Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation on 10/11/13 in all areas

  1. 4 points
    Author's Note: This review has been revised and republished for the morning of October 11, 2013. ——— As season one wound down, Cindy Morrow wrote her last episode until Sisterhooves Social: Owl's Well that Ends Well. For the first time, Spike was the central character in an episode, and this one details Spike's jealousy of a newcomer in the series, Owlowiscious. Altogether, the first Spike-centric episode is one gigantic clunker, ranking it one of the worst season one episodes and easily Morrow's worst episode. Owl's Well, like every other episode in this series, has a combination of strengths and weaknesses. The strengths include: One of FIM's greatest strengths is creating an engaging atmosphere, and DHX really delivered in this episode, especially in three scenes. Following the Introduction, Act 1 displayed a gorgeous night scene. The stars, sky, and grass all had that calm, soothing nighttime feel via that little bit of gray to mute the colors and violet in the sky. Plus, every pony (and Spike) didn't show off their brilliantly pastel coats. A duller version of them, but not so gray to where they look a lot like Discord zapped them of their color. But it isn't only in the starry scene, either. The very after, Twilight wrote her report about comets, but it isn't her words that are captivating. The nighttime graphics matter here. Everything was dark and cool with only the candle illuminating light off Twilight's muzzle, hair, table, quill, and parchment. During Act 3, Spike entered a cave in the Everfree Forest. There was an immediate contrast between the outdoors and indoors through the light and dark of the ground, but when he approached the jewels, that area of the cave luminated, indicating a strong sense of brightness and reflectance throughout the treasured hollow area. To give the night a bigger sense of beauty, blurred balls of light in the form of comics rained before the starry sky. I've seen meteor showers and comets passing by the nighttime sky a few times live, and they never get old. The same reactions apply here with the awe from the crowd young and old. It's plausible, especially for those who desire to have quality family time like the Mane Six (while they're friends, their chemistry makes them extended family, especially once the season comes to a close). Owlowiscious only spoke in "whos," but that doesn't mean he's bereft of personality. They were simple, but in some way indicated what his feelings were. For example, as Twilight stormed out of the Golden Oaks Library near the end of Act 2, Owlowiscious rotated his head back and gave a solemn "who," as if telling Spike he felt bad for him. Spike had moments where his jealousy and feelings where he believed he was going to be replaced was justified. Owlowiscious finding two books far quicker than him, one of them having him fall off the ladder. Spike overhearing the Mane Six glorifying Owlowiscious. Owlowiscious finding quills before Spike. Spike being snitched after the owl found the burnt book. Twilight scolding Spike for not being "the Spike [she knew] and love[d]." Words like these hurt, especially to a kid like him, and that solidified his belief that Twilight wanted nothing to do with him anymore. The aesop, at its core, makes sense. Lies and jealousy not just break friendships, but families, too. Quite possibly the most important element of friendship is trust. No trust, no bond, and lies and jealousy nearly broke the two apart. That said, despite these strengths, issues clog up Owl's Well that Ends Well. Owlowiscious may have personality, but it's often sidestepped in the form of "who" jokes, with Twilight understanding what he's saying and Spike incapable of translating. In-episode jokes are fine once in a while or if they're cleverly weaved in a storyline (i.e., Big Mac's lack of long-winded vocal answers in the hilariously clever two-part comic), but it was handled weakly here. The repetitive jokes overshadowed what personality showed from the owl and devolved him into a one-dimensional plot device. Spike ends up being the butt of jokes. One issue in many episodes where Spike was involved is where he tends to be a gigantic, repetitive, and shallow component of comic relief, and Owl's Well is no exception. As Spike wallowed in the Everfree Forest, a sudden rainfall poured over him, souring his mood. He chased a chicken in order to get a feather, only to run into a barn, faceplant on the back wall, and then get into a tussle, only to come up empty-handed (until a feather floated down). Or when he woke up, panicking about the chores after he overslept. Or when he ran into the front door and got his bell rung. Or when Owlowiscious took a book from