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On 21st September 2015 · By Billy Dollinger · With Leave a comment
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Withdrawals is a new photo for the challenge blog "A Thousand Words". The prompt for the week was "What's Lurking Beneath", and the first thing that came to mind when reading the challenge prompt was the despair of addictions.
Luckily, I had the perfect song!

"Withdrawals" performed by Tyler FarrYou were that whiskey running through my veinsYou were that first sweet taste of Mary JaneAll alone in the darkness watching my hands shakeBut they don’t have a rehab for heartbreak
It’s your blue sundress with the strap falling off of your shoulderIt’s that all night moonlight drive, you saying baby pull over, pull overIt’s that long kiss barely coming up for airHad to have you anytime and everywhereSo hooked on you probably never get clean and sober
Whoa, I bang my head against the moonI bang my fist against the wallYou always used to get me highNow all I do is crash and fallI’m going through withdrawalsI’m going through withdrawalsI’m going through withdrawalsYeah you got me going through ‘em

Body > SLink mesh body *new*Skin > Birth - Sebastion (with appliers)Hair > Exile - Give Away Your SecretsJeans > SLink - Stovepipe Jeans

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October 2015
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We have a photo challenge! It was a thrill to work on something for a new photo challenge. The challenge is called A Thousand Words, you can read more about it at the blog.

The first challenge was "Gods and Monsters", so I had a little fun with the idea, letting the viewer decide which person is which in my photo.
As I usually try to do, I stuck with Firestorm only windlights, everything you see is as it looked on my Second Life.

"Kryptonite" by Three Doors DownYou called me strong, you called me weak,But still your secrets I will keepYou took for granted all the timesI never let you downYou stumbled in and bumped your head,If not for me then you'd be deadI picked you up and put you back on solid ground

Pose on Screen > An Lar - Rise
Pose on Keyboard > Rack Poses - Pew Pew

Hair > Exile - Rogue
Boots > FATEplay - Turner
Pants > FATEplay - Max
Jacket & Shirt > FATEplay - Max

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If you haven't seen Sonic Highways, the series that showed Foo Fighters' exploration of eight cities influence on music, you should give it a try. My favourite episode was Los Angeles, with interviews of  people involved in the punk scene, and then a look at the Joshua Tree studio out in the desert. That segment and the song Outside inspired this photo.

"Outside" by Foo FightersThere's a long straight road, out of the coldAnd we can leave it all behindI wanna get outside, baby, let's get outsideI wanna get outside, outside, of me
All I found, the space between the spacesStanding in the nothing, and time reclaims youAnd as the wind will beat you downAnd the wind the only soundThere's something out there

Pose > An Lar Poses - Constant SeriesLocation > Tierra De FeugoStage and Loudspeakers > 22769
Hair > Exile - One Way Or AnotherShirt > FATEwear - CraigJeans > A:S:S - Favourite JeansShoes > FATEstep - Nylon Chucks

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I See You

After a few months of being too busy to get any photos done, it felt really good to get back and get one out of my system.
This was also my first visit to the new IASWAS sim, which I'd been looking forward to visiting!
It All Starts With a Smile is a beautiful sim run by Kaelyn and Maxx, with a modest group fee if you need to rezz for a photo there.
Now, hopefully I'll see you back here soon!

"I See You" performed by Luke BryanI can't go anywhere, I can't do anything
No, I can't close my eyes without you in my dreams
You won't leave me alone, even though I know you're gone I look around for someone new, but I see you
Jumpin’ up there with the band
Takin’ me by the hand
Hey boy, come dance with me
Stuck like a melody in my headIn the bed of my truck
By the light of the midnight moon
Baby, I see you

Location: IASWASPose > Kuro In Motion - Exposed
Shoes > FATEstep by FATEwear - Hogan WingtipsSuit > Deadwool - The DandyHair > Exile - Give Away Your Secrets

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Second Guess

"Hey, what if Billy switched teams?"
This was the comment that got the photo started, as a fun April Fool's Day photo. But as I looked at it preparing it for upload to Flickr, I felt weird about it being a "joke." I posted it and left the date-specific commentary off of it.
It's a cute picture of a couple  snuggling on a bench. It's simple. Love can be whatever you want it to be, and it's beautiful to see, whether's it's a guy & girl, two guys, two girls, or as we've all seen in SL, even a neko and a robot.
Who cares? It's just love. Anyone who can't enjoy seeing the sweetness of two people in love should have their heads and hearts examined.
Have a Good Friday.

