We know it's Tuesday, but it sort of feels like a Monday and as such, we need more kittens. In fact we need a whole cup of them.
|the artist acts like a mediumistic being who, from the labyrinth beyond time and space, seeks his way out to a clearing.|
|I want a trouble-maker for a lover,|
Blood spiller, blood drinker, a heart of flame,
Who quarrels with the sky and fights with fate,
Who burns like fire on the rushing sea.
From Rumi’s Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
|Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.|
--W. H. Auden
|Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face|
Do You Realize - we're floating in space
Do You Realize - that happiness makes you cry
Do You Realize - that everyone you know someday will die
And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round
Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face
|The best things in life are not things.|
Most basements and attics are part of the house, but not a part of the home.
Especially in childhood, these poorly-lighted areas are, at best, under a family’s occupation – but one can never trust that any spectral entities or spirits who might be there, abiding in the shadows, are ever fully loyal to the current family living in their home. Here’s a gallery of deviations to help you recall that first afternoon you ever spent alone with none but yourself in charge. But then came that first challenge to your authority – that definite rustling in the dark at the foot of the basement steps… .
A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it.”
An uncle of mine emigrated to Canada and couldn’t take his guitar with him. When I found it in the attic, I’d found a friend for life.”
I loved going to Vancouver. While working, I did my schoolwork in the attic of this house we were shooting in. It was kind of scary up there with creaking floors and all! That was probably the scariest part for me. I think attics are terrifying anyways, but to be shooting ‘The Haunting Hour’ of all things, and doing my work there, that was scary!”
Writing is powerful. Whether it’s a little girl hiding from the Nazis in an attic, or Amnesty International writing letters on behalf of political prisoners, the power of telling stories is usually what causes change.”
We know it's Tuesday, but it sort of feels like a Monday and as such, we need more kittens. In fact we need a whole cup of them.
The producer of The Legend of Conan has stated that this new movie will be a direct sequel to the 1982 film, Conan the Barbarian. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be reprising his role as Conan and it's 30 years later. They promise that this won't be a toned down Conan but rather the true barbarian who loathes everything about established civilization. Does this seem like an odd decision to anyone else or are we waiting to see what Terminator:Genysis looks like? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Azot2015 is a freelance artist from the Ukraine and his gallery is definitely one worth checking out. If you like what you see, he's also available for commissions.
If you're in the Los Angeles area on June 6th, you can score yourself a signed copy of the Game of Thrones Fan Art Book, Draw 'Em With The Pointy End. This book was organized by fictograph and funded thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. It features the work of over 100 artists, many of which are deviants! Find out more about the event here and learn more about the project here.
In a staggering display of cutting your own nose off despite your face, Marvel has pulled another license to produce merchandise of both the X-Men and Fantastic Four because 20th Century Fox controls the film rights. This time it is XM Studios, producers of fine collectibles, who had their license pulled away mid-production on some amazing looking builds. I suppose this madness won't stop until all Marvel's toys are back in their own toy box.
LadyLincoln has been a deviant for ten years and she's commemorating her deviousness by taking us on a trip down memory lane. How long have you been a deviant for? Let us know in the comments below and share a devious memory of your own!
We mean other than inbibing it through our mouths. Are we drinking coffee at the optimal time of day? Or do we care? Just get it in as fast as we can for as long as we can?
If you're a skinner, or you want to show appreciation for the skin that makes your journal sing, the team at CSS-Babes wants to see your favorites. Share thumbnails of your top journal skins here. Who knows, maybe you'll find a new fave!
The Montreal Protocol was signed in 1987 after the discovery of a large hole in the ozone layer above the Antarctic, the part of the upper atmosphere where ozone is found in high concentrations. Ozone absorbs ultraviolet radiation, preventing most of it from reaching us. Since then the hole has almost disappeared. Unfortunately due to the way we live now they will never disappear entirely but the United Nations agreement phased out most of the harmful chemicals that were causing this. With the world rapidly warming we are left to wonder why the minds that put the Montreal Protocol into play aren't around now.
The gauntlet has been dropped. It's time to pick up your pens and unleash your creativity because the team at CRLiterature is hosting a Flash Fiction Contest. If you're ready for a challenge, all the information you need can be found here.
Two great artists passed away this weekend. First, Tanith Lee, multiple award winning writer of 90 novels, passed away this Sunday. Overcoming dyslexia, Lee published her first vignette at the age of 21. Included in her output were two episodes of the cult BBC series Blake's Seven. Also, the photographer Mary Ellen Mark, known for her photojournalism, portraiture, and advertising photography, passed away Monday. Mary received numerous accolades, including three Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards and three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Last week, Michael Morell who was George W. Bush's CIA foreign affairs briefer during his time in office, admitted on the news show Hardball that George Bush and Dick Cheney misled the United States into the Iraq War. They knowingly disregarded information he supplied that went against their desire to attack Iraq and bring down Saddam Hussein.
