Free Stuff for the End of the World – Free Cartoons!

Indulge your nostalgia for simpler times (and complicated romances) with the following cartoons available for free to stream right now.

Jem and the Holograms. I loved this show so much and I obsessively played with my Jem dolls long after the show went off the air. I also met Samantha Newark at C2E2 and she was wonderful and I somehow didn’t cry. Anyway, the show is all available to stream on Tubi RIGHT NOW. So click the link to get in on exciting adventure, fashion, and fame.

Speaking of Tubi, there are so many vintage cartoons to watch right now. Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? Inspector Gadget. G.I. Joe. They even have Tales from the Cryptkeeper, because the 90s was full of adult content repackaged to kids.

Miss the taste of Duncan Hills coffee? Be sad no longer, all 4 seasons of Metalocalypse are available to stream right now by clicking here.

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Free Stuff for the End of the World – Free Animal Streams

It’s another day with a shelter in place order in effect, so let’s all look at some cute animals.

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium has a livestream of dolphins. Check it out by clicking here.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a coral reef cam available from 11:30am – 7pm PST. Watch the beautiful fish by clicking here.

Check out some elephants at Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

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Free Stuff for the End of the World – 3/21

Color me distracted from the looming apocalypse! A lot of cool artists and companies have offered up some free pages to color in while we all adapt to life in the age of quarantine. Get your colored pencils, markers, or makeup if you’re really desperate and download these cool pages:

Grab some pages from this Sailor Moon coloring book by Jen Martel by clicking here.

Craig Russell has some absolutely stunning illustrations available for coloring. Click this link to download them.

Jonathan La Mantia has offered up an incredible 12-page coloring book with the best possible title: “May We Meet Again Under Better Circumstances”. Download it by clicking here.

And the company I work for, Squishable, has offered up some pages from their beautiful coloring book to download here.

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Free Stuff for the End of the World – 3/20

In the midst of the looming apocalypse, a lot of people and companies have been offering cool things for free!

Moog and Korg have offered up some of their synthesizer apps.  Download Korg’s Kaossilator or Moog’s Minimoog Model D for iOS.  Click the Brooklyn Vegan link here to start creating the soundtrack to the apocalypse.

If you want to read some cool things, a couple authors have made their work available for free.  My friends Kitty and Larissa have released their tale of intrigue, Taylor Swift, Girl Detective for free on Gumroad.  Click the link here to distract yourself from the world ending.

If these chaotic times have gotten you to start thinking about the invisible power structures that run our lives, Haymarket Books has offered up ten free books to help get your political thoughts in order.  Their mission is to publish books for changing the world, you can read ten of those books by clicking here.

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Terra’s Theme Ocarina Tabs

C2E2 was this past weekend.  It’s easily one of my favorite shows, and this year I was selling toys all weekend.  On Friday I heard someone play Careless Whisper on an ocarina and on Sunday I finally bought one for myself.  It’s the Lightning ocarina by STL Ocarinas.  Best money I’ve ever spent.

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And since I’m a ride or die for Final Fantasy 6, this week I created a tab for Terra’s Theme.  This is my first tab and I don’t play the ocarina well, so please let me know if I’ve messed something up!

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GenCon, Here We Come

It’s been three years since I’ve taught chainmail classes at GenCon.  I’m nervous!  Even though I’ve taught all of these classes multiple times, it’s been a long time since I’ve gotten in front of a classroom of students to teach them how to bend wire to make cool things.

Anyway, here’s a sampling of my classes:

Washer Barrel Chainmail Bracelet

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Firebird Scalemail Bracelet

Dragon Sculpture

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Ocean Waves Chainmail Bracelet

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Cosplay Therapy

The past few months have been exhausting.  My grandmother passed away after a long illness and my boyfriend was diagnosed with cancer and had major surgery.  The year has been riddled with grief and stress.  I knew I needed to do something to get back on track creatively, but I wasn’t sure what.  On a whim, I decided to make a Dark Phoenix costume and go meet Stan Lee at C2E2.

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I had the idea a couple years ago, but it wasn’t until last year’s Chestbridge cosplay fun that the idea of dressing up in costume seemed like a good idea.  (In high school, I thought cosplay and Pokemon were dumb, and now here I am making costumes and addicted to Pokemon Go.  Oh well.)

In the course of 14 hours over 2 days, I made a Dark Phoenix costume and little fire unicorn in honor of my favorite scene in the 90s X-Men cartoon.  Thankfully Vogue Fabrics had the perfect metallic spandex fabric in both red and gold, as well as some felt for the little flame unicorn.

 

 

I also won Dark Phoenix cosplay bingo by taking photos with Jean Grey, Phoenix, and Wolverine on Sunday.  As a bonus, my friend CJ was dressed up as Stan Lee, so I managed to snag a photo with him, too.

The real Stan Lee looked me in the eyes and said, “Well done,” in the brief few seconds I got to meet him.  It was a nice reprieve from the stress of the past few months.  The only problem is that now I just want to make costumes all the time… although there are much worse problems.

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