Monday, July 28, 2014

Claudia loves TedxFargo


I did a TED talk and it was awesome!  I didn't know it, but I've always wanted to do one.  For several years I was that obnoxious person who started a conversation with "I saw on this ted talk..." So make inspiring speakers.  So many awesome organizers.  I stood on the red dot and presented my stuff and didn't forget or stumble or fall over. Fargo continues to impress me.  The taco's from Vinyl Taco are the best. The HoDo hotel had different original art in every room and the turn down service included music and truffles. I had a push pop with bacon in it...that's right ice cream and bacon.  It was AMAZING.  Everyone is sincerely nice and interesting in Fargo, North Dakota. I reconnected with an amazing photographer who is magic with a camera. I made some new friends.  Plus I took this epic Hadoucane photo. Life is good. My tanks are filled.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

STOLEN CONTENT

this image stolen from http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk
Recently I've been seeing more and more Facebook videos posted from the Facebook pages of  radio stations, fitness "experts", life coaches, financial gurus, comedians, etc...

ALL STOLEN CONTENT!
...This seems wrong.

OK, sure I post stuff on this blog, twitter, vimeo,  vine, and youtube--all the time!
It's sloppy, first draft, stuff.
I'm not expecting to get paid
I'm giving it away for free.
I post, in part, so people will come to my digital spaces, find out about the work I am doing in live spaces and come to those.
When someone rips my content from my space, reuploads it without attribution
and uses it to increase traffic to THIER space?!?!

I GET HEATED!

Some of these bootleg videos I'm watching  are like mine, people sharing their content free of charge.  Others have links attached so you can buy their album from itunes.  Some of these videos are ripped from commercial products,  films, television, foreign commercials, digital channels like funny or die. It's content that either someone spent time, money, or talent on or at the very least were lucky enough to be in the right space at the right time with a camera. These ripped videos have no attribution, and often have a link attached that takes you to a website where the content thief is selling you something.

UNCOOL

So I've taken to doing 20 seconds of googling
researching the creators of the content
commenting on the post with an attribution and link to place the content was most likely ripped
and asking people not to share the stolen content.
This approach has actually been quite successful
The problem is there's a lot of stolen content being posted and reposted by thousands of people
too much for one annoyed internet user to stop

So from now on I'm just posting this link to stolen content

I'M ASKING YOU TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY

Take down the post
report thieves
block content stealers
Let's make it unprofitable to rip people off
especially artists

we have it tough enough as it is


thank you



Sunday, July 06, 2014

Advice on successful small talk

If you are reading this you just requested personal information 
about my body in a public space. 
And I don't know you well. 

You've asked what happened to your leg? 
Did you hurt your back? 
Did you have an injury? 
Why is your arm shaking? 
Why are you in a wheelchair, or walking with a cane? 

NEWSFLASH: My assistive device is not a conversation starter. 

You're curious. 

You'd like a narrative. 

Hopefully one that is interesting or inspirational or innocuous 

You'd just like a label so you don't have to wonder anymore. 

You're request is selfish. 

You're request is inappropriate. 

You don't get to know everything about my body. 

In public. 

 My story might be one that causes me pain to share. 
 It isn't which is why I now direct you to my twitter feed. Scroll back to 2009 and enjoy the details! (https://twitter.com/claudiaalick

Disclosing information about my body is not small talk 
generally I think of my mobility as a pretty big deal. 
The narrative of anyone's physical pain or disability isn't one you should request lightly. 
That narrative might be dark, or upsetting, or sad or simply difficult for them to share. 
It might not be a thing to discuss while were at a barbecue 
Grocery store aisle chatter 
appropriate prattle at a party 
Or gossip before we do business together 

If its information you need 
It will be offered Freely 
Without request 

If you have to give someone permission not to answer your question you never should have asked it 
If you're just making small talk there are better questions to ask in order to understand someone 
What brings you here? 
What do you think of the space we are in? 
What keeps you busy when you're not here? 
Where are you based? 
How did you come to be in your line of work? 
What something fun you've done recently? 

