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My Orange Weekend!

Out on my Orange Weekend I had the greatest time! Dancing, checking out art, and just some wandering around the grid.

Looking at art was a great way to check out the new computer capabilities. I’ve started seeing detail in graphics I’ve not seen in SL before, more 3D now, and it came just in time to see the detail in textures at Faith Xue’s new gallery, Gallery Xue. http://galleryxue.tw/ .

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Amicus%20curiae/130/68/24

The grand opening on Saturday featured participation in creating a Cairn (Collaborative Sculpture) by modifying one of the available rocks with texture and adding it to the sculpture. Check out the Flickr to see some of the yummy textures.

I was sorry I could not stay longer at Xue but had to be off to the Odyssey Performance Art Festival  where I was participating in the encore performance of “VB15 Gracie/Kris”, a collaboration of Kris, Gracie and Vaneeesa Blaylock. I received the invite to participate just as I was about to ask if I could. It was an enjoyable experience that I’m going to share in another post.

The Festival continues this week and you can see the schedule here. You will find what I think is the most cutting edge art here in SL gathered into one place. Some of which I can’t even see, but you should.

I was able to better see how my graphics work, or actually how they don’t work at times, at an exhibit by Oberon Onmura at Project Z.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Lennox%20Hill/58/151/23

Announced just the day before, I happened to drop by when no one was there and just chilled in the center of the particle beams while waiting for the panels to fully rez and….well they didn’t,  look here.

I know what they are supposed to look like from the teleport poster.

Kind of a cool effect, but I wanted to see what Oberon was doing, or had done as this was not a current work. Maybe this is a new genre of photography where the photographer is visually challenged by way of the camera. Sparks some new wrinkles on a larger discussion as well about the accessibility of art in the new world, and why I’m happy the edge that is being pushed isn’t waiting for the technologically challenged like me.

When things had rezzed as much as they were going to in near optimal conditions, I panned up until the screen jumped to black when I assume particles were filling the entire screen. But just as I’m finding Windows 7 a rather polite host to my online experiences, I merely panned back and colors returned. I also tried the shft-alt-ctrl-9 trick I had just learned and it did bring the world back minus some intense objects including my hair and boots. But cool.

I could have used this yesterday at Save Me Oh’s ScreenMe performance which was on the platform above the VB15 stage. I just tp’d out when it went to black. Too bad, the comments I heard sounded like it was something to see. This just inspires me that there is art in SL that not even all the avi’s can see. A hint of bourgeois in a way, but it is so cool people are doing this stuff. I felt like Bob Uecker in the old beer commercial, “They’re having a good time in there!”

Btw, Oberon has inspired me since I came to SL. The biggest bummer in the Flickr pics I lost were the ones I took at Storm Cells.  I am so happy to edit that out, I found the other Flicker account! I knew it was there. I could feel it. I was catching up on a friend’s work when I noticed she is friends with the old Flickr account.

So now I am too. Two accounts now, one I have no clue how to get back into. But I’ve decided it’s appropriate as the old pics were taken with old graphics, and there is a noticeable difference. It reminds me of Lichtenstein and a fuzzy pixelation. Oh well, I’m so happy to see the Storm Cells again. I wish they were still somewhere where I could hang out on them though…

Maybe the most amazing thing I have ever seen in SL was on Friday at Push. Betty Tureau’s The Pyramids was a complete experience. Betty morphed the entire environment with fabulous colors, images and movement…and music! This is what I’m going for, art AND music, and some other things. The music added so much to the experience. It was perfect. Betty, you rock! (pass that Koolaid, I’d love some!)

There was a stop at another artist’s gallery I have to tell you about. Most of you wouldn’t think of this as a gallery, or art. But I do. I’m talking about Powers of Creation, P.O.C., and Kai Heideman.

I’ve been in love with latex since I was a too young to buy any and Kai’s creations are my fave latex in SL. His stunning, ultra shiny creations were used in Vaneeesa Blaylock’s VB17 Dark Side of the Moon, and that is where I first heard about Kai. For fit, price and shine, I think they’re the best, and I’ve been shopping at P.O.C. since.

I was feeling like something new for the summery weekend, and some bright seasonal color when I headed over. I didn’t think I was after orange, but cycling through the display the orange jumped out at me. It was a quick pick.

Not only are Kai’s creations of excellent quality, I love how he leads you through his process. The notecard that came with my lovely orange suit/dress told that this model, Halle, was inspired by an outfit Halle Berry wore to an awards ceremony. Nice. But then Kai goes on to explain (rant?) about some of the system limitations here in SL regarding avi shapes that make some challenges for him and us. It was as if a personal tailor was talking to you as you picked up your new custom-made order. He tells you in a conversational manner how to use his creations as he intended them to work for you.

I also find the store displays remind me of info and signs you would find in a gallery. Shock and hype are pleasantly missing, just informative signs and plenty of space to wander. To my eye the visual appeal of the typography and layout of information subtly informs.  I love the name and logo too. Score! Perhaps it’s all the time I spent in retail when I was younger that makes me notice and appreciate these things, but I love how it’s the product itself that is the star and worthy of being so. And Kai just has to sell you one; you’ll happily come back for more.

Here’s the notecard that came with my orange weekend outfit:

Hello and thank you for buying the *poc* Halle in Latex-Outfit.

This outifit is based on a picture I saw by chance of her at the premiere of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. I liked it so much because of this combination of simplicity and sexiness and thought: “Wow – that must look great in latex, too!” Now you have bought the results and are, as I hope, satisfied.

But…there is an issue with this outfit. It uses the “system skirt”, the skirt Linden Labs has defined for the avatar; and this is, to be honest, mediocre. It doesn’t fit well, as you might have noticed. But it is the only way so far for having a tight-fitting skirt that follows the movement of your legs. So – you have to die one death, and I choose the way for you to die…

The system skirt makes a fat ass: It bustles quite a lot in the back. To get over this, create a copy of your shape and make a skirt-verison of it. Wear the skirt and play the sliders for Butt Size, Hip Width and Saddle Bag until the skirt hugs your form perfectly. This shape will look ridiculous when worn without a skirt…

The system skirt clips: When you walk the legs always peek through the fabric. To come over that there are some glitchpants you can wear underneath that mask this clipping.

The system skirt is strange: The seamed version of the dress simulates the seams you can see on the picture. These are intent to run in a nice line from top to bottom of the dress. To do this they have to cross from the top-layer of the avatar-texture to the skirt. So they have to fit perfectly, the way *poc* always tries to make it. Depending on your shape this doesn’t work, as I had to find out. I tried it with several shapes and some matched nicely, others didn’t. If you are one of the victims, please don’t blame me, blame the Lindens…or, again, adjust your shape to get a match, it is possible

Anyway – I hope you like your dress despite my little rant.

Kai Heideman

Thanks Kai!

Powers of Creation, Eliza, Second Life

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Eliza/95/34/25

And that was my orange weekend. Dancing and meeting some new friends topped the list as always.

See you soon,

Calli

More random photos from the weekend at Flickr

My weekend outfit:

Orange latex suit: “Halle” by Kai Heideman, Powers of Creation

Boots: Bootgasm

Various scarves: BoHo HoBo

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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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