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Secret Santa 2012 – The Dark Side of the Moon
It’s time for another Secret Santa Quiz. Have a look at the beautiful present I received and try to find out who my Secret Santa is. I took the liberty and created a little story around my present.
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This is the fantastic creation without all the unnecessary stuff I built around it for the story. My Secret Santa knows me and my admiration for H. P. Lovecraft very well.










Whodunnit? Who sent me Cthulhu, the greatest of all Great Old Ones? Was it:
El Barto
Lee Jones
Devon Wilkop
Dave Kaleta
Tyler Halliwell
Heath Flor
Stuart Delahay
Leda Kat
Bryan Bonahoom
Dave Sterling
Stacy Sterling
Giovanni Seynhaeve
Hans Dendauw
Chris Phipson
Dennis Price

Happy guessing.

Solving:
My Secret Santa is … Tyler Halliwell!
Thank you again, Tyler, for this unique present. My love for Lovecraft grew during the last few months, conditioned by the board games “Arkham Horror” and “Mansions of Madness”. The timing couldn’t have been better. It also helped me to set some things straight (hahaha).

Nobody guessed right, but Dave “Batman” Kaleta and Kevin were very close. Congrats.



Ex Ignorantia Ad Sapientiam; E Luce Ad Tenebras



Comments

 I like it 
  February 10, 2014
LEGO+Cthulhu+open-mindedness=too awesome.
 I like it 
  February 10, 2014
How the heck did I miss this?!?! Have I been away from MOCpages that long? Shheesh. Congrats to MotD! Impressive build!
 I made it 
  February 10, 2014
Quoting Topsy Creatori (StoveTopCreator!) Congrats to both the builder and the receiver! :)
LOL, thank you ;o)
 I like it 
  February 10, 2014
Congrats to both the builder and the receiver! :)
 I made it 
  February 10, 2014
Thank you, guys. It is really nice to see that there are some reasonable members here on MOCpages. To all the others: We are waiting for you in the 21st century ;o)
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  February 10, 2014
As a big fan of Lovecraft, and a proponent of equal rights for everybody I'm really impressed by this post. Congrats on MOTD.
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  February 10, 2014
I really thought I had already commented on this a year ago? Oh well, always nice to see something fun, give credit where it is due AND mock narrow-minded people all in one comment! Great build Tyler, beautifully presented Thor. As for the comments.... well I remember one Chris Melby attacking one of my builds with 'MOCpages not the kind of place for this debate , blah blah, I have empty space between my ears, blah blah' and that was because my build had a rainbow pattern in (!?!), but he hadn't read the body of text which explained it related to the lyrics of a 15 year-old house song. So that's alright then. Based on that evidence I am surprised you haven't yet already been burnt at the stake for your honesty about your fabulous lifestyle and it's depiction here ;)
 I like it 
  February 10, 2014
MOTD! Woot! Congrats to Thor or Tyler? Both it seems!
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  February 10, 2014
Cool!
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  February 10, 2014
Thank you, Matt, I'm sure Tyler appreciates your comment as much as I do. ----- I'm glad to see that for some people, tolerance is a natural concomitant and not a luxury good that they only use when it suits or benefits them. Intolerance always inhibited progression to a point where it literally hurts. ----- Take avatar picture stealing Mr. Hudson B. for example. This questionable person created his MOCpages account almost a year ago only to tell me what to do - he never posted anything before or after that. He is either completely coo-coo or, which is more likely, a longtime MOCpages member who was too afraid to use his real account to comment and so created a second one. That is really poor :o)
 I like it 
  February 10, 2014
Ha! I hadn't seen this Xeno. What a fantastic build from Tyler. I think I would have guessed Kaleta myself. I found the comments interesting. I never have really understood why love in any form is vilified. A particular human curiosity that is truly baffling. MOTD seems very well suited for this. Not to lessen any struggles or strife and hardship, but who cares? Thorston is homosexual. matt likes cheese. Water makes it's own sauce. Life goes on, enjoy it for crying out loud with someone that enjoys it as much as you. It is, after all, way too short. Cheers! And nice work Tyler! Complete respect Thor!
  March 3, 2013
thank you for being so polite, and I hop I didn't come across as rude. I do agree that homosexuality is part of human nature. I also agree that homosexuality is not hurtful, and realize my logic was flawed. Thanks for pointing that out. I do indeed believe that it is wrong, but your creations are fantastic, regardless of your sexuality. I felt obligated to comment on this issue, but I now have stated my case. Future comments will be related to LEGO.
 I made it 
  March 2, 2013
