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The forgotten story of the Radium Girls, whose deaths saved thousands of lives.

A grandmother reacts joyously to receiving a doll as a Christmas present because her family was too poor to afford to buy her one when she was a child. Her reaction says a lot about the effects of poverty on children.

29 places to market craft tutorial videos to attract buyers.

Facebook’s next frontier: brain-computer interfaces.

This artist illustrates what it is like to live with anxiety and depression.

How the mother-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II saved Jews during the Holocaust.

13 sewing YouTube channels that will teach you the craft of creating your own clothes.

How the Internet is changing access to anime all over the world.

These vintage photographs document a time when the women of Afghanistan didn’t have to cover themselves with burkas and were allowed to live independent lives in a peaceful country.

A man who has gathered stories from people who work at what he calls “bs jobs” describes how these jobs fall into five different types.

11 arts and crafts apps for the DIY enthusiast with a smartphone.

Fugitive whistle-blower Edward Snowden praises OpenStack and open source software because it enables people to reveal and share information without corporate or government interference.

Is the Gig Economy working?

Google’s Autodraw AI is an open source program that instantly converts your doodles to clip art.

How one man’s career proves that video games are serious art.

Robot painters take part in art contest.

This person claims to have learned more from watching YouTube videos than from taking college classes.

A Beatles fan is hunting down all of the original photos that were used on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

A free tutorial on how to make a Lego Man Minifig mask.

How a humble pineapple became art.

A model is making 3D cross-stitch embroidery with the most realistic hairstyles.

Rochester residents crochet massive Susan B. Anthony mural.

Last May I was briefly involved with a startup that was test-marketing disposable jumpsuits that were pre-treated with Sawyer Permethrin spray at the annual Loudon Lyme 10K/5K/1K Fun Run. I basically did administrative work (including helping with designing flyers, doing online research into filing for trademarks, and manually spraying each disposable jumpsuit with Sawyer Permethrin). During the course of my two weeks with that startup, I was convinced to write a blog post in this very blog about that startup instead of getting a separate blogging account just for that startup. (I was unable to get the owner/founder to devote any time to setting up that blog. In addition, he insisted on using my Square card reader that’s connected to my PayPal account because he couldn’t be bothered with getting a separate Square card reader/PayPal account for that startup.)

At one point he accused me of being secretive and he said that I couldn’t help it because of my birth order. The reason for that accusation: I hadn’t used my Square card reader in a while (due to the fact that I had to cut back on selling my handcrafted goodies at various shows because of declining sales after the 2008 economic crash) so, ON HIS REQUEST, I was silently trying to figure out how it worked. According to him, I was “secretive” because I didn’t orally announce within his earshot “I’m going to do Option A. If that doesn’t work I’m going to try Option B” and so on.

There were more incidents like that but I’m not going to get into any of them since I wrote all about it last year.

Ironically today is the one-year anniversary of the 2016 Loudon Lyme event. (This year’s event was just held on May 7. No, I didn’t attend this year.) A day or two after that event, the startup’s founder sent me a text message asking me what should have been done differently. I replied that maybe we should’ve started with a smaller run of 10-20 jumpsuits to test market instead of 60 jumpsuits we attempted to sell. That was when he sent me a multi-part text message accusing me of being into self-sabotage. (Never mind the fact that he was the one who didn’t register for a vendor booth and had this unrealistic expectation of selling stuff from backpacks.) This was on top of the fact that I was paid for the first couple of days I worked for him but the payments stopped because the founder had plowed the bulk of the startup money into getting 60 jumpsuits and Sawyer Permethrin.

I finally walked away from that startup a day or two after he accused me of being into self-sabotage when he sent another text asking me to show up at a few upcoming Lyme disease related events selling those jumpsuits from out of backpacks. (He didn’t register for vendor booths at those events either.) Between the self-sabotage insult and the fact that I wasn’t paid the rest of the money I was owed for the work I had done, I realized that I had no future with this startup. I wrote a retraction post where I announced that I would no longer write about work that I’m doing for other people in this blog until after the work was finished or there was some kind of a closure.

