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  1. Dowlphin

    Philosopie

    Will, I am, Therefore I be PhilosoPhy.
  2. This is the inevitable ultimate outcome of problems growing. As expressed in the yin-yang symbol, the universe seeks a return from extremes, bears the seed for a turnaround in each. Balance brings health. If we move towards health, we have the universe itself as an ally. If we move towards sickness ... only all of humankind including ourselves, haha.
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  5. How very fitting that this was performed by the Dazzlings. Escapism is flight, running. Seems necessary sometimes, but a temporary relief confirms what you run away from. A repetitive, uneventful series of days can be torment for some, bliss for others. It all depends on the inner state, but which is reflecting the outside world. Meaning, if society is healthy, people can lead the same clichée-boring lives as today, 9-5- cubicle job and such, and be fulfilled and content. Because the context matters. Who and what are you working for? Deeper meaning, even by definition, can only be found in the depths, meaning within, not in externals. Connect to your own and others' depth. If you can, there is potential. It will not succees with those who are at war with it. It can be anyone. Some are cursed with having attained great influence and power for spreading fear, others are less entrapped because they cannot succeed on the path of fear. Shape the world through shaping yourself without it first. Otherwise, you are inviting the world to shape you. THEN you are the nothing you so dread. The video could be understood as a prologue, a glimpse into what drove the Dazzlings to become what you saw in Rainbow Rocks. Heroism is not a career path.
  6. == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == It feels a bit disturbing: This never-talked-about topic, which I assumed to have always been resolved elegantly and magically, maybe also like an ongoing project to change habits from what is normal in the Everfree Forest, by formulating a vegetarian and synthetic diet, is now shown to never have been resolved. (I do remember Fluttershy feeding worms to birds though, and back then that was already a bit of a headscratcher in light of the special lifestyle of animals in the Ponyville area.) I was aghast: Out of awkward necessity Fluttershy expects a snake to not eat animals and then she goes hardcore and prescribes vegan?! And she is expected to FIX the gecko's diet? ... Considering how important it usually seems to be to Hasbro to not give kids (or 'adults', hah) the wrong ideas, this is not setting a good example of how to not ... you know ... severely and maybe fatally malnourish your pets. (Or babies, even. ... There have been disturbing cases.) As for Zecora's potion, I strongly suspect she has learned to use poison joke in her brews. (The outcome was of course very predictable.) - Actually, Zecora could have played a major role in animal diet design expertise. I was also puzzled that she couldn't recognize the lizard type at first. Further into the episode I was still wondering since when snakes eat elephants. Then it revealed itself to be a gross exaggeration joke. (That snake got an eating disorder, hah.) Angel here painted a clearer picture of a weird canon by confirming that animals are like very intelligent beings there that are trapped in an unusually limited body. That Angel in Fluttershy's body could immediately articulate himself in all detail of pony language, it is a bit odd. And it got even more mindboggling when it was shown how all the other animals understand ponish but not Angel's way of communicating. Dunno, maybe Angel is like a hybrid, been around ponies for so long that he prefers to communicate closer to their ways. But he is still only understood by Fluttershy. So the whole episode felt more like a writers' capitulation than an elegant resolving of open questions. But it is a Fluttershy episode, and that is always ... well ... nice. P.S.: I also had the thought that "She Talks Like Angel" would have been a good title instead. (Unless they thought that would be giving too much away.) - EDIT: Someone pointed out it is based on a song: "Black Crowes - She Talks to Angels"
  7. == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == Seriously, Celestia, "My defeat of Luna"? Could you maybe at least have said "Nightmare Moon"? (I don't know whether it is a good or a bad sign that Luna is even smiling.) "Who are you?" - Apparently the enemy-of-the-state information service isn't working that well. One would assume newspapers reporting on when the world has been saved once again and who to be careful about, hah. (Then again, that weather planner didn't exist before this episode, so he may be forgiven. ) And here Chrysalis is re-using an old deception form. Same point. (Cynically speaking, why is she even using a disguise? ) Discord says character development is so boring, and then we see that the opposite is true, when we get yet another re-heating of the story where they keep the truth from each other - yaaawn. Superficial action does not create inspiring depth. Not to mention Twi merely has to look out the window to see something is wrong (or hear the thunder of the lightning strikes), and one could reasonably assume that sunrising practice sessions might happen outside. (In fact it's an oversight that they heard the first strike but Twi didn't.) Pinkie Pie probably just remembers the old pattern and playfully, knowingly, goes along with it by reciting past foaly and set the stage. Compulsory frame capture: DIVINECORD "Even if I was an ACTUAL doctor I would have no idea what's wrong." - Ponder that statement for a moment. Yeah, tell Twilight what exactly happened. And don't leave out the part where ponies were mysteriously succumbing to sudden severe weakness or where an anonymous weather planner took over. She amusedly rolls her eyes. ... If she knew where Discord put that cloud, heh. Compulsory frame capture: WHEEEEEEEEEE Screw the "This is not a pipe" painting. P.S.: With that cutie mark, I nickname her Rookie. In the end as in the beginning - More biased night-dissing by saying night is actually bad/scary but the next day brings hope. Imagine if there was only day. That wouldn't work either. Profound lesson not learned. Praise the neight!
