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Why're the Twilight books set in the woods?

Posted by Jean Valjean in Kraggh's Works ♫♪, Oct 22 2018 · 19 views
Twilight, humor, dad joke

:kaukau: Because Bella loves Edward culling.




Moving forward

Posted by SwagtronYOLO in Designated Tekulo Crying Corner ♡, Oct 21 2018 · 52 views
Life, Goodbye, Hello

Keeping this susinct, I moved back to Ohio for medical reasons. I had a second mental breakdown, failed to set up proper doctors at the West Coast, and I had to pack up, move and say goodbye in less than a day (which wasn't easy on two different levels).

I'm going through a long and expensive process of getting a new diagnosis. I am on new meds now. Some professionals seem to think I'm bipolar. We'll see.

So yeah I was reckless with my health, I was overworked and constantly making overtime, and by the end of one sour week I was jobless, homeless, and wound up working with a charity and then later transferred from two separate hospitals to a behavioral health center (which was actually probably one of the most helpful places I'd visited for me to sort things out).

So yeah, kinda heavy news here. I would like to say the last thing I need right now is pity. I always felt annoyed when people just say "I'm sorry" to this sort of thing when they don't know what else to say. I know I'm guilty of that too, but some of my favorite responses have been words of wisdom, or gentle encouragement, or even from some of my closest friends just saying "I love you and I'm here for you," or something to that effect.

I've been plenty scolded by nurses and a few other people in my life (with very much good advice, to their credit).

So all that aside I've been reaching out to old friends in Ohio. I've been cleaning my room from adolescence and doing my best to ignore the news. It's one step at a time.

I was missing my friends from the west earlier, but I realized all of those friendships and bonds were made in the past three years. I'm still in contact with a lot of friends, and I'm still in my mid twenties. I have so much longer than three years left, and if I can build myself a happy social life in three years, then well... who knows? This chapter of my life is part of the adventure. It may seem like a step backwards, but life doesn't stop, even for these kinds of events.

I dunno. The glass is kinda at an equillibrium to me at this point.



First Man(liness)

Posted by Ta-metru_defender in TMD's Creatively Named Blog, Oct 20 2018 · 43 views

Essays, Not Rants! 344: First Man(liness)

I’m a little tired of manly manliness in cinema. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll always have a soft spot Predator, Die Hard, or a good Spaghetti Westerns. But it’s 2018 and I’m kinda tired of that being the MO for male characters, especially manliness for the sake of manliness, like that 50s stoic, silent masculinity. In short, I’m really tired of 'traditional' masculinity, especially when it’s idolized and unquestioned.

Which leads me to First Man, the new movie by Damien Chazelle, director of Whiplash (excellent!) and La La Land (ehhhhh). First Man centers on one of my favorite topics: space exploration, particularly the effort to put a person on the moon, hence, y’know, the title. I like space. I think the Apollo Missions were terribly exciting, always have — I was one of those kids who absolutely consumed space stuff. That love of space was enough to beat out my trepidation about watching another Chazelle movie after La La Land.

Now, First Man is a very well made movie. It makes space travel terrifying in the best way possible, it’s claustrophobic and there is so little under your control. The movie really makes you feel that terror, and oh, it’s such a thrill. It’s such a shame, then, that square in the middle of that is Ryan Gosling’s Neil Armstrong.

I don’t know much about Armstrong as a person; I haven’t read biographies and I only know him for his role in space exploration. I don’t purport to really know what he’s like as a person. I do know, however, that I found Gosling’s portrayal to be very frustrating. See, in First Man Armstrong is a very stoic character. We see him crack once or twice — in the aftermath of his daughter’s death, for example — but beyond that he’s borderline emotionless. Maybe there’s a world of emotion going on behind his face, but we’re never afforded a glance inside.

