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  1. How long have you been on DeviantArt?

    Eight and a half years or so.

  2. What does your username mean?

     It was intended to be a joke of sorts. Realized over time that it was too long and being called "Seeker" is kind of weird, but I've had the thing too long to change it now.

  3. Describe yourself in three words.

     Honest. Irreverent. Clever.

  4. Are you left or right handed?

     LPC - Flower by NickACJones
    LPC - Flower

  5. What was your first deviation?

     Oh, that's long gone. I've culled a lot of my early photography over the years. This is probably the earliest date-wise still in the gallery:

    Collapsed roof by NickACJones
    Collapsed roof

  6. What is your favourite type of art to create?

    Well, nearly the whole gallery is photography, so that tells you something. I also make stuff out of LEGOs, and fully intend to do something really ambitious in scale with that at some point.

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


  8. What was your first favourite?

    Long gone. I clear out favorites when they get over 100 favs, just to keep the focus on lesser-seen pieces. The earliest one left would be:
    SoR Request - Meliadoul by JocelynSamara
    SoR Request - Meliadoul

     Which, funnily enough, was a request I made ages ago. Seems kind of self-serving when presented this way. :XD:

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


  10. Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?

    There are too many people on here that I like to call any one my favorite.

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

     Now there's a question designed to make somebody look like a creepy stalker.

  12. How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

     Life, and all the interactions with the various people you run across, is a constant learning process, DeviantArt included.

  13. What are your preferred tools to create art?

     Film camera. Unfortunately, I mostly use digital.

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

     As a photographer, it's where the action is. ;p

  15. What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

     As good as things have been, hopefully it's something that hasn't happened yet. :D


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  • Playing: Tales of Phantasia (SFC)
On my birthday this year I took a hike out in the woods, and at a certain juncture I stood atop a cliff jutting out over an inlet with a cool breeze blowing off from the water. It seems like a perfectly ordinary experience, but I found it to be a nearly perfect moment of tranquility. The thing that bothers me that there is no way for me to properly encapsulate my subjective experience in either words or pictures. Any attempt to do so will automatically lose something in translation due to other people not having the same frame of reference or mental state.

It's so inconvenient that human beings can't psychically broadcast their thoughts. :/
  • Reading: The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
  • Playing: Odin Sphere
  • Drinking: Oolong tea
I shall have new content shortly, as I have ten rolls of film to develop. Unfortunately, I also need a new camera; I don't really want to switch to a digital SLR, but developing film is expensive and it's getting steadily harder to find places to buy film in the first place. :/

In the meantime, I'm blatantly stealing the following from :iconjocelynsamara:. I believe that it's supposed to be a question a day, but flooding inboxes with a question a day would be incredibly obnoxious of me.

Q1 - Very first video game.

Some of my earliest memories are of playing arcade games like Donkey Kong, Frogger, Galaga, and (Ms.) Pac Man, but I can't narrow down the very first.

Q2 - Your favorite character.

I have an abiding affection for Chris from Suikoden III. She's a tough cookie, but charmingly naive as well.

Q3 - A game that is underrated.

Parasite Eve. One of the best games published by Squaresoft in the late 1990s, unfortunately overshadowed by the inferior latter-day Final Fantasy games.

Q4 - Your guilty pleasure game.

I don't have guilty pleasures.

Q5 - Game character you feel you are most like (or wish you were).

I'm partial to radical idealists. Most games don't have anybody that I identify with, but Final Fantasy Tactics had a slew (Ramza/Agrias/Orlandu/Beowulf/et al).

Q6 - Most annoying character.

The protagonists of Final Fantasy VII-XII. Every one of them grated on my nerves, though for different reasons.

Q7 - Favorite game couple.

Alex and Luna (Lunar: Silver Star Story)

Those two were actually convincing as a couple, whereas the vast majority of romances in video games seem horrendously contrived.

Q8 - Best soundtrack.

Super Castlevania IV stands out in my mind, but there are also a plethora of RPGs that had excellent scores.

Q9 - Saddest game scene.

The death of Sniper Wolf in Metal Gear Solid. I've never cried at a scene in a book, movie, or video game, but that got me closer than anything else.

Q10 - Best gameplay.

Katamari Damacy had a very intuitive control system, though no game I've yet played has been without at least some gameplay issues.

Q11 - Gaming system of choice.

