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  1. It happened to Lake Peigneur in Louisiana on November 20, 1980.

    "The drilling crew, who had wisely abandoned the tilting rig, watched in amazement from ashore as their 150-foot derrick disappeared into a lake that was less than ten feet deep."

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    today i wanted to talk about my favourite colour

    my favourite colour is black, that is because it represents my inner self and my feeling 100% of the time

    Black
    the colour of my clothes
    the colour of my soul
    Black
    the colour of my dreams
    and my auntie senia

    my good friend gibbles made a beautiful poem about the colour black, and i'd like to share it with you

    isn't it beautiful?

    you should embrace the big black, because you know what they say - once you go black, you never go back

     

     

    i think that one day the entire world will be encapsulated in the colour black, what do you think? what is your favourite colour?

     

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    I'm exhausted but still here and foofing around.

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  2. I'm going to buy so much underwear. RIP wallet

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    Charrio
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    Have to say I really love the new forum and it's really nice to see so many familiar faces around.
    Hope you all are having a wonderful day, *hugs*

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  3. Just because I took a bunch of screens in the process of making this paint.
    This took around 18 - 20 hours, start to finish.


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    Scrydan
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    So here is my first blog at this site. I never really wrote a blog before, just a series of random posts or news articles on my own site.

     

    So I am a programmer who favors PHP and enjoys MySQL database structure as well as some other flavors of web magic like javascript, Ajax, and JQuery just to name a few. I find it fun working on several projects and always dream up how to make something useful to someone. While I would say I've done well on the software I've created, I do think it always has room for improvement! One of my greatest strengths it seems is creating useful powerful staff/admin panels for managing things and bug fixes. Over 90% of all my bugs I find can be fixed within minutes. Of course, over more than half of the bugs are never even seen in the public as well. Now one of the worse bugs are security bugs.

    Security is obviously important to prioritize when you make code but many only first code something with "looks and functionality" in mind. Indeed, sometimes it is best to leave security to those who do nothing but eat, drink, and hardly sleep on nothing but security and how someone may break a system. I am no expert, but I do enjoy thinking of new things to make things as secure as possible without making the entry barrier too scary. The best way to really test it is to have someone else test it. It is easy to think of what to expect within your own realm of expectation but another user may be more crafty. Thing is, security can come in many different flavors but some are more effective than others and much of it only prevents "script-kiddies" and the like from breaking stuff.

    One of my latest things I've worked on is a way to replace passwords for a long-term future, or at least introduce something that can be a much stronger and additional layer of security at the very least. Security is always an interesting subject to think about. You have to really think outside the box and not within your own realm of limits and own software. You also have to expect some of your users will be morons. They will give away their information either willing or unaware via common everyday browsing or posting on other sites. You can control your user's security only as much as you give them rope. Which if you don't give them much, the range of predictability and desirability in a site close in on itself (do not think less is more!).

    No one likes remembering a password, or at least most common people do. What if you could simply just have some file on your computer and it would be your key to entry? The best example and easiest to make complex is an image. Now I know what many security aware are thinking. Mr. Fox is going to totally use some common image as his password and all hell will break lose for him! This is where this password system will get fun. Also from now on, I'd like to call my system "Scrypass".

    Now you have this image, right? Even if you picked like your ref sheet (bad idea perhaps) you MERELY need to change one pixel to screw up the combination in technical terms of this password. You can simply change the hue or even the transparency and your scrypass would be totally different! You might even use the same image on all sites able to use this technology and lo and behold you change one pixel or even something like a different hue, we're talking about changing a character strength of 16,777,216 versus 94ish (if I recall). This means that changing one pixel is going to be quite difficult and making a "rainbow image" program will be completely out of the question if we use brute force protection and hash our image correctly with something like SHA2/3 or blake2 + salted user basis unique to that site. I mention blake2 because its hashing seems to work well with large files. I would of course like to do more experiments before I can deem the collision rating of the system near to or zero.

