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Makutafest Vahi

Posted by VoxuChro in Alaskan Logic, Aug 22 2014 · 24 views
Vahi, Swert, Makuta, Bionicle

Makutafest Vahi Well I recently got Swert's Vahi in the mail last tuesday, and after some building I can say it is officially together. The Entry image shows it's comparison in size with the regular set vahi.

I want to say thanks to swert again for creating such an awesome piece of bionicle memorable, and being willing to part with it.

I did infact attempt to wear it, and now i remember why no images of myself exist, except this one now.

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I wanted a new filter before it was cool

Posted by Necro in Double Standard Three; Back From The Dead!, Aug 22 2014 · 20 views

And by god did I make myself look like an jerk and an idiot doing so all those years.

Kid me is less excited than he thought he'd be, but adult me is surprised how happy he is about the word filter on a website about a lego toyline being changed.

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dumb lego furry sketches

Posted by dotcom in Tempest Tower, Aug 21 2014 · 35 views
chima, school

I did some dumb lego furry sketches a few months back in the last few days of school when everything was nice and my friends and I just chilled and I had the time to draw some dumb furry lego sketches. Because I didn't have a blog though I'd only ever shared them on facebook (where I learned one of my acquaintances was kind of into lego! (Actually I knew that already because we talked for 2 seconds about rahkshi symbols back in junior year, not really the point) he agreed with me that Chima looked cool but the show was stupid) but here they are now.

here's an eris, which i drew on the back of the little sticker sheet of ap labels they give you when you take an ap test. i started drawing her after my ap lit test. i was bored.

and here's some outlands people? i drew them without a reference so they're all pretty. eh. braptor in particular is sorta terrible. scorm is ok i suppose. spynlin is my favorite though. definitely a mess, but i love to draw her.

Anyway, they're just dumb sketches so they're not the best. My friends seemed to like them, though. My best firend wanted to keep the Eris drawing because according to her she was very pretty, and my other friend's girlfriend wanted the outland guys because they were apparently "really cool." I'm a jerk, though, so I said no. (I'm kind of bad at friends.)

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The New Word Filter

Posted by Sumiki in Blogarithm, Aug 21 2014 · 120 views

I sincerely congratulate -Windrider- and the rest of the gang for knocking out something that was long overdue. (Come to think of it, Takuma is probably much happier than I am.)

Over the years, I've heard many people discuss changing the word filter. Heck, I knew people were kicking around that idea when I joined nearly eight years ago; Taka-Tahu-Nuva mentioned to me that discussions were going on back when I sent him updates to the BBCC History topic. It was full of what were, objectively, bizarre and silly holdovers from the past, as vestigial as the policies that have been culled from the rules in recent months. "Jerk" and "idiot" were two that always really bugged me, because they're pretty tame words. Filtering the former out only made it look worse and the "cool dude" of the latter lived in infamy.

I'm mainly going to talk about the latter filter, because I hated that thing.

However, there are a lot of folks on the member rolls, active and inactive, that liked it. Its actual purpose was to prevent members from spamming forums by calling each other idiots, and it long outlived that function. It was a fad. I never understood the explanation of keeping it around because its reason for implementation might once again rear its noobish head, and I certainly didn't understand excusing its continued presence by claiming that it was somehow an integral part of BZPower.

I certainly understand the viewpoint that those folks come from. "Cool dude" is as much of BZPower history as the Secret Stomach Message. Yet BZPower has survived without connor's infamous message, as it was deleted along with the rest of the Archives. Yet it is preserved in a great many ways: through screenshots, the Wayback Machine, and - perhaps most importantly - through BZPower's culture.

We no longer need to filter the word idiot, because "cool dude" is part of our culture. It's part of BZP lore and tradition. Call me crazy for saying that a web site has a culture, but how else can you explain the memes that have perpetuated themselves on BZP and could not make the jump elsewhere? I only need to point to the Secret Stomach Message as an example of this.

A web site is more than a single filter that is as long and unfunny as a Family Guy episode. Keeping it around to be a part of BZP tradition - when it will continue in perpetuity nestled inside its bubble of bizarre infamy, regardless of whether or not it's in the filter - was, I believe, harmful to BZPower's perception for a couple of reasons.

