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Through the Eyes of Madness



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I apologise

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jun 12 2014 · 236 views
Bionicle & BZPower
In my last entry, I updated the issue of thieves attacking LEGO fans by stealing LEGO sets in Australia's east, and I'll admit I got a bit hostile writing it.
 
My negativity ended up polluting the sanctuary (as Nokama would put it), because a fight broke out and the boss had to shut the entry down.
 
I would like to apologise for my rant, and for my short-sightedness. As of late, I have been fighting my own country's Government, and that has resulted in an unusually short fuse. The sad part, though, is that I'm used to seeing fights such that occurred last night amongst Australia's rail community; I just never thought I'd live to see the day it would happen on BZPower.
 
If I had kept my temper under control, it would not have rubbed off on my fellow BZPers, and this fight would never have happened. So I take responsibility for my own actions, and apologise.


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$70,000 AUD and counting

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jun 12 2014 · 472 views

http://news.ninemsn....stores-for-lego
 
The thieves reported on in my previous entry remain on the run. They have now robbed 5 stores in NSW and Victoria. It is plain obvious they hate LEGO and its fans with these constant attacks on US, and they MUST be stopped IMMEDIATELY.


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$15,000AUD worth of LEGO sets stolen from Australian toy store

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jun 02 2014 · 236 views

http://www.abc.net.a...y-store/5495608
 
A toy store in Seymour, a country town north of Melbourne, has been robbed twice by an organised crime gang. Among the stolen property were LEGO TECHNIC and LEGO City sets. The thieves removed the glass panel from the front door to gain entry, and in the first attack, removed the hard drive from the store's CCTV camera, stealing the evidence of their attack.


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Steam Train Mystery solved!

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Nov 02 2013 · 154 views
trains
Nearly 2 years ago now, I said that I had heard what sounded like the horn of a steam train after I arrived at the train station near my home following a trip to Sandringham.
 
I now know what that sound was, and yes it was a steam train! On December 4 2011, a steam tour went from the city to the end of the train line I live on! For security reasons, I cannot post links or pictures that may reveal where I live, but I can say that I'm SPEWING that I missed it, more so because I was out on a train-related adventure that day!


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I'm the first one on the newly-fixed forums!

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Oct 30 2013 · 174 views
Bionicle & BZPower
I'm beginning to see the value of social media. Through it, I was able to find out almost immediately that BZPower had returned from its hack attack!
 
Thank you, Black Six, for your hard work and passion in restoring our beloved forums, and I hope the hacker is caught!


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What is this?

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Aug 04 2013 · 243 views
Bionicle & BZPower
http://www.bzpower.c...php?app=raffles
 
BZPower does raffles now?


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My Day at the Pokémon VGC National Championships

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jul 20 2013 · 134 views

Yesterday, I finally got the chance to attend a Pokémon Video Game National Championships, something I've been dreaming of ever since the series started in 2009! The event was held in Victoria, Australia, at the Melbourne Showgrounds.

I had been working until late the night before to get my team ready. However, one of my Pokémon was below level 50, and when I arrived at the tournament, I discovered that all Pokémon below level 50 would NOT get scaled up like every other Pokémon! So I ended up spending a frantic half-hour levelling it up before I could register!

At last, I entered: just another one out of a total of 180 entrants, the equal biggest tournament I've entered!

My first round was displayed on the big screen, which was an honour. Using the same rain wind team I've been using for a while (albeit modified and improved), I was able to take out my opponent 4-0. My opponent ended up making quite a few rookie mistakes, such as using Will-o-Wisp to burn my Politoed when my physical-attacking Toxicroak was also in play, and then using Hydro Pump on Toxicroak, healing it because of Dry Skin!

My second round match went almost as well --- another 4-0 victory. I forget most details of that match, but I do remember my opponent at one point tried a Waterfall attack, which was absorbed by my Gastrodon's Storm Drain, adding to the power it was already receiving from Politoed's Surf. After my unbeaten run thus far, I was proud of at least getting past round 2, a round I have a bad habit of losing. But I tried not to get cocky: last time I went to round 3 without loss, I lost my 3rd round match.

