Time and Space

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The older I get, the more time is on my mind.  I took a hiatus from this blog for a while, and while I was gone, the blog had its 6th birthday.  6th!

I can’t believe I’ve had this blog for 6 years.

When I started it, I had more free time and so I posted more often.  I’d thought that as I got older, my free time would increase, but it hasn’t worked out that way.  However, I’ve missed blogging and writing, so here I am.

Space is the other thing on my mind – I use the free version of WordPress for this blog, so I get a limited amount of space for the pictures I add.  When I was posting reviews of dance shows, I had multiple pics per post.  Same with when I started doing travel photos – multiple pics per sim.  I’ve only used 21% of my free storage so far, so I guess I have another 12 years or so before I need to worry about reaching the limit? 😛

Seriously, though, it’s a real dilemma.  You want pics because those interest people (and drive traffic) but the tradeoff is the space requirements.  I could upgrade to a paid account with WordPress and get more space, but that’s hard to justify right now.

I also used to post my pics to Flickr, but now Flickr is limited as well, unless I pay to go Pro (which I won’t).  So now I’m back to debating what social media I might want to use with the blog.  I used to post on KoinUp back in the day and they’re still around (and still free, I think) or I could use my Ello account.  Any suggestions besides Fakebook and Twitter?  😀

The Digital Pasture: Virtual Space/Infinite Space

Source: www.quickanddirtytips.com
Source: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com

I’ve read many of Penny Patton’s posts before, including her very useful tips on changing the default camera angles.  After reading this article, however, I had a bit of a “Doh!” moment.

I use rezzers all the time, to rez my sets when I perform dances.  Most dancers use them – it’s a way to store your sets until you need them, which saves prims at the venue.

It never occurred to me, though, to use one at my home parcel.  Probably because I think of my Multi-Scene as a dance tool.  But there’s absolutely no reason I couldn’t do as Penny has, and use it to make multiple ‘scenes/sets’ at my own home – all without worrying about how many prims I have left!

I’ve always marveled at H&G decorators and wondered how on earth they have enough prims to make some of the scenes that they do.  Now I’m curious to try decorating some different scenes/sets and see how I can use this at my own parcel.

The caveat, of course, is that everything you put in the rezzer has to be copy/mod, which means that trans only gacha items won’t work.  Most of my stuff is already copy/mod, since I purchase most items with set design in mind, rather than home decor.

I don’t RP, but her idea for having different RP areas to explore, without costing a ton of L$ in tier is amazing.  Certainly a lot of food for thought – read the original article below:

Source: The Digital Pasture: Virtual Space/Infinite Space

Sinewave.space: a further contender for virtual spaces

Another VR platform entering the mix. It will be interesting to watch what happens from here.

Inara Pey: Living in a Modemworld

The above video has been gaining attention since first appearing on You Tube at the end of August. It’s advance promotion for a new virtual worlds platform called Sinewave.space, built using the Unity 3D engine, and which may be opening its doors to initial users in December 2015.

The company behind Sinewave.space is Sine Wave Entertainment, a name which may be familiar to many Second Life users, given it is also the company behind the highly successful Sine Wave animations brand in-world.

Spearheading the work is Sine Wave’s CEO, Adam Frisby, a man who has considerable experience with virtual world platforms, having been one of the founders of the OpenSimulator project. In Second Life he is probably better known as Adam Zaius, the man behind such ventures as Azure Islands and the DeepThink virtual worlds development agency, which operated in both Second Life and OpenSim.

Adam Frisby is perhaps more recognisable to many in SL as Adam Zaius Adam Frisby is…

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Running Out of Space?

RunningOutofSpace
Eeep!!

I am a very organized person.  I don’t like clutter and I am a big fan of only keeping what you need.

Until it comes to pictures and my inventory. 😀

Years ago, I bought a portable/external hard drive for storing photos.  It was 700 GB and I was sure that it would last me forever.  10 years later, I suddenly realized it is almost full.  Yikes!

I keep all my family photos on it, and with my youngest very involved in sports, I have a ton of videos from games and meets. I also keep all my music on it, and when I was moving files around a few days ago, I noticed that it was almost at capacity. 10 years is a pretty good run for a hard drive, and I’ve never (knock on wood) had an issue with it.

My wonderful husband ordered me a new one so that I could retire this one.  The new one is 4 TB, and once again, I am certain that it will last me forever. 😛   Now that I have been taking more and more photos (in SL and RL), I need more storage.  Because when it’s just pixels I’m saving, it doesn’t seem so bad. Right?!

