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Some LairLinks y'all should know about (Newly Revised)... [Jun. 11th, 2016|03:45 pm]
[Current Mood |hopefulhopeful]
[Current Music |Starbucks radio]

I believe we're Ready to reveal our full range of online LairShops, folks! The Cafepress LairShops harbor teeshirts, caps, coffee mugs, sweatshirts, mousepads, provocative boxers and the like, all with the LairMistress's original art and photographs, Including but not Limited to Irish ones! Also, the Big News is that our Cafepress Premium LairShop, The Lair of Cards, is Now OPEN and RUNNING!! Dedicated primarily to our images on paper products--Posters, Postcards, Greeting Cards, and the like, this new LairShop is still being Built, but is now fully Functional! We may even feature EP CDs and Print/eBooks there in the not-too-distant future; meanwhile, we've got everything Paper-Oriented from Stickers to Framed Prints! Better still, we are researching possibilities for designing posters for other folks as well--I've done this Before, after all, but thus far only on a Volunteer basis.

Anyway, here are LairLinks to our five Cafepress LairShops:

Artifacts of the Lair The LithicLair: Images Inspired by the Ceramic Art of Neolithic Europe All Bunnyz, All the Time Eireann85: Images from the LairMistress"s Trips to Ireland in 1984-85, and 2006

UPDATE (THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2009): There's been a bit of a shakeup on our e-commerce front, LairCronies! The Lair's private collection of prints for sale, the Nifara Gallery, has been permanently Retired and Deleted from the Lair. This is because 1) we weren't getting any sales; and 2) we decided to leave things like custom matting and framing to professionals. Therefore...we are Instead expanding our Imagekind account (see LairLink with the LairMistress's self-photo Below)! Having upgraded to a Pro account, we are expanding both the number of galleries and Uploaded images; we now are Allowed up to 100 galleries with up to 50 images Apiece! These galleries feature Custom matting and printing for each image; and we don't have to purchase these materials ourselves. Sounds like a plan! ALSO: We're still trying to decide what to do with our Photostockplus account, currently Deactivated pending renewal/upgrade. To upgrade or not, that is the question: the Annual upgrade price is a little Steep. We'll hopefully get Around to that eventually. Plus, we're doing Squidoo Lenses now! Check out the LairLink below to our Lensmaster profile! NEXT: Look for us to (finally!) upgrade at least two of our basic Cafepress LairShops to Premium, now that we can afford to expand our CP base a wee bit...stay Tuned for an announcement on those developments shortly!!


My Squidoo Lensmaster Profile The Lair"s Eye View: Stock Photo Gallery LithicStock: Imagekind Photo/Art Gallery Karen"s SNOCAP Music Store


Anyway, dear LairCronies, do check out these lovely LairShops; hopefully something will catch your eye, and you'll discover that it's got your name on it! That, and they make Lovely gifts for all occasions! I mean, c'mon, who hasn't gone bloody Bonkers trying to come up with a wedding gift for the couple who have everything (then again, I always find that you can't go wrong for that occasion with some nicely trimmed, dark red table linens from J.C. Penney...)?! TOGETHER ACROSS THE WORLD!!

SPECIAL UPDATE (FRIDAY, DEC. 7): Right now, friends, we would like to ask y'all to consider donating to the LairMistress's recording project fund. Our funds are quite low at present, which has prematurely curtailed the recording of said LairMistress's first full-length album! Interested persons are hereby Invited to donate to this fund via PayPal:

Thank you very much in advance! And please accept our best wishes for the Holiday season, whichever holiday or festival you and yours prefer. And have a Happy New Year besides!!

What to blog about, I wonder..? [Sep. 30th, 2015|06:56 pm]
[Current Location |Belltown Starbucks]
[Current Mood |restlessrestless]
[Current Music |Starbucks' PA system]

Hello all--and now my keyboard is misbehaving Again.  What's up with that??

What do I do online these days?  An indordinate amount of time Spent on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube--I'm starting to fill out my Youtube channel with song videos and playlists, hoping to earn money from views of Monetized clips. What the hell is Wrong with my keyboard when posting here?? It's as if something is clogging up my Bloomin' keyboard somehow! On the "Visual Editor" setting, at least.

