A new creepy and dark Earthboundy 16-bit music! This time I made most of the sounds from scratch instead of using any soundfont. Someone might notice that I actually showed a preview of it on Twitter, but the sounds have changed a lot since then.
Metal + Electronic! I didn't try to get the notes right from the original, I tried to get them the way I liked them, so technically you could say that this isn't a remix.
I still can't upload on SoundCloud, but that might change in around a week.
The skeleton villains in Bionicle 2015 brought with them a cool new collectible: golden masks that were partially transparent. I really liked this, but only four were made. Tahu and Gali got left out. Nevertheless, I was dying to know how these masks were used in the fiction.
As it turned out, these masks represent the golden masks after having power drained by the skeleton enemies. A cool idea, but one that didn't really get used much. One episode of the web animations was dedicated to Lewa losing his mask and the others getting it back, though oddly it turned BLUE when drained of power rather than the correct green. Pohatu and Onua both lost their masks and immediately got them back, so losing them had no impact, and Pohatu didn't even have his drained. Kopaka didn't lose his mask at all, despite hashing a drained version in the skull warrior set.
I don't really know what point I'm making, I just find it odd. They make new dual-color masks. Only four of the toa get them, and only two show up in fiction, only one having any impact the plot. And then they color it wrong.
It's just odd.
Nothing big today, just officially announcing that I'm on Twitter, as well as the fact that SoundCloud is done. I might consider increasing my upload time someday...
What makes this video really worth it (as basically I've told you all that's in this video) is the extremely cool, 40 seconds long ambience track in the background. You don't hear this kind of music every day. Completely free of charge*, made exclusively for you.
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So my birthday was two days ago. Yay!
With that came a purchase from Amazon that included the NECA 7" Ultimate Gipsy Danger and I haven't been this excited about something arriving in the mail for a long time. This figure is fully articulated and comes with a plethora of accessories such as two plasma cannons, two chain swords, a reactor burst, and interchangeable hands. On top of all of that, it also incorporates a light feature into the chest reactor while retaining upper torso articulation! After purchasing it I knew that I had to get the other four main Jaegers from the movie and immediately started searching for Crimson Typhoon, Cherno Alpha, and the Ultimate Striker Eureka in the 7" size range. Initially disheartened by the fact that the latter costs nearly $50 on Amazon and the former two cost almost $40 each despite being standard edition figures, I took to ebay to see what I could find. Fortunately, I found somebody selling Ultimate Striker Eureka for $19.97 w/ $8 S&H and quickly jumped on that bargain, so yay for ebay! I've also found a seller in China who's selling Cherno and Crimson for $27 each with free shipping, but I'm waiting until after I get a new phone and take on another dogsitting job before I get those two.
Also because NECA's a corporation hell-bent on sucking every single penny out of your wallet, I have to buy the 7" Hong Kong Brawl Gipsy Danger that includes the boat bat.
Because you can't have a Gipsy Danger without having the boat bat.
I'm looking forward to having the Jaeger resistance on my shelves...
Ello, i just wanted to throw some doodles i drew on paper on here since i figured that i might as well show them to someone.
The picture was taken by my phone are quite large so i put them under spoilers so they arent as big, also sorry if the images are in poor quality again due to phone.
i got more doodles which are probably about a year or two old by now, if you liked these i can share them too.
This entry is what I’ve been putting off for quite a while; I was inspired to write back in mid-July, but I soon realized that I wasn’t getting anywhere, so I gave it a rest, then came back to it a month later. The break certainly helped me clear my head and function again. If I hadn’t procrastinated, this might’ve been the first post. Anyhow, I’ll get into this one pretty quick, since I’ve already introduced my new blog…
But let me first just apologize in advance in case I don’t make sense. I’m not used to writing down my own thoughts, let alone explaining them to others. All I really want to do is bring out what I’m thinking and share it here. If this entry doesn’t pan out, I’ll work on doing better with my blog in the future.
Okay, that’s all; moving on now…
So, I’ve been kind of down lately. I’m starting to feel like I don’t know who I am, or rather, who I might actually be. I recognize my own hobbies/interests/tastes, and I’ve always been happy with them for the most part. What’s currently bugging me are some of the things I’m unfamiliar with. Since I haven’t tried much of anything new, I don’t know what else I might like or dislike. The obvious solution to this problem would be to actually try stuff. However, I have this problem - apparently I’m neophobic:
Sorry. I hate to use that as an excuse, but it’s a problem that’s gotten my attention. I’ve basically been like that my whole life; part of it is probably an Asperger’s thing (surprise, surprise, I’m an aspie). When I was really young (e.g. before I aged 10-11), I would avoid trying new things at all costs. I was just a crazy kid obsessed with “LEGOS” 24/7 (I’m sure many of us were something like that at one point ). Sure, there were a few other things I liked, but they were all very small things.
