friendshipiscarrots said: First off, I gotta say, I LOVE your youtube channel! All the stuff you put on there just ends up being awesome! I've been wondering though, is Rae your real name (sorry if I misspelled that), likewise for Patton and Taylor? Not asking for your real names, just if those are. Also, I keep hearing the three of you being referred to as girls, is this the case? I mean Taylor sounds like a dude but I've been wrong on that before, and both you and Patton sound like you could be either or.

Rae’s just a persona I’ve been using for the Let’s Plays! Her friends, Taylor and Peyton, are also characters for the sake of roleplaying. They’re monkeys, and they come from the same universe that we set “My Little Dashie” in - well, a similar universe anyway. It’s set mainly in a country called Banana Republic and theirs is identical to our own world in every possible way that seems convenient at the time. We’ve actually done some stuff with ideas and concepts.
imageSeen here, for example, is the beautiful capitol building where the red and blue Congress teams figure out who deserves blame for all the bad things and who deserves credit for all the good things.
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You can see here, it’s totally different than US Congress because their flag has a banana.

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And here is Red Congressman Brown, who genuinely isn’t modeled after anyone, actually. He’s just a monkey in a very fine suit.
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These images actually came from a short that Petirep and I planned on then put on a back burner. After we’re done with Rainbow Dash Presents, we plan to focus instead on the adventures of Rae, Taylor, Peyton, the Jokermort, and other characters from this universe. In fact, our parody of Equestria Girls is actually going to take the ponies to Banana Republic. Well, a school in Banana Republic, where the girls will myopically focus on becoming prom queen as they’re harassed by the mightiest girl at school, Sue Bu, and her two accomplices, the dumb kids.
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The clinch is that unlike Equestria Girls, Banana Republic will still be a setting of absurdism and escapist behavior, featuring wizards, super heroes, good guys and bad guys, eldritch monsters, dance gangs, and whatever the heck else we feel like doing, since it’s really up to our own imaginations and we’ll be free to do a lot more once we start operating entirely with our own unique ideas.
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The entire concept of Equestria Girls really just runs me for a loop - MLP is a show with a lot of romantic themes, featuring a ton of nature, magic, and harmony with one’s surroundings. Yet Equestria Girls is set in a high school, and it’s almost portrayed as an escape from Equestria. As if to say, “Wow, our magical world of talking horses sure seems pretty humdrum after I’ve had a chance to eat processed meat at the school cafeteria! Why, look at all this freedom with five minutes to get to class between periods! What a vacation from the stress of being a purple unicorn with a dragon slave!”
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It’s especially crazy when you consider that almost every other show about being in high school is focused as intently as possible on anything except high school. It’s always about being a magical girl, or about love life drama, or about field trips. Anything - anything but the actual reality of high school, which is institutionalized to the point a person can wake up, forty years after they’ve graduated, in a cold sweat because they’re afraid they forgot to do an assignment. That is a mild form of post-traumatic stress, ladies and gentlemen. That is the magic and excitement most of us get to know from high school.
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Anyway, I’ve meandered a bit, but the Equestria Girls parody will give us a good opportunity to have an exciting and bizarre world of satire and comedy simply buzzing in the background of a fight over a plastic crown that the average student could care less about. Rae and friends live in the Banana Republic. They are too old for high school. They are girls - beautiful ones if you’re to say so to their faces. And I know it’s confusing because I purposefully gave them all gender neutral names and I voice them myself.
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Why? Don’t distract me with details, man. This is my craft and since square one I have been making it up as I go along. I never honestly thought it would get this far, but damn it, traditions are traditions and I can’t go back on them now.

We’ve got a new Monday Music! Today’s song is a theme for a female character who consorts with eldritch horrors. This song was requested to represent a break from the leash of those beings into a relatively brighter tomorrow.
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The original build for this song included a flute part that was apparently lifted from a group called “Barcode Brothers”. I have to offer a huge thanks to the people who pointed that out – it wasn’t something I’d done intentionally. The site that I got the sample from has its own rules for licensing and so forth, and the person who uploaded that sample didn’t represent it as anything unoriginal. The entire concept of plagiarism where music is concerned can be complicated, but using a copywritten sample without permission can lead to trouble, so if any of you guys catch anything like that again, let me know!
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The rest of the song, however, is just fine, and I scratch-built the new piano part you hear now instead! So this should be fine to use for your projects without worries.
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You can download here if you like it!

ninto55 said: So what you're saying is, download it now because it'll be gone soon?

