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More Revisions to an Existing Stop List
Great
Manual II
16 Principal 
8 Principal
4 Octave
2 Fifteenth 
2 2/3 Nazard
1 3/5 Tierce
8 Gemshorn
4 Gemshorn
8 Rohrflute
4 Rhorflute
V Cornet
IV Fourniture
16 Contre Trompette
8 Trumpet
4 Clarion
2 Cornett
Swell
Manual I
8 Bourdon
4 Bourdon
8 Harmonic Flute
4 Harmonic Flute
2 Piccolo
8 Flute Douce
4 Flute Douce
8 Flute Celeste
4 Flute Celeste
8 Salicional
4 Salicional
8 Gamba
4 Gamba
8 Kleinerehrzahler
4 Kleinerehrzahler
8 Voix Celeste
4 Voix Celeste
III Plen Jeu
16 Fagotto
8 Oboe
8 Cornopean 
8 Labial Saxophone
8 Vox Humana
8 Physharmonika 
4 Physharmonika
8 Harmonic Trumpet
4 Harmonic Clarion
Choir 
Manual III
16 Quintaton
16 Lieblich Gedackt
8 Gedackt
4 Gedackt 
2 Kleinergedackt
1 Sedetz 
8 Triangular Flute
4 Triangular Flute
8 Doppelflute
4 Doppelflute
8 Voce Umana
4 Voce Umana
8 Kleinerehrzahler Celeste
4 Kleinerehrzaler Celeste
2 2/3 Nazard
1 3/5 Tierce
1 1/3 Larigot
1 1/7 Septieme
8/9 Neuveme
II Sesqualteria
III Cymbel
16 Dulzian
16 Cor D
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An Instrument of Kings by AllegraWylden An Instrument of Kings :iconallegrawylden:AllegraWylden 5 8 Cathedral by LadyFromEast Cathedral :iconladyfromeast:LadyFromEast 38 28 Feeling Positif by kontratwili Feeling Positif :iconkontratwili:kontratwili 4 1 42 Freiberger Dom Silbermann-Orgel by fantom125 42 Freiberger Dom Silbermann-Orgel :iconfantom125:fantom125 3 1 WurliTzer 4027 by The-Necromancer WurliTzer 4027 :iconthe-necromancer:The-Necromancer 5 13 Christ Church Organ September 30, 2015 by ENT2PRI9SE Christ Church Organ September 30, 2015 :iconent2pri9se:ENT2PRI9SE 4 1 CD cover: 'Precision Bach' by 4steex CD cover: 'Precision Bach' :icon4steex:4steex 236 39 Bach In Heaven by jeighdeigh Bach In Heaven :iconjeighdeigh:jeighdeigh 4,375 747 Musical Grandeur by kontratwili Musical Grandeur :iconkontratwili:kontratwili 2 1 Three Organ Vinyls by 426maxwedgie Three Organ Vinyls :icon426maxwedgie:426maxwedgie 3 3 The organ of the Nunnery Chapel, being dismantled. by Trinomic The organ of the Nunnery Chapel, being dismantled. :icontrinomic:Trinomic 3 1 The organ of the Nunnery Chapel by Trinomic The organ of the Nunnery Chapel :icontrinomic:Trinomic 1 2 New Pedal Mechanism for the 1880s organ at Santon by Trinomic New Pedal Mechanism for the 1880s organ at Santon :icontrinomic:Trinomic 7 11 Golden Organ by Superduperhero Golden Organ :iconsuperduperhero:Superduperhero 5 12 The Mighty Moller by rwparker The Mighty Moller :iconrwparker:rwparker 3 5
The King of Instruments


Marvel at these magnificent music making machines, giant boxes of whistles driven by air power. Found in churches, schools, theatres, homes, museums, parks, restaurants and skating rinks, they have been painting pictures in people's minds since the Bronze Age.

