Once In A Blue Moon

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  1. Once In A Blue Moon

    Basic Hello

    I suppose a basic hello is best answered with the most basic of jokes; I enjoy MLP roleplays as well - I can attest to the creativity and imagination of the people in the RP section (although I haven't had time as of late, which is a shame.)
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    Books: Digital or Non-Digital

    I was hesitant about going digital, but after getting an e-book reader there really was no going back - it's portable, I can read whichever book I feel like that evening (or even buy a new one if I feel so inclined), I don't need to bring a light with me* and perhaps most critically E-books are much cheaper than their paperback equivalents (or even free - I download a lot of stories from Fimfiction.) I read a lot when I was younger, and continue to read a fair bit now (although sadly 3+ hour evening reading sessions due to having a bedtime that was far too early are no longer) so I've had plenty of experience with both - and I do think that my e-book reader has made reading easier for me. And all that is whilst they are still in their infancy - there is a lot of potential to do things that regular books can't do; the 'X-ray' function that my e-book reader has means that in compatible books I can highlight a name and it produces a brief description of the person (along with a timeline of where they appear in the book^), it can connect to a dictionary or to Wikipedia to give a summary of a highlighted word, being able to adjust text size has already been mentioned... there are a lot of possibilities that could really improve the reading experience, and I'm interested in seeing what e-book readers will be able to do ten years down the line. *I recently tried a paper book as my evening read - only to realise that I didn't have a bedside lamp or a torch to hand. And as my e-book reader has a very dim light and some weird tech that I don't understand in it, it doesn't inflict the same blue-light insomnia that most of my other devices with screens do. ^which isn't very clever when it clearly shows where they drop dead later in the story. Teething issues remain.
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    Show Me your Wonderbolts

    Not official merchandise, I admit, but I do have both of these in sticker format:
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    General Social Pressure

    ...I wouldn't go that far - my social skills are and will remain far below the level that would be expected at my age. Rest assured that I've had to abandon interesting conversations in the face of blank stares, as well as put up with the chatter over the latest tv show (one called 'Love Island' is very popular at the moment, and I admit to finding the discussions very dull. The parody of it on a comedy show was funny though, so there's that.) What I found helpful was being able to socialise in a more structured setting - specifically over tabletop games (be they board games or roleplaying games.) They trained me in social skills whilst keeping me in an environment where I had something to focus on (the game in question.) It remains a work in progress, but I found that effective.
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    General Social Pressure

    I'd say that your example relates more to communication skills than it does to peer pressure (well, I suppose the peer pressure to be 'too cool for school' might play a part in ostentatiously not paying attention.) Being able to communicate in a way that is engaging for the target audience is a very difficult skill to master - and the lack of it leaves many intelligent observations and clever ideas ignored. I myself am not especially gifted in this regard, although I try to draw inspiration from my statistical hero Hans Rosling, who was very good at presenting ideas. As to peer pressure, I don't suffer from it as much as I am a bit socially oblivious at times. This is a mixed blessing, as although I am quite happy to break minor taboos such as taking the last biscuit or admitting to being a fan of MLP it does also make me seem more than a little weird - so I guess one could see bowing to peer pressure as a natural defence against this minor social isolation. I have my own methods of dealing with it though - making a joke out of it tends to work fairly well, as does acknowledging that I am a bit strange and that my brain doesn't work in quite the same way a normal person's brain.
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    My 10 favorite fanfictions

    Out of all of these I've only read 'Stitch in Time', but I agree that it was excellent - one of the few stories involving genuine time travel that I like. I was thinking about re-reading it only yesterday actually, although I have enough on my to-read list as it is. Still, I may add a few of the others to the list as well.
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    Good Pony Podcasts?

    Depends what you're after. I rather like 'actual plays' of roleplaying games (that is to say, a podcast that follows through a genuine campaign rather than a staged one - which would be more of a radio drama) so I listen to those: There's an actual MLP RPG system called 'Tails of Equestria', and there's an actual play podcast of it called 'Hoof and Sword''. You can find it on iTunes and in a few other places - their twitter feed was the top result on Google (note that if you find inappropriate jokes off-putting then I wouldn't recommend it - they do get a bit NSFW at times.) They've done about 20 episodes so far, and they put a new one out every couple of weeks. Then there is 'Fallout is Dragons', which runs on a system I don't recognise. They did their last episode back in June of 2016, but they have a complete story arc told over 63 sessions - some of which are over 3 hours long, so there's plenty to keep you listening. The setting is the Fallout Equestria setting, which may or may not be your thing. They're on iTunes as well, and unlike my other two recommendations they tend to keep things fairly clean. Some of the players do have some rather annoying habits though, so it's a bit hit and miss. Finally, on the subject of Fallout: Equestria, although it isn't a podcast I would recommend the audiobook of Fallout Equestria: The Manehattan Edition. At 60+ hours of audio entirely free of one of the best* MLP fanfictions around. Graphic violence and drug abuse feature quite heavily, as well as a few sexual references, so stay away unless you're fine with that. More generally, there are a fair few people who do audiobook readings - a general Google search for MLP audiobooks will turn up a fair few results, so take your pick. *subjective, I know, but in terms of enjoyment I rate it alongside Frank Herbert's Dune as one of my favourite novels. If postapocalyptic ponies aren't your thing... I'd still encourage you to give it a go but would concede that it's probably not what you're looking for.
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    What is the worst school trip you went on?

