|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.|
Madame Tussauds has long embraced entertainment icons and characters, but now they are taking it to a whole new level with their Star Wars Experience in London. There will be 11 complete sets that you will be able to interact with. Sit down opposite Han Solo in the cantina, just don't reach for your gun. Han always shoots first.
Once more into the breach we go. Fox has just announced that they are having another go at making a movie about Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neil's League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. This is after the aborted TV series they had previously planned. Since the graphic novel was published, the idea of cross polinating public domain characters has become common place with shows on TV like Once Upon A Time, Grimm, and Penny Dreadful - Penny being possibly better than LOEG. The promise is that the film will stay closer to the graphic novel, so sorry America, no Tom Sawyer!
Merriam-Webster has announced that it has added over 1700 new words to the dictionary. Among the new entries are, "WTF", "Emoji", "Jeggings", "Meme" and "Photobomb". Check them out for yourself here. It's pretty clear that the Internet is winning at changing the landscape of the English language. We should probably be very afraid.
In a move that must have Boeing and Locheed Martin fuming, the US Air Force have cleared billionaire, Elon Musk's SpaceX, to launch military and spy satellites. With NASA facing more cutbacks, the privatization of space travel is almost complete.
You only need to do a search here on DeviantArt for Mad Max and you'll know what is missing from this trailer. There are way more people drawing Charlize Theron's character Furiosa than Max since the film premiered, so why isn't she in the video game or if this is prequel to the film then at least another female character of some equivalence? Methinks they should include a Furiosa download before it is too late.
Later this year, the reboot of Point Break will be hitting theaters. Based on the 1991 movie of the same name, starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, this more modern version promises more adreneline-pumping scenes. Fans of the original will notice a few throwbacks but one thing is for certain, it's not just a surfing movie anymore. Watch the trailer and let us know your thoughts.
Okay, the headline may be a little dramatic, but right now the world is hoping (the sane people anyway) that America's law that was hastily put in place after 9/11, giving the NSA the right to suck in all our phone calls and emails, will die if not renewed at the end of May. Congress and the Senate are arguing over rewording and ammendments to the law when the best thing for all of us, and we do mean all of us, would be for the law to expire and the mass survelliance to end. The clock is ticking!
How cool and eerie looking is this? The opening credits to Twin Peaks done entirely with paper cut-outs and collage. Looking forward to the new series?
Some organization or other corrupt? Wow! Wouldn't believe it, but FIFA? It would be like the NFL being corrupt. Oh, wait... So the arrests were made early this morning in Switzerland as part of a huge swoop, including Jeffrey Webb, the vice president of the executive committee. The president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, will not be stepping down as president, claiming he is not involved in the scandal. How could he not? FIFA have already said that the Russian and Qatar world cups will not be subject to a revote and will go ahead as planned. And who says crime doesn't pay?
The Japanese Taiji fishermen who have been under increasing pressure to stop catching dolphins in their nets and slaughtering them had a press conference where they announced they will never stop killing them. The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) is set to ban all its members from buying dolphins caught off Taiji. Whether this measure will have any meaningful effect on the market and end the cruel hunt for dolphins we will have to wait and see, but the fishermen aren't going to be stopping any time soon.
@edisococo wants to know what some of the oldest things you own are. Discuss your collectibles here. Parents don't count
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.
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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.