The startup founder eventually paid me the rest of the money he owed me last November. Granted six months is a long time to wait for a paycheck but at least he paid so I thought I had some closure on this startup.

But then there was new drama earlier this year when the founder had decided to try reviving the Sawyer Permethrin-sprayed jumpsuit idea on a Facebook page using a selfie I took of myself wearing one of the jumpsuits without asking permission first or even trying to get me to sign a release. I didn’t hear any further from my ex-boss for a while after that incident.

Yesterday was Mother’s Day and I spent the entire day basking in the sunshine while attending the annual Greenbelt Green Man Festival (which I’ll write about in a future post). I had brought my laptop with me so, from time to time, I posted some of my pictures from the previous day’s Gateway Arts Open Studio Tour (which I’ll also write about in a future post) on to various social media sites like Facebook. I saw a lot of people writing online Mother’s Day greetings and posting pictures of mothers with their children. Imagine my surprise when my ex-boss posted something outrageous on Facebook where he not only accused his sister of doing something horrible to their mother but he even posted personal information about her that should never have been posted online. I took a screenshot of that post, which you can see below. I edited out the personal information but you can still get an idea of what he wrote.

He not only named his sister but he posted her personal phone number and encouraged anyone who read that post on Facebook to call that number. In a nutshell, this post says a lot more about him than his sister. That post reminded me of last year’s Square card reader incident when he accused me of being secretive (and my birth order only confirmed his suspicion) because I didn’t verbally announce “I’m going to do Option A…”

What’s more, he immediately made this one comment where he only linked to the notorious documentary Grey Gardens. (For the record, I have never seen that documentary. I did see the made for HBO movie that featured Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore as the dysfunctional mother-daughter pair back when I was still happily married and we still had cable TV.) It’s like he’s cryptically implying that his mother is trapped into a similar dysfunctional relationship with his sister (I think but I don’t know what is going on inside that man’s head). That is so reminiscent of when he cryptically sent me that text asking for feedback on what we could’ve done differently at the Loudon Lyme event, I provided a straightforward opinion, and he responded with that multipart text saying that it was really a trick question because he expected me to write about my own mistakes and he accused me of being into self-sabotage.

Because of my past dealings with him, I’m not inclined to immediately side with him or even accept his version of events—especially since I have never met his sister or his mother. It’s possible that his sister is a total elder-abusing bitch but it’s also possible that she’s not doing anything wrong and it’s her brother who has issues with her for some reason that is none of my business.

If he has concerns about how his sister is taking care of their mother, he should seek legal advice from a lawyer instead of making that nasty post on Facebook urging anyone who sees that post to call his sister (regardless of whether that person even knows the sister or not).

If his sister ever finds that post, all she has to do is take a screenshot of that post, print it out, show it to a lawyer, and he could end up getting sued for things like libel, slander, and invasion of privacy.

Last night I sent an email about that post to a friend of mine, who was the one who recommended me for that job in the first place, because he is still housemates with my ex-boss and he rarely goes on Facebook these days. (Twitter is his preferred social media platform.) I wanted to warn him because there’s the chance that he may end up being indirectly involved with this drama, especially if his housemate’s sister decides to go by their house to confront her brother in person. He basically thanked me for alerting him to this.

I’m still looking for a new day job to replace that startup. (I’ve been applying to various temp agencies and employment agencies to no avail.) At least I have an unedited version of that screenshot that I could show to any hiring manager or recruiter who wanted to know more about that startup and why I had quit it after only two weeks because it basically proves what kind of person I was dealing with as my boss when I worked there. What’s more I can prove it using his own words that he wrote himself on Facebook.

Turn your smartphone into a hologram projector using everyday items.

Tips on how to use emojis correctly and in a professional way as part of your marketing campaign.

Is American retail at a historic tipping point?

Artist crafts classic Stephen King-style book covers for classic songs.

