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Please congratulate the winners of signmeupscotty's April mini contest

1st place
Frozen in time
by =Valentin-Stanciu
Frozen in time by Valentin-Stanciu
Reading Poetry by Valentin-Stanciu Searching everywhere by Valentin-Stanciu Reverie by Valentin-Stanciu

2nd place
Feelin' Sky-high.
by ~x-MysticStar-x

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3rd place
Ladybugs Life
by ~mksven
Ladybugs Life by mksven
Brother + Sister by mksven Wish you were here... by mksven Bumblebee at work by mksven

Ghost Forest by Katzilla13 Humberstone Gate by daliscar :thumb158594616:
alice and the magic cake by ni-ki-tas mate by BillyRWebb Cat by Pamcia16
Favourite thing by Daywish :thumb112872052: Not a window licker by flaimo
Edward Scissorhands by Juliaa27 evo by sloughmo pisi pisi by moonrock13
... Artificial Dream ... by EvilMist For Catharina by David-A-Wagner it's a hard day by hatsu-hinoiri
:thumb158095247: :thumb113110802: Musing by existentialdefiance
crise du logement by poivre

Random Music Feature
JuliA III by MaRaDinn… :music:
I was tagged by :iconhe6o:

1. What does your Deviantart name mean and why?
It's the name of an imaginary dragon from one of the early Terry Pratchett Discworld novels.

2. What fandom were you obsessed with when you joined and what are you into now?
I'm too old to be obsessed with fandom.

3. How many watchers do you have now?

4. Name 3 of your favorite artists on DA.
Too many to name.

5. Do you comment, fav, or both?
I don't comment as much as I would like to. Never enough time and often I can think of anything to say.

6. Do you participate in clubs' contests here on DA?
Some. Again, never enough time.

7. What is your most popular submission?
Peek by ninereeds-DA

8. What are your favorite non-anime TV shows?
Firefly, Life On Mars, Buffy.

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

10. Summer or winter?

11. Rain or Sun?

12. What's your favorite type of music?
Classic rock :headbang:

13. PC or Mac?
PC – I have more than one finger.

14. Anime or Manga?

15. Coke or Pepsi?
Orange juice.

16. Read or TV?
Read – don't have TV.

17. How many hours a day do you spend on DA?
Probably average 2 hours a day at the moment – I've had to cut down because of other commitments.

18. Name a hidden talent.

19. Flash or traditional cartoons?

20. What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
Not really my thing but if I had to – Burger King for the spicy bean burger.

21. What are your top 3 favorite books?(not mangas)
Night Watch – Terry Pratchett
The Gods Themselves – Isaac Asimov
Against a Dark Background – Iain M. Banks

22. Wii or PlayStation?

23. Name 3 of your favorite bands/singers.
Led Zeppelin, Kate Bush, Pink Floyd

24. Are you a fast, slow, or medium typist?
Fast but terribly inaccurate.

25. Do you like Denny's?

26. What is your favorite smiley?
:iconbeerglompplz: or :iconisaydanceplz:

27. What is your favorite type of pie?

28. Have you ever stayed up for 24 hours?
A few of times when I was younger. These days it's hard enough staying awake until bed-time.

29. Do you go on YouTube a lot?
Not so much.

30. Are you a member on any other sites besides DA?
Not actively.

31. Do you cosplay?
When I was eight I dressed up as a witch for Halloween. Does that count?

32. Fruits or sweets?
The still-beating heart of a vanquished foe or grapes. I like grapes.

33. Buttered, plain, or salted popcorn?
Last time I had popcorn I broke a tooth - so we are no longer at home to Mr. popcorn.

34. Have you skipped school?
No. I was too much of a girly-swot.

35. Have you been on a plane?
Yep but not for years.

36. Have you swam in an ocean?

37. Have you been ice skating?

38. Favorite vacation spot?
I'm more of a culture-vulture than a bake until golden brown type so I'd go for any cultural capital – Berlin, Paris, Rome, etc.

39. Ever been on TV?
Yes. The back of my head was on Tomorrow's World – it was a popular-science program on the BBC – I did my post-grad work on Newt-Bothering and they thought it was a quirky story.

