Great Masterpieces Updated

whispersI had the great fortune to participate in another of Callipygian Christensenโ€™s photo shoots. She and Trindolyn Beck and Sysperia Poppy are revisiting RL masterpieces. They are looking at the originals and recreating or reinterpreting them within SL. They are each doing a number of pieces and the official show opening is coming up in a few weeks.

I am torn between telling you exactly what we were doing and keeping it secret til the opening. I suspect that most everyone will be able to guess the masterpiece from the few pictures Iโ€™ve included here. So that is not really the secret. ๐Ÿ™‚ Itโ€™s the explanation of WHY we are dressed as we are that is so interesting. That is the part that is intriguing and exciting. Taking a scene and an event that we all know, but skewing it 180 degrees. Envisioning that moment as if it happened at Moulin Rouge. I have always been fascinated by Moulin Rouge. I am also fascinated by history and religion. I love sexy clothes. So for me, this was an exquisite combination of pleasures.

center Calli posed us for the first round of pictures. We waited as she reviewed the results, then made changes to the poseballs. You need to understand that the poseballs were specially created for this masterpiece by her friend Butch Adzebills For many of the other images Calli is creating the poses herself- these poses are not pre-fab poses available in SL. So this is not just creative Art, it is creative technical construction . After Calli went through the first takes, she moved every poseball for a better recreation of the image and put us back to position for more.

While the posing and chatter were a LOT of fun, I find that her concept was just as enjoyable. Yes, I’m sure there are some who will find it offensive. Ah well, such is life, is it not? I am sorry that something so clever will be seen by some as “wrong”. I loved shopping for the appropriate attire. LOL. I confess – i bought THREE possible outfits for her approval. The chat during the shoot was a riot. Nothing like a bunch of women held captive in lingerie to have wonderfully friendly and risque conversation.

the-right-sideI promise that as I have more information, I will let you know. I know 2 of the other masterpieces being recreated, and they should prove as stimulating as this one.

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

rhinestone-cowboyAlthough I am totally immersed in SL and am so at home here, I often feel like a newbie. I think many of my friends regard me as quite “young” still. To my great relief and happiness, my friends still mentor me and give me tips, hints, suggestions and clues for making my life in SL smoother and more fun. But compared to a REAL newbie – I am sooooo NOT a newbie anymore.

Shengri La is now an official SL Gateway (Fashion Research Institute). I often drop-in to help out, see who all is rezzing in. It is a mad house there. I had no idea how does-this-shirt-make-me-look-fatmany people rez in each MINUTE. Half the time I try to drop-in, I can’t get there because the sim is full. I’ve had to rez nearby and WALK in. LOL. But I do try to stop in at least once a week (and it really should be more often) and try to help newbies the way all the good folk helped me.

The first thing that strikes me each time is how grateful I am to have an AO. Remember back whenever in the fall when my friend mentioned I looked “stiff”? Okay, she wins. (Actually, she ALWAYS wins but that is a completely different story.) I LOVE my AO. Sure, there are 2 animations of which I’m not overly fond, but I’m more lazy than I am displeased so I’ve not removed them yet. But watching newbies walk queen-for-a-dayabout and stand – wow, stiff dweebs. I’m sorry – that’s just the truth. (And why I HATE working in opensim. Which is also another story. But there at least I am working a deal to get an AO, skin and hair. LOL).

The second thing that I notice is the newbies’ total lack of comprehension. They don’t know where they are, that they are all new, why they are there, or what they should be doing. Ah yes, I remember that well. Most of you reading this probably joined me some time along my adventures, as I met you in SL. But there are a few readers (/me waves hi to M and B, who have been reading since day 1 – Hi guys!!!) casual-attirewho remember how I got started here. I did my research BEFORE I signed up. Not only did I read up on SL and try to learn about it, I even contacted people who were already in-world, lining up my support team, as it were. Okay, not everyone has that luxury. But really – if you don’t know what SL is, why did you sign up?????? Why are you here??? YOU must have had SOME reason. Of course they did…. the streets of SL are paved with sex and money. /me does search on the map to find that sim.

by-george-shes-got-itWell, I truly must be the most repulsive or most unapproachable avatar in all of SL. Despite hanging around with the newbs, and despite hearing such conversations around me, do you realize that STILL not one person has propositioned me yet????? /me shakes head in bafflement. I don’t WANT them to proposition me, really, but the fact that everyone else seems to be hit on could make me wonder what’s wrong with me. (Good thing the auction is still fresh in my memory.) My first day at the hatching farm (gateway *grin*) when I had to walk in, I encountered two newbies who had strayed from the shelter. I met the woman first and was trying to guide her back to the stores and welcome area. Then we encountered the male. Immediately the male was propositioning the female, and they were trying to figure out HOW to do IT. In local chat of course. I said to them both that it was a totally inappropriate conversation and that if they were interested in performing that action at this time, I was not interested in waiting about to help them. The woman was quite surprised and asked me WHY it was inappropriate. Sheesh. Didn’t your mother teach you ANYTHING???? /me shuts mouth before more judgmental remarks slip out. I headed into the Gateway, leaving them to try to figure out how it’s done in SL.

