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Starday Wishes / Congratulations Ptyra!
« on: June 06, 2016, 11:18:23 AM »
Thanks all!
I haven't been coming around a lot, but I still appreciate the well-wishes greatly :)

1988 Theatrical Release / The original movie is on Netflix now!
« on: April 07, 2016, 07:57:38 PM »
I come out of my long-time hiatus due to school and having a new computer, to say that the original movie is on Netflix now! At least for those of you living in the US, I don't know what other countries are doing.

As I write this, Sharptooth has fallen into the pit and the Earthquake has started

General Land Before Time / Journey of the Brave (LBT 14)
« on: February 07, 2016, 08:52:51 PM »
Let me start with this

I don't know how I managed to be both charmed and horrendously annoyed by Wild Arms, but it happened. He might share some colors with Pterano in terms of self-preservation, but even he'd call him out on leaving children in danger for it.
The moment he showed up, I immediately thought "Oh noooooo."

What even is he anyway?

Etta was a little different than I expected, but I'll still shriek, "All aboard" for shipping her with Pterano. Ship name Pteretta?
"I had a sister who would do anything for her friends. Once she stuck her head in a Sharptooth's mouth for one. Of course, she's not around anymore..."
Now THAT was morbid for a very, very late LBT sequel  :lol .
She was sweet as I hoped, though in a different way than I expected. I was expecting a southern country mom type character (she IS voiced by Reba after all), but I didn't expect the family stories and forgetfulness.

She could have easily been replaced with Pterano in this setting though, since part of the story was about reuniting with family. Maybe played by Maurice LaMarche considering Michael York's health these days. If they wanted a flier in the Mysterious Beyond, why not use him?

General Land Before Time / Michael York's health
« on: October 06, 2015, 03:14:01 AM »
I just did a little investigation into how he's doing, and he has done a little bit recently. Just as a narrator for a televised version of Sleeping Beauty last year. In 2017 he will be in Quantum Investigations: The Quantum Heist...whatever that is. Pretty much no information on it.

Most of all, he was misdiagnosed with Multiple Mylenoma. He HAD amyloidosis: "a condition that involves the abnormal production of insoluble proteins, which clump together in different parts of the body.

The disease can have fatal consequences – if it affects vital organs it can cause them to shut down – but York, who first noticed symptoms in the form of purple rings under his eyes in 2009, has successfully battled it." (source)

He even narrated an eduational video on it

No, I'm not imagining an elderly Pterano educating the GoF about this. No I'm not snickering at it either. Really.

I will for sure be getting his book; after all, I have the autobiography he wrote in the 90's. It should be a nice refresher.

In short, he's doing just fine, even after such a nasty disease as amyloidosis :)

General Land Before Time / "The Mysterious Beyond"
« on: October 06, 2015, 02:53:04 AM »
And what do the inhabitants of the Mysterious Beyond call it? Do they just have their own names for various places outside the Great Valley, and no one bothered to/is able to learn what they are?

General Land Before Time / Journey of the Brave (LBT 14)
« on: October 06, 2015, 02:50:05 AM »
...I am entirely prepared to ship Pterano with Reba!Flier. If only because we have a clear hint at her personality, and such a matchup between the two would be hilarious.

Sound Off! / I'm Sorry, I can't hear the correct Lyrics
« on: July 27, 2015, 05:33:51 PM »
One of mine, since I was a child, has been from Aladdin's One Jump Ahead.

[Aladdin:] Let's not be too hasty
[Lady:] Still I think he's rather tasty

I've always heard it as

[Aladdin:] Let's not be too hasty
[Lady:]You are stinky, rather tasty

Ehmmm...whatever floats your boat, miss...

The Fridge / New Horizons flyby of Pluto
« on: July 08, 2015, 11:37:35 PM »
Go, Bill Cipher space probe, go! seriously.

It looks terrifyingly like Bill Cipher from Gravity Falls, right down to the top hat and gold triangle.

It could probably only work in a Jurassic World type setting, and then only artificially. It would work about as well as trying to cross an American bison with a Siberian tiger

Starday Wishes / Congratulations Ptyra!
« on: June 07, 2015, 02:35:04 PM »
Yep. We haven't been able to do any fostering since our Christmas kittens, since we've been doing major housework. This seemed like a good opportunity, plus we have the mother, and the kittens are already pretty big as it is. Mama, not so much. The bigger kitten is half her length and nearly as tall as she is. They just need some medicine and socializing. The kittens anyway. Once they're able to be in my room, they should pick up right away.

For now they're in my parents' bathroom while they're at their sickest.

Starday Wishes / Congratulations Ptyra!
« on: June 07, 2015, 02:35:11 AM »
I had a pretty good birthday.

I got a pedicure and had lunch with my youngest brother's girlfriend, then we picked up our newest foster cats from an animal control center -- a mama and two eight week old kittens. They're in need of serious medical attention, but hopefully the little ones should be socialized really well by the time they're fully recovered.

Especially if their gigantic sweetie of a tiny mom pushes them in the right direction.

