It's hard not to stare at everypony. Baltimore has its share of subculture gatherings and nerd conventions. This weekend it played host to BronyCon. MetaFilter has already chronicled the usual "faux-bewildered journalists" who covered previous incarnations of the con in other cities. But this year Baltimore's local papers stepped up. The Baltimore Sun's free weekly b generated excitement with cover stories before the show. And when the City Paper covered the event, they didn't send a reporter—they sent a Gender and Women's Studies professor instead, who turned in this thoughtful piece.
If you are confused by the unexpected popularity of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic cartoon among adults, or the more culturally baffling "Brony" phenomenon, help is at hand! Beloved genre star John DeLance, the voice of Discord, explains this modern pop culture phenomenon in song for a new documentary. (Via)
Friendship is Optimal is not a "My Little Pony" fanfic, but a SF story that starts with a procedurally-generated MLP MMO, and crescendos to what could very well be the Best Possible Outcome if self-optimizing algorithms are given /almost/ the right goals. Some readers are horrified by the implications; some want to move into "Equestria Online" anyway. Whichever camp you fall in, you'll never forget the phrase "satisfy human values through friendship and ponies".
BroNYcon, and New York gathering of the bronies, took place over the weekend of the 7th January. The frist Bronycon, in June 2011, was a relatively small affair, with around 100 guests. This one, held at the Hotel Pennsylvania, had 700, many of whom seemed to be faux-bewildered journalists. [more inside]
Flash Friday: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - Story of the Blanks. A retro-themed game mixing sweetness with...uh, something unexpected. Suffice it to say, Applebloom and Twilight Sparkle will be in for a surprise. After all, it's not as if Zecora didn't try to tell them...via
INSCRIBED ON HER HORN IS THE FORMULA FOR "ULTIMATE FRIENDSHIP!!" HER AIM - KNOWLEDGE! HER NAME - "TWILIGHT SPARKLE!"
EVERYPONY MUST STAND -- OR EVERYPONY WILL PERISH IN THE THUNDER OF COSMIC HOOVES! - Great Comics That Never Happened presents Jack Kirby's My Little Pony.