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Souvenir from Twinkle Park by CheVD
Souvenir from Twinkle Park
Ugggh, this took forever to finish. =_=

This is sort of a little surprise gift for :iconsafyran:, whom I recently commissioned for a drawing of my Sonic FC Julienne. Unfortunately, she's been feeling really under the weather lately, so I figured I'd do a gift art for her. This is based on a passage from a fan fiction I wrote called "Double Date in Station Square", where Julienne and Neve [mandy-kun] are on a date with their boyfriends Strider [seasidehedgehog] and Neoma [Nishisin] (neither pictured here). While the four of them are at Twinkle Park, they run into Safyran's character Saffron, who insists that Julienne and Neve go with her onto a roller coaster. Saffron's really enjoying it, but Julienne's not too happy about the whole experience-- and Neve's just kind of her usual stoic self.

I did a ton of research for references here. I wanted it to really look like one of those awful cheesy souvenir photos that theme parks always try to sell people after they've been on a roller coaster. It was deliberately supposed to look horrible, like a camera flash going off in their faces in the midst of their ride, hence the red eyes. And then of course, the logos for the park and that terrible star motif that looks like a second grader got a hold of a copy of Photoshop (which isn't too far from the truth! :D).

Hope ya like it, Sparky! ^_^

Saffron the ringtail belongs to :iconsafyran:
Neve the snaow leopard belongs the :iconmandy-kun:
And Julienne belongs to me.
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  • Mood: Hope
  • Listening to: New Year's Day - U2
Happy New Year, everybody!

I've got to say, I for one am really pleased we've finally made it to 2015. Let's be honest-- in terms of news, 2014 was a really terrible, depressing year. We started with the winter that refused to end, and a farcical Russian Winter Olympics marred by unpreparedness, homophobia, and a distinct undercurrent of authoritarianism and belligerence. Then of course, after all the athletes had left, Russia launched its invasion of Crimea and Ukraine descended into chaos. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, and then just a few months later, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 got shot down over the disputed area of Ukraine. Then there were riots in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting of Michael Brown. And then there was ISIS, and an Ebola scare, and huge victories for the Republicans in the midterms. And then the lack of an indictment in the Michael Brown case led to another round of riots, followed soon after by even more riots as a result of the Eric Garner case ending similarly. We lost Bob Hoskins, Harold Ramis, H.R. Giger, and Robin Williams-- the entire year long, I felt like my childhood was on fire. So how does the year end? More riots, a couple of police officers being shot, another plane going down over South Asia, Sony Pictures being hacked over a movie, and the passing of Christine Cavanaugh (who was, again, integral to my childhood). And on a more personal note, me not really having much of a Christmas due to working and being unable to see my family for the holidays.

Toward the end there, I've got to tell you guys, I was really seriously praying for 2014 to just be over already. It was starting to feel like an excess of bad news on a repeating loop. Plus, not many good movies to speak of lately, TV is abysmal (and I'm still depressed over The Colbert Report going off the air), and the only new album I've found worth listening to all year is the Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways.

Truth be told, things really haven't been that bad for me on a personal level, particularly since moving back to the US (though, of course, nothing's entirely perfect). But it's getting really hard to keep an optimistic perspective on life while constantly being buried under all of the outside world's suffering.

Maybe it's futile, but I really hope 2015 is a better year. I don't see how it could be much worse.

(Just in case, though, my New Year's resolution for 2015 is to watch less cable news. It's important to be informed, but it's really not healthy to my sanity to overdo it. XP)
So... I got tagged by :icongenisay:. XD I can't choose just one of my group, though. It may take a while before I have all of them finished.

Alexei by CheVD

Name: Alexei

Age: 20
Species: Echidna
Height: 4'4" / 132 cm
Birthday:  Day 342



Fact 1: Alexei was born and raised in Albion. His parents, Andrei and Maia-Me, were both respected scientists, although his mother gave up her scientific pursuits when he was born to look after him permanently. A few years later, Alexei's younger sister Anna-Re was born.

Fact 2: From a young age, Alexei showed an interest and innate talent for creative writing and visual art. Anna-Re (and to a lesser extent, Maia-Me) encouraged these talents; Andrei, however, felt himself on the verge of a breakthrough in his field of Chaos energy studies, and was insistent on grooming Alexei to follow in his footsteps as a scientist to preserve his legacy. As a result of his father's tutelage, Alexei gained advanced knowledge of engineering and computer programming, which were instrumental to Alexei developing his skills as a hacker.

