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It's Still Rock And Roll To Me.

Posted by xccj , Nov 24 2007 · 65 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.



Short Story Contest #4

Posted by xccj , Nov 22 2007 · 67 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



Last Night...

Posted by xccj , Nov 19 2007 · 67 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*



Spoiler: Sadness In 2007

Posted by xccj , Nov 17 2007 · 59 views
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Why, what did you think this entry would be about? blink.gif



My Member Number

Posted by xccj , Nov 17 2007 · 74 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.



Let Mccarty Burn!

Posted by xccj , Nov 16 2007 · 72 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



Evilness In Paper...

Posted by xccj , Nov 14 2007 · 61 views
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Tonight just is not my night. This weekend hasn't been a great weekend. Uhg.

Anyway, tonight I'm struggling to write this paper. I have some basic ideas, but I just don't know where to begin. Typically, it's due tomorrow.

And what's even worst is that I shouldn't have to write it either...

It's for a drama class... I already struggled through one paper on a performance last week. But we were suppose to be able to get out of writing the second paper if we ushered for a play... basically stood at the front door, greeted people, took their tickets, gave 'em programs, directed them where to go, ext. We had to do that twice. I have already done it once, and I was suppose to usher last Sunday at 6 pm.

Only I was in the library at 6 on Sunday, working on this other project, and completely blanked on my ushering job.

I've sent an e-mail of apology, and they said it wasn't a problem because enough people showed up to cover the jobs (when I did it the first time around, one three of us showed up, and there were suppose to be more... I'm thinking a bit less than ten, maybe 7). But they didn't specify if I could do one more ushering job... and I've heard that if you miss one, they bar you from retaking it.

So I'm in a precarious situation. They haven't e-mailed me back a second time confirming that I can do it again (I asked real nicely too!). And I need to do it once more if I want to skip said paper due tomorrow. Well, I could wait it out and see what their reply is. If they say yes, all is well. If they say no... then that grade for the paper becomes a zero because I didn't do enough ushering to be able to skip the paper, which I didn't turn in. Or I could write the paper, and be guaranteed at least a partial grade.

Yeah, that's the logical thing to do... and I can write papers pretty well, but I always seem to have this mental block that keeps me from starting on it. I just can't figure out where to start, and it's nerve wrecking! (On, and on the other hand, I have a (nother) chem midterm Thursday, along with a research project that I haven't completely started yet...) So I'm kinda stressed out right now...

On the other hand... no chem lab this week, no chem homework due this week, thanksgiving and a Billy Joel concert next week, and I totally aced my Geography midterm. But somehow life's ups never seem to make up for life's downs.

I'm going to wrack my brain for examples to include in this essay, while striving to keep myself off BZPower and other forum related websites... you know, after I post this and wait twenty minutes to see if anybody'll reply to it. biggrin.gif




And The Category Is...

Posted by xccj , Nov 12 2007 · 90 views
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I made some custom category blocks for the side of my blog. I'll see how they work... they add a nice bit of color, but are probably a bit too big. (In case you haven't realized it yet, I've reduced the size of my side bar to 200 pixels, because the standard one [is it 300?] always messes with people's sigs and stuff, giving me posts that I can't completely read in my entries. [And those longer posts are also the ones I want to read too! tongue.gif ] Unfortunately, setting the pict size to 200 wasn't a good thing, because the custom block automatically adds on a few pixels to the side, so to get everything to fit, I had to extend my side bar to 210 pixels. Oh well) I pretty much used the pictures I took of myself that worked for the respective category. It's not entirely JAF related... but that is the color scheme of Team JAF. I'm thinking of also posting some Bios of JAF Team, depending on if I can find decent drawings of the characters somewhere on my computer. They have minifigure counterparts, but my drawings are the cannon versions. (Yeah, like anybody really cares)

So, uh, please comment on the new piccies, and tell me if you think they'll work. I'll be trying to add some more eventually, but this is better than nothing. And I will try to approve your comments as soon as possible...


Edit: As per advice, I shrunk the size of the blocks from 200 x 250 to 200 x 100 pixels. It was easier than I expected to make these... I had to cut my head out of the previous blocks, and put it in a template, so the black border is a consistent size for every one of them this time. So in the template, I just had to change the background color, change the text and its position, and add in the new pict. The thing I normally hate from taking pictures out of images I already made is that the background color tends to stick on a bit to the main picture (so my head thus had an entire outline in blue at one point). But since I was just going to recopy it to the same background color, it worked out nicely. For the thoughts section, I had to flip it around so I'm staring off to the left like I am in the rest of the pictures, to prevent a nasty cutoff on the pict. Anyway... lo and behold, it's there again in all its color and glory of me... just not as tall this time. colgate.gif


Tis The Hammer...

Posted by xccj , Nov 11 2007 · 85 views

Are you saying there's something wrong with my weapon choice?

I'm just saying this duel may be unfair...



My B-day Pictures...

Posted by xccj , Nov 09 2007 · 74 views
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Did I mention I spent an hour of my time on my B-Day just taking pictures of myself? Nope? Well, I have now. Afterwards I had to study... but this was the most fun I had that day. (I'm making up for it by having an amazing weekend this weekend.)

In other news, I got a haircut today. Turns our I was suppose to ask for the razor blade 4 instead of two... and here I was thinking it was 3. Well, it'll grow back, and on the plus side, I can not more easily fit my head inside my hat.

Click on the spoiler tag for the pictures. It's in a spoiler tag because it might otherwise scare young children. Or because it saves space here. I dunno. Of note... yes, I have terrible red eye, I took most of these pictures myself, acne be cursed, and no, I have not had my hair cut at this point. I am going to avoid any picture taking for another week before my hair regrows.

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And another note: I am following Omi's advice for two reasons. 1: Everybody's doing it, and 2: he makes a good reason to do so, even though I have yet to receive any problems through my blog posts (I did get caught in that PM attack, though, and made a fool out of myself by responding. Yes, Makaru, I read your blog on that, and I know better than to respond next time). But because I have nothing better to do (except homework) I'll probably be very quick to approve comments, especially since I know how to approve them (unlike when I first got a blog).


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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.
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Birds sing for you, you can make this blue sky blush
~ Oh Land

On the other side of the street I knew, stood a girl that looked like you.
I guess that's Déjà vu, but I thought this can't be true
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But even the sun sets in paradise
~ Maroon 5

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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Everything that drowns me makes me want to fly.
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I live my life in shackles, but I'm borderline-free.
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