Category Archives: arts

Taking Matters Into Our Own Hooves

Fighting is Magic Receives Cease & Desist from Hasbro (Equestria Daily) This coming December will mark the ten-year anniversary of me playing my first “dancing” video game, DDRMAX2 for the Playstation 2. Despite this time kind of being the peak of the whole “a video game that actually helps you lose weight?” craze, it was kind of a low point for the Dance Dance Revolution series. Konami appeared to have decided to stop production of future arcade releases, and the home versions that were coming…

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Bronies Behaving Badly

BronyDoc Production Shutdown Cleared Up (Equestria Daily) I’ve never had an account on any file-sharing service, from Napster back in the day to whatever the big services are today. This is more due to my own desire to keep my own nose as clean as possible than anything else; I’ve always had a very uneasy relationship with piracy. Coming from a family of artists, all of whom have had some musical pulls over the years (including me), it’s hard to look at the piracy that’s…

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To Ignore or Acknowledge

One of the reasons I haven’t blogged much in recent weeks is that I started doing performance art this past December. I’d never done performance art before, despite the avenues and opportunities it opens up to explore things in ways that are more difficult to explore in other media. I think this is in part because I’ve never had such a compelling opportunity to explore performance art before (or maybe I just never noticed previous opportunities), but my shyness undoubtedly played a part in not…

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So It’s More Acceptable to Bully Kids?

Donations for bullied bus monitor soar past $500,000 (MSNBC.com) It’s difficult to figure out just how to phrase what this story has compelled me to say without sounding like I’m trying to play down what Karen Klein went through, and continues to go through as the video of her being bullied on the school bus she was monitoring gets played over and over again, on news broadcasts and millions of computer screens all over the world. Let me say at the start, then, that what…

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You Can’t Stop Fan-Based Works

Esurance Axes Erin After the Secret Agent Took on an X-Rated Life of Her Own (cbsnews.com) If you’ve never heard of Rule 34, it’s another of those Internet memes. The full text of rule 34 is, “If it exists, there is porn of it. No exceptions.” My friend Max C., who first made me aware of this story, pointed out that Erin Esurance may well be the first “casualty” of Rule 34, a character retired because its creators were sick of all the adult spinoffs…

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