Fact 3: When Alexei was 16, he secretly hacked one of Robotnik's communications satellites and met Dodge, who lived on the other side of Mobius in Kawa Crossing. Alexei and Dodge became fast friends, each showing off their artwork to the other and discussing-- Alexei with his drawings and paintings, and Dodge with his photography. Eventually Andrei caught Alexei having a conversation with Dodge and pulled the plug, livid with his son that he had accessed Robotnik's system and potentially endangered Albion. The consequent argument between Alexei and Andrei ended with Alexei moving away from his family to build a new studio in Mercia.

Fact 4: Alexei wasn't in his new studio in Mercia very long-- he built himself a new computer console and once more hacked into Robotnik's network to speak with Dodge, but this time he wasn't careful enough and Robotnik became aware of his presence. When a squad of Robotnik's Robians descended on the studio and burned it to the ground (along with all of Alexei's art inside), Alexei just barely escaped. He spent the next three days running and hiding from the Robians in the Mercian forest. Rain-soaked, hungry, sleep-deprived, and drained physically and emotionally, he finally collapsed at the end of the third day, expecting to not survive the night.

Fact 5: When Alexei awoke, he found that he had been rescued by Julienne. Realizing Mercia was no longer safe for either of them, they paired up and set out for Soleanna together. Although not referred to as such at the time, this was the humble beginning of Team Muse.

Fact 6: After four years and many adventures traveling around Mobius with his friends, Alexei returned with them to Albion to visit his family. Unfortunately, he received a horrible shock-- by that point, Albion had already been leveled by Eggman with Dr. Finitevus's help (as detailed in Archie StH issue #182), as well as depopulated by Thrash the Tasmanian devil (as seen in the "Endangered Species" arc, issues #243-246). The team ran into Haydrian Bluu [Genisay], who had been stranded on the island by a storm, and together they escaped the packs of feral Tasmanian devil dogs which had been left behind by Thrash. Alexei later learned that, though his mother and sister had been among the echidnas abducted by Thrash, his father had not been in Albion at the time and thus had not been abducted.

Fact 7: When Team Muse was in Albion, Vina came across a locket that Alexei had given to Anna-Re for her 14th birthday-- the final birthday of hers for which Alexei had been present. Alexei now carries that locket with him wherever he goes; it's one of the most treasured items he has.

Fact 8: Personality-wise, Alexei is an INFP-- articulate, idealistic, generally pretty laid-back unless and until something threatens him, his creative works, or especially his friends. He has a much more sarcastic sense of humor than the rest of the group, and being more flexible and grounded makes him a very stable leader.

Fact 9: In addition to being one of the group's two engineers, Alexei is also physically the strongest member of Team Muse, as well as a good climber.

Fact 10: Since meeting Julienne, Alexei has spent nearly all of the past four years traveling with his friends in Team Muse. The single major exception was a period of about two months after reuniting and reconciling with Andrei. During that period, he left Team Muse to help his father settle in a new home in the village of Merona (Haydrian's hometown in mainland Mercia).
Julienne by CheVD

Name: Julienne DeL'Haie

Age: 20
Species: Hedgehog
Height: 4'2" / 129.5 cm
Birthday: Day 304



Fact 1: Julienne was born and raised a small town in southern Mercia called Ville DeL'Haie. Her father, Jean-Pierre, was a world-renowned chef, and her mother Sophie often worked alongside him as a caterer for formal functions held by the local nobility. Julienne therefore had a sophisticated upper class upbringing, and her parents were very well-connected to the Mercian elites; Armand D'Coolette and his wife Marie were among their acquaintances, prior to moving to the Kingdom of Acorn with their son Antoine.

Fact 2:  The DeL'Haie family is descended from a noble ancestral bloodline. At a certain point long ago, the bloodline forked and created two main branches: a southern, Francophone branch (the DeL'Haies), and a northern, Anglophone branch (the O'Hedges, which later branched off again into the Rose family). This means that, technically speaking, Rob O' the Hedge and Amy Rose are both distant cousins to Julienne.

