what to do?

Jul. 23rd, 2014 18:23
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Today is the last day to sign up for Troublesfest in Haven fandom, and I'm so torn about it!

On the one hand, I almost always regret signing up for stuff because I'm not the best at writing to spec and deadlines are a thing and even with a minimum word count I almost always go way over because sometimes I'm incapable of writing short. Also I did not factor another short story into my yearly plan, and I'm trying not to go off the rails like I did last year.

On the other hand, I'm completely obsessed with Haven right now and I know I should ride the wave before it burns out. Also, I want to have more Haven fic to read, and part of that is being part of the community who writes it.

On the third hand, I'm already writing a Haven crossover, so I don't know where to factor that into the crazy matrix of yes or no.

On the fourth irrelevant hand, I really need to update my icon collection. I'm like four fandoms behind what I'm into...
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It has been more than a year since my original posting (‘Filesystem for large USB storage devices?’), but the issue still exists. I did some research on this topic and found the following relevant links:

  • There has been a patch for ext[234] floating around since 2012 that would introduce mount options to enforce UID and GID similar how it already exists for vfat mounts. LWN has an article on this topic: http://lwn.net/Articles/497106/
    Here is the discussion LWN is referring to: http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.file-systems.ext4/32276/
    I wonder why nothing more happened here. There were some nay-sayers which seem to discourage the original patch author and eventually choked the discussion. Great job, guys :-P
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Off By Two (8832 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson
Characters: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), James “Bucky” Barnes
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Camping, Huddling For Warmth, Bears, Wilderness
Summary:

“Who sent you?” Steve said.

“Colonel Rhodes tapped me, specifically,” Wilson said. “But pretty much all your friends were behind the idea.”

“All my friends are dead,” Steve said.

and into the river we'd dive

Jul. 23rd, 2014 15:35
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What I'm reading Wednesday:

What I've just finished

I am finally finished with The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War. It was good at being a military history of the war in Europe and, to a lesser extent, North Africa, but I feel like it really skimped on the war in the Pacific. Which is fine for a book with the premise "why/how did Hitler lose the war?" (spoiler: the answer: he was a Nazi), but then don't title it the way it's titled. I am just saying. I also found it had a lot of dropped words and even dropped phrases from sentences, which is unacceptable for something I actually paid for. Also, there were a bunch of maps, but they weren't linked from the text or embedded in it, so they were pretty useless, since I didn't really know when to look at them. Which sounds way harsher than I mean it to! A solid 3 stars if you are looking for a military history of WWII in Europe. I did learn more about Stalingrad from it than from any of the other books I've read so far, so there's that.

What I'm reading now

The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein, on the strong recommendation of several people on my flist over the years and what I believe was a rerelease via ebook? Anyway, I'm about halfway through and I'm enjoying it. Though I wouldn't mind a look at the maps they keep talking about. MAPS, PEOPLE. THEY MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER.

What I'm reading next

Probably the rest of the Steerswoman books that I have.


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No one could have predicted

Jul. 23rd, 2014 14:42
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Women And People Of Color Get Punished For Hiring To Increase Diversity, White Men Get Rewarded
Women and people of color in executive positions who push to make more diverse hires and promotions get penalized on their performance reviews, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Colorado. White men, on the other hand, get rewarded for valuing diversity.

Ed. note:



The researchers looked at 362 executives, from CEO to director, and found that those who were ranked in the top 15 percent on a scale measuring their dedication to diversity got an average performance rating of 3.76. But those ratings improved the less women and people of color were seen to be promoting more nonwhite, female hires. A woman with an average dedication to diversity got a performance rating of 3.98, but a woman in the bottom 15 percent got a rating of 4.15, which represents a 10 percent increase in her review. Meanwhile, white men who pushed for greater diversity got a bump in their performance review scores.

The researchers also conducted an experiment to test these ideas, having actors play executives and give speeches either in favor of hiring someone who looked like them or someone who didn’t. When women advocated for other women, they were seen as colder, and when people of color advocated for people like them, they were seen as less competent. “People are perceived as selfish when they advocate for someone who looks like them, unless they’re a white man,” said David Hekman, one of the study’s authors.
And that's today's quote of the day.

