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  • Mood: Stumped
  • Listening to: Christmas music
  • Watching: Gilmore Girls
  • Drinking: Water
Dennis: How was your day?

Heidi: I used the word accrue four times.

D: I don't know if that means if your day was good or bad.

H: Well, two times I was referring to something good and two times I was referring to something bad.

D: So your day was average, so-so, fine.

H: Sure, I guess.

D: You could have just said that.  Instead this conversation has been accruing words left and right

H: That wasn't funny ... but I know something that is.

D: What's that?

H: I think you should join the military.

D: Why?

H: So you can get accrue cut.

D: Terrible.

H: You're laughing on the inside.  I know it.

~Heidi




This year marks the third annual deviantART Holiday Card Project.  With the goal of bringing a little cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the Holiday Card Project connects deviants from all around the world and applies their tremendous artistic abilities in designing and creating get well holiday cards.

Last year the Project received a little over 1100 holiday cards sent in by over 600 deviants. Those cards were then divvied up and distributed in person by dA members at the UCI Medical Center in Orange, California.  Extra cards were given to various hospitals in the U.S. and Canada for their staff to hand out to patients.  Deviant participants sent in cards from many countries including Finland, Australia, Singapore, Israel, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Norway, Portugal, Belgium, Russia, Estonia, Greece, and Canada just to name a few.

The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is to simply try and do something nice for others.  However, if that isn't enough incentive, every deviant who submits a card will be given a free one month subscription to deviantART, as well as being entered into a drawing for prizes.

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

:star: 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.

:star: Exactly who receives the cards?
Ideally the cards will be distributed to both U.S. and international hospitals.  However, we are limited by the fact that some hospitals don't want cards and others have rules against their distribution.  The cards will be delivered in person by select deviants in the area of the respective hospitals.  The patients who receive the cards age in range from children to seniors and have illness or injuries that vary from mild to terminal.

:star: 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.

:star: 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 judgment.) You can personally design and decorate cards 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.

:star: 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 great 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.

:star: 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 ($0.39) to mail an average sized card. If you live in Canada, an envelope weighing 30g or less is $0.89 and 30-50g is $1.05 (both prices are in CAD). If you think your card might be bigger than normal, is 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.

:star: Can I send more than one card?
Please do. You can even put more than one card into the same envelope or package to save on postage.  If sending multiple cards, you only need one envelope (the one that is used to send the cards to us.)  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.

:star: Will the patients know who sent the cards?
The only way a patient will know who the card came from is if you sign your name, which you are welcome to do.  You may also include your e-mail address in hopes of getting a reply, though, that can't be guaranteed.  If you would like to send a card anonymously, you may.

:star: Can non-deviants participate in the Project?
Absolutely.  The Holiday Card Project accepts cards from all participants who are willing to contribute to a good cause.  The Project is a great way for school clubs, church groups, or family and friends to get together and work on a fun activity

:star: 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 the Holiday Card Project has completed, you'll be given a free one month subscription to the site just for sending in a card.  You'll also be 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.

:star: When is the deadline for the Holiday Card Project?
All cards must be postmarked by December 15th, 2006.

:star: 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 your deviantART username on a separate piece of paper when sending a holiday card. By doing so, you'll automatically be entered into a drawing for prizes and will be given a free one month site subscription.

:star: 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.

:holly: Prizes
The prizes available for participating in the Project are as follows:
:bulletgreen: Three deviantWEAR shirts
:bulletgreen: Five one-year subscriptions to deviantART
:bulletgreen: Fifteen 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.

If you'd like to help promote the Holiday Card Project, please feel free to use the image below and link it to this news article.



:holly: Rules and Terms
The winners of the above prizes will be selected by means of a raffle. Every deviant who submits a presentable card to the Project will be entered into the raffle.  One entry per deviant.  Any deviant may not win more than one prize.  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 unacceptable and therefore ineligible for either the above listed prizes or the one-month subscription.

  • Mood: Zest
  • Listening to: 1.FM - The 80's Channel
  • Watching: Fox and Friends First
:bulletblue: Tonight is the season seven premiere of Gilmore Girls.

:bulletgreen: The Interweb is too small.

:bulletblue: Things should just 'work'.

:bulletgreen: On Saturday I caught a homerun ball at a Dodgers game.



