Series of chronological events which MUST be directly sequential:

1.  FIRST Summer Sun celebration seen, NMM's return.  Twi is wingless.

2.  First Winter Wrap Up.  Twi is wingless.

?:  Hearth's Warming Eve (uncertain temporal placement)

3.  Dash acquires Tank.  Twi is wingless.

4.  Canterlot Wedding occurs

5.  Crystal Empire Returns  (assume at least several weeks have passed)

6.  Equestria Games announced  (at least a month passes)  Crystal Empire chosen.

7.  Twilicorn cometh!  (more time passes)

8.  Training for games (several more months)

9.  SECOND Summer Sun celebration happens in Canterlot, AFTER TIREK.  Twi has wings.  Tree castle is created.

10.  Tank's for the Memories must come after #9.

The problem arises here.  If we are expected to assume all of the show has taken place in less than a year and Dash got Tank in early spring, this means everything that has taken place since Dash got Tank has occurred in less than 8 months.   This means some of Season 2, and all of seasons 3 and 4, plus the first two episodes of Season 5 (including travel time to and from Equal Town back to Ponyville) since Twilight was still acclimating to the castle.

There simply isn't enough time, meaning Tank must have passed one winter already, and the sole way this could have happened would be to set this episode back in Season 3, BUT that cannot be the case because of the castle!

Therefore, TFtM stands out rather awkwardly in the timeline as it MUST occur, and works far better as an story which would have fit neatly in Season 2 while Dash was still fairly self-centered and short-sighted, being set just before Hearth's Warming Eve episode.

If I watch TFtM while mentally removing the castle and Twilight's wings, Dash is perfectly in character with her Season 2 self.  

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#276 · 1d, 11h ago · · ·

>>1823922 It is all proof that my power over the Dark Side has at last begun to take over everyone's minds!


#275 · 3d, 23h ago · · ·

I had a daydream today about you.

I imagined that you had posted a blog post, announcing a series of short stories called:

"Twilight Sparkle VS. The Academy".

You had recently been inspired to "write what you know", and you had decided to use Pre-Season 1's Twilight Sparkle's naive-but-headstrong personality as the comedic foil by which to transcribe your common knowledge of the more humorous quirks or unique trials involved in the pursuit of a higher education and successful scientific career.

I imagined you wrote something like:

"Didn't anyone else find it odd that Twilight Sparkle, an actual child genius who dreamed of becoming a renowned scientist, was practically hiding away in Celestia's attic at the start of the show? This is why."

These were the titles I saw, with reconstructed summaries since I have forgotten most of the details of the daydream.

"Twilight Sparkle Submits A Grant Proposal" - by Alondro [One-Shot, Comedy, Sad, Slice Of Life]

-Twilight decides to go through official channels to fund her newest research project, naively assuming the scientific academy of Equestria is united by a common love of scientific progress and goodwill towards ponykind. This story takes place very shortly before Season 1.

"The Princess Of Friendship Submits A Grant Proposal" - by Alondro [One-Shot, Comedy, Slice Of Life, Adventure] [Sequel to TS Submits a Grant Proposal]

-Jaded to the concept of bureaucratic rejection, and emboldened by her friends, newly-coronated Princess Twilight Sparkle is certain the scientific community will have no choice but to give her new proposal the attention it deserves.

"Twilight Sparkle, TA" - By Alondro [Multi-chapter, Comedy, Sad, Slice Of Life]

-Princess Celestia has arranged for a newly post-graduate Twilight Sparkle to temporarily work as a Teacher's Assistant, hopeful the forced positive interaction with potential intellectual peers will revive Twilight's atrophied adult social skills. Princess Celestia has never been a TA.

"Laboratory Procedures" -  By Alondro [One-Shot, Comedy, Slice Of Life, Adventure]

-Ever since her first chemistry set when she was a little filly, Twilight has always been the meticulous boss of her own extensive "private laboratory". One day during her college years, one of Twilight's professors offers Twilight a summer internship opportunity, to give her experience working with professional laboratory equipment. Twilight doesn't even make it through orientation.

