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Holy cow, my last entry was in April?! Wow.... oops... well, I’m glad to report that my artist career is continuing well. I’ve been taking art classes taught by none other than Phil Young! If yall don’t know who he is, he is a professional animator who worked on The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, The Black Couldron, Oliver and company, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Emporer’s New Groove. So, YAY!!! I told him about my plans to work for PIXAR and he said that I have pretty good chances! I think I’ll take another one of his classes soon. But for the mean time, I’ve got to think about art school. Here’s my problem: Pro—going to art school gives me better chances of getting a good job. Con—It isn’t a guarantee that I will get a good paying job. Pro—CalArts would be my first pick. Con—I would be paying off my students loans until the day I die. (Not exaggerating) Pro—Art school can teach you a lot and prepare you for real world jobs. Con—going to art school is a scary/unknown/frazzling experience. (Probably. For me.) So does anyone have any art school suggestions, tips, or advise? Because now would be a good time to share!
Here is the Super Mario Bros. 3 OST Collection (4th Movement: Ending) on the Organ.
(Alternate title: Super Mario Bros. 3 Ending. Arranged for Organ)
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Note: I dont mention any names in this text because im not sure if i can face myself but if you know me you know what im talking about
i dont really know what happened but somehow im feeling that im drifting away from something that i shouldnt drift away from ? its like wanting to hold onto something but still move forward? i think i've been testing the waters for about year or a half now and its starting to feel that i've kinda lost myself in the process and it feels kinda uncomfortable.
Part of the reason that i been more active here these days is that i been trying to get a hold of myself but the more i come across the things i used to do the more it kinda conficts with the way i do them now and im not really sure which way of doing things is for the better?
Am i really the person who i used to be anymore at the same time it feels that i am but it also feels that i am not and im not really. But I dont really like the reasoning that i gave myself to do all these things. I've been trying to lie myself and try to start over and hide from myself and i kinda played along for awhile but now i see how messed up that was and at the end nothing feels right anymore?
but was all this for the better? did i grow from all of this? perhaps but i cannot undo all the crap that happened. One thing is for sure and that is that im still too insecure about myself to really act the way i would like to at certain times. I cave into my own pressure or create some kind of illusion where i live because i cant face the things as they are.
Here is how it all started
I didnt really mean anything to happen but as time went on i suppose i started believing my own lies and it kind of a created the root of the whole situation that is going on with me .At heart i didnt truly accept anything i denied myself because of what i expected the expectations would be for a while i i didnt act at all i wasnt going either way it was a standstill this was early 2014 as i learned more about who i am through channel of discoveries through exploration of myself i liked it and didnt want anything else to interfere. So i shut off everything else and put 100% into this new thing that was giving me joy. It was an illusion a bubble i realized it soon enough but because things were working out i didnt want it to change.
The time went on and i grew more and more attached to the illusion and it really started to derail my emotional balance which i had been trying to keep intact about those times i realized that i cant keep it together any longer. so i started the damage control and widened the foundation and shared the resources so everything doesnt focus on the same section it started slowly but but after some time both sections were operating and well things were going well in the illusion again i regained myself and i was able to continue.
After some time though the growth on both sections was not stopping and it was taking significant resources to keep it going and i knew that i couldnt keep them both as i didnt have the capacity to keep them both alive then i decided that i would go with the more stable one and let the other slow down a bit this was around 2016 or something as it slowed down i kinda started losing the illusion i kept in there aswell. I couldnt get back in there anymore it would never be like it was back then i realized that and i didnt know what to do.
Some time passed and i started really get uncomfortable because my illusion wasnt there as strongly as before i started doubting myself and the illusion. after that i desided to separate the illusion and myself for good but now the place was truly lost for me i didnt have anything there anymore. everything was in that illusion. i had only the other section to keep me going . but deep down i couldnt really give up the illusion it had established a big part of me and i didnt really know anything better of myself so at this point i kinda started losing myself aswell and the rift between the illusion and the new me became even deeper. It has become even more unclear to me who i am? and does the illusion or new me even define who i am?
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The benevolent witch is a concept that was insufficiently explored with Zecora and Meadowbrook. Indeed, this is what G4 Fluttershy might have become if she was written to be a hero that is allowed to be introverted yet self-dependent and immersed in her knowledge of nature, but that door is closed now. I realize that this article contains only my selfish musings about a single path new Fluttershy might take. That said, she should not rely on her shyness and her princess-like fondness of animals to move her own story. That is a well of ideas our glorious writers have already completely exhausted, so if the whole focus of her character is to overcome social anxiety they should just give up as they are only retracing their steps plagued by old mistakes that they were tasked to address with the new generation. This is an attempt to make Mane 6 more appealing as standalone characters who can also function within a group. They need to be interesting and relevant even when you remove all the pony friends and morals.
