The Russian Sleep ExperimentRussian researchers in the late 1940s kept five people awake for fifteen days using an experimental gas based stimulant. They were kept in a sealed environment to carefully monitor their oxygen intake so the gas didn't kill them, since it was toxic in high concentrations. This was before closed circuit cameras so they had only microphones and 5 inch thick glass porthole sized windows into the chamber to monitor them. The chamber was stocked with books, cots to sleep on but no bedding, running water and toilet, and enough dried food to last all five for over a month.The Russian Sleep Experiment2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
The test subjects were political prisoners deemed enemies of the state during World War II.
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Everything was fine for the first five days; the subjects hardly complained having been promised (falsely) that
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would be freed if they submitted to the test and did not sleep for 30 days. Their conversations and activities were monitored and it was noted that they continued to talk about increasin
Art, Math, and Computers: Primary ColorsA series of occasional articles on the intersection of art, math, and computersArt, Math, and Computers: Primary Colors11 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Everything you know is wrong.
That's the title of an old Firesign Theater album, and I think of it often as I watch my kids progress through high school. Maybe it should read, "Many of the things you are taught have been dumbed down because teachers didn't think you could handle them." Whether it's glossing over quantum physics when teaching the nature of the atom, or stating that Socrates killed himself, because getting into the whole trial thing is too complicated, examples abound.
Anyway...most people, when asked to name the primary colors, would respond "red, yellow, and blue", and, when asked to define what a primary color is, would respond with something like, "they are the colors which can be used to make all other colors". That's what many of us were taught in school at a young age, but it's only partially true. People involved in printing know that the truest pri
Still Life Stills Features: Festive FlavoursEveryone has their own idea of what is festive to them, I was going to feature just one flavour but there are so many i could not decide. What counts as festive varies greatly depending on family traditions, culture, taste and smell.Still Life Stills Features: Festive Flavours1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
This is what is festive to me. Chestnuts, peppermint, chocolate, orange, cranberry, cinnamon, mince pies, rum, brussel sprouts, stuffing, cheese and crackers, pickled onions, cheesecake and pigs wrapped in blankets. All these foods are a combination of my families tastes over the years rubbing off on me.
What is festive for you?
A Word to WritersLook, there are a multitude of sins you can commit as a writer. One of them is poor proofing, of which I am frequently guilty because I lack patience when there's no professional involvement (you can bet your booty that I pay a lot more attention in my technical writing than I do in the stories I post here). Typos are excusable in my mind. There's too much output that needs to be created to spend time on that.A Word to Writers2 years ago in Literature Features More Like This
Here are some problems I do NOT overlook.
The Aneurysm-inducing Word
Using the 'word' "authoress." There's a lot of reasons for this. Not the least of which is the fact that you're posting it on your account, so I already KNOW who's writing the blamed thing. I do not need you to write it there at the top of your story where it's taking up valuable "hooking" real estate. (More on hooking later, it's not the world's oldest profession, it's like, second, tops).
Also, why are you bothering to tell me your gender? Is it that important I know you're a girl? Is it so important that you
Insane Mary Sue Rambling with Bella and Optimusso uh, guys? I have not slept at all. This is not one of my polished rants. This is a write-until-my-eyes-won't-stay-open rant. It's going to be full of typos, insanity, and swearing. And uncomfortable admissions about my feelings about alien robots.Insane Mary Sue Rambling with Bella and Optimus4 months ago in Art Features More Like This
So not long ago, I did a lengthy piece on what fan characters were, and what they mean. I both mounted a defense of them while simultaneously calling for more responsible use of them.
The time has come for me to explain some of the latter.
Now, some of what I talked about in the last journal, which is not aggressively marketing fan characters in sections of a fandom that don't like them, that's just common sense. No, what I'm going to talk about is the very kind of criticism I cautioned people against. If I don't address it, it leaves too much ambiguity.
I'm going to talk about Mary Sues. And to do so, I"m going to use a complicated hypothetical example involving Bella Swan, Optimus Prime, and very little sleep. H
Fakemon Design Challenge *CLOSEDI am issuing a week long challenge designed to test your fakemon design skills! Everyday has a set of challenges/limitations for you to follow in order to make an interesting/coherent/original design!Fakemon Design Challenge *CLOSED3 months ago in Personal More Like This
All designs submitted in this challenge will be favorited in the collection "Fakemon Design Challenge" and the best designs (excluding mine, of course) will be featured in a journal for all to see!
