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24 July 2017 @ 05:12 pm
Fear drawing finally done  
I have a new drawing finally. Usually I post finished works here first but since this one was very late I posted on DA first.



The Easter drawing is at last finished. What was meant to be a simple drawing took a very long time. Feather painting always takes me a very long time and this was twice the usual work. I'm very pleased with how nice this turned out. A shoe bill stork stands in for a chicken. This is as close to a living terror bird as we get. We have a radioactive egg you don't want in your Easter basket being held up by the master of terror himself.

Don't know if this has happened to any of you but youtube has changed it's layout again and I hate it. The changes get worse and worse. I hate that when I got to my front page my video autoplays. I even have it turned off so I always have to click it to pause it as fast as possible. I have it set to nothing featured. They got rid of the "my channel" link that was on the left. It's buried under your icon on the right now. For me my channel page is my homepage when I got to youtube. The subscription pages also look terrible. The icons are bigger and look way too close. Chris's hasn't changed. I don't know why mine was chosen for this "honor".

I have some great news. I'm finally slowly getting back on meat. After my surgery I could not eat pork or beef. I've been living off chicken for seven months. If I had any red meat I'd be in horrible pain for almost three days at times. It was scary to think about eating it but I missed it so much too. I have been taking my medicine for it and just in the last few days I've been taking tiny bites from Chris's food and increasing my intake. I was able to eat some bacon the other day and then yesterday I had two big bites of Chris's steaks and so far I am ok. I am very happy about this. I'm so glad that I don't have to live on a half vegetarian diet for the rest of my life. I will try to take this slow but I can't wait to go and have a giant prime rib soon. Chris already wants to take me out on a date to celebrate and get me one. This week is going great for calls too. Because Chris took Monday instead of Wed last week this was a much longer work week. It's been hard but this might be a record paycheck. Good because we need it.

And a week from today I'm looking forward to finally meeting samanthafalco. If all goes well this will be great. Her and I have been friends for four years now. I respect her as a friend since she is a reliable person that has a job, studies and can drive. I can respect that as most teens her age don't have their act together yet. We have been trying to meet up but each time something's gone wrong. So far things seem to be going well this year.

Now going back to that video I posted about being an alpha. I found another great example of how the alpha pulls the whole team. Literally in this case. Migrating geese and cranes fly in V formations. Wing tips give of a spiral from the down draft or down wash. Other birds can get behind this down draft and use it to gain lift and so V formations happen. Well this sucks for the lead bird as he's technically pulling the whole flock along for the ride. Lead bird does eventually get tired but others will come in to replace him so he can rest and take advantage of the artificially produced lift. I first learned about this in ornithology class in college. The diagram in my text book is still the best one I have found. The ones online just don't explain this phenomenon well. I must scan the image some day I have been meaning to do that for years. Birds even time their flaps so when the lead bird flaps you see it ripple down to the back so they stay in that lift stream.

EDIT: Oh I forgot to mention this. I had a very funny dream last night. It was inspired by Doom since I've been doing work with Pyranax again. I dreamt I was in one of the human corridors of the Doom game. There were no living things around. It was an L shaped hallway and it was quiet. I think I have dreamt about this place before because I really felt like I have been here before. In fact I saw something on the ground in a cloth triangle. I went to pick up the small triangle and instantly knew what it was before I opened it. "OH this is the place where the six bucks spawn. There's glitch here I can exploit. I wonder if I can remember how to do it?" I opened the triangle and inside was a five dollar bill and a one dollar bill. I smiled and put it in my pocket. I can get rich just in this one spot! I thought. It had something to do to walking to a service window that was in the wall then walk back where you came from. Reload the game, do it again, walk over to the turn then pick up the money then walk back and do it over and over. I was laughing and so amused by this exploit. I should have realized this was a dream because Doom has no money in it. Plus I was me. It was such an amusing dream. More stuff happened after that but I don't remember it now.
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actipton80actipton80 on July 24th, 2017 11:34 pm (UTC)
I remember them forcing that change on me a while ago, but I somehow managed to change it back. I don't remember how I did it. I like having my channel where I can find it.

I like that Easter card. I think it's funny.

I hope you can meet Peregrine.
Desthagirion on July 25th, 2017 02:19 am (UTC)
Oh if you do remember let me know. I hate this change.
Thanks. I'm glad you like it. Yeah it's definitely a dark funny.
Thanks. I really hope this is the year we finally meet.
actipton80actipton80 on July 25th, 2017 10:05 am (UTC)
I seem to remember an icon of a man running away that clicking on it let me go back to the old version. I don't remember how I found that icon though.
Desthagirion on July 25th, 2017 12:51 pm (UTC)
Oh man that would be nice to click that. I think I'm stuck with this new version.
actipton80actipton80 on July 25th, 2017 01:05 pm (UTC)
There is a menu under your channel icon that gives the option of switching back to the old version. Other people cleared their cookies and got the old version back.
Desthagirion on July 25th, 2017 01:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. I got it back and since youtube was stupid enough to ask why and my opinion I wrote this for them.
https://ic.pics.livejournal.com/thagirion/4865851/110665/110665_original.jpg

Not that they'll listen but it had to be said.
Calzephyr: Feistycalzephyr77 on July 25th, 2017 01:43 am (UTC)
Oh wow, I totally forgot that your surgery was so long ago!

