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    Friday, April 10th, 2015
    11:17 pm
    Legends of Equestria Open Server Weekend
    LoEf15_06

    We are getting spoiled rotten. This will be the third time this year that Legends of Equestria, that free-to-play MMORPG, is inviting the lot of us in to test this virtual Equestria environment and to see what their artistry has wrought.

    The servers are open from Friday April 10th to Sunday April 12th. You are required to register on forums here (this is a necessary step, it registers your handle and password for the MMORPG at the same time).

    Registration involves getting a confirmation code/link via email from the forum. If your ISP is like mine, that email ends up in the spam trap (which is online and behind so many changed passwords that I don't bother anymore). One solution to getting email through the trap is to send an email to them! That's noreply @ legendsofequestria dot com.

    You're going to need a new 'client' to run the game. There are Linux, mac and pc clients. They're free. It's been a rocky start to this Open Server weekend and all the clients had to updated. The downloads are via Mega.

    Download these updated clients here:

    Windows (x86 / 32-bit): http://bit.ly/1ydSxBB (updated)
    Windows (x64 / 64-bit): http://bit.ly/1GU7cn0 (updated)
    Mac OS X: http://bit.ly/1PszXey (updated)
    Linux: http://bit.ly/1awUdLN (updated)

    If all else fails, you could use an old client from last February. It will work but you won't see the latest additions (I think there are manticores this time around). My download is in progress, only 19% to go. Then it's unzip the folder, open the unzipped version of the folder, click on the feather icon for the exe file, and log in and make a pony so I can go trot about in the game. Oops. Mega seems to be stuck at 81%, Looks like I'll have to start over.

    Please Note: Chrome tends to inform you that the file is malicious and to drop it into an oubliette. To recover the blocked download on Chrome, hit Ctrl-J to open your downloads window and click "Recover Malicious File".

    Here is the Q&A panel the game developpers had at BabsCon on April 4th or 5th 2015, recorded by Ponyville Live.


    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APUw1XUsuBU

    Ponies!

    X-posted from: Frith@dreamwidth

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    Monday, April 6th, 2015
    1:10 pm
    Mini Mystery, Revealed!
    This could be useful for people buying the second series of Mini Funko MLP figures.

    There are no numbers or distinguishing marks on the boxes (unless it's in UV ink or some other invisible ink) but I highly suspect every box to be packed exactly in the same order. I unpacked a complete crate and I took notes. I decided to do so only after I had handled the first two boxes, so left and right for the first row has a 50/50 chance of being invalid.

    How could this be useful is suppose you find a mostly undisturbed crate in a store, pay attention to the order and you can buy just that one figure you want. So here it is:

    Twelve boxes in rows of two, six boxes on the top, six boxes on the bottom.

    Top layer:
    Front Row:
    Left box: Trixie (colour)
    Right box: Twilight Sparkle (colour)

    Middle row:
    Left box: Daring Do (black)
    Right box: Discord (colour)

    Back row:
    Left box: Discord (black)
    Right box: Rarity (black)

    Bottom layer:
    Front Row:
    Left box: Trixie (black)
    Right box: Discord (black)

    Middle row:
    Left box: Twilight Sparkle (black)
    Right box: Applejack (black)

    Back row:
    Left box: Big MacIntosh (black)
    Right box: Big MacIntosh (black)


    I'm glad I bought a crate, otherwise I'd never have found a colour Twilight. Last Thursday I bought a big glass cabinet for $20, with glass doors, shelves and sides, and a mirror in the back. It also has a socket for a light which I plan to swap out for LED's. It was a challenge to tie it to the roof of my car and it was a lot heavier than I thought, I scratched the paint on the car easing it down to the ground. It also stinks of cigarette smoke, even after I washed 75% of it in and out. The stench should fade soon, I hope. I now have five MLP cabinets and three Bambi cabinets.

    X-posted from: Frith@dreamwidth

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    Saturday, April 4th, 2015
    8:25 am
    Five Seasons of MLP:FIM and Counting
    There's a small blizzard blowing, the llamas are caked in snow because most of the floor of the shelter is flooded. The red winged blackbirds (arrived March 31st) and the robins (arrived April 2nd) are mostly camped out in trees and bushes waiting for this too to pass, and I need to order a fresh batch of hay.

    But I don't care! In less than three hours the FIFTH season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic begins.

