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Journal Entry: Sun Mar 6, 2011, 10:26 PM
  • Listening to: "LOTUS" by Arashi
  • Reading: Deciphering Kanji. Correcting Engrish.
  • Watching: My Arashi Drama Marathon has been paused 'til May
  • Eating: Rice and more Rice
  • Drinking: Miso Soup!





Checking In!


It's almost scary that I've grown accustomed to this 'lack of internet' thing...  I miss this community and feel bad that I only manage to check in every blue moon or so.  However, I guess I've traded my dA hours for layovers?  It's no substitute for this community, but I suppose it consoles my deviantHEART ever so slightly.  :heart: ;p



Come Fly With Me!


One of the best lessons I've learned by living overseas is how to travel -- and how easy it is to do!  

Over the past year, my dA Stamps have been trumped by my Passport ones.  I can't stress enough how much I hope the rest of you travel as well.  It's not a difficult thing to do and it's so much fun.  :love:  Traveling is a lot CHEAPER than I imagined too -- but that might be because I'm already based in such a convenient place, and traveling to cheap places.  Getting here is expensive, but once you get past that part, the rest is a breeze!  Japan is like the gateway to Asia.  If you are ever planning a trip to the Asian region, lemme know!  I may just hop on a plane and meet you there!  :star:

Below I've included ticket prices so you can get a feel for how much it costs to travel in this region.  All prices below are depicted in U.S. Dollars (USD) because Yen (JPY) doesn't make sense to anyone outside of Japan.  xD  All of the ticket prices are roundtrip, too.

Hotel costs listed are per person per night.  Oh!  And for the record, almost all of the places I stay are booked through HostelWorld.com because they're awesome.  They have places other than hostels listed -- cheap hotels, bed & breakfasts, inns, guesthouses, etc. -- and that site gives me a good idea as to where to stay, what I should be paying, travel tips, and places to avoid.  I love it!



Japan


Tickets to Japan from North America:
About $700~$800 (USD) Roundtrip
Exchange Rate:  1 usd to 83 yen
Hotel Costs:  $65 a night (USD)


Living in Japan has taught me many things --- how to eat first and ask later, how to convey any message through charades, how to nod and smile and laugh whenever everyone else is laughing to create the illusion that you're following the conversation.  

Strangely enough, traveling within Japan is often more expensive than traveling overseas.  In the year and some odd months that I've been here, I've done more and seen more than some Japanese people have done in their entire lives -- not only in this region, but throughout this country.  I guess they stay home because they figure they could go out and do all of the stuff I've done at any time, any year.  The problem is that if you accept that way of thinking, you'll still be saying the same thing 80 years down the road and nothing to show for it.

I look back on the time I spent back in my hometown --- and all of the time I spent lallygagging around the house --- and can't believe I wasn't exploring my own country more!   I have been to more places in Japan than I've been to places back home and it amazes me.   

It took living in another country to make me want to visit my own.



South Korea


Tickets to South Korea from Japan:
About $250 (USD) Roundtrip
Exchange Rate:  1 usd to 1120 won
Hotel Costs:  $16 a night (USD)


Busan, South Korea is only a 20-minute plane ride from Fukuoka, Japan (or a 3-hour boat ride).  The city is so full of sights and sounds -- some of which caught me off-guard when I first laid eyes on them (i.e. Little Granny in the Fish Market with an octopus a third her size climbing up her arm as she tried to shove it, still alive and wriggling, into a plastic bag for a customer.).  

The food in Korea a spicy kind of wonderful.  I've yet to explore Seoul on anything other than a middle-of-the-night layover, but I hear it's a great place, too.



China


Tickets to Beijing, China from Japan:
About $330 (USD) Roundtrip
Exchange Rate:  1 usd to 7 renmenbi/yuan
Hotel Costs:  $14 a night (USD)


Beijing was everything I expected China to be -- and NOTHING like I expected China to be.  It's hard to explain.  The pollution in the air is much thicker than I imagined and the streets are dirtier than I thought they'd be --- but I had no idea the Forbidden City was so big!  And I didn't know the climb UP to the Great Wall was so incredibly STEEP!  And I didn't even know the gorgeous Summer Palace on the mountain even existed!

Plus, once you're in the country, EVERYTHING is cheap!  Our hotel was maybe $15 a night?  Meals were about $2 each?



Vietnam


Tickets to Vietnam from Japan:
About $350 (USD) Roundtrip
Exchange Rate: 1 usd to 20,000 dong
Hotel Costs:  $11 a night (USD)


Vietnam was a last-minute destination change after that little fizzle between North and South Korean on the island off of Seoul.  We figured Vietnam wasn't really tied to either of those countries (or the big powers that back them) so it was a safe enough place to book tickets to without worrying about having to cancel the trip.

The country is beautiful.  When you get a chance, run a Google Image search for "Ha Long Bay."  The food here is also divine -- from super sweet rice cakes in a coconut cinnamon and peanut soup; to insanely spicy noodles topped with cilantro lemongrass and strange chewing things resembling ...meat?; to odd flavors and textures that aren't comparable to anything else I've ever tried (...a white, sugarless, flavorless pear thing that makes you thirsty, dipped in a spice resembling a tame salty chili powder...?).  ...No idea what that was.  xD

The exchange rate is definitely in your favor here.  Everything was cheap -- even when people were ripping you off.  I preferred the northern part of the country, but both areas were cool.  Crossing the streets was like taking your life into your hands.  Imagine a Real Life Frogger game, up against hordes of motorbikes.



Cambodia


Tickets to Cambodia from Japan:
About $350 (USD) Roundtrip
Exchange Rate:  1 usd to 4000 riel
Hotel Costs:  $12 a night (USD)


The Angkor Wat ruins in Siem Reap are even cooler in real life than they are in video games.  Safer, too!  :XD:  I really liked riding around in "Tuk-Tuks" -- which are basically buggies hooked to the back of motorbikes.  We met some wonderful people in this country and despite the tourist trap areas, I thought it was a beautiful country.  Parts of it really reminded me of Hawaii.  Not the flower-lei-and-tiki-torch Hawaii, but the local and laid back Hawaii.  The greenery was similar, and the Khmer people resemble people in Hawaii quite a bit, too.

The food is a bit spicy and they're fond of a strange tangy flavor that they pour on everything.  They eat a lot of beef here, too.  One thing that surprised me was that they use US Dollars alongside their own local currency.  (I wonder why that is...?)  This means everything in Cambodia is a bit more expensive compared to its neighbors (like Vietnam).



Hong Kong


Tickets to Hong Kong from Japan:
About $250 (USD) Roundtrip
Exchange Rate: 1 usd to 8 hong kong dollars
Hotel Costs:  None, lol.


I'm not sure if I can count this one...  For one, it's kind of part of China.  For another, I only  spent 11 hours here in the middle of the night during a long layover. :slow:   I left the airport and wandered around the city, meeting cool people, wandering to old temples, and having a great time -- but I've never seen this place in the daylight.  f(^~^;)

I can attest to one thing,  though:  This city was built on a HILL.  A big hill.  A STEEP hill.  Think... steeper than the trudge up to Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto, Japan.  Or picture Seattle, Washington or San Francisco, California in the United States.  Lugging a suitcase up and down those streets for eleven hours was quite a workout!  From what I saw of it at 3am, the city looks really fun.  Full of art galleries, restaurants, shops, street food stalls, and then some.  I'll have to take a proper trip there one of these days.



France


Tickets to France from Japan:
About $500 (USD) Roundtrip
Exchange Rate: 1 usd to 0.7 euros
(Do they still use Francs there?)
Hotel Costs:  $60 a night (USD)


The next place on my list is Paris, France!  I've decided to wander beyond the Asian region and head to Europe.  I've never been to Europe before! :excited: :heart:  

I'm heading there in about... 2 weeks actually!  Tickets have been bought, hotel has been booked.  Should be fantastic!  Paris is like the Great Wall --- it doesn't really exist in my head.  I can't wait to see it in person!  And I'm definitely going to try to go to Mont Saint Michel.  :heart:  It's just too pretty in the pictures to pass up!



