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Between the bookends, adventure awaits!! 

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Put the 'Tin' in Tinsel!

So I saw this post elsewhere on the internet about a dude who bought so-so paintings from thrift shops and added Star Wars elements to them. My best friend (who sent me this mug from previous blog entry) came to surprise me right before COVID hit, and we went thrift shopping, and I got a painting (pictured above, but without the star wars stuff). Said friend was an art major in college, and now I have an awesome star wars painting hanging up!! Definitely going to treasure it forever. I love that

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How to Impress Your Sister with Chinese: Parts II-VI

So this has been an ongoing side project for a friend at work, as aforementioned. It was pretty time consuming to transfer the information to blog format, so for those interested, I have a dropbox link to where I've uploaded lessons II through VI, for your convenience. Also I attached the combined PDF to the blog entry, but I'm not sure what that actually does? Hopefully, I'll be able to keep making these, as I've rather enjoyed it!    Overview of the lessons (again, I must reiterate the

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All Aboard the Ko-Koro Express!

...I know it's a bit early for holiday stuff (I promise, I'm not one of those people but then again, I'm not known for acute self-awareness, so I can't say for sure...), but I figured I'd get my gift buying done early (I wrapped this the day after Halloween), since I've been through one holiday rush at the Amazon warehouse, and don't want to contribute to a second  In addition to finding a little Matoro on Etsy for myself, I did some early holiday gift wrapping, but the fun way! I've

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How to Impress Your Sister with Chinese: Part I

I absolutely love the rich history of the language and the culture, and it's personally significant as part of my heritage. It's not my first language, but it was my major in university. However, being out of school for almost 3 years now, I've been out of practice. There's no one in my area who speaks the language, sadly but understandably. So when a coworker recently asked me to help him learn a bit of Chinese because his older sister spent time working as a linguist out of Taiwan, I was prett

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Amazonian

So I figured I'd do a blog post about my actual life. I'm pretty sure I can post this and not break any company confidentiality stuff because all pictures are from google searches.  Maybe some of you have had similar experiences, and I'd love to connect (commiserate. jk) For the past 13 months, I've been a warehouse grunt at a local Amazon warehouse. Yes, they do call them 'fulfillment centers', and we are 'Amazon Associates', not 'laborers'. Anytime I bring this up - that I work at Am

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New Ussal Pen

Didn't have many colors with me when inspiration struck, but I think it gets the point across!

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Not the bookends I was imagining

Not the bookends I was imagining originally, but I think I'll keep them! Conveniently works as banner for my library as well as blog decor! A low-expectations doodle that ended up pleasantly surprising me, but didn't merit a topic by a long shot, but still wanted to share, so here's the full version! 

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Puffpin!!

Was getting paranoid about copyright for the little puffin I've been using as my profile picture, so I bought it on Etsy  Hahli approves. 

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A Halloween Pepper!

Alternative blog post title: A Plantastic Day Part 2! My pepper plants' peppers finally ripened! So I didn't actually get pictures of them all because I gave two of them away to friends before they fruited (Midgy who ended up being pretty sizeable), and Shelly, who outgrew his pot-mates, and killed them (mwahaha). They grew up so fast      I was inspired by @Bambi's Halloween Pineapple. It's really great and I want plant-o-lanterns to be a thing so bad.   I now have a h

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A Plantastic Day!

Although I'm not really a gardener, I did save bell pepper seeds a few weeks ago, and they finally got big enough to move out of their original seedling containers, (their namesakes), and I repotted them today into a more permanent home. This is, Midgy. Midgy is small but he likes big pots and he cannot lie. If I wore it on my head, it would be like a sub-par umbrella.    Shelly was originally planted in an eggshell. Icy was originally planted in an old icing container.

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Aurebesh...more like Aurebest!

