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:bulletred: :bulletred: :bulletred: is distracted, and somewhat swamped. :bulletred: :bulletred: :bulletred:

:bulletgreen:The T-shirt with Tanita's picture on it was won by loyal reader :iconrureddyjoe86:, congratulations Joe!

:bulletblue:Quote of the week: "Here kitty, kitty, kitty!" - Tony Stewart, chasing down Kevin Harvick for the lead in the Allstate 400 (NASCAR) race.

Thanks for visiting! If you didn't find what you were looking for, just ask below on the right. Perhaps one of the cats has it.

Tanita the Kentauride

:bulletblue: The cover artwork for my book, "The Kentauride," now available on the Amazon Kindle Store
Artwork by Ileana Hunter, cover layout and composition by Guylaine Régimbald:
The Kentauride by IleanaHunter

:bulletblue: This is the original by Ileana Hunter, the artwork she created for the book:
Tanita by IleanaHunter

:bulletblue: A closer look, I love the emotion in her eyes, and these scans really do not do the original justice:
Tanita - detail by IleanaHunter
Ileana has agreed to do the artwork for "The Centaur" as well. Keep an eye out for it in the next couple of months.

Some of my Favorite Quotes

:bulletgreen: "Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of mag tapes hurtling down the highway." - Andrew S. Tanenbaum

:bulletblack: "Authors from whom others steal should not complain, but rejoice. Where there is no game there are no poachers." - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

:bulletblack: "Don’t expect, in fact, to make more than you would have made from flipping burgers part-time for the same number of hours of work for your first novel." - Holly Lisle

:bulletblack: "Every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration. Constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought." - Margaret Chase Smith

:bulletblack: “If you can change your mind, you can change your life.” - William James

:bulletblack: "There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs." - John Rogers

:bulletblack:"Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains." - Steve Jobs

:bulletblack: "A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. " - Roald Dahl

:bulletblack:"Alas, all too often, Enzos end up illustrating what happens when too much money, too much car, and too little talent arrive at the same place at the same time." - Mike Sheehan

:bulletblack:"If one cannot state a matter clearly enough so that even an intelligent twelve-year-old can understand it, one should remain within the cloistered walls of the university and laboratory until one gets a better grasp of one's subject matter." - Margaret Mead

:bulletblack:"We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works." - Douglas Adams

:bulletblack:"There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats." - Anonymous

:bulletblack:"Ford," he said, "you're turning into a penguin. Stop it." - Douglas Adams (from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

:bulletblack:"[He] died of a lethal overdose of brick wall, taken while under the influence of a Ferrari and a bottle of tequila." Douglas Adams (from The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, 1988)

:bulletblack:"Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat." - Mark Twain Notebook, 1894

:bulletblack:"Porsches are like children, you won't truly understand until you have had one." - Nicole Galarneau

:bulletblack:"There is, incidentally, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person." - Dan Greenberg

:bulletblack:"Committees are, by nature, timid. They are based on the premise of safety in numbers; content to survive inconspicuously, rather than take risks and move independently ahead. Without independence, without the freedom for new ideas to be tried, to fail, and to ultimately succeed, the world will not move ahead, but rather live in fear of it's own potential" - Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche

:bulletblack:"Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job." - James A. Lovell

:bulletblack: "Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." - Mark Twain

:bulletblack:"Yes, it was an act of God. But which God?" - Douglas Adams

:bulletblack: "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain

:bulletblack:“The surest way to kill a man is to pay him to do nothing.” - Félix Leclerc


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I am so far behind it's not even funny anymore.  I have a few journals in the works, but none are ready, so I'll just have to write one from scratch, with the understanding that I will come back and post something more appropriate later. I'm sure there's sound logic in there somewhere, but I was reading the arguments of the anti-feminism crowd on :iconcosmic--chaos:'s journal and right now my head is spinning from all the low flying :censored:.

In a nutshell, one journal that I'm still working on is about my recent boondoggle to the Middle East. With all that's going on in Gaza right now, I decided that it might not be appropriate, so I will shelve that until things calm down. I did want to thank my host though, and say that the IDF t-shirt was a big hit ("My job is so secret, I don't even know what I'm doing!") here in Ottawa. Needless to say, the trip was an inspirational one, and one I hope all of you will make some day. I am going to make a specific folder for my uploads for that one, as soon as time permits.

