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  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +9 9 0

    I just bought a shower caddy and I'm so excited to install it! Woo, apartment upgrades!

    No more knocking shampoo and conditioner bottles off the ledge and onto your toes!

    Recently, my boyfriend and I have purchased a house plant to make the kitchen counter look nicer. A little jade plant in a cute plastic "bronze" pot.

    And then I bought a little pencil holder for all the pencils and scissors and stuff, which were previously in a plastic drinking cup. So we got a plastic drinking cup back. And then I bought a little glass vase for a flower that was previously in a glass drinking cup. That's two cups relinquished for their proper uses!

    And then we bought a shelf from Target in order to better organize the rat's corner, which was full of litter, bedding, cardboard tubes, treats, food, etc. Wow, the living space looks so much more welcoming and less like it's covered in junk now!

    It's so nice now. Can't wait to go back there. Maybe I'll add in some mirrors or paintings to make it look even better.

    Do you do any upgrades to your apartments/houses? What are they?

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  • Image
    3 years ago
    +11 11 0

    Pudge and Leeloo sharing a smoothie.

    My two rats, Pudge and Leeloo, sharing some fresh smoothie we made.

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +4 4 0

    Artists, what are your thoughts on the articles currently on /t/artists?

    When I created this tribe, I wanted this to be a place for artists to showcase, communicate, and share with each other.

    At the moment, I see the front page coated with various articles, with their relation to art ranging randomly. These are summaries of those articles:

    • An article of an artist that has been arrested in Paris after she stripped down to her shoes and invited people to take selfies with her.
    • A review of the book 'Ever Yours' by Vincent Van Gogh.
    • A CNN article about "aboriginal art" thriving on Facebook.
    • An article about artist Nicky Barkla.
    • An article about artist Kit King.
    • An Oddity Central link that links to all articles categorized under "art."

    Personally, I feel that I'd rather this place consist of artwork from artists of Snapzu and discussions from artists here too. I'd rather be our creations be up top than some articles about various subjects.
    Some of these articles however, I think are alright - such as articles about artists that showcase their works. It doesn't have to be an "all or nothing" deal.

    I'd like to know what the artists of /t/artists think about these articles being posted here, because it's simple to hide them from being shown in the tribe or leave them up if you all see fit.

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  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +7 7 0

    Post your Portfolios!

    Post your stuff!
    Websites, Tumblr, Twitters, LinkedIns, blogs, whatever you want to post with your art on it.

    We can sticky this, and then we can make a new sticky every month or so to keep things fresh! :)

  • Image
    3 years ago
    +17 17 0

    Cupcake pincushions!

    So fun to make! 3.25 mm hook. Yarn is Vanna's Choice in Beige, White, and Chocolate.

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +10 10 0

    /t/crochet up and running under new management!

  • Image
    3 years ago
    +13 13 0

    My first doily! Petite Pineapple Doily.

    Made with Aunt Lydia's Bamboo Crochet Thread, size 10, color Nautral. 2.00 mm hook.

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +4 4 0

    /t/crochet, chief not active in 2 years?

    Judging by the chief's profile, if I'm correct, they haven't been on since May 2013.
    I really enjoy crocheting so I'd love to claim the tribe.

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +5 5 0

    /t/rats - for rat lovers and owners!

    /t/rats :)

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +2 2 0

    Basic Rat Care Guide and F.A.Q.

    So, you'd like to have pet rats?

    Congratulations! Rats make great pets; they're intelligent, cute, fun, and all have their own personality.
    But before you adopt your pet rats, please make sure you understand what you're getting into!

    • Rats are social animals and need other rats to stay happy! If you're thinking of owning a pet rat, please make sure you adopt at least two. A pair of rats is not much difficult to care for than one, and as a result you will have happier rats. Rats can get depressed if they do not have other rats to befriend and socialize with.

    • Are you prepared for a rather high up-front cost? Despite their tiny size, rats can have a surprisingly high up-front cost. A cage big enough for two cats can cost anywhere from $70 to $100 dollars, and we're not just talking about the fancy ones either.

    • Do you have a veterinarian nearby who can work with rats? Rats are considered "exotic animals" by veterinarians, so rat vet bills can get a bit pricey.

    • Please remember rats are living creatures who have feelings and emotions. These bullet points aren't meant to discourage or frighten you from having rats, but instead to prepare you in order to give your new pets the best possible life they can have.

    Rat Care Guides

    Adopting Rats

    The best place to adopt a pet rat is from a reputable breeder in your area. These rats may cost more than pet store rats, but they have a much greater chance to be friendly and socialized and healthy.

    Rats from the pet store can be just as sweet, but there is a high chance they will be unsocialized and afraid. Petco has been known to sell their rats as "feeder rats," so purchase at your own risk. Some rats can become socialized, but others may just be permanently afraid in their nature.

    Males or females?

    • Females are typically more energetic and stay that way for most of their lives. They're more likely to run around and explore.

    • Males are typically more cuddly and calm, usually increasing those traits as they get older. Male rats can be messier than females, and sometimes can get territorial in individual cases.

