Thursday, February 11, 2016

The City by Betty Tureaud

I have packed my suitcase
walk out the door without looking back
Leaving hopelessness and take the bus
to the city

With the hope of a better life
I stand in the dust, waiting for the door to open
on the way to the city

My last money is used for a plane ticket
Hope and uncertainty awaits me in the foreign
I am on my way without looking back

*Betty Tureaud*

The City: Another Plane

February LEA Update

Every month or two I take a swing through the Linden Endowment for the Arts sims to see which are in progress and which are locked up and then update my SL Art page to match! It's the second month of this round of Artist in Residence creations, but four sims already have opened to the public, and almost all of the rest can be visited to see where they are in progress. LEA also recently put out a call for applications for the seven Core Sims (LEA 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9) which are available for a shorter period of time on a rolling basis.

The Open sims seem to be complete and some of them have announcements (click on the first link for each for details) while the ones in progress have some things and can be entered. Any sims not linked are currently locked to outsiders or are one of the two unchanging sims.

Stranger Things: Besties

Officially Open:

Vestiges: Sandscape

In Progress:

  • LEA 4: Core Sim Grants - St Isabella Island, USA by Indea Vaher
  • LEA 10: Artist In Residence - CyberPolis: The Oracle by Asmita Duranjaya
  • LEA 12: Artist In Residence - Exodus Interactive by ExtravaDanza
  • LEA 13: Artist In Residence - Miyako jima Island by the University of Scenic Arts
  • LEA 14: Artist In Residence - Wish You Were Here by Kara Trapdoor
  • LEA 15: Artist In Residence - TBA by Solkide & Sniper 
  • LEA 16: Artist In Residence - Entropy III, Quantum Satis by NaTaS & Fiends
  • LEA 17: Artist In Residence - The Play's The Thing by Pixels Sideways
  • LEA 18: Artist In Residence - GoSL by the Game of Life in SL
  • LEA 20: Artist In Residence - TBA by [M2D]
  • LEA 21: Artist In Residence - TBA: Created by Eupalinos Ugajin
  • LEA 22: Artist In Residence - Funky Junk by Carmsie Melodie
  • LEA 23: Artist In Residence - S by Frankx Lefavre
  • LEA 24: Artist In Residence - Dystopia by Noke Yuitza
  • LEA 28: Artist In Residence - 5D by Mandel Solano
  • LEA 29: Artist In Residence - An Ascension To The 10th Dimension by Tansee

Stranger Things: Lost Pieces

If you have reviewed or know of reviews or images for any LEA sims please let me know in the comments! I'm trying to link to all of the information I can get.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What the Tortoise Taught Us

A sandscape with two sets of booted footprints. Much smaller feet in flats decorated in a heart cast a shadow over the footprints.

You're in a desert, walking along in the sand when all of a sudden you look down and see a tortoise. It's crawling toward you...
You reach down and flip the tortoise over on its back.
The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over. But it can't. Not with out your help. But you're not helping.
Why aren't you helping?

                            --paraphrased from the Blade Runner interrogation scene.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Year of Weekly Themes: Enchanted!

Softpaw Sommer is doing a Weekly Theme Blogger Challenge and I thought it would be fun to pitch in with an image for each week!

This Week's Theme: Enchanted!

A Year of Weekly Themes: Enchanted!

I love the dynamism of movement and change and the serendipitous shots which can be captured when you introduce chaos in the process of taking static images. I fine the exploration of this particular type of chaos to be enchanting and absorbing, and winnowing down through a dozen or more images to the one which captures every aspect I want singularly enjoyable. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sunday Squee: Cica Ghost's Beginners

The Sunday Squee is about things that make me happy and excited. From books to movies to television shows to podcasts, I'll highlight less commonly known things as a way to share what I love. If you want to join in the Sunday Squee, please link back to me, magnifying both of our joy.

Beginners: Sisyphean Way

Snails make their Sisyphean way up a hill, pulling row houses which a variety of strange creatures perch upon now and then. Off to the sides, enormous figures in stripped sweaters look on gloomily as the grass, and their grasslike hair, waves in the wind
Beginners is a charming build, one of the latest from Cica Ghost. She creates dream-like circumstances with gentle movement woven in. This time it's not only in the swaying grass but also in the slow movement of the snails as they "climb" up the hill with their peculiar burden. The most fun thing about the houses is that they are filled with poses; several people can perch on each roof, relaxing into the scene. It's rare for artists to offer art you can inhabit, even in Second Life, and I love that Ghost did here!

