A public service announcementDuring the years of the George W. Bush administration a new modus operandi was forged for the GOP through both actions and (even on a couple of occasions) direct statements: "Facts are irrelevant." Since the 2008 election many of the loudest voices in the the GOP (and their media cheerleaders) have pursued that approach with gusto. Perhaps their greatest monument to that practice has been in characterizing the Affordable Care Act ("ACA" aka "Obamacare"). The result has been a confused citizenry that is uncertain whether lies, repeated after being dis-proven, must somehow be true. That can be seen in many of the recent man on the street interviews and polls that have gone viral – perhaps the most telling among them are the ones asking people the ignorance-revealing question if they like "the Affordable Care Act" better than "Obamacare".A public service announcement5 months ago in Personal More Like This
It's hard to discuss the facts around issues like these without being labeled "politically biased"… and I fully admit my polit
How I almost had the coolest thing in my basement.So I was walking down the tunnel at the Oval last night and I saw a flyer and standing next to the flyer was a team. It basically said: "Adopt a Hockey Player." No, really. It's an entire team. It came with a phone number so OF COURSE I immediately call them.How I almost had the coolest thing in my basement.1 year ago in Personal More Like This
ME: "You're getting rid of hockey players?"
Them: "Um. No. We're looking for host homes for the players. They just need their own room, a place to shower and do laundry, and food available for them."
ME: "You mean I can put a hockey team in my basement?"
Them: "Well, at least two, and upwards of four."
ME: "Four WHOLE hockey players?"
Them: "Oh don't worry, we'll compensate you for them."
ME: "Let me get this straight, you'll pay me to keep four hockey players in my house?"
Them: "And just to clarify, you just need to keep the fridge stocked. They eat a lot. But you don't have to actually cook for them."
ME: "So you'd pay me to have a hockey team in my house, and
Oct. Features / Good Hooks seen on devARTHere is a small sample of good hooks seen on deviantART:Oct. Features / Good Hooks seen on devART5 months ago in Personal More Like This
I was born in the eye of a hurricane during a shoot-out with the then queen of England.
i mean this was my childhood - / watching the nightly news / watching the cities burn.
The World's Greatest Actor, now a father, prepared lunch for his three childen.
You can't have it all but you can have the glazed heat burning from the blacktop like a fire hydrant. You can have the jingle of keys swinging from your hip with each stride.
An aging bull, bespectacled and leaning on a fencepost, begins his lecture before all the attentive animals in the farmyard of Cup 'o' tea.
There was a young weaver who worked day and night at his craft. He worked so hard, in fact, that fairy-folk and elves came from surrounding villages to see him.
A dark shadow, he sees the world and walks among us. He is seen by few, but known
Daily Literature Deviations for June 3rd, 2013Daily Literature Deviations for June 3rd, 20139 months ago in Art Features More Like This
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Daily Literature Deviations for March 24th, 2013Guidelines | How to Suggest a DLD | Group Administrators | Affiliation | Chatroom | Current Staff OpeningsDaily Literature Deviations for March 24th, 20131 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Daily Lit Deviations for March 24th, 2013
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Who Has Faith In Big Brother?Well, this has been a most eventful week to say the least. Not only was it revealed that the IRS targeted conservative groups and that the Justice Department seized AP phone records, but also that the Obama administration has backed an FBI plan for a sweeping overhaul of surveillance laws, which, if anything, will make incidents like the former two more frequent.Who Has Faith In Big Brother?10 months ago in Personal More Like This
And you know what's the scariest part? It's not that scandals like this occur. Far from it. Both the Bush and Obama administrations have made the surveillance state so commonplace that they might as well plaster posters on every street corner telling us how "Big Brother is watching!"
