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Everything posted by rcollinz13

  1. I've been to quite a few countries. Though, they are mostly small countries close together in Europe. The United States Canada England Scotland Wales Ireland Grand Cayman France Germany Austria Switzerland Italy Lichtenstein The Vatican Jamaica Dominican Republic I believe that covers it.
  2. i have had anxieties about this election for months. As a Canadian who lives in both Canada and the United States, this is something that has been on my mind for a long time. Many people have legitimate concerns about a Trump presidency. However, some people need to calm the fuck down. Politicians always make bold statements about what they plan to do if elected. A lot of the time, many of those things never come to pass. Given the eternal gridlock of the US congress it's hard to say anything earth shattering will happen. I'm still uneasy about how this might unfold, but I am happy about one thing. Putin has released a statement that he is ready to reopen the channels of communication between Russia and the US, so that is good news. Regardless of who you voted for, we can't let this tear us apart. We don't have to agree on everything, but let's remember that we're all still bronies. Maybe I'm being naive, but it is over now. The only thing we can do is wait and see what will happen.
  3. Just take me to Switzerland and leave me there. I've been there a couple times before, and it's still one of my favourite places in the world. Having been in flat areas most of my life the mountains are a very welcome change. I also intend to live away from the city in a more rural or isolated area.
  4. I'd definitely like to discuss this more and see what we might be able to do. What's the best way to contact you?
  5. My apologies for not responding sooner. I was honestly surprised to have anyone respond to my post, Drummer: Looking for Other Musicians. I have never dabbled in composition before and have always wanted to give it a try. I took a listen to your soundcloud, and it sounds like you have some good experience. I'm not exactly sure what we might be able to potentially work on, but you seem to have more experience than I do in this field. What kind of music might you be interested in? I know that you are a pianist, but we could potentially find other people to help as well. Do you mostly do instrumentals or lyrical songs. I'd like to hear anything that you have in mind. I want to determine if this is something that could work out before going to far with it. I hope to hear from you. Cheers.
  6. I'm looking for other musicians to do some collaborating with. It can be pony related, but it doesn't have to be either. I myself am mainly a drummer, but I am well versed at a few other instruments and have a good background in music as a whole. I invite anyone who may be interested to reply to this with any ideas that come to mind. It's been quite some time since I have been able to collaborate with other musicians, so this is something I am very excited about. I hope to hear from you all. Cheers.
  7. I'm definitely guilty of using MLP as means to put off my course work. I can see how you think I am exaggerating. You're most likely right, too. I'm a bit of worry wart by nature, and those fears tend to surface late at night when I'm sitting at my computer. I have definitely seen the type of fans that you are referring to. Those were usually the fans that had just gotten into the show and were in the sort of 'honeymoon' stage of discovering the show. Everything is new and exciting right at the beginning. Then, as the show progresses, even if you still greatly enjoy the show, the obsession dies down a little bit. When I first got into the show, and the larger fandom, it was something the permanently occupied space in my brain 24/7 for a good two years. At this point, my appreciation for the show is a little less extreme. This is something I definitely connect with. Part of the big draw for me was always the warm feelings and positivity I felt from the show. I've always been a bit of a pessimist and chronic worrier in my life. Having a show like MLP that gave me little boosts of energy and good feelings made me genuinely want to take some of these things to heart.
  8. I appreciate the kind words. I should also specify that my fear of death doesn't stop me from doing things that I want to. Even though it can cause great discomfort at times, I always never let my fears prevent me from doing things I like. The same way I don't let my anxieties around socialising prevent me from going out with some friends and having fun. These are more or less the late night ramblings of my brain after my busiest day of classes.
  9. I'm never sure where to put posts. Thanks for your help.
  10. There is no denying our affinity for this show and the fandom that it has garnered. Some of us are old school cartoon fans that were drawn in by the quality animation that most modern cartoons don't have. Others were open minded enough to give the show a chance after hearing about the massive backlash to it. I myself got into the show after watching 'Teens React To MLP: FiM', and hearing the teens pass judgement on a show that they hadn't seen. Regardless of how one may have gotten into this show, I think it is fair to say that this show has become a great source of escapism for many. It's no secret that we are living in some turbulent times. There is an economic recession, the ongoing concern of global climate change, a crumbling job market, and a myriad of other things to be concerned with. There is all this negativity coming from the world around us and in comes MLP. A show completely divorced from reality. A world separate from our own. It's full of fantasy, adventure, new experiences, and just good feelings. MLP offers a form of escapism from the cold and harsh realities of our world today. It's not just overarching issues too. The show provides escapism from the simple stresses of everyday whether that be your family life, stressful job, or anything else. In a simple sense, there is nothing wrong with having something like MLP to be used for escapism. We all need something to 'detox' at the end of the day and keep ourselves sane. The problem is when it becomes less of a sense of relief and more a sense of denial. Where the person uses the escapism to deny reality and ignore the real world. In some respects I think fiction is a more powerful drug than anything. The ability to get lost in a world completely divorced of the problems that we have in our own is strangely appealing. However, falling too far down the rabbit hole can cause someone to become dangerously detached from the real world. Let me know if MLP has become a source of escapism for you. Do you think it's possible to become to separated from reality? At what point do you need to take a step back and return to the real world? I I welcome your thoughtful discussion. Cheers.
