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It's been a while since I last did a journal entry here. I've been quite busy with work, curling, my contributions to both Windy City Soccer and Derpy News, and Christmas decorations. Now that I have time in these last few hours of 2014, here are some random thoughts on the year that was and the year to come.

1.  At the cons (2014):  In 2014, I went to MLP-MSP in Bloomington, MN; BronyCon in Baltimore; and Ponyville Ciderfest in Milwaukee. I had a great time at all three events. My favorites were the acoustic concerts put on by the Creber family, Black Gryphon, and Andrea Libman (with Amy Keating Rogers joining at MLP-MSP). That's a setting that I'm more comfortable with when it comes to concerts and it goes to show how immensely talented the cast and crew of MLP: FiM truly are. Even though I've been to seven conventions overall, you still manage to learn someplace new. 

2.  What I learned in 2014:  
"Magical Mystery Cure" was originally going to be the series finale. The script was locked before a fourth season was greenlit. M.A. Larson later mentioned on "Into the Spotlight with Osaka Jack" that what appeared on screen was quite different from his final draft. 

Given time, things turn out great. Why did "Rainbow Rocks" turn out much better the first "Equestria Girls" movie? Why did "Pinkie Pride" turn out better than "Magical Mystery Cure"? Both were given more time. With "Rainbow Rocks," it was given much more time to build things up rather than the short notice for the first movie, and it showed. There was no need to cram so much into "Pinkie Pride" with a 26-episode season as opposed to "Magical Mystery Cure" as part of a 13-episode season. That's why I feel Season 4 as a whole was better than Season 3 and "Rainbow Rocks" was better than "Equestria Girls."

3.  The Analysis Community:  It can be argued that there are far too many Brony analysts on YouTube. I'm not sure how I, as a reviewer on Derpy News fits in, but that's beside the point. I do only subscribe to a few like Voice of Reason, Mysterious Mr Enter, and Strebiskunk. The biggest problem with this fandom and with the community is that we have trouble agreeing to disagree about things. It's not healthy to have things descend into shouting matches full of abusive language in comments sections. Yes, members of the analysis community can be overly nitpicky and overly negative at times, but the fandom can get overly fickle at times as well.

MLP is arguably analyzed at a level that the National Football League is on ESPN (or the National Hockey League in Canada). If other shows get this much scrutiny by their communities on YouTube, please present your evidence in the comments. However, I think the fandom needs to do a better job of respecting opinions from within the Brony community that might differ from their own.  Like the song goes, "There ain't no good guy. There ain't no bad guy. There's only you and me and we just disagree." 

4.  In the Year 2015:  I am already set for three cons this year:  Everfree Northwest, MLP-MSP, and BronyCon. I hope to go to a fourth in 2015. I'm just waiting to see where and when BronyCAN and Equestria LA will be before I decide on one. I might go back to Ponyville Ciderfest as well in Milwaukee since it is later in November that year. I still enjoy going to conventions and being part of this fandom. As long as the ride keeps going, I'm going to enjoy it.

5.  Everfree Network:  I'm sad to see it go. It streamed conventions back in 2012-2013 and the one for Summer BronyCon 2012 made me want to go to one myself. I've been to seven since. I've also watched "Stay Brony My Friends" with regularity (when I'm not curling) and "Saturday Night Songs" with Michelle Creber. I understand that Final Draft and company want to move on to other things with Poison Joke Productions and I wish them luck in the future as well as with Canterlot Hill as they take over the void left by EFN. 

So that's all I have to say for now. I'll have more later in the New Year. 

Happy New Year!

StatManDan
Hopefully will have a journal entry on Wednesday or Thursday.
I'm still here. It's just been quite busy and will continue to be that way during the Christmas season. I'll try to add something when I get time.
OK, it's been a long time coming, but here is my top five and bottom five episodes of Littlest Pet Shop:

BOTTOM FIVE: 

5.  "Commercial Success":  Jasper is not the most popular character on the show since his attempts at humor bring episodes to a screeching halt. He was exceptionally horrible in this one.

4.  "Hedgehog in the Plastic Bubble":  Blythe are Russell are wildly out-of-character in this one. Everyone knows Blythe has a pimple, but mistakes it for a rare illness and descends further by acting out a book so dramatically. Russell is only in a plastic bubble for a minute and is apparently unaware that hedgehogs shed quills from time-to-time.

3.  "Two Pets for Two Pests":  It's not at all about the chinchillas becoming pets for the Biskit twins. That was well done. Everything else was wrong from making Sunil be "Spike at Your Service" incompetent and the pets being a bit selfish when the opportunity to go to Blythe's school comes up. 

2.  "Secret Cupet":  An overly reckless and shameless Sugar Sprinkles with her love song and Blythe retconned into acting foolish in front on Josh. That thankfully got corrected in "Fish Out of Water." So much was just wrong about this episode.

