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Premier Membership Winner

Posted by Lady Kopaka in Lady K's Blog, Aug 21 2014 · 12 views

The magic number was 351. Doing the math, Smooth Jazz was just 11 off, making him the closest.

Congrats! I'll get your premier membership set up asap

<3

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The Red

Posted by Zox Tomana in Softly Call the Muster..., Aug 21 2014 · 20 views

BZPower Muster

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A few of you know that I am involved in the world of Emergency Medicine, and as a matter of course I interact with other medics, with police officers, and with firefighters. As 9/11 nears, I would like to take a moment each week to recognize these three forces--the Red, the White, and the Blue--which are so integral and important in my life.

When I turned 16 I joined my city fire department as a junior volunteer. I still haven't been cleared to go inside burning structures, but I do what I can when I am in town. As I have gone to weekly meetings, the occasional call, and having seen them at work, I am struck by the dedication and professionalism shown by the firefighters of my town, and am proud that we are not alone among fire departments in our demeanor and deportment. It is almost a cultural stereotype that children look up to firefighters, but it is more than reasonable that they should.

These men who go forth in Red are intelligent and knowledgeable about their craft. From maintaining their equipment to planning fire attacks, there are meticulous details to firefighting that many people don't think about. Most people just think you "put the wet stuff on the red stuff," but how you go about it is very much dependent on what is burning, how it came to burn, and how big the blaze is. They must manage the fire, prevent it from spreading, and coordinate with each other and other fire companies in conditions that simply are not friendly to human life. The air could be clear and it could take five minutes to get in and out, or you could be totally blind in toxic smoke on your hands and knees for as long as your air pack will let you and be far from done with the fire.

The men and women who fight fire, saving our lives and (when possible) our homes, are heroes, period. I ask that you join me in a brief moment of silent respect for the men and women of the Red: from those who died of old age after years of service, to those who fell fighting their first fires, to the 341 firefighters who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks.



We honor the fallen, we remember their names.

Ivií,

Zox

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LEGO Buttons!

Posted by ChocolateFrogs in Scientific Progress Goes "Boink", Aug 21 2014 · 37 views

The LEGO button market is something that is truly lacking. I have some, I know some friends who have some, but I heard quite a few lamentations at BrickFair this year about how the lack of LEGO buttons is disappointing.

It just so happens that a friend has a button maker, so we punched these out, and a few others, at WAMALUG after BrickFair:
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So who wants them? I think there's a real market for LEGO buttons at the BrickFair Yard Sale. $2 each, and deals if you get 5 or 10 or a large bunch. All kinds of themes, including whatever LEGO catalogs from the mid-2000s I have lying around contain.
Except...what's the legality of selling these? They are LEGO's product images, yet I want to repurpose them for my own profit. Where do I start to figure it all out?
(That said, PM me and I'll get you the Joker, Emmet, and Wyldsyle buttons for $5 (+ $2 shipping) and the Gandalf, Elrond, Urak-Hai and dead King for $8 (+ $2 shipping).)

I have a handful of LotR/Hobbit instructions, some superhero stuff and some LEGO Movie stuff, plus a bit of Hero Factory and maybe a few other things. I also have some catalogs ranging from 2000 to 2013, including Rahkshi and Metru Nui, plus my own instructions dating back from the 90s to today and anything LUG members give me for the button endeavor.

What kind of buttons do you want to see? These are an inch-and-a-quarter, which I think is perfect.

-CF :kakama:

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In Memorium

Posted by Makaru in Kopaka-sama makes my kokoro doki doki, Aug 21 2014 · 90 views

An Cool Dude

August 2003 - August 2014

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”

― Thomas Campbell



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It is fair and just that I am an cool dude

Posted by TNTOS in A Writerly Blog, Aug 21 2014 · 35 views
BZP, word filter, cool dude

In all seriousness, though, I'm glad they got the word filter updated.

