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I can't believe that deviantART is not in COPPA violation anymore. :la:

deviantART has been around this long, yet it hasn't significantly changed its layout in over three years now.

Congrats to spyed and the rest of the staff for all of the hard work that they put on this site for the past 13 years!

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The 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game is in the books. The American League All-Stars defeated the National League All-Stars by a score of 3 to 0. This was the American League's seventh shutout in All-Star Game history and the first time that there have been shutouts in consecutive All-Star games.

The time of the game was 3 hours and 6 minutes with the first pitch at 8:19 PM EDT. 45,186 people attended the game.

American Idol champion, Candice Glover sang the National Anthem. Marc Anthony sang "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch. Additionally, Neil Diamond sang "Sweet Caroline" in the middle of the 8th inning.

This was the first time that the New York Mets hosted an All-Star Game since 1964 for which it was the team's inaugural season at Shea Stadium and the ninth time that the All-Star Game was held in New York City. The last that a MLB All-Star Game was held in New York City was in 2008, for which is where the old Yankee Stadium hosted it in its final season before being demolished.

#42 Relief Pitcher Mariano Rivera, of the New York Yankees wins the 2013 MLB All-Star Most Valuable Player Award. This is the case, because he was credited in the top of the 8th inning in a effort that he would pitch in his final All-Star game before retiring. He tossed a perfect inning and make a pair of standing ovations while helping the American League All-Stars snap their three game losing streak. For winning the MVP honours, he also got the keys to the new 2014 Chevy Corvette Sting Ray for his accomplishments!

The top performer in the American League was #22 2nd Baseman Jason Kipnis of the Cleveland Indians, who scored 1 at base, 1 run and 1 RBI. The top performer in the losing team, the National League was #44 1st Baseman Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks who went 2 at base and scored 1 run.

Also this was a low scoring game, the American League has regained their Home Field Advantage in the 2013 World Series this October. Overall, the National League still leads the All-Star Game with 43 wins, 39 losses and 2 ties.

Once again, congratulations to the American League for breaking the three-game losing streak and winning the 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game!
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First of all, since my Premium Membership is all gone now and the fact that Independence Day is now behind us until next year, I feel that it would be good to take some time out from dA and try to regroup while I try to focus on other things. Christmas is now 172 days away as we had better start thinking about what we want for Christmas soon! :D

I seriously need to get done with the kiriban drawing for xxCuteEmmyxx as I've been seriously slacking.

On a bright note, I decided to make a small feature of KGanArt's work. Have a look:

Wonder Woman -Amazonian Goddess- by KGanArt Morrigan -Arcane- by KGanArt Zatanna -Injustice: Gods Among Us- by KGanArt
Mary Marvel -Risen- by KGanArt Korra -Watercolor- by KGanArt Shadowcat -Infiltration- by KGanArt Lara Croft -Tomb Raider- by KGanArt
Scarlet Witch -Crimson Grace- by KGanArt Phantom Lady -Freedom Fighter- by KGanArt Paradise Island by KGanArt

On a side note, during my time away from dA, I will only check my account either around midnight or when I go to bed. If you need anything, you're welcome to send me a note. :hug:
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Premium Membership going away...

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 28, 2013, 9:53 AM


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First of all, I would honestly like to thank Amairim for offering me the three-month Premium Membership. I really appreciate it.

Unfortunately, the Premium Membership is expiring this Tuesday, so barring any Premium Membership renewals, this is going to be the last journal entry. If anyone is feeling generous enough to renew my Premium Membership, let me know.


On a happier note, Zhdara (formerly Naonai) is offering point commissions. The prices range from 40:points: (50) up to as much as 400:points: ($5). Speedpainting of her process of your order will cost you 20:points: (25) extra.

Have a look: zhdara.deviantart.com/journal/…

Luckily, I've been doing a fair job trying to save up points, but it's been slow as the 300,000 kiriban is still a long way off.

As a offer, there is a chance that I will be offering 100:points: for winning the mini-kiriban...starting at 290,000 and offering 100:points: for every 1,000 pageviews leading up to the 300,000 kiriban, where I will be offering up to 1,000:points: and a free drawing.

In order for this to work properly, I will need to save at least 2,000:points: ($25) to spend for mini-kiriban and kiriban winners. If I have any leftover points, then there is a chance that I may do a decent point commission with someone.

I will amend the kiriban plans when more information, becomes available.


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Chicago Blackhawks: 2013 Stanley Cup Champions!

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 24, 2013, 9:49 PM


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It's been a banner year for the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks have overthrown the Eastern Conference Champion, the Boston Bruins to win the 2013 Stanley Cup Championship! Overall, this is the Blackhawks' fifth Stanley Cup in their franchise history and this is also their second Stanley Cup in the last four seasons.

This after the Blackhawks defeated the Bruins, 3 to 2 in Game 6 and winning the series, four games to two.

The Boston Bruins were 1 minute and 17 seconds away from forcing a decisive Game 7 to be played on Wednesday night, but the Blackhawks scored twice in a span of 17 seconds to win the game and the series. This is the shortest span of tying and breaking the tie against another opponent since 1941 when that year, the Bruins won their 3rd Stanley Cup.