Tray Tables Up!


Traveling is so easy.  And the booking process is so ...painless!  I realize now that the only thing that ever held me back from traveling was myself.  Money, okay yes, I suppose -- but mostly myself.  Have you ever stopped to consider how much you spend on coffees every morning?  Avoid Starbucks/Fast Food/Cigarettes for two months and you'll have saved up enough for a ticket to a nearby country!  

Before I'd caught the travel bug, the idea of traveling to different places throughout the world seemed too... surreal.  Even though I'm living overseas, the idea of just hopping on a plane and traveling somewhere on vacation didn't really seem plausible to me.  But once I'd done it -- once I bought a ticket and booked a room -- I realized how simple it was!  And how inexpensive it can be!  Now that I know what I'm doing, the process is even quicker.  Booking tickets to Paris literally took me six minutes over the phone.  I even took a picture of my phone's call log for memory's sake.

My next goal is to travel somewhere on my own to a country that doesn't speak English as its primary language (or at all).  I'm not sure if I'm brave enough to do this yet, and that's exactly why I want to do it.

The Moral of the Story:  Go out there in the world!  It's not as hard as you'd think.





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Nintendo 3DS!

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 6, 2011, 4:03 PM
  • Listening to: "Shizuka na Yoru ni" - OONO Satoshi from
  • Reading: Deciphering Kanji. Correcting Engrish.
  • Watching: Akunin (it's a movie filmed partly in Fukuoka!)
  • Eating: A Bento from the School
  • Drinking: Green Tea.
I got to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the Nintendo 3DS!!  :excited::heart:  It was fantastic!!  

I went to the World Video Game & Hobby Expo 2011 in Fukuoka, Japan yesterday.  The Nintendo 3DS was definitely the coolest exhibit.  The 3D-ness has been built backwards, so you don't need glasses. Instead of popping forward, the pictures drop back. It's really cool!  However, if you don't look at it straight on, the screen shifts and it messes with your eyes.  If that annoys you (or if the 3D pictures make you dizzy), there's a switch on the right side of the screen that actually lets you ADJUST the 3D-ness by turning it down or turning it off completely! :w00t:  It's a great little feature!

They've also built in a joystick in addition to the D-Pad, so moving around is really easy.  It's got a camera on it, too, with two lenses -- so you can actually take 3D pictures of things with your Gameboy!  How cool is that!!

The Nintendo 3DS hits stores in Japan on February 26th (25,000 yen), and releases in North America on March 27th ($250).  Expensive little bugger, but definitely fun. :thumbsup:

Other notable exhibits included PS3's new Marvel vs. Capcom (gorgeous!), and Monster Hunter 3 (really pretty gameplay!).  PS3's response to the Wii's controller is sort of weird...  It's like a Wii-remote, but with a big glowing orb on it...  

Eh.  I prefered ogling the GIGANTIC Pikachu balloon floating in the Expo Stadium. :pokeball:

Wild Boar Chase

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 3, 2010, 6:54 PM
  • Listening to: "Shizuka na Yoru ni" - OONO Satoshi from
  • Reading: Deciphering Kanji. Correcting Engrish.
  • Watching: Akunin (it's a movie filmed partly in Fukuoka!)
  • Eating: A Bento from the School
  • Drinking: Green Tea.
The other day, there was a wild baby boar wandering around the school campus.  Adorable little thing, about the size of a cat or beagle.  Some of us whipped out our cameras, but most of the teachers and students kept indoors. "The mother must be nearby..." they murmured.  The word "Mononoke" kept breezing past my ears, and I laughed.

The kids fixed me with a worried look. "You've never seen a full-grown wild boar, have you..."

Approaching a Japanese Summer

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 16, 2010, 10:02 PM



Summers in Japan are known for three things:  Matsuri Festivals, Loud Cicada Bugs, and Ridiculously Hot and Humid Weather.  I'm looking forward to one of those, not so much another, and DEFINITELY not one of them.  Can you guess which is which?  8D

The Path to Wisdom by shadowed-light-waves

August 1st will be my 1 Year Anniversary of coming to Japan.  It's amazing to think I've already been here for a year. :kitty:  My, how the time flies!

In July, I'm going to Tokyo to meet all of the new incoming teachers from my Program, and bringing them back with me to Fukuoka.  If you were moving to a different country without a clue as to (A) where you were going, (B) who you would be working with, and (C) what your job would entail, what would your expression look like?

Mine was a big cheesy grin.  =D  

Now I get to see what normal people's expressions are supposed to be. :slow:

  • Listening to: "Ouin Kenbunroku" by Hilcrhyme
  • Reading: Engrish Sentences
  • Watching: Japanese Game Shows
  • Eating: Cucumber Bento Things, whatever they're called.
  • Drinking: Green Tea!

Japanese Gaga Llama!

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 1, 2010, 2:15 AM



Can I have your Llamas? :excited:
I'll give you some Gaga! =D
And some love from Japan? :flirty:

P.S.  Lol, hi everyone!

  • Listening to: "truth" by Arashi
  • Reading: Engrish Sentences
  • Watching: Llama Gaga Glitter Seeker Madnees!

...Lol, hi people! xD Hisashiburi!

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 25, 2009, 7:58 AM



I'm typing this on an iPhone, so I have to be brief:  I fell off the face of the Earth and landed in Japan!  

Kokura Castle3 by kaz0885
It's awesome here and I love it. Unfortunately, I don't have Internet access at home (apart from my phone; p.s. I sprang for an iPhone, regretted it immediately because it was so expensive, then after a week I realized it was one of the best purchases I've ever made.  Consider this a thumbs-up for the iPhone from a former skeptic!).

Anywho, where was I?  Ah yes:  Japan!

Kitakyushu city by kaz0885
That's where I am. Everyday is an adventure. Today, for example, I saw a Kabuki play from start to finish. Four hours and it was awesome every step of the way!  Yesterday, I got to enjoy the evening at a "Nomihoudai" restaurant (that means 'All You Can Drink' ) with a guy who speaks Mandarin Chinese and a girl from South Africa who speaks Afrikaans.  And the day before I got to dress up in a costume and teach kids about Halloween and correct Engrish sentences to my heart's content. Fun times!

Chant by undermine
I miss you all dearly. Thank you for all of the Notes, messages, e-mails, comments and so forth. You're all wonderful.  Congratulations are in order for so many of you, and even more thanks to those of you who've donated your time and lives to the community. Hugs for you!  Sorry I've disappeared.  But! I can try to make it up to you.

If you feel up to it, Note me your mailing address and I'll try to send you a postcard ---- from Japan!   

Just remember:  The chocolate of my destiny to flavor only once. Can running hope!

  • Listening to: BALLAD -Na mo naki koi no uta- by Aran
  • Reading: Engrish Sentences
  • Watching: Japanese Game Shows
  • Playing: Survive and Stuff!
  • Eating: Steamed eggplant in a sesame sauce

Cynthimack!

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 9, 2009, 12:24 PM
  • Listening to: Still Alive - Portal
  • Reading: The JET Program Handbook
  • Watching: Six Feet Under - Season 3
  • Playing: Elevator Juggling
  • Eating: Dark Chocolate, Almond, and Rice bars



A Journal Summary for Busy People.


- And I shall call him, mini-MEET!
- Portland devMEET: Saturday, June 13th!!

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devMEET!!

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Yesterday I got to rain on the parades of CynthiaCynical (Cynthia) and mackattack23 (Dustin)!  :excited:  They're so freaking adorable!!   


We were supposed to meet briefly to decide what we're going to do this Saturday --- but that didn't really happen.  xD  I'll think of something!


We're such dorks. :slow:  Talking about deviantART while on the city lightrail trains, referring to people by their usernames -- the unsuspecting folks around us probably thought we were nuts.  :XD:


LOL, and for the record, I'm just as tall as Dustin -- if not taller (Lol, shh... I was *not* wearing heels... :paranoid:).  

