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    The glass is full! No empty! No full! Now it's empty again. No wait, I think it's full again!
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  1. I like to say there's no such thing as a bad Fluttershy episode, but I have to and gladly will expand that to Pinkie episodes. Not much more to say here. I just enjoyed it way too much to do an analysis. And I love the idea of half-birthdays. Such a pinkie thing. Pinkie.Scriptum.: When it comes to hugs, she knows what she's doing. If the hug is too tight, you are too tight. Oh and did anyone else see this for a brief moment?... ( I've drawn this myself. ) I definitely had to raise awareness of severe pie deficiency a moment later...
  2. Not much to say for me on details here. Slight connections to Fame and Misfortune. When Twilight made a deal with Iron Will, the problem and likely chain of events was obvious. They need to take the helm and do what Iron Will had in mind, but their way, through sincerity. A bit of a soft mutiny, maybe. Twilight could still improve her leadership skills there. Maybe get some assertiveness lessons from Fluttershy? (Oh well, as I said, it was predictable that things would turn out that way in the end anyway. Just make sure you apply this awareness to your life, too.) I just found it very unlikely how Twilight could miss the Northern Stars, considering she was looking in their direction, with only the ship's cabin blocking the view. Lesson: Don't make deals with crooks, but set them straight, set proper standards. That contract wasn't even legit, considering nopony but Twilight's parents signed it. But apart from that, while law is a worthwhile concept, there are higher virtues that trump it. The Dao De Jing puts kindness over justice. The former is more powerful than the latter, i.e. it does not practice justice, yet somehow takes care of its concerns, too. It is a really good book that I would suggest Twilight to read, so here's the segment from it that I am referring to, from a modern-language version ( 38. People with integrity don't even think about it. That's how you can tell they have integrity. Other people talk about how much integrity they have, when they really don't have much. If any. Truly powerful people don't do anything, but they get the job done. Other people are always busy doing something, but nothing ever gets done. When kind people act, they do so without thinking about it. When the just act, they're always sure they're doing the right thing. But when the righteous act, and nobody reacts, they try to force everyone to do things their way. If you're not in touch with Tao, at least you can still have integrity. If you don't have integrity, there's always kindness. If you don't have kindness, there's always justice. If you don't have justice, all you have left is righteousness.
  3. Right at the beginning when I saw Kettle Corn, I was like: Woah! Bagua calligraphy! ^^ The haiku thing then made it pretty clear that hers is an Asian arts theme. In case you didn't know, circle painting is a very profound practice about reading and getting to know yourself and your interaction with the world and ensuing inner state. I also want to point out that writing a haiku is about more than the 5-7-5 format. Good haikus contain a bit of a turn of expected events or such, surprising the reader in an enlightening-entertaining way. - An example of mine: On the mountain's peak Eagles circling beneath me Sky reaches so deep The episode touches many angles all worth pondering. Rumble was a bit of a wakeup call for the CMC's 'just doing their thing' and becoming a bit inflexible in their mind that way. Him being driven by own issues and rallying others to seek external affirmation and avoidance is of course another common theme, but in that he also had a teacher role. The CMC were right though that cutie marks have a mind on their own (I would say they're a symptom of the inherent Equestrian magic of the land) and one can always trust them to be a wise guide. We probably don't have to mention that it was kinda obvious what Rumble's issue was early-on. But as I said, in a way only half of his issue was in lack of understanding (of his older brother) on his part. The other half was in the CMC's lack of realizing what was going on. This episode's lesson is close to me because I have experienced something like this myself. I once participated in something meant to heal and guide, but the organizers were so used to just doing their thing again and again that they got stuck in a rut and had become a bit inflexible in their mind, going in opposition to what the healing and guidance is supposed to be all about. But that served an important purpose, a little crisis that needed to be experienced by all involved. And that's also the spirit of MLP episodes. Conflict arises as a means to shed light on things that need to be resolved.
