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mixtape:remixes

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 2, 2014, 2:36 AM



You should all know by now that i quite like music. I've previously posted my favourite tracks from film and game soundtracks; but soundtracks aren't the only passion of mine. Electronic music would be a close second.


This time around, i want to do things a little differently, and actually talk about the music a bit, rather than just post a collection of album art. And today i want to talk about remixes. Why remixes? Simple enough, there are some real gems out there that nobody knows about. Here are some of my personal favourites. Be mindful though, many of them are quite abrasive and don't qualify as easy-listening. But maybe you'll enjoy some of them regardless – or because of that.


Also, i decided against ranking them. Instead you'll find an arrangement that has a certain flow to it. This is supposed to be a mixtape after all. I tried to keep its runtime shorter than last time, as to not overload you. (This could mean, of course, that i might post a b-side or something in another journal…)


And finally, you'll again find direct links to a YouTube video for each remix – and the original – but if you want to listen to the whole thing, here's a playlist. Enjoy!


Good speakers or headphones can't hurt, by the way.






Six Days (Remix) (feat. Mos Def)


DJ Shadow


from "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift", 2006


This is the title track from the second "Fast and Furious" movie, but don't let that scare you away! It's a remix full of action and power (which is quite appropriate for a racing movie), and it should do the job of starting off this mixtape with a punch. It's the only track that has hip-hop elements in it, so let's get it out of the way before moving on to more electronic stuff.




Listen to the Remix


Listen to the Original







Round Round (Soulwax Remix)


Sugababes


from "Most of the Remixes…", 2007


When an album has an insanely long title like this, you can expect all kinds of weird things from it. And this one delivers. It features artists that come from all over the musical spectrum – from pop over progressive rock to post-industrial. The result is an intense album that smashes and trashes the originals, many with very little respect. But it makes for a few very intersting remixes; this one from the Sugababes in particular. The fact that it was a pop song to begin with helps a lot in making this song quite catchy – even catchier than the original – albeit quite heavy.


Listen to the Remix


Listen to the Original







Tricks (The Rogue Element Remix)


Culprit 1


from "Rogue Rock: Special Delivery", 2007


Ben Medcalf, a.k.a. The Rogue Element, is a largely unknown and woefully underrated breakbeat producer from the UK, and Culprit 1 is even lesser known than him. But this resulting remix right here could pass for one of The Prodigy's or The Crystal Method's finest songs at the best of times: it's loud, peppy, and has an incredible drive. If you like breaks, the whole album might be something for you.


Listen to the Remix


Listen to the Original







Omen (Noisia Remix)


The Prodigy


from "Invaders Must Die (Remixes & Bonus Tracks)", 2009


Speaking of The Prodigy, for the longest time there really was no need to remix these guys. Nothing good could ever come from remixing their 1997 hallmark album "The Fat of the Land", because it is that good. (If you listen to the 15th anniversary edition of that album, you know what i mean.) "Luckily", their later records weren't quite as stellar, so Noisia (a drum'n'base trio from the Netherlands) took it upon themselves to make a mediocre track quite cool.


Listen to the Remix


Listen to the Original







Well 'Ard


Caspa & The Others


from "FabricLive.37", 2007


I don't even know if this is a remix of an existing song or just something fresh thrown together for that issue of "FabricLive" (a series of mix albums released by London nightclub Fabric), but this track is so neat that it doesn't matter anyway. It's an abomination of a song, but soooo badass. All i'll say is: dubstep, grime, and vocal samples like "Geezer was so hard even his fucking nightmares were scared of him".


Listen to the Remix







It Was Written (Chasing Shadows Remix)


Damian Marley


from "It Was Written / Flashing Lights", 2009


Speaking of dubstep, this is one of the better tracks of this genre i've heard. It's not the dark/minimal kind à la Burial, but neither is it the "brostep" kind à la Skrillex. It's also not as crazy as the previous song. I don't want to open up a discussion when i say "this is the good kind of dubstep", but… This is the good kind of dubstep. And yes, the original is from one of Bob Marley's many sons, which isn't half bad to begin with.


