Movie review: 2 Nekos went Ultraviolet(but remained logical)

“I like to learn from movies,” Jenney folded her hands just after correcting her glasses.
“And?” Krisp smiled. She had already stood up, being unable to sit still for long times.
“What?”
“Did you learn anything from Ultraviolet?”
“That swords make excellent torches.”
“I knew that!”
“It is new to me,” Jenney said.
“Everyone knows.” Krisp gestured wildly with her hands, “You know… like everyone. At least I think they do…”
“Except for me…”
“Uhmmm…Except for you.”
“Like everyone has coffee breaks in the middle of fights?”
“Yes. Priorities. We all need priorities. Ice cream is one, coffee breaks is another. Except that I don’t drink coffee.. but it is the thought that counts!”
“Talking about breaks… is it me or did you find the in between fight bits also rather.. How would I say that politely….”
“Confusing?”
“Good word that. I think someone must have said at some point while they were doing the cool fight scenes: ‘Guys, we need something to tie these scenes together so people know what is going on. Guys, we need a plot. So someone get busy and write one’.”
“What is a plot?” Krisp asked.
“Uhmmm. Let me think..A plot is what makes the movie make sense. You know. So you go like… ‘Oh, now I get it’!”
“I see.”
“So someone wrote one. A plot, that is. During a coffee break,” Jenney said and shifted her glasses a bit.
“That is helpful!”
“And then they fitted the fights scenes to the plot. And then someone said: ‘look these don’t match up. It doesn’t make sense.'”
“Does it have to?”
“That is exactly what the writer of the plot said. And the director agreed. We have a plot and we got some really cool fight scenes. The movie is done!”
“I bet they were glad.”
“Of course they were. For a movie with a plot is always better than without one.”
“Great!” Krisp said.
“But I think they sort of felt uneasy anyway. So they decided to spice the fights and in between bits with CGI.”
“CGI????”
“That is graphics.. it is what you use to make scenery or creatures that don’t exist or are hard to film. Like Gollem, or dragons or science fiction cities. It is like painting, but with a computer.”
“Ah. Fake pictures.”
“Which is okay, until they get noticeable. Then you feel like someone is whispering in your ear: fake.. fake..not real.”
“I thought I ignore that voice. Spoil sport voice!”
“And then they blurred Ultraviolet’s face.”
Krisp nodded.
“Cause, you know.. Ultraviolet is ugly.”
“Is she? Poor Ultraviolet.”
“But you can’t tell, cause they blurred her face.”
“But I don’t think she is ugly,” Krisp shook her head.
“Why not. How can you tell?”
“Because of logic.”
“Logic?”
“She is pretty because the ugly people were not blurred.”
“Oh….”
“Logic!” Krisp held up two fingers close together.
“Yus…Logic.” Jenney said a bit uncertain.

BURN2 2014 Santalarity: What’s in the Box?

 

 

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Jedda Zenovka

A few days ago Santalarity closed. Santalarity is a spin-off from Burn 2, the burning man art festival in Second Life. Tau hitched a ride on the small train that went around the site and then got sidetracked in a forest. Since I liked this forest with it strange trees, I decided to take some pictures and while I was at it, I took some of the other builds. Unfortunately I did not get all the builds, nor did I get the names of all the artists as some of the builds had already been removed and some were removed after I took a break so that I did have a picture of them, but not the artist who made it. If you know the artist or the name of the art(most did not have a name) then by all means place a comment or mail to meritcoba@gmail.com.

 

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Miko Kuramoto

This forest was owned by Miko Kuramoto although it listed someone else as the creator. I just list it under the owner. I find the mesh trees very intriguing sorry so I made a lot of pictures, especially because the forest was on the edge of the sim and it gave the idea that beyond the wood was a vast tundra stretching out. I also took the opportunity to tweak the pictures by using various settings of poster edges and blending layers. The above picture uses poster edged for the trees, but I did not apply it to Tau. I will intersperse pictures with that of the rest of the builds.

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On the edge

This is a view of the center of the sim. It is the central gathering place where sometimes parties are held. Tau never goes to parties as she is too shy. I seldom go because I got other things to go to.

 

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Empathic Eccentricia

The above picture is from the Empathic Eccentricia build which is made by Veleda Lorakeet, Ohmy Shalala and Tau. The monkey is made by Tau, below is a close up to show the rat sitting in the bowl the monkey hold. The rat hold a camera  has an animation for posing.

