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I, like lots of other people, like listening to music. I unfortunately want to listen to more music than I have storage for, and until recently, I'd been one of those "it's worthless to not own the music you want to listen to" people. Building up a large music library and having to buy portable devices large enough to support it eventually becomes an annoying thing to maintain.

I should have known there would be a point where this was no longer a valid option without carrying around tons of physical media, or having to purchase increasingly expensive devices.

I recently took the time to look into what Rdio is, and I've got to say, I'm quite pleased with their service. Sure, there are probably things that aren't on there, just like with other similar services, or you know, your physical music collection, or local record shop, but I'm enjoying it.

Especially streaming to my phone in my car while driving around. Quite awesome.



Bustin' it out

Fri Sep 21, 2012, 5:55 PM
Radio silence broken.

I've decided it's time to break out a new, ridiculous journal skin (with Google Fonts!).

The idea behind this skin was for it to look like a blend between a page in a book and a quote.

But really, this is a fun skin. Whenever I post a new one, I've got to save that individual version because I have to change all the margins to get the title in the right place below the body copy.

Hope you guys all enjoyed the September Wallpaper! It was super fun making it!


Went to MOCA...

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 5:41 PM
  
This past weekend, abutton and I headed out to MOCA to check out Transmission LA, an art exhibit curated by Mike D of The Beastie Boys and sponsored by Mercedes Benz.

I'd already seen some photography from the event and that's what really made me want to see the place, so in my most earnest effort to get you LA locals down there, here's some photos from the show.

Oh, AND IT IS COMPLETELY FREE. Just go and walk in!

The show runs until May 6, 2012 and features nightly performances from musicians such as: Santigold, Mike D, Fat Lip and Diplo (Yes, Diplo)

Transmission LA


As Alex and I were walking up to the gallery, we could tell that something was a little different here, but until we were right up on it, we couldn't tell just what was going on out front.

Stagram'd by endosage

Rainbow tables and benches! Each "line" of wood is a different color. The funny thing is, this effect seems so simple, but I'd never seen it done before. Love it!

Floaters 1 by endosage

These wheels are powered by fans (one of which you can see on the bottom left there). The result is an almost completely silent array of spinning color discs. It's crazy.

Speakerbox and Lox by endosage

Hi Alex!

Just on the other side of the spinning wheels exhibit is a giant stack of speakers with "Don't fucking touch this shit" written right above the receiver (right of frame, out of the shot. Wouldn't have been able to read it from this distance). This is one of my favorite photos from the day.

Oh, hello by endosage

And then there's this room. This room is ridiculous. It's a completely unremarkable room in terms of surfaces, all of the walls are white and there's nothing on them. Instead, the room is completely dark and projections are shot onto the various surfaces instead. The animation is very much like an LSD trip, and the sound (an "electrified" soundtrack of a car driving) is PERFECT for the room. One of my favorite parts of the whole exhibit.

OBEY THE LIGHT by endosage

Walk out of that room and you enter a tunnel filled with lights, not all that different from the visualizations seen in "2001: A Space Odyssey" when Dave entered the black hole.

Good Vibes by endosage

Outside the rooms (on the walls facing out front and into the larger gallery space) are psychedelic projections. There's no accompanying sound, but really, woud any be needed here? These images remind me of Bill Cosby's sweater on a little too much cough syrup!

Full Gallery by endosage

Here's a better view of the projections in the gallery.

Sky Ladder


Sky Ladder by endosage

In addition to the crazy visuals presented by Mike D, there was another exhibit being shown at MOCA — Sky Ladder. This exhibit was a small selection of pieces from Cai Guo-Qiang, an artist primarily known for his work with "daytime fireworks", and gunpowder on canvas.

Also, this...

Aliens on the Ceiling! by endosage

This is a sculpture, hanging from the ceiling, of floor brush bristles — about 2,000,000 of them. Considering that this has nothing to do with gunpowder, or fireworks, I began to wonder just why the artist made this. Turns out that he's a big fan of crop circles. That's it. He just likes them... and made a 2,000,000 bristle sculpture to commemorate it. That's just nuts. It was hung on the ceiling to give the viewer an experience of a crop circle that they'd never gotten before, as most are seen either from eye level, or above.

Transmission LA is showing at MOCA until May 6, 2012

Sky Ladder is showing at MOCA until July 30, 2012


Thank You!

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 10:04 AM
I would like to extend a late "thank you" for all of the birthday wishes. I really appreciate all the comments and llamas!

