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23rd Apr 2015, 6:00 AM
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Suddenly, Knowledge
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Newbiespud 23rd Apr 2015, 6:00 AM edit delete
Newbiespud
I had a much more long-winded note here referencing that one xkcd comic about Wikipedia in regards to Twilight, then suggesting Twilight might follow xkcd pretty closely among webcomics. Which led me to two shallow Mane Six matching game questions: "What pony to what website?" "What pony to what webcomic?" I ran out of steam shortly after, so I scrapped it and left it at that.

But wait! One last piece of news about EFNW, I swear. Actually, it's the same news, but now they're reporting it! The staff like to announce the community guests in batches to avoid clogging up their newsfeed with each individual small-time guest. I was given confirmation right before I went on my Arizona trip and was told it would be officially announced around this time. So in case you feared there was an error or I was being misleading, there it is! Now I'll shut up about it for a month, for reals.

64 Comments:

Digo 23rd Apr 2015, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
Wikipedia and TVtropes are like the time-wasting black holes of the internet. You go there for one thing and end up spending 3-4 hours clicking on links. Good times though. XD

Ponies have a better strength-to-body ratio, making them excellent for carrying stuff. My D&D wizard had a pony familiar... except she HATED being used as a pack-mule. Seriously, she kicked everyone who thought of her that way. My wizard got kicked once!

So be nice to ponies. :3
MuffinMark 23rd Apr 2015, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
MuffinMark
I've slowed my browsers to a halt from TvTropes tabs before...
multiple times
Raxon 23rd Apr 2015, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Tv Tropes, wikipedia, and cracked, back a few years ago before they drank the koolaid and it went to shit.

I'm also rather fond of watchcartoononline, because I like Adventure Time, Steven Universe, and a bunch of other shows that I can't see without cable.
Kira 23rd Apr 2015, 8:57 PM edit delete reply
Raxon are you secretly me. we both know of Gathcha Force we both use Watch cartoons Online (admittedly for different shows butt..) also Drank the koolaid >.> DAMMIT RAXON GIVE ME MY LIFE BACK :/
Disloyal Subject 23rd Apr 2015, 7:50 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
It's a weekly event at least for me to crash a computer opening tabs on TVTropes. At least I don't try to read every article anymore... Accepting that the sum of all human writing is too much to read isn't easy.
Mykin 23rd Apr 2015, 9:15 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
I don't normally go to the sites all that often. But when I do, I usually have the strength of will to stop looking at those after the first hour of traversing them.

I have actually used TV Tropes to brainstorm some ideas for characters before and they've turned out well enough, so I don't think of it as time wasted in that regard.
Digo 23rd Apr 2015, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
TVtropes is useful if you know how to use it, yeah. I've gotten some good ideas from there.
Specter 23rd Apr 2015, 9:30 AM edit delete reply
Specter
Wikipedia, I love it. I also never spend too long finding what I need (people have sort of stopped messing with them, or at least the ones I go to).

TVtropes, never been there, never will. Don't even try to convince me, cause I have other things for my mind to understand.
Winged Cat 23rd Apr 2015, 9:54 AM edit delete reply
One trick to spending less time on TVTropes (think of it as "concentrating your time on the most valuable bits" if you want): don't scroll down to the examples of any page beyond the first. Just read enough of the other pages' descriptions to get the gist, then close the tab (assuming you opened the page in a new tab) 'cause you're done with it. This kind of trick often works with other wikis (including Wikipedia), though there is usually a less clear line.
Raxon 23rd Apr 2015, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
TV Tropes is wonderful for developing good characters.
j-eagle12212012 23rd Apr 2015, 10:31 AM edit delete reply
j-eagle12212012
I just spent last night on TV Tropes looking up TSSSF (twilight sparkles secret shipping folder) because why not it was a fun waste of time
Zilfallion 23rd Apr 2015, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
Zilfallion
Yeah, I managed to spend about six straight hours one time on wikipedia without getting sidetracked. The nanostructure construction of stealth materials used on things like jets to disrupt electromagnetic waves is actually very interesting.
Boris Carlot 24th Apr 2015, 12:28 AM edit delete reply
TVTropes is the only reason I found this comic. I used to spend a lot of time there, though. Fourteen hour night shifts on heavily restricted internet meant that it was one of the few sites I had to kill time with.
Digo 24th Apr 2015, 7:57 AM edit delete reply
I can't remember how I found this comic. I *think* it was from a friend on one of the message boards I frequent.
daftdeafdave 24th Apr 2015, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
daftdeafdave
I came from darths and droids via one piece the grand line (I think).
Mykin 24th Apr 2015, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
I found this comic through the first "Story Time" youtube video Spud put out. Ironically, I wasn't looking for either ponies or DnD when I found it, just some more Touhou music to listen to...I think. I know it was music related and I was into that stuff at the time, so I'm just assuming as much.

Though it is interesting (to me at least) that you found this through TVTropes. Wonder how many of us found this that way...
Disloyal Subject 24th Apr 2015, 10:04 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
I did. Stumbled across the page twice, later decided, "That actually sounds pretty fun; I should read it," but couldn't find the page again.
When I did, though... Happiness.
Specter 24th Apr 2015, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
Specter
I found this comic on Google, typed in "my little pony Dungeons and Dragons".

