Ahuva Does High School

Maybe take this blog with a grain of salt. Let’s see where it goes, okay? I’m facing a lot of frustration in my atomic life (if I were a real atomic person, which I deny. So much easier that way.) Nothing that earth-shattering or important. But taken in combination, well, they tend to suck the energy out of me. And energy, unlike passion and love, is a limited resource. Even two days basking on the beach have not fully offset the garbage factor.

It’s time for yet ANOTHER high school reunion. Now I enjoyed high school. I was in the band, the choir, a gymnast, played volleyball, had friends, went to parties, was in the top 10% of the class, graduated with awards. I was active and participated. I did go to the first reunion. It was tolerable, ending on a sour note, as I recall it. I haven’t gone to any subsequent reunions, which seem to occur every other year. I REALLY don’t get that. Why???? *I* have moved on. Who cares??? It’s done. Over. Yet I have close friends and family who think that reunions are FANTASTIC!!! GREAT!!! What the heck is WRONG with you, Ahuva??

I don’t KNOW what’s wrong with me. I have no desire to go. But for some reason this year, I am being pressured by many, many people. Besides the usual culprits I encounter in my daily life, I have had 5 classmates email me to convince me to go, using both overt and covert methods (our 1st grade teacher will be there; would you like to ride with me?; I’m renting a house down the shore). Maybe this is sour grapes but I don’t want to see these people. I’m glad that they are alive and well. I hope they are happy. But how many times can you stand there and say: yes, I still live in Hometown, USA; yes, I have a son, he’s wonderful, I’m so proud of him, he’s going to college at my alma mater; yes, my husband is wonderful – still on #1; my family is fine, thank you; my job is fine thank you, I work for Company Z; yes, I do software engineering, who’d have thought it?” I’m bored, and that was one time. What are the odds that I am going to reconnect with someone and have the most fabulous time of my life? Or make a contact that opens new doors for me? Or meet an old flame and fall in love? Oh, gee, wouldn’t THAT be convenient. Not.

But. I look at that attitude and I think: could you be any more negative? Is that who and what you want to be? Maybe now is the time to go back and say hi to the people that were once so close to me. Honestly – I don’t see why, I don’t really understand why others are compelled to do this. But I think of the Nickelback song I use as my anthem these days: If Today Were Your Last Day. While the lines that REALLY speak to me are the ones beginning “It’s never too late to reach for the stars”, the song also includes “Would you call those friends you never see? Reminisce old memories?” I’m not sure that you are allowed to pick and choose which part of the gospel you want. πŸ™‚ Hah – THAT is a whole other discussion, is it not??? πŸ™‚

So Ahuva is going to her high school reunion. Most of me thinks this is a big mistake – a waste of my time, money and will further ruin any fond memories I hold. But I will put on my best Ahuva jeans, shoes and top. I will remember that I am She Who Throws Herself Under the Bus and Emerges Stronger and Happier. I will gird myself in the knowledge that I have already accomplished more in the last few months than I could ever have imagined. I will fasten my ribbon-chains on my wrists and dance. Right before I walk out the door – I will turn on my AO. And Ahuva will saunter into that reunion, head held high, knowing that she lets nothing stand in her way. πŸ™‚ If today were her last day, she’ll do it right.

Ahuva Does HS

Snippets

Krissy Muggleston fell in love with Bryn Oh’s The Rabbicorn also. Actually, everyone did/does. But Krissy has an excellent eye and is catching all of the subtleties and nuances that Bryn has embedded in the build. You should click through these links to see the fine detailed photos Krissy has captured. Obviously I need to go back and view it with a microscopic lens instead of my macroscopic emotions. πŸ™‚ In the meantime, I have posted my pictures up to my Flickr account.

SL Woman DDDrama Dolls are still going strong. πŸ™‚ I gave one as a gift yesterday because I needed to apologize profusely to some dear friends. 😦 I missed their wedding this weekend. It was on my calendar and everything. I feel terrible for letting them down, not being there to help them celebrate their joy. Unfortunately, sometimes RL is like that. I could not be in both places at once. So I gave them a Drama Doll, told them to name it Ahuva, and let me apologize abjectly and self-destruct. *grin* I gave them the link to the tutorial video as well.
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designing dreamsI know an author!! Shenlei Winkler (aka Shenlei Flasheart) has written a book. Actually, Shen has written MORE than one book and is working on others. This in addition to all the fashion work, mentoring new designers, teaching college courses, running a business, pushing the boundaries of opensim, running a real life and being a good friend. πŸ™‚ This latest book is a text that focuses on the business of design for aspiring professional avatar apparel (virtual) designers. Very exciting. The book is Designing Dreams, available through Amazon.