The first was amongst prospective members. While I doubt anyone has ever not joined (or left) BZPower because of something as small as the word "idiot," filtering it was one of the things that presented BZPower as a site still rooted in the past.

The second was in stories. Be they in the Library, OTC, the Blogs, or anywhere else, words like "idiot" and "jerk" - words many people use, and useful words when it comes to both fiction and in recounting personal stories - were avoided. The only time I've ever seen the word used in the Library before now was in 2006, when bonesiii inserted some carefully placed dots to evade said filter. (I remember reporting it, but I don't believe that anything came of it.)


Ever since then, I've seen a number of instances where flow and realism would be improved by the addition of words such as those, and now writers are free to use them.

Third, "idiotic" has never been (and hopefully never will be) filtered.

Finally (and I haven't seen this point raised anywhere else), we turn to the Comics forum, which I have patrolled since my promotion. Many times, comic makers would make innocent comics which would happen to have a filtered word in them. I always regretting having to report them because I felt like we were handling non-issues.

Comparing those filters to the "first to post" filter is tricky. I haven't seen anyone say "first to post" in a while. Its presence, which I miss only vaguely, was not as obtrusive and it got back at members whose posts would otherwise be annoying. It was a precision strike, unlike the cool dude cluster-bomb.

I will say it before and I'm sure I'll have to say it again in the future: BZPower is resistant to change. Its longstanding members, by and large, have grown so attached to aspects of the site that necessary and overdue changes - such as updating the front page - meet with some manner of resistance every time an issue of its ilk arises. I can count myself in amongst those members; my eight-year BZ-versary is next month and Senior Staffhood is six months out. But I've seen BZP in the old days and the new, and I've had to come to terms with my conclusions.

Fundamentally, what is nostalgic to members of a certain age is the exact opposite of what will sustain BZPower in the coming years, especially if the rumors of BIONICLE's return turn out to be true.

I applaud and urge on the implementations of reform that BZPower still needs. Its overdue makeover may be long in its gestation and yet longer until completion, but things are happening.

And that makes me happy to be a part of this community.


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guardians of the galaxy

Posted by Peter Quill in back at it again at oscorp, Aug 21 2014 · 68 views

i went and saw it THREE TIMES

the only other times ive ever seen a movie multiple times in theaters was the avengers and amazing spider-man

i love it so much

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because i can now

Posted by Octodad in tub, Aug 21 2014 · 88 views

michael crichton is an idiot and so is his in-story mouthpiece Ian Malcolm

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Premier Membership Winner

Posted by Lady Kopaka in Lady K's Blog, Aug 21 2014 · 71 views

The magic number was 351. Doing the math, Smooth Jazz was just 11 off, making him the closest.

Congrats! I'll get your premier membership set up asap

<3

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The Red

Posted by Zox Tomana in Softly Call the Muster..., Aug 21 2014 · 43 views

BZPower Muster

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A few of you know that I am involved in the world of Emergency Medicine, and as a matter of course I interact with other medics, with police officers, and with firefighters. As 9/11 nears, I would like to take a moment each week to recognize these three forces--the Red, the White, and the Blue--which are so integral and important in my life.

When I turned 16 I joined my city fire department as a junior volunteer. I still haven't been cleared to go inside burning structures, but I do what I can when I am in town. As I have gone to weekly meetings, the occasional call, and having seen them at work, I am struck by the dedication and professionalism shown by the firefighters of my town, and am proud that we are not alone among fire departments in our demeanor and deportment. It is almost a cultural stereotype that children look up to firefighters, but it is more than reasonable that they should.

These men who go forth in Red are intelligent and knowledgeable about their craft. From maintaining their equipment to planning fire attacks, there are meticulous details to firefighting that many people don't think about. Most people just think you "put the wet stuff on the red stuff," but how you go about it is very much dependent on what is burning, how it came to burn, and how big the blaze is. They must manage the fire, prevent it from spreading, and coordinate with each other and other fire companies in conditions that simply are not friendly to human life. The air could be clear and it could take five minutes to get in and out, or you could be totally blind in toxic smoke on your hands and knees for as long as your air pack will let you and be far from done with the fire.