The Gateway is hilarious, as wellcome-here-often-little-girl as maddening. You can’t move without bumping into someone else, because there are so many people. And they bump into you. And everyone is talking in local chat and they haven’t learned any SL conventions yet. *grin* I wait til I hear a specific question, or I see someone standing by themselves. Then I cut them from the herd and try to talk to them. Often someone else joins in. I’m always pleasantly surprised by how fast some people catch on to IM’ing, moving, flying, inventory. I was so completely clueless for days. I know now that a great deal of my problems were due to the terrible hardware issues I was having. Once I resolved that, SL began rezzing quickly and properly and everything made much more sense. So often I wonder if there is a correlation between the people who “get it” quickly and their computer hardware.

gee-she-looks-very-familiarI love watching as they all get items in their inventory. Soooo many nice things for free in the Gateway, but you MUST be a newbie to get them. Sigh. The vending machines tell me that I am too old. Some of the outfits are quite interesting. And some of the people – gee, they look very very familiar somehow. ๐Ÿ™‚

Neko for a Night

neko-for-a-nightI took the day off today – I had a lot of RL stuff that had nothing to do with work. So when I got home and logged in, somehow it seemed appropriate to go and relax at the Crown and Pearl. I realized I’d not been there for a long time.

When I arrived there were five friends there. I was about to begin dancing when I realized that I was the only one there without a tail. Now I’m not usually one to bow to peer pressure. I have been there before when nearly everyone else was “tailled”. Tonight, however, I noticed the lack and commented on it. Although they assured me that I could stay anyway, Nat did pass me a tail. OMG. It had a notecard with a zillion instructions. Now I know why I don’t wear a tail. Nat laughed at me when I said all that to her and only-bad-photography-can-clip-nats-wings said “Just WEAR it”. LOL. So I did. Hey. It’s kind of cute, you know? I don’t know that it will be my normal attire, but it was fun. So Nat passed me ears as well and PRESTO! a Neko was born. ๐Ÿ™‚ You gotta love SL.

We all continued dancing and laughing as more folks arrived. I rather like watching the tail moving about as I dance. I may have to reconsider the whole subject. I”m not as sure about the ears. I think that both of them are scripted. I KNOW I don’t have time to figure out the scripting.

Ah. Speaking of time…. I did it again, folks. I volunteered. Yep. Yet again I volunteered at work for something for which I am probably not suited. I did mention that, somewhat, to the rocking-at-the-cnpproject leader. But when no one wants a job, even the incompetent are considered. So expect to hear more about the joy of Land Ownership and Land rights. ๐Ÿ™‚ Because I have a lot to learn in a very very very short time. At least I know a little bit more about this than I know about those trees. *grin* And THIS time- I have a teacher!!!! HELL!!!!!!! HELP!!!!!

Could I see you in my office a moment?

almost-time-for-an-afternoon-breakI have been posting about my RL work that I do in SL. I can’t talk about most of it, of course. Work is work, after all. But I CAN show you where some of it takes place. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am fortunate to be friends with a wonderful person who is a great builder as well. Since I did not get her permission first, I won’t post her name, but she should feel free to claim the credit in a comment. She built me this beautiful office. I was going crazy with project specifications, scripting details, coordination of efforts, scheduling and the like. I said: “I NEED an office.” Now had I told this person that I NEEDED more boots, or that I NEEDED another AO or skin, she’d have laughed in my face. But she understood that in this case NEED really was NEED. So she built me this gorgeous executive office. This office is MINE until such time as my manager steps in and claims it for himself. Sigh. But I have it for awhile longer.

