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General Life Update

Posted by Zox Tomana in The Tablet, Apr 30 2016 · 14 views

I haven't really been finding interesting things to put on here lately.... So here's just a general update on life.

1. My nephew took his first steps a week ago :3

2. As I was driving down to College Station to meet up with a friend, with whom I would continue the trip to my hometown for said nephew's birthday, I was suddenly taken aback at all the lights appearing on my car's dashboard and a message on the little display saying "Check VSC System." I pull over and get out the manual and search for the alert and all it says is "Take car to Dealership."

Welp.

Turns out the hydraulics for my brakes decided to start failing. Yayyyyy.

So my car is down there being repaired.

3. I decided to help out a dead wiki. Now I'm its admin and have basically been reshaping it however I want to :V

4. A long time ago I made up an island and made this map of it (and yeah, I did a lot of it pixel by pixel). I was never really happy with it, and now I have paint.net and the capability of using layers so I have this WIP. Those cities and towns look randomly placed? Guess again! I've based this whole map on this seal I created. So now I just need to finish elevation stuff (I think I want a couple more slightly elevated areas in the north, another in the south), and then I can move on to water and forested areas.

Hmm.. this is month... four of my six months of blog??? Or five??? I really should be keeping track of that.

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i'm so tired of being tired

Posted by Jodariel in Exile Blackwagon, Apr 30 2016 · 19 views
vent

especially with a sleep disorder to boot

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Sweet Satisfaction - April Haul

Posted by Ektris in Evolution, Apr 30 2016 · 24 views
Star Wars, Bionicle, Transformers

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  • Transformers Masterpiece Shockwave
  • Star Wars Black Series Kanan Jarrus
  • Transformers Masterpiece Tracks
  • Star Wars Black Series Ahsoka Tano
  • BIONICLE Protector of Stone
  • BIONICLE Ikir Creature of Fire
  • BIONICLE Tahu Uniter of Fire
  • BIONICLE Umarak The Hunter
  • Star Wars: Dark Disciple
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi
  • Star Wars: Aftermath
  • Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown
Don't really feel like writing up too much today. Put as short as I can: love everything I got this month (some I didn't expect to or even planned on at all getting as always), but the effort put forth in getting some was way, way too much; this should be so much easier than it is sometimes.

~|ET|~


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No Second Prances

Posted by Bambi in The Small Horse, Apr 30 2016 · 18 views
ponies

Here we go again

I should rewatch season one sometime

I used to think I would never skip the theme song

Where'd the utensils go?

So many ugly faces in under five minutes

Why does she even still care about them?

This is going to be a long episode..

I thought Twilight forgave her, so why is she still mad?

Totally shoehorned into this episode

So after all these seasons, she still hasn't learned how to forgive

And seriously, DJ Pon-3?

lol

kek

Why is she scared? Did the writer completely forget Friendship is Magic Part 2?

How.. I just.. How can people think the later seasons are superior? They have been total garbage

They were just going to stand by and watch her die?

But.. All she would need to do is teleport

*sigh*. 2/10

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Order, and Narrative Thereof

Posted by Ta-metru_defender in TMD's Creatively Named Blog, Apr 30 2016 · 37 views

Essays, Not Rants! 215: Order, and Narrative Thereof

I’m one of those people who will respect you less if you pick an album to play, and then play it on shuffle. See, there’s a deliberate rhyme and reason for the order of songs on an album.

U2’s War needs “Surrender” to be its penultimate song. After an album about war, violence, and fighting for hope, we have a song about giving up which leads into “40,” an adaption of the Bible’s Psalm 40. It’s crucial that the album ends there, in that space of a different sort of surrender. Furthermore, its refrain “I will sing a new song” works in tandem with the first track, “Sunday Bloody Sunday”’s “How long must we sing this song?” Listening to War in any other order robs you of the experience. Look at how “New Year’s Day,” a song about being apart from a lover, works as a sort of reprieve in between “Seconds” (about nuclear threat) and “Like A Song…” (in some ways, about military proliferation). With “New Year’s Day” where it is it takes on another level of longing; musically it’s far more understated then the fast paced songs around it and the song itself becomes a desire for an escape from the world. Sure, you can listen to the songs alone, but putting the album on shuffle’s just stupid. There’s an intentionality to how it’s set up.

