Miles

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  • Birthday 09/20/1994

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    Illinois, USA
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    A tradition is a tradition; doesn't matter if it's old or new.
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    ***Note: this was my old "about me" that I made around when I originally joined. Most everything is still relevant, of course. Just know this section below hasn't been edited in a long time... and silly me, using "A.J." instead of just "AJ" haha. But sometimes it's nice to keep things as they are, for the sake of nuance.***

    First things first: I'm a diehard rocker. Nu Metal, Grunge, Alternative, and others of the like:
    Adema, Linkin Park, Nirvana, STP, Korn... You get the point.

    Short version: Besides MLP:FIM... I love cars - I'm a gearhead. And I love computers - I'm a Comp Sci major. I'm a Christian, and I like to be peaceful and get along with everyone.

    Longer version: Howdy everypony. I'm country boy from central IL. I became a brony in late 2013/early 2014. I've watched all the episodes from all 4 seasons more than a few times through now, and I still sometimes find it hard to choose my favorites, despite what you might have seen me post in my first welcome thread. For the sake of simplicity, my fallback favorite is Applejack; she and I live similar lives as far as being country goes. But I love all the Mane 6, each for very different reasons:

    I like A.J. because we are so alike in our country ways; Rainbow Dash because of her instinctual loyalty/guardian traits - she will defend her friends til the end; Twilight because of her bountiful knowledge, common sense, and not to mention her high level of power (magic) - I mean, the way she protected everyone from that Ursa Minor (WOW); Fluttershy because of her love for animals, and her introverted nature (I'm an INFJ); Pinkie because of her randomness (I have ADHD) - "and I said 'Oatmeal!? Are you crazy?'"; and Rarity for her generosity and her wittiness (she showed them dogs! lol).

    Normal of a country boy, I'm a gearhead - I love vehicles. Anything with wheels and an engine, seriously. First and foremost, I'm mostly a Ford [truck] guy - I drive a 2001 Ford F-150. But I don't hate on other brands. My parents have an '89 Chevy Camaro RS that we take to car shows in the summer. And, I also have a motorcycle - it's an '02 Yamaha V-Star 650.

    Currently I'm a college student. I finished my freshman year in May of 2014. Though I'm a gearhead, I also love computers - I'm a Comp Sci major.

    Music: I love rock music. My favorite bands are (in no specific order) - Adema, Linkin Park, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Korn, and Red, just to name a few.

    Feel free to PM me about anything. I can give you advice about your vehicles; I can talk about ponies, cars, computers, music... anything really. And, if you ever just needed some personal advice, I consider myself a pretty knowledgeable and helpful person. I like helping others.

    Lastly, I also like talking about the Myers-Briggs/Jung's Personality type indicator. I'm an INFJ. Google it if your interested in learning about your own personality. Do know, though, that everyone is different and the 16 personality types of the test should not and do not define you, they can just help people to better understand ways their mind might work.

    ~ Miles

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  1. Heck. Bye, Miles :(

  2. You are sorely missed. ~

  3. To be honest, the majority of pictures are just regular old tractors with either diesel or gas engines. There are multiple pictures of oil pull threshers in there, but overall there weren't as many as we originally expected to see. But nevertheless, I'm sure you'll love the pictures anyway. There are some rare gems in there for sure. I was in bliss the entire time I was there. Oh how badly my father and I want to have one of those Ford 8N tractors (light grey body, red chassis)! The Ford that was painted maroon-ish/burgundy-ish red was my favorite, though. To turn a simplistic tractor into something that looks sleek and elegant without making it seem hoity-toity (or posh) is brilliant. Yeah, it generates steam using the oil, and the steam powers the belt (as well as the rear wheels when the transmission is in gear). It's quite similar to locomotives of its time. Steam powered trains and tractors were a really big deal. Do note that I corrected the caption for the picture above. However, my explanation is still correct as to how it works, I just initially typed the wrong name; that is an Advance Rumely not, an Oil Pull - but there are a couple of Oil Pulls in the photos. --- For most of the photos my dad and I took, it should probably be easy to tell what kind of tractor you are looking at in the photos. However, I don't have in-depth information to give. So, I'd gladly accept positive comments any of you may have, but I won't be able to answer specific questions about the tractors such as their model year, their horsepower, and their torque.
  4. Yeah, it generates steam using the oil, and the steam powers the belt (as well as the rear wheels when the transmission is in gear). It's quite similar to locomotives of its time. Steam powered trains and tractors were a really big deal. Yeah, zipped folders might not be too mobile friendly. Nice! We don't have any classic/antique tractors, just a late '90s or early '00s Cub Cadet 7205 with a 21hp Mitsubishi diesel engine.
  5. Miles

