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Hey, how's going? YES, I'm still alive - the fractal 'gurus' spared my life and there was no angry mob chasing me with
sharpened pitchforks (even doe...few people did fired up their bbq's and said I'll be tasting good roasted :lmao: ).
After submitting the first part, I did consider having an escape plan :nod: ..just in case - I got hiding places picked out
and scattered all over Europe ( Jimpan1973 offered to hide me in his basement and this way I could safely submit
second part of who 'sucked' the most).
Sweden, Holland (OutsideFate) and Spain (depaz) were among top five locations....and as parrotdolphin said
Switzerland has really good chocolate (Lindt :eyes: )
The response from the first Journal and News was great, do read some of the comments I bet you will be entertained
hearing some of the stories, memories from starting in an unknown fractal territory >> fiery-fire.deviantart.com/jour…
And you may not believe it, but a lot of fractalists did volunteered for this edition and for that I would like to thank
them greatly.
Important thing, which I should highlight is the term ' sucked ' is used in an endearment way, not meaning to upset
or insult nor the artwork nor the authors (luckily for Me, most of my friends from part1 got that right away) :heart: .  
Doesn't matter what kind of images you are making right now, the first few fractals will always be with you, the taste of
victory, the taste of bliss upon seeing things taking shape, even before you render the image, will be locked in into
those early 'masterpieces'.
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There is few secrets within fractal community, which you have to be aware of:
1) The biggest secret is 'there is no secret' - We All start out the same way, making blobs and
        strange colorful clouds in apo or looking in amazement into the dark hole of mandelbrot in UF.
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2) Every single person who is a beginner, thinks the same thing "There is no way I will ever be
        able to pull this of", while looking at a complicated image done by one of the experienced
        fractal artists.
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3) Some of us are very lazy ....:paranoid:, we will complain for weeks or months, our fractals are not as great as other people,
     but the tutorials and learning takes so much time - why can't the fractal just make itself into a Platinus creation with
     a click of a mouse.  Refusing to learn makes 'you' your worst enemy. Complaining and whining is so much more
    effective (I'm being sarcastic about that one) :slow:
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4) Sitting on your 'buns' , doing nothing - does not make better fractals :no:
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5) The learning process doesn't end, there are new plugins, formulas being released on monthly bases and testing
their abilities is fun, it's also trial and error (yes, you might see blobs again from your early stages, but this time
you know exactly where the undo button is located :lmao: ).
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6) When you finally learn few 'tricks' you are able to admit - Your first fractals weren't as great as you thought.
Becoming more rounded and skilled does put things in perspective and you can critique yourself, without feeling down
about it or offended (like you did, when somebody pointed out things to you months ago and you nearly felt, like tracking
them down and running over with your car :rofl:.....ok, that sounds dramatic, then again it's DArama).
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7) Being on DA - gives you so many tools !!!  You get links to resources of site and on site, you have tutorials, you
got plenty of scripts as well. And the most important you have human interaction factor, which is wonderful.
You can make friends within the community and they will help you learn, you can find and visit chats as well,
lets see the most popular are #Aposhack Apophysis :#fantasticallyfractal: :#Ultrafractal:
Trust Me learning in the group is way better, then pulling your hair out of your head by yourself ;)
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Now lets take a stroll into one of the chats, my personal fave #Aposhack, I was just going down the memory lane with
ccdigitalfx, how we start out in apo. I think you might find it amusing :eyes:

