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Christmas in Second Life

christmasinsl1Sitting in a gold gown on a Mediterranean beach on Christmas morning, chilling with my kitties… I still love SL!

It was Christmas season a couple years ago that I had the occasion to spend much time logged in while most in both worlds were busy with seasonal activities. I was happy to be in a warm house in a comfortable chair with screaming internet access during my off-season, and I had just found Second Life. The adventurer in me found this whole new world to explore, and I took off for things unknown. A shaman’s paradise, Second Life has brought so many important people across my path here, starting from the first or second day. But I did not quite see it as that in the beginning. What it quickly became was the best therapy I had ever hoped to find. Instead of analyzing this and that, you can just live through it in a real enough sense for it to be quite effective with a bit of imagination. Bits of life you missed or would have liked to have tried are pretty doable with a little thought.

It was in fact a paper about the validity of social research in virtual worlds, and Second Life in particular, that led me inworld. Editing said paper for a friend, by the time I’d read it for the umpteenth time and seen a couple of screenshots, I was intrigued enough to create an account and see what’s up. Now looking back with new perspective I’ve gained since coming here, I see what an absolutely critical piece of my path my Second Life here has been. I have found so much goodness here in many forms, and it has been literally life changing.

christmasinsl2These days I don’t do much in SL except what I’m doing today, sitting on the beach and looking out at the vastness and taking in all that is going on around me. It seems to be a full time job these days to work at maintaining presence in each moment, but I get so many messages that it’s the most important thing we should be doing as we pass through these very interesting and beautiful, if not turbulent, times we are in the midst of.

When I came to Second Life I’d heard that it was the perfect place to learn new things, try new things, develop new things, all with very low cost and an accelerated timeline. Sounds perfect for developing a new career or new lifestyle, and I’ve had several lives here in SL just like I’ve had in the other world. The last life I’ve been living here in SL has really resonated for me to the degree that it has become my First Life, or Real Life as some say, and that has taken me more and more to that realm of Real Life where it is now manifesting.

As we’ve past the many cosmic events and activations since around Summer Solstice back in June, this year of 2012 has seemed like a year of completion and clearing. 2013 is feeling more and more a time for action with our new Hearts and new awareness, and I feel fully in the flow of that already.

In this amazing time of transition I wish you much Peace, endless Blessings of Love, and all Goodness for your Path. You are Beautiful, You are here for a reason, and You are Loved! All Goodness for Your 2013!

Love,
Calliope

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Love for Norway

I’ve not really known what to think about the tragic murders that took place in Norway this past week. I admit to not always keeping up on major news events like this, and in thinking about it, it feels like I have become overwhelmed by the news of such events.

As mainstream media aims to desensitize us with spin and marketing to make scenes such as has happened seem commonplace, for me it has come to feel like this kind of intense media coverage trivializes the magnitude of what’s happened.

Perhaps it’s because I’ve seen and heard about far too many events like this in recent years, or that my limited knowledge of other cultures only allows me a superficial level of comprehending, but I feel like I’ve lost the ability to really understand the impact one person can have on a culture, and the world. Words feel sorely lacking.

A friend who lives in Norway has also had difficulty finding words for what has happened there. But she has put together a blog post filled with pictures of the beautiful people of Norway and how they are grieving their loss. It is moving beyond words and has taught me much about the Norwegian people in just a few minutes. Thank you Agnes.

If you’re a Second Life resident there is also a memorial inworld at the Second Norway sim.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Norge/136/152/31

Then I find a blog post from someone who does have some words about what has happened in Norway, and it has given me some context that helps. Her name is Starhawk and her words and ideas have inspired me for years.

The most positive thing I can leave you with in this post is to tell you about her book that literally changed my life, The Fifth Sacred Thing. Now her utopian view of a society in 2048 that embraces diversity, community, and the earth is being made into a very unique film. Please read more about it and see if you can’t give it your support. It’s a story the world needs to hear.

Love and take care of each other,

Calli

More Orange Weekend!

Riali @ Ozland

In my haste to push the publish button yesterday I forgot a couple of stops I made.

The first was another visit to my friend Riali Sandalwood’s exhibit at Ozland where she is Visiting Artist of the Month. Her “Whismsical Cats” piece is available for free at the exhibit.  Tees are available too with some of her artwork on them, and the original works themselves. My fave is the one with the Love Birds. And it’s orange too. Hmmm.

Ozland Visiting Art Gallery, Ozland SW, Second Life

http://slurl.com/secondlife//194/250/500

Riali also has another exhibit at Monroe Snook’s Studio 33 with works of a completely different style. You’ll TP to a meditation circle featuring the current artists. Riali’s exhibit is at Art Yard 3 on the teleporter in the circle.

Studio 33, Rockcliffe Conservatory, Second Life

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rockcliffe%20Conservatory/212/82/22

Calli @ Chelsea HotelAnother place I finally got around to checking out was the Chelsea Hotel in NYC. Second Life’s NYC. I hung out here for a few and did some writing and loved learning about the history of the Chelsea. There is modern history too as a notecard is given about the takeover and subsequent battle for control of the hotel. I’m fascinated by the account as I live in a very similar building on the other side of America. A lot to think about and perhaps write about.

But in the meantime, check out the Chelsea Hotel. It’s full of art and there is a big sale on right now, it’s a great place to chill, and it’s full of history. Good music stream too.

Hotel Chelsea, Manhattan, NYC, Lanestris, Second Life

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Lanestris/53/153/98

See ya soon,

Calli

Random music: Tiesto – Elements of Life

Second Life 2.0

Well I’m back.