SNES. Not my first or last system, but easily the one with the games that I had the most fun with. I'd still be playing mine if the controllers weren't bereft of life and resting in peace.

Q12 - A game everyone should play.

Sadly, there's no game that everybody would enjoy, so I'll say Silent Hill. At the very least it will bring some families together when the kids rush in screaming in the middle of the night and demand to sleep in their parents' bed from the nightmares.

Q13 - A game you've played more than five times.

Chrono Trigger, it's one of the greatest games ever made and the large number of endings necessitated playing through multiple times to get them all.

Q14 - Current (or most recent) gaming wallpaper.

Final Fantasy VI: To Narshe

Q15 - Post a screenshot from the game you're playing right now.

How about some art instead? I'm on the second Digital Devil Saga game at the moment, though it's exactly like the first, which is kind of boring.

Q16 - Game with the best cut scenes.

Suikoden II was able to do a tremendous amount of character development with 108 characters through its cutscenes, far more than most games can do with a cast that is a fraction of the size.

Q17 - Favorite antagonist.

The Boss from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. You can get a lot farther by crafting a well-rounded antagonist who is defined by concepts like loyalty and sacrifice than by using a generically evil, cackling villain.

Q18 - Favorite protagonist.

Ramza (FFT) and I are on the same wavelength, though there's a lot to be said for the ones you create and make all of the decisions for.

Q19 - Picture of a game setting you wish you lived in.

I'm a fan of small towns or villages surrounded by wilderness or farmland in the real world, and that extends to video games as well.

Q20 - Favorite genre.

RPGs, though I'm pretty diverse in what I'll play.

Q21 - Game with the best story.

I thought that Valkyrie Profile was strikingly inventive, and I'm always partial to stories that pull from mythology.

Q22 - A game sequel which disappointed you.

Chrono Cross, which sucked all of the whimsy and joy out of its far, far better progenitor Chrono Trigger.

Q23 - Game you think had the best graphics or art style.

I never cared about graphics all that much, but back when I played World of Warcraft there were some areas I regularly went through just because they were pretty (Eversong Woods, as an example). RPGs in general tend to have really nice concept art, as well.

Q24 - Favorite classic game.

One of the NES' staple series, MegaMan, which I spent a lot of time on as an adolescent. Honorable mentions go to Metroid, Legend of Zelda, and Castlevania.

Q25 - A game you plan on playing.

Ugh. Backlog. Long list. Odin Sphere and Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne are the ones I'm looking forward to the most.

Q26 - Best voice acting.

Not a single bad performance in the Metal Gear Solid games that I can recall.

Q27 - Most epic scene ever.

The final battle with Kefka in Final Fantasy VI, where you ascend a misshapen tower of bodies until the top is reached and his final form comes floating down (at which point you kill him with little effort).

Q28 - Favorite game developer.

The now-defunct Black Isle Studios. Atlus and Nippon Ichi put out a lot of great games as well, while Squaresoft and Enix did a lot of great things in days gone by.

Q29 - A game you thought you wouldn't like, but ended up loving.

I was skeptical of Resident Evil 4, and it ended up being the best game in the franchise.

Of course, the "press X not to die" events were kind of a drag, but nothing's perfect.

Q30 - Your favorite game of all time.

Chrono Trigger. Fun, quirky, and possessing colorful characters, an engaging story, melancholy beats which were legitimately sad, and humor that actually made me laugh. Earthbound is right there as well, for many of the same reasons, though the battle system keeps it from taking #1.
  • Listening to: This American Life
  • Reading: Country of My Skull
  • Playing: Digital Devil Saga 2
  • Drinking: Black tea
April 11, 2011 is the day that the JRPG Persona 4 begins, so make sure to stare into your blank TV screen at midnight the next time it rains.

Just don't fall in.
  • Listening to: Video game BGM
  • Reading: Monty Python and Philosophy
  • Playing: Persona 4
  • Drinking: Black tea
I am disappointed that music does not play as I am walking around and doing things in the real world the way it does in video games, but I'll take it as a trade off for not being attacked by random monsters every few steps.

