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New Story

Posted by Voltex in Extraction Point, Sep 02 2014 · 14 views

All Hail the King

Written in the POV of a character known as "Agent 64", this story (while not one of my favorites) has many, many interesting things inside. There's a lot of behind the scenes world building, as well as starting the buildup to things that will become more important later on.

Still aiming for the October release date for Book 2.

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Poetry Again

Posted by Noise #0579 in Letters From the Void, Sep 02 2014 · 20 views

New semester is...going...and some poetry has come up in my English classes. Once again, talking about poetry made me want to attempt some, and the result is this.

Since I'm not the best with poetry, I didn't put a whole lot of thought into line length and none of it rhymes or anything like that, but I wanted to try messing with the style a little bit. Several letters throughout the poem have been removed or replaced with symbols that may or may not resemble the intended letter, and there are a few other miscellaneous format alterations here and there. I wanted to try bringing out the idea of "broken" just by looking at the text.

I had also considered arranging the words in such a way that they formed the shape of a Kanohi with a scar in it or something, but I don't have the patience for something like that. Oh well.

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Re: Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney thus far

Posted by Tekulo in the Green in This is My Lawn ♫♪, Sep 02 2014 · 34 views

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I'd say that about sums it up. (This is good flailing, by the way.)



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Pretty much this.

GET OFF MY LAWN!

~Tekulo <3

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Tuesday Tablescraps - 9/2/14 - S.S. Starfish

Posted by Sumiki in Blogarithm, Sep 01 2014 · 58 views

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A use for those otherwise useless arms. Certified 100% Bean Core.

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opinions on courtroom themes from PL vs PW

Posted by Octodad in tub, Sep 01 2014 · 52 views

the English covers of PW1 music: much appreciated, though Cornered left something to be desired

Announce the Truth: Probably one of the best tracks. It had a good punch to it and really set the mood.

Pursuit: It was fine, but something about it felt a little…. off. It certainly wasn’t as good as Cornered, but is anything?

Objection: Mostly just a remix of Objection 2001, but that really worked considering they mainly used it as Phoenix’s theme.

Cross Examination: Before I played the game I was unsure on this track but it really worked, and they had the good grace to use a different track if the slightly-upbeat nature of this one just wouldn’t work.

overall: it really did a good job setting the mood, and my complaints are few. I was not disappointed.

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Ultimate Eight-Sword Technique!

Posted by dotcom in Tempest Tower, Sep 01 2014 · 35 views

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Truly a most practical and safe fighting style.

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Valhalla

Posted by Zatth in Zatth Blag, Sep 01 2014 · 79 views

So I started Sophomore year of cawledge about a week ago, but on Thursday I left on a trip.

If you didn't know before, I compete for George Mason's Forensics Team (no, not CSI-forensics). It's competitive public speaking (think Speech & Debate but in college). At the start of the year we go for four to five days to southern Maryland for a special team-wide retreat. The title of the blag entry refers to the fact that the house in which the coaches stayed was called Valhalla (and the name fit perfectly for the house. It was UH-MAY-ZING).

Anywho, we use the time to take pics of the team and the people so we can use them on the team's site, but one of the pictures of all the officers on the team ended up looking like we were the cast of a sitcom, so I can't help myself but share the image with y'alls.

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Anywho, my (Forensics) friends are purdy.

NOW BACK TO REAL LIFE (AND BZP DUTIES)

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Required Readings

Posted by Ta-metru_defender in TMD's Creatively Named Blog, Sep 01 2014 · 60 views

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Just ordered them off of Amazon and they're all for one class: Militaries and Militarization.

Yeah. This'll be fun.

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Advice: What to do with Eevee?

Posted by Cyrix in ♫ Don't Go to Sleep with a Frown in Your Pocket ♫, Sep 01 2014 · 75 views
games, pokemon, :D, eevee, shiny

wow i'm blogging like crazy about pokemon of all things hahahahahaha i am a nerd and have no life B-) B-) B-) :afro:

So, as mentioned in my last entry, I was able to nab a shiny Eevee.