Sept 30 Mon: A :icongrasstypeplz:, :iconfiretypeplz:, or :iconwatertypeplz: fakemon with a serpentine body, large eyes, and no arms.
Oct 01 Tue: A fakemon based off a popular gaming franchise.
Oct 02 Wed: A fakemon based of a prehistoric animal that isn't part :iconrocktypeplz:.
Oct 03 Thu: A fakemon that is based off something small, but is massive in scale.
Oct 04 Fri: A fakemon based off of energy that isn't part :iconelectrictypeplz:.
Oct 05 Sat: A fakemon based off of machinery, but
What are the Seven Meditations?What are the Seven Meditations?2 months ago in Personal More Like This
Seven Meditations is an experiment in visual storytelling. Each Meditation is a scene from an untold story, by which I mean that the story itself only exists in the viewer's mind. The pictures are just invitations to think and create. Each one is composed with the idea of raising questions, initially about what is going on in the scene depicted, but also naturally leading to larger issues that are more personal or philosophical. To this end, each Meditation is accompanied by a series of questions intended to inspire thought.
Additionally, the pictures can be chained together to form a narrative, although, again, the details and the themes are dependent on the viewer. Every Meditation will be connected to the prior one via one or more threads. For instance, the first Meditation ("Homecoming", pictured above) shows a traveller approaching what may be a village or monastery. The second ("the Supplicant") shows someone who appears t
DeviantART Search TipsSearch is a pivotal piece of the Internet. Google has become the successful company it is today because it understands this simple fact. With all the information out there today, it can be difficult finding useful data. With artwork and images, the task is even more difficult since we are dependent on the accuracy keywords and text descriptions. If you have ever tried to find the source of a particular piece of artwork, you know how painful this task can be. The goal of this article is to help give you some tips and take some of the pain out of the process.DeviantART Search Tips3 years ago in Art Features More Like This
1. Know the Basics
FAQ #577: How do I use the Search? is required reading. Knowing how to use parentheses and well-placed "or" statements can make a huge difference. You should also be aware you can use the minus-sign in front of keywords to exclude them in your search. Just read that FAQ entry and you can be putting together aweso
Today, I am HeartbrokenThis past week our nation witnessed one of the most horrific violations in history. A beast that I refuse to name, planned and then killed 12 people in a theatre in Colorado. I won't go into details of how, why, or who committed this atrocity.Today, I am Heartbroken1 year ago in Personal More Like This
What I WILL address is the idea of our Constitutional "right to bear arms". The misconstrued perception of this "right", saddens and confuses me. The archaic belief that having a gun in our houses will enable us to "defend ourselves" is not only statistically improbable, it is metaphorically AND literally unsettling to those who live with us. A loaded gun in a house says,"I don't trust people", "I am afraid someone will break in and hurt us", and also "I am willing to shoot to kill another human being".
If you have a gun in your house and it is NOT loaded, the statistical probability of you being able to get to it, load it, and confront a home invader AND for the outcome of that confrontation to be positive in ANY way, is insignificantly small.
ATTENTION ALL ARTISTS - PLEASE WATCH!=kaicaine showed me this via tumblr, to help with my wrist problem. and so far, it has made it feel a little better! i'm going to practice this everyday so my problems don't worsen.ATTENTION ALL ARTISTS - PLEASE WATCH!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
i'm really hoping to spread this around to everyone to try to prevent tendinitis AND carpal tunnel! or just help it if you have either already!
these are SO important for your drawing hand!!
so please watch this video, and spread the word around!
here is my tumblr post if you'd like to reblog it: http://fleabug.tumblr.com/post/29300552069/yamino-artprogression-drawsomething
thanks for watching and re-posting/re-blogging if you do!
12 Days of Critmas UPDATE: We're starting to see critiques come in now! Remember you need 12 complete critiques and you need to post the links as a comment in this journal. Can't wait to see the responses!12 Days of Critmas2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
On the first day of Critmas, a deviant gave to me...
Well that could have been the beginning of a truly terrible parody, but in fact it relates to a challenge I propose to you all! Now most of you are relaxing and chilling out on your Christmas Vacations, some of you like me have time off work/school and will be staying at home in the warm over the next week or so. So why don't we make use of that hermit time and do something productive?
The challenge is a simple one. Write 12 critiques over the next 12 days. You do not have to critique just literature, you can pick any art form, as long as you write 12. That's only one a day- or spread them as you will.
