Nuggets of Wisdom

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Looks Like They’re Super Smashing Off Again!

The characters in Super Smash Brothers no longer bounce right off the screen. Now they stick there for a good while, their agonizing expressions plastered on the screen, along with their aching bodies, before slowly sliding off. Seeing your favorite character in such an embarassing defeat? Those eyes. Those faces. Those thuds as their bodies are slammed against the glass. That'll make for a great guilty pleasure!

Daily Pony: Fancy Mathematics


Although, as other people have pointed out, the two aren't the exact clones of one another that fans assume them to be.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Two Major Announcements

As you can tell, I didn’t have a “Sunday Funnies” or “Daily Bugle” post this week. Don’t worry. I haven’t given up on either of them. I was kept fairly preoccupied last week with work. Rest assured, I will have posts for both of them this week.

Another thing you can probably tell is that I haven’t been posting as regularly as I often do. Again, most of this is due to work, but some of it is also due to me preparing two upcoming major projects.

First, as with last year, I will be hosting my “Blame The Fright” Month this October in celebration of Halloween. It won’t be as big as last year, as I will only have one countdown list rather than two. (But I do assure you, it will be an interesting list!) But I will be bringing back my Nightly Frights and MLP Villains showcase.

Next, I’m preparing another big project to commemorate my 5th year anniversary and upcoming 300 watchers here on deviantART. What do I have planned? You’ll have to find out when I announce it on my fifth year milestone on October 14. I assure you, what I have planned is something that hasn’t been done on this blog. Can you feel the anticipation gnawing away at you now?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Daily Pony: Raver Luna 2.0

Raver Luna 2.0 by xn-d on deviantART

Makes sense that the princess of the night would be a raver. Princess Luna always worried that her subjects were never awake to enjoy her nights. The modern invention of electric lights has since alleviated that problem. Now more ponies can honor her nights by dancing and partying through them. Among ravers and other night owls, Luna gets all the love, or rather, wubs!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

You Should Not Vote If…

"When a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is the fact that they are quite incapable of weighing ideas, or even of comprehending any save the most elemental — men whose whole thinking is done in terms of emotion, and whose dominant emotion is dread of what they cannot understand...As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron." - H. L. Mencken

Lately, as Election Day quickly approaches, I keep running into articles such as this than emphasize how important it is to get more people to vote. While voting is indeed important, democracy only works well when the people are educated and informed, which is the exact opposite of today’s electorate, most of whom have a substandard education and receive their news and information from “infotainment.”

We don't need more people voting. We need more INFORMED people voting. If people aren't informed, they shouldn't vote. Period. Not voting may be bad, but voting when you have no idea about who or what you’re voting for is worse. Far worse! Considering that most people who don’t already vote are usually uninformed to begin with, it’s probably best to keep them away from the voting booths.

So to counter all the overtly-jingoistic polemics explaining why every “red-blooded, honest-working, God-fearing American” needs to perform their scared civic duty and vote, allow me to provide my own handy-dandy guide listing reasons why people should not vote:

•If you have no grasp of the current political issues, or have no opinion of them, you should not vote!

•If you do not know what the current political candidates stand for, you should not vote!

•If you know more about your favorite celebrity than your local or state politicians, you should not vote!

•If your only reason for voting for a politician is because of the letter next to their name (R or D), and you plan on voting for every candidate with that same letter down the line, you should not vote!

•If your only reason for voting for a politician or party is because your family and friends are voting for them, you should not vote!

•If your only reason for voting for a politician or party is because of one issue they support (i.e.: you are a one-issue voter), you should not vote!

•If you are voting for a politician because you accept what they say at face value without doing any research for yourself, you should not vote!

•If you get most of your "news" from cable news channels (CNN/MSNBC/Fox), you should not vote!

•If you lack a basic understanding of even the most basic economic principles (i.e.: supply and demand), you should not vote!

•If you cannot name one Constitutional amendment other than the First or Second, you should not vote!

•If you lack an overall basic understanding of how our government and political process works, you should not vote!

Overall, if you simply are not that well-informed about politics, then you are better off not voting. Please!

If none of these points apply to you, then feel free to go out and perform your civic duty this November. But if one of these points describes you to a tee, please, for the love of your country, do not step anywhere near a voting booth!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Daily Pony: Twily Loves Her Pretzels!

I don't know why, but today the entire r/mylittlepony thread is overrun with Twilight pretzel pics. I don't get it. Is today National Pretzel Day? Who knew Twilight loved pretzels so much? Then again, who doesn't like pretzels? I like pretzels! So of course Twilight loves pretzels because we all love pretzels!

eating a large pretzel! by ILifeloser on deviantART

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Only 20 More Days!

