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Classic Spongebob Episode TIER LIST

Well, here's something a BIT different, and a random bone to toss at @ChB (hopefully that was termed right... If it wasn't, you probably know what I meant to say. I'm trying to say it's a random "gift" of sorts). I thought of this after watching Cosmodore's video ranking every classic SpongeBob episode (Seasons 1-3) from Worst to Best (I know it's over a year old now, but that's what initially inspired this). SpongeBob was once among the best cartoons of all time, and there's PLENTY of reason for that to almost be accepted fact for animation entusiasts. SpongeBob has seriously decayed from There's over a HUNDRED of them, so it would be too difficult to actually rank them, thus the tiered format (and even then the tiering of these is, well, quick considering how many there are). Also, If you don't know, the color scheme is supposed to be all of the colors SpongeBob has on him, aside from black and white (By the way, yes his chin is purple sometimes, like on the cover of Battle for Bikini Bottom) ... Of course, with the quality this series once had consistently, there's really a lack of episodes at the bottom...   Phenomenal- Band Geeks, Pizza Delivery, SB-129, Arrgh!, Christmas Who?, Frankendoodle, The Fry Cook Games, Nasty Patty, Idiot Box, Wet Painters, Krusty Krab Training Video, Chocolate with Nuts, Mermaid and Barnacle Boy V, The Camping Episode   Great- Help Wanted, Plankton!, Squeaky Boots, Culture Shock, F.U.N., Scaredy Pants, Karate Choppers, Sleepy Time, Neptune's Spatula, Your Shoe's Untied, Squid's Day Off, Dying for Pie, Squidville, Life of Crime, Survival of the Idiots, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III, Shanghaied, The Secret Box, The Graveyard Shift, Procrastination, Sailor Mouth, Squid on Strike,  The Algae's Always Greener, Club SpongeBob, Just One Bite, Mermaid and Barnacle Boy IV, One Krabs Trash, Can You Spare a Dime?, Rock-a-Bye Bivalve, New Student Starfish, I Had an Accident   Good- Reef Blower, Hall Monitor, Sandy's Rocket, Opposite Day, Squidward the Unfriendly Ghost, The Chaperone, Employee of the Month, Rock Bottom, Walking Small, Hooky, Something Smells, Big Pink Loser, Imitation Krabs, Wormy, Grandma's Kisses, Prehibernation Week, I'm Your Biggest Fanatic, The Smoking Peanut, Welcome to the Chum Bucket, Krusty Love, SpongeGuard on Duty, Doing Time, Snowball Effect, No Weenies Allowed, Krab Borg, Clams, The Great Snail Race, Born Again Krabs, Missing Identity, SpongeBob Meets the Strangler   Decent- Bubblestand, Jellyfishing, Home Sweet Pineapple, Jellyfish Jam, Nature Pants, MuscleBob BuffPants, The Paper, Texas, Bossy Boots, Bubble Buddy, Patty Hype, No Free Rides, Squirrel Jokes, Gary Takes a Bath, Artist Unknown, (Sandy, SpongeBob, and the Worm), My Pretty Seahorse, As Seen on TV, Squilliam Returns, Ugh, Mid-Life Crustacean, Pranks a Lot   Mediocre- Naughty Nautical Neighbors, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, Pickles, Suds, Fools in April, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy II, Dumped, Pressure, Valentine's Day, Jellyfish Hunter, The Bully, Krabby Land, Plankton's Army, The Sponge Who Could Fly     Bad- I'm With Stupid, I Was a Teenage Gary, Party Pooper Pants     Yet again, it wasn't really made over a lot of time, so I may not be remembering things the way I thought I did on some episodes. When I initially made this list, for example, there were plenty of episodes I forgot existed, and also some that I actually got confused until I looked at plot summaries. I haven't watched a ton of these episodes I recent times either and that doesn't help my recollection.

~Dusky~

~Dusky~

 

How shall I really name my Ponysona OC?

'Sup MLP Forums, how are you all doing?

For those of you who may already know me, you may already be aware that my site username also happens to be the name of my Ponysona OC (and the name of my Music Channel on YouTube).

However, I have started to notice that:

1. It may not make that much sense to use as a male pony name (despite some pony names literally having names that human beings also use, such as Cadence, Octavia, etc.). 2. I honestly feel a little cringy having my Ponysona OC using my real life nickname (and what I also use for personal real life branding), Jonny. It just doesn't sound right and feels out of place. 3. I did not know how to better name my Ponysona OC back then when he "became alive" back in 2014 when I asked someone to create an OC for me.

And so because of this, I have been thinking to change my Ponysona OC's name to something else, such as these potential new names I came up with:

- Shining Pipe (this might be a good name for my Ponysona OC) [Note, this name was inspired from Shining Armor and the sound producing part of a "pipe" organ] - Silver Pipe (sounds pretty generic to me personally) - Charming Stallion (according to the "Rum & Monkey" Pony name generator, lol) - Wild Pipe (not sure if my Ponysona is "wild" enough for that kind of name, lol) - Tin Pipe (as in the material organ pipes tend to consist of) - Steel Pipe (same as above) - Silver Whistle (<-- crowd favourite right here. Still deciding on making it official or not) (The last 4 were found/inspired from the My Little Pony name generator from the Fantasy Name Generators) UPDATE! (new names!): - Lucky Pipe - Lucky Whistle (The reason for "lucky" is due to the association the colour green (my OC's coat colour) has with luck))
If you have any name suggestions or if you happen to disagree with my thought of changing the name in any way, please feel free to share your thoughts, I'll be looking forward to them. Also for reference, you'll see an updated image of my OC attached.


Jonny Music

Jonny Music

 

Remembering Bailey 2004-2018

As many of you know, I am an avid lover of pets and that includes those that have made a name for themselves online. I only learned about it today but Bailey died on December 9 due to kidney problems. He was 14. Who’s Bailey?  Cats are fickle creatures. Many don’t like kids and just learn to tolerate them. But Bailey truly loved his little human friends. And while I’ve seen a strong bond between cats and children before, Bailey took it to a whole new level. Check out this tribute on People Magazine’s website.  https://people.com/pets/instagram-facebook-cat-bailey-dies-fans-send-cards/ The video of Abby singing to a dying Bailey was just so touching. She’s too young to fully understand death. Yet, she does the most amazing job comforting him despite his pain. While it’s sad he’s no longer with us, I’m glad he died peacefully in the presence of his favorite humans. Rest in peace, buddy.   