  11. The fear of death is the most common fear shared amongst people. It is the epitome of the human condition. No matter your race, sex, social class, favourite sports team, etc. we all die. Despite this, many people, including myself, are afraid of dying. For some of it goes beyond just being afraid and starts to screw with your sanity. For myself, I have always been afraid of death to some degree or another. However, it is only in recent years that it has become a source of great stress for me. Though I am afraid of death in general, I am very afraid of dying young. At this point in time I am 21 years old. I am very young and have so much left that I hope to experience before dying. This is not to say that my fear of death ends with dying young. My feeling is that if I live a relatively long and fulfilled life, then I will be prepared to leave this world. I'm afraid that if I die young, I will potentially miss out on life's great milestones. i think what scares me more than anything is the uncertainty of what happens when we breathe our last breath. Although I grew up as a Protestant Christian, I have since taken a step back from my religious upbringing. I would not go as far to say I'm an Atheist, because I don't object to possibility of a God, I just feel a bit disillusioned by religion. Regardless of which religion it is. I had always found comfort in the idea of a heaven, or any sort of afterlife, but I don't have that sort of comfort anymore. I am a creature of routine and meticulous planning ahead of time. Thus, it is easy to see why uncertainty is so frightening for me. The idea of reaching a point where I cease to be conscious is baffling. Despite the fact that it would be no different than the hundreds of years that passed before I took my first breath. In a way, we were all dead before we were born. I want to hear what the rest of you think about all of this. I'm sure I'm not the only one who struggles with this fear. It would be really nice to hear any input that others may have on how they have dealt with this fear. I welcome your thoughtful discussion. Cheers.
  12. YouTube has just announced a new feature in an attempt to halt toxic comments and 'negative' videos on their site. A new programme designed to let the users report on other users and remove their videos and or comments. Despite all of the recent controversy regarding the broken flagging system, someone thought this was a great idea. Let me preface this post with this statement. I am well aware that, as a private company, YouTube is within their rights to make whatever rules they want. Within the realm of legality, nothing there are doing is censorship. However, that does not negate the real consequences this poses on YouTube as a platform for people to share with the world. Additionally, I have a very real fear that this broken system will be taken advantage of by some in an attempt to prevent people from voicing certain opinions on topics. It's no secret that YouTube's content ID system is incredibly broken. It's broken to the point where YouTube removed one of its own videos for objectionable content. It would appear that YouTube is trying to become more like an online television network. They fear that 'negative' content will be unappealing to advertisers. Despite the fact that advertisers gladly put ads on sexy music videos, late night adult shows, news channels with very violent news stories, etc. The YouTube Heroes initiative was just the next step. It's kind of ingenious when you stop to think about it. Why hire hundreds of workers to flag objectionable content if you can get the users to do it for free by offering them 'perks' that are really worth absolutely nothing. As I said, nothing YouTube is doing is censorship, but if they continue down this path it's likely another site will take its place. Then YouTube will by the next MySpace of the internet. Let me know what you think about this new initiative from YouTube. Am I sounding the panic alarm prematurely? Or is this actually cause for concern. I welcome your thoughtful discussion. Cheers.
  13. My username is an amalgamation of my first and last name. I decided to include the '13' after having many websites tell me that rcollinz was already taken. Additionally, I changed the 's' in Collins for the same reason.
  14. I'll be honest, this is a pretty garbage test. Firstly, I fail to see how your preference in movies, web browsers, or pets has anything to do with one's political leanings. Additionally, I agreed to the question that said that children should be taught to respect authority. However, your results would suggest that my answer means I think people should never question authority. This is simply no the case. Having a healthy respect for authority doesn't mean that you can't question it when it oversteps its bounds. Finally, as much I would like to live in a perfect world with no division, the idea of a border-less earth is nothing but a Utopian fantasy. It sounds great on paper, but it could never be properly executed withe the conflicts around the world today. It was an interesting little quiz, but it represents the larger problem of people being unwilling to hear anything of what the other guy has to say. Even if it may be the better option. I may just be reading a little too much into this online quiz. I can't help it. Cheers.
  15. - Celestia is useless when disaster strikes - I hate how villains are forgiven with no punishment for their actions - I'm worried that all of the villains are going to be redeemed and there will be nothing left - I have mixed feelings about Starlight Glimmer being redeemed. I kind of wish she had stayed as an on and off villain. - I wish Twilight had become an Alicorn later in the show - I find the CMC to be annoying - There needs to be fewer songs. They don't feel special anymore.
