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Figure I should update this now that I'm, y'know, different.

You can call me Hap, but I have a real name as well which, frankly, isn't that much of a secret these days. I used to be a student of Engineering, but I graduated. Now I'm doing a PhD in Medical Device Engineering, because hey, it's better than designing washing up parts as far as I'm concerned.

I got into MLP in 2014, which makes me... middle-aged, I guess, in fandom terms? I'm not actually middle aged though. I was actually the baby of my year, being a year younger than most (I started uni at 17...)

Don't let that fool you though. I'm pretty dumb, which is good, since we all need practice at being stupid. If you can't handle simple stuff right, you'll probably be way worse at the hard and complex things. Knowing how to be ignorant is a skill most people never even try to learn, which is amazing considering how ignorant most of us are.

I write sporadically, since I'm so busy, but I do still write. Trying to do original stuff, but I love participating in contests, and sometimes I even actually do well in them. I also admin some groups, namely The Writers Group (which you should check out if you're at all interested in discussing writing) and Art for Fanfiction (because... I'm here, I guess).

I got into this fandom by shipping AppleDash, so lots of my stories are about that. Don't let that turn you off, though... I hear it's canon (?) now.

I learned to write through this site, so expect to see both crap and not-so-crap stories from me. I've been doing this for like five years now, and I'm a good learner. Don't expect me to have nothing but flawless stuff here, though!

I'm generally down for a chat, so feel free to say hi if you like.



Beer and AppleDash. That pretty much sums up my (incredibly well rounded) likes.

Looks like I'm mostly bestpony. Poor Fluttershy, though. She didn't stand a chance.

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Hap Reviews: Contest Entries 3 · 12:08pm 1 hour ago

Howdy hoo. Today I'm going to wrap up the entries for the 'Peace' category with Fit for a King, and then move onto a story which struck me as a promising competitor story, The Seneschal. Both I thought were pretty good, and both for different reasons!

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2805839 Pretty cray-cray.

And to think, if I hadn't been taunted by some loser, I'd never have found this out! O :

Yeah, it is, and the group in question was the SSPB. It was a case where knighty personally switched the founder to me, hours after the original founder had been deleted, so I don't know if there was anything special about that particular case...

--Sweetie Belle

2805836 That's fascinating. I had always assumed that stuff like threads were gone forever if the posting account was deleted, and I certainly didn't know you could restore a group after the founder was deleted. That's pretty crazy, next-level thread necromancy.

I do know that when an account is deleted, anything by that person vanishes. Threads they made, comments of theirs, groups they founded. I think even PMs.

I also know it was possible at least once for a group's founder to be changed after the founder was deleted, restoring it, which does imply that what they did is still there but not shown. I'm thinking it's because it's linked to an account that doesn't exist, so it just has one field not pointing to anything messing it up.

--Sweetie Belle

2805370 No, that'll be the site mods. I think if you delete an account, rather than simply ban it, it also deletes all the posts.

To my knowledge users don't have the ability to delete their own accounts.

EDIT: It does not. I learned this when after someone replied to me saying 'fuck off you patronizing dickhead' (after I had told them to stop taking bait & feeding trolls) it took me to one of the threads our spamboi had made. This is interesting because the original post does not appear in this thread and it can't be seen in the feed and dashboard (which is why I assumed they were deleted).

Alright, works for me!

I kinda figure if it turns out Verbose doesn't like it, it'll have been up for a week or two at that point, anyways, and I think I'm following the rules...

--Sweetie Belle

2802942 As far as I'm concerned, I wouldn't have a problem with it.

I'm pretty much just there to get angry at porn being posted in threads anyway.

Thought I'd ask one minor rules question about the "Art for Fanfiction" group.

Under the "no unauthorized promotions" section, it lists off things that you can promote, and has "Art Assets and Tools, such as instructional videos, articles, links to tools and the like." in there.