Wingnut

Wingnut

Pause Menu Still in Progress - Programming | MLP:SH Devlog #12

Programming Pause Menu in progress... > also implemented 'pause' --- , so that everything stops while the menu is opened. 
> also added background && shading to Twilight's Profile Pic in the menu --- now it doesn't look that plain. 
> also configured fonts --- now that was time-consuming, I had to nicely align each character, then load that to the project properly. For example, here's my hand-drawn font for GUI with just few characters:
The font used in the commands however, uses small and large cases, numbers and all the potentially needed characters for dialogues and such... It is also hand drawn, for the most part at least. I used an existing font to start with. ...Comic Sans turned out to be pretty good for a pixel font.   Well, that's all for now!   Thank you for visiting!

Rikifive

Rikifive

Pause Menu in Progress, Also Something About Spell Tiers | MLP:SH Devlog #11

Hmm.. so after few days of wondering on how things will work like, I think the pause menu will look like this: Of course the ABCDEF thing will be replaced by proper description of highlighted option/item/spell.   What these  below spells are? These determine the spell's tier. Basically you'll be able to improve them along with progress, sometimes it will be a slight change, sometimes a major difference in behavior and whatsoever. To give you an idea on how more or less it will work like, here's the table I've prepared for the basic spell:  is TIER I
 is TIER II
 is TIER VI -and if someone is wondering what "A-F SPD" means, it stands for Auto-Fire Speed. This spell doesn't have auto-fire, hence [ - ]. This is what Element of Laughter specializes in, for example. Anyway, as you can see, not much changes there, as basically it's a 'default' spell. It gains damage, speed and size, but still behaves as a normal straight projectile.    Note, that things may be changed in the future, as I suspect I'll keep re-balancing things over and over again along with progress (development-wise). I probably won't be updating this, nor posting more tables, because nu spoilers for you. It is meant to be discovered on your own.    Thank you for visiting!  

Rikifive

Rikifive

Dusky's 2.01 Paladins Tier List

Here's the list, I guess.   SS: Furia, Makoa
S+: Ash, Inara, Seris, Dredge
S_: Mal'Damba, Cassie, Grover, Drogoz, Barik, Jenos, Imani
S-: Terminus, Maeve, Khan, Evie, Lian, Androxus, Bomb King   A+: Talus, Grohk, Fernando, Skye, Zhin, Ying, Ruckus, Viktor
A_: Sha'Lin, Pip, Koga, Willo, Torvald, Strix, Buck, Kinessa
A-: Tyra, Lex, Vivian, Moji
(B): None     Order of Supports changed, because of Ying's lack of viable build paths (she can only run Life Exchange, no other build offers any real benefits over it), but also Jenos has started to prove a degree of the strength I initially predicted him having in this new meta. Jenos gained a LOT of healing this patch. Sure, 5% Max HP healing doesn't sound like a lot, but it actually IS when you can spam that heal once every 5 seconds or so. Also, I think Jenos is going to get his time in the spotlight soon. Also, the dive counter-meta is going to happen, I think. People are going to realize what you can ACTUALLY do to a Sustain comp with comp with double flank and a Luminary Jenos. If that does happen, then treat Jenos like he's where Grover is right now. Pip went down because, well, he doesn't have anything. He doesn't have enough healing to compete with other supports, he doesn't have enough damage to compete with Grohk OR 'Damba, and although his ult is one of the best in the entire game, Seris' is still better at the exact same thing and she can be played with literally EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. OF. HER. TALENTS. Also, Beam heal Furia is just INSANE, and they needed to fix that PATCHES ago. Now that she's actually gotten her wish in terms of the meta-game, she's honestly the strongest champion in the game I think. And I'll mention 'Damba's slow rise. I thought Mal'Damba would end up in Ying's position, actually due to the removal of Pungent Gourd. Instead, he's become an excellent flex support. He can easily use a healing loadout with Spirit's Chosen to great success and he can also be ran with Wekono's Wrath for surprisingly high damage output and also quite consistent CC with good aim.      As for some other quick mentions on why they are where they are:   Makoa- He's still Makoa... Tiering him anywhere lower than S+ is nonsense. He synergizes perfectly with this meta as he did with the last, and he's still got the potential to dominate games.  Ash- Two reasons. First off, I think the Assert Dominance change was an OBVIOUS buff because it allows her team to POUND on the people she hits with it. Secondly, I see her being a cornerstone of the future dive counter-meta that I envision. She'll be the preferred tank for it due to her potential to poke out targets, and also to dive in and burst.  Seris- She is low key OP. No, seriously, she is. All of her talents are viable now, her ultimate is quite literally PERFECT for this meta, and she's probably one of the best healers to pick early in a draft due to her flexibility, but also due to the fact that countering her isn't as simple as it is with other supports due to Shadow Travel making her invulnerable.  Terminus- He was initially bottom tier due to his inability to tank, but now that they've fixed that, the only reason he isn't up there with Makoa right now is his chronic case of bugs. He is a GREAT second tank to run in this meta that can easily guarantee the value of his supports while also dealing solid damage and hardly ever dying.   Maeve- I see HUGE potential for this champion. She has a LOT going for her right now, that leads me to believe that soon enough she'll become the best flank in the game, and maybe even one of the best CHAMPIONS possibly. She has sustain, tank shred, and a cooldown reset for that tank shred. Those are quite the ingredients for a potentially powerful DPS. Androxus- Z1 is a snowflake who's mad that Evil Mojo nerfed his old main, I'll leave it at that. He's perfectly fine right now, and he may once again be S+ or so fairly soon.  Koga- Play Talus instead. He is an inferior Talus with little to offer, aside from potential burst with his Claws. Even then, Talus can do better. He's viable, but Talus is much better.  Torvald- Don't play Torvald, unless you're in a lower skill queue. Most players with half a brain will just get Wrecker and completely counter you. Snipers- All I can say is that you shouldn't play them unless you're on a good map. Even Sha'Lin is fairly map-dependent, but he's not as bad as the other two. Tyra- Pretty much unviable. Her Lifesteal is actually quite underwhelming, and gets lackluster after the enemy team gets enough Cauterize.  Vivian- Unviable. Period. There is quite literally NO reason to pick Vivian, and people who say otherwise are quite forgetful of the fact that they removed her free Wrecker 2.   Wow that wasn't really that quick, was it? -__-

