Artist Training Ground VI, Day 14

Aug. 28th, 2016 08:57 am
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Day 14. It's makeup day in the NATG and about halfway through the 30 day event. Why not tomorrow, the 15th day? Maybe because today is a Sunday. The prompt reads: "Draw any of the previous prompts from the ATG " and this time you can submit up to 10 times in the submitter gizmo here. Click and submit, one at a time and instantly your picture, if you sized it and linked it right, will appear in this gallery here. Since it's the makeup gallery, ponies in makeup are welcome!

Mind that deadline. It's 9 pm Mountain Standard Time, which is midnight Eastern Daylight Savings Time and 5 AM UTC. There's also a three hour extension on top of that.

Artist Training Ground VI, Day 13

Aug. 27th, 2016 07:24 pm
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Day 13. The prompt: "Draw a furious pony/Draw a pony out of control". Time to set those manes aflame. Draw it and send it raging to the submitter gizmo here. Click and submit up three images for this prompt, one at a time. Instantly, your picture, if you sized it and linked it right, will appear in this gallery here.

Mind that deadline. It's 9 pm Mountain Standard Time. which is midnight Eastern Daylight Savings Time and 5 AM UTC, which is rather soon. There's also a three hour extension on top of that.
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In the interest of Being Excellent and considerate of those who plan to watch this episode, all references to the content of this episode are stashed under the cut and will remain so hidden for at least a month. Someponies like to watch MLP:FIM in herds and it can be a while before they get all their ponies together. 8^) As spoilers are also likely to be in any comments: don't read if you haven't yet seen the episode unless you like being spoiled. When you're ready, drop in a comment and say what you thought of this episode!

After a month, I hope Episode Discuss posts will be so far off the top page that it'll probably take the tag to find them, so about a month after posting the cut will be removed. 8^) Sometimes I go back and drop in little extras into the posts, like comics and links to the music.

Broadcast starts at 11:30 am Eastern Daylight Savings Time, which should work out to 4:30 pm UTC, 8:30 am PST and maybe about 11:30 PM Down Under. Confused? Look at the PonyCountdown widget on the community page! At the moment there are just hours left to go.

Written by

For those of you following Twitter, you can follow writers Nick Confalone (Hearthbreakers), Mike and Will Fox (The Gift of the Maud Pie), Joanna and Kristine (Gauntlet of Fire), Dave Polsky (Rarity Takes Manehattan) and Jennifer Skelly (Buckball Season). Other twits in the early morning chorus may include the likes of Meghan McCarthy, Jayson Thiessen (Supervising Director of MLP:FIM), Andrea Libman , the voice of Dragon Lord Ember Ali Milner, Big Jim (storyboard work, voice of Troubleshoes and Director of MLP:FIM), Mike Vogel and Josh Haber. The hashtag to watch should be #MLPseason6.


Review for episode 17, Dungeons And Discords, below the cut. )


Catch the show and throw in your two bits in the comments! Copy/paste your reviews into the comments, spread the wealth!

Watch Dungeons And Discords on Youtube here, or if you prefer DailyMption, over here.

Download links for Dungeons And Discords: (I'll fill in the blanks later)
As seen on Discovery Family in 1080p: broadcast version
In 1080p without logos: a href="">logoless.
In 1080p, without logos and colour corrected: a href="">colourful.
They're all mkv format files.

Read all the transcripts, including that of Dungeons And Discords over here on the MLP wiki of transcripts.

Clear, free, logoless screengrabs from the entire episode get uploaded to the episode wiki within days of broadcast on the MLP Wikia Gallery pages, here.

The links to official channels and purchasing DVD's and episodes are now in the community sticky. A Cantonese dub of MLP:FIM season one is now being broadcast free-to-air in Hong Kong on ViuTV. Broadcast time is every Thursday and Friday at 5 PM. See http://viu.tv/epg/99

Artist Training Ground VI, Day Twelve

Aug. 26th, 2016 10:46 pm
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The Day Twelve prompt reads: "Draw a pony traveling/Draw a pony family". This particular prompt has been recycled a few times. One year I drew Applebloom playing basketball (traveling), another year it was Scootaloo making a face (family of one). Last year I had the Mane Six meeting at the train station. Draw it and send it traveling through the WWW to the submitter gizmo here. Click and submit up three images for this prompt, one at a time. Instantly, your picture, if you sized it and linked it right, will appear in this gallery here.