I hope this was entertaining for you to read! Or inspiring as a writing prompt! Or both :twilightsmile:

#274 · 11w, 5d ago · 1 · 1 ·

>>1685861 Well, I had decided to become a biologist by age 6.  I simply focused heavily on my schooling and made it through  undergrad fairly easily.  I then found a job related to my field which actually served to bolster my education; that being a biomedical database editor.  That was a fortunate circumstance which, unfortunately, is no longer available to anyone since that entire area of work has been sourced out of the country.  

In any case, I worked there full-time while also pursuing my masters degree, which I spread out as a part-time student for 5 years.  It wasn't at all easy to  balance both things, but I managed through my obsessive work ethic and finally got my degree after nearly breaking myself on  the final oral exam and defense of my thesis, which proposed an alternate etiology for certain forms of late-onset type II diabetes, that being a quasi-inflammatory pathogenesis upregulating the insulin-like growth factor receptor 1 (IGFR-1) subunits which formed a hybrid receptor with the insulin receptor which had a lower affinity for insulin, thus causing a feedback loop upregulating insulin to compensate.

This upregulation of IGFR-1 could be due to the expression of several inflammatory molecules, primarily interlukins 1-alpha and 6, as well as tumor necrosis factor-alpha.  It just so happens that these factors are secreted by adipose tissue, which becomes hypoxic in large amounts due to a lack of neovascularization within fatty tissue.

Hence why many people with type 2 diabetes are overweight, providing at last a solid physiological causal relationship between the two conditions.

As for Pony, I've always liked cartoons and was a fan of G1, mainly because of the interesting villains:  Tirek, Catrina, Grogar, Arabus, and to a lesser extent Lavan and Porcina.  The ponies themselves actually weren't too interesting at the time, personality-wise.  

Now, when I first heard about G4 I was skeptical since re-boots of other little kids shows had tended to be dreadful and tried to be 'hip' with the modern era (Smurfs, Chipmunks, Garfield), with the results being predictably horrid.  However, two friends of mine in another fandom told me it was a very good show and picked an episode they knew would appeal to my love of the old Loony Tunes and Animaniacs-style hijinks:  "Feeling Pinkie Keen".  They also showed me "Party of One"... and I was hooked.  This was a few weeks before end of Season 1.  What totally solidified my new obsession was Discord.  I'd felt NMM had been rather lacking as a threat, and was a fairly typical cartoon villain in that she practically went out of her way to avoid harming the protagonists when it would have been in her best interests to simply flatten them all.  But Discord was a cosmic troll who went  after them from the very start, and his antics were in keeping with his nature which was heavily implied didn't involve wiping out his enemies.  Ponies were a game to him, and he never tired of playing.  

Not only that, the episodic stories also tended to be quite strong and the ponies all such unique and strong characterizations that they each stood out on their own individual basis.  Even minor characters like the Cake family, Big Mac, Snips and Snails, etc. each bore a fully individualized depiction.  I'd rarely seen an animated show create so many completely different characters.

I do have other stories, but I haven't posted them anywhere else.  They were all short stories written for Anthrocon's (a large furry convention which used to take place not far from where I work in Philadelphia) convention booklet.  I'd like to 'ponify' some of them eventually, since the topics and plots would cross over easily.

#273 · 11w, 6d ago · · ·

Hello, you recently admitted to being a scientist in the comments thread of Letters from a Fascinated but Frustrated Scientist.

Please explain what you do for a living (i.e. the technical name for your job/hierarchal position), and how you got the skills in your field to qualify as a professional, and how you managed to become a bone-fide professional (i.e. the real life events that defined the crossover from "grad student" to "i get paid to use my degree"), and if you personally consider yourself to fit the connotations of the word "professional".

What drew you into MLP:FiM? The fan-created content? The community? The show itself? The notoriety/popularity of any of the above?

I have read your two stories. I like how you write! Do you have anymore elsewhere on the Internet?

#272 · 13w, 13h ago · · 1 ·

>>1669562 *gnaws on your leg*  You're welcome!  :pinkiecrazy:

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