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If you’re not getting interviews, here’s how to fix your resume and cover letter.

What happened when 165 street artists took over an abandoned building in Berlin.

Hedge fund pushes online crafts retailer Etsy to explore sale because the company’s sales growth has slowed while costs has increased.

Google’s open source DIY kit turns a Raspberry Pi into an AI assistant.

How the Fyre Festival turned into a disaster when organizers blew all their money early on models, planes, and yachts.

Man who was suicidal runs marathon with the stranger who talked him down from a bridge.

Makeup bloggers turn against consumerism.

Over 10 years, Martha Stewart has quietly become the perfect blogger while other lifestyle bloggers have come and go.

Make the ultimate embroidery wall hanging with these free printable designs.

A woman who paints tiny masterpieces in an empty Altoids tin (including instructions on how to make your own tin painting kit).

Wendy’s mascot gets turned into a popular smug anime girl.

From sex trafficking survivor to restauranteur.

The next generation of robots will be remarkably human-like.

The Museum of Bad Art has been celebrating failure since 1993.

American Airlines gave its workers a raise. Wall Street freaked out.

Dig through the world’s largest sketchbook library.

Closing the gender gap in computer science begins in kindergarten.

How will low-wage workers survive in the age of the robots?

What photography can tell us about power and prejudice.

KFC has just published a ridiculously raunchy and bizarre romance novella starring a Casanova Colonel Sanders and you can now download it for free.

The definitive ranking of all 12 Star Wars movies.

Polish artist illustrates his fight against depression with these mysterious dark paintings.

A virtual holographic anime character named Azuma Hikari is a voice-powered virtual assistant who can also provide companionship for single men.

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.

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For those who have paper maps gathering dust because you’re using your smartphone’s Maps app instead, here are 16 Crafty DIY Projects That Will Help You Recycle Old Maps.

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I already wrote at length about the reactions of the fans of controversial trophy hunter and college cheerleader Kendall Jones regarding my parody art. I found this video from Erin Janus where she refutes the claims that Jones has made regarding her hunts (such as Jones is promoting conservation by killing lions and other African beasts for sport) and she backs her points up with facts.

Back in the 1990’s there was an infamous lawsuit where a woman sued McDonald’s because of a cup of coffee spilled in her lap and she received a settlement. For years that lawsuit was derided in the media as an example of a frivolous lawsuit and how Americans have become more and more lawsuit happy as people rush to the courtrooms over minor trivial matters that shouldn’t even require a judge in the first place. Many comedians had a field day with that one as they told jokes about that lawsuit. It turns out that this lawsuit wasn’t quite as frivolous as was popularly assumed. The woman suffered third-degree burns on her skin and she needed skin grafts. She only sued McDonald’s because she needed help in paying her medical bills. The full story behind the lawsuit can be found here.

It’s the wedding of the year as Joel Burger will soon marry Ashley King. Of course Burger King is helping to pay for this wedding so the couple won’t have to worry about going into debt as the minister asks “Do you, Mr. Burger, take Ms. King to be your lawfully wedded wife?”

From Hats To Pants And Other Outfits, 22 Hilarious And Ugly Knitting Fails proves that just because, theoretically, you can knit just about anything out of yarn doesn’t mean that you should.

Spain recently passed the National Security Act, which critics claim is totally draconian. Some tech-savvy Spaniards responded by holding a first-ever hologram protest, which is a pretty cool idea regardless of where you stand politically.

I’ve been doing some extensive decluttering lately and I have some items that will be on sale this coming Saturday at a yard sale that will benefit my support group for separated or divorced persons.

First up is this souvenir map of a now-defunct theme park that I bought with my allowance money when I attended with my parents for my first and only time.

It’s a large folded poster-sized map of a theme park called The Wildlife Preserve that was located in Largo, Maryland.

Vintage 1970s Map of a Now-Defunct Theme Park

As you can guess from the logo, it was an animal theme park similar to Disney’s Animal Kingdom except this one was far less elaborate than the Disney one.

Vintage 1970s Map of a Now-Defunct Theme Park

Interestingly, the tiny print under the logo says that it was owned and operated by the American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.—also known as ABC. I never realized that the television network had a hand in running the place until I saw the fine print. Ironically, ABC itself would eventually be bought by Disney and that network has been so closely merged with Disney that one could find references to ABC shows at the various Disney theme parks in the United States.

Vintage 1970s Map of a Now-Defunct Theme Park

As this section of the map shows, this theme park was primarily a drive-through park where a family would drive a car very slowly along a paved road that had various wild animals frolicking around in various sections of the park.

Vintage 1970s Map of a Now-Defunct Theme Park

One of the big rules was that the windows had to remain closed at all times, which turned out to be a very good idea. That’s because at one point, we came across this ostrich who started to look into the windows of our car while staring at us. I can only imagine what would’ve happened had any of us violated that closed window rule. (LOL!)

Vintage 1970s Map of a Now-Defunct Theme Park

The front area of the park was the one area that we didn’t need a car to drive around in. (It was also the smallest area of the park.) There were a few places to grab food and drink which I don’t recall very much other than they basically served fast food. Of course, there was a gift shop. There was one pavilion that had a bird show where the various birds did tricks and stuff like that. There was another pavilion that showed reptiles and I remembered the trainer had a boa constrictor and he invited the audience to come down to the front of the stage and pet the snake. I petted the snake and I remembered that its skin was as smooth as a tabletop. My mother was grossed out at the idea that I petted a large snake but I didn’t think it was any big deal.

