Hasbro's Damage ControlYup, this is my journal entry on the season finale of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic.Hasbro's Damage Control1 year ago in Personal More Like This
In the interests of avoiding spoilers or perhaps having your feelings hurt (as I am not entirely positive in my appraisal of this episode) please do not read further if you'd prefer not to.
I've seen a LOT of positive reviews, enjoyment, and happiness this episode inspired and I do not begrudge that for anyone. I'm a critic by nature so I'm bound to be critical, but I love the show still and even if I get uppity I did think this episode was fun in many ways. Please keep enjoying
Now in the past MLP grabbed me by how it broke the mold.
The general rule of thumb for animated marketing ploys is be as safe as possible, and out of the gate this new reiteration of MLP under the helm of Lauren Faust did some extremely daring things. For one thing the main character was not a happy-go-lucky individual: she was closeted, irritable know-it-all with marked disdain for others. In other words she seemed out
Political Journal: Anti-Bullying BulliesWARNING: Political opinions and positions lie herein! I'm just hoping to stimulate conversations if I can though.Political Journal: Anti-Bullying Bullies2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I do not honestly begin this with the intention of telling people what to think or state emphatically that my positions are unassailable. All I want to do is make mention of my understanding and support that with evidence.
If I veer from the rails correct me and I'll attempt to readjust.
If you dispute any points too, PLEASE state them below!
I want to talk about it.
Just to make it clear though, some of these positions will be objective.
Dan Savage (the man who shares the unfortunate distinction of being the chief editor of a local Seattle publication called The Stranger) recently gave a speech at a high school as part of his anti-gay-bullying series It Gets Better. In addition to encouraging homosexuals on their lifestyles he made a point of calling out what he saw as Christian hypocrisy...or to put it in his own words 'Bullshit'.
To paraphrase, he brought up the point th
Am I Racist?Before anything, I would like to clarify: I'm Scandinavian; born with blue eyes, blond hair and light skin. Not that pretty, but relatively tall, just the type Hitler would have liked. I was raised in a lovely neighbourhood with the unfortunate tag 'ghetto' (no, not 'American ghetto', nor the ghetto type from WWII), where about 40% of the people I met on a daily basis were either from other countries or children of those – mostly from central Europe to the Middle East, but we also have quite many Vietnamese. It has never bothered me; thanks to that place and those people, that exact upbringing by my parents who welcomed any child I brought home into our house, I have never once thought of another person to be less than me based on skin color or nationality. The only ones I truly have problems with are religious and/or political fanatics who shove their beliefs down my throat, or the 'ungrateful type' (more about that later), but in general I respect and accept everyone who respecAm I Racist?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Pro choice, my arseA short list of "choices" liberals disapprove of:Pro choice, my arse7 months ago in Personal More Like This
Owning a firearm, particularly a semiautomatic or fully automatic.Going to or assisting a pregnancy centerRefusing to give money to fund birth control that goes to more than just women who get sick on their periodProtesting abortion http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pro-life-youth-arrested-outside-school-and-held-in-jail-for-24-hoursUsing a cross or star of David where it's applicableHomeschooling your childrenRefusing to endorse, or otherwise get involved in a gay marriage, even if you're willing to refer the couple to someone who is.
Teaching children to abstain until marriage, or otherwise promoting a traditional lifestyleOpting out of ObamacareRefusing to pay income tax even though the 16th amendment has no good reason to existGoing to a therapist to change your sexual orientation or gender identity http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/07/30/sexual-reorientation-therapy-not-unethical-column/2601159/ http://www.frontpagemag.com/
How Not to Make Dark AdaptationsCasebook example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9246msCh7x4&feature=g-all-uHow Not to Make Dark Adaptations2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
Sort of screams out 'We came up with the title first' doesn't it?
YES. This movie hasn't been released and good movies can come from bad trailers but my problems with this particular attempt at a 'dark' adaptation are so indicative of my difficulties with Hollywood's fumbling efforts to capture some kind of gothic/modern aesthetic that this trailer is practically a living example of everything these guys consistently get wrong.
Am I annoyed by the concept alone? Not really. Adapting a classic and iconic story in a new way is a great way to tackle universal themes without the needless complexity of backstory and exposition. Nolan's Batman trilogy (you knew I'd mention it) displayed how a comic book character can be used as a springboard for moral, political, character based stories.
Am I annoyed that it's an action movie? Not really either. I thought Expendables was a serviceabl
God Bless America: Ugly and BrainlessANGRY MOVIE RANT INBOUNDGod Bless America: Ugly and Brainless2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Bobcat Goldthwait is only marginally (and undeservedly even then) famous for passing off his own complaints about humanity as art movies with such films as Shakes the Clown introducing the novel concept of a movie about a foul-mouthed, alcoholic birthday clown who bounces around groups of other sneering entertainers. It will surprise no one that this movie is a 'parody' of Goldthwait's own experiences as a stand up entertainer so even in the beginning he was creating effigies of his enemies to destroy them with his violent, profanity laced movies.