Ahuva and BlueFor those of you who like to keep up on ME (isn’t that EVERYONE?), you’ll be happy to know that I had a Blue Saturday. *grin* That’s GOOD news for me in SL. It means Blue and I were logged in at the same time and we both had time to dance and chat a while. I slipped into my new dancing dress (thanks to Oura, who found it and knew it was just what I needed) and joined Blue at Phat Cat’s for a wonderful time. Thanks Blue! *smile*
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I feel a little silly. Remember many posts ago I talked about how my neighbor put up an unappealing object, right in the sight-line of my pool? Problem ResolvedI was so proud because I put up a fence and blocked it. Well, last night I got an IM from someone who pointed out that the object was on MY land. /me blushes profusely Yes, I DO own that little 16×16 parcel. It was an ad farm and apparently I never joined it to the rest of my land, so none of my group rules were in effect. So someone could and did leave garbage on my property. Thanks to the kind intervention of a stranger, that object has been removed. I will try to remember how to join the parcels, but in the meantime my group rules are in effect.

I LOVE the Rabbicorn

The RabbicornLove, love love the Rabbicorn. I WANT the Rabbicorn. I NEED the Rabbicorn. I tried repeatedly to steal the Rabbicorn from the exhibit. I told Tez and Bryn that I wanted a gift shop at the end of the exhibit so I could buy my own Rabbicorn and take her home with me. *grin* Merchandising IS where the money is, no? Oh yes. And I LOVE Bryn Oh and I LOVE Tezcatlipoca Bisiani.

This is MY blog so I get to talk about the exhibit from my point of view. *grin* First – if you like total surprises, stop reading now. I will do my best not to tell/ruin the story, but you may get hints anyway. Second, I want to tell you how powerfully the exhibit affected me and so it will be “about me”.

I confess – I didn’t want to go to the opening last night. I’d spent the RL day down the shore, soaking up the sun and the surf. I was TIRED. I was also a bit “put-off” by Tez’s description of the exhibit: “Bryn Oh’s new build The Rabbicorn tells the melancholy origin story of the title character, an original robotic being in the Bryn Oh universe.” I am NOT into “melancholy”. I’m really not into “Art”. In my family – I am definitely the Philistine, the one on whom great Art is wasted. I am that horrible person: I know what I like. πŸ™‚ But when I IM’d Tez to make an excuse, I realized that I was going. πŸ™‚ Jonah had aleady said he would like to go too, so I pinged him and said “We’re on, kiddo.”

Rabbicorn IntroWe tp’d to the landmark. It was sparkly and noisy and dark and confusing. I am easily confused in SL. I never quite understand directions that are, apparently, obvious to eveyone else. I don’t see what I am supposed to touch, where I am supposed to tp, where to position my camera. As an example – I had to ask Bryn, who was greeting arrivals, how to even get out of the entryway and to the start of the exhibit. *grin* Other people seemed to be finding their way with no trouble. Jonah had to come back and practically drag me to the first stop.

The first chapterI hated the first stop. I already hated being confused, hated being tired, hated the constructs which looked creepy. I didn’t realize until after I struggled to read the text on the table that I could have TOUCHED it and read it with no trouble. (After a year, in SL – wouldn’t you think I’d KNOW that?) I hated the story. It sounded creepy and violent. I already had “melancholy” stuck in my mind. So I whined at Jonah, he gave me explicit directions on how to find the teleporter and we went to the 2nd stop.

