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My B-day Present...

Posted by xccj , Nov 06 2007 · 61 views
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Just a recap... last Sunday was my birthday. All of you who idolize me should know that and celebrated the day like a holiday. So far, nobosy fits under that catigory... but I'm sure you'll all make it there eventually. [/vain]

One of my biggest woes on my b-day was that I didn't get this package sent by my mom. She aparently paid express shipping on the 2nd, and it was suppose to arrive on the 3rd. Instead, it appparently "arrived" on the 5th, but wasn't placed in my mailbox until the 6th... so all that money was wasted on express shipping when I could've just waited one day longer and gone with regular shipping. Ah, the postal service. What can you do? rolleyes.gif

Anyway, I wasn't really expecting much... I got a sweet card, that was nice. But there was something else in there too. It wasn't a Lego... I am finished with buying sets from 07, as I have all the Matoran, one Hydruka (that I could've done with out) 5 Barakki, 3 Mahri, and 0 Titans... the rets are either poor quality sets (in my opinion) or just out of my price range as a starving college student (who's gaining weight... I fail to see how those two can be present at once, but its true).

Nope, it was something else.

The Transformers 2 Disc Special Edition DVD.


I still haven't watched this movie yet, now I have it on DVD. So I'm going to see if all the reviews I've heard about it are true. Half the people (critics) claim that it could be far better, and then people on BZP (you know I'm talking about you Mak and KN) say it's great. Now it's finally time to form my opinion!!

So I'm posting this blog, making sure it gets posted, and then I'm closing down Internet Explorer and popping in Disc one.

Yeah, a TV would be fine around now, but I'll make due with what I have.

Maybe I'll resurface on BZP in a few hours. But I'm done with classes, done with my stupid drama paper and my complicated chem homework, and just need to be able to get up tomorrow for another set of lectures. Between now and then... I've got a movie!



Birthday Blues...

Posted by xccj , Nov 05 2007 · 60 views
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I dunno how many people got the "Horoscope" reference was to get people to realize that it was my B-day, but it didn't seem to work all that well.

Anyhow... tis probably been the worst birthday ever. Thanks to everybody on BZP who gave my birthday well-wishes, that was nice, but I didn't get a topic. tongue.gif (selfishness alert!!) My parents apparently sent me a package, but no mail on Sunday. sad.gif Oh yeah, and I have like a TON of homework. I finished most of my chem homework (with a lot of help from my dad via e-mail) but I still have a write up for my chem lab tomorrow. Then I have a two page paper on a drama play that I absolutely hated and cannot see how to write about it... due tomorrow. And then a midterm tomorrow. And another lab... I gotta prepare for that one as well.

So, thus, I procrastinated all evening taking over 100 pictures of myself (and a few of my roomie). While I didn't get any cake, I did get a floating apple. And then I ate it.

Telekinesis baby!



My Horoscope For Today...

Posted by xccj , Nov 04 2007 · 60 views

Get ready for an unexpected trip, when you fall screaming from an opened window.
Work a little bit harder on improving your low self esteme... you stupid freak.

That's your horoscope for today... ay ay ay ay! That's your horoscope for today!!

Horoscope for Today ~ Weird Al Yankovic

I liked some of the other perdictions better (The stars say you're a exciting and wonderful person... but you know they're lying). But, hey, destiny is not giving me a choice...

And yes, this is my current favorite song of the current time.

*hums to self, hoping somebody will get the hint and the neighboors don't yell at me for singing too loudly at two in the morning*



The Ideal Gas Law...

Posted by xccj , Nov 02 2007 · 73 views
I just used this as a lame joke in <dd>'s blog, and that got me thinking of another lame joke that could take up a whole entry in MY BLOG! How could I resist, really? Besides, I have nothing else to add besides complaining....

As you should know, the Ideal Gas Law is...


Here's how it applies to college life.