    Amazing, something like this would indeed make security much more convenient for user accounts. I don't know if something like this exists, but I do know that if it does or doesn't, I shall aim to make it more popular. Now here is where we can transform that security even further! Pins are usually easy enough to remember. Now think of an "additional layer" for the scrypass system that "crops" this image and part of that is also hashed into your user account. What we then have is an image that can be as unique as a family photo and 1k to 5k by 1/5k in width and length that also is used for this "pin" which means without the pin, the image is useless (protection against someone who stole your scrypass) but without the image this pin is also useless. And no typing would be needed, thus keylogging is pointless and only someone literally watching you point to cords of your image will be able to do what you've done (there are still problems with the system as it isn't flawless).

    Now I am not saying something like this will take storm anytime soon. Hell, users like things they are used to and fear change (why some people stay on a site even though its changed so much, like Youtube). But I am saying that it is definitely something that needs to be polished up and begin experiments to see something that will be the next generation for passwords. This isn't an end all to passwords, but at least it will be another option. One problem is that the user will need to keep a thumbdrive for their password if they are on the go a lot. Plus options outside of site login can be troublesome as well as some other concerns.

     

    I probably scared half of you away within the first two paragraphs. It is okay. I promise the next ones won't be so scary!

    The quick and easy version is: I wish to make an improved password system using files you can keep on your computer and not even have someone think twice about it being relevant to your account. You also won't have to worry about long passwords, as the more common images are 500X500 and up: this means for each pixel we add 16,777,216 new combinations possible! I hope this blog entry has been amusing for some.

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  4. My constant companion since May 2015, we'd spend evenings together, drinking by the fire pit or splashing and cavorting around on warm, sunny, summer days. Always there for the family, at BBQ, eating times, our constant companion and testament to summer fun. Lazy afternoons in the heat. Cold drinks shared after chores done. The occasional skinny dip, on warm moonless nights. The odd cigar and glass of rum, shared between us and the stars.

    But time marches on. The seasons change. It was inevitable. Sooner or later, I was going to have to put him down. And to-day was that sad day. Now he's gone, and the backyard and pool deck just don't seem the same without him. There's a green tarp that covers his body...and a hole in this ancient old Otter's heart.

    Slumber well old friend. We'll be together again soon. Its only 168 days until the 2016 Pool season starts the cycle all over again.

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  5. Battlechili
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    I'm four years into college working towards a Computer Science degree and I really don't enjoy my studies or feel that I'm anywhere near where I need to be in understanding what I've been supposed to be learning.

    I don't enjoy the problem solving aspects of programming. I like just knowing how to do something and then doing it, and most of the time I feel lost and/or don't know what to do or how to get from point A to point B when working on a program. I'll likely have to do a 5th year, possibly even 6th due to my ineptitude, and I'm already at a point where I can't stand what I'm doing and it takes all of my willpower just to keep working. I hate programming. I can't stand doing this anymore, but I'm 4 years in so I can't turn back. I want to switch majors or just drop out of college, but I can't bring myself to do that. I've already accumulated a decent amount of debt. I can't just accumulate all that debt and then have nothing to show for it. My family is poor and I live in an extremely small town (has a population of just a little over 2000 people). There's nothing where I live job wise aside from fast food restaurants, dollar stores, and gas stations. Were I to give up on college and grant me the rest I so desire, I would only continue to be poor and never be able to leave. I don't even have a car. Vehicles are expensive. I'd be stuck in this dead end town and poor forever if I gave up now. I don't want to be stuck on a minimum wage job. But I can't switch majors at this point either, otherwise I'll just end up with WAY more debt. I feel trapped, doing something I hate, something I loathe that I have difficulty bringing myself to do, and I have to keep doing this for another year. I don't even want to go through the next month and a half for the semester. Another year sounds nightmarish, and when I imagine myself as a programmer working at a job, struggling as I do now to understand what I'm doing, it horrifies me. I don't want to be a programmer. I don't want to suffer this constant struggle, this frustration and confusion that comes from writing code.

