I give up.[EDIT] Before you read the rest of the journal:I give up.4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Since when does dA show other people 'popular' journals? I thought this journal would only be seen by my watchers, not a lot of other people. Really, I didn't find out about journals being in the 'news' section until I logged in a few moments ago. I'm sorry if it's wasting your time, it was only a joke in our small Ask community. So, if you're commenting about the new journal feature, please don't. You shouldn't complain about it on here, because there's really nothing I can do about it. Just like most of you, I'd appreciate it if dA didn't show journals as news. It depletes the amount of privacy we once had. Frankly, it's annoying and I would like it to be removed.
Ludwig is more awesome than me.
Ludwig is more awesome than I will EVER be.
Ludwig is just so awesome I don't know what to do with myself.
Sometimes I cry myself to sleep at night because he's just too awesome.
I get off to his awesomeness sometimes. :I -cough- Sometimes. (
DA Journals and News Combined - And MoreFor the last few weeks, I've stood back and observed since the day DeviantArt Journals and News were combined into one entity. Seems to me that this move may not have been such a good idea.DA Journals and News Combined - And More4 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm sure anyone who has kept track of the Journal entries on the front page of DeviantArt has noticed something reoccurring in the last few weeks. In this case, how one user, :icondoitforthelulz:, has demonstrated just how relatively easy it is for one person to practically monopolize the 5 Journals on display in the footer of the DeviantArt main page. Of course, he's been doing this on purpose to make and point and I definitely agreed.
So, what kind of disadvantages are we looking at now that Journals and News have merged?
1. With enough Watchers, just about anyone can abuse the Journal system and easily get one or several of their Journals on the front page of DeviantArt with enough Favs.
2. Finding relevant information for contests, ect. is no longer nearly as feasible, especially as Journals are
Race to the bottom: probably not your best betCross-posted from Tumblr.Race to the bottom: probably not your best bet2 years ago in Personal More Like This
PSA: If you can't sell your art at minimum wage, you're probably gonna have a hard time selling it for any less, as well. :T Cheaper does not always mean more enticing. In fact, it can be a real turn off to potential buyers who either consciously or subconsciously equate monetary price to intrinsic value and quality. (If you want to price your art cheaply, frame it as a 'sale' off the 'original price'. The reception will generally be much better than simply pricing your work cheaply from the get-go. [See also: the infamous JC Penny fiasco])
If you're selling your art for peanuts and STILL have a hard time making sales, the harsh reality comes down to you possibly needing to do one or both of the following:
-Take some time to improve your craft/skillsets. You do not need post secondary school for this (in fact, there are plenty of BFA owners who appear to h
You guys. Guys. Guys. US peeps. Um. (RL stuff)I... follow a lot of US-based political blogs. And have friends out there, and ... find what is currently going absolutely f*cking terrifying and enraging on a visceral bloodboiling level. But, you know. That's just me, out in some secular socialist Old World country, quaffing down my cheap birth control pills and, outrageously, not crippled by hospital bills after my freelance boyfriend's domestic accident of two years ago because of all that damned taxpayer money going into a national health insurance.You guys. Guys. Guys. US peeps. Um. (RL stuff)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
But that, of course, is anecdata and nothing to go forming political opinions on. (Also I have a uterus, and what with all those craaaayzee lady hormones swishing around my weak little brainpan, I'll've completely changed my mind in a week don't mind me!)
Just like to point out, though.
I seem to have a... lot of followers. That's super cool and all. I'm guessing most of you are here for the GND. That's really great and I am so chuffed you are enjoying
More Stuff to be Enraged AboutOkay, I don't know why people are not talking about Obama and his friends that are lobbying to censor the internet but here's some stuff that I found out.More Stuff to be Enraged About4 years ago in Personal More Like This
What Obama did in Spain link: http://torrentfreak.com/us-threatened-to-blacklist-spain-for-not-implementing-site-blocking-law-120105/
Yes, they are blacklisting Spain for not passing SOPA-like bill.
Now I found a new internet censor bill called, 'Cybersecurity Act of 2012,' sponsored by Senator Lieberman, inspired by Harry Reid, and our pal, Lamar Smith. A petition right here: http://petitions.conservativeactionalerts.com/6236/tell-congress-oppose-cybersecurity-act-2012-etc/
Then there's another internet censor bill that I forgotten it's name.
