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A season and a half.

Posted by Pomegranate in Hundreds of Crimson Seeds, Apr 18 2014 · 3 views
breaking bad, homework, editing and 1 more...

A season and a half. That's how much Breaking Bad I've watched tonight while editing my videos for homework.

I vow to never ever ever do stopmotion again  <_< This twenty second video was a half hour of photography and like 7-8 hours of straight editing.

To be fair, this isn't the longest I've worked on a DV assignment this semester so I guess I'm just annoyed at how tedious and dull this particular thing was. Adjusting and aligning 300 photos by hand is not fun. I haven't been able to catch up on BZP today either, though.

Breaking Bad is fantastic though, wow. I was not mentally or physically prepared for all this gore but I guess eight seasons of House softened the blow.I think I'm more worried about Skyler and Walt's relationship than anything else :P 

Also! Saw the last two episodes of Agents of SHIELD after watching Winter Soldier and wow I am just SCREAMING IN CONSTANT ANGUISH AT ALL THESE TWISTS WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO US JOSS? WHY? ;~; These two episodes were just insane, I don't know what to believe anymore.

Anyways, it's just been a heck of a day for me, and one endless night. I'll prolly get some sleep on the train as usual, prolly nap when I get home. Friday night Magic awaits :D

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From: Games

Posted by Reznas in Reminiscence of a Feeble Past..., Apr 18 2014 · 12 views

wow
very answered
such closed


Source: Games
 
This is why we love Ryan.
 
-Rez

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On Representation

Posted by Sumiki in Blogarithm, Apr 17 2014 · 114 views

BZPower is the only place on the Internet where I feel as if I can truly state what I feel without fear of someone seeing half a sentence and assuming something terrible about what I'm trying to communicate. I take a middle-of-the-road approach and try to see the good in people, and I feel as if BZPower is the only site that won't blow up in my face when it comes to moderate viewpoints.

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Well, the latest firestorm of drama hit BZP earlier - this time on representation in media. It's a change of pace from what these flare-ups are normally about, but that doesn't mean that it's not an important and hot-button issue.
 
My three major points are bolded.
 
There is no excuse for not having female characters in modern media.
 

None whatsoever.
 
First, though, let's look at what representation really is.

 
Representation is, for the most part, determined from capitalistic tendencies. Once the media gets in its collective head that the men are the people they should be focusing their energies and spending their money on, the vicious cycle begins. This goes for race as well - I was watching an episode of the brilliant late '90s sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun the other day and the main characters - aliens in the show's narrative - said that they'd chosen to be white because that was the color of everyone on TV. While a throwaway gag in the context of the episode (one which poignantly highlighted the inherent absurdity of racism), it stuck with me.
 
Women make up half of all the people on Earth, so it's much easier to explain a male-dominated media as an offshoot of a patriarchal society. But if we defocus the issue from one of representation of women and into representation as a whole, things get quite a bit dicier. 
 
People of all races, genders, and orientations exist. I mean, there are over seven billion of us now, so even the most minor of minority groups have significant numbers. One would think that what would follow would be representation for every group equal to their number.
 
Unless you've been living under a rock, however, it's clear that it hasn't happened.
 
So ... why?
 
Some point to internalized prejudices. While this could account for some media behavior, I harbor serious reservations that it accounts for all media - and all media are affected by this. What, then, is the most logical explanation?
 
Like I said - by following the money.
 
If you're a member of a group, you're going to want to get a cut of the majority. In America and much of the West, this means white people. If you're the biggest ethnic group, people who want to market stuff to the mainstream will probably market it towards you, because that's where the money lies.
 
If you're a member of a minority group, I think it's only fair to have media representation for you. The culture that led to the situation we're in has to change.

 
When minorities appear, they are often in token form. I shouldn't have to explain why this perpetuates stereotypes, but if we look at this from the broad view that I keep trying to get at, then we see that the smaller the minority, the less of a chance that a character from that minority will appear in media. Why? Again, money. If you're a studio executive and you want to make a movie sell, would you include characters that the perceived "majority" would relate to?
 
Most of them answer "yes," because it's the easy way out. Only now are we started to see the inklings of a fundamental change. The more bits of media that have minorities that are successful, the more that the people who are in charge of the media will see the fundamental error of their ways.
 
Here's another thing to keep in mind here: Representation does not always mean positive representation.

