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Master's Thesis + DMC update

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 25, 2010, 9:26 AM
Real life

Hmm... I'm really bad at writing dA journals, ain't I? I kinda forgot (*facepalm*) to let you all know that I graduated. :XD: 3 weeks ago. Uhm. I have Master's degree in Computer Science, Web Technologies. :D

So now I'm not a student anymore and I have no idea what to do next :ohnoes:

I was planning an optical surgery, but during medical examination this weekend it turned out that it's going to be complicated :/ I don't really want to meddle when success ratio is not as high as it should be... So maybe I'll try less invasive methods for now.

Obviously I don't have a job :P Gotta find something soon, now that I sort of know that the surgery is scratched off... though it also depends on the results I'll get in a month _-_ and I'm stuck again. It's scary. >_>

To top it, I'm down with a cold. Or something.

Devil May Cry

Did you hear that NT is hinting that their abysmal flop DmC is a real prequel to DMC? Yeah right. These guys really hate Devil May Cry. Now they not only want to destroy the future of the franchise, they want to kill existing storyline too. :chainsaw: It's literally the worst thing Capcom/NT can do. Worse than complete reboot. F U.

Btw. I watched Enslaved playthrough - I wanted to see their "superior storytelling". Uhh... Was that supposed to be great? Enslaved story is nothing special. Their storytelling is good, but wouldn't work for a Devil May Cry game. The story itself is straightforward, with some totally cliche elements, and the ending is lifted straight from a certain 1999 movie. The only impressive things from what I've seen are voice acting and facial expressions.
On the other hand, Enslaved sucks from technical side. I've heard a person say it looks like it wasn't even tested - I didn't believe it at first, but it's really that bad. Screen tearing (PS3), texture pop-in, skipping frames. NT must have no pride as developers to release so badly coded thing! I mean, our university lecturers were turning our programming assignments down for such obvious performance issues...

Now I have no hope for this game even as a standalone. It's gonna suck 99% (the 1% is voice acting :P). A complete f*cking disaster.


 
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Devil May Cry...?

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 25, 2010, 10:28 AM
So... Anyone knows of a Devil May Cry group / club that accepts only original series fan art and none of the stuff for that steaming pile of turd that Capcom/NT is trying to sell as new DMC game? I can't use regular search anymore without Bob popping up in the results. (Well, I could search for Nero, but. You know. Not giving up Dante yet.)

I almost failed to post this entry btw. It took me half a minute to figure out where "Submit journal" action went. Meanwhile, I noticed that last few of my journal entries dealt with varying degrees of fail somewhere. Don't I ever post good news? I almost feel bad for badmouthing deviantART regarding broken quick thumbs in Opera. I mean, it can hardly be considered in the same league as the insanely epic fail of gargantuan proportions aka DmC reboot. (And no, it's not about Dante's hair color.)

As for my absence from deviantART... I'm largely absent from Internet in general. Still working on my MA thesis. Not that there is much commotion here... Looks like most persons on my dA friends list (not acquaintances) don't post much either. Anyway, I would need at least vacations and at most a health check before I come back. It's been more than a month since I last slept for more than 5-6 hours per day and ate more than one real meal. It's kinda funny that I never feel hungry anymore and I'm full after one toast sandwich. Plus I have been living pretty much solely off DMC rage during last week.

Either way, my thesis is the most important thing right now. I'm deeply sorry for vanishing from the face of the Earth, but it couldn't be helped. Either I fail at time management, or I simply have too much to do. I still plan on coming back though, at least!




 
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The New Entry in dA Epic Fail Chronicle

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 28, 2010, 12:22 PM
Dear dA,



I greatly appreciate the fact that you made it even harder to read deviation title and author's notes and check deviation category. This it totally following your initial idea of reducing the importance of these elements, via moving them under the actual deviation (and collapsing a/n), so that we viewers have no idea what the artwork is called unless we take the effort to scroll down and check ourselves. Of course, who cares about what author has to say? I completely understand that you don't want us to read their commentary, which is likely to contain their thoughts and insights on creation processes and key clues to interpretation of their art - things totally unrelated to what we do on this site and hindering our browsing experience. I appreciate that you took the pain to develop an interface that would hide them below thumbnails of other artwork available, which is a great solution to get rid of these pesky elements.

I would also like to express my condolences to Mozilla Firefox users, who have to put up with broken version of the interface, which does worse job at cluttering the visible space and doesn't cover author's notes at all:



Thank you in the name of all grateful users of Opera Software.


 
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randomness tag

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 3, 2010, 5:43 AM

I was tagged by CearaFinn ;) The tag is to post a journal revealing 10 things about myself that you probably didn't already know. Or something like that. You know the meme, it's been circulating around dA for ages.