~Dusky~

~Dusky~

 

Jeric, the Pony King of the E-Net (Jeric Tribute song)

(This is a repost of a post i made back in October. It's a song parody based on the song "The Phoney King of England" from the Disney Movie Robin Hood, with lyrics changed to make it into a tribute song for @Jeric. I put a video down below here. Have fun) Oh, the internet has a human yet
Skulking behind his Screen
A someone who likes Rarity and
Is never ever mean With other bronies on his side
MLPForums grew
With Darky, Pathy, Randi, Arty
And many more in the crew Jeric was this brony's name
Our lives would never be the same
He's known as the Pony King on the E-Net!
All hail to the Pony King on the E-Net! He sits alone on a giant throne
Reading emails all day
He posts up news and Rarity pics
And keeps the spam away
And he throws an angry tantrum
If Rarity's not on site
So it's a pointless post
With Rarity as the host
All this, despite the server's plight Despite this, he still gets the scoops
Before the spoilers leak out. Whoops!
All hail to the Pony King of the E-Net! As Pathy is making deerpony posts
Right behind old Jeric's head
As Jeric swaps banner backdrops
From green to pink to red
All this despite a gross mishap
Which was a pain, you see
He got locked in with buttons mom
He was shipped a time or three But it's already nighttime, wow!
His kids should be in bed by now!
The pony and homey king on the E-net!
The mailin' wailin',
Postin' hostin',
Blabberin' jabberin',
Typin' hypin',
clickin' flickin',
Wheelin' dealin'
Jeric, the Pony King on the E-net!
Yeah!

