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Tanita the Kentauride

Don't disturb by 914four


:bulletblue: The cover artwork for my book, "The Kentauride," now available on the Amazon Kindle Store www.amazon.com/dp/B00CLDQ92W.
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: "The next best thing to being clever is being able to quote someone who is." - Mary Pettibone Poole

:bulletblack: "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:"It's what non-car people don't get. They see all cars as just tonne-and-a-half, two-tonnes of wires, glass, metal and rubber. That's all they see. People like you or I know, we have an unshakable belief that cars are living entities. You can develop a relationship with a car. And that's just what non-car people don't get." -Jeremy Clarkson

: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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WikiLeaks has just released the full text of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) chapter on “Investor State Dispute Settlement.” If you thought SOPA was scary, wait until you get a load of this. The USTR, who are responsible for negotiating these agreements on behalf of the US, are a perfect example of a “revolving door” agency; bureaucrats who used to be lobbyists get to set policy that benefits their own industries, while lining their own pockets at the expense of the general public. They do not have your best interests at heart.

The leaked chapter describes how the TPP would create a secret international court system that would have no accountability to the public. If they can't openly discuss agreements and legalities that concern you, you damned well better be concerned! 

Current TPP negotiation member states are the United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei. The TPP is the largest economic treaty in history, including countries that represent more than 40 per cent of the world´s GDP, and is being negotiated in secret, without public consultation! 

One of the more disturbing aspects of the agreement is that a foreign corporation can sue the government for perceived lack of profits. Imagine a company from overseas opens a factory in Anytown USA, and they begin making widgets, which fill a need and sell like crazy, making them a healthy profit. Then, the scientific  community realizes that chemical ABC, a byproduct of making widgets, causes cancer, and the EPA regulates emissions, imposing a limit on how much ABC can be released into the air. Anytowners hold a rally because they care about how much ABC they are breathing and the government listens. The factory is shut down while it is retooled to filter out airborne ABC, and the company loses business to another company who does not release ABC when they make their widgets. The first company could, if the TPP is signed, sue the government for the lost profits resulting from the shutdown as a result of government legislation. In other words, the government is on the hook for the consequences of its legislation, not just for actual losses but for theoretical or potential losses!

Here is an extract Public Citizen's analysis (emphasis is mine): "Foreign corporations have used these claims to attack tobacco, climate, financial, mining, medicine, energy, pollution, water, labor, toxins, development and other non-trade domestic policies. Under U.S. “free trade” agreements (FTAs) alone, foreign firms have already pocketed more than $440 million in taxpayer money via investor-state cases. This includes cases against natural resource policies, environmental protections, health and safety measures and more. ISDS tribunals have ordered more than $3.6 billion in compensation to investors under all U.S. FTAs and Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs). More than $38 billion remains in pending ISDS claims under these pacts, nearly all of which relate to environmental, energy, financial regulation, public health, land use and transportation policies. Even when governments win cases, they are often ordered to pay for a share of the tribunal’s costs. Given that the costs just for defending a challenged policy in an ISDS case total $8 million on average, the mere filing of a case can create a chilling effect on government policymaking, even if the government expects to win."

You can find the whole document here: wikileaks.org/tpp-investment/W…

If you don't have time to read the whole report, this 13 page overview by 
Lori Wallach and Ben Beachy of the Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch should give you the important highlights: wikileaks.org/tpp-investment/T…

Call/write/email/fax your appropriate elected officials NOW and let them know that you disapprove and do not support the TPP!

  • Mood: Nervous
  • Listening to: Save Me, San Francisco, by Train
  • Reading: Those Pullman Blues by David Perata
  • Drinking: coffee
Did you really think you could sneak up on me? by 914four
Did you really think you could sneak up on me?
Newton napping on top of a pile of cardboard boxes, sleeping with one eye open since he knows he's not supposed to be there.
Cat in storage anyone?
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GMD SW1200 #7035 by 914four
GMD SW1200 #7035
N scale (1:160) Canadian National #7035 (GMD SW1200RS / CN Class GS-12 ) works hard while Central Vermont RS-11 #3603 idles in the background. Taken on my old layout, notice the graffittied Penn Central (Conrail) car in the far distance (middle right of image).
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Picture a large, in-ground swimming pool. The water is calm, the sun shining, and an obviously well-to-do couple are sitting by a cast-iron patio table with a large umbrella.
"Howard dear," purred the wife, sunning herself. "What would you do if I were to die tomorrow?"
"Why, Lovey dear, I would be extremely upset," said the husband, glancing up from his newspaper. "Why do you ask such a question?"
"Would you remarry?"
"No, of course not, my dear," said the husband, laying his paper down on the glass tabletop and giving her his full attention.
"Don't you like being married?"
"Of course I do, my dearest. You are the reason I exist."
"Then why wouldn't you remarry?"
"Very well, then," said the husband, "I'd remarry."
"You would?" said the wife, looking vaguely hurt.
"Yes," said the husband, "if such is your wish."
"Would you sleep with her in our bed?" asked the wife after a long pause, during which the husband resumed reading his newspaper.
"Well yes, I suppose I would," replied the husband without looking up.
"I see," said the wife, with a hint of indignation. "And would you take down the pictures of me and replace them with pictures of her?"
"Yes, I believe so. I think that would be the proper thing to do."
"Really," said the wife, icily. "And would you let her wear my old clothes?
"I suppose so, if she really wanted to," said the husband, turning the page without looking up.
"Is that so?"  said the wife, leaping to her feet and knocking over her chair with a clang. "And I suppose you'd let her play with my golf clubs too!"
"Of course not, Lovey dear, don't be absurd," said the husband, putting down his newspaper with a predatory smile. "She's left-handed."
Ask a silly question...
My wife does this to me all the time.
Edit: Question: When you read this, did you at first conclude that the husband actually has a mistress, or that he's just getting back at his wife for asking harassing questions?
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This one doesn't taste so good... by 914four
This one doesn't taste so good...
Newton realizing that hard drives are not all the same flavour :D
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This is a humorous story based on a joke I was told while visiting St-Johns, Newfoundland, in the mid-90ies. If you do not have a sense of humour where Santa Claus or Christmas is concerned, please stop reading now, as this story will probably offend you. If not, I hope this makes you laugh as hard as it made me laugh, both then and when I recently wrote it out as a short story.