1.  "Terriers and Tiaras":  Sorry, I just can't get over turning Blythe into the antagonist ("Pageant Mom") over the simplest of insults and then have Zoe of all characters call her out on it. Still don't think this was good reality show to parody given who the target audience is.


TOP FIVE: 
5. "Summertime Blues":  Actually a nice way to end the first season and a good way of having Blythe pursue her dream and the pets having to deal with not having Blythe for awhile in a physical sense.

4. "Tounge Tied":  A nice way of giving Blythe a challenge with her communication skills with animals by having a Korean-speaking ferret. It also foreshadows the midseason finale. 

3. "Lotsa Luck":  We get to see Mrs. Twombly's past as an inventor of kung-fu quilting as well as great character development for Pepper in trying to impress Old Bananas.

2. "Lights, Camera, Mongoose!":  One of the first episodes that was truly entertaining from beginning to end. The song was great and Sunil really shines here. 

1. "The Secret Recipe":  It did tease that Blythe may have to reveal her secret to Youngmee, but who thought she would actually do so? We have another sentimental song and every character is in top form here. 

So that's my top and bottom five LPS episodes. I'll be at Ponyville Ciderfest in Milwaukee this weekend and my next journal entry will be from there.

That's all for now. More later.

StatManDan
Hello, sorry I've been away from this for awhile, but I'll be posting this week with my List of top LPS episodes. I'll also talk about the upcoming Ponyville Ciderfest which I'm going to in 12 days.

That's all for now. More later!

StatManDan
It's been a while since I last did a journal entry here. I've been quite busy with work, curling, my contributions to both Windy City Soccer and Derpy News, and Christmas decorations. Now that I have time in these last few hours of 2014, here are some random thoughts on the year that was and the year to come.

1.  At the cons (2014):  In 2014, I went to MLP-MSP in Bloomington, MN; BronyCon in Baltimore; and Ponyville Ciderfest in Milwaukee. I had a great time at all three events. My favorites were the acoustic concerts put on by the Creber family, Black Gryphon, and Andrea Libman (with Amy Keating Rogers joining at MLP-MSP). That's a setting that I'm more comfortable with when it comes to concerts and it goes to show how immensely talented the cast and crew of MLP: FiM truly are. Even though I've been to seven conventions overall, you still manage to learn someplace new. 

2.  What I learned in 2014:  
"Magical Mystery Cure" was originally going to be the series finale. The script was locked before a fourth season was greenlit. M.A. Larson later mentioned on "Into the Spotlight with Osaka Jack" that what appeared on screen was quite different from his final draft. 

Given time, things turn out great. Why did "Rainbow Rocks" turn out much better the first "Equestria Girls" movie? Why did "Pinkie Pride" turn out better than "Magical Mystery Cure"? Both were given more time. With "Rainbow Rocks," it was given much more time to build things up rather than the short notice for the first movie, and it showed. There was no need to cram so much into "Pinkie Pride" with a 26-episode season as opposed to "Magical Mystery Cure" as part of a 13-episode season. That's why I feel Season 4 as a whole was better than Season 3 and "Rainbow Rocks" was better than "Equestria Girls."

3.  The Analysis Community:  It can be argued that there are far too many Brony analysts on YouTube. I'm not sure how I, as a reviewer on Derpy News fits in, but that's beside the point. I do only subscribe to a few like Voice of Reason, Mysterious Mr Enter, and Strebiskunk. The biggest problem with this fandom and with the community is that we have trouble agreeing to disagree about things. It's not healthy to have things descend into shouting matches full of abusive language in comments sections. Yes, members of the analysis community can be overly nitpicky and overly negative at times, but the fandom can get overly fickle at times as well.

MLP is arguably analyzed at a level that the National Football League is on ESPN (or the National Hockey League in Canada). If other shows get this much scrutiny by their communities on YouTube, please present your evidence in the comments. However, I think the fandom needs to do a better job of respecting opinions from within the Brony community that might differ from their own.  Like the song goes, "There ain't no good guy. There ain't no bad guy. There's only you and me and we just disagree." 

4.  In the Year 2015:  I am already set for three cons this year:  Everfree Northwest, MLP-MSP, and BronyCon. I hope to go to a fourth in 2015. I'm just waiting to see where and when BronyCAN and Equestria LA will be before I decide on one. I might go back to Ponyville Ciderfest as well in Milwaukee since it is later in November that year. I still enjoy going to conventions and being part of this fandom. As long as the ride keeps going, I'm going to enjoy it.

5.  Everfree Network:  I'm sad to see it go. It streamed conventions back in 2012-2013 and the one for Summer BronyCon 2012 made me want to go to one myself. I've been to seven since. I've also watched "Stay Brony My Friends" with regularity (when I'm not curling) and "Saturday Night Songs" with Michelle Creber. I understand that Final Draft and company want to move on to other things with Poison Joke Productions and I wish them luck in the future as well as with Canterlot Hill as they take over the void left by EFN. 

So that's all I have to say for now. I'll have more later in the New Year. 

Happy New Year!

StatManDan

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