Take THAT all of you non-believers!  I am *NOT* short!  :shakefist:    *cough*boomer-anonymous*cough hack spit*klicky-heads & EmptyPens*cough*  :XD:


Dustin!!  Cynthia!!  :glomp:  I :heart: you guys!!  :love:  
  





This Saturday!


This Saturday, June 13th, we're going to be meeting at Pioneer Square in downtown Portland.  Around 10 or 11am.  If you think you can wake up that early, then head on down!  :excited:

:noes::megaphone:  Psst!  Bryan!  Come!!  :#1:  We'll have fun!






I really have to get to work now. :slow:  








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devMEET in Portland + Japan! :D

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 5, 2009, 2:12 PM
  • Listening to: Still Alive - Portal
  • Reading: The JET Program Handbook
  • Watching: Six Feet Under - Season 3
  • Playing: Elevator Juggling
  • Eating: Dark Chocolate, Almond, and Rice bars



A Journal Summary for Busy People.


- Missing in Action
- Mini-devMEET in Portland! w/ mackattack23!
- Moving to Fukuoka, Japan on August 1st!
- Bad to the Bone

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MIA


I've been MIA for a while, I know... :paranoid:  It happens. :slow:  But!  Onward and upward!





devMEET!




Wooo!  mackattack23 is in Portland, Oregon with CynthiaCynical for the next week or two! :excited:  I'm making them hang out with me whether they want to or not.  :XD:  Along with StrengthInWeakness!  Exciting!!

And it doesn't look like any of us will be driving anywhere. (Lmao, go us! :lmao:)  So if you happen to be in the Portland area, you should head downtown and hang out, too!  (Not sure what day, yet, but it'll be before the 19th.  More info soon!)  Send me a Note or something if you're interested, and I'll give you my cell phone number so you can get a hold of us.  You know you want my number. ;p (*shot* xD)

We might be heading up to the Rose Garden (which is also next to the Japanese Garden), swinging by the South Waterfront to check out the view, strolling through the Pearl District and Old Town to get some Gelato and check out some art galleries, or just wandering around town and doing some sight-seeing.  If we end up meeting on a weekend, we might also swing by the Saturday Market for some Elephant Ears.  :drool:  Not sure yet!


Lol, and yes.  I'm in Portland, Oregon for the time being. :slow:  At least until August 1st anyway!





Moving to Japan!




On August 1st, I'm moving to Fukuoka, Japan for the next two years (it's near Nagasaki). :excited:  Words cannot express my excitement, so I wont even bother trying.  

Part of the thrill, however, is that I have no idea where I'm going. :slow:  All of this has been coordinated for me, so I had no say in where I'll be living, working, etc. for the next two years.  The Japanese Consulate is just going to inform me of their decision.  
All I know is the name of the city I'll be in.  Woooo!!  :#1:






B-b-b-b-bad to the Bone!



scarletwave.  She's bad to the bone.  Don't mess with her or she'll tease your hair to the tune of Vanilla Ice, Ice, Baby. :love:



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GROUPS!! :D

Journal Entry: Tue May 5, 2009, 7:15 PM



GROUPS! KINDA!!

Go go go!!  :excited:
deviantART's First Group!!  Go see! Go see!
You can't make your own Groups yet... but at least you can sort of see one in action!

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Woooo!!

And read more about deviantART's World Tour!!  :eager:
First stop:  Sydney, Australia!! :earth:



OTHER FUN STUFF!


Like the Journal Skin? :excited:  Yesterday, spyed announced that deviantART Beta Testers can now use a cool new feature that allows you to collect and install journal skins straight into your journal.  No more of that copy-pasting stuff.  8D


This one is Greeny by duhcoolies.  You can use it, too!  And if you're a Beta Tester, you can use the super snazzy "Install to Journal" button located on the deviation!  Check it out!

Who, who, who???

Journal Entry: Sat May 2, 2009, 1:24 PM
  • Listening to: Stop! Dimentica - Tiziano Ferro
  • Reading: Baudolino by Umberto Eco
  • Playing: A River Runs Through It - Yiruma
  • Eating: Leftover Thai Food, lol.
  • Drinking: Mmm...Yerba Mate Bubble Tea!



A Journal Summary for Busy People.


- I just received a Fine Art Print - FRAMED!  But from WHO??

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Fine Art Print!!



Whoaaa!  :omfg:  Which one of you sent me this??  :wow:  Speak up!  Not only is it a print from one of my absolute favorite photographers here on deviantART, but it's a 24x36 FRAMED fine art print!!  :faint:  

LOL, I can barely type.  :lol:  Who did it??   It was ordered on the 22nd, so I am formulating some theories.... :sherlock:  But I can't imagine who would send me a FRAMED 24x36 Fine Art Print!  :excited:  FRAMED!  xD  

...Farewell, composure.  :paranoid:  

This was such an awesome surprise!  Aaaah!  Thank you so, so much to whoever you are, Wonderful Mystery Entity!! :glomp: :heart: :excited:





Design A Deviant Winners!


Wooo... I have to calm down... :slow:  H'okay.  Let's announce something.

The Winners of 2dazed's Design A Deviant Contest were announced last week!  Though I have the winners of this contest featured on my Profile Page, it never hurts to repeat them here.  =D

Congratulations to all, and a wonderful round of applause all all who entered!  All of the entries can be viewed here: [link]


:trophy: FIRST PLACE: :iconbab-jane: BaB-Jane
:trophy: SECOND PLACE: :iconkaotickell: kaotickell
:trophy: THIRD PLACE: :iconpica-ae: pica-ae






In Other News...


:bulletblue:  Birthday! - Woo! :w00t: :cake:  Happy Birthday, EmptyPens!    Hope it's awesome!

:bulletgreen:  Travel Bug - I've caught the travel bug, but don't have the funds  to appease it.  :XD:  I just want to jump on a train/bus/plane/boat and go somewhere.  Is that so much to ask?  8D

:bulletpurple:  dA Products - deviantART should print business cards.  =D  I just ordered a bunch of simple cards from MOO -- but I would've much rather given my business to dA.  :star:

:bulletorange:  Woo, 35k! - I hit the 35,000 Pageview Mark the other day!  :lol:  I don't understand how people could "hate" seeing pageviews.  I *LOVE* having access to facts, figures, and information!  It's fun!

:bulletwhite: Procrastination - Lol, I really have to get ready for work now.  xD



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Stamp - DailyDeviants - Team by shadowed-light-waves Long Term by aXelix
dAc Stamp by deviantARTcommunity Stamp - Fella Plushie -Love- by shadowed-light-waves
Community Relations Stamp by communityrelations DT Stamp by fella
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Stamp - Cullen Crest by shadowed-light-waves Stamp - The Host by shadowed-light-waves
Legend Of Zelda Stamp by 666mel666 Stamp - Squaresoft SquareEnix by shadowed-light-waves
Stamp - Inheritance Cycle by shadowed-light-waves Totoro Stamp 1 by Toonfreak
Stamp - Final Fantasy :slow: by shadowed-light-waves I Support KH: I by prettyninja
Mozilla Stamp by Mozilla Stamp - Twitter by shadowed-light-waves
United Nations Stamp by phantom
:thumb78328370::thumb68600722:
WWF by simplestamp
:thumb79042011: becomeTHEchange stamp by insaneone
I .heart. Japan Stamp by SakuraStars Green Stamp by LeMarquis
Fair Trade Stamp by Kezzi-Rose Stamp - The World by shadowed-light-waves
Prismacolor Stamp by buyochan
Every star is y o u r s. by JaM-FaiRY Spotty Stamp by Filthy-In-Pink
Vector Stamp by stomp-stamp
Autumn Stamp by PhysicalMagic:thumb99590515:
:thumb95492589::thumb70190108:
Sushi Love Stamp by chikaex0tica:thumb78067582:
Nature Stamp 12 by karastamps Nature Stamp 8 by karastamps
Rain stamp by RicktwStamps Stamp Template by LunaDora
:thumb107930818:
::Insomniac Stamp:: by Sora05 I love red stamp by violetsteel
Stamp - Hogwarts by MauserGirl
Chocolate Stamp. by Sophabelle

Journal Layout by:

shadowed-light-waves
with help from
quentinwrites [here], electricnet [here] and sine-out [here].
Avatar artwork by googprod.
Lyrics from Utada Hikaru's "Passion".