However, now I have absolutely no idea what to do with it. It's stats are around the board and it's nature isn't of much help. So I need some suggestions of what to evolve the little guy into. I realize that I don't have to use him to battle or anything like that, but I still want to evolve him into something that makes the best use of his stats while looking swaggin'. So here's some info on him:

IVs (31s are known for sure, others are estimated using an IV calculator):
HP: 31
Attack: ~30
Defense: ~21
Sp. Attack: ~28
Sp. Defense: 31
Speed: ~5

Nature: Brave (+attack, -speed)

He has no EVs (I'll Super Train him eventually) and is level 30.

I kind of want to evolve him into something where he looks rad but is still useful, but the attack-centric evolutions (Flareon and Leafeon) don't have great shinies. He has an alright special stat so I've been leaning towards Vaporeon, but I'm looking for suggestions.

so yeah suggestions gogogo

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It's Happening

Posted by Vivian James in Desperado Inc. , Sep 01 2014 · 146 views

If you missed the fury of LEGO news that got leaked this week, don’t worry we have your back with a massive round up of LEGO 2015 Sets. Of special note are a few new themes that have been added to the LEGO 2015 line-up: Bionicle, Pirates, Jurassic World and Elves.




Edit: Link with self-proclaimed leaked content removed.
-Wind-

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In the End Mondays 09/01: The End

Posted by TNTOS in A Writerly Blog, Sep 01 2014 · 28 views
In the End, Mondays, Dawn Duology and 1 more...

As of a few minutes ago, I posted the epilogue to my last Bionicle epic, thus officially ending the Shikaverse and my career as fanfic writer (at least for the foreseeable future, anyway).

Unlike with every other week, I'm not going to quote an excerpt from this chapter because I do not want to spoil anything, not even a couple of lines of dialogue.

So just go ahead and read the entire epilogue here for yourself. Or, if you haven't been following since the beginning, I suggest starting from the prologue and reading from there. With the entire epic posted, you can now read the whole thing at your own pace if you want.

Tomorrow I'll do one more blog post regarding the Shikaverse and fanfiction and stuff, but for now, I just want to thank all of my readers for faithfully tuning in each week to read the newest chapter. I honestly expected In the End to sink into obscurity, maybe get a couple dozen views a week or so, if even that much, so to see it average 100 views a week just blows my mind. That number will probably decline now that the full story is completely posted, but it was just so fun to watch each chapter average 100 views every week.

That that very number remained steady, week after week, tells me that I was doing something right. Granted, the vast majority of those readers never commented, but people don't come back week after week to read stories they hate or find boring. I think that, in terms of page views, In the End was my most successful epic (though I haven't really looked at the page views of all of my other epics, so I don't know that for sure). Knowing I had some readers--even if most of them lurked--who came back week after week really helped me get over some doubts about my writing ability I've been harboring recently. You guys rock.

-TNTOS-

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Roots & Stems

Posted by Tolkien in In a hole in the ground there lived..., Aug 31 2014 · 74 views

Oh hi. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? At least, it’s been a while since I posted anything of substance here. I’ve actually been pretty freakishly active on my tumblr blog over the last couple of months, although not so much in recent weeks. That’s due to the fact that the academic year has once again begun, and my time is now mostly consumed by a combination of teaching and coursework. woo
But, in spite of that, I have managed to eke out something that might be of interest to the Matoran language enthusiasts that still lurk hither. It’s something that has been in development for a long time, and it’s bound to continue developing in future, as usual, but I felt like it had reach a sufficient stage of maturation to post. So here it is:

