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#64) I'm at college and my room-mate doesn't know that I like MLP. I'm embarrassed to mention it to him, but it's a problem because I can't draw or watch ponies with him in the room...which is all the time. What advice do you have for me?

Answer: I think you should be at an age now where you should be accepted for your inoffensive interests. He probably has his own interests that could be seen as embarrassing. You're living together for the foreseeable future, and so it's not healthy to keep something to yourself that you want to be a part of. It won't be much fun spending an entire year, or perhaps longer, hiding your interest and avoiding drawing and so on.

Don't make an effort to 'tell' him: that's making it more important than it needs to be. Just do what you usually do – draw ponies and watch the episodes on Youtube or whatever. If he asks what you're watching, again, don't go overboard. Announcing that you're a 'brony' is unnecessary. Just say that it's a show that's getting a lot of buzz about it. If he insults you for it, shrug and say that you like it. If he takes it further, then he's not really being a rational human being; having a room-mate is about compromise, after all.

You could try and explain how there's a big fandom surrounding it, but it might not be necessary. While you may be tempted to try and 'convert' the fellow, you might find that it's easier to just keep your interest to yourself. If you take a rational approach, and merely say that it's one of many shows you watch, I doubt he'd think twice about it. You sound as if you're building up all these expectations for what you think may happen, but they don't seem to be particularly realistic. It's only a TV show and some drawings – I'm not sure why he'd care, being at college and all. One would assume that he has other things on his mind, like trying to bed insecure college girls or growing weed on his windowsill.

As said, don't make a mountain out of a molehill – the room is as much yours as it is his, and you have every right to draw what you want (within reason) and watch what you want (again, within reason). I'd just start watching/drawing and wait for him to make the first move. He might not say anything, and if he does, rather than act defensive, act indifferent. If he sees that you don't especially care about his opinion, because you don't jump into blind defence of the show, it's unlikely that he'll find anything worth mocking you about. His words would, seemingly, have little effect.




#65) Will Bronies eventually develop their own nation? If so, how many do you think? And what would you think its name should be?

Answer: I'm at a crossroads. I need to work out how to answer this with the regulation three-paragraph-minimum, or else it'll be the shortest answer ever. However, my dilemma comes from the fact that a simple response would be the most effective here. Alas, I'll have to begin by saying that no, bronies won't develop their own nation. Do you know what a nation is? A nation is rooted in ethnicity, in history, in identity, in race, in ancestry, in language, in values and so on, all of which come together to form a nationality. What on Earth possessed you to ask such a question? I would hope you aren't being serious. How would bronies possibly run a country? Where would the land even come from? Do you have an island in mind?

I suppose you'd like Equestria Daily's Sethisto to be President of the country? I can think of nothing worse than bronies having their own nation. Imagine it – a laughing-stock of a country, with crazy holidays celebrating ponies and an education system that teaches only friendship. You'd breed a race of kind fools. At least there would be an army thanks to the military bronies. They could defend the country from the bombs and invasions from land and sea.

I'd call it 'The Land of False Hope', because that's what it would surely be. I also like how you ask 'how many?' as if to imply that bronies could develop more than one nation. I don't believe that such a thing is possible. Where would the finance be coming from, or the trade links, or the political treaties? Where would the healthcare come from, or the public transport?

Bronies are just people. They aren't just going to break off and form their own country. You'd have to be some sort of maniac to think that a bunch of fans of a TV show would be able to go and set up a country. In ten years bronies won't even be on the mind of the internet; in twenty they'll be considered a thing of the past; in thirty nobody will remember they were even here.



#66) I love the songs in the show. Being a music critic what do you think of them? (my favourite is "Find a Pet") Give scores if you can.

