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I talked to someone last night, with a running sim game. They've had it running for over eight years now, successfully, and earning money off of it...

Thing is, they need an artist. So I contacted them, gave some examples, and they want to hire me on.

They're offering $5 per small image I make with up to 10 different colorations (more paid for creatures with more colors). The recoloring is very easy for me, the way I do things. Not to mention it would be to draw the things I enjoy drawing. Dogs and cats. They need a horse artist too, and I suppose I could brush up my skills on that, and offer my services in that area as well.

It's just... wow. My art might finally start paying off.

See that, family? My art is NOT stupid and worthless! *shakefist!*
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Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.

1.Your kitties - I do admit, I talk about them too much. But that's mostly because they're really the only thing in my life I can talk about freely right now. I'm not interesting. I'm not fun. I'm just plain ol' me.

2.Paypal problems - Hahaha. Paypal is evil. After having them issue chargebacks that were from a closed account, and then charging me double, it took two weeks to get -half- that money back. The other half I'll never see again. Thanks, Paypal. I hope you go out of business. :3

3.borzoi - Mm, I loves me some sighthounds. I just wish I could have one. Though my favorite breed is the Doberman Pinscher, I'd kill for a Borzoi. I've always adored their delicate, classic frame and amazing colors and personalities, as well as the fact they're giants. It's like owning a living piece of art. Alas, landowners say we can't have dogs. So I'm shit out of luck, there. 8(

4.Elliot's festival - Ah, the best time (or times! >8D) of the year. Elliott's festivals. Music, games, food and art, everything a furry, or anyone else for that matter, could ask for in a party. Two days long, this event brings people together and gives people a good time for free. Well, as far as the actual event goes. Even on the ones where you have to pay $10 to get in, you get a $10 art coupon, so you basically are made to participate in the event :3

5.Squid o3o - Hehe. I blame Delf on this one. Fellow mod from Mweor, she's a rather silly critter by nature, and perhaps a little more suspicious of colossal squid than she should be. But who else but me could turn a gigantic cephalopod with hooked tentacles and razor sharp beak into a squishy, cuddly creature of d00m? >83

CafePress

Feb. 21st, 2009 04:53 am
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I decided to work on my CafePress shop. Marked items waaay down so that often times I only get like $1.01 off of a purchase from it, but that's to increase likelihood of the stuff being sold.

Included right now are iHo and iZoi. :3 One for each side of the spectrum, eh?! xD

At least go and take a look so you can laugh at the designs :3 Also, feel free to suggest items!

Coming soon: Epic iFlail (+2) for those extreme geeks out there!

Come Larthan's store on CafePress!

Awwr!

Feb. 14th, 2009 08:17 pm
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Nothing like a wOOt shirt for V-Day. <3



I'd have worn it today, but I didn't get it until like 30 minutes ago, so I'm totally wearing it tomorrow. <3
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I wants so bad. xD I blame my housemate for getting me a small box from HF for Christmas.

This one however comes with:
- 14 oz. Beef Summer Sausage
- 14 oz. Beef & Cheese Summer Sausage
- 10 oz. Ham Summer Sausage
- 8 oz. Mini Beef Sausage Snacks
- 3.6 oz Beef Sausage Snacks
- 3.6 oz. Spicy Beef Sausage Snacks
- 12 oz. Smoked Cheddar Blend
- 12 oz. Jalapeno & Cheddar Blend
- 7 oz. Mission Jack Blend
- 6 oz. Smoked Gouda Blend
- 10 oz. Sweet Hot Mustard
- 5 oz. Golden Toasted Crackers
- 5 oz. Cracked Wheat Crackers
- 2 oz. Virginia Peanuts
- Red Nylon Tool Bag

Bah.
I need to whore myself out for more commissions so I can get the things I want/need. Or find some place that will actually hire me and not jerk me around before telling me "Oh, we hired someone else, you can leave now" before I even get my goddamn interview.
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I just now realized this.

My favorite songs are 80's and early 90's songs. Like "Time After Time" and "Take On Me" and "Making Love out of Nothing at All"

Okay, now to think about it, I think they're mostly just 80's songs.

I'm such a dork. Born at the wrong time.

EDIT: Just as a reference, I was born in 1988 xD

Woot...

Jan. 30th, 2009 12:42 pm
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Okay. So I'm gonna go out today, dump off the oil from the container that's been sitting for months now, and while I'm out, grab some spark plugs, oil, and an oil filter for my car. And hope that the housemate feels up to doing all that this weekend. Since he said we should do it all at once, while the car's up on the ramps from the oil change.

This will also give me the chance to actually remove the old spark plug wires that are tied with a small string of rope to the engine block... My grandfather got a little lazy, I suppose. o.o

So yay.

Also, on the note of my knee, it still hurts to bend in the mornings, but with some rubbing and walking around it's getting better. I can even walk without a limp after a few hours. :3
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I bathed the cats last night. One of them decided to bounce off one wall, and over my head onto the bathroom floor (with a very satisfying "splat" if I do say so myself. :P 'You're wet, dummy. No traction on linoleum.')

So I turned around to grab her and toss her back in the tub, I guess I got a muscle caught on a bone or something, so when I turned back around, all I feel/hear is a big POP.. and I have searing pain in my knee and the top part of my lower leg. x_x

And the worst thing? It STILL hurts and I can't put a lot of pressure on the leg. -_-

I'm used to the throbbing pain by this point, but come on. Go away, pain. I can't go to the doctor. They'll charge way more than I can afford.

It really needs to get better on it's own. Really.

*takes half a Naproxen to dull the pain*

So...

Jan. 27th, 2009 09:10 am
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I contacted PayPal. Apparently they thought they had issued the refund, but hadn't. I can't get a full refund, but they are willing to give me the $20 back from the original chargeback due to it not being authorized. This should only take 24 hours. I was told to call back if it does not.

They cannot, however, give me back the other $20 in fees because the fees went to the credit card company. The credit card company has to have proof of shipment of the item in order to acknowledge that the chargeback was unverified. I don't know WHY they can't just accept the cardholder's word for it, but I'm going to find out. Somehow. I just have to get the other party to talk to -them- now. Because that's not something that I can deal with myself. It's not my company, not my account.

Yay for confusion.
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Apparently PayPal has been having problems with chargebacks being issued without the buyer asking them to be.

As the user had not asked for them to be issued, they have no transaction visible.

Upon having the other party call PayPal and complain, Paypal refused to accept that there was a chargeback at all.
After giving them my information so they could look at my account, they now show there was a chargeback, but in their database it shows as another person being the seller and having -their- account charged back.
Which is funny, because there can't be two sellers.

They go on to say that no money was removed from my account. I have the account history to prove it was.

They promise it will be worked out by tomorrow, but WHY did all this have to happen in order for them to realize the mistake? Why did there have to be threats of legal action to get them to do -anything- about it?
I just don't get it.

It's not about the money anymore. It's the principal of the thing.

Apparently the matter was supposed to have been fixed by this evening, but the charges still have not been reversed and PayPal is saying that no money was removed from the account (even though I have proof ON my account of the chargebacks and fees in the account history)

I'm never, ever using PayPal again. After this is over, I'm going to close my account and switch to Google Checkout, because it's -safer- and -more reliable-.

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Edit: This is me right now. :D Confused, yet willing to bite because of it! ^^



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Editedit: This one seems more appropriate 8D
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Apparently there is a $10 fee for EVERY chargeback whether or not I accept liability.

Therefore, for the two $10 chargebacks, the person got their money back ($20) AND I FUCKING GOT CHARGED ANOTHER $20 IN FEES. And there's not shit I can do about it. I called paypal, I raised hell, they basically told me there was nothing I could do about it and that I HAVE to pay them back their fucking money. GOD DAMN IT. Why do some furries have to be such fucking assholes?! It's NOT fucking RIGHT!