 Don't make me have to tell you that something is none of your business in front of other people. 
 Let's avoid that embarrassment. 
 Let's have a conversation not an interrogation. 

 #whatswrongwithclaudia  #noneofyourbusiness

Friday, July 04, 2014

How to throw an awesome 4th of July Party in 5 easy steps

How to throw an awesome 4th of July Party in 5 easy steps


step one.  Invite all the people (all of them!).  I sent an email to around 500.  Don't ask them to RSVP.  Just tell them to show up any time between nine and ten. Try not to sleep in.

step two.  Get chairs and tables you cannot carry (it also helps if you live in a second floor apartment) and tents that require assembly.  Just start slowly setting stuff up around 8:30 because there will be people who arrived early.  They will be sitting in your front lawn with chairs and skill sets...like tent assembly and table carrying and chair schlepping.

step three.  Put out some tables and a ridiculously inadequate amount of food for the unknown hoards of people about to arrive.  You're bananas and muffins will act like stone soup and the bounty will expand exponentially until you have baked chicken and fancy salads and beer...like magic!...or like potluck.

step four.  Enjoy the parade with a diverse group of amazing people.  

step five.  Party is self cleaning...because you're friends are awesome and should help you clean up.  if they all help the operation takes ten minutes. Take the left overs to another party.  They will love the food other people brought to you and will get mad cred for someone else's watermelon.






Monday, June 23, 2014

Happy Juneteenth!


News Release
June 3, 2014
Ashland, Ore.—The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will mount a concert reading of OSF Presents: Ameriville by UNIVERSES, in honor of the Festival’s annual Juneteenth celebration, on Monday, June 23 at 12:00 p.m. in the Angus Bowmer Theatre. UNIVERSES is OSF’s company-in-residence.
Using Hurricane Katrina as a jumping-off point, Ameriville fuses hip-hop, poetry, flamenco, standup comedy, music and spoken word. UNIVERSES weaves this electrifying 90-minute theatrical exploration of race, class, poverty, immigration and political awareness into a great adventure about what it means to be American. UNIVERSES consists of Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, Gamal Chasten and Ninja (aka William Ruiz). Ameriville choreography is by Millicent Johnnie. Chay Yew directed the original production at the Humana Festival in 2009.

Tickets are $25 for non-OSF members, $20 for members and $10 for youth. To purchase tickets or find out more information about Ameriville, please visit www.osfashland.org/osf-presents or call 800-219-8161.

A free, interactive, educational Juneteenth pre-show, directed by OSF actor Christiana Clark, will take place in the Festival courtyard an hour before the show. This family-friendly performance with OSF company members will involve live music, dance and physical art. Audiences should arrive at 11:00.



Juneteenth is the oldest-known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Major-General Gordon Granger led his Union soldiers into Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This was 2½ years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation became official January 1, 1863. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African-American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions come together to acknowledge a period that shaped our history and continues to influence our society.

OSF has celebrated Juneteenth since 1998, when actor Aldo Billingslea, who was from Texas, hosted a fundraising barbecue to help African-American students attend the OSF Institute’s annual Summer Seminar for High School Juniors. The Juneteenth Scholarship Fund was created for that purpose. A portion of every Ameriville tickets sold will go to the Scholarship Fund.
In its third year, OSF Presents is a program designed to give Oregon Shakespeare Festival artists an arena to share their art with the public on a larger scale than they may be able to do independently. The artists are a mix of company members and Green Show guest artists and playwrights. Proceeds from the shows are shared by the artists and OSF. This program is funded in part by the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.

For more information on UNIVERSES, visit http://www.universesonstage.com.
UNIVERSES

(Left to right) Gamal Chasten, Ninja (aka William Ruiz), Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, and Steven Sapp of UNIVERSES performing a 2012 Green Show concert.

