equality in toy lines i say!

My Favourite HoTS Hanzo quotes 👌

“It is not enough that I should succeed. Others should fail”

“When in doubt, put a bow on it”

“Every year I sneak into Shimada castle to honour my fallen brother, you’d think at this point the clan would just close the gate”

“Revenge is never a straight line, it’s a forest. And like a forest it can be most enjoyable”

“Sine of x equals cosine of pi over 2 minus x, simple trigonometry”

“They say that ‘perfect’ is the enemy of good. So i guess I am a villain after all… *Haughty laughter*”

“Crossbows…*scoff*, toys for children”

“Either be silent OR START MAKING SENSE”

(The rest of them)

I’ve already trained a neural network on the names of real horses. But what about fictional ones? From, say, a certain line of toys that was turned into an equally popular cartoon?

I extracted the list of names from the Wikipedia List of mainline My Little Pony ponies article and trained a few models with different parameters. Due to the relatively sparse data set, I ended up finally going with an input length of 20, as that seemed to give the best balance between creativity and not being complete gibberish.

So without further ado, twenty names from an alternate-universe My Little Pony generation:

  • Star Yistle
  • Ms. Peachtystings
  • Lickety-Swill
  • Sunset Rate
  • Glever Clutter
  • Colonomon Cheam
  • Ginger Creed
  • Sporpwicket
  • Sweetloot
  • The Tredleet
  • Mincer Pie
  • Whipstry
  • Tuzzler Flutter
  • Piccy Tunch
  • Tunershy Flare
  • Glody
  • Da-inc-Ta-Too
  • Starlowe
  • Bow-a-Pon-Toto
  • Party Bae

Sometimes it would even generate alternate names for a single pony, just like the original training data:

  • Salty Con / Baby Sninty Rover
  • Fazzy Hapsy / Nottem Flare
  • Zippurt Thob / Viny Lugash
  • Die Flae / Baby Licknyston
  • Mose / Tic-a-Light
  • De-On e Swertheacks / Baby Lilbon / Nickety-Stlor
  • Shining Dusk / Baby Sundwise

(Bonus points for that last one being vaguely sensible despite the word “dusk” never appearing in the original list.)

captnonchalant  asked:

Prompt: Emma and Regina take Henry (your choice what age he is) to sit on Santa's lap

Thanks for the prompt :)

Oh god look at the line,” Emma groans as she turns to her wife and bouncing son.

“Do I still get to meet Santa Mama? You said if I was good I can see Santa and I’ve been really good,” Henry pleads, his little eyes shining with hope and excitement. 

Regina nods kneeling down to look their five year old son in the eyes, “You have been the best this year and you will see Santa…even if we have to wait all day.”

Emma nods knowing that neither one of them can resist their son’s puppy dog eyes, especially since he’s been looking forward to this day for two months, “Of course we will,” she beams before whispering to her wife, “I hope you brought snacks and toys…”

The next three hours are a blur of “I’m bored”, “I’m hungry,” “I’m thirsty”, “I need to pee,” and “When do I see Santa?” and Emma wonders how they managed to pick the busiest day in the busiest mall in town to see Santa. As she turns to Regina, her equally exhausted looking wife she whispers, “Please tell me we’re next.”

Regina sighs, shifting Henry in her arms (he insisted he could no longer stand in line and wanted to see the decorations), “I hope so…my arm is going dead.”

“Here let me take him,” Emma says relieving her wife and reaching out to rub said sore arm, “God…when did he get so big? I swear yesterday he was like a little bean…”

Regina nods smiling softly, “And now he’s in school and wanting to see Santa…I know…do you think we could ask Santa to keep him little like this for a little while longer?”

Emma smiles, “I’m not sure even Santa has that kind of power.”

“Nuh-uh,” Henry pipes up, “Santa is the most magic of all and he’s going to bring me a hamster, a bike and a baby brother.”

At that Emma raises her brows and meets Regina’s matching be used smile, “A baby brother huh?”

I reordered the Thames & Kosmos Barbie STEM Kit with Nikki Scientist Doll from the Amazon Warehouse, and had to wait 8 business days for her to ship! Again! I thought they were going to cancel the order on me again!

But they finally shipped her, and she arrived with the tiniest bit of box damage.

That qualified it as a Warehouse item? I guess some buyers might be more picky than I am.

Nikki is nice! And is only held in with two twist-ties.

No plastic tabs in her head or anything! Her head does seem a bit hard, so she probably has glue.

She’s obviously not dressed for the lab or any type of construction work with loose hair, a short skirt, a midi-sleeved lab coat, and open topped, high-heeled shoes.

She does have goggles and a tiny microscope which has nothing to do with physics or mechanics.

This was kind of disappointing. Yeah, the skirt, top, and lab coat are all one piece. Mattel has gotten cheap and lazy with doll clothes the past few years.

I don’t know if you can see, but Nikki on the box has curly hair, and the doll has apparently had a silk press.


The hard, plastic parts of this kit are standard Thames & Kosmos parts. The thin plastic sheets are too thin and aren’t punched out well enough.

The box says this set is for ages 4-8, but I honestly can’t see a child that young being able to manage punching out those deco pieces without breaking them. I broke one, and I’m 36.

Assembling these projects takes more physical strength and mental patience than you might think. Most children will need help, so be prepared to participate.

On the plus side, the instructions are clear and easy to understand, unlike Thames & Kosmos’s Physics Workshop and Physics Workshop Pro, which we also have.

The first project we made was the Closet Spinner. I had to pull pretty hard on the pink gear strip to connect it, and had to use my fingernails to properly install the joints for it. That probably would have frustrated a child to the point of quitting if they didn’t have adult help. And we omitted a superfluous gear, attaching the crank to a main gear instead.

Then we had a good time spinning it way too fast and flinging the flimsy hangers all over the place.

They cannot hold clothes. If the pink gear strip had been made of plastic chain links and it came with “real” Barbie hangers instead, it probably could.

Even though we burned through a lot of the projects in one evening, there are still more to do.


There have been a lot of complaints about the subjects of the projects. A closet spinner, a clothes washing machine, a spinning shoe rack, everything pink… Obviously, Mattel and T&K heavily gendered this product in the hopes it would appeal to girls.

They’ve once again made the grave error of believing girls wouldn’t like building dump trucks and back hoes.

I have a feeling the heavy gendering has more to do with getting parents to allow their girls to play with the kit than anything else. When I was a little girl, I wasn’t allowed to play with “boy” toys, and that wasn’t my fault or my preference at all. When I would spend time at my grandma’s house, she’d let me play with my step-dad’s old toys. There were Hot Wheels and LEGO’s among other things, and I loved playing with all of them AND my Barbies at the same time.


I know this kit is STEM for girls, and that’s important.

However, I have a son.

My son is, obviously, white. (And also obviously a bendy noodle.)

He needs just as much, if not more, encouragement to accept women in STEM fields and see girls/woman as equals, especially WOC. That’s why we have Scientist Nikki to oversee our projects instead of Scientist Barbie

Thankfully, his father is on board with that line of thinking, so there hasn’t been any conflict because of my son’s “girl” toys.

My son kept saying “Do you like this toy? I like this toy. It’s two toys in one:  Barbie and Physics Workshop!” and things like that. He would have liked the set a lot more if it were Monster High themed.