"Second Guess" by You+Me
Ain't got no reason but I've got rhymesI've spent too much of what I've earned just trying to feel aliveI wish I could rewrite the stories of the pastBut you can't go back and change what's done and start over where you began
I don't know where to go from here nowSomething still lingers though, it's weighing me downI know the sun will shine againBack and forth it seems we'll remain until the end

Pose > Rack Poses - When You Say Nothing At AllLocation > An Lar Estates
Billy:Body/Head > TMP Deluxe with Tableau Vivant AppliersHair > Exile - Give Away Your SecretsShorts > Swagga - Fitted Mesh B-Boy Shorts
Buddy:Hair > Ink - OgleSweats > Gabriel - Soft Sarrouel Pants
Body > TMP Deluxe with Clef De Peau appliers

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Kaelyn and I have been talking about blogging a few things for a month or so, and we just never had time when the other did to get much of the list done. But when she passed me this song "Bloodstream", I knew that it would be perfect for the new pose Lust by Rack Poses.
Add a dirty location, put on some sexy clothes, drink a little red wine, and BOOM!

"Bloodstream" by Ed Sheeran
I've been spinning now for timeCouple women by my sideI got sinning on my mindSipping on red wineI've been sitting here for agesRipping out the pagesHow'd I get so faded?How'd I get so faded?

Pose > Rack Poses - Lust  *NEWish*Location > Pigeon Island
Billy is wearing:Hat > Deadwool - FedoraSuit > Deadwool - The DandyShoes > FATEstep - Hogan wingtips
For Kae's look, please visit her blog!

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Island In The Sun

When we take a vacation, one of the biggest attractions isn't just the sun, it's the freedom to turn your mind off and not worry about the normal day to day things, like wearing a watch, or checking email.
Maybe you like a little bit of drinking, and don't want to wait for something silly like 5pm to start. Beer is for breakfast wen you're on vacation!
And maybe, just maybe, your idea of a vacation is like Billy's.
(2nd photo after the cut)

"Island In The Sun" by WeezerWhen you're on a holidayYou can't find the words to sayAll the things that come to youAnd I wanna feel it too
On an island in the sunWe'll be playing and having funAnd it makes me feel so fineI can't control my brain

Location - DERAILEDPose Photo 1 > An Lar - Constant seriesPose Photo 2 > Del May - End Of The Road
Body/Skin > TMP Deluxe with Tableau Vivant skin appliersHat > Swagga - Bali HatTowel > Swagga - Bali Towel   *Swagga items NEW at Mesnwear Fashion Week*Shorts > Swagga - Bali ShortsSocks/FlipFlops - Swagga - Flops n Sox

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Almost Cut My Hair

When you've had a couple friends bugging you to adopt a shorter haircut, and then you randomly find a Barber Shop, maybe you suddenly have a great idea for a photo!
As luck would have it, the Metro set from Apple Fall came out just as I was thinking about how to set everything up, and it completed the scene perfectly.
And now, I will run my fingers through my long hair and wave to Katya & Skye, then pick up my guitar while avoiding the haircut for a little while longer.

"Almost Cut My Hair" performed by Crosby, Stills, Nash & YoungAlmost cut my hair, it happened just the other day.It's getting' kinda long, I coulda said it wasn't in my way.But I didn't and I wonder why, I feel like letting my freak flag fly,Cause I feel like I owe it to someone.

