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Born and raised in Texas since 1979. Cartoon enthusiast since childhood. Drawing fan since then too, though never learned any techniques, too interesting in drawing than learning how to. Wrestling fan since 1990. Heavy metal hard rock fan since 1991. Tried twice to learn guitar but gave up each time (I'm just too lazy and impatient to learn things like that -same problem I had with drawing). Bullied but survived middle school. Wrestled in High School. Signed up for the US Navy in senior year. Graduated in 1998. Went into the the Navy in 1999. Became a Christian while in the navy. Left navy in 2003. Went to community college in same year, graduated in 2005. Went to University Of North Texas, did one semester then dropped out. Best friend and brother by choice passed away in 2005. Became a fan of furry art in 2006, eventually being comfortable with the furry tag despite the negative stereotype from the yiff crowd. Went to automotive school in 2009. Failed in automotive career. Became a fan of MLP art in 2010 but refused to watch the show or accept the Brony tag. Went through various warehouse jobs until going into trucking school. Drove a truck for a while, but like the auto career, I screwed it up. Went into a depression and finally watched MLP. Fell in love with the show which helped me through those dark times. Now despite the negative stereotypes from the cloppers, I accept the Brony tag. Started my career at Amazon, hope things improve from there.
Used to have dreams of being a pro wrestler but genetics worked against me. Used to have dreams of singing in a metal band, but I barely have any social friends so have realized my dreams have to be set aside for reality. I still fantasize about how all those things could have happened, but not so much that I lose sight of reality. Once I can summon up the courage, I’ll start going to and singing at kareokee (sic) bars-don't like going to places like that by myself. Really don't know where I'm going and find it best to just concentrate on today. Praise God! Metal forever! Art forever!
Favorite visual artistGary SmithFavorite moviesLord Of The Rings, Star Wars TrilogyFavorite TV showsNight Court, Newsradio, Law & Order, MST3K, MLP FiM, Red Dwarf, many moreFavorite bands / musical artistsIron Maiden, Savatage, Judas Priest, Dio, Pretty Maids, Khymera, many moreFavorite booksThe Shannara Series, The Xanth Series, Sege A. Storms SeriesFavorite writersTerry Brooks
I know my watchers are few in numbers, but what the hay: I was watching Family Appriciation Day and remembered how adorable Bunny Bloom was and I collected some screenshots so I could draw one of them. Which should I draw? BTW, I will not be drawing Tiara
This intro is going to be non-comical that way I can tie it into the title of the new episode.
If anyone reading this listens to classical rock or is my age or older and heard it on the radio or saw the music video on MTV (no, not MTV2, back when regular MTV actually had music videos) has heard this song:
That was from an album with the same title. However, the original title was Uncle Tom's Cabin, named after this video:
As you can tell that song is a lot more serious and nowhere near as cheesy. That's because Warrant was never as cheesy as most of their hair and make-up cohorts back in the day. Jani Lane, the vocalist and main songwriter (though not a founding member), wanted the band to be seen as serious rockers (as serious as a band with pooffy hair sprayed hair, make-up, and spandex could be). However, the label wanted the title track to be an "anthem" track. Basically a simple sing-a-long song that could easily be a radio hit. Jani wrote Cherry Pie in fifteen minutes on the back of a pizza box and under protest made it the first single and title of the album. It did the trick, the album became a multi-platinum selling hit. However, the song was too cheesy to survive for long and became a joke in the music world and Warrant became mostly associated with it. I personally believe that a lot more people would like them if they looked past Cherry Pie and delved into their other music. However, that's not how it works with popular music. Warrant would later create more raw, less polished music and shed the hair spray and spandex however the specter of Cherry Pie followed. This would drive Jani Lane to depression and heavy drug use which eventually led to his death. Despite the fame he gained from that song, it brought him just as much misfortune. So, to you millennials who post everything about yourself on Facebook in hopes to become famous, remember fame and misfortune go hand in hand. For this episode I take it one of our girls finds both. Interesting to find out whom. Also interesting is seeing how I do with getting this review done. I did my review of the last two episodes before the break. Since then we've got ourselves a kitten (in my avatar) and he is very playful (he's a Bengal cat, closest you can get to a wildcat-that and Savannas) and doesn't like to be ignored. So I have a feeling he won't make it easy for me to get this done. First, I noticed a lot more views of my recent journals than normal so I assume I have some new eyes on these reviews. If you don't know, SoC stands for Stream Of Conscience which is a style of writing that involves you not knowing what you are going to write about and just go at it. In the same way, I do this review without any knowledge of the episode I'm reviewing. That's why I can't do episodes from before I started them because it is no longer SoC. So with that out of the way, lets dive into my SoC of Fame and Misfortune:
*We open up with a Ponyville scene featuring that old bat from two episodes ago and the always adorkable Princess Twilight Sparkle.
