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Berry’s First and Recent Challenge meme

Meme instructions: Share a side by side comparison of your first blog picture beside a recent picture of your avatar. Don’t forget to share the link to your image in the comments and add your pictures to the Blog Memes flickr group.

I believe this meme idea was given to me by Ms. Trixie Cliassi last year. The idea was to share a comparison of your first blog post to your most recent or new one. I’ve just taken a new snapshot similar to the old one of what my avatar looks like today. She also asked us to share our thoughts on how we feel we’ve improved as photographers or bloggers.

If you don’t have your first blog picture available or prefer to use a different newbie picture, feel free to do so. The point of this post is to talk about how much we’ve changed and grown since the newbie days. I haven’t processed the 2015 picture since the 2007 one was not processed in photoshop, I figured I’d let them both be raw shots.

As Berry did, my shots are raw and untouched except to frame them up for the meme.

SL first and recent

This is me on my house in 2008 (omg, I loved purple hair) and me at the same house 2015, you can see an improved world behind me (particle clouds vs windlight), amazing changes in the things I can wear, and some slight changes in me as well (notice the long ears are still long.)

Same house, rebuilt a few times, same parcel, same wonderful Caledon in background. Same wrought iron railings.

The skin in 2008 was the brand new Nova Chai beta. The skin in 2015 is Chiokka from Plastik.

But the meme is also, what are the important changes?

My first blog post was really to setup for the role play I’d been invited to join in steampunk Caledon. I’d been in Caledon for two years before anyone really asked me to RP. The strange part was I got the invite because a young lady thought my avatar was likely a wicked demon or villainess—and a small group were at a point in story were they needed a wicked priestess to arrive for a questionable ceremony.

It was fun, but once the folks were not in SL, the RP functions of the blog went low key.

The really strange part was, I joined SL to do roleplay. But found that RP really was not all that widespread. It is a much more social place than a gaming place. Most folks think RP is hard or tricky to do, but really it is just alt-social.

Fun meme!

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Relay For Life 2014, done and fabulous

So last year I posted that there were some very broken things about the symbol and expression of community in the Relay For Life track events of Second Life.

Sunday morning, finding many emails inviting me to come and look around RFL 2014, I popped into Caledon’s camp. I also walked the track and enjoyed the many builds. You may like to catch them now before they are taken down Wednesday, July 23.

On this early Sunday morning, I found a transformed experience that reminded me of the 2008 RFL. Only later Sunday, I learned that several changes had been made to the track rules that created the very civil and energetic place I remembered from 2008.

  • No laps beyond 30. (or your name disappears from the list)
  • No vehicles, no speed enhancements, this written into the information card handed out with the freebies.
  • Web record of everyone’s times and laps easily accessed from the main page, grouped in ‘three categories’ for easy community access.

Color me grateful and impressed. These changes restore my excitement about the event and the track community. While speed scripts have never been permitted, the abuse was rampant in 2013 and now, it is back down to only the most insensitive ‘ego avatars’.

Go see the builds. Marvel at the dedication. Donate $$$ to kick cancer’s ass.

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Beating Heart…

Beating Heart…

Most folks in Second Life are not gaming… they are visiting from their regular lives. In this, you understand that there are tons of fun things to do in Second Life to enrich your regular life.

Enrichment by Art, fashion, events, social moments, music, discussion of literature, and general steampunk whimsy are popular in Caledon.

What is less popular in Caledon… is immersive RolePlay.  I’ve shared some with folks, but really, not for about three years now. Except… really, I hope this doesn’t unwind the wrong string… I’m almost always a Character without a regular life. I do not talk about the Typist so much. I used to make pains to demonstrate there was a difference—-but I’ve been lazy and folks who meet and deal with me over the past few years may understand or not understand at all that I am a protagonist traveling fictional dimensions.

Second Life is my vacation from regular life.

In that sense, I suppose being invisibly a protagonist is easier, smoother, and more social. Folks take me as I am, without regard to what I might be. That’s pretty healthy for all of us. Deeds rather than words. If this is the case I am content.

The link above is discussing vulnerability during RP and how it does not fit with the North American culture. Nothing to see here, move along now.


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Can you smolder in black and white? Why yes!

Can you smolder in black and white? Why yes!

Meme Instructions: Share a black & white portrait (headshot) of your Second Life avatar. You can post a raw shot or process the image as much as you like. Don’t forget to leave a link to your image in the comments and also share it in the Blog Memes flickr group.

This is revisiting one of the better color shots I’ve ever done, and giving it a tweak to get a black and white from Photoshop.


Here is the original shot on flickr!
Thanks for the inspiration, Strawberry!

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residing in Port Caledon

Dark of figure, bright of hair,
Quick with chatter, compelling stare,
Mild and mannered, but wild of Dance,
Loves the skies, & airship Chance.

I was having a delightful chat with a friend in the Steamgrid over the weekend, and they asked me about several communities.

Was Steelhead fun to live in? Was Babbage RP intense? What sort of events are fun in the Steamgrids? What sort of neighborhoods have the best builds?

And suddenly I realized— as I had a Steelhead tag over my head—my friend was asking me about my home in Steelhead.

Ahem. I don’t have a home in Steelhead. I love Steelhead but I do not live there.  You’ll sometimes see me with a Babbage tag. Nope. I don’t have a home there either.

Just one of my quirks: I like to know more about the various Steamgrid nations. I like to travel. I like to get the flavor of their day to day SL culture, so I belong to all those groups. Caledon, Steelhead, New Babbage, and some others that are extinct now. I tune into their chat channels. I am the attentive audience. I cheer the accomplishments and wonder.

It is six years this week, I am still on the same parcel that I first found in Port Caledon, graciously sold to me by Lady Twilight.  There is no particular stamina to this fact, but there is tenacity and luck. Port Caledon is variously a bit worn, a bit aged, there is some dirt, but it tends to collect the very quiet eccentric folks of Caledon. Mine is the house with the green copper roof. It’s the same house for six years— though I have remodeled it and added things. There are few green copper roofs in Caledon. There is an airship landing pad on the roof if you doubt which one is mine. Drop by sometime.

We are not the big city. We are not the folks with Death Ray platforms pointed at our neighbors. We do not enslave clockwork people in Port Caledon or manufacture zombies. I guess we are a bit… quiet.

Too quiet?

But I cannot tell you what we are doing there—That would be too easy.

I can tell you it is fun.


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