Jonah checking watch, wondering how long it will take Ahuva to read the notecardI still hated it. Same reasons as above. And it was TOTALLY black when we arrived. Sigh. I fixed that by turning around. But at least I was beginning to figure out how to move about, where to find the storyline, what I was supposed to be seeing in the build. At least I was no longer totally baffled. Just cranky and anticipating melancholy and misery. 😦 Then we got to the 4th stop. Where I finally SAW the Rabbicorn (she’d been there before, you know. I simply didn’t recognize her). I understood who the main character was, what she looked like – I finally started to connect. I have to say that I’d been IM’ing poor Tez as well as Jonah. I begged Tez back before the first stop for clues on how to navigate and an explanation of WHAT I was supposed to be “getting” out of this. But here at this stop- I began to “see” the Rabbicorn.

The Rabbicorn begins her journeyThe Rabbicorn is adorable. I love her. I looked at her face, her ears, her horn, her legs, her feet. I love her. It was that simple. Now as we moved through the story I got ANGRY. I didn’t want anything bad to happen to MY Rabbicorn. I IM’d Tez and warned him that if Bryn allowed anything bad to happen to the Rabbicorn, I would NEVER go to another Bryn Oh exhibit. Ever. Tez merely sent back a non-committal emoticon. I raged at Jonah. I don’t LIKE bad things. My Rabbicorn was endangered. Oh SPARE me that a good story line needs conflict, suspense, tension. Don’t hurt MY Rabbicorn!

Bryn Oh, The Rabbicorn and meaniesBryn herself appeared at this point. We told her how much we were enjoying the build. I told her that I was going to be extremely unhappy if anything happened to my Rabbicorn (yes, I did indeed have the effrontery to call her MY Rabbicorn. πŸ™‚ I don’t think Bryn minded.) Bryn told me to have faith. THAT did indeed pick up my spirits. I trusted Bryn. I lost the last lingering crankiness ( I really did NOT want to be manipulated into “bad things”). Poor Jonah. I became totally immersed in the story. πŸ™‚ Poor Tez as well, who was also suffering a running commentary.

The Rabbicorn restsI took dozens of pictures. *grin* Jonah and I spent hours in the story, talking and exploring. At one point when we couldn’t find the Rabbicorn (and be glad I was NOT IM’ing YOU at that point) we had to fly, cam, search hunt, I went a little, um, extreme. *grin* I bet that surprises you. The build is so clever – until you found the Rabbicorn – you didn’t find the tp to the next spot. πŸ™‚ Without Jonah I’d never have found her. I had the right idea, but didn’t take it far enough. For those who like me need help – think UP. WAY up.

Click the TVAt the penultimate stop, there is a TV. Click the TV to get the backstory (part 1) of “The Rabbicorn”. It is a short video – less than 10 minutes. Bryn told us that The Rabbicorn is part 2 of a 3 part series. I can’t wait. I love The Rabbicorn. It is a wonderful, exciting, joyous, fulfilling experience. It took me out of cranky reluctance into refreshed joy. Please go. I will be going back and back and back again, taking all of you.

Thank you Jonah, for being such a fantastic companion. You are patient, good-humored, fun, clever and you put up with my dramatic proclamations and exclamations. πŸ™‚ It was a better experience for being shared with you. LOL. I’m not sure that YOU can make the same claim.

Thank you Bryn. Thank you Tez. Thank you for sharing your visions, your creations, for making the effort to bring art and beauty and fantasy and vision to everyone. Thanks to the IBM Exhibition Space. Without such sponsorship, there cannot be art for everyone to enjoy.

THE RABBICORN by BRYN OH

Bryn Oh publicityLet me confess right up front – I am lifting the details about the exhibit from my friend Andrew Sempere (Tezcatlipoca Bisiani). Andrew is an artist in his own right, with many RL exhibits around the country. But as usual with the friends I mention here – Andrew is much more than that. He is intelligent, funny, kind and generous. He has a passion for the arts and for making art available to the rest of us, who may not be as connected or as informed. He serves as curator for many institutions, including the IBM EXHIBITION SPACE (IBM 3, Secondlife). The IBM space (for which Andrew deserves a great deal of credit for both the concept and the actuality) opened last month with a stunning exhibit by Glyph Graves – truly phenomenal. I mentioned it here and I do hope you saw it.