 
Let's take The Big Bang Theory. Among its quartet of protagonists, a trio represent some sort of minority: asexuals, Indians, and Jews. All of which are, at some point, played for laughs - or for whatever the writers think is funny. (It's not funny.)

 
When the most prominent asexual character in modern media is Sheldon Cooper, you know something's gone off the rails somewhere along the line. While gay characters are on the rise, a lot of them are accompanied by harmful stereotypes. Don't even get me started on bisexual erasure and the dearth of pansexual characters.
 
Hypothetically, every movie and book and TV show could change tomorrow to one where women outnumber men, but yet the women are always portrayed with harmful stereotypes. Let's imagine the same with sexual and ethnic minorities. You'd have more representation, but if it's with even more sexism, racism, and homophobia, how is that better? Mathematically speaking, it's actually worse.
 
Let's not support mere representation. Let's support good, positive representation. Let's prove to the media that they don't have to follow where they think the money is, but rather, where the moral thing to do lies.

 
I welcome discussion on these issues, but I am not afraid to defend myself if I see something I wrote taken out of context.

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First Year

Posted by The Xinlo in Language Of The Mad, Apr 17 2014 · 23 views

of college is officially done. Now I just need to wait and see if I did well enough to make it into my major next year. *fingers crossed*

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Who-Style Review

Posted by Obsessionist in Chronic Obsessions, Apr 17 2014 · 15 views

http://www.ign.com/a...12/the-grinch-6
 
The best IGN review.

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I Feel Like Speaking, Part 1: The Ballad of Fabulous Jimmy and Barry O.

Posted by LONG LIVE TYLER in The Breakfast Club, Apr 17 2014 · 213 views

I feel like people don't introduce themselves enough before posts like this, and it makes people think that they're somehow just crusading machines, desperate to spew social justice on people who just want to live their lives without being looked down on their beliefs, and I'm totally okay with that, so before we get started, hiya. I'm Ty. A bunch of you guys may know me because I'm a compulsive RPer in the BZPRPG and OTC. Some more still know me because I have a Tumblr I use like once a month (haha jk no one knows me on tumblr) A bunch of my friends know me because I'm a very pretty young man. Some of you don't know me at all, and that's totally okay. 
 
Thing is, I have a little bit of an anger problem. It doesn't come out often but, as anyone close to me will tell you, when I smell blood in the water, a different Tyler is born. I get volatile. I curse frequently. I throw statistics and papers like a baby flinging spaghetti bombs in Olive Garden and I won't let you breathe long enough to so much as mount an argument around them. Why not?
 
Because I was born and raised in an environment that has allowed me the unique perspective of knowing what fights are worth fighting, and knowing people based off merit. I am a cancer survivor. My father was emotionally and occasionally physically abusive - and not in that copout way you use to get numbers at speed dates. I am bisexual, and I realized it partially because of this website - there's a straight guy on this forum (h i y a     a a r o n) who I jokingly called my first love until sometimes I questioned whether I was really joking or not anymore. I was in Ambage for a year and a half, and I made many conservative friends. Their beliefs all made me incredibly uncomfortable. They have made me incredibly angry, make no mistake. You wouldn't know it by talking to me. I have an encyclopedia of pop culture references in my head and I'm the king of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. I play Cards Against Humanity with friends on the weekends. I tip waitresses 20%, I can flirt with my eyebrows, I spend ridiculous time on my quiff, Arrested Development is my anti-drug, and I put on my skinny jeans one leg at a time just like anyone else. But make no mistake. I am furious.
 
People don't want me to be, and I can understand it - I was affectionately given the moniker 'The Oakland Mafia' by a BZP member I highly respect not too long ago, and I'm okay with that. People vanish from their keyboards when I challenge them on a point, and I'm okay with that. I've seen a couple people on this website use the defense that their beliefs are a product of their environment. And that's okay, actually - I'm completely cool with that. Because I am a product of my environment, too, and my environment has made me mad as ######. 
 
I'm mad now. Didn't mean to get mad, but I'm mad now. It all started with this, in Fishers' latest blog entry, My lecture for the night:
 

For example, before our current president, I would have made any president in a fictional story a white male unless I had a specific reason not to. If making the president a black women would add something tangible to the narrative, be it amusement, intrigue, drama or whatever, then of course I would give him those attributes. Otherwise, my natural preference is to make him standard in ways that audiences would expect. You can consider this a difference in tastes, but I usually build stories from the ground up, changing only one or two things in reality to make it my own universe but then discovering where the story naturally flows from there.

