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Cursed Quill


Afflicted with the Editor's Curse. Corrections offered without malice. Unrepentant Discord fangirl.

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  • 19 weeks
    S9 Bingo Contest snippets, retrospective

    So, I drew a card for the S9 Bingo contest.

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  • 73 weeks
    UnDeserved: FiM/EqG's terrible moral

    I watched entirely too much pony this morning. It got me thinking.

    EqG 1: Sunset Shimmer not granted higher power by Celestia, takes Element of Magic, becomes demon.
    2(RR): Sirens not granted magic by default, must take it, are demonized for their acts. (weakest version)

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  • 84 weeks
    Explaining Pinkie Sense: Pwny Pony Pinkie, Brainhacker Extraordinaire

    So I've produced several (mostly scientifically-worthless but possibly making for good stories) hypotheses here:
    1. Pinkie's social powers and memory derive from memory-hacking everypony she meets. Ponies, specifically.
    1b. This is pid (pony ID) based, so pool clones do not benefit; this is whgat Pinkie actually acts like without her mental powerup.

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  • 98 weeks
    7.7 unicorns and the Dumb Story Idea

    I initially thought, on seeing the Starlight Glimmer tag, what with th

    Sunset Shimmer. Twilight Sparkle. Starlight Glimmer.

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  • 99 weeks
    Points of Canon mini: ❧ s7e20 "A Health of Information"

    ❧Polymorph effects are getting more and more common, yet we keep running into things that they should solve ("It Isn't the Mane Thing About You").
    ❧Swamp Fever doesn't require the whole lifecycle to reproduce…or Zecora just had some of the spores still on her to give the doc. (On the flipside, kudos for actually making it infect those it came in contact with.)

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Jan
6th
2018

Explaining Pinkie Sense: Pwny Pony Pinkie, Brainhacker Extraordinaire · 10:35pm Jan 6th, 2018

So I've produced several (mostly scientifically-worthless but possibly making for good stories) hypotheses here:
1. Pinkie's social powers and memory derive from memory-hacking everypony she meets. Ponies, specifically.
1b. This is pid (pony ID) based, so pool clones do not benefit; this is whgat Pinkie actually acts like without her mental powerup.
1c. Strong triggers of false memories can explain her popping up and going "FOREVER!"
1d. Redaction of treefaces in "Giggling at Ghosties" easily accomplished.
1e. Cranky, the mountain dragon, the changelings, Stephen Magnet, animals, griffins, the bison, yaks…are not her friend; she doesn't have other species hacked. Spike, she knows how to prepare gemstone confections, so she has a more mundane friendship there.
1f: Nicely explains how both Pinkies can "guess" the exceedingly-improbable and specific things that happened to Twilight Sparkle in EqG.
counterpoint: unless she memory-hacked the narrator of each episode, cannot explain foreknowledge, tail-flight, and 4th-wall interaction.
--Note that memory-hacking the narrators can explain absolutely anything that appears to go on; it's too powerful a hypothesis to be meaningful.
Main objection: She should've known RD didn't like pie.
2.

<MitchH> Equestria codebase uses memory hack to process georeferencing caches. All asset locations trans-stored via pony memory.  Exposure of memory architecture results in numerous non-physics-compliant observed behaviors.
<Cursed Quill>Unless she's hitting Akashic Records somehow, I'm  not seeing a good way to privilege-escalate to precognition (and godhead while one is at it)
<MitchH> This is, by the way, how pegasi fly.
<Cursed Quill> are you hinting she learned the subfusc of reality because the Rainboom briefly exposed it?
<MitchH> Yep. She Saw The Matrix.

(Mitch H)
Exceptional Benefit: does explain 4th-wall-breaking powers.
If the Rainboom is the subfusc of reality being exposed, this could explain RD being immune to PP's shenanigans: she's already manipulating reality, herself, and thus PP cannot hack her to discover she hates pie, bringing hypothesis 1 back into a possibility.
3. Privilege escalation from 1, somehow, to explain breaking time and space. Getting from pony memory to Akashic Records?
4. Use of prophetic memories obtained from hacking a Princess, or copying privilege that enables them, to explain Pinkie Sense.
5. Alternately, memory-hacking a time-traveler. Dr. Hooves not impossible. Starlight Glimmer, so cavalier about mind-magics, is also a candidate. There's also the perennial Starswirl the Bearded.
5b. "Maud Sense" in "Gift of the Maud Pie" means going forward past "Re-Mark" and suggests Starlight Glimmer didn't do so, since we have no evidence of her ever going forward…

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Comments ( 2 )

Funny how you’re talking about that while I am trying to recover a disk crash.

TIL: if you have a damaged disk, damage chews up linux-firmware, and you do anything that rebuilds initrd, the resulting kernel panics will be really, really difficult to figure out.

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