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How I'd Do Bionicle Gen 3

Posted by SPIRIT in SPIRIT's Blog, Apr 23 2017 · 4 views

If Lego put me in charge of doing a solid Bionicle Gen 3 reboot, I'd worldbuild the new island around the theme of renewable energy. It'd be easy to divide by element, and who wouldn't want a generation of youth imagining a cleaner planet?

The setup would be that you've got these robots living on a tropical island with these jury-rigged energy capturing devices that help power their meager villages. Kind of like a rural Star Wars planet.

Ta-Koro: Geo thermal. Village built by a volcano. No brainer.

Ko-Koro: Hydro electric. There isn't a lot you can do with ice, but you can do a lot with mountains. Waterfalls, dams, that sort of thing. That being said, you'd have to make the Ko-Matoran more of a mountain people than an ice people.

Ga-Koro: Wave power. This is totally a thing (look it up). You've got these generators on the ocean that turn the movement of waves into power. Plus Ko-Koro doesn't have anything else that makes sense, so had to give them hydro.

Onu-Koro: Nuclear power (or at least something similar). An almost endless power source that you can just dig up from the ground. Remind anyone of lightstones?

Le-Koro: Solar power. Let's double down on the jungle theme here and back off on the air theme. Jungle is a fine element. Plants grow using solar power. Plus Ta-Koro already had geothermal so someone needed to take solar.

Po-Koro: Wind power. Stone was a dumb element anyway. Make Le-Koro be about plants and let Po-Koro be a big windy field with windmills all over the place.

Regardless of what Lego does end up doing, it would be nice if we got a bit more worldbuilding for Gen 3 than we did for Gen 2.

How would you worldbuild for Gen 3?


LDD Decals

Posted by Bfahome in You're attacked by a Repair Nektann, Apr 22 2017 · 41 views

LDD Decals [miraculousness intensifies]

Are there any decent LDD-compatible minifig decal templates out there? Like ones that outline exactly how they apply to the torso or arms or legs or whatever. I feel like the arms are going to be annoying to do unless I can actually see how the file is mapped to the piece.


Ian McDiarmid vs Ian McKellan

Posted by Jean Valjean in Kraggh's Works ♫♪, Apr 22 2017 · 33 views

:kaukau: So basically, Emperor Palpatine vs. Magneto. In a death match. Who would win?



Book Listening

Posted by Ta-metru_defender in TMD's Creatively Named Blog, Apr 22 2017 · 30 views

Essays, Not Rants! 265: Book Listening

I’ve been a huge Trevor Noah fan since he showed up on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show and started ragging on misconceptions of contemporary Africa by comparing it to the rural US. I found his stand-up special, African American, on Netflix and was delighted to hear him cracking jokes about growing up mixed. Though mine was in no way identical, there was enough familiarity there to really connect. Also, he’s funny. So I was one of the five people who was really keen on him taking over The Daily Show and I also got a chance to see him live last fall in New York when he taped his new special.

Point is, I’m a big fan of Trevor Noah. So when his book, Born A Crime, was available for free on Audible, I got audible and the free book. And by book I mean audio book. A book you listen to. Not read.

As was made plenty clear last week, I have Many Feelings about the Physicality of Books. I got a hold of the audio book because it was ~free~ with the intention of probably intentionally buying the physical version to actually read.

Because who has time to listen to a book?

When I read I like having my full attention on said reading. If I’m listening to music it’s gonna be instrumental (Current favorite: The Transistor soundtrack). I’m the sort who gets distracted easily and can end up reading a page and a half before realizing I was thinking about what to cook for dinner. So listening seems counterintuitive. A little too easy to get distracted.

That said, I did end up listening to a couple hours of Born A Crime while on a long car ride. It’s a great listen, and as a perk it’s narrated by Noah himself and so rife with accents and proper pronunciation of the Xhosa names. It’s a charming listen, and I don’t really feel like I’m missing out on anything I would from reading.

Except for the whole bookiness thing.

Look, I like turning pages. I like glancing back. But one thing that Audible does that I really like is that I can bookmark chunks and write notes down. Well, type notes up. So I can take the recording back to the place where he discusses how his grandmother saw him as being white growing up or how he used language as a kid to jump between social spheres at school. It’s neat, to be sure.

That said, one thing that’s nice-but-daunting is that it clearly says how long each chapter will take you. I’m gearing up to start the next one, but it’s gonna take twenty-two minutes and I don’t know that I have twenty-two minutes. Sure, I could break it up; listen to ten minutes now and twelve later, but it feels like I’m interrupting his train of thought. More so than a book 'cuz I can’t skim the past couple of pages. I can rewind back a minute or so, but I can’t skim. But I can now consume a book while doing something else, like playing video games. Which is how I usually watch The Daily Show or stand-up anyway. So not all bad – but Born A Crime is a pretty meaty book in some parts, so, again, full attention is better. But hard. Because I’m sitting around doing nothing.

Now, Born A Crime is a bit of an oddity, in that it’s read by Trevor Noah, a person known for talking. Where most audio books are read by someone who’s not the writer, with this we get to actually hear it 'as intended.' So does that make it truer to its ideal than the written version? I’m not sure. I lean towards the understanding that if something is presented one way, it is intended to be seen that way. Movie scripts are great and all, but they’re supposed to be movies. A stand-up special doesn’t work as well on the page, for obvious reasons. So does a work that’s meant to be read work as spoken word? Especially if it’s spoken by the dude who wrote it?

I don’t know. I do know that I’m enjoying the book, but I wonder if I’d enjoy it more read. I do know that I will be picking up a physical copy eventually to reread and annotate. Will I listen to another book down the line? Hard to say, 'cuz half the reason I like reading is, well, the reading part.