($1 to Jack Handey.)
  • Listening to: Video game BGM
  • Reading: Monty Python and Philosophy
  • Playing: Persona 4
  • Drinking: Black tea
Yesterday I ran out of film and decided to pop into a Ritz Camera and buy some more. I wasn't looking for anything fancy, just some regular old 200 color film. Lo and behold, Ritz Camera (at least this one) no longer sells film, because apparently we're only allowed to have digital cameras these days. I've said this elsewhere, but since this has an effect on my "art" I feel the need to add it here:

We are not living in the future.
We do not need to digitally capture images on a little memory stick so they can be instantly uploaded to a worldwide network.
We do not need personal communication devices that stay with us at all times so we can send abbreviated textual messages and yammer on endlessly while standing in line at the supermarket.
We do not need to download music onto matchbook-sized machines with cordless, ear-inserted speakers so we can listen to terrible, soulless pop everywhere we go.
We do not need electronic data storage units with touchscreen keyboards to store all of our personal information, manage our lives, and play games that involve ill-tempered birds.
We do not need special book-sized devices which simulate paper on their screens to read our news, literature, or graphic media.

I am not going to purchase a digital camera, cell phone, MP3 player, Blackberry, or e-book reader until we get all the really cool futuristic gizmos. When I am able to hop in my personal spaceplane and take my jetpack to a moonbase to be cleaned and refuled so I can fly around battling evil robots with my laser pistol, then we can talk about my getting a cell phone.

Actually, I still won't want that crap, I only want the jetpack and laser pistol.
  • Reading: Last of the Mohicans/Nicomachean Ethics
  • Playing: Baldur's Gate
  • Drinking: Black tea
* Attack exposed areas of white-painted skin, clothes could be concealing padding.
* Push at the upper body, wearing oversized shoes negatively impacts balance.
* Refuse to laugh at their antics, as this will erode their professional confidence.
* Run them over with a bus, since clowns are just people in silly costumes and getting run over by a bus will take out pretty much anybody.

Space aliens:
* Gouge their eyes, because those are some big freaking eyes and it will hurt more.
* Strike them in the head, because those are some big freaking heads and it will hurt more.
* Mentally focus on images of your destroying them to disrupt their scanning of your brain, as this will erode their professional confidence.
* Alien spaceships are filled with objects which can be used as blunt weapons, use those to strike at the aliens' fragile bodies. (See note 1)

A group of monkeys/evil children:
* Pick up one of the monkeys/evil children by the tail/legs and use it as a weapon against the other monkeys/evil children.
* Throw shiny objects on the floor and pick off the monkeys/evil children one by one as they scramble for them.
* Leave the room and refuse to pay any sort of attention to the monkeys/evil children, as this will erode their professional confidence.
* Call their zookeeper/parents and suggest a stern talking-to.

* Step on them.
* Step on them, look to see how much damage that did, and then step on them again.
* Peer very closely at them, smirk, and then walk away without stepping on them, as this will erode their professional confidence.
* Step on them. (See note 2)

(1) If an object looks probe-like, wash hands thoroughly after destroying your opponents with it.
(2) If you lack shoes and/or confidence (due to erosion or other factors), you may substitute "Run away screaming" for any instance of "Step on them" in this section.
  • Reading: Neverwhere/Persepolis/Supervillains and Philosophy
  • Playing: StarTropics
Grabbed from :iconjocelynsamara:

1. What does your deviantART name mean and why?

I don't believe in the concept of "revelation," so it's essentially an in-joke. It also seemed more memorable than the other stuff I was coming up with.

2. What fandom were you obsessed with when you joined and what are you into now?

I'm as constant as the tides. Now as then I am a huge fan of classic video games, quirky and offbeat comics books and manga, and various types of books in general. I'm really not active in any fandom, though.

3. How many watchers do you have now.

Twenty-six. As somebody that doesn't do Kingdom Hearts fanart or pictures of naked people, I'm perfectly happy with modest numbers like that.

4. Name three of your favorite DA artists.

I can't single three out of the numerous great artists on this site.

5. Do you comment, fave, or both.

I frequently add favorites without commenting, simply because I have nothing noteworthy to say. I only tend to pipe in when I have pertinent information to add or a question to ask.

6. Do you participate in clubs' contests here on DA

I don't belong to any clubs, though I've contributed to some individual peoples' contests.

7. What is your most popular submission

Old Wooden Bridge

8. What is your Favorite non-Anime tv-show.

I can't be bothered to watch TV anymore. If a series sounds particularly good, I'll just get it on DVD (when it's on sale).

9. What are the things you wish you draw better?

Everything. I'm a writer/photographer, not an artist.

10. Summer or Winter?

Wow, left my two favorite seasons out...

