The Forum Decides: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic S02E01: “The Return of Harmony, Part 1”

This week I decided to start a new feature on The Orange Belt Forums. Specifically, I opened a thread soliciting suggestions on what TV show episode I would watch and pledged that whichever episode got the most suggestions, I would view without question.

This being the Internet, I probably should have suspected that the majority vote would go to an episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

In just a few minutes I will start viewing the winning episode, the season two opener “The Return of Harmony, Part 1”. Will one episode be able to convince me that bronies have maybe got their lives sorted out after all? Will I run screaming from my computer and turn to a life of solitude, never again to lay hands on any piece of technology that might bring me closer to this modern eldritch horror? Will some third thing happen?

Find out in the forum thread!


Denver, France!

Denver, The Last Dinosaur! He’s on DVD, and a whole lot more!

So yeah, I ordered one as soon as I found out this morning (the DVD / t-shirt combo, if you’re curious), and I suggest all you Denver fans out there to do likewise. They only printed 1,000 copies in this run to gauge receptiveness by the public, so please show them that there are still fans of this one-year-run cartoon show about a newly hatched dinosaur that runs into a gang of Gen X nerds and wears sunglasses and rides a skateboard and sometimes gathers everyone around a piece of his eggshell that magically reveals tangential tidbits about prehistoric beasts! DO IT. I am not kidding. If enough people buy Volume 1, they just might give us the rest of them, and then I’ll probably be your best friend or something.

I’d like to take a brief moment to express my profound gratitude to Laura, the nice lady that handled my order over the phone. I was having trouble getting the shopping cart system to work via the website, so I called them directly. Not only did she place my order quickly, she was very receptive to my love of some random old cartoon show. She encouraged me to drop her company an email to let them now how much I wanted the rest of the DVD volumes to be produced (the answer is a lot), and I did so almost immediately, but I figured a mention on some no-name blog on the Innertubes would also be in order. Thanks Laura! It’s refreshing to see a company not only release classic content on DVD, but to go the extra mile with merchandising and responsiveness to the fans’ requests. If anyone here orders this DVD set, let Laura know how awesome she is.

(courtesy of, several months ago but hey that’s just how I roll)


Mii Would Like To Play

Nintendo’s ramping up the commercials, now focusing on the system’s not-really-best-kept-secret of the Mii Channel. Let’s all be honest now. It’s not about Zelda, or Excite Truck, or WarioWare, or upcoming games like Smash Bros. Brawl, or the growing handful of Virtual Console games. When it all comes down to it, the most fun aspect of the Wii has to be Mii creation. I’m glad to see Nintendo capitalizing on this, and even using the actual Mii Channel music! Here are the two commercials, starring the borderline creepy “Wii would like to play” Japanese salarymen:

Well done, Nintendo! Now let us give our Miis mohawks and tattoos.

(courtesy of destructoid)


I’m Lost without you! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Remember when we used to give out Valentine’s Day cards in elementary school? The fun of finding store-bought perforated cards themed around a popular movie or television series, filled with cheesy puns related to quotes and also love? Well I say we should never grow out of such things.

With that in mind, enjoy these Valentines I made for my family themed after the hit television show LOST!


Uff da

My cable box is on the fritz. It won’t let me change the channel, or access recorded programs, or even shut it off. So I get home and it’s stuck on Maury. The text on the bottom-left of the screen reads: “My wife needs to know… I have sex with men for money!”

Yeah. The world is dumb sometimes.