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So I have been in and out of SL all year long, which is an interesting experience, when I got used to the idea of being logged in most of the day. School has been keeping me busy and it is hard to find a large period of time that I can relax, take pictures (and edit them), shop and hang out with friends. But in a way, I want school to take up my time, but not just homework, but time spent with friends in the real world. When I started playing SL I had only a few friends to rely on. As I changed schools, I began to have a whole bunch of people that I could hang out with and that would be my socializing. What is even more signicate, when I first joined, I was completely shattered. I didn’t know who I was because a part of me disappeared, which lead to my collapse. Something happened one day last semester. I found out that i am going to be on student senate next year, something just clicked then. Suddenly I realized that I feel like more myself, then I have ever had. Suddenly the bad memories were pushed into the far back of my memory bank. Sure I still remember them, but I know they cannot hurt me and that I am someone who is incredibly fabulous. Also over the course of the semester, I had a crush and it was a big deal because I actually told him that I liked him! Back to the day that i find out out I’m on Senate. During the day, I suddenly realize that perhaps I’m almost done with SL. The purpose of finding who i was and becoming able to deal with interacting with people was achieved and the only thing that I see SL as something that keeps me behind the computer, when i should be out with people in my RL. I know that people have found love in SL, but the idea of not being able to be with them for long periods of time isn’t realistic, and I want my love to be physically present. My RL is becoming more important, there are people outside of the SL and I want to meet them and have fun with them. This isn’t to say that I haven’t found amazing friends in SL and don’t want to keep in contact with them, just avatars are getting boring and hiding behind breeding digital bunnies isn’t going to improve my social life. SL holds a special place in my heart because this month Adia turned 3. I have been in SL for three years and I feel it is time to leave at a certain point. I gave myself Adia’s 4 rez date, May 3rd, 2011 to log out for a period of time. At that time I will be finishing up with my undergraduate work and hopefully will be heading to grad school in the fall. Second Life has been a large component to my undergraduate career and perhaps it is time to say farewell.

Balt

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Plurk has eaten my soul and I find it easier to work within a 140-character count, especially with keeping up with friends. Anyway I checked out New World Notes and they had a good link to a New York Times article on art in SL(tm) and RL. (Adia will be coming up with her opinion of Paper Couture’s Spring 2009).

Art in SL(tm) is fun. It presents a different perspective on what is art and how we experience it.

There are the 2D pictures that dominate Flickr and many art galleries around SL. Somehow I feel like this experience isn’t unique to SL. Yes the pictures are shot using SL, which can bring unique features to the pictures, that you couldn’t shoot in RL. But after awhile its kinda boring. You see a lot of the same themes running through the photos and it gets kind of cliche after awhile. However this doesn’t mean they are not works of art and they are low of quality, but somehow it isn’t the same as experiencing the artwork. Second Life(tm) is all about experience rather than just observing. Even in SL(tm) you can just observe the world around you. Just kinda look at things. But what is the fun in that. Where else can you walk through a painting that was created almost 150+ years ago and feel apart of what the artist was envisioning. SL is about doing things, whether that be dancing in the various nightclubs or building the house you want to live in.

I respond well to artwork that I can experience. I love wandering around AM Radio’s builds because they are so surreal, but somehow I feel more connected to the piece. I wander through these places that have this surreal bent to them, but they aren’t dark and in someways disturbing of Dali and Manray.

Chouchou is another one of those places where I feel so utterly connected to the art and the emotions that take over me is something I love to experience. While I try to capture the solitude and peace of Chouchou through my pictures, I feel like I come up short. It is a 2D image with some emotion, but there isn’t the essence. I guess it has a lot to do with the music that is being played, which is always relaxing.

Arahan Claveau will always be an artist on the grid that I know I will find an interesting exhibit/installation. His pieces always have a very shocking quality to them. While some people enjoy that kind of art, I don’t think I have ever been 100% comfortable with that. I know that art is about the response from the viewer, but I tend to prefer images that are happy or at most twisted/happy gothic, i.e. Tim Burton. But that is what Arahan is all about. He wants to evoke these feelings whether they are good or bad and not censoring it. Whatever the feeling, however, his builds are always good and I enjoy them. I haven’t been to see his more recent works, because I took a break for the art world, except AM Radio’s builds. The piece he has up in his gallery looks really interesting and I might go take a look.

