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|Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007|
Yes folks, I'm still alive. I suppose I have to 'splain myself, so I will. This may be a bit long, so just bear with me. Quick Notes
1) My FULL name is Doral, not Dora. Please note the final 'l' in the name! Not that I don't like the name Dora-- I mean, it's a cute nickname, and I do find myself saying 'Swiper, no swiping!' at certain times, but my official certified creation name is DORAL.
2) I am no artist. I get alot of PMs asking my for trades and commissions, but folks, please: I don't draw. All pictures here are gifts, requests, or commissions, and I always give proper credit. So now you know. F*ck that-- Why were you MIA?
Okay, you desearve an explanation. For the most part in my life, I have always been able to balance my RL life with my VR life. However, during my college run I began to feel things were becoming lop-sided. Not that I didn't have fun online, it's just that I wasn't having fun RL. Let's be honest: I'm a young, relatively handsome guy, and yet I don't go and hang out all the time like other people my age do. So I guess you can say I've been trying to act my age-- going to parties, hanging out at bars, chilling with my RL friends, etc.
Truthfully speaking, I have realized that I have been going through some eerie state of depression. It might have not seemed like it-- like I say all the time, I don't do EMO. But I have been feeling somewhat down in the pit of my stomach. I mean, all these pictures and gifts are SO appriciated and I trule adore them all, but in terms of me being happy with my RL self, things have been lacking. I don't like Dartmouth and all my high school so-called friends are rich, white (no offense) jerks who don't leave their precious town. Ever. The problem is that these are the people I know-- so I find myself trying to associate myself with them, assuming that the whole high school drama thing is over. But I'm only fooling myself. So, yeah, I'm basically cutting off those bastards and trying to branch out on my own.
So in trying to "do me," I haven't been around. Partly because when I RP, my concern is not me so much as is the person I'm RPing with-- I want to be sure they're having fun and enjoying it. Which, in the long run, leaves me somewhat at the short end of the stick, since I'm so concerned about their enjoyment I completely forget about mine. So again, I guess you can say I've been trying to find the fun in life for myself. So what does 2007 hold?
Well, I'm certainly in much better spirits. My nose is 98% healed and I have been having fun with close friends. I'm heading back up to school tomorrow, so I hope I can be around a bit more, but I have a sinking feeling that I may have to do ALOT of work for this term. Not that I'm behind in credits per se, but more like I'm behind in certain requirements to officially graduate. So I'll have to see. God, I can't WAIT till I graduate.
I hope to update my site soon, write more, etc. Again that's all up in the air. So, what are Doral's Resolutions for 2007? And what is the precentage that I'll actually accomplish them?
- Continue working out/eating better (95%)
- Remember people's birthdays (28%)
- Hang out with more fur friends RL (78%)
- Hang out with more RL friends (82%)
- Be more accessible via chat rooms/IMs/Mucks (50%)
We'll see where this goes.
Also, starting tomorrow, I wanted to start this silly little thing called 'Doral's Top Five,' where I list the top five best/worst things of ANY TOPIC. It could be the best movies, the worst video games, the coolest coffe flavors, the dumbest colors of fences, etc. Serious, funny, whatever. The fun part would be reading the comments. :)
I hope you people have had a great holiday season. I hope to catch you all to some extent in 2007! :) Current Mood: bouncy
|Friday, November 24th, 2006|
Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.
Hope those that went to MFF had a great time.
Hope those that traveled long distances are safe and sound.
And for being great people, here: a new icon. For those that wanted more tongue-- here you go! Current Mood: good
|Tuesday, November 21st, 2006|
Does anyone else think that this whole thing with O.J. Simpson is the most... BIZARRE AND STRANGEST THING IN THE UNIVERSE?
I mean, an interview with a suspected killer where the killer... actually... gives a "hypothetical" rundown on how he "would" have killed his victim?
Doesn't anyone else think that's just HILARIOUS? Current Mood: giddy
|Thursday, November 9th, 2006|
|New LJ icon!
made this for me! Isn't it darling?
*hugs the bloo woof till she pops* Current Mood: awake
|Monday, October 30th, 2006|
|Mmm, warm and fuzzy meme
Taken from duncanroo
, this meme seems warm and fuzzy enough to do, especially since I've been in such good spirits. (See my FA account as to why.)
Normally I just do character-related memes, but this I like. :)
Comment with your username and I'll give you an honest compliment. Then post this in your journal and spread the love. Current Mood: good
|Tuesday, October 17th, 2006|
I will be there! Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! It'll be brief but I'll be sure to see as many people as possible!