#36 Center Dave Bolland made the game and the series-winning goal with assists from #67 Right Wing Michael Frolik and #27 Defense Johnny Oduya and ultimately deny the Bruins' 7th Stanley Cup championship. Infact, the Bruins lost the last three straight games after previously leading the series two games to one going into Game 4 last Saturday.

#88 Right Wing Patrick Kane won the Connes Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player for the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Although he did not score any goals or assists in Game 6, throughout the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he scored a total of 9 goals, 10 assists totaling 19 points in the last 23 games. This past season, he played 47 games, scored 23 goals, 32 assists totaling 55 points. As a native of Buffalo, New York, he became the first Blackhawks player to score nine or more goals in three Stanley Cup Playoffs even though the Blackhawks didn't win the Cup in 2010 and 2011.

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final is best remembered for the fifth longest Final in history when the game finally ended with 7:52 remaining in the 3rd overtime when Michal Rozsival's shot from the point deflected off of Dave Bolland and Andrew Shaw went past Tuukka Rask into the Bruins' net thus giving the Blackhawks' 4-3 win. Two more games (Game 2 and Game 4) would go into overtime.

And now with that said, the shortened 2012-2013 NHL season has finally come to a close. Due to the NHL lockout that both shortened and delayed the start of the regular season to mid-January and from 82 to 48 games, the 2013 Stanley Cup Final had to be pushed two weeks back. And now, the NHL will be going on hiatus for the Summer and will begin anew this fall with the 2013 NHL preseason (starting in the 3rd week of September) leading up to a full 82-game 2013-2014 NHL season.

Next season, there will be no NHL All-Star Game as the NHL will go on a two week hiatus as the teammates participate in the Game of the XXIInd Winter Olympiad in Sochi, Russia.

In the mean time, congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks, 2013 Stanley Cup Champions!


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Miami Heat: 2013 NBA Champions!

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 20, 2013, 10:20 PM


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The Miami Heat go back-to-back! They've done it once again! The Heat have been crowned 2013 NBA champions.

This is after the Heat the defeated the Western Conference champion, the San Antonio Spurs, 95 to 88, this denying their first NBA championship since 2007. The Heat win the series, four games to three. The Spurs were originally going to win the series in six games, but the game went to overtime for which the Heat forced a decisive Game 7.

Once again, #6 forward LeBron James won the 2013 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award. He was credited for scoring 37 points with 12 rebounds and four assists in tonight's game. Overall, throughout the NBA Finals, he scored 25.3 points per game, a average of 10.9 rebounds per game and 7 assists per game. The top performer in the losing team, the San Antonio Spurs was #21 Forward Center Tun Duncan who in tonight's game scored 24 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists. Throughout the Finals, he made 17.4 points per game, 12.1 rebounds per game and 1.4 assists per game.

The series clincher by the Miami Heat is makes it the first back-to-back NBA championship since the Los Angeles Lakers did it from 2000 to 2002. This is also the San Antonio Spurs' first loss in the NBA finals in franchise history after winning the last four NBA Finals in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007.

This year's NBA Finals is won by the best team in the NBA with 66 wins and 16 losses (.805) while the Spurs finished second in the Eastern Conference with 58 wins and 24 losses (.707) with 2 games behind the Oklahoma City Thunder.

At this rate, it's definitely possible that the Miami Heat could make a three-peat next year!

For now, with the Heat being crowned as NBA champions, the NBA will go on hiatus until this Fall when the season will begin anew with the 2013 NBA Preseason (scheduled to begin on Friday, 4 October 2013) and a full 82 game 2013-2014 NBA season that will begin on Tuesday, 29 October.

Once again, congratulations to LeBron James and the Miami Heat for all of their hard work that they put on the NBA this past season and winning the championship! Without LeBron and all of the hard word and effort that he made for his team, the Heat would have never even made it to the playoffs!


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Store Closing Today

Journal Entry: Tue May 28, 2013, 11:09 AM


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If you still want to shop for t-shirts and gear made by deviantART, today is the last day.

deviantART announced that on 2 April 2013 that dA's T-Shirts & Gear Shop (formerly deviantWEAR) will be closing its doors for good after today after a eight year run in the business.

If you still want to try to find some deviantART related t-shirts and gear associated, you might be lucky to find some of the deviantART-related items on eBay: www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksi…

deviantART did not say much of a reason publicly, but I'm making a hard guess here that the reason why the store has been closing is as far as I know, making physical products was deemed too costly for them and dA has been struggling to make a profit out of its T-Shirts and Gear Shop and failed in the end.

Most of the deviants find that they are truly devastated to hear the news of the store closure. :(

What about you? What are your thoughts on deviantART closing down its T-Shirt & Gear Shop?


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deviantWATCH limits: What you need to know...

