2015 Reflections

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Image Source: bryancallen.com

As 2015 is winding down, it seems that people are all taking a step back to reflect and evaluate the year.

In RL, I had a few losses, and lots of joys.  Same in SL.  🙂

I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions, but I do set some goals for myself. If I meet them, great!  If I don’t, that’s okay too.

Most of my goals are things I’d like to do or learn, and I don’t tie them to a year.  Heck, I know some of my goals will take longer than a year.

I’m still working on projects that I started last year, and I hope I will continue working on them for several more years, at least.

This year in SL I started teaching dance classes and I am loving every minute of it!  The students have been terrific and I can’t wait to see what 2016 is like.

I’ve learned a lot this year working with Photoshop, and I plan to continue that in 2016.  I bought a Wacom tablet, and one of my smaller goals is to learn how to use it.

One of the things I’d love to do is learn to work with mesh.  Approaching Blender is a bit like approaching a cockpit when you have no idea what all the buttons and knobs do and someone tells you you have to fly the plane. 😛

So I will be working on learning Blender in 2016.  I’m pretty sure this is a project that will take me more time than I want it to!

I’m also working on learning more about using the Artiste and incorporating all of its features into my dancing – no small task, indeed. 😀

Whatever 2016 brings, I know I will have plenty to keep me busy, in both RL and SL.

Reflections on a Lazy Sunday

This seemed appropriate with the birth of the new princess. :-)   Image Source:  www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk
This seemed appropriate with the birth of the new princess. 🙂
Image Source: http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk

Well, I wish it was a lazy Sunday. 🙂

Things continue at the same level of craziness in RL, and it’s difficult to find time to do all the things I want to do, like blogging and taking photos!

I guess on the up side, I’m learning to do some of those things faster. 😛

I was reading through my feeds today and saw a post about rumors regarding the possible name of LL’s next gen platform.

I don’t know if I believe that SANSAR will be the actual name of the NGP, but who knows?

I also came across another post about Bright Canopy, the people who are in the process of creating a service to replace the now-defunct SL Go.

I am happy that a service to replace SL Go may be available shortly.

However, I myself am kind of struggling with my feelings towards SL lately.

It all started with the announcement about the Linux viewer.

Knowing that many of my friends will definitely be leaving SL in the near future has left me wondering how I feel about it all.

Do I think that SL will close any time soon?

No.

But then, they didn’t think their access would be gone, either.

So you never know.

I have several projects already in the works, and several still in the planning stages, and now I’m wondering whether it’s worth it to me to put in the work on a platform that ‘could’ disappear at any time.

For now, I’m still forging ahead, but not with the same gusto as previously.

Over the years, I’ve spent quite a bit of RL money in this ‘game’ called SL.

As I was reading through the forum comments about LL’s request for ‘help’ with keeping the Linux viewer going, I read this:

“I understand the “idea” but SL is not a neighborhood volunteer vegetable garden. It is the product of a for-profit company. What company tells the “customer” to work for free?”

If you want to read the thread, you can find it here.

While I understand that the nature of SL requires a certain bit of give-and-take between users and LL, it does seem a bit odd for a company to say, “Hey – here’s our product.  We’d love for you to use it, but you have to help us keep it up and running.”

I totally understand that the Linux users may be a small community and that the revenue it generates is much less than the operating cost.

It makes perfect business sense to then say, “Sorry – it just isn’t cost-effective for us to provide this service.”

However, after my recent experience helping a new user create an account (and who has yet to log back in), I’m starting to wonder.

How long will it be before the things I’m interested in become no longer ‘cost-effective?’

Perhaps my thinking is just a reflection of the cyclical nature of things.

I have usually taken a hiatus from SL each year, to give myself time to recharge.

This year, because of the projects I have going (and have in the works), I haven’t – and don’t plan to – take a hiatus.

Do you ever feel the need to take a step back and reflect/recharge on your Second Life?

Reflections

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Image Source: bryancallen.com

Tomorrow is New’s Year Eve.

My news feed is clogged with posts about resolutions and looking ahead.

I realized I needed to take a step back and reflect on what I’ve done this year.

2014 was a pretty damn awesome year.

My real life is full and fulfilling – my family is tight-knit and the joy of my life.  It was a rocky road to get where we are, but it’s been sooooo worth the struggle.

My kids are awesome, and I am truly, truly blessed to have them.  They frustrate the hell out of me some days, but every day there is joy in having them close.

My husband is the most amazing person, and many of the things I accomplished this year I can trace directly back to his love and support.

I find joy in my SL as well.  I have amazing friends and I get to work with some pretty damn amazing people.

I’m not going to name names, because I’ll forget someone, but if you are in my SL, know that I appreciate and treasure you all.

2014 had its ups and downs, but it was mostly ups. 🙂

As I head into 2015, these same amazing people have presented me with opportunities (in both RL and SL) and I hope to be able to take advantage of every single one of them.

(I know I said amazing a lot, but it’s the most accurate word I can find.)

I hope 2014 was a great year for you as well, and I hope 2015 will be even better.

Cheers!

Reflections

Today has started off as a day for me to reflect.  Which is kind of strange, because I have a very full schedule today.

I have a number of ideas for posts running around in my brain and it seems that none of them are ready to be born quite yet.

So, I spent some time re-reading old blog posts (here and on other blogs I follow), and searching the internet for inspiration. I love fractal art, so I spent some time looking at images.  This is one of my favorites:

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Image Source: http://www.mouserunner.com

I love this picture – the colors, the reflection in the water, the calm feel . . .

Take a few moments today to reflect, because tomorrow is not guaranteed.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!