Blogs

 

My Only Addiction (besides reading)

As some of you might know, I'm a dancer. I started dancing around seven months ago actually. It doesn't seem long at all, but in that time dance has become my life. In June I stared my first hip hop class, by November I was also starting Contemporary and Lyrical Hip Hop. I soon decided to drop the lyrical hip hop to save money because hip hop mixed with contemporary is essentially lyrical hip hop.  During my last hip hop class before our performance, the owner of the studio came into our class looking for people who would be ready to move up to the next level. About ten or eleven people raised their hand, only four or five were actually ready. It surprised me when my name was called. I also thought it would scare me to move to a different class, yet I'm not. My studio is full of really great people and I honestly think that dancing has expanded my comfort zone by a lot. Some of my friends from my first class are also moving up so I won't be alone! On my first day of class ever, I was that girl in the back corner not talking to anyone. The second class I was dragged to the front row by this kid Kiernan. During the third class, I went to the front row on my own. Kiernan became my go to person, my best friend. Then this girl Abigail started talking to us. SO we became this trio that always took the front row. We had tons of fun. Around two months in, Kiernan had to quit the class. Abigail had been gone on his last day, though. When she came back and he was gone she was like WHAT NOOOO. After that, she kind of drifted away as a friend. As odd as it seems, that was fine with me. I don't think I realized, but I had made friends with the whole class.  I'm a bit sad that I'm moving up and leaving some of my friends behind, but a lot of them go to my school.  Anyways, the point of this blog was to say how much dance has changed my life and also how much I love it and need it. We've been on break for two weeks and I'm actually getting anxious. It feels weird going so long without it. Obviously I dance at home, but I'm all alone or with my mom. It's not the same as in the studio.  Before dance, I had no exercise. I sat around the house reading for hours and hours each day. In elementary I had done soccer. That stopped in middle school because I was too old for our local rec center's league and I wasn't good enough for club. My mom always wanted me to join the track team because I can run really fast. Never did. Basically every person I hated did track. When I told my mom that I wanted to join dance, she was extremely shocked. I had done ballet in kindergarten and hated it. (probably because we had to wear these really gross and "pretty" weird dress tutu things). So I quite. Honestly, I think I would't have quite if we didn't wear those horrible tutus. So my mom had searched for ballet studios. I told her I didn't want to do ballet I wanted to do hip hop... She seemed less surprised now...   In the beginning, my other friend was going to join with me, but she decided to do martial arts instead. I was really nervous that first day because I didn't have her with me. It all turned out great.  Okay this got long so I'll just cut it off right here.  Thanks for reading!    
 

How I became a brony

Something I've been thinking about a lot is the past of the brony fanbase. I've been lamenting how I never got to experience those moments because I thought MLP: FiM was trash. (Because I never watched it.) So I figured why not tell the story of how I became a brony? I guess I'll begin with the launch of the Hub. At the time, I was a wee 13 year old. I saw ads for the Hub all over television. I thought nothing of it, because I thought it was just some stupid kids channel. One of things they promoted in their ads was MLP: FiM. (Again, I thought little of it, as I thought that MLP was just a stupid little girls show at the time.) A few months later, though, I lost access to cable. Then I think about a year or two later, I saw all this stuff about "bronies" on the internet. I think I'll let Filthy Frank sum up how I felt about it at first: Then, my little brother's best friend at the time, (Who was a brony) kept watching all sorts of MLP stuff to annoy my little brother. And then he was like: "I'm gonna watch apple.mov!" And I overheard him watching it and I thought to myself: "Y'know, that actually looks kinda interesting! I need to check it out sometime!" And so about a year later, I did! I watched every episode of HotDiggedyDemon's "Pony.mov" series, and I thought to myself: "This is really funny!" And then one day, out of extreme, morbid, INSANE curiosity, I decided to watch the first episode. I even remember during the intro of it, I was thinking to myself: "Oh boy... here we go... we've got about 5 minutes and then they're gonna start talking about tea parties and dress up!" But then, something amazing (Or horrible) happened... I ended up LOVING it.   And then, a few months later, I binge watched the entire series, found out about the MLP forums, and here I am today! Just one note about MLP: FiM before I sign off, I'll be honest, before I became a brony, I didn't WANT the show to suck, I just EXPECTED it to. (Because it's for little girls and shows for little girls are typically pretty damn bad.)   So yeah. That's the story of how I became a brony in a nutshell!  Please leave your questions, comments, and complaints in the comments below. See ya!