3D printing replicates body parts.

Japan’s largest anime store opens up to international shoppers, but there’s a catch.

Eight things no one tells you before you become a YouTube sensation.

Apple’s most powerful computer in years will be in stores by Christmas.

Facebook releases several new open source tools for video and virtual reality.

How one writer became disappointed by Patreon.

Twitter has a serious problem with bots.

The truth about succeeding in business with your husband.

3D printed cars are the future. But are they safe?

Is multimedia journalism the way forward?

Streamers flock to YouTube Live, but the money (and crowd) is still at Twitch.

Find out if a robot will take your job.

Too many dolls: Is American Girl overextending itself?

PBS travel guru Rick Stevens sacrifices $4 million nest egg to house dozens of homeless women and kids.

Why photography is such a difficult business to get into.

You can now 3D print a tiny pretzel made of glass.

You can now live stream to YouTube from your phone if you have at least 1,000 subscribers.

Microsoft lets users access accounts without passwords.

Robots will soon become our children’s tutors. Here’s why that’s a good thing.

How Android smartphone users can stop Google from tracking your every move with its Google Timeline feature.

Nazi-looted art claim sets new test for Germany.

L.O.L. Surprise is the top selling doll for the past five months with over 2.5 million sold.

Adult animation brings more approachable culture to traditional TV.

How YouTube’s shifting algorithms hurt independent media.

Woman makes spectacular PowerPoint presentation persuading man to date her.

Software audit highlights major security weakness across all open source software.

How to make your kid’s art last forever without cluttering up your home.

The controversial My Friend Cayla doll have been banned in Germany. Parents must either destroy their child’s doll or face a fine of roughly $26,500 and two years in prison.

For animators looking to get into video games, there is a growing community just for them.

Where YouTube went wrong.

Six things you should never store on your work computer.

Why open source pharma is the path to both new and cheaper medicines.

New tools makes 3D printed objects look less 3D printed.

How the sudden unexpected fame of the 13-year-old Cash Me Outside How Bow Dah Girl has highlighted the double standard between the way that white teens and teens of other races are treated.

A World War II era photographer in Poland documenting the Lodz Ghetto buried his negatives in 1944 in an effort to preserve his work. After the war he returned to the burial site and and found that more than half of the original 6,000 negatives remained intact.

Viddyoze is a fully automated video animation that allows marketers to create magnificent animations in just a few clicks.

Microsoft’s Top 10 grammar mistakes made in Word and Outlook.

This Lego-compatible tape will turn anything into a Lego-friendly surface.

This self-taught Polish embroiderer’s 3D embroidery creations using polymer clay are one-of-a-kind.

Open source prototype turns any room into a 3D printer.

YouTube takes on Facebook with real-time video sharing app Uptime.

The best free PowerPoint alternatives in 2017.

Just as liberals will go into political correctness, conservative extremists will delve into patriotic correctness.

Retirees knit small sweaters to keep chickens warm and cozy in cold weather.

Adobe’s plan to reinvent itself for the era of AI and VR.

More millennial dads watch parenting videos on YouTube than moms.

Experts say that psychopathic CEOs, enabled by protective investors and weak human resources departments, are rife in Silicon Valley.

Texas woman uses plastic bags to crochet sleeping mats for the homeless.

How the AxiDraw is designed to make handwriting obsolete.

Sixteen months later, YouTube Music is still a missed opportunity.

Uber’s “hustle-oriented” culture becomes a black mark on employees’ resumes.

How to get started with drone photography.

Can Japan make anime great again?

How (and when) to use Microsoft Word footnotes and endnotes.

A New York Times article about the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, which specializes in art from outsider and self-taught artists.