the stack Spike stood on, causing him to fall and make him feel embarrassed, incompetent, and angrier. Morrow takes Spike, his jealousy, and his anger and puts him into the headache-inducing slapstick sequence that marginalizes him into a one-dimensional piñada of idiocy. A problem with both this episode and the two Spike-centric episodes in season three: Spike being out of character. Him sneezing, putting the burnt book away, and lying about it for fear of retribution wasn't out of character, because he was proud of his duty and didn't want to disappoint Twilight. What made him out of character was the way he communicated with Owlowiscious and his actions to remain the "#1 assistant." Twilight was very clear that Owlowiscious was Twilight's junior assistant while Spike was asleep, and Spike suddenly reacted that he thought Owlowiscious was going to replace him? He may be a kid dragon, but he's smart, too, even though he wasn't as mature as he was following Secret of My Excess. When he saw Owlowiscious for the first time, his immediate impression wasn't "hello," "how do you do," or "thank you for helping me." He grew instantly jealous and began thinking the owl (and Twilight) wanted to replace him. He had no clear, scripted, realistic motive to initially react the way he did and continuously snowballed to the point where he uncharacteristically became a villain later on. Now, if Spike didn't get jealous until the rest of the Mane Six like Rarity praised and glorified Owlowiscious or after Owlowiscious personally intruded in his duties, then it would make sense, because his trust for the owl would eventually develop into something naïve and more appropriate for him. But prior, he had no rhyme or reason to feel extremely jealous instantaneously. The entire second half — the events soon after Spike fell asleep for the second time — greatly slowed down the pace of the episode and made it drag! Each event was completely pointless, contradicted to what Twilight would do (even in her immature point in her development)*, and artificially created conflict. Spike's increased, one-dimensional, out-of-character furor and jealousy over Owlowiscious; framing Owlowiscious after being caught lying to Twilight; trying to get Owlowiscious kicked out for killing a mouse; running away; and getting involved in the chase scene at the end was nothing more than padding to fill in the twenty-minute timeframe. With a heavy revision and scrapping of the second half, the whole could've ended in about half the time, and the pace would've been better. *The moment where Twilight woke Spike with a start was out of character for her because despite feeling angry and disappointed, she knows better than to act rudely impatient and wake him up like that. It would've been more in character if Spike woke up and then saw Twilight's disappointment. She would tell him the owl found it and then scold him for covering, but then console him and say that the next time this happens, tell her instead. They would make up, and then Spike would glare at Owlowiscious for trying to snitch him into not doing his duties. The whole episode be much better if it's something like this: Twilight and Spike prepare to gaze at the comets so Twilight can observe in awe and study. Suddenly, Spike sneezes at the book, burning it. Twilight smells the burning and asks Spike if he was okay, only to find the book being burnt. Spike apologizes to Twilight for letting her down, but Twilight lets him know it's okay. A little disappointed, but fine. She can always ask Celestia for a new copy. The Mane Six star gaze and Spike watches in delight, but eventually falls asleep. Twilight and Spike return off, lets Spike fall asleep. Suddenly, as Twilight writes her report, the wind blows her quill and parchment away. Twilight tries to use her magic to retrieve it, but the spell-binding wind nudges her magic away. Suddenly, an owl picks up the paper and quill and returns it to her desk. They meet and greet, and Twilight gives him the name "Owlowiscious." Spike wakes up late and worries if he's behind schedule. Twilight reassures him to not worry and greets him to Owlowiscious, who will be her "junior assistant" to help out Spike whenever he has trouble. Spike doesn't really understand the owl much, but still thanks him for helping. When Twilight leaves to get food supplies, they get acquainted better and begin doing some chores. Spike takes care of some of the tasks by cleaning up the floor and dusting the books, but suddenly begins to feel like sneezing. Owlowiscious comes by and stops him, and Spike thanks him. But then tasks become difficult. Spike, who's normally accustomed to working alone, wants to work alone. The owl helps him, anyway, easing up the tasks. Spike begrudgingly thanks him and wonders