'em.
  • Toa Mata (they were the first ones I made, so they're way too basic and crummy. I plan to use the redesign I used to make the Nuva to revamp the Mata in time)
  • Bahrag (side versions that are basic and lame)
  • Makuta (a side version used in my AC 14 entry)
  • Roodaka and Sidorak (incredibly basic titan designs that hardly resemble them)
  • Toa Hordika (the heads are impossible)

And thus a detailed summery of what I've done. With these, I can create comics, custom characters, and all sorts of stuff. I'll post more when I get the time to do so. sly.gif

So if you want to try and make some of your own characters or some other canon characters, go ahead and open up powerpoint and follow bonesiii's detailed blog entry. This blog is just to confirm that "I got there first!" (Even though I really don't have anything much to prove that I started this in 03, but whatever)

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My Thoughts On The 2008 Set Previews

Posted by xccj , Oct 15 2007 · 35 views
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I'm too lazy to add spoiler tags. Just scroll down yourself...

Oh, and SPOILER ALERT!



WEEE OOOO WEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!


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HOOOOOOOOONK HOOOOOONK!

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That enough for the annoying sound effects? 'Kay, now onto the review...

Toa Nuva
First of all, I think it's brilliant to have three good guy and three bad guy sets come out together. The only downside I can see is that the early release Nuva will get a ton of attention in the winter / spring, but will lose out when the summer / fall Toa Nuva are released (in terms of media attention). But I don't know where Greg's going with the story, so I'll wait it out.

The basic designs are too Inika / Mahri like, although there's a nice new combination of limbs in new colors. Kopaka has wings, 'eh? And, dang, Lewa sure has a long katana this time! Mask wise... Kopaka's seems to be a mix of a Ruru and Akaku (from what I can tell) which looks promising. Lewa's is too much like a Faxon, but hey, it's better than that spikey Miru Nuva (and, of course, nothing can outdo the greatness of the original Miru, so they shouldn't even bother trying) Pohatu... bah, looks like the same concept of the Vahi, where it only covers half his face. Colors: Kopaka, good as always. Pohatu... orange? blink.gif I'll have to see how well he looks when we get better pictures. The lack of brown is a slight disappointment, but at least he now has a slight hunch-backed look, instead of the porky look he had as a Nuva. Lewa... well, I was right, there's no sign of Bright green, but lime green with a bit more of silver might not be too bad... better than Kongu. The Nuva aren't a redo of our original favorites, but they don't look half bad. Probably its that my nostalgia extends to the Mata, which were in turn ruined by the Nuva, so the sets only could improve. sly.gif

The Baddies
Called Phantoka? Phantoms of the Kanoka. (BUUUUM... ba dum dum dum dum duuuum... okay, bad Phantom of the Opera interpretation). Well... it's different.

I give up. I can't tell diddlysquat of what these new sets will be like. I'm guessing a similiar style design that the Nuva have, with maybe some new pieces in different colors. The blue one has a really intriguing mask/face. And the black one has an orange egg with a green hatch-ling inside? blink.gif I probably won't pick up many of them, because I'd rather get the Nuva... but depending on how great their designs are, I might consider a few later on. They certainly have the promise to make good villains. I hope their storyline significance is better than the Barakki's (great villains who just don't seem to hold the center stage in 07 like the Piraka did in 06).

The Matoran
YESSS!

I am liking the new Matoran design, which appears to come with a new limb piece, cool masks, and rad colors. Weaponry is reused, but they're still good weapons. (Yeah, the katana piece is old, but it is still soooo cool) I'll certainly be grabbing a few of these... notably the green guy, but white guy and orange guy look good too. And their villainy counterparts don't look too bad... better than the Hydruka, that's for sure, but without the appeal the Matoran have at this point. However, I may change my mind when I see the actual sets in better pictures.