~Heidi

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My bad ... sorry about the new journal notification.  I needed to change one small thing and forgot to click the 'minor edit' box. :X

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As a sequel to my previous journal entry, I thought I'd write a few blurbs about my recent viewing of Superman Returns.

Last night silvein, apartialfragment, my friend Katie, and I went to see the movie at a 10:00pm special showing.  I really thought that Superman would bring out swarms of people, but the theatre we went to was only playing it on one screen and even then it wasn't quite a sellout.  This is in contrast to when X-Men: The Last Stand opened a few weeks ago and massive amounts of mostly teenage boys came to fill six or so threatres for midnight showtimes.  I guess you could argue that in recent years X3 had already built much of its fanbase because it was part of a trilogy, but still, this was Superman.  Perhaps when we have Superman: The Last Stand, in something like 2011, the theatres will be packed.  We'll find out in five short years. :superman:

Anyway, moving on, I'm not going to spoil things too much if you haven't yet seen the movie.  But in the event that you want to be totally spoiler free, stop reading now.

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:heart:  My first impression when the credits started to roll was that Superman Returns is more of a romance movie with action, than an action movie with romance.  Not that such a quality makes it a bad movie (as a girl, I certainly didn't mind), but I think that most people were expecting a little more fight from the Man of Steel.

:spidey:  Brandon Routh (Superman/Clark Kent) and Kate Bosworth (Lois Lane) were both good in their respective roles.  Perhaps a little wooden (and corny) at times, but I think the same can be said for Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst in the first Spider-Man.  For Superman Returns Again (yes, I made that up), I'm sure they'll both be even better.

:rofl:  I didn't expect there to be so many comedic moments in the film.  Don't get me wrong, it's definitely not a comedy, but there were a handful of (strategically placed) times when a funny line was thrown in to get a good laugh from the audience.  Kevin Spacey (Lex Luthor) and Parker Posey (Kitty Kowalski) were great matches for their eccentric characters, but I doubt anyone expected less from them as they're seasoned actors.  I suspect that's why they were cast in the first place; to add a little depth.

:trophy:  James Marsden is one lucky (and rich) guy.  He's been in 2.1 (hah) X-Men movies (as Cyclops) and now has Superman Returns (and I presume at least one forthcoming sequel) under his belt.  I no longer feel bad that he was 'cut' from X3.

:omfg:  And finally, the question posed in my recent poll (is Lois Lane's son also the son of Superman) is indeed answered in the film ... but for that, go see the movie.

Overall, it's definitely worth watching.  :star:

In a couple of weeks or so, after more people have seen Superman Returns, I'll post another journal with my predictions for the next Super-flick and hopefully some of my readers will do the same.  Then when 2009 rolls around, we can all see who came the closest.

~Heidi  

  • Mood:
  • Listening to: ABBA - Mamma Mia
  • Watching: Superman Returns

On Tuesday, June 27th I'm going to a 10:00pm showing of Superman Returns.  Here is my prediction for the end of the movie (kind of a la X-Men: The Last Stand) ...

In the last few seconds of the film we'll see Lois's son bend steel (or do something indicating that he is Superman's son as well), there will be a loud dramatic noise, the screen will cut to black, credits will roll, and the audience will cheer.

Approximately 24 hours until we find out if I'm right.  (Please keep in mind that I haven't read any spoilers so if I'm on the money or totally way off, it's just a guess.)  :superman: :party:

~Heidi
  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Christina Aguilera - Ain't No Other Man
  • Watching: Superman Returns

I'm more of a TV person than a movie person, probably because of the continuity that TV shows offer, but with summertime fast approaching and many shows in repeats I've recently found myself watching movies when I have downtime.  In an attempt to update my journal and provide a change of pace from my normally chronicled computer woes, I thought that I might share a few of my movie viewings from the past few months along with my own fascinating insights.

In alphabetical order ...

:above: Finding Neverland - Kleenex, aisle 12.  I didn't know this was going to be a sad movie.  I wasn't prepared for that.  Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet are fantastic actors.  I recommend this as must rent for anyone who hasn't seen it.  

:above: The Island - This was a good movie.  I'm pretty sure that I'm in the minority when I say that (because everyone I've told laughs), but I'm going to say it again ... good movie.  It didn't do very well at the box office, but I'm going to partially blame that on a bad title and poor marketing.  I didn't decide to watch it until I read a synopsis on Netflix.  If anyone wants to watch a good action/adventure film with big explosions and better than average actors, rent this.  Heidi says so.   

