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Passover

I had originally intended to end this latest series of drawings on Easter Sunday (which was yesterday) but I decided to extend it by one more day to Easter Monday when I found out that today is also Earth Day. Here is my special Earth Day drawing.

I used this free tutorial on DrawingCoach.com to draw the polar bear in ink. I also made a reference to Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teen who has become internationally famous for staging a school strike in front of the Swedish parliament every Friday in order to protest climate change.

Al Gore mentioned in his documentary An Inconvenient Truth a few years ago that the polar bears are losing more territory and are forced to swim even greater distances because the polar ice caps are melting. The fact remains that nearly every prominent scientist have agreed that we humans have only 10 to 12 years left to do something to reverse the course of climate change before the change becomes permanent. Here in the U.S. Donald Trump has hired climate change deniers to head up important government agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and he has even denounced the use of wind turbines on the grounds that the noise supposedly causes cancer, a claim that have most scientists scratching their heads and saying “WTF?!?”

I hope that other nations will do what they can to reverse the catastrophe and I hope that they can do this without the U.S. since it’s clear that the current government just does not give a damn about climate change. The fact that Donald Trump has grandchildren who would be the most impacted by climate change yet won’t do anything to avert it says it all about how much he really cares about them, their own future, or about the future of this planet.

This drawing marks the official end of The Drawings of Easter series for 2019. I hope you enjoyed them. I may do an occasional drawing in my small sketchbook then share it online if I’m in the mood to do so but I won’t be forcing myself to do it on a daily basis like I have been over the past nine days.

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Passover

A look back at the defunct restaurant chains in the United States.

The author who is bringing home the horror of “comfort women.”

Anthony Bourdain’s boyhood dream was to make comics. Few people know he did.

Howard Schultz: America’s new banality supervillain.

Yes, that’s a car vending machine in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The weaponization of “learn to code” advice.

Meet the Hollywood bombshell who invented the basis for modern wifi.

Trump and the far right’s assault on children.

A look at people who think that they can pay their artists in “exposure” instead of money.

Trump calls the U.S. presidency “one of the great losers of all time,” because he says he’s not making more money.

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Passover

Today is Good Friday where Christians remembered the day that Jesus was crucified. Since today is also the first day of Passover, I’d thought I’d do something with that theme today. I began to think “What if Donald Trump had been the one who led the Jews from out of Egypt instead of Moses and what if he had received the Ten Commandments from Mt. Sinai?” My answer is that the first thing that Trump would do is to re-write those Ten Commandments to suit himself. Here is the resulting drawing, which I did in ink and pencil.

In case you can’t read my writing or the graphic somehow fails to load, here’s the text below:

Trump’s Ten Commandments

1. Thou shalt worship only Trump.

2. Thou shalt say only good things about Trump.

3. Weekends are for golfing.

4. Honor Donald Trump.

5. Thou shalt not murder fetuses. After birth, it’s okay to kill someone with a gun.

6. Grab a woman by the pussy.

7. Stealing is fine as long as it helps you.

8. Lying is fine as long as it helps you.

9. Always admire Trump’s homes.

10. If you see a married woman you’re attracted to, move on her like a bitch.

I got most of my inspiration from reading the news for the last few years along with that infamous Access Hollywood bus recording. I originally wanted to draw Trump holding the tablet with that infamous smirk of his but I didn’t have enough room in my sketchbook to draw him. (Each page in my current sketchbook only measures 4 inches x 6 inches. It makes the sketchbook very portable and easy to store but it doesn’t leave a lot of room for doing any kind of complex drawings.) So I had to settle for just doing the stone tablet where I drew the outline and wrote the words in ink then colored the tablet using a grey colored pencil.

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Here’s a gingerbread house rendition of the Bates Motel.

Her government let her give birth then killed her. This is how her son found out.

Models of all shapes and sizes held a special fashion show in Times Square in order to encourage body positivity.

Animated map shows what the U.S. would look if all the Earth’s ice melted.

One woman writes about what it was like to not shop at all for one year.

Donald Trump fulfilled incest fantasy with porn star Stormy Daniels.

Eighteen facts about pressed pennies that are worth their weight in gold.

After the controversial adult-content purge, far right pages are thriving on Tumblr.

350 animated videos that will teach you philosophy from ancient to post-modern.

People who care about democracy don’t plot coups abroad.