Answer: For an animated TV show, they have no right to be as well-made as they are. While a few aren't anything special, there are a whole bunch that really are quite impressive. These would be my scores for the major songs:

Laughter Song – 31/100 (Inoffensive Pinkie Pie ditty; introduces her to singing)

Winter Wrap Up – 66/100 (Catchy chorus; good chance to hear all the ponies sing)

Art of the Dress – 71/100 (When taken with its second half, an underrated gem)

You Got to Share, You Got to Care – 36/100 (Wordplay at the expense of melody)

At the Gala – 73/100 (Not 'Disney-quality' by any means, but objectively the 'best' song due to its orchestration and vocal work)

Find A Pet Song – 70/100 (First duet; slow middle can be forgiven for its excellent finish)

Becoming Popular (The Pony Everypony Should Know) – 68/100 (Great song; should be a minute longer)

The Flim Flam Brothers – 78/100 (Most intelligent lyrics of the show doubled with an audacious swagger; first male vocal-work makes me wonder why more haven't been recorded)

The Perfect Stallion – 41/100 (They needed a song that 'sounded' better than their Cutie Mark Crusader song)

Smile Song – 75/100 (First time Pinkie Pie sings about something meaningful; good chorus; pay-off isn't quite as good as it could be, but the road there is solid)

B.B.B.F.F. - 52/100 (Twilight sings better when she isn't sad...or when she sounds oddly auto-tuned)

This Day Aria (Cadence Aria) – 57/100 – (Over-singing unfairly compared by many to a Disney-quality song. Maybe the Hunchback of Notre Dame 2)

Love Is In Bloom – 49/100 – (Hasbro's 'complete' version with the piano intro is slightly better)

The Failure/Success Song – 55/100 (Spike does a twirl and Twilight sings well. The song fails to go beyond that)

Ballad of the Crystal Ponies – 63/100 (Fast-paced narrative-song that serves to enhance the plot)
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Krazzulimaii Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, harsh numbers. I, personally, would put Winter Wrap Up higher on the scale, simply because it's effectiveness to tell a story that conveys a lot of emotion, as well as the very emotional vocals.

Becoming Popular, though, has got to be either one of the best, or the best song. (by the way, you're VERY subtle with your opinion that Rarity is best pony.) It has a very catchy tune and vocals, and it should really be a longer song.

IMO, Winter Wrap Up, Becoming Popular, The Flim Flam Brothers, and This Day Aria should be the highest on the charts. This Day Aria because of it's great sound, and effective transition between the two to clearly show Cadence's horror and Chrysalis' glee.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Rarity is the most interesting character, for sure.
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Discord-Arrow Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student Artist
#65 seriously. unless a chunk of land appears the rest of the world is taken
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Taez Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The #65 one just made me sigh. No wonder people think bronies are "special". People care waaayy too much about MLP FiM. Really, it's not sane. And ugh how I hate the whole term brony.
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LateCustomer Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012   Digital Artist
#64
One minor bit of advice to whoever asked the question: wear some headphones. This is more out of respect for your roomie as you should do this anytime you're watching a show, playing a game, or listening to music. The added benefit to you is that your roomie is less likely to care about what you're up to if he doesn't have to hear it. Regardless, I agree with Cudpug, don't make a big deal out of nothing.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Seeing your screen-name is always a pleasure.
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
#64 The age-old question (well, at least forty or fifty years old): do I let other people in on my secret fandom? Only in this case it's for something which carries, I think, unnecessary and unfounded connotations, so I think you're perfectly within your rights to be concerned with your roommate's reaction.

However, it's really not necessary. Like Cudpug said, there's really no reason to be afraid. You're not in high school anymore. Most of the stupid kids who are more concerned with Jersey Shore than school work have been weeded out, and the remainder won't survive past their Freshmen, or maybe Sophomore year (there are a few exceptions, but they're not common at all). The people who attend college and university are, for the most part, intelligent people who are a cut above the rest. Some may act like idiots (I should know; I'm in the middle of studying in the study room trying to complete a lab report and there are three students across from me who won't shut up . . . ), but that doesn't mean they're not mature enough to deal with you being a brony.

In a conversation today with a person who I'm getting to be good friends with, I happened to mention I was a brony, after he said he hated bronies mind you, and after a few exchanges with him defending his hatred and me defending bronies in general, we started talking about my AT-AT project as though nothing happened, then joked and had a good time till I said I needed to go study.

If I could survive confessing being a brony to an admitted brony-hater, then you've got nothing to worry about.

That being said, don't be a jerk about it: keep it to yourself and don't rub it in your roommate's face that you're a brony. The most extreme MLP thing I've got is a 2"x3" printout of Rainbow Dash with sunglasses on and the saying "Deal With It" underneath tacked to my door, which I chose because someone could easily mistake it for me saying "deal with my nerdiness" rather than "deal with the fact that I'm a brony", as it is surrounded by starships and sci-fi characters. I figure if another brony sees it, which is the whole purpose of showing off your fandom, they'll know there's someone else like them, at least on my floor, and anyone else will not really see it since there are so many other items around it.