Hmm That HUD Could Be Improved... | MLP:SH Devlog #9

Hello everypony!   It's been a while, hasn't it?  Last year turned out to be kind of busy for me, but hopefully this one won't be like this! I've been wondering on which project I should be working on and to this moment I have no idea. I've decided to poke this one first, but I think I may be switching between this one and MLP: The Game, as I'd really love to get these two done. My priority project will always be the first one I have ever started - MLP: The Game, but it's good to work on different things once in a while to avoid getting bored. I'm also having 999 other ideas for games and I'm trying my best to not distract myself with these.   Okay, so let's get to the point. Mooooonths ago in one of the updates, @HereComesTom mentioned moving things in HUD: For a reference, here is how it looked like so far:
The 'mana bar' he mentioned is the energy bar with Elements of Harmony seen to the right. For me it looked fine as it was, as I kinda didn't want to throw everything into one corner... until I realized how inconvenient it was in practice. You see, switching spells was confusing when these were on the right side, due to the order of them appearing mirrored. I thought players will eventually get used to that, but I couldn't really get used to it myself. Switching spells wasn't a big issue, but whenever I looked at HUD, it was confusing me. The order of icons wasn't really readable and I imagine it could get worse when more spells would become available. There was one thing I was sure of... That these have to be on the left side. So today I've been working on redesigning the HUD ... the whole day.  I was moving things around and finally came up with this: SOME OTHER CHANGES I'VE MADE:
- HP bar is now thicker, because I wanted to make it stand out more, to make it more noticeable even without really looking at it.
- HP bar's length now grows along with maximum HP.
- Spell icons have less details in order to save some space and make the HUD less spammy.
- Spell icons have thicker energy bars, because I removed the long energy bar and used numbers only. I wanted to give those little bars more highlight and make these more readable.   ...Though I had a feeling, that something was wrong. It seemed so... clogged. One of my fellow devs suggested me this: ---and that made me realize, that it's all messy indeed. Colorful bars and icons, big numbers-- all over the place, yet so close to each other. So I got to this again and decided to get rid of some details, as well as using smaller numbers to make it all look neater: Now only HP has big numbers, as it's the most important part of the HUD. I think it looks fine now, though knowing me, I'll probably end up redesigning it over and over again along with development.
I was also thinking of something like this:
--- buuut decided to have it all in one place.   What are your thoughts?    And as always, thank you for visiting!  

Rikifive

Rikifive

 

Rising Shine in Numbers 2.0(4th January 2019)