Fortunately, I got better at leaving my comfort zone as I matured; there’s a lot more I like to do now, and every so often I’ll look into something I haven’t tried before. Still, there are certain things I’m not comfortable with trying; I don’t know why. It seems like I’m over-reacting a lot, like I’ll automatically think I won’t get to do the things I already enjoy ever again if I start doing something that’s totally new. Another thing is, and I really hate to say it, but I think I’m sounding like a hipster:
Goddamnit, I’d hate to be one of them, but maybe it’s the sad truth? I tend to despise a lot of things that “seem popular” to me, particularly on the internet or in pop culture. I’ve belittled certain trends and fandoms, and now I feel ashamed, since I’ve often done it without any knowledge of them. Also, I feel lonely because I don’t understand what everyone else seems to like. As a result, I’m finding it harder to make new friends. Sometimes I can’t tell if I’m missing out on what they do, or if I’m just different. It doesn’t matter to me what my opinion would be; I just need to validly form one. If I enjoy something, great! If not, then at least I tried it!
What actually HAVE I tried in recent years? Well, I played Minecraft in 2012, and I was bored to tears with it. I’ve also looked into a few fandoms, like the Bronies and Homestucks. I was amused by MLP, but it wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. Meanwhile, I was a Homestuck fan from 2011 to early 2015. I was crazy about the webcomic until I got really sick the fandom and started hating it. Right now, I’m a closet furry, if admiring the community’s art even makes me a part of the fandom. These are just a few prime examples; I’m probably forgetting some other things I’ve already checked out...
That’s pretty much all I can say right now. During my break, I even wondered if this entry would be a complete waste. Maybe it is junk, but I didn’t give up on writing it. I really want to work harder on fighting this “problem”. I just need to relax and feel free to take a look at anything I might be curious about. Even if my interests don’t change much, I’d at least get to experience some new things and maybe learn more about myself.
Anyhow, that was something unusually long for me to write online. Hopefully I didn’t sound like a complete drama queen. I don't expect that many here could relate with me, but who knows?
It's fair time. When fair is gver, I'll make a proper BDG Post. Just not enough time right now. But, that's not important.
It was the first night of fair. Everyone was tired. None of the advisors for the sheep barn were there. I needed a place to sit. We barely were able to get both sheep in a stall. I went to sign up for herdsmenship for the next day. On the coark board was the worst poster I've ever seen.
Because children can only communicate with hashtags and selfies.
Flash forward two days. I finished fitting and showing with my lamb. I'm hot. I'm sweaty. I'm still in FFA Official dress which, by the way, looks like this:
That jacket's corduroy, by the way.
Anyways, I'm rushing to the rv. I needed a change of clothes and water. Of course, some idiot put a listen2yourselfie booth between the barns and the rest of the campground. They weren't open yet, thank god. About an hour later, I walked back to the sheep barn to take care of my animals. They weren't open yet. Once they were fed lunch and water, I left the barn. The booth was open. They caught me. s***. They then talked my ear off and handed me this:
This is really stupid. First of all, this hunt was designed for the lincoln county fair. In rural Washington. RURAL WASHINGTON. Most parents here either don't believe kids should have phones, or can't afford them. So let's assume bob has a phone, and is willing to go through this. Let's see how hard this can be.
1. A baby goat
I believe you mean a "kid", but okay. This paper was created before the fair. There's no guarantee anyone brought a kid. Next.
2. An FFA member
The booth opened an hour after all animal events happened. If anyone's still in official dress, they're insane. Also, they can't, it's against FFA Rules. Next.
3. The queen's flower display
4. A bunny
They're called "rabits" around here. Next.
5 and 6 I have nothing to complain about.
The guaranteed prize? A selfie. Who could've guessed that? And you have a chance to win an ipod. What can an ipod do that a cell phone with access to social media can't? Oh yeah, satisfy spoiled white kids. In rural washington.
Well, here we go again. Time to discuss the matters of the worst LEGO Theme ever made:
The sets were pretty mediocre, like really mediocre...
What the hell is this? A Motorcycle mixed with a shark? Too much for creative solutions, I think.
Well, this isn't odd, right? A flying teenager with jet wings? I have this set and if had to be honest with you all, I kinda like this design. Off to the next one!
I wonder how the designers of this theme had more rapidly expanding the same problem every damn time.
