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In a business of massive ego and terrible behavior directed at slicing and dicing their competition, Leonard Nimoy was known as a total gentleman, a class act all the way and a consummate professional at every turn.


For several generations around the globe he will be forever “Mr. Spock,” the half-human, half-Vulcan first officer of the U.S.S. Enterprise, a United Federation starship exploring distant galaxies on television’s cult phenomenon, Star Trek (1966–69). His first autobiography was, “I Am Not Spock” (1975) and his second, “I Am Spock” (1995). Leonard Nimoy, who died today February 27, 2015, was both Spock and artist and so much more. His multi-faceted life in the arts reflected the 1960s–era of radical cultural flux and personal self-discovery that changed America and the world.


Star Trek was created and produced in the mid-1960s by Gene Roddenberry who, as a U.S. Army Air Force pilot in WWII, survived the crash of a B-17E Flying Fortress and flew 89 combat missions, earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. Star Trek would be one of the last pop culture entertainments reflecting America’s post-WWII public presumption that American intervention, even military, was always unquestionably a force for good in foreign conflicts worldwide. American science & technology, “enterprise,” democracy and basic goodness were on the march to save the world. The Vietnam War and Watergate scandal would soon shatter this grand illusion.



Nimoy’s “Spock” alter ego on Star Trek was of mixed heritage.



His mother was a human. His father was a Vulcan. In the world of Star Trek, the original main “tribes” of players were the humanoid good guys of the United Federation of Planets. The Vulcans were an alien race who had managed to suppress all emotion from their psyches as a way to avert destructive violence. The Vulcans were usually allied with the Federation. The Romulans originated as a rebel group of Vulcans who rejected the suppression of emotions. They shared the same ultra-logical, ultra-intellectual mindset as the Vulcans, but they could be politically devious and often went in and out of alliance with the Federation in the struggle to defend the universe against the Klingons, the pure evil nemesis race. Spock’s half-human/half-Vulcan no-nonsense personality, only occasionally evincing emotion in a rare moment of concern for Captain Kirk or an even rarer smile, made for moments of wonderful comic relief. Spock became an international pop icon of the scientific explorer leading humanity into the future.












After Star Trek’s cancelation in 1969 and before its resurrection in syndicated reruns and sci-fi conventions, Nimoy became a regular on Mission: Impossible and appeared in numerous other television shows.



He also won acclaim for his roles on stage, including productions of Vincent, Fiddler on the Roof, The Man in the Glass Booth and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.


As an artist, Nimoy was not satisfied by only acting in only acting on television, in films and on stage, as well as directing other actors. He parlayed his fame as “Spock” into getting published as a poet and performing regular public readings of his poems. His final book of poetry, A Lifetime of Love: Poems on the Passages of Life, was published in 2002. Trekkies wanting to check out his poetry are encouraged to visit the online Contemporary Poets index of The HyperTexts. Nimoy’s poems are simple, accessible and mostly about moments in the experience of loving and being loved.




For Susan


people we love


and strangers too


are shedding tears


and walking


sad and dusty streets


your hand touches mine


and comforts me


love is the beginning


and the end



Nimoy’s life-long interest in photography manifested itself in two controversial coffee table edition publications of his portraiture.


Shekhina, published in 2005 is a celebration of Jewish femininity and sensuality — Nimoy’s intent being to cut across stereotypes of “cold” Jewish women. Defenders of the faith seemed to be more offended by Nimoy’s acceptance of “Shekhina” as a legitimate goddess in the Jewish pantheon than by the nudity in most the photos. The Full Body Project (2007) took Nimoy’s objective of redefining female beauty to a new level with a series of portraits of full-figure females in classic nude poses.









Spock Lives! The Second Coming. (1979)


After its cancellation, Roddenberry continued to lobby Paramount for a revival of Star Trek as a feature film, pointing to the reruns’ success in worldwide syndication and then the Star Wars sensation in 1977. The success of Close Encounters of the Third Kind finally got Paramount to relent. Star Trek: The Motion Picture was a moderate success but suffered from a script that was a couple notches too “hard sci-fi” in plotting, dealing with an Earth-launched space probe that achieves full A.I. sentience. It seeks to return to its Earthly creator (as humans yearn to reunite with God?), and is killing everybody who gets in the way of this reunion. Nevertheless, the film did well enough to get a second one greenlighted – and Leonard Nimoy would return as Spock on the big screen in the six Star Trek sequels that featured the original TV series characters. Nimoy would direct two of these sequels as well.



