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Investing is for fucking idiots and rich peopleI'd love to rant more on this topic, but it boils down to this:
Investment people, the ones that talk about putting money back, and talk about cryptic shit like 401k, IRA, Roth, stock market, bonds, mutual funds, etc; are absolutely positively unwilling to help people do so. After talking with various firms over the last 10+ years either as a client, employee, or in casual conversation, I have been shut down and told to gtfo every single time. Apparently investing has a "you must be this rich to ride" barrier that can't be breached with anything short of half a million dollars. I've never understood this, and it makes me angry that with all the people and managers that give long boring speeches about building wealth, none of them will help you get there. All they want to do is play with rich people's money like a toy. I have a 401k and several unrelated investments, and my assigned manager AND the asshole my parents hired to manage them refuse to actually do so or help me by actually '
Mid Year UpdateStarting up a few commissions. Will post them as they get done.
Been about six months now without Internet, and its rough sometimes, but life moves on. I refuse to fund the bullshit going on with the ISP's extorting money from paying customers twice and then turning around and demanding more money from the content providers like google and netflix. My bill went up and up and all I got out it was a slower and more unusable connection. My co-workers think I'm insane, but its $60 a month I don't need to spend anymore which has helped out a bit with my bills and life. Yeah, I'm not buying into the whole "our economy is improving!" crap. Sure, I have a steady job, but prices are just rising out of reach of late, and I've responded by cutting out a lot of garbage and been buying offline or durable entertainment and goods. Things like books and taking up hobbies like crochet where I can download the instructions and do it whenever I want. Plus the exercise has been good for my wrist, which go
Starting the new year with differentFresh on the heals of burying 2013 in a ditch behind my apartment, and setting fire to the rotting corpse, I've decided to find something else to do this 2014 other than spend time remembering all the shitty things that happened.
New plans and goals:
1) Bikes, more of them.
- So I love bikes. I used to love longboarding, but accidents and moving to a non-college town (and therefore forgiving city ordinances about public places) has forced me to reconsider my primary mode of outdoor transportation. I spent last summer riding the crap out of my Trek 7.2, and enjoyed the hell out of not driving. However, improper fit and bad geometry nearly destroyed my wrists. Now, I'm almost done saving up to get a more relaxed fit bike designed for long distance travel and hauling capacity in the Surly Long Haul Trucker or the Surly Troll/Ogre. Gonna get a mustache bar and a Brooks saddle, some paniers and call it good. My goal is to be able to comfortably replace my ca
Goodbye 2013: You won't be missedGawd this year sucked ass. Suck games, terrible movies, disappointment abound, a sharp reminder why I hate going home for holidays, proof that the government really is suppressing news, spying on everything we do and destroying all our freedoms to keep a handle on us all when the economy finally collapses under the weight of the Fed's constant money printing, run-away social warrior activism from out of control feminists and mangina/white knights trying to destroy the gaming industry, a AAA games industry bound and determined to destroy itself, a bizarre attempt by Obama to start World War 3 by invading Syria? wtf?, and more of the same crap to be found everywhere.
So where does all this negativity lead me? Well to let everyone know that surviving isn't just a physical thing, its mental and emotional too. The only way to stay alive in this world right now is to cut out all the shit, and make yourself happy. And if you're a male, then its to take all those toxic women in your lives and
Nintend still sucks at advertising - Christmas Ed.So apparently, other than the 3ds, Nintendo is failing hard in the US for sales on the WiiU and its games. Well I just saw their big announcement advertisement for the Christmas 2013 shopping season and it BLOWS! Talk about utter failure to capitalize on existing good games for both systems. I had to check to make sure half those WiiU games had even been released as the last I'd heard was spring 2014, like all the other delayed games. And not a single one of those WiiU games were system sellers. You might be able to make a case for Pikmin 3 or Windwaker but both of those games have a really niche audience and the rabid Pikmin fans had already bought the system at launch expecting it to be there, but it was another delayed until sometime in 2013 game just like Rayman. There's just nothing there for anyone.