Monday, June 02, 2014

Good work United Airlines

I've done some videos in the past about the travails of traveling while disabled and getting poor customer service. I've just experienced United Airlines staff going above and beyond and I am impressed and grateful. It's nice to be able to post a video that complimentary.

 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Misfitcon Poem

MisfitCon
By the attendees of the Misfit Convention in Fargo North Dakota
Edited By Claudia Alick
May 29-31, 2014

"Mobilized by love-mad, relentless, uncompromising, and, as ever, surrealism’s surest method of knowledge--poetry is the unfettered imagination opening the way to the unfettered life"    Franklin Rosemont

"poetry must be made by all and not by one." Lautrééamont


Editor’s note:  Misfit is an artisan and handcrafted event produced by AJ Leon and a band of remarkable people who call themselves Misfits. Held in Fargo North Dakota  we started days with Yoga, amazing breakfasts, handcrafted…everything.  Artists, entrepreneurs, story tellers, and workers,  all shared, collaborated, and inspired each other.  They also wrote this poem over the course of 3 days. 

Participants of the poem wrote one line viewing only the previous line.  Handwriting was deciphered as clearly as possible.  Case and punctuation were retained for most part. No punctuation added. Spelling was corrected except where necessary for meaning. Editor’s notes in brackets.

What brings you here?
Specialization is the proudest form of oppression
Always try something new. Twice
Man cannot live in the empirical alone
And must strive for the ephemeral
Otherwise why live?
One cannot live another’s life
The path is not determined
The path is yours to make
Just follow the orgasmic unicorn
Dismiss your mind
Leave your baggage behind
Open to the magic arising from your soul
LIVE A LIFE THAT YOU ARE IN LOVE WITH
LOVE the YOU That you’re in LIFE with
Your life, your love, your spirit
It’s your’s
So choose your passion and go forth
Without witness, recompense
I stood there waiting
AND THEN I SAW YOU…

Everything is
Wonderful curious
About the dynamics of magic
Which continue to elude
Everything which we presume
Hug me softly
Please please do
Because you have to
Handcrafted mugs of caffeine
heartfelt conversation, here it convenes
lost in the moment, all as it seems
Questioning whether this is the path of my dreams
Yet admiring the beauty of this daily blessing
And celebrating the community it brings
Gorgeous mornings with gorgeous people makes gorgeous souls

Weaving
I’m open to what comes my way
Be it Sun, Hail, or whatever makes today
Let it set you free to fly towards hope
Enjoy the ride, Don’t listen to NOPE
Call heart your home, attach all and none
Be like water, you’ll always end up Going with the Flow
Or flowing with the go- whatever, you know?
So, it’s hope we aim for
Grander than we might ever envision
Wheels down
Waiting for the brakes to slow us down
The tension builds as we wind up for
A start which can be and end too
Love will always shine through
Breaking up any clouds and illuminating your colors
Colors that enrich the tapestry of life

Breaking bread
A shared table of friends
Everybody rocks!
The movement and flow of change
Synching with the stars and natural rhythms
Learn to Love to Learn
Be weird.  Be bold… for the beauty is in the struggle
And within struggle- we build perseverance
Embrace this growth
For what brings you down will also bring you up
The bottom is nothing more than a new starting point
For any person who want to create an impact
Reveal your soul!
And it will shine
From within
Be here now!
The Light goes through you
Spread the light throughout the world
Let it warm each creatures soul
Follow your dreams, not someone else’s orders

Sit down and listen to someone
To get feedback with open ears, not an open mouth
Be present and allow.  See People-
truly see them because that’s all humans need: Simply to be seen
To have their souls be celebrated
Their hopes be remembered and their hidden ideas become someone’s dream
To be fulfilled completely to the core
Bursting with joy and energy
Fixated on the spaces
Channeling your inner rebelMisfitcon
By the attendees of the Misfit Convention in Fargo north Dakota
Edited By Claudia Alick
May 29-31, 2014