Newest Deviations

Windows 7 on Spanky - Interstellar Space by slowdog294 Windows 7 on Spanky - Interstellar Space :iconslowdog294:slowdog294 5 0 Building Buster 13 by slowdog294 Building Buster 13 :iconslowdog294:slowdog294 3 0 Building Buster 12 by slowdog294 Building Buster 12 :iconslowdog294:slowdog294 4 0 Building Buster 11 by slowdog294 Building Buster 11 :iconslowdog294:slowdog294 3 12 Building Buster 10 by slowdog294 Building Buster 10 :iconslowdog294:slowdog294 5 4 Building Buster 9 by slowdog294 Building Buster 9 :iconslowdog294:slowdog294 3 2 Building Buster 8 by slowdog294 Building Buster 8 :iconslowdog294:slowdog294 2 6 Building Buster 7 by slowdog294 Building Buster 7 :iconslowdog294:slowdog294 2 9 Building Buster 6 by slowdog294 Building Buster 6 :iconslowdog294:slowdog294 3 2 Building Buster 5 by slowdog294 Building Buster 5 :iconslowdog294:slowdog294 3 2 Building Buster 4 by slowdog294 Building Buster 4 :iconslowdog294:slowdog294 4 5 Building Buster 3 by slowdog294 Building Buster 3 :iconslowdog294:slowdog294 2 2 Building Buster 2 by slowdog294 Building Buster 2 :iconslowdog294:slowdog294 5 0 Building Buster 1 by slowdog294 Building Buster 1 :iconslowdog294:slowdog294 4 7 Rebuilding Embla 49 by slowdog294 Rebuilding Embla 49 :iconslowdog294:slowdog294 4 4 Rebuilding Embla 48 by slowdog294 Rebuilding Embla 48 :iconslowdog294:slowdog294 2 2



These are the most recent additions to my gallery of 7,263 images. Feel free to take all the time you want exploring the vast collection of art which I have submitted to dA as well as the huge collection of fine work from the many fellow deviants I have encountered and added to my favourites and watch. I am thanking you in advance.

Random Favourites

House #500 Initial Analysis to Develop Floor Plan by Built4ever House #500 Initial Analysis to Develop Floor Plan :iconbuilt4ever:Built4ever 575 98 Young me doodle by crayonmaniac Young me doodle :iconcrayonmaniac:crayonmaniac 78 79 MelissaC by Witch-Dr-Tim MelissaC :iconwitch-dr-tim:Witch-Dr-Tim 5 2 Megan S by Witch-Dr-Tim Megan S :iconwitch-dr-tim:Witch-Dr-Tim 9 1 Pop Diva by Cuervex Pop Diva :iconcuervex:Cuervex 10 16 Sol Occidens by RealityIntolerant Sol Occidens :iconrealityintolerant:RealityIntolerant 98 33 Dream dudes - Pretty Pat by Chronophontes Dream dudes - Pretty Pat :iconchronophontes:Chronophontes 13 28 Birch Maiden by MeredithDillman Birch Maiden :iconmeredithdillman:MeredithDillman 457 48 Waiting At The Grating by maiarcita Waiting At The Grating :iconmaiarcita:maiarcita 245 229 DANZA by miru-odoru-ikiru DANZA :iconmiru-odoru-ikiru:miru-odoru-ikiru 2 4 GARAGE 2 by zentenophotography GARAGE 2 :iconzentenophotography:zentenophotography 8 2 10 by CoreySievers 10 :iconcoreysievers:CoreySievers 3 3 14 by CoreySievers 14 :iconcoreysievers:CoreySievers 65 24



Here we have a random sampling of favourite artworks chosen for their artistic excellence rather than technical perfection. Many styles of art are chosen from the hundreds of wonderful friends and loyal watchers here on dA, as well as works visited during random browsing sessions.

There are around 34,173 images in the Favourites Gallery, a little bit of something interesting and enjoyable for everyone. Artworks are arranged in folders by topic of interest, including photographs, 3D renders, traditional art and literature. If you like them be sure to post a comment or give a fave to the artist. Be sure to visit them. Enjoy!

In the Spotlight

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:iconspotlightplz: ~ Featured Organs ~ :iconspotlightplz:


What could be more awesome than the King of Instruments, the Mighty Pipe Organ? These magnificent mechanical marvels are among the largest machines constructed by the hand of man. No other musical instrument approaches their sonic power or frequency range.

Here in the spotlight are a few of the amazing pictures of pipe organs I think deserve extra exposure. Think of this little widget as SD's, or Slowdog's Deviations, sort of like the DD's given by the dA admins.

