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Beowulf Translations

A few days ago, I finished reading "Beowulf", while I was reading I kept anticipating specific cool moments I've heard of over the years; like when Beowulf pulls Grendel's arm out of it's socket like a wookiee, but one moment I was really waiting for was when Beowulf kills the Frankish standard bearer.   Now, here is how Tom Shippey described the moment, in the special features for "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug",   ...and here is how Marc Hudson put it in the "Wordsworth Classics of Wor

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In America

In America, you scare your daughter's boyfriend:   Man throws bullet at daughter's boyfriend,   "It gets a lot faster after 10 pm."   In Soviet Russia, your daughter's boyfriend scares you!   FPSrussia drives up to girlfriend's house in T-14 Armata tank and emerges from turret draped in machine gun belts,   "I'll bring her home when I feel like it."       Thank you, I'm here all week.

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What If Movies Were As Good As Their Memes?

So, last month after "Green Book" won Best Picture at the Academy Awards I was made aware, through headlines like, "Green Book worst best picture since Gladiator", of the fact that people don't like Ridley Scott's "Gladiator".   Now, my first reaction to this news, of course, was, "ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!" Which, despite Zoey Deutch saying it in "Vampire Academy" (one of the most cringe worthy moments in any movie from the last 20-ish years) is one of the best lines in cinema of all time.

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I Think I Found The Blaze of Bionicle Today

Although I did consider calling this entry "The Slender Man of Bionicle" I think Blaze from Mortal Kombat is a better fit here, but if anyone thinks they know what the character I'm looking for is then go right ahead and tell me in the comments.   So, this is a promo picture of Iconox as seen on Strakk's canister:   If you know me you know I had the closer Glatorian in the foreground (who I've dubbed "Snow N. Ice Oakenshield") as my avatar for years and considered it my calling card. In fact,

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Ask Me Anything

Or considering the activity around here maybe I should call it an "Ask me nothing." Imma rite?   Anyway, my premier membership is almost up so I thought I should do at least one of these in my time on BZPower before it finally runs out.   So go ahead and ask me any questions you might have in the comments and I'll answer them when I can.

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I Need to Get Me a Cig

Yeah, I just realized the other week that I don't have a signature below my posts; I'm sure I had a good reason for doing that, but still I...wait. Did I put a "C" instead of an "S" in the title? Oh well, might as well just roll with it.   So, I did some browsing around the forums and noticed that, for one, a surprising number of people don't have a sig at all, but also that everything in sigs fell into a few categories: links, quotes, and occasionally a moc image or banner. And when I think

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There is a Fifth Dimension

Last week(ish), I finished watching the entire first season of one of my favorite TV shows "The Twilight Zone".   So, for as long as I can remember I've always enjoyed Sci-fi's "Twilight Zone" marathons, but despite always considering it a favorite show of mine I've never actually had any exposure to the show outside of the marathons. Well, recently I decided to change that and so I borrowed the first season from my local library and went to watching.   I'm not going to ramble on here about my

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The Phantom Menace Fight Sucks?

And not just in terms of everything except choreography.         [Yes I've known about these videos for some time (and I've also seen the video where Obi-Wan Force Speeds straight into the power generator pit), I'm just posting them as food for thought, and no I don't mind if you like this fight or the movie it's from.]

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Who Should I Give Money To? (Charity Suggestions)

To be as direct as possible, I got $40 that I need to give to some charitable organization and I don't have any idea as to who it should be. So go ahead and write any and all suggestions you have in the comments and I just might donate to it!

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5 Years on BZPower

Yep, today is my five year anniversary on BZPower. Not as impressive as it used to be either when I first joined or when I was a lurker, but whatever.   This has gotten me thinking a bit, about how much my life has changed since I first joined and if you read through my profile feed (please don't) you can see me chronicling some of those changes. Me being me, I'm most interested in how much my music hobby has changed since then; back when I first joined my primary means of music consumption w

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Risk: Star Wars Edition

A couple of days ago I turned 20 and one of my gifts was a board game called "Risk: Star Wars Edition".   Now, any serious board gamer (full disclosure: I'm not because I'm new to the hobby and frankly don't have the funds to get into) Risk is at the end of the day not a very good game or at best their are a lot of game that does what Risk does a lot better, but that doesn't matter because this game has absolutely nothing to do with Risk. Instead, this a spiritual successor of an older and exc

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Three Years

Today is my three year anniversary on BZPower; feels more like two. I wonder if I should try and be more active around here or something...     That is all, now continue with whatever you were doing.