Fact 3: In addition to being Team Muse's best chef, Julienne is also the group's strongest swimmer, and the only member of the group experienced in skiing or riding a Streaking Pasha. This stems largely from the fact that, as a result of her family's affluence, she spent a great deal of time as a girl doing all of these activities. As a girl, she had a black pet Streaking Pasha named Minuit.

Fact 4: Although it may seem, within the context of the Sonic universe, that Julienne's speech patterns come closest to resembling Antoine's, Julienne's grammar is not nearly as awkward as Antoine's. Antoine's studies of the English and French languages were forced upon him simultaneously at a young age due to a disagreement between his parents, and then prematurely ended when he lost them both during Robotnik's coup; as a result, Antoine ended up jumbling them together into a single, humorously ill-conceived pidgin language out of confusion. By contrast, Julienne learned fluent French as her first language, and then began learning English as a second language. Her understanding of the differences in vocabulary, morphology and syntax between the two languages is much more refined than Antoine's, and her accent is more organic and understated-- although she does occasionally still have difficulty with more nuanced aspects of English, such as idioms. When speaking English with her friends, she has an apparently unconscious and involuntary tendency to slip in French words or phrases; this is especially true when she is at a loss for the correct English words to describe something, or when she is in a distraught emotional state (in which case she may even lapse completely into French). When speaking English, she also uses contractions very sparingly, preferring "cannot" to "can't".

Fact 5: When Julienne was 7 years old, she went with her parents on a ski vacation in the mountains of northern Eurish-- the last such vacation she would take with them. The only way to access the road to the ski chalet was through the small Mercian port town of Merona, which would later become Haydrian Bluu's hometown.

Fact 6: Julienne lost both of her parents during Robotnik's initial incursion into Mercia, shortly after his coup against the Kingdom of Acorn. At the time, they were in the region around Snottingham, catering a dinner for a northern Mercian aristocrat named Lord Taurence, with a nanny looking after Julienne at home in Ville DeL'Haie. Robotnik sent his SWATbots to crash the party and capture everyone in attendance. Taurence himself escaped through a secret passage, but the rest of his guests, including Jean-Pierre and Sophie, were taken and roboticized. As one of Robotnik's minions, Jean-Pierre later led the team of Robians who burned down Alexei's studio. However, he himself was destroyed by Robotnik in response to his failure to actually capture Alexei. It is unknown what ever became of Sophie.

Fact 7: Robotnik's invasion took a longer time to reach Ville DeL'Haie. By that point, news of her parents' capture had already reached Julienne, and she had resolved to honor her father's memory by becoming as great a chef as he was. When Robotnik's forces finally moved into Ville DeL'Haie, Julienne fled into the woods, where she lived for several years under Robotnik's radar. Eventually, one day, she came across Alexei passed out in the forest, and she rescued him. The two have been close friends ever since.

Fact 8: Julienne is a loving and devoted girlfriend to Strider Hedgehog [seasidehedgehog]. They met over two years ago, on the beach in Kawa Crossing. The chemistry between them was nearly instantaneous; after watching a beach volleyball match between Team Seaside (comprised of Strider and Ace) and Team Sand Blast (comprised of Slash and Dash), they bonded over dinner at one of Strider's favorite beachside restaurants. Even though theirs is more often than not a long-distance relationship (with Julienne traveling with her friends and collecting recipes, and Strider touring on the Mobian Beach Volleyball League circuit), they spend as much time together as they can, and neither one has ever wavered in their commitment to each other.

Fact 9: Julienne is, generally speaking, the most organized and concerned with cleanliness within the group-- which is understandable, given her role in food preparation. She is meticulous about keeping her kitchen spotless, with everything arranged in a very specific way, right down to her spice rack being organized in alphabetical order. She has a mild germ phobia, and gets profoundly irritated when anything or anyone (which, in most cases, means Gogo) violates her organizational system.

Fact 10: Although not formally trained in combat skills, Julienne can certainly hold her own when she needs to-- particularly if she's got a frying pan close by.
Vina by CheVD

Name: Vina Chandradhwani

Age: 19
Species: Indian Treeshrew
Height: 4'2" / 127 cm
Birthday:  Day 344



Fact 1: Vina originates from the mountain village of Chandradhwani, in the Razi-- an isolationist Mobian kingdom in southern Yurashia. The village of Chandradhwani itself is a remarkable feat of engineering, with the city consisting entirely of a labyrinth of caverns, tunnels, scaffolds, bridges, stairways, ladders, and ornate structures carved out of opposing sheer cliff faces hundreds of feet above the floor of a river canyon. High winds and snow are common most of the year.

