1. Brownian says

    A slippery slope? I suppose if you tilt the image it might look like you’re sliding down a hill.

    As it is now, you look like you might be ‘scooting’. Do ponies have anal glands and do they become inflamed?

  2. says

    I believe the proper sequence is cartoon, action figure, video game, breakfast cereal. Then a live action/CGI movie featuring Megan Fox.
    Beyond that, the only option is “bilious self-parody.” I recommend getting off the train somewhere after “action figure.”

  3. karleyjohnston says

    Holy crap I’m on Pharyngula again. Joy!

    Jen- I did as many as I could with the intention of picking it up again tomorrow. Any request for a cutie mark?

  4. billygutter01 says

    I will not offer a brohoof. *folds arms, frowns stubbornly*

    Frankly, I’m mildly horrified to even know what that is.

    Of course, they are cute, rainbow coloured ponies and we all know what the god-folks think about that sort of thing…

    I’ve reconsidered: Brohoof!

  5. Anri says

    For those wondering, this looks as if it was done in the Pony Creator, which is the brainchild of a poster on DeviantArt. I don’t have the account name before me at present, (nor can I presently access it – maybe when I get home if anyone cares) but a search for ‘Pony Creator’ on DA should get you to it.

    It’s fun!

    My spouse and I both have our ponyselves cranked out…

  6. karleyjohnston says

    Anti- I made them with General Zoi’s character generator. There’s a link on my original blogpost.

  7. karleyjohnston says

    Aratina Cage- the chthutie mark is actually a reworked orthoceras logo I was going to put on a tshirt (I just took off the shell). If PZ sees a use for it, I’d be glad to give.

  8. says

    the chthutie mark is actually a reworked orthoceras logo I was going to put on a tshirt (I just took off the shell)

    So it’s a naked orthoceras? That seems very fitting for the author of the Courtier’s Reply.

  9. Sastra says

    You know, those fundies who refused to allow their kids to have any My Little Pony dolls because doing so could allow demons to come into the house might have been thinking something like this could happen some day. Maybe.

  10. Rey Fox says

    What? I saw the title and first few lines of the post, and, having just got back from Skepticon, thought I would spend a few minutes trying to guess the ponies. I couldn’t remember anyone at Skepticon with a moustache though. So I finally checked the caption: PZ? My afternoon has been ruined, and I expect a full refund.

  11. karleyjohnston says

    Yeah, I didn’t like the piddly goatee beard that was in the generator, so I just omitted the beard. Use your imagination, or ask PZ to shave.

  12. maxh says

    I’m a bit worried about how PonyZ is dog-sitting. NOT a good sign. If he doesn’t get on his legs soon the little guy will be in for the chop :(

  13. says

    Okay, guys, I just made Jack Bauer with the pony creator. Now, I want to put a cutie mark, but I don’t know what to put on him, so I want to bounce ideas off of you guys. Any ideas? :)

  14. stubby says

    That looks like PonyZ Myers wearing his Wilford Brimley Halloween costume. Apparently it helps him live a better life.

  15. Merk says

    I’m happy to see some pony and skepticism overlap. I see a lot of good things in the show, from a secular and feminist perspective. That and Rebecca Trotson looks awesome.

  16. says


    You’ve joined the herd!

    Heh. Someone should have told the gelato guy that Skepticon would love and tolerate the shit out of him. :p

  17. julian says

    Looking at the various ponies Karley made, I like Greta Equestrina the best. The glasses on the hip are excellent.


    Also the hair on Rebecca Trotson is gorgeous.

  18. Pinkamena, Panic Pony says


    And to think, two years ago I would’ve thought (and wouldn’t have been alone in thinking) that this was weird.

  19. vexorian says

    I did hear some less desirable things about that show, like the one episode in which a pony is bashed throughly for not believing in magic, but I wonder how accurate the description of the events is.

  20. Alisa says


    Unfortunately. See, magic is standard for 1/3rd of the ponies, but then there’s this one non-magic pony who can apparently predict the (very short term) future. So the magical science-loving pony goes out to investigate, and in conclusion she can’t find an explanation, gives up, and just accepts that something is weird. Apparently the moral of the story was meant to be ‘open-mindedness is good’, but it then got twisted into ‘blind faith is good’.

    The episode’s writing isn’t very good, so I’m glad that the writer for it has only done one other episode. And, it’s only one bad episode out of the 33 currently out (with more coming out every week at the moment). If you just ignore that one episode, or even ignore its last 5 minutes, it’s perfectly fine because the weird foresight concept is never mentioned again, ever. It’s a totally worthwhile, high quality, feminist cartoon in general, and I just like to pretend that one episode doesn’t exist.

  21. Pinkamena, Panic Pony says

    Alisa @#56: I took away the moral of “if you can’t explain it, it’s not unreal, it’s just not explained yet”. Maybe it’s just me.

    Anyway, my roommate and I had a discussion on the way home. It goes like this:
    1. MLP:FiM is a show.
    2. In this show, talking ponies exist.
    3. These talking ponies live in a world with things like magic, dragons, and living goddesses.
    4. Twilight Sparkle is the most likely pony to be a skeptic, considering she’s shown skeptical tendencies.
    a. She is a unicorn, and can use magic.
    b. Her teacher is one of the aforementioned living goddesses.

    <BillOTheClown>Can’t explain that!</BillOTheClown>

  22. GravityIsJustATheory says

    Why are My Little Ponies making such a come-back?

    I see people making references to them all over the net these days (including really wierd things, like a MLP-themed mod for Dwarf Fortress).

    How have they managed to escape from the ’80s?

  23. Pinkamena, Panic Pony says

    Gravity @#59: There’s a new series, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It’s become popular among the 20-something crowd since it’s well-written and made so parents can watch it without wanting to shrivel up and blow away.

    And if you think the Dorf Fortress mods are bad, don’t look up the TF2 stuff.

  24. rickpikul says

    Lauren Faust has admitted that they messed up the moral in Feeling Pinkie Keen and that it should have been more on the lines of “sometimes you can’t explain things.”

    As for the show in general it gets thumbs up for a number of reasons, two for me in particular:

    Of the mane six characters, two are hard-core introverts and this is not treated as there being something wrong with them. Sure, they do have issues that stem from their introversion, but strongy extroverted characters also have issues[1].

    The central character is one of those introverts, a serious bookworm[2] and the brain of the group. Even though one of the themes of the show is her needing to break out of her shell and make friends, this is not done at the cost of her having to dumb herself down and/or act ‘normal’. In fact her intelligence is regularly celebrated and her reading is sometimes the answer to problems.[3]

    [1] Such as a mouth that writes cheques her horn can’t cash.[4]

    [2] She lives in a library.[5]

    [3] Just how would you defeat an ursa major?

    [4] OK, there was no reason to assume that an ursa major just happened to live within an easy walk of the small town she was performing in, but still.

    [5] Not meant metaphorically, her bedroom is upstairs.

  25. Emrysmyrddin says

    Cross-posted from Blag Hag. I’m one of the World’s Biggest Fans Evah of General Zoi, the creator of the pony generator. She’s a verrrry clever lady – she used to design and animate custom Sims objects, something for which you need a hell of a lot of grey matter and patience (EA hates customisers with a passion and makes it as awkward as possible). I released an involuntary ‘squeee!’ when I saw the name, and went to the site to confirm that it was her. It was!