  4. Two episodes with Zecora in a row. Nice. Maybe the writers, as I, thought that she hadn't been around for such a long time that she deserves the extra screen time. And a whole episode full of Fluttershy. Sweeeeeeet! OK, some throughs while watching: - How can Zecora possibly not know about those flowers? She seems to know those flash bees, she's pretty much a herbal witch at home in the place, she knows about poison joke, but not about what those blue flowers can do that are floating around, falling from trees? - Fluttershy being out of breath from running to the castle... Why didn't she just fly? Is she really faster on hoof than flying? - When she presented the situation to Twilight, it was probably just to not waste episode time and because miscommunication wasn't a tool of the plot, but to me as a communication buff it is always a joy to witness right-to-the-point talk like that, haha. She might have picked that up from Pinkie Pie. - They were so worried about Zecora coughing bubbiles, but I don't find that so bad. Ask Pinkie Pie what she thinks about this. - I kinda expected that Zecora would eventually lose her ability to rhyme, heh. Those weird blue flower diseases like to shake things up massively. - The two 'Fluttershy door puzzles' in a row were kinda hilarious. All those technical points aside, the message of this episode was very dear to me. ( And it was a Fluttershy episode! Always a huge plus! ) She cares so much for others that she can through cases like this enter an extreme imbalance that helps no one. After all, maybe the information about the mask WAS there in the book all along, as visualized, but she was too tired to make the connection. Then again... What was a bit of the usual odd writing though was that in three days our smart pony Twilight couldn't figure out a solution. (But these maneuvers are kinda common in writing, actually.) Another closely related lesson of the episode is that when you obsess too much over something, your mind blocks itself from utilizing things like intuition and calm observation. Sometimes you just gotta sleep over it to see more clearly.
  5. Good point. Makes this episode even more puzzling. I didn't find the writing nearly as forced as with Daring Done, but I recognized some of the same traits. I guess the strong presence of the mane 6 in this one helped a bit. Sometimes their mare screentime can make all the difference, heh.
  6. While in execution a lot bothered me about this episode, the overall picture is quite fitting to show some differences of Equestria. I found it weird that toupets don't seem to be a thing there. It was a bit funny how they treat a mane like a very special and magical thing, but Pinkie Pie has shown long ago that there's something to it. Rarity just utilizes its magic in a somewhat different way, heh. The bottle confusion was just one of those lazy things. At first I didn't even realize they had gotten two different liquids, because I assumed they'd at least get a label or such. The way it was set up one would assume Zecora did it intentionally. And with all the different tries of toupets improvised out of anything but hair that gave a totally different look, it was odd that nopony suggested to her to use what's left of her mane for such. P.S.: Role switch would have resulted in Punkie Pie. I'd have loved that just for the ... pun!
  7. This episode starts with Pinkie pronking (you guys!). My favorite part of the episode. I found the not well thought-out adventure chees a bit too much at times... Walking straight across a straight bridge blindfolded shouldn't be that hard for a pony, and you can also sense the edge with your hooves if necessary, not to mention its movements giving away your center of gravity. The leap of faith thing was an obvious Indiana Jones reference; no surprise in this episode, hah. But them not seeing the steam vents until they jumped was odd, not to mention them being oddly powerful, giving that scene a very strong arcade jump&run game flavor, and the fact that flying was disabled in the interior space of the pyramid didn't help, ha-ha. Immediately made me think of World of Warcraft. That scene and the whole episode made me think of a "jump&pronk" game starring Pinkie Pie. (That would actually have been a good episode title, haha.) When Rainbow Dash was captured by the villain, I thought: Why didn't she just fly off? But then when she was tied up she wasn't gagged and thus could scream for help. All seems like they tried to fit so much into the episode that they cut corners to a degree beyond the normal. And then finally the villain publicly reveals his plan, but then is surprised by the backlash. This is a lot cheesier than what it is based on, touching on self-parody territory. Oh and then the fact that Daring Do seems to care so much about the villager that she rescues them from danger, but doesn't bother talking to them. Reads newspaper articles about the mess she actually left and cannot figure out by herself that maybe she could help them clean up and/or explain why it happened. Dr. Caballero wasn't really the problem here, he simply exploited a void of communication. Even for a kids' show the writing quality was a bit borderline. I can only assume that maybe they wanted to cram too much into one episode and the playtime limit necessitated such crude simplifications. In closing, and in the spirit of this episode featuring Pinkie (Actually, I don't need that excuse, haha), two conclusion I took from the episode: 1) Idol worship is idle worship. 2) Daring Do turned more into Caring Do.
  8. Her speech failing at first but having a slow effect was a classical story writing tool, but the initial comic nature of the outcome masked it so well, haha. Another lesson in there: Sometimes people need time to process something; then one must sense when it's enough and one has to back off, not letting that feel like a defeat. (Although when it does, that's probably an indication that it truly came from the heart; That's why it hurts.)
  9. Thanks. :-) Well, I wouldn't call her the hero, heh. She and Trixie were experimenting with solving problems. Thorax was quite the contributor himself. Pharynx too, just by being true to himself. They all working together was like one big heroic deed.
  10. Maybe because it was an expression of fear. When you cultivate love, you give up such habits/abilities and attain others that you need for the new path. And likely also for more show-practical purposes. Them changing into their new colorful shape would lose relevance if they could still just transform into virtually anything. But they retained some of that ability as portrayed, changing their basic colors between a narrow selection. The whole Maulwurf story element was just a means for driving the Pharynx story along. In my opinion, without that they could/would have approached the problem in a different way. (If the show hadn't aimed for a hippie clichée.) Because Pharynx didn't even bring an element of resolve to a loving approach. Instead everybody just gave him a nice farewell violence show. Sweet detailed writing though if one abstains from critical analysis.
