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50 followers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This blog likes to kick…stretch…and kick…fifty…fifty followers!!!!

Some have said, milestones like this are not important. I however had not expected 25 followers. And now I have 50. In like 3-4 months.

You wonderful lot have put up with long explanatory posts and hopefully a few laughs. And I thank you. This blog for me serves two key purposes. The first: drawing is my catharsis, it helps me wind down, feel better, and forget about everything that is stressing me and second: I love answering questions and hope that somewhere along the way someone has learned something. I am a teacher and I love to teach, as cheesy as it sounds it is my calling and I want to do nothing else.

If you are not found in the pictures above and you would like one done let me know, submit a reference, and ill add you to the group.

I also have these as separate portraits and can send them your way if you would like.

Thanks again and here’s looking forward to the next 50

Pictured: Cute-Fluttershy-ChangelingAurum NobleAlpha-bitsVenelopeVonMotherFuckingSchweetzMirror the Changeling, Ask SHARP.EXE (Page not found, I dunno what happend, he was here when I started this), Ask Lord CrimsonAsk The Chan FamilyAsk NightspinnerAsk Survival PonyAsk the CutieMarkCrusadersSocially Awkward SmoozeMo Romney Mo ProblemsFlutterwhatUnformed 8Ask NorthfaceAsk Human DiscordAsk The SojournerAsk D-Pad

and of course the queen to all us peasants Grey Delisle

Also I like the lighter haired version of myself.

anonymous asked:

Just remember you haven't got your license IRL yet. And be careful to not break any laws.

Trust me, I will not. I do not, nor will I ever claim to be a psychologist until I have obtained a degree. I believe that has been something I have stressed as much as possible. But, just for the sake of elaboration.

To those whom are new to this, please realize that I am only a psychology student, I do not possess nearly the experience and education to be giving proper diagnosis to anyone.

To those of you whom are looking to speak to an actual psychologist, please turn your attention to http://askprofessoruponium.tumblr.com. He is a brilliant man whom has gladly offered me his aid with psychology and is far more skilled in the field than I am. Even if you don’t ask him a question, give him a follow!

The earliest psychologists were philosophers, psychology is latin for the “study of the soul” and the mind and soul are both refered to a “psyche”. In fact doctoral degrees in psychology are actually Doctorates of Philosophy in Psychology. The key difference comes in the nature of what they study. Philosophy is a non-science. It is a respected academic discipline that uses research techniques and advanced methods of rational and logical thought to the questions they seek to answer. Psychology on the other hand uses the scientific method to empirically study its questions, putting them to objective tests and rigorous evaluation. This also is why philosophers can seek to answer questions as to morality and ethics and to seek answers such as,  "Does God exist?“ These are outside of the realm of scientific study and this non-empirical.

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Commission Drive Update:

To generate a little more buzz…behold Equestria’s premier mailpony, muffin lover extraordinare, ultimate companion to the totally rainbow Dr. Whooves…Derpy Hooves!!!!!

This is a blind bag Lilly Blossom, painted into Derpy Hooves.

I will be putting this on ebay this weekend as part of the Professor Uponium’s Commission Drive for Improvements and Charity!!!

All proceeds from this auction will go to charity (KiKi’s cancer fund) and the bidding will go on starting Friday at 12:01am.

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Hello Thomas the Writer. I love the blog and was happy to see Netflix has Jackie Chan Adventures to help feed the nostalgia your blog brings up in me. First I want to say it is a nice change of pace to get a non-anonymous question.

My thoughts on the meaning of life…A wonderful question. I generally live under the philosophy to do good, help others when I can, and stay as positive as possible. The question also got me thinking of the other way to look at this question, focusing on the starting of life and the meaning to why we are here.

As a social-evolutionary psychologist, I can fall back on biology to look at a long change of evolutionary adaptations that caused those traits adaptive for survival to continue on, bringing us from single cell organisms to a dominate life form on the planet. This idea that we can trace our ancestry back billions of years still offers us great opportunity to see each individual as unique and exceptional. From the pony perspective, while some feel we have been created by some unknown force, we are the process of this long evolutionary chain branching off to the species and sub-species we see today in our magical realm.

Each of us the the combination of the 20,500 genes from our mothers and 20,500 genes from our fathers and allows for such a high degree of genetic variability that is mind blowing. To put the possible human combinations into perspective, in the long time humans have been walking the earth, there have been an estimated 11.5 Billion humans ever. The still total number of possible unique combinations of genetic expression is still 100,000 times this number.

So while our origin is understood as the long process of change and adaptation, this does in no way belittle who we are or whether or not we are special. We are exceptional. My thoughts on the meaning of life just boil down to treating others exceptionally and doing my best to be a good person with the time I am given. And hopefully leave something behind that will better future generations.

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Last time on Ask Professor Uponium…

Slide 1: OH, COME ON!!!