    Originally, before I latched onto the idea of CS, I wanted to study meteorology and get into weather. I'm fascinated by weather, but I put that aside because I had aspirations to get into video game development. As much as I love games now, after all this time, I'm not sure I could bear to be a programmer. But I can't exactly go back. Its too late now. I can't afford to keep accumulating debt and spending even more time in school, especially since my GPA isn't exactly amazing. I failed and had to retake classes quite a few times in some cases. This is also why I'm behind and might wind up with another year. I'm terrified that I might even wind up with a semester going into a 6th as I said.

    Though even beyond this, I feel like every inch of pride I used to have has died. I used to be so proud, feel so smart. I lack talent. My main source of pride in life was doing well in school. My 11th and 12th grade years I went to a new highschool and started to struggle, And once I got into college, the farther I've gotten, the worse it got. My pride has died. Everyone around me, all my peers, know more than I do about programming. I feel dumb and inadequate constantly. Group projects are especially terrible because everyone around me is discussing and doing work at a tremendously higher level than I and I feel completely useless. I want to pull my weight so that way I don't seem like I'm just trying to latch onto them for an A, but I have no idea how to help when I don't even understand what they're doing or what they want me to do. I get the feeling most of the people around me were programming before they came to college, while college for me was almost "just starting out to learn how to program" for me, minus an intro class I took in highschool that I didn't entirely understand. This is made worse when a teacher berates the class after getting a lot of bad grades or getting a lot of questions about a particular topic that he thinks we should know, going "You all should know this already!", making asking questions seem uncomfortable. But I'm at a point even where I'm not even sure what questions to ask in some cases, just plain not understanding what's being talked about in class. I'm falling apart here, struggling to latch onto things. I've learned some things in college to be sure, but not nearly enough to be useful in the workforce I imagine. But even trying to suffer through all of this, trying to deal with this confusion and lost pride....

    I don't want to do this anymore. I want out of this field. I want out of this college. I don't want to go to class.

    But I have to.

    I'm trapped. I'm too far in to give up now, so I've put myself into a position of constant suffering and confusion. 

    I wish I had someone to lean onto, to help me and guide me and go to when I'm struggling. If I wasn't so alone dealing with this wouldn't be so bad. But I don't have any irl friends to lean on that go to this school besides one, and she's constantly busy and with others. My parents used to be a source of comfort when I'm in need of someone to talk to, but they're hours away from my school. I'm completely socially inept; I have no idea how to make friends, initiate conversations, or anything like that. So I have no one to talk to when in need. Sure, there are people online, but talking to people online isn't the same as doing it in person. Its not a personal. Its not as comforting.

    I hate being alone so much. It eats away at me. 

    Beyond just needing someone to talk to, I'm lonely in other ways though. I often find myself craving a relationship. I want a girlfriend or a boyfriend. Someone to love and care about who'd feel the same way about me in return. But once again, I don't know how to talk to people. I'm terrified of initiating conversations. And I'm not attractive enough to have people throwing themselves at me or fawning over me. Some suggested I try online dating, so I did simple things like downloading apps like Tinder and Bumble. But I'm terrified of messaging people, and no one ever messages me, so said apps just became wastes of phone space. I've grown a fear that I might always be alone. Its gotten so silly. Looking at fucking pictures of anime girls of all things gets me depressed sometimes because its like "I'll never have a girlfriend like this" and whatnot goes through my mind. Seeing happy couples is sad. I used to love romance, and a part of me still kind of does, but imaginging couples being happy together while I'm not and am unsure whether I could or would ever experiences such makes me sad. I see online friends and people all happy dating, and here I am, so socially dumb that I have no idea how on Earth they ever wind up finding someone to date. I often feel like a lost cause.