Posted by Paleo in PaleoBlog, Apr 22 2017 · 35 views
Season 2 finale, !!!

DISCLAIMER: This show isn't exactly compliant with BZP content rules.

The Expanse aired its season 2 finale on Wednesday and I finally got around to watching it. AND IT WAS AMAZING. Truly one of my all time favorite shows (think Game of Thrones in space, and with a lot more science).

Season 1 is available on Amazon prime, and I'm pretty sure the entire second season is available on the Syfy website.

So what are you waiting for!


Guardians of the Product Placement

Posted by Hordaki in Presumably Coherent Ramblings, Apr 21 2017 · 42 views
Film, Marvel

It's funny how three years ago, hardly anyone knew about the Guardians of the Galaxy and nobody expected it to be a hit. And now I just saw Geico, Hanes, and Ford all run commercials about them. Groot was hanging out with the Gecko and underwear will help you save the universe.

Hollywood is weird.


There Is No Context

Posted by Lab Member 0579 in Mt. Coronet, Apr 20 2017 · 59 views

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This exists, because of me.


Five days

Posted by SwagtronYOLO in Designated Tekulo Crying Corner ♡, Apr 20 2017 · 62 views

I go back to my summer job in five days.

I am so going to miss my cats.

Also I should probably start packing important stuff like clothes and stuff.


Youtube Recommends Gaston to Me

Posted by Toa Smoke Monster in The Island., Apr 19 2017 · 53 views
Youtube, Gaston, Help, WHY? and 1 more...

So for the last week or so, my Youtube recommendations have been showing me videos of the part in the animated Beauty and the Beast where Lefou sings to Gaston to cheer him up. Except the scene has been altered in certain ways in each video, which ranges them from funny to odd to disturbing. Here is one of those videos:

And here's another one:

Maybe I should start looking up different stuff on Youtube. :P


Anniversary AMA

Posted by ChocolateFrogs in Scientific Progress Goes "Boink", Apr 18 2017 · 82 views

Almost let this slip by... but my BZPower anniversary is here! I've been on BZPower for more than half my life. Wow!

So, ask me anything.

-CF :kakama:


Games and Trivia

Posted by Valendale in The Frozen Mirror, Apr 18 2017 · 44 views

I'm hosting a mafia game by that name right now.

We've got several open spots, so come on down and play.



Posted by Gravelord NiToaD in Terrible Things for a ToaDally Low Cost, Apr 15 2017 · 50 views

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lol inactivity


nintendo direct

Posted by Voltex in Breath of the Wild, Apr 12 2017 · 69 views

i officially give up on even attempting to collect all of the amiibo

13 new amiibo announced today, including player 2 versions of smash amiibo, which means a switch port is likely (as well as additional player 2 versions), it's just too much

it will remain a dream and i'll still collect, but there's no way i'll manage to get them all


direct and to the point

Posted by Monado Girl in Beyond the Blue Sky, Apr 12 2017 · 75 views

5/10 nintendo direct

the splatoon stuff made it a 10/10

the arms stuff made me interested in arms, unlike before

but the lack of XB2 info docked it 5 points. try again next time, nintendo.

seriously though, spla2oon is looking GREAT so far. love that new game mode. and ARMS is looking less like a cool tech demo and more like something worth buying.


Thesis Submitted

Posted by Akano in Akano's Blog, Apr 11 2017 · 94 views

Six years, four papers, and 179 pages later, I have submitted my Ph.D. thesis.

Now I have to defend it. But first, STRESS RELIEF VIA VIDEO GAMES!

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Benifits of Fluency in the Matoran Alphabet

Posted by JMSOG in Odd Thoughts by JMSOG, Apr 11 2017 · 86 views

Benifits of Fluency in the Matoran Alphabet So, this might not work for everyone, but it works great for me.

I recently figured out that I can fluently write in the matoran alphabet, and read it nearly fluently. Since I'm a college student, and happen to have a less-difficult class right now (It's a music history course, and the first 3 weeks have been mostly teaching the rest of the class basic music theory that I already know), I decided to test out note taking in matoran.

My memorization has skyrocketed. Because the letters are so complex, I'm forced to spend more time thinking about what it is I'm writing, which is the whole point of note taking anyway.

Plus, I'm a person who really doesn't like handwriting anything, but I've found this alphabet really nice to write with. I recommend it.

EDIT: the number 6 at the top of the page is the wrong way to write the number 6. I know.



Posted by Xaeraz in Tim Mcgraw's What if? TRUCKS: fates, Apr 11 2017 · 37 views

very excited


Unorthodox G1-G2 connection hypothesis

Posted by Mask Maker Pulse Vatten in The Ancient City, Apr 11 2017 · 87 views

Mata Nui (island) was on a planet with very few other islands, and was meant as camouflage.

Okoto was also on a planet with very few other islands.

Mata Nui (giant robot) crushed Okoto when he crashed into Aqua Magna. Mata Nui (island) took on traits of Okoto in an attempt to blend in.


Scheduled Update

Posted by Windseeker in Wind's Weblog, Apr 09 2017 · 124 views

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I'm still cute, honestly.


What is Unity?

Posted by Toa Imrukii in Toa Imrukii's Blog, Apr 08 2017 · 349 views

Serious question, what is Unity? Do we really pick and choose our friends? Or just work with them due to their merit? Do friends let other friends get hurt? No. What is Love? As my sig quote says "Love has no fear, and no vengeance." With that being said, should we be hateful of those who have made mistakes in their past? Should we judge anyone by rumors? No, and no.

A lot has been on my plate emotionally these past months, and have actually had to leave my house and be away from the internet for a week. All simply due to this question. I know the answer, but I fear others do not.

Now, with that being put forward, who are your friends? Who are your best of friends? And why are they such?

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