Now it's time for me to go back through all of my fics and add "jerk" and "idiot" where they're supposed to be, rather than the synonyms I've been forced to used thanks to BZP's word filter :P .

-TNTOS-

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remix war viii streaming

Posted by an actual real life horse in Canterlot Library, Aug 21 2014 · 22 views

i dont care if nobody else is excited because im excited enough to compensate for everyone here

but on saturday at celestiaradio.com at 10AM EST theyre streaming the songs for the newest remix war and i submitted a remix i made and cant wait to see peoples reactions and cant wait to hear what everyone else made

so if you like horse music and remixes and all that stuff come join the fun

if not thats ok cause like i said im excited enough for all of us

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My New Name

Posted by Zatth in Zatth Blag, Aug 20 2014 · 50 views

Due to the awesome cosmic powers that our very own Sisen possesses, he has been able to rechristen me and give me another name to add to my list of a myriad names I go by.

I can now, also be called:

Zatthman the Bley.



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Yup. I'm an idiot

Posted by ~Shockwave~ in The Aurora's Edge, Aug 20 2014 · 62 views

So yeah. I busted my 500GB laptop drive.

Oops.

I went to reposition myself and lay on the floor and forgot I injured my knee and freaked myself out and the laptop hit the floor and now I need a new drive...

Well, I have one, but it's a grand total of 120GB. So I guess that's something. But the other one is shot. Luckily most everything was backed up and the few things that weren't (Important pictures) had been backed up by my sister.

Ugh. I hate setting up a new computer.

But this thing now runs like lightning so there's that.

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I'm an Idiot

Posted by Sumiki in Blogarithm, Aug 20 2014 · 172 views

And I'm not bypassing the filter. :)

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Am I finally free to call people jerk faces?

Posted by dotcom in Tempest Tower, Aug 20 2014 · 74 views
filter!, kamen rider ryuki and 1 more...

Because Shibaura Jun was a total jerk face.

Whew. Glad I got that out of my system.

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New Story Up

Posted by Tekulo in the Green in This is My Lawn ♫♪, Aug 20 2014 · 42 views

The Mask of Change

Whew, this was really fun to write! It's been a while since I've attempted a BIONICLE story, but I hope it's at least enjoyable.

This is the second short story addition for Volition. We started it off with A Destiny Chosen. We have more stories in the works, so hopefully we'll continue getting them out in a timely manner.

GET OFF MY LAWN AND GET TO THE LIBRARY!

~Tekulo <3

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Why Are Some Minifigs So Got Dang Expensive?

Posted by Octodad in tub, Aug 20 2014 · 122 views

I know why, don't tell me. They come in more expensive sets, are more sought after, etc. It's a rhetorical question as I lament that a Luna Lovegood minifigure is a good $30 on Bricklink.

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So I guess August is nostalgia month now.

Posted by Element Lord of Milk in Build-a-bear workshop., Aug 20 2014 · 53 views

I decided to go through some of my old Star Wars sets earlier today and it's a pretty sordid state of affairs.

I don't know what the heck I was thinking when I put everything in boxes, most of the sets are completely torn apart. Even my CW Republic Gunship, once the pride of my SW collection, is in several chunks and many more individual pieces.

Luckily the CW AT-TE, one of my two Magnaguard starfighters, the 2010 Grievous' starfighter, and the Snowspeeder and turret from the 2007 Hoth Echo base set were relatively intact. (Other sets that haven't been put in boxes are the 2011 Millenium Falcon, the Sith Fury class interceptor, the 2012 X-wing, the 2012 desert skiff set, and the 2012 Droid escape set) .

My Motorized AT-AT is in it's own box but I haven't checked it yet, hopefully it's relatively intact. The 2011 Sith Infiltrator also seems curiously absent for the moment.

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Two-Thirds of a Third

Posted by Takuta-Nui in The Spinning, Aug 20 2014 · 66 views
chrysalisupdate, epic

I feel very bad about not updating this. If I did more often, I'd probably have more people interested. :P Here's hoping that changes when I do actually post. People respond better when there are actual results to promises!

