Saturday, April 30, 2011

142 of 365: Tired, tired, tired

I had such a busy day.  I'm surprised I even made it inworld tonight at all, even it was for only about 30 minutes.  I did have plans to finish the terraforming project I started last night, decorate my new house and take some pictures, but my eyelids are growing heavy and my bed is calling.  Plus I have to go into work tomorrow for a few hours, so sleep it is.  

Beautiful day in Toronto today.  I haven't gotten that much fresh air in a long time...well, as fresh as the air can get downtown.  That's probably why I am so tired.  

Nighty night :)

141 of 365

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

139 of 365: Home of Many Nations

Every time I come across a Native American themed sim in Second Life, my antennas go up because of past experiences in finding places that are filled with negative stereotypical images of Indigenous North Americans that just make me feel....yuck. 

But setting aside my skepticism, I have found some beautiful Native American themed sims that I feel capture the spirit of Indigenous spirituality, traditions and beliefs for the virtual world.

The Home of Many Nations is one such place.

From the notecard:

"This is a Native American sim. Please respect those you encounter and read through this note and any attachments that apply to you. 
First, we are not a role play sim.

You are entering a community where we have a good chat, laugh, and show honor and respect for each others ways, traditions, and for each other.

There is a mixed culture of Cherokee, Lakhota, Cree and many more Native American members as well as our Europian and non native peoples. Mitakuye Oyasin... we are all related.

If you are not Native American of origin, no problem. We want people to join who have a heart for the Native culture and want to learn more..."

I understand that there is a weekly Healing Circle with RL spiritual healers every Wednesday at 1pm SLT.  The combination of age old traditions and modern technology sounds very interesting to me.  One of these days, I will go to this Healing Circle.

I thoroughly enjoyed exploring this sim.  I love the name...Home of Many's so appropriate for Second Life :))

138 of 365: My partner in crime

I don't believe in coincidences.  I believe in serendipity and synchronicities that lead me along my path in life.  Some might call it Divine Order.  I say that there are some things that were just meant to be and just waiting to happen.  

I met Aubree on her second day in SL, when I was just a few months old myself.  We've been like two peas in a pod ever since.  It's just one of those things that was meant to be.  

She's my friend, my confidante, and I can always count on her to tell me the truth.  

She also happens to know all the cool and funky clothing stores in SL when I need a shopping fix :))

Monday, April 25, 2011

137 of 365: Getting back into live music in SL

I don't attend nearly as much live music performances in SL as I used to.  I intend to change that and start getting back into the music scene to experience the music of the many amazing SL musicians performing inworld.

I haven't been to an Edward Kyomoon in ages, so it was a welcome change of pace to rock out at Key West last night to Edward's original tunes, and some popular covers.  Yes, the lag was kind of crazy, but it's worth the fight to enjoy the music. 

I was delighted to find Edward's popular song "Dreaming of You" available on iTunes.  I've added this one to my playlist of daily tunes.  

You can find out more about Edward Kyomoon's music and a schedule of his performances in Second Life at his website here.  

Saturday, April 23, 2011


It's a four day weekend up here in Canada.  I'm with my family visiting my parents for Easter weekend.  

Every time I come up here to visit, I bring my laptop intending to get some time in SL and keep up with my 365, but it just doesn't happen.  I have too much visiting to do.

So this is just a quick note to let you know that I will be missing in action for a couple of days, but I will be back....when the turkey is all gone, the pie pans are empty and we pack up our car for the long drive back to the big noisy city.  

Friday, April 22, 2011

136 of 365: I'm a slacker

I have a confession to make:  I've been slacking off with my 365 photos.  I don't know why, it's just one of those weeks.  Inspiration will come again, I'm sure.  I'm slacking off in other areas of my life too, like dishes and laundry.  I'm just tired. 

I went dancing at a club tonight for the first time in what seems like ages, and I actually had fun.  I have no idea whose birthday it was, but it was a fun party.  I'm such a party animal...not.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

134 of 365: Preoccupied

I've been a little preoccupied with some other things in my life right now, and I'm feeling like I'm not putting as much effort into my photos as I would like too.  It's just been a busy time right now, work, kids and everything else.  