Give a holla if you're going. :) Current Mood: good
|Wednesday, October 4th, 2006|
|The Trials of Darryl Hunt
Tonight, I had the opportunity to watch this film prior to it's theatrical release and/or it's HBO presentation.
The story is about an African-American man from North Carolina who was arrested and convicted for raping and killing a white, female newspaper editor. The evidence was shoddy and the witnesses were clearly lying and intimidated, but he was sentenced to life. The year was 1984.
In 1993, Hunt's lawyers managed to get a retrial. There, more lying witnesses and ruined evidence led to Hunt's continued guilt and further incarceration.
A year later, DNA testing was approved. Note, however, DNA testing was available some 5 years ago or so, but due to the police's terrible investigation and the DA's political desire to convict quickly, it was never done. The DNA evidence showed that Hunt was innocent. However, the NC Supreme Court ruled the DNA evidence was not enough. His appeal was struck down.
In 1994, the US Supreme Court struck down the final appeal.
2003. The DNA results were ran through the system, and a match was made. The person who it matched was convicted in another rape case. In fact, he admitted on his arrest that he was the real culprit of the rape and murder victim Hunt was convicted of. The police apparently knew this, but buried it all.
In 2004, finally, after 19 years of incarceation, Hunt was released from prison and exonerated. The state of NC gave him 350,000 dollars in compensation after losing 19 years of his life.
I bring this up because I -just- met Darryl Hunt in person.
It was absolutely amazing to see someone so raggerdly and horribly treated for so long maintain such composure and peace. He spoke eloquently and calmly, showing not anger ate the rampant racism or dispair at the US Justice System, but a quiet hope and and complacent acceptance of everything he's been through. His current mission is helping other wrongly convicted people get exonerated.
I couldn't believe his resolution, and when I went up to shake his hand, I asked him what advice would he give to anyone going through a similar situation; in other words, with so much hate and anger over the little things these days, with all these fights and conflicts, injustices and discrimation, how can we all maintain that kind of stoicy?
"Be true to yourself," he said. "Be true to yourself and never give up hope. My lawyers, my community, and my supporters stuck with me till the end. I knew I was innocent, and that gave me peace. If I died at any point during all this, I would had died happily, because I knew I was innocent."
My next drink is to you Darryl Hunt. Current Mood: peaceful
|Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006|
|The "Real" News
Okay, my last LJ entry was purposely boring to get people to lose interest, so all the -cool- people would stay and see all the cool, awesome stuff.
I can't draw worth of squat, but I'm currently taking a History of Animation course that is both awesome and scary at the same time. My professor is named David Ehrlich, a local abstract animator who helped to reinvent Animation Studies as a legit field in film studies. The guy is a little crazy but is a damn good speaker.
And we get to watch cartooooooooooooooooooooooooooons. :)
So far we touched upon early animations by Cole, Blackton, and Winsor McCay of "Little Nemo" fame. We also delved into some early European abstract animations, which was interesting, mainly because animator Fischinger taught Disney and his animators how to time movements to music for his work in Fantasia. We also talked about Disney (Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy) and Fleischer Studios (Betty Boop, Popeye, Superman), and the competition between those studios.
It's pretty awesome to partake in seeing how animation developed, and how fast it developed too. So many techniques were designed over the years during the pre-War years it's pretty sad to see that those techniques are so long gone and forgotten.
The scary part is when we talk about the specifics of animation shorts, like Felix the Cat and the idea of anthropomorphism. It's SO hard to talk about the idea without bringing up furry. Think about it. If you talk about how early 'animal' characters used their tails as 'objects' and combine it with in-depth Fruedian analysis, you can pretty much say the first 'anthromorphized' characters where nothing but sex ideals-- and YOU'D BE RIGHT! Or, at least have a legit argument. David seems like the kind of guy that probably knows about furry anyway.
Any of your furs out there have that same trouble in your respective art/animation classes?
|Thursday, September 28th, 2006|
|Doral Updates Hir Life
It's sure been a while since I last updated. What's been going on since... you know, that thing?
College! Wheee. :)
Yeah, it's that time again, so I'm gonna be working and busy and idly most of the time again. It's keep me distracted, but at the same time keeps me from the usual fun. So that's that.