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SOPA & PIPA

Wed Jan 18, 2012, 10:21 AM
Hi everyone! If you hadn't yet heard about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), or the Protect IP Act (PIPA) currently running their way through the US legislative process, deviantART has opened up a debate / informational HQ journal post on the issue.

From the journal:

:bulletblack: One of the proposals is called SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and would direct search engines in the United States to block Internet sites outside the United States that are primarily engaged in distributing unlicensed content.

:bulletblack: Another proposal called PIPA (Protect IP Act) would block websites located in the United States as well.




Learn more and join the debate ››







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2012 Calendar!

Sun Jan 1, 2012, 6:15 PM
Hey peoples!

I've been working on this awesome calendar for the last few weeks, and now I've released it!

2012 Mars Calendar by endosage

It's available as a Fine Art Print in these sizes:
10" x 25"
16" x 40"
22" x 55"
24" x 60"

Happy new year!

If you get one, shoot me a picture of where you hang it!

- Zack

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Community Seasoning

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 10:01 PM
Oh hello, everyone!

Yes, its been a while (again), but I've also been quite busy. I just wanted to pop in and thank you all for being so awesome this year. You're a community that never quits and always goes out of their way to make sure that this place is the best place for art on the internet. Sure, the staff keeps things running on the back end (in various ways), but it's you, the community, that really makes this place what it is. We (the staff) can add features, make things look better, make things work better (and break things... that happens too sometimes =p), but it's you, the community, that really makes the site a joy to be around.

I know I haven't been around lately (again, busy), but I've been lurking. I plan on changing that in 2012... becoming more of a vocal part of the community like I was back when I joined the company in 2008, or even back when I joined the site, in 2001.

I know you guys don't like to read long blocks of text (research shows that ;)), so I'll keep it short...

Thank you all for everything... the awesomeness, the encouraging words, the "fix this now" that comes up every once in a while (which we appreciate, it really helps us know what's up), and of course, for the awesome art and dialogue on which deviantART thrives.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all. I hope that your holiday season is all you wanted it to be and I hope that for each one of you, 2012 is an amazing year!

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COMIC CON!

Wed Jul 20, 2011, 6:53 PM
HAI EVERYONE! Yes, it's been a long time since you've heard from me, but I've been busy with work and practicing the fine art of sleep. (IT IS AN ART)

Anyway, I'm at Comic Con RIGHT NOW and while the updates may be sporadic here, I doubt they'll be as sporadic over on my twitter account, so check that out: endosage

Also, STOP BY ARTISTS' ALLEY BECAUSE THERE ARE AWESOME PEOPLE THERE BEING ARTISTS IN AN ALLEY! (whut?) (but really)

I'm tired, I've just chugged 3 shots of espresso and I'm ready to take off my shoes.

OFF WE GGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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@!

Thu Jun 2, 2011, 10:10 AM
So, after a looooooong time of trying, my super awesome amazing girlfriend, abutton has joined the MN@ team!

Head over to her page and give her a well-deserved congratulations!

WOOOOO!

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IBALT

Sat Apr 23, 2011, 2:45 PM
"It's been a long time..."

And indeed it has.

Blasting through space...


I've just ended a week long vacation of doing nothing, and man... doing nothing is 100% as awesome as it sounds. Rediscovering my legendary ability to sleep in, or not sleep at all; biking around and actually going outside for reasons other than those required by my societal obligations. All in all, a nice, relaxing week. And it's good that I got this bit of time to just decompress. After SXSW, I never took a vacation, which I needed even before SXSW, so afterward, it was just a matter of time before I needed to flip the off switch to my brain and coast around for a few days.

I don't post journal updates all that often, as you all know (and as I seem to more and more regularly be saying), so whenever I do, I always seem to have this immense flood of ideas whenever I open this page and see this blank canvas sitting in front of me. I just want to throw down the elements and let them work themselves out, but of course, that'd be a mess, and nothing that anyone would want to (much less be able to) read.

Neat things!


abutton and I are working on something neat... should be finished relatively soon. We are super excited about it and I'm sure once you find out about it, you will be too.

Manifesting ideas


I'm working on some new stuff as well, personally and for deviantART. The personal thing I'm working on is a way to keep track of things. I've looked into all of the things currently available to me, books, websites, programs, etc. but nothing really seems to be the comprehensive "life organizer" that I really need. Basically, I need an assistant that I don't have to pay for; a piece of software that I don't have to feed. And that's what I'm working on. Software that can take care of what I need taken care of. It's actually quite simple in it's base function, but works in a way that is quick and doesn't get in the way. Another window on my screen is the last thing I need, and the good thing about this is, it doesn't need a window – always there, but never distracting. Here's a peek. It's not finished, and will probably take a while to make, so in the meantime, I'm just gonna stick with notes and memory, but this could definitely help a lot of people.

