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  1. 13 points
    Baboom. The new commission that I have been hinting at is now complete. The artist did an amazing job, completely nailing the kind of vibe I was going for, a vibe that is happy and playful, something that some of my past Kyoshi pieces of art haven't embraced. I don't know if they want me to mention them by name or linking to them, they didn't mention that so I will not do so right now, but I am very grateful for people like them. They allow someone like me to have this kind of expression through art despite me having no skill like this. This commission is a statement of self acceptance, a showing of me not being afraid of embracing myself and who I am. Of course, this commission will result in some questions I'm sure and I will fully answer any questions. I will go ahead and answer a big one right now before the image: This is not a fetish of any kind for me, at all. So please don't take it that way. With that established, here it is. Seriously, they absolutely knocked this out of the park, into deep space. It looks amazing! The colors, the shading, the overall look, absolutely nailed. They went all in on the relaxed and playful look, pretty much Now of course, the elephant in the room that isn't an elephant, because elephants are big! Yes, you are seeing what you are seeing. That's obviously a diaper he has on. Whyyyyy you may ask? I'll explain: Anyone that knows me knows I suffer from different mental problems. Always have, always will. That's how it is. The diaper...well, to put it bluntly, I wear those. 24/7 in fact. Different reasons. To simplify, it provides me with an immense feeling of comfort and safety. You may now be asking "why?", truth be told I cannot quite explain it, but this has been part of my life since I was 5 years old. Yeah, the vast majority of my life, this has been part of it. For years I have struggled with accepting myself in regards to this. I've had many periods where I tried to distance myself because I felt ashamed, but I always went back and I felt good when I did. I felt comfort. I felt like...me. So I am truly embracing the fact that I am like this. I know, this might seem weird to many, but please know I don't want to weird anyone out, this is just me. I want to accept myself for who I am. This seems like a good thing to do that with, because most of my life I had to hide it, much like how I had to try and seem as "normal" as possible so other people would not stare at me or make fun of me, but that never worked. My quirks always show, because I am me. I can't hide who I am. So me accepting myself for this, is like a statement of my entire self and accepting it all. Gah, I am being awkward here, but I have been so excited to share this and here it is. I hope you all understand. I won't blame any of you if you are weirded out, I am just happy I am doing this.
  2. 12 points
    I know I'm a little late for this, but it's time for my one year forumsversary blog entry! There's so much I want to talk about and about the awesome experience I've had on these awesome forums! My journey began on September 4th, 2018. I just stumbled across these forums because I was looking for topics about Celestia and Luna so I could discuss them with other people who loved MLP! But I saw I needed an account to join in the conversation, so I created an account just so I could talk about Celestia and Luna. I created my welcome post and told everyone who I was as how I had been an MLP fan for 3 years at the time. I didn't know anyone here and I honestly thought I was just gonna be invisible to everyone else on here, but I didn't really care because I initially wanted to just talk about Celestia and Luna. Then, as other people started talking with me and welcoming to the forums with open arms, I started to get that itch of wanting to make some friends on here! I consulted a veteran of the forums, @TheTaZe (who is an awesome person by the way) and I asked him what I can do to make some friends. He told me to just be a nice person, react and reply to other people's status updates and participate in topics. I took this advice to heart and I did start making friends on here, I started gaining followers and reputation and it was then that I realized: People actually like me on here. I then discovered that I could make my own status updates and started posting and telling people how much I love Celestia and Luna, but I wanted a way to express my love for them more clearly. I saw that I could add pictures to my updates and that's what I did and all my posts had awesome pictures of the princesses and people were loving it. Then, a few days later, I had noticed something incredible: I had won an award for gaining the most reputation in a single day! I did this in just eight days of my arrival, and this was something I never expected. But it kept getting even better, because I saw I had won another day after that... and the day after that... and the day after that! I had won the award for FIVE straight days in a row? How was this even possible? Was I seriously this popular after such a short time of being here? It was unprecedented! But then again, this was all because of all the amazing friends that I know on these forums! So many people are just so awesome and friendly and it warmed my heart so much that it felt like I was gonna overflow with happiness! I couldn't have possibly made it this far without their friendship and support and I thank every single one of you for what you've done for me! One year later and what have I learned? The most important thing I've learned is that no matter what, no matter how bad things are, you can always rely on your friends to be there for you... and they certainly have for me. I now have 21000 brohoofs, 73 days won, 108 followers and more friends than I can count! Here's to another successful year and thank you to all of my awesome friends for being such amazing friends! @Tacodidra @Twilight Luna @Rising Dusk @PoisonClaw @Phosphor @Rikifive @Treeglow Flicker @lyrabetes3939 @Partialgeek514 @TheTaZe @Lord Valtasar @Mirage @The Recherche @Emerald<3 @Arc Flash @Alexshy @FFF @R.D.Dash @Flutterstep @Mellow Mane @Totally Lyra @Sparklefan1234 @Dynamo Pad @Cash In @Sondash Studios @Deae Rising Shine~ and @TheRockARooster and so many more... THANK YOU!!!
  3. 10 points
    I finally got to see my best friend for the first time since thanksgiving day. I gave her a gift card, and a t-rex pin because she loves dinosaurs. Kind of lame, but my mind wasn’t really in Christmas mode after international travel. Anyway she got me the coolest friggen Christmas gift ever. Or rather made it for me, and I love them. She made our OCs as miniatures. My OC is a unicorn, and hers is a pegasus, but it was so incredibly thoughtful that she bought the figures, and painted them, and had to ask my husband for a reference of my OC. I love them so much. Plus the eyes on hers are hilarious.
  4. 9 points
    IMPORTANT NOTE: ~ March 26th, 2020 10:30 am I should be studying for finals but I find myself doing anything other than that. Vibing to music, shitposting, eating shit, twirling my chair in circles....*sighs* today is my boyfriend's birthday. He would have been here to celebrate it with me if everything wasn't put on lockdown. When will this end? I hope soon. I have a feeling April will be better, I don't know why. I just feel it in my gut. I hope I'm right. I need my job back, I miss my boyfriend beyond what words can explain, and I'm sick and tired of being trapped indoors with this beautiful weather taunting me to do anything BUT that. I did go out in the backyard yesterday afternoon to get some sun, and the past week I've been going for destination-no-where drives around town. It's the only thing keeping me sane at this point. Yesterday my local Walmart actually had toilet paper in stock. Perhaps this is just the first sign of a light at the end of the tunnel. I will keep this entry short, I have to unfortunately attend to a few chores. I don't know what I'll do the rest of today...I might get that first exam out of the way..haven't decided yet. Side note.... this orange spice tea I made myself is pretty good. ~ Lucky Bolt
  5. 9 points
    Kid Icarus Uprising is amazing and you all should play it! Viridi is Best Goddess
  6. 8 points
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-threatens-social-media-outlets-with-regulation-closure-after-fact-check-added-to-tweet/ar-BB14Fvxw?OCID=ansmsnnews11 Oooooh what a shock. After years of Trump spending as much time lying on the Internet as he does golfing, Twitter finally did some kind of action against him. This was long overdue but the old saying is better late than never for a reason I suppose. Personally I would have done this when he casually Tweeted veiled threats of nuking other countries but that's my opinion. Twitter has added a sort of fact checker thing to Trump's Tweets. It is a simple way to investigate what Trump is saying to find out that he is most likely lying, like he always does. By all means this is something Twitter is allowed to do and with Trump's immense history of spouting nonsense at every turn, I think it was definitely needed. So what does Mr. Trumpy do in response? Oh he just threatens social media with regulations and closures. So yeah, typical trash from the trash president. Pretty sure almost everyone, regardless of political views, is against any kind of major government regulation of the internet so if he wants to try it, that will be fun to watch. Hard to tell what Trump will actually do or not since a lot of the time he is simply talking but never walking. He is a corrupt businessman after all. That's all there is to say. Just Trump threatening to get the government involved with internet regulation all because a site actually acknowledges that he lies all the time. Yay for us. UPDATE: Yup, he's already doing it. Such a wonderful "leader". https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-is-set-to-announce-an-executive-order-against-social-media-companies/ar-BB14GKRP?OCID=ansmsnnews11
  7. 8 points
    Some of you might know already I am in mental treatment in general. I started a Group Therapy this Tuesday. The focal point is social competence. We were introduced into the concept of self-verbalization. Basically, TLDR; Situation | v Self-Verbalization | v Feelings | v Acting Whenever we encounter a situation, we usually start to initially thinking stuff and saying it to ourselves. TBH, for myself, it is often stuff that is short-sighted and I got barriers to pronounce loudly, like Oh, that women looks hot!, You stupid careless car driving jerk ARE YOU EVEN SERIOUS or less insulting but no less negative Things won't go well anyways, I can't get out of this, Why am I even trying? Feelings are related to this, and out of these we act on the situation. The point however, is we can also reverse this: Situation | v Self-Verbalization ^ | | v Feelings | v Acting In truth, what we tell ourselves about a given situation influence how we feel and act about it. If we all go with negative feelings, we will stay passive, skeptical or enraged. Recognizing which behavior we want to change, we have to change how we THINK about the situation first. Getting to self-verbal positivity results in more positive feelings! So, if there is something that blocking you from doing something, or you feel you are down: Force yourself to think positively. Believe in it, force yourself to happiness. This way, we can control our feelings are instead of getting pushed back to impulsiveness or negativity.
  8. 7 points
    So, uh, I just realised that I've been on this site for almost 6 years. That's pretty cool. I may be here until I'm 60 years old, or until next year. Time is a weird thing I guess. And I met some cool people here. Some important people in my life too. They're nice. That's all there is to say. Just felt like making a blog to say some nice things about nice people.
  9. 7 points
    Hey, guys Over recent years, I have been admitted to the adult psychiatric unit a total of four times. My first admission was in 2014, the second was in 2016, the third was in 2018, and fourth time were this year; 2018-2019 (stay was from late December to early January). I am going to share my most recent hospitalization experience with you. This is not an attempt to obtain attention but rather an opportunity to educate others on how psychiatric hospitals function and assist their patients. I know that there are still people out there who automatically assume that all psychiatric patients are immediately put in a straight jacket and locked in a padded cell. I realize that stereotype has died down lately but I wanted to share anyway. On December 27th, 2018, I was feeling very depressed. A certain event triggered this intense flood of emotions. I knew that I needed help so I made my way to the nearest hopsital that accepted my insurance. Before I arrived, however, I got a phone call from my father. He told me to turn around and come home immediately and questioned why I left. I told him why and he said: "You will be much safer at home than at any hospital". He didn't understand. Even so, I listened to him and came home. I didn’t want an argument to ensue. I was hoping that I could sleep off my negative emotions. I was wrong, though because I felt the same the next day if not worse. There was no improvement. I went to see my psychiatrist and she recommended that I go to the hospital. She talked with my parents and they all agreed. I came home, packed my things, and my mom drove me; dropping me off at the ER. I told the receptionist what my reason for arriving was. They took my vitals and then I was escorted to a temporary room where they took blood to run lab work. I was then escorted to another room where they took my clothes and belongings away...except for my phone. The nurse forgot to take it. (For those of you who didn’t know, pretty much all psychiatric hospitals cease your cell phone early on). Because of the forgetfulness, I was able to talk to my friends through Facebook messenger to help keep me calm. (I had to hide my phone everytime I was checked on). A crisis intervention worker talked to me and asked me all sorts of questions. This was my fourth run there so I knew what was going to be asked. I told her that I had intent of suicide and a plan. She relayed all of the information to a psychiatrist to determine if I should be admitted or not. I was in that room for nearly eight hours. That's how long it took for things to be decided (that's typical, though because I once spent ten hours waiting). I was told that the psychiatric unit was full and that I would have to be transported by ambulance to a sister hospital. The paramedics drove me there, which took about one hour (I still had my phone, mind you). I arrived at the new hospital and it was now rocking 6:00am. I was brought to their psychiatric floor and was passed onto a nurse that worked on that same floor. She sat me down and went through the rules with me. Breakfast started at 7:30am Medications at 9:00am Group therapy at 10:00am Lunch at 11:00am Group therapy again at 1:00pm Contraband check at 2:00pm Free time until 5:00pm (dinner) Visiting from 6:00pm-8:00pm Free time until 10:00pm (lights out) Unlike the hospital I was originally brought to and had my first three stays at, this location didn't allow wearing of civilian clothing. Patients were required to wear light green scrubs. Of course, they were huge on me. Side note: contraband checks took place randomly throughout the day. Ya know, looking for shanks and such. The nurses were not that friendly. I tried to avoid contact with them. They were very slow when it came to needs/requests of a patient. I was having withdrawals from stopping my previous medications and I felt very sick. I told a nurse this and they didn't get me an antinausea medications until six hours later. I was careful to observe the other patient's requests and half of them were never fulfilled. Trash staff... My mom called me every day. As the days went on, however, I felt more and more homesick. My third or fourth day in, I broke down in my room, crying. I was very upset. I was given a sedative to settle down. I met with my assigned psychiatrist every day. He took me off all of my original medications with the exception of one and put me on all new ones. He put me on seroquel 300mg, lexapro 10mg, and depakote 1,000mg. I noticed an improvement right away. I felt better. The psychiatrist told me that I was the worst case of self injury he had ever seen. My wounds had to be documented with photos to ensure I didn't hurt myself again during my stay. I had to strip down for that and it was super embarrassing. Like I said before, I was put in the only room with cameras and no doors (the light peaked in at night so it was hard to sleep). And in case you didn't know, the beds in the psych ward are not comfortable. The blankets have the texture of a beach towel, the bed sheets are some sort of plastic, and the pillows are tiny (I only need one pillow to sleep so that was okay). Not only did they not allow for regular clothes, but also my face wash because it contains alcohol (they don't want patients getting intoxicated by consuming things with alcohol). My face felt so...not clean. I refused to shower there because the shower was obviously not cleaned regularly. All they did was spray some Lysol in between each shower. I went five days without showering. I know that's gross but I'd rather not shower than use one that was used by strangers with God only knows what bacteria they are spreading. What my room looked like (it’s as uncomfortable & lonely as it looks): My dad actually came to visit me one day. This was surprising because he was not happy that I was admitted. When he came to see me, he was supportive and happy to see me. It was nice even though he only stayed for 45 minutes. A friend offered to see me but I didn't want anyone to see me without makeup (my dad was the exception because he sees me like that all of the time at home). My bathroom was incredibly small (as they usually are) but mine was especially small. I barely had any room to put my tooth brush down on the sink. I had the option to put it on the floor or the toilet seat. Oh, about the sink, you had to keep constant pressure on a button for the water to flow. It made brushing my teeth very difficult. They seriously make these rooms as safe as possible. I wish I could have taken photos but they finally snatched my phone once I initially arrived. I can't believe it took them so long to realize that they forgot to take it. I usually make friends when I'm on that floor but most of the patients were older men. I talked to them a little bit not much. We did watch the movie Cast Away together though. Everyone had to agree on a channel, by the way. You couldn't just watch whatever you wanted. I met some interesting people... There was a woman who had a broken ankle and she was confined to a wheelchair. She had immense anger issues. One day, she blew up on a nurse because she couldn't find her shampoo. She shouted at her, cussed at her, spit on her, and threatened to hurt her. Security had to be called in to cease her. It was funny but it was also crazy. Dinner and a show! When I took my new medication, I crashed like a train. I had never felt so tired; not in my life. I barely made it to my room. I was so sedated the next day. My speech was slurred, my vision was blurry, I walked slow, my reaction time was altered, I forgot where I was, and I had no appetite. I was so out of it that I could not function. Taking new antipsychotics can seriously fuck you up. I wanted to sleep but I was forced to eat and attend group therapy. I was upset. They didn't understand how fatigued I was. Thankfully, the sedation wore off by the next day. My body got used to the medicines pretty quick. Remember when I mentioned depikote? Yeah, that is a serious medication. It's usually only given to people who are in bad, bad shape mentally (it can also be used to treat seizures). It can also cause liver damage so I had to get my liver values checked evert other day. I don't know if any of you remember this about me but I tend to faint when I have my blood taken. A phlebotomist came to take my blood one morning and as soon as he pulled the needle out of my vein, my vision went blank, I felt hot, and my hands had that prickly feeling when a part of your body falls asleep. I could barely speak but I managed to ask for some water. The man said he would get me some but guess what? I didn't get any. I had to wait until I was back to normal to get some. This hospital was so neglectful. A patient had fainted right in front of a staff member and nothing was done about it (I was already in a bed to begin with so that was good 👍) The food was actually pretty decent and you had a lot of options from a menu. Hahaha, I was excited to eat everyday!  I was discharged on January 5th, 2019...I believe. Psychiatric units are only meant to stabilize you; not necessarily treat. So I was still pretty unhinged at this time. As part of my discharge plan, I was forced to attend an outpatient group therapy program Monday-Friday from 8:30am-3:00pm to become mentally healthy again. This was used to actually treat me. I did that for about a month until I was seen as stable enough to be discharged. Today, I am in a much better position. I have a brand new, positive outlook on life. I have more motivation than ever. I plan on continuing to improve my life by attending regular therapy. Not everyone who goes to a psychiatric hospital is insane. Sometimes, people just need to be put in a safe place until intense emotions subside. They will probably never go to another hospital again! My hope is that the negative stigma behind mental health issues will eventually disappear.
  10. 7 points
    Hey been a while since you've seen me. Yeah, I know I sometimes come back here to plug things, but I've more or less left this site. However, with MLP:FIM ending today, I thought I'd give one last farewell to the show and retrospective of my time in the fandom in blog form here. Even though I left this forum, I never actually stopped keeping up with the show. I just sort of grew away from this site as I've found more communities and more friends outside the forums. Plus I got into a lot more things making MLP not really my primary special interest anymore. However, I still owe a lot of respect to MLP as it was the gateway to helping me socialize online. It was the first time I made friends online, and the first time I made myself known online. When I was on here back in 2014, I was known as the resident Pinkie Pie fan. I basically fanboyed over Pinkie so much that people associated me with her. This went on for several years until I eventually grew apart from the forums and left around 2016-2017. However, this experience served as a stepping stone. After leaving this forum, I became more active on Discord, which eventually led to me creating my own server, which led to me making a lot of my current friends. The server's been pretty successful currently sporting over 100 users. I also became more active on Twitter and have 738 followers as of typing this. Funny enough, a lot of elements from my old days here are still present on my Twitter. Basically just replace Pinkie with Viridi from Kid Icarus Uprising and get rid of the waifu elements. But back on track, upon getting into the show back in 2012, it was an experience. I followed the show ever week, read EQD every day, listened to the pony music on my phone, and have several pony shirts. Midwestria 2012 was my first con experience and I had a blast. I went to Whinny City Ponycon every year until 2019, when I saved up to go to the final Bronycon. That final Bronycon was a blast, and one of the best experiences I ever had. It really felt like one of the final huzzahs of me in the fandom before the show ends. This show really helped me during depressing times. When I got into it, my sister was leaving for college and I knew I would see her less. This show and fandom helped me through that. Yeah. I may have my problems with it now, but back then it really helped me during my isolating teenage years. Even though it's ending and even though I'm now into way more fandoms and have a completely different community, I'll still remember these days as good times. Thank you MLP, and have a pure Pinkie
  11. 7 points
    It's been a while since my last post in here. Motivation's been hard to come by, that and the fact that I ended up making a pretty complicated drawing made this one take quite a while. But anyway, clothes. Clothes/Dresses are a thing now (and apparently swords). Here's a thing.
  12. 7 points
    In my last piece, I argued that immortality wouldn't be the blessing that it's cracked up to be, but rather a curse. Today, I tackle the opposite side of the same coin: suicide. My thoughts about suicide are quite simple. I have always believed very firmly in complete bodily autonomy. I believe that your body is the only thing you can ever truly own in the purest sense. No one can tell you what you can and can't do with your own body as long as you're not infringing on the rights of others. Laws that prohibit suicide are paradoxical and unethical, as you have an immutable right to bodily autonomy. You do not owe your body nor your life to anyone else, nor to any deity. You do not have a responsibility nor duty to life. Your life is your own. It is yours to do with what you will, including end it if you wish. Now, full disclosure: I suffer from clinical depression, and I have been suicidal in the past. However, I do not believe that this has clouded my views and compromised my judgement. Quite the contrary, in fact--I believe it has given me a clearer perspective. I briefly touched on suicide in The Ethics of Life. If you read that, then you already know that I believe it's unethical to create conscious life, and that life isn't worth beginning, though once begun, is usually worth continuing. My thoughts on that haven't changed. I believe that life is worth continuing so long as you personally feel that the pros outweigh the cons. However, (and I say this with the utmost consideration and discretion) there are some cases for which suicide is the answer. I would never encourage suicide, but I have also never been one to judge or hate anyone for it. There are many very good reasons to fight for your life and continue it, but one of the most often used platitudes isn't one of them. One of the common defenses for life is the claim that "something is better than nothing," that "no matter how bad or painful your life is, it is better than no life at all." This is demonstrably false. (If you've read The Ethics of Life, it will be far easier to follow the plot, here.) As I have previously argued, the state of nothingness, of non-existence, is not unpleasant, as most people imagine it to be. That would be impossible. Nothing is, by definition, nothing. It features no consciousness, no feeling at all. It isn't bad, because there is no one to experience it. Death will feel just as it did before you were conceived. In other words, you won't know that you're dead once you're dead. This means that death is actually preferable to any negative state. A painful life is not better than no life. It is worse. In fact, at any given moment, non-existence would technically be preferable to any negative or painful state, no matter how trivial. This means that death would be preferable to a stubbed toe. If one were to create a linear spectrum of all possible conscious experiences, with positive ones being greater than zero, and negative ones being less than zero, then death would be better than everything less than zero. Death is not the worst thing that can happen to you. Far from it. In fact, death is in the middle. It's dead center (ha, see what did there?). It's at zero. It's the neutral state between pain and pleasure. Any amount of pain, no matter how small, is worse than death, because death is devoid of all feeling. However, HOWEVER... before you start screeching at me, I completely agree that life is far more complex than that. The reason that I would never advocate suicide for a stubbed toe is quite simply because we know that pain and negative states usually pass, and the benefits and positive states that await us are usually worth sticking around for. For the vast majority of people the vast majority of the time, the pros outweigh the cons, and the pleasure on the horizon is worth enduring the pain for. When I say that death is worse than any amount of pain, I'm speaking in a philosophical sense about a single instant in time. I'm not taking into account our complex emotions, and the desire to weather the storm so that we may be around to enjoy the sunny skies. When considering those things, it is clear that for almost all of us, our lives are typically worth continuing. Now, technically, potential happiness doesn't actually matter, because whenever it is that we die, we won't know or care about anything in the future that we missed out on. We won't exist to miss it. All that really matters is the present, but again, our minds and lives are more complicated than that; we almost never live completely in the present, so to speak. Our feelings and desires matter, too, and most of us want to live, to be around to see what joys might await us. When we get through the hard times and find some happiness again, almost all of us generally feel that the pain was worth enduing, and we're glad we did so. We're typically willing to see the hardship through, and that matters as well. As long as you want to live, then life is worth continuing. It's also worth noting, of course, that we're all interconnected, and suicide usually devastates those around you, and that fact must be considered carefully before taking such a drastic step. I always discourage suicide and encourage people to keep trying. We'll all be dead before we know it, and most of the time, people are glad that they stuck it out for as long as possible. There's usually enough small joys to make it worth it. As long as there's a greater-then-zero chance of experiencing some happiness, as long as there's any hope at all, then I'll recommend continuing on and trying. Even in the midst of agony, if there's any shred of doubt, any small part of you that isn't sure you want to die, then you should continue life, because the pain will probably pass, and at some point in the future, you'll find yourself laughing again and feeling glad that you're still here. I always advocate trying for as long as you can--try for yourself, for your family, and for your friends. You'll probably be glad you did. And yet, I would never tell someone that no matter how bad your life is, it is better than no life at all. That's just a lie. It's trivially easy to imagine a life worse than death. There are some people who suffer so greatly, and with no hope of improvement, that suicide may in fact be the best option. I've never known anyone for whom I would recommend suicide, but I could imagine it. If someone's life is unending agony, and there is absolutely no chance of improvement, or if someone's torment is so unbearable that weathering the storm isn't worth it at all, then suicide may be a completely reasonable choice. Ultimately, no matter the reasons, I would never condemn someone for choosing to end their life. It's their life, and their choice. And that brings me to my final and most important point: I don't think we should ever judge, blame, or hate people for committing suicide. Many people assert that suicide is absolutely unacceptable under any circumstances. They say that it is a cowardly way out, and that it must never be considered no matter how bad one's life is. Many people also argue from a religious position, saying that your life is sacred and somehow doesn't belong to you, but rather to some heavenly creator, and therefore you do not have a right to end it. I believe that these are dangerous and harmful mindsets which only make it harder for depressed people to get the help they need. I reject the religious arguments, obviously, and I think that the stigmas surrounding suicide just make it harder to talk about. When suicide is deemed unacceptable and made taboo, is just makes people more scared to come forth and talk about it, which makes them bottle things up, and often attempt suicide without ever talking to anyone. I believe that the stigmas surrounding suicide directly lead to more suicides. If suicide was destigmatized, even to the point of making it officially legal (which I would support), then people considering it would be much more apt to talk about it and get the help they need. I believe that if suicide was destigmatized and talked about more, then it would directly lead to fewer suicides. We should never condemn anyone for such a choice. Instead, we should be understanding, compassionate, and respectful. In order to fight and prevent suicide, we need to be able to talk about it, and I believe that the first step is to stop judging and condemning people for suicide, and start respecting the fact that, tragic though it may often be, it is an immutable, inborn right.