if Owlowiscious may be helpful, after all. He takes a break by reading a book on how to cast a fire-free spell on parchment and paper, when Twilight's friends overly gush on Owlowiscious, giving him the same gifts as Spike during their night picnic. Spike tries to call for attention, but the chatter was too loud for them to hear. Feeling a bit down, he heads back into the Library. Fluttershy, however, sees Spike feeling a bit glum and askd if he was starting to feel a bit left out, which Twilight assures it doesn't feel like it was the case. However, Spike's feeling a bit upset and begins to mutter about how the others ignor him and focus on Owlowiscious instead. He wonders why everyone gushes over Owlowiscious with the same praise and gifts despite not knowing him so well and not "earning" it all, either. Twilight and Owlowiscious pass by, and as the owl and dragon makes eye contact, Spike's eye twitches. Twilight asks Spike to find one book. He goes up the ladder, only to find the owl taking it. Then another, only for Owlowiscious taking it from the stack he stood on. The books collapse, but Spike holds onto the shelf so he doesn't fall to the ground. He scowls at the owl. When Twilight writes, her quill brakes and asks Spike if he can fetch new ones. He obliges and heads to the arts and crafts shop to buy them. But when he returns, new quills were beside her, and she credited Owlowiscious and also helped with dusting and rearranging one of the shelves. Dejected, Spike mutters and walks to the observatory, leaving a surprised, concerned look on Twilight's face. She goes upstairs and asks what's the matter. Spike said now when he tries to do his chores, the owl's doing them better and quicker than him, and he's wondering now if he is just not up to some tasks anymore. Twilight is confused, because the two got along fine earlier. Spike admitted it, but Owlowiscious got the groveling treatment while he was left out and was upset by it. And what happened after (the quills, dusting) upset him more. Twilight felt bad and apologized to Spike for accidentally starting it and reassured that, no matter what happens, the dragon will always be her little brother and number-one assistant. Owlowiscious flew up and hooted reassuringly. Commence the new friendship report, detailing about other friends' feelings are important, and sometimes it's important to be careful how to act and behave. Also, friendship is about being able to communicate to one another and reassure them when they're feeling down and upset. Spike and Twilight each co-signed. End of the episode. That's it. No extra padding. No need to make Spike uncharacteristically look like a villain whose purpose is to keep his job. No need to make Spike look like a center of flat comic relief all the time. No running away. No lame action in the cave. No shoved in adventure/fight-or-flight moment. No continuous moments of "whoing" comic relief that reduces Owlowiscious's role and impression. You have the beginning, the moments leading to Owlowiscious, possible hinting of Owlowiscious getting into Spike, Spike listening to the chatter and getting upset, being upstaged, gets more upset, gets reassurance, friendship report, end of the episode. The story is there, but you get—to—the—point more efficiently that won't make your audience want to fast-forward the DVR or change the channel. You skim the fat in exchange for the juicy meat. And if given the patience to pace it right and fill in the gaps more, this script should last a little more than half the time of the actual episode. In other words, twelve to fifteen minutes instead of twenty minutes. (If to pad it more, fill in the gaps with some dialogue; teamwork between Spike and Owlowiscious; more moments where Owlowiscious was able to fulfill the tasks quicker than him; and/or conversation between Spike and another character like Pinkie Pie about feeling left out or wondering if he can fulfill the tasks. Pinkie can give him some words of wisdom to try and cheer him up, only for it to inadvertently fail. If the last suggestion with Pinkie is done right, it could foreshadow Pinkie's antics for Party of One even more, as she felt angry at her friends for being left out of the loop, wondering if they truly loved her anymore.) ——— Owl's Well that Ends Well is Spike's first centric episode. There are many moments where the animation is absolutely beautiful, but good aesthetics don't mean a thing if the story wasn't well-told. The beginning was good, but it devolved into out-of-character writing and illogical reactions in Spike's point of view, with unnecessary filler to fulfill the twenty-minute script. Overall, an objectively terrible episode.
  2. 3 points
    My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic turns three today!