Today is Eevie-chu's birthday! Take a moment to stop by her page and wish her a very happy one.
The upcoming film Mr. Holmes, based on the novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind” by Mitch Cullin, is about a 93 year old Sherlock Holmes who is in the process of writing his story and piecing together events from a 30 year old case that he feels is unfinished. In the midst of these endeavors Holmes is also trying to solve the mysteries of humanity and his own mortality. But Sherlock Holmes cannot die, right?
The case made me see that human nature was a mystery that logic alone could not illuminate.”
There are a plethora of pastiches, short stories and novels based on Sherlock Holmes that are outside of Canon, but only a handful really take place during his ‘retirement’. Even Doyle only wrote one story about Holmes after he retired to the Sussex Downs. It appears even the author could not write about his own character withering with age.
For many Sherlock Holmes has become a kind literary messiah: he founded a following of believers, people live by his wisdom, he was resurrected from the grave, he is immortal. Holmes is an idol humanity has placed upon a pedestal; untouchable, unfailing, virtually undefeatable. What would it mean for us to discover that in the end he grew old, he began to fail and he died? How would that shake our faith?
“Mr. Holmes” and the novel it is based upon seem to want to answer these questions. Tackling the taboo subject, they unflinchingly show us a Holmes in decline. We see a deep weariness in those watery blue eyes. A fear of all that is slipping away. A mind palace decaying and turning to rubble. We see that in the end we will all succumb to our inevitable fate.
Of all ruins, that of a noble mind is the most deplorable.”
The themes of mortality run throughout the novel and from the trailer it appears will run throughout the film as well.
There are images which could be clues to the mystery of life themselves: Insects frozen in agar, speeding trains and horse drawn carriages, murky glass, disappearing images, and most poignant of all - an old man and young boy climbing a hill together. Time frozen to be inspected later, time speeding up and hurtling forward by faster means, things that were clear becoming foggy, memories forgotten and that moment where we will walk along with the child inside all of us that has given way to the grown-up we have become.
Humanity fears the march of time. We come up with adages and slogans to make us feel like it is not happening, we create stories about people and places that never give in to the ravages of age. For those who follow the Great Detective, he is a constant in those rooms at 221b Baker Street. We open the pages of Doyle’s stories and there he is, the same as he has always been, ready to take up the next case in an unending cycle of deduction. The thought of him quietly retiring to tend to his bees is almost comforting, for if we cannot find him at Baker Street then we imagine him sitting upon those hills watching the bees. Either way we imagine him in his prime. Which makes the images from the film so much more disturbing.
Alone I did it. Behold the fruit of pensive nights and laborious days when I watched the little working gangs as once I watched the criminal world of London.”
Those watery blue eyes looking a little lost, the aging face, stooped body, shambling steps, this is not the Holmes we know, but it is the one we all will face. Time stops for no one and Holmes is no exception.
I shouldn’t leave this life without a sense of completion.” Ian McKellan as Sherlock Holmes.”
Monday, May 25th is Memorial Day in the US and as such, the DeviantArt team will be enjoying a three-day weekend. While we won't be posting headlines on Monday, we will be back to our regularly scheduled programming on Tuesday. Have an excellent weekend!
BBC's Free Speech gathered together a group of people from the transgender community and asked them to answer all the stupid questions they hear on a daily basis.
This journal by Beltaneh, explores the profession of Creative Tourism which offers travelers the opportunity to develop their creative potential by participating in courses or experiences relative to the place they are staying.
Filmmaker's behind the remake of James O'Barr's comic book character The Crow have reported that they will be casting a female as the supervillian, Top Dollar and Andrea Riseborough (Birdman) is currently in talks with the studio to play the role. This radical move could be what the reboot needs in order to liven up the story of Eric Draven, who comes back from the dead to avenge the murder of his girlfriend. What are your thoughts on this decision?
This amazing mashup of Michael Jackson's, Don't Stop Till You Get Enough and Bollywood Hit, Chaiyya Chaiyya is exactly what we need to groove through Friday. What song helps to motivate you? Let us know in the comments below.
America has decided to embrace Britain's Red Nose Day and of course they went big... The British band Coldplay puts together a musical version of Game Of Thrones with the help of the cast.
Do you have friends in the DeviantArt community that make your day brighter? If so, you may want to celebrate them in the newest project sweeping through the community, Spread the Love. We tag YOU to share your love for your DeviantArt friends and should you decide to participate, please use the tag #communitylove so we can find your awesome journals.
A beautiful animation produced by deviant Goo00 and this isn't her first either. The short film is filled with nods and tributes to Hayao Miyazaki, Syd Mead and the late Jean Giraud (Moebius).
The six police officers responsible for the death of Freddie Gray were all indicted by the grand jury in Baltimore on Thursday. All of the officers have been charged with reckless endangerment, along with second-degree murder and assault. Gray died one week after his arrest where his neck was broken. We can only hope that between this and President Obama banning military assault weapons from being used by the police, we will see a change in American law enforcement tactics.
