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Are highly intelligent or very talented people better able to hide their misery from loved ones, thus making it all the harder to “read” them and help them?

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As some of you might know I have a birthday coming up.
September 20th this year I'm turning 27

Because of that, I'm organizing a giveaway.
The price is 1000 :points: 

Yay! Points! by DamaiMikaz

What you need to know
:bulletblack: Leave a nice comment under this journal in order to participate. Wish me a happy birthday. Tag some friends... whatever.
:bulletblack: Watching me isn't mandatory. Watchers do make twice as much chance (consider this a bonus for being a loyal fan -- hehehe)
:bulletblack: Watchers are chosen by a randomize script
:bulletblack: The winner will be announced Monday september 22nd (because I'm away during the weekend)

Have fun! :la:


Journal Entry: Tue Sep 16, 2014, 12:30 PM



In 2007, when I first started paying regular attention to the DD page on this site, I quickly realized that the general photography galleries were being watched over by three ladies with an insane amount of talent in their medium but widely disparate styles and viewpoints - and they were all awesome. Staged, Sandra Keplinger, was this passionate German high-style lady with an eye for cinematographic compositions and journalistic attacks; hellfirediva, Tina The Rabbit Whisperer, was the Macro Queen who loved the colourful and the spunky; and then there was equivoque, Elinor Scott-Sutter, who seemed to be forever on the hunt for the most artistic executions possible. Over the years since then I had the chance to get to know each of them personally, and they all influenced my photography more than I'd ever like to admit. Sandra became an idol to me, and to date she's still one of my favourite photographers in the real world; Tina became a good personal friend, then a mentor when I later had the chance to try and singlehandedly fill the gigantic fucking shoes those three left for the Overlord Of All Photography slot on the CR team. And then there was Elinor.
untitled polaroid portrait by equivoque
I could say a lot about Elinor but I'm going to try and keep this short. At various points I called her a friend, an inspiration, an idol, a teacher, an adversary - but the overarching theme of all of it was that subtly, through her work and her words, she was the one person on this website who probably shaped my outlook on the art of photography the most, if not my aesthetic. She was a fervent believer of the ability of photography to both document and transform, to capture and to release, to show and to hide. Her work was like a series of paintings that somehow got pressed into Time-Zero film by some particularly angry impressionist artist, and she was unafraid to push her camera and her chemistry to the limits of their abilities to get that perfect frame every time. And you could be certain she'd get a perfect frame every time: She'd be the first person to tell you that her beloved expired Time-Zero was too expensive to waste on snapshots. She handheld me through the purchase of my first and fourth polaroid cameras - yep, that includes my SX-70, the one you all used to love so much - and gave me countless pointers on how to use the cameras, and how to molest the film, to get the results I wanted. Her methods of imparting the wisdom weren't always the fluffiest but they certainly always got the point across. Today I still use those cameras, and I still use those pointers because Impossible Project's damned near as expensive as Time-Zero was back then. I'm still in her debt for that; God knows how many more packs of film I would have wasted without.
the fire in her eye by equivoque
Elinor was one of those deviants who had a massive, but subtle and quiet, impact on the community here. As a volunteer she became a beacon for the analog photography community; after she left, her memory became as much of a beacon as she herself was, I think. Even years after she'd left the site, when I volunteered, I got compared (favourably at least as often as unfavourably) to her pretty much every day, every time I set a DD, and especially when it was a polaroid. She made huge strides - through her volunteering and her own art - toward developing the legitimacy of analog and darkroom photography as media on deviantART. Without her having set the precedent first through DDs and education, I don't think we'd have been able to get our devoted Instant Film and Alt Process galleries, let me tell you. She was one of the rare people who was always able to see the image as three parts - subject, execution, sum total - that were of equal importance. Her aesthetics and her memory are still deeply present here, just look through the darkroom galleries or just ask any of the old film photography crew - Evil-e33, jierumi, JillAuville, myrnajacobs and so on - which moderator of yore set the most consistently bitching DDs.
Becoming Light by equivoque
On September 12, 2014 - Friday of last week - the world lost this wonderful talent and fierce fighter to a battle with pancreatic cancer. Her sister Cathi writes: With deepest sorrow I'm sorry to share that Elinor passed away this morning. Buck and Jodi were by her side. She knew it was time to go and called them over. They held her as she quietly exhaled and peacefully went to a place with no cancer. We've all had a chance to hold her and say good-bye. She was surrounded by love and adoration to the very end. We are in awe of her strength and determination as she ran this final race. Our beloved Elinor. You are with God. You are free to run effortlessly with grace and beauty. We love you. We miss you.
painted light by equivoque
Goodbye, Elinor, and thank you for everything you gave our community.
Old Fahioned Roses by equivoque