:bulletgreen: Last Holiday - I've always liked Queen Latifah (:music: living single, in a 90's kind of world, I'm glad I got my gurls ... :music:) so I thought I'd give this movie a chance.  It wasn't bad per say, I mean, it was no Van Helsing, but saying it was good is kind of a stretch.  In fact, my Dad recently watched this on a plane trip.  When I say that he watched it, I mean it ... he didn't buy the headphones, so he just watched it.  There's probably not a whole lot of difference between hearing the movie and not hearing the movie; so the next time you're flying and this is the in-flight show, save yourself $5.00 and guess the on dialogue.  I'm sure you'll be spot on.   

:bulletgreen: Mission: Impossible III - Meh.  What's there to say?  It wasn't bad, but it wasn't that good either.  

:bulletgreen: Poseidon - Ocean.  Rogue wave.  A boat in its path.  Boom!  Boat upsidedown.  Hot guy must save plucky survivors.  Bad dialogue.  No plot.  Rejoicing once a handful of survivors are saved (and because the movie is over).  Josh Lucas' career is nearing its last leg.  It's not even like he's a bad actor.  The movies he's in just ... suck.

:above: The Station Agent - A great indie-esque film about friendship and life.  Netflix it.

:below: Stealth - It's a good thing that Ray was released before Stealth because this movie could have totally derailed Jamie Fox's career.  Of all the movies in this journal, I think this had the worst dialogue.  Beating Poseidon in a category for worst dialogue is a true accomplishment; congratulations.  Again, poor Josh Lucas.  Who is picking his movies?  Hire me; I definitely can't do any worse.  And it's a good thing that 7th Heaven was picked up at the last hour for its 11th season.  Now Jessica Biel can ask for her job back.  Clearly her movie career isn't going anywhere.

:above: Tully - Another great indie-type film.  Just watch it.

:above: Two Weeks Notice - I saw this movie when it was originally in theatres, but last weekend it was on TV and I couldn't help myself.  I didn't want to watch, especially with commericals, but I love Sandra Bullock.  Yay for happy endings.  Plus, Sandra and Hugh Grant have great comedic timing.  If you want to watch a fun movie just for the heck of it, rent this.  Not all movies have to be of Oscar quality and this is a good example of something that can keep your mind occupied for a couple hours.

:below::below::below: Van Helsing - This was on TV just last night and is what prompted this journal.  Holy wow ... what a terrible movie.  It was so bad that I could not stop watching.  You might be thinking, "If it was really that bad, you would have turned the channel."  No.  You're wrong.  Truly horrendous movies have the power to suck you in and waste two hours of life.  That's what makes them bad.  They steal time that you'll never get back and force you to write journal entries so that others can feel your pain.  I even took the time to look up the movie's budget; $160 million.  I know that action/adventure movies are supposed to have awesome effects and whatnot, but they might have tried to save a sliver of that budget for plot and dialogue rewrites.  Just a suggestion.  I'm surprised that Hugh Jackman and Kate Beckinsale still have careers.  Good thing they had X-Men and Underworld to fall back on.  The phrase 'Van Helsing' needs to be associated with all bad things.  The next time Timmy falls down a well or the next time your girlfriend cheats on you, say, 'Van Helsing!'.  It'll catch on and before you know it, instead of getting F's on tests, teachers will just write 'Van Helsing'.

:above: X-Men: The Last Stand - I liked it a lot.  Not once did I check my watch to see how much time was left (a true sign of a good movie).  I know that people who are into the history of the X-Men comics weren't pleased with the movie, but from the standpoint of a non-comic person it was a fun summer flick.  I do admit that Jean Grey (Phoenix) wasn't given enough to do and having her [supposedly] kill Scott Summers (Cyclops) in the first ten minutes of the movie seemed wasteful.  At least now I know why Cyclops was missing from 99% of the X-Men billboards in Hollywood.  I should have put two and two together.

This has to be, without a doubt, the longest journal that I've ever written.  If anyone out there in Interweb-land has a few free moments, please take a minute and share your thoughts.  Agree with me?  Think I have rotten taste?  Share some of your own picks.  I'm interested to hear what everyone else has to say.

Thanks for reading and have a good day. :star:

~Heidi
  • Mood:
  • Listening to: C. Daniels Band - The Devil Went Down to Georgia
  • Watching: Not Van Helsing

Calling all deviants who read my journal, I'm hoping that someone will be able to offer up advice on my following Outlook 2003 question.  Here goes ...

I want to set up multiple accounts in Outlook.  When I say multiple accounts, I mean that I want each e-mail address to have its own working Inbox, Outbox, Sent Items, Deleted Items, etc.  So far I've achieved half of my goal.  I currently have three e-mail addresses in Outlook and by creating multiple .pst files, I have an Inbox, Outbox, etc., for each e-mail.

However, my problem is getting each folder to function properly.  There has to be some better way than using rules, right?  For example, when I compose something new and send it through e-mailB, I don't want it to go into the Outbox and Sent Items for emailA.   The same example can be applied to Deleted Items.  If I delete something from e-mailB's Inbox, I don't want it to go into the Deleted Items for e-mailA.

How does all that sound?  Make sense?  If anyone wants to share suggestions or comments, I more than welcome them.

As a side note, please don't tell me how superior Thunderbird is or how much you love Eudora.  That's not what this journal is about.  (I felt compelled to add that because I know how much some of you loathe Outlook, heh.)

Thank you to all.   :handshake:

~Heidi
  • Mood:
  • Listening to: M. Nightingale - Right Back Where We Started From
  • Reading: SmartMoney Magazine
  • Watching: Law and Order: SVU


deviantART Holiday Card Project


deviantART would like to sincerely thank all of the participants who sent in cards for the 2005 Holiday Card Project.  With the help of nearly 600 deviants, we were able to deliver over 1100 holiday cards to patients in the hospital during the holiday season.

Cards were delivered and distributed in person by dA staff members (spyed, spot, Waveswinger, and Heidi) to UCI Medical Center in Orange, California.  The kind patients at UCI always welcomed seeing the smiling faces that passed out the homemade cards.  Each patient enjoyed learning that the cards were sent in by artists from around the globe.  Everyone had a great time and there was even a holiday song or two thrown in for good measure.  (Even though we're no American Idol finalists, the hospital patients and staff clapped anyway.) ;)

Holiday Card Project 2005 - 2 by Heidi Holiday Card Project 2005 - 1 by Heidi


Susan Mancia, the Senior Public Information Officer for UCI Medical Center, sent deviantART a note after our visit thanking everyone for their time and efforts.  "Thank you so much for distributing holiday cards at UCI Medical Center. Please let your team know that we value the time and effort they take each year to come see our patients."

In addition to UCI, holiday cards were also given to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children.  Moonbeam13 personally delivered a box of cards to the Toronto Hospital and reported that everyone was touched by the fact that so many people from an online community would think of others during the holidays.

Childrens Hospital L.A. by Heidi thanks  :+devwatch:  friends by shutterbugmom


Just like in 2004, the Holiday Card Project again turned out to be a big success.  We look forward to continuing this annual event and hopefully expanding it to even more hospitals in the future.  This project would have never come to fruition if it hadn't been for our caring, artistic, and thoughtful members.

Thank you ...

As promised, all participants of the Holiday Card Project were given a one month free subscription to the site.  Those subscriptions have now all been activated.  If for some reason you did not receive you're subscription, please do the following:

Send Heidi a note with the following information:
:bulletred: Your name
:bulletred: The approximate date your card was sent
:bulletred: The location you sent it from

The following users were randomly selected to win the following additional Holiday Card Project prizes:

:bulletred: Three deviantWEAR shirts :bulletred:
glamAme, Leolf, oohoneydukesoo

:bulletred: Five one-year subscriptions to deviantART :bulletred:
angie4450, Courti, Eponaswings, MissM69, rainbow010101

:bulletred: Fifteen three-month subscriptions to deviantART :bulletred:
aeon66flux, ayandara, bemani247, bluefairy515, Darkborne, DigiZombie-Thing, Eneleh, exceedinglyspherical, isabella02, lexidh, lycanlauren, roseofmalice, sakura13, TMers, truthfulLies


If any user as additional questions, comments, or suggestions, please send them in a note to Heidi.

Thank you!


deviantART Holiday Card Project


As many deviants might recall, last year deviantART hosted the Holiday Card Project.  With the goal of bringing a little cheer to patients in the hospital during the holiday season, the Holiday Card Project connects deviants from all around the world and applies their tremendous artistic abilities in designing and creating get well holiday cards.

