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Last year I checked out a new shopping center that was built on top of a former farm that was once owned by descendants of the original Lord Baltimore, George Calvert (who founded what eventually became the state of Maryland). At the time the only stores that were really in business were a Whole Foods Market and a Starbucks. I shot some photos because I noticed that the developer chose to keep the one remaining structure that hints at the shopping center’s former use as a farm—a giant icehouse. In addition, there was this really cool statue of a big blue bear that was erected.

I haven’t been back until recently and that’s because there was a used book sale that was happening there and I decided to check it out. Since my last visit the place has expanded.

In front of the shopping center there is now this really interesting statue of what looks like two figures seated close in a ball position facing each other.

The details of each figure shows the fact that the figure is made up of symbols.

Like I wrote before, the only remaining structure from the shopping center’s early days as a farm is this giant brick icehouse. The developer has since added an airplane whose propellor constantly rotates.

A few new businesses have opened at Riverdale Park Station, such as this Gold’s Gym in the next photo.

The statue of the giant blue bear is still there. In fact, the area where the bear is located is now known as Bear Square.

The used book sale took place in Bear Square just a few feet away from the bear statue. I browsed through the books but I didn’t find anything that appealed to me so I ended up not buying anything.

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Today’s prompt word for Inktober is “weak.” I struggled with this prompt. I considered different ideas but I ended up jettisoning them because they would’ve been too depressing to draw (such as drawing a picture of migrant children in cages or a Syrian in a refugee camp). I decided to draw some fan art where I had Poison Ivy taking on Donald Trump and defeating him with one of her plants. For added measure, I related it to the prompt word while referencing that infamous Access Hollywood bus recording by having Poison Ivy say “Grabbing me by my pussy is so incredibly weak!”

Yeah, I went there with one of the vines of Poison Ivy’s plant going into Trump’s pants in an effort to grab him by his cock and give him a taste of his own medicine. Some of you may question the tastefulness of what I drew but after his recent appearance at a political rally where he openly mocked a woman who accused a Supreme Court justice nominee of raping her, I have zero fucks left to give about whether other people will like this drawing or not.

A few months ago I checked out a couple of graphic novel reprints of the Harley Quinn comic book series from the library and Poison Ivy frequently makes guest appearances in that series. (Poison Ivy is a close friend of Harley Quinn and there are hints that they may be close friends with benefits.) By the way, I saw two of the people behind that comic book, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, at a Batman forum held at the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con.

Baltimore Comic-Con, September 23, 2017

Here are some photos of the couple after a fan had given them Batman and Harley Quinn masks that he had obtained for free from a comic book store that he stopped at on his way to Baltimore Comic-Con. (It was Batman Day in many comic book stores and this forum was also held on that same day.)

Baltimore Comic-Con, September 23, 2017

Baltimore Comic-Con, September 23, 2017

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Today’s prompt word for Inktober is “cruel.” I decided to use it to actually do some fan art that I had thought about drawing for quite some time but I was too lazy to do it sooner. I did a mash-up of Harley Quinn taking on Donald Trump and defeating him with her giant mallet while he’s clutching at his crotch in pain with his tiny hands. Yes, I referred to that infamous Access Hollywood recording and the fact that he’s sensitive about people referring to his hand size. My latest Inktober drawing is more timely than ever before given the fact that Donald Trump spoke at a rally where he literally mocked a woman who accused a newly-seated Supreme Court justice nominee of raping her. Here is my drawing.

I have a DC Super Hero Girls doll (which I purchased during Toys R Us’ going out of business sale a few months ago) that I used as a model while I was drawing. A few months ago I checked out a couple of graphic novel reprints of the Harley Quinn comic book series from the library and they are definitely hilarious and full of dark humor, especially since she can have a cruel streak at times (which nicely dovetails with today’s prompt word). By the way, I saw two of the people behind that comic book, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, at a Batman forum held at the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con.

Baltimore Comic-Con, September 23, 2017

Here are some photos of the couple after a fan had given them Batman and Harley Quinn masks that he had obtained for free from a comic book store that he stopped at on his way to Baltimore Comic-Con. (It was Batman Day in many comic book stores and this forum was also held on that same day.)

Baltimore Comic-Con, September 23, 2017

Baltimore Comic-Con, September 23, 2017

As of today, I’m now one-third of the way through Inktober. I have many more drawings to do until the end of the month.

