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  1. Blog Reporting

     

    In the past, before the upgrades and the downtime, reporting things in the blogs was a complicated mess of PMing BlogAlert, linking the content, describing the broken rules, and hoping someone read the BlogAlert account in a timely manner.

     

    NO MORE!

     

    The "REPORT" buttons on comments and entries DO WORK. Before the downtine, they did not. Now they do! Hurray!

     

    So, in short, if you have something to report, click that button, describe the offense, and a blog staff member will receive the report and an automatic link the the offending content. (Please do not use this to report signatures)

     

    This is much easier on us, on you, the general populace, and also on kittens everywhere.

     

    -The Blog Staff

  2. Well, it's simple as a, b, c. 

    i plug the hue animation camera into the PC i use, then load up the software that comes with it. I place the black curtain (anyone who has watched my videos will probably be familiar with said curtain) for use as a background.  then i go into my building room and spend 2-3 minutes choosing what to animate with. then i begin using the camera and software, often drinking large quantities of water to hydrate myself. when i'm done i usually upload it to my youtube channel, with some exceptions such as projects that would take several days to animate.

    If you have any tips or whether this was helpful, please let me know in the comments.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving, my BZP buddies. May your holiday be pleasant and filled turkeys and football (or whatever else you do on this day).

    Currently it's 62 degrees in here, which is fabulous for sleeping in with lots of warm blankets and pillows, but that's about it. Once it warms up some, it will be time to start the day.

    Christmas stuff has already been broken out and mostly set up; did all the major things like tree and lights, but decided to save some for after Thanksgiving. Pictures soon maybe?

    But anyways, enjoy your day.

  4. Greetings!

     

    My brother visited on his exact birthday, a merry, now rare, treat.

    Skyline Lemon Cheesecake, design haphazardly generated using what I could find about two hours before baking it. Based on his city. Engulfed in lemon butter-mint dough and brush painted with gel food coloring and charcoal powder. Used an X-acto to cut out the window lights and filled them with yellow. Two hours decorating time, but I feel like the colorful clouds resemble a toxic explosion a little more than a sunset. And the cream cheese frosting blob border...oh well.

    I wonder how he likes living in the clouds? Hard to believe he’s thirty-three floors up and hundreds of miles away. It’s easy to pretend people are still around, when one can mercilessly GIF text-spam them so they feel loved.

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    Also created a butterfly Koi shirt, because there was his one Japan trip and I’m grasping for themes. It’s a struggle to concoct gift ideas, as his interests are so focused. Dear INTP people, what things do you fancy (besides Chess, coffee, computers and cats)? Is using MBTI as a gift-guide a flawed plan? Especially if one hasn't adequately studied it...and mostly likes the type character pictures?

     

    In light of barely completing the cheertime gifts last (…and each past) year, I decided to start in August and attempt to abandon all the other projects until they were finished. Timed the hours, a first for the gifties. I should be making cards instead of typing this right now. Might make some small neighb-ornaments and maybe dog-gifts if possible. I should be a good mush’ and wait until the end of the season, but my family doesn’t inhabit these regions…Bro, if you’re a silent sleuth in these lands, look away! 

     

    Hand painted AquaKoi shirt for my boy. I’d never made him any jersey knit/tee shirts before...Akin to neglect.

    4.5 hrs to paint + 3.5 hrs to cut/sew = 8 hrs.

    Another one, a Pagoda for Christmas.

    9.5 hrs to paint + 3.5 hrs to sew =13 hrs.

    Done with diluted acrylics, french seams and new pattern draft. Drew the designs on parchment paper first, then outlined and pressure  indented on the fabric using red thing. Painted on front panels prior to assembly, heat set with iron, then prewashed to prevent paint bleeds. French seams throughout and done with a lightning-bolt stitch to accommodate the stretch.

    Apparently forgot to crop that one collage photo. Oops.

