Walking in a Winter Wonderland January 3, 2011
Snowflakes fall, are you listening?
In the lane, snow is glistening.
A beautiful sight, I’m happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland.
In the meadow I can build a snow fox,
And a little rabbit to the right.
They’ll say “Are you tired?”, I say “No way!
But how about you go home for the night?”
When it snows, ain’t it thrilling,
Though my nose gets a chilling.
I’ll frolic and play the dorkettes’ way
Walking in a winter wonderland.
Walking in a winter wonderland.
Walking in a winter wonderland!
Bubbles! Take me to the skies! November 14, 2010
BOO! *jumps out from the shrubs and waves hands manically*
Welcome to the once-a-month post of “Who Let The Dorks Out”! I can’t deny that the thought to just officially stop blogging has crossed my mind in the last weeks. However, I am not ready to let it go yet. Instead I have been thinking about a format change. What is clear is that I don’t have as much time available anymore to do lengthy posts with lots of different items and URLs. This is especially true for “fashion posts”, something wich I kind of slipped into in the recent past. So I decided to go back to my original vision and show silly, weird and wonderful avatars and toys. I possibly will not credit every single thing of my outfit anymore, but if you are interested in something, please just leave a comment and I will let you know where I got it from.
I am also going to try and post quick sreenshots of things that I come across and like, instead of trying to build a whole outfit around them. For example, I loved these flowery shoes at Ingenue [SLURL].
Enough introduction, I would like to introduce the real star of this posting to you: The “Alien Bub” avatar by Madcow Cosmos [SLURL].
If you have been following this blog for a longer time you will know that I love aliens and bubbles – so I got VERY excited when I saw this avatar which promised to combine both in one! And I was not disappointed. Not only is it cute and colourful in an asymmetrical outer-space way, it also comes with a HUD called “To the Skies” . When you click on it once, the alien blows a big bubble. <33333
But the really amazing thing happens when you click the HUD a second time. The bubble becomes huuuge and the alien starts to fly up high into the sky. Click another time and the bubble bursts. I might have spent some time making my alien fly up to the sky and plummet back to earth…
You can buy this and lots of other wonderful avatars at Madcow’s Primordial Soup and Sandwich shop [SLURL]. Because it can be a bit difficult to find, I took a picture of the vendors to make it easier for you.
Have a great Sunday in your SL and RL, and even better if, it involves bubbles of some kind.
The Dorks’ Guide to Burn2 – Part I October 18, 2010
Even though RL is still winning over SL at the moment, I wouldn’t want to miss my favourite virtual event, Burning Life (or Burn2, as it is called now). It seems a lot smaller this year, which in the first moment made me feel a bit sad – but then I realised that this means I will definitely get to see everything in the short time frame, which was a relief in a way. I haven’t forgot the marathons in the last years, when I was flying around with speed of light and trying not to miss anything!
I started off with a small tour today but already found one of my favourite builds EVER: “Concrete Soldiers” by Liz Gealach [SLURL]. Her build is an interpretation of a poem which you receive on a notecard, and features a very grey and bleak street silhouette with a lonely sheep.
You must stay at this build for several minutes, because a sun will rise and transform the whole scenery into a small paradise of colours. First I didn’t realise what was going on and it confused me a lot that one second the butterflies were there and the next one they were gone. But after I figured out what was going on, I stood for a while and watched the scenery change. What a fantastic idea!
I also really liked “POP ATOMIC” by Mikaty Slade and Emily Lang. [SLURL]. From the notecard: “The ATOMIC bomb changed the Japanese people forever. 8-bit console games are a loving part of Japan’s POP culture nowadays. I felt that both the atomic bomb and the 8-bit consoles are powerful symbols of 20th century’s civilization, at least as experienced by the Japanese people. And, so, POP ATOMIC was born.”
Lastly, I thought that “The Painted Glasstower” by Betty Tureaud[SLURL] was both a beautiful and an impressive installation. The glass panels change over time and I think there is also an elevator box driving through the middle of the tower to the top (I entered the hole from the top and then landed on top of said box and drove a bit back up with it).
Hopefully I will be able to continue my Burn2 exploration in the next days and share more fabulous builds with you!