Another year, more stat blogs!       Content Count: 2580 Posts made, that counted.(+11) Day's Won: 7 Days having the most brohoofed content.(--) Last day having most brohoofed content: 30th December 2014 Ammount of Brohoofs: 24.644 Brohoofs received(+349) Followers: 393 Users following me.(+5) Forum Rank: Pony Profile Views: 400.881 times User watched my profile.(+3.903) Last 6 Visitors: @Sparklefan1234 @Goofyg22 @Dark Horse @ILoveRara @Arc Flash @Venomous Ammount of Blogs: 5(+0) Ammount of Entries in my Blogs: 197 Entries(+1) Ammount of Comments in my Blogs: 219 Comments(+0) Ammount of Views in my Blogs: 27.178 Views(+211) Ammount of Content: 2.633 Pages(+7) Ammount of Status Updates: 314 Pages(+4) Ammount of Status Replies: 570 Pages(+6) Topics Posted by Me: 35 Topics(+0) Posts in "Count to a million" = 58.426(--)   Days Won Counter: 3rd on 7th November 2015 with 34 Brohoofs 2nd on 21st June 2015 with 85 Brohoofs 2nd on 14th June 2015 with 194 Brohoofs 3rd on 31st May 2015 with 67 Brohoofs 2nd on 27th May 2015 with 106 Brohoofs 2nd on 22nd March 2015 with 154 Brohoofs 3rd on 1st February 2015 with 57 Brohoofs 3rd on 31st January 2015 with 68 Brohoofs 3rd on 26th January 2015 with 71 Brohoofs 1st on 30th December 2014 with 128 Brohoofs 3rd on 13th December 2014 with 37 Brohoofs 3rd on 7th December 2014 with 47 Brohoofs 2nd on 6th December 2014 with 35 Brohoofs 2nd on 23rd November 2014 with 48 Brohoofs 1st on 12th October 2014 with 158 Brohoofs 2nd on 4th October 2014 with 78 Brohoofs 2nd on 1st June 2014 with 76 Brohoofs 3rd on 18th May 2014 with 60 Brohoofs 1st on 26th April 2014 with 152 Brohoofs 3rd on 25th April 2014 with 80 Brohoofs 2nd on 21st April 2014 with 94 Brohoofs 2nd on 15th April 2014 with 118 Brohoofs 2nd on 12th April 2014 with 75 Brohoofs 3rd on 9th April 2014 with 75 Brohoofs 3rd on 8th April 2014 with 131 Brohoofs 2nd on 1st April 2014 with 77 Brohoofs 2nd on 31st March 2014 with 114 Brohoofs 2nd on 30th March 2014 with 90 Brohoofs 1st on 29th March 2014 with 96 Brohoofs 1st on 27th March 2014 with 73 Brohoofs 1st on 26th March 2014 with 78 Brohoofs 2nd on 18th March 2014 with 29 Brohoofs 3rd on 17th March 2014 with 28 Brohoofs 1st on 9th March 2014 with 78 Brohoofs 3rd on 28th February 2014 with 27 Brohoofs 3rd on 24th February 2014 with 25 Brohoofs   Ranking most Brohoofs received: 7th(+1) Ranking most Content: Not included(--) Ranking most Status Updates: 3th(--) Ranking most Articles: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Ranking most Characters: Not included(--) Ranking most Answers: Not included(--) Ranking most EQE Characters: Not included(--) Most Submissions: Not included(--) Most Banners: Not included(--) Ranking most Calendar Events: Not included(--) Ranking most Applications: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Ranking most Blog Entries: 10th(NEW) Ranking most Posts(All): 1st(--) Ranking most Product Reviews: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Awards received: 36(+2) Fics: 4 completed(+0), 0 uncompleted(-0), 0 Unsubmitted(+0)   PlayStation Trophies: 3.023 Trophies(+28) 23 Platinum(--) 116 Gold(+1) 476 Silver(+9) 2.408 Bronze(+18) - = Got more rare += Got less rare Rarest Platinum: War Hero(Killzone 2)(--) 2.29%(-0.01%)
Unrarest Platinum: Valedictorian(Bully)(--) 24.61%(-0.11%)   Rarest Gold: Key To The City(Grand Theft Auto IV)(--) 2.64%(-0.01%)
Unrarest Gold: Collateral Damage(The Order 1886)(--) 80.78%(-0.07%)   Rarest Silver: Mission Complete(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(--) 3.01%(-0.00%)
Unrarest Silver: Bare-knuckle Slugger(Uncharted 2 Among Thieves)(--) 85.28%(-0.02%)   Rarest Bronze: High IQ(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(--) 2.71%(+0.00%)
Unrarest Bronze: A Rite of Passage(Table Top Racing: World Tour)(--) 98.51%(-0.00%) Games Played: 92 Games(+4) Completed Games(100% Trophies): 16 Games(--) Completion: 54.54(-0.60%) Unearned Trophies: 2.263 Trophies(+46) Trophies per Day: 0.94(+0.00%) -=Losed positions +=Earned positions World Rank: 167.399(+671) Country Rank(Germany): 13.582(+16)   MLP App Game Stats Friendship Code: 24c4d30 Name: RisingShine94 Characters: 241(+30) from 694(+14) Collections: 11(+0) from 123(+0) Costumes: 44(+10) from 93(+0) Shops: 77(+13) from 175(+3) Current Laughter Pieces: 999(+8) Current Generosity Pieces: 999(+0) Current Honesty Pieces: 999(+3) Current Kindness Pieces: 993(+1) Current Loyalty Pieces: 994(+310) Current Magic Pieces: 999(+153) Current Stars: 1205(+150) Current Friendships: 28(+2) Current Achievements: 10(--) from 25(--) Minelore Rank and record: 19.612(-9.731) with 48.799 Points(--) Title Melody Rank and record: 2.871(-33) with 3.723 Points(--) This Strange New World Rank and record: 13.434(+265) with 5.887 Points(--) Time To Come Together Rank and record: 3.456(-13) with 18.195 Points(--) EG-Groove Rank and record: 6.701(+197) with 14.905 Points(--) Cafeteria-Song Rank and record: 19.872(+350) with 10.520 Points(--) Rank: 105(+4) VIP Rank: 0(--) Current Bits: 1.660.579(+1.185.877) Current Gems: 127(+32) Areas Unlocked: 7 of 7(--)   Hope you enjoyed those useless stats, see ya next month n.n
 

Day 7: Something I Used To Feel

I've never cried like this before. I've never felt like there was someone squeezing my heart so much it hurt and pushing on my lungs so much i couldn't breathe right. I've never cried with audible sobs and gasps for air. My nose has never clogged up and not run. I've never cried like this before; where it feels like the end of the world. I've never cried of a broken heart before this... 11/3/18   But I don't cry like this anymore. I looked at the bright side. I made things better. At the time, it seemed impossible. IT might seem like that for you too, but I encourage you to find the silver lining. 
 

