Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Ponyfic Roundup 307

Read it Later story count: 197 (+2)

I'm still wrestling with the poorly designed nature of New Blogger, but I hope I've at least got it to the point where individual posts can be reasonably easily read. I know the various links at the bottom are still an utter mess, but I'm really not sure how to change that without dramatically altering the entire look of the blog. I'll keep plugging on, but for now here are three ponyfics to consider:

Broken Roads by Not_A_Hat
Friendship is Optimal: Broken Bird by Eakin
Batch-22 by The Plebeian

★: 0 | ★★: 1 | ★★★: 1 | ★★★★: 1 | ★★★★★: 0
Note: I use a skewed rating system. A fic I find average scores two stars.

Saturday, 8 August 2020

Sounds of 2013: Nos. 39 to 35

Right, I've switched back to Blogger's legacy interface for now. I'm sorry if it's still a mess in places for you readers, but at least I can edit without a headache now. Until the end of the month, anyway. Then everything goes to Tartarus whether I like it or not. A quick reminder of my inclusion criteria:

Rule 1: Still available in the same or (1b) similar form direct from the artist
Rule 2: Available from a third party, with reason to believe the artist is fine with this
Rule 3: So famous that it would be plain silly to leave it out
Rule 4: Being unlisted is not, on its own, grounds for exclusion

Five songs listened to this time around, and happily they all qualify for inclusion! Yay for that.

39: Poni1Kenobi – Fade to Grey
38: Dawn Somewhere – Tubby Wubby Pony Waifu
37: Andrew Huang – Pink Fluffy Unicorns Dancing on Rainbows
36: mslkarishipper – Luna's Reply
35: Aviators – Open Your Eyes

More info about these songs, including those all-important embedded YouTube videos, will magically appear if you click past the page break.

Friday, 7 August 2020

My Little Repeats 49: "Ponyville Confidential"

This is me trying to get Blogger's appallingly designed new editing interface to behave
S2E23: "Ponyville Confidential"
Written by M. A. Larson
31 Mar 2012

My original rating: N/A
IMDb score: 8.1

The one with Spike's disgusting cucumber-eating habits

Thoughts: This time we have an amusing slice of Ponyville life, though it does require a bit of disbelief-suspension that a normally conscientious teacher like Cheerilee would appoint Diamond Tiara as the school newspaper editor. And not do any checking up, given DT's foibles. Still, the whole CMC/Gabby Gums thing is fun, and it generally manages to stay the right side of the line in terms of cynicism ("Fame and Misfortune" years later was perhaps another matter). I like that several revelations from the Foal Free Press, such as the Mayor's pink mane, were remembered in later episodes. I would have thought "Ponyville: The Early Years" would be very popular in a local paper, though! Although this is a Crusaders episode at heart, Rarity rather steals quite a few of the scenes she's in; it's clear Tabitha St. Germain was having a wonderful time! Featherweight doesn't really have a great deal of presence, as I suppose his name would suggest, but I do like the way that Diamond's instruction to "document everything" comes back to bite her in the end. The section where the CMC are being shunned is a little harsh perhaps, especially Twilight's forcefield, though Big Mac getting to talk for once is a nice touch. Good pacing, as you'd expect from a Larson episode. I'm going to be generous and shade this episode just over the line into the fours, partly because Rarity's supporting role is just so much fun.

Choice quote: Rarity: "I'll destroy her!"

New rating: ★

Next up is "MMMystery on the Friendship Express", which has long resided firmly in the lower echelons of Pinkie episodes for me. Maybe I'll have softened towards it. As ever, wait and see!

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Ponyfic Roundup 306

Read it Later story count: 195 (nc)

I've been extremely tired for much of the last week (just tired, don't worry) but the reason for the mere two stories this time is that occasional curse: someone deleting/unpublishing their story before I got around to reviewing the fic in question. Ah well. Anyway, the mighty two tales remaining are:

Friendship is Wet by shortskirtsandexplosions
Rarity and the Nuckelavee by TheDriderPony

★: 0 | ★★: 0 | ★★★: 2 | ★★★★: 0 | ★★★★★: 0
Note: I use a skewed rating system. A fic I find average scores two stars.

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Sounds of 2013: Nos. 44 to 40

It's Everfree Radio Top 100 time again! These, of course, are the tracks that listeners at the time rated as their favourites of 2013. When deciding whether to include a song, I take account of the following four criteria:

Rule 1: Still available in the same or (1b) similar form direct from the artist
Rule 2: Available from a third party, with reason to believe the artist is fine with this
Rule 3: So famous that it would be plain silly to leave it out
Rule 4: Being unlisted is not, on its own, grounds for exclusion

Here we go with this week's list. Of the five songs I wanted to talk about this time, I can happily feature all five!

44: Synthis – Broken Wings
43: Sim Gretina feat. EileMonty – Again
42: donglekumquat – Hoofdachest
41: The Living Tombstone, EileMonty and Sim Gretina – Wings
40: Sim Gretina feat. Nowacking – When the Bass Drops

As always, come past the break for YouTube embeds of the songs featured here and my usual rambling words about them.

Friday, 31 July 2020

Ponyfic Roundup 305

Read it Later story count: 195 (-3)

Summer has made an appearance here in darkest central England. As is often the case with our summers, this means one really nice, warm, sunny day (yesterday) followed by one unpleasantly hot, humid day (today) followed by a return to cool, cloudy, showery conditions (tomorrow). Our climate can be a pain sometimes, though at least it's not usually lethal. Anyway, today's three fics:

Sunset Shimmer is not an Alicorn by jqnexx
An Unspoken Agreement by Jarvy Jared
Roots by LittleSallyDigby

★: 0 | ★★: 1 | ★★★: 2 | ★★★★: 0 | ★★★★★: 0
Note: I use a skewed rating system. A fic I find average scores two stars.

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

It'll be another Friday Ponyfic Roundup this week

Nothing terrible has happened. It's just that a few things came up that I had to deal with at short notice, and so I didn't have the time I'd expected to write up Ponyfic Roundup. Wednesday will remain the usual day for PR to go up.