JUST A PONY TALE
Unicorns are proud and narcissistic creatures that praise power and beauty above all else. In this exclusive society there is little room for those who lack ambition. Fluttershy was one such reject. She had been orphaned at a very young age due to her parents perishing by the wrath of a dragon. With only disinterested caretakers and overly competitive peers to steer her development, the shy little filly had soon been led astray by the innumerable temptations of the great outdoors. Flowers, berries, birds, and little critters of the undergrove had become her playmates and her teachers. Though not being able to understand their chirps and squeals she had begun to learn from their behavior, slowly but surely unraveling the sylvan secrets.
One day she met a peculiar stranger: a haunting figure masked in green, it was nor a unicorn nor a deer. Silently it beckoned her onto long forgotten trails leading her deeper and deeper into the woods. There, among the tall dark trees stood a hollowed trunk dressed in moss and lichen. Inside she found an abandoned lair of a forest witch filled with dusty tomes, rusty cauldrons, and strange instruments of unknown purpose. She knew that she should have been scared but she was not. She was home.
However, nothing lasts forever, and so even her blissful solitude comes to an end. A ragtag group of strange ponies is seeking refuge in the dark woods, chased out of the glamorous unicorn capital by an overwhelming might of a great evil that has followed them into the shard. The powerful unicorn magic has been undone. And so the last pony reluctantly joins forces with the group in desperate search for magic that will be able to save their shards from destruction.
Fluttershy is not a proficient mage. She can lift smaller objects and handle them with great care which makes her an excellent medicine mare but not much else. Her projectiles are more distracting flares than spells of destruction. She likes to form and manipulate glowing illusions, especially butterflies. Her patients absolutely love it. Speaking of patients, her lair is home to one sad squonk and a couple of ferocious giant snails that guard it from ill-natured would-be intruders. But to say that Fluttershy does not have arcane potential would be false. Witchcraft draws from nature but can also summon it to aid in time of need. Only a fool would try to assail a witch on her home turf.
Fluttershy is quite talkative in the company of most forest creatures. She also enjoys singing and mumbling (menacingly) to herself while gathering ingredients or brewing potions. However, she is far more reserved in the company of ungulates which is probably for the best since her tongue can be quite sharp and insensitive, especially towards other unicorns whom she views as mean and ignorant. The barrier between Fluttershy and Flutterjerk has become tenuously thin, as has the barrier between her and Flutterbat. As is befitting of those who walk the green path, she is as kind and nurturing as she is wild and relentless. But do not mistake her behavior for mindless courage. Her senses are remarkable and she tends to turn tail on danger like any smart creature would. A tree can grow back, a pony cannot. The forest does not produce heroes but survivors.
Making her a visually cute nature expert should be a priority; however, giving more attention to an enticing "bad" side can create ample opportunities for character development and humor. With proper caution and smart dosing, such blasphemous poison can do wonders in elevating the character. In time, Fluttershy could move closer to her G4 counterpart without falling into the trap of stagnation since her new circumstances and convictions support stories on the basis of her as a forest witch and not as a pony who just needs to become more assertive. Consider this a vastly superior upgrade from Sunset/Starlight development model.
MEGHAN ASKED FOR THIS
I believe I'm speaking for all the neckbeards when I state that giving Flutts an Asian VA with a kawaii voice would be very acceptable desu. Diversity, my dudes!
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I find it extremely troubling that, in the United States, we can't even have a conversation about guns without a certain section of the population flying off the handle, outraged at the very idea of regulating their guns at all. The US definitely has a unique love affair with guns that I find disturbing. Some people seem to want guns to work like candy bars; go into any store, buy any kind you want, as much as you want, no regulations, no questions asked. Some people seem to think that the second amendment gives them this right. However, the Second Amendment, like all of the Constitution, is, after all, just words written by men trying to come up with the best rules they could at the time. It's not the be-all, end-all, codex of ultimate wisdom. Even if you're a religious believer, I think we can all agree that the Constitution is not the word of any god. It did not come from the heavens on high, and yet, a certain variety of American often seems to talk about the second amendment as if it did. Well, guess what? Times have changed, the world has changed, our species has gained a lot of collective wisdom, and we are, in fact, capable of writing new words that work better today. Perhaps it is time to start thinking of guns a privilege, not an inborn right.
I have given a lot of thought to the problem of gun violence and mass shooting in the US, and the following is my suggestion on what to do about it. This is a three-part plan.
The first part is fairly simple: ban all assault-type weapons, bump stocks, high capacity mags, etc. These things only serve to make offense more effective, which is exactly what we don't want. In the hands of civilians, guns only ever need to be used for defense, and weapons and accessories that make it easier to mow down large crowds are never needed for defense. An assault rifle doesn't help one to take down the bad guy. These types of weapons and accessories have no place in our society. Also, we should raise the minimum age for all guns, across the board, to 21. That's pretty straightforward--I don't believe 18 is mature enough for firearms.
This part is much more robust. Here is what I propose: form a governing body responsible for licensing to purchase firearms. This body will henceforth be known as the Department of Firearms, or the DF. In order to purchase a gun, one would need to obtain a license from the DF. Here is what that process would entail: A firearm license would require the user to pass a comprehensive safety and competence test. This would be administered by an examiner at a shooting range. Before the test can be taken, however, the user must take a training course, also given at the shooting range. This course would be comprehensive, covering firearm safety, usage, and maintenance (after all, a poorly maintained gun is an unsafe gun). After passing the course, the user would then have to log a certain number of hours of shooting at the range. The range would rent guns for this purpose, and shooting would only be done under trained supervision. An examiner or other official would keep track of your hours.