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Yesterday I drew the same real-life person for this year’s Inktober as I did for last year’s Inktober. Today I drew a different real-life person whom I also drew for Inktober last year.

Today’s official Inktober prompt word is “precious.” I know a burlesque performer named Reverend Valentine who is the emcee of the Washington, DC chapter of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, which is where I first met her. She is into geek culture (you should see the photo of her female Darth Vader costume and, yes, the link is definitely NSFW) and she especially loves dinosaurs. Last year I did this drawing where I imagined her as buying a stuffed blue T-Rex from Build a Bear Workshop while dressed in pasties and a g-string (LOL!).

For today’s prompt I did a drawing of her based on one of her boudoir photos that she has posted online and I paired her with Devil Dinosaur from the Marvel comic book series Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. To make it more relevant to today’s prompt word, I had her utter the same dialogue that Gollum uttered in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books. Here’s the drawing I did.

Shortly before I did that drawing I had checked out four volumes of graphic novel reprints of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustos from the local library and I enjoyed reading them.

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People are sharing hilariously bad stock photos of their jobs.

Meet the economist behind the one percent’s stealth takeover of America.

Portugal confronts its slave trade past.

Pet parrot creates bizarre shopping list on owner’s device.

Use your white privilege to fight racism.

The cult of violence always kills the Left.

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The Woke Parenting Guide to 24 children’s books about protest.

A look at how leisure time is changing for North Korea’s privileged.

Living Colour’s “Vivid” at 30: The band reflects on the rough road to their game-changing classic debut album.

Revealed: Secret right-wing strategy to discredit teacher strikes.

How the loss of U.S. psychiatric hospitals led to a mental health crisis.

The future of apprenticeships.

A look at the borders of the Confederate States of American superimposed on a map of human development in the United States.

How Phoenix will be almost unlivable by 2050 thanks to climate change.

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Their ancestors were on opposite sides of a lynching. Now they are friends.

Why is the West praising Malala but ignoring Ahed?

A look at how Barack Obama chose Wall Street over Main Street.

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The next financial crisis will be worse than the last one.

Millions of poor rural voters now hate Trump and millions of rich voters still support him, but the press only profiles poor people who remain Trumpists.

The last slave ship survivor gave an interview to anthropologist Zora Neal Hurston in the 1930s.

How the GOP tax cut will also shrink your paycheck.

Survey of top U.S. evangelical churches reveals three explosive insights.

An interview with 98-year-old Ben Ferencz, the last surviving prosecutor from the Nuremberg trials.

How poverty changes the brain.

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The black Baltimore arabber tradition is on its last leg. For the city’s sake, it should continue.

Trump voters, he’s taking you for suckers.

The right is waging war on academic freedom.

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For someone who claims to be good at sales and marketing, Donald Trump is incredibly dumb. The list of his biggest business failures proves this. Back in late December Trump had his lawyer unsuccessfully attempt to stop the publication of Michael Wolff’s tell-all book Fire and Fury. This resulted in the book rising to the top of the major bestseller lists all over the world for several months. That book was literally hard to find because stores would sell out quickly and even the libraries had a difficult time keeping it on the shelf. It has only been within the last couple of weeks that the library in my area has been able to keep copies on its shelves. (On my last visit I found that four copies were available for patrons to check out.)

It’s not unusual for journalists to write tell-all books about the first year or two of a new administration. Normally such books reach the top of the bestseller lists for a few weeks then quickly sink while the president generally ignores the book completely. Since we are not living in normal times, the president’s public complaint about the book had resulted in Fire and Fury becoming a bigger cultural phenomenon than it would have been had Trump simply ignored it while making Michael Wolff very rich in the process.

More recently Trump’s former White House staffer, Omarosa Manigault Newman, wrote a tell-all book of her very own titled simply Unhinged. Once again, Trump decided against ignoring it and had launched an attack on her and the book. As of this writing, the book is now enjoying its second week on The New York Times bestsellers list.

So far Trump is 0-2 when it comes to denouncing books into becoming financial failures for their authors and publishers. But, with a new book coming out soon, Trump is trying to make it into a trifecta hat trick.

Bob Woodward, The Washington Post reporter who uncovered the Watergate scandal along with Carl Bernstein, is about to release a new book about Donald Trump called Fear: Trump in the White House. Ever since the 1980s, Bob Woodward has written books about every single president in office. He has been doing this since Ronald Reagan occupied the White House. Usually the current White House occupant just ignores whatever book Bob Woodward has written about him and/or his administration.