Rec of the day

Jul. 23rd, 2014 20:31
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Psycho by [archiveofourown.org profile] TheGoddessAriadne
Gen; OC & Grant Ward, team; transcript format; teen
Summary: Everyone knows Grant Ward is a psycho.
Right?


Great use of the script format and a very likeable OC.
INTERVIEWER: Good morning. I’m Doctor Seraphina Sen. I am conducting research into sociopathy, criminality and pathological behaviour and I have been granted access to interview you, if you are comfortable answering some questions. So, I'll need to ask a few preliminary questions, just to document the basics. What is your full name, please. [PAUSE] Mr Ward? Can you understand me? Oh for the love of...can I get a translator in here?
PRISONER 0849329: I can understand you.
I: Oh. Ok then. Why didn't you say so?
P 0849329: I don't speak.
I: You just did. Twice.
P 0849329: I'm being taciturn, what is this, your first interrogation? What part of SHIELD are you from?

(no subject)

Jul. 23rd, 2014 12:48
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TNG rewatch:

"Gambit"

I didn't remember too much about this, but it's actually a fun two-parter that is not at all infuriating, which sets it apart from most two-parters. Picard goes undercover with a gang of smugglers, but everyone thinks he's dead! Except for Riker, because if everyone did really think he was dead and no one looked for him, that would be bad. Picard gets to be a jerk while undercover, there's intrigue and stuff, and the thing they're chasing might as well be the Maltese Falcon, because it's not really important.

Though it does lead to a scene at the end of the second episode that I had slight problems with, because I love Worf, but I disbelieve that he could empty his thoughts of all aggression at a moment's notice. That's part of his appeal.

Data also gets to take command of the Enterprise, and he is a badass captain. This happened in another episode (don't remember the name, but it's the one where they're playing war games), and honestly, I don't understand why they don't just promote him to captain flat out. He makes all the right decisions, and when necessary, he smacks down people who challenge his authority. Data for president!

"Phantasms"

This episode, on the other hand, is pretty memorable, to the point that my husband and I quote "cellular peptide cake...with mint frosting." It does make Data's dreaming program seem like kind of a dubious idea, since it leads to him directly injuring a crew member. But it's fun, and it's still surreal instead of aging into ridiculousness.

"Dark Page"

Lwaxanna Troi is in this episode, but she only harps about Deanna being unmarried ten or fifteen times, and she doesn't chase after any men, so that's good. The episode seems like it will be another of those "evil bad wrong telepath!" stories, but it actually turns out to be about grief and coping. It's so nice when the Troi women get intelligent plots.

and then I had to stop for lunch so I could sit on the couch and properly watch...

"Attached"

OMG, Picard/Crusher 4EVAH. They get captured! Then they're forced into telepathic bonding! And if they get too far away from the other person, they feel sick! I have read this story a thousand times, and it is never not awesome. Regardless of my weakness for this pairing and this plot, I think the scenes between them are very nicely handled. The little thoughts that slip out and lead to a deeper understanding of the other person. Crusher figuring out that when Picard acts confident, it doesn't always mean he knows what he's doing.

There's also nice stuff back on the Enterprise where an increasingly exasperated Riker and Worf have to deal with the two paranoid races that live on the planet, but really, who can think about that when Picard and Crusher are sitting at a campfire, exchanging increasingly intimate confidences? NOT ME.

Fandom question meme

Jul. 23rd, 2014 09:25
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I am running on 2 hours' sleep and currently annoyed at certain RL happenings (not anything big, just health-appointment-related snafus), so I am going to do a meme which I stole from [personal profile] frith_in_thorns's tumblr.

Comment with a letter/question and I'll answer it!
(wow, some of these are really ridiculous ...)

A: Your current OTP.
B: A pairing you initially didn’t consider but someone changed your mind.
C: A pairing you wish you shipped, but just can't.
D: What was the first thing you ever contributed to a fandom?
E: Have you added anything stupid/cracky/hilarious to your fandom, if so, what?
F: What’s the longest you’ve ever been in a fandom? What fandom was it?
G: What was your first fandom?
H: Do you prefer real-life TV shows or animated TV shows?
I: Has tumblr caused you to stop liking any fandoms, if so, which and why?
J: Name a fandom you didn’t care/think about until you saw it all over tumblr.
K: How do you feel about the other people in your current fandom(s).
L: Your favorite fanartist/author gives you one request, what do you ask for?
M: A person who got you into a fandom and what fandom they pulled you in to.
N: Your favorite fandom (for the people; not the thing you fangirl over).
O: Choose a song at random, what ship does it remind you of?
P: Invent a random AU for any fandom (we always need more ideas).
Q: A ship you’ve abandoned and why.
R: A pairing you ship that you don’t think anyone else ships.
S: What's a headcanon you have?
T: What are your favorite male/male ships or female/female ships?
U: What are your favorite male/female ships?
V: Do you have any 3-way ships? If so, what?
W: 5 favorite characters from 5 different fandoms.
X: 3 OTPs from 3 different fandoms.
Y: A fandom you’re in but have no ships from.
Z: What's a ship that you want to ship publicly, but everyone on tumblr hates it so you keep your mouth shut about it?


Closing meme now, 'cause I have to get ready for class!

Die Sommerwiese

Jul. 23rd, 2014 16:05
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A summer meadow, the grass slowly starts to wither from the heat

Eine Sommer Wiese, die Gräser fangen langsam an unter der Hitze zu vertrocknen



5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord

If you would like to purchase this daily painting, please send your bid by email. Startprice 150 Euro. End of sale July 24th, 2014 at 6.00 pm (local time Berlin Germany). Terms of Sale and Right of Withdrawal.

Wenn Sie dieses Tagesbild erwerben möchten, senden Sie bitte Ihr Gebot per email . Mindestpreis 150 Euro. Ende des Verkaufs gegen Höchstgebot am 24. Juli 2014 um 18 Uhr. Beachten Sie bitte die Informationen zu den Verkaufsbedingungen sowie die Widerrufsbelehrung.

© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.

Review of Daredevil #6

Jul. 23rd, 2014 15:58
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Posted by theothermurdockpapers@gmail.com

Since this is a fairly early review and many have not yet read the issue, be warned that there are spoilers ahead!

Daredevil #5, which came out earlier this month, was one of my favorite issues of Mark Waid & Co.’s run so far (both volumes included). Daredevil #6, however… I’m just going to come out and say it: This was not my cup of tea. It may be somebody else’s, but I just can’t see myself getting too invested in this Original Sin two-part tie-in. (But hello, Purple Man in September! Yea!)

I know some of us were worried that Jack Murdock’s reputation would be tarnished by what we were going to see in this issue, and I guess there was a legitimate cause for concern. Here we learn (at least from the looks of things) that Jack abused Matt’s mother, which can hardly be seen as flattering. On the other hand, it does make sense considering Jack’s known history of violence.

Oddly enough, this history is apparently overlooked. Later in the issue, Matt claims that Jack never laid a hand on him which sounds odd to me. Man Without Fear may no be one hundred percent “canonical,” but Matt is definitely beaten by his father in that story. I can’t quite remember off the top of my head if there are other cases from the main title, but I’ve always had a sense that Jack did right by Matt most of the time, but was far from perfect and definitely had a dark side. Am I the only to have this impression? I’m actually a little curious about that now. There may be more to this revelation that we see here however, and I guess we’ll learn more next issue.

Jack Murdock abusing Matt's mom, as seen in Daredevil #6 by Mark Waid and Javier Rodríguez

Either way, Matt obviously goes looking for his mother to find answers and ends up being pulled into a massive conspiracy. This is where things get kind of far-fetched. Maggie and two of her fellow sisters are apparently into civil disobedience. (Not really feeling that one either.) This, in turn, leads to an arrest and an extreme chain of events that sends her to Wakanda. This at first seemed really contrived to me, though I admit that, by the end of the issue, Waid and Rodríguez do enough work to at least create a somewhat plausible chain of events, even if that entails painting a picture of the U.S. as practically lawless in the process (are the Serpents still in charge, or what’s going on?).

It strikes me that another reason this issue feels a little off is that there is so much narration, by Matt himself, at the expense of character interaction. This builds up more distance between me, the reader, and the characters in this story. I’m not experiencing events unfolding as much as I’m just having them told to me, in a somewhat clinical fashion. Does that make sense? The issue becomes a case of “first this happened, then this happened, which lead to this happening.” and boombadaboom, Matt is gearing up to go to Wakanda. And I find myself not really being all that psyched about going.

Matt meeting Sister Maggie in jail, as seen in Daredevil #6 by Mark Waid and Javier Rodríguez

To be sure, there is nothing technically wrong with this issue, and Javier Rodríguez’s art is absolutely fantastic, as always, but there’s something missing, that certain je ne sais quoi that has been so consistently successful in pulling me into nearly every issue.

I also found the scene of Matt uncovering the devious plot at the heart of this issue, which takes him to the Wakandian embassy, a little too convenient. Amping Matt’s superhearing up to ridiculous levels is not new. Brubaker did it when he sent Matt out to look for Mister Fear by listening from a rooftop. Bendis once had Matt listen to Hector “White Tiger” Ayala crying in the basement from a rooftop and Miller had him pick out a distinctive cough by sorting through the din of the entire city.

The fact that it’s been done before, even by some of the best, doesn’t make it a great idea (at least not in my book), and I’m used to Waid being much more clever than this when it comes to writing Daredevil’s senses. The scene in which Daredevil is seen listening in on the entire building “at once” does give us some magnificent artwork, however, so major kudos to Javier Rodríguez for that. Meanwhile, I’m just going to pretend he heard all those voices through the ventilation system and not through several layers of concrete. ;)

I really hope Daredevil #7 can get me more invested in this story. And if I sound a little cranky here, it’s only because I know how jaw-droopingly good this book can be – and almost always is. This issue just wasn’t for me. But that’s okay.

Before I let you go, and to balance things a bit, I will tell you what I did like about Daredevil #6. Of course, there was some of that too. The last few pages, where Daredevil is actually in the office of a Wakandian representative, are well-executed and more in line with what I’m used to with this book. Recent events, i.e. Matt’s new public identity, are used as a plot device to create a legitimate threat against his safety, and the tension builds. The way Matt’s agony is portrayed on the page is also very well-done. He looks absolutely beaten by the end of it, at which point the events of this story start feeling more real than they had earlier in the issue.

I also appreciate the narration at the very beginning of the issue, through the flashback to the big fight scene alongside the Avengers. Matt’s admission that he shouldn’t be there reinforces his past opinions about huge fight scenes, and recognizes the obvious conflict between Daredevil’s senses working the way they do and the reality of full-on cosmic war. The internal monologue leading up to the fight scene is also really strong, in my opinion.

Well, that’s it! What did you guys think? Are you skeptics like me, or did you feel differently about this issue? Let the rest of us know in the comment section!

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Posted by noreply@blogger.com (Daniel Lieske)


I've got a small production diary. On February 17th, 2014 I wrote this into it:

"Daniel of the future, when you are reading these lines and Chapter 6 happens to be finished, then please give yourself a nice and good slap on the back! Because right at this moment I really can't imagine to ever finish this task."

Today I've painted the last panel of Chapter 6. I know from my older blog posts that with every chapter it felt weird to have actually crossed the finish line. It's such a cut if there's no next panel to paint. And this time everything is heightened through the fact that I've never worked so long on a single chapter. My longest production until now has been Chapter 5 with 440 hours. On Chapter 6 my counter currently stands at 680 hours. And I've still got quite a bit of work to do. When the layout is finished, the cover illustration painted and the special content created, I will arrive at over 700 hours for this chapter. Over half a year will have passed since my first brushstrokes.

The next few days will be the reward for these long months of drawing and painting. There's nothing like having all the artwork at your disposal and preparing it for publishing. When I browse through all the paintings that will make up Chapter 6 I can't help to jump up and down in anticipation. I just can't wait to show them to the world. I've put SO much love and hard work into this chapter, almost more that I could handle.

I don't have a preview image for you this time as every single panel of the fifth milestone would be a spoiler to what happens towards the end of the chapter. But now you won't have to wait too long until the chapter will be published in all its glory. I still can't commit to a fixed date yet because the translations are still worked on and I also have to prepare the upcoming kickstarter campaign that's supposed to be launched together with Chapter 6. But I can assure you that I'm not wasting a single minute and that the release will happen as soon as possible.

You know, because there's no one awaiting the launch more eagerly than me!
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Posted by James Gurney


Cherngzhi Lian is Kickstarting a campaign to produce what he calls the "perfect sketchbook," which he worked out after trying pretty much every sketchbook on the market. His ideal book is hardback, pocket-sized and landscape format, with 100% cotton paper and a grayscale on the endpapers for judging the values in the scene. 

Restaurant Patron

Jul. 23rd, 2014 08:20
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Posted by James Gurney

I was impressed with the striking silhouette of a restaurant patron who was sitting about ten feet away from me. She had cornrows that ended in long braids, big silver earrings, and red horn-rimmed glasses.

I opened up my watercolor set and quickly laid down some washes starting with the blue highlight color of her skin. I worked as quickly and discretely as I could. I was a little nervous about the possible reaction from her and her boyfriend if she were to notice I was painting her. I tried to remind myself to wipe the look of intense concentration off my face and wear a pleasant smile instead.


Sure enough, when I glanced up she was looking at me and clearly wondering what I was doing. I showed her my sketchbook and told her I'm trying to get practice painting people in watercolor. She and her boyfriend loved it, and only wanted to take a photo to put on her Facebook page.

Rise As One

Jul. 23rd, 2014 08:00
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Posted by Gregory Manchess

No Man's Land, first painting of the series

Greg Manchess

    During the recent World Cup Series, Anheuser Busch ran a series of TV ads during breaks in the action. Entitled, “Rise As One,” it retold the story of the 1914 Christmas Day Truce that happened in the first months of WW1. If you’re not familiar with the history, it’s a touching story of how the soldiers in both the German and British trenches established a brief peace all on their own, and ventured out into No Man’s Land on Christmas morning, to play a friendly game of football. Soccer. 


One hundred years later, I was contacted by Tarras Productions and asked if I could do a few paintings to give the film a more personal, and special feeling. I was immediately excited as this is the power of painting, to touch the heart of the subject in a way that allows the viewer to complete the scene in their own way. My paintings were to capture the feeling of those moments the agency had in mind.

The British trenches

At our first meeting, the art director thought that they might need 4 to 6 paintings to express the events of the day. They thought that my oil paintings would be a good fit, but they were also looking at a few other artists. They hadn’t made up their minds yet, and their client, Anheuser Busch, was inclined to work with a comic artist.





During the meeting, I quickly realized that if I was to get this job, I had to sell my work right then and there. I had to push them in my direction as I really wanted the assignment. I love that time in history and I thought that my paint would give the film the weight and gravity needed to pull off the emotion of the event.

The German Trenches

I explained how the oil paint would bring out the feel of the mud, the grime, the awful conditions of the trenches, and the depressed facial expressions of the men. I described how the colors could be muted for effect to enhance this, and how a few accent colors could grab attention in certain places. 

Part of an actual trench maintained in Europe


The meeting went well. They loved my work and told me as much. I offered to help find a good comic artist match for them, if indeed the client ultimately went in the direction. It’s always good to help share the work in the field. They said they’d get back to me.

They always say that. I figured I’d lost the job.


That was New York, and I was due to fly back to Oregon the next day. Once back in my studio, I scratched up a page of thumbnails to show them what I was thinking, based on our conversation and some notes they’d sent. A few days later, I got an email from the AD/director who asked if I could possibly do a sketch that looked like a comics page. I knew what they were going for. If they wanted to use me, I was going to have to show that I could handle storytelling in a panel-to-panel approach. 

Photo of the real Capt. Hamilton

One hour later, I’d sketched the page and sent it off. Twenty minutes after, I got a call. They loved it, but.....”could you add a little color?”

“I’ll get back to you.”

Capt. Hamilton

Two hours later, I’d sent them a full color rendering of the page. (I’d developed a speedy way to do this: print out the page on copy paper and paint right on it. It dries really fast, and be can scanned immediately.) They were elated.

That’s what sold them and they showed it to Anheuser Busch. The job was mine.




Photo of the real Lt. Zemisch

All we had to do now was figure out the timing and payment, etc. But they had something bigger in mind. They’d decided that they needed more paintings. Thirty of them, in fact. Yikes. So I asked when they needed them.

“Two weeks.”

Lt. Zemisch

“But...that’s three paintings a day. With research, sketches, and sketch approval, that’s not gonna happen. I’m pretty fast, but no one’s that fast. Not in oil paint.”

“We’ll get back to you.”



They must be insane, I thought. That’s it, the job’s gone. But they called back the next day. They had a better deal. They only needed twenty-four paintings. They took away six, yet, they still only had two weeks.

“That’s two paintings a day.” But it didn’t matter, the deadline was set. I wasn’t sure how I’d do it, but I figured I just might make it, if they allowed me to send thumbnails and they’d ok each painting based on those. They were happy to hear that, and agreed. Then they mentioned the gallery shoot.

“Gallery shoot?”

Stray shell that landed in Hamilton's dugout, but didn't detonate...

They planned to put the paintings in a gallery and shoot them at a ‘faux opening,’ with patrons wandering about, looking at them.

“Wait, wait--how big do you think these are gonna to be?”


They thought they were going to be gallery-sized scale, perhaps three feet across for each. I politely informed them it wasn’t possible to cover that much canvas in the time alloted. But thinking on my feet, to keep the job, I told them that I could paint them much smaller, then have them shot by Gamma One Conversions, who could also blow them up to whatever scale they needed for the gallery setting, printed on canvas. On camera, viewers would never be able to tell if they were original or not.

They loved that one. After conference calls, technical talk, budget clearance, and much concept discussion later, I was good-to-go. Huzza!

Signalman Brookes in his dugout...

I figured if I could find just the helmets for reference, I could freehand everything else. That proved a little difficult after calling all over the country and coming up short. I eventually found a WW1 German helmet and a doughboy helmet at a surplus store not even three miles from my studio. Figures. Should’ve called them first.

The thumbnails shown throughout the post are what I drew while looking at tons of WW1 trench reference. The art director signed off on them and I went from there. First step was to shoot reference of my model: me. I posed for every single figure in the series. I had to. There was no time to line up models. 

Starting Friday, March 14th, I had to hit two paintings a day. I figured as I went along, I could adjust earlier paintings while working on the latest ones. My daily schedule was this: Up at 8 am, sketching by 9, getting ok’s by noon, shooting reference and drawing directly to canvas and getting one painting done by 6-ish. Drive to Starbucks, sit and stare over a mocha for one hour. Back to painting until midnight. Watch something until tired by 1am. Back up by 8 am.


As is usually par for the illustration course, everything goes belly-up when you most need it. My stupid email program decided to download every email I had in the dang Cloud onto my laptop. It jammed the thing up tight, while I deleted files for hours. Then my iPhone stopped working, and went into a perpetual boot-up loop. The scanner crapped out, and I burned out a photo lamp late at night while shooting. No backup.


But in the first couple of days, I managed to basically finish five paintings. I shot them and sent the images to the AD for clearance. He loved them. Minor adjustments. So far so good. I pinned those first eight pieces to the wall and started in on the second set, making good progress and staying on target.

But one week in, it all started to unravel.

First, the client had multiple changes to several of the pieces. Not bad, but time-consuming. Second, I was nearly half-way through the paintings when I started losing energy. I slowed down, finding it more difficult to stay focused, and my output dwindled.

I made all the changes, though, packed the first five paintings and shipped them to Gamma One for high rez scans, allowing just enough time for them to get the shots.

That’s when Fedex lost the package.

Next post: trying to find the package while finishing up the next set...with twelve to go.

Signalman Brookes running a message across No Man's Land
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Fandom: Thor
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Jane Foster, Sif
Content Notes/Warnings: None
Medium: traditional art
Artist on DW/LJ: -
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] marty-mc
Why this piece is awesome: Such a delightful Jane&Sif fanart! Or, as described by the artist's tags: "I imagined Jane as a Disney princess", "she's so tiny and cute", "and Sif is her knight", "who tries to protect her", "from Thor too". ♥ ♥ ♥
Link: Jane Foster & Sif by marty-mc

Slade Wilson by anawind [SFW]

Jul. 23rd, 2014 04:35
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Fandom: Arrow
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Slade Wilson
Content Notes/Warnings: non-sexual shirtlessness
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] anawind
Why this piece is awesome: Rounding out the Team Island theme with Deathstroke. Intriguing composition and colouring skills that capture the power and menace that Manu Bennett brings to the role.

Link: Slade Wilson

Ghost of You by MoishPain [SFW]

Jul. 23rd, 2014 04:21
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Fandom: Arrow
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Shado
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] MoishPain
Why this piece is awesome: Lovely mood and lovely dimension.

Link: Ghost of You

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Jul. 22nd, 2014 23:03
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fleetwood page sample

A couple panels from the Kismet page I’m coloring tonight (sans dialogue). In fairness, this is most people’s reaction to Fleetwood.

ETA: Heh, and what should come up on iTunes shuffle just now except P!nk's Don't Let Me Get Me, which has been my Fleetwood character song ever since I first heard it.
monanotlisa: (buffy profile mmh - btvs)
[personal profile] monanotlisa
Who has ten fingers, two thumbs, and a California Driver's License? That's right; this girl!

Took the written four weeks ago (with the kind DMV clerk scribbling "PERFECT!" across the sheet) and finished with the practical today: Yes, California does make you retake the whole thing, no matter how long you have had your foreign license.

To be fair, in my case it was a reasonable request -- I didn't drive often even when I had a car in Germany, and in the United States I had no car for longer than a week since 2012. And this one comes with a great perk: I get an Identity Card that I can use for air travel and for getting drinks in Portland, Oregon, where a bunch of doormen at bars and lounges won't let you in with anything but a passport...which just so happens to be the document that is not particularly wise to take along on a trip to a watering hole.

Next step: car purchase. If any of y'all have recommendations for small, compact hatchbacks, hybrid or gas, let's hear 'em!

Oh dear

Jul. 22nd, 2014 17:56
giandujakiss: (Catwoman)
[personal profile] giandujakiss
What the Internet Can See From Your Cat Pictures
Using cat pictures — that essential building block of the Internet — and a supercomputer, a Florida State University professor has built a site that shows the locations of the cats (at least at some point in time, given their nature) and, presumably, of their owners.

Owen Mundy, an assistant professor of art who studies the relationship between data and the public, created “I Know Where Your Cat Lives” as a way of demonstrating “the status quo of personal data usage by startups and international megacorps who are riding the wave of decreased privacy for all,” Mr. Mundy wrote in a post about the site.

Using images of cats uploaded to photosharing services, including Flickr, Twitpic and Instagram, Mr. Mundy extracted latitude and longitude coordinates that many modern cameras, especially those in smartphones, attach to each image.
I didn't even know that photos had this data!
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It's time for our regular reccer recruiting post, and to look ahead to the next month. So far we have four volunteer reccers who signed up for August with these fandoms:

* Elementary ([personal profile] dirty_diana)
* Pacific Rim ([personal profile] mific)
* Supernatural ([personal profile] omens)
* Yoroiden Samurai Troopers ([personal profile] turlough)



So we already have a few recs too look forward to in August, but it would of course be awesome if we had more recs. There is still plenty of opportunity for you to jump in and volunteer to rec next month (or to convince your friends to do some reccing). And many cheers for all of our members who volunteer to rec, especially if you rec regularly. Your valiant repeat efforts keep the comm alive.

Looking even further ahead so far only ONE reccer has volunteered for September, so that month definitely still needs some love (and recs! *g*) too. So please consider reccing in a fandom of your choice, whether small or huge, and comment on the sign-up post and volunteer for August, September or even further ahead if you are so well organized, that you know your fannish interests and time commitments in advance. It's only four recs as a minimum, and you can rec any genre or rating. Or promote us to your friends or in your favorite communities so others do the work.

Open Rec Posting

The monthly open reccing period for all members starts now and lasts until the end of July. If you are looking for something to inspire you, the prompt for this week is "Nightmares", but that's totally optional for the recs. However they do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.

(Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)

Sommer in der Stadt

Jul. 22nd, 2014 18:32
[syndicated profile] edwardbgordon_feed
Summer in the city, it is very very hot …

Sommer in der Stadt, es ist sehr sehr heiß…



5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord

The daily painting is no longer available.
Das Tagesbild ist nicht mehr erhältlich.

© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.
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[personal profile] musesfool
So I know that userscripts.org is down, but that doesn't mean a script I've already downloaded and implemented should stop working does it? And yet I can no longer save filters on AO3. That line is gone from the list of inputs on the right when I am in a tag. And using the "Search within results" field doesn't work with either the filter_ids number or text [how do you exclude text that includes " in it anyway?]. I don't have triggers, but I do have a strongly visceral negative response to a couple things I'd really rather not see and right now I can't filter them out at all, which is a problem for me.

(also, protip, asshole: it's not the m/m part of your story that I don't like so much as it's THE NONCON WHICH IS INHERENT IN THE DAMN PAIRING I WANT TO EXCLUDE and also isn't listed in the warnings.)

Ugh, if I could even do one of them it would be fine, since it's the noncon one that is popping up right now, right on top. I find this so frustrating. I didn't think I'd miss the days when I was lucky if there were five new, complete, relevant-to-my-interest stories a week in the Steve/Bucky tag, but sometimes I do. I really, really do.

Also, if it's my dumbassery that is screwing things up, please let me know! But I've tried everything that has worked in the past and none of it is working now and it's making me cranky. *hands*

ETA: [personal profile] snakeling suggested adding // @grant      none to the script header in Greasemonkey, and lo and behold, it worked! /eta

filter_ids for my own future reference )

*deep breaths*

In more encouraging news, yesterday I wrote about 700 words of post-CATWS Bucky/Natasha. *hands* Only three more sections to go!

In the meantime, that book meme from all around the internets:

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the "right" or "great" works, just the ones that have touched you.

Obviously there's way more than 10, but these are the ones that came to mind first, in no particular order:

Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien - so fucking formative.

The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. LeGuin - also supremely formative, plus ♥TENAR♥

A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle - this, even more than A Wrinkle in Time or The Arm of the Starfish, has stayed with me over the years, despite its various issues.

Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner - I was tempted to say Light in August, simply because that's the one I read that finally made me go, hey, now I get why Faulkner (neither The Hamlet nor "The Bear" had managed it previously, though I did like The Hamlet better on rereading in college), but Absalom, Absalom blows my mind every fucking time. I remember the first time reading it, when I was like, Professor T, WHY DIDN'T ANYONE GIVE THIS TO ME SOONER? (I was a senior in college.) Poor Quentin. Poor Shreve.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller - for some weird reason, one of my friends and I would quote this to each other all the time: "The bombardier, the bombardier!" "I'm the bombardier and I'm all right!" and "Where are the Snowdens of yesteryear?" "The spirit gone, man is garbage." and of course, the subject line of this post. Oh, Yossarian. "You have deep-seated survival anxieties. And you don't like bigots, bullies, snobs or hypocrites. Subconsciously there are many people you hate." "Consciously, sir, consciously. I hate them consciously."

A Separate Peace by John Knowles - Gene/Finny was not my first m/m pairing, but they were pretty close.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Do I even need to list a reason?

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith - oh Cassandra, how do I love thee?

Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco - another one that rewards multiple rereads; I have pressed this book on any number of people I know, most of whom stopped speaking to me afterwards (except my dad - he just grumped about it). My advice is just go with it, and somewhere around page 50? 100? it starts to work (I won't say it starts to make sense, but...it builds up enough momentum that the first time I kept going to just to find out what the hell was happening).

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien - "Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can't remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story." For fiction being truer than truth. For all of it, really.

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