I've reached what I consider to be roughly two-thirds of the way in the first epic of the Chrysalis Saga. I slowed down a lot in the past few months as I struggled to move past a transition point, which basically was like moving from the narrow end of a cone to the wide end. The world expanded (as planned, but it's a different thing to imagine it and write it), and I had to take time to consider what directions I wanted to go in. That's been figured out, and I'm writing quickly again. The scenes keep rolling out one or two every few days, so it's a great pace.

Deadline? I have one. Even if I haven't quite finished by the end of the year (and I'd be surprised if that's the case), I'm going to start posting in December. My newest story is almost here and I'm thrilled to be this close to sharing it with you.

In the coming weeks I think I'll start sharing tidbits here and there to give some colour to this Saga I keep on going about. I think it'll be a great ride. :)

BTW - my signature mysteriously disappeared. I've been seeing people talk about forum glitches, so I assume this is what happened. Gotta get it back up!

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Skyscraper

Posted by Bfahome in You're attacked by a Repair Nektann, Aug 19 2014 · 77 views

Skyscraper Got the pic the person who was running it took.

Engineering!!!

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Anniversary #0579

Posted by Noise #0579 in Letters From the Void, Aug 19 2014 · 46 views

Wait…have I really been here ten years?

Dang.

I was hoping to do some sort of special story thing for my 10th, but I couldn’t get a decent idea together. Ah well.

Hm, what have I accomplished in these ten years…? Well, I’m not an especially prominent member. I can’t say that I’ve participated in any momentous events, and both my proto and post count are less than what you’d probably expect from a ten-year member. Doesn’t seem like I’ve done a whole lot.

But, my member title is “Bionicle Writer of the Month.”

I know it’s seriously not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but the simple fact that one of my stories (heck, more than one!) was considered good enough to win a contest and be featured on the front page just…feels like a wonderful accomplishment. It implies that my writing has improved over these ten years, and that alone makes the whole stay worth it, I think.

So thanks for putting up with me for a whole decade, BZP! I hope we can continue to coexist.

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Hey Look I Made A Music: Remember The Laughs

Posted by Necro in Double Standard Three; Back From The Dead!, Aug 19 2014 · 62 views
music, my music, original content and 2 more...

https://soundcloud.c...er-the-laughs-1

As some of you are aware, Robin Williams’ passing hit me really hard personally. I decided the next song I would put together would be done in memoriam to Robin, and here it is. Figured that if he were alive, he’d rather us remember the good feelings he brought rather than anything else, hence the title.

RIP Robin Williams, I only hope you know how much you meant to a lot of us.

Also, two sidenotes: 1. I am aware that I am about two songs behind schedule on my goal of one song for each month this year. Hoping to recoup ground sometime over the last few months.

2. It would be really awesome if, to go along with the youtube embedding that we can do now, BZP added a Soundcloud embedding option.

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On Finland (Once Again)

Posted by Blue Fire in Ramblings of a Nerd, Aug 19 2014 · 47 views

Due to visa issues, it looks like I'll be delaying studying abroad in Finland until the Spring 2015 semester.

That leads to a whole set of other issues like graduating on time (more on that much later), but at this point, I don't care.

i want to go to Finland. I'm not going to let anything get in my way of that.

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Spikels Mixels Review

Posted by xccj in Team J.A.F., Aug 18 2014 · 83 views

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Probably not the first review of the new Spikels, but gosh it's gotta be one of the first. (Not that it really matters, I know most people barely read the reviews anyway.) Still, I am happier with these three than a lot of the others! Lots of character here!

:music:

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A conundrum

Posted by Sundowner in Desperado Inc. , Aug 17 2014 · 93 views

So I recently got a PSN gift $20 gift card. Normally I'd waste use it for LBP2 add-ons but I want to use it for a game. I'm torn between Far Cry 3 and Demon's Souls. I want to get these for my console because my PC would spontaneously combust upon playing these. So which should I get?



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