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Aside from MOCing, I enjoy writing blog posts. Here are some of my highlights.

:bulletred: Discussions: Generally longer journals in which I talk extensively about a particular topic.
:shamrock: The God Luck Charm: I didn't like my first attempt, so this is religion revisited.
:tea: A spot of English: A screenplay about grammar and correctness.
:lightbulb: Glorified rearrangement: The effect that my Lego pastime has had on me.
:meow: The Hero Faffory journal: Reflect: About my webcomic, Hero Faffory: how it began, how it changed, and how it began to change me.
:earth: A deviant's Guide to the Chinese Language: My longest journal to date, about the peculiarities of Chinese.
:beer: That alcohol journal: A rant about alcohol.
:target: The nerd speaks up: A journal about my work ethic, and how you can't really talk about intelligence these days.
:lock: Swordfish in showbusiness: A short blog post about how important an artist's personality is to their artwork.
:flame: Smoke and mirrors: Cigarettes and self-reflection.
:email: Four and the same: Writing about myself as a person, for a change.
:unimpressed: A Spirit Day monologue: Musings about crime and punishment.
:+fav: Flight of the faverunners: A discussion about statistics, popularity, and the motives behind my MOCing.
:heart: Our superficial society: A rant about relationships.
:blackrose: Roses are grey, violets are also grey...: A look at the many ways in which my colour blindness affects my life.
:magnify: Reflections and predictions: Things have changed over the years, but so has our perception of them.
:groups: The BML Standard: Something I wrote for the BionicleMOCersleague, to hopefully define what makes a 'good MOC'.
:pray: My thoughts on religion: Perhaps one of the most unstable topics that I could've chosen for my first blog post.

:bulletblue: Accounts: Generally shorter journals; either updates about me, or events that I've been to.
:eye: A Rooster's Eye View: John Hughes Arts Festival: The Jesus College Rooster's weekend in the limelight!
:depressed: Bullets '14: A look back over 2014. 'Stressful' is an understatement.
:note: Cantablogger Part 8: Read all about it: Writing about writing? How meta.
:spidey: Cantablogger Part 7: MOCer Diaries: A summary of my MOCing activities at university, including a photo gallery!
:dead: Cantablogger Part 6: Time for another entry: Oh time, thou art a heartless bitch.
:cd: Cantablogger Part 5: A soberman's night out: Me, clubbing? Absurd!
:brainless: Cantablogger Part 4: "Aiden's still working!": The work ethic revisited.
:house: Cantablogger Part 3: The city of cycles: Miscellaneous.
:pencil: Cantablogger Part 2: Trust me, I'm an engineer: A sample of the first term of my engineering course!
:megaphone: Cantablogger Part 1: Introductions: The first instalment about my new life at university.
:cheese: Chalk and cheese sandwiches: A silly blog entry about dairy products and maths.
:pokeball: A bright start to 2013: A happy update journal to break up the monotony.
:snowflake: An arbitrary time of the year: 2012 words looking back at 2012.
:nuu: Parties, pieces, 'pocalypses: A short entry on a pretty pink background.
:camera: An elephant goes to China: Something I wrote after taking one of my MOCs with me on holiday.
:lol: Liquid nitrogen, Lego Mindstorms and lots of mud: A diary about an engineering course I went on at Cambridge University.
:B Work experience at Rolls-Royce: My personal insight into one of the largest engineering companies in the world.
:peace: Get me a pizza. Stat.: Comments after a holiday in Hong Kong.

:bulletgreen: Reference: Miscellaneous deviantArt-related stuff.
:trophy: TC101: Completion: A blog entry about the 100 Themes Challenge!
:O_o: Occasionally Asked Questions: FAQs.
:giggle: Hero Faffory: Everything you don't need to know about my comic series!

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Rahiden
Aiden
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United Kingdom
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.

:bulletred: 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.

:bulletred: 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.

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Bionicle MOC: Jack of Clubs by Rahiden
Bionicle MOC: Jack of Clubs
The Jack of Clubs is the third in a series of four card-themed MOCs (the others being Queen of Spades, King of Hearts, and Ace of Diamonds). Each one hails from a different kingdom and is adorned with patterns of their associated suit.

The Clubs symbol was a bit of a mixed bag to make into a pattern. The small clubs you see dotted around were straightforward enough to mass-produce, but I figured I had to change it up a bit for the chest and staff (and there are fewer spherical/circular black pieces than I'd imagined!). Another highlight is his helmet, which is Darth Vader's head piece turned backwards.