New dA Layout

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 16, 2014, 10:46 AM

Only a few beta testers can see it for now, it looks like this:
(ignore my messages omg)

Layout by Kawiku

So many people are freaking out about it already.... but I totally love the new layout!

The only thing I would change is the new "activity feed" widget.  Basically, you can write status messages on it, but it will also shows publicly your latest activities on the site, with big pictures of your submission, favorites, and journals, which is really big and clustering. I will be removing it, since I don't like that it can only be placed in top right of the page, since I use the custom boxes for my page layout and would rather put the widget under it. I will reconsider using it if it could be placed in other portions of the profile page.

3 Year Anniversary

Tue Sep 16, 2014, 2:39 PM
So I just looked down on my page and I saw that today was my dA birthday! I've been here for 3 years now and it's been so much fun! I think that's pretty cool that I've been here for that long. If it wasn't for google I probably would have never found this site! xD I joined the community for the art and staying for the community spirit! :la:

I want to give a random deviant 100 points for leaving a comment about how long you've been here, how you got here and why you're still here. xD 
That's really it. :dummy:

Okay, this is the first group contest. And since it is the first, everybody who enters will receive a free sketch of any of your OCs (only one) by me, and any other (I'm talking to you guys) who decide to donate to the entry prizes or grand prizes.

Entries closes on the 16th of October (I will check them on the 17th my time though.)


Since this is the first group contest, it will relate to the group itself. So every entry must have:
  1. The group name: DoodleDumperPlace
  2. Your depiction of yourself, it doesn't have to look exactly like you, it could even be your favorite OC or whatever, just put a person who is unique to yourself
  3. A background comprised of doodles or some of you favorite character, basically anything
  4. COLOR! The only thing that I would like to see in color is detail number 2

Prize for entering:
A uncolored sketch of any one of your OCs by Me
Any entry prizes donated by kind members

Prize for DONATING:
Two uncolored sketches of up to two different OCs or yours drawn by Me
And a colored sketch of one of your OCs by Me

3rd place prize:
Three colored drawings of up to three different OCs of yours drawn by Me
Any prizes donated by kind members

2nd place prize:
One sketch and three colored drawings of up to four different OCs of yours drawn by Me
Any prizes donated by kind members

1st place prize!!!:
Two sketches and five colored drawings of up to five of your OCs drawn by Me
A llama badge and a point from Me

Please, submit as many entries as you want. They can be digital or traditional.

FOR MEMBERS OF DoodleDumperPlace ONLY!!!

Frog dance Woot! Woot! Woot!Frog dance 
Another round! Anoooother round! 

Nice ta meet ya folks!
Ahhh~ It's those "Ber" months again! What ta expect?! - Liquors! Parties! Halloween! Christmas!
The year is slowly closing in and so are my favorite mangas (damn) anyways...

