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Change is part of life, and we get that.  However, some changes are not so good.  For example, dART recently rolled out a change to the galleries of everyone.  Fine and good...except if you want to move images from one folder/category or another, you have to click on "Edit Page" in order to do so.  

This is problematic for a group because that feature is not available.  So, for the time being, I will have to lock down all of the categories so that images can be routed to the appropriate location, if they were not submitted to the right one to begin with.

I don't care for this change, as it puts a lot more work on my end (and I'm the only one actively keeping things organized), and it slows down what you get to see.  It will end up that you will only get a big blast of it when I get back from my day job and work through them.  

Hopefully this is a temporary issue and they will correct it, but for now, going to have to make a change of our own to avoid problems.  

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Edit: I'm leaving the "In Memoriam" automatically approved, as that one is pretty self explanatory and doesn't have any issues that I've seen.

Edit Number 2: They just added a method to move things around...albeit, it's more clunky and awkward than the way it used to be.  Nonetheless, we shall now return the categories to their originally set up status: automatically approved!

Except for the Art Jams - Contests and Featured categories, of course.
This year, 2016, has been rough on celebrities and creative types, such as actors, writers and musicians.  For this community, we took a hit earlier this year with Kenny Baker's passing.  Now, we have taken a much bigger hit with the passing of Carrie Fisher today.  

She portrayed the character with great dignity, poise, and respect, and helped to break the mold for female protagonists in films that shook things up a fair bit back in '77 and as recently as in Force Awakens.  She had a sharp, great and quick wit that she used to great effect, and frequently in a self-referential and hilarious manner.  She was honest and up front about her flaws, and was unapologetic about it.  She's a complex person, and it is a terrible loss to us all, and especially to her family.   Our condolences and respects to her family on their loss.

But, as Yoda himself wisely said (regardless that it's a fictional character, the words are still wise): "Mourn them do not. Miss them do not."  They will live on with us in our hearts, and let us be thankful that they have shared their talents and abilities with us all, and providing such a wonderful example and inspiration to so many.

I have raised the limit to submit to the "In Memoriam" collection to the max that I am allowed, but if you find you are unable to submit to it, just submit it or note it to us and we will re-route it to the right collection, or list the images here below.  

Farewell, Princess, may you rest in peace alongside your coworkers: Peter Cushing, Sir Alec Guinness, Sir Christopher Lee, Erik Bauersfeld, Aaron Allston and Kenny Baker.  Once again, to borrow from another "Star" series...

"To absent friends...." :beer:

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A Quiet Moment on Endor by Blazbaros RIP Leia by x-Lilou-chan-x Carrie Fisher tribute by Raikoh-illust Forever Princess by WBreaux
A talented man has passed away today after a long battle with illness.  We knew him as the operator of R2D2, but he had a varied career, and was a class act by those who knew him.  

For those who wish to submit tributes to Kenny Baker, we welcome them, but please submit them to the "In Memoriam" category.  That is where we hold our ongoing memorials and remembrances for those who have brought characters and a galaxy to life and inspired millions.  

Farewell sir, may you rest in peace with Peter Cushing, Sir Alec Guinness, Christopher Lee, Erik Bauersfeld and Aaron Allston.  To borrow from another "Star" series...

"To absent friends...." :beer:

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Just a quick little blurb today.  I'm looking forward to seeing Rogue One, the rumors notwithstanding ("Vader is going to be watered down" or "Vader is going to be brutal!" or "There won't be an opening text crawl!"), as it's going to be a different take on that Galaxy Far, Far Away than we've seen before.  

But there's one thing that keeps coming to mind.  Why do they need to reinvent the various bits of gear?  Like, why are there new types of troopers?  Or new ships?  Even the mighty AT-AT is a bit different.

Now that last item, I can understand that.  Big galaxy, different variants of the same vehicle for that particular area.  But other items...we know what they look like.  They should look similar to what's been in the original three films.  

Granted, this is just my opinion, and I'm not going to let it detract from my enjoyment of the film.  I'm not so fanatical that I cannot stand to let that which is clearly a nit-pick keep me from enjoying what looks to be a fun change of pace.

What do you folks think about Rogue One?  Looking forward to it, or are you wary of seeing it?  Drop your thoughts in the comments, and, as always, be civil. :)

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and tomorrow...Rise of the Sixth Lords!

...what would be good ones for the 7th and 8th?  

I would think that the 8th would be "The Force Aw-eight-ens" but maybe a better one could be worked up.  

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