Listen to the Remix


Listen to the Original







Dirty Snow (Trentemøller Remix)


Giana Factory


from "Reworked/Remixed", 2011


If you like synthpop, the original by Giana Factory is decent. It has a nice dark vibe to it that Trentemøller brings out to the fullest. I'd say this version could be classified as a darkwave/minimal techno hybrid.


Listen to the Remix


I couldn't find the original on YouTube, sorry!







Flamingo (Trentemøller Remix)


Tomboy


from "The Trentemøller Chronicles", 2007


2 Trentemøller remixes in a row? Boy, this dude has to be special – and he bloody hell is. The original song by Tomboy is a synthpoppy track that isn't the worst in the world, but Trentemøller brings it to another level. Several levels, in fact. This resulting remix is a 9 minute epic that fuses so many genres so effortlessly that it's hard to keep up – but it's so much fun to try!


Listen to the Remix


Listen to the Original







It's in Our Hands (Soft Pink Truth Mix)


Björk


from "It's in Our Hands", 2002


Time to get a bit "old school" with this one. While the original isn't a bad song (if you happen to like Björk), this is one of her best remixes.


Listen to the Remix


Listen to the Original







To Be Free (múm Remix)


Emilíana Torrini


from "E2 (e:rmx)", 2000


When Icelandic singer/songwriter Emilíana Torrini started making music in the late 90s, her dream was that one day one of her albums would get the "remix treatment". That was a time before the internet of today, when things like that didn't really happen all that often. A year after her breakthrough album "Love in a Time of Science", she had her wish granted – and we got an incredible series of remix EPs, dubbed e:rmx. Fellow music act from Iceland múm contributed this little gem. Very subdued, very chill.


Listen to the Remix


Listen to the Original







Scoop (ISAN Remix)


The Notwist


from "Putting the Morr Back in Morrissey", 2000


A remix that isn't all that different from the original at first glance – both have a similar laid back feel to it. But i think this remix improves upon it in almost every area. It makes the song feel a lot more mature – like a good Scotch Whisky compared to Moonshine Schnapps.


Listen to the Remix


Listen to the Original







Fairy Acid


aneurysm


from "Zelda: A Link to the Past", 2002


Ah, OverClocked ReMix, the go-to place for video game remixes. Quality and diversity have declined somewhat in recent years, however, or i'm just becoming sick of the same music being submitted there every day. Regardless, this remix is one of the edgiest stuff i've ever heard. It's not a melodious song any longer, not by any stretch, but it highlights the remixers talent in deconstructing the original and piecing it back together in a really tight fashion. I love the incredibly controlled distortion and beat/fx work of this piece. It's a real shame that it has been removed from OCRemix, because it's my favourite track from that site.


Listen to the Remix


Listen to the Original







Headphones (Ø Remix)


Björk


from "Telegram", 1996


Time to end this mixtape; time to end it with the classic "calm and peaceful ending song". The original track concludes Björk's album "Post" on an experimental and hypnotic note, but this remix (made by Mika Vainio from Finland) works even better as a closing track.




Listen to the Remix


Listen to the Original







Wikipedia is aweful!

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 23, 2014, 6:44 AM

Let me correct that: Reading Wikipedia is aweful.



The guys over at 1910 seem to agree with me. Instead of repeating everything they have said, let me highlight one or two things:



"While big parts of the internet have gone through an amazing journey in terms of typography these last years, Wikipedia’s reading experience is still stuck in the 90’s."


"The text is too small, the lines are too long and the leading is too tight. Pictures are tiny and the general layout includes a lot of visual noise that distracts you from the actual reading."


Here's the full article, which i highly recommend reading: blog.weare1910.com/post/755763…



Anyway, it inspired me. And if you know me, you know what i'm getting at: I wrote a userstyle. And of course i'm going to share it with you.