Are ya excited? Huh?! Huh?! Huh!!?DO YAH? 
Are ya?? Are ya???Smile Miguel 
(yes..yeeees..that's what I wanna see mumuwahaha! HNNNGGGG )
PREEEEEEEEESENTING!!!! The third installment of 'How tough are ya' series!
*Dun dududuuuuuun!*

First off! Halloween Contests! Halloween fella ( Universe ) 
Halloween Art Contest!!!This is Halloween HELLO, HELLO, HELLO!!!This is Halloween 


Hide and Seek on Halloween WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOWHide and Seek on Halloween 

 by: Dannie-29
Halloween Contest 2014 1st prize 3 month premiumHey guys! I'm finally starting a new contest, thanks for the people who commissioned me and donated any points, I really appreciate it.

Now onto the contest itself. All you need to do is draw one of my OC's in a Halloween costume. Not in the poses in the thumbs below, they just show the OC's. 
          Darian and Nell by HaseoLeomyr Aliya by HaseoLeomyrAnime Girl 2 by HaseoLeomyrNew Darian by HaseoLeomyr
The drawing must include one of my OC's, but
 by: HaseoLeomyr

They have amazing prizes so don't miss this once in a year chance!
What??! Groot is angry  You want more??! asked for it..I'll give ya more!

This one is a color contest exclusive only this September!
September Color Contest! Update!Ladies and gentlemen... The contest is HERE!!!
YEAH! It's finally time! Let's get down to business!
This is a color contest! The entry period is September 1st, 2014 to September 30th, 2014. After that, one week will be used for judging entries. Please note that after September 30th, your entry will not be considered valid, so please try to make that deadline! However, if you for some reason can only upload it the day after or a few days after, you will still be listed with the other people that participated.:dummy:
The color is... BLUE! Yes, blue~! The color of Sapphire, which is September's birthstone. Happy birthday to everyone born this month!
Some clarification: Pure white and black aren't allowed, but you are allowed very light or very dark shades of blue, like this: and this: -- I hope this clears some things up (:
Please submit your entry to our 'September Blue Contest' folder. :d
 by: AikouDesu

And an 'anything media' bio-illuminated contest! Read through and you might have the chance to win awesome rewards!
The Illuminated World ContestStock & Resources
The Challenge
Imagine a world where the soft glow of the magnolia blossoms illuminates the sidewalk. The reaching branches of the tree cast their light over the street, reflected in the gathering puddles of a spring rain. A garden nearby is a riot of colors against the deep shadows of the night. The harsh artificial street lights that we know today are gone. What would your world look like? Is it a world where the need for fossil fuel has been eliminated, or have the scientists bio-engineered the earth into a beautiful apocalypse?
The idea of bio-luminescent plant illumination is a real project in progress by three scientists in San Francisco, California. These scientists are engineering marine bio-luminous bacterial DNA into plants to make them glow. You can read more about their project here: Glowing Plants: Street Lig
 by: CelticStrm-Stock

...well...what else? Hmm..Ice King (resized)  I'll add more whenever..
These contests are too short to finish so better hurry! The clock can't stop ticking! Aim for home and start running!
Haha Haha Haha 

 *this 'ere is a free advertisement :D*
  • Mood: Spidey Sense
  • Listening to: ...sleigh bells ringing.
  • Reading: wishlists.
  • Watching: ...the chimney.
  • Playing: ...asleep.
  • Eating: ...his cookies.
  • Drinking: ...his milk....too early eh?

deviantMEET-Paris V.39 : Access !

Tue Sep 16, 2014, 1:11 PM
Salut salut tout le monde :la:

Après trois long jour de black out de deviantART pour ZeldaDreams et SaTaNiA nous voila enfin de retour !
Nous allons enfin pouvoir vous annoncer ce que nous allons pouvoir faire pour le deviantMEET-Paris 39eme édition :)

:drumroll:  Après une semaine de poll vous avez choisi d'aller voir l'exposition : :drumroll: 

Tatoueurs, tatoués au Musée du Quai Branly

L’exposition revient sur les sources du tatouage et présente le renouveau de ce phénomène.
Elle est articulée en 5 sections : du global au marginal, un art en mouvement, peau neuve : renaissance du tatouage traditionnel, nouveaux encrages auxquelles s’ajoutent 32 oeuvres spécifiquement produites pour l’exposition.