I propose the requirement of logging a certain number of hours spent shooting for the following reason: if one is allowed to buy a gun, then one should know how to use a gun. This is common sense to me. The last thing I want is guns in the hands of people who have never fired guns. This is incredibly dangerous. We know the statistics--people are more likely to shoot friends or family members than the bad guys. Guns in untrained hands are a hazard to everyone around. People should prove they can use a dangerous thing before being allowed to buy one. After all, you cannot buy a car without having proven that you know how to drive one. Now, one might argue that this will only serve to make the bad guys more efficient at killing the rest of us, but I don't think that that will be the effect. Bad guys likely won't go through the proper channels to purchase a gun, anyway. The licensing process would filter them out, and make it extremely difficult for them to acquire guns. The requirement of competence will only serve to make the good guys better at defending themselves, and less likely to shoot friends, family, and bystanders.
So, circling back, the user would need to log their required number of hours at the shooting range, under trained supervision. The number of hours needed is something that I would no nothing about. We'd need to assemble some of the most experienced gun experts around and have them discuss and agree upon the amount of time an average person would need in order to achieve safe competence. The names Jocko Willink and Scott Reitz come to mind. So, after passing the training course and logging the required number of hours, then, and only then, would the user be allowed to apply to take the exam. The exam would test everything they've learned: safety, usage, and maintenance. The test would also serve to filter out the mentally unstable. It would also include an eye exam, just like a driver's license. Upon successful completion of the exam, the user would be given documentation as proof, which they would then take to the DF. There would be a DF facility in every major city. The DF would look very similar to the DMV inside. No firearms would be allowed inside the DF. It would not be a place for shooting--only a department for the licensing. The user would present their test completion documents at the DF. The DF would then run a full background check. If all checks out, then the user would be photographed and given a temporary license. Their permanent license would be mailed to them later. The user could then walk up to any gun counter in any sporting goods store, ask to buy, and the clerk would say "license, please,". They'd hand over the card, and if it's valid, then they'd get to buy their gun.
So, that's it. A rigorous process that would surely be much to the chagrin of many gun enthusiasts, but to that I say: boo hoo. Too bad. With great power comes great responsibility, and guns are a great power, indeed. They should require rigorous licensing standards. It would be a pain, but we put up with stuff like that throughout our lives. Going to the DMV probably makes everyone's top 5 list of the most miserable things to do, right up there with root canal and dinner with the in-laws. But we do it anyway. We put up with it, because we understand that it's necessary. Guns should be no different.
But wait....there's more. The firearm license would have an expiration date. I don't know how long this would be. Again, the experts would have to determine that. Upon expiration, the user would need to renew. In order to do this, they would need to retake the exam at the shooting range. If they pass, they would simply mail in their certificate of completion, and the DF would mail them their new license. If the user fails, they would be required to retake the training course, after which they could apply to take the exam again. If they fail again, they would need to wait a designated period of time (perhaps three months or so) before taking the training course again, and then the exam. After a third fail, they would need to wait a year before being able to try again. I would imagine that ownership of firearms with respect to licensing would work like cars: if you own a gun(s), but you do not possess a valid license, then you can still own the gun, but you may not use it. Just like a car--you can still keep it, but you can't drive it. You wouldn't be allowed to take the gun to a shooting range, or hunting, etc. Now, no one can really stop people from using their guns inside their own house, so even without a valid license, one could probably still keep the gun for home defense. I don't foresee law enforcement kicking in doors to confiscate guns.
I should also note that when taking your own firearm to a range, you'd have to present your license. If you're caught with a gun and an invalid license, you'd be arrested. Also, just like a car, only licensed users would be allowed to fire the gun. I.e. A licensed user cannot bring their son or friend to the range and let them shoot, just as you cannot let your unlicensed friend or son drive your car. Also--and this should go without saying--but if you ever commit a violent crime, even once, you're banned for life from ever obtaining a firearm license. Period.
Here's where things get more theoretical. I propose the creation of a research and development department with a single goal: the invention of a Star Trek phaser. I do not believe this goal to be outside of the realm of possibility. I believe that if we made it priority one, the technology would be only decades away, not centuries. The goal would be to create a laser-beam type weapon that has perfect accuracy, light speed, and longer range than any bullet, but is only capable of stunning. This would be the perfect, non-lethal defense weapon. Small, light, accurate, point it at the target, press the button, and the target instantly goes down, unconscious for several hours, but otherwise unharmed. Licensing would be required for the purchase of phasers as well; even though they would be non-lethal, it would not be a good idea to have instant knock-out power in the wrong hands. Once phaser costs come down a comparable level to guns and have completely permeated the market, then all guns and ammunition would be completely banned except for police and military. Period. Again, I wouldn't foresee law enforcement kicking in doors to confiscate guns at this point, but with all ammunition banned, it wouldn't take too long for guns to become nothing more than clubs and paperweights.
