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Journal Entry: Mon Jun 4, 2007, 2:43 AM



This journal is just a collection of random thoughts.

I'm learning to play "Mad World" on the piano, singing along. Rhapsody gave me the score. It's kinda nice. I want to have finished learning it by Wednesday. "I find it kinda funny that the dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had."

In unrelated musical tastes, "Perfect Day" by "Lou Reed" is nice. Because of what I'll mention later.

But I've been listening to My Chemical Romance mostly lately. I assume that pachunka hates them; really, they're not that good if you're not used to the sound. But I like them. I like them a lot. Cheers Rhapsody88 for showing me around. Some might argue that I'd be a fan of better groups if I had listened to more around this gender. True, because I've tried some, but not much. One of my favourites are Hawthorne Heights, from emo/screamo/punk/sca. And many more, well. Hopefully, Orange Juice will help me broaden my music interests.

"Will you defeat them, your demons, and all the non believers, the plans that they have made?"

Some of you might know of the old Orange Juice system I once made. Well, I'll redo it from scratch when I find some time for it, this time "multiplayer" mode. For those who only know about the old system, or for those who don't know about it at all, it's going to be a strictly closed (i.e. no open registrations) music sharing group. Basically, a web site where you can see a huge library of songs, much like last.fm. With automatically filled information about each artist, song, album; automatically filled song lyrics; and other cool stuff. It will have a streaming flash player so that you can listen to stuff just like that. Unlike last.fm, you will be able to play any artist, song, album you like, download full album or single song mp3's to your own computer and so forth. Songs in full length. And upload your own music if it doesn't exist. The basic idea is: I have many computers; some are laptops, they don't have huge HDD's. I want a centralized place for my music on the Internet, that I can play from no matter what computer I'm using or where I am. From Athens, Ioannina, Frankfurt airport, deviantART HQ offices in LA. Anywhere with an Internet connection. I've been streaming over ssh for a while, but it's not perfect. So I'll make this. You understand of course that this raises certain copyright problems. Which is the reason it will be a strictly closed community of friends, everybody of whom will own the music that is on the system themselves previously. The reason this is being done is so that we can listen to any piece without having to move around CD's or HDD's full of mp3's. So yeah. I'll probably give an account to about 30 people, 15 of which places are already taken (friends, co-workers, etc.). If you're interested, leave a comment and I'll see what I can do, but I can't promise much.

Anyhow, this project won't complete very soon, because I'm busy coding Optimum during my non-work time. And what's Optimum you'll ask. I've talked to some of you about it. It is basically the implementation of what used to be known as "The Code Game Project". I've finally started writing a server for it (in PHP), and abresas made the first client (in C++), so we'll play soon, after I also make a client (probably in PHP). Well, in short, Optimum is an algorithmic training game where programmers can compete against each other. The basic idea is that in each game, all clients join a common game, which is played on a "field"; each player "owns" a certain number of "animals" that can move around, have sex, fight, and die. The last player to stay alive wins. Pretty brutal. The way you play is, you develop an "AI" mechanism for your animals strategy that can be whatever you want (defensive or offensive stance, estimate or not opponents moves, combine your animals' strategy or have each animal decide alone etc.), in the programming language of your choice. So you don't play "live" like most games, but just make a program to play for you. If you are a programmer and think that sounds interesting, let me know so that you can come over and compete against us. Some of the programming languages that you could use include, but are not limited to, PHP (plain, on Cake, or on Rabbit), Python (with twisted or not), C, C++, Perl, Ruby (plain, or on Rails),  Java. Sorry no Javascript; because you need sockets or at least ability to run behind or as an apache module.

(Talking of fun coding projects, remember Rabbit? That's on its way for release by the way. Pretty stable now! So stay tuned.)