  13. 7 points
    "Does doing something wrong for the right reasons make it wrong?" Those who know me know how much I love Princess Celestia and Luna and how wonderful and amazing they are, but there is one other pony (or in this case changling) who I feel doesn't deserve all the hate she gets. Her name: Queen Chrysalis, Queen of the Changlings! All the time, I hear things, awful things, about Chrysalis and of evil, ugly, emotionless she is and I'm here to tell you all that you all couldn't be farther from the truth! Chrysalis is neither of these things and there's plenty of proof that says so. Evil: What is evil? Simple. Evil is the action of individual taking and using any means necessary to inflict violence and cruel suffering to all those around them without remorse, doing so for either personal gain or simply "because it's fun". Sure, to be fair, Chrysalis has decided to take the love of everypony and that sounds cruel at first glance, but you have to step back and realize that she doesn't do this because it's "fun" or personal gain. She does these things because it is the only way her people can survive and they literally need to feed off of love to survive! Without it, Chrysalis and her changlings die and who would ever want something like that to happen to somepony else? That's why she does all of this: For her people! Maybe in the past she tried to find other ways to help her people to survive, and all of these ways always end in a dead end. And now she had gotten to the point where she was desperate to help her people and feeding off of love was the last resort she could come to! She does what she does because she doesn't have a choice now or else they all die! No one deserves to die in such a fate and Queen Chrysalis was the one to spit in the name of fate itself! Ugly: This word is used to describe an individual as grotesque, without beauty or style. They are simply unpleasant or repulsive, especially in appearance. None of these words could ever describe Queen Chrysalis, and is far from these UGLY words! She has the beauty that no other pony in Equestria will ever have: Inner beauty! A heart as burdened and guilt ridden as hers must go through a lot of stress, but she still manages to show the world how wrong they are about her. Nopony will ever tell her that what she does is wrong and nopony will stop her from helping her subjects, who means more to her than even herself! On the inside she is strong and a warrior who will NOT stop until she sets things right once and for all! On the outside: Even more beauty that outshines everypony in Equestria! Ugly will never be a word I'd use to describe Queen Chrysalis... Emotionless: An individual who does not show or feel any emotion to anything or anyone/pony! They do not care for sadness, happiness, love, hope or hatred nor any other emotion... They simply feel... NOTHING! Queen Chrysalis is the last creature that should be described as such, for she has endured and felt more than one ever should. Sadness for her subjects suffering and feeling as though she has failed them, Happy when she has the chance to fix everything and to make things change for the better, Love for the newborn changlings and the Hope that she can protect them as a mother should protect her young, and Hatred for those who want to stand in her way and tell to give up and stop trying... NEVER!! But the one emotion she has to endure the most: Pain. The pain that she might never save her subjects, the pain that everyone wants to push her to the ground and tell her NO! But most importantly, the pain of getting back up onto her feet and pushing back against the world! All of the pain, suffering and EMOTIONAL scars she's had to endure on her quest is what makes her so strong! The world wants to push Chrysalis down? She'll get right back up and push right back a thousandfold! And there you have it: Three reasons why Chrysalis is no evil, ugly, or emotionless creature of darkness. She is simply a survivor who wants what's best for her people and only somechangling with a heart as strong as hers can take the hardest choices in life and make it a part of her strong will! The will to survive and the will to set things right once and for all! I will always love Queen Chrysalis and nopony will ever convince me otherwise!
  14. 6 points
    Allow me to begin by saying that I am weird; remember that. I've been on this site for many a moon, and I have experienced a number of joyous moments, a small hoofull of sad or trying ones, a great amount of fun ones and even one or two angry ones. All those moments, do understand, will live on in my mind for as long as I can remember to hold down the [RESET] button before I turn my mind off each time I manage to sleep. There are a surprisingly large number of individuals who have become fun and fine friends during my time here; some have left, and one of two have even ascended to Cloudsdale, so to speak. There's a number of dopey, silly and just plain embarrassing things that I've contributed to during my time here, and there's even more moments I've shared with folks here that I shall treasure for the rest of my existence. But that's not why I'm writing this. I have to tell you wonderful folks a few things; I have to get you to see things from my perspective, if you ever want to understand why things are the way they are. Because with three, you get eggroll. And this is only a single, passing point on the map before reaching five. Because five is right out, you see - they said so in the film, and I'll not be one to begrudge them that, since they did it before I did this. I figure it's a fair cop. But that's not why I wanted to write this out for you fine, wonderful folks; that has little to do with it, but it does have some bearing as to what I'm engaging you about. It doesn't matter one whit about stuff like the above wasted paragraph, because the subject of this particular blog entry is one of the heart. And possibly of the stomach. Maybe even in the colon; we don't know - the lab boys say they'll get back to us on it. And they will, too - as they say in the Main Hall; no work, no eat. Those bastards got lazy and complacent during their time in college; I say we mow 'em down with 300 things at once on their first day; that way, if they still manage to do it, you know they're a keeper. Still, I have to tell you why I had to finally sit down and write out this blog entry; I mean, it's not like I'm just sitting in bed, playing my XBOX One in between Overwatch matches and RP replies, y'know? Okay, that's the way it was when I didn't have a job, mayhaps... but that's not important at the moment. Well, semi-important, at best. Maybe a bit more than I give it credit for, sure, but not as much as folks tend to make such a fuss about... and trust me, people will make a fuss over anything. LITERALLY. But I'm getting off track, here - the idea is that I'm supposed to be telling you about something that's been on my mind for quite some time now. It's something that affects you, that affects me, that could possibly affect everything... but, most likely, it won't affect a thing, and my personal horror and paranoia is all for nothing. Still, gotta keep an ear out for such possibilities; hunt them down when they appear, and show up with my rubber TOMY water-gun. Show 'em all who's Boss then, am I right? No, no... I should stay on track. There's too much to say to not take the opportunity to say it. At any rate, I just wanted to make sure to communicate my point here, so that in the future, it can be clearly told that I wasn't any sort of compliant accomplice of anyone else's agenda here. What I do, I do of my own free will, my own choice, my own pinkie toe, my own liver, my own 5th vertibrae; the actions I take are nobody's but my own, and I will end up owning up to them, as I don't believe in owning down to anyone. That's just dumb. But to be completely honest with you all, I can't ever seem to be able to spell out loud, verbally. I mean, typing or writing? Eeyup, I have those down PAT... but verbally? No way. It's like trying to solve a Rubik's Cube with your sense of smell alone. Still, you give me a writing utensil and a dry scrap o' paper, and I can take over the world! I mean, really, do you have ANY IDEA what folks actually talk about around you? Listen in on the right convos, and you can even get passwords and pin numbers - and being clever is being quiet as you gather those all up, and send them off to whomever you please... possibly even someone who washes behind their left knee only on every seventh Thursday, back behind the school bleachers, in the middle of the day, because it was hot and she was pretty, okay? It wasn't MY fault she had a 'wardrobe malfunction'! Still, I think it's finally time for me to approach the crux of this blog post, at long last. I don't think I want to stall any further. *sigh* Here goes: To all of you who have loyally and completely read the drivel above, I say thank you; the title of the blog entry was nothing more than bait to bring you here, so that you would intently read the chaotic ramblings of an old smartass like me, just to see what 'dire' news might have followed. For those of you who have made it this far, this entry was written; I have no plans to leave this site any time soon, but now I'm amused that you read through all that silliness above just to get to this point. I say unto you: April Fool's. Consider yourselves pranked, and you're welcome. I warned you at the very beginning, didn't I? Thank you to everyone who ever communicated, reacted or even just passingly waved at me; I love each and every one of you, and will remember many of you for a long, long time. Keep up the good work, Forums - excelsior!
  15. 6 points
    Hey guys! Here's my new entry for my self-imposed challenge to draw, complete, and post at least one drawing a month for the year of 2020. But no updates on new stuff this time. I actually wanted to share the art I did for the months of January and February, since I only started the blog THIS month. So let's start with January.... Arctic Zotl For this month, I actually decided to go easy on myself and just count a commission I was working on as my monthly art piece. The commissioner had an ahuizotl OC they wanted my to draw, and they actually let me redesign them from the ground up. I don't know her name, but I know she lives a very cold, arctic climate, so I worked on revamping the zotl look from jungle dweller to that. She's got a slightly shorter head and shorter ears, so she doesn't lose as much body heat. She also has a neck ruff/mane and the teeth of a smilodon, to add an "ice age" flair. I quite like her, and so did her owner. On to the next month! Toucan and Hummingbird Rito Designs For February I committed to finally coloring some Rito OC designs I'd whipped up quite a long time ago. Rito are a race from the Legend of Zelda series, and I particularly like the more avian ones that were introduced in LoZ: Breath of the Wild. However, with the exception of one character who's based on a parrot, all the BotW Rito are based on more raptorial birds like falcons and hawks, as well as one owl. But there's so many cool and beautiful birds that could be turned into Rito! So I went designing a Rito based on both a toucan and a hummingbird, specifically a keel-billed toucan and a white-booted racket-tail hummingbird. Their feather colors are taken directly from photos of their real world counterparts, and I examined screenshots of the Rito NPCs to make sure I gave them unique but fitting armor. Which is your favorite? I hope you guys enjoy these art pieces as well as the ones I post in the future! Let me know what you think, and if by chance you have questions, let me know too. Love you guys. It's going to be a good 2020.
  16. 6 points
    If you saw my status update, you'll already know that I got promoted to full-time at my work, but I wanted to make a permanent note of it since it's a big step forward in my life. I'm getting a raise too...so it's likely I'll finally be fully independent in the not-so distant future.
  17. 6 points
    I’ve always wanted to make a blog, but could never think of something to write about. And then it suddenly hit me that my self-imposed art challenge this year would be perfect! Partially because you guys can help keep me motivated. Anyway, this is literally a resolution I made for New Years. I drew almost nothing last year. Granted I had a new job to focus on, but it still really bummed me out. So here I am, resolving to complete and post at least one fully colored drawing every month for 2020. I’ll be sure to post another entry about the pieces I did for January and February, but I am on track for this month so far. Maybe even a little early. Spent my whole weekend on it, and I’ve almost finished the base colors for this March’s art project. This month I’m attempting to redraw a picture I drew all the way back in 2006... Yeesh. I feel embarrassed since you can’t see what the new version looks like yet. I’ve shown the progress on the new version to some of you, but I want it to be a surprise for the majority. I always suffer from a bump I need to get over during the coloring part. It’s the longest part of the art making process and can kind of drag as a result. For two reasons: One, you’re tying to sort out a color palette at the same time. And Two, it’s the step that’s closest to the finish line, and part of you just wishes it was done so you can get to the sharing part (the best part). But, luckily I can afford to do it in little bursts. It’s only a little over a week into March, so I don’t have to sit and work for hours and a time to get it finished. So I’ll be unlikely to get burnt out. But man... April’s gonna be rough... because I’ll have Animal Crossing: New Horizons in my hands by then and will want to do NOTHING ELSE for a very long time. Wish me luck! XD Lastly, here’s a link to my DeviantArt page if you want to see ALL my art: https://www.deviantart.com/shadobabe/gallery Anyway, hope you guys will stick around with me for this challenge. It should be a fun goal!
  18. 6 points
    It's been a bit hard to find motivation to draw for a while, hence the over 4 months without a new entry here. But I think I've finally found a source of consistent motivation to actually sit down, grab a pencil (or drawing tablet), and draw. But you're not here to listen to me ramble. No, you want art. Have an art!
  19. 6 points
    Note: Credits go to I_Am_Number_6 on EQD, @Jerica, and @gingerninja666 for this review. Starlight Glimmer had one of the biggest arcs of the whole series. Debuting in The Cutie Map as Season 5’s top villain, Twilight successful convinced her to reform and change her ways. Rather than condemn her to Tartarus or exile, Twi elected to proactively teach her the Magic of Friendship. Even though she learned all the lessons academically in between To Where and Celestial Advice, she realized she wasn’t ready to lead once more. Throughout Season 7, confidence exuded out of her, showing more comfort in her opinions and ideals once again; Shadow Play and its creative genius helped Starlight show her intellectual bravery at its best, leading to her next chapter of her journey that began in Season 8. With A Horse Shoe-In, today’s chapter continues to near its final destination, and SG has (once again) a fantastic appearance. At the very beginning, viewers are reminded that she will become the next head of the School of Friendship once Twilight moves to Canterlot and replaces the Royal Sisters. However, Twilight’s reminder carries more in-verse weight than in Beginning. Spike issued Starlight’s promotion to Headmare via Royal Decree. As Princess of Friendship, she has the authority to announce it, especially to those she’s close to. More importantly, Twilight exercised this decree with a clear head. Back in BotE, Twilight was in the middle of a massive meltdown, so when she told her the news, she wasn’t prepared for what came next. Now she is. By telling her with a clear conscience, she put in a lot more thought into who’ll succeed her and (like before) trusts Starlight into making the right decisions. Ain't this heartwarming and cute?! Her trust for Starlight is reaffirmed in two other moments. In Act 1, Trixie reminded her that Twilight never did anything alone, including running the School of Friendship. As one of six teachers, they all took care of the students together. Because she had close friends helping her, Starlight told Twilight about her new idea: hiring a Vice Headmare to help alleviate the work. What does Twilight say? After blowing up in Trixie’s face, she and Twilight share a heart to heart in her classroom. During the interviewing process, Starlight really wanted someone she knew well to be Vice Headmare, but because Trixie didn’t take it so seriously the first two tries and then took it so seriously the last that she accidentally put her students in danger, she let her frustrations take over, yelled at Trixie over it, and angrily told her that she would never be VH. Twilight reminded her that, yes, she has friends to help her, but not every friend is right for the job you offer, and that she has to tell them immediately before it gets out of control. Now, is Starlight right to be upset with Trixie? Absolutely. Is Trixie a capable VH? Not at all. But Starlight isn’t fully innocent, either, as she ignored the signs from earlier, insulted her, belittled her worth, and put her friendship with Trixie at risk. Apologizing to her was the right move. As for Trixie herself, she showed aplenty to prove she wasn’t qualified beyond a blind flash beehive transfer. In Twilight’s classroom, she skipped a completely important history lecture on friendship, napped with everyone (with helpful tips from Gallus ), and didn't feel ashamed of it. Afterwards, she shouted at Grandpa Gruff and expelled him from the School of Friendship. Both of these showed extreme opposites of what she looked for. On one hand, she didn't care for the subject the students are learning. On the other, when push comes to shove, she cared maybe a little too much, rightfully defending a student’s reputation to a surrogate who gave little about him and losing her own temper rather than constructively using her anger to maintain her rep as substitute. That said, despite her neglect for studies, extreme measures, and lack of thought, Trixie's certainty she'll be hired is merited. What inspired Starlight to create this permanent position? Trixie’s reminder of Twilight’s friends helping her run the school. Rather than go away and wait for lunch, she followed Starlight, overheard the whole conversation, and assumed that Starlight will hire friends to help them like Princess Twilight. As a result, this whole interviewing process felt like a game to test her meddle, and she won't bite. Read this exchange from Act 2: In Starlight's mind, she wanted Trixie to really show she can lead a school and help the students learn, but she was way behind compared to Hooves and Octavia. However, Trixie assumes Starlight just wants to test her with one final step before letting the rest of the "competition," and the language from both of them is loose enough so you see where they come from while being unable to break through that communication barrier. And it was that barrier that caused Trixie to not take Starlight's anger seriously the first time, followed by confusion, and then hurt once she realized what Starlight wanted and after SG made her feel worthless. In addition to helping complete another chapter to the overall arc of Season 9, the episode carries a message of how nepotism can cause a system to become corrupt if left unchecked. Because she did so poorly, SG almost DQ'd her once and then told her very softly in their second interview she wouldn't hire her. But as a result of Trixie setting the expectation of being hired (and thus placing herself above Octavia, Hooves, Big Mac, and Spoiled), Starlight was caught in a major dilemma. How can she tell Trixie she's not qualified for the job? Regardless of her own temperament, how well will Trixie handle the disappointment? What if she finds out through someone else that she will lose the opportunity? Conversing with "Phyllis" (and protecting her from Trixie) and holding off the truth only added to her dilemma and increased her frustration. Fortunately, when the problems became too big to ignore, she put her foot down, and Twilight's "motherly" advice helped her even more. In addition to how your friends may not always be the best fit for a job, a nice, subtle secondary moral floated in the background, which @Jerica caught and told me about in my Discord convo with her. Out of the five interviewees, Octavia Melody was easily the most qualified. During the substitution, she easily had the most fun while taking part in Laughter class. As she instructed her students to play their instruments, Pinkie Pie suddenly played the yovidaphone loudly behind them. Did anyone get upset? Nope. They continued playing and had a blast playing their favorite instruments no matter how good they were. And, yes, they all laughed. Hard. In her one-on-one interview with Ocellus's parents, she understood her knowledge of music, praised her student for quickly improving in her work, and got along incredibly well. While in the same Bridleway Theatre as the special playing of Hinny of the Hills back in Season 4, her students sat in their seats as Octavia prepared. Initially, Gallus was bored as hell. Then the lights went out. Out came Vinyl. And they began to play an exciting remix of classical music to everycreature's delight (great callback to their remix and friendship from Slice of Life ). Octavia understands that not everyone's tastes are the same, but she knew how to loosen her hair and create joy to those who wish for it. Yet at the end, she turned down the job. Why? Fear she'll lose her time for music. Even though she's so good in those interviews, music's her passion, and she doesn't want to give it up. Sadly, you sometimes have to choose, which isn't easy. Bittersweet it may be, watching her tell Starlight she would love to accept the offer but decline would add a major gut-punch to the episode and add some real, down-to-earth weight to this episode. What would also add weight would be to see Gallus tell Trixie how much he appreciated her passionate defense of him to Grandpa Gruff. Most ponies won't have the guts to tell off the temperamental griffon like that, including Starlight. No matter how narcissistic Trixie can be, she knows her limits and cares for at least her students' psychological health. Apathy for his guardian's growth and openly belittling him while he was already down were massive signs of disrespect towards her and her students, and she showed Gruff he hasn't earned her respect in return. If there's a scene showing Gallus thanking Trixie for defending him, it'll show both some chemistry between them and how her presence matters. Containing it off-screen softens the impact, but his off-screen gratitude meant she has some a place in the school after all. With the changing of the guard approaching, the School Counselor spot needed to be filled, and Trixie more than showed she qualifies. As clichéd as this sequence can be this season, adding a montage would really help Sunburst show his credentials. In the climax, she hired him after Trixie contacted him via scroll, a passionate interview, and admission of not having to take much care of Flurry Heart anymore. If we see him have a world of fun teaching his students in one of his classes, conversing pleasantly with the students' parents, and then go on a very fun field trip together (maybe to The Crystal Empire to greet Mistmane, Cadance, and Flurry Heart), then you can really sell his passion for teaching. Having her hire him in a quick, expository flash-forward makes the resolution feel a little rushed. Nothing close to ruining it, but makes his hiring as Vice Headmare tough to sell. To end this review on a high note: This episode does a fantastic job reintroducing the Vice Headmare occupation without contradicting continuity, a point brought up by I_Am_Number_6 on EQD. Back in A Matter of Principals, she hires Discord for the same position after she lost her temper and ruined the buckball field, but he loses his job instantly after the RM6 returned from their "friendship quest." Here, she went through the process with a lot more care and thought, especially since Twilight's soon leaving for Canterlot. In addition to in-episode growth, Starlight shows continual growth, too. Back in No Second Prances (her first self-contained episode post reformation), she forces Big Mac to talk against his will. Here, she understands not everyone's so comfortable to talk and won't force him to do a job he feels he can't. Thank @gingerninja666 and his friend for pointing it out. Also… BAD idea, Whooves! What a big, pleasant surprise to see a brand-new writer take on FIM this late in its running! Ariel Shepherd-Oppenhein did a splendid job in her Pony debut and executed a very solid, very good episode, one that may be Starlight's last once it's all finished.
  20. 6 points
    Today. Is. The. DAY. The Bro. The Ny. THE CON. Today, I depart for Baltimore on a Greyhound bus, a trip that will last from 2:30 PM 'til 7 AM the next day... I couldn't BE more stoked, right now. Since 2016, I've been coming to this site. I've spent time interacting with the folks here, sharing stories or memes or even just goofing around & being chaotic and whatnot... and those things mean a LOT to me. As someone who's always felt alone in crowds, I have to admit that my upcoming muzzle-to-muzzle meeting of so many of the folks here - on staff as well as the rest of you wonderful folks - is something that, for once, I feel like I'm really looking forward to. Despite Aspie worries and awkward moments that will undoubtedly lie ahead, I am confident that the folks I'm going to meet here will be incredible, and that when it's all said & done, we'll all have fond memories of this momentous occasion. Well... i-it's momentous to me. Excelsior, fellow Ponyites... for Randi is bringing his CHAOS to you. Personally.
  21. 5 points
    Howdy ho good people. Welcome back to the shitshow that is the United States featuring its glorious brain dead cheeto leader, Donald Trump! Recently, the South Korean film Parasite won best picture at the Oscars. Haven't seen the film yet but I hear it is a masterpiece, nothing less. Sounds like it absolutely deserved this award. Donald Trump, being the putried spawn of the underworld that he is, made his own opinions known about this victory for the film at a rally in Colorado. Trump said the following: “How bad were the Academy Awards this year?” Trump asked his supporters at the event. “Did you see it? The winner is…a movie from South Korea! What the hell was that all about? We got enough problems with South Korea with trade. On top of that, they give him best movie of the year? Was it good? I don’t know. Let’s get ‘Gone With the Wind.’ Can we get ‘Gone With the Wind’ back, please?” Jesus. Fucking. Christ. Did the world truly end in 2012 and this is us in hell? Trump's stupidity and putridness has literally no boundaries and is always evolving. He straight up says that he has not seen the film and mocks its win purely because it is SOUTH KOREAN. THAT'S IT. So he not only insults the film's win because he is plain as day racist, but he also mocks a movie he hasn't even seen. How much of a fucking single brain celled dimwitted dumbfuck can a single person possibly be? Bernie Sanders is fighting and working his ass off to one day hopefully make things better for all of us and at the same time, Trump, a person that 10's of MILLIONS of people support in full, is busy mocking films that he hasn't even seen solely because of the country they were made in. Someone get me off this goddamn planet please. There is one positive out of this story though. The US distributor, Neon, had a very simple response to Trump: “Understandable, he can’t read.” Amazing. XD That almost makes this entire thing worth it. Reading that put a huge smile on my face.
  22. 5 points
    Twenty years ago yesterday, famed Peanuts comic illustrator and writer Charles Schulz passed away from cancer at 77 years of age. The following day, his last strip (created well in advance) circulated the papers. Now twenty years since his last comic strip, Schulz’s lasting legacy remains firm, and Peanuts remains iconic for both young and old.
  23. 5 points
    So much for this whole biweekly update thing. But here I have something that I impressed myself with. Also, the first time I've drawn wings I can really be proud of! Note: most of the art in this picture isn't mine. Everything except the last window on the right wasn't made by me. The last window on the right is the only part that's actually my art. Woops, forgot to mention, the design is heavily inspired by this piece here (my personal favorite Nightmare Moon fanart).
