Self-Portrait

I needed to draw this for my Grow with Google computer programming class. I am working on an online portfolio as part of the class. I don’t think I am going to be able to finish and get my nanodegree 😦 I figured this might happen because I planned to move to Germany for grad school in environmental science this October, but my parents pulled my money at the last moment 😦 Last month, I moved to a new place in Vegas instead…so lots of planning and packing and now everything is in disarray!

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Me!

Real Life Angel: Michael Ketterer

I’ve written about people who are part angels and part fairies before. I’ve been watching America’s Got Talent, and singer Michael Ketterer is definitely part angel!

How do I know?

1) His name: Michael. Many angels are named Michael or Michele after the most popular angel, St. Michael.

2) His eyes. Michael has remarkable blue eyes. Both angels and alien hybrids have distinctive eyes. Angels have pretty sky blue eyes.

3) His profession: nurse and now a child psychologist in a hospital. Angels want to HELP people. They will often go around saying this! “I just want to HELP people. What can I do to HELP people?” Michael is very giving in that he works in hospitals and he has adopted kids – some that were abused by drug addict parents and one that is confined to a wheelchair with a serious disability. Angels are often nurses/doctors or police/firemen. All this and he has time to sing! He sings uplifting songs and posts a lot about his Christian faith on Twitter.

4) People’s reactions to him. He even got stonefaced Simon Cowell to CRY! Simon was moved by one of his songs with lyrics about loving your family. Simon himself has said that there is just something special about Michael Ketterer.

Mission Impossible: Fallout Review

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Tom Cruise is on the cover of People magazine for August 6, 2018.

I ended up seeing the new Tom Cruise movie TWICE this week (it just opened on Thursday)! I was traveling in Boulder, Colorado, and had so much extra time! I didn’t know what else to do but see a movie. The movie theater (Century) in Boulder was a little weird – you reserve your seat when you buy your ticket. I don’t really like this, because you never know you are going to sit by or if a lot of people are going to buy seats by you. I like having some space around me in the movie theater, especially if people are going to be talking during the movie or even the promos.

Mission Impossible: Fallout Gets 4 Stars

I give the newest Mission Impossible movie 4 stars (not 5). I LOVE these kinds of action movies and I LOVE all Tom Cruise movies (minus that weird sex one). But the movie is VERY LONG (almost 3 hours once you sit thru all the promos, 2.5 hours if you watch it at home). And it’s not as funny as the last one! I thought that was a big selling point of the Mission Impossible movies over the James Bond movies: more joking and not taking itself so seriously.

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The People magazine story says Tom Cruise gets to all of his movie premiers 3 hours early to talk to fans and take photos 🙂

The movie name, Fallout, refers to nuclear fallout from nuclear bombs.

More Tom Cruise Chase Scenes

There’s lots of great chase scenes, including a motorcycle chase through the narrow streets of Paris and a Star Wars-type helicopter chase through narrow mountain canyons. Plus lots of running and fist-fight scenes.

I thought the story line had way too many things going on. It could’ve been divided into 2 movies.

Tom Cruise still looks good 🙂 I read afterwards that he did some of the crazy stunts in the movie, like dangling from a helicopter and leaping between buildings in London (he broke his ankle).

 

Tesla’s Birthday

I love Nikola Tesla! Such a free thinker who got screwed by the energy companies and the history books.

The Electric Tesla Car Named After Him

There’s a reason Elon Musk named his electric car after him… he’s awesome!

David Blaine and the Tesla Coil

David Blaine, the magician, also paid homage to him with his Tesla coil stunt. He grabbed electricity from the sky (dangerous).

David Blaine Merchandise On Sale

Today only! 4th July sale! On his website, all merchandise is 20% off. Card decks, posters, T-shirts and more. The DB black baseball cap is really awesome, if they are selling that. Use the coupon code given on the site.

David is doing shows in Canada July 4th and 5th, so he’s missing Independence Day. I am going to The Strip in Vegas to watch the fireworks… a little worried about how crazy it could get on The Strip.

