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  • 20 weeks
    Galacon

    I will be at galacon this weekend so if you see me feel to say hi!

    50 comments · 1,590 views
  • 24 weeks
    MLP BOX T-Shirt Contest

    Hey guys, MLP BOX are doing a competition for a t-shirt design to be included in one of their boxes, and since I know we have a mix of people here including artists, we thought it'd be a good idea to promote them so you guys can get in on it too. Below you can find more information about the contest:

    Brony.com and MLP BOX have launched the first in a series of "Design a MLP T-shirt" contests over on Brony.com.  The winning design, voted on by site visitors,  will not only be featured on a shirt but the winning designer will also win $1000 dollars pending approval of their design by Hasbro.   Second and Third Place will also receive a cash prize.  All winning designs will be printed and be made available in t-shirt form for sale through the Brony website.

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  • 31 weeks
    Patreon & Survey Follow Up

    First of all, reminder that we have a Patreon you can find at https://www.fimfiction.net/patreon . Apparently a lot of people didn't know we had one so there it is. $5 will remove ads on the site for you. I'll be making the Patreon page more prominent in relevant areas of the site soon to make sure people actually know it exists.

    Thanks everyone for filling in the survey last night. We had over 5,000 responses and I did in fact read every single comment left as they were coming in and finished reading them this morning. It seems there are a few features which we would potentially be interested in making premium features (part of the $5+ patreon rewards).

    • Custom emoticons you can upload
    • Custom titles / colours
    • Animated avatars
    • Avatar border frames
    • Extra themes
    • Custom CSS
    • Higher tier patreon rewards that let you “gift” premium?
    • Mass story download
    • Banners
    • Automatic day/night theme selector
    • Free advertising slots?

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    142 comments · 3,340 views
  • 45 weeks
    Announcing the Everfree Northwest Scribblefest Official Start!

    Greetings Aspiring Writers!

    Everfree Northwest, Seattle's premier pony convention is known for having one of—if not the—strongest writing tracks in the MLP fandom. As part of that, we run an online writing contest every year: The Everfree NW Scribblefest! Entry is open to everyone, whether or not you attend the convention.

    This year, we’re offering the winners a $10 Amazon gift code, as well as mentions across a bunch of sources of media that Everfree NW utilizes to tell people about your awesome story!

    This year’s prompt is: Family Trees: Roots, Branches, and Leaves

    Goals

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  • 50 weeks
    Happy New Year

    Have a good 2018.

    - From everyone on the team.

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  • 51 weeks
    Merry Christmas

    Hope you all have a great day, wherever you are and however you celebrate Christmas / the holiday season in general!

    I was working on a cool 3d project for the site but unfortunately I never really had time to turn it into something useful. Have a screenshot anyway!

    94 comments · 3,745 views
  • 52 weeks
    Regarding leaked content

    Since there has been some confusion on the site message I somewhat hastily put up, I thought I'd post a blog post to explain things a bit better.

    As most of you probably know by now, yesterday a lot of confidential information regarding future episodes, seasons, generations, emails, etc was pulled from an FTP server. As with leaked episodes (and in fact, episodes in general or other links to copyrighted content) our policy is to not permit it to be posted. Discussion of the content, however, is acceptable. Infringement of these rules will be dealt with the same way we've dealt with posting of leaked episodes in the past.

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  • 58 weeks
    AShadowOfCygnus' "Cold Light" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Today's story might offer up some cold comfort.


    Cold Light
    [Dark] [Human] [Sad] • 3,209 words
    [Note: This story contains sexual themes.]

    Even in our darkest moments, the stars shine coldly down — distant and remote, but bright in the blackness. Refuse them, shut them out, and they remain. Let them in, and they may convince you of the warmth in their embrace.

    This is not a story about stars.

    This is a story about people and ponies, and what they visit on each other in moments of darkness.

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  • 62 weeks
    SpinelStride's "Rarified Airs" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    Take flight into an alternate Equestria in today's story.

    Rarified Airs
    [Adventure] [Alternate Universe] • 44,226 words

    When the Windigos attacked, the ponies had to find a way to put an end to the distrust and anger that fed the frozen fiends. The unicorns found a way. No more earth ponies, no more pegasi, no more problem.

    A thousand years later, Princess Twilight Sparkle thinks that her ancestors may have made a mistake. Fortunately, she knows a way to test her hypothesis. She names that way 'Rainbow Dash.'

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  • 76 weeks
    Codex Ex Equus' "Changeling Courtship Rituals" [Royal Canterlot Library]

    You'll fall in love with today's story before you know it.


