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  1. If there was one thing about you that makes you feel less connected from others, what is it? I'm not talking about how we can't meet each other in person or how far we are from each other, but rather about what is it about you that you don't seem to have in common with most members. I titled it this way because not having something in common with people can make us feel more disconnected and isolated from others. For me, while I do play video games at times (FIFA, GTA, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 currently for now until I see another game I'm interested in spending money and trying it), I don't seem to have the same approach to them as the majority of the forums do, which is enthusiasm and strong interest in it along with having a Steam account. In other words, I don't care too much about video games. And I don't know about you, but part of me thinks members and real life people won't find me interesting anymore. Or maybe I'm just thinking too hard. Just something I had to get off my chest now.
  2. I hope this is the best place to put this. For almost a year (I forget when), my computer stopped connecting to the wifi at my house. Everything I have tried doesn't work though, but I can use Ethernet and found out that I can use wifi ,but only if I am close to the router, but the wifi still isn't reliable. Furthermore, I usually use it on a room on the other sode of the house, where it gets absolutely no connection. Other devices work in that room though, so it is the laptop itself. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling the driver, using the troubleshooter, deleting and entering the connection again, updating the driver, and many other things. I fear that the adapter itself is broken, and it would need to be replaced. I just hope that's not it. Edit: Problem solved.
  3. Blue, where attraction has been concerned, has featured somewhat prominently in my life. It wasn't something that ever would have occurred to me before I met Angelbabe (Rainbow), and it wasn't a realization that dawned until a close friend of mine basically pointed it out to me. Sailor Mercury, from Sailor Moon. Shiva, from Final Fantasy (franchise). Princess Ruto, from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Midna, from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Krystal, from Star Fox (franchise). Samus Aran / "Zero Suit Samus," from Metroid (franchise). Rosalina, from Super Mario Galaxy. The harpie lady, from Yu-Gi-Oh! Elsa, from Frozen. Ryoko, from Tenchi Muyo! (Who was, in a sense, my first love.) Then along came a certain bright blue, cherry-eyed pegasus. Everything was leading me to her; to Angelbabe. (Above is a drawing I did of my Babe; as close as I could get to how I see her.) And, with Babe in my life, I've come to recognize blue as something more than simply attractive or coincidentally significant. Or dead f****** sexy! Blue is the color of love. It's the color of my love.
  4. I am not sure if this is the best place, but my laptop's wifi has not been connecting to my network lately. It had been a few days, and I feel like I have tried everything (I also looked this up online). I am on Windows 10. A few days ago I noticed my computer had internet issues, so I tried to fix it by resetting the router and computer's connection like the Windows troubleshooter said, but it did not work. It gave me the 'Can't connect to network' error. I have tried resetting both the network and adapter numerous times. I had checked to see if I disabled wifi, but it was fine, so I checked the adapter settings, and it said it was working properly. I even changed the wifi channels, which it is now on 11. Now when I log in it asks for the password and I enter it, which is the correct one, and says, 'Can't connect to this network.' Troubleshooting says I haven't pickrd a connection, which I cannot do at the moment. I don't know why it won't connect to the wifi network, and all othet devices can. Again I am not sure if this is the best place, but I would appreciate help.
