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The World's Major Cities... Destroyed

Tue Oct 22, 2013, 4:59 PM


New York Ruins by JonasDeRo
What would the world's cities look like after the apocalypse? Belgian digital artist Jonas De Ro paints his vision of the end of the world.


Tokyo Ruins by JonasDeRo

Tokyo, Japan




Singapore Ruins by JonasDeRo

Singapore




Toronto Ruins by JonasDeRo

Toronto, Canada




Dubai Ruins by JonasDeRo
Dubai Ruins 2 by JonasDeRo

Dubai, United Arab Emirates





New York Ruins by JonasDeRo

New York City, New York, United States




Hong Kong Ruins by JonasDeRo

Hong Kong, China




Shanghai Ruins by JonasDeRo

Shanghai, China




Moscow Ruins by JonasDeRo

Moscow, Russia




Taipei Ruins by JonasDeRo

Taipei, Taiwan





Skin by Dan Leveille
What would the world's cities look like after the apocalypse? Belgian digital artist Jonas De Ro paints his vision of the end of the world.
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The concept of Astrology or “study of the stars” has been around since the ancient world and can be traced as far back as the first dynasty of Mesopotamia.


For some, the stars are a portent of the future and help inform one on the best course of action to take based on the stars’ alignment. If born under a specific “star” or month during the year you may have certain characteristics and mannerisms that correspond to a horoscope sign. There are 12 different horoscope signs which make up the zodiac with each sign representing a different animal or other totem. Those born between the late February through late March fall under the 12th sign of the zodiac: Pisces.



Pisces (February 19 — March 20)


According to myth, when Aphrodite and her son, Eros, were fleeing Typhon’s attack on Mount Olympus, they were rescued by two fish. In gratitude, the fish were elevated into the night sky as the Pisces (Latin for “fish”) constellation.  Its connection to the sea makes Pisces a water sign and as such you’ll find Pisceans to be adaptable and intuitive like the flowing tide. Those born under this sign are known for their imagination, wisdom, compassion, and go with the flow attitude. Their easy-going nature and likeable manner makes them quite popular, and they are also devoted to their friends. Ruled by Neptune, the God of the Sea in Roman mythology, Pisceans have a dual nature found in water and can be either calm and placid or stormy and destructive, often embodying both. They are also the dreamers of the zodiac and live in two worlds, the real world and the dream-like one they invent for themselves based on what they wish to see. Pisceans are artistic and gifted in all things creative and have a tendency to be impractical and idealistic. They will be successful when given a chance to express themselves and make great writers, artists, musicians, teachers, marketers, and healers.



  • Symbol: The Fish
  • Element: Water
  • Ruler: Neptune — planet of fantasy
  • Season: Winter
  • Stone: Amethyst
  • Secret Desire: To find unconditional love
  • Character Traits: Intuitive, dreamy, artistic, humane, sympathetic, sensitive, compassionate, perceptive, tender, impressionable
  • Compatible With: Cancer, Scorpio, Taurus, and Capricorn





















Your Thoughts


  1. What is your horoscope sign?
  2. Do you read your monthly horoscope?
  3. If you do read your horoscope, do you trust or follow its advice?











The concept of Astrology or “study of the stars” has been around since the ancient world and can be traced as far back as the first dynasty of Mesopotamia. For some, the stars are a portent of the future and help inform one on the best course of action to take based on the stars’ alignment. If born under a specific “star” or month during the year you may have certain characteristics and mannerisms that correspond to a horoscope sign. There are 12 different horoscope signs which make up the zodiac with each sign representing a different animal or other totem. Those born between the late February through late March fall under the 12th sign of the zodiac: Pisces.

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Scavenger Hunt Challenge Wrap-Up


We asked if you would help Paul Tobin find inspiration for his vision of the lost world of Atlantis and your response was, as usual, near overwhelming.