Things will get back to normal eventually, and maybe I'll even actually blog again, like as in actually write about something interesting here.  Maybe.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

128 of 365: It must be "noob" season

I've been meeting quite a few noobs to SL in my travels lately.  It's kind of fun to get out and talk to new people.  Their enthusiasm for SL is almost contagious.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

127 of 365: Cap Estel goes Safari

In my on going quest for new and interesting places to take photos, I found Cap Estel after reading about it on Honour McMillan's blog, which by the way, is a great resource for finding cool spots to explore in Second Life.  

I had a quite a fun time roaming the safari, but my favourite spot at Cap Estel is the lush jungle found down below.  

Cap Estel goes Safari, is beautifully landscaped by SL resident Maurice Messmer.  It is evident in the realism of the atmosphere created, how much effort has been put into putting it all together.  

This is a place worth visiting again and again.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

125 of 365

I danced with a noob tonight.  He wasn't too much trouble considering the bad rep some of those noobs have...  :p
Ponderosa Ranch

Saturday, April 9, 2011

124 of 365: "Let them eat cake"

Okay, I have to be honest...I hate this image.  I like the concept, but nothing seemed to work in my favour tonight - rezzing issues, and lag which makes adjusting windlight settings painful.  By the time I got to PhotoShop, I was done.  So I'm letting go of perfection and moving on.  They can't be winners all the time.  

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

121 of 365

Gulf of Lune

For Alysa

A tribute for my dear sweet friend Alysa...

Words are not adequate to express how much we miss you, they only point to the grief we feel in our hearts since your passing.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

120 of 365: How much is too much?

I'm into year two of blogging here.  It's been great blogging about my thoughts and experiences in SL and making new friends in the SL blogging community.  I've watched my stats grow which is great because as a blogger, it's always good to know that your voice is being heard.

I get a pretty good flow of daily traffic.  It's not huge, but it's steady.  Getting my blog on the feeds and the 365 Project has definitely helped.  But as much as I appreciate the increased visibility of my blog, I'm finding that I am holding myself back from sharing some things that are of a more personal nature.  That's kind of a problem when you have a "personal blog".

Those who have been following from the beginning, know that I have never been shy about posting personal stuff.  I don't do it because I like to make my private life public, or because I want attention or anything like that.  I'm your classic introvert and the last thing I want is to have everyone in a room looking at me.  When deciding on posting something of a more personal nature, my deciding factor is usually "what is the value in this for the reader? does it have meaning?"  If I can't come up with a good answer to that, then I won't publish it.

Making that kind of decision seems to be getting harder and harder, and I find myself struggling with writing a post, then sitting on and not publishing it at all.  Maybe I'm afraid of being judged, I don't know.  I don't think that's it.  I think a big part of it is wanting to be respectful of the people in my life (both SL and RL).  Even though I never mention specific details like names or anything like that, I still always try to keep their privacy and their feelings in mind.  

I hate to say it, but maybe this blog is no longer the place for sharing such things.   Saying that out loud makes me feel so restricted and I don't like it at all.  

As a Social Worker by profession, I'm pretty good at coming up with creative solutions to tough problems.   But when it comes to the question of "how much is too much" to share on this blog, turning it over in my head again and again, the only thought that keeps popping up is "I just don't know".

Photo taken at Japan Tempura Island

Monday, April 4, 2011

119 of 365: Transubstantiation by Soror Nishi

There is an amazing and beautiful new build by Soror Nishi at UWA in Second Life.  You can read more about the backstory and inspiration for this build at Soror's blog.

"Transubstantiation" will be up for the next month. 

I hope you will enjoy my photos, which I feel don't do justice to this build at all.  You simply have to go see it for yourself.

1. the changing of one substance into another.
2. Theology.  The mystical changing of the elements of the bread and wine, into the body and blood of Christ (a doctrine of the Roman Catholic church)

"It is with artworks as it is with wine:  it is much better when we do not need either one, when we stick with water, and when out of our own inner fire, the inner sweetness of our own soul, we turn the water over and over again into wine ourselves" - Friedrich Nietzsche

Saturday, April 2, 2011

117 of 365: Mysterious Circus

Mysterious Wave is always an interesting minimalist art sim to experience.  I stopped by tonight and discovered that it has changed since I last visited a few months ago.  I love the new Mysterious Circus theme.  It felt a lot like travelling back in time and stepping into a sparse and dusty depression era circus.  I absolutely love it!

I have more images to share from Mysterious Circus in the coming days.  I took quite a few photos and I don't have enough time in one evening to work on all of them to post here.  

Also, I have 248 days ahead of me to fill my 365 Project.  I'm gonna stretch out themes to fill in some days whenever I can :p