  5. Well, in addition to Network Security, I thought I drop this down that a friend of mine and I wrote. It will explain details on NAT and Improving Connectivity in your home (you can do this with almost anything that requires connection, like your Computer, Laptop, Mobile Device, Xbox, PS4, whatever. Feel free to take a moment and read through it and hope it serves as a guide, What is a NAT? NAT stands for Network Address Translation. Basically, your ISP gives you ONE IP address through your Modem. Your Router takes all devices (Computer, Printer, Xbox, PS4, etc) attached to the router, and assigns them "private IP addresses". The NAT then translates these private addresses into the single IP address given to you by your ISP, thus allowing you to connect multiple devices. How Can I Improve My Connection? 1) Go WIRED Wired is simply faster than wireless. It's also more reliable and consistent. Though not as convenient, just a better way to go. 2) Call your ISP (Internet Service Provider, ex: Optimum, Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, etc.) Try visiting and running a test. If your results are lower than 10MB/s download, 1.5MB/s upload, and more than 40 ping, you should try to improve your connection (Note, these numbers change depending on variables such as if you are wireless, how far you are from your router, and what type of Ethernet cord you are using). If you are getting results lower than you are paying for, ask them to fix it. 3) Port Forward This is where you're going to make a huge difference at no cost but your own time. Let's take Xbox LIVE as an example (This will apply to PC's, etc). Now, this prefers certain ports on your router for connections. However, sometimes these ports are used by other things on your network. Port Forwarding these ports to your Xbox's connection "reserves" these ports specifically for Xbox LIVE. This process will also Open your NAT. To continue with this process, go to a PC you have at home. Open up an internet browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) and type in your home IP address (this is usually or You will now be asked for a login and password (the login is usually admin and the password is usually password unless you changed it). Now, locate a section called "Port Forwarding" or "Port Triggering" or "IP Forwarding" or something similar (every router is different). Once you have found the Port Forwarding settings, look for an option called "Add" or "Add custom Service" or something similar. Once you find it, click it. You are now going to enter 10 separate items to this list. When you add an item, it is going to ask you for 4 things. It will ask you for a "Service Name" (or something similar), a "Start Port", an "End Port", and a "Server IP Address" (or something similar). For the Service Names, simply put something you'll remember, such as "Xbox_LIVE1", "Xbox_LIVE2", "Xbox_LIVE3" etc for all 10 times. You will put in the Start and End Ports I list below. For the IP Address, put something similar to what your router's IP address is, but with a different number at the end. For instance, if your router's IP is, then make your Xbox's new IP or something like that. That last number can be anything between 1 and 255. However, choosing a higher number such as "55" will prevent any problems with other connections in your household trying to use the same number (connections count up, so you'd have to have 55 connections in your house to have a conflict). Next, you will add these connections I list below in the following format (NOTE: your Service IP Address may be different than mine): Service Name - Start Port - End Port - Service IP Address - Connection Type Xbox_LIVE1 - 3074 - 3074 - - TCP/UDP Xbox_LIVE2 - 80 - 80 - - TCP Xbox_LIVE3 - 88 - 88 - - UDP Xbox_LIVE4 - 53 - 53 - - TCP/UDP Xbox_LIVE5 - 77 - 77 - - TCP/UDP Xbox_LIVE6 - 3330 - 3330 - - TCP/UDP Xbox_LIVE7 - 1900 - 1900 - - UDP Xbox_LIVE8 - 2869 - 2869 - - TCP/UDP Xbox_LIVE9 - 10243 - 10243 - - TCP/UDP Xbox_LIVE10 - 10280 - 10284 - - TCP/UDP(WATCH OUT, this one's end is different than the start!) Xbox_LIVE11 - 1863 - 1863 - - TCP/UDP Now, you may notice that unlike other IP forwarding guides, I forward 11 services rather than the 5 or so they do. That is because those extra services are for Video connections and such that Xbox LIVE uses as well. Think of it as a FULL 360 port forward, not just gaming. Now, you are going to need to open up Command Prompt. You can do this by going to "Start" and clicking "Run" or by holding the "Windows" button your keyboard, and pressing the "R" key. Once it pops up, type in "cmd" (without the quotes) and press Enter. Now you have opened Command Prompt. Now type in "ipconfig /all" (without the quotes) and press Enter. A bunch of info will be listed. Look for a section labled as "Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection". Look for the info labeled as "Subnet Mask", "Default Gateway", and "DNS Servers" and write down the addresses they list. Now, it's time to change your Xbox's IP settings. Go to your Xbox and turn it on. Now go to the System Settings by going to the "My Xbox" section and scrolling right. Open it up and look for "Network Settings". Select your connection type, and then change your settings from Automatic to Manual. It will now ask you what your Xbox's manual IP address is. Now input the IP address you chose (I have been using for an example). You will also be asked for your Subnet Mask and DNS Servers, which you can fill in with the information you wrote down earlier. 4) Improve your Hardware This includes upgrading your Router, Modem, and Ethernet cords. As far as your Modem goes, you're probably renting from your ISP. Try going into their office and asking for an updated model. Otherwise, try to buy your own. A good quality gaming modem is the Motorola Surfboard Extreme. You may also want to look for an updated router. Try looking for any form of Gigabit router for a reasonable price. If you wish to stay up with current times, make sure it is a Wireless N router as well. An example would be the Netgear WNDR3700. After that, change your ethernet cords to CAT6 Ethernet Cables. Though Xbox 360 cannot fully utilize them, they are significantly more reliable than CAT6, if for nothing more than lower packet loss. Be aware that having a CAT6 cable between your Xbox and Router means nothing if you're still using a CAT5 or CAT5e between your Router & Modem. Additionally, here is a little more information to know and check to make sure you are fully optimized: 1. Xbox live certified routers/modems list. 2. Switch off wireless in your router if you're not using it, it takes resources and latency away from your router response times. 