  3. 2 points
  4. 2 points
    On this day, change your avatar and/or username to your favorite celebrity such as an actor/actress, musician, singer, athlete, etc. It can be any famous person, really. I hope you guys participate, and have fun
  5. 2 points
    Tonight, I'm going to be doing a Shadow the Hedgehog run-through, beginning to end. Every ending, every stage, every mission (possibly), just to be done with this forever. I'm making today's entry about this because I don't think I'll be able to get to make one tonight. I'll be so wrapped up in finally finishing this piece of shit, I won't be able to get to making a geekasm. So, I just decided "Screw it, I'll just make it about the misery I'm going to be put through tonight. Tonight, I destroy Shadow the Hedgehog for good. Although, I will say I like Shadow as a character :3
  6. 2 points
    In NASCAR, the checkered flag is waved when the leading driver completes the final lap of the race, signifying the conclusion of the event. It's time to wave the checkered flag in my life as a NASCAR fan. --- As a lot of you probably knew before I changed my name, the sport has had a glorious effect on my life for a long time - but I personally think it's time to put that enthusiasm to rest, because lately I have not really been living up to my old name. While I may still enjoy things related to NASCAR, I don't follow it at all anymore, well, very little (I don't watch the races live anymore though), it's just not as 'there' as it used to be. Let me just tell the tale of how it came to be. I was born on June 21st, 1996 in Fairfax, Virginia. From then there have been many complex controversies involving which family member owned me among other things. I was finally chosen to live with my grandpa in a my Vienna home on September 1, 2000, and it's where I currently live now. Some time around then, I had returned from visiting one of my relatives in Florida, and during my time there, I had experienced some sort of traumatic event of which I do not remember. It made me fall into a psychologically erratic state that shocked my guardians. I wouldn't recognize my stuffed animals things from my room and around the house, I wouldn't play with any of my toys. I apparently spent most of my time cowering under the covers. I was mentally scarred, really. To help calm me, my grandpa let me play games on his Windows 98 computer. One game that he already then had was an NHL (American professional ice hockey league) game from 1999. I played it rather often, and to this day, is rather heavenly nostalgic to me when I play it. The same can be said for another game a NASCAR game from the same company and year. Since I then had a particular interest in cars, he had bought me that one in addition. Over time, I played them very often and I was eventually brought back to a normal mental state. If it weren't for those games, I probably wouldn't have felt better that soon, and it helped, especially considering that was my first year of school. I owe a lot of my enjoyment in life to those two games. I particularly liked the aethsthetics of those games, I have an emotional connection to the teams, players, logos, cars, music, etc. from those old games, and I came to experience those two sports even more for years to come. Back to NASCAR. Ever since I played that game, I was really interested. But, now I look back and realize I haven't given it the attention it deserved from me. I did go on to buy tons of NASCAR-related merchandise, including more games, over the years. A lot of the old NASCAR games, especially the ones from the early-mid 2000's are really nostalgic to me, and I recognize all the specific cars that were in them, the tracks, the graphics, the controls; everything. But, I never actually saw a race. For whatever reason, growing up I never saw any NASCAR race, not in person nor on TV. I don't know why I never did; I guess I never thought about it. I never actually followed the actual sport until 2009. I did go to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC, in 2010 (the year it launched) and 2011, but even then I hadn't gone there since; and now I even realize I've enjoyed certain things more than that. In summer of 2009, I went to Pittsburgh, PA, to see a race that consisted of old 1930's race cars. For whatever reason, they brought one of the NASCAR race cars to the park to put on display; I wasn't expecting it and was really shocked. It was the first actual race car from the sport I saw in person, and it was just amazing. And soon after that, I actually started watching the races every week, including the small stuff they had during the week. This continued into early this year. Out of the blue, NASCAR had for some reason started to become a less important factor in my life. I started watching the races a lot less, more interests started taking over my free time, like internet, ponies and hockey (which had sparked in my interests late last year). I have no explanation for this but I have to move on. Identities...they're the best way to instantly recognize a person. My old name, NASCARFAN160. A huge portion of internet aliases are based on what one likes to partake in. Some time in the summer of last year, I listened to a podcast interview with someone, and a discussion had been brought up about screen names. I hadn't until then realized a very importan moral: original uninspired names have superiority over names based on occupations. For example, if you had a name, say, MLPFan160, it would most likely imply that said individual enjoys My Little Pony; depending one one's definition for the acronym MLP. Now, say, since then, their interest had been deteriorating from visting multiple pony sites daily and watching multiple episodes monthly, to doing each once per three months, it would not really be worthy to be considered a 'fan' in most terms, and thus the name MLPFan160 would be misleading. To have an original name initially is to avoid this circumstance in the first place. Starting off with the same alias makes everything easier from then on out. And I prefer it to be that way from now on. From my perspective, 2013 was a big year of change, in both other people, corporations and organizations, three mediums where change is most significant. It's one of the things that urged me to change my name. And I feel like I, too, have changed. This fandom has done incredible indescribable things to me, mostly good things. It almost felt like starting a brand new life. I feel different, new, refreshedl I want to break away from the negatives of the past and experience new beginnings. It's an amazing sensational feeling, comparable to love and nostalgia. I like to live for said feelings, I just want to do good and feel good. And I think that this is the best step to a new life, a new identity. My other interests and hobbies include internet browsing, ponies and ice hockey; all of which had sparked in the past three years. Sometime I depsier the way I balance my schedule, and even with that having issues lately, I can not refer myself as a person who dedicates the time one devotes to NASCAR that I don't. So I decided an adjustment had to be made, and you now know why. The sport has done so much to my life, and I think it just has all died down too much. But enough of that. Change is good. On to better times! (As for this particular blog, I probably will just scrap it and start a new one, with not promising activity or anything like that.)