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My birthday is December 15, which makes me a Sagittarius. I partially named this blog, Sagittarius Dolly, after my zodiac. So imagine my surprise when I came across a wanna-be Instagram influencer named Jessy Taylor. She got attention when her Instagram account was taken down and she claimed that she called the police because of her deleted Instagram. You really can’t make this shit up! But then she put up this video where she cries about how her Instagram account was taken down after getting thousands of followers and how unfair it was that she has lost her account. But I also found out that she’s a fellow Sagittarius like me when she said this in her video:

“I’m not a hateful person. I’m a Sagittarius… I don’t get jealous. I can’t relate to hateful and jealous people because I’ve never been a hateful jealous person.”

Holy shit! If you think that statement is totally whack, here are some more choice quotes that were transcribed and posted on sites like Dlisted and Jezebel, starting with why she called the police after Instagram deleted her account.

“I felt like it was a homicide,” she said. “Like somebody murdered me and then went online to say, ‘I murdered this girl.’

“I called the police actually and told them about this, and they said you can’t compare a murder to this, and I was like, no, that’s exactly what it felt like.”

I would love to hear any recordings of that 911 call. It probably went something like this:

911 Operator: 911, please state your emergency.

Jessy Taylor: I was murdered.

911: Excuse me?

Jessy: Instagram took down my account and it felt like a homicide. It’s like somebody murdered me.

911: Wait, you’re calling 911 because Instagram took down your account?

Jessy: Yes. Losing my Instagram account feels like somebody had murdered me then went online to say, “I murdered this girl.”

911: Are you serious?

Jessy: Yes I am.

911: You can’t compare a murder to this.

Jessy: Yes I can because losing my Instagram account is like being murdered.

Then there’s her story of how she earned $500,000 as a result of her Instagram account only to lose it very quickly because, in her words, “that money does not last.”

“You go to the Gucci store a few times, you pay a couple of months of rent … I’m not rich like I used to be.”

I understand the rent part because housing in Los Angeles is notoriously expensive. (In fact I have a friend who lived in Los Angeles for a few years while working as an animator and artist in the entertainment industry. He later chose to move closer to his family in the DC area while doing West Coast-based projects via online because the housing there got too expensive for him.) But Gucci?!? It’s not exactly news that Gucci is expensive because it is considered to be a luxury brand. That’s the main reason why I have never purchased anything from Gucci.

She could get a regular day job now that she can’t earn the big bucks from her Instagram account but that’s not in the cards for her.

“I bring nothing to the table…I’m not work material. I will never be work material.”

“I make all of my money online, all of it! And I don’t want to lose that! And I know people like to see me be down, and be like them, be like the 90-percenters–the people that work nine-to-five–THAT IS NOT ME!–I am in LA to not be like that!”

She also mentioned that going back to college is out of the question because she tried that route before and she has student debt from that stint that she hasn’t paid off yet. You’d think that she would’ve used a portion of that $500,000 that she said she earned to pay down that debt before she went on her Gucci shopping spree.

But here’s the question—why did her Instagram account get taken down? If you search around enough, you would find that she has a history of saying racist stuff. In addition she was once accused of pouring Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner into someone else’s bottles of shampoo and conditioner, which caused that person’s skin to break out in a rash. You can learn more about those accusations in this video.

While she never mentioned the Clorox incident in her video, she had this to say about the racism charge.

“That wasn’t from the bottom of my heart. At the time, I didn’t have that many followers, so I thought if I say this, maybe I can get more followers…. It feels like everyone is after me for no reason… What is their legit reason for not liking me? They’ve never met me in person. How can you hate me from a computer? How can you write a paragraph about someone and hate them so much after just seeing a video of them?”

Basically Jessy Taylor is not some innocent victim of an intense cyberbullying effort that caused her to lose her original Instagram account. It’s bad enough that Instagram has become overrun with all kinds of wanna-be influencers who frequently try to reach out to me on my own Instagram account but they end up playing that asinine “Follow/Unfollow” game where they only follow my account long enough for me to follow back in return then unfollow me in an effort to artificially inflate their follow numbers so they can go to potential sponsors and say “See, my account has over 15K followers! You would be wise to let me hawk your products on my Instagram account since I have so many people following me.” But now there is a wanna-be influencer named Jessy Taylor who makes YouTube videos crying about how she has lost her precious Instagram account and everyone is picking on her when, in reality, it seems like she had brought on some of that drama herself.

