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Acid attacks survivors are finding the courage to reclaim their lives — and seeking to raise public awareness and help stop future attacks. Their strategies include taking to the fashion runway, sharing their experiences in comic books and appearing in video resumes that show potential employers they are far more than their scars.

After more than a decade and nearly 50 reconstructive surgeries, MoniCa Singh has managed to forge a new path — actually, several paths, as a professional in fashion design, as an advocate who raises awareness of gender-based violence and reaches out to survivors — and this fall, as a comic book heroine.

The Extraordinary Courage Of Acid Attack Survivors

Photo: Chance Yeh/Getty Images
Caption: MoniCa Singh is an acid attack survivor — and a fashion designer and activist. She’s pictured at New York fashion week on September 15, 2016.


Hi! Lots of people have asked me about what paper, sketchbook, pen, ink, etc that I like to use, so today I’m going to post pics of them, complete with their names/brands, and where you could purchase them. 😊 


  • Back-left: Arches watercolor paper - gummed block - hot pressed. The texture is very smooth. 
  • Back-right: Arches watercolor paper - gummed block - rough texture. 
  • Front-left: Global Art Materials Hand Book Travelogue - Large Landscape Front-right: Global Art Materials Hand Book Travelogue - Square 
  •  Where you can get them: all of them can be found in, Arches paper can also be found in online art supplies store such as Jackson’s


  • Left to right: Cotman 111 Round, Cotman 666, Kuretake water brush (size Medium), Pentel Aquash size Small, Pentel Aquash compact size (the tip is size Medium) 
  • Where you can get them:, Jackson’s Art Supplies, I think most online art supplies stores sell them


  • Top-left: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Radiant Concentrated Watercolor - Set A
  • Top-right: Holbein 14 colors set from Stickerrific (I chose the colors myself and they made the set for me) 
  • Bottom-left: Sakura Koi portable watercolor set Bottom-right: the box and plastic half-pans were from Jackson’s, the paints are mostly Holbein and Cotman. 

Where you could get them: 

  • Dr. Ph. Martin’s: I got mine from Amazon. 
  • Holbein: Stickerrific, you can also purchase the paints individually and in sets in online art supplies stores (again, I got mine from Jackson’s)
  • Sakura Koi: Amazon
  • Cotman: I got mine for free from a workshop, but Cotman paints is available individually and in sets in Amazon and other online art supplies store. 


  • Topmost: pen nibs, I use g-pen, maru pen, and saji pen. I bought mine from Stickerrific and from a shop in 
  • Below the nibs: pen holders I use, from top to bottom: Tachikawa pen holder, a generic black one whose brand I can’t remember, and Nikko maru pen holder. Bought from that shop in Rakuten. 
  • Bottle: Liquitex black acrylic ink. It’s very thin but intense, and it dries quickly. I always use it with my nib pens. 
  • Below, from left to right: Mono Zero eraser, Sakura eraser, Snowman drawing pen 0.1 and 0.05, Tachikawa School G-Pen size Fine and Extra-Fine, Sakura Gelly Roll white, Zebra Millipen (blue) 

Where you can buy them: 

  • Japanese pen nibs and pen holders: Rakuten, I think jetpens has them too. I think Stickerrific also sells some Japanese nibs and holders. 
  • Liquitex ink: Amazon (I think), 
  • Mono Zero, Sakura eraser: uhh I don’t know since I got mine from a local bookstore, but I believe you’ll find it in online stores if you google it. 
  • Snowman drawing pens: jetpens has them as far as I know. 
  •  Tachikawa School G-pen: Rakuten Sakura Gelly Roll, Zebra Millipen: jetpens

Sapphistries: A Global History of Love between Women by Leila J. Rupp

[Books About Queer Women]

From the ancient poet Sappho to tombois in contemporary Indonesia, women throughout history and around the globe have desired, loved, and had sex with other women. In beautiful prose,‘Sapphistries’ tells their stories, capturing the multitude of ways that diverse societies have shaped female same-sex sexuality across time and place.

Leila J. Rupp reveals how, from the time of the very earliest societies, the possibility of love between women has been known, even when it is feared, ignored, or denied. We hear women in the sex-segregated spaces of convents and harems whispering words of love. We see women beginning to find each other on the streets of London and Amsterdam, in the aristocratic circles of Paris, in the factories of Shanghai. We find women’s desire and love for women meeting the light of day as Japanese schoolgirls fall in love, and lesbian bars and clubs spread from 1920s Berlin to 1950s Buffalo. And we encounter a world of difference in the twenty-first century, as transnational concepts and lesbian identities meet local understandings of how two women might love each other.

Giving voice to words from the mouths and pens of women, and from men’s prohibitions, reports, literature, art, imaginings, pornography, and court cases, Rupp also creatively employs fiction to imagine possibilities when there is no historical evidence. 'Sapphistries' combines lyrical narrative with meticulous historical research, providing an eminently readable and uniquely sweeping story of desire, love, and sex between women around the globe from the beginning of time to the present. [X]





  • What I Am Trying To Say To You – Book of 30 tear-out postcards
    Cards that say things that are sometimes hard or too personal or too specific to say with words alone.

  • Then & Now – Undated 12-Month Agenda w/ 6 sticker pages
    Loosely based on my Unsolicited Advice planners, but in an undated format that lets you start and stop wherever so you won’t “waste pages” if you forget about it for a week or two. Tiny reminders, sporadic art and activities and stickers to punctuate your life. Coil bound so it lies flat, in a hardcover case with an elastic closure/bookmark and a back pocket to stash your stuff.

  • Mini Notebook Set – blank, lined, graph and dot grid pages
    Notebooks for reminders, feelings, confessions, aspirations or anything else.

Find it at Amazon (prime eligible), Book Depository (free global shipping) and other book and gift stores. 

things that need to be on the dan and phil shop (feel free to add to the list)
  • flannels (phlannels? phannels????)
  • tiaras
  • snuggies
  • coloring books
  • cute little stuffed animals (stuffed danimals?????)
  • textbook covers
  • nail polishes

A few days back, All Tech got a question from an NPR listener that got us curious.

Tim Callahan from Seattle wrote:

“A friend asked how texting - in all its forms (admittedly a squishy thing to corral) - is contributing to global warming? After saying, ‘minimally…’, I thought about how to answer that question. Putting aside the sunk contribution caused by the manufacture and transport of the device you text with, how much does the battery emit / generate while a person does a typical or somehow average text? … Can you help quantify?”

I tracked down someone who’d get us to the answer: greenhouse gas footprinting expert Mike Berners-Lee. Climate impact calculations are just the sort of thing he does for work at Small World Consulting at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. And estimating the impact of a text message is exactly the thing he did for his 2010 book How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint Of Everything.

How Much Do Your Text Messages Contribute To Global Warming?

GIF: Emily Bogle/NPR

I think every man should read Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, not only because Edith Wharton is the biggest badass of all time (she was the first lady author to win a Pulitzer, FOR THIS VERY BOOK), but also because it is the quintessential ‘nice guy’ novel. A 'nice guy’ is a guy who thinks he’s a real gentleman/upstanding citizen/sweetheart/feminist, but is really just a self-obsessed, self-righteous, obliviously misogynist asshole. Unfortunately, women deal with 'nice guys’ all the time. I imagine there might be fewer 'nice guys’ in the world if they just read The Age of Innocence and realized that they all sounded like the biggest douchebags ever.
—  Zoe Triska, Senior Editor, Global Content Strategy (Book Riot’s 22 Books Women Think Men Should Read)