Ever since I started this blog back in 2010 I’ve been using both this blog and my social media accounts to promote myself as a creative person. I have to say that each social media platform is a completely different animal and it can be a chore at times to tailor a message to the audience on that platform. Based on my own personal experience, if I ever had to do a succinct definition of what each social media platform does, it would go like this:

Facebook: This is where you see your friends and family write about their children’s latest accomplishments or post photos from their recent awesome vacations to such really cool places like Cancun or Walt Disney World or London or Rio de Janeiro or Austin or Niagara Falls, etc. You’d better watch what you write about your parents or other family members and friends because they are on Facebook and they won’t hesitate to scold you online if you write anything that they perceived as being too critical of them—even if it’s something that’s relatively benign. (As a silver lining, if you’re lucky enough your scolding friend/relative might end up having his/her words re-posted on Lamebook for everyone to read and mock.)

Twitter: LOOK AT ME! I’M AN ATTENTION WHORE WHO’S WRITING OUTRAGEOUS THINGS IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS!!! PLEASE RT THIS!

Instagram: Selfies, selfies, and more selfies. If you don’t pay enough attention to my selfies, I’ll risk my life taking my selfies in dangerous locations without a safety net.

YouTube: I’ll become a YouTube star simply by making video reviews of toys and video games or making videos about some expensive upscale fashion items that I have just purchased during my recent trip to the upscale shopping mall. I’ll emulate PewDiePie’s method of continuing my YouTube stardom by making regular appeals for money while claiming that I’m a destitute poor person and threatening to delete my YouTube channel once I get a certain number of subscribers.

Flickr: I’ll post photos from my awesome trips to really cool places like Cancun or Walt Disney World or Rio de Janeiro or Austin or Niagara Falls, etc. along with my very arty photos of sunsets.

Tumblr: I’ll post my fan art of comic book superheroes (especially ones from DC and Marvel), My Little Pony, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Doctor Who then watch everyone reblog my work.

DeviantArt: I’ll post my fan art of Japanese anime characters that will get a lot of attention.

Google+: Hello? Is there anybody in there? Just hit the “Like” button or reply if you are reading my Google+ post. Is there anyone at home?

MySpace: Wait, this social media site still exists?!? Well, hot damn, it’s still around! I’m amazed that Rupert Murdoch didn’t totally run this site into the ground when he made that ill-advised purchase years ago. I wonder if Tila Tequila is still the Queen of MySpace despite her fascination with Adolf Hitler and the White Power movement?

LinkedIn: I’ll focus exclusively on my current job and my previous work experience. I’ll make it as plan vanilla and boring as possible with no drama whatsoever. I won’t even attempt to add any flair, creativity, or anything else that expresses my individuality because then I’ll get pegged as being “unprofessional” and it’ll be such a turn-off to potential employers that I’ll never be able to find another paying job ever again. Boring is good but try to be as unique as you possibly can without standing out from the rest of the LinkedIn crowd so much that you’ll get denounced as being “unprofessional” and you’ll become so unemployable that you’ll be forced into early retirement.**

Pinterest: I’ll pin whatever arts and crafts sites I find. If I happened to pin an arts and crafts site that shows how to make a certain Disney character, I’ll see that pin get re-pinned by others so many times that my e-mailbox gets clogged with notifications of all these re-pins.***

Minds.com: Here’s where I’ll find the latest conspiracy theories, dispatches from Anonymous, and alternative health remedies that may or may not actually work.

**Here’s a message for those of you who are staunch LinkedIn users: This post is satire. I know that, in a perfect world, I shouldn’t have to write this disclaimer but I’ve encountered enough stuffy humor-challenged professional people in various jobs over the years that I know that some stuffy humor-challenged businessperson who’s a heavy LinkedIn user would take this post 100% seriously if I didn’t include this footnote.

***This actually happened to me nearly two years ago when I pinned a site that provided a free pattern on how to crochet an amigurumi Stitch from the Disney movie Lilo & Stitch. That one pin is the most re-pinned pin on my Pinterest account. People are still re-pinning that Stitch crochet pattern to this very day. I had to disable all e-mail notifications because I grew tired of my inbox getting clogged with so many notices of people re-pinning that one pin. Especially since I didn’t create the original pattern nor do I hold any legal rights to the Stitch character whatsoever.

