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Which Set Should I Build First: Round 2!

Posted by Toa Smoke Monster in The Island., Aug 24 2016 · 29 views
Bionicle, Star Wars, Lego Sets and 1 more...

Some of you might remember this blog entry I made a few months ago asking which of the sets I had bought that I should build first. I only had three at the time: Tahu Uniter, General Grievous, and Darth Vader. And Tahu won in the end.

But now I have six sets just sitting around because I haven't gotten to building them yet. (This can be blamed on a combination of my job, Pokemon Go, Federation Force, and my love of Youtube videos and TV shows. :P) But now thanks to school starting up, the slow season is about to start at my job. Better yet, I'm actually getting an extra day off next week because I work all of Labor Day Weekend. Thus, I should have time to build at least one of my un-build sets.

And just like the first time, I thought it would be fun to ask my fellow members to vote to see which set I should build. I keep the voting time open until Monday, and I'll build whichever set received the most votes. The sets I have are:

General Grievous: 0
Darth Vader: 0
Umarak The Destroyer: 0
Ekimu Titan: 0
Quake Beast: 0
Lava Beast: 0

I will make a blog entry on the winning set after I have built it and post my thoughts on it. I'm curious to see who will win.

Vote away! B-)

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Your Rebrick Makuta...

Posted by Iruini Nuva in Round 2, Aug 24 2016 · 48 views
rebrick, moc, makuta, sketch

...how's it coming along?

Finally getting into a groove on mine. I'm realizing how rusty I am at MOCing. Been...probably 5 years since I built something that wasn't just a G2 set following the manual.

To that effect, my first attempt at a CCBS/Technic hybrid has a way steeper learning curve than I expected.

On the flip side, it does give me a chance to sketch ideas for something other than software for a change:

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How has your life changed in the last decade?

Posted by Soran in Soran's Stuff, Aug 24 2016 · 88 views

Simple question.

"How has your life changed in the last decade?"

I'm definitely curious about this as I imagine most people on BZPower to be in their teens or 20's. Growing up into adulthood tends to be an interesting time period for most people as they're faced with confusing situations and feelings, some for the better and some for the worse. Since I imagine most people see their childhood through rose-colored glasses, it makes me wonder as to how those who reflect upon it see theirs.

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For me, it's been... interesting to say the least. In some ways I would say that my life has improved in different ways but at the same time it hasn't. When I was younger I use to take great pleasure in the simplest things. Getting that new Toa set or if I'm lucky, being able to get one of the new titan sets. Being excited every time the LEGO magazine would show up and would have the next BIONICLE comic inside. It was a simpler time.

Right now I would say that I'm not nearly as pleased with the simplest of things. I can afford LEGO sets all I want but I choose not to buy them. I have wants and desires but I have no way to fulfill them. I've so many goals that I wish to complete, many in the long term and so far off into the distance. I've gone through acceptance and denial over situations involved in my life. But the differences aren't all bad. Through growing up, I've been able to realize what it is that I want in my life, whether it's about my career or the type of people I wish to surround myself with. It's interesting so to speak and very... different.

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So what about you?

How has your life changed in the last decade?

~Soran

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I lied

Posted by Bfahome in You're attacked by a Repair Nektann, Aug 23 2016 · 70 views

I lied I did another one.

Rate and share and all that stuff.

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Iowa Flag Redesign

Posted by Jean Valjean in Kraggh's Works ♫♪, Aug 23 2016 · 74 views
Iowa, flag, vexillology and 2 more...

Iowa Flag Redesign :kaukau: The original design has the basic elements that could make for a good flag: a tricolor, and a bald eagle. I mean seriously guys, a bald eagle. Is there anything on Earth that's cooler than that? Okay, I guess that there's a legitimate case to be made for wallabies. Speaking of which, I checked, and it's legal to own one of those as a pet in Iowa, which is awesome, so maybe the flag needs a wallaby on it. But really, the bald eagle isn't so bad. You don't just look at it and think "America;" you look at it and think "'Murica!" No other state has a bald eagle so prominently featured in its flag, which makes Iowa the most 'Murican of all states. There's something awesome about seeing Old Glory flying on the flagstaff and, right underneath it, the flag of Iowa. Anyone who flies those flags must surely bleed red.

Still, the flag had "Iowa" tackily written on it in big red letters, which is inconceivably stupid. Why would it need that? A bad eagle and the French tricolor are enough to distinguish the Iowa flag from all of the other state flags, and they're mostly the only things that people remember about the flag anyway. So I did the Iowan flag a favor, and removed all writing, even that awesome motto, "Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain."

