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So.. the finale of S3 of FiM? Egad! Not exactly an episode you can just walk away from. The big concern I had was, of course, the pacing - it felt so much as if we'd just been dropped into the middle of an ongoing saga, and only got to experience the latter half of the tale. The outcome itself? Eep! Well, we'll have to see - I'd hope things won't really change very much, cute as the princess hoofboots are. ^_^ The songs were a particular highlight, being perhaps the best of this season. Now, maybe I'm just being dense, but - what would Star Swirl the Bearded's original intent for the spell have been? (We shan't dwell upon the point that perhaps it should've been accompanied by some DO NOT USE warning - but perhaps having it presented as a challenge was Celestia's intent all along, feeling Twilight up to the task)

marko_the_rat will be participating in the Million Paws Walk, in aid of RSPCA Queensland. If enough people pledge, he'll do so in full fursuit. Bear in mind the kind of climate Queensland sees.. this is no idle promise. ^_^; Go on. Show him what we can do. =:D

Delia Derbyshire will be celebrated in Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, with a 90 minute special, filming now, airing in November. 'Working from 1963 to 1972 for the Radiophonic Workshop, a unit created to provide sound effects and music for programming across the BBC, Derbyshire was responsible for many of the futuristic sounds that were to fill living rooms across the nation. She and fellow Radiophonic colleagues were denied credit for their work because the BBC deemed them to be "engineers". Ron Grainer, the composer of the Doctor Who theme, which Derbyshire "realised", fought for dual credit for her, but was denied. On hearing the piece, Grainer is said to have remarked, "Did I write that?" Derbyshire replied, "Most of it."'

And if you're in or near London, there's a season of events in Nonclassical's Pioneers of Electronic Music, between March 6-17 2013, ranging from a cinematic double bill of The Day the Earth Stood Still and Forbidden Planet, introduced by Dr Miguel Mera of City University, to an evening of documentaries, including The Delian Mode, a short examining our favorite pioneer, Delia Derbyshire.
The outcome itself? Eep! Well, we'll have to see - I'd hope things won't really change very much

*smile* I think we can take Twilight at her word when she told us at the end, "Everything's gonna be just fine!" ^^
Something that I noticed: the last words of "The Crystal Empire", by Spike, were "Yeah... I knew everything was gonna be fine." The last words of "Magical Mystery Cure", by Twilight, were "Yes! Everything's gonna be just fine." With most shows, I'd put that down to coincidence. This show? Maybe not...
Ahh, very good point! Indeed, I wouldn't be at all surprised that was quite intentional. (EQD's followup also points out a few subtleties, like the "scorch mark" left by Twilight's disappearance being shaped like her cutie mark)
what would Star Swirl the Bearded's original intent for the spell have been?

That's what everyone is wondering about. :) Perhaps some sort of Saturnalia celebration, only that instead of masters serving their slaves, you'd have ponies switching their cutiemarks? OK, I'm REALLY going out on a limb there.

Word has it that S4 will bring more explanations, at least, and that Twilight, like bronies, will struggle with her change instead of just saying "oh, so I'm an alicorn now, no big deal".

That's all I can really think of - that the transposition was intentional, but not quite as definite, perhaps being simply temporary, or having others' talents overlaid, rather than entirely replacing their own.

It's quite a gamble they're taking, shifting the power balance like this, but I dare say it'll work, especially if they do indeed take that as a new dynamic to play with in the writing. After all, hereon, it won't be just six equals, but five, plus one notably distinct - yet she'll likely not want to be quite so different, beyond simply being herself. (And, of course, it gives their corporate masters a new toy to sell =:)
And, of course, it gives their corporate masters a new toy to sell =:)

Aye, and that's what brought on this change in the first place. :) You gotta applaud DHX for taking the directions they're given by Hasbro and making them work, though — incorporating such drastic changes into the show without breaking it requires skill and care, and I think so far, they've demonstrated an abundance of both. :)

But yeah, it'll be interesting to see how it'll all play out.
Fabric Podcast did a show back in 09 with Surgeon and he did a Delia Derbyshire section where he talked about the influence he had from listening to her. Before this podcast, I didn't really know who she was.
Ooh, I'll have to give that a look!

Before this podcast, I didn't really know who she was.

No problem. ^_^ There are always gaps in one's knowledge and awareness, and familiarity to others is no differentiator.
Also, this is totally something I think you'd like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHgbzNHVg0c

If you're not familiar, Janelle Monae has a stage name of 'Cindy Mayweather - Android from the future' and the video I linked you to is a future Android Auction. I love her style. She's like the child of Grace Jones and Michael Jackson.
Now there's someone I ought to remember to keep up with. ^_^ I first noticed her a year or two back, with Tightrope - quite the epitome of her style, exuding energy and some furious footwork. Makes me wonder what she's like live on stage! Probably walk out exhausted just from watching. =:D
Hee, just donated, the cause is more than a good one ^^
Oh, jolly good show. ^_^ Mm, I had to. The RSPCA (in all its forms!) does some very good work indeed, and it's in tougher times like these they need support even more, with abandonment on the rise, and donations faltering.

Besides, we've got to ensure Rattus is running in fully furred glory. =:D
Hmm, I have been thinking of starting with regular donations to a specific charity...maybe I just found the right one. There's so many organizations out there that need help, wanna help everyone but that, of course, is not possible.

Heheh, with Aussie summer in full bloom I am sure it will make him sweat out several pounds of bodymass :P