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"What would happen in the Harry Potter world if their spells didn't quite go the way they meant them to? Take a look and see.

To see more of Stodoe's work please visit him at artofstodoe.blogspot.com"


I'm going to be giggling for days!
"It's not Abracadabra, you tosser!"

I'll have this song in my head all night...

With Lion King 3d coming out this friday one of the animators who worked on Simba is posting some old Lion King animation sketched on his Deviant art account each day. I'm thrilled- I love seeing the sketches and roughs even more than I do watching the finished product.Here's her DA for anyone interested

He also posted a rough of Rutt and Tuke he worked on from Brother Bear:

I love it! Traditional animation still makes me stare in awe. (Animating those antlers and all that secondary action, yikes!!)

I will be going mad this week I'm afraid... Waiting, LK 3D, Chloe's artwork and her hinting at a fun announcement, trying to finish artwork, and trying to get as much done on thesis AND somehow working in running and strength training (which for the past two weeks has faltered)... Yeah, so going to be wired.

Excellent talk about "The Cute Cat Theory" discussing Cute Cats, Porn, and Activism.

The Cute Cat Theory Talk at E-Tech

Excerpt: "Based on my Tripod experience, I’d offer the hypothesis that any sufficiently advanced read/write technology will get used for two purposes: pornography and activism. Porn is a weak test for the success of participatory media – it’s like tapping a mike and asking, “Is it on?” If you’re not getting porn in your system, it doesn’t work. Activism is a stronger test – if activists are using your tools, it’s a pretty good indication that your tools are useful and usable."

Also, it makes mention of Ushadihi in the article at one point. If you haven't heard of Ushadihi before you really should. I heard of them in a PBS story a month or two back in which it was describing how the website started up after the violence in Kenya following the election in 2008. It was a site that was geared to be a visualization map of all the reports of violence, where they happened, when, etc. via reports from people in the area. Phones were given out to people to keep in touch and volunteers from all over acted as translators for this project. Now, the project is expanding to worldwide. It displays crisis events in near real time, based on information from people at the event.

Check it out, it's pretty awesome.

Originally posted by deathpixie at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS

For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.

As I said last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:

"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."

So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.


Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage two weeks of paid time as compensation.




And this is why you will never see me complain about the outages, neither last time, this time or any future time. (Complain about spam, yes, DDoS outages, no.) I fully support LJ on this. I found this stuff out last time we had the outages (it seems Navlny's blog was specifically targeted then) and I figured that was what was going on this time as well only on a larger scale. I thought this was particularly sobering:

"These attacks resemble military training maneuvers to test various methods of jamming LiveJournal so that it can be quickly and effectively disabled — without shutting down the country’s entire Internet like Egypt did — during an emergency. This plan is theoretically more effective than pulling the plug on the Internet, but bloggers note that if these are rehearsals, they are undermining the plan itself. Now that bloggers’ main communications resource has been brought down again, most of the best-known bloggers have already created mirrors of their blogs on other social networks. Fyodor Krasheninnikov, a political scientist in Yekaterinburg, said: “Even if LiveJournal falls totally and irrevocably at some point, Internet activists will find each other on other platforms, and they’ll gradually rebuild their entire network of ideas and plans.”

Not surprisingly, after the blackout, the hottest topic in the political segment of LiveJournal was which are the best social networks that could be used if LiveJournal is shut down. Twenty years ago, new communications technologies like faxes contributed to bringing down the Iron Curtain. The Internet’s enemies haven’t learned that lesson. They still don’t get it. In the war against new technologies, they are doomed to lose again." -From the Moscow Times article linked above.

There's also more info over at : Synecdochic's



Looking stellar! I'm loving the look of this so far, can't wait to see it.

Ok, I'm making this post public so everyone can see it because it needs to be seen.
EDIT: Ok it needs a cut. This is long...

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For those artists here in my watchers I found some interesting posts by Classical months ago and kept meaning to post them.

Bad Advice 101 and
Five lessons from the Academy


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In the list of things I've meant to share and have not done so yet:
Michael Pollan gives a plants Eye View on Ted talks. I love Michael Pollan. He is smart and has a lot of good ideas.

"Because the vagina can take a lot of punishment."- David Rakoff speaks on The Daily Show with John Stewart I need to get Rakoffs book. The man is hilarious. I cried I laughed so hard from that quote.

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Wish me luck!

Reiteration: Disney is awesome. ^^

*Continues to drool over sound design extra on wall-e*

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