Last year the Project received a little over one-thousand holiday cards. Those cards were then divvied up and distributed in person by dA members at two Los Angeles area hospitals. Extra cards were given to various hospitals for their staff to hand out to patients.  Deviant participants sent in cards from many countries: Finland, Australia, Singapore, Israel, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Norway, Portugal, Belgium, Russia, Estonia, Greece, and Canada just to name a few.

The idea behind the Holiday Card Project is to simply try and do something nice for others.  However, if that isn't enough incentive, every deviant who submits a card will be given a free one month subscription to deviantART, as well as being entered into a drawing for prizes.

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?

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.

Exactly who receives the cards?
This year, deviantART is expanding the distribution range for the cards.  We're planning on choosing five hospitals located throughout the United States and at least one international hospital.  The cards will be delivered in person by select deviants in the area of the respective hospitals.  The patients who receive the cards age in range from children to seniors and have illness or injuries that vary from mild to terminal.

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.

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 judgment.) You can personally design and decorate cards 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.

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 welcome 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.

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 envelope 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.

Can I send more than one card?
Please do. You can even put more than one card into the same envelope or package to save on postage.  If sending multiple cards, you only need one envelope (the one that is used to send the cards to us.)  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.

Will the patients know who sent the cards?
The only way a patient will know who the card came from is if you sign your name, which you are welcome to do.  You may also include your e-mail address in hopes of getting a reply, though, that can't be guaranteed.  If you would like to send a card anonymously, you may.

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 the Holiday Card Project has completed, you'll be given a free one month subscription to the site just for sending in a card.  You'll also be 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.

When is the deadline for the Holiday Card Project?
All cards must be postmarked by December 16th, 2005.

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 your deviantART username on a separate piece of paper when sending a holiday card. By doing so, you'll automatically be entered into a drawing for prizes and will be given a free one month site subscription.

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.


Prizes
The prizes available for participating in this project are as follows:

:bulletred: Three deviantWEAR shirts :bulletred:
:bulletred: Five one-year subscriptions to deviantART :bulletred:
:bulletred: Fifteen three-month subscriptions to deviantART :bulletred:

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.


Rules and Terms
The winners of the above prizes will be selected by means of a raffle. Every deviant who submits a presentable card to the Project will be entered into the raffle.  One entry per deviant.  Any deviant may not win more than once.  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 unacceptable and therefore ineligible for either the above listed prizes or the one-month subscription.

I got tagged by mattdanna to "dish up" twenty things about me.  In turn, I'm tagging six people who have to do the same.

Tagged: runboy82, rzero, apartialfragment, amgleft, Chad, sparksterrk

About me ...

  1. I played three varsity sports in high school and was student council president my senior year.

    • I once broke my right arm ... I was running on the sidewalk, tripped, and landed on it.  I should probably come up with a cooler cover story.  

      • I'm much more geeky/nerdy than even my good friends know.

        • My dog, Spunky, is the best dog ever.  If anyone wants to fight about it, I'll throw down with you in a second.

          • I can be loyal to a fault.

            • If you go to Yahoo! and type in Gilmore Girls, my site is either the first or second listing.  (It varies.)

              • I like to think that I'm spontaneous, but in reality I plan things down to the tiniest detail.

                • I've visited around 23 states and have been to 2 countries, not including the United States.

                  • I know all the words to Lil' Kim's How Many Licks, Snoop Dogg's What's My Name Part 2, and Kayne West's Gold Digger, but if you asked me if I liked rap, I'd probably say no.

                    • spyed and I once spent ten consecutive hours at deviantART's hosting facility and I don't even think that comes close to the record.

                      • I collect things that glow or light up: flashlights, glowsticks, laser pens, etc.  And I really do mean collect, I have a massive amount of unused glowsticks.

                        • In the United States, the average woman is 5'4" and since I'm 5'11", that puts me in about the 97th percentile for height.

                          • I love Saturday Night Live, but the show can be really hit or miss depending on how good the skits are.

                            • My computer's name is Beastmaster.

                              • I really like to drink soda; specifically cherry flavored soda, but I'll take almost whatever you have.

                                • When I was little, my friend, William, and I would pretend to be Mario and Luigi.  I even dressed as Mario for one Halloween during elementary school.

                                  • Ketchup is practically a food group for me.  Heinz, Heidi ... coincidence?  I think not.

                                    • I'm a news junkie.  I visit online news sites at least a few times a day and always go to bed watching CNN or Fox News.

                                      • My favorite flowers are lilies and roses.