Throughout the film, Armstrong’s stoicism is portrayed to the point of blandness, he doesn’t really seem to feel much (which again, could be argued away as being due to his daughter’s death, but we’re never really allowed to know) and instead his main quality is that he is a driven, quiet man. While other astronauts are bantering about space he is silently committed to getting to the moon. He’ll take part in some family stuff, but at the end of the day, he is Quiet and Manly, focused on going to space. Other astronauts dying just makes him more committed, in addition to having Manly Fear so we know he’s scared (but not too scared). Gosling’s Armstrong is the epitome of that silent, stoic, 50s masculinity, and, as far as the movie is concerned, all the better for it.

First Man doesn’t say much of anything about Gosling’s version of masculinity, aside from extolling it (the other astronauts don’t have the right attitude, his wife [like all of Chazelle’s female characters] just doesn’t understand). Because, as the movie implicitly argues, Armstrong did such great things, and because he embodied this brand of masculinity, clearly it’s great. Underlying the movie is an adoration of his stoicism and drive.

And I am so sick of that brand of masculinity. I’d be fine with Armstrong in First Man being a selfish prick if he got called out on it and it was recognized as being a flaw; but instead the movie loves him for it. I’d be okay if we saw some more self-doubt behind that heroic facade, but he is constantly in the zone, never weak, never emotional, always masculine. There’s no real antagonist for that masculinity to butt heads with; no warring factions for Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name to outdo in A Fistful of Dollars, no equally over-the-top villains for John Matrix to vie against in Commando. Rather the doubts raised by his wife and friends fall like the words of a straw man on Armstrong’s manly, too-determined-to-listen ears. It’s frustrating, especially when recognized as the predecessor to the modern toxic masculinity that’s so problematic today.

And it’s 2018, for crying out loud! Masculinity doesn’t have to be so narrowly defined! Consider Chris Evan’s Captain America/Steve Rogers. There’s no doubt that he’s a Manly Man; dude’s jacked, he fights for AMERICA! and is a superhero. He’s also the nicest, sweetest member of the Avengers, the one who sees the best in everyone and supports those around him. He has his doubts and questions; he’s weak at times, but he presses on. His strength isn’t so much his muscles and physicality, but his gentle heart and belief in others. Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Creed in Creed is a boxer and the inheritor to both his father and Rocky’s legacies. But for all the machismo you’d expect in a boxing movie, we also see him doubt ridden, trying to make relationships work, and being called out on his masculine nonsense. In my beloved Pacific Rim, is Raleigh, a male main character whose primary role is providing the emotional support so other characters (particularly the Japanese woman Mako) can reach their full potential. None of these characters are any less 'manly' for these traits, rather in them we see a more complex, fuller, and more welcoming depiction of masculinity.

In the same way that a feminist approach to storytelling challenges the teller to create narratives where women are given agency and allowed to appear in a variety of roles, so too does it desire an allowance for male characters to take on more interesting dimensions. If Neil Armstrong was the embodiment of that style of stoic, selfish masculinity, couldn’t First Man have explored what was beneath that outer shell? Was he a husk of a man so bound by his need to be in control? Or was there genuine, painful emotion behind it? Could the narrative have questioned whether having all that to get to the Moon was worth it, rather than ending with him and his wife reconnecting? We’ve gotta get over this old-fashioned, idealized sort of manliness. It’s 2018, there’s more than one way to be a man.


The Return (Redux (Working Title))

Posted by Haku340 in All That I'm Hearing From You..., Oct 20 2018 · 20 views

Before I continue my years-long pattern of "Hi I'm back" posts followed by radio silence, I thought I'd drop in to the forums once again to see what's been happening. It's been a decade since I made my account, and longer since I started reading the forums (though I couldn't tell you when). Reading back over my old posts has the expected embarrassment of encountering your younger self at any point, but it's cool to see that some people I recognise are still around. I really enjoyed taking a look at the Dark709 Hereafter series in particular; those old flash movies were really inspiring back when they came out, and I hope Dark and the whole comics crowd have gone on to even better things since.