1. Sometimes I read books I don't like only to see what all the hype is about. I treat them as parodies and laugh my ass off.
2. I read fantasy but I don't play rpg. I don't like rpg.
3. There was a period in my life when I wore a pendant 24/7, taking it off only to shower.
4. I'm very superstitious when it comes to certain things. I specifically don't like number 13, to the point where I'll refuse to i.e. make an important call if the clock shows xx.13.
5. I sleep without pillow. The pillow must be on the bed, but I don't keep my head on it.
6. My eyes are almost black. I feel weird when I see my own irises (i.e. when the light is very bright and I peer into the mirror).
7. Speaking of mirrors, I avoid them when the room is dark. I had this weird theory that there's something behind the mirrors and it can jump out when you're not careful. I even half-wrote a horror story about it. ;P
8. My first (mascot) cat was as big as I was. I still have him. Everybody thinks he's as creepy as hell. I used to sleep with him every night.
9. I hate pigeons and I squirt them with water whenever I see them on my balcony (or my neighbor's). I've become almost ambidextrous with water guns.
10. CearaFinn tagged me a month ago - it took me a month to come up with this list. I have extreme problems with talking about myself. ;)

That's it, and please don't tag me with this in the future ;) I've got a formspring account, so if you have any questions, just ask. :) I retain the right not to answer dodgy questions though. :D

Tagging:
:iconnerahye: :iconkirstenlane: :iconradiuszero: :iconnanamo: :iconblastermind:
:iconwolfenchanter: :iconeafiu: :iconchochlik: :iconmithgariel: :iconbehana:



 
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a short (or not) commentary on dA v7

Journal Entry: Wed May 19, 2010, 4:22 AM
new version 7

Everybody seems to hate it already. I have to admit I have mixed feelings about the new layout. :o When I logged in today and saw the change, I liked it.
:bulletgreen: moar space! Seriously, when v6 appeared, I thought it was incredibly messy and cluttered.
:bulletgreen: less visual noise - v6 had freaking ton of gradients and decorative elements and it looked like art itself, stealing the spotlight from the actual deviations. Now it serves much better as a background.

Unfortunately, after a couple of minutes, I noticed... the functionality has... actually dropped?!
:bulletred: custom menu in top bar is gone. I used it a lot. T_T I had a moment of panic when I couldn't find Daily Deviations. Thankfully the link is included under deviantART logo, but there were many more options in the customizable menu that I now have no idea how to access. The new dA-hover menu is customizable. One good thing.
:bulletred: no full view. Have you noticed that full view isn't full view anymore!? It's 100% width of the browser minus the navigation arrows. If you resize your browser, the full view will also resize. Major WTF. If there is no download option, you now have to open the image itself to view it full! OUTRAGEOUS.
:bulletred: speaking of the resizing, the site looks weird on widescreen now. I bet it looks even weirder on larger screens, since it seems to accommodate to browser window. Frankly, it looks like MOBILE site. Okay, cool, iPad is out there watching you sleep, and many many PDA's only wait for an occasion to sink their teeth into dA, but surely there is a way to cater to their needs separately from regular PC's. Like that freaking amputated full view. We can scroll! We can see it in original size, so STOP that DAMN RESIZING.
:bulletred: People complain about author's comment being collapsed. I guess it doesn't expand for them. It does for me as soon as I scroll. However, the so called Super Browse mode feeds me only Super Blurry images that never load in high quality. The new version is as buggy as per dA standard.
:bulletred: no search. Search is switched off on all pages except Gallery and Journals. It's off even on deviations pages and favs!
:bulletred: dropdowns everywhere! Now we have to hover over countless things to access stuff that was displayed plainly on top bar. Like the messages. I check group messages 5 times more often than personal messages, and now I can't get there easily. Annoying!
:bulletred: more minor issues that aren't important because I'll probably get used to them over time.

However, there is one thing I strongly dislike about the new version: browsing deviations feels like a slideshow. Author's name and comment is pushed down the page. There is no indication above the image what its title is and who created it.
It's... just plain bad. It makes me feel as if I am using a Mac: no sense of orientation where I am and where I can go. I hate that Macs don't display folder paths so I can't orient myself in regard to root. And I hate that now on dA I can't orient myself in regard to person's gallery. :( The new deviation page seems to trap the user and doesn't allow them to escape: no profile/gallery links in the viewport, no search (!), nothing but the image and top bar.

Oh by the way, the new version lags horribly in Firefox. I opened Fox to check out a couple of things that seemed to be broken in Opera. Opera loads everything batshit fast, so I was happy with the performance. Well.

short update on my absence

1. I'm working on my Master's Thesis. :) The topic is really fun, I always delve deeper than I should and now there's no way I'll manage to finish in June. :XD:
2. Message center works very... funny ever since Opera 10.5 kicked in. New shiny v7 didn't solve it. The problem is: after deleting something the entire list flashes / scrolls and it's really painful to watch. :dead: It's particularly annoying with deviations and favs. I have to close my eyes every time I delete something, which obviously affects the speed with which I operate the inbox. ._.


