Mand'alor Dash

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About Mand'alor Dash

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    The Storyteller
  • Birthday 11/24/1993

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    California
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    And yet it moves
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    Apart from the obvious, I am also a huge fan of Star Wars, Mass Effect, and pretty much any other good sci-fi franchise.

    I'm very much into vintage music, styles, and technology from the 20th century. Basically anything between the late 30s and early 70s has my name on it, though the 50s I find especially fascinating.

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  1. Mand'alor Dash

    S06:E13 - Stranger Than Fan Fiction

    Quibble might be my favorite guest character in the show. This episode was absolutely hilarious, and definitely knows what it's talking about. I've been a Star Wars fan since I was a baby, and controversially, I actually like Phantom Menace. I have had this very same argument on that subject that Rainbow Dash had with Quibble. I loved Patton Oswalt's performance, the dialogue, and all the little quips and touches that really make this a great parody not only of Indiana Jones, but fan arguments in general. I think it's my new favorite episode.
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    Movies/TV New Ghostbusters Movie

    As promised, a full review:
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    Mega Thread Song Stuck in your Head Right Now

    Robyn's really stepping her game up. Her latest cover is just as good as some of Scott's best work.
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    Mega Thread Song Stuck in your Head Right Now

    A couple classics by Vera Lynn: I'm not even British, but I've been stricken with unaccountable Anglophilia today.
  5. Where's that chap who always brought up the Conversion Bureau in threads like these? This seems right up his alley.
  6. 10s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. I have a pretty wide range of tastes. Not a fan of the 90s, or anything past that.
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    Equestrian Politics?

    Even though there are other princesses, I believe it's safe to say that Celestia holds more power than all others. Luna was an exiled traitor who only recently returned after 1000 years imprisonment, Cadence is more of a governor focusing exclusively on the Crystal Empire, and Twilight just... does shit. We have been given no indication of Equestria having a congress, or parliament, or any other legislative body besides the monarch. Voting probably comes into play on the local level (hence why Ponyville has a mayor), but being Supreme Princess is clearly an appointment for life. Economically, Equestria clearly has the spirit of commerce and enterprise about it. Burgeoning capitalists like Rarity and Applejack are always looking to expand their businesses and rise above the competition. I have yet to see any regulations come into play, so I'm at least going to presume it's a mostly free market. There's also a probable lack of an extensive welfare state, since Flutter's brother essentially had to go live in the woods when he proved too insufferable to live with. But what's most interesting is the tech disparity. Manehattan is clearly a modern, 20th century metropolis, while Ponyville still looks stuck in the 12th century. This leads me to believe that technology doesn't travel too far in Equestria, likely due to a weird system of inter-county tariffs on industrial goods, or simply the fact that trains are only used to carry passengers for some bizarre reason. Either way, the difference between industrial and agricultural communities in Equestria is even more pronounced than it was in the United States before the civil war, and that doesn't look like it's going away any time soon.
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    Everybody say bronies are gay what do you think?

    Just checked, and I can confirm I still like boobs. How do we file this one?
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    The Randimaxis Mary Sue Test

    Do we get these points if they've simply lost their memory? If not, I scored 9. If so, 13.
  10. But for the concept of morality to have validity, two polar opposing actions can not both be valid and moral. This is why I contend that the issue lie in the hands of biology. There is no "biological relativism" or nonsense like that to muddy the issue. Simply put: Subjective morality defeats itself, and objective morality leads to atrocity (as is the case with honor killings) Let me explain it like this: You believe them to be immoral. They believe you to be immoral. These premises can't simply be argued against one another. They rely on moral ideals that exist only in the minds of those who already agree with them. It's like an Englishman debating a Spaniard, neither understanding the other's language. "Choice" and "life" are banners which masquerade as arguments. It gets even worse when camps start referring to their opponents as "anti-choice," or "anti-life," as if the issue has been boiled down to the point that it's completely light and dark. No point inbetween. I'm not telling you to be, but I am asking you to keep a tally of how often ideologues substitute meaningless, esoteric moral arguments in the place of substance. The governor of my state recently signed a $15 minimum wage despite acknowledging that it made no economic sense. Guess what word he used to defend it. Constructs of the human mind have no physical form. They don't necessarily "exist" per se, but some can be said to be accurate representations of reality. Mathematics, for example, is a carefully constructed series of rules and operations designed to work in tune with a wide variety of fields. Science, economics, history, music... Math has been proven to accurately predict and describe the workings of the world in a way that morality has not. :\ I know you didn't mean it that way, but there really is no nice way to say that. I'm an emotional sap just like anyone else. I hug dogs and cry at the end of movies . Feeling is great, just don't let it dictate the way the country is run.
  11. The entire post was written as a stream-of-consciousness, which is why it reads more like a rant than a scientific journal. One major point of this that I possibly didn't do very well in elaborating was my view that morality is a disguise. Complex issues, requiring an incredible amount of logic and evidence to debate effectively, are effectively reduced to soundbites and buzzwords because it's easier to build an echo chamber. Morality is built inside of these echo chambers, and screamed at max volume whenever people don't want to argue like adults. Pointless buzzwords that serve no logical purpose, draped in a guise of morality. This is what has taken over political discourse in our world. I have an opinion on abortion, I just don't drape it under undeserved righteousness. So, when a Muslim man beheads his wife in an honor killing, you are not disturbed by the fact that there are millions who consider his actions "objectively moral?" One can "interpret" morals to their heart's desire, but this does not change the fact that all existing schools of moralistic thought can, have, are, and will be used to promote atrocity. Whether it's the middle east, the DPRK, or the Soviet Union, once enough people believe that something is "right" simply because it is, that is the course that history will take. And it usually does not end well. I believe that morality is a construct of the human mind, either built within a man's mind to justify or temper his own actions, or indoctrinated into his mind by somebody else. In either case, the idea of moral principles superseding reality is what I despise. There is no shorthand to life. There is no cheat guide to making good decisions. There is no checklist to being a "good person," and putting on a righteous mask does not score you a shortcut. I am amoral because I own neither the checklist nor the mask.
  12. I agree that pessimism and realism are not one and the same. Saying the sun is going to explode tomorrow is certainly pessimistic, but you'd have a hard time finding an astronomer who can back that claim up. There are delusional morons on any side. What they have in common is that most of them (not all) love to stand atop a high moral horse and preach about how their way is the only way to see the world. Others use their "morality" to justify actions that are beyond despicable, since no train of logic or rationality would have ever led there. Seeing too many of those people in the world is what made me a cynic.
  13. This is something I have considered. Logically, I consider it a dead end. Obviously, no good came from mass loss of human life from events such as the Holocaust or the Great Leap Forward; so rather than chase my tail into nihilistic oblivion, it's simpler to just say that the average human being, until proven otherwise, is of more use to the world with his heart beating than without. I don't consider it a moral because it's not an absolute. Osama Bin Laden and Che Guevara are of more service to the world as corpses, but they are far from the average human being. In other words, I'm a cynic, not a nihilist.
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    Never used it

    Probably never will.
  15. Mand'alor Dash

    Tara Strong really over 40?

    The two fairies she keeps chained to a radiator in her basement.