    What's the point of living? What do I have to look forward to? Video games? Granted, I love playing video games. But whenever I stop playing video games, I'm back to real life. I have to deal with real life, this real world where nothing interesting ever happens. Its all so dull and boring. There's nothing exciting about this world. Even watching anime or playing video games makes me sad since all these characters go on these amazing adventures, fighting bad guys and saving the world, being whisked off to strange and fantastical places. Yet I'm on Earth. I'm stuck here. And when I stop playing a game, I remember that. Its not like my enjoyment from games is even alone sustainable either. I've got to deal with real life at some point. I can't keep up such a hobby without making money of course, and I'm not going to be making money unless I make myself ideal for good jobs. And dropping out of college isn't exactly attractive. Nor is failing. 

    I'm scared of failing. Right now I'm struggling to pass in Calculus III. I'm struggling to pass in Programming Languages. I'm taking a class I have no interest in and has no relevance to me called Cultural Geography and I'm doing poorly (but passably) in it. I'm suffering through Intro to Software Engineering due to a group project where everyone in the project is far beyond my CS knowledge level.

    I've got until the end of April to deal with all this. And then another year. And then possibly another semester solely due to my ineptitude. I hate it. I hate this all. 

    Admittedly I frequently think about suicide. But I'm not capable of it. I can't bring myself to actually take my life. In fact, I can't bring myself to let out these feelings at all ever beyond occasionally throwing it into posts like this online. I sometimes think about screaming in the middle of class, but then I don't, because that would be disruptive and cause trouble for me. I have trouble focusing in class whenever I am reminded of these problems, which only makes my already short attention span even worse when it comes to paying attention and actually learning in class. How can I ever pay attention when I feel like bursting out crying in the middle of class? Its enough effort just to hold myself together. But that, in its own way, is frustrating. I want to let it all out. I want to get help from somebody. I don't want to deal with all this alone. But I never let myself let it all out. I won't scream. I won't cry. I keep this all in, quietly to myself, silently and internally screaming and feeling like shit on a constant basis. 

    Seeing a mental health professional might certainly help. I don't know. I sometimes wonder what they could possibly do. How they could convince me that everything is going to be all right when I can't convince myself. I don't know what the point of telling someone these problems is beyond just making me feeling better that someone knows.  They're certainly not going to suddenly make me not have spent 4 years of my life studying something that I don't enjoy and have trouble understanding. I did look into it though. But the only counseling available here would make me have to see a doctor first and pay a doctor's visit fee and then get recommended for it. The fact that one has to go through such a process, the fact that it costs money when my family is not rich and money for school is needed just makes the idea of such less than ideal. I may still do this. I'm seriously considering it. But for now I keep holding this all in and I hate it.

    I have no one to lean onto here in real life. I'm all alone, and I'm just so tired. Tired of having to deal with all this. I don't want to go to class. I don't want to keep pursuing this degree. But I don't have a choice at this point really. I can't afford to be stuck with tens of thousands of dollars in debt, nothing to show for it, stuck in a dead end town with no decent paying jobs and no car. Such isn't the end I want. So I must suffer.

    If you're reading this, I'm sorry for being such a downer. I needed to write this out and get it all out so that I could at least have some peace of mind. This won't make things better, but I can at least feel like I got my feelings out in some manner and grant myself a little temporary peace of mind. I"m not even sure this is appropriate to post here, but it does say "blog" so I figure I'd....well, blog. 

  6. Hell_Charm
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    Well, I finally got to do some more sculpting, however my trial licence had expired by today and using a 2nd e-mail address to get another key wasn't working, so I decided to give Mudbox a try.

    Best decision ever, I'm used to working with Maya and 3DsMax so I got the hang of it in no time, still have some stuff to fix but I think the base mesh is getting close to finished :D

    WIP pics:

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  7. Co-written by Thurston Howl and Patch O’Furr. Full disclosure – Howl and Patch have received Ursa Major awards by community vote.

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    Even in non-writing communities in the furry fandom, many furries are aware of the Ursa Major Awards. They’ve been around for about 17 years, have presence at cons, and each year they receive many voters. However, for all their legacy, Thurston Howl – (a furry publisher who assisted with social media and marketing for the UMAs in 2017) – has come forward with concerns involving the UMAs’ recent soliciting for donations and GoFundMe campaign.

    A transparency concern.