My work for deviantART is of course, secret, however I can say that there's great stuff coming soon (months) and I think that you'll all like it. Think of it this way, the site and the art world in general has many different cultural elements, many pieces to the puzzle that compose the whole. We're aware of this, and while we're sure most of you are as well, we also know that there's room for education on these topics... and that's all I can say about that!

Birthday


I had an awesome birthday, and I thank everyone for the birthday wishes!

Music + Imagery


Additionally, I've been listening to a lot of new music lately, so, there'll be a post coming "soon" with all that, as well as, hopefully, a new skin (I'm very indecisive about these things).

Bioplastics


A few months back, TheRyanFord entered himself into a design competition to design the new symbol for bioplastics – plastics made from plants; biodegradable, and good for the earth. Ryan got into the top 3, and the award ceremonies were held at Herman Miller's showroom / office in Culver City, CA (That building is awesome and I want all the furniture in it). The symbol that made it to the top 3 was this one. I think it's great and would have loved to see it win, but it got 2nd runner up. Ryan still got some compensation for his work, but it would have been great if he won. The winning mark was ok, but I feel that they could have done better in their winner's selection.

AND THAT'S ALL I HAVE FOR NOW.



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It's my 25th birthday

Thu Mar 31, 2011, 12:00 AM


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SXSW, day 3-5

Sun Mar 27, 2011, 3:40 PM
So, I've been back in LA for a while, and you may be wondering, "Zack, where are the SXSW posts for days 3 -5?"

SXSW is stressful. Lots happened, and for the last 3 days I was there, I really learned how to enjoy sleeping.

It was also a big blur, most of the time, I was operating solely on caffeine and the protein supplied by terrible convention center sandwiches.

I had a good time, met some awesome people and did a lot for dA (outside of driving everything to and from Austin, which I also did with the help of Moonbeam13 and jorobins).

That's really about it. I know there's tons that I'm leaving out, only because I can't remember them at the moment, but I know that awesomeness was had. There are posts about the trip on my Twitter account (endosage).

For now though, I have to figure out what neato things to do to my journal for this Thursday. ;)

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SXSW, Day 2

Sat Mar 12, 2011, 9:54 PM
Today had a much better start. Aside from waking up sick from having eaten WAY too much the night before, the entire day seemed to just fly on by.

I introduced a bunch of people to the site, and demoed dA muro for a few visitors... one of whom works for Martha Stewart Living. That totally threw me off because, if you know anything about deviantART, it's not exactly the kind of thing that someone from Martha Stewart Living would consciously want to spend 40 minutes of their day talking about, but I'm happy she came by, and maybe we'll get a mention somewhere (which would be pretty surreal, but awesome nonetheless).

In other, perhaps more stalkery news, I'd been aware that Philip DeFranco was in town, and after seeing him in line at the Apple Store yesterday, ran into him again after (of all things) randomly returning some tape to another booth. I let him know the location of our room and sure enough, he came by and drew some things. It was pretty neat to have him stop by. He and Lindsey (probably misspelled that, but whatevez =p) are really nice people. Definitely hope to run into them again.

Additionally, I heard that our live chat with Felicia Day went well, so that's awesome. I didn't get to talk to her, or really see her all that much because for much of the day, I was sitting out front directing people into the room, but it was cool that she came by for the chat! She was super busy, so it was pretty cool that she made time for the chat.

... and I'm falling asleep again while writing this, so that'll be all for tonight!

Mah twitter be: endosage

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SXSW, Day 1

Fri Mar 11, 2011, 10:30 PM
So, today completes the first official day of SXSW. The deviantART Sandbox hosted many visitors, both familiar with what we do, and those who were completely new to deviantART. Before we opened the doors at 1:00PM, there were a bunch of people lined up outside, which was super neato. Of course, as the day went on, the crowd lessened a little and we (the staff) were able to do awesome things like eating and even sitting down!

Another awesome thing I was able to do was check out the Tron Lounge that is a little ways down the hall from our lounge. It's decked out in the usual Tron style. Electroluminescent lighting, metal, clear lexan, and they had some Panasonic 3D TVs in there playing 3D Blu-Rays (of Tron: Legacy, of course).