Wishlist

Autumn Travels by kkart Autumn Travels :iconkkart:kkart 994 230 The Seven Deadly Sins:GLUTTONY by dahlig The Seven Deadly Sins:GLUTTONY :icondahlig:dahlig 28,460 1,928 BBW Dance Party by derrickfish BBW Dance Party :iconderrickfish:derrickfish 379 44 Make a Wish Revisited by cosmosue Make a Wish Revisited :iconcosmosue:cosmosue 657 69 STS-114 Rollout by OpticaLLightspeed STS-114 Rollout :iconopticallightspeed:OpticaLLightspeed 9 2 STS-114, Discovery by OpticaLLightspeed STS-114, Discovery :iconopticallightspeed:OpticaLLightspeed 16 4 STS-124, OV-103 Discovery by OpticaLLightspeed STS-124, OV-103 Discovery :iconopticallightspeed:OpticaLLightspeed 31 55 'Crazy Horse' by OpticaLLightspeed 'Crazy Horse' :iconopticallightspeed:OpticaLLightspeed 31 5 OV-105 Endeavour by OpticaLLightspeed OV-105 Endeavour :iconopticallightspeed:OpticaLLightspeed 9 0 space by kc5mipYogie space :iconkc5mipyogie:kc5mipYogie 2 0 grand piano by suzi9mm
Mature content
grand piano :iconsuzi9mm:suzi9mm 14,688 3,360
little flower by erikalr little flower :iconerikalr:erikalr 2 0

Public Relations on deviantART

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Artwork by the original dA Hero
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BrigetteMora




Ricardo on Community Spirit



It is a fine community we have here on dA, made up of a gajillion kinds of folks with a wide scope of interests, tastes, and styles. The internet has turned the world into a small village where people can bridge the barriers of language, culture, race, sex, or any other profound or urgent matter of humankind, all within a social environment which encourages the use of artistic means to achieve results. To that end, try to observe some common sense etiquette while moseying around in the Halls of Walnut Hill...




Rules of Engagement



:bulletred:~ Be kind to your fellow deviants, no matter what.
:bulletred:~ Extend that kindness to me and I will do likewise.
:bulletred:~ Never post destructive or bullying comments.
:bulletred:~ Please do not bring personal drama to my pages.
:bulletred:~ This account is free of politics and religion.
:bulletred:~ Please do not ask me for points or votes.
:bulletred:~ Points, badges or favourites require no thanks.
:bulletred:~ Favourites require no comments but all are welcomed.
:bulletred:~ Please do not tag me or invite me to a chat site.
:bulletred:~ Feel free to share what you know about art.
:bulletred:~ Feel free to trade llamas and leave friendly notes.
:bulletred:~ Do not claim my art as your own doings.
:bulletred:~ You do not need permission to use my art.
:bulletred:~ If you use my art as stock, link and credit me.
:bulletred:~ You do not have permission to steal my art.
:bulletred:~ Thieves will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.


Slow Dog's Community



"We could prevent a lot of unnecessary hatred, strife, and war if everyone in the world could all just understand and have the courage to say, 'My religious beliefs/non-beliefs are my opinions/preferences. They will most likely never be proven/disproven in my lifetime. They may not be the same as yours, but they are no greater, nor lesser than yours.' This would remove a huge source of needless conflict from the world."

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Smoky Mountain Llama Train

Llama Patrol

Llamas are an important part of life!



Llama Badge PNG by KomodoEmpire
Llama Wave by KinnisonArc




What is a Llama?



The llama (Lama glama) is a South American camelid, widely used as a pack and meat animal by Andean cultures since pre-Hispanic times. They are everywhere in Bolivia. Many Native folks keep them as loving pets and hard working farm helpers. Llamas are very loyal creatures.

The height of a full-grown, full-size llama is between 1.7 meters (5.5 ft) and 1.8 meters (6 ft) tall at the top of the head. They can weigh between approximately 130 kilograms (280 lb) and 200 kilograms (450 lb). At birth, a baby llama (called a cria) can weigh between 9.1 kilograms (20 lb) and 14 kilograms (30 lb).

Llamas are very social animals and like to live with other llamas as a herd. They can be trained to work as a team and are highly obedient, though temperamental at time as most camalids all over the world are known to be.

Overall, the fiber produced by a llama is very soft and is naturally lanolin free. The Natives weave it into colourful fabric to make the famous Awayo and Apaca garments worn by the local rural folk who live in the mountains of South America.

Llamas are intelligent and can learn simple tasks after a few repetitions. When using a pack, llamas can carry about 25% to 30% of their body weight for several miles. They enjoy pleasing a loving master who rewards them for a job well done.