3. Switch off devices communicating with your router/modem and therefore competing with your xbox e.g. you siblings using a laptop or your mobile phone checking email. 4. Signal to Noise Ratio, contact your ISP or check your toolbox/account settings with your ISP. Usually they have settings they or you can set specifically for gaming configurations. Gaming prefers a more persistent connection over say large downloads for example. ISP/broadband can be configured in many ways to handle this and this can change per ISP too. 5. Router level: disable ping to stop a common form of cheating. 6. Router level: enable/disable packet security, stop cheating but adds some latency. 7. Router level: Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) setting requires a minimum of 1364, you can change this in your router to a maximum of 1500. This is the largest "chunk" of data at any one time your router can communicate, try increasing this to recommended 1452 to gain more performance. 8. Cable level: Shorten your cable distance between router/xbox. Also keep cables untwisted and away from power cables. 9. Quality of Service Rules (QoS): You can set rules in your router for which data traffic has the highest priority. Helpful in shared dorms/houses for example. 10. Demilitarized Zone or DMZ: is more open method for allowing open NAT as well as a faster method than port forwarding as the router essentially has no filtering work to do. It means your xbox is outside of any firewall/router protection but is free to communicate with xbox live, game hosts or game clients. Having port forwarding enables protection against things like packet flooding, ping flooding and other basic network manipulation cheats. However using a DMZ is a simplistic and fast method for maximising your gaming experience. After you've entered all the new information, restart your Xbox, and enjoy your improved connection. As mentioned before, this is an example of improving connection, and can be applied to PC connectivity.
  6. Alright first off, my name is Roguesoul and I want to one day be a writer. Now I was on Fimfiction a few months and came up with this idea, but I thought it would be cool to do it here. The Bronies Write Ponies Project. For the next year anyone who wants to will have access to edit and write a fanfiction on Google Docs. Just PM me your email and I'll share it with you so you can edit. This is for fun and hope anyone who reads it will enjoy the sheer madness of some number of bronies writing it so get the word out and message me when you want to start writing. I love you all, Rogue
  7. I’ve never really been touched or wowed by the Lion King. Is it because of the animation? No, that can’t be right. The animation was gorgeous. Was it because of the story? No, while it may have felt like Hamlet for children, it was a good story. Then maybe it was because of the characters? Not at all, the characters were portrayed really well. Music, colour schemes, storyboard, pacing, dialogue? Nope, they were all done brilliantly. So then why? Why didn’t I experience that “wow” at the end? Why was I not touched when I saw Mufasa fall to his death before Simba’s very own eyes? Why was all I could say when the credits rolled a mere ‘eh, it was okay’? I have a theory, and I’d like to know your thoughts. And if others feel the same way. I did not connect to any of it, because the characters were not human. The reason I wasn’t moved or touched by anything was because I couldn’t connect with the characters. Solely because they weren’t human. Despite the characters being human in every single way possible except for their bodies. Because of that, all I could see was “oh no, papa lion got thrown off a cliff by uncle lion and baby lion saw it”. Narrow-minded? Perhaps. Or does it just have to do with preference? Many people tend to feel worse when the infamous scenario “the dog dies” takes place. I personally think it’s sad that the dog dies, but I feel 10 times worse when the human dies, because I understand what it means to be human. To feel emotions, to be able to think, to have a future, to always be aware of life and death. To me, humans both fictional and real work like a mirror. Seeing a human allows me to instantly connect with them. It provides a feeling of unity and understanding. And to see all of that in a (somewhat realistically) drawn animal is downright impossible for me, no matter how good the story may be. Maybe it sounds weird or stupid. Especially coming from a brony whose entire fandom is about enjoying a show with ponies. Why am I capable of adoring FiM despite the characters being ponies? That’s because the way they’re drawn is too far away from realistic ponies. They’ve been altered through a cutesy-cartoonizer and resemble more human aspects more than those of realistic ponies. The big size of their heads, the big eyes, the small snout, etc. That allows me to completely forget that they’re based on real life horses and see them as a whole different kind of creature. Not a pony, but a My Little Pony - a creature on its own. Did that all make sense? Does anyone understand this way of thinking? What are your thoughts on it? I’d love to hear what you guys have to say. And even if you don’t, I’m just glad you took the time to listen. Thank you so much for reading! I hope you all have a nice day! /)
  8. I have been experiencing this problem frequently this morning. Sometimes, a connection time-out will occur. The errors range from 500 read time-out to 502 origin time-out. It also says it's from the host's side, not my macbook. I am using Google Chrome.