My aim for these four MOCs is for each one to be inspired by a different time period based on their suit. Clubs are associated with batons, so I decided to go for a soldier character for the Jack, loosely inspired by the modern-day tall-headed Royal Guard. Clubs are also the class of peasants: because of that, this specific Jack of Clubs is quite inexperienced, still sporting the lanky build of a young adult, but he is nevertheless keen to serve his kingdom. Hope you like him!
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Bionicle MOCs - December 2015 by Rahiden
Bionicle MOCs - December 2015
December is groupshot month again! Five MOCs in the past six months, one of which was a revamp, brings the total to 81. At this rate I'll hit 100 in about two years' time!

I've been taking these mass groupshot photos every six months since December 2008, so they're a good way to visualise my progress over the years. The gallery of groupshots is here: rahiden.deviantart.com/gallery…
MOC gallery here: rahiden.deviantart.com/gallery…
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Bionicle MOC: King of Hearts by Rahiden
Bionicle MOC: King of Hearts
The King of Hearts is the second in a series of four card-themed MOCs (the others being Queen of Spades, Jack of Clubs, and Ace of Diamonds). Each one hails from a different kingdom and is adorned with patterns of their associated suit.

As you can see, the main highlight of this MOC is the huge heart on his chest - I quite like how the H in the Hero Factory armour could stand for Hearts as well! You'll also find smaller hearts on his crown, upper arms, upper back, and thighs. They actually caused me a lot more trouble than I expected, partly because I'd used most of my rounded red pieces on other MOCs. I quite like his beard - I just hope it doesn't interfere too much with his chest.

My aim for these four MOCs is for each one to be inspired by a different time period based on their suit. Hearts, being associated with clergymen, made me think of the religious kings of the Tudor period, specifically Henry VIII's huge barrel chest and disproportionately scrawny limbs. As a character, the King of Hearts would be quite warm and loving. Hope you like him!

Edit 16/03/16: Added more silver to make the colour scheme a little more consistent
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Bionicle MOC: Queen of Spades by Rahiden
Bionicle MOC: Queen of Spades
The Queen of Spades is the first in a series of four card-themed MOCs (the others being King of Hearts, Jack of Clubs, and Ace of Diamonds). Each one hails from a different kingdom and is adorned with patterns of their associated suit.

This MOC (and the series!) was inspired by Skull Grinder's horns, which when put together make quite a nice Spades symbol on her sceptre. Besides that, I made little Spades on her skirt, chest, and crown. I'm most fond of the chest one - not only do the Rhotuka ripcords help with the shaping of the upper body, but the tail sections make for a nice back-of-the-neck ruff decoration! Each of the four skirt plates is articulated at the waist, allowing for movement of her legs and hips as usual, and there's an additional articulation point at the waist. Her cape is from the recent Darth Vader set, and the crown is removable.

My aim for these four MOCs is for each one to be inspired by a different time period based on their suit. Spades, being associated with pikes or swords, made me go for a warrior queen design - a short dress for ease of movement, relatively bare limbs, and a cape to round it all off. As a character, the Queen of Spades is a strict and powerful ruler. I'm really looking forward to continuing with this project!
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Rahiden's Alphabet by Rahiden
Rahiden's Alphabet
It started off as 'Huh, the Bunny's ears look like a V.', and ended up with a collage of 26 of my MOCs, not actually including the Bunny! It was really fun picking up each of my 80 MOCs, twisting and turning to try and find or create a letter, and the result has a satisfying range of colours and sizes.
As you'd expect, some (I, O, V) had several potential candidates, while others (N, S, Z) were rather more difficult. Obviously it'd be cheating if I'd used the Nameplate! Let me know if there are any that you think should be changed, because I'm thinking of getting this printed off and pinned up in my room somewhere.

All MOCs shown can be found here, and are as follows:
Niyyan; Cere; Cancer; Bloodfang Speeder; Jesus College Rooster; Stego;
Chameleon; Cheetah; Stator; Fellest; Yanmega; Grand Piano; Kraahkan Cathedral;
Perseid; Jellyfsh; Puzzlebox; Ring; Slotbot 51-07; Swanship;
Bismuth; Tentromax; Hummingbird; Absol Niyyan; Kromo Goblin Bladesmith; Psystrike; Camera Spider
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The God Luck Charm

Thu Aug 6, 2015, 2:07 PM



I used to be a hostile atheist.

I used to be that kid who would actively try to convince others that science, and thus atheism, was the only true way to live life, and that the beliefs of religion were simply wrong. “Look at all this evidence!” I would say. “We’ve proven this stuff! How can you still cling to that outdated nonsense?”