It's really weird, but my way of wording things seems strangely reliable.
Toric 23rd Apr 2015, 6:21 AM edit delete reply
While I get that AJ is a nice person...pony...(insert correct nomenclature here) I can't help but feel that she would direct that niceness into gently telling Twilight that no one needs to know the dictionary-defined stereo instruction differences between ponies and horses.

That, and every time I hear "Iron Pony Competition" my mind goes first to "Iron Chef" rather than an athletic event WITHOUT large knives.
Digo 23rd Apr 2015, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
I'd like to see an Iron Chef contest between Pinkie and AJ. That'll be pretty darn delicious.
Disloyal Subject 23rd Apr 2015, 7:51 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Great, now I'm salivating.
Toric 23rd Apr 2015, 8:21 AM edit delete reply
But which one would be the challenger and which the actual "Iron Chef?" More importantly, who would be the host?
Specter 23rd Apr 2015, 9:36 AM edit delete reply
Specter
The host would likely be somepony famous, or at least a noblepony (I would say Celestia, just because of random principle I seem to notice), the Iron Pony would either be Pinkie, colored iron, or Applejack, with Pinkie wondering why she doesn't look like iron.

@Disloyal Subject; Salivating?
Disloyal Subject 24th Apr 2015, 10:08 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Salivating? Y'know, when the mouth starts producing saliva? Just the thought of AJ & Pinkie in a culinary duel makes me hunger for the inevitable tide of baked goods.
Winged Cat 23rd Apr 2015, 9:46 AM edit delete reply
If it was a light competition - friendly, maybe a fundraiser or just to show off - Twilight would be willing to host, especially once she's an alicorn. (Something official she can do to live up to being a Princess.)

If it's a more serious competition, the nature of the seriousness may well suggest a host. E.g. if it's versus some monsters who want to eat all the ponies in Ponyville and got talked into letting the ponies show they're better at making food than being food, Discord might host (and cheat in the ponies' favor - possibly to the dismay of the ponies).
Digo 23rd Apr 2015, 10:18 AM edit delete reply
Twilight is too close a friend to them. To lighten the pressure, I'd say get some judges that aren't best friends with the chefs. It would be a good opportunity to bring up some backgrounders to the scene. ;)
FanOfMostEverything 23rd Apr 2015, 11:09 AM edit delete reply
I wonder what the theme ingredient would be. Certainly not apples; that would lead to an unfair advantage.
Toric 23rd Apr 2015, 1:00 PM edit delete reply
Just 'cause I feel like stirring the pot (kitchen metaphor!) I'm sure they could be forced to make...cupcakes...XD
JEqual12212012 23rd Apr 2015, 6:01 PM edit delete reply
JEqual12212012
@Toric

that's enough out of you, now get in Fluttershy's shed XD
Specter 24th Apr 2015, 11:51 AM edit delete reply
Specter
Dang it Raxon, why do you have to make everything clickable.

...

Dang it me, why do you have to click on everything out of sheer principle.

...

Dang it Littlepip, why do you have to be my principle for curiosity.
Disloyal Subject 25th Apr 2015, 12:38 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
His links are usually pure and wholesome. It lulls you into a false sense of security for days like this one.
Blueblade 29th Apr 2015, 5:38 PM edit delete reply
*Clicks on Raxons link and sees a video titled SHED.MOV*
NOPE!
*exits video as fast as possible*
Digo 24th Apr 2015, 7:58 AM edit delete reply
Maybe something they both don't usually cook with, like peaches.
Gden 24th Apr 2015, 6:49 AM edit delete reply
How about we have a Chopped style competition between Rarity, Pinkie, AJ, and.......... one of the cakes I guess.
CocoaNut 23rd Apr 2015, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
So Twilight's player is one of those pseudo-knowledgeable people whose only knowledge of any subject comes from Wikipedia. That... actually makes sense and kind of fits Twilight's character from the show, too.
Winged Cat 23rd Apr 2015, 9:48 AM edit delete reply
It's called "book learning" for a reason, even when Wikipedia is the "book".
modulusshift 24th Apr 2015, 2:15 PM edit delete reply
It's important to be able to synthesize multiple works into a fuller picture, too. Even today, Wikipedia is only a window into the topics for modern nerds. It's much better to then go and fit more experienced sources to fill out the picture afterwards.
Twilight 23rd Apr 2015, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
Do I really talk like that.
Wow, I should really get out more often.
Every Pony else:"YES YOU SHOULD"
Fluttershy 25th Apr 2015, 4:36 AM edit delete reply
I mean, only if you want to.
Piccolo 29th Apr 2015, 5:35 PM edit delete reply
Neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd!
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...
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DODGE!
Jennifer 23rd Apr 2015, 7:16 AM edit delete reply
TVTropes also leads to a lot of writing - for me at least. I can't resist stopping and adding my own examples to whatever trope I'm reading.