Mind that deadline. It's 9 pm Mountain Standard Time. which is midnight Eastern Daylight Savings Time and 5 AM UTC, which is rather soon. There's also a three hour extension on top of that.

Priorities in security

Aug. 25th, 2016 08:02 pm
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I read this tweet a couple of weeks ago:

and it got me thinking. Security research is often derided as unnecessary stunt hacking, proving insecurity in things that are sufficiently niche or in ways that involve sufficient effort that the realistic probability of any individual being targeted is near zero. Fixing these issues is basically defending you against nation states (who (a) probably don't care, and (b) will probably just find some other way) and, uh, security researchers (who (a) probably don't care, and (b) see (a)).

Unfortunately, this may be insufficient. As basically anyone who's spent any time anywhere near the security industry will testify, many security researchers are not the nicest people. Some of them will end up as abusive partners, and they'll have both the ability and desire to keep track of their partners and ex-partners. As designers and implementers, we owe it to these people to make software as secure as we can rather than assuming that a certain level of adversary is unstoppable. "Can a state-level actor break this" may be something we can legitimately write off. "Can a security expert continue reading their ex-partner's email" shouldn't be.

Artist Training Ground VI, Day Eleven

Aug. 25th, 2016 07:49 pm
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Day Eleven brings on the romance, to whit, the prompt: "Draw a romantic pony/Draw a pony on a date". Or, it could bring out the calendar, the sticky dried fruit, the Romantic era costume... Draw it and ship it off to the submitter gizmo here. Click and submit up three images for this prompt, one at a time. Instantly, your picture, if you sized it and linked it right, will appear in this gallery here.

Mind that deadline. It's 9 pm Mountain Standard Time. which is midnight Eastern Daylight Savings Time and 5 AM UTC. There's also a three hour extension on top of that.

Artist Training Ground VI, Day Ten

Aug. 24th, 2016 06:58 pm
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The Day Ten prompt: "Draw a pony sleeping/Draw a pony's dream ". To sleep, perchance to dream. Aye, there's the rub, for in that sleep, what dreams may come? The submitter gizmo is here. Click and submit up three images for this prompt, one at a time. Instantly, your picture, if you sized it and linked it right, will appear in this gallery here. Onward to that undiscovered country! Birthed of the imagination and borderless.

Mind that deadline. It's 9 pm Mountain Standard Time. which is midnight Eastern Daylight Savings Time and 5 AM UTC. There's also a three hour extension on top of that. Hence, sleep awaits.

Artist Training Ground VI, Day Nine

Aug. 23rd, 2016 06:00 pm
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Day Nine. The prompt: "Draw a video game pony/Draw a pony playing a game". Game on! The submitter gizmo is here. Click and submit up three images for this prompt, one at a time. Instantly, your picture, if you sized it and linked it right, will appear in this gallery here. It's not about winning or losing. It's all about having fun playing the ATG game.

Mind that deadline. It's 9 pm Mountain Standard Time. which is midnight Eastern Daylight Savings Time and 5 AM UTC. There's also a three hour extension on top of that. Then, game over!

hasty Worldcon notes

Aug. 23rd, 2016 10:37 am
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Several things I recommended during Worldcon just now:

I had a very good time at Worldcon and am recovering now.

Artist Training Ground VI, Day Eight

Aug. 22nd, 2016 07:24 pm
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Day Eight, fresh week, fresh little pony. Really little pony. The prompt: "Draw a pony as a filly or colt / Draw a tiny pony". Rejuvenate, shrink and trot those ponies down to this submitter gizmo, here. Click and submit up three images for this prompt, one at a time. Instantly, your picture, if you sized it and linked it right, will appear in this gallery here. Think small, crab apples are the new orange.

Mind that deadline. It's 9 pm Mountain Standard Time. which is midnight Eastern Daylight Savings Time and 5 AM UTC. There's also a three hour extension on top of that. No. Sleep. 'Til deadline!

