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Journal Entry: Wed Mar 26, 2014, 10:57 PM
So I got to thinking the other day about people on Deviantart who do a lot of blocking. Like if your block list is enormous, and I mean like so enormous that you have people on there from shit that happened years ago that you can't even remember. Would you just be constantly bewildered by all the things you can't reply to?

For example, you come across someone's comment, want to leave a reply, but find yourself unable to because you appear to be blocked. You have no idea what you did to offend this person, and all you can do is go on with your day. In actuality though, it's you who blocked them, you've forgotten about it, and due to Deviantart's mechanic of "blockers cannot harass those that they've blocked" (which is a good mechanic, by the way) you end up thinking that they've blocked you for something. I wonder how often this occurs, especially since they've allowed name changes on the site.

I myself have kept it simple over the years. That's right, I'm taking pride in my blank block list. I mean, it's just so beautiful and clean, but mostly it keeps things simple for me. If I can't write a reply on someone's page, I know it's they who became butthurt over something, not me.

However, despite the advantages of having a clean slate, it is still not impervious to some degree of frustration and confusion. For you see, one may still encounter individuals who have blocked him without being able to recall the reason.

I have a confession to make. That is, I am not unlike the Seinfeld character, George Costanza. I must be liked! Or at least, told why I'm not liked. After stumbling across a few users recently who have me blocked and having only speculations as to the reason(s) why, I've decided to start keeping a list.

Now I am aware of the dangers of publishing such a list for all to see, let alone "mentioning" the names of those who have blocked me. To those concerns I say 'tis not a list of shame, nor a list of pride. It is just a list, and if answers come or do not come, so be it! Can differences not be resolved? Can pasts not be buried? Can mysteries not be solved?

Uh, I also probably won't be publishing the list more than once, or at least not again for a long time. So don't get any fancy ideas about getting featured in my journal (for whatever that's worth... nothing btw) if you block me. Smartasses.

So without much further ado, to date, I believe there are only five individuals who have blocked me:

-TrueSoprano - for preaching to her too much about the band, Killswitch Engage.

-sbkMulletMan - for laughing at his insults that I legitimately thought were jokes. I mean they were really, really funny from what I remember. I thought he was being like one of those old, Irish bartenders who calls you a pussy for not drinking their best whiskey, but who actually is glad you're there and appreciates your business. I misread the situation... and I may have been drinking whiskey.

-Danium - for writing daily insults on her page to see if she would respond. I... may have actually deserved this one.

-Vaporeon249 - I think the BHB (Butthurt Brigade, a now defunct Deviantart group) wrote a journal about something she did (I can't remember what it was now), and some people went over there to call her out on it. At which point I believe she pre-emptively blocked the entire group if I remember correctly, myself included. This is largely speculation though as I don't remember much, or if I ever even knew.

-Xadrea - I honestly can't remember or even imagine what it was, and that's what pisses me off. EDIT: I've been informed that this person also may have blocked everyone in the entire BHB at one point. After doing some internet searching of my own, this appears to be the most likely reason for this block.

-kurostarSunny - Was digging through some old journals from back when I had that fake enemies list going, noticed this person in the "real enemies" section who still has me blocked. I can't recall what I did, but since they were on my list, I don't think it was the result of a BHB block.


EDIT(4/22/14):Added KurostarSunny.

  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Chevelle - Take Out the Gunman
  • Reading: ASoIaF - A Clash of Kings
  • Watching: Game of Thrones trailers
  • Playing: Titanfall (as my computer allows)
  • Eating: raviolis!
  • Drinking: nothing alcoholic, I swear

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This looks like some professional grade work to me. I'm not a photographer, but from what I do know I can't really find anything wrong....

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It's finals week, except for me, last week was also finals week. Feelsbatman.jpg, but I'd also be done by now if it wasn't for the fact that one of my finals is to model something in Maya.

I was chatting with someone the other day about something similar. We were saying how art classes are great and all, but you can't BS your way through a project like you can in most other classes. One of my finals was essentially just writing a long paper. I had that shit knocked out in a few hours, but this 3D-modeling class...

