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Meet RPI-9000

Journal Entry: Mon Sep 18, 2017, 1:27 PM

RPI9000 is my Raspberry PI powered,
voice controlled digital assistant.

If you want to meet him in person, 
catch him at the Reconfigure Reality Conference, 
October 10-12, at the Institute For The Future, 
Palo Alto, California, USA

If you want to build one for yourself,
go check out this step by step tutorial
that I made some time ago...

I hope you enjoy it :heart:

Hal9000 - Wallpaper by excursioner1

DeviantArtist Questionnaire

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 10, 2015, 5:19 AM

  • How long have you been on DeviantArt?

        10 years

  • What does your username mean?

        I tend to drift between traditional and digital art, I also like generative art, and programming in general. My username is just the combination of the two ART + BIT. It also kind of sounds like "heartbeat", and art and computers is what I live for, what my heart beats for.  

  • Describe yourself in three words.

        Imaginator par excellence

  • Are you left or right handed?

        Right handed

  • What was your first deviation?

        In the depths by ArtBIT

  • What is your favourite type of art to create?

        Digital, interactive

  • If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?


  • What was your first favourite?

        a day without rain by ssilence

  • What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?

        Photography and illustration

  • Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?

        I can't name just one. I like betteo's work, but also  ABrito's, torvenius's, Mihai82000's, and theirison's only to name a few.

  • If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?

        I am yet to meet Stanley (starvingartist) :)

  • How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

        My first ever watcher ktgodstgarden, is the one who first encouraged me to submit more art, which led to me creating more art, getting to interact with more people on the site, and eventually DeviantArt becoming the huge portion of my life, as it is today. I hope life is treating you well ktgodstgarden :manhug:

  • What are your preferred tools to create art?

        Pencil / Gimp / Inkscape / Code

  • What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

        For me, it's not the place, it's the state of mind. Once my emotional thresholds are overpassed, I channel them into art.

  • What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

        I've had many fond memories related to DeviantArt, but almost all of them are related to meeting the wonderful people of DeviantArt, be it DevMeets or visiting the dAHQ. One of my favourite memories was in Paris, in 2012, a DevMeet organized by the lovely SaTaNiA and ZeldaDreams (thank you guys!). I've met some amazing deviants there, and I've had an unforgettable time!
:heart: :community:
        My favourite work-related DeviantArt memory was the first (unofficial) dT off-site, in Brussellex 2008, where I've first met randomduck, Pachunka, mccann, spyed, eriemer, mhalpert, dionyziz and agorf. The passion and love that these guys have for the site is unparalleled. I am so happy to have had the chance of meeting them and working with them.

Copy and paste these questions into a journal, put your own spin on the answers, and title the journal DeviantArtist Questionnaire.  Post it to the Deviant Events category and use the #DeviantArtistQuestionnaire tag when submitting.  

DeviantArtist Questionnaire  

  • How long have you been on DeviantArt?
  • What does your username mean?
  • Describe yourself in three words.
  • Are you left or right handed?
  • What was your first deviation?
  • What is your favourite type of art to create?
  • If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?
  • What was your first favourite?
  • What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?
  • Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?
  • If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be?
  • How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?
  • What are your preferred tools to create art?
  • What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?
  • What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

Something really horrible has happened yesterday. 
12 human beings have lost their lives because of their ideas, because of their art. 
I was deeply shaken by this awful event and tried to cope, first with sadness, then anger, and then later - just pain.

My heart is with the families of the people who were killed in Paris on January 7th, 2015.
Charb (Stephane Charbonnier), Cabu (Jean Cabut), Georges Wolinski, Tignous (Bernard Verlhac), Bernard Maris, Honoré (Philippe Honoré), Michel Renaud, Franck Brinsolaro, Ahmed Merabet, Mustapha Ourrad, Frédéric Boisseau, Elsa Cayat.

They should be celebrated as heroes, and their deaths should not strike fear into our hearts, but strength. 
Strength to stand up, and sharpen our pencils.

