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I felt like writing this as a kind of antithesis or observation of a field that is very much not like what MLP tries to convey, and also to use the momentum of my recent motivational low for something productive.
Someone pointed something out recently - I don't remember where - that at least should make one think, regarding player behavior in the MMO space game "EVE Online". He said, it's a fictional game, it's phantasy. Doing things we can't realistically do in real life. So what are you phantasizing about?
More specifically he said that if a player feels inclined to play a criminal in an MMO and to cause other players grief, they're acting out their suppressed urges, and they would totally do that in real life if consequences were as tiny as they are in the game.
I think he wanted to point out that we should at least not kid ourselves about that.
There are many things I'd like to do in that game, but somehow, they don't involve causing other players grief. That's just not inspiring to me, nor entertaining.
There are even those who delude themselves by claiming they're preparing new players for the harsh world of EVE by blowing up their ships using trickery, but the irony is that they are the ones who make the game world what it is.
It's kinda related to the situation of mafia protection money: Protection from who? ... From the mafia's punishment for not paying.
There is a player who leads maybe the biggest alliance in the game (aptly named Goonswarm) who organized actions to, for example, try to ruin the game's economy, and CCP cherishes it, because it's all a sandbox environment and an experiment and all that. But it should make them stop and ponder (which apparently it doesn't) that that guy just so happens to be the same who just before that got a 30 day ban for encouraging the player community to drive a suicidal player into taking action and actually ending his life.
That is one example of how they're nourishing antisocial behavior and mindsets that can and do bleed over into real life. EVE Online has a rich history of meta-gaming, where players extend ideas into the area outside of the game's set rules - often with malicious intent, because the way the game is designed hinges on that. I don't see bold new ideas put into practice to do something amazingly constructive in EVE. In that department it's just following the constructive tools given that ultimately serve the purpose of fueling the mayhem.
Referring to social and evolutionary sciences... playing games - the animal world shows us what it's all about: It's preparation and practicing skills for the real world. Conditioning habits.
Look at the games humans play and you know how their world works.
It gets even more interesting when said meta-gaming comes into the mix and successful players join the game development team. Then it becomes like a huge goon-jerkoff.
The day might come where CCP will reap what they have sowed when some players take the so welcomed meta-gaming to the next level and act out a grand scheme that destroys CCP itself. Can you imagine any more fame and glory for a criminal character, for a player who loves to inflict harm and cause destruction? No better way to destroy the game economy than to destroy the game itself. I mean, the borders ARE blurring, and it's not really helping that CCP is actually represented by corporations and a faction in the game just like every other group there. Waging war on CCP is just the next logical step in this social experiment that CCP encourages so much. I guess the real world isn't rotten enough for them - they felt the need to rebuild it on a smaller scale, in the so-called virtual world, to observe what they already should know and see everywhere in the real world.
A philosophy/approach that is only tolerated up to an arbitrary limit set by one party is unwise and will not prevail, since it creates the desire to challenge that authority.
CCP is playing with fire and they might burn themselves.
It is much more interesting (but requires courage and pioneer spirit) to run social experiments with a better future in mind, instead of encouraging the worst in people. Because then the common modus operandi of competitve business becomes masked by self-delusion, and it's all just about catering to the lowest common denominator in order to maximize profits, and the philosophy talk is just the distraction from those motivations.
This idea just came to me while rewatching Bridle Gossip:
Maybe Zecora speaks exclusively in rhymes because her first encounter with poison joke caused her to be unable to talk in anything but rhymes, and then she decided:
Joke's on you, my little blue plant!
If you expect me to yearn for a cure, then I shan't.
Pessimists say the glass is half empty.
Optimists say the glass is half full.
Pinkie Pie says the glass is full!
OK, I'll probably not find the motivation to write a full report about my experience at BUCK Con, so I'll just write smaller pieces whenever I feel like it.
While I was sitting in the Auditorium, noticing how the items that were put up for auction were very rare and thus very desirable, generating a lot of charity money, I suddenly realized:
That charity auction is an example of how Rarity inspires generosity!
A MAN'S GOTTA DO WHAT A MAN'S GOTTA DO.
I GOTTA WATCH PONIES.