  7. 2 points

    I'm going old school here. Long ago, there was a time when singers actually had to be good to sell records. No safety nets like autotune, no dance remixes, just pure talent. Back then, we didn't have hacks like David Guetta, Nicki Minaj, or Glee. Back then, we had Dino.
  8. 2 points
    I've said it couple of times on here before, and I'll say it again: Alien is my favorite pure horror movie ever. It's a perfect movie: a fantastic cast, impeccable atmosphere, stunning visuals (both on Nostromo and the alien planet), it works both as a straight-up fright fest and as a psychological nightmare, it's still genuinely effective and creepy after all these years, and it stars the greatest movie monster of all time. Aw yeaaaaaah. - Co-writer Dan O'Bannon (who went on to write Total Recall and direct The Return of the Living Dead) was homeless and sleeping on other co-writer Ronald Shusett's couch when they wrote the film. - The characters were all written to be unisex, meaning that each character could have just as easily been a man or a woman, which by extension means Ripley could have been a guy. - Actor Joe Finch was originally cast as the seriously unfortunate Kane, but he became extremely ill right a the production began. He was barely able to do one take before he practically collapsed. Thus, John Hurt was quickly cast over the following weekend, and flew in to work on the set on only a few hours sleep. - For the scene where the ground team investigates the main room of the derelict ship (the one with the "space jockey" corpse), director Ridley Scott and cinematographer Derek Vanlint's children stood in for the adults in the spacesuits, in order to make the ship look larger. - A total of 130 eggs were made for the derelict ship scenes. - Technicians had to keep repainting the set because all the slime was doing a number on the paint job. - German surrealist H. R. Giger designed all the derelict ship and the xenomorph itself, though he had to keep toning it down because they appeared too sexual in nature (seeing what the ship's openings and the xenomorph's head looks like in the final film, that's saying something). Not all his designs were used, though; the original chestburster looked like a skinned chicken. - The specimen seen in the egg when light is shown through it is Ridley Scott's gloved hands. - The POV shot where the facehugger leaps at Kane's face is actually composed of three separate shots, each one done in reverse and drastically sped up in post. - The idea for the acid blood was thought up by concept artist Ron Cobb as a reason as to why the crew couldn't just shoot the damn thing. - Every handheld shot in the movie was done by Ridley Scott himself. - Composer Jerry Goldsmith hated the changes made to his score without his permission. - While plugging the movie on CBS, a man named Bob Burns asked the producer's blessing for his idea to base his annual Halloween haunted house on Alien. The producers were impressed with his past haunted houses and not only gave him their blessing, but they actually allowed him to use actual sets from the movie, including the xenomorph suit(!). After the show, he tried to return the props to the studio, but they decided to be super-awesome and actually let him keep it all. In fact, they actually gave him even more props, such as the model for Nostromo. Since then, Burns went on to add several more awesome movie props to his collection (most of them given to him by the studios filmmakers themselves). Among the collection are various tools, animatronics and costumes from each Alien movie (including the still functioning head for the Alien Queen puppet, which he lent back to the studio to use in Resurrection), several full scale cyborgs and head maquettes from the Terminator series, the Brundlefly makeup prosthetics and conceptual busts from The Fly, some of the transformation puppets from An American Werewolf in London, and the crown jewel: one of the stop-motion puppet armatures used for the titular beast in the original King Kong. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=uSzgNNaOukk - The white milky stuff that came out of Ash the Android was...milk. - Actor Yaphet Kotto picked fights with the man inside the xenomorph suit to keep in character. - Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbaca, almost played the xenomorph. - The xenomorph originally had visible eyes, but Ridley Scott dropped them because it looked scarier without them. - No, the alien was never called an xenomorph in this one; that's in the sequel. I just feel like being a nerd today. - Someday, some presumptuous nerd is gonna try and tell you that the actors didn't know what was going to happen during the chestburster scene, and that their shock is genuine. This myth is almost completely false. It's impossible for the actors to not have known how the scene was gonna play out; the scene required puppeteers and a fake chest and a hole in the table and everything, and that required the full collaboration and acknowledgement of what was suppose to happen from everyone. Actress Veronica Cartwright even recalls going down to the