Friday, July 10, 2009, the second exhibit opens at IBM 3 (slurl IBM 3 (55, 50, 23)), Bryn Oh’s The Rabbicorn. “The Rabbicorn tells the melancholy origin story of the title character, an original robotic being in the Bryn Oh universe. The Rabbicorn exists in a world of poetic narrative, subtle ambient sound and beautiful visual artistry, part Gorey, part Poe, part Velveteen Rabbit, but with an original take that is uniquely contemporary, and uniquely Bryn.” Andrew’s post has more details about Bryn’s style and technique. I urge you to click through and read it.

I am including the publicity photos, courtesy of Bryn Oh and Andrew. Thank you both very much for providing/sharing the photos.

I was totally blown away by the first exhibit. Jaymin and I had a wonderful time exploring that together. I cannot wait for tomorrow night to see Bryn Oh’s work and lose myself in the art and the story. Ping me and let’s explore this exhibit together. It’s more fun with friends. *grin* Always.

New Creations

I’m a tad frustrated. Work is going great. We had a concept. We made a demo of that concept so that we could show it to other people so that they could say “Hey! There’s an idea here!” We have found people who do indeed think we have an idea and maybe even more than an idea. We may actually have something that could become something REAL. *grin* You need to know something about me – well, if I were a REAL person, and not a construct of an imagination (please see the disclaimer in my profile. LOL). I have been in a group that brings products to market. I LIKE selling real products to real people for real money. *grin* So it’s incredibly exciting to me to think that yes, we may indeed have something here. BUT. I can’t tell you about any of that. Probably I shouldn’t even admit that we have an idea. πŸ™‚ That is why I am wearing aluminum foil on my head – so that you can’t beam your mind-ray machine at me and see what it is. πŸ™‚ So I can’t tell you about what *I* am doing. What I am creating. Go back and look at pictures of my office. That’s all I can share.

What I CAN do, however, is share what my friends are doing and creating. I’ve told you all about Honour’s Drama Dolls. Have you gotten YOURS yet? I’m sure that sometime in SL you encountered DRAMA!

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Bailey Longcloth
is also creating. She has a business, Longcloth Ltd. for furniture, animations and homes. If I say Tony, Jeannie and Howard – do you know who I mean???? Either you are showing your age or your predilection for old TV. *Grin* Whereas Jeannie’s home was made from a Jim Beam liquor decanter which was simply painted with gold leaf, YOU can do better than that! Bailey has made a genie bottle that is much more elaborate and detailed. It is beautiful and fun. She sent me a photo while she was building it. I immediately started smiling from the sheer fun of it all. She is selling it through Xstreet. I have already curled up in MY bottle. It’s cozy and snug and I feel like a little-girl’s fantasy come true. πŸ™‚ Okay – I’m wearing my silks from Beautiful Sin, so maybe I look a little like a big boy’s fantasy. But it’s MY bottle and I’m not inviting anyone to join me. Even though it has a couple pose. I’m not telling who is in the picture, either. If you REALLY want to know, contact me discreetly. LOL.
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Sigh. Maybe soon I can tell you what *I* am doing…..

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July from Ahuva and her birds
Today is a day that REQUIRES bling. *grin* If you AREN’T wearing something that is blinging – you are seriously misguided. This is an outfit I got last year at NCI. I think it was my very first beach blast party at NCI. When someone passed me this outfit, I felt so included, so part of the crowd. *grin* It was great fun. I always had a wonderful time at NCI and still send many newbies there today.

I have nothing insightful or even amusing (well, amusing to me) to write today. So I am pointing you to two other bloggers. Dale Innis is touching on the lighter side of the holiday – showing off 4th of July outfits, poses and locations. *grin* Dale is always ‘in the know’.

I am going to post the link to Cris Lefavre’s blog, but I know many of you never click through. So I am going to copy and past the part that I found especially relevant and, yes, profound. I urge you to click through. It is a very short post, succinct and to the point. Pithy. Trust me – maybe one minute to read it. But you will like it and think.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happyness.”

Happiness? How come that is lifted up as being equal to Life itself?
It can only be because those that wrote the declaration knew that we do not live just to live; we live our life with a purpose, even if we do not always know it. We do not have a right to be Happy. We have a right to pursue Happiness. In real life. And in SL.

