DeviantArt, deviantART and Lots of Things TooWe're going to be DeviantArt, officially. But you can always call us deviantART. You'll get to be retro, and that's always... well, retro! This goes for DA and dA, too.It was nice to see Moonbeam13 and starvingartist today in Toronto. We got some lunch. Then 'Beam was nice enough to drive me to the airport with Rob. Rob! Happy Birthday Moonbeam! I'm in the sky eating a banana at the moment. I wonder what monkeys would make of me eating a banana at 30,000 feet. Let alone journaling on DA from here.I was in Toronto visiting Autodesk, and the teams behind Sketchbook and Pixlr and other awesome apps they have. What wonderful people. I really enjoyed seeing what they're up to, it's all very exciting.I've been hanging out on #devart on dAmn today, and I asked Pickley to pull together all the best scripts and projects out there that improve dAmn. This way DA can consider buying the code, interfaces, etc. and
Boosted Boards Best Thing Since Hover BoardsSo it's the year 2013 just about, and we don't have hover-boards yet. I'm just as bummed as you. But there's great news, because at least we have Boosted Boards!! This kick-ass project got kick-started with $450,000+ and my buddy Garry Tan over at Y Combinator got me an intro after I rode his beta-model. I'm such a fan... Here's me riding the new model, Garry will be so jealous I got to ride it first! These long boards have the goods to hit 20+ mph up hill!!! If the limiters were off they could hit 60mph, but I felt really safe on this thing. It's so smooth and easy to drive... I haven't skateboarded in over a decade and look how easy I make it look! Meeting Sanjay (CEO) and his co-founders M
I don't know how to break this to you.I'm really tired of only being able to submit one jpg in to a deviation. My art is often an adventure and the art is in the adventure. deviantART doesn't allow me to publish that. That's an easy thing to fix, technically. It just has big implications. But I think we should just do it and see what happens. How?It would mean that you could publish things made in Stash Writer as deviations. Which breaks the promise that when you click a deviation, all that results is a deviation. It could be an entire publication, like techgnotic's articles.We're pussy footing around this change within the company, and today while attempting to publish my art work for the fifth time lately I've just effing had it. I haven't posted to deviantART since the summer because of this. And my current gallery? It's a sham compared to the work I've been doing th
Is this a Deviation?I was in Greece visiting my family recently... and after everyone went to sleep, I couldn't. I knew there was a beauty outside that I rarely have a chance to see. And a deep, primal hunger drove my need to be outside to breathe in.It was pitch dark. I couldn't see anything but the stars and maybe the driveway lights. But my camera can see so much more.That's the milky way coming just about almost out of that chimney of the little house where I was staying.Shooting star!Is this a deviation?
Need Input for Message Center RevampIn the deviantWATCH, we would like to switch to Feeds vs. Messages you have to "X" away one by one.Now, I could use a wide net of input for message center revamp, but really I'd like to start with a narrow view of just deviantWATCH.The deviantWATCH lives within Messages, which contains within it Feedback, Notices, etc. as well. deviantWATCH messages come in like crazy in your message center once you are watching 20+ people. And of the folks reading my Journal, I know you guys tend to have over 100+ people that you +WATCH.Help me understand something. Because if we go off and make changes, we're going to have a riot on our hands. And no one needs that kind of sadness in their lives:Why can't we switch to feeds? Feeds would effectively index YOUR deviantWATCH in to deviantART's search engine, so your deviantWATCH Deviations would have all of the filters and capabilities of the home page. Categories, Newest, Most Popular 24 hours, 1 week, 1 month, etc. BUT a
About this Nicolas Cage situationEdit: I've just woken up to a night's worth of replies to this journal and people have made a great point about the fact that I could put these deviations in storage until the situation has ended, which I just have. If you are new to the conversation and wonder what kind of deviation we're talking about, they are the same kind of montages seen on that blog: http://niccageaseveryone.blogspot.com/As you can easily guess from the stats on my profile, I don't post very often. I try to, because it's important to use the website I help build. So when last year, for fun, I made these montages I thought it might make people I'm in touch with on dA laugh, or at least smile at the absurdity of them. And some did. When I submitted them, fourteenthstar and her team saw that they could be controversial and they were discussed during a meeting with her team. I had submitted the images with default settings, so they made me disable prints immediately. That made total sense to me, I felt stupid f
DT 2012 Baguette meet at BreadlandsPlaceOur dt development team is 100% remote. We documented our first foray in cautiously meeting each other last summer in the blog DT 2011 Army Barracks Raccoon-Con, the event that took place in Marin Headlands near San Francisco. Or team is also fairly evenly distributed across a couple continents and several timezones, with many of the developers hailing from UK, France and other European countries. This year, those Europeans managed to coerce North America based developers to get their papers in order and tricked them into embarking on the long flight. Destination - beautiful village of Les Sauvages (which literally means “the savages”), France, countryside near Lyon and Beaujolais region. This event got named "B
DT 2011 Army Barracks Raccoon-ConThe Placedt developer group is 100% remote. We wrote about it in We're all remote before. Well, what we did not mention is that once per year, we get to see each other (often for the first time), and work in the same room on exciting new projects....so we all decided to go to this place!(it looks much nicer in HDR)Among the many sights: A rare action shot of pachunka racing swiftly to the conference room at night, shooting beams of light and magic and rollerskatesAh, Sunny San Francisco!DT PeopleTen years ago, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit.... Wait, no. That's not us. We'
Moving 6 Billion Messages Without Being NoticedWe've just finished moving every message in every user's message center — all 6 billion of them — to a brand new set of database servers, and we managed to do it without anyone noticing. We didn't find much published material about the best way to do this, so we wanted to share a few details with you. It does get a little bit technical though so I won't be offended if you skip over some parts!The data that powers message center was stored on one of our main sharded MySQL database clusters. That same cluster powers a lot of different features of the site and we recognised a lot of traffic was caused by this relatively simple but large set of data.To free up capacity on that cluster, and help keep the site quick as we continue to grow, we decided to move the message center data to its own servers.Some fun figures:~6 billion rows of data in 13 tables across 16 shardsAverage 5k, daily peak of 10k queries per second for this data across the clusterAverage 100k, daily
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