 
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The Tragedy in Poland

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 10, 2010, 4:47 PM
I didn't plan to post a journal today, but I changed my mind when I saw other journals, not all of them posted by Polish citizens. It's really touching that you care. <3
As you probably already know, Polish President and many high level government, military, clergy and social organizations officials were killed this morning in a plane crash in Smolensk, Russia, on their way to commemorate the death of Polish officers in WW2. According to newest information, the plane crashed on fourth loop above the airport, on second landing attempt in thick fog and on small military airport.

As was to be expected, there are many holes in the reports and it's impossible to tell what happened and why. It's likely that we'll never know. The thing is, it worries me to think about the effect of today's catastrophe on politics. The Internet is surprisingly peaceful, but older people are completely shocked. Polish-Russian relations were never very good, and now this.

This is a horrible tragedy for Poland. :(
[']

Support POLAND by vulcania


 
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lame game answers + features

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 2, 2010, 2:44 PM
random facts from the game

Eh, only 5 persons took a shoot at the game... I'm always so interested in random, totally useless info that I thought others like to know that junk too. ^^'
Funnily enough, there are 3 winners ;P Out of 16 sentences, they've got 11 correct, although in random order. Even the initial point of the game, the number of true sentences, didn't help. They've all got one point difference. :D And so I'm going to feature all of them :) *hugs very tightly Nerahye, KirstenLane and virydi and feeds them chocolate cookies* :giggle:

Dh-related part:
1. The piece that took longest to create is The Garden Forlorn.
FALSE. It's Fear no Darkness, 39 hours, while The Garden Forlorn was 32 hours.
2. The biggest photomanipulation folder (backups, objects, etc) exceeds 3 GB.
TRUE. The biggest manip folder is 3.9 GB. It contains 11 .PSD files, 280 MB on average, 10 .bmp files, and lots of other junk.
3. I plan to read a book/guide about forensics.
TRUE. I bought that book more than one year ago and still haven't found time to read it. I'm going also to read a book about poisons.
4. One of my very favorite male character's appearances is blond with yellow-green eyes.
TRUE. The important part is the yellow-green eye color, which is the color of fresh grass. Bottle green does not count. :giggle: My other fav looks involves white hair and that's the one I'm most often rambling about, but my room is still chock full with old drawings of guys looking like this.
5. I'm a very tidy person.
FALSE. Say one thing for Dhuaine, say she makes terrible mess wherever she goes.
6. I conduct many cooking experiments and got sick 3 times already from eating them.
FALSE. I cook many horrifying things, but I've got sick only once, and even then one of the components must have been slightly spoiled.
7. I've read more than 650 books so far.
TRUE. The counts on book sites are lower, but that's because I didn't submit mandatory reads and many childhood books.
8. deviantART message center is buggy in Opera, so now I'm using IE to access it.
TRUE. dA works poorly in Opera and it clashes with security addons in Firefox, so I had to use IE for some things.

General part
9. A cat lover can say, "my cat plots to kill me!" and consider it cute.
TRUE. People who claim otherwise either don't have cats or don't love cats. :fuzzydemon:
10. All planets rotate counterclockwise.
FALSE. Venus is the only exception.
11. You can use a potted cactus to kill zombies in Dead Rising.
TRUE. You can use many fun things in Dead Rising and cactus is one of them, although it's not particularly efficient.
12. In Detroit, it is illegal for a man to scowl at his wife on Sunday.
TRUE. Source: dumblaws.com.
13. Bill Gates thought 640 KB of disk space should be enough for everybody.
FALSE. Bill Gates said that about RAM.
14. The shortest war in history lasted 19 minutes.
FALSE. It was 38 minutes.
15. Google results differ between people and IP's on default.
TRUE. By default, Google stores your web history and adjusts your results based on that. It also calculates your location via your IP and Google settings (country, interface language) to return results tailored to your neighbourhood.
16. It's possible to operate Windows Vista on 128 MB of RAM.
TRUE. It has been done, although it doesn't work on all machines. Many of Vista processes are not necessary for the OS to run, so it just took a couple of experiments and reinstalls for hardcore geeks to figure it out.

Hope you learned something funny :XD:

Features! <3








Pimpin': Aeria Contest

Fabrazz is holding second Aeria contest! The task is to create an landscape image or a character drawing, etc., related to Aeria, an imaginary world of flying airships and islands floating through the space. Many media allowed, very neat prizes, the deadline is June 30th :)
fabrazz.deviantart.com/journal…

Pimpin: unique jewelry by Mithgariel

Mithgariel is now selling hand-made earrings, necklaces, bracelets and other tiny beauties in her Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/Mithgariel :) Many items can be adapted for other purposes, i.e. key chains. Along traditionally fantasy stuff there are many that are as elegant and stylish as any found in professional jewelry shops >w<





 
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update + feature game! (edit)

