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A Beetleweight Build Diary Part 2: Well, that didn't go as planned...

As the title says, things didn't go as planned.     It may not look too bad, but I have to show you some trouble spots.     Severe warping around one side of the print, resulting in a malformed motor mounting point.     CURA actually thought I wanted to print the interior of the holes of the upper frame mounts, as opposed to the geometry of the frame mounts themselves. I don't know if this is CURA's fault or Sketchup's, though, but seeing as though I have had issues with Sketchup before and not CURA, I guess a few more precision F-Strikes directed at Trimble Navigation are needed. (EDIT: It turned out to be CURA, actually. It didn't like the overhanging parts.)   Oh well, at least I can stick this in an arena for another bot to chew on as a durability test. Or just sick my antweight on it. (EDIT: Already did. Turns out there were more problems than just a bad print. The box portion of the frame held up but the weapon mount got torn apart pretty bad.)

Phoenyx

Phoenyx

 

A Beetleweight Build Diary Part 1: Bot's got HIPS

So, I decided to start work on a new combat robot earlier today, and I actually decided to 3D print it. Which is an especially odd choice for me since I don't personally trust 3D printed components on combat robots. 3D printed robots tend to not hold up that well, as the material tends to split from hard impacts.   But then I discovered a material called HIPS, or High Impact Polystyrene. This material can take some pretty decent impacts, and although the separation issue is still present, it's diminished. Plus, I don't need to spend eight hours dehydrating the filament in a toaster oven like I do with Alloy 910, which is the other filament I have on hand.   So, I started up Sketchup and after about an hour and a few precision F-Strikes directed at Trimble Navigation I came up with this:     A simple and effective horizontal spinner inspired by M.O.E., Last Rites, Tombstone, The Mortician, Suitcase Nuke, BEST KOREA, Better KOREA, The Cuban, etc. etc. etc. It's actually a decent-sized robot, as the frame is 101/2" long and 8" wide. The primary frame barely even fits on my 3D printer's print bed. That being said, while I could technically print this all in once piece, the upper frame obviously overhangs way too much. I'm already having to use excessive amounts of support material already.   Anyway, now I have to wait 16 hours for the print to finish.   Part 2 will be coming out when the print is finished.

Phoenyx

Phoenyx

 

(Finished) Dragon-A-Day: Week 4

And its done...   4 Weeks of dragon picture each day A total of 28 pictures (with exceptions to the occasional bonuses) But now I'm going to call it done, i probably will redo this sometime again i the future though.

Hope ya enjoyed and remember... Say no to dragon slaying!   Day 22   Day 23   Day 24   Day 25   Day 26   Day 27   Day 28 (Finale)  

someswedish

someswedish

 

The Ghost of a Bionicle that Might have Been

TTV just posted an interview with Nathan Furst, the composer of the original film trilogy. It's all cool stuff, but the most interesting stuff for me was towards the end, where Furst recalls some intimations of future film ideas, from before they pulled the cord on the series.    I suspect that Bob Thompson leaving Bionicle was contingent on the cancellation of the movies - Thompson's other work is mostly in animation and I guess if Bionicle wasn't going to be communicated primarily through animation anymore there wasn't much treason for him to stick around. If such a grand supposition might turn out to be true, the early concepts Furst talked about may indicate the direction Bionicle could have followed if Thompson hadn't left.   He mentions two movies specifically:   - Makuta origin movie - Movie succeeding Mask of Light, with Takanuva leading the Toa   In the midst of it all, there is some suggestion that the overall grand concept was to jump liberally from point to point on the Bionicle timeline with each film, rather than jumping back to a linear chronology after all the Metru Nui business.    The idea of a Makuta origin film is especially interesting imo, especially since it would seem to address the hanging bit in LoMN where Lhikan mentions Makuta was "sworn to protect the Matoran." The Bionicle canon does kind of address this, but not really in a way that ever seemed to satisfy the implication of what Lhikan was saying. That this movie was on the table indicates that there was a bigger idea in mind when that line was written.    Takanuva as a fixture of the ignition trilogy would've been interesting, though really if things had gone that way it's quite probable that the entire trilogy would have been rendered unrecognizable to us (for the better, I'd like to think).    Furst also mentions catching a sense of a conflict of interest within lego about which way Bionicle should go: more to the techno/robotic/scifi or more to the tribal/mythological, at least so far as the music went. I wonder if that argument extended to other aspects of the line. If it did, I guess we know who won.   So yeah. Just putting thoughts down. Cool bionicle stuff    