It’s been almost a year since I was in SL with any kind of regularity or being able to participate in much here; and it’s been quite a year as well in that life they call real.

One of the biggest impacts was not having much of a place ever to log in. It wasn’t that I could not get in at all, but just randomly and then from a coffee shop, more and more Starbucks for the quality of the Internet connection. But it was difficult to feel like I was in SL while sitting in one of the main arteries of American culture in 2011, Starbucks, who does consistently have an SL-capable internet connection.

Once you start frequenting places less often or not at all, your conversations with SL friends gets more difficult to maintain as you lose context and knowledge of life in SL. So you drift. I told many of my good friends I’d be gone a while, and have picked up with most of them now that I’m back. But some have gone, and others are doing new things like I am, and so the context of what brought you together changes. Just the same as happens in the concrete world.

There was definitely some magic afoot for me to be back and writing this today, and it’s given me new thoughts about accessibility and privilege I want to explore.  A few factors that helped me were:

A random wireless connection that appeared one day from my new digs  in the City

A computer crash and then Resurrection

The fact that in a year of living on my feet (the real ones), I managed to hang on to my aging laptop in working condition. Thank you Gods of Technology!!

My 3+ year-old laptop, one step up from the bottom, is not supposed to run SL anyway, It has decent graphics for a laptop of it’s era and pedigree, but now an aging dinosaur in the light speed world of technology. While I’m pretty happy with some of the changes and plans I’m hearing from the Lindens since I’ve been back, the renovations to the grid have been working my Win Vista laptop to the limit.

Then things stopped altogether.

And the Resurrection brought improvements

Windows 7 – fresh install

Memory – 2 to 4 GB

Cooling – the laptop is elevated about 4 inches above the table now with a $13 fan blowing across the exhaust fan. It barely gets warm, if that.

Now it works really well! When it still has a moment, it’s not a blue screen freak out like before,  just a polite black screen that you can back out of. Sa-weeet!

I can also multitask now with the new memory and the Win 7 environment. Yay! At the moment, I’m listening to music from my patio in SL, while typing in Word with Firefox on and a few tabs open like WordPress. This really is a whole new experience to me to be able to work outside SL while I’m in-world. It was not easy to do before.

As long as I’ve been in SL I’ve heard that I, among many, have never really seen SL. That since I don’t own at least a certain level of machine I can’t appreciate the SL experience as it was meant to be. I’m sure that experience is truly amazing, and I’m looking forward to seeing it. But I’m also here to say that I’ve built a fabulous life in SL with a door to entry that was supposed to be locked, and I snuck in anyway. I realize I ‘m on borrowed time and the upgrade has kept me surfing just ahead of the crest of the technology wave, so a new surfboard is in the works.  But I’m here!

Many things in our modern culture come with critical thresholds we are warned to abide by, or else….or else what? I find that in our hurried busy lives we often accept much too easily the words of modern soothsayers who probably have different goals for such limits than you do if you were ever to chat with them about such things. Those safe limits are created by people that like where they fall on those thresholds. In fact, their perspective determines what they can ever be. Yours is likely different. So trust your intuition and plunge ahead. In many situations any damage is not corporeal or substantially impacting anyway. How safe do you want to live life? I suspect there is a whole population of people like me living happily below those margins because SL is still very cool with what you’ve got, clunky moments and running into things not counted.

For me this upgrade has meant a much richer detail on textures. They have really come alive from previous photography or just viewing on my laptop. Interestingly all that old photography was blown away in what I’m calling The Great Computer Crash of 2011, but I am having fun with SL photography again and out filling up a new Flickr account. It seems the old account was lost in some tech merger or something while I’ve been away. Oh well. This is all obviously the work of Gods and Goddes… well probably just the Gods. But no worry…it’s my Second Life 2.0!

So I’m back in SL and loving every minute of it. I missed the art, and the technology, but mostly I missed the people. Old friends and new ones I’ve  just met- I’ve missed you all!  Because I don’t find that many of you in my RL. Perhaps because you are already in front of your screen as I race back home from necessary RL errands to get back to what’s really become my real life, here with you. SL is where I think the people I’m looking for hang out. It’s where I find myself when the larger world makes me pull in just a bit. Here in SL I find the part of me that doesn’t always find it’s way out in the concrete world. In my SL I can have experiences that escape me in the other world; cost, time, or maybe you can only get across town once in an evening even with a reasonably unlimited budget. Those are very real factors for many people even in a place like San Francisco. In SL, those barriers are much smaller.

And where else can you have a Vegas-style weekend like I just had over America’s Fourth of July weekend. One where you awaken to find you’ve taken some vows of some kind with a person you could easily spend much time with…never to see that person again. Haha. I love being able to laugh about those things when they happen here. Outside of SL an experience like that would likely bring much to untangle; here I can remember what fun it was and remember it’s the experiences that are the wealth I seek.

We’re a young republic here in SL, and we come here with some hurts from the other world, but taken altogether I’ve not met a finer batch of folks anywhere. It is truly my joy to meet more and more of you in SL. It will keep me coming back for the duration. I just met a few more lovely folks during what I’m calling My Orange Weekend, and I’ll post about that next. No, that’s not a nod to the overload amount of the color orange you see everywhere in San Francisco. Think orange latex, of which there is a shortage even in Fog City.

Be seeing ya,

Calli

Random music during post:

That’s What Friends Are For – Dionne Warwick

Dinka – Elements (Edxs 5un5hine Mix)

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