Saturday, November 26, 2011

"The Water Keepers" - a faux painting

I like the idea of trees as guardians, or keepers of the earth and the elements.  Actually, I not only like that idea, it's how I see the world (see Indigenous Worldview....)


I purchased a sculpted canvas prim package and now if I can figure out how to texture it properly to create a digital faux painting on canvas, I'll have a nice wall hanging to give out for a holiday gift to my friends inworld.  


So far my efforts have come up short, but I still have time to figure it out.  Of course, I can always just use a simple prim which is easy to texture, but I like the look of the sculpted painters canvas.  It has softer edges and corners and looks more realistic I think.


Wish me luck :)




"The Water Keepers"

(this is not a place in Second Life, just some stuff I rezzed to make this image)

"Inferno" by Rebeca Bashly

I took these photos a couple of weeks ago and forgot to blog them...


I'm not sure how much longer this build will be up but it was still there when I tp'd over this morning.  



The notecard giver at the landing point doesn't seem to be working properly - when I clicked it I was delivered a notecard giver script rather than an actual notecard about the installation.



But don't let that stop you from exploring this magnificent creation by Rebeca Bashly.



The build is Bashly's interpretation of part one of Dante's three part Divine Comedy - Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso.


From Wikipedia:


"On the surface, the poem describes Dante's travels through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven; but at a deeper level, it represents allegorically the soul's journey towards God."


Be sure to give yourself enough time to fully explore the entire build.  I was there for at least a couple of hours exploring and taking pictures.  And watch out for some tricky spots when you tp to different areas within.  I got lost once and had to start over.  


Still, it was worth every minute to view this breathtaking installation.  


Thursday, November 17, 2011

And now time for you weather forecast

Today you can expect grey skies, overcast with a heavy chance of precipitation later on in the afternoon.  Expect the unexpected, perhaps being trapped in an elevator playing top 40 radio first thing at the office, and a 99% chance of sad news via email quickly thereafter.  You might see some sun peek through the ominous clouds if you have lunch with friends, however, be prepared for dark, threatening rainstorm clouds when sitting in cubicle alone.


In the afternoon, you’ll see a chance of thunderstorms due to looming unpaid home renovation loan, unexpected car repairs, and work deadlines.  By evening, a dark chill will fill the air and if you forgot to turn your thermostat up this morning, be prepared for a cold evening indoors.  Overnight, turning colder.  Don’t be startled by that howling north wind at your window.  High likelihood of unresolved misunderstandings with significant other remaining unresolved, leading to another dismal day tomorrow.  Your weekend forecast: bleak, dark and foreboding…

Recommended plan of action: dress appropriately, take all prescribed medications, nutritional supplements, get plenty of rest and for God’s sake, spare the world from your misery and stay the hell off of Twitter! 




Damn I’m cranky. I'm taking shelter from this stormy weather by parking myself on my sofa watching sappy romance movies all night long.



Where's my positive thinking? I think I lost it.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Empty Nest

Well, now that 'those who shall not be named' have flown the nest and are off enjoying their hard earned freedom, I'm not quite sure what to do with myself.  


Yes, I celebrated their departure.  I couldn't wait to be rid of the annoying little buggers, but now that they are gone I can't help but feel a little lonely...




I log on to empty stumps and it's just so lonely now without them.  I miss the annoying chirping sounds they used to greet me with. 


I need a hobby.  Some have suggested breedable plants, butterflies...maybe I need a support group.  A pet might keep me occupied...wait, that's how I ended up here to begin with.  Nevermind.


Sigh.


I knew this day was coming, but noone told me it would be like this.  My skybox is so empty and lifeless, and resonating with silence...


...and what the heck am I going to do with all these extra prims?


(I promise this will be the last I blog about 'them'.  I just couldn't resist the final empty nest syndrome post. haha)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Goodbye Meeroos. Born and raised in captivity, and now it's time for you to go...

I've been contemplating it for awhile now, and I have finally made the decision to give away my nests to my friends and release my remaining Meeroos.  


Far too often I log on and stand and stare at the little creatures wondering why I continue to keep them when it stopped being fun for me weeks ago.  


And it really was fun.  I had  a great time and it kept me busy and I had a few good laughs.  I even made some new friends.


I've done my part for the Meeroo population, and the time has come for me to release my furry friends so they can enjoy their freedom in the wilds of Second Life.


So long little creatures.  My Second Life won't be the same without you, but it's time for you to go...


Oh, and watch out for serial killers and feral inbred Meeroos...they are troubled souls.  I trust that I raised you right and you can outsmart them...it's the risk you have to take for freedom...


Sniffle, sniffle.



Thursday, November 10, 2011

Winter depression and beautiful gloominess at Delicatessen Petrified

November has always been a hard month for me.  Three years ago I was diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder.  I tried the medication route, and it didn't work for me.  While it did keep my mood relatively even, it turned me into a zombie and my world was literally, a dull sepia tone with little colour.  I decided to explore some alternative treatments, namely nutritional supplements like omega 3 fatty acids and other nutrient dense foods, along with exercise.  It's not a magic pill that makes my blues go away, but with commitment and consistency, it makes a difference in the long run.

S.A.D can be quite a serious disorder for some, so what works for me may not be right for someone else.  We all do what we have to do and I encourage anyone who also struggles with this to find what works for you.  Go seek out help.  Now.  

It's strange because it is not even winter yet.  Technically, it is still autumn here, but this is the time when I feel the symptoms the most - sleepiness, moodiness (read bitchiness), lethargy, increased appetite.  The days are getting shorter, and it looks like it's 10 o'clock at night when I get home from work.  Ugh.  I have the UV lamp for light therapy which does help, however, it also tends to give me headaches and eye strain.

Honestly, the thought of crawling into a cave with my cubs and hibernating until spring is my equivalent of a winter vacation on a tropical island.  They don't call me SheBear for nothing ;)

Anyway, being in one of my moods last night, I was drawn to explore something in Second Life that is dark.  I found Delicatessen Petrified, which judging from these photos, you can agree it certainly fits the criteria for darkness...


My journey started out ominous, eerie and even startling in some instances...




This floating island pictured above kind of freaked me out.  Something about the absence of mouths in these figures...no voice...was very disturbing to me.


But as I explored further...



...I found that there is a hint of something beautiful, the kind of beauty that can only come out of transformative darkness...



I started to feel better. 


The landscape is sparse, and haunting, and reminded me that even in the darkest of times there is still always hope...



Beautiful gloom...two words that encapsulate my experience at Delicatessen Petrified.  

Winter has not yet started in my part of the world, but it is looming close.  I may not be able to crawl into my cave for the duration of the season, but I am reminded that the darkness never lasts forever.  It is a normal part of the ebb and flow of life, and what might look bleak and gloomy, actually has small gifts of hope to offer to those of us who aren't afraid to enter those dark shadows.  

Peace :)