Lamar Smith is at it again.Lamar Smith, the creator of the two notorious SOPA and PIPA bills, just seems to want to censor everything. After SOPA and PIPA were suspended indefinitely after such overwhelmingly loud opposition from various websites and lawmakers, Lamar is trying to create ANOTHER bill which is almost as bad as the two previous ones combined.
This bill (which uses Child Pornography as it's cover) would effectively track every time you look at your bank statement or use a credit card online, and force IP service providers to record your credit card and billing statement info, along with your recent internet search histories, and store them in a "secure" place for 18 months. Anything which looked "suspicious" would immediately be flagged to allow the government to step in.
Since billing statements and online transactions are so common these days, this bill would, In effect, be monitoring everything everyone
SOPA Defeated... for now.It looks like SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) has been officially defeated in Congress ( http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/115265-U-S-Congress-Shelves-SOPA ). During the past week SOPA has had a very difficult time as opposition started to pour in.SOPA Defeated... for now.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
To try and appease everyone they removed the dreaded DNS blocking part of the bill (which honestly was the one part of the bill which was freaking everyone out), but it didn't help. The DNS blocking was the part of the bill which stated that if a website was suspected of having copyrighted material, even tangentially related, the whole website would be blocked. Even without that, though, the bill was still a horrible unclear mess.
The Obama administration finally stepped in on which side of the fence they were on, and thankfully for us all they were opposed to the bill too ( http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/01/13/obama-administration-responds-we-people-petitions-sopa-and-online-piracy ). On top of that, many prominent websites p
Perception on the InternetYour average user on the internet can generally say whatever they want about an issue. It's alright to voice an opinion because no one is really going to track you down and attack you for having one (unless you're doing it in a really really public place like a forum or chat room). However, as I've become somewhat popular online, I've noticed a perception from people that I must maintain a neutral and unbiased outlook at all times on every issue.Perception on the Internet3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Regardless of what that issue is I'm not generally free to express my opinion without first listing a whole bunch of qualifiers for "why" I feel this way, or by making it very clear that it's OK for you to disagree. You are not allowed to "sum up" an experience, and it's greatly discouraged for you to generalize. I've notice that this mentality has greatly affected my writing style as it forces me to tip toe very carefully around every issue I address.
Using my most famous example: I am not allowed to say that I enjoyed Metroid: Othe
Internet Copyrights 101Since there was an app recently on Facebook which resulted in numerous copyright infringements and legal issues, I figured now would be a good time to refresh everyone on basic internet copyright rules. These rules are by no means complete, official, or set in stone, and there are always exceptions.Internet Copyrights 1013 years ago in Personal More Like This
Follow the TOS
This should be self explanatory, but please follow the Terms of Service agreements you signed for whatever website you're currently on. Not all websites have the same rules and restrictions in their TOS and you should treat each site individually and not expect that since you got away with something on one site means you'll get away with it on another. Most websites do not allow uploading of content that is not your own.
Ask permission first.
A lot of copyright infringement happens because people don't bother to take the time to ask the original creators if it's alright to repost. It usually doesn't take much effort to send an e-mail or note asking for pe
GEEK OUT!I'm sick of the internet censorship bills. So let's geek out about other stuff instead!GEEK OUT!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Anybody see the latest My Little Pony episode? Holy hell... they actually had "derpy hooves" in the episode and Rainbowdash herself SAYS her name is "Derpy." Even if you don't like MLP:FiM, the fact that the creators of the series went so far as to take a fan created character (fan created in the sense that fans named a unintended background character mistake), use her fan given name (which happened to be meme-tastic) and not only acknowledge it but to actually PUT it into an episode like that... wow. I have a feeling this is kinda the next step of fanbase and media building. And it's awesome! So yeah... "Derpy Hooves" is 100% legit now.