I worked on this model for around eight hours on Saturday night. Then I worked on it for another 15 hours yesterday. I'm allowed to, and have been using pieces from our in-class model to help, but it's still not done. I kept going late into the night yesterday because I thought it was almost done, then I would see some weird vertices somewhere, or a tri/n-gon, or some other damn thing I had to fix. Finally I said fuck it and went to bed before I collapsed.

It doesn't help that I had to be all ambitious with it, either. The idea was that this is relevant to what I want to do as a career someday, so I'd better make something I can be proud of. If only I had half-assed it to get a C or a B grade though. Then I could have buried whatever monstrosity of a model it would have ended up as on a flash drive somewhere, never to see the light of day again. I'd be happily playing video games right now if I'd just done that.

But no, I wanted a good grade and a potential portfolio piece. Something that I could say "look here! I can fucking do this shit!" Not that I'd say it's some professional-level thing, but at the very least I think it's going to look like I had a truckload, maybe even an entire convenience-store amount of fucks to give.

I can definitely see why so many professional modelers use things like Z-Brush over Maya though. I'm sure programs like Maya are needed if you need to animate something, but just getting all the clothes and otherwise larger details to look right is a pain. Every seem or wrinkle needs a new edge loop or an extrusion. Then I have to switch to smooth mode and back a few dozen times, tweaking things in between until it looks right (all while trying to ensure that there are no tris or n-gons). 45-minutes later I get to go "yay... there's one more wrinkle done on this shirt."

So to reiterate the title of my complaint, last night I could literally see geometry when I closed my eyes. I thought going to bed and sleeping would fix it, but it still hasn't gone away entirely today. I've been working on something for another class to take a break, and I've noticed that even paragraphs of text are looking geometric. I'll be reading along just fine, then for a split second it will suddenly look like the text is folding itself around a corner or something. I ain't even on drugs.

:iconindigodeerplz::iconsaysplz:This dude spent nearly 24 of the previous 48 hours working on some shit in Maya, and now he's tripping balls.

Bonus Complaint: Why do schools schedule some finals on different days/times than the classes themselves are? I had to take time off work for one coming up this week. Those bastards should compensate me for the money I'm going to lose. :grump:
Today, and this entire week by extension, has been a mess of shit not working like it's damned supposed to.

1. After using the same PC since 2009, and saving up for months, I finally ordered parts for a new one and put it together. Everything started up and was working great on the first try (amazing!), but then I started screwing things up on the software end. To make a long story short, I'm inexperienced with using two disks in the same machine, and ended up screwing up some vital Windows stuff as a result.

2. I'm the art lead for one of the groups in my senior-project, game-design class. My team had a bunch of new art assets made that ideally should have been easy to put into our end-of-semester, alpha build for our game, but it turned out to be exceptionally complicated instead.

3. I've had a mild cough for the past two months, and I went to the doctor to see what was wrong a month ago. They said that they couldn't find anything wrong with me and to come back in another month if I was still coughing (which was today).

Fast-forward to today~!

1. I reinstalled Windows and erased everything I'd put on my two drives so far. Everything was going fine, and I'd almost got all the vital stuff reinstalled. I look up what people are using these days for .rar files (so I could open up a wallpaper pack), and decide to try some new program (that isn't 7-Zip or WinRar) which gives me a virus when I downloaded it from its main site! This was my first virus in literally years, but as a result there wasn't anything to do but erase and reinstall Windows... again.

2. After meeting with my fellow artists for multiple hours this week, spread out across several days (including the weekend) between work and classes, we... still don't have our art assets implemented for alpha. Alpha is due tomorrow, and at this point it isn't happening. It shouldn't effect our grade since it's a two semester class (the final product next semester is what ultimately matters), but us art team guys really wanted to have more to show in our game for alpha.

3. My doctors appointment wasn't definitive. they still couldn't find anything wrong. They sent me home with orders to buy some combination of over-the-counter medications to try with the assumption that it's post-nasal drip. If these don't work, they have to do a chest x-ray and some other weird test to see if I have asthma. :(

4!! I went to the dentist today as well, and I have a cavity in the back of my mouth. I hate getting those filled because you have to open your mouth so wide when they do it. So I've got that to look forward to.