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And that ends my three part plan. Unrealistic? I'm sure. But I strongly believe that this is what we should do, unless I hear a better idea. So far, the extent of our actions to end gun violence has been thoughts and prayers. Yup. That's really done the trick all right. Now, I realize that the third part of my plan would undoubtedly suck for good, responsible gun owners who love hunting as a sport. In response I say: find a new sport. Isn't that a fair price to end gun violence forever? But actually, it doesn't have to come to that, either. You could still hunt. Here's what you do: stun the animal with a phaser, then kill it with a knife. Or use a bow and arrows. Either way would be far more badass than a gun. You'd have to adapt, but those are the breaks. I think the payoff would be worth it. But even if we just implemented parts I and II of my plan, it would improve things a heck of a lot.
It's also worth noting that my plan would be extremely expensive, even without part III. It is, in my opinion, a necessary expense, however. My dad suggested a great way to save money--combine the DMV and the DF. The Department of Motor Vehicles and Firearms. The DMVF Since the DF would only be the licensing department, not involved in actually shooting or testing, the departments needn't be separated. A DMV employee would already be equally qualified to look at a firearm test certificate, take a photo, and mail some stuff. And you'd already have the facilities. No need to construct new buildings. The majority of the cost would come from expanding shooting ranges and hiring and training the staff to teach the training courses and administer the exams and so forth. I do have one idea of where we could get some of this money from. We could....just throwing this out there....we could....I don't know....say....use the money that's going to be spent on this border wall....perhaps? Since....y'know...the border wall is just like flushing money down a giant toilet. Just an idea.
I could add a forth part to the plan, but it wouldn't be as directly related to firearms. I propose increasing funding for the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. This would just be a good thing to do all-around, and could only have benefits, one of them being to reduce the number of firearms in the wrong hands.
Before I close, I feel I should address one last thing--a counter argument I've seen from gun activists. Inb4 "But a knife can kill people. Should we have training courses and licensing to buy a fricking kitchen knife?" This argument is a reductio ad absurdum. Anything can be a weapon. I could stick a pencil in a table and then ram someone's head down onto it, lodging the pencil in their brain and killing them. (That would be quite the magic trick, eh?) Should we require licenses for pencils, then too? We obviously can't, shouldn't, wouldn't, needn't, and won't start regulating anything that could be used to hurt someone. We'd be left with nothing but marshmallows. This is a case of common sense. No, I don't think we should regulate kitchen knives. Yes, I do think we should regulate guns. There's a big difference. A gun is a highly-lethal weapon designed to kill targets swiftly and instantly from extreme distance. Such weapons must be treated differently from a knife or a baseball bat. People will throw statistics around such as the fact that there are more deaths from knives than guns. This seems to me to be dodging the issue. There's more deaths from knives because there are many, many more knives, being used inside homes, in domestic disputes, and the like. There's also more deaths from a lot of things, but again, we can't ban everything but marshmallows. The point is that a lone knifeman can't kill dozens of school students, or movie goers, or concert goers, or night club goers, or church goers. Common sense, dude.
The bottom line is this: I want gun violence to end, but I'm not trying to leave good, responsible people defenseless, I'm not trying to take away your rights, and I realize that outright banning all guns would solve nothing at the moment. The goal of my plan is to allow intelligent, responsible, law-abiding people to buy guns, while making it extremely difficult for bad guys to get through the licensing process. The net result should be to decrease the number of guns in the wrong hands, while leaving the good hands relatively untouched. I think it's time to stop thinking of guns as an inborn right, and start thinking of them as a privilege that must be earned.
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Sorry for inactivity. We are still working on the animation. We are going to switch from 3ds max to houdini, a better program for animation.
We still need help from more animators. please contact me by email Humphrey.firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
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I don't often post blogs, but I feel like I've got something to say...
Since finding out about the death of our friend, @TempestShadow, I just wanted to say that I feel like this is a reminder that we should be grateful for everyone in our lives because, for all you know, it could be the very last time you see somebody and you will end up regretting it...
Although not always in the form of death, there are a lot of people I miss in my life who I've lost, be it friends, family members and even my girlfriend, sometimes without knowing what happened to them, and I honestly regret that I did not spend enough time with them, and it does make me feel like I should get back in touch with these people, even though I'm not sure how I'm going to contact them again, and I don't want to lose anyone else.
Going off topic, I feel like everything that has been going on so far in this year has been a bit of a "wake up call" so to speak, and if there is anything you feel like you need to fix, you should probably go fix it before it's too late, and if you feel like you need to do or say something, you should probably do it, because the world isn't going to wait...
But most importantly, cherish the time you spend with those you love, and make the most of it, because you never know when it will be the last time you see someone...
Finally coming to grips with the new tools and having something to show for it! There's been a real headache and a half over this, but hopefully it pays off with a bunch of dropped jaws and people saying "Oh, that's cool." when they first open the game..