Pereki

Pereki

 

Pep

♪ ♫ ♬   Well I know that you are feeling down And I see the way you wear that frown But there's no reason to despair It's nothing that you cannot bear!   And sometiiiiimes it feels, your goals are all so far away! But everything will stillllllll, still work out okaaaaay!   'Cause I believe in you There's nothing you can't do Prove me right. Hold on tight. Champions coming through!   Technology's a pain. There's very little gain. We'd be better off in fields just farming grain. Words are tough to use. Meanings we can't diffuse. It's okay 'cause all we got is sympathy to lose!   Oooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!   A million keystrokes just to give my skeleton a hat! Compilers spit out error codes, my long work's epitaph! It's okay, a solution is probably only around the bend! Then it's to the next error; our troubles never end!   La la la, there's no hope at all! La la la la, there's just no hope at all! ♪ ♫ ♬ ♪ ♫ ♬  

TheDiplomat

TheDiplomat

 

Ben24x7 tries out the Playstation VR, twice

So recently, a relative of mine spotted that my local GAME(TM) store was allowing people to try out the Playstation VR Headset for 10 or 30 minutes. Despite the CEX Vive tryout "fiasco" I underwent a month or two ago, I felt that now was the time to get my first taste of roomscale VR. So to pass the hour 'till my train left for home, I dished out fifteen quid and within three minutes I slipped on the sleek white goggles...   ...but I know some people don't have the time to read all of this, so let me give you the summerised version:     With that out of my system, let me tell you the full story of my experience: -- DAY ONE --
      EXTENSION: -- DAY 2 --     --Ben24x7--

Ben24x7

Ben24x7

 

Shadowblaze - Skeletal Symphony

Ladies and gentlemen! It's the moment you've all been waiting for! The Horde of Horrors versus the Vault Hunter   This Halloween track is a proper Dubstep, with an extended intro which should remind you of typical Halloween music, so if you really hate super heavy bass stuff you still have something to listen to. If you aren't ready and you're sure you will get spooked when the bass drops, close this page now. Or don't.    

Shadowblaze

Shadowblaze

 

BIONICLOTHES

BioniCLOTHES: Because I totally couldn't think of a better pun for this title. Guest-starring the lovely @le717 as, well, a Bionicle.

Ayliffe

Ayliffe

 

Dragon-A-Day: Week 1

Ello again.

Recently i have started doing a daily drawing thing where each day i doodle a rather simple picture that involves at least one dragon.
I have shared these with a few people, but today i though it would be nice to compile them into my blog in here so I don't lurk here all day. So each Monday i will take all the pictures i drew though the week and post them here, hope ya like them.   Day 1   Day 2   Day 3   Day 4   Day 5   Day 6   Day 7  

someswedish

someswedish

 

It's a Tricky Thing, High School...

