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I have not done much art and I feel like I'm loosing some skill. So, would any of my friends here on deviantArt want to do an art swap?

We can do something seasonal or something interesting. comment here if you're interested.
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In an attempt to fund full-time work on Krita by two developers, Krita Foundation is running a Kickstarter campaign. The goal is to collect the money to add various new features requested by the artists community and release them as part of the next version of the painting software.

... libregraphicsworld.org/blog/en…
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I posted a video that demonstrates a new feature I've been working on: on-canvas alignment of objects.

Inkscape is a vector-graphics-art program available to everyone for free online and I'm helping improve it's functionality. If any of my watchers use inkscape and would like to comment on the feature you can watch the video here:

blip.tv/martin-owens/on-canvas…

For all my follows that just want to hear my voice, the video also provides that :-D
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Art wise, my coming year will probably be a bit dryer than 2012. I want to focus on more code/programming and I've promised to look into OU courses to get myself a degree of some kind. I also have a house to do up over time and a daughter to look after :-D

Actually see the video here of my wife opening up her gift this Christmas:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2y1H5x…
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I see some really great stories being told on deviantArt; and I really look forward to seeing their updates.

But it really frustrates me that artists always develop and proceed with their large projects alone. I understand that there are artistic authenticity and a want and need to deliver as close to the original idea as possible... but really once a story has enough fans in the deviantArt community, it should be possible to find people to help with some of the mundane tasks like type settings, colouring or just proofing.

In the programming world we're used to being able to grab someone's code without even asking them, shaking it up, developing a feature and helping them fix those pesky reported bugs. We are always invited to help share in the story and feel empowered to take up tools and defeat ill-working software. Why don't we have the same sense of collaboration in the art world?

What are your thoughts dear reader? Comment below.
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There's a deal right now to give a membership, but I can't find anyone deserving enough to give one to. I know that there are some pretty awesome artists out there, one's that I've been involved with even. But I've got a bit of a blind spot.

If you know of someone deserving, comment below.
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Pedant Mode Activated!

Here on deviantArt we have a lot of people making "Anthro" art. But it bugs me that these great artists use the word "anthro" as a short hand for "anthropomorphic". This is because Anthro is the greek prefix for 'human' and anthropomorphic is giving something non-human, human qualities. (shape mostly, but mind, soul and etc work too) So trees with faces, wind with faces, gods with feet, stars with wombs or fish with briefcases.

But instead of being truly anthromorophic art, a lot of pieces here on deviantArt are theromorphic; this time "ther" is greek for animal or beast and would basically mean something with the shape or likeness to a beast. For those transforming humans into beasts, this is far more apt a word I think.

I guess it doesn't matter in the end what word people use, technical humans that are transformed, but still have human qualities can be considered anthropomorphic. But it's kind of rainbowish. Maybe I'll make some art to get this out there onto deviantArt
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I'm off to PiCon7 this weekend in medford Massachusetts. I'll be doing three panels as well as distributing some Ubuntu disks.

Catch me there and let's do some art collabs!
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Well I've finally finished reading Snuff, it took longer to read because of house buying and daughter raising activities.

I thought it was great; it's a different kind of story from Making Money, that being a Moist Industrial story and very enjoyable and this being a Vimes procedural. I want to make it clear that Snuff was still a fantastic book and I enjoyed reading it a lot...

I thought the ending could have done with a bit of editing. It's normally not noticeable in the book versions, only becoming apparent when you try and make a live action version (see Hogfather). But in Snuff, it was more obvious and a little bit disjointed where we get a false ending on the boat only to have to have a little adventure on the high seas for no reason. The last third of the book seemed to embody the false ending, becoming almost pythonesk; I expected god's hand to come out of the clouds and cry "Get on with it!"

I expected the bad guy to be Rust's lad, but that fizzled out into nothing, which is a shame as I really like how Pratchett can take an invincible person abusing power (and privilege) and whittle them down to desperation before finishing them off with awesome underdog blows. A missed opportunity.

Stratford, he didn't seemed developed well enough and sort of just put in the way to allow Vimes to go after someone physical rather than Rust. His ending wasn't gratifying and his existence is too sudden and then too important. We fall back on threatening his family yet again, even though Sam is far to Mary Sue to get his family in any real danger.

The way I would have twisted the tale would be to focus the story around Feeney, force Vimes to not be allowed to get involved (have Havlock tie his hands via politik) and make the story about turning Feeney from a green rookie into someone able to take down Lord Rust's son. I'd have then added on the City plots into investigating the illegal trade and have the stories intertwine but not intercept. In fact the first two thirds of the book could be almost exactly the same, but just make the ending about Feeney's moment, his protecting the Goblins, his cultural specism and naivety versus the big bad and real world smelt into Vimes' ability to make anyone copper all the way through.

But I understand that not everyone wanted that book, I've filled it under L-Space section "awaiting infinite monkeys" ;-)

What did you think?
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I know most of my followers here on deviantArt probably don't watch Nickelodeon shows. But this particular cartoon is a high class, well animated and moving piece of art that it's well worth getting into.

The end of season one was kind to younger viewers, always showing people surviving their aircraft being blown up. But it was also dark, showing a mercy execution which I'd never have thought they'd have the guts to show.

When I saw Korra's situation with her bending, I thought they'd run with it for the next season. Something to fight against internally while some big bad imbalance is going on in the world. But the quick fix was the order of the day, a simple hot plug into one's past lives and download not just a patch for the issue, but new skills too. I wish learning science was as easy as calling on dead scientists and plugging them into the usb port.

I thought Mako was under played, in fact both brothers seemed to fade into the distance and operate wing-men roles in two different showdowns. At least Iroe got to show off that cool fire jet ability taking out those heavier than air planes.

But seriously guys, this is one great show. Now that the season is done, I encourage you to watch it fully.

And if you saw it, what were your thoughts?
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For this winter solstice festival I would like a picture of Spaced in the My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic world.

Hopefully you will be able to find someone already interested in FiM and perhaps Spaced to make this work.

Your ever skeptic, DoctorMO
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EBooks are Go

Thu Nov 17, 2011, 11:04 AM
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I've been working with a few different authors to make ebooks for their already printed works. It's been quite fun learning about all the crazy that goes into the epub and mobi formats.

The best part is using the tools to make the majority of the book, but then being able to go into the zip file and monkey about with the css and html files directly to get it to do what I want. Applying mad skillz in the hacker way!

Anyone else been working on anything fun?

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I'm a Dad!

Wed Oct 12, 2011, 2:36 PM
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My little girl Violet Phoebe Lord Owens was born today at 4:11pm EST. She's wonderful and cute. Both mother and baby are doing great.

Can you believe it!? Me, a dad!

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Dear deviantArt: NO ADVERTS!

Fri Nov 12, 2010, 11:17 PM
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If I pay a subscription to remove the obnoxious advertising from my viewing of deviantArt, I do not find it a friendly gesture to have adverts sneak into the top bar.

No, I'm NOT interested in buying deviant wear and the fact that I have to manage my viewing of deviantArt by specifying to my browser which style sheet classes it should just completely ignore detracts from what should otherwise by a simple exchange of money for internet services.

It's things like these that impress upon me the need to create a space for art communities which is not run by disconnected jobbies who think nothing of their customers and are only really in it for the money. If this is not the case, then misfortune has surely struck them as they have performed by mistake all the attributes which suggest a high likelihood of devilish greed.

Shame, because a bit of honesty and more user _requested_ features would go a long way towards making me feel like my money was being spent on serving me and not on kicking me up the backside.

Regards,

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He Loves U Not

Fri Oct 1, 2010, 9:06 AM
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Snagged from :iconsiya:.

Rules:
1. Put your music player (Rythembox, Banshee, whatever) on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW WHACKED IT SOUNDS.
4. Now tag INFINITY of friends with good music taste...or poor music taste, however you roll

1) IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY" YOU SAY:
Little Pink Riding Hood - Tobacco - ^_^ Sure

2) WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
Enya-Deep Forest-Sweet Lullaby - Unknown - Nice song too

3) WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
Rock DJ - Robbie Williams - Also a brain, but I don't want to _see_ it.

4) HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
HeyhOle - Walter Sickery Army of Broken Toys - open me up eh.

5) WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
Storms in Africa - Enya - I'm fromt he XMen don't cha-know.

6) WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
The Very Thought of You - McCartney - Makes them shudder :-P

7) WHAT IS 2+2?
Hello My Old Friend - ELO - I am good at Mathematics.

8) WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
Leaving On A Jet Plane - John Denver - I wonder where he's going.

9) WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Figlio Perduto - Beethoven - Very much so!

10) WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
I need Your Loving - Baby D - I certainly regret having this song.

11) WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Confusion - New Order - More True.

12) WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Serenade - Emiliana Torrini - Simple songs are the best.

13) WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
Tell it Like it Is - Aaron Neville - Oooh, nice. I always wondered what they'd be doing.

14) WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO?
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong - A little bit more wonderful with every line of code.

15) WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
Lose My Breath - Destiny's Child - That I have Destiny's Child songs, I think no one knew that.

16) WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Evening Falls - Enya - Here we go again!

17) HOW WILL YOU DIE?
You Won't See Me - The Beatles - I'll vanish in a whif of hydrogen and ozone.

18) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Suds in the Bucket - Sara Evans - Pretty much what I am.

19) WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
One Love-People Get Ready - Bob Marley - *grin* that and satire.

20) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
Fortunate Fool - Jack Johnson - Ah esp when they think it's skilzzz.

21) WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED?
What are you doing the rest of your life - Stephane Grappelli - Perfect song!

22) WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
Strong Enough - Sheryl Crow - Apt too.

23) IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
Get Done - Zoe Boekbinder - Getting things done is right.

24) WHAT WILL YOU CALL YOUR FIRST CHILD?
A Man In a Purple Dress - The Who - A good name if a bit long.

25) WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS JOURNAL AS?
He Loves U Not - Dream - Ooh, inviting name.

26) WHAT'S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
You Make me Feel So Young - Stephane Grappelli - Who hasn't watched fountain of youth cartoons.

27) WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
It's Indian Tobacco My Friend - Cornershop - If that's code for chocolate then yes.

28) WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
My World - The Go! Team - Heh, certainly at least when I was 2.

29) WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
Intuition - Jewel - I wish this was the case.

31) WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR PARENTS?
Don't it Make my Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle - Amusing.

32) WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
C30, C60, C90 - Bow Wow Wow - My brain ladies and gentleman.

33) WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
Hot Rich Girls Dropped in a Grange - Mashup - Not sure what to think of that motto.

34) DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
Can you feel the love tonight - Elton bloody john - Oh hell yea!

Some of them match, kinda funny too.

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Thailand Family Planning TedTalk

Thu Sep 30, 2010, 2:09 PM
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I found this video in my list of TedTalks and I have to say I laughed quite a bit, it's also quite serious and a good indication of good progress: www.miroguide.com/share/item/?…

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Devious Journey Entry

Sat Jul 31, 2010, 3:07 PM
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[x] You know how to make a pot of tea.
[x] You keep track of dates using a calendar.
[x] You own a credit card.
[X] You know how to change the oil in a car.
[X] You've done your own laundry
[x] You can vote in an election.
[x] You can cook for yourself.
[x] You think politics are interesting.
[x] You show up for school late a lot.
[x] You always carry a pen/pencil in your bag/
purse/pocket
[x] You have forgotten your own birthday.
[x] You like to take walks by yourself.
[x] You know what credibility means, without looking
it up.
[x] You drink caffeine at least once a week.
[x] You know how to do the dishes.
[x] You can count to 10 in another language.
[x] When you say you're going to do something you usually do it.
[x] You can mow the lawn.
[x] You study even when you don't have to.
[x] You have hand washed a car before.
[x] You can spell experience, without looking it up.
[x] The people at Westside Kitchen know you by name.
[x] Your favourite kind of food is take out.
[x] You can go to the store without getting something you don't need
[x] You understand political jokes the first time they are said.
[x] You can type pretty quick.
[x] Your friends aren't from your school.
[x] You have been to a Tupperware party.
[x] You have realized that practically no one will take you seriously unless you are over the age of 25 and have a job.
[x] You don't borrow more than you can afford.
[x] You have been to the beach.
[x] You use the internet every day.
[x] You have been outside 3 or more times a day.
[ ] You make your bed in the morning.
Total: 65

Which incidentally is how old my soul feels. That or 300, at this age it's hard to tell.

*I changed some of the obviously american parts around and removed some dumb stuff*

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Llama Note!

Mon Jun 28, 2010, 1:13 AM
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If you give me a Llama badge and your llama count is more than twice mine, I will give a llama badge to a random person I feel is kick-ass awesome to reciprocate.

I see people sometimes who I have never met give me a badge and I see that they have 21,000 llama badges (don't these people have lives or at least Sim Life?).

Hopefully this policy will spread llamas all over (mmm, llama toast)

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DeviantArt announced the top 25 artworks for it's competition. They're all very good works and I'm only sorry that more of the fantastic work couldn't be celebrated. So don't get me wrong when I complain thus.

I'm bugged about the style of the competition, it's all so 'branded', you'd think that Disney owned the story the way it waltzes(sic) around with the Public Domain. The artworks generally follow the Disney style/brand so much to the detriment of the original story and artwork, always disappointing when artists look at only one interpretation and that particular one isn't even the original.

I see that the mad hatter's tea party is a very popular scene to render, Jonny Depp-what you can't do with a film eh. Even though there are plenty of Mad hatters, most (I would say all) renderings don't even bother with the plot: three dimensions of space and the missing place being time. One artwork had a clock at least, that was a start. But how can you have a clever introspection on how mad it seems to link space and time together into one thing without the introspection?

I'm starting to think that people just consider "Alice in Wonderland" to be a simply mad story for children with absolutely no reason to any of it: "it's like that drug trip in that movie when I was on that drug trip."

Although at least the original artwork is public domain i.e. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tea…

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Time for an Icon Change

Sat Jan 23, 2010, 9:17 PM
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My deviantArt icon has been the same for a while,

:icondoctormo:

It's a none animated png file with shaded transparency. The reason I made this kind of icon is really to test if people's browsers work. If your using Firefox, Opera, Chrome or Safari then you'll see the glorious gradient shade from white to what ever the background colour is of the page it's on. For people still using Internet Explorer, they'll see a black box with shading from white to black, ugly and not as dynamic.

Now I think it's time for a change in picture. I'd like my watchers to give me their ideas on what this should be.

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