Last updated May 21, 2017 08:08:29PM CDT

VR Laura caricature by D. Kulpa & L. Fredericks
Art: İD. Kulpa
and L. Fredericks

ABOUT ME

My name is Laura and I live in New York City. The "VR" in my nickname is for Virtual Reality, i.e. me in cyberspace!

I'm a computer geek -- I byte the heads off computer mice, heehee (which I hold in my left hand, 'cause I'm a lefty!)* and love the Internet and what it has to offer in information.

I also love pop and (use)net culture; cats; science fiction; B horror movies and am fascinated by electronic, robotic pets.

I am currently going through a Hello Kitty obsession. Please excuse me for that -- hopefully it won't last too much longer.

Hello Laura
Photo: İL. Fredericks

OBSESSION PASSION METER

CURRENT  
   CW's Supergirl TV show  
   Hello Kitty (Still??? Yup)
   Windows Phones
   NBC's The Blacklist TV show  
   Blinging Stuff (No, I'm not 12, I just like sparkly things)
   
PAST  
   CBS' Braindead TV show  
   Windows Phone cases (various colors, changed daily to match my outfit)  
   Abominable Snow Monster (from Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer)  
   Custom Abominable Snow Monster Holiday Boppers  
   The Geico camel  
   Grumpy Cat Internet meme  
   Custom ringtones  
   Custom Hello Kitty Birthday Boppers  
   NBC's Smash TV show  
   Maneki Neko  
   AFLAC's Maneki Neko Duck  
   Adam Lambert  
   Circus clowns  
   Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus  
   B3ta photo retouches  
   Robotic Pets  
   Furbys  
   Dancing web pages  

QUEEN OF CYBERSPACE : A SONG ABOUT ME?

While googling my website name I found an album called "Queen of Cyberspace", by Gene Charlebois and the late Bill Seighman -- a duo called "The Unknown". The title track is called "Queen of Cyberspace" (natch!) and it's really good! I can't believe I never heard of it before!

Click here to hear a 20-sec. snippet of "Queen of Cyberspace". (Used with permission.) To listen to the entire song visit Mr. Charlebois' page on My Space and click on the song in his music player. You can buy the album or song from Amazon. I bought the title track, of course!!!

And remember, think of me when you listen to the song, 'cause as you all know, I'm the ORIGINAL Queen of Cyberspace!

The Unknown's Queen of Cyberspace album

SNIPS AND SNAILS AND KITTY-CAT TAILS

I read an article online about a Japanese company that sells USB cat tail flash drives. Not real cat. Some other animal. Supposedly. ;-) I thought it was hilarious and e-mailed the link to all of my friends. The more I thought about it, though, the more I liked the idea -- albeit in a sick and twisted way.

Since I no longer have my cat's tail -- or any other part of her, for that matter -- I decided to make my own. I figured that if I didn't want to use the drive to store data, I could always use the tail to sweep the keyboard.

Click here for the full story and photos!

USB cat tail flash drive
ME-OWWWWWWWWCH!!!
Photo: İRakuten

SOCIAL NETWORKING AND PRIVACY

Why is everybody so upset with the U.S. government wanting to implement a national ID card, complete with computer chip? Why are people so worried about the government tracking their every move, knowing everything they do, everything they buy, who all their friends are, etc. With websites like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, etc. people are making every detail about their personal lives available THEMSELVES!

Click here to read my rant on social networking and privacy.

DONTCHA WISH YOUR CAPTCHA WAS NOT LIKE ME?*
*Uh, like MINE. Whoops.

It says on reCAPTCHA's website: "Stop spam and help digitize books at the same time! The words shown come directly from old books that are being digitized."

Great idea, but I always have a very hard time with reCAPTCHA's challenges. The mangling of the letters make it very difficult for me to figure out the words. I have to try several times.

But the second word in the challenge I got was impossible for me to decipher -- it was in Hebrew.

Captcha with Hebrew word
HELP DIGITIZE BOOKS. IN HEBREW. ;-)
Seriously, reCAPTCHA? A foreign language that doesn't use American characters??

CHALLENGE FAILED. *sob*

Even if I had known Hebrew, I would've had to change my keyboard mappings in Windows. I really don't think you're supposed to do that with reCAPTCHA. ;-)

Next time I'm at a website that uses reCAPTCHA, I'm clicking on "Audio challenge", haha.

BUMBLE, THE ABOMINABLE SNOW MONSTER

Meet my latest obsession, The Abominable Snow Monster, from the 1964 TV special, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Why would I suddenly become OBSESSED about a character from a 50-year-old movie that I never even saw?!

Three words: Lighted. Lawn. Display.

No, I didn't see him outside my apartment building. And not outside someone's house, either.

So where, you ask? Hmm...

Let's just say I became SO OBSESSED that the Hello Kitty Holiday Boppers I usually make and wear to my office holiday party were replaced by Bumble Holiday Boppers. (See photo at the top of this page.)

Click here to find out WHERE I saw Bumble, and to read my abominable saga. (Lots of pictures!)

Bumble lawn display
BUMBLE LIGHTED LAWN DISPLAY

GRUMPY SLEEPY CAT

Grumpy Cat
GRUMPY CAT, OWNERS TABATHA & BRYAN, AND ME
Photo: İL. Fredericks

I met an internet meme!

And not just any ol' meme, mind you, but Grumpy Cat!