Quoting Hudson B. Okay. I understand where you're coming from on the "I'm old, your new" section of your comment. I was not intending to lecture you, or act like I was better than you in any way. I apologize if it came across as rude or insulting. I do, however, view this topic as highly controversial. It is where I come from. As for the part about where I draw the line, you raise an excellent point. I admit readily that I am unsure myself where I would draw the line. Matters of religion are fine in my opinion, as long as no insult is meant by them. However, I do not view discussion or mention of homosexuality/bisexuality as something which belongs on a LEGO site. I respectfully disagree with you on this point. I am all for freedom and human rights. But all things should not be tolerated. (I do not want to offend you with the following comments, but I fell obligated to say the following. If you are greatly aggravated, do not read the rest of this comment.) For instance: Serial killers. Serial killing should not be tolerated. Stealing. Stealing should not be tolerated. Torture. Torture should not be tolerated. The fact is: Things which are morally wrong should not be tolerated. And Homosexuality is wrong. I'm sorry if you disagree, and I assure you that I have nothing against you, and mean no disrespect. I am simply stating what I believe to be right. You have a right to believe differently, and I believe that you have a right to post this MOC. I just view it as offensive, as it promotes something which I believe to be morally wrong. I wish you the best of luck.
Actions or behaviours that are hurtful are wrong indeed and shouldn't be tolerated neither here nor anywhere else. Homosexuality isn’t hurtful and doesn’t fall in this category. Furthermore it’s not a chosen lifestyle but a biological default nobody can change. Homosexuality is part of nature, otherwise it wouldn’t exist. If you really think that homosexuality is wrong, then I’m very, very sorry for you. Maybe you’ll arrive in the 21st century one day, like the rest of us. Until then, it might be better for you to stay away from my MOCs, because I’ll definitely post more like this.
  March 1, 2013
Okay. I understand where you're coming from on the "I'm old, your new" section of your comment. I was not intending to lecture you, or act like I was better than you in any way. I apologize if it came across as rude or insulting. I do, however, view this topic as highly controversial. It is where I come from. As for the part about where I draw the line, you raise an excellent point. I admit readily that I am unsure myself where I would draw the line. Matters of religion are fine in my opinion, as long as no insult is meant by them. However, I do not view discussion or mention of homosexuality/bisexuality as something which belongs on a LEGO site. I respectfully disagree with you on this point. I am all for freedom and human rights. But all things should not be tolerated. (I do not want to offend you with the following comments, but I fell obligated to say the following. If you are greatly aggravated, do not read the rest of this comment.) For instance: Serial killers. Serial killing should not be tolerated. Stealing. Stealing should not be tolerated. Torture. Torture should not be tolerated. The fact is: Things which are morally wrong should not be tolerated. And Homosexuality is wrong. I'm sorry if you disagree, and I assure you that I have nothing against you, and mean no disrespect. I am simply stating what I believe to be right. You have a right to believe differently, and I believe that you have a right to post this MOC. I just view it as offensive, as it promotes something which I believe to be morally wrong. I wish you the best of luck.
  March 1, 2013
Upon further consideration, I realized that I worded my last comment poorly, and also realized that my logic was deeply flawed. Allow me to correct myself: I agree with the message of tolerance in this MOC, as coexistence is vital for everyday life. Please do not misinterpret my comments as rude, arrogant, or hateful, as I intend none of these things.
 I made it 
  February 28, 2013
Quoting Brick Savage ... And I must say its nice to find a deity who doesn't promote hate but promotes love and understanding. Three cheers for Cthulhu!!!
Thank you, Chris. I'm sure Cthulhu appreciates your comment. I certainly do.
 I like it 
  February 28, 2013
I can't believe I didn't see this before. What a great build and story. And I must say its nice to find a deity who doesn't promote hate but promotes love and understanding. Three cheers for Cthulhu!!!
 I made it 
  February 28, 2013
Quoting Hudson B. First off, it's an interesting build. However: Regardless of whether or not I agree with this, I will say that MoCpages is not the place to introduce, promote, or spark this type of debate. This is a site intended for recreational purposes, and is not an appropriate place to introduce controversial topics, such as this one. You can agree with this message: that's your decision. However, that does not mean that taking a relatively peaceful place, such as this one, and sparking a highly controversial debate is okay. If you must promote a g-a.y agenda, please use more appropriate place. Leg Godt, Hud
Thank you for your comment. I'm sorry to say that I disagree with most of what you have written. ----- First, I think it is a bit strange, if not even a bit presumptuous, for somebody who is absolutely new to MOCpages, without any creations, favourite builders or groups, to lecture somebody who is active here on the pages for almost 3 years now. ----- Second, this is neither a controversial, nor a highly controversial topic – I merely stated a non-hurtful opinion on my page. I don’t force anybody to come here. ----- Third, I have the feeling that you didn’t read the text well enough. Otherwise you would have realised that I didn’t promote a g-a.y agenda, but was just asking for more general tolerance in the world. As an example, I chose the g-a.y topic, since I’m concerned personally and, as a result, knew what I was writing about. ----- Fourth, let’s say I follow your request and give up my right of free expression. Then I’d like to know where you draw the line? For example, there are many good people here on MOCpages who accentuate and talk a lot about their religion. Following your definition, religion is also a highly controversial topic. Do you also want them to stop?
  February 26, 2013
