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:xmas: The deviantART Holiday Card Project :xmas:

Would you like the chance to bring a little cheer to people who are stuck in the hospital during the holiday season? Would you also like to receive a free deviantART one month subscription, plus the chance to win other prizes?  deviantART is proud to announce the Holiday Card Project just for that purpose. The idea behind the project is to simply try and brighten the days of those who are undergoing hospital stay by sending them cards.

Please read the following text for more information on the Holiday Card Project.

1. What is the deviantART Holiday Card Project?
2. Exactly who receives the cards?
3. What should I write in a card?
4. Can I make a card myself?
5. Can I use holiday cards purchased from a store?
6. How much is postage for sending a card?
7. Can I send more than one card?
8. Will the patients know who sent the cards?
9. What will I get out of this?
10. When is the deadline for the Holiday Card Project?
11. Where do I send a card?
12. Who do I direct questions and concerns about the contest to?

1. What is the deviantART Holiday Card Project?
The purpose of the Holiday Card Project is to have deviants create holiday cards for people who are hospitalized during the holiday season. The idea behind the project is to simply try and bring a little cheer to those who are undergoing hospital stay.

2. Exactly who receives the cards?
deviantART has teamed up with the University of California, Irvine Medical Center to have the cards distributed to patients.  Employees and volunteers from the hospital will match the received cards to fitting hospital patients; ranging from children to seniors. (Patients have illness or injuries that vary from mild to terminal.)  Deviants who choose to participate in the contest will send their cards to deviantART.  From there, deviantART will pass the cards along to UCI Medical Center for distribution.

3. What should I write in a card?
Be as creative as you like. Just remember, the degree of illness for patients will vary from mild to terminal, so it is important to be cheerful.  Some suggested greetings include, "Hope you're feeling better," "Thinking of you," or "Have a nice day." Try and stay away from "Get well soon" as it might not be appropriate for all patients.  Remember to include a message of "Happy holidays" as the cards will be distributed for the holidays.

4. Can I make a card myself?
Definitely. An 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper folded 2 ways to a total size of 4 1/4 x 5 works nicely.  (Though, there is no specific "set" size for cards.  Use your best judgement.)  You can personally design and decorate the outside by drawing, coloring, or painting.  However, feel free to be creative as you want.  Use glitter, construction paper, markers, crayons, colored pencils, ribbon, etc., to make your card as special as possible.

5. Can I use holiday cards purchased from a store?
Absolutely.  Many drug stores or stationary stores have holiday cards for as little as ninety-nine cents.  (If you're feeling ambitious, boxed card sets can often be purchased for only a few dollars.)  These kinds of cards are definitely welcomed for the Holiday Card Project, but try and add a little decoration by drawing on the inside of the card or including a few doodles.  Use color to brighten up the presentation; be creative.

6. How much is postage for sending a card?
If you live in the United States, chances are that it will only cost one first-class stamp ($0.37) to mail an average sized card. If you live in Canada, an evelope weighing 30g or less is $0.80 and 30-50g is $0.98 cents.  (Both prices are in CAD.)  If you think your card might be bigger than normal, might be a little heavy, or if you live in a country other than the Unites States or Canada, check with your local postal agency for rates.

7. Can I send more than one card?
Absolutely. You can even put more than one card into the same envelope or package to save on postage. However, remember that quality is better than quantity.  Sending one quality card that you put time and effort into is better than sending two cards that were thrown together.

8. Will the patients know who sent the cards?
The only way patients will know who the cards are from is if you sign your name.  If you would like to send a card anonymously, you may.

9. What will I get out of this?
The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is to try and bring a little cheer to those who are undergoing hospital stay. The patients and their families are deeply touched by the kindness and caring from those who take time to create and send cards. Hopefully, this is motivation enough to become involved in the project.

In addition, once deviantART has received your card, you'll automatically be given a free one month subscription to the site, as well as being entered into a drawing for prizes.  In order to be entered into the prize drawing, please include your username on a piece of paper separate from the holiday card.