I don't need this shit right now. I don't NEED any fucking debt. But they're doing this anyway. And apparently if I don't pay them back the money within 7 days they're going to send collections agencies after me. FUCK.

I want to beat someone's head into a wall, whether it be the credit card companies for the fucking fees that are the same amount as the charges, PayPal's executives, this "person" if I should even give them the dignity of calling them that, or myself.

I vote for the last one, since that's the only one I can get to.

I hate you, paypal. I'm switching to Google Checkout as soon as I work my ass off again for the money to pay you back, so I don't get sued by you when I refuse to pay you that money that you don't deserve.
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Apparently someone who spent $20 in art from me and paid through paypal has decided to do a chargeback.

And I have NO option other than to refund the money, apparently.

Fucking furries.


EDIT:
GRRF. O_O

I wasn't able to do anything because of it being digital art, so I accepted liability, and Paypal charged me ANOTHER $20. So I got charged $40 for $20 that someone decided they just HAD to have back.

Great. More debt.

I'm calling PayPal tomorrow and raising hell. For seriously.
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Making people hate me again. Yay for me. I knew it'd happen sooner or later. I mean, hell.. it's me, right? I just can't have people actually like me for a long time. I have to screw that up, too.

At least I have this weekend to look forward to. My dragon will whisk me away and keep my mind busy with other things.
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I'm 21. As of Saturday. Yeah. I don't think anyone other than my housemate, his mum, and my family even knew. My good-for-nothing grandfather who was supposed to give me the rest of my money never even called to wish me a happy birthday. I think he's avoiding me.
But...
Now it'll no longer be fun to steal wine from my housemate at fancy dinners. Ohwell. Since I don't really care to drink much anyway, I'll attempt to continue to do so, under the guise of being under 21. Noone has to know until they ask for my ID, right?

Anyway, yeah. The car actually behaved herself this weekend. I'm trying to think of a name for her, but for now she's just B.O.B. Bob. She's my beast of burden. She needs a name as wicked and slow (and loud) as she is. I'm having no luck. Well, it could be worse. I could call her Steve, and come up with some meaning for it. But I won't. She's just Bob for now. And she's definitely a she. The bitch. *peers at it*

She was acting like she was misfiring. I can't leave her parked for more than two days at a time or her battery gets drained from the (factory original!) radio-clock inside, that stays on all the time at a -very- bright level. Damn thing. Thinking of replacing it...

But she didn't misfire the three and a half hours there, the hour and a half driving around, and the three and a half / four hours back home... so I'm hoping that some bad gas (dirty or watered down) was the issue, and has resolved itself. And at least she has gas. And at least I know the battery's good, and it's just the damn clock giving me issues.
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Well, today we had to get the water heater replaced. It's done. Yay.

I can only find one cat. The front door was open for about 3o minutes. I was watching it, but something's not right. Belle hasn't come out to stare at things and see what's going on.

If she got out, it's my fault. I couldn't catch her. I was too slow.

If she gets run over.. I think, as long as I live here, I won't want another pet.

I'm just so scared right now. I can't imagine losing her, too...

What the hell have I done to deserve this kind of horrid luck with pets?

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EDIT: Yeah. I totally just overreacted. She was hiding. She just now ran out and wanted my attention. I'm so relieved.
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For some reason, there are a lot of people that go around bawwing and being all butthurt over USD only art sales.

Well guess what?

Get over it.

You're not special. You don't get special rights to buy art, which is a service that someone does with their extra time during the day JUST for you, for imaginary money that they can't spend anywhere else.

They don't use programs on (insert sim game) to make their art. Why force them to keep everything to (insert sim game) currency?

Also, name me ONE popular place where people can go, for FREE and sell their DOG art, for FREE, to a specialized community that loves dogs, without all the competition that a global 'everything can go here' website like DA is.

Also, show me ONE store or gas station or utility company or landlord that will take (insert sim game currencies) to pay for food, petrol, power, or rent instead of USD.

Go ahead.

I'm waiting.