I already pulled all instances of the first build. For sake of personal use, if you grabbed it before I pulled it then I guess you’ve got it now! Just don’t use the original build for any projects or anything. I don’t know if anyone would get in trouble but I wouldn’t want to even raise any questions about it. Vanilla Ice had to pay royalties for the bass line of “Ice Ice Baby”, so I doubt it’s okay for me to use a sample from “Flute” by Barcode Brothers.
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The site that I got the sample from is supposed to feature original parts written by artists who know and intend for the tunes to be used for this sort of thing. I generally like to cut the samples up into unique parts anyway, but for this case the sample captured a really good feel mostly as it was - which was trance. Barcode Brothers is a trance group. It was a good trance tune!
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I’m glad people recognized it and pointed it out to me, though.

So we’ve got a new Monday Music up, but I’m actually going re-work it and then re-upload the song within the day. I sometimes use samples in my music and there are a number of rules on the website I get them from. The flute sample I used today apparently violates those rules, though, since they were lifted from a song by a trance group called the Barcode Brothers. I hadn’t heard them before, but their “Flute” song has a catchy tune.
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It’s not good! Illegal, maybe, so I’m working on something else to replace it and will have the song switched out soon.

Jordan sets up a plan and Regal Lance descends on an Oligopolmart base with intent to steal everything not nailed down! The team doesn’t have a really clear idea of what’s present, but it’s high risk, high reward.
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I also did a Personal Time where I talked about working at a pharmacy under a megacorp. It’s actually the case that some of my experience in retail guides some of the writing for the Mechwarrior Let’s Plays.
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We’ve also got a new Allen Hour, wherein Allen gets a law degree! This short skit was inspired by some musings he and I were making about the idea behind law sometimes, where we like to assume that people are going to be rational. Sometimes laws are passed in an effort to modify behavior, but humans just don’t always cooperate with theories, exactly.

Raziel makes it to Janos Audron’s keep after a bit of time travel! The time streaming device itself is set up in a very suspicious manner, but it’s nowhere near as disconcerting and Janos’s actual home. The man has golden death ray eyeballs installed all over the place.

Anonymous said: So you guys get about $564 - $4.7K a month, and $6.8K - $56.4K yearly, that's not bad but you deserve a lot more.