Beginners: By the Foot

Colour! Colour! Colour! Week 5: Dark Moderate Green

The Weekly Color Challenge is back this year with a different format, through the Flickr Group Colour! Colour! Colour! Each week is given an RGB code.

This Week's Color is R:130 G:163 B:55 (aka #82a337)

Colour! Colour! Colour! Week 5: Dark Moderate Green

I'm loving the inspiration to go back through my inventory and unearth old treasures. This dress (and matching lipstick) are both from Senzafine and were among the first mesh clothing I purchased. I fell in love with the dress and jacket combination, and that sort of combination has remained a staple of many mesh creator's portfolio. The elbows show some of the "gummyness" of early rigged SL mesh, but I think the excellent texturing of the dress in general, and the unique and striking style, more than make up for the difficulties of the Second Life form! I gave up trying to find accessories that matched after setting up my face, though; the group gift Truth hair is dyed, as are the Sax Shepherd Designs wings and shoes - thank you for creators for making things modify ok! My favorite part is the eyeshadow, though - part of an early playful collection from HooT, they are ladybugs painted in a variety of colors - in this case green. I love playful touches like that, where the humor can be subtle and sweet.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

How NOT to Join a Roleplay in Second Life

A Gallery VIew

Late night on my favorite roleplaying sim and we have a few different scenes going on in various places across the realm. A couple - who we will call False King and Silent Queen - came in to wander around. Really, no harm no foul - non-roleplayers are welcome, there isn't really a dress code if you're out of character and even in character it's pretty broad. Their behavior was a little odd; they kept walking around us as we were in the frozen-position norm of paragraph roleplay. Several attempts were made to engage with them in good faith in both local and IM.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Month of the Blog: January 2015

The year started with a tangle, but I got off the ground early and finally began the The 86 Aspects of Composition project. I've gotten some very good and interesting responses from the artists I'm featuring, some in private messages on Flickr and others on the images themselves, through Plurk, or even here on the blog. Along the same theme, my favorite, under-appreciated post this month was Art and the Single Avatar, where I spent entirely too much time explaining why I often take images of myself at artistic events, instead of just focusing on what the artists created.

I started a couple of other blog challenges this month, too - A Year of Weekly Themes, which has shown itself to be a lot of fun, and Colour! Colour! Colour!. For both of them I'm focusing on single images instead of my typical six - and overall I've cut back a great deal on the number of images I'm taking for posts, though I've been stepping up images from roleplaying events and the like. It's definitely a real time savings, even if I miss some of the quality of having a lot of posts exploring a place and an outfit.

Behind the Bar

Most Viewed in January:
  1. The 86 Aspects of Composition: Balance
  2. Stranger Things are Happening by Krystali Rabeni
  3. How NOT to make "Friends" in Second Life
  4. The 86 Aspects of Composition: Abstraction
  5. A Year of Weekly Themes: Birthday!
  6. Sunday Squee: Hamilton
  7. Colour! Colour! Colour! Week 3: Dark Moderate Blue
  8. Iridescence
  9. Colour! Colour! Colour! Week 2: Dark Moderate Violet
  10. A Year of Weekly Themes: Glitter!
New Friends

Monday, February 1, 2016

Genre: Queen of the Rain

Singing in the Rain

We're at the halfway point for Genre and I'm showing off Vengeful Threads' gorgeous gown with an incredibly plunging neckline. It's available in six different color options (changeable via a HUD) and has amazing shape and movement. The addition of flexy floofs for the skirt is a fun touch and works well with the black-and-color design. I don't normally like necklines that are too low, but I love the curve of this along with the relatively sedate styling otherwise which really elevates it into elegant evening wear with an edge. You can also pick it up for astonishingly little at Genre for the next couple of weeks - so hurry by!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday Squee: Rain

The Sunday Squee is about things that make me happy and excited. From books to movies to television shows to podcasts, I'll highlight less commonly known things as a way to share what I love. If you want to join in the Sunday Squee, please link back to me, magnifying both of our joy.

Rainy City

I love the rain.

There's something about the sound, and the smell, and the fizzle of lightning in the air; it makes me happy down to my bones.  I like drinking cocoa at the window while it rains outside, and watching what the light does when it cuts through water and air, and the occasional rainbow arcing across the sky like a promise or a dream.

I love the rain.

Running for the Metro