  24. 5 points
    Since the start of Season 2, Rainbow Dash traditionally has the worst episodes of the season and show at large. After a swarm of some great and excellent outings, Season 9 releases its first clunker. Smolder had one of her best outings of the season. Representing the student body who wanted the cheerleading to work, she put up with all of Dash's crap and gave her the calling-out she so rightfully deserved. After Dash gives an apology that didn't sound so contrite, she actually proved she meant it by helping her students practice. And if you look at the montage, you'll see how much effort Dash put into coaching them to be the best they can be and the students placing their trust back into her. Snips continues his capitalist streak, trying to sell as much as possible to buckball fans and goers. And he inadvertently made Dash see the errors of her ways. Celestia going all fanatical remains the episode's funniest moment. And the buckball scene as a whole (minus one moment, which I'll get to) holds up well enough. That's all the positives. The rest of this episode was just a colossal train wreck. There's one piece of dialogue, where after it all ends, that really spoils the mood. And attached with a snarky, conceited face and tone. So why is Twilight going all Trollight the worst moment of the season so far? It calls back memories of what the RM5 did in Mare Do Well and 28PL, the former one of the most infamous of the entire series. Rather than tell Dash upfront, they go behind their backs just to make her get it, and the tone attached to them is cruel and unbecoming of not only anyone who truly cares for a friend, but also the show. For those two, it took until being confronted by them at the very end with them actually telling her to her face. 28 Pranks Later has the worst atmosphere of the two, because rather than fix the problem, they exacerbated MDW's worst problems and made a worse version of that episode. Here, Dash learns her lesson well before the climax, and Twilight doesn't see the transformation taking place, but imagine if she didn’t. What if Twi told her at the end? Can you imagine just how dirtier that would feel to the audience? Just to teach Dash a contrived lesson, Twilight intentionally put the whole tournament at risk. Had Twilight decided not to make Dash the cheerleader coach beforehand, none of what happened would've existed. Dash would be at home teaching buckball and not feel demoted and deflated. She started a conflict that should never have existed in the first place. But what does making that snide, passive-aggressive line admission also mean? Twilight knew well in advance that Dash would not take this “demotion” very well, do less than minimum effort to help the students prepare for the halftime show, try to sneak away and get involved with it, potentially ruin all hope they have for it, and make them quit cheerleading practice. Like the Ponyvillagers in MDW, she used both Dash and her students as guinea pigs just to make Dash learn a lesson. This is one of her most out-of-character moments of the whole series, as it shows no trust with Dash and the student body. That final exchange is an admission of no confidence, yet the episode paints her in the right for pulling such a disgraceful stunt. Trollestia was the worst part of both Ticket Master and Bird in a Hoof, as she treated the Mane 6 (and for the latter, her sick phoenix) as a means to an end. Trollight adopting that same "quality" doesn't make it any better or more humorous. Because this episode's Mare Do Well 2.5, it's easy to see why many don't take it very well. Mare Do Well is factually terrible, and its infamy means it should've been put in the background and not to be reminded of again. This episode and the ending feel a lot like a multi-down and an admission by DHX of having continuous difficulties writing/editing her well. Those reactions also remind me of my own following Princess Spike's ending. After a mess of an episode and conflict, Spike was given a bouquet of Dragon Sneeze trees, restarting his allergies and forcing him to sneeze at the rebuilt statue. What made that moment so atrocious is how it solidifies a very sexist position within the show. Spike had been the show’s buttmonkey from the beginning, and several episodes either neglected him despite being an important part of Twi’s life (like not being at Twi’s birthday) or made him the butt of very unfunny slapstick (Owl’s Well, the Spikeabuse from Fall Weather Friends and Castle Mane-ia). Additionally to being the only non-pony of the Mane cast, he was the only male. Beating down the only male lead in a pro-feminist show is as misandrist and anti-feminist as it comes. Now, is Twilight’s line as bad as that atrocious, sorry excuse for a "joke"? Not even close. PS's "joke" made me wonder whether FIM jumped the shark, a dose of irony after Slice of Life subtly satirized it. Twilight's admission, as awful as it is, isn't nearly that low. To this day, I still don't regret my tirade over it. Thankfully, Spike had more than half a season, several more from that point forward to recover. From that day forward, he hasn’t had an episode close to this level of quality since. Unfortunately for Dash, we’re now in the last season, and if you look at the synopses of what’s to come, Also, Kaita Mpambara is one of the best new writers, so for him to write such a stinker is massively disappointing. However, just because Twilight intentionally placed Dash in an unfavorable position doesn't mean Dash is entitled to take her disappointment out on the students. With RD being the focus, we see how she feels and reacts to her surrounding. What we got here is Rainbow Dash's Honest Apple. In Honest Apple, Applejack wasn't initially sure she would be the right pony to judge on practicality, but after Apple Bloom (inexplicably) had trouble with her hat. So even though Applejack became Applejackass, it didn't start out that way. She went into this process without ill intentions. However, Rainbow Dash never got on the right foot with Ocellus, Smolder, Yona, or the two cheerleading valley mares (Shimmy Shake & Lighthoof). What was her reaction to Twi over its importance? …Nice support for your students, Ms. Cools-a-little. From the get-go, Rainbow Dash not only showed absolutely zero interest in teaching the students how to cheerlead, but made less-than-minimal effort. Let's go over her sins one by one, shall we? Shimmy Shake and Lighthoof were apparently students at the school. But Dash apparently doesn't recognize them very well and passively dissed their cheerleading routine by rolling her eyes at them. However, even if Shimmy and LH may not interest her, she could've been inspired by Ocellus's desire for respect, Smolder's subtle feminine curiosity, and Yona's eagerness to fuel her in helping all five practice. Instead, what does she do? Remain completely apathetic towards cheerleading as a whole, ignore Snips's (bit-centric) reminder that Twilight put her faith in her, and put her focus completely on the constructing buckball field over her own classroom. Their first practice in front of her was loaded with problems, including Yona's inability to not cause a classroom earthquake, Ocellus's timidity, and Smolder's poor smoke direction. But Dash pays no attention, her focus out at the window. She doesn't see one second of it. As far as she's concerned, as long as they just perform in front of her, it's all she and the buckball audience would give a shit about. As long as someone else with more passion than her can teach them, then she can watch ponies practice and build the field. Even though Snips's focus is bit-centric, he showed to be no fool these days. However, his vague wording of needing a coach so he can "make any bits" led her to her scheme, which was a disaster. … … Seriously, Dash? You really think everything will be A-OK? You think that they will rather have Snips, who's completely unqualified to teach or tutor in any form of athletics, over you? Yet, she uses that "come-up-with-something" idea to blindfold her students and try to sneak out, and would've succeeded had Yona not peaked. "Come up with something" isn't an excuse to be damn LAZY and do NOTHING under a cheap guise. After being suggested to "turn to her friends for help," she did just that and spent the rest of the first day of practice asking her friends. But she gets only the equipment. She literally is doing "what she needs" just to get stuff. No tips on how to work with them safely, arrange them properly so the practice and the dance routine improve, etc. In layman's terms: Lo and behold, they practice for the rest of the day and fuck everything up in the worst "comedy" routine of the season! What does Dash do? Completely ignore it and act like it never existed. When she turned around to see them all glum and upset, her only reaction was a disinterested "What?" Hmmmmmmmmmm… …now what does that remind me of? Oh, yeah, this little shit!! AJ's act of shaking all those feathers off Lily Lace's hat after uniquely stitching them one by one overnight is by far the cruelest act between the two episodes, but Dash's words were much worse. In HA, AJ stereotyped fashion at a boiling point (though her following words while much more composed doesn't help her at all) and at least gave it a chance. Here, Dash maintained a negative, narrow, stereotypical viewpoint of cheerleading before Twilight assigned her, maintained it throughout, and then remorselessly showed her disgust for it and those willing to perform and make it good in spite of her laziness! Even worse, despite being visibly upset, she still didn't see the big deal in how hurtful her actions were! *facehoof* Sweet Celestia! Look, I get it. Being assigned to a job you don't like sucks. No one likes it. But this isn't about you. It's them. THEY agreed to take part in the School of Friendship's cheer squad, because THEY were interested and knew Dash was the most athletic and best one to properly rally! Dash, you're a TEACHER. It's your job as a TEACHER to HELP THEM! It's one thing to be so oblivious towards their screwups. It's another to severely flanderize her ignorance, pretend they don't exist, act so disinterested when they badly mess up, directly insult them, and STILL don't care! I read one comment somewhere, and I can't find it, but that brony's right. Dash, why are you a teacher? This is the second time you were a selfish piece of shit. What you did with AJ on that boat is way, way worse than this, but that doesn't make your despicable, out-of-character actions here any better. If you truly needed help like you claimed, you coulda, I don't know, look in the library yourself and work with the students to hone their craft! Neighsay bashed the school in part because the teachers are professionally unqualified. Congratu-pony-lations for proving him right again! *AAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!* Ain't it odd that Dash suddenly bashed the idea of cheering? IIRC, she had no problem teaching someone how to cheer eight seasons ago! Sure, teaching someone how to cheer from in the stands is much more different than cheerleading, which is pre-planned and organized. That doesn't mean she can't use those lessons here, but that would've been a leeeeeeeetle too helpful for her students, wouldn't it? Needless to say, this episode sucks. Today, it's the worst of the season and yet another Dash-centric flop. However, despite bashing Dash's characterization and discontinuity, it's not close to the worst of the show or her worst appearance ever. Several episodes prior handled her way worse than this. May the Best Pet Win, Tanks for the Memories: Abusive to animals. The former by being cruel to those who want to be her pet and dismissive toward Tank. The latter for treating her company with Tank to be more important than keeping her alive. Sorry not sorry, Dash DOESN'T deserve pity over having to wait three months during the winter! Rainbow Falls: Gaining an ego and then actually thinking about abandoning the relay team representing her town in favor of the “cooler” Wonderbolts squad. Mare Do Well: No explanation required. 28 Pranks Later: Jumpstarted the MDW ripoff by scaring the daylights out of FS while knowing she hates being pranked, and then the whole town, including SCOOTALOO, decided to get her back. Newbie Dash: What supposed to be her milestone episode turned out to be the biggest torture porn of the entire show. Three years later, it remains FIM’s biggest black mark. Compete Crap Clause: Lusting to win Teacher of the Month, she and AJ focus more on winning than the Young Six’s safety, causing a Yona to nearly drown! Rather than learn their lesson, they act passive-aggressive toward each other and nearly became bite-a-cuda dinner!  When Rainbow Dash wised up, she was remorseful, apologized, and worked hard to help the students make the cheerleading become the go-to moment of the tournament. Despite her terrible behavior, she put in the effort to make up for it, a commendable act by her. Yeah, it’s the worst episode this season, but compared to almost the rest I listed, it’s not terrible. Lastly, it's understandable that some may feel DHX, particularly the crew from S6 onward, hates Rainbow Dash. But if they do, then we wouldn't have the following: Stranger Than Fan Fiction: OK, this episode isn't as good as what many say, but only due to Quibble suddenly acting like an idiot while in the jungle (thinking it's all a game). OTOH, Dash was fantastic as a fantastic foil. Top Bolt: A better climax could've really helped this episode. But Twi and Dash worked hard to help out Sky Stinger and Vapor Trail and were able to fix their friendships. Their portrayals were among the best of S6. Glideance: Dash’s Putting Your Hoof Down, and done right. Grannies Gone Wild: An episode that has no business being great, but it is. Initially wanting no part in it and trying to skip out, she immediately sees the error of her ways and works tirelessly to keep the Golden Mares safe. Despite all of the comedy at its expense, Berrow's episode reminds us to sympathize with her, not think she had it coming. She rightfully earned her way to the roller coaster. The End In Friend: NCC and Mare Do Well done right. Their argument was very believable and had every right to defend their own interests when the other didn't take theirs seriously. But they used their interests and strengths to realize how much they still mean to each other. The Washouts: An excellent sequel to Wonderbolts Academy, and Dash’s best episode. Like its predecessor, it balances her strengths and flaws very well, transitions between Dash's insecurity and worries for Scoot's safety flawlessly, and doesn't demonize her for any of it. Common Ground: An amazing followup of STFF with a personal touch, and Dash's best outing of the season. Tries her best to help Quibble learn buckball to bond with his stepdaughter, accidentally messes up, and steps back up to continue helping him until she found the right resolution. Most importantly, as disappointing as 246G is, this is Season 9's only folly. Many more episodes remain. If you wish, you can open the spoiler box beneath for brief commentary on the early-aired episodes: So, yeah, it's a bad episode, but not the worst, and whenever the show ends, she still has many good episodes.
  25. 5 points
    My wife threw me out back in November of 2018. The reasons why were irrelevant - I was no longer welcome in the embrace of the woman I'd known since middle school, and my kids were now living somewhere I was not. Something like that can sandblast the will to live out of someone with the force of a balefire bomb, and at the time, I might not have been suicidal (I've experienced it from the side of losing a dear friend; I won't do that to anyone if I can help it), but I was at the bottom of the proverbial barrel. I felt that there was nothing left for me, and that I was doomed to spend the remainder of my existence in abject misery. So naturally, as I do when I oft get sad, I read. I read all the books I owned at least twice, and even borrowed a few from good friends... but there's always more to read. Lately, I'd finished scouring FimFiction, and had enjoyed finishing last year's great find for me - Fallout: Equestria. LittlePip and co. were wonderful additions to my mental roster of characters and stories, and I had noticed that there had been more stories. With all that had happened to me, I was more or less just skimming the 'recommended' section... and found Project: Horizons. What the hell... with all my pain, what more could it hurt? The next few weeks saw me reading the damn thing at every chance I got. It DEVOURED my attention; I even neglected some of my work here on the forums, my mind eagerly delving into the world of Blackjack and her intrepid allies. I even began, internally, to draw parallels between BJ and some of my own tribulations. But the most important part of this introduction is to tell you that one line, like a freaking mantra, kept repeating over and over through the length and breadth of the entire tale... Do better. And I took that to heart as thoroughly and tightly as I possibly could. It made a difference. It made a WORLD of difference, as I started to push to mentally grab my depressed self up off the floor and make steps toward doing better than I had been. I did better by drying my tears of self-pity. I did better by forcing myself out of bed each and every day, accomplishing even the smallest thing just to prove I wasn't beaten yet. I did better by fighting my mental demons, and seeking the truth instead of the seductive lies my paranoia was trying to feed me. I did better by keeping a regular laundry routine, instead of letting it pile up into a living creature of dirt, sweat and loose threads. I DID BETTER. So, just like that, Project Horizons took an important place in my heart as a story I took HOPE from. Natch, with this sort of affection for the story, I decided this year that, with the final BronyCon coming up, I was not only going to attend... but I endeavored to find myself a Blackjack plushie, so that I could have a tangible reminder of all the better I'd done because of that checkerboard-maned Security mare. I even tried to budget out enough for a leniency of $80, just in case. Two days into the convention, and an unforseen bill slammed its' way into my account, cleaning me out and leaving me with a negative balance. I didn't even have enough cash to buy a can of soda, much less a plushie. So, even though it mentally stung me worse than a bugbear sting to the armpit, I had to let go of the idea that I'd be able to afford one at this convention - hell, I was trying to figure out how I was gonna get home. Still, walking through the dealer's hall, I could admire other works that befit my likes. I saw a number of AWESOME Discords, cool buggos, stupid smexy Nightmare Moon dakimakuras, and adorkable chibi Twilys. But there was one shelf that had a remarkably detailed and hand-painted vinyl Blackjack on a stand. I smiled, as it was even complete with that self-confident smirk I could imagine her with, and as I looked it over, I was joined by someone else who admired it. Natch, I began talking (as I can be a chatty bugger), and he inquired if I liked Fallout: Equestria's Project Horizons. Of course I said yes. He thumbed over his shoulder and said, "Yeah? Well THIS guy wrote it." I turned to where he had motioned, and there was just this average, normal-looking fellow there, maybe his mid-thirties, bespectacled and friendly-like. He lifted his hand in a slight wave and, almost as if narrating while I read it on his badge, "Hi. I'm Somber. Nice to meetcha." I... *sigh* I totally fanboyed. I will not lie. I gasped, might have even given a squee, and instantly shook his hand before hugging him and shaking his hand again. I couldn't believe it - the author of the story that had given me the inspiration and strength to carry on in one of my lowest points in life. I mean, I wasn't fan-sessed, no... I did manage to relate a Cliff Notes version of the above story to let him know how much Blackjack's journey had meant to me. I wanted to let him know how important it was to me.... aaaaaaaand hopefully not drive him off with my fan-gasming. To his credit, he never even looked fazed, and was even pleasantly surprised when I told him what it had meant to me. He thanked me for reading, and when I mentioned I'd been trying to find a BJ plush, he grinned and said, "I know where they've got 'em - follow me, man." So, agog and still internally squeeing, I went along with him and his friend (whose name I forgot, please don't be upset, but I mean COME ON), and we traveled through the swarm of Bronies that were there to find their own treasures. I was so stunned by meeting him that I didn't even realize he was taking me to buy a plushie I had no money for. Arriving at the booth, he gestured to a small pile of Blackjacks that were adorably minky and well-made, complete with removable Security barding and little PipBuck! They were totes dorbs, as my daughter would say, and Somber asked the guy behind the counter how much they were. The gentleman replied, "Sixty bucks." My heart crashed as the realization came home. I kinda... mini-panicked. Eyes wide, I grabbed one of the booth's business cards, swearing I'd order one online and that it wouldn't take more than a single paycheck to do so, and that I'd really not expected things to go as they had for my budget for this trip, and was very earnestly trying to convince the friend that I was going to do my utmost best to get this plushie... Somber? He just reached over, picked one up, pulled out his wallet and bought one. Then he reached into his pocket and pulled out a black sharpie, removed BJ from her plastic bag enough for him to pull off the back bootie (it gave her legs that cyber-look), and that's where he wrote: To Randi From Somber Hang in there. And, with a smile, he handed it to me. "There," he said, "now you have one." I cried. I also thanked him about a dozen times, hugged him twice more,and shook his hand with BOTH of my own at least four more times. Even though I was fangushing at level 11 at this point, he simply smiled and took all my thanks and praise humbly, wishing me a good rest-of-the-con as he and his friend moved off into the crowds again. I'm pretty sure he was still smiling as he faded into the gathering of Bronies and Pegasisters, all here to celebrate this wonderful show that has spawned so much from so may people. There are a lot of folks who'll tell you that meeting a 'hero' is never all it's cracked up to be; they're arrogant, or money-grubbing, or egotistical to the Nth degree. But sometimes, fillies and gentlecolts... sometimes, meeting a hero is exactly everything you hoped it would be, and then some. To Somber himself, I say excelsior - your greatness is the massive shadow you leave behind the humble, decent man you are stretches farther than you ever imagined. Thank you for your hard work, your insight, and your story - it's helped me to do better, and I'm sure Blackjack herself would be proud of that.
  26. 4 points
    No matter how big the taco is or where it came from, she still takes the bait! Credit.
  27. 4 points
    It all started in 2018 I found a girl online and we started talking and then December 2018 we got in a relationship then she was getting weird things like she wanted to get married and at that point it was only 6 months and the distance was getting too much and I tried to sort it out but I had to end it then in June 2019 I thought we could try it again and it was fine then she started doing the same stuff again and she started asking questions like why is it taking so long to reply when it took me only 1 minute to reply and I was playing games and chatting with friends and she was saying “are you talking another girl then me” And I said to her I wasn’t and it took her almost 10min to 1hr and even a few days to reply to my messages and yesterday she tried to ask me to come back to her and I said no I just want to be friends only.
  28. 4 points
    Since this has been the topic recently for some users...I decided to simply shortly blog about it. You might be having thoughts of harming others, being a hero, put yourself into the center of attention in any weird way. You hate them, you wonder why you get these thoughts you do not want to be part of you. You are not alone. It is a pretty widespread thing. You aren't the only person having these thoughts - in fact, most people are. I had these myself and struggled with them. Some examples include: I am the light. I am the darkness. I am the hero. I will protect you. I will defeat the darkness. I didn't wanted to have these thoughts being part of me. I hated them, and blamed myself for them. They usually lasted for a split second, and I thought afterwards instantly What am or was I even thinking? But all of this didn't better the situation at all, or made it go away. Infact, while I wouldn't say I embraced them, I told myself So what!? It's OK! Not only did this help myself to feel better with or about them - Ironically, it resulted in them almost disappearing over time. The more you are feeling uncomfortable about them, the more they appear. If I tell you Whatever you do, don't think about a black bear for the next 30 seconds! Guess what your thoughts will be. Similar effect. Also, according to the article and paragraphs below, it is not wrong to have such thoughts, and not something you ought to be condemned for or them being a sin. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intrusive_thought I hope this short blog article proves to be useful for some.
  29. 4 points
    I'm hoping that it ends up as a My Little Pony variation of the classic Looney Tunes shorts. It doesn't have to be a 22-minute long episodic series like Friendship is Magic, nor does it have to be 11-minutes. At least 5:30 that focuses on certain characters and their antics should be good. In fact, I will also say that it should also take some more cues from Looney Tunes(Or from New Looney Tunes, formerly Wabbit: A Looney Tunes series) in terms of slapstick and comedy, all while maintaining what made the series great. Take it from me. As someone who grew up with classic Looney Tunes, I'd say it would fit My Little Pony like a glove.
