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Dowlphin

Did you notice how deep the imagery goes? Those ponies are like avatars of their elements.

 

Pinkie's hair is round and swirly, any deviation from the norm won't even make a difference. Any child could draw those endless bends beautifully. Totally Pinkie.

 

Rarity's hair is exquisite - a real challenge, and artists can get frustrated trying to draw it properly. Totally a Rarity, requiring high skill.

 

Rainbow Dash wouldn't be satisfied with just some color. She wants the whole color spectrum in there, to stand out, to make people gaze in awe like watching a rainbow.

 

Applejack's hair is practical and simple, like a bundle of hay, and even colored in that style. Condensed so that it doesn't get in the way during work, yet allowing people to see its fullness.

 

Twilight Sparkle's hair signals a special snowflake with those streaks, haha. They're a pony's rallye stripes.

 

Fluttershy's hair flows like water, not resisting things, finding its way passively, just like her personality. The color is rose, basically pastel pink, and pink is often associated with the heart, which is what she'll melt when she looks at you. :squee: Her mane even forms a heart!

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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.

 

 

fsyaaay.png yayhuasca

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For a total Pinkie Pie fan, having good color display is even more exciting. Of all the colors, I am most stunned by how awesome and vivid pink looks on my monitor. So I made a comparative photo. It's not perfect, since a photo camera has trouble with photos like this. The monitors should display a color gradient from pastel-like at the top to extremely vivid pink on the bottom.

 

The photo will look different on various displays, but the relation (hopefully) should become clear. There should be a distinct difference.

In natura the difference is even more extreme.

 

Fun fact: My 27" Eizo monitor (on the left) was cheaper than the 'budget' 21.5" Yiynova digitizer display on the right. (Both are IPS panels!)

 

 

 

Eizo_IPS_vs_Cheap_IPS.jpg

 

 

 

Here is the color gradient I used for making the photo:

 

 

awesome_pink_gradient.png

 

 

 

 

 

 

super-pink_pinkie.png

 

 

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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.

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New song idea

Just a basic concept at this point.

 

 

"Cowntry Song"

 

Graze this lawn

Graze this lawn

Moo moo moo moo

Together we will graze this lawn

Moo moo moo moo

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New content of mine

It has been quite a while without pony output for me and then recently two humble pieces in a row. I just wanted to share them here. (There must be a trampoline at rockfarm bottom, hah.)
I'm curious about what thoughts the video triggers in you. ;-)

 

Caption pic about anim error, found while browsing content for the videomaking below:
http://dowlphin.tumblr.com/post/156365530982/i-have-no-nares-and-i-must-breathe-many-ponies

 

Video edit:

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I'm a little kooky. But at least I'm not Spock. That would be spooky.

 

Take a dolphin. Now add a "w" (U-U) and - naturally - you have an owl there, too.

 

If you like owling, don't be stingy with the bees, then you can do bowling. It's just like owling, but more fun.(If you try to throwl an owl, it will make you run!)

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Might change later depending on how things go, but right now I'm quite content with it.

The glasses were not done with perfection in mind. I just went with the flow and wanted to get it done. I'm still learning this stuff and didn't have that much patience.

The base pony was made with the Pony Creator. The cutie mark was manually added by me. (The dolphin is a heavily modified clipart.) It represents the high frequency transmission of Dolphin characteristics like playfulness, sensitivity and zest for life. (I drew the sound waves freehand and they turned out so well!)

 

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Everypony becomes evil - that would be hilarious.

 

Look at this and imagine the hilarity ensuring:

http://giuliabeck.deviantart.com/art/Nightmare-Derpy-279568219

 

They'd all scheme and fight against each other and eventually realize that it's pointless, in part because when everypony is evil, nopony is evil. They'd also realize the stupidity and unsustainability of a life like that.

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Meet Lady Xiarity

There's another Star Citizen ship concept sale and it's a space bike. And it being called "Nox" spawned a flood of puns as never before.

I was tempted to get the 2Pac with the black (Nox) and the silver (Nox Kue) one, but I'm not that bikuerious. So I ponied up the money and seaddled up on this space needle. Got the silver one. Seems more classy to me.

It is made by Aopoa, which is a manufacturer of the Xi'an race. So I named it Lady Xiarity, which sounds like sharity -> charity ->generosity, Rarity's element of harmony. This is a racing bike, so it has a very generous power-to-weight ratio. With all this in mind, the name seemed very aopoapriate.

This bike being named after a pony, it thus became an equine Nox. And in summer that's a rarity! :pout:

Nox_profile_color_silver.jpg

 

Here's the official ship teaser video:

 

and here's my recruitment page in case this bike nox your sox off and you want to join in on the pun: http://starcitizen.dowlphin.de

 

PLEASE XIARE! ^^

P.S.: I got another space bike, more of a cruiser. It's the exclusive yellow version of the Dragonfly - "Dragonfly Yellowjacket". I named it "Dragonshy Yellowcoat" :squee:. Also got a stealth fighter named "Mare Selenitatis" :orly: and a big Constellation Phoenix class multicrew ship with a docked P-72 Archimedes snub fighter and a two-seated Lynx rover in the belly. I called them "Constellestia, Philomedes and Twily". (Also got a size-and-weight-optimized racing ship with huge engines called Pinkie and a Mustang Gamma racing ship called Dashie.)

