My Cat Taught Me How To Art!

2019, Art, art journal, artist, artists, ArtRage, Beach, blue, Cat Stories, expansive, Illustrated, illustration, illustrator, iPad, iPad Art, Kristin Bell, mountains, Ocean, painter, Painting, Pink, purple, sky

I was showing my kitty how to do art on the iPad, and this is what we came up with! LOL.

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Judy the Utie-rus Cross-Stitch (Plus More!)

2018, Art, artist, arts & crafts, body part, craft, crafters, cross-stitch, cross-stitch pattern, female, feminist, free cross-stitch, Illustrated, illustration, Judy the Utie, Kristin Bell, Portland, Portlandia, reproductive body parts, uterus

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Hi Everyone! Recently I started making cross-stitch patterns. I’m cross-posting Judy the Utie-rus here, but you can find the other ones (some Pusheen, a Bearista Bear) on my other blog site supercutestuff.org. It takes a pretty long time to make one pattern, but it is pretty relaxing in a weird way! haha. So, what I’m posting here are PDF and PNG versions of the pattern. Feel free to download and scale them as you like. I have a number of different versions with the grid at different opacity levels so you can choose what works best for your own eyes. You can right-click (or control-click) on the PNG images to download, and just click on the links for the PDF files to get to those. If you decide to make the cross-stitch, let me know how it works out for you and/or if you have any tips for making it better. I hope you enjoy! :)

Judy the Utie-rus Cross-Stitch PDF No Grid Here: JudyCrossStitchNoGrid
Judy the Utie-rus Cross-Stitch PDF 30% Grid Here: JudyCrossStitch30PercentGrid
Judy the Utie-rus Cross-Stitch PDF 80% Grid Here: JudyCrossStitch80PercentGrid

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Structs and Classes!

2018, Art, artist, arts & crafts, Cartoon, computer science, Computers, Computing, drawing, drawings, Karla Fant, Kristin Bell, magnet, Nerd, pass by reference, pass by value, Portland State University, PSU, structs and classes

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So, I’ve been taking some computer science classes. My teacher is just great, and she is very funny. In class she’ll say things like “NEVER!!! Pass a class or struct by value! NEVER!” Also, she’ll talk about how her stuff on the bottom of her stairs compares to a sorting algorithm and stuff. Anyway, it is total nerd joke stuff, and I love it! hahaha. So one day I got the idea to make a drawing of her with something she says. Then I turned the drawing into some bookmarks and magnets. I did give some to her, and she laughed. LOL. Plus the TAs seem to like them too. This photo is of one of the magnets. ;)

Trump Stickers

2018, Kim Jong Un, KKK, Kristin Bell, politics, POTUS, President, Putin, Rape, stickers, Trump, United States, US Gov't vs Lame-assness, US Government, US History, US Politics, USA

Hi All! Just wanted to share the Trump stickers I made. They’ll be available in my etsy shop as soon as I put the listings up. LOL. I’ve got the whole gang one up in the shop now. Trying to cultivate some hope and happiness in these trying times.

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Apple Anti-Reflective Coating Display Recall

2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, Anti-reflective coating, Apple, Apple MacBook Recall, Kristin Bell, Mac, macbook pro retina
MacBook Anti-Reflective Coat Damage

My damage looked kind of like this, but a bit worse.

Hi! I don’t know if anyone will find this useful, but if you happen to have a Mac laptop that has the anti-reflective coating coming off, Apple will replace your display for free! That will save you about $800!!! The not-very-publicized recall put into place by Apple is in response to what has been termed “Staingate.”

I didn’t know what was wrong with my screen. I thought I just couldn’t get it clean, so I looked it up online, and determined that it was the anti-reflective coating that had come off around where the keyboard hits the middle of the screen. Usually you can still use your display with the problem, but it can get REALLY annoying. The first time I looked up the issue I didn’t see any way to resolve it. Then about a week ago I was looking online and stumbled across this MacRumors article: https://www.macrumors.com/2017/11/17/apple-extends-free-staingate-repairs/ (Thank You MacRumors!). The article says that they will replace it up to three years from purchase date, but I believe it is up to four years from purchase date.

I was actually past the timeframe, and I was really bummed out (I had missed it by three months). Fortunately, a great service tech at CityMac told me I should contact Apple and see if they could make an exception. I contacted Apple, and they did! I’m pleased to say that I also had a good customer service experience with Apple this time. In the past I had had terrible customer service.