ROOTS & STEMS


One of the most difficult (and yet, most satisfying) parts of thinking about Matoran etymology is seeing just how far we can reduce the set of original root-stems that might have formed the lexical inventory of the Matoran language in its most ancient state (i.e. the state of the language as programmed by the Great Beings). This has pretty much been a constant preoccupation of mine, since every additional stem that we have to posit in order to sufficiently derive all known Matoran words is technically an additional departure from the canon. Ideally, we’d be able to derive every Matoran word by relying solely on a small pool of well-motivated stems which are combined in consistent and logical ways to create the complex forms we see. Over the past several years, this pool has fluctuated wildly, but overall I’m happy to say that it has grown consistently smaller. In fact, at this point in the project, I can say with pretty good certainty that it is possible to derive every known Matoran word from a pool of stems consisting of about 16 elemental stems (ta, ga, le, (o)nu, po/pa, ko, vo, fa, bo, de, fe, ce, su, ba, av, kra, no/na) plus roughly 16 additional stems with varying semantic values. An entire lexicon and grammatical system derived from the combination of ~32 primitive items? Seems like a pretty good result to me! =p
And that finally brings me to the point of this entry: a provisional list of the ~32 stems coupled with the semantic domains that they (supposedly) cover. I won’t attempt to provide any justification for these other than to direct you (as always) to the Matoran Dictionary and the Matoran Grammar, where most, if not all, of these stems manifest in one form or another.

ELEMENTAL STEMS:

TA -- fire; courage/bravery; essence, being; cause/initiation, inception
GA -- water; purity; progression
LE -- air; cohesiveness, accuracy; habituality
(O)NU -- earth; firmness, steadfastness; past-orientation, memory
PO/PA -- stone; strength, stolidness; reliability, friendliness; present-orientation
KO -- ice; clarity, knowledge, sight; foresight, future-orientation
VO -- lightning; energy; movement, conduction/transmission; ability

FA -- magnetism; field, range, limitation; perfectivity
BO -- plant-life; permanence; patience, stativity
DE -- sonics; ?sensitivity, ?precision

FE -- iron; metal; invention, innovation
CE -- psionics; mind; (epistemic) possibility
SU -- plasma; consumption, conversion; (deontic) necessity
BA -- gravity; weight, balance
AV -- light; enlightenment, ?revelation
KRA -- shadow; obscurity
NO/NA -- protodermis, substance, matter; the protodermic Elements

NON-ELEMENTAL STEMS:

KA -- unity; power, energy, potential; ?system-normality (?> HA)
MA -- duty; control, use, mastery
VA -- destiny; time
HA -- system-normality; ?activity, process (?> HU)
HI -- thing, object (> hi); part (> ki); intensive (> -k)
HU -- activity, process
RO -- unit, individuation
ZA -- schematic, plan, structure
AR -- affirmation, presence, realis (ar-); application, realization (> ­-ar)
UR -- negation, absence, irealis (ur-); antonymy (> -ur)
WA -- mass, quantity, magnitude; ?relation, property
AI -- basis of deictic grammatical affixes (> ai-, -ai, i-...-a; > ai-ai > i-ai > yai > YI)
IA -- basis of non-deictic derivative affixes (> -ya, a-...-i; -a-wa-i > -aui > -ui)
YI -- contact, connection, together(ness) (< AI+AI)
?LA -- positivity, goodness (?< LE)
?NI -- ?being, star (?< NO/NA)
?SI -- possibility, variation (?< CE)

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a small olmak appears. look at it go


this actually happened on friday and of course i remembered it the day before and two days after

but yeah

half a decade on this site

scary

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I Don't Have a Problem... - August Haul

Posted by Electric Turahk in Bleeding Blue, Aug 30 2014 · 122 views
Transformers, BIONICLE, Star Wars and 1 more...

May have gone a little overboard this month...