Location > DERAILED
Guitar, Easel and Subway Entrance > Apple Fall - Metro  *new at TLC*
Pose > Del May - Wallet Reach
Hair > Exile - Give Away Your Secrets
Shirt & Pants > ::K:: - Chillin Kurta & Pants *new at Shiny Shabby*
Shoes > FATEstep - Nylon Chucks
Body & Skin > TMP Deluxe with Tableau Vivant Appliers

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Take Your Time

I love to explore beautiful sims that my friends have shared with me. And it's especially cool to find one that allows rezz, which seems to be pretty rare.
L'Arc en Ciel is wonderfully landscaped, and has many different area to explore or take photos. They require group membership to rezz, at a modest 100L$, but it's well worth it if that modest amount helps the sim owner to keep the land open. In fact, I'd happily join several land groups just to know I could freely add items to a scene to get the photos I want.
The windlight used isn't the region default (I needed the shadow just right), but the default was pretty as well.
Go visit L'Arc en Ciel, and don't forget to donate to beautiful sims if you can!

"Take Your Time" by Sam HuntI don't know if you were looking at me or notYou probably smile like that all the timeAnd I don't mean to bother you butI couldn't just walk byAnd not say hi

Pose > Kuro In Motion - Strangers
Location > L'Arc en Ciel
Him:Hair > Exile - Give Away Your Secrets hairBody/Head > TMP Deluxe Body with Tableau Vivant Skin Appliers
Shorts > Swagga - Kingdom Shorts
Boots > Swagga - Kingdom Boots *Swagga items NEW at Level Up event*
Sword > Swagga - Keyblade
Necklace > RealEvil - ReVox Sinful Necklace *New at Men Only Monthly*

Bag of Fish > Ohmai - Bloopie Goldfish Bag
Body > Belleza - Venus
Hair > Exile - Electric Soul
Shorts > Blueberry - Ripped Denim Shorts
Top > Tee*fy - Joan Boyfriend's Tank Top

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Sun Daze

I was feeling lazy, so I took a lazy photo, and added a lazy song.
My garage is a favourite spot to just sit around, so reading a book seemed like a totally natural thing to do there, laying in the sun.
The corner stool from Kuro, new at Consensual, has 3 book poses and several adult couples poses (unrelated to reading).
I'm wearing new hair from Exile, and shades and a necklace from the Men's Only Monthly event.
And now, it's time to work on my laid back, and get my Sun Daze on.

"Sun Daze" by Florida Georgia LineBut all I wanna do today is wear my favorite shades and get stonedWork a little less, play a little moreThat's what this day is forAnd all I wanna do is lace my J's and lay some Jack in my CokeWork on my lay back, ain't nothin' wrong withGettin' my sun daze on, gettin' my sun daze on

Book Stool w/Pose > Kuro - Corner Stool *New at Consensual Adult version*
Garage, Gas Pump, Bike > Consignment - The Garage Collection (Gacha)
Mounted Bow > Kuro - Lara's Bow *new at Level Up*

Hair > Exile - Give Away Your Secrets hair
Body/Head > TMP Deluxe Body with Tableau Vivant Skin Appliers
Track Pants > Xin - Sweatpants *New at Men's Dept*
Necklace > RealEvil - ReVox Sinful Necklace *New at Men Only Monthly*
Sunglasses > Meva - Cubes Shades *New at Men Only Monthly*

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Cherry Waves

A new round of TLC just opened, and I met up with my friend Kaelyn and toured the event. We saw the anchors from United Colors and she laughed and suggested they'd make a good photo without clothing, since they cover all the naughty bits.
Being the shy guy that I am, it took a bit of convincing, but sure, why not!

If you get a chance, go see TLC's new build!

"Cherry Waves" by DeftonesYou hang anchors over my neckI liked it at firstBut the more you you laughed, the crazier I came
And the waves suck you in, and you drown
If like you should sink down beneathI'll swim way swim down. Would you?
Is that what you want?You...Well that's what you've got

Pose > Rack Poses - On The Right TrackLuggage > Frogstar - Transient Luggage
Boat > Consignment - Starboard Speed Boat
On Both > United Colors > Bon Voyage Anchor necklaces *NEW AT TLC*
Billy:Hair > Exile - Take It EasyBody/Head > TMP - Deluxe Mesh Body and HeadSkin Appliers > Tableau Vivant - Felix

Hair > Truth - Avena
Body > Maitreya Mesh
Skin > Lara Hurley - Elea

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Flying High Again

Well, surprise everyone, I'm going to actually blog at least 3 times in a week, this will be the first time since forever!
Berry's meme this week is What Is Your Perception of Second Life? and she asks for a video of our favourite place, and asks way too many questions. But I'm up for the challenge, so I made my first video ever. Now, let's get to the questions:
What is your perception of Second Life? 
It's a place to have fun, create, explore and socialize. There's something for everyone, because you can do anything you like!