    The sunshine, it's right here.

    Princess_Cadence_dawnfire_final
    Source: http://www.furaffinity.net/full/10412203/

    X-posted from: Frith@dreamwidth

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    Thursday, March 19th, 2015
    11:52 am
    Tomorrow Spring is Here
    winterwrap1

    Three months of winter coolness
    and an extended holiday
    I've kept indoors where it's warm
    time off from work to play
    But the days are shorter than I thought
    and I can't seem to get things done
    So my house is still a mess
    I've been having too much fun

    The time has come to wish for Spring
    and all things neat and clean
    My plan to tidy has gone awry
    Of this mess I am not keen
    I'm out of dishes, they're dirty, see
    What am I going to do?
    This mess has become tragic
    Should I move to someplace new?

    Winter pile up! Winter pile up!
    If only I liked the taste of beer
    Winter pile up! Winter pile up!
    I could be drunk while sitting here
    This mess won't be easy to clear.

    Washing the first dozen plates
    the spring cleaning begins
    And organizing the plastic trash
    Oh rolling pin that's where you've been
    Stacking newsprint and folded cardboard just so
    When the truck comes by, to the recyclers they go!

    Winter pile up! Winter pile up!
    If only I liked the taste of beer
    Winter pile up! Winter pile up!
    I could be drunk while sitting here
    Winter pile up! Winter pile up!
    I could be drunk while sitting here
    This mess won't be easy to clear.

    Little creatures lurk and play
    beneath these mounds of vice
    Storing seeds inside my shoes
    daring little shrews and mice
    Now spiders, beetles, flies and ants
    from where I don't know
    Some days they swarm from every crack
    How I wish they would all go!

    Winter pile up! Winter pile up!
    If only I liked the taste of beer
    Winter pile up! Winter pile up!
    I could be drunk while sitting here
    Winter pile up! Winter pile up!
    I could be drunk while sitting here
    This mess won't be easy to clear.

    The dust lies thick upon the ground
    Mites is what it breeds
    Sweeping and vacuuming up the rug
    is just what it needs
    The crevice tool takes out the webs
    dusts off the furniture too
    Sneezing now so very hard
    The rug looks just like new!

    Winter pile up! Winter pile up!
    If only I liked the taste of beer
    Winter pile up! Winter pile up!
    I could be drunk while sitting here
    Winter pile up! Winter pile up!
    I could be drunk while sitting here
    This mess won't be easy to clear.

    Now that the floor is all clean
    and I've cleared some of my waste
    I'm not even close to finished
    to cleaning up my place
    How will I ever wash those dishes
    and put them all away?
    I need to sit down and I'll just
    clean another day
    clean another day!

    Winter pile up! Winter pile up!
    If only I liked the taste of beer
    Winter pile up! Winter pile up!
    I could be drunk while sitting here
    Winter pile up! Winter pile up!
    This mess won't be easy to clear.
    This mess won't be easy to clear.
    This mess won't be easy to clear!



    Outside it's not much better. The skies are clear but there's no sign of southern birds and the snow is just not melting.

    X-posted from: Frith@dreamwidth

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    Thursday, March 12th, 2015
    8:19 pm
    Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
    9:18 pm
    In case there was any doubt
    Twilight Sparkle

    With a significant amount of Fluttershy to help me better empathize with critters.

    Three days until Pi day, eight days until Winter Wrap Up, 24 days until Season Five of MLP:FIM.

    X-posted from: Frith@dreamwidth

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    Friday, February 27th, 2015
    3:17 pm
    Thursday, February 19th, 2015
    10:59 pm
    Pack Your Bags, Legends of Equestria Opens in an Hour
    LoEja15_53

    For 48 hours straight starting at just past midnight Friday morning February 20th and running until 11:59 PM EST on Saturday February 21st, Legends of Equestria is having another Open Server Weekend.

    If you like site-seeing and snapping pictures, LoE is fun. If you like scavenger hunt quests and/or stomping at aggressive beasties, LoE is fun. If you like galloping through the streets of great copies of Ponyville, Cloudsdale, Canterlot, the Crystal Empire, Sweet Apple Acres, the Everfree Forest, a Diamond Dogs mine and some frontier area, LoE is lots of fun. If you like seeing crowds of ponies in a whole slew of colours, LoE is fun. There's other stuff to do too, like flying, teleporting, casting spells, butt-sliding...