Slide 2: What do I do now? No pinning it on the bunny this time. I hate the moon.

Slide 3: ……

Slide 4: Crap.

Slide 5: Discord: Well, well, my little pony. It seems you have a penchant for pissing off princesses. We have a proposition for you. One you cannot refuse.

            Chrysilis: Your love of the sciences is strong. And it seems you have some interesting theories on Changelings. How about you tell them to me.

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Panel 1: So this request was put out the other day.

Panel 2: I replied. The image of that horse just stuck in my head for most of the week. prompting me to thing of this…

Panel 3: Twilight: Pinkie? Did you send in invitation to everypony?

             Pinkie: Of course silly!!!

Panel 4: In my mind, the fat horse gets an invitation and he is quite fat and happy.

Panel 5: And suddenly pinkie, the professor, and sturmpony pop up and begin singing to the tune of Bad Horse from Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog.

And then this happened…

Fat Horse

Fat Horse

Fat Horse

Fat Horse

Fat Horse

He rolls across the nation

The thoroughbred of binge

He got the invitation

That you just sent in

His hunger is unending

So let the feast begin

Put cakes and pies, right in this horse

(some apples would be nice, of course)

Fat Horse

Fat Horse

Fat Horse

Fat Horse

Fat Horse

In every eating contest

He will enter, you will lose

There have been lots of rumors

I heard he ate, The Schmooze

So try and fill his giant stomach

Or he’ll devour all he views

He’ll crash right in

With no discourse

It’s right to eating

With Fat Horse

I know its not perfect but its what I do when left to my own devices. Now I need to find 2 others and record this.

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Ask Professor Uponium: Have you met someone or somepony that studied alchemy?

I know a little alchemy, not much mind you (turning grass to rock, ice cream to pudding, very basic stuff), as most of my studies revolved around mental magic once I returned to the university. The Lamassu was very knowledgeable, having read most of what was in the library. I figured if I couldn't go in, I would get the information from someone who was there often.

Also, threw a shout out to Pun. I love the blog and am always a big fan of puns and wordplay.

http://askpun.tumblr.com/

No Updates, Big Change.

So because I don’t update this blog anymore and do a hell of a lot more on my ScienceInChaos blog or what I refer to as my mod blog. This change is mostly because my first blog becomes my primary name when I like/respond/reblog, etc. and it would just be easier on me if I swap out the two instead of creating a new account or something. I will let everyone know when it happens, but it will also give me a chance to rework my settings and theme and what not, but I will be switching the two and Ask Professor Uponium will soon become ScienceInChaos and visa versa. If I would have known when I first created this and my mod blog that I should have done it in reverse I would have done this far earlier. None of my posts will be deleted and I will keep a link and tag for old Ask Blog related stuff and probably go back through ScienceInChaos and queue some old but definitely rebloggable posts from further back.

i also hope to get to posting more research and other information as it progresses. I know I promised it sooner, but my time applying to PhD programs and working on end of semester grading and other work has put a lot of research on hold. I do have 4 research presentations coming up I can talk about and will be working on research over the next 6 weeks pretty substantially and probably use Tumblr to post and discuss some of my notes and findings.

Professor Uponium Visits: Episode 2: Equestrian Strumpet.

I have not met many people outside of my area…that was until BronyCon 2012. I got to meet one of my first followers, the lovely Equestrian Strumpet. The picture is a tumblrpon facsimile of the events of that first meeting. She was fabulous. I was sweatier than ever in my Samurai Discord getup and my friend was “The Schmooze” and all like…

Schmooze: Dude, check out this Rarity, she is totally fabulous.

Me: I am so sweaty…bitch, bitch, bitch.

Schmooze: I should totally ask her if she wants to join us for dinner.

Me: *Shrugs* whatever, go for it

Schmooze: I don;t know, she may be with someone else…I AM SO AWKWARD! 

Thats probably not exactly how it went but thats how I perceived it. Anyway, here it another follower of mine that if you don’t follow you should. 

Professor Uponium Visits: Episode 1: Flutterwhat!

I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of my followers and give them recognition. The first and by no means the least, is the most underground pony I know, Flutterwhat. So underground that Flutterwhat followed me before I was even unpopular (my 4th follower). Great music is just the beginning of what this pony has to offer and since all of my drawings are pen and pencil on paper (the most hipster of tumblr drawing styles in a world of tablets and art software) I thought it fitting to make this my first.

I don’t really understand the hipster trend thing so I lost the tie, bought some glasses and popped out the lenses (hard to see otherwise), and trimmed the beard. 

Planning a Special Post.

So I have been thinking that when I hit 25 questions or 25 followers (whatever comes first) That I would do something special. I have figured out the first part. But for the second part I open the floor to my followers and tumblr as a whole.