Apart from fun-coding projects, deviantART coding has been very exciting lately, as we're working on many many things. Bugfixing, as usual, but also refactoring a number of existing features, such as our formatting engine, "Chrysalis" (that means faster speed for the site in general, yay!), as well as new features, concerning many areas; some of them are huge like groups (that's been waiting for so long!) and internationalization concerns (utf-8 soon? hopefully), as well as minor ones (did you see what happens when you +fav four pieces from someone who's not in your watchlist? well, go check). So that's been keeping us quite busy, and we've been having lots of fun with stuff like that! :D

I started ninjutsu recently (thanks for introducing me to this lovely martial art, lordceleborn!), and it's plainly and simply awesome. I think much more enjoyable than Traditional Tae Kwon Do that I used to do, which I enjoyed very much. I think it fits mostly my style, as it is similar to Parkour (which I still try to do when I can!) in many aspects. Some of the techniques are similar to Judo, which is something I always considered learning (blame old friends), but others are more like Jujitsu and Kung Fu. In general, it has a broader range of techniques than all those, meaning it requires much more time and dedication, as one would expect. Although we are mostly taught taijutsu (unarmed combat), some of the techniques we learn involve a staff or a sword :-)
Check out some cool videos www.bujinkan-video.com/

For those of you who've been keeping track of my journals, remember I was planning to redecorate my house? Well, according to some suggestions, I'll probably buy some art for it, as well as some decorative items (arrows or swords or something similar!) Any other ideas are welcome, yup.

I got myself new hard drives. An external Western Digital 500GB, for all my storage needs. And an internal Western Digital 250GB to replace my old Western Digital 120GB which went kaput just a few days ago. Fortunately, I was able to fully recover all needed data. Talking of tech goodies, I want to get a MacBook. Pach convinced me. So I'm probably getting a small black MacBook very soon. I hope. Unrelated, but here a link for all IT junkies out there: check out this Google FS paper.

AstartEnchantress, dkaragasidis, deathstyle (and some weeks back, jujimufu) have at last finished with university exams, so hopefully they'll be able to hang out more and stuff. They deserve some love for working so hard :heart:

On a different note, I sometimes wonder if an atheist (or at least someone interested purely in religions with no conventional gods) is supposed to pray. Or rather, if it's okay to pray. Like really pray, kneel and close their eyes, and thank God and ask Him for help for life, and help because one is an atheist. It's ironic, I know. I think even if God doesn't exist, it is helpful as personal means of understanding oneself. Just sometimes, luck brings you so many good things, or even Good Things, that are normally not possible, and you just want to pray and thank God. I feel it's reasonable. Perhaps the God worshiped around me isn't good enough, but yes.

Good things have been happening in my life in general the past few weeks. I'm happy about how stuff has been going. In a sense that I wouldn't choose to be any person other than me in this particular moment.

Does it ever happen to you that you think of the same thing right before you go to sleep and right after you wake up? Yeah. I wanted to refer to an ancient greek quote here, but I can't find it. Unfortunate. ;P

So Geeklink.

Before you go away, vote for my most recent poll! Do you like beards? I'm asking for a reason.

Cool deviants:

:iconpericles: :iconbelgrade:

Thank you. :heart:


  • Mood: Mesmerized
  • Listening to: My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade
  • Reading: The Google File System
  • Watching: Butterfly Effect 2
  • Playing: Optimum and Ninjutsu
  • Eating: Chinese
  • Drinking: Orange Juice
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:iconlysias-aesculap:
Lysias-Aesculap Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2007
I am Orange, so naturally I need the Orange Juice ! :aww:
I want in ! :D
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:icondionyziz:
dionyziz Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007
*counts you in!*
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Lysias-Aesculap Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2007
Yay ! :D
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iva-is-me Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for having featured the community, you're an absolute darling :heart:
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:icondionyziz:
dionyziz Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007
:D
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dkaragasidis Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
Wow... That was a big one!