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    Yep, wrinkles. XD

     

    Belt-attachable leather phone case for my dad. Contact-glue parts and wet-lasted/hammered the front while clamping it onto a phone-sized block of wood. Sewed what I could with the Needle-Launching-Monster, cracked some needles, then awl punched the dampened veg tan seams and saddle stitched with dental floss-threaders. Velcro pads.

    8 hrs on this one.

    *Unsuccessful attempts to hide my shamefully callus art-hands from societal scrutiny while including for size reference*

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    “What shall I make for Granny? What can be a new gift at 93(I think?)?

    To ask, or go with masks..?

    5 hours to cut/sew both. 

    Pencil plus diluted acrylics on the bunny, so extra 30 minutes for that.

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    A messenger boho bag for my mom. Her linen ones made before are getting a tad threadbare and she’s too nice to say it. 

    First time using proper bag interfacing, last one was underlined with a trusty “sham-wow” towel.

    Used outer fabric from my dad’s old khakis, leather scrap lower reinforcements, and six-strand straps braided from suede cord. Designs done prior to assembly with washable marker, diluted acrylic, then heat set +prewashed.

    7 hrs to paint, 16.5 total with assembly. 

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    And lastly, leetle lighthouses! 

    My lighthouse-loving grandma once mentioned unsuccessfully searching for some mini ornaments of them.

    A few years lagging, *lightbulb*, a set could perhaps be done in felt?

    Seed beads, blanket stitch and sequins. 

    21.5 hrs total. 

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    Newly learned that a plastic shower curtain placed over a white cotton sheet makes for a less linty large backdrop?

    Guess that chips out 64.5 assembly hours. Slow, but I get there...?

     

    Off to sprinkle some oldish stuff on top.

    My mom informed me that someone on Nextdoor needed Halloween fairy wings and couldn’t find any at the store. And it's somehow thrilling to heedlessly drop everything, when you really shouldn't , and try to create for people if the chance arises? This has gotten me into a lot of trouble, yet, again, off we go!? Someone please stop me Yay! Tried to make a quick pair from jewelry wire braided around rope string, spray adhesive, a cellophane roll, clear plastic fabric, ribbon, elastic lace straps and jewels.

    Too bad there’s no “It’s three in the morning and we’re out of garage glue” hotline. The pink tint is from the drywall spray adhesive, it was the only can in the store. 

    The fairy who initially needed the wings had already found some, so they ended up going to a nice Nextdoor grandma instead. She had a teddy bear buckled up and riding in the back of her car. Like a boss. 

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    Being a temporary fairy was far funner than I expected. Hard not to frolic.

     

    Junkbot 

    A tad ago a kind member of the BZPower discord (TuragaNuva) related the origins of the server’s :trashbot: emoji (https://en.brickimedia.org/wiki/Junkbot#:~:text=Junkbot%20is%20a%20LEGO%20robot,descend%20to%20a%20different%20area

    Unbridled adoration for the creature spawned a trash-quality photo collage of making him. + [unofficial] baby sister Bowbot. 

     

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    Dalu, oldish, but might as well invite her too, for organization. Also forgot to pose her with size-ref-friends. Tutorial

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    She turned out taller than the reference Dalu set, because I forgot and sewed the head without torso overhang.

    Guess I’m retrying LEGO projects done poorly in 2012-14? 

    Quote

    “I might make some more, if I get some more stiffened felt.”

    -Me, Gluey, Sharpie-stained stiff felt Jala topic, 2014. *Places a rose on Majhost’s unmarked grave and retakes photos*

     

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    spamdom stuff

    When you’re gifted an ornament but no quickthankscard ideas erupt:

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    When you have a delightful dream that your dear old bear plush, Mum, is “More than just a bear ( and is exceedingly special)” and that prospect stays in mind the entire afternoon.

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    When the ‘Scov’es get a grain-cut and ferociously bite the feet whilst one is swinging. (I’ve unintentionally stubbed the poor boys, yet they tarry on with those tiny fictitious teeth.)

    My mom esteems the birds unsightly.

    I think their cherry-red-caruncle masks look mighty. 