Right now I’m working on a instructional video on how to avoid getting sucked into someone else’s “Follow/Unfollow” game and Jessy Taylor has provided me with another example on why these wanna-be Instagram influencers are the bane of Instagram itself.

In any case, here’s Jessy’s tearful video where she proclaims that she’s now a broke destitute victim because all those mean people have forced Instagram to get rid of her sole source of income and, man, life is so unfair and everything!

She has since provided this follow-up where she’s calmer but she claims that people hate her because she was once a prostitute.

The issue isn’t the fact that she was once a prostitute. There are plenty of people who have resorted to things they wouldn’t willingly do otherwise because they were financially struggling so bad. The issue is that she seems to be doing crazy stuff—including resorting to racism—because she is such an attention whore that she’s dying for people to pay any kind of attention to her regardless of whether it’s positive attention or negative attention.

By the way, after Jessy’s original crying video went viral, she created a new Instagram account called duhitsjessy, which has gained 15K followers as of this writing (which is a far cry from the 100K followers on her original account). But then, according to this article on Insider.com, Instagram said that it had deleted her original account in error. So now her original jessytaylorduh account with 100K subscribers is now back online along with her newer duhitsjessy account.

You know, instead of following either of her two Instagram accounts, how about following mine instead? At least I provide more content than just selfies.

UPDATE (April 15, 2019): Damn, this person is totally crazy. She has made a few new videos. This one has her announcing that she’s so tired of being labeled racists and having to face the haters in America that she will be moving to the United Kingdom once her lease is up.

I found this one video from a British YouTuber known as MrLewdacris who doesn’t want her in his country.

In this video she announces that Instagram has once again taken down her original account that had 100,000 followers.

Today she released a video where she claimed that a record label had told her to give up her ambition to be a rap artist and become an adult star instead.

If she’s trying to build a brand and a reputation, she’s going about it the wrong way. Sheesh, she makes Kim Kardashian and her family seem classy by comparison!

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In 2013 a married couple named George Boyce and Eva Fallon had decided to take out a lease on a space at Roosevelt Center in Greenbelt, Maryland that was previously occupied by a dry cleaning business. (That business—which had been operating for many years—had closed down permanently about four or five years earlier and the space had remained empty until George and Eva took it over.) They had an idea of coming up with something that was completely different—a makerspace. It would be a non-profit place where people would gather and make things.

When I first met them while they were still renovating that old dry cleaner space, the only makerspace I knew of was Fab Lab DC and that was because I had attended the day-long Summit of Awesome conference there back in 2012. Once the place was opened in 2013 I was totally impressed. That was the start of my association with that place, which was originally named Club 125 (after the address of the space at 125 Centerway), then subsequently renamed Makerspace 125 until it was renamed again as the Greenbelt Makerspace.

The Greenbelt Makerspace strived to offer facilities for people who want to experiment with trying to make something new but don’t have the proper tools needed at their home while also providing a social atmosphere. In the six years that this place has been in existence I’ve seen kids form the local First Lego League, girls form an all-girl robotics club known as the Labradoodles (named after the fact that George and Eva owned a labradoodle dog named Sam), people getting seriously involved with playing Minecraft, volunteers running a day-long Repair Cafe every few months (where people can get various items—ranging from sewing to a broken electrical item—repaired for free instead of just throwing it away), and other volunteers run a day-long “Build Your Own PC” workshop where participants could take their built computer home, one person trying to develop his own action figure prototype, other people trying their hand at 3D printing, and even a group of people who were trying to remodel the interior of a van.

In addition the Greenbelt Makerspace became a place where people could just hang out and socialize whether it was through a regularly scheduled weekly event (such as the weekly Fiber Fans meetup for knitters/crocheters/sewers) or through a monthly event like Fermentation Fans (where people could try all kinds of homemade fermented food and drink) or even if there was nothing scheduled but two or more people just wanted to go inside and socialize for a bit.

The biggest hurdle of this makerspace was money, which was needed to pay expenses like rent and utilities. George and Eva spent a huge amount of time writing grants to various organizations in an effort to raise enough money in order to keep the makerspace a functioning community-based nonprofit organization.