Here’s an interesting article on how playing with dolls can unleash a child’s creativity in many different ways.

One of the earliest photographic process was the daguerreotype, which was such a huge hit all over the world that it was the most commonly used technique in photography for many years after it was invented. Here is a review of the then-new form of photography that was originally written in 1840 by none other than Edgar Allan Poe.

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the current incident where an anti-U.S. government armed militia (consisting mainly of white men) have taken over a wildlife refuge in Oregon. (If you’re not, you can read this excellent article on The Guardian‘s website, which contains some background information of this current story. Or you can view this hilarious yet informative Taiwanese animation.) The militia have been derided on social media as Y’all Qaeda and Vanilla ISIS. At one point the militia members begged the general public to send snacks to them because, apparently, they didn’t bring enough food with them before they began this armed standoff. There is a Facebook group called Snacks for Y’all Qaeda whose members have been busy churning out hilarious parody memes at a very high rate. There are some incredibly creative memes out there that words alone just can’t describe.

Or if memes aren’t your thing, you can check out some hilarious Oregon Militia Homoerotic Fan Fiction.

UPDATE (January 10, 2015): Cliven Bundy has apparently set up a GoFundMe page in order to raise money for this beleaguered sons who are among the Y’all Qaeda militia members currently holed up in Oregon. As of this writing no money has been raised but it has attracted plenty of hilarious comments. Here’s a sample:

Sorry, but I don’t believe in perpetuating a cycle of dependence to abled bodied, big strapping specimens of masculinity who’ve spent all the government checks on guns and ammo. Maybe chewing on a bullet will help to ward off those hunger pangs.

UPDATE 2 (January 10, 2015): The above GoFundMe page has been cancelled just a few hours after I provided the link. Had I known this was going to happen, I would’ve provided a few more choice comments from that page than the above quote.

With all the hype about the killing of Cecil the Lion, I decided to try selling my art, Revenge Against Kendall Jones, on eBay. Even though it was originally a lampoon of Kendall Jones and her fascination with hunting animals for sport, it is definitely timely because 1) it features a lion and 2) it’s a statement on trophy hunting in general, regardless of who’s doing the actual animal killing.

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You can read this post from last year if you want to learn more about the making of this piece. It measures 5 inches x 7 inches (13 cm x 18 cm) so it’ll fit most homes, apartments, and college dorms. It has been decoupaged on a thick block of wood so one can even display it on a tabletop, desktop, or on a mantel. If you prefer to hang it on a wall, there are two eyelets with hanging wire in the back so you can display it, just like when this piece was displayed at last summer’s Station North Salon Show in Baltimore.

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I’m selling this on eBay for a minimum $10 bid. I decided against listing this on Etsy again given the bad experience I had from the rabid Kendall Jones fans as well as Etsy turning a blind eye towards a complaint I filed against a guy who pretended to buy my piece only to never pony up the money. (You can read all of the gory details right here.)

I slightly altered the title to eliminate Kendall Jones’ name mainly because I’m hoping to deter her rabid fans from going after me and also because the issue of trophy hunting is far larger than Kendall Jones. She is not the only trophy hunter in existence, only the most notorious because she plastered photos of herself cuddling with the animals she killed on social media, which resulted in outrage and a series on YouTube that’s sponsored by Remington. The fact that I used a lion to wreak revenge in my piece makes it even more timely given what happened to poor Cecil.

I’m pricing it at a minimum $10 bid so take a look at it right here.

I know that this crazy Internet drama happened to me four months ago but it’s only now that I’ve gotten around to documenting it on this blog. At the time this happened I was a bit on the annoyed and upset side but now that time has passed, I can look at all the hate mail I received and laugh.