1. How an atheist can pray? To whom?
2. Wow... Optimum seems interesting, but I'm really keen on coding Ice Queen right now...
3. Btw, what is the status of the new Oranje Juice? I'm interetsed in coding "Ice Tea" - the "Oranje Juice" of ebooks! In Java... :P
4. Hey! I want some hard drives too! But I can't afford them right now... Damn!
5. There is no 5! :P
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:icondionyziz:
dionyziz Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007
1. I don't know. Perhaps to nature.
2. Get done with Ice Queen. NOW.
3. Screw ice tea. Orange Juice ftw.
4. Move to Athens, stay with me, we can share hard drives.
5. Ok.
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:icondkaragasidis:
dkaragasidis Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
1. Well... nature can't ~hear~ you, so it's a waste of time. Do some cador conding for instance! ;-)
2. I'm workin' on it dude...
3. Yeah... right.
4. Well, If I move to Athens to stay with you, you'll have to share with me not only your hard drives, but also your food, your place, your money... Are you sure? :P :P :P
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dionyziz Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
1. Nature hearing me is not the point. The point is self-development. As of that, being part of nature is another point of view.
2. Faster.
3. It's gonna be so good.
4. Yes.
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:icondkaragasidis:
dkaragasidis Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
1. Ok whatever...
2. Like people say in Greece: "Kallio Arga para pote!"
3. Yeaaah.. whatever... Just give me an account...
4. Really? Will you give me any pocket money??? Will you buy stuff for my computers? Can I bring chicks at your place? :P :P :P :P
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:icondionyziz:
dionyziz Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
4. OK
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:icondkaragasidis:
dkaragasidis Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
4. Cool! :P :P :P :P
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Rhapsody88 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2007
:bounce: Hooray for flesh-eating cannibal cows! :w00t:

*hugs her teddy* :teddy:
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:icondionyziz:
dionyziz Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007
:boogie:
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Diabolo-Spinner Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007
Long Journal.... and long comments :o

I sorta gave up actually reading after the MCR part.... :o
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dionyziz Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007
:o
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Pericles Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007
a) You play piano?! I LOVE piano! Actually I love lots of musical instruments like pianos, violins, accordeons etc. Unoftunately not many people know how to play them (me included). Are you good on it? I mean, do you play some songs easily... I'd really like to hear you some day. :)

b) The game project of yours sound fun! I'd like to play it one day... And have my python having sex with an gay elefant. :XD:

c) Your music-site project seems smart. But how will you be able to synchronise all these individual pcs and make sure they are on-line... and how abut the bandwidth? :O

d) Thanks so much for promoting me via your journal. :D

Be well. :hug:
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dionyziz Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007
a) I mostly play keyboard and church organ. I'm not really good at piano-piano because I was only taught how to play the piano for two years, which isn't much. I studied keyboard and church organ for about 10 years, along with music theory and composition.

b) If you want to join, poke me so that I can give you detailed rules. Python is a good language of choice. The animals are said to be cows, although nobody knows. Gay sex isn't very good at the game because it doesn't allow reproduction, which is a core element in the game. You can do it for fun though. I prefer real life for that.

c) Caching is your friend for bandwidth. And also, I have enough bandwidth for just 30 - 40 users. Synchronization is one of the key elements that I am currently architecturing, but I will probably be able to make it :-)

d) np
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Pericles Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
b) :lol: :D Got ya point! ;)
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adwkokos Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007
I don't believe in God, but it happens on rare occasion that I pray. It always makes me feel weird, and I don't pray to someone I call "God", but I do fold my hands and stuff. I think praying when you don't believe in God is more about expressing your feelings, your hopes or your desires. I don't know. Maybe this is all just a ramble.
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dionyziz Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007
I think I like praying. It feels relieving sometimes. Or sometimes just confusing. Sometimes it's nice to go back to what you did on a particular day at its end and think about what happened in order to summarize the good and bad things, appreciate the good and try to correct the bad next time.
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dancewiththesky Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007
I tried listening to My Chemical Romance before but they are not exactly my taste (which keeps changing a lot lately ^^; ) I lately listen mostly to Dead Can Dance, VAST, Snow Patrol, Death Cab for Cutie, Soap Kills and some others.

The Orange Juice system sounds pretty nice. I would love to participate (even in the development) but I'm not sure if my bandwidth will can accommodate constant uploads.