I wouldn't really call it taste, I would just call it bigoted.
-Tyler

Oh please. We were having a polite discussion until now. But perhaps I made myself unclear. In reality I hold no preference as to race, gender, etc. in the presidency. And actually, if I was to make a story in the future, I would probably make a woman president just to spice things up. But if I was to write a fictional story set in our current time (and I added the qualifier, before our current president), then I would have had a white male president. This is NOT because I prefer white males in the presidency, but because fiction that I read and write tends to mirror reality in all things but specific things with a purpose. It's basically a desire to suspend the reader's disbelief about even the smallest details (and I do believe that race or gender is a very small detail in the president considering that it should impact none of his decisions or actions). I did not intend to offend anyone in any way and I will give you the benefit of doubt since I probably did not make myself clear.

 
Make no mistake, Roablin (and I plan on posting a link to this in the blog entry in question, because if there's one thing I have never done it's talk behind someone's back without the intention to shoot straight and say it aloud) I don't think you meant to offend anyone here. Your comments are innocuous enough; you looked at the status quo and followed suit, and I don't feel a thing against you specifically for it. Honest. I harbor anger, but not grudges. There's an innate difference in my mind; the worst thing I could do is delete you entirely from my memory banks and worldview, which I believe only serves to worsen the matter. So this is nothing against you personally. This is against what you're defending - a culture and environment that shapes negative worldviews in subtle, clever little ways in people who would otherwise totally be able to see what HH, DeeVee, Makaru (and other people who are totally quicker on the draw and smarter than me) fight for regularly, because while you yourself may not intend to cause harm, your beliefs certainly do.
 
Remember what I said - I'm mad as can be, but I don't want to pummel you. I want to inform you, in frank terms, yeah, but terms that I would use and have used on several close friends before. It's what I would tell anyone.
 
First off, I know this term is beaten to death, but I think it needs to be said over and over and over, not so it annoys you but because of the simple fact that people don't like to talk about: you can beat a million terms into the sands of time, but it rarely means you can beat down the system itself. What you are defending from your past writings is a patriarchy. The very notion that you used solely white males (presumably straight) males when until 2008 with the election of Barack Obama, we had nothing but cisgendered white men with heterosexual tendencies (with one notable exception; James Buchanan, people, look it up!) does nothing but indulge a status quo that is corrupt and derogatory to the core, and even dangerous; sexual and racial minorities are at greater risk of suicide, homicide, harassment, and incarceration by broken systems and broken social codes, and it is our job as a generation to begin to turn the tide. In 2008, we elected Barack Obama as U.S. President - and honestly, I think it's great that changed your worldview! It was meant to! For a country to, just a century and a half ago, go from human slavery to electing a biracial President is a huge accomplishment, and I'm really glad that it affected you. But that's just a baby step - it's only a start. You have to realize that the unspoken social rules that kept minorities like Barack Obama and strong, intelligent women like Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren out of office are still intact and out there today; when we reinforce the stereotypical image of the white man as the leader of the "free world," we're only breathing new life into those codes. 
 
But how does this relate to you, you ask? All you did was write stories, and they were purely for fun's sake, because you love writing. That's totally okay! I've been RPing for four years, and there's nothing on this site I love more (besides the people!) so I totally get where you're coming from. But you know the rough thing about the BZPRPG? I've been in it for four years, and in that time, I've seen:

- Two gay relationships; both of which came about only in the last few months, and both characters were RP'd by the same character
- Two lesbian relationships 
- One male-to-female transsexual involved in a relationship; one transsexual in general, actually
 
And that's still a big problem, because while we just write about it, we write based on our environments and our experiences. And even if nobody ever sees it, the people who write the movies we watch, the shows we DVR, the books we read and rave about - they all were raised in the same constructs, and people do see their works and take inspiration from them. And then they show their kids. And then their kids show their kids. And it all comes back to what I was saying about breathing life into these tired, backwards notions. They're there; they've always been there; most of them were disguised, shown under different names and with different twists, but they're there, and they had impressions on all of us to some extent. That's where the saying "everyone is a little prejudiced" comes from. It's true! We can't help but be a little prejudiced! But it's part of the struggle to grow as people - it's our responsibility to overcome it so we can grow as people.
 
