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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

  • Best Pony
    Chancellor Neighsay
  • Best Anthropomorphic FiM Race
  • Best Princess
  • Best Mane Character
    All six of them
  • Best CMC
    All three of them
  • Best Secondary/Recurring Character
  • Best Episode
    The Last Problem
  • Best Song
    Open Up Your Eyes
  • Best Season

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  • Location
    On average, about 149,608,900km from the centre of the sun.
  • Personal Motto
    Omnia dicta fortiora si dicta Latina
  • Interests
    - Engineering (particularly geotechnical),
    - Physics,
    - Mathematics,
    - Formal logic,
    - Philosophy,
    - Adorable things (especially ponies, cats, bunnies, and grey ducks),
    - Collecting/accumulating various aesthetically pleasing oddments,
    - Collecting/accumulating various interesting antique miscellanies,
    - Collecting/accumulating various second-hand dictionaries/thesauri,
    - Collecting/accumulating various nifty and often archaic vocabillularary words,
    - Finding and categorising various forms of genetically mutated daisies,
    - Making things up on the spot (intellectual ad-libbing is my forte),
    - Owl City, Pentatonix, & chipper chiptune music,
    - Reading Sir Terry Pratchett & Brandon Sanderson novels,
    - Reading C.S. Lewis' classic theology books,
    - Reading the surviving observations and deductions of various ancient philosophers and scientists (e.g., Da Vinci, Aristotle, etc.),
    - Lego (great for modelling simple engineering problems),
    - Minecraft,
    - 8-bit games,
    - Irony,
    - Being interesting.

MLP Forums

  1. @Denim&Venöm @dragon4111 @reader8363 @Buck Testa @Loud Opinion@Lektra Bolt Hey all - I'm not gone for good, despite the best attempts of this past year. I've been whittling away at Miko's complete and comprehensive backstory with Denim for several months, and getting pounded by the pandemic and the resultant work overload for the rest of the all-too-many months I've been MIA. Very sorry to all who've been waiting on the posts I didn't put up for most of this year, and I sure hope you've been having a better time of things than me. My relationship with work is currently at the stage where I'll be living in a rural motel for the next few weeks working dawn to dusk on a farm the size of my home district in order to acquire that sweet sweet coin (and also to keep my job), but I'm hoping to finish things up with Denim and get this RP finally rolling IC by early to mid January. I know it's been an age since I booted up the reboot (and with the events of 2020 it feels like way longer than eight months), but are y'all still sufficiently interested in going through with this?
  2. So, pokemon had two content expansions. A seperate little area for each, self-contained. Each their own boss Legendary pokeyman. First was Bearman Punchgood. Second, but clearly superior was Tinyman Bigbrain. I think you would approve.


    That’s a battlecry i’m working on: “I Read.”

    1. Duality


      All we need now is to mix it up a little and have Bearman Bigbrain and his trusty sidekick Tinyman Punchgood. It'd be the best superhero TV show of the last decade. :proud:

  3. That's some incredible architecture right there. I do want to keep Salem's appearance canonically fluid but I can definitely see the Admin block looking something like that. Whereabouts were those photos taken?
  4. babysitting_by_sandara_de3gmuz-fullview.

    You look like you deserve a quality smol floof

    1. Widdershins


      The dragon is floof, yas?

       Is it a creature or a plant? I wanna say a leaf elemental!

    2. Duality


      The kitties are the floof. Dragon is  r u s t l

      I think it's supposed to be a sort of nature-spirit dragon, but 'leaf elemental' is pretty much the same thing as far as my knowledge of wyrm metaphysics extends. :P

  5. How math works:


    1. Duality


      Successful mathematicians in the past had very high cranial bone density to keep their brains on the inside. In the modern age, of course, we've developed an artificial workaround: titanium skull implants.

      Sadly however this has the tragic side effect of amplifying 5G government mind-control rays to the point where the only way to guarantee independence of thought is by wearing aluminium foil helmets to block them out. :kirin:

    2. Widdershins


      And here i’ve been eating the aluminum. 
      Which is why Im so twitchy.

