Japan Journal....day one, 11/11/11Time is certainly displaced. We're not really suffering jet lag but it's obvious our bodies are weirded out by being here.
My girlfriend and I traveled today to Atsugi, about an hour train ride from Tokyo. We had some business to take care of there. It was a bit frustrating because we couldn't get everything done we needed to, but the traveling to and from was delightful.
I was amazed, looking out the train window, there was not ONE piece of litter. I think we traveled 20 miles or more before I saw so much as a tissue paper beside the tracks. The Japanese, even in the less affluent areas, are incredibly tidy.
During the morning commute, the subway trains are packed so full there are literally uniformed individuals called "pushers" whose job it is to shove people into the cars as tightly as possible. As the doors slide shut they get very aggressive and carry out their job of sardine commuter packing very seriously and they do it with smiles and white gloves and a charm that everyo
Japan Trip....more daysNote to self: Getting up early does not mix well with late night drinking. The good news is, I think I'm on track for setting a new personal record for consecutive days with a hang over wait is that good news? It's amazing to me that you can buy beer in vending machines everywhere here. Ugh it's 6:30AM, I'll pass on the beer .for now.Japan Trip....more days3 years ago in Personal More Like This
My legs are sore from walking about 2,000 miles yesterday and my feet already hurt. I love it.
This morning, after crashing a little after 2AM, we got up at 6:30AM to catch the bullet train to Osaka. The train stops several times, so it doesn't always get up to the incredible speeds other ones do. We'll be on one this Sunday that tops out at about 180MPH! It's hard to describe the funny experiences one has on the subways and trains. The crazy visuals of passing another train going the opposite direction when you are only a foot or so apart. Ah these Japanese are so precise. The trains displace so much air that when we
Crossing the LineAlmost 99.9999% of the comments I get on DA are very nice and complimentary. For this I am grateful and appreciative. I also appreciate the occasional criticism that suggests I try a different crop, color, or lens choice. Even after 35 years I feel it is vital to listen to all the input I get because there are occasional jewels of ideas that come from learned professionals and beginning amateurs alike. Sometimes I even like it more when someone who is new to photography makes suggestions because they aren't stifled by the "rules" we all learn when we start out.Crossing the Line3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Recently, I've had a few people say some interesting and absurd things. These comments are related to my having taken down my gallery of nudes. First of all, let me say, my motive for this action was simply time management. I run a business so I don't have time to respond to all the comments or even read them all.
The suggestion has been made that by me removing the nudes, by responding to horrid comments then hiding and blockin
I'm a Puppy!A week or so ago, I read this article that made me laugh and yet feel so sad. Seems there is a guy from India who is in exile and may serve prison time for blasphemy. What he did was investigate what was making a statue of Jesus "weep". Supposedly water is dripping from this statue and people are drinking this "Holy Water" in hopes it will cure their ailments. Tragically, the water is sewage that is seeping up from a leaking pipe! But when this man reported on his findings, the religious were incensed and want him thrown in prison!!!!I'm a Puppy!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I find the story so....well perfectly metaphorical.
I sent this news story to a person I knew, who claims to be very anti church, and it started an email exchange which much to my dismay went ass over teakettle down the hill.
I often post rather anti-religious rant
Grow some balls.I don't mind people voicing that they don't like my work or the content of my silly little cartoons. Most of the time I find it funny! But what really grates is when the individual doesn't have the spine to do so via their day-to-day DA profile.Grow some balls.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
They set up a new one. One which they use to rattle off whatever flatulance they believe passes as worthwhile commentary in the real world, most likely in the wake of mummy and daddy slapping them on the wrist over something - angsty, juvenile pricks that they are.
And juvenile they must be, as anyone with a mite more experience would realise that any weight you hope your words might have is completely lost when someone visits your "slander" profile and reads the numbers "0 Deviations", "0 Favourites", "0 Watchers", "No Journal entries", etc.
It renders your words as vacuous as your gallery.
So if you're going to type stuff like "I feel like some of the smut you draw takes away from the credibility of your art as a whole." or
Boy Scouts and BaptistsI often write rants about religion, so for those who are tired of reading what I have to say about this topic - it might be a good time skip this and have a cup of tea.Boy Scouts and Baptists2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I enjoy reading the daily news and having a cup of coffee every morning. I scan the headlines on my laptop and eat up all the latest scientific discoveries, local weather, and international news. I enjoyed reading about the asteroid that came close to hitting Earth because it reminds me of how fragile and insignificant we are here on our little blue marble. Our place in the Universe is pretty much meaningless in terms of time and space, yet we think we are not only important but THE singularly important species. A silly thought in my book.