But Paul has been able to make his choices of the most imaginative and inspiring visions of the mythic (?) continent of Atlantis, as conceived and created by the artists of DeviantArt.  Both the actual artists who created Paul’s favorite Atlantis pieces and the deviants who submitted those pieces for the contest will receive either Volume One or Volume Two of Paul’s coffee table collections, “White Cloud Worlds.”  With forewords and introductions from Guillermo Del Toro, Richard Taylor, Iain Craig and Wayne Barlow, these two lavish volumes represent the finest fantasy work from New Zealand artists.


Here are the curators and the incredible works of art that Paul chose.














Scavenger Hunt Challenge Wrap-Up. We asked if you would help Paul Tobin in his conceptualization of the lost world of Atlantis and your response was, as usual, near overwhelming.


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Welcome to the Black Parade

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 20, 2012, 4:18 AM
Hi there dear Watchers :huggle:

I'm really sorry for being so silent :D
I will try to publish more journal's entries in the future because I'd love to know all of you a little more :aww:

For the moment, I just wanted to share with you this great project about a boycott that everyone can join.

You don't have to pay, or to do anything illegal. Just don't buy.

And please, spread the word !



  • Mood: Outraged
  • Listening to: Harukaze
  • Reading: A boring book for university =_=
  • Watching: Animes
  • Playing: NaturalChimie
  • Eating: Biscuits \o/
  • Drinking: Orange Juice
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one more great lost

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 11, 2014, 6:26 PM



Actor Robin Williams Is Dead at 63 of Suspected Suicide

 
PHOTO: Robin Williams appears onstage at The 2012 Comedy Awards in New York, Saturday, April 28, 2012.

The Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams died this morning in California. He was 63.

"At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made," the Marin County Coroner said in a statement. "A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted."

"Robin Williams passed away this morning," the actor's rep Mara Buxbaum added in a statement to ABC News. "He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss."


Born in Chicago, Williams discovered his passion for acting in high school, before moving to New York City to study at Juilliard alongside Christopher Reeve. A few years later, he also began doing stand-up comedy and working in television, before landing a star-making guest role as alien Mork in "Happy Days." In 1978, he was given his own spin-off series, "Mork & Mindy," for which he won a Golden Globe.

Around that time, Williams suffered a great loss: His friend, John Belushi, died of a drug overdose in 1982, prompting Williams, who had struggled with alcoholism and cocaine abuse, to quit, cold turkey. He would go on to make two trips to rehab, once in 2006, and again this past July, which his rep told ABC News was "the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud."

"It's [addiction] -- not caused by anything, it's just there," Williams told "Good Morning America" in 2006. "It waits. It lays in wait for the time when you think, 'It's fine now, I'm OK.' Then, the next thing you know, it's not OK. Then you realize, 'Where am I? I didn't realize I was in Cleveland.'"


Meanwhile, Williams discovered a passion for film in the '80s. With that came a litany of awards, including a Golden Globe for his role in "Good Morning, Vietnam" in 1988, a Golden Globe for his 1994 film, "Mrs. Doubtfire," and a Screen Actors Guild Award for "The Birdcage" in 1997. The next year, after three nominations, he won his first Oscar for his role in "Good Will Hunting."

"This might be the one time I'm speechless!" he quipped while accepting the honor.

President Obama said in a statement on the actor's passing: "Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets."

Williams also had a rich personal life. In 1978, he married his first wife, Valerie Velardi, with whom he had one son, Zachary, now 31. He and Verlardi divorced in 1988, and the next year, he married Marsha Garces, who had previously been a nanny to Zachary. He and Garces, from whom he split in 2008, had two children, Zelda, now 25, and Cody, 23. Williams married his third wife, graphic designer Susan Schenider, in 2011.

Recently, Williams had been hard at work. He starred in the CBS series, "The Crazy Ones" and he recently finished filming several film projects, including "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb." He also recently celebrated a birthday and, in his last Instagram post, wished his daughter a happy 25th.

According to the Marin County Coroner, officials received a 911 call at 11:55 a.m. today that Williams had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in Tiburon, California. He was pronounced deceased at 12:02 p.m.

"An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office," the statement read. "Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr. Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10:00 pm on August 10, 2014."

"This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken," his wife said in a statement. On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions."