  30. 4 points
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(PSVita)Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 91% 44 of 46 (PS3)Battlefield 3 61% 40 of 64 (PSVita)Uncharted: Golden Abyss 100% 56 of 56(Platinum) (PSVita)PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale 97% 55 of 56(Platinum) (PS3)Batman: Arkham City 31% 23 of 71 (PS3)Batman: Arkham Asylum 57% 31 of 48 (PSVita)Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 100% 46 of 46(Platinum) (PS3)Need for Speed: Most Wanted 70% 42 of 61 (PS3)WipEout HD 24% 19 of 51 (PS3)LittleBigPlanet 27% 23 of 70 (PS3)Battlefield: Bad Company 2 71% 51 of 73(Platinum) (PS3)Killzone 100% 59 of 59(Platinum) (PS3)Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception 51% 55 of 105(Platinum) (PS3)Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 73% 48 of 71(Platinum) (PS3)Uncharted: Drake's Fortune 100% 48 of 48(Platinum) (PS3)Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 100% 34 of 34(Platinum) (PS3)Battlefield: Bad Company 67% 38 of 51 (PS3)Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 61% 49 of 77 (PS3)Killzone 2 66% 52 of 84(Platinum) (PS3)Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker 100% 50 of 50(Platinum) (PS3)Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 100% 46 of 46(Platinum) (PS3)Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 100% 46 of 46(Platinum) (PS3)Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 88% 48 of 51 (PS3)Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 51% 41 of 73 (PS3)Killzone 3 64% 52 of 79(Platinum) (PS3)Call of Duty: World at War 71% 45 of 65(Platinum) (PS3)Call of Duty: Black Ops 68% 46 of 71 - = Got more rare += Got less rare Rarest Platinum: Legend of the West(Red Dead Redemption 2)(NEW) 1.92%(-0.00%) Unrarest Platinum: Valedictorian(Bully)(NEW) 23.91%(-0.00%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(Platinum): 1.Legend of the West(Red Dead Redemption 2)(NEW) 1.92%(-0.00%) 2.War Hero(Killzone 2)(-1) 2.18%(-0.01%) 3.The Legendary Hero(Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots)(-1) 4.42%(-0.01%) 4.Extremely Solid(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PS3)(-1) 5.03%(+0.01%) 5.Legend(Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain PS4)(-1) 5.54%(-0.03%) 6.Platinum Trophy(Battlefield Hardline PS4)(-1) 5.74%(-0.04%) 7.Vic Boss(Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker HD)(-1) 6.64%(-0.01%) 8.Platinum(Call of Duty World at War)(-1) 6.65%(-0.02%) 9.Bad Company Elite(Battlefield Bad Company 2)(-1) 6.97%(-0.02%) 10.Snake Eaten(Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater HD PSVITA)(-1) 7.31%(+0.02%) 11.Platinum Trophy(Battlefield 4 PS4)(-1) 7.36%(-0.04%) 12.Platinum(Killzone 3)(-1) 7.78%(-0.03%) 13.World War One Hero(Battlefield 1)(-1) 8.09%(-0.05%) 14.Just another day at the office(Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare Remastered)(-1) 10.10%(-0.06%) 15.Platinum(Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception)(-1) 10.95%(-0.03%) Top 15 Unrarest Trophys(Platinum): 1.Valedictorian(Bully)(+1) 23.91%(-0.02%) 2.Tier 1(Call of Duty Modern Warfare)(-1) 23.13%(-1.14%) 3.Platinum(Uncharted Drake's Fortune)(--) 18.76%(-0.05%) 4.Platinum(Uncharted 2 Among Thieves)(--) 16.62%(-0.04%) 5.Platinum(Killzone HD)(--) 15.64%(-0.06%) 6.Complete all other trophies(The Saboteur)(--) 14.76%(-0.02%) 7.All-Star Legend - You've Only Done Everything(PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PSVITA)(--) 14.64%(-0.03%) 8.Platinum(Uncharted Golden Abyss)(--) 13.32%(-0.02%) 9.Snake Eaten(Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater HD PS3)(--) 13.10%(-0.01%) 10.One Last Time(Uncharted 4 A Thief's End)(--) 11.34%(-0.06%) 11.Platinum(Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception)(-1) 10.95%(-0.03%) 12.Just another day at the office(Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare Remastered)(-1) 10.10%(-0.06%) 13.World War One Hero(Battlefield 1)(-1) 8.09%(-0.05%) 14.Platinum(Killzone 3)(-1) 7.78%(-0.03%) 15.Platinum Trophy(Battlefield 4 PS4)(-1) 7.36%(-0.04%) Rarest Gold: Key To The City(Grand Theft Auto IV)(--) 2.57%(-0.01%) Unrarest Gold: Collateral Damage(The Order 1886)(--) 80.38%(-0.02%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(Gold): 1.Key To The City(Grand Theft Auto IV)(--) 2.57%(-0.01%) 2.Great Dane(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 2.73%(+0.00%) 3.Solid Gold, Baby!(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(--) 2.78%(-0.01%) 4.Career Criminal(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(--) 3.18%(-0.00%) 5.Best in the West(Red Dead Redemption 2)(--) 3.78%(-0.01%) 6.Heroic Survivor(Killzone 2)(--) 3.80%(-0.02%) 7.Valor Grand Cross(Killzone 2)(--) 3.97%(-0.02%) 8.Amateur Radio Operator(Metal Gear Rising Revengeance)(--) 4.02%(-0.01%) 9.Career Criminal(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS3)(+1) 4.51%(-0.01%) 10.Sounds of the Battlefield(Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots)(+1) 4.53%(-0.00%) 11.Notorious(Red Dead Redemption 2)(-2) 4.76%(+0.26%) 12.Multiplayer Elite(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 5.20%(-0.02%) 13.The Longest Day(Call of Duty Infinite Warfare)(--) 5.29%(-0.02%) 14.Virtually Impossible(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PS3)(--) 5.43%(-0.00%) 15.Complete Stealth(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 5.56%(-0.00%) Top 15 Unrarest Trophys(Gold): 1.Collateral Damage(The Order 1886)(--) 80.38%(-0.02%) 2.Modern Marvels(The Order 1886)(--) 76.93%(-0.03%) 3.A Knight No More(The Order 1886)(--) 69.69%(-0.03%) 4.Bought a Slot(BioShock 2 PS4)(--) 69.21%(-0.33%) 5.Three for One(PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PSVITA)(--) 64.70%(-0.02%) 6.The Pacific Campaign(Battlefield 1943)(--) 62.56%(-0.00%) 7.Charted! - Normal(Uncharted 2 Among Thieves)(+1) 57.73%(-0.04%) 8.Escape(BioShock 2 PS4)(-1) 57.51%(-0.29%) 9.Liberation(Wolfenstein The New Order GER)(--) 57.29%(-0.03%) 10.Let's Go Home - Destroy Stahl's Cruiser(Killzone 3)(--) 56.07%(-0.04%) 11.The Fugitive(Dead Space 2 GER)(--) 53.29%(-0.00%) 12.Like a Boss(Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater HD PS3)(--) 51.87%(-0.04%) 13.Charted! - Normal(Uncharted Drake's Fortune)(--) 49.96%(-0.05%) 14.A Cut Above(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PS3)(--) 48.41%(-0.03%) 15.Escape(BioShock PS3)(--) 48.19%(-0.01%) Rarest Silver: Gold Rush(Red Dead Redemption 2)(NEW) 2.60%(-0.00%) Unrarest Silver: Bare-knuckle Slugger(Uncharted 2 Among Thieves)(--) 85.00%(-0.02%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(Silver): 1.Gold Rush(Red Dead Redemption 2)(NEW) 2.60%(-0.00%) 2.Curator(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(-1) 2.80%(-0.01%) 3.No One Will Believe You(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(-1) 2.94%(-0.03%) 4.Mission Complete(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(-1) 3.03%(+0.01%) 5.Shadows Cannot Be Killed(Killzone Shadow Fall)(-1) 3.04%(-0.02%) 6.Endangered Species(Grand Theft Auto 4)(-1) 3.19%(-0.01%) 7.The Knowledge(Killzone Shadow Fall)(-1) 3.67%(-0.01%) 8.Fully Equipped(Call of Duty Infinite Warfare)(-1) 3.72%(-0.03%) 9.Dare Devil(Grand Theft Auto 4)(-1) 3.84%(-0.00%) 10.Gun Nut(Call of Duty Infinite Warfare)(-1) 3.89%(-0.03%) 11.Tell Me a Tale(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(-1) 3.98%(-0.00%) 12.Outgunned(Killzone Shadow Fall)(-1) 4.74%(-0.02%) 13.In It to Win It(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(-1) 4.83%(+0.00%) 14.Decorated(Killzone Shadow Fall)(-1) 5.65%(-0.02%) 15.Executed(Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain PS4)(-1) 5.79%(-0.03%) Top 15 Unrarest Trophys(Silver): 1.Bare-knuckle Slugger(Uncharted 2 Among Thieves)(--) 85.00%(-0.02%) 2.Out of the Frying Pan(The Saboteur)(--) 84.47%(+0.00%) 3.Into the Fire(The Saboteur)(--) 83.49%(-0.01%) 4.Stepping up(Formula 1 2018)(--) 83.26%(-0.18%) 5.Killer on the loose(Battlefield Bad Company)(--) 81.67%(-0.00%) 6.Two for One(PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PSVITA)(--) 81.24%(-0.02%) 7.Grim Reaper(Battlefield 5)(--) 79.98%(-0.32%) 8.Top 3(Formula 1 2016)(--) 78.97%(-0.20%) 9.Baneful Payback(Batman Arkham Asylum PS3)(+1) 78.59%(-0.02%) 10.Headshot Expert(Uncharted Drake's Fortune Remastered)(-1) 78.46%(-0.23%) 11.Dress for Success(BioShock Infinite PS4)(+1) 77.30%(-0.63%) 12.Victory!(Formula 1 2019)(-1) 76.81%(-1.34%) 13.Master of your domain(Battlefield 1943)(+1) 76.04%(-0.01%) 14.On the podium(Formula 1 2017)(-1) 75.93%(-0.43%) 15.Arkham City Sirens(Batman Arkham City PS3 DLC)(--) 74.88%(-0.02%) Rarest Bronze: High IQ(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(--) 2.72%(-0.00%) Unrarest Bronze: Delivering Is What I Do(Death Stranding)(--) 98.62%(+0.12%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(Bronze): 1.High IQ(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(--) 2.72%(-0.00%) 2.Close Shave(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(--) 3.14%(-0.01%) 3.Rolling Heavy(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(--) 3.30%(-0.02%) 4.St. Bernard(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 3.34%(-0.00%) 5.Scout(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 3.46%(-0.01%) 6.Zoologist(Red Dead Redemption 2)(NEW) 3.67%(+0.00%) 7.Horses for Courses(Red Dead Redemption 2)(-1) 3.71%(+0.11%) 8.Skin Deep(Red Dead Redemption 2)(NEW) 3.73%(+0.00%) 9.Grin and Bear it(Red Dead Redemption 2)(NEW) 3.89%(+0.00%) 10.Close Shave(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS3)(-3) 4.04%(-0.01%) 11.Veteran Ribbon(Killzone 2)(-3) 4.17%(-0.02%) 12.Expert Ribbon(Killzone 2)(-3) 4.20%(-0.02%) 13.Shiba Inu(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(-2) 4.26%(+0.01%) 14.Non-Regulation(Red Dead Redemption 2)(-4) 4.37%(+0.12%) 15.Outmaneuvered(Killzone Shadow Fall)(-3) 4.42%(-0.03%) Top 15 Unrarest Trophys(Bronze): 1.Delivering Is What I Do(Death Stranding)(--) 98.62%(+0.12%) 2.A Rite Of Passage(Table Top Racing World Tour)(--) 98.50%(+0.01%) 3.Good Samaritan(Death Stranding)(--) 98.33%(+0.10%) 4.Undercover(Wolfenstein The Old Blood GER)(--) 97.61%(-0.04%) 5.Freeflow Combo 5(Batman Arkham Asylum PS3)(--) 97.09%(-0.01%) 6.Followed Rost's teachings(Horizon Zero Dawn)(--) 96.98%(-0.03%) 7.2X Multiplier!(LittleBigPlanet)(+1) 96.88%(-0.00%) 8.War Never Changes(Fallout 4)(-1) 96.86%(-0.03%) 9.Path of the Stars(Shadow of the Tomb Raider)(--) 96.73%(-0.03%) 10.Deja-vu(Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus GER)(--) 96.04%(+0.01%) 11.I'm Batman(Batman Arkham City PS3)(--) 96.02%(-0.00%) 12.Artist(LittleBigPlanet)(--) 95.92%(-0.00%) 13.Shocking Rescue(Batman Arkham Asylum PS3)(--) 95.77%(-0.00%) 14.Fix Me Up(Need for Speed Most Wanted PS3)(--) 95.71%(-0.01%) 15.Somebody Else?(Beyond Two Souls PS3)(--) 95.68%(-0.01%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(ALL): 1.Legend of the West(Red Dead Redemption 2)(NEW) 1.92%(-0.00%) 2.War Hero(Killzone 2)(Platinum)(-1) 2.18%%(-0.01%) 3.Key To The City(Grand Theft Auto 4)(Gold)(-1) 2.57%(-0.01%) 4.Gold Rush(Red Dead Redemption 2)(NEW) 2.60%(-0.00%) 5.High IQ(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(Bronze)(-2) 2.72%(-0.00%) 6.Great Dane(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(Gold)(-2) 2.73%(+0.00%) 7.Solid Gold, Baby!(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(Gold)(-2) 2.78%(-0.01%) 8.Curator(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(Silver)(-2) 2.80%(-0.01%) 9.No One Will Believe You(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(Silver)(-2) 2.94%(-0.03%) 10.Mission Complete(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(Silver)(-2) 3.03%(+0.01%) 11.Shadows Cannot Be Killed(Killzone Shadow Fall)(Silver)(-2) 3.04%(-0.02%) 12.Close Shave(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(Bronze)(-2) 3.14%(-0.01%) 13.Career Criminal(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(Gold)(-2) 3.18%(-0.00%) 14.Endangered Species(Grand Theft Auto 4)(Silver)(-2) 3.19%(-0.01%) 15.Rolling Heavy(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(Bronze)(-2) 3.30%(-0.02%) Top 15 Unrarest Trophys(ALL): 1.Delivering Is What I Do(Death Stranding)(Bronze)(--) 98.62%(+0.12%) 2.A Rite Of Passage(Table Top Racing World Tour)(Bronze)(--) 98.50%(+0.01%) 3.Good Samaritan(Death Stranding)(Bronze)(--) 98.33%(+0.10%) 4.Undercover(Wolfenstein The Old Blood GER)(Bronze)(--) 97.61%(-0.04%) 5.Freeflow Combo 5(Batman Arkham Asylum PS3)(Bronze)(--) 97.09%(-0.01%) 6.Followed Rost's teachings(Horizon Zero Dawn)(Bronze)(--) 96.98%(-0.03%) 7.2X Multiplier!(LittleBigPlanet)(Bronze)(+1) 96.88%(-0.00%) 8.War Never Changes(Fallout 4)(Bronze)(-1) 96.86%(-0.03%) 9.Path of the Stars(Shadow of the Tomb Raider)(Bronze)(--) 96.73%(-0.03%) 10.Deja-vu(Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus GER)(Bronze)(--) 96.04%(+0.01%) 11.I'm Batman(Batman Arkham City PS3)(Bronze)(--) 96.02%(-0.00%) 12.Artist(LittleBigPlanet)(Bronze)(--) 95.92%(-0.00%) 13.Shocking Rescue(Batman Arkham Asylum PS3)(Bronze)(--) 95.77%(-0.00%) 14.Fix Me Up(Need for Speed Most Wanted PS3)(Bronze)(--) 95.71%(-0.01%) 15.Somebody Else?(Beyond Two Souls PS3)(Bronze)(--) 95.68%(-0.01%) Games Played: 99 Games(--) Completed Games(100% Trophies): 17 Games(+1) Completion: 54.01%(+0.16%) Unearned Trophies: 2.497 Trophies(-13) Trophies per Day: 0.89(-0.01%) -=Losed positions +=Earned positions World Rank: 175.558(-1.787) Country Rank(Germany): 14.148(-125) MLP App Game Stats Friendship Code: 24c4d30 Name: RisingShine94 Characters: 426(+12) from 840(+0) Collections: 35(+3) from 157(-0) Costumes: 101(+0) from 102(+0) Shops: 116(+2) from 197(+0) Current Laughter Pieces: 28(-43) Current Generosity Pieces: 917(-18) Current Honesty Pieces: 985(-14) Current Kindness Pieces: 991(+1) Current Loyalty Pieces: 995(+1) Current Magic Pieces: 999(+0) Current Stars: 2125(+55) Current Friendships: 35(+0) Current Achievements: 10(--) from 25(--) -=Losed positions +=Earned positions Minelore Rank and record: 10.945(-177) with 77.673 Points(--) Title Melody Rank and record: 7.132(-402) with 3.723 Points(--) This Strange New World Rank and record: 33.666(-2.079) with 6.020 Points(--) Time To Come Together Rank and record: 1.911(-83) with 20.113 Points(--) EG-Groove Rank and record: 2.346(-108) with 19.092 Points(--) Cafeteria-Song Rank and record: 51.787(-3.364) with 10.813 Points(--) Rank: 129(+1) VIP Rank: 0(Nicht mehr vorhanden) Current Bits: 24.796.536(+2.618.558) Current Gems: 100(-136) Areas Unlocked: 7 of 7(--) Hope you enjoyed those useless stats, see ya next month n.n
  31. 4 points
    So now you’ve finished writing a chapter or a story. You’re tired, fried, you want to rest and let your mind wander. If you’re a hobbyist, you’re tempted to just upload what you made and be done with it. What about editing? Editing is a mostly lost art nowadays. Most people just assume their work is fine and they would have caught any errors while writing. I speak from experience when I say unedited material may seem okay from memory, but you can have a whole different animal in execution. I have re-read things I’ve written that I figured were close enough, only to gawk at the errors I’d made and wonder what in God’s name was wrong with me. I still wonder what is wrong with me, but I also edit now. So how do you edit? What are you looking for? How long does it take? What are your options? There are two main ways to edit a story: You can self-edit or you can get someone else to do it. If you get someone else to do it, you should still be self-editing as well. The other guy is there to give you a hand and help filter out mistakes you made. He/she is not there to rewrite your entire piece for you. So either way you have to read your own work. If you’re not willing to read your own work, then nobody else will be either. You should read your writing a minimum of 3 times: Once for its own sake so you can get the feel of what story points you covered. Twice to locate glaring mistakes. Three times to pick up the stragglers. I like to do my first read while I am writing what I am writing. This helps prevent plot holes and acquaints you with what you have left to talk about. If you’re really obsessive, you can take notes on your own work and what kinds of errors you found. Your goal is to eliminate as many errors before you send/publish as you can. Don’t just assume the editor (if you have one) will make everything better. You do NOT want to piss off an editor.
  32. 4 points
    Content Count: 3.042 Posts made, that counted.(+8) Day's Won: 7 Days having the most brohoofed content.(--) Last day having most brohoofed content: 30th December 2014 Ammount of Brohoofs: 30.830 Brohoofs received(+686) Followers: 407 Users following me.(+0) Forum Rank: Yak(--) Profile Views: 461.181 times User watched my profile.(+5.566) Last 6 Visitors: @Sparklefan1234 @Samurai Equine @Bas @Deerie @Goofyg23 @Flutterstep Ammount of Blogs: 5(+0) Ammount of Entries in my Blogs: 213 Entries(+3) Ammount of Comments in my Blogs: 232 Comments(+2) Ammount of Views in my Blogs: 29.225 Views(+165) Ammount of Content: 3.200 Pages(+17) Ammount of Status Updates: 364 Pages(+4) Ammount of Status Replies: 619 Pages(+3) Topics Posted by Me: 36 Topics(+0) Posts in "Count to a million" = 58.426(--)(To be continued!)(But theres no way to check how many posts i have now, so until theres a way, it just keeps like this) Days Won Counter: 3rd on 6th May 2019 with 35 Brohoofs 3rd on 1st April 2019 with 54 Brohoofs 3rd on 7th November 2015 with 34 Brohoofs 2nd on 21st June 2015 with 85 Brohoofs 2nd on 14th June 2015 with 194 Brohoofs 3rd on 31st May 2015 with 67 Brohoofs 2nd on 27th May 2015 with 106 Brohoofs 2nd on 22nd March 2015 with 154 Brohoofs 3rd on 1st February 2015 with 57 Brohoofs 3rd on 31st January 2015 with 68 Brohoofs 3rd on 26th January 2015 with 71 Brohoofs 1st on 30th December 2014 with 128 Brohoofs 3rd on 13th December 2014 with 37 Brohoofs 3rd on 7th December 2014 with 47 Brohoofs 2nd on 6th December 2014 with 35 Brohoofs 2nd on 23rd November 2014 with 48 Brohoofs 1st on 12th October 2014 with 158 Brohoofs 2nd on 4th October 2014 with 78 Brohoofs 2nd on 1st June 2014 with 76 Brohoofs 3rd on 18th May 2014 with 60 Brohoofs 1st on 26th April 2014 with 152 Brohoofs 3rd on 25th April 2014 with 80 Brohoofs 2nd on 21st April 2014 with 94 Brohoofs 2nd on 15th April 2014 with 118 Brohoofs 2nd on 12th April 2014 with 75 Brohoofs 3rd on 9th April 2014 with 75 Brohoofs 3rd on 8th April 2014 with 131 Brohoofs 2nd on 1st April 2014 with 77 Brohoofs 2nd on 31st March 2014 with 114 Brohoofs 2nd on 30th March 2014 with 90 Brohoofs 1st on 29th March 2014 with 96 Brohoofs 1st on 27th March 2014 with 73 Brohoofs 1st on 26th March 2014 with 78 Brohoofs 2nd on 18th March 2014 with 29 Brohoofs 3rd on 17th March 2014 with 28 Brohoofs 1st on 9th March 2014 with 78 Brohoofs 3rd on 28th February 2014 with 27 Brohoofs 3rd on 24th February 2014 with 25 Brohoofs Ranking most Brohoofs received: 5th(--) Ranking most Content: Not included(--) Ranking most Status Updates: 2nd(--) Ranking most Articles: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Ranking most Characters: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Ranking most Answers: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Ranking most EQE Characters: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Most Submissions: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Most Banners: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Most Readings: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Most Records: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Ranking most Calendar Events: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Ranking most Applications: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Ranking most Blog Entries: 7th(+1) Ranking most Posts(All): 1st(--) Ranking most Product Reviews: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Awards received: 55(--) Award Ranking: Not included(--) Fics: 4 completed(+0), 0 uncompleted(-0), 0 Unsubmitted(+0) PlayStation Trophies: 3.236 Trophies(+54) 24 Platinum(+0) 126 Gold(+1) 507 Silver(+4) 2.575 Bronze(+49) Games with Trophies: (PS4)Red Dead Redemption 2 92% 47 of 52(+8% 1 Trophy) (PS4)Death Stranding 37% 26 of 63(+37% 26 Trophies) (PS4)BioShock Infinite 41% 38 of 81(+29% 27 Trophies) (PS4)Call of Duty Modern Warfare 98% 27 of 28(Platinum) (PS4)BioShock 2 67% 37 of 54 (PS4)BioShock 59% 48 of 66 (PS4)Wolfenstein Youngblood 7% 5 of 61 (PS4)F1 2019 32% 21 of 51 (PS4)Battlefield V 40% 13 of 22 (PS4)Spyro the Dragon 4% 3 of 37 (PS4)Spyro 2: Rypto's Rage! 0% 0 of 30 (PS4)Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon 0% 0 of 41 (PS4)Metal Gear Survive 11% 8 of 52 (PS4)Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 1% 2 of 103 (PS4)Horizon Zero Dawn 14% 14 of 79 (PS4)Shadow of the Tomb Raider 31% 46 of 100 (PS4)F1 2015 26% 15 of 46 (PS4)F1 2018 13% 7 of 50 (PS4)Call of Duty: WWII 21% 21 of 91 (PS4)F1 2017 4% 2 of 51 (PS4)Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition 32% 23 of 61 (PS4)Uncharted: The Lost Legacy 35% 21 of 50 (PS4)Wolffenstein II: The New Colossus GER 33% 29 of 81 (PS4)Wolfenstein: The Old Blood GER 47% 30 of 51 (PS4)Wolfenstein: The New Order GER 67% 36 of 51 (PS4)Grand Theft Auto V 50% 41 of 78 (PS3)F1 2014 60% 34 of 50 (PS4)The Last of Us Remastered 29% 13 of 50 (PS3)Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance 48% 43 of 61 (PS4)Killzone Shadow Fall 53% 28 of 47 (PS4)F1 2016 14% 8 of 50 (PS4)Fallout 4 15% 15 of 85 (PS4)Call of Duty: Black Ops III 38% 35 of 99 (PS4)Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Remastered 56% 39 of 59 (PS4)Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Remastered 62% 39 of 53 (PS4)Uncharted: Drake's Fortune 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(PS3)Killzone 100% 59 of 59(Platinum) (PS3)Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception 51% 55 of 105(Platinum) (PS3)Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 73% 48 of 71(Platinum) (PS3)Uncharted: Drake's Fortune 100% 48 of 48(Platinum) (PS3)Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 100% 34 of 34(Platinum) (PS3)Battlefield: Bad Company 67% 38 of 51 (PS3)Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 61% 49 of 77 (PS3)Killzone 2 66% 52 of 84(Platinum) (PS3)Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker 100% 50 of 50(Platinum) (PS3)Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 100% 46 of 46(Platinum) (PS3)Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 100% 46 of 46(Platinum) (PS3)Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 88% 48 of 51 (PS3)Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 51% 41 of 73 (PS3)Killzone 3 64% 52 of 79(Platinum) (PS3)Call of Duty: World at War 71% 45 of 65(Platinum) (PS3)Call of Duty: Black Ops 68% 46 of 71 - = Got more rare += Got less rare Rarest Platinum: War Hero(Killzone 2)(--) 2.19%(-0.01%) Unrarest Platinum: Tier 1(Call of Duty Modern Warfare)(--) 24.27%(-1.80%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(Platinum): 1.War Hero(Killzone 2)(--) 2.19%(-0.01%) 2.The Legendary Hero(Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots)(--) 4.43%(-0.01%) 3.Extremely Solid(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PS3)(--) 5.02%(-0.01%) 4.Legend(Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain PS4)(--) 5.57%(-0.02%) 5.Platinum Trophy(Battlefield Hardline PS4)(--) 5.78%(-0.03%) 6.Vic Boss(Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker HD)(--) 6.65%(-0.02%) 7.Platinum(Call of Duty World at War)(--) 6.67%(-0.02%) 8.Bad Company Elite(Battlefield Bad Company 2)(--) 6.99%(-0.02%) 9.Snake Eaten(Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater HD PSVITA)(--) 7.29%(-0.01%) 10.Platinum Trophy(Battlefield 4 PS4)(--) 7.40%(-0.03%) 11.Platinum(Killzone 3)(--) 7.81%(-0.03%) 12.World War One Hero(Battlefield 1)(--) 8.14%(-0.05%) 13.Just another day at the office(Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare Remastered)(--) 10.16%(-0.06%) 14.Platinum(Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception)(--) 10.98%(-0.04%) 15.One Last Time(Uncharted 4 A Thief's End)(--) 11.40%(-0.05%) Top 15 Unrarest Trophys(Platinum): 1.Tier 1(Call of Duty Modern Warfare)(--) 24.27%(-1.80%) 2.Valedictorian(Bully)(--) 23.93%(-0.04%) 3.Platinum(Uncharted Drake's Fortune)(--) 18.81%(-0.05%) 4.Platinum(Uncharted 2 Among Thieves)(--) 16.66%(-0.06%) 5.Platinum(Killzone HD)(--) 15.70%(-0.07%) 6.Complete all other trophies(The Saboteur)(--) 14.78%(-0.02%) 7.All-Star Legend - You've Only Done Everything(PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PSVITA)(--) 14.67%(-0.03%) 8.Platinum(Uncharted Golden Abyss)(--) 13.34%(-0.02%) 9.Snake Eaten(Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater HD PS3)(--) 13.11%(-0.04%) 10.One Last Time(Uncharted 4 A Thief's End)(--) 11.40%(-0.05%) 11.Platinum(Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception)(--) 10.98%(-0.04%) 12.Just another day at the office(Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare Remastered)(--) 10.16%(-0.06%) 13.World War One Hero(Battlefield 1)(--) 8.14%(-0.05%) 14.Platinum(Killzone 3)(--) 7.81%(-0.03%) 15.Platinum Trophy(Battlefield 4 PS4)(--) 7.40%(-0.03%) Rarest Gold: Key To The City(Grand Theft Auto IV)(--) 2.58%(-0.00%) Unrarest Gold: Collateral Damage(The Order 1886)(--) 80.40%(-0.05%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(Gold): 1.Key To The City(Grand Theft Auto IV)(--) 2.58%(-0.00%) 2.Great Dane(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 2.73%(+0.01%) 3.Solid Gold, Baby!(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(--) 2.79%(-0.00%) 4.Career Criminal(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(--) 3.18%(-0.01%) 5.Best in the West(Red Dead Redemption 2)(--) 3.79%(-0.03%) 6.Heroic Survivor(Killzone 2)(--) 3.82%(-0.02%) 7.Valor Grand Cross(Killzone 2)(--) 3.99%(-0.02%) 8.Amateur Radio Operator(Metal Gear Rising Revengeance)(--) 4.03%(-0.01%) 9.Notorious(Red Dead Redemption 2)(NEW) 4.50%(-0.00%) 10.Career Criminal(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS3)(-1) 4.52%(-0.01%) 11.Sounds of the Battlefield(Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots)(-1) 4.53%(-0.02%) 12.Multiplayer Elite(Killzone Shadow Fall)(-1) 5.22%(-0.02%) 13.The Longest Day(Call of Duty Infinite Warfare)(-1) 5.31%(-0.03%) 14.Virtually Impossible(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PS3)(-1) 5.43%(-0.01%) 15.Complete Stealth(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(-1) 5.56%(-0.00%) Top 15 Unrarest Trophys(Gold): 1.Collateral Damage(The Order 1886)(--) 80.40%(-0.05%) 2.Modern Marvels(The Order 1886)(--) 76.96%(-0.05%) 3.A Knight No More(The Order 1886)(--) 69.72%(-0.05%) 4.Bought a Slot(BioShock 2 PS4)(--) 69.54%(-0.02%) 5.Three for One(PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PSVITA)(--) 64.72%(-0.01%) 6.The Pacific Campaign(Battlefield 1943)(--) 62.56%(-0.02%) 7.Escape(BioShock 2 PS4)(--) 57.80%(-0.05%) 8.Charted! - Normal(Uncharted 2 Among Thieves)(--) 57.77%(-0.05%) 9.Liberation(Wolfenstein The New Order GER)(--) 57.32%(-0.09%) 10.Let's Go Home - Destroy Stahl's Cruiser(Killzone 3)(--) 56.11%(-0.05%) 11.The Fugitive(Dead Space 2 GER)(--) 53.29%(-0.10%) 12.Like a Boss(Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater HD PS3)(--) 51.91%(-0.03%) 13.Charted! - Normal(Uncharted Drake's Fortune)(+1) 50.01%(-0.07%) 14.A Cut Above(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PS3)(+1) 48.44%(-0.04%) 15.Escape(BioShock PS3)(NEW) 48.20%(-0.00%) Rarest Silver: Curator(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(--) 2.81%(-0.02%) Unrarest Silver: Bare-knuckle Slugger(Uncharted 2 Among Thieves)(--) 85.02%(-0.03%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(Silver): 1.Curator(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(--) 2.81%(-0.02%) 2.No One Will Believe You(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(--) 2.97%(-0.01%) 3.Mission Complete(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(--) 3.02%(-0.02%) 4.Shadows Cannot Be Killed(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 3.06%(-0.01%) 5.Endangered Species(Grand Theft Auto 4)(--) 3.20%(-0.00%) 6.The Knowledge(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 3.68%(-0.02%) 7.Fully Equipped(Call of Duty Infinite Warfare)(--) 3.75%(-0.03%) 8.Dare Devil(Grand Theft Auto 4)(--) 3.84%(-0.01%) 9.Gun Nut(Call of Duty Infinite Warfare)(--) 3.92%(-0.03%) 10.Tell Me a Tale(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 3.98%(-0.00%) 11.Outgunned(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 4.76%(-0.02%) 12.In It to Win It(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 4.83%(+0.01%) 13.Decorated(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 5.67%(-0.03%) 14.Executed(Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain PS4)(--) 5.82%(-0.03%) 15.Untouchable(Killzone 2)(--) 5.91%(-0.02%) Top 15 Unrarest Trophys(Silver): 1.Bare-knuckle Slugger(Uncharted 2 Among Thieves)(--) 85.02%(-0.03%) 2.Out of the Frying Pan(The Saboteur)(--) 84.47%(+0.01%) 3.Into the Fire(The Saboteur)(--) 83.50%(+0.01%) 4.Stepping up(Formula 1 2018)(--) 83.44%(+0.02%) 5.Killer on the loose(Battlefield Bad Company)(--) 81.67%(-0.02%) 6.Two for One(PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PSVITA)(--) 81.26%(-0.01%) 7.Grim Reaper(Battlefield 5)(+1) 80.30%(-0.40%) 8.Top 3(Formula 1 2016)(+1) 79.17%(-0.16%) 9.Headshot Expert(Uncharted Drake's Fortune Remastered)(+1) 78.69%(-0.04%) 10.Baneful Payback(Batman Arkham Asylum PS3)(+1) 78.61%(-0.04%) 11.Victory!(Formula 1 2019)(-4) 78.15%(-3.06%) 12.Dress for Success(BioShock Infinite PS4)(--) 77.93%(+0.03%) 13.On the podium(Formula 1 2017)(--) 76.36%(-0.49%) 14.Master of your domain(Battlefield 1943)(--) 76.05%(-0.01%) 15.Arkham City Sirens(Batman Arkham City PS3 DLC)(--) 74.90%(-0.03%) Rarest Bronze: High IQ(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(--) 2.72%(-0.01%) Unrarest Bronze: Delivering Is What I Do(Death Stranding)(NEW) 98.50%(-0.00%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(Bronze): 1.High IQ(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(--) 2.72%(-0.01%) 2.Close Shave(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(--) 3.15%(-0.01%) 3.Rolling Heavy(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(--) 3.32%(-0.01%) 4.St. Bernard(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 3.34%(-0.00%) 5.Scout(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 3.47%(-0.02%) 6.Horses for Courses(Red Dead Redemption 2)(--) 3.60%(+0.06%) 7.Close Shave(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS3)(--) 4.05%(-0.01%) 8.Veteran Ribbon(Killzone 2)(+1) 4.19%(-0.02%) 9.Expert Ribbon(Killzone 2)(+1) 4.22%(-0.02%) 10.Non-Regulation(Red Dead Redemption 2)(-2) 4.25%(+0.10%) 11.Shiba Inu(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 4.25%(-0.01%) 12.Outmaneuvered(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 4.45%(-0.02%) 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    As a request from a member of this forum, that shall go unnamed, I have been assign to teach how to compose music. So why not create a blog entry for that? I am a music composer, whatever that means? It means I am an artist, but with music instead of art, because those are kinda similar, but not. If you are a music composer yourself, or someone who can play music from reading sheet music, you won't be impressed. If you have never before heard music, you might be a little impressed, but most likely, you won't be. So where do I start? Where does the music come from? Usually, nothing comes from the void, but is rather pieces of other things I have heard under a very long time, that somehow got merged together and became something new (like when you dream). Usually it is a melody stuck in my head, that I try (emphasis on try) to remember so that I can do something with it in the future. If you can whistle, then you pretty much know what a melody is, because it is that part you usually sing to (when it is a song), or whistle. Let's start with a simple melody (an annoying one): So where do we go from here? Well, usually we want the roots of the chords, so we will know where the melody is heading (or staying at, or whatever). That will lead to creating the bass line. However, for the fun of it, I am waiting with the roots, and giving you the harmony instead. That is because the harmony has its own roots, kinda, to be confusing. When composing music, try to be as confusing as possible to the ear. But also, when we add the bass, we want it to have its own melody (eh, confusing, that's what we are aiming for!). So here are the harmonies: If you can count to 4 within the first Major 7th chord, then, be prepared when the bass has been added, as 2 of those beats will be its own chord, and the other 2 will be a sus chord. That stands for suspended. There are many kinds of suspended chords, and some of them are nameless. While many of you know of the sus2 and sus4 chords (which are blah), most pop songs uses the bass + 1 for the suspended effect, and we will too! By playing a Major chord and move the bass from the root by + 1 (not semitones, but on the major scale), the chord's harmony changes into a Dominant sus. You have the Dominant 7th and 9th as part of the previous chord, but the bass which must be the root forces the 9th and the broken 11th into a sus chord, which melts most people's ears (including mine). Any 11th chord are broken, and shouldn't be used. So here are the chords you here in the harmony, in the order you hear them (I only care about the harmony, not the base chord because this music is transposed by a few seminotes): Maj7 Maj7 Maj7 Major Min7#5 Min7 Major Dominant9sus sus4 sus4 Major6 Min7#5 Min7 Major9 Major Dominant13add2 I could go on about these chords forever. Though, even if they have a meaning by themselves, they will not mean the same when we add the bass to the mix. Time for the bass. Well, just have a listen: So with the highest part of the music being defined to be the melody, and the lowest part of the music being the bass, let's listen to them together (the rhythm between them might be the thing you have to be born with to be a truly good composer. Sadly, I am not): Now, to combine the bass and the harmony, to create those sus chords and complex ear bleeding stuff. There is one thing I haven't talked about, and it is the horrible Major 6th chords in there. The melody might force this to be music in mostly Major 6th, but any Major 6th chords should be banned because they are manipulative. Thankfully I only have a split second of the music actually playing the Major 6th. I could make a whole blog post just about why Major 6th is evil, but for now, let's concentrate on this d*mn thing: And to complete the different variations, here is the melody and harmony together (the music is pretty much completed when the drums kicks in): And to finalize this thing, the final music (all combined, good riddance!): Now if I managed to be a good teacher, all of you will compose great music in the future. But from experience, I am not a good teacher. Also, I will take questions if there are any?
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    Content Count: 3.026 Posts made, that counted.(+16) Day's Won: 7 Days having the most brohoofed content.(--) Last day having most brohoofed content: 30th December 2014 Ammount of Brohoofs: 29.705 Brohoofs received(+450) Followers: 405 Users following me.(+1) Forum Rank: Yak(--) Profile Views: 449.736 times User watched my profile.(+5.671) Last 6 Visitors: @Partialgeek514 @Ember Crescent @Samurai Equine @Cl0udChaser @Sparklefan1234 @Soren Peregrine Ammount of Blogs: 5(+0) Ammount of Entries in my Blogs: 209 Entries(+1) Ammount of Comments in my Blogs: 229 Comments(+2) Ammount of Views in my Blogs: 28.928 Views(+112) Ammount of Content: 3.167 Pages(+17) Ammount of Status Updates: 356 Pages(+5) Ammount of Status Replies: 614 Pages(+4) Topics Posted by Me: 36 Topics(+0) Posts in "Count to a million" = 58.426(--)(To be continued!)(But theres no way to check how many posts i have now, so until theres a way, it just keeps like this) Days Won Counter: 3rd on 6th May 2019 with 35 Brohoofs 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2014 with 75 Brohoofs 3rd on 8th April 2014 with 131 Brohoofs 2nd on 1st April 2014 with 77 Brohoofs 2nd on 31st March 2014 with 114 Brohoofs 2nd on 30th March 2014 with 90 Brohoofs 1st on 29th March 2014 with 96 Brohoofs 1st on 27th March 2014 with 73 Brohoofs 1st on 26th March 2014 with 78 Brohoofs 2nd on 18th March 2014 with 29 Brohoofs 3rd on 17th March 2014 with 28 Brohoofs 1st on 9th March 2014 with 78 Brohoofs 3rd on 28th February 2014 with 27 Brohoofs 3rd on 24th February 2014 with 25 Brohoofs Ranking most Brohoofs received: 5th(--) Ranking most Content: Not included(--) Ranking most Status Updates: 3th(--) Ranking most Articles: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Ranking most Characters: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Ranking most Answers: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Ranking most EQE Characters: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Most Submissions: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Most Banners: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Most Readings: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Most Records: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Ranking most Calendar Events: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Ranking most Applications: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Ranking most Blog Entries: 8th(NEW) Ranking most Posts(All): 1st(--) Ranking most Product Reviews: Not included(Doesn't exist anymore) Awards received: 53(+1) Award Ranking: Not included(--) Fics: 4 completed(+0), 0 uncompleted(-0), 0 Unsubmitted(+0) PlayStation Trophies: 3.163 Trophies(+63) 23 Platinum(--) 120 Gold(+3) 479 Silver(+22) 2.519 Bronze(+38) Games with Trophies: (NEW)(PS4)Call of Duty Modern Warfare 34% 13 of 28(+34% 13 Trophies) (PS4)BioShock Infinite 7% 6 of 81(+7% 6 Trophies) (PS4)BioShock 2 67% 37 of 54(+67% 37 Trophies) (PS4)BioShock 59% 48 of 66(+10% 7 Trophies) (PS4)Wolfenstein Youngblood 7% 5 of 61 (PS4)F1 2019 32% 21 of 51 (PS4)Red Dead Redemption 2 84% 46 of 52 (PS4)Battlefield V 40% 13 of 22 (PS4)Spyro the Dragon 4% 3 of 37 (PS4)Spyro 2: Rypto's Rage! 0% 0 of 30 (PS4)Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon 0% 0 of 41 (PS4)Metal Gear Survive 11% 8 of 52 (PS4)Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 1% 2 of 103 (PS4)Horizon Zero Dawn 14% 14 of 79 (PS4)Shadow of the Tomb Raider 31% 46 of 100 (PS4)F1 2015 26% 15 of 46 (PS4)F1 2018 13% 7 of 50 (PS4)Call of Duty: WWII 21% 21 of 91 (PS4)F1 2017 4% 2 of 51 (PS4)Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition 32% 23 of 61 (PS4)Uncharted: The Lost Legacy 35% 21 of 50 (PS4)Wolffenstein II: The New Colossus GER 33% 29 of 81 (PS4)Wolfenstein: The Old Blood GER 47% 30 of 51 (PS4)Wolfenstein: The New Order GER 67% 36 of 51 (PS4)Grand Theft Auto V 50% 41 of 78 (PS3)F1 2014 60% 34 of 50 (PS4)The Last of Us Remastered 29% 13 of 50 (PS3)Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance 48% 43 of 61 (PS4)Killzone Shadow Fall 53% 28 of 47 (PS4)F1 2016 14% 8 of 50 (PS4)Fallout 4 15% 15 of 85 (PS4)Call of Duty: Black Ops III 38% 35 of 99 (PS4)Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Remastered 56% 39 of 59 (PS4)Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Remastered 62% 39 of 53 (PS4)Uncharted: Drake's Fortune Remastered 58% 38 of 54 (PS4)Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare 45% 40 of 89 (PS4)Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 53% 45 of 91 (PS4)Call of Duty: Ghosts 40% 39 of 92 (PS4)Battlefield 1 64% 32 of 51(Platinum) (PS4)Rise of the Tomb Raider 40% 54 of 125 (PS4)Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered 100% 51 of 51(Platinum) (PS3)F1 2013 40% 23 of 46 (PS4)Uncharted 4: A Thief's End 84% 56 of 68(Platinum) (PS4)Table Top Racing: World Tour 33% 16 of 37 (PS4)Bully 100% 38 of 38(Platinum) (PS4)Battlefield Hardline 62% 41 of 63(Platinum) (PS4)Battlefield 4 67% 43 of 68(Platinum) (PS4)Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition 55% 30 of 51 (PS4)Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 100% 43 of 43(Platinum) (PS4)Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes 100% 15 of 15 (PS4)The Order: 1886 42% 9 of 22 (PS3)F1 2012 56% 34 of 50 (PS3)F1 2010 55% 36 of 50 (PS3)F1 2011 68% 29 of 39 (PS3)Dead Space 67% 41 of 49 (PS3)Dead Space 3 39% 24 of 59 (PS3)Dead Space 2 GER 49% 27 of 51 (PS3)Beyond: Two Souls 36% 21 of 46 (PS3)BioShock Infinite 31% 31 of 81 (PS3)BioShock 2 44% 33 of 69 (PS3)BioShock 56% 46 of 66 (PSVita)Killzone: Mercenary 60% 36 of 53 (PS3)Metro: Last Light 28% 19 of 71 (PS3)Red Dead Redemption 48% 39 of 91 (PS3)Grand Theft Auto IV 68% 43 of 66 (PS3)Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes 100% 15 of 15 (PS3)Call of Duty: Black Ops II 45% 40 of 91 (PS3)Battlefield 1943 100% 12 of 12 (PSVita)Welcome Park 100% 13 of 13 (PS3)The Saboteur 100% 46 of 46(Platinum) (PS3)Grand Theft Auto V 56% 37 of 59 (PSVita)Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 91% 44 of 46 (PS3)Battlefield 3 61% 40 of 64 (PSVita)Uncharted: Golden Abyss 100% 56 of 56(Platinum) (PSVita)PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale 97% 55 of 56(Platinum) (PS3)Batman: Arkham City 31% 23 of 71 (PS3)Batman: Arkham Asylum 57% 31 of 48 (PSVita)Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 100% 46 of 46(Platinum) (PS3)Need for Speed: Most Wanted 70% 42 of 61 (PS3)WipEout HD 24% 19 of 51 (PS3)LittleBigPlanet 27% 23 of 70 (PS3)Battlefield: Bad Company 2 71% 51 of 73(Platinum) (PS3)Killzone 100% 59 of 59(Platinum) (PS3)Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception 51% 55 of 105(Platinum) (PS3)Uncharted 2: Among Thieves 73% 48 of 71(Platinum) (PS3)Uncharted: Drake's Fortune 100% 48 of 48(Platinum) (PS3)Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 100% 34 of 34(Platinum) (PS3)Battlefield: Bad Company 67% 38 of 51 (PS3)Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 61% 49 of 77 (PS3)Killzone 2 66% 52 of 84(Platinum) (PS3)Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker 100% 50 of 50(Platinum) (PS3)Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 100% 46 of 46(Platinum) (PS3)Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 100% 46 of 46(Platinum) (PS3)Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 88% 48 of 51 (PS3)Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 51% 41 of 73 (PS3)Killzone 3 64% 52 of 79(Platinum) (PS3)Call of Duty: World at War 71% 45 of 65(Platinum) (PS3)Call of Duty: Black Ops 68% 46 of 71 - = Got more rare += Got less rare Rarest Platinum: War Hero(Killzone 2)(--) 2.21%(-0.01%) Unrarest Platinum: Valedictorian(Bully)(--) 24.02%(-0.05%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(Platinum): 1.War Hero(Killzone 2)(--) 2.21%(-0.01%) 2.The Legendary Hero(Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots)(--) 4.44%(-0.01%) 3.Extremely Solid(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PS3)(--) 5.04%(+0.00%) 4.Legend(Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain PS4)(--) 5.61%(-0.02%) 5.Platinum Trophy(Battlefield Hardline PS4)(--) 5.84%(-0.02%) 6.Vic Boss(Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker HD)(--) 6.67%(-0.02%) 7.Platinum(Call of Duty World at War)(--) 6.71%(-0.01%) 8.Bad Company Elite(Battlefield Bad Company 2)(--) 7.03%(-0.01%) 9.Snake Eaten(Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater HD PSVITA)(--) 7.29%(-0.02%) 10.Platinum Trophy(Battlefield 4 PS4)(--) 7.46%(-0.03%) 11.Platinum(Killzone 3)(--) 7.86%(-0.02%) 12.World War One Hero(Battlefield 1)(--) 8.23%(-0.04%) 13.Just another day at the office(Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare Remastered)(--) 10.26%(-0.05%) 14.Platinum(Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception)(--) 11.05%(-0.02%) 15.One Last Time(Uncharted 4 A Thief's End)(--) 11.50%(-0.04%) Top 15 Unrarest Trophys(Platinum): 1.Valedictorian(Bully)(--) 24.02%(-0.05%) 2.Platinum(Uncharted Drake's Fortune)(--) 18.90%(-0.03%) 3.Platinum(Uncharted 2 Among Thieves)(--) 16.76%(-0.04%) 4.Platinum(Killzone HD)(--) 15.82%(-0.07%) 5.Complete all other trophies(The Saboteur)(--) 14.84%(-0.03%) 6.All-Star Legend - You've Only Done Everything(PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PSVITA)(--) 14.72%(-0.05%) 7.Platinum(Uncharted Golden Abyss)(--) 13.39%(-0.01%) 8.Snake Eaten(Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater HD PS3)(--) 13.17%(-0.02%) 9.One Last Time(Uncharted 4 A Thief's End)(--) 11.50%(-0.04%) 10.Platinum(Uncharted 3 Drake's Deception)(--) 11.05%(-0.02%) 11.Just another day at the office(Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare Remastered)(--) 10.26%(-0.05%) 12.World War One Hero(Battlefield 1)(--) 8.23%(-0.04%) 13.Platinum(Killzone 3)(--) 7.86%(-0.02%) 14.Platinum Trophy(Battlefield 4 PS4)(--) 7.46%(-0.03%) 15.Snake Eaten(Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater HD PSVITA)(--) 7.29%(-0.02%) Rarest Gold: Key To The City(Grand Theft Auto IV)(--) 2.58%(-0.01%) Unrarest Gold: Collateral Damage(The Order 1886)(--) 80.47%(-0.04%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(Gold): 1.Key To The City(Grand Theft Auto IV)(--) 2.58%(-0.01%) 2.Great Dane(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 2.73%(+0.00%) 3.Solid Gold, Baby!(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(--) 2.80%(-0.01%) 4.Career Criminal(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(--) 3.20%(-0.02%) 5.Best in the West(Red Dead Redemption 2)(--) 3.80%(+0.00%) 6.Heroic Survivor(Killzone 2)(--) 3.85%(-0.00%) 7.Valor Grand Cross(Killzone 2)(--) 4.02%(-0.01%) 8.Amateur Radio Operator(Metal Gear Rising Revengeance)(--) 4.04%(-0.01%) 9.Career Criminal(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS3)(--) 4.53%(-0.01%) 10.Sounds of the Battlefield(Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots)(--) 4.55%(-0.01%) 11.Multiplayer Elite(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 5.26%(-0.01%) 12.The Longest Day(Call of Duty Infinite Warfare)(--) 5.37%(-0.03%) 13.Virtually Impossible(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PS3)(--) 5.45%(+0.00%) 14.Complete Stealth(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 5.57%(-0.01%) 15.Great Dane(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PS3)(--) 6.19%(-0.01%) Top 15 Unrarest Trophys(Gold): 1.Collateral Damage(The Order 1886)(--) 80.47%(-0.04%) 2.Modern Marvels(The Order 1886)(--) 77.04%(-0.04%) 3.A Knight No More(The Order 1886)(--) 69.82%(-0.04%) 4.Bought a Slot(BioShock 2 PS4)(NEW) 69.53%(-0.00%) 5.Three for One(PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PSVITA)(-1) 64.74%(-0.02%) 6.The Pacific Campaign(Battlefield 1943)(-1) 62.58%(+0.02%) 7.Charted! - Normal(Uncharted 2 Among Thieves)(-1) 57.87%(-0.04%) 8.Escape(BioShock 2 PS4)(NEW) 57.86%(-0.00%) 9.Liberation(Wolfenstein The New Order GER)(-2) 57.44%(-0.10%) 10.Let's Go Home - Destroy Stahl's Cruiser(Killzone 3)(-2) 56.21%(-0.04%) 11.The Fugitive(Dead Space 2 GER)(-2) 53.40%(+0.07%) 12.Like a Boss(Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater HD PS3)(-2) 51.97%(-0.04%) 13.Charted! - Normal(Uncharted Drake's Fortune)(-2) 50.14%(-0.05%) 14.A Cut Above(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PS3)(-2) 48.49%(-0.05%) 15.Welcome to the Penthouse(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(-1) 48.25%(+0.01%) Rarest Silver: Curator(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(--) 2.84%(-0.02%) Unrarest Silver: Bare-knuckle Slugger(Uncharted 2 Among Thieves)(--) 85.06%(-0.02%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(Silver): 1.Curator(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(--) 2.84%(-0.02%) 2.No One Will Believe You(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(--) 3.00%(-0.02%) 3.Mission Complete(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(--) 3.04%(+0.02%) 4.Shadows Cannot Be Killed(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 3.08%(-0.02%) 5.Endangered Species(Grand Theft Auto 4)(--) 3.21%(-0.00%) 6.The Knowledge(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 3.71%(-0.01%) 7.Fully Equipped(Call of Duty Infinite Warfare)(--) 3.79%(-0.03%) 8.Dare Devil(Grand Theft Auto 4)(--) 3.86%(-0.01%) 9.Gun Nut(Call of Duty Infinite Warfare)(--) 3.96%(-0.02%) 10.Tell Me a Tale(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 3.98%(-0.00%) 11.Outgunned(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 4.80%(-0.02%) 12.In It to Win It(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 4.82%(-0.01%) 13.Decorated(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 5.72%(-0.02%) 14.Executed(Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain PS4)(--) 5.87%(-0.02%) 15.Untouchable(Killzone 2)(--) 5.95%(-0.01%) Top 15 Unrarest Trophys(Silver): 1.Bare-knuckle Slugger(Uncharted 2 Among Thieves)(--) 85.06%(-0.02%) 2.Out of the Frying Pan(The Saboteur)(--) 84.48%(-0.00%) 3.Into the Fire(The Saboteur)(--) 83.50%(-0.02%) 4.Stepping up(Formula 1 2018)(--) 83.40%(+0.01%) 5.Killer on the loose(Battlefield Bad Company)(--) 81.70%(-0.02%) 6.Victory!(Formula 1 2019)(+2) 81.64%(+0.83%) 7.Two for One(PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PSVITA)(--) 81.27%(-0.01%) 8.Grim Reaper(Battlefield 5)(-2) 81.05%(-0.34%) 9.Top 3(Formula 1 2016)(-1) 79.43%(-0.14%) 10.Headshot Expert(Uncharted Drake's Fortune Remastered)(--) 78.74%(-0.03%) 11.Baneful Payback(Batman Arkham Asylum PS3)(--) 78.67%(-0.02%) 12.Dress for Success(BioShock Infinite PS4)(NEW) 77.85%(-0.00%) 13.On the podium(Formula 1 2017)(-1) 77.25%(-0.27%) 14.Master of your domain(Battlefield 1943)(-1) 76.07%(+0.01%) 15.Arkham City Sirens(Batman Arkham City PS3 DLC)(-1) 74.95%(-0.02%) Rarest Bronze: High IQ(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(--) 2.73%(+0.02%) Unrarest Bronze: A Rite of Passage(Table Top Racing: World Tour)(--) 98.49%(-0.01%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(Bronze): 1.High IQ(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(--) 2.73%(+0.02%) 2.Close Shave(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(--) 3.17%(-0.01%) 3.St. Bernard(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(+1) 3.34%(-0.01%) 4.Rolling Heavy(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(+1) 3.34%(-0.02%) 5.Horses for Courses(Red Dead Redemption 2)(-2) 3.46%(+0.11%) 6.Scout(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 3.50%(-0.01%) 7.Non-Regulation(Red Dead Redemption 2)(--) 4.02%(+0.16%) 8.Close Shave(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS3)(--) 4.06%(-0.01%) 9.Veteran Ribbon(Killzone 2)(--) 4.22%(-0.01%) 10.Expert Ribbon(Killzone 2)(--) 4.25%(-0.01%) 11.Shiba Inu(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(--) 4.26%(-0.02%) 12.Outmaneuvered(Killzone Shadow Fall)(--) 4.48%(-0.02%) 13.It's Art(Red Dead Redemption 2)(--) 4.53%(-0.02%) 14.Unlocked(Metal Gear Solid 5 Ground Zeroes PS4)(+1) 4.67%(-0.01%) 15.Home Comforts(Red Dead Redemption 2)(-1) 4.79%(+0.22%) Top 15 Unrarest Trophys(Bronze): 1.A Rite Of Passage(Table Top Racing World Tour)(--) 98.49%(-0.01%) 2.Undercover(Wolfenstein The Old Blood GER)(--) 97.56%(-0.01%) 3.Freeflow Combo 5(Batman Arkham Asylum PS3)(--) 97.12%(-0.00%) 4.Followed Rost's teachings(Horizon Zero Dawn)(--) 97.06%(-0.01%) 5.War Never Changes(Fallout 4)(--) 96.95%(-0.02%) 6.Path of the Stars(Shadow of the Tomb Raider)(--) 96.94%(-0.01%) 7.2X Multiplier!(LittleBigPlanet)(--) 96.89%(-0.00%) 8.I'm Batman(Batman Arkham City PS3)(--) 96.04%(-0.00%) 9.Deja-vu(Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus GER)(--) 95.97%(+0.01%) 10.Artist(LittleBigPlanet)(--) 95.93%(-0.00%) 11.Shocking Rescue(Batman Arkham Asylum PS3)(--) 95.79%(-0.01%) 12.Somebody Else?(Beyond Two Souls PS3)(--) 95.73%(-0.00%) 13.Fix Me Up(Need for Speed Most Wanted PS3)(--) 95.72%(-0.01%) 14.Come In(Killzone Mercenary)(--) 95.41%(-0.00%) 15.Written in the Clouds(BioShock Infinite PS3)(--) 95.25%(-0.00%) Top 15 Rarest Trophys(ALL): 1.War Hero(Killzone 2)(Platinum)(--) 2.21%%(-0.00%) 2.Key To The City(Grand Theft Auto 4)(Gold)(--) 2.58%(-0.01%) 3.Great Dane(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(Gold)(+1) 2.73%(+0.00%) 4.High IQ(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(Bronze)(-1) 2.73%(+0.02%) 5.Solid Gold, Baby!(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(Gold)(--) 2.80%(-0.01%) 6.Curator(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(Silver)(--) 2.84%(-0.02%) 7.No One Will Believe You(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(Silver)(+1) 3.00%(-0.02%) 8.Mission Complete(Call of Duty Black Ops 2)(Silver)(-1) 3.04%(+0.02%) 9.Shadows Cannot Be Killed(Killzone Shadow Fall)(Silver)(--) 3.08%(-0.02%) 10.Close Shave(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(Bronze)(--) 3.17%(-0.01%) 11.Career Criminal(Grand Theft Auto 5 PS4)(Gold)(+1) 3.20%(-0.02%) 12.Endangered Species(Grand Theft Auto 4)(Silver)(-1) 3.21%(-0.00%) 13.Rolling Heavy(Call of Duty Black Ops 3 PS4)(Bronze)(+2) 3.34%(-0.02%) 14.St. Bernard(Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty HD PSVITA)(Bronze)(--) 3.34%(-0.01%) 15.Horses for Courses(Red Dead Redemption 2)(Bronze)(-2) 3.46%(+0.11%) Top 15 Unrarest Trophys(ALL): 1.A Rite Of Passage(Table Top Racing World Tour)(Bronze)(--) 98.49%(-0.01%) 2.Undercover(Wolfenstein The Old Blood GER)(Bronze)(--) 97.56%(-0.01%) 3.Freeflow Combo 5(Batman Arkham Asylum PS3)(Bronze)(--) 97.12%(-0.00%) 4.Followed Rost's teachings(Horizon Zero Dawn)(Bronze)(--) 97.06%(-0.01%) 5.War Never Changes(Fallout 4)(Bronze)(--) 96.95%(-0.02%) 6.Path of the Stars(Shadow of the Tomb Raider)(Bronze)(--) 96.94%(-0.01%) 7.2X Multiplier!(LittleBigPlanet)(Bronze)(--) 96.89%(-0.00%) 8.I'm Batman(Batman Arkham City PS3)(Bronze)(--) 96.04%(-0.00%) 9.Deja-vu(Wolfenstein 2 The New Colossus GER)(Bronze)(--) 95.97%(+0.01%) 10.Artist(LittleBigPlanet)(Bronze)(--) 95.93%(-0.00%) 11.Shocking Rescue(Batman Arkham Asylum PS3)(Bronze)(--) 95.79%(-0.01%) 12.Somebody Else?(Beyond Two Souls PS3)(Bronze)(--) 95.73%(-0.00%) 13.Fix Me Up(Need for Speed Most Wanted PS3)(Bronze)(--) 95.72%(-0.01%) 14.Come In(Killzone Mercenary)(Bronze)(--) 95.41%(-0.00%) 15.Written in the Clouds(BioShock Infinite PS3)(Bronze)(--) 95.25%(-0.00%) Games Played: 98 Games(+1) Completed Games(100% Trophies): 16 Games(--) Completion: 52.91%(-0.53%) Unearned Trophies: 2.520 Trophies(+100) Trophies per Day: 0.89(+0.01%) -=Losed positions +=Earned positions World Rank: 176.264(+4.605) Country Rank(Germany): 14.211(+297) MLP App Game Stats Friendship Code: 24c4d30 Name: RisingShine94 Characters: 391(+11) from 812(+7) Collections: 28(+1) from 157(-2) Costumes: 98(+2) from 99(+2) Shops: 106(+4) from 193(-1) Current Laughter Pieces: 999(+325) Current Generosity Pieces: 986(-13) Current Honesty Pieces: 999(+3) Current Kindness Pieces: 999(+0) Current Loyalty Pieces: 986(-11) Current Magic Pieces: 999(+0) Current Stars: 1950(+55) Current Friendships: 35(+0) Current Achievements: 10(--) from 25(--) -=Losed positions +=Earned positions Minelore Rank and record: 10.174(-420) with 77.673 Points(--) Title Melody Rank and record: 6.066(-338) with 3.723 Points(--) This Strange New World Rank and record: 27.939(-2.013) with 6.020 Points(--) Time To Come Together Rank and record: 1.706(-61) with 20.113 Points(--) EG-Groove Rank and record: 2.065(-89) with 19.092 Points(--) Cafeteria-Song Rank and record: 42.851(-3.168) with 10.813 Points(--) Rank: 126(+1) VIP Rank: 0(Nicht mehr vorhanden) Current Bits: 17.518.179(-6.372.700) Current Gems: 204(+22) Areas Unlocked: 7 of 7(--) Hope you enjoyed those useless stats, see ya next month n.n
  36. 4 points
    Because Season 9 was its last, FIM was likely going to go out and try to deliver the best episodes possible. Out of the gate, Dubuc and Haber co-wrote Sparkle's Seven, one of the best comedic, animated, and written episodes of the series. Taking ideas from the lead voice actors, they blended together a tremendous script that never let up, delivered an excellent allegory of how well-made predictability transcends poorly-made unpredictability, and used that allegory to create an excellent plot twist. If you wanna read my review, it's right here. Unfortunately, no episode review for The Last Crusade, but my love for it from the minute it debuted early never wavered. While Sparkle's Seven doesn't take itself too seriously, this was an emotional roller coaster from the minute Scoot realized her parents were coming home. Mane Allgood and Snap Shutter were, to put it bluntly, very bad parents for not being able to spend time with Scootaloo, and the parents (and episode itself) know it. Therefore, they come up with a solution that allows them to do the job that Equestria depends them upon while simultaneously taking care of Scootaloo. Unfortunately, it completely overlooked the fact that Scootaloo has hundreds of close relations back in Ponyville and all over Equestria. In trying to resolve a dilemma, they made Scootaloo even more upset and put her at greater odds with them. The only way they were going to let her stay is to show them that the CMCs truly changed their lives for the better; with help from Aunt Holiday, Auntie Lofty, and every resident they knew, they successfully convinced Mane Allgood and Snap Shutter that separating the CMCs would only hurt Equestria over the long haul. Letting her stay in Ponyville and promising to spend more time with her when the train let them was the right solution for the story, lessons, and characters. Both TLC and Seven are outstanding and extremely close in quality, but by the skin of its teeth, Last Crusade overthrew it. No other episode came close to toppling it…until The Big Mac Question. Line 'Em Up! I long repeated this, and to write it again, the dialogue since Shadow Play has really improved, the verbal comedy especially. Since Dubuc relinquished her role as co-editor, the comedic dialogue has, sadly, been somewhat of a step down. Thankfully, I'm reminded through BMQ that the same wit never really left, and that when it's on, it's great. Discord, for that matter, was the king of these great lines. Here are just a few: The first line wasn't quite true, but the second completely was, historically speaking. (The line is doubly important for adding context to the episode's central lesson of how keeping things simple are what really makes things special, but I'll get back to that later.) Not a bad callback. Once more, Discord has a point. Every time someone hopes for the better, something goes wrong. But Discord's the Lord of Chaos with a childish, immature streak, too. Since he wasn't alerted of Big Mac's proposal plan, he became giddy and impatient (with a great mariachi reference [taking a page from Star Trek: TNG]). As he read a message on a painted apple, he quickly realized something was awry in his own way. Big Mac's riddles were clumsily written, sometimes confusing, and easily gave away the second location. In trying to come up with the "perfect idea," Big Mac created a major flaw in his plan. However, Discord still isn't completely accustomed to the "friendship" aspect of Equestria, and given his long, immortal, antagonistic history, he maintains a defiant, devious streak. After he uses his magic to lay every single wooden apple around Ponyville without fully looking at the riddles, he soon caved in to Spike's glares and doubt, agreeing to double-check. From the beginning, Discord believed this game was overblown and instead should give it to Sugar Belle instead, only to have it rejected for "not being romantic" and breaking BM's rule of discovery. Afterwards, when he missed his chance to actually get Sugar Belle to see an apple, he went about spreading "the love" in, once more, his own way: giving the wooden apples life and instructing them to their own posts. Unfortunately, like Big Mac, his instructions and direction were also not quite clear, so the apples popped up whenever another pony passed by, leading to delicious, entertaining chaos. Without it, Discord's involvement in the episode would be out of character and as bland as Cart Before the Ponies. Chaos drives Discord, and his ability to create havoc and mayhem makes for a more entertaining conflict and story, especially around Big Mac and Spike. On the other hand, it puts him into fault. Instead of thoroughly double-checking and making sure everything goes right, he cuts corners and tries to be cute and creative (tho I don't mind ), leading him to become responsible for the spider-looking apple monster. Also, I disagree with the criticism of Discord regressing. Sure, he may not have developed like D&D and TBUBD, but he understands how much Sugar Belle means to Big Mac. Despite his severe disagreement with the plan and Spike's commitment to it, he regrets worsening things and helps rectify the errors with everyone else offscreen as BM and Sugar proposed to each other. Furthermore, this episode shows some subtle growth from Break Down: After a lot of complaining over the lovey-dovey stuff and wanting to play O&O instead, he doesn't let his opinions interfere with Big Mac's proposal and tries to simultaneously help her solve the riddles and respect Spike's pleas. The Time Is Right Michael Vogel's among the best writers of the current crop. The Big Mac Question adds to his résumé, and with Hader co-writing, they co-created well-done, well-timed comedy. Discord's spilling of littler, more innocent secrets works as a joke for a big reason. As written already, Discord still hasn't fully accustomed to friendship, notably keeping a secret. FS's fright of clowns, Twilight's sleepwalking, and Octavia's date have a more innocuous, lighthearted zephyr; yes, he's spilling them to Spike and Big Mac, but not maliciously. This joke leads to the punchline right before the intro: shouting excitedly that Big Mac plans to propose to Sugar Belle. Everyone's curious reaction to the echo is really hilarious, and even better as one of them — Shoeshine — hears it and shrugs it off. Even better, they repeated the very same joke while keeping it fresh. It's 100% understandable that Apple Bloom's family will soon expand with Sugar Belle becoming her soon-to-be sister-in-law. Her giddy face sells her excitement well, so when she shouts out loud and everyone's as confused as before, you still laugh. Every single "shocking" misadventure by the CMCs: Scoot heads to the bowling alley and accidentally causes a Lebowski stallion to throw a bowling ball into a lamp, breaking the wooden panels below. When AB heads to the sanctuary, she shocks a monkey into a sleeping canopy of Smoky and family. SB opens a sauna, where a relaxing mare throws a body towel over her head when she finds out her privacy's invaded. Spike has a point. Discord's poor directions made the apples believe that the next pony to come close will receive the poem, and it followed each pony wherever they went. In trying to make Sugar Belle see an apple, he — surprise surprise! — helped unleash a boatload of chaos at the Ponyville market. Relocating them back to Sweet Apple Acres was another unwise decision, as they merged into THIS monstrosity! However, instead of actually going on a rampage to find Sugar Belle, the apple monster with its six, spidery eyes successfully delivered the assigned message in its grossest, yet most sincere, message of marriage right onto Discord. Yes, all the apple spit's gross, but not done with any ill intentions, and Discord didn't do a lot to make the problem better. Secondly, notice how the large apple's voice is very similar to Big Macintosh's? A nice, little way to get Peter New to talk in his Big Mac voice while making it sound as garbled, menacing, and childlike as possible. Whenever Granny Smith spoke, she was "spaced out," giving DHX plenty of leeway to pluck some great Star Trek references. Beyond "where nopony has gone before," she said this: >References Q >Inspiration for Discord …cheeky cheeky! Yet, the timing of the humor alone wasn't just right. As the apples chased Ponyville in Act 1, the animation crew snuck in this tender moment: Ever since FIM started, Lyra and Bon Bon have always been side by side, and the brony fandom established a long-time ship out of it. In Slice of Life, they teased the possibility despite hammering in the "best friends" line with the cheek caressing, couple-like arguing late, and the bedroom eyes. Over the last few seasons, their "friendship" began to really evolve, especially since S8 when DHX knew the finish line. Just a few examples: Grannies Gone Wild: Everywhere they went in Las Pegasus. Break Down: Exchanging Hearts & Hooves Day gifts. Marks for Effort: Bon Bon buying a green cactus, presumably for Lyra. End in Friend: Having lunch together. Dragon Dropped: Sharing a milkshake together, ala Buttercup and Bright Mac. After what happened in DD, you knew that the animators were just going to do something with Lyra and Bon Bon. From Season 5 onward, their evolving relationship was clearly no accident. While the main stories developed in front of us, their arc developed from the background. I guarantee you someone in this fandom will go back, find all the foreshadowing over the seasons, and build their story. Why is their proposal so significant? Representation matters. The TV debut to Auntie Lofty and Aunt Holiday introduced a same-sex couple for the first time in the show's history. While they're secondary characters, their presence in Scootaloo's life mattered, and they helped lead the CMCs' idea for a CMC Appreciation Day. It demonstrates how significant the brony fandom truly was to the growth of this show. In the beginning, everyone was surprised by how good Friendship Is Magic truly was. Although viewership and overall size of bronydom has dropped over the years, it still has its viewers and dedicated bronies. The brony fandom created this popular fanon ship all the way back to season one…and animator Morgan Shandro made it canon. Lofty/Holiday and LyraBon are special in their own rights. The former gave the LGBTQ+ community well-needed representation in a very popular family show and directly impacted the story. The latter came after years and years of development, and the animators decided that this was the right time to make it official. BTW, how apropos for Lyra to propose by dropping on one knee like a human? Drawing to a Close A giant reason why Shadow Play's one of the greatest episodes of FIM is how it blended so many arcs into one. Changes of editors + writers = changes of direction. The team turnover means new people post and publish episodes that match their own vision of FIM, so you have a wide array of stories that sometimes go nowhere. This two-parter blended so many arcs (the Pony of Shadows, Star Swirl's lack of understanding friendship, the Pillars, Starlight's redemption) so seamlessly that it looks like the creators intentionally left them vague so that they can be completed at the right time. It's one of the most impressive feats this show has ever done. Big Mac Question blends so many arcs in a smaller scale and closes them. Back in The Cutie Map, Spike explains his preference to be with Big Mac as the reason for skipping the Mane Six's first friendship quest. More than a season later, Nick Confalone expanded this little gag into its own story by including Discord in the Guys' Night Out duo. Two seasons later, they all acted like they knew each other since Spike hatched. BMQ added another chapter into this arc with one central goal. Once Hard to Say Anything concluded, Sugar Belle and Big Mac became an item. Over this and the next few seasons, the writers and animators sprinkled in romance between 'em, solidifying their unity. This episode called back to how they became an item in the first place: Big Mac renovating her shelf to add more space for her desserts, and Scoot recognized the blueprint for it inside SAA. Also, great call by Vogel and Haber to have Sugar Belle plan to propose to him, too. Usually, the male proposes to her, and Big Mac planned to pop the question at some point today. However, Plot 1B had Sugar Belle plan her own with Mrs. Cake's and the CMCs's help, showing that Sugar Belle had some ideas and offer of her own to prove her own commitment as his wife. Speaking of the CMCs… As the episode lampshaded, they earned a reputation of concocting schemes, either with success or failure, since they first met. After multiple tries, they finally got Big Mac to become an item with Sugar. Here, they felt guilty for accidentally contributing to the confusion that almost caused them to break up. (In Break Down, the delivery ponies mistook Sugar Belle for Sweetie Belle after smudging the address, leading them to believe she had a secret admirer.) For the first time all series, they're aware of the consequences. By working with Sugar and helping her to find Big Mac, they feel like they can make up for at least some of it. Yet, as what the episode showed, even their good intentions sometimes don't go according to plan. All series long, Spike's romanticism has had an impact on everyone and himself. In Break Down, he hinted his romantic "expertise" by reciting a poem of his unrequited crush on Rarity, only to be hilariously interrupted when Discord ignored him. XD Here, he brags to an offscreen character how he's so romantic and tries to help Mrs. Cake deliver all the proposal messages to the desserts…only to have his idea burn to a crisp. Lyra's and Bon Bon's series-long, evolving relationship, as explained before. Plus, notice how Bon Bon popped the question just after Lyra? Their dual proposal and rings subtly foreshadow Sugar's and BM's later on. Sugar Belle was one of the four ponies the Mane Six met when they first arrived in Our Town, and led them into an underground rebellion so they can regain their magical talent and break free from Starlight's tyranny. At season's end, she forgave her, and later helped invite Starlight to return to the village for the festival. After To Where, DHX slowly incorporated her into the secondary cast. The time she became super-heartbroken over losing her boyfriend and then became super-happy when they reunited was the moment I permanently bought into their romance. When Big Mac talked about how he loves her snorty chuckle, you can tell they really love each other. When they were going to marry was only a matter of time. Aside from being part of the timeline of Dungeons & Discord, Hard to Say Anything, and The Break Up Break Down, it is the perfect sequel to the franchise's greatest episode — The Perfect Pear — and references it in so many ways. Decades ago, Buttercup suspected that Mrs. Cake — Chiffon Swirl back in the day — enjoyed baking, so she gave her ingredients and challenged her to be creative. Her instincts were proven right, as she got her cutie mark and became lifelong, close friends with BC, which continues long after her passing. Here, she's essential to the story by agreeing to take part in Sugar Belle's 21-dessert surprise proposal. When the Pears were about to relocate to Vanhoover, their parents married in secret at the rock that borders the Pear and Apple orchards. (Notice how Bright and BC planted seeds in their opposing orchards, which directly contributed to the growth of the intertwining apple-and-pear tree around the rock in which they declared their love for each other. During their walk together, they find themselves at that tree, and as they talked, the sun sets perfectly within the iconic heart, spiritually indicating their support for Sugar Belle and their romance. Knowing who his father was like means a lot to Big Macintosh. Here, he envisioned proposing to Sugar Belle at a similar desk like the one he built for her a few seasons ago, calling back to Bright Mac's own declaration of love to Buttercup at the rock, only to teasingly falter. Through this episode and his heart-to-heart chat with his girlfriend, we see he knows more about him now and how much his understanding of his parents matters so much. Now that he's older and wiser, he wants to respect their legacy. Sugar Belle’s poignant wisdom and subsequent glow also suggest agreement by them with her, too. The first time Mayor Mare officiated a wedding, she worked with Bright Mac to rush one in before they relocated far away. That wedding was set up quickly and in secret from the feuding families with no certainty if they were going to be together. Bright Mac wasn't lucky just to get her to witness their surprise, but also complete the vows before the Pears moved. This doesn’t happen here. The wedding at the now-grown tree was well-planned and included the wanted decorations, guests, streamers, and so forth. From the start, Sugar and BM know they want to spend the rest of their lives together, a massive contrast from the pressure Pear Butter and Bright Macintosh felt then. One of the two twists within the episode: everyone explaining to Applejack, the unknown narrator. (The other being the wedding, which I'll get to later.) She was the one who agreed to go on that expedition to find out about why the Pears and Apples feuded for so long, which introduced their parents’ pasts to them, brought them closer to them, and helped them forgive Grand Pear. Her tears show how touched she was of not only the story they told her, but her brother's marriage. Speaking of… Grand Pear only had a couple of cameos here, but his biggest one was his appearance at his grandson’s wedding. The last time one took place there, he abandoned his own daughter and never saw her alive again. Several decades later, he returned to Ponyville. Their forgiveness and witnessing of the beautiful intertwined tree together began the long-awaited healing process. This time, he (and Granny) returns to the very same site, stands beside the other Apples and Burnt Oak, and gives Big Mac his unconditional blessings, closing another gap that caused a massive, increasingly bitter divide between himself and his mother-in-law. How poetic is this sequel to have another marriage take place at their tree. Two seasons ago, the Apple kin rediscovered their parents’ legacy, how they introduced each other, and fell in love thru very bitter times. Come to the end of the episode, and that long-standing bitterness that divided the Pear and Apple families for so long is healed. Well, BMQ breaks a second, not-so-talked-about barrier: Sugar Belle’s the first non-Earth Pony to be part of the Apple family. (Also, recall AJ scolding Twilight for using magic unsolicitedly on her farm in S1? Intentional or otherwise, this episode implicates that the Apples welcome unicorn magic full-time on the property now.) A Lesson in Execution BMQ's primary lesson — "When you tend to make things complicated and make mistakes, the simplest things are the most desired and cherished" — is magnificent, but the way it's taught brings that home. Before he takes out his ring, Big Mac wants to show Sugar Belle his commitment to being her husband matters by helping her find him. How? By using those painted apples with attached clues, she travels from one location to the next before meeting him at the hilltop near Sweet Apple Acres. Unfortunately, his plan never properly flourished. Not only did she miss the first apple, but he had to go back to his barn to pick up the screwdriver he left behind. When he realizes she wasn't coming, he walks to Sugar Cube Corner to find her. Discord tries to help Sugar Belle find the first apple, but she misses it twice, resulting in his poor strategy of having the apples follow whoever sees them first. When he cleaned it all up, Sugar Belle still never saw it! Deciding to cut to the chase, he brought her to that same hilltop, only to realize he left. He blindfolded her and then brought her back to SCC. He may believe in romance now, but doesn't quite understand it still. Instead of helping each other out, Spike and Mrs. Cake were so sworn to their own party's secrets that they created an imaginary buffer that prevented helping each other out. When Spike tried to help Mrs. Cake, he found out that Mrs. Cake messed up her desserts and later accidentally burned every one of Sugar Belle's messages. Spike isn't always the politest dragon, and BMQ's no exception. In order to make Sugar's search for BM as perfect as possible, he got a little too worried over the arrangement, placement, and visibility of each apple, glared hard at Discord for not checking carefully, and refused to ease the game's difficulty. Why did he blow his magical fire on the remaining notes? Because he believed they would be able to get into the desserts quickly and easily, only to screw up badly. However, he didn't accept all of the blame, bluntly criticizing Mrs. Cake's terrible desserts. Mrs. Cake accepted a very difficult challenge of baking twenty-one desserts. Immediately, things went terribly wrong. During the rush, she had absolutely no idea what ingredients she was using and whether she used them at all. Poignantly observed by Scootaloo: Fortunately, no pony tasted them. Sugar Belle orchestrated her entire twenty-one-dessert proposal with Mrs. Cake and added another one with its own message to call Big Mac down to the shop. The purpose of having just one word in each dessert was to help Big Mac solve the proposal puzzle after he eats each once, but to bake that many meant Mrs. Cake's margin for error significantly decreased and must work harder than usual to finish on time. On her end, discovering Discord and Spike at the doorstep meant overlooking the apple on the step and running off as quick as they can to find Big Mac. The Cutie Mark Crusaders tried to find Big Mac to give him the dessert as promised. But when they couldn't find him at the barn, Apple Bloom called back Granny's advice and took it a little too literally, causing trouble of their own and annoying her friends in the process. The fact that everyone's plans were too complicated is kind of the point. Every single pony's so focused in trying to create the perfect proposal, they overlook serious flaws. What everyone had to figure out was that by messing things up, they discovered the true worth of commitment and dedication. They never had to go over the top in order to fix it, either. Pairing it down the essentials was all they needed, something Discord comprehended well beforehand. Sugar Belle was the first outside of Discord to truly figure it out after Big Mac felt upset for screwing up his own proposal and feeling that he let the legacy of his parents down. Because he doesn't talk much, his words matter a lot, so when he expresses his sadness, you really feel it. However, despite problems of her own, she understood that this was nothing compared to what they (and when she was controlled by Starlight) endured. To her, this was merely a blip. Mistakes happen; they can use 'em to grow closer and really show their love for each other. I read a few comments on Derpibooru calling their dual proposal cute, and it really is. <3 Their solid chemistry sells the warmheartedness! But I won't end my review until I call out two other things in this episode: All episode long, Spike wore nothing. For all we know, the fourth wall or a character we had no idea existed until then interviewed all of them. What slowly began to change, though, was when he wore a suit and tie for the first time. As a result, the wedding surprise was kept under wraps from the audience; showing him wearing his suit and putting on his bow tie really makes their marriage all the more impactful. Had we knew they were eloping at episode's end, this whole journey would've felt completely pointless. After a lot of great humor, chaos, and a little bit of drama, Discord alerting the apples to drop and sing "happy marriage, happy apples!" was perfect, heartwarming cuteness on top of already perfect cuteness! He might've added to the problems, but he respects their wedding ceremony and uses a subtle, Discord-y twist to show it. Consider this his own, special way to appreciate his friendship with everyone, their marriage, and their future lives. Conclusion What else can I say about this one? The Big Mac Question is really funny, really cute, and really heartwarming. Vogel and Haber tackled all of the emotions at exactly the right time and provided a magnificent cap to several arcs, some of which date back to the first season. This is the new-best Season 9 episode and one of the ten best of the series.
  37. 4 points
    It looks like I never explained how I got into MLP, so with the show ending I figured now is a good time to do that. I will also explain what the show means to me and try to understand why it has become a phenomenon. I think the year was 2012. I know I had gone to BronyCan in 2013 after going to BronyCon, and I don’t remember how many BronyCons I had been to before that. But I guess the exact year doesn’t matter. I was visiting with a friend in Baltimore (of all places!). I had brought 2 other of our mutual friends with me. One guy wanted to show me something funny on YouTube. He started playing Friendship Is Witchcraft. I don’t know if I was even aware of FIM. I knew of the old My Little Pony. I might have been aware that there were still toys, and if I was aware of the new cartoon then I would have dismissed it as a show for little kids. Ironic, since I love cartoons of all kinds, but at any rate, the show was not on my radar. We were watching Friendship Is Witchcraft and I found it hilarious. It was well written and acted. We watched all of the episodes at that time and even were singing the songs. The next day, my friend sat me in front of the computer again and queued another video, this one from the real show. He had explained that the real show was good, so I was curious, but I still had no idea what to expect. The video he played was the Smile song. Pinkie Pie, who I had seen from the spoof show, started singing about smiling. About half way through I could feel something inside of me change. By the end of the song I was holding back tears. I had to sit for a minute to compose myself. I knew my life had changed but I didn’t want to talk about it at that time. I had to pretend like nothing was wrong. It was some time before I got a chance to actually see the show, and I don’t even remember that moment. But I’m sure I watched it on Netflix alone, the way I usually watch my shows. The rest is history. I fell in love with the show and everything about it. I had gone to every BronyCon since and every time I was there it felt like coming home. As I have mentioned before, it felt like the whole year didn’t matter and everything lead up to that weekend. I had never felt so happy. I felt like I belonged. But why? Why can a children’s cartoon have such an effect on such a diverse group of people? I would expect to see the usual con crowd: fans of anime, video games, pop culture, things like that. But I had seen a truck driver in his 60s, men in the military, grandmothers, you name it. It makes no sense. I have been thinking about this for years and I have a few theories. First, look at the common fans. Most Bronies seem to be fans of other “nerdy” things, like I have mentioned. So maybe that 60 year old truck driver is also a fan of anime, for example. There is no way to prove it one way or the other, but it just doesn’t seem likely to me. Then I thought about the “nerd culture” over the recent decades. Perhaps in the past there just wasn’t much of an outlet for those kinds of people. There were comics, and that’s about it until maybe the 1960s. I suppose a “nerd” personality can be born in any time period, but it is only recently that such people can feel comfortable about it. But does that hypothesis make sense? It assumes that these people would also be fans of other things. As I said, I have no way of proving it. But is there something special about MLP? I like other cartoons and hobbies, but nothing has the same magic that My Little Pony does. There are much bigger, non pony conventions, like Comic Con. But do people break down in tears when they have to leave? To this day I still cannot get through Smile without tearing up. I think being a Brony is the ultimate symbol of cultural freedom. It’s like you can say, “I love a show about magical ponies, and I am not ashamed. There is nothing you can say to me that can hurt me.” Deep down everyone wants to be happy. MLP allows people to embrace that innocence and joy that they might be afraid to face. Fear keeps them shackled. Fear about not being tough, manly, or grown up enough. It’s like a guilty pleasure that you are too embarrassed to admit. But MLP shows that you don’t have to be embarrassed about how you are. It teaches you to love yourself, which means you don’t have to be afraid any more. There will always be a place where you can be you, and nopony will judge for it. That’s what My Little Pony means to me.