Llamas appear to have originated from the central plains of North America about 40 million years ago. They migrated to South America about 3 million years ago as the watershed moved and the climate changed. Humans had not yet appeared in America, being found in Africa at that time.

By the end of the last ice age (10,000–12,000 years ago) camelids were extinct in North America, around the time modern light skinned humans appeared in Sweden. Note that the Native Andean humans had appeared in the mountains of South America much earlier. Their culture was highly advanced by the time the fair skinned folks arrived in America about 800 years ago.

As of 2007, there were over 7 million llamas and alpacas in South America and, due to importation northward from South America in the late 20th century, there are now over 158,000 llamas and 100,000 alpacas in the US and Canada.

Click this WIKI en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llama to learn more.




Featured Llama Stampage



started with a llama by m0onjade
Llama Badges by eggy Llama love by OnWingsOfBlue
Llama Whore by PatrickRuegheimer Official: Llama Farmer stamp by pencilandpaperaddict
llama by o-pie Llama Stamp by Kaoz-Commander
Random Acts of Llama by Kawaii-Demonic-Thing Ninja Llama Stamp by PsychoMonkeyShogun
Llama Traders Tavern by Khalitzburg




Llama Herding on deviantART



chasing llama by fear-the-brilliance:iconllamatruckplz: run llamas run by fear-the-brilliance


:bulletred: ~ If you view an artwork and add it to your favourites,
give a comment to the artist and perhaps a llama, too!
:bulletred: ~ If somebody gives you a llama,
give them a llama in return.
:bulletred: ~ The first time you visit somebody's page,
show them you liked their art with a llama.
:bulletred: ~ Trade a llama if offered a point
from somebody who wants a llama from you.
:bulletred: ~ If somebody adds your art to their faves,
give them the gift of a llama as thanks.

:star::community::iconjark::llama::iconhappyfellaavatar::community::star:





I herd llamas on my deviant farm. The little buggers are everywhere on dA. Be it known that if you visit my page and I see your ike, you will get a llama from my farm. If I visit your page, I will leave a llama behind to give you love and respect. Also, if I add one of your works to my favorites, you will get a llama. And finally, everybody who gives me a llama will get one, a simple swap from your corral to mine. I do not buy llamas with points. However, I will trade a llama for a point from you. These points will be given to fellow deviants as awards of merit and appreciation.




My Herd of 11,509 Llamas

Eleven thousand llamas are a lot of llamas!
This special one was given by darkdragon.
Time to go expand his herd, folks. Get to it.

Second Llama Wrangler
Since October 8th, 2017
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ku-rou

First Llama Wrangler
Since September 3rd, 2013
:icongllbert:
GlLBERT

Llama Rampage by KinnisonArc Super Llama Pursuit by KinnisonArc
Ninja Llama Assault by KinnisonArc Fancy Llama Chase by KinnisonArc

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Going out, 8,608
:iconllamatruckplz:

:llama:
Coming in, 2,901
:iconllamatruckplz:


Out of every four llamas that come to my farm, only one gets to stay in the local herd. They breed rather quickly. I like finding homes for them. I am currently herding King Llamas which will grow in numbers large enough to become Spartan Llamas. I need only an additional 2,099 of these furry friends in order to advance my herd to the next level of llamadom.




The King Llama
When the herd reaches 2,500 llamas

Llama Club by easydisplayname Super Llama Club by easydisplayname Albino Llama Club by easydisplayname
Super Albino Llama Club by easydisplayname Ninja Llama Club by easydisplayname Fancy Llama Club by easydisplayname
King Llama Club by easydisplayname




Featured Llama Art



gusustavo
Windows 7 on Spanky - King Llama Arrives 2 by slowdog294

AlexFly
King Llama by AlexFly

KGBigelow
fancy llama by KGBigelow

TrollGirl
Ninja Llama by TrollGirl

SaiyaGina
Mystical Llama by SaiyaGina

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slowdog294
Ranger Ricardo
Artist | Professional | Photography
United States
:iconslowdog294:

Volunteer GSMNP SCAT Patrol
Freelance Musician
True Geek
Loving Papaw

~ :iconshakecaneplz: ~


Only YOU can prevent forest fires.
Those who forget history repeat mistakes.
When in my park,
take nothing but pictures,
leave nothing but footprints,
and keep your feet on the trail.
Thank you.