I need to settle into a groove! Time to crank out some content! (Check the link for the full, HUGE blog post)
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There is a British TV show called The Undatables where people with physical or mental disabilities are trying to find a date. It’s kind of sad and I feel sorry for these people because I know what it’s like. Specifically, there are a few people who were good looking but then they had some kind of accident or illness that left them disfigured or disabled.
These people talk about how they had no trouble getting dates until their illness. There was one woman who was beautiful, then she had most of her nose and lips removed. Then should couldn’t get dates any more. This proves that looks do matter. I am so sick of people saying that looks don’t matter and it’s all about personality and “confidence.” The people in this TV show have the same personality before and after their accidents. So then why can’t they get dates after?
It is an insult to tell someone that they can have a girlfriend/boyfriend if they just had “confidence.” That is the word I would hear all the time. It insults my intelligence. I am going to assume that there are men who feel the same way I do. Maybe some women too, but I’m not sure. I think most people who are unattractive know that they are unattractive. I know I am. I’m not stupid. I know what I look like. I know what good looking men look like, and they don’t look like me. I know the kind of guy that women go for.
Good looking men get good looking women. That’s how it works. Don’t lie to me and tell me that I can have that attractive woman if all I do is blah blah blah. Like there is some magic word I have to say and that is going to trick this woman into falling in love with me. Some people are attractive, some people are not. That is the reality. Good looking people have the luxury of sitting on a high horse and claiming that they chose their bf/gf based on personality. But whenever I say that I want a good looking woman, I’m accused of being shallow.
We are all shallow. Sure, you can find some examples here and there that go against my theory, but the vast majority of cases are exactly how I’ve described it. Don’t insult those of us who are “aesthetically challenged.”
Y'know what really grind my gears? The frigging time change. Y'know, daylight savings and all that crap. I mean, who needs this sh*t? It serves no purpose anymore. The days get longer in summer, anyway. There's plenty of time for barbecues or whatever the sh*t. Time changes are frickin' awful. Does anyone actually like having to f*ck up their schedule?! Be tired, lose sleep, be late for work, be all screwed up for days. It's the f*ckin' pits. It's the worst, man. I'm so sick of daylight time. They should put it on standard and leave it the hell alone. Us Americans are probably the only stupid country to still recognize stupid Daylight time, huh? And even Arizona managed to jump off this idiot train. Daylight time is an a**load of sh*t, it's a sh*tload of f*ck. Makes us out of sync with the rest of the world. Why can't we have a nationwide vote to get rid of it? You know what the most annoying part of it for me is? I play this silly little app game--Love Nikki Dress-Up. Fashion game. Silly, but I love it. It's one of these sign-in daily and get your loot things. So, the dailies all reset at 5 a.m., but now it's a f*ckin' hour off, because the game servers are in sane-land where they don't recognize idiot-savings time, so the game still says 5, but it doesn't reset until 6. And each day you can get bonus stamina for quests and stuff if you log in during a specific hour. I sign in and do my dailies when I eat breakfast; it's really convenient and fun. So, during standard time, it syncs up so that I get the bonus stamina when I sign in during breakfast. Now, it's off by an hour, and I can't get the stamina unless I wait around or come back and sign in an hour later! Ain't nobody got time for that sh*t! Not gonna rearrange my life for stupid Love Nikki. It works out perfectly during standard time. Celestia, I wish they'd leave the time alone. Write your member of congress; let's get rid of this crap.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS SUCKIN' F*CKS, IT F*CKIN' SUCKS, IT F*CKIN' BLOWS, IT'S A PIECE A SH*T.... and I don't like it.
P.S. No offense if you happen to like it or anything. That's fine.
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Well, chapter 2 is done, and waiting for proofreading! Now I'm about to start on chapter 3, and after yesterday I'm more than ready to work on a new chapter, what with all the corrections I had to make. For some reason I kept messing RD's dialog - and only hers - that's what was so weird about it, made her sound like she was drunk as hell lol! I mean we had such gems as, "We got fin te uters Rarity!" and lets not forget, "Don't Twilight worry! The cavalry are her!" and the ever memorable, Their Pinkie for it now in!". Seriously, I have NO idea why I couldn't RD with my writing on this one, though I got to admit, now I want to write a scene for Rainbow where she's completely b-snamered off her plot just for the s&g's . Also, because I'm going to have to write some none-English words at some point for my fic, I had to set up an English-international keyboard setting. Care to know how long that took?...2 hours and 44 minutes, of research, setting and resetting my computer, sobbing, screaming and cursing out every deity I could think, and just generally fighting with microsoft...again. I get into it with them at least once a month, and sadly I've got waaaayyyy to much stuff connected to their services to just drop them...and I think they know it, is the worst part, and all just so I could type this, "ö" witch let me tell you - even after all the work I did just to make typing that possible - involves the single most convoluted series of button-input combos just to type that one little letter, that I have ever seen IN MY LIFE, PERIOD!...so...yea...that was fun.... That's (hopefully) all behind me now, so its off to chapter 3 with me, see you next time!
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Doctor Mesme, a Snakepony that is obsessed with health and medical science, likes to dwell in jungle areas. He overreacts even at the littlest things, such as a simple sneeze or cough. He enjoys conversation about medical science and other relating stuff.