I’m now typing behind a shiny new AND CLEAR computer screen. Yay!

So, if you have this problem, you can take it into an Apple store, or go to an Authorized Retailer like CityMac. You can also contact Apple and mail your computer in if you prefer. Good luck and good computing!

Image from: http://www.iclarified.com/47788/retina-macbook-pro-users-complain-antireflective-display-coating-is-wearing-off-photos

Kente Cloth Video Project

2018, Africa, Art, art history, kente cloth, Kristin Bell, Video

This is a project I did for an art history class. I chose to study Kente Cloth.

I hope you enjoy!

Fat or Skinny: Same Sh*thole

Bullying, Donald Trump, Fat, Fat Acceptance, Fat Hatred, Health, incompetence, Kristin Bell, politics, the Left, the Right, US Politics, violent misogyny

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Apparently the Left needs to be told that whether Trump is fat or skinny has no bearing on anything, and that their shameful pontificating about his weight only makes the Left look dumb. It gives the Right fuel for the fire to call out every hypocritical thing the Left has ever engaged in.

Speaking as a part of the Left, I have to say that we need not act like the bully in the White House. Yes, he makes fun of what people look like. Does that mean we need to? All of this call out about his weight (no matter what it might be) is ridiculous and gets us off track. It also has nothing to do with his “health,” because you can’t know anything about a person’s health by what they look like.

This sheer spectacle of nonsense just proves how much fat hate there is in the world, and how willing people are to go for the low hanging fruit. The Left is behaving no better than Trump and all the other bullies in the world. Fat or skinny, Trump is the same sh*thole he has always been, and it is corruption, incompetence, greed, violent misogyny,  racism, and recklessness that should be a concern for all of us.

Grow up!

The “You” of YouTube and Others

facebook, google, Kristin Bell, money, YouTube

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YouTube cares about the “You” in YouTube less and less every year.

Long story, but when YouTube started there were a bunch of random people on there doing a bunch of random things. It was more of a community back then. There were some more famous YouTubers, but no one was getting paid or anything.

Then I can’t remember exactly when, I think it was after Google bought YouTube they started advertising on videos and they installed the Partner Program where YouTubers would get paid a tiny amount for each video ad impression. The requirements to be a Partner were small, but not completely insignificant. Still, small fries could be Partners.

They have been scaling back the Partner Program for a while now. They keep eliminating videos and saying they aren’t “advertiser friendly” but they still play ads on them, but the Partner can no longer monetize them. They are proud of their big earners who earn six figures from ad revenue.

Now they just increased the requirements for YouTube Partners again, and this basically kills off all of the small YouTube channels from ever earning revenue—channels that YouTube can still profit off of mind you.

I’ve been on YouTube since about 2006, and I’ve made a tiny bit of money (which is not insignificant to me), and I’ve made a number of random videos about my life. The best part is that I’ve met a lot of really great people through YouTube. I can still do most of it if I want to…until YouTube kicks us out all together. I won’t be making any money from it any more, but it was nice to feel like I was a part of something. Now it feels like I’m not even a part of it anymore. I know YouTube doesn’t care about all of us “nothing” channels. They never really did, but it still hurts.

It hurts in the way that all things seem to be overtaken by capitalist pigs who don’t care about anything but making money. It hurts in the way that a lot of the people YouTube considers “valuable” and “worthy Partners” are assholes who engage in click-bait behavior and other stupid stuff just to get views. It hurts in the way that you try to be a part of something, and what you are able to do is NOT ENOUGH to be considered valuable—EVER!

I was never making much money from YouTube—maybe $100 every year or two, but this…this is another kick in the face. I think YouTube has been a valuable platform, but not for the stupid YouTubers who make shock videos that get 2 million views per day.

One day we will look back and remember fondly the democratization of the internet when YouTube didn’t have ads, when Facebook wasn’t interrupted by advertising every second, when Twitter wasn’t a platform for propaganda, and even when MySpace made us feel connected.

It is sad that what WE built (because where would any of those startups be without consumers…people?) is just destined for monetization and for some blip on a CEO’s chart. I suppose that’s what it all is about it and that is what it has always been about. It is just sad.