If you’re looking at Social Blade, you have to remember that’s an estimated number, and I’m not sure how they calculate it. Youtube takes a 45% cut right now, I think, and our network takes a 30% cut of our 55% cut in exchange for a number of perks and small protections. After that, Petirep and I split what’s left over, which, at the end of this month, should be between $500 and $700 for each of us. If you do the math on that you’ll find Social Blade isn’t terribly accurate - it’s mostly used as a ranking and guesstimation tool for networks.
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I did have someone ask me a bit about the Youtube thing, and trust me, it’s absolutely not a “money for nothing” job. It’s also kind of unstable because your income is dependent on when various companies see the best sales. Christmas time, for example, is the whole reason I was even able to afford to travel to Spain to see Kenza this year - we got some really good ad revenue in November and December, so after paying taxes I had enough left over to afford the trip. Since then, however, budget crunch as I might, I haven’t been able to do a lot more than break even lately. That mostly has to do with quarterly taxes and car-related expenses; insurance, of course, is a big deal.
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Youtube alone isn’t really that lucrative for content makers. That’s why, if you did want to do something like this, you’d have to be selling merchandise or other stuff if you wanted to survive. The albums bring in a little extra money and the donations help! Patreon has been the real thing that’s let us devote more time to videos. In fact, it’s helped so much that although we’re not quite there yet, it’s possible that we might be able to make a living through this kind of thing soon. Not a really impressive living, mind, but we’ll be able to pay bills and afford to eat.
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I’m not complaining. It’s all been looking up since we opened a Patreon account! I’m still working my part time job at the pharmacy, but I cut back on hours recently. It’s important to work every day, too, or else the videos don’t get done on time, but generally it’s nice to have a bit of freedom. When it’s a nice day, I can just take a break for an hour and go for a walk. It’s not a clock-in, clock-out sort of deal - I just work throughout the day until each project is done, and the amount of time that takes will vary.
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I know some people give online artists a hard time because it looks like they’re probably making a lot of money through the equivalence of online street performance. In some cases that’s true, like with Pewdiepie, who pretty much hit an internet jackpot with his channel. I think for the average Youtube celeb, though, there’s a few stages. The first is when you get a few thousand followers and you think, “Oh, I’m really cool. Everybody likes me.”
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Some people turn terrible at this point and they crash. They start condescending to everyone and assume they amassed a thousand subscribers because of some personal genius. They don’t realize they might have been a featured video on the “things you might like” list from someone with a bigger subscriber base. There’s a lot of behind the scene factors to a growing channel that are really hard to see or understand, and plenty of it has a fair amount to do with luck.
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A thousand subscribers isn’t much, though. It brings in a little money and maybe you earn like $50 a month. As you grow, you find yourself like a single-celled organism. The more you expand, the more viewers you actually need to take in to continue growing. People come in, but people also leave, so you may be getting new subscribers even as your view counts are gradually falling. You actually have to have an influx of viewers that’s larger than the outflux. That takes advertising - which we do budget for - and other methods of being noticed. The bigger you get, the more viewers you lose each month, so you need to spend more to bring in an equal number of new viewers. At the end of it all, you really find out that your core fans are the ones you’ll rely on most, and that’s why if you get a big head you wind up unable to grow anymore - you don’t get very many core fans.
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Eventually it turns into sort of a practical business thing, if you get that far. There’s routines and a lot of budgeting, and if you work with a team or pay people then you wind up doing monthly minutes where you discuss how the website’s doing and what the plans are next month. Petirep and I coordinate, guess out the budget, talk about why we might have lost some income or how we gained some if that happens. You eventually learn to recognize unusual dips or rises for what they are and hedge your bets; never panic at the first month of trouble or quit your day job at the first month of success.
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What can I say. I enjoy the work! It’s definitely not a quick rich scheme if you happen to be looking at Social Blade and think I’m earning $50k per year from a variety of online comedy acts. If you don’t have a genuine love for this sort of work I wouldn’t recommend trying to live by doing it. But it has its perks! Has its pitfalls, too. It’s work, and work is work. I don’t know if you’re being sarcastic when you look at a few rough numbers and say we deserve more income for what we do, but we do our best to improve and hope it works out!

Queen Latifah makes her way to X-13, which she mistakes for X-12, and is besieged by a hundred billion scorpions! She’s also nearly killed by a pack of cyber dogs, but many of her problems seem to be solved by quickly closing doors.
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We’ve also got a new Monday Music, this time featuring a lot of synth and electronic percussion!
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And although I promised Mechwarrior last week, it turned out I wasn’t as close to finished as I felt I was and wasn’t to wrap the video up before Sunday was over. It’s going to be a fifteen minute episode, though, which is long for that series!

I am not on the ball with keeping everything updated, but we do have a slew of updates!
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There’s a new episode of the Mentally Advanced series, wherein Spike’s treasure hoard is stolen and I guess Rarity is in trouble too, although her woes are limited mainly to coping with stupid, irrational requests.
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We also have an update to Soul Reaver 2! Raziel manages to get out of the wind forge, now armed with the power of dryer lint!
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Queen Latifah woke up in a cage of laser windows. Apparently she’s married to Rusty Venture from the Rusty Venture show!
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And finally, I did a little political commentary yesterday.

So I’ve been absent for a few days, but we’ve got a full week lined up, starting with Monday Music! Today’s song is just something really easy going and made to sound kind of like a train. You can download it here if you like!
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In other news, this song is pretty neat!
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It’s a collaborative project that got started way back at the end of My Little Pony’s third season. I was commissioned to write the lyrics, and the song is based on “The Last Saskatchewan Pirate” by The Arrogant Worms. I wasn’t involved in many of the details of production, but I know they were looking everywhere for sheet music to base the song on! I do see they credit a composer, so they may have even re-written the song by ear. It’s a really catchy tune and the singer is great!