Been watching a lot of minecraft tutorials on mechanisms and machines. Some of them are absolutely insane, and some of them are actually practical. I would very much like to build a "stronghold" in my world which is completely enemy defense proof. Automatic drawbrid
Facebook Art Theft AppThere's a facebook app which essentially takes comics from around the web and puts them all together in one place. However, it bypasses links to the original source material and even worse it encourages users to donate to the creator of the app.Facebook Art Theft App3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Essentially this guy is making money off us web comic creator's hard earned work that we normally give away for free.
Links for the people who want to stay more informed: http://team4d.deviantart.com/journal/A-NEW-KIND-OF-ART-THEFT-WEB-ARTISTS-BEWARE-278974603 http://www.korybing.com/post/15704334457/choochoobear-thunt-of-the-webcomic-goblins
I've reblogged this on tumblr and made a post about it on facebook. Please try to spread the word about this if you can.
EDIT: The app's name is not Something Positive. That's actually one of the comics the app is stealing from. Apparently the app changes it's name depending on the comic it's ripping off. There are about 161 web artists (not all necessarily comic related) who's work are being misused.
Sins of an ArtistI've been under fire recently for having the audacity to admit publicly that improving my art has never been, and never was, an ultimate goal of mine. Apparently that's like committing some sort of mortal sin in the art community. I've had trouble expressing myself about it too, because brushing off improvement for improvement sake makes me look like I'm uncaring, egocentric, and stubborn. But after a recent post I was given much more clarity in understanding the issue and I wanted to share my thoughts with you.Sins of an Artist3 years ago in Personal More Like This
In the recent exchange I was basically told this: "If doing what you love isn't about dedicating your life to improving your art, you aren't an artist."
Maybe I'm old fashioned, but making art has never been solely about the technical expertise. Even in college, outside the handful of foundation courses you take in freshman year, perfection of the craft is often secondary to concepts and ideas and your ability to evoke feelings and emotions in your audience.
Community Week Round-UpRavenswd and I had the honor of hosting the Emoticon Community Spirit this past week. As part of the festivities, we conducted 7 days of emoticon-related polls, features and fun.Community Week Round-Up3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
To view Days 1 to 5 Features, click here ---> http://mirz123.deviantart.com/journal/Spirit-Week-Features-Day-5-270156392?
To view Day 6 Features + the Hat contest, click here ---> http://mirz123.deviantart.com/journal/Contest-18-entries-amp-NaNoEmo-Day-6-270156362?
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The polls we conducted posed various different questions to the community. Here's a bit of a recap of the answers. To see the full results (everything could not be included here), visit the individual polls!
Comm Week Poll 1: Name your top 3 fave emoticonists. http://mirz123.deviantart.com/journal/poll/2415256/
:iconmintyy: :iconprosaix: :iconphlum: :iconseiorai: :iconsparklydest: :iconsynfull: :iconKath602: :iconsynfull: :ico
Derpy Hooves vs HasbroSo it has come to my attention that recently Hasbro has (possibly?) ordered a cease and desist letter to WeLoveFine.com for selling Derpy Hooves related T-shirts. This, coupled with the mysterious disappearance of the episode "The Last Roundup" (which is the one where Derpy talks) from iTunes has gotten fans freaked out and panicky. The general belief is that Hasbro wants to stop the cannoning of internet named Derpy from the MLP series due to the backlash of people getting angry for them for doing so in the first place. Petitions are going up ( http://www.change.org/petitions/hasbro-studiosthe-hub-do-not-change-derpys-name ) and blogs are being posted and everyone's going nuts over this.Derpy Hooves vs Hasbro3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here's my two cents:
From browsing around WeLoveFine.com I could see a number of deviantart images being used for T-shirts. Specifically My Little Pony related. Now It's very unlikely that the artists or the website got permission to sell these T-shirts, and whether you like it or not, selling merchan
MinecraftI just got Minecraft and holy hell is it addictive. I've played around with the iPhone app before (building stuff with infinite blocks with no enemies to fear), but I wasn't prepared for how addictive the full version of the game actually is.Minecraft3 years ago in Personal More Like This
To my credit, I had a little help before starting the game by using a seed which spawned me in the middle of a NPC village, thus giving me shelter and resources to survive my first few treacherous nights. But after a few days had passed and I got used to the controls and crafting, I ventured out and built my own little hut and started digging away.
The first few nights were exceptionally scary, even though I was in a nice safe house. But gradually I learned that Creepers are less creepy to me now than they are simply annoying, and I find myself being more creeped out by those ominous Ender Men.
After digging a very inefficient hole near my house and gather up more resources (cobblestone) than I could handle, I decided to venture out and build a bi
Late Lesson LearnedWhile doing research for the new SYAC, I actually stumbled upon something truthful on TVtropes.org. Usually I take everything from that site with a grain of salt, but this one bit actually was surprisingly honest and truthful about webcomics:Late Lesson Learned2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Webcomics work on a very different set of standards than other fiction. Almost all webcomic authors are working pretty much entirely alone as they both draw and script their comics and most do not plan any further along than to the end of their current story sometimes not even that far.
Many of them try to adhere to a schedule they aren't really capable of meeting, resulting in them rushing to meet their deadline and making mistakes that should be avoidable. So many of the good 10% lack qualities standard in traditionally professional works. This can be because of the lack of editorial input as well as the lack of lead time. Not all webcomics suffer from this, though, and even the ones that do can still be interesting. Arguably, some str
Emotizine - Volume 3:iconemotizine:Emotizine - Volume 33 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The twice-monthly article covering news, contests, and other happenings all around the deviantART Emoticon Community. We will also feature interviews, art features, and more. This zine is a collective work of many emoticonists. You can see our full staff list, as well as find additional information on emoticon community events by visiting the official zine group Emotizine.
As we have had a few false starts to the zine, we are still kinda setting in. If we missed an item or two, don't be alarmed. Be sure to follow us over the next few weeks as we broaden our features and get things settled.
Editors: SparklyDest and Mirz123
March EMTC - Camping by SparklyDest
Deadline: 29th March
Minecraft update 12w08aPretty small one this week, TBH. The Mojang team has been very busy lately with the launching of the Minecraft inspired lego pack, the 64 hour game-making challenge for charity, and the updating of the iOS pocket edition. Nevertheless the new update does have some nice features...Minecraft update 12w08a3 years ago in Personal More Like This
For starters you can now put stairs upside down. Not a big feature, nor one that really "helps" you play the game. But it is nice for building roofs and curves and helps compliment the building aesthetics better.
There were tweaks and changes to the lighting system, mostly surrounding last week's flub of the lighting effects I suspect. I haven't personally encountered any problems with the lighting, but that's probably due to me playing an already established world and not a new one from scratch...
The biggest change, however, is a new "mob" you can create to help defend villagers. The Iron Golem. Much like the snow golem mob you create by making a snowman and plopping a pumpkin on it's head, the Iron Golem i
The 2011 Emote AwardsRulesThe 2011 Emote Awards3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Nominations open the 17th of December (1:00am MST) and close the 7th of January (1:00am MST), a period spanning exactly three weeks.
You can give your reasoning as to why you nominate, but these are not required. These reasons will not be made known unless the nominee asks for them privately. The nominators who gave the reasons will be kept anonymous.
The winners of each category from last year (2010) are not eligible for the same category. They can, however be nominated for other categories. Example: Say Example won Best ______ Emoticonist last year. This year, I can nominate her (or her work) for any other category except Best ______ Emoticonist.
You cannot nominate stuck-in-suburbia or Kerubimu for any category, as they are not eligible to win any awards.
You cannot nominate yourself for any category.