I stumbled back here after I found that someone had made a small page about me over on a wikia site dedicated to the old BZP comics community. I don't know how I compared to someone like Dark709 back in the day (though my younger self certainly felt I was right up there with the big dogs), but it was nice to see that someone remembered me enough to record a couple of random facts and images.

I should really go back and see if I still have all of those old comics buried somewhere on my computer. Now that Majhost is gone, a couple of twitter avatars are the best things I can find outside of Brickshelf.

These days my main presence on the internet is a YouTube series reading some silly old Japanese Visual Novels with a friend of mine, so if that's your speed I'd love if you could check it out.

So hey, if you happen to run past this post and you want to chat about anything old forums, new forums or how much we've all grown up while this place has been around, drop a comment. I promise I'll try not to disappear for at least that long.


Mythopoeia Fuels Legendarium

Posted by The Hip Historian Iaredios in Scribbler's Hall, Oct 17 2018 · 42 views

Ever since I was little, I have been making worlds, either for myself to explore, or for my friends to join me in. Be it dinosaurs, neopets (that takes me back), Star Wars, Bionicle... I've always been the group lore-master.

Then i took my first foray into creative writing. To those that have been here long enough, I have undergone many a name change until I settled upon two, they being variants of RC15O5 OMEGA and, presently, iaredios. It was back in the reign of the former that I made my own bizarre Bionicle world between the years 2005-2010, which I so creatively named The Dark War Chronicles. It had about everything that I could offer at the time as a pint-sized edgelord, from an accidental rip-off of Sauron who encased the planet in a orb of fire and lightning to show off his power, biped bat people that were literally Vamprah, psychic four armed gorilla people with eyes on the temples and a mouth beneath the jaw, from gritty mole-people-Koopas to their arch enemies the angel men of Mawkron who lived in a huge space city that served as a planetary ring until it crashed upon the world by the nefarious mole-Koopas, and a toa who bonded with a volcano demon and founded a confederate-empire of mutants based on a continent that looked like Texas.

I eventually abandoned this project of mine when I lost my stories with the Great Dataclysm, and later I matured, and realized its incompetence and the fact I was trapped by Lego's universe and their ownership of Bionicle. Back in the day, many of us said "We should buy Bionicle so we can continue it ourselves!" Briefly, my hopes were caught by that idea, but equally brief consideration showed how feign it was. And so i left the website for 2-3 years.

But from the ashes of The Dark War Chronicles, a new project was born from my own imaginings of what happened in Bionicle after Lego abandoned it, publishing my ideas on BZPower for the first time in years. First going by the name The Ackariad, then Bionicle Universalis, then lastly called A Rude Awakening. It went through many changes, heck the second (present) topic has hundreds of pages detailing many ideas bouncing off of friends of mine (mostly Toa Imrukii). But as much as I enjoyed this process, it became clear to me that I craved for more as this became my only tie to Bionicle, and even that was weighing upon me, and it showed as my work on the project resembled less and less of Bionicle to me, which I actually approved on subconsciously.

In the last year, I have focused more on an original fantasy universe, and since August my ideas have greatly been developed with pages of notes being written and revised. Many things are the maturation of ideas from my work on ARA, others are completely new even as of the day I write this. And my drive? To follow in the steps of John Tolkien, not in any shallow mimicry of races and tropes, but in pursuit of genuine creativity, application of all the history and other fields i know, and like Tolkien as expressed in his Mythopoeia Letter to Clive Lewis, offer a serviceable sacrifice to the Lord in the form of this inspired, fictional work.

I do not have a name for this world right now, but that's okay because that's not what is important right now. When I get further along, it will make itself apparent to me. After the sudden departure of a beloved friend (moving out of state), feeling ignored by most in my life, and the drain of being at a mentally exhausting job, i have to say that this gradual progress makes me genuinely happy. And as i try to capture my ideas in art, so too has my artistic skill improved.