Hang on, an intentional order that echoes and mirrors what came before creating and complicating a general emotion? This sounds like a narrative. And you bet it is. No, it’s not a beginning-middle-end story, but there is still and arc (still on War, each side of the record ends on a quiet song, “Drowning Man” and “40,” giving it something of a two act structure). All this to say, a narrative can be built out of order. If you’ve ever agonized over a mixtape or a playlist, you know that the tracklist matters as much as the individual songs.

So now let’s talk about Star Wars.

The saga is a bit of an oddity, with episodes 4, 5, and 6 coming out before 1, 2, and 3 (only to be followed by 7). This, of course, has led to a variety of different ways to introduce someone to the movies. Do you screen them within the chronology of the films (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)? Or in the order they were released (4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3)? Do you ignore the prequels entirely (4, 5, 6) or try out the Machete Order (4, 5, 2, 3, 6)? No matter what you do, these are still the same movies. But the order you watch them in shifts the narrative.

Say you watch them episodically. You get a very straightforward story about Jedi and trade disputes, forbidden romances and arbitrary falls to the Dark Side, a time skip and a plucky Rebellion against an evil Empire. The narrative shift really starts to show when you compare it to the order the movies were released. Episodically, there are fun beats like seeing an adult Boba Fett and meeting Yoda again in Empire. Luke’s arc is a mirror of Vader’s, and Jedi sees him in the position to make a similar choice due to the foreshadowing provided by Sith. Watched in the order they were released, however, shifts Anakin’s arc to be a mirror of Luke’s, where he fails where his son succeeded. The mirror, episodically, makes Luke’s success more heroic and, release-wise, makes Anakin’s fall more tragic.

Machete Order, where The Phantom Menace is dropped and Clones and Sith are watched in between Empire and Jedi, somewhat gets the cake and eats it too. By putting the prequels after Empire, we get a two-movie long flashback sequence that expounds on the twist that Vader is Luke’s father, explaining not only Anakin’s rise and fall, but also more on Obi Wan, Yoda, and the Emperor. It shifts the overall narrative, giving a great deal more focus on the stakes of Luke’s choice between the Light and the Dark. It also gives Luke’s line “I am a Jedi, like my father before me” much more impact, given that it emphasizes Anakin as a Jedi rather than Anakin as evil. Still the same Star Wars movies, just different emphases.

The order something’s presented in can do a lot for it. It gives U2’s War an additional layer of subtext and shades the overall arc of Star Wars. Think about that the next time you hit shuffle on that new album you got.

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Free 3DS Download

Posted by Hordaki in Hopefully Coherent Ramblings, Apr 30 2016 · 38 views

If anyone wants a download code for Flipnote Studios 3D, here's one:

B0KB 5NYF 3BNJ 27SM



If you use it, please comment so I know and can take the post down.

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BZP's GOT Teaser #1

Posted by Lucina in Outrealm 19, Apr 29 2016 · 74 views

COMING MAY 6TH
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Welcome to the land of Okoto. It is divided into six regions; fire, jungle, water, ice, stone, and earth. Each region is populated by Protectors of that element, and each region is governed by one of their Protectors. All six regions are officially united under the banner of the Mask Maker, who is the ultimate ruler of Okoto.

Twenty years ago, the Protectors of Fire, Stone and Ice united to overthrow a corrupt Mask Maker whom they felt had held onto power for too long. Their rebellion was successful after they forged an alliance with the Protectors of Earth; an alliance that allowed a Protector of Stone to slay the corrupt Mask Maker (becoming known as the ‘Mask Breaker’). This action was followed by placing a Protector of Fire on the throne. Despite its success, the rebellion made enemies of the Protectors of Jungle and Water; their relationships with the Protectors of Fire, Stone and Ice have suffered in the years since.