As for the 3ds, if I hadn't already bought the 3ds and been collecting all the awesome games on it like, I might look at this ad and skip the system entirely! I mea
Pokemon X Acquired! Also FF14 AAR - FaerieI'm going to be playing Pokemon X and FF14 AAR on the Faerie server. I probably won't be playing much during the week due to sleep and work. My schedule is going to change this next week if everything goes as planned. So I might be on during Sun - Mon this week, and then on Fr-Sat next week. And random times usually during the late evening through early morning due to my overnight shifts.
Thank you for everyone that already added e for Animal crossing new leaf and my primary Code is 2165-5262-8691 now that i got that 3ds back from the repair shop.my secondary 3ds still has my animal crossing game on it.
Best way to contact me is to send a note to Nandz (my 3ds name) via swap note or to pm me here on deviantart. And schedule something. The middle fo the week is the worst time to contact me to do something.
My 2ndary 3ds is Nelliel 4098-3170-3332
My character on FF14 AAR is on the Faerie server NA and
Reboot is coming back!Wow, a positive journal eh?
Fuck yeah! Reboot is returning and is in development right now. Article: http://www.rainmaker.com/?/site/news/82
Book Reviews: The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Vol 1Tad William's latest work is a complete abomination. Below is my description of what just might be the worst book I've read this year.
As I sat down today, about a week or two after finishing this book, I originally found myself unable to muster the hate or anger at this horribly written story full of dull, boring, and stupid characters to even rant. However, the more I remembered and though of the book, I could not leave it alone. This is one of those dumbed down featureless boring slogs that is so typical of Young Adult fantasy that I can't imagine any sane person putting this book together without serious contractual force being applied. And that's what this is, YA fiction given form from someone that usually writes high fantasy/tech and it shows through the gaping holes that mimics a plot. So much has been stripped out such as plot development, character development, world building, and consistency that its barely coherent when it isn't blindly pushing forwards towards the end rega
Birthday giveaway - 1000 POINTSAs some of you might know I have a birthday coming up.
September 20th this year I'm turning 27
Because of that, I'm organizing a giveaway.
The prize is 1000
What you need to know
Leave a nice comment under this journal in order to participate. Wish me a happy birthday. Tag some friends... whatever.
Watching me isn't mandatory. Watchers do make twice as much chance (consider this a bonus for being a loyal fan -- hehehe)
Watchers are chosen by a randomize script
The winner will be announced Monday september 22nd (because I'm away during the weekend)
Point Giveaway (open)Haven't held a single giveaway yet this year… so, let's hold one now! Here it goes:
- 6 winners in total -
◊ 1st place:
100 points (one winner)
◊ 2nd place:
50 points (two winners)
◊ 3rd place:
25 points (three winners)
Although appreciated, it is NOT required to watch me, give a llama, advertise, etc.
Reasons for rules can be read here
WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN THROUGH
RANDOMIZER NEXT SUNDAY (SEP. 28)
Unrelated, but if you want to help me, please answer (some of) following questions: Which social sites/platforms do you frequent? Do these sites have easy & user-friendly access to archives? Could any of these work as a free online encyclopedia? What are your favourite online encyclopedias/wikis and why? For an online wiki, is it better to have its own site or part of an already
Watchers Raffle #2 - Win a Free Thigh-upHello lovelies,
Please read the journal carefully.
This is my second watchers raffle. First one's winner was OhSquishy and here's her prize:
This time, the winner will get a thigh-up similar to these:
You have to be a watcher of mine before this journal was posted. If you want to participate in future watchers raffles, you can watch me now.
You need to fav this journal to get a number.
You need to comment on this journal with references of 3 characters max that you want me to draw.
You can edit
Kiwi's Big Fall Giveaway + Kiriban!Hey everybody, it's fall, school's back and a chill is in the air. Weeks like this it seems like the fun of summer are gone for good, so here's a giveaway to cheer you up!
Back by popular demand, it's my turn to give back.
Thanks to everyone who already made the previous giveaway such a success!
New Kiriban OPEN
The number to reach is is 371,117.
For the first time, i'm having two kiribans in a week to double your chances of winning.
In case you don't know, a kiriban is when you watch a person's page count, then if you happen to see the special number, take a screenshot of it to win a prize! You must include the clock in your screenshot to qualify.
As for the point giveaway, There are a few important changes and NEW PRIZES.
