Inventory Sorting Challenge

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The other day I was moaning about how my inventory has ballooned to almost 38K items.  (I know, I know, that’s a drop in the bucket for some of you.) 😛

I try diligently to keep my inventory around the 30K range, so it’s starting to make me a bit twitchy that it’s getting so high.

I usually end up doing a marathon sorting/purging session, where I rez/wear items and then delete, box, or keep them.  Some things have sentimental value, some things I actually use, and some I box because I’m convinced I might need them someday. 😀

So, to make it a bit more fun, I’ve decided to combine my sorting/purging with blogging and photography.

The biggest folder in my inventory (besides shoes!) is my ‘building stuff’ folder.  This is where I stuff everything that I think I might use in a set for a routine.  Furniture, lights, landscaping items, vehicles, holiday decor – you name it, it’s probably in there.

It hasn’t been cleaned out in, well –  it has never been cleaned out.  😛

So I’m sure there are items that I can delete, or at the very least box up.  Some because they are just outdated, some because they aren’t copy/mod, and some because I have no idea why I kept them in the first place. 😛

The other day I came across an alphabet blogging challenge.  The challenge is to use only items in your posts/photos that all begin with the same letter.

I thought it would be fun to combine the alphabet challenge with my inventory sorting.  So, as I sort/purge, I will be trying to create scenes for a picture using items that all start with the same letter.

That should be easy, right?  😀

P.S. I started sorting Christmas stuff, because that seemed like a good place to start.  If I haven’t used it since last Christmas, I probably don’t need it, right?  I found a 21-prim snowman lurking in there.  He’s gone now – and his 21 prims!! 😀

The Power of ‘Like’

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Yesterday I wrote about feeling overwhelmed with all the information available today.

But I’m also a blog addict.

Well, saying I’m reading addict would be more accurate, I suppose.

I love to read, and I love to learn new things.

I also love to share what I learn, hence this blog. 😀

But when you are starting out as a new blogger (something I’ve done multiple times), it can be hard to motivate yourself to keep going.

You feel like you are in the middle of a crowded room, talking – but no one is listening.

Part of the appeal of blogging for me is the discussion that my writing (hopefully) generates.

So having someone comment on something I wrote makes my day. (Truly!)

‘Likes’ and ‘shares’ and ‘pingbacks’ are also appreciated.

But how many of us actually do those simple things?

I Blame Facebook

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know how I feel about Facebook.  -.-

However, over and above their shameless selling of our data for their profit, they did introduce the ‘like’ to most people.

We now find ‘like’ buttons everywhere.

‘Like,’ ‘favorite,’ upvote – whatever term a site uses, they’ve got a button for it.

These buttons have become so ubiquitous that most people don’t even notice them (or, apparently, use them) anymore.

Has ‘liking’ something become unfashionable now?

Take Back the ‘Like’

If you read blogs (like this one), do the authors a HUGE favor and every once in a while, press that little ‘like’ or ‘share’ button.

I have a friend who recently started blogging and is, like most bloggers, hoping for some feedback.

Whether it’s a like or comment, all he wants is some feedback.

I’m not sure why people don’t ‘like’ things the way they used to.

Now, I’m not suggesting that you give people ‘pity’ likes.

No one wants that.

But if you genuinely ‘like’ something that someone wrote, let them know.

If you have something to say about something they wrote (or took a picture of, or whatever), let them know – positive or negative.

For example, I have a Flickr account.

I check every day to see what fabulous photos people have taken.

But I very rarely ‘favorite’ any of them.


Because it’s too much effort to push that button?

Because I don’t want them to get a swelled head from my ‘favorite’?

Or is it because we don’t really know what we ‘like’ anymore?

My Challenge

My challenge – to you and to myself – is to take a few moments this week and push that little button.

Only if it’s something that you truly like, of course.

Surely over the course of a week, you come across at least a few things you like, right?

I’m challenging myself to like and/or comment on blogs.

It’s kind of hypocritical to complain that no one likes/comments on your blog, if you never do it either.

I’m also challenging myself to ‘favorite’ pics on Flickr.

There’s almost always a picture that makes me stop for a moment – so I take that moment to ‘favorite’ it.

I know how great I feel when I get a like, a favorite, a comment – whatever.

So if I can share that feeling by liking others’ work, I do.