5!!!!!!!!!!!! I've got two more final class projects to do before Tuesday, but they each require the use of, ugh... software. So I'm not too confident in things going right for me based on previous events with software this week. I should totally fuck off and go work on them or something, but I'm pretty burned out for the night so I'm venting here. My new plans for the night include watching the new South Park and going to bed.


:iconindigodeerplz::iconsaysplz: Pretty much first world problems.

Anti-Complaint: There were a few things that went right this week, and certainly plenty for me to be thankful for, but nobody wants to hear that goody-goody crap (and for good reason, I say!) so I'll just say: Thank you, complaints, for letting me vent! <3
So I got some bacon-scented soap as a white elephant gift at my office holiday party a week ago. Now this shit is legit, like straight-up made of bacon I think. It's like one of those pretentious and/or homemade soaps that isn't very pretty to look at because it's got all kinds of stuff mixed in it (unlike the smooth, solid-color soap you get at the store), you know what I mean?

I was pretty thrilled with it at the time. I mean, who doesn't love bacon (errr, besides the extremely religious types)? Plus it's soap, and these are two awesome things nobody ever should have bothered to combine.

Now I know what you're thinking, "oh god why, please don't tell me you're going to bathe with bacon soap!" and you'll be disappointed to know that I'm neither crazy, nor obsessed enough with bacon to do so. So why was I thrilled with the bacon soap?

Because I started imagining all the people who would come over to my place and I could be like "check it out, fucking bacon soap." Then they would smell it and go "AUGH!!" To tell you the truth, this has already happened a few times already, and I'm still not tired of it.

So what's the problem? How could I complain about this wonderful product? Well, the problem is that it's gaining in power... I think. I fear that if left unchecked, it will usurp my position as the dominant object in the room.

The day after I received it, I noticed I could catch occasional whiffs of it from a distance. So I put it inside this pig-shaped latherer thing that came with it, and set it up in the corner of my desk, a few feet away. Well now I'm starting to smell it again. I'm not sure if it's just the lack of airtight seal, or if its smell is stronger now than it was.

The other thing is that just touching the soap makes my hands smell like bacon. Even washing my hands (with... with regular soap that is) wouldn't get rid of the smell entirely until two, maybe three times. I haven't touched the bacon soap in a few days though, and right now I'm not sure I want to. 

So I'm not entirely sure what to do. I care deeply for this bacon soap, but I can't let it rot and become stronger either, because I as king of this room, I must defend the stability of the realm. I'm not sure if it's perishable, but its made of bacon so...? I don't really want to put it in a plastic bag, because... I don't know, that just doesn't seem like the right place for bacon soap, you know?

Does anyone here do like some Tyler Durden, soap-making stuff as a hobby? Could this bacon be rotting inside the soap, or am I just being paranoid? Oh god, that means it can affect my mind, too.



:iconindigodeerplz::iconsaysplz:First world problems. It's bacon soap ffs. There are starving kids all over the world who would love to eat and/or use that soap, and you're bitching about it.
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...and as you can tell by the background, this is also his high school yearbook photo.

In all seriousness though, I must be feeling really nostalgic or something lately doing these 90's game portraits. I was tired of seeing Cloud done in the Advent Children style, and wanted to try doing something closer to the traditional, Final Fantasy VII look.
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This used to be my favorite drink, but now I can barely finish a can before I go full-on narcoleptic. Why must the sugar crash cancel out all amounts of caffeine? :crying:

:iconindigodeerplz::iconsaysplz: This dude's shortest complaint ever.

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woops never mind... nice page:heart:  
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:o

Now I'm wondering what you said.
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I gave you one of these  :starethrust:  but I didn't mean to.  It was for the other guy on my thread.  I was reading your journal on blocks and forgot where I was for a min. :heart: 
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cool art btw :icondancingjesusplz:
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thank you :D
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I have to spam message this. Forgive me Corvalian-san.

I've aparently already given you a llama. I was going to re-gift you but it's impossible.
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