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This a far off shot of EE. The snowman disappeared when touched.

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Edge of the forest.
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Huntress Catteneo
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iSkye Silverweb
The far horizon
The far horizon

 

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Daark Gothly

 

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Daark Gothly
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The second life scrapbook: Liz goes into Second Life..

I like pictures, but they take a lot of time to make so I wanted to write some posts about my (and other people’s) experiences in Second Life without some definite purpose and perhaps post some shoddy pictures while I am writing. It will be a scrapbook that might make for some amusing reads, for when you are with a bunch of friends crashing at some place and the dvd/video player just broke down.
What follows are the experiences of Liz(a name that covers more than one person) who entered this world a few days ago and made some notes regarding her experiences. I rewrote the whole to make it a bit more coherent.

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Avatar selection: Default(Mesh) avatars, Vampires(?) and classic.

 

Before I entered Second Life I  had to pick an avatar(a representation of yourself in Second Life: see above) and then I appeared at an island that was ran by Governor Linden. The bot that has this name gave me some basic instructions and then it was off to explore the island or Second Life. Besides me there were two other people at the beach I started. One was called something like Gaaaaaaaaa and the other called G5processor or something.
My avatar looked like this grungy tattooed female with large hands, a heart shaped face and big glasses, and without a proper animation I looked and moved like a silly cartoon. I was struggling with my avatar when Gaaaaaaaaa  came up and started to talk to me in what seemed to be Italian. Since I learned my Italian from the Mario brothers and the local Pizza dinner I wasn’t able to make much sense of what he was saying and I told him so in English. He seemed to understand this because he said ‘Si’ and then sauntered off. A few seconds later he send me a friendship offer, which I declined. Perhaps I am nasty for doing so, but I think that it is totally pointless to be friends with someone you can’t understand and learning Italian wasn’t on the list of things to do. Or even getting close to be put onto the list.

 

My starter avatar.
My starter avatar.

Next, I was chatted to by a girl, who was called something like Judy25, and she asked if I could help her out as she got no frigging clue how to get around or where to go. Since nobody gave us directions I figured I needed to get her some help, preferably provided by the kind of people who like to help.  Does it sound like I wanted to get rid of her? It probably does.
It was a toss up between White Tiger Island or Caledon. White Tiger won. Funny enough, White Tiger Island  renamed and now called New Resident Island(NRI). Had they not popped up in the search anyway then I would have tried Caledon or NCI(New Citizens Inc.)
NRI did have two mentors  standing by and one of them, called EO, took care of Judy25. EO looked dashingly better than us noobs, as she was wearing some very nice mesh winterclothes – a matching set – and had a very nice looking avatar. She told us that our avatars were made of mesh and thus we couldn’t change their looks. Many thanks to Linden for providing everyone with avatars that you can’t change. Brilliant! (Actually, you can choose classic avatars when you start, but who does that? Classic sounds like old and boring.  Besides, they offer you the mesh avatars by default so I didn’t even know there were other options.)
So the first thing to do is getting rid of the mesh avatar and change to a classic avatar. Mesh avatars can look great, but at the current there is not yet a way to make it as personal as the basic avatar, so most people still prefer those. In the future it will probably change as even the mesh statues now look better then the classic avatars and smart people hop on the mesh bandwagon and are creating cool mesh avatars. Of course, these cost money so in the near future you probably get a kind of gap between the poor non-mesh classic avatar users and the rich mesh avatar users. A visible gap in riches.

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My new look. The skin was a gift, but the rest I got for very cheap. The hair cost 1 linden and is from Discord. The eyes, the nails and the tats I got for free on the market place. The jewelry is from the Free Dove. The clothes I got partly from the Free Dove and partly from the market place.

