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  1. Happy Impending Old Age Day, my friend! Be sure to evade the nursing homes for as long as possible! :D

    Sincerely, though, Happy Birthday! :darling:

    1. Phosphor

      Phosphor

      I'm trying. :P Those two grey hairs are totally not there  :lie:

      Thank you for the birthday wishes, @Nightmare Recherche  :grin:

  2. I overall enjoyed the episode, though it did come across as rather... hasty, for my tastes, especially since it was the series finale. I am also conflicted on the epilogue. Nevertheless, I find it to be an overall satisfying finale Ultimately, I would say that I liked it.
  3. So... it's finally over.  Oh, what a wild ride it has been indeed. :mlp_rarity:

    I never managed to catch up in time for this day, unfortunately, but it is nevertheless incredible to me that we have managed to make it this far. There have been a great many ups and downs along the way, and while the finale was far from my favorite episode... it was worth it, in the end.

    Either way, onward, into the future!

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    2. Twilight Luna

      Twilight Luna

      I hope that they do a complete box set as well. It would fit nicely on my shelf next to the Avatar The Last Airbender box set. :proud: Though I fear it will only put on DVD and not Blu-ray. :sunny:

    3. Nightmare Recherche

      Nightmare Recherche

      @Twilight Luna Considering the track record of MLP physical releases, I imagine you may be correct. :mlp_please: Who knows, though; perhaps they may go the extra mile just this once, assuming such a thing happens at all? I'm not holding my breath, but I do hope something of the sort releases one day.

    4. Twilight Luna

      Twilight Luna

      I hope it would at least include extras like interviews and behind the scenes stuff. 