    Here are the links to the clients you'll need to download to play the game. These should be different from the January client.

    Windows (x86 / 32-bit): http://bit.ly/1DycODf
    Windows (x64 / 64-bit): http://bit.ly/1Dyaj3W
    Mac OS X: http://bit.ly/1DxUBG9
    Linux: http://bit.ly/1DyhJnL

    Please Note: Chrome tends to inform you that the file is malicious and to drop it into an oubliette. To recover the blocked download on Chrome, hit Ctrl-J to open your downloads window and click "Recover Malicious File".

    X-posted from: Frith@dreamwidth

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    Sunday, February 15th, 2015
    9:34 am
    Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
    7:42 pm
    Ten Thousand Comments
    On Feb 4th I posted my 10,000th comment on LJ! That's at least two NaNoWriMo's and it only took me 10 years to do it. Ten years, ten thousand disjointed thoughts and statements. That's me all over. It'd be a best seller! I've also cracked 1,000 images in the Flickr gallery I'm using. I looked into making a new gallery, but Flickr now requires a phone number for that. Nope. Not going to happen.

    Frost01a

    Winter is wintery, but it's giving me cool frost patterns on my kitchen window.

    It's getting easier to slip the harness on and off the male llama while he's eating. I still haven't tried snapping the leash on. I give him a kiss behind the ear to start and more after I've finished putting the harness on. He just keeps eating. It can take a few tries to get the front of the harness between his nose and the feed, but once that's slipped over his nose it's smooth sailing. Much the same pattern when I remove the harness, massage him where the strap rested on his neck behind his ears and blow warm air into his fur. He doesn't run away after finishing the feed so I guess it's as pleasant as I imagine it to be, even though he's a llama. Llama = don't touch me.

    Cria '14 has the ability to spit, something that I have yet to see the male do.

    I don't see the cottontail rabbit too often, it might be spending time further away. It's leaving less light brown Trix on the hay bales. I've taken to spreading empty wood shaving and feed bags on top of the bales that are within rabbit reach. It still found a spot on the back of one bale that I'd missed. The llamas will decide which parts of that are still edible.

    Frost02

    It's supposed to be the winter of many mice. I started out with voles instead of the usual hanta virus fairies. I no longer have voles, I have a shrew, a Sorex cinereus. It is mostly very quiet, sometimes I hear it rustling through the recycling or gnawing something behind a scrap of wood in a cardboard box. When it runs past it is as quiet as a ghost. It is too light to trigger the traps. I guess it will die of old age. I hope it's eating the asian ladybird beetles that must be overwintering in every crack and cranny in the walls. I must say I haven't seen them march out to swarm my windows lately. They would do that on warm days, but the warm days have been few and far between lately. I have become best buddies with my space heater.

    Sketchbooktwilight

    I rarely visit Tumblr. The architecture there is so alienating, as a gallery it's clunky and unfriendly, and as a micro-effort reblogging enterprise, trite. But I really liked this comic. So I made an RSS feed for it on DreamWidth: [syndicated profile] sketchbook_twilight_feed. Read it and subscribe. ^_^

    Please remind me to never buy quiche again, even if it's "four cheese", half priced and convenient. Each time after I eat a quiche I feel blegh. The ham pot pie I ate today wasn't much better.

    Well, it's 2015 and still Year of the Pony for another eight days, after which it's the Turn of the Sheep. 2015 is also the year of hoverboards, Jaws in 3D, self-lacing shoes, home fusion power generators and of course, flying cars. Some of you also have eBooks.



    bulls_of_the_hooved_by_assasinmonkey
    Source: http://assasinmonkey.deviantart.com/art/Bulls-of-the-Hooved-503089853

    X-posted from: Frith@dreamwidth

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    Sunday, February 1st, 2015
    5:11 pm
    My Weekend in Legends of Equestria
    LoEja15_87

    I didn't stay dead long. I "respawned" unharmed at the jump station to the forest area inhabited by the dragon. Dragon baiting isn't my thing, I chose instead to try and pet the pacing dryads. They ignored me and marched on. I was dissaplant.
    Let"s go shopping!Collapse )
    The end.