Looks like the original toa mata is compatible with Gaildor sets, cool.
If I had to be honest, if Gaildor had the same design elements of Cybots, it would be a better idea and it would be better in sales or heck, even better than BIONICLE'S Sales.
So yeah, that's it.
Share your own personal opinions on Gaildor in comments section down below. Or heck, send me more ideas for this blog. Cheers!
There's one particular LEGO Theme that is known to be the worst of the worst. You all know what I'm talking about:
If I had to be honest with you all, I did like Gaildor when I first saw it on my older brother's old LEGO World Club Magazines many years ago. Eventually, I watched the episodes from the show on Youtube. After I watched the only two seasons of the show, I wanted to get more Gaildor, and sadly, I did later find out that the theme's sets were bad. Like REALLY BAD... If more hadn't occurred with my interest of theme, I wouldn't even care for anything that was LEGO related at that time.
With my 'little' opinion of Gaildor being done, I'd be back with a part two of this rant about the "worst" LEGO Theme. I'll like to hear your opinion of Gaildor in comments below! Cheers!
Here, have a bootleg!
Around six years ago, I made a driver in Lego racers. His name was Oil. At the time, I had a lot of trouble playing the game. I don't know what it was about this racer I made, but I liked him. I started a circuit (I thought it said carecut when I was seven) against redbeard. For the first time ever, I won the carecut. I moved on to the next champion. It felt amazing. I then beat king kahuka the next day. Flash forward 3 months. I was playing with Lego at a friend's house. Digging through his collection, I found Oil's head piece (The one with the white bangs). I traded like, three pirates soldiers for that piece. And it was more than worth it. I don't remember the kid's name, but all I can say is this: Thank you for indirectly making me who I am today. I loved Oil. I took him everywhere with me. I took him on all sorts of lego adventures. While many minifigures came and went, Oil always stuck around. And while I did redesign his appearence, yes, he's still the same figure in my heart. Over time, Oil slowely became more like a person to me. It felt like I always had someone to talk to. Someone who would listen. Someone who would understand. Someone who would encourage me. Agree with me. Do things with me. Someone I could trust. And someone who would smile at me, no matter how bad things get. A few weeks ago, I overheard my sister say "He always carries around his stupid legos. They're like a security blanket to him." And that really hit me hard. All sorts of feelings of embarrassment and shame filled me. I was just a stupid kid who carries around a blankie everywhere. I went up to my Mom's house that day, where there's nothing to do. So I brought some Lego. I was tired and melancholy. I couldn't sleep. I didn't know what to do. So I reached into my travel bag and brought out oil. I looked at his happy yellow face. He made me feel better. Then and there I realised. It didn't matter.
Welcome to my blog. I think a lot. Most of the thinking I do is garbage. My brain fills with garbage, leaving no room for good thoughts. So I've made this blog to dump out thoughts that have invaded my brain for far too long. Also it's one a.m. and I'm starting to question my life choices. So that's not good. As it is one a.m., my brain has decided to stop thinking. Crap. What now?
I NOW AM ON TWITTER PEEPS https://twitter.com/_Shadowblaze
You might have noticed that title looks just a tiny bit off. It's a reference to Earthbound.
Anywho! This is just a fun tune inspired by the aforementioned game, as I can't seem to find anybody who can make this kind of music. Except for the composers for MOTHER 4 and the Earthbound ones (duh).
...is good enough.
Since I'm moving off to my college residence on Friday, I will need some decoration to liven up the place, which mostly consists of some of my more notable MOCs, such as the Pants Party, the Overweight Golem, and the impending Medieval Head Separator (don't ask). Inevitably in my studies, I will face tremendous mental and psychological stress due to academic pressure and social exposure.
I have previously discussed Galidor in my graduation speech, which for some reason went entirely unchallenged by the staff and was surprisingly well received. You can read a transcript here.
"only the best" is an anti-demotivational vignette, specially designed to combat sentiments of self-defeat and improve morale. Hence, whenever I find myself down, I can be assured that no matter how royally I screw up, it can't conceivably amount to anything worse than that abomination whose legacy still subtly taints the LEGO Brand: Galidor.
Remember, kids, the only thing on this earth potentially worse than Galidor is bootleg Galidor.
So I am currently in the process of updating my computer, and after the recent drama I figured a computer blorg would be fun. Several friends (Alcom, @noghiri, and an IRL friend) have helped me compile a computer parts list to make a long lasting and powerful computer (that can handle VR), with enough storage to last me for forever (or at least 'till I use up 3TBs) here's my final part list, if anyone wants to check it out.