    Spending three or four days camping at a lake and doing water-related activities. Canoeing and sailing were bad enough, and had their own incidents, but then they made us try windsurfing. I have enough accidents standing in a normal environment, and a few minutes of trying to just stand on a skateboard made it clear that balancing whilst standing is something that I struggle with. So being put on the spot by the instructor: "Stand up" "I can't" "Stand up" "No, I really can't" "Then you can't do wind surfing." To be clear, I was always an obedient student - I never got into trouble and always did what the teacher asked, so being called out like that was an extremely embarrassing experience. Being sent back to the tents and getting to spend the afternoon reading was some consolation though.
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    Gaming Game "Journalists" Should You Listen to Them?

    With my statistical hat on, I'd say that if a portion of reviewers struggle with the mechanics then it's not unreasonable to guess that a comparable portion of the population of gamers will as well (yes yes, it's hardly a representative sample and so on, but lacking other data we'll run with it.) I would also observe that such cases are also quite rare - at least, in my experience, and in the specific cases of Cuphead and doom, it hasn't exactly halted what were both runaway successes. Negatively affecting a game isn't my concern. I'm aware that some multiplayer games live or die by their player count, but that isn't an argument for anyone to buy it. If people miss out on a title they would have enjoyed then that's more of an issue, but I would be wary of fans' views exactly because of the response bias - you will typically only hear from fans who really like the game, or occasionally 'anti-fans' who really don't like it. Neither are an especially sound basis as you miss out the middle of the bell curve - those on the enjoy / didn't enjoy spectrum who aren't going to talk about it because it isn't that important to them. Again, that's not to say that fans' views aren't of use, but standard aggregation techniques aren't going to give the full picture and it's a relatively small sub-set of fans who are able to put together a cohesive and concise explanation of why they like a game whilst also acknowledging the flaws and weaknesses that might put some people off.
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    Gaming Game "Journalists" Should You Listen to Them?

    I can't think of an entertainment medium that the above doesn't apply to - that doesn't undermine the validity of concerns that, for example, reviewers and publishers are too close, but it does put them in perspective. So long as the usual caution is applied (check multiple sources, if you have concerns then dig a bit, read between the lines regarding what they don't say so on) it's not a huge issue. That's my overarching view, although there are a couple of points I'd offer additional remarks on: 1. Review disparity. I think that TotalBiscuit covered the subject fairly well when he talked about the Mad Max game that came out a little while ago. 2. Some reviewers are bad at games - indeed so, but so are some players. Being good at a particular genre gives you a different perspective of a game compared to if you are bad at a genre; a review of a Starcraft II expansion by a Grandmaster-level player is going to have quite a different focus compared to someone fairly new to the genre, and they could come to quite different conclusions, but that's not to say that one or the other is wrong or has no value. As someone who isn't very good at RTS games the 'noob view' is of use to me, but someone who is much better at RTS games might appreciate the technical detail that the Grandmaster-level player can offer; technical details that are largely irrelevant to one such as me who will never play at the level where they matter. To take a couple of other examples, if reviewers who are 'bad at video games' don't enjoy Dark Souls or Cuphead, that is useful information.
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    Gaming Rage or Fallout: Which is better?

    You're comparing a single game to a whole series - and whilst I view 3 / New Vegas / 4 as effectively the same game*, there's the original Fallout and Fallout 2, which are both held in high regard for entirely separate reasons to 3+, and whilst Tactics has a bad name I liked it (though it's rather clunky - as are the original and 2, but when you're trying to run around with a squad of 6+ it really shows.) That's three quite different groups of games against the single game that is Rage. I haven't played Rage, but I suspect that one of the above would scratch the post-apocalyptic itch better than Rage would (I couldn't say for certain though.) *I appreciate that some people say that NV was so much better, but after sinking hundreds of hours into 3 I only put 20-30 into NV before getting bored - and 4 looks much the same; I'd need bigger changes to justify sinking that sort of time into it again.
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    Request Shop Free sketches [Closed]

    @Glimmerlicious here you go: ----NOTICE TO ALL - NO FURTHER REQUESTS AT THIS TIME
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    Looking For an Editor

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    Gaming Those OST of your childhood

    I played what was probably far too much Red Alert 2 when I was younger. A fair bit of the original Red Alert and Tiberian Sun as well, but RA2 had the most memorable music. Also, honourable mention to Rome Total War: