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Here is the twenty-third video in a series of computer animations called The Unicorn With An Attitude that I did back in the 1990’s in an ill-fated attempt to show off my abilities as an artist and a computer whiz in the hopes of either 1) get famous or 2) get a higher paying job than the office administrative work that I was frequently offered.

I created this animation way back in 1998 and I actually uploaded it on various BBS as well as CompuServe. I originally created it as a QuickTime movie using various software for an Apple Macintosh. I have totally remastered it in high definition video using Apple iMovie. As for the music, I used one of YouTube’s royalty-free songs.

As the original write-up for this animation puts it:

Three ultra-paranoid critters decide to start an underground militia movement after they think they see a United Nations black helicopter flying in the air.

I did this animation at a time when the right-wing militia movement was getting media attention, especially in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing, which exposed the existence of these groups in the first place. I did a parody featuring the real attitudes of those on the far right at the time.

The sad part is that there is still this extreme right wing paranoia that’s fueled in large part by right wing media outlets like Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.

So, without further ado, here is “Paranoia.”

Here is the nineteenth video in a series of computer animations called The Unicorn With An Attitude that I did back in the 1990’s in an ill-fated attempt to show off my abilities as an artist and a computer whiz in the hopes of either 1) get famous or 2) get a higher paying job than the office administrative work that I was frequently offered.

I created this animation way back in 1998 and I actually uploaded it on various BBS as well as CompuServe. I originally created it as a QuickTime movie using various software for an Apple Macintosh. I have totally remastered it in high definition video using Apple iMovie. As for the music, I used one of YouTube’s royalty-free songs.

I did “A Presidential Question” back during the time that President Bill Clinton was actually impeached by Congress because he lied under oath about his affair with a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky. I was feeling very discouraged by what was happening in Washington, DC not only with this scandal but with previous presidential scandals involving John F. Kennedy (numerous extramarital affairs), Richard Nixon (Watergate), and Ronald Reagan (Iran-Contra).

As my original write-up for this animation described it:

The Unicorn is taking a social studies test and gets stumped on the question that asks to name at least two duties of the President. Drawing upon earlier memories, the Unicorn answers that question in an unique way.

So, without further ado, here is “A Presidential Question.”

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Just like Halloween and Christmas before it, New Year’s Day happens to fall on a Throwback Thursday this year and I have something appropriate.

Back in 2012, while I was trying to make sense of my husband’s abrupt walkout on me with zero advanced notice or warning, I decided to take part in Artomatic 2012, a month-long art event that was held in a former office building in the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia. Basically Artomatic is a non-juried show and spaces are given to those artists who are first-come-first-served.

For my own exhibit space I came up with the idea of doing a parody of the Occupy Wall Street movement that was raging at the time called “Occupy the Dollhouse.” I was inspired by a Facebook page called “Occupy Legoland” (which no longer exists—a Twitter account by that name is still up but it hasn’t been updated since April) where someone did re-enactments of the Occupy movement using Legos and the artist behind it had gotten considerable attention in the mainstream media. I was inspired to do something similar but I decided to use dolls instead of Legos.

My exhibit was well received by visitors and it was even mentioned in an article for a publication that was put out by Occupy DC. You can read more about Occupy the Dollhouse and Artomatic 2012 in previous blog posts.

In any case, I tried to keep Occupy the Dollhouse going online for a little while longer after Artomatic ended. Both the viral Kony 2012 campaign and more media attention focusing on a subset of My Little Pony fans known as “Bronies” inspired me to create “Pony 2012″. I also made a statement about the union protests of Walmart on Black Friday that year.

After 2012 I began to run out of new material. I was going through a devastating divorce plus local officials nationwide began to crack down on the Occupy camps that had sprung up. I decided to let Occupy the Dollhouse go dormant while I focus on other things.

As 2014 began and people began the #BringBackOurGirls campaign online, I thought about reviving Occupy the Dollhouse for that one but I was kind of lazy and I never got around to it. I was finally motivated to revive that series when a new movement known alternatively as #HandsUpDontShoot#BlackLivesMatter, and the Ferguson Unrest had sprung up to protest this disturbing new trend—white police officers killing unarmed African Americans.

So I did a revival with a few new Occupy the Dollhouse photos depicting Hands Up, Don’t Shoot and a die-in at the American Girl Place. I thought I was done for the year but then there was this horrible incident when an African American man with a history of mental illness named Ismaaiyl Brinsley killed two NYPD police officers as a twisted revenge for the chocking death of Eric Garner that was perpetrated by a different police officer. Of course the pundits at Fox News began to blame the protesters for inspiring Brinsley to brutally kill those police officers before he killed himself. As a result, I ended the year 2014 with a few new photos that I posted online on December 30.

I also decided to compile all of the Occupy the Dollhouse photos I’ve done as of 2014 into a video slideshow complete with backup music. You can now view all of the photos along with the original captions in the below video.

I don’t know if I’ll continue Occupy the Dollhouse into 2015 or not. (The new year is only one day old as of this writing.) It really depends on whether something major happens, if I have an idea on how I can use dolls to respond to that incident, and if I have the time or energy to do this. If I do something new, I’ll definitely post about it in this blog.

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Previous entries in the Occupy the Dollhouse series can be found right here.

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As the Sagittarius Dolly blog inches closer to its fifth anniversary on January 6, 2015, I thought I’d provide a look back at some of my creations that I’ve previously featured in this blog.

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Originally profiled on February 25, 2010.

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As the Sagittarius Dolly blog inches closer to its fifth anniversary on January 6, 2015, I thought I’d provide a look back at some of my creations that I’ve previously featured in this blog.

Originally profiled on January 10, 2010.

Previous entries in the Occupy the Dollhouse series can be found right here.

The dolls and their allies continue their fight for equal justice for all by staging a die-in at American Girl Place.

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A few American Girl dolls currently on sale decide to raise their hands in solidarity with the protesters.

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This protest was one of many that have been taking place all over the United States as a protest against police killing unarmed African Americans. The largest one to date took place at the Mall of America (a.k.a. the biggest shopping mall in the United States) on the last Saturday before Christmas.

As some longtime followers of this blog may know, a few years ago I took part in the month-long Artomatic 2012 exhibit in Arlington, Virginia. I devoted my exhibition space to Occupy the Dollhouse, a parody of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which had encampments in cities all over the country. I not only had an exhibition in real life but I also showed my exhibition in various places around the web for those who couldn’t travel to Northern Virginia during Artomatic’s run. My exhibit was well-received and I tried to keep Occupy the Dollhouse going after the show ended but I eventually allowed it to become moribund. That was due mainly to the fact that, with various Occupy camps being cracked down on and dismantled by authorities all over the nation, most of the Occupy groups had either disbanded or were folded into other local community groups and movements and I ran out of new material.

But now, thanks to yesterday’s verdict in Ferguson, I have new inspiration. This inspiration was the culmination of this disturbing new trend that’s sweeping the United States: White police officers or vigilantes killing unarmed African American men. Even a day before the Grand Jury declined to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for shooting Mike Brown to death there was another murder in Cleveland where a white police officer shot to death a 12-year-old African American boy named Tamir Rice, who was armed with only a toy gun. That’s right, a toy gun! Add that kid’s name to the sad list of young black men being murdered by armed white cops/vigilantes alongside Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.

So, for the first time in two years, here is a brand new Occupy the Dollhouse photo. Enjoy!

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Occupy the Dollhouse supports the 99% of all races in their fight for justice and equality.

Here is the eleventh video in a series of computer animations called The Unicorn With An Attitude that I did back in the 1990’s in an ill-fated attempt to show off my abilities as an artist and a computer whiz in the hopes of either 1) get famous or 2) get a higher paying job than the office administrative work that I was frequently offered.

I created this animation way back in 1996 and I actually uploaded it on various BBS as well as CompuServe. I originally created it as a QuickTime movie using various software for an Apple Macintosh. I have totally remastered it in high definition video using Apple iMovie. As for the music, I used one of YouTube’s royalty-free songs.

This animal basically lampooned the Democrats and Republicans as being similar. While a unicorn is working on a painting outside, a donkey and an elephant are arguing nearby as to whose political beliefs are better while alienating the unicorn in the process. Sadly, this animation is just as relevant in 2014 as it was when I created it back in 1996.

Here’s my original write-up for this animation:

The Unicorn is painting a picture in the park only to have a donkey and an elephant annoy the Unicorn with their argument over which party is better: the Demicans or the Republocrats.

So, without further ado, here is “Politics Suck!”

Here is the ninth video in a series of computer animations called The Unicorn With An Attitude that I did back in the 1990’s in an ill-fated attempt to show off my abilities as an artist and a computer whiz in the hopes of either 1) get famous or 2) get a higher paying job than the office administrative work that I was frequently offered.

I created this animation way back in 1996 and I actually uploaded it on various BBS as well as CompuServe. I originally created it as an animated gif using cheap software for a 386 PC. I later imported it into QuickTime and uploaded it on my own site. I have totally remastered it in high definition video using Apple iMovie. As for the music, I used one of YouTube’s royalty-free songs.

I basically skewered Ross Perot, who was running for president for the second time as an independent in 1996 (he previously ran four years earlier). For added measure, I also made some satiric references to Microsoft Windows and Bill Gates.

Here’s my original write-up for this animation:

The Unicorn gets a copy of the Multimedia Toolkit software for Doors ’96 (which is personally recommended by Willie Doors himself) and uses it to create a multimedia project. The result is a multimedia version of the children’s nursery rhyme “Humpty Dumpty” but the main character bears a strong resemblance to Ross Perot, founder of both EDS and the Reform Party, who ran for president in the 1992 and 1996 elections.

So, without further ado, here is “A Twisted Nursery Rhyme.”

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