  4. I was born in 2002, therefore, Generation Z. I wonder what future generations will critique us for.
  5. Thank you very much. I have not fully matured yet, of course, but it becomes increasingly clear the older I get how unrelenting life can be... but as these lyrics go, I will go on until the end.
  6. I confess: though I did not promise any sort of schedule for this series of mine, I have slacked a touch more than I would have liked. Nevertheless, I believe I have found another excellent song worthy of appraisal, and one from a band that I have been familiar with for quite some time. I refer to Until the End, by Breaking Benjamin. Breaking Benjamin is a group that specializes in more melancholy music as a whole, and in a way, this is no exception... but with a twist. A twist that puts this song just a league higher than their other music, in my opinion. This song has many interpretations, but I consider it a song about depression, the struggles of life, and perhaps even suicide... but persisting in spite of it all. With that said, let us begin. As the song begins, a powerful but nevertheless passionate guitar melody is played, as is Breaking Benjamin's specialty, outside of their lyrics. Speaking of which, the opening lyrics are as follows: "So clever, whatever, I'm done with these endeavors. Alone I walk the winding way. " It's quite amazing how great the opening lyrics are, if you ask me. These lyrics get straight to the point of the song; ultimately, depression is something that none of us want to deal with, deep down. In a sort of way, we can begin to romanticize being free of it, so we begin creating fantasies. Fantasies of being social butterfly in spite of your social anxiety, for instance. Unfortunately, like all fantasies, they simply do not correlate with reality, which can lead to one feeling defeated. Not to mention, while any amount of support can be incredibly helpful, in the end, this is something you must chose to persist through yourself. "It's over, no longer, I feel it growing stronger. I'll live to die another day, until I fade away." This verse admittedly perplexes me slightly, but I ultimately perceive it as defying the temptation to give up on life. "It" is functionally the vocalist's will to remain alive, in spite of everything life throws his way. The second half of this verse paints the picture for the upcoming chorus beautifully; it shows a prevailing will to live, but not in an overly sappy way. It would have been easy to write the lyrics as "I'll live to see another day," but instead, it opts for a slightly more cynical approach. In a way, that actually makes it more powerful; maintaining your will to be alive is not as simple as not wanting to be sad any longer. We then enter this song's first chorus: "Why give up, why give in? It's not enough, it never is, but I will go on until the end." "We've become desolate. It's not enough, it never is, but I will go on until the end." This chorus states the meaning of the song beautifully and succinctly. Depression is not something that you can simply brush off; if it were, than depression rates would plummet by the hour. It is instead something that must gradually chipped through, and lived with for a time. A common symptom of depression is very high, often unrealistic self-expectations, and when they are inevitably fallen short of, this can lead the sufferer to see themselves as a lost cause. These lyrics show, however, that he has outsmarted these expectations: if I can never live up to them, why bother trying to reach them? Nevertheless, he will continue to strive for the best, even if his best expectations are not met. "Surround me, it's easy to fall apart completely. I feel you creeping up again." "It's over, no longer, I feel it growing colder. I knew this day would come to end, so let this life begin." These lyrics show the beginning of a recovery, and an acceptance of the vocalist's circumstances. Even if he has accepted that he cannot be the perfect version of himself, he still will have to endure the pain that depression causes. In many ways, it can be tempting to simply give up once again... but it's over, no longer. No matter how painful it can be, a day only lasts 24 hours, and the vocalists is prepared to roll with the punches. Basically, life began tearing him down again, in spite of his efforts... and his response? "Do your worst." As these lyrics conclude, we then enter the second chorus, alongside a new set of lyrics. "I've lost my way. I've lost my way" "But I will go on until the end." "Living is hard enough without you fucking up." These addition lyrics show a relapse of sorts; unfortunately, the path to recovery is not always directly upward. To the contrary, there are often many slopes and inclines. This can be incredibly discouraging, especially after a long period of prosperity... but you must persist forward all the same, even if you regress a bit. This is what I believe "fucking up" is referring to; not the mistakes along the way, but the temptation to give up once again. That would be a much greater mistake than whatever may have occurred that day. We then enter the final chorus of the song, alongside a repeat of the above lyrics, excluding the third verse. We are then treated to a final set of lyrics: "The final fight I win." "The final fight I win." "The final fight I win." "But I will go on until the end." Once again, these lyrics also summarize the song as a whole wonderfully, as it shows that the vocalist has outsmarted himself once again. The fight her likely refers to is... life as a whole. This is the final fight he will win, but it will also be his first and only. Truly, he will go on until the end. Though I have known of this group for quite some time, this is a song of theirs I have only recently discovered, and it has arrived at quite a good time for me. Without giving too much away, I was making leaps and strides towards self-improvement at the beginning of this year... but come April, it all began to fall apart, until we reach today. My diet, hygiene, motivation, and overall willpower have taken a serious hit since then... and I have lamented this ever since. I was doing so well back then; how could I have let myself fall back to my older, worse self? Unfortunately, I may have been a touch too eager, so once my first speed-bump hit... it was all downhill, due to my fantasies not being fulfilled. This song was an excellent wake-up call of sorts for me; though I may be worse off now than I was earlier, there is not much point in lamenting it. You can either give up and become a hermit of sorts, or get back on your feet and accept that you still have improving to do, as you always will. In short, you cannot base your self-confidence on perfect results. Ironically, this is an excellent way to never achieve them. Instead, you must learn to be happy with your progress, even if it fell short of your ideals. Though I may be in a rut at the moment, I firmly believe that there is another opportunity on the horizon for me. Either way, thank you once again for reading. I still cannot promise a schedule, but I will be sure to post once I discover another song that speaks to me.
  7. Care to guess who arrived in the mail today? :D

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    Though I am not the biggest fan of Pinkie Pie, as most of you already know, I can happily as that I am thoroughly pleased with this Bishoujo. :mlp_grin:

    My wallet certainly isn't, however. :mlp_please: Little does it know, this is only round one of six!

    Twilight Sparkle is next!

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    2. Trix or Treat

      Trix or Treat

      certainly masterfully designed, all six of them are great, and i love how they include both a pony and a human(makes me wonder if that's the size little ponies have compared to humans)

    3. Twilight Luna

      Twilight Luna

      Pinkie’s reaction to her statue:

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      Excellent choice, my friend. :grin: Pinkie isn’t my favorite either but they did a really good job on her. 