Not all has been well with the tribes of the rebellion, either. Three years ago, sick of the Mask Maker favoring the Protectors of Fire and Stone over them, the Protectors of Ice attempted to assassinate the Mask Maker. Their attempt failed, causing their only remaining close allies – the Protectors of Earth – to cut all ties with them entirely. One year ago, the Protectors of Fire also mysteriously fell out of favor with the Mask Maker, the reasons for which appear to be unknown to all except the Mask Maker themselves.

There is an air of discontent throughout Okoto. Alliances are frayed thin, and support for the various leaders across the island – including the Mask Maker – wanes as missteps are made. A dark shadow looms on the horizon, and eyes turn to the seat of the Mask Maker, deep within the center of the Ancient City.

It is the game of thrones…

…and in the game of thrones, you win – or you die.

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Tekulo's thoughts at the store

Posted by Lapis Lazuli in This is my ocean pillar ♫♪, Apr 29 2016 · 74 views

Le me looking at le Danimals smoothies:

"Whoa, the bottles are so tiny. It's like they make these things for kids! ... Oh my gosh, I sound like an AFOL. OH SNAP CRACKLE AND POP, I AM AN AFOL! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!"

Le me looking at le flour tortillas:

"Hey, what's this... Turtle wax? Well I mean, you never know when you're gonna need to wax some turtles when you're making tacos."

Le me in the aisle and I see a toy turtle on a baby's basket:

"Whoa. For like a split second I swear that turtle was alive. And I was all like 'OMG REPTILE <3' but no, you had to crush my dreams with the harsh reality that it's just a baby. The nerve of some people."

Le me checking out:

"That teenager just gave me a weird look. The nerve! Why can't we just ban all teenagers from existing? Oh man, I sound like an AFOL. OH WAIT I'M STILL AN AFOL! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!"

Why did I even type out this stupid entry?

GET OFF MY OCEAN PILLAR!
~Lapis Lazuli <3

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Doors

Posted by Obsessionist in Chronic Obsessions, Apr 29 2016 · 39 views
Critical Role, doors, final boss



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the only good thing about o chem

Posted by Ehksidian in Cairo, Oblivia, Apr 28 2016 · 42 views

i understand some chemistry jokes now

i mean i can't make them but i understand some now. but was the suffering worth it????


it wasn't.

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More Progress on Omega Ruby

Posted by Toa Smoke Monster in The Island., Apr 28 2016 · 55 views
Pokemon, Omega Ruby

Storywise, I really haven't haven't gotten that much farther in the game other than going through Victory Road. It wasn't that hard of a challenge, but man did that route have some great TMs! It had both Flamethrower and Psychic, which are amazing moves that I taught to Camerupt and Latios as soon as I got them. Plus, all my Pokemon are level 50 now. Hopefully they will be strong enough for the Elite Four when I finally get around to challenging them.

And what have I been doing all this time? Two things:

1. I have been roaming the Hoenn Region in search of all the Legendary Pokemon I can catch. I did manage to catch Regigigas after I finally find out where it was. I also learned that Omega Ruby stuffed full of Legendaries from other regions. So far, I caught Ho-oh, Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf, Palkia, Cobalion, Tornadus, and Reshiram. I know there are still a couple more I can catch, but I may hold off on them until I finally beat the Elite Four. I still haven't decided yet.

2. As I've mentioned before, I've been training my Skitty to become a master in all the rankings in the Pokemon Contests. And I'm happy to report that we've succeeded. My Skitty is now the coolest, toughest, most clever, most beautiful, and cutest Skitty in the Hoenn Region. :) There is even a special ribbon you get if you get one Pokemon through all the ranks, so I guess the developers knew someone would try to do something like this in the game. :P

Anyways, that's all I've done in the game since my last update on it. Hopefully I will be able to say I beat the Elite Four when I post my next progress report.

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Why Finish One Thing When You Can Start a Fifth

Posted by Ursus Wielder Pahrak in Mt. Coronet, Apr 28 2016 · 62 views

So I got bored the other night and was avoiding working on all the stories already on my plate and looked back over an old story I did featuring Vhisola and Macku on Mata-Nui. It’s really pretty basic, but I actually sort of like how it turned out—at least, I think there’s still some potential to the concept.