No, the sc
Thoughts about communityCommunity is a word that is used on dA a lot. It's a huge part of the site and the main reason why I love this place so much and have stuck around for so many years, even when I haven't had time to indulge in my art or felt like sharing it for whatever reason. I've made true friends here who I care for deeply and can't imagine not using dA in some capacity to keep in touch with all of you wonderful people.Thoughts about community10 months ago in Art Features More Like This
The thing with a community, in my opinion, is that it's kind of a by-product. I don't mean that in a bad or belittling way. What I mean is that you can't actually force a community to thrive, or even to exist. You can provide a context (like a website or a message board or a physical-world organisation) and tools (like comments or chat features online or a room to meet in for offline events). You can invite people to join in, encourage them to interact and even moderate destructive or negative behaviour but you can't make a community - it's something that happens by itself, th
Morrowind FeatureMorrowind Feature2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The Elder Scrolls III Morrowind is my favourite game of all time, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. I've been planning for awhile to put together a game-inspired feature; unfortunately, it is very hard to find genuine fan art since most Morrowind-related deviations on dA are game screenshots (or manipulations thereof), and I found only a limited number of devs I could use.
For those unfamiliar with the game, Morrowind is an open-ended first-person RPG with an expansive and detailed world, released in 2002. The central plot concerns the deity Dagoth Ur, housed within the volcanic Red Mountain, who seeks to gain power and break Morrowind free from Imperial reign. In addition to the extensive main quest, there are detailed discursive quests for a variety of factions, including various guilds, religious organizations, and aristocratic houses.
Lord Voryn Dagoth had been a good friend of Lord Indoril Nerevar, but they tu
Download a Stack in a ZipHey FolksDownload a Stack in a Zip2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
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(Please Read) Indefinite Hiatus...http://veggie55.deviantart.com/art/Farewell-323464665 Some of you may have picked up on it....(Please Read) Indefinite Hiatus...2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Before anything, just allow me to tell just how much I have adored and cherished the love, kindness, support and friendship I have gained from all of you who cared to view what I'd drawn.
Doing these silly (And usually illogical/disturbing) comic-strips and images has literally been one of the highlights in my life, as cheesy and cliché as that may sound, I swear, it's absolutely true. Ever since way back when I started with my couple of watchers right up to this moment with over 19'000 watchers, breaking the 1'000'000 pageview milestone and having amassed over 10'000'000 hits, logging into this account and seeing many, many supportive remarks and friendly comments, watching the favourites rise steadfastly on each deviation, seeing others willing to try improve their own, or return, to drawing (Despite the fact that I still do not wish to be titled as a
Vampire CollegeThe other day, my dad handed me a printout of an article from a conservative website about going to college. Dad does this from time to time, I think because he suspects I'm a filthy liberal, and wants to send a few shots across the bow to see if I fire back. I usually don't, because I've been through enough warfare to have a better idea of when to pick my battles.Vampire College1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Well, I won't reference the article directly, but the gist of it was that college is a bit of a costly venture that doesn't always yield the results it promises for the price of admission, and may actually do more harm than good. (High schoolers, meditate on that for a minute, please)
Now, the article itself sort of descended into a screed about how colleges just crank out liberals anyway, and liberals tend to vote Democrat, and we should just bust the whole thing up because dear God, we need conservative voters or they'll have a WOMAN in the White House next...
...Which is unfortunate, because "liberal conspiracy" aside, I
Trust me, I'm publishedWith all the absolutely solid stuff floating around about avoiding scams, I wanted to take a look at when you can and can't trust what someone is saying.Trust me, I'm published5 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
Before I get into that, here are the journals I have in mind:
All these guys have a good chunk of real-world publishing experience. Specifically, SadisticIceCream and DorianHarper have or are currently working directly with well-established publishers, and I'm pretty sure tiganusi would voodoo death me if I made shit up so you'll have to ask him what he's done.
(PinkyMcCoversong has a ton of resources and industry experience, and vglory is a local deity at Absolute Write, plus an expert in the world of erotica. Beccalicious does scripty things, LiamSharp posted a great article on getting into the comics industry, and if I think of others, I'll add 'em. There are a lot of people here w
Addressing Journals as Deviations!I wanted to address the controversy surrounding Journals as Deviations so that we're all on the same page.Addressing Journals as Deviations!2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
We collected a list of comments from the release article and some journals and here they are, with my responses for all to see.
First, part of being in a community is being understanding. deviantART Staff faces this daily as we understand member concerns and try our best to serve you.
In situations like the one we face right now with Journals, I ask you to be understanding with us as we battle with difficult circumstances balancing the needs of millions of members.
Any change we make creates frustration, but if we do not make changes then we are killed by change itself.