11. Rain or Sun?

Depends on the time of year. Sun sucks when it's hot and rain sucks when it's cold.

12. What is your Favorite type of music?

Classic rock, grunge, jazz, classical, blues, and some of what is referred to as "alternative."

13. PC or Mac?


14. Anime or Manga?

I read a couple of manga series (Sgt. Frog and Yotsuba&!), but I haven't watched anime in years.

15. Coke or Pepsi

Jones Soda Co.'s offerings are superior in every way.

16. Read or TV

I read frequently, and my television only gets plugged in when I want to watch CNN or use my Playstation.

17. How many hours a day do you spend on DA

Ten minutes on a normal day to an hour if I have a bunch of stuff I need to post.

18. Name a hidden talent

I try to use my talents, so I can't think of anything that's "hidden."

19. Flash or Traditional Cartoons

Traditional. Hand-drawn cels, preferably.

20 What is your favorite fast food place?

Hardees, and there aren't any around here, unfortunately.

21. Your top three written books of choice?

A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor - Bruce Campbell
The Areas of My Expertise - John Hodgman

22. Wii or PlayStation

I don't own any current generation console. I suspect I'd have more fun with the Wii, given that you can download NES/SNES games on it.

23. Name three of your favorite bands/singers

Led Zeppelin
Alice in Chains
Jimi Hendrix

24. Are you a fast, slow, or medium typist.

Slow, especially because I continually re-edit as I go.

25. Do you like Denny's

It's not high on my list.

26. What is your favorite smiley.

I prefer old-fashioned emoticons.

27. What is your favorite pie: apple, cherry, or pumpkin.

I like pumpkin anything, including pie.

28. Have you ever stayed up for 24 hours.

Many times. Recently, even.

29. Do you go on YouTube a lot?

I often have it going in the background when I don't have an audio book out of the library or a podcast to listen to.

30. Are you a member of another site other than DA?

I have that Facebook thing, but I don't use it often.

31. Do you cosplay?

Twice thus far, having gone dressed as the Riddler and Commissioner Gordon in turn to Baltimore Comic-con. Might do so again this year.

32. Fruits or sweets?

Fruit. Not a big fan of candy.

33. Buttered, plain, or salted popcorn?

Salted. The fake butter is gross.

34. Have you ever skipped school?

All the time as a kid. My time in grade/middle/high school was a nightmare, and I took every opportunity to avoid going. However, as an adult I missed just one class when going for my Associate's degree, and that was because my car broke down on the way to class.

35. Have you ever been on a plane?

Ages ago. I don't like flying.

36. Have you swam in the ocean?

Ages ago. Swimming never interested me much.

37. Have you been ice skating?

Ages ago. Better things to do in the cold, I feel.

38. Favorite vacation spot?

I prefer treks that don't involve staying away. I do a lot of hiking in the local metro area.

39. Ever been on TV?

Not that I know of.

40. Favorite salad and dressing?

Vegetables: Awesome.
Salad: Gross.

41. What do you do to relax?

Exercise, hike, run, jog, walk, read, play some video games, pet the cat.

42. What is the last movie you saw in the theater.

Iron Man 2 (not as good as the first, unfortuantely).

43. Favorite sandwich?


44. If you could go anywhere in the world?

Western Europe seems nice.

45. Favorite time of day?

I pick up steam as the day goes on, so the Dark Hour ($1 to Atlus) tends to be a good time for me.

46. What did you want to be when you were little?

I didn't have long term goals as a kid.

47. What do you want to be now?

I'd love to write, but it's hard to break in/earn a living wage doing that. Otherwise, who knows? Worked in retail for a long time and I know I don't want to do that. I'm in school now but aside from getting my Bachelor's I don't know what I really want to do. It's kind of irritating.

48. If you could eat with anyone, who would it be?

Eating with somebody is an unfortunate way to have to interact. The food cuts down on conversation time, I find. That said, NPR's Terry Gross seems like she'd have a lot of interesting stories to tell, just based on the vast number of people she's interacted with over the years.

49. What person would you hate to be stuck in a room with?

Long list.

50. When is your Birthday?

May 11.

51. Favorite type of Ice-cream?

Mint Chocolate Chip.