I wish to thank those that have helped me, Among them being Toa Imrukii whose understanding of linguistics cannot be undersold in its usefulness in this endeavor as well as his wordy kindness, my cousin 'qwerty' who i have bounced ideas off with as he is also making his own fictional world, my mother for believing in my ability to undertake this work, J.R.R.Tolkien who showed me that there is harmony between fantasy thought and Christian faith, 'sydney' for being my friend for over a year and creatively inspiring me with the books we read together and her general company, and finally the Great Lord Above for my understanding, everything I want to be, and everything i observe and the multitude of inspiration I draw from hence.

This side project may not go anywhere, but I am enjoying myself nonetheless and this is all part of my life long personal progress. Who knows, i may be blessed and others will be able to pick up my ideas in shelves or in drone packages in the future, but that's not what is important here. Not in the slightest.


10 Years

Posted by Valendale in The Frozen Mirror, Oct 14 2018 · 38 views

So I've been a member here for 10 years? Wow, that's half my life.

In the two years since I last reflected on my membership here a lot has changed. I've been doing a lot in college, and I moved into my first apartment and started working at my first real job with a Surveying firm. I also started my first relationship with my wonderful boyfriend.

BZPower has changed a lot in the last two years too. Maybe activity was a little down at that point, but I don't think I ever would have predicted that we'd be at this stage in two years. If anyone is actually still here to read this, I hope you're doing good. I know I am, and honestly a lot of that does come the 10 years I've spent here.


Psycho Cane, You're So Keen

Posted by Super Fighting Pahrak in Mt. Coronet, Oct 12 2018 · 41 views

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Need some more candy cane



Posted by Noxryn in Fantasy Costco, Oct 10 2018 · 61 views

haven posted a thing here in forever but decided to come back for nostalgia and boredom sake for a single night in the midst of october

its so weird

like bein in an abandoned hospital but the lights're still on and you can jus hear your voice echoin down the halls

man and i spent like... idk, i think i was active mostly through 2015? but like, 12 years of havin an acct

my acct is older than elementary school

also nearly half my current lifespan


my icon cute tho


What has been going on - this limbo that is my life

Posted by Toa Imrukii in Toa Imrukii's Blog, Oct 10 2018 · 50 views

Okay, so let me preface this with a disclaimer of sorts, nothing that I may say here is intended or directed in any way to cause discourse or conflict, in my own personal life I had been between (metaphorically) juggling balls left and right, for a long time I was more or less trying to appease two sides of people in my own personal life, both of which having some strong detrimental tendency on me personally, I'll explain exactly what I mean by this in a bit, but for now let me get to the meat of the issue.

I have for so long now felt as though I am in a limbo, I have recently, more or less, cut off the stress from my life, and though my OCD still reminds me of it, I live each day knowing full-blown well that I do not have it on my shoulders any more. So, I have fallen into sort of a limbo, a limbo where I try to ready myself for a major personal task one day, only for that day to come and I lose the will to go ahead and do it, with examples of such, personally, for myself to get anywhere, literally and metaphorically, I need to do my GED, I need to apply to accomplish getting my learners permit; eventually learning to drive, and so on from the GED more-so, though admittedly from both, I need to get a job, and beforehand finish my resume. There have also been lessor things I've been more or less held back from, like getting my iPad repaired for some damage that peeves me (which is regardless of money for me and my family, money isn't an issue), as well, I've been looking to find a relationship, but everytime I get to talk with a girl I just lose the will to see them, and I don't know why. I talk to 'em, and get to know them, but than I just seem to not care anymore, and I seriously can't put my finger on why. And, I know, not everyone is going to know or be interested in my personal hobbies, like bionicle, like conlanging, such and such, but, going back to the original prefaces, how am I supposed to do anything when (and admittedly I may not have originally said this) I feel like I'm being shot down left and right from reaching my goal.