    Until now, there has been no formal budget or accounting for funding. Fred Patten, Secretary of the ALAA (Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Association, which runs the UMAs), told Howl on 5/30/17: “I cannot remember that the Treasurer for the ALAA has ever submitted a formal treasury report.” Fred confirmed there were no records for 17 years, and later added:

    I don’t know how much it costs to print UMA award certificates, buy frames for them, ship them to the recipients, make and ship powerpoint presentations, etc., and I don’t know how much total in donations we’ve gotten over the years…

    There have been complaints in email discussion by associates.  ALAA member Bernard Doove said: “I would like a report on the finances that is more than ‘we’re broke.'” And on 5/4/17, a donor reported that they considered their donation “an unwise decision that could have been put to much better use elsewhere.” There were even fears of misappropriation, but Bernard Doove found no evidence when he looked in the bank accounts. The explanation seems to be fees of $156/year to maintain a Checking and Savings account if they have under a $300 minimum balance each.

    It honestly seems like an issue of mixing small fan efforts with more formal organization, like how fandom started. ALAA Treasurer Rod O’Riley was a fandom founder who helped start Confurence in 1989. He responded to a request for comment:

    The problem is not transparency — the problem is a lack of funds to be transparent about.

    All donations have made their way into our bank account, and have been spent on either what they were supposed to be spent on — making and mailing out our trophies and plaques — or else were swallowed by the bank fees. ALL donations. Sometimes they took a while to get where they were going — as recently, when PayPal and our bank’s on-line system had difficulties talking to each other, for reasons I still do not understand. But eventually, they got where there were going.

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    Good faith is evident when many operation costs have been paid out of pocket by Rod and other ALAA members.  However, when public contribution is wanted, more formal fiduciary duty should be expected. Can we see a budget for expenses?  Will there be accounting for what is received and spent, and a report? Without such efforts, donations could be received under mistaken expectations. There should be clarity for donors reached by public appeals.

    The understaffed committee.

    When Howl consulted ALAA members in 2017, Fred Patten explained:

    The ALAA has always been an understaffed volunteer organization. We have had to take who we can get. Rod is literally the only person who has shown any interest in handling the ALAA’s assets. We can’t afford to fire him; who would we replace him with?

    Let me emphasize that the ALAA does have some real expenses, and with all donations going into Rod’s pockets and him paying for those expenses personally, we are basically trusting that his financial contributions outweigh the amount of the donations we get from other people.

    On top of all of this, for con presentations of the UMAs, Rod apparently charges the ALAA for some services, such as assembling “and delivering” a Powerpoint presentation. Volunteering is work, but isn’t every con run without compensation? It seems that Rod puts in a great deal of work into both the ALAA and the UMAs, and the ALAA board allows respect for his long experience and devotion. A clear budget could help assure that to the public.

    Solutions.

    Here’s some steps for proper accounting to solicit more and better help:

    • A finance 101 book for indie business could solve some issues such as what the IRS expects.
    • Start a basic bookkeeping system – such as with Quickbooks or free Google Sheets.
    • Optionally, set up a Chart of Accounts for income and spending categories.
    • Make sure all income and expense transactions are tracked.
    • Post a clear budget and promise annual reports.
    • THEN crowdfund for expenses with full transparency.

    Rod responded:

    I’m actually very appreciative of the system you laid out. Other than the paperwork to fill out for the US of A (which is new now that we have a Tax ID number), much of it is things we’ve already been doing — again, when asked. We simply have to make them habitual even even not asked. Can do.

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    CAN YOU HELP? PLEASE COMMENT.

    Let’s solve this to raise donations and make the Ursas what they always promise to be – a fandom institution to rely on, be proud of, discover with and enjoy!

    Are you willing and able to volunteer skill for the understaffed needs? How about donations to offer, contingent on progress?  Specifically, there’s a wish for small, stable, solid yearly contributions out of the budgets of big cons to sustain the awards. Can any con organizers assist?