Now I found this: http://www.conservativeactionalerts.com/2012/03/obama-uses-irs-to-squash-critics/
Bad news you won't believe what the UN is doing: http://thenewamerican.com/tech-mainmenu-30/computers/10953-obama-quiet-as-un-a-dictators-push-to-control-internet
This bad guy needs to
...Your Call to Action"Consider this your call to action....Your Call to Action4 years ago in Personal More Like This
I know that we all love this site as an expression of our individuality, but the fact of the matter is, we are under attack. And what we do is distracting us from that fact.
The American government now has all the records from Megaupload's servers. Do you know what that means for you? That means that if you have ever used Megaupload, the government has your fucking number. And they will come for you.
You doubt what I'm saying? The government has been after Jamie Rasset, a single mother, now for years for $1.9 MILLION for downloading 24 songs from Kazaa. She's been appealing, and they're still coming after her.
$1.9 MILLION. FOR 24 LOUSY SONGS. And they will not let off.
Now look at your music folder. How many songs do you have? How many movies, how many books? It's going to cost you $150,000 for EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL. How much are you going to be out?
And you can't escape it. Even if you claim bankruptcy, you can't escape
Tip of the Day: Thoughts of dreams and problemsTip of the day: What do you fill your mind with? Dreams or problems? Time to focus on our dreams! We must always be aware of the problems in our lives but if we are not finding time to focus on our dreams and goals then we will never achieve them.Tip of the Day: Thoughts of dreams and problems3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
ACTA opts for plastic surgery *Petitions updated*We beat it up and left it for dead, but it didn't learn. And now it's opting for a different tactic. It's sporting a full facelift, and hair dye to change its appearance. Yeah, we may have beaten it in the European Parliament, but now its supporters have worked a good part of ACTA into another document. The Canadian-EU Trade Agreement, or CETA, is the identity that ACTA wants to pass itself off as. Those in favor of ACTA are looking to use Canada as a back door to implement ACTA. Here's some info I found about the identity change.ACTA opts for plastic surgery *Petitions updated*3 years ago in Personal More Like This
"Never one to take the word "No" at face value, the European Commission (EC) has tried various tactics to ease ACTA through the European Parliament, including an attempt to delay the last week's vote until the European Court of Justice had ruled on it's compatibility with EU law.
According to Geist, "The European Commission strategy appears to be to use CETA as the new ACTA, burying its provisions in a broader Canadian trade agreement with the hope that th
The GOP's 'Hunger Games' Vision of AmericaCutting food stamps and sabotaging Obamacare aren't irrational – they're part of the 1 percent's all-out class warThe GOP's 'Hunger Games' Vision of America2 years ago in Personal More Like This
BY ANDREW O'HEHIR
SATURDAY, SEP 21, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
American conservatives love to attack anyone who raises the issue of worsening economic inequality for waging "class war." Their compulsion to keep repeating that phrase is revealing in itself; it's like the serial killer in a movie who can't help returning to the scene of the crime. Because the only class war being waged in 21st-century America is the relentless, all-fronts struggle conducted by the rich against the poor.
Within the last week, we have learned that poverty remains at near-record levels in our supposedly affluent nation. Even amid a so-called economic recovery, nearly 22 percent of the nation's children live in poverty, and the overall number
They Know Much More Than You ThinkThey Know Much More Than You Think2 years ago in Personal More Like This
THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS
AUGUST 15, 2013
by James Bamford
[Note: James Bamford is a distinguished investigative reporter and attorney who has since 1982 published four seminal books on the National Security Agency and its domestic spying programs. These include "The Puzzle Palace" (1982), "Body of Secrets (2001), "A Pretext for War" (2004), and most recently, "The Shadow Factory" (2008). The following article, published by the authoritative New York Review of Books, provides a detailed, and compelling, summary of Bamford's work over the past three decades. Having read all of Bamford's books, I must say that if you read only one article on the current growing scandal over the dismantling of Bill of Rights by our own government, under both Republican and Democratic administrations, this is the one article to read. The disclosures and analysis contained here are the reason Edward Snowden blew the wh
House of Turdsby Josh VoorheesHouse of Turds2 years ago in Personal More Like This
You can take a full tour of today's shutdown-themed front pages over at the Newseum, but trust me, it doesn't get any better than this one from the New York Daily News:
A new Quinnipiac poll out this morning [http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-and-centers/polling-institute/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=1958] highlights just how unpopular the House strategy has been: By a 72-22 margin, voters opposed Congress shutting down the federal government to block the implementation of Obamacare. Even though Americans were divided on the merits of the healthcare law itself—with 45 percent in favor and 47 percent opposed—they were against the idea of Congress cutting off funding for the law, 58 percent to 34 percent.
