Everypony does it

A bit of Relevant Linguistics here:

Normally, adjectives appear between the noun and any preceding elements such as quantifiers and determiners, as in phrases like “every tall man” or “any nice people.” Adjectives modifying indefinite pronouns, on the other hand, occur to the right of the pronoun, deriving orders such as “somebody nice” or “anything interesting”. This is typically degraded or unacceptable when a full common noun is used: “some person nice” is not possible in English, even though person has a very similar meaning to –body and –one.

Common nouns like person also cannot be combined with else, unlike indefinite pronouns: while “somebody else” or “nothing else” are perfectly acceptable, “some person else” is not.

I have long thought that MLP:FiM’s conversion of -pony to an indefinite pronoun of this sort was utterly brilliant, a way to humanize, as it were, the residents of Equestria, without in any way impairing their, um, equinity. It even extends beyond -pony itself; I greatly enjoyed overusing “coltfriend” in Somepony New.

Be warned, however: the research piece quoted above was written to make a similar point about a different four-letter word entirely, one which you might reasonably consider not safe for your workplace.

Into a different light

Back in the day, we knew Chris Heron as “TheDashDub,” and he put out lots and lots of pony songs. He’s venturing into film and videogame scoring these days. “Journey” is his tribute to the justly famed soundtrack of the 2012 game Journey, composed by Austin Wintory; all by itself, it might be enough to get you to dust off the old PlayStation.

You can’t get here from there

According to WordPress’ semi-handy tool Jetpack, 134,912 bogus logins have been caught so far. An awful lot of questionable activity for a mere six and a half years.

Not sure how this happened

I get more traffic here than I do at Fimfiction. I’m guessing it’s mostly people who are wondering if I’m still writing. (Answer: Not as much as I need to be.)

Meanwhile at Trotcon

Our man in Columbus visits the fandom for the first time:

I find myself in the hotel lobby of Worthington’s Crowne. The first thing I did was B-line it to the gift shop. Not gonna lie, maybe kinda/certainly the weirdest introduction into the culture. The first thing I saw was the body pillow cases. Fitted sheets with (and I was prepared for something like this but, like, naw) sexually suggestive images of each of the Pony characters lying in a cushy bed-like background. Hey, to each their own. It’s not like I own any Gilmore Girl posters or have ever had a life-sized cut out of DMX at my birthday party (…).

The gifts and merch-grabs tailored itself to the fan base. Sure you had your super sexy anime keychains but you also had complete Pathfinder deluxe play settings that let you role-play within the universe of My Little Pony. You had cartoon smut lined up next to some (admittedly) cool looking figurines and Fallout: Equestria Fanfiction. But all of it was accepted and consumed by everyone here. It may not have been each person’s specific thing but no one questioned it, no one judged. Sure they were all a nervous and sweaty mess but they shared a mutual interest, they just expressed their fandom in differing ways.

Glad to have seen you, sir. You’re always welcome at the next one.

Dashed off quickly

Fark.oom is known to be a hotbed of pony fans; each week there’s a new episode, there’s a message thread that often exceeds 100 posts. So I wasn’t too surprised to find this under the Business tab:

Hasbro stock up 13% on earnings that were 50% better than expected, shareholders feeling about 20% cooler.

Well, they needed to be.

Nobody’s perfect

This. So much this:

It’s amazing how well these two utterly disparate songs mesh together; chocolate and peanut better should be so fortunate.

And she should know, right?

Were it not for Lauren Faust, we’d never have had MLP:FiM. But you knew that, right?

Potentially awkward

Was it just me, or did anyone else think, before seeing “The Parent Trap” (S8E08), that it was a setup for the eventual pairing of Starlight Glimmer’s dad and Sunburst’s mom?

Just me, then? Okay, fine. Carry on, then.

I bet she can, too

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