The Magical Land of deviantART HQ.

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 24, 2009, 9:27 AM
  • Listening to: Stop! Dimentica - Tiziano Ferro
  • Reading: Baudolino by Umberto Eco
  • Watching: The sacred ceremonies and rituals that occur at HQ
  • Playing: Rockband on Medium Mode!
  • Eating: Mmm... delicious burger...



A Journal Summary for Busy People.


- Long Journal is Long.  Lol, sorry!  You've been warned!
- deviantART Headquarters Adventure!
- The Super Secret Project No One Has Ever Heard Of:  "GROUPS"!
- Spontaneity is more fun with dA.
- And In Conclusion:  deviantART rocks.

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deviantART HQ


There were fat unicorns!  And mudkips!  And llamas on the wall! :excited:

As many have already heard (because I'm the last to update my journal, lmao), the adorable dammitMEL, the mighty DreamingMyth, the insightful WrathOfNessis, the Angelo No.2 known as KissMyHuman, and I spent the past Wednesday at the deviantART Headquarters -- and we lived to tell about it!  

:faint:  And believe me when I say that survival is no small feat!  Being amongst all of that awesome artwork, the plushies, those fantastic people, the lair of devWear, the creative genius that ebbs from the walls, and chris' Rockband skillz0rz?  It tends to take your breath away!


:star: :thumb120383470: :star:
From Left to Right:  dammitMEL, WrathOfNessis, KissMyHuman, spyed, shadowed-light-waves, DreamingMyth



Sneak Peak!


Psst! deviantART is about to add a new feature to the website!  Code name: Groups.  But shh!  You didn't hear that from me. ;p

There's been a lot of talk about this soon-to-be released feature, but one thing's for sure:  These Groups are AMAZING.  :star:

I went to the meeting at deviantART HQ fairly clueless as to what deviantART Groups actually *were* or why we should want to use them -- and now I stand before you awestruck and astounded by how ingenious they are. I have a million different ideas on how I'd like to utilize them or see them utilized, and sheer excitement is pulsing through my veins for what this will mean for the future of the deviantART community as a whole.  I can't wait!

The whole idea behind this meeting was to get some input or ideas for Groups.  And let me be the first, second, third, fourth, FIFTH to tell you that everything already in the works is amazing.  Even so, there is something so inexplicably thrilling about being asked for your input, and witnessing as Heidi or spyed jot down the idea to consider it, use it, or implement it in some form or another.  :excited:

Aww!  :love:






Spontaneity

So how'd I end up at the deviantART HQ?  

Well... :slow:  

In the wee-hours of Tuesday morning, deviantART's CEO and co-founder spyed (Angelo) threw this devMEET-of-sorts together.  This was a completely spur-of-the-moment plan, but I love random hair-brained ideas like these!  He invited a few deviants from #devart to join him in discussing the new Groups feature that deviantART is about to release and to hear what they had to say.

Upon learning this and seeing the group of people assembling to go, I decided it was too great of an opportunity to pass up.  So I sort of... um, bought last-minute plane tickets to fly out to the dA HQ for the day?  :XD:  All in the spirit of Groups!  And deviousness!  

I'd never done anything like that before and didn't even know where I was going, but!  I refused to let that dissuade me.  So without much more than the address of a coffee shop where everyone was meeting, I boarded a plane on Wednesday morning and ventured forth to meet spyed and the other dAlcoholics.  So much fun!

And we got much more than we bargained for!  We also got to meet Heidi, Waveswinger, bionikdesign, richardbrady, trowlandson, Stykera, endosage, micahgoulart, makepictures, a whole cave of ¢Creative Team members in action, and several others!  It was awesome to be able to meet the people behind the usernames.  :heart:




Long Story Short


I have never -- EVER -- been surrounded by so many people who not only love something so much that they get excited just sharing it with others, but love it so much that they work to make it exponentially better every single day.  

I have never -- EVER -- been around so many people that loved deviantART, and could talk about it for hours.  It was bliss!

And I have never -- EVER -- stood on a sidewalk acting like Moar Bear.  

Until this past Wednesday. :heart:

The entire excursion was a sensory overload, and I'm still basking in the fuzzy glow of the aftermath.  I cannot thank HQ enough for allowing us to wander around and hang out with everyone even though they were busy working.  Hopefully we didn't cause any deviantART downtime for the rest of you...? ;p

Note to all deviantART members:  We are in good hands.  :heart:  And spyed makes a wicked caffè latte.

:llama:







Stamp - Squirrel by shadowed-light-waves
:thumb53399550: deviouslyADDICTED by KittiesGoShoot
Stamp - DailyDeviants - Team by shadowed-light-waves Long Term by aXelix
dAc Stamp by deviantARTcommunity Stamp - Fella Plushie -Love- by shadowed-light-waves
Community Relations Stamp by communityrelations DT Stamp by fella
:thumb98950923:

Stamp - Cullen Crest by shadowed-light-waves Stamp - The Host by shadowed-light-waves
Legend Of Zelda Stamp by 666mel666 Stamp - Squaresoft SquareEnix by shadowed-light-waves
Stamp - Inheritance Cycle by shadowed-light-waves Totoro Stamp 1 by Toonfreak
Stamp - Final Fantasy :slow: by shadowed-light-waves I Support KH: I by prettyninja
Mozilla Stamp by Mozilla Stamp - Twitter by shadowed-light-waves
United Nations Stamp by phantom
:thumb78328370::thumb68600722:
WWF by simplestamp
:thumb79042011: becomeTHEchange stamp by insaneone
I .heart. Japan Stamp by SakuraStars Green Stamp by LeMarquis
Fair Trade Stamp by Kezzi-Rose Stamp - The World by shadowed-light-waves
Prismacolor Stamp by buyochan
Every star is y o u r s. by JaM-FaiRY Spotty Stamp by Filthy-In-Pink
Vector Stamp by stomp-stamp
Autumn Stamp by PhysicalMagic:thumb99590515:
:thumb95492589::thumb70190108:
Sushi Love Stamp by chikaex0tica:thumb78067582:
Nature Stamp 12 by karastamps Nature Stamp 8 by karastamps
Rain stamp by RicktwStamps Stamp Template by LunaDora
:thumb107930818:
::Insomniac Stamp:: by Sora05 I love red stamp by violetsteel
Stamp - Hogwarts by MauserGirl
Chocolate Stamp. by Sophabelle

Journal Layout by:

shadowed-light-waves
with help from
quentinwrites [here], electricnet [here] and sine-out [here].
Avatar artwork by googprod.
Lyrics from Utada Hikaru's "Passion".

Announcement: ADVENTURE!! :D

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 21, 2009, 5:17 PM
Announcement Made on: April 21, 2009.</u>

Adventure Time!


Hollywood!

I'm going to Los Angeles!  :star:  For deviantART stuff!!  :excited: :heart:  This WEDNESDAY!  Aaaah!  This is like the coolest thing EVER!

Expensive, too... :slow:  All of this was decided a few hours ago, and I'm only going for a day.

But that doesn't matter!  Money comes and goes, but opportunities like this could be once-in-a-lifetime!  :eager:  I can't wait!  More details after I get back!


To DreamingMyth, scarletwave, dammitMEL, spyed, and everyone else:  I'll see you there!!  :excited: :star:  (P.S. lenavvargo, are you free on Wednesday?  8D  If you are, and feel like wandering to Hollywood, you should come too!)



Do YOU live in Los Angeles?

If you live in Los Angeles, are 18 or older, would like to discuss deviantART Groups, and are free on Wednesday (April 22nd), let me know!