10. When is the deadline for the Holiday Card Project?
All cards must be postmarked by December 15th, 2004.

11. Where do I send a card?
Send the cards to this address:

deviantART, Inc.
Holiday Card Project
7095 Hollywood Blvd., #788
Hollywood, CA 90028


Please remember to include you deviantART username on a separate piece of paper when sending the holiday card.  By doing so, you'll automatically be entered into a drawing for prizes.  Also, it is perfectly acceptable to send more than one card in an envelope.

12. Who do I direct questions and concerns about the contest to?
Please send Heidi a note with any questions, concerns, or suggestions you may have.

:santa: Prizes :santa:

The prizes available for participating in this project are as follows:
:pointr: Five (5) one-year subscriptions to deviantART
:pointr: Five (5) print account upgrades
:pointr: Fifteen (15) three-month subscriptions to deviantART

Additionally, anyone who does not win one of the above prizes will be given a one-month subscription to deviantART, just as thanks for participating in this project.

:holly: Rules and Terms :holly:

The winners of the above prizes will be selected by means of a raffle. Each presentable card contributed to the project represents one ticket, but any deviant may not win more than once. Also note that these prizes are not in addition to the one-month subscription granted to all participants. Winning deviants will receive one of the above prizes instead of the one-month subscription. Limit one one-month subscription per participant. deviantART reserves the right to deem any card contributed to the project as unpresentable and therefore inelligible for either the above listed prizes or the one-month subscription.
I've often been asked why I don't update my journal more often.  The truth of it is that I'm not the type of person who can simply sit down and write.  I have to think about what I'm trying to convey, formulate ideas, and then go at it.  From there I'll probably "erase" two drafts and then have at it again.  Basically, it takes a while for me to say what I want and even then, I feel like I can never truly articulate everything I wanted to say to begin with.  All that aside, here's my new journal.   B-)

The past few months have been intensely busy, hectic, and great; all at the same time.  I wish that people knew everything that goes into running deviantART.  There have been posts made by spyed, jark, spot, dygel, etc., which explain a bit about the site's daily operations, but there is so much more involved.  It's kind of similar to going to the grocery store and buying a box of cereal.  Rarely do you think about the people who stocked the shelf, unloaded the truck, operated the forklift that supplied the truck, used the machinery to produce the cereal, designed the packaging, assembled the marketing campaign, etc., etc.  Like anything in life, you tend to take things for granted until you really stop and think about them.  Certain facets of deviantART receive more recognition that others and I want to give a shoutout to everyone involved with the site.  Mad props, y0.   :thumbsup:   

:boing:  Now for some bullet points ...

:bulletred:  In the last two months I've enjoyed the opportunity to meet both rzero and fluffy while each visited Southern California and the deviantART offices.
:bulletblue:  I'm looking forward to spot, Skittleboi, and fluffy moving to Southern California so they'll be closer to deviantART's main operations.
:bulletred:  apartialfragment recently got "shrimped."  Go give him a hug.
:bulletblue:  Lately, whenever I'm working at home on the computer, I like to have CMT (Country Music Television), The Cosby Show, A Different World, or Roseanne on TV in the background.  I don't know what that means.
:bulletred:  In the course of three weeks, my parked car was hit twice while on the same street.  (No worries, I wasn't in it either time.)
:bulletblue:  Since Thursday I've received a bouquet of flowers, a stuffed bunny, an overnighted box of cookies, and was even taken out to lunch.  The next time I have a million things to do and no time to do them in, I'll remember that it's not so bad to be me.
:bulletred:  I play in a weekly softball league, but have had to cancel the last three weeks because I haven't felt well.  The other teams had better watch out once I come back!
:bulletblue:  Today I watched a really mediocre movie with Justine Batman and Richard Dean Anderson.  It was bad, but I watched the whole thing.  I guess that means I liked it.
:bulletred:  I'm looking forward to the season premieres of Gilmore Girls and Saturday Night Live.  Chances are that I won't be home to actually watch either when they come on TV, but that's what VCRs are for.
  