    Soon, the UMA GoFundMe campaign will be reposted on Dogpatch Press and promoted with a reminder about needs that generous people can help address. Solving these problems would be a good way to help repay what Rod and associates have done for fandom since the beginning.

    Additional comments from ALAA members, February 2018.

    Bernard Doove:

    The ALAA has needed volunteers for years, but we have lost members rather than gained, and we are all doing as much as possible to keep the Ursa Major Awards running. I’ll be donating money from my personal funds once again for the 2017 Award trophies, and I will be flying up to Queensland where the awards ceremony will be held at FurDU this year in order to run the event. The cost of that comes out of my own pocket too. I’m willing to do my bit for the cause, but we desperately need more people with the skills required to improve it.

    Fred Patten adds:

    Often it isn’t as much the money as the time & effort to cover the bureaucratic details. Rod has also been handling all the correspondence and financing to have our trophies made and mailed to the recipients. I don’t know exactly how much labor and money is involved, but Rod has been taking care of it alone for over 15 years now.

    Since 2015, we have replaced the first UMA trophies — the framed certificates — with the lucite trophies, which are more expensive.

    I have told McFarland & Co., the publisher of my Furry Fandom Conventions, 1989-2015, to donate all my royalties directly to the ALAA, but so far this has been less than $200.  Something else that I have been trying to get is some of the better-established furry conventions to regularly donate $100 a year to the ALAA. Is there any way to arrange for a regular small donation from, for example, Anthrocon or Further Confusion or Midwest FurFest or Megaplex or Biggest Little Fur Con or Furry Fiesta or Anthro Weekend Atlanta? If we could get just $100 each from some conventions, we should meet our annual budget.

    Visit the Ursa Major Awards site to learn more about what they do.


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  8. the link is in the writer's bloc. Let me know what you think. The next chapter might take a while since I need to think of stuff to put in it.

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    It has been a few months since I got PERMANENTLY BANNED (yes, caps are important :V) from FA over the #FATransparency drama (for violating something I didn't even sign)  and things have been coming along ok I guess.

    It does indeed suck that the traffic on Weasyl and SoFurry is significantly down on numbers than that of FA. That was always a given. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't annoyed by that fact though, I am. I've lost pretty much half of my watchers if we compare my weasyl watchers to my FA ones and I find that it's just pretty quiet here in general. A lot of artists I used to follow either aren't on here or just have account and don't post all that often. Again, not unexpected, but very frustrating nonetheless.

    Frustrating not only because I now can't follow some amazing artists as regularly as I used to, but a lot of my friends are from FA and quite a few of them haven't made the transition yet, hence resulting in less community participation over here than I was used to.

    It's a vicious cycle. People don't want to join less popular sites because they believe it's not worth their time for the very small amount of exposure they'll get, but this very behaviour results in there being a small audience on the site in the first place.... so people don't make a point to make themselves active here.... and on goes the cycle. It's the exact same thing as with YouTube. Everyone at every opportunity shits on YouTube (quite rightly a lot of the time, same with FA) and there are better alternatives, but  very few content creators want to commit fully to them because they'll take a hit to their audience and hence income. Staying where the audience is, I understand, makes a lot of sense and I guess to a lot of creators is worth more than what features a site has, how it's run or how it looks.

    Creators: - I often make the case that you should put your work in as many places you can post it. I do so with my music for example. I post it to FA (well, used to), weasyl, SoFurry, YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, etc.... It's simple marketing. Get your stuff EVERYWHERE to gain maximum exposure. People see this as too much work to maintain stuff on all those sites, however, there are definite benefits as shown by decades of..... well, just look at advertising today. It's doing the exact same thing. Getting the product EVERYWHERE so people can see it. If they don't see it, they won't engage with or buy it. Think of the content you create as that product. You will reap the rewards eventually.

