Brainwashing Concentration Camps, FOR KIDS!http://www.reddit.com/r/atheism/comments/q6is0/in_september_2009_after_admitting_to_my_parents/
Evidentally several schools like this one exist across the country. They exist to pound the ever-living shit out of kids until they bend to some notion of "normality" (the socially-conservative fundamentalist kind). Your parents' sign away their and your's rights, the school kidnaps you, cuts off all contact from the outside world for you, beats you, tortures you, brainwashes you until you're a broken husk of a human being. Oh, and don't "act up" or they'll send you to Jamaica where it's even easier to cut you off from the rest of the world. And child labor laws are much weaker there.
All to "cure" you being gay, or atheist, or socially awkward, or what have you. For just 3000 a month, your child can be 'normal' too.
And apparently this is legal.
What in the ever loving fuck??
Stylization and Avoiding Being an Art AssholeStumbled on an "anatomy blog" showcasing breakdowns of [mostly] bad art to highlight how broken their anatomy is. Which is fine, it can be a great learning tool and exercise, but finding obviously stylized work by master character designers getting shat on by amateur artists is...frustrating**.Stylization and Avoiding Being an Art Asshole3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Designs like these come from a shape-based theory of character design where anatomy doesn't matter as much as mood and implication. It's part of a design language stretching back to studios like Bauhaus and UPA.
If you're looking at something designed like Kim Possible* and going "HAHA THIS WORK IS SHIT LOOK THEIR HIPS ARE TOO LOW THAT'S NOT HOW PEOPLE ARE BUILT!" you are missing the point. THOSE designers aren't going for verisimilitude. Fidelty wasn't the point. The point is matching the feel of a character and making them match their world.
(*not the show the critique was aimed at, but the design they were ripping on was by Step
Support this Amazingly Beautiful Animal GameYou know what inspired a lot of us? Traditionally animated films of animal stories.Support this Amazingly Beautiful Animal Game10 months ago in Personal More Like This
It's also the inspiration for this game on kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/leagueofgeeks/armello-bringing-tabletop-adventures-to-life
LOOK AT THAT ART!!!!
I really needed to show you because I am ridiculously impressed with their art and design, and thought you guys, being into the same kinda stuff as I, might be as excited as i am to see a game of this quality being created with cool animal characters. I pledged straightaway because they only have a few days to go and hope you'll consider doing the same so this game can get finished (and Im going to need some friends to play with!!)
5 Tips on Self-ControlHighsong got lots of tags, so here's ya'll's reward. For anyone still interested, you can purchase it here: http://www.deviantart.com/users/outgoing?http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004YQBT24 or here: http://www.deviantart.com/users/outgoing?https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/565045 Tips on Self-Control4 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. If your work cannot explain or defend itself, it needs a rewrite. The knee-jerk reaction of most people I run across in writing circles is the manic desire to man the wall of their ego and defend it from all comers. The person in question didnt really come for critique, per se, but validation. They only want to be told how wonderful they are, not that their character is a vomit-inducing Mary Sue described with prose the written equivalent of nails on a chalkboard. Good writing needs no explanation; bad writing deserves none. Its as simple as that. If someone says they didnt understand something fundamenta
this is going to be a long one.spoiler alert for anyone who have not seen the Korra finale.this is going to be a long one.2 months ago in Personal More Like This
also, no hate on this Journal Entries please. Thank you.
the short version,
Korrasami is Confirmed!
from Michael Dantedimartino:
Now that Korra and Asami’s final moment is out in the world, it seems like an appropriate time to express how I feel about it. I didn’t want to say anything right away so the audience could experience the finale for themselves.
The main themes of the Avatar universe have always revolved around equality, justice, acceptance, tolerance, and balancing differing worldviews. In subtle and maybe not so subtle ways, Avatar and Legend of Korra have dealt with difficult subjects such as genocide, child abuse, deaths of loved ones, and post traumatic stress. I took it as a complement when Joanna Robinson of Vanity Fair called the show subversive. There were times even I was surprised we were able to delve into the really tough stuff on a children’s TV network. While the episode
Inherit The DisappointmentFor those who care, my book The Sarcastic Guide To Writing is now available through Amazon for $8. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005TOCC1C 80 pages of stuff: World-Building, Mary Sue Avoidance, and more. In addition, two exclusive essays I wrote just for the ebook about the e-revolution and 30 tips on how to be a successful writer. It's free if you own a Kindle and/or are a Prime member, cause I'm boss like that. Even if you don't buy it, tags would be appreciated and all that stuff. And if you do buy it, you have a chance to get back at me by maybe leaving a review.Inherit The Disappointment3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Trilogy Cycle has had such an impact on my development as a writer that I feel I'd be remiss in not addressing his mess of literature one last time. With the release of the fourth book, it's time for me to close a door. My anger has fled, my fury abated, to be replaced with gleeful schadenfreude that makes me dan
5 Things I Bet Amateur Writers Haven't ConsideredEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Things I Bet Amateur Writers Haven't Considered3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. You will have to reduce your story to one page. This is called the query letter, what you write when you try and land a legit agent or publisher. You basically say "Hey, this is what my story's about, how long it is, and why I chose you to look at it." It is, in my opinion, one of the most difficult things a writer will ever face. All your nuance, your subtle build-ups, your "yes, buts", and your "no, wait, there's more" all have to be condensed to three paragraphs or so. No query letter is really allowed to be longer than one page, because no one has tl;dr worse than a literary agents or his or her minions. Not only that, queries show off your writing style and what you value in terms of story. A good query gets somebody t
What tween/teen show tropes piss you off?What kind of tropes appear in kid's shows about teenage life (grammar school through pre-college/university) that you feel are inaccurate or need to disappear? The kinds of things that make it obvious whoever is writing grew up in the 80s or earlier and don't reflect what today's teens face?What tween/teen show tropes piss you off?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
For me, I always found it pretty weird that shows where the cast is 9 or 10 have characters obsessed with dating or the school dance. I was playing Pokemon at that age. I don't think I gave boys so much as a passing thought and the whole concept of dating was just an amorphous idea. Only when I was about 14 did relationships with the opposite sex mean anything more than "someone has a crush".
The other thing that bothered me was the freedom of motion the kids in these shows had. Never had to deal with helicopter parents shepherding them from activity to activity in preparation for college applications years down the line. There's no after-school programs they must attend. No extracurriculars (unles
Can You Really See the Other Side?This aimless journal draws no conclusions. It provides no solution. I'm not sure one exists unless I gain magical psychic powers. It acts more of a sounding board of concerns about how story-tellers challenge themselves when coming at perspectives other than their own. You're told to "write what you know" growing up, but how better to know than to write?Can You Really See the Other Side?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Here's one of those sticky situations that I hope to address as a story-teller, and one I agonize over since the LAST thing I want to do is perpetuate ideas about other cultures that are simply not true.
What do you do when you're writing for a character not of your own "ethnicity" (if I can claim a particular ethnicity, being a mutt myself), but also with a distinctly different cultural experience than your own? Is it possible to write a person as an individual first and ignore the challenges they face as a minority? Can research ever possibly fill that gap in knowledge?
These kinds of questions pop up in my mind every time I
The Neglected Importance of the Online CommunityWhat is the Worldwide Online Community?The Neglected Importance of the Online Community3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
The Worldwide Online Community is simply a group of people from a wide variety of countries and continents who come together to share their skills, experience, and/or love for a subject. Online communities are a fairly new faction and are not fully understood, their importance is neglected and may not reach their full potential until the next generation incorporates them more and more. It wasn't until the '90s that the Internet or World Wide Web really became a part of the culture, but in less then 20 years its impact has changed society from top to bottom.
In order to really delve into the importance of the worldwide online community, one must first define what it is. There are hundreds of different definitions of what an online community is, but this statement is generally accepted throughout these definitions.
Worldwide online communities are groups of people who join together on the Internet with a common int
2D Animation QnA by Liron Pe'er (aka LPDisney)English in NOT my native language and so I do apologize for any mistakes I might have writing this article. Everything that is written here is based on my personal knowledge and experience. By the time I wrote this article I did not work for any large company and therefore do not know how the industry works. I came to these tricks/tips/working systems by myself and with my own experience. Therefore there is a chance that there are better ways to do the things I explain here. Please take that under your consideration.2D Animation QnA by Liron Pe'er (aka LPDisney)5 years ago in Art Features More Like This
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Shut the FUCK UpIF YOU CANT TELL by the title Im a LITTLE Pissed off about what I saw in the DD's this morning. So lets examine our dumbfuckery in this weeks breakdown :icondanieltoshplz:Shut the FUCK Up3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've said it before in a journal I believe.
And every time I see it it keeps making me mad.
Monsters coming out now.
Standard Stalcry Vulgarity Warning
Brace yourselves, I'm going < b > here
If you do not approve of the choice for a DD, EITHER OFFER CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM OR SHUT THE FUCK UP.
Making the artist feel like shit will not make the DD magically disappear, it won't make you feel better, it won't make the artist delete it, and it won't improve quality.
Just give them their day of happiness without RUINING it because YOU can't follow the RULES.
If you have a problem with DD selection, READ THE DAMN RULES, IT TELLS YOU EXACTLY WHERE TO GO. Every day, many people get DDs. They have no control over who is chosen, don't complain about quality to THEM.&
5 Ways to Un-Cliché' a ClichéEDIT: If you like this journal entry, check out The Sarcastic Guide to Writing ebook http://www.amazon.com/The-Sarcastic-Guide-Writing-ebook/dp/B005TOCC1C for exclusive content on world-building, character, and dialogue!5 Ways to Un-Cliché' a Cliché3 years ago in Personal More Like This
1. Do your damn research. I can't stress this enough. We live in the freaking Information Age, and the concept of Googling is an alien one to too many people. While I could easily go on a rant about anti-intellectualism, I'll rein it in and say that cliché' is largely anachronistic. People use them because they're familiar, not necessarily what's true. When I started world-building for my Western steampunk/cattlepunk trilogy, one of the characters was the equivalent of a Chinese immigrant worker. So I read everything I could get my hands on about what it was like to be a Chinese immigrant worker. Wikipedia articles, fiction, and non-fiction. I also read authors like Lawrence Yep
Internet TimeWe had the Oscars recently and as usual it wasn't without problems. One of the controversies was Chris Rock's biting commentary about doing voice work for animated films, which was unfortunately insulting to the many hard working (yet perpetually unknown) talents who produce about 90% of all voice work in the animated medium. Chris Rock's joke was funny for his circle of friends and the aging academy, but to younger artists and professionals it was very disrespectful. Voice actress Tara Strong took particular issue with Rock's comment and as we speak his twitter account is no doubt being flooded with angry hate messages and likely racism too... which is very unfortunate. http://www.examiner.com/african-american-entertainment-in-national/tara-strong-attacks-chris-rock-over-oscar-2012-animation-comments-quotesInternet Time3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Other issues, such as glossing over Harry Potter and The War Horse completely and giving a Best Animated Film award to the likes of Rango, just continued to fuel my opin
Username changes?I had to kind of do a double-take when I realized DA just introduced this feature.Username changes?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
You know, there was a time when I wanted to change my name to ANYTHING other than SonicRocksMySocks. I thought it up when I was 15 without realizing I'd be saddled with that alias for potentially a lifetime.
When I started gaining renown on the internet, there was even a time where I considered making a new DeviantArt account JUST to change my username, but by then my reputation was already cemented. It's silly and childish and doesn't fit a 20-something artist who is trying to get serious about her art...
After working on my 8th DeviantArt anniversary flash and going back to my roots, it sort of dawned on me.
No other username fits me better.
Maybe I was embarrassed of it for a time, but now, after 8 years, there's no way in hell I'd ever be anybody else. My art is ABOUT childhood and youthful spirit, and that's what I remember when I think of my nickname. It reminds me of where I ca
5 Things to Consider Before You Start a ComicOh yeah, if you'd like support me at Patreon I'm here http://www.patreon.com/droemar5 Things to Consider Before You Start a Comic3 months ago in Personal More Like This
1. Write a freaking script! Don't get me wrong, I adore :iconKayFedewa: and The Blackblood Alliance. But Kay herself has admitted how much trouble she got herself into by starting the comic and not having a script. And when one of the top artists on DA admits to the pitfall, you had best sit up and take notice. It's called a graphic NOVEL, folks. And just because it has cute pictures doesn't mean you get to half-ass it. Considering how much work goes into making a graphic novel looks good, I am continually gobsmacked by the number of people who plunge into it without bothering with a contingency plan. You know exactly what the end result looks like. About ... oh, ten, twenty pages, maybe 30 if you're lucky. And then it ends, and you won't see updates for months and years. If ever. It's not often that I invoke prior planning prevents piss p
Season finale thoughts.Season finale?Season finale thoughts.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I loved it.
The FiM team is amazing, and I am consistently impressed with the work they do on each episode.
I marvel at the believability they breathe into the world and the characters. From the writing to the music to the animation. Each component is seriously and thoughtfully composed... The emotions of the characters feel genuine, and because the characters take themselves seriously, the viewers connect with them.
Cartoons/animations/comics have immense power... and it makes me so happy to see a cartoon that finally takes that power seriously. Most people dismiss the idea of cartoons being serious, and that is a tragic mistake... Cartoons are symbolic in their expression, and the more "simple" they are, the more symbolic they may become. My Little Pony is the perfect example of this. The designs are simple, but the symbolism is rich with meaning and substance (because the creators care). This is why it is a good show.
Children deserve to be taken serious
Devious Journal EntryI'll be in my shitstorm-proof bunker if anyone needs meDevious Journal Entry3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Damn It.That's it, I've decided. I don't understand why, or when or how...but for some reason over the last little while, DJ Pon-3 has become my new favorite background pony.Damn It.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Ooonts ooonts ooonts.
That is all.
Also, I feel the need to exclaim that Pilsbury Toaster Strudels are NOT better than PopTarts. I don't know who they're trying to kid in these ads, but they ain't foolin' me.
The Derpy Issue Part 2It's come to my attention that Hasbro has, indeed, changed Derpy. In the iTunes version of "the Last Roundup" where she finally talks and Rainbowdash says her name, Derpy no longer has "derpy" eyes (although they do seem to occasionally be crossed), has a different voice actress, and Rainbowdash doesn't say her name. If you want to see the clip you can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?featurelayer_embedded&v=X2CRjPO73Dg#!The Derpy Issue Part 23 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sadly I can't get behind the bronies on this one. You guys screwed it up for the rest of us and I have no sympathy for your plight. Hasbro is entirely justified in their position as a corporation to protect their properties from perceive negative perceptions, and that would never have happened if we as a community hadn't thrown such a tantrum over a non issue.
You see, a couple months ago a few fans saw something "suspicious" and made a big deal over it without doing any research. Soon, the entire internet was throwing a big crybaby hissy fit over exaggerat
The AvengersYou know that giddy, gleeful feeling that renders you incapable of doing little more than giggle like a lunatic?The Avengers3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I pretty much had that from start to finish during the Avengers film (Which was released on Fair Blighty's shores as "Avengers Assemble" thanks to the past efforts of Steed and Peel).
There have only been a handful of movies that invoked that kind of response in me: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Abram's Star Trek, Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes and the first Iron Man film are those which immediately spring to mind.
Indeed; Avengers is THE best Marvel movie since Iron Man. Ace cast, brilliant story, hysterical script, a scene that will stab anyone that's followed the films leading up to this point right through the heart and a fair few more surprises.
Chief among them being; how the hell did the Hulk become such a f**king awesome character after so many naff films?
I'm gonna go see this one again!
you know you are living in an old house when...you replace the carpet in the hall with tile and find that one wall goes at a slight angle leaving you with oddly cut strips of tile down one sideyou know you are living in an old house when...3 years ago in Personal More Like This
your chimney is crumbly and useless... and leaks
the closet is lined with funkyass orange and lime green floral wallpaper
you learn that for some reason the one plug in your kitchen is on the same circuit as the bathroom and nearly half the rest of the house by running the microwave a the hairdryer at the same time
your biggest concern is an electrical fire because the wiring in your house is older than you are
scraping the layers of paint off a wall looks more like an archaeological dig site
half the windows which should open no longer will open
the forecast calls for rain you prepare buckets in strategic places
re-roofing is on your must do some time soon list...and there is already 3 layers of roofing on your house
you are farm zoned in a suburban area
a draft in your house is more like a strong wind
your property is easily 2-5 times that
That Kony thing.Kony needs to be brought to justice. As I'm sure you are all becoming aware of while this video travels the viral circuit.That Kony thing.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'd like to share some observations of mine...
The first being: spending the resources to bring Kony to justice shouldn't be a priority. Why?
Because, in the grand scheme of things, he's just one person. And while one person can commit extremely heinous atrocities and crimes against humanity... There's a bigger picture to think about.
Besides, where do you suppose Kony gets all those weapons? Shouldn't something like that be the bigger priority?
Uganda isn't the pit of despair that it was when Kony was there. Yes, It's a nation recovering from a dark period, a struggling nation; but a nation that is trying to build itself. And that is what the real focus needs to be on --growth and development. That means education, economy, healthcare, infrastructure, and sustainable government.
That doesn't mean: Chasing s