I have a few other tid bits that I could add, but I'll save those for later.  In the event that I don't post a new journal before November, I hope that all Americans who are eligible to vote in our presidential election do so.  I don't care who you vote for, but be sure to do it.   :flagus:     

I wish good health and good luck to all.  :blowkiss:   

~Heidi

P.S. - Cheese.  Swissed.   :cheese:    
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  • Reading: Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer
After setting up for the :deviation: deviantART sponsored art gallery on Melrose Ave., apartialfragment and I stopped to grab a quick bite to eat at Pink's.  (One of the most well-known hot dog stands in the country.)  Besides its food, Pink's is famous for having a long line to wait in before you order.  It doesn't matter if it's noon or 3:00am, there is guaranteed to be a wait.

When we arrived, there were approximately twenty-five people in line.  The group that was immediately ahead of us consisted of two girls and a guy; probably in their late teens or early twenties.  As we slowly moved forward, I had my back to the people in front of us because I was talking with apartialfragment.  (Most likely rambling on about my new obsession with the TV show The Lost World.)  The next thing I know, I'm being pushed over from behind.  As I turn around, I realize that one of the girls is falling backwards.  Luckily for her, apartialfragment and I have deviously quick reflexes and we both grab her before she totally falls over.

:ambulance: Now, when someone trips or stumbles it's usually in a quicker motion than if he or she faints.  To me, it was quite obvious that the girl fainted or at least almost fainted.  However, much to my surprise and dismay, the girl's friends hardly paid much attention to her.  After a few, mentions of "What happened?" and "Are you okay?," things seemed to go right back to normal; even though the girl was definitely "out of it."  If apartialfragment and I hadn't caught her, the girl would have landed smack-down on the concrete.  The fact that we didn't receive a "thank you" or "sorry" doesn't really bother me, but the idea that the girl's friends dismissed her really does.  (Side note: It didn't appear as if the girl was on drugs, had a medical condition, or anything of that sort.)

I might be a bit taller than your average girl, but I'm still 99.9% sure that my friends would at least make an effort to help me in the event I fainted.  And I definitely know that they would care about my well-being if such an instance occurred; even if my friends are from The O.C., Hollywood, or Los Angeles.  (Haha.)

:bulletgreen: Today's lesson:  Make sure that you have friends who will catch you when you fall.

That's about it for now.  Hopefully sometime in the near future I will post a more deviantART related journal entry.  We have tons of great things in the works to look forward to.  Seriously.

In the meantime, here are few words of wisdom that have recently been heard around the deviantART office.

Anonymous #1:  We need to keep the servers running hard all the time.
Anonymous #2:  Hard like a man on Viagra.

Anonymous #3:  What kind of pizza is that?
Heidi:  It's sausage.
Anonymous #3:  Really?  It looks like meat.
Heidi:  Sausage is meat.

That's all for now.  I hope everyone is doing well.  :star:

~Heidi
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  • Listening to: What Is Love? - Haddaway
  • Reading: The Bases of Voice and Articulation
:boing: Random Occurrence ...

Today while I was driving down Hollywood Blvd. on my way to deviantART headquarters, I witnessed something that I had never seen before. :O  As I pulled into a left hand turn lane, I noticed that the traffic light was lit as both yellow and green.  And this wasn't simply a quick anomaly.  Since oncoming traffic didn't know whether to speed up or yield, I waited to turn for a good three minutes.  I even had time to snap a quick picture of the traffic lights on my camera phone, but accidentally forgot to save it!  That would have been a great photo.

:boing: Quote Book ...

In other news, about a month ago, I started keeping a book of quotes comprised of things I've heard in real life.  "Why?" you ask.  So that when I'm old, in a nursing home, and relying on others to keep my frail body alive, I will be able to laugh and remember the good times.  For example ... when a certain English professor said that she "tossed her aunt's salad over the weekend." :eyepopping:  Or when a well-known male deviantART staff member said, "Today I decided to be a girl."  In just a month, I've collected some real gems.  Be careful what you say; you may be next.

:boing: deviantART Related ...

