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Oliver


Let R = { x | x ∉ x }, then R ∈ R ⟺ R ∉ R... or is it?

Mar
20th
2016

Random thoughts about canon #7: Where the Sun don’t shine · 7:23pm Mar 20th, 2016

Celestia moves the sun. This much is not only stated ceaselessly throughout the pony lore, but is actually demonstrated empirically: When Celestia is not available, the sun does not move. If nothing else, this is proof positive that anything that can restrain Celestia can at least also stop the sun.

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Mar
19th
2016

Word count · 8:00pm Mar 19th, 2016

For a while, I have been wondering, why Fimfiction always seems to assign higher word count for my story chapters than my editor does. Today, I’ve done a few experiments and found the answer:
Fimfiction’s word count parser counts – that is, a single quote – as a word break character.
Which basically means that “I’m” or “don’t” both count as two words each, rather than one.
I hesitate to call that a bug, but I’m not sure this behavior is correct either.

Mar
16th
2016

Ideas I will not be writing #3: Afterlife · 11:42am Mar 16th, 2016

First described in this thread in the Writer’s Group. The thread itself is quite heated and probably not worth your attention anyway, but I like the idea too much to just let it rot in there.

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Mar
14th
2016

Ideas I will not be writing #2: Starlight Gambit · 10:53am Mar 14th, 2016

Tell me, dear readers and writers, have you ever heard of Nikolai Gogol? Yeah, another one of those classic writers you never cared about.

What if I told you, that he wrote what could well become a fascinating piece of My Little Pony fanfiction?

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Mar
6th
2016

Random thoughts about canon #6: Discord’s Rule · 10:57am Mar 6th, 2016

Discord’s alleged rule of Equestria has been an oft-repeated notion in horse writing, and there is much praise to be said for some of the depictions, just as there are those of them which didn’t turn out so well. However, the subject of today’s musing is…

…When did it happen? What was it like? And, did it even really happen?

As usual, a question more complicated than it appears.

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Feb
29th
2016

The front page · 12:27am Feb 29th, 2016

Fimfiction's emphasis on the frontpage as the primary means of story propagation is the biggest shortcoming for what is obviously meant to be a social fanfiction site. All that nonsense about the feature box and popular stories columns, which have obvious self-sustaining amplifying effects. This heavily biases visibility towards ultra-long-runners, (which keep slowly rolling until they finally hit it off) comedic oneshots, (which amass followers, which get a new story into the

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Feb
15th
2016

On Chaos · 6:58pm Feb 15th, 2016

There’s a thread in the Writer’s Group, titled Could a Fully Equalized Equestria Actually Function? and while it isn’t a thread I actually have anything noteworthy to contribute to, there’s an overcomplicated joke I can’t resist making:

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Feb
7th
2016

Random thoughts about canon #5: Radio Ga-ga · 12:22am Feb 7th, 2016

This is much more off-the-ground theorizing than my typical article on the subject, but eh, why not, canon is sparse, and fanon on the subject is sparser still.

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Jan
29th
2016

Random thoughts about canon #4: The Royal Guard · 2:26pm Jan 29th, 2016

When writing this chapter of Aporia, which drags Shining Armor into the narrative and primes a lot of what this esteemed stallion will be doing for the rest of the story, this question came up repeatedly: Just what is the Royal Guard and what does it actually do?

Because I have to decide just what exactly it is that Shining Armor is a captain of, if only to mention it. This is more complicated than it sounds.

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Jan
11th
2016

Random thoughts about canon #3: The mystery of Prince Blueblood · 6:19pm Jan 11th, 2016

My previous argument regarding the nobility of Equestria leaves one interesting issue unresolved. It so happens that this issue is both very minor, and at the same time, has some rather far-reaching consequences for the interpretation of the rest of the canon.

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