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New Laptop

Posted by xccj , Dec 18 2007 · 41 views
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It pains me to admit that, after having a laptop for nearly four months, I had to go out and get another one. Worst... durring Christmas shopping season. So I suffered through an electronics store and got some replacements... the buying stuff went quick enough, but when we tried to get some of the free offers for purchasing laptops this week... that got drawn out. Anyway, I have a new laptop. It's a little slower than my old one, apparently, but it was also $150 cheaper. Oh well, maybe it just won't work well for my games...

Now I have to go through and readd pictures, music, and other files. I'll put some more stories on it and begin to work on them... as soon as I find a MS Word CD to download. We have a Microsoft Works CD laying around... but it says its good for only three users, and my last laptop was the third one. I've heard that you can have an exception made for this rule (in my case, my last MS Word got jacked along with my laptop... glare.gif ) but it might take a while to gte it back. So, for now, it's all about replacing pictures and music... some of which I completely lost, because before my laptop got stolen, our main computer crashed so I lost most of the stuff from spring / summer 07. Ah, well, material items (or electronic... I can deal).

So, with that, I might start that story thing later this week, and go through a few chapters to see if people are interested. I know plenty of places to take this thing, and I will ammuse myself to see where the audience might want it to go and see what happens from there.

Oh, and have any of you seen the NBC show Chuck? It is on right before Heroes, US anyway. It's abut this computer fixer geek working at an electronics store who gets some weird government computer shoved into his brain and is now working undercover for the FBI (yeah, the explanation doesn't do the show justice... it's really good, despite my explanation) Anyway, the store seems to be shaped after a Best Buy, which was where I was today. Well, when I was at Best Buy, I saw sooo many employees who looked like they were from that show. One guy even had Morgan's beard! ohmy.gif I was freaked out... that show is too accurate!

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You Continue The Story...

Posted by xccj , Dec 15 2007 · 45 views
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Here's an idea for an epic...

Okay, so I no longer have my own computer. I lost all my stories, although I have some of my Bionicle stories still saved on my home computer... (SoMN) I probably won't get another computer until after x-mas... you know, when they go on sale and such (if there's anything left) Despite my being irresponsible towards the safety of my electronics, I'll probably get lots of it replaced because we are getting insurance money from it.

Anyway, when I feel that I need to bash somebody's head opened because I'm soooooo angry (like at the people who ripped me off) I find I write some pretty good stuff. Short Story Contest #4 was a good way to get me back on the key board, but if I want to write an epic, I want to do something different... maybe something that'll grab in a few new reviewers besides the... uh, few that I have. (I think I can count them all on one hand). (And when I say reviewers, I mean people who read my stories and then reply. tongue.gif )

So, here's an idea.

I'll start on a story with only a brief plan of what to do. There'll be a basic goal the whole time, and a few basic characters. But at the end of each chapter, I'll ask a question regarding future plot, such as who wins a fight, where do they travel next, or maybe some characteristic of a new character introduced. The questions will be multiple choice, so the answers don't get way out there. Then, after each chapter, before I start the next one, I'll let reviewers answer the questions, and whichever answer is the most popular is the one I'll use for the story.

So, this has a few drawbacks. Obviously it won't be well planned out, and will be alot of improvision on the spot. Foreshadowing will be minimal, since I cannot always tell what an audience will choose. Also, there'd be large time gaps between chapters as I would write each new one in sequence, so things like real life might stall me at times. And, worst, the whole thing might flop if I never get any reviews. So here's my question to you now... if I start writing an epic like this, can I count on anybody to periodically stop by and read / review the story? The magic of this idea is that the reviewers would help push along the story too, and I would use my creativity to come up with ways to mix in their choices and come out with an entertaining story. But if nobody's really interested... there's no use for me to waste my time.

So, opinions on the idea? Likey? No likey? This isn't a contract... I understand people might be interested but end upnever having time to look at it. But, hey, I'm throwing this out there. Maybe it's just a way to convince more people to head down to the library topics and read my work. I also just want to write something. So, coments are welcomed.

And if this does get a go-ahead, I will be able to start it over Christmas break on my family's computer.

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I Lost It All

Posted by xccj , Dec 13 2007 · 34 views
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Today I finally got out of school and went home for winter break. I have a couple of weeks off from classes.

That's the good news first. This is a predominantly bad-news entry.