First off, it's an interesting build. However: Regardless of whether or not I agree with this, I will say that MoCpages is not the place to introduce, promote, or spark this type of debate. This is a site intended for recreational purposes, and is not an appropriate place to introduce controversial topics, such as this one. You can agree with this message: that's your decision. However, that does not mean that taking a relatively peaceful place, such as this one, and sparking a highly controversial debate is okay. If you must promote a gay agenda, please use more appropriate place. Leg Godt, Hud
 I like it 
  December 27, 2012
Wow, I'm honored that everyone thought I was Hans. Cool stuff.
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  December 27, 2012
Love the build and story! I'm greatly disappointed with the people who don't agree with the message, they should at least respect you by keeping their opinions to themselves.
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  December 25, 2012
Gio.~H
  December 24, 2012
Nice Moc. I do not agree with the message at the end, however.
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  December 24, 2012
This looks to be built by Han.
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  December 24, 2012
Merry Christmas Xeno :). Peace and equality to all. Love this creation - it has a darkness that only Han could produce.
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  December 23, 2012
This is a wonderful creation and message, but I would like to reply to Tim C about saying he is being hypocritical for agreeing with this and denouncing those that disagree; this is promoting a message of peace and tolerance, which, last time I checked, does not offend any directly, while disagreeing with the acceptance of peace and tolerance is quite wrong, and is sure to offend many that suffer from intolerance.This is no common matter of 'Coke vs. Pepsi' opinion, so really only those that disagree are at fault.
 I made it 
  December 23, 2012
Quoting Tim C I must say, when I returned to look over this excellent piece of building genius, I found myself a little angered by the comments of some people and how they "disagree with the message." You know, the message of how people should be free to be who they are. I felt that this should not be made out to be a political platform, where we should judge others for the lives they lead, but rather respect what one person can do with a pile of plastic bricks. But then I realized that I am no better by agreeing with it. How can I feel justified to agree with what someone says, yet feel that others should keep their personal beliefs to themselves. "What a hypocrite!" I yell at the mirror. I deeply respect your decision to make yourself vulnerably known to the many builders on this site. If it's something you've done before, I haven't, to date, come across it. Kudos, sir, to your bravery. (That, by the way, is neither agreeing nor disagreeing with the message). That being said, I would, therefore, like to retract my earlier statement and simply say, "Gee, what a nice MOC. It would seem to me that there should be some message to go with it, but I'll be a monkey's uncle if I can find one."
Tim, thank you for your very thoughtful comment. This quote comes to my mind: “Freedom is always the freedom of dissenters.” Everybody shall think or believe in whatever he or she likes, as long as they don’t hurt others, of course. The message here is not “Hey, I’m g-a.y!”, it’s simply “Be tolerant.” Simple as that. As a result, it is identical to what you just wrote. Nobody should keep their personal beliefs to him- or herself, because asking them to do would not be being tolerant. ---- Also, nobody should judge others for anything that is not their fault. I didn’t choose to be g-a.y, just like I didn’t choose my eye colour or my shoe size. It’s a fixed part of me and I have to live with it. And I’m doing quite well. I’ve had my coming out 14 years ago and it came to many people around me as a surprise, cause I’m not very female-like, but rather the opposite. Guess. Nobody cared. Nobody. Not my friends, not my family, not my co-workers. Not one single person. Thanks to my coming out, I traveled to the USA and I published 3 novels. I don’t feel vulnerable, but it’s kind of you being concerned. About 10 percent of mankind is homosexual, that is 700 million people. I’m definitely not the only one here on MOCpages. Thanks to bullying, the suicide rate among them is about 5 times higher compared to the one of heterosexuals. Maybe my example will help a few to deal with their lives a little bit better. It would be nice.
 I like it 
  December 23, 2012
I must say, when I returned to look over this excellent piece of building genius, I found myself a little angered by the comments of some people and how they "disagree with the message." You know, the message of how people should be free to be who they are. I felt that this should not be made out to be a political platform, where we should judge others for the lives they lead, but rather respect what one person can do with a pile of plastic bricks. But then I realized that I am no better by agreeing with it. How can I feel justified to agree with what someone says, yet feel that others should keep their personal beliefs to themselves. "What a hypocrite!" I yell at the mirror. I deeply respect your decision to make yourself vulnerably known to the many builders on this site. If it's something you've done before, I haven't, to date, come across it. Kudos, sir, to your bravery. (That, by the way, is neither agreeing nor disagreeing with the message). That being said, I would, therefore, like to retract my earlier statement and simply say, "Gee, what a nice MOC. It would seem to me that there should be some message to go with it, but I'll be a monkey's uncle if I can find one."