So what brought on the Drama Llama last November? Here’s some background, which has been documented in full detail on Know Your Meme. A teenage college cheerleader from Texas named Kendall Jones created a public Facebook page after she signed a contract with the Sportsman Channel for a reality show about her and her hunting exploits. She began posting pictures of herself with various animals that she killed during previous trips to Africa on her Facebook page, which led to people linking and re-posting all around Facebook and other social media sites. All this resulted in people being outraged over those photographs. In the meantime, Kendall Jones seemed to be basking in all the attention—both good and bad—being thrown her way.

I decided to do a series of parody artwork based not only on the Kendall Jones controversy but other wealthy people who have also posted photos of themselves with animals that they have killed for sport (such as Ted Nugent and Kid Rock). The series was to be called Revenge and it was based on t-shirts and sweatshirts that I used to see as a kid growing up in Maryland (which is noted for its blue crabs) which showed a giant blue crab about to use a mallet on a tiny human with the word “Revenge”.

Since I already wrote at length about the creation of Revenge Against Kendall Jones last summer, I’m just going to provide a brief recap. I drew this in ink and watercolor.

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I then scanned it into the computer then traced over it using Adobe Illustrator. I brought it into Adobe Photoshop where I did this effect where it looked like the lion posted his photo of his killing a young woman on Facebook and his friends posted back with their approval.

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Then I printed out the fake Facebook post and decoupaged it on a block of wood that was painted black. It was displayed for the first time at the Station North Art District Salon Show in Baltimore where I saw it displayed at the Station North Arts Cafe.

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The only negative responses I got came when I posted a photograph of my art on Instagram as part of an effort to promote my pieces in the Station North Art District Salon Show. You would not believe the comments I’ve gotten over the next few months, long after the art show ended. (So far I haven’t gotten any new comments on that photo in 2015. <KNOCK WOOD!>)

But that was nothing compared to what happened when I tried to sell this piece on Etsy during the holiday shopping season back in November. I’ll admit that in the past few months I’ve gotten more and more ambivalent about Etsy, especially since Etsy changed its policy from requiring that everything must be handmade to sellers being allowed to use outside manufacturers, which has resulted in a flood of cheap stuff from Third World countries that has totally undercut the genuine artisans. Yet Etsy is still the name that most people think of when they want to buy something handmade online.

So I decided to re-open my Etsy shop for the first time in a while just for the Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa shopping season. Each day in this blog—from November 14 to December 14—I highlighted a different item in my online shop while I also made similar postings on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Revenge Against Kendall Jones was highlighted on the second day (November 15) of my 31 days of hyping my Etsy shop before the holidays. Things were pretty quiet for a while.

But then, on November 20, all of the hostile Etsy convos came. It was obviously something that was organized somewhere (probably on Facebook, some other social media outlet, or a forum) where someone posted a link to my online Etsy sale and urged others to start harassing me. Here are a few of them I received. I realized that these e-mails fell under a few categories. First there are the ones that basically said that my art sucked.

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I’ll admit that my art isn’t for everyone—especially those with no sense of humor. As for that man who claimed my art is in danger of affecting his 12-year-old daughter, all I can say is that if his daughter is really so freaking sensitive that just seeing an illustration (an illustration, mind you) can easily inflict psychological damage on her, then I say that he has sheltered her far too much. When I was his daughter’s age, I was reading Mad and Cracked magazines and the humor in those publications were way more blunt and, at times more graphic in its depictions of various gross stuff, than what’s even in my own art. I could go more into the long-term harm of extremely shielding his daughter like that, especially as she reaches adulthood but it would make this post extremely long.

Then there are those who claim that I was wrong when I mentioned Kendall Jones killing animals that were on the endangered species list.