I might write a long account of my experience at the UK's convention "BUCK" later, but I wanted to tell you about a funny experience I had on a bus on the way from Manchester Airport to the city:
An senior lady entered the bus with her niece, who was like the perfect target audience for MLP in any way; must have been between 5 and 7. I talked to the lady and mentioned MLP and the convention and we chatted. She asked her niece whether she had heard of My Little Pony, and the little girl said, in a rejecting, kinda snobbish tone of voice, something like: Yeah, I know what it is. ... But it's for little girls!
I guess from a different perspective it's not just funny, but also a little sad that we live in a society where some young girls deny their age, their identity, and thus, in a way, their childhood. Has society become so unsupportive of childlike nature that the desire to be all 'grown-up' has permeated through teenager level into kids' age?
Of course it's just one case, but I still find it a bit sad. ... In retrospect, that is. At first it was really just ironically funny.
I'm so happy that MLP inspires so many people to nourish and maybe even rediscover their inner child.
This idea suddenly occured to me. Poison joke changes something crucially defining about a person, a strength or something dear, into its opposite. It's a cruel joke and naturally not easy to handle.
But looking at this optimistically, an experience like that could be sought. The result: Learning more about oneself and one's strengths and weaknesses as well as issues and fears and then overcoming them through direct experience and coming to terms with it.
And that is relatively similar to what the jungle brew ayahuasca is used for: to be confronted with one's deep fears and issues and work through them, as well as gaining insight.
Poison joke grows in the wilderness of the Everfree Forest, and Zecora lives there, in the role of a typical African medicine woman (which blends into the role of a shaman).
I've only seen Zecora warn to not ingest that plant, but as a medicine woman, she should see the potential in it.
I'm not saying this necessarily provides enough material for a fanfic (although one never knows), but I found it worth mentioning; in the spirit of seeing the good side in things.
Just look at how it's made and you know this is spot-on Pinkie Pie.
She holds the record for most homeruns.
I was watching this tiny cut I made from the show:
and suddenly realized:
Giving Pinkie Pie the tickle treatment would render me unable to stop, even if I wanted to.
I thought: It would be a vicious cycle and the metaphor of turbocharging came to my mind.
Then I realized that the metaphor is more appropriate as I thought at first, because the thing that prevents a turbo engine from blowing up is the so-called "wastegate".
And what will ultimately happen if you keep tickling someone which will put an end to any kind of fun? ... A wastegate opening.
Not sure how effective that would be specifically in the case of Pinkie Pie though. Her element of harmony is among the most powerful forces in the universe.
(Maybe that's why the Nazis couldn't resist using tickle torture, haha. Perhaps they were performing experiments in order to create the deadliest joke ever which would make people die laughing.)
But I digress.
A message pops up on the deviantART page:
"It's important to have an up-to-date email address. Can we still reach you at the following address?"
This is one of those things that make me shake my head. One of the things that bother me about dA is the absence of the very basic and common feature of getting notification of new messages via e-mail. Few websites make an e-mail address as unnecessary as dA does. And now they want to ensure that they still can reach me under the address in my profile.
I'm actively using that account, but for some reason they still ask this. And hey, here's a very straightforward way to check whether the e-mail address is still valid AND actually signal at least a tiny amount of factual usefulness of that address: They could have sent me an e-mail! (But that wouldn't be as bothersome and coercive as that big space-waster on the website.)
It makes sense that they're getting unsure about whether e-mail addresses actually still exist since they're not using them for anything. It also explains why they're saying it's important. Because it's not at all apparent (and neither is it convincing).
This even makes me wonder why they're requiring an e-mail address for registration in the first place. ... Or what's the actual reason for asking this. But they'd be damned if they told me. After all, they are the ones asking the questions, right? It's not like the users deserve the respect of being informed about the why. Just answer it and don't ask questions. Don't think.
And yes, I have a very finely tuned bullshit sensor. That stuff starts small, but tends to grow on you. When information given is scarce, it's usually very deliberate.
The mindset that this is feeding also makes people click on ad banners that say "Click here to claim your prize!".