So don't be afraid of being "found out", just don't go overboard with coming out about it either.

#65 Oookay . . . I really don't think this is a serious question. Quick answer: no, it would depend on how many bronies exist, and "Equestria," naturally.

#66 I was actually going to ask this myself, eventually.

Your job is being a music critic, so I'm not going to say you're wrong (especially since I'm an Engineering Major), but I did think one or two could have had higher scores, specifically BBBFF and This Day Aria, if you had judged them purely on the quality of the compositions. I have actually said many times to myself that Becoming Popular needs to be longer, and I hope Hasbro releases an extended version sometime with an additional verse. IIRC, Daniel Ingram almost got a Emmy for that and Art of the Dress.

You're certainly right about the music being better than it has any right to be. I mean, this is a children's cartoon . . . it should mostly be songs like "Giggle at the Ghostly" and definitely none of them should be over two minutes long. Instead we get pop songs that sound as good as stuff that appears in music stores around the country and catchy tunes that you find yourself humming months after you first hear it (I'm still trying to get Winter Wrap-Up out of my head).

I think Season 3 will have some pretty good music, as well. Daniel Ingram has blogged about how this one will be the best yet, and while I always take someone's self-evaluations with a grain of salt, his track record leads me to conclude that this will probably be true for the most part.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
It's always cool to see how you compound my existing advice with additional points.

As for the music, it's in my nature to be a harsh critic, and I was judging the songs under various categories, including lyrics, composition, singing quality and so on. To me, BBBFF had pretty weak lyrics and it didn't strike up the emotion for me that it should have. As for This Day Aria, all I can say is that I think the song is average. It sounded like something Dreamworks might have stuck in a film. It's definitely not up there with some of Disney's greatest songs.

While the scores may appear harsh, it wouldn't do me much good if I'd rated some songs in the 90s, and then a bunch of Season 3 songs turn out to be so much better - it would make differentiating between quality that much harder. Those are the scores that I would objectively give the songs, in comparison to other music. I didn't judge them based on other children's animation songs, because if I did that, they'd all be in the 90s. Instead, I judged them as I would any song, by a band or other.
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's fair. If you weren't a harsh critic, nobody would take you seriously, and when you do give a high score, it would be that much more appreciated. But I wasn't thinking mid-90's for those two; more like mid-60's. They were just a bit lower than I expected (the fact that I'm in school and anything lower that 65% is considered an F is probably why. ;) ).

I think MLP is in a unique position in that it is under the label of "girl show" but has good music, and therefore people are more impressed with the songs than perhaps they would be if the songs stood alone. When your expectations are lowered, the result is that a better-than-average song sounds awesome (which incidentally may explain the popularity of the film Independence Day).

One thing I am quite impressed with is that Daniel Ingram can turn out good songs like these in the amount of time he has to prepare them. It's not like a normal artist, who has all the time in the world to come up with something new (though for their popularity's sake they need to come up with new stuff fairly quickly nonetheless). He's got to wait for the scripts and direction for the song, then come up with something that sounds good before they need to record it. When viewed in that light, it becomes all the more impressive to me that the songs sound as good as they do.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
I would agree. A lot of the songs aren't anything amazing, but, when taken as part of the show, they take on an elevated role. It makes sense, and I do think that their presence in the respective episodes has to be taken into consideration when scoring them, if only slightly. That said, I really didn't like "This Day Aria" very much. Just didn't do much for me, and I felt as if Cadance was over-singing.

I do agree, though, that Daniel does a fantastic job, given the limitations of the medium and the time constraints. I can't imagine how the songs would have been done any better.
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Tuxer21 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student General Artist
lol
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Tuxer21 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student General Artist
gosh*
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Tuxer21 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student General Artist
josh i have nuttin my family and some of my friends dont know im a brony but my friend just ordered me like 15 mlp shirts so i dont know how long i can keep this secret
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doctordapples Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
If Sethisto becomes President, I'm leading the coup.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
We'll have a Drawfriends Putsch.
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doctordapples Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
HELL YEA
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paxtofettel Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
A country? A friggin country?