Kinda piggybacking on Arahan, comes my issue with art. Art gets lost in translation. The artist’s intent of the piece is lost when it is just a series of seemly random things put together and you don’t know all the personal meaning behind the piece. And then there would be the Dadaist, who just put things together randomly and challenge the notion of what is art.

Actually writing this piece has made me want to build an installation, just for the heck of it. I would love to do something focused around religion because that is what I want to study. In someway I’m scared about offending people with my piece that I have in mind. As an anthropologist I have to be very careful about not offending people, especially those whom I want to study. But I guess I’m not designing this project as an anthropologist, but as an artist that has preconceptions about a certain religion and who wants to confront those and actually understand where they are coming from.

Anyway this is going way too long. Hopefully I will remember to post Adia’s opinion this week.

Balt and Adia

I have sold my soul to Plurk. I love plurk. Any post over 140 characters is too long. lol So after a nice break from blogging I’m back. So the whole art gallery thing didn’t work out. It would have taken a bunch of my time and I didn’t want to run another business, we all know how that goes. Anyway Adia has been demanding some air time for fashion so she is going start with this post!

Fashion (Insert Witty Noun) #1 LeLutka Spring 09 Collection

Let’s face it either you love the brand or you can’t stand the brand. Personally I love it. And with this collection I LOVE LeLutka. So lets break down the collection shall we.

Color Pallet: Soft and feminine. Pinks, sages, pale blues, and greens dominate the collection, very spring, very crisp. Personally I like strong colors so I wasn’t feeling the colors too much so my choices where the dark blues, olives, browns, and blacks.

Silhouettes: This season Minnu and Thora went with soft draping instead of the geometric trends of RL Spring 09. The sculpting on each piece was impeccable, although I had an issue with fit, even though I’m on the thin side of the av. Notable pieces are the Olimpia pants, Satine pants, Simone dress, Olympia sweater and the Shiri top

Fabrics: Breathable fabrics were key, cotton, chiffon, etc. Only the formal pieces was where the fabric was heavy.

Issues: Fit!!!!!!! It bugs me to no end when my smallish avatar has to enlarge stuff because it is too small! I think they should have put a resize script in the clothes so that way it is easy to do also. Grr. lol
My other beef with this collection was a lot of basics, t-shirts, tanks, jeans, sweater dresses, etc. I don’t shop at LeLutka for basics or mall clothes. I want COUTURE, like Alexander McQueen & company!!! I really liked their first collection because it was unique, out there, mind you not as good quality, but none the less different. I don’t mind paying more for an outrageous outfit. While the silhouettes weren’t, say, average, they weren’t exactly different and out of the box. In fact now that I think about it, the Dea shirt was in The Sims: Open for Business. Now I understand that designers do borrow looks from each other, but still it wasn’t innovative and that is what I’m looking for.
I have saved the biggest issue for last. FUG! There is an hyper busy floral print dress that I swear looks like something my grandmother would have worn. GAG! I will post a picture of it when I go home, but man it is UGLY! While in the same fabric there is a dress in a different cut that looks young and fresh.

Edit: Pictures are here!

Got to go! Bye
Balt and Adia

So if you haven’t heard OnRez is closing its doors because it is being bought out by Second Life and Xstreet is going to be meshed with the viewer. I use OnRez and their oh-so-nice vendors for my business. While I could switch to Xstreet, I don’t want to. Also since the business is oh-so-successful I don’t want to keep flushing money down the toilet. So it is closing. Meaning that all my lamps are going on sale for $100. It is fun building the lamps and I might still build them just for fun. Links to the shop are below. It ends when OnRez closes, on the 11th

Now, I want to say on happy note that I’m going to open an art gallery on the sims! It is going to be a small time affair with no really big plans. I’m going to be renting out a loft in the Holy Dove apartment building. I want to have small shows with like meet the artist, parties, and stuff like that. I have no clue what to call it, but I’m writing the rundown tonight, after hw of course. It should be a fun project to run. Anyway got to go tutor!

So I can’t do any large resolution images because of the fact that the glow “prints” itself several times and I was wondering if any of my readers would be kind and vote for this issue on JIRA!

