# Akano's Blog

## Blog Statistics

Posted by Akano Toa of Electricity , in Math/Physics Aug 31 2013 · 31 views

I have absolutely no life to the point that I just spent the better part of my afternoon going back through my blog posts and recording the view count, reply count, and word count of all 185 entries I've made prior to this one. These are the results of my labor:

All time averages:
Views: 57.4 ± 45.8
Replies: 2.2 ± 2.6 (LOL)
Word Count: 176 ± 242 (BIGGER LOL)

Post-server upgrade averages:
Views: 79.9 ± 42.6
Replies: 2.58 ± 3.01 (LOL again)
Word Count: 198 ± 292 (BIGGER LOL again)

Largest stats:
Views: 266 (courtesy of "Ask Akano" blog entry; Fort Legoredo review got 265, a close second)
Replies: 24 (again, "Ask Akano")
Word Count: 1711 (Vampyre Castle review)

Here are the graphs for each stat.

What I learned from this experience:
• Before the server upgrade, I made a lot of posts about how I'm a terrible blogger.
• Among my most viewed posts were my set reviews.
• My old text color is more painful to view since the background is now completely white.
• Most of my blog posts have fewer than 50 words.
• Most of my blog posts get zero replies.
• Post-server upgrade, most of my entries get between 60-90 views. Pre-upgrade, they got between 10-20 views.
• This is my 186th post.
I hope this was informative. I know I learned quite a bit from the experience.

## A GIF of a neutron bouncing on a table

Posted by Akano Toa of Electricity , in Math/Physics Aug 29 2013 · 13 views

I've blogged before about the physics of bouncing a particle like a neutron on a table or other similar surface. Well, someone at the University of Arkansas has made an animation of how the spread of said particle over space evolves in time if it starts out in a "Gaussian wavepacket," which is a fancy way of saying that the neutron starts out looking more like a particle than a wave by being localized in space. The animation is here, while the full page containing the full Quicktime movie is here.

The red dot is a classical bouncing ball evolving over time (it's pretty boring comparatively). On the left is a plot of the probability of finding the particle at a certain height (the vertical axis) at any given time of the movie. The quantum particle does sort of bounce, become kind of wavy and messy, and then bounces again, but out of phase with the classical ball.

TL;DR: Cool animation of doing mundane physics with a quantum system with results that are anything but mundane. Click the links to have your mind blown.

## Sonic Generations

Posted by Akano Toa of Electricity , in Video Games Aug 28 2013 · 16 views

So, lately I've been playing Sonic Generations as a fun way to pass the time. It's a fantastically good game that I recommend to any Sonic the Hedgehog fan. It brings back the play styles of the 2D platformer and that started by Sonic Adventure. (Though the final boss is really lame.)

I also like a lot of their remixed songs. (Green Hill Zone and Chemical Plant Zone sound really cool!)

In A Link to the Past news, I've rescued the maiden in the Dark World version of the Lost Woods and am now in the Village of Outcasts trying to find out where the next maiden is being kept. I'm also getting thoroughly thieved by the denizens of said village. On an unrelated note, my roommate and I also got shiny Dialga at GameStop recently. That's pretty sweet.

And tomorrow I have my first class. Looks like my summer's officially over...

## My BrickFair Loot

Posted by Akano Toa of Electricity , in LEGO Aug 26 2013 · 13 views

So, I know it's been a few weeks since the awesomeness that was BrickFair, VA, 2013, but I've finally gotten around to editing the pictures of the stuff I managed to get my hands on at that wonderful convention.

My loot includes
KopakaKurahk's loot includesI also got my mom a small Toy Story polybag set with the alien toy minifigure, since she loves those characters so much.

Soon I hope to upload some more pictures of our BrickFair adventure, so keep an eye out for that.

## So, I'm playing A Link to the Past...

Posted by Akano Toa of Electricity , in Video Games Aug 17 2013 · 95 views

...and I'm not enjoying it as much as I hoped to...

*avoids all the random objects being thrown at him in disagreement*

Let me explain.

I'm currently rescuing the maidens in the Dark World. I'm making the assumption that you're supposed to rescue them in numerical order, but I think they can be saved in (almost) any order. I've rescued two of them, with the third lying in the Dark World equivalent of the Lost Woods (the Skeleton Forest, I think?). Anyway, it took me forever to figure out how to get over there, since no obvious path showed itself on my map.

This game needs a guide. A Navi, Tatl, Ezlo, Midna, or King of Red Lions. Someone who knows the world and can help you get to where you need to go. I've been to the fortune teller in the game to figure out where to go, but he only gives you names, not directions, which makes it frustrating when I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off all over Hyrule trying to figure out where to go next.

Perhaps it will grow on me, but right now I'm longing for Minish Cap and its wonderful gameplay...