Fact 2: The naming convention in the Razi is generally to take the place of one's birth as a surname, and to never change it, even in marriage. Hence, Vina's surname being Chandradhwani as well.

Fact 3: In the culture of the Razi, Vina is considered a zeedha (a concept roughly equivalent to the real-life Hindu concept of a siddha). Zeedhas are Mobians who possess supernatural powers-- abilities outside the realm of what is considered normal for each individual species. Vina's abilities, which she has exhibited since she was a young girl, include levitation and third eye sight-- which means that, when she closes her eyes and concentrates, she can see in infrared and night vision, as well as seeing into the past, future, or the present in another location. Her abilities, however impressive they may be, are not without their limits; it takes her a tremendous amount of focus and energy to see beyond about two months into the past or future, and past that time constraint, her vision begins to blur substantially. At about two years in either direction, she is to the point that she can no longer see anything. Vina can only access her zeedha powers while wearing her cyan bindi jewel headdress, which is a family heirloom given to her by her grandmother when she was 8 years old.

Fact 4: Vina's parents, Ravi and Roshana, both died when she was very young-- too young to have many memories of either of them. For much of her childhood, she was raised by her maternal grandmother Shaila. When Shaila died, seemingly of old age, she was adopted by the town priest, Bhrotra Kalatra, and raised to be his protégée. It was under Kalatra that she received the focus training necessary to use her abilities to their full extent-- for her master's benefit, of course.

Fact 5: At 19, Vina is the youngest of the five members of Team Muse, and their resident musical prodigy. She is considered a virtuoso with her sitar, and talented with many other instruments as well.

Fact 6: Vina was also the final member of the five to join the group. During the group's excursion into the mountains along the southern reaches of the Dragon Kingdom, when the group met Neve the snow leopard [mandy-kun] for the first time and took her on as a guide, they all stumbled into the village of Chandradhwani, which they mistakenly thought at first was completely abandoned. Vina had seen the group coming, and had been instructed by Kalatra to ensure that the foreigners had no ill intent. After saving Alexei's life, Vina let slip that she was secretly aware that Kalatra had been responsible for her grandmother's death, with the intention of exploiting her for her zeedha powers. The rest of the group, horrified to hear how she had been forced to submit to Kalatra's bidding, decided to liberate her, and in the ensuing fight against the priest, they prevailed.

Fact 7: One of the main reasons that Vina had not rebelled against Kalatra until meeting Team Muse is due to the social structure of the Razi. Much like real-life India, the Razi has a rigid caste system-- although the Razi's caste system is based on species. Kalatra, a pit viper, was considered a member of the Baramah priest caste-- the second-highest class in the system, comprised entirely of snakes. By comparison, Vina (and most of her friends) fall into the Sodarah caste, the lowest rung on the social ladder, simply by virtue of being small mammal species. Until Team Muse's arrival, Vina found it entirely inconceivable to disobey Kalatra due to his higher status.

Fact 8: Interestingly, at least two of Vina's friends-- Dodge and Neve-- are considered by Razi culture to be in a caste above her: the Vhayazah caste, or merchants. This caste is reserved for birds, small reptiles aside from snakes, and medium-sized mammals (which includes lynxes and leopards). As Vina has traveled with her friends and worked to become less rigidly bound to the caste system with which she was raised, her treatment of Dodge in particular has been one of the most visible signs of her progression. As a sign of reverence, she used to refer to him constantly as "Mr. Dodge" and tend to want to avoid eye contact with him, much to his bemusement. She's gotten much better about the eye contact, but "Mr. Dodge" still occasionally slips out now and then.

Fact 9: During the group's visit to Albion, when they encountered Haydrian, it was discovered that Vina's bindi jewel was in fact a shard of a Chaos Emerald, which explained why the headdress would be so instrumental in her ability to use her zeedha powers. It would not be discovered until much later that the specific powers which manifested for Vina actually depend on the color of the Chaos Emerald being tapped-- i.e., it is only with a cyan Emerald that Vina can use her third eye sight.

Fact 10: As you might infer from fact 9, Vina is also the only member of Team Muse (or any of my characters so far) to actually have a Super form. However, details about Vina's Super form are still, as of yet, shrouded in mystery-- it has yet to be unlocked, and neither she nor any of her friends even know that she has one at this point.