I hope that everyone has seen the new look of Premium Content on the front-page.  So far, we've taken baby strides in improving Premium Content, but in the near future, things will really begin to heat up.  There are definitely some interesting articles and interviews that will be released soon. :postit:

On that note, if anyone is interested in joining the Premium Content team, please let me know.  Keep in mind that I'm not looking for anyone who simply wants to become a deviantART staff member.  I'm only interested in people who are willing to work, can meet deadlines, are active in the community, and are reliable people overall.  If that's not you, please don't apply.

:boing: And Finally ...

If any Southern California resident :handshake: is interested in hiking around Griffith Park or Runyon Canyon, or would perhaps like to go see the Lakers, Clippers, Dodgers, or Angels, play ... drop me a line and hopefully we can work something out.  

~Heidi
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  • Listening to: The Darkness - I Believe in a Thing Called Love
  • Reading: Global Journalism
If you are reading this article right now, chances are pretty good that you have seen the newly launched version of Premium Content.   If not, simply visit the front-page of deviantART and look under "Featured Articles."  For those who don't know, the Premium Content team is responsible for the proliferation of quality and timely information developed specifically to intrigue, captivate, educate, and inspire deviantART users.

One of the Premium Content team's main goals is to live up to our name; "premium" meaning superior quality and value.  We will be delivering "featured content" on a rotating basis of at least two to three times a week.  By doing so, we will ensure that fresh information reaches deviantART users in a timely manner.  This content will include everything from artist interviews, to tutorials, to contests, to targeted discussions, and anything in between.  It is our ambition to develop and create news articles that are not only interesting, but also innovative.  

As a member of deviantART, if you have ideas, suggestions, or questions for Premium Content, please feel free to contact me or anyone on the team.  We highly value all input from the community because it is the community who we are writing for and aim to please.  
Throughout the year, but especially during the holidays, I try and do nice things for other people.  Not because I expect to get anything in return, but simply because I like to.  In my opinion, one of the best feelings in the world is doing something kind for someone else when they least expect it.  For this season, I sent a care package to Iraq for American troops, donated to Toys for Tots, and sent get well cards to people in the hospital. :heart:  Yay for me, right?  How am I repaid for my kindness?  With a $340.00 traffic ticket.

Don't get me wrong.  I'm not saying that just because I did a couple good deeds that I should be exempt from going through a red light.  (Which I obviously did because the city of West Hollywood so graciously mailed me a photo of myself going through the light.)  All I'm saying is that sometimes, "Poop happens" to good people and that $340.00 is a lot of money for a photo traffic light ticket.  %*&#$!@ :censored:  I just hope that I can do online traffic school.  And I wanted to point out, that anyone who has driven in Hollywood/Los Angeles/Beverly Hills knows that the traffic at intersections is insane.  You either go through the green/yellow light when you have a chance or the car behind you will go through you.  Your choice, you pick.  

In happier news, I finally got my new cellphone. :phonecall:  I switched from AT&T to Verizon and in the process chose the Audiovox 8900 camera phone.  I'm very please with it.  Even more so, I'm pleased with Verizon.  I have fewer dropped calls, a better coverage area, and the people on the other end sound much crisper.  

Best wishes to everyone this holiday season and for health and happiness throughout the year.

Merry Christmas!  :santa:

~Heidi    
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat
Please put a penny in the old man's hat
If you haven't got a penny, a ha' penny will do,
If you haven't got a ha' penny, then God bless you
:xmas: :santa:

Random Things ...

- The Minnesota Vikings have lost two games in a row.
- I'll be going to the Vikings vs. San Diego Chargers game next week.
- I'm getting a new cellphone at the end of November.  :phonecall:  
- I've randomly seen Kato Kaelin and Leah Remini in the last week.
- It rained for the first time in Los Angeles in over 170 days.
- I love to go geocaching.
- I have a major crush on Mark Cuban.  :heart:
- I "collect" glow sticks.
- I've never seen Cherry Coke in a glass bottle, but I know it's out there.
- Things at deviantART headquarters are going well and cool things are in the works.

That's all for now.  Only 50ish days until Christmas! :holly: Get your shopping done soon!

~Heidi
A small update in the life of Heidi ...

The Minnesota Vikings are 5 and 0.  That's right, 5 wins and 0 losses.  Who would have guessed that after such a terrible season last year, they would make this kind of turn around?  It's pretty exciting if you're a Vikings fan.