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 2, 2010, 2:45 AM

Come on people, only 3 persons took part in the game xD Not so much competition, eh? xD Just shoot!
Since I'll still be online today, the game can end in the evening, at 20 GMT+1 ^_^
I hope someone answers... XD


April Fool's

Oh, I love the irony of posting the first real entry this year on April Fool's. :fuzzydemon:
Yet again dA changed the avatars. XD I don't mind. The joke avatars are stupid and ugly, but it's only one day. :D I was so surprised to see Sword of Truth beside Twilight. Does any of you watch Legend of the Seeker, the adaptation? Like it? Hate it? Pray tell, I'm curious :D

As for the llama badges... They're so silly. XD I've already given 5 or 6. Maybe it's something with growing old, that you start to appreciate stupid things? ;) No idea why they require dA password though. It's not like it's important enough to protect. Even if people spam and abuse the feature, so what? Unless they have a reward planned for a person who receives/gives the most llama badges.

lame game


Let's celebrate April Fool's via holding a really stupid game! :XD: Here is the list of 16 sentences, half of them general, half concerning me and my stuff. The person who marks (guess?) them correctly as either true or false will win a feature :dance: If there are no direct hits, the one who comes closest to the true answer will be featured. You can also participate by simply guessing a number, but posting the answers to each point (1 T, 2 F etc) raises your chances. :D
The game will be closed tomorrow at noon GMT+1, in 21 hours. ;P
You may send the answers via note, or I will screen your comments under this entry so that others don't get influenced :)

1. The piece that took longest to create is The Garden Forlorn.
2. The biggest photomanipulation folder (backups, objects, etc) exceeds 3 GB.
3. I plan to read a book/guide about forensics.
4. One of my very favorite male character's appearances is blond with yellow-green eyes.
5. I'm a very tidy person.
6. I conduct many cooking experiments and got sick 3 times already from eating them.
7. I've read more than 650 books so far.
8. deviantART message center is buggy in Opera, so now I'm using IE to access it.

9. A cat lover can say, "my cat plots to kill me!" and consider it cute.
10. All planets rotate counterclockwise.
11. You can use a potted cactus to kill zombies in Dead Rising.
12. In Detroit, it is illegal for a man to scowl at his wife on Sunday.
13. Bill Gates thought 640 KB of disk space should be enough for everybody.
14. The shortest war in history lasted 19 minutes.
15. Google results differ between people and IP's on default.
16. It's possible to operate Windows Vista on 128 MB of RAM.

GO!

Pimpin': Aeria Contest

Fabrazz is holding second Aeria contest! The task is to create an landscape image or a character drawing, etc., related to Aeria, an imaginary world of flying airships and islands floating through the space. Many media allowed, very neat prizes, the deadline is June 30th :)
fabrazz.deviantart.com/journal…

Pimpin: unique jewelry by Mithgariel

Mithgariel is now selling hand-made earrings, necklaces, bracelets and other tiny beauties in her Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/Mithgariel :) Many items can be adapted for other purposes, i.e. key chains. Along traditionally fantasy stuff there are many that are as elegant and stylish as any found in professional jewelry shops >w<





 
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help with English please? D:

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 11, 2010, 2:00 PM
it's for my MT

I am currently developing mock websites for my Master's Thesis. The mock website belongs to a fictional company that deals with... Yeah, here's the problem. XD

The website is to be in English. However, all talk and assumptions so far I've written in Polish. Now it turns out that there is no direct equivalent of what the mock company offers. Ha, even Wikipedia doesn't know what it could be. :XD:

Please help. :ohnoes:

Let's assume that you have a small/medium company, employing from 3 to 20-60 persons. Your company offers some merchandise or services, it doesn't matter - the point is, you're thinking of setting things up or improving the management etc, and you want software that will help you with it. It can be something for stocktaking, a website, an online shop, customer relationship management software, database system, something for tracking shipments and invoices, intranet, project management software, etc. Basically you want some geeks to come, install the thing, teach you how to use it, and provide further remote assistance if needed.

What do you type in search box?

I have some ideas now, but I want to be sure and to gather more phrases. It can be anything from general to specific, from 2 to 5 words. If you are familiar with terms like CRM, ERM, PRM, ERP, etc, please don't refrain from using them. :)
Please help, it's very important! XD I'm behind the schedule already ^^;

It would be nice if you could provide several ideas and also mention the search engine you'll likely be using. It may prove important later on.
By the way, I was shocked that Google has only ~65% popularity in the US. In Poland it's like ~94%. :giggle:

other stuff

I just realized that it's my first journal in 2010. :o I'll post a general update later.