My third round match came before too long. Again I forgot most of what happened, but I do remember I finally lost one of my Pokémon (I can't even remember which it was). In the end it was a convincing 3-0 win.

In round 4, I was once again on the big screen. I faced what looked to be a hail room team. Deciding on my team proved difficult: I ended up changing my team at the last second. I led with Politoed and Toxicroak, while my opponent led with Abomasnow and Eelektross. During the first turn, Toxicroak Faked Out Abomasnow, while Eelektross used a surprisingly underpowered Discharge, which, even with a critical hit (softened by a Wacan Berry though), did less than 50% damage. Surf in turn did less, leading me to believe it was bulky. Next turn, Toxicroak KO'd Abomasnow with Drain Punch, and was then KO'd by Eelektross' Acrobatics. Next turn, I sent out Scizor, and the opponent sent out Amoongus. Panicking (I hate fighting Amoongus), I took the risk of double-attacking it. Scizor was able to OHKO it with Acrobatics, and Politoed's Ice Beam finished off Eelektross, leaving me on the right side of a 3-1 advantage. With a little difficulty and the loss of my Politoed I ended up winning once again. By now I was VERY proud of how I was going!

Immediately after the match, I was called aside for an interview by representatives from Nintendo Australia! I agreed, but was very nervous, having never been interviewed before. I explained my mindset going into the tournament, and how I had been going, as well as what I knew about how others battle. The interview should be on Nintendo Australia's website within a week, hopefully.

At last, the top 8 round began. I decided not to use Politoed in this match… a decision I regretted. Without Politoed's rain (or that of my opponent, who also had Politoed but didn't use it), my Tornadus' Hurricane never hit the opposing Breloom when I wanted it to, and paralysis from Liepard's Thunder Wave only made things worse. In the end I was defeated 2-0. The guy who beat me went on to become one of our two representatives at the World Championships in Vancouver!

Despite my defeat, and my falling agonisingly short of battling for a spot in Worlds (I'm still haunted by the thought of what would've happened had I used Politoed in that match), I still had a great day, and learned a lot about my team (like how much it depends on Politoed to work). Hopefully I'll be inspired enough to take my knowledge and skills into the next generation next year! Best of luck and fortune to our representatives in Vancouver this August!


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Australia in Pokemon Video Game World Championships! :D

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jun 27 2013 · 117 views
Pokemon
That's right! Australia is officially a part of the Pokémon Video Game World Championships! :D :D :D :D :D
 
This weekend and next weekend, we will be holding State championships, where we will be competing for entry into our very own Pokémon Video Game National Championships, held in PAX Australia, right here in Melbourne! :D
 
Ever since Worlds started in 2009, I have been campaigning long and hard for Australia to get a fair go in Worlds, and a long last my labours, and those of many other like-minded fans, have paid off! :D
 
Needless to say, I WILL be participating in States. At my skill level the odds are slim that I'll make Nationals, but I will nonetheless enjoy the atmosphere, and the fact that I have achieved a lifelong goal! :D
 
One life goal down, three to go!


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Nintendo and Pikmin

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jun 20 2013 · 169 views

I heard somewhere that Nintendo makes Pikmin just for fun, not for profit, and wouldn't care if it makes a loss on the series. Can anyone here confirm if that's true?


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New PB in Pokémon Tournaments

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , May 04 2013 · 52 views
Pokemon
Great day today. Made a personal best performance in today's charity Pokémon tournament, coming third! I won a Pokémon Black & White shirt that features silhouettes of Reshiram and Zekrom.
 
I have a photo of me wearing it, but idk if I'm allowed to post it.


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Winged Pikmin

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Apr 17 2013 · 138 views

Winged Pikmin I only just found out about the revelations for the new Winged Pikmin in Pikmin 3, announced in last night's Nintendo Direct.

I LOVE THEM! Aside from being cute, they are also versatile, and they make my author-like imagination go wild! I sincerely hope they make small plushes of these like they did with the first 5 Pikmin species.