  6. Suppose hydras are a subspecies of dragon. There’s just so much creative room with them!


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    Have some perfect croissants. :proud:

    1. Widdershins


      Aww, they are cute!

  8. Fin-ally got around to reading that Shark Article (Sharticle?) you did link me a while back!

     Great Whites do seem smart enough to plan things, set up social gatherings of their kin, differentiate nationalities of their species. It seems like even in that depicted feeding of them, the sharks knew the aim wasn't to give them food, but more of a sport in which they rough-housed. They knew they weren't there to eat humans, but maybe whap one if they got in the way of chasing the fish head.

    ...but they do seem dim-witted in that animalistic way. Like i've said before, mouth-centric. Playbiting, tossing things around in a catlike manner. Dragging around a live seabird, then releasing it as if to give the human in the boat a show to talk about. They know what they're doing, and can be good at it when they set they're mind to it... just not smart enough to have reasoning. Like perhaps not going up to a boat just because they smell food. 

     Which is why I say they're like Pokemon. They see the world though their mouth, can be trained, but are mostly concerned with doing their shtick.

    Sharks are chill bros. And I'm glad to hear that. Goes well with my sharkpony OC....

     Soup. He's Soup da Shark.

  9. I'm about halfway through OneShot but the clover file won't open on my mac ;-;

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    2. Duality


      Ohhh okay subject tech levels have been ascertained apologies

      Running programs in 'administrator mode' allows them to override any other programs that might be interfering with their operation by giving them the full digital authority of You, the User. Sadly this appears to be more of a Windows thing upon further research. Restarting your computer is a good idea - maybe check to see if the file is being blocked by your security software or something too? Probably the easiest way to check that is to turn it off for a short time and try opening the clover app then.

    3. Frostgage


      Thank you for the tips sir. I'm confident that I'll get it figured out soon

      I don't want Niko to think I've abandoned them ;-;

    4. Duality


      Don't worry sir Niko is smart and brave :proud:

  10. We have been sharing dragon, yes? I would like to invite you to a special uniqueness I've discovered.


     I adore this artist. I cannot tell you how much I ache for the genre of "Is Big Scary. Clearly capable of verifying monster bad repuation, but is actually a sweet, emotional and just like everyone else."

    Would you like to see Sanzo's (only name I know the artist by) Mrs. Natsuki, the New Part-Timer?... if he has published manga, I would buy truckloads.

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    2. Widdershins


      "Aah! It's surely capable of harming others!... oh wait, it's a girl? Cute!"



    3. Duality


      That's how it feels when I let my fingernails grow too long. I'm pretty sure at least a couple of my phone screen's scratches are the result of excessively sharp keratin. :sealed:

    4. Widdershins


      I agree. I too, must take precaution for when my talons proceed erumpent from mine skin ends. The clacking oft gives away my plotting & scheming to an excessive degree.

       I do so love the notion & theming of something undisputably evil in appearance ... but not in temperament. What we are is what we experience, and if you look pretty scary to some it's likely you haven't gotten much socialization practice!~