    Changeling Courtship Rituals
    [Romance] [Comedy] • 38,574 words

    For years, Twilight Sparkle and Queen Chrysalis have been at each other's throats. Both have experienced victory over the other, and both have experienced defeat. Out of all the creatures in Equestria, none despise each other the way the pony Princess and changeling Queen do. They seemed destined to remain locked in battle forever, or at least until one is finally dead at the hooves of the other. The cruel insults, the vicious loathing, and the powerful spells that have passed back and forth between them at each meeting have become the stuff of legend.

    Imagine Twilight's surprise when she finds out changelings consider this dating.

    And now they're married.

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Mar
18th
2017

Site Post » Radio Everypony Ru Interview (today) · 3:38pm Mar 18th, 2017

Hey guys,

I'm going to be doing an interview segment on Radio Everypony Ru. Actually the first time I've done one in several years, so, kind of a rarity I guess. The quote below has links to audio streams and chat so that you can listen/chat if you're interested. If you want to watch/listen at a later date, you can check out the youtube recording at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQaHo8kJlai2ELfRQH_o6FA

https://radio.everypony.ru/64 - 64 kbps stream
https://radio.everypony.ru/128 - 128 kbps stream
https://radio.everypony.ru/320 - 320 kbps stream
http://radio-everypony-ru.chatovod.ru/id0969944 - live radio chat

Also, one can listen to us on http://ponyvillelive.com/ or via hoofsounds

Time:
5pm GMT
8pm MSK
1pm EST
10am PST

The interview will have lots of answers to interesting questions I hope, so do listen in if you're at all interested.


The recording is now available:

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Comments ( 28 )

4461342 in about an hour

:twilightsmile: I actually have no idea what you sound like, trying to imagine it but all I can picture is Sweetie Belle's voice. :unsuresweetie:

knighty
Site Owner

4461355 Prepare for disappointment then :unsuresweetie:

Wanderer D
Moderator

Gah, I'm running out to pick up my kid and take him to another kid's bday party. :twilightoops: will there be recordings?

4461359

If you want to watch/listen at a later date, you can check out the youtube recording at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQaHo8kJlai2ELfRQH_o6FA

4461359 yeah, check that youtube channel in a couple of days. I'll probably post the recording on Discord

Hope it's a blast, i'm working at a furry con ^^;

Жаль, что я не умею русский язык. :fluttercry:

4461514 you're pretty good. The only mistake here is a missing preposition =)
Жаль, что я не умею в русский язык would be correct
or
Жаль, что я не знаю русский язык.

Also, there was translation

4461533

Спасибо.

Тоже ты говоришь английский язык довольно хорошо. Но ошибка которую я вижу — это недостающий артикль. Нужно "Also, there was a translation."

Знаю, знаю, что артикли могут идти к черту. A твой английский лучше моего русского. :raritywink:

[Insert obligatory Сука блядь meme here]

Actually I would kill a man to learn Russian.

4461756
It's actually possible to learn Russian without killing anyone.

4461556
Ты ошибаешь, здесь нет нужды в артикле. Здесь translation использовано в значении 1, не 1.1, поэтому можно использовать без артикля в данном случае.
Но если бы я сказал "there is a translation", то тогда артикль нужен, т.к. используется значение 1.1

Also, thanks.

4461756
Russian's easy no, it's not

4461355
4461358

For some reason, I'm now imagining a middle-aged male Sweetie Belle who's been chain-smoking for 30 years.

(Yes, my mind is weird.)

4461859

Кажется, что кто-либо чему-либо меня может учить. Я посмотрел на твоем линке и увидел например этого слова такой же как твоё применение. Я никогда не видел такой применение.

Но если бы я сказал "there is a translation", то тогда артикль нужен, т.к. используется значение 1.1

На этой фразой не нужен "был" где-то вслед первой запятой, как: "то тогда был артикль нужен"?


4461756
4461851

I used to think that Russian was waaaay harder than English. Then when I started learning Russian and started to talk to some Russian ESL learners, I'm now of the opinion that English is just as hard, if not harder, for Slavs as Russian is for us. Don't get me wrong: Russian is murderously difficult, but it seems that for every difficult aspect about it there's something about English that's just as difficult. For example, I still cannot reliably explain to Russian speakers which articles are needed and when in the English language, and you can see from my conversation with Slaaneshi that even my intuition about that is wrong some of the time.

Fake News, the real Knighty talks like a pirate :pinkiecrazy:

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На этой фразой не нужен "был" где-то вслед первой запятой, как: "то тогда был артикль нужен"?

Nope. был means was => indicates past tense. And this sentence is in the present. So, no need. You could, however, use был бы (would be), so it'd be ... но тогда артикль был бы нужен or ну тогда артикль нужен был бы. But why use more words when you can say the same with less?