Excuse me while I go bang my head against the wall.
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ender1200 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
keep a spot for me too, will ya?
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paxtofettel Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
I make no promises.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
patxo pls
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paxtofettel Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Cuby pls
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BB-K Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You pretty much explain for #64.

At first I thought it's the fictional world itself for #65. If I have to run my own nation, I don't mind creating a pony version of Vatican city and inside there contains many cardinals and the pope in all sorts of animal species, not just ponies, but also griffins, donkeys and even dragons (but small sizes like Spike's teenage years)
OR Moscow where the population is not a lot of ponies but a lot of talking polar bears, nope, no Care Bear reference here. Or even a pure inspired idea like Sonic's floating island which the population are all but griffins. Donkeys in a Chinese religion concentrated nation, (No offense, I just portray them since they don't have a lot of hair), camels in Arab or African nations, etc..
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Sounds imaginative.
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BB-K Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And sounds great too if we expand the universe since the crew created Zecora & then the bisons.
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APPLEDASHxLOVE Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
not to be rude i know your probably telling some truth to question 65 but thirty or twenty even ten years yea the internet might forget but us Bronies the ones that will never forget will always remember and will probably pass it on to their kids or others but i can promise you this i wont ever forget MLP:FIM ever. Cross my heart and hope to fly stick a muffin in my eye i wont ever forget!!!
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
What if you develop Alzheimer's?
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APPLEDASHxLOVE Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
i will remember in my heart and to hell with Alzheimers
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My-Simplicity Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello I was wondering if it would be okay if I featured these advice columns in #MyLittleChibis~!
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Sure thing. Go ahead.
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My-Simplicity Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you~ ^^
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eddsworldbatboy1 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
(why am i making too many comments!?)

If there is a group of people that have a different culture then its possible for the to develop their own nation.... take germany for example... or Kievan Rus or something
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Technically yes, but A) not really in the modern world, and B) not based on a short-lived cartoon.
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eddsworldbatboy1 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
what about christianity.. now thats a good example
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Redundant. You're using historical evidence. How would that happen today?
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eddsworldbatboy1 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
rarely history can be repeated
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chibilombax Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Why do so many of these questions have answer simply of "Grow the fuck up and fuck it if people give you shit?" Just my version. Sorry I had a rough day and that college question just made me go wtf. YOU'RE IN COLLEGE! You can't have any level of maturity at this point? Instead of panicking again treating a cartoon like it's a damn sexuality?

-_- Sorry Cudpug I had a bad day I had to rant a little at something. That question just bugged the snot out of me.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Don't worry, friend - answering some of these questions make me sigh and roll my eyes. It's a hard job, but someone has to do it ;P
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chibilombax Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
I envy your maturity then friend. ^^
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Catnipfairy Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha, is the first question from Colin? ; P
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ColinMLP Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No.
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Cuddlepug Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Yeah, he asked it about a week ago.
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eddsworldbatboy1 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
there is a chance of Bronies being a country... IF most of the world is too decentralised
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eddsworldbatboy1 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
There are paths to life... even bronies... we might strive for about half a century... or maybe we might get to serious with our beliefs of mlp and decide to form a country... you never know the future
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TheRobberBaron Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
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Please just stop. This is like...painful, this is a painful amount of stupidity. I ain't even going to sugar coat it, that is a retarded idea. Form a brony nation, you will be invaded by Canada. I know the future of that little project.
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eddsworldbatboy1 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
its better to dream than not to dream at all... it keeps us going so please step aside
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eddsworldbatboy1 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
yay! thanks for answering my question!
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regidar Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student Writer
God, do people even think about these questions before submitting them (I'm looking at you, number 65.)
I think that was sent in as a joke. I'm HOPING that was sent in as a joke.
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eddsworldbatboy1 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
im gonna let that slide
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regidar Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student Writer
Ah, so you must be the person who submitted that question (I'm assuming)
Well, even before Cudpug told us about why it was absurd, it was kinda already a bit absurd just to think about. I meant no disrespect, it just seemed like such a frivolous idea that it was sorta obvious why it would never work.
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eddsworldbatboy1 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
personally i think we are innovative... we might work out a way IF most of the world is too decentralized.... plus i had been notified of a "famous brony" that the revolution is "near"... i said that theres not enough of us, plus if the revolution started it would be big news around the community...
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