Friday, July 29, 2011

208 of 365: Photo Booth fun from my newb days

Sometimes digging through your inventory will find you some hidden gems and blasts from the past that I guarantee will bring a smile to your face.  I highly recommend it :))

Thursday, July 28, 2011

207 of 365: "Hand to Mouth", a flash fiction audio recording

Just a random photo from my SL collection...

I've made an audio recording of a flash fiction piece a wrote some months ago.  It's a very rough draft.  I did have a few people read it over for me and offer some excellent suggestions for some changes to make it better.  Unfortunately, I cannot for the life of me, find that folder in my hard drive.  I fear I may have accidentally deleted it.  So you get the first draft version here ;)

ETA:  If you are reading in Google reader, you may have to go to my blog page to get the embedded Cinch recording.  It's not showing up in my feed.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

206 of 365: Mad Ninjaz

So last night in my continuing quest to look for new places for photos, Aubree sent me a teleport to a place called Mad Ninjaz.  

There was little information available about this sim, except for what was provided in the landmark:

"I have spread my dreams under your feet;

Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. " W. B. Yeats

Please respect the people and the land. We request you stay out of our houses and private skyboxes. 

Good enough.  Simple and to the point.  Enjoy :)

205 of 365: More fun with Picnik

I don't have a SLurl for this picture location because I didn't have enough time tonight to take more photos.  Tomorrow I will be going back for more pictures and will post the SLurl then if it looks like a place you want to explore.  

I'm still playing around with Picnik and seeing what I can do with it.  

I like it so far.  Fast, easy fun.  Sound familiar? 

Before Picnik

After Picnik

Monday, July 25, 2011

204 of 365: Image Editing fun with Picnik

I've grown bored with my Photoshop routine, so I decided to try some online image editing programs just to change things up a bit and see what I can do.

Picnik is fairly easy and you can do a lot with your photos in a short amount of time.  It lacks the more advanced features available in Photoshop, but I find it useful for adding quick effects to beautify your photos.  

I see myself using this online program often for all my photos, not just SL ones, so I went ahead and purchased the premium membership.  There are still a lot of options available with the free basic membership as well.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

203 of 365: NaNoBoSqUe

I found this place from some user photos at Koinup.  There was no information provided about the place when I tp'd over so I don't know if this is someone's home.  There were a couple of people around and I didn't get booted out, so I assume that it's okay to explore.  

It certainly is a pretty spot to spend a Sunday morning.

202 of 365: Randomness

Otis was my first and for a long time, my only Meeroo.  I've lost track of how many I have now.  He's going to be too old for breeding soon, and I will either release him or retire him and turn him into a Mee-pet.  I'm not sure yet what I will do.  

Isn't it kind of ridiculous how attached one can get to a pixel pet?  lol

Sometimes, once in a blue moon, I get random i.m's from someone who has read my blog, telling me how much they enjoy it.  This always surprises me because I don't think I am all that interesting.  Today someone told me my blog was 'compelling'.  Really?!  I'm not complaining, I'm just surprised that the random stuff I post here is actually interesting to others.  It's cool, and thank you!  I like the encouragement.  

The heat wave seems to have broken.  It was still quite hot today, but compared to the temperatures earlier this week, today was bearable.  We spent the afternoon at the beach and then had a nice dinner at one of our favourite restaurants.  

This is me, tired, sweaty, and sticky but happy:

Cheers and hope you are all having a great weekend :))

Friday, July 22, 2011

201 of 365: Just me, a Skye Galaxy performance and a few glasses of wine

Sorry for the crappy picture.  I attended an amazing performance by Skye Galaxy tonight at Sweet Whispers.  I tried to take some pictures, but even after being there over an hour, everything didn't rez and there were still lots of grey people.  

Oh well, it happens.  

That didn't stop me from enjoying the show, and the three glasses of white wine I had weren't too bad either.

Since I couldn't get a good picture, here's a machinima I found on YouTube.  Enjoy :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

200 of 365

Today was quite possibly the hottest day I have ever experienced in the city in my 15 years here.  The heat was (and still is at this late hour) stifling, and even oppressive.  When I last looked at our thermometer outside, it read 42 degrees celcius, which is 108 degrees fahrenheit.  The news was reporting temperatures of 38 c/100 f.  

My brain feels kind of fried from the heat and smog, so I'm going to go easy on myself with a photo for tonight.  

We installed a new portable air conditioner last night, which has greatly improved the mood at my house.  We can sleep!  Finally!  

My laptop feels dangerously hot even with the cooling tray, so I think it's a good time to wrap things up and head to bed.  

Oh I hope this heat wave comes to an end soon.  

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

199 of 365: Lunamaruna by Scottius Polke

Something fishy seems to be going on at the village of Lunamaruna...

Walk around this colourful and whimsical little village, and you will find it is hard to avoid the subtle element of something ominous going on here.

What exactly has gone down at Lunamaruna is hard to say, but it seems that the only inhabitants are strange floating manta rays, underwater creatures, and odd little fish. 

Whatever it is that is going on here, it certainly makes for a curious and interesting exploration.  

198 of 365: Quiet time with the Meeroos

I started out with one Meeroo, Otis, and for the longest time I was the only one out of my circle of friends that was content with just one...but that has all changed.

You can't tell from this picture, but I am up to my eyeballs in Meeroos.  I have no clue what I'm doing with breeding them.  I'm just kind of throwing them together right now and seeing what kind of nests I come up with.  Not a good strategy I know, but I have to start somewhere right?

I can't figure out any rhyme or reason to what kind of nests come from certain Meeroo pairings.  I'm wondering if it's all just random?  

Anyway, the Meeroos are keeping me busy, and they are cute :))

Monday, July 18, 2011

197 of 365: The 365 SL Photography Project that turned into the Two Year 365 SL Photography Project...or something like that

I’ll bet you all thought I gave up on my 365 project! Well, I thought I did too and I even wrote a big long post about quitting which I deleted. I don’t really want to quit, but I guess I needed a break. 
It all started with some SL drama before I went away on vacation. Then it became about crazy family drama when I went up north to visit my extended family. I love them, but they are big, loud and obnoxious and some issues came to a head and well, to put it bluntly, the shit really hit the fan.

SL drama is over, kinda, sorta. Well not really but it’s out of my hands so that’s that. Family drama, not over, but I’m back home now and far enough away that they can’t drag me into it, except for the occasional drama update via text message. There’s nothing like digital technology to support your familial dysfunction.

Anyway, I had a rough couple of weeks, or three, which has left me feeling depleted in just about every single way possible. Blogging and my 365 project? Not feeling it, so I just stopped. I thought I was going to quit but when I thought about that, it didn’t feel right.
I’m still going to keep up with my 365 project, even though this summer I will be away again for another week for my work, and there will probably be more long weekends and road trips which means more silence on the blog.  I just want to keep up with doing something creative, even though my little picture project probably seems like Kindergarden arts and crafts time compared to a lot of other artistically inclined SL folks.  But hey, it keeps me focused and busy, and out of trouble, which is a very good thing.

Maybe my unexpected hiatus is a bit of a blessing.  Stepping back and looking through my photo collection and blog posts, I realize how the act of doing a daily photo has created a space for me to let go of the daily stresses that get me down, and has given me a tool to focus my energy on something creative (no matter how small it might be).  

My 365 project has made a space in my Life that I feel I have grown to depend on and I don’t think I would have really known that until I stopped and stepped back to look at it. And even then, I know not by the collection of images and blog posts I have amassed in the last eight months…I know by the void that it leaves in my day when I don’t do it.