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Wherin I ramble about storytelling, and some of my favorite/least favorite stories.

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On Amorality: A rant on false moralism present in both the Right and the Left.

(For your debating pleasure, I never delete comments. The staff still does, though; and I can't do anything about that. Please post responsibly.)   A few days ago, I declared myself to be amoral. What did I mean by this? I meant that I'm done with the idea that certain deeds are inherently wrong or right simply because they are. I'm done with the insistence that certain ideas are above logic or reason simply because one path is "moral." I'm done with buzzwords and thought-killing cliches bein

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Underpressions

A year after its release, I've finally finished playing through Undertale for the first time, and all I can say is that it was... underwhelming. It's not bad, in fact there are parts of it that are actually very smart, but I really feel like I had gotten a bad experience from it.   If you're going to play Undertale, the only way to play it is completely blind. If you've had an obsessive fan spouting off in your ear for the past 12 months like I have, then your experience is probably already co

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The Nickelback of YouTube Gaming Part 2: Nostradumbass

I still don't like Game Theory.     To give Mat a bit of credit, 2013 was before he started shouting every word of his videos like we were hard of hearing, so at least this video was a lot easier on the ears than the last one I did.   That said, the research has dipped to such inconceivable lows that it skirts the boundaries of Poe's Law. There are going to be those who argue that this video is a joke, due to the ending segment; others will maintain that Mat is actually being straight d

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Game Theory is the Nickelback of YouTube gaming channels.

I really don't like Game Theory, or MatPat. Whether he's shamelessly jumping on every bandwagon that rolls under his nose, deliberately misleading viewers with clickbait titles and thumbnails, spewing SJW bullshit to an impressionable audience, nakedly selling lies to please his sponsors, or just wasting people's precious attention spans with verbal diarrhea, he's not exactly a model youtuber.   But it's the way he conducts his research that I hate the most. Rather than going in any logical di

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How I, an agnostic atheist, would make a good Christian movie.

A fair warning about religious debate: I don't delete comments on my blogs, but the mods might if you act like an ass. I'd like it if ye all would stay on topic. Danke.     Christian-themed movies have been making a comeback recently, and I have nothing against that in concept. Many profound and groundbreaking worldviews first made their debut in the form of art. Religion, in particular, is something I feel humanity needs to have a more nuanced discussion about. Modern hugbox culture has

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Profile of Our Decade's Best Song (so far): Next to Me by Emeli Sande

Next to Me has quickly become one of my all time favorite songs, and Sande one of my favorite modern artists. Of course, this is coming from me, a vintage snob who spits on anything released following the end of the Cold War. I loathe the direction modern music has taken since the 90s, becoming little more than repetitive, pandering noise with almost no thought or effort put into anything but the hook. And often times, they don't even bother with that.   Rhythm and Blues, or "R&B" as it's

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Top 10 Best and Worst Songs of 2014 - Part 1 of 2

I've been putting this off until year's end, just trying to be fair and include everything that deserves to be on one of these lists. But now that just put his list out, I suppose there's no time like the present.  The rules? Either the song came out in 2014, or I first heard it in 2014. Simple enough. From there, it's all a matter of quality. There are a few songs that surprised me this year, and that goes for both lists. There are also a couple that made the worst list simply for how hard

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My Little Dashie: The SFM Short

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=62jOuktK0O8   By now, you have come to know me as the brony who hates My Little Dashie, and everything related to it. This would be my fourth blog post on the subject, not counting my unfinished decon fic that I swear I'll finish someday. This would also be a very special blog post.   See, don't go expecting a long-form rant, or a wall of text. Not because I've run out of things to say, or I've changed any of my views, or anything l

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On Second Thought: The Avengers

The Avengers was the greatest movie of 2012. Or, so we all heard. Personally, I preferred The Hunger Games. That and TDKR. I remember seeing the Avengers in theaters, though, and really enjoying it at that. One could even say it blew me away. But for some reason, I decided to rewatch it just a couple hours ago, and I'm afraid I've come away with a very different conclusion this time.   Oh yeah, spoilers.   First and foremost is to say that I still like the movie. It's very original, the acti

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Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated is excellent, and you should watch it!

Scooby Doo, the classic cartoon franchise, has been under fire for quite a bit now ever since its period of "nostalgia goggles" ran out, and people started picking it apart more critically than they did back in the 70s. The complaints people have are the typical stuff: "The characters are all stereotypes," or "the plot is cliche'd, uninspired and formulaic," or even "it was designed from the ground up to pander to the basest, most asinine trends of the late 60s with no creative rhyme or reason t

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Analyzing My Little Dashie's Popularity

Revenge Return of the Dashite, Stallions and Gentlemares. Shall we begin?   If I am ever to drive a stake through the heart of this fanfic, or the damn subfandom and rabid following it has garnered, I am going to need to stop harping on the negatives.   Sun Tzu wrote about the importance of knowing your enemy, and to know this enemy, I will need to take a step back from how horribly it butchered the sacred art of storytelling, and look instead at what the fic did right.   My Little Dashie

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My Little Dashie Movie Review

You all know what I thought of the original fic, which is why I'd like to say that I'm going to be reviewing this movie as I am going to put aside my vitriol for the source material, and judge its merits unironically. As a story, it was broken from its inception. But how does it fare as a movie?  Somebody just had to go make a movie out of the most overrated shitfic in the brony fandom. And that somebody is Youtuber StormXF3, well known for his MLP In Real Life series, and his Green Screen

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Dances with Wolves Sucks.

I'm really proud of this post I made in the thread about popular movies that we don't like. Decided to make it a blog post to give it more exposure, and to possibly spark a bit of conversation on the film's merits.     Source: Movies Everybody Loves That You Don't Like?

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My Little Dashie Review

EDIT: A mod asked me to tone down some of the language, so I cut it down to only one F-bomb and two S-bombs.   EDIT: Edited again, cuz mods.   EDIT: Had to replace the text after the server crash. Minor changes, but it still complies with mod regulations.   As a guy who loves pony fanfic, I am often asked what I think of My Little Dashie. Fact is, I hate it. On my steam group, I even wrote a lengthy rant on everything that was wrong with it.   For anypony interested, here is said rant, w

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