There are some downsides to this redesign. As awesome-sauce as the eagle is, it's still complicated to draw. It isn't as complicated as it could be, because I've seen other flags and know just how complicated that it could get, but I'm seriously not interested in trying to get each and every one of its feathers right. Furthermore, the eagle on its own doesn't take up the space of the central stripe quite as well without the writing.

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So I started another movie spoof...

Posted by SPIRIT in SPIRIT's Blog, Aug 23 2016 · 75 views

The Jazziest JtO Spoof


Yep, I said to myself. "SPIRIT, m'boy, it's high time you write this thing. Bionicle may be dead, but the people need you one last time!"

Then I got very busy in real life.

Then I caught a cold.


So uh... chapter 2 is half done and will be released... soon... ish... *blows nose and downs more cold medication*



Here's an excerpt:

(Flashback to 2014...)

President Lego: So that's the plan. We're bringing back Bionicle next year. Are you in?

Pohatu: I am so totally in! What would Bionicle be without the bestselling Toa of all time?

President Lego: :superfunny: Bestselling Toa? Oh wow, you're actually serious. Yikes.

Pohatu: :(

President Lego: Look, just drop off your bio on Merlin's desk and wait for us to send you the script.

Pohatu: Aw man, I've gotta spice up my bio. Now what's cool, tough, and exciting? Hmm... I've got it. Australian Batman. I am a genius. No one will be upset by this at all. :)

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Things

Posted by Trijhak in One Second in Eternity, Aug 23 2016 · 74 views

I turned 20 yesterday, it's terrifying. And I'm 21 next year? That's supposed to be a decade away! Maybe the Zivon consumed all those years.

Also, go join

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We need only 5 more people!

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I Have a Serious Question

Posted by ~Shockwave~ in The Aurora's Edge, Aug 23 2016 · 152 views

Okay, so I'm seeing if I can't get a second opinion that's in no way connected to my personal life.

OK, so a little less then a month ago I was at a local restaurant with my family for my father's birthday. When I went up to order the young lady who took it made note that she saw me there often, (which is true) and asked for my name. (She also gave me hers but I was kind of panicking at this point and I can't actually remember it.) Now, my family is convinced that she was flirting with me.

Based on my expierience being on both sides of customer service, I would not consider this normal practice, but my question to you is: at the very least, is that a reasonable assumption? My gut tells me that it's not, and even if it is a reasonable assumption I wouldn't know how to handle the situation, as it just feels fundamentally wrong to put somebody in that situation while at work.

Anyway, I know that's a weird question to ask here, but it's been bugging me for weeks and I thought putting it here might allow me to vent it out and also get a second opinion. Feel free to move right along if you have nothing to say.

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The Times They Are a Changeling

Posted by Bambi in The Small Horse, Aug 22 2016 · 72 views
ponies

Boy, I wonder what this episode is going to be about?

lol

Spike, one of the few good things left in the show

lel

Why is that Starburst guy there?

Poor Spike

A Spike song?

Guess not

Ah, here we go

Uh.. No more Spike songs plox

So.. They don't even know anything about him, and they're just going to accept him and shove their baby in his face?

Hm.. These past few episodes start out alright, but when they get to the halfway point they just fall flat on their face. Oh well. 5/10

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Makuta Building Guide

Posted by Brappy Hour in Raptor Paddock, Aug 21 2016 · 155 views

Hey everyone. I just finished building the Journey To One Makuta, and I'm posting how I made it here.

First off. The majority of the parts you'll need are found in these sets
Tahu Uniter
Ikir
Onua Uniter
Lord of Skull Spiders
Mask Maker vs Skull Grinder
Umarak the Hunter
Umarak the Destroyer

Please note that you'll need an extra ball joint, there isn't enough in these sets. http://www.bricklink.../PL/53585.jpg?0

Next, I used this video, which is very useful if you want a step by step guide, and which parts to gather.

Don't worry about the coloring, just use the parts from the sets, and you'll be fine.

HOWEVER. Please stop the video at 5:42. Do not build the following part, but instead use this image that uses Umarak the Destroyer's jaw piece. https://www.flickr.c...57670900951320/

And that's about it. Everything else should be simple and easy. If you need any help, feel free to post a comment. I'll be happy to assist.


