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So, a lot has changed in the (greater than) six months since my last entry. I think that can be said of anybody. But the last six months have been a whirlwind, roller-coaster ride, so you'll have to excuse the clichés.

I organised our Burns Night Supper this year. For those who don't know, Robert Burns was a Scottish poet (perhaps *the* Scottish the one to rule them all). He is celebrated near his birthday, Jan 25, as an icon of Scottish culture. Anyway, the supper was fun, and I can't wait to organise the next one. Maybe I should go into event planning.

That reminds me. I need to start thinking about my career now. I turned 18 exactly one month ago, and now I am legally an adult (doesn't really feel much different). What have I done to exercise my new-found rights? I went out and bought a lotto ticket. Not really to win, but simply because I could.

And what better time to start thinking about a career? Not much better than now, I guess, because I just, this Monday, started work at my first job. Not as a McDonald's frycook. Not as a Starbucks Barista. No, I'm so cool, my first job is at a computer company.

Egocentricism aside, I really do feel special. I can come into the office pretty much on my own time, since work can get done outside as well. And, I have a lot of fun. Who gets to say that? An eighteen year old, working for a computer company, and doing what he likes to do, all for his first job. I am blessed.

I almost forgot to mention which computer company I work for. Not some big, chintzy tier one Corporation, but rather the humble, quaint, and I should mention local, System76.

We sell linux-based laptops, desktops, and servers, and despite being based in Denver, we do ship nationwide, so if you are an unlikely distant fan, you really should check us out at .

Which brings me to the summary of this entry. I am holding a little contest. This is targeted toward artists who are looking to get major exposure for little effort. I'm holding a vendor wallpaper contest.

Vendor wallpaper is the really obnoxious wallpaper that comes set by default when you buy a big, brand-name, tier one computer. Don't worry, we have a much more subtle design in store for our default, but we'd also like to have a few of the obnoxious ones available for the users to select. Something that says, "I run a System76 Machine, and by-golly, I'm proud of it!"

So do something bold. SOmething with graffiti. Something with bright, noisy, flashy colours that catches your eye. There are only a few minor details.

First of all, you should incorporate our logo. I have stock imagery in GIMP and Photoshop formats that you all can use. Just email me at with a subject "Wallpaper Contest" for all the stuff.

Next, you should do two versions. One at 1600x1200 resolution, and one at 1920x1080 resolution. This is for both widescreen and fullscreen monitors. Also, because I like it so much, please submit in PNG format. You can send any ideas to the above email,

After this, several of my co-workers and I will select the winning submissions. I'm thinking ten, but it could be more or less. These lucky winners will be shipped along with all of the computers we sell after April 29th, for all of our customers to see. Big exposure.

Deadline is April 20th, so we can judge everything. Good luck to everyone out there!
  • Listening to: Carpark North - Human
  • Reading: Neal Shusterman books
  • Watching: Skins (series 1)
  • Eating: Fontina Cheese
  • Drinking: Water, since I haven't gotten paid yet.


Ian Santopietro
United States
Ian S.

Deviant of possibly too many talents...

Current Residence: The Milky Way Galaxy
deviantWEAR sizing preference: L
Favourite genre of music: Punk, Skaw-Punk, Classical, Romantic, Modern, Game, Electro-Rock
Favourite photographer: EvilxElf
Favourite style of art: Music
Operating System: Kubuntu Linux 9.10 (Karmic) running KDE 4.3 as default window manager. Also, Windows 7.
MP3 player of choice: Amarok (software), I love my Sansa e250 with Rocbox 3.3
Shell of choice: BASH
Wallpaper of choice: Something cool
Skin of choice: Oxygen.
Favourite cartoon character: The Spirit
Personal Quote: 2.D 4E 2F# 2G 2.E 4Db 1D 2D 2A 1G 2G 2Db 1D D


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RemnantRyku Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, it's been a very long time, Ian. I still remember you bringing games to school. Hey, I'm sorry I never got you those drawings for that game you were creating. Almost seems so far. If you ever return to dA as I did, here's my new account. Hope you're doing well.
IanM Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009

Spread the DA love around! (you can copy and paste this message on their userpage!)

1- You can hug the person who hugged you!
2- You -MUST- hug 6 other people, at least!
3- You should hug them in public! Paste it on their user page!
4- Random hugs are perfectly okay! (and sweet)
5- You should most definitely get started hugging right away!

Send This To All Your Friends, And Me If I Am 1.
If You Get 7 Back You Are Loved!

1-3 you're a bad friend
4-6 you're an ok friend
7-9 you're a good friend
10-& Up you're a great friend
VaatiDeGreens18 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Deviant of many talents...
Meh... I dont think so. :yawn:
whats up dude!
RedHeadTomboy Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
Hey! Im friends with james and he told me about you :meow:
IanM Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
IAN! You gotta come see my show at UCD! It's an altnerative high school musical called "I. Am. Here."

Show dates are Sept. 24-26, Sept. 30 & Oct. 1-3. There will be Friday matinees, so let V and the new drama teacher know!
Mysterian077 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
Sounds Awesome! I definatly try to make it if I can, but you do know how hectic senior year of high school can be. I will, at the very least, let V and whoever the drama guy is now know about it.
IanM Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
YES! Tell all your friends and classmates, too. :3
IanM Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
So what show is Overland doing for its fall play?
ZarJaMar Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
Hey, remember me? ^ ^; Ian gave me your sn for dA since I forgot to give it to you. Well, feel free to drop me a line or somethin'. I'll Chat with you later.
GRODSPEED Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
Thanks for addin me to yer watchness. :peace::D
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