I think at the end of the day all of us want to be a part of something outside of our own brains. That’s why we come to Facebook and YouTube and Instagram and Twitter and Pinterest and I know I’m forgetting at least 5000 other platforms. Humans are social creatures, and people have banked on it and will continue to do so. But there gets to be a tipping point when these platforms no longer think about what their users want and they only think about what their stockholders and CEOs want. We can see it and we can feel it. And we are watching it all unfold. Whether or not we can arrest the process and wrestle control back from extreme capitalism remains to be seen.

What I do think will happen someday, maybe not in my lifetime but who knows, is that extreme capitalism and greed will collapse. It can’t go on forever, because we can’t go on forever with it—not humans, not the planet, not anything. I’m not a Luddite by any means, but if there is no balance then there will be collapse. Extreme capitalists don’t think there will ever be an end to their reign, but someday it will come, and it might be the end of us all.

We are living in special times. We have the world at our fingertips, but…I’ll just leave it at that.

 

New Glasses 2018!

brookview, creative, Eye Doctor, eyes, Eyewear, Fashion, Glasses, Kristin Bell, Near sighted, Nerd, ogi, Optician, Optometrist, Optometry, Reading, seraphin

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Screen Shot 2018-01-10 at 12.23.43 PMI got new glasses! Yay! They are by Seraphin and they are called Brookview. I’m including a shot of the stock photo, and me with my new glasses on.

Scene from History’s Time Travel Panel Discussion

2017, Clinton, Drama, historical fiction, History, Kristin Bell, Lady Montagu, obama, Toussaint Louverture, Treatise of the Three Imposters, Trump, Women of the Third Estate of France

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It is June 2018, and a panel discussion is set to begin. Some of our guests have time-traveled from the past and have just received a download of information into brain microchips about the history of the time they have missed in their great sleep. In fairness to all of the panelists, our contemporary guests have also received historical downloads to fill in the gaps in their knowledge base. On our panel, we have Toussaint Louverture, the most famous leader of the Haitian Revolution of 1791. We also welcome Lady Mary Wortley Montagu who traveled and wrote in the 1700s. We are pleased to announce we have uncovered the writers of the Treatise of the Three Imposters from 1719, but we are still not revealing their names at this juncture. They will answer as a group from behind a darkened screen. Last, but certainly not least, from the time of the French Revolution, we have the women of the Third Estate who petitioned the King on behalf of all women in 1789. On the panel of contemporary leaders, we have Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama. All of the panelists have had a few weeks to get over the shock of the historical record, and are now ready to discuss what they consider to be their “ideal society.” Welcome everyone.

Donald Trump: I’d just like to say for the record that I think this is totally unfair, and sad, very sad. I know the fake media is going to twist everything I say. You can’t trust them. They got me indicted and fired. It was a witch hunt. A very huge one. Huge. It was so huge you have no idea. Not fair.

Moderator: Duly noted Mr. Trump. Please take your seat. That is not the matter at hand. Let’s begin.

Donald Trump: Not fair.

~ Trump sits with the rest of the panelists, and we begin.

Moderator: First, let’s welcome all of our guests from the past. What a journey you have made. Congratulations! Technology is a marvelous thing. Let’s give them a round of applause for their amazing time traveling.

~ Audience applauds with fervor.

Moderator: And now, Mr. Toussaint Louverture, please tell us a little bit about yourself and what your ideal society would consist of, please.

Toussaint Louverture: Merci. This is an amazing time I must say. I am only saddened to hear that my home of Saint-Domingue, oh, pardon me, Haiti it is now called, has not fared very well. My brothers did win our freedom with the Haitian Revolution as you call it, but I have seen the conditions of poverty there now. As you all know, I was born a slave, but became a man of freedom on the island of Saint-Domingue. It was my fate, and God’s wishes that I die among my captors in France in 1803 (Wikipedia.org 2017). And, it is God’s good fortune that has brought me here today. My ideal society has been both realized and not realized in this time since my death. Those of us who share African ancestry are no longer slaves to the whites. Some would say this is miracle enough, but I have learned of this bitter racism and socioeconomic inequality which infects people today. When I lived, we believed that no longer being slaves would be enough—that we would henceforth be seen as equals among men. It is a great pleasure to sit here with Mr. Barack Obama, who might have been a slave in my day, but became the first African to become President of this high country. He is a testament to how much the world has changed. Unfortunately, his successor is a testament to how much things have not changed.

