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  1. I'm sorry...what? You're losing respect for Peter New over posting a picture on Facebook? Well, congratulations. You're still less crazy than this: That said, I'm not with you, but I guess different strokes.
  2. Well, you'd fit right in up here in Canada. I don't mind politics so much when it's about a land of magical talking horses. Real life politics though...just make fiction look so much better by comparison, lol.
  3. It makes the series come alive. At least overanalyzing something like the political situation in Equestria makes sense. I've done worse. Not too long ago, I overanalyzed an outpost featured in Friends Forever #36, lol.
  4. Hi, I approved this topic but have taken the liberty to move it to the right place.
  5. Got any time to read David Harvey's Neoliberalism? Probably not but I had to read it at least a couple times as I worked towards my BA of Sociology. Of course, I add some of my personal ideas to the mix when I use it to analyze entertainment preferences as David Harvery's thesis doesn't exactly go into that, but it does establish that in our world we are a slave to the dual forces of the government and the market. Entertainment has become an increasingly huge entity that also acts as both a socialization device and a marketing tool. Society uses it, among other things, to indoctrinate its populace into its cult...ure. Yeah, believe it or not things get pretty Inception, as we often can't distinguish our own ideas from those of the society we live in, which have been planted in our head since birth. Our culture, along with any other, has what are called norms; unwritten rules that aren't exactly written laws but are still behavioural expectations that we are expected to follow, which is generally enforced by people frowning upon us if we ignore them. Back to entertainment, things like what our hobbies and interests are, are also among the norms, and it's based largely on ideas regarding who we should be according to our age, gender, etc. In reality, it's just one more way society keeps our population under ensuring that there is very little variance in individuals. When we step out of those norms, we are considered "deviant", and people react accordingly, which in this case manifests with people thinking we're "weird". Pay no heed as they've long since been indoctrinated into our society, as have we, and they are simply acting according to ideals they think are their own...
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    Well, I do have hiragana, katakana and the number kanji down, plus the one for yen (which strangely enough isn't the symbol for yen that's used whenever it's brought up in English). I guess that just leaves the basics of sentence structure and grammar. I think I have good books, but investing in more doesn't seem to help. I have one guide called Japanese The Manga Way that has been pretty helpful, but I fell off the bandwagon of reading through it. I always fall off the bandwagon before too long as it's not like I just have all day to study Japanese. On the plus side all the manga magazines I have, including the manga for older readers, includes furigana on virtually all kanji, at least in the comics themselves. Other text doesn't always have it, but the manga is the main attraction with these big massive things anyways. Unfortunately the games I brought back don't have it, but I guess that just means I'll have to use the manga as a stepping stone, if I can get to the point where it will work as a stepping stone that is. As it stands, there's a Rarity meme somewhere that describes how I feel just looking at this stuff.
  7. Not to be pedantic, but given that Cadance was supposedly a Pegasus before becoming an Alicorn, the other pony races can become one too, and it's Celestia who chooses who does. Flurry Heart was a shock because in order for her to be an Alicorn, Cadance, who was turned into one as opposed to being born as one, has to have had her entire DNA shifted to that of an Alicorn as opposed to her body simply mimicking the properties of one. Anyways, as Celestia and probably Luna can make Alicorns, anything's possible. However, as we have never seen a male Alicorn outside of some early French language material which I'm going to treat as C canon for all intents and purposes, I'm going to say that the answer is unknown. Celestia and Luna had parents so it is reasonable to assume they were Alicorns...unless just their mother was. Celestia has yet to choose a stallion to become an Alicorn, so we don't know whether the male pony body lends itself well to such a transformation, and indeed it might be reasonable to assume that one's body has to have enough magic in it for such a transformation so therefore it would be out of reach for most mares too. Of course that's all conjecture but is consistent with what we know. You'd think Starswirl would have been high on the list potential candidates for Alicornhood, but that never happened for him. Maybe Alicorns are kind of like the witches from The Golden Compass where only their fillies can become Alicorns, and where stallions don't have enough magic in them to be artificially transformed into one. Who knows though? On the flip side, just because we've never seen a male Alicorn doesn't mean they can't exist. There's just too much we don't know. What I've said above is possible, but unconfirmed. For all I know the Alicorn race could be 50/50 mares and stallions. What intrigues me the most is that they're not around and Equestria has no record of them except for Celestia and Luna, and later on, Cadance and Twilight and now Flurry Heart. Maybe archaeology holds the answers?
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    @Jedishy, DJ_Bonebreaker: It sounds like you two are well beyond the realm of mediocrity and into the realm of the extraordinary. I couldn't possibly do what you do, lol. By the way DJ, do you have any tips on trying to learn Japanese? Speaking of mediocrity that grinds my gears, that language is so difficult, and I have some manga and videogames I'll probably never get to as I don't read them well enough. I could read a list of ingredients if they're in Katakana, but my take on that is that those words are still in English but are encoded for Japanese speakers. Most of the actual meat of the Japanese language still eludes me, and I really don't have the time anymore to dedicate to getting it down. I knew just enough to save my dad's life while we were in Japan but that's a story for another time. Sounds like you should speak to the upper management PiratePony. That's not what I would consider fair.