Note the gorgeous outdoor landscaping. cant-take-these-flowers-awayMany of you remember the famous tree escapade. I see you all rolling your eyes and looking for the nearest exit. Relax. Calm down. I’m only going to remind you that I slaved and labored and toiled and broke every fingernail I had planting flowers and bushes for days, only to be asked at the last minute by that project coordinator to pull them all and redo the gardens completely with fewer prims and fewer unique flowers. Oh yeah – in less than 24 hours, too. Well. The same person owns the land upon which my office sits. But my landscaping STAYS this time!!! No one can touch it! Because I am listed as owner now and it’s my parcel. So the flowers and the tree and the waterfall STAY. Hah!

mosaic-waterfallAh yes, I have a wonderful outdoor patio with a waterfall to provide soothing sounds while I take refreshment under the weeping cherry. Beautiful flowers climbing the terrace. Yes, I do have neighbors. Even more awkward – I am near the central landing spot for the sim. Sigh. It would have been nice if SOMEONE had mentioned that to me when I said that I thought this parcel would do. I know – I should simply be quiet and be grateful I got this parcel. Still….. I don’t mind people coming by and walking in. What annoys me is that they don’t close the door behind themselves. ๐Ÿ™‚ Come in, look around, sit down. But please close the door!!!! Every time I’ve tp’d back to the office this week, at least one door is open.

So the inside is quite luxurious. I still need my-office-at-the-momentto fix the poseballs in the guest chairs at my desk. *grin* Otherwise my guests will fall asleep. I have a huge conference table for meetings. A couch and comfy chairs for more informal occasions. A slide projector.

I have a laptop and an additional monitor – quite de rigeur for software developers. I have a box of donuts when needed. That impressionistic picture the-door-to-the-exec-bathroomabove the fireplace is Alan Turing. There are leather-bound books on the shelves, with gold lettering. There is a complete coffee set in the sideboard. ๐Ÿ™‚ Really – all the amenities one would expect in a corporate office. Well, almost. There were one or two things that are NOT there, but then, we were trying to follow corporate policy. You know – do what I say, not what I do. *grin*

So for my first presentation I put on door-is-opena suit and all, looked quite, sigh, dull. For the second presentation, I went back to being myself. *grin* jeans, boots and a sweater. I did put my hair up, however, since even in RL I will pull back my unruly mop when I am doing presentations.

So here is my office sweet office. I love it. I intend to enjoy every moment of executive privilege til my manager takes my offfice away. fun-fun-fun-til-my-mgr-takes-the-office-away Feel free to drop in and visit. Office hours are M-F, 9-5. See you soon!

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SOLD!

everyone-wants-to-bid1Yep. I was sold yesterday. Auctioned off to benefit Cancer Research UK. As you probably guessed, I was stressing about the event. ๐Ÿ™‚ How unlike me, no? Just when I think I am finally getting used to SL, that I am maybe NOT such a newbie anymore, an event like this comes around.

I’d never been to an auction before. I understood the concept, but never saw one or participated. I think I was expecting something semi-orderly. *grin* I am soooo naive. I am not saying that the C2P folk were not organized. No, no, no. NOT what I mean at ALL. I mean that people are crazy. ๐Ÿ™‚ There were dozens upon dozens of people all gathered at the C2P. And EVERYONE was chatting in local chat at the same time!!!!! alann-does-his-part Do you have any idea how FAST that text scrolls when EVERYONE has something to say? Then add all the people who are IM’ing you as well. Don’t forget that I was already stressing – having that “narrowing focus, pain-in-chest, rapid breathing, hard to concentrate” kind of stress. I was totally confused through most of the first auction. ๐Ÿ™‚ I finally started closing IMs and ignoring everyone except one or two people who were answering MY questions. *grin* I never even read the chat til hours after the event was done.

First, I have to thank my friends. Blanche DuBois may have had to rely on the kindness of strangers, but I am never without the support and generosity of my friends. So many of you came there to bid on me, keep me company, make me laugh. I am so touched and flattered by your kindness. I had friends who couldn’t be there themselves who sent surrogates to bid on me. You are all wonderful. You are the reason why SL is not so “second” and why I love my life there. Friends make my world. When I went up on that auction pillow, I did indeed feel like a deer in the headlights. As I focused in on the chat around me and listened to you all, I knew that everything was alright. *Hugs* to you all.

ahuva-as-uncomfortable-as-she-looksThanks to Shenlei for providing me with an outfit for the occasion. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, I did indeed skip my jeans for one night. I even, oh can you believe???, didn’t wear boots. *grin*

Thank you to everyone who bid on me, helping to up the price and raise more for Cancer Research UK. That, after all, is why we were all there.

The full line of my pictures are up on Flickr, as always. I thought about posting part of the chat here, but decided there is a limit to how much I am willing to humiliate myself for your amusement. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not even talking about all the rude things they were saying about me as they auctioned me off (Prad – you and I HAVE to talk – wherever did you hear THAT rumor???) or about the dire fates for which they claimed they were purchasing me (only “belly dancing for newbies” is fit to print on my blog). Even more embarrassing than that is my total lack of comment through the majority of my auction. *grin* I believe I managed 3 comments in all, mostly along the line of /me blushes and /me blushes more. The only thing I could think to do when I heard the final result was to faint. *grin* Both at the amount and the winner. More than that – hey, next time YOU show up at the auction if you want to know what happened.