Artist Training Ground VI, Day Seven

Aug. 21st, 2016 06:33 am
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Day Seven! This wheel is still in spin, there's no getting off this ride! Rev up those ponies and let's drive! The prompt: "Draw a pony in a vehicle / Draw a pony out for a spin". Yeah! Drive those ponies down to this submitter gizmo, here. Click and submit up three images for this prompt, one at a time. Instantly, your picture, if you sized it and linked it right, will appear in this gallery here. Photo Finish!

Mind that deadline. It's 9 pm Mountain Standard Time. which is midnight Eastern Daylight Savings Time and 5 AM UTC. There's also a three hour extension on top of that. No. Sleep. 'Til deadline!

Artist Training Ground VI, Day Six

Aug. 20th, 2016 09:07 pm
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And on the sixth day the prompt reads: "Draw a pony in space / Draw a pony spacing out". My take is that there is no "outer space" in Equestria, just sky, and that sky is an illusion. Twilight Pony had a blurb on that a while back. But I have a pony in space idea that's canon... As for the submitter gizmo, that was it there. Click and submit up three images for this prompt, one at a time. Instantly, your picture, if you sized it and linked it right, will appear in this gallery here.

Mind that deadline. It's 9 pm Mountain Standard Time. which is midnight Eastern Daylight Savings Time and 5 AM UTC. There's also a three hour extension on top of that. No. Sleep. 'Til deadline!
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In the interest of Being Excellent and considerate of those who plan to watch this episode, all references to the content of this episode are stashed under the cut and will remain so hidden for at least a month. Someponies like to watch MLP:FIM in herds and it can be a while before they get all their ponies together. 8^) As spoilers are also likely to be in any comments: don't read if you haven't yet seen the episode unless you like being spoiled. When you're ready, drop in a comment and say what you thought of this episode!

After a month, I hope Episode Discuss posts will be so far off the top page that it'll probably take the tag to find them, so about a month after posting the cut will be removed. 8^) Sometimes I go back and drop in little extras into the posts, like comics and links to the music.

Broadcast starts at 11:30 am Eastern Daylight Savings Time, which should work out to 4:30 pm UTC, 8:30 am PST and maybe about 11:30 PM Down Under. Confused? Look at the PonyCountdown widget on the community page! At the moment there are just hours left to go.

Written by ?

For those of you following Twitter, you can follow writers Nick Confalone (Hearthbreakers), Mike and Will Fox (The Gift of the Maud Pie), Joanna and Kristine (Gauntlet of Fire) and Dave Polsky (Rarity Takes Manehattan). Other twits in the early morning chorus may include the likes of Meghan McCarthy, Jayson Thiessen (Supervising Director of MLP:FIM), Andrea Libman , the voice of Dragon Lord Ember Ali Milner, Big Jim (storyboard work, voice of Troubleshoes and Director of MLP:FIM), Mike Vogel and Josh Haber. The hashtag to watch should be #MLPseason6.


Review for episode 16, The Times Are A Changeling, below the cut. )


Catch the show and throw in your two bits in the comments! Copy/paste your reviews into the comments, spread the wealth!

Watch The Times Are A Changeling here on DailyMotion and likewise, here on Youtube.

Download links for The Times Are A Changeling: (I'll fill in the blanks later)
As seen on Discovery Family in 1080p: broadcast version
In 1080p without logos: logoless.
In 1080p, without logos and colour corrected: colourful.
They're all mkv format files.

Read all the transcripts, including that of The Times Are A Changeling over here on the MLP wiki of transcripts.

Clear, free, logoless screengrabs from the entire episode get uploaded to the episode wiki within days of broadcast on the MLP Wikia Gallery pages, here.

The links to official channels and purchasing DVD's and episodes are now in the community sticky. A Cantonese dub of MLP:FIM season one is now being broadcast free-to-air in Hong Kong on ViuTV. Broadcast time is every Thursday and Friday at 5 PM. See http://viu.tv/epg/99

Artist Training Ground VI, Day Five

Aug. 19th, 2016 06:32 am
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Day Five! This looks new, today's prompt reads: "Draw a pony in apparel/Draw a pony in peril". Clothes or risky business. Why not both, a horse in risky clothes. Y'know, a long dress in the woods. Snagging risk. As usual, add a digit to the URL and presto, here's the submitter gizmo where you can submit up three images for this prompt, one at a time. As soon as you submit a picture, it will appear in this gallery here.