The men and women who fight fire, saving our lives and (when possible) our homes, are heroes, period. I ask that you join me in a brief moment of silent respect for the men and women of the Red: from those who died of old age after years of service, to those who fell fighting their first fires, to the 341 firefighters who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks.



We honor the fallen, we remember their names.

Ivií,

Zox

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LEGO Buttons!

Posted by ChocolateFrogs in Scientific Progress Goes "Boink", Aug 21 2014 · 61 views

The LEGO button market is something that is truly lacking. I have some, I know some friends who have some, but I heard quite a few lamentations at BrickFair this year about how the lack of LEGO buttons is disappointing.

It just so happens that a friend has a button maker, so we punched these out, and a few others, at WAMALUG after BrickFair:
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So who wants them? I think there's a real market for LEGO buttons at the BrickFair Yard Sale. $2 each, and deals if you get 5 or 10 or a large bunch. All kinds of themes, including whatever LEGO catalogs from the mid-2000s I have lying around contain.
Except...what's the legality of selling these? They are LEGO's product images, yet I want to repurpose them for my own profit. Where do I start to figure it all out?
(That said, PM me and I'll get you the Joker, Emmet, and Wyldsyle buttons for $5 (+ $2 shipping) and the Gandalf, Elrond, Urak-Hai and dead King for $8 (+ $2 shipping).)

I have a handful of LotR/Hobbit instructions, some superhero stuff and some LEGO Movie stuff, plus a bit of Hero Factory and maybe a few other things. I also have some catalogs ranging from 2000 to 2013, including Rahkshi and Metru Nui, plus my own instructions dating back from the 90s to today and anything LUG members give me for the button endeavor.

What kind of buttons do you want to see? These are an inch-and-a-quarter, which I think is perfect.

-CF :kakama:

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In Memorium

Posted by Makaru in Kopaka-sama makes my kokoro doki doki, Aug 21 2014 · 157 views

An Cool Dude

August 2003 - August 2014

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”

― Thomas Campbell



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It is fair and just that I am an cool dude

Posted by TNTOS in A Writerly Blog, Aug 21 2014 · 53 views
BZP, word filter, cool dude

In all seriousness, though, I'm glad they got the word filter updated.

Now it's time for me to go back through all of my fics and add "jerk" and "idiot" where they're supposed to be, rather than the synonyms I've been forced to used thanks to BZP's word filter :P .

-TNTOS-

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remix war viii streaming

Posted by an actual real life horse in Canterlot Library, Aug 21 2014 · 25 views

i dont care if nobody else is excited because im excited enough to compensate for everyone here

but on saturday at celestiaradio.com at 10AM EST theyre streaming the songs for the newest remix war and i submitted a remix i made and cant wait to see peoples reactions and cant wait to hear what everyone else made

so if you like horse music and remixes and all that stuff come join the fun

if not thats ok cause like i said im excited enough for all of us

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My New Name

Posted by Zatth in Zatth Blag, Aug 20 2014 · 71 views

Due to the awesome cosmic powers that our very own Sisen possesses, he has been able to rechristen me and give me another name to add to my list of a myriad names I go by.

I can now, also be called:

Zatthman the Bley.



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Yup. I'm an idiot

Posted by ~Shockwave~ in The Aurora's Edge, Aug 20 2014 · 75 views

So yeah. I busted my 500GB laptop drive.

Oops.

I went to reposition myself and lay on the floor and forgot I injured my knee and freaked myself out and the laptop hit the floor and now I need a new drive...

Well, I have one, but it's a grand total of 120GB. So I guess that's something. But the other one is shot. Luckily most everything was backed up and the few things that weren't (Important pictures) had been backed up by my sister.

Ugh. I hate setting up a new computer.

But this thing now runs like lightning so there's that.