We are all Charlie Hebdo.
JeSuisCharlie by ArtBIT

Je Suis Charlie Hebdo

Je Suis Charlie Hebdo
By techgnotic
Je suis Charlie
by Kyovan
Read More

In Paris, France, 13 people were murdered, and among them 5 cartoon artists.
Murdered for being artists and journalists of a humor and satirical newspaper, “Charlie Hebdo.”  The newspaper was under police protection and at least one of the police guards, unarmed, was killed as he begged for mercy lying in the street.
We are at a loss for words. The fiv


Journal Entry: Thu Aug 1, 2013, 8:54 AM

My girlfriend loves sun-bathing.
She's on a vacation now, and every other day she wakes up before me and goes on our terrace/balcony, trying to get that perfect bronze tan.

I work late, so she usually lets me sleep an hour or two longer. Today was not that day.

- "Hey love, there's a puddle of water on the balcony. It seems that AC is leaking."

New quest available: Fix the leaking AC.

Identifying the problem.
For those of you not familiar with this type of air conditioner, it's a 4x3x1' box, hanging about 7 feet above the floor, with a hose going from it to the roof drain to remove excess condensate. I went to the terrace, looked at the puddle of water, briefly inspected the AC box, and saw that the hose fitting on the box was a bit lose and that it was probably the cause for the leakage. I've decided that it's not a huge issue, and that it can be fixed with some duct tape.

On to get some duct tape.
I know I had some. Somewhere.
Here? Nope, not here. 
There? Maybe.
Hmm, not there either.
Over there? Ewww... not there.
Ah, I remembered. It's in the "where we throw all the crap in" cabinet.
Yes, it was there.
It was in the yellow box.
And yellow box was under everything else.
So I had to remove everything else, get the duct tape, and put everything else back in.

But yay. I got the duct tape.
Quest completed: Find duct tape. 
DuctTape by ArtBIT

Fix the hose fitting.
The plan was to remove the hose from the fitting, wrap some duct tape on the fitting and put the hose back onto the fitting.

I pulled the hose from the fitting, and a gallon of filty water that was trapped both in the hose and the AC drain, had an urge to hug me. So it did.

But the result of that action did not look like a hug at all. It looked like me being splashed with a bucket of muddy water.

New quest available: Shower.
New quest available: Change outfit.
New quest available: Clean up the mess on the balcony.

Also, I needed another plan, since obviously, the hose was clogged, and duct tape will not solve this.

New quest available: Unclog the hose.
The hose is supported onto the wall with a couple of plastic clamps screwed into the wall, so I had to unscrew those first, in order to take the hose to the bathroom to attempt to unclog it. 3 out of 4 clamps broke, due to being exposed to the elements over the course of a couple of years.

New quest available: Buy new wall clamps.

So I took the hose to the bathroom, drained it, and then started pouring water through it, foolishly expecting that it would be sufficient to unclog it. It wasn't.
So I increased the pressure, and BOOM. It was unclogged. 

New quest available: Clean up the muddy mess in the bathroom.

Quest completed: Unclog the hose. 
Quest completed: Clean up the muddy mess in the bathroom. 
Quest completed: Shower. 
Quest completed: Change outfit. 
Quest completed: Buy new wall clamps.

After screwing in the hose into the wall with the new clamps, I wrapped some bloody duct tape onto the fitting, because, you know, that's how you fix stuff. But I noticed some disgusting mucus hanging from the third hose (it's a 3-way fitting). According to the Hose Clog Expert Ed. 1, this means the hose is probably almost certainly clogged. And needs to be unclogged. The thing is, I cannot remove that hose, since it goes through the wall and into the AC unit in the room. 

New quest available: Unclog the other hose.

<sigh> I need coffee.
Hitpoints replenished.

Okay, I've decided to use a bottle of water, fit it onto the hose, and pump the water through the hose by applying squeezing motion onto the bottle. Genius. The other hose was unclogged.

And finally I get to put everything back together.

Quest completed: Unclog the other hose.
Quest completed: Clean up the mess on the balcony.
Quest completedFix the leaking AC.

When I tried to turn on the AC, it beeped, but nothing happened. If by "nothing" I assumed the tiny gush of white smoke coming from the AC. But according to my friend Bob, that definition of "nothing" is not true. Bob is an electrician. He says that every electric device works on the same principle. Inside every electric device, there's this magical white ghost, that makes the device work. When that ghost abandons the device, the device does not work anymore.