Spock Lives! The Third Coming. (2009)


When Paramount decided to “reboot” their Star Trek film franchise with new actors replacing the TV series’ iconic players, there was great trepidation about fan response. But J.J. Abrams managed to work his magic in capturing the tenor and excitement of the original shows – and the ghostly cameo of Leonard Nimoy as “Spock Prime” sealed the deal with fans, who gave their fulsome approval to the relaunch. The sequel, 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, would again feature a “Spock Prime” cameo – and be Leonard Nimoy’s final appearance in a film.


Leonard Nimoy was an actor who never stopped pursuing other forms of artistic expression, most of which he had some success with. His singing career was ridiculed by critics and fans alike, but he persisted in trying, anyway. In the space of two decades between volumes of autobiography, he was forced to reconcile himself to his persona being, in fact, part “Spock,” forever, whether he liked it or not. The poet in him finally accepted and embraced the proposition.


He was a talented actor, director and photographer. He was an artist’s artist.



I have worn more masks than I can remember


I have been a face without a name


And when like you I ask the final question


Who on earth am I supposed to be


I always come full circle to the answer, me, only me…always me



Leonard Nimoy


(1931-2015)


Live long and prosper.





















1M PVs RAFFLE~! [WINNERS]

Mon Feb 23, 2015, 6:24 AM
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Please take a look at the prize section to see who won!

Thank you guys so much for joining the raffles, especially those who spent your time to find something funny/nice to include in your comments! I really appreciate those. Some of those really brightened up my last few days. XD <333

I hope I will continue receiving your support in the future. Thank you! *bows bows*

I will be sending out notes to the winners shortly! 

See you guys around! <3

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Yo guys!

Today I reached 1million pageviews. Thank you so much for your support up to now! /o/<333

As promised, I will host a raffle to cebrate it! /o/ <3

How to join


1. You must be a watcher! ( New watchers are welcome. But please don't watch me just for this raffle hahah. If you don't like my arts enough to watch me, you wouldn't be interested in the prizes either, right? d' v 'b )
2. Add favourite this journal.
3. Comment on this journal:
  • Your most favourite picture from your own gallery. (Yays for self-promotion time!)
  • One picture by another artist that you added favourite recently. (Yays for extra advertisement time!) (Oh and don't show my arts hahah, I'd love to see new arts! XD <3 )
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There will be 3 winners, picked by random.org. I will be checking if you guys have all of the requirements above so yeah, gimme some efforts please hahah. 

Winner 1 

Hanromi
  • One speed painting headshot of a character of your choice.
Gaia Comm: Rose by ZenithOmocha  Commission: Cinder by ZenithOmochaCommission: Yazad by ZenithOmochaOmocha : Let it burn by ZenithOmocha

Winner 2

Layer-Zero
  • One waist up advanced sketch of a character of your choice.
Commission: Hanami by ZenithOmochaCommission: Anya Kuran by ZenithOmochaCommission: Yami by ZenithOmochaCommission: Xuan Long by ZenithOmocha

Winner 3

HyperDesu
  • One full body fashion sketch commission of a character of your choice.
Fashion commissions [CLOSED] by ZenithOmochaFashion commissions [CLOSED] by ZenithOmocha

Ending time:


Winners will be chosen on Friday, 27 February 2015, 22:00:00, gmt+7

Good luck to you all! /o/<333


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Collection: Ends Of The Earth

Mon Feb 23, 2015, 2:19 PM
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The photographs in the following gallery look like CGI artists’ conceptions for alien planet settings in science–fiction movies.


But the locations are all places to be experienced right here on Earth. So much of our world is becoming “flyover” territory in our high–tech mobile society that amazing places like those in these studies are becoming lost to us. Take a long look at each of these landscapes and then ask yourself whether or not most of them would be worth visiting for a few vacation days (instead of lazing by the pool at the Hawaiian beach resort). These should be the candidate “destination” locations in our lives.
















Not I — not anyone else, can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourself.”


