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Journal Entry: Thu Feb 25, 2010, 7:36 AM


Change is my life story.  Most of the time I roll with it quite nicely, it tends to make things more interesting and colorful.  Sometimes not so...

If you read my last journal entry of almost two months ago, you'd know that I was getting ready to be more active here.  Unfortunately life got in the way once more and things are really different now.  Early one cold winter day I received a call at work from my supervisor.  To keep it short and not move into the land of drama, I've been moved back to the original hospital I was hired in at.  It's closer to home but they have an entirely different type of phone system.  I was just getting used to the phone system where I was at and now I have to start from scratch to learn this new one.

It's been a bit frustrating to have to start all over again when it comes to the learning curve, so I've been away from here.  I was working on a new image but lost all artistic motivation when the change came down.  The only thing I toyed around with was designing a car for the Toyota racing team.  They have a contest and it would be cool to win, especially cool if Technocracy could be put on a NASCAR auto and see it run around the track at near 200 mph.  I think I might just spend some time cleaning up my prints gallery, it desperately needs it.  The good news is my new computer renders images way faster.  Gotta love those AMD processors.

A lot appears to have changed at DA since I was gone.  Groups:  jury is still out.  I was asked to join one and didn't get back to them in time so the invitation expired.  I don't know, it feels a bit whoreish in some ways.  Anyone here in a group?  Are they worth getting involved with?

Not liking "stacks" either.  Once I figure out how to get the deviations back to the old way, it's going to happen.  On the other hand, I need to get my portfolio page created.  DA did an awesome job allowing people to market themselves more professionally with a personal portfolio page.

Anyway, still alive and hopefully I'll get something new created that should be interesting enough to post.  To all my long time friends here, love ya and hope all is well.  To my new watchers, thank you and hope to not disappoint.




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NatalieKelsey Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, Jeff.

If you want your deviations the regular way, click on deviations (you can't do it in your message center, it has to be the deviations only page.)

Along the top row, you can choose stacks, sorted by date, or sorted by sender. Date is the old way, but I like "sender" best. It's like stacks in that each section is all from one artist or group, but instead of being all stacked up they're shown individually. So it's kinda the best of both worlds.

I like groups. I enjoy the Apo group and some miscellaneous fractal groups, a couple of dA related groups like Senior members and some photography and particular fan-art groups. It helps me see artwork I might not normally see and allows me to have some of my art seen by people who wouldn't normally stumble across my gallery.

To avoid the overload of deviations from groups in my inbox, I am selective about which groups I receive deviations from. Some groups I just get their journals and visit the galleries when I want to see the art, other groups I choose to get devs from. Overall, I like the set-up of the groups and the way the artwork is directly linked from the deviant's gallery. No more faving club submissions.

I'm sorry about the job woes and the slump in artistic motivation. Good luck with the Toyota thing, though...I would be ecstatic to see Technocracy on a race car! I'd call everyone to get on tv and watch! It's a beautiful piece and should be seen by a much larger audience.

Hope things get better soon!
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Aeires Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
I joined TeaFanatics this weekend. While I was browsing for Treasures, I found an image that was part of their group. Being a huge tea fan, I had to join.

Other than that, I'm just focusing on the new group I created. I'm planning on posting a news article announcing the contest, which should also bring attention to the group. I'm going to change the deadline and one of the rules, and hopefully some people will help out with it. So far we've had a couple of hiccups but I think we're off to a good start. :)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Good to hear from you, even if it's a mixed bag of news. Groups are all right, I think, not doing too much with them, but it's got me out of the rut of watching always the same artists.

Stacks are all right. I am regularly sitting on about 2000 unreviewed deviations, so they keep me rather sane...
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Aeires Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
Good point, Elly. I might look around and see what happens.

On a side note, you have any G1 apps to recommend? I've found a handful of cool ones but it's hard to keep up with them all.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, ones I find myself coming back to are for utilities: Wiki Mobile, Unit Converter, Places Directory, PDANet to tether my phone to my computer as a dial-up modem, Dolphin browser instead of the pre-installed browser, Calorie counter to look up nutritional values of foods, BBC News.

For games I'm fairly happy with Bonsai Blast, Coloroid, Bubble bust lite, and Jewels
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Aeires Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
Dolphin is the best. If you like Bonsai Blast, try Alkaline. Alkaline is a type of tetris game, but you select how and when they drop, and it gets very difficult near the end.

If you have Netflix, PhoneFlicks is a must. It links to your Netflix account so you can keep up with your queue.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool, great recommendations. I probably jump on my husband's netflix account that way we share and surprise ourselves with goofy suggestions for weekend entertainment sometimes...
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tapena Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Some groups are alright, but joining can totally spam your inbox if you're not careful. And I HATE stacking too!
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Aeires Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
That's something I'm not looking forward to. :faint:
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tapena Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I'm thinking of unjoing one, just too much crappy art spamming me.
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SalHunter Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
:hug: Glad to hear from you!