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You Should Really Be Reading Mockingbird

Posted by Ta-metru_defender in TMD's Creatively Named Blog, Aug 20 2016 · 70 views

Essays, Not Rants! 231: You Should Be Reading Mockingbird

There’s a lot to like about the new Mockingbird ongoing title from Marvel. For starters, it’s the next step in a really spiffy new direction Marvel’s been taking with their comics lately: diversity. In the past year-or-so, Marvel’s really stepped up their game with who’s in their comics. You’ve got Asian characters headlining their own series (Totally Awesome Hulk, and the fantastic-and-severely-under-appreciated Silk), and Spider-Man and Captain America are black. Spider-Woman and Spider-Gwen have their own books, along with Black Widow, Squirrel Girl, and Moon Girl. Then there’s the new-mainstays of Captain Marvel and Ms Marvel… Point is, Marvel’s got a pretty diverse character lineup for their books.

It also helps that that diversity extends behind the books too. Ms Marvel is written by G. Willow Wilson, herself a Muslim, and so is lent an extra couple layers of delightful texture. Ta-Nehisi Coates lends a special sense of identity not only to T’challa in Black Panther but to all of Wakanda, one that’s science-fictiony and fantastical, but doesn’t necessarily subscribe to a Western/white image of the future. It’s wonderfully different, and, in a word, dope. There are a few titles, Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat! and Mockingbird being two, that have all-women creative teams working on them.

Which brings me to Mockingbird.

Like I said in the first sentence (before I got distracted by diversity), there’s a lot to like about the comic. First off, is the character of Mockingbird herself. The first issue is light on actual plot (rather, it tantalizes what’s to come) and instead focuses on setting up who exactly Bobbi Morse is. It helps that the comic is very much told from Bobbi’s point of view, with little boxes of narration peppering the action. From that, we’re afforded a window into Bobbi’s inner life and how she filters the world she sees through her identity. It doesn’t take long for us to get a handle on who she is: super-spy scientist who knows what she’s doing and has little patience for those who don’t.

Also, her background as a scientist affects her decisions and thought processes. She isn’t just a by-the-way scientist, it’s part of who she is. This is actually something Mockingbird does really well: Bobbi’s various identities (woman, scientist, spy, Hawkeye’s ex-wife) are all worked intrinsically into her. Bobbi feels fully formed and fully herself, a rounded character with a shaded personality that can go different ways. Which is really cool, guys!

That alone would make Mockingbird a perfectly enjoyable book, but it doesn’t stop there. As becomes steadily more and more obvious as the series progresses, Mockingbird had a decidedly feminist bent. Take issue two, which has Bobbi Morse going undercover in the London filterably named Club to rescue Lance Hunter. Now, this Club is the sorta place that necessitates a scantily-clad outfit to blend in. But, but but but, the art never ogles Bobbi, or makes her out to be anything except in a position of power, fishnets and spiked leather boots be darned. Lance, on the other hand, is distinctly made out to be both hopeless and an object of desire. Also: He’s wearing much less than she is. It’s this sort of wonderful subversion of what’s become accepted as normal in comic books that gives Mockingbird such a strong sense of voice and personality. That Bobbi-saving-a-male-hero is something of a trope for the book at this point (in #4 she rescues a swimsuit-clad Hawkeye) is icing on the cake.

But! Mockingbird isn’t content to just subvert and usual and call it a day. It goes further. The third issue finds Bobbi acting as hostage negotiator to a sixth-grade girl with superpowers she doesn’t understand. It’s a neat little story in and of itself, but the conceit of scary superpowers is used as a cipher for not being understood as a girl growing up. Oh, it’s made perfectly clear within the text, what with Bobbi’s narration asking “How can we have a meaningful dialogue with adolescent girls when we live in a culture that still can’t talk about tampons?” and tv news tickers describing the powered girl as “hysterical” and an “attention-seeking tween.” Here’s a mainstream, Marvel comic book — a medium usually associated with young males — talking about and trying to understand what it’s like growing up as a girl. It’s delightful and validating in a way that you don’t usually see in comics. Or a lot of movies, for that matter.

I really like comics in general (I had one on my thesis/rationale at college!), both for pulpy fun and for some plain good storytelling. But every now and then something like Mockingbird comes along, which not only tells a great story but says something as well — and merges the two together effortlessly. It’s a fantastic series and, without question, my favorite book Marvel’s putting out right now.

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Ad-Lib Joke About 12 Years

Posted by Ursus Wielder Pahrak in Mt. Coronet, Aug 19 2016 · 121 views

I have been on this site for 12 years now.

Huh.

Let’s see, what did I accomplish on this site in the past year?
-Became Premier Outstanding BZP Citizen (thank you Windrider!)
-Wrote a few miscellaneous short stories (and a one-shot comedy)
-Finished Shooting Star Sonia, the biggest story I’ve finished in a while, and more recently started the sequel
-Started Beyond Ruin, which might be helping me inch towards that novel I’ve claimed to be working on for several years now. Maybe.
-Ran Technic Tournaments 2-4, seeing the rise and fall of Pridak (rot in pieces)
-Horribly mismanaged an entry in a G&T contest (I’m sorry to everyone who played The Great Career Fair)
-Ran Slizer Dome, which I’m planning a follow-up to
-Currently stumbling my way through hosting a Mafia game for the first time!