<Fiery-Fire> ccdigitalfx: if i had no humor ....I would quit in first week of apo,
cause the only things i was getting were clouds :lmao:
<ccdigitalfx> Fiery-Fire: yup me too :lmao:
<Fiery-Fire> ccdigitalfx: but that's what you get when you use mutation window :rofl:
<ccdigitalfx> Fiery-Fire: mutation window = bad
<Fiery-Fire> ccdigitalfx: for example....the colors on triangles have nothing to do with the
color of your fractal ...not what I thought :no:
<ccdigitalfx> Fiery-Fire: I just remember opening Apo the first time and saying to myself "What the heck is this?"
<Fiery-Fire> ccdigitalfx: hahahaa..that's a good line :lmao:
<Fiery-Fire> ccdigitalfx: I did O_o a lot for first 2 weeks :)
<ccdigitalfx> Fiery-Fire: I honestly took it off my computer after messing with it for a couple days
because I fgured I would never understand it :lmao:
<Fiery-Fire> ccdigitalfx: well....I thought it takes at least 2 yrs to make a julian :nod: I wasn't even trying to figure out ..
how the tiles are done
<Fiery-Fire> ccdigitalfx: those looked way to complicated :nod:
<ccdigitalfx> Fiery-Fire: I looked at my little squiggly lines and compared them to the julians and stuff on dA and
thought "No f***in way I will ever do THAT!"
<ccdigitalfx> Thank God for tutes and the shack! :lmao:
<Fiery-Fire> ccdigitalfx: we all did that one :)
<ccdigitalfx> Fiery-Fire: I dont feel so bad then :)
<Fiery-Fire> ccdigitalfx: I made friends within 2 weeks - xyrus, magnusti ...and xyrus kept bugging me, to open
edit window and try to see that it has numbers :lmao:
<Fiery-Fire> ccdigitalfx: and you can change those numbers I just wasn't buying it,
the colors weren't working neither :lmao:
<ccdigitalfx> Fiery-Fire: The first time I tried the editor I got a invalid floating point error
and crashed Apo :lmao:
<Fiery-Fire> ccdigitalfx: hahahahaha....that's great you stripped the xfrom and then cursed :nod:
<Fiery-Fire> ccdigitalfx: I put linear on everything :biggrin: by sereneworx
<ccdigitalfx> Fiery-Fire: and I got this look on my face ------> :O_o:
<ccdigitalfx> Fiery-Fire: then it went to this :confused:
<Fiery-Fire> ccdigitalfx: yes 'orly' is very common is like an apo flu :lmao:
<Fiery-Fire> ccdigitalfx: actually just yesterday I told somebody - apo to me is like a magic frog
<Fiery-Fire> ccdigitalfx: you gotta kiss it a lot of times to get a prince :lmao:
<ccdigitalfx> Fiery-Fire: now I get this :crash:
<ccdigitalfx> Fiery-Fire: hahaha yup :nod:
<Fiery-Fire> ccdigitalfx: I don't get angry anymore ....i just walk away , go cook , get a beer
<Fiery-Fire> ccdigitalfx: hahahahahahaha....yeahh talk to it in nice voice - "please make the tiles and i will render
only one image" :lmao:
<ccdigitalfx> Fiery-Fire: and I promise this is the last time I will change my mind!! :lmao:
<ccdigitalfx> Fiery-Fire: the first time I copied and pasted params, the color pallette wasn't
set and my screen went blank :O
<ccdigitalfx> Fiery-Fire: I was like oh great!! now what do I do? Thank you undo button
<Fiery-Fire> ccdigitalfx: yes undo button is your friend soo is save a lot :nod:
<thithimimi> Fiery-Fire: UNDO BUTTON ROCKS !!!
:rofl::rofl::rofl:
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And now ....drum-roll, please The Features:
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Meckie Marian/Male/Germany
Before (early flames salvaged !!  Yes I made Meckie show them ;) )
1 by Meckie 2 by Meckie 3 by Meckie
After
Now That I Am Sated by Meckie The Hardest Part by Meckie Bloodlines by Meckie Let There Be Light by Meckie Sham Jewelry by Meckie

SjerZ Sjerrie /Female/ Netherlands
Before
Scorpio by SjerZ Birth by SjerZ Splash by SjerZ
After
Jewelmine by SjerZ Deepsea life by SjerZ Sea-anemones by SjerZ Sponges by SjerZ Networking by SjerZ

DWALKER1047 Debs/Female/US
Before
PG-Eye of Knowledge by DWALKER1047 PG-Transparencies by DWALKER1047
After
RR4 3D Image 1 by DWALKER1047 Rich Colors by DWALKER1047 Woven Box by DWALKER1047 Pharoah by DWALKER1047 Winters Twilight+ PARAM by DWALKER1047

Alterren Morgan/ Female/ Hawaii
Before
Florian Spiral-WIP by Alterren Tempest by Alterren In Flight by Alterren
After
Invasion of the Moon Men by Alterren The Geometry of Dreams by Alterren King's Ransom by Alterren The Eyes of Avarice by Alterren Bountiful Garden by Alterren

ccdigitalfx  Chuck/ Male/ US
Before
Unfinished by ccdigitalfx before 1 by ccdigitalfx before 2 by ccdigitalfx
After
Unforgiven Corrosion by ccdigitalfx Frozen Mobius by ccdigitalfx The Spawn by ccdigitalfx Unavoidable Obstacles by ccdigitalfx Dependant Expectations by ccdigitalfx