Self-identified Republican voters backed the shutdown by a narrow 49-44 margin, but that's where the support ended. Democrats (90-6
My Letter to My U.S. Senator Regarding NSA AbusesDear Senator Kaine:My Letter to My U.S. Senator Regarding NSA Abuses2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I am in receipt of your reply, dated today, August 9, in response to my recent emailed letter concerning the abuses of the National Security Agency and the wholesale violation of my, and your, rights under the Fourth Amendment to be free from warrantless searches.
While I am appreciative of your reply, frankly sir, it does not cut the mustard.
You wrote, and I quote:
"The primary mission of the U.S. intelligence community is to detect and prevent the very real threat of terrorism on our homeland. According to General Keith Alexander, Director of the NSA, and Robert Mueller, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the intelligence community has successfully used these programs to identify and thwart dozens of terrorist plots at home and abroad. Additionally, leaders from the House and Senate Intelligence Committees have defended these programs stating that they are transparent, lawful, and have been instrumental in defending our homeland."
The assertions of
An idea to combat the spying ISPsIf you don't already know, here's the situation in a nutshell: MPAA and RIAA cut a business deal (NOT a law!) with major Internet Service Providers, ISPs. Starting tomorrow, your ISP will spy on your net activity, and if they find you pirating stuff, they'll kill your connection.An idea to combat the spying ISPs3 years ago in Personal More Like This
There are attempts to fight this. But as of right now I don't know if they have made any progress (if someone reading this DOES know, please tell me!)
Well, this is the internet. Anyone who's seen places like the bowels of Youtube Comments or the depths of 4chan knows...it's not always a nice place to look at. So, what if we make the ISPs wish they'd never tried to take a closer look at what we do in the first place? We can upload and download messages that let them know that WE know they are watching. We can troll them! Using messages like "Hey look at me, I am NOT! Downloading! Anything! Illegal! Haha, you just wasted your time!" It might be worth a try, right?
New Snowden Documents Show NSA Targeted GoogleSLATENew Snowden Documents Show NSA Targeted Google2 years ago in Personal More Like This
By Ryan Gallagher | Posted Monday, Sept. 9, 2013
The National Security Agency is keen to portray its surveillance efforts as primarily focused on detecting and preventing possible terror attacks. But a new trove of freshly leaked secret documents suggests that the agency also uses its powerful spying apparatus to infiltrate and monitor multinational companies.
On Sunday, Brazilian TV show Fantastico published previously undisclosed details based on documents obtained by Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The 13-minute news segment focused on the revelation that, according to the leaked files, the NSA apparently targeted Brazil's state-run Petrobras oil producer for surveillance—undermining a recent statement by the agency that it "does not engage in economic espionage in any domain." The Petrobras detail has been picked up internationally, and is likely to cause a serious stir in Brazil. (The country is
Fuerza Amarillo, Azul y Rojo.Fuerza y aguante......La historia está con ustedes.Fuerza Amarillo, Azul y Rojo.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The NSA Secret Campaign to Crack Internet Securityby Nicole Perlroth, The New York Times, Jeff Larson, ProPublica, and Scott Shane, The New York TimesThe NSA Secret Campaign to Crack Internet Security2 years ago in Personal More Like This
September 5, 2013
The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents.
The agency has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption, or digital scrambling, that guards global commerce and banking systems, protects sensitive data like trade secrets and medical records, and automatically secures the e-mails, Web searches, Internet chats and phone calls of Americans and others around the world, the documents show.
Many users assume — or have been assured by Internet companies — that their data is safe from prying eyes, including those of the government, and the N.S.A. wants to keep it that way. The agency treats its re
NSA Officers Sometimes Spy on Love InterestsThe Wall Street JournalNSA Officers Sometimes Spy on Love Interests2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The NSA. Maybe it should be renamed the Nookie Security Agency?
August 23, 2013, 8:45 PM
By Siobhan Gorman
National Security Agency officers on several occasions have channeled their agency's enormous eavesdropping power to spy on love interests, U.S. officials said.
The practice isn't frequent — one official estimated a handful of cases in the last decade — but it's common enough to garner its own spycraft label: LOVEINT.
Spy agencies often refer to their various types of intelligence collection with the suffix of "INT," such as "SIGINT" for collecting signals intelligence, or communications; and "HUMINT" for human intelligence, or spying.
The "LOVEINT" examples constitute most episodes of willful misconduct by NSA employees, officials said.
In the wake of revelations last week that NSA had violated privacy rules on nearly 3,000 oc
NSA shares surveillance data with Justice Dep't.Joan McCarterNSA shares surveillance data with Justice Dep't.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Daily Kos
August 5, 2013
It's not just the DEA* getting surveillance data from the NSA to pursue criminal—i.e. not terrorism—investigations. The NSA is handing over data on criminal activity to the Justice Department as well. That raises serious questions about exactly what NSA analysts are really looking at, "just" the metadata, or the content of communications, as well.
It is unclear whether the referrals have been built upon the content of telephone calls and emails. Administration officials have previously assured Congress that NSA surveillance focuses on so-called metadata and in the main does not delve into the content of individual calls or email messages. [...]
"If the information from surveillance or wiretaps is used by the NSA inconsistently with the warrant or other permission from the FISA court, certainly there would be a violation of law," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., a former U.S. attorney and state attorney general. "Unfortunately
Regarding SOPA and deviantART (update)Our view at deviantART regarding SOPA is that it's probably a bad idea. There should be better ways to deal with mass infringement on the Internet than this. This bill in our view can be seen as a threat to the open Internet itself and this is very hard to digest or support.Regarding SOPA and deviantART (update)4 years ago in DeviantArt Announcements More Like This
I personally have found information at the EFF and at Public Knowledge to be very helpful in understanding what is at stake.
JOIN THE DISCUSSION AT WWW.DEVIANTART.COM/SOPA
UPDATE: Thanks for the link, Google.
Don't underestimate risks of government spyingBy Julian Zelizer, CNN ContributorDon't underestimate risks of government spying2 years ago in Personal More Like This
November 5, 2013 -- Updated 1134 GMT (1934 HKT)
(CNN) -- As the story about the National Security Agency surveillance continued to unfold last week, some of President Obama's supporters, as well as some of his Republican critics, were quick to jump to his defense. Chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers warned that the allegations about the NSA were wrong. "They are seeing three or four pieces of a thousand-piece puzzle and trying to come to a conclusion."
Speaking before a congressional committee, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the monitoring of calls by 35 world leaders was just about spying, something that every country did and so there was nothing to be worked up about. "Some of this reminds me of the classic movie 'Casablanca': 'My God, there's gambling going on here,'" Clapper said.
In a period of crippling partisan warfare that continually
On Art TheftIf you’ve ever followed my Deviantart journals in the past you will know that I have a pretty open policy regarding the usage of my art. My policy allows for repostings/recoloring/edits/tracings/what-have-you, as long as it is all for personal use and not-for-profit (meaning it isn’t being sold, auctioned, or any use wherein money changes hands.) I also allow roleplaying of my characters, and fan art (of course)!On Art Theft1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Still though, I get a lot of people coming to me with examples of where people have traced/recolored/edited/reposted my pieces. The person contacting me will often also comment on the “offenders” work, or contact them privately to scold them on my behalf.
While I appreciate that people would care enough to watch out for me, as it were, my preference is that these people are left alone. There are a good number of pretty young BBA fans. I am written “fan mail” all the time by young people who weren’t artists before, but started dra
.i will carry.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
a small hope, a grain
in my pocket
(it will do whatever it can)
Places XIIIPlaces XIII2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The dark, the wonderful, the mysterious, the enchanted, the abandoned.
a kitchen by ZerberuZ
Psf by ZerberuZ Kuppersbusch by ZerberuZ
Hall Of Light by ZerberuZ
Two pillars by xMAXIx
Celebrating Diversity HubWelcome to the Celebrating Diversity Hub This is a collection of all the articles that have been posted under this theme.Celebrating Diversity Hub2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
We live in a world full of diversity, every day in real life and every day on dA. And it happens so often that a work of art is "slashed" simply because it is different than others. Because someone sees it and doesn't understand it and doesn't take the time to think about it.
People who react like that to art, follow the same thought process, that so many many people follow when it comes to Racism, Sexism, Homophobia: "This is different to me, therefore it must be wrong." You may wonder if that comparison may not be too harsh, but when we open they way for people to condemn what is different in the small things, like in this case Art, we open the path to that thought process taking shape in many more places.
Instead of hating on differences, we need to embrace them! Because differences make life so great! We don't want to live in a dull world where everyone think