— Walt Whitman










The purpose of life is to live it, to taste it, to experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”


— Eleanor Roosevelt










Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the tradewinds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”


— Mark Twain










It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”


— J.R.R. Tolkien










Wheresoever you go — go with all your heart.”


— Confucius










Adventure is worthwhile in itself.”


— Amelia Earhart
















Llamas on the Run

Thu Feb 26, 2015, 7:59 PM
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Llama on the Lam


They knew there would be no escaping the security measures of the Arizona “llama ranch” where they were incarcerated, spending their days growing out their woolen coats, greatly valued by hipster trendsetters. They received no benefit from their wool, expropriated with no recompense by their rancher overlords. They were allowed to live so long as the quality of their wool remained high. But there would be no stud farm retirement. Just a visit from the llama meat vendor.



So the break for freedom would have to happen at the weakest link in “llama control.”


The three comrades feigned illness to get loaded onto the trailer for a trip to the “animal therapist.” Nights had been spent sneaking into the barn to chew on the trailer door lock, weakening it enough to be busted open with a single mighty llama kick. At Third and Main, Bennie kicked open the door at a red light. He and Che then hit the asphalt running. But Larry froze with fear, cowering in the trailer. The plan was to follow the freeways after dark into Mexico, and then continue south, eventually hooking up with the L.R.M. (Llama Resistance Movement) in the mountains in Peru. It was not to be. Dozens of Llama Patrol special agents appeared and converged on the rebel runners.


Bennie and Che failed this day. But their cause lives on. Their few moments of freedom in the sun will long be recounted around llama campfires.




















Llamas have a storied history on DeviantArt.


Back in our early days supporting application skins, staff and superdeviants also spent time on Winamp, which, historically, really whips the llama's @$$. The whimsical, woolen creature easily made its way into DeviantArt's farmland, and the rest is history. In 2005, an oversized llama emoticon burst dramatically on the scene when it was added to our chat network. Everyone either loved or hated it, but one thing became clear: DeviantArt has a weird thing for llamas.


In 2010, an April Fool's event kicked off the ability for deviants to gift llama badges unto each other, because why not? Llamas have been spitting their way into the hearts of millions ever since.


To do this, visit the Profile Page of the deviant of your choice, click “Give” in the top right corner, and select “Give a Llama Badge.”




















Your Thoughts


  1. There are now over 158,000 llamas and 100,000 alpacas in North America. Is there a logical reason for this or is this an example of a practical joke gone horribly wrong?
  2. Bottle–fed llamas tend to spit on humans when they become adults, so bottle–feeding should be kept to a minimum. Spitting is used to keep order in llama society. Has a llama ever spit on you?












The Lonely Whale's Cry for Love

Thu Feb 26, 2015, 7:26 PM
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52 Hertz Whale:


Is Anyone Out There?


Each year he makes his migration south from the Aleutian Islands to a breeding area in the Pacific Ocean parallel to Central California, looking for a mate. Unlike other blue and fin whales, his more than 6000 miles a year round-trip swim is a solitary one. He does not travel along with the blues or the fins, because he is neither. He is most probably either a hybrid blue whale or he is deformed. Sight and smell are virtually worthless as mating signals in the ocean depths, so whales and some other marine denizens rely on their highly complex “love songs” to find his true love. A whale love song has a specific syntax and repeated refrains much like our human songs. A whale composition can last 20 hours. But our one-of-a-kind whale’s songs are ignored each year, because he sings in a 52-Hertz frequency, making his voice much higher pitched than those of the blue or fin whales, typically in the 15-20 hertz range. He is left to make his solitary swim back to the Aleutian’s each year, once again unrequited in love and with no prospects of his condition changing next year.


Do we presume too much by anthropomorphizing that the 52-Hertz Whale is lonely and lovelorn because of his isolation and rejection? Or do these ocean dwellers, not fish but complex-brained mammals of long evolution like us, feel emotions and heartache of a level and intensity similar to our own?












he’s become an international folk hero star with a kickstarter documentary


In Germany, author Agnieszka Jurek has written and illustrated a children’s book about him. British rock band Dalmatian Rex as well as American songwriters Kate Micucci and Laura Ann Bates have recorded songs about him. Film Director Josh Zeman and Documentary Producer Adrian Grenier have embarked on a A Kickstarter-financed documentary film about 52-Hertz Whale that is currently in pre-production. None of this can be of any solace to the 52-Hertz Whale. He is “deaf” to all of it. He speaks and possibly understands only one language — a language most likely only spoken by him. A quirk in evolution led his ancestors back out into the ocean, meaning he would have no hands to write, or paint, or sculpt, or play a musical instrument, or operate a camera. Other than some physically bravadic displays that might suggest dancing, the whale’s song is his sole medium of expression.