    However, as a start this journal is a GREAT guide on how to increase your watcher's activity on your accounts that aren't FA. It can apply to any site. - https://www.weasyl.com/journal/69579/faster-better-cheaper-traffic-funneling-for-content-creators

    Another idea in a journal I found (which is being a pain to find again) is to make site-specific offers or deals. Offer for example a YCH on one site that you want to direct traffic to and not the others, and advertise it on other sites. Open site-exclusive commissions. Maybe you can do what I've seen some artists do and offer a higher quality/full version pictures on the sites that you like and link them. This is a more extreme option and you'll have to be careful of your userbase's reaction (perhaps ask for feedback beforehand!), but it's an option.

    Work at it and you'll reap the rewards.

    To both creators and watchers: - INTERACT and use the site that you like the most. If the artists you love are 'struggling' on your site, then help them out with interaction. Be supportive. Comment on and fav stuff, watch new artists. Make it 'worth the effort' for them to continue posting there and they'll definitely be more tempted to.

    I have rambled on a bit, but this is a topic I'm quite passionate about and I'd love to see better, more efficiently run sites rise up and reach the popularity they should have. In my opinion, FA should not get all the glory and traffic, it does not deserve it. It has neglected this community's for too long and as long as the current leadership are in power, it'll be very hard for me to support them unless a miracle happens. This is the only overly opinionated part of this journal, but it's something I felt I needed to say after interacting with FA's leadership for so long.

    Thanks for reading my long, rambly journal. I hope you have at least gained something from it. Feel free to share it with your friends, creators or not.

    - Kalmor Isvaeng

  9. Ok, I'll be honest: I'm never going to get around to uploading those vacation photos and writing out the rest of it.

    Moving on!

    The young cousin we met last year on vacation is coming to America to visit! The plan is right around the same time last year. My father is quite excited and has found a festival to go to with him and then were going to show him around the Midwest. The catch is, the tail-end of the visit overlaps with my plans to attend Anthrocon. While it's becoming increasingly difficult to obscure where I'm going to be, I think it'll work out.

    There's just 3 days where my folks won't be available, before I'll be off to AC. Since it doesn't make sense to work 3 days in between two vacations, I've taken them off as well (leaving me with only 4 more in my time bank! eek!) But, since I'll be available, I'll be expected to entertain my cousin for some of those 3 days.

    Hmmm, well there's a Bowling Alley nearby...

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  11. I'm not angry enough to lash out; especially with my fists.
    I'm not sad enough to cry and shed tears.
    I'm not happy enough to smile.

    Yet, I do it anyway.

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    Smile...that is.

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    I adopted a cat recently. I was meant to pick her up on the 22nd, but there were complications during surgery (apparently the surgical incision was a bit too large and they wanted to ensure it healed properly) and they changed the pick-up date to today, the 24th.
    I picked her up and she's just a sweet little baby, she's so happy to finally be able to walk around, stretch out, and lay on the couch instead of being cooped up in a kennel/cage. I saw her a while back and knew I had to adopt her; she looks just like my current cat, Mink. I asked for more details on my new cat (who I've named Tizzy) and was told that she was found in the south of my city as a stray and is about 4 years old. Mink was sold to me by a breeder in the south of the city and is 4 years old as well. Their similarities in appearance, location, and age all said to me that they may be long-lost siblings.
    Upon meeting Tizzy, I noticed that she has the same short-ish legs as Mink, the same silky fur and long tail hair, and exhibits the same quirky behaviour as Mink. I adopted her and I have her in my roommate's room for a week or so while I slowly introduce the two cats.

    I originally had Moose (my sister's cat, who she left at my dad's house because she felt he was bored all alone at her house, and who I took with me to be with Mink for company), but my dad missed him so I gave him back. I miss him, but I know he's happier there where he can see my other two cats (Timmy and Red) and be able to roam around without competition from Mink. (Moose and Mink got along well, but Moose likes to play rough and Mink doesn't. This way Moose can see the older cats but also won't be able to smack Mink when he gets excited).

    Anyways, I have two cats now, here's pics of both of them. New cat (Tizzy) is wearing the Cone of Shame, obviously.

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  12. It's also 3 in the morning and I'm shitposting on the internet while pretending to look for a job.

    The American Dream...god bless.

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