  8. == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == == Spoiler Prevention Spacer (patent pending) == At the beginning of the episode I thought, oh no, this is gonna be a nerdisode. Not what I'm in the mood for right now. Then Fluttershy and then Pinkie Pie entered the building and things began to look a bit brighter. Dual-hyper attack with movie-style grimacefest aside, this saved it, and the fateful contrast of Twilight and Pinkie is always appreciated. And I didn't expect another kinda-Pinkie episode could follow so quickly, although I did hope for it. With all those Ps involved, Twilight should have predicted Pinkie Pie to be a potential participant. Pinklight Twinkie TwiPie FTP! I hope that plate was edible. ... I mean meant to be eaten. It was hard for Twilight to not focus on external disturbances/distractions when the whole trivia game is about external validation. During the cupcakes question, it was really a conflict. Right-away you would say this is totally Pinkie's moment, but you also have to consider that the question involved Princess Celestia, so of course Twilight knows every detail about that. DING! - You gotta admit, that was a very pinkish move from Twi there. Lesson of the episode: If you got a PERSONAL record to uphold, then don't join a TEAM. There shouldn't even be personal correct answers counts in a team game, since TECHNICALLY the TEAM gives the answer, since the TEAM gets a point for a correct one. Or in short: It's all fun and games once you lose an I. P.S.: Did you notice right at the end? The entrapment of the push-pull conundrum - a classic derp.
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  11. I know it's probably much more marketing than taste variety, but still, how could -I- possibly pass -this- up? I did skip the pony-themed one though, because, I mean, that's really just shameless. SUPPLEMENT: They got a mild berry flavor. The violet ones a bit more distinct, like dark berries. (I am generally not getting excited about this common wine gum stuff anymore. But they're alright.) SUPPLEMENT 2: The sugared ginger-lemon stuff they have is much more exciting. The smell reminds me of sweaty feet and urinal cakes (that will be the ginger ), but the taste is stimulating. You should give that a try if you like moderately sour-spicy stuff.
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  13. It's relatively common among enthusiasts to customize the paint.
  14. Yeah, it rolls off the tongue more naturally. And the Pinkie one would really be the best for self-representation. But the Fluttershy one feels more like traveling with a good friend to me, and would likely also make me ride safer, haha. BTW it's sad that in Germany they don't even have the white-based version of the R3; only black and dark blue, both without those wheel stripes. If I had to get one in stock color, I would have to say nope. Don't like either one. - I mean, the vendor said they can easily source the other parts, but I'm pretty sure that means you end up with duplicates, paying extra. It just seems so silly to have such limits considering it is easy to swap the painted parts on bikes. It could be done like with cars that get special equipment variants. That stuff is done at the import port, usually. They could do it like with the MCC Smart and offer all kinds of color variants.
  15. I miss the feeling. (The fact that the body coloring creates such a good impression of mane and tail is torture. ... Anyone wanna electrostart my long dormant happiness?) ... And here is the PinkR3 Pie version, which is probably more theme-appropriate, but the Fluttershy one just feels nicer to me. ... This would probably be quite enjoyable, too: ...although I think I would prefer PrincYS Luna style for that one: ... OK, now the R3 is mandatory, since I got TWO puns with her name and have difficulty deciding - PR3ncess or PrincR3s? (I would probably put one variant on each side.) Pony Scriptum: And here an example of how trying to make the body parts resemble a pony even more might not be an aesthetically wise idea: (It is very tempting though!) UPDATE - scooter! (I resisted the temptation to make a Scootaloo-colored one. )
  16. First this appeared in S2E9 - Sweet and Elite: And now this in Equestria Girls - Spring Breakdown Part 5 'Hoofin' It': Note how the old one has, arguably as a bit of an immersion breaker, a more realistic painted art style, but the new one has the cheese that is such an upgrade. Various elements became more odd/abstract, and the wear marks near the corners are mostly identical, too. One could spin all kinds of theories as to what happened here. Diegetically this would mean that the wear marks are intended part of the piece and this is the artist's or a copy artist's remake of the original painting. This could just be an innocent, playful prop decision by a show artist, but it is still odd, since it is a kind of crossover reference to the show's past, and there was also a rubber chicken in a cushioned case shown, likely a reference to the Cheese Sandwich episode.