There is an immediate exquisite dark humor to be savored in the story of the predicament of the 52-Hertz Whale. But there is also a heartbreaking resonance — an echoing back to each of us that each of us can relate to: that moment when we came to realize and tried to accept that the focus of our heart’s desire, the person into whom we’d already invested so much of our deepest and most sincere love… would not be returning the sentiment; not now and not ever. Each of had to wake up the next day and live on — with there being no reason to live on. Each of us knows (or will one day know) what it is to be a 52-Hertz whale. Each of us has been out there, alone, adrift and treading water in a darkening sea of total despair and hopelessness.


There are no monuments built in the ocean’s depths to mark the lives of our mammalian cousins who reside within the Seven Seas, no record-keeping to tell the tale of a special whale with the most unique singing voice in the whole world – a unique voice that brought him only loneliness and eternal yearning. A whale’s life “history” ends with the last note sung from his last song. Those of us with more media for expression must be the ones to immortalize his story. With the following gallery of deviants’ tributes to “52-Hertz,” we hope to begin the process of making sure his life’s lonely journey is never forgotten.




















Director/Producer Joshua Zeman with Executive Producer Adrian Grenier







Behind the scenes of the documentary







Join Adrian Grenier, Josh Zeman & world renowned scientists to find the illusive 52-Hertz Whale and fight Ocean Noise Pollution.


While some Kickstarter crowd-sourced productions have been obvious vanity projects, the 52-Hertz Whale is just the sort of international phenomenon that commands the overwhelming public interest that the crowd-sourced model was created to address.


Here is a story that involves the probable extinction of a type of whale naturalists didn’t know exists, so it’s about the accelerating erosion of our environment.


Here is a story about unrequited “love” – told in song – that resonates between different species of intelligent self-aware mammals.


Here is a story of loneliness to last for the ages, a story of hopelessness and hopefulness that communicates across all the world’s cultural barriers.

This solitary creature of the sea has managed to touch and connect the hearts of all humans who honor those who choose to live their lives despite relentless sorrow and struggle.


You can participate in the Kickstarter campaign to help find the lonely whale.










Interview with Adrien Grenier About his new documentary 52-Hertz Whale





The 52-Hertz Whale, which has become an iconic symbol of ultimate loneliness, has been mostly only heard and barely photographed, taking on a near mythical persona. Your documentary will finally present the flesh-and-blood reality of this most unique creature. Why did you want make the considerable effort to produce a film about this whale? Has your initial perspective changed since you began this quest?


Adrien Grenier

I think that because lonely whale is such a symbolic figure, he will be able to inspire great empathy in people; I was very much interested in exploring all the different ways in which this mythic creature could touch our hearts and motivate us to connect more fully with what's important to us as humans — connecting with others and appreciating our differences.


My perspective has grown and expanded to reach a depth worth of the deepest ocean. Lonely whale is full of nuances and subtleties; his story reflects many different themes and ideas, not just loneliness but those of respecting the environment, interesting history, science, technology and of course our existential condition of loneliness.












Executive Producer Adrian Grenier










NOAA







An aerial view of a blue whale, NOAA










Are you more interested in the resonance this “lonely in love” whale’s story has created in a worldwide audience or the puzzle of this whale’s initial “appearance” on the sonar of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1989 and his very existence as a one-of-kind in the world? Or do all these conundrums taken together simply have the makings for a phenomenal documentary?


Adrien Grenier

Certainly all of the elements are part of the story and will, in fact, make a fantastic documentary; so I don't think you can extract one from the other. What makes this such an interesting story is how dynamic and far-reaching the story of this single whale will resonate.











Do you have your own personal theory of what (or should we say, “who”) exactly the 52-Hertz Whale “is?” The very last of a hitherto undiscovered species of whale? A hybrid mix, the love child of a blue and a fin whale? A genetically mutated blue whale?


