doodlesthegreat: (mesousa)
Hello, LJ fans. I'm older now. Oy. Updates as warranted.
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Just this morning, someone online asked "Why My Little Pony? Why now?" and I was inspired to write the following in response:
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A lot of people have been talking about the quality of the show and the people committed to making it that way, and that's certainly the biggest factor. People wouldn't have stayed if the show was junk. But we've all seen quality programs wither and die on the vine because they never found an audience. In every success, there's things taking place that gives a show a chance to reach people and find an audience who will appreciate it and support it in numbers large enough to keep it going. So, external factors that effected the show:

1. When the TV shows and toy lines of the G3.5 series of MLP tanked so hard that you could hear the splat from across the planet, Hasbro was in desperate straits to revive a moribund brand that they had done so well with up to that point. This was why they were willing to take a chance on offering Lauren Faust rebooting the franchise. They had nowhere to go but up. This turned out to be fortuitous, since Faust had grown up on the original show and based her new series on those stories and fantasies she had as a child while playing with them. It was a case of the right person in the right place at the right time.

2. The Hub was a brand new network, recently recreated from the remnants of Discovery Kids. As is the case in all new media outlets, there is a struggle to find an identity that sets them apart and brings in viewers looking for unique new experiences. Such times are when risks are taken, gambles made, and ideas that would never get past the usual rigamarole of executive management have a chance to shine. In this case, a redesign of something most people had a firm image of in their mind's eye, and who might react even more negatively than they did when the 3.5 series were released. (There's a consensus that the G3.5 stuff wasn't really released. It escaped.)

3a. Sometimes some event takes place that focuses attention on your work without you doing anything. Some outside influence goes "LOOK AT DIS!!!!" for positive or negative reasons and you suddenly have far more attention that you had expected from people nobody ever planned on. In MLP's case, it started with this: http://www.cartoonbrew.com/ideas-commentary/the-end-of-the-creator-driven-era.html Amid's a decent enough fellow, but he can sometimes forget the forest for the trees. Read through the comments and you'll discover two types of responses (1) Pros bemoaning the fate of their art form [despite there now being more excellent indie work available then has ever existed previously] and (2) people just curious about what's going to happen.

3b. Among those in group (2) were the lovely folks over at 4chan's /b/ forum. You know 4chan. The place started by people so reprehensible that they got thrown out of Something Awful's forums. Source of or archivist for every fucked-up part of the Internet. For all your evil needs, it's one-stop shopping! And /b/ is the home of the most egregious of their clan, where trolling hasn't just become an art, it's a science. Well, they read the article above and started sharpening their knives, looking for a juicy target. But something very very very strange happened. I watched /b/ during this period, curious to see their reactions. At first, the threads were all "OMG WTF MLP" and the like. As is their wont, screen caps and image macros abounded, some insulting, some playful. The usual. But after the show's premiere, you started seeing comments like "Well, that wasn't that bad." and "I've seen a lot worse" and "I guess it's okay." By around the third week, there were comments like "That was funny!" and "Well, I guess I'll keep watching to see the collapse." By around week six, a lot of the posts were saying the same thing: "WHY CAN'T I STOP WATCHING THIS SHOW?" To see these world-weary, uber-ironic, ultra-antagonistic b-tards run head first into a show of such quality, with a message that was a) female positive and b) 100% sincere, and watch them become adoring fans was not unlike finding out that Osama Bin-Laden had a secret love of Rainbow Brite. You'd see other 4chan members sucked in as their fellows would ask them to just give it a look and if they don't like it that's fine. Only they'd love it and join the growing base. The herd, as it became called. 4chan is where the term 'brony' came from, and it was 4chan that took an animator's error and created one of the most beloved characters of the series, Ditzy "Derpy Hooves" Doo.

4. The Hub and Hasbro get mad props for reacting to this new fandom positively and actually reaching out to this unexpected groundswell instead of trying to crush it under the weight of lawyers. When people posted episodes online, they didn't try to quash it. As far as they were concerned, it was free advertising for the show, The Hub, and most important to a company like Hasbro, the toys. The response to the new stuff from the fans was as meteoric as the G3.5 was a crater. The stuff flew off the shelves, both into the intended audience of young girls and into this now burgeoning fanbase made up of young college-age males. It's safe to say that Hasbro has made enough just off their share of T-shirts to pay for the show a dozen times over. And the refrain from the Bronies was always "We love this and we want to support it, and we'll give you lots and lots of money if you just keep making new episodes! We'll even GIVE you new designs and ideas with no attempt at royalties!" The Hub, which was staffed with a hipper, younger crowd as new networks tend to do, took advantage of this by creating new promotional material that engaged adults as well as kids, such as the famous "BRIDLESMAIDS" billboard. It was a perfect storm of show, producers, and fans.