*Tula Rula?! What kind of stupid name is that? **post review edit: found out that was a G3 pony which explains everything** Eh, I guess it's not as bad as her tail/mane combination. Coconut Cream however, is cool pony name.
*They're ruining perfectly good ice cream that's what they're doing!
*Semantics: six of one, one half dozen of the other.
*Don't even think about it you mismatched little cretin!
*Now you did it, Pinkaminia is going to take you for a ride!
*You have no choice Twilight, a blatant disregard for the sanctity of sweets calls for the death penalty or a lifetime imprisonment in Tartarus.
*You couldn't do that when you saw Tula get ready to toss that cupcake?
*So we don't even get to find out what the argument was about, how you solved it, or how they're still alive after wasting so much confectionery? Talk about lazy writing!
*That on the other hoof could cause a problem. I can see where this is going. The published journal will cause both fame and misfortune (though why 6 mares who constantly save the day don't already have fame is quite the fandom mystery).
*Well if you think it's a great idea then... I still don't. Just because I adore her doesn't mean I will automatically be on her side.
*You're in Pinkie? What are you in?
*Well, sounds like the decision is unanimous.
*Except with Rainbow Dash dissenting... Wait, she's not dissenting, she's being her usual self absorbed self.
*Hey RD, get with the program!
*Now we are in Cloudsdale it seems.
*Do they know each other? It seems that way.
*So just one copy per bookstore? You're not going to make a lot of bits that way. Also, I guess in Equestria if you make a book it's automatically sold in stores. Nopony has figured out a way to make a living as a publisher?
*That's a little better but you just gave one away for free. The kid runs a newspaper stand, I'm sure he could afford one.
*Either they're selling a lot of them or the copy spell is only temporary.
*Let It Rain... books!
*Obviously they are selling.
*Must be an autograph signing. Good plan, little tykes' parents will pay good money for that.
*Hey, Dinky is back in the present! Or the immortal midget pony is still playing us for the fools.
*Looks like a job for... mind your own damn business Princess!
*These two again! Actually, this is good. Just shows that some problems aren't solved by platitudes.
*So it's her fault you're a loser?
*Of course not, busy bodies never can.
*Of course it's selling well, it's a self help book! Those are big sellers. After all, nopony is going to read a book on how to fail.
*Why do I have a feeling Twilight's not really helping these two? I think they're just sucking up to Royalty. Also, the other filly looks much cuter now that I'm not distracted by the mane/tail difference.
*Just had an epiphany! The self help book isn't going to help everypony and they will get mad at the Mane 6 because of this. We shall see if I am right (that could be the misfortune part of the title).
*And now the distraction is back.
*And you are now the Popular Equestrians! BTW, probably not the intended purpose of the book. Not like it's a pop album.
*Forget the Crusaders, now you can be the Cutie Mark Entrepreneurs! Rake in those bits!
*Well that could have certainly gone better. Probably should have waited to see what Starlight figured out.
*About damn time you used your Magic! You are an alicorn you know!
*Just what we needed, a song.
*Now that is just too damn adorably precious!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*They are the... star of the show!
*Naw, more like an African elephant.
*And that is another contestant for understatement of the year!
*AJ is best couch!
*Groucho's Pinkie's therapist? Makes sense.
*Further proof she is the goddess of cute!
*They are in the Book Of Pony like I want to be in the Book Of Heavy Metal!
*Not bad and certainly a step up from the song they sung at their retreat earlier (though a bit similar somehow). However, they've had much better songs in the past. Also, just like that other song, this will have no effect on the other ponies there.
*Tough room Twilight.
*Back to the drawing board.