For those who missed it, this is what winged Pikmin can do:
  • They can fly, meaning they are not inhibited by land hazards such as water.
  • When working with other winged Pikmin and no other species, they can carry objects through the air, going over obstacles instead of around them. Whether they can carry them up cliffs is unknown, but likely.
  • It appears they are strong against flying foes, such as the horribly-annoying Swooping Snitchbug.
 
Image is from IGN's website, where the video was found.


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Issues regarding the club's website

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , in Bring Back Bionicle Club, Uncategorized Apr 02 2013 · 185 views
BBBC
Our club's official website has recently reached a big milestone: 1,500 unique visitors in a single month! Because of this, our host, Free Hosting Cloud, has started to charge me money to keep the website online.
 
Although I have attempted to move the site to another host, none that I found have the capacity to hold our expanding website, which is currently in the process of adding a number of large games that once graced Bionicle's website. Because of this, I have found no alternative but to start paying for the website's upkeep.
 
As a result, I am planning to upgrade the website, which will save money in the long run, and give the site a new domain with a shorter address. Please stay tuned for updates.
 
A big thank you to everyone who has helped the club reach the site's milestone of 1,500 unique monthly visitors. Even if the milestone caused all this drama, it means the club is gaining momentum.


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My own Bionicle meme

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Mar 24 2013 · 756 views
Bionicle & BZPower
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Re. A Short Message

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Feb 13 2013 · 315 views
Bionicle & BZPower
I'm not going to name names, but are you sure the member who made the thread mentioned in this entry's title wasn't hacked?
 
I wanted to ask the member himself, but he appears to have been suspended, and I cannot access his page at all.


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An Important Announcement Regarding Ninjago

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Feb 10 2013 · 257 views

I've heard word that Ninjago will be discontinued by the end of this year, and replaced by something that will "make Ninjago fans wish it was discontinued sooner". Can anyone confirm/deny this?


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Pokémon X and Pokémon Y

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Jan 08 2013 · 257 views
Pokemon
Because every Pokémon fan knew there'd be huge reception.
 
OK, my opinions on this new game are:
 
1) THAT WAS QUICK! A new generation only two years after the release of the previous!
2) This is the first generation EVER where the first revealed Pokémon are its starters!
3) I believe Pokémon sprites as we know them are no more. There is WAY too much animation now!
4) WILL MACHOP AND THE EEVEELUTIONS BE AVAILABLE???
5) on the topic of Machop's availability, it may be a version exclusive, whose exclusive partner is Timburr.


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What do you give the birthday boy who has everything?

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Dec 29 2012 · 183 views
life news
$90 AUD and a drawing pad.
 
That's what I got for my birthday today. I may amend this post with more if I get anything else.


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Celebrity blood

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Dec 29 2012 · 140 views

I've just been thinking about my celebrity grandparents (for lack of a better word), and realised I have a bit of each's blood in my veins:

My grandmother, Margaret "Peg" Hardy, was a poet. Every so often I rhyme my words, even by coincidence, and have been doing that even more since she passed away almost two years ago.

My great aunty, Mary Hardy, was a comedian. Though I'm not the funniest person around, I am very quick with witty jokes.

My great uncle, Frank Hardy, was an author. He wrote Power Without Glory. I too have natural skill as an author, as does my second cousin, author Marieke Hardy.


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Baterra flog

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Dec 23 2012 · 231 views

The baterra near 100 supporters on CUUSOO, and not a moment too soon too. Please help me get it there.


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It's time for my annual World VGC rant

Posted by Makuta_of_Oz , Dec 07 2012 · 194 views
Pokemon
I have just heard from a highly-respected Pokémon forum that once again, Australia has been banned from participating from next year's Video Game World Championships. Once again, Australia has failed to prove themselves worthy of matching skills with the rest of the world.
 
Are we not good enough? Is our Government that pathetic? Are we as a people too criminal? What exactly did Australian Pokémon fans, as a group, ALL do wrong to deserve being banned?
 
Of course, we CAN participate if we buy an expensive plane ticket to a country that hadn't been banned, and participate with them, so if you're devoted enough, and not studying or on benefits, you could attend worlds and protest against the unfair go Australians are getting.






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