The goal was to bring Wikipedia from this:


Wikipedia Full 01 by rotane

… to something like this:


Wikipedia Full 02 by rotane
(Mockup by 1910.)

I used this design as a starting point, but had to (and wanted to) make a few modifications. For example, i could not get their grid to work properly; Wikipedia's articles are too dissimilar (and messy in general) for a grid like that to work. Instead, i decided to follow Wikipedia's current layout, but apply a set of more general/sensible rules: have a maximum width, make the text bigger, and reduce the clutter.



In fact, i ended up going so minimal, that other than the article itself, there's only the searchbar left; everything else of the UI is hidden or removed completely. (But unless you are a hardcore Wikipedia editor, you'll hardly miss them.)



Also, there are practically no embellishments present: no drop shadows, no round corners, no gradients; nothing of that sort. By doing away with all this, you can focus completely on the content without distraction.



And this is my result – i decided to call it "Wikipedia 1911" ;)


Wikipedia Full 03 by rotane

As you can see, it's quite a bit darker than 1910's mockup (almost deviantART colours!), but this shouldn't surprise you if you know me at all: I just can't stand white designs. Not only do i find them ugly, but they also hurt my rather sensitive eyes, once i stare at the monitor for more than a few minutes.



So, without further ado, i give you the download link: userstyles.org/styles/99515


(As always, you'll need something like Stylish for Firefox or Chrome.)

PS: As i said, most of the UI is hidden. There's only 2 things you need to know: In order to access the left menu, simply move your mouse over to the left edge of the screen and the menu will appear. (Although, i've hidden a lot of unneccessary stuff from it as well, so it's shorter than you'd expect.) And secondly, to get to the controls on top of the page (that holds the edit links and user menu), move your mouse over the darker area around the logo and searchbar.



Enjoy! And of course, feel free to tell me what you think (or if you found any bugs).



Update: I took your comments to heart and have been playing around with more colour-schemes. The one by AndyGassner served as a starting point, becasue i really liked his sepia-ish version. Only it was a tad too bright for my taste.



Furthermore, i removed even more stuff, like the darker-coloured margins around the article, as well as the 1px-borders around most of the lighter-coloured boxes, which brings it closer to 1910's mockup as well. (This last bit is still a work-in-progress, but it should cover most of the boxes already.)



Here's another screenshot:



Wikipedia Full 04 by rotane

The download link is the same as above (click), but your Stylish should auto-update it anyway. Hope you dig it!



25

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 13, 2014, 4:03 AM
Yes, yes, i have done this questionnaire before. But apparently, 8 years is such a long time that some people (you know who you are :paranoid:) felt it was time for me to re-do it. So, fine, i gave in and re-did it. Happy?

