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TLDR; The entirety of DA was physically moved from one place to another over the past 3 weeks. WHA??! Insanity. Here's a video of us shutting down the old colocation facility and feeling pretty good about it.

LONG VERSION; On August 26, 2015, Chris Bolt (chris)  and I went to downtown LA where DeviantArt was hosted to dismantle the last of the colocation facility we inhabited for 13 years. DeviantArt has completed its transition to AWS after a long, long process that has taken chris and his team probably the better part of this year to complete. THANKS PAUL! banks, and JESSICA! petralfireIt's amazing to me how insanely complicated such a transition is, and how little the site was affected by it. We did have a glitch or two, here or there, especially the past 3 weeks, so if you experienced such a thing it was due to this wide scale transition. But on the whole? So smooth. 

This is of course due to the brilliance of my brother from another mother, chris Bolt, Co-Founder of DA, our Chief Architect, and the name sake of The Bolt Award (highest honor given to a team member at DA!). He's perhaps the most important single piece in the proverbial puzzle. Truly the backbone of DA. And so quiet about it, too. You've probably never seen a video of him, this might be the first time. Every single person on Team DeviantArt feels the same about chris Bolt, he's the most lovable person there is. Perhaps on Earth, even. He's just that amazing. 

In the spirit of how things got started, we decided to dismantle the colocation facility together (yesterday) like the old days when we were first building DeviantArt and he and I worked tirelessly on this part of DA for many, many long days and nights. This video probably illustrates the bittersweet vibe about it. I went to the conference room there yesterday and drew my last giant smiley face on the whiteboard, it was a ritual I'd always perform as a way of coping. Ironically the whiteboard markers were pretty much spent! Fitting. I could tell you war stories about this place all day, but I don't want to depress anyone. Ask anyone I've told war stories about this to and they'll tell ya, you don't wanna hear it. LOL 

Here are some photos from wayyyyy back dealing with this ghastly place:

DA Hosting Facility - 4 by spyedDA Hosting Facility - 8 by spyedThe REAL deviantART by Heidi

And a couple from yesterday with Chris:

Untitled by spyedUntitled by spyedUntitled by spyed

Anyway, DeviantArt is now fully transitioned to AWS and ... we have no regrets about it. Check out the video for one more day in the history books!

-- A

For those who are upset about CORE, you're right. We should have made a more formal announcement when we released to express the new CORE brand and what it means to us and you, and if nothing else in the interest of transparency. More information about CORE to follow this week. But even more importantly, you will see the release of many new Timeline elements that will give you much greater transparency into DeviantArt's direction as a whole. 

Let's talk about coffee for a minute. Cuz it's Saturday, and I woke up and thought about coffee a lot this morning.

I bought a Nespresso machine a few months back. Boy do I like it. I also like my french press. The thing is, Nespresso capsules cost $1.10 and make 1 cup, and I tend to drink two cups in the morning. When I wake up, and on the drive to DA HQ. I've had this theory that I should drink Nespresso on mornings that I work, and I should use the french press in the evenings and on weekends when I have more time. Because the nespresso saves me time during the week since it only takes 1 minute to make 1 cup. The french press takes 10 minutes to boil water/wait 4 minutes to brew, and all this. But each cup costs $0.28. Uhh, except you never make 1 cup with a french press, you tend to make 3 at a time or $0.84. Which is great! Because otherwise you'd spend $2.20 a morning with the nespresso!

Clearly you should use a french press. But wait a minute, what about time?

If you make $25 an hour at work, Nespresso costs you $8.34 a month of your time (1 minute, times 5 days, times 4.3 weeks in a month). If you use a french press you'll spend 215 minutes of your month making it, and it'll cost you $89.58 of your time. But that's not entirely fair because you can do other things during that 10 minutes, like brush your hair or teeth. So let's bring that down to half price, or $44.79 in cost for your time. Which is a kind gesture towards french press coffee I'll tell ya, since I hate brushing my teeth before drinking coffee cuz it makes the coffee taste like crap. I save that crappy flavor for the drive. LOL and.... yuck. Err, anyway! 

All together now!

Nespresso costs you $47.30 a month in workday coffee, and $8.34 in time. $55.64
French press costs you $44.70 a month in time, and $18.06 in coffee. $62.76

If you make $12.50 an hour at work, there's no way you should drink Nespresso. But if you make $25 an hour or above, it's probably not a bad determination to drink Nespresso. Either way you're spending $2.70+ a day on coffee if you value your time.

The most important thing you can do is not think about drip coffee, since you can set a timer on the machine and have it make you coffee every day at 7am for the price of french press but the convenience of Nespresso. Because, that would be too smart, and we want to be snobby and pretend that drip coffee doesn't taste just as good. 

Enjoy your Saturday! Drink some coffee and make some art! 

-- A



5D MII 50MM 1.4
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I have the privilege of making the ultimate day-to-day decisions on deviantART in my acting position as Chief Executive Officer. I Co-Founded deviantART in April of 2000 with jark along with a founding team of individuals including matteo most of whom joined around launch in August. Honorary founding team members include: mccann, chris and spot.


I've had a passion for building online communities since my addiction to game BBS's (doom, doom 2, heretic, hexen, etc.) when I was 12. I co-sysop'd the Netherworld BBS in Northern Virginia at that time (till I was 15) and fell in love with the possibilities; especially as they applied to a global community. deviantART mirrors many aspects of BBS's and as time progresses you will find even closer comparisons to the quality of community MajorBBS and other platforms were able to support. Of course, most of you have no idea what I'm talking about when I say BBS's. Ugh.

I've now spent more than half my life building online communities. Seeking to deliver a mainstream application that captures the depth and passion that I felt for BBS's in my youth youth, rather than my now youth. :D

I'm very proud of the success of deviantART. Especially the fact that we took the road less traveled and arrived a little later, but on our own pure and untainted terms. We're doing it our way.

And that ladies and gentlemen ... feels like a milli-millillion dollars.


Before you read about the future, read about the past. And I think with a past like that and a team like this, it is a bright future indeed.

It is our intention to create the most powerful outlet in the world for known and unknown artists alike.

Most importantly we intend to take our time to do it right. For the first time in history there is connection and communication between artists and fans on a massive scale. deviantART represents a breakthrough for the promotion and exposure of otherwise stranded artists in all corners of the globe. Our job is to make sense of the possibility, and craft it in a responsible manner.

And that's what I'm here to do along with the strong team we've assembled here at deviantART; until the job is done.

(If you have something real and tangible to propose that may help deviantART in one way or another; Feel free to send me a note. I read every note even if I don't respond. Forgive me on the responses, there are thousands of notes!)

Current Residence: Hollywood, CA
deviantWEAR sizing preference: M
Print preference: Fine Art
Favourite photographer: coxi
Favourite style of art: street
Operating System: OSX
MP3 player of choice: there are no choices
Shell of choice: Sea.
Wallpaper of choice: (changed often)
Favourite cartoon character: Stewie
Personal Quote: y0.


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MageOfRage-HS Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can block people to prevent them from sending you messages.
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kinggabrieletheman Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant
this guy have sayed a lie of my age
MageOfRage-HS Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's not a bannable offense
kinggabrieletheman Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant
I have sayed this because the user have bored me with messages
Moon-Harbour-Diver Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
the staff can't help you, sorry but that's the truth. 
stupid--kitty Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why tf would you change the color scheme of deviantart?
you said "we bleed green". now you're gonna change it?
what the fuck?
Azure-Dragon-Seiryu Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Traditional Artist
5 shades of DA green, and tints of green.
stupid--kitty Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
now apparently they're going to change it to something that compliments core
FyRose Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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