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Llamas on the Run

Thu Feb 26, 2015, 7:59 PM
Img-og by techgnotic

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?

Daily Lit Recognition for February 26th, 2015

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Suggested by: toxic--sunrise
Featured by: TwilightPoetess
53 by brittlejacks

This visual poetry piece explores what it really means to be an artist--and the shame that often accompanies an artistic block.

Featured by: AyeAye12 

Poems in critique of the internet are cliched to the point of decomposition, but Dylan manages to write with a precision on the level of professional poets.


Featured by: Naktarra
The Left is SinisterI would ask a favour of you, dear reader.  It’s a simple task, one that anyone can accomplish, be they young or old, man or woman, of any religion or race.  I want you to think back, though not far, only to the beginning of the day, when you yawned so wide you could have swallowed a whale and stretched your arms to the stars, to the first thoughts when sleep abandoned you and consciousness returned. I want, no, I need you to tell me which side you were lying on when you first awoke.
See, I’m a good man; this isn’t some dreadful school examination. It is but one simple question with four simple answers. You were either lying on your back, front, right side or… or the left. Simple, isn’t it, not a difficult task at all. Some might say as hard as taking a breath, picking a flower or as hard as driving a knife along your thigh so that blood runs as thick as a river, just so you can still feel. Not difficult at all.  Child’s play if

The narrator needs your help, because he's not a bad man, he can't be...

Suggested by: VFreie
Featured by: Naktarra
Sword LessonThe visiting sifu drew his blade and steadied it in front of him, his chest perpendicular to the class line.
"Perhaps one of the most important things to know about studying the blade in ninjutsu is that you are not here to look good. The blade is not a showy weapon, it has one purpose only and that is to kill. Ninjutsu is only about taking as many strikes as are neessary to kill, and kill swiftly. When you practice with the blade, you must be prepared to accept that truth."
The class, full of beginners like myself, was silent. Up until this workshop, we had been practicing an American mixed martial art. It was what this sifu would call showy and unecessary. The green belt ahead of me fidgeted, either with anticipation or anxiety, I didn't know. He was younger than me but had been practicing longer.
The sifu let the silence hang in the room as he brought his blade up and he stared forward.
"You will not be successful with the ninja blade if you do not accept this, and enter every stanc

Suggester says: A short non-fiction piece about martial arts that hits hard with truth.

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Suicide Rant

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 26, 2015, 10:45 AM
Has anyone else noticed that suicide only seems to matter nowadays if the victim fits a certain mold?

White, straight, cis person kills themselves. Eh, nobody cares. Probably did it cause their mom wouldn't buy them expensive clothes.

Trans person kills themselves. Oh, poor baby!!! The world is so unfair!

Gay/bi/pan/etc. person kills themselves. People should learn to respect others! Rest in peace, honey.

Does anyone see a problem here? Suicide is suicide, regardless of who does it. Yes, I agree that some people do it for really dumb reasons, but you shouldn't care only about the "misunderstood" people and not give a shit about the ones who seem to have "the perfect lives" or what the hell ever excuse you want to make for not giving a damn about anyone besides minorities.

Yes, it's awful that trans people and the like commit suicide because they're not respected. Like Leelah Alcorn. I've changed my mind a bit about her death, to be honest. I still think it's horrible that her parents made her feel so unloved and uncared for, but she took a really shitty route when it came to fixing the problem. If you're a person who gets shit because of your sexuality or gender identity, killing yourself because of it isn't very smart. Why? Because if you stay alive, you can be a beacon of light for others like you. You can help them and give them the support that the people in your life never gave you.

Plus, I can't imagine how the truck driver who ran her over must feel. If you're bound and determined to kill yourself (which I still wish you'd reconsider and not do in the first place), do the world a favor and don't drag innocents down with you. If I ran over someone or did anything to cause their death, I wouldn't be able to live with myself. I hate when people kill themselves, but I also hate when they feel it's necessary to put others through anguish just to end their lives. That's just passing the pain you feel onto another person before you go. Why continue the cycle?