I can tell you, this last commission I did, I used the money to pay for gas for my car, because I had been -out- of gas for over a week. I've been unable to find a job, so art is my only income. If it weren't for being able to sell art for USD on (insert sim game), I would never have been able to drive to my cousin's house for the family get-together. I posted my art sales (for really cheap) on other sites, and didn't even get ONE view on it. And yet (insert sim game) came through for me.

Also, I do believe that, since you're not the artist, you have no right to dictate what currencies someone can sell their own work in.

Once it goes to 'no USD sales' people will complain about (insert sim game special currency) only sales. Then they'll be all "BAN (insert sim game special currency) only sales!'

Because people are like that.

I seriously, seriously hate people sometimes.

**Note: This post is not directed to any one person or any one post. It is directed at the people who feel they are special and deserve art for free (yes, FREE. Meaning you can get it without working for it by sitting there and logging in to your account once a week. Woooow, that's -so- much work.) and want to end USD sales.

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I've been called a hero a few times now. xD

EDIT: *facepalms at an asshole* "We all need money. Get a job."
As if art is no longer considered work, and 'freelance artist' is no longer a job title anywhere

z______z

Dec. 30th, 2008 01:42 pm
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Seriously. SOMEONE needs to force me to go to bed when I'm working on something that's obviously gonna take a long time to finish...



The background is temporary, I just don't wanna do any more art for a couple of days xD

Cat...

Dec. 29th, 2008 01:45 pm
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One of the cats is always wanting attention, begging to be pet, given treats, get food.

Well, yesterday she didn't show up to beg for lunch. So, feeling that she was just hiding, we figured she'd want dinner and went off to finish shopping.

Came home, sat around until midnight. She still didn't show up to ask for food. No food was left for her. Between the time we got home and the time I went to bed, I would periodically get up and look in all her hidey places and places I didn't think she'd be able to hide, just in case she got somewhere odd. Nothing...

I stayed up until 3am waiting, to no avail. I went to bed, and laid there, listening hard, oh so hard for the sound of her collar hitting the water bowl or checking out the food bowl, or even just walking about. I heard nothing.

Didn't sleep well. Got up around 5:30 and she still wasn't there. Went back to bed after like five minutes.

The housemate's alarm goes off. He turns off the alarm...

And a very, very hungry kitty starts screaming at him for not leaving food out for her.

I feel so much better now.
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Stolen from NotAlwaysRight.com
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Customer: “Hi, my son says that I have spartans on my laptop and I should bring it to you guys.”

Employee: “…Ma’am? Spartans?”

Customer: “Yes, I called my son at school and told him that screens keep popping up all the time, and he said that I have spartans.”

Employee: “Oh! You mean trojans! That’s a possibility; let me run this analyzer on your laptop real quick and we’ll see what’s going on.”

Customer: “Young man, my son is in college and he says it has spartans. You just stand here in a little uniform and make minimum wage. I think my son knows what he is talking about.”

Employee: “You’re right ma’am. I was hoping to run a diagnostic and find out that it wasn’t spartans, but just by looking at the login screen, I can tell that you probably have about 300 of the little guys running around.”

Customer: “300?! Is that bad?”

Employee: “It’s horrible. They cram themselves into a bottleneck and kill wave after wave of data, until there is a wall of dead programs blocking any more traffic through your computer.”

Customer: “Oh, that just figures. I’m going to go buy a new computer.”

Employee: “Ok, ma’am, I think that would be best.”


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xDDD
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This is an actual letter sent to a man named Ryan DeVries regarding a pond on his property. It was sent by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Quality, State of Pennsylvania . This guy's response is hilarious, but read State's letter before you get to the response letter.

SUBJECT: DEQ File No.97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County

Dear Mr. DeVries:

It has come to the attention of the Department of Environmental Quality that there has been recent unauthorized activity on the above referenced parcel of property. You have been certified as the legal landowner and/or contractor who did the following unauthorized activity:

Construction and maintenance of two wood debris dams across the outlet stream of Spring Pond

A permit must be issued prior to the start of this type of activity. A review of the Department's files shows that no permits have been issued. Therefore, the Department has determined that this activity is in violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated.