So what webcomics WOULD the characters read? I suspect Darths and Droids for the GM, Excel Saga for Pinkie (not a webcomic, but perfectly matches her anyway and is available online). I'd think RD would be a fan of Order of the Stick (and particularly Belkar) except that it's probably turned too "Cerebus" for her by now.
Raxon 23rd Apr 2015, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
RD; Hey, Fluttershy, I have a video for you!

FS: Thank you, Rainbow Dash! I'll watch it right away.
█████ 23rd Apr 2015, 7:46 AM edit delete reply
I imagine Fluttershy as reading Gunnerkrigg Court. I'm not entirely sure how she was first introduced to it, possibly during one of the City Face stories?
Regardless, she simply cannot stop herself from reading as she cares too much for the characters.

Rarity? I consider a fan of Lackadaisy. I suspect Pinkie introduced her to it and now Rarity's in love with the costume and character design (as well as 4/5 of the cast)
Toric 23rd Apr 2015, 8:23 AM edit delete reply
I think Pinkie Pie would like C'est la Morte
Raxon 23rd Apr 2015, 10:11 AM edit delete reply
Raxon
Twilight: Freefall. It's so intelligent and reasonable.
Rainbow Dash: Grrl Power. Lots of fights and superpowers.
Fluttershy: Cucumber Quest. It's so cute and sweet!
Applejack: Keychain of Creation. It ain't pretty, but it's got heart.
Rarity: Solstoria. It's all so beautiful, with an elegantly woven tapestry of colors!
Pinkie Pie: What Nonsense. It's a story about a bunch of silly people who become friends! Hee hee!
Jennifer 23rd Apr 2015, 12:29 PM edit delete reply
I should have thought of Freefall. That does make perfect sense for Twi.
aylatrigger 23rd Apr 2015, 1:04 PM edit delete reply
I like your reasoning. ...And Keychain of Creation has been on an indefinite hiatus, but Applejack has a farm to work on and can't spend too long looking at comics anyway.
Raxon 23rd Apr 2015, 4:11 PM edit delete reply
Raxon
I recommend all these comics. They're fun.
sidhe3141 23rd Apr 2015, 10:17 PM edit delete reply
IIRC, Darths and Droids has crossed over with Grand Line 3.5, which has crossed over with this comic.
Disloyal Subject 23rd Apr 2015, 7:54 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
Trixie strikes me as a Reddit user. As I recall, though, she's played by Natalie, who... doesn't. Then again, she plays Cards Against Humanity online, so anything goes.
Digo 23rd Apr 2015, 10:19 AM edit delete reply
The idea of Trixie playing Cards Against Humanity tickles my fancy.
Toric 23rd Apr 2015, 1:01 PM edit delete reply
Yes, but every "choose your card" would be filled with "The Great and Powerful Trixie" or variations of.
Digo 24th Apr 2015, 7:58 AM edit delete reply
Naturally. :D
Space Jawa 23rd Apr 2015, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
Curiously enough, I paid a visit to a zoo recently, and they had on display a "Miniature Horse". Which, at first glance I thought of as a Pony. But no, it was specifically labeled as a 'Miniature Horse' instead.
Jennifer 23rd Apr 2015, 6:51 PM edit delete reply
Yep, completely different breeds. Ponies and horse are differently proportioned, and miniature horses are proportioned like horses, but even smaller than the average pony -- they can't be ridden by any but the smallest children.
Disloyal Subject 24th Apr 2015, 11:36 AM edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
They can still pull small carts, though. Fun for weaving through parades, chucking handfuls of candy at screaming children.
Mykin 23rd Apr 2015, 9:10 AM edit delete reply
Mykin
The staff like to announce the community guests in batches to avoid clogging up their newsfeed with each individual small-time guest.

Ha! I knew it!...*Ahem* I mean, it's nice to finally see your name up there, Spud. I'm glad your excited about it. I think you've more than earned this.

Oh and by the way Evilbob, I sent you a PM. Not sure if you got it or not.
Digo 23rd Apr 2015, 10:20 AM edit delete reply
Yes, Spud certainly earned his 15 minutes.
Solitary Performance 23rd Apr 2015, 9:31 AM edit delete reply
Oh hey, you're gonna be bumping shoulders with some other stuff I'm familiar with, in that batched announcement... and, to be fair, some of the only ones I recognize out of the entire community guests so far.
If you get the chance, I would totally suggest talking with David Silver (Ponyfinder) because RPG ponies.
In regards to the author's note, there is a very good reason that TVTropes has the trope page, "TVTropes Will Ruin Your Life" and it isn't just because you'll suddenly see and speak in tropes.
Joe the Rat 23rd Apr 2015, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
"TVTropes Will Ruin Your Vocabulary" fits in there as well.

It's not all bad, though. It brought me here.
Exgallion 23rd Apr 2015, 3:21 PM edit delete reply
Well with Twilight going on a rant, now is a perfect time for a nap. Pinkie wake me when she's done.
aylatrigger 25th Apr 2015, 5:32 AM edit delete reply
...I researched ponies before doing ponyfinder myself...
Blueblade 29th Apr 2015, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
A part of me wishes that it was the Iron Horse competition so it could fit to the Iron Man music better.
"I am Iron Horse running over fat kids in my van..."
See what I mean?