Some Things I've Been Wondering About

So I have been wondering:  Do I really have "quality" blog content? Is what I write interesting to read about?  I see that a lot of people view my content, and a few select users comment. For a blog, are the viewers or ones who comment what I am trying to gain?  I would also like to know what kinds of things you guys would like to hear about in the future. *Comment your answers down below*
 

Finally! A kirin drawn by me

I spent my time around 11-12PM yesterday to make the base And did the finishing stuff today for like less than 2 hours. Drawn in Ms. Paint, Colored in GIMP   Seriously, there's nothing else i can draw besides of my OC. I still ain't sure whether I wasted my time or not, doing this (I might regret putting this here later in the future) (Re-did the eyes a bit, not sure whether that makes it looks even worse or not) (Changed the mane a bit)

Kevin Tang

Kevin Tang

 

Day 6: Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I hope all of you get a fresh start for this new year. Many people don't have a change through the year, but I encourage you to see that now is the time to make amends to things. Whatever it may be.  For me, I'm trying to be nicer to my family and show them more love. (they better be nicer to me to though!) Make 2019 your fresh start. Good luck to you on your adventures
 

Depression

It's a new day. Every waking moment for me is one with despair, and I'm constantly starved for help for my crippling sadness. Frankly, I'd say I have a long road ahead of more depression. Around every corner, there's more things for me to be depressed about. I'm feeling numb, because I feel like I have no time left until I do something horrible... All that remains of my not as worrisome past are some posts I made on the web. As if that wasn't bad enough, I live in a house divided by religious views and politics. I wish I could talk about it on the internet without putting myself in harms way. But if I did that, I would be left with nothing but being amid the ruins of my old life. I wish I could go back. But sadly, there is no going back. I have so many regrets. I wish I could do something about it, but I can't because time is the ties that bind. I would've just taken the things I needed then, but I couldn't do that because I'm not above the law. I'm saddened by this, but hopefully I'll get over it because I'm thicker than water. But unfortunately, my only escape from my despair seems to be from the gallows. I guess I could say that I'm done running. I just don't wanna live a life of emptiness anymore. I especially after listening to my mom playing "Suffer the Children Unto Me." And after examining all the broken toys I have remaining from my past... I can only say one thing...   TAKE US BACK.

Borderlands: the Presequel, Good or Bad?