Anyone can write a critique, you don't need to have qualifications to do so. If you don't know where
Commission Advice for ArtistsI'm not an expert on the matter, but given I've spent eight or so years officially doing commissions for people, I'd like to say I've spent a fair amount of time in the field of dealing with clients and exchanging art for money. So for those artists, young and old, new to the game or veterans just starting to consider renting their talents to people - I have some minor advice you can take with a grain of salt. I've been seeing a lot of posts on the matter on Tumblr and I just felt like speaking my thoughts on it a little bit. Hope you don't mind.Commission Advice for Artists3 months ago in Personal More Like This
So, if you're considering doing commissions for the first time (or starting back up), or you've never done them before because you were too afraid or intimidated, here is some advice for you from the perspective of a full-time freelance artist who has spent the better half of her last 8 years of artistic creativity working on art for other people.
1. Never work outside of your comfort zone.
Though some people may think
Top social posts from last week: 10.07.13Twitter:Top social posts from last week: 10.07.133 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Yoda by *ZoranPhoto
"Bulbasaur Secret Garden" by *Sa-Dui
Lightness of Being by =Miguel-Santos
Tumblr Mother of Dragons by `Artgerm
*** by *oprisco
How (And Where) To Report DeviationsThe Galleries here at deviantART.com receive, on average, around a hundred thousand submissions every day- any way you look at it that is a lot of creative works coming in every minute of every day. Among this outpouring of creativity which we call Deviations there are, inevitably, works which could be potential problems and when members of the community find deviations which could be troublesome for one reason or another it is only natural to want to bring them to the attention of the staff here at deviantART.How (And Where) To Report Deviations2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Because of the various ways that a deviation might be a problem we'll focus on only one specific issue in this blog, that issue being the subject of copyright infringement.
Now we've already tried to explain the ins and outs of copyright in our copyright policy so if you haven't read that particular page yet I'd encourage you to do so now (you agree to obey the rules and restrictions laid out there every time you submit
About Furries and AnthropomorphismBack in my writing class last semester I wrote a 20+ page paper about Furries and I have just now felt inspired to relay some of what I have learned through rigorous studying to those who may be confused about Furries and who may be wondering if they themselves are a Furry or not and what defines a Furry. I feel that my descriptions are fairly accurate and if I am wrong then I apologize and will listen to others' perspectives on the matter. I hope though that I can help some of you though, so here we go!About Furries and Anthropomorphism4 months ago in Personal More Like This
Furry: This is a very broad term and has many definitions, but generally Furries are defined by creating or being interested in anthropomorphic art. However, this is not just what can make one Furry. Furries also have fursonas, create and wear fursuits, associate and participate in the Furry Fandom, and attend various Furry conventions. A single individual Furry may or may not do all or few of these things, but all Furries do share a love for anima
I'm counting my blessingsEveryday is a mother fudging blessing.I'm counting my blessings9 months ago in Personal More Like This
I woke up at 9:20am (work starts at 10:30am, thanks Samsung smartphone for over assuming that I don't set my alarms on a weekly basis without that extra check in the box), didn't brush my teeth n wash my face let alone comb my hair, donned my shirt other way round the whole day, ran half of the way to the company and arrived approximately 2 mins late, during that time I called my supervisor's line like 5 times with no answer, and when I arrived he said "it's fine just get to work."
Got my first mo'fo pay cheque (been working there for three weeks).
I'm counting my mo'fo'king blessings.
Seriously, all these days of staying up mo'fo late at the labs and getting ripped off by ungrateful "clients", and now I'm exactly where I need to be in life.
I'm taking my aunt n her family to McD's for breakfast tomorrow, their friends can come too :3
I guess I just wanted to say this.
Dreams do come true after all, and when they do, it hits you in the face like a
Thursday: Connect the Dots!As an update from our earlier journal post, the Premium Membership privilege bug should be fixed. If your account has not been automatically restored, please see this journal.Thursday: Connect the Dots!9 months ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Great choices for deviations to fit the movie quotes from last week! Who knew each quote could manifest in so many different ways. Well done!
Our top six winners are:
"The stuff that dreams are made of."
Chosen by *Everch and =Hakkaeni
"It's alive! It's alive!"
Chosen by =Silvanne and *ManiacalFreak
"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse."
Chosen by `thefantasim and *LovesBloom
In the morning, wake up photography by :iconylf13:In the morning, wake up photography6 years ago in Art Features More Like This
This page isn't talking about beautiful people and fashion. It's just about normal people. I choose a scene of every day. So I would like to reunify some pictures about people in the morning who are waking up. They are lonely or two in the bed in their sheets, the bedroom gets the mood of the first sunbeams through the veil of the window; perhaps they are in the bathroom, whondering who they are; or smoking, thinking; or at breakfast, in front of a cup of tea or coffee...