Mesme Rize

Mesme Rize

Shallow

Today will be one of my more counter-intuitive and possibly controversial ideas.  I want to talk about what it means to be shallow in terms of one's character.  What is shallowness, really?  But before I dive into the depths, a bit of preface on the subject of free will is in order.  In recent years, I have come to accept the fact that free will, insofar as most people think about it, doesn't exist.  If you've never heard or read any lectures on this idea, you may find yourself quickly losing the plot, but that's okay--I find it takes awhile for these ideas to make sense.  The basic premise is this: although we absolutely have the power of conscious choice and voluntary action, our choices and actions are all directly caused by our thoughts, and you don't author your thoughts.  You don't actually bring your thoughts into being.  You are not the driver or pilot of yourself that you think you are.  You are not the author sitting at the desk in your mind, writing the thoughts of your life.  Thoughts simply arise in consciousness.  They spring into being.  You don't create them; you are merely witness to them.  With a little bit of practice at introspection, one can easily prove this to oneself.  If you pay close enough attention to what it's like to think a thought, you will see that you don't create them, and don't truly have any control over what thought comes careening into consciousness next, even when it seems to be otherwise.  I could go on at length attempting to demonstrate this, but I don't wish to get bogged down and run too far off the rails.  The punch line is that because you don't author your thoughts, you don't actually have the freedom over yourself that you think you do.  Everything you think and do arises out of a perfect crucible of prior causes stretching back to the beginning of time. Confused yet?  It took me some time before I stopped being so.  Hopefully you're still with me.  To help you understand this idea a bit better, I recommend listening to this short audio clip before continuing: Now then, today I would like to argue that being concerned with physical attractiveness is no more shallow than being concerned with intelligence.  This is quite a bold claim, and cuts directly against what most of us tend to believe, but I think I can argue this successfully. If you've followed me much at all, you might already know that I am a highly sexual person, and a great proponent of embracing and celebrating physical and sexual beauty.  People who place a high degree of importance on physical beauty often take a lot of flak for being shallow, and I probably would too, if I actually went outside and talked to people...  :/  In my country of America, there is an odd double standard at play when it comes to physical attractiveness.  We live in a culture of mixed messages, where the media tells us that looking good and staying young is paramount, but we are also admonished to look at inner beauty and judge people only on their characters.  Most people typically say that part of what constitutes being a good person is looking past outer beauty, and to pay little to no attention to what people look like.  I think that even when people are concerned about physical beauty, they feel societal pressure to say otherwise because it's the "right" thing to do.  It seems universally accepted that looking only at "inner" beauty is an inherently good, noble, and virtuous way to be.  People who say that they care only about what's inside, even when it comes to their romantic partner, typically get pats on the back. What I am arguing today is that essentially every trait we could conceivably care about is largely out of our control, and thus, it is no more shallow to compliment someone's looks than it is to compliment their smarts. Here comes the part that many people really don't want to hear.  Intelligence is pretty much entirely genetic.  You either have it or you don't.  From there, it comes down to what you do with it.  You can use it, or not.  Education--filling your brain with knowledge--will help you reach your potential, and early childhood environmental factors certainly play a role in facilitating this and priming the brain for the rest of it's life, but that's not really what intelligence is.  Intelligence is your ability to understand and to think.  It's not really about what you know, or how much, but about how you think.  It's about your potential.  This is genetic.  You're either born with high intelligence or you're not.  You can't really change your intelligence level in any deep sense.  This is the uncomfortable truth that people don't want to hear, but it is a truth nonetheless.  Your intelligence simply is what it is.  What you can do is exercise your brain to help maintain it and reach your potential.  You can study to increase your knowledge, you can perform various mental exercises to improve memory, and you can make new neural connections and pathways by learning new things.  There's lots you can do to improve the brain, but this is merely sharpening up and honing what you already have.  It's taking the brain you have and helping it be the best it can be.  It's helping you to reach your potential, but it isn't really changing your intelligence. If you find yourself resisting this idea, let's look at the rest of the body instead.  I probably don't need to spend a second convincing anyone of how genetics and exercise work with respect to physical fitness.  We all know that genetics plays a major role in how your body will look and function.  You're born with whatever build you're going to have--you get what you get.  From there, it's again a question of what you do with it.  Some people put on weight easily, others stay stick thin regardless of what they eat.  But no matter what your genetics, you can always improve by eating a healthy diet and exercising.  But this is about improving what you already have and reaching your potential.  It doesn't change your genetics.  No matter what your build, your genetics are either better or worse, relatively speaking, and that comes down to luck.  It is conceptually no different when it comes to intelligence.  You get the dealt your hand, and then it comes down to what you make of it. From a certain perspective, there's really no difference between mental and physical health.  The tendency to differentiate our beings into the mental and the physical is a tad illogical.  The brain is just another organ in the body.  The gray matter between your ears is just that--matter.  It's just atoms in there.  Whatever happens in your brain--whatever you learn, whatever memories you make--it's all just a restructuring of atoms.  There's nothing else it can be.  It's not as if memories and knowledge are some non-corporeal energy that has no physical basis, some spooky magic floating in the aether.  Whatever is in your brain is just atoms, just as whatever data is on a hard drive is just atoms.  A hard drive basically stores data by magnetizing and demagnetizing billions of little particles.  What happens in your brain is like an analogous process with goo.  The point being that it's all physical, in a sense, so mental health is just another part of physical health.  You just have to do very different things to exercise the brain versus exercising muscles.  We have this tendency to refer to the body and the brain as these distinctly different and separate things, when they're really not. Genetics gives you whatever body you're going to have, including the brain.  You either get good genetics for physical health or you don't, and you either get good genetics for intelligence or you don't.  The rest comes down to use, maintenance, nourishment, and exercise of the given parts. So, from here we can see that you are no more responsible for your base intelligence than you are for your physical attractiveness.  Both are determined by genetics.  You can improve your physical health and athletic ability, as well as your brain's health, in the ways I described.  You can also do things to improve your attractiveness, though these things are much more subjective.  You can shave, trim, and style hair, file nails, sand rough skin, moisturize, etc.  Whether it's intelligence, athletic ability, or hygiene, one can always improve oneself, but none of this changes genetics.  The only way to actually change what you look like in any deep sense is to have some sort of invasive cosmetic surgery.  Likewise, the only way to truly change your mind, to change who you are and how you think, is to physically alter your brain in some way, either by trauma or some type of hypothetical rewiring, such as switching which hemisphere is dominant, for example.  Without opening up your head and tinkering with the goo inside, you can't truly change who you are, or your intelligence level.  Of course, who you are changes in each moment because that's the character of life, but you're not truly responsible for that, either. It should be clear by now that when we compliment either someone's intelligence or their appearance, we're essentially congratulating them on being lucky.  We're saying, "good for you for having good genetics."  It's conceptually no different in either case.  If someone has made good use of their luck, we can congratulate them on that as well, but that's just more in the way of luck.  Noticing intelligence over appearance isn't inherently noble or virtuous, as people have no true responsibility for their intelligence. When asked what they look for in a mate, people will often take care to list "inner beauty" traits in order to appear a deep and better person.  However, you're no more responsible for your intelligence, your sense of humor, or anything else about your personality than you are for your appearance.  You don't choose or design your personality.  You have no control over your likes or dislikes.  You're no more responsible for your love of sports than you are for your height.  You're no more responsible for your warm and caring nature than you are for your breast size.  All of it is genetics, and then the ocean of prior causes that shape who you are. I wrote this piece in part as a self-defense; I resent being thought of as shallow simply because physical beauty is important to me.  Any trait that we could conceivably care about is mostly genetic, and it's not wrong or immoral for us to want any given trait in a partner, or a friend for that matter.  It's not shallow or immoral to seek a partner that you're attracted to physically.  At this point, I want to make it abundantly clear that I care very much about intelligence and personality.  In fact, those are far more important than appearance, and this is ridiculously easy to prove.  You can be friends with an nice, ugly person, but you can't be friends with a pretty, mean person.  It's simple, but really, that's all I need in order to know that "inner beauty" is far more important.  To add a bit more, I'll just say that how we behave and how we treat others is far, far more important than how we look.  I would never even imply otherwise.  I merely submit that it's not shallow to be concerned with physical appearance as well. So, what is shallowness, then, if not paying attention to appearance?  Simply put, shallowness is judging someone character based on appearance.  Seeking out beauty isn't shallow, but treating people poorly on the basis of appearance is.  Concluding that a fat or ugly person is therefore bad or stupid is shallow.  Concluding that a pretty person is therefore good and smart is shallow.  Determining someone's worth as a human being based on appearance is shallow.  Systemically excluding unattractive people, or doling out more wealth to attractive people, is shallow.  But choosing certain traits for the people we want in our personal relationships isn't.  To desire physical attractiveness is to desire good genetics.  To desire intelligence is simply to desire another variety of good genetics, and wanting good genetics for our partner is the prerogative of every human being. To be shallow is to judge someone's character based on appearance, and to then treat them thusly.  To notice, compliment, celebrate, or be concerned with any trait we might care about, be it physical appearance, athleticism, or intelligence, is simply to say, "way to go on winning the genetic lottery."  Desiring or seeking physical beauty is therefore amoral, and not shallow.

Hopefully It Will Do for Now... | MLP:SH Devlog #10

Hello everypony!   Finally the HUD has been reprogrammed!  ~And length of the HP bar increases along with maximum HP! For some reason I always like that little feature in games, because that makes increasing max HP more interesting --- especially checking if you can go off-screen with this.   I thought it all will take few hours, but it ended up taking two days, heh. Why it took so long? I had to replace most of the HUD graphics in game files and reprogram the HUD in general, mostly spell icons, due to their new switching animation. I also have optimized the code, now it's shorter, organized better, thus more efficient & readable. I also have added some script functions that will come in handy when programming features in the future.  ...Also I discovered, that previously there were two typos in the code.  It wasn't a big deal, as things still worked in the end without crashing the game, nevertheless it's of course better to not have any of this floating in the code.    I guess this design will do, at least for now. And as always, thanks for visiting!      