      Looks like you better sign up for more credit cards. :laugh:

    4. Bas

      Bas

      Wild guess. Probably not me. :)

  8. MLPF and I have a funny relationship, truly. I vividly recall the first few weeks I was active here, it was an experience like no other I had before. Perhaps it is simply due to the fact that I have not logged onto many other Forums, but who knows. Either way, my initial experience with the Forums was incredibly positive; the users where charming, the Forum Games were quirky and fun, and the Forums in general had a lovely atmosphere. I even enjoyed it enough to join the Staff for a time, which was a nice experience, as brief as it may have been. Then there was a period beginning in, say, August of 2018. Many users were beginning to lose interest, including a few key user whom I enjoyed the company of quite a lot. Nevertheless, I stayed active; new faces were appearing quickly enough to keep me engaged, not to mention any amount of moderating I needed to tend to. That said, this period was likely the time when I enjoyed my time the least; tending to the Forums felt quite a lot like an obligation, rather than a fun activity. Thus, my interest was declining quickly. I even decided that I would depart the Forums completely, but of course, this decision did not last. Once 2019 came, I believe this began a period of relaxation, so to speak. Though starting form this point, I decided to ultimately use the Forums less, I began enjoying it quite a bit more. Sure, my stay was infinitely less eventful than it had once been, but that was ultimately working to my benefit. Now that I was able to partake whenever I saw fit, it was becoming more and more enjoyable once again. Now we are approaching the end of 2019, now that we have entered the long anticipated (at least by me) Halloween season. As I reflect on my time here, even though it may seem somewhat inconsequential now... it has been quite a wild ride, and has changed me more than most websites can boast. There have been a great many ups and downs along the way, but the journey has been worth it, in my eyes. If I were to mention any users in particular whom I greatly appreciate, it would likely be @Wannabrony, @Captain Clark, @Tacodidra, and @Rarity the Supeme. These four have been amazing companions along the way, and my time here would not have been the same without them.
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    ... Oh my. :awed:

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    3. jorge123esp

      jorge123esp

      I need that :wub:

    4. Frostgage

      Frostgage

      I notice your birthday is coming up in just eight short months

  10. 𝕴𝖙'𝖘 𝖋𝖎𝖓𝖆𝖑𝖑𝖞 𝖙𝖍𝖆𝖙 𝖙𝖎𝖒𝖊 𝖔𝖋 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖞𝖊𝖆𝖗 𝖔𝖓𝖈𝖊 𝖒𝖔𝖗𝖊, 𝖑𝖆𝖉𝖎𝖊𝖘 𝖆𝖓𝖉 𝖌𝖊𝖓𝖙𝖑𝖊𝖒𝖊𝖓. :fabulous:

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    2. Cash In

      Cash In

      And so it begins :kirin:.

    3. Prospekt

      Prospekt

      Sp00ky season is upon us!

    4. Tacodidra

      Tacodidra

      Awesome! :yay: I'm looking forward to what everyone comes up with this year! :LunaMCM:

      Tacolantern probably won't return, though... :adorkable:

  11. Happy Birthday, Longhaul! Be sure to have a lovely one this year! :darling:

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  12. I don't consider it completely outside of the realm of possibility, considering how much we still have to learn about the universe itself... but ultimately, I would say no. Though I do consider myself a deist, I am not sure whether or not it would consider human life "transcendent," so to speak.
  13. This cannot be said enough. While I do not hate the game overall, it is a serious step down from Arkham City. In some ways, it is a prime display of more ≠ better. The combat, while rewarding, has a touch too many enemy types to keep up with. Typical henchmen, armored henchmen, knife henchmen, medics, martial artists, brutes, blade-wielding brutes, stun baton wielders... it just becomes a mess after a while. It is manageable, but a touch too hectic. Predator sections are a mixed bag as well. Tough they are more varied than even, allowing for more creativity... there are so many tools at your disposal, and many of them become overpowered after awhile, especially the disruptor. Not to mention, the sections themselves are also rather meh, though admittedly impressive. The Batmobile. Everything I could say has already been said, but in short... it is beyond overused. The boss fights are absolutely embarrassing, especially coming off of the heels of Arkham Origins, which had excellent bosses. Every single boss in Akrham Knight is a tank battle of some sort. The game does overall have its moments; the Professor Pyg side mission is a particular favorite of mine with how unsettling it is, fully taking advantage of Akrham Knight's M rating. That said, I merely found it to be a decent game... but after an astounding game such as Akrham City, that simply doesn't cut it.
  14. "You could not live with your own bankruptcy... and where did that bring you?"

    "Back to me."

     

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    2. Nightmare Recherche

      Nightmare Recherche

      That's good to hear! :darling: You enjoyed it quite a lot, I presume?

      Either way, what would an Endgame diorama be without fat Thor? :D

       

    3. Twilight Luna

      Twilight Luna

      I thought the first half was slow until the time travel stuff. That was fun to see them recreate everything from the other movies. The final battle was awesome. When Cap grabbed Thor’s hammer, my theater erupted in cheering. It was epic. 

