Countrystarr Halloween Headpieces

Visit the Countrystarr Etsy store

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The Brain

This explanation of the brain is amazing. Alzheimer’s is a sad thing and the graphics for the Alzheimer’s sections has less appealing graphics. Fascinating, none the less. Suppport the Alzheimer’s Association. I still can’t believe Soleil Moon Frye beat Terrel Owens!!!!! I bet he didn’t care because Soliel is cute and his poor grandma has Alzheimer’s. My grandmother had it, too.

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When my butt grows up…

it wants to look just like this…

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You go with your perfect booty Keyra Augustina

OUCH!!!!!!! I was reading about Ewoks vs Gremlins
and the next think you know….HOLY TACO!!!!

 

Darth Vader playing golf

5 FREE ways to promote your business, band, event…

As owner of Groovee Fortune, I need to know about all the latest  fads on the internet. Currently, I spend too much time taking quizzes and catching up with old friends on Facebook, playing Mobsters on MySpace and playing Word Womp on Pogo. At least it’s fun and I’ve learned a few things I can pass on to you. Take these seemingly time wasting applications and make them useful marketing tools.

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Facebook
What is Facebook?
How can you use Facebook?

My husband owns Traveling Bistro and we serve Sunday Brunch at Nomad. Each week I taunt my friends with the Waffle of the Week by posting it in my STATUS including a link to the page with the menu for the whole month. I have been put on Waffle Probation by some who want to come to brunch and don’t live in Austin, but they know about brunch if they make it here. Periodically, I post links about Groovee Fortune Specials and News. You can use FB to promote your band’s upcoming show, your business’s sale at your shop or online, an exciting event in your life by updating your status where it says “WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?” You can post longer items with who, what, when, where in NOTES or you can set up an EVENT, but you will have to add each person individually. NOTES are posted to everyone  on your  friend list and EVENTS allow you to be selective. If you have a web page with all the info already laid out and you want everyone to know about  it you can post a LINK to the web page.  You can’t customize the look of your FB page at this point. There are all kinds of quizzes and things to send your friends to let them know you care. Just last week I played trivia with someone from high school, a fellow Hell Mary, a friend from elementary school and a guy from college all at the same time!

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Yahoo Groups What are Yahoo Groups?
How can you use Yahoo Groups?

Groovee Fortune has set up Yahoo Groups for it’s Groovee Clients,  the Texas Rollergirls, Rank and Revue Magazine, Alejandro Escovedo…. to name a few. If you have a group or organization that needs to share files, links and information this is a great tool. It is not so much a socializing tool as an administrative one. The Texas Rollergirls still use these Groups to share suggestions, events, opportunities, etc. Before the existence of MySpace and Facebook, this was one of the only tools to network music fans together. There is a calendar where they can set reminders for shows, send out press releases, announce upcoming albums to a group who specifically wanted to receive this information. The difference between this and a newsletter or mailing list is all participants can contribute to the conversation if you set it up in that manner. You can also use it like a mailing list or newsletter by changing the settings but it’s really all text based. Rank and Revue Magazine used their Yahoo Group to let writers and photographers know about deadlines and opportunities. It has a spot to organize TASKS for a group. Groovee Fortune has a Yahoo Group for it’s clients, but since the clients don’t all work for GF it’s kind of a one sided conversation, but I do post events, holiday greetings, specials, etc.

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MySpace
What is MySpace?
How can you use MySpace?

MySpace is a lot like Facebook, but I feel it is really well suited for bands and the entertainment industry. You can customize the heck out of MySpace with graphics and backgrounds and your own jukebox. Bands can post songs for listening and this is much better than having the music files on your own web server. You can post BULLETINS  that go out to all your friends, set up EVENTS where you select who will see the post. You can change your STATUS in the same manner as discussed with FB to promote a small snippet of what’s happening.  These last three tools allow you to send private messages to individuals. I am addicted to Mobsters and finally starting to know what in the heck to do to win! You can add images and links to Myspace, especially if you know a little HTML. Matthew Ballard uses it to promote his latest album, host music clips and promote shows, the Texas Rollergirls post their bouts and the Jackalope uses it to promote current specials and directions.

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TwitterWhat is Twitter?
How can you use Twitter?

I will be honest and say I am new to Twitter but it seems to just be the STATUS tool on MySpace and Facebook. You can only post a few lines (140 characters including spaces). I feel compelled to tell you about this tool because Austin was all a Tweet during SXSW and I’ve seen a lot of news anchors speaking of Twittering. I also love the lingo that is developing around it with words like “Twitterific.” Please feel free to post any comments about it’s strongest usages. It is a big hit and I expect it will develop more marketing applications for me in the future. I need to add more friends so I am not tormenting 5 friends about waffles.

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Wordpress
What is WordPress?
How can you use WordPress?

I got a blog on WordPress because so many clients were asking if they needed a blog. I wasn’t too thrilled with the idea but now I LOVE my Groovee Fortune Countrystarr Blog. I spend a lot of time posting YouTube videos and dumb pictures of me from the past, but I do use it to promote events like Plutopia, Traveling Bistro Sunday Brunch, Groovee Fortune Specials and News, information about clients, friends and points of interest, etc. There are many templates to choose from for your blog and you can customize what information shows up – other blogs, categories, a calendar of your posts, etc. I will note that you need to know CSS to really customize the look of your blog. Blogs get amazing results on search engines and you don’t have to know HTML to add images and links. Artists can post new works, bands can tell about recording their latest album or link to a new video and business owners can post info about sales, events, etc. You are reading WordPress right now and I’ve already told you about Sunday Brunch and Groovee Fortune. Be sure to add tags a.k.a. keywords to your posts so the search engines will head your way and create categories so readers can break all the info down into groups of interest. The stats on WordPress are awesome and break down lot’s of info so you know what is getting read.