Adrien Grenier

I'll leave the science to the experts, but as a storyteller and filmmaker, I like to focus on the symbolic and metaphoric context of lonely whale's mythology.










Dr. William Watkins tracking of the 52-Hertz Whale








There has been so much research indicating that whales (as well as dolphins) have evolved the same levels of intelligence and emotion as human beings. This fact has been hidden by their absence of hands, which has made civilization-building impossible (and confused them with being “fish”). Do you think he is genuinely perceptually aware of his hopeless situation and truly experiencing the palpable agony of his unending separation, much as any of us would feel it?


Adrien Grenier

I think the answer to this question is less about whether or not lonely whale is aware of his own emotional state as it is about whether or not we are even human if we can't find compassion and use our imagination to empathize and connect with others that are different or who are perhaps on another frequency. It is the most coveted ability for empathy for the world outside ourselves that makes us the most human.





NOAA


















Adrian would like to see what the story of lonely whale inspires in you.


From your unique perspective, what would a portrait of 52-Hertz Whale look like?


What would his lament be in poetic verse?






Submit to DA with hashtag #LonelyWhaleCreative




Share your submissions in the comments below. We will showcase the best of the submitted works in a Stock Market feature on the Today Page!


















This is one of my favorite paintings I’ve done. In some way or another, we all have a profound longing to be heard, to be seen and to be known. And many of us go on our way without that happening and live in an incredible loneliness. Either there is no one out there, or we put on a mask and hide behind our shame and sins. We let no one know us, hear us, or see us as we are. I didn’t let anybody know me as I truly was. I was too afraid of rejection and being “found out” so I never really let anybody know and love me. And so it was my own fault that I lived in an incredible loneliness. I genuinely found encouragement by this whale to choose to trust others and let them love me through real friendship. The 52-Hertz Whale was such a strange and inspiring story that changed my perspective to help me see that I have an opportunity to be loved and heard. I just have to allow it. The whale, on the other hand, has no opportunity. The least I could do was to do a painting.”












The existence of 52–Hertz Whale is heart-wrenching, but the fact that we’ve drawn on him to be symbolic of loneliness—or strength in loneliness—says a lot about us and our need to be understood, to battle loneliness, even just our need to help others connect. We craft stories about him, for him, and in that small way, even though he’ll never know, there are many who do relate to him even though they don’t speak his same language which is meaningful in so many ways. It’s a testament, I think, to the strength of humanity that we have become so attached to this lonely whale. We relate to him, we believe we understand him, even though the 52-Hertz Whale will never truly be understood.”














Your Thoughts


  1. So much research indicates that whales (as well as dolphins) have evolved the same levels of intelligence and emotion as human beings. Do you think that the case of the 52-Hertz Whale goes beyond anthropomorphism – and that we are falsely attributing “loneliness” to his state of being? Do you think he is genuinely perceptually aware of his hopeless situation and truly experiencing the mental agony of his unending separation, much as any of us would feel it?
  2. What was your first reaction or feeling to finding out about the one-of-a-kind whale doomed to forever traverse the ocean each year, singing a love song that will never be answered?
  3. Why do you think people so often respond with more sympathy to the plight of animals than they do that of other humans?
  4. What is the message from this story that is resonating so deeply with people around the world?











1200 POINT GIVEAWAY!!! (CLOSED)

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 22, 2015, 2:49 PM


 This giveaway is now closed. Winners will be announced later on 3/1/15!

  That's right I wasn't kidding when I said I was going to host a giveaway! Big huge MONSTER thanks to hoz-boz and CannibalHarpy for participating in my fundraising auctions and thus sponsoring this event! 

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  • Feature this journal in one of your own.

   There isn't going to be a first, second, and third place. There will be three winners, each receiving 400 :points: each! 

   And that's all! I don't plan on ever making my giveaways (as few and far between as they are) watcher exclusive. Watchers are appreciated, but making members only clubs and events doesn't make friends! 

NOW GO FORTH! I'D LOVE TO SEE HOW FAR THIS GETS. 
GIVEAWAY ENDS ON 2/28/15 
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I still have some points left, so here's another giveaway as a thankyou for your support! :hug:

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