Lately, I've also taken a peek at my ReverbNation profile, at least in order to share links to some of my song videos. My Myspace profile also receives a Cursory glance now and Again. I haven't looked at my Hubpages in quite a while, as editing them has tended to be a Frustrating mess. "Hubpages" are what they used to call Squidoo lenses; and I sincerely wish that Squidoo had kept them. At least they were Easy and Pleasant to edit as Squidoo lenses; editing them as Hubpages is darn near Impossible outside of a Google Chrome page, and I've never cared for Chrome Overmuch.

In the photo collections department, some attention is also Needed to my accounts on Flickr, Imagekind, Photobucket and Bigstockphoto, assuming they all still exist. Heck, some of them could be earning money, and I don't even know it! And don't even get me Started on the Cafepress LairShops. I've got hundreds of designs and products Up on the LairShops and Cafepress Marketplace, and can barely sell a few items per year. Something's got to be Done about that. Is there something I'm not doing correctly to promote this stuff? Shoot, I even order and wear some of my own products, and they still don't bloody sell! Sigh...

Finally, there is the Youngblood Circle blog, my Harry Potter/Dark Hope Rising spinoff. I finally succeeded in introducing the blogosphere to the concept of "Djinn-Seekers"; but that was about two years Ago. Is it finally time to retire that one, after ten rather Fruitless years? All of these sites and pages are hanging about like decaying albatrosses, stinking up my Inner space. Blogging itself doesn't seem to be dead--not quite Yet.

Well, that's something to blog about, I guess--rediscovering the LairLinks to my own freaking pages across cyberspace. They certainly have changed since I first opened them. As for the Home Lair itself--now well into its 15th year--I've been having a Rough time logging into Angelfire lately, for some reason. The password isn't being Accepted as it has been for so many years Past. I have to redo it every time I login; and Angelfire/Lycos Customer Service isn't taking any responsibility (that I know of) for investigating this bug in the login system. The only response I got the last time I called it to their attention was that I should have my own browser "remember" the password from now on. Ugh...all these bloody sites keep hauling out "New and Improved" versions of themselves that can barely be Used by most people. Either they need to simplify things all over Again, or I need to catch up with all the Shiny New Revisions...
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A quick recap from Summer... [Aug. 28th, 2015|07:01 pm]
[Current Mood |groggygroggy]
[Current Music |Something country-rock in Starbucks]

Okay, folks; I'm really Drowsy right now.  I'm also dealing with Incorrect bifocals that do nothing for my middle-distance vision.  In order to see what I'm doing when typing on this laptop, I have to bring Along my old pair of bifocals from January 2009, which I now use as reading glasses. So please excuse any Blatant typos that I don't catch while technically half-Blind.

Between July 22 and August 5, I was in Crossville, TN, helping my Mom organize her fossil collection via a numbering system and a couple of spreadsheets on her new MacBook Pro laptop (which I also helped her learn to use, even though I don't use Macs too Often myself).  Sorry, my own keyboard is not cooperating too Well right Now, speaking of laptops.

I've made a lot more Youtube videos this year; here is the LairLink for my Youtube channel.  And here is one example of my live song videos...

Now, if you'll excuse me, I must go see what the blazin' eff is going on with this entry posting. My laptop's keyboard keeps quitting on me, for some reason... :/
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Pseudo-Jetlag and The Nusrat Ramble... [Feb. 21st, 2015|06:43 pm]
[Current Mood |accomplished]

Golly, I actually managed to get up at 10:30 this morning, which is Early for me! This provided me Ample time to actually get some things Done today. I have a Serious sleep problem, in which I stay Up entirely too late, and then can't drag myself out of bed the next day until sometime after noon without feeling seriously Jet-lagged. This simply won't do. I guess I have to be patient with myself, and take this attempt to change my mental clock system a day at a time. Thanks to a certain friend of mine for being Supportive and giving constructive advice...

Believe it or not, I'm composing an Irish-style fiddle tune on MuseScore in honor of the late Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (my all-time Favorite musician Overall), which I've had bouncing around in my head for years Now (the tune, not Nusrat!). Maybe I can add other instrument lines to it, and release it in mp3 form pretty Soon...

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Feeling guilty when I follow my own whims... [Feb. 11th, 2015|06:19 pm]
[Current Location |Starbucks in Belltown]
[Current Mood |discontentdiscontent]

Hello, LairCronies; and a Belated Happy New Year! Looks like LiveJournal has been tweaking and mucking About with their profile layout again. Perhaps I should do the same with some of my Cafepress LairShops.