                                        • I have a theory that in life, you can't truly</i> care about something unless it has somehow touched you directly.


G'nite and have a pleasant tomorrow.  :wave:

~Heidi

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  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Better than Ezra - Juicy
  • Reading: The Wallstreet Journal
  • Watching: Everwood

I probably won't do a super job at explaining this, but if you have any idea what I'm talking about, please throw your hat into the ring ... :confused:

In Firefox version 0.9, when you bookmark something and go to its properties, you see three tabs; Info, Schedule, and Notify.  From what I can tell (perhaps I'm just blind), the options for Schedule and Notify have disappeared in later versions of Firefox.

Does anyone know what happened to them?  Is there is a similar extension I could download instead? :whisper: Who is the best Star Trek captain?  What's your favorite TV show?  Excited for football season?  Ready for Fall?

Answer one question or answer them all.  I thank you. :thumbsup:

~Heidi    
  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Keith Anderson - Pickin' Wildflowers
  • Reading: The U.S. Constitution and Fascinating Facts
  • Watching: Veronica Mars

I'm looking for a little computer advice ... so if anyone out there has something to offer, please drop me a comment.

In short, I'm having trouble with my CPU temperature.  When idling, that temperature can range from 55-59C and when I'm actually doing something, the hottest I've seen is 72C.   :flame:

I have a 3.4 Intel processor with the ASUS P4P800-E Deluxe motherboard.  I'm aware that the 3.4 runs pretty hot, but 72C leaves me with a sense of unease.

The case I have is admittedly old and probably has poor airflow, but it does have an 80mm fan on the front that sucks air in and a 120mm fan on the back that blows air out.  My processor and power supply also have respective fans.  I've tried applying thermal compound, which had little to no effect.

Before I go out and buy a new case and/or new copper heatsink, I'd like to get some feedback.  If anyone has two cents that they'd like to throw in my hat, I'd greatly appreciate it.   :twocents:

Thanks.

~Heidi
  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Randy Newman - I Love L.A.
  • Reading: Rich Dad's Retire Young, Retire Rich
  • Watching: Wedding Crashers

I hate computers.

!@#$ $%^& !@#$%^ computers.   :censored:

Computers!

~Heidi
  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Hot Apple Pie - Hillbillies

In an effort to keep my journal current, I've filled out the following survey.  If anyone else has the time to do the same, send me a link so I can check it out.   :yum:

~Heidi

Last Cigarette:  Never smoked.  Gold star for me.

Last Alcoholic Drink:  I'm pretty sure it was a strawberry daiquiri and that was about six months ago.  As you can guess, I'm not a big drinker, but I have promised Josh to hit up the bars with him when he turns 21.  Barely buzzin'.   

Last Car Ride:  The drive home from the grocery store.

Last Kiss:  From Spunky, the cutest and best dog, ever.  EVER.

Last Library Book:  Media Literacy: Keys to Interpreting Media Messages by Art Silverblatt.

Last Book Bought:  Geocaching: Hike and Seek with Your GPS by Erik Sherman.

Last Book Read:  The Night Trilogy by Elie Wiesel.

Last Movie Seen in Theatres:  The Wedding Date.  Though, I'm going to see Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous this week.  w00t.  Sandra Bullock decided to open the movie on Thursday, in honor of my birthday.   B-)

Last Movie Rented:  Category 6: Day of Destruction; if you like made-for-TV movies with plot holes, bad casting, and endings you can see coming a mile away, this is for you.  If you like movies with actual substance, watch something else.

Last Cuss Words Uttered:  "F**k me."

Last Beverage Drank:  Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi.

Last Food Consumed:  Jennie-o turkey burger.

Last Crush:  The last place I would post anything like that would be here.  That news would travel around the deviantART office faster than a celebrity is acquitted of murder.

Last Phone Call:  ::looks for cellphone::  It appears that I have three missed calls.  One of which happens to be from spyed and one from TheRyanFord.  Does that mean two-thirds of my life is deviantART related?  Absolutely.

Last TV Show Watched:  KCBS channel 2 news, 6:00pm hour.

Last Time Showered:  This morning.

Last Shoes Worn:  A really old pair of DVS.

Last CD Played:  "Clingy - Take Two," burned by yours truly.  (Clingy has nothing to do with the music on the CD, it's just what I named it.)   :cd:

Last Item Bought:  Random food items from the grocery store.

Last Download:  Something from BitTorrent, no doubt.