Featuring....!

:excited:  This awesome CSS is entitled Clarity by Solitude12!  It's sooo easy to use!  Here are some other fun and useful creations by him as well!

Clarity Journal CSS 0.2 by Solitude12


Journal CSS: Clarity by Solitude12
  • Listening to: &quot;Wasteland&quot; - 10 Years
  • Reading: dA News Articles
  • Watching: Six Feet Under

Going to Japan! + eARTh + Nominated!

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 7, 2009, 8:03 PM
  • Listening to: Stop! Dimentica - Tiziano Ferro
  • Reading: City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare
  • Watching: Rockn Rolla -- Fun movie!! Loved it!
  • Playing: Eventually? &quot;Crisis Core&quot;
  • Drinking: You bet!!



A Journal Summary for Busy People.


- I'm going to Japan!! ☆  Aaah!
- eARTh Project Relaunching!  Wanna help?
- I was nominated for something on TheDeviantAwards!
- Drop by Drop Project: Auction Ending April 8th!

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JAPAN!


Guess what!  Guess what!!  :excited:  I'm going to Japan for a YEAR OR TWO beginning this August!  :star:

In November, I applied to a program through the Japanese Embassy.  In January, I heard back from them and made it to the Interview stage.  Finally, just a few minutes ago, I got an e-mail from them saying that I made it!!  :star: :excited:  I'm so excited!  I can't wait!

I'm not sure where they'll put me (the Embassy hasn't told me yet), but I'll love it no matter where it is!!  :star:  Aaaah!  







eARTh



Earth Day is on April 22nd, and what better way to commemorate the day than by participating in the eARTh Project!  :earth:  The project's next theme will be announced on April 25th and the relaunch event will include TRIVIA and PRIZES in the :#eARThproject: chatroom here on deviantART.  Fun fun!

:bulletblue:  Read more about it in the News Article here.

:bulletgreen:  If you'd like to help, the eARTh project is looking for people to feature the artwork from the winners!  Contact K-lenx if you'd like to help out and feature some of the winners!







TheDeviantAwards!

:iconthedeviantawards:

I was nominated for the "Best deviantART Stamp Creator" category on TheDeviantAwards!   LOL!  :lol:  It was such a suprise!  I have no idea who nominated me, so if it was one of you, THAAANK YOUUUU!  :glomp:  I wasn't familiar with TheDeviantAwards until I received a Note saying I was nominated for one of the categories.  What an honor!

I'm not sure if I'm "The Best Stamp Creator" --- but I certainly enjoy making them!  They're so much fun.  :dance:  If you haven't made one before, you should start!

Check it out!  Voting will be open between April 23rd and April 30th.








Drop by Drop Auction

:star: Drop By Drop by DropByDropProject :star:
Drop by Drop Project: Auction!
REMINDER:  Auction ENDS April 8, 2009
at 11:59:59PM EST



Drop By Drop has been able to acquire a beautiful piece of artwork, custom-made for the project by the talented snowmask.  Bids are starting at $15 (USD) and the piece will be signed by snowmask herself with a custom message to you or a friend (making it great as a gift for someone else!).  The auction ends on April 8, 2009 at 11:59:59PM EST!



Stamp - Squirrel by shadowed-light-waves
:thumb53399550: deviouslyADDICTED by KittiesGoShoot
Stamp - DailyDeviants - Team by shadowed-light-waves Long Term by aXelix
dAc Stamp by deviantARTcommunity Stamp - Fella Plushie -Love- by shadowed-light-waves
Community Relations Stamp by communityrelations DT Stamp by fella
:thumb98950923:

Stamp - Cullen Crest by shadowed-light-waves Stamp - The Host by shadowed-light-waves
Legend Of Zelda Stamp by 666mel666 Stamp - Squaresoft SquareEnix by shadowed-light-waves
Stamp - Inheritance Cycle by shadowed-light-waves Totoro Stamp 1 by Toonfreak
Stamp - Final Fantasy :slow: by shadowed-light-waves I Support KH: I by prettyninja
Mozilla Stamp by Mozilla Stamp - Twitter by shadowed-light-waves
United Nations Stamp by phantom
:thumb78328370::thumb68600722:
WWF by simplestamp
:thumb79042011: becomeTHEchange stamp by insaneone
I .heart. Japan Stamp by SakuraStars Green Stamp by LeMarquis
Fair Trade Stamp by Kezzi-Rose Stamp - The World by shadowed-light-waves
Prismacolor Stamp by buyochan
Every star is y o u r s. by JaM-FaiRY Spotty Stamp by Filthy-In-Pink
Vector Stamp by stomp-stamp
Autumn Stamp by PhysicalMagic:thumb99590515:
:thumb95492589::thumb70190108:
Sushi Love Stamp by chikaex0tica:thumb78067582:
Nature Stamp 12 by karastamps Nature Stamp 8 by karastamps
Rain stamp by RicktwStamps Stamp Template by LunaDora
:thumb107930818:
::Insomniac Stamp:: by Sora05 I love red stamp by violetsteel
Stamp - Hogwarts by MauserGirl
Chocolate Stamp. by Sophabelle

Journal Layout by:

shadowed-light-waves
with help from
quentinwrites [here], electricnet [here] and sine-out [here].
Avatar artwork by googprod.
Lyrics from Utada Hikaru's "Passion".

Drip, Drip, Drop!

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 1, 2009, 11:19 PM
  • Listening to: &quot;Lewis &amp; Clark&quot; by Tommy Emmanuel
  • Reading: City of Ashes - Cassandra Clare
  • Watching: Fanboys
  • Playing: Eventually? &quot;Crisis Core&quot;
  • Drinking: Thai Iced Tea



A Journal Summary for Busy People.


- Thank you for the Birthday Goodies!
- Drop by Drop Project: Auction!
- /setaway
- Fanboys, lol.  Go watch it.

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Birthday Presents!


Looook!!  :excited:  The lovely scarletwave, the epic boomer-anonymous, and the fantastic K-lenx gave me Squirrels for my birthday!!  :star:  What more could a person ask for!!

A million heartfelt Thank Yous go to all of you for all of the well-wishing. It was three days spent wandering all over town, eating tons of great food, spending time with friends, and watching the musical "Wicked" (which was awesome!).  Fun times!





Drop by Drop Project

:star: Drop By Drop by DropByDropProject :star:
Drop by Drop Project: Auction!
Auction ends April 8, 2009
at 11:59:59PM EST


Check out this amazing auction that is going on in support of a more than worthy cause.

Drop by Drop is a philanthropic project created in support of Free the Children's Adopt-A-Village campaign generating funds for clean water and sanitation systems Kenya.


Drop By Drop has been able to acquire a beautiful piece of artwork, custom-made for the project by the talented snowmask.  Bids are starting at $15 (USD) and the piece will be signed by snowmask herself with a custom message to you or a friend (making it great as a gift for someone else!).  The auction ends on April 8, 2009 at 11:59:59PM EST!


And 100% OF PROFITS GO TOWARDS THE DROP BY DROP CAUSE IN KENYA.  Can't afford to put money down for this one?  Then join us in supporting the project by spreading the word everywhere you can!

Together, we can create change. Drop By Drop.


:bulletblue: Deadline: April 8, 2009 at 11:59:59PM EST
:bulletblue: Support the news article!
:bulletblue: Check out the journal!
:bulletblue: Check out ^snowmask and the artpiece!
:bulletblue:  For more information, visit www.dropbydrop.info or their deviantART account: DropByDropProject





/setaway


...I was invited to go and watch someone perform at an open-mic thing tonight... And I don't particularly want to go.  :paranoid:  It's all the way on the other side of town, lasts until who-knows-when, and I reaaaally don't feel like spending money on a cab tonight.

Normally, I enjoy listening to people of questionable talent belt out songs they wrote last Tuesday about their old sneakers! :B  But this situation is sort of ...um...  Well, it's just "sort of."

Bah!  Thinking aloud.  New Subject!