## My BrickFair Experience Abridged

Posted by Akano Toa of Electricity , in LEGO, Life Aug 03 2013 · 137 views

KK and I had an awesome time. I'll have pics posted later, so for now I'll just use a few words to describe my experience:

There were so many AMAZING creations, from a 7 foot long Serenity to some awesome Egyptian temple structures to Erebor from The Hobbit, and that doesn't even scratch the surface of the tip of the iceberg. The BIONICLE creations were really neat, and I enjoyed stopping by those tables. Speaking of, I have now officially met the following BZPeople (yes, that's what I call us/you/whatever) IN PERSON:
• Sumiki a.k.a. Cap'n Subnuki a.k.a. Hat Man
• Black Six a.k.a. Andrew a.k.a. you all know who he is
• The Architect a.k.a. Blog Lurker
• Xaeraz a.k.a. Xaeraz
• Aanchir a.k.a. He who draws Andrew Francis characters
BZPeople whom I saw but did not actually meet (sorry, I'll try harder next time not to be overwhelmed with ALL THE AWESOME and stop to talk to people more).
• Makaru
• Avohkah Tamer
• Bionicle Raptor (related: I also forgot to buy a BZPower shirt. )
• Possibly others whose appearances I don't know and thus would not recognize them.
All in all, it was an awesome afternoon well spent. I'll have some pictures up some time later this week, including my haul (not too substantial, but pretty cool).

## BRICKFAIR

Posted by Akano Toa of Electricity , in LEGO, Life Aug 02 2013 · 71 views

I will be there tomorrow. So will KK.

I am bringing a hat.

8D

## A Year of Sky

Posted by Akano Toa of Electricity , in Math/Physics Jul 29 2013 · 83 views

Because awesome.

Click here.

## My First BrickFair

Posted by Akano Toa of Electricity , in LEGO, Life Jul 17 2013 · 79 views

So, it looks like both KK and I will be going to BrickFair (so long as we have friends willing to give us rides). So, if you want to meet us, BE THERE! 8D

KK has said Tekulo's rather jealous about our adventure to the fair of bricks. Don't worry, Tekky, I'll be sure to take pictures and hopefully grab some good bricks.

In other news, I've caught up completely with the 900 comics of Order of the Stick, and it's a fantastic series. If anyone out there has a few days to kill, it's a blast to read, check it out.

As for my comics, I should make some new ones, huh? >>;

## My D&D Characters

Posted by Akano Toa of Electricity , in D&D Jul 05 2013 · 73 views

So, recently I told you all that my brother, KK, has come to stay with me this summer and that we've started a Dungeons and Dragons campaign in the land of Hyrule, set some 50 years or so after the events of Majora's Mask. We recently just dealt with some undead necromancy in the Kakariko graveyard and are waiting for orders from the King of Hyrule on where our party will travel for our next mission. KK has also gotten me into the wonderful webcomic The Order of the Stick, which lampshades and parodies the Dungeons & Dragons universe and gameplay. I have since made my player characters in the style of OotS's comic design and wish to share them with you, my lovely reader.

Atlov

Atlov is a Hylian wizard who specializes in the Storm Domain (bonus points to those who figure out where his name comes from). He aspires to use his wizard talents as a servant of the Royal Family of Hyrule.
Stats
Lawful Good, Level 2 Wizard, 12 HP, AC 12
Str: 10
Dex: 14
Con: 15
Int: 16
Wis: 14
Cha: 13

I'm planning to take a level in Cleric with Atlov after I get my level 2 Wizard spells, since it will give him a nice diversity and allow him to heal himself in battle. He currently worships Nayru, but I think that will change, a) because the Hyrule campaign thingy we're basing our game on doesn't give Nayru many good Cleric domains, and b) because while Nayru is the goddess of wisdom, it may make more sense to worship Hylia (since he wants to serve the Royal Family) or not have a preferred deity (since he may feel that they're all equally important).

Ralu

Ralu is a Zora bard from Zora's Domain. He enjoys traversing Hyrule and gathering new stories to tell through the soothing tones of his fish bone guitar. The diplomat of the group, since his Charisma is out the wazoo.
Stats
Chaotic Good, Level 2 Bard, 15 HP, AC 13
Str: 11
Dex: 11
Con: 16
Int: 15
Wis: 9
Cha: 16

Zoras get a penalty to strength, and I rolled a bad Wisdom score, but fortunately he doesn't need it too badly. Ralu worships Farore, since he's Chaotic rather than Lawful (otherwise I would have had him worship Nayru). I haven't developed his character too much yet, so we'll see where I take him during our journey.

### About Me

Akano Toa of Electricity

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Name: Akano
Real Name: Forever Shrouded in Mystery
Age: 23
Gender: Male
Likes: Science, Math, LEGO, Bionicle, Ponies, Comics, Yellow, Voice Acting
Notable Facts: One of the few Comic Veterans still around
Has been a LEGO fan since ~1996
Bionicle fan from the beginning
Misses the 90's. A lot.
Twitter: @akanotoe