Wednesday, August 31, 2011

226 of 365: Impressed with Mesh

Since I was so impressed with the mesh creations I viewed last night, I decided it might be fun to try out a mesh avatar.

Meet Flufee, one of two mesh avatars available at Dirty Lynx.  The other mesh avatar is robot Yobee, which is just as cute. 

I don't know, I think I like the look of mesh avatars but it takes some getting used to.  And I was surprised when out of curiosity I checked my ARC and it was a measly 33.  I can't recall my ARC ever being that low.  

Flufee is available at Dirty Lynx or you can find it on the Marketplace.

Again, you will need to use a mesh enabled viewer to see this avatar properly, V3 beta or Kirsten's viewer.  Otherwise, your mesh avatar and objects will end up looking like big uninspiring shapeless blobs. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

225 of 365: Mesh Mellows

Tonight I took a long over due break from Meeroo petting to actually go out and explore.  Since Mesh is all the rage these days, I found Mesh Mellows by Claudia222Jewel in the mesh showcase in the destination guide and off I went. 

I had my doubts about mesh coming to SL, especially after trying some of the new mesh clothing - I was quite distressed about having to change my shape to fit the clothing, but I will refrain from dissing anything because it's still in the early mesh stages, and what do I know about making clothing anyways?

But when I tp'd into Mesh Mellows and things started to rez on my screen, I will admit to feeling a little bit of that same excitement when I first found SL - so many possibilities.  I'm looking forward to seeing how mesh unfolds in SL.  I think it has a lot of potential. 

(you will need a mesh enabled viewer to see this build.  I used v3 beta. As far as I know, the only other TPV that has mesh so far is Kirsten's viewer) 

224 of 365: It's a girl!

Sometimes I go through phases where I feel like I am just logging into SL out of habit rather than a real desire to do anything productive, and my SLife just feels a little flat.  If you've been around SL long enough, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.

But these last few days I am all excited about SL again and it's all because of my new little bundle of meeroo joy.

I was almost ready to give up on my meeroos because I kept getting a whole lot of nothin' special nests.  I don't keep track of my breeding on spreadsheets like some do because I hate Excel with my life and I know next to nothing about breeding animals in SL or RL for that matter.  I just try to pair them up as thoughtfully as I can with my limited understanding of the meeroo genetics puzzle.  I thought I was a lost cause, but the other night, Sid and Nancy Meeroo gave me their first nest, which turned out to be a keeper...

Behold Paisley new Caledonian/short tail meeroo.  To the untrained eye, she looks like a regular meeroo, but trust me, she's a rare one that is worth some $L's.

And from Sid and Nancy, who would have thought?

Actually, I'm quite happy about this because this time I put some time into researching genetic histories (and I possibly lost some brain cells in the process), and low and behold, I got a winner!

I can't wait to breed this baby for some more meeroo awesomeness :))

Monday, August 29, 2011

223 of 365: A little bit of Canadiana for this Monday morning

Some classic 80's Canadian pop, circa 1981, for you today.  This tune by the Toronto band Parachute Club has been in my head all weekend.  Filmed in the streets of Toronto, it's a classic here.

(if the link happens to not work for you and you feel like looking it up, it's called Rise Up by the Parachute Club)

(Rise up rise up)

Oh rise and show your power
(Rise up rise up)
Were dancing into the sun
(Rise up rise up)
It's time for celebration
(Rise up rise up)
Spirits time has come
We want lovin' we want laughter again
We want heartbeat
We want madness to end
We want dancin'
We wanna run in the streets
We want freedom to live in this peace
We want power
We want to make it ok
Want to be singin' at the end of the day
Children to breathe a new life
We want freedom to love who we please
(Rise up rise up)
Oh rise and show your power
(Rise up rise up)
Everybody dance into the sun
(Rise up rise up)
It's time for celebration
(Rise up rise up)
The spirits time has come
Talkin' 'bout the right time to be workin' for peace
Wantin' all the tension in the world to ease
This tightrope's gotta learn how to bend
We're makin' new plans
Gonna start it again
(Repeat chorus)
Rise up now
It's time, it's time, it's time
(Rise up rise up)
Oh rise and show your power
(Rise up rise up)
But dance into the sun
(Rise up rise up)
It's time for a celebration
(Rise up rise up)
Everbody's time has come
Spirits time has come
Spirits time has come
(Rise up rise up)
Oh rise and show your power
(Rise up rise up)
All dance into the sun
(Rise up rise up)
It's time for a celebration
(Rise up rise up)
Everbody's time has come
Spirits time has come
Spirits time has come
(Rise up rise up)
Oh rise and show your power...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

222 of 365: Yes, you guessed it...more RL pics

I guess I shouldn't feel bad or apologize for being consumed by RL life this summer.  I am still logging into SL, it's just that I am far more interested in being out and enjoying the summer before it's over, which I'm afraid will be over very soon.

This evening my family attended the Canadian National Exhibition, or simply the Ex as it is known around here.  We did the usual attractions, watched a few shows - human canonball, Kenyan acrobats, the dog show, and of course the rides.  I think I did something weird to my neck, but apparently I get the coolest mom on the block award for getting on the all the rides.

It was fun, but what really caught my eye were these sand sculptures in the exhibition hall:

"The blind leading the blind"


"Fukishima Meltdown"

Fukishima meltdown was my personal favourite.  I'm drawn to art that is political, and I loved, loved this sand sculpture.

It's too bad that it is a sand sculpture and will soon be gone.  But just like art in the virtual world, nothing is permanent and I think that somehow makes it more special and meaningful to view and appreciate.  