More to come!
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  • Listening to: "Subterranean" - Foo Fighters
  • Playing: Sonic Dash
It's been waaay too long since my last actual journal entry, when I posted how things were going for me. I figured my birthday was as good a time as any to update. XP

So, yeah. I'm 29 now. Whee.

Of course, the big thing for me in the past couple of months has been adjusting to my new life back in the US-- Bellingham, Washington, to be specific. On a personal level here, things have actually been pretty great. My new place is almost twice as large as my old one in Vancouver, and in addition to the standard kitchen, living room, bedroom and bath, I now also finally have an entire room for a dedicated art studio! Not only is the place more spacious, but it's in a decent, quiet neighborhood, and rent is over $100 cheaper than I was paying in Vancouver. Life in Bellingham in general is more peaceful and cheaper-- on average, $2 less per gallon for gas, and about $40 less spent on groceries every week (not to mention grocery shopping is a breeze now because I live right next door to an Albertson's). And I got back a ton of stuff about the US that I really missed living in Canada, like [adult swim] and decent KFC! XD

I was pleasantly surprised, upon arriving here, to find that Bellingham's art scene is pretty vibrant-- in some ways, I'd say it's actually healthier than Vancouver's. They've got a monthly Downtown Art Walk here, on the first Friday night of every month, where all the galleries and participating shops and restaurants have open houses to showcase local art. I've already managed to get myself exhibited at two different local places, with more avenues currently being explored.

I also landed myself a seasonal job at Macy's as a merchandising assistant, which sort of precludes me from going back to Florida to spend Christmas this year with the family. I'm a little bummed about that, but the pay is pretty decent, the work is okay, and I'm expanding my résumé. Hours are generally on the really early side, which I don't mind that much, because I don't have a lot of contact with customers. The exception was my 1AM-9AM shift on Black Friday, which-- yeah, I'm not going to lie, that was kind of rough. And it was only my second shift on the job. XP

I'm really ready for 2014 to end, though. On a personal level things haven't been too bad, but otherwise this has been a really depressing year, with ill-fated Malaysian planes and invasions in Ukraine and ISIS and Ebola and Republicans and race riots and losing Robin Williams. And TV sucks (except for HBO). And music sucks. And most of the new movies suck. I think maybe I ought to force myself to unplug from the internet and TV occasionally, because I've been really sensitive lately to how horribly ugly and negative the 24-hour cable news and online trolls have become.

So, that's about it for what's been happening in my world. I've been reorganizing my life, and I've been here long enough to come to the conclusion that moving to Bellingham was absolutely for the best. And my social life still pretty much hinges on the Absconders at this point-- that hasn't really changed. But, we'll see what the road ahead has in store for me next year.

Hopefully the news will be a little less dismal too.
Vox Populi by CheVD
Vox Populi
I've been working with technology as the primary focus of my fine art practice for nearly five years now, and this is a piece I know I would've had to do eventually in some capacity. It was inevitable. The specific subject of this painting just plays far too much of a role in our everyday interactions with technology for me to pass it over forever.

I'm talking, of course, about the internet's unfortunate habit of promoting ignorant and inflammatory discourse.

The internet, by its very design, is the perfect place for people to unload their unfiltered expression. In most cases, there's a cloak of anonymity to what we say online, which creates a heightened sense of security that nothing we say or do will have real-world consequences. Usually, that's an illusion-- but only in rare instances does it seem to catch up with the people who post things like this. The internet gives the loudest and most provocative among us a microphone and a soapbox, where once they would not be taken seriously. The internet also allows people to broadcast trivial minutiae and impulsive musings much more easily as well, where once these things were usually unspoken. The result is that... well... the internet has a reputation now for being a digital archive of belligerent polemic, stupidity, faux pas and pornography. Usually in comments sections and web forums.