52. Last book you read?

Oh jeez, I read so many (often simultaneously) that the timeline of what I was reading when tends to blur together a bit. Some of the recently finished would be:
A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson
Sgt. Frog vol. 19 - Mine Yoshizaki
The Chesapeake Book of the Dead - Helen Chappell
Common Sense - Thomas Paine
Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour - Bryan Lee O'Malley

Also, I'm currently in the middle of:
The Day of the Jackal - Frederick Forsyth
DMZ: War Powers - Brian Wood
World of Warcraft & Philosophy - Luke Cuddy and John Nordlinger

53. Which store would you max out your credit card at?

I don't buy anything on credit.

54. Do you buy/sell on ebay?

I used to buy stuff. Been several years since I used eBay, though.

55. What is the most annoying thing people ask you?

"You're adopted?"

56. Favorite all time movie?

Seven Samurai. I feel compelled to add some of the runners-up, including The Thing, Unforgiven, Citizen Kane, Blade Runner, Crash, The Fugitive, Dr. Strangelove, Falling Down, Casablanca, The Princess Bride, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Bound.

57. What was your favorite show when you were a kid?

I loved Reading Rainbow as a tot. Beyond that, I'd say that the very best animated shows started to show up when I was an adolescent. Batman the Animated Series, Gargoyles, and Exosquad all had extremely intelligent, adult storytelling sensibilites to them which I greatly appreciated.

58. What are you listening to right now?

Atheist Experience podcast #667.

59. What is the last thing you hate?

Not sure if this means something I would never hate or the last thing which caused me to feel hate.
I would never hate kittens or small children.
The last thing I hated was the raging B/O of some guy who walked past me in a store and left a stench cloud in his wake.

60. If you were a crayon, what would be your color?

Dark green.

61. What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?

I assume this means the first feature. Eyes.

62. Favorite sport to play?

I played a mean game of dodgeball as a kid.

63. Favorite day of the year?

I like the holidays when people stay home, because it's the perfect time to go out. Thanksgiving and Christmas fit the bill.

64. Hugs or kisses?


65. Vanilla or chocolate?

I dislike vanilla. It's boring.

66. Favorite board game?

Scrabble. I'm also very, very good at it.

67. Favorite smells?

Mint. Cinnamon. Cherry blossoms. Autumn.

68. What inspires you?

Weather. Music. Being out in nature.

69. Do you have any piercings?

I have no desire to poke holes in my body. I was born with more than enough.

70. Do you have any siblings?

I have a younger sister. Unfortunately, we don't talk much, despite my best efforts to convince her to stay in touch.

71. Bacon Bits or Croutons?

I'm not answering this, because I believe it to be a stealth salad question, and salads are still gross.

72. Favorite day of the week?

Whichever I get free, preferably weekdays.

73. Favorite phrase?

Stage direction from A Winter's Tale: Exit, chased by a bear.

74. Favorite restaurant?

There is an Irish pub in the northern Baltimore suburbs called "An Poitin Stil" that I absolutely love. Any time I'm called upon to suggest a place in the area to eat, that's where I take/send people.

75. Favorite animal?

That I possess: Housecats.
That I enjoy from afar: Pandas, ocelots, foxes, raccoons, penguins.

76. Favorite thing to do outside?

Long hikes in the woods.

77. Favorite thing to do when it's raining?

I still like long hikes in the woods.

78. Favorite Disney Character?

I never liked the vast bulk of Disney's mainstream stuff, but Darkwing Duck, Basil (Great Mouse Detective), and almost the entire cast of Gargoyles were personal favorites.

79. What is your favorite coffee brand?

Hate coffee. I drink massive quantities of tea and little else.

80. Tag 6 people.

Bah, if people want to fill out a meme they can do so without my needless peer pressure.
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A few days ago I was hiking down on one of the Gunpodwer Falls' (still consider that misnamed) trails and found a set of keys. Figuring that the owner would have to get back to their car at some point, I went back to the parking lot, located the vehicle, and proceeded to sit there for the next hour waiting for them to come back. Eventually the girl who owned it returned and offered some vague thanks before taking off.

Today I was driving along the road adjacent to that same park and I came across a van with a blown out tire. I offered to help with the problem (which was that the spare had rusted to it's fastenings on the underside of the van) and the owner eventually managed to get it loose after we tinkered with it for quite a while. Once the tire was off they figured that they could attach it on their own, so I moseyed along.

The thing about this is that if I keep going at this same clip for the rest of the month I will be involving myself in four and a half more vehicles in distress before Thanksgiving...
  • Reading: The Gay Science - Friedrich Nietzsche