Questions & Answers:
Q: Were people complaining about the old journal system at all? Because I think people were rather happy with it. I know I was. And can't you give people t
Deviants who offer Points commissionsThis journal was first posted in 2012 and although it has been updated various times since then, I'm no longer updating it or adding anyone new to it as of January 2014.Deviants who offer Points commissions2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
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If you're looking for a specific type of commission, simply use Ctrl+F, type in what you want (literature, drawing, polymer clay, digital, animation, colouring, icons, logos, design, tutorials, stamps, emotes, vector, 3D, pixel dolls, photography, photomanipulation, space art, terragen, digital art, journal skins, journal scripts, wallpapers, comics, fractals, journal css, gallery css, cosmetic application, craft) and your browser will do the hard work for you!
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Art Imitates Life Imitates Art Imitates Life...Star Trek: The Seekers was a series of faux book covers I did for a faux Star Trek spin off, set in an alternate universe where NBC execs had better sense than to pull the plug on the original show after the third season. I did the Seekers covers because I had so much fun doing revisions of all the Blish novels and wasn't quite ready to stop playing with the idea. So there they are…books one through five. If only they could be real…Art Imitates Life Imitates Art Imitates Life...7 months ago in Personal More Like This
Apparently the writing team behind the landmark Star Trek: Vanguard series saw them and had the same wish… only they had a few more strings that they could pull (and talent to push) to make it happen. And next year it will! Apparently the writing team saw my covers when they were fishing around for new project ideas and it clicked with them – both the cover format and the general series tone/concept. I got the call by David
Working @ UbisoftNot even kidding, though my contract is only for two months so far. I was offered a unique opportunity to work alongside experts in the industry, and was recruited for concept art, illustration, and storyboarding, bouncing around to see where I might fit with my toony style. It's only been day one so far, but I'm working right alongside professionals and get to learn from them first-hand. Pretty sure I'm still reeling. Obviously I can't tell you what we're working on due to confidentiality agreements, but it's pretty cool to see all the behind-the-scenes action my own self.Working @ Ubisoft1 month ago in Personal More Like This
Unfortunately, this does mean a significant stall in my (slow) progress on HAT, my animation-to-be. While working at LASALLE I literally spent every minute animating if I wasn't busy assisting teachers; now the only time I'll have to work on it will be when I get home, and on the weekends. Finishing the illustrations for Voltaire's upcoming children's book
awesome!!!so much awesomeness!!awesome!!!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
really beautifull elly!
and wee more!!
Thank God there are people like you. by jeditoby Mistletoe by Anodesu
also YAY! look! a wallpaper^^
Wallpaper It's Aliveee! (1920x1080) by arkadeievitch
original inspirational drawings by my husband
his asisstants hips were nice... by nebezial the doctor will see you now.... by nebezial
I AM SO HAPPY!! thank you so much!! it makes my day every time someone sends me a link with a new drawing!! you people are amazing!! *__*
on a completly unrelated note, Elly cant draw to save her life XD
CONTEST TIME! Deadline Has Now Passed!Contest is now closed for submissions! I have received sixteen lovely entries, which can be perused here.CONTEST TIME! Deadline Has Now Passed!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
STATUS: JUDGING IN PROGRESS
Remember that thing?
Of course you do.
Well, here's your chance, because it's the grand prize in this contest.
As it is a physical object, the winner will need to be okay with giving out a mailing address.
Now, because literature is woefully under-appreciated, this is going to be a writing contest. Yes, you heard me, writing.
What I want to see is a story with that dreamcatcher in it. I don't care what genre you go for or how long or short the story is, but the dreamcatcher must be present in the story somewhere, somehow; anything from a brief mention to the crux of the entire plot. Random piece of art on the wall? Ancient artifact of... something? Magic
Faux Propaganda ArtFaux Propaganda ArtFaux Propaganda Art1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Propaganda I by Yuujakumi
Nov 15, 2012 by techgnotic
The Comfort of Mindless Obedience
When is information true and useful and when is it just “propaganda?” Why in fact is an image or phrase or animated art sequence “propaganda” rather than it simply being a “lie?” What about acceptable lies that define our society as much as they degrade it - - for example commercials that obviously hype a product with untruths or political advertisements full of unachievable platitudes.
animal farm propaganda
Traditional publishing isn't 'The Man.'To reassure you I'm not a crazy person, here's my background in professional creative writing, i.e., the kind that gets you money and doesn't do anything useful for business practices.Traditional publishing isn't 'The Man.'7 months ago in Literature Features More Like This
I've been printed in several anthologies and magazines. I've had this account since I was an idiot kid, and the Internet is forever, so I can't link you to specifics.One of the groups I'm in. (Although that's more the design side. Deal wit it.)That time PinkyMcCoversong dragged me to ALA—no, I'm really really not complaining.
I freelance edited for a small press.
Anyway, the forums—and by extrapolation people who don't use the forums—have got a not-substantial, but rather irritating, notion that 'traditional publishing' equals the Big Six (Big Five? If they drop the penguin I will never buy from them again although I will finish this awesome book about the ocean hey you guys it has a turtle on the cover).
And, yeah, t
NARUTO T-SHIRT CONTEST RESULTS!!!Hello folks!!!I'm finally proud to announce that both my T-shirt designs won in the Naruto Shippuuden T-shirt contest!!! WOOOOOOOT!!!NARUTO T-SHIRT CONTEST RESULTS!!!8 months ago in Personal More Like This
I couldn't believe that both of them made it into the finals!!!
But the most incredible thing was that one of them was a Honorable mention and one was chosen by the EDITOR Of NARUTO, Joe Otsuki!!!!
Joe Otsuki!!! THE EDITOR OF NARUTO PICKED MY DESIGN!!!!
I'm so honored I'm still speechless!!! Thank you very much Otsuki-san!!!! You made my day!
Anyway I would like to thank in primis, from the bottom of my heart, all the people who supported me from the beginning of the contest! I really appreciated it and I will never stop saying that!!
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOUUUUUUU!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!
'Just be yourself'As a kid I had problems grasping the meaning of "be yourself". Whenever I asked what it meant, the replies were hardly satisfying. Mostly, I was told NOT to be the way I thought of as ok but to be like the kid next door, because he was so well behaved. Or someone famous, someone rich, because they were successful and the more successful you are, the better.'Just be yourself'5 months ago in Personal More Like This
But even at a very young age I already noticed the contradiction here: how was I supposed to be myself if I was copying someone else? This seemed off.
In the end it wasn't a human who was able to explain the concept of "be yourself" to me.
It was a video game.
With a blue hedgehog.
The first thing I noticed about the game was how happy he looked. He was clearly doing the one thing he loved to do, the one thing he did best. And he made a dent with it.
I was impressed.
And then I was hooked.
And by the time we had traveled through three games, I was certain that I had understood the whole "be yourself" thing. And I adored him for it.
The Monster in The MirrorWatch depthRADIUSThe Monster in The Mirror5 months ago in Art Features More Like This
A Pop Culture Interpretation of The Supernatural
Every culture around the world created gods and other mythical beings by mixing and matching fanged and taloned animal parts—e.g., enormous eagle heads on lions’ bodies—human beings have always seemed to need to believe there are powerful and usually quite vengeful supernatural beings lurking just beyond the candlelight.
Supernatural beings come to serve several purposes:
They kept people on the lighted path of truth and goodness, fearful of exploring beyond;
They were a reminder of the punishment we deser
deviantART and Journal spam: what we're doing!Spam is a constant thorn in the side of every Internet user's daily life. From the mundane to the surreal, these emails appear in our inboxes so frequently, messages from South African attorneys offering $10 million dollars get marked as spam without a second thought to savvy users.deviantART and Journal spam: what we're doing!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
We define spam as the misuse of communication systems to send unsolicited bulk messages indiscriminately to our deviants. Typically, the content of spam messages is aimed at advertising a product that is often counterfeit or potentially malicious. With the rise of social networking, there's been an increase in more direct spamming -- companies who directly target your social network profiles.
"Over the last few years, deviantART has had a small but unfortunate stream of such abuse. Usually, it’s as easy as banning the offending members and moving on to more pressing problems, but recently something happened that caused us to re-evaluate how we handle spam issues."