Mind that deadline. It's 9 pm Mountain Standard Time. which is midnight Eastern Daylight Savings Time and 5 AM UTC. There's also a three hour extension on top of that.

Pain hits

Aug. 18th, 2016 06:48 pm
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Pain kicking in big time, ankles, knees mostly. I am definitely glad I stayed moving very gently in the pool and didn't get vigorous or go any longer than 30 min.

Anyway pain and I will lie still, do some cbd stuff, and put on ice packs.

I still feel invigorated on some level, and happy.

Artist Training Ground VI, Day Four

Aug. 18th, 2016 01:22 pm
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Mending_Fences_by_Blastdown
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It's Day Four already! Another day another prompt: "draw a pony mending fences / draw a pony fencing". I think gore is verboten. The submitter gizmo is here and you can submit up three images for this prompt, one at a time. As soon as you submit a picture, it will appear in this gallery here. I peeked and there are already 59 works in the gallery. I saw quite a few swords. And fences.

Mind that deadline. It's 9 pm Mountain Standard Time. which is midnight Eastern Daylight Savings Time and 5 AM UTC.
Another pick under the cut. It's done with 3D puppets! )

Artist Training Ground VI, Day Three

Aug. 17th, 2016 07:00 pm
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Whelp, you was waiting for me to post this, and here you go, the Day Three prompt: "Draw a pony training / Draw a pony preparing ". You have five hours left until the deadline! The submitter gizmo is here and you can submit up three images for this prompt, one at a time. As soon as you submit a picture, it will appear in this gallery here. There are already 158 works in the gallery and there shall be more.

Mind that deadline. It's 9 pm Mountain Standard Time. which is midnight Eastern Daylight Savings Time and 5 AM UTC. You could try doing something with Source Filmaker puppets. Or modeling clay. Mashed potatoes?
Two more picks from the gallery below the cut )

Worldcon

Aug. 16th, 2016 07:42 pm
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Starting tomorrow I'll be at MidAmericon II, and participating in several sessions. Perhaps I'll see you there!

Artist Training Ground VI, Day Two

Aug. 16th, 2016 06:23 am
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Source: http://insanerobocat.deviantart.com/art/ATG-2016-day-2-apple-sketch-628586520 [#56 in the gallery]

Welcome to day two of the NATG. N is for Newbie. I shall forever be a newbie, a newbie in training. So let's get at it yes? The Day Two prompt is: "A pony moving / A pony in action". The submitter gizmo is here and you can submit up three images for this prompt, one at a time. As soon as you submit a picture, it will appear in this gallery here. Six hours in and there are already 25 works in the gallery. Yesterday's gallery has just short of 400 works. One of those is my pencil sketch.

Mind that deadline. It's 9 pm Mountain Standard Time. which is midnight Eastern Daylight Savings Time and 5 AM UTC. Gentlecolts, start your pencils!

Three more examples below )

what to nominate for Yuletide?

Aug. 15th, 2016 05:52 pm
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I participated in Yuletide last year and really enjoyed it, so I'll probably participate again this year. Nominations: Friday 9 September to Friday 16 September. Thinking about what to nominate...

* I am about 3/4 of the way through Neal Stephenson's Seveneves -- I see one work about it on AO3 and I'll probably read that and more after I finish the novel.
* "As Good As New" by Charlie Jane Anders
* Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
* the miniseries Tanner '88

with more ideas to come, for sure.

Artist Training Ground VI, Day One

Aug. 15th, 2016 06:30 am
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Here we go, 30 glorious days of blood, sweat and tears. Or swearing, erasing and going blind, as it will be in my case. It's the Newbie Artist Training Ground, the place to practice, to try new things and generally strive to be better, all in a MLP fandom context! As always, on day one we are given a warm-up prompt. It's Draw a Pony Standing/Draw a Pony Chilling. The submitter gizmo is here and you can submit up three images for this prompt, one at a time. As soon as you submit a picture, it will appear in this gallery here.

The deadline is earlier this year! It's 9 pm Mountain Standard Time. Now I'm not going to do the math this morning... OK I will... Eastern, Central, Mountain, "Spring forward". Yes, that puts it where I thought I'd find it, at midnight Eastern Dailight Savings Time and so at 5 AM UTC. Well, makes sense, Caplain is in the Eastern time zone. Go go go!
More below. )

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