 
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Random Journal Thing

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 22, 2009, 6:06 PM
Okay, so 2009 sucked

As always, I have nothing to say. :XD: Just thought it was appropriate to post something at the end of the year, wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and all that. So that it's not "50k! ... and dead again". XD
Gosh, 2009 must be the worst year on dA so far. I submitted almost nothing - two poor pieces, and two I really like. It's one deviation per three months. Uhm. Oops?
At least the contest in first half of the year was pretty good. :D There were loads of submissions (much more than I expected!) and most of them were really, really good, so it's great that even though my own dA life dried off, everybody else thrives. :D

Sxc.hu seems to be suffering from search engine issues lately. In my recent search a fairly popular query included only 10% relevant results. The site is pretty unusable because of that. Well, not that I'm planning on relying on it much - as everybody already knows, I don't feel comfortable working with restricted stock. xD Also, I think that it's high time for dA to implement searching via CC license. :D

The new groups system looks fairly nice. I haven't had much contact with it - just joined two groups and approved a deviation for another - but it looks rather handy. :)
In fact, I just came back two days ago or so. :D (Meaning - actually reading things and being interested in dA life.) I guess it's the new drawing's influence. :D I certainly hope it'll carry on. I have even another traditional thingie planned. As for manips, the problem is 50% art block, 50% no easily obtainable stock. XD

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! :heart: :dance: I don't whether I'll pop up again in 2009 (going offline for the holiday), so I'd better wish you all Happy New Year too :D :hug: Have great time! ;)


 
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50k!

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 10, 2009, 6:20 PM
50 000 hits!


Two days ago, on November 8th (which accidentally is my birthday 8D) I've hit the big mark of 50 000 pageviews. :excited: It's so great that it happened (so fast! what with me being mostly absent... ^^' ), it's such a huge milestone that I've already done three backups of the 50k screenshot. :XD: Thank you so much for your support through these 2.5 years, nothing would be possible without you! :hug: :love: :heart:
(So I suck at such speeches. Let's skip this and have a party. :D)

The lucky kiriban catcher is louvre89 :heart: :love: This time there weren't any problems with the kiriban and everything went smoothly.
I'm so happy :aww:


:iconlouvre89: louvre89 :heart:

:thumb91393193: :thumb92289729: :thumb102116768: :thumb95722228: :thumb88905326: :thumb110921526: :thumb98422376: :thumb99062493: :thumb117617375: :thumb140288859:




 
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Kiriban 50k (reminder - less than 100 hits away!)

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 8, 2009, 1:41 PM
Kiriban 50,000


Send me a full screenshot via note (not edited, with browser window visible) of my profile when the counter hits 50000 and you'll get a 3-month subscription to dA!


Yay! :D I have no idea where did this time go. Haha... I wish I could say I would be more active on dA, but I probably won't. XD I'm way too busy these days. And it's supposed to be my final year at the university, with individual programme of studies, which means more time... for studying for Master's Thesis, of course. :D"


 
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summary of past two months

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 27, 2009, 7:49 AM

A lot happened since my last journal. I ditched photomanipulation temporarily in favor of webdesign, something I've been interested in for years, before joining dA, and what I've planned to be my future career. I learned a lot, kind of lost track of time and only recently realized that my last submission was in January.

My vacations were busy and rather productive. Social life started to raise from the ashes. September was particularly busy: I meant to post a huge journal about Polcon 2009, Poland's biggest fantasy and sci-fi convention, but immediately after that I got to know that resit exams at my uni started early. I passed all my exams in first session, but I needed to find sponsor for my Master's Thesis. There was a ton of trouble regarding that, because apparently there are no lecturers interested in webdesign/webdevelopment here or they don't have PhD, so they can't promote anyone. I was furious and close to mental breakdown - because it would be so stupid to drop off so close to the end, right? The guy I targeted ignored me altogether. I even asked for a meeting with the Dean to discuss wtf I am going to do without sponsor. But in the end, it all worked out OK, by a streak of good fortune, really. I had some time to spare till meeting with one faculty's Head and went to visit a guy who refused me in June, but I thought, "what the heck, it's not like we have classes with him anymore, I can pester him one more time". This time he was in better mood or something, because he listened to all I had to offer and when he reached the interesting part, he agreed. After some modifications, I got my final topic for Master's Thesis. I even have all the paperwork done already. The thesis will deal with SEO and accessibility of static and Flash sites - my first draft didn't include that much accessibility, but it's an interesting topic and I'm thrilled to be working on something that I really like.

Additionally, I got approved for Individual Programme, meaning I can pick courses for this semester. There was a rule change and thanks to my good grades from previous semester, I now qualify for the Programme. Now I'm trying to sort this stuff out - a lot of courses which I'd gladly attend overlap each other, damn.

Anyway, things were looking pretty good. Then, apparently to balance this good streak in educational department, family life got shot. Our German Shepherd, Kama, was diagnosed with severe case of dog cancer two weeks ago. The illness progressed very fast. My Dad, I think, still can't believe that she is gone. Kama died two days ago; the atmosphere is very thick, it's like everybody's expecting to see her running in the garden as if nothing happened.