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Since the first picture is just not good (seriously I cannot find a good place to take pictures in this apartment. :( Windows are huge and everywhere...), here's a breakdown of everything in relative arrival order:
  • Transformers Generations Whirl
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Annihilation
  • Star Wars: Kenobi
  • Star Wars: Crucible
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones
  • Transformers AOE Grimlock
  • Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods Goku cardboard hair thingy (Not pictured but totally worth mentioning since they gave them out at the Alamo Dratfhouse during the first airing of Battles of Gods... As if seeing that wasn't bad enough, you now had half the theatre with Goku hair. :lol:)
  • Transformers FOC Jazz
  • BIONICLE Mistika Gali Nuva
  • BIONICLE Mistika Onua Nuva
  • BIONICLE Mistika Gorast
  • BIONICLE Mistika Krika
  • SDCC Star Wars Black Series Jabba the Hutt Throne Room w/Salacious Crumb
  • Transformers AOE Strafe
  • Transformers Masterpiece Prowl
  • McFarlane Assassin's Creed Benjamin Hornigold
  • McFarlane Assassin's Creed Black Bart
  • McFarlane Assassin's Creed Blackbeard
  • Transformers Generations Rattrap
  • Transformers Masterpiece Sunstorm
  • Xbox One: Transformers: Rise of the Dark SPark
  • Xbox One: Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition
  • Transformers WFC Bumblebee
  • Transformers RTS Wreck-Gar
  • Transformers RTS Lugnut
  • Transformers AOE Slash
  • Transformers FOC Eject & Ramhorn
  • Transformers FOC Ravage & Rumble
  • Jazzware Minecraft Creeper
Aaaand that's everything that arrived. SHF Naruto and Ryugen, Black Series Clone Trooper, and Figma Archer have all shipped.

Yeahhhh...

I decided to play "catch up" hardcore on top of all the new stuff...

Games first: Rise of the Dark Spark is officially my fastest 100% game! :3 Got all Achievements in 5 days, which to me is still fast heh. Grinded like crazy to get them. Now I can actually enjoy Tomb Raider, whenever I get around to it that is.

Got a few more Star Wars books and it pains me to see that "Legends" banner on some... Only finished Crucible so far and that hurt even more. Because even though it got really, really weird at the end there, it still quite literally set up the perfect open-ended jumping on point for, oh I don't freaking know, a movie maybe! *sigh* Still, going to enjoy them while I can. Also fiiiiinally bought A Game of Thrones! I'll get to it once I'm through with Annihilation and Kenobi, and I'm halfway through the former. After that I plan on finally starting the TV series too. Figured it's about time I take a proper look into all of this hype.

Random figures: The McFarlane Assassin's Creed stuff is really cool. These guys are such incredible improvements over the initial figures, which really has me looking forward to the future of the line. As for Jabba... Oh my goodness I could not be more disappointed. :( I quite literally spent almost two weeks glued to a computer screen stalking HasbroToyShop to get a chance at the SDCC version - that was even Hasbro's official stance on it! "We aren't telling you when they go up, just keep watching all the time!" What a load. So yeah, I got him. I still stand by the fact that it's the only Jabba I'd take since the retail comes with absolutely nothing, which really wouldn't make his hollow self worth it, but still. They could have done a lot more with him. At least Salacious B. Crumb is simply flawless and I love him. But I want to do a photo shoot so I'll go into more depth with them later. Eventually. Also, I got a Creeper. :3 Been wanting in on the Jazzwares stuff for a while and finally bit the bullet. Might stop here since I don't want to get obsessed, but it's still a cool little thing to have.

Next, BIONICLE. Finished off my Mistika! And even more exciting, nothing seems to have broken putting them together! :D These were still sealed sets so I had no idea what to expect of them. But I know I'll never, ever be taking them apart if I can help it.

Finally, Transformers... Now here is where I went overboard. I didn't expect to get half of what I did. The Dinobots, yeah, I was looking for. They're cool for the most part. But Jazz, the little guys, and Whirl were all impulse buys. I'm not disappointed by any of them, though. Then there's Bee, Wreck-Gar, and Lugnut... Three figures from a few years ago I never thought I'd have at reasonable prices. But I posted a wanted topic on Tokunation (check it out, make me spend more money ;)) and immediately got a reply from a great guy who hooked me up with them. They're all pretty sweet. Then there's Rattrap, who is a beautiful modern rendition of a childhood favorite and he just fills me with oh-so-much nostalgia and I love it.