Journal Entry: Sun May 19, 2013, 11:16 AM


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First of all, as requested by Kaleidoscopic-Yarn among others, I've decided to post the five most recent and effort-some drawings of my beloved Mechapuff character done by the deviants that I listed below. Have a look:

1. :iconmiserabunny: :pointr: Mechapuff by Leptomedusae by ppgrainbow
2. :iconkaleidoscopic-yarn: :pointr: Mechapuff by Kaleidoscopic-Yarn
3. :iconmckn2007: :pointr: Request: Mechapuff by McKn2007
4. :iconartistanything: :pointr: Mechapuff by artistanything
5. :iconorangey12: :pointr: Mechapuff by Orangey12
 
Right now, Kaleidoscopic-Yarn is currently offering free commissions. If you want a drawing of your character done by her, you had better get one soon before they're all gone.

Meanwhile, after I'm current in the process of doing the long overdue kiriban drawing of Madison for xxCuteEmmyxx. Right now, I'm currently doing her anatomy and I've been struggling to get her anatomy right. If it is possible, I will post a WIP screenshot to see how far I've gotten on this drawing.

And after I do the recent kiriban drawing of Daniel for Star-Chaser, I will pick up the process of doing a redesign of my Mechapuff character. It was originally supposed to be finished last year, but it had to be delayed for some reason.

The redesign of my Mechapuff character will be based off of mousbomb's illustration of my Mechapuff character.

Have a look to see what it looks like: Commission for ppgrainbow: Mechapuff by mousbomb


Now, I want to address this issue regarding the deviantWATCH limit and support for older browsers.

First of all, deviantART has placed a limit on how many deviants that can watch. Up to 5,000 deviants per account can be added to their friends list. This change affects less than 400 deviants and the deviants in question have been contacted privately regarding this matter. Users who attempt to add more than 5,000 deviants will receive this notification that they reached their limit.

The reason why this limit had to be implemented is according to Thunderstatement, the sheer volume of Message Centre activity caused by these tiny percentage of users who watch that many deviants caused severe issues as some deviants couldn't even access their Message Centre anymore as well as a serious overload on the servers responsible for deviantART itself. Not good. :no:

Adding thousands of deviants to a user's watchlist, puts a huge burder on the servers and ends up with as many as several tens of thousands of deviations in their Message Centre. A deviant who watches this many deviants are not going to be pleased with having to go through this many deviations when up to 10,000 deviations can appear in the Message Centre.

This issue only affects how many deviants that a user can watch and not how many deviants can watch the user and this change also affects Groups. As I've said before, I'm currently watching 665 deviants and down from a peak of 735 deviants that I watch, mostly due to deviants that are either no longer active or have deactivated their account recently. I may have to remove dead deviants from my watch list in the near future as time warrants. As for the number of deviants that watch me, I still have 882 deviants, however, with deviants deactivating their account, that number maybe expecting to pull back a bit. You can read more about this update here: wreckling.deviantart.com/journ…

In addition to the deviantWATCH limit, deviantART may need to further take cost reducing measures in the foreseeable future. In contrast to unwatching a deviant, is like removing support for a operating system that is no longer supported. With that said, deviantART recently dropped support for Firefox 3.6, a browser that has been previously supported for more than two years and longer than Firefox 2, but reached end-of-life more than a year ago and most recently, Firefox 10 ESR (for which it went out of support three months ago) and any version of Firefox before Firefox 13.

According to the StatCounter marketshare overview, this change affects almost 1.1% of the affected Firefox users browsing deviantART and a very tiny percentage of all web surfers using these browsers that are now no longer supported. You can read about this update here too: wreckling.deviantart.com/journ…

As time and devious technology continues to evolve, if and when deviantART ever undergoes a redesign or site upgrade will have to understand that those who are continuing to use Firefox 3.6 through 12 will sooner or later find that some of the features and functionality on deviantART will not work correctly in the near future.

I have posted a poll on how many deviants that you currently watch and I want to express your opinion on it: ppgrainbow.deviantart.com/jour…


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Very busy and on hiatus!

Journal Entry: Sat May 11, 2013, 3:23 PM


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I'm going to be very, very busy while I work on two drawings. One of which is long overdue.

First of all, I will be working on the drawing of Madison for xxCuteEmmyxx as a result of catching my 200,000 kiriban. After that, I will work on doing the drawing of Daniel for DorianHarper as a result of getting my 251,000 kiriban.

While I remain busy, the pageviews will be hidden and I will not respond until midnight. In any event if you need anything, please note me for the explanation.

The drawings that are marked high-priority will be done on the Fujitsu Point 810 tablet computer. The drawings that are marked low priority will eventually be done on the desktop PC.

On a side note, I had to reduce the number of deviants that I watch from 735 (at its peak) to 666. The reason is that the affected deviants stopped updating their account completely. More may follow as deviants will sooner or later stop updating or deactivate.

In regards to the number of deviants that I watch, I currently stand at 881 deviantWATCHERS and the watcher kiriban is set at 1,000 meaning that there are 119 more to go. Whoever becomes the 1,000th watcher will qualify for a free commission from me in favour of a art trade! :B

More information will follow as I'm all done with the drawings. :D

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251,000 kiriban caught!