I now find myself considering writing a sequel. Well, it might not be too tied to the original, so that I can say “You can read this one without reading the other one”, but in essence, a sequel. The previous story took place right near the start of the Matoran’s 1000 year stay on Mata-Nui, so there’s plenty of space left there to play around in. I could do something else before the Toa’s arrival, but I kind of like the idea of setting one during the Bohrok saga…

I don’t know. Vhisola can be an interesting character and I’d like to explore her more. But, I should probably finish one or two of my current stories before I put too much though into this.

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Weird. Someone made a gif about my life.

Posted by SPIRIT in SPIRIT's Blog, Apr 27 2016 · 106 views

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Would You Rather...

Posted by Terrorsaur in Isla Nublar, Apr 27 2016 · 69 views

Find out when you'll die, or find out how you'll die?

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Pokemon SoulSilver Nuzlocke

Posted by Toucan Sam in A bowl of froot loops., Apr 27 2016 · 75 views

Rules
Can only catch the first Pokemon on each route.
If a Pokemon faints, I can't use it anymore. If the whole team faints, it's game over.
Starter is chosen based on the first number of my trainer ID(1-3=grass, 4-6=fire, 7-9=water, and 0 is my choice)
If the first Pokemon on the route is a duplicate, regardless of whether or not the original is dead, the Pokemon must be defeated and no Pokemon may be caught on that route.
Badge Count: 6
Death Count: 9
Current Team
Scarlet(Shiny Gyrados)
Grup(Quilava)
Stanley(Pidgeot)
James(Eevee)
Kaylee(Nidoqueen)

This was a bad idea. Very bad idea.
Also, here's a tip, never try to grind with Unowns, you never know which one has a super effective hidden power that ends up becoming a critical hit and killing your Geodude.

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Random Bionicle Pieces

Posted by B0ss Manducus in A Devoted Follower of Frank, Apr 26 2016 · 76 views

I got this off of a friend for $12 today. I sincerely hope I wasn't ripped off by my own pal.

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I don't know. Does this look like it's worth $12 to you guys?

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Happy birthday to the ground

Posted by Bfahome in You're attacked by a Repair Nektann, Apr 26 2016 · 95 views

Happy birthday to the ground Meanwhile, at Walmart.

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Goodbye Legacy.

Posted by UngluedBike in Cycling 101, Apr 26 2016 · 71 views

I was very sad to hear today that Andre Hurley (You should all know him as MaskCollector, owner of the Platinum Avokhii), has decided to sell everything in his collection. After years of preparing to create a museum of every part and collectible made, its all gone now. He's supposedly keeping the Avokhii, which is sad really, because no one else will have the chance to complete what he started. For one of the biggest collectors in the community to sell up, I'm really wondering what has happened to our truly beloved theme.

Until next time,

-UngluedBike

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Some Steam keys up for grabs...

Posted by Jedi Master J. in The Library That Never Was, Apr 25 2016 · 113 views

Hey, folks. I brought the Humble Telltale Bundle recently and well, I have most of games that it had on offer already, so I figure I give away some keys.

Here's the games that I have Steam keys for:

- Back to the Future: The Game Claimed by AZBlue
- Poker Night at the Inventory
- The Walking Dead: Season 1 (+ 400 Days DLC) Claimed by Iaredios
- The Wolf Among Us Claimed by Parugi
- Poker Night 2
- Tales from the Borderlands Claimed by Scythey
- Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series Claimed by Tyler
- The Walking Dead: Season 2 Claimed by Iaredios
- Jurassic Park: The Game

So yeah, if you are interest in getting any of keys for these games, please do let me know. Thanks in advance.

- JMJ 2016

P.S. - I just finished Season 1 of Netflix's Daredevil series. I got say it is interesting and I'll definitely be checking out Season 2 after I check out Jessica Jones since I been I told I should watch that first. Which I guess I probably watch first episode of that before I go to bed today. *yawn*

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Blog post for Maddison

Posted by Letagi in Wherever you go, there you are., Apr 25 2016 · 114 views

Here you go Maddison.

This is a blog entry.

Also BrickCan is fun.

-L



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