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Irregularly-timed ruminations on the universe, seeking meaning through criticism.

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Review: MLP: Presenting You 18 Good Habits

I have a present for you this Christmas evening: A little glimpse on how MLP:FiM is promoted in China. Preface As its many knock-offs show, MLP:FiM is very popular in China, with small shops selling everything from off-color clay figurines of Princesses Celestia and Luna to almost official-looking play sets of tea parties with Rainbow Dash and Rarity. This fandom does not hesitate to share the knock-offs of the toy line, and to wonder why Hasbro does not crack down on the peddlers more

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OptimisticNeighsayer

 

I've Stepped into the Future, and it is Now (or, I've Finally Returned)

In my last blog I indicated that I would be back in five weeks following my trip to Canada. Those five weeks turned out to be five seven months as my life has been a busy succession of classes, tests, job searches, interviews, and law school applications. Admittedly, I could have found time to go on in between, but my fear of a negative reaction to my last blog post restrained me from doing so. It was the rediscovery of my old Yahoo! mail account (where the Forums send me all their notificati

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Well, I'm Off Soon.

Dear friends and all those who may pass by,   Three days from now, less if we count by hours, I will be leaving the Ozarks for Canada. Specifically, to Quebec, where I will engage in a five-week French language immersion program at the prestigious University of Laval. I hope that while I am there I will not only to improve my proficiency and fluency in the French language, but to experience Quebecois culture by participating in a great number of social activities, and most of all, to demonstra
 

ON’s List of S4 Summary Judgments

Season 4 has been an overall good journey, filled with many enjoyable episodes including some truly inspired ones, though not without some major bumps and potholes along the way. Here I will attempt, in the fashion of many a great reviewer, to rank each episode and attempt to defend its merits or demerits. I'll admit that this list is perhaps a month overdue due to my reluctance to post opinions about the finale despite its overall quality, which were too conflicted for me to rank.   But here
 

I Won't Need These Crutches to Dance out the Door: A Review Analysis of “Leap of Faith”

Well… it was difficult for me to find a good quote to incorporate into the title. It’s somewhat hard to review an episode where nothing, whether good or bad, really stands out or leaves an impression in my mind in more than an intellectual way. Perhaps I expected the whimsy of “The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000” to return for the Flim-Flam Brothers's second appearance, but even the optimism I tried to keep up while watching seemed to leave me. Not that I didn't find anything worthy of laudatio

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OptimisticNeighsayer

 

Make Me a Dress, Rarity: A Review Analysis of “For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils”

As the most anticipated episode of the season since “Pinkie Pride”, “For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils” like the former, has plenty more to its merit than the starring/appearance of a fan favorite (in this case the Guardian of Night and designated dream watch-princess Luna), and may in fact be one of the most immediately and universally likable this season, doing nothing that would obviously cause a fan or even casual watcher to raise an eyebrow of alarm to seriously question the quality of the e

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Hmm, Sedimentary: A Review Analysis of "Maud Pie", Pt. 2

So, my review of "Maud Pie" is finally done! Here's the second part of it, where I explore some observations of the characters in the episode besides Maud and some aesthetic and other miscellaneous notes.   Click here to see the first part of my review   On the Other Characters   To say that Pinkie Pie wasn’t a blubbering fool here as she has been in other episodes this season is rather a moot point, as this is an episode that needs more than random Pinkie to even begin to work. Nonetheles

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OptimisticNeighsayer

 

Hmm, Sedimentary: A Review Analysis of "Maud Pie", Pt. 1

It really was a happy accident that the livestream site I used to watch “Maud Pie” for the first time went bust in the middle—it actually forced me to watch the episode a second time, if just to get the parts that I missed. I was glad I did—watching the missing parts really helped me appreciate the parts that I did see that I previously misjudged, to the point that I now consider it to be one of the finer and more immediately likable episodes in Season 4 thus far and thus inspired me to write pe

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Introduction; Rumination #1

If you're reading this, you're likely to believe from the title that this blog will have a running theme of reporting and musing on matters of modern physics and political philosophy. Yes, those are among my favorite subjects, but I intend to write on a much broader range of topics, and not just wonder about them in their own fields, but also to influence my thinking cross-field. Fundamentally, I write this less as a soapbox to influence others, as some other blogs tend to be, but as a persona

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