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Stereo vocals can be an immersion breaker

I am noticing this more frequently in recent episodes: Vocals are being distributed on the stereo channels depending on where a speaker is in relation to the camera. This can add acoustic information and some pseudo-realism (if not overdone, which happens when factors like sound reflection on walls are disregarded), but it is a tricky thing to use, because it is very easy to break immersion with it, and this happens especially when a speaker's position changes not by moving, but due to a changi

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Trading card games and life

Trading card games, like the one in Steam, are social training and highly symbolic on a spiritual and philosophical level.   A trading card game is like a metaphor for life: Due to statistical chance, it is highly unlikely that any of us is given a full set of cards. We have cards of many sets. Fulfillment comes from succeeding at achieving the goal of the game. So in order to succeed, we need to complete at least some of our sets. Completing a set is impossible without other p

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Speaking of anagrams

Pinkie Pie is redundant. Pinkie already contains all necessary ingredients for pie. ... Better leave the ink out of the dough, though.

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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 a

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Weird analogy...

Weird analogy that came to my mind in connection to MLP:   Angels have wings and devils have horns.   Hmmmmm...     Nah, I'm sure it's coincidental, but an interesting coincidence nonetheless.     Let's continue this line of thought just for FUN:   heavenly: loyalty, pushing personal limits, trying to be your best, inspiring people | loving kindness, compassion earthly: hard work, honesty, family | having a joyful time, cheering people up, faith evil: magic, rational thought, scien

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A friendly warning from Zecora

Mare, don't toke! If you care not to choke, then beware of the smoke from the bare poison joke!       inspired by:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnHULG4y6Oc

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S04E13 brief thoughts

Just some thoughts I had about the episode.     When Rarity and AJ were at the peak of their heated competition, I was delighted: It's the old Rarity+Applejack polarity tension again! I remember it fondly from "Look Before You Sleep". Very entertaining. (And not the only other case of that clean-vs-dirty issue ... remember Sisterhooves Social?) There are so many polar pairings just among the mane 6. Smart of Lauren Faust. Makes for a huge amount of character-driven story telling.     Too

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S04E11 General Commentary, Major Annotation

Alright, enough military talk. ^^     Some brief thoughts on various scenes from episode 11. I'd love to make these things into full Youtube commentary videos, but that's not really feasible at the moment. :-/   So let's get right to it...     When Twiley talked about the Starswirl exhibition and Dashie expressed how lame she thought that is, I found that a bit rude. After all, nopony asked her to attend, so why the complaining?   When Cadance left the train and was teasing Twiley with

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S04E11 - A 'Must Read'

UPDATE 2014-01-29: Did some additions and restructuring.     I like season 4's episode 11 "Three's A Crowd" a lot because of the valuable lessons contained within that are touching on my own life experience ... especially one unlearned (!) lesson that might be too in-your-face (or inconvenient) for people to notice.     To begin with, this episode toys with a common tool in script writing, where subplots are wrapped up and vanish and we never hear of it again. I'm sure many people were won

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Derpy has good and bad news for Twiley

Derpy: "I have good news and I have bad news..." Twiley: "Tell me the bad news first." Derpy: "Oh... well, OK. I ate them." Twiley: "Huh? Ate what?" Derpy: "The muffins." Twiley: "What muffins?" Derpy: "The... the ones I made you." Twiley: "Oh! ... Well, it's alright. The gesture is what counts. ... Of making them, not eating them of course. So what's the good news?" Derpy: "I made you some muffins!! :-D"     inspired by: http://dm29.deviantart.com/art/I-Made-You-Some-Muffins-But-I-

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Word definition: larson

larson literary arson   larsonist someone who uses inspirational writing for igniting the fire of friendship in people's hearts   M.A. Larson a larsonist with a Master of Arts degree

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2014 Chinese astropony

2013 was the year of the water snake, and as far as I understand, that symbolizes Heaven (yin water) trying to control Earth (yin fire).     You know what 2014's Earth energy is? ... yang fire ... HORSE!!!   And Heaven is ... yang wood! AWWWWW YEAH!   Pony conflagration!

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Equestria had a thousand years to make it right

I just had an epiphany. Finally I am able to put this into words.   Things happen for a reason, people are influenced greatly by their surroundings. A chain of events caused Luna to become Nightmare Moon, and the forces of love and empathy weren't powerful enough back then to stop it from happening, and neither could it be defused.   During "Luna Eclipsed", you could notice from her manners that things were different back then.   A thousand years later she returned, and her return coincide

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Season 4 Episode 5 afterthoughts

I watched that episode a second time now and my mind was quite active, so this is roughly what the title says: I'll write down the thoughts I had while watching the episode. Times mentioned are estimates/rounded. Enjoy/discuss!     3:00: Ms. Harshwhinnie reprimands Rainbow Dash and asks her to show more professionalism. ... And I thought: Professionalism, hm? Like reprimanding Rainbow Dash and threatening to take away her coach role right in front of the whole school class?     5:30: T

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I'm gonna make you die laughing now.

First a little warmup... http://poisonedantidot3.deviantart.com/art/Grin-Reaper-410147746           aaaaand ... BAM! - Wet Mane Celestia... http://arvaus.deviantart.com/art/Wet-mane-Celestia-420499545

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! IMPORTANT NEWS !

SPOILERS ARE UNPOPULAR!   Robbing yourself and others of a pleasant surprise is antisocial and ruining entertainment. It's not healthy.

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Sombra's Door is a blessing in disguise

When Twilight Sparkle was made to experience her worst fear by Sombra's Door, Spike came quickly and interrupted its captivating influence. But I think without Spike, Twilight would have made it on her own, too. Spike broke the spell while she was still fully in the grasp of her fears. The opportunity lies in allowing this to continue on its own. What would have happened is this: Exactly because it is her worst fear, it would have a devastating effect. A prolonged experience would be unbearable

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Adventure Time in the Queen's language

Someone on Cheezburger used 'messy' language regarding a certain tv.com poll, favoring Adventure Time because Lauren is not running MLP anymore, and someone urged him to use the Queen's language. The solution flowed from my mind instantly.     An A to the D V-E-N-T-U-R-E Adventure Time's the best show you can see on TV. It's adventurelicious!

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Hearth's Warming song lyrics (WINP)

WINP = work in no progress. Hah!       ♫ Sweetie Bell, Sweetie Bell, Sweetie's all the neigh! ♫   ♫ Oh what pun it is to ride in a one-mare open sleigh! ♫       Inspired by a vector graphic here: http://www.reddit.com/r/MLPLounge/comments/1shppc/sweetie_bell_haha_nice_pagefooter/

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MLP hasn't had a dark mirror universe episode yet

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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