Journal Entry: Tue May 7, 2013, 9:28 PM


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It's finally over! :iconlachoirplz:

I received at least four notes regarding my kiriban...and oh dear, I'm starting to drown in notes a bit. The notes were received in a 2 minute span and I say is that...

At approximately 8:18 PM PDT, :icondorianharper: finally won the 251,000 kiriban!

Here's what DorianHarper requested: A drawing of Daniel in my Powerpuff style.

With that, he receives :pointr: 500 deviantPOINTS :pointl: for a point commission of one of my characters. Be aware that I will ask him to NOT start on the drawing UNTIL after I complete the kiriban drawing for him.

As for kiwiliko who got the same kiriban, you were 56 seconds off...so, thanks so much for trying so hard to get my kiriban.

The runner up winner was :iconxsanrio: who got 251,001...the closet number possible. As a consolation prize, she receives :pointr: 100 deviantPOINTS :pointl:


Let's here it for the winners! :D

1. :icondorianharper: :pointr: Kiri by DorianHarper :pointl: KIRIBAN WINNER - 500 POINTS
2. :iconxsanrio: :pointr: sadpanda.us/images/1585136-0GB… :pointl: KIRIBAN RUNNERUP - 100 POINTS

Thanks to everyone for visiting my page and participating in this kiriban contest that was pushed back due to someone getting disqualified for cheating the 250,000 kiriban.

And now that this kiriban has come and went, I must say that I will be noting xxCuteEmmyxx regarding the 200,000 kiriban as it is long overdue!

Keep visiting my page for more prizes in the near future, my next major kiriban will be set at 300,000 pageviews (if necessary)! The current watch count on my account is at 875 watchers and the next watcher kiriban is set at 1,000 watchers!

Good luck and keep it up!

With that, I deserve much needed time off from deviantART!


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Kiriban pushed back!

Journal Entry: Thu May 2, 2013, 9:01 AM


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I doubt it if anyone was using a proxy generator, but whoever is trying to cause any suspicious activity, please stop. I'm not that popular of a deviant. You can explain the reasons why in this screenshot: imageshack.us/a/img716/6199/su…

The most pageviews that I received on my account was 970 on my 2nd dA birthday and up to 833 pageviews for the dArama that I caused. For the past 24 hours, it reached 924 pageviews before the daily pageview counter was reset.

But if someone was using a proxy generator, I will report it the next time around. Consider yourself warned!

The recent visitor on my page was DeadFenrir and for some reason, it went up by over 500 this morning and I don't appreciate it. I'm honestly not that popular for sure.

Because the user only has one submission on their page, I don't know if the winner of the kiriban will even get the points and a free commission. And since the deviant in question has been suspiciously offering points for pageviews, the deviant has been rightfully disqualified as I don't want to end up getting false views for someone who has been ruining the popularity, so please stop.

I swear, I'm baffled of what happened here. I waited nearly 2 years for the next kiriban and someone attempted to ruin the fun. :no:


Well, no more. As a result of this incident, I have no choice, but push the kiriban back to 251,000. In order to earn the kiriban, you have to follow these rules:

1. You have to be a watcher with at least 10 deviations (excluding journal entries) on your account.

2. Send me a screenshot first and then request a character of your choice. Only one character of choice with a proper reference can be requested. You also have to provide a reference pose to use associated with the request, because I can't do it without one. It can either be from a stock photo or 3D model pose.

3. If the current kiriban goes lost, I will start a raffle on who gets the points and a free commission.

Up to 600 points will be up for grabs in this kiriban contest and the winner will receive the following:

:bulletred: 500 deviantPOINTS! With 500 deviantPOINTS, this will be very sufficent for a decent point commission from anyone as what I call a "kiriban art trade"!
:bulletred: One free commission of their favourite character.

The person who gets the closet number will get 100 points for trying. I don't know why I would receive this many pageviews, but all I want is to try to earn pageviews honestly. If I see anyone using a bot or if there is any suspicious activity again, I will be forced to call off the 251,000 kiriban and push the kiriban back to 300,000 (if necessary).

Does the changes that I made sounds like a honest deal? :D

If so, please post your thoughts.


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250,000 kiriban approaching!

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 30, 2013, 11:31 AM


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Heads up, everyone!

I've finally completed my :la: wallpaper pack and it's being sold for the first time as Premium Content for 80 points!

I sure hope that with enough points, it will be used to renew my premium membership, purchase high-quality point commissions and give out points for contest winners! :D


Speaking of points, the 250,000 kiriban is fast approaching with less than 1,100 views to go. Whoever rightfully claims the 250,000 kiriban will earn the following:

:star: One free commission of their character of choice.
:star: 125 deviantPOINTS!

The runner-up who gets 250,001 will receive up to 25 points! More information and rules regarding the 250,000 kiriban can be found in my latest forum thread in the Projects Forum: forum.deviantart.com/community…

Good luck to those who participate!

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Concerns

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 25, 2013, 10:02 AM


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First of all, I was informed by psionikubi via notes this past Tuesday that she is offering money commissions as they're open right now. Right now, she is having a hard time landing a full-time job and she is in serious need of money in order to stay afloat.