Rikifive

Rikifive

The Santa Mythos

I am a big proponent of honesty.  I believe that honesty is the bedrock foundation for all relationships--the "master virtue", if you will.  In fact, I believe that healthy personal relationships cannot exist if dishonesty is involved.  I am even opposed to so called "white lies", and believe that they are corrosive to personal relationships in subtle ways.  This doesn't mean that I think people should openly broadcast every thought they have to everyone, á la The Invention of Lying.  It's perfectly acceptable to choose not to share certain things.  Sometimes it's appropriate to do what I call "Vulcan lying", or the selective presenting and/or withholding of information without actually telling any falsehoods.  Another way to describe this would be not lying, but not showing all your cards, either.  Now, it's still wrong to deceive people in this way, but it's perfectly acceptable to simply decline to answer a question that you don't want to.  When it comes to personal relationships, I believe in complete transparency.  Essentially, I view lying as being on the same continuum as violence.  In other words, lying should only be done in defensive situations that might require violence if all else fails.  If you are in danger, you might try lying your way out before resorting to force.  If you are suspicious of someone and think they might mean you harm, then you obviously aren't going to give them honest answers that they could use to hurt you.  The colorful example I always like to give is if you're sheltering Anne Frank in your basement and the Nazis come a-knockin', you sure as hell aren't gonna tell 'em the truth.  Sometimes, lying is clearly the only ethical thing to do.  But under normal circumstances with people you trust and care about, I believe that lying should never have a place. Now that you understand where I come down on the subject of lying, I'll get to the point.  I believe that we should stop telling our kids that Santa Claus is literally real when they are little.  I believe the myth of Santa is unnecessary at best, and downright harmful at worst.  It's something that we need to outgrow. When I float this idea by people, the first counter-argument I hear is that by ending this myth, we would be robbing children of the joy and magic of Christmas, sucking the fun out of their lives, and killing their childhood.  This is demonstrably false.  Children do not need to think that Santa is real in order for Christmas to be fun and magical.  Children need no extra incentives beyond reality in order to get excited.  Children seem to do a pretty darn good job at getting excited by My Little Pony, Batman, Spider-Man, Transformers, Disney Princesses, Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc, without thinking for a second that any of these things are real.  In fact, parents typically take great care to make sure that their children know the difference between reality and what they see on TV and in movies.  It's universally agreed upon that to be confused in this regard can be dangerous and harmful to children.  We reassure our children that the monsters in movies can't really get them, and that they, our children, cannot fly like they see superheroes doing.  Then we turn around and tell them that one jolly fat man can defy the laws of time and physics and do the things they see in movies.  Surely I can't be the only one to see a problem here. Circling back, children need no extra help to get excited about these fictional characters.  In fact, children tend to get head-over-heels obsessed with fictional characters, and the fun isn't sucked out just because the characters aren't literally real.  I can personally attest to the fact that I was far more excited about Batman, Ninja Turtles, and lightsabers as a kid than I was about Santa Claus, but I never thought that those other things were real.  Christmas needs no help to be fun.  It can stand on its own without supernatural aid.  Decorating, yummy treats, and piles of toys are more than enough to make any child excited. More importantly, though, I believe that telling young children falsehoods about Santa can be harmful in a variety of ways.  I believe that it can prime young minds to be less skeptical, more gullible, and less apt to think critically.  Now, admittedly, this is just a hypothesis, and I have no specific evidence to back it up.  What I do have solid evidence for is the following: the Santa myth can actually be frightening to children, as well as cause their trust in their parents to be shaken. When I was very young, and believed in Santa, I used to be scared at the thought of him creeping around our house.  It didn't matter to me that he was just supposed to be the jolly gift-giver.  To me, he was a stranger, and I didn't like the idea of a stranger in my home.  In our house, it was traditional for stockings to be placed on the foot of our beds.  My parents would sneak into my room when I was asleep to do this, but what they didn't know is that I was often still awake.  They had told me that it was Santa that came into my room, and this idea scared me.  I would squeeze my eyes closed and tense with fear until the intruder had gone.  Why I never thought to approach them about this, I can't say.  Evidently, young children do not have the presence of mind to explain or interpret such things.  They simply accept what they're told.  Parents can be frightening their children with this myth without even realizing it. When I reached the age of doubt, I asked my mother point blank, and she told me the truth.  I remember this conversation very vividly.  It was in the car before she dropped me off at school.  When I realized that they had lied to me about Santa and where the gifts came from, I was bewildered, confused, and frustrated.  I was actually angry with them.  And hurt.  I trusted them, and I felt like they had betrayed that trust.  Most people dismiss the entire Santa issue.  They just wave it away, claiming that it's harmless fun.  But for some kids, it's not so harmless.  I actually felt hurt.  I couldn't believe that my parents had lied to me.  I felt confused, and began to reevaluate other things they had told me.  Could I be absolutely sure that there hadn't been any other lies?  My trust in them had been shaken, and it took me a little while to fully get over it.  How long, I couldn't say.  More than a month, less than a couple of years.  I can't be any more accurate than that.  I just don't remember.  But I do remember feeling very upset for awhile.  And let me be clear: I wasn't upset that Santa wasn't real--I was upset that I had been lied to by the people I trusted the most. Now, looking back on it at 33 years old, it seems rather silly, of course.  I know my parents are honest and trustworthy, and I have a great relationship with them.  I know they weren't being unethical, deceitful people; they were just going along with the cultural tradition because it's what their parents did, and it seemed fun and harmless.  But we need to wake up and realize that a child's perspective is different, and some children don't handle it as well as others. It may surprise some readers to hear that every single one of my friends had similarly unpleasant experiences regarding Santa Claus, and their learning of the truth.  None of them, not one, remembers it fondly.  They all have negative stories to tell, just like me.  One friend of mine was a very interesting case--he was actually relieved when he found out that Santa wasn't real.  This was because he thought that Santa watched him all year long (as the song goes), and that if he did something wrong, even accidentally, Santa wouldn't bring him any presents.  He was scared and paranoid all year because of this.  When he learned that it was his parents that bought the gifts, he was relieved because he knew that his parents' love was unconditional, and they would forgive him for mistakes, and still bring him presents.  People might not realize that children think this deeply about things.  Well, live and learn. I simply see no upside to filling children's heads with this confusing nonsense.  It can be harmful, and I guarantee that children will have all the fun in the world without it.  I am given to understand that the Santa myth is not commonplace in other parts of the world as it is here in the U.S.  I know someone from Europe who said that no one ever thought Santa was real in her home country.  Parents just didn't do that where she grew up.  But Christmas was still fun and figuratively magical for them.  She moved to the U.S. when she was still a child and was completely blindsided when she found that her schoolmates literally believe in this dude with flying reindeer and elves from the north pole.  Her parents had to sit her down and explain how some cultures do this nutty stuff.  As usual, the United States, while seemingly ahead in certain ways, such as having freedom of speech enshrined in our constitution, is also sorely lacking in reason, rationality, and logic.  To be blunt, America is bat crap crazy in some regards. Let's stop telling our children that Santa is real.  Just let it be a fun fantasy--a fairly tale, just like any movie they'd watch or book they'd read.  The same goes for the Easter bunny, the tooth fairy, or any other made up nonsense we tell kids.  If you are a new parent, or plan on becoming one, I highly encourage you to be honest with your children.  And telling yourself that it's harmless because you're giving them the gift of fun and magic is just self-delusion; it's still lying, and it's still wrong.  Together, let's end the Santa mythos.
 