Pre-Auction Jitters

OMG. WHAT have I done? I can’t believe I’ve really agreed to let myself be auctioned off. I’ve gone from fearing that no one will bid on me to imagining the worst. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Anyone out there know the play “Oklahoma“? Remember when they are auctioning off the picnic baskets??? OMG. What if Jud wants to buy me??? Where is Curly????? OMG OMG OMG.

And what do I WEAR???? Do I dress in my usual jeans and boots? Do I dress up? I’ll tell you right now – my son is not finding this humorous so do not even suggest slave silks as a joke. I am ransacking my inventory trying to find the appropriate attire.

I’ve made a list of my “talents”. ๐Ÿ™‚ So if you buy me, here’s what you can get. Someone who can
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I think there are probably other things I can do, within REASON, thank you very much! ๐Ÿ™‚ , but that should be enough for a start.

Of course, that assumes that I can figure out what to wear and actually make it to the auction today at 1pm SLT. ๐Ÿ™‚ Remember – it’s a good cause – raising money for Cancer Research UK. So even if you don’t want me, you may want someone else up on the block. Or you can just contribute for the cause! See you soon!

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I’m up for sale

auction1Sigh. Yeah, it’s true. I’m being auctioned off. I really don’t have a good feeling about this, I have to tell you. But, my friends come through for me when I need them and so, well, I simply will have to come through for them. I am stealing the next few paragraphs directly from Landsend’s post. Yes, I know that is morally reprehensible, but I am sooooo tired I simply can’t think straight enough to write my own.

On February 8th, at 1pm SLT, Crown & Pearl is auctioning off โ€œdatesโ€ to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. It will be a large event so weโ€™ll shift down to the new club – C2P – at Angel Square for it.
Itโ€™s quite simple really: People get bid on and all proceeds go to the charity, and what you get if you โ€œwinโ€ the person is a โ€œdateโ€. The date doesnโ€™t necessitate anything dodgy (well unless you both really want it to!). Itโ€™s just buying an hour with the personโ€™s charming company, for the sake of a damn good charity.

So there you have it. Now’s your chance to buy Ahuva Heliosense for an hour. Anyone need a script? ๐Ÿ™‚ I also can plant flowers. I’m sure I have other talents. Let me go read my blog and see what it is that I think I can do. *grin* But please – someone – come bid. Because it will be so embarrassing if I have to buy myself. I have a sailboat – want to go sailing? I like to dance – want to go to a club? I have a plane (thank you again, Dark!!!) – want to go flying? I”m sure I’d be a very fun date for an hour. Please???

Duet

ahuva-in-slYou know that Shenlei and I are good friends in SL. What you may not know is that now we are good friends outside of SL. ๐Ÿ™‚ In the atomic world, Shen is CEO of Fashion Research Institute, Inc. Shenlei has invested much effort into Opensim. This week she announced a major enhancement that will bring joy to residents of virtual worlds – the creation of the Message Bridge. The technical announcement can be found at Open Simulator Forge.

What exactly is the Message Bridge? It is a tool that enables someone in an opensim grid to chat with a resident of SL or another opensim grid. I’m lifting the following directly from Shen’s blog on this subject:
The Message Bridge is simple. One simple chatted command, and Iโ€™m connected to colleagues and friends in Second Life without breaking immersion in OpenSim. I can stay in touch, handle issues as they arise, and remain safely tucked away in our OpenSim doing real work. Itโ€™s a small advance in technology, but a huge social advance for people doing real work in OpenSim.

People who are working in OpenSim usually have roots in Second Life, and are likely to have business contacts and actual business in Second Life as well. It is a matter of business productivity and quality of the work environment that the two populations can communicate through messaging without breaking immersion. Itโ€™s not teleporting, itโ€™s not asset sharing, but it is a critical component to supporting actual workers doing actual work in these virtual worlds. It lowers the barriers to doing business across worlds.

Kudos to Justincc, the lead developer on this project! Not only is Justincc wonderfully brilliant, he is a nice guy too. ๐Ÿ™‚

So here is the proof folks: You can see Shenle in her opensim grid chatting with me working away in SL. Same chat, different worlds. Notice that while my chat box is the old familiar SL look, Shen’s chat identifies the grid for each user. ๐Ÿ™‚ You gotta love it.
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