Would a fimfiction group for artists (Amateur Artists Unite!) fall under art assets and tools, or a thread in the group that links to tutorials? (Or maybe I could draw a picture promoting it, and do an art display? :unsuresweetie:)

I'm probably waiting until after I actually write up a rules thread before doing much promoting, but I figure a lot of the people that'd actually be interested in an art group would be in Art for Fanfiction, and I got admin rights over in this group in the last few weeks...

--Sweetie Belle

Welcome to Epic Adventure, High Fantasy, and Sci-Fi!

2790797 Good thing that Hap's account never dies, only ever takes power-naps.

Cheers for the heads up anyhow. I think Nicky's got the message by this point.

Well, I don't mind doing it. It'd just be easier if I could do it directly.

Especially since I don't usually like to refer people to Verbose, as he only checks in once every week or two, as far as I can tell...

--Sweetie Belle

2790661 Thanks for the heads up. I'll sort it out.

Sorry this all seems to be going through you... You'd think 'admin list' would be a handy thing to consult, but whatevs I guess...

And apparently they'd like the thread reopened again, or so the message on my user page said... :unsuresweetie:

--Sweetie Belle

No problem. Probably should have alerted you earlier, but it didn't seem that urgent, so I figured I'm mention it when I saw you online, which turned out to be a few minutes after you went offline. :unsuresweetie:

Verbose last checked in on the 20th, so I kinda figured he wasn't likely to see it...

I think the general principle of "if I put a lock icon in a thread, people treat it as locked" works reasonably, tho'. Half of adminning ins't so much having the rights as acting like you do...

--Sweetie Belle

2782093 Thanks for the heads up. Would have replied sooner but saw this literally just before I had to head for a conference, so was pretty tight for time.

If you've got a moment, think this thread wanted some adminning...

--Sweetie Belle


So I think we can probably assume that not all that medicine does is keep people alive; it also strengthens quality of life and extends the duration for which people are productive, active, and healthy.

That's like saying, car tow trucks are a good thing. When your car breaks down, you can just have the car tow truck to take you wherever and it's exactly as if you still had your car.

A broken car is a problem. Sure, having the car tow truck driver drop you where you want to go is a solution, but if people stop repairing their cars, it's a problem. I wouldn't call it to progress.

It also extends the duration where they're not productive, active, and healthy

Wouldn't it be great if we could reach the same result without extra resources (medicine)?

Granted many would lose support they need (those splat bang in the middle of treatment, for instance),

Many treatments are life-long. Take diabetes, pills for lowering blood pressure and so on. Many are becoming dependant on medicine.

If you fix up someone's spine, for example, it won't magically become broken again just because we forget how to fix spines.

But chances are, the offsprings will also have spine problems (unless it was a falling piano injury).

And again, we want people to recover from these things since it helps promote the genes that help people survive and recover from these kinds of injuries.

If people have a health problem, chances are, there's something wrong with their genes. If they were superior beings, they might have resisted the problem on their own, to begin with. Saving feeble people spreads bad genes onto the next generations.

One could imagine that, without medicine, the body might never have the opportunity to learn to rehabilitate faster or better.

And maybe the person would die off without medicine and no resources would be needed and no bad genes would corrupt the next generations.

The only thing that's dangerous is ignorantly applying techniques without knowing their effects...

You can never prove that something is 100% safe.

Just because you accidentally hit your hand with a hammer doesn't make hammers any less helpful and dealing with nails. Just get better at swinging the damn thing, right?

No. It's not the right solution. A better solution would be that you wouldn't even need to fix your furniture because it wouldn't break down on you all the time. That would make the hammer and nails obsolete.

But people have become so reliant on their hammers that they don't even see the underlying problems. They can't even imagine a world where hammers wouldn't be needed. They think it's cute if a wardrobe is missing a shelf.

It's not cute! It's wrong.

If people would put their hammers away, they could finally see the underlying problems again. If people stick to their hammers, I'm afraid we will never have a future with furniture of quality. But I want that future. And if people need to lose their hammers in order for that future to come to pass, it's a sacrifice I'd be willing to take. I don't want to live in the future with broken furnature, even if there are hamers all over the place.

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