Archive for December, 2010

Happy Holiday at the CnP!



Sometimes you not only get what you need, but you get what you want. Prad, Bailey and Rrish brought my holiday wish to reality. It was wonderful. Truly wonderful. I think it had all the elements of a Crown and Pearl party, even though we were missing a few key people (Bailey Dazy – I missed you, but I hope you had wonderful time at the RL event). What makes a CnP party?

The people: I started a list back when I expressed my wish. I knew I’d forgotten some folk on that list, but it was fantastic to see them again. Dancing with some of my very favorite people!
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The DJs: Always wonderful. Prad started it off, of course. *grin* Singing along to the songs. Despite the abuse. Aribeth, Rrishanna, and Bailey were all due to take the helm.
The chat: Yep, it degenerated, spun off track, was inconsequential, loving, abusive, fond, teasing, incomprehensible.
The CnP: Dressed up in its winter finery.
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Outfits: Encouraged to dress to impress, everyone did. That was vague enough to allow all sorts of self-expression! And new looks – some avatars had make-overs!! woot!

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The animals: You know you are at the CnP when there is some infestation of animals. Sometimes it’s squirrels, sometimes the floor vanishes and it’s fish, sometimes it’s sheep and reindeer.

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The explosions: I confess that I had to leave before the grand finale, when all the explosions went off and the CnP was blasted back to prims, but I did see the setup begin.

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Odd objects: There are always a few strange things rezzed and left about: walkers with headlights, flying purple bombs. Hey, look. It’s the CnP – you need to take that kind of stuff in stride.
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Sim Full: Oh yes, almost from the get-go we hit the sim limit. 🙂 I forgot to take a picture of the map, to show all the green dots INSIDE and all the green dots lined up at the border. NEXT time we use a bigger sim. *grin*

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Unexpected expulsions: One moment you are there, the next – poof! You were ejected. No, no one really know why, just grab a taxi and get back inside.

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It was a wonderful, wonderful time. It sounded to me as if most everyone was having as much fun as I was. Of course I took a zillion pictures. I can only put half a zillion up here, but the rest are up on my Flickr account – I did try to get most everyone who was there while I ws. And yes – I DID get my holiday dance with Dale. 🙂

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HUMONGO HUGS to Prad, Bailey and Rrish who made the effort to reconstruct the Crown and Pearl and dress it in its holiday best. You guys are fantastic! Have I mentioned that I think we should do a first day of Spring party???? *grin*


Riding Lessons

I have found something for the “easier in RL than in SL” list. Taking the jumps. I’m talking riding of course. I mentioned in an earlier post that the horse does all the work in SL. Not necessarily. Those clever HUD designers. EITHER the horse or rider can control the action. I was invited to take part in another Carriage Trade photo shoot to advertise the riding lessons. As always, I jumped at the chance (yes, pun intended *grin* ). I was riding Belvidere Fotherington and Georgianna Blackburn was recording the effort. There were a few other horses around as well. We started off just fine: trotting, galloping. Belvidere is an expert there. Then it came time to take the pictures of the jumps. Bel missed a jump and friends being what friends are, we all teased. Belvidere got back at me, offered ME the chance to control the action. It sounded simple enough – use the arrow keys to move, the page up key to jump. Uh huh. Let me tell you – I am NOT showing you the pictures from when *I* was in charge. We crashed through the jumps repeatedly. The few times I actually jumped, we flew, because I over-paged up. 🙂 Not to mention that I was so busy paging up that I forgot to arrow forward so we landed on the jump. *grin* Good thing Bel is very forgiving.

I spent quite a bit of time at Carriage Trade today. I was wandering around, taking pictures of the stores and the stables. I made some new friends, GORGEOUS horses, and learned how the livery rentals work. As I’m too tired tonight to write it all up, I’ll leave you with the promise of more horse pictures. *grin* I think there may be a lot of those in the future. Pictures of the barn cats, too.

In the meantime, I’m going to be there for riding and jump lessons. And I’m hoping that the HORSE will be in charge. *grin* Or that I have a very forgiving, durable, patient mount.

Blizzard

in RL looks like snow in SL, did you realize that? I have the pictures to prove it. Avatars, however, have much better lives during blizzards than do biological creatures. I have the aching muscles from shoveling 20 inches of snow to prove THAT. RL pets, however, live lives comparable to Bamboo. Yeah, we had a blizzard yesterday. Very pretty. Okay, now I’m ready for summer.

Carriage Trade


I have always loved horses. I took riding lessons as a young girl. I recorded the name of every horse I rode. I went to riding camp. I still have my yellow ribbon from the show from camp. It was a small camp in Massachusetts, maybe 50 girls. Many of the girls brought their own horses to camp with them. If only. We were all assigned a horse of our own for purposes of stable cleaning and stall mucking. I loved that I had the only “Jewish” horse in the camp: Shalom. I don’t think I ever got to ride Shalom for lessons but every morning I was there, cleaning the stall, feeding him a treatsie.