I must say, I am really liking our Amazon Prime membership.  Things that used to take weeks to get here are now here bright and early on Monday mornings, before 7am.  That’s pretty amazing, imho.  Which means that my brand spankin’ new hard drive is now sitting on the counter, waiting to be installed. 😀

Even though pixel/digital storage is relatively cheap and plentiful, it isn’t endless.  For example, with my free WordPress account, I get 3GB of storage for photos and videos.  After blogging for about a year and half, I’ve used 11% of that 3 GB.  I could probably continue to upload my photos to WordPress for some time without worrying about hitting that limit.

However, since I’ve been taking more photos and sharing them here, I recently started uploading my photos to Flickr and then embedding them into my blog.  Flickr gives me 1 TB of free storage with my free account, and again, it doesn’t seem likely that I will ever use it up.

I’m not sure that embedding my photos from Flickr saves me all that much time (maybe 30 secs of upload/clicking time?).  I guess that does add up over the course of a year or so. Except that, of course, as soon as I started doing that, Flickr changed their embed code to include an obnoxious script that plasters unwanted and unnecessary information all over my beautiful photos!  Good thing I figured out how to get rid of the annoying script. 😀

So today on my to-do list is installing my new hard drive, my new wireless mouse, and spending some time sorting out the black hole my inventory has become lately.  I need to free up some space for more shoes. 😛

LOTD #12

LOTD 12Nai’s 365 has a week under its belt.

This week’s theme is space.

So I immediately found a space-themed sim, and of course I had to wear my alien hoodie. 😛

I even hopped on a hoverbike and tried riding it around – a first for me in SL.

I can’t park it, but I had a blast riding it. 😀

This place isn’t much for conversation (these two didn’t say a word while I was there), but it sure is pretty.

Details:

Hair:  >TRUTH< – Faye

Hoodie:  [sYs] – MOUSYS hoodie jacket Mesh – Kawaii pink/blue

Jeans: Maitreya – Zipper Skinny Jeans

Shoes:  Apple May Designs – Neon Wing Sneakers – pink

Skin: Laqroki – Martina – Mocha

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Eyes: Redgrave – Kiara – Brown

Eyelashes:  Redgrave – Classy

Lipstick: WoW Skins – Tessa gloss – pink

Nails:  Angel Rock – Capria Nails

A Matter of Appearance

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

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard about the little probe that could – the Rosetta/Philae probe that was launched by the ESA and traveled 4 BILLION miles to land on a comet.

Quite a scientific/technological accomplishment, don’t you think?

This probe (which was launched way back in 2004), traveled to the comet, detached the probe (Philae), which then landed on the surface of the comet (while it travels at about 135,000 miles an hour) and began transmitting data back to Earth.

The scientists involved in the mission (which has taken over a decade!) have been making appearances to talk about the project.

I haven’t been following the story, just reading blurbs here and there as they crop up in my news feed.  Today, I came across an article by Boris Johnson with The Telegraph.  One of the scientists involved with the project is in the news.  A great scientific achievement – they deserve their 15 minutes of fame.  After reading the article, I am once again left shaking my head.

Why is Dr. Matt Taylor making headlines?  Because he had the audacity to wear a shirt that some found ‘offensive.’

What???!!!

The man was part of a team that landed a probe on a comet 4 BILLION MILES from Earth and people are complaining about his shirt?  What is wrong with people?  (If you want to see his infamous shirt, just Google it. There’s a million pictures of it.  Probably more pictures than you will find of Rosetta/Philae.)

Now – the shirt was a shirt I might find my brother wearing.  He’s a gamer, into sci-fi, comic books, a business owner, and a self-proclaimed nerd.  Did the shirt have scantily clad women on it?  Yes.  Were any of them naked or showing naughty bits?  No.  Did I (as a woman) find it offensive?  No.

I don’t understand the ‘feminist’ uproar.  Over a shirt.  A SHIRT.

Of all the things to worry about in the world today, we’re going to focus on a shirt?

Wow.

Was it the best choice of attire for someone who would be on TV?  No.  But then, many people were also probably offended by the multitude of tattoos that Dr. Taylor sports.  Does his choice of attire have any bearing at all on his ability to do his job as a scientist?

Nope.

I heard a story the other day about a male TV news anchor who was frustrated over the continual crap his female co-anchor received over things that have nothing to do with her ability to perform her job duties.  She was continually sent emails, tweets, facebook posts, etc. about her hair, her clothing, her makeup.  Most of them not very nice.  The feedback the male anchor received was generally focused on how he did his job, how entertaining he was, etc.  So he did a little experiment (you can read the story here).

He didn’t tell anyone.  He just quietly did it. He began wearing the same suit to work every day.  EVERY DAY.  (He did clean it a few times.)  What did people say?

Nothing.

No one noticed.  Or if they did, they didn’t care.  So, as a male TV anchor, he is judged on his ability to do his job.  As a female TV anchor, you are judged by your appearance.

This is why we can’t have nice things.

Because what someone wears matters more than what they do.