 I like it 
  December 22, 2012
Love the present agree with the message (you should build some political messages into your other builds or gifts)
 I like it 
  December 21, 2012
although i dont agree, its not my problem. I'll guess Hans
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  December 20, 2012
Yeap, we're all gonna be wrong... but I'll go with Hans as well here. ~ Chris.
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  December 20, 2012
I just love this time of year...it looks like Santa brought you an awesome vig, made by either Leda or Chris, so I'll go for Hans. No wait...sigh*, here we go again...
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  December 20, 2012
Hans or Tyler... but I go for Hans - pretty awesome, so or so! - K.
 I like it 
  December 20, 2012
Great build, showing off a great present. I'm in full agreement regarding the message too. Merry Christmas.
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  December 20, 2012
Love the build and the moral! :D People really should just accept that,you know? :/
 I like it 
  December 20, 2012
Great chair!
 I made it 
  December 20, 2012
Thanks to everybody for the kind comments so far. Work and other tasks didn't allow me to be very active here on MOCpages during the last months, but I'll try to become more involved again.
 I made it 
  December 20, 2012
Quoting Flare . Can't agree with the message you're trying to push in the end, but I think I'll agree with the others that it was Hans
The message is: "Don't be prejudiced, be open-minded instead." The fact that you don't agree says a lot about you.
 I made it 
  December 20, 2012
Quoting John W. "A mad Arab?" I do not appreciate your racism.
The so called "mad Arab" is Abdul Alhazred, which is nothing but an alias for the famous author Howard Phillips Lovecraft. It is also the fictional character who wrote the Necronomicon and, as a result, went mad. --- There is no racism involved.
 I like it 
  December 20, 2012
Very nice.
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  December 20, 2012
Great story and a fitting present. To bring a new name to the board, maybe Phipson?
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  December 20, 2012
Cthulhu Santa, what a blessing. :P ... Nice build and a pretty good story also. :)
Mr. Xenomurphy
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Griffin .
  December 19, 2012
I'd have to go for Hans.
  December 19, 2012
"A mad Arab?" I do not appreciate your racism.
  December 19, 2012
Can't agree with the message you're trying to push in the end, but I think I'll agree with the others that it was Hans
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  December 19, 2012
lol! great concept, I had ideas for origins of santa, and that s very good one! the creator went as far as re-designing him, wich is beyond what I had imagined, bravo! superb piece!
 I like it 
  December 19, 2012
When in doubt (which is just about always for me, when it comes to secret Santa), go with the popular flow! Hans?
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  December 19, 2012
I'm going to take a left turn and guess Stuart for reasons unknown, even to me.
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  December 19, 2012
Wow, somebody really knows you well! This is a really lovely creation: and it found a perfect home. I feel like it has the current theme of Tyler's work, but I'm going to stick with the trend and say Leda.
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  December 19, 2012
I see Hans in this beauty.
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  December 19, 2012
Not Leda... It doesn't have her artwork... Hans, perhaps?
  December 19, 2012
the message is great, and i'm going to go with... Leda Kat. HA, Cthulu Claus!
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  December 19, 2012
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say Heath. Excellent build and message!
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  December 19, 2012
Great message, couldn't agree more. It pains me to know that people will hate people for things they can't control, such as homosexuality. Cthulhu shall be my god now. He seems like a great guy.
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  December 19, 2012
That says Hans to me! Great work on the supporting builds!
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  December 19, 2012
Haha, that is just too awesome. I'm going with Leda.
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  December 19, 2012
boy would I love to get involved with this SECRET SANTA!
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  December 19, 2012
Giovanni.
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  December 19, 2012
Lovely creation! I vote Stuart.
 I like it 
  December 19, 2012
Fantastic story, build, and message. I vote Stuart.
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  December 19, 2012
Great stuff. And I love the message, Mr. Xenomurphy. There are many people in my country as well as the rest of the world that could learn a thing or two from your Cthulhu's tolerance. It is our differences that make us beautiful. As to who sent you this, I feel confident that I recognize this excellent parts usage and slight touch of whimsy as the building genius of Leda Kat. I mean, Cthulhu Claus? Who else would come up with that?
  December 19, 2012
Switch Dave with Hans.
 I like it 
  December 19, 2012
Haha, cool story! This looks like the work of Dave Kaleta!!! Or Leda Kat. Pick one. Great gift to get though!
 
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