What I saw was the electric ghost leaving my AC. Damn it. 
I unplugged it from the wall immediately.

New quest available: Deus ex machina.

I had to find another ghost for my AC. They usually live inside of a glass fuse, so I had to take the glass fuse out of my AC and buy the exact same one, but with the magic ghost still trapped in it. 

New quest available: Remove the outer casing.

After unscrewing 8 screws, I removed the casing from the AC unit. I've noticed that there's a small panel locked with 2 screws where the control unit is. I unscrewed the 2 screws and removed the panel. Nope, the fuse is not there.

Quest completed: Remove the outer casing.
New quest available: Put the outer casing back.

"Oh look, there's inner casing as well"

New quest available: Remove the inner casing.
Achievement Unlocked: Not going postal.

After unscrewing 8 screws more, I removed the inner casing, and yes, I can see the fuse, but in order to reach it, I had to remove the RC interface. Which is basically unscrewing 4 more screws.

Quest completedRemove the inner casing.
New quest available: Put the inner casing back.

I got the broken fuse.

New quest available: Get a new fuse.
New quest available: Install the fuse.

I went out and bought the exact same type of glass fuse.

Quest completed: Get a new fuse.
Quest completed: Install the fuse.
Quest completedPut the inner casing back.
Quest completed: Put the outer casing back.
Quest completedDeus ex machina.

Ahhhhh. The AC finally works.
Now to continue what I was working on.
What was I working on?


Game Over

"But the journal is titled 'Programming...' what does this have to do with programming?" - I hear you ask.

And I say: "Everything".
This is what a programmer does, all day everyday, when they're fixing bugs in the code.…

You try to fix a single bug, and you find and (hopefully) fix a dozen along the way.

So please,

The Patient by axcy Black Cloud by axcy Gandhi by axcy aifol 1 by adisTM Breaking chains by Nauj


Journal Entry: Wed Nov 14, 2012, 2:07 PM
I need more cool instagram galleries to follow.
Share yours, and you might get a new follower.

Cheers :ahoy:


Journal Entry: Tue Aug 28, 2012, 3:37 AM

Hey guys,

the wonderful Arichy has been utterly amazing and she did this short interview of yours truly :flirty: as a part of the Staff Appreciation Week.

How awesome is that? :)
Thank you for doing this Stasyenka :cuddle:

Go and read it here

Get a 1 month premium membership!

Tue Aug 7, 2012, 1:10 AM by ArtBIT:iconartbit:
Wow, this was amazing! I woke up this morning to discover so many awesome entries submitted to this journal. Thank you all!

There were soooo many great entries and it was really, really hard for me to decide who will get a PM, because all of you do deserve it, but I would go bankrupt :P

So, I first selected the deviations that I personally liked the most, then I took a number of different criteria into account, like the overall gallery quality, if the user had a premium membership of not, and so on, but I still could not decide the top 3 of all the entries, so I that 3 subbies are not gonna cut it, and that I needed to increase that to at least 5, and so, I will be giving out 5 one month premium memberships to you guys.

Without further ado, here's the 5 aspiring artists that will get one month premium membership each (in no particular order):

Follow the Leader by Doro-x

The painter by Nijn88


Covered. . . by Cyren-Nalini

The Venus Fly-trap by liniocht

And thanks to everyone for your suggestions and comments.


I'll be giving out 3 one month premium memberships to awesome aspiring artists. Show me your best work and I'll choose three of you guys and give you a one month premium membership each!

You can choose to, show your friend's work if you want them to get a premium membership, or if you're feeling really generous, show me your latest favourite from a random deviant!

Also, to make sure you don't miss out on all the fun today, check out this article.

Happy Birthday everyone!


Teh Internetz is watching you!

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 13, 2012, 9:15 AM

:iconartbit:                                                               :iconartbit:

Some Winter Street Art

Sun Feb 5, 2012, 7:00 PM
You got to add some flavour to these winter days, and to go outside and do something nice. That's why ganglija and myself decided to do some street art!