I used to enjoy mocking the Bible’s inconsistencies back when I wrote my first ever essay-style journal entry in early 2012, titled ‘My thoughts on religion’. While much of the material in it still applies, I detest that entry because it misses the point entirely – I argue the wrong points, the videos are inappropriate, and the writing style is a joke. You can forgive a first attempt, right? That journal is easy to find if you wish to read it, though I’d rather that it never existed.

Having met several religious people at university, my outlook has changed somewhat. These days I’m more... accepting? Tolerant? Indifferent? Perhaps all of the above. In order to understand it more, I have divided the concept of ‘religion’ into three parts, written in order of their position along the spectrum of belief.

The first is reason; that is, rational explanation through proof, observation, and scientific rigour. It’s the best word that I can come up with to describe the opposite of faith, which is the belief of something in the absence of evidence.
Perhaps what I (and many other atheists) dislike most about a lot of religions is that they often present themselves as equivalents to or alternatives of science. They offer supposed answers to ‘the big questions’, like the origin of the universe, by interpreting their holy books as literal fact. This is what I used to think the whole point of religion was – science versus Christianity, evolution versus creationism, who is right and who is wrong. Nowadays I avoid that discussion on the grounds that the two are not even comparable, through something known as the burden of proof. There is a quote from the writer Douglas Adams which sums this up rather well:

“I don't accept the currently fashionable assertion that any view is automatically as worthy of respect as any equal and opposite view. My view is that the moon is made of rock. If someone says to me, “Well, you haven't been there, have you? You haven't seen it for yourself, so my view that it is made of Norwegian Beaver Cheese is equally valid”, then I can't even be bothered to argue. There is such a thing as the burden of proof, and in the case of God, as in the case of the composition of the moon, this has shifted radically. God used to be the best explanation we'd got, and we've now got vastly better ones. God is no longer an explanation of anything, but has instead become something that would itself need an insurmountable amount of explaining. So I don't think that being convinced that there is no God is as irrational or arrogant a point of view as belief that there is. I don't think the matter calls for even-handedness at all.”

Religion shouldn’t be about trying to explain the real world, just like how prayers shouldn’t be about obtaining tangible results (more on that later). If you say that the events in our daily lives happen through the influence of a higher power, you are taking credit away from the unbiased hand of natural probability, which doesn’t know the difference between miracle and misfortune. The trouble is that religion used to be considered as fact, so its traditions and practices still linger in the current generation. I think it’s a terrible shame that many people today think that it and science are still on the same playing field.

The second topic on the spectrum of belief is morals. Christianity advertises the fact that it teaches morals well: how you treat your fellow humans, understanding your role in the wider world, that sort of thing. That’s great as a premise, but I think it gets carried away a little. “Love your neighbours! Appreciate how fortunate you are!” Sounds grand, please continue. “Give away all of your riches to the poor! Forgive those who have betrayed you without question!” Uh, okay... I see where you’re getting at, but that does depend on the context... “Homosexuality is a sin! Contraception and abortion are wrong!” Woah, hold up. Putting aside my opinions about those subjects, is religion really in a position to dictate ethics like that? Is anyone? This is breaching the deeper issue of human rights! While I appreciate the value of generic life lessons being taught from an early age, I think it’s wrong to try to enforce such specific morals onto other people – after all, homosexuality and contraception have no influence on how good you are as a person. This is why Buddhism appeals to me a lot; it focuses on morals and a general way of life whilst remaining tolerant of other religions and science alike.

And finally, we come to faith. Ah, faith, the immovable object, the unquestionable shield, the decider of wars. It seems like every religious debate these days is a glorified version of “You have faith, and I don’t”. That’s the end of the argument because, by definition, faith does not need to be justified. It’s a personal decision with no right or wrong, composed of all things intangible, undefined, and spiritual. Private faith is what I think religion should be about, and nothing else. It seems obvious to put it like that, but this is the only way in which I can pinpoint what I like about religion and what I don’t.

Let’s talk about the idea of the religious lifestyle for a bit here. First, some background: I was raised in a Catholic household, and when I’m not at university, I go to church with my parents every Sunday morning. As an atheist, my main reasoning for still attending mass these days isn’t to do with faith or obligation. Rather, it gives me time to get away from the constant stimulation of electronics; I like having some quiet me-time to be left alone in my thoughts, and if that means I have to wear the guise of a theist for an hour every week, then so be it. As an observer, though, it looks an awful lot like rote chanting and routine, neither of which sound very spiritual at all. While I have memorised many of the prayers that we recite, nowadays I remain silent, because to me it’s missing the point. Practising faith should be going out and being a good person, not something as materialistic and systematic as this, surely?
I mean, there’s nothing wrong about religious practices like going to communal prayer or excluding certain meats from your diet. Until you go to the extremes of religious wars, they don’t hurt anybody. It’s just odd that such unusual activities are seen as a normal pastime, you know?