George and Eva soon found a funding source when they started to run a series of week-long tech-oriented daytime camps for children and teens in the summer. In fact, they made so much money running those camps that they were able to keep the makerspace afloat for the rest of the year and early into the following year.

They were so heavily involved in keeping the makerspace running that they soon became the public face of that makerspace. Eva was already retired when the makerspace was first opened but George eventually retired from his day job as a NASA contractor about a couple years after the makerspace opened so he could devote more time to that makerspace. George even attempted to run for the Greenbelt City Council twice but he was defeated at the ballot box both times.

By 2017 George and Eva decided to move away from the two of them running that makerspace in favor of a cooperatively run non-profit complete with a board of directors. People could buy into owning a portion of the makerspace for just $20 a year. I ended up taking out a membership because even I could afford paying $20 despite my financial struggles at the time.

But in 2018 George and Eva announced that they were moving to Vermont in September after the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival. One of Eva’s relatives had died earlier that year and they had a desire to live closer to other members of Eva’s family, who all lived in the New England region.

I went to the first membership meeting that was held after George and Eva moved and I learned that the makerspace only had enough money to last them until the spring unless they find another source of funding.

Well March came and I found out that the makerspace was about to run out of money. Meanwhile the neighboring Greenbelt Theater needed to make some major renovations to its HVAC but had to deal with a closed theater (along with lost income) while the renovations were going on. So the makerspace board of directors and the Greenbelt Theater got together and they decided to let the Greenbelt Theater take over the Greenbelt Makerspace’s current space. You can learn more about this arrangement right here.

Anyway the Greenbelt Makerspace had to move out by April 1. I learned about this official announcement when I was attending the weekly animation meetup that was held at the makerspace on St. Patrick’s Day. Basically there would be a clearance sale at the Greenbelt Makerspace on March 31 while some items would be transferred to The Space, the other nearby makerspace that’s located inside of Beltway Plaza Mall. At that point I took out my smartphone and started taking pictures of the entire facility for posterity.

Here’s the front of the makerspace, including the door and windows.

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

Here are a few wide shots of the interior of the Greenbelt Makerspace.

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

A volunteer looks over and packs up the inventory that would either be sold at the March 31 clearance sale or sent over to The Space.

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

Like I wrote earlier, I learned about the Greenbelt Makerspace’s imminent closure during the weekly animation meetup that I’ve been attending for the past two years. Pictured is Ola Betiku, who founded the meetup and has been running it the entire time.

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

Here’s a look at the 3D printers.

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

Here’s one of the big screen monitors.

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

Just a few of the board games that were available for people to play, especially during the monthly Board Gaming Night that was held there.

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

There was more to the Greenbelt Makerspace than just computers and robotics. There was a section that was devoted to sawing, welding, and other types of hands-on projects that one could make with various hardware.

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

Pictured is a small kitchen area with cabinets, a sink, a refrigerator, and a microwave oven. The only thing that was missing was a regular oven with a stovetop but, otherwise, it was a place where one could microwave a quick dish or store food and drink.

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

There were numerous books and various electronic and computer parts stored everywhere.

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

There were plenty of non-computer crafty parts that were also stored at the makerspace, such as this dress form and tubs full of Lego bricks.

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

Here are a couple of shots of the First Lego League table that was used to practice for local competitions. The First Lego League team have decided to continue holding its meetings in the home of one of the team’s organizers.

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

Here’s one of the cabinets which stored numerous things that were used at the makerspace.

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

There was a shelving unit which held various arts and crafts supplies like paints, yarn, needles, buttons, beads, lace, pipe cleaners, glue, etc.

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

There were a couple of sewing machines available for anyone who wanted to try a sewing project.

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

Even the bathroom had an interesting decor. There was a poster where one could learn about all of the planets of the solar system while sitting on the toilet.

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

The bathroom also had these signs that were holdovers from the days when the dry cleaning business operated in that space.

The End of an Era at the Greenbelt Makerspace

A few nights after I shot the other photographs I took one final photo of the place when I showed up to the weekly Fiber Fans meetup that was held at the Greenbelt Makerspace.

Last Meeting of the Fiber Fans at the Greenbelt Makerspace

Since then the Fiber Fans have moved their meetup to the nearby New Deal Cafe (which is located across from the Greenbelt Makerspace’s former location).