effects team and seeing the little chestburster puppet before the shoot. That said, the shock on their faces during the scene wasn't completely acting, because they didn't know it was going to be that aggressive. They thought the thing was just going to rip out of the chest, not violently pound its way out in an explosion of blood. When Cartwright falls backwards with a look of utter horror on her face, that's quite real; she didn't expect the blood pump to hit her right in her face. - In order to make sure the filmmakers knew what a real horror movie was like, Dan O'Bannon had them watch The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Yeah, more on that movie later. - The movie originally ended a lot more disturbingly, and a lot more ridiculous. After Ripley escapes the Nostromo explosion, the xenomorph bites her head off, calmly sits down in her chair, and then sends a message to Earth in her voice. It's a good thing that ending wasn't used, not because it sound hilarious, but because Ripley would have been dead, and we wouldn't have gotten the sequel we have now. A sequel I not only consider to be the greatest movie sequel of all time, but just flat-out my favorite movie ever. Gosh, I'm so excited, I need to get started writing the next one! I'm off!
  9. 2 points
  10. 2 points
  11. 1 point
    To celebrate the release of Pokemon X and Y, pick a Pokemon avatar to use for today. It can be any Pokemon from any generation. Have fun!
  12. 1 point
    Wow this is awesome! Unfortunately I don't wear sweaters.
  13. 1 point
  14. 1 point

    For the Bateson, the voice of 47, hail!
  15. 1 point
    I think this is self-explanatory. https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/7841803776/h0A2F6765/
  16. 1 point

    it felt like the 10th was Celebrity Avatar day, since so many people jumped the gun lol. Looks like all of us who started early will be celebrities for another day
  17. 1 point
    I was walking past my desk and I notice this massive tower of crap here:
  18. 1 point
    One of my least favorite episodes of the show by far.
  19. 1 point

  20. 1 point
    Once the tyrannical and oppressive war machine of a government is overthrown, the Chickenist plan shall prevail as: Chancellor and Supreme Leader: Chicken-Kim-Jong-IL-Joesph-Stalin-Adolf-Hitler-Pancakes. Prime Minister: Discord Order of the Feather (Secret Police) Director: Chrysalis The country of Equestria shall burn and a new country, free of oppression comes in as A corrupt police state that sends anybody against the interests of the majority to work camps and violates basically every right for everybody except Chickens and sympathizers. A free country that will guarantee rights for every citizen in the country!
  21. 1 point
  22. 1 point
  23. 1 point

    Lol I've been ready for this day for like 4 months XD Ampharos 4EVER
  24. 1 point
    Welp, I did something moronic: I smoked marijuana. I got introduced to this stuff while i was working at the county amusement park. I worked with a laid back, seemingly nice guy. He asked me one day "Do I smoke the ganja?" I said, "maybe" That was my first mistake. I should have said no but i wanted everyone to like me...think i was a cool person. I know now it was a stupid way to think. A few days later he asked a favor of me. I was to take him to get his car since it had been towed. As payment, I would get to smoke with him. When we got his car, I was invited in. We drove around to find a remote place to smoke. We finally pulled over near some houses where there was no streetlights to illuminate the inside of his car. He rolled a blunt and we passed it back and forth. It was a nice experience. Fast forward to a month ago: I was in a doctors office trying to get a medical card. After the whole process of telling him why it would be good for me, the doctor signed the certificate saying this medical marijuana would be good for me. At first everything was going great. I'd take the medication-to help me calm down and be happy about myself- and i would be fine. For about three weeks, i was doing great. Then my weak mind told me to smoke some more to live up to what i thought were peoples expectations of me. That was a mistake as I did "one toke" too many. I started tripping out and eventually got scared. I vowed off the stuff. Then, i let myself down. I over-medicated once more. This time i didn't notice anything. That is until i started thinking too deeply into myself which caused my brain to stay awake. From the beginning, I didn't know much about this stuff. I didn't know how much i needed to take and how to take it effectively. Because of this, I did stupid things that damaged me internally. Currently, I am going through the detox stage. This stage includes Insomnia, which i'm struggling with right now. My friend told me I would be fine after three days since the stuff would leave my body, but he is only speaking from experience. I am starting to feel some of it wearing off. My heads clearer and im talking more, but i still cant fall asleep. Let this blog be a warning to everyone: Never to drugs of any kind no matter what others might say.