  17. It wouldn't be Spike the Master Schemer if it was easy to see through. ...And then the final grand plot reveal: It was all just a dream ... about time travel ... in a parallel universe.
  18. Not only did Spike exploit a sibling rivalry in a sibling rivalry, but he created it in the first place. Spike asked Thorax to impersonate Celestia while she was on important business and instructed him to deliberately brush off all of Luna's security advice to make her susceptible to allying with him for the betrayal. Spike also hired Grogar to abduct all castle guards and replaced them with changelings so that they would be unrealistically easy to distract. Shining Armor was also a changeling, that's why he seemed totally fine with his security being circumvented. The real one would of course eventually come for a visit, but then Spike would already hold the crown, and legitimately, as proven by his shrewd scheming. Grogar never returned the guards. He didn't call back. All guards are changelings now, and they like having a job. Spike could only convince Grogar to help him by promising him that he could keep the guards and do with them whatever he wants. Twilight's parents gave him a gold start for this. (According to rumors not entirely on their own volition.) Pinkie Pie is still inviting Spike to all her parties, and he is the guest of honor. Afterwards there's always plenty of cake left. What Spike does not realize just yet is that Luna was a changeling all along. A royal one, in fact. And she's after the crown. For that sweet sibling love.
  19. It may take you a moment to fully realize the genius of this idea... .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... ... Hire SUPERVILLAINS to test the defenses! There's no more reliable test than that! I can send a message across all of Equestria: "Canterlot Castle has come under increased attack from powerful adversaries lately and we want to provide the best possible defense against them. Any powerful adversaries will be rewarded handsomely for providing authentic attack scenarios on our castle and give us feedback about what parts of our defense could use improving. - Banding together for concerted attacks is welcome." I can picture it: A cosmic death ray (from SPACE, you know, where no one is standing guard!!!) melts the castle into a pile of glass. Regal sisters: "Excellent! We did not expect that. Next time we will be better prepared. Thank you for your services. ... Can we pay you in glass beads?" Pinkie scriptum: Every factory-new castle needs a break-in phase or it will never develop its full power.
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  21. They haven't met face-to-face yet. Did the student six ever tell her? Seems like someone might be getting ninja-trolled here. Treelight 'Harmony' Sparkle is best princess (My favorite non-equinoid character, followed by Discord. - As for equinoids, Silverstream is lovely, too.)
  22. My heart is beating between these two. (And by beating I mean pronking.) Punkie Pie got to work again. This could also read "WIRD". (Pinkie Pie is not normal. ... Well, duh. Pastel-colored cartoon pony. ... And she is notorious for turning things upside-down. And I love doing that, too.) I love the depth of this pun so much. This is beauty. This is magic. This is life. Fluttervector kindly by https://www.deviantart.com/redpandapony/art/Fluttershy-Being-Fluttershy-297769875 Partyvector cheerfully by https://www.deviantart.com/moongazeponies/art/Pinkie-Pie-Again-214497251
  23. That's all. #FluttershyFriday
  24. Dowlphin

    An MLP unegging

    Saw this at a supermarket and couldn't resist. I had checked two videos about these and they both indicated these contain various figurines. But that must have been different, some special case, because this one only had an iron-on patch. It was the same chocolate as in the review videos, too. Half brown milk with stars, half white. Both tasted mild, creamy, not overly sweet, and unspectacular. I had a feeling it was too good to be true. (This day was rich in disappointments. Also gotta return a lighting article to the supermarket. Defective out of the package.) EDIT: Today I also got a toy egg for 50c. Of the various things that could be in it, like rings, tiny fancy photo frames, amulets and such, ... I got a hair clip. Eh. Well, at least with Pinkie on it. And a Twilight sticker. The tiny candy pellets are yummy though. And I got a purple egg container now.