*Still can't get over that mane and tail difference. If it's not in the Sin Poll of pony-berserker.deviantart.com/ , then I will at least comment it in the comment section (where else?).
*That's so sweet! Maybe I can get over her mane/tail difference.
*Nope, still can't get over it.
*Well that is until one or both of you die. Wow, that was morbid, I thought I was getting better.
*Well that was wrong, the pie is to go into some other pony's face. But that would be Flutters and with her new assertiveness, she might hurt Pinkie... no, not really.
*Another cute moment and best of all, it hides the Tail (Tale) That Wasn't Right
*A day in Tartarus should do the trick.
*Eh, make that two days.
Well, that was different and quite entertaining with all the meta humor directed at the extremes of the fandom. Still not sure where Spike was, the fandom has been pretty vocal on his treatment too and they could have addressed that. I guess they decided to kill time and once again give Spike the shaft. Not the best episode but that's mainly because the last two were so strong. I was more worried about my review and for the first quarter of the episode I wasn't feeling it. Then it picked up and I think it is a strong one of mine. I give this a solid 3.8/5. As always here are my bonus screenshots and the parting shot:
"Shipping? But I'm just a filly!!!!"
"Nopony loves you because your name is stupid and your mane and tail don't match!"
"There's a clopping joke somewhere here and I hope this sicko doesn't come up with it."
Just a cute screenshot, I've got nothing.
"Why the hay does that little filly have two different mane and tail colors and why does the tail look like Starlight's?"
"I found your clopfiction about me. I had no ideas you felt that way. Do you want re-enact any of the scenes?"
"Only if you can get Trixie to join us."
"Those last two make me feel uncomfortable."
"What is this one about me you and Rarity wrestling in a pool of pudding in the middle of town square? You have some sick fantasies Twilight."
"See, it says right here, 'tub of pudding'!"
"Why is there one about me and Fluttershy? That's not a normal shipping?"
"Lets see these in film form!"
"Excuse me! That was a nasty one!"
"No, THAT was a nasty one! It's going to take a while to air that one out.
"Relax Twilight, I think this pervert is going to be done with these shipping jokes for a while."
"Will you sign our copy of your clopfics?!"
"You were saying Starlight..."
No caption, just an excuse to see that cute mare again.
"This is terrible! Our journal only got one and a half stars?!"
"Wait Rarity! You forgot to pay for your meal!"
They've turned into eyeball bracelets!
"I'm going to kiiiillllll you!!!!! With laughter!"
"I read that chapter about you and me in the shower!"
"Fuck you, I'm funny!"
"I put a curse upon all of you and your family for generations!!!! Um, if that's all right with you."
"My Celestia, you are ugly!"
"If you think cupcakes was grousome, wait til you read DRESSES!!!!!"
If you sew less than 100 stitches a minute, all of Ponyville will be destroyed!
"I'm ready for my close-up Mr. Demille!"
"Pathetic, ain't it?"
"No more wire hangers!!!!"
"What? You're acting like I've never overreact to the smallest criticism before."
"Maybe I shouldn't leaver her alone like that."
"Don't snap and kill everypony, don't snap and kill everypony, don't snap..."
"I'm going to kill them all!!!!!!!!!!"
"We have an actual crisis out there and you're just staring sitting at the window feeling sorry for yourself?!"
"Mah hat can't fit over mah head!!!!"
"Ok, I'm stuck."
"It's worse than we thought, it's the brony fandom!!!!!!"
"We've read Cupcakes, Rainbow Falls, Cheerilee's Garden, Sweet Apple Massacre, Rainbow Factory, and others. You guy's are sick, SICK!!!!!!
So here we are, the episode we've all been waiting for. The one where we meet parents of the Apple Children. I knew before I even read the spoiler reviews that this would be a tear jerker of an episode and it certainly was. My eye allergies were triggered something fierce. I haven't shed tears like this for a cartoon episode since the CMC got their cutie marks. I won't go into one of my long drawn out intros as I was expecting to have another week before I had to put this out. With both episodes being aired at the same time I have to make them both tonight. I'll just say I was thrilled to hear William Shatner's voice in this. The fact that Captain Kirk is a brony just further legitimizes the fandom. When you can cite an plethera of well known bronies (Elija Wood, Dolph Ziggler, Chris Evans, Seth Green, Weird Al, etc.) I think it helps the negative image the fandom seems to portray. Without further ado, here we go with the SoC of Perfect Pear:
*Judging by the site of the outhouse, washing up means take the Browns to the Superbowl... Take the Hershey highway... File some paperwork... Go to the VatiCan to visit the Poop... You get my drift, but hopefully not hers, gross!