I do have anxiety, and depression, but the former of those two, in regards to me actually reaching and achieving those things, my anxiety I feel is that which is holding me back the most. I want to get my life in order, I need to get my GED done, but why would I want to remind myself of school again?, I want to get my learners permit, but why would I need to drive when I have nowhere to go?, I want to be in a relationship, but why would you want to be in a relationship with someone who doesn't care about your interests or someone who you don't feel attached to? This is my conundrum.

And, back to the regard of my personal interests, and a going back to my disclaimer of I mean no offense, I feel like-, no, I know that my friends are simply not interested in conlanging and linguistics, but can I blame them? It's a very specific field, and a very finite detailed creative field at that, in fact if anything it shows I do have a degree of autistic tendency to how I function, which may to some degree be something that is holding me back, but more so I feel the lack of care or passion people; my friends, family, peers, show towards me is seriously hampering me as a person. It's a very basic conundrum when you get down to it, why would you want to keep on living and doing something if no one appreciates you? And not in the regards of my close friends, but some of my less close friends, I know they simply do not in their hearts appreciate me, even if they say they do, they just don't care. So, why would I want to care about them you may ask? I care about all my friends, not simply because I consider them as such, but because I want to try and come to an understanding with them, but there is no way to achieve that from where I am.

I have become so sick and tired of the petty tendencies people do to each other, "we have a difference of opinion, so we're going to fight one another and make ourselves tear our own hair out in anger because of it." just absolutely petty bulldung as that, and it drives me insane, so I cut myself from it, even though it hurts me, because I do truly believe that understanding can be found, despite how much we allow something to tear us apart from eachother.

Now, I have come to the realization that I have to make something of my life, I try each and every day to get myself motivated enough to get to doing just that, but as I have stated here already, I quickly lose my motivation to keep on going, and as so clear as day, I may look to the mirror, see my reflection, I may see my shadow, see the light I block, as is such the nature of future and past, we may try and look to the future, but be will never truly be able to see it and live it before it's time, and the past we may very well remember it forever on for the rest of our lives, but there is somthing keeping me from looking in the mirror so-to-speak, and I simply cannot overcome it, and so this is my limbo. Neither in pain nor in suffering, not in joy or pleasure, but as has always been there, sadness is the only fallback, and the only adictive substance of my limbo which I simply will not be falling back on again as I have so many times, and even if I somehow do, I can't be there for long. So, I am stuck here, in a limbo, with no way to get out.


An Exciting Career Move

Posted by danny316p in danny316p's Blog, Oct 08 2018 · 168 views

It's now official enough to talk about: I'm starting an exciting new job at Comcast in Philadelphia on October 15th. In some ways, it's a big step up after a lengthy rough patch, but in other ways, it's a logical next step after the end of my time at Talari Networks in 2013. I was overdue for a sane career move and it couldn't have come at a better time.

In related news, I'd currently be up for roommates or crash space in the Philadelphia area. I figure I need to start with some temporary arrangements until I can find a place to move into permanently. I'll still be paying a mortgage in Camp Hill until after I've secured a house (or equivalent) within reasonable commuting distance of Center City.


this place is so dead

Posted by Rodimus in The Lost Light Insider, Oct 07 2018 · 138 views

ive never seen this place so. empty

what makes people continue to haunt this ghost town



Posted by -ToaD- in Terrible Things for a ToaDally Low Cost, Oct 06 2018 · 44 views

Been welding since about May now, pretty fun stuff, I know my way around a stick machine and even have my own home machine.

Still got a lot to learn regardless but my classes are great.

I even pimped out my helmet.

Got advanced stick classes in a couple weeks and MIG as well, Tig most likely next year.


The LEGO House

Posted by DeeVee in What You Want is Now, Oct 04 2018 · 77 views

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I spent all of last week in Denmark. Installing a display of my MOCs in the LEGO House Masterpiece Gallery. Still a bit in shock.


Steamed Kau

Posted by SPIRIT in SPIRIT's Blog, Sep 22 2018 · 132 views

Dume: Well, Vakama, I made it... despite your directions.

