|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.
The God Luck Charm: I didn't like my first attempt, so this is religion revisited.
A spot of English: A screenplay about grammar and correctness.
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.
Long-term neutral: A brief reflection on 2016, considering long-term happiness.
A Rooster's Eye View: John Hughes Arts Festival: The Jesus College Rooster's weekend in the limelight!
Bullets '14: A look back over 2014. 'Stressful' is an understatement.
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 characters 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: Miscellaneous 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.
Do you have a YouTube account?
Other Occasionally Asked Questions
This journal is in two halves: the first is a life update, and the second is about MOC groupshots.
On the whole, 2016 was… eh. Neutral. I think we can all agree that 2016 was a bit of a shambles globally-speaking, though the repercussions have yet to make any tangible impact on my personal life so I shan’t let that bother me. On paper you could argue that my year was pretty substantial: I got a good grade in my exams this year, I dated a girl for the first time ever (emphasis on the past tense there), and I’ve got a job lined up as a structural engineer for next September. My rowing crew did well in the races in June, and as a prize we all got painted oars (each about 3 metres long) with which to decorate our rooms and future houses; it’s one of those odd Cambridge things that we forget is weird to anybody else.
And with all that being said, I should feel happy, right? Right? Should I feel guilty that I don’t? Is it selfish? I don’t think I’ve been long-term happy since April; there are brief fluctuations here and there, but on average I reckon I’m on zero. In the past I’ve considered writing a full-fledged discussion journal on the topic of Guilty Sadness, touching on the above points (and, specifically, how loneliness seems to override everything else), but I feel like there’d be no real conclusion to it.
And now for a change of theme: MOC groupshots! As most of you will know by now, I’ve been taking groupshots of my MOCs every six months, with the exception of June 2016. I try to arrange them to have each MOC distinct from the ones around it, resulting in a colourful mishmash. This year, however, I was wondering whether I should mix things up by sorting them in some way, with the following options:
- Colour: Inspired by this. The whole thing will look like a spectrum, perhaps with coloured MOCs along the bottom row and monochrome/silver MOCs along the top, though there’d be difficulty in telling them apart.
- Timeline: Sort MOCs by the date that I built them. You’d be able to see how the styles and themes have changed over time.
- Random: That is, no change – keep colours separate and try to optimise visibility. Stays consistent with the other groupshots, I suppose.
Those are the three main options, and I can always do a different one next time. The other sorts that I could think of were Body Type (i.e. humanoids/creatures/miscellaneous), size (impractical for presentation purposes) and deviantArt popularity (a largely pointless statistic). In any case, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts!
That’s everything for this journal! Happy holidays.