"Mobilized by love-mad, relentless, uncompromising, and, as ever, surrealism’s surest method of knowledge--poetry is the unfettered imagination opening the way to the unfettered life"    Franklin Rosemont

"poetry must be made by all and not by one." Lautrééamont


Editor’s note:  Misfit is an artisan and handcrafted event produced by AJ Leon and a band of remarkable people who call themselves Misfits. Held in Fargo North Dakota  we started days with Yoga, amazing breakfasts, handcrafted…everything.  Artists, entrepreneurs, story tellers, and workers,  all shared, collaborated, and inspired each other.  They also wrote this poem over the course of 3 days. 

Participants of the poem wrote one line viewing only the previous line.  Handwriting was deciphered as clearly as possible.  Case and punctuation were retained for most part. No punctuation added. Spelling was corrected except where necessary for meaning. Editor’s notes in brackets.

What brings you here?
Specialization is the proudest form of oppression
Always try something new. Twice
Man cannot live in the empirical alone
And must strive for the ephemeral
Otherwise why live?
One cannot live another’s life
The path is not determined
The path is yours to make
Just follow the orgasmic unicorn
Dismiss your mind
Leave your baggage behind
Open to the magic arising from your soul
LIVE A LIFE THAT YOU ARE IN LOVE WITH
LOVE the YOU That you’re in LIFE with
Your life, your love, your spirit
It’s your’s
So choose your passion and go forth
Without witness, recompense
I stood there waiting
AND THEN I SAW YOU…

Everything is
Wonderful curious
About the dynamics of magic
Which continue to elude
Everything which we presume
Hug me softly
Please please do
Because you have to
Handcrafted mugs of caffeine
heartfelt conversation, here it convenes
lost in the moment, all as it seems
Questioning whether this is the path of my dreams
Yet admiring the beauty of this daily blessing
And celebrating the community it brings
Gorgeous mornings with gorgeous people makes gorgeous souls

Weaving
I’m open to what comes my way
Be it Sun, Hail, or whatever makes today
Let it set you free to fly towards hope
Enjoy the ride, Don’t listen to NOPE
Call heart your home, attach all and none
Be like water, you’ll always end up Going with the Flow
Or flowing with the go- whatever, you know?
So, it’s hope we aim for
Grander than we might ever envision
Wheels down
Waiting for the brakes to slow us down
The tension builds as we wind up for
A start which can be and end too
Love will always shine through
Breaking up any clouds and illuminating your colors
Colors that enrich the tapestry of life

Breaking bread
A shared table of friends
Everybody rocks!
The movement and flow of change
Synching with the stars and natural rhythms
Learn to Love to Learn
Be weird.  Be bold… for the beauty is in the struggle
And within struggle- we build perseverance
Embrace this growth
For what brings you down will also bring you up
The bottom is nothing more than a new starting point
For any person who want to create an impact
Reveal your soul!
And it will shine
From within
Be here now!
The Light goes through you
Spread the light throughout the world
Let it warm each creatures soul
Follow your dreams, not someone else’s orders

Sit down and listen to someone
To get feedback with open ears, not an open mouth
Be present and allow.  See People-
truly see them because that’s all humans need: Simply to be seen
To have their souls be celebrated
Their hopes be remembered and their hidden ideas become someone’s dream
To be fulfilled completely to the core
Bursting with joy and energy
Fixated on the spaces
Channeling your inner rebel
Stealthily glistening in silent strength

She came to her glory in his parting breath
And her glory was worth the brightest death
For even cities crumble, and mountains sink into the sea
But to do so is to see the beauty and just be

Reverie
Stealthily glistening in silent strength

She came to her glory in his parting breath
And her glory was worth the brightest death
For even cities crumble, and mountains sink into the sea
But to do so is to see the beauty and just be


Reverie