Vakama: Ah, Turaga Dume! Welcome! I hope you're prepared for some unforgettable Kanohi!

Dume: Yeah...

Vakama: Oh Great Beings, my masks are ruined! But what if... I were to purchase someone else's masks and disguise them as my own crafting? Oh ho ho ho ho... magnificently Makutaish, Vakama!

Dume: Vakama!

Vakama: Turaga, I was just, uh... just stretching my calves on the windowsill. Isometric exercise! Care to join me?

Dume: Why is there smoke coming out of your forge, Vakama?

Vakama: Uhh... no! That isn't smoke. It's steam. Steam from the steamed Hau I'm making! Mmm... steamed Hau!

Vakama: Turaga, I hope you're ready for mindblowing Kaukau!

Dume: I thought you were making steamed Hau.

Vakama: D'oh, no. I said steamed Kau! That's what I call Kaukau!

Dume: You call Kaukau "steamed Kau?"

Vakama: Yes. It's a regional dialect!

Dume: Uh-huh... uh, what region?

Vakama: Uhh... Metru Nui?

Dume: Really? Well, I'm from Ta-Metru, and I've never heard anyone use the phrase "steamed Kau."

Vakama: Oh, not in Ta-Metru, no. It's a Ga-Metru expression.

Dume: I see. You know, these Kaukau are quite similar to the ones they have at Nuhrii's forge.

Vakama: Oh ho ho ho... no, patented Vakama masks. Old crafting recipe.

Dume: For steamed Kau?

Vakama: Yes.

Dume: Yes, and you call them "steamed Kau" despite the fact they are obviously injection moulded.

Vakama: Ye- hey- you know, the- one thing I should- excuse me for one second.

Dume: Of course.

Vakama: Well, that was wonderful. A good time was had by all, I'm pooped.

Dume: Yes, I should be- Great Spirit, what is happening in there!?

Vakama: The Red Star?

Dume: The Red Star!? At this time of year, at this time of day, in this part of the city, localized entirely within your forge!?

Vakama: Yes!

Dume: May I see it?

Vakama: No.

Brander: Vakama, the forge is on fire!

Vakama: No, Brander—it's just the Red Star!

Dume: Well, Vakama, you are an odd fellow, but I must say... you steam a good Kau.


Been a busy boy

Posted by Bfahome in You're attacked by a Repair Nektann, Sep 12 2018 · 90 views

Been a busy boy Just recently got an apartment and now I have a place to put these posters I won a while back.

Also been working a lot and doing a bunch of stuff at a makerspace I'm also volunteering at. Haven't done much that I felt merited a big post so most of my content is little blurbs on Twitter. Lots of stuff done with a laser cutter or vinyl cutter.

Anyway I hope some day to have all my pieces with me again so I can get back to building, it's been far too long.


Being A Meteorologist

Posted by FallenAtlas in The Weight of The World, Sep 11 2018 · 89 views

There's no such thing as small talk about the weather anymore.


22 years

Posted by Trijhak in Unspoken Words, Aug 22 2018 · 124 views

22 years of existence on this 22nd of the month.



Eight years?

Posted by Baltarc in Excellebella xx Diamond Dynamo, Aug 06 2018 · 113 views

Logged on today and found by complete coincidence that August 6 was the day I had joined BZPower back in 2010. Thought that was interesting.

Then I looked at my last blog entry and realized that I unknowingly made that one on the sixth of August as well, two years ago.


Of course as I write this it's now past midnight were I live.


A Beacon of Hope in the Darkness

Posted by Voxumo in The Fikou Web, Jul 31 2018 · 131 views

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A reimagining of Nocturn, where he sought redemption in his imprisonment.
Image links to the gallery which should have complete photos by the end of the week.



Posted by BULiK in Life is like a box of Grenades, Jul 23 2018 · 122 views

10 years here. A decade. That's about as long as Bionicle was on shelves. I feel so young yet so old.


On the bright side, at least I get a new spinny


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