(Peer Pressure) * (Volume of Homework) = (Number of pounds I've gained by eating way too much greasy food) * (constant stress) * (temperature of fever)


Okay, so I might have a bleak outlook on college life so far... I've always hated school to a degree, and it's all the worst because I take school seriously too, so I can't just skip off classes whenever I feel like it. I think my courses would be a bit easier if I didn't have Chemistry and a lab every week to freak me out. Anyway, it's also my first semester, so this is just shock from not being in high school anymore (and sometimes that is a shock when I remember that).

Some people say that college is one of the best parts of their lives. These are the people that are taking business degrees, and have only two classes two days out of the week. :glares:

*note: no offense to anybody who can be offended by any of this... you should know that by reading this blog that you are exposing yourself to my thoughts and, if taken in the incorrect way, may prove poisonous... tongue.gif *

Also of note... I still have chem homework done (Ideal Gas Law, coincidental) and I'm on BZP. Strange how that always seems to happen.




Posted by xccj , Oct 31 2007 · 70 views
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In case you didn't completely get the message...

Yeah, this is some old artwork I created years ago. It's not quality... but it's festive enough.

Happy Halloween... go eat a bunch of candy too.



What To Worry About In College.

Posted by xccj , Oct 28 2007 · 50 views
Here's what I care about in college... in this exact order.

When do I have to get to my next class?
When can I sleep (or can't sleep)?
When and where can I eat?
When can I check out my e-mail (and BZP)?
When is my homework due?
When am I going to crack? (I got really close to this last week when I fell ill)

Another noteworthy thing: although people have been nagging me to use one for the past five years, I have still not made much use of my day planner. I don't write down many assignments or due dates in it... and those I do write down I never check back on so it's alwasy a surprise. Mostly, I've written down after-school related activities, and half of those have been canceled anyway.



Lego Mars Mission Game

Posted by xccj , Oct 26 2007 · 165 views

I was messing around with the new Lego club features when, somehow, I got into their catalogue of games, and I randomly clicked on the new "Mars Mission" one to see what it was about. Turns out it's one of those strategy games, but this one is slightly different. It's a stratigy game that I can beat. It reminds me most of that Alpha Team Frozen Land game thingy... maybe not as good, but still reminisant. It's a pretty good game, with enough strategy to make it interesting, but not too much so a basic 8 year old can do well on it (AKA, me, who has the strategical mind of an 8 year old. Ha). So I've been playing that all night...

And before I knew it, my night had whithered away, and I have midterms tomorrow. Bummer. glare.gif

So, in the end, it's cool to know that Lego has some pretty awesome games online off the Bionicle section... in fact, I don't really like the seventh Toa Mahri game because it mostly just copies the other levels wiht this big shoot out in the end. (And why does that part have to be based off Jaller's game! Whenever I play Jaller's game, my computer freezes up so I can't shoot the darn baddies... but they can shoot me. Drat.) This has probably been the most inventive Bionicle game since MNOLG II (which was very inventive in theory, just not a fun game in practice) The games are all live action and differ enough that you get to try something new each time. I approve of Lego coming up with such a great idea... I just personally don't like the games because i do poorly on them. (If any of you care, I was only able to beat the Hahli, Matoro, and Nuparu levels on the final games. Hewkii's still has too many bubbles, I can't steer Kongu away from the walls, and the Jaller game has some sort of glitch for me) So, tomorrow when midterms are over, I'm going to play the Mars Mission game instead (where I left off after I died multiple times and quit tonight)

blink.gif Well, what do you expect me to do on a Thursday night in a college dorm?



Highest Of The Lowest!

Posted by xccj , Oct 21 2007 · 58 views
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AC 14 Preliminary voting is done... and of course I'm out of it by then. If fatc, I'm pretty sure I was out of it by the time I entered. ZPeople don't like my artwork.

But I still made an acomplishment that only ever gets held by one person during these contests.

I got the lowest votes of all the comic entries!