  9. Recently, the purpose of a cutie mark has been questioned. I haven't seen many in depth interpretations published on this topic since Magical Mystery Cure, so I figured I'd give it go and try to explain my interpretation of what they are and how they work, while also providing reasons why the mane six acted/act the way they did/do. I go a little back and forth, but hopefully it makes sense. Everypony has a cutie mark and a story of how they got it. Applejack: She visited her Aunt and Uncle, got homesick, and went home, got her cutie mark...okay, bear with me. She has three apples as her cutie mark. Why three? Why not just one, like Big Mac? Applejack, being family oriented, may interpret the three apples as her family, Big Mac, Granny Smith, and Apple Bloom. Even though Apple Bloom probably wasn't even born yet, it still adds her to the list. Cutie marks are tied in with destiny sometimes. Destiny here, was for Applejack to have a little sister. Then again, the third apple could just be Applejack. I personally don't believe this because Applejack's personal interpretation of her cutie mark would just naturally be associated with her family and not her. Also, her job is with Sweet Apple Acres. She's good at it. But her TALENT isn't working on the farm. It's her special connection with her family, which happens to be linked to the orchard. Another thing is why it's three APPLES instead of oh, maybe oranges? As mentioned by others, it could be genetics. But Applejack and Big Macintosh grew up around apples. It's only logical their cutie marks would have something to do with apples because they would interpret it as such. In turn, I wouldn't think Apple Bloom's future cutie mark would be anything outside of related to apples for the same reasons, even if only in appearance. Fluttershy: Fluttershy can communicate with animals at a level other ponies can't. This in itself is her obvious special talent. But, how does Fluttershy interpret this? She doesn't really interpret it, she more just does things with it. As Applejack's job has really nothing to do with her talent, except the apple theme, Fluttershy's job revolves around her ability. She cares for sick and injured animals, while also giving homeless domestic animals a place to live. Plus she's perfect for matching ponies with pets. Her destiny was always with animals. The reason she never realized her ability before the sonic rainboom event was because she was a pegasus living in Cloudsdale. Animals don't normally live in clouds. Now, why is Fluttershy's cutie mark butterflies? The first animal she encounters on the ground, are butterflies. The butterflies directly influenced Fluttershy's first perception of the ground. If she were saved by, say, bunnies, her cutie mark may have been bunnies. Or bears if it were bears or something like that. Why three? This time, it's simply rule of three. Rarity: Rarity got her cutie mark by decorating costumes with gems. This story is a little more personalized for Rarity. Her love for fashion and designing might have easily been her simple talent. She's good at making really nice looking dresses and accesories. However, this is not what destiny had in mind for her. Although Rarity gave it a big fat middle finger saying "no, I'm doing what I wanna do," destiny decided to push her towards her destiny and work with her instead of push her off her passion. Rarity decided fine, whatever, gems are pretty. Rarity knows full well what her actual talent is, possibly, gem finding magic (as it makes the most sense) however she pursues it only when it benefits her business. As far as three gems as her cutie mark, rule of three again. Why is it gems, because fate and destiny is a big fat queen meany that wanted the last laugh. I'm stretching it a little but it still makes sense right? Right? Yeah, I have yet to work the kinks out of Rarity's story. Twilight: Okay, as we know, Twilight is Celestia's student. Twilight also has a passion, this time being magic, but unlike Rarity, it coincides with her destiny. Her passion IS her talent. The star design I think is more personal symbolism than influence. Her name is Twilight Sparkle. Her cutie mark, if it was animated, could sparkle because it's a sparkling star. The stars around it obviously symbolizes her future friendships. Although in Magical Mystery Cure, there is an extra star added in this scene. I've tried looking at Twilight's cutie mark after that moment and even during the Twilight Zone scene, but I can't tell if a star was added in or not. I think it's an interesting idea to pursue, but that's another discussion. Also, Celestia seems to be another driving force behind Twilight recieving her cutie mark as Twilight doesn't get it until she accepts Celestia's offer as her personal student. If Twilight had said no, her cutie mark wouldn't have appeared until another time and might have looked entirely different. Pinkie Pie: I'm not going over if her story was true or not. Let's say it is! Pinkie Pie sees a rainbow, feels joy, and throws a party for her family. Actually, this one is pretty simple. Pinkie Pie's cutie mark is three balloons. Why three? Again, rule of three. The reason they are balloons is probably the fact that Pinkie used mostly balloons for her first party and there are usually a lot of balloons