I should be back into blogging cool art exhibits and places to visit in Second Life soon.  School starts shortly and summer is now days away from being over :(

Monday, August 22, 2011

221 of 365

Today was a weird day that started with news of the death of a popular political leader in Canada who seemed to be taken from this world way too soon.  In Canadian history, this is going to be one of those "I remember where I was when I heard the news" days.  

I was on the trolley on the way to work reading my Twitter timeline when I found out.  Isn't that a sign of the times?  I get all my breaking news on Twitter.  

I spent my evening in SL alone thinking about all the deaths in my life this year.  I've attended three funerals so far, and it looks like my family will be attending the state funeral here in Toronto on Saturday.  Even though I didn't know him personally, news of Jack Layton's death and battle with cancer hit me hard.  Why does it seem like all the good people in the world die of cancer or in terrible accidents, and the mean, terrible ones live to be a hundred?  

Anyway, tomorrow is another day.  I'm sure I will be feeling better after a night of sleep.  Nothing else to do except to keep on moving forward.

220 of 365

This is my SL home in Piper Point which is a part of the Five Islands.  I am always working on it and tweaking things and slowly but surely, it is coming together in a way that I am quite happy with.  

I just hope that I reach a point that is somewhat finished before the seasons change, then I suppose I will start over again with winter landscaping.  

That's okay though, I find it quite meditative to work on my parcel which is a huge improvement.  Not that long ago, I actually hated terraforming and landscaping.  Now, I look forward to logging on and seeing what I can do next. 

Anyway, if you would like to stop by and look around, here's the SLurl.

Friday, August 19, 2011

219 of 365: More RL

Well, I don't have much going on in SL right now because I am busy enjoying the summer in RL with my family.  

We went to Canada's Wonderland today with my cousin and her family.  We had a great day getting on the rides and splashing around at the water park.  It was a tiring but fantastic day.

Only a couple more weeks of summer left.  I don't want it to ever end.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

217 of 365: I think my brain is still at camp

I've been back from my camping trip since Friday and I'm still waiting for my brain to join me.  I feel like I have mommy brain, where I forget everything and anything and my brain is just mush.  

I feel so lazy, I'm practically dragging my ass out the door in the morning to go to work because I really wish I could still be here:
Exploring pretty nature places in SL is just not the same as enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of hiking through a nature trail in the real world.  

Monday, August 8, 2011

216 of 365: A short break

I'm going away this week on a work trip.  I will be about five hours north of Toronto, in the wilds of Northern Ontario, gone camping.  Yes, camping, and yes it's a work trip.  My job is pretty cool sometimes.

Anyway, I'll be back for more 365 photos either this coming weekend or next week.  

Have a great week and have fun in SL! :)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

215 of 365

"And while I stood there
I saw more than I can tell
and I understood more than I saw
for I was seeing in a sacred manner
the shapes of the things in the spirit
and the shape of all shapes as they must
live together like one being."

-Black Elk ,  Black Elk Speaks

Friday, August 5, 2011

214 of 365: Another Project 365 to keep me busy

As if my current SL 365 project isn't enough, I have started another one for RL photos.  I don't know what compelled me to do it, but I like taking photos in SL and over the last several weeks, I have been taking a lot of snapshots with my iPhone and it occurred to me that everything I have learned about taking photos in SL so far, has been coming in pretty handy for my RL photo album. 

So I thought why not start another 365?  It's fun and I enjoy it, so I just did it. 

Here's a few photos I took today from the rooftop garden where I work. 

On nice days, when it is not too hot, I spend my lunch hour up here.  I love rooftop gardens.  They're like little gems of nature in the busy downtown core. 

I started another blog at Tumblr for my rl 365 photos because there I can upload gigantic big ass photos, and I just wanted to try a different blogging service other than Blogger.

 I kind of hate the name I chose, but all the ones I wanted were already taken. I'm still kind of miffed that when I went to go look at the url's I wanted, they were sitting silent, and had not been updated in ages. Hrmph. If I come up with a better name and url that is available, I will post the new link here.

213 of 365

Favourite place to hang out and chat. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

212 of 365

I blogged Roche before here.  I sometimes like to go back to my favourite photogenic places for photos and try some different windlight settings.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

211 of 365: Some photos from Ruinsfall, the home of the Dryads


Noun: (in folklore and Greek mythology) A nymph inhabiting a forest or a tree, esp. an oak tree. 

"Unique Fantasy Creations for cheap with mod/copy permissions.  Also, feel free to roam around the forest and enjoy the Siren's Cove.  Try to find the Secret Caverns if you wish.  Walk amongst the Dryads.  Even become a Dryad.  Stay as long as you like."

(use the teleporter to get to the store)

Monday, August 1, 2011

210 of 365: If I had any skill as a painter...

...I would have painted these pictures on canvas.   But with SL windlight and photo editing tools like Picnik and PhotoShop, I can almost, kinda, sort of feel like I have created a painting :)

(raw photo from SL)

(Picnik photo)

(Photoshop photo)

The soaring eagle didn't come out as clear as I had wanted, but I got tired of messing with the damn thing. 

209 of 365: A Mini-vacation at Wasaga Beach

I just got home from a weekend in Wasaga Beach, Ontario.  The town's claim to fame is that it is the longest fresh water beach in the world.  It boasts, white sand beaches, and warm waters on the southern shores of Georgian Bay.  Best of all, it is only a 2 hour drive from Toronto.  

In the summer, everyone from the city goes to Wasaga because it is fairly close and the beach is worth the trip.  However, this makes weekend traffic a total nightmare.  But despite the lag, er, I mean traffic, we didn't let it slow us down.  After several years of weekend road trips to Wasaga, we have our strategy perfected - hit the road early, stay late, don't fight the traffic and crowds of people, and RELAX.  There's nothing you can do about the traffic.   

Summer is short in Canada.  Enjoy every minute of it.