    Rat Habitats

    Cage

    • Size: Cages will ideally provide two cubic feet of space per rat. Here is a Rat Cage Calculator in order to give you a guideline of how many rats your cage can hold. Keep in mind that your rats will be spending a majority of their life in their cage, so it's important to give them enough room to be comfortable.

    • Material: Cages that are all metal or plastic are usually recommended, with narrow wire bars and a solid floor to hold in bedding. Glass aquariums are not recommended as they hold in the dust and ammonia, which can irritate a rat's respiratory system. Wires that are powder coated or PVC coated are a higher quality and will keep the metal from rusting and trapping odors.

    • Make sure the wire spacing is small enough to keep your rats in! If a rat's head can fit through a gap, then surely enough they can squeeze their body through as well.

    Read more about rat cages from this guide.

    Bedding

    • Avoid cedar and pine bedding. The phenols in these bedding types have been found to affect rats respiratory systems!

    • CareFresh: Carefresh is made from paper pulp. Be careful with formulas with baking soda in them, as these have been warned to irritate respiratory systems of rats.

    • Aspen: Aspen is a nice choice. Soft and decently odor-absorbent. The only difficulty with aspen bedding is that it has a really high tendency to stick to fleece and clothing very easily!

    • Yesterday's News: An alternative cat litter made of recycled paper.

    Read more about rat bedding from this guide.

    Cleaning

    Clean your rat cage anywhere from one to three times a week, depending on how dirty your rats are. Some main sources of odor are the bedding/litter any fleece hammocks. Be sure to wipe down the platforms with a wet paper towel. If the platforms are extremely dirty, try letting some white vinegar soak for a few minutes and wipe them down again.

    Rat Diet

    Main Diet

    Your rat's main diet should consist of a reliable rat food. Oxbow Regal Rat Adult Rat Food is a good choice. They're small triangles pellets that you can pour into your rat's food bowl and let them munch away for as much as they need. Dog food or cat food is generally not acceptable due to the high protein content.

    Treats

    The general rule of thumb is if you can eat it, so can your rats. However, there are some exceptions.
    Make sure you give treats to your rats in moderation to make sure they don't cause diarrhea.

    • Make sure to give your rats mainly healthy treats. Don't give them too much processed sugar and fat.

    • Do not give orange or mango to male rats, this can cause kidney damage or kidney cancer.

    • Do not give anything that is rotten, moldy, or smells off.

    • Feel free to try small bits of dairy products like yogurt or cheese. Some rats can be lactose intolerant, so make sure to test the waters first!

    • Do not feed raw sweet potatoes! Cooked are fine.

    • Avoid sticky foods like peanut butter - rats cannot vomit and can choke on the food.

    • Avoid caffeine!

    Read more about rat diet from this report and this article.

    Bringing Your New Rats Home

    Hooray you got your rats! Now what?

    Assuming you got them in a little cardboard box, or you brought them in your own pet carrier. The best thing to do is to put them in their new cage with plenty of food and water, and let them get acclimated.

    You might be eager to play with the new rats, but understand that you're a weird, smelly, loud creature seven times larger than your new furry buddies! And they're now in a new environment. They are most likely nervous. Let your new rats get used to the cage for a day or two, make sure to replenish their water and food, and you can try giving them little treats and let them smell your hand.

    Try moving the cage close to an area you regularly use - like your computer desk. That way the rats can get used to being around you. You can also try putting in an old article of clothing that smells like you in their cage (as long as you don't mind it getting ruined and dirty) so they understand your scent.

    Read more about befriending your new rats from this article. There are lots of great resources out there for bonding with your new rats!

    F.A.Q.

    How long do rats live for?

    Typically, rats live for an average of two to three years. Some rats have been known to live even longer! Making sure your rat has a good diet and plenty of exercise can help your rat live longer.

    My rats are fighting and squeaking.

    This may be normal play-fighting behaviour. As long as there is no blood, then they are just playing and you can let them be.

    There's red bloody stuff coming out of my rat's nose or eyes.

    This is called porphyrin. It's rather normal, so don't worry too much about it. However, excess porphyrin can be a sign of illness. Some rats get excess porphyrin from stress, and some rats get some around their eyes after sleeping.

    Can I litter train rats?

    Yes, you can! VoyagerXyX provides a good guide on litter-training:

    Make sure to hold them often when they are young. If they grow up without being handled daily they wont be as much fun to play with and take out as adults because they wont be accustomed to you. Also, play with them in 15 minute spurts. If you ever notice that you put them in and they pee right away take them back out immediately. Keep doing this each time extending the amount of time all the way up to a half hour or forty minutes and your rats will be potty trained! They will learn not to pee while out of the cage and will let you know if they need to go back to relieve themselves by acting antsy! :) Good luck, post pictures when you get them!

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  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +23 23 0

    I can't be the only one who misses physical QWERTY keyboards on phones. C'mon, man. I want my physical keyboard back!

