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19th May 2016, 6:00 AM in Hurricane Fluttershy
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Newbiespud 19th May 2016, 6:00 AM edit delete
The funny thing about doing the Story Time 3 project is that it forced me to get up to date on the show. Even though I knew the comic was going to go in this direction, I didn't actually have the episode on-hand until I updated my library so I could go screencap-hunting for Story Time.

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ANW 19th May 2016, 6:08 AM edit delete reply
Happy Birthday to me.
Real post down below.
Digo Dragon 19th May 2016, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Hippo Birdie!

This year's birthday for me I've been hunting down artists who are available for commission work. Sharing the wealth of birthday funds to get art drawn of my pony OC. Because who doesn't like getting a slice of the pie, right?

Mmm, pie. You like pie? I like pie. Pumpkin and apple are my favorites, and not long ago I actually got into eating key lime on occasion. That's something I don't always see on PC backgrounds-- lists of the kind of foods they like best.
aylatrigger 19th May 2016, 7:48 AM edit delete reply
Happy Birthday!

...I would make brownies, but I do not know you irl. So here's a brownie recipe:

Get the brownie mix that looks like it has the most chocolate without adding chocolate chips or similar.
Mix as per the instructions.
Add 2 bags of mini Chocolate Chips. Or 1 bag of chocolate chips and 1 bag melt-able candy.
Cook to the maximum time for the recipe.
When it gets out it will be very gooey, so ignore the fork test.
Hawkflight 20th May 2016, 8:32 AM edit delete reply
Actually, I use a bag of mini-chips and a packet of chocolate pudding mix. Makes a delicious cake, too.
ANW 19th May 2016, 6:13 AM edit delete reply
Tv troupe time
Need brain bleach
You saw something that you really didn't want to see, making you want to wash your brain in bleach.

A simple yes or no will work, if you don't want to go into details.
ANW 19th May 2016, 6:16 AM edit delete reply
Fun fact: The drug actually exist.
High government works (spys, or undercover) will use it if the torture was too much for them.
Newbiespud 19th May 2016, 6:36 AM edit delete reply
Today's an especially "what the heck is this ANW thread" kind of day.
ANW 20th May 2016, 5:53 AM edit delete reply
Was trying to get a story time based on the troupe.
Boris Carlot 19th May 2016, 6:37 AM edit delete reply
Ref 19th May 2016, 9:17 AM edit delete reply
Reference to Rouge Angles of Satin intended?
Someone 19th May 2016, 9:27 AM edit delete reply
No, ANW always spells it this way, even when you tell him it's wrong.
Digo Dragon 19th May 2016, 6:47 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
I was just reading some articles about how antibiotic-resistant diseases are getting out of control. I'm wondering if in a magical world such as Equestria, if certain diseases can develop magical immunity?
Jorlem 19th May 2016, 7:00 AM edit delete reply
Like a Giant Amoeba that can cast Antimagic Field?

I'm always amused when I'm reminded of these things. ( )
Anvildude 19th May 2016, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
Isn't that basically what the Smooze is?
FanOfMostEverything 19th May 2016, 7:36 AM edit delete reply
Only if the magical cure leaves some pathogens alive. Antibiotic resistance is evolution in action. Those microbes that survive the drug by some chance mutation reproduce, resulting in a strain that has the same resistance. Further use of the drug keeps selecting for resistant strains.

So, it all comes down to whether a bacterium's genome can express spell resistance.
Digo Dragon 19th May 2016, 7:51 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
Didn't the Drow evolve spell resistance because the underdark is full of magical dangers? It would be interesting to have magically resistant bacteria in a magical setting. If the spell that is used to attack a bacteria has a saving throw, then it stands that a small number might survive with a lucky roll. ;)

Actually, I think Shadowrun has something similar in the anti-magic bacterial concept, and it's used to prevent mages from doing things like astral projection through a bank vault door.
Winged Cat 19th May 2016, 10:13 AM edit delete reply
There are many more types of magic than there are antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance might map to Cure Disease resistance, or even spell resistance, but overall "magic" immunity seems like resistance to medicine.
Digo Dragon 19th May 2016, 11:47 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
That's what I'm focusing on. Magic specifically designed to combat diseases. Like in the case of the comic page here, an elixir that delays the flu.

That would be really handy if you feel the sniffles coming on the day before you have a final exam to take!
aerion111 20th May 2016, 8:44 AM edit delete reply
Well, in this case, I don't think it does anything to the flu, actually. It just makes the ponies healthier, which counters the 'making ponies weaker' symptom of the flu. It's like drinking a lot of coffee to stay awake when an illness is making you drowsy.
Evilbob 19th May 2016, 3:11 PM edit delete reply
Never! Because it's MAGIC
jy3 19th May 2016, 9:22 PM edit delete reply
That's actually a plot hook in "Heroes of Horror". A disease develops magic resistance either by natural selection or by divine will, and spreads like wildfire without Cure Disease spells being able to affect it.
Huor 19th May 2016, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
I'm really starting to get the feeling that the running gag in these ticket-getting episodes is that Dash is going to get preempted every session and somebody else gets the ticket instead.