Pre-Sequel has always been treated as the black sheep of the Borderlands series by many fans, and I'll agree with them on that. I avoided this game until recently because I couldn't initially get into it, but I had a change of heart. I played it. Today, I'll be answering these questions: Are the flaws with this game really that massive, or are they really not that big of a deal? Is this game actually bad? That's what's up for discussion here. Before I get into it though, the format of this will be a lot like a series done by a favorite YouTuber of mine named Fawful's Minion called "Blessed or Messed." If you aren't familiar, I'll be placing a point value on positive and negative traits of the game (except I'll use a different points system) and I'll make a judgment from which number ends up greater and by how much. I'll just start with the good.   This game, mechanically speaking, actually retains most of what makes the Borderlands games great (Yes, most, and that will come up later). The loot system (although the more flawed one from Borderlands 2) remained completely intact, the gun variety is still there, it kept it's sense of humor, and the gameplay still feels like you're playing Borderlands. It's the fast-paced, first person shooter and RPG hybrid that we know and love still and that in itself is quite great. I mean it is expected, but the gameplay is still quite solid. +10 The platforming in Zero-Gravity, although a little easy even by Borderlands standards (hey it isn't a platformer!), feels absolutely AWESOME. You can utilize the lack of gravity to your advantage in navigating levels with an amount of speed and thoroughness that's absent in other games (although bunny hopping and grenade hopping are rather fast ways to move around in Borderlands 2 and 1 respectively). Also, it feels like it was executed in such a way that it almost feels natural after a while.  +3 (Two plus one more because of the Slam mechanic) I really like the premise of the story. It's always refreshing to see a game from the villain's perspective, and see how they justify their own actions. It brings a level of depth to the plot that makes for a lot of interest on my end. It's really helpful in the case of Handsome Jack to have this because he made feeble attempts in trying to justify himself and demonize you in the original game. +2 Am I the only one who wishes that there were a character like Athena in another game? I think her kit has easily the best design of everyone's in this game. You can either play around elemental damage, your action skill, or massively painful melee attacks. She also complements the addition of Cryo perfectly. +2 Oh I forgot. A point for the addition of Cryo. Although it's way too powerful, I really like the crowd control mechanic, and it was executed fairly well. +1 The characters you play as ACTUALLY TALK NOW. Seriously, they respond to NPCs in certain conversations. It's a nice touch of polish. +1 This game added a dimension to Lilith specifically that I can appreciate. This game actually makes her look really bad, and I like it. +1 Some of the side quests are actually pretty entertaining. Nothing quite like Face McShooty's quest from Borderlands 2, but I found some humor in them. Especially the Torgue quest, because anyone who can't find Mr. Torgue amusing doesn't have a soul... +1 The game does a decent job of further building on the Borderlands universe. Yeah, just decent. +1 (Total: +21)   Now moving onto the bad... I said the PREMISE of the story was good. The story itself though? It is the WEAKEST of the series. BY AND FAR. It did almost nothing to justify Jack's actions during the game or Borderlands 2. The plot had several holes, and didn't really mesh well with the rest of the series, either. Why exactly would the vault hunters ALIGN THEMSELVES WITH THE PERSON THAT TOOK ALL THE CREDIT FOR OPENING THE FREAKING VAULT? It's convenient enough ANYWAYS that they're even ON Elpis (they're there on... VACATION?)... It seems more like it should have been DLC than an actual game in this regard. -4 The O2 meter was an ASTOUNDINGLY dumb design choice. I understand Elpis has no atmosphere, and you couldn't breathe without oxygen, but that cannot and WILL NOT justify a mechanic that punishes you for trying to get around, or FORCES you into standing around doing nothing for an amount of time that adds up QUITE quickly. Not even to mention that the only reason they'd add this isn't consistent with the blatant lack of realism the series has. -3 They kept Badass Ranks. I can't believe that they'd keep literally the WORST thing about Borderlands 2... -3 Why exactly do the laser weapons of this game feel totally redundant to me? Is it because they could have been replaced by Sniper Rifles or SMGs with similar effects? Oh why am I asking this question, when the answer is quite obviously yes. This weapon category contributed next to NOTHING to this game, and I hope they replace it with similar weapons of different types in Borderlands 3, or maybe make their effects apply to a specific manufacturer. -2 Moxxi being blatantly out of character is downright inexcusable. The attempt to brush it off really didn't work on me. Not even to mention that attempt wasn't even referring to the ACTUAL PROBLEM! It was referring to... her make-up being different and her covered up southern accent? Seriously? -2 The boss fights in this game are so badly designed... None of these fights was remotely interesting or compelling to me at all... -2 NO. FREAKING. SLAG. I don't care if it doesn't precisely line up with the game canonically. I MISS MY SLAG. -1 Nurse Nina is literally a walking "strong, Russian-sounding woman" stereotype that reminds me WAY too much of Zarya from Overwatch for some reason. Zed was an amazing character, who probably had some of the funniest lines in the entire series, and they replace him... with that? Not acceptable. Just not acceptable. -1 Congratulations for butchering Mordecai's character even MORE. You make him look like a bumbling drunk has-been who can't stop stealing second winds and annoying you with a bad impression of his old voicing, and then you make him look like a complete moron? He was totally badass in the first game... What went wrong? -1 Aside from Athena's kit, I didn't really like the design of the other characters. None of them have quite the appeal of the playable characters from the other games. -1   (Total: -20)   This game may be the black sheep of the series for good reason, but it's not really a bad game. It still retains what makes Borderlands great, and puts in interesting twists. Sure, it proved that Gearbox and 2K Games should never trust 2K Australia to make a Borderlands game EVER AGAIN, but it's still going to get a solid 7/10 from me. I can still see a degree of enjoyment here, and a unique experience that is worth playing, though I'd recommend not doing so not too many times more than once. The first two games are much more worth playing over and over with every character, and I'd even recommend doing so. But here, all I could recommend is maybe two saves... Past that point, you have to have better things to do with your time than playing this.

