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April 28, 2006


Aeon J. Skoble

Shame on him for not giving you a hat-tip on that.


Did Belle invent pony-references or something?

Matt Weiner

Isn't it spelled "Poni! Pony! Poné!"?

(Weird, I just accidentally searched on "Poni Pony Pone" instead of "Toni Tony Tone," to check my spelling, and Google suggested I search on "poni poni pone" instead.)

Matt Weiner


those intent on suicidal martyrdom may well prevail over those who value human life over holy books

Um, what? How? With the help of the underpants gnomes?

Standpipe Bridgeplate

Pono, ponare, ponatus/a/um.


That review would have been more sensical if he'd more clearly drawn his divisions between things going wrong and things going right, or people doing good and people doing ill, rather than between us and them. Because Weiner's right, the position he takes winds up sounding apocalyptic and foolish.

Standpipe Bridgeplate

The great schism of blogdom owes much to the ponioque.


Standpipe, Standpipe. Third principal part? Or do you mean to imply it's semi-deponent?

Standpipe Bridgeplate

I have no idea, honestly.

Matt Weiner

But. (I have even less idea.)

Tyrone Slothrop

Does he mean "pony" in the same way? I saw that the other day, and couldn't quite follow. I need a pony exegesis, please.

pony poster

Google "pony optimism" to find all sorts of references that pre-date Belle's. Two follow.

I really, really hope that this was just meant to point out a kindred pony-writing spirit and not function as some kind of veiled accusation of plagiarism.

1981 Jul;45(7 Spec issue):423-7. Related Articles, Links

The case for optimism: there must be a pony in here somewhere.

Mann WV Jr.

PMID: 6940876 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Optimism And The Pony

Devotional for Thursday, August 26, 1999 by Chad Janey

Psalm 31:24 - Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. (NIV)
Have you ever been around or spent time with someone who seems to find the bad side to everything?

Adam Stephanides

Rosenbaum's alluding to a different joke (and one that was apparently popularized by Reagan).

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