So I'm going to start off with wondering why I never thought to write down a chronology of my life since that's what I seem to resort to when I'm feeling down or something. It's probably because I'd find a way to turn what could effectively just be The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe into a whole series and I'm not committed enough for that, but since I really, really  need to write something and get frustrations off of my chest I'll focus on what I can safely call the core of everything wrong with my life: High School.   For those of you who haven't heard me say it about five-hundred times in the past: I'm currently living overseas in Naples, Italy. I moved here during my eighth-grade year, October 2013, and it's what I can only think of as the start of everything rolling down a very long, bumpy hill. Don't think I don't like it here; I adore the community that I have the privilege of living in, love all of the close friends I've made during these past three years, and most of my memories I look back with fondness happened in Europe. Unfortunately, life hasn't been all sunshine and rainbows for me, especially as of late. When I moved here as a homeschooled eighth-grader who's only experiences with the real world had primarily been Boy Scouts, church, and whatever swim team I was on, I faced a pretty jarring shift. All of my friends were now six hours behind me, I was stuck in a hotel room for seven months with my brother, parents, and dog, and I had to swim on an Italian club team after being off of swim for about four months. I was too naive to realize it at the time, but my life was starting to go to hell. That first year I had a massive lapse in my studies in favor of attempting to stay in touch with my friends and that obviously wasn't an okay choice that I made, but at the time they were all I had and I tried to hold on with a steely grip out of fear that if I loosened that grip I'd lose them forever. I faced a massive backlog of schoolwork come my freshman and sophomore years that's added on to more recent stresses and I would give anything to have the opportunity to go back and remedy that issue with the knowledge I currently possess. Unfortunately, that will likely never happen unless god himself throws me back in time and it would be an absurd thing to dwell on instead of more important things in the present.   The summer preceding my freshman year was where I started to try and put my exuberant personality to good use and make some new friends (I was a really talkative child who only saw the world as good and was friends with everybody). Unfortunately, that exuberant personality had deteriorated a bit since I didn't really know how to make friends anymore since I didn't really have to back in America. Where I lived and in the activities I took part in, I pretty much had friends thrust onto me. It was usually something along the lines of "Hey, you two are sharing a tent this weekend!" or "Hey, you four are on a relay together!", but I didn't really have that here in Naples because I'd hit the age where everybody becomes super judgmental about you and the things you like and are really selective with who they hang around. The first month in Scouts here I didn't really make any friends because since I was an older kid I could have a whole tent to myself so I just did that for a while, and then I made what's turned out to be one of my best friends when we bonded over Doctor Who, LEGO, and other geeky stuff. I also had the extremely important part of assistant director in a one-week drama production of Hansel and Gretel put on by the Missoula Children's Theater and made a few friends there. These few friends I made at the beginning have all moved away or are preparing to move away for college following this year and I'm pretty much the only one left now. I did make some more friends among my teammates on the swim team, but the only person left from that group besides me is going to college early after Thanksgiving, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯   Oh I also met my first crush who I fell head-over-heels for during that play and I made the very very cringey as **** mistake of DMing her a cheesy instagram photo that basically said "all I want is you in my life" or some bull**** like that after one week of knowing her. Fortunately, we've both moved past that and are pretty good friends now although she's getting ready to go to college after this school year. So there's a brief look into how I thought relationships worked at 13: You meet, you like each other, and then BANG, you're an item.   So that was basically freshman year: failed attempt at a relationship, made some friends who have moved/are moving soon, did a thing in a play, and got behind in schoolwork. w e w   Jumping ahead to the summer before sophomore year, I was elected to be the senior patrol leader of the troop here and had the absolute worst time with it. Most of that is attributable to a single adult leader who intentionally scared me at a week-long camp in Germany, undermined my decisions in favor of his which ended up being terrible ones, and shooting down proposals when they were just ideas. F U N .   