When cashiers at the supermarket ask for people's ZIP code, can you imagine how many give that information like a robot, without even forming one thought about why someone would want that information from them or should have it? And the cashiers are not saying what it's for. They merely form the demand of the information and expect the customer to comply. (They could even make a profit selling that information and you wouldn't know it.) Whenever I witness a scene like that, it feels a little creepy.
If you think the idea that a zombie army will eventually overrun society is absurd, how about the idea that that army is already marching everywhere?
Since a Youtube video response to his review...
...is currently not feasible for me and Youtube comments are too limited, I'll respond in written form. I'll directly address Adam here, so don't get confused by the "you"-form.
I will try to condense this into relatively brief paragraphs so it doesn't become too lenghty.
I enjoyed watching your Iron Man review a lot.
As you said, EqG is a different kind of movie, resulting in an accordingly different rewiew. But you still apply the same standards to EqG as you do to other movies.
Have you never interacted with the fandom regarding to EqG? Not seen the trailer or pictures before? Because you say when you first saw the humanized forms, you were kinda shocked.
You also said you really can't understand why Hasbro did this, while the pony show was such a success. Did you never hear of the thought that Hasbro sells toys and spends money for the show and movies in order to sell toys, and that they wanted to sell a new line of dolls? This is almost naturally occuring. Also, never heard about the thesis that Twlight became an alicorn so tha Hasbro can sell more types of toys?
If Hasbro decided to sell toys using conventional marketing, the awesome show MLPFiM wouldn't exist, so in a way, it's a win-win situation.
You said there was only one song that was really defining, captivating, not just background music. Did you forget the party cleanup musical? And the celebratory music near the end? This makes at least three musical numbers.
You said to a non-brony, EqG will look dumb as hell. Well, cou can just make a guess or an estimate, and the same might applies to many non-bronies and the show.
You seem to still be very attached to superficialities if you are bugged by the human form so much. Personally, it was just slightly new to me but didn't bug me at all once I realized it's our beloved ponies under that skin. Also, with all the transformative magic going on in Equestria, I'm very used to seeing shape changes.
You called the students' Opinion change in 36 hours about Twily crap? Well, the effect of slander is fleeting when facing solid positive impulse like their uniting mensa musical. They might not even have taken it serious, but just amusing and based on not really knowing her. This is actually quite realistic. And since you admit that after the musical, you'd probably have voted for them too, why is this still an issue for you? You have an inner contradiction there. Two different parts saying two different things. (I'd metaphorically call it mind vs. heart, and cutting the heart some slack can be a great task, because the mind is about control, and the heart can only flourish when the mind can sacrify a part of itself.)
The speedy re-befriending was probably due to play time constraints. I've seen this in other types of movies without ruining it. And while one might doubt that some simple intrigue and malevolent meddling could drive friends apart for years like that, I'd come to realize that proper communication is one of the biggest problems pretty much everywhere. Sunset Shimmer just knew well how to push their hidden buttons. It's not unrealistic at all, albeit a bit frustrating to watch maybe.
Exactly what about that demon/gargoyle is Disney? They're mythical creatures ... just like manticores. Need I say more?
What else would you have considered 'better' in that scene?
I don't find the movie sillier than the show. Remember (just to name one example) Steven Magnet? The silliness is part of what makes the show so enjoyable and fun.
And then even the magically revealed wings, ears and tails are bothering you? These are attributes of our beloved ponies in their original shape, so I don't see what's the problem here? It's totally awesome!
As a sidenote, you explained everything quite detailed in that part, as if expecting the viewer to not have seen the movie already, but this would mean you are consciously making the review an undeclared spoilerfest.
All the oddness in regards to credulity of the people at the school, how they are relatively quick to accept all the magical stuff going on, as fas as I can say this is almost the norm in the movie world, without characters continuing to freak out about these things at length being the exception (and very enjoyable to watch because it's more realistic). I think this would have ruined he flow of the EqG plot.
Yet, the writers did that event with talking dog Spike to slightly defuse this disbelief, and even in a comical way.
About the imporance of high school: That's just a personal priority-applying, because many opportunities to do things right are provided there, and that's what the movie encourages. The view that high school is not that important might be a belief system that works for people who had a very rough time there, but ironically especially those people can benefit greatly from the message of the movie.
Even so, I'd say EqG is about as much about "surviving high school" as Buffy the Vampire Slayer is.
You say people will not like the movie if they haven't seen the show. But you cannot know that, because some people would never have believed they end up loving the show, but did.
EqG has all the important stuff from the show. The other things are mostly just superficialities and technicalities, and when those things are bugging you, it means that MLP has sent you on a spiritual journey and you're driving over the potholes now.
To clarify, I'd say that MLPFiM is very much an antithesis to Star Trek, in the sense that the latter is very much about intellectual virtue, where analyzing every detail with the expectation to come to a realistic explanation is elemental, while the former is very much about putting that in the background and letting the heart rejoice. Sometimes it's almost bordering on mindless pleasure.
An example of a show that pleases both heart and mind quite well: Firefly
An example of a movie that does neither well: Abrams' Star Trek
If you can find something positive and personally helpful in these words, then I'm happy.
If not, I'm still happy, because ponies.
Feel free to leave a comment here (doesn't require registration) or on your video page or in my Youtube mailbox if you like. Or ask Spike to send it directly if he's around.
- The remixed intro theme doesn't sound very elegant to me. The voice glitching a bit 'hacky'. Although it seemed to be heavily inspired by brony music. Same with the nice intro animations. A lot of abstract playing with shapes and colors.
- When Celestia mentioned that Sunset Shimmer might bring harm to the other world using the crown, one of the elements of harmony, I was amused by the pun... HARMony.
- Spike following Twilight was pretty reckless considering what Celestia expressed a moment before.
- Fluttershy's encounter with Twily and Spike is clearly a redo of the original one, but it seemed too mixed regarding Fluttershy's shyness level. First she's moderately shy, then totally, then back to moderate.
- Trixie could at least have tried to cover up the inserting of the coin into the vending machine. She's purely imagining, not even trying to put on a show. Extremely lame, haha.
- Getting the crown ... first extremely complex, then boiling down to ridicuously simple measures deciding the result. But that's not uncommon in the movie world, and I'm not saying it's diappointing, just that it's a bit old.
- At roughly 1h1m25s they decided to cram a Wilhelm scream into the movie that totally didn't fit the teenage crowd there. Hommages should be done with respect.
- Sunset shimmer called it a high school, although the school's name says it's a college (if I'm not mistaken. It might be that the college was actually a slipup.). I can only assume it was meant in a demeaning way, but that would be quie a lame way. Otherwise it was a slipup in the script. Is she really that pathetic that she tries to insult a college by calling it a high school?
Generally, only few details bugged me in the beginning and it got better and better over time, and if you've watched that one extract with the mensa musical on Youtube, you're missing all the context. It's much more powerful when part of the whole plot. I was almost moved to tears by it.
This movie is an invaluable influence for people of all type. It successfully conveys and lovingly celebrates the original message of MLPFIM.
This humanized version also helps to make it even clearer that you can find people like the mane 6 in this world, too. This seems to be kinda unrealized when I hear people equaling Equestria to a land of eternal bliss or something... because it's obviously not. They have many of the same mundane problems that we have.
The writing, especially the dialogue writing, is done very well. All characters act and react quite naturally and believable to events around them, and with that I mean based on the circumstances of the MLPFIM universe. After all, it's still supposed to be wacky, fun and magical. ... Well, OK, maybe with one exception where there was a somewhat forced misunderstanding, but it's nothing that couldn't happen in real life, too.
I'd almost say this is a quality of writing I'd love to see in the show, because it's at least a tiny bit above that.
P.S.: My impession becomes clearer and clearer that Pinkie Pie wields very powerful but subtle magic. Or is wielded by it, haha. Her character carries a profound message, almost an ambassador of what laughing and not taking life too serious can accomplish. In short: I just love her more and more!
P.P.S.: Here's my favorite screen from the whole movie. Not really a strong spoiler, but a moderate one, and maybe you want to see the beauty in context, too:
My past experiences with support aren't really instilling confidence, but what I found out now is the icing on the cake.
After the accidental deletion of my old profile by them and some kind of partial restoration, and me creating a new profile, the old profile name has most of the time been used for my comments, and this is also why I have been missing my avatar picture there.
I figured this out today, and also that the old profile is still accessible, and then I noticed that someone else had been posting vulgar comments and added similar site links to my profile since a day or two ago.
It's just the old profile. On my new one, nothing seems touched, thus this is not a client security issue. (And I take good care of that anyway, being versed in IT matters.) It looks more like someone who gained access to the old profile due to the restoration process is doing this.
I just realized something very special about the defining color of that pony that sometimes defies the laws of physics and deviates so nonchalantly from what is considered within the spectrum of normality:
Our visible color spectrum ranges from red to violet. Red is the longest visible wavelength and violet is the shortest one. It's what you see in rainbows. BUT as you can see in the color palette of graphics programs, this is not the complete range. Blending together, outside of the would-be complete spectrum, are violet and red, resulting in pink. For our perception, but also wavelength physics, pink is not an extreme, not an in-between, but it is outside of the whole range.
A rainbow spectrum: red -> orange -> yellow -> green -> turqouise -> blue -> violet
The full color circle: pink -> red -> orange -> yellow -> green -> turqouise -> blue -> violet -> pink
In the color circle, pink is actually the average of full red and full blue (purple being just outside of blue), but it's not contained in a rainbow, because of the wavelength range. Pink is the only full color that does not result from a mix of NEIGHboooring wavelengths OR a single wavelength if you will. Because while, for example, yellow light can be a mix of red and green wavelengths OR pure yellow wavelength, pink only occurs as a mixture. There is no pink wavelength. It is a mix and middle of two extremes.
Isn't this exciting?!
His real mane... I mean name... is William Steele. He used to use the stage name of Will Steel, but then he fell out with his business partner John Cole, and as you know, steel without coal is just iron. That's how he ended up being known as Iron Will, and this change in his career made him become stronger than ever.
Maybe it was the irony.
Thank you for the recent nightmares!
It seems to be what I need. I feel better already.
I was browsing through my video project resource files to see how much I can delete to save harddisk space. When I came upon After Effects project files, I thought about how well it manages to rediscover all connected files even after a renaming extravaganza and how impressed I was by that.
But I wanted to see in more detail how file names and paths were saved in those files. So I opened one project file from one of my Twilight Sparkle videos in a hex editor, and this is what I saw:
And no, I never use that derogative term for her in any file or project names.
I then figured out that it's in the header of every project file, but it was pretty funny because of the unconventional idea to hex-edit that file and to do it with a Twily project.
Youtube is a constant source of anger for me.
This forum, too. Right now because I can't make the same Youtube link multiple times (it will embed multiple times though!) and the first link got converted to embed despite me not embedding it, but linking it, and the poem I made recently took me half an hour to format properly, but never mind. I will be crippling the Youtube links in this text, because the forums won't do what I tell it to do.
I wanted to watch
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic PINKIE PINKIE PINKIE (compilation)
in fullscreen, but my Windows task bar is set to fixed, and HTML5 player always has the task bar in the picture.
So I tried
but it still loaded HTML5 instead of Flash player. It outright ignored the parameter that took me extra effort to type out in the URL.
So I switched to my permanently open browser tab with the HTML5 'trial' opt-out
to check for the gazillionth time whether I had been put in again, but no. Still opted out.
So I tried a variation, just to be sure:
That got me the Flash player.
A few days ago I've read a quote by Meghan McCarthy, one of the writers for MLPFiM. I can't find it right now, but it went like:
Good ideas are common. People who put those good ideas into action are rare, though.
This left me with mixed feelings. I was wondering what line of thought was behind that quote. Because it can be used merely as a belief, thus acting as if it were true and thus more or less unconsciously perpetuating this idea.
Since she is saying that as a writer, she is speaking of (among others) herself as a rarity. Which is nothing remarkable.
Writers sow ideas. They express ideas in an appealing way, thus spread and advertise them. But as she herself said, those ideas are common. She might find it a good idea to spead these ideas, so she works as a writer. She succeeds at putting that idea of spreading ideas into action.
Now those ideas are out there, and few people will be able to actually put them into action. Is this an acceptable state? It is not clear from above quoted statement whether Meghan McCarthy thinks so.
Convincing someone of something might bring a certain responsibility with it, because supporting good ideas and adopting ideals can be difficult; it is a sacrifice, and needs all the support it can get. By McCarthy's very own reasoning, good ideas themselves are not that much in need of nourishment, but putting them into action is. And many people can help with this. THAT is where support is needed dearly.
Many people choose to adopt ideals out of a deep recognition of the good that is contained in them, only then to find themelves in way over their head, left on their own, unsupported by their immediate social environment. And once the good within an idea has been recognized, it is almost impossible to defy that idea. But when it happens, it can cause a massive blowback.
In order to flourish, good ideas have to be practical in the environment they are being put into, and with the evolution of global broadcast media, ideas more and more often fall onto soil regardless of how realistic they are there. Buckshot principle. Fire&forget. It can be like giving a plant a big shot of fertilizer, encouraging a growth boost, that then never gets any fertilizer again and will struggle to keep all its leaves alive for the rest of its existence.
It's easy to imagine all the good coming from spreading good ideas, but did you ever think about the bad that good ideas can cause? An uncomfortable thought maybe, but worth exploring. It might not even be the idea itself so much as the attitude of the messenger that spoils things.
Helping each other to get stuff done is where the mastery lies, for that creates facts by spreading the magic of cooperation and connectedness of all beings in the most direct way possible.
If you've ever heard someone say the line: "I did it, and you can do it, too!"
then ask them: "Show me!" Because without putting their money where their mouth is, so to speak, it's borderline deception of those who are willing to believe easily. It's convenient to project your own philosophy onto other people, but that philosophy will be put to the test. And the less substantial and applicable that philosopy is, the more people will be left nonbelievers. In the end, nothing might be gained but polarisation. A deepending of the gap, leading to less empathy when the messenger is hit by the unconvenient reality of the whole picture, then leading to such denialist thoughts as: If you didn't make it, you're just lazy.
You won't hear the Dalai Lama say: "Buddhism worked so well for me. I'm sure it will for everybody." He knows very well that that's not true.
And yet, philosophies like Buddhism, just like any other, have agents and they have followers.
When a buddhist monk passes a farmer who is struggling to fix a cart wheel, do you think he will tell the farmer: "Just keep trying! You can do it!" or will he lend him a hand? And what message will either of those reactions convey? Which one do you tnink is more powerful? ... What is more powerful? 1 kW of electricity or 1 gram of uranium? A flash of light or a light motion of the flesh?
Are you going to gamble or are you going to get stuff done?
"Let me help you"
Honesty doesn't know jack about apples.
Loyalty makes a rainbow look dashing.
Laughter ensues when you try to eat pie with your pinkie.
Generosity is a precious rarity.
Magic sparkles in the twilight.
I made a new video based on an animated GIF:
(Please share the video if you like it.)
The AniGIF is on a Russian website:
I went to that page and noticed animated ponies in the upper right corner.
I reloaded the page and learned that they are randomly chosen.
Then I accessed the page using Google Translate and all ponies were now changelings!
(This is with my Opera 12 browser. I noticed that other browsers yield very different results, but still funny. My Internet Exploder 8 yields changelings on the Russian version and doesn't work with Google Translate. FlyingF..ox 20 doesn't give a pony at all.)
P.S.: Please check out my Youtube channel. I've added many videos recently, but it seems very few people visit the art presenting section of this forum.
I was just clicking through someone's deviantART gallery. I came to this picture...
...and for some reason had a naughty thought about Pinkie Pie wanting Fluttershy to be a tree.
Then I clicked to the next picture...
I watched The Last Unicorn again. (First time was as a child.)
Here some comments:
1) The unicorn has a star on her head, around her horn, that looks quite a lot like the main star in Twilie's cutie mark.
2) In dubbing, they used the sound of a flying pigeon for a raven, a falcon ... and AN OWL!!! Owls are known for their silent flying, and there they apply the sound of probably the loudest flyer of all to it.
3) A Prince slays not just a dragon in a typical western style context, but an Asian style dragon! In Asia dragons are associated with wisdom and are very diferent from the dragons in Western tales.
4) The King Haggard part reminded me a bit of the Greyjoy family stuff in Game of Thrones.
(Better quench your thirst with water.)