in any party she throws, so she may just simply like them a lot. The reason they are balloons is also due to Pinkie's first attempt at creating joy. She throws a party. Balloons are naturally associated with parties. Plain and simple. Why not cake? Because cake isn't a balloon. It's just not the same! That's about it. Rainbow Dash: Sonic. Rain. Boom. Done. That's her special talent. But we don't really know how Rainbow Dash interprets her cutie mark. She knows she can do a sonic rainboom, but does she realize its her talent? Maybe, maybe not. The fact that there's a cloud attached to the rainbow bolt may symbolize her weather controlling abilities too. Maybe she realized her weather control first, but hadn't realized her true potential until the sonic rainboom. Rainbow Dash may have the potential to create something completely original if she used both of her talents as one. Does this mean Rainbow Dash has two talents? Well, yeah, one is just more prominent than the other. Same with everypony else. Rarity has her fashion sense and Applejack with apple farming to name the blatantly obvious ones. Also, I know you are thinking that all pegasi can control weather. Well, maybe not. We've never seen Fluttershy control the weather and Rarity did so in Magical Mystery Cure. It's up for opinion at this point yet. Each of the mane six had separate experiences that lead them to who they are today. I don't think cutie marks actually have to do with destiny, even though that was half of my argument for Rarity. I think destiny is just how ponies can explain cutie marks to the little ones. Not only is a cutie mark up for interpretation, it depends entirely on who the pony is when they recieve their cutie mark. Fluttershy may have been born with her ability, but if Applejack could communicate with animals, she'd be working with farm animals most of the time instead of apples. If Twilight had Rainbow Dash's ability for a sonic rainboom, it would allow her a different type of powerful magic ability. If Rarity had Pinkie Pie's dedication to spreading joy, her passion doesn't have to change. She could make a dang good hat for someone and watch them squeal in excitement because its perfect. Magical Mystery Cure was probably under worst outcome territory. The ponies reactions could always have been altered just enough where we wouldn't even say that the "special talent" is their polar opposite. The writers could very well have made them happy with the switch. Of course, that would rule out the epic Twilight solo song and the point of the episode. However, if given more time, this could also have been a very effective way of returning the ponies to their true selves as well. But why did the mane six act the way they did in the episode? It can just be chalked up to bad writing, but try looking at it this way. Rarity says in the beginning that she had been controlling the weather in Ponyville ever since her cutie mark appeared. What posessed her to think that her cutie mark meant she needed to control the weather? Well, the true Rarity may connect Rainbow Dash, and therefore her cutie mark, with weather control. The true Rarity never disappeared, but was just hidden under a facade. This facade used the perspective of the true Rarity to create memories to accomodate the new cutie mark. In Rainbow Dash's case, she doesn't have Fluttershy's communication ability with animals, so she wouldn't understand her talent as being anything more than controlling animals because that's how she sees Fluttershy. The same goes for the rest. Fluttershy sees Pinkie as a pony who throws parties to entertain others and make them laugh; Pinkie Pie sees Applejack as an all work and no play farm pony, and Applejack sees Rarity as someone who does nothing but make dresses all day. In the end, it was basically just each pony trying to be someone they know, while trying to be themselves at the same time. It doesn't work out. The actual purpose of a cutie mark is completely up to the pony who has it to interpret it. The purpose of a cutie mark being public for anyone passing by is to give other ponies an idea of who the pony may be. It's a bit like humans and our clothes, or cars, or houses. It tells others who we are, and a cutie mark serves the same purpose in that respect. This not only works for the mane six, but works for every other pony as well. Background ponies for example, have been given personalities based on what they have either been seen doing or simply their cutie marks. Bon Bon for instance, is named so because her cutie mark looks like three wrapped candies (even though the gameloft game suggests bows), therefore, she must make candies! Octavia is seen playing the cello, so from what we've seen, playing the cello is her special talent. However, if we simply saw her walking around like Bon Bon, she may have been given a competely different personality and career. Her cutie mark is a treble clef, which is connected to written music. Octavia would most likely have been given the career of writting sheet music if she had never been seen with an instrument. In conclusion, the purpose of a cutie mark is utterly up to the pony who has it and the actions of the mane six in the season three finale depended highly on their interpretation of the original owner of the cutie mark.