Late Dec. 2018 Update

Hello everyone. I hope you had a good Christmas/Hearth's Warming so far.

Just wanted to break the news that due to some unforeseen circumstances from my end, that the work on the project will be heavily postponed.

My initial plan was to release Fight Scene (MLP IRL) sometime by Q4 2019 (realistically speaking), though due to what I mentioned earlier, that release window may be delayed even more. By how much, I honestly don't know.

Reason being is because due to the much bigger vision I have for this next entry in the series, that means that I will need a much bigger budget than I had earlier when I worked on Chat Scene (MLP IRL) back in 2016-2017.

I'm not giving up on this at all, just to make that absolutely clear. I'm a man/stallion of my word. Whatever plans I mention to the public, they will happen (unless otherwise specified).

Got any questions, feel free to comment below or PM me.

Until next time, Have a great Happy Holidays. 

Jonny Music

Jonny Music

 

Words Divided

Dear Professor Charles Xia Xavior, That is horrid to know but explains too much. I assure you now he is jailed now. If he starts with any of his shenanigans, I will deal with him swiftly. I will be honest,  there isn't much I have done. I am afraid No poni really wants to talk to me. They have many and I mean MANY prejudice against dragons. Worst of all I ate some ham I purchased from a griffon and the ponies around me gave me nasty looks. There was no away to escape them. No matter where I went, the store, the library- truely a horror. They even had a few unchoicely words for me and for no particular reason. If any thing pops ups, I'll let you know.
 

I Have No Idea Anymore

I want to blog right now, I do. I just don't know why or what about. There's so many things going through my head right now and I definitely can't write about all of them. So I'm writing about all of them.  Yeah, yeah, super counterproductive sure. But I won't be too specific. A lot of these things probably seem petty or stupid or just plain you know wanting to punch me in the face for being stressed over this.  I just want to grow up. I want a choice in how my house looks, or what food we buy. And where I can go. I just feel so trapped and I want to grow up. I want to make all the decisions kids are scared to make. I failed my post test in History. I just found out a couple minutes ago that I could have redone it and all the work I missed because I had been really sick the last week of school. But my mom didnt tell me about the email and she said he wanted all final grades in by tomorrow. So now I have like no time left to do anything. And I've never failed a test before not EVER.  GREY'S ANATOMY IS TOO EMOTIONAL AND HAS TOO MANY GOOD LESSONS ABOUT LIFE THAT I KIND STAND HEARING RIGHT NOW I keep finding random things to cry about and my moms wants to play a game as a family. I just can't go downstairs because I'd have to try so hard not to cry. And my dad is gone at a funeral so he can't help me with anything.  I go back to school on Wednesday. I'm not ready to see people EVERYDAY, kids!  The only good thing about next week is dance, but that's only twice a week.  HAHA I like a really good friend of mine and obviously I can't tell him. I REALLY LIKE BEING SINGLE.  I have too many books to read and that probably sounds dumb but I used to read every hour of every day and I just can't now. Reading was my life and I really really miss it. I just can't seem to get myself to read. I'm too distracted and by things so stupid I even want to punch myself. I guess that's life though. Right???  
 

My Gaming Day(Since September 2018 to now 2019)