Casperium Ali/Female/US
Before
The Nexus by Casperium Galactic Waterfall by Casperium Painter and Canvas by Casperium
After
Foo Dog Fighter by Casperium Drustan's Nebula by Casperium Fallen Icons Nebula by Casperium The Dancing Nebula DD by Casperium Cradle Nebula 1 by Casperium

magnusti78 Satu/ Female/ Finland
Before ( She asked for it :lmao: )
The Beginning Of The RainbowII by magnusti78 Candy by magnusti78 Flower Story by magnusti78
After
Evening Star by magnusti78 Kajo by magnusti78 Frost Falling by magnusti78 August by magnusti78 Julian Model by magnusti78

AndreiPavel Andrei/Male/Romania
Before
016 Rose of lost hope by AndreiPavel 001 Solar explosion by AndreiPavel 010 Flower by AndreiPavel
After
1975 Scry echos by AndreiPavel 1885 Confrontation by AndreiPavel Furious rotation WTC winner by AndreiPavel 4148 Fence cromatics by AndreiPavel 4959 Zim tray by AndreiPavel

abenoking Male/US
Before
:thumb50321553: Ribbons by abenoking:thumb50388977:
After
Daisy Chains by abenoking Meteora by abenoking Smoke on the Water by abenoking Paper Thin by abenoking November Rain by abenoking

Szellorozsa Eve/Female/Canada
Before
Incandescence by Szellorozsa Enigma by Szellorozsa Blue sun by Szellorozsa
After
Which way is the good one ? by Szellorozsa Nucleus by Szellorozsa Labyrinth blue by Szellorozsa They walked all night by Szellorozsa Where will it lead me ... by Szellorozsa

genlisae  Genlisae/Female/Canada
Before
Butterfly by genlisae Bardo by genlisae For Kyra by genlisae
After
Still Life by genlisae Sun Flower by genlisae Back to basics II by genlisae Untitled IV by genlisae RR3 UF Team 3 - Butterfly by genlisae

Colliemom  Lorrie/Female/US
Before
High Grass by Colliemom Song Sung Blue by Colliemom Aqua Blue by Colliemom
After
Optical Cubes by Colliemom Blueray by Colliemom Exploding by Colliemom Budding by Colliemom Into The Depth by Colliemom

Phoenix-22 Matt/Male/US
Before
first fractal by Phoenix-22 Second fractal by Phoenix-22 8 by Phoenix-22 Bright by Phoenix-22 whiteout :lmao:
After
Variations of a Common Theme 4 by Phoenix-22 Adrenaline by Phoenix-22 Fresco by Phoenix-22 Shattered Solace by Phoenix-22 Path to Riches by Phoenix-22

phoenixkeyblack Phoenix/ Male/ United Kingdom
Before
My First Fractal by phoenixkeyblack Magnetic Fields by phoenixkeyblack Welcome by phoenixkeyblack:omg: Adriana by phoenixkeyblack
Spirituality - Ying And Yang by phoenixkeyblack those guys 'suck around' all the time and they don't care :rofl:
After
Venus Vegetation by phoenixkeyblack Shot You Down by phoenixkeyblack Orpheus In The Underworld by phoenixkeyblack Viral Purple by phoenixkeyblack Aquaduct by phoenixkeyblack

wolfepaw Peggy/ Female/ US
Before:
Flaming Heart by wolfepaw Fractal Party by wolfepaw Skeeter by wolfepaw
After:
Apo Round Robin Rd 2 by wolfepaw WTC - Put A Ring On It by wolfepaw Apo Jelly Armada by wolfepaw Heart of Alien Egg Chamber by wolfepaw FE 2 for 4th Round Robin by wolfepaw

CabinTom Tom/Male/Canada
Before
A Strange Atmosphere by CabinTom Age Old Wisdom by CabinTom Conciousness by CabinTom
After
There's So Much More... by CabinTom Desire by CabinTom A Tapestry by CabinTom Factory Floor by CabinTom Where My Life Began by CabinTom

TyrantWave Chris/Male/United Kingdom
Before
Air by TyrantWave Confliction by TyrantWave Devil by TyrantWave
After
Tyrade by TyrantWave Visionary by TyrantWave Rozen by TyrantWave Vision by TyrantWave Platinum by TyrantWave

penny5775 Penny/Female/US
Before
Old Apo Desktop by penny5775 Oldie by penny5775 pie bird by penny5775
After
09 04 14 A by penny5775 09 04 29 B by penny5775 09 04 03 B by penny5775 All Broken Up by penny5775 Held Together by penny5775

uncubitodehielo88 /Male/Argentina
Before
Green Jewel by uncubitodehielo88 Blood.Cells by uncubitodehielo88 Fire.Flower by uncubitodehielo88
After
Shiny Substance by uncubitodehielo88 Graveyard of dreams by uncubitodehielo88 Terraces by uncubitodehielo88