I will be posting pics of the build here in this blorg once I receive them all as I am ordering all the parts today, and hopefully they will come within a week give or take.
Edit: went with 16GB of RAM and a 1070 Gforce graphics card
Hello! It's a new music. My brother asked for it. Here it is. Yay.
"I do try to make it resemble what the music makes me think about. Namely colors and sometimes shapes" (on the Barrage blog post): Welp. That means I have some form of synesthesia. Ain't that cool.
For a while, I’ve been thinking about my reputation here; not my points, though I do want to thank everyone for getting me up to a thousand. I mean, like, how I actually presented myself on the forums. I understand that it may be difficult (or impossible) for others around here to still take me seriously due to my excessive s***posting. Really, I don’t even know what the hell I was thinking. I guess I was trying to be funny, or maybe to just get attention by being a complete nuisance. Nonetheless, my posts were barely worth anyone’s time. If there are any entries I remain satisfied with, they’re the ones about my crappy LEGO videos and the “sexy” Aquashark drawings I found. I still think those are gold. Others may agree or disagree; that’s cool. At this point, however, I think it would be best for me to abandon my old blog (hopefully for good) and start writing in a new one that’s actually purposeful. I’d like to apologize to everyone at RRU who had to put up with me and my stupidity. In spite of that, thank you all for still recognizing me as a member of the community.
I actually did these instead of playing video games. What's wrong with me?
Each one took roughly an hour. The second one was done first.
So, this afternoon on the Skype group I mentioned an idea for a 2D sidescrolling lego fangame that's been in my head for a while, and then I proceeded to literally just blurt out all the ideas and such I had for it for no real reason other than the fact I found it quite interesting. I can't really be bothered to reword all of my abstract thoughts into something more sensible, so here's the chat log for your enjoyment:
So, any thoughts about these ideas wot I had?
I'm going to just dump notes here whenever I feel like; they could be relevant of they could be completely garbage.
Also, I have been offered the chance to bring the Vertical Slice to a public exhibition in 5 months time, but I'll need to really step on it and start producing content.
Vertical Slice = Murder Investigation: It'd be easier to do an investigation about a character you find in pieces on the street, rather than having to deal with the complexity of making a bus explode into lots of pieces. Since they're LEGO, we can pretend that the person can be put back together again to be friendly with the kiddies.
"Slots": In the Simulation Mode, each different slot of the chain that you put events in is not in just some random chaotic order; each investigation has a set order, and the variation comes from what changed in each slot. As an example, pretending that each number denotes a slot, this is how it might look in a murder investigation:
Entrance - How the deceased entered the scene.
Suspect - What the suspect was doing before the murder.
Weapon - How the suspect acquired/primed the murder weapon.
Distraction - What caused the deceased to not notice the murder?
Murder - How was the deceased actually killed?
Escape - How did the murderer leave the scene?
Call - Who alerted police to what happened?
Potential Chain-of-Events #1: The deceased was killed by a careless banana-salesman who got into a fight with a monkey, tried to pull the banana off it but ended up launching the banana into the deceased so hard that he fell apart.
Potential Chain-of-Events #2: The deceased was squashed when two men who were guiding a crane carrying a piano got into an argument and misdirected the crane.
Animation: While we could try to pay someone to rig and animate the models, it's probably going to be best (given the 5 month timeframe) to simply cut down the animation content and keep it simple. Rely on rotating the body parts rather than deforming for things that absolutely MUST be animated, and try to use programmatic-animation where possible to reduce animation work. This demo can be graphically blocky so long as the gameplay is present and polished.
Those PCoE's are probably s***, but I'm tired and I'm not getting any big sparks coming to me. Feel free to bounce more ideas my way.
EDIT - 05/08/16
-> Face of the character gets rubbed off, falls to pieces
-> A character resembling Ogel should be present in every sequence, but despite how outwardly evil they appear, they should only be guilty in one minor crime scenario. This can help push a message about prejudice and assumptions, and help players understand why they need to find all the facts before drawing a judgement.
-> Forget FP for now; use Alpha Team-style cameras. This will make selection easier (for each camera, hold a list/array of the selectable items to cycle through) and gives a bit more cinematic control back to the designer. Should also reduce almost all physics-related work down to pre-designed cutscene stuff.
-> Work on one specific chain, and get those mechanics perfect. Forget randomisation for now. Once Chain A works, then work on being able to add more events and build in more content.
EDIT - 23/08/16
-> Floating Worlds: Each level is just a tiny chunk that floats in space, which has a camera that allows you to completely rotate the entire level around