Russian is, in fact, way harder than English. The hardest thing one can encounter in Russian is a whole lot of exception to a lot of rules. And probably punctuation is not easy as well. Also, both Russian and English have some grammatical categories that one has and the other doesn't. And one of them is... article. There are no articles in Russian. None. That's why Russian speakers are kinda slow when it comes to English articles (and don't get me started on German ones), because they have no idea what this is and why it's used. BUT when I had to learn articles, it was pretty easy for me. I had all article rules compiled in a neat chart with neat examples, so all I had to do is train myself to use articles all the time.

P.S. it seems like you're using google translator for you Russian texts. Google translator is fine when it comes to individual words.. and that's all it's good for.

4462528

Nope. был means was => indicates past tense. And this sentence is in the present. So, no need. You could, however, use был бы (would be), so it'd be ... но тогда артикль был бы нужен or ну тогда артикль нужен был бы. But why use more words when you can say the same with less?

Hmm, I was under the impression that whenever you used "если бы," the verb in the next clause had to be past tense + бы. Well, I guess the more you know!

Russian is, in fact, way harder than English.

I'd say that it's definitely harder in some aspects, but not absolutely. With English, you already brought up articles; my grandmother has lived in this country for over sixty years, speaks better than most people, yet she still can't produce articles with 100% accuracy. Also, English orthography is incredibly inconsistent, and pronunciation involves a lot more guesswork than it does in Russian. English has four verbal aspects, each of them having slight, subtle, differences in meaning, whereas Russian has only two. Word order is also a lot more important in English than it is in Russian.

There's also the issue of strong and weak verbs, defective verbs and, the use of verbal auxiliaries. I'm not saying Russian is easy; I'm just saying English is no walk in the park.

But, in terms of "what's harder," I guess we're both biased in our own way.

P.S. it seems like you're using google translator for you Russian texts. Google translator is fine when it comes to individual words.. and that's all it's good for.

Нет, я пишу всё рукой. Я знаю очень хорошо недостатоки в Google Translate. Я его использую, когда мне нужно слово которое я не знаю. Если кажется, что мои фразы странны, это не из-за Google Translate, но из-за меня, который не умею писать.

4463081 если бы is actually a conditional mood indicator, so it can imply both past and present. Example:
Если бы я был космонавтом, я бы слетал на Луну.
If I were an astronaut, I would fly to the Moon.

There's a clear tense indicator in English. I could translate this as a type 3 conditional or a mixed conditional and it would still be correct. The only telltale would be the context of the phrase.

Also, a Russian can speak about present using the past tense. That's pretty much how Present Perfect is translated into Russian.

There's also the issue of strong and weak verbs, defective verbs and, the use of verbal auxiliaries. I'm not saying Russian is easy; I'm just saying English is no walk in the park.
But, in terms of "what's harder," I guess we're both biased in our own way.

Yeah, pretty much. But being a native Russian speaker and a fairly competent English speaker I would still name Russian as the more difficult language just because of the amount of time I had to spend on brushing up my Russian grammar for an exam, compared to the time I spent on taking the same exam in English.

But if we're talking about the difficulties of the English language for an ESL-speaker, I'd probably name tenses (English has 16 active voice tenses and 9 passive voice, Russian has 3 for both), articles (Russian has none), auxiliary verbs (Russian has none) and strict word order rules. English spelling and pronunciation are a thing of their own. Talk about Russians struggling with the [th] sound. :rainbowlaugh:

Нет, я пишу всё рукой. Я знаю очень хорошо недостатоки в Google Translate. Я его использую, когда мне нужно слово которое я не знаю. Если кажется, что мои фразы странны, это не из-за Google Translate, но из-за меня, который не умею писать.

This is your most authentic Russian phrase so far. You're alright. It does feel odd, but I understand the meaning it conveys.

What's the interviews for?

Looking forward to listening to it this weekend!

4464164 what do you mean?

4463274

I've consulted a few Russian-speaking friends on your sentence, since it absolutely baffled me, and all of them say that in a construction such as the one you used, "Но если бы я сказал . . . то тогда артикль нужен" a был бы is absolutely mandatory in the second clause somewhere. What they say is consistent with how I've been taught.

Since Russian is my third, perhaps fourth, language, and I haven't been studying it for even a year yet, I'm no way qualified to say who's right. Thus, I have some epistemological helplessness when it comes to this matter. Till I see a present-tense clause that follows a clause with если бы in Pushkin or Dostoyevsky, I'm always going to use past tense + бы in these types of constructions.

4477815 So what you're saying is "Но если бы X, то тогда артикль нужен был бы (or был бы нужен)" is the correct way, right?

Also, thumbs up for researching this.

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