Becoming Popular: 1

Flim Flam Brothers Song: 1

So my little ponies. What is your favorite MLPFiM song?

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1. The rare mod photo, though I pale in comparison to Lee Tockar in the shot and I never like how I look in pictures. But he voices most famously int he fandom Snips and Stephen Magnet, but also the baby loves watching him in Martha Speaks (and I do as well) as Dr. Monkey (who is amazing and understands a dozen languages but speaks only monkey) and Craig Cretoxyrhina (sp.) from Dinosaur Train, which is becoming another favorite of mine to watch with my son.

2. The slot machines are amazing. We played the Lord of the Rings slots and my wife won our spent money back and there is a Maltese Fortune…which is based around the Maltese dog. Hilarious.

3. And THE SINGLE GREATEST SLOT MACHINE EVER CONCEIVED BY AN. JUDGE JUDY. I lose it every time I pass it and I will play it before I leave.

4. Also a view from our hotel room

5. And Trump Tower which I don’t think is gold enough…

Goooooooold.

My art trade for pocketfullofackles. Put off soooo much work to do this, but after this week I needed the stress break.

I played around with lighting effects a bit, still getting used to the whole digital thing, and not totally happy with the face. And I went for a combination effect. I really liked this post and how it looked, so I wanted to revisit the transition of a character from traditional pencil and paper to digital.

I wanted to make sure that not only did my liked page get seen. Which by the way I liked waaaaay before Grey Delisle promised follows.

I also wanted to make sure the wonderful grumpy cat could be seen looking at my web browser with utter disdain.

edit: I do not know if I am doing the proper Grey Delisle tag. But grumpy cat is still not sure about this whole facebook thing.

Hey there everypony!

So I havent had much to say or add with the baby on its way. And while I have lost a follower or two in the process of no updates, or text only updates, with little time to draw, I want to say to those still following me, thank you. I will also flood this blog with baby pictures and the rare picture of me in the flesh in the next week or two. Because everyone loves babies.

Thank you for sticking with me, or putting up with me amongst your mass of already followed blogs. 

I wanted to make a couple of open calls for the future of this blog.

1. (OOC) I have realized that I have no first name, Professor Uponium is good, but Uponium is my surname, like the Cakes. This means that either my parents named me Professor, which would be hilarious. Maybe I should take it like “The Doctor” or “The Master” (which because I am working towards my Doctorate, I technically am The Master, with my Master’s degree). I have also determined my wife, historian and librarian is Archive, or Ms. Uponium. But have been stumped as to what to name our new son, or at least what will be Baby Uponium on the blog. I am having trouble, because picking a name to define that characters life is difficult for a person in a world of possibilites. But maybe I am over thinking it and I will have to consult my wife on this matter.

2. I am considering changing the blog up to Ask The Uponiums and take up questions from myself and my entire family. This is not something I have seen as I would actually ask my wife to respond or respond as the baby with, I lack the cognitive functioning to perceive your existence when you are outside of my visual range, thus lacking object permanence, please ask me again in 4 months. Or something like that.

3. And with that, please ask me thing, ask my wife things, ask the baby things. Ask about psychology, ask about me, ask about anything and everything. I take a lot of pleasure and joy from this blog, it is my catharsis. Being able to sit down and draw after a long day, or impart a little knowledge, or even just sit back and think on a tough question and speak my mind, helps me out more than many may know. I truly enjoy this as an outlet and would like to simply ask questions and build upon the Uponium universe and move away from over the top story lines (unless you guys like that) and unlike many of the blogs I see, away from preexisting characters (which I know in the end may hurt any recognition or viewership) and focus on me interacting with all of you.

4. Also some comments on what you guys would like me to do for 50 followers. I know its probably a long way off. But, I could spare the crappy dramatic reading…again unless you enjoyed that and actually do something like sing, or do a special all of my followers commission, or something. Whatever, share your thoughts and I will put them out there for others to comment on.

5. Also I have a mod blog, if you would like to personally ask me anything. it is DCUponiumOffline 

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Ask Professor Uponium #27: Do other Draconequui exist?

Silde 2: That’s an interesting question. One in which some rumors have been circulating. It was rumored that other Draconequui exist, however the princesses have always been tight lipped about it.

Slide 3: In the Starswirl the Bearded wing of the palace there is a text in which Starswirl did battle with one named Muddle, one with the head of an owl, a terrifying creature that prowled the night Whooing and breathing fire, burninating the countryside. Recently, it was uncovered to be nothing more than self-insert fan-fiction by Starswirl himself.

Slide 4: Some of my colleagues have hypothesized that Discord himself set up a contingency plan with an odd Draconequis hybrid, however the magic in the area it may have been created has suggested he sent it into an alternate dimension where ponies do not exist and where its natural ability to sow chaos and shapeshift make it perfect for what Dr. Bass calls Merican politics.