Do you feel the portrayal or reputation Second Life seems to have in the mainstream media is justified? 
Nope, but they need to sensationalize things to sell ads. Or maybe I'm cynical?

Do you talk about your Second Life with your real life friends and family?
No, it's my personal getaway from the real world. it wouldn't be an escape otherwise.

What is your most favorite thing to do in Second Life?
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End Of The Beginning

Earlier this week, Berry posted a new meme called First & Recent Challenge.

I replied in her comment section that I'd posted a photo comparing my avatar to an early version last spring right here for another meme, but I've decided to try it again just for kicks. I'm comparing now my first blog photo with a new photo, which isn't going to be a drastic difference since I've only been blogging for a couple years.
When I started blogging, mesh was here. I was just learning how play with shadows and windlights. I haven't change my style much I don't think, I still prefer to leave the photo mostly untouched, using the tools available in the viewer to add colour and lighting. Since October 2012, the biggest advance has been mesh bodies. Seriously though, it's still not really a thing for guys. By my count women have 4 fantastic options for bodies, and men... at this moment it's one. Hopefully that will change!
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Better Than People

I'm going to come right out and say it: I liked Frozen. It took me a long time to actually watch it after everyone IN THE WORLD started talking about it, but I finally watched. I especially liked Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People, because even the least cynical of us agree that our pets are better companions than humans, because you can always count on them to cheer you up.
I hope you all recognize me (the guy on the right), because I've dressed up to play the part for Berry's Movie Meme. Sing along with me!

Pose:An Lar - Some Kind Of Fairytale (Male half only) *NEW AT ENCHANTMENT*
Location - An Lar Estates! (Come for a visit!)
On Billy:Hat/Hair > Argrace - Ribbed BeanieSkin - Birth - ThorCoat/Shirt - Monso - My Mouton JacketPants - FATEplay - DustyRope - Twisted Trinkets - Jute & Leather Bracelet (resized)
On SvenHe's a reindeer, he's naked!

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Trim Your Tree

It's another ROMP weekend!.
I saw a few festive themed items, and I decided I HAD to do a Christmas song for today's post. Considering that ROMP is a celebration of adult items, why not celebrate with an adult Christmas song. (And there are a lot of holiday songs with double entendres!)

Have a great weekend, and do some ROMPing.

"Trim Your Tree" by Jimmy ButlerI’m gonna bring along my hatchetmy beautiful Christmas ballsI’ll sprinkle my snow up on your treeand hang my mistletoe on your wallBaby, I’ll make you cheeryBaby, you’ll call me ‘dearie’ Baby, I want to trim youNow come on, girl. I want to trim your tree

House > Scarlet Creative - Foundry Prefab *out at Shiny/Shabby*
Chair > Kuro - Tube Chair (Adult) *out for ROMP this weekend*
Tree > Laq Decor - Christmas Tree
Ladder > tarte - Ladder Display  *at Arcade*
Trompe Loeil - Reindeer Frame *at Arcade*

Skin > Birth - Thor
Guyliner > The Wicked Peach - Eye Makeup - Khal
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Knee Socks

I haven't blogged in a little while, so why not just jump right in and get naked, am i right?

Enjoy the song and the photo.

And thank you Katya for doing all the decorating! She also blogged the scene, and had so much more to say than I did!  Go see her blog post here.

