I’ve never really been a big fan of Halloween. I don’t boycott it, I give out candy to the kids who come to the door, but it’s just never really been my thing. I notice some of my neighbours already decorating, trees hung with spiderwebs, skeletons and gravestones on the grass, and I just kind of shrug and close the curtains. Intellectually I comprehend the thrill of fear, but I just can’t get into it. Not this year.
The best part of Halloween really is Second Life, and particularly all the themed creations out there that can be used as inspiration. Take this skin for example, a group gift from Lumae called “Lady Death”. The minute I saw it I knew it would break my blogging silence.
Fear is a strange thing, unique to each and every one of us. You have one don’t you. Is it spiders? Ghosts? Flying in a plane? Commitment? The fears we know are easy, we can for the most part go through our lives if not avoiding at least preparing to cope with them. … Read the rest
I was scanning through my side bar yesterday and
caught a post on Ziki’s blog
about a new water and rain sim that opened up called H22O
. I love water sims, their empty spaces leave so much to the imagination, perhaps more so than the items placed in them do. In touring you are left to wonder if the separate areas with trees, or wreckage, or ruins are part of a one continuous build concept, or vignettes onto themselves. Chapters perhaps, parts of the same story. With very little to cast shadows, it challenges you to get creative with lighting and composition. This is the first thing at H22O that caught my eye. It’s haunting isn’t it? And yet, if you step outside the initial and obvious reaction, there is a sense of tranquility to it. Stillness.
A Little Rain Must Fall
Rain is an usual thing, all weather is actually. We sometimes attribute feelings, moods, to weather. Sunny days are happy, rainy days are sad, storms are frightening or chaotic. I suppose in truth they are, or can be, but who hasn’t experienced the exceptions, with rain in particular.… Read the rest
Have you ever had a bad haircut? I mean really bad? Nothing that will work itself out in a week or with some styling tricks, but something that will require either an even more drastic haircut to fix, or 6 months until it’s back to where you started? I just did. Sucksalot. I never thought I was this vain. I’m a pretty low maintenance kind of gal, my avatar actually owns way more shoes and makeup than I do. However, I gotta admit, staring at my hair, running my fingers through and having them come up short of where they should, I realized that I just may be. Comfort food would have been my first go to, but I can’t really eat my way through the next six months, so retail therapy is required.
The fastest, most convenient, and cheapest form of retail therapy for me is Second Life, and this weekend did not disappoint. Sales and Specials and Events oh my! I’m drowning in happy, until I reach up to play with my hair that is… but, hands on the keyboard and I’ll make it through this just fine.…
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Sometimes people ask me why I don’t take pictures or blog anymore, ok, three times, but still I’ve been asked and it makes for a good lead in. I don’t really have an answer, it’s certainly something I love to do, so it wasn’t lost interest, I think it was at least partially lack of time. The original intent of this blog was to rediscover Second Life, to find new things to do, new places to see, meet new people, and work on my photography skills while I was at it. Now that I only manage to get into SL once every two to three weeks, I don’t get as many chances to explore anymore so I felt like I didn’t have much to share. If I wasn’t sticking to my original purpose, or could only update once a month, should I bother? After great deliberation, I’ve decided that I should bother. Who cares if I only take pictures once every two weeks? Or blog three days in a row then not again for a month? I don’t have sponsors or ads, no commitments, and it’s something I find relaxing so I’ll post now and again when the mood strikes me.…
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I’ve been reading a book lately called “Other Worlds Than These”, it’s a collection of short stories about parallel universes from authors like George R. R. Martin, Stephen King, Carrie Vaughn, Orson Scott Card and many others. As a book it’s ok, some stories better than others, but it’s this forward by Lev Grossman that I can’t get out of my head.
“When I read The Chronicles of Narnia as a child, it didn’t so much as introduce me to the idea that there was another world as confirm my already grave suspicions on the subject. Even at the tender age of eight I was – as I suspect you were, and are, if you’re reading this book – one of reality’s natural critics. Oh, I knew that the real world had it’s good points. One must be charitable after all. Candy, for example, and cats, and hot baths. But by and large the material was just a bit thin. The jokes weren’t funny, the catering was uneven, and the less said about one’s fellow players the better.
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Can you guess where I am?
Where geometric shapes are found next to haunted mushroom forests?
Where artful guardians welcome the sunrise alongside stages with electronic music and light shows?
Where people from every walk of life and background gather to dance, drum and celebrate fire?
In Second Life, it’s called Burn2. It not only embraces all the principals of the real life Burning Man Festival, but it brings it’s own unique twist. Where else could you set up your tent next to an alien crash site? Where else could you hop on a hot air balloon guided tour? Where else could you stroll casually along, and as the music stream changes with each camp you meet what will become your future family.
If you’ve followed my blog and project the last few years you may remember my first year at Burn2 where I met Gypsy and the Happy Clam
s and then when I became a Lamplighter
. I can’t believe it’s been two years, in a way it’s an anniversary of sorts. … Read the rest