  11. Her magic looks pretty good - solid balancing all round there. However, the rest of her abilities appear quite unbalanced in range and magnitude and most people in her life have done her dirty, which seems primarily to be a way of enhancing the impressiveness of her skills via emphasising how self-made she is and how much adversity she's overcome (as well as how many justified reasons she has to be angry at everyone and sundry). She's exceptionally skilled at apparently everything save magic, including literature, music, dance, anything involving analytic thinking skills, martial arts, athletics, household skills, street savviness, mechanical engineering, military service, and acting. She reached colonel rank, she has a lifetime pension, she has screeds of medals, she somehow survived all sorts of death missions, she caught the eye of Bruce Lee, she has four degrees, she could have gotten platinum records if she'd chosen to, she starred in all sorts of martial arts movies, she literally made history as being involved in the first use of magic in modern warfare, her groundbreaking use of magic was a major factor in her side winning a seemingly hopeless battle, Lazel changed up the whole school due to her, she apparently built a tank museum - this is a lot of achievements, and they encompass a far greater range and magnitude of skills than possessed by any other character in this RP. Further to this, her family did her dirty, several governments did her dirty, assorted music and movie critics did her dirty, and Salem did her dirty, which pretty much constitutes all pivotal players in her life except Alex, Bruce Lee, and her former dance instructor, which means she can play the martyr in regards to any part of her life whatsoever and be perfectly justified in doing so. In short, these are Too Many Things compared to all the things that other characters have, and probably either about half of these will need to be cut or most of them will need to be nerfed. In aid of this, it seems to me that it would be best to remove the long-lived trait of kitsune to maintain the action-packed vibe of her life while justifying why she's not overpowered by the time she's spent a century doing action-packed stuff (although this is up to you). If you want to use characters who have seen plenty of history, there's always the time travel subplot now that you could use to add an extra character to the mix (maybe Alex came from the past after taking part in all these history-making battles and they got together a few years before the present day?). Salem is still not a hill to die on, though, and the mages that constituted the early university would not be "elitist and borderline aristocratic" with "unflinching ideas about magic", since at this point most mages are essentially a suppressed global diaspora discovering a unified and independent identity for the first time in history - you can't have an aristocracy where no society existed, and these mages are an extremely diverse bunch due to being individually embedded in every culture on the planet. In addition, even if Miko wasn't able to properly control her magic in practice, she should have been able to get a certificate that she wasn't a risk to anyone as long as she didn't actively use her magic around others - it's only people like Druantia who are constantly at risk of losing control that wouldn't be able to get such a certificate to go on to a normal job. As long as you can keep your powers to yourself you'd be safe enough to work, essentially, and since her magic is primarily passive it doesn't seem like it would constitute a make-or-break issue. I can tell how much effort and historical nuance you put into this version of her, and I'm quite sorry for such an extensive critique - if I could approve her I would, but she's just too skilled at everything for it to be fair at the moment. I'd be more than happy to work it through with you piece by piece if you like, though.
  12. Hi sir tell me a nice dream you had lately

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    2. Duality


      It means ten years before parole for me and a countersuit alleging that your actions in sustaining several of our mutually complimentary conversations amounted to entrapment in the legal sense.

      However due to the terms of my plea deal I can get away with a single rakish wink on my way out of court :mlp_smug:

    3. Frostgage


      The legal system is really complicated :huh:

    4. Duality


      Like love *winks again and gets tackled to the ground by police escort*

  13. so I was listening to this song and a thought occurred to me: Earth's sun and moon look almost exactly the same size in the sky, but there is no natural reason for this, it's just an incredible coincidence which I think is so cool. Apparently the sun is 400 times as wide as the moon AND 400 times as far away. This is very unlikely and very satisfying

    but as I was typing all this another thought occurred to me: IS it a coincidence? Since there is a such a thing as a "habitable zone," i.e. a planet can only support life if it is a certain distance from its star, it's reasonable to think that on any hypothetical life-supporting planet, one's star looks approximately the same size in the sky as the sun does to us. But what about the moon? Is there a correlation between a celestial object becoming a moon to a planet and this moon's mass/distance from its planet (i.e. its size in the sky)? Maybe not but that got me curious about how big various moons in our solar system look in their respective planets' skies. And someone made a thing about that which was really cool to see: http://umich.edu/~lowbrows/reflections/2008/jmaguran.1.html

    That link has some really fascinating information I thought, especially in the table at the bottom. For the moons in the table, I calculated the correlation between their distance from their planet and their diameter. The correlation coefficient was just -.17, which is pretty weak with a sample size of 23 observations. So it does seem to be just a coincidence that our moon looks like a very similar size to our sun

    interesting stuff idk i should probably be asleep or doing something productive

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    2. Frostgage


      ty for the knowledge senpai. I like how you connected it to ponies as well

    3. Duality


      I just gotta get a good lecture out of my system every now and then otherwise my brain gets intellectually constipated and next thing you know it's grotesquely swollen with knowledge beyond mortal ken and the very laws of nature shatter before my whims and the screams of sundered galaxies fill a once-bright cosmos

      Also don't forget to like and subscribe with the link below *cheesy outro music*

    4. Frostgage


      tfw the only "link below" is a Report button :pout:

  14. Is it still under construction or is the current version ready for review?
  15. There's no official ruling on what goes into Acronyms?!!?