  25. 1 point
    Author's Note: This is in response to IDW Comics confirming to have the Twilicorn, starting with the pirate comic arc. ——— Conceptually, I was fine with Twilight being an alicorn if given more than enough time for her to develop into one. However, her becoming an alicorn in season three was and will always be a factually bad idea for the reasons I outlined a while back here. In order for the Twilicorn to genuinely work, Magical Mystery Cure had to be written very well enough at the least and fantastically at its best: While it "made sense" from Hasbro's perspective, it didn't make sense from a timing perspective. And what did Magical Mystery Cure do? While I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, it doesn't change how it's a bad episode, although nowhere close to being the worst that season. (Just for Sidekicks, Spike at Your Service, and Games Ponies Play are all easily worse.) Still, with the other bad episodes, since they were self-contained, you can always skip them over. The Twilicorn is the exception, because whatever happened in that episode will follow over to season four, meaning Magical Mystery Cure had to be written RIGHT. It wasn't. MMC was rushed and sloppy; the Twilicorn appeared tacked on. From an objective quality perspective, Twilight's transformation wasn't handled well; five minutes is MORE than enough time to deliver a solid first impression to your audience. If MMC and the Twilicorn's first impression were genuinely handled as well as it should've, then we wouldn't still discuss and debate over the Twilicorn long after its airing. With the Twilicorn following into the comics, despite my vocal criticisms (especially in the Twilicorn section in the MLP Forums, where I debated there quite a bit for a three- to four-month stretch), I'm still as indifferent about her being an alicorn now as I was back then. If she's written well, I'll support it. If it's not, I won't. It doesn't matter if the medium is in the show (where the writers have much more restrictions than the fans themselves, not just because they're working under a first party's demands, but also due to content guidelines in Canada, U.S., and throughout the West) or the IDW comics. If they show me that the writers can write the Twilicorn well, follow through, and actually develop her to the point where her being an alicorn princess is worth it, I welcome it with open arms. That said, Twilicorn can't be the mere "adorkable Twilight" we're normally accustomed to. In FIM, an alicorn princess means more than just a title. It indicates a sense of responsibilities and management in not just what they say, but do, too. Cadance, Celestia, and Luna are all heralded in current Equestrian society, and Twilight will be, too. Her being the same character "with merely wings" devolves her character and all her growth from the pilot to MMC, and I hope the comics, like the show, don't toss that aside. I'm also glad the comic writers and season four are there to hopefully experiment it. MMC gave the Twilicorn a horrendous first impression. If the series was over after MMC, then Twilight's reputation is soiled. IDW and season four give the Twilicorn a chance to work, and I hope their efforts pays off. P.S.: Despite being a vocal critic, I DON'T want her reverted back to a unicorn. It's a big mea culpa and tells me as a brony that the team doesn't wish to make it work, and that's insulting to the entire franchise.
  26. 1 point

    Do they have to be superheroes?
  27. 1 point
    As there is death, there is life. As some things come to a close, new beginnings make themselves apparent. For those who keep up with my blog, you'll know that the beginning of April was a horrible time for me. My life-long childhood cat Millie died on the 2nd of that month, and it was a sad time for me for about a week or two, even though I was no longer an emotional wreck after the initial four or so days. A few days ago, my mom felt it finally time to obtain a new member of the family; not one to try and replace Millie, but to give us someone to help fill the void, and to turn our attention to. Jasmine, as we've decided to name her, is only over a month or so old at this point, but she's already adapting fast to her new house very well. She's a short-hair with six paws on her front legs instead of five. Thus, I dubbed her Mitten Kitty.