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As much as I love going home and spending time with my parents, it's so nice to be back in my apartment on my own computer again.  I especially missed my computer.  My parents (bless 'em) have a dial-up connection that kills me with its ungodly slowness.  It's like waiting for water to boil.  It's like watching erosion.  Ugh.  So, I didn't get to surf around on DA much over winter break, since the loading times were so ridiculously long.  

The only thing I don't like about coming back home to my own place is the weather.  Too ******* hot out here!  It's January, for Pete's sake.  Man, I miss the snow.  :(
If I get told one more time that my CG art is inferior to traditional media art because it's easy when the computer "colors everything for you".... I'm gonna hurt someone.  Sorry, but I do just a teeny bit more than hit the paintbucket button when I color on the computer.  

And when I draw on the computer, it IS hand drawn, same as on paper.  I don't understand how it couldn't be hand drawn, seeing as (a) I drew it and (b) I used my hand to do so.  The mouse/tablet pen didn't become possessed and move on its own.  

I've heard the CG-is-cheating argument so many times from other art sites.  Thank god, I don't get too much of that here.  

I worked on traditional media for most of my life before I switched over.  CG isn't easier, and it isn't cheating.  Not in my book.  It's merely another tool to use, a wonderful, versatile tool that I absolutely love and have no intention of giving up anytime soon.

Sheesh, I get surly when I'm up this late procrastinating for an exam.  I'll probably regret this journal entry when I see it tomorrow morning.  I'll probably cringe at how awfully grouchy I sounded.

And I'm sure this has all been said before by many, many people.  I'm not treading any new ground here, I know. But it sure feels much better having gotten this off my chest.  

Heehee, oh well.  Here endeth my rant.  
Whoever invented sour flavored cotton candy ought to be dragged into the street and shot.  The stuff is utterly disgusting.  It's just not natural, man, to have a mouthful of fluffy soft SOUR cotton candy.  Some things should not be experimented with, and cotton candy is one of them.  What's next?  Sour ice cream?  Sour chocolate?  Ugh.

Guess what?  I'm procrastinating.  I have a 15 page paper due in 16 hours, and I haven't started it yet.  Weee!  Nothing like raw fear to get one's creative juices going, eh?  Yeah, whatever.  I'm just not in the mood to write.  I hate critical studies papers.  Someone shoot me and put me out of my misery.  Oh, hey, no need.  I'll just grab some sour cotton candy right here....
I decided to post my gender on my profile.  For some reason, I get the impression that many people are assuming I'm male.  Anyway, to clear things up, HB is definitely of the female persuasion, thank ya kindly.  

And man, am I in the mood for pie right now.  Hot apple, ala mode.  God, can't you taste it?  I'm going mad from the craving.
It rained!

Okay, I know that doesn't sound like a big deal, but for me it is.  I moved to California back in August, and I'd been going absolutely nuts out here because of the weather.  I really missed rain!  And tonight was the first time it rained since I moved out here over 2 months ago.  I went outside and just stood in it for a few minutes, enjoying the feel of raindrops on my skin.  And then I opened my windows and sat on my couch by the windows so I could listen to it.  

Heh.  I know it sounds nuts, but oh, I've missed it so.  Tonight was a good night.

Oh, I tried uploading a picture of Clotho, but for some reason it won't show.  I'll try again tomorrow, I guess.  Oh well.
Saw this last night.  Bloody and fun.
I run a Rurouni Kenshin fan art works site.  I scour the internet on a regular basis looking for good fan art and fan fics.  It never ceases to amaze and disgust me to see people blatantly stealing the work of others.  

The thieves are usually quite silly in their stealing attempts.  They steal from multiple sources with multiple different drawing styles.  And they steal from artists who are fairly established and well known in the fandom.  

I'm constantly amazed.  Do they honestly think they can get away with it?  Do they honestly think they won't get caught?  And do they honestly think they have a chance in hell of defending themselves when the style of the artwork is so obviously different from the rest of their work?  When it's obvious that they couldn't possibly have been the one who drew that particular work of art?

Like I said.  Simply amazing.  

It hasn't happened to any of my own drawings yet.  At least, not that I know of.  But I've seen the work of many artists I respect ripped off and displayed on thieves' galleries.  And many of those thieves are right here on  Disgusting.  

"But they're young.  They don't know anybetter."  

No.  Not an answer.  Because anyone over the age of SIX ought to know better.  There simply is no excuse for this kind of thing.
I've lurked at deviant art for ages.  But I've only just joined tonight, and I have no idea how to navigate my way around this place.  So many pretty little icons.  So many things to click on....