27 July, 2007

Wow, Long Time!!!

Sheesh! It's been a while since I've posted!

Well, to be honest I stopped playing Second Life for about... 2 months. Almost 3. Lots of shit went down that I didn't even want to try and deal with... things ended badly... friendships ended worse... it was just a lot of drama.

But now, FOR now at least, I'm back. :)

Recently, I've been trying to get into SL modeling and photography which has been LOTS of fun. I've had a great time taking pictures for my Flickr account. Here is just one of the shots I've taken over the last few days since I've been back:

It's not really that grainy looking, I promise. :P But you can click on it to view the full shot.

More to come!!!

11 May, 2007

Whale Riding, Friends, and Updates

Woo!! I'm SO sorry I haven't written in a while. Things have been quite hectic in real life for me lately (and will likely only continue to get worse in the coming month or so). But I haven't gone!

Last week I went whale riding... which was actually quite entertaining. Of course, it led to my desire to buy other things (i.e. a windsurfer, a tube boat, a jetski and a surf board), which in turn led to my being broke. AGAIN. But it's a LOT of fun... :) I got to hang out with my friend ArchKaine, who is a lovely guy to spend time with.

Another thing I've been doing lately is taking photos for the first edition of my brand new magazine SIN. You can see some of them in my Flickr stream. Check out Jesslyn... she's hot. *winks*

Anyway... I've really got to get headed to work, so that's all I can write in the way of updates for now... but I'll leave you with a photo of me and Arch, hanging out under a waterfall.

02 May, 2007

Randall Munroe is a Genius

If you haven't seen it yet... go see it. It'll be everywhere. Buy the poster. Love it. And get this... SECOND LIFE IS ON THE MAP!!!

29 April, 2007

Last Night's Shindig

Last night was the Linden Lifestyles Carnivale Ball!!! It was a BLAST. I spent a good chunk of the evening taking pictures (all 88 of them... 60 of which you can see on my Flickr stream!). This morning, I made a little birthday present for Sabrina and Salome... a photo album of all the pictures!

It was really great. There were party favors, fireworks, juggling jesters, dancing, music, photo booths, gondolas... it was just really great. Mingling with people you don't know is always awkward at first, but you catch on quick. If anyone has the chance to go to an event like this in the future, don't pass it up! It's a BLAST!

Here is one of me dancing with one of the guys that worked a gondola. I believe his name was Jerald. First person to ask me to dance all night! :)

It's funny, I didn't even know gondolas EXISTED in Second Life. But sure enough, there they were... paddle-driven and everything. I took a ride on one with another girl, and my hair fell off my head into the water! Well... it didn't actually fall. I ... dropped it. Accidentally. LOL But it was very funny.

Anyway, good times were had by all. Happy birthday, Linden Lifestyles!

26 April, 2007

Slow Couple of Days

Woo, I can't believe I haven't posted in 3 days!

I've been very wrapped up in real life stuff... come June 25th, I'll likely be "out of commission" for a couple of weeks. Shit, I guess that means I'll have to finish July's 2nd edition release of SIN Magazine a couple weeks early, won't I... fuck. /endthinkingoutloud

Anyway, the last couple of days have been fairly uneventful. I spent most of it building the headquarters for SIN, and setting up classified ads and event announcements. I plan on having a SIN launch party on June 1st, with the release of the first edition. Everyone that attends will get the first edition copy for free, among other things. I plan on it being a good little event... turn-out will likely be low depending on my ability to market the release, though.

I'll keep you guys posted on that... but if you want to join the Launch Party Group, search for SIN Magazine Launch Party in the groups search tab, and join the group for $25L, which will cover the cost of your ticket for the party!

Saturday night will be the Venetian Carnivale Ball being hosted by Linden Lifestyles for their one year anniversary. The prim count max you're allowed to have will be 150 total (including hair, shoes, dress, and jewelry) and there are no scripts whatsoever, even turned off ones, allowed. I'm not really clear if this includes Animation Overriders, but I can't imagine that it wouldn't. So we'll all be running around like newbies, but hey... at least we'll all be pretty stylish. After all, what's a midnight Gondola ride without a little newbie half-walk-half-running? I REALLY anticipate the party being a good time, and hope to take lots of pictures.

I found out yesterday that a couple of people I used to hang out with in South Beach (we'll just call them N and V) have been being very high-school-drama-queenish by spreading completely false rumors that I've been "sleeping with the owner of the AMA Casino and Strip Club and got V fired" which is HYSTERICAL to me. Because not only is it just a total and blatant lie, but it's also completely fucking preposterous to think that I'd have cybersex with someone I have a purely business relationship with. Apparently they've also been telling people that I'm a backstabbing whore/slut which is also, completely ridiculous. But what can I say... it's the Internet. Drama abounds. But I DO find it very funny that I continue to be the brunt of some of it, despite my total lack of anything to do with most of the situations they cook up in their scheming little minds.

Well, that's pretty much all for now. Drama, dancing, parties, and magazines!

23 April, 2007

Ballet and the Cafe

If you have never seen the Second Life Ballet before... you simply MUST check it out. I was actually SHOCKED at how good it was. I was expecting it to be the typical mish-mash of terribly operated animations that Second Life "animators" usually aspire to, but no... this was completely different. The animations were FANTASTIC (well... as fantastic as Second Life allows them to be), and the ballet was AMAZING. I was just astonished.