ATK: 30 (Attacks with blue attacks, because if the "patient" is not still, it will cause pain.)
Doctor Mesme attacks with syringes and Stethoscopes, and other medical/health items.
He uses green attacks, which are lollipops. (This attack happens if you let him inspect you, and he will reward you for being a good patient.)
Opening Battle Dialogue: [Doctor Mesme slithers forth.]
Check: Doctor Mesme - ATK: 15, DEF: 55. His Stethoscope makes him look very legit.
Cough: [You cough. Doctor Mesme is freaking out.]
Sit Still: [You sit still. Doctor Mesme examines you.]
Sit Still (Again): [Doctor Mesme rewards you for being a good patient!] (Allows Sparing)
Talk About Health: [Doctor Mesme seems delighted in the conversation.]
Yeah, just a silly thing i thought up.
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I had an absolutely amazing day, so let me walk you through the experience.
The day starts off by me waking up late for school. Not too late, but I start rushing. I get dressed, shave (I look horrible with facial hair), eat breakfast, brush my teeth, grab my laptop and my headphones. My stomach then starts to hurt, so I make a beeline to the bathroom and it's not too pretty. Once I'm done, I realised something...
I didn't do my chemistry homework.
I immediately whip out my worksheet on nitinol and start working away. I try to work quickly, without half-assing it. At this point, my mum is wondering what on Earth I'm doing, but I finish the sheet so it's okay. I get her to write me a note and I leave for school. Fast forward and I'm at my first class, technology. My friends and I always make snide comments towards each other, it's kind of our humour. I make a comment to my friend, (who is essentially a closet brony by the way) and the teacher somehow overhears me and gets angry at me. Marvelous. It's then snack time, and due to my metabolism suddenly changing, I actually bring food as opposed to starving myself. It's a nice, healthy pear...which tasted rotten.
We later have an assembly, and I help set up the chairs and tables. As per usual, only very few of us help. Despite my effort, I end up sitting at the back by myself, because 'I didn't get a seat fast enough', for the third week in a row. The topic for the assembly was, if you believe and do something good, good things will happen.
After that trainwreck of an assembly, I have chemistry. I submit my homework sheet, and to my surprise, the teacher hands back a test we did a fortnight ago. I didn't fail luckily, but I literally just passed. I had the exact passing score, which is weird, because I normally do better than that. Perhaps it's a sign to stop being lazy.
Then it's lunch, and I think to myself, 'what else can go wrong?'.
Then, do you know what happens?
I rip my pants.
I'm not talking about a small rip, I'm talking about a giant tear which exposes my bottom.
I could've always covered the tear with my coat, which is true.
Except there's one problem. Today was the only day so far, in the whole year, which I left my coat at home. Because of this, I had to borrow a friend's and cover myself with it. It looked rather strange, but it was better than exposing my bottom to everyone.
After this absolute disaster of a day, I go home and try to relieve some stress. I get a cramp in my right leg.
I don't know about you guys, but today was fantastic!
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Sorry that my other days haven't been recorded, but I'll do today's. In the weight room, I did 3x10 on power cleans, squats, pushdowns, bench press and 100 JR.
Then went outside and ran on the track. 400m jog- 100m jog, 100m sprint, 100m jog, 100m sprint- 400m walk, and then the 2nd sequence again. Jumped on a trampoline, played basketball in pe.
About to do 25 pushups and take a nice cool shower.
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I decided to spend some of my tax refund and buy an Xbox One X. I am happy with it despite not being able to take full advantage of what the console offers due to me not having a 4K TV. I have tried a lot of the games that are enhanced and I have to say that I like being able to have the option between the performance and resolution. Given most of the time I have to choose performance because I have no 4K TV. Games like Rise of the Tomb Raider run noticeably smoother as do games that are not enhanced. For example, I play a lot of Dead by Daylight and the frame rate can be kind of jittery on the base Xbox One, but on the X it runs much smoother. All in all I am satisfied with it.
So, I am looking to sell my old Xbox One, but I am not really sure how much to sell it for. A store around where I live will pay $100, but I am wondering if it is worth it to try and see if I can get more.
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Not sure who remembers me, but I posted here a lot in 2012-14 as "Night Shine." After dealing with some personal issues and losing interest in MLP for a while, I became interested in MLP again over the last year-ish, largely due to reading fanfics.
I wanted to share some random musings I had relating various philosophy ideas to MLP, and I thought this the right place to post them. For example, I just made a post contrasting teleological ideas in MLP and Steven Universe. I initially intended to make a new account, since I am fairly embarrassed by how overly emotional and melodramatic I acted before. Since that is against the rules, though, I am using this account again.
I do not know how much/often I will be participating in the forum community generally. Still, hi! Hopefully some people here will find my ramblings interesting.
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MLP:FiM and Steven Universe are both examples of recent family-oriented cartoons with positive moral overtones. However, they take contradictory positions on a millennia-old debate in ethics – so according to each show, the other’s position is not simply incorrect but immoral.