Trump: Not Fair. Lies. All lies.

Moderator: Mr. Trump, please hold your comments.

Toussaint Louverture: I do not lie, but am used to the ways of the men who would have us subjugated. When I lived, we had to fight them for our very lives and our freedom. Here it is something so similar I cannot even believe it. I have heard of the lives of Black men and women, and the Black Lives Matter movement. How, after all of this time is it still that we need to fight merely for our Black lives? This is the unchanging face of this racism as you call it. A racism that elected a man who ran on a ticket which dismissed and ridiculed people of color, women, the disabled, and others. But, he will fade into the racist history I am sure. My ideal society is becoming. The world will turn against this infection of racism eventually. When I learned of the ways of change that have happened throughout the world—ways in which equality has triumphed—I cried for the men who would have given anything to learn that the future was so bright.

Hillary Clinton: Yes, men and women Mr. Louverture.

Toussaint Louverture: My pardons, madam. Men and women. I am just learning about the strides of women. It is remarkable. We never even considered that women would be where they are today, but it makes sense to me now. In my ideal society, both men and women of all races as they are called, would be equal and live with freedom, peace, and prosperity.

Trump: I have the best black friends Toussaint, truly. I’m the biggest supporter of them. Women too. Women love me, because I love them. You know, I run the best beauty contest to showcase the most beautiful women you have ever seen. You would love it! Everyone loves it.

Toussaint Louverture: Umm…?

Moderator: Mr. Trump, thank you, please wait.

Trump: Not fair. Totally unfair. Hillary said something, and now you are telling me to be quiet?!? Soooooo unfair. Typical. Let’s just be fair. That’s all I’m saying. Because in my “ideal society” it would all be fair. I’m about fairness. I’m a hugely, bigly fair guy. You can ask anyone. I’ve never been unfair to anyone. I don’t tolerate that—that unfair stuff.

Moderator: Let’s move on to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Can you tell us a little about yourself and what your “ideal society” would be like Lady Montagu?

Lady Montagu: Thank you. I am Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. I am from London and was a part of the highest society there. My husband was Edward Montagu, and was an ambassador to the Turkish court for a time. My husband and I traveled with our children to the Turkish court, and saw some amazing sights along our route, which I wrote about in letters to friends (Jacob 2001, 138). Unlike Mr. Louverture, I do not understand this “Black Lives Matter” nonsense. Quite frankly, it is beneath me to even comment on it, but I will if I must. You see, I know the quite a lot about the world, and have seen the most delightful things in my travels—glorious gardens (Lady Montagu 1716, 139), plays with gilded vessels (Montagu 1716, 141), and even a “field being yet strewed with the skulls and carcases of unburied men, horses, and camels…[from the battle at Carlowitz] where the last great victory was obtained by Prince Eugene over the Turks” (Montagu 1717, 146). I have seen all the great leaders, I assure you, and none of them are “black” as you call them. I know that “the dark people of North Africa” and the rest of that dark continent could never be admired (Jacob 2001, 138). It is sad, but true. They just have not developed like the rest of us in civilized society. I understand if they are not slaves anymore, but Africans will never be like the English. Obviously, the Americas have devolved if they have elected an African to their highest office. The Americans were never very trustworthy anyway. As for my ideal society, I believe I have experienced some of it in my life. The glorious wealth and superiority of the English life is definitely ideal. Now I’ve learned of all of the great technological achievements that have been made, and I would love to travel the world by this airplane you have. It sounds so adventurous. I’ve heard now of women gaining the vote and what you call equality. Well, we must realize that some women are more equal than others if we are honest. Some women, well, it would be to their detriment to have voting powers. But yes, women like myself should definitely have power in society, because we are educated and enlightened enough to provide solid guidance in world affairs.

Moderator: Mrs. Clinton would you like to respond?

Hillary Clinton: Yes, thank you. Lady Montagu, I understand that you are a product of your time. A lot has changed, and the United States is the most powerful country in the world now. We have of course realized that equality is a fundamental part of an ideal society. As a white woman with privilege, I’ve had to really study to understand the Black Lives movement. After Mr. Trump won the electoral college in the last election, I took the time to really invest in learning about Black Lives Matter. I can honestly say, that during the election I did not understand what I understand now. As you are also a white woman of privilege with a fine education, I think it would behoove you to undertake learning about Black Lives Matter. You might begin by reading some of the books written by Barack. He is a fine example, an eloquent speaker and writer, and I’ve learned a lot from him. I might have been a bit dismissive of him when we were running against each other, but we are good friends now.