(Aurebesh, the alphabet used in the Star Wars universe, or at least one of them) After a few months of futile resistance and a 'Oh, I'll just go for the free trial' which was a blatant lie to myself, I did break down and get Disney+. It was mostly because I was peer pressured into wanting to see the Mandalorian. Then, you know how it goes, before I realize, I'd made my way through the Star Wars prequels, then all of The Clone Wars. Yes, I'm the Disney+ equivalent of all the people jumping o

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Mugged by My Best Friend! D:

That I have a Bionicle hobby isn't common knowledge in my social spheres, but I let slip to my old college roommate that it Bionicle was kind of one of those formative childhood things for me (mostly the books), and she thought it was great, and sent me this mug a few weeks ago! It was one of those things where I didn't want to mess it up by using it, so I kept pens in it just in case. Except that backfired one of the pens got a leak, which I thankfully was able to clean up. So, beverages from n

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Small Currency Collection

So, over the past few years (about 3?), I've had the privilege of being able to travel to a few different countries. Mostly for academics. I started collecting the different bills, because, as a United States resident with a mostly monochromatic currency scheme, the other colors and sizes of foreign currency is one of my favorite things ever. Also, sorry, the coins photographed really terribly, but I realized too late.  这是中国元。 我在大学的时候, 专业是中国文化, 所以我需要学习一个学期在中国。我三年以前是留学生在上海。 Translation:

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Nokama's Syllabus for 'COMM/SOC 0275: Communication and Conflict'

Nokama's Syllabus for 'COMM/SOC 0275: Communication and Conflict'

Last one!   Part of this story   A student's copy of a term syllabus for class at the Ga-Metru School of Arts and Society.    Nokama is one of those professors who doesn't understand that students have other classes to manage besides hers. But on the plus side, she's very faithful to her posted office hours.      COMM/SOC 0275: Communication and Conflict Nokama Ds.N Ga-Metru School of Philosophy and Society   TEXTS:

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Ta-Matoran 'In Memoriam'

Ta-Matoran 'In Memoriam'

In Remembrance - an Obituary by Aft    Great Furnace maintenance worker, Buon, was welcomed through the Gates of Artakha on the fourth of this month. If there was any Ta-Matoran who earned a rest in paradise, it was Buon.    He was known throughout the district for his unsinkable spirit and dependable work ethic. Many a Matoran, from any district, were privileged to call him a close friend and brother. Buon also was working on a degree from the Ga-Metru School of Synthetic Scienc

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From the Desk of Chief Editor Kopeke

From the Desk of Chief Editor Kopeke

A subjective glimpse into happenings in the Silent Metru as the Civil War escalates. (see more here) Image courtesy of BS01.                   Kopeke sighed and placed the stone tablet with young Ehrye’s untidy scrawl onto the ‘reject’ stack on his desk. The excitable Ko-Matoran wrote almost as well as a Le-Matoran airship assembly worker who worked too long with the lighter-than-air gas that filled zeppeli

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Dear Sanso

Dear Sanso

Popular Le-Matoran advice columnist, Sanso, replies to a concerned citizen.     Dear Sanso       Dear Sanso,     Even though I’m an quick-running Ussal messenger with a High-Flyer level commute badge, I’ve heard whisper-talk that soon the Smelters will close all borders to their affiliated metrus, bar-none. What’s the point of having earned a High-Flyer badge if I can’t get into Ga-Metru to see the beautiful [name redacted] again? Any advice-help?     Sincerely, 

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Mutant Snipes Take Northern Sculpture Fields

Mutant Snipes Take Northern Sculpture Fields

The first of a small series of flash fiction to augment my current epic, setting some groundwork for how the Matoran Civil War is going to be portrayed. Not meant to be chronological. Also, a bit of a bother, as these don't merit a short story, don't fit into the review topic, which I'm using as a reference section, and I don't want them interrupting flow in the story topic. So blog it up, right?   Fun and totally legit fact: the newspaper in Po-Metru is called The 'Po-'st. 

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LoMN Pun (I think?)

Re-reading old Bionicle Adventure books, only just noticed this (screenshot of text courtesy of the Biological Chronicle project, thanks and awesome project).     I definitely chuckled when I realized it was (probably?) a pun, but also kinda got stuck on it. This is a pun, right? Does it break a fourth wall of sorts? am I dense for only just noticing it after more than a decade since reading/watching this dialogue multiple times? It's also just funnier the more I think about it. Anyways, I

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