So Happy 4th of July to you all, from me, Mallory, Drake, Bill and Frenis (who doesn’t quite understand yet the concept of group photos)!
Waving Hi on the 4th

Celebrating Drama Dolls

Thanks to Jonah Svoboda for posting here today! I was too busy partying last night and asked Jonah to cover for me! *grin* It’s always good to have responsible friends.

dd signCelebrations! We all love them, and last night we had two great reasons to celebrate. We did not loose the opportunity either.

First, the amazing Honour McMillan unveiled her incredible Drama Dolls. These delightful animated and scripted dolls are available in multiple languages and sure to please anyone who has experienced β€œdrama” in Second Life and needs resolution!! They are fantastic and you owe it to yourself to take a look. The dolls are adorable, scripted beautifully, and there is nothing mean or cruel or hurtful about them. They will make you smile and feel good about life. Scripter Cris Lefavre explains on his blog the care and thought that went into making the Drama Dolls a positive experience.

DD and DollCozySecond, it was Canada Day – the day we celebrate Canadian independence. There is a long tradition of understated celebration for this event, and we did not miss that opportunity either.

So what do we do to celebrate? Honour got friends together to help, and we had a party. Set up in the Taylor Bay sim, where Honour has her dolls for sale, the extremely talented Von Johin provided not one, but two concerts of two hours each, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. The Von Johinblues rang true for hours, and the dancing was wonderful. Friends enjoyed each other, and partied.

A good time was had by all. This is the SL that many of us know and love – friends working together, celebrating accomplishments, clever work, excellent music, and just plain fun. Thanks for work and the party, Honour!

Dancing to Von

DRAMA DOLLS are here!

dd signboardToday is the day!!! Now you can have your very own Drama Doll. Or two. Or three. Because, you know, DRAMA happens. What is a Drama Doll? A Drama Doll is your way to get satisfaction when someone in SL “does you wrong”. Read on as I plagarize the DD notecard:

Did somebody cheat on you? Were you insulted or offended by another SL resident?
Did you experience DRAMA?
It happens unfortunately.
Well Drama Dolls is here to help you get a bit of what you deserve in return – at the very least you are owed an apology!
Pick a Drama Doll that you can use to represent the individual who did you wrong. There are different price ranges, levels of detail, number of animations, types of dolls – something for everybody.

Drama DollsWe have macho types, the girl next door, elves, vampires and more! We even have Fuginistas – you know …. those people who like to make fun of you on their blogs because they don’t like your skin/shape/clothes. πŸ™‚
We have the Doll you need to get closure move past this traumatic experience!
Take your Doll home – you will find detailed instructions and 4 copies of the Doll in your inventory. 3 of those Dolls are fully scripted and will give you the acknowledgement and apology you so richly deserve. Once the Doll has apologized it will disappear – quite dramatically! πŸ™‚
The 4th Doll is not scripted but you can keep it as a reminder of your apology.
Please note that all of our dolls are multi-lingual and will operate in English, German, Spanish, Japanese, French, Portugese, Italian, Dutch, Russian and Norwegian.

Break InDale, Oura, Chestnut and I broke into the warehouse last night – we couldn’t stand to wait anymore. We wandered about ooo’ing and ah’ing and laughing. We each found a dozen dolls we HAD to have. So – when we shove you out of our way when we go to buy OUR Drama Dolls – you will need to find your own DD version of us to make us apologize. *grin* That’s the way it works!

Doll CozieBut there are not just Drama Dolls. There are DollCozies also. Honour gave me a Doll Cozy as a rez day present. I love her. Oura and I took her fishing last night after the break-in.
Do you know somebody who needs a hug?
If you are looking for positive Drama (because it does exist) we have DollCozies
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You can purchase a Doll, name it and give it a message you’d like to pass to your friend/lover/partner/spouse. Your Doll will give them a Hug and your message.
Some DollCozies have flowers in their hands. Your folder will come with a pot of matching flowers you can also give your recipient.

The store opens today (11:00 am SLT) with two parties to celebrate, featuring brilliant blues man Von Johin. The first show is at the Euro friendly time of 11:00 am SLT. The second party will start at 6:00 pm and rock on for 2 solid hours. Honour is a proud Canadian and tomorrow is also Canada Day so if you want to join us for that reason alone please do! TP from this link.