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Recently moved into a new place, much bigger and better than my old place. But naturally the process as a whole was heavy on my wallet, but no sweat, I saved up for this. The elements on the stove of my new place were crap, had to replace them. Okay, more money. My laptop won't turn on, had to take it to be repaired. More money. My office chair just broke. Gotta replace that. money, money, money. Got a call from the repair shop, need to replace the motherboard and the processor now too. FUCK!

Dammit life, can you give me a moment to catch my breath?
Have you seen it yet? What are your thoughts on it?

Myself, I'd say that it is definitely a lot better than the first one. But that's not exactly a tall mountain to climb. I'm glad to see that for a film where music is the driving element, the songs were actually decent. "Under your Spell" and "Shine like Rainbows" really standing out for me. Story wise, I felt that there wasn't enough meat in the plot to fill up a feature length movie, but in a way that works in its favor. It gave a lot more time for the characters to slow down and have good interactions with each other. Something that would have been cut out had this been the length of a two-part season finale. And as much as Twilight is the "lead character", I felt that it really is a story about Sunset Shimmer's redemption. It's one thing for the villain to be remorseful over their actions, it is quite another for them to be forgiven by those they wronged. That's a theme you don't often see films explore.

If I could realistically ask for more from this, I would have liked to have seen more character development form the three villains. If for no other reason than that they were so well written. They were cliche evil, but they each had their own personality that played well off each other.
In the Canadian Navy, Ocras are small military ships mainly used for officer training. The typically cannot go out to sea very far and do not remain at sea for more than a week before having to return to port to refuel and restock. As such, it is not uncommon for Naval members such as myself to be pulled onto an Orca sail with little or no warning in advance. And that is what I'm complaining about today.

Just today, I received my orders to be watch on deck for an Orca sail starting Monday (it's Thursday now) and going on for about 3 weeks. Last time I got this kind of tasking, I was told the afternoon before the sail. So at least I have the weekend to prepare this time. But the timing of this likely means that I will miss Halloween, and I have been putting a lot of work into my costume. Plus, being watch on deck is the most mind numbing experience I can imagine. For hours on end, you stand on the bridge with a pair of binoculars and just stare at the water reporting any other vessels you see and any objects in your path that you don't want to hit (like logs). You do that, for hours. Depending on the size of the crew, you could be standing there for 8 hours at a time. Just.... looking at the water. Not to mention that those ships are so tiny that they take the waves about as well as a rubber ducky, so the slightest bit of bad weather and you'll be tossed around like you're on a crappy carnival ride. I would take any tasking that is not an Orca sail. but I guess everyone has to do at least a few eventually.

Oh, and also my laptop is being repaired, so I can't even bring that along to entertain myself when I'm not staring at the water.
Particularly in games like turn-based RPGs where the menu elements are prominent part of the gameplay experience, what do you like to see in menu designs of video games? This is for an ongoing project.
What is the longest time you can tolerate between the moment you start a game, to the moment that you are freely allowed to play the game? And restrictive hand-holding tutorials or allowing you to walk along as characters exposit information to you does not count as playing the game. And as a bonus question, which game did you experience where the time spent waiting to actually play the game was the most annoying?


Ryan McCarty
Well, after spending a few years in art college, I tried to get into the animation industry. Realizing after a while that being an animator by far not the most stable career choice, I joined the navy. But my passion is still drawing and animation. I have a superhero comic called "Chillin' Civilians" that I've been working on for a number of years that I think you'll enjoy.
I don't know how apparent my absence has been over the last month on account of how infrequently I add to my gallery. But I've been on deployment in Hawaii for this year's RIMPAC. If you're wondering what that is, it's what was going on in the movie Battleship minus the space aliens. I'll be back in Canada in a couple of weeks (counting down the days) but I thought I would just give a journal update since I've got some shore leave and a decent internet connection. While I've got your ear, a lot of you will be very happy to hear that My Little Mages the video game is back in full production with a full engine change. The alpha was made in Gamemaker Studio, the new version is being made in Unity. We actually have a small team of people offering their time and skills this time around. I was keeping it on the down-low for a while but I'm pretty confident in the production of the people involved, especially how they've been chugging along very well while I'm on deployment. I'd like to thank my friend Andy for this people skills in that regard. Still in the early stages of program and design, so don't hold your breath on any kind of release date.

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Sora200 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Also, your MLP pictures are awesome. I too am a fan of the show. :)
Sora200 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Really wish that our debate didn't end on a sour note. I'm sorry for anything I did that puts Christians in a bad light for you. I'm sorry if I offended you. Also, I didn't mean to sound sexist. If your female friends from the army are reading some of the stuff I said, please let them know that I'm sorry for anything I said that might have offended them.

I hate saying things that make others angry at me especially on the level that you said it would make your friends from the army feel. Even if I probably won't ever see them.

My deepest apologies for troubling you. Hopefully you don't think of me as unintelligent.
Mark57Raider Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
cool page. Never thought a military man would be interested in My Little Pony... Interesting combination here. Really though, I just never....ever...thought... a navy hardened ship guy would be interested in My Little Pony. Maybe if you had some daughters or something and then gotten into that from a family point it's just very hard to fathom, but wow what a world. ...Then again maybe you do have some kids that got you into My Little Pony...
Didj Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
It's not really as unusual as you would think. Firstly, the stereotype that all military members are the hardened grunts you see in American movies is not true. Or at least it doesn't apply to all military trades. Being in a logistic trade, my job deals more with accommodations and paperwork. And even when you take it to the American army "woo-rah" types, you see Bronies there too. Just look up "military bronies" on Google. It's really not that hard to see why. For people who live stressful lives being away from home for months at a time, something like My Little Pony is a good stress reliever. It's something lighthearted and fun in a career that is anything but that.

Plus it's just a really good show that breaks gender boundaries. Kind of like how Powerpuff Girls was a fun show to watch despite it's girly exterior. Let me put it this way, you like Disney movies like Frozen or Tangled, right?
Mark57Raider Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Some Disney movies I like yeah. I enjoyed Tangled and some of the others. My favorite disney movie of all time is probably still either Mulan or Lion King. Both very superb movies. But yeah, I didn't know military guys were into MLP, given the stereotype.
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