___


It was supposed to be a happy time, and Santa had begun the day in a good mood, but as the day wore on, he began to wonder if he should not have simply stayed in bed... It was the eve of Christmas, and everything was going wrong.

    It all began when they had run out of coffee. Ordered to go on a weight-reduction diet by his doctor, the only remaining staple of his regular diet was his gourmet coffee, which he thought of as his final indulgence. He wasn’t even allowed to have the milk and cookies children would be leaving out for him later that day, and this was making him very short-tempered.
    Distracted by an angel who’d stopped by to announce that they’d lost the Christmas tree in a sleigh accident, Mrs. Claus had burned his breakfast while searching for coffee beans in the root cellar. Then, as he was sipping his instant-ersatz and picking at his burned oatmeal, a group of elves barged in with a list of demands.
    Because lead paint had been found in one of his outsourced toys, the board of directors had decided not to allow him to deliver any of the toys from his largest supplier, who was now suing him for breech of contract. As a result, his elves had had to work double shifts and were complaining about not getting paid for all the overtime they had put in. If he didn’t give in to their demands, they would go on total strike and would not help load the sleigh. Negotiations had gone on most of the day, and they were quickly running out of time.
    The reindeer had been sympathetic to the elves, particularly when Santa had ordered them to load the sleigh, and began picketing in protest. Since it was a very cold day at the North Pole, they had been drinking to keep warm, and most were completely inebriated. They had taken the sleigh out for a spin earlier in the day and crashed it into a tree, breaking off one of the runners and getting arrested for DUI.
    Santa was beside himself with anger.
    "I can’t believe this!” he raged, "I've got millions of presents to deliver all over the world and all my reindeer are drunk and in jail, my elves are on strike and I don't even have a Christmas tree!  What am I going to do?".
    Just then, a tiny angel opened the front door and stepped in from the cold, snowy night, dragging a Christmas tree many times his size. 
   "Yo, Big Guy,” he said, “whaddaya want I should do with this tree?”
    And thus began the tradition of an angel perched atop the Christmas tree…
A Christmas tradition
I wrote this just before Christmas and never got a chance to post it, so I thought I'd share it with you now. I'd be interested in knowing if any non-Canadians (or non-Newfoundlanders for that matter) found this funny. I think the reindeer were drinking Screech. (see: screechrum.com/ if you don't get the last bit.)
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You have no idea... by 914four
You have no idea...
Sometimes I have the impression that he knows a lot more than he lets on...
Update: I think this is his threatening look, because I showed this image to Pixel on my iPad and he stared for a second, his eyes growing almost all black as if he was terrified, and then he ran away under the bed.
Update two: Niko was not frightened when I showed him this picture, but he did get up and look around to the back of the iPad. I must also mention that Pixel regularly watches automobile racing on the TV, so perhaps draw your own conclusions from that information.
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Responding to email by 914four
Responding to email
This is the picture I took of Newton for the "Contact Us" page at www.thekentauride.com. You can see him here diligently doing his job, answering emails from those with questions about the books. He likes to work in front of the windows so he can watch the birds. He's using the trackpad now because he chewed through the mouse wire...
Update: While it's true that Newton uses an old MacBook, it is too old to run any currently supported version of OSX, so in order to stay safe and still be able to use his machine, Newton runs that version of Linux favoured by cats all around the world, Felinux (pronounced fell-lynn-ucks.) :D (actually that was a feeble attempt at humour; Newton's laptop is really running Mint).
Since this is used on the website, please understand and respect that this image does not carry a share-alike license as most of my images do.
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There is a new picture of Newton on the "Contact" page at TheKentauride.com
( www.thekentauride.com/contact.… )
Let me know if you think it should be here on dA as well.
WikiLeaks has just released the full text of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) chapter on “Investor State Dispute Settlement.” If you thought SOPA was scary, wait until you get a load of this. The USTR, who are responsible for negotiating these agreements on behalf of the US, are a perfect example of a “revolving door” agency; bureaucrats who used to be lobbyists get to set policy that benefits their own industries, while lining their own pockets at the expense of the general public. They do not have your best interests at heart.

