Nuggets of Wisdom

Friday, June 26, 2015

Fan Art Friday, Vol. 6

The Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide today. To celebrate this historical milestone, this week's Fan Art Friday will highlight some of my favorite yuri (female) pairings, both canon or otherwise. (Yes, yes, I am using this as an excuse to post fan art of LESBYHANS! What's your point?)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

And Now The Good News #03

Pixar has been experiencing a bit of a creative slump since Toy Story 3. Most of its films since then have either been lackluster sequels to otherwise good movies (Monsters University and Cars 2) or lackluster movies of otherwise good concepts (Brave). The next few years don't see anything changing with many more proposed sequels on the horizon (Finding Dory and Incredibles 2). However, the company may have managed to rise above its creative malaise with its most recent film--and the box office numbers confirm this!

Pixar's newest movie, Inside Out, made its box office premiere with a bang with a $91 million gross, which, according to Slate, is "enough to eclipse Avatar’s $77 million debut and claim the largest-ever opening for an original property." In a summer otherwise plagued with sequels and remakes, this movie proves that original ideas are not only possible, but extremely profitable. Hopefully, this box-office success with encourage Pixar and other movie companies to start creating films that isn't more of the same.

But this is but the cherry on-top of this week's good news, which includes a good guy with a gun stopping a bad guy with a gun, a plane traveling around the world without a single drop of fuel, and scientists curing cancer with bubbles--f***ing bubbles! Read the rest of the good news below:

John Oliver Misses Mark On Online Harassment

Having run my blog for more than five years, I’ve gained my fair share of both lovers and haters. As you can tell from the “colorful” comments I posted above, some of my haters have been particularly creative in expressing their disdain towards me. Especially in my earlier years, I’ve been engaged in endless flame and block wars with trolls and haters, some of whom even drew comics about me killing myself (sorry, I don’t have that example to share). My experience on Tumblr, dealing with the feminist hate mob, was especially worse, to the point where I inevitably had to take off and leave that Celestia-forsaken site.

So yes, boys and girls, contrary to what internet trolls will tell you, the internet IS serious business. This is not about free speech. Death and rape threats are not free speech. Doxxing someone’s personal information and leaking it is not free speech. Posting naked photos of your girlfriend because she dumped your sorry ass is not free speech. Sending a SWAT team to someone’s house because they pwned you in an online game is not free speech. Online harassment is not free speech. It is serious f***ing business, and John Oliver was correct to highlight this very real and very serious problem.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Pony Recap: Slice Of Life

100 episodes. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that a little girl’s show can not only last for more than 100 episodes, but also garner the praise and admiration from fans outside of its targeted demographic. And yet here we are, 100 episodes later, and the creators more than went all the way out to express their gratitude towards their loving fans.

Ever since the show first started, fans have been enamored with the side and background characters, to the point where they developed their own personalities and backgrounds for them. For the most part, these characters have kept to the background, with the occasional spotlight or shout-out now and then; but now, these characters, for whom the fan base have obsessed over, managed to get their chance to shine in an episode all of their own.

And yes, despite the majority of fans loving this episode, there have been a few whom have voiced a fair level of criticism. Yes, you can question how Time Turner had his name changed to Doctor Whooves with a new quirky personality and British accent. You can question how Cranky Doodle happened to know Steven Magnet. You can question how absurd it is for Bon Bon to be a monster-fighting secret agent. You can even question why the Mane 6 were shoved to the background.

But in the end, most of these nitpicks are just that—nitpicks. Everything else about this episode is so insanely awesome that those nitpicks can be easily overlooked. For once, these characters, whom the fan base have become enamored with over the years, finally had an episode all to themselves, a chance for them to take center stage when they otherwise took the back, and if this episode proved anything, it’s that the show’s creators are more than capable of taking characters who otherwise play supporting roles and giving them starring roles, and boy, do they shine bright!

I will be honest, if this were the last episode of the series, I would be okay with it. No, really! (Well, okay, if this truly were the last episode, I would be disappointed because I want to see the rest of Season 5!) This episode truly went all the way over the top—to the point where they literally jumped the shark—and as such, it’s hard to think of any episode after this that can top it. With all of the effort, all of the love, that was put into this episode, it very well could have been the most fitting way for the creators to lovingly end it. We can only wait and see how the rest of the series manages to play out, whether for the worst or for the better.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Nintendo E3: At Least The Puppets Were Entertaining

I was going to write a point-by-point analysis of this year’s Nintendo E3 event (as I did with last year’s), but I’ve decided not to do that for two reasons: 1) time restraints, and 2) it was simply boring.

And Now The Good News #02

The little girl above choosing to play with power tools rather than Barbie dolls is 9-year-old Hailey Ford. When she learned of the many homeless people living within her town of Bremerton, Washington, she wanted to do something about it. In her own words, "everyone should have a place to live."

Rather than wait for someone else to do something about the homeless problem, Ford picked up a hammer and drill and began building small homes for the city's permanent tent city. With funding from Together Rising, and help from her parents and grandparents, she is building eleven 8x4 wooden structures which are expected to be completed later this year. Previously, she had started her own garden, from which she has grown and donated "128 pounds of produce in 2014" and hopes to grow 250 pounds later this year.

Ford's story is one of many stories of good people doing good things. The following are some other "good news" stories about small steps towards a freer society, advances in science and technology, and otherwise “feel good” stories of Good Samaritans:

Monday, June 15, 2015

John Oliver On Why Torture Doesn't Work

John Oliver once again pulls off a comedic yet insightful expose, this time on the un-American practice of torture—er, I mean “enhanced interrogation techniques”! Hopefully, if you don’t already know what ever non-sociopath knows that hurting people is bad, especially for the excuse of extrapolating information, this segment will make you think differently. (Or at least it will make you think differently about Peter Rabbit!):

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Shameless Plug Saturday: WatcherOfThe2000s

Most 90s kids will argue that our decade was the best in animation, with the decade that immediately followed it being the worst. As Mr. Enter recently showed, that decade was a virtual animated wasteland. Johnny Test. Squirrel Boy. Cramp Twins. Nothing but bad cartoons for as far as they eyes could see, with this current decade being the life-saving oasis on the horizon.

However, as bad as that decade may have been for animation, it did have a few rare gems, and WatcherOfThe2000s is the reviewer who has dedicated himself to uncovering and sharing those rare gems.

Just Finished Watching MLP’s 100th Episode

Best. Episode. Of The Season. By Far.

I’ll have a pony recap eventually (which, judging by my previous rate, will be three weeks!), but otherwise, the episode was simply amazing. The best, by far. What more can I can other than, if you haven’t already watched it, than do so? It’s that good!

Daily Stevie: Connie And Steven In The Rain


Here’s a sweet, innocent comic about Steven and Connie in the rain. Steven wants to protect Connie from the rain with his shield, but it’s not big enough for both of them. He finally manages to have it expand with a little help from Connie. (Now that I read this description, the comic doesn’t sound all that sweet and innocent—but it is, I swear!)