The period of eligibility is from December 14th
The Harvest Goddess is a B****I've been playing through Harvest Moon: A Tale of Two Towns and it quickly became apparent that the Harvest Goddess needs some sort of medication to keep her emotions in check.The Harvest Goddess is a B****3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Shortly after starting the game I got the cut scene explaining the situation: There exists a place with two towns separated by a mountain connected by a tunnel that goes through said mountain. One day two travelers bumped into each other in the tunnel and raised their voices slightly. The Harvest Goddess promptly stepped in, chastised them for being inconsiderate enough to accidentally bump into each other, then proceeded to bring the whole tunnel down effectively dividing the two towns just to teach them a lesson (stop me if this sounds like Omashu's origin from The Last Airbender).
Having separated the two towns over an insignificantly stupid quarrel, the Harvest Goddess then gets really depressed and decides she can't be bothered to remove the roadblock she put there herself, whereby she turns t
Sonic Generations RantThis is kinda gonna sound bitter because it's an issue with the video game industry that i've been frustrated with for the past decade now, and it's only become supercharged since the Wii came out. So I apologize but this journal is gonna be a bit of a rant.Sonic Generations Rant3 years ago in Personal More Like This
The Importance of Optimization
I really think 3rd party developers are being lazy. When the Wii first came out a lot of 3rd party developers slapped some half-assed party games together and then proceeded to complain that they weren't selling (Gee, I wonder why?). 3 years later when they finally made "hardcore" Wii titles, they didn't advertise the games and then complained that they weren't selling. Frequently they even skip games for the Wii because they can't seem to figure out that HD only refers to screen resolution not graphical limitations.
Case in point, Sonic Generations. I was actually really looking forward to this game. From all reports, Sega finally took what we've been telling them to do for the past 15 years and did
The brilliance of Derpy HoovesAs many of you know in the first season of "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" there was an animation mistake resulting in a background character having googly eyes. Internet fans of the show (bronies) latched on to the character and nick-named her Derpy Hooves.The brilliance of Derpy Hooves3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Since the show has become such a huge internet phenomenon, Hasbro has responded to the appreciation by acknowledging the strange character and inserting her into strange places throughout the second season.
In "Feeling Pinky" she appears as the reason for a number of huge objects dropped from the sky.
In "Luna Eclipse" she appears dressed in a Halloween costume of made of paper bags.
In the Rainbowdash and Fluttershy duet song in "May the Best Pet Win" she creepily peeks her head out of the chicken coop.
In "Sweet and Elite" she appears inconspicuously dressed in her paper bag outfit hidden among fancy ponies during Rarity's musical number.
Hasbro's decision to accept the show's unique internet fame and fanbase is a really am
The ongoing disaster of the PS Vita.This list is for the North American release only. Some details are different in other regions.The ongoing disaster of the PS Vita.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
You cannot transfer your collection of UMD based PSP games to the Vita.
If you want to play the games you already bought for the PSP you must rebuy them.
You have to buy an expensive proprietary memory card if you want to save anything.
Without an expensive proprietary memory card, many Vita games can't be played at all.
The battery life for the Vita is worse than the 3DS's.
Downloaded games are only about 10% cheaper than the same retail version.
AT&T is the service carrier for the Vita.
The cheapest phone plan only nets you 250mb a month.
The device has already been hacked.
The cheapest you can get a Vita (while getting the smallest memory card and cheapest monthly data plan) is roughly $295. If you actually want to get an enjoyable experience out of the device the most expensive that you'd have to pay (including the most expensive memory card and data plans) is $480. Neither of those price
The Emoticon Corner - Volume 1A brand new bi-monthly article featuring emoticons, emoticonists, as well as other fun stuff having to do with emotes. This feature combines, replaces, and re-imagines the "Random Emote Awesomeness" and "Amazing Emoticonists" articles.The Emoticon Corner - Volume 13 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I'm a sucker for pixel vehicles and this one is awesome! Lovely shading.
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Such a sweet gift for a fellow artist. Love how the OCs are done.
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Emotiviews 11 - Interview with =OnionBlitzEmotiviews 11 - Interview with =OnionBlitz3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Welcome to a new Edition of Emotiviews!
