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Remembering Gibson: 2010-2016

Talking Kitty fans are mourning the loss of Gibson Cash who succumbed to a bladder infection on April 3. He was one of the main characters in the popular Youtube series along with Sylvester and Shelby. I've watched these videos almost from the beginning and I remember when Gibson was a tiny kitten. It was fun watching him grow up and change over the years. A few months ago, Steve adopted a stray female kitten he named Random. Cats mature fairly quickly though and since Gibson was never fixed,

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Why is Fluttershy so popular?

I've written many posts and blog entries on our favorite pink-maned pegasi. What is there that I haven't already said? I good deal, actually. Yesterday I watched this fascinating review by TheNinjaDC on Youtube.     While most of his commentary focuses on Fluttershy herself, he goes even further in explaining why characters like her make such compelling stories. In short, Batman is cooler than Superman for the same reason Fluttershy is more popular than Applejack: We expect AJ and Superm

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Character comparison: Applejack and Eleanor the Chipette.

Has anybody had an “Omigosh that’s Applejack!” moment when watching another program? Well, I have finally identified who I think is Applejack’s soul twin. Her name is Eleanor and she hails from the 1980s Chipmunks series. Along with her sisters Brittany and Jeanette, they are known as the Chipettes. You may know them from the recent live action movies. But it is only in the '80s cartoon that Eleanor's Applejack-like character is clearly defined.   Eleanor shares so many traits with AJ it is do

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A message to Fluttershy's detractors...and supporters.

Welcome to my humble abode. My short time in this community has made me realize that Fluttershy is one of the most polarizing ponies in MLP:FiM. It seems like the majority of people either really like her or greatly dislike her. There aren't too many people in the middle. In fairness, some of them cite inconsistency and the use of her for comic relief. That doesn't reflect on Fluttershy but on the inattentiveness of the writing staff. Unfortunately, those effects are still felt and it's easie

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Three Cat Youtubers worth watching...

While there's a seemingly endless variety of feline oriented content on Youtube, there are three guys I keep going back to again and again.   The first is The Mean Kitty. His cats Loki and Sparta never cease to keep viewers amused with their endless antics. This one where he offers to sell one of his cats as an April Fools' prank serves as a great introduction for those new to the series. "Middle part!"     This next one is probably my favorite of the three. This is Steve Cash and he c

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Keeping Calm: Fluttershy, Discord, and Q

Now that I've had a week to reflect on Keep Calm and Flutter On, I have a few more things to say. Fluttershy was truly amazing. She was already my favorite pony, but she showed faith and perseverance I didn't think she was capable of. Keep Calm and Flutter On is the first time I have seen Princess Celestia give a Mane 6 pony besides Twilight a major individual assignment. Fluttershy didn't let her down either by displaying a Twilight Sparkle-like diligence and commitment to carrying out her task

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Dead Mall of the Month: Century III

For July's entry I've decided to stay in the Keystone state. Century III Mall is in the Pittsburgh suburb of West Mifflin. It was built on a former slag pile and opened its doors in 1979 and it was an immediate success. But the good times didn't really carry over into this century. By 2010 the mall was in a downward spiral of declining sales and stores. Other malls like South Hills Village or brand new outdoor shopping centers like the Waterfront were siphoning away shoppers. After several years

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I told my friends on DA I'm a Brony! And Five Things I Love About Fluttershy.

Welcome fellow MLP Forum members. Today I informed my friends on deviantART that I am a Brony and I wanted to give them a nice example of what makes MLP:FiM so fascinating. What follows is my entire DA journal entry including a foreword which challenges some of the misconceived notions still surrounding our favorite cartoon. Enjoy!   ***   FOREWORD: The rumors are true. Switchpoint is a Brony. But that comes as no surprise to anybody who has been paying attention to my recent favorites. No

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My large posts are now being largely ignored. I wonder why?

Hello. I have a problem. For reasons I have yet to determine, I am developing a habit as a serial thread killer. While threads always tend to have a sudden drop dead time, this is now happening to me too often to be a coincidence. Two recent egregious examples stand out. The first one was “5 reasons you love your favorite pony”.   http://mlpforums.com/topic/47958-5-things-you-love-about-your-favorite-pony/   At first, all the posts were short and sweet. But then very long, meticulous posts s

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It was a fun ride.

Hi everyone. Effective immediately I am stepping down from the position of moderator. Long story short, holding an official capacity on this forum requires regular participation and an ongoing investment of time and energy. An investment that, due to circumstances beyond my control, was nonetheless lacking on my part. Faced with that, resignation was the only realistic choice available.   As my time on staff draws to a close, I wanted to say thank you to the team for the opportunity to serve

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Dead Mall of the Month: Forest Fair VIllage

This is the first of what may or may not be an ongoing series for me. But I've been on a mall kick lately and I'm focusing on dead and dying malls in particular as they may not be around much longer. To start things off, I am posting a little feature on the colorful Forest Fair Village which is also called Cincinnati Mills and Cincinnati Mall. It has had several name and ownership changes through the years since it opened in 1989. To my knowledge it has never been fully occupied although it did

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From Love to Despair: What is going on in the Forum?!

Why is it that when something happens in this forum, it happens to a whole bunch of us at the same time? I almost wish we could go back to the love bug days from just a few months ago. Members were pairing off left and right. That was such a joyous and wonderful time by comparison. Everybody seemed so happy then, even if some of those relationships proved to be short lived. It’s only natural to be disappointed if things don’t work out or the girl of your dreams turns you down. It sucks,

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Why am I writing Five Reasons reports for all six ponies?

Typing out big posts about Fluttershy is a labor of love to me. Anybody can ramble on and on about their favorite pony. But if you aspire to do anything greater with your writing than just adding comments to message boards, Yahoo news, and Equestria Daily, you need to know how to write outside of your comfort zone. That is why I took on the challenge of composing these reviews on ponies I don't identify with as well. I also wanted to follow the lead of others who have done great, in-depth apprai

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A blood chilling dream.

I don't know what's causing them but for the last two or three nights in a row I've been having these weird dreams. Last night was the worst one yet. I was inside this huge house one evening. There was a knock at the door and three men, dressed as police or other officials, were standing outside. I opened the door and instead of talking to me they nonchalantly walked in without saying a word. I asked the last one, "Hey, what's going on?"   He raised a gun, pointed it at my face and BANG!   I

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My weird fascination with shopping malls.

Do you like indoor shopping malls? Me too! But not for shopping or even window shopping. Instead, I enjoy observing them as gathering places. Their place in relation to surrounding residential and commercial development as well as the regional transportation network also intrigues me. For many suburban communities for a very long time, they have served as the defacto Main Street. I should note that the term "indoor" mall includes places like Horton Plaza in San Diego. Most California malls were

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Wingnut's PMV of the Month Archive.

Regular visitors to my profile page may have noticed the feature I've had going since the start of June. For anybody who missed a few, here is a repository of every PMV of the Month I've had to date and this will be updated going forward.   June - Here's a fun PMV that shows Fluttershy overcoming adversity and her own phobias. She's so cute when she gets tough. The song is Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) by Kelly Clarkson.     Sniff. Stronger got deleted...I really liked that vid. And

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Ten reasons I'm going to Bronycon instead of Botcon this year.

Why am I going to a My Little Pony convention for the first time this year instead of a Transformers event once again? Read on...   1. Baltimore, being 100 miles from home, is a lot easier (and cheaper) to get to than San Diego.   2. I've been to eight Botcons already. Although it has grown, I see a lot of the same faces every year and it's getting boring. Time for something new.   3. This year's Botcon exclusives are Machine Wars toys. Yawn.   4. There are no Edgar Allen Poe histo

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Where were you on September 11, 2001?

Most of you were in class on that fateful day. But because I'm so old, I was at work. I was at a low-rise government building on the outskirts of Philadelphia. When the first plane hit the World Trade Center, we all thought it was an accident. It wasn't until the second collision that we knew we were under attack. One of my coworkers asked to go home. Some of us questioned her wisdom as her travel path took her on transit right through downtown Philly. Everybody was afraid a plane might hit one

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Some thoughts on Equestria Girls: It was flawed, but fun.

There is so much criticism leveled at this movie and rightfully so. I don't have time to hammer out all of its shortcomings here. Most of you are already aware of its flaws. If you're interested, there are two very effective reviews you can read which explain them at length.   Dark Qiviut wrote several blog entries before http://mlpforums.com/blog/91/entry-4814-mlp-equestria-girls-is-a-developmental-nightmare/ and after http://mlpforums.com/blog/91/entry-5625-my-little-pony-equestria-girls-rev

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Wow, has it been two years already?

October 29, 2012 was a day I made a life changing decision. OK, that might be a slight exaggeration. Nonetheless, that was the day I joined MLP Forums and it has made a lasting impact on me. And to think I mainly joined because I was stuck at home and bored due to Hurricane Sandy. It feels like I've only been here a few months, wow! And all this time you thought October 29 th was just National Cat Day!   This place has been amazing. I made more and closer friends than I ever dreamed when I

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Dead Mall of the Month: Granite Run

First off, sorry for not posting a dead mall blog in May. I've been super busy lately. Anyway, the choice for June's mall was an easy one. Even though it closed July 1, 2015, I haven't been inside Granite Run for over a year. My last visit was May 30 of last year which was also Modell's (a sporting goods chain) last day there. There weren't many tenants left by that point, a dozen at the most. But amazingly, the fountain was still running as were all the escalators. In fact, I made several visit

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10 thoughts from my trip to Bronycon.

1. The first time I walked into the dealer room, wow, talk about sensory overload!   2. The number one impromptu chant was Fun! Fun! Fun! Also frequently heard were Gak! And Pink Fluffy Unicorns Dancing On Rainbows! But, surprisingly, no Stomp, stomp, stomp, stompeez!   3. I can’t believe Fluffle Puff is so popular that when her panel was held people had to be turned away.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUV5WHF5PgM   4. Walking through the convention center with my new Fluttershy plu

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Dead Casino of the Month: Trump Taj Mahal

Atlantic City has been taking it on the chin lately. A lot. In the span of about a decade this NJ resort town has gone from being the East Coast's Gambling Mecca into a nosedive of plunging revenue and casino closures. What went wrong? Competition emerged, and lots of it. Every neighboring state now boasts casinos of their own. The town that once inspired the game of Monopoly once had a monopoly in the casino industry. But now that they're no longer the only game they're once again seeking to re

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Well, it's official. I have high blood pressure.

Seven weeks of regular testing settles it. I have hypertension. Over the last couple of years or so I would throw out an uncharacteristically high reading. But for the most part I stayed in the safe, healthy range.   It looks like my genes have finally caught up with me. My mom had to take medication to control her blood pressure as long as I could remember. And my dad needed to take it for a time later in life. Anyway, I will continue with the regular screenings until after my upcomin

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Did Fluttershy win?

"Congratulations on your victory in Thrashy's unofficial March Madness conclusion, Applejack. You rock! But in all the turmoil surrounding the end of the official tournament, it seems to have been overlooked that I received the most individual votes in the four way battle."   Poll numbers ALL CHARACTERS (23 votes [8.52%]) Applejack (87 votes [32.22%]) Fluttershy (88 votes [32.59%]) Rarity (24 votes [8.89%]) Pinkie Pie (48 votes [17.78%])   Actual scoring. A

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