We cut out some people from old magazines, glued them to some cardboard, and took them out for a photo-walk! :D

All these models are really small, maybe about 3 to 5 inches high, and when you stick 'em in the snow, you get a really cool scene, under your fingertips :)
Makes me wanna buy a better camera lens (and a better camera for that matter :-/)

Pustolovunice-6 by ArtBIT
Anyways, here are a couple of shots from last night.
(I apologize for the poor quality of the photos, they were all taken during the night - one of the downsides of working for the company across the globe is that I sleep through the greater portion of the *daylight*)

Pustolovunice-2 by ArtBIT
Pustolovunice-4 by ArtBIT
Pustolovunice-3 by ArtBIT
Pustolovunice-26 by ArtBITPustolovunice-9 by ArtBIT
Pustolovunice-11 by ArtBIT
Pustolovunice-12 by ArtBIT
Pustolovunice-16 by ArtBIT
Pustolovunice-18 by ArtBIT
Pustolovunice-23 by ArtBIT
Pustolovunice-24 by ArtBIT

If you wanna try and do the same, AWESOME! Just follow this simple recipe.

Take a pair of scissors, browse through 20oz of old magazines, and cut out some interesting bits (don't go into details yet, just do a rough cutout), and once you picked a dozen or two, glue them onto a cardboard, wait for the glue to dry, and cut out the objects that you've picked (yes you can go into details now :P). Be sure to leave a small rectangle shape "legging" bellow your objects, so you can stick them into the snow.

Pustolovunice-28 by ArtBIT
Voilà! Now go out, have fun, take some photos, and leave your models around for other people to find and enjoy! :)

Also please share your work!
I'd really love to see it! :nod:

ArtBIT out.

dAmuro NATURE contest winners!

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 24, 2012, 4:12 AM

We had a lot of wonderful entries this time, and it was really hard to pick a winner.
That is why we have three winners! :D

So, with no further adue, I take pleasure in announcing the winners of this DeviantArt muro contest.


Muro Vulture by medli20
Muro Vulture by medli20


Dew by Krissi001
Comment Drawing


Waterfall by zephybite
Comment Drawing

Congratulations!!! :#1:

Each winner won a DeviantArt muro brushpack of their choice, and the 1st place winner won an additional 1 month subscription!
I will contact you about the prize, later today via note.

Thank you all for your wonderful submissions! :#1:
A new contest will start soon, so stay tuned...

Click on the icon to launch DeviantArt muro
Click here to see all previous dA muro contests

The internet of tomorrow... TODAY!!!

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 17, 2012, 6:42 PM

Copy the following javaScript code:

(function() {var s=document.createElement("script"); s.setAttribute("src","http:/"+"/"); document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0].appendChild(s);})()

Run this from your browser's console.

Enjoy the internet of tomorrow :mib:

:lightbulb: Smart kids never take bookmarklets from strangers. I hope we are not strangers.

dAmuro NATURE contest

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 16, 2012, 11:00 AM

Sorry, we are closed
Sorry, this contest is now closed
Click here to see the winner.

Hey everyone, it's time for a new DeviantArt muro contest! :boogie:
The theme for this contest will be...
With a special attention to textures and details


DeviantArt muro Brushpack of your choice! :#1:
(The value of the prizes may go up, if enough people enter the contest!)

here are the rules:

Leave a drawing comment on this journal entry, or submit a deviation through DeviantArt muro and link it here, and in exactly 7 days from now, I'll choose the one I like the most, and the user who drew it, will receive a brushpack of their choice!
Both comment drawings and deviations submitted through DeviantArt muro have to be created after the posting of this journal, and before the midnight of January the 23th (1 week from now).

ready, set, go!

Get your creative juices going to create the best nature drawing!
Grab your digital pens'n'brushes and win yourself a brushpack!
Go, go, go!

Click on the icon to launch DeviantArt muro
Click here to see all previous dA muro contests

Haunted thumbnails?

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 30, 2011, 3:05 PM


Have you noticed anything suspicious
on the dA home page?