Ask Me / Ask Pangaea
« on: May 23, 2015, 03:32:09 AM »
Considering the potential that bird necks lie, it could be in the realm of possibility that they could have had a syrinx. Especially comparing them to parakeets, though they're probably much farther apart from each other; corvids and pheasants seem closer to true raptors. But then again, corvids like ravens and crows have mimicked speech. Though with less refinement than parrots.

Alex the Parrot's last words to his trainer is still something that tugs at the heartstrings...and honestly makes me wonder what Koko the Gorilla's last words will be. Though that seems far down the line.

I made a post looking for advice on yet another Dalek-based story I'm working on, one certainly touchier than my others. A lot of ideas [have changed since then, which I can communicate to you if you are able. Basically it's like putting The Grapes of Wrath in a blender with the Prometheus And Zeus Feud, but replacing the humans/mortals with Thals, and the Olympians and Titans replaced by Daleks. Then making Rose of Sharon the main character. Technically speaking, the story even begins where The Grapes of Wrath ends. If you know what I mean. And that's about as much as I can describe without going too much into detail.

The Fridge / New evidence for K/T extinction
« on: May 06, 2015, 01:52:30 AM »
In the end, we can conclude that life would have sucked horribly 6.5 million years ago.

Hobbies and Recreation / Paleontology
« on: May 02, 2015, 09:51:52 PM »
Quote from: fanciful_flyer,Apr 17 2015 on  03:33 PM
I have to admit, I'm pretty fascinated with dinosaurs, and have been for most of my life. When I was in middle school, I wanted to be a paleontologist. I mean, I don't currently, but I used to. XD
But I like getting immersed into dinosaur books and movies. My favorite dino-related things are (obviously) The Land Before Time, and Dinotopia. James Gurney's paintings make me believe that a world with humans and dinosaurs co-existing exists (not really, but I mean it sets the imagination on fire.)
Some dinosaur documentaries are interesting to watch as well (if you can get past the cheesy animation.) Not long ago, I watched "Dinotasia" on Netflix which was actually a lot better than I thought it would be (again, you kinda have to ignore the lack of superb animation.) It's definitely not your average dino documentary. It's hardly a documentary, actually, because the narrator (Werner Herzog) speaks so seldom. It's more like you're watching different groups and individual dinosaurs live their life and face trials. I think any dinosaur fan would really appreciate Dinotasia! :)

Often when I read the dinotopia books, when they mention a dinosaur I'd never heard of, or don't remember what kind it is, I'll pause my reading and look said dinosaur up online. I like randomly reading about the different types that used to exist.
Dinotasia is actually an anthology of the short series Dinosaur Revolution, which details a heckuva lot more on the dinosaurs, as well as the background. Such as the Allosaurus being based on an actual fossil that had a bad jaw. Dinosaur Revolution, however, lacks the totally fabulous narrator of Dinotasia :lol .

What I like about Dinotopia these days, especially the original, is that the dated-ness of it hurts so much more than any other dinosaur stuff from the 2000's and before. And yet it's still great. Gurney's depiction of Deinocheus, for example, just looked like really, really big ornithomimus-type dinosaurs. I wonder if he's done a depiction of what we know now.

Last year a fourth Dinotopia book was released, making account of the events that led to the sinking of Posidos. I haven't read it yet, but I intend to.

The Written Word / Cursing in fanfictions
« on: April 18, 2015, 05:58:08 PM »
Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon are also high class. I would certainly expect Diamond Tiara to say "balderdash", but not the Crusaders.

LBT Fanart / My art work
« on: April 04, 2015, 08:22:03 PM »
Quote from: fanciful_flyer,Apr 4 2015 on  01:11 PM
Quote from: Ptyra,Apr 4 2015 on  01:44 PM
I don't know if you mean if she captures his likeness well by that, but Ptyra is Pterano's daughter. Ada is his mate and Ptyra's mother.

This would be a good time to work on my latest revisions to the Ptyra story though, since I realized a lot in the story that doesn't fit Pterano's personality.
Basically, the update is "Pterano is better at being an uncle than a father."
Oh. In that case, she probably wouldn't be a good match for Pterano.  :blink:  But I must have got the characters mixed up. I was referring to the Flyer who was widowed.  :)
Ah, yes. I haven't worked with her in a super long time, so in my mind, she's a scrapped character.

The latest version of the story is:

Pterano and Ada were still a couple when they were young, and raised Ptyra (and her siblings) together. He wasn't a deadbeat father, but he wasn't great. He was more interested in entertaining his children than being a disciplinarian. Under his watch, they were allowed to do their own thing, which often got him in trouble with Ada and her father. Though he claimed not to have favorites, Ptyra got a little extra attention from him, probably because she looked the most like him. The whole family was separated when the Great Earthshake happened, when the children were adolescents. Ptyra and Pterano were both completely separated from Ada and the other children, who remained together until they found safety on their own. While Pterano joined the combined herds, Ptyra continued to be alone until, like Littlefood, she gathered up her own tiny ragtag herd of misfits, and together, they stumbled around the wilderness until finally reaching the Great Valley.

