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3 Apr 2013
This topic is for discussing the books released for My Little Pony with the exception of the IDW comics. The first order of business is this news about a handful of new releases, including a Mini-Pony collector's guide and a book called The Elements of Harmony.
Compiled by Whatshisgame:
My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell (available now):
my-little-pony-twilight-sparkle-cover_612x901.jpg (front cover; previously revealed)
my-little-pony-9999_1394x2102.jpg (exclusive giant Enterplay standee trading card of Princess Twilight Sparkle, included in the book)
My Little Pony: Meet the Ponies of Ponyville (available now):
my-little-pony-meet-the-ponies_1500x2250.jpg (front cover; previously revealed)
My Little Pony: Welcome to Equestria! (available now):
My-Little-Pony-Cover-Final.jpg (front cover; previously revealed)
My Little Pony: Under the Sparkling Sea (available on April 23, 2013):
My-Little-Pony-Picture-Book-Interior_1800x1100.jpg (one or two pages; newly revealed)
My Little Pony: The Elements of Harmony (available on June 4, 2013):
my-little-pony-the-elements-of-harmony.jpg (front cover; newly revealed)
my-little-pony-equestria-map_1500x976.jpg (new version of the Equestria map, dated May 21, 2012; now shows the Crystal Empire, says Dodge Junction instead of Dodge City, says Hayseed Swamps instead of Haysead Swamps, says Las Pegasus instead of Los Pegasus, and says Manehattan instead of Manehatten)
my-little-pony-elements-of-harmony-02.jpg (front cover with something in front of it, mentioning the book having a foreword by Lauren Faust as well as an introduction by Meghan McCarthy and Jayson Thiessen)
My Little Pony: Mini Pony Collector’s Guide (available in October 2013):
my-little-pony-mini-pony_1500x1887.jpg (front cover, dated March 8, 2013; newly revealed)
My-Little-Pony-Welcome-to-Equestria.jpg (pages 10-11; newly revealed)
my-little-pony-tea-love-9999_1113x1034.jpg (mini-figure toy of TeaLove, included with the book; currently exclusive to blind bag wave 2, which has only been released in Europe)
Personally, I'm pretty excited about this Elements of Harmony book, and the Mini-Pony guide would be cool to have.
What do you guys think?
2 Apr 2013
You’re probably already aware of the “coming of the drones.” While the U.S. government has had seemingly little compunction about unleashing a stealth fleet of unmanned aircraft in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s been reluctant to allow similar winged bots to take to the skies here. And while much attention of late has been given to how law enforcement agencies might use drones to fight crime (or invade privacy, depending on your point of view), what’s surprising is that, in the drone industry, the real money isn’t on the cops—but the crops.
“Agriculture is gonna be the big market,” Chris Mailey, a VP at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, tells Wired.
Even before the sequestration, the drone industry was preparing for stagnation in the military market, owing to the fact that the U.S. is finally winding down its wars overseas. Law enforcement on the homefront seemed like a natural market (and, in fact, some police drones are already hovering out there, like in Miami), but as Mailey argues in Wired, the market is fixed: there are 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the U.S., a sizeable portion of which are facing budget cuts of their own.
So what about drones on the farm? Drone boosters (pause: with a phrase like that, it really does hit you that you’re living in the 21st century) enthuse about the range of cool things that drones can do that Old MacDonald could only ever dream about, like detecting fungal diseases in the field well before crops show signs of infection, and thus leading to earlier and more effective treatment.
As Fast Company reports, a Canadian company called CropCam is hawking a GPS-controlled glider plane equipped with a camera that will snap geotagged hi-res images of fields, giving farmers a birds-eye view of which crops are healthy and which need some TLC. Drones could also allow for targeted spraying, especially for specialty crops that are either too difficult or too dangerous to spray with manned aircraft. Researchers at the University of California, Davis are experimenting with drones for spraying grapes in Napa Valley; over in Japan, where ag drones have been in use since 1990, 30 percent of the country’s rice paddies are sprayed using unmanned aircraft.
How you feel about this probably has a lot to do with whether when you think of “the future” you think of The Jetsons or Bladerunner. And for those of us who happily load our grocery list onto our iPhones, but still like to think of our store-bought chickens as pecking contentedly about in the sunshine somewhere, it’s likely some combination of both.
These glowing reports on what drones might mean for U.S. agriculture typically refer to “farmers,” but let’s be real: If the industry doesn’t think drones are feasible for thousands of law enforcement agencies, small-town family farmers aren’t going to be sending them into the skies over their fields anytime soon.
If the farmer-drone boom does happen (starting in September 2015—but given the pace of the FAA thus far in creating regulations for commercial use of drones, even two-and-a-half years might be too optimistic), then the big boon is going to be for Big Ag.
Who would have thought that the image of a single-engine crop duster lazily buzzing through the blue summer skies would come to seem nostalgic?
Certainly good to see drones used in a productive manner like this, they're here to stay, so we ought to make the best of it.
27 Mar 2013
I need some help finding an online Tax Return service that will both let me do both my Federal and State taxes and isn't some sort of scam. I was hoping the Allspark would be able to help me, please?
13 Mar 2013
Testing for decidedly nefarious purposes.
EDIT: It worked! Woohoo!
27 Jan 2013
I was fiddling with my Leader Starscream toy, and, fantastic as he is I'm always let down by the horrid voice they chose for his sound gimmick.
My question is, is there any way to access the electronics inside him and change the sounds he plays?
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25 May 2013 - 16:54
Aw shucks Dissever!
17 Jun 2013 - 17:09
~pinch~ Your quilled Triceratops avatar always make me smile. :)
17 Jun 2013 - 12:34
Grats on making it to 5,000 posts! Must have taken a while! Time well spent! =D
24 May 2012 - 20:41
Hey! I know the guy who drew that picture in your avatar!
26 Sep 2010 - 21:53
Back to being male again, vwoot.
Now to avoid pink and blue hammers, Midnight Blisses and any sort of device made by Hornet.
17 Jun 2009 - 23:26
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