    What are your opinions on the Muscovy complexion? 

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    [tensely-waiting-an-hour-for-Dr.-to-join-Zoom-visit moth, hoped she’d munch the wait away]]

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    May your winterdays be far from gray, happy holidays!

     

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    Maddison and I got married on October 2nd, 2021 in a very lovely elopement in the same city we live in, at sunset.

  6. It's Mask of Light, but all the Matoran on Mata Nui are on their own quests to find the seventh Toa before anyone else like It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.

    Takua accidentally rides Pewku into a lake of lava and they both slowly become lava bones while Jaller waves from the bankside.

  7. Taka Nuvia
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    Feeling like it, so... ask me anything, and you shall receive answers. ^_^

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    Severed are the seas.
    Stridently the Sirens sing,
    Shattering the earth.


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    Some of the design is inspired by the Zaku mobile suits from Gundam. 
     

  9. So this is the end of my slog of prepared reviews to post.  I got a plethora of new sets from the Summer release, so I’ll probably look into reviewing those in the coming days, but there’ll be more time needed so it won’t be like I’m spamming the blogs too much.  Not that I think anybody’s really noticed or worried about that, anyway; it is kind of interesting that I used to gripe about all sorts of stuff here and now I mainly just stop by to post set reviews.  I do miss the days when there was a ton of content in the blogs, but alas times are changing and people are moving to other social networks.

    And I’m just as guilty of it, especially because I’ve been taking these mini blog reviews and reposting them on BrickSet.  I haven’t posted reviews on BrickSet in 8 years and they have a new system and everything. . . and yet I can skirt moderation because I posted so many CMF reviews (that were marked as helpful) there 8 years ago that I’m listed as a trusted reviewer.  I still plan to do the big in-depth reviews on BZPower when I have the chance. . . which I ended up doing for the Ninjago Hydro Bounty last week.  But I also like to give quick snippits on other sets without going the full mile I do for a front page review. . . and honestly nobody is seeing them here in my blog, but they might reach an interested audience on BrickSet, who’s inventory of sets remains one of the best on the web.  (Their opinionated member base in news comments. . . that’s a different story.)  Too bad they don’t seem to allow embedded Instagram photos, which is where I’m posting most of my picts for now.

    Of course, here’s the main event…

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    265 pieces, $29.99

    More photos on (where else?) Instagram!

    This was not a scene I was expecting to be made into a set.  But given that Korg and Miek don’t really show up a whole lot of places, so it’s hard to find a set for them to fit in.  Something from Ragnarok, like the jail cells or rainbow bridge battle?  Boring or already done in a previous set.  They showed up in the final battle of Endgame but were basically just cameos, so if you’re going to get them in a set, might as well be in the one scene they were solely featured in.  And so thus we get Thor’s messy room, also known as “it doesn’t look that bad compared to my place, heck you can even see the floor in places!”

    First the figs.  You get three characters that are all exclusive to this set: Bro Thor, Korg, and Miek.  Bro Thor / Fat Thor shows him without a shirt and with a big belly, whose printing overlaps onto the hips (although the coloring isn’t great.)  It’s about the best you can do to showcase a chubby stomach in printed form; I would be tempted to suggest that they’d actually make an additional molded piece to create a 3D belly, like the fat-suit that Chris Hemsworth had to actually wear. . . but I guess that would be going a bit far for a humanoid minifig.  The head and hairpiece are reused from the other Thor figs in sets this year. Next up is Korg, who is wearing a festive tan skirt with his rocky abbs visible beneath it.  I think the headphones he comes with are supposed to be because he’s a gamer now.  His rocky hair piece is exclusive, I believe, and does a good job of recreating this character as a fig.  Miek was a bit more abstract of a character, so he only gets a printed minifig head atop a few studs.  The flower studs give him some added texture, but he remains quite simple.