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    Oh, so you've been to Japan too? Have you been to a Baskin Robins there? They sing when they make your order and it's a perfect assembly line. It's like people in Japan love going to work, or at least are far better at faking it than we are in NA. I'm sure neoliberalism sucks no matter where you go, but at least in NA I can tell you that any kind of minimum wage service job gets old after a while. Japan's just lit in so many ways it's amazing. Of course, as a tourist in any country we experience things differently than the locals. We get to see and do all the cool things we want and invest in some souvenirs to take back home for the duration of the trip we've saved up for, but locals obviously experience things differently, having to live their lives there and work for a living. I believe that if you really want to get the true experience of a place you'll have to live there for a bit and experience its medicrity...but that's really not the kind of trip I'd call fun. It's just a notion I've entertained, and one I've definitely experienced the other side of whenever people claim how cool it is that in BC people can go to the beach in the morning and go skiing on a mountain in the evening on the same day. Yeah, I guess that's true, and I can tell you I've never done it despite living here my whole life. I still think Japan is lit though despite acknowledging that I've experienced it through an outsider's lens. Speaking of mediocrity that grinds my gears, I really don't miss my retail job. The chain of command at my current job is way more reasonable. You know what, I just hate nonsensical bureaucracy that overcomplicates things in general. Screw retail and similar entry level jobs. It's the pinnacle of everything that annoys me about bureaucracy. Why large organizations seem to think it makes sense not to keep to a predictable schedule is beyond me. It's a load of bull that managers have to draft up a schedule every week and employees have to come in on their days off just to see the latest schedule as there's no better and more reasonable way to do it...except there is if the higher ups used their brains. I'm so glad I'm into my career now and can put all that BS behind me.
  10. Hi, this thread may have been in the right place once upon a time, but as of the time it has been bumped, there exists and Equestria Girls forum, so I will move it there.
  11. I think this is a multi-faceted topic and one not easily covered in one discussion. There are at least three groups of people to consider: those who have had little to no interaction with Bronies and whose opinion of us is based largely on where we stand in regards to societal norms that dictate things like what kinds of entertainment we should or should not enjoy based on our age and gender, those who have had legit interactions with the fandom either online or in person, and those who either are or have been part of the fandom at some point in time. It's also not nearly as simple as lumping people into one of three categories as opinions can vary even within a given category. Heck, past Bronies may even warrant their own category as they have their reasons for no longer being part of the fandom whereas those of us who still are in the fandom have our reasons for staying in it. Barring being able to conduct a mixed-methods, longitudinal study on Bronies, we'll just have to settle for our opinions and impressions. My personal opinion on Bronies is quite positive, not that I can truly be considered unbiased. How a fandom is portrayed to other people is one thing, but actually being in it is another matter entirely. I do think our fandom is based around love and tolerance, and we do seem to get along with one another well, and welcome each other with open arms, for the most part. I don't sense a lot of elitism and we don't have a crippling schism that divides us. Stuff like how cringy a fandom is takes a back seat to how I feel I'm treated in a given fandom and whether I have a sense of belonging. The Brony fandom has passed that test with flying colours.
  12. It might also be worth noting that G.M. Berrow wrote that episode. She also canonized glowpaz, which was first seen in Trixie and the Razzle-Dazzle Ruse. I firmly stand by the notion that the spinoff media is canon, just B canon. All G.M. Berrow did here was make certain things A canon. Now I'm wondering what would happen if Jeremy Whitley ever wrote an episode. It's never going to happen though. Actually, I never expected G.M. Berrow to start writing episodes, and when she did write one I thought it was just going to be a one-off novelty, so I guess anything's possible.
  13. Neat. So...Daring Do's ability to locate treasure isn't just a skill and a result of time and research, but magic? Also, what Pinkie does is confirmed to be magic, not that we didn't already know that.
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    I think this topic belongs in Show Discussion but I'll leave it here as it has the potential to spill over into discussion on the spinoff media and whatnot. I don't think the show itself is too hard to follow though. Maybe it is a little bit if one wants to remember all the details of every episode, but even keeping track of the main arcs is not that difficult. The comics, chapter books and even Equestria Girls are all completely optional and while I think they're great for expanding the universe of the show and giving fans a more complicated continuity if we want one, they aren't mandatory nor should they be. EQG is probably as close as it gets to mandatory and uncomplicated spinoff media, or at least the main stuff (EQG has become this beast with its own A and B canon), but even it isn't absolutely mandatory. All one really needs to be able to do is sit down and watch an episode.
  15. I've only really gone as far as to compare Harry Potter with how unicorns seem to work. Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns seems to be similar to Hogwarts in many respects. It may even have a laughably small student body that makes me wonder how it manages to stay open, but at least in the case of Celestia's school, no concrete numbers are confirmed. CHS on the other hand defies all logic as I think their total student body is considerably smaller than just two grades of students at Hogwarts at a given time. Anyways, I apply Harry Potter to the general concept of unicorn spells, and even use terms like charms or transfiguration to describe certain spells. The key difference with FiM is that all unicorns can use magic as opposed to a select few humans. Celestia's school, as the name implies, is for gifted unicorns who are exceptional at the art of magic whereas Hogwarts has squibs and wizards who are pretty terrible at magic. Oh, and unicorns aren't hidden from non-unicorns. My headcanon is that even the worst unicorn can cast a basic levitation charm even if that's all he or she can do. I suppose it's possible that the unicorn equivalent of Scootaloo exists somewhere but that has yet to be seen. Regardless, basic levitation will not get somepony into Celestia's school. Obviously, not all unicorns have an interest in dedicating their life to the art of magic either.