Round and round and round it goes September 1, 2010
I have a strange fascination for funfairs and theme parks in SL. They radiate a special kind of magic, reminding me of the excitement we felt as children when our parents took us out for a day of fun rides (and queues). I am definitely more adventurous in SL than in RL, where I am too scared to ride most huge rollercoasters or other wild rides. Another advantage of living some things through your avatar in a virtual world!
My favourite rides at a funfair are the carousels, be it chairoplanes or the old-fashioned ones with horses and carriages. Which mode of carousel-transportation do you go for when you have the choice? Do you prefer to ride in Mary Poppins style on horses or swans or drive in carriages. busses or fire-engines? I chose the horse this time, but my real favourite always was the little sphere that you could spin around manually, giving you a dizzying carousel ride!
Teleport to the funfair at Zombiepopcorn or Bust here.
I just realised that it has been exactly a month since my last post and I apologise for the long pause. I have been going through a phase where SL has lost its fascination for me and at this point I am not really sure if I will get it back. I just don’t feel the inspiration anymore to explore, put together outfits or take blog pictures. I log in, clear my messages, look at my inventory and then decide to log off again.
I have heard of many other residents of similar “age” (3 years) that they are going through the same and that this seems to be a common phase where people either take long breaks, leave or come back under a different account. For me it goes even deeper than that. SL has helped me through a very stressful phase in my life in which I often felt very low and, without noticing it at that point, retracted to this virtual world. It gave me an outlet to be creative, to get the kick of exploring new places and virtual art, to enjoy cheap online retail therapy. It provided me with a constant, the virtual home I am sharing with Fi, which always was peaceful and relaxing, and of course I met amazing people and other creative minds there.
Now things in RL have changed. Some stresses have ended, I have learnt to deal better with others. RL was very busy, I had a few health problems but I am now feeling better than I have felt in ages – and it makes me shy away from SL. I’d rather be out in the real world, enjoying the summer and the flowers, getting on top of RL duties and hobbies I neglected. A lot of SL things I used to spend hours doing now seem so unimportant and far away, almost like from a different life. Sometimes it is even a bit hard for me to understand why I spent so much time doing them (searching for the perfect pair of tights, for example). I keep in contact with my SL friends through Plurk and in the end those interactions now matter more to me than having an avatar and a virtual home – funnily enough, many of them do not log in much anymore either and use other social websites to keep in contact.
Maybe I subconsciously feel that coming back to SL might affect me in a negative way. SL can suck you in and time seems to fly much faster, as if two hours in RL equal half an hour in SL. I don’t want to “officially” leave SL, I am still too attached to my avatar for that, plus I am thinking of all the Lindens I invested! LOL. But I will officially go on an extended break. There might be a blog entry, or there might be none, and maybe bad weather in autumn will drive me back to the always sunny virtual world. But when I am honest with myself, maybe I don’t want to get that fascination with SL back after all and rather hold on to RL. We’ll see.
The one thing I feel very sorry about is that this phase coincides with “Operation Squeegee“, which so far managed to raise an incredible amount of L$830.000 (more than $3000) for the National Wildlife Foundation!! Unfortunately I was away for most of it and was hoping to do a long blog post this weekend, but for various reasons only managed this attempt to take up Ariel Wingtip’s Operation Squeegee Blogger challenge. The original challenge includes the squeegee, but I fell in love with the fish and decided to use it instead. You can get the free antlers in a box near the stage and a squeegee pack from the donation bucket at the Operation Squeegee Headquarters (SLURL). Operation Squeegee runs until 15th July and has a ton of events, which can be found on the website. There are sooo many awesome things for sale – cute T-Shirts with marine animals, deco items, a houseboat, poses, cute trees with eyes, quirky transportation vehicles…Please go and have a look and support the help efforts for the wildlife affected by the oil spill. Maybe we will manage to break the one million mark!
Operation Squeegee Donation items [SLURL]:
Squeegeed Antlers by Fire Good!!!
Scuba Set by SYSY & Hopscotch.
Huggles Fish with pose by Hopscotch.
Hair “Ana Lu” by Truth.
Skin “Belle Pale” by Belleza.
Picture taken at Suboceana [SLURL].