Always possible Spoiler   Shadow of the Tomb Raider(PS4): -Story --Trophy Earned: Path of the Stars( Decipher the Path of the Stars )(Bronze)(Common 96.80%) --Trophy Earned: Dia de Muertos( Remove the dagger from the Temple of the Moon )(Bronze)(Common 93.17%) --Trophy Earned: Recipe for Desaster( Survive the flood )(Bronze)(Common 92.14%) --Trophy Earned: First Steps( Purchase a Skill )(Bronze)(Common 90.38%) --Trophy Earned: Treasures from the Past( Decipher a Monolith )(Bronze)(Common 77.71%) --Trophy Earned: Untold Riches( Gather 40 gold ore )(Bronze)(Common 74.71%) --Trophy Earned: Survival Instincts( Defeat the Empress Jaguar )(Bronze)(Common 86.43%) --Trophy Earned: Archeologist( Complete an Artifact Collection )(Bronze)(Common 70.74%) --Trophy Earned: To the Nines( Restore and equip a matching vestige outfit )(Bronze)(Common 50.99%) --Trophy Earned: Look, Over There!( Kill 3 enemies while they are distracted )(Bronze)(Common 84.00%) --Trophy Earned: Resting Places( Uncover 3 main game Crypts' secrets )(Bronze)(Common 61.32%) --Trophy Earned: Unwelcome Guests( Get rid of the pillagers outside of Kuwaq Yaku )(Bronze)(Common 67.03%) --Trophy Earned: Help thy Neighbor( Complete a Side Mission )(Silver)(Common 72.81%) --Trophy Earned: Makeshift Arsenal( Fully upgrade a weapon )(Bronze)(Common 66.53%) --Trophy Earned: Asking Price( Buy an item from a merchant )(Bronze)(Common 77.88%) --Trophy Earned: Up to the Challenge( Complete 5 Challenges )(Bronze)(Common 50.03%) --Trophy Earned: Stele Hunters( Complete 3 main game Challenge Tombs )(Bronze)(Common 60.61%) --Trophy Earned: Point of Interest( Learn of 5 interesting locations from civilians )(Bronze)(Common 73.87%) --Trophy Earned: First Blood( Perform a Stealth Takedown from a mud-covered wall )(Bronze)(Common 77.43%) --Trophy Earned: Playing with Fire( Burn 2 enemies simultaneously )(Bronze)(Common 67.57%) --Trophy Earned: Tables Turned( Kill 5 enemies while they are searching for Lara )(Bronze)(Common 71.87%) --Trophy Earned: Fire of Life( Enter the Temple of Life's inner chamber )(Bronze)(Common 79.75%) --Trophy Earned: Thread the Past( Restore 5 vestige outfit pieces )(Bronze)(Uncommon 49.59%) --Trophy Earned: Legendary Hunter( Hunt and loot 5 rare animals )(Bronze)(Uncommon 48.76%) --Trophy Earned: The Hidden City( Find Paititi )(Bronze)(Common 76.71%) --Trophy Earned: Zoologist( Collect 20 critters )(Bronze)(Common 57.96%) --Trophy Earned: Better Equipped( Get 3 pieces of equipment )(Bronze)(Common 58.56%) --Trophy Earned: Come Te Llama( Pet 5 llamas )(Bronze)(Uncommon 49.96%) --Trophy Earned: Like a Shadow( Perform a Stealth Takedown on 25 enemies )(Bronze)(Common 74.23%) --Trophy Earned: Hearts and Minds( Retrieve Manko's Necklace )(Bronze)(Common 56.60%) --Trophy Earned: Underwater Archeologist( Collect 5 underwater Artifacts )(Bronze)(Uncommon 44.19%) --Trophy Earned: The Underworld( Get out of the Cenote alive )(Bronze)(Common 69.27%) --Trophy Earned: New Heights( Complete a climb after finding the Overhang Climbing Gear )(Bronze)(Common 69.15%) --Trophy Earned: That's a Knife!( Fully upgrade the knife )(Bronze)(Common 50.96%) --Trophy Earned: I Believe Hakan Fly( Rescue Hakan from the cultists )(Bronze)(Common 56.25%) --Trophy Earned: Family Ties( Free Unuratu from prison )(Bronze)(Common 66.08%) --Trophy Earned: Marksman( Perform 20 headshots with the bow )(Bronze)(Common 55.66%) --Trophy Earned: Specialized( Earn all Skills in one category )(Bronze)(Uncommon 35.40%) --Trophy Earned: Heart of the Serpent( Find the Mission of San Juan )(Bronze)(Common 64.22%) --Trophy Earned: The Chosen One( Find the Silver Box of Ix Chel )(Bronze)(Common 62.43%) --Trophy Earned: Back to Where We Started( Return to Paititi )(Bronze)(Common 62.07%) --Trophy Earned: Beast of Legend( Defeat the Nahual )(Bronze)(Uncommon 46.03%) --Trophy Earned: Queen of the Damned( Make an unlikely ally )(Bronze)(Common 59.88%) --Trophy Earned: On the Go( Craft special ammunition 50 times )(Bronze)(Uncommon 40.50%) --Trophy Earned: Quite the Adventure( Finish the main storyline )(Bronze)(Common 59.50%) --Trophy Earned: Smart and Resourceful( Complete Shadow of the Tomb Raider on Smart and Resourceful difficulty )(Bronze)(Common 59.51%)   Horizon Zero Dawn(PS4): -Story --Trophy Earned: Followed Rost's teachings( Learned to hunt and fight alongside Rost. )(Bronze)(Common 97.24%) --Trophy Earned: First Modification( Used a Weapon Coil or Outfit Weave on a modifiable weapon or outfit. )(Bronze)(Common 91.23%) --Trophy Earned: Stealth killed 10 machines( Performed a stealth kill on 10 machines. )(Bronze)(Common 83.80%) --Trophy Earned: First Metal Flower found( Discovered a strange metal flower. )(Bronze)(Common 78.18%) --Trophy Earned: Defeated the Sawtooth( Defeated the Sawtooth that threatened the Nora. )(Bronze)(Common 92.46%) --Trophy Earned: Triumphed in the Proving( Overcame adversity and placed first in the Proving. )(Bronze)(Common 90.57%) --Trophy Earned: First Vantage found( Found and accessed a Vantage datapoint. )(Bronze)(Common 64.91%) --Trophy Earned: First Corrupted Zone cleared( Killed all the corrupted machines in a Corrupted Zone. )(Bronze)(Common 81.68%) --Trophy Earned: Tore off 10 components( Detached 10 components from machines during combat. )(Bronze)(Common 87.34%) --Trophy Earned: Reached level 10( Reached player level 10. )(Bronze)(Common 86.19%) --Trophy Earned: First Bandit Camp cleared( Took back a settlement from a bandit clan. )(Bronze)(Common 79.46%) --Trophy Earned: First Ancient Vessel found( Found an ancient vessel once used by the Old Ones. )(Bronze)(Common 82.52%) --Trophy Earned: First Tallneck Overridden( Scaled a Tallneck and accessed its information. )(Bronze)(Common 82.96%) --Trophy Earned: First Banuk Figure found( Found a wooden effigy left by a Banuk traveler. )(Bronze)(Common 52.63%)   Metal Gear Survive(PS4) -Story --Trophy Earned: Production( You crafted your first item )(Bronze)(Common 97.03%) --Trophy Earned: Dite( You saw the METAL GEAR SURVIVE title logo )(Bronze)(Common 95.78%) --Trophy Earned: The Soldier( A soldier joined your ranks )(Bronze)(Common 95.43%) --Trophy Earned: Hunt( You did your first hunt )(Bronze)(Common 93.74%) --Trophy Earned: Cook( You cooked your first meal )(Bronze)(Common 92.41%) --Trophy Earned: Construction( You constructed your first building )(Bronze)(Common 85.87%) --Trophy Earned: Education( You learned your first skill )(Bronze)(Common 82.97%) --Trophy Earned: The Nurse( A nurse joined your ranks )(Bronze)(Common 70.87%)   Call of Duty Black Ops 4(PS4) -Specialist Mode -Battle Royale --Trophy Earned: Stargazer( Earn a Star with each Specialist )(Bronze)(Rare 10.75%) --Trophy Earned: Skirmisher( Win 1 Skirmish with each Specialist (10 total) )(Bronze)(Rare 10.75%)   Red Dead Redemption 2(PS4) -Story -Multiplayer --Trophy Earned: Just a Scratch( Complete 'Enter, Pursued by a Memory'. )(Bronze)(Common 97.08%) --Trophy Earned: Back in the Mud( Complete Chapter 1. )(Bronze)(Common 91.50%) --Trophy Earned: Give to the Poor( Donate $250 to the gang tithing box. )(Bronze)(Common 70.78%) --Trophy Earned: Errand Boy( Deliver 5 camp companion item requests. )(Bronze)(Rare 18.95%) --Trophy Earned: Trusty Steed( Reach max bonding level with a horse. )(Bronze)(Common 71.67%) --Trophy Earned: Locked and Loaded( Upgrade each available component for a single sidearm or longarm weapon. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 48.47%) --Trophy Earned: To Greener Pastures( Complete Chapter 2. )(Bronze)(Common 62.75%) --Trophy Earned: Breaking and Entering( Recover the stash from 4 homesteads. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 30.75%)LEVEL 18 PSN --Trophy Earned: Take From the Rich( Rob or loot $250. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 49.28%) --Trophy Earned: Settling Feuds( Complete Chapter 3. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 46.24%) --Trophy Earned: Hobby Horse( Play all mini games. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 28.90%) --Trophy Earned: Artificial Intelligence( Discover the fate of Marko Dragic. )(Bronze)(Rare 15.12%) --Trophy Earned: It was THIS Big!( Catch a fish weighing at least 16 lbs (7.3 kg). )(Bronze)(Uncommon 29.61%) --Trophy Earned: Friends With Benefits( Complete a Companion Activity in each camp. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 24.32%) --Trophy Earned: Self Sufficient( Craft 30 unique items in Story Mode. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 20.07%) --Trophy Earned: Western Stranger( Complete 10 Stranger mission strands. )(Bronze)(Rare 16.86%) --Trophy Earned: Washed Ashore( Complete Chapter 4. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 36.50%) --Trophy Earned: Extreme Personality( Reach maximum or minimum Honor level. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 26.86%) --Trophy Earned: No Traitors( Complete Chapter 5. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 34.38%) --Trophy Earned: Third Time Lucky( Complete 'Goodbye, Dear Friend'. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 31.23%) --Trophy Earned: Lending a Hand( Complete all optional Honor story missions. )(Silver)(Rare 16.99%) --Trophy Earned: Redemption( Complete 'Red Dead Redemption'. )(Silver)(Uncommon 29.03%) --Trophy Earned: Cowboy Builder( Complete 'A New Jerusalem'. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 26.12%) --Trophy Earned: Endless Summer( Complete the Epilogue. )(Gold)(Uncommon 25.09%) --Trophy Earned: Paying Respects( Find the graves of each of your fallen companions. )(Bronze)(Very Rare 8.40%)3000th Trophy --Trophy Earned: Breakout( Red Dead Online: Complete the Intro. )(Bronze)(Uncommon 21.80%) --Trophy Earned: Series Major( Red Dead Online: Take part in a Series. )(Bronze)(Rare 12.90%) --Trophy Earned: Gun For Hire( Red Dead Online: Accept 10 Free Roam missions from characters around the world. )(Bronze)(Very Rare 5.55%) --Trophy Earned: Posse Up( Red Dead Online: Form a Persistent Posse. )(Bronze)(Ultra Rare 4.85%) --Trophy Earned: Eventful( Red Dead Online: Play 5 Free Roam Events. )(Bronze)(Ultra Rare 3.50%) --Trophy Earned: Getting Started( Red Dead Online: Reach Rank 10. )(Bronze)(Rare 10.20%) --Trophy Earned: Picked to Perfection( Red Dead Online: Pick 25 Herbs. )(Bronze)(Very Rare 7.92%) --Trophy Earned: Butchered( Red Dead Online: Sell 20 items to the Butcher. )(Bronze)(Very Rare 7.77%) --Trophy Earned: Buckle Up( Red Dead Online: Achieve 5 gold belt buckles from awards. )(Bronze)(Ultra Rare 4.72%) --Trophy Earned: Master Craftsman( Red Dead Online: Craft 20 items (excluding ammo). )(Bronze)(Very Rare 5.77%) --Trophy Earned: The Real Deal( Red Dead Online: Achieve MVP 3 times (in a round with at least 4 players). )(Bronze)(Ultra Rare 3.71%)   Battlefield V(PS4): -Story -Multiplayer --Trophy Earned: Lovely( Complete Under No Flag War Story )(Silver)(Uncommon 37.54%) --Trophy Earned: Store fuglar fanga ingi flugor( Complete Nordlys War Story )(Silver)(Uncommon 31.20%) --Trophy Earned: Storyteller( Complete the War Stories Under No Flag, Nordlys & Tirailleur on Medium )(Gold)(Uncommon 24.99%) --Trophy Earned: Ou La Mort( Complete Tirailleur War Story )(Silver)(Uncommon 28.74%) --Trophy Earned: Combat Engineer( In Multiplayer, build 10 fortifications in a round )(Silver)(Common 62.15%) --Trophy Earned: Call 'em in!( In Multiplayer, as a squad leader call in 2 reinforcements in a round )(Silver)(Common 50.97%) --Trophy Earned: Enemy Attrition( In Multiplayer, get 10 kills in a round )(Bronze)(Common 85.21%) --Trophy Earned: Off-hand( In Multiplayer, kill 10 enemies with secondary weapons in a round )(Silver)(Uncommon 25.73%) --Trophy Earned: Last Man Standing( In Multiplayer, have 3 squad members spawn on you )(Bronze)(Common 92.45%) --Trophy Earned: Not On My Watch( In Multiplayer, perform 10 squad revives )(Bronze)(Common 76.87%) --Trophy Earned: Grim Reaper( In Multiplayer, kill 30 enemies )(Silver)(Common 84.29%) --Trophy Earned: Heads Down( In Multiplayer, fully suppress 5 enemies )(Silver)(Common 70.23%) --Trophy Earned: Hoist the Flag( In Multiplayer, capture 10 flags in Frontlines )(Silver)(Uncommon 31.81%)   Spyro the Dragon(PS4) -Story --Trophy Earned: Hop, Skip, and Jump( Find the hidden entrance to Sunny Flight )(Bronze)(Common 92.97%) --Trophy Earned: Leaf on the Wind( Glide to secret Egg Thief area in Town Square )(Bronze)(Common 89.42%) --Trophy Earned: Sheep Kebab( Flame 10 sheep in Stone Hill )(Bronze)(Common 79.81%)
 

Day 8: Quotes To Make You Feel Better+ inspirational

"Be careful around combustibles. Daylight burns the quickest" - my sister "I scare some people with my existentialism" "It smells like food in here"... "That's because I'm here and I'm a snack." - my sister's girlfriend "Great things never came from comfort zones." -someone on google "Everyday may not be good but there is good in every day." - www.wow4u.com "Some people are like clouds, when they disappear it's a beautiful day" "If we shouldn't eat at night, why is there a light in the fridge?"  
 

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!