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LPS: AWOOO

After finishing Littlest Pet Shop, I immediately dove right into LPS: A World of Our Own. (Relatively) spoiler-free.  Basic premise discussion only.  No specific story stuff. AWOOO is just a short spin-off.  It's not a full show.  Just one season, and the episodes are half-length.  11-ish minutes a pop.  But there's 52 episodes in the season, so it works out to the length or one normal season.  However, it's not really feasible to do any complex stories with such little bite-sized time

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LPS

TL;DR: Littlest Pet Shop is a good show.  If you like MLP (and if you're reading this, then you obviously do), then you'll like LPS.  If you're interested, go watch it before reading this blog.   This is going to be a spoiler-ridden discussion of Littlest Pet Shop.  I gave LPS a shot because the animation and art style is extremely similar to FIM, and about half of the staff from FIM worked on LPS.  I wasn't disappointed.  It's quite good.  It's no Pony, for sure, but good.  I recommen

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Holy Baby Sharks, Batman!

Every so often, just for a larf, I like to look up what the most viewed videos of all time on youtube are.  If you just google it, you'll find several sites that post these stats.  As far as I am aware, there is no real-time counter like the world population or US national debt clocks.  It's just lists of the top ten or twenty most viewed videos as of the time of posting.  I haven't thought about it in a long time, though.  Been busy.  Last time I checked was... oh, about eight or so years ago. 

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Plastic Planet

It's been awhile, but today I'm going to write about something deadly serious again.  Hopefully this post won't violate forum rules about controversy.  I don't think it will.  It's not going to touch any of the banned, taboo subjects.  I think it should be fine.  We'll see.  Fingers crossed. This is a topic I already talked about in the Grind My Gears posts "Litter" and "Glitter", but it's so important that I felt it demanded more serious and comprehensive attention. Regardless of your

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Get Bent

I recently finished watching Legend of Korra, the sequel series to Avatar: The Last Airbender.  I absolutely feel that the bending franchise are by far the greatest kid's shows ever made.  Sorry, Pony, but it's true.  I mean, there's really no comparison.  Now, don't get me wrong, Pony is phenomenal, and holds a special place in my figurative heart.  I will always have a soft spot for the cute, feminine, girly stuff like Poneh, but the bending franchise is in another league.  But to be fair, Pon

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Use Glassware or Ceramic (A Cautionary Tale)

Today's blog will be a little different.  No philosophy, no show reviews.  Instead, a cautionary tale from my past, and a little helpful advice for a healthier life. So, I don’t know if any of you are familiar with Instant Breakfast.  It’s been “Carnation Breakfast Essentials” for some years now, but it will always be Instant Breakfast to me.  It’s a powered chocolate milk nutritional drink/meal replacement.  I started drinking it as a little kid because I was such a picky eater that it was

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Better Late Than Never

It's one thing to be late to the party; it's another to never know there was a party to begin with. Having finished all of the currently existing Mirickuless, I moved to Avatar: The Last Airbender based on a friend's glowing recommendation.  Oh sure, I was aware of its existence.  I've heard of it.  Yeah, of course.  But I never really heard much about it back in the day.  I didn't know that it was supposed to be some kind of phenomenon.  (Unlike, say, Squid Game, for example, which beats y

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Mirickuless - Simply the Best

This is a spoiler-free discussion of Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. It's been a long time since I posted in Stop & Talk.  Since they nerfed the forums, I haven't had anything interesting to say.  (I'm referring of course to the rules disallowing controversial content.)  I finally have something I feel like writing about. A couple months or so ago, I wrote a Grind My Gears post complaining about half-assed CGI.  I bemoaned the fact that for decades now, so many studios

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All Good Things

Episodes, movies, specials, spin-offs, shorts, books, toys, apparel, cosplay, music, fan art, fanfics, reviews, posts, blogs, fan videos, memes, animations, 3D models, video game mods, and yes--for me, even clop.  When I look back at the past five years since I discovered the show and add up every minute that I've devoted to Pony, it's pretty staggering.  And I wouldn't trade it for anything.  Well... except for a girlfriend.  I'm only human.  I've loved this MLP journey so much.  I can har

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A Male Fashionista's Guide to High Heels

It's a common joke that the girlfriend will give her boyfriend a hard time for buying too many video games.  Y'know, "whaddyu need with an Xbox, a Playstation, and a PC?  Why do you need so many games?!", and so forth.  But then the boyfriend will return the favor and criticize her for doing the same thing with shoes.  That's always the stereotype--women love shoes and will fill a whole closet with them.  Well, I guess I'm an anomaly--I do both. I have an embarrassing number of game systems

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The Posterior Synecdoche

Of the four basic literary comparative devices, the only one that most people are familiar with is the "metaphor"--the figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance.  We all know what metaphors are.  We typically use them on a daily basis.  Many people may also be familiar with the term "simile"--a figure of speech in which two unlike things are explicitly compared.  Similes tend to use the words "like

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Natural Sexuality

I live in a culture (The United States of America) which manages to be obsessed with physical beauty and sexuality, while at the same time demonizing it.  No easy feat.  It's also no secret where the vilification comes from--it's our religious and puritanical roots.  I'm told that not every culture has the bass-ackwards perspective on sex that we do, and that many of those cultures think we're completely bat-sh*t insane.  No surprise there.  And of course, there are cultures with far more unheal

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Breast Envy

BREASTS!! Now that I have your attention... This piece is sort of a culmination of a trilogy on why I hate being male.  I recommend reading my previous entry, "Are Men Funnier?" as a prerequisite, as well as Can Men Be Beautiful?  There are other entries would good as well, if you're interested; Sex: Nice Not Naughty would be good, as well as Living on Team Villain, and my more philosophical piece, Shallow, would definitely bring more of the picture into focus, but the first two are th

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Are Men Funnier?