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Collection: Rise from the Dead

Tue Jan 27, 2015, 6:59 PM
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“Where are tonight the sword and its swinger, the holy spells and their singer? Where is the light to scatter the ghosts, the sight of dawn to shatter the frost? Fears can be hidden, and hearts’ fire kindled, but will shadows be caged and demons faced? The curses of liches linger like winds of winter, and wolves howl a hymn for the undead's hunt… who will be safe from the grim reaper’s swing, and who will fall in its grip?”


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About Realm-of-Fantasy


Fantasy, by it's core definition is: the free play of creative imagination. At Realm-of-Fantasy you are welcome to explore your imagination. From Fantasy to Science Fiction, Horror to Steampunk, Superheroes to the Surreal; it's all there just waiting to be discovered.


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“Where are tonight the sword and its swinger, the holy spells and their singer? Where is the light to scatter the ghosts, the sight of dawn to shatter the frost? Fears can be hidden, and hearts’ fire kindled, but will shadows be caged and demons faced? The curses of liches linger like winds of winter, and wolves howl a hymn for the undead's hunt… who will be safe from the grim reaper’s swing, and who will fall in its grip?”


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Two TV pitches I posted on an AH.com thread. I thought I'd share them here. 

Brother Against Brother - House of Cards meets Game of Thrones meets Jericho meets The Walking Dead (without the zombies). An increasingly tyrannical United States government, under a power-hungry, Machiavellian president (a Frank Underwood expy) goes too far and does something intolerable (Canceling elections? Arresting opposition? I dunno). A popular movement, from the left, right and center, calls for the President's impeachment. Things escalate, and a protest in Washington turns into a bloodbath. The United States is plunged into a new civil war, with many military and police defecting to the rebels' side. And of course, while the rebels are united against the government, they have very different views on what should emerge from the rubble. 

The show would be very gray vs. gray morally, with sympathetic and utter bastard PoV characters on both sides. PoV characters can be leaders, foot soldiers, and civilians caught on various sides of the conflict. Lots of intrigue and backstabbing among the many, many factions that emerge from the chaos. And of course, lots of that "post-apocalyptic" survivalism that seems to be popular nowadays. Things only get worse when foreign intervention arrives on behalf of different sides and the issue of America's nuclear arsenal rears its ugly head. 

Will of the People: A drama detailing the Machiavellian political machinations within an ersatz-Soviet Union (think the counterpart cultures present in that old NBC show, Kings) during its final days. The series begins with the death of an aging General Secretary, and a growing rift between the Communist Party's old guard and a younger generation that wants a more open relationship with the *West. The main protagonist would be the new General Secretary, who has to walk the tightrope between these two factions while implementing his own plan to bring the *Soviet Union back from the brink. The reason for setting this in a constructed world is so the audience doesn't take the ending for granted, and far more liberties can be taken for the sake of plot. For example, I plan on the *Soviet Union collapsing violently, with the feared crises of the 1980s (short of thermonuclear war) coming to pass.

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The Age of Discernment

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 8:13 PM by techgnotic:icontechgnotic:









With great access comes the great responsibility of discernment.


→ This article was inspired by the conversation in the comments generated from last week’s Suggestivism article.


As we traverse the final phases of maximum raw information accumulation, potentially equipping us for jacking in to the promise of the Singularity, the contents of many lifetimes’ worth of knowledge, art, education, and history are now at our fingertips. More and more Universities, libraries and arts institutions have swung open their digital doors and granted access to their lectures, courses and curricula free of charge to anyone in the world with a connection to the web. Access to education is fundamentally shifting our society towards an unmappable future.









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Here at deviantART there seems to be a new age dawning as well. deviantART has always provided an artist to artist education for new and developing artists. But more and more artists, both amateurs and professionals of all levels, are using deviantART as a real resource and platform in the creation and exhibition of their personal art gallery rather than just a place to exhibit their own works. And the arts conversation on deviantART runs across all race, religion, social classes, age, gender and education levels. Participants in this grand conversation often include the elites in their chosen medium as well as artists just creating their first sketches. The sheer amount of art categories on dA is breath-taking, the scope of beauty and imagination within each of those categories unparalleled.










