|Everything you see here was designed by yours truly. Enjoy!|
|Everything you see here was designed by yours truly. Enjoy!|
|Aside from MOCing, I heartily enjoy writing blog posts. Here are some of my highlights.|
Discussions: Generally longer journals in which I talk extensively about a particular topic.
Glorified rearrangement: The effect that my Lego pastime has had on me.
The Hero Faffory journal: Reflect: About my webcomic, Hero Faffory: how it began, how it changed, and how it began to change me.
A deviant's Guide to the Chinese Language: My longest journal to date, about the peculiarities of Chinese.
That alcohol journal: A rant about alcohol.
The nerd speaks up: A journal about my work ethic, and how you can't really talk about intelligence these days.
Swordfish in showbusiness: A short blog post about how important an artist's personality is to their artwork.
Smoke and mirrors: Cigarettes and self-reflection.
Four and the same: Writing about myself as a person, for a change.
A Spirit Day monologue: Musings about crime and punishment.
Flight of the faverunners: A discussion about statistics, popularity and the motives behind my MOCing.
Our superficial society: A rant about relationships.
Roses are grey, violets are also grey...: A look at the many ways in which my colour blindness affects my life.
Reflections and predictions: Things have changed over the years, but so has our perception of them.
The BML Standard: Something I wrote for the BionicleMOCersleague, to hopefully define what makes a 'good MOC'.
My thoughts on religion: Perhaps one of the most unstable topics that I could've chosen for my first blog post.
Accounts: Generally shorter journals; either updates about me, or events that I've been to.
Cantablogger Part 8: Read all about it: Writing about writing? How meta.
Cantablogger Part 7: MOCer Diaries: A summary of my MOCing activities at university, including a photo gallery!
Cantablogger Part 6: Time for another entry: Oh time, thou art a heartless bitch
Cantablogger Part 5: A soberman's night out: Me, clubbing? Absurd!
Cantablogger Part 4: "Aiden's still working!": The work ethic revisited.
Cantablogger Part 3: The city of cycles: Miscellaneous.
Cantablogger Part 2: Trust me, I'm an engineer: A sample of the first term of my engineering course!
Cantablogger Part 1: Introductions: The first instalment about my new life at university.
Chalk and cheese sandwiches: A silly blog entry about dairy products and maths.
A bright start to 2013: A happy update journal to break up the monotony.
An arbitrary time of the year: 2012 words looking back at 2012.
Parties, pieces, 'pocalypses: A short entry on a pretty pink background.
An elephant goes to China: Something I wrote after taking one of my MOCs with me on holiday.
Liquid nitrogen, Lego Mindstorms and lots of mud: A diary about an engineering course I went on at Cambridge University.
Work experience at Rolls-Royce: My personal insight into one of the largest engineering companies in the world.
Get me a pizza. Stat.: Comments after a holiday in Hong Kong.
Reference: Generally deviantArt-related stuff.
TC101: Completion: A blog entry about the 100 Themes Challenge!
Occasionally Asked Questions: FAQs.
Hero Faffory: Everything you don't need to know about my comic series!
Hello there, and welcome to my deviantArt page. My name is Aiden.|
My gallery mainly consists of things I've created using Lego Bionicle and Hero Factory, known as MOCs. You'll also find satellite projects like my webcomic Hero Faffory, stopmotion animations, and the occasional biro drawing too.
I enjoy writing blog entries, for which you can find a directory further down this page.
What is a MOC?
MOC stands for My Own Creation; it is a term used to describe models made using Lego pieces but designed by the owner, so it is not an official Lego set.
Can you make instructions for your MOCs please?
I don't do instructions, sorry. This is partly because instructions take a lot of time and effort, and partly because I have learned that work on the Internet is all too easily stolen.
Other Occasionally Asked Questions
What's that? A journal entry that's not part of Cantablogger? Haven't seen one of those in a while!
But yes, these wonderful little bullet points make a welcome return, in all their disjointed colourfulness. Prepare to be riddled with them.
You know, in the past I used to dislike recordings of my own voice because I sounded so low (both in pitch and emotion), but now I realise how many little tone changes crop up in my speech. It reminds me of Chinese actors attempting to sound cool by speaking English but failing at it.
Item two: Life updates! Dear dear. Well, I got pretty disappointing exam results, so that’s been dwelling on my mind rather a lot lately. And then things have been rather hectic in the Rahiden household: we’re doing a lot of reworking of our upstairs rooms, meaning that I spent a week sleeping in the lounge and then another in my sister’s then-barren room, and there’s a lot of shelf-moving and generic change that gets me a bit stressed.
Thankfully it’s mostly done now, and I’m currently in my renovated room with plain-coloured walls and daylight-level ceiling lights which I love, so that old reliance on natural light for photography is no longer an issue! I also bought myself a load of new stuff to lift my spirits, including (finally) Pokémon Y on a special edition 3DS XL, a Lego Mixels set (spoiler alert: googly eyes are coming), and a new laptop which doesn’t have Microsoft Office yet so I’m typing this on Notepad++. So yes, many things to distract one’s mind while it tries to resolve its opinions.
Item three: Work, of the paid variety! I am currently in my fourth week of my placement at a rail company called Progress Rail. My partner and I have been assigned the job of installing a 3D printer for the office, involving the purchase, building, testing, and guide-writing processes. I've spent a lot of time drawing 3D models in CAD software, and naturally I've roped Lego into the whole thing. I found the exact dimensions of a 2x4 brick online, and right now we have three grey bricks (of varying quality) that fit snugly onto each other and an actual Lego brick!
I'm tempted to find the CAD files for Bionicle pieces and see if I can print a couple of them without the company noticing that I'm exploiting their printer for personal gain. I mean, there's only so much you can pass under the "We're testing the printer's capabilities" excuse - I'm already planning to print some Reuleaux tetrahedrons, an Apollonius Cone, and a shape fitted inside a cubic skeleton that is impossible to remove (and thus impossible to manufacture by any other means).
Item four: Bionicley things! I have one already built and almost ready to photograph, and besides that, I have a small handful of projects that I’d like to do. I’ve received rather a lot of requests recently, ranging from Ninjask to my biggest fear to a selfMOC to a Mixels revamp, and I’m sad to say that none of them have really appealed to me an awful lot.
I’d rather spend time making MOCs using colours that aren’t currently at use that much, the most notable being Mata Green and the rest being obscure colours like sand green and dark trans-blue. There are other colours in which I still have buckets of pieces that are dying to be used, like Metru red and lime, so they'll probably make an appearance too. Thus, the current line-up consists of two Rahi, a vehicle (and I’m serious this time!), a Robot Unicorn revamp, and possibly some dual-coloured Kromo Goblins depending on how many obscure colours I have left.
Item five: Oh hey look it’s a pink bullet point. This must be a sign that Rahiden has nothing more to say and that he should probably wrap things up for now. Toodles!