I'm giving away 100 points to one lucky winner and 50 points to THREE lucky winners on 9/24.
Two other people will win a 1 month feature on my page.
If you're really lucky, one pe
[Contest!] Nekoi Group IconContest: Make a new Icon for the Group Nekoi Island!
Icon size must be 100 x 50 pixels
Pixel is preferred rather than tooled/anti-aliasing
Animation is allowed and encouraged!
Icon must contain the name of the group "Nekoi Island" Somewhere
Entries must be posted to your gallery (not sta.sh)
Entries must be posted to the entry folder: http://nekoi-island.deviantart.com/gallery/51183376/Devious-Folder
You can enter as many times as you wish
The Illuminated World ContestStock & Resources
Imagine a world where the soft glow of the magnolia blossoms illuminates the sidewalk. The reaching branches of the tree cast their light over the street, reflected in the gathering puddles of a spring rain. A garden nearby is a riot of colors against the deep shadows of the night. The harsh artificial street lights that we know today are gone. What would your world look like? Is it a world where the need for fossil fuel has been eliminated, or have the scientists bio-engineered the earth into a beautiful apocalypse?
The idea of bio-luminescent plant illumination is a real project in progress by three scientists in San Francisco, California. These scientists are engineering marine bio-luminous bacterial DNA into plants to make them glow. You can read more about their project here: Glowing Plants: Street Lig
Would you like a pixel chibi from me? [RAFFLE]Yes? Then... It's a RAFFLE TIME!
Let's celebrate the fact that I've got 799 watchers or something,
I don't know, I just want to draw something for some random person sooo...
If you want to participate, all you have to do is:
To be my watcher (if you're going to unwatch me after the raffle... don't do it, don't make me sad :C)Fav+ this journal (so you can get the number)[Additional - you can do it, but you don't have to ] Make a journal or poll about my raffle, spread the word
If there's more than 50 persons participating, I will choose 2 winners! (+100 = 3 winners etc.)
The prize is an animated pixel chibi from me
More here: http://theavies.deviantart.com/gallery/36440531/Pixel-art
I will choose the winner w
300 Point Giveaway! (by me!)Okay this is the first time making a point giveaway..
if it turns out great I'd be sure to hold another one again sometime!
there will be 6 winners!
each will get 50 !
How to join:
1. Watch me and CHEVR0LET-CAMAR0 (she's my sis)
2. Fav this journal!
and... you're done!
(if you're aleady watching both of us just fav this journal!)
EDIT: the winners will be chosen with Random.org
Please don't unwatch us if you're a winner
you can unwatch us if you lose, we don't care!
deadline: September 30th 2014
DYNAMIC AND ACTIVE POSING FOR STOCKStock & Resources
Broadly defined, Action Stock is any photo-reference in which the subject is doing SOMETHING. That 'something' does not need to be extreme or particularly kinetic, it just has to show the effects of various forces on the bodies (or other objects) in the image. Perusing an artifact, sitting on someone's knee, even enjoying the aroma of a cup of coffee are great examples of actions that, when explored as stock images, can be of great value to artists.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with extreme, kinetic, over-the-top actions, either...
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It's worth stating the obvious: if you are interested in exploring the more "kinetic" end of the action spectrum, know your limits. Don't work beyond your skill level and observe all necessary safety precautions; no shot is worth getting hurt over.
BODIES IN MOTION
Six Years on DA. Submission Hell.Well what do we have here? I do believe its a six years on DA! Wooo.
I think I'm just going to install linux on my laptop, cause I can upload from work on my desktop there running Mint Linux 13 with some out of date Google Chrome and Firefox. I think its clear that DA's dev team has no fucking clue what they're doing. I never thought I'd see the day when a website works better on out-of-date software running on Linux than on Windows. Normally, I have to boot into Windows to get something done when websites start bitching about not detecting a Windows OS or some specific browser plugin that's Win7+ only. I want to personally kick the shit out of every single member of the dev team and then stave their head in with an old school Programming in C text book, because its clear these people need to start over with the basics.
I'll try to have the artwork loaded up by the end of the week from work. I can't believe I need to find an out-of-date browser and flash/java plugin in order to get
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