I skipped the shops at NRI and got a good skin and clothes with the help of  the friends of Red Jenney(actually Dreary arranged it: Dreary is a kind of guiding spirit)  A nice way to get things is to go to the  Second Life marketplace  website and just search for things like promo, gift or freebie. You can also try an filter items based on the price, but this might still result in a ton of hits, because almost all demos will show up. Well, if you want to be cheap, you have to work for it I guess. Oh.. another way to get good stuff is to go to one of the bigger shops like Gizza or Vero Modero. They usually have a collection of free gifts. Most not half bad.
I also visited one of the few decent inworld freebie shops, called the Free Dove because the big freebie places are hangouts for almost any scumbag that wants to take advantage of new people, such as the pathetic bloodline vampires, trolls and sex seekers. I dislike the bloodline vampires the most. Not because they prey on newbies, – it does not surprise me at all that they do – but because their role-play is half-assed.  They are mighty vampires preying on the puny humans but they never need to fear daylight cause in SL everyone can control their own night and day cycle and so they live in their own private perpetual darkness.. And of course, mere humans have no power against them in SL, so they can’t be staked, chased away with crosses, shot to pieces or what ever. In other words they have all the advantages of vampires but do not suffer from their weaknesses. It is half-assed role-play. At least, if you want to mess with other people(who by the way are NOT into your role-play), make it a challenge.
I was about a minute in the Free Dove when I was im-ed by a dude called Hadrian. Hadrian told me he was misdirected by mistake to this place and he was curious and wanted to help me out because I was a noob.  Such a nice gesture! I told him to hold on while I im-ed Dreary. Dreary said I should im the nearest other girl in the place to see if Hadrian had been chatting to her as well. It was jackpot on the first try.. Right! A profile check told me that Hadrian was six years in SL. While that means not much, it at least told me he wasn’t some kind of innocent guy who happened to end up in the Free Dove by mistake. By sheer coincidence the owner was also in the shop so I told her about Hadrian. I understand from Dreary that the owner dislikes people like that, and it was true: she banned him forthwith. By now she must be very experienced with the kind.  Just sad really that they keep on trying. Double sad because SL is not short on places to meet people. Perhaps they have such a bad reputation that they need to pray on the newcomers? Who knows.
So what to do next?
Well.. Dreary send me off to a place called Corvus to get her some tats and see if there was anything I liked. Corvus is a funny place as it has these clothes that you either love or hate.  The style is a deranged mix of goth and punk, but not so weird that is isn’t  main stream. The clothes might be revealing, but I don’t find them explicit sexy. It is more like pepper and salt, or vinegar and sugar. Black and white. But weird.
Here are some screenshots of me and of some of their products:

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The maker of the corvus stuff  seems to like weird and provocative texts. Like the tat I had to get for Dreary which says: Destroy that which destroys you. or: I hate everyone(Dreary says they should add equally: I hate everyone equally. Dreary likes to come up with strange sentences. I try to get some posted below.)
Here is a picture of Dreary. The shirt is van Corvus as well.

Dreary: Needing a bigger one.

Beach scene: Corvus Silver Classy Dress.
Beach scene: Corvus Silver Classy Dress.

Oh… I was going to tell something about that  lesbian palace.. Well that is for the next post.. sorry. Yeah, cheap cliffhanger.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Life: Dirty Rat & Vintage Village

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Vintage Village during the day..

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I haven’t been posting much of late due a very exhaustive real life. Also I am working of various projects that take long to finish, partly because I am struggling to find a graphic style I am happy with and I am not too happy with the results. Currently I am working on a graphical version of my bridge story. But more of that in another post.

Here follows a set of pictures I made at two places called Dirty Rat and Vintage Village respectively. The pictures were taken quite some time ago, but I like them and I wanted to post them anyway.
There is not much too tell. Second Life is mostly an empty place for me. I am basically a loner and a very private person, so I don’t mix easily with people. Besides, most people that I knew in SL left, mostly because after a while Second Life no longer interest them in one way or another.

Dirty Rat is the name for a shop selling various  buildings, furniture and the like. Next door is Vintage Village, which is a small town that looks nice, containing various shops. I am to believe that at times events are held at the place.

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Vintage Village during the night//

This is the url for the location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Verdigris/207/85/66
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Two nekos : Credits for other people’s merits : The Garden of Abandoned Stories by Talullah Winterwolf

” A mysterious overgrown & abandoned garden, filled with weeds, rust, reverie and birdsong Come explore where forgotten stories have come to life…” – Talullah Winterwolf.

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Art by Talullah Winterwolf. The background and free growing plants make for an interesting atmosphere combined with the pictures. It is a place left to itself.

IT took me a while to get around to this post because I understand that Talullah Winterwolf is pretty well known in some art circles.. It is not that I am against showing work of known people, but I am heistant to do so because such people will already have enough exposure while obscure artists or new artist or fringe artists probably benefit more from a post by an obscure blogger.. In addition I am not inclined to show work as is nowadays but rather make pictures of the works of others that give an impression or capture the essence, mostly to protect these artist against  theft. As suck the pictures get changed and this might not always be in agreement with the artist. If you get my drift.

In the case of Talullah Winterwolf  however I was also intrigued by the place where this work was shown, which created an interesting atmosphere grungy atmosphere and  I therefore decided to make a post about her exhibition at eleventh birthday of second life exhibition.  I want to make a note that this post shows an impression of her work and it is my impression. What you see is not always what you get.

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A bench was in the middle of the exhibition. This Tau in one of the many forms we gathered overtime. Art work of Talullah Winterwolf is in the background 😛 The Garden of Abandoned Stories

The exhibition look a bit like an unattended garden like you sometimes encounter by houses that have been abandoned.  I like the art because it has a kind of disturb beauty in it.

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More Talullah Winterwolf:

https://www.facebook.com/talullah.winterwolf

 

 

 

SL11B: Monkey Mind: a movie.

A movie about the Emphatic Eccentrica build as the Eleventh birthday of second life. The EE team consisted of Almut Brunswick, Ohmy Shalala, Veleda Lorakeet, Laughton McCry, Merit Coba and Tau.

 

 

 

 

SL11B: Monkey Mind : Laughton McCry

 

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New Gil by Laughton McCry

I think this one is the last post on the monkey mind build and it is about the last participant Laughton McCry. Originally he was not a participant, but because Almut saved is a lot of prims(primary objects) so we were able to make room for one of his statues.  Which is shown below.  Also he put up some of his paintings/drawings which are marvelous. Below you will see the picture of a mesh statue he made. I also added a picture of mine in which i used it in the background because it invoked a mood of mystery and reference.. a kind like the statues you see on Easter Island.

I don’t have much to add to these pictures otherwise that too me there is a unique style to them. But maybe I am wrong so Judge for yourself.

More McCry:

http://laughtonmccry.daportfolio.com/

http://laughtonmccry.deviantart.com/

 

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City by Laughton McCry

 

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Old balloon with grumpy tower Laughton McCry.
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Statue by Laughton McCry.
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SL11B: Monkey mind: Almut Brunswick

The pictures you see below might look familiar to you, and if they do, then you are right. My reason I am showing you these again is because I had posted my first article about Emphatic Eccentricia’s build for the Eleventh Second Life celebration before I determined that there is actually enough material for a separate post for each of the participants involved. And so I started writing…

This part is about Almut Brunswick who has eventually shaped the overall look of the Monkey Mind. Below you see the initial design as was made as a draft at Emphatic Eccentricia’s (EE) Itsy Bitsy skybox. Our preliminary design was made of prims to establish a basic framework for our ideas to mount in. Almut’s idea was to make the build resembling on a computer rack populated with a bunch of corresponding modules and other components in which data is fed and processed to run the Monkey Mind. This framework became the stage for our collaborative artwork

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In this computer Almut  wanted to have spaces to allow different artists to create their own worlds withing the monkey mind. These space became like modules that like computer boards are plugged into the monkey mind.

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Above is an already more developed version of the mock-up build still on site in the itsy bitsy EE sandbox.

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This third picture above shows the initial build on our SL11B plot. Initially it was a rather high design with a lot of extra levels. Everything was still done with prims, although in this picture the stairs were already made in mesh. We decided, however, to reduce the number of levels in order to let the building looking more compact and impressive but not too dominant on this prominent corner of the celebration area.

The next three pictures show the final build in a normal daylight setting already surrounded by the neighboring assemblies. Monkey Mind had meanwhile its final height and many parts have been replaced by mesh. All artists had their own modules in the board rack. They equipped their inner side after their own ideas whilst Veleda Lorakeet’s talking robot heads literally conveyed curious visitors directly from ground level to this board level high above the sim. The front displays were equipped with a picture changer script, so that the EE group members could show even more of their work. One eye-catching addition was the binary stream raising up from a pool at ground level which represented a constant flow of world impressions feeding the monkey’s head in the building’s glass dome.

 

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Personally I am happy with the overall result. Regarding the building, I think it was   the best one we have had so far, although my personally favorite is still The Masque of the Red Death. Pity that we haven’t had mesh and Almut at this time. I bet she would have been a good addition.