The li'l dwarf kitty and her opportunistic owners, brother and sister Tabatha and Bryan Bundesen, were at Barnes & Noble in Union Square for the debut of their the cat's book, "The Grumpy Guide To Life - Observations by Grumpy Cat".

Several hundred people showed up to have their photo taken with her buy the book. Including me. Alone. None of my friends wanted to go were available. (It was last minute, ya know?)

Grumpy Cat, who's got endorsement deals up her li'l dwarf butt, slept through the whole event. It ain't easy being Grumpy Cat.

If I hadn't been up-close-and-personal to "Tardar [sic] Sauce" -- her real name -- I'd swear she was a plushie. She never moved. Not to yawn. Not to stretch. Not to blink.

Hmm... Now that I think about it, they brought her out in a cat bed -- not holding her. That seemed kinda weird. Maybe she IS a plushie.

Worried that she got the part in a remake of the classic Monty Python Dead Parrot sketch, I checked online and found a video from the Barnes & Noble event I went you.

GRUMPY CAT IS ALIVE.

Check it out, yourself.

THE MYSTIC SEER

Nick of Time
NAPKINS AND FORTUNES
Remember the "Mystic Seer" fortune-telling machine (and napkin holder!) that captivated William Shatner's character in The Twilight Zone episode "Nick Of Time"?

Well, if you've always wanted your own "Mystic Seer", but couldn't afford a replica, don't fret, my fellow pop-culture junkies!

Think of a yes-or-no question and head-on-over to my online version of the Mystic Seer. Note: Requires a javascript-enabled browser.

Just don't ask the question,"Do you think I might leave Cyberspace today?!"

THE SYNCOPATED CAT

Kit-Cat Clock

KIT-CAT KLOCK

Pop-culture junkie that I am, I've always wanted a gen-u-ine Kit-Cat Clock -- but they cost so gosh-darn much!

Hmm... If I can make a USB cat tail flash drive, I can make a cat clock with a tail pendulum, right?

Well, maybe not an ACTUAL clock with working gears, but certainly the cyberspace-equivalent!

It's purrr-fect, dontcha think? --->

For some REAL fun, click here to see a video of Luna -- a REAL Syncopated Cat -- and my inspiration for the cute animation.

And make sure your speakers are on!

Luna Cat Clock

TAD'S BROILED STEAKS IS GONE!

A New York institution, Tad's Broiled Steaks, has closed it's doors. Turned off it's grill. Covered it's last glass of wine in cellophane.

Fellow baby-boomers, click here to cry along with me.

AFLAC JAPAN'S MANEKI NEKO DUCK

Go ahead, I know you want to!
ne-OW-flac
I've become obsessed with AFLAC Japan's Cat-Duck. A WHAT??! A Cat-Duck? Yup. A duck quacking "AFLAC" makes no sense in Japan (not that it makes much sense in the US, either, haha) so for the Japanese market AFLAC literally merged a duck and a cat. And not just any cat, oh, no! A maneki neko. And it says "AFLAC", too. Well, kinda sorta. It actually says "ne-OW-flac". Guess AFLAC Japan also merged "meow" and "AFLAC", hahaha!

The company introduced this monster adorable creature in a two minute animated TV commercial. And yes, a cat and a duck really merge, or "become one". When I saw that, I couldn't get a certain famous pop tune out of my head for DAYS! AFLAC Japan really missed a great marketing

tie-in with this! So, with nothing better to do one afternoon, I did it FOR them. Here's my literal mashup, or parody video. I hope Scary, Posh, Ginger and Baby don't come after me, hahaha!

Click here to watch my parody video!

The picture, above is of AFLAC Japan's Maneki Neko Duck plushie. So cute! You know I HAD to have one! ("Most desirable item.") Only available in Japan. (sob) And on eBay, of course! Cost me $25. The American AFLAC Duck plushie costs only $10, but the duck's not nearly as cute!

AFLAC Japan also produced several live-action TV commercials featuring both a cat and a duck. Dancing. And waving. Uh, I mean "beckoning" -- a maneki neko doesn't "wave" -- it "beckons". The TV spots end with them quacking and ne-OW-ing "AFLAC".

IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING

Sign plastered all over NYC's subways and buses
NYC SUBWAY AND BUS SIGN
I saw something suspicious recently while visiting a government office -- and didn't do anything about it. I'm in New York City! There are signs plastered everywhere that say "If you SEE something, SAY something". What was I thinking?!

Click here to read my opinion piece on why it's always better to be safe than sorry, 'cause ya just never know.

"TODAY'S MY BIRTHDAY.
CAN I RIDE THE SUBWAY FOR FREE?"

I was feeling a little depressed on my birthday, 'cause I'm getting old (in dog years I'm dead), so I thought I'd do something a little different to mark the day. My BFF was with me to celebrate and witness (most of) my freeloading.

Check out how nice some proprietors can be, if you only just ask. (Next year I expect some Boy Scouts will be helping me across street, so I better flaunt it, while I've still got it to flaunt, lol!)

PRIVACY STATEMENT

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CONTACT

Want to e-mail the Queen of Cyberspace? (That would be me!) Click here.

OTHER FUN SITES BY THE QUEEN

Bah-Zoo-Kah
Click here to meet the only bubblegum-blowing, ALL PINK Furby!

Dick Kulpa Fun Club
Check out some great comics on syndicated cartoonist Dick Kulpa's website!

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