The second journal would have been about mine and Dan's yearly pilgrimage to Mosport, er, Mecca, er, that is Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for the annual American LeMans, er, wait, no, that's the (annual?) TUDOR Grand Prix race, which we unfortunately missed due to a twenty-three-year-old fuel pump diaphragm ripping, pumping its last drop of gasoline, and causing me to get all greasy in the parking lot of the Whitby Canadian Tire as I tried to figure out where the problem is. As far as I can tell, the float in the carburetor stuck, causing excessive back-pressure and pushing said pump over the edge. A flatbed ride home (that cost over a third of what we originally paid for Kermit!) later and it turns out that Bell doesn't carry the Fox Sports One network on which the race was re-broadcast. Needless to say, it was a disappointing weekend, but I did get lots of pics on Friday and Saturday so keep an eye out for those, coming soon.

I have a few other journals in the works, notably one about Ileana (who many of you will know as the fabulous artist who drew Tanita and Tanus for the cover artwork), and another about an awesome indie author I discovered here on :devart: (read The Destroyer : 11.
Summer was a burning blade rippling through the streets of Manhattan. It made ovens out of the tenements in Harlem and mocked the struggling window units that dotted their brick facades. Perspiration coated the nameless faces that passed beneath the open mesh of Mallorie Ortiz’s fire escape. She sat, leaning forward against its bars, her hair hanging loose in a tumbling cascade, her tan, sandaled feet dangling high above the broiling pavement. Traffic was grid-locked and noisy at that hour; the poisonous smell of diesel exhaust just typical city incense.
“Eat something.” Her mother hurried past the living room window, fixing a final bobby pin to a neatly restrained bun of black hair, her feet twisting into a pair of sensible shoes. Stopping at the mirror, she applied dark lipstick and tossed the tube in the pocket of her apron. “Mallorie!” she shouted, glancing out the window while she clipped on a small teardrop earring. “You’ll be late.
, it'll be worth it!). I also have two or three short stories to post once I get done editing them, one of them a true story en français, for my francophone friends. :-) 

"I like to write short stories more because I never met a writer who wasn't lazy." -Stephen King

The launch of "The Centaur" was pretty good, considering there was no giveaway this time, and the giveaway of "The Kentauride" may have encouraged a few to buy the sequel. Financially, it is still a losing proposition, but the thirty or so copies sold in the first month are encouraging; and, we got our first review, so things are definitely moving forward. The weekend at Mosport, where Dan usually pokes massive holes in my storyline (four hour drive each way) was productive and I'm psyched about book three, which we agreed should just be called "The Dragon." Those of you who have read "The Centaur" will know who that is in reference to :-)
I also wanted to thank all those of you who have encouraged and supported me in this project, I couldn't have done it without you, and I hope I got everyone in the acknowledgements.

So with that, I will end this journal until I get around to posting something more relevant. Let's be careful out there.
  • Mood: Confused
  • Listening to: Def Leppard's Greatest
  • Reading: The Decline and Fall of IBM:EndofanAmerican Icon?
  • Watching: hummingbirds
  • Drinking: Starbucks VIA coffee

Journal History


Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
"I don't have all the answers, but I certainly have a lot of questions." - me

Current Residence: :flagcanada: Canada, eh?
Why am I here? I joined :devart: because it kept coming up in Google searches for the words "Centaur" and "Kentauride." Since I'm currently in the process of writing a trilogy that features a young Kentauride in a modern setting, this seemed to be the place to hang out. :typerhappy:
Fortune by 914four

The first book in the series is available at Amazon in Kindle form, with a printed version expected late summer 2014.
Book two is scheduled for June 21, 2014.

Tanita and Tanus, both Centaurs, are my OCs, as are Mark, David and Chloe who are all "normal," meaning that they buy shoes one pair at a time...