Music is the language of life.
It is pure math and universal.
A song can give you joy.
An organ can take you places.
Music and Nature are one and the same.
It all depends on where you are.
Find that place of total peace.
Share it without limits or conditions.
Interests

Journal History

Ricardo's Beginnings



Although I go by Ranger Ricardo here on dA, I was born Richard Elmer Mogridge of William Edwin Mogridge and Mary Naomi Perkins in Maryville, Tennessee on October 21st, 1956. I grew up in Townsend, Tennessee on the farm known all over Blount County as Fallbranch Hollow. I am primarily of Scottish descent, though the 1/8 Cherokee blood in my veins from my Dad's side of the family dominates my genetics.

The land I grew up in, which is mostly wooded, was originally purchased in 1930 for 10,000 dollars by my grandparents on my father's side, William Frederick Mogridge and Mary Alice Walker, who had relocated there from their previous home in Zainsville, Ohio where my father was born in 1923. Most of my people are from New York.

The beautiful farm is famous for a spring fed waterfall located at the north end of the property where a limestone cliff of 115 feet in height separates the mountains above from the valley below. It is lush woodland that looks like a fantasy scene straight out of a Walt Disney movie.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is only three miles east of the farm, now owned by Romulus Myers, Attorney At Law, who purchased the 40 acre tract from the family in 1976 for 100,000 dollars. Today, it is worth over a million.

Who I Am and What I Do

So how would one describe me? Obviously, I am a flower child of the '60's, a mild mannered farm boy from East Tennessee who loves music and art, living by the way of the Hippy and following the teachings of Pachamama. Some would call me spiritual yet somewhat pagan, being a scientist by nature, a rather retiring and crusty old professor who holds Jessie Crawford, Uncle Albert and Madre Terra in the highest of reverent esteem. I also love the dearest younglings who bless me every day with their presence in my life.

Quality Jam Time by slowdog294
Quality jam time with Doctor Zander


I like music in all its forms. I am an active musician, though I officially retired from the industry years ago. Folks in the Theatre Pipe Organ world know me as the Bone Doctor. At Rocky Branch Community Center in Walland, Blount County, Tennessee, I am known as Guru. Every Friday night, one can find me playing mountain music with those whom I grew up with, fellow students, close friends, cousins and family.

Standing among giants by slowdog294
Standing among giants - GSMNP


I am a man who enjoys nature with a passion. Hiking and camping in the remote backcountry are the ultimate forms of rest and recreation for me among a few close friends. It is what I do on most weekends these days.

I an outgoing in public. However, I am a gentlemen with the ladies. To me, women are the artwork created by the Makers. They come in all sizes, shapes and colours, and they are all beautiful, each in their own wonderful way.

House Rules by slowdog294
Camp at Kepart Shelter - GSMNP


Women deserve to be treated with kindness, respect, adoration and equality as humans, for they are better equipped to handle stressful scenerios, and as an added bonus, appreciate art in ways men cannot.

Building Spanky 35 by slowdog294
Spanky BIOS M.I.T. screen


When I am not building computers or making music, I can be found outside doing the greenskeeping, gardening, riding my bike, or observing the sky and woodlands during hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Hiking Twenty Mile Loop by slowdog294
Getting hiking bearings - GSMNP


I enjoy scale model construction, bowling, rollerskating and swimming. Diving from high places is a real thrill. I also enjoy flying in small airplanes. Anything that goes fast or has lots of power is pleasure for me, because I am a thrill seeker at heart. Boys never grow up. They just get bigger toys.

Ready For Liftoff by slowdog294
Space Shuttle Discovery on Pad 39A
1/144 Scale Revell Plastic Model Kit


Men go from being content commanding the playpen to taking over the world. I simply want to become one with Nature and have fun doing it. The trick to living happy is remembering what made you happy to begin with as a child. As I was growing up, two things thrilled me the most. Romping around in Nature and human space travel. As a middle aged man, these items still bring me great fascination and joy. And all my life, the music has never stopped playing...

Adventure in the Smokies

East Tennessee is a unique place. To be found here are some of the oldest mountain ranges on Earth, where virgin undisturbed woodlands still grow. Folks who live here hold this magical land in such high reverance that a large area of wilderness, encompassing over 800 square miles in Tennessee and North Carolina, has been set aside as a nature preserve known as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Ranger Ricardo at Andrews Bald by slowdog294
Ranger Ricardo at Andrews Bald - GSMNP


Over a half million acres of mountains, valleys, lakes, rivers and streams combine with diverse wildlife, hardwood and evergreen forests to greet over nine million visitors per year.