The TVs looked pretty great. I'd had a chance earlier in the day to see Sony's 3D offerings, and in my opinion, Panasonic just blows them out of the water. Of course, both TVs require active shutter glasses at the moment, meaning that the image you're viewing will be dimmed a little by the fact that you've got 2 LCDs sitting on your face, but it's still cool that 3D TVs even exist. It's more and more becoming the future that I imagined when I was a kid.

After we all left the convention center at 6:00, spyed, chris, mudimba, LaurenKitsune and I headed a few blocks down the street to a pop-up Apple store to see if we couldn't pick up some new iPads. Angelo walked away with 3 (for the company)! I played around with it for a while, and even though they didn't change too much from the previous version, deviantART muro runs MUCH faster on these new machines. It's crazy. When I designed the touch specific controls for dA muro (that you only see on an iPad), the way it works now, is the way I'd originally envisioned it working, quickly and fluidly. It was very nice to see that kind of performance in a touch-based device.

That's it for now! :)

P.S. I'll be tweeting funny things and info about our entire stay here in Austin, so follow me on twitter (endosage)

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On The Road...

Mon Mar 7, 2011, 9:00 PM
Posting a quick update from Tuscon. Driving to Austin, TX for SXSW with Moonbeam13 where we (plus 16 other admins) will be running the deviantART Sandbox. Find out more here!

Just finished an awesome devMEET with the local Tuscon meet crew. To see pictures from the meet and road trip, updates and general ridiculousness from Danie and I over the course of SXSW, check out our twitter accounts.

Me: endosage
Danie: Moonbeam13

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One Year!

Tue Feb 1, 2011, 5:25 PM
As of today, abutton and I have been together for one year! She's seriously like... the best thing ever. Really.

Also, I got her flowers! :3


I love you Alex! :heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::heart:

P.S. yes, I know I haven't posted a journal since November. An update on all things will be coming soon (hopefully).

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Holiday HQ!

Thu Nov 25, 2010, 6:25 PM
Oh, look! Awesome deals at our Holiday HQ!

I designed it, marioluevanos coded it, TheRyanFord came over a few times and pointed at things. nutnics said "herpderp" a lot, which helped... in some way. bionikdesign and erickthedesigner provided additional "get everything else done" support. grieves05 and jorobins got all these deals together and took some great product photos. starvingartist made the awesome header notifications with 20after4 and allixsenos gettin' them all in place and working properly. Everyone else that works at dA got together and invented time travel. It's crazy... really.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, PEOPLES!

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⌘X & ⌘V Wrap Up

Tue Oct 12, 2010, 12:02 AM
So, Saturday is over (and has been for a few days), and I figured I'd post an update here on what all went down at the Cut&Paste event that happened here in Hollywood. As you know (nudge nudge), I was a judge for the 2D design portion of the competition. What you may have not known was that, besides my phone, I didn't bring a camera.

So, other than me saying that I had an awesome time, met some really badass people and FINALLY FOUND THE SANDWICHES... I'd have nothing to show for it.

However...

Bobby "Hundreds" Kim of The Hundreds and Eric Nakamura from Giant Robot DID bring cameras AND posted awesome pictures of the event along with great explanations of what went down. So... CHECK OUT THEIR BLOGS...

... after reading this ›› I really had an awesome time. The contestants were really, REALLY fast in getting their work done (as done as possible in the allotted 15 minutes per heat). The event went off without a hitch (however, one computer didn't really want to cooperate... which was fixed). Also, I'll probably end up doing this again sometime in the future. It's a great event to show that design, as it's core, is crazy awesome. Yes, there were illustrators stuck in there, one of whom (Dave Stolte) actually won the whole thing... imagine that, but he was DAMN GOOD and totally deserved it. Other than that, I also learned an important lesson. When you order 2 slices of pizza, be absolutely certain that you know just how large those slices are.

THE BLOGS


Remember! This is where the pictures are! CLICKY THE LINKIES!

Bobby Hundreds' Blog ››



Eric Nakamura's Blog ››



P.S. I'm assuming that at some point, Jean Aw will post her update as well. If and / or when she does, I'll update it here.

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Cut & Paste LA

Wed Oct 6, 2010, 11:43 PM
So... this is gonna be awesome. Consider me turboexcited™.

AWESOMENESS


I'm going to be one of the judges of the 2D design competition for Cut & Paste. Big thanks to mhalpert for hookin' it up!

