Hello, I'm Olivia and currently residing in Romania; around the internet, I mostly go by Pande. I like ranting for hours about things like movies, manga or Photoshop.

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8th of Nov. 2015: For anyone wondering what's happened to me

Simply put, I grew distant from TheO. The fine folks here have nothing to do with it, you all are still amazing (and I feel awful for missing so many birthdays >_<). Tagging on Minitokyo took up a lot of my time, and I gradually found myself visiting TheO less and less, until it got to literally months between visits. Hell, I don't even think I can remember my password, thank God Firefox has the option to save them.

I'm also not that interested in anime anymore - I mean, I like the style and still add to my collection of eye candy, but I don't feel the need to keep up with new releases. I've got my gigs of old manga and am pretty much satisfied with that. Art-wise, the same: haven't felt the drive to pick up or finish a work in months, probably as a result of my passion for anime fizzling out. I'm still playing The Sims 3, and have picked up Doom too (love them custom WADs!).

Anyway, if you made it this far, thanks for the visit. Drop me a line on Minitokyo if you feel like it.
Hope all is well with you, and a huge thanks for the support. Take care.


20th of Nov. 2016: I'm not dead!

Dropping in to mention a few things: as a result of some unpleasant interactions with Mediafire (copyright infringements that weren't really infringements), I've taken down a lot of things, namely vectors and wallpapers. I intend to move them all to Dropbox and scale down my website; I initially wanted to delete it altogether, but hey - maybe someone will still want this stuff. It will take a while, mostly since I don't have too much time to devote to it and it's not a priority.

I'm doing OK, working and dealing with my mental health as well as I can. I won't be back here, though, and have left Minitokyo for good as well. If you ever need to reach me, you can find me on Tumblr. Yes, I've started creating content for The Sims 3 and made a Tumblr dedicated to it! :) As for anime, I've left it behind mostly, even manga - and even yaoi! Now there's something I never thought I'd say XD

If any of my old friends end up reading this - the years together have been great, and I still get nostalgic about them sometimes. Hope life is treating you well!~

Quick post before the void eats me up again!

Hello, hello everyone! I'm (sort of) back for a little while, at least until next week >_< Uni has literally sucked out all creativity and desire to do anything but shoot something in video games. I've missed a lot of birthdays and for that I am truly sorry, I know they were the birthdays of dear friends and I feel really down for not even being there to say a "happy birthday". I apologize again and hope you will (somehow) forgive me for being such a shitty friend yet again *bows*

Uh, to present the situation... This month and especially this last weekend have been positively hectic; homework, an oral and written exam for Spanish, written exam for English, project for Pragmatics, an anthropological study and a museum opening *wheeze*

Furthermore, I'm not sure how things in other countries/colleges work, but here we rely mostly on Yahoo! Groups to communicate and there was a major shitstorm on one of them last Friday because of the date of the English exam; people were complaining that it was supposed to take place on Friday, which is abnormal since most people who choose distance learning either have jobs or a college on the side. Guess who had to fix it? Yup, lil' ol' year rep me. Then an idiot got on my back and I had to deal with her, but the most amusing part was conversing with the ones who were on my side, in private: they were all outraged at how irrational this woman was - long story short, it was a mixture of entertainment and bone-crushing fury. It feels nice to have someone watch your back, though c:

All in all, I'm pooped, stressed, pissed off most of the time and have been known to develop really bad and crude jokes lately. And laugh at stuff only 5th graders would laugh at. And live on a steady diet of Coke and coffee. Yeah, not the best company ._. Is uni taking its toll on you as badly as this?

I always start my posts with a random phrase.

Yesterday I was watching Nostalgia Critic's review of "The Room" again, for maybe the 4th time, and laughing like a loon in my empty house. I scared my cat away a few times too >_> It NEVER gets old. But one would have to be...non-human to NOT laugh at that...thing. Oh, and against my mental notes and warnings, I visited TVTropes, Cracked and Reddit again; there go a few hours I'll never get back. But it was oh so worth it.