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But is there a danger to all information – and all art – being right at the fingertips? Will we lose sense of what is bad, good, better and best art? Will art become just one process or activity, rather than the occasional expression of the miraculous that it sometimes is? What will become of our powers of discernment in the flood of information? Rather than becoming self-satisfied about all the great art now just a click away, maybe we should start trying to decide what meaning art should have in our lives, as well as what art is meaningful for our future. Important things in how we are beginning to communicate as one worldwide community of peoples are happening just beneath the surface. Now may be the time when more, not less, thoughtfulness should be deployed in discerning which art means the most to you as an artist or art appreciator?









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We seem to have come to a major societal “look before you leap” moment. Shall we just keep technologically cannonballing forward, full steam ahead to wherever our digital momentum takes us? Or is it time to pump the brakes and start a serious conversation about whether or not the fundamental shift in the technology of our society should usher in a new fundamental shift in the values of our society.


So the great question confronts us all, and with each day it becomes less hypothetical and more urgent: With the advent of universal access to all information all of the time how will we decide to personally sort or categorize content or make preferences or align to and thus create global values? Will we be able to take the new responsibility thrust into our hands and really do the right thing? Will we choose the global over the personal? Will we start making choices with an eye toward our digital information-based “footprints” - - the record of our choices - - and the unintentional fallout as they become votes and statistics affecting other choices for the unseen populace of the World Wide Web?



We now have just about all the information we’re ever going to need to make a real change in this world. The ability to discern what in that information is important and which takes priority is the new challenge of our age.




















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QuestionsFor the Reader


  1. Does the sheer amount of art becoming more and more available for your perusal give you a sense of excitement – or a feeling of being overwhelmed and anxious that you’ll never be able to take it all in?
  2. Do you think you personally have enough of a power of discernment to be able to separate important and meaningful from superfluous art?
  3. While being able to discern between what is “important” and what is “fun” art, is it your feeling that frivolous art meant simply for enjoyment is just as important as more substantial meaningful art?
  4. What if anything will be the personal impact on your life of the arrival of the Singularity in regard to your relationship with the arts?









With great access comes the great responsibility of discernment. As we traverse the final phases of maximum raw information accumulation, potentially equipping us for jacking in to the promise of the Singularity, the contents of many lifetimes’ worth of knowledge, art, education, and history are now at our fingertips. More and more Universities, libraries and arts institutions have swung open their digital doors and granted access to their lectures, courses and curricula free of charge to anyone in the world with a connection to the web. Access to education is fundamentally shifting our society towards an unmappable future.


Writers: $techgnotic
Designers: $marioluevanos
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"Scars can come in handy. I have one myself above my left knee that is a perfect map of the London Underground."—Prof. Albus Dumbledore


Early life becomes an exploration of invisible parameters, circles beyond circles, as one pushes out to test the boundaries of safety. There is one’s bedroom, one’s home, neighborhood, school and town, state and nation. Early on, maps become important documents – declarations of being and rights and privileges. In the art world, throughout history, maps have been a constant measure of human progress, from the Phoenecians recording their trade routes over 2000 years ago, or pre-Columbian times in which maps pictured the world as a flat chessboard balanced atop huge elephants or whales, the oceans spilling over the edges as waterfalls in infinite space – to the latest details of the surface of Mars, courtesy of the Curiosity probe. There’s something beyond the purely practical in always knowing where you’re at, look no further the mania of checking in with digital GPS devices. Somehow, just knowing you have a map in your pocket to guide you, maybe even one that speaks to you is a kind of a liberating power over the common frustrations of life.







The opening credits of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” features a massive raised relief map of the series’ warring kingdoms. In genre fiction, maps of the mythic lands in which the stories take place have always been a special enjoyment. From finding the Garden of Eden, to elaborate maps guiding Indy on his quest for the Holy Grail, or the map of “Hyborian Times” sketched out by Robert E. Howard to better immerse you in the wanderings of his barbarian hero Conan, storytellers have always known that there’s something about the “authentification” of seeing a map that can make even the most dubious quest seem real.