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I just want to say that the charges that Kendall Jones killed animals that were on the endangered species list wasn’t something that I pulled directly from my ass. Just doing a Google search on “kendall jones kills endangered” pulls up all kinds of links on sites like the International Business Times, Hollywood Life, The Daily Mail, Perez Hilton, and Elite Daily. All of the aforementioned sites are a far cry from PETA and other radical animal rights organizations. Even this link on the Los Angeles Times site, In defense of Texas huntress and conservationist Kendall Jones, admitted this:

Yes, the African white rhino — Jones boasts of bagging one at age 13 — is an endangered species. There are only 20,000 of them left, mostly because of rampant illegal poaching (the rhino’s horn in powdered form is believed in China to have medicinal properties). But as a 2010 article in the Economist reported, 16,000 of those rhinos live in South Africa, where the government a few years back instituted a policy of allowing farmers to own wild animals on their property, with the right to sell them and their offspring. The policy — catering to wealthy trophy hunters, tourists and others — has resulted in a surge in the South African white rhino population, which had numbered only 20 individuals in 1900.

The article goes on to mention that even though Kendall Jones did kill animals on the endangered species list, it also tried to make a case that she did under certain circumstances that made such kills okay.

Then there are people who claimed that I somehow picked on a private citizen or did some copyright infringement or needed some kind of official authorization before I did Revenge Against Kendall Jones.

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First of all, as to the idea that Kendall Jones is a private citizen is laughable when you come across her Facebook page and, underneath her name, you’ll see the words “Public Figure.” In addition, she has a series on YouTube called “Game On” that’s sponsored by Remington. (Yes, that’s the rifle company.) Having seen a few minutes of the first episode, I can tell that this is not something that was shot on someone’s smartphone, tablet, or laptop then edited in iMovie. The production values along with the editing are just as high as a network TV show.

As for getting permission or how I have no right to criticize her whatsoever, these people don’t get that I was doing something called satire or parody. Some people need to do some remedial research on the definitions of satire and parody then watch actual examples of satire and parody. (Try The Onion or The Daily Currant for starters.)

Then these people may need to learn that what I did was perfectly legal because I was mocking only what she had posted online (mainly shots of her posing next to the dead animals that she killed). In addition, I had picked on a public figure who has become a celebrity among certain hunters, not a private citizen. She became a public figure through her own choice and not because she was some private citizen who somehow got caught up in some public controversy that escalated beyond her control or wishes. You can read more about what is a public figure right here.

The Supreme Court has ruled on parody being an example of legal fair use (where I don’t have to obtain permission before creating a parody) not once, but twice. Here’s an article on LegalZoom.com that explains everything.

Then there is this next Etsy message I got that I have to say it’s my favorite because of the sheer hilarity of it.

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To date, no police officer has shown up to my front door about this, I have not been arrested, and there are no criminal cases currently pending against me. If he honestly thought that I was going to cringe in fear, he totally failed. Oh, by the way, Adam Bortz, if you happened to be reading this, you need to familiarize yourself with the U.S. Constitution—especially the First Amendment.

I did get one positive post through Facebook from The Real Kendall Jones Exposed group, which was pretty cool.

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I even got a sale on the item, which is when another chapter of this drama started to emerge. So this Etsy user, duartejason, indicated that he wanted to order my piece but he didn’t pay me. So I held on to the piece and, following the typical protocol that Etsy and other online commerce sites have come up with regarding fulfilling orders, I held off on sending his order until he came through with the money.

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So I waited nine days and he didn’t send any money. So I sent this friendly reminder on November 29 to please send me the money so I can fulfill the order in time for the holidays.

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Two more days passed and I still didn’t hear back from him. So I sent a slightly more urgent message saying that I needed for him to send me the money soon so I can have the item delivered to his home in time for the holidays.

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I waited another week and that second message also went unanswered. I began to realize that he was one of these trolls who only pretended to order my item so it wouldn’t be visible in my Etsy shop but had no intention of ever paying. When I looked at his profile, I saw that he joined Etsy on November 20, 2014—the same day that I started getting all of those hostile message from Kendall Jones’ fans.

At that point, I reported him to Etsy for non-payment. I even clicked on the link where I can directly report this man. I never received any response from anyone even connected with Etsy. In addition, I don’t think they did anything about my complaint because I filed the complaint in December 2014, I’m typing this post in March, 2015, and not only have I not heard from duartejason but this guy still has an active profile, which means that he could do something similarly immature to other Etsy sellers based on his own personal whims.

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I really wished that someone at Etsy had taken my complaint seriously. But, in a way, I’m not surprised because, over the years, I’ve seen Etsy ignore the concerns of its sellers on a variety of other issues and Etsy can be inconsistent on enforcing its own rules. What’s even worse is that even though customers can rate and review sellers, sellers can’t rate and review customers so I can’t post anything about duartejason as a warning to other Etsy sellers, which is really frustrating.

So, taking inspiration from former Boston Red Sox baseball player Curt Schilling, I decided to take matters into my own hands and do some research on this guy. Thanks to that ill-fated sale, I know that he lives in San Diego, California. So I did a few Google searches under San Diego along with the names “Duarte Jason” and “Jason Duarte” and, lo and behold, I found his LinkedIn profile.

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And the photo on his LinkedIn profile matches the photo on his Etsy profile.

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His LinkedIn profile says that he’s the the CEO of two separate companies—Mass Tort Legal Group and J. Shafer Law—plus he’s the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Calliope Media, Inc. You’d think that someone who’s currently simultaneously working for three separate companies in high positions would be beyond such petty antics as pretending to buy something from an individual Etsy seller then not come through with the money.

I’m not going to bother with analyzing why someone like him would do something so childish and immature. All I can say is that from now on, whenever someone Googles the names Jason Duarte, Mass Tort Legal Group, Calliope Media, and/or J. Shafer Law, this blog post will come up. Anyone reading this post can decide for him/herself whether he/she wants to do business with someone who would go to great lengths to pretend to buy something from an individual Etsy seller, not bother with making a payment, then ignore all subsequent e-mails. He did this fake buying all on behalf of a woman who has become a celebrity in the hunting world and has her own YouTube series. (Chances are that he has never met Kendall Jones in real life and he’s just one of her biggest fans who somehow feels the need to defend her from the likes of me.) My contention is that what he did was unprofessional and immature.

I know that some of you would question whether I’m making too much over an item that I priced at $25. At this point, it’s not the money, it’s the principle of the matter. This man made a purchase on my Etsy shop, which automatically put my listing out of circulation. Because he didn’t answer my messages, I was unable to re-list the item because I feared that had I done so, he would’ve come through with the money and I would’ve had to scramble to finding the materials to create a second piece to satisfy the other customer. Because he dragged his feet, I wasn’t able to re-list the item so I was unable to sell it before the holiday season. Any other person who would’ve been interested in buying my item as a Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa gift for someone else and actually paying for it lost out as well.

Some of you would probably even question the professionalism of publicly outing a customer like that. Well, had Etsy done its job and banned that person after I reported him, I would not have gone through the effort of looking this person up and outing him like that. Since it’s obvious that Etsy doesn’t give a damn in my case, I feel that I need to speak up because as long as this person has an active Etsy account, he can go on to do something similar to other Etsy sellers and I find that unacceptable.

Jason Duarte, if you’re reading this, I have to say that there is a way that I can undo what I’ve written here—either you pay me what you promised to pay back in December or issue a heartfelt apology for what you’ve done. Do either one of those and I’ll edit this post to delete all references to you and you companies. Otherwise, this information will be part of your online record that is easily accessible by a quick Google search.

Update (April 6, 2015): I came across this video from Erin Janus, a self-described vegan who’s around the same age as Kendall Jones, who made this video questioning Jones’ hunting activities. She provides an alternate viewpoint and she even backs her points up with facts. It’s definitely worth watching.

If you’re looking for unique reasonably-priced one-of-a-kind art that doesn’t take up a lot of space in your home, I have this piece currently on sale in my Etsy shop.
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This art is very small so it’s perfect for people with limited display space. It’s also the ideal gift for people who are into skulls. For more information about this piece, read the post I originally wrote on October 22, 2010. You can order this skull art right here.

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Revenge Against Kendall Jones is now on sale in my Etsy shop. To learn more about how I created this piece, read the post I originally wrote on August 5, 2014.

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