When I was just a new lass to SL, I met Shenlei Flasheart of Shengri La. She had horses that I could ride about the sim. I was thrilled and many of my ealier posts to this blog cover the joy I had in riding there. Times change, Shengri La is no longer here, I hadn’t ridden in ages. Then I met B and again fell in with the horse set. Except THIS time, the horses are avatars. *huge smile* They are gorgeous. As lovely as the rezzable horses were back in Shengri La, avatar horses are stupendous, MUCH better. So when I got an invitation to participate in a machinima to advertise a horse-oriented sim, Carriage Trade, I was thrilled. I went shopping, of course, to get some much needed boots and riding gloves. My friend directed me to E. Watkins Premier Equestrian Supplies, owned by Emilie Watkins. I had a WONDERFUL time wandering about the store (all 3 floors), gazing at both equestrian and aviation apparel. Despite wanting EVERYTHING horse-related, I restrained myself. I treated myself to a pair of dressage riding boots and some gloves. Ah, I LOVED my rl tan leather riding gloves. Such soft, supple leather, with the loveliest pattern of pindot ventilation holes. I skipped both the breeches and the hunt cap although I was sorely tempted. Another time.

I dressed in my riding finery and decided that I needed to do SOMETHING with my hair. I never went riding with my hair loose. I had long hair back in the day when I rode regularly. I almost always pulled it back, out of my way. I couldn’t wear it up, because that interfered with the jump cap. I rummaged through my hair styles and found one that I thought would suffice.

I tp’d to the meeting point at Carriage Trade. I was going to be one of two mounted riders. There were also 3 carriages. The cool thing about riding in SL is that the horse does all the work. I mean ALL the work. *grin* The horse is the one who has to wear fingers to the bone running through the sim. All I had to do was get up on the horse and enjoy the ride. I had the lovely fortune to be riding Andersine. I never even heard most of the directions and instructions as they were all IM’d directly to the horses. I simply sat there and took pictures. And more pictures. And even more pictures. I took 130 pictures in the hour that we were making the machinima. 130. I couldn’t stop. I had a smile on my face and I kept clicking saving clicking saving clicking saving.

Georgianna Blackburn and Belvidere Fotherington have started a blog chronicling Carriage Trade. Carriage Trade is a mixed-use equestrian sim, with facilities for both horses and riders: residential properties, common areas, retail shops, all in Victorian style. Last week Carriage Trade threw a party to celebrate Georgianna’s rez day and the grand opening. I *only* took 78 pictures at THAT event. *grin* They plan to hold riding get-togethers every other week on Wednesdays, beginning on December 29th, at 6 pm SLT. They will offer riding lessons and jumping practice in preparation for the first Carriage Trade Fox Hunt! /me laughs and orders an larger hard drive for photos.

Making the machinima was a wonderful time, the rezday/opening celebration was a great deal of fun and I can’t wait for the riding get-togethers and hunts! Come join me there!
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Season’s Greetings 2010

The ducks are at that difficult age. They no longer wish to cooperate for family pictures. If Mallory and Drake face the camera, Bill makes sure he’s not there. Or Bill and Drake block Mallory, which she hates. Somehow Mallory thinks everything is about her. Go figure. Bamboo of course is sweet and cooperative, but it didn’t seem right to include him and not them. Don’t worry – we are still family. 🙂 We all wish you Season’s Greetings and a happy healthy new year to come! *hugs*

YAY!!!!!!!


Did you hear???? Do you KNOW???? It’s happening!!!!! I’m getting my holiday wish!!!!!!!!!!!! Yay yay yay!!!!! The Crown and Pearl, like Brigadoon, shall appear tomorrow, for one day only! (Or so it is claimed.) Thank you Thank you Thank you Bailey, Prad and Rrish!!!!!! You are WONDERFUL!!!! (They snuck me pics for an advance preview – it’s BEEEEEEYUUUUUUUTIFUL! a winter wonderland!)

/me hopes certain schedules work out for a dance. *hopeful grin*

Thursday. Dec 23, 2010. 12 noon SLT. The Crown and Pearl!!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you need the taxi, ping me. *grin* I wil BE THERE!!!!!!!!

