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update jul 21: even more bad news.

for nearly three years, my flatmate and i have lived in a shitty flat (apartment building) which is depressing and stressful enough as it is. one of my only forms of escapism (since i don't drink, smoke etc, or even own a tv) is the internet, mainly deviantart, youtube and a couple of blender forums.

before we moved here our isp had told us our internet speed would be between 3.5 mb (megabits per second) and 4.5 mb.

the most we've ever had in this flat is 2.5 mb, likely due to the poor physical quality of our dsl (phone lines)

and that service has never been stable, we've lost count of the number of times we've complained to them to even provide 2 mb which apparently, by law, is the minimum isp's are meant to provide in england.


and we pay a lot of money each month for "unlimited access" which of course is a misnomer. since at the very least it's dependent on the max transfer rate the physical infrastructure can handle. and without them replacing the cables, there is nothing that can be done about so we endure it.

what is totally unacceptable is these mofo's also periodically artificially cap our max transfer rate, and have now set that cap to 0.3 mb some days, which results in most of the internet not functioning properly.

last night i tried to download a 10 minute video, since i couldn't watch it streamed (usually a stable 1.7 mb is required for standard 480p resolution videos) and it took nearly an hour.

i can't even watch my own 360p psy art video here on da or youtube.

this morning my flatmate complained to them from her office at work, and they denied they cap their customer's speed. and said it was either our fault for resetting our router or the phone lines were faulty. which is bs as some days recently we got just over 2 mb (at any time of the day or night) so it's not network congestion either.


i've reached the point where i'm so utterly pissed off with this lack of a reliable service, that i'm seriously considering giving up my dream of working online, and will possibly just focus on eventually selling the dvd of psy art music videos, if it ever gets finished.

in the meantime i think i'm going to completely give up on using the internet, until i've moved to a better area. my flatmate has already found somewhere for her to move to, in a few weeks time, which i fully support her decision to get out of this awful place.
 
update jul 13:

continuing with the thelma and astra fractal series, here's the first of the 3d tunnels i built to use their materials:

 

as i'm sure some of you will appreciate, when these various clips are eventually edited together they are going to form quite a powerful digital trip, he he.

update jun 29:

over the weekend i've uploaded two more collaboration videos, in the thelma and astra fractal series. both start off looking like the older 2d videos, but then slowly morph into being more 3d:

 

update jun 14:

a new collaboration, this time between myself and contemplexitus:

:iconcontemplexitus:
 


here's his original manipulated still image:

fav.me/d7b0euw

update jun 02: very good news.

i spent the last few days talking to as many of the da film members as i could find, and after some debating with the da support staff, who were reluctant to admit there was a processing fault their end, we've finally made progress with them this evening. and they have apparently reported the issue to their "devious technology department" so it seems those guys are now taking care of it, yay.

i've been told in the past that da rarely fix things if only one or two users report issues with the site, but since they've had about 15-20 of us now report this over a short period of time, i guess that was just enough to motivate them to get off their arses.

and if this ever happens again in the future, we can refer back to the loss of service which started on the 27th may 2014 and point out to them that this could of been cleared up sooner, if they actually took us seriously and not treat us like a group of idiots who don't know how to upload videos.

anyway, i personally can relax now and concentrate on creating more content for you guys. so well done to everyone who reported the processing bug, a lot of people are going to benefit from us working together.

update may 30: potentially very bad news.

the previous (admittedly minor) bug i was experiencing with da's video player, was apparently only affecting my computer, so da can't, or won't, fix that one.

if da don't fix the new (major) video processing bug i'm experiencing, or we can't find a work around, then this latest technical hurdle could be the end of me uploading new videos to this site.

i'm finding it increasingly difficult to remain optimistic. i have spent all day trying everything i could think of my end, including using the archaic internet explorer browser, and nothing is getting my videos to process on da. not even ones that previously worked a couple of weeks ago.

although the same files are working with youtube (but they ruin the compression quality during their processing stage) and no one else has confirmed this is happening to them here on da, as far as i'm aware. so it again seems unlikely da will do anything about this.

edit: i also tried uploading someone else's short, low bitrate video to my sta.sh and that also got stuck in processing. so this confirms my suspicion that it is not my files or encoding settings at fault. and i also don't believe it's my internet connection causing the problems.