UPDATE: So there were no fireworks visible on The Strip! I stood around waiting (actually I sat on a fountain by the Venetian) with tons of people. 9PM finally arrived and everyone became confused and frustrated – no fireworks! I saw 2 fireworks lit off by Circus Circus but obscured by buildings, north end of the Strip. And Mandalay Bay, south end of the Strip, was reported to be setting some off but the crowds of people by me couldn’t see them. I guess everyone was expecting fireworks over Caesar’s Palace, but they lit them off last Saturday night! So, did anyone come out to explain to the LARGE CROWDS of people waiting that there would be no fireworks? No! I really think the police should have told people to disperse, as a form of crowd control. Or someone from one of the casinos could have explained it to people. No fireworks on the 4th! No one knew what was going on, and most people were still standing on the sidewalks, waiting, when I gave up and left! Vegas sucks.

The Debut of Magical Social Media

You may have noticed I changed my name on Instagram to Magical Social Media. This is a new re-branding I’m doing! I was calling my freelance animated video work Ellen’s Animations, but I decided it sounded too cartoon-y (like a Disney movie) and I wanted to include my freelance social media graphics (I can design headers for your Etsy shop or your Twitter page). Soooooo, since you know I like magic and metaphysical stuff like fairies and unicorns, I am going with Magical Social Media. The long version is Magical Social Media Marketing, but that doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue (or fit as a social media name). I am hoping to move to CA and get a custom MAGICAL license plate 😉 Since I get stressed out in traffic, I have now added Portland and north Denver/Boulder area to my list of new cities (but each is a 2-day drive and my cat screamed the WHOLE WAY here from Colorado when I moved to Vegas).

I have updated my online portfolio to include SOCIAL MEDIA GRAPHICS (more examples coming later) and T-SHIRT AND SOUVENIR DESIGNS (from my Zazzle shop, BlackCatDrawings). And I am excited to offer more graphic design items on Fiverr to help people with their social media sites. I used to design souvenirs and I really liked it, so I’m looking for freelance work or a part-time job in LA doing that. Plus t-shirts.

Didn’t See Angel Author Lorna Byrne

I was all excited to see Angels in my Hair author Lorna Byrne! She is from Ireland and rarely comes to the US. In fact, it was her first trip farther inland than NYC and Boston. I had tickets for her event in Phoenix, but American Airlines had problems and canceled my flight 😦 Because American doesn’t have as many flights as United or Southwest, the next flight they could offer me was 6 hours later! I would have missed half the event 😦 So I got a refund and stayed home.

I highly recommend Lorna Byrne’s first book, Angels in my Hairan autobiographical look at her life in northern Ireland. It explains how she clearly sees angels. And how they nudge people to be helpful and kind to others.

Anthony Bourdain’s People Magazine Cover with Kate Spade

Anthony Bourdain: People Magazine Cover

Anthony Bourdain is on a double-suicide cover along with purse designer Kate Spade in the June 25, 2018, issue of People magazine. If you miss it on newsstands, you can order it for the Kindle from Amazon.com. I really loved Anthony Bourdain! Especially after reading his book, Kitchen Confidential. He made being a chef sound daring and fun! This was before Top Chef was on TV. I think he started the trend of chefs being cool and edgy.

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Anthony Bourdain suicide People magazine cover

See my previous post about the last episodes of Anthony’s travel show, Parts Unknown, airing on CNN (if you don’t get cable, you can buy the episodes on the Amazon Fire stick).

What is odd about the Anthony Bourdain suicide is that he was in the middle of filming an episode and he had a lot of people around him! The crew was there. And his best friend, chef Eric Ripert (famous for his French cooking at Le Bournadin – follow him on Instagram), was staying at the same small hotel. He was actually waiting for him to come down for breakfast (he hadn’t made it to the dinner they’d planned on the night before, either). When he didn’t show, he asked the hotel staff to open his room and found him dead. 😦

His on-off girlfriend, Italian actress Asia Argento, is friends with Rose McGowen (both have gone public with their abuse at the hands of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein). Rose told reporters that Anthony had reached out to a medical professional for help with depression, but he didn’t follow through with the recommended treatment (likely counseling and anti-depressants). 😦

If you want to see who Anthony Bourdain’s girlfriend is, she is in his Parts Unknown episode about Rome in Season 8. This is how they met!

Support suicide prevention efforts with the buttons and T-shirts I’ve made (click on the photos below). Suicide has touched me deeply because my friend attempted suicide and suffered a brain injury.