Art Imitates Life

With all due respect to Oscar Wilde, this time my avatar is imitating my biological self. *grin* I confess that more often than not in the last 2 years, Wilde had it right and the biological imitated the digital. Not tonight. It’s winter, it’s cold, I have cleared most of my immediate obligations and responsibilities, so I am relaxing. Wine, fire in the fireplace, a warm furry pet (okay, it’s a cat, not a panda) and of course chocolate. 🙂 Ahhhhhh. Living the life. Bamboo and I are definitely enjoying our new couch, yet another Cheeky Pea purchase. 🙂 I do love the Cheeky Pea furniture. I may have mentioned that before. I need to figure out how to join the VIP club over there. New inventory appears faster than I can purchase. 🙂

Gingerbread Men

Bill Amend's FoxTrot - http://www.foxtrot.com/2010/12/19/

This has absolutely nothing to do with SL. Not at all. But I don’t seem to be able to share links anymore on Plurk and I don’t know why. So I’m using my blog instead. This comic strip made me laugh out loud for real this morning – a good, loud, laugh. Not a snicker or a grin, but laughing.

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Gingerbread people and stars

Gingerbread people in Star Fleet RED uniforms

He inspired me to make gingerbread men. My son helped. Yeah, I’m a geek. Most of the time I’m a geek-wannabee. But today I rate as unqualified Geek. *grin*

Windlight

It only took me two years, but I finally know what people are talking about when they talk about Windlight. Oh, I knew it had to do with lighting. I thought it was some special add-on thing that you had to learn. I never grasped that it was already in the SL viewer. Live and learn. Or rather, hang out with Honour and let her teach me all the things I’m too lazy to learn on my own. I do sometimes wonder why my curiosity level for these things is so very low. “Why?” gets my interest all the time. “How” never really seems to interest me until I come smack up against it.

I’ve been trying to force myself out of my sky box and back into the world. I tried to plead hunger when Honour IM’d me the other day, inviting me to come and see the world. It WAS my lunch hour, after all. But she reminded me of my resolution so I took the taxi and arrived in Innsmouth. Innsmouth is a wonderful build, New England in the 1930s – straight out of H.P. Lovecraft. If you don’t know Lovecraft but you like creepy, unsettling stories, you MUST read his writing. What intrigues and terrifies me about his writing is that it is so completely plausible. Totally realistic, believable, true-to-life until the moment he opens a seemingly everyday door. And then you step through into horror. I can be sitting in my own very wonderful warm secure house, in bright sunshine, with my pets around me, birds chirping outside and if I am reading Lovecraft, I start twitching, looking behind me, running out of doors into the sunlight, where nothing can sneak up on me. I BELIEVE in Cthulhu at that moment and I am SCARED.

We went first to the movie theater. It was beautifully creepy and evocative. You can SMELL the decay. Honour reviewed the basics of camming about for me and then we proceeded out to explore. I’d never dropped down the environment menus before. First I went through some of the canned settings for windlight (world/sun/environment editor/advanced sky/presets). Then I started moving the sliders and tints and colors. It was such fun to watch the sky change, the lighting change, the shadows. Between the great build and the monsters and mutant toads and playing with the environment, it was a wonderful way to spend a lunch hour.

Things change so quickly in SL these days, so get yourself over to Innsmouth and explore. It’s a wonderfully spooky place. Make sure you have your sound turned on, because there are wonderful sounds effects as well!

My Holiday Wish List

The holiday referenced is New Year’s Eve. My wish – to recapture a little of SL glory past. I have been thinking on how to word what I want to recapture. I realized that the “peak” SL moment typically differs from person to person. There are the oldies who say it happened in 2003 – the first moments. Then there are those who claim it was 2006. For me, obviously, it happened between July 2008 and now. *grin* And it IS all about me, let us not forget. Even my own “peak” moment does not encapsulate everything. It’s missing a lot of people who I knew then but weren’t part of the selected locale. It’s missing all of the building and learning I did for work. Most of the people that I want to be there would tell me that I’m wrong – that was NOT the peak time for that place. That is all true. But I want what I want.

I want a New Year’s Eve party at the Crown and Pearl this year. Yes, I know there is no more CnP. I know that everyone has moved on to other places, other pursuits. I know that many of the people who I think of when I think of the CnP are not even in SL anymore. Many of the people I want there were not on my Friends List nor am I on theirs. But they were there.

I want Prad and Bailey to reopen the Crown and Pearl for a holiday party. Dress-up. I want to see the people I think of as “my” regulars. I want all my other friends to come also, so they can experience a CnP moment too. I want to hear the DJs. I want a sploder. I want silliness and good humor. I want sheep. *grin* I want to see: Bails, Prad, Alann, Aribeth, Bailey (yes, there ARE two),Dark, Hell, Jellen, Mowgli, Nat, Rrish, Stoo, Landsend, Marisa, Clare, Ryker, BabyGlock, Kumi, Lucien and all the other people who used to be there but now I can’t remember their names because my brain is a sieve for things like names. But I want them all. (I’d really like all my NCI friends and my work friends and friend friends showing up as well.) And I want my New Year’s Eve day dance with Dale.


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