After that ****show ended I began taking some electives at the american high school on the base: Robotics Engineering, Engineering CAD, and Advanced Chorus (Here's a fun link). I had two teachers; one taught both CAD and Robotics Engineering, and they're some of my favorite people in the world. The Robotics teacher let me do whatever the hell I wanted as long as it kept to course material more or less (like build an R/C Tank controlled by a PS4 remote, butcher computer fans to experiment with controllable fan speeds, and mess with 3D Printing) and on top of that he was super chill and brutally roasted students daily (it was one of the most entertaining things ever). The choir teacher was also really fun and let us have potlucks during school hours while watching movies like Inside Out. Last year was where I probably made most of my friends ,most of which never talk to me because I never see them in person anymore : ( . I do have a handful of friends both from the school who still talk to me despite how rare it is to see my face and make sure I'm human for them and I couldn't appreciate them more.   Sophomore year was where this really happened though...   I somehow managed to stay behind in studies at home in favor of, you guessed it, hanging onto friends again. I also started battling with some pretty intense mood swings, especially around holidays and my birthday where everything just dies in me and I lose interest in pretty much everything and shut down, making it harder to stay on top of stuff.   Now that I'm back to homeschool full time for junior year for a myriad of reasons (don't want GPA to take a hit from parents wanting to go on vacation early, parents finding different resources to replace classes that would be taken at the high school, etc. usually involving parents), I realize just how much of what I had I took for granted. I thought I would always have that group of people around me and I'd be comfortable like that, but I focused too much on that and slipped up. Though I did mess up on my own, I feel like I've learned from it so that it won't happen again. I learned that the people who do care about me are the ones who will keep in touch, and the ones who I'm a "b-list" friend to won't.   Another thing that I learned is that if I just try to manage my emotional issues and not let people know what's going on that I will reach a point where it gets to be too much and I'll ultimately break down, which happened very recently and it wasn't pretty. I just got so sick of the direction everything was heading and locked myself in a bathroom until my mom found me a blubbering mess inside and got me to let her know what's going on.   I never really want to admit things because I always think that the result is going to be worse than it actually is, mostly from wanting to talk about these things but thinking through the conversation too quickly and having it end in a worse way than it started. Thus, I just keep it all inside and try to manage it on top of everything else in life, and it just doesn't work. The main point I got across to my mom is that I feel distant and isolated from people, that I need to be around a wider variety of people than the ones who I live closest to and drive me up the wall on a daily basis and invade my privacy a lot, and that I kept thinking that if I had just spoken up sooner it would be very different.   That emotional dump actually turned out to be really good for me because in the last month I feel like I've learned more about myself than before. I began figuring out what I actually want in life, in a relationship, and in myself. I figured out that part of the reason why I always turn to action figures when I feel like I need something is that they're a temporary stand-in for people in that I give them personalities and they become a part of me through my photography. I figured out that I was really only talking about wanting to be an engineer because that's what I've been driven towards since I was ten and I hate confrontation about lifestyle choices and will say about anything I need to in order to get past that. I figured out that a lot of the crap I put myself through is just me talking to myself too much instead of talking to other people.   With all of that having come out of my system, it's given me room to focus more on how I can improve my junior year from my sophomore year. It's also given me more confidence to speak up for myself. In the past, whenever I'd been suggested a course, I would've just said yes and tried to deal with whatever resulted with varying results. I've been more vocal about my course load this year and how my schedule works for me and I've actually gotten things done. I went into the PSAT three days ago and left feeling good about my performance having left with answering all of the questions, the vast majority I knew how to answer. I've gotten over a lot of my timidness that I'd adopted from moving here and asked a girl to homecoming, something I previously thought would be impossible for me to succeed at, and it went really well (the girl and I are looking at going out again, actually).   So, yeah, I'm not done with high school yet (I'm barely past halfway), but I've figured out that it's a delicate experience that ultimately I determine the outcome for, and that it's more of a learning experience than anything I'd previously encountered. Sorry if this seems incoherent and jumpy; I wrote it over the course of a few days as things happened and felt that I needed to actually finish it so I can close the tab.