    The main room is pretty cluttered for a LEGO model but has a lot of fun details hidden around it.  Pizza boxes litter the house, you have stuff like a frying pan, a whip, a pitch fork, an ore, and a shovel stashed on the walls.  There are seem to be two boat models; one on the shelf above the couch and one above the fireplace.  (Maybe they’re supposed to resemble something else, but I see them as mini sail boats.)  Strangely, there’s a barrel next to the fireplace that contains trans yellow tiles.  This is obviously supposed to be ale, but I find it kind of weird that alcohol is included in a LEGO set in such a way.  Maybe officially it’s labeled as lemonade?

    The couch is the most interesting build of the bunch, featuring a few SNOT techniques to create the cushions.  And then you have a lot of detailed stickers hidden around the model.  The TV (nicely placed at an angle) showcases the video game, where Korg seems to be a playable character due-wielding Stormbreaker and Mjolnir.  Noobmaster is making some comments on the side, and you even see the stud score at the top of the screen, representing many LEGO video games, even if that’s not exactly what they were playing in the scene, heh.  (It was Fortnight, right?  I dunno, don’t really have the time or budget for games like that.)  I don’t know if the number for the score means anything, it’s too long for the set number anyway.  A newspaper clipping is included talking about the blip. . . obviously New Asgard is old school if they’re still using print newspaper.  Somebody needs to build them a website.  The best sticker is the photo of Thor, Valkyrie, Korg, and Miek attached to the wall, a nice memento of their previous adventures.

    Once you’ve removed all the clutter, the room itself is extremely basic.  The walls use a mixture of different textured bricks to give it a rustic look, and there’s a little stove in the corner.  A fun bit of the design is cookie tiles and pizza slices are placed on the floor under other items like the couch, showing just how messy Thor has let his place become.  The exterior looks remarkably plain, but the door does open to let you in, even if the ale barrel blocks you from entering too far in.  There’s also a small signpost for New Asgard that’s supposed to be set up outside the room.  (Full disclosure; in the photos you may notice I’m missing one of the dark tan windowsill pieces.  It felt to the carpet while I was building, my dark tan carpet that it blends into too well, and for the life of me I cannot tell where it bounced off to.  So, alas, I moved forward without it.)

    I think the minifigures are the main draw to this set, and the other pieces don’t necessarily excite me.  There are a few fun sand green elements in the couch, and the walls used a lot of SNOT and masonry bricks which could be useful.  Oh, plus the angled door frame is here, which isn’t new but I still believe it’s uncommon.  The printed pizza tiles and game controllers are also a nice touch.  I could’ve gone without the treasure chest however; I’m not a fan of getting the bottom half but not the top half.

    It’s a solid display piece that captures a lot of nice details from the movie with some easter eggs hidden around.  The characters are great, but there’s a pretty big lack of action features here, so not really a set for playability.  I feel this is probably aimed to an older audience who want to collect the figs, but I’m sure any Avengers / Thor fans will appreciate this set for what it is.  And honestly, at $29.99, it’s on the cheaper end of things too.  I wouldn’t say that this is the set to represent the EndGame movie, but it will do a good job of supplementing your Avenger collection.  (And besides, we all needed an Korg fig even if we haven’t admitted it to ourselves yet.)

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  10. (Warning: Kinda long and rambly)

    So my last real entry was at the beginning of the summer, right after I graduated. Now, I'll be honest, I didn't do a whole lot for much of the summer. But, what I did do was plan for Brickfair. My dad has a new job and he couldn't take time that week, but hey, I'm 23 now and I have a functional car, so that's not a problem. It is a 10 hour drive though, and I didn't want to be tired and miss out on all the fun, so I had the idea that I would go up a week in advance and stay with my aunt in Maryland. This also worked out nicely since I haven't seen her since pre-pandemic.

    I started my drive up on July 21st, exactly a week before the start of the convention. This was my first time driving a long distance by myself, and I was in no rush, so I figured I would stop in a hotel for the night halfway up, along with any other stops I felt like making. The first such stop was at an outdoor mall. Normally, I don't go to a mall alone, but I've passed this one so many times over the years on my trips to and from Maryland without actually checking out, so I thought I could change that while also exploring "outside" a little. I got myself a couple new pairs of sandals there, because I had noticed mine were beginning to smell during the car ride, and I didn't want to stink up the whole convention hall with my foot odor. (There ended up being enough complaints about stinky people in the Bionicle section with me contributing...)