  1. 1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4.
    "The function of typography, as i understand it, is neither to further the power of witches nor to bolster the defences of those, like this unfortunate parliamentarian, who live in terror of being tempted and deceived."
  2. 2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can.
    … and it hit thin air!
  3. 3. What is the last thing you watched on TV?
    Since i don't have an actual TV, that's a tricky question. When you consider my USB-dongle to be a TV, then probably some alpine ski downhill sports event a few days ago. When you consider "content made for TV", then Game of Thrones last night.
  4. 4. Without looking, guess what time it is:
    12.30
  5. 5. Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?
    12.21
  6. 6. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
    Music from my speakers. (The soundtrack to Unreal Tournament 3, right now.)
  7. 7. When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
    Yesterday, when i went out for a hike.
  8. 8. Before you started this survey, what did you look at?
    A blank sta.sh page.
  9. 9. What are you wearing?
    T-shirt, sweatpants, socks.
  10. 10. Did you dream last night?
    Yes. If i recall correctly, i went bungee jumping with Keira Knightley…
  11. 11. When did you last laugh?
    Just before doing this quiz, when i saw some funny pic on facebook.
  12. 12. What is on the walls of the room you are in?
    An Australian flag/towel, a Ukulele, movie posters of The Empre Strikes Back and Bridge to Terabithia, and this drawing.
  13. 13. Seen anything weird lately?
    Probably…
  14. 14. What do you think of this quiz?
    It's haunting me! Let's just hope it won't come back in another 8 years time.
  15. 15. What is the last film you saw?
    Beautiful Girls.
  16. 16. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
    That cabin up a mountain that i dreamed of last time still sounds very tempting.
  17. 17. Tell me something about you that I don't know.
    I just tried to call my eye specialist for an appointment, but he didn't pick up his phone.
  18. 18. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
    Again, make things easier.
  19. 19. Do you like to dance?
    Still nope.
  20. 20. George Bush:
    Yeah, he's not the president anymore.
  21. 21. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?
    22. Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?
    I have a few ideas, but i'm still not sure i ever want kids.
  22. 23. Would you ever consider living abroad?
    Do 6 months in Australia count? In fact, i'm actually considering something like this again.
  23. 24. What do you want God to say to you when you reach the pearly gates?
    "Let me show you…"
  24. 25. 4 people who must also do this in THEIR journal:
    Ok, i pressed the random deviant button 4 times and came up with these 4 people. Consider yourself "lucky", if it hit you:
    :iconinstigator55: :iconrevanche7th: :iconxxrapekxx: :iconsnoogaloo:


My Top 50 Film/Game Music Tracks, pt. 2

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 10, 2014, 10:32 AM
Since i had a lot more tracks shortlisted for my Top 25 (as you can imagine), i decided to expand this list and make it a "Top 50". Because why not. So here are the runner-ups. As before, they're (all but one) linked to YouTube; and here's the playlist.















My Top 50 Film/Game Music Tracks

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 10, 2014, 3:59 AM
As you are well aware, music is a passion of mine. In recent years, i've grown to enjoy soundtracks the most. Soundtracks to either Film, TV, or video games. Anyway, i've created these little graphics of my personal top tracks for my last.fm profile, but i figured i could also share them with you. Plus, i've linked all of them to a YouTube video (except for 2 which i couldn't find). And if you don't feel like clicking 23 times, here's a playlist that contains all tracks. Enjoy!















Name generators

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 4, 2013, 3:30 AM
So i got really bored today. Watched a bunch of videos on YouTube and stumbled upon one that was quite funny (i'll add it below). And i thought to myself, "Yeah alright, i haven't done one of these name generator thingies in ages, so i'll do this too!"



And there you have it. Feel free to do them yourselves. No, wait, i tag you! All of you who read this! :evillaugh:
Alternatively, just link me to your favourite name generator!


Anyway, here's the original video:


… Oh Dodger ^^


rotane's timeline

Journal Entry: Wed May 1, 2013, 12:49 AM


  • I’ve been on deviantART for 11 years – today! (That’s about a third of my life. If you can believe that.) Which means a couple of things. First and foremost, i wanted to make something nice for my dAnniversary. (Something like this deviation for my 3rd, or this journal for my 5th.) But it also means, 11 years is a hell of a long time, so it’s hard to keep track of things. But all this played right into the following:


    I have always wanted my own timeline. Similar to facebook, but not limited to facebook. Filled with things that really matter. Milestones, if you will. With the introduction of Folders within Folders, i got there one step closer. But since this Folder in my Gallery isn’t easy to find, nor visually appealing, i figured, why not go the whole way and make an actual timeline?


    And here it is: My timeline – my artistic endeavours, spanning the last 11 years. Feel free to click around – each thumbnail strip will open the corresponding Folder in my Gallery, while clicking on a thumbnail will open the deviation itself. I’ve also added a few links here and there, most of which will take you to other parts of my Gallery or older Journals. Plus, i threw in some of the avatars that i've used over the years. And finally, as a loose guideline, my artistic stuff (read: deviations) is located on the left, while more personal things are located on the right. Enjoy!


