The Real Story on SOPA 2013/Section 201Edit 6:50 P.M. EDT 8/24/2013: Made a minor edit for clarification when discussing fair use, and fixed some minor mistakes. Thanks to ~cneilson for the tip!The Real Story on SOPA 2013/Section 2014 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Most of you are likely aware of the memetic circulation of a petition here on dA. The petition rambles about SOPA and PIPA being "back," and people's write-ups of it in their journals universally cite broad-reaching consequences... without actually naming the particular legislation in question. I think you can see the problem here.
I don't know about you, but no matter how you feel about trusting the government... you really should distrust people who try to stir up your emotions without giving you facts a bit more.
I've spent far more of the last day than I wanted to trying to look up details on a revival of SOPA. I have been severely hindered by in this by the fact that the bills talk about "SOPA" and "PIPA," bills that have been killed and will never be introduced under their former names ag
Blue Tint (Pokemon/Sonic Crossover)He slid to a halt at the end of the cliff and shivered.Blue Tint (Pokemon/Sonic Crossover)1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Sonic the Hedgehog lifted a hand to his face, trying to use his fingers to shield his eyes from the sun and the wind. He couldn't shake the uncomfortable feeling that he was lostů and he realized that this was one of the few times that feeling had ever bothered him.
He looked down the mountain at the landscape below, frowning. Sunlight glinted off grass that had a much greener tone than he remembered only hours ago; vegetation was sparse where earlier in the day it had been plentiful. The sun was further south in the sky than he recalled, like the very season had changed. A gust of wind swept over him, colder than before. The sun was going down.
He briefly considered trying to descend the mountainside before nightfall, but as he looked out and beheld the many streams and rivers flowing from the mountain, he thought better of it. Sonic began searching for a nook or a cave that might shield him from the wind.
The soft murmur of voic
Pretense in the Mirror: Prologue: Holoska NightPretense in the Mirror: Prologue: Holoska Night1 year ago in Horror More Like This
Thank you for looking at this piece!
This is a reimagining of Shadow the Hedgehog, the 2005 Sonic platformer/shooter. It's being told with a framing tale of Sonic recounting the events to another character from Sonic Unleashed. As a result, the following Sonic games will be spoiled:
Sonic Adventure 2 (major)
Sonic Heroes (major)
Shadow the Hedgehog (major)
Sonic Unleashed (minor)
This story is going to contain violence comparable to that in the game itself, which had earned an E10 rating, but possibly far more disturbing in context. There is also mild sexually suggestive content in the form of Rouge the Bat and Amy Rose, but that isn't the reason this is getting an M rating.
Lastly, the first few chapters of this story will be very similar to the beginning of Shadow's game. Each chapter will deviate a little more than the previous. I would be grateful for your patience, but by no means do I expect it.
This story contains a nu
Leave It To Me: Chapter One: The MorningLeave It To Me: Chapter One: The Morning11 months ago in Humor More Like This
This is a Sonic the Hedgehog fanfic, set in the game universe. Sonic belongs to Sega, obviously, and so do most of the people in here.
This contains spoilers for most of the Sonic games, but especially Sonic and the Secret Rings and Sonic Unleashed/Sonic World Adventure.
This story will also contain:
* moderate comic violence
* Non-violent, accidental injury
* A frank discussion of drug use's effect on society
* A frank discussion of domestic violence. Hetero and yaoi pairings are mentioned, but no shipping is actually present
* Horrible customer service
* Pink Socks
* Fan characters in supporting roles
If any of these things bother you, turn back now.
I'll make a better version of the preview image soon, I swear.
Leave It to Me
Chapter One: The Morning
I rolled over and sighed. It was gonna be a beautiful day.
The sun was shining on my face, warm, though not as warm as the soft flannel sheets
4F: The Subjugated KingI’d like to warn you.4F: The Subjugated King7 months ago in Drama More Like This
I’d like to warn anyone.
I’d like to tell someone what the real plan is. I’d like to tell them what happens to ones who aren’t assigned to work alongside them. I’d like to tell them what their beloved boss really intends to do with them… and with the King.
Honestly, I’d settle for telling the King. He seems like a reasonable fellow. And when you wake up, he could tell you.
But there are so many barriers to communication. For one, I’m locked in my cell when I’m not needed.
For two, the King doesn’t know I that exist.
For three, even when I do see someone who isn’t my master, they can’t understand me.
Finally, though you will understand me, it may be too late when we meet again.
The worst part of this is that when I was human, I was unsurpassed in eloquence. People came for miles to hear me orate from atop the castle tower, and even in our youth my dear brother begged me to write hi
Iniquity of the SelfishSam Witwicky listened to the radio as Bumblebee barreled down the road. NEST agents chattered about search formations, leads, all in code, asking whether they’d spotted “the hunter.” Occasionally one would ask about “the busybody,” and the familiar voice of Lennox would chide them he was running down his own leads.Iniquity of the Selfish4 months ago in Humor More Like This
“Bee, over there, take this exit,” he snapped, pointing up at the sign.
The car changed lanes slowly, as if asking why.
“Just trust me; I have a feeling.”
He reached into his pocket, thumbing the phone, thinking of the terse recording on his voicemail: “Give Prime a message: get his ass back here.”
And he was trying. He’d tried everywhere he could think of at least once. Parks; Optimus liked kids well enough. Libraries for the bookworm. Every interesting outdoor thing he could think of. Half the universities. The science labs. Car washes. Truck stops. Every time they changed directions, Bumblebee complai
Shadow Surpassing Shadow“Thanks for your help, Shadow,” Rouge purred, glancing at the screen. “I never realized how good you were with computers… and I never thought the Black Aliens would do such a number on ours.”Shadow Surpassing Shadow7 months ago in Drama More Like This
I leaned to the side, putting my face on my fist. What an obvious, ham-fisted lie. Rouge is a skilled actor; with my memories restored, I could remember watching her work her magic on other people. How strange, then, that her lies have never worked on me, no matter how much I remember or how much I have changed.
She must have some moral qualm with lying to me. A laughable thought. Rouge. Morals.
Finally I replied to her. “It seems I’m used to them. After all, Gerald used them to reprogram me, didn’t he? A hedgehog doesn’t simply switch from promising to save the world for a little girl to promising to destroy it for the same.” I watched her closely, trying to see how she would react as I circled around the truth.
Rouge nodded. A box popp
Insomnia on the RockThe gentle hum of muted cathode raysInsomnia on the Rock9 months ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
And sharp, fluorescent glow of spiral lights
Fit squarely with the boring, useless ways
My foolish heart has lately spent its nights.
The day’s been pointless, lacking pleasant sights
Or ill ones, bringing nothing new to see.
The manic eagle of ambition bites
Away my bile, my creativity
You’d think that in this torture, sleep is key,
But I have fire to give before I’ll rest.
So damn if I’ll allow my mind to flee
To dreams before I give this pen my best.
I’ll write man’s flame tonight, so help me Zeus,
Or let this rhyming meter be my noose!
Gripping at my pen,
Laughing as my heart races,
I’m too proud to sleep.