    Mens Fashion Discussion

    I totally agree... --- I'm still pretty much sticking to the same stuff I posted about 2 or 3 years ago in this thread when it comes to Spring/Summer clothes. T-shirts (typically with logos but sometimes plain), and cargo shorts (usually tan) or jeans (typically faded black) in moderate to warm weather... I just got a new shirt that I really love from Le Claire, Iowa after visiting the American Pickers' store a couple weeks ago. It's kind of an earthy pastel green with a picture of a old Land Cruiser (though the front end looks like a Jeep but it's just a "clip art" style picture) with the words "Less People - More Life On Two Lanes - Made In USA" on it. For Fall/Winter when it's colder, although I love flannels as I've said before, I don't currently have any that fit me so I'll probably need to buy some more (most of my old ones were so worn out they were getting holes and had to be thrown out). Typically anymore I just throw on either a field jacket or a zippered hoodie over my T-shirt, and I'm usually always wearing jeans (faded black) or some of my army green sweatpants from IIRC I think American Eagle or Aeropostale - I don't remember. Oh, and as always... I have a ball cap on my head 90% of the time. It's either a CAT or Ford cap.
  6. Miles

    Boxers or Briefs?

    Boxer-briefs, the in-between answer. BUT NOT JUST ANY BRAND, specifically Joe Boxer boxer-briefs. Unfortunately, I think K-Mart stopped selling the type that I like (pure or mostly pure cotton, and zero spandex or anything similar).
  7. Miles

    When do you go to sleep?

    It varies greatly depending on whether or not I have to get up early the next day, and how much physical activity I endured during the daytime. Anywhere between Midnight and 6:00 AM. Lately it's been between 2:00 AM and 4:00 AM.
  8. Miles

    WHERE ARE YOU FROM??