The interviewee of this edition is:
:iconcheerplz: :iconOnionBlitz: OnionBlaze :iconOnionBlitz: :iconcheerplz:
opening words of the Artist:
Hai! I don’t really talk too much, so this will probably be the shortest interview you’ll ever see.
1. Programs of choice for emoting?
I use Photoshop.
2. What is your favorite legend emote?
My favourite one is , but the emotes that I use the most are and .
3. How important is shading/size/colour in emotes?
I think shading makes an emote more appealing to look at. Size doesn’t really matter to me. I think the color of an emote depends on the emotion you want to show.
4. Have you told people in real life about your emotes?
SOPAA few months back I wrote a journal about an internet censorship bill that was looking to be passed in the congress. The bill was poorly written, but the broadness of the wording freaked a lot of internet dwellers out. People were scared their favorite websites would be censored or removed completely. Thankfully the bill didn't pass. Unthankfully a new version is going up for vote now and this time it's getting far more support.SOPA3 years ago in Personal More Like This
SOPA = Stop Online Piracy Act
Once again it's very broadly written and could have very serious implications if it gets passed. The bill is written with the expressed purpose of being able to take legal action against online piracy in foreign markets. It seems likely that the bill is meant to snub out piracy sites like ThePirateBay.org, but the wording is so broad that it's very possible that it could have serious repercussions elsewhere.
Yesterday the bill was supposed to be voted on, but it was delayed due to a filibuster. It's currently set to be voted
Goals...?I've been thinking about this for a while now. What exactly do I want to do with comics? What are some of my goals? What's the future hold for my stuff? Here are just a couple of stream of conscious thoughts:Goals...?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I don't want to be big on YouTube, that's for sure. I've never liked getting in-front of the camera, I don't have the time or ambition to work on animations anymore, and I certainly can't crank out videos as fast as some of the big guys over there. It's a huge competition and I just don't want to have anything to do with that. I think my youtube page is marked private and you have to have specific links to view anything. I might make an odd video here or there, but they're most likely just goofy things I do for fun, not for any sort of attention or recognition.
I'm curious about how I should move forward with DA. I think a majority of my haters are outraged that I'm popular on DA and that I'm content with drawing simple cartoons when I'm obviously talented enough to do more comple
Cute Monsters Design Challenge Semi-FinalistsThe votes are tallied, and the Cute Monster Design Challenge semi-finalist results are in! We challenged you, the most talented community of artists, to design a t-shirt that encompasses the endearing sensibilities of a cute monster, and the results are nothing short of awesome.Cute Monsters Design Challenge Semi-Finalists3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Didn't make it into the top 50 Semi-Finalist pool?
Not to worry! This time we're trying something new, in addition to the 2 winners selected from the top 50 semi-finalists, the judges will select an additional winner out of the ENTIRE POOL of entries! So stay tuned to see the final winners announcement, because one will be an entry not mentioned here.
We hope you enjoyed this Design Challenge as much as we did! Check back soon to see the winners, but until then, enjoy the astoundingly cute monsters whose artists made it to the semi-finals!
Merry Christmas Zelda TIMELINE!Nintendo is celebrating Zelda's 25 year anniversary by releasing a Zelda encyclopedia/art book in Japan. From early reports and translations there's something rather unexpected in there... the much sought after Zelda Timeline.Merry Christmas Zelda TIMELINE!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Trying to figure out the Zelda timeline has been a geek pastime for decades, and it's only been made more desirable thanks to Nintendo releasing cryptic responses of both "yes we have one" to "no we don't" over the years. With the caveat that this might all be bunk because it's too early to tell just yet, here is how Nintendo sees the Zelda timeline: http://wii.ign.com/articles/121/1215301p1.html
First up you need to understand one thing... there IS a split in the timeline thanks to Ocarina of Time. Yes the split timeline theory IS correct... sort of. What you probably didn't know is that the split isn't into two alternate timelines resulting from the different endings... but actually THREE timelines. Let me explain...
In chronological order: