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People have been curious, so here is most of the plot of Ignition Crisis, Now mind you, some things have been omitted and such

Ignition Crisis by SNEEDHAM507


Carl Nadez is a Mercenary who was in a relationship with Sarah, who was an Interpol agent. They had an intesne Relationship that lasted like four years, but Sarah broke it off. So IC takes place about a year and a half after that

Carl has a new job protecting Klaus, who is the son of an Infamous arms dealer. Klaus is also being observed by Interpol, and Sarah is apart of the team. this is awkward at first, and the Sarah tries to get re assigned,m but can't. She eventually reveals herself to Carl after a botched attempt on Klaus life, when Carl was gonna kill the assassin, Scott E. Neadum. Carl and Sarah then have an awkward stage for about 6 months, with Carl trying to speak to her, and Sarah avoiding him. Sarah is also in a relationship with a fellow Interpol agent, Jak Doyle. Jak has fallen for Sarah, but Sarah has no real feelings for Jak. Jak and Carl fight for Sarah's attention, and in the end, Carl wins. While this is going on, more attmepts are made on Klaus's life, but Carl and srah are able to keep Klaus safe. After three months Klaus's mothers apartment is burned down, leaving them homeless. Sarah lets them into her home, which goes against her supervisors wishes, but she does it anyway. Carl and Sarah start their relationship again, though Sarah is often gone when Carl wakes. Carl's older sister shows up to make sure that Klaus's father doesn't make contact with his son, and is brought into the hassle with Carl and Sarah. Veronica warns Sarah not to hurt her brother again, as he almost killed himself after the initial break up.

While the Main story is definitely about Klaus well being and Carl and Sarah's relationship, there are alot of side stories, including Ramon, Carl and Veronica's younger brother, who gets in trouble with his sleeping around, and Carl has to return state side with Veronica to help sort out his issues. Another side story is Vaan, Klaus's older half brother, trying to expose his father's arms dealing, and his relationship with his bodyguard, Maria Sonet. Another is Whistler, a woman from Carl's past returing after five years with a surprise for Carl that could shatter his chances with Sarah.

The Story starts to take a dark turn when Kane, a notrious Mercenary, is hired by Klaus's father's competition, and he comes gunning for Klaus and Vaan. Despite Carl's, Sarah's, and Veronica's best efforts, Kane kidnaps Klaus. He doesn't kill the boy but does leave his mark on him, and ransoms him back to his father. Carl is fired for letting this happen, but he stays to keep an eye on Klaus. Klaus is shaken, and even more reclusive after this. Kane's Protege, Zwei, takes an interest in Carl, and continues to harass Carl and his group while his boss is away on business. During these events, Sarah becomes Pregnant, and is concern with what to do. She was pregnant before, and had a miscarriage, and didn't want to go thru it again, and was very close to getting a abortion before Carl was informed. Without knowing who the father was, being either Carl or Jak, Sarah was forced to go thru with the pregnancy. She gives birth to Titus, who resembles his mother all the way, leaving who his father a mystery for awhile more. While it strongly applies that it is Jak, Sarah is convicned that it is Carl's.

Ignition Crisis Ends when Klaus's father is killed trying to sell a nuclear weapon to a disgraced former US general, and Kane is also killed during the deal. Carl and Sarah adopt Klaus, and move into together.


So if you guys have any questions, please let me know

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Hey guys. Here is the story for Ignition Crisis, My personal story and project

Ignition Crisis by SNEEDHAM507

Ignition Crisis is Story that takes place in a fictional version of our world, and is set in Los Angeles, California, and follows the trials and tribulations of its three main protagonists. Klaus Schutleberg is the youngest son of an infamous Arms dealer after having an affair with a popular model. He and his mother are supported by his father; however they live alone in a high end apartment. Klaus is bullied and picked on relentlessly at school, and it gets to the point where Klaus’s father hires a bodyguard for him. The bodyguard is former mercenary Carl Nadez, a recovering drug addict who is suffering from depression following an unspecified incident that happened two years ago. With His employment comes the arrival of a low level Interpol team, to monitor Klaus and Carl. In the team is Sarah Stately, a highly intelligent and ambitious woman with a past with Carl. Despite her best intentions, she eventually revealed herself and the team after Klaus’s life was in danger. After revealing herself, Sarah became a part of their lives, and after a few months, it would seem that she would have to be transferred, however a hit was ordered on Klaus and his mother by Klaus’s father’s competition. Klaus life was in serious Danger, and with that came new threats. More serious players started to show up looking for the bounty on Klaus, eventually leading up to the arrival of the renowned Mercenary Kane. Luckily for the group, with Kane’s arrival was also a team tasked with hunting him down, and Carl’s own older sister was apart of it. After successfully stopping Kane, Carl had a tense sit down with his sister, Veronica Hawke, who thought Carl had died years prior. After several more attempts on Klaus’s life, it was time to strike back, and Klaus’s father hired several mercenaries, including Carl’s old unit, to kill the main that put Klaus’s life in danger. Carl took part in the operation, and together was able to destroy the rival’s operation, and killing them. However all wasn’t well afterwards, as Kane reappeared, and was successful in Kidnapping Klaus. Klaus was eventually sent back to his father after a ransom exchange, and for his failure to stop the kidnapping, Carl is fired. He is quickly re hired after Tanya, Klaus’s mother, is killed by a bitter customer of Klaus’s father. The apartment that Klaus and Carl lived in was burned down, forcing them to live with Sarah. The next few months are without incident until it is found out that Sarah has become pregnant. There is tension, as it is unknown who the father may be, as Sarah was in a relationship with both Carl and an agent she was partnered with, Jak Doyle. It is a competition to show can support Sarah the best as Sarah weighs the options of terminating the pregnancy; however she decides to keep it. As her due date draws closer, Jak gets cold feet, and transfer to another department, leaving Sarah behind. When Sarah has the child, there is a scare, as the child takes after Sarah completely, and as Sarah had similar features to Jak. It is quickly resolved after a DNA test, proving that Carl is indeed the father, however. Sarah is taken off active duty, and loses her apartment, forcing Carl, Klaus, Sarah and the new born baby, named Titus, to stay at Veronica’s house, reuniting Carl with his mother, Rosa, and his deadbeat brother, Ramon. As this takes place, Klaus’s older Half-brother, Vaan Schutleberg, is launching a one man war against his father, documenting all of his crimes, intent on releasing them to the public. In doing so he wins the loyality, and love, of a former child soldier, now militia member, Maria Sonet, who becomes his guardian. Together they travel across the globe, recording Vaan’s father’s misdeed, and reporting other travesties. When Vaan finally releases his evidence, he is shocked demoralized when it is covered up by the authorities. It turns out that Vaan’s father knew what he was doing, and bought off several high ranking people to ensure the evidence would become lost and disvalued. Depressed and defeated, Vaan heads state side, return to LA to meet up with his brother. It is at this time that their father once again crosses the mercenary Kane, and now his life is in danger. Vaan, Klaus, and their father are targeted by Kane, and his people are able to easily get to them, with Maria getting seriously injured and being thought killed. Klaus’s father is killed, and Klaus and Vaan are spared, by “marked” for their father’s sins. Vaan is burned, and Klaus is given a scar on his chest. Kane leaves again, and the group recovers. Klaus is shaken, and becomes withdrawn, and Carl, Maria, and Veronica decide it’s time to get revenge on Kane. Together with the mysterious Frisk, they are able to track him to Tokyo, and after a lengthy chase, were able to corner him, however he got away, though Maria was able to get revenge on the woman who humiliated her before. Frisk gathers a team of mercenaries, including Carl, along with a Special Forces team, led by Veronica, go to Africa to stop Kane from selling a Nuclear weapon to a rogue U.S. general. They are successful, with Frisk killing Kane, and Carl defeating a rival he made thru his confrontations with Kane. Carl head back home to Sarah, and together they start to start a life together, while Klaus starts a life with Veronica and her boys.

And for even more info, you can head to the ignition Crisis Tumblr!TM, where im doing character info! AND RUINING MY LIFE! Jk homies

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Typo Feature - Food And Drink

Sat Nov 26, 2011, 8:11 AM
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And today I present you…

Food and Drink!




09.04.10 by tistwas ChoColaTe by 123zion456 Chocolate by Takunaaa
ice lolly by taylorz11 ME NEEDS ICE CREAM by timmens In Space No-one Can.... by Garfcore
The Acidic Cupcake by mgoeclipse Lust by BadlyDrawnMike SAVE_THE_CUPCAKES by xTwentyOnex
Stulle Font by m1ckeyyy Dust by calmyafarm The story of bread by xiruxiru
SUSHi by flamingpegasus Sushi by jedrekkostecki  :thumb168387134:
Fruits of Education by Crumies cherry typograhy by mashita Embrace Thy Bananeth by RGC3
Le Soup by Tsun3 Haters Gonna Hate by grungebunnay only for champions by CHIN2OFF
Drink Me Now Forget Me Later by michaelspitz :thumb127453674: It's five o'clock somewhere... by DrewDahlman
Milk by RGC3 Milkshake Typography by Luftherz Never Drinking Again by JayRoeder
hot cup of COFFEE by CHIN2OFF Vanilla, Coffee and Lime by mypthe13th Coffee Stain Typeface by markhossain
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Ignition Crisis Next Generation Story so far

So here is a summary of the overall story for Ignition Crisis Next Generation! Hooray!

Next Generation takes place 30 years after the events of Ignition Crisis, and focuses on Carl and Sarah's children, prominently their Daughter, Elena Nadez, and her adventures. While things do indeed happen in between the two, this gives a more precise time frame. Anyway back to story.

NG starts up with Elena graduating College. she spends about a month trying to find a career that would suit her, however the jobs offered to her seemed boring and not worth her time. She is approached by her professor to come with him and a group of students to Central America for a research project. Among the students going is Vince, someone Elena had a relationship while in College. He sign on in hopes to be with Elena again and patching up their relationship, however when they reach the country, they are split up into different towns. Elena is housed at a Local fisherman's residences, with the fishemrna's wife, kids, and the fisherman's brother. Elena's work in the town is to monitor the traffic of fishing vessels, and she is told to keep an eye out for vessels being manned by Caucasians, which is odd in the country. While there, she initially bumped heads with the Fisherman's brother, named Enrique. they would fight about how the world work, her and his up upbringings, education, and many things. After about a month, however, Elena and Enrique started to become close, and were only encouraged by Andrea's, Enrique's brother, and Perma, Andrea's wife. One day, a group of armed men entered the village demanding all of the fisherman and their boats to move cargo. During this, Andreas spoke out to them, and was about to be killed when Elena intervened. Being trained by her father in self defense and in general Combat, Elena proved to a match to the mercenaries, even being able to disarm their leader, a man by the name of Anthony Kreshikin. Desperate to save his own life, Kreshikin agreed to leave, but warned Elena that her employer wont allow this and he would come after her. Both Andreas, Enrique, and the village were thankful to Elena. After this, things escalated between Elena and Enrique. Ture to Kreshikin's word, more men enter the village at night, and pulled Elena out of her bed. About to be executed out in front of the whole village, Elena was saved by a old friend of Carl, the mysterious Jonathan Frisk. Frisk and his men killed all of the men who entered the village, and revealed to Elena that her professor was out to expose a war lord who used the fisherman in the village to move drugs, weapons, and sex slave inbetween the countries. Frisk warned Elena to leave, as staying would further enrage the warlord. When asked why Frisk was even there to help her, Frisk revealed that he promised Carl long ago that he would look after Carl and his kids, no matter when or how. Elena, not wanting to backdown, stayed. After two months without incident, however, the professor decided to head home, and Elena was left with a choice. She was torn between going back to her family, or staying with Enrique. Once again Frisk intervened, having procurred a passport for Enrique to use to come back with Elena. Andreas and Perma had Elena promise to take care of Enrique, as his temper would get him into trouble. Elena was also grateful to Frtisk, however when she went to thank him, he was gone, leaving only behind a letter to be delivered to Elena's father when she returned. While at the airport to go home, the mercenaries Elena had ran into before where there, and they warned Elena that the warlord knows who she is and will send someone for her. When asked why don't they do something to kill her, Kreshikin and his associated inform her they were paid of by a man to leave the war lords service and to never bother Elena again. When asked who the man was, they couldn't say. Also at the airport, Vince saw how close Elena and Enrique became, and something in him changed.

When Elena returned back to the states, the first thing anyone asked her about was why she was with Enrique. Despite her best efforts to explain, they were met with skepticism, except from her father and her younger brother, Alex. While she was gone, her older brother, Daniel, separated from his wife, Michelle, and was living back at home, and suffering from depression. Also her eldest brother, Titus, was once again quarreling with their mother, Sarah, leaving Elena to act as a peacemaker, as she had down before. Before leaving the airport, Elena gave her father the letter from Frisk, and briefly caught a glimpse of the man again, this time accompanied by Kreshikin and his associates. Before she could act on this, she had a trouble encounter with Vince, who was acting abnormal. When he tried to give her a kiss, Enrique intervened, and Vince left awkwardly. Back in Central America, the warlord was furirous about his failures and his men being paid off to leave him, and blames Elena for all of this. He hires a eccentric Killer from Thailand to find and kill Elena, however in paying him, he loses a large amount of his finical backing, as the killer was known for working with a rival of theirs.

Back home, Elena had her work cut out for her, tending to her brothers shattered ego, playing peace keeper with her mother and eldest brother, and the unwanted advances from Vince. Daniel is given a new partner after his old one broke his leg jumping over a fence. His first meeting with her was akward at best as he had to arrest her for indenct exposure after she was chasing a kid across a street topless. the Charges were dropped, and they started working together. The officer was named Naomi Anderson, a free spirited woman fresh out of the military and itching to get her life started. Naomi's personality was just the thing to charge up Daniel, as her constant up beat demeanor made Daniel more cheery. things, however get a bit complicated after one evening of heavy drinking ended with Naomi and Daniel Sleeping together in Daniel's parents house. Despite her best efforts of leaving stealthy the next morning she was caught by Carl and Alex in the kitchen while they were having Breakfast. Despite Sarah and Elena's objections, Daniel and Naomi kept seeing each other in a romantic way. Things escalate when Michelle comes back into Daniel's life, informing him she didn't leave him permanently, just to teach him a lesson and to get him to start appreciating her. Naomi was more then willing to let Daniel move on, and was about to ask for a transfer, however, Daniel, unable to choose, has a nervous breakdown. While this is going on, the man hired to kill Elena shows up, and starts tailing her. She notices right away, and not wanting to inform the others, she decides to confront him. this proved to be disastrous as the killer decided to take her on in a public setting. In the fight, Elena is slashed and breaks a few of her ribs and ankle, and several police officers and civilians are killed, as the killer wasn't interested in collateral. Once again Elena is saved by the intervention of Frisk, however Frisk is shot in the process. In the aftermath, Naomi stays at the Nadez household, to protect Elena and keeps an eye on Daniel. Frisk body wasn't recovered, giving hope to Elena, however she is now worried about her family.

One night the killer attack their house. Thinking it would be easy, he was met with strong resistances from Naomi, Carl, and even Sarah. He eventually retreated after a brief fight with a recovered Daniel, who threw the killer from a second story window. Safe for the time being, Elena is forced to reveal everything that happened during her trip, and her professor had to fess up that he knew more then he let on, being one of the warlords backers before being betrayed when a deal went south. Daniel and Naomi decide to take action, and gear up to go after the killer. After tracking him down thanks to Sarah's protege in Interpol, they are greeted by Kreshikin and his men, being sent by Frisk. They enter his hideout, and after several traps and fire fights, Daniel was successful in killing the killer, by breaking his neck after slamming him on the ground. Naomi is injured however, and while in the hospital it is revealed she is pregnant.

Ok guys, that is all i have so far! I have at least to more arcs in my head, but I'm still figuring out stuff!


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Improved DMCA Reporting System

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 1:31 PM


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Hello, deviants! In an effort to keep the community informed and to provide the best possible experience for our members, we wanted to inform you of changes to our reporting system.

DeviantART is dedicated to protecting our artists, and in an effort to be able to more quickly handle complaints by deviants who have had their rights infringed on, we have changed the way we receive complaints from the artist or the copyright holder.

In the past, we took reports by the copyright holder in two different ways: An informal report via the Report Violation tool and a formal complaint via contacting the Help Desk. While both of these methods were effective, they presented many setbacks.

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The informal report did not gather all the necessary information for a formal copyright complaint and was prone to misuse by well-meaning deviants who would attempt to report images they did not own the copyright to on behalf of artists they admire. Unfortunately, filing unauthorized reports added to the backlog, and while our response time was still good for artists reporting infringement of their own work, the unauthorized reports created an unnecessary delay.

This system also fell short when the copyright holder attempted to report an infringement where the original file was not hosted on deviantART.com itself. Also, many deviants found the specific legal requirements of an official take down notice difficult to understand or downright overwhelming.

We spent a good deal of time re-evaluating our system and ultimately decided that we needed to streamline the system to better guide our artists through the DMCA takedown process. We have launched a new reporting method for copyright holders and their legal representatives when they believe a work is infringed.


This new system is an improvement for our artists because it provides...
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Why are we using this system? The DMCA is a formal notice and takedown system for copyright owners. It is not an arbitrary set of rules created by deviantART; it is a legal process which is respected the world over. You can find more information on the DMCA, how it works and what it does here.

Our new system can be found here, and can also be accessed by clicking the Report Violation button.


How does it work?
Attempting to report through the Report Violation link and selecting the “My Intellectual Property” option will redirect you to this page where you can provide information about the property which you believe to have been infringed. With this new system, artists who are attempting to report infringement where their original image is not hosted on deviantART will encounter no friction when reporting infringement of their work. This will also provide staff with a uniform presentation of the complaint, allowing for an easier and thus faster assessment of the situation and more prompt action against the potentially infringing submission.

What isn’t changing?

Reports by third parties, or those who do not own the copyright or legally represent the artist will not be impacted at all. These reports can still be filed by clicking the Report Violation link and selecting “Permission Issues.” As reports from the copyright holders themselves are given top priority, please keep in mind that third party reports will not receive the same response. Reports of potential infringement that happens off of deviantART.com will not change either, as staff cannot take action on behavior off of the site. In those cases, please contact the administration of the site where the potential infringement is occurring.


As a reminder, we take these reports very seriously. Those who continually and deliberately misrepresent content as their own or infringe on our artists will find their accounts facing administrative action including removal of the infringing material and various lengths of account suspension. A first time offense may not result in an administrative action against the account, but the repetition of bad behavior in this area will not be treated as a simple breach of etiquette.

We want to encourage a creative atmosphere, and we know that it is dampened when our artists' copyrights are infringed. We are so excited to offer easier and more timely service for our artists through this new system. We have updated our Copyright Policy to match our procedures, and updated our FAQs to provide current and relevant information. Check our our newly updated FAQs:

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Wii Fit Trainer
You know, I was on the fence about the new Smash Bros game. Even with Mega Man I didn't really see anything remarkable about the game to peak my interest. But then when Nintendo unveiled the Wii Fit personal trainer as a playable character? F**k Yeah!  Bludgeon your opponents to death with YOGA moves? That's the sort of nonsensical whimsy that I think was sorely lacking from this version of franchise. Count me in!

Still not sure how the 3DS and Wii U version are going to interact with each other, if at all. Iwata has said that the 3DS will have different stages, so that suggests that they aren't compatible. But then, if they're not compatible, why put out 2 games at once? Frankly, I like the idea of being able to play against Wii U opponents from the comfort of my 3DS. That would be really cool, but I don't know if that's a thing they're looking to do or not. Hmm..

PS: Maybe it's just me, but I found it rather hilarious how all the characters were practicing Yoga and Link was having trouble maintaining his balance.

Damage Control
With the overwhelmingly negative response to Microsoft's Xbox One reveal, Microsoft has been on a bit of "damage control" and, frankly, not doing a very bang-up job. Last night Microsoft executive Don Mattrick said the following:

"Fortunately we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity. It's called Xbox 360. When I read the blogs and thought about who's really the most impacted, there was a person who said, 'Hey, I'm on a nuclear sub.' I don't even know what it means to be on a nuclear sub but I've got to imagine that it's not easy to get an internet connection."

Now I know they're executives and they have to try and sell us on their bad business decisions... but when you're openly mocking people who want to upgrade but can't by telling them to stick with the inferior device, and when you're suggesting that the only places on earth that doesn't have the internet is in submarines... well... you're kinda sucking at being empathetic with our very valid concerns.

All through last gen I didn't give a crap about Microsoft. As far as I was concerned they were the safe middle ground between Nintendo and Sony. I viewed Sony's greed (such as trying to make everyone jump to their blu-ray disk format) as far more of an evil thing. Microsoft just kinda sat in between, being a non-issue for me. But this generation they've pulled such unmitigated gaul and careless disrespect for consumers... I just... ugh...

Sony has redeemed themselves in my eyes, if only temporarily. I'd still like to remind people to keep an eye on Sony anyway. Prior to the disaster that is the Xbox One, Sony wasn't look much hotter. People were downright upset over Sony's decisions for the PS4, but all of that has been drowned out by them "winning" E3 this year. I'm in their court right now, but the ball could shift to another easily. Just... keep an open mind.

Ouya
In case you haven't heard of this thing, the Ouya is an android based console that was funded through Kickstarter. The team behind the Ouya wanted to use E3 to showcase their device, but the fees necessary to get into the showroom floor were too high. Instead they chose to rent parking space outside the convention center so that the press and fans could check out the device. ESA (the people behind E3) were apparently annoyed at this, so they rented space to park a TRUCK infront of the Ouya spot. Not wanting to be out done the Ouya people bought space infront of the truck to put a sign telling people to look behind the truck... to which the ESA decided to call the police.

Despite the commotion, the Ouya people had the appropriate permits and forms filled out, so the police left them alone. That's quite some determination from the Ouya people I must admit! Kudos.

Stop Fighting, Please?
Over the E3 weekend there were a couple tweets from Feminist Frequency (you know, the home of the oh-so-infamous Anita Sarkeesian) tweeted about the lack of female protagonists in all these new IP's coming out. A valid concern I think, but not one which needed to be inundated with sexist and hate speech.

Guys... can we PLEASE stop having this knee-jerk reaction any time she so much as twitches a finger? I don't like Anita Sarkeesian anymore than anyone else does, but this gut reaction to having to always send her sexist remarks, hate filled posts, denounce her on YouTube, etc is getting out of hand. Anytime she speaks the talk shifts from what she's trying to point out is an issue to trying to discredit her mudsling her name. That's not helping us progress.

And yes, I understand that she probably uses this to her advantage. But guys, here's the thing. In order to be baited, you have to respond TO the bait. Just don't do it. If she talks, STOP RESPONDING TO HER. Or better yet, talk about the issue she is bringing up in an intellectual debate that doesn't center on trying to "prove" how wrong she is about everything else.

I'm growing increasingly weary with talking about women's issues in video gaming because of the number of people who refuse to either accept that it's a problem, or just don't want to talk about it period. It's a thing we have to deal with, we can't keep trying to sweep it under the rug. The sooner we get some serious debate going, the sooner we can get back to having FUN.

Personally I'd be interested to find out what Anita Sarkeesian has to say about the inclusion of Princess Peach in the latest Mario 3D game as a playable character. Not only is Peach saving the day and kicking ass, she's not dressed as a sex object and she can obtain power-ups that all the other guys can too. Peach's cat costume is the same costume everyone else gets. She also still retains her special float ability, meaning she hasn't been drained of any of the power she had in Super Mario Bros 2. That's a MUCH more interesting question I'd like to hear Anita talk about, and we can't ask it because it's getting drowned out by all this other shit.

Everything Else
I keep getting asked about my thoughts on the new Kingdom Hearts game or Bayonetta 2 or any of the other various newsworthy items I didn't cover in my previous journals. Well that's primarily because I'm not really interested in them at all and thus decided to pick only the topics I actually had an opinion on for my journals. I'm not a journalist trying to cover everything, I'm a cartoonist who happens to be a gamer. I speak about what perks my interests. Chances are I just don't care enough to put my thoughts into words. Doesn't mean you can't enjoy the games if you find them interesting, they're just not for me.

So please don't be angry if I've "forgotten" to talk about something, ok? Ok!

Anyway, that's all I have for now. I don't think there's gonna be much else announced that will be all that amazing to talk about so this will likely be my last E3 coverage journal.
  • Reading: The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia
  • Watching: E3 Coverage
  • Playing: Minecraft: Nerdcrafteria
  • Eating: Yes
  • Drinking: No
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Dedication to a New Year

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 4:39 PM





        

        










Nuances of an Annual Ritual
















Which brings us to each year’s communal celebration of the passing of our lifetimes:

New Year’s Eve



So what did you “actually get done” in the past year? How closer are you to a grand goal in life? An assessment is made and then the inevitable Step 2 of the yearly process is engaged, which is often a word for word repeat of last year’s Step 2:

The New Year’s Resolution











There seem to be two main strategies that emerge at this point of facing the New Year, a “brand new morning.”  The lone wolf quietly acknowledges goals not yet reached, and is even more secretive in the “new plan.”  “I’ll show them,” becomes the new private mantra.  It works for some people, but my experience has been that I’m splurging on Star Wars memorabilia by Valentine’s Day.


I’ve found that rather than making secret contracts with myself, a much higher success rate is always achieved as a combination of two other elements.












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To a truly worthy vision, maybe even one that cannot be achieved in a year, but in a lifetime, is just the sort of quest that engages the starving soul so much more than the common shaving a few digits off of the weight scale. (I personally implemented the "no cookie left behind" program this holiday season so I might want to think about that one too.) But the truth is, New Year’s comes but once a year. It would seem better to me to go big or not at all. Pick projects of real importance in your life – ones that require the more personal attention and dedication to the better.




Should not be a dirty word in the strategies of personal achievement. It has been my experience that the more genuinely useful support I’ve received from the like-minded (as well as the merely curious) has always gone a long way to keeping my Big Picture from faltering. When the potholes in the road forward begin to resemble archeological digs, as it seems they usually do, there’s nothing more heartening in being able to take it all in stride than a word of admiration, advice or encouragement from a fellow dA community member.











In his book "Outliers" Malcolm Gladwell outlines the 10,000-Hour Rule, the thought being that spending ten thousand hours practicing a particular discipline is necessary for mastery of that skill. He also brings up the importance of support in the from family, friends, and mentors in the ultimates success of an individual. No one achieves the highest summit's of success alone. No one. Even the most unique vision requires the nurture of human camaraderie if it is to be developed to it's fullest potential and efficacy.








I find myself thinking about recent achievements as well as a grand vision currently in formation here at deviantART, and how much the atmosphere of this community – how much dedication to art and artists, and how much they are supported and support each other – and I can’t wait to see where life will take all of us in this new year.  A tough statement to put out there, considering the unbearable horrors that have recently rained down in our world from weather catastrophes, classroom atrocities, civil wars and the violence related to a radically altered political landscape around the world.  But it’s true.  I am still hopeful.  I am still ready to rededicate my dreams on New Year’s Eve. I’m not sure I’d be making that statement were I not now ensconced and engaged in the deviantART community.  But as Kurt Vonnegut used to say, “So it goes.”





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For the Reader




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Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If not, why not?




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Does a goal achieved with the help and support of friends in any way diminish the power of that achievement, or does it become something made all the more memorable and special because of the participation?




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What’s the most farfetched resolution you’ve ever declared?




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What is your yearly resolution that has still never been achieved?




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Do you think it helps to rededicate oneself to a cause, no matter how large or small, regardless of how many times the attempt has failed?




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Can you share with us the personal discipline system that works for you as an artist in bringing your work to a next level?




