Yeah, I never did like the idea that pinkie/pinkamena are a split personality and pinkie with straight mane is homicidal (equicidal?) She's quite cute with straight mane, and the fact that she tends to be depressed when it happens also makes me want to hug.
Also, I think Maud is quite lovely. And I don’t just mean bedroom eyes, makeup, lovely grey coat and the ability to shotput giant boulders or easily smash them with bare hooves. I am also one who doesn’t wear his feelings and emotions on his sleeve and I respect devotion to one’s academic field (even to the point of obsession). Alas, I haven’t taken any geology since highschool.