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Wed Sep 23, 2009, 2:31 PM

An awesome new video by scir…

One month sub to the first person who notices where my prints are featured in it :P

  • Mood: Enjoying The Show
  • Reading: Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend
  • Watching: How to Steal A Million
  • Eating: Melted Gummi Worms

New Shop and New Browse

Tue Sep 8, 2009, 3:20 PM

Finally, after what felt like years of coding, debate, brainstorming, etc.  I got to launch a new feature (codenamed "Pickle Juice") to the whole site.  The goal of the project was to improve the way that you browse deviantART.  The first thing we decided to tackle was the fact that browsing through prints on the deviantART shop was quite literally painful.  The interface was not intuitive at all.  We have more than 6 million prints for sale here, so no matter what your taste in artwork you should be able to find something you like at a price that is in your budget.  Deviation browsing got a little bit of the love that we put into the store (though we still need to make some changes to it before it will fully take advantage of the system that we built for the shop).  

Another aspect of this project was to try to speed up the browsing experience.  It is not the kind of feature that is immediately visible on the site, but I literally went through the code powering the browse line by line trying to squeeze every last millisecond out of it.  The result is that our servers need to spend about 40% less time in order to deliver a page full of thumbs to you.  To put this in perspective, every day we will spend about 1 MONTH less CPU time because of the improvements made to browse.  This will hopefully not just make browsing faster, but it should also make the whole site a little bit faster because our servers will have less load in general.

  • Mood: Happy Tears
  • Reading: Roughing It
  • Watching: The A Team
  • Eating: sauerkraut


Fri Aug 7, 2009, 11:37 AM

I just can't say enough good things about my fiancé Maggie.  Everybody knows that she is a doctor in one of the craziest emergency rooms in the country, and some people know that she was awarded "Woman of the Year" in rugby.  But, not many people know that she starred in a feature film in her spare time.  She doesn't toot her own horn, so sometimes I have to do it for her, and today the NY Times decided to do its part:…

... and then Salon decided to throw in a bit of praise too:…

Bee by mateusamadeus Sisters by mudimba Maggie's Got Flavor by mudimba Ministry of Silly Walks by mudimba Breaststroke by mudimba Bee. by demain

For anybody interested in seeing the movie here are some showtimes:

Film Forum, New York, NY, 8/7/09
Nuart, Los Angeles, CA, 8/21/09
Ritz Bourse, Philadelphia, PA, 9/11/09
Lumiere/Opera Plaza, San Francisco, CA, 9/11/09
Shattuck, Berkeley, CA, 9/11/09
Coolidge Corner, Boston, MA, 9/18/09
Alamo, Austin, TX, 10/9/09

  • Mood: Obsessed
  • Reading: Harry Potter Again
  • Watching: Rome
  • Playing: Cosmic Encounter
  • Eating: Summer Squash

33 1/3 Birthday

Mon Jul 6, 2009, 8:24 AM

Today I turned tirty tree and a tird:

Vinyl by Somnambulist911 the sweet balance of vinyl by ssilence save vinyl. by moloko-yeah Vinyl by RedC vinyl by RetroDinoDisco :thumb123309687: Turntable 2 by Jonnyjay girl, put your records on by jesidangerously records by alexjamesbruce records by Raw-Rascache records. by abbeysayspeace Records by thederb :thumb103421630: Records by AngYang Vinyl Records by Topshop-Tot

  • Mood: Thrilled
  • Reading: Infinite Jest
  • Watching: Paper Moon
  • Playing: Cosmic Encounter
  • Eating: Bread & Cheese

Gettin' Hitched

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 1, 2009, 4:13 PM
She Said Yes!

Ministry of Silly Walks by mudimba  Breaststroke by mudimba  Reading Feet by mudimba

This is how I felt:

A Taste of Heaven by mudimba

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  • Mood: Sentimental
  • Reading: Travels With Charley
  • Watching: Roman Holiday
  • Playing: Cosmic Encounter
  • Eating: Sweet Potatoe Fries

Use dA For a Living

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 19, 2008, 7:57 AM
ob opening

Anybody out there have any experience doing QA testing?

deviantART is hiring

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  • Mood: Daily Needs
  • Listening to: Toto
  • Reading: A Drink With Shane MacGowan
  • Eating: Curried Tofu


Journal Entry: Thu Oct 16, 2008, 5:20 PM
ew Prints Products

One of the great parts about writing code at deviantART is that I get to write code that I actually want to use.  Lately, I have been getting a lot of use out of the prints department.

I know it will sound like I am just trying to promote the sale of something I helped make, but honestly I really like our new products.  A little while ago we started offering Fine Art Prints.  Now I have three hanging on the walls of my house because they look amazing - beautiful prints in a really elegant frame.

Today we are launching a new Greeting Card product.  I'm going to have to email all my friends and find out their snail mail addresses, just so I can use them.  Right now there is also a super-special bonus going on, where all deviants (not just Premium Print Subscribers) get to order greeting cards of their own artwork for 15% off the base cost.  So, get 'em while they're hot!…

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  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Shane MacGowan
  • Reading: The 50 Skhanda Daemon States
  • Eating: Fried Eggplant

Deviant's Appreciation Day

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 17, 2008, 12:14 AM
Happy Deviant's Appreciation Day!

I love working for deviantART, largely because it is so much fun to watch a great community using the tools that I build.  I honestly do not think that there is another community on the internet that is so friendly and positive.  So, I am very happy to wish everybody on the site a very merry Deviant's Appreciation Day.

By the way, I just helped to activate a promotion that makes everything that you can buy on the site 10% off. So, if you ever wanted a devWear t-shirt, print, subscription, whatever . . . today is a good time to do it.

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Not A Pretty Girl
  • Reading: Three Steps, One Bow
  • Eating: Cowgirl Triple Cream Brie

It's Here!

Thu Jul 10, 2008, 7:09 PM
We never thought that this day would arrive. But, right now everybody in the company has gathered around as we get ready to press the big red button that starts the launch of v6.…

  • Mood: Happy Tears
  • Listening to: Marais: Pièces De Viole
  • Watching: As people get their accounts converted to v6

Lately I've been working with a number of other people here at deviantART to revamp the look and feel of the whole site.  This project (codenamed "sleek") will be the 6th time the look and feel of dA has been changed.

If you are a subscriber, then you can check it out here:…

If you are not a subscriber (or you are and you want as much internal gossip as you can get), then you can check out spyed's gallery where he shows mockups, screenshots, and goes into some of the twists and turns that this project has taken:…

Let me know what you think!
  • Mood: Hope
  • Listening to: Po' Girl
  • Watching: you
  • Playing: with your mind

I'm always getting in trouble when I talk in my sleep.  This morning I must not have had much material in my sub-conscious, because I started sleep-talking in Lorem Ipsum (… ).

It is quite surreal to be half woken up with your girlfriend wanting to know who "Laura Eppson" is, trying to explain that you were just speaking in fake Latin gibberish made up by some unknown 16th century monk . . .
  • Mood: Confused