I love this time of year because something is always happening, there's always a holiday to celebrate, and always something to look forward to.  What more could you ask for?
Here's a quick timeline ...
Halloween -> Thanksgiving -> Christmas -> New Year's -> Valentine's -> My Birthday -> Easter.  
:pumpkin: :xmas: :heart: :party:  

On the deviantART front, I've been keeping busy by helping spyed with various odds and ends at the office.  This includes making phone calls, setting up meetings, paying bills, ordering hardware, sending stickers, etc.  There is never a shortage of things to do.

And now a nice quote from Jack Handey on Saturday Night Live.  "I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it."  :earth:

I also wanted to take a moment to say thank you to some of my deviantART friends.  (This is just a partial list, in no particular order, off the top of my head.  If I missed anyone, please don't be upset.)  :love:  

~Chad, *redm, ~rhysd, *richieZ, *symonx, ^alphakx, $chris, $jark, +mccann, %musicinmyhead, $MikeyLove, *splat, $spot, $spyed

~Heidi

P.S. - Bonus points and gold stars :winner: to anyone who knows what this journal's title is from.
In light of the recent attack on America, it is good to know that our country is pulling together in this time of tragedy.  As I drive down many streets in my neighborhood, it is comforting to see that almost all homes have their American flags displayed proudly.  If you too feel this sense of patriotic pride, I urge you to do the same.

~Heidi   
Tomorrow we find out the winner of American Idol, so my American Idol fever should be coming to an end.  Although, if Kelly loses I might have to start an anti-American Idol campaign. :clap: Haha, just kidding.

But before the fever does subside, I just uploaded a wonderful drawing of both Kelly and Justin.  Also, be sure to glance at my webcam as it features my true devotion to the show.

In other news, the NFL season is starting soon and MLB has managed to not strike.  I can't wait.  Sports are great. :love:

Go Kelly! :w00t:

~Heidi
The past two weeks have been busy ones.  After spending some time visiting family in Minnesota, I came home and prepared for Chad's visit.  He came to California from Illinois for the weekend and we completed the total tourist package: saw the beach, checked out Hollywood, visited a theme park, went geocaching, etc.  We even hung out with fellow deviants symonx, redm, and spyed.  A good time was had by all.

In other news, I've been busy helping spyed with different deviantART odds and ends.  Everything from making phone calls, to getting ready for the upcoming CPL event, to sending deviantART stickers to staff members, etc.  (For anyone who is interested in stickers, they will soon be available online at a very reasonable price.)

This weekend some friends and I are heading to Las Vegas for a little rest and relaxation.  I haven't been there a while so I'm really looking forward to going.  Then afterwards, it's back to work.

~Heidi

P.S. - I :heart: Voyager.
This happened to me recently, so I though I'd post about it ...

Last week as I was lying in bed, I wondered what time it was. :yawn: So, of course, I looked at the clock.  But before I actually saw the clock, I saw its reflection in the mirror.  It said, "POE."  I thought to myself, "Haha, the clock says POE.  The clock isn't supposed to be able to talk."  (The actual time was 3:09.)

Then, as I was looking at the clock's reflection, laughing at the new realization that it contained secret words ... can you imagine what word appeared next?  It said, "DIE." :omfg: I was looking at the clock tick from 3:09 to 3:10 and it actually spelled "DIE" right in front of me as I watched.  For someone who just learned about the clock's ability to spell, this was quite disturbing.

Needless to say, I did not die, and in fact, I lived to write this message.

~Heidi

P.S. - When the clock hits 3:19, it says "PIE."  That's a good one. :nod:
By mistake I came across this piece of work, and when I looked at it I couldn't believe my eyes. The movement is so smooth and the pieces fit pefectly into shape. Great work and congrats on the Pixel Art Daily Deviation!  (Selected by ~digi-fix.)