I've been maintaining my exercise routine-- lifting 3 times a week, running the other 4 days-- which has been cool. But the routine has been getting mundane, so I joined a cycling class every Tuesday and Thursday (which also gives me PE credit). Dude, the class is so gay. Like, we totally do these stretching exercises that are totally gay, and she like, calls on people and motivates them, which is such a gay thing to do. God!
It's alright though. It definitely gets me a good sweat, so I'm not complaining.
Um... that's it.
Oh, who's doing the FurFright thing? I really, really, really want to go. I need to see who are heading up there and perhaps see if I can squeeze in with someone or get a couple of folks to hit up a new room. I'm not sure at this point. Current Mood: awake
|Tuesday, September 5th, 2006|
|And that's that
I think that I owe you all an apology and an explanation of my somewhat strange behavior for the past couple of weeks. You know, me popping in and out of the fandom so randomly, me posting various things on FA, all the while saying I was taking a break from furry. Well, time to explain myself. This will also help to explain what happen to a good friend of a bunch of you out there-- Pandora.
Many of you asked me to send her a couple of messages to her, and I wish I could-- but the reality was I hardly even talked to her myself. Due to situations in her RL life, she has become very scarce, ultimately deciding to leave the fandom until she can get herself back on track. I waited for as long as I could, communicating sparcely through emails, emotionally, but I couldn't wait any longer.
We ultimately decided to separate.
I'll be honest, the whole thing really hurt me. A lot. You might not have noticed it though, cause I don't go emo and complain to everyone all the time. But still, when you're hurt, you're hurt, and you gotta deal with it like everyone else. Unfortunately, that's life.
I haven't broken down yet. I can't really 'cry'; I basically taught myself how to hold in my emotions and bottle them up. One day it's gonna come out though, I just hope it's not when I'm with someone.
But I have to move on, one thing at a time. Get my lizard butt out there and start being cute and slutty again, and try -really- hard not to let this change me. Because, well, I like being who I am and you crazy animal lovers always get me smiling and grinning with your crazy arts, witty comments and posts, delightful stories, and funny conversations when we chat.
Thank you all for just... well, just for being you.
So, in light of all this, and in the spirit of moving on, I'll mention this:
I offered to help ICE (see, FA, account: ICEman) with the edits of his recent comic, which he agreed to. I didn't start doing it until his last couple of panels, so you look at his uploads you can see the grammatical differences.
But, in the overall scheme of things, I got a kick out of helping him with his work and got the same offer to help him with his later work. This is one of the many things I've always wanted to do with furry-- help/work with comic ideas. So that kept me in good spirits.
So, I hope to see you about on YIM, MSN, FM, Taps, or SL one of these days. :)
(Also, anyone willing to work with me to do a character model sheet of Doral? I'm normally not demanding or picky with commissioners (ask around!), but since this would be a model sheet I most likely will be very ass-hole-ish with making all the fine details as accurate as possible, which will consist of me asking for a number of adjustments and corrections. Anyone willing to put up with that? I'll pay handsomely.) Current Mood: complacent
|Sunday, August 20th, 2006|
So I picked up Metroid 2 for the GC again after not playing it for a couple of years. All I have to say is this:
The Echo Visor makes the COOLEST effect I've seen in a video game in a LOOOOOOONG time. Current Mood: relaxed
|Tuesday, August 15th, 2006|
FurAffinity seems to be down.
... oh, look. A book. Current Mood: tired
|Monday, July 17th, 2006|
|Greetings from a Distance!
Howdy ya'll! Just taking a moment to let you know that I'm okay. :)
Am I coming back? Well, not quite. I'm still doing my own thing, so I'm still keeping myself sparse. But, with all the art and writings and LJ posts I've been seeing... man, ya'll making it hard to stay away. :)
Although, maybe I should stay away from furry more often. Lots of good things been happening:
1) Had a big conflict over an unauthorized credit card payment. They were going to force me to pay for something I didn't purchase, cause I didn't contact them in time. So I contacted the Better Business Bureau. I don't know what they did, but suddenly, they credited my account the money. I'm convinced the BBB has serious mob ties-- but whatever family they kidnapped, I don't have to pay the money! Yay!
2) Been hanging out with friends recently, going to bars and having a good time. So that's been cool.