I don't YouTube enough to notice the changes. It would be nice if they made it customizable and then we didn't have to be dragged through so many changes. Etsy does this a lot and makes me feel like a newb!
Desthagirion on July 25th, 2017 02:20 am (UTC)
Yeah that was back in January. It's been seven months now. I hope I can safely get back on meat now.

Youtube used to be totally customizable. It was great before google bought it out. You could have backgrounds, your friends list, a comment section, your own layout colors. Now all the sites look the same and it sucks.
Samantha Falcosamanthafalco on July 25th, 2017 03:29 am (UTC)
I should make a new YouTube channel since for some reason I was locked out of my Peregrine Falcon Lady one a while back. I only had a few vids on it and I still have them on my PC, but I haven't noticed that change on the private channel I use strictly for music playlists and stuff.

I love that Easter drawing, though I don't like shoe bills. I've been meaning to make a journal on this, but I had this recurring nightmare as a child about a shoe bill attacking me in a dark barn at night right after I did something bad in a dream like killed somebody. I used to watch a lot of Animal Planet back then and I saw a shoe bill on a show and was always creeped out by them since, haha. I like how you drew that shoe bill, though.

Mmm, I love meat. I'm glad you're on your way to be able to eat pork and beef again, since I think refraining from those would be hard for me. Better you refrained from eating that than being in horrible pain, though.

I'm so excited for this. Everyone says it's ok as long as I'm back before the evening because we're going to Disney Springs that night. It's a hotel day though so we can go out to Gatorland. I can't wait :D

That's a cool dream. Usually when I dream about being in a video game something goes horribly wrong, like a recent dream I had about being in Skyrim. I was being attacked by dwarven centurions and those are the enemies I fear the most in the game.
Desthagirion on July 25th, 2017 12:55 pm (UTC)
Oh no that sucks. I've had that happen too. I'm glad your youtube hasn't change. I don't know why they did this just to me.

Thank you. Oh well they are a frightening bird. I think I was fairly young the first time I saw one too and was amazed. I think I learned about them from Attenborough.

I'm slowly getting back into meat. I'm so glad. It's been hard just living off chicken.

Ok just let me know what time you need to be back so we can plan something.

Thanks. It was so funny and a pretty relaxed dream. Oh those robots. Those are the really big ones right? I didn't know you played Skyrim too or I forgot. That's great. What was your character?
shanglong87shanglong87 on July 25th, 2017 06:46 am (UTC)
Comment time:

I remember this Artwork in our last stream which i really enjoyed (i love your streams) and you know that when i see the "making of" of a work i grow fond of it. I love the use of colour for background, this makes both shoebill and Scary Fear stand out perfectly. I love the contrast between red and grey of bird plumage. I love the way you represented wings. I especially love the alternation between soft and cell shading under left wing, more precisely in median coverts. How i love it, it looks like glass. The happy face of the bird well shows his confidence and i love Fear's expression. He seems very ready to throw that toxic Easter Egg. I love the dark black combined with light and vivid green. I also love the font used for Easter Terror and i image a Metal song when looking at this Artwork.
Nice perspective of Fear's wings^^
I've found on Wikipedia a short but nice video of a shoebill: https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File%3AShoebill-uenozoo2008.ogv
I can say you captured very well shoebill's expression and nature :D

As for Youtube i didn't notice this change because i mainly use it to watch videos and i rarely log in with my account but i checked right now to see if videos autoplay and nothing happened. I don't have to click it to pause to avoid autoplay. By the way i subscribed to Chris's channel. Oh my gosh i thought i did but clearly i only did it in my mind XD XD XD XD XD

That's a great new you can finally eat red meat even if slowly, step by step^^

That's also great you will finally meet Peregrine, i look forward to reading your experience with her and i like she has a job and can drive, that's very mature :)

Oh when you mentioned migrating geese and cranes i immediately thought about what you mentioned later. I discovered this cool behaviour 2-3 years ago.

The dream is pretty cool, the only videogame dream i had was 7-8 months ago after watching Chris's video about Skyrim werewolf. I will describe both dreams i had after watching Chris videos. Wow it's pretty funny you gained those money by exploiting that funny glitch. Thank you for sharing :D
Desthagirion on July 25th, 2017 01:03 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoy the streams so much. Thanks. I don't often use reds but figured this would be a good time to do so. I'm glad you like the wings. They are always a lot of work to color up but worth it in the end. The font is my fave and it is now the official font for Scary Fear. I will use that with almost anything that has to do with him from now on.
Thanks I wanted them gently draped over him.
Oh that's a cute short video. I want to hut one. They look so soft.

Glad your youtube hasn't changed. For some reason I got "lucky" and they changed mine.

Yes I'm slowly getting onto meat again. I need to go see my doctor and tell him of this change.

Yes all very wonderful mature things about her. I hope our meeting goes well.

I love that about how the flying V works with migrating birds. I was amazed when I first learned about it back in college.

I'm glad Chris's video influenced your dream like that. That's great. The money dream was so funny and sounds like something I'd do if I found a glitch like this in a game.