Last Disappointment:  I had a birthday present idea for apartialfragment that's caused me nothing but angst.  But I'm over it now.  I fiddled with it long enough and he can have the final product as it is.  Happy birthday to you!  $#@!&*%

Last Thing Written:  An e-mail to TheRyanFord.

Last Key Used:  Key to my car.

Last Words Spoken: "It's perfect."

Last Sleep:  Last night.

Last Ice Cream Eaten:  Rainbow sherbert from Baskin Robbins.

Last Chair Sat In:  This one?

Last Webpage Visited:  finance.yahoo.com
  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Queen - Fat Bottomed Girls

I'm currently in the market for an external hard drive and would appreciate any suggestions on what to buy.  For capacity, I'm thinking around 100GB (give or take) should suffice.  I don't have too much knowledge with external drives, so all help is welcome.  Thank you.  :thanks:

Update: Today I purchased and installed an external hard drive.  Here's a little conversation I had about it ...

Heidi (6:40:56 PM): I installed an external hard drive today.
Heidi (6:41:10 PM): I haven't put anything on it yet, heh, but my computer recognizes it!
Someone Else (6:41:43 PM): Excellent.
Heidi (6:42:04 PM): I even formatted it all by myself.
Someone Else (6:42:14 PM): You're funny.
Someone Else (6:42:21 PM): Good job Heidi!
Someone Else (6:42:27 PM): Fox.
Heidi (6:42:28 PM): It's no longer FAT, if you know what I mean.
Heidi (6:42:30 PM): Muaahaha.
Someone Else (6:42:34 PM): holy wow
Heidi (6:43:15 PM): I'm going to make a journal out of this conversation.
Someone Else (6:43:54 PM): heh
Someone Else (6:44:04 PM): Just as long as you make me sound witty.
Someone Else (6:44:21 PM): So, not putting in that last comment would be a good start.

In other news, apartialfragment and I went to Runyon Canyon yesterday.  spyed, melodymaker, and the rest of the deviantART office crew were off to the Anime Overdose convention, so apartialfragment declared it "bring your dog to work day" to make up for the lost bodies.  On our lunch break, we took apartialfragment's dog (Ransom) to Runyon Canyon and completed a quick geocache while there.  I also took a few photos.  They aren't anything special, but the views are pretty nice.  I'm just glad it didn't rain while we were hiking.  spot knows how much I love getting stuck in the rain with no protection.   :shakefist:

Runyon Canyon View - 1 by Heidi Runyon Canyon View - 2 by Heidi


In case anyone wasn't aware, downtown Los Angeles has had over 35 inches of rain since July 1st, 2004.  That makes this about the third rainiest season in recorded history.  Though, at this point, I say bring it on.  Let's make it the wettest season ever.   :yum:

That's about it for now.  I had hoped to include some funny quotes and conversations, but I'm too tired for that at the moment.  Until next time ...   :shamrock:

~Heidi
  
  • Mood: Astonished
  • Listening to: Ce Ce Peniston - Finally

Just when you thought the Holiday Card Project</b> was done and over, we have another update.  Today, deviantART received a very thoughtful letter from Childrens Hospital Los Angeles thanking the community for its outpouring of support.



January 6, 2005


Dear Angelo and Friends:

We were delighted to receive the beautiful greeting cards made by all of you for the patients of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.  You can’t imagine how your talent brightened the spirits of our little ones who had to spend their holidays in bed.

You are all amazing artists!  We were astounded at the care and love that went into each card.  On Christmas day each child had one of the cards attached to the gift pack that was given to them by Santa Claus.  It was the perfect touch.

For over 100 years, Childrens Hospital has provided the very best is pediatric care to children all over the world.  This is due in large part to our extraordinary staff.  But be that as it may, it is people like all of you that are the heart of this hospital and we thank you for caring about our patients and participating in the mission we are here to accomplish.

Please accept our deepest gratitude for the thoughtfulness and generosity you shared with our patients and their families.  We wish you all a healthy and happy new year.

Sincerely,

Wendi Kellaris
Manager, Volunteer Resources





:blowkiss:  Again, thank you to all the deviants who participated in the project.  deviantART looks forward to sponsoring similar projects in the future.
  





Spyed and Patient by Heidi Holiday Cards 2004 by Heidi  Skittleboi and Patient by Heidi


Thank you to everyone who participated in the Holiday Card Project.  It was definitely an overwhelming success.  If you'd like to read exactly how the project turned out and find out who won the prizes involved, read the Holiday Card Project Wrap Up</b>.  Thanks again to all!