You also said that race and gender shouldn't have impact on a person's decisions, but that, again, is basic human instinct. If a minority is picked on and abused for years, and then gets into power, why wouldn't they let their past experiences color their decisions and try to improve things? Who wouldn't try to make things better after working years being paid less than her male counterparts just because of her status as a woman; who wouldn't be bitter about being refused the basic human right to plan a wedding ceremony and see it through - something that is a lifelong dream of most people! - while their heterosexual friends are sending them wedding invites every year? How do you expect people to lie down and let themselves be kicked and spat on while never once implementing solutions to fix it? It's absurd! It's absurd and it's hurtful, and it's almost entirely subconscious in the day-to-day lives of most people. And what do I do all the time most people do when they feel offended, or hurt, or want to bawl their eyes out after a long day? Curl up with some Americone Dream and turn on the TV, or read a good book - two mediums where transsexual characters and even bi/homosexual characters are still sorely underrepresented, where the phrase "token minority" is still a thing, where characters like Catelyn Stark or Skyler White are hated or reviled for not stepping back a tick or two so that they can let the men in their lives make the decisions. The prejudice has already permeated our laws; as ordinary people, how can we allow it to seep into our entertainment, too? Is it so wrong to ask for a black Human Torch, or a female Doctor Doom, or a gay superhero in a Marvel film? Why can't we have a same sex relationship in the new Star Wars mythos? Why couldn't Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy at least share a bed in X-Men: First Class, I ask you? That chemistry was there and no one will stop me from saying otherwise!   How does it make the lives and experiences of those characters any less realistic - and if you can't work with characters outside your normal worldview, why are you writing at all?
 
But again, none of this is a slam on you specifically, Roablin - they're things I've wanted to get around to saying for a long time in debates and have never been able to for fear. But I'm not scared anymore. I'm just angry. Angry, and a little hopeful that someone will read this and understand what's being done wrong, and maybe think of ways we can fix it. We have a wealth of possibilities and talents that no other generation has ever had - we could be the first wave of a new beginning in society. If we let ourselves be.
 
Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to go grab some ice cream. Regular cookie dough, unfortunately - out of Americone Dream.
 
-Tyler Durden / Aegon Targaryen / Tyler St. Francis
 

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Superhero Figbarf

Posted by ChocolateFrogs in Scientific Progress Goes "Boink", Apr 17 2014 · 20 views

If I didn't have a few heroes a here and there, who knows what kind of trouble my minifigs might get into? So I've made a few more to add to the team:
 
With the recent Ninja robot sets, I felt this was perfect to make Cyborg:
 
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And I pulled together Supergirl because I have the Man of Steel Superman so could utilize the classic version.
 
And I prefer my Aquaman over the official one except that LEGO's Aquaman has the Atlantis belt buckle.
 
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At least mine smiles!
 
Next a test run at making the Superior Spider-Man, but the colors are weird due to the color of Spidey's torso and the brown Chima appendages.
 
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At least Agent Venom turned out fine!
 
On that note, a few more Avengers:
 
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(Namor, Maria Hill, Wasp, Ant-Man, Rogue, Agent Venom)
 
I think a robot head from The LEGO Movie looks almost like a classic Iron Man head (as War Machine).
 
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Finally, a WIP for Hawkman. I think I'll swap out the torso for something tan, and use brasso to rub off the details on the helmet.
 
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The mace is from Brick Forge. They're awesome.
 
This is all, of course, complimenting my collection of LEGO hero figs. I still have a few more to touch up (Electro=Iceman), but I'm really enjoying assembling a collection.
 
More to come (I hope)!
 
-CF :kakama:

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Goblins and Ghosts and some Magical Feasts

Posted by Unikitty Tekulo in This is My Lawn ♫♪, Apr 17 2014 · 23 views
its all that I love and 2 more...

Hogwarts. (Ran out of tags).
 
I was merely continuing off of Sisen's blog title.
 
But yeah, lately I have watched a Very Potter Senior Year and then I thought "Let's rewatch the trilogy!"
 
All of my love.  I think A Very Potter Sequel is my favorite.  And now I am conflicted.  I want to finish reading the Harry Potter series, but it has been soooo long that I am tempted to reread the entire series.  The main issue there is that I am currently reading a few things and I am not much of a reader all things considered, so it will take me a while until I actually find out who killed Dumbledore.  In my adolescence I read through book four and around a third or so of book five.  Right now I just want to finish King Lear and abandon my other reading projects and read Harry Potter over the summer.  My other projects were a couple Agatha Christie novels (one which I barely began anyway and the other which I got fairly into, but the culprit's identity was revealed to me on the internet so that's not as fun to read anyway).  
 