    PS: If you want to know more about "the rotane", check out this old journal.

  • 2001



  • Autumn


    New camera: Olympus C1-Zoom.



  • February



    Probably my first panorama. It took me a while to stitch and submit, though.




  • May 1


    ~Joined deviantART! And this here was my very first avatar.



  • May



    One of my many "pre photo-ref" drawings. This was one of the last before it got realistic.




  • June


    New OS: Windows XP. Upgraded from Windows 98.



  • July


    Moved out of my parents'.




  • August


    New tool: Adobe Photoshop 7. Upgraded from Corel Photopaint.




  • March


    New toy: Creative Jukebox ZEN.


  •  

  • June



    My first steps into 3D modelling and rendering.



  • September





  • August


    Started using 2 CRT monitors.




  • October


    Moved to a new place.



  • January



    My very first "photo-ref" drawing, inspired by fellow deviants. 2004 was also the year where i made most of these drawings.



  • February



    The beginning of a series of wallpapers and skins, inspired by the original TRON movie and TRON 2.0 video game.




  • March


    Updated version of my original avatar.




  • August


    New avatar, dubbed LifeLine.




  • August

                

    New camera: Minolta Z1.



  • October — December


    Internship in Italy.



  • November



    One of the biggest and widest panorama photos i ever made.



  • March


    On deviantART: *Subscribed for the first time, thanks to majah.



  • April


    On deviantART: became a =Beta Tester.



  • May



    Trying new things – macro photography.



  • July



    To this day, this is still my most popular deviation.




  • August


    New tool: Adobe Photoshop CS2.



  • October


    Graduated from college.




  • November


    New avatar. Thanks to ebonred for letting me use her LCD design!




  • December


    New computer: Nexoc 12" laptop.



  • March



    Another one of my qubiq room wallpapers. I made this for a contest on dA, and it got included in the official multimonitor pack (Top 10).




  • March


    New toy: iPad nano 1G.



  • May



    I was in Sydney, Australia!



  • April — October


    6-month-trip to Australia.




  • April


    Updated my LifeLine avatar to match my Bullseye devID that i used at the time.



  • June



    My very first DD.




  • July


    New avatar to match my ClearDisk iconset.




  • October


    New toy: iPhone.




  • January


    Building a new PC. Yes, the case is still missing.




  • March


    New camera: Canon EOS 400D.



  • February



    The red firewall series continues with this wallpaper.




  • April


    So many PCs. And no, i didn't use them all at the same time.



  • July



    Probably my most unique deviation: A map of my taste in music as well as listening habits, that looks like a subway/train map.



  • July





  • August


    New avatar, dubbed Enso.



  • August



    A suggestion i made that eventually became part of dA.


  •  


  • December


    New lens: Sigma 18–200mm 3.5–6.3 DC OS.




  • January


    Finally, i built a case for my PC. Yep, that's a beercase.



  • January





  • March


    Broke my collarbone. :skull:




  • April


    Moved to a new place.


  •  


  • August


    New avatar, dubbed RCUBE. The one i'm using right now in its basic form.



  • October


    On deviantART: joined the ¢Creative Staff.




  • November


    New OS: Windows 7.



  • February



    A userstyle that changes the appearance of comment boxes and a couple other things.



  • August






  • August


    New tool: Adobe Photoshop CS4.




  • November


    New tool: Wacom Intuos4.




  • June


    New camera and toy: iPhone 4.



  • July



    A userstyle that adds mouseover effects to many pages around deviantART.



  • January


    On deviantART: left Creative and became a `Senior Member.




  • August


    Latest variant of my RCUBE avatar.




  • August


    Moved to a new place.




  • November


    New camera: Sony RX100.



  • December




  • 2013



  • January


    New toy: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.


  •  

  • April


    On deviantART: Became an Alpha Tester.


