Remix: An Art Critic Reviews My Pokemon Card


Artist Comments: Strongbad is the essence of my rage. When I am angered by the Internet, by ignorant people working in tech or the gaming industry or other things I love that are known for being sexist, racist, transphobic, and all the other Bad Things, when something is unfair, when I speak up for myself and no one listens. That is when Strongbad is unleashed. Strongbad has sarcasm and writing and will make you repent your injustices.

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Critic Comments: On initial glance, Strongbad Pokemon Card appears to be a piece of juvenilia. The cartoon nature of the self-portrait, the minimalist icons, the simple, repetitive color scheme, the imbalanced layout. It all suggests an underdeveloped design skill, an unrefined taste. But ultimately rage is simple, unrefined. It is a base instinct. So to have a visual representation of rage, it must be emblematic of that nature. We see a lone figure on a barren white field. He is pugnacious, bright red, a caricature of anger. But also the truth of anger. Anger exaggerates just as a caricature does.

We can also see this in the chosen “energies” – the simple icons that adorn the card, the background color. Strongbad isn’t primarily fueled by fire as one might expect in an underdeveloped concept of anger. Strongbad is fueled by grass – by nature. Strongbad is a righter of wrongs, a defender against injustice, he stands up for those who are treated unfairly because of who they are. Their own natures. Strongbad is much more sophisticated than pure fire, though fire does fuel his more advanced anger, the fire of writing.


This piece was created for the DS106 remix assignment Pokemon Card: Stuffy Art Critic.

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I made a zine!

I first encountered zines back in middle school when the YA section of my library acquired a book on them called Zine Scene, and then again when reading the day book Hey, Day! (Which is awesome and I highly recommend – some of the content is clearly for young teen girls, but there are some pretty fantastic craft ideas and a great section on making your first zine.) I attempted to make a couple zines, but they were always over-ambitious and lacking in focus so I never finished them, and no one I knew made them so I didn’t have good models to go off of.

A few years ago one of the reference librarians at Wellesley, Alana Kumbier, partnered with the Women’s and Gender Studies department to make zines a THING at Wellesley. They created a zine collection in the library and started hosting zine events and workshops. So I went to one of those events and discovered Anne Elizabeth Moore’s How to Make This Very Zine. And I fell in love. The booklets are so tiny! And you can make something personal and informative and creative and amazing from a single piece of paper and a single scissor cut!

Since then I’ve made a number of zines, but I usually do them as journaling exercises so they are not fit for public eyes. I have finally come up with an idea for a zine that I am willing to share with others, so here it goes… It’s about bucket lists!


You can view instructions on how to fold and cut it from the Zine Making Wikibook. If you’re feeling really lazy you can view an animated gif of it here (consider yourself warned, I did not bother scaling it appropriately for a gif; if you get to be lazy, so do I).


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#100happydays (Wow time is flying)

I got caught up in the whirl wind of the semester and haven’t been updating on my progress for this project. But my coursework is done and so I can finally get back to this!

Well then, I believe I left off at #9…

  1. Sunsets and the amazing patterns they can cast across the sky
  2. Bunnies – they are all over the Wellesley campus and bring a smile to my face every time I see them
  3. National Parks
  4. The Leave No Trace ethos
  5. The Appalachian Trail – it is on my bucket list to hike the entirety of this some day (ideally as a through hike, but I’ll settle for one leg at a time)
  6. My GPS – life (and driving) became so much easier when I got this. (Also: Jubal Early! I had no idea he was a real person. Joss Whedon, you sneaky devil.)
  7. Waterfalls
  8. Caverns – they are full of magic and mystery. My imagination starts tingling every time I see one.


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#100happydays Week 1(ish)

Posting on Tuesday did not end up happening so here goes for the last week! Things that make me happy:

  1. My cat Padfoot
  2. My bike: Currently residing in my living room for indoor cycling while the weather is less than appealing for outdoors exercise. The picture is an old one of my bike outside because my living room is currently a mess and I don’t want photographic evidence of it. But riding the bike is the perfect way to procrastinate on cleaning.
  3. Frozen bananas: Cold and creamy and covered in chocolate. They are wonderful.
  4. Premade gluten-free pizza crusts: Trying to get a gluten-free pizza crust to rise usually results in really dense flat bread, so I was ecstatic when I discovered decent premade ones in the freezer section of the grocery store.
  5. Hawaiian pizza: Needs no explanation.
  6. My gastroenterologist: Making my life easier one FODMAP at a time.
  7. My travel mug that looks like a disposable coffee cup: It’s cheap, durable (I have dropped that thing so many times), and doesn’t hold onto weird smells like all of the spill proof ones I’ve owned over the years. It isn’t spill proof, but the opening is so small that I can usually catch it before anything comes out. This is actually the second one I’ve owned; I lost the first after a year (purchased at the grocery store from a bin) and loved it so much I sought out the exact same one again (this time found at Target) and it has lasted two years. All of my previous travel mugs lasted 6 months tops because of that odor issue.
  8. My crampons: I have nearly fallen to my death* while hiking on icy trails before, so I’m excited to finally have crampons to help prevent slipping. Also, the instruction images from the packaging are pretty fabulous.

*May be an exaggeration.

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British Library GIFs

The British Library has released 1,000,000 public domain images on Flickr, so to celebrate I made a couple animated GIFs…



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I was recently introduced to the 100 Happy Days project, which seeks to help people appreciate the good things in their lives by taking a picture of something that made them happy every day for 100 days. With various sources of stress in my life right now, this sounds like exactly what I need. So here it goes!

I will be posting a weekly update (for about 14 weeks), but will be uploading the pictures daily to a Flickr set. As my inaugural photo, I figured I should probably get the big one out of the way – Padfoot, my cat, my greatest joy, and the unofficial star of this blog.

Padfootday1I am never again allowed to use her as one of my 100 things, though she may make cameos in such happy things as rubbing a kitty’s belly or playing with laser pointers.

Happy day!

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Photoing up for the DS 106 Remixathon!

DS 106 is doing a daily creates remixathon, which sounds like a heck of a lot of fun. For today’s daily create the assignment is to create a visual for a Two Headlines tweet. And I happened to find one that suits my interests…

The original Star Wars selfie is hard to top, but I decided with the Apple spin I could at least make a valiant effort. So here it is:

ImageThe original images are not even close to creative commons licensed, but I’m going to claim fair use for this one. Image sources: Apple Inc Headquarters, Darth Vader, iPhone 5c

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