It is the most visited National Park in the United States, straddling the Tennessee/North Carolina border along the Appalachian Trail. I enjoy being outdoors and hiking in this wonderful place enough to have a strong desire to lend a helping hand to the land I call home.




Get Involved



The Smoky Mountains National Park has no admittance fee. Keeping it attractive for visitors while making sure that Nature stays in balance requires a lot of hard work and dedication. Many opportunities await folks who come here, not only to have fun and get away from it all, but also, to learn about the park and take part in the stewardship of this national treasure.

Visit the official website of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Visit the Great Smoky Mountains Association and shop for books and hiking supplies, park souvenirs, and fine mountain foods.Volunteer for duty with the National Park Service - Get involved!


There are three ways to get involved if you share my passion for the wilderness. Obtain a job as a Park Ranger. Join the Great Smoky Mountains Association. Become a member of the Volunteers in Parks program. You can help us make a difference. We can save the wilderness for those who follow in the years to come. Click on a logo above to get started on your journey.




Park Rangers and Volunteers



Cassius Cash - Superintendent - GSMNP by slowdog294
Superintendent Cassius Cash - GSMNP


There are two kinds of personnel working within the staff of the National Park Service. There are the real Park Rangers, proudly wearing their trademark campaign hats, appointed federal lawgivers who get paid to work for the Department of the Interior.

These hard working men and woman carry guns and proudly wear the arrowhead patch on their left shirt sleeve and a badge above their left shirt pocket. Without these legendary American Icons, the park would not exist. We all owe the Park Rangers a great debt of gratitude. The Park Rangers are the true heroes of the wilderness.

Ranger Patch by crimsonacquittal
National Park Volunteer


Then, there are the many people who work tirelessly without pay right beside the Park Rangers. They do not carry guns but they do wear a Ranger uniform with the Volunteer patch on the left shirt sleeve. These enthusiastic and dedicated workers are part of the official park staff. Their reward is knowing the National Parks will be around for future generations to enjoy.

Having been a park advocate since 2010, I have finally enrolled in the service of the Volunteers in Parks program as of February, 2018. My intentions are to adopt a backcountry hiking trail with primitive campsites to care for.




Call of Duty



Ranger Ricardo on Buckeye Trail 14 by slowdog294
Ranger Ricardo on Buckeye Trail


During the everyday responsibilities of working in the Smokies, the Park Rangers depend on the Volunteers, forming a great team of enthusiastic folks with an unlimited passion for sharing the love of Nature and preserving it for everyone to experience in the years to come.

Hard work is always a prelude to more fun than you ever thought possible. We have a lot of work to do in these mountains, and we have a bunch of fun doing it. Join us and live the adventure.

Groups

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Official Beta Tester



I am an official beta tester. I am a member of the bug reporting team here on dA. I am also a member of the Microsoft Developer Team. I enjoy finding things that are not quite right and figuring out a solution. I have beta tested dA since becoming a member of this great community in 2004.

:bulletyellow: ~ I have served as an Official Beta Tester for Google and Microsoft since 1994.

:bulletyellow: ~ I have been a Premium Member and Official Beta Tester at DA for over thirteen years.

:bulletyellow: ~ I design high end cutting edge computing solutions for the music industry.




Internet Browsers



:iconinternetexplorerplz::iconfirefoxplz::icongooglechromeplz::iconoperaplz::iconsafariplz:
:iconwindows7plz::iconmacplz::iconlinuxplz::iconintellogoplz::iconatiplz:


I use Internet Explorer as a default browser on a fresh install, but that does not mean I use it all the time. I also use other major browsers to proof my web designs, in order to make sure my work is consistent and uniform across platforms. A well designed site will look the same on all computers worldwide, regardless of the OS and its apps. I run WHQL drivers on Intel and AMD Radeon or NVidia GeForce compatible hardware.




Operating Systems



IE stamp by MeisterMaximum O_o by Kaboose-18 Windows Stamp by Stollrofl


I hear a lot of folks throwing off on Microsoft. It is easy to do unless you become aware of the sheer complexity of creating an operating system that will run well on a huge list of hardware that can be assembled and programmed in a myriad of mostly unknown and unpredictable ways by people who often know little about computers. My hat is off to this great company and the many hard working developer teams worldwide.