The leaked chapter describes how the TPP would create a secret international court system that would have no accountability to the public. If they can't openly discuss agreements and legalities that concern you, you damned well better be concerned! 

Current TPP negotiation member states are the United States, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei. The TPP is the largest economic treaty in history, including countries that represent more than 40 per cent of the world´s GDP, and is being negotiated in secret, without public consultation! 

One of the more disturbing aspects of the agreement is that a foreign corporation can sue the government for perceived lack of profits. Imagine a company from overseas opens a factory in Anytown USA, and they begin making widgets, which fill a need and sell like crazy, making them a healthy profit. Then, the scientific  community realizes that chemical ABC, a byproduct of making widgets, causes cancer, and the EPA regulates emissions, imposing a limit on how much ABC can be released into the air. Anytowners hold a rally because they care about how much ABC they are breathing and the government listens. The factory is shut down while it is retooled to filter out airborne ABC, and the company loses business to another company who does not release ABC when they make their widgets. The first company could, if the TPP is signed, sue the government for the lost profits resulting from the shutdown as a result of government legislation. In other words, the government is on the hook for the consequences of its legislation, not just for actual losses but for theoretical or potential losses!

Here is an extract Public Citizen's analysis (emphasis is mine): "Foreign corporations have used these claims to attack tobacco, climate, financial, mining, medicine, energy, pollution, water, labor, toxins, development and other non-trade domestic policies. Under U.S. “free trade” agreements (FTAs) alone, foreign firms have already pocketed more than $440 million in taxpayer money via investor-state cases. This includes cases against natural resource policies, environmental protections, health and safety measures and more. ISDS tribunals have ordered more than $3.6 billion in compensation to investors under all U.S. FTAs and Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs). More than $38 billion remains in pending ISDS claims under these pacts, nearly all of which relate to environmental, energy, financial regulation, public health, land use and transportation policies. Even when governments win cases, they are often ordered to pay for a share of the tribunal’s costs. Given that the costs just for defending a challenged policy in an ISDS case total $8 million on average, the mere filing of a case can create a chilling effect on government policymaking, even if the government expects to win."

You can find the whole document here: wikileaks.org/tpp-investment/W…

If you don't have time to read the whole report, this 13 page overview by 
Lori Wallach and Ben Beachy of the Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch should give you the important highlights: wikileaks.org/tpp-investment/T…

Call/write/email/fax your appropriate elected officials NOW and let them know that you disapprove and do not support the TPP!

  • Mood: Nervous
  • Listening to: Save Me, San Francisco, by Train
  • Reading: Those Pullman Blues by David Perata
  • Drinking: coffee

Journal History

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Martin
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
Canada
"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 two books in the series are available at Amazon in Kindle form, with printed versions expected late summer 2014 soon.
Book three is scheduled for late 2015.

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
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" and "Do you know who I am?" In my opinion, everyone deserves respect; some may have earned a bit more, but those who demand it deserve it just a bit less.
The boss: Intense by 914four
Interests

Save the BC Wolves!

In the third book of the Kentauride, there are several scenes that take place around a rail yard. Should this be a fictitious yard off of a real railroad, or can it be part of a fictitious short-line I once began building a model railroad around?(CZRR) 

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7 deviants said Hey, it's your world, you can do what you want.
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2 deviants said It has to be on a real railroad or you're going too far into fantasyland.
8%
1 deviant said What about a fictitious short-line that has been bought out by a real railroad and operated by a bunch of fictitious people who drive real locomotives?
8%
1 deviant said I refuse to answer because, as an employee of that railroad, I am bound by a non-disclosure agreement.
8%
1 deviant said I refuse to answer on the grounds that I may incriminate myself.
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No deviants said I have no idea what you're on about, I just want to see more car / cat / train / aircraft pictures...
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No deviants said I have another opinion, which I will share below.
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jpachl Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the fav!
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914four Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing your modelling efforts with us :-)
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sfaber95 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you for the favorite on No Wheels Required:D
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914four Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
No need to thank me, thank you for sharing :-)
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SharkHarrington Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015   Photographer
Are you gonna help me out with my lead sled feature?  Drop two links in the comments section of my poll, Martin.  Thanks!

~Shark 8-)
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914four Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I checked my gallery and have no lead sleds, so I'll have to use yours :-) My buddy Rocco had an early 50ies Merc (I don't think even he knows what year the base car is; haven't spoken to him in almost a decade :-( ) in primer grey, but the pics I took of it were lost in the fire at my parents' place in the mid-90ies.
That '49 Caddy has got to be my all-time favourite.
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creativesam Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Thanks for the :llama:!!
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914four Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
and thank you for mine :-)
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creativesam Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Yep. :-)
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amipal Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav:! :)
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