The late, great Christopher Hitchens is one of my all time favorite writers, speakers, and thinkers.  Simply one of my all time heroes.  There's scarcely a word he's ever spoken that I disagree with.  However, there is one video of him that stumbled across that I found rather disappointing.  Before continuing, I highly recommend reading Can Men Be Beautiful? as a prerequisite.  If you choose not to, you may find yourself rather lost. So, assuming you just came from that other blog, you know

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PSA: The Fireplace Delusion

Today's entry will not be an original work of my own.  Instead of writing one my usual essays, I'd like to share an important work of someone else: Sam Harris's The Fireplace Delusion.  I think that this essay is vitally important, and should be read by every single person living in a developed, first world country. You can either listen to the essay as read by a narrator on youtube (not Sam himself): Or, alternatively, you may read it on Sam's blog if you wish: https://samharri

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Red Dead Retribution

Nothing would please me more than to reach a point where I don't feel the need to talk about religion anymore.  Every time I write about it, I tell myself that it will be my final word, and that I will move on to other things.  And yet, I cannot resist coming back to it given the kind of insanity I see on an almost daily basis.  The other day, in the newspaper, I read an opinion piece by a local resident saying how America will always be a Christian nation, no matter how long time goes on for, a

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The A-Word

Abortion is a topic that I do not enjoy writing or thinking about.  It's something I prefer to avoid, because this debate always seems to end up unpleasant for all involved.  Yet, it is vitally important, so I will give my opinion and try my best to say something useful. I touched on abortion in The Ethics of Life, which I definitely recommend reading as a prerequisite to this, but I feel the topic warrants an entry all its own.  Incidentally, I apologize if I repeat things that I already s

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Pet Ethics

I don't just love talking, candy-colored ponies--I've always loved equines of the real life variety as well.  I love horses.  I took riding lessons at a public stable for a couple of years.  Got pretty good.  Unfortunately, I got jaded with it for a few reasons, but the biggest reason that I eventually quit is because I started having an ethical dilemma about keeping and riding domesticated horses. All of the horses at the stables were kept in fairly small stalls, their entire life consisti

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The Stigma of Suicide

In my last piece, I argued that immortality wouldn't be the blessing that it's cracked up to be, but rather a curse.  Today, I tackle the opposite side of the same coin: suicide. My thoughts about suicide are quite simple.  I have always believed very firmly in complete bodily autonomy.  I believe that your body is the only thing you can ever truly own in the purest sense.  No one can tell you what you can and can't do with your own body as long as you're not infringing on the rights of oth

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Immortality

Nearly every religion is based on the promise of immortality after death.  For as long as humans have existed, we have feared death, and for many, the only solace is the bedtime story that when we die, we will be reunited with loved ones and get to experience everlasting joy in heaven for all eternity.  Countless peoples have based their entire lives on ensuring that they are admitted to this paradise when the time arrives.  People teach their children what they need to do in order to get into h

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Supernatural

I regularly find it utterly bewildering, dismaying, and depressing that the majority of the world seems to believe in ghosts, spirits, and anything else that would fall under the umbrella of the "supernatural" or "paranormal".  I certainly do not, because I don't believe in anything on insufficient evidence, and neither should you.  Incidentally, this goes for things like astrology and psychics as well.  I was tempted to write a separate piece on this, but I don't think there's enough material t

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Age of Poison

It's no secret that I'm a self-proclaimed fashionista.  I love fashion, and I love making and wearing spectacular, interesting, and outrageous things, as well as pushing the boundaries of gender norms.  Clothing is one of the most fun, creative, and personal ways that we can express ourselves.  Some time ago, I was wearing a burgundy velvet coat while I was out and about.  Actually, that coat was one of my tamest outfits, and not something I made myself.  In fact, it was a replica of Aragorn's c

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Conditional Love

It's a ubiquitous sentiment that love should always be unconditional, but I have never believed this to be true.  Moreover, I believe that love is always conditional, whether we admit it or not.  Contrary to what is sounds like, this is actually a good thing. Love always has certain, basic conditions, mostly being that there is still something recognizable to you in the person you love.  If a person changes so vastly that there is nothing left of the person you knew and loved, then it would

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The Foundational Vision

I recently read a news article that an American city, which shall remain nameless, just passed a bill to enshrine all of its police and fire vehicles with the phrase "In God We Trust".  This is absolutely appalling.  Moreover, as I have argued previously in this blog, this sort of encroachment of religion into state should be appalling to all religious people as well. Religion has no place in state or government affairs.  God has no place on our currency, or on the sides of law-enforcement

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The Twilight Throne

This one isn't any sort of public service essay--just a personal vent.  I've referenced Game of Thrones enough times on this forum that anyone who follows me probably knows that I watch that show.  I mean... who doesn't?  That would be like saying, "I enjoy pizza."  Like... duh.  Did we really need to be told that?  So, I watched the finale, and I never planned on writing anything about the show in my blog, but now I feel I must, but probably not for the reason you might think.  Suffice it to sa

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