The Titan
??? huh.gif As far as I can tell, he looks like a slightly beefed up Mahri on a surf board. Doesn't have the appeal that Lehvoski has. The mask looks cool, but that's because it's similar to Hewkii's mask of accuracy (in my opinion), which was a cool mask to start out with. Is he worth any money, really? No, probably not. But I'm sure his name will spark a ton of theories for the future of the mask of life. (Hey, maybe big ol' orange and black in Matoro. laugh.gif )

All in all, the Nuva look okay, the villains are promising, the Matoran look AWESOME!! and the Titan is not going to be on my wishlist. My opinions are likely to change as better pictures come out, (so I can determine which Nuva I'll be getting first, as well as how the construction of the villains looks). But, for now, here are my first reviews on the subject.

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Thoughts On Comedies And Epics

Posted by xccj , Oct 14 2007 · 31 views
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Recenty, I have read a topic on Comedies and a topic on Epics in General Discussion. In the Comedy topic, people are bashing comedies because of their general lack of quality. (Which to an extent I agree upon) In the epics topic, people are naming off their favorite topics (mine never got mentioned... in fact, most I've never heard of before. (Yeah, I am not that great of a mass reviewer anymore)) But there was something that irked me off in both topics.

The way people protrayed their own stories.

In the Epics topic, people would say that their favorite story was their current epic. To give them credit, yes, most people seem to prefer their own work, because if they wrote something they hated they probably would've never continued on with it and/or posted it in the first place. However, I view this as a cheap way to advertise their epic. Why? (Well, for starters, it's something I would've done a few years back). Plus, if people say their epic is their favorite, other people assume it's good and rush off to read it right away... or so is how the advertising is supposed to go. I frown upon this form of advertisements... I believe that people should accept that others have better skills than they do, and should thus aknowledge those stories as their favorites. I know for certain there are better authors out there than me... I'm sure the only reason I've ever won anything in a story contets is due to lack of competition. I am proud of the skills I do have, but I accept my faults and praise others for their great work that inspires me. So this is not to say that you should think that you own work isn't qorth anything, but when asked "What's Your Favorite Story" don't say "Only Mine." Then I'll just assume you're an author who's never read anybody elses story and you just want some quick reviews for your story.

In the Comedies topic, people seem to be lashing out saying what they hate about all the comedies out there, and how they'd rather jump into a tar pit with vicious crocodiles than try and read one of those comedies (okay, that may have been slightly exagerated. tongue.gif ) Some people retaliated, saying that there are good comedies, as well as say why they like or dislike comedies. However, again, we have people saying "the only comedies that are any good are my own." That's one thing to say if they're talking about their favorites, but when they're also bashing other people's comedies at the same time... ohmy.gif My view of the whole topic is that it comes down to taste... some people like the crazy, random comedies, and some people don't. But to state that your comedy is better quality than everything else... that's a tad bit pigheaded there. Get down to earth, buddy. Odds are, there are people who's skills at writing is better than yours. (I heard a reference to Douglas Adams humor... haven't heard anybody say they've topped him) Secondy, the comedy forum isn't for serious, detailed stories, and it's more likely that members are just starting their writing careers there by posting a few comedies that may not have great standards, but they don't deserve to be trodden upon. I know for sure some of my earlier work was am embarassment to me, and it was a wonder that anybody ever reviewed it. So, anyway, give some comedies a chance. If you don't like some, then don't reply to them, or better yet give 'em some advice on how to improve. But don't go bashing them and stimutaniously say that you're comedies are so much better.

Now, by no means am I singling any individual BZP member out here (excpet for myself) and I don't mean any offense to anybody who posted in one of the ways I critisized above. These are just some of my moral opinions based on what I've read in the topics mentioned above. If you find any of this offensive... well, it's your own fault, because you kept reading until you were done, and now like it or not, I got my point embedded in your brain! Muhahaha... *ahem* And anyway, I control the replies to my entries. evilgrin.gif

Whatever... on a side note, there's this comedy I've had for a while now that I'm thinking about writing down. The comedy topic inspired me to think about posting another comedy, but I've been having a writer's block for a while now on everything, so don't expect anything too soon. Because that writer's block also extends to that lab assignment that's due tomorrow...

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American Pie

Posted by xccj , Oct 13 2007 · 33 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 · 31 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 · 32 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 · 20 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 · 31 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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