Inarra Saarinen is apparently a ballet director in real life, and does a superb job of directing this completely amazing three-act play ("Olmannen") written exclusively for the Second Life Ballet. The play is supposed to be about two souls battling for love, dealing with unforeseen obstacles, and of course winning out in the end (really, did you expect them to lose?). The auditorium is hosted by IBM, and VERY cleverly designed... the stage is on a completely separate sim from the audience members, which basically means lag plays little factor to the performance of the ballet. The timing was perfect, and the performance exquisite.

And the SOUNDTRACK! The play has original score made specifically for the performance. Did you EVER expect something like this to happen in virtual reality?! It is superbly done.

I just can't stress ENOUGH how great this performance was. Truly, truly fantastic for what it is.

Now, of course I attended the ballet alone, which is no great shock I suppose. What guy would want to be dragged to a ballet? But I did happen to meet a lovely Australian man there, who invited me out to go dancing after the ballet. We did, which ultimately led to my adding him to my friends list. A very sweet guy, who I'm sure I'll be speaking to again. Those Aussies... such charmers.

Again, if you have the opportunity to see the ballet perform, I'd highly recommend it. You can see them every Wednesday and Sunday at 4:00 PM SLT, at the Second Life Ballet Theater. You won't regret it, I promise!

22 April, 2007

Club Opening: Sinful Desires

I spent a good chunk of last night hanging out at a club opening for Sinful Desires. I, of course, am a dancer there, and made around $2,100 last night. I think this place is really great. The stage is awesome, the girls are all very sweet, and the martini glass tip jars are just DIVINE.

The VIP list consists of mostly well-off "democrats" of Second Life. I met several very interesting people, a few of which I took the chance to add to my friends list. One in particular, NickLessNick Renoir, caught my eye with his incredibly long black hair. I just love a man with long hair... I'm not sure why. However, hopefully he and I will get to know each other better in the future. You know... for shits and giggles.

The night started out in the typical fashion... tons of landmarks and announcements. There were more dancers there then I could count, but several patrons as well. We managed to fill the place pretty well in a matter of about 20 minutes, which I believe is an actual record. Get the butts in the seats, you know?

I left around 11:30, after my usual 2 hours of chit chatting and making people laugh at my antics (what can I say, I'm a funny fucker). I left with $2,119 in my tip jar. I made sure to double check all the other girls' tip jars just for comparison... and I am not ashamed to say, I had the highest one beat by at least $1,000L. *rub rub*

Anyway, I very much look forward to going back again. Great place, great people, great fun, great tips!

21 April, 2007

Kiss Me, I'm Famous

That's right! The Post Sixxx Grrl article published in the Herald today. It's loads of fun seeing my face on a website that's read by thousands of people each day.

Read the article here.

This whole thing has been such an experience for me, that I've actually been toying with the idea of starting a magazine in Second Life. After all, I love to write, I love to take pictures (though that may be lacking a bit), and I'm sure it will be a lot of fun to do interviews and such. I'll have to do more research on it, of course, but I'm looking forward to the prospect of giving it a shot.

Ahhh... if only I was one of those people that could stick to just ONE thing.

19 April, 2007

The International Technology Expo

It has been brought to my attention that the International Technology Expo will be held this weekend in Second Life!

Here is the information as seen on their website (linked above):

The International Technology Expo (ITE) on Silicon Island is dedicated to showcasing over 55 of the finest business related SL products that either improve RL business operations, or improve a RL company's access to a target market in SL. Products include Telecommunications, Construction Tools, Web-Based Interactive Linking Systems, Content Management Tools, Marketing & Advertising Systems, and 3rd Party Innovations.
The event will last 3 days (starting Friday, and ending Sunday), and will host multiple discussion panels on topics ranging from community architecture to lag research to digital property. Furthermore, three floors of the expo building will host multiple vendors and entrepreneurs.

This is very exciting. I can't wait to see it! Check out the website link above for agenda information.

There Was a Young Woman Who Lived in a Heel

I attended my very first "educational" class today on learning how to make prim shoes. I won't go into just how freaking frustrating it was to sit in this class (which was advertised as intermediate) with 20 other girls that had no idea how to build anything at all. What should have been an hour long class, turned into two and a half hours.

At first, the instructor didn't even show up on time. The class was scheduled to start at 5:30 (SLT) and the instructor was late. So another girl in the class, Taffy I think her name was, said she'd taken the class before and she'd teach it if she could. So naturally, all of the overzealous cheerleaders in the room started "hurrah-ing" her to teach the class. When the teacher finally showed up, I swear it was 10 minutes of "OMG that was so brave, I can't believe you got in front of all of us and started TALKING! I SO wouldn't have had the courage to do that, OMG". It was really, really ridiculous. It took everything in me to not say, "Would you all chill the fuck out?"

Anyway. The shoes we learned to make don't look that great, and I suppose they really aren't supposed to. They're just basic shoes. But at least you learn the tools you'll need to start off with, like an invisiprim script (woot!).

If I ever make a GOOD first pair of shoes, I'll be sure to post pictures. All in all, I'd say the class was worth taking. I just hope next time the instructor shows up, and the valley girls stay home.