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Justice League: Crisis On Infinite Earths

I watched Justice League: Crisis On Infinite Earths 2 and I must say, I did not like it. This article is not just a review of this movie, but a review of the concept of a multiverse. There will be minor spoilers, but I won’t talk much about the plot because I basically don’t care about it, as I will explain.                I would like to start by talking about the Justice League cartoons in general and their problem with power creep (that would be a cool villain name). Batman The Animated

Selling my games.

I have decided it is time to grow up and put away the toys. Therefore, I am selling all of my stuff. I’m selling my 3,000 video games, my 2,000 dvds, my Star Trek books and toys, my D&D collection, my board games, my pony merchandise. I have wasted decades of my life playing games, watching cartoons, playing with toys and having fun. I hope it is not too late to start a family and get on with the drudgery of adult life. Better late than never, I supposed.

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Grammar Rant 01

It bothers me when people are imprecise with their writing. Consider the use of the conjunctions OR and AND. You will see sentences of the form: A or B and C or D. Without parentheses this is ambiguous. Let’s examine the various possible interpretations. Let the circle with a cross represent a logic bit that can be true or false. I like to think of it as a normally-open contact, as in a motor control logic. The lines are a flow path. Think of them like a wire in a circuit. Reading from left

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Beast Is Not A Sympathetic Character

I just finished Beauty and The Beast, the animated adaptation from Burbank Animation, Australia. This story is a textbook case of Stockholm Syndrome. The Beast attempts to murder Beauty’s father until the father mentions that he has a daughter. Suddenly, the lecherous Beast decides to spare the father’s life if the father gives his daughter over to Beast. So the daughter has to become a hostage in order to save her father.   As Beauty is kept prisoner, Beast manipulates her by going in

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A Hearths Warming Evening

The smell of freshly baked bread gently tickled Sandbar’s nose as he opened the door to Sugarcube Corner. The warmth of the store felt good compared to the chill winter air outside. He wiped the snow off his hooves on the wet welcome mat. The jingle of the bell let the staff know there was a customer. A bushy-haired pink pony popped up from behind the counter. “Oh boy, a customer. Oh, hi Sandbar. What brings you here today? Looking for some delicious holiday cookies? Here, try one.” Pinkie

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The Whispering Woods - 2022 Nightmare Night writing contest.

Here is my entry. I hope everypony likes it. ---------------------------------------------------------------                Sixty four years ago my grandfather, Golden Nugget, was a gold prospector in the Whispering Woods mountains. The mines and town no longer exist, officially being abandoned only twelve years after it was settled. The official story is that the gold and silver ran out, but many believe the mountains were cursed or haunted. There are many stories of strange activitie

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Subvert This!

You know what  flattens my cola? Subverting expectations. This trope needs to stop. Why is subverting expectations a good thing? What is wrong with getting what you expect? This idea is popular in entertainment and it usually spoils what you are watching/reading. Sometimes, or actually most of the time, it is good to get what you expect. Imagine you go to a restaurant and order a hamburger, but the waiter comes to your table and slaps you in the face. Wow, you didn’t expect that, did you? What a

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Rant-End Of Year Lists

You know what putrifies my punch? End of the year “best of” lists. They always come out before the year is done. How can you have a Person of the Year in November? What if someone cures cancer on December 31? What about best movies? What if there is a great movie that comes out at the end of December? There’s countless end of year lists of best ofs. People want to relax at the end of the year. When the new year starts, people go back to work. Nobody is in the mood for “best of” lists. But that d

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Time travel response.

Here is a companion piece to @PawelS ‘s blog on time paradoxes   He mentions the idea of a consistent time loop. This is the idea that if you go back in time and perform an action, that action was “destined to happen,” and therefore isn’t a paradox. The opposite of this is, of course, a paradox. The classic example being that you kill your grandfather before you are born, so how can you be born to go back in time to kill your grandfather?                               One solutio

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Rant - What Burns My Bacon

Here is something annoying. Hidden buttons on devices. What is the obsession with hiding buttons? Here are some examples: I rarely use Mac computers. One time I was using a Mac and it had a mouse with no visible buttons. I knew it had at least one button. Then my friend told me it had a left and right click. How was I supposed to know? It was one solid piece of plastic. There was no indication that there was a left and right button. I had a Sansa mp3 player. It had a rotating wheel to

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Daring Do And The Mask Of Gymkhana

My entry for the writing contest. It is not a complete story, but I am too busy to finish it. So it is a short story which can turn into something longer. I hope you like it. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Daring Do pulled the aged lever and gasped. The layers of dust and dirt coating the slab fell in a cascade of fog as it began to move, withdrawing into the wall like a door. Through the dark hallway beyond, a single light show

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Noelle Stevenson should not apologize.

