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Its time to plan for the future, if Luna smiles upon us then the start of Season 2 will begin this fall, and its time to preplan our futures here at DerpyHooves.  This site has come a long long ways from what it was, only a few people will remember what I call “Derpy 1.0”, and man was it horrid.  2.0 and 3.0 is what you see today, 2.0 being the tableriffic original site, and 3.0 being the switch to php done by our webmaster Jaller.
As always I thank everyone who visits this site often, and even if you don’t, I still thank you.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d end up with a site like this, and more or less be at the bottom floor of a fandom that bloomed in front of me.  And the fact I didn’t get put in the grave by EquestriaDaily, since we both started at the same time.
So anyways, I figure now is the time to plan for the future, namely what are we going to do here site wise for Season 2.  So my basic question is, what would you, as DH readers, like to see happen with this page?  Be it adding sections, what to change around with the front page (add, remove, etc).  Basically if you had control of this place, what would you change or do?
Certain things of course remain, namely the links.  Speaking of which, I need to update these, so if you know of a site that isn’t listed and probably should be, post up in the comments.
Either way, in general we plan to keep chugging in the direction we have been news wise, with a few changes.
So lets hear what you go?

Love & Hate – Ponies in the News

Well it seems our little community has been in the news most recently (community = FiM fans, not DerpyHooves.com), as Seth over at EqD was part of an interview on an NPR Radio Show, by the name of Bluff, The Listener. You can find the news article from EqD and links to the show itself right here.  And of course we get painted as unemployed basement dwellers with no lives.  To note, Seth did a very good job of presenting the community in a not so insane light (and again makes me glad this site didn’t become as popular as EqD, I wouldn’t be interviewed for all the tea in china, yes ALL the tea).

Sadly my internet is being cranky and I didn’t get to listen to the interview, just read the transcript off the Bluff page, and it seems to be only part of the show.  But from what I saw, said it was unemployed men 18 to 20 and that Seth runs the blog from his mother’s basement.  Like Seth says in the post, do not freak out, this is how these shows get ratings.  Sadly there is no “news” anymore, just news related shows trying to kill each other over ratings and money.  The good old days of when a news reporter would sit down, and tell you everything that happen is now long gone.  Do we go with the kittens being saved from a storm drain story, or the toddle who’s face got ripped off by rabid dogs?  You know which one they are going to pick.  But there is no point in huffing up over what the media tells everyone.  And of course they do this without researching most of the facts.

So you ignore them, and tolerate them.  We all know what this community is about, and who we are.  Like any group, yes I’m sure there are unemployed bronies who may live with their parents, and may possibly live in the sub-ground section of the house.  But hey, the economy sucks here in the States.  I’m sure over 51% of the community are late high school and college bound bronies.  We have a ton of talent floating around with all the games, artwork, plushes, pins, nicknacks, videos, music.  So who cares what NPR of all things would think, they get filed right next to Fox News in my “bat shit crazy” file cabinet.

Do I live in my parents basement?  God no.  Am I employed?  Yes, 8 years with the same company as a truck driver.  I think we’ll be going with Plaster’s idea for a site slogan – The Working Man’s Pony Site.  Its more the fact that Plaster & I are blue collar workers, and that is why the site isn’t updated constantly.

And that’s my two bits.  And for the record, these kinds of things is what I mean by “long winded”.  Coming up next, Arts & Crafts Wrap Up.