      What did you think of it? :ooh:

    4. Nightmare Recherche

      Nightmare Recherche

      I enjoyed it quiet a bit as well, though not to the extent of Infinity War, I would say. :mlp_grin: Granted, I did not see it in theatres, so I may not have gotten the optimal experience. Nevertheless, I actually quite enjoyed the slow burn that the beginning portion of the film had; it was a nice contrast from most other Marvel films which start and end on a very high note. Not to mention the grand finale, of course. I found the Big Three vs Thanos a bit more exciting than the showdown at the very end with Thanos' forces VS well, literally everyone, though. It felt a touch more personal.

      Overall, I would say it is a satisfying end to the Infinity Saga. I must admit, however, my interest in future Marvel films is fleeting at best now. :mlp_please:

  15. This was an inevitability, truly; considering how high production values of Marvel films typically are, it is genuinely surprising how poor the CGI was in that sequence. Since Black Panther was brought up, however, I believe DC deserves mention for... not exactly stellar CGI as well. No hyperbole, Steppenwolf looks as though he was plucked from a video game trailer. The fact that this film had an estimated 300$ million budget never ceases to befuddle me.
  16. Truly, considering the vast amount of hype that Infinity War generated, I find that to be appropriate. As I said; I may not have enjoyed the film as much as Infinity War, but it was still enjoyable nevertheless.
  17. I must admit, I am not as fond of this film series as many others are, though I have had my share of fun with it. Of the MCU films thus far, I have likely enjoyed Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War the most. Avengers: Endgame is quite good as well, but truly, I don't think it is quite as good as its predecessor. Nevertheless, I did find it to be an overall satisfactory conclusion to the first era of Marvel films. Due to that, however, my interest in the MCU as declined even further; now that every major character's arc has wrapped up, I don't have much of a reason to keep up with the MCU, to be quite honest.
  18. I fully confess to being a very picky eater... which is odd, considering how adventurous my palette is; the only dishes I am unwilling to try are foods with far too much cheese or raw tomatoes. There are virtually no foods I am unwilling to sample, from bison burgers to octopus tentacles, truly; it's just a shame that I rarely enjoy many foods.
  19. One's bathing schedule does tend to vary quite a lot depending on the individual and their lifestyle. That said, I don't believe there is ever much reason to go any longer than 2 days without bathing (or every other day). Some people simply don't get dirty very much, thus don't need a very strict bathing schedule, while others may need it daily, due to climate or career. That said, it is worth mentioning that it is possible to over-bathe, especially if very hot water is used. Our naturally occurring oils are good for our skin and hair, so you don't want to scrub them all off. That said, you don't want them to linger for too long and accumulate bacteria and other unpleasant things either. Personally, my bathing schedule is that I bathe every other day with tepid water; I don't exert myself very much, nor do I live in an extremely hot climate, so I can afford to skip one day, as long as I apply deodorant and such. I also use cool to tepid water to be sure my skin and hair aren't damaged, as hot water can burn off natural oils and dilate your hair follicles.
  20. It can be seen that way, yes. Personally, I stopped paying any heed to my post count or reputation a few months back, so I tend to only post if I have something to say, be it a joke or an actual opinion of mine. Truly, I think if one is worried that they are "whoring out" on MLPF, they may be taking it a touch too seriously.
  21. But of course! Hm... interesting question. In that case... "Cacturne, use Nasty Plot!"
  22. Why not bring them a cup of water? For a cactus, it is a simple but nevertheless kind gesture. Besides, you two would look quite adorable together!
  23. On occasion, yes, though not terribly often. Contrary to what others may think, I believe malls will be one of the physical retail stores that last longer than most. Physical retail is only becoming more obsolete as time passes, but malls have two key advantages that will keep them alive: climate and convenience. For example, many successful malls are located in very hot areas, so large-air conditioned buildings with many attractions are becoming more enticing, especially when they are located near businesses and whatever other attractions the immediate area has. Many (if not most) malls are definitely becoming antiquated, but I think a select few will remain in business, so long as they play their cards well. I am certainly not an economist or a businessman, but I think some malls can survive, so long as they adapt to the need of modern customers. If I were to guess, malls will evolve into a more social experience than a shopping experience.