    I stopped for dinner and a hotel, both of which kind of sucked, near the NC/VA border. I hit the road the next morning, but the 2nd half of the trip contained many more stops, enough that it really increased the length of the trip. I needed food, to use the bathroom, and to charge my phone. I somehow managed to navigate the final leg and ended up at my aunt's place that night. I was proud of myself for making that drive myself, but mostly I was just tired. I think at some point, it could be fun to just go on a road trip along that route with some friends.

    I really enjoyed staying with my aunt for a few days. I think I made some healthy habits while I was there. I ate more fruit and gamed a little less. I took an enjoyable 2 mile walk each morning for the duration of my stay. I had been a bit worried I might have nothing to talk about with my aunt, but we were able to have plenty of good conversation. We also went on a few day trips together. One day we went to an art museum, and another we got me some nicer newer clothes.

    On Wednesday, I packed up and drove off to Virginia. It was only a 1 hour drive instead of the 9 hour one it would have been from home. My initial plan was to have my own hotel room, but I saw Ziontyro looking for a roommate, so I decided to reach out to him. That was a good decision, it was a great experience sharing a room with a couple other Bionicle fans.

    There were relatively few people there this year that I already knew. Most notably, I was the only farm animal. I did have Luroka there at least, but otherwise, I was trying to introduce myself to new people to make friends, rather than catching up with new ones. I'm a bit shy, and it took me a while to come out of my shell, but I'm satisfied that I was able to make a good impression on at least a few people. Also, there were just less people there this year in general.

    There were a few Bionicle panels this year. Nothing compared to 2019, but still good fun. I think my favorite was the "Actual, Physical Violence" one, where we all cheered like mad for everything Brian said and yelled out "Pickle [name]!" to all the guests who took the microphone. I think the mask hunt was also a good idea, nice to get people out looking around at the mocs during private hours.

    I think Saturday night was my favorite part of the con. ToaD came through for a while during the public hours, but afterwards, I met up with him and Unit and we went to a Korean Barbecue place near the convention center. It was a great dinner. Afterwards, I headed back to the convention center. This was my first time really staying there during the adult swim hours. Before, I had always gone back to a hotel room to hang out once adult swim started, even once I was old enough. It was also my first time drinking during the con, although I only had a couple White Claws. There was a large carpeted section of the convention full of green 2x4 bricks and that's mostly where I hung out during adult swim. This is really where I came out of my shell, messing around and having a good time with some cool people I hadn't interacted with too much up to that point in the convention. This was the type of night I feel like I haven't had in a long time, maybe years.

    The public hours were pretty good to me too. I brought my Lego version of Betrayal at House on the Hill with me to display, and I actually decided to sit with it during the public hours. Most of the kids ran past me to get to the Elsa castle down a bit from me, but it made my day hearing one kid yell "Wow, Betrayal at House on the Hill!". After that, it was usually gamer types who recognized it that would talk to me, but I still loved it! I was very surprised and satisfied with the amount of people that liked my moc.

    On top of that, on Sunday, one more person came up to me and asked me if I was the one who made it. I of course answered yes, thinking this was  just someone else who liked my creation. Then, he hands me a Brickee, the trophies awarded at Brickfair. I was SHOCKED at this, I was thinking there was no way he had the right guy. I even checked again on the website after he left. But it was for me, and I'm so happy with this! Winning a Brickee is literally something I wrote down as a life goal when I was in 6th grade. I think I had a grin on my face the whole rest of the day.

    I of course brought back a lot of Lego with me too. I picked up my lugbulk order. I won a Ford Mustang from door prizes, which led to some jokes with my friends back home. I snagged a few nice deals at the yard sale. And I got a few prints from Khing K and Ziontyro.

    Overall, Brickfair was lot of fun as always. Traveling up and going on my own was a big milestone for me, and between that and socializing I feel a lot braver. I also feel older, which can be both a good and bad thing. :shrugs: Thank you to everyone who made Brickfair 2021 such a good experience for me! And I hope maybe I made it better for you too.

  11. Here are the two shirts for BrickFair/BZPower this year! (Give or take a shade of orange or yellow. Touching that up.)

    The teal is the primary shirt. You can order a yellow shirt if you ALSO order a teal shirt. (To keep costs down like 2019's orange shirt, which was still a dollar more because so few people wanted it.)

    *Shirts are $10 each (unless we need to bump up the yellow, as explained). *Please message ChocolateFrogs your order: Shirt(s) and size(s) by Friday night, 6/25. *Reminder we're only giving these out at BrickFair VA 2021 in August. If you can not make it, ask a friend who is going to order for you. We're not bothering with mailing out orders or keeping track of who ordered what but someone else it picking it up or whatever.

    Thanks for reading!

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  12. I’ve done this a couple of times here before (although I didn’t mean for 6 months to pass before doing another one of these, oops) so I won’t explain it again.  You can see my past two here:

    Back To The Future

    If Life Were A Movie

    And I’ll be using my playlist of music from 2017 (557 songs) for this one; share yours below if you want to.

     

     

    The Future:

    1. What is my life’s philosophy?

    “Fine” – Tayler Buono (not good or bad, just fine)

     

     

    2. What will my last words be?

    “Ground Control” – All Time Low; Tegan and Sara (So my death’s gonna be plane related?  Ominous)

     

     

    3. How am I Feeling today?

    “Want You Back” – HAIM (ha, ha, NO)

     

     

    4. What is my Theme song?

    “Totalizer” – Charly Bliss (uh…*checks Genius* alright, next)

     

     

    5. What song will be played at my wedding?

    “Give Me Your Word” – Bella Goldwin (I’ll take it)

     

     

    6. What song will be played at my funeral?

    “Life Goes On” – Bailey Bryan (well, not my life, but good advice anyway)

     

     

    7. How will I be remembered?

    “Just A Crush” – Grace Vanderwal (whoa)

     

     

    8. What is some good advice for me?

    “Big Girls Cry” – Mimoza (wrong gender, but sure)

     

     

    9. What’s my life’s dream?

    “Empty” – Olivia O’Brien (what?)

     

     

    10. What’s my kind of lady/man?

    “Something To Tell You” – HAIM (no comment)

     

     

    11. How do people see me?

    “High Enough” – K.Flay (um, OK, next)

     

     

    12. How would I describe this page?

    “Bleachers” – Jillian Jacqueline (another what?)

     

     

    13. How would I describe my best friend?

    “Bloom” – Marnie (uh, ok)

     

     

    14. What’s in store for this week?

    “No Love” – Olivia O’Brien (OUCH)

     

     

    15. How would I describe my parents?

    “Sleep” – Timothy Heller (ha)

     

     

    16. If I had one wish, what would I wish for?

    “Too Many Love Songs” – Maggie Rose (probably not)

     

     

    17. What do my friends think of me?

    “(Not) The One” – Bebe Rexha (I think that’s a good thing?)

     

     

    18. What is said about me behind my back?

    “Oh Love” – MisterWives (no comment)

     

     

    19. What do I think of this questionnaire?

    “Fly high” – DREAMCATCHER (cool story)

     

     

    Favorites: 2, 6, 11, 14

     

    -JAG

  13. As something of a realist, I knew going into this year that fangirl and fanboy pipe dreams of "The Return of BIONICLE" for the 20th anniversary was crazy talk. As much as I love the original run of BIONICLE from 2001 to 2010, there was no way in Karzahni that LEGO was going to revive the theme just for an anniversary year. It's a major one, but still. BIONICLE is done. No need to "continue" the story or reboot it (2015 and 2016 showed how poorly the latter went).