Right now, she is offering busts. $8 for a lineart bust and $12 for a coloured bust. You can view more information about it in her recent journal and forum thread in the Job Services forum.


Right now, I've already completed the first piece of the wallpaper, the green :la: solo variant and I have seven more to go (including three on the solo variant). I sure hope that I pick the process while I'm at it and while I'm at it, I will be busy and will be unable to interact much.

Now, the important part of this journal entry. As you may have already know, I'm making the :la: wallpaper pack and making it premium downloadable content for 80 points.

How does it work and what is acceptable for premium downloadable content? I'm wondering if emote wallpapers can be acceptable for premium downloadable content too. I'm a bit confused here. :?


As for kiribans, I current have over 100 points and as for offering points, I've seen some deviants offering up to 2,000 points to the kiriban winner and even Premium Membership. Because it's hard to earn points through llama badges, I don't know if I will be able to give deviant points and a full year Premium Membership costs 2,396 points.

I've been thinking about giving out points as well as a full-year Premium Membership along with a free commission to the winner of the 250,000 kiriban, btw. The kiriban is less than 1,500 views away.

Thoughts, anyone?


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:la: Emote Wallpaper Pack coming soon!

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 19, 2013, 1:02 PM


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Okay, for much of the weekend, I will try hard to work on the :la: Emote Wallpaper Pack for which I'm hoping to upload it on my account sometime early next week. The :la: emote was created by sereneworx and the emote has become a huge success! I had a talk with spring-sky of what do to with the emote and I thought that it would be fun to take the weekend off and be creative with the :la: emote.

The wallpaper pack will have two resolution formats: Standard (640 x 480 to 2048 x 1536) and Widescreen (800 x 480 to 2560 x 1600). In addition to this I have done the :la: Emote Base in Adobe Photoshop 2.5 PSD format that will allow you to create your own :la: emote wallpaper.

All of this will be a part of Premium Content for 80:points:. If I earn enough points (by the hundreds or even thousands), it will eventually be used to give deviants points for winning the kiriban, point commissions and possibly giving deviants Premium Membership!

Does that sound great? :D

More information will follow as the information becomes available.

Speaking of 250,000 kiriban, it's getting increasingly closer with less than 2,100 views to go! Have a great weekend, everyone!

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The right to say no.

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 12, 2013, 11:48 PM


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Okay, here we go again.

As mentioned in my previous journal entries regarding free art, deviants have every right to say "no" to free art when it is clearly necessary. With Spring Break that has ended earlier this week and with most people having semester-ending exams, I feel that it is the "poorest possible time" to ask when certain deviants is open for free commissions or when they will finish a drawing right now.

As long as I ask for free commissions only in self-moderation and learn to control my actions as much as possible, I shouldn't be making enemies to anyone. And sooner or later, when deviants find that doing free art ends up being too time consuming, they will end up having to make a tough decision to stop doing free commissions.

And asking for (or demanding) a free commission right smack in the middle of a deviant who is too (endlessly?) busy (either via comments or notes) or is no longer doing free commissions is only going to connect themselves to possible harassment which could result in making enemies instead of friends and no one wants that.

I just don't find it right for someone to spam and make a deliberate decision to jump on the bandwagon and deface their friendship with a barrage of excessive requests. That's what happened to the TanyaChernyak and LgacyX6 accounts, so many years ago. :no:

The deviants in question made a lot of enemies from excessively asking for free commissions from others when they were told "no".

So, what has motivated me so much to draw my beloved characters that I created? It's because most of the deviants, who are hobby artists are really nice and like my characters really well to a point where deviants are willing to do my character in their style. As deviantART is just way too large to search through every journal entry and forum thread, it's impossible to ask everyone. More about the history of my Mechapuff character in a future journal entry and how it got so popular.

I'm gonna try to find a way to play around with the PSD files of my Mechapuff character by psionikubi and see how I can make a poster version of it soon. Keep in mind that I can't colour the drawing from scratch very well and I don't know if I will get anyone to colour it for me...that is, if it is possible.

On a side note, with less than 3,000 pageviews until the 250,000 kiriban, I feel that it would be best for me to step away from this website for a while and do something more productive for a change, don't you think? :B


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Microsoft to kill MSN Messenger, Windows XP

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 8, 2013, 9:45 AM


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Today is officially the last day that users will be able to use the once popular MSN Messenger client. After today, MSN Messenger will be shutting down and Microsoft is urging an estimated 19 million active customers to start using Skype with their Microsoft login details.

MSN Messenger, also recently known as Windows Live Messenger was initially released on 22 July 1999 and it was named MSN Messenger for a reason from its inception to 13 December 2005 when it became a part of the Windows Live set of online services.

At its peak in July 2009, Messenger attracted over 330 million active users each month, but with the rise of Skype and Facebook, MSN Messenger usage fell to around 100 million.

And by comparison, Skype has had more than 663 million registered users when Microsoft bought Skype in 2011 for $8.5 million.