*What if you want her to shut up? That'd be a great time to bring it up.
*Or Grand Pear, I'm sure he'd share some of that knowledge with you.
*Isn't that a really, really, really... really, really, really long trip?
*Not only does she have Granny's coat, she also has her propensity to present raspberries. Also, what the hell is Dinky doing back there? That must mean she's actually an adult pretending to be a filly. Sounds like fodder for a grimdark fanfic if you ask me.
*If I'm right about who they are, then I have a feeling she'll be polishing his apple in the future. Wow, I'm bad... no... I'm worse!
*The shock of the century, they aren't part of an inbred family!
*You better Believe!
*Perhaps you never asked?
*I must be drunk, I'm seeing double. Oh wait, she just drew two jars.
*AJ and BM look so goofy there.
*You do realize that those cats are going to eat your face when you die right?
*The two cats on the end remind me of our cat (at the time I typed this we only had one cat-we now have another one who is a rambunctious little kitten and he also doesn't like to be held when he's in play mode-otherwise he is pretty affectionate). She hates to be held so either she's trying to escape (like the one on the right) or is not very happy (left).
*Squeeze them any tighter and you're going to have cat butter.
*Nailed it! I'm good at predicting things on this show!
*I guess you could say she's a... blushing bride?
*Ponyville elects the smart ones.
*Exchanging sees instead of rings? Seems fitting in this case (especially since ponies don't have fingers).
*Candles are romantic old bat.
*I thought it was obvious to any pony with a brain cell that they're getting married.
*And love conquers all!
*THEY SAID THEY WERE IN LOVE!!!! Boy do I use that joke a lot on this show?
*Take that! Now it's death until they part!
*Wait until the Honeymoon, then it will REALLY feel nice!
*Finally, they get to kiss!
*That's tellin' him!
*She is choosing to be a pear only it's spelled pair. Yeah, I know, bad pun.
*That's a horrible thing to do to her.
*I'm disappointed in you Shatner! A pock on your toupee!!!
*That was a very hard thing to do I'm sure.
*Great, Niagara Falls! I'm not crying, they are. I just have... allergies.
*What a tender moment!
*Oh, I get it! Grand Pear Pear, just like Grand Pa Pa.
*The cat is out of the bag! Followed you back from your earlier trip.
*No, he's front!
*Look at that, the seeds they planted made a heart shaped tree out of a pear and apple tree! I haven't teared up this much from a MLP episode since the CMC got their cutie mark! Damn allgeries!!!!
*Nothing is impossible without love!
This episode for me is all that it promised to be. It was obvious they put a lot of effort in making this episode as good and as emotional as possible for a 20 minute kid's cartoon. Like Crusaders Of The Lost Mark, this episode made me lose my share of water from my eyes and if I were to rank this episode on a scale of 1-10, I'd give it a 20, one of the best episodes of this show's run thus far. The highlight for me was Pear/Apple Butter, probably one of the loveliest and most enchanting mares the show has ever introduced to us, I certainly see what Bright Mac saw in her. As for him, he certainly deserved to get the girl and was a well fleshed out male character (which is too rare IMO for a cartoon that prides itself on being all encompassing-minor complaint, believe me). They will certainly be hard pressed to top this episode for sure. I forgot, I was going to mention my theory of Apple Bloom. With all the crazy fan theories out there, I figured it was my obligation as the oddball I am to come up with my own. My theory is that Apple Bloom is actually AJ's daughter. She got knocked up as a teen and instead of hurting her future taking care of a child, her parents raised her and told AB that AJ is her older sister. At first I thought that with their dad having the same red hair threw that out, I realize that hair color can be recessive and pass a generation. The science of hair color genetics is still mostly a mystery and it is very possible. I have even thought of making a fanfic based on this but I doubt it will see the light of day. So that is my wacky fan theory. With that out of the way, I will now just move on to the bonus screenshots and a very lovely parting shot:
"Please don't be offended if I barf this up right here and now."