I've come to the Shocking realization that, as with most of my youth, much of my life feels "Assigned". In other words, I keep doing things that I feel like I'm "Supposed" to be doing at any Given time, whether it's checking email, going for walks Outside, designing song videos, or whatever. When I decide, "to heck with all that", and follow my own whims or preferences, I feel guilty about it, as if I'm going against some pre-Ordained schedule. What has shocked me even More is the Recent revelation that, half the time, I don't even know what I want--or,for that matter, THAT I want. Maybe that's what happens when bloody Facebook eats your brain.

There are so many things I want to do, as Opposed to needing to get Done. I've got a new song video in the works for my song "Outside Looking In"; but when I look at the number of Original photos already in the video-making mechanism on Photoshop Elements, I start balking and think, "There's no way this is ever going to get Finished!" And there's only five short verses in that sucker. And then there's all the people I want to meet, and perhaps even work with, like this Newlywed bloke.

I feel Trapped in the vicinity of my building and the nearest Starbucks (where I am Now). And, as with the projects I've mentioned Above, I keep mentally turning things I want to do into "things I've got to get Done"; and then I start rebelling against them, and then feel Guilty about how many times I've put off their completion. And now that I've hit the Big Five-Oh, I'm realizing all the more frequently that I'm not going to live to be 200; hence I don't have an Unlimited span of time to get everything Done, whether I want to do them or not. This bit of blogging, for example, has been put Off way too Long now...:/

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Whew...got my Hawaiian pics Back! [Oct. 15th, 2014|04:16 pm]
[Current Mood |relievedrelieved]

I recovered my photos from Hawaii, via my Recovered memory card!! Got 'em all Transferred to a CD at our neighborhood Rite-Aid a couple of hours Ago; and now they are all on my hard drive at last, waiting to be Photoshopped and (for some of them) commercially Exploited. My camera may have been Destroyed by waves and sand on Kauai, but they couldn't keep a good memory card Down!

I am Delighted. Now, if I can just find a new camera with plenty of zoom, that doesn't cost four arms and a leg...

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This is only a Test... [Oct. 14th, 2014|07:13 pm]
[Current Location |Belltown Starbucks]
[Current Mood |accomplished]
[Current Music |That ghastly cover of "Pourtant" by Cyrille Whatsherface]

This is a test, LairCronies. This is only a test. I'm designing new signature images that link to the Cafepress LairShops, among other places; and I want to see how to upload these suckers and add the Appropriate links to them. You might say we're trying to "monetize" this Lair over at LiveJournal before the Russian porn guys start moving in on us. At least, I assume that some LJ blogs without Russian girly pics still exist, yeah?

So, let's do this test post of a Cafepress signature banner (custom-Designed in my Spare time by the LairMistress herself!), and see how it looks! Don't worry; more content still coming...

The LithicLair: Neolithic LairShop
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Why I Hate Cleaning My Apartment... [Apr. 8th, 2014|07:00 pm]
[Current Mood |frustratedfrustrated]

I can't seem to get my "spring cleaning" Done. The late-winter cleaning was bad Enough; but I had to go through the motions, at least, because brief unit inspections were Imminent.

Either way, I can't stand dusting, more than anything Else. I just don't want to spend time on it, because I want to spend time on other things (and I'm speaking as someone with a Longtime allergy to house dust). This keeps reminding me of the fact that there's an awful lot of more-Desirable things that I'm not getting Done. Part of the reason for this is that I still have a lot of trouble getting Enough sleep (and that I've sort of broken up with my CPAP), and can't seem to drag myself out of bed in the morning. This, in turn, makes me question whether there's anything Worth getting out of bed for, Given the lack of musical gigs and money being Made on my creative work generally, with or without my Desired musical partnership.

That, in a nutshell, is pretty much why I currently hate cleaning. At least I can more or less analyze and understand the situation. Call it acedia, or Whatever...
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The Lair's Open Letter to MA DCF Commissioner Olga Roche re: Justina Pelletier [Mar. 28th, 2014|06:57 pm]
[Current Location |Belltown Starbucks, Seattle]
[Current Mood |commanding]
[Current Music |Some pop instrumental thingie]

...Because this sounds a bit more "Professional" and "Appropriate" than "#FreeJustina, you godforsaken Nazi robot!"  Or whatever...