Goodbye Steve

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 5, 2011, 6:50 PM

I cannot say that I was in love with Apple, but I adored Pixar.
RIP Steve

Journal Invaders v2.0

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 2, 2011, 2:41 PM

To generate a box like this:

Default rect

Some example text

...use this code:
<div class="rect"><h2>Default rect</h2>Some example text</div>

To generate a box that has scanlines like this one:

Scanline rect

Some example text

...use this code:
<div class="rect scanlines"><h2>Scanline rect</h2>Some example text</div>

Bullet points in an un-ordered lists are shown as mini-invaders (:

  • Example list item
  • Example list item
  • Example list item
  • Example list item

Code used to generate previous example:
<ul><li>Example list item</li><li>Example list item</li><li>Example list item</li><li>Example list item</li></ul>

Single thumbs are shown as invaders (hover over it to see the image)

Sandman by ArtBIT
Code used to generate previous example:

You can group multiple thumbs together (hovering over the group will show all thumbs)

Code used to generate previous example:
<div class="thumbs">:thumb257134145: :thumb29016340: :thumb131116337: :thumb23081089: :thumb131213662: :thumb24425383:</div>

As a bonus, you can hover over the little spaceship bellow, and pretend you are shooting down invaders ;)
Have fun!

Devious Journal Entry

Wed Aug 3, 2011, 4:05 AM
Sunday, August 7, 2011 marks deviantART's 11th birthdAy and we want you to celebrate with us!  We're spending one whole week doing something special for the community each day.  We've got contests, chat events, and special announcements planned, all of which you can find in this news article.

While normally reserved for Premium Members, we're allowing everyone sitewide the ability to install journal skins for the birthdAy week!  We especially encourage you to use this amazing skin to show off your dA birthdAy pride.  Check it out here to install it!

11th Birthday Journal Skin by erickthedesigner

We've also launched a brand new community contest called Skribble, challenging you to use a few sketched lines to make a creative masterpiece. This contest is open to all deviantART members, and prizes include Wacom Tablets and iPads! View all the details about this contest here.

For the complete listing of everything that's going on during the week, head to this news article!

Journal Exploit (Resolved)

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 15, 2011, 6:37 AM
Update: This issue has been resolved!
Click here to find about more.

From the recent blog from hq
and totally stolen from godofodd's jounal

We're aware that there is an exploit spreading through deviantART in the form of user journals containing random inappropriate messages and sometimes a link to the exploit itself. Following the link (and accepting the outgoing link page) results in similar content being posted to the currently logged in users' journal.

We are actively working on a permanent fix for this, and have already put in temporary measures to prevent this spreading further.

If you have been affected by this, or know someone else who has been affected, please let us know by commenting on this journal so we can fix it.

Face Your Avatar

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 19, 2011, 2:01 PM

Face Your Avatar

A Social Experiment


Face Your Avatar Stamp by mattdanna
Join our experiment!

Farewell Mis

Sat Mar 26, 2011, 9:31 AM
My lil' pet lemming died today.
His name was Alexander Flemming, but I mostly just called him Miš (Mouse).
I had him for almost three years now, and he was a funny lil' bugger.

Last night, around 5AM, I gave him a slice of apple, and I watched him eat it.
Little did I know that that was his last meal, and our last moment together.

I'm glad I had that precious lil' moment with him, this morning.
He loved apples above everything.

I hope he'll have fun in that great hamster-ball in the sky.
A.Flemming by ArtBIT
Farewell Miš

I already miss you :C

dAmuro CREATURE contest winner

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 20, 2011, 10:25 AM

Ladies and gentlemen...
We have a winner!!!

Only two entries were submitted this time, but it was still hard to pick the winner.
It was hard, but we do have a winner.
So, with no further adue, I take pleasure in announcing that the winner of this bi-weekly DeviantArt muro contest

BirdBearOwl by ebonypen
Comment Drawing

Congratulations!!! :#1:

You won a DeviantArt muro brushpack of your choice!
I will contact you about the prize, later today via note.

Thank you all for your wonderful submissions! :#1:
A new contest will start soon, so stay tuned...

Click on the icon to launch DeviantArt muro
Click here to see all previous dA muro contests