His recent film God Bless America has fallen beneath the collective radar, at least I hope so, but I'm bringing it up here because it's insulting on every level imaginable. If the movie had simply been insulting to a political party then it would have been irritating and not much else. I'm frankly used to almost every film released nowadays making some kind of unsubtle political jab at the same opponents over and over
Stop Dumbing Down Movie Trailers!A lot of people seem to believe that all Americans want to see in movies is violence, explosions, and sex. Seeing as a lot of Americans believe that's all Americans want to see you can't really blame other countries (or other Americans) on accepting this stereotype as without exception.Stop Dumbing Down Movie Trailers!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
But here's the thing...it's not true.
Americans that I know of, and this is supported by box office numbers, are looking for more.
Sure practically everyone across genders and nationalities enjoys a little high tension conflict be it verbal or physical because we like the escapism of romantic adventure and danger.
But if all we're looking for is blood, guts, and guns...why are movies doing so poorly?
Even financially successful movies are pulling in paltry sums compared to the juggernauts of yesteryear. The interest in cinema hasn't died but it's flickering, especially in America, no matter how many pretty actors are running around or how many bullets are flying.
Which leads me to the poster boy of this
Words That Shall Not Be SpokenI wonder why people tend to think that if something has a specific meaning in their society/culture/language, it has the same meaning everywhere, when it has already been proven over and over that this is not the case, far from.Words That Shall Not Be Spoken1 year ago in Personal More Like This
What I'm referring to here, is a recent discussion on LJ's ONTD-politics - in short, it's about how this person wants to reword old books, because words like 'neger' appear, and they fear children might turn racist from reading them, or something like that. As for that matter, censoring books (especially older books that hold a cultural importance - such as, but not limited to, Lindgren's Pippi) just because the language has changed and words might have gotten new meanings, I don't think that's right. Why should we change and ignore something that reflects part of our society's history, just because an 'outsider' with little to no knowledge or insight feels offended by mere word use? Should we abandon part of our culture and become overly political correct, by
Bring Back (Some) 80s/90s!The 80s and early 90s seem to have be for me like ancient Greece to the Romans:Bring Back (Some) 80s/90s!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
a mystic historical time perhaps that never existed but when art, culture, and life was better, more real and meaningful for all its faults.
I keep hearing people rag on these times, especially it's entertainment and I'm not blind. A lot of the 80s and 90s like any other time period was forgettable and trite nonsense made for a quick buck. But here's the thing to me.
Our modern nonsense is so very BORING.
In the 80s and early 90s the genre movies were things like Arena (man fights aliens in gladiatorial combat) Grimm (troll seeks to resurrect army with ancient ritual) The Lost Platoon (vampires from every period of American warfare team up), Steel Justice (a cop in the future avenges his kid's death with a time traveler and a fifty foot robotic dinosaur) and Abraxas (superior beings from the future, good and bad, struggle for the life of a child who knows The Anti-Life equation).
Nowadays our b-movies are A
Um...Who Are You Talking To?The world froze over a long time ago. So long ago that I can't remember the warmth of the sun. I heard stories growing up... How the planet grew hotter as our fuel was burned. How we made towers to work the weather. But the truth is... one day... it started to snow. And it never stopped.Um...Who Are You Talking To?3 weeks ago in Personal More Like This
- Narration from 'The Colony'
So many worlds. But connecting them all is Dust. Dust was here before the witches of the air, the Gyptians of the water, and the bears of the ice. In my world, scholars invented an alethiometer - a golden compass - and it showed them all that was hidden. But the ruling power, fearing any truth but their own, destroyed these devices and forbade the very mention of Dust. One compass remains, however, and only one who can read it.
-Narration from 'The Golden Compass'
Oh yes, I forget to tell you. The spice exists on only one planet in the entire Universe. A desolate, dry planet with vast deserts. Hidden away within the rocks of these deserts are a people known as the Fr
Bronies are PervertsThat's the opinion of that idiot who wrote the article Triumph of the Bronies: Hasbro Turning My Little Ponies Into Sexy Human Characters. Neigh.Bronies are Perverts1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Here's a bit or a background for those of you unfamiliar with bronies. My Little Pony (MLP) is a franchise centered around pony characters that has been around since the 80's. A few years ago, a new generation of MLP was created called "Friendship is Magic" (FIM). This new generation had become fairly popular among older audiences. The male segment of this older generation has been called "Bronies". Equestria Girls is a MLP movie which features the pony characters from FIM as human teenage girls. .