So I decided to conduct an artistic experiment. I began actively seeking out and collecting instances of comments which typify this lack of restraint. I culled comments from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, 4chan, Huffington Post, AOL News, reddit, and yes, deviantArt too. In every place I looked, it wasn't hard to find something demeaning, insulting, or thoughtless. Keep in mind, this painting isn't about political views, or religion, or taking any stance on any issue or any opinion. I found insulting comments directed at liberals, conservatives, Christians, Muslims, atheists, Americans, non-Americans, women, African Americans,  the LGBT community-- just about everybody could be offended by at least one of the comments on here. Some of the comments were tied to the Ebola scare in the US, or Gamergate, or the fallout from the shooting of Michael Brown. Several comments were devoted to insulting Obama. One comment was a profanity shot at Bono for U2's new album being included for free on the iPhone 6. After a while of sifting through the vitriol and ignorance, it all sort of blurred together. And that's the point of this painting: on the internet, when rhetoric and insults are ubiquitous, every comment is another brick in this enormous wall of indiscriminate outrage and banality. It's overwhelming. There are many times I've been tempted to contribute my voice to the mix, in the hopes of introducing some rationality and moderation, but in the end, the quieter, less confrontational people like me get shouted down, and we learn that making our views known to the world is not worth the drama. I can't tell you how many times I've seen a disrespectful remark on dA, spent an hour or so typing out a reasoned and respectful counterargument, and then decided not to post it after all-- not out of cowardice, but out of a sense of futility, and knowing that exposing myself to being flamed isn't going to actually solve anything (aside from perhaps the troublesome problem of my growing self-esteem). Moderation has a tendency to get drowned out on the net. And so the downward spiral continues, because there's no voice of reason to temper the shouters and the trolls and the flamers.

Once my collection of comments was large enough, I took a blank canvas and started forming them into one giant typography piece. In the initial stages of the painting, it looked a bit like one of Corita Kent's works-- but as it became layered with more and more comments, I realized it was starting to remind me much more of graffiti walls from Venice Beach. I wanted most of the comments to be only marginally intelligible; I'm not interested in giving any of these people an ideological signal boost. Moreover, I was hoping to turn the grotesqueries I found online into something aesthetically pleasing-- transmuting the ugliness into beauty. Some bursts of color, some appealing letterforms, some interesting composition. Something, anything, to allow me to exorcise the awful meaning from the words, and make them into a purely visual (and hopefully enjoyable) experience. 

I'm all for freedom of speech, even speech with which I strongly disagree-- but in my humble opinion, we gotta start being nicer to each other.
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  • Listening to: New Year's Day - U2
Happy New Year, everybody!

I've got to say, I for one am really pleased we've finally made it to 2015. Let's be honest-- in terms of news, 2014 was a really terrible, depressing year. We started with the winter that refused to end, and a farcical Russian Winter Olympics marred by unpreparedness, homophobia, and a distinct undercurrent of authoritarianism and belligerence. Then of course, after all the athletes had left, Russia launched its invasion of Crimea and Ukraine descended into chaos. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, and then just a few months later, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 got shot down over the disputed area of Ukraine. Then there were riots in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting of Michael Brown. And then there was ISIS, and an Ebola scare, and huge victories for the Republicans in the midterms. And then the lack of an indictment in the Michael Brown case led to another round of riots, followed soon after by even more riots as a result of the Eric Garner case ending similarly. We lost Bob Hoskins, Harold Ramis, H.R. Giger, and Robin Williams-- the entire year long, I felt like my childhood was on fire. So how does the year end? More riots, a couple of police officers being shot, another plane going down over South Asia, Sony Pictures being hacked over a movie, and the passing of Christine Cavanaugh (who was, again, integral to my childhood). And on a more personal note, me not really having much of a Christmas due to working and being unable to see my family for the holidays.

Toward the end there, I've got to tell you guys, I was really seriously praying for 2014 to just be over already. It was starting to feel like an excess of bad news on a repeating loop. Plus, not many good movies to speak of lately, TV is abysmal (and I'm still depressed over The Colbert Report going off the air), and the only new album I've found worth listening to all year is the Foo Fighters' Sonic Highways.

Truth be told, things really haven't been that bad for me on a personal level, particularly since moving back to the US (though, of course, nothing's entirely perfect). But it's getting really hard to keep an optimistic perspective on life while constantly being buried under all of the outside world's suffering.

Maybe it's futile, but I really hope 2015 is a better year. I don't see how it could be much worse.

(Just in case, though, my New Year's resolution for 2015 is to watch less cable news. It's important to be informed, but it's really not healthy to my sanity to overdo it. XP)

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Mitchell Van Duzer
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Current Residence: Bellingham, Washington / Bradenton, Florida
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