News Wrap Up

Goooood Morning Equestria,

I did this a few times before in the on-season and figured it would be a good time to start doing them again.  In short its where I compile the past weeks’ worth of news into a single post.  This includes both our own news, and of course EqD in short form.  A few people said they liked it, as it catches you up on community and show news in one easy post, so hopefully expect these every Saturday, hopefully right in the morning hours.
Also in the future (and this has been said before), I will also be posting articles of a random nature about poines, more about the community.  Somewhere I know I plan to write up the journey that was taken back in October, and how we all went from basically a small group on 4chan and various IRC channels to a massive subculture.  I joined the herd back on 11/12/10 so I’ve seen a ton.  But probably not today :)
So without further delay, here is your weekly news wrap up.
FiM – #1 Meme:  It seems that MLP has taken the #1 slow over at KnowYourMeme, just barely getting past ‘Forever Alone’.  According to EqD, the main page hasn’t updated but if you check the actual FiM and Forever Alone pages, FiM is officially ahead.  This is also the site that upgraded us from ‘fandom’ to ‘subculture’.
Name Changes:  Seems this is the second known brony to change their name, but somebody over on Ponychan has legally changed their name to “Kim Fluttershy Dykas”, which indeed is stuff subcultures are made of.  Apparently awhile back a Finland brony changed their name to “Rainbow Alexi Dash”.  But as Seth said in the article, must be easier in other countries to change your name, over here in the States and I would assume Canada, its harder than all hell to change your name, with tons of lawyers, papers, and seeing a judge.  Party on bronies.
My Little Euro Ponies:   FiM is making its way over to Europe and the United Kingdom, as a promo video has been seen on Boomarang (see title link).  Holy crap they like to say pony over there, and in a sexy british accent.  I’m guessing the Boomarang channel over there is something totally different than the Boomarang here across the pond.  I assume both are owned by Cartoon Network since we did know Non-US CN bought the contract to play the show.  Its just over here are Boomarang plays nothing but classical cartoons, ranging from the original Looney Tunes and Scooby Doo to the Powerpuff Girls and Dexter’s Lab.  Now somepony find me a season schedule for it.
Job Opening at DHX Media:   DHX Media in Vancouver is hiring Animators/Posers, Supervisors, Animation Revisionists, Designers and Storyboard Artists.  From EqD’s article, apparently according to Jayson Thiessen’s Twitter page, this is the place to be if you want to get into the magical kingdom of FiM.  And its true, you can get into the gates.  A community member by the name of GlamourKat who is an animator / artist manage to get into the gates of colorful equine for season 2.  So far she has kept her lips closed about what to expect, but I know when I’ve seen her in the IRCHighway Chat, she’s at least giving us a viewing of the inside, namely like if other animators favor certain ponies, or what they got on their desks, and just how being a crew member of FiM is like.  I should be an actual reporter and ask her for an interview…
My Little Pony Convention Information:  Written by Hillary who has years of experience in the Pony World, its basically what to expect when (as an FiM fan) you go to a Pony Convention since they do exist.  In short, there will be men, some will be into ponies and many will not.  FiM is very welcomed and people of the previous generations do love the show.  Friendship is Magic, so don’t be scared to go join the older generations in celebration of colorful equine.
Metal Pony Pins Pre-Order:  Pinfilly is taking pre-orders on the Pony Pins.  Get’em while you’re hot, and it will take 3 weeks to a month to get’em from the factory, depending on your location.
Summer Sun Celebration Compilation:  Well the contest didn’t turn out as thought, but Plaster wanted to showcase the entries since people put a fair amount of work into them.  Its good to see people didn’t rip their hair out when the contest was cancelled.  I might actually go over the 28 entries and pick out the DerpyHooves.com choices, since I was suppose to be a judge, but all 28 rule too.
And that’s all for this week’s news, and indeed thats what you get when you boil it down.  There are some other articles from this week that I’ll be posting in separate posts today, and we’re also going to do an Arts & Crafts Wrap Up, as there was a ton of plushies and other fan made merchandise put out over the week.  Anyways, off to do fun Saturday things (like get fitted for a tux for a wedding)…

Flankbook – Social Networking, for Ponies

The only duckface you’ll see there is from Rarity herself
Parodying the Facebook name, TheFlankBook does what the popular networking site does and more. Using an open source variation on the mega-site, the home page brings up a news feed of sorts. Showing public posts from the users, where all sort of things – but not limited to – pony related news is being posted in a collaboration of sources from all over the fandom.
With a straight-forward navigation style on the top featuring a chat and other valuable links, you can find anything you might want to look for within a couple of clicks. On the sidebar there is even a music player featuring music from the show and remixes of those songs.
Right now it’s in Beta 2.0 according to the banner and boasts 460 active members so far. Check it out!
(Reposted as someone submitted news about it being around.  We need to link you here).

Metal Pony Pins – Pre-Orders

PinFilly wishes to announce (back on the 19th…) that Pony Pin Pre-Orders are now open over at PonyOrders.  Shipping will depend on your location, and it will take 3 weeks to a month to get the pins from the company once they have been ordered.

Ordering can be located right here.
Feedback is also listed on the site.

Any questions feel free to e-mail PinFilly @ PonyOrders.wordpress.com.

Bronies on Fox News Show – Red Eye

Repeat from Equestria Daily, seems the bronies have been talked about on Fox News, specifically on a show called Red Eye.  I haven’t had the time to check around, namely the almost 200 comments on EqD nor the comments on the youtube video, but generally it seems bronies are pissed at this.

If you have never seen Red Eye, its basically the ‘joke’ news show of the Fox News, airs at like 3am on Fridays.  Of course Fox News itself is an utter joke and should be shunned, there are just plain (pardon my french) fucking crazy on that channel, and typically attempt to act like an actual news network like CNN, but yet call it more entertainment than news.  Either way, Red Eye is specifically non-serious if you have never seen it.  One of their field reporters is my favorite human in the world, Dave Brockie aka Oderus Urungeus of the band GWAR (and my favorite band since 13).  Dave’s an awesome guy, but even on this show he is playing his part of Oderus, lead singer and pirate space alien of Gwar (do some research).

Either way, I watched it, and just shrug it off.  Maybe you know who these guests are, I see a comedian I have never seen nor heard, an aging fellow of probably 50 years old, and some woman.  And as other bronies have said, love and tolerate.  But either way, brony or not, you just can’t let people like this actually get under your skin, makes life much better.

Hasbro Announces New Merchandise

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If you do a ctrl+f search for MY LITTLE PONY on Hasbro’s Investor Relations Newsletter, you’ll find that there are a bunch of new merchandise that aren’t toys slated to be released in the undetermined future

In case you don’t want to search through ALL THAT SMALL TEXT here’s a rundown of what to look out for in the coming months:

-Bedding (To be determined, the final contracts have yet to be signed at the time of the letter’s posting.)

-Towels

-Flip Flops (Sethisto made a funny referencing Gilda.)

-More Shirts (how about some men’s sizes?!)

-Toothpaste and Toothbrushes (I almost got the orajel pack, I had to stop myself from being a moran and ditched it in a random aisle in walmart.)

And if you have kids/are a collector.

-My Little Pony Ride-Ons (like those battery operated jeeps and barbie cars all the cool kids had and drive around in.)

[Equestria Daily]