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Tue Jul 11, 2006, 4:54 AM
Now whoever is able to explain this to me gets a cookie.

I am, in all honesty, wondering what has happened yesterday to my visitors number.

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Well, fair enough, I might have had so many visits or page impressions; alright. But how come that nobody left a comment, and that - even more importantly - none of those visits seem to have been counted on the "front page - page views".

I am totally lost about what this means. Anybody interested or up to enlightening me? :p

Remember, there is a cookie to be taken ;-)
Oh well, you definitely have heart of it, read of it, many of you may even have written their part in this tagging game... In all honesty though, I have never really gotten a grip of why people seem to like such games.

It may be the exhibitionist tendencies of some, it might be something entirely different as well. It may be that most of the people participating do not want to break the chain of events - the chain of the game - the ever recurring need to participate in something so many people have participated in before. Hell I don't know.

I am not easily captured - which means that I most of the time do not participate in such things. Anyhow. Let's say I am doing an effort to try to do what people seem to expect of me - and jump over my shadow.

Let's for the sake of all this copy the rules:

  • The 1st player of this "game" starts with the topic "6 weird habits/things about yourself" and people who get tagged need to write a journal about their 6 weird habits/things as well as state this rule clearly.
  • In the end, you need to choose the next 6 people to be tagged and list their names.
  • Don't forget to leave a comment that says "you are tagged" in their devpage comments and tell them to read yours!


  1. I am pretty weird most of the time, got interested nobody seems to understand. I do for instance like, read alot about, and can remember most of the different facts about vampire mythology.
  2. I absolutely love to race cars. I really love to. I am by no means a good driver. Well, at least I wouldn't qualify myself as such. I mean, I so far never had an accident, nor did I kick a bumper or anything. My car is in a perfect condition. Anyhow. Another silly fact. I am however respecting some rules. Never to drive too fast when I got people with me, and never to drive to fast in villages or cities. I can accept if I hit a tree, or somebody else for that matter hits a tree on an empty country road, but risking other peoples life is just irresponsible.
  3. I try to see the beauty in things people go by without even noticing them. In my free time I can stare into the sky and observe the clouds for their sheer beauty only. Reflections, shadows and the like have a similar effect on me.
  4. I read an awful lot. At certain points in time when I don't have to hang over some books for the university, I may hit 2000 to 3000 pages a week. Basically I read for at least 3 hours a day. And while I like some thriller books as a recreational break, what I happen to read most are books on politics, poetry,  computer science (different aspects of) and philosophy. If you would like to know, I can give you a list of the things I liked best so far. I doubt thought that anybody is reading this - so what the heck :p
  5. Woah, It's starting to get difficult to find some silly things I do. Or things that are exceptional. Perhaps maybe that I am interested by modern history as well. I mean, I am technically not very well informed when it comes to whether the old greeks ate with their right or left hand, but I'd go ahead and claim that I know quite a deal of what happened since the early 1900's. I'm particularly interested in the arabic world, and south-eastern asia.
  6. In all honesty I can't think of anything right at the moment. If you dare or are truly interested. Check the comments on this thing. I might add the last point at some point in time.

    [Update]Ah, I found something to inform you about. I am a bloody fatalist - and this I am in all aspects of everyday and non-everyday life.


Something more: Would you mind, just leaving a comment if you read this? I mean, it will show me whether it is worth to write anything in my DA Journal or not. So far I am totally unsure whether there is anybody readying my sequence of characters. :p Please. It won't cost you much, and I'll know that some people are reading this.

And no. Even though I participated in so far that I told you something about me - at some point in time this has to stop. Which basically means that I won't tag anybody. Go ahead and slain me if you want.
  • Listening to: Diamonds and Rust - Joan Baez
  • Reading: La nausée - Jean Paul Sartre
  • Watching: V for Vendetta

Why all that black and white?

Thu Mar 16, 2006, 1:22 AM
Many you might wonder why I am posting my pictures pretty much always in black and white. I know that these days it seems to be a bad habit to do so. All that "I want my pictures to look artsy" and whatnot.

Well the reason why I am doing so is very easy.

First of, I believe that colors do distract you from what is essential in photographs. A photography is all about feelings, emotions if you want, a moment in time to be captured. When I (and I suppose it's at lease somewhat similar for other people) look at a color picture, I am looking at the color balance and different other features of the picture, while I am missing the essential bits. So, posting in black and white allows me to show what I saw, without all the useless colors - for they aren't necessary to transmit the feeling I might have had when I took the picture.

Secondly, I have always liked the melodramatic feeling every media in black and white rises in me. I often like movies (old ones mostly - go figure) probably just because they have been shot in black and white.

Last point I'd like to make. See black and white as a shortcut to see the "plastic beauty" (I hope that's a somewhat accurate translation from the german "plastische Schönheit").


N.B. Now, I am conscious that technically the pictures aren't black and white but grayscale.
  • Reading: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentlema
  • Watching: Goodfellas

Informative roll-up

Thu Feb 16, 2006, 11:21 AM
There we are. After me telling everybody that I would start to be more active on deviantART in the near future, the some pictures I have uploaded so far have lit a fire (a fire of urge - that is ;-)) to become a part of the community.

As the offer in itself isn't that expensive, I went ahead and bought a subscription. Some, or to be way more exact, one question remains however. What on earth do the different "signs" in front of the user names represent. While I was quite sure for some time that a "~" would designate a "normal" member, and a "*" somebody who subscribed to deviantART, the "=" in front of my user name leaves me in the dark.

Well, if somebody could come up with some information on that particular topic, I'd be very grateful.

  • Reading: The Transfiguration of the Commonplace
  • Watching: Casablanca

A welcome note

Sun Feb 12, 2006, 2:48 AM
Well, after all it seems that I am settling down to deviantart.

I have been using flickr for quite some time now - and have by there a quite diverse picture catalogue online over there. However, the idea of uploading all, respectively almost all, of your shots and let other people sort out which are usable and which are not is something that I have had a growing discomfort about.

So, what I am trying now is the following. Upload my best shots - and only those - go figure - to deviantart, and see what people will tell me about them.

I might add, on a short side note, that while I have been a member of deviantart for quite some time now (after all 6 months </irony>) I haven't been what one could call a busy member. What I am most probably going to do is test deviantart out, and if I like it, probably going to subscribe. After all it's not costy at all, compared to all the other little and useless things you buy every other day.

That's it for now folks,

have a good time.

Bob
  • Reading: Mathematical Foundations of Information Theory
  • Watching: Sin City