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Web Crush Wednesdays: OC Survey

Survey collection regarding OCs? Why did I not know of this thing before! Also, love the trend being presented here and hope to see it continue.

Lady Geek Girl and Friends

Way back in the day (okay, so it was when I was in high school) I decided to pick up statistics for my math class. While it was challenging, I completely fell in love with the idea of being able to discern trends in data and extrapolating them for a larger purpose. Though since my times at college I’ve fallen out of love with the study itself, my love for percentages and trends lives on almost as strongly as my love for astrology—if you follow my Tumblr, you know that’s a lot. What better way to re-experience this love than through other people’s original characters (OCs)?

web crush wednesdaysI don’t know about other people, but I know that over the years my fan characters have managed to build a life of their own and turn into their own, multi-universe original characters. And, as I said, while I can’t be completely certain…

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The Very Model of a Good Utilitarian

The Very Model of a Good Utilitarian.

Just a fun thing I found regarding utilitarianism.

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In Somepony’s Shadow

It’s been several months since the Alicorn Amulet incident, and so much has changed for the Great and Powerful Trixie. Her reputation damaged once again, she continues on with her magic act, determined to try and turn over a new leaf. But with Twilight Sparkle, The Great and Powerful Trixie’s rival in magic, now a new alicorn princess, Trixie finds old emotions of jealousy and envy creeping up. Nightmares and sleepless nights ensue, drawing forth the attention of Princess Luna. Understanding of the showmare’s feelings, and reminding her of her own past, the Princess decides to intervene. What follows may change both of their lives forever.

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100 Subscriber Special: Questions and Answers

So I finally hit 100 subscribers a little while back and finally was able to answer a couple questions you all asked me.
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My FimFiction: http://www.fimfiction.net/user/Whammy
Lunaverse: http://www.fimfiction.net/group/760/the-lunaverse
Them!: http://www.fimfiction.net/story/119865/them

Pragmatism: http://www.iep.utm.edu/pragmati/

The Fun Has Been Doubled: http://funhasbeendoubled.proboards.com/

We’re Kind of Magical: http://kindofmagical.proboards.com/

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March 23, 2014 · 2:30 pm

Mysterious Mr. Enter: Filli Vanilli

Know what, I don’t need to do my own episode reaction ramble this time around. Because Mr. Enter right here basically did it for me. So want to know what I think about Filli Vanilli? Basically just watch this.

Like, literally, the only thing I’d add to this would be a discussion about Fluttershy’s anxiety issues. That’s it, so I might do that later. But for the meat of the issue here, Pinkie Pie’s behavior, just watch this.

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February 17, 2014 · 8:23 pm

Some Literary Theory Ramblings

“When, for instance, we say that a literary work is good or bad, we are making a value judgement. But when we are asked to substantiate that judgement, we have recourse to criteria that are not values in themselves, but simply denote features  of the work under discussion. We may even compare these features with those of other works, but in differentiating between them we are merely extending the range of our criteria, which still does not constitute a value. The comparisons and differences only serve to condition the value judgement and cannot be equated with it. If, for instance, we praise a novel because its characters are realistic, we are endowing a verifiable criterion with a subjective assessment, whose claim to validity lies at best in a consensus. Objective evidence for subjective preferences does not make a value judgement itself objective, but merely objectifies the preferences. This process brings to light those predilections that govern us. These can then be seen as an expression of personal norms – i.e. not objective value judgement – and in being exposed they open up an intersubjective means of access to our value judgement.”

-Wolfgang Iser, The Act of Reading

Yeah, I’m making a little effort to look into reader-response theory of literary criticism on a sort of indirect recommendation from stormingtheivory since it was mentioned once that I apparently had some views about criticism that was similar to it. Enjoying Iser’s book so far, and I plan on digging into some of John Dewey’s aesthetics because I’ve enjoyed his other stuff so far and it seems to be in a similar vein in that aesthetics isn’t some objective measure independent within the work but an act involving the person viewing the work.

…obviously more to that and I’m sure there are differences, but should still be interesting nonetheless to see any similarities.

The paragraph that Iser writes after the one I quoted brought up an interesting thought to my mind though. In this next paragraph he discussed C.S. Lewis vs F.R. Leavis’s views on the work Paradise Lost, quoting C.S. Lewis as saying “It is not that he and I see different things when we look at Paradise Lost. He sees and hates the very same that I see and love.”

The reason I considered that interesting was it got me thinking about the episode Magical Mystery Cure”, and the divisiveness of the episode being a musical. I recall a lot of people disliking it because the songs basically compressed a lot of the action into a few short minutes while there were others, like myself, who liked the songs…because it compressed a lot of action into a few short minutes XD.

So for example, let’s take “What My Cutie Mark is Telling Me.” We both probably wanted the same thing such, as, say, to get a real sense of the confusion and mayhem this cutie mark mixup was having on the group. The difference being then, I think, is that those who hated the song hated it because they wanted to see individualized scenes played out. Meanwhile, I thought the song was fine because I would have found those scenes repetitive, with the song getting the point and emotions across in a much shorter and more compact method.

Not sure if that’s exactly what Iser meant, but it’s what I thought of at least *shrug*.

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Gallop Poll: Commissioned from a Friend

Gallop Poll: Commissioned from a Friend

So here’s another drawing of my ponysona, Gallop Poll. This time not vectored by me, however, but drawn my talented friend Coffee, who does not have a deviantART account but has given me permission to post it on my own ^_^. Won the right to this awesome image back in our Nightmare Night Contest on “The Fun Has Been Doubled!”, the MLP Roleplay forum I run (with Coffee as co-admin).

Might take this (or the version she made without the books) and make a new header image.

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December 31, 2013 · 1:16 am