My experience of groups so far ... true you get to see work from a particular area of interest, but I am lead to believe that subs for groups will be prohibitively expensive from next year and that will impact on the range of features they can use ... We'll have to wait and see what happens to groups in the long run.
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Aeires Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
:wave: Hey, Sal. :hug:

Jury is still out. I did just submit Technocracy though. I had a group request it in their gallery; they chronicle DD's awarded and place them in their own galleries. I think it's a cool idea so I let them place it. :)
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SalHunter Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
A well deserved invitation too I'd say :-)

Hope your real life is getting sorted out, all that moving around takes time to settle down! :hug:
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neurotype Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Groups...the special interest ones can be worth joining, especially if you're interested in discovery.
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Aeires Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
Still digging around, maybe I'll find one that fits my needs and tastes. Or maybe I'll create one....
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neurotype Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:O We shall see soon, I hope.
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bluesman219 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Good to hear from you Jeff. :)
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Aeires Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
You too, Philip. :)
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Vanshira Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Groups are like clubs, except the response time is a hell of a lot faster and there aren't two copies of every submitted deviation floating around. (Which eliminates the problem of people faving or commenting on group deviations instead of showing their love to the original.)
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Aeires Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
Not having multiple images in the gallery is an awesome asset, indeed!
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Vanshira Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
And it eliminates the problem of the original being deleted and the club copy still hanging around, saying "DO NOT FAVE" and offering a link to a deviation that no longer exists.
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I'm currently working shorter hours at work (hence less pay) whilst the firm works on getting in new business and streamlining operations to overcome a cash-flow crisis brought on by the economic downturn here. :hmm: Hopefully not for much longer. :fingerscrossed:

As far as Groups go, I converted #Circleoffriends a few months back, and overall I'm happy with the back-room stuff. :) Some of the one that I watch have suffered due to submission overload :hmm: so I'm glad they implemented a limiter system now. Eventually there will be a shake-out as the less successful Groups either close or merge with others. :hmm:

As for stack, I love them! An invaluable way to skim through and catch up on all stuff from a particular user or group in one go, great for someone as time-poor as me. :)

Good luck with the new work! :highfive:
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Aeires Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
Not being involved in groups too much (yet?), I'm not really seeing much need for stacks. I like to hit the old messages and deviations by sorting oldest first and cleaning from the back end. Maybe one day I might need stacks, but right now I don't see much from it.

Good luck with your work too. :manhug:
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MelonLogic Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
:cheer:
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Aeires Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
:highfive:
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
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I'm in a few groups, I don't want to join too many cause I can't keep up as it is. I do really enjoy the Painting Digital group I'm in, though...

The deviation stacks thing is....kinda frustrating at times...but easier to keep cleaned up, so to speak...
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Aeires Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
I'll do some looking around and see what it's all about before making a long term decision. Too much to do and not a lot of time. What I really need to get going is the news articles. :nod:
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cosmosue Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
its been a long time, hello!

:heart:
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Aeires Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Sue! Long time indeed. :hug:
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simonsaz3 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
:wave: Good to hear from you. And I totally know what you mean. But hey, perhaps the changes on dA will grow on you. I wish you all the best with everything else!
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Aeires Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Some of the changes have been really well thought out and totally cool. I just have a lot to figure out and see how things work right now. :)
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jenepooh Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hey sweetie! :hug: Great to see you. Change comes and goes..we all know that and it can be rough. Things here on dA aren't as bad as they seem as far as those changes. Those stacks really helped me out. :P Groups are awesome, too. :nod: I can't wait to see new works from you. I know you're going to be just fine at work. You usually are. :heart::hug:
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Aeires Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Heya. :hug:

I like to think that my life being changed as much as it has is leading me to do something that I normally wouldn't accept if it was always the same. I embrace change, but my age is starting to show and I'm not always willing to do things differently if I love how they used to work. Sums up Windows 7 for me perfectly.
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jenepooh Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
:nod::giggle: I understand completely. :hug:
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Funerium Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If youre heavily involved & interested in some particular genre, then watching some groups who specialize in it is a a great way to get to know some new artists. But the submission do clutter the inbox, so make sure you have enough time to keep your eyes open. And if not, you can always mass-delete the stack. Or go back to the old message center of course, good to see that is still an option.

Plus the group seems handy for distributing resources, that Ive seen at #resurgere, makes submitting much less of a hassle now that we are a group. Also easier to communicate with collaborate efforts when it comes to creating new stock. :)
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Aeires Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Thanks for the feedback. One thing I did notice today was that some deviations get a bit long in the teeth for page sizes if they are being featured in a lot of groups. Personally, I don't need to know that if I'm already looking at the image. If there is a way of turning that off, I would.

What I'd like to see is browsing for groups by galleries. If I'm looking for a fractal group, I would go to the groups page and sellect the fractal gallery. Some of the group searches are around a thousand pages or more, which leads to the confusion of which ones are good and how do you know if you should join or not? I've been away and to come back mid stream is a bit much for figuring it all out. Gotta give it some time.

Resurgere has always been tight, groups will help them a lot and their page looks cool.
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Funerium Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, finding the groups is a mystery still to me, I was invited to the few space-groups Im in and added to Resurgere automatically when the account was converted into a group when we alpha-tested the group-function.

But as for other groups, Ive only seen some group-icons in the deviation page and checked them out. But still, hard to find groups like that, seems completely random. Browsing for groups by galleries like you mentioned would make things a lot more easier. Or finding some sort of list-account for groups, Im sure a lot of them are floating around DA somewhere, would just need to find them somehow. :p
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