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So there you have it. 5 tools you can use to promote what’s going on in your world.  Groovee Fortune is not resposible for the wasted time you spend on these sites Twitting, pretending to be a Mobster or finding out what character you most resemble from LOST.  If you use it to promote your business, band, art or event, maybe you can relieve the guilt of playing trivia games with old friends or posting photos for your class reunion. Feel free to comment about how you use the tools.  Thanks for reading. Nerd out.  – Beth Been

Countrystarr Art by Beth Been for Plutopia

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The Nitrogen Cycle hand sewn by Beth Been

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Robot Arm by Beth Been

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Daisy for your hair and Dragonfly Pin by Beth Been

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Countrystarr, Beth Been Art at Plutopia 2009: Living Systems

This is a cool snake bike participants peddled around the Palmer Events Center

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WATCH A VIDEO of this cool bike in action

 

 

Network, Internet and Computer Voodoo Dolls

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Your computer giving you trouble? Put a hex on it to behave with Beth Been’s newest voodoo dolls – Network, Internet and Computer Voodoo. $25 each

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See the first voodoo dolls I made

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SXSW 2009 Events and Fun

Will post all the SXSW 2009  events I know about here!

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Myopenbar Presents: Four Square Punk And A Roller-Skating Rink By Saucony

Food by Traveling Bistro!!!!!

Myopenbar is returning to Austin this year and we invited 50 of our favorite punk rock bands to come out and play. The result is four stages, in a square formation, with room for your crowd-surfing ass in the middle. And a cameo by a fifth stage: a school bus. And a roller-rink, courtesy of Saucony Originals, with free skate rentals and a chance to win free shoes.

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 SXSW Season Events for Girls Rock Camp

Supporters from all over the world will be throwing down in March to show their love for Girls Rock Camp Austin. Don’t miss these rockin’ shows!

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Check out the Wooden Birds
includes Rolletta Lynn

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Churchwood @ Owl Tree Roasting (IH35 @34thish) 2pm, Crackpipes @ Beerland 6pm, Friday

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Groovee Fortune client Cynthia Bloom recommends Noelle Hampton

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Don’t forget
Traveling Bistro Sunday Brunch at NOMAD!

March 15

Turkey and Sausage Gumbo w/ White Rice
Roasted Pork Loin w/ Creole Mustard Sauce
Tomato and Bell Pepper and Cheese Omelet
Ham and Cheese Omelet
Combo Omelet
Mixed Greens and Artichoke Hearts
Peach Waffle

March 22

Deluxe B-L-T
Cedar Planked Salmon
Eggs any style
3 Bean Salad
Malted Waffle

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Plutopia 2009 – Living Systems

The 9th Annual EFF-Austin SXSWi After Party
Beth Been aka the Scarlot Harlot  will have art and merch.
An extravaganza of music, art, & performance – The Biggest SXSWi Party
Monday, March 16, 2009, 6pm – midnight
Palmer Events Center map

FREE to all SXSW badge holders, $10 General Public. All welcome!

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Hell on Wheels

Hell on Wheels screening in Austin on Sun, March 15 at 6pm.
The kick ass Scoot Inn Bar on the East Side in Austin will host the screening.  There’ll be movie, DVDs for sale, filmmakers in attendance, post-screening Q&A, drinks!  Good times.

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Sunday, March 15th at 6pm.
1308 East 4th Street
Austin, TX
www.scoot-inn.com
www.HellOnWheelsTheMovie.com
http://www.CrashCamFilms.com
http://www.HellOnWheelsTheMovie.com

Plutopia 2009 Smidget

I, Beth Been, am participating in Plutopia 2009: Living Systems. In an attempt to be as interactive as possible, I am sharing a little piece of the art and info related to this project.

Roller Derby in the Living Systems Theory according to the Scarlot Harlot is based on the digram below. Sorry for the long title. For some reason it had to be that way. In the end I am not sure how closely my final product will stick to the explanation, but the whole artwork started from this diagram and reading. Something being broken off from society in their own living system and needing certain things to keep it going. Currently, this work contains paint, paper, and glitter. Soon there will be a red plaid skirt and flowers. I’m NOT showing an example of the work below. That is just the inspirational diagram. You’ll have to come back to see if I show you any of it!!!

the Living Systems Theory

The Nitrogen Cycle is almost finished in felt, cross stitch, sewing, etc. I give you a small sample of the labels and a duck. There’s also a deer and some other happy faces. There are rumors of a duck tiara. Hell maybe a deer one, too.

The Nitrogen Cycle text and duck sample

Comments???? Thanks for reading!!!!

Plutopia 2009

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Plutopia 2009: Living Systems
The 9th Annual EFF-Austin SXSWi Event
Monday, March 16, 2009
6pm – midnight
Palmer Event Center
900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704

I am happy to announce i will be participating in this SXSW Interactive Event. An extravaganza of music, performances, art, and talks based upon “Living Systems Theory”

“Plutopia! – Best SXSW Interactive party to date” – Stephen Moser, Austin Chronicle

robot hand by beth beenIn an effort to be as interactive as possible, I am going to show little bits of what i am doing along the way here and post some of the things i find along the way.

Know anyone who wants to Be A Sponsor. Great way to market to high tech folks and Platinum Badge SXSW folks!

If you have any spare RAM laying around, please donate it to ME. This is what RAM looks like! Mark it on your calendar now. You know you drink too much at SXSW!

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