Rich boy Billy gonna buy a rocket ship...
 
GET OFF MY LAWN!
 
~Tekulo <3


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The Best of Quotes

Posted by Agnes Oblige in The Temple of Wind, Apr 17 2014 · 65 views

Here shall remain a compilation of the best game-related quotes that I discover from the Games & Trivia forum (since that is the game forum I spend the most time in). I shall, of course, bump this entry whenever I find a suitable number of new quotes.
 
Please note that if need be, I shall shamelessly steal these quotes from the signatures of those who discovered them first.
 
Let us begin!
 
From Bionifight Ultimate

 

CHRO IS LIKE A BEAUTIFUL PHOENIX
EXCEPT MORE PAINFUL

 

So now we get to fight in a burning magnetic cyberspace castle, above a tsunami filled with magnetic flying explosive sharks, where bricks and sharks are being magnetically flung around the room, two people are hugging/tickle-dancing, one person has had his chest explode, and the rules of time and space have completely forgotten that they are supposed to exist. This round is awesome.
 

 

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Afterglow

Posted by Makaru in Kopaka-sama makes my kokoro doki doki, Apr 17 2014 · 67 views
Afterglow, Skyhill and 1 more...

 

Afterglow - Skyhill

 

You'd never know if you could doubt it
I can't believe they're gone
You don't even know what side your on
Don't want to joke or talk about
Now it's been far too long
You don't even know what side your on

And I'll let you go

Your night is growing overcrowded
You're out to prove me wrong
You don't even know what side your on
Took all my life to run around it
And now we're so far gone
You don't even know what side your on

Hey now, hey now
I'd have given all you see
If you could turn around your dream and come back to me
Hey now, hey now
I'd have had to let you go
Chasing shadows but only catch an afterglow

Hey now, hey now
I'd have given all you see
If you could turn around your dream and come back to me
Hey now, hey now
I'd have had to let you go
Chasing shadows but only catch an afterglow



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Please tell me I'm not crazy

Posted by Octodad in tub, Apr 17 2014 · 121 views

ok so waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in 2001, back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth (or at least the LEGO kind), I remember there was this game on the LEGO Dinosaurs website. Well, two games. One was a skeleton assembly game, where you'd put together skeletons and they'd show you the dinosaur in set form when you succeeded. You can see a (broken) link on the archive of the website. Its name was apparently Dino Dig.
 
The other, I don't remember the name of. In fact, all I remember of it is the gameplay. You played as one of the LEGO dinosaurs, wandering the prehistoric landscape, finding things to eat, fighting other dinosaurs, and you could change your dinosaur if you went in a cave.
 
The problem is, I can't find any record this game ever existed. There's not even a link in the archive of the website I linked above; the only game listed is Dino Dig. A search for the game, not knowing its title, seems to bring up no results that are even similar.
 
So what I'm asking is that someone else please tell me they remember this game because I swear on Big Macs it existed.

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METROID!

Posted by ~Shockwave~ in The Aurora's Edge, Apr 16 2014 · 62 views

This was posted on Lego Cuusoo's facebook page. 
 
It is glorious.
 
Please support it. I want to see if this even can get through and made into a set.


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Bionicle Hitman VI: Final Hour!

Posted by Voxumo in Alaskan Logic, Apr 16 2014 · 35 views
game, Hitman

So Shadow Flaredrick is running a Hitman game and we need people. Come and Sign up folks. You won't be disappointed.
 
Bionicle Hitman VI: Final Hour! Guns, Explosions, and hoardes of enemies that no one can count!
 
And for a limited time if you sign up now I will promise not to use the Icepick of Doom! Once in a lifetime offer

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Feeling Down?

Posted by Scanty Demon in BZPChan Sd, Apr 16 2014 · 55 views

If you ever feel down just remember this, it took me five years to figure out the pun in Jason Mraz's first album.
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Job Woes

Posted by Lyichir in The Songs of Distant Earth, Apr 16 2014 · 96 views

Another year, another opening for a set design position at Lego. You'd think that'd be good news for someone like me whose life goal is to have such a career. It's not.
 