  16. A few things come to mind. - I was on this site all the time in the first years it had started. It's been quite a long time since I have been on this site, and i'm just starting to get reacquainted with it. - For a number of my teenage years I thought that I was gay. Now I would consider myself bisexual, but I'm not fussed about it either way. - Over the past few years I've been experiencing an existential crisis mixed with an identity crisis - I'm still very self-conscious about watching friendship is magic. Despite the fact that I am 21 years old, and I don't have to worry about high school bullies anymore. - When thoughts are going through my head I always think of myself like "we" or "us". For example, "we need to get this paper written." Instead of, "I need to get this paper written." I promise that I'm not crazy, ha ha. I think that covers it.
  17. It has been an awfully long time since I've been active on this site, but something I can't sleep and I need to talk about something. I'm going to say what I need to say whether anybody cares or not. Fun fact, I'm writing this at 2 in the morning. I was on YouTube earlier today and I was watching some Hello My Name Is Generic videos, if you haven't seen them look them up on YouTube, and I came across one video titled closet brony. It was rather funny, I'll let people watch it themselves. It also got me to think a little. We as bronies tend to over dramatize our attachment to this show. Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with being passionate about the show and our wonderful community. I just think that sometimes we don't seem to understand that being secret about MLP is nothing like secret about our sexuality. Most of us don't face the threat of being kicked from our homes because of our secret pass time. I am not in any way saying that people who call themselves "closet" bronies are wrong or disrespectful. I personally do not care for the term because I think it's an unfair comparison. Anyway, what do you guys think? Do you understand what I'm saying or am I just full of it? Let me know your opinions and as always keep it respectful. Cheers.
  18. Well, it has been a long time since I have made a thread. I have been inactive on this website for a few months now because of school, work, and life in general. With all of that said and done I would like to talk about something that really grinds my gears. That's gay. This a phrase that many a teenager has probably uttered at some point in their life and it really bothers me when they do. I'm sure a lot of us can agree, whether you're gay or straight, that this phrase is used in a very malicious way when it comes to teenagers. It's a put down, an insult, or an overall degrader. It would seem to me that many teenage guys are very insecure in their masculinity since they are the worst offenders when it comes to using this phrase. I never understood why we guys are so obsessed with trying to be masculine. That's why I had no trouble embracing a colourful show about ponies. I don't think that most realise what they are saying and how hurtful it can be. Although, I'm sure a lot of people use it because they don't care about hurting gay people. What do you guys think about this phrase and how it is used. Do you think it is hurtful? Or do you think it is acceptable? Let me know your thoughts and opinions and as always keep it respectful. Cheers.
  19. I hate it when some bronies act as if telling their friends that they like My Little Pony is anything like telling their friends that they are gay. I have come across numerous threads talking about "coming out" but it just ended up being someone asking how they can tell people that they like the show. I do understand that maybe it's weird and awkward, but please don't compare it to coming out of the closet. Being in the closet and coming out of the closet is far more difficult than telling your parents that you like a cartoon that wasn't intended for your age. My Little Pony is a cartoon that will eventually go off the air, your sexuality is who you are and it doesn't change. It's just a bit strange to me how people can think that these two things are remotely similar. They're not. Cheers.
  20. When I was in primary school my hair was really red. Then as the years went on it began to turn into this strawberry blond kind of colour. Sometimes in the summer it even goes completely blond. My eyes have always been blue though.
  21. Here is my OC. I hope you have room for him in the wallpaper. I'm sure when the whole thing is done that it will look fantastic. Cheers.
  22. If you think about it logically, everyone is a nerd. Jocks are sports nerds, gamers are video game nerds, musicians are band geeks, and so on. However, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being a nerd or a geek if anything it makes you a more interesting person. Think about it, nerds are the kind of people that write these stories that entertain thousands of people. They are the kind of people that create forums like this so that nerds alike can flock to this website and share our common interests with each other. Finally, nerds are the same kind of people that create video games, social networking, and the technology that we use. If you ask me I would rather be weird than normal, because normal just isn't exciting enough.
  23. When I was around 7 we would go to my friends pool at his house. If you have a pool in your backyard you might have a vacuum machine on the bottom of the pool called a barracuda. It was a long tube connected to what looked like a saw blade and it was used to clean the bottom of the pool. As a small kid that thing scared the crap out of me and even today I still feel uneasy about those machines. Also, I find it very hard to eat cupcakes after reading the fanfic Cupcakes. I remember this one time I was at youth group and my friend was standing there. I walked over to him, and I noticed that he was eating a rainbow coloured cupcake. My eyes were suddenly drawn to it, and I stared at it for quite some time. My friend thought that I wanted the cupcake, but I told him that was the last thing that I wanted. He asked me why, and I told him it was a long story so we just moved on. I never liked cupcakes that much anyway.