Vintage 1970s Map of a Now-Defunct Theme Park

Last, but not least, there was the front gate where one bought tickets and a parking area where people can leave their cars when they were not driving the main path through the park.

Vintage 1970s Map of a Now-Defunct Theme Park

The Wildlife Preserve only lasted a few years mainly because taking care of exotic animals at a theme park that was opened only five or six months a year proved to be a very expensive money loser. That theme park was converted to a few other theme parks that didn’t have animals (the Wikipedia has a complete list of all the theme parks that have come and gone in that same location) and, today, it serves as the location for Six Flags America.

I thought about just throwing it in the recycling bin but I couldn’t bring myself to do it because I thought that it would be a shame to just get rid of something that has really great line art that has somehow remained among my belongings for many years. I decided to donate the map directly to the benefit yard sale mainly because I just don’t think that there is a big market for items from an obscure now-forgotten theme park that only lasted four years in the 1970’s. I figured that a parent of an animal-loving child could buy it as a poster for the child’s bedroom. Or some art student could buy it and use it in a collage project.

The rest of the stuff in this entry are various collectibles that my husband and I have hoarded over the years. After he left, I decided to try selling them as a way of both decluttering my home and raising some much-needed cash for myself. I looked on eBay and I found that many of the listings for the same items I wanted to unload had either gone unsold or had sold for so little (like $5 or less) that it wasn’t worth the effort to use eBay at all. So I tried the local antique dealers and collectibles stores throughout the greater Baltimore-Washington, DC area. I sent e-mails to dealers as far away as Frederick and those e-mails either went unanswered or I was turned down because none of the stores were interested in what I had. (I had one store manager who was interested in the commemorative Jackie Robinson Wheaties box only to change his mind at the last minute.)

Now I’ve decided to donate them to the yard sale just to get rid of them. Here are the pictures I uploaded on my Flickr account that I originally used to show the dealers what I was selling.

The Jackie Robinson Wheaties box.

Jackie Robinson 50th Anniversary Wheaties Box

Jackie Robinson 50th Anniversary Wheaties Box

Jackie Robinson 50th Anniversary Wheaties Box

Jackie Robinson 50th Anniversary Wheaties Box

Jackie Robinson 50th Anniversary Wheaties Box

Jackie Robinson 50th Anniversary Wheaties Box

The Cal Ripken, Jr. Wheaties box. This particular one is interesting because the front of the box originally had Cal Ripken wearing just a plain black shirt. It was subsequently withdrawn and replaced with Ripken wearing the Baltimore Orioles black shirt that has his number 8. This one is an error box but I couldn’t get any of the dealers to give a damn about this one, which I found really surprising.

Cal Ripken in Plain Black Shirt Wheaties Box

Cal Ripken in Plain Black Shirt Wheaties Box

Cal Ripken in Plain Black Shirt Wheaties Box

Cal Ripken in Plain Black Shirt Wheaties Box

Cal Ripken in Plain Black Shirt Wheaties Box

Cal Ripken in Plain Black Shirt Wheaties Box

The next few pictures are of the corrected Cal Ripken, Jr. Wheaties box where he’s wearing the properly marked shirt instead of the plain black shirt like on the other box.

Cal Ripken Wheaties Box

Cal Ripken Wheaties Box

Cal Ripken Wheaties Box

Cal Ripken Wheaties Box

Cal Ripken Wheaties Box

Cal Ripken Wheaties Box

Here is a six-pack of specially marked bottles of Coca-Cola that commemorated the year that Cal Ripken, Jr. broke Lou Gehrig’s record for the longest consecutive playing streak. The bottles are made from glass—not plastic—and none of them have ever been opened. I’m really surprised that there were no takers with this one.

Special Cal Ripken Coca-Cola

Special Cal Ripken Coca-Cola

Special Cal Ripken Coca-Cola

Special Cal Ripken Coca-Cola

Special Cal Ripken Coca-Cola

Special Cal Ripken Coca-Cola

Special Cal Ripken Coca-Cola

Last, but not least, there is this 1980’s Ghostbusters cereal, which I kept because the box touted that it’s a “Limited Edition Hologram Series.” I thought the hologram looked cool at the time and I figured that it would be an interesting collector’s item. But, as time went on, this cereal box (along with the others in the post) was cluttering up the place and there were times when I grew tired of seeing it. Despite its “Limited Edition” claims and despite the fact that the cereal was a spin-off product based on one of the most popular movies of the 1980’s, I couldn’t get anyone interested in buying it.

Ghostbusters Cereal Box

Ghostbusters Cereal Box

Ghostbusters Cereal Box

Ghostbusters Cereal Box

Ghostbusters Cereal Box

Ghostbusters Cereal Box

Ghostbusters Cereal Box

 

All of the items mentioned in this post will be on sale tomorrow at the Changing Focus Yard Sale in Crofton, Maryland and they will be on sale for very cheap prices. Whatever doesn’t get sold at the yard sale will be donated to the North Laurel Thrift Shop after 2 p.m.

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