Let's start at the beginning. In High School when I had to finally decide what I'd do with my life (and after failing an architectural drawing class hard, and giving up on studying to be an architect), I realized that my childhood dream of working for Lego wasn't actually all that unrealistic. Through BZPower and other Lego fansites, I met actual people who worked for the company, and they loved it. And I read all sorts of news on the internet about what a great company Lego is to work for. Of course, my interests had changed since I was a kid. Back then, when I was asked what job I wanted, it was to be a Master Model Builder at Legoland. But my building preferences have never favored large-scale models or sculptures—I liked the sets. I liked minifigures. I liked the idea of actually being able to walk into a toy store, and look at a product on a shelf, and be able to say "I made that". So I decided I'd like to be a set designer, and to my guidance counselor, that meant getting a degree in industrial design.
 
So I looked at some design schools, but as I approached the end of my time in high school it became apparent to me how much my Aspergers Syndrome and Non-verbal Learning Disorder affected my ability to learn and function in school. So I ended up going to Landmark College, a school specifically for students with learning disabilities. And I loved it. They didn't have a design program, but since it was a two-year school I figured that I could get my associate's degree there and then transfer to a design school. When it came time to find a school to transfer to, I looked at a number of options, but so many of the schools seemed so competitive and their programs seemed to ask the world of students. My transfer services associate at Landmark recommended Wentworth Institute of Technology, a school that had an impressive program for getting design students internships in the field.
 
It turns out, Wentworth was a hellhole. I spent a year there and it was the worst year of my life. I went from being a bright student who was constantly encouraged by my professors to being a talentless hack who couldn't manage to complete even the simplest assignment. And it wasn't for lack of trying—but Wentworth turned out to have zero tolerance for anything short of perfection, and no useful options for a student who needed clear instructions and step-by-step assistance. I withdrew from Wentworth, and went home to see if I could earn a position at Lego through job experience, rather than through education.
 
It's been a year since then, and I've been stymied at every level. Trying to get a design job? Good luck, if you don't have education or a portfolio. Trying to get a retail job with Lego, and work my way up through the company. Good luck, for someone who can't drive (and maybe never will, since I have a crippling fear of being behind the wheel) and has no retail experience. Trying to get retail experience? Good luck in this market, where there are always more experienced people out of work and looking for the same job. My only work experience was interning at the newspaper (a business my family runs), as a copy-editor, and copy-editing doesn't offer a lot of transferrable skills (and is a dying trade to boot). I've since diversified that to interning for the radio (also part of the newspaper), handing out freebies to listeners. For the past month I was working an unpaid internship with a local toymaker, hoping that could be seen as an advantage if I apply for a design position at Lego again. But I scarcely got to do any design work, and while he was impressed with my skills and knowledge (the first person to recognize such things in me for some time), I don't think I was furthering my future at all by working there.

So I quit, at least temporarily, to try to work on a portfolio to submit to Lego next time there's an opening. And now there is. But just like last year (when I lost my chance at a job with Lego after the first email back from them), I have no portfolio and don't know the first thing about making one. My counselor instructed me to look at ones online, but all I've found there are amazing portfolios that I have neither the skill nor the content to make.
 
If not for the total lack of other options, I'd be just about ready to give up my dream of working for Lego entirely. After all, no matter how many people say I'm talented or knowledgable about Lego, my experience in the fan community constantly reminds me that there are hundreds of people who are both more talented and more knowledgable than me, most of whom don't work for the company either. I'm an intensely uncompetitive person who wants to apply for one of the most competitive jobs in the world. And I'm just about at my breaking point. I can't tolerate much more disappointment, or one more "no" from a prospective employer. Not with the family paper going bankrupt and my annoying little brother almost done with high school (he'll have a job before I do, at this rate, and then any hope of ever getting respect from him goes out the window). I don't know where I can go from here.

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super smash bros: the late edition

Posted by Ringabel in D's journal, Apr 16 2014 · 50 views

All I have to say is Mega Lucario and Greninja.
That is all I have to say on the matter.

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Name Change #0579

Posted by Greninja #0579 in Letters From the Void, Apr 16 2014 · 66 views

Wow, I was Pahrak #0579 for over a year.  That's definitely a personal best.
 
But I like the way my new name sounds too. :P Figured there's no harm in trying something different for a little while.
 
Might take a while to get used to, though.

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B6

Posted by Nukaya in Mishaps and Bubble Wrap, Apr 16 2014 · 138 views

IS THIS YOU BUTTLOP.
 
King Buttlop.
 
Tiny crown.
 
Probs friends with Burnie Buns.
 
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