     I have never been so disgusted.

     Allot me an example, albeit fictitious. T.A.R.D.I.S stands for (and do correct me here, anybeing) Time And Relative Dimension In Space. The joining or "Stopwords" are implied and therefore irrelevent. The actual name, what it is being shorthand for is technical knowledge important to only those who would need to refer to it by its full name. Therefore attempts to add more letters in to make an acronym more pronounceable as a word to the average Layman is a fallacy! The Layman isn't supposed to need the acronym! He can just call it "That Box"! Fuh!

     Clearly, the Technically Right name for the Timelord's conveyance is The T.R.D.S! The Doctor flies around in TRDS! It truly is only respectable to speak of TRDS! I see nothing silly about this!

     I require thou input on this most expounded of pontificators!

    1. Duality


      Acronyms tend to be quite informal, so the layman is usually the target audience. As long as you don't inconsistently leave some joining words out of the acronym while leaving others in (i.e., TARDS) it's not too ill-formed. There's no official ruling on a lot of things that are blights upon our already-blighted language, which is basically the only reason we have journalistic standards (APA might say something on the topic).

      On a slightly related note, 'Time and Relative Dimension in Space' is hands down the worst name for anything I've heard in my life. For a start, it doesn't say anything about what the thing actually is (since the TARDIS is not, itself, time or space or any 'relative dimension', unless there's some really weird Doctor Who lore lurking somewhere I haven't heard) and furthermore time isn't in space and there aren't any 'relative dimensions' in space either. It fails to describe its subject, it implies bizarre falsehoods, and as a result it holds no meaning whatsoever except as an arbitrary sequence of phonemes associated with an object (fictional, at that). It's like a philosophical thought experiment designed to stretch the boundaries of what can realistically be called meaningful. :yuck:

    2. Widdershins


      Technically, The TARDIS is mostly the pocket dimension produced by the alien machine. I do believe it is named after its result, not its specific mechanics.

       Like a can opener.

      Ya don’t call it “Circular Blade at top of Gear Tower Placement.” 
       Besides, it’s technically a whole seperate alien culture with its own naming conventions.

       Way I read it, there is an awful lot of technical specifics left off. It is more like: Time (manipulation) and (its relation to the) Relative Dimension (as produced together in conjuction to a seperate zone of what is outside of it) in (its exterior) Space 

       Basically, a Time Bubble. Housed by supporting mechanics. Breaking causal relation to time & space outside of it can't be done by merely one or several devices. You know how many times that thing has broken down? ...to produce drama for the episode? Why, one time it even became sentient! And confessed a crush on the Doctor! But I do suppose having a being live inside you would tend to promote complicated feelings.

      I know that's usually the case with tapeworms.

       But now I've forgotten what we were talking about!


       Edit: (Yes, I hadn't even left the page.)

       Oh yes, I was having an internal mental implosion over your intonation of informality.

       The whole POINT of acronym-ing is to convey technical knowledge! As in, naming something in regards to the specifics of its use, to those of whom would also be in privvy to what aspects stand for, to the point of not requiring the whole of the name to identify the subject referred. Which is why A.S.P.C.A works. You know what it stands for, because you know what to go to that organization for.

       You can't just tell someone to hand you the M.F.P and expect them to know it means My Fluffy Pillow! We have RULES and ORDER so that we may FUNCTION as a WHOLE, FUNCTIONING SOCIETY! Anything less than perfection is ANARCHY!! ANARCHY!!!

       Oh, pardon me. Think my OC needs a calming bath.

       I'm not your Original Character.

      Nope, that stands for Obsessive Compulsive.

       Oh, I can go for that.  .... ....WHY IS MY HAIR NEVER SYMETRICAL?!!? SYM-METRY! SYM-METRY!!