~Dusky~

~Dusky~

 

My Hobby in Astronomy and Plans for 2019

Hello everypony! I finally decided to write my first blog. Most of my future blogs will probably center around my hobby in astronomy.  Ever since I was a little kid, I was always fascinated with space, particularly the planets. My favorite planet will always be Saturn. I started the hobby with a simple store bought refractor telescope at the age of 8. It worked great on the moon, but that was about it. The mount it came with wasn't capable of tracking and the optics weren't good either. I remember seeing colors around the Moon when looking thru it. Come to find out, that was chromatic aberration and it's inherent in many refractors, well, except for superachromats. (But who has the money for those? Lol.) I used that telescope for a couple years before I moved on  to other things. I didn't return to the hobby till just a few years ago. Now that I was out of college and had a career, I had time and funds to return. I bought a small beginner reflector telescope with an equatorial mount and tracking motor. It wasn't anything fancy, but it was free of chromatic aberration and had tracking. After a while of observing, I was wanting to photograph what I saw. I checked some of the astronomy forums and bought a basic camera that slid into the focuser tube. Simply point the telescope and the planet shows up on the screen, right? I wish! Astronomy cameras have tiny chips and aligning a planet onto it is easier said than done. That bare bones setup got me started in planetary imaging, and I've been addicted to it ever since! I have made significant upgrades in the last two years. I now own 4 telescopes: Celestron C90, Aquila 90 refractor, Celestron C8, and Skywatcher 16 reflector.  2018 was an awesome year! I spent a lot of nights imaging Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Mars, and even the ice giants: Uranus and Neptune. I will never forget the views of Jupiter's Great Red Spot, or Saturn's wonderful rings in the eyepiece of that 16in telescope!  Throughout 2018, I watched Venus go from nearly full to a thin crescent phase. Mars made it's closest approach in late July and was a wonderful sight in the eyepiece. My first image of Uranus with cloud details was also just a couple months ago. Towards the end of the year, I did some long exposure astrophotography of some of my favorite targets: Andromeda Galaxy, Pleaides, Horsehead and Orion's Nebula.  Moving on to 2019, I plan to continue my hobby. This year will kickoff with a lunar eclipse at the end of the month, so I can't wait for that! This year will be a bit different, though. Jupiter and Saturn will be low in the sky and Mars is already far away from us, so I won't spend as much time imaging them as I did last year. I will likely focus on long exposure astrophotography in the spring and summer months. On the planetary side, I hope to upgrade my tracking mount with Go-to capability so I can image the elusive planet: Mercury. It's always close to the Sun, so the best time to image it is during the day when the planet is higher in the sky. Unlike Venus, Mercury isn't bright enough to be seen during the day with the naked eye, so I will need the Go-to capability to find it. I have imaged Mercury in the past, but only when it was low in the sky after sunset. The only detail visible was the phase of the planet. I can image from UV-a to Near IR, so unless shortwave or thermal infrared cameras become affordable, I probably won't be buying any new cameras this year.  I hope you enjoyed reading this. If there are any questions or comments, go for it. I love talking about this stuff!    

Phosphor

Phosphor

 

2019: The final year of MLP:FiM?

We have entered 2019, having come off of Season 8 and the Best Gift Ever special.  And judging by what's going on with Hasbro, it looks as if Season 9 will be the final year of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic(Unless Hasbro pulls a fast one and announces ether a 10th season, or goes all out with some new specials or a Youtube series).   It's been a long ride for me and the series.  I've enjoyed the entire cartoon, some of the merch(Including the famous MLP SDCC 2012 Derpy Hooves Figure.), interacting with the cast and crew, and even partaking in some of the best of the fandom(Including the SFM parts).  I may stick around in the future, just in case there is a MLP G5.  But if anything, it has been a blast with My Little pony: Friendship is Magic   P.S.  I need to buy the entire series on DVD this year.
 

Happy New Year's Eve!

Hi everyone! HAPPY NEW YEARS  I hope you all have an amazing 2019 and had a great 2018!    My sister's surgery went great. Afterwards she felt a bit of pain but that was expected. She was able to come home tonight for new years! 
 

Favorite Characters to Play as in Games

Well, I was originally going to vent here, but I got inspiration after watching a YouTube video to do something less simultaneously migraine-inducing and controversial. I'll just discuss some of my favorite characters to play as in video game history, and why I enjoy them so much. The only rules here are one per game. These are not in order.   Barik (Paladins)- The Dwarven god among men himself. My main when I played Paladins, he brought me so much enjoyment playing the game that I can hardly contain myself right now with the literal nostalgia I have on the topic. I actually don't know why I enjoy him so much. Maybe it's my signature playstyle of plopping turrets wherever I see fit and destroying everyone? Maybe it's his emphasis on positioning? Maybe it's dashing in circles like a little madman high on drugs? Maybe it's even because I'm playing as the Paladins equivalent of Goldeneye 007's Oddjob? I really don't know. But he's so enjoyable that I managed to play as him in over HALF of all of my matches playing the game. Axton (Borderlands 2)- My recent obsession, Axton has become my favorite Borderlands 2 character to play as. Why? Only one line must be said here. "Have you met the misses?" Are you starting to see a pattern here? Turrets. I freaking like turrets. Axton's turret has great offensive zoning potential building an Engineer build, and it also gives you INSANE buffs to your damage output running the Battlefront skill. Combining this with weapons with high damage potential like the Unkempt Harold results in the DPS being taken to MAXIMUM overdrive. Sure, he has the worst melee in the ENTIRE GAME and I like playing melee builds, but his turret build is even better than Melee Zer0 for me.  Yoshi (Smash Bros)- Oh. My. Word. The. SPIKES. I've always found Yoshi a blast to play because there's just so many ways you can burst your opponent into submission. But the most fun will always be spiking straight into volleyball combos. If you're unaware, Yoshi has the capability to pretend you're a volleyball and smack you into the next ZIP code with a combo of chaining down and up airs. They keep saying Villager isn't the face of mercy, but Yoshi is RUTHLESS. He'll knock you into the next ZIP code with his tail, He will throw eggs at your face like grenades. Heck, he will even use his HEAD as a weapon of mass destruction. Seriously, that noggin has some serious kill potential.  Sniper (Team Fortress 2)- There's a good reason he was my go-to when I played the game. He's a great example of how a sniper class should be executed. He's got a surprising amount of versatility, and he's got a lot of ranged damage. Sure it's at the expense of close-quarters... but... IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE! Take a Shahanshah. Sure it deals bad damage if you melee somebody at above half health, but when you get flanked, it's super useful because your health pool is going to get low enough to get the damage buff at low health. With that boost, those annoying scouts are history. Also, he's even got support options! Get a Sydney Sleeper and you can mark targets for your team to take down for you! Mordecai (Borderlands 1)- Note that I didn't say one per SERIES. Sure, Bloodwing is a bit of a subpar action skill without investment, but that's more than made up for running him with a Sniper or a Pistol build. Sniper builds on him are BETTER than Zer0 in all honesty. With skills like Trespasser that allow you to have up to a 100% chance to IGNORE SHIELDS and skills like Killer that allow you to consistently chain damage output, it's not hard to see what makes him fun to play but also really good. This isn't to mention his potential with pistols (especially revolvers) running the right build, especially with the right Class Mods along with skills that buff reload speed and DPS.   I may add a League of Legends character and a DotA 2 character later on, but this is it.

~Dusky~

~Dusky~

 

My last laugh

Well, I got no clue of how to begin this... So I'm just going to write as I go. I think a chunk of you will know me, whenever my name, or interaction, or whatever else. I originally joined this place way, wayyy back in 2013, on this very day, December 31st, or the day where I said bye to a year and hi to another. That year was something unique, because it was what I consider the worst time of my life, with circumstances both on and outside my control that dragged me towards the wrong roads of life, and even to this day, I believe that joining this place did some important changes to me, which actually did help me steer my life back towards a better road. I'm not going to go into detail of what exactly happened because, you know, personal information, buuut it was by meeting people through my stay here that my way of seeing things took a turn. For the better or the worse? Who knows~ But it did help me realize more of myself as time went on.   A lot of those people are not even here anymore, some because of just leaving, others because of doing something bad, others because a combination of both, or others because of my actions. I don't think most of them will ever see this, and hell, I am not even going to name anyone to avoid possible preferences, but you all did something for me~ Nowadays I still have some people near me, and I could not be happier as a result. I found love, care and kindness thanks to many, but those that are near me today really gave me a slap in the wrist about what it means to follow your own goodwill. Hell, I would argue that thanks to them I found out more about me than I could have found out otherwise.   Another thing is me being a moderator (and former one after this is shown to the public), with me willingly choosing to leave on the same day I joined, I don't even know because of irony or some hidden meaning. But what I want to say is that, when I originally joined this place, I was a mess, in terms of following the rules and a lot more, but some people did also guide me towards being a better person, and realizing my full potential as who I am now, and even managed to help people of the place I learned to love, with said place being this forums. Banning trolls, helping users with issues, and trying to bring the fairest justice alongside the other members of the staff, it was a time to never forget, and even today I still think on my most lively days as a moderator. What I want to say is that anyone can become a better person, no matter how hard or impossible it might seem. But I can tell you this, as I was not precisely the biggest role model on my first months on here, both in real life and in forums, that you can become better than you are now.   Keep on mind that this blog is very disjointed, but I am well aware of it. This is a blog that I write to tell about me and what this place meant to me, where I found people to love and to have fun with, and where I found who I really am, even if today I might still be doing that road in some shape or form. Something I did realize though is that I ... grew old of this place? I don't know what words to use to describe it, but I feel like I should move on towards greener pastures, if that makes sense. Not like it means I dislike this place or anything, but it just... feels different today. Most of my social interactions are done by personally messaging people rather than searching on the outside like I did in the past.   After this blog is on, I'm effectively dropping the badge and leaving this place. I would say permanently, but I can't predict in the future if I'll ever have a wish to come back and post. But for the time being, I am hanging all my effective things and leaving this place. Those that want to keep contact with me already got a way to do so, to be simply honest~   I.. don't even know what else to say, really. Again, I'm writing as I go about how I feel, but even though I share many more things to say, I keep them to myself because of the rather personal presence of them. I just want to say that you are all beautiful people, and that no matter what, joining this place is something I don't regret even a single bit, even with all the weird and bad stuff that happened along the road. Speaking here is Joel, and this is the last time you'll probably hear me say this, but shippppppppppppppping~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~   https://derpicdn.net/img/view/2014/3/20/580031__dead+source_safe_artist-colon-misterdavey_rainbow+dash_rarity_absurd+file+size_adventure+in+the+comments_animated_bedroom+eyes_bipedal_blushing.gif

Lightwing

Lightwing

 

For blogging outloud..

I guess this is it..I was holding off on writing this for so long, but it has come to this point.. A lot of my role-plays have just died and I don't know what went wrong? I mean, it is possible that I am just trash at it, hell I'm trash as a person in general, so why wouldn't I be trash at trying to play as someone I am not as well? I know I am not mentally or emotionally well, that much is clear..this is not a cry for help...or is it? I certainly know I am not going to do something like cut myself or anything, worst I'll do is try to get drunk and forget things.. These songs kind of describe me at the moment.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa3jyG…

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZzM1D…

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gdKeu…

www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9aVWs…

Scarlet Rose

Scarlet Rose

 

My Sister is Having Surgery Tomorrow

My sister has acid reflux. That means that acid from her stomach is coming up and burning her vocal cords. In retrospect, she can barely talk and this has been going on for three years. She is a singer. For three years she has not been able to sing, let alone talk normally. At first, the doctors did not know what was wrong with her. A year later we figured it out. Now she has a vocal choach, and many other doctors and appointments she needs to go to. Tomorrow she goes in for a surgery that will change her life around. They will be putting in a magnetic ring in the area where the stomach connects to the throat. This will close the flap to her stomach, ensuring that no more acid comes up to her cords anymore. It’s a simple, noninvasive surgery. That doesn't make it less scary. So I'm hoping she makes it out of this okay and that maybe someday soon I can hear her sing again.

DJ_Vinyl.Scratch_3

DJ_Vinyl.Scratch_3

 

Key Sharkz' Political Views (Controversial: you've been warned)

I have felt strongly about this for a long time. It is something that simply can not be denied any longer, something we can not ignore, something we can not treat lightly. It's a problem that has crept into our homes, into our lives. It's a problem that has been growing over the years and instead of combatting it, people are embracing it. It's become disgusting to me how we are allowing this particular group of people to go completely undiscriminated. It's a foul thing that is the enemy of humanity. I can tolerate it no longer. This particular group of people should be met with ire, they should be hunted down like the dogs they are and put down. They should be wiped from the gene pool so they don't infect the rest of the population. They are the scourge of humanity and deserve nothing but hatred and scorn. I am about to post a photo, those with weak constitutions please stop reading now. You've been warned:   IT'S FUCKING HORRIBLE ISN'T IT!?

YOU BASTARDS LEAVING HALF EATEN FOOD IN A SHARED FOOD BOX LIKE THIS. I SEE IT WITH DONUTS, WITH POPTARTS. YOU FUCKERS. THE SHIT JUST GETS STALE AND NO ONE IS GOING TO EAT THAT CRAP NOW. YOU DESERVE SWIFT DEATH.

I think we can all agree: we must wipe the race of people who take a bite of food and put it back off the face of the earth. No mercy for these inferior beings. Stand with me, comrades!

Key Sharkz

Key Sharkz