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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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He was flamboyant and heedless,
        she was quiet and reserved.
He flirted with death,
        she loved him with untarnished passion.
He lived for her touch,
        she died for his folly.
Shooting Stars
Not entirely sure what the muse was aiming for here...
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Selfie by 914four
Selfie
An IDF soldier indulges one of my fellow tourists with a souvenir photo.
Isn't it amazing how a simple smile can bridge a language gap?
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914GT cockpit by 914four
914GT cockpit
This was my friend's 914 GT replica. Note the racing seat with five point harness for the driver and the stock 914-4 seat for the passenger (PCA rules no longer allow this today, both seats must be the same). This car had the standard dog-leg 901 transmission (a side shifter, not the sloppier tail-shifter found on the original GT). Also, I don't believe that that fire extinguisher retaining strap would pass a current inspection, but those were less regulated times. That big gauge in the middle is the tachometer (where God intended it to be) and the steering wheel that effectively hides the speedometer (on the left; I had that same Momo steering wheel in my own 914 :-)
I actually drive my current Porsche the same way, watching tach+gear rather than looking at the speedo, which I believe is only there for the benefit of the passenger.
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914GT by 914four
914GT
This was my friend's 914 GT replica. It had the five-bolt wheels, flares and bumpers and was set up for track (fuel cell, harness, etc), but it did not have the 120 HP 2.0 litre (1991cc) flat six of the original. Rather, it featured a bored-out 2.0 litre (1971cc, bored to 2.2 litres if I recall correctly) flat four that produced somewhat more horsepower at lower RPM. It was an awesome, street-legal track car.
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914GT rear by 914four
914GT rear
This was my friend's 914 GT replica. It had the five-bolt wheels, flares and bumpers and was set up for track (fuel cell, harness, etc), but it did not have the 120 HP 2.0 litre (1991cc) flat six of the original. Rather, it featured a bored-out 2.0 litre (1971cc, bored to 2.2 litres if I recall correctly) flat four that produced somewhat more horsepower at lower RPM. It was an awesome, street-legal track car.
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The light at the end of the tunnel was turned off for Earth Day, March 28th, 2015, and Mr Edwin Smith, the Federal employee responsible, forgot to turn it back on. He was preoccupied, you see, because he was thinking about his retirement party, for Mr Smith’s last day was Tuesday, March 31st, and he was looking forward to sitting around the house all day watching several years of recorded television on his PVR. Unfortunately, he died of a heart attack two days before his retirement, apparently because he could no longer see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The light stayed off for almost three weeks before anyone realized it, when a Mrs Edna Jones called to complain that she could no longer see the light at the end of the tunnel. By then, since no one knew why it was off, everyone was hesitant to anything about it. Bill in accounting speculated that maintenance was working on it and that it would be dangerous to turn it back on, while Hank in maintenance blamed the bean counters for mismanaging the budget.
Eventually, Mr Banks, director of the department, received an email from the assistant deputy minister inquiring about the light, and it was turned back on at her request. However, at the end of April, when Mr Banks submitted his departmental summary for fiscal year 2014-2015, he noticed in passing that there was a net savings in the light at the end of the tunnel expenses and pointed this out to his superiors.
As he had managed his yearly budget to a small surplus, Mr Banks received a higher-than-anticipated year-end bonus, which made him very happy indeed. Over dinner that evening, his widowed mother, Mrs Banks, asked if he could repeat the feat, and so Mr Banks had the light turned off again the very next day.
For a time, he began to have the light turned off in the evening, when there were no operators to receive calls from irate citizens, and turned back on in the morning. When a call did come in questioning why the light at the end of the tunnel had been off the previous evening, the operators were instructed to respond that the light was being maintained and that it had since been turned back on. This satisfied most callers, and the few that were still unhappy were mailed an autographed glossy picture of Prime Minister Stephen Harper with a short letter stating that the Harper government valued their input and that the matter would be given the attention it deserved without further delay.
By the end of March, 2016, the department had saved a significant amount on electricity and Mr Banks received an excellent year-end bonus, as well as notification that his Fiscal Year 2017 budget was being cut for running a surplus two years straight. Mr Banks immediately applied for a transfer to another department.

So on the day that eight-year-old Virginia Lamb called the Government of Canada toll-free number to enquire about why the light at the end of the tunnel was no longer visible, she was informed that the government had disconnected the light for her benefit, so that she might enjoy lower income taxes.
The light at the end of the tunnel
I had originally written this to be posted on April 1st as an April Fools joke, but I reread it and found that it wasn't that funny. I've been in a bit of an odd mood these past weeks.

Edit 15/04/26: My retired-English-teacher mother-in-law and self-proclaimed number one fan read it and gave it her seal of approval, so I feel better about it now :-)
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The importance of Reading the Fine Print by 914four
The importance of Reading the Fine Print
I was recently chatting with a friend from the UK who told me about a chalkboard sign he'd come upon on the side of the road, inviting him to turn off and drive three miles to what he thought was free beer. There were several of these encouraging signs pointing out the way, but it wasn't until he parked his car that he took a closer look at the sign. It turned out that the beer was cold (this was in Colorado) but the WiFi connection was excruciatingly slow.
This reminded me of a great quote from a friend that I think is quite fitting here: "Education is what you get from reading the small print. Experience is what you get from not reading it." - Zandramas

Update: I'm seriously considering using this as a book cover for a collection of (very) short stories. What do you think?
 
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Toy cars by 914four
Toy cars
I like the yellow one :-)
Turn 14 (also known as Namerow) at Mont Tremblant, I can't remember what class this is, but I suspect GT5 or one of the Touring competitions.
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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

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914four
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
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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.
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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?
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1 deviant said I refuse to answer because, as an employee of that railroad, I am bound by a non-disclosure agreement.
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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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No deviants said Eh?

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Celem Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav: on my tiger pic :)
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Thanks for sharing it with us :-)
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lucytherescuedcat Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for the llama! :-) 
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914four Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
'twas my pleasure m'lady :-)
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Smile! :-) 
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Thanks for the fav. ;-)
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914four Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing your artwork with us :-)
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914four Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for sharing :-)
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