Oh, right... The Masterpieces. I bit the bullet on them too finally. Walked into Toys 'R Us, saw a Prowl, and immediately pounced. Have not seen one since even though more Sunstorms came in stocks and continue to sit there. He's fantastic, albeit I definitely agree with the universal opinion that he was VASTLY overpriced for what he is. Sunstorm... Well, the Takara one definitely looked better but this was readily available, and thanks to Prowl I got sucked in. Love the Seeker mold, love yellow, so I'm okay with it heh.

So that's it. I uh... Wow. Did not expect to do this. Told myself I was filling a void and maybe that's right... But at least I don't really regret any of it. Right now. Except maybe Jabba. Curse you, HasbroToyShop, curse you!

~|ET|~


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The Rake, rake, rake, rake

Posted by Sisen in Back to wizards and witches, and magical beasts,, Aug 30 2014 · 102 views
slenderman, creepypasta

Gonna slip into your room and lacerate you.

I get to embody the character next weekend and scare the living daylights out of people.

This is gonna be so much fun.

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"The Way Things Were"

Posted by Queen Grr in The Dire Court of Her Glam Majesty, Aug 29 2014 · 256 views

I know I can never go back to the way things were before and I’m not deluded enough to think that. That’d be damaging anyway because it’d mean I didn't learn anything. I just want to be able to have relationships with the people who matter to me again, with whatever changed boundaries are necessary as a result of our actions.

I don’t want to pretend nothing happened and I don’t want to ignore the consequences of what I've done. So I know it can’t just “go back to how things were.” That’s not what I’m looking for.

Some of the things that were done to me were not fair, but I also was unfair and wrong to do some of the things I did.


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New 3DS?

Posted by ~Shockwave~ in The Aurora's Edge, Aug 29 2014 · 129 views

So according to a post on facebook I just saw we're getting a 3DS with dual control sticks and dual shoulder pads. But its still the 3DS. And they thought the 2DS would be confusing.

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Just one of Those Days

Posted by Tagolrip in Cloudbank, Aug 28 2014 · 54 views

Tavahka: Idk at this point it's been a log day
Tavahka: also long
Voltex Oblige: Aw man log days are the worst



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Bionicle Reconstruction Project: Build harder 6

Posted by Element Lord of Milk in Build-a-bear workshop., Aug 28 2014 · 48 views

I mostly finished the Ussanui in order to take inventory of it's missing parts, at the moment it's using several wrong coloured parts as stand-ins. Also rebuilt most of Nuhrii and Orkahm, they're just missing their necks and masks. Also finally found Photok's missing hand, after swearing I saw it several times while pawing around in my bag of Dark/Dark Bluish gray parts, but I was never able to find it on purpose until now.

Also an update on that whole rebuilding Star Wars sets thing, I found a small box of set chunks, including one of the Republic Gunship's wings and the other Magnaguard fighter. Also washed my Millenium Falcon (Which was a lot easier than I thought it would be, partial disassembly goes a long way I guess) , Fury class Interceptor, and X-wing.

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Bionicle Stories

Posted by AZBlue in Frozen Heart, Aug 28 2014 · 76 views
Fanfiction, Bionicle2015

So, I've been thinking of ways to convert my old Bionicle Legacies epic, The Return, into a publishable novel. Its been slow going, but the worldbuilding is going well.

Anyways, with the apparent revival of Bionicle for 2015, I have also been thinking of some Ideas for a new Short Story for Bionicle. I'm debating whether or not it would fit in with my old Legacies Headcanon, but it involves Takua, Nixie, and some of the other classic Matoran.

Also, Legend of Korra's Book 3 ended on a Great but sad note. And Doctor Who is Back too! Allons-y and Geronimo and all that Fantastic stuff!



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