There's also another family problem I won't talk about. I hold a general animosity against speaking loudly about personal matters in the web and making a huge fuss about it (which may not be certainly true, it's just how I feel). That's why I haven't mentioned anything about Kama in public places and was feeling guilty of even friends-locked posts. But now that she isn't with us anymore, I feel free to tell people she was here.




 
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new dA wtf

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 16, 2009, 5:13 PM
dA being fail again

... I mean, seriously, wtf. The first time it loaded, I thought I was getting yet another funky dA error, but nooo, it's apparently supposed to look that way. At the top, we have tiny small preview. Then we have nice box for author's comments, and next to it we have big sidebar with stats that get way too much exposure, and under them goes huuuuge list of share links for various microblogs, communities and other services.
Wtf.
Thank Gods all these services keep their icons in blue color, otherwise we would have big static disco on our deviation's pages. But yeah, dA is just being handy in that way that we can spam all our other accounts and show off art as if it was pin-ups, lolcats, demotivators, funny images or anything else that we keep in "randomness retardation" folders on our HDD's to have a quick laugh with our friends later.

I wanted to post a serious, normal journal as soon as I stopped getting 500 internal, but then I saw this and couldn't leave it. It's horrible. Atrocious. An abomination. Even articles on news sites have less obvious share buttons.

Hey, wait, there's no delicious. dA, you suck.


 
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Offline again

Journal Entry: Sat Jul 25, 2009, 3:52 AM
Vacations!

I'm away again. Hopefully, if everything goes well, I will be gone for two whole weeks. :D I need a change of scenery. I hope we can make it to two different destinations in this time. It all depends on health issues (not mine) though... Oh well. I hope it'll be smashing. :D
This is kind of last-minute trip, we decided on it only yesterday :aww: We don't even have a schedule yet. I have no idea when I will be back, it can be in a week or two or even... three? Honestly, no idea. I'm betting two weeks. ;)

By the way, it's always the same - I thought about poking a photomanip and this trip immediately popped up to unglue me from the computer. :XD: God knows I haven't created anything presentable in months. All I have been doing was plain and normal usable stuff and landscape-ish pics. I would prefer to keep my gallery on more surreal/fantasy edge, so I haven't submitted anything here.
Anyway, I hope I won't lose the will to make that manip after I come back. O_o


 
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Real Life Update

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 15, 2009, 6:05 AM
Exams

I passed everything.
:iconflowerdanceplz:
I haven't seen so many A's in my entire uni life. :D It's the best semester so far. *squeals happily* I don't have anything left for September. ^_^ Too bad I have to work this summer. Practice. :( And lasting for four weeks, which really sucks because I have important events scheduled for the end of July and August, so it's impossible to make it consecutive weeks. I still haven't found a company... Now this is bad... Wish me luck next week!

Post-Exams Trauma

Sorry for being horribly absent from everywhere... I was insanely busy with my exams and projects, and when I finally finished two weeks ago, all I could think of was, "I NEED TO READ STH ROAR". I spent all this time reading books, manga, and fanfiction. ^^' This semester was very satisfying, but also pretty demanding, so I didn't have time to read as much as I would like to. My bookworm nature resurfaced and still doesn't want to let go. I'm rather shocked by this myself. ;)
I haven't touched Photoshop for two weeks - trauma, trauma! - and I think I need to read a bit more before I start noticing other things in life. Again, sincerest apologies.

Going offline and twitter

Damn, I know this journal sounds more and more like "lololkthxbai", but... I'm going to visit my family today (in two hours...) and will stay offline for at least five days. ^^' Except for mere 14 hours (including night) last week, the last time I was there was in... May? Yeah.
Unfortunately, even when I am online, I'm a lousy deviant, so I thought it could be nice to get a twitter account to assure people that they haven't got rid of me yet. :D Here - twitter.com/dhuaine

I'll try to reply to messages piled up in msg center now, but it's absolutely impossible to deal with all of them now. They're gonna have to wait till next week. ^^;


 
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Optimism Contest Winners

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 21, 2009, 4:28 AM
Real Life Corner

It's the middle of exams session here. I still have three assessment projects to complete (70%, 80% and 70%) and one exam to pass, though it wouldn't be a disaster if I skip it - I passed it already, I simply want to get better mark. Nevertheless, life's pretty busy on my end. After two weeks of over-studying I finally got some time to pop up on dA and post the feature. ;P
I just realized that my last submission was in January... Where did all that time go :o I'm sitting in Photoshop everyday, but it's not something I can show here.
Meh. Wish me luck with these projects... >.>

What's with the yaoi polls?