With the shut down of MSN Messenger, the upgrade from MSN Messenger to Skype has already started today with the process taking a few weeks to complete. The upgrades start with the English language clients and will conclude with the Brazilian Portuguese version at the end of this month or later.

Microsoft first announced that it would retire MSN Messenger on 6 November 2012 in favour of Skype, except in Mainland China, where the Messenger service will continue.

The kill date was originally going to occur on 15 March 2013, but was extended. And now, there are confirmations that Microsoft has no plans to extend the stay of execution for MSN Messenger any further and the shutdown will begin at midnight.

As I said before in this journal entry, post-shutdown, the existing implementation that use the Extensible Messenger and Presence Protocol (XMPP), will continue to function until sometime in October 2013. But the very last expiry date is that the existing implementations that use the MSP protocol will continue to work until 15 March 2014. At this date, the servers will be shut down resulting in the purge of all MSN Messenger accounts. As a result of this, Messenger login attempts will not be successful.

In addition to this, one year from now. All editions of Windows XP, Internet Explorer 6 and Office 2003 will reach the end of the Extended Support phase. This means that the products mentioned above will no be publicly supported at all. No more free or paid support, no more assistance from anyone and no further security updates.

Windows XP, Internet Explorer 6 and Office 2003 were great software releases of more than decade ago, however, technology has evolved. Microsoft is now urging less than 20% of Windows XP users to upgrade to more recent operating systems. Purchasing custom support can be extremely expensive and out of reach for each PC...between $200,000 to $500,000 and if they can't pay that much, computers will eventually be exposed to security risks that will never again be fixed.

Thoughts regarding the demise of MSN Messenger and Windows XP anyone? :(


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Feeling too creaky to draw...?

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 6, 2013, 12:18 PM


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First of all, I would like to thank Amairim for donating me a three month Premium Membership. I really appreciate it. I also snatched this Sweet Heart journal skin by r0se-designs. I could have gotten one of Unaji's journal CSS skins, but all of the deviants stuff either got deleted or hidden in storage. Oh well. :(


Now, I would like to discuss a bothersome issue that has been affecting me for a while.

As a follow-up my previous journal entry, you might not expect tomorrow's raft of drawings to be done anytime soon.

I have found that it may be no longer "feasible" to do drawings for anyone nor the drawings that I previously promised to finish on this aging account. There are possible reasons for this matter:
    1. Obesity woes: Personally, for me. I have been struggling to get my weight under control and at times. In the long term, being obese will eventually make be bedridden and unable to do anything that I like most. At one point, I weighed as much as 283 lbs. (128.5 kg). There are an estimated 23 million people who are obese and an estimated 300,000 people will sooner or later end up losing their lives due to obesity related illness, including Type-2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke. 2. Disability: Incase you have failed to notice, I have autism and unfortunately, this has restricted, if not neglected my artistic ability to be artist and do better things, in which it is so downright problematic. Due to this disability, I cannot work and on SSI/Medicaid. I dropped out of high school almost two decade ago due to the depression that has hampered my ability to behave. However, this doesn't stop me from doing drawings as a hobby and using the illustrations that were done for me by other artists with proper credit. However, being disabled is NOT a excuse for stealing artwork and claiming it as their own. Please, stop using autism as a crutch even though it is a worldwide epidemic. The disability has also affected my ability to communicate, both online and in real life and it's a common problem to say the wrong things to anyone to a point where I might not be respected for the rest of my life, not just in deviantART, but most importantly, in real life as well. What's more hurtful is that there will be deviants who would want to be deliberately difficult on disable deviants, especially when much of the disabled deviant population may never overcome their obstacles. Sooner or later, people will have to learn how to overcome their obstacles the right way and it's hard to do that. 3. Old or incapable computer hardware: It's a common factor that using a USB mouse to do drawings can take a days, if not weeks to complete, but with a PS/2 or serial port mouse, that's even worse. Furthermore, using a operating system that is no longer support and the old graphics editing software associated with it, restricts my capabilities to improve my artwork and try out new styles for a change. For example, older versions of Windows XP, Windows 2000 and even Windows 98 may prevent someone from using more modern graphics editing software as well as the lack of hardware that will be support the OS, such as graphics tablets which are expensive and out of reach. And no, this is not a conspiracy to chase users off these OSes, Microsoft killed support for these operating systems years ago, meaning that it is to this very day, insecure...no OS updates since July 2006 and June 2010 respectively. We've also watched the usage numbers of these unsupported OS and they are gradually going down every month (www.netmarketshare.com/report.… www.netmarketshare.com/report.… www.netmarketshare.com/report.… due to people purchasing new computers and upgrading to a supported operating system.
For me, if I want to be a better artist on my own, I can do that. I can eventually learn how to be self-taught at working on the anatomy, clothing and hairstyles. But it's obvious that I will eventually never go to art school nor work in the art industry as Amairim put it. I just don't have the required skill to do illustrations on my own accord and it would be way too time consuming and unhappy. I just won't fall for nor enjoy this "art school" or "art industry" gimmicks. I mean if I ever want to do anymore drawings, I would rather go back to MS-DOS, not Windows, Mac or Linux. :p

And finally, Spring Break officially comes to a close after tomorrow night. This means that most deviants who go back to school or college/university will not have the time to do any drawings (especially free or paid commissions). And with nagging a artist to do (or to finish) the drawing is eventually not going to help matters as it will most likely make things worse. I personally don't like it when either I or someone else ends up being one person who is not willing to control their actions after being told numerous times to stop.