Phantom Terror

Phantom Terror

 

The current state of Return To Planet U

Hey there people that might still have a slight interrest in this!   I came here to admit something. I have not been working on RtPu for ages. And by that I mean, I never really actually worked on RtPu so good at all. What I just did was creating small playable mockups to pass time and to tease people.  At the current moment I do not have the skills and knowledge to create this game to my ideas. I'm not saying that it's cancelled. It has always been in my head and I am still coming up with ideas, but I do not work on it at the moment. I lack the skills of making 3D models and textures, I can do the simple stuff, but creating a simple playermodel is already too hard for me.   So what have I been doing all the time? Well, mostly working on my musical career and games. Alot of games, games that I have and will never finish for the same reasons as Return To Planet U. What am I doing right now? Well, music, and an MMO to try to learn more advanced programming and maybe some modelling.   I cannot do Return To Planet on my own. I need a team, but I don't have money or any contact with people that might work together with me with the skills needed. So RtPu is on hold for now. Expected release date: 2 weeks after Half-life 3.   I hope you understand! -Pascal (also, in 2 months it will be my 7th year here! )   Edit: sorry for the potato english, had to type this in a hurry.

Pascal

Pascal

 

I have seen the future and it is cardboard

Today was my first day working for Amazon.   Looking behind the scenes it really hit me how much presence they have in modern society.   Anyway yeah, I have a job at Amazon now. I like it.    I thought i had more to say   I'm exhausted

Fush

Fush

 

bonkle memeries

hey anyone remember back on the zetaboards RRU? no just like four of you? well at some point I put a picture of a bionicle in my signature for some weird reason, but I linked it directly from biosector01. then that site went into maintenance for a week and as a result every time people would try to load a page on rru that had a post from me on it the site would crap out and ask for a login, because only authorized BS01 admins were allowed to access any of that stuff. basically i broke the whole site for a week until cyrem figured it out and was like "ringtail you f****ing idiot". anyway i don't know why i remembered this but I did and i posted it here because i figured i should embarrass myself a little more

Jessietail

Jessietail

 

Musings on the New MNOG Info

The biggest deal with Templar's update here is their original synopsis for the chapter. It elaborates on some things that are only implicit in the game. For example, Jala says something in passing that implies he isn't fond of the Ko-Koronans and keeps an eye on them, but the synopsis takes things way further:   I love this. Jala, the stuck-up military mastermind who is married to practicality, probably hates those monks and their mystic, meditative lifestyle and thinks it's all the work of the devil. MNOG is really the only bionicle thing to brush on bonkle racism in a mature capacity and adds a lot to the world. You can see why he'd think like that because the game characterizes Ta-Koro and Ko-Koro are these far-off places from each other with distinct cultures and lifestyles. Also, you know, Fire vs Ice. Of course there would be tensions between them. It's a shame pretty much every other Bionicle story outlet relegates villages to kindergartens the Toa have to keep safe because THE CHILDREN MATORAN   The script also decidedly refers to Takua/George as The Visitor. Tales of the Tohunga, the GBA game with Takua's name in it, was only a month out from release, so this raises a few questions. The Kini Nui is also referred to by an early name, the Temple of Legend.    The synopsis also plays up the hunter aspect of Ko-Koronan lifestyle - it describes Takua overcoming various traps in order to reach Ko-Koro.    The end of the synopsis also begins to suggest where the game would have gone if the PC game hadn't been cancelled, forcing MNOG to shoulder the burden of carrying the Toa's story to the finish line. Apparently the entire population of the island would have evacuated to the Kini Nui - this is pretty surprising to me, at most I expected the only difference would have been an expansion of the final minigame - the dialogue pretty clearly indicates it was supposed to be larger.   I basically have MNOG memorized at this point which turns out to be pretty helpful when you are reading through a copy of the script posted by the developers! There are a few interesting differences:   Jala Reply 2 Script   Game   Matoro/Nuju Reply 1 Script   Game   This is interesting! First off we have some classic Wairuha/Akamai confusion, something Templar seemed to slip up with a lot. More importantly, it looks like Akamai originally embodied Spirit, not Valor. Neat.   But do you know what is even more interesting? Replies 1-2 and 1-3. When I read them in the script I knew right away I had never seen them before, but I checked and there they were in the files. To verify, I went to the dialogue in-game and, sure enough, they weren't there. This actually isn't the first time I've come across bits of replies in the files that don't show up in-game - however, unlike the other instance, which is the result of a bug, this appears to be intentional. The lines are actually turned off by the preceding code. I'd guess that they wanted to pare things down a bit to stay in keeping with the brevity of Ko-Koronans in general - a good call I think. Its cool to see more genuine article MNOG lines but these don't really add anything or say anything that isn't already said, implicitly or otherwise. Here's another section of dialogue that was cut out:     It's possible there are other cut bits of script hanging around the MNOG files still. I'll probably go hunting for them someday.    

Pereki

Pereki

 

The Emoji Movie

I mean sure, it kinda feels like they're stealing the concept of the lego movie, but I mean, come on, there's no way they-   wait   wait     x-files music plays

Pereki

Pereki

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