Yes, her parents were assholes. Yes, it's wonderful that she stood up for the trans community. Yes, she was still a bit selfish for killing herself because of it instead of being a fighter. If I was trans, I'd rather be known for being the person who stood up to the bullshit and lived than the person who killed themselves because of it.

Stop acting like everyone would have still cared about her had she not been trans. You can bet your ass that if she was just a random kid, nobody would have gotten so worked up. really sad. It is. You don't know what that "perfect" person with "everything going for them" may actually be going through, so don't just jump to conclusions and say their death doesn't matter when they pop a gun in their mouth and pull the trigger or tie a rope around their neck. Even if they are cisgendered, white, or straight.

I just despise how hypocritical people can truly be. Sorry for going off on a tangent about Leelah, but the point is that if you care so much about suicidal people, act like it. Don't give a damn about only the people who are "different". Trust me, suicide's a bigger issue than many of the people on here and the tumblrites think it is. It's not just a problem among groups of depressed teens and minorities. There are plenty of people all over this world who just can't handle life anymore, and you don't hear a word about it when they end it all.

A lot of the people who kill themselves and get the recognition for it had the opportunity to get help and make it through. Many others don't. Think about that for a bit.

I'm not saying the minorities who kill themselves don't matter. I will never say that. I'm just saying that suicide is not a problem that only certain people deal with, and that if you're going to care about them and try to eliminate or at least lessen the suicide epidemic, you should care about all victims.

I can't wait to see how many people read this and deem me a heartless bitch.

  • Mood: Rant
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  • Reading: Texts
  • Eating: Ramyeon
  • Drinking: Diet Pepsi
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Hello everypony! PARTY HARD 

We finally got some new spoilers about season 5 /)^3^(\

Let me tell you what I think about them :D



Episode 100

Bullet; Blue No Mane 6; all background/minor ponies
You may know that I was sure that episode 100 will be about the princesses, but well... When am I ever right? xD
No Mane 6 on the other hoof is pretty interesting :3

Bullet; Blue Doctor Whooves; he'll be similar to the actual Doctor Who version
That's... Actual nothing new, is it? ^^" I just hope he will not get too much screen time.
Why do I say that?
Because I haven't seen a single episode of "Doctor Who" yet ^^"""

Bullet; Blue Some fan-established background pony personalities will be seen, while others will have entirely new ones.
That means we will probably see Lyra and Bonbon (additionally Lyra being Lyra with hands xD), Derpy being Derpy aso.
I'm already extremly hyped for that episode /)^3^(\

Although I hope the Mane 6 will at least be visible as background ponies :3

Bullet; Blue As many background ponies crammed into it as they can, while still having a fun story.
I guess going with a huge event - celebrating Ponyville - is still the best idea ^^


Maud Pie

Bullet; Blue Maud Pie returns in a Hearths Warming (Christmas) episode
Awesome! :D That was on my wish list!
That we finally seeing an already existing event again :3

I guess that will be also the episode where the apple and the pie family will meet /)^3^(\


Pony Movie

Bullet; Blue It is completely 100% Pony, no Equestria Girls
Good... I guess? c_O I never had a problem with EG, but a lot of you will be pretty happy about that, right? xD

Bullet; Blue They are going all out on it, to make sure it doesn't just feel like an extended episode.
I actually didn't expect that feeling to come up o.ô
Still it's nice to know that it will be huge :3


Discord/Fluttershy Episode

Bullet; Blue Discord jealous of others stealing "Fluttershy time" (John de Lancie mentioned this at a panel).
Sweet Celestia xD This episode just had to come, huh? I can't wait for it!



Lol a page I slaved over for the past week is finally up. Come see~

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 11.02.04 AM by SnaiLords

I'm goin to Japan

Thu Feb 26, 2015, 1:38 PM

I've already mentioned this several places, but I don't think I officially did on my DA...? Anyway, yeaa!

I'm leaving March 17th and staying there until April 15th. So about a month. I'm staying with my old best friend I knew from highschool who went there to teach English. It's like my highschool dream come true, haha.