Ther is no make up and no good brush, but these people have spontaneity and beauty. I love the atmosphere and the natural of these photos. I hope you will too.
Pumpkins!Happy Halloween! For those of you who have not yet figured this out, this is my favorite holiday. I love dressing up in costume, carving pumpkins, and watching scary movies. This is probably my last feature of the season, so I thought I'd feature some AMAZING pumpkin carvings to celebrate the Legend of Jack O'Lantern, an iconic Halloween legend!Pumpkins!2 months ago in Art Features More Like This
My first pumpkin by *Bueshang
Dragon Pumpkin Carving by ~wilderflower
Eye by *PunkBouncer
Attack On Pumpkin by ~Saphire-Racer
Mogwai Pumpkin by ~TrevorGroveJoker Pumpkin by *SteamboatLyssie
Punkie Pie by ~cake-monsterr
Portal Companion Cube Pumpkin Carving by ~ladybug95
Alduin Jack O' Lantern by ~Toxinogen
:la: Emoticon Pumpkin by $danlev
Hogwarts Crest Pumpkin Light by *johwee
LET'S GET FOLDINGLET'S GET FOLDINGLET'S GET FOLDING4 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Many times a friend or a deviant has said to me, "oh I could never fold origami, I'm not gifted that way", but it's just not true! As part of %projecteducate's Artisan Crafts week, I'm going to show you how simple it is to find and fold something gorgeous and to present it well to your internet audience.
With just a little inspiration and a bit of patience, ANY one of us could fold something absolutely lovely. So what are you waiting for?? Let's get folding!
1) BE INSPIRED
First of all, you need to figure out what you want to fold. You need inspiration from looking at gorgeous origami, from admiring nature and the world around, or maybe it'll just hit you like a random lightning bolt. We are super privileged to have many experienced and skilful origamists on dA, many who create their own models from scratch. From persona
Poetic Terms and TechniquesPoetic terms and techniquesPoetic Terms and Techniques1 month ago in Literature Features More Like This
This article aims to give you a brief introduction to some poetic terms with which you can bemuse your friends and nonplus your enemies. Try and sling some of these terms into a casual conversation and watch the ensuing confusion.
If you don't want to confuse people, you could use these terms to discuss poetry like a badass
while smoking unfiltered cigarettes in a French cafe, when critiquing, or to give your own poetry a bit of a vajazzle.
These terms are arranged vaguely into alphabetical order for your convenience. Some of them will be covered in more detail in other articles throughout the week.
Alliteration (see also Sibilance)
Alliteration is the repetition of consonant sounds, often used for a specific effect in poetry.
the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle
- - Wilfred Owen, ‘Anthem for Do
Comments and Commenting We all know that getting the exposure you want for your work is a tough endeavour here on dA. Despite the wonders of the site, the simple fact of the matter is that comments are hard to come by these days.Comments and Commenting6 days ago in Literature Features More Like This
There may be many reasons for this - lack of time on the part of many browsers, lack of interest, or simply: not knowing what to say. We've all been there at one point (some of us more than others), and it presented the question - "what is it that writers want out of a comment?"
The only way to find the answer to this question was to set up a poll - which received an amazing response from the lit community, and with your help, this editorial will highlight some points that will aid in leaving some insightful and appreciated comments.
First and foremost - Read.
Many of the writers on dA want f
FREELAND PHOTOGRAPHY FUNDRAISER: The Quickening! GalleryFREELAND PHOTOGRAPHY FUNDRAISER: The Quickening!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Snow Leopard Trust
StudioJust wanted to give a little tour on my materials that I use to paint (or what I find works for me)Studio1 year ago in Personal More Like This
*Liquin- Used to use mineral spirits, and linseed oil but I found how much linseed oil tends to turn all my colours yellow. Mineral spirits became too watered down many people asked if I painted with watercolours. Liquin and a bit of poppy seed oil makes a perfect mixture. (Almond oil is what I want to try in future)
*Brushes- Round Synthetic mongoose. Flat square brushes was my fav back in the time but no longer.
*Pallet- I buy a painting frame with glass for $8 then I put a white paper under the glass and use that to mix my paints. I used to own a little fridge where I would store my pallet over night (it never dries but your fridge will smell like oil)
*Reference photos- I tape an ipad to my painting and I can zoom in, play music, photoshop and skype while I paint. Best invention ever !
*Paints- I have upgraded to higher more expensive paints thanks to my gift cards (think of it as an