... This is what it means when I'm calling myself a puntheist. Good puns are simply divine! :proud:

 

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This is a brief followup thought to my earlier musings - http://mlpforums.com/blog/819/entry-11579-what-are-your-mane-3/

for clarifying why the focus on the six main characters for the show was such a smart idea regarding writing skill.

The point should be pretty much self-explanatory, so I won't comment on it.

 

Rarity = intellect - right brain hemisphere (synthetic, emotional, creative, imaginative, radiant)

Twilight Sparkle = intellect - left brain hemisphere (analytical, logical, scientific, rational, inquisitive)

 

Fluttershy = kind heart

Rainbow Dash = brave heart

 

Pinkie Pie = driving purpose - spiritual

Applejack = driving purpose - material

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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.

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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:

 

Adobe thinks bad of Twily

 

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.

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Leap of Faith

Someone pointed out a snippet of Pinkie Apple Pie to me, and I realize it's worth commenting:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=chJYQz8xZco

 

In case you were wondering, this is about the "leap of faith" theme.

 

And it's often used in a popculture-like way, claiming that if you overcome your fear of the leap, you will not fall; fear preventing you from succeeding.

 

But here's the thing: It also prevents you from failing.

 

Encouraging people like that can actually (if not succeed by pure chance) backfire. For success to ensue, optimism needs to be paired with skillfulness. And even skillfulness can be of little use if luck is bad.

 

To me, based on my life experiences and observations of other people's walks of life, the more reality-based version of leap-of-faith is that in order to not be afraid of making that leap, one has to be ready to fail (and continue nevertheless). Only then can one continue to try and fail until success is achieved. And if there's even the slightest remnant of expectation that following exactly that philosophy will yield success, you better grab a cushion. Also, success doesn't have to last/repeat, so you better have no expectations at all, which is probably easiest when doing what you love.

 

Don't think "If I overcome the fear, I will succeed!", because then you might make a very painful experience.

Be ready to fail and continue. If it's the right thing to do for you, then sooner or later you have to do it anyway. Doing what you love makes this easiest, but it still might not feel easy at all.

 

 

 

 

That being said ... If there's time for a parachute to open,...

 

...it really IS deep! ppyaay.png

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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.

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"Hate to break it to you, Pinkie, but you're just a fictional character from a TV series. I hope you're not too shocked. You're still awesome."

 

- Well, yes and no.

 

"Y... wait, what?! Huh?!?"

 

- Yeah, we kiiinda made you believe that to ease the process of realizing you are just a figment of our imagination. It's a crazy new idea some writers had and introduced to the canon. ... I had a hoof in that, too.

 

"It's awesome that you're handling it so well that you still feel like joking. ... I mean, you're obviously trying to mess with my head here."

 

- Suit yourself. But you started it. ... You're made up.

 

"Nice try, but your world is just a TV series in our world, and our world is nowhere to be found in your world."

 

- Oh silly! That's just the TV show! Not the real Equestia! Of course it has to make sense in your world or it wouldn't work at all. And I really must say that I'm at an unfair advantage here because stuff doesn't always have to make sense to me.

 

"Uh... well ... well then why do you look just like in that TV show? All simple lines and such. You have so little detail, and our world is much more complex, so it's pretty clear that that with less depth and detail is the product of that with more depth and detail."

 

- Aand... again you're basing this on the TV show. But in a way you're still right! Your world might have less of some things, but more of others. Ponies wrote fiction that is different from what we usually experience in our world, because - duh! - it's more interesting! Your world is more interesting because it is less interesting. ... Does that make sense? ... Ah, never mind.

 

"You still didn't answer my question about the detail."

 

- Well, as I said, the pony life is quite awesome regarding what's happening and all, so ponies started imagining how it must be to not have that. Some call it grimdark, but that's just some grumpypants. But then phantasy fiction needs something higher, better, different than our world, so ponies came up with this idea of more inner detail, like, everything has more of the same in it, but not quite like that. I like it! I myself once imagined a 100 grams chocolate cupcake that had one pound of chocolate in it and tasted like a kilo! Mmmmmm!

So we have this weird idea of a world where things that happen are less pleasant or interesting, but it is happening in awesome detail, like, more intense! It's so crazy, but I see right now why the idea is so appealing. You look ...SO...DEEP! Hihihi!

 

And here I am, checking out this fictional work for myself, jumping right in. Hah! I think I'm the only pony who can actually do that!

 

"Uuuhh... I don't... feel so well. I think I have to throw up."

 

- See?! You had WAY more chocolate than you thought! smile.png

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