The goal of the radical woke SJWs RWSJW is control. It is a radical cult that uses mind control tactics to dictate what you can, what you must, say and think. Noelle Stevenson made an innocent comment that any reasonable person would think nothing of. But the RWSJW needed to put her in her place. Even if you are part of the woke cult, you are not immune. In fact, you are a bigger sinner. In an evangelical church, the preacher reminds the congregation the biggest sinners are the people in the pew

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Happy Birthday America!

Happy birthday to the greatest country in the world. Here is a thought experiment. Imagine you are not perfect, and you made some mistakes in your life. Not hard to imagine, right? Imagine you have a friend who found out about your mistakes, and every single day they bring them up. At first, you apologize, acknowledge your mistakes, and talk about how you are a better person now because you have learned. But this is not good enough for your friend. He continues to bring up your past transgressio

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My music collection

I organized my CD collection today, which is over 600. They are in boxes in my shed, as is usual for my collections. I had some thoughts about it. It is mostly Euro style heavy metal, with just a few other things. I like special editions and imports. Usually, the Japanese prints have bonus tracks. So there are a lot of CDs where I have multiple copies of the same album. I might have a US, Japanese, Korean, or Russian copy. I think Iron Maiden is the biggest part of my collection, with over 50 CD

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Daring Do And The ...

Here is something I have started. I don't know when I will have time to work on it.    Down by the dock, the fog rolled in thick off the water. It was night and the temperature was dropping, which caused the humidity in the air to condense into water. The ports of Manehatten were often busy late at night. After all, ships might come into port at any hour. However, ships usually waited until morning to unload or leave port. Therefore, while it wasn’t unheard of to see ponies at the dock

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Pointless Greetings

I hate meeting people who say "How are you?" It is so stupid. I saw a doctor and she said "how are you" so I said "I wouldn't be here if I was fine." Every day at work it's the same thing. "How are you today?" You see me 14 days every 28. You see me more than my family does. Why do you need to ask me the same pointless question every day? What do you expect me to say? Or sometimes it's "What's going on?" What the hell do you think is going on? I'm at work, I'm doing the same thing that I do

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Haunted by a cat?

Can my rental house be haunted by a cat? Several months ago I heard a cat screaming and it was either just outside or under the house. I went outside and did not find it. The yard is fenced. Sure, a cat can jump, but I heard it multiple times and never found it. It sounded like it was under the house. I opened the crawl space and looked in with a flashlight. It was raining and I didn't see anything. I left it open and opened the gate, thinking it would escape. Then I placed some ham outside to l

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CMC short story

The alarm sounded and Pinkie Pie threw off her blankets. “Today’s the day! Today’s the day!” She slapped the clock, silencing the alarm. In a flurry, she brushed her teeth, combed her hair, and ran out the door. She would have greeted every pony she passed on the street, but it was too early for most ponies to be awake. She bounced all the way to Twilight’s castle singing “Today’s the day!”     She pulled the chord that rang the doorbell. Several minutes later, a sleepy-eyed Twilight answered.

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Storm Chaser

Here is chapter 1. I have 4 chapters complete, which is about 1/3 of what I plan. The following story takes place immediately after the events depicted in My Little Pony The Movie. The party was over, the stage was being dismantled, ponies were going home. Fizzlepop Berrytwist, also known as Tempest, former Commander in the service of the Storm King, stayed to the periphery of the diminishing crowd. She had made awkward conversation with Twilight Sparkle and her friends. Less than a day ago

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Equestria is culturally superior. Comic spoiler!

I read the latest MLP comic Feats Of Friendship. Warning Spoilers! It is a simple plot so far, but it made me think. First, a brief summary of the plot. The Young Six are going to participate in a series of games called the Feats Of Friendship. They need a 7th team member so Twilight introduces them to Swift Foot, a female earth pony. It turns out that she is evil (because of course she is) and wants to turn the characters against each other. She talks to each one privately. She tells Silve

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How I got into FIM

It looks like I never explained how I got into MLP, so with the show ending I figured now is a good time to do that. I will also explain what the show means to me and try to understand why it has become a phenomenon. I think the year was 2012. I know I had gone to BronyCan in 2013 after going to BronyCon, and I don’t remember how many BronyCons I had been to before that. But I guess the exact year doesn’t matter. I was visiting with a friend in Baltimore (of all places!). I had brought 2 ot

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Bronycon 2019

Monday. Up at 5:30, out the door by 6:30. On my way to Louisville, KY. 13:17 getting an oil change outside of Louisville, KY. I stopped at a Game X Change and got some games. Going to eat soon. 16:10 Went to some video game stores. Got some Sega CD and Atari Jaguar games. I like getting tshirts from game stores too. 20:04 Eating pizza. What a day. Lots of video games and used books. I found the D&D 2nd edition Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, Monstrous Manual, 1st ed

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