Fanboys!  :excited: :heart:






Fanboys!

Fanboys Trailer


Lmao, this movie was HILARIOUS.  Go and watch it!  Go now!  :lmao: :clap:  

That is all.



Stamp - Squirrel by shadowed-light-waves
:thumb53399550: deviouslyADDICTED by KittiesGoShoot
Stamp - DailyDeviants - Team by shadowed-light-waves Long Term by aXelix
dAc Stamp by deviantARTcommunity Stamp - Fella Plushie -Love- by shadowed-light-waves
Community Relations Stamp by communityrelations DT Stamp by fella
:thumb98950923:

Stamp - Cullen Crest by shadowed-light-waves Stamp - The Host by shadowed-light-waves
Legend Of Zelda Stamp by 666mel666 Stamp - Squaresoft SquareEnix by shadowed-light-waves
Stamp - Inheritance Cycle by shadowed-light-waves Totoro Stamp 1 by Toonfreak
Stamp - Final Fantasy :slow: by shadowed-light-waves I Support KH: I by prettyninja
Mozilla Stamp by Mozilla Stamp - Twitter by shadowed-light-waves
United Nations Stamp by phantom
:thumb78328370::thumb68600722:
WWF by simplestamp
:thumb79042011: becomeTHEchange stamp by insaneone
I .heart. Japan Stamp by SakuraStars Green Stamp by LeMarquis
Fair Trade Stamp by Kezzi-Rose Stamp - The World by shadowed-light-waves
Prismacolor Stamp by buyochan
Every star is y o u r s. by JaM-FaiRY Spotty Stamp by Filthy-In-Pink
Vector Stamp by stomp-stamp
Autumn Stamp by PhysicalMagic:thumb99590515:
:thumb95492589::thumb70190108:
Sushi Love Stamp by chikaex0tica:thumb78067582:
Nature Stamp 12 by karastamps Nature Stamp 8 by karastamps
Rain stamp by RicktwStamps Stamp Template by LunaDora
:thumb107930818:
::Insomniac Stamp:: by Sora05 I love red stamp by violetsteel
Stamp - Hogwarts by MauserGirl
Chocolate Stamp. by Sophabelle

Journal Layout by:

shadowed-light-waves
with help from
quentinwrites [here], electricnet [here] and sine-out [here].
Avatar artwork by googprod.
Lyrics from Utada Hikaru's "Passion".

Daily Deviation!! + Countdown + Aww! dA Hero?

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 15, 2009, 12:37 AM
  • Listening to: &quot;Lewis &amp; Clark&quot; by Tommy Emmanuel (s
  • Reading: The Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan
  • Watching: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Playing: Eventually? &quot;Crisis Core&quot;
  • Drinking: Thai Iced Tea



A Journal Summary for Busy People.


- EDIT:  I got a Daily Deviation!!!  8DD
- Birthday Countdown!  Wooo!
- I'm a dA Hero?  How sweet!  <3
- Suggestions on Stamps to Make?
- Contests!
- Featured Deviant:  PurpelBlur

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Daily Deviation!!!


Holy cow!!  :wow:  I got a Daily Deviation!!!  :excited: :star: :glomp:  Thank you, thank you ElectrikPinkPirate!!  And thank you PorcelainPoet as well!!  :heart: :love:  Aaaah!  I'm so excited!!  8D  And right before my birthday, too!!!  xDD

On another note, one of the deviations I've suggested also got a Daily Deviation today. :eager:  Check it out!  It's pretty freaking awesome.





Birthday Countdown!

My birthday badge


Wooo!  Guess who has birthday coming up on March 23rd!  :excited:  And it's a significant birthday, too!  I'm looking forward to it!

P.S.  Once I take over the world, I shall declare March 23rd "International Squirrel Day".  :mwahaha:






dA Heroes


Two days ago, I was honored to learn that I'd been nominated as a dA Hero, inducted, and invited to post this dA Heroes Stamp in my Journal and Shoutboard.  It's a beautiful project, and I'm incredibly flattered and speechless by the invitation to be a part of it.  Hugs and love to whomever nominated me, and to all of you for being wonderful. :hug: :heart:

This one gets a permanent home on my Shoutboard. :happycry:

[Read more about the project here.]






Stamps?


I'm trying to come up with ideas for Stamps.  =D  Got any?  

I browsed through over 12,000 stamps the other night (lol, no exaggeration) and only added 15 of those to my Favorites.  xD  While browsing, however, I began coming up with fun ideas for Stamps I'd like to make!  But I figured I'd ask you people as well.  

:star: Have you ever searched for a specific stamp, but couldn't find it?  If so, what was it?  :star:






Contests!

:w00t:  I've posted a bunch of fun contests in my Journal Sidebar.  :thumbsup:  Be sure to check them out!  Some of the deadlines are swiftly approaching, and ALL of them have pretty amazing prizes!  :faint:






Featured Deviant:


:iconpurpelblur:  |  PurpelBlur, deviantART's Ringmaster and GM of Community Projects is one of the most caring, supportive, and dedicated individuals to this creative community that one will ever meet -- hands down.  Though he joined deviantART a mere two years ago, he has made a huge impact on the lives of others --- running a plethora of contests, promoting hundreds of projects in and around deviantART, keeping the community in the loop by  sharing dozens of News Articles and interviewing Staff Members, featuring the artwork of well-established artists and relatively unknown deviants alike, and being a fantastic example of what keeps this community closely-knit and thriving.  He is a pillar of support whenever a person is in need, and a downright hilarious person to interact with within the deviantART Message Network channels.  Through thick and thin, PurpelBlur is (beyond a doubt) an individual that every person on this site should go out of their way to meet and talk to.

:star: Edit:  Love for ^PurpelBlur Contest!
:star:  Deadline:  April 26th, 2009


:thumb114711265::thumb111961082: PurpelBlur stamp by As-Death-Becomes-Her



Featured:  March 7, 2009
[Featured Deviant Archive]




Stamp - Squirrel by shadowed-light-waves
:thumb53399550: deviouslyADDICTED by KittiesGoShoot
Stamp - DailyDeviants - Team by shadowed-light-waves Long Term by aXelix
dAc Stamp by deviantARTcommunity Stamp - Fella Plushie -Love- by shadowed-light-waves
Community Relations Stamp by communityrelations DT Stamp by fella
:thumb98950923:

Stamp - Cullen Crest by shadowed-light-waves Stamp - The Host by shadowed-light-waves
Legend Of Zelda Stamp by 666mel666 Stamp - Squaresoft SquareEnix by shadowed-light-waves
Stamp - Inheritance Cycle by shadowed-light-waves Totoro Stamp 1 by Toonfreak
Stamp - Final Fantasy :slow: by shadowed-light-waves I Support KH: I by prettyninja
Mozilla Stamp by Mozilla Stamp - Twitter by shadowed-light-waves
United Nations Stamp by phantom
:thumb78328370::thumb68600722:
WWF by simplestamp
:thumb79042011: becomeTHEchange stamp by insaneone
I .heart. Japan Stamp by SakuraStars Green Stamp by LeMarquis
Fair Trade Stamp by Kezzi-Rose Stamp - The World by shadowed-light-waves
Prismacolor Stamp by buyochan
Every star is y o u r s. by JaM-FaiRY Spotty Stamp by Filthy-In-Pink
Vector Stamp by stomp-stamp
Autumn Stamp by PhysicalMagic:thumb99590515:
:thumb95492589::thumb70190108:
Sushi Love Stamp by chikaex0tica:thumb78067582:
Nature Stamp 12 by karastamps Nature Stamp 8 by karastamps
Rain stamp by RicktwStamps Stamp Template by LunaDora
:thumb107930818:
::Insomniac Stamp:: by Sora05 I love red stamp by violetsteel
Stamp - Hogwarts by MauserGirl
Chocolate Stamp. by Sophabelle

Journal Layout by:

shadowed-light-waves
with help from
quentinwrites [here], electricnet [here] and sine-out [here].
Avatar artwork by googprod.
Lyrics from Utada Hikaru's "Passion".