5. Last, but certainly not least, the show's staff has also embraced the fandom, overjoyed that their work is being appreciated by all ages and how their vision to produce a show that challenged the usual ideas of males and females look at themselves and each other. Thanks to the Internet, it's now possible to go to IMDB and find out everyone involved with a production, and the fans made sure to let them know they were appreciated. In turn, the cast and crew, led by voice actress Tara Strong, took to the Internet to graciously thank and engage Bronies intelligently and appreciatively. Faust herself declared her love for the Bronies when a commenter on her Deviant Art account derided them as a bunch of "man-children." It was more than they could have hoped for, and it still amazes them how things have turned out.

And that's how we got to this point, a world where Stephen Colbert "gives a shout out to his Bronies" and former President Bill Clinton gets asked a trivia question about it on an NPR show. Where a mythical royal wedding on a "kid's network" can draw better ratings across-the-board than most TV shows ever do.

And I wouldn't change it for the world. =};-3
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This codifies how I've felt about the phenomenon since it all started. As a long-time animation fan, I'm thrilled at seeing everyone on the show garnering long-overdue praise. As a human being, I'm overjoyed at how the show has sparked the long-needed debate over gender roles in society.

And as a furry and a brony, all I can say is 'yay!"
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Hey look, I'm back! Just a couple of notes:

Stuck in a waiting room the other night, I was exposed to an episode of "The Voice," a reality show where people try to sing for a recording contract or some shit. Holy fuck, was that a parade of mediocrity. Evey one of them had Michael Bolton Syndrome, overstressing syllables past engineering tolerances and backed up with overproduction so huge that Phil Spector would have told 'em to tone it down. Naturally, all of them were being screamed about by teenaged females whose hormones just kicked in, and the judges were of equal levels of "talent" as the contestants. Had to listen to the Derek & The Dominoes on the way home to get the bad taste out of my ears. Nope, don't miss watching TV at all.

Why yes, I enjoy the new "My Little Pony" show. I'd been following Lauren Faust's work for years, and the foundation she set, coupled with the team she put together, have taken what could have been another reason to stick your fist through the TV into something delightfully subversive to watch. I was recently reminded of the bullet that was dodged when I saw an ad for the new Care Bears series about to hit this month. Holy shit, is it ever insipidly saccharine in ways that the ponies have been able to avoid. I give MLP one more season before some fenderhead in a monkeysuit who can't let go of their ego fucks it up, but three good seasons is better than zero.

And a final reminder: MAY IS NATIONAL MASTURBATION MONTH. Give a hand to a friend, and they'll do the same for you.
doodlesthegreat: (Psy-Hazard)
(Hey look! I'm alive! Details to come later.)

This morning, I saw a demonstration of CCP's new game Dust 514, an FPS for the Playstation 3 that takes place in the same universe (and servers) as their starship MMO EVE Online. A highlight of the demo was showing how players in Dust can call on players in EVE to strike planetary targets from orbit. Meanwhile, most of the folks I know are instead going gaga over the next WoW update, which adds the Pandaren race to playable characters.

Call me silly, but isn't the ability to have people in one game able to call in fire support from a completely different type of game on a completely different type of platform in real time to be a tad more impressive (both technically and in terms of game play) than a new race of fuzzies that will be playing the same 90 goddamned levels as everyone else already had to?

(But hey, pandas.)
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@tomtomorrow: So if Breitbart is really dead, his legacy is such that no one entirely believes reports of his death.

I didn't wish the asshole was dead, and would rather he spent time rotting in jail for his crimes, but if you think I'm going to act contrite about the swine's passing then you don't know me at all.
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A bit late, I know, but I caught a cold not long after the con and have spent the past weeks riding it out.

I'd like to see Antheria continue. It isn't the biggest event, but it's still trying, and in many ways it's not over-extending itself the way so many other cons have in their early period. It does not hurt at all that with their second year the city of Redondo Beach has already fallen in love with the con and even the mayor came out to chat with the crowd. Probably because anything that fills hotel space and brings in tourists during the slack season is seen as a godsend. The two biggest troubles for now are the poor dealer room traffic and limited numbers of volunteers, but the former is like as not due to economics while the latter is what every con deals with every year. Otherwise, all mistakes and problems from last year either never occurred or were competently kept from the eyes of the general population.

Most important: It's a con AT THE BEACH. What makes it important? IT'S AT THE BEACH. Food is plentiful at all price levels, there's things to do withing walking distance of the hotel, and IT'S AT THE FUCKING BEACH. With almost every other con taking place at an airport or an industrial/business complex, I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to have one in an area intended for people to actually ENJOY BEING THERE. I haven't been to a con that well-set since Confurence was in Buena Park.

So yes, I think I will be going back. =};-3
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.


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...for which I can blame any number of things, but mostly can blame on my own inability to focus on projects for any serious length of time.

So, to update:

-I'm even fatter. My lazy ass is even lazier.

-I'm still unemployed.

-I've been professionally diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. I recognize that many of you out there are going "no shit, stupid" at this, but I'd resisted getting this done for so long since I don't think it's an excuse to be a jerk and I despise how so many self-diagnosed douchebags who took an internet quiz use it as one. I'd even joked about it with my therapist ("What does it get me, a permanent discount at Newegg? Free espresso every Monday at Starbucks?"), but it does turn out to give me access to SSI disability and I desperately need living expenses. I still get upset thinking about how I've had to resort to this, but I can't see a way out at this time.