<center>DeviantArt Animated Iso Logo</center>
On November 15th, spyed and I attended the American Idol concert at the Anaheim Pond.  I know what you're thinking, but it was actually a good show.  All of the top ten finalists performed, including my favorite, Miss Kelly Clarkson. :love:  Our evening was topped off by getting to meet the man who "created" Kelly Clarkson; her Dad.  He was sitting only a few people over from our seats and we chatted with him for about a minute after the show.  Although, I must give props to spyed because it was his idea.  After the concert, spyed and I went to my house where we worked on a special deviantART Thanksgiving project until the wee hours of the night.

(I also bought a nice American Idol poster as a souvenir. :twocents: It was only $10.00 which is quite reasonable if you think about how expensive items at concerts can be.  The poster, now framed, looks quite nice on my wall.  It sits right next to my print of jasinski's "Are You Awake.")

In other news, my house is officially the first home in the neighborhood to have Christmas lights up. :xmas: w00t!  Who cares if it isn't even Thanksgiving yet?  Not me.  Christmas only comes once a year and if you love the season like I do, you might as well enjoy it while you can.  Hopefully we'll be seeing some Christmas themed deviations any day now.

I hope everyone out there on the Interweb is doing well.  Remember to be thankful for what you have during this holiday season. :thumbsup:

~Heidi
This great cinematic pixel art is gorgeous! The mood invoked by the imagery really pushes pixel art into places not many venture.  And that is why it has been awarded the Pixel Art Daily Deviation!  (vts31 and Heidi give love is lost two enthusiastic thumbs up.)

<center>love is lost</center>
Remember when you were little and attended the local carnival or fair?  Didn't you always have to stop at the game booth where you could win a goldfish?  FIshhy by hereticvnv takes you back to those simpler times.  His pixel art is simpistic, yet effective.  Also be sure to check out the glare off the tank's glass.  Excellent touch.  (Selected by $Heidi)

<center>FIshhy</center>
What may seem like a tiny pixel-icon-like drawing is in fact a pixel piece work of art. Working on such a small scale can be taunting even to some of the most advanced pixelists. Such a proportion of a room while keeping the objects in it recognizable is a technical feat mastered by few. With this, we award MyRoomInPixelArt by ~saurchilion the Daily Deviation!  (Selected by ~halfliquid.)

<center>MyRoomInPixelArt</center>
It's now official; the Anaheim Angels are the 2002 World Series Champions!  I must admit, when the San Francisco Giants were ahead in the series 3 games to 2, I had my doubts.  But after the Angels pulled off an amazing comeback in game 6, I knew they would win the title.  And with the Los Angeles Lakers three-peating the NBA Championship ... it's a good time to be from Southern California!  :winner:

On Saturday, I headed to a local Starbucks in order to see Nate (aka strangledbyart).  I ordered my usual, a tall White Chocolate Mocha, and it tasted fabulous.  I even recently ordered an expresso machine from Amazon so that I can make drinks at home.  With the generous help of Nate, my drinks will taste just as good as the ones from Starbucks.  :coffeecup:

I can't wait until Christmas.  It's my absolute favorite time of the year.  Once Thanksgiving is over, it's all about Christmas; the lights, the people, the atmosphere, the weather, the presents, etc.  How can you not love it?  I'm also excited to see some Christmas-inspired deviations popping up shortly.  Good times! :xmas:

And finally, the American Idol tour heads through Southern California in about two weeks.  What more could a girl ask for? :cd:

~Heidi
Mqe at LTs by friedl66 is a highly detailed pixel art made my day. I love the bottles of beer that are scattered through out.  It's the little additions that really enhance this piece.  I also wish I could see a music video in this style.  This deviation just plain rocks, quite literaly, and that it why it has been awarded Daily Deviation.  Congrats.  (Selected by *vts31</B>.)

<Center>Mqe at LTs</Center>
Sometimes it's hard to determine whether or not an arist spends a few minutes on a pixel piece, or if an artist spends several hours working on it. buente's Pixel Army series Deux is the latter. Upon viewing it you immediately see the amount of effort it took to collaborate such an extreme piece with amazing detail and a sweet birds-eye view of a pixel armies' barracks. With this, he is awarded a much deserved Daily Deviation for his dedication to pixel art.  (Selected by ~halfliquid.)

<Center>Pixel Army series Deux</Center>