Think about it: in the first session, RD helps to discover the tomb of Pegasus legend Commander Hurricane, but the ticket goes to Twilight in the end.

The second session, RD was supposed to be getting her ticket by training the tornado duty pegasi, but instead the party went after AJ, and she got her ticket.

Now in this session, it's pretty clear that in the end, Fluttershy is going to wind up with the ticket.

I haven't figured out how Pinkie is going to wind up upstaging RD yet. Rarity outdoing RD at the Best Young Flyers competition would sound obvious but she (as Dainty Dove) already has a ticket...
Dragonflight 19th May 2016, 9:18 PM edit delete reply
Actually, it occurs to me that *rescuing* Rarity during the competition and setting off a second Sonic Rainboom in the process might be her crowning moment of awesome which lands her a ticket.
j-eagle12212012 19th May 2016, 9:10 AM edit delete reply
*Mostly Spoiler Free Review*

Hearths warming tail

A Christmas episode in May cause logic :P

So this episode is both a musical episode (6 songs) and a ponified adaptation of a classic holiday story ( A Christmas Carol)

This episode is perfection. The music, the story, the way they use the cast everything is just perfect

Highlights of the episode

1) Derpy is best Christmas Tree Star
2) Starlight Glimmer is best Scrooge
3) Vinyl and Octavia rocking like its 1899
4) the fact that the animators actually animated the uvula vibrating while a character sings is awesome
5) also animating how a body reacts to having a spirit walk through you was spot on
6) Pinkie Pie wearing the exact outfit that the spirit of Christmas Present wears in the original story

Man was this a good episode, of the three Hearthswarming episodes so far this one is the best.

On to the next

JurriRig (hitbox)
Jamie (irl)
Winged Cat 19th May 2016, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
My favorite part: trying to figure out who would play the future spirit. Eliminating the possibilities one by one until the reveal. Given the future that the spell lead to, the choice of future spirit was spot on.
Digo Dragon 19th May 2016, 11:37 AM edit delete reply
Digo Dragon
It was an alright episode. I've seen way too many retellings of a Christmas Carol that a mere 22 minutes isn't enough to win any prizes from me.

On #5-- that's called getting a chill down your spine. ;)
Céline .S. Sauvé 19th May 2016, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
*winces* I hope getting the episodes didn't set you back too badly.

I own the first three or four seasons in DVD, but then they started doing the "themed" releases where you pay full-season price for a handful of episodes... :(
Specter 19th May 2016, 2:04 PM edit delete reply
So... Breezies are bees? Yeah, I can see that.
Azureink 19th May 2016, 8:14 PM edit delete reply
I did not expect Breezies to be a part of this arc. Color me intrigued.
albedoequals1 19th May 2016, 10:58 PM edit delete reply
I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that the pollen-based medicine will trigger an allergic reaction in somepony...resulting in flu-like symptoms.
Specter 21st May 2016, 1:37 AM edit delete reply
That might be true, which might be kind of sad to think of... then kind of funny when you think about it.
NickelStorm 20th May 2016, 12:04 AM edit delete reply
You know the implications of the current plot are scary. They can get a potion that allows the pegasi to ignore the feather flu but not cure it, so they are still infected. This means that it will still be potentially contagious and thus possibly infect the other pegasi in ponyville, not to mention the water supply they are SENDING TO CLOUDSDALE TO BE DISTRIBUTED ACROSS EQUESTRIA!!!! Well I'm sure Twilight will figure that out....
Pablo360 20th May 2016, 5:49 AM edit delete reply
I'm sure Cloudsdale has water treatment to deal with things like that. The lightning in the clouds, combined with the cold, might do that for them.

Besides, as long as nobody figures out who was responsible, they should still get the ticket...
aerion111 20th May 2016, 8:50 AM edit delete reply
There are potentially a hundred or more pegasi.
Relying on not a single one of them having a contagious disease, even a minor one like a flu, is kind of optimistic.
In other words, they should already be expecting the water to have been in contact with at least a few infected ponies - if not the water from Ponyville in a given year, then maybe the water from another town instead, or maybe all of them if it's flu season.
Really, the only problem is that it happened at the worst possible time - a week earlier, and everyone'd been just about back in shape by now.
Heck, a plot point a comic or two back was exactly the fact that they've been infectious for a while (and probably aren't anymore, for that matter): You could cure it 100% in everyone who's showing symptoms, and there'd still be ponies in the 'contagious' stage.
Pablo360 20th May 2016, 9:18 AM edit delete reply
Right, so there's really nothing to worry about.

This, my friends, is what we over at TV Tropes refer to as "fridge brilliance". The issue doesn't even need to be addressed in the comic; random facts that have been already brought up, plus a little extrapolation, solve problems that might not even have existed.