-Been watching "My Little Pony : Friendship Is Magic" since the show premiered last October. Watching it ingrain itself into furry fandom wasn't much of a surprise. But seeing it ingrain itself into places like 4chan and Something Awful is one HELL of a shock. It's like discovering that Idi Amin was a fan of Rainbow Brite. Mad props to Lauren Faust and everyone on the production team for hitting the target.

-Went to the Wizard World comic event in Anaheim on the 29th of April. While it was somewhat busy, you could tell from the atmosphere that the event is on it's way to becoming as defunct as the magazine it sprung from. But I got to meet and talk with some good people and enjoyed myself supremely.

-I left ASIFA-Hollywood in November when it became more about the latter than the former. Sadly, I find that award shows tend to do that to all manner of media. The focus becomes about who gets the award, how to promote the award, and the usual human drama that accompanies the desire to have/give the award out. So whenever I hear folks in some group I am part of go "Let's make an award!", I am less than enthused about staying part of that group. So far, furry hasn't gone as overboard as A-H has. (The Ursa Majors are a joke, really. They need to stay that way.)

-I'm on Twitter. I have another post about it so folks on my friends list can add me, and those not can spend 30 seconds trying to guess what it is. -_-
doodlesthegreat: (forcebitch)
About to update hard drive, operating system, and ability to give and receive love from others. This may destroy the planet, so if the world ends... my bad.
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For those attempting to hold off the shitstorm about Congresswoman Gifford's shooting by saying "Let's not make it political." The assassination of Judge John Roll, the murder of five others including a small child, a Congresswoman fighting for her life in surgery, several others injured: May I ask what the hell apologists think the reason for it was? A sudden sale on paper towels at the local Safeway that the crowd wouldn't let this guy get to?

For the time being, shut up before you look like even bigger idiots.

EDIT: [sarcasm]I am shocked, SHOCKED that it took so long for the moron squad to come out of the woodwork.[/sarcasm]
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I am thankful for my family, my friends (like all of you reading this), my bunny Bandit, and the fact that I don't have to fly anywhere this week.

I am also thankful for (In no particular order):

peanuts
the internet
people who can whistle and stay in tune
rabbits
AlertPay
hand lotion
lileks.com
discovering 99 Cent Store cookies that are as good as Girl Scout Thin Mints
pinking shears
Lexapro
the new "My Little Pony" series
Patton Oswalt
Robert Benchley
facial tissues with aloe built in
modern plumbing & electrical services
and porn
doodlesthegreat: (Porn)
AlertPay has a customer for life.
doodlesthegreat: (Bugs)
Some of you may have seen the "It Gets Better" video released yesterday by the people at PIXAR (and if you haven't here it is), and I had an idea:

For Cars 3, Mater falls in love with a vehicle that pretends to have a stick shift but actually uses an automatic. Said character would be a "transmissional."

If you laughed at that, I'll save you a seat next to me in Hades.

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In other news, the same folks that made Despicable Me are releasing a live-action animation mix film this Easter called "Hop." Here's a link to a teaser and an early image for the film:

http://blog.moviefone.com/2010/11/23/hop-trailer/

I believe my reaction at this point is YES! YES! YES!
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I turned 47 today and shaved my rear end in celebration. It's also [livejournal.com profile] prickvixen's and [livejournal.com profile] kenket's birthday today. They'll have to do their own ass, but do wish them well.
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Went to CTN Expo Saturday. It was full of fun, lots of great artists who I felt bad about not having money for, and interesting studio exhibits. They need a bigger facility, the place was packed and parking was at a premium.
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Tonight is Cartoon Dump at the Steve Allen Theater. It's their Thanksgiving show, so I expect some special turkeys this evening. Dana Gould is the guest comic. Someday I will entice you loonies to come to see it. It's a bizzare treat.
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Thanksgiving at the in-laws means NO LEFTOVERS! WOOT!
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And the coming weekend is Loscon at the LAX Marriot. A fine little relaxacon that will have Phil Foglio as GOH this year. The theme is steampunk, so I will see if I can get him to draw a steampunk bunny sketch. Hope to see a few of you folks there!
doodlesthegreat: (forcebitch)
If you're an American and eligible to vote, but don't for whatever stupidass contrived reason you want to make up, don't bring up politics in my presence unless you like having my foot crush your gonads. Illness is acceptable, but it better be more than a fucking headcold. So's just having moved to a new part of the country. But overall, "I didn't register" is double stupid and earns you double damage.
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Remember this post?



I did it again...
doodlesthegreat: (forcebitch)
Are you Christian and upset by all the bad words being said about your group because of the homophobia pushed by the Religious Right?

Tough shit.
doodlesthegreat: (Djinni)
Re Da Dillo has put together a nice little idea over on FA to help raise money for breast cancer research: For $15 you get a special print of his character Pink Dee Dee from now until October 25th. You can find the details here:

http://www.furaffinity.net/view/4560382/