Things I Have on the Internet

I am, in many ways, a Bad Internet Person- I don’t work hard on my “branding”, I don’t really pay attention to my hit counts, I don’t relentlessly self-promote in the way that we’re all told is required if you’re any kind of modern creative person, and I could really give a fuck about “internet socializing”.

But… because I am, actually, against my better judgment, one of those “internet creative people”, I figure it behooves me every so often to tell you what I’ve got going on where, just in case you might be interested.

First up- my photography blog- nmkerr.wordpress.com

Here I post pictures taken and edited by me, with no particular reason other than “I felt like it”. I generally update twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and though some day I will get my shit more together and post some of my better images in an online store or something, in the meantime, if you would like a copy of something, feel free to let me know, and I will see what I can do to accommodate you.

Secondly- my collaborative art blog with Stephanie Whiteside- blackwidowhoney.com

Our current main project is Journey Into The Tarot, where we’ve been working our way through shooting a full tarot deck, but, since we’re (OMG) getting scarily close to the final stages of that, keep an eye out for more harebrained projects.

Thirdly- Stephanie and I are resurrecting (heh, theology joke, heh) our joint theology blog. Warning: rampant feminism and uncomfortable religious critiques. oakengrove.wordpress.com (new content coming soon)

And lastly, the various social hells media- my radio show, Dreamlights Radio, has its own fb page (facebook.com/dreamlightsradio), and I am on twitter (@nmkerr), on Pinterest (nmkerr), and tumblr (nmariekerr). Go forth and follow.

 

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Links, links, and more links

There’s been too much good stuff floating around lately, and it’s cluttering up my browser- therefore, I present: The Midweek Links Post!

All things being equal, I will always lead with anything Star Trek- so have a look at this Kickstarter started by Michael Dorn, otherwise known as the guy who played Worf in TNG. This is interesting, I think- the idea that kickstarter is opening up creative funding freedom even to those that we think of as “established”; systems like this are really revolutionizing the way the “business” of art is handled.

These color photos from World War II are really amazing– they’re available from the Library of Congress, and in an interesting bit of serendipity, I saw them just days after @kage23, @sorchah, @quirkyknitgirl, my mom, and I visited the USS Hornet, a floating aircraft carrier/museum docked in Alameda. If you’re in the Bay Area, I highly recommend it.

In the “shockingly, women are not idiots” news of the day, there are objections being raised to Skimm, a new compiler that seeks to cater to women by “[simplifying] the headlines for the educated professional…breaking down what you need to know to start the conversation”. In other words, how you can fulfill your social obligations without troubling your pretty little head about the substance.

Two interesting articles on gun control and whether or not having a firearm in the event of a mugging/mass shooting/robbery has any actual effect on public safety. Also, whether if someone had one if they would even be able to use it in the event of a shooting by a crazed gunman. For further reading on this subject, check out Jay Johnson’s really interesting post on how America has made an idol out of the concept of individual liberty.

And finally, in the purely trivial, I present: McKayla Is Not Impressed. (For those of you not following the Olympics, McKayla Maroney is the world’s best vaulter, and  member of the gold-winning American women’s gymnastics team. She’s amazing, and fantastic, and also apparently made a funny face once. Just go with it.)

Enjoy!

 

Random Collection is Random

Some links! Hooray! Wander this way to fulfill all your procrastination needs…

1) The Olympics are exciting, even if you’re like me and maybe remember to tune in once or twice during the whole thing. What’s most exciting? Well, it’s entirely possible that it’s the faces athletes make in the heat of the moment. Hint: slo-mo replays are really not vanity’s friend.

2) An interesting image of the declared disaster areas so far this year in the US.

3) Top 50 Pictures-of-the-Day of 2012 so far. Absolutely stunning pictures. Clicky here.

4) Suppressing Protest: Human Rights Violations in the US Response to Occupy Wall Street. A lengthy but very interesting document that is part of the Protest and Assembly Rights Project.

5) For all you creative types out there, a really great breakdown of various ways your brain is out to make you fail, and how to outsmart yourself and get some things done. Both fascinating and humorous, and definitely food for thought.

6) A really fantastic rebuttal to some schmuck who made the mistake of decrying attractive female cosplayers at comicon as “not real geeks” by John Scalzi. “Many people believe geekdom is defined by a love of a thing, but I think — and my experience of geekdom bears on this thinking — that the true sign of a geek is a delight in sharing a thing. It’s the major difference between a geek and a hipster, you know: When a hipster sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “Oh, crap, now the wrong people like the thing I love.” When a geek sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say ‘ZOMG YOU LOVE WHAT I LOVE COME WITH ME AND LET US LOVE IT TOGETHER.’ Any jerk can love a thing. It’s the sharing that makes geekdom awesome.”

7) And finally, for those of you still living in Utah, I present: Goat Man.

Enjoy!

Here, Read This

…or in some cases, “look at this”, I suppose. I’m sure you can figure it out.

Link #1- A very funny compilation of “one-star” comments left about books generally accepted as “classics” by folks who were… less than impressed. (My personal favorite, because I hate this book- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (1951)“So many other good books…don’t waste your time on this one. J.D. Salinger went into hiding because he was embarrassed.”)

Link #2- For those of us in jobs where we deal with folks who… though often well meaning, do not always understand exactly what it is that we do, or exactly what we need in order to do it… Clients From Hell.

Link #3- File this under “interesting archaeology”- they are apparently uncovering a 10th century BCE gate near the Sea of Galilee in Israel. That is, to us common folk, OLD.

Link #4- Also in archaeology, but a little closer to home- how many migrations did it take to populate the Americas? Apparently, several. But they had different effects on what would become the various indigenous peoples of the american continents.

Link #5- Not a huge fan of milk? Me, either. I never liked it, and particularly when I was younger, it made my stomach hurt. But that didn’t make the school stop handing it to me every day that I bought a lunch. Because milk builds strong bones!  Drink milk for health! …right? Well, maybe not.

Link #6- If you grew up where I did, in the southern Midwest, crows are fairly common, but ravens are rare enough to be exotic. Thus, I assume that any black bird I see is a crow (there are no grackles or starlings in CA as far as I can tell). So, I kept seeing these enormous black birds swooping around on our office roof, and thinking to myself “Geez, that is one ridiculously huge crow!”. I have seen ravens, of course, here in CA, but I assumed they stuck to the woods and beaches. Nope- those are ravens. A few of them obligingly sat around the other morning long enough for me to compare them to some websites, and… there are certainly some crows up there. And quite a lot of ravens.

~fin