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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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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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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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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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Best Movie, Album, and Songs of 2016

OK, I know I'm getting this up a little later than I wanted to, but regardless here are the rest of my year-end lists for the year of 2016 for your reading pleasure and because I really like making top lists. So, let's start with...     Best Movie of 2016: "10 Cloverfield Lane"   You know, I don’t know I make these best movies lists when I do. And the reason I say this is because I watched some of my favorite movies of 2015 (“Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Krampus”) for the first time in 2016 and m

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Spotify Year in Music 2016

With another year almost come and gone Spotify has sent all its users their year in music, which means it’s time to talk about how I listened to music in 2016. This time around, Spotify was a lot less revealing having replaced a dedicated site with a simple email with regrettably less detailed statistics, but whatever it’s still interesting (to me) so let’s go with it.   In numbers: This year I listened to 35,330 minutes of music (580 hours, 24 days), which is way up from last year’s 22,000 min

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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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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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Movies I've Seen Recently

In the last couple of months I've seen a few new movies both in theaters and on DVD; a couple of which are several decades old, so their only new to me, but whatever here are my thoughts on all of them along with some pointless number ratings.   "Krampus" 8/10 This is a movie I wanted to watch as soon as I saw Red Letter Media's review of it last December, and I finally did see it last month and I was not disappointed. It was a silly over-the-top horror comedy and it worked perfectly as that

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I've watched 13 NEW movies this year

In my "Best Everything of 2016" list entry, I lamented the fact that I only watched 10 new movies last year and that I was going to try harder to watch more movies this year. Well, so far this year I've watch 13 new movies and I regret nothing...well, actually I do kind of regret seeing "Beauty and The Beast" and "Aftermath", but whatever.   So what were these movies and what did I think of them?   "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" is one of my favorites of the year so far and I love it. Oddly en

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Top 10 EPs of 2016

The Rules: EP needs to have been released between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016 EP must have at least 3, but no more than 9 songs to be considered for this list.   Honorable Mention: "From the Grave" - Juliet Simms     10. “Ultraviolet EP” – Dagny   Favorite Tracks: "Fight Sleep", “Too Young”   9. “Libelle” – Annabel Jones   Favorite Tracks: “IOU”, “Money, Love, Success”   8. “EMOTION SIDE B” – Carly Rae Jepsen   Favorite Tracks: “Higher”, “Cry”   7. “Ammunition” – Krewella   Favorite Tracks: “Ma

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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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Exo-Force Spin-Off Idea

For whatever reason, watching "Star Trek: Beyond" as sent me into a Sci-Fi craze (note: I do mean "Sci-Fi" not "science fiction" because the only thing I've been reading/watching recently that has anything to do with actual science is "War of the Worlds") and this, somehow, has made me think of an old LEGO theme I've always liked: Exo-Force.   Now, I really like Exo-Force to the point that it might be my second of third favorite LEGO theme overall after "Hero Factory" and, of course, "BIONICLE",

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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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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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Spotify Year in Music 2015

This may seem like an odd time to review my Spotify Year in Music since we’re two-thirds of the way through this year and I’m going to be doing this again in December, but whatever I’m going to do it anyway. Now, this Year in Music has particular meaning to me for two reasons, one because I joined Spotify the last couple of days of 2014 so this is my first Year in Music and almost reflects how the medium changed my listening habits the more I used it. And two, the simple fact is I almost exclu

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Samurai

Samurai/don't die You're the only one/you're the only one     After sixteen years of waiting it all ends tonight.   THE ANTICIPATION!

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The Legend Reborn (in G&T)

This has nothing to do with the movie I've been meaning to watch again for the millionth time. No, this is about the return of The Bionicle Caption Contest to G&T!   Like most things I do, the decision to bring back this classic BZP game was completely spontaneous. I have fond memories of reading through the original topic as a guest and I've always felt that G&T was missing something without it; so since I'm trying to be more active around I thought it was time to bring it back the g

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My Favorite Movies

Very recently, Voltex posted in his blog about making a list of every one of your favorite movies from every year you've been alive and I decided to do the same thing. Echoing some of the things he said, I too need something to blog about and I also need to watch more movies especially from the year I was born. I will also add that I need an excuse not to start writing a short story that's a sequel to that "Twilight Zone" episode "To Serve Man".   Now on to the movies!   96: "That Thing You Do

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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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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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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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