She continues to be different from Pterano in personality, perhaps even in opposition. Where Pterano is closed minded and charismatic, Ptyra is opened minded and...not so charismatic. She's bitter, blunt, and even a little sarcastic.

LBT Fanart / My art work
« on: April 04, 2015, 02:44:59 PM »
I don't know if you mean if she captures his likeness well by that, but Ptyra is Pterano's daughter. Ada is his mate and Ptyra's mother.

This would be a good time to work on my latest revisions to the Ptyra story though, since I realized a lot in the story that doesn't fit Pterano's personality.
Basically, the update is "Pterano is better at being an uncle than a father."

LBT Fanart / My art work
« on: March 31, 2015, 10:31:13 PM »
Long overdue art, though I doubt responses after not putting out art frequently after...three years?

I've been dabbling with crafting, and I crotcheted a teeny tiny Dalek with teeny tiny yard, and a teeny tiny crochet hook. I though I was going to give up, but I made it!

With a US quarter for size.

The Written Word / More Doctor Who fan fiction trouble
« on: March 21, 2015, 04:30:30 AM »
For the last few years, I've been struggling with two Doctor Who stories, both of which now intertwine with each other. But I have another topic for those two.

This one is new, and is probably going to be a bit more...controversial, I guess? If not touchy and perhaps even "gross" to some.

For those who don't follow Doctor Who, Skaro is the planet that the Daleks came from, and its environment was utterly destroyed by their Kaled ancestors' war with another race called the Thals. The war ended when a nuclear bomb was set off and destroyed everything. The deranged Kaled scientist was prepared for such an event, having created a mutant strain of Kaleds that he called Daleks. For a thousand years, the Daleks were unable to leave their city, and had to rely on static electricity to power their casings, and their hearts; they were also sensitive to low levels of radiation, and this prevented them from being able to leave their casings. The Doctor came with his granddaughter and two of her schoolteachers, and they helped the Thals to stop the Daleks from setting off another bomb. And that's just the super diet version.

My story takes place two hundred years after this. The Doctor's visit is a landmark of history, and the Daleks now know that there are other living beings in the universe--information that they are intensely threatened by; they have perhaps the most intense xenophobia the universe has seen. For now, they are figuring out alternate methods of travel outside of their city, creating the solar-powered disks that would later be used in the Daleks' second appearance in the show, where they have taken over the Earth in the late 21st century. The Thals, meanwhile, are starting to fall to a new level of suffering; there has been a dip in their capability to survive the radiation, and infant mortality rates have spiked; it's hard for a Thal woman to even complete a pregnancy in this time, and if it is completed, then it's even harder for the child to live to be five years old.

Ferja is such a Thal, whose longest-lived child dies from radiation sickness at six months old. While trying to work through her grief, she stumbles upon a Dalek whose casing has collapsed down a ravine, stranding it; it was never rescued for several weeks, leaving it to assume it was believed dead. By the time Ferja finds it, it is close to starving to death before anything else can kill it. Seeking only to survive, the Dalek convinces Ferja to nurse it back to health (in more ways than one  ;) ).
The agreement ends up putting both of them on track for disaster; they form a filial bond, and put themselves and Ferja's kinsmen in danger from the other Daleks.

The greatest issue I have right now is for events beyond the meeting of Ferja and her Dalek (who she later names; haven't found a good one yet). Namely, the events in which Ferja is helping the Dalek recover. I'm going to cut the BS and have the other Thals know about the arrangement, and even give her support, hoping it would bring peace. It's easier than having Ferja sneak around and keep the Dalek a secret, plus it works in the benevolence and pacifism of the Thals as a species. The Thals also view Ferja's relationship with her Dalek as an act of piety, thinking of it like the Roman virtue, pietas.
It would probably take a few months for the full recovery, so there would have to be a lot of story to fill in that I'm just drawing massive blanks on. Which includes the other characters; I feel like they're just sitting around. They other four characters are Ferja's best friend, and the three men who Ferja attempted to have children with, which includes the leader of the troop. gots to do what you can when your species is at risk of endangerment.

Regarding my concern about the story being considered "gross" or "touchy" is because it's an inter-species (platonic-filial) love story, with breastfeeding at its crux. The title is inspired by the ancient exemplary story Roman Charity and well.... It's probably even The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck with its plot mixed up like a deck of cards. A lot of the themes are similar. I can see how the whole idea does look weird, but I want it to be sweet at second glance. It's still a love story, but not a romance--and certainly not star-crossed love, since there's desire for peace and unity on one side of the factions, and highly approves this particular opportunity for it. Oh, those Thals...optimists at the very worst of times.

I would love suggestions for filling in the gaps of the story, as well as anything else, including character development and interactions. Other thoughts in general would be great too.

Land Before Time Captions / Pterano had too much sweet bubble juice
« on: March 21, 2015, 03:35:34 AM »
Moments earlier, the children had been pushing rocks off hills again.

Shortly thereafter, the game was restricted.

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