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Avohkah Tamer

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  1. Avohkah Tamer
    *comes out of hibernation/lurk mode*
    Almost exactly five years ago, I started watching Episode 1 of MLP:FiM. It's been a long time since then and lots of things have changed, but I'm glad to still be a fan.
    In the past five years, I've put together numerous song covers, was a part of multiple voice-acted projects (which were unfortunately scrapped D:), made a lot of friends in the fandom (and still regularly do so), and even attended two conventions (and after this weekend, three!). It's not the biggest part of my life, but it's a lot of positivity and friendship that I'm thankful to have.
    I was going to try to do something special for my annual song cover this year, but unfortunately the flu kind of wiped me out all month, so I haven't had enough time to record anything. I know only a handful of you ever hear my
    , but I still plan to hopefully maybe possibly put something new together within the next month or two. Nothing concrete's been decided, so if you have a song you'd like me to do, I welcome ideas! 
    For now though, I'm especially looking forward to Whinny City Ponycon this weekend, the first brony convention in the Chicago area since (the extremely fantastic and memorable) Midwestria in 2012! You can expect an entry on that soon.
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    As I've mentioned elsewhere in posts and comments, I'm hoping to attend both BrickFair and Bronycon this year due to their relatively close proximity to each other and being on consecutive weekends.
    (For reference, BrickFair is July 29 - August 2, Bronycon is August 7-9).
    Here's the problem. Should I fly home after BrickFair and then fly back for Bronycon, or do I try to stay somewhere in the DC/Baltimore area all week until the end of Bronycon, and then fly back home?
    If I stay the whole 2 weeks, I don't know what to do or where I should stay in the days between BrickFair and Bronycon. Should I reserve extra days at the Holiday Inn post-BrickFair and just chill at a hotel the whole time, or should I get to the Baltimore Hilton early and stay for a few days prior to Bronycon?
    Or, heck, is there anyone who lives in the area who's attending both cons who I might be able to stay with for a couple days and then hitch a ride to the Baltimore Hilton? That would save me so much hassle (and money o_o).
    As of right now I haven't actually purchased any reservations or plane tickets because I'm not sure how this will all pan out, but reservations for both cons are running out and plane ticket prices are going up, so I need to figure this out pretty dang quick. If I have to make a decision to only attend one, I'll pick BrickFair.
    Sorry for the rambling. Any help or advice would be immensely appreciated.
    Edit: I should also mention, regarding BrickFair: Please PM me if anyone's looking to save some money and either has space available or would like to share a 2-bed hotel room at the con. I should have space available.
  3. Avohkah Tamer
    Or specifically, the fourth anniversary of the night I started the show and became a fan!
    I know I made and posted my annual song cover a few weeks early, but I'm really glad I did, because two days later I came down with an awful and persistent cold that's even still affecting my voice.
    Anyways, not a whole lot of new stuff to talk about this year, since season 4 ended shortly after my last anniversary entry, and the fandom has seemingly gone into a bit of a hibernation during this insane 329-day break (not counting EqG: RR) before Season 5 starts this Saturday. Even still, meetups have been awesome, fan-created creative works are higher quality than ever, I've definitely made some good new friends in the past year, and I'm really looking forward to what this this next year will bring. I'm even hoping to attend Bronycon this year if possible, since for once it doesn't conflict with the Brickfair VA weekend!
    Oh, also, if you haven't already seen my song cover mentioned above (of "You'll Play Your Part"),
    It's only gotten a handful of views so far, and I'm really proud of it. 
  4. Avohkah Tamer
    Gonna keep this Day 1 recap entry short because I'm super tired:

    Got ~2 hours of sleep
    Woke up and got to flight with an hour to spare
    Flight went swell, trekked across airport to meet up with Bfahome
    Arrived at hotel and met up with Takuma
    Basically wandered around saying hi to people and setting up MOCs
    Slapstick comedy shenanigans with Sumiki, Xaeraz, Zatth, and co.
    Got breadsticks at the COMBINATION PIZZA HUT AND TACO BELL
    Word Crimes
    Played bingo and didn't win
    Played door prizes and didn't win
    Walmart for FOODSTUFFS