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Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile, school has ended, so it can’t keep me posting regularly! With that said I have new photos!

I found a really cool build for the store 109 prims, which has some awesome steampunk vehicles and even a few merry-go-rounds!

Drill Factory

Okay, so HBlue and HAzul need more people! We had an exodus of people during the last few months and we need people to fill those gaps. Now if you have a home or a shop already, please still read this post as I may need your help as well. Note, I’m not part of the owners of the sims, but a highly concerned friend, resident, and vendor.

Here are my ideas on getting more attention for the sim.

1. I feel like we need to get more higher profile shops in the sim. We have a handful of small, locally based ones that get little traffic. Now here in lies the Catch-22, in order for us to get the traffic we are looking for, big/medium sized shops have to come in, but chances they are only going to come if they get a large traffic number. So this probably means that this isn’t a good solution, but still should be on the table if nothing else works.

2. Adversting. I don’t know how many classified ads we have put forth on SL(tm) Search, but I think it is time that we move to something that will get more clicks. I really think we need to put ads in the major magazines, newspapers, and possibly blogs so we can get out the message that we are looking for residents to the wider SL(tm) audience.

3. Possibly lower the prim rate so that way the price can go down. I know that there are other places that charge a lot more for a small amount of prims, but how many people need a few hundred prims? I believe there are more people at the lower priced end of the market than there are at the higher end. Or even better, how about charging a base fee for the size of the island, then add the fee for the number of prims one is using, so that way people who have big islands won’t be paying less then someone who is paying for a small island.

Anyway these are just some thoughts that I have, but you have any ideas that the sims could use?

My friend Cat, blog below, found this store that sells the most random stuff ever. Stuff that has close to no point in SL. Tongues, food, ice cream, group poses, bees, and a ton of other really fun stuff. So the owner gives free stuff to bloggers that contact her and I decided that it would be good to post some pictures!

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My little cushion fort, fun for hiding from enemies and friends.

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A metal detector, for finding stray Lindens. It beeps too.

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Dancing with maracas are fun, but apparently cat didn’t feel the same way.

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Me and Angie jazz handing our way through life!

Click here for the SLurl!

  • New lamps at Lofty Lighting! Yay! I designed a new one and that one is up at the store. I really enjoyed designing that one and it looks really good. If you want to check out the new lights go to the store because OnRez is not working right and isn’t showing the new stuff. I have submitted a ticket with the support people to see if they could clear this up!
  • DJ’ing Saturday, which is the new time for me. 8-10 pm at the Major Lift.”
  • I have a batch of photos, Photoshopped and non-photoshopped, on the desktop that will be uploaded sometime this week, may be later tonight or tomorrow night.
  • Top 10 coming soon. I know I’m not a good blogger, but Top 10’s require photos that I can’t upload from the school’s machine. So chances are it won’t be a Tuesday or Thursday post. :/ I think it is going to be about what gifts to get people for the Holidays. Original I know.
  • Need to find a way to get my blog more exposer. I want to see if I can get my way on to more blogs such as Botgirl’s Second Life Diary and Vint’s blog. Hmmm. Perhaps I need to put up their blogs first before they will add me. Hmm

There might be another post after this, but I felt the need to do a random update.

  • Monte Carlo Night is off. Doing Winter Ball in December when I have more time to set it up.
  • Friends, please send Christmas wishlists to me or Adia and we will see which gift is the cheapest.
  • I will DJ this Sunday, 4-6pm
  • Cat found this new crazy store called -RC- Cluster. It has the most random stuff for really good prices! I will get a SLURL asap. Best of all I got a free gift for being a blogger so I will have to check that stuff out and report back. And I will have pictures. YAY
  • Speaking of pictures, I took some at the Princeton sims and will post those. Unlike the previous times where it has been all untouched, I have decided to play around with the images. Also I’m thinking about following, if I have time, the Mastermind’s challenges and post them here. So that way I have another regular feature, unlike most of my just random posts.
  • Dollarbie lamp at the store! Owly has been bugging me to make one for a friend’s freebie group, so I made a simple pendant. Nothing fancy, only in-world, not OnRez. See Blogroll for the SLURL to the shop. Since I’m not at home right now, I can’t post a pic, although I might post it when I get home.