Cheap Chocolate!

Sat Feb 14, 2009, 2:10 PM
  • Watching: Mooovieees!
  • Eating: Surprisingly? Not chocolate. Yet.
  • Drinking: Food Poisoning in the form of Jamba Juice!


A Journal Summary for Busy People.


- How could anyone hate Valentine's Day?
- Pink Hearts Valentine's CSS by ginkgografix!  How's it look!
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Cheap Chocolate Day's Eve!

Lol, no really. :slow:  How could ANYONE hate Valentine's Day?  It's Cheap Chocolate Day's Eve!  :excited: :heart:  February 15th is one of the BEST days to go to the store and stock up on cheap candy, marked-down chocolate, and inexpensive flowers!  

The Day After Halloween is the only day that's better.  =D  Other good one's include:
  • The Day After Easter
  • The Day After Mother's Day
  • The Days Between Christmas & New Years

So to all of you nay-sayers out there posting about how much you "hate" Valentine's Day, I wish you all a Very Happy Cheap Chocolate Day's Eve!
:w00t:




Excuses, Excuses...

I've never understood how people could just "hate" a day.  :slow:  Valentine's Day is about LOVE!  How could you hate a day about Love?  

And don't give me the, "But I don't have a girlfriend, boyfriend, or significant other, so this day sucks" excuse. :evileye:  Are people really so shallow that they can't pick something else to honor during a day that celebrates Love?  

Call your families!  Donate to a charity!  Volunteer your time doing something nice for someone else!  Help someone out!  Give out random compliments to perfect strangers!  :heart:  The possibilities are endless.

Just because you don't have someone to "be with" at night doesn't mean you can't celebrate a day about love. ;p  If you have to, just treat the day like any other day instead of hating it --- and go and stock up on delicious chocolate in the morning.  =D




Yummy Cards!

:thumb108187883: Queen of Popcorn by ladylionink The Lollipop Joker by RomanticFae



Speaking of delicious things like CHOCOLATE, go join MonicaMarinho's Yummy Cards Contest!  The deadline is only a week away!  Featured above are three of the contest entries so far.  How fun!

Contest Link:   monicaweasley.deviantart.com/j…
Deadline:  February 21st, 2009!






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This Journal CSS is called Pink Hearts CSS by ginkgografix.  Anne is awesome.  She makes some of the coolest CSS designs around -- PLUS she runs that CSS Advent Calendar project each year!  Go check out her Gallery and tell her she's amazing.  =D




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Mozilla Stamp by Mozilla
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On the Cat Walk.

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 5, 2009, 3:34 AM
  • Listening to: &quot;Let It Rock&quot; by Kevin Rudolf
  • Reading: A Bazillion E-Mails fom *scarletwave
  • Watching: The movie &quot;Paradise Now&quot;. Very good.
  • Playing: Walk the Cat. Hah!
  • Drinking: Orange Juice.



A Journal Summary for Busy People.






Literal Cat Walk


I bought a cat-harness today. :slow:  I want to take the cat for walks.  Unfortunately, he's not as thrilled as I am about the purchase...   Strapped it onto him tonight and tried to get him to walk with me on the sidewalk.

Needless to say, my hands, wrists, and ankles are boasting a new collection of scratches.  :heart:  

But there's still hope.  At least he didn't go Pinky on me... :paranoid:  I shall try again tomorrow.






Design a Deviant Contest


2dazed is running a contest in which you get to design an entire Profile for a Random Deviant -- and it's all about LOVE! :love:  Check it out!  And maybe I'll even get you a backstage pass to the Fancy Ball that'll occur once the project concludes.  :eyes:

Link:  Design a Deviant Contest
Deadline:  March 1st, 2009







New Pageview Option!




Ambivalent to the Pageviews of others?

If you haven't read TheRyanFord's journal entry about the matter and the new Browsing Option, you should!  Now you can decide for yourself whether or not you want to see them.  =D






Art Theft on Facebook?




According to the author of this dA News Article, a bunch of images were taken from deviantART artists without permission for a Facebook Application game called "Hammerfall".

I am not certain on most of the details for this one, but you should read the News Article when you have a moment.  Very informative.  :nod:

News Article:  news.deviantart.com/article/69…






Hilarious Project


Whatever you're doing right now, put it on hold and read this journal entry.  Too funny.  Many deviants have seen (or participate in) Original Character "Tournaments" in the past, right?

Here's an example, if you're not familiar with them:  endling.deviantart.com/art/S-R…
(Lol, of course I used Endling as an example... xD)

Well, this project is a spin-off of that.  And the rules are just too amusing to overlook.  :XD:  I'm strongly considering entering just because it sounds amusing!


Read:  mynameismad.deviantart.com/jou…
Deadline:  February 13th







:whoreship:


Go and :whoreship: PurpelBlur when you have a chance.  Here's dAmnIt Quote No. 13470 for your reading pleasure.  Or in the words of another deviant:

<the-unnamed21> Sounds a bit like a boat full of hookers. :suspicious by Gomotes

=D

P.S.  Wander into :#GetStamped:!






Featured Artists


In the past, I've just posted a link to the artists I decide to "Feature" --- but I think I'm going to take it a bit further now and utilize some of these cool new Profile Page features.  =D

So!  From now on, my "Featured Artist" is going to get a feature in my journal as well as their own little module on my Profile Page.  :love:  And to kick off the change, I've chosen the lovely Synfull to get the ball rolling!  :dance:






Featured Artist: Synfull


:iconsynfull:  This emoticon artist is probably one of the friendliest people you'll ever meet on deviantART -- and this is evident in her gallery as well!  Colorful and friendly with cheerful themes -- Synfull's gallery is a museum of smiles.  Synfull also hosts contests, projects, volunteers her time to make avatars for users, and runs a weekly Article Series entitled "So i herd u liek emotes".  Fun, charismatic, and an absolute doll to talk to:  Be sure to say 'Hi' to Synfull the next time you see her wandering through a dAmn Channel.  



:hugfive: revamp by Synfull :buzz: by Synfull dA tower entry by Synfull :thumb108231758:







I've been MIA lately.  :paranoid:  Lots of things going on, but this journal entry is already long enough.  =D  P.S.  Don't mind those two earlier entries.  I'm going to work on those when I find myself with some time to spare.

Cheers, my lovelies!  :ahoy:



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United Nations Stamp by phantom
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Mozilla Stamp by Mozilla
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Lyrics from Utada Hikaru's "Passion".

Featured Deviant: Archive

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 5, 2009, 3:27 AM
A running list of the people I've featured in my Journals.  Currently under construction.


In the past, I've just posted a link to the artists I decide to "Feature" --- but I think I'm going to take it a bit further now and utilize some of these cool new Profile Page features.

So!  From now on, my "Featured Artist" is going to get a feature in my journal as well as their own little module on my Profile Page.
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-- Excerpt, February 5th, 2009






2009

March:
PurpelBlur (Mar. 7, 2009)

February:
Synfull  (Feb. 5th, 2009)

January:
None.






2008




2007


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DailyDeviants: Feature Archive

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 5, 2009, 3:26 AM
:icondailydeviants: | I first discovered DailyDeviants through baKIN in July of 2007.  After following the group and sending in a few feature suggestions, I was invited to join the DailyDeviants team on March 31, 2008 as part of the Misc Team.  Here is a running list of the people I've featured since that time.
   
(:bulletwhite:) White bullets indicate deviants I've featured.
(:bulletyellow:) Gold bullets indicate deviants I've selected for the DailyDeviants Monthly Feature articles.
(:bulletgreen:) Green bullets indicate deviants I've suggested for a feature (and were chosen) in categories outside of the Misc Category or before I was on the DailyDeviants team.