    Tomorrow should be a lot more action-packed since more exhibitors and vendors will finally be set up, and more event things will happen. I'll try to get lots of photos as well.
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    I've got something I hate to admit, but I'm at my wit's end and need help, so here goes...
    I will be at BrickFair VA this year, as several of you already probably know/assumed, and I've already got travel and hotel arrangements taken care of, but there's one thing that I haven't done yet.
    I, uh... I haven't actually registered for the con yet.
    YES I KNOW, I need to register/pay by the 14th, and I will, but I've been stuck on one minor detail: deciding what to put on my Brickbadge bricks.
    For the past couple years, I put my real name on one brick, and my username on another. This was dumb, because now I have two completely identical badges aside from the year number. This time around, I want to put custom text (not my name) on both bricks.
    Since I've been drawing a blank for the past month straight, anyone have any brick text suggestions? (max. 24 chars/brick)
    I'd be eternally grateful for any help. :C
    Update: Thanks for all the suggestions so far! I've got one brick figured out, but I'm thinking I want a Bionicle-specific reference on my other one. I could do something like "UNITY ▪ DUTY ▪ DESTINY", but that seems like it might be too simple/obvious. Anyone have any better ideas (Or think I should go with UDD)?
    Update 2: Bricks chosen and registration complete! Thanks, everyone!
  6. Avohkah Tamer
    And I think this is the first time I actually remembered the date!
    (Farewell, glorious Tohu spinny :C)
  7. Avohkah Tamer
    Oh hey, it's my 3-year anniversary of when I first started watching MLP!
    Since you guys probably know the drill by now, I'm gonna cut to the chase.
    As you may have expected, I've recorded another cover. I was looking for a song with a male vocalist from this season to sing, but my only choices were either one of "Weird Al" Yankovic's many songs in Pinkie Pride, or John de Lancie's fantastic "Glass of Water" song as Discord. And honestly, I'm not worthy of even attempting to cover those.
    So I continued looking for a different song to butcher cover, when I remembered having done these:
    Evil Blog Master
    Evil Fishmonger
    Evil Valentine Master

    "Hm, that idea couldn't possibly be applicable to an MLP song cover--
    >Filli Vanilli
    >The Ponytones
    >Flutterguy song
    ...Oh yeah. I can make this work."
    So, without further ado, here's my (pitch-shifted) Flutterguy cover of "Find The Music In You"!

    Be sure to let me know what you think!
  8. Avohkah Tamer
    Many of you already knew I wasn't gonna let BrickFair VA 2013 pass me by, I just wanted to drop by and let you guys know that as of THIS MINUTE, the last details of my trip have been finalized and paid for!
    If you're anywhere remotely near the DC area and are free on August 3rd or 4th, BE THERE (early) OR BE SQUARE.
    Oh, and on an unrelated note, I just noticed the other day that my 10th anniversary here on BZPower was this past July 7th! I was planning to wax poetic about how much this site has affected me in positive ways and given me such an awesome group of lifelong friends, but I kinda did that already on my 2012 retrospective.
    At least I have a Tohu spinny and you don't, neener neener.
  9. Avohkah Tamer
    (Or if you're Pinkie Pie, my 24th Monthiversary)
    On the night of March 29th, 2011, I started watching MLP:FiM at the behest of Takuma Nuva, and I was pretty much immediately hooked. Two years worth of regular brony meetups, brony voice acting projects, and one brony convention later, it's interesting to see how simply being a part of the brony community for these two years has impacted my life in significant (and largely positive) ways.
    You guys might remember my 1st Brony Anniversary entry here last year, where I posted a vocal cover of Season 2's "The Flim Flam Brothers" song. Not to disappoint (I hope), I've recorded another cover for this year!
    "Which song?", you may ask. Well, sadly, the half-length Season 3 didn't really have any decent lengthy songs worth a cover version like last year. But then, while browsing around, I happened upon an interesting track.
    A 7-minute fanmade mashup/medley of virtually every MLP song from Seasons 1-3. Yeah, that'll do the trick.
    So here you have it, my complete vocal cover of KPAT Music's MLP:FiM Season 1-3 Medley. Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/27614263/Majhost Broke/MLPS1-3Medley.mp3

  10. Avohkah Tamer
    Thiiis is your singing telegram, I hope it finds you well!

    You're invited to a party, 'cause we think you're really swell.

    Turakii's turning 21, so help us celebrate,

    The cake will be delicious, the festivities first-rate!

    There will be games and dancing, bob for apples, cut a rug,

    And when the party's over we'll gather 'round for a group hug!

    There's no need to bring a gift,
    just a post will be enough,

    Birthdays mean having fun with friends, not getting lots of stuff.

    It won't be the same without you, so we hope that you'll say yes,

    Oh please, oh please R.S.V.P., and come and be our guest!

  11. Avohkah Tamer
    >Posts entry asking specifically for video game or pony-related pumpkin carving ideas
    >Gets suggestions for Pumpkinception, MSPA, BIONICLE, Ninjago, and Doctor Who series 5

    Well, at any rate, I found a design! Some of the details were extremely difficult, because my brothers somehow managed to break all of our pumpkin carving tools on their pumpkins, so all I had to work with was a dull steak knife and a small screwdriver.
    All things considered, I think it turned out pretty darn great:

  12. Avohkah Tamer
    As some of you may know, I try to carve a geeky/video-game related/pony Jack-o'-Lantern every year for Halloween.
    The problem is, tomorrow is Halloween, and I still haven't picked out a pattern to carve this year! Anyone have any ideas?
    I don't have any particularly nice tools (just cheap plastic saws from dollar store kits), and I'd prefer not to have any shaved/thinned parts as I found out they don't light up well with just a candle inside. I'd like to do another pony-themed pattern this year, but video game ideas are fine too.
    Examples from the past few years (Click the images for larger):
    2009 - Half-Life 2 (Click for a mock-up of how this pattern looks lit-up)