Sorry for posting the yaoi poll twice ;) No, I'm not trying to write anything, nor am I trying to force you to read anything ;) Several days before the poll I stumbled across a badge saying "it doesn't need plot, as long as there is yaoi in it". To say it short, it gave me creeps. Dear Crimson2006 reminded me that yaoi stands for pwp basically, but now it functions more like "everything gay/shonen-ai/yaoi" and I used it in the poll in that meaning. I bet you would've killed me if I posted third poll. ;)
Anyway, I wanted to see how many people actually think that queer fiction doesn't need plot as long as two guys are making out. I'm pleased with the result. ;) 26% for, 76% against. Not bad, considering the wild hordes of rabid fangirls out there. :lol: No offense intended. ;)

Optimism Contest

The winners of Optimism Contest held by vulcania and laurengary some time ago :)

First Place

It is raining by A-s-t-r-a

It is raining by A-s-t-r-a

Second Place

i made it redux by shortbusartist

i made it redux by shortbusartist

Third Place

Happy Yellow by GabrielleBrickey





Honorable Mentions

Pixie Dust by paintersblock and Reach for the stars by ezuli

:thumb90782531: :thumb106212008:

Personal Fave

Sacred Dance by paintersblock
:thumb123414133:





 
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Update + Feature

Journal Entry: Fri May 22, 2009, 12:01 AM
Gibberish

Sorry for being absent for four days, I didn't even notice I had such a long break in replying to messages here. I was checking for notes every evening, but that was it.
Unfortunately this is going to continue. Actually, I'm typing this right now because it's 8am and I have been woken four times already by f*ck*** idiots who just can't realize that I do in fact have a life, if it can be still called it. Thanks to them suckers I have now a monster of a headache, can't go back to sleep (c'mon, four times!) and foulest mood ever. Basically all creative attempts for a day have been trashed, and I have tons of work.
I feel like killing someone.

Oh, and two-week journal feature for contest winners is starting today. I will post that news article one day.

Mysteries Untold - Winners


First Place


Towards the Within by aegina
There was no doubt that Towards the Within will score the first place. The atmosphere in this incredible piece is so thick that one can almost feel it pressing against their skin. The whole image is enigmatic and cryptic, as if trying to speak up to the viewer but in a language that isn't quite apprehensive. This is truly the mystery untold.





Second Place

:thumb119828781:

Forlorn Hollow by PixelatedKiwi
A dark glade shimmering in the eerie, not quite natural but not disturbing either lighting holds many secrets that the viewer can only attempt to guess. The image has great, calming atmospheric quality.



Third Place


Tomorrow by Anacorreal
Puzzling, non-standard, weird and forcing the viewer to ponder what exactly they are seeing - Tomorrow is truly a complex mystery, one that cannot be easily explained and understood. The imagery is abstract, alien almost, and it does great job at spurring viewer's imagination into dreamlike speculations.






The Prizes


Current prize list: dhuaine.deviantart.com/journal… .
I will be noting all donators tomorrow. :D If you see this journal first, please contact the winners before donating subs / sending anything - they might want to give the prizes to someone else :)

The two-week journal feature from me will start in a few days (this journal doesn't count). I'm still thinking of a way to give everyone the best exposure. They deserve it :)
You are all encouraged to feature your own personal favorites instead of mine - they're purely subjective :aww:

All winners and the rest of top ten will be also featured in news article.

Honourable Mentions


Personal Favorites

:thumb120131189:

Carcosa by Petiboy
Unique representation of dark urban theme. Alien civilization, foreign city under foreign skies. This image is both disturbing and intriguing, it draws the viewer inside and doesn't let them go. The execution reminds me of illustrations in children's horror stories - though admittedly, this one looks more appropriate for adults' version, imaginative and a little morbid.



Where the sun goes down by Nerahye
Remains of an old building carved into a rock jutting out of the earth in the middle of nowhere - this powerful imagery undoubtedly has many stories to tell. The lighting plays tricks on the viewer: the ground itself seems to glow, disregarding the natural luminance of the sunset. The attention to detail is brilliant; every time I'm a looking at this image I'm finding something new, like the vegetation-covered stairs vanishing into the rock or delicate statue crowning the main entrance.




 
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Mysteries Untold WINNERS

Journal Entry: Wed May 6, 2009, 6:30 PM
Mysteries Untold

Mysteries Untold STAMP 2 by Dhuaine
February 21st, 2009 - April 26th, 2009.
Rules and prize list: dhuaine.deviantart.com/journal… .
Contest closed with 47 entries.
dhuaine.deviantart.com/favouri…
Jury: Dhuaine, Mithgariel, wolfenchanter.


Contest Summary


The Theme
Endless possibilities, unlimited perspectives. No need for words, no need for storytellers; the visions speak for themselves. The point of this contest is to convey a complex vision without using a human/animal model and human references, resorting only to inanimate matter and flora.