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Alien Vs. Predator Universe

Alternate Title: The Tommy Westphall of Sci-Fi Alternate Title #2: Take It Off Predey Boy!   A while ago I was watching the kill count video for "Alien Vs. Predator" and after doing some reading on the AVP wiki I got the idea for this entry, but decided to wait until I had watched all the AVP movies at least once. That meant had 5 or 6 movies to watch; well, last Monday I watched "Alien vs. Predator: Requiem" so here we are.   Note: I will not be spoiling any movies worth seeing, but if for s

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An Ankylosaurus With a Parachute

[ ]  Apparently, this was the idea for Jurassic Park IV as envisioned in a script written by John Sayles, years before Jurassic World was a thing.   Now, despite being someone who rolls their eyes every time someone in the "Jurassic World" movies brings up the idea that dinosaurs have any military value what so ever I just love the idea of a scene where an Ankylosaurus is sitting inside the hold of a C-130 Hercules, the door opens and an army guy shouts, "GO, GO GO, GO!" Prompting the dinosa

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Rereading Old Bionicle Comics

Over the last week or so, I've been rereading all 49 of the old Bionicle comics for the first time in years. Here are my (completely random) thoughts on them.   2001: -Why exactly were the Turaga telling the Bionicle Tale at the beginning of Comic #2? I know it's some kind of tribal thing to tell myths and legends over and over to preserve them, but they weren't any Matoran around so were the Turaga just telling it so they wouldn't forget? -I never realized how diverse, and honestly sometimes

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Midyear Music Round Up

If you've seen my posts in the "What Are You Listening to Right Now" and "Official Music Topic" you'd know I like and listen to a lot of music. Also, if you've seen my posts there you'd know that I don't necessarily have the best taste in music. Regardless, in no particularly order, here is a list of the music I've been liking and listening to this year so far.     1. “Real Love” – Florrie Florrie (English singer Florence Arnold) has been active in music for many years now and has released a

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I tried it at home!

I just discovered this existed yesterday and now I want to pin it to my wall or something.

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Goodbye Blog

For now?   Yeah, my premier membership is up in a day or two and I've decided to not renew it. I'll admit it's been fun; having a blog (that I'll be the first to admit I didn't update enough) and neat images under my member title, but I don't really get enough out of it to justify buying another year or even lifetime membership. Still, like I said I had fun and I got to help support a site I love a lot so it's all good.   And hey, never say never right? Maybe, I'll change my mind some day,

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Twilight Zone Abridged

Not too long ago I was re-watching (or watching for the first time more often then not) all 5 seasons of the original run of "The Twilight Zone" (I talked about it here when I started) and while making my way through I was reading A.V. Club's reviews of each episode. The recent talk of Jordon Peele's reboot (which I haven't seen) made me think back to the review of "To Serve Man" mostly a point the author made about how the episode was basically a plot twist in search of a story, which lead to

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The Song That Describes How I Feel Right Now

I wish I said this, I wish I said that But I kinda froze in my tracks I wish I said this, I wish I said that But I kinda had a panic attack I wish I could talk good I wish I could talk, I wish I could talk I wish I could talk good   (Although honestly this is how I feel most days. :/ )

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New Yu-Gi-Oh Ban List

(Yes I know this is a little old, but I just found out about this the other day so I'm gonna talk about it now.)   For those who don't know, in the Yu-Gi-Oh card game you can only have up to three copies of a single card in any one deck; exceptions being semi-limited, limited, and forbidden cards of which you can only have two of, one of, and none of respectively. What cards are limited and forbidden is decided by Konami with their frequently updated Limited and Forbidden List the latest update

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I Think I'm a Hummingbird

Recently I was reading "The Hedge Knight" graphic novel, which is based on a "A Game of Thrones" prequel and there is one bit where two characters are discussing a particularly mean and nasty prince (Aerion the Monstrous) who, being a Targaryen and all, believes himself to be a dragon (the Targaryen sigil). One of the two characters then comments that he wishes that the prince were a Fossoway (whose sigil is an apple) so that he would believe that he were, well, an apple. Now I of course got a

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The Bionicle Epic Duels Game!

For the uninitiated, The Star Wars Epic Duels Game is a board game released in 2002 to promote "Attack of the Clones"; it did not sell well in it's initial run, but went on to gain a cult following. It also happens to be my favorite board game and is what got me into the hobby in the first place; I'm even a mod over at the Epic Duels Wiki (the number one place to discuss Epic Duels). Naturally, over the years I've thought about combining two of my great loves together, but actual decks never mat

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Music Games

(Sorry I haven't updated this recently, but I joined Reddit recently and was reminded how much fun it is being on a active forum can be)   I like music. I like board games (both playing and making them). But, trying to make a board game involving music has always been a challenge for me.   -Music Questionnaires can be fun, except I only have three and they get old real fast, plus it's more a solitary activity than an actual game. -Music Top Trumps is a real thing and card games are the easie

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