On the way home, we stopped in a city for some food. I had my backpack in the car with my laptop, camera, iPod, and other various electronic gismos that I have used in college and could find use of at home.

Somebody broke the window of the car and took it all.

So I lost my laptop. With my laptop, my hard drive. That means, all my stories from the last seven years are gone. Sure, some of my Bionicle ones are still on BZP, but everything else is gone. Never to be seen again. Kapoosh! And I have been thinking about backing it up for some time now, but I just never got around to it.

My parent's insurance might help cover the costs of all the electronics I lost, but it would replaced all my writing. But, hey, most of those stories are not very good quality, they just had interesting plots. It's entirely likely that I could rewrite some of the better stories and make them match up with my writing quality of today.

Bionicle wise, I also had Bionicle Legends 8 in my pack... its gone now. I'm not sure if I should buy another one or just blow it off... it was a good story and I have reread it twice, but it's not anything I really need when I could find most of that stuff on BZP anyway. And I should be more concerned about replacing some other things instead. (Although the book would be the cheapest.)

So, in case the point hasn't been driven in hard enough, I have proven myself to be a totally uncool dude yet again. Good night.

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I Wanna Write A Comedy!

Posted by xccj , Dec 12 2007 · 42 views
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I was struck by random inspiration in the S&T forum to write a comedy taking a completely random and ironic look at an unknown side story in a way that would explain it all. I had a really funny idea, and I even wrote it out, with a few side jokes and rule of three gag going along the the overall ironic circumstance. Then I realized the humor I was using was inappropriate. (My humor has gotten more inappropriate since I began hanging out with certain people at the university). So I bagged the whole comedy, because I couldn't find a way to make it work otherwise. But now I still want to write a comedy.

I have one idea that's been on the back burner for a while. It may involve lots of Po-Matoran and fruit. I seem to remember having a couple other ideas on the back burner along with that one, but they've apparently burned away and I can't find them / remember them. So maybe that's something for Christmas / winter break.

I have finals in 7 hours, and I need sleep. Bye.

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I Never Recall Noticing This...

Posted by xccj , Dec 10 2007 · 47 views
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Emoticons, Emotions. These: smile.gif

Emoticons? Ee- moh- tih- cons? Not ee- mote- shawns? Oticons-eemay? Wha?

I have always referred to this little graphic thingies, tongue.gif , wink.gif , sly.gif , laugh.gif , ohmy.gif , as emotions. Like the things we feel... happiness, sadness, angerness... uh, anger. I just overlooked the fact that whenever I see a word typed to describe them, I always just assume it's emotions. And whenever I describe them, I always say emotions, and I've never been corrected before. Now, I've been on BZP for nearing five years, and I never realized they were actually called emoticons... with a C! It's crazy. My whole on-line world has been flipped upside down. I'll never be able to look at an emotion/emoticon the same way again.

*Ding Dong* Oh yeah, suppose to be studying for a final tomorrow. unsure.gif

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What Not To Lose

Posted by xccj , Dec 09 2007 · 46 views
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I'm an uncool dude. I'm such an uncool dude that I'm tempted to bypass the word filter and just right it out just for emphasis. I am an ih... ah, whatever, I'm just plain stupid.

Alright, here's the story. I'm a starving college student, but my parents were kind enough to provide me a debit card to buy extra supplies. Not enough to buy a ton of LEGO Bricks (if I could even find them. I'm in the middle of a city, but the closest retail store is an hour's bus ride away, I swear). But it's my only source of money outside my university food card.

So I was shopping for Christmas gifts (got permission first to use the cash in my account, mind you). Last Thursday, I bought some stuff at this one shop. This Saturday, I go to buy something else and pull out the card. Oops, not in my wallet. Now, I've been watching some anime lately. That would've been the part where I froze over. You know, where the character realizes something 0of vast importance and just goes into a state up disresponce, also known as freezing up. So those cartoons took it literally and just froze them as if Kopaka had caught them with his elemental power. Yay, I had that experience.

So after tearing apart my room, making a few fervorous calls to people who might know what to do, I finally decided that I didn't have my card anymore. My main source of finances, and I had lost it. Uncool dude!! That's something you're supposed to pay attention to!! Luckily, since it's debit, there's a finite amount, so even if somebody did rip me off, they couldn't spend too much. But still, you don't lose stuff like that and just shrug it off.