Barack Obama: Thank you Hillary.

Hillary Clinton: No problem Barack. I know now how big the fish are that we need to fry. Hahaha.

Barack Obama: Yes.

Trump: If that is an inside joke about me, that is unfair. Look at them. They can’t gang up on me like that. Moderator you need to say something. Don’t let them talk!

Moderator: We are here to talk Mr. Trump. Please sit down.

Trump: Unfair. So unfair. Sad.

Moderator: Now the authors of the Treatise of the Three Imposters will speak.

Authors of the TOTTI: Thank you. We will not reveal our histories. We would just like to say that our ideal society is a world in which everyone realizes the folly of their god delusions. As we’ve said before, “one should therefore not be astonished that the world is filled with vain & ridiculous opinions; nothing is better able to give them currency than ignorance” (Anonymous 1719, 95). Also, we should repeat that “if the people could understand into what an abyss ignorance throws them, they would soon shake off the yoke of unworthy leaders, for it is impossible to let reason act without its discovering the truth” (Anonymous 1719, 95). And yes, Mr. Trump, you are an unworthy leader in our opinion. We have no qualms about saying that after what we have seen and read.

Trump: No. Not fair. I won the election by a landslide. Everyone loves me, they truly do, except for the bad ones, like the bad hombres and the feminists. I don’t care. Feminists are all too ugly to get a man anyway. I’ve seen them. They are just ugly. Right Hillary?

Hillary Clinton: No Donald. We’ve had this discussion before.

Moderator: Please sit down Mr. Trump. Let’s hear from the women from the Third Estate in France.

Women of the Third Estate: Vive la révolution, Donald!

Trump: What? No! So unfair! Did you see that?

Moderator: Sit down Mr. Trump.

Women of the Third Estate: As we were saying, we have recently learned how women no longer have to grovel at the feet of a king. We will never grovel again. When we wrote in 1789 how we wished for “permission” to be heard, and when we said we did not write “in order to usurp men’s authority, but in order to be better esteemed by them, so that we might have the means of living safe from misfortune” we meant what we said to an extent (Women of the Third Estate 1789). We had to write that way. Now we don’t have to write that way. Women have achieved so much that we were also brought to tears when we learned of the brightness of the future. We have also been moved by the general impetus towards the equality of all people, and acknowledge that any ideal society will include complete equality for all people. We have much to learn about the lives of Black people. We admit we never considered it before, but we will make it a priority and invite Lady Montagu to do the same. As most of us have grown up as worshippers, we have never considered a world without a God and the worship of God, but we also never thought about time travel, yet here we are. We agree to hear out the authors of the Treatise of the Three Imposters. We might not agree with them, but we will see. It is amazing to us that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are leaders in this world. We are sad Mrs. Clinton was not elected. We all agree that Trump is a buffoon.

Trump: What?!?! You are all just ugly feminists that no one would ever touch! Look at them. Am I right people?

~ Audience is silent.

Hillary Clinton: Oh what a tangled web we weave…

Barack Obama: What is that about the chickens coming home to roost again?

Moderator: And with that, we will end this discussion for now, so that we can give each panelist a break. Thank you all for coming today. We will continue this discussion tomorrow. Let’s have a round of applause.

~ Audience applauds.

~ End of scene one.

 

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Bibliography

Anonymous. 1719. Selections from Treatise of the Three Imposters in The Enlightenment: A Brief History with Documents by Margaret Jacob 2001. Boston/New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s.

Jacob, Margaret C. 2001. The Enlightenment: A Brief History with Documents. Boston/New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s.

Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley 1716-17. Correspondence in The Enlightenment: A Brief History with Documents by Margaret Jacob 2001. Boston/New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s.

Wikipedia. 2017. “Toussaint Louverture.” Accessed June 15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toussaint_Louverture.

Women of the Third Estate. 1789. “Petition of Women of the Third Estate to the King” in The French Revolution and Human Rights: A Brief Document History by Lynn Hunt 1996. Boston/New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s.