Also in the news I read this: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/31/southern-baptists-to-urge-churches-and-members-to-cut-boy-scout-ties/?hpt=hp_t2 It seems a group of humans 16 million strong can't associate with another group of humans because of who they choose to love. It mak
Today, I am HeartbrokenThis past week our nation witnessed one of the most horrific violations in history. A beast that I refuse to name, planned and then killed 12 people in a theatre in Colorado. I won't go into details of how, why, or who committed this atrocity.Today, I am Heartbroken3 years ago in Personal More Like This
What I WILL address is the idea of our Constitutional "right to bear arms". The misconstrued perception of this "right", saddens and confuses me. The archaic belief that having a gun in our houses will enable us to "defend ourselves" is not only statistically improbable, it is metaphorically AND literally unsettling to those who live with us. A loaded gun in a house says,"I don't trust people", "I am afraid someone will break in and hurt us", and also "I am willing to shoot to kill another human being".
If you have a gun in your house and it is NOT loaded, the statistical probability of you being able to get to it, load it, and confront a home invader AND for the outcome of that confrontation to be positive in ANY way, is insignificantly small.
Everything is Beautiful...NOT!In the 1960s, Ray Stevens wrote a song titled "Everything Is Beautiful" and it won him a grammy. Perhaps it was the idealism of those times or maybe a personal philosophy that gave birth to this song. It starts out with children singing "Jesus Loves the Little Children", a song I remember singing in church when I was a child.Everything is Beautiful...NOT!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
"Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world"
Like Disney's "It's a Small World", this song has a worm like infectious tune that rolls around in your brain like a marble in a barrel. A child, once he has learned this song, will hum it, whistle it, and sing it until adult ears bleed. Not only is the tune contagious, the lyrics are ideal and Pollyanna to the point of near myopic blindness.
After one chorus of "Jesus Loves the Little Children", Mr. Stevens' song moves into his "Everything Is Beautiful, in It's Own Way" mantra.
The notion he pu
Kim Jong-il is Kim Jong-deadHere are some of the things that The Supreme Leader, the Dear Leader, the General, Lodestar of the 21st Century and Eternal President, Kim Jong-il has been (no joke) credited with:Kim Jong-il is Kim Jong-dead3 years ago in Personal More Like This
* Even before his birth, the future leader of North Korea was triggering miracles. Official biographers say his birth in a cabin on the slopes of Baekdu Mountain in February 1942 was foretold by a swallow and heralded by a double rainbow. When he was born, a new star appeared in the night sky.
* The first time he picked up a golf club, in 1994, Kim reportedly shot a 38-under par round on North Korea's only golf course, including 11 holes-in-one. He then decided to retire from the sport for ever.
* Kim has the ability to alter the weather simply through the power of thought.
* The fledgling leader was a genius as an infant, with official North Korean biographies stating that he had learned to walk at just 3 weeks and was talking at 8 weeks.
* As a junior high school pupil in Pyongyang, he corrected and chasti
Art HistoryArt History3 years ago in Personal More Like This
- What is Art History -
Art History is a Community Relations Project - looking at the History of the genres and art we love today.
This is open to any member of dA. CV's, Senior members, Beta testers, Subbed and Unsubbed accounts - EVERYONE.
Over the last year we have brought you exciting articles and features from the various genres of Art. We are now going to move into the second wave of this Project, by working through chronologically.
What we now want is for anyone with any interest in Art History to sign up!
The Adventures of Squicken... Week OneMy name is Cameron Michael but all my friends call me "Squicken". It's a mixture of "Squid" (what Mommy calls my Dad) and "Chicken" (what Daddy calls my Mommy). I was born last Tuesday the 18th, and have learned SO MUCH that I asked Dad if I could write about it here in his journal.The Adventures of Squicken... Week One3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Dad gave me permission so here goes my first attempt at writing. Don't judge me too harshly because I'm only a week old and I've got my hands full trying to learn stuff. For instance, eyes!!! Wow, eyes are tough to control! It's hard to focus them and move them all around. I can't really see all that well yet but I think I recognize Mom and Dad and I CERTAINLY recognize a fine nipple, which makes Dad proud. Of course, I don't have much experience with other nipples but, I have time to fix that.