    It's been a couple years now that I've had my Samsung Galaxy S4. And throughout this whole time, the ability to type sentences coherently has never ever improved! Because it's just some virtual swipe-y keyboard! I still roll my eyes and angrily tap the back button every time it makes a random word instead of the word I want. Which is every day, multiple times a day.

    I miss my pink Pantech Impact with the physical keyboard. I miss the awesome that is the clicky-clacky of the buttons and the ability to multi-task while texting due to muscle memory. I'm honestly debating going back to my Impact, the only thing holding me back is the fact that I wouldn't be able to use Google Hangouts to text.

    Looking up modern phones with physical keyboards is pretty much laughable. Most articles seem to have a hint of thinking you're an old geezer if you prefer a physical keyboard. I'm not a dinosaur! I'm twenty and I want an efficient phone, dammit! Most smartphones with keyboards have laughable memory and specs.
    I guess it takes more time, effort, and money to manufacture a phone these days with a physical keyboard than it is to slap an app on a smooth screen.

    Anyone else miss phones with physical keyboards? What kind of phone do you use, and if it's a smartphone, what keyboard application do you use?

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  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +8 8 0

    Do you have a playlist you listen to when you draw?

    I usually just open up my YouTube "Music" playlist and let it run through. Or I play a whole movie's soundtrack depending on the mood of the piece.
    What do you guys do?

    Do you listen to music when you illustrate? Or do you prefer to keep things silent?
    Do different songs elicit different emotions from your pieces?

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +3 3 0

    [Site Behaviour] Can the Settings gear in the Notification History explain what it does better?

    When you click on your Notification History, there's a gear that apparently allows you to turn your notifications on and off?

    When I first joined, I figured this was actually a filter, so I thought clicking on "Comment Replies" means I can see only comment replies. And then I was confused because I no longer got notifications for replies for my comments! I thought something went wrong with the servers so I was just patiently waiting for a fix, haha.

    I think an easy fix for what hovering/pressing the button should actually do to make it clear it disables those notifications is making the text turn into strike-through style. This is usually recognized as a means of canceling an option, right? So instead, it'd look like this. That to me would make it perfectly clear that "Oh, Levels Up notifications aren't showing, because they're crossed out."

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  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +6 6 0

    Are you an artist, learning art, or just love art? Join us over at /t/artists - a tribe for artists to post their works, learn about the field, and just hang out.

    /t/artists, hope to see you there!

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +3 3 0

    Welcome to /t/artists!

    Hello and welcome! Are you interested in picking up art as a hobby? Are you a professional artist wanting to rant about your latest client? Do you just appreciate artwork in general? Everyone's free to enjoy the art world together in this tribe!

    Related Tribes

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +2 2 0

    Migrating to /t/artists?

    Hey, guys. All twelve of you. Hi!

    I'm glad this tribe is kicking off - when I made it, I wanted a place where you're free to post your artwork, get feedback, post articles relating to the art field, and discuss anything related to art. I think that's going well!

    I made this tribe really late and I was still in a Reddit-mindset and thinking of subreddits I used to subscribe to. After using the site more and looking at other tribes, I realized adding "lounge" in the title was a little silly and redundant.

    Would it make sense to you guys to migrate over to /t/artists instead? I'm thinking this for a couple reasons:

    1. It's easier to type and search. For new members, I know that when I'm searching for new communities, I just type in tribe names in the URL until I find something. I don't know if new members will consider thinking of "artistlounge" as an artist's tribe.
    2. It'll still be the exact same content. Mostly just a name change to make things make more sense. What the tribe is about is essentially an artist's lounge, which would be the same as an artist's tribe - so would it make more sense to go there instead?

    I feel a little silly asking this, but I feel like it'd be easier later on in the future. What do you guys think?

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  • Video/Audio
    3 years ago
    +12 12 0

    My rat, Pudge, pea fishing.

    Something fun and easy to do on a hot day - fill up a bowl or pan with cool water and toss in a bunch of frozen peas. Have fun watching the rats fish them out. My other rat, Leeloo, was being typically lazy and stealing them from Pudge instead of fis ...

  • Image
    3 years ago
    +12 12 0

    I drew my pet rat, Pudge, as a human.

    My pet rat, Pudge, as a human. :) I always think rats wear really cute baggy sweatpants because their backlegs look so silly.

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +1 1 0

    Welcome to /t/rats!

    Welcome to /t/rats, a tribe dedicated to all things relating to pet rats!

    Rats can make great pets, but make sure you've thoroughly researched before deciding if rats are the best pets for you.
    If you're thinking about adopting rats, please make sure to adopt a pair or more. Rats are social animals and need their rat companions to be happy.

    Feel free to post pictures of your rats, ask for advice about owning rats, grieve over the loss of a pet rat, and so on.

  • Text Post
    3 years ago
    +11 11 0

    [Site Layout] Can the header bar show tribes the user is a member of?

    Right now it seems like the header bar shows the most popular tribes (I think.)
    It'd be nice to have the tribes the user is subscribed to in that header, and if they don't have enough tribes to fill the header, then it can start listing the most popular tribes?
    Then it'd be filled with user's interests, instead of topics they might be indifferent to.