    X-posted from: Frith@dreamwidth

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    Saturday, January 31st, 2015
    5:54 pm
    My Weekend in Legends of Equestria
    LoEja15_65

    High cliffs and riotous vegetation lining Zecora's hollow blocked me from flying straight to the shaft of white in the gloomy sky. I detoured over the bridge to where the dryads drilled, and from there to where flowers bloomed a brilliant blue. The poison joke patch. The white shaft was sunlight. Perhaps the flowers could play a joke on the gloom too, clearing the sky directly above. I set about trying to get a good picture.
    Uh oh oh, we"ve got some wild, wild life!Collapse )
    Will the adventure ever end? What rest awaits the wicked? Are the 'shrooms in Equestria... magic? These questions and more will probably remain unanswered tomorrow as the Weekend of Legends (of Equestria) reaches its epic conclusion! Same haunt, same font!

    X-posted from: Frith@dreamwidth

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    Friday, January 30th, 2015
    1:38 pm
    My Weekend in Legends of Equestria
    I think I'm turning Japanese I really think so.

    LoEja15_48

    After finding the rising sun in Cantermore, I went to the train station to make the jump to the Crystal Kingdom. I'd tried to visit the library in the Crystal Kingdom at night, but it wouldn't let me in. Now that it was day, I intended to try again. No deal, the door to the library was still locked.
    Don"t get lost in the Everfree.Collapse )
    What mysteries await our hero in Zecora's wood? Will the hair gel ever wear off? Who needs a bath anyway when you're practically perfect in every way? Stay tuned for more rhetorical questions, same pony place, same pony face!

    X-posted from: Frith@dreamwidth

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    Thursday, January 29th, 2015
    12:12 pm
    My Weekend in Legends of Equestria
    More vacation pictures!

    LoEja15_24

    Before the moon got too far above the horizon for good pictures, I caught the jump from Ponydale to the Crystal Kingdom at the train station. On the railway building was a sign with two destinations: Canterlot and the Crystal Kingdom. Click the sign and then choose "Crystal Kingdom" from the menu. That worked day and night.
    ♪♫ I like the night life feeling! ♫♪Collapse )
    This sordid tale of exploration continues tomorrow!

    X-posted from: Frith@dreamwidth

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    Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
    2:51 pm
    My weekend in Legends of Equestria
    LoEja15_02

    Very early last Sunday morning I put together my blue and gold pony, selected a server and started the game. I arrived at sunset in Cloudopolis. The moon started to rise before the sun had finished setting at the far end of the horizon. This makes for a pretty crazy transition period with the sun shining brightly in dark skies while still well above the hills.
    More pictures under the cut.Collapse )
    Continued tomorrow!

    X-posted from: Frith@dreamwidth

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    Monday, January 26th, 2015
    10:01 am
    Walking in Canterlot With my Hooves a League Above the Main
    I wake up to news of the US north east buckling down for high winds and a humdinger of a winter snow storm that is just hours away. "Two feet" (60 cm) of snow for Newark New Jersey. Out my window wings are calm and the sky is sunny with a few thin clouds off in the distance. We might get some light snow tomorrow and then it will be back to sunshine again. It's looking like another week where I won't have to bother shoveling snow at all. Hash tag fat and lazy.

    Last week's movie was Taken 3. I skipped it. This week's movie is even worse: American Sniper. I was just reading about the guy that movie portrays, Kyle, lying through his teeth in a Snopes article. 9_9 Wonderful. I much rather see Paddington. I also have a small pile of movies to watch, lent to me by a friend whose vice is to acquire DVD's. Top on the list is the Robocop reboot.

    From around midnight to after 5 am this morning I was exploring a virtual Equestria in Legends of Equestria. I chose a pegasus morph. A flying pony is the most versatile form for getting around, taking pictures from all angles and finding places and exits. LoE is having a three day open-server weekend to test the stability of the game and the capacity of the servers. In game, as a way to avoid trademark protection by Hasbro, Ponyville is called Ponydale, Canterlot is called Cantermore, Cloudsdale is called Cloudopolis, the Everfree forest is called Evershade, and the Crystal Empire is called the Crystal Kingdom.

