I give up.[EDIT] Before you read the rest of the journal:I give up.3 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. (
Race to the bottom: probably not your best betCross-posted from Tumblr.Race to the bottom: probably not your best bet1 year 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
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 More3 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
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)2 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
Viva ChavezViva Chavez2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
★Hasta Siempre Comandante★
Artwork: Comando Creativo - Propaganda Bolivariana
★ 28 de Julio de 1954 - 5 de Marzo de 2013 ★
"Simón Bolívar, padre de nuestra Patria y guía de nuestra Revolución,
juró no descansar en los brazos, ni dar descanso a su alma,
hasta ver la America libre
No lo sabemos dar descanso a nuestros brazos,
ni reposo a nuestras almas, hasta que salvará a la humanidad."
(Discurso en el 60 aniversario de la ONU, 15 de Septiembre de 2005)
★ July 28, 1954 - March 5, 2013 ★
"Simón Bolívar, father of our country and guide of our revolution,
he vowed not to res
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 problems2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
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 About3 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
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)3 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.
They Know Much More Than You ThinkThey Know Much More Than You Think1 year 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
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 America1 year 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
...Your Call to Action"Consider this your call to action....Your Call to Action3 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
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 ISPs2 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?
My Letter to My U.S. Senator Regarding NSA AbusesDear Senator Kaine:My Letter to My U.S. Senator Regarding NSA Abuses1 year 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
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*2 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
House of Turdsby Josh VoorheesHouse of Turds1 year 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
Don't underestimate risks of government spyingBy Julian Zelizer, CNN ContributorDon't underestimate risks of government spying1 year 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
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 Security1 year 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 Interests1 year 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
HOMELESS PHOTOJOURNALIST GETS A SECOND CHANCEThis Former Photographer Is Now Homeless, But This Photo Is Giving Him A Second ChanceHOMELESS PHOTOJOURNALIST GETS A SECOND CHANCE7 months ago in Personal More Like This
By Eleanor Goldberg
It’s an image of an unusual twist of fate.
Back in November, while walking in New York City's Union Square, Benjamin Lowy -- a photographer with Getty Images' reportage group -- stopped to chat with a homeless man who was holding a particularly "interesting" sign, he told The Huffington Post. It read: "Give selflessly and you will reap endlessly."
Lowy quickly learned that the two had more in common than he ever could have expected.
The homeless man, Scott Sutton, said he had worked as a photojournalist and then as a darkroom manager for Archive Photos, a group that Getty Images eventually bought. The pair found that they knew a lot of the same co
Places XIIIPlaces XIII1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
The dark, the wonderful, the mysterious, the enchanted, the abandoned.
Wash by ZerberuZ
a kitchen by ZerberuZ
Psf by ZerberuZ Kuppersbusch by ZerberuZ
Lumiere et le tapis rouge by ZerberuZ Hall Of Light by ZerberuZ
Two pillars by xMAXIx
NSA shares surveillance data with Justice Dep't.Joan McCarterNSA shares surveillance data with Justice Dep't.1 year 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
New Snowden Documents Show NSA Targeted GoogleSLATENew Snowden Documents Show NSA Targeted Google1 year 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
Permitted usage of the photos (Updated)UPDATE: Please scroll down for a list of frequently asked questions.Permitted usage of the photos (Updated)5 years ago in Personal More Like This
Since I get a lot of requests from people asking whether they could use my photos for reference, I thought I'd lose a few words about what's permitted and what's not.
If you want to use the photos for reference - feel free. After all, the moment you look at it, it turns into a reference in your brain anyways I would appreciate if you could link back to either www.lupinity.com (preferred) or my dA page though. And I'd love to see the outcome of it all, if you are willing to show
Please note, however, that referencing does not equal copying. Simply painting over a photo (tracing) or reproducing it in any other way (sometimes referred to as "heavy referencing" or re-painting by some artists) is not what I would call referencing. Doing that for practice and strictly non-profit personal stuff is okay, but I certainly wouldn't like to see prints of something like this sold.
If you want to use the pho
Ukraine News - World war three and economicsEDIT XIX. :Ukraine News - World war three and economics10 months ago in Personal More Like This
The Ukraine has accused Russia of attempting to start a third world war and trying to take military and political control of Ukraine. The prime minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, has stated that Russia is to blame for the entire Ukraine crisis, for destabilising the country and for the diplomatic emergency this has caused.
(Author's comment: Well duh . . . )
Prime minister Yatsenyuk has openly stated that any soldier in a foreign uniform crossing the border of Ukraine will be shot at without hesitation.
The Hague tribunal will be investigating the killings which happened during the Euromaidan protests. The new Ukrainian government has requested help in the investigation and will abide by their decision.
The Ukrainian Army has started a blockade of Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine, Donetsk Oblast, which is currently under Russian rebel control. This is a more calm approach since during the last clash there were ov