Now, there are parents who are concerned about Equestria Girls and Amanda Marcotte has decided to blame it on the Bronies (who's only crime is being interested in a show with female characters)
She basically spends the latter half of the article saying that Equestria Girls was do
Debating, what not to doWe covered the main meat of debating, this time, we're going to look at some common logical fallacies. These are tactics employed by the dogmatic and people who debate for the wrong reasons. Learn to spot them and make sure you don't commit them yourself for they offer nothing in expanding your understanding.Debating, what not to do2 years ago in Personal More Like This
"X is true but Y is exempt just because"
Special pleading is stating a principle or proposition and then making an exception to it for no reason. Statists are NOTORIOUS for this. Just about every single argument they make, they exempt the government from it and refuse to offer any explanation as to why no matter how much they are pressed.
Why is it wrong: If you can make an exception to a rule whenever you like without having to justify it, then it's not a rule in the first place. You're effectively saying "X is true except when it isn't" which proves nothing.
"Your claim is false because I call you
Why posting on the internet requires gutsI have often heard the phrase "don't like, don't comment". While this may work for a critic who criticizes fan art on the sole basis that he hates the work the fanart is based off of, It doesn't work for anything else.Why posting on the internet requires guts10 months ago in Personal More Like This
If your art can stand improvement, or if the nature of the art is political/religious/controversial, you cannot fall back on the "don't like, don't comment" excuse. Doing so reeks of said person not being able to take criticism, or not being able to stand listening to other people's opinion other than their own. A great example of this is Crusader Cat. He got banned from FA for threatening to sue the administrators. Why? He was upset about all the anti-christian art, and yet he himself was unwilling to remove his own bigoted fundamentalist tracts. On top of that, the admins had no legal obligation to do what Crusader Cat demanded. None.
Another way people try to shut down criticism is by ignoring "fair use" rules. Mea
Lessons in Nonviolence from Martin Luther King Jr.I could tell you what I think of MLKJ and his teachings of non-violence, but I'm no scholar, and I don't think there is anyone more suited to talking about Martin Luther King Jr.'s philosophy about non-violent activism then Martin Luther King Jr. himself:Lessons in Nonviolence from Martin Luther King Jr.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Nonviolence: The Only Road to Freedom
By Martin Luther King Jr.
Whole article here: http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/index.asp?document=1426
Selected quotes from the article:
"I am convinced that for practical as well as moral reasons, nonviolence offers the only road to freedom for my people. Violence as a strategy for social change in America is nonexistent. All the sound and fury seems but the posturing of cowards whose bold talk produces no action and signifies nothing."
"It is always amusing to me when a Negro man says that he can't demonstrate with us because if someone hit him he would fight back. Here is a man whose children are being plagued by rats and roaches, whose wife is robbed daily at overpriced ghetto
Have a Were-y Merry Christmas!This one goes out to all weres, therians, otherkin, furrs and draconics...! And a few aliens... and, uhm, yeah, that guy at the end there.Have a Were-y Merry Christmas!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I tried to find a furry vid for this, but, strange possibilites arose (obama? seriously?)
For the vid/audio link, I choose Bob Hope's Christmas with the Troops (one of many, anyway!)
Have a Were-y Merry Christmas
Let's have a very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year (a happy new year)
Give with love and joy and happiness
And lots of good cheer
I want you to have
A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year ( a happy new year)
Filled with love and joy and happiness
And lots of good cheers
Just hear those sleigh bells jing-a-ling
It's lovely weather for a sleigh ride toget
The original purpose of insuranceThe original purpose of insurance was to cover you in an EMERGENCY, when paying it without insurance would be too costly.The original purpose of insurance8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Nowadays, it's to cover you for more and more mundane things. Like a periodical doctor's visit or prescription.
Isn't groceries a necessity for life? Do we need insurance for that?
Imagine buying insurance for some cheap over the counter cough syrup. Also imagine how doing so would make things more costly than they needed to be!
Insurance isn't insurance anymore! It's poorly disguised socialism these days! You're forced to buy specific policies you don't need, and you are forced to pay for things you don't believe in, like birth control!
Instead of demanding more things for insurance to cover, one should demand for insurance to be optional! Insurance is a luxury, not a necessity.
And feminists wonder why civilized human beings insist that they pay for their own birth control. The same way we all pay for our own over the coun
Yet another reason to homeschool your kidhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?featurelayer_embedded&v=tfkscHt96R0Yet another reason to homeschool your kid1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Because most parents are sure as hell more willing, more able, and more likely to do what's best for their kids than some poor excuse for a human being who calls himself/herself a teacher! Who likely has his/her ass covered by the teacher's unions, no matter how abusive or incompetent they are.