A few notes before I explain why:
- In the title I used the word “existentialism” to mean the belief that an individual should choose their own purpose, even though that definition is not as broad or commonly used as others.
- To figure out the ethical ideas that a show teaches, I assume that if the protagonists of a show explicitly believe in an ethical idea, their antagonists explicitly believe the opposite, and the protagonists win in the conflict between them, then the show is teaching that those ideas are correct. This assumption would not work for all shows. However, it probably works for these two because they were designed partly for easily understandable moral education.
Outline of this post:
- Crash Course Aristotle
- Horse Teleology
- Rock Teleology
- An Uncomfortable Ethical Trilemma from the Contradiction of Rocks and Horses
Crash Course Aristotle
Before understanding the ethical conflict between MLP:FiM and Steven Universe, one must understand a few basic terms of the conflict: telos, eudaimonia, virtues, and universal essence. I will try to keep the explanation brief.
Almost 2400 years ago, Aristotle distinguished 4 different ways to explain something: its matter, form, agent, and end. For example, Aristotle would explain a hammer in these four ways:
- A hammer’s material cause is the matter out of which it is made: wood and metal.
- A hammer’s formal cause is the form of the matter which makes it a hammer instead of something else: the design of the hammer.
- A hammer’s efficient cause is the agent that brought it into being: the person who created it.
- A hammer’s final cause is the purpose for which it exists: hitting nails to build structures. The Greek word for final cause is telos, which is why teleology is the study of things in terms of their purpose.
The telos of a hammer may seem obvious, but what is the telos of a human? Aristotle said that the function of a human is to reason well . While the precise definition of “virtue” can take paragraphs to flesh out , virtues are basically “good moral habits”  which help one attain the highest good, eudaimonia. That term is often misleadingly translated as “happiness,” but can be more accurately translated as “human flourishing” or “a complete life” .
Even asking about the human telos, though, assumes that all humans have a telos. Without delving into religious questions , note that Aristotle based his teleology on a belief in the universal essence: the defining trait of a category, which exists fundamentally in all members of that category at once. To Aristotle and other essentialists who believe that such essences exist, we categorize things based on their essence: e.g. we call something a “human” if-and-only-if it contains the essence of humanity . According to Aristotle, a living thing’s telos is part of – or identical to – its essence.
Some people don’t believe they have a telos, but I bet they would be more easily convinced if it was stamped on their butt!
In MLP:FiM, a pony’s cutie mark represents its telos because it represents 1) the purpose for which that pony exists, which 2) cannot be created or altered by a pony’s beliefs or choices, but instead 3) is permanent and unchangeable throughout the pony’s lifetime. Each of these is stated or implied in MLP:FiM.
First consider “Magical Mystery Cure.” The cutie marks of the Mane 6 were swapped, and consequently each of them believed and chose to follow their false cutie mark because “It’s what my cutie mark is telling me.” When Spike asks Twilight why she does not fix her friends with a memory spell, Twilight responds that “It's not their memories, [but] their true selves that have been altered!” After Spike raises the possibility that “our friends will grow to like their new lives,” Twilight asserts that “They're not who they are meant to be anymore” because “Their destinies are now changed.”
Twilight’s language brims over with teleology, especially considering that a telos is what something “is meant to be” objectively. Changing a pony’s cutie mark, beliefs, and choices is insufficient to change “who they are meant to be,” so the pony’s purpose must be objective and intrinsic. What “ponies are meant to be” according to Twilight comes from “their true selves” which exist independently of belief, choice, or representation in a cutie mark.
By using the term “destiny,” Twilight implies that a pony’s purpose – the referent of that pony’s correct cutie mark – is determined before that pony makes any choices. “Magical Mystery Cure” shows that, try as they might, a pony cannot alter their purpose by believing or acting as if they have a different purpose. “The Cutie Map Part 2” is even more explicit. As the villain, Starlight Glimmer urges the Mane 6 to “Free yourself from your cutie mark” and “Choose equality as your special talent.”
I will note a major difference, however, between the teleologies of Aristotle and MLP:FiM. To Aristotle, every human necessarily has the same function, but to MLP:FiM, every pony necessarily has a different function. Before Starlight shut her up, Twilight said that “Everypony has unique talents and gifts, and when we share them with each other, that's how rea—.” She presumable meant to say something like “how real friendship forms.” Compare Aristotle's idea that friendship is the mutual pursuit of the highest good by virtuous people . Also note that in “Call of the Cutie,” Cheerilee defines cutie marks as “that certain something that makes them different from every other pony.” Since this matches the definition of a universal essence, a pony's telos is its essential identity.
Each pony may have their own telos, but they are still directed by objectively-defined virtues towards a highest good analogous to humans’ eudaimonia. I am unsure whether to call it Friendship, Magic, or Harmony, but that is a distinction without a difference given that the three are identical. The title states part of this equivalence as bluntly as possible: Friendship is Magic. And in “Friendship is Magic Part 2,” Applejack asserts that the Mane 6 “really do represent the elements of friendship,” which Princess Celestia confirms. If the Elements of Harmony are elements of Friendship, then Friendship is Harmony, which should be uncontroversial given that those terms are nearly synonymous in their normal use. I will call this highest good of ponydom “Harmony,” for convenience.