Alors petit récapitulatif global pour tout le monde...
Date : Samedi 20 Septembre 2014
Heure : 14h30
nous attendrons les retardataires jusqu'à 15h, heure à la quelle nous rentrerons dans le musée :nod:

Pour les personnes qui voudraient nous rejoindre après l'exposition, demandez nous nos numéros de portable par notes afin que l'on puisse se retrouver facilement !
(Nous allons sans doute nous poser sur les bords de Seine en face du musée afin d'échanger tous ensemble, donc n'hésitez pas à ramener vos crayons / feutres / bloc / appareil photo ou quoi que ce soit qui vous passe par la tête :) )

Et pour vous inscrire c'est par ici : deviantmeet-paris.deviantart.c…


:bulletred: 9 euros en plein tarif 
:bulletred: 7 euros en tarif réduit 

Pour ceux qui resterons boire un verre avec nous après le devmeet ou qu'il pleut en sortant du musée, pensez à prendre quelques euros de plus ;)

Sur ces bonnes paroles nous espérons vous voir avec nous samedi prochain :lawoo: 

Votre Staff,
:iconsatania: :icontheneoshaman: :iconzeldadreams:

Skin made by Ikue and Redesign by SaTaNiA
Hey guys! I understand that this group has been kind of running itself for a really long time now. :iconceilingotaku: moved over to posting her stuff on Tumblr I believe, and I've just been super inactive on and off.
That being said, I'm back and plan on being more active :)

And of course, that Halloween contest in the most recent journal is pretty old, but how about we keep it going? It'll actually be kept up to date, and I'll pick three winners to be featured. :D
This is the Halloween info on the previous journal, and I'm sticking with it:
"Al wants to go trick or treating, but he needs a good disguise (and possibly an excuse of a small Vocaloid for a man his age to trick or treat)! The entries are due on October 31st!"

There's still a Halloween contest folder in the gallery, so if you're interested, submit your entries there! Again, the deadline is Halloween (Oct. 31). Hope you guys submit lots of cool art! :D

Oh, wait, you're a newcomer?
Well, then... *ahem*

Hello and welcome to :iconbig-al-lovers:! This group is dedicated to the Engloid Big Al, the gentle giant of the VOCALOID family! To join, just click the "Join Group" button and you'll be accepted immediately!

We accept all fanart/fanfic related to Big Al in this group. Please spread the Big Al love!

If you've never heard Big Al's voice, here are some of his songs~! If you notice that a song was incorrectly categorized, please comment here so the mistake can be corrected.
Big Al - Solo


Bad Romance (Lady Gaga Cover) -… *
I'm Too Sexy (Right Said Fred Cover) -…
My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion cover) -…
Last Dance (Original Song) -…
Little Toy Robot (Original Song) -…
Dublin Jack of All Trades -…
Waltzing Matilda -…
New York, New York…
Grandfather's Clock -…
Sway (Dean Martin cover) -…
Secret (Luka Megurine cover) -…
Dragostea Din Tei (O-Zone cover) -…
Numb (Linkin Park cover) -…
Firework (Katy Perry cover) -…
Bulletproof (La Roux cover) -…
Once Upon a December (from "Anastasia) -…
Real Emotion (from "Final Fantasy X2" -…
Anata ni dakaretai -…
Can't I Even Dream? (Miku Hatsune cover, dub) -…
Fukkireta -…
House of the Rising Sun -… *
If I Were a Rich Man (from "Fiddler on the Roof) -…
Scarborough Fair Canticle -…
That'll Be the Day -…
The Girl in Byakkoya (Lola Cover) -…
F*ck You (Cee-Lo Green Cover) -… *
Electronic Santa (Blazer Force Cover) -…
Alejandro (Lady Gaga Cover) -… *
If U Seek Leon (Brittney Spears Cover) -… *
Bad Apple! (Cover) -…
Still Alive (Portal Cover) -…
Friday (Rebecca Black Cover) -…
Monster (Lady Gaga Cover) -…
The Longest Time (Billy Joel Cover) -…