That’s when Super Smash Bros. launches for the 3DS in North America and Europe! The game has already been released in Japan, and the official character roster has since been leaked. No spoilers, but it seems like the original leak two weeks ago was right on the money.

Anywho, if you don’t mind spoilers, here’s a video discussing the new features from the Japanese release. Hopefully, it’ll sate our appetites for the game until it finally arrives on our shores.

Sweet Celestia, the suspense is killing me! I’m clinging onto my pre-order in anticipation. I just can’t wait any longer. October 3, why you no come any sooner?!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Gawker: "Kick Their White Asses Out At Gunpoint!"

Pop quiz: three people are kicked out of their own apartment at gunpoint and threatened to move out of the neighborhood or die. Who are the aggressors here?

If you’re a decent human being with basic knowledge of common law, and, most importantly, with empathy, then you would side with the innocent people who were kicked out of their apartment.

However, if you’re a deranged social justice warrior who’s plagued with white guilt, then you would side with the two gun-slinging thugs because the people who they kicked out were privileged white oppressors that were destroying their neighborhood with gentrification.

You assume no decent human being could possibly think that way? Then read how Gawker covered this news story:
Women Sick of "White People" in Brooklyn Force Neighbors Out at Gunpoint

White people keep moving to Brooklyn, driving up rent prices, and guess what? Two Brooklyn women have had enough. This weekend, Precious Parker, 30, and Sabrina James, 23, allegedly forced their neighbors out of their Flatbush apartment building at gunpoint.

According to a police source who spoke to the New York Daily News, Parker and James knocked on their neighbors' door around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday and "held a 34-year-old man, a 37-year-old man, and a 25-year-old woman at gunpoint demanding they move out or be killed." The trio complied, and Parker and James squatted in their apartment until police arrived. Cops say one of the women told them she didn't like "that white people were moving into the area."
And if you think that’s bad, you should read the top comments:
• "White People" in Brooklyn Force Neighbors Out with High Property Taxes and Increased Cost of Living

• I'm sick of white people too and I'm a white person.
Social Justice Logic: If black people threaten white people at gunpoint out of their own apartment, it’s the fault of the white people for moving into a black neighborhood. They should have checked their privilege!

And no, that’s not “reverse-racism.” White people can never be victims of racism because racism is power plus privilege, you shit lord, now shut up and check your privilege!

Sigh! I really wish this were satire, but you just can't be more absurd that reality!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

#ScienceStands Against Climate Hysteria!

Science reveals that, contrary to environmentalist predictions, the Arctic ice caps have expanded by 41 percent within the past two years. So much for melting ice caps!

Daily Mail

Currently, there’s a hashtag circulating the interwebs called #ScienceStands that’s meant to shame people who choose to think for themselves rather than allow a “majority” of white lab coat-wearers to think for them.

Let’s turn this hashtag on its head by showing that we “deniers” use science to reject the very political narrative of global warming or climate change or whatever the true believers are calling it nowadays.

Take a real stand for science. Question authority. Think for yourself. And reject political-driven agendas.

Monday, September 8, 2014

You Can’t Be More Absurd Than Reality!


No Daily Bungle article this week. Instead, I wanted to take this time to rant about satire in general, or at least the seemingly increasing irrelevancy of it.

You see, ever since I started writing my satirical Daily Bungle articles, I’ve learned that the hardest part about writing satire isn’t coming up with ideas for it—on the contrary, I have an entire backlog of ideas for potential articles. No, the hardest part is ensuring that your ideas aren’t stolen—not by other satirists, per say (I have no worries of being plagiarized by The Onion or Daily Currant), but by reality itself!

Yes, recently, I’ve seen reality beat me to the punch of my satirical story ideas by making them actual news stories.

For example, I was considering writing a satirical article where an English teacher is sued for racial discrimination after correcting the broken English of a black student. Turns out that real life beat me to the story by a good eight months when a UCLA professor was labeled "racist" and targeted for student protest after correcting a black student’s grammar and punctuation.

I was also considering writing an article where a teacher was sued for violating church-state separation after telling a sneezing atheist student “God bless you!” Well, no teacher has been sued for making such a gesture, but a student was suspended for telling a sneezing classmate “bless you!”

Ever heard the phrase “I couldn’t make this stuff up if I wanted to"? Well, I could make this stuff up, but the problem was that reality inevitably came up with it first.

This is not to say that I’m giving up writing satire. I still have plenty of story ideas that reality hasn’t ripped off—yet! Though I have to wonder what place satire has within our society when most real news stories tend to be just as ridiculous, if not more so.

I feel it’s only appropriate that Nash and Tara opened this week’s WTFIWWY video (where they normally rip on the most borderline-satirical news stories) by discussing how Stephen Colbert was possibly forced into retirement because “reality has surpassed him!” Because when push comes to shove, “[you] can’t be more absurd than reality!”