    My prognostication was we'd likely get something like a GWP or one-off trinket by the summer to commemorate the worldwide release of BIONICLE (Europe had the Toa and Turaga from the start of 2001, but the US and Canadian markets didn't see BIONICLE sets on shelves until July). On the lower end, I figured we might be lucky to see prints of, say, Kanohi masks on minifigure torsos scattered throughout CITY sets or sets from another theme.

    Then I found out about this "20 Years of LEGO Harry Potter" nonsense. Wow, I mean, I know LEGO loves money (and I write that realistically, with no chagrin or sarcasm), but Harry Potter is beyond a cash grab at this point. Especially considering several years went by when LEGO didn't produce a single Harry Potter anything. Why celebrate that, of all LEGO themes?

    But that's not even why I'm mad. It was the sight of a sticker on a piece in one of these anniversary sets that really spelled it out for me. In what looks like a star chart of constellations in whatever weird, transphobic, "magic" universe Harry Potter is set in, one of the designers snuck in a constellation that forms the shape of the Kanohi Hau, a symbol of BIONICLE as a whole.

    Great. Bravo. Slow clap. See that BIONICLE fans???? BIONICLE LIVES!!! Happy 20th anniversary! Watch my YouTube video to see how LEGO CELEBRATES BIONICLE - SECRET COMEBACK?!?!?

    Blood from a (Makoki) stone, people. I kept my expectations in check, but now, after seeing this "tribute" in one of the new Harry Potter sets, I'm beginning to wonder if I was the foolish BIONICLE fan too optimistic for LEGO to pay respects to one of the greatest themes they ever produced? Is this all we're getting for acknowledgment of BIONICLE's 20th anniversary? Or is there a leak to come of something just a tad more substantial?

    We can only hope. If this is it, though, it will be a very sad footnote to one of the best original stories I've ever heard and participated in. Reduced to a single image in a set celebrating the 20th anniversary of another, non-LEGO, IP.

    Well, there's always the 50th anniversary...

  14. Found these lil dudes on facebook marketplace, all sealed! Had to drive an hour to pick them up but I couldn't pass on them. I have probably quadruples of each by now I think? But having some sealed ones is pretty amazing

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  15.  Tuesdays seem more tiring than Mondays in my opinion.

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    The end is here.

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    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 the droid is picking the flower ^_^
     

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    Update on the Ko-Koro Express - gift went over well, my folks loved it, but the pup, Dakota (sometimes goes by Dog-kota) felt insecure. But fear not, he was promptly and repeatedly assured that he is still a good boy, just sometimes a noisy boy. 

  18. Once something is close enough to pass through the skin, it enters the black hole in your chest that formed from the self-destructive weight of the questions that are at the end of their lives, as old as anyone has ever been, but also just as young as you. "Who am I?" "What is the meaning of life?" which invariably means, "what is the meaning of my life?" It is said to teach is to learn. How can you teach something only you will ever truly understand? With that in mind, how can you ever truly learn what you know?

     

    Suppose you are trying to describe a friend to someone else. You can use the words most of us would use; loyal, kind, funny (for some of them). You could very well go far, far beyond that. But what that friend is to you is something that can never be articulated fully because no one else is you. To anyone else that friend is just another person, or perhaps their friend, not yours. Once something is a part of you, you can only be and feel it, never know it, because the black hole questions will never stop sucking you in.

     

    I can describe my childhood home to you, can draw a blueprint for you. I can tell you that my room was blue and had a window looking out on the street, and right outside was the staircase that led down to the front door. I can even tell you how that scared me as a child because on nights when I couldn't get to sleep and heard things going bump I'd imagine some axe-wielding madman would kick in the door and come right up and chop me to bits first. But I can never make you understand what it was to me, what it was to live there. It's in my bones, not my head. If I break off a piece of me and give it to you, it will wither and die.

     

    I could, however, tell you in no uncertain terms what the home of someone I know is. I might not remember how many chairs are around the kitchen table or what color the walls are, but I could tell you what it's like to be there, what's on the air. How it feels in that house. That place is nowhere near the event horizon.