Honestly, I am pretty nervous...! ;;; I don't really know that much Japanese. I'm gonna go reside in a place where the country and people and language and society are completely foreign to me. Something I've never done before. I'm so nervous!! ;;

All that being said I'm pretty excited.. I'm going to be residing in a more rural area but I'm going to visit Tokyo for a week and hit up Kyoto and Osaka too I think. I'm gonna take toooooons of pictures! *o*; I mean, I'll be there for a month, haha. Vlogging will probably also happen, too!

For people who have gone, or know the place well, any suggestions for cool spots to visit? Or even just tell me how your experience in Japan went so I know things to expect! (:

Talk to you all soon! xoxo

PS. Next journal entry I'd really like to update these buttons on the bottom, lol.. ;;

Skin by *firstfear

Find and Have Fun!

Thu Feb 26, 2015, 1:24 AM by Arichy:iconarichy:

Senior Week

Hello and welcome to our game!!

What you need to do?
Simply visit the senior list below and find a picture, words, badges, emotions, etc. and send a note to Arichy with all answers! :la:


Please read through the rules carefully or your entry may be disqualified.

  • Everyone can participate!
  • Do not ask for help from other deviants. Please find the answers yourself.
  • Send a note to Arichy with the answers only, for example:
    3. ...
  • If you found yourself in our senior list, please do not mention which number of the finding list represents you.
  • You only have 24 HOURS of time to find all answers!

Finding List

These are things you need to find!

  1. Evergreen
  2. Giggle cake
  3. There are some scary horror & macabre traditional paintings on the page
  4. Don't blink!
  5. Hidden Talent feature
  6. Violet Unicorn
  7. Rose
  8. General nerd (emoticon)
  9. Winter flowers
  10. Reading Fella
  11. Meanwhile in Australia
  12. "What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal"
  13. Picture
  14. Girl with cupcake
  15. 7 777 777 in donation pool!
  16. Blue bird
  17. Elephant badge
  18. Taco brigade
  19. Open book
  20. Giraffe

Senior list

:iconpetrova: :iconastralseed: :icontiavon: :iconanoya: :iconneurotype:
:iconarichy: :iconrhynwilliams: :iconjenfruzz: :iconthegalleryofeve: :iconfourteenthstar:
:icontiganusi: :iconrainylake: :iconaryiea: :iconsilverinkblot: :iconendorell-taelos:
:iconastrikos: :iconminato-kushina: :iconmiloticscale: :iconphoenixleo: :iconsavagefrog:


The first deviant who has completed all answers currently will earn a 3 months Premium Membership or 636 :points:

Two runner ups:
The will earn 50 :points: from Arichy
and llamas from Arichy and cinyu

What are you waiting for? Go have fun! :#1:

im sick of this

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 26, 2015, 9:04 AM
professional loser

CSS Skin

i am so sick of seeing this even though im trying my best to ignore it
it always pops up eventually and i want to fucking suffocate somebody when it does

basically i am just sick and tired of popular deviants treating their fans like shit. unless they are as popular as they are, they get ignored or treated in the worst way possible. and yes, im talking about both myself( as a fan) and other deviants. recently i just asked someone for a myo in exchange for like 5 customs and they sent me one of the rudest notes ive ever got. bluntly accusing me of being ignorant and arrogant simply because i didnt (at the time) understand what "indefinitely" meant. im sure they could've just answered politely like "thank you for your offer, but i do not accept" or something of the sort. it takes a lot less time and at least spares your fan's feelings. 

so this is why i stray away from popular deviants unless they watch me first. im not saying all are like this, but a vast majority think they can treat everyone like garbage just because  they know they are more "superior" . smh

So in a past few months I've recieved a lot of comlaints about the way I draw horns, hooves, the size of wings, manes and tales. Well, surprise for you. I'm not going to change anything. Horns will forever be long and curvy, ponies - tall, wings and manes - giant. If you wanted some "close-to-the-show" style, then I'm not the person you were looking for. And one more thing, when you're trying to prove your point about anatomy, please, do not use cartoon horses and mythical creatures as references.
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Disturbed
  • Reading: your minds
  • Watching: Ric & Morty
  • Playing: Sleeping Dogs
  • Eating: Food
  • Drinking: Water