may 16: question regarding full screen playback of da videos.

the da tech support staff and i are trying to track down a bug i've been experiencing, where the control bar does not disappear in full screen, even when the right click popup menu option has been chosen to hide it.

does anyone reading this have the same issue?

if so, could you please reply to this journal below, as the more people who can confirm this bug, the more likely it will get fixed, and according to da, so far i'm the only user who has reported this.

i'm using the latest official releases of chrome and flash on a windows 7 laptop, and all other video streaming sites like youtube are functioning correctly in this way.

update may 15:

i just finished my first collaboration with astra888leddher.



update apr 28:

yes, ratty has returned, yay.

and thank you again to my well wishers, while i was gone. and to everyone here who enjoys watching my work... although i didn't feel up to talking much, it did help knowing there was an incentive to keep pushing myself through the real life turmoils, that i've been dealing with the last few years. and i'm now determined to stay active on da, for as long as i can... plus during my break i did learn to use another animation editor, see below:


i'm currently finishing off a 2d morphing test with some of thelma's still fractal renders, which i hope to upload later today if all goes well. it uses similar tech to the fan art facial morph i uploaded last night.



update apr 1:

please note: this journal entry might appear to simply be an april fools joke, unfortunately it definitely is not...

i normally try to compartmentalize these things. however, currently my overwhelming amount of real life problems are seriously preventing me from focusing on being as creative as i would ideally like. and it's depressing me too much to visit da without being able to upload new content on a regular basis. so until further notice, i'm sorry to say, i'll be gone for a while.

to all my dear friends and followers here, i would like to thank you once again for all the support you have kindly given me over the last couple of years.

my life has never been easy, and you guys and girls have helped me more than some of you could possibly be aware of. i will always be grateful for that.

and equally sincerely... i'm not actually asking for any sympathy here, and i do not wish to discuss my problems in detail, so there is no need to post any comments regarding this update. just keep making and appreciating each others art, and welcome me back if i return in the future.

update mar 18:

recently i've been researching into some legally free image editors and a 2d morphing editor, as i wanted a little more variety in my work and the tools i use, and i currently can not afford commercial apps.

it's been time consuming, and somewhat tiring, but the results are turning out well.

and another fractal artist has agreed to collaborate with me, alongside morphapoph.

hope to show you guys soon what we've been working on.

update feb 15:

here is a link to the fractal material version of the previous animation. hope you guys enjoy it. this latest video has taken me about 6 months, mainly working on the new rigs and materials. and i still haven't found time to actually animate the fractals. that's next on my to do list, he he.


update feb 05:

we're still having some issues with our internet here but at at least it's stable, most of the time, and i can finally upload animations again, yay.

i've recently uploaded the following test video:


it only uses blender's basic opengl lighting, but mainly features my new rigs for the little alien jelly creatures, which i've been told are a significant improvement over the last rigs i built. so it was worth all the research and development i invested into them. and hopefully will allow me to animate more interesting and believable creatures in the future. they still look very stylized which i don't mind, as i'm not exactly aiming for photo realism, he he.

anyway, i'm currently working on the fractal based materials for the above, so i better get back to that if i want to show you guys any time soon.

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NyanFerb Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconhappyforeverplz:  Thanks a ton for favoriting! It means a lot.
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AstronomicalMind Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fav. :)
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rattyredemption Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
you're welcome.
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C0MPASSION Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for joining  :iconxtremefractals:  we are glad to have you!
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rattyredemption Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
cool.
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seika Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the llama!

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rattyredemption Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
you're welcome.
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doolhoofd Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
I see you found the DeaDNeSS. Great stuff. I was sad when he stopped posting.
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rattyredemption Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
yes, if i remember correctly, i saw some of his work on your pages. his cyber punk art is excellent.
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janhein Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
Thanks for the +fav on "The Palace of the Nereids"! :highfive: :wave:
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rattyredemption Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014
you're welcome.
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rattyredemption Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
you're welcome batfan.
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Da-Bacon-master Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hey here is the reuploaded version of my Idle animation. Hopefully everything works smoothly xD
Thanks for letting me know about the bugs/problems DA was having

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rattyredemption Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
it appears to be working fine now, and you're very welcome bacon master.
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