  11. As things one can be a fan of, nothing. But Star Citizen would be a somewhat distant second. I like it in part because, like MLP, it kinda represents a new way of doing things and a challenging of the status quo, or more simpler, it's fueled by love, which seems to always be a rebel thing, hah.
  12. I occasionally use it because I have set it to accept cookies, so if a website makes trouble and I only need to access it once, or if a website uses Active Sucker Pages, I use IE briefly. I would never use Chrome. I despise Google too much and it supports the most ruthless and power-hungry conqueror in the browser war. I also find it horribly user-unfriendly, but that sadly might just mean it's the spearhead of a trend that eventually afflicts almost everything. As a power user stupidity in UI design drives me nuts. I am using Waterfox. (It's 64 bit.) I considered Firefox since it's now also offered in 64 Bit, but Waterfox does some things more respectful to the user (involving the topic of data gathering and such). I recently updated from v40 to 55 because major websites stopped working properly and it took me half a day and some more until I got everything working again as before, and (cynically not surprising) some things work less well than with the old version. Also my ancient Opera 12 (which I used until I begrudingly switched to Waterfox when Opera let itself be assimilated by the devil) would often display websites properly that the much newer Waterfox 40 couldn't. And now Youtube does the next crazy step with their new UI which is more of the usual disrespectful sheeple-herding madness. P.S.: Just learned this: Menu Wizard to disable fatal shortcuts and menu options is a MUST for Firefox! Otherwise any time you want to write Q or W and hit CTRL with SHIFT, all text you might have written so far can be lost with the browser closing. The person who came up with these stupid shortcuts should be shot. The worst is, I was already using Menu Wizard to remove a dangerous menu item and wasn't aware there are still direct-access shortcuts and that those triggered a close, and it happened after I had typed a really long text in a web app with no chance of a session backup or such.
  13. Worth watching. Adyashanti's whole channel is a gold mine, but this video is a nice summary of his basic approach. I thought this might be especially helpful to bronies, something they can relate to, are open to or in need of being open to. I found him when I was at a stage where I agreed to most of what he says from own life experience and working on myself. Very challenging times as always, and definitely the right message, getting right down to it. Sometimes it's just nice to listen and absorb, to get into a different frequency for a bit than the things that can bother us so much. A reminder. A recharge. A familiar voice. Not a guru to follow, but a human being to stand with when you stand with yourself. Share your thoughts. Or don't. In any case I'm listening. ( Totally not creepy. ) Favorite quote: "Until everything is possible, we're not even actually inquiring into what's true."
  14. Interesting. First Thorax episode two eps ago and this one has a similar approach: Mess things up and that fixes the problem. Actually not that rare, actually, if you think about it. Starlight and Trixie themselves weren't the friendship problem this time as severely as Spike. But it was close. But more or less many episodes follow this pattern. When does the first attempt at solving the problem ever succeed? Exceptions from that are a delight to me. Magical Mystery Cure comes to mind. I am so glad they didn't have more time to drag that out. Pretty early it was obvious to me the way to help Pharynx was to give him purpose again. There's a reason he was the only one preserving the old way. A pendulum that swung to the other side needed to come to the middle. No one left behind, so to speak. Beautiful role reversal writing: Thorax used to be in a very similar situation as Pharynx was now. Also, in how in the end Pharynx transformed, this episode expressed a very profound spiritual lesson: From acceptance comes change. P.S.: I'll never get used to ponies walking on three legs while talking with their hoof. The animators should really focus on making them more expressive in other ways if they feel it necessary. It's mindbuck to me every time. Something I'd expect to see in a YTP video and laugh. P.P.S.: Maulwurf - German word for mole. Nice easy pun for a mauling menace.
  15. This sounds so perverted, but describes what ails our society, especially since you brought the word depression into it. Actual depression is caused by a world that doesn't care about people's feelings when people see neither fight nor flight as a feasible option to deal with that. Look at how much depression occurs in various societies and then look at their typical traits. More fear, more spreading of emotional misery. Aggression is fueled by fear. It is a short-term workaround, not a solution. It comes at a price. The episode was maybe a bit too clichée to convey that clearly, but I would think that by now the show itself should really have made people learn those basics. Amazing how much people can still compartmentalize. The mind always tries to control, including what it cannot, and when it has grabbed a hold of everything, it wonders why it's still missing something. "Love is peaceful. ... The horror!" Thank God we still have some shows that nourish love. But people are tempted to turn them into just another show, more 'adjusted' to the status quo.