The Department has been informed that one or both of the dams partially failed during a recent rain event, causing debris and flooding at downstream locations. We find that dams of this nature are inherently hazardous and cannot be permitted. The Department therefore orders you to cease and desist all activities at this location, and to restore the stream to a free-flow condition by removing all wood and brush forming the dams from the stream channel. All restoration work shall be completed no later than January 31, 2009.

Please notify this office when the restoration has been completed so that a follow-up site inspection may be scheduled by our staff. Failure to comply with this request or any further unauthorized activity on the site may result in this case being referred for elevated enforcement action. We anticipate and would appreciate your full cooperation in this matter. Please feel free to contact me at this office if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

David L. Price

District Representative and Water Management Division.

Here is the actual response sent back by Mr. DeVries:

Re: DEQ File No. 97-59-0023; T11N; R10W, Sec. 20; Lycoming County

Dear Mr. Price,

Your certified letter dated 12/17/07 has been handed to me to respond to. I am the legal landowner but not the Contractor at 2088 Dagget Lane , Trout Run, Pennsylvania .

A couple of beavers are in the (State unauthorized) process of constructing and maintaining two wood 'debris' dams across the outlet stream of my Spring Pond. While I did not pay for, authorize, nor supervise their dam project, I think they would be highly offended that you call their skilful use of natures building materials 'debris.'

I would like to challenge your department to attempt to emulate their dam project any time and/or any place you choose. I believe I can safely state there is no way you could ever match their dam skills, their dam resourcefulness, their dam ingenuity, their dam persistence, their dam determination and/or their dam work ethic.

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These are the beavers/contractors you are seeking. As to your request, I do not think the beavers are aware that they must first fill out a dam permit prior to the start of this type of dam activity.

My first dam question to you is:

(1) Are you trying to discriminate against my Spring Pond Beavers, or

(2) do you require all beavers throughout this State to conform to said dam request?

If you are not discriminating against these particular beavers, through the Freedom of Information Act, I request completed copies of all those other applicable beaver dam permits that have been issued.

(Perhaps we will see if there really is a dam violation of Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, of the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection Act, Act 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, being sections 324.30101 to 324.30113 of the Pennsylvania Compiled Laws, annotated.)

I have several concerns. My first concern is, aren't the beavers entitled to legal representation? The Spring Pond Beavers are financially destitute and are unable to pay for said representation -- so the State will have to provide them with a dam lawyer. The Department's dam concern that either one or both of the dams failed during a recent rain event, causing flooding, is proof that this is a natural occurrence, which the Department is required to protect. In other words, we should leave the Spring Pond Beavers alone rather than harassing them and calling them dam names.

If you want the stream 'restored' to a dam free-flow condition please contact the beavers -- but if you are going to arrest them, they obviously did not pay any attention to your dam letter, they being unable to read English.

In my humble opinion, the Spring Pond Beavers have a right to build their unauthorized dams as long as the sky is blue, the grass is green and water flows downstream. They have more dam rights than I do to live and enjoy Spring Pond. If the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection lives up to its name, it should protect the natural resources (Beavers) and the environment (Beavers' Dams).

So, as far as the beavers and I are concerned, this dam case can be referred for more elevated enforcement action right now. Why wait until 1/31/2009? The Spring Pond Beavers may be under the dam ice then and there will be no way for you or your dam staff to contact/harass them.

In conclusion, I would like to bring to your attention to a real environmental quality, health, problem in the area. It is the bears! Bears are actually defecating in our woods. I definitely believe you should be persecuting the defecating bears and leave the beavers alone. If you are going to investigate the beaver dam, watch your step! The bears are not careful where they dump!

Being unable to comply with your dam request, and being unable to contact you on your dam answering machine, I am sending this response to your dam office.

THANK YOU,

RYAN DEVRIES

& THE DAM BEAVERS
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