Top 10 Best Adventure Time EpisodesYou know how every time there's a new episode of Adventure Time with Flame Princess I review it just so I can call the writers out on how terribly executed the character is? Well, I was going to do that again with "Ignition Point" until I realized I had nothing new to say. Same old critiques. Then I realized that even though I call Adventure Time one of my favorite shows on television, I only talk about it when it gives me something to complain about. That's just stupid. So today, I am here to tell you why Adventure Time is so great.Top 10 Best Adventure Time Episodes2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Adventure Time thrives on its harmony between two opposite tones: silly and serious. The show is as colorful as a child's artwork, and the concept of the show itself sounds quite upbeat: a boy and his dog go on wacky adventures to vanquish evil. However, the show gives itself the task of explaining the source of its "silly" adventures and what each event means to the characters involved. An episode about a jiggly baby doubles as an exploration of the impac
Can you spot the fundamentalist?As an atheist and as an anarchist, I'm often accused of being religious and a fundamentalist in my beliefs, typically by desperate people who can't offer any real arguments to the table. I typically ignore such wild accusations but this time, I'm going to do a point by point comparison and let you conclude as you will.Can you spot the fundamentalist?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Theists like to argue that without a central authority known as god, all humanity would descend into chaos and barbarism, ignoring the fact that those who enforce this authority are themselves human and thus begging the question of what authority keeps them in line.
"Everyone would murder each other without a god!! What? me? Oh no I'm fine. It's just those other guys."
Likewise, statists like to argue that without a central authority known as government, all humanity would descend into barbarism, ignoring the fact that those who enforce the law are themselves human and thus begging the question of what authority keep
INTERNET BLACKOUT??!?!?!?!?I received several journals today about an internet blackout coming up..TOMORROW.INTERNET BLACKOUT??!?!?!?!?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Why this is important?
It is first off important to remember that one of the reasons I am sharing this on deviantART is dA is one of the websites that SOPA could seriously hurt. As is YouTube. Facebook. Wikipedia. Basically, you name it...
Then there is also the why the hell does logging in do anything?
Well quite simply, it shows your support in stopping SOPA. One person does it, no one notices. But if millions upon millions do it, it is noticed both online by websites, as well as in Congress, and then worldwide. With websites like Wikipedia, who get 25 million hits a day, this is a pretty big deal.
As a protest of #SOPA and #PIPA (The Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act) two pieces of legislation that are up for debate once again on January 18, 2012, I will be blacked out from all my websites, deviantART included. What does this mean?
"On January 18, between 8am and 8pm EST (or
MSNBC Slanders Ron Paul, Badly Misquotes HimSince the mainstream media can no longer ignore Ron Paul (what with him leading the polls in Iowa), they have no other option but to marginalize him. Fox News did it. CNN did it. And now, MSNBC has done it:MSNBC Slanders Ron Paul, Badly Misquotes Him3 years ago in Personal More Like This
VIDEO: MSNBC Slanders Ron Paul, Badly Misquotes Him From Earlier CNN Interview About Jim Crow Laws
Only in the world of Moonbats Spewing Nothing But Crap
Political Journal: Are You a Fascist?Sorry, I've gotten into a lot of conversations that seem to revolve around either casually referring to someone or a movement or an idea as 'fascist' as well as people with equal offhandedness saying that some beliefs, positions, and platforms are so incorrect they deserve censorship, ridicule, and even violence levied against them.Political Journal: Are You a Fascist?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The title of this journal may seem extreme, insulting, or simply imprudent but I'll try to show why the question may be a legitimate one if you're interested in reading further.
First off, what is a fascist? I wonder if you truly know, and if you think you do I'm a little worried. Fascist is one of a handful of words in the English language which literally has no definite definition. Books are written about the subject and one book will usually conflict with the others on what constitutes fascism, what are it's ideals, and what political systems fall under its label.
Here's another thing that might startle you: fascism is NOT equal to Nazism.
This is a comm
Did you Know? - Submit a Group JournalSubmit a Group Journal via a GroupDid you Know? - Submit a Group Journal6 months ago in Art Features More Like This
The usual way to submit a journal to a group is via the groups platform.
Therefor go to your group and click at the "Journal" tab, to get to the journals page. There you can find the "+ New Blog Entry" button at the top left .
If you click that you will get an empty form for your new journal entry. From there you can write down all the latest information, can choose the category it should be added to and can add a skin (Super Group status is required for that).
Once you have added all needed information, codes and did fill out the form correctly, you can now submit your journal.
Journals submitted via a group can not be added to the journal section of other groups. Only to their galleries.
Submit a Group Journal via Sta.sh
Go to Sta.sh and prepare the journal you want to submit. Write down all information and maybe add a