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  • Wednesday
    Prereader Conversation: Wilderness Survival

    me 8:41 PM

    I just saw a YouTube ad for the new FarCry installment.

    Blackbelt 8:41 PM

    meh

    me 8:42 PM

    I'm disappointed that the cover of "I Will Survive" sounds nothing like Cake's version.

    (I've no interest in playing the game myself, by the way.)

    They managed to find an artist willing to record a version of the song that's actually more melodramatic than the original.

    Blackbelt 8:45 PM

    I have zero interest in Far Cry as well

    me 8:46 PM

    Right. I'm just saying that if you're going to perform "I Will Survive" without any irony whatsoever, you'd better have a disco beat in the background, because that's the only way to pull it off.

    MaskedFerret 8:49 PM

    Yeah.

    Though, I do confess I love Cake's take on it

    me 8:50 PM

    Methinks I have a decent blog post here. Hang on a second.

    For reference, here's the trailer:

    Here's Cake:

    And here's the original version:

    11 comments · 147 views
  • Monday
    Etrian Odyssey: Untold

    So, I've been playing Etrian Odyssey: Untold on my 3DS for a while now, and I'm really hoping at least one of my readers has as well, because I've run into a problem with one of the bosses.

    I can't seem to beat the Ant Queen on Floor B12... or rather, I can't seem to get rid of the eggs in the room before facing her, because I keep running into the secondary ants that those eggs spawn, and it takes me forever to beat them, which means that the queen has time to lay more eggs that spawn more ants and even if I did manage to get rid of the eggs it would make a difference because my alchemist would be almost completely out of TP which means I wouldn't be able to beat the Ant Queen even if I tried and I am getting so goddamned sick of swearing and cursing at this game and I want to just get on with the dungeon crawling and ARRRGGGH!

    So... is there anyone who can help me out here?

    7 comments · 113 views
  • 1w, 2d
    Flash Fog: Update

    For the past few months, updates to Flash Fog have been happening at a fairly regular pace: about three times a month, since I generally have been setting the 10th, 20th, and 30th of each month as my "goal" dates to get things done. However, the next post might take a bit longer. You see, the story's almost done, but I'm still not sure where the chapter divisions are going to fall in the last few entries (or even how many chapters of story there are, to be honest). Thus, I've decided to write the rest of the story in its entirety before I post it, and therefor, it might take a little longer...

    Then again, I've been thinking about the end of this story since nearly the beginning, so for all I know it might go even faster. In any case, we'll just have to see what happens.

    2 comments · 115 views
  • 1w, 3d
    ICYMI...


    That's right, it's a teaser cartoon, which implies that another cartoon will follow shortly.

    And for any who doubt that Homestar's back for reals this time, consider that Matt Chapman left his job working on Gravity Falls so he could move closer to his brother (because one doesn't jumpstart an iconic internet site over Skype). I'm pretty sure they mean business.

    3 comments · 104 views
  • 1w, 4d
    Who likes kickass bass lines?

    More like who doesn't like them, amiright?

    Of course I am. Have some Sugarloaf.


    Side note: Sugarloaf would be a great pony name, too.

    4 comments · 110 views
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It’s never particularly easy being at the top of the food chain, even under normal circumstances, but Eleanor’s circumstances are hardly normal: as one-third of the chimera who prowls the fire geyser swamp south of Ponyville, the tigress must deal with all of the usual stresses that come with being an apex predator, and she has to manage two bickering sisters who simply refuse to shut up and do as they’re told. However, she and her sisters face an unexpected challenge when they come across evidence that a new predator is trying to push into their territory.

(For anyone who's concerned about the gore tag, the violence in this story is of the sort that is typical of a nature documentary. If you can handle the stuff on the Discovery Channel, you shouldn't have too much trouble with this.)

Artwork by Page Turner.

First Published
30th May 2014
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This story is a sequel to π

After Twilight Sparkle made her biggest secret public much earlier than she'd originally planned, the lives of the Element-Bearers and their closest friends somehow managed to become even more complicated than they already were. Yet despite the flurry of all of the added activity this brings, Princess Celestia decides to undertake a particularly ambitious project: the reformation of Discord. She delegates the task to Penumbra Noctis, who, more than anypony else, can empathize with the draconequus' situation, and who is therefore best suited to showing Discord the magic of friendship. On the surface, it's a very reasonable plan.