Optimum sounds more interesting even! If I understand correctly, a player can be written in JavaScript using interpreters operating outside of browsers much like Ruby or Perl. For example, KJSEmbd provides JavaScript bindings for Qt/KDE libraries which provides networking, XML parsing, etc and it bundles a command-line interpreter.

As for praying to God, well come join the debate!
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dionyziz Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
Regarding Orange Juice, the "minimum" bandwidth you need is just for the songs you will listen to, streaming. Constant uploads might only be required by "supernodes" (when other people download a song over p2p) and people who actually upload new songs to the servers. So if you have a slow connection or limited bandwidth, you can just download and that's all :)

True, Javascript can be used in the form of ECMAScript, just not in Firefox. Are you interested in writing a client in Javascript? If so let me know so that I can provide you with the exact rules and details :)
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:icondancewiththesky:
dancewiththesky Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
Well send them but no promises ;)
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:icondionyziz:
dionyziz Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007
Good. We'll hopefully talk soon anyways.
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Skyrail Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007
Nice long journal, good to read about some interesting things about something different (makes a difference from an exam paper and revision notes) some interesting things to discuss. I wouldn't mind hearing your rendition of Mad World, I really like that song and would be nice to hear once again by someone difference. Keeping on the subject of music and the flow of your journal, I don't see anything wrong with MCR I don't mind a few of the songs, and I know a few people really into them. Every man to his own I guess is a good thing to say, if you like punk/ska/emo then listen to punk/ska/emo if your like me and like celtic/vocal/folk I don't see anything wrong listening to It I guess (I prefer electronica/ambient anywho).

I love the idea of this 'Orange Juice' project, complicated but a fantastic idea as long as it's kept closed. Helps people share a wide range of music across the globe and them themselves listen to their own music whether as you said be in the US or in your own home. I personally wouldn't mind having an 'invite' I guess if you don't mind, 'tis ok if I can't I understand, but you just said comment so here I am.

Moving on once again, I love the idea of this game (lol I love a lot of things :giggle:) I'm not much of a coder currently but if it's possible to view peoples code would be a good learning point, I know a few people who are into programming who may want to give it a go (sounds complicated though, an entire AI for a group of animals...I'm liking the sound of it but not the work D: although I bet it's fun). Might mean that I can learn other languages myself like Ruby (I'm quite interested in that, have you looked into it yet?).

Coding for dA is one thing that I can say I've been doing as well :B well, I've been messing with CSS style sheets thanks to a certain spook here on dA after his wonderfully advanced style sheet (I do realise you were talking about backend code however) and I have to say I did notice the watch thing after four favorites, after it came up when I thought I was watching someone, certainly a good reminder :nod:.

This ninjitsu looks quite interesting, something I've looked at before, and I have spoken to you previously about parkour and training to get fit but I'm still no better off then I was when I spoke to you :(. This means I can watch and wish but I doubt I'll partake myself. Although I have practiced Ju-Jitsu before and reached, erm green belt I believe but if I was to take up a martial art again I'd pick a different for the whole fact that I'd like to learn afresh. My dedication to these things and my dislike of participating in these sports as it is is the downfall of my willingness to learn.

Awesome with the harddrive, I'd like one to backup my data :nod:

I want to understand that Google FS but I fail :depressed:

I would also like a MacBook just so I can sit outside and code as I sit inside way to often and sitting outside would do me good and having a nice clean system to code with would be nice to :nod:

I think that's all, I have voted in your poll and at the moment time is short so I can't read that thing on Synergy.

Ooh about your praying, I think it's great that you somewhat praise something (in the case of me as a Christian it would be God, in your case, I don't know :slow:) and not to take stuff for granted as it shows you have a care towards the world, not just go about your life without a care, 'tis good :)

I think that's all :aww: :hug: keep up the good work and stuffs :)
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:icondionyziz:
dionyziz Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007
Oh ho, I totally missed that lovely comment! :heart:

I don't plan to record Mad World, but if we ever meet, I'd be happy to perform it live for ya :)

I'll keep you in mind for an OJ invitation. It's been dreadfully slow lately, because there is much to do for dA :D

I haven't worked much with Ruby, but I like python. If you have anybody interested in Optimum, just forward them to me and I'll enjoy explaining more details to them.

Me's going for Parkour tomorrow, yay! :dance:
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:iconskyrail:
Skyrail Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007
:giggle: well if we do ever meet I would be willing to listen :) Thanks, I'd love to see how it works all the same and yes it does seem like dA needs a lot of TLC at the moment :lol:

I've kinda given up on learning Ruby :slow: I've decided to go with lower level languages like C/C++ which I only started learning yesterday. I'd love to give python another go as well as I gave up on that too easily :paranoid: but I'm determined to learn and make something eventually :lol: but please do keep me updated.

Have fun with parkour tomorrow (or today as it is hehe) :aww: Peace out.
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AstartEnchantress Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007
λαλαλα Διο! ΛΑΑΑΑΑΑ
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dionyziz Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007
λα.
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AstartEnchantress Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2007
:heart:
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:iconchrisbouchard:
chrisbouchard Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear you're keeping occupied. Definitely get the MacBook. I did, and it was probably one of the best purchases I've made. Will that be your first Mac?

Optimum sounds interesting. Seems similar to a project we had in my computer science class. We had to make a battleship AI class in Java.

On the question of prayer: I'm an atheist, and do take time to reflect on what I'm thankful for. I just don't tell it to any god(s). For me at least, the core of being atheist is knowing that there isn't a god and that anything that happens in life is done by humans. If you're going to thank anyone, perhaps you should thank the people who are close to you or helped the good things happen.

Just my two bits.

Keep up the great work. I'm off to go :+fav: 4 deviations by a deviant!
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dionyziz Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007
Yes, it'll be my first mac. I'm considering the 13'' black one. It's still not available in Greece, but it'll soon be, in about 1 to 2 weeks, as they told me. Pity the price is 1,500 euros in Europe and 1,500 USD in the US :P

Interested to take part in Optimum and play? If yes I can give you detailed rules :)

Regarding prayer, in this particular case I am concerned because I wished for something close to impossible, coincidence-wise, and it happened, without any human interaction from what I can see. I don't know how to interpret it though.
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chrisbouchard Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's almost 1900 USD! :o That sucks.

Optimum certainly sounds interesting, and I'd love to learn more about it, but I fear that I won't find time to play. I'll do my best, though! :)

It's certainly up to you to decide how to interpret your life. I won't tell you whether to pray or not, because I don't know what you've experienced. If you feel that prayer is proper, than by golly pray up a storm. Just don't pray for the hell of it.
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dionyziz Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
Catch me on IM for details on Optimum :)
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:iconchrisbouchard:
chrisbouchard Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I sent you an IM, then realized that it's just after 6 there. ^^; Sorry, I'll catch you tomorrow.
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dionyziz Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
:giggle: tty soon :)
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Tepara Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Bloody hell a long journal.. :phew: lol.. that was so long I forgot what I was going to say about what you mentioned at the start by the time I got to the bottom lol
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dionyziz Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007
heh :hug:
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Tepara Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Hehe :hug:
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33xiT Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Great stuff with deviantART.
Personnally, I find the proposition for watching someone a bit useless, I don't know^^
In the first times, I knew that everytime I will :+fav: a deviation from someone I didn't decide to watch, it will prompt me :doh: !
But no, as always : well done ;)

Hope you succeed for your exams :)
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dionyziz Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007
:D
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33xiT Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
;)
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treijim Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007  Professional General Artist
I noticed you're looking to buy art for your house decoration, yeah? That picture of Nari is available as a print ;)

As for your question of prayer, I believe it's healthy to be grateful for what you have, for if you don't recognise this, you are not open to new things that may be trying to enter your life. It's very wise of you to see it as a way of understanding yourself. I think it's completely reasonable for you to pray =]
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