I challenge you to do the same. 😀

(P.S. For those of you who have liked/commented/shared anything I’ve written – THANK YOU!!)

Inventory Challenge!

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I came across this inventory challenge and thought I’d join in the fun. 🙂

I am always conscious of trying to keep my inventory count down.  It usually sits somewhere around 34-36K.  But I still think it’s too big.  So when I read about the ‘inventory game,’ I decided to give it a try.

I’m not sure what prizes there are, but it will at least give me the impetus to really buckle down and clear out stuff I know I don’t need/will never use/will never wear.

I have gacha items that I don’t want, a ton of extra sizes of mesh clothing that I don’t need – etc.  I am, however, dreading going through my ‘costume’ folder.  I am forever coming across cool outfits and thinking, ‘hey – I can use that in a routine.’  So I buy it, and it promptly disappears into the black hole of the costume folder.  :-/

I put my current inventory count on the board (34,015).  We’ll see how it goes, since two new hunts start today, and I just bought a ton of stuff at the Geeks and Nerds Fair I haven’t even opened yet!

Dance Challenge

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A while ago on the blog, I asked the question of whether dance in SL is/should be considered art.  It led to an interesting conversation and sparked an idea.

I asked for volunteers in the dance community to create a dance – with each dancer creating their routine to the same song.  I thought it would be interesting to see the diversity (or if there is any) in the routines – to see how each dancer interprets the same song, but in (hopefully) visually different ways.

I have a list of volunteers and I have sent out the song selection.  After they are done creating their routines, they will be filmed and posted on the blog for everyone to see.  So in around 4 weeks from now, videos will start appearing.

Stay tuned!

Elysium – Creation Begats Creation

Each month, the Elysium dancers are given a challenge.  They create dances/performances based on the challenge.

This month, they were challenged to create performances inspired by the artwork of Toysoldier Thor.  (His artwork is truly inspiring – please check it out if you have the chance!)

6 dancers performed in ‘Creation Begats Creation’ at the Elysium Amphitheatre.  I took a lot of photos, but am just posting one per number for the sake of space.  (I could post them to Facebook, so if you’d like me to do that, let me know.)

First to perform was LilAngels Resident.  Her dance was inspired by a work titled ‘Frost Forest.’  It was a beautiful, lovely, lyrical dance.

Lil - Frost Forest
Lil – Frost Forest

The icy color palette was lovely.

Next up was Bevin and her dance, inspired by ‘The Princess and the Goblin.’

Bevin - The Princess and the Goblin
Bevin – The Princess and the Goblin

This, too, was a lovely, lyrical dance, albeit with a warmer feel than Lil’s.

After Bevin was Jilley, inspired by ‘Spiritual Grandeur.’

Jilley - Spiritual Grandeur
Jilley – Spiritual Grandeur

The sets for all of the dances were simply amazing.  (I’m not a great builder, so I admire those who can!)

Winnie came next.  Her dance was inspired by a piece called ‘Love’s Crush.’  She danced to “Who Wants to Live Forever’ (one of my favorite songs) and did a beautiful lyrical dance, complete with a story about her own real life battle with cancer.  It was very moving.

Winnie - Love's Crush
Winnie – Love’s Crush

After Winnie’s emotional dance, Georgie took the stage, inspired by a work called ‘Killing Field.’  It was another emotional tale, her graceful dance set amidst a field of war.  She had a very cool effect with a scene change, from the field to a cemetery with old soldier’s ghosts fading in and out, but my old computer didn’t render the textures fast enough to get a good pic. 😦

Georgie - Killing Fields
Georgie – Killing Fields

Everything was amazingly detailed, and I loved her costume, complete with dirt smudges on her face.

Last but not least was Babypea with a dance inspired by ‘Hillbilly Airways.’  She had a number of set changes, starting with a phonograph encircled by goats, a giant dragonfly, a hobbit-like house, and more.  It was definitely a hillbilly spectacle!  Complete with yodeling and lederhosen, done as only Babypea could:

Babypea - Hillbilly Airways
Babypea – Hillbilly Airways

I love the idea of challenging others to create, and the idea of using someone’s art as inspiration is wonderful.  If you missed this show, be sure to watch for next month’s challenge.  I can’t wait to see what these amazingly talented people come up with next!

Happy Dancing!