Unfortunately, Discord has never had much patience for reason.

This is the fifth and final story in The Petriculture Cycle. Reading the first four stories, which begin here, is highly recommended.

Artwork by Page Turner. TV Tropes page by an unknown number of anonymous persons on the internet.

First Published
22nd May 2013
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24th Dec 2013
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This story is a sequel to Avocation

Life in Ponyville has been relatively quiet recently, which is somewhat surprising, given that the town's librarian tried to usurp the Equestrian throne only a few months ago. Aside from the appearance of a grumpy pegasus who set up shop as a cloudsmith, the aftermath is so unnoticeable that most ponies aren't even aware that the incident happened at all. Unfortunately, all that's about to change, thanks to the return of a certain revenge-obsessed showmare....

This is the fourth story in The Petriculture Cycle; reading the first three stories, which begin here, is highly recommended.

The artwork was provided by Page Turner, and the TV Tropes entry can be found here.

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2nd Mar 2013
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It's been twelve years since Applejack's ascent to her current status as the Earth Goddess, Princess Mara of Equestria. In that time, she's gotten quite used to her duties, be they ceremonial, executive, or judicial in nature. But when she's called upon to rule on a particularly contentious lawsuit involving some of the most obnoxious ponies from her past, the results may end up altering the very nature of Equestrian law.

This story is a spin-off of Blue Print's Appleverse, however, it's not necessary to read his stories first (though I do recommend them for a more thorough explanation of the backstory).

Cover image by Page Turner

First Published
7th Jan 2013
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16th Feb 2013
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This story is a sequel to Inscape

Penumbra seeks gainful employment. Hilarity ensues.

This is the third story in The Petriculture Cycle. The TV Tropes entry can be found here.

Artwork by Page Turner.

First Published
7th Dec 2012
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7th Dec 2012
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When Fluttershy received her certification as a fog specialist, she only wanted a plausible excuse to write off the expenses associated with her ground-based house on her taxes. However, when an accident in Cloudsdale sends a blanket of industrial-grade clouds rolling towards Ponyville, Fluttershy suddenly finds herself in charge of coordinating the response, mostly because she's the only fog specialist in the area. Can our heroine step up to the challenge at hoof, or will she risk facing the wrath of the Equestrian Revenue Service?

Artwork by Page Turner. Now with a TVTropes page!

First Published
18th Sep 2012
Last Modified
21st Oct 2014
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This story is a sequel to Petriculture

It's been several months since Pinkie Pie made a stunning admission about her past that permanently changed her relationship with her friends, particularly Twilight Sparkle, but life seems to have settled back to normal (well, normal by Pinkie Pie's standards, at least). However, when an old nemesis returns and ensnares Twilight in her influence, it's up to Pinkie to make things right.

This is the second story in The Petriculture Cycle. There is a TV Tropes Page for the entire Cycle here.

Cover image by Page Turner; "Princess Twilight" vector by Nianara.

First Published
1st Jul 2012
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9th Sep 2012
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Today's the day that Applejack is leaving to compete in the Equestria Rodeo, but something's... off. Derpy's been acting strange, even by her usual standards. Eh, it's probably nothing, right? After all, what are the chances that an eccentric mailpony behaving even more oddly than normal could ever be important in the grand scheme of things?

Artwork by ZuTheSkunk.

First Published
16th Jun 2012
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16th Jun 2012
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After reading a book by Spitfire's personal trainer, Rainbow Dash decides that the best way to get closer to her ultimate goal of joining the Wonderbolts is to add strength training to her practices by having one of her friends ride her. However, when she decides that Twilight Sparkle is just the mare for the job, the pegasus gets a bit more than she bargained for.

Artwork by Piggybank12.  Used with permission.  Thanks to DPV111 for assisting me with story planning.

First Published
15th Mar 2012
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3rd Jun 2012
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In an effort to keep her mind occupied, Twilight Sparkle decides to delve once again into the grand mysteries of Pinkie Pie. This time, Twilight's focus is on her claims of growing up on a rock farm: like so many things related to Pinkie Pie, the idea that somepony could grow rocks as an agricultural product makes absolutely no sense. However, the investigation eventually leads Twilight to a rather... surprising discovery.

This is the first story in The Petriculture Cycle.

Artwork by Page Turner. Now with a TV Tropes page.

First Published
6th Mar 2012
Last Modified
6th Mar 2012