  • Final words


    Making this journal was quite the adventure. I started back in December 2012 and was working on it for the last 4 or 5 months – on and off. First on an offline prototype, then on sta.sh. One of the biggest challenges was to create a fluid layout, one that would expand nicely when viewed on a journal page but would also neatly contract when viewed on my profile (or on smaller monitors), where horizontal space is limited. The solution was actually incredibly simple: a large list with lots of float and clear properties, and one containing div with min-width and max-width information. And it worked in Firefox, Chrome, and even IE right out of the box. So after i had cracked this, i started filling it, which took the majority of work, as you can imagine: Stuff like deciding what to show, finding out when things happened, and creating all the images. But i’m quite happy with the result, and maybe you found it interesting too.


    And finally, i’d like to thank you all for your continuous support over the years. Your comments, +favs, and +watches meant a lot and were the most important part of what made me stay on dA. Thanks!







Alpha

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 3, 2013, 4:41 AM
Let's squish some bugs!



I've got a new toy!

You may have noticed a definite lack of photos from me in recent months/years. That was mainly due to my latest camera – the Canon EOS 400D. It was too big and clunky, and as such it was never on me. When I look at my gallery, I count 11 photos that I took with this camera (not counting some devIDs or community projects). And I've had this camera for over 4 years now! (Compare this to the countless of photos that I took with my previous one, the Minolta Z1 that I've also had for roughly 4 years.) I took way more photos with my iPhone 4, but almost none of those ended up here on dA – picture quality never was up to my standards. In fact, I got frustrating just by looking at all the photos I took with it. Nope, something had to change – and here it is: The Sony RX100:

IMG7800_web by rotane


I got this camera a couple of days ago, and I already love it. And man, is it tiny! Here, compare it to my 400D. Yes, definitely pocketable.

IMG6391_web by rotane


Here are some shots that I took with it, minutes after I got it: I walked out of the shop and started shooting, with practically no prior knowledge of how to use the little devil. So what you see here is just a preview. You can click on any of them and view them bigger. Not full-size though, as I had no intentions of uploading over 100MB of photos. (In case you don't know, the RX100 shoots at 20 megapixels – pretty impressive for such a small camera. Also, other than resizing them down to 1600px, no further edits were made; no sharpening, no colour corrections, no noise reductions, no nothing.)

DSC00033 by rotane
DSC00047 by rotane
DSC00052 by rotane
DSC00067 by rotane
DSC00075 by rotane
DSC00092 by rotane
DSC00096 by rotane
DSC00098 by rotane
DSC00102 by rotane
DSC00107 by rotane
DSC00223 by rotane
DSC00239 by rotane
DSC00247 by rotane


As you can see, it got night-time pretty quickly, but the camera had no problems with that. And I didn't even use a tripod!

Some more examples of the greatness that is this camera. This is a shot against my window:

DSC00186 by rotane

And here a 100% crop. Looks like I've got fractals in my window! ;)

DSC00186_crop by rotane

And later at night, same window:

DSC00264 by rotane


Take a look at this shot (again, a 100% crop) that I took of my monitor:

DSC00138_crop by rotane
(This was on this page, in case you're wondering.)


The next day:

DSC00296 by rotane
DSC00291 by rotane


To sum up, oh yes, this camera is a keeper! I wasn't sure if it was worth the money when I bought it, but now I'm convinced. And most importantly, shooting pictures is fun again!

Ten

Journal Entry: Tue May 1, 2012, 2:43 PM

ten


Great Scott! 10 years ago today I joined deviantART.
Now I feel old…
:icondocbrownplz:


Ticked off

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 24, 2012, 3:49 AM


Yep, no more ¢reative staff for me. In fact, no more ¢reative symbol at all on deviantART. (Yes, you heard me.) But I can't say I blame them for removing this symbol altogether: There were only 4 of us left; and as creative grew bigger, with more and more people added to work full-time, there was less need to have freelancers around.

But, I'll be honest with you, I'm going to miss my little ¢ next to my username. Mainly because it was so unique. ;] Anyway, I want to thank Ryan in particular, but also the others on the creative team for giving me the chance to work with them for a couple years. I had fun and it always worked well, so I'm not leaving on bad terms.