I'm also an avid transportation fanatic, do motorsports photography :firelite-photo:, ferroequinology photography, some basic photography (animals and landscapes mostly) and some freehand sketching on occasion. All of my submissions have ratings, some are free for you to do as you please with, others I'd rather not be used for commercial purposes because they may have trademarks or such that I cannot grant you rights for:skull:, and lastly some are personal and are shared simply because someone asked:idea:. I would respectfully request that you heed the rating as they are posted for each submission; just because one image is free for you to use doesn't mean that all are. I have several hundred thousand images stored on UDO and DDS media. Unfortunately the database linking to these images was lost due to bit rot (data corruption), so it is not a simple task to find anything; if I have promised to find an image for you, please be patient, as it can be very time consuming and I do have a day job. Lastly, I do not Photoshop any of my images, what you see is what I shot, unless otherwise indicated. Thanks. :-)

I am very open to comments and critiques, and encourage constructive criticism. If you didn't like it, tell me why, and I'll try and do better next time. I make every attempt to be fair and constructive in my comments, I appreciate it when others to do the same. I tend to use a lot of quotes in my posts, I collect quotes and use them liberally.

Also, if I should die, please do not let my wife sell my diecast or model train collections for what she thinks I paid for them.

Operating System: OSX, Solaris 10, Mint Linux, WinXP
MP3 player of choice: antique iPod, sometimes my MacBook Pro
Shell of choice: Bourne (or BASH)
Wallpaper of choice: It would take too much room to explain... =p
Skin of choice: Pirelli P-Zero... wait, is that skin or skins?
Favourite cartoon character: Rubine, also Taarna (from the original Heavy Metal)
Dumbest thing I can remember doing: Getting completely airborne in an '87 VW Fox
Smartest thing I can remember doing: Convincing my then girlfriend to move in with me
Strangest thing I can remember doing: Reading the entire "Mission Earth" series by L. Ron Hubbard.
Greatest accomplishment: My son
Personal Quote: You should never attempt to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and it annoys the pig.
Iconoclasm: I've thought of myself as an iconoclast ever since I first looked up the definition, some time ago. When I say iconoclast, I mean it in the nonconformist way, not one who destroys church property. I've always challenged the status quo, and nothing annoys me more than "That's the way we've always done it," with the possible exception of "That's not my job."
The boss: Intense by 914four

Yesterday (July 28) the NRC (National Research Council of Canada) shut down its computers to stop an attack by hackers from China. What do you think? 

5 deviants said The Chinese should be sanctionned for breaking international law
2 deviants said I refuse to answer on the grounds that I may incriminate myself
1 deviant said It's just a game governments play to test each other and Canada lost this time
1 deviant said It's just a game governments play to test each other and China lost this time
1 deviant said It's Microsoft's fault
No deviants said The NRC should have better firewalls, it's their fault
No deviants said I have a different opinion which I will post below


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AnastasiyaKosenko Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the fave, for you comment under the portrait of Castiel and for the Llama! :-)
914four Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
T'was my pleasure m'lady :-)
AnastasiyaKosenko Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
:D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) 
Leothomas1 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
I remember as a kid growing up here in Florida having encounters with wasps a lot. One thing I learned was wearing bright colored clothing particularly bright reds and oranges seem to attract them to you especially if they are disturbed. So when outside during the wasp and bee season avoid those colors.
914four Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting, I know that the hummingbirds are really attracted to red, I almost swatted one the other day when it came up to my shoulder (I was wearing a red t-shirt, and I thought it was a horse fly; usually they won't come anywhere near us).  I'll have to keep an eye out for wasps. There was a an all-black wasp trying to get into the decoy nest I hung up on our front porch the other day; not sure if it was lost or trying to pick a fight :-)
SharkHarrington Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014   Photographer
Did you attend the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Mosport?  
I'm waking up to the re-broadcast this morning.  :lolly:

~Shark 8-)
914four Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
We were there, but missed the actual race.
DNF by 914four
You are lucky, Bell dropped SPEED when it became Fox Sports, so no replay available for me :-( The SCCA race on Saturday made it worth the trip though, some real racing action. Will upload some pics soon, including GT3 cup race and the Lambo track day...
SharkHarrington Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014   Photographer
Bummer!  That's just bad luck, plain and simple.  I imagine it will be a long time before you will get another opportunity to see some good sportscar action again.  

The SCCA National Championship Runoffs are coming to Laguna Seca in October.  Lucky for me again.  I think that event travels to different tracks each year, right?
914four Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Such is life when you drive a 37 year old truck :-) It does as far as I know. I can still drive up to Calabogie, and Tremblant is barely five hours away :-)
Starfox2o12 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Thanks for the fave and watch.
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