Even though the Greenbelt Makerspace no longer has a bricks and mortar space, the board of directors are trying to find ways of somehow keeping the Greenbelt Makerspace alive. All I know is that over the past few years I’ve seen other DC area makerspaces like TechShop and Catylator Makerspace close down permanently so I’m hoping that the Greenbelt Makerspace could somehow be revived in a new form in the future.

Ever since its original opening in 2013 I’ve written several blog posts about this place covering such events as the Repair Cafe, Build Your Own PC Workshop, and other events. In case you’re curious as to what the place was like in its prime, here are some links to old blog posts and photos that you can check out.

Club 125 (the original name of the makerspace)

Makerspace 125 (the first renaming of the makerspace)

Greenbelt Makerspace (the final name of this place)

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First new blue pigment in over 200 years is being made into a crayon.

Why FDR didn’t support Eleanor Roosevelt’s anti-lynching campaign.

Photographer takes shots of iconic Googie coffee shop architecture.

Dorothea Lange’s censored photographs of FDR’s Japanese concentration camps.

After homelessness, drug addiction, and suicide attempts, 65-year-old Freddie Sherrill learned how to read and he earned his bachelor’s degree.

New study shows wealth inequality hits communities of color the hardest.

A guy created his own Pornhub channel and has been sharing hilariously wholesome and uplifting videos.

NASA and Google found the first solar system to have eight planets like our own.

Bertrand Russell once said that the everyday benefit of philosophy is that it helps you live with uncertainty.

The long, tragic, stupid, self-inflicted fall of Lindsey Graham.

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Kids who got the answer to a test so wrong yet so right at the same time.

Hiding homosexuality on the covers of American magazines a century ago.

A profile of Carol Kaye, the first lady of bass guitar.

A look at Ukraine’s lost generation.

A new study shows that artists support themselves through freelance work and don’t find galleries especially helpful.

Jailed for life for stealing a $159 jacket? 3,200 serving life without parole for nonviolent crimes.

More mammals are becoming nocturnal so they can avoid humans.

Russia is attacking the U.S. system from within.

A look back at the markets of the former Soviet Union in pictures.

Gay atheist politician launches movement to take on Poland’s conservative and religious establishment.

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Every time I go over to The Space (a makerspace located inside of Beltway Plaza Mall in Greenbelt, Maryland) there always something going on. When I went there on that day I saw people of all ages doing things like playing video games (on vintage systems like the Nintendo Gamecube) and decorating emoji pillows.

The Space, March 9, 2019

A group of recently sewn blank pillows are waiting for people to draw emoji faces on them.

The Space, March 9, 2019

People of all ages decorated the pillows by drawing emoji faces with markers.

The Space, March 9, 2019

I got into the act myself. I did a two-sided emoji pillow.

The Space, March 9, 2019

The Space, March 9, 2019

I used markers to decorate my pillow. It was the first time I ever did this. I’ve since done a St. Patrick’s Day-themed emoji pillow, which I already wrote about on that holiday.

While all this activity was going on, Shaymar Higgs, the founder of The Space, was shooting a promotional video that will be used as a fundraiser for the nonprofit makerspace.

The Space, March 9, 2019

The one thing about sitting where I was sitting when I shot that photo is that I ended up in the background of that video, which Shaymar uploaded on his Instagram account. (Yes, I’m the person directly behind him looking at my phone. LOL!)

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Awful social media posts that got people fired.

This is the utter hell of divorcing a narcissist.

Wind River and Harvey Weinstein’s broken promise to Native women and children.

A British writer has blasted the UK government for asking her to promote a campaign all about helping people getting paid work…without actually paying her.

Oakland’s tech startups are reportedly being gentrified out of their spaces by deep-pocketed marijuana growers.

Blackface isn’t just about the racism in America’s past. It’s also about the racism in America’s present.

Here’s a tutorial on the best way to shoot a video by yourself.

Raising children without the concept of sin.

White Christian nationalism—not secularism—is destroying America.

How a poor kid from Texas named Ira Brown found basketball stardom in Japan.

The East German secret police’s illustrated guide for identifying youth subcultures: Punks, Goths, Teds, and more.

The corporate plan to groom U.S. kids for servitude by wiping out public schools.

29 epically bad band names.

Where is the outrage over corporate welfare?

Sculptor delivers 800-pound spoon to Rhode Island opioid maker.

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