I'm still playing Sims 3, trying to NOT have my 11th-generation family be error 12'd to oblivion. And waiting for Pets, which will hopefully entertain me. What with the save file getting to 480 freakin' megabytes and all, the logical solution would be moving the family to a new town and starting over; it's just that I've invested so much in this town and have been playing it for almost 6 generations (had to move from the first one because of the same problem) and I've come to like all the relationships and sims in it ;_; Even though roughly 80% of the town is related to my family and, thus, somewhat inbred. I still love them, though :D
Other than that, I like to pass my time with this:

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Because nothing's more entertaining than shooting Nazis and robot!Hitler.
And priests hurling fireballs out of their crotches. Also, DOS <3

Aside from that, not much has been happening lately. I'm mostly just enjoying my last days of freedom before second year starts, but I've already got some good news: there aren't as many classes as last year and the only class on Friday is English...which I won't be attending because I handed in my CAE and will get a 10 for the entire course without having to step a foot inside that class.

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Naturally, I'm getting it fair and square...and "three-day weekend" has a nice ring to it too, doesn't it? :3

My warped view on what the heck is going on

Alrighty, peeps, it would appear that things are going to hell here, so let me try to clear up some of the confusion a.k.a. notice me jumping on the bandwagon and trying to explain the clustermess that's going on with TheO/Pixiv.

First of all, I'm going to try and explain how I see fan art. In my mind, all fan art is divided in two:
1. Official fan art (I refer to it as doujinshi)
I think of it as artwork done by artist B that represents artist A's ideas (characters, scenes etc.). In this case, the original artist (A) allows the doujin-ka (B) to use their idea to make profit, legally. Artist B claims the work process and their interpretation of artist A's ideas but cannot claim full ownership of them, as they are still the intellectual property of artist A until they officially give up copyrights.
Example, Miwa Shirow isn't the creator of Vocaloid but has done doujinshi of it (examples: 1, 2, 3).
Tl;dr: official" fan art is what I call doujinshi: it is usually made to be sold, which means the doujin-ka (B) makes money off the original artist (A)'s idea, with their permission.

2. Unofficial fan art (fan art per se)
The basis of unofficial fan art is that the fan artist (B) agrees to use the original artist (A)'s idea as long as they don't make money from it or claim it as their own. And while a fan artist can't claim copyrights on their images (since the ideas aren't theirs to begin with), they can claim possession of the work involved in making them; whenever someone reposts/uses fan art without the fan artist's permission, they are breaking this rule. Think of it as artist B being merely a fan of artist A's work and wanting to bring a tribute to it. B is not allowed to profit financially from A's work or use it in any way that would damage A's public image while improving B's. B is not allowed to use A's work without their explicit permission.
Tl;dr: This type of fan art is just a tribute or, if you'd prefer, a pretty picture to look at.

(some parts quoted from my own comment on MikuBerry's post)

Again, these are my interpretations. I'm not a lawyer or law-savvy, so I do not know all the implications of the doujinshi vs. fan art debate, but this is what I've used to guide me all these years since I've discovered that, hey, I can save images to my computer!

Some of my tips:
- Check your sources religiously.
- Don't use images you suspect are fan art.
- If you're unsure of an image, ask people if they know where it's from or who made it.
- Credit your resources to avoid suspicion of plagiarism.
- Don't play innocent and don't claim ignorance. If you didn't know up to this point, you must surely know that DeviantArt and Pixiv, as well as any other fan art site, are off limits for image grabbing and using.
- Don't use stuff from image dumps like e-ShuuShuu, Photobucket, Imageshack etc. without going through the steps mentioned above.
- Never claim images you didn't draw/create yourself. Avoid plagiarism.
- Name your files properly. Try to include the names of the artist and the person who uploaded the image or at least the site you got it from. (when I download scans from Minitokyo, this is the file name I save them under: SERIES NAME scan name [uploaded by UPLOADER NAME])
- If the site is in a foreign language, use Google Translate, Babelfish or another online translator to read the FAQ/TOS.

Some other helpful posts that you should take your time to read:

Oh, and I do believe the Pixiv drama level is about to beat the paysite drama level in the Sims community. Woe. I usually love seeing drama but the case here is too serious to crack jokes, so I guess I'll be watching from the side? And expecting a proper FAQ/TOS section, just like we all are (I hope).

EDIT: replaced Kelsey's link as per her request.

Warning: manga-related rant and e-rage

The manga I'm going to rant about is Animal X: Genshi Sairai, but it also applies to its prequels, Aragami no...

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Warning: computer-related rant and e-rage

Mhm, first of all, sorry for not updating in forever, I've been caught up in stuff like uni, playing Sims 3 and making icons :D Believe it or not, I have most updates (cards, walls, posts) opened in new tabs waiting to be commented on, I haven't s...

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