If the artist wants to tell a deviant that they don't want to do a request, then answer politely and in a civil matter. People shouldn't even think about using unnecessarily aggressive and insulting commentary regarding of their wrongdoing, because even though it's their right do it, I don't think that it would be right to treat them this way.

And it's clearly obvious that almost all of an estimated 25 million deviants on deviantART's servers, do not do requests due to lack of time regardless of the fact that they're a hobbyist or a professional artist. With over 246 million submissions at a rate of 140,000+ new submissions per day, we all gonna have to realise that deviantART is just simply too large to try to look everywhere and hunt for every livestream, free (or point) commission journals and forum threads.

With that said, I feel that it would be good for me to do something more productive sometime early next week after Spring Break comes to a close...rather than trying to hunt for new livestreams and free (or point) commission journals/forum threads all of the time.

It's just too much to handle. :(


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NOTE: This will be the last time that I will be updating new Firefox releases on this account as I can't keep updating the articles regarding Firefox forever. Sorry for the inconvenience, but sooner or later, I'm afraid that I will have to move on.

Firefox 20 is out now and it has arrived on its FTP servers for a while.

Firefox 20 is the latest release based on Gecko 20 engine featuring numerous improvements over its predecessor, Firefox 19. The log changes for Firefox 20 were originally published on 21 February 2013. The browser has been released in over 70 languages with 10 additional test languages.

In this release, Firefox 20 features a panel-based download manager, which now resides in the browser's toolbar meaning that users will always be able to see downloads in progress and previously completed ones.

Other features that are available are H.264 decoding on the < video > tag and per-window private browsing (per-tab private browsing on Android).

Right now, here are a complete list of changes in Firefox 20:

:star: WHAT'S NEW IN FIREFOX 20
    :bulletorange: (NEW) Per-window Private Browsing.
    :bulletorange: (NEW) New download experience.
    :bulletorange: (NEW) Ability to close hanging plugins, without the browser hanging.
    :bulletpurple: (CHANGED) Continued performance improvements around common browser tasks, including page loads, downloads, shutdown, etc.
    :bulletwhite: (DEVELOPER) Continued implementation of draft ECMAScript 6-clear() and Math.imul.
    :bulletwhite: (DEVELOPER) New JavaScript.Profiler tool
    :bulletpink: (HTML5) getUserMedia implemented for web access to the user's camera and microphone (with user permission)
    :bulletpink: (HTML5) < canvas > now supports blend modes.
    :bulletpink: (HTML5) Various improvements to < audio > and < video >.
    :bulletgreen: (FIXED) Details button on Crash Reporter.
    :bulletgreen: (FIXED) Unity plugin doesn't display in HDPI mode.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) If you try to start Firefox using a locked profile, it will crash.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) Some function keys may not work when pressed. This issue remaines unresolved since Firefox 19 and will be fixed in Firefox 21.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) Browsing and Download history clearing needs unification to avoid confusion on clearing download history. This issue is unresolved in Firefox 20 and will be resolved in Firefox 21.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) Download statusbar add-on continues downloading files from Normal Browsing, when switching to Private Browsing.
    :bulletred: (UNRESOLVED) Copy actions are broken on HTML5 videos. This issue remains unresolved since Firefox 19 and will be resolved in Firefox 21.
For a complete list of changes for Firefox 20, read the bug list: www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/…

In order to install Firefox 20, your computer must meet or exceed the following system requirements:
    :bulletred: A Pentium 4 or newer processor with SSE2 instructions or better.
    :bulletred: Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP11, Mac OS 10.6 or newer
    :bulletred: 512 MB of system memory2
    :bulletred: 200 MB of hard disk space
1 While 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and up can be used to run Firefox, only 32-bit official builds of the browser are supported at this time.
2 Firefox may run on slower computers with less memory, but it will be less usable.


Download Firefox 20 now: releases.mozilla.org/pub/mozil…

Now that Firefox 20 is out, support for Firefox 19 has come to a end. Firefox 21 will migrate to the Beta channels later this week, Firefox 22 will migrate to the Aurora channels very soon and Firefox 23 will make its first appearance in the Nightly channels.

The first public beta release of Firefox 21 will be out later this week and the final version to the successor of Firefox 20 will be released on 14 May 2013.
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Umm...is deviantART trying to start a dating website or are they flipping their lid here? :|


It's no wonder why I recently flipped my desktop monitor upside-down!

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As a member of deviantART for the past 8 years, I am getting increasingly appalled by journal entries of hackers being on the loose and only spreading fear over this situation.

There are nearly an estimated 31,500 journal entries regarding "hackers being on the loose" and the journal entries keep adding up at a rate of a few "hacker-warning" journals per hours.

The deviant posts the hacker warning telling his/her followers that a hacker is on the loose and telling everyone to "pass it on" in a form of a copy-pasta on their own page. Yes, deviantART is fully aware of account invasions, but telling people to pass it on over and over in a loop is downright annoying.

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Examples:

HackerRumor has it there's another Hacker on DA, hacking people and blocking our friends to block us! You'll then be banned from DA.
Write the same waring in your journal to protect not only yourself but everyone!
Another warning is If I'm a warning, saying stuff like 'Shut Up', 'Get Lost' and 'I don't want to see you on my page anymore'
Write all of this down in your journal also!!
For the safety of everyone, Please Do This!
Before someone gets hurt, Forward this Message!
New, dangerous hackerTELL EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY ON YOUR LIST ADDS HIM THEN YOU WILL GET HIM ON YOUR LIST. HE WILL FIGURE OUT YOUR ID COMPUTER ADDRESS, SO COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE EVEN IF YOU DON'T CARE FOR THEM AND FAST BECAUSE IF HE HACKS THEIR EMAIL HE HACKS YOUR MAIL TOO (I think what it means by that is that he could assume the identity of your friends, and FOOL you into opening the letter since you think it's your friend that's sending it )!!!!!...
Anyone using Internet mail such as Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and so on. This information arrived this morning, Direct from both Microsoft and Norton. Please send it to everybody you know who has access to the Internet. You may receive an apparently harmless e-mail titled 'Mail Server Report'
If you open either file, a message will appear on your screen saying: 'It is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful.'
Subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC,
And the person who sent it to you will gain access to your name,
Please read, really importantHEY, PLEASE READ THIS- ITS SERIOUSLY IMPORTANT
THE FATE OF YOUR INTERNET-LIFE IS AT STAKE!!!!!!
APPARENTLY THERE IS A HACKER ON DEVIANTART, CALLED 'LIFE OWNER'.....
TELL EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY ON YOUR LIST ADDS HIM THEN YOU WILL GET HIM ON YOUR LIST. HE WILL FIGURE OUT YOUR ID COMPUTER ADDRESS, SO COPY AND PASTE THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE EVEN IF YOU DON'T CARE FOR THEM AND FAST BECAUSE IF HE HACKS THEIR EMAIL HE HACKS YOUR MAIL TOO (I think what it means by that is that he could assume the identity of your friends, and FOOL you into opening the letter since you think it's your friend that's sending it )!!...
Anyone using Internet mail such as Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and so on. This information arrived this morning, Direct from both Microsoft and Norton. Please send it to everybody you know who has access to the Internet. You may receive an apparently harmless e-mail titled 'Mail Server Report'
If you open either file, a message will appear on your screen saying: 'It is to


Please, stop it! :|

While deviants do have rights to warn others about this supposed "hacker" and publicly calling out the deviant in their journal, all they're doing is spreading fear and they're not helping the situation, but only hurting it.


Here's how to avoid getting your account compromised by the account hijacker:
    1. Always use a strong password: Never use nor give anyone an easy to guess password. Over 188,000 passwords have been commonly leaked online according to Gawker Media with the most popular password being leaked by over 3,000 websites. By using a strong and hard-to-guess password, you will greatly reduce the risk of having your account compromised. 2. Try to change your password once in a while: It's clear that strong and hard to guess passwords may last for months, if not years. Unfortunately, it's impossible to stay 100% safe and if there is any suspicious activity on your deviantART account, you need to change the password immediately. 3. Never leave your account login in public property: While users login and remain logged in at home, being outside of the house and in public property such as a library or cafe is not a exception. If you go there, it would be good to bring a USB flash drive with a portable browser to take with you. Or better yet to be safe, un-check options such as "Remember my password" as sometimes, the browser itself will ask you if you want to remember it. Select NO and logout when you're done. 4. Don't give your password to anyone regardless of who you know: You might have friends you think you can trust, but you can never know what could happen to your account. 5. Beware of phishing scams and do not post links to fake deviantART logins via URL or screenshot: For years there have been individuals or a group of individuals who have deliberately created a fake deviantART login page to use hijacked accounts to continue sharing the URL link of the fake page and this results in a chain reaction. deviantART has a zero tolerance policy on this issue and users have been reporting and getting the offending accounts used to spread this scam and end up blacklisting the offending URL link of the phishing site. Additionally, deviantART will also contact the company involved in hosting the phishing attempt(s) and remove the offending website from the internet completely. If for some reason, that your deviantART account has been unexpectedly logged out after clicking an offsite link, throughly check the URL link to see if anything that would indicate that you could be on a third-party website deliberately attempting to masquerade as deviantART. If the deviantART login page (username and password) reads anything other than deviantart.com, then unfortunately, you're no longer on deviantART and you should never attempt to login.
Relevant resource links:
1. FAQ #660: My deviantART account has been hacked. What can I do?
2. About hackers on DA and what you can do by Thiefoworld (August 2012)
3. News to know: beware of phishing scams! (August 2011)
4. Account Security - An Update</i> (January 2011)


Stay safe and have a good Easter weekend!

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