Mythical Maps are currently enjoying a resurgence in our favorite videogames, detailed 3D virtual "maps" upon which the mayhem of Call of Duty, Skyrim, and Gears of War are played out, are things of wonder in and of themselves. The DLC cry of “new maps” has become the call that new magical killing fields are at the ready to be tested for their vicarious thrill-potential. Where once explorers sought out maps to the Fountain of Youth or the gold-paved streets of El Dorado, today’s adventurers seek out the perfect multiplayer map.







Let us celebrate the imagination of our mythic mapmakers on deviantART.


From our shared common knowledge of the islands and coves within Peter's Neverland, to the navigation of the Dothraki Sea, to the celestial cartography of hidden maps to unknown worlds within the stars above us, mythical maps have carved out a space for themselves right along side, and just as important as, the maps based on a “knowable” earth. The importance of a map to any fantasy story reader is the key, the literal base anchoring the fantasy, to be referred to over and over again as a story unfolds. So much background information, and so much added story texture, can be conveyed to a reader through the art of a carefully thought out and executed map.


A small part in each of us is the sense of where we are not only physically but psychically and spiritually. Whether real or not, a great map tells a great story. One could argue that a masterful cartographer must be a skilled storyteller as well. As we create our mental maps of the fantasy realms we prefer to inhabit as part of our existence in the sometimes mundane world, let us celebrate the imagination of our mythic mapmakers on deviantART.


















QuestionsFor the Reader


  1. What’s your favorite map of a fictional land?
  2. Do you think the increasing similarity of “cosmic” maps as created for videogames and superhero movies is dulling our collective sense for adventure?
  3. Which videogame maps do the best job of totally immersing you in another world?
  4. Is there an actual map hanging anywhere in your home, and what is it of?









One's geographical sense of place within the world is one of childhood's important components of that inner puzzle that contributes to ones sense of identity.Early life becomes an exploration of invisible parameters, circles beyond circles, as one pushes out to test the boundaries of safety. There is one's bedroom, one's home, neighborhood, school and town, state and nation. Early on, maps become important documents – declarations of being and rights and privileges. In the art world, throughout history, maps have been a constant measure of human progress, from the Phoenecians recording their trade routes over 2000 years ago, or pre-Columbian times in which maps pictured the world as a flat chessboard balanced atop huge elephants or whales, the oceans spilling over the edges as waterfalls in infinite space – to the latest details of the surface of Mars, courtesy of the Curiosity probe.

Writers: techgnotic
Designers: marioluevanos

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May 15,1948 - May 15, 2012
Today marks the 64th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba
"The Catastrophe"




I  come from there .... by yaldIz

:thumb301426694: :thumb267116191: nakba 64 by sameer-kH :thumb89239223:The Key Of our home Palestine by KhaledFanniNakba Day by graphic-resistance

In these day we still support the Palestinian Prisoner on Hunger Strike

Freedom for all prisoners of Palestine by KhaledFanni Freedom for all prisoners of Palestine 2 by KhaledFanniin solidarity with Palestinian prisoners by taoufiq For Palestinian Prisoners 2 by sameer-kH

Finally ... Abu Zant, returned to his home by Lulu2222 Freedom For the prisoners by ktwo-egyptWall of prisoners by Quadraro


★ Subcomandante Marcos ★
Chiapas(Mexico)



★ Canta u Populu Corsu ★
Corsica (France)



★ Code Rouge ★
France



★ Sami Yusuf and Outlandish ★



★ Freedom for Palestine - OneWorld ★
International musicians



★ Enzo Avitabile ★
Italia



★ NAEl T El.Qtati ★
Egypt



★ Vittorio Arrigoni ★
Italia



★ The Mavrix and Mohammed Omar ★
South Africa and Palestine



★ CCCP ★
Italia



★ Carlos Latuff ★
Brazil



★ Casa del Vento and Elisa ★
Italia



★ Lowkey ★
United Kingdom



★ Lowkey and Jody McIntyre ★


and many more...



We could all die
but if will remain a single pregnant woman
she will give birth to a son
who will liberate



(Written by an unknown hand on the walls of Beirut)
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