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More specifically do you have any tips for those of us balancing multiple responsibilities along with our creative endeavors?









New Year's resolutions are often secret and private -- a contract made with yourself. But what if you could increase the chance of your resolution becoming a success by incorporating a combination of two other important elements: discipline and success.
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Sorry guys for the lack of update ugh OTL..

Freshmen..
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1. 
DJ (DJ-Kid)
2. Major Dixon (DJ-Kid) 
3. Annalise Lancastrian(Seizui) 
4. Reize Seatlan(Seizui)
5. Lily(Seizui) 
6. Oranie-Labell Walter (QTMartina) 
7. Nemo (poketix)
8. Damien (zoidsfan507)
9. Blake (zoidsfan507) 
10. Devin Obsidian (xIce-Wolf) 
11. Yan Honda (Miingno) 
12. Jade Ailen Maine (Senyou) 
13. Kyle Allen Stearns (Senyou) 
14. Sophia (Mine)
15. Eric (Mine)

*Teacher

1. Tristan (Hayden-desu) 
2. Natalie (Hayden-desu)

Sophomores..
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1. Kajira(Seizui) 
2. Robbie Stylez (Grimzy-Scrawlings) 
3. Max Carter (Grimzy-Scrawlings)  
4. Kaylie Crow (RainbowNinja80)
5.Yo Hisashi (fuegokid) 
6. Caleth (Vizu)
7. Ivy-Jade McKie (Hieislittlekitsune) 
8. Kuni Oharu (kuni-boogiepop)
9.  Kalen Sequona  (Linktydraad) 
10. Iskandar (konxovar)
11. Thomas (Mine)
12. Max (Mine)
13. Fin (Mine)
14. Matt (Mine)
15. Wolfie (Mine)

*Teacher
1. Hashi (Hayden-desu)
2. Ryan (Hayden-desu)

Juniors..
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1. Narisu Cabhan (mickeypoops)
2. Jack Cross (Inflictiionz)
3. Miyo Ai (Saturnflower)
4. Felix Sinclair (ssj2girl)
5. Faye Roux (ssj2girl)
6. Tobey Yimsta (Yimsta)
7. Dillar Eldberg (kowai-usagi)
8. Ryo Sato (Miingno)
9. Kit (ChronicFolly)
10. Sasha Shepperd(SiriouslySiris)
11. Durandal (Rinslettuce)
12. Joyeuse (Rinslettuce)
13. Hauteclaire (Rinslettuce)
14. Justin Alessandro (destron23)
15. Nikolaos Tydeen (SavinoWolf)
16. Nandalia Lei Chalin (mrshuskey)
17. Nami (vanillecream)
18. Alexander Kelly (SAB1113)
19. Harry Nanase (SAB1113)
20. Amirae Novune (mrshuskey)

*Teacher
1. Phil (mine)
2. Neo Ikaika (SAB1113)

Seniors..
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1. Sharada (morigamii)
2. Joey (morigamii)
3. Rikki Yamashi (BritsMc13)
4. Kaede (BritsMc13)
5. Deadpool (Fimii)
6. Samuel Morel (royed-shipper)
7. John Patrick Uy (Juguardian)
8. Juliet Knight (Lacrirosa)
9. Geode Vocke (Lacrirosa)
10. Jinxie (0w0MikuruBEAM)
11. Komouri (Komouri-Chan)
12. Dorian Grimsley (SiriouslySiris)
13. Priel Aylin(Seizui) -
14. Ivo Galvan (Seizui)
15. Mairu (oShadowButterflyo)
16. Samuel Brown (Mallicat)
17. Emma Kirkland (Mallicat)
18. Rei (Hayden-desu)
19. Haru (Hayden-desu)
20. Kaede (Hayden-desu)

*Teacher
1. Nonoko Honey(Honeysan)
2. Kaitao Marius (novox-the-creator)


So to all the people listed.. Just note me if there's any changes you want.  Thanks! 

That's all for now guys. Gnyt. See ya! < 3

P.S.
I will try to reply messages tomorrow, I haven't opened my notes yet ;-; I'm really tired right now and I'll try to do it tomorrow. bai ;3;

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