All that has changed with Donald Trump. The president has publicly responded to the upcoming publication of Woodward’s book as a “con.” What’s more, check out what he has been spewing on his Twitter feed recently.

Way to go, President Dipshit! Thanks to your numerous public tweets denouncing the book, you have provided tons of free publicity to Bob Woodward and his book. Your denunciations will inspire people, especially those who would love to see you thrown into prison for the rest of your miserable life, to flood Amazon and/or their local bookstores pre-ordering copies of Woodward’s book, thus guaranteeing that it will reach number one on many bestseller lists all over the world. In addition, it’s very likely that many of the people who will buy Woodward’s book are people who have either never read any of Woodward’s previous books or who haven’t read any books that Woodward had previously written or co-written since the 1970’s book All the President’s Men. The new book, Fear: Trump in the White House, is destined to become just as big a cultural phenomenon as Michael Wolff’s earlier Fire and Fury book all because YOU couldn’t keep your mouth shut and stay off of Twitter.

For someone who claims to be a salesman and a marketing whiz, Trump is really screwing up his response to Woodward’s book big time. (Or maybe I should use the word “bigly,” one of the many words that Trump has made up since he started occupying the White House.) He could’ve followed the examples of his predecessors and ignored the book but, no, Trump had to openly tweet his disgust, thus drumming up more publicity for Bob Woodward.

Trump’s inadvertent marketing campaign is already having an effect. Amazon is currently taking pre-orders for Woodward’s book and it’s already number eight on Amazon’s nonfiction bestseller list. If I were Bob Woodward, I would just sit back and let Donald Trump handle the bulk of the marketing via Twitter then publicly thank the president for all of his help in getting the word out when the book makes its inevitable reach to the top of the bestseller lists all over the world once it’s released.

UPDATE (September 16, 2018): Bob Woodward’s book was released on September 11 with one million copies already in print before they had even reached the stores nationwide. In fact that book is now one of Amazon’s best-selling books of the year.

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An explanation on what is an animation pipeline.

A study shows that most artists make very little money, with women faring the worst.

Galapagos finches are caught in the act of becoming a new species.

Why incompetent people think they are amazing: An animated lesson from David Dunning (of the famous Dunning-Kruger Effect).

True self-care is not salt baths and chocolate cake, it is making the choice to build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from.

Time capsule letters from the 18th century found in the butt of a Jesus statue.

Check out these crochet amigurumi toys based on video game characters like Plants vs. Zombies and Super Mario Bros.

Everything you always wanted to know about the Krampus but were afraid to ask.

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The release of the movie Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has unleashed a plethora of dinosaur-related stuff in the stores. Some of them are movie tie-ins while others are just generic dinosaurs that are released to take advantage of the film. For the past few years I’ve posted the occasional dinosaur photo on social media while tagging a friend of mine who’s a total dinosaur freak. Generally I’ve sent those photos once in a while. However, thanks to that movie, I found myself constantly taking new photos, uploading them, and tagging my friend more frequently. Here are photos of just a few of the dinosaur stuff I’ve seen in the stores this summer.

Dinosaurs at Five Below

Dinosaurs at Five Below

Dinosaurs at Five Below

Dinosaurs at Five Below

Dinosaurs at Five Below

Dinosaurs on Sale at Target

Dinosaurs on Sale at Target

Dinosaur Patch

Dinosaur Stuff on Sale at Giant

Dinosaur Stuff on Sale at Giant

Dinosaur Stuff on Sale at Giant

Dinosaur Stuff on Sale at Giant

Dinosaur Stuff on Sale at Giant

Dinosaur Stuff on Sale at Giant

Dinosaur Stuff on Sale at Giant

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The new female dragon in “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” illustrates a sexist trend in children’s animation.

How Donald Trump got his inspiration for his new border policy from Australia.

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The origins of America’s unique and spectacular cruelty.

Five reasons why Linda McCartney is a fierce role model.

Why the face of immigrant family separation is a white woman.

Woman’s obituary takes a dark turn over a long-ago extramarital affair.

Six of the worst “work for exposure instead of money” stories seen online.

Remembering the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy 50 years later.

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This German children’s book is the creepiest thing you’ll see today.

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