    2010 - Portal 2 (Particularly proud of this one, designed the pattern myself)

    2011 - Mare in the Moon

  13. Avohkah Tamer
    Ask me things and I will answer things!
    Because jumping on bandwagons late is fun, and also because I need blog filler material since I have nothing else to blog about.
    I'll put all answers here:
    I'd say probably Joe. 
    I dream of electric sheep. Do they count as farm animals? 
    The difference is that one of them is a duck. 
    I dunno, but I'd like to shake his hand; he made my baby fall in love with me~ 
    Approximately 28.2 sgu* of sand. 
    More like a Daytime Lord. And only during the summer. 
    I'd have to say Brickfair, because I've been a fan of Lego for a lot longer than MLP, because I got to meet and hang out with all you guys, and because I finally got to meet some of my long-time best friends in-person for the first time ever.
    Honestly, it's a pretty close margin, though. Getting to hang out and sing karaoke with some of the staff writers from MLP was amazing. Better step up Brickfair's awesomeness in 2013!
    4.1 Jelly Bean!
  14. Avohkah Tamer
    Oh yeah! I was supposed to blog about Saturday and Sunday, wasn't I?
    Saturday (9/15) was most definitely the high point of the con.
    I started out in the artists/vendors room, bought a bunch of buttons and a Vinyl Scratch hat. Ran into a friend of mine from my local meetups who was selling some of his own handmade plushies, and bought a Twilight and Fluttershy.
    I headed over to the game room, where we had about 35 people gathered for a massive game of "Are You A Changeling" (Ponified version of Mafia / Werewolf). BASELESS ACCUSATIONS AND SUSPICION is always fun!
    I also attended several panels and discussions. Some were boring, some were really interesting. The Writer's Panels were great, and videos should be popping up online as soon as Everfree Radio gets a chance to edit them.
    I went to the electronic artists' concert (with Eurobeat Brony, Chain Algorithm, Taps, F3nning, Seventh Element, and EHT), but technical difficulties forced them to delay the performance until later in the evening, so I headed off to karaoke!
    Oh, karaoke. Friday was my first time ever visiting a karaoke, but Saturday was the first time I actually went up to sing. M.A. Larson and Amy Keating Rogers weren't there yet, so I held off on MLP songs, but I still went up a couple times to sing "Hakuna Matata" (Big mistake, I didn't know that song nearly as well as I thought) followed by "Mr. Blue Sky" (<3).
    When M.A. and Amy showed up, me and my friend Shim rushed over to sign up on the queue for a couple MLP songs. As promised, we sang "At the Gala" for Amy (who wrote the lyrics for the song).
    Her response?
    She hugged me.
    A few songs later, we also got to sing "The Flim Flam Brothers" for M.A.,who wrote it, and completely NAILED IT. The audience even joined in! A couple of girls in cosplay ran up and did all the Mane Six speaking lines for us (including swooning Rarity), and everyone chanted "CIDER CIDER CIDER" and sang along to the chorus! (And yes, I did Granny Smith's part too. =P)
    I got standing applause and what must have been a dozen brohoofs after that, including from M.A., who called it an "extremely impressive" performance. I later discovered that he Tweeted a photo of me and Shim on stage during the song, and Daniel Ingram retweeted it.
    After that, we mostly just hung around watching the other performances, but I did join in a rendition of the "Bad Horse Chorus" from Dr. Horrible and of course the inevitable "Bohemian Rhapsody" before heading off to the concert.
    Since the concert was delayed so late, they just decided to merge the concert and late-night rave, which just made everything better. Seeing Eurobeat Brony perform live was amazing, especially with LASERS AND GLOWSTICKS AND RAVE DANCING. Oh, also they gave everyone free foam pony ear headband things! I got blue ones.
    Sunday (9/16) was a lot more mellow, probably because everyone was tired from all the awesomeness the day before.
    There wasn't a whole lot to do in terms of actual con activities on the last day, but I did attend the musicians' panel and got to ask a couple questions. After that, most of my time was spent hanging out with my brony friends, roaming the con looking for things to throw our money at (I bought a second hat! A knit Twilight Sparkle cap~), and playing several more rounds of Are You A Changeling.
    Unfortunately, here's where the first and only bad thing happened: Some lowlife decided to steal my Fluttershy plushie out from under my chair while I had my eyes closed during the game. It really sucks, but the guy who made it offered to commission me a new one at a discount price. Oh, well. At least I still have my Twilight plushie, and I didn't spend too much on the Fluttershy to begin with.
    And at last, the con was over, and everyone had to head home. :C
    Speaking with the con staff afterwards, it sounds like everything was a huge success, and they can't wait to start putting together plans for Midwestria 2013!
    This was one of the best weekends ever~
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