I spent a few days in ICU (Mom, Dad, and I called it "jail") at the hospital because Mom ran a fever during birth and the docs said they found some indication of infection in the blood samples they took from me
[PlzIcons Archive]Directory | FAQ & Rules | Promotions[PlzIcons Archive]4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hey let's make a collection of Naruto characters plz-icons and stamps! As there are so many plz-icons and stamps out there we'll need your help in making this collection thrive! Post your icons in the comments and we'll add them as well!
If you're wondering, here is how you can actually use plz-icons and stamps.
They can be used in comments, journal entries and in your dA-ID. To use a specific icon, take a look at what the name of the icon is, and then do the following.
-copy the name of the icon, for example, narutoplz
-enter the name along with ':icon' in front of it and end it with ':' (it should look like this :iconnarutoplz:)
-if you're uncertain whether or not you've got the right icon (or if it's actually going to work), click 'preview' next to the 'submit' button
Project Educate: Fan Art Week 2011Project Educate: Fan Art Week 20113 years ago in Personal More Like This
Fan Art Week!
November 21-27 is Project Educate: Fan Art Week. TommyGK and alexandrasalas will be updating this journal daily with links to all the news articles and events, so stay tuned!
Monday, November 21:
Project Educate: Fan Art Week - IntroductionFan Art in CosplayFan Art Tutorials: CosplayFeature: Old SchoolInterview with XII-ItachiInterview with sakimichanThe 2011 FAN-tastics - [#Anthro]
Tuesday, November 22:
Fan Art in EmoticonsFan Art Tutorials: TraditionalFeature: Rare Fan Art
[Characters Birthdays] January B-days!Directory | FAQ & Rules | Promotions[Characters Birthdays] January B-days!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
01 - Maito Gai
02 - Tatami Iwashi
04 - Haku
06 - Danzou
Danzou by karka92Danzou by TheFresco
06 - Ebizou
ebizou by valentinandujar
08 - Hyuuga Hiashi, Hyuuga Hizashi
Hizashi Hyuga by ApostollHiashi Hyuuga by ShinoharaaHyuuga Hizashi by Huudel
09 - Haku
Haku by BarleeHaku by paintpixelNaruto and Haku by dragonfly-world
19 - Gaara
gaara by wickedmikelGaara by ayumi-studioGaara of the Sand by yuumeigaara by daennah
23 - Aburame Shino
Aburame Shino... by UchihaItachiAkatsukiShino by hyperboosterAburame Shino by agra19
24 - Yamanaka Inoichi
Inoichi Yamanaka by jesterry83 by crepusculaeInoichi Yamanaka by Alakazum
25 - Minato Namikaze (4th Hokage)
Kushina+Minato by Athena-chanYondaime Hokage by kunoichi-sanYondaime by tiffa
Free Avatar: La Birthday Caek by FreeAvatarProject Congratulations! Free Avatar: La Birthday Caek by FreeAvatarProject
Cake bullet - FREE TO USE by Rueile January
Interview with Masashi Kishimoto in Word AnimeInterview with Masashi Kishimoto in Word Anime2 years ago in Personal More Like This
★Interview with Masashi Kishimoto in "Word Anime" ★
here is the interview in English, thank you very much to :iconlindewurm: for translating =^u^=
here is in Spanish: :iconddrarrowrightplz: http://www.worldanime.tv/?p=50270 :iconddrarrowleftplz:
Q: When was the first time you considered becoming a mangaka, and why?
Masashi Kishimoto: In the period between second and fourth grade, I was obsessed with the Dr. Slump anime and the Dragonball manga by Akira Toriyama sensei. I loved his characters. I was especially fond of Arale from Dr. Slump and Goku from Dragonball. Plus
About Daily Deviations - Please read (UPDATED)Hello everyone! I hope the new year has found you well and positive.About Daily Deviations - Please read (UPDATED)3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Today, I want to talk about something that's been on my mind for quite a long time: Daily Deviation suggestions.
But it wasn't until I read Lyricanna's There is no nice way to say it but and alicexz's New DD Suggestion rule that I felt the need to echo their words and add my two cents.
Quality of art: When sending a Fan Art suggestions, please bear in mind that I want to feature unique works. The best of a fanartist's gallery. What I look for in a Fan Art Daily Deviation is not cuteness. Cute just doesn't cut it, like Lyricanna said. I search for emotions, technical skill (composition, shading, colour, etc), interaction of the characters with their surroundings and other characters. I'm looking for pieces that tell me a story and/or show emotion. Of course, there ar
GOOD NEWS about my DOUJIN ^o^My doujin is already being printed!!!GOOD NEWS about my DOUJIN ^o^3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
[Bullet; Green] They told me it will take them 3-7 days plus the shipping.... I think I'll have the copies at home by next week [I've got my fingers crossed.].
I think I'll sell it soon finally, so interested people please take an eye on the upcoming journals because I'll do the announcement as soon as I get the parcel at home.
[Bullet; Green] PRICE: It will be around 15 dollars (11.9 euros) + shipping cost to your country ^^ But I'll give you more details the day I launch it.
[Bullet; Green] I also did a cute video presentation for you, like a little doujin preview :> I'll submit it soon.
[Bullet; Green] I'm so excited because it's the first time I could say I feel proud of some doujin I'd done (it has nothing to do with my previous ones). Here you are few prewiews:
Need....foood.You know that weird, light headed feeling you get when you haven't eaten anything for a while?Need....foood.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The world goes all woozy and you feel like you might pass ourtftrfgrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
My Website - NEW LINKS!!! Please save them![Save the links now or fav this journal if you want to check them later]My Website - NEW LINKS!!! Please save them!2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Just wanted to announce that I have new links for my 2 Crimson Garden WEBSITES (the normal one and the R18 one) because now the new ones are shorter and easier to remember ^^
Crimson Garden http://kaoyux.tk/Crimson Garden R18 I can't give you a DIRECT link to my adult site due to dA policies, but let me give you an easy TIP that will help you to find the link so easily It's the SAME link than the one above, but you only need to replace "kaoyux" with "crimsongarden".
*NOTE: The OLD links WORK TOO! They are the same websites but I'd prefer the new link as the official ones because they are simpler.
FOLLOW ME HERE TOO
Project Ed Tutorials: PhotographyPhotography In a sense feels like it would be simple enough for the most part.Project Ed Tutorials: Photography3 years ago in Personal More Like This
You use the device in your hands to look at something and you press a button to capture the image you want.
That's the gist of it, but there's considerably more to it than that, especially if you want to take something that accurately represents your intentions.
For Project Educate, I'll be featuring some deviation tutorials on Photography that I like and hope that you yourself will find useful as a budding, seasoned or humbled expert photographer.
They will be broken down in the form of Technical and Creative tutorials. Some will be focused on numbers and basic ideas to compose and make a quality photo and others will be focused on what you can do with those techniques to make advanced visual creations.
For the most part, these tutorials apply to anyone that owns a camera, whether it be your compact, point and shoot or a DSLR.
Shutter Speed -
how to scam an artist... be careful!!!I decided to share an article!how to scam an artist... be careful!!!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
it's very important because we are exposed to a threat.
A guide on "how to hire an artist" to take advantage of the innocence of talented artists.
I received many STRANGE requests but I never answered!
The world has no respect for the members of deviantart!
we are not stupid bitches ಠ_ಠ
I don't know how to comment! read it! SHARE IT here or on facebook
and be careful! Don't underestimate yourself!
Cold, dead hands.I'm not going to personally voice an opinion on guns in America. I don't live there and as such: I really don't care how its people live their lives.Cold, dead hands.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I will say, however, that guns in general scare the crap out of me. Seeing, with my own eyes, CO19 march past me while in London and SO18 (http://www.eliteukforces.info/police/) patroling Heathrow sent shivvers down my spine, and those are the guys who know exactly how to implement deadly force quickly, but are trained not to.
If I saw a random, untrained guy in the street with a gun (which is unlikely, thankfully, given that gun control laws here make it damn near impossible to buy even toy firearms) I'd probably soil myself.
In light of everything, though, I think attention should be directed to an amusing clip from the very, very dead (and, be warned; foul mouthed) Bill Hicks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MEzCtyRWP8
NEW WEBSITE and ARTISTIC ID!!! - Please readHi, I'm Ireal, now Kaoyux.NEW WEBSITE and ARTISTIC ID!!! - Please read2 years ago in Personal More Like This
( +fav this journal if you want to keep the links or check them all later. Too much info )
I've been thinking about a new artistic ID for so many reasons since long ago (I hope you get used to my new name soon ^^)
I just wanted to inform you all that I closed my Crimson Garden website (the Censored version) and re-designed it. The link also changed, so please, if you already saved it in the past add the new one to your bookmars and delete the previous one.
I really love the new Crimson Garden design. It looks clean and simple, you'll see :iconmonkeyloveplz:
Also I want to take this opportunity to share a LIST of my other links, my "Networking" links, since I already changed a few accounts too. Keep in mind I'll not use my old Ireal or Ireal70 accounts anymore. They are already INACTIVE.
Please feel free to add me or follow me here:
CRIMSON GARDEN Website