Not too shabby, I think! Let’s see what I can get up to before I hit 13 and have to make a tired Kingdom Hearts joke!

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Brickfair NJ

Posted by Pomegranate in Hundreds of Crimson Seeds, Aug 19 2016 · 82 views

It looks like my late October schedule might've freed up, and I'll be able to finally go to Brickfair O:

I've always wanted to go but it never worked out; I remember sending a Bionicle painting in to be featured at one of the Brickfairs in like 2009, but other than that... nothing. Goodness, it's been 7 years since then. I'm really eager to go, it'd be so exciting! Honestly, how've I been a fan for my entire life and never gone? Now I've definitely gotta build something for it :D

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Competed in the Olympics

Posted by FallenAtlas in The Weight of The World, Aug 19 2016 · 108 views

Placed 13th in the forgetting to update this blog. Darn.


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Spongebob Squarepants tried to burn down my house

Posted by Scythey in VA-11 HALL-A, Aug 19 2016 · 157 views

not even kidding. I had one of these in my room and last night it exploded and almost started a house fire

smelled something burning and suddenly there was a loud bang like a firecracker and a flash of light and smoke and sparks started pouring out of the top of it

unplugged it and threw it away this morning. I didn't even realize it was still plugged in, I hadn't even used it in 10+ years


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college 2: now with pictures

Posted by Ehksidian in Cairo, Oblivia, Aug 16 2016 · 85 views

so i finally set up my dorm a bit more correctly, and thus have taken pictures

here's the album

only things that will change are a roommate taking the bed i currently have (after i get mine lowered) and...yeah that's it. dunno what they'll do to the room.

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Ultimately, Not Much (also I'm selling prints)

Posted by Haecceity in The Blog Of A James, Aug 16 2016 · 75 views

College is starting up, and I just got hooked up with a Lenovo IdeaPad Y700. It's okay, I guess. I've been spoiled by my workstation.

I'm selling some prints over in ye olde B/S/T if you wanna take a look...
They're nice, I think.

http://www.bzpower.c...e/#entry1087818

Hoping to get a design position for the campus radio station, interviewing for that soon.
Playing a lot of Shin Megami Tensei IV, replaying Sonic Adventure(DX), and generally working on stuff for my role-playing party game, Johnsonville: Cutthroat Capitalism.

Also working on a suuuuper secret project. Whether it pans out will be interesting...
But honestly, it all boils down to a lot of waiting.

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Dronevil

Posted by Queen of Liars in Amplifier Worship, Aug 15 2016 · 65 views

Finally managed to get my hands on a physical copy of my second favourite Boris album, and it is beautiful.

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Boris CDs are always really neat. Makes me feel a lot better about the prices of these Japanese-only ones.

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Adventures in Dream Highschool

Posted by Lapis Lazuli in This is my ocean pillar ♫♪, Aug 15 2016 · 148 views
Dreams man, Zzz and 3 more...

So for some weird reason I tend to have these dreams when I get stressed out. It's where I'm taking a second wave of highschool classes because the first nightmarish version in reality was oh-so-fun. Usually it's just taking classes and boring stuff.

So anyway, in my last dream I was in a classroom sitting at my desk (which is totally normal and not in any way weird. Boring. Stuff.). Then I picked up my backpack and started pulling out a collection of stuffed animals. There were so many animals. So. Many. Animals. I'm pretty sure the anthropomorphic fox was a ripoff of Fox McCloud. So I had this two to three foot pile of stuffed animals on my desk. And then it happened.

I got my test back. It was an F. Aka my worst nightmare in school. Sure I could afford an occasional D, but I never, and I mean NEVER got an F. It was horrible. I shifted in a fit of anxiety and failure.

So after that I went to the principal's office to talk to someone about my grade. The lady was all like "I'm sorry, but with these grades you will never get into college." And I was just like "But this doesn't make any sense! I already finished highschool and took these tests! I even continued my education! What, am I going to have to go through highschool every single time I get a new job?"

With a wry smile, the lady behind the desk said "Yes. Yes you will."

And then every kid in the office literally stopped what they were doing, looked at us and started freaking out.

I was like "lol I think we scared them."

Then when I came to the waking world I was just like "lol I had so many stuffed animals. Nice."

And that is my outlook on life, apparently.

GET OFF MY OCEAN PILLAR!
~Lapis ♡



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