The Hindi sisters, Hilly and Hanna, are well known for their parody epics but we just had to share their mash-up of Talor Swift and Supernatural. If you're a fan of the show you will appreciate the guest stars who make appearances in the video.
In a piece published this morning by The Intercept Ryan Gallaher revealed that Apple and Google met with current and prior spy chiefs from around the world to discuss surveillence. Based on one report it seems that Edward Snowden truly had a profound affect on the spying community in attendance who admitted they will have to be more transparent with their communities or at least translucent. If you haven't already bookmarked The Intercept we heartly recommend it for some of the best journalism online today.
Join us in wishing Nordheimer a very special day!
Australia has just loaned four koalas to Singapore zoo. The four Koalas named Paddle, Chan, Pellita and Idalia are vacationing for six months as part of Singapore's 50th anniversary of independence.
Seemingly taking a cue from McDonalds recent ressurection of The Hamburglar, Kentucky Fried Chicken has announced that it will be re-employing the iconic Colonel Sanders in it's attempt to refresh the fast-food chain. What do you think about these recent efforts by the chains? Hit or miss?
Johnson Ting aka johnsonting, is a professional video game artist who has worked with companies like Activision, Infinity Ward, Black Tusk and Square Enix. His gallery is filled with amazing concept art and we've chosen to feature Interstellar Dog Fight because it puts you directly in the cockpit of the ship. Be sure to view it in full-resolution so you can appreciate the insane amount of detailing involved.
The Queensland Police Department shared a wanted poster which claimed that the, often ridiculed band Nickelback, was wanted for Crimes Against Music and stated that listening to their music could be "hazardous to your hearing and street cred". We believe the kids refer to this as - shots fired.
An eight mile long oil slick formed off the coast of southern California in the US, after an onshore pipeline, owned by Plains All American Pipeline, ruptured. Early estimates are that 21 thousand gallons of oil leaked before it was shut off, but we all remember Shell giving early estimates on the Gulf spill that proved to be just a fraction of what was leaked. The major concern is for the wildlife, especially sea lions, that frequent the area this time of year.
Japan's aquariums promised Wednesday to stop acquiring dolphins captured during the Taiji hunt. The bloody hunt, which was depicted in the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, happens annually and allows hunters licenses to kill up to 2,000 dolphins. It is speculated that this move could be integral in ending the dolphin hunts as the price for the meat doesn't provide enough monentary incentive but selling dolphins to aquariums and marine shows has been very lucrative.
In this journal, @ sinistrosephosphate, introduces us to the art of biomedical communications, or medical illustrations. It's a fascinating look into this, often overlooked, artistic field.
So one minute the US government is saying we are out of the Space Race and then the next minute they're flying secret space missions in their new secret X-37B space drone. Is this a new partnership between the US government and US corporations? Spying on the rest of the world on behalf of those that get them elected? Surely not.
Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar collaborated on an album in 2012 but no tracks were ever released. Now someone has released some of it to the internet. Should you be at all curious, here is the link.
With many on America's west coast panicking that their gardens won't be lush and green all summer, someone has released an app to make it easier to 'Drought Shame' your neighbors and even celebrities who aren't doing their part to preserve the ever dwindling water supply to the great state of California. Kim Kardasian, Jennifer Lopez and Barbara Streisland have all been outed as water wasters. While there is no evidence that watering gardens has any effect in the grand scheme of things, people are trying to do what they can to preserve whatever water they can. Fracking and water bottling still continues.
This Friday, Ireland is having a national referendum to decide if the rights of gay couples to marry should be made part of the national constitution. Early signs seem to favor the country adopting this policy. Ireland is the first country to put it to a national vote. While the country has been seen as very conservative, homosexuality was only decrimilinalized in 1993, the current government seems intent on bravely tackling some thorny issues to lead it away from its conversative past.
Today we wish a special day to DestinyBlue, a professional artist out of the UK, who has been a member of DeviantArt for 11 years! Be sure to check out her gallery and if you're feeling like getting your markers out, she has a special folder of lineart she offers up for you to color.
Current Residence: A Peaceful State|
deviantWEAR sizing preference: L
Print preference: As Big As Possible.
Favourite genre of music: Rock. Jazz(Hard Bop). Blues. 80's Metal. Tribal(Aboriginal thru Electronic). Classical.Troubado
Favourite photographer: Sebastio Salgado. Richard Mapplethorpe. Walker Evans. Weegee.
Favourite style of art: Post-impressionist. Abstract-expressionist. The New Digital Vanguard. Contemporary fantasy.
Operating System: OSX
MP3 player of choice: Shuffle
Shell of choice: Any Conch will do.
Wallpaper of choice: French Louis XIV Rococo Style
Skin of choice: Thick enough to persevere and thin enough to feel.