  38. 4 points
    I was originally gonna make a punk Rarity suit (from that one episode of MLP), but I couldn't find a purple leather jacket that looked quite right and I don't really feel comfortable making it from scratch. So instead, I'm opting to go the route of dealing with her normal, incredibly difficult to make mane since I'm fairly confident I can make that look at least decent. Also, if I make the mane magnetic I can make the punk Rarity suit in the future just by making the mane, tail, and clothing, which is much easier and more space efficient than having two separate suits for one character. So anyway, I made the bucket head, attached the muzzle, and figured out where the ears will be so I could add the removable fans (the fans and the switch are Velcro'd in so I can remove everything to wash the head, and also to make air travel less of an annoyance since it's a good idea to take heads as your carry-on item). I just finished doing all the soldering and stuff. I have four 30mm fans wired in parallel (two inlet fans in the muzzle, two outlet fans in front of the ears) running off of a regular battery bank for a phone. It's 24k mAh and can supply 5V 2A, so depending on how much I wear the suit, it should be able to run the fans for an entire convention without needing to recharge (the fans are 5V and draw 0.18A). It's also got a switch wired in to the back of the head, so that makes things easier. Man, I think my two and a half years of physics class are actually paying off. Ignore the exposed wire in that spot where the shrink tubing slipped off, I'm going to fix that. Also the botched left eye. I cut it wrong the first time and I need to add in some foam to fix it. I'll probably wait until I put the eyes in to fill the gaps. Another thing, fan #2 doesn't really have anywhere to draw air from yet, but I'm waiting to do that until I get the eyes in so I know how much space I have to work with. Surprisingly the fans in the muzzle don't touch my face, and the fans in the ears don't cause a problem as long as I wear the balaclava. I tested out the temperature (even though it's not really an accurate gauge yet since neither the mouth nor eyes are in) and even though the fans don't move a whole lot of air, it still makes a world of difference. Even so, I might go with 40 or 50mm fans next time around just to make things a bit cooler. At least these fans are nearly silent. I'll probably wait until I'm patterning the fur for my next WIP since heads always look like crap until they're furred. It's just a fact of suit making. Even professional suits look bad until they're finished, at which point they suddenly look incredible. Unlike mine, which just look less bad once they're done.
  39. 4 points
    Note: Credits to @Cwanky and @OptimisticNeighsayer for this quickieview. After Dash had one of the most insufferable appearances of the series, A Trivial Pursuit is somewhat a return to form for Season 9. The best part, bar none, is Twilight's arc. While Lesson Zero slowly progressed Twilight into insanity, Twilight began to feel the pressure before the cold open; Spike's attempts to reassure himself and Twilight's obsessive grin and eyes give that away so quickly. When the episode conveniently puts her and Pinkie (who never played the game before)) together, things just went south. Now, Pinkie isn't trying to hurt Twilight in any way. She wants to have fun and help Twilight win. However, she was a poor teammate. She wasn't familiar with any of the rules [and apparently never opened the rule book ( )], had no idea that you needed to answer specifically to be awarded points, couldn't interject her own opinion into her answer (putting them both in the red for a bit), and got easily distracted. So the audience can see why Twilight panics and tries to use the rules to get back into the game. Of course, like 246G, ATP doesn't show a character at her best or most likeable. Twilight was completely antagonistic and not someone to root for, especially in a game designed for some friendly competition. When you look over the episode, she used the rules to do some really bad things. Get Cranky, who did nothing wrong, disqualified for taking a quick nap. Caught Fluttershy taking suggestions from Angel. Dock points from AJ and Dash for taunting each other. Tried to create a new rule in order to penalize Maud and Mud. But the worst thing she did was take advantage of both her knowledge of the rules and Pinkie's lack thereof to bait Pinkie into asking Maud for information within an active category and intentionally get her disqualified so Sunburst can replace her. So why does Twilight’s terrible behavior work much more than Rainbow Dash’s? In Greaaat, Dash was completely composed as she bullied her students. Despite an early panic attack, Twilight initially held out hope and tried to coach Pinkie. However, her sanity had already spiraled coming into this moment, especially when Granny read aloud the "Sticks & Stones" category, so she clearly was not in the right mind when she baited PP. DQ’ing Pinkie was the last possible outcome for her, whereas RD’s sour opinions of cheerleading never changed. Dash was supposed to teach her students how to cheerlead, but she wanted nothing to do with them and was being less than lazy throughout. From the get-go, she looked for whatever excuse to get out of her classroom, forced them to fend for themselves, and intentionally exacerbated the problem for those who looked forward to making the halftime show as memorable as the tournament itself. OTOH, this episode takes place inside the Hay Burger restaurant. Twilight never had fun the entire time there and became more and more insane as she fell behind. (Notice how her mane's and tail’s neatnesses changed in accordance to her sanity, a nice callback from Lesson Zero.) The stakes here are less weighty than the former. Even after her students screwed up, she still couldn’t care less and continued insulting the passion and those who enjoyed it after Yona and Ocellus ran away crying. She didn’t come to her epiphany until Smolder and Snips called her out for it, so her apology didn’t feel contrite until after they re-met and worked hard for the next twelve days. However, despite teaming up with Sunburst, Twilight never got what she wanted. With a goal of maintain a high correct percentage, Sunburst was obsessed to not answer incorrectly and was way more uncooperative than the more innocent Pinkie. All of the humor at her expense during montage #3 works because she completely deserves it. As the climax approached, she remained far behind and nearly got baited into being disqualified herself, only to realize her grave mistake just in time; her remorse is more impactful than Dash’s as a result. Also, this lesson applies much more personally to Twilight here than in Lesson Zero for one crucial reason. The moral of LZ is for the ReMane Five, not her. Here, Twilight is explicitly learning how her freakouts made things miserable to not only herself, but also her teammate and those around her. As for the rest: When there's an episode light in story as this, it's important to be entertaining throughout. Trivial Pursuit has a load of comedy, but not all of them succeed. Like Sparkle's Seven, the animators had a load of fun with facial expressions. Every one of them by Twilight worked very, very well. Probably TOO well. But one specific face failed massively: Pinkie's "TWI-PIE!" face! X__X Pinkie sounds excited and eager to team up with a Twilight. Her overly exaggerated face and how suddenly close up the camera got makes her look as crazy as TS, if not more so. This jump scare is less humorous and more nightmare fuel. Other joke-related comments. The aftermath of Bulk's brohoof was the funniest of the whole episode. I don't need to see a closeup of Pinkie's rumbling tummy along with its gross-sounding growl! X__X The audience doesn't need to see a pool of Cranky's drool as he sleeps. Bleh! D: Buffalo Man: *hands Twilight a cup of ice* Dash's characterization is much better, and her rivalry with Applejack here was funnier and more IC than Compete Crap Clause. Unlike that episode, their competition was contained to the nightclub without getting too insulting, and no one was under the threat of drowning. The best moment between them was AJ not answering the Zap Apple question on time (thanks to Dash's distraction), and on cue: @Cwanky makes a fair point about how the Trivia Trot rule book being Twilight's character "in hard copy form." Each rule either aided or hindered her three-peat obsession. These absurd rules are a written extension of both her character and episode arc. However, I share part of what @OptimisticNeighsayer wrote, that it may feel less contrived if other players aside from Twilight used the rules similar to Twi, just to show that using them is a part of the game. In Trivial Pursuit, only Twilight and Sunburst know the rules from front to back. The only rule everyone knows so well is probably the most severe: Asking another team for answer information from within an active category is cheating, and thus you're disqualified. As is, the rule book's way to difficult to take seriously in any way, shape, or form. While you have valid anti-cheating rules such as not being allowed to review source material, ones like "no help from pets," "no napping," "no taunting," and "DQ'd players can reassemble into their own team" are way too out there. The book is a blatant plot device. Stuck on the plot? Twilight knows a rule for that! Combined with a well-paced story, A Trivial Pursuit brought Season 9 back on track after 2, 4, 6, Greaaat derailed its streak. However, it's weaker than the worst episode of Season 9A, Going to Seed for a big reason: Average for most of the first half, the heartwarming older-younger sister bond between Apple Bloom and Applejack in the second half elevates it. But if the second-worst episode of the season is still good, I'll take it.
  40. 4 points
    One of the most frustrating aspects of EQG for me is that Sunset Shimmer keeps either being in the right with characters and the movie treating her like she was in the wrong or getting unfairly accused of something by characters or the movie. In Rainbow Rocks, while the school's behavior and the Dazzling's behavior are reasonable, Vice Principal Luna made a really unfair assumption of Sunset at the beginning when the Dazzlings were still relatively weak, and the Rainbooms after "Awesome As I Wanna Be" were just unfair. Rainbow Dash: What was that?! Sunset Shimmer: You were showing them your magic, I, didn't know what else to do! Rarity: Ugh! Close the curtains, unplug her act, give us a chance to deal with the situation? Me watching the movie: You saw what was happening, I'm sure one of you could have done SOMETHING! You had time. Sunset at least tried, you ungrateful people. At least Spike had the decency to look her in the eye like, "Oh Sunset, I know you were trying to help, I'm sorry you have to go through this and I'm sorry how they are going to see it." Twilight couldn't even look her in the eye. In Forgotten Friendship, Sunset was absolutely justified in wanting to beat up Wallflower, especially since it's revealed that Wallflower caused her reason to go after Sunset herself, but apparently, because Sunset wasn't actively nice to Wallflower that means that Wallflower is totally justified in trying to ruin Sunset's life. Wait, what?! In Rollercoaster of Friendship, Sunset literally tells Sci-Twi the game is rigged, and she pulls Sunset into it anyway! And finally, in Sunset's Backstage Pass, Sunset's anger at Pinkie Pie was ABSOLUTELY justified. Pinkie Pie knew how much this meant to Sunset, yet she couldn't stay focused for five seconds which in Pinkie Pie language means I don't care too much for this thing or the person who really wants to see this thing, because otherwise she would do everything in her power to make sure Sunset saw the show. Also, Pinkie Pie Pie ran off to go get churros when Sunset was counting on her to warn her if the Dazzlings were coming, and even though the Dazzlings didn't do anything terrible, that could have turned out so much worse for Sunset, like while watching the movie I felt genuine fear for Sunset when Pinkie abandoned her job to go get churros. Yet for some reason SUNSET is the one who has to learn to accept that apparently PINKIE was in the right for some reason. Hey kids, even if your friend is ruining your day because they can't stay focused for ten seconds on your plans to go see something with them that you REALLY like, you're day is only perfect if you stick with your friend the whole day and never get mad at them because apparently that would make YOU the unreasonable bad person in this. Wait a minute, WHAT!?
  41. 4 points
    I made this for @The_Gobo last year. We miss you.
  42. 4 points
    The Duck Knight Returns is perhaps the best episode of the new DuckTales. Of the many reasons why, the brilliant commentary on fandom's one of the most creative. It's able to comment about fandom without being mean, narcissistic, or retaliatory to criticism. It knows how to shape this commentary into the canon with nuance and care. There are five specific points that really shape up this commentary. Launchpad (representing the older fans) had a valid argument against the Darkwing Duck movie. The trailer hinted that DWD knowingly hurt people, even though he was a hero in the TV series. LP realized how out of character Movie!DWD was and justifiably criticized it. The episode never mocked him for complaining or took his opinions as a joke. When Launchpad wanted to show how good the original DWD is, Jim Starling manipulated him into doing something that contradicts his morale: trap the "replacement" in his trailer. Recall this line. He understands what he's doing isn't right. A contradiction of everything he knows and loves of DWD. But Starling successfully tapped into that "irrational fan" in him and make him believe that he must trap and hurt the "replacement" in order to truly capture his glory. All throughout the fight, his conscience outwardly battled him. As well as believing he had to fight the actor, he really didn't want to. Every time he tried to fight him or fling him, he was immediately apologetic. When he was so close to damaging rare DWD collectibles, he stopped. Once the brief, hilarious fight ended, the actor and LP weren't foes anymore. They became friends. The actor is a lot like the crew working on DuckTales or any other creation today. Darkwing Duck's a cashcow (and like what another reviewer said, all products that make money are technically cashcows), but some lack that soul than others. For the DuckTales crew, this is their dream becoming reality. They're big fans of DWD, DT, and probably many other Disney Afternoon properties (they wouldn't sneak in TaleSpin and Goof Troop Easter Eggs for no reason). The original DT is an inspirational classic a representation of a fan's dream becoming reality, and now they use their vision to inspire future generations of animators, fans, and storytellers. The actor represents that same role; yes, the movie's not good, but he's as big a DWD fan as anyone, and hopes to someday inspire future generations too. The path to friendship between LP and the new actor is very symbolic to this show and the cartoon medium at large to date. How CN's reboots of Teen Titans, PPG, and Ben 10 understandably made many people wary of the DT reboot. How updates of the new DT, Woo-oo!, and future episodes excited people and gave them hope. How many DT and DWD fans were very disappointed when DWD was a TV show within the new canon. Well, after this episode, nobody was questioning them now. Through great writing, creative ideas, and brilliant execution, fans who grew up with the old, fans who are now professionals working on the new, and fans inspired by the new can unite and enjoy a product together.
  43. 4 points
    Between Dark and Dawn marks the next chapter for the goal from the premiere: Celestia and Luna will retire, so the RM7 will take their place when they're ready. Capping the first half with this episode fits with the arc to a T, especially with the sprinkling of continuity throughout the season thus far. The fact that Gail Simone, one of the best comic writers, was invited to write the first Royal Sister episode of the show fits the grand nature of what S9 has felt for the past several episodes. If you're going to wrap it up, do it while on top. Season 9A is the most consistently good half of the series: Over half of the first eleven were great, and what wasn't great was still good. Between Dark and Dawn increases the percentage of great episodes, and it's the third-best episode of Season 9, only behind both Sparkle's Seven and The Last Crusade. So why is it so great? Time to break it down! LO-FUCKING-L! I know little of Simone's comic writing, but according to Voice of Reason in his latest At the Screening, she has really excellent comedic timing. Well, easy to see why: BD&D's littered with hysterical moments throughout. Some of the best are the following: You know what's coming! Y'said what everybrony was thinking. Celestia could've been involved everywhere, and they went with a simple trespass of Tank's hungry great-great-great-great-great grandfather. While Luna and Celestia went on vacation for the first time in forever, several ponies reacted really hilariously. Three favorites include one stallion (Fond Feather) fainting as they walked by, one mare taking a selfie while Celly naps on her head, and a stallion backing away from them in the post office (a scene that I'll get to later). And it's easy to see why. They're the most famous ponies in all of Equestria, yet spend almost their whole lives cooped up in Canterlot Castle. So once you pass them when you least expect it…well, can y'blame 'em?! Dash incredulously asking why the swanifying ceremony was so important. In addition, this episode has a plethora of really goofy faces, taking full advantage of the cartoony medium. The fact that a very famous writer agreed to write for an episode and the overall absurd tone accompanying it gave the crew ample opportunity to go for it wherever. If I go through a lot of them, I'd be overloading slower browsers with all the pictures… Oh, what the hell! Y'know y'screwed up when Pinkie's cross. Feelin' a wee giddy there, I presume? Not feelin' the Aloha spirit, I guess. This episode is loaded with detail, and this tiny one is no exception. Celestia glaring at the goofed-up face of herself. Luna fighting off fits of laughter. The sculptor not having any clue about his screw-up. Luna doesn't like the thrills. That said, wait for that Luna face again. Goth Celestia? How amusing. Ruling a kingdom ain't easy, whether it's for celebrating the agency of swans or manipulating position of the sun and moon. That FACE is Twilight at her most exasperated. Of course, the funniest of them all. Recall Luna's face while riding Flim and Flam's roller coaster? That face comes back again, only this time with Celestia's excitement. With all these faces, it's easy to see how much fun the storyboarders and animators had with these scenes. But even with all of them, they don't ruin the moment when it gets serious or turn gross. They push and toe the point of being uncanny without crossing that imaginary border. Each time they make that face, it's laugh-out-load hilarious. The little scores and voices help time them, too. More to come later. Swanversion of expectations. One big strength of FIM that doesn't get much credit anymore is its ability to subvert expectations to the audience. Back in Season 1, the show built a reputation of flipping clichés on their head, such as making the prince a vain jackass, a female unicorn who works beyond the call of duty to deliver the best quality possible, or a realistic approach to sisterhood conflict. How does this episode do this? Via swans. Stereotyped as elegant and gracious, the swans here are not presented this way at all. They're impatient, and temperamental, and aggressive, all with enough agency to make the RM7 know their place. When they found out who was leading the gala, they honked crossly at them. These moat-wandering, spoiled, Pony version of castle gators commanded respect; when things didn't go their way, they let Twi and friends have it. Celestia knew it, and while they were on vacation, they have every reason to count on them to solve it without their help. Fancy seeing you here! As Twilight helps run Equestria while Celestia and Luna vacation, the first main thing they must accomplish is hosting the Swanifying Gala. But little did Twilight know that Fancy Pants (welcome back!), Jet Set, and Upper Crust would be there to help out. Granted, it was very dumb of her to reject their help without observing Celestia's scroll of instructions, yet this isn't purely her fault here. No one warned her that someone would come to assist her. For all she knew, they entered unannounced and had no idea how to help set it up. This was Twilight's first taste of how to run and eventually understanding how no one pony can run an important royal event, much less a kingdom, alone. Leaders need help. Some rudeness aside, Fancy Pants was quite reasonable, and his sternness was completely justified. Neither he nor his aristocratic clients entered Canterlot Castle because they felt like it. They're familiar with the Swanifying Gala and lead the Royal Swanifying Committee. He knows how it works, and with Upper and Jet helping him, they can delegate for the gala so it can all be finished on time. Twilight turning them away surprised them and implicated that they know more that they do. However, their disorganization setting up the gala meant ignoring other critical points of government. By falling back, they can't help negotiate a deal with the street sweepers and help the carpenters complete their own jobs. So why does this matter to Fancy? Canterlot trusts him; Celestia wouldn't hire him to lead the committee for no reason. Everyone there — even down to the swans, who are promised watercress — are his constituents. By getting involved and lending his voice to those more unfortunate than him, their complaints amplify. Fancy makes sure they are heard and the RM7 listen. Plus, as head of the committee, the gala adheres to specific formal standards. With his experience, he can accurately judge if it holds up to it or not and mandate changes if they don't. The tablecloth decorations clearly don't, so Rarity had to delegate someone else to help her. When they realized what to do, he lets his monocle down and trusts them to finish the job. While this may not be as entertaining as the A-plot, it's important, nevertheless. This is the first time they run a kingdom together, so this was good practice. Hiccups aside, they prove their worth for now. The AliTeam! But the meat of the story is Celestia and Luna. Now, this ain't the first time they shared a humongous portion of an episode. A Royal Problem dealt with long-standing friction between them, but for almost the entire 22-minute run, they acted like they hated each other, making up only after Starlight nearly scarred herself with a massive nightmare. Secondly, Starlight was the main character, not them. Most of it was in her point of view or sympathetic toward hers. Eight and a half seasons in, but FIM finally wrote them co-leading an episode. In addition, this was A Royal Problem written much, much better. How? Instead of making them forget how much they loved each other, they loved each other both in the beginning and at the end. Their fight slowly progressed, crescendoing at their private picnic, without degrading them. The many moments throughout the episode not only showed their relationship, but added touches to their characters. Going over milestones one by one. For long-time watchers like myself, the criticism of Celestia and Luna being inactive, whether via capture or not appearing at all, makes some level of sense, especially during the Chaos Theory and Cosmo arcs and movie. This episode, self-aware, pokes a little clever fun at itself, setting the tone of both the episode as well as their relationship. Even though they're major beings in Equestria, they're still sisters. Each time they "helped" was always as a team. This shot — as they exchange eye contact and hold hooves — reminds us in a very funny, over-the-top manner. Unless you read the comics, the show rarely explored them as a sibling bond and individual characters. Often they appear as royal heads only. That all changed with this one scene: How is this important? This is the first time the audience ever watched them act like actual sisters throughout a scene. They may be wearing regalia, but they're not behaving like royalty here. A tight connection between them is revealed, and nowhere nearly as muted as their hoof-holding during Slice of Life's moral recitation. Reading to bow their hair, they share immense excitement for the upcoming trip and offer grand ideas to share their moments together. That said, the episode subtly lays the groundwork for their eventual fight. They disagree with how to spend that time on vacation, and it's easy to see their perspectives. Just like the Fifty Shades series, Princess Celestia's day shift is SOOOOOOOO boring! On the other hand, Luna spends all night settling nightmares and other forms of dreams so they can sleep. So adventuring and relaxation, respectively, would be welcoming changes to their routines. But most importantly, Luna says this: Here, doubt clouds above them, potentially leading to an argument. However, just like the Angry Swans, Between Dark and Dawn subverts expectations once again, cutting off the idea to make way for a compromise. When it's possible to introduce disagreement (i.e., Celestia's uncertainty toward the Hawaiian shirts and forgetting to warn Luna of the snack's awful flavor), they go back to being caring sisters once more. "Lotta Little Things" is one of the best songs of the series. Similar in tone to The Smile Song, its happy jingle bounces off the sisters' hooves and into the viewer's mind, and the catchy lyrics accentuate its giddy tone. Also, the animation in two of the sequences is creative. Aside from the clever Easter Eggs (yes, I know about Capper, and Wicked's an awesome musical! ), by making the ground round like a globe, it reinforces the jolly mood of the song and shows how far they traveled to do those activities. Beyond just the great lyrics, it also subtly advances their conflict. At the start, they cooperate and have a world of fun together, and several of the shots are adorable! Celestia at Not-Toys-R-Us cuddling with all the humongous plushies as Luna giggles, Luna fails to create the illusion of holding onto the Great Horseshoe, Luna giggling at the Celestia & Luna sculpture shown earlier, Luna playing the banjo (with some of the most imaginative rhyming since Stop the Bats), and especially Celly and Luna huddling as Jack Pot and Big Bucks perform. <3 However, after the second chorus, they start subtly disagreeing more. Still seeking thrills, Celestia looks for more adventure. But Lethargic Luna is exhausted and wants to take a break. From that point forward, they begin to disagree on what "fun" is, like Celestia getting bored watching Wicked, Luna nearly dying from fright swimming with sharks and barreling down Neighagra Falls. The last lyrics succinctly point out this change in tone. The post office scene is one of the best of the entire episode. Beyond the zipline, this really showcases the vast difference of opinion of fun. Celestia's so used to it, but as stated in episode, Luna's traditionally asleep at night, so she never experiences it, so what's mundane to Celly excites her like a little filly. And this scene is loaded with comedy spots and the most adorable Luna has ever been. Luna prancing like a little filly while waiting. (Awwwwwww! ) A stallion slowly backing away from the line in surprise. DERPY as cute as ever! Luna wiggling her eyebrows at Celestia and singing "Wait for it…!". Bored, Celestia takes out her pocketwatch as the secondhand ticks. The whimsical "du-d-du" as she mails her postcard (which has their cutie marks on the written side!). "It's about the PROCESS!" Now who trusts the process more, her or 76ers fans? In addition to Luna at her most adorkable, it created a clever transition to make both of them stop seeing eye to eye and getting more and more angry at each other. They wanted to have fun, but with their sister there, the whole vacation was less joyful and more chore-ful. Their tug of war and ripping the bucket list in half symbolically marked the point where they stopped compromising with each other and quit enjoying being in each others' company. Their picnic scene was the major boiling point. The moment Simone built up over the first two-thirds. Luna's accusation was childish, but the episode shows us several moments to understand where she's coming from, such as taking part in more extreme events late in the song, getting extremely upset at her makeup being ruined, and then being forced to leave an opera in the middle of a performance. What did Celestia do? Shout and use the Canterlot voice in her face. So it's completely believable of her to feel unwanted. However, what she also did was accuse of her of believing Celestia wants nothing to do with her at all, and despite the huge disagreement with each other, she clearly doesn't want her to stay sealed in the moon. Celestia wants to enjoy life and not feel cooped up in the castle. But because their anger feels so raw, emotion dominates logic. Also, because that anger feels so down to earth, it's hard to watch. Compared to their fight from A Royal Problem, it wasn't petty. However, unlike Twilight and the gang from The Mean 6, they don't immediately make up. Spending several long hours alone, they're deservedly reminded of how much they need each other. Canterlot isn't complete with one Royal Sister. But as the fight shows the hardships of sisterhood, the late-night scene at the mountain proves they still love each other. Luna reminiscing the times Celestia taught her to watch the stars to search for the lucky ones allowed the story and characters themselves to close the conflict without rushing. They talked to each other, expressed why they felt the way they felt, and became a closer unit. Does this warm you? …I'll take that as a yes. Between Dark and Dawn is a phenomenal addition to FIM's growing lineup of great episodes. Great humor, great characterization, and great heart. Whether it's the B-Plot of The RM7 struggling to run a gala at the most inopportune time to Celestia and Luna distancing themselves and later reuniting, there's a lot to unpack and love. The little details add extra shape to the atmosphere and story, like ponies fainting or taking a selfie upon seeing them or Luna teasing Celestia in the post office, and help improve a good episode into a great one.