Original Songs

Beat Beat Tick Tick -… *
I Fell in Love with Geisha Girl -…
Bornagain -…

Big Al w/ Vocaloid Friends


Magic Moments (Perry Como cover ft. Sonika & Sweet Ann) -…
Tu vuo fa l' americano (ft. Tonio) -…
magnet (English cover, ft. Leon) -… *
Toeto (Luka Megurine cover, ft. Luka Megurine) -…
magnet (ft. Tonio) -… *
Hometown (from "Silent Hill", ft. Sweet Ann) -… *
Hide & Seek (Imogean Heap cover, ft. Luka Megurine, Sweet Ann and Gakupo Kamui) -…
The Lamentation of Jeremiah (ft. Tonio) -…

Original Songs
DANCING☆SAMURAI ~branch Ham Handed Traveler (ft. Gakupo) -…
UR Not in My Heart (ft. SONiKA) -…
ROLL ROLL ~Dung Beetle~ (ft. GUMI) -…
Baby Bear (ft. Rin Kagamine) -…

Big Al w/ UTAU Friends


Beauty & the Beast (ft.  UTAU Meera Constantine)(Disney's "Beauty & the Beast Cover) -…

Original Songs

Drifting (ft. UTAU Trem) -…

Thanks to :iconleoperaghost:, :iconsleepysheep7:, :iconkaitie-hoover:, :icondead-kitty-1313: and :iconikazuko: for sending and/or making a ton of these!
The "*" means it has adult, controversial or scary images/themes in the song.

Have any other Big Al song suggestions? Send me a note and I'll add it to the list!
After the events of last night, I’m beginning to think more rationally about the situation I’ve gotten myself into.  After scanning through the images that Shodai put up as evidence against Titan, and after reviewing most of the information I have, I’m beginning to come to a conclusion.

I’m not gonna start saying stuff like  "TITANO Y U DU DIS 2 MEEEE EYE WANT U 2 DIEEEE U STUPID FAGET!!11!!!!!Eleven!!!11” like some of you are doing, because that’s immature and childish.  But I’m going to try and give my thoughts on the matter.

First off, I’ll say this, NO ONE in chat is perfect.  We whine, we yell, we curse, we act immature to say the least, and I’m no different.  But what Titan did was wrong.  As an Admin/Bureaucrat/Wikia Star/Whatever, you should contain composure and resolve conflicts without sounding like an (pardon my language) asshole.  for example, when we tried to report him to Troycool, he responded by saying something along the lines off…

“Here’s my response that will discredit you forever!  And everyone with a brain will agree.” *Followed by a wall of text*

So, he basically called us retarded for wanting to demote him, something someone of his status should NOT say.  Sadly, the conversation was deleted, so I don’t have any evidence of him saying that.

Like many people, I actually remember Titan acting differently before his promotion.  But if I were to recollect my past experiences with him, I would sound like a hipster.  So I’ll just leave it at “He used to be different”.

Back to the subject of Titan not being suitable for his status.  Like I said earlier, he doesn’t know how tolerate other people.  If I had my way, I would demote Titan to an editing status, seeing how that’s what he does best.  Wikizilla wouldn’t even be CLOSE to what it is today if it weren’t for people like Titanollante, Ghidorah#1, and GodzillaIsland72, among others.

Well, that’s my opinion on the matter.  I’m not trying to suck up to anyone, or talk shit about Titan, hell, I still like (some) of the chat members.  And I will NEVER stop going to Wikizilla, it will ALWAYS be my source for Godzilla information.

-Sincerely, Thegoldnguy

P.S.  If any of you guys can find a way to chat again, tell me in the comments below.