And rest assured, I'm not going to leave dA any time soon!


Star Wars Uncut

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 22, 2012, 3:54 AM
STAR WARS UNCUT



In 2009, Casey Pugh asked thousands of Internet users to remake "Star Wars: A New Hope" into a fan film, 15 seconds at a time. Contributors were allowed to recreate scenes from Star Wars however they wanted. Finally, the crowd-sourced project has been stitched together and put online for your streaming pleasure. This is a must-watch for everyone who grew up with Star Wars.


Time Lapse

Journal Entry: Wed Dec 14, 2011, 10:01 AM
TIME LAPSE



Just got back from a hike up the hills around where I live. And the weather was just right for a little time lapse video. Taken with my iPhone 4 and Time Lapse Camera HD. Enjoy!


Get this!

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 27, 2011, 1:33 AM
GET THIS!



If you've got an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and are looking for only one game, get EDGE Extended. NAO!

iTunes link - it's currently only $0.99, which is practically a steal.


nine

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 30, 2011, 3:53 PM
nine

obligatory dAnniversary journal.
:granny:

Interview time

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 5, 2011, 2:23 PM
Interview timeA few days ago ^PurpelBlur interviewed me as part of his "Behind the Symbol" series.  Check it out if you haven't seen it already: Click to read and enjoy!

IMDb userstyle

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 17, 2010, 5:50 AM
IMDb userstyle 
There's a few things that really agitate me, and one is a sloppy redesign of a website.  And IMDb just pulled one.  Not only is it ugly*, but more importantly, it's not even complete.  Only 2 pages got the treat: a movie's main page, and a person's main page.  All the countless of sub pages (movie trivia, forums, front page (!), to name a few) were left alone.  I'm asking me, do they want to drive their users away?  Or do they think their users won't even notice?  

Either way, and to cut a long rant short, I've written a userstyle.  I do that with a lot of sites (yep, you guessed, the ones with white backgrounds) but I usually don't share them with anybody else.  Why?  Because usually it's too much of a hassle to keep them all updated.  I've made an exception this time though and thought I'd share it, because maybe someone else is interested.  And also for having a reason for this journal (aka: rant).

Go here to grab it: :pointr: userstyles.org/styles/36943 :pointl:

FYI: I've written the style in a mere half hour, so obviously it's not bug-free or even complete.  I applied it only to the 2 redesigned page types, but parts of it swap over to the other sub pages - so at least they're darker now, too, but not as pretty.  I will try to keep it updated though, since after a while of browsing the site I'm starting to dig parts of the redesign, I have to admit. ;]

* OK, what I mean is, simply put, I don't like bright white backgrounds.  I keep my room dim lit since it's easier on my eyes, and when staring at the screen for a prolonged period of time (which I have to do for work and stuff) white backgrounds tend to hurt my eyes.

BtT

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 5, 2010, 3:20 PM
BtT 
1: Can Leslie come with us?

B: Go listen to some Trentemøller now, the new album (Into The Great Wide Yonder) is incredible!

3: The movie Black Snake Moan is also pretty cool; go watch if you're 18+.

5: Also, The secret powers of time. More to watch; right now! Thanks at-Kapo for the linkage.

PS: This journal is made of sand.

1000 boots

Journal Entry: Mon May 3, 2010, 4:37 AM
1k boots
Our very own chadamus just started a totally insane project, and he needs our help, YOUR help! He wants 1000 deviants showing their shoes, boots, or other footwear.  (If you go barefoot, by all means, show us a picture of your feet.)  Anyway, click the thumb below to learn more (like, why Chad's doing this at all), then go nuts! Cheers!

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eight

Journal Entry: Sat May 1, 2010, 5:01 AM
eight 
I'll make this real quick:
8 years ago today I joined deviantART!
w00t old fart == me.