    The open server event started with a DDOS attack. Seems that purchasing a botnet to launch a DDOS attack for a lark has become relatively easy. After the botnet attack, the shear number of people wanting to go adventuring on LoE also tested the capacity of the three servers. But the vistas in LoE are beautiful and the array of colour choices of the pony avatars made by the people playing are dazzling, especially when a large number congregate to "dance". Dancing consists of jogging on the spot. A new location this time around (it's the 6th iteration of an "open server weekend" for LoE) is the Crystal Empire. It's beautiful, of course. The Equestria Games stadium is right next to the palace, but it lacks the northern lights, the spinning Crystal Heart and King Sombra's trap. Canterlot can no longer be seen from Ponyville and the Golden Oaks library has shrank to house size, which made it harder to find. I watched the sun set and the moon rise in Cloudsdale and Ponyville, the moon rise in the Crystal Empire and the moon set and the sun appear in Canterlot. I took 50 pictures so far this time around. Despite the large number of players, this morning I saw very few of them in Canterlot and in the Crystal Empire. I will probably drop back in to try and find Zecora's house in the Everfree some time today. I've never managed to find that hut.

    X-posted from: Frith@dreamwidth

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    Sunday, January 25th, 2015
    2:17 pm
    Madness! In 3-D!
    Forget hoverboards and Jaws, this what the cool kids do these days.


    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RAQsdTQIcs

    Argodaemon used Source FilmMaker (SFM) to make this. The music is "Mary Jane" by Jean Jacques Perry, and the original Flash version, called Princess Celestia Being Deep, was made by Immatoonlink.

    X-posted from: Frith@dreamwidth

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    Saturday, January 24th, 2015
    1:07 pm
    Chuck'n Arrows, Old School

    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEG-ly9tQGk

    Lars is pretty amazing with that bow. He catches arrows in mid-flight, he fires off three shots in .6 seconds, he splits an incoming arrow in mid flight... What's even more eye opening is that he demonstrates just how much we've forgotten when it comes to historical archery technique and the myths that we are perpetuating. Imagine WW2 fought with flintlocks and you get the idea just how crippled our view of archery has become.

    Youtube gave me a hard time when I tried to edit down the URL to a bare minimum. Claimed it didn't like my old browser. 9_9 Bite me: it's old embed and simple URL for you, and you're going to like it. I only upgraded to Firefox 23 like last year. This constant upgrade nonsense is getting out of hand and I certainly don't trust updated browsers to be transparent, simple and manageable. (Flickr has jumped the shark as well -- I wanted to create a gallery and it asked for my phone number. Yeah right, like that's going to happen.) Each time I upgrade my browser I lose control over something or they do something ridiculous like load new tabs next to the tab that spawned it instead of in the order I create them. I've pretty much been with Mozilla since Netscape Navigator but I'm not keen to switch to a rotten version of Firefox.

    Simple, functional, responsive, back-compatible and ethical business plan pretty much sums up why I'm on Dreamwidth. Not counting double posts, this is my 700th blog post here, here including the LJ side as I still have my feet planted on both venues. I've posted more in the MLP:FIM communities I maintain, over a thousand times there. MLP:FIM rocks.

    X-posted from: Frith@dreamwidth

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    Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
    8:47 am
    Quoted: "U.K." Le Guin
    Quoted from a Lightspeed magazine article about women in SF by Mary Robinette Kowal via [personal profile] supergee:

    Pat Cadigan: Migod, yes. Decades after the advent of U.K. Le Guin, we saw the debut of N.K. Jemisin, the N being Nora. There’s a photo on the Internet of a white-haired woman holding a protest sign; the sign says, “I cannot believe I still have to protest this shit.” Amen, sister.

    Ursula: This makes it sound as if I crept into SF under my initials only. Not so. I was Ursula K. from the get-go. The “debut of U.K. Le Guin” was a one-time appearance, for a specific reason. Virginia Kidd submitted my story “Nine Lives” to Playboy using my initials only and they accepted it. When Virginia gleefully told them U.K. was not Ulysses Karl, they didn’t back out, but they asked if they could keep the U.K., because their male readers were alarmed by female writers. The explanation was so touching, and the money was so good, that we magnanimously consented.



    X^D

    Now go read the rest. ^_^

    X-posted from: Frith@dreamwidth

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    Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
    2:13 pm
    The Bambi Poster
    Bambi_pencil_1989a

    The 1988 theatrical release was the first time I saw Bambi. I liked it a lot. In 1989 I sat down with a piece of fan-fold printer paper, a HB pencil and a Mars Plastic eraser and drew a scene from the film. It took me from June 21st to September 1st to draw it. It had to be perfect.

    Click on this "cut" link for the rest.Collapse )

    X-posted from: Frith@dreamwidth

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