40. Favorite salad and dressing?
English salad is awful – limp and stringy and belongs on a compost-heap. And what is it with places that put the completed dish under a heat lamp so the salad is served warm?!? *gag*
Parisian cafe + crudités + a little vinaigrette = tasty!  

41. What do you do to relax?
Drink beer, watch dvd's.

42. What is the last film you saw in the theater?
Attack of the Clones – I hate going to the cinema.

43. Favorite Sandwich?
Tuna & sweet-corn. I used to be strict vegetarian but recently started eating fish again (long boring story) so, yeah, meat is murder, fish is ... manslaughter I guess.

44. If you could go anywhere in the world...

45. Favorite time of the day?
Miller-Time :iconbeerglompplz:

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

47. What do you want to be now?
Bond super-villain.

48. If you could eat with one person, who would it be?
Oscar Wilde.

49. What character would you hate to be stuck in a room with?
Mr. Bean :chainsaw:

50. When is your birthday?
12th January

51. Favorite type of ice cream?
Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.

52. Last book you read?
Re-reading Witches Abroad.

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

54. Do you buy / sell / both on eBay?
Buy Buy Buy!

55. What is the most annoying thing people ask you?
Just because I'm IT-savvy: "How do I do X in facebook/blogspot/you-tube" – how would I know, I don't have accounts there?!?

56. Favorite all time movie?
Too many and it changes from time to time. At the moment I'm loving Lord of the Rings and Armageddon (yeah, major cheese factor but big-damn-hero movies don't get much better)

57. What was your favorite show when you were a kid?
Banana Splits, Dr Who, Star Trek (TOS), Danger Mouse

58. What are you listening to right now?
Marillion – Pseudo Silk Kimono

59. What is the last thing you ate?
Mackerel on toast.

60. If you were a crayon what color would you be?
I'd be the crayon you need but can't find.

61. What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
Opposite? Sex? :iconisaydanceplz:

62. Favorite sport to play?

63. Favorite Day of the Year?
New Year's Eve.

64. Hugs or Kisses?

65. Vanilla or Chocolate?

66. Favorite Board Game?

67. Favorite smells?
Napalm in the morning Coffee – but it's a bugger because I can't drink it.

68. What inspires you?
Ideas, mornings, cigarettes.

69. Do you have any piercings?

70. How many siblings do you have?
1 older sister

71. Bacon Bits or croutons?
I'll take neither.

72. Favorite Day of the Week?
Friday – breakfast-run, liquid-lunch, de-mob-happy and the whole weekend still to come.

73. Favorite phrase?
Eat worms and die.

74. Favorite Restaurant?
The Tiffin – it's an Indian restaurant in Leicester – very nice.

75. Favorite animal?

76. Favorite thing to do outside.

77. Favorite thing to do when it's raining?
Wait for it to stop and then see 76 above.

78. Favorite Disney character?
Not a big Disney fan ... Robin Williams as the Genie in Aladdin. Does anybody else remember watching "The Wonderful World of Disney" and praying that when the intro finished, it would be a cartoon and not one of those crappy wildlife documentaries? And Mickey always creeped me out – never trust anyone who won't take their gloves off.

79. Do you like coffee? If so, what is your favorite brand?
Love it but can't drink it.

80. I tag – do it if you want to :D

Monster feature coming tomorrow :)
Please congratulate the winners of mstargazer's Art plus Music contest

You'll find me by Oer-Wout by :iconoer-wout:
:thumb158757700: Wanderer II by Oer-Wout Almost Home by Oer-Wout

We Gon' Fight by Dina-Marchiori by :icondina-marchiori:
Katherine by Dina-Marchiori The Only One by Dina-Marchiori :thumb157665493:

Prejudiciu by k-fer
Alone by k-fer you are not alone by k-fer All yours by k-fer
Please congratulate the winners of signmeupscotty's March mini contest

Goodbye my lover by louisebittersweet by :iconlouisebittersweet:
Post blue 3 by louisebittersweet Summer sun by louisebittersweet Body Urge by louisebittersweet

Fade by EliseEnchanted by :iconeliseenchanted:
:thumb157340986: Light by EliseEnchanted Fall by EliseEnchanted

s O m e d a y by me-inside515 by :iconme-inside515:
don't get close . by me-inside515 B e h i n d  . y o u . by me-inside515 Top of the world by me-inside515
Sometimes I think to myself – what a wonderful world; other times... not so much.