~Heidi
  • Mood:
  • Listening to: Get Right - Jennifer Lopez

As some of you may or may not have heard through the grapevine, deviantART's Holiday Card Project defied all expectations.  The deviantART community successfully came together and contributed well over one thousand holiday cards to patients in hospitals during the holiday season.  Deviants sent in cards from Finland, Australia, Singapore, Israel, the United Kingdom, Canada (every province), Italy, France, Norway, Portugal, Belgium, Russia, Estonia, Greece, and more.      

On December 21st, spyed, Skittleboi, oedalis, penguinpalace and Heidi all donned Santa hats to pass out cards at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center.  The patients who we visited were excited to not only have visitors, but receiving specially made holiday cards really brightened their day.

More cards were passed out by fluffy, sparksterrk, and Heidi on December 22nd at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles.  David, a friend of deviantART, even dressed up in a Santa suit to help spread some cheer.  Hospital patients were treated to a holiday concert in the lobby and cards were passed out to those in attendance.  Additional cards were given to doctors and nurses for distribution to their patients.

The Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles also received a good portion of our cards.  We were unable to pass out the cards ourselves (due to concern for spreading germs), but were told that the children truly enjoyed receiving them.


Spyed and Patient by Heidi Holiday Cards 2004 by Heidi  Skittleboi and Patient by Heidi


Special thanks needs to be given to apartialfragment for all of his help with the project.  When we started to receive so much mail and so many cards, apartialfragment was instrumental in organizing everything and making sure things stayed on task.  Equal thanks go to roxyrr for her coordination with the hospitals involved.  In addition, more thank yous go to spyed for allowing all Holiday Card Project participants to receive a free one month subscription.  Other props to chris, dygel, dinyctis, rzero, and to anyone who I might have forgotten.

Last, but certainly not least, thank you to the deviantART community who made this project such a success.  Everyone at deviantART looks forward to making this project an annual event.  Next year we will look into expanding the card distribution range outside of Southern California.  The project can only get better from here.  :star:  

According to the rules and terms of the Holiday Card Project, all users who participated were eligible to receive a free one month subscription.  Those eligible users have already been issued their subscriptions.  In the event that a user feels he or she should have received a subscription, please send Heidi a note with details and the issue will be taken care of.  

Other than the free subscription, project participants were also eligible for other prizes.  The winners of the prizes were chosen through a random drawing and are listed below.


:pointr: Prints Account

kerisner
tearstained5
lily-kane
Kiyoshimi
GraffitiSkyPhotos


:pointr: One Year Subscription

greensiamese
Felissauria
MidnightBoos
zulamun
aneesah


:pointr: Three Month Subscription

angelomnipotent
TofuMadness
HeIsCome
skelly-jelly
disgustiphage
blueshell
nebula02
digitalization
Babybebee
SparklesOfHeather
teurastaa
RegineSkrydon
lavonia
JadeOwnerOfCATBoy
pandatx




Again, thank you to everyone for supporting the Holiday Card Project.


Happy New Year's Eve 2004!

As you can tell from his journal, spyed is having a massive New Year's Eve party ... which I'm sure is going to be super fabulous.  Unfortuneatly, though, I am unable to attend.  However, I am not one to be outdone!

With just under an hour until a couple friends and I ring in the New Year, check out the items for our party!

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New Year's Eve 2004 - 3 by Heidi  
A plethora of beach balls; mostly featuring advertising for alcoholic drinks.

New Year's Eve 2004 - 2 by Heidi
Various party favors.

New Year's Eve 2004 - 1 by Heidi
Glowsticks galore.

New Year's Eve 2004 - 5 by Heidi
Vintage millennium party bubbles from the year 2000.

New Year's Eve 2004 - 6 by Heidi
A blow up plastic Spiderman featuring a very limited edition deviantART hat.  Trey chic.

New Year's Eve 2004 - 4 by Heidi
A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pinata filled with bags and bags of candy.  (I know spyed doesn't have one of these!)

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In the words of the classic 80's movie Teen Witch, "Top that!"

Here's to a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year for all!  The next year will only bring bigger and better things to deviantART.   Stay tuned.  :nod:

~Heidi
  • Mood: Unheard
  • Listening to: Kool & The Gang - Celebration