Apr 01 2012

I’ve Decided to Get in Touch With My Inner Pony

By some estimations, I’m old. I mean, people in their late thirties are ancient according to kids 18 and under. But I don’t feel old inside. I’ve decided to change my avatar to reflect that. Also, it shows the kiddies that I’m hip, I’m with it. I should probably avoid telling them I stopped playing with My Little Ponies long before I started menstruating, though, huh?

So this is me from now on:

My True Self

See? It’s purple. It’s got a geology butt stamp*. Excuse me, cutie mark. And as I got to thinking about it, I began to realize how useful being a pony would be. I mean, I forget my rock hammer sometimes – if I had hooves, that wouldn’t be a problem. I could just kick out hand samples. Of course, without hands to collect them, it would be difficult to bring them home. But I wouldn’t be able to drive anymore anyway, so I’d have to have someone driving the truck and trailer, so they could pick them up for me. Easy-peasy!

I can’t actually become a pony, alas, so I’ll just have to dream. From now on, I’ll be writing from a pegasister’s** perspective, and I’ve decided to get rid of all of the characters it took me over thirty years to develop. Any SF I write from this day forward will feature ponies only. I’ll be entering into negotiations with the My Little Pony folks soon.


This world is tough enough without having to be all adult about it. Besides, it makes me feel pretty.

And you can be a pony, too! Just go here and you can show the world that you’re a pegasister, a brony, or other variation upon the theme. Join the herd!


* Biodork dubbed the cutie mark a “butt stamp,” a fact for which I’ll always be grateful.

** Jason Thibeault, I believe, was the one who came up with pegasisters.

Thank you, Natalie, for encouraging me to unleash my inner pony!


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  1. 1

    This is.. mildly terrifying.

  2. 2
    Ryan Brown

    Jesus. That’s all I can muster at this moment. *shakes head*

  3. 3

    Bah ponies… Whats wrong with a petrified dalek?

  4. 4
    Gillian B


    Or as Fluttershy would say, yay!

  5. 5

    Must be nice to work for a big blog network run by a lawyer. I was going to do a makeover, too, but some puppet group seem to have decided this character is their property or something.

  6. 6
    Alethea Kuiper-Belt

    Happy April 1st to you, too!

  7. 7

    I was under the impression you were younger than that. Probably because you say ‘teh suck’ all the time.
    (Then again, I have a hard time remembering I’m not 18 anymore, either.)

    1. 7.1

      Worry about age when you have some.

  8. 8

    [voice of Colonel Kurtz] “The Horror . . . The Horror. . .”

  9. 9
    'Tis Himself

    I can’t actually become a pony

    Have you tried? It’s just negative thinking that prevents you from realizing your dream of becoming an overly commercialized children’s toy.

  10. 10
    Ken Schroeter

    My teenage son and his friends are all “Bronies”…

  11. 11
    Lithified Detritus

    Made me think of this:


  12. 12

    Yay Pony!

    That picture of you reminds me of the endless field trip photos my father used to show us … many of them with a rock hammer for scale.

    Now we know how big you are.

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