  44. 4 points
    As fun as reviewing FIM episode’s is, sometimes you just don’t have the interest every now and then and wanna take a little break. I already commented what I wanted to comment regarding The Last Crusade (which ain’t much), and others have already filled in thoughts similar to mine. If others did so already, then I’m parroting. It’s fun to be featured in Loganberry’s Text Review Roundups every week, but getting them done early enough means sometimes wanting to write large chunks deep into the night, and that’s not good. I already commented and apologized for screwing up to reach a “deadline,” and I’m now more careful in crafting them and editing them far better. But yeah, it still feels good and exciting to see your hard work on other platforms. Unfortunately, now I’m starting to feel like my review quality’s beginning to slip (I rewrote most of my Student Counsel review for my blog, because my original was mostly a recap instead of an analytical breakdown), and I’ve been getting Writer’s Block when starting my reviews. Also, I don’t have the time for most of this week and wanna use a chunk of it for exercise, resting my bum ankle, attending a play, and catching up on the new DuckTales. So, I won’t review Last Crusade this week. I’m the last regular FIM review blogger for this forum. I neither wanna drop that to zero nor publish content without assuring I’m doing my best. Hopefully, a week off to recover and put no pressure on myself will help once Between Dark and Dawn airs on DF this Saturday.
  45. 4 points
    So this is something I've been putting off for way too long: drawing wings. Ok, technically I've drawn wings before, but I've been sticking to wings that are folded up at a pony's side. I've finally taken the time to practice drawing spread wings. I started with show style pegasus/alicorn wings, then let my imagination go to work. And here we have my first full piece of art featuring a pony in flight. (or really any pose at all that shows off her wings )
  46. 4 points
    My life has been really amazing over the past few months... It certainly has been, no doubt about it... No, it only has been compared to what it was before that. Before I met my boyfriend of about 3 months, I was extremely depressed. I think a lot of you may know the story here, but I was actually heavily considering committing suicide, in a way that would work unlike the last few attempts at my own life foiled by various things. But now I can comparatively say this life is pretty fantastic. At least my own self-esteem isn't that far down the toilet. It's gotten a lot better, but is it entirely better? No it isn't. I made this post in the "How are You Feeling Thread" at one point fairly recently: "I feel very upset with myself... ". I made this post after my boyfriend was upset with me for not listening to his music (even though, yes I should have sooner than I did, that isn't the point). I think if I could post the entire conversation, which I can't find it, you'd see that the post in and of itself indicates that my newfound self-esteem is very fragile. It was set off by something as small as my boyfriend getting a little angry at me over a track of EDM music he finished making. I'm still living most of my life in the $#!+hole known as my dad's (technically grandma's, considering she pays for EVERYTHING) house. The place has several problems that really prevent me from doing anything with my life. First one, is my dad. He will not clean up after himself. It basically makes the house into an extremely depressing environment with junk stacked everywhere. He also is such a man-child that helping him even with what I absolutely need to, is an absolute nightmare. It also doesn't help my ability to really communicate with him, that's already subject to my extreme introversion, but made worse by his stubborn inability to actually listen to what I have to say, instead making sorts of infuriatingly stupid jokes. Second one, is the environment itself. No air conditioning, no heating, bugs everywhere, NINE obnoxious dogs that won't leave me alone for five seconds when I go outside. My dad doesn't help this either, by constantly spouting off about how depressed he is and how the world is against him, and blah blah blah. Seriously, Dad, do you want to see me strung off the pecan tree, dangling by the homemade noose attached to my neck? I certainly hope not. It also doesn't help that there's no internet aside from the internet on my "dad's" (when it's my grandma paying the bill in all actuality) phone, which he gripes about me taking all of the time. Yeah, I do dad. You know why? THE INTERNET HAS BECOME A LESSER NECESSITY, LIKE HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING. I NEED them. Maybe not to SURVIVE, but to FUNCTION. Without it, I have no chance of survival. Period. I don't think my grandma wants me to run away from home because I have no chance there, so yeah, let me have it. All you use it for is looking at stupid $#!+ you find on Facebook and showing me your alt-right political memes that 9 times out of 10 are actually infuriatingly stupid (after you say you hate politics and offended people, you flock to both...). Also, I'm still QUITE unconfident of my ability to do anything for myself. Mind you, I'm weak, physically unfit, and by some definitions it is very likely that I'm actually disabled and should find a way to get that disability properly diagnosed so I can get disability checks. I have a lot of symptoms that suggest the possibility that I am on the autism spectrum (higher functioning, obviously). I mean I can't effectively communicate to anyone (yeah, even my own boyfriend, actually) due to a lack of social skills that also results in a lot of social anxiety, I had a LOT of developmental issues growing up, and believe me when I say that I am twitching like CRAZY right now. Only 3 of many things that make me think that there's a very high chance I'm on the spectrum. I am likely incapable of both the social and physical aspects of most any minimum wage job that I can get without references (and even then, it's actually really hard and getting harder and harder to even get THOSE without references.) This also means I can't effectively communicate with people outside of things that require no speech or eye to eye contact, and it also means that I can actually hardly do anything in a physical sense. Though the latter doesn't disturb me. I can just get my BF to do those things for me, even if it takes a little... convincing (and it seems I'm fairly good at that). BUT, is my life better? Of course it is. My self-esteem is getting better, I spend at least half of my days away from the House of Despair, and I have much more in terms of enjoyable experiences. I've been able to play Paladins again, and even a little bit of Team Fortress 2 (even though most of the time I try to play it online, my ping happens to spike ). I also have a little more confidence my tabletop game will go somewhere, and I don't feel as bad about myself. I don't see a noose in my future, also. I see... A small rented house on the outskirts of Houston, a lot of romance, a lot of my wants coming to fruition, and I even see a potential for personal success. No more of those self-help books that I just want to throw in the burn barrel. And soon enough, maybe no more living with my dysfunctional father. I just wanted to end this on a not-so-depressing note. I definitely do feel better, but it is a mistake to say life has suddenly become absolutely everything I want out of it.
  47. 4 points
    Note: Expanded my original thoughts. Credit also goes to @AlexanderThrond, @Odyssey, and @OptimisticNeighsayer for it. With a world as magical and fantastical as Equestria, any form of mystical being is possible. They may sound like fairytales (or "pony's tales," as what Spike once said about the Mare in the Moon). Not too often does the show do the opposite: establish the legend of a mystical jokester no one witnessed and make both ponies and viewers wonder if he doesn't exist. Considering the amount of lore in the series (both in the TV series and comics), it's an undertaking for the show to give this concept any benefit of the doubt. That was partially Applejack's role, as her stubbornness and eye for logic initially play a role in downplaying and explaining other ways for phenomenons to work beyond a "just-because" shortcut. Additionally, Applejack's stubbornness usually lasts all the way through the climax. The Mane Attraction is the lone time to use it as a strength rather than a flaw. Just like the lore, Rapp reigns her flaw in. Instead of making her impose her stubbornness on everyone else, she's stuck with a dilemma: promise Granny and Big Mac to help round up every apple in Sweet Apple Acres and not try to hurt Apple Bloom's feelings. More on this later. Building up this dilemma in the first half was its biggest weakness, and there are a few reasons why. The first half is loaded with exposition. The rest of the Mane 8 were written off early, automatically turning it Apple-focused. But using a one-line shortcut cheapens the direction. Even the lore of the confluence (the time where every apple is ripe simultaneously) doesn't hold much weight, as it's attached to the clunky "moon" length of time and explained very early on. Additionally, the episode repetitiously reminds the viewer how catching the Sass Squatch-like trickster*; once is fine, thank you. *The AJ Micro revolved around a "Sass Squatch," a mystical creature that changed apples into squashes, and Applejack was stubborn as Boulder to try to capture him alone for most of the issue. Until the end of the flashback, it was really slow and bland, with surface jokes that aren't all that funny. Usually, they were related to either Goldie's "crazy-cat-lady" shenanigans or Big Mac's exhaustion, and nothing more beyond that. One of the only ones to work that well was Goldie's cats distracting her to steal her pancakes. Although it was a problem for the whole episode, the dialogue in the first half was quite repetitive. I don't need to specifically hear "Great Seedlin'" all the time. Throughout most of her time as a foal and filly, Applejack learned of his legend and the reward for catching it, so he spent good time every confluence to set up traps rather than buck the apple trees. However, she forgot where one of the traps were and was stuck in a deep hole for most of the day. She felt so upset for it that she felt like she let herself and her family down over trying to chase a mystical creature that may not even exist. Therefore, as what @OptimisticNeighsayer wrote, she established a "sour grapes" approach to the fairytale, eschewed the Great Seedling as nothing more than fairytale, and focused primarily on working the farm. It established why she can be so work-driven (nicely pointed by Alexander Thrond, his post linked further down), shown in past episodes like Applebuck Season and AJ's "Day" Off. So why is this, by far, the worst moment of the first half? Because of this: Goldie and Granny don't treat her mistake as a big deal, even though it is to her, evident by her tone and glum expressions. Combine that with Goldie's smugness, Granny's decision to explain right there why AJ became cynical in the first place, and their disagreement from earlier, it unfortunately implicates that Granny told AB the story as a "gotcha!" to put AJ in her place. AB tries to soften the blow by staying by her older sister and refusing to join her grandma and relative (and Goldie shaking her hoof after they accidentally ran too close was a little bit of accidental karma), but neither of them were held accountable for not taking AJ's hurt seriously, making the overall tone of the moment and flashback really mean-spirited. To borrow from @Odyssey, if it wasn't shown in AJ's point of view or have her bitterness dominate the mood, then perhaps the scene would feel more whimsical, and the tone's direction wouldn't be so convoluted. Thankfully, the rest of the episode picks up from there, focusing on Apple Bloom and AJ's bond. Whereas Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo had bonding episodes with their older sisters (both biological and surrogate) previously, AB never had that, as episodes where she shares a focus are more on herself (and for Brotherhoves Social, her relationship with Big Mac). The one time where there was some kind of bonding episode between her and AJ was Somepony to Watch Over Me, and that's an AJ-focused episode and AJ's worst appearance of the first five seasons. Recall AJ's dilemma that I mentioned earlier, and I'm going to expand from @AlexanderThrond post with my own thoughts. Yes, she wants to help everyone else, but catchin' him mattered to AB. That's why she was gentle when talking to her about it and tried to add uncertainty to the legend. More importantly, AJ didn't want her own trauma to similarly affect her. In short, to softly ask that question of the Great Seedlin' being real or not was a warning without trying to intrude. But she was also willing to help her and make her happy however possible, which is why they agreed to compromise on Day 2: If they work together to harvest the trees, they'll set up the traps later. Rather than make AJ so stubborn to the point of blindness like her Micro, the episode eases her stubbornness and allows her to be open-minded to his existence being possible. This moment and AJ's flashback tie a little bow on the first half and commence the second half's direction, giving them the bonding episode they sorely needed. Two moments, though, really stand out. Their montage was really heartwarming. Rather than let Granny and Goldie get the best of her, she helped AB prepare the traps, using both her own memories back in the day to place them in the best spots and ability to build to build them faster and effectively. Skeptical at first, she progressively showed to having a lot of fun setting them all up. Pay attention to the change of facial expression from this to this to this. When she said she had fun, she meant it; the facial expressions and length of time they put in to building those traps back her up. You can tell she was starting to evolve from an ol' prune to a shiny plum. This was the first confluence since she was a filly, and by helping AB, she reminded herself of the good fun she had then. Yes, she still has responsibilities, but quality time with her young sis healed painful wounds and let her loosen up in life. While Big Mac struggles to clean the orchard on time, AJ and AB are having fun off-screen, and after discovering an empty orchard, they'll accept any help possible to solve it, including listening to one of Goldie's Great Seedling tales. After some advice on how to improve their chances of catching him, they have one of their best heart-to-heart moments of the series. Now, even though they don't know Big Mac unintentionally disguised himself as the mythical deer, the episode makes his identity way too obvious. From the opening shot, the camera spies on him being exhausted at the table and accidentally falling asleep on the breakfast table. Over the next eighteen minutes or so, his expression and behavior deteriorate, such as sleeping on the floor, not observing his surroundings, sagging and drying eyes, not cleaning up the apples right away to knock the apples down easier, sleepwalking, and so on. However, despite the mystery behind the Seedling, that wasn't the point. Its focus was on Applejack eventually letting her hair down to reminisce and enjoy being a kid with a sister who was too young to participate last time. The hunt was merely the plot device to bring them together. So is it the worst episode of the season so far? Yes. But compared to the previous first halves, is this way better than Boast Busters, AJ's "Day" Off, Fake It, and The Cutie Pox? One hundred percent. Overcoming first-half hiccups, Going to Seed's the AJ Micro done better and a fine overall addition to the series.
  48. 3 points
    This is a follow up to the previous blog entry (read it first to understand Binary numbers): Subtracting two binary numbers is as easy as adding two binary numbers. In fact, it is the same. Computers deal with bits, and the number of bits are limited. The smallest number of bits that the computer can access is 8 bits, called a "BYTE" (a wordplay of "by eight"). 8 bits can contain 256 different bit pattern combinations, and that gives us the total numbers we can count using binary math with 8 bits. The origin of 8 bits is actually tied to characters, in order to store letters (to emulate old type writers). We are however still bound to 256 different bit patterns, when we want to include negative numbers. Binary numbers wrap around. The bit patterns keep repeating even when we run out of bits. That means that if we are on the number 255 and we add 1, we will end up on 0. And if we are on 0 and subtract 1, we will end up on 255 again. Note that 255 in this case is positive! Also note that we subtract decimal numbers here, not binary numbers. With a limited number of bits available, it is easier for the computer to simply ignore the subtraction operation for binary numbers as it is the same result to add a negative number as it is to subtract a positive number. An example: 9 - 5 = 4 (subtraction) 9 + -5 = 4 (addition) Without subtraction, the computer doesn't need to "borrow" digits. Instead, digits can be "carried" using addition instead. One system to deal with two operations, is simply smarter. Subtraction can then be disguised behind the scenes as addition with negative numbers. But we still need to know what a negative number is. We need to have a way to identify a negative number from a positive number. And we need negative numbers to be lower than positive numbers, so that we can "move backwards" in the bit patterns that the binary numbers represent. Remember how I told you earlier that binary numbers wrap around? It is the wrap around that makes the magic possible, and allows us to do math in the reverse direction. By adding a large number to our current number, it will most likely wrap around. Adding for example 256 to any number in a BYTE would equal the same number before the addition took place, since a BYTE can only store 256 unique bit patterns. The previous statement has a huge error in it, and that is, we cannot add 256 since the largest number we can represent in a BYTE is 255. If we go by BYTE size numbers, that is. I said 256 unique bit patterns, and if you think about it, one of them is 0. Since binary numbers wrap around, adding 1 to 255 should in fact give us 256, however it gives 0. And I also said if we could add 256 to any number, that would give us the same number, and adding 0 to any number would do the same thing. So 256 and 0 is the same number in the world of wrapping. Wrapping around can be a serious headache. But it has the solution to our problem: If we can only represent any number between (and including) 0 to 255. Then adding 255 to any number of our choosing, will wrap around the result to our number minus 1. We have a way to do subtraction by 1. So what is 255 then? The numbers wrap around so if we subtract 1 from 0, we will end on 255. That means, 255 must be equal to -1. Let's just stop here, and say that the value 255 can be both 255 and -1. Because that is the truth. Wrapping is a pain to understand, and we need to see it to believe it. So let's get down to the basics. In a world of BYTEs, where nothing can be smaller, binary numbers can be smaller, and they can wrap around at other values than 256, such as 128, 64, 32, 16, 8, and 2. Let's choose the wrap around to be 16. By doing that, we can in the most easiest way see how wrapping works including representing both positive numbers and negative numbers. We draw a circle, like an analog clock (read it clockwise). It has bars to represent each number, 16 in total. In the outer part of the circle, we name each bar with a positive decimal number, as well as the binary number limited to 4 digits (4 bits). The inner part of the circle has the positive and negative decimal numbers, if we chose to represent the binary numbers as signed numbers: At the top of the outer part of the circle, the bar is named 0. It is the wrapping point, as the numbers wrap around there. 16 and 0 are the same number, only we cannot represent 16 in a binary number with only 4 digits. Standing on 15, and adding (moving clockwise by) 1, will end up on 0. And standing on 0, and subtracting (moving counter clockwise by) 1, will end up on 15. You can also see that 15 is represented as -1 by reading the inner part of the circle. Another thing to notice is that half of the circle seems to be on the negative number side, and the other half on the positive number side. There are actually the exact same number of negative numbers as there are positive numbers, if you count 0 as a positive number. Let's dive deeper into this half circle. Look at the bit patterns of the blue numbers, the binary numbers limited to 4 digits. Notice the leftmost digit is 0 if the number is positive? And it is 1 if it is negative? This digit, or bit, has a name: "Most Significant Bit". It is the minus sign, telling us that the number is a negative number. If we want to play with negative numbers, then we can simply make a number negative by turning the leftmost digit from 0 to 1, making it act as a minus sign. That will tell us that the number is negative, however, it will not make the current number into its negative form. Here is an example, if you have the number 3, and want to make it negative, turning on the leftmost bit will yield the number -5. You can see it if you look at the blue binary numbers in the circle! We cannot negate a number without a specific formula. If we want -3 from 3, or 3 from -3, a negate operation, we cannot just add a number. We need to do an operation known as two's complement. Two's complement works on any binary number, no matter how many digits there are to represent the number. We don't need to think about the wrapping point. We only need addition, and an operation known as bitwise NOT. (In computer logic, both addition and bitwise NOT are done using a bitwise XOR on finite bit numbers. XOR is outside the scope of this blog entry!) If you have a binary number, you can easily do a bitwise NOT by stepping through each digit, and swap the digit from either 0 to 1, or 1 to 0. All the bits in the binary number will become inverted. If you invert something twice, it becomes the same value again. Let's try it on a really long and unknown binary number: 10010100100101010101001010101101111110001 Inverted using bitwise NOT: 01101011011010101010110101010010000001110 And invert it again using bitwise NOT will yield the original number: 10010100100101010101001010101101111110001 So, if you have 3, and you want -3. First represent 3 as its binary number: 0011 Invert each bit (using bitwise NOT): 1100 Now add 1, and you will end up on -3: 1101 Confirm with the circle above! So, we should be able to do the same with -3, to get 3. Let's do the same two's complement to prove that it works: 1101 Invert each bit (using bitwise NOT): 0010 Now add 1, and you will end up on 3: 0011 Confirm with the circle above! Yes, this is done with 4 digits, so that we can draw a circle with only 16 steps, and get a nice amount of positive and negative numbers, in order to learn wrapping and two's complement. But how do we subtract a number then? This is where you have to read the first blog entry (see the top for a link), for how you do addition with binary numbers. All you need to do is add a number that is negative, to subtract. It is that simple! And how do you get a negative number? With two's complement. This is the end of this blog, however, as a game programmer, I am using wrapping all the time... Next up in the blog, we have Binary Multiply... (See you next time!)
  49. 3 points
    I'll go ahead and put a strong language warning here because this might get dicy. Super Bowl commercials have always pissed me off. Oftentimes they are simply over-the-top 30 second cringefests from companies that have the money to waste on this garbage, with no real focus on the product. For whatever idiotic reason, the US general public obsesses over this trash. Yeah, let's root for the giant corporations to make overblown ads that don't even market the product. The 2020 Super Bowl ads however, were next level abominations. Deep Fat Fried, a great video podcast I listen to/watch, reacted to every single ad that played this year, so I too got to suffer alongside them. These ads were the embodiment of everything I fucking hate about this pathetic country. The vast majority of them were filled to the brim with celebrity worship and corporate bullshit, with a little bit of Trumptardation sprinkled on top. We got things like John Cena and Jimmy Fallon being insanely unfunny and uncharasmatic, but OMG they are rich celebrities so all ofus must adore it. That was a constant recurring theme of the entire thing. Celebrities being thrown into commercials because people are pathetic drones that are programmed to cheer in excitement anytime one comes on screen. Who needs any god when you have celebrities to worship 24/7? It is the American way! There was one commercial for some kind of...dip thing? It featured an entire cast of celebrities, starting with Ric Flair and even went onto (I think) lil Wayne, because fuck it. People will adore it because people with infinitely better lives than them are on screen. Walmart making an ad about small towns and local communities and businesses, despite the fact that Walmart has contributed to the murder of these things and they are as corporate as you can possibly get. They even had an ad later that showed just how much in the corporate pocket Walmart is, where they proceeded to essentially rape any decently known property you might love. They started the first ad with something like "America this, America that". That's what we need, more propaganda telling everyone that they are simply the greatest people in existence simply for being "Americans". I mean, it isn't like that shit is thrown in our face ALL THE GODDAMN TIME. We got commercials FOR COMMERCIALS. I am not joking. There were ads that were advertising upcoming commercials. People apparently ENJOY THIS. How has the US general populous not gargled bleach out of sheer stupidity yet? What purpose do these goddamn ads serve? All they are is a display of corporations stroking their own cocks with glee and americans are like "YEAH, AWESOME, I LOVE THIS", because of course they are. Most of these people couldn't give two fucks about the actual football game and even though I hate football, the game itself was actually not half bad, it was a million times better than the worthless shitshow from 2019, where a bunch of overpaid shitheads did nothing for 4 hours and got paid millions for it. Doesn't matter either way, because these putrid commercials are the "stars" of the show. Later, we got some Trump ads too. GREAT, that's just what I wanted. Two or three commercials focusing on the worst president we could possibly have gotten, a person that is the embodiment of all that I despise, gloating endlessly about how he has saved everything in the US with absolutely zero proof to back it up. There was also an ad for him about how he saved this black woman from prison who was serving a life sentence for some non-violent drug offense. WOW, how amazing of Trump to save her with his "criminal justice reform", even though this is the same guy who wants to outlaw flavored vapes. The same guy who has done NOTHING to address the horrendous health care system, or income inequality, or poverty, or homelessness, or billionaires becoming even richer while the rest of us can GET FUCKED. LAND OF THE FREE HOME OF THE BRAVE MY GODDAMN ASS. Every Super bowl has to begin with that pathetic national anthem, but it is all for nothing, as these ads are clearly showing. The star of the show for me was Planters, the peanut company. They killed off their mascot back in January which was a painfully obvious setup for some stupid bullshit and stupid bullshit is what we got! Instead, they bring Mr Peanut back but as a BABY NUT. It doesn't get much more "american" than that. A giant corporation, completely ripping off some other stupid thing that everyone else is obsessing over (baby Yoda) and creating their own abomination. Immediately following this monstrosity, it was revealed that there's already a shitload of products lined up about Baby Nut, which clearly means that they had all of this shit lined up long before this ever aired. So they show zero creativity and instead conform to a plague of a trend and now they are already going to milk the ever living shit out of it and all of us are apparently supposed to enjoy this. Gee, I wonder why I am such a cynical bastard. Let's also not forget that when Planters started showing Baby Nut off on Twitter, other corporate brand Twitter accounts were commenting on those posts, hoping to reap in the benefits of this conformity. God Bless America, because some sky deity blessing us is all we can hope for at this point.
  50. 3 points
    It's time for another weekly Samurai Fact! (WARNING! WARNING! This week's fact is VERY gruesome. It is not for the faint of heart. Reader discretion is advised.) This week's fact... Seppuku. Also known as "Harakiri", seppuku is a form of ritual suicide committed by samurai for reasons that are often complex and confusing. The major reason any samurai would ever commit to this is to prevent defeat or to preserve honor. If an enemy was moments away from defeating or killing a samurai, especially after breaking their will to carry on, a samurai might commit seppuku. Basically, they would defeat themselves before an enemy had the pleasure of defeating them. In this way, the samurai might not have won, but he didn't lose either. Seppuku can also be used a means of punishment, if a samurai has done something dishonorable enough to disgrace himself, his family, and/or the samurai title he represents. Committing heinous crimes or defying the way of bushido are examples of offenses punishable by seppuku. Another reason why a samurai might commit seppuku is if they disagree with the orders of their masters/lords; doing so is usually disgraceful for a samurai, but seppuku allows them to protest and retain their honor at the same time. The act of seppuku itself is not as easy as just killing yourself in any way you like. There is a reason why it's called a "ritual" suicide; and that's because there is a ritual to performing it correctly. Typically using a short sword such as a tanto, the samurai must pierce his belly/bowels, and then proceed to make a precise serious of cuts to disembowel himself. This act is usually performed in front of spectators, and when it has been ruled that the disemboweling has been done correctly, another samurai (an executioner) finishes the job by decapitating/slicing the throat of the one committing suicide (and if the cuts were not done correctly, the samurai would either have to try again or would be left alone to die from blood loss). There are variations of this ritual; one where the samurai kill himself after performing the ritual if an executioner cannot be present, one where a samurai gets a final drink or a final meal before committing the ritual, and one where the samurai recites a death poem before ending his own life. By modern standards, the idea of suicide for any reason is considered horrible and a waste of precious life. However, in that feudal era when the samurai class was most prevalent, seppuku was proof of their dedication to loyalty, honor, and the way of the warrior (bushido).

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