Organization Info


If you aren't familiar with the Cut & Paste competitions, here's a little blurb from their site:
"Cut&Paste is a social arena for the discovery, advocacy, and elevation of design. Through events and online programs, Cut&Paste supports artists, firms and media working to strengthen creative networks. Born in New York City in November 2005, Cut&Paste's signature event is the Digital Design Tournament, held live throughout the world each year. The 2010 tour takes place in 10 cities around the globe. Cut&Paste additionally powers design-driven contests and events with industry partners worldwide."

The Other Judges


So, who else is gonna be judging this with me? These awesome people:

Bobby Hundreds
Co-Founder, Creative Director - The Hundreds

Eric Nakamura
Publisher, Co-Editor - Giant Robot

Jean Aw
Editor-In-Chief - NOTCOT

Sponsors


In case you're wondering about the legitimacy of the event, here's their list of sponsors:
• Converse
• Maxon
• MediaTemple
• Motionographer
• Computer Arts
• Artists Wanted
• 3rd Ward
• Flavorpill
• Stash Magazine
• Core77
• CG Society

Event Info


If you'd like to attend the event, tickets are $15.00 and are available here.

The event is being held at The Music Box on Hollywood Blvd.

It's a 21+ dealio, which is unfortunate, but there's an open bar, so... can't really complain about that ;)

The event site is here.

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MUSICBOMB!

Thu Aug 19, 2010, 12:04 AM
Alright, so I figured it was time for a new journal detailing the stuff that I've been listening to since... the last time I let you know – which was apparently a long time ago.

In case you're wondering, yes, the list is alphabetical.
P.S. The iTunes links will take you to the iTunes album page

Black Mountain



In The Future - Black Mountain
margotdent introduced me to this band. Black Mountain is stoner rock. Pure and simple. It's good and it makes you want to put the pedal to the floor and drive forever. There are a few ambient parts interspersed with the harder stuff, but overall, definitely a great album.

Buy on iTunes ›› Buy on Amazon ››



Com Truise



Paragony - Com Truise

Cyanide Sisters - Com Truise
When I listen to this, I see everything in pastel colors; VHS tapes and leg warmers. Super 80s, super awesome. Also, yes, it's Tom Cruise with the T and C switched. Think Top Gun the movie, and you'll have a good idea of where they're coming from with this. Their website is pretty damn awesome too.

Get it for Free at comtruise.com ››



Crystal Castles



Crystal Castles (II) - Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles is a weird one. I remember listening to them a few years ago and not really liking it, but now it sounds awesome. I don't know what's changed between now and then, but I like it. Lo-fi-ambi-verb-scream-digi-rock = soooo good.

Buy on iTunes ›› Buy on Amazon ››



Deru



Say Goodbye to Useless - Deru
Deru, a standalone act from LA, his music is very dancy; beat oriented and catchy. The guy samples like a pro, and even has a nice day job. From his site, "Ben is a co-owner of a music and sound company called "The Track Team". Their work on "Avatar: The Last Airbender", earned an MPSE Golden Reel award nomination for best sound design in 2009". So uhhh... the guy knows what he's doing, and he does it real well.

Buy on iTunes ›› Buy on Amazon ››



Free the Robots



Crtl Alt Delete - Free the Robots
Good thumpin' beats... sounds similar to RJD2. I can't even really describe it, but it's damn good.

Buy on iTunes ›› Buy on Amazon ››



Gorillaz



Plastic Beach - Gorillaz
C'mon, it's the Gorillaz. They're great, and so is this album. Really summery feeling. I know summer is winding down, but this album makes it seem like it'll never end.

Buy on iTunes ›› Buy on Amazon ››



How to Destroy Angels



How to Destroy Angels EP - How to Destroy Angels
This is Trent Reznor's new thing. As you may or may not know, Nine Inch Nails is my favorite band, and holy shit do I love what Trent, Atticus and Mariqueen (Trent's wife) are doing with this new band. Imagine NIN, but more beaty and with female vocals, and you get this.

Buy on iTunes ›› Buy on Amazon ››



Tame Impala



Innerspeaker - Tame Impala
A band from Australia, Tame Impala sounds like the Beatles, but younger and more carefree... and more stonery. Great stuff.

Buy on iTunes ››



Toro Y Moi



Causers of This - Toro Y Moi
This guy... I don't even know where the hell he came from (Musically. In real life, he's from South Carolina). If I had to name this, I'd say it's "Soul-Haze". Real nice stuff. If you're looking for a point of reference on what this sounds like, Kanye West likes it, but I wouldn't let that tarnish this guy's work. It's good, real good.

Buy on iTunes ›› Buy on Amazon ››

Enjoy the music!


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