The Overview
The contest lasted for 64 days. 47 entries were approved, there were no late entries and 1 early entry, 8 entries were rejected. There were 40 valid individual entrants, which means that 7 deviants entered the contest with two deviations.
:bulletred: 61 deviants declared their willingness to participate in the public poll posted before the contest started.
:bulletred: 0.8338 submission notes were received daily.
:bulletred: 127 contest-related notes were received.
:bulletred: 106 contest-related notes were sent.
:bulletred: 233 contest-related notes were exchanged. This means that 2.7734 notes were exchanged daily during the whole set-up, contest duration and voting period.
:bulletred: The last entry was submited 23 minutes and 19 seconds before the deadline.
:bulletred: Typing this journal took 4 hours and 8 minutes.
:bulletred: I'm not a maths freak.

Judging Process

The entries were rated in five categories:
:bulletred: idea / vision / compatibility with the theme - 24 points max
:bulletred: originality - 28 points max
:bulletred: technical prowess - 33 points max
:bulletred: impact - 12 points max
:bulletred: personal opinion - 3 points max
Total: 100.
The weights were chosen in order to balance the amount of points given for partial categories (where the ratings could overlap) and for qualities that are easier to judge fairly.
Every entry could score from 0 to 100 points (via arithmetic mean) in first round of voting.
Unfortunately, there were many ties in the upper part of the score table so second round for several entries was necessary. The secondary results were calculated in sandbox and thus can't be easily compared with the rest of the deviations.
The ties for entries 11-47 were left unresolved.
If anyone wants to know their entry's exact rating and/or position on the list, please note me with the deviation's title. :aww:

A Few Words

The contest is finally over! :D Or maybe I should say: "it's already over", since it all passed that quickly that it seems to me like I only posted the first contest journal only a couple of days ago. ;)
I would like to thank everyone who entered - you were all amazing :heart: I honestly didn't expect so many good entries. The overall quality is very high and we had some trouble with picking the winners.
Everyone who supported Mysteries Untold - thank you so much :heart: All this wouldn't have been possible if not for you! I would especially love to thank people who actually encouraged me to organize this contest. It's become quite a success!
Finally, thanks for everyone who donated and the judges - your help was invaluable :love:

OK, the end of this gibberish ;)

The Winners


First Place


Towards the Within by aegina
There was no doubt that Towards the Within will score the first place. The atmosphere in this incredible piece is so thick that one can almost feel it pressing against their skin. The whole image is enigmatic and cryptic, as if trying to speak up to the viewer but in a language that isn't quite apprehensive. This is truly the mystery untold.





Second Place

:thumb119828781:

Forlorn Hollow by PixelatedKiwi
A dark glade shimmering in the eerie, not quite natural but not disturbing either lighting holds many secrets that the viewer can only attempt to guess. The image has great, calming atmospheric quality.



Third Place


Tomorrow by Anacorreal
Puzzling, non-standard, weird and forcing the viewer to ponder what exactly they are seeing - Tomorrow is truly a complex mystery, one that cannot be easily explained and understood. The imagery is abstract, alien almost, and it does great job at spurring viewer's imagination into dreamlike speculations.






The Prizes


Current prize list: dhuaine.deviantart.com/journal… .
I will be noting all donators tomorrow. :D If you see this journal first, please contact the winners before donating subs / sending anything - they might want to give the prizes to someone else :)

The two-week journal feature from me will start in a few days (this journal doesn't count). I'm still thinking of a way to give everyone the best exposure. They deserve it :)
You are all encouraged to feature your own personal favorites instead of mine - they're purely subjective :aww:

All winners and the rest of top ten will be also featured in news article.

Honourable Mentions


Personal Favorites

:thumb120131189:

Carcosa by Petiboy
Unique representation of dark urban theme. Alien civilization, foreign city under foreign skies. This image is both disturbing and intriguing, it draws the viewer inside and doesn't let them go. The execution reminds me of illustrations in children's horror stories - though admittedly, this one looks more appropriate for adults' version, imaginative and a little morbid.



Where the sun goes down by Nerahye
Remains of an old building carved into a rock jutting out of the earth in the middle of nowhere - this powerful imagery undoubtedly has many stories to tell. The lighting plays tricks on the viewer: the ground itself seems to glow, disregarding the natural luminance of the sunset. The attention to detail is brilliant; every time I'm a looking at this image I'm finding something new, like the vegetation-covered stairs vanishing into the rock or delicate statue crowning the main entrance.


Top Ten
(or what remained of it)

:thumb114238819: never seen by Panicalex The Shire by CearaFinn





 
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Contest closed! - update

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 30, 2009, 1:40 AM

Mysteries Untold Contest



The contest is officially over! :w00t: No late entries will be accepted.
There are 47 entries total :) I'm pretty satisfied with the result - I was afraid the theme was going to be rather disfavored, and to top it I'm not a popular artist so the exposure wasn't that great, but fortunately I was wrong :D
I already sent notes to the judges. The whole process will take about a week. I hope to announce the winners next Sunday :aww:

Update

I completely forgot that this weekend is national holiday in Poland and I'm off for family event :o I will be offline for four days and will return on Sunday, so the results will be announced a couple of days later. Most likely Wednesday. ^^'

Bye everyone :wave:


 
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