Yes, in both topics (okay, so maybe it isn't that great of achievement, but still) I had the lowest amounts of votes for my artwork. And this wasn't a case of "well, I just happened to like the others better" (because the others were better) but just a plain "you artwork stinks!" Because the voting was "choose all the entries you like", so the only people who voted for mine were the ones who liked it.

So thus I managed to create the most unappealing comic artwork for the contest. Beat that.

Anyway, this just confirmed my great dislike of the artwork forums and I vow never to post another topic in there ever again (I'll just put theme here, where you can bash me on a more personal level).




Posted by xccj , Oct 20 2007 · 51 views
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Am I going to post some helpful BZP tip that has to do with current rule breaking situations that will, in turn, help people better understand the situation and avoid trouble in the future?

Heck no, I'm no good at those. Besides, all the good points are taken.

Then what on Mata-Nui is this title about?

Get this. For my Freshman Interest Group in college (AKA FIG) (BTW, I'm now again a freshman, on the low end of the spectrum. But, hey, I was still able to talk with an upperclassman (woman) for about five minutes before it became apparent that it was my first year here) I digress. Anyway, for my FIG, we've got a bunch of people who take the same classes for a quarter, and a website has been set up for us to be able to contact each other for homework info and to organize other out of class activities. Pretty much, the web site's a forum. Nothing new to me, who's been on BZP for way toooooo long, and knows the working of it inside out (well, almost). One of the assignments (just FIG assignments, haven't nothing to do with our classes) was actually to post something on the forum. I mean, talk about easy. Some people still don't seem to have the hang of it... so for once I am one of the top ten posters (out of fourteen).

Ah, but here's the punchline. I'm a moderator of the forum!!

I have no idea why I am, but that's what my "member group" label says. I think it has to do with when our accounts were created. Some of us originally created accounts before our FIG leader actually turned the boards on (they're not invasion board, and I'm declining to name it because it is, essentially, another forum, thus against BZP rules) So the half dozen of us who made earlier accounts appear to be Mods, and everybody else are participants. That doesn't exactly put any responsibility on me or anything, just adds extra perks to my account. Like I can edit other people's posts if I really wanted to.

But I have absolutely no plans to do anything further with it, besides just posting helpful information when I can. The funny thing is just that I am a Moderator. Besides that, there's nothing special going on.

On an entirely different track, I just got back from this wonderful play on campus. It was a roundhouse theatre, so the seats all circled the stage. The acting was amazing, with some witty lines and fun blocking. It was a new experience... these people weren't exactly the best of Broadway, but they're a lot better than any high school performance I've helped put on. Just the way these people acted out their characters... especially when they have the audience on all sides... it was pretty good acting. The play was entitled "Ring Round the Moon". I've never heard of it before, but it seems to be from around the early twentieth century, with plenty of Shakespearean style ironic humour. (Best part... the two main characters were twins, but they were never both onstage at once because only one actor played them. There was one section near the end where one twin was onstage with the group awaiting the other to return, but the other sent a servant instead, and the other twin said "I knew he wasn't coming." It was slightly off his character, but sooo hilarious that the whole audience, all around, busted out laughing).

And the whole performance lightened up my mood. I've been feeling pretty down this week because of schoolwork and this cold that just won't go away. But getting to watch a funny and insightful play, as well as talking with another person interested in theatre during intermission (and she was an upperclassman... who was also required to watch plays for her drama class) really made me feel better about life. Now while everybody else is partying (and getting drunk, perhaps) tonight, I'm content to sit back with a good book and relax. I even get to hear the play again because I'm going to be a volunteer usher for it next week.

Woo hoo... and I also noticed that nobody ever replies to my blog unless Kumata's been here first. Ah well, he's off enjoying himself in South Africa... smile.gif

*rocks out to Monkeys Music*



Power Point Art

Posted by xccj , Oct 19 2007 · 77 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


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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