I was just loading a set of batteries into the recharger when I noticed that they have the word "DIGITAL" prominently emblazoned upon them. Since when have we needed to distinguish between digital batteries and analogue ones?

This, of course, isn't the first time that I've seen items of camera ephemera illogically branded as "DIGITAL" – I've seen UV filters sold as "digital", camera bags and even tripods. It gets worse if you try to fathom just why the trend-whores in the marketing departments would choose to do this – there must be a small but significant portion of humanity that are damn-fool enough to fall for it.

And that is a sad thought.

It's like spam – we all hate it but it works. Maybe not on you and me, but it works. If it didn't work, they wouldn't do it. Which means that there are people out there who actually buy knock-off viagra, penis enhancement treatments and believe that they can "get ripped in four weeks".

What a world.


Urban Growth by MWG27 Melancholia by amysandoval angel IV by bstwi
Bubbly Flower by pengu82 dancing without head by toistaitoinen Passe a la casserole by EleaLaFleur
Still standin' by thenIsaidno

Random music related feature: 'Cause we've ended as lovers by Jeff Beck
:thumb82170545: Love by pens-n-feathers… :music:
*I know you're busy and you're probably going to skip the music link but if you click just one of these, make it this one – this is one of the most beautiful, passionate pieces of music of the twentieth century.
  • Listening to: Jeff Beck
Evenin' folks.

I finally got around to watching Dances with Blue People Avatar this week – I'd had some hype-aversion to it but I enjoyed it a lot in the end.


:thumb157442756: Kitty by pepytta Silence by janskop
cristal cat by poivre :thumb157097034: frosty by eocjtlels

Mature Content

Protein by knifeofdreams
Meow? by CrazyMurdock1
Baby Hemingway by LadyLinda Fall by janskop

Random music feature

Gollum by VampInMask… :music:
  • Listening to: Joss Stone
Ever have that feeling that you're running just to stay in the same place, and if you stop to catch your breath it will all slip away from you?

I'm scanning some negs while writing this and using Adobe Bridge to view them. Bridge lets you rate your images from 0 to 5 stars and my usual practice is to rate the raw scans from 1 star (has promise) up to 4 stars (we have a winner!) and zero stars are bound for the trash-can. I sometimes wish that bridge had a -1 stars options – for OMG what was I thinking! Some images are so bad that deleting them just isn't enough – there needs to be an options for "let us never speak of this again" :)

Onwards and upwards.

The divine :iconmstargazer: is running a contest… please check it out and support it if you can.

Best. Emote. Ever. :iconbeerglompplz: I shall be using this at every opportunity :)

This week's features

Morning Stretch by astarvinartist Rites of Spring by alberich Ghost by gatis-vilaks
black leaves by NataliaCiobanu olli by Alexanika Scream if you want to by BlastOButter
:thumb157248639: Reaching the peak river boy by wchild

Random song title feature

The Child Orpheus by jedimasterpaul… :music:
  • Listening to: Joss Stone
Hi folks.

Not much happening here, highlight of the week was watching all six Star Wars movies back to back – Empire is still my favorite. What about you guys – are you fans? What's your favorite film/character?


:thumb154576161: Mine? by RowanLewgalon Observe thaw by CasheeFoo
4 -TMNT Spartans by theblindalley Daance by cainadamsson :thumb142672034:
doll by Panchoza la torre by stevemcqueen237 85- Looking... by salihagir
:thumb155414923: one by rdalpes :thumb156306556:
:thumb123753956: :thumb156054200: Chaos reigns by RickHaigh

Random music feature
Florence and the Machine by jackieocean… :music:
Please congratulate the winners of druideye's Winter Stock Photo Contest

First Place
Fly Forth, My Prince by equineRenaissance by equineRenaissance
The Sound of Rain by equineRenaissance Cheeky Little Tom by equineRenaissance Michael, the Archangel by equineRenaissance

Second Place
Winter Goddess by JuanCSilva by JuanCSilva
Darth Devious by JuanCSilva Pirates by JuanCSilva Death Eater Concept by JuanCSilva