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New Story Up

Posted by Tekulo in the Green in This is My Lawn ♫♪, Aug 20 2014 · 43 views

The Mask of Change

Whew, this was really fun to write! It's been a while since I've attempted a BIONICLE story, but I hope it's at least enjoyable.

This is the second short story addition for Volition. We started it off with A Destiny Chosen. We have more stories in the works, so hopefully we'll continue getting them out in a timely manner.

GET OFF MY LAWN AND GET TO THE LIBRARY!

~Tekulo <3

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So I guess August is nostalgia month now.

Posted by Element Lord of Milk in Build-a-bear workshop., Aug 20 2014 · 56 views

I decided to go through some of my old Star Wars sets earlier today and it's a pretty sordid state of affairs.

I don't know what the heck I was thinking when I put everything in boxes, most of the sets are completely torn apart. Even my CW Republic Gunship, once the pride of my SW collection, is in several chunks and many more individual pieces.

Luckily the CW AT-TE, one of my two Magnaguard starfighters, the 2010 Grievous' starfighter, and the Snowspeeder and turret from the 2007 Hoth Echo base set were relatively intact. (Other sets that haven't been put in boxes are the 2011 Millenium Falcon, the Sith Fury class interceptor, the 2012 X-wing, the 2012 desert skiff set, and the 2012 Droid escape set) .

My Motorized AT-AT is in it's own box but I haven't checked it yet, hopefully it's relatively intact. The 2011 Sith Infiltrator also seems curiously absent for the moment.

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Two-Thirds of a Third

Posted by Takuta-Nui in The Spinning, Aug 20 2014 · 69 views
chrysalisupdate, epic

I feel very bad about not updating this. If I did more often, I'd probably have more people interested. :P Here's hoping that changes when I do actually post. People respond better when there are actual results to promises!

I've reached what I consider to be roughly two-thirds of the way in the first epic of the Chrysalis Saga. I slowed down a lot in the past few months as I struggled to move past a transition point, which basically was like moving from the narrow end of a cone to the wide end. The world expanded (as planned, but it's a different thing to imagine it and write it), and I had to take time to consider what directions I wanted to go in. That's been figured out, and I'm writing quickly again. The scenes keep rolling out one or two every few days, so it's a great pace.

Deadline? I have one. Even if I haven't quite finished by the end of the year (and I'd be surprised if that's the case), I'm going to start posting in December. My newest story is almost here and I'm thrilled to be this close to sharing it with you.

In the coming weeks I think I'll start sharing tidbits here and there to give some colour to this Saga I keep on going about. I think it'll be a great ride. :)

BTW - my signature mysteriously disappeared. I've been seeing people talk about forum glitches, so I assume this is what happened. Gotta get it back up!

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Skyscraper

Posted by Bfahome in You're attacked by a Repair Nektann, Aug 19 2014 · 80 views

Skyscraper Got the pic the person who was running it took.

Engineering!!!

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Anniversary #0579

Posted by Noise #0579 in Letters From the Void, Aug 19 2014 · 56 views

Wait…have I really been here ten years?

Dang.

I was hoping to do some sort of special story thing for my 10th, but I couldn’t get a decent idea together. Ah well.

Hm, what have I accomplished in these ten years…? Well, I’m not an especially prominent member. I can’t say that I’ve participated in any momentous events, and both my proto and post count are less than what you’d probably expect from a ten-year member. Doesn’t seem like I’ve done a whole lot.

But, my member title is “Bionicle Writer of the Month.”

I know it’s seriously not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but the simple fact that one of my stories (heck, more than one!) was considered good enough to win a contest and be featured on the front page just…feels like a wonderful accomplishment. It implies that my writing has improved over these ten years, and that alone makes the whole stay worth it, I think.

So thanks for putting up with me for a whole decade, BZP! I hope we can continue to coexist.

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On Finland (Once Again)

Posted by Blue Fire in Ramblings of a Nerd, Aug 19 2014 · 49 views

Due to visa issues, it looks like I'll be delaying studying abroad in Finland until the Spring 2015 semester.

That leads to a whole set of other issues like graduating on time (more on that much later), but at this point, I don't care.

i want to go to Finland. I'm not going to let anything get in my way of that.



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