"Knee Socks" by Arctic Monkeys
Well you cured my January bluesYeah you made it all alrightI got a feeling I might have lit the very fuseThat you were trying not to lightYou were a stranger in my phonebook I was acting like I knew'Cause I had nothing to loseWhen the winter's in full swing and your dreams just aren't coming trueAin't it funny what you'll do

Pose >:Rack Poses - All Began With You
Him:Hair & Toque > Mina - Alex *out now at Winter Fair 2014*Skin > Birth - Resse (with appliers)Hands > SLinkSocks > FATEwear - Jerry SocksNails > Wicked Peach - FILTHY
Her:Knee Socks > erratic - Eva Holiday Socks *at Arcade*
Stuff:Kuro - Skis and PolesWhat Next - Winter Harvest DrinksChristmas Tree - dust bunny tree

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Live Wire

He wasn't what you'd think of as a hero.... covered in tattoos, always drinking, and always angry.
Yet when lightning struck a power pole during a freak storm while he attended a bush party, he didn't hesitate to jump in the water to save his drinking buddies, not even thinking about the high current running through the power wires. When lightning struck twice while he handled the cables, he gained his super powers.
While he may never be invited to join a hero club with all of the goody two-shoes heroes, he accepted his gift, determined to do some good.... he even accepted the name his buddies gave him, "Live Wire."

Live Wire (performed by Cadillac Three)Plug me inI'm alive tonightOut on the streets againTurn me onI'm too hot to stopSomething you'll never forgetTake my fistBreak down wallsI'm on top tonightNo, noYou better turn me looseYou better set me freeCause I'm hot, young, running freeA little bit better than I use to be

Custom Pose made by Katya

Skin > Birth - Reese (light)
Hair > Exile - Unravel *out now at C88*
Hands > SLink - Relaxed Mesh Hands
Face Tattoo > Wicked Peach - The Celt  *out now at Tales Of Fantasy*
Nail Appliers > Wicked Peach - Filthy
Body Tattoo > Para Designs - Celtic Warrior

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Livin’ On The Edge

Life's been crazy, I feel like I've been living on the edge, so that's your song choice!

Check out the great new hair by Exile, called Unravel, the flag swimwear from FATEwear (which includes a whole lot of choices in the HUD), and the wild new pose from Kuro In Motion, "A Mess".

I'll try to be back soon!

Livin' On The Edge LyricsLivin' on the edge
You can't help yourself
You can't help yourself
Livin' on the edge
You can't help yourself from fallin' 

Pose > Kuro In Motion - A Mess

Skin >  Birth -Reese
Hair >  Exile  - Unravel *NEW AT C88*
Shorts > FATEwear Swimwear - Gibs
Feet > SLink - Mesh Feet

Dock > Sway's - Dock (with pole and rope)
Chair > Shutter Field - Winter Adirondack Chair

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Today was one of the days where you put on something new, and that feeling hits you...

Check out the new vest from A:S:S.

(Rock) Superstar by Cypress HillStill filling your head with fantasiesCome with me, show the sacrifice it takes to make the cheeseYou wanna be a rock superstar in the biz?And take shit from people who don't know what it isI wish it was all fun and games but the price of fame is highAnd some can't pay the way

Wearing:Hair > Exile - Take It Easy
Head > Labyrinth - Mesh Head Seduction Series
Skin > Labyrinth - Seduction
Hands & Feet > SLink with Labyrinth appliers
Vest > A:S:S - Dorian Vest *NEW*
Nails >A:S:S - Supernova for SLink
Rock Gear > Standby Inc - World Tour Gacha set
Pose > Bebotes - Guitar Men

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Still The Same

Berry's meme this week is 20 Personal SL Questions. It was a lot of work answering them all, but fun.As I started answering, I thought about the changes to SL over the years, and while some of the technology has changed, I don't think personal interactions have changed much, which is why I chose the song "Still The Same".However, if you compare my avatar over the seven years, it's changed a little, even if my stle is the same. The location in both photos is Calleta's Hobo Railyard.

  • When and how did you discover Second Life? – I discovered it in May 2007 after reading about it somewhere, maybe Wired.
  • Did you know about virtual worlds before or was this your first experience with them? – No, I didn’t. I expected to land in and move between a series of rooms. I had no idea it would be so much more like a world.
  • Has Second Life met your expectations? – All I'd wanted to to find something interesting to do on slow days, and SL has done more than that.
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