    I'm from central Illinois, in the Spoon River area. My hometown has a population of about 2500 or so people. Our town is surrounded by corn and beans everywhere (and basically every surrounding town in this county as well as the towns in surrounding counties). I quite enjoy the small town life in a city dominated by agriculture. Our community is quaint and rustic, and at least 70% of the people here drive pick-up trucks (or so it seems). It's normal to see tractors and other large agricultural equipment driving on main street. My parents and I live in town but we have somewhere between 6 to 8 acres of land out of town out in the country where my mother has a horse, and a miniature donkey. In fields next to our land we often see someone flying a crop duster (small aeroplane) over crops. We can go out there in the dark of night to view the stars with basically zero ambient light, and that is an incredible thing to see if you've only seen the sky from a city where there are streetlights and such everywhere.
  9. Yesterday, my father and I went to see the Western Illinois Threshers Inc. 50th Annual Show in Hamilton, IL. There were many old tractors, a couple oil pull threshers, some garden tractors, some automobiles, and a few Mack trucks. This website describes it more in depth: http://www.westernillinoisthreshers.org/Here is an Oil Pull thresher/tractor (being used to turn the belt for a sawmill that is outside of the picture). CORRECTION: This is an Advance Rumely steam tractor/thresher (being used to turn the belt for a sawmill).* I had been looking at the actual Oil Pulls in the rest of my photos and accidentally typed the incorrect information for this particular tractor in this photo. Anyway, I may as well also add that "thresher" is a name given to tractors that can be used to "thresh" wheat from the hay - "thresh: to separate the grain or seeds from (a cereal plant or the like) by some mechanical means, as by beating with a flail or by the action of a threshing machine." If you want to look at a plethora of pictures of old tractors, download this .zip file I uploaded here: Threshers_at_Hamilton_IL_8-4-17.zip Backup link on Dropbox just in case: https://www.dropbox.com/s/uywtb77pdpzzwjw/Threshers at Hamilton IL 8-4-17.zip
  10. Yesterday, my father and I went to see the Western Illinois Threshers Inc. 50th Annual Show in Hamilton, IL. There were many old tractors, a couple oil pull threshers, some garden tractors, some automobiles, and a few Mack trucks. This website describes it more in depth: http://www.westernillinoisthreshers.org/ Here is an oil pull thresher/tractor (being used to turn the belt for a sawmill that is outside of the picture). If you want to look at a plethora of pictures of old tractors, download this .zip file I uploaded here: Threshers at Hamilton IL 8-4-17.zip Backup link on Dropbox just in case: https://www.dropbox.com/s/uywtb77pdpzzwjw/Threshers at Hamilton IL 8-4-17.zip
  11. I've spent far too many hours of daydreaming in my life on subjects like this, and other similar ones. But you see, I just have too much of an emotional attachment to my parents, family, and friends to give a legitimate answer to this question as it stands. That isn't to say I wouldn't enjoy temporary time travel - I mean, who could honestly say no to temporary time travel (on the predetermined basis that it is 100% proven and safe, and with 100% ability to come back to the exact time at which you left)? Despite all the times I have considered myself to have more in common with people 10 to 20 years older than I am (traditional values, a deep love for simplicity, and an inherent respect for property of any kind regardless of what it is, among other things)... I would never dare to say that I wish I were born as a Gen X instead of a Gen Y, because even considering some of the bad things I've had in my life, the good things outweigh everything else tenfold. Nonetheless, I will still give a hypothetical answer to OP's question... I know that this may sound like a ridiculously corny, and possibly materialistic reason, but in all honesty, I do not feel that it should be viewed as such - I would have loved to have been able to see some of my favorite grunge bands [in person] performing concerts while they were still putting albums out, namely Nirvana, but probably also Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, and so on (ergo, I would have loved to have been a young adult in the early 90's, which would mean I'd have been born in the late 70's). It is unfortunate that there is somewhat of a negative stigma attached to people who listen to grunge music. I don't listen to it because I want to be different; I don't listen to it because I'm depressed; I don't listen to it because I'm trying to be counter-culture... No, none of that. I listen to grunge because I just love it, plain and simply. It strums just the right chord inside me, and pulls me in. I'm not saying the genre itself doesn't have some elements that make it seem depressing, or make it seem like it's trying to be counter-culture, but regardless of that, it comes down to the individual and how they interpret the music. Anyway, I wouldn't change my birthdate, but if I were to be able to time travel safely and with the ability to return to my current present time, I would go back to see the beginning of the grunge genre in person. Furthermore, to give additional reasons as to why I would have liked to enjoy the 90's as a young adult (and I swear I am trying to say this in the most objective manner as I can), the 90's were undeniably the "Calm Before the Storm" turning point of society and technology. By then, car manufacturers were finally learning how to build cars that satisfied both the government and the people; safety and efficiency standards were becoming achievable without dissatisfying consumers with under-powered engines and notoriously over-utilitarian designs (albeit, Japanese Imports were nearly a decade ahead of American vehicles in the 90's, although we caught back up by the turn of the century). Music was still listened to via Boombox for the most part, but portable cassette tape players would be just coming out and would soon gain popularity quite quickly. MTV still aired music that could quench the majority of peoples' tastes. While still essentially rivals within the government, Democrats and Republicans (and most others) could still speak to each other calmly in person and/or in public without screaming at each other and wanting to rip each others' throats out. The advent of the Internet as we know it now had not yet come to light, and cell phones were larger than bricks so not too many people used them. Terrorism was probably one of the last things on our mind, even bearing in mind the attempted attack in '93. Our society as a whole was mature enough shrug off comedy we thought was distasteful or offensive, rather than being triggered into acting like someone just pissed all over their KIA'd grandfather's grave. (At least from an American standpoint) The 90's really were a great decade to live through because society wasn't as chaotic and hateful as we are now, and people still lived their lives as themselves in person without relying on an ever evolving alias, and without being hidden with the cloak of anonymity. We as a whole were happy... were content... and were hopeful with what we thought we would see in the near future, because - excluding the silly Y2K scare - we expected the first decade of the 21st century to be a continuation of what we saw in the 90's, but better, as we expected major breakthroughs in technology that would make the 00's a happier and more advanced version of the 90's. While we did indeed get to have almost all those major technological breakthroughs pretty much come to light, we never expected what the 00's actually brought us. So, that is why I would have liked to have experienced the 90's as a young adult: we were moving forward without taking two steps back, and our outlook on the future was mostly positive as we walked next to our friends... of whom some may have had polar opposite political views, but we didn't care. Vietnam was 15 years in the past and we were finally feeling stable again. We lived life simply, and one of our biggest worries was merely about what SPF of sunscreen to buy. We felt as though we had our lives in control. And well, we did... Until September 11, 2001. That was beginning of an ultimately unpredictable society. A new hell was born, as we finally had our lucky streak of breaking the wishbone in equal halves taken away from us.
  12. Miles

    Political Stand?