Religious or otherwise, I’d wager that everybody does irrational things from time to time, whether that be habits, rituals, or fears. Here’s an example: for every exam that I have taken in the past four years, I have always made sure that my shirt colour matches the ‘colour’ of that subject, whether that be the blue of my chemistry folder or the traditional grey of my maths books. I can’t explain why exactly - it just seems right to me (not unlike having a lucky number), and I guess it does make me feel more comfortable in the exam room. How is that different from seeking confidence in God? Surely God’s role isn’t to instil you with knowledge or fortune, but rather to give you emotional support so that you can succeed in doing things yourself?

To compare, I once asked a good friend of mine, a devout Christian, about his thoughts on ‘living for Christ’:
“Living for Christ means that you accept him as your saviour and love him. You want to serve Jesus by spreading his word, and you maintain a relationship with him through prayer and reading the Bible. How can you love someone and not want to spend time in their presence?”
See, as far as I’m concerned, his living for Christ and my co-ordination of shirt colours are equally valid (or invalid) things to do. They’re both based on gut feelings of something being correct, and to a listener they sound ridiculous. Yes, both endeavours are arguably silly and pointless, but does that give you the right to try and convince them so? No, because again, faith is a personal decision! After relating those two, I resolved not to argue with theists regarding faith any more; not only is there no chance of ‘winning’, but it also takes the fun out of it.

The biggest difference between private belief and religion is that, as sociologist Émile Durkheim described it, religion is ‘something eminently social’. Religion thrives on being a community of like-minded people, all of whom were brought up being told what to believe: wear these clothes, pray in that direction, and fast at these times. I dislike the fact that religions try to change other people’s beliefs; what happened to the whole personal aspect of faith? I wouldn’t dream of convincing my friends to wear green to the Structures exam because hey, it’s their life, their choice. The room should be full of people with their own favourite good luck charms, not a sea of monochrome.

To return to the theme of prayer again, I think you just have to be careful about correlation and causation. In the context of serious issues like poverty and dire illness, they say that a prayer is as useful as a Like on Facebook, and I agree – it raises awareness for a worthy cause, it’s free and easy to give, and it may well provide emotional support for the starving child or sick person on the other end. That’s great! But it’s foolish to claim that there’s an actual link between wishing for someone’s health and their subsequent recovery or decline, because that evidence is purely anecdotal. The human body is an amazing construct, and our research into treatments has gone to incredible lengths; if you have such strong belief that higher powers are the lone source of good health, then I’d be inclined to deny you of the drugs and painkillers that we’ve worked so hard to develop, and direct you instead to the services of homeopathy and alternative medicine. I may as well not bother doing any revision, saying that my red shirt will do the Mechanics exam for me! Praying is fine, but in respect for our progression as a human race, give credit where credit is due.

And so, in summary, I cannot bring myself to like religion. So many religions these days draw attention away from the individual aspect of faith by promoting the idea of everyone performing the same rituals, enforcing irrelevant morals and ridiculous lifestyles, and wasting time arguing with scientists and rival theists about topics for which it is no longer required.
Faith, on the other hand, I do like. I may have more faith in my wardrobe than I do in any conventional God, but I still think that faith, as a premise, is good. As long as you are sensible in your attribution of it, faith is everything that science is not - the two may coexist without contradiction, and that idea appeals to the engineer in me. The fact that it is so imaginary makes it seem so delightfully personal; there is no reason for it to exist, but it does because we like it.

You may continue unobtrusively believing in your God while I don my black shirt. Unlike my previous self, I will not argue; after all, we’re only human.

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Gaboris Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016
Bit late, but Happy Birthday from Hungary!
Keep up the great work. :D
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Happy Birthday! Airborne Super Fantastic Golden Platter Cake 3D Balloon Girl Emoticon GIF cookie Cupcake GIF Icon - Five Nights at Freddy's Turn Up The Radio :rap: Dance! 
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SkyfireDragon Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016   Artisan Crafter
Green Dragon Happy Birthday, Aiden!
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Happy Birthday, man! :iconcakeplz:
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