Kickstarter: Witch Kit

Alice and I, both being expats in Japan, met each other as we were both immersing ourselves in the culture and sharing our separate experiences. This project was an opportunity for us to continue our individual explorations of Japanese traditions through the lens of DIY and sustainability, and connect with others who also shared our interests. We raised funds to create new objects out of previously worn kimonos with fresh designs.

Real Estate in the Metaverse

I purchased my first parcel of land in the Metaverse. Specifically, it’s in the Mars neighborhod, on Satoshi Island in the world of Cryptovoxels.


When someone asks me what the Metaverse is, I usually start with a question, “are you familiar with the book or movie, Ready Player One?” More than half the responses are usually yes. If not, I ask if they are familiar with virtual spaces that you can build in such as Second Life or Roblox.

I became familiar with the term coined by Neal Stephenson in his book Snow Crash that I read around 2008, although it came out in 1992. I played a lot of video games growing up and was a huge fan of Star Trek’s holodeck and this was the experience I was ready for.

Very simply, the Metaverse is a shared 3D virtual space where people are represented by digital avatars. Some are owners of land and they build on it – galleries, parks, houses, shops – really whatever your imagination allows in the space you have to build with.


There are various Metaverses to choose from, but the ones my circles talk about the most are The Sandbox, Decentraland, and Cryptovoxels.

There are a few reasons I chose to buy a parcel on Cryptovoxels: people in some of my communities were buying properties, it reminded me of Minecraft, my son started a clothing line to sell clothes for avatars, and it seemed a lot less competitive to buy land because it’s a bit less polished than the other options. As a DIYer, I prefer it when things are a little messy and I like getting in early.


I am forming my plans for this space, and I am imagining that I will create a gathering space for experimenting with different practices that I do in the real world such as forest therapy. You may think that won’t work, but for the past few months I’ve been attending virtual forest bathing walks so why not?!

How To Buy

If you are intrigued, the first thing you need to do is play around in the space and get to know it. See if it’s something you can imagine spending time in and investing in. It’s like “real” real estate in that you own the property and you can also sell it. There are no guarantees that you will make a profit, so never spend money you can’t live without.

  1. Look at the properties for sale on the map.
  2. Buy from Cryptovoxels when they release new parcels or make an offer on a property that someone owns
  3. You will need an Ethereum wallet and eth currency. I use Metamask but there are others to choose from.
  4. The sale goes through Opensea.


I’m brand new and have more questions than answers. There are very helpful resources including the Discord community. If you buy a parcel please let me know and I’ll teleport over. 😀

A Decade of Hairstyles

Tara Tiger Brown 2008 2018

Recently I posted a photo of me from this year compared to 10 years ago. A friend from elementary school commented that I still had the same hair. I was amused by this comment because I have changed my hair many times over the years, sometimes multiple times in one year. “Pics or it didn’t happen” so I found a photo from each year to showcase my changing styles over the years.

Tara Tiger Brown December 2018


Tara Tiger Brown Summer 2018


Tara Tiger Brown 2017


Tara Tiger Brown Pink 2017


Tara Tiger Brown Blonde2 2017


Tara Tiger Brown 2016


Tara Tiger Brown Avatar 2015


Tara Tiger Brown Avatar Purple 2014


Tara Tiger Brown 2013


Tara Tiger Brown 2012


Tara Tiger Brown 2011


Tara Tiger Brown Ripley 2010


Tara Tiger Brown Avatar 2010


Tara Tiger Brown Avatar 2008b


Tara Tiger Brown Avatar Zeddy 2007


Tara Tiger Brown Smile of the day 1994


That Time I Was A Meme

No one is born racist

I wrote this post on Medium.

“Is this you?”
“Hey, I think this is you.”
“OMG, I think you are a meme!!!”

Over the past week I’ve received dozens of pings from friends sending me links to a photo with the tagline “No one is born racist” and asking if it’s me. It is, and I have to say that in all the things I ever wished for in life, becoming a meme seen by more than a million people was not one of them. That being said, if it helps to spread a positive message then I’m all for it. Except of course when someone said I have a duck-face (thanks to the person who defended me and said I was probably in mid-sentence).

Admittedly I was shocked when a few commenters have suggested that I am racist because in the photo I am looking away. I am not going to spend an ounce of effort addressing that incorrect assumption, but I will say that I think what’s special about this photo is that the moment captured is between my son and our fellow passenger on the Paris Metro, and I’m just in the background.

I am not sure who posted the photo with the tagline, but for the curious, here is the metadata and narrative of the original work:

The photo was taken by my husband, Sean Bonner with an iPhone. It’s August of 2010, we are on Paris Metro but I don’t recall where we are going. Our son, Rips, who was around 5 months at the time, is sitting on my lap. The stranger’s finger he is holding onto is Parisian, a grand-père with 2 or 3 grandchildren, if I recall correctly. The two of us chatted a bit, he then held out his finger to Rips who clamped on and wouldn’t let go. The man had a great smile that Rips delighted in and he didn’t seem to mind entertaining my baby so I went back to figuring out when we had to depart the train. I think I’m in mid duck-face because our stop was coming up and I was telling Sean that we had to gather all of our things and convince Rips to let go of his new friend’s finger.