I've just taken the plunge and put an advert up on the BodyScape modelling directory as PlantPoweredPete. I figure modelling for artists is a good way of supporting the creative arts and also supplementing the family income. Please wish me luck!
How to deal with unwanted contact on DACommunity Engagement Week
As part of Community Engagement Week I'm here to discuss how to deal with unwanted contact on DA.
It's unfortunate but true, trolls and bullies do happen on DA, just as they do any other part of the internet as well. As nice as it would be if we could magically make them disappear from the site, there are other things we can do to help prevent or minimize unwanted contact with these types of people. Today I hope to share some tips and options that may help you have a more peaceful DA experience, hopefully free or mostly free of unwanted contact.
What should you do if you receive comments or notes from a user you'd rather not receive them from?
Sometimes it happens and we run into people we'd rather have nothing to do with. The best way to avoid these people is by not interacting with them at all to begin with. So what do we do if they initiate contact with us? The short answer is to ignore the
NEW BOOK: WOMEN'S AND GAY RIGHTSSo I've been working hard on my art project TAYLOR lately. It's a book that raises awareness about the lack of women's and LGBT rights in Iraq, Uganda, India and other countries. Just like with fighting speciesism, it takes a lot of research. I'm challenging men from these countries to a discussion (only the ones that speak English), both in person and over the internet, soon also over Skype. The kind of research that gives you a headache and drains all of your energy. As usual when discussing with oppressors, I hide my emotions, but what comes out of their mouths fills me with just as much disgust as when I argue with carnists about the oppression of animals... because they use the very same excuses.
They laugh when they tell me about how they glued a gay's butt closed and fed him laxative so everything on his inside "exploded like fireworks" as how they describe it. Apparently this is common practice.
I take a deep breath to prevent me from lashing out at them and polit
Favourite genre of music: Blues, metal, jazz, classical
Favourite photographer: My wife, and Thomas Bartlett
Favourite style of art: Eclectic
Operating System: Linux preferably (Ubuntu at the moment)
MP3 player of choice: Sansa - it plays ogg files
Shell of choice: Gnome, bash
Skin of choice: Whatever skin you're in!
Personal Quote: Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else. (Buddha)
All this and I run entirely on plant power!