Apr
30th
2016

Come join us!

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Apr
28th
2016

Haven't really had anything on this in a while, so we're doing it again from 3PM to whenever on Saturday in the Steam BV group!

I'm sure you have questions (like does the guy who was in the Navy know what a hurricane is?  Answer: probably more than you ever will), and we've got answers.

See you there!

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Apr
23rd
2016

Conversations Had · 12:54am

Shinzakura: Home

BlueBastard: quote taken out of context

BlueBastard: "Goat Testicle Soup"

Shinzakura: XD

BlueBastard: so, how goes

Shinzakura: Twisted my knee today, so in a bit of pain.  Otherwise, okay.  You?

BlueBastard: "Sorry, readers, I actually type with my legs and  I just lost both in a nuclear accident that twisted them off at the knee. 7DSJ is delayed for a month while they grow back"

Apr
21st
2016

1, 2, 1, 2, 3 · 10:48pm

There is a park that is known

4 the face it attracts

Colorful people whose hair

On 1 side is swept back

The smile on their faces

It speaks of profound inner peace

Ask where they're going

They'll tell U nowhere

They've taken a lifetime lease

On Paisley Park

The girl on the seesaw is laughing

4 love is the color

This place imparts (Paisley Park)

Admission is easy, just say U

Believe and come 2 this

Place in your heart

Paisley Park is in your heart

There is a woman who sits

All alone by the pier

Her husband was naughty

And caused his wife so many tears

He died without knowing forgiveness

And now she is sad, so sad

Maybe she'll come 2 the park

And forgive him

And life won't be so bad

In Paisley Park

The girl on the seesaw is laughing

4 love is the color

This place imparts (Paisley Park)

Admission is easy, just say U

Believe and come 2 this

Place in your heart

Paisley Park is in your heart

See the man cry as the city

Condemns where he lives

Memories die but taxes

He'll still have 2 give

(who) Whoever said that elephants

Were stronger than mules?

Come 2 the park

And play with us

There aren't any rules

In Paisley Park

The girl on the seesaw is laughing

4 love is the color

This place imparts (Paisley Park)

Admission is easy, just say U

Believe and come 2 this

Place in your heart

Paisley Park is in your heart

The girl on the seesaw is laughing

4 love is the color

This place imparts (Paisley Park)

Admission is easy, just say U

Believe and come 2 this

Place in your heart

Paisley Park is in your heart

Your heart, your heart

Paisley Park

Your heart, your heart, your heart (sing, sing it)

Paisley Park

Paisley Park

Paisley Park

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Apr
12th
2016

Heya, everyone!

Remember this?

Apparently someone does.  I give you Exhibit A.  Let's see how many references we can find, shall we?

- Real world locations mentioned (i.e. the Hamptons, which wouldn't be an issue...if Tavi's family didn't go there for Christmas)

- Posey is the mother of Fluttershy and a doctor

- Cup is the aunt of Pinkie (or at least Pinkie calls her "Auntie")

- Social recluse Twilight suddenly becomes chipper and supportive the minute Sunset comes into her life.

- NIght works at the local university and teaches "advanced classes" (like physics and astronomical theory?); Velvet is an author but seems to act more like a social worker (which apparently Cadance is here.)

- Sunset having to get all new clothing because she has nothing left.

- Sunset tries to kill herself in the exact same way Minuette does.

- Velvet ("Vel") is an old friend of Celestia ("Tia") and happens to know the direct line to her office

- Canterlot High is specifically referred to as CHS (which I've only seen done in one other story)

- From the moment they meet, Twily instantly figures into Sunset's dreams

- Shining Armor has conveniently moved out, leaving a room available for Sunset to move into

Maybe this is all coincidence.  Maybe.  Not really bothered by it (Blue and I are laughing, actually), because this could have been a great alt-7DSJ if a few things were changed, or a good Anon-a-Miss story if it didn't seem to so slavishly stick to the 7DSJ template.

Granted, this isn't meant to pick on the author (seriously, it isn't), but rather a hint that if you're going to do your own thing, do your own thing.  If you're going to take an idea from someone else, credit them.  It's hard enough for fanfics to be taken seriously (on a meta level that is) without things like this.

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Apr
10th
2016

Broadcasting! · 7:39pm

Because someone wanted me to. ^_^

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Apr
10th
2016

Well, I was in bed at 3:30 this morning, and the mind does weird things at that hour.  Like reminding me of Brother John Rygden.  Who is he?  Well, some background first.

In the late 1960s, the FCC passed a law (now since repealed) where an AM station couldn't duplicate its FM broadcast and vice versa.  Mainly this had to do with trying to expand the newly-opened FM bands for the public.  Therefore, 1160AM couldn't duplicate its stuff on its sister station 101.5 FM or vice versa.  Needless to say, with a nationwide law like this, stations scrambled for new content.

Into this fray stepped Los Angeles radio station 95.5 KLOS (back then known as 95 1/2 KLOS).  One of the more famous radio stations in the US now, back then they were just like everyone else: the renamed sister station to 790 KABC-AM, and desperate to find content for their audience.  Into this stepped a Lutheran pastor, John Rygden, who wanted to reach the "happening, now" content in the name of Jesus.  Thus, he created a show for KLOS (that was soon syndicated nationwide to all ABC radio stations and affiliates) called Silhouette Segments.  Using the groovy counterculture lingo of the day, Rygden was set on reaching out to both hippies and Jesus Freaks and helping them understand God.

How?  Well, I present to you one of the broadcasts in question.

It goes without saying that this did not age well.  In hindsight, it comes off as both creepy and hilarious, and what many would deem offensive.  Yes, like so many other things, it's a product of its time, but I think we'd agree in saying there's no way this would fly in today's cultural climate.  At all.

Naturally (meaning I have no idea why), I had to tell Flashframe about this.  She probably hates me now. ::twilightsheepish:

Apr
8th
2016

Just a thought... · 4:57pm

When it come to EqG fics, does it bother anime to see real-world names in a world where everyone had a pony-style name?  I policies real world people to compensate for that in 7DSJ, because to me it's weird, but does anyone really have an opinion on (for example) Sunset Shimmer admiring the fact that Isaac Newton was an alchemist?

Just curious to know what you think.

Also, in unrelated news, I'll probably stream this weekend.  This might interest you, as I may discuss something interesting that came up this past week.

Apr
7th
2016

We're in the place doing the thing!  Come join us!

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Apr
6th
2016

It's been a while since we did it, so we're doing it again!  With the newest chapter of 7DSJ launching tomorrow, the BV crew will be holding a Q&A (Question and Avoidance) in the Steam BV Group, 9PM Eastern!  

How to get in?  Just ping me, Blue, Flynt or Flash for details.

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