3) Hung out with a whole crew of furs on Thursday-- Sue, Bennie, Wolf, Sabrewing, Kutztown, Gideon, Teasel, Duncan, Vulp, Astor, and Kagemushi. Holy God that was fun. I never felt so relaxed in my life, being able to just chill and joke around with folks. I even got alot of Dartmarth-woes off my chest thanks to the certain cockroach. But it was cool-- I learned to eat with chopsticks at my first Hibachi restaurant, then I had my first go at scrapple the next morning! Hells yeah! Next week it's caviar and fine cheeses, then spam and grits! Cause it's how we do! Don't hate, folks. Please, stop the hatin'.
As an addendum, we saw some really old WB/MGM/Disney cartoons from the wartime/50s era. So there were alot of anti-Nazi stuff (yay!) as well as some pretty racy racial stuff (boo!). Tex Avery is god: luring the world's smallest pigmy out with watermelon is FTW. :D
4) Started working out again, running 2 miles everyday. Once I start eating healthier again I'll be really set!
5) I been working on stories, which has probably been the best thing my time off has been used for. I'm having a blast writing them too, so it's not like torture or anything. I got three in the works, so I'm hoping to have 'em done quite soon.
That's it for now. Until my next post, here, has some cereal. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1I_ozVln3w&search=nigga%20please Current Mood: good
|Saturday, July 8th, 2006|
|Sometimes You Just Gotta Know When to Step Back
I'm going to take a break from furry for a while.
Now, don't panic. I'll be 'around', still checking FA and VCL and stuff. I'll be on YIM, MSN, and Mucks, but significantly less for the time being. I'll still be accessible through email and PMs and such.
It's not that I need to get my life straight, cause it is, relatively. I just.... I've been very depressed recently, for the past 2 months actually. Both RL and VR have been wanning on me, sapping my energy and my motivation. I hate being depressed, and those of you that know me know I rarely get this down. But I've been blocking this feeling for a long time, and now I need to let it out, and I don't want to be around such close friends when I do.
I'm a nice person, I think, but for some reason it has been recently biting me in the ass.
I just need to back off a bit.
|Friday, June 30th, 2006|
If I been scarce, it's because I've been stuck on dial-up for the last couple of days. I posted about it on my FA account, but basically its cause my DSL line was disconnected by my mother. Tomorrow my brother is going to pick up a cable modem kit and try installing cable instead of DSL. Think I can do it, and re-configure my wireless network all between 8:00am and 2:00pm? I hope so.
In other news, still in the market for a new computer, but I'm starting to lean towards a mac, cause in reality my need for stable video editing software outweighs my need to play games-- besides, I don't play alot of computer games anyway since I have my consoles. Just macs are so damn expensive.
So.... who's your current obssessed hottie fur? Mine is J. Axer's Leigh. :9 Current Mood: ehhhhh...
|Saturday, June 24th, 2006|
|Wednesday, June 21st, 2006|
|Con: Day 1
I might have done this earlier if it wasn't for my mess of impersonators.
Con reports are cool, but long n' boring. I was wondering instead if I should just post pictures and add witty captions, or write an anthropomorphic version of con events. Then I thought, why not both? So, without further ado, here are Thursday's Con Pictures!
(Email me if you don't want your picture shown. Beware: these pictures are GINORMOUS.)( Read more...Collapse )
Gander at the rest at http://www.macrophile.com/~doral/anthrocon06/Thursday/!
Friday's picture show is coming up next! Current Mood: good
|Tuesday, June 20th, 2006|
There is someone impersonating me on AIM.
Right now I am in the process of destroying the account completely. If, for any reason, a 'Dorallizard' instant messages you from AIM, it is NOT me. I repeat, it is NOT me.
I'll still around on mucks, SL, and Yahoo, but American Online is strictly no man's land.
Please, spread the word. Current Mood: pissed off
|Monday, June 19th, 2006|
|Back from AC
I'm back home, unfortunately. I'm sorry I couldn't say bye to many of you at AC, but Kutz and I had to get back home so I could catch the bus on time. But holy god, did I have fun. I really needed this. :)
I'll make a report sometime this weekend, when everyone else finally returns home as well. Current Mood: tired
|Wednesday, June 14th, 2006|
|Road to Anthrocon
o/~We're off on the road to Anthrocon! And we won't stop until we get there!
When we can chill and just relax lay up on our butts,
And waste all of our hard-earned cash on juicy furry smut! o/~
Such a songwriter.
Anyway, I decided that while I'm not having fun I'll be helping Kutztown at his table promoting his White Guilt DVD. I'm the star, afterall. :P Plus, it'll keep me stationary so people can say hi to me instead of me looking for everyone else. :)
See ya'll later! Current Mood: happy