I decided to take a chance and visit the last place where I had used it... university supply stop on Thursday. I enter, the cashier recognizes me and asks if I'm looking for my card. By proving myself with a photo ID, I got it back. The cashier was a life saver... although if I had come by next week, they would've had it shredded by then. So I felt a bit better afterwards.

Doesn't excuse the fact that I absentmindedly left the card there in the first place. If I had been at some other store with an untrustworthy cashier... well, they may not have gotten much money from it, but I wouldn't have seen it again. So here's a lesson... if you ever get a credit or debit card or something of importance like that... keep a sharp eye on it. I've seen what happens when people lose their credit cards, and it's not pretty. I got lucky, but I made a big, stupid mistake. I hope not to make it again.

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All Nighter

Posted by xccj , Dec 06 2007 · 37 views
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It's 4:41 in the morning... and I've been awake since 4 in the afternoon (I took an afternoon nap. Sue me)

I'm nearly halfway done with my essay. I initially thought it was due today at 3.

It's due Friday.

I'm still working on it, but work is slow and I inevitably find myself on BZP and other unmentionable social site. I'm going to work on it for a few more hours and then go to class. If I try to sleep now, I know I'll miss my class. I know this because my roommate does it every other day. tongue.gif

Once I get through my boatload of classes today, and assuming I finish this essay in the next four hours, then I'll take a nice, long, Thursday afternoon nap.

For those college students who say sleep is for sissies... turn off your mechanical parts and see how your biological ones are doing. Most likely they're shriveled and wrinkly. tongue.gif

Unfortunately, at this point of night, I start getting too personal and type down whatever comes into my head at the time... and that can be a bad thing. ohmy.gif

Oh yeah, read my short story if you haven't already. Check one blog entry down for link. sly.gif

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Strength And Spirit

Posted by xccj , Dec 04 2007 · 45 views
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You know you want to read it right away.

My Short Story #4 Contest Entry: Strength and Spirit.

Yeah, yeah, it uses Takua, and he's down in the Le-Koro jungle, and he even plays in an Amaja circle. But I tried to write this as one of my action stories, with a couple of short battles where the Matoran use more than just muscle and elemental energy. I also experimented with a few new weapons in this batch, namely Jaller's sword from the MOL movie, and Kongu's new slingshot. (I like giving Kongu alot of interesting weapons). The story is lacking in description in a few areas that I could expand upon, but since I'm aiming for a short story, I thought some of it could be held back. Plus, we got character development with Takua based on some morals laid out by Vakama, and a cool friendship formed between Nuparu and Kopeke. Nee hee hee, I have too much fun with this stuff. It's been a while since I've written a good Matoran battle, and this one turned out nicely. I just hope it's good enough. I also hope people laugh at some of the jokes I've put in there... there was never anything saying this had to be a completely serious story, after all. tongue.gif Kongu isn't a Triki, but he leaves plenty of room for comedy. I expect people to tell me which joke was their favorite.

And, although I've reread this thing quite a few times, I'm sure there's some stuff I've missed. That's why I'm relying on Takuta-Nui to give me a bunch of corrections when he replies, as he's keen on getting into everybody's stories for this contest. tongue.gif But other reviewers are appreciated. Although this story is a bit long, I hope it's easy enough for one to read, and that it flows so smoothly that by the person is sad by the time it's over. (Okay, maybe that's expecting a bit too much). Anyway, although it's pretty long, it is broken up into smaller sections, so one can just stop at one line of asterix (*****) and take a break if they need to. laugh.gif

With that said and done, PLEASE REVIEW! I don't care how well I do in the contest as long as I get a couple of people who enjoyed my writing. That is, after all, one of my favorite parts of writing stories; entertaining others.

That is until my stories start selling like hotcakes and top the New York Times Best Seller's List... but that might take a while / in my dreams.

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Unproductively And Ssc4 Update

Posted by xccj , Dec 03 2007 · 52 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 · 48 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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Lisztomania, think less but see it grow. Like a riot, like a riot, Oh.
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I took a sip of something poison but I'll hold on tight.
~ Foster the People

Birds sing for you, you can make this blue sky blush
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On the other side of the street I knew, stood a girl that looked like you.
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But even the sun sets in paradise
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Crazy how that shipwreck meant my ship was coming in
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So make now your ally, and leap before you look
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I'm just too much a coward to admit when I'm in need.
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