Dear Commissioner Olga Roche:

I am also one of those across the country who is highly concerned about Justina Pelletier and the conditions in which she is being held.  I do not in any way intend this communication to be a threat against anyone in MA DCF, or against any other party.  I am aware that your agency and other public officials involved in the case of Ms. Pelletier and her family have received threatening and otherwise inappropriate communications, and I do not condone, nor have I have involved myself, in any such behaviors.  I do believe that both Ms. Pelletier and her family have been ill-served by DCF, by Boston Children's Hospital (BCH), and by your state's juvenile court system; and that Ms. Pelletier's health has declined as a direct and indirect result of this.  Recent photos of Ms. Pelletier are all over the Internet; so there is little point at present in holding her incommunicado, restricting her contact with the outside world, and prohibiting her family even from photographing her.  I believe that she indeed suffers from a diagnosable physical (not psychiatric) condition, and that she must be seen immediately by her court-ordered medical team based at Tufts University Medical Center.  Please immediately order that her medical evaluation and appropriate treatment for whatever conditions she suffers from should go forward at once, without any further delay.

My primary concerns are that Ms. Pelletier must receive medical treatment appropriate to her actual condition (and that she be evaluated thoroughly, either to confirm or rule out a mitochondrial disorder); and that she be free to visit, contact, and communicate with anyone she wishes, whenever she wishes to do this.  The State of Massachusetts is now completely responsible for her life, health and welfare; so I must insist that her wishes, needs and opinions be listened to, respected and implemented without delay. Ms. Pelletier is now 15 years of age, going on 16; hence, she is old enough to take an active role in her own medical care and all other decision-making pertinent to her own life.  She must be allowed to contact family, friends, media or whomever by post, cellphone, email, online social media, or in person; and no longer held in isolation like a convicted felon or someone threatening national security.  If she wishes to have an online presence, via blog, website, Facebook, Twitter or other social media, she should be free to do so, and not in any way impeded from exercising her Constitutionally-guaranteed freedom of expression.  If she wishes to participate in religious services or celebrations (Christmas, Easter, etc.) with family and friends, she must, by law, be free to do so (and to visit with clergy members or chaplains if at all possible).  She must, by law, receive appropriate education and tutoring in order to help her catch up and prevented from further falling behind in her studies.  When visiting with friends and family, she must be free to communicate on any subject she chooses, including the quality and nature of hospital and outpatient treatment that she has received to date.  Please immediately order the DCF employees involved with Ms. Pelletier to allow her free communication with the outside world, and to stop treating her like a terrorist in solitary confinement.

I thank you for receiving and reading this communication; and I look forward to your positive and prompt reply.

Most Sincerely,

Karen I. Olsen
Seattle, WA USA
(931) 248-4275

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Another New Year; and Frightening Revelations [Jan. 12th, 2014|07:10 pm]
[Current Mood |groggygroggy]

Happy New Year, LairCronies!  It's now 2014, which will be Year 50 for me!  That is to say, I will hit the Big Bad Five-O this Coming September!  That's Frightening Revelation number 1.

Frightening Revelation Number 2: Sitting here in the Belltown Starbucks (whence my old laptop was Stolen), I heard their PA system just Now playing a recording of a Weepy little song from the 19th century (a Modern cover thereof, that is) called "Please, Mister Conductor", about a kid who hopped a train without paying from his school so he could see his Dying mother one last time.  It just so happens that I wrote a rather Sardonic parody of this song back in high school (called "Please, Mr. Co-Pilot"), after hearing a version of it from the late Helen Schneyer on my Favorite folk radio program.  I was just thinking about my parody song Recently, and trying to recall how it went.  It was pretty Sick and Twisted, but oh well..."Now, sir, won't you tell me what you had in mind when you said I was 'getting off quick'..."

Anyway...it also happens that I'm now writing on my new laptop, a Dell Inspiron 15-series with Windows 7.  Seems to be working Okay so Far, except that Some of my keys are not producing their letters Onscreen like they're Supposed to, and I'm having to hit these keys more than Once at a time.  I don't know if I'm striking the keys too hard, or not hard Enough.  Hope this doesn't keep Up for too Long...
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