Third Place
:thumb148899159: by Gilleann
:thumb152052264: :thumb148920751: :thumb152051245:

Honorable Mentions

:thumb150714517: by zanck19

Buying Time by ajhop by ajhop
Please congratulate the winners of signmeupscotty's February mini contest

Escape by hellenFq
Escape by hellenFq
hello little brother by hellenFq White tulip by hellenFq Pencils Bloom by hellenFq

Open My Heart by Sophibelle
Open My Heart by Sophibelle
I Got It by Sophibelle Here by Sophibelle Frozn Noms R Frozn by Sophibelle

ethereal by ivadesign
I keep falling by ivadesign look inside by ivadesign precious by ivadesign
  • Listening to: Scritti Politti
I love my Holga. I love the low-tech, plastic, primitiveness of it – but it does have some odd features. I was joking with a friend of mine about the need for a special after-market rubber band to keep the Holga's back from falling open – though I have now solved this problem through the cunning application of self-adhesive velcro. Where more expensive cameras have wonderful, precision engineered devices to keep the film flat and under tension as it is wound through; the Holga has two pieces of foam.

We had a snow-fall last night so I went out for a wander with the Holga this morning. As I was changing rolls I noticed two things: one of these two critical pieces of foam was missing, and the finished film was what the Holga community refer to as a fat roll - this is where the film hasn't been wound tight enough onto the take-up reel. I'm guessing that the missing piece of foam has got itself wound up in the roll and I'll find it when I process the film. All part of the Holga experience, I suppose :)

This week's features

boat dock by erin-margaret :thumb72439994: Reality Realizes Reflection 2 by robinkore
:thumb154433887: illuminate by Cooperphoto Backstage 9 by Merrymac
:thumb154479311: all was dead by thicktheo The tourist by ZoltanMihaly

Random song title feature
Karma Police by DensenManiya… :music:
  • Listening to: Radiohead
First up a big thank you to everyone for your support, it means a lot to me :hug:

I’ve been sick recently, a bit scary for a while but I’m getting over it and getting back up to speed.

A bumper feature this time as I was MIA last week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

:thumb148948483: Only 6 favs!!!!! More love please :)

Gecko by Cooperphoto Hayden Final by artbum1978
figure by Y4why :thumb153504082: Day Dream by dianar87
:thumb153578932: Elizabeth Taylor by Viktalon What's u'r problem? by Alexysz
:thumb136542265: angel II by bstwi Shogo up close by BlastOButter
Misfortune by Fyrrea Vunderlend by Daywish Lulla 2 by Basile-Tirard

Valentine’s Day special random song title feature… :music:

:thumb74294996: Since I've Been Loving You by wideturn
  • Listening to: Marillion
  • Reading: Fifth Elephant (again)
Please congratulate the winners of signmeupscotty’s January mini contest

1. Donnabuang Rays by Bjay70
Donnabuang Rays by Bjay70
Water and Sky by Bjay70 Liptrap Light by Bjay70 sunswell by Bjay70

2. Life Source by Baz135
Life Source by Baz135
The Music Man by Baz135 The Elegance of Raw Power by Baz135 :thumb107507209:

3. Ray of Light by aiyoshi
:thumb139776487: :thumb124748551: :thumb131718548:
  • Listening to: Marillion
  • Reading: Fifth Elephant (again)
Have you noticed that the icon for the AdCast adverts is a megaphone? So AdCast is all about shouting at people: "Look at me! Look at me!" Seems a bit rude to me.


.Orchid. by Violet-Kleinert Zero by RaVeNuS9
Gone by crirox I was just thinking of you by Elasias :thumb150600637:
Waiting For Spring by intao January by Borodox

Random song title feature
Pseudo Silk Kimono by edwardwoodland… :music:
  • Listening to: Marillion
  • Reading: Fifth Elephant (again)
"Five days out to sea, they witnessed a terrifying battle between two sea monsters. One having the snout of a porpoise, the head of a lizard, and the doors of a wardrobe - an Ikeasaurus. And the other, the mortal enemy of the first, a serpent with a turtle's shell, the Plesiosaurus."
- Journey to the center of the earth.