2007 (Suggested Features)

:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: November
:bulletgreen: 11-26-07 moiret
:bulletgreen: 11-30-07 james119


:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: December
:bulletgreen: 12-16-07 Raphael-Lacoste
:bulletgreen: 12-17-07 danyiart




2008


:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: January
:bulletgreen: 1-26-08 MaxD-Art
:bulletgreen: 1-30-08 DigitalOme
:bulletgreen: 1-31-08 bananasjuice

:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: February
:bulletgreen: 2-05-08 pandakim
:bulletgreen: 2-11-08 peterconcept
:bulletgreen: 2-15-08 livingrope
:bulletgreen: 2-19-08 Wallasaurus
:bulletgreen: 2-23-08 vyle-art
:bulletgreen: 2-26-08 NURO-art


:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: March
:bulletgreen: 3-02-08 einen
:bulletgreen: 3-20-08 DragonOfLust
:bulletgreen: 3-23-08 sumanprajapati
:bulletgreen: 3-27-08 smoking-mirrors
:bulletgreen: 3-30-08 enchantadorn


:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: April
:bulletwhite: 4-17-08 SD-3000
:bulletyellow: 4-20-08 Intro-Extro
:bulletwhite: 4-23-08 LaughingTree
:bulletgreen: 4-23-08 fibacz
:bulletwhite: 4-26-08 buildersstudio
:bulletwhite: 4-29-08 POE1


:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: May
:bulletwhite: 5-01-08 DEVlANT
:bulletgreen: 5-01-08 boblea
:bulletgreen: 5-03-08 Iecee
:bulletwhite: 5-06-08 artistladysmith
:bulletwhite: 5-08-08 Thorleifr
:bulletwhite: 5-13-08 Ugrik
:bulletwhite: 5-11-08 Lunamud
:bulletwhite: 5-16-08 Shady-AU
:bulletwhite: 5-19-08 Ashte
:bulletwhite: 5-22-08 implosion3
:bulletgreen: 5-22-08 vanlubeck
:bulletwhite: 5-25-08 jessa1155


:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: June
:bulletwhite: 6-07-08 DonSimpson
:bulletwhite: 6-24-08 Thomas-Carvings
:bulletwhite: 6-26-08 Tofubunnny
:bulletwhite: 6-28-08 TeddyLuck


:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: July
:bulletwhite: 7-01-08 xodropdeadox
:bulletwhite: 7-04-08 CanDy-LolliPop
:bulletyellow: 7-08-08 Solitude12
:bulletwhite: 7-10-08 Dashster
:bulletwhite: 7-12-08 LadyArilyia
:bulletwhite: 7-19-08 rihokroll
:bulletgreen: 7-21-08 markhossain
:bulletwhite: 7-22-08 cl2007
:bulletgreen: 7-24-08 hakanpehlivan
:bulletwhite: 7-25-08 MakinMagic
:bulletwhite: 7-27-08 princefighter
:bulletgreen: 7-27-08 AnnPars
:bulletwhite: 7-30-08 catchymuffin
:bulletgreen: 7-31-08 creaturesfromel


:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: August
:bulletgreen: 8-01-08 damiankafe
:bulletwhite: 8-03-08 TabooCREATION
:bulletwhite: 8-07-08 crakaemotes
:bulletgreen: 8-09-08 HeartofClayBA
:bulletgreen: 8-09-08 NonMaster
:bulletwhite: 8-11-08 petertwang
:bulletwhite: 8-13-08 morpho2012
:bulletgreen: 8-14-08 genr
:bulletyellow: 8-16-08 Rlyiii3rd
:bulletgreen: 8-18-08 yorkey-sa
:bulletwhite: 8-19-08 P4tr1c14h
:bulletgreen: 8-25-08 MarianKretschmer
:bulletwhite: 8-27-08 Mensaman
:bulletwhite: 8-28-08 farmerownia
:bulletgreen: 8-28-08 JarifMasud
:bulletgreen: 8-29-08 vanlubeck


:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: September
:bulletwhite: 9-02-08 orsobrusco
:bulletwhite: 9-04-08 LadyLockeout
:bulletgreen: 9-07-08 LuciaRodriguez
:bulletwhite: 9-08-08 Corviid
:bulletgreen: 9-09-08 TrollGirl
:bulletgreen: 9-11-08 rezahash


:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: October
:bulletwhite: 10-07-08 sleepinglynx
:bulletwhite: 10-09-08 Cassandra-Rising
:bulletwhite: 10-11-08 stuff-by-hagrid
:bulletyellow: 10-13-08 DuckTapeBandit
:bulletwhite: 10-15-08 cjgrand
:bulletwhite: 10-16-08 see-through-silence
:bulletwhite: 10-19-08 redpandachainmail
:bulletwhite: 10-21-08 g04t34t3r
:bulletwhite: 10-23-08 Gailavira
:bulletwhite: 10-26-08 MonikaLaskowska
:bulletwhite: 10-28-08 ALICE-on-ACID


:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: November
:bulletwhite: 11-04-08 gbdreams
:bulletwhite: 11-06-08 Heidilu22
:bulletwhite: 11-11-08 Dragonsanddaffodils


:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: December
:bulletwhite: 12-12-08 vankuilenburg
:bulletwhite: 12-13-08 cerukekkusu
:bulletwhite: 12-16-08 Miraka
:bulletwhite: 12-19-08 doodle-lee-doo
:bulletwhite: 12-21-08 GoddessofChocolate  
:bulletwhite: 12-29-08 eyefeather  






2009

:bulletblue::bulletblue::bulletblue: January
:bulletwhite: 01-04-09 diullbar22
:bulletwhite: 01-06-09 coffishop
:bulletwhite: 01-08-09 SarahRose
:bulletwhite: 01-10-09 HdMrsSalacia
:bulletwhite: 01-12-09 UniquelyYours
:bulletwhite: 01-14-09 CreativelyStrange
[Bullet; White] 01-16-09 MadOnion1
[Bullet; White] 01-19-09 karolina-g
[Bullet; White] 01-21-09 The-EvIl-Plankton
[Bullet; White] 01-26-09 JoseMoralesJr
[Bullet; White] 01-29-09 misarte


[Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue] February
[Bullet; White] 02-06-09 ninjatoespapercraft  
[Bullet; White] 02-10-09 Nudessence  
[Bullet; Yellow] 02-12-09 mfirsanov  
[Bullet; White] 02-17-09 ThatDirtyKid
[Bullet; White] 02-19-09 SweetPea1950
[Bullet; White] 02-23-09 edpsiss  
[Bullet; White] 02-25-09 CLAYSURFER  
[Bullet; White] 02-27-09 hoolya  


[Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue][Bullet; Blue] March
[Bullet; White] 03-05-09 da4tner
[Bullet; Yellow] 03-09-09 gandolfi
[Bullet; White] 03-12-09 birthmark1
[Bullet; White] 03-17-09 Wooded-Wolf
[Bullet; White] 03-19-09 SloorpWorld




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Twitter!

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 5, 2009, 3:56 PM
A Journal Summary for Those on the Go.
--  Post your Twitter username here, please?
--  A Twitter Stamp! [here]
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Account Info

My Twitter Username is:  SLWaves
What's yours?


I have to be honest:  If you have a Twitter username that's different from your deviantART username, then chances are I haven't made the connection between the two.  xD   So help me out and post your username below?
:lmao:

Also, if I'm not following you yet, post your username below and I'll remedy that!  
:ahoy:




About Twitter!


Twitter is an application that deviantART is using on the new Profile Pages which allows you to post your "Current Status."  In other words, it's an application that's very similar to the Facebook and MySpace feature that asks you, "What are you doing right now?"

See it in action, here:  shadowed-light-waves.deviantar…

It's a nice feature to include on the new deviantART Profile Pages (which are currently being Beta Tested).  It'd be great if deviantART had it's own "Current Status" feature instead of using another site, but since it doesn't, Twitter is a nice application to make up for it.  :thumbsup:


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  • Listening to: &quot;Die This Way&quot; by Jon Licht (Dexter Soun
  • Reading: Twitter Updates
  • Watching: Dexter, Season 2
  • Playing: Wiith Photoshp - Making a Twitter Stamp!