In the same way that Aristotle says all humans strive for the good of eudaimonia, all ponies strive for this good of Harmony, because the Elements of Harmony relate to Harmony itself in the same way that Aristotle’s virtues relate to eudaimonia. The five main Elements are defined as virtuous traits. At the end of “Friendship is Magic Part 2,” Twilight says that each of the others in the Mane 6 “represents the spirit of” that trait, i.e. the virtue defined by that trait. But the last Element is different: “the spark that resides in the heart of us all” creates the Element of Magic. That “spark” is the essence of ponydom. Because the Element of Magic requires all of the virtues, and emerges from the essence of ponydom, it is the highest good of ponydom.
At first glance, it may appear that the gems of Steven Universe are teleological in the same way. Rose Quartz points out in “Greg the Babysitter” that “When a Gem is made, it's for a reason. They burst out of the ground already knowing what they're supposed to be, and then... that's what they are. Forever.” This brief description covers the criteria for a telos as previously described: it exists throughout the gem’s lifetime regardless of that gem’s beliefs or choices, never changes, and is that gem’s essential identity.
However, the apparent telos of a Gem is not the morally correct purpose for them to pursue. The protagonist Crystal Gems, under Rose Quartz’s ideology, assert that the correct purpose for a gem to pursue is their chosen purpose. Consider how Bismuth describes Rose’s ideology in “Bismuth”: “[Rose] was different because she decided to be … Gems never hear they can be anything other than what they are, but Rose opened our eyes.” The idea that identity can and/or should be altered by choice is incompatible with teleology. Bismuth later cites “[Rose’s] talk about how Gems could take control of their own identities” and “how we'd been convinced to ignore our own potential,” which confirms that identity can be changed by choosing a different one.
Choosing one’s identity/purpose is upheld by the protagonists in Steven Universe, so it is presented as good. Conversely, adhering to one’s given/intended/innate identity/purpose is upheld by the antagonists, so it is presented as bad.
An Uncomfortable Ethical Trilemma from the Contradiction of Rocks and Horses
The fundamental contradiction between MLP:FiM and Steven Universe is that the former claims that one should pursue only their inherent purpose regardless of belief or choice, whereas the latter vehemently disagrees by claiming that one should pursue only their chosen purpose regardless of their inherent purpose. When the two conflict, MLP:FiM says to pursue inherent purpose, whereas Steven Universe says to pursue chosen purpose – a direct contradiction.
From this contradiction, we are forced into one of the following strange conclusions (under the assumption that we can know that actions are right or wrong): When innate purpose conflicts with chosen purpose…
- …one should pursue innate purpose, so Steven Universe teaches immorality by implying the opposite. The Crystal Gems of Steven Universe should have followed their design and intended purpose.
- …one should pursue chosen purpose, so MLP:FiM teaches immorality by implying the opposite.
- …the right choice depends on the context, so claims about moral purpose can only be judged as true relative to their context.
As a side note, I would have included that the Mane 6 should have followed “what their cutie mark was telling” them in “Magical Mystery Cure” – and were wrong to overthrow Starlight Glimmer in “The Cutie Map” – as part of option 2, but in both cases the ponies who had chosen to pursue a purpose different from their telos conveniently changed their minds and chose their telos. This potentially shows another difference between Harmony and eudaimonia: the former, being Magic, is a goal but also a force that can interact with the world to bring itself about. It's also a tree. That raises its own weird metaphysical questions, but I will shelve those for now.
Anyway, to my knowledge, the three options of the trilemma are mutually exclusive (if one is true, then the others are false) and mutually exhaustive (necessarily at least one is true, such that no alternatives exist). Which of the three do you believe? Alternatively, is something wrong with my reasoning? (Probably.)
MLP:FiM calls it good to do what one was created for and to follow one's intrinsic purpose (what Aristotle called a telos). Steven Universe calls that bad and instead says to create one's own purpose. Either one of the shows is morally wrong, or purpose is only right or wrong relative to context.
- Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics Book I, ch. 7 §8-16.
- See Alasdair MacIntyre’s three-stage definition of virtue in After Virtue, ch. 15, p. 219-20. To be fair, though, MacIntyre's writing style is about as concise as C.S. Lewis's is subtle: not.
- James K. Smith, You Are What You Love, ch. 1, p. 16.
- Note however that the 13th-century Christian philosopher St. Thomas Aquinas fleshed out Aristotle’s philosophy and merged it with Christian theology. The philosophy he created is called Thomism, which is still “the official philosophy of the Roman Catholic Church.”
- Aristotle and Plato disagreed over whether the essence of a thing could exist even if the thing did not exist. Plato said it could because the essence exists more fundamentally than examples of it; he called the essences Forms. Aristotle disagreed, saying that essences only exist in the things which instantiate those essences.
- Myself included, for the record. I think MLP:FiM shows what the world might be like if final causes existed.
- Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics Book VIII, ch. 3 §6.
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