    I am staunchly a Libertarian Capitalist. I used to be a Republican, but realized in college that since 2012 I was a Libertarian; I wanted Ron Paul in 2012, and Rand Paul in 2016. Capitalism does not equal Corporatism: https://alibertarianfuture.com/big-government/capitalism-is-not-corporatism/ https://www.forbes.com/sites/richardsalsman/2011/12/07/capitalism-is-decidedly-not-corporatism-or-cronyism/#1de7393a65e5 Socially (Civil Axis and Societal Axis) I'm: 1. Pro-LGBTQ+ Rights 2. Pro-Voters' Rights 3. Pro-Prisoners' Rights 4. Pro-Whistle-Blowers' Rights 5. Pro-Marijuana Legalization 6. Neutral on Pro-Choice vs. Pro-Life (I don't think the gov't should have their hand in those kinds of matters) 7. Pro-Environmental Friendliness and Pro-Renewable Energy (but Anti-EPA) 8. Anti-Death Penalty (and Anti-Three Strikes) 9. Pro-Gun Rights (and the right to bear arms, etc.) 10. Pro-Freedom of States' Rights to a well regulated Militia 11. Pro-Progression of Technology Fiscally (Economic Axis and Diplomatic Axis) I'm: 1. Pro-Capitalism (Anti-Corporatism, Anti-Cronyism, Anti-Communism) 2. Pro-Free Market [and laissez-faire/nonintervention] 3. Pro-Military (and funding) and Pro-Police (but Anti-Police State) 4. Pro-Free Trade 5. Pro-Flat Tax 6. Neutral on Minimum Wage/Living Wage (Until we can get rid of Corporatism, Minimum/Living Wage makes sense) Miscellaneous and/or Overlapping issues: 1. Anti-Single Payer Health Care (You should have a choice to pay to have health care from private businesses at what level you want) 2. Neutral on Contraception (I believe it should be able to be a part of the health care you choose to pay for) 3. Neutral on Unions (they can be beneficial but they shouldn't tell you how to vote, which they typically always have done) 4. Pro-Alternative Energy 5. Anti-Free College (but Pro-Assistance for K thru 12 and Pro-Scholarships for college from private entities) 6. Pro-Vetting in respect to immigration (and Anti-Sanctuary City) 7. Pro-Temporary ban on immigration from select Eastern countries (until they can get the vetting process down pat) 8. Immensely Anti-Sharia Law and Anti-Martial Law 9. Pro-Freedom of Peaceful Religion 10. Pro-Tax Exemption for Churches that are Non-Profit, but Anti-Tax Exemption for Churches that are For-Profit 11. Pro-Secular government (The Church and The State should remain separated) Hopefully I didn't miss anything.
  13. Miles

    Movies/TV Worst Cartoon shows?

    I've seen some pretty fucked up parodies of cartoons by a select few youtubers that would probably instill fear in anyone sane. There's, andywilson92 (with his most notable video "Snospis Eht: : The Epic Adventure" which I definitely will not embed here or link to because it's probably not appropriate), and there's seinfeldspitstain (with his most notable video "Jimmy Neutron Happy Family Happy Hour" which I could link, but won't, and that one created the meme "the pizza is aggressive"). I know this thread was for real cartoons, but I figure parodies could count, as well.
  14. I read through the OP, mostly nodding in agreement. I think some of the [main character] needs episode with [main character] bullets aren't as important, same with the Spike episodes, but I wouldn't really mind either way. The one thing I strongly want to reply to is this: No. I think it's best left where it is, after what AJ said to Applebloom in the episode where the CMC get their Cutie Marks (something like "Mom and Dad would be so proud [of you]"), and after Season 7 Episode 13 "The Perfect Pear." If you haven't seen that episode yet, since technically it hasn't aired yet except for Australia (and only we who cheat and watch the latest episodes online despite where they aired will have seen it), look forward to it, as it will definitely help with settling the deal about AJ's parents... Anyway, if you haven't seen "The Perfect Pear" yet, when you do go to watch it, just make sure to have your tissue box at arms reach, because you'll be needing it. I don't think there needs to be any furthering around AJ's parents beyond "The Perfect Pear." And I promise, saying this spoils absolutely nothing. You're in for a train ride down Feels Lane when you go to watch it, though.