Technical Support



Website Notepad - Stamp by ConDecepticon Windows 7 by Tantawi


:bulletyellow: ~ I support the following OS packages:

:icondosplz::iconwindowsntplz::iconwindows95plz::iconwindows98plz:
:iconwindowsxpplz::iconwindowsvistaplz::iconwindows7plz:
:iconwindows-8plz::iconwindows10plz:
:iconlinuxmintplz:


:bulletyellow: ~ I work with the desktop and server varients as well as the new mobile apps and embedded devices.




PC Platforms



Gigabyte M71-HB0 by slowdog294


:bulletyellow: ~ I still own and operate older 32bit computers.
:bulletyellow: ~ I also have some newer 64bit machines.
:bulletyellow: ~ I work with home and office solutions.

:hypermind::iconinternetexplorerplz::iconwindows7plz::iconintellogoplz::iconnvidiaplz::iconatiplz::iconamdplz::hypermind:

Donate

slowdog294 has started a donation pool!
2,761 / 1,000,000



The 1,000,000 point donation drive is now open. First to donate and get things started is my fellow TPO enthusiest, David Irwin, from Ashland, Virginia, also known on dA as Passacaglia28. Thanks, Dave, for getting the ball rolling!



The Slow Dog wants to give back to dA what has been given to him, the pleasure of great art. Loyal patrons and wonderful friends who have enjoyed his art for over six years are owed many thanks. Words are not enough. He must do more.

One Million Points


To that end, a donation pool has been set up to collect a massive amount of dA points, to be given to various deviants as contest prizes and awards of artistic merit. One million points are to be collected before the contests begin. We are talking about major awards and prizes here.



A lofty goal. One million points. Not for my use, instead, to award all my fellow deviants so they can get subscriptions and receive their favourite deviantSTUFF. This is a long term project, so there will be no time limit. However, when the bar hits one million, the contests will begin. Here is a teaser...

:bulletblue: Best 3D TPO Render

:bulletblue: Best Clothed BBW Render

:bulletblue: Best Alien Planetscape

:bulletblue: Best Windows Desktop Wallpaper

:bulletblue: Best Artistic Nude BBW Photo

And so on...

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Sergiba Featured By Owner 2 hours ago
Thanks for the favs, Ricardo. :Bummies: by MenInASuitcase :Bummies: by MenInASuitcase
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ov3 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the favs :)
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TNoire Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the :powerstar:!

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Color3brush Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks for fav my art! ;)
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Sergiba Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2018
Thanks for the fav, Ricardo! Rave Project-entry by MenInASuitcase
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ZENSTATION Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018   Digital Artist
THANKS FOR THE FAVOURITE RIKI.
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JulliAngaju Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018

Thanks a lot for all your favs :-) I really appreciate your support.

Due to limited access to the internet here in Greenland then I am not able to answer every one individually.

It is my plan to write more about Greenland when I get my books – hopefully next summer 2019. Meanwhile I am going to mid-west Greenland in September 2018 and it is right above the polar circle. I am going to work and live in a village, Kangaatsiaq, near Disko Bay for many years. I look forward to share knowledge about Greenland and stunning nature from Kangaatsiaq.

Have a great summer :-)

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TNoire Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the :powerstar:!

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Thanks for the 90k Page Views! by TNoire
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MarianthiZ Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Many thanks for the fave and the comment! Love 
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BlauesSternWolf Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I read about Great Smoky Mountains National Park for my geology class. I didn't expect the history to be so interesting. The Appalachians were thought to have been as high as the Himalayas back during Pangaea, or even higher. You have to go to North Carolina though to see Precambrian metamorphic rock bed in the Greenbrier Fault. Erosion over millions of years has smoothed down the mountains but isostatic rebound keeps them high. Acid rain is quite an issue on the woodland and wildlife.

My class is actually almost over but we covered many national parks. There are so many wonderful places that aren't shown well enough in photos and videos. Grand Canyon and giant Sequoia trees must be beyond belief to see in person. It's odd timing to be in this class now with Hawaii's volcanoes. All I have left is to write about a national park we didn't cover in class, so I chose Mammoth Cave National Park. Mammoth Cave looks so awesome. I want to help map out the cave. Over four-hundred miles have been surveyed already and it could even exceed one-thousand miles in length.
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