     

    This trick works for people, too, and the further they are from you the sharper the image is. I can tell you more about a stranger passing on the street from the way they walk, how they carry themselves. What they wear and how they speak, what's in their eyes. Do they grimace or just roll their eyes when they step in that puddle? When I look at my dearest friends the lens is blurry with love and years of memory. The woman opposite me in the waiting room is a neon sign.

     

    We grasp and flail through our lives and anything we manage to grab ahold of is brought in close, too close, lost and kept forever. You will never stop asking who you are, but people on distant and lonely planets of their own are putting together the puzzle of you. The further from your reach they are, the bigger the piece they've got.

     

    You may stumble through darkness, but know that in the telescopes of unseen strangers, in untarnished clarity, the real you burns.

  19. The fire that was threatening my local area is mostly contained. Actually it has been for two weeks or so. Evacuation orders are probably almost entirely lifted by now except for some small area. So that's mostly good. It did not come without losses for many people, though.

    But it's California, and we're a box of matches when it comes down to it. Hotspot detection satellites are lighting up the state like a Christmas tree. That's why even though we (folks in my area) aren't being immediately threatened by fires, we're still breathing near toxic air, ash is falling down like a light sprinkle of snow, and everything looks like Las Vegas from Blade Runner 2049 (which, not fun fact, the look was inspired by this very phenomenon). And many, many people are still being threatened by fires.

    And we aren't even in fire season yet. October is when we start to see stronger winds, when things can get really bad. But, then, at this rate, what will be left to burn?

    What a miserable end of summer.

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  20. Lo, a rare iaredius! Fond of nebulae and Roman art, I have fused them. First made a glowing blue edged edit of dynastic emblem of the Comnenus dynasty, then made my own personal monogram. Tired of a plain black background with only this blue bird, I made the creature somewhat holographic and placed a befitting nebula as its background. Behold!

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  21. So, I haven't been on this website in YEARS, but something I specifically regret forever is posting some very blatant anti-LGBTQ+ bull on here. At the time I had zero (0) socialization with anyone other than those who my conservative parents exposed me to, and HOO BOY have things changed. For one thing, I myself have come to realize my own bisexual identity. I feel like MOST of my friends now aren't straight, amazing what getting a theatre degree does to you.

    So, for those I hurt way back when, if you're even still around here? I'm so sorry for the hateful identity-defying rhetoric I spouted back then. A term I've come to appreciate is "hate parroting," and at the time I really was a hate parrot against the LGBTQ+ community. I regret hurting people by inserting my own dumb, sheltered child opinion, and my adult self is at least offering this apology to the void that will probably not even be read by anyone (and that, afterwards, I probably won't visit this site ever again, or at least not for another few years). I can only hope that this provides some mental closure for me after agonizing over things I said on a children's website years ago, and that somehow someone directly affected back then might see it and feel validated that their attempts to tell me I was wrong weren't completely in vain.

    I love the memories I have otherwise of BZPower, and do miss everything I've done here long ago. Thanks for everything, and one more time, I'm so sorry for hurtful things I once said and hope this olive branch provides... something? Anyways, peace and love, **** Trump, I hope everyone's living life to its fullest despite the world crumbling right now. -Benjamin

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    My elementary-school self is jumping with joy.

    One of the ways I've occupied myself this summer was by trying to reconstruct one of the old LEGO Pirate ships, the Black Seas Barracuda. However, I wanted to do it with a twist. I've always loved the sails of the Skull's Eye Schooner, but the yellow/black/white motif of the Barracuda was always my preferred color scheme. Therefore I opted for a mixture of the two.

    The sails are, alas, not genuine, but printed sheets of paper cut appropriately. Surprisingly it looks really good in person, but I do want to try printing actual cloth sails in the future.

    A keen eye will notice that the bow is modified to be more like that of the Skull's Eye Schooner, and there are still some minor decorative pieces that need to be obtained, but otherwise it looks quite impressive.

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