What Second Life Means to Me Video

Well, I’m a little late to the party, as usual, but I got inspired to make a video for ‘What Second Life Means to Me.’

It took me longer than I intended, but it’s done.

Please bear in mind, I’m no expert filmmaker, but I wanted to contribute in my own small way.

Here’s a little happiness for your Monday!

If you can’t see the embedded video, here’s the link:

What Second Life Means to Me

Tuesday Tidbits

tidbit-tuesdayI’ve been a bit busy in RL, so I’m trying to catch up on all my reading.

Some interesting tidbits I’ve come across in the last couple of days:

→LL is considering removal of the ‘Restore to Last Position’ function.

Firestorm currently allows this, but not with no-copy items.

This is to keep people from accidentally losing valuable no-copy items.

However, this function is used by a lot of people (including myself!) and I would hate to see it disappear.

FS feels the same and is asking for your help.

Go to their website and leave a comment about how and why you use this feature.

Many members of the dance community have already commented, but every little bit helps!

If they can provide enough use-cases, LL might rethink removing the function.

→I follow New World Notes, and one of their writers posted an article a while ago about watching SL creators work using live-stream service Twitch.

It seems some of these creators have had their accounts suspended for streaming SL, because Twitch does not “permit Adults-Only rated games and games where nudity is the core focus, feature, or goal.”

Arguments about whether SL is a game or not aside, when the hell did nudity become the ‘core focus, feature, or goal’ of SL?

It’s certainly not the goal of my SL.

As someone pointed out in the comments, Twitch has no problem with people streaming violent video games like GTA, but SL is a no-no?

Idiots.

So, if you’re looking for a streaming service, Hitbox (Twitch’s main competitor) will happily oblige. 😀

→On the heels of this information, I came across Strawberry Singh’s Monday Meme (again, late, grrr).

She is asking everyone to make a short video and share your perception of Second Life.

Perhaps if there are as many positive videos about SL as there are trolling videos, people’s perceptions would change.

(I’m not sure this will make any difference, people being people, but it can’t hurt, right?)

→Facebook is at it again. :/

They have (finally!) released some updated information about their names policy.

And they have once again stated that profiles using ‘game character’ names (a category which your SL avatar name falls under) are NOT allowed.

You can create a Page for your character, but not a profile.

So, expect some more rounds of account deletions.

Honestly, I still don’t understand why anyone uses Facebook.

There are so many other options, including ASN, which was designed specifically for avatars.

Do yourself a favor and delete your Facebook account.

You won’t miss it.

I promise. 😀

Picture Proof

It's me!!  Image courtesy of Aelva
It’s me!! Image courtesy of Aelva

You know that old saying – ‘Unless there’s pics, it didn’t happen’?

Sometimes performances can feel that way.

You work so hard, you spend a lot of time putting a performance together, and then -poof- it’s over.

Gone.

And if you’re like me, you often forget (or are too busy) to take snaps of the performance.

Thank goodness someone took a few pics from the first show at Le Artiste.  🙂

There are plans to film the acts, but of course that takes time.

So if you’re curious about the show and didn’t attend, take a look at these pics that Aelva was kind enough to share.

There are two acts that aren’t in the pics, so if/when those are filmed, I’ll let you know. 🙂

If you’re interested in Le Artiste, contact Yummy about joining the VIP group.

Those of you not in the US, enjoy your weekend!

Those of us in the US, don’t forget to set your clocks ahead tonight.

Daylight Savings Time.

Yay.  -.-

Sequence #1 – Ballet

Black SwanThis post ended up being a lot of things all rolled into one.

I’ve been having so much fun taking photos in costumes, and I came across my Black Swan costume from Boudoir.

I love it, but just never got around to using it in a routine.

So I decided to go take some photos in it.

While I was taking photos, I began hunting around in inventory for an old ballet sequence I could use in the photo shoot.

Then I decided I would post the sequence.

But I wanted to do a short little video, so that everyone could see what the sequence looked like.

Hubs and I got to talking and he wanted to upgrade our video editor/recorder.

So while he spent hours finding the program he wanted, I got busy taking photos and getting a quickie little dance put together.

I’ll include the details for the outfit at the bottom of the post.

The sequence was originally set to other music, but I think it turned out pretty well for something I threw together in a couple of hours.

Kisses to my sweet husband, who shot the video and edited it for me. ❤

Black Swan

Sequence #1 – Ballet

DW Ballerina 17|8
My-BALLET-06|29.1
My-BALLET-13|23.1
My-BALLET-14|27.1
My-BALLET-16|29.2
My-BALLET-18|27.3
My-BALLET-24|36
DW Ballerina 3|6
SPIRIT Ballet Photography Pose 2|8

Ballerina poses are from Diesel Works and ballet dances are from MyANIMATIONS.

Costume Details:

Hair: Truth – Amelie – Black&Whites07

Costume: Boudoir – Black Swan Ballerina Dress

Ballet Shoes:  SLink – Paloma Pointe Ballet Slippers White

Makeup:  Lazyburn – Black & White Swan Makeup

Skin: Laqroki – Martina – Mocha

Shape: Laqroki – Glow  (modded)

Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Pale Cerulean

Spot On Stage Manager

I came across this video in my Google feed.

SpotOn Stage Manager

The new set rezzer/stage manager from SpotOn has a couple of features I thought were cool.

I like the ability for it to remember more than one stage – if you are a performer who does acts at more than one venue, that alone will be a huge timesaver.

I also like that the position/location of where you put the rezzer/manager doesn’t matter (unless I misunderstood the video).

For locations where you can’t ‘restore to last,’ trying to figure out where to put the rezzer can be a headache.

And then you have to move the rezzer and your set around until you have it placed correctly.

You can already include your movers as part of your set with other rezzers, though personally, I don’t like doing that.

With most rez boxes (including this one, from what I could tell), you can only rez one set at a time.

So if you like to rez your movers ahead of time in order to cache dances and get everyone in place, that’s not possible if you include them as part of your set.

I have seen some dancers use two rez boxes, one for sets and one for movers.

I’m not sure exactly when this will be available or what it will cost.

But it’s another option for those of us who perform.

Tiny Dances

I came across this video on my Google feed and found it interesting.

Ten Tiny Dances

It’s amazing what you can do, even in a small space. 😀

Dance Experiment – Video #6

All good things must come to an end, they say.

And sadly, this video is the last of the submissions for the dance experiment.  Siren (kiushu rau) gives us her interpretation of Broken Ones.  As always, any faults in the video lie with me, not the dancer.

Broken Ones – Siren

Now that all the videos are done, I will be putting them on one page on the blog so you can find them all together.  Many (most) of the dancers chose not to watch the other videos until they were done filming their own.  I am blown away by the generosity and creativity of these dancers.

On a scientific note (because this was an experiment, after all!), I think it proves my point that dance in SL is art.  Although they each used the same music, there were varied interpretations from the dancers.  From Siren’s ‘alone in a crowd’ performance to Baby’s abandoned toys to Winnie’s human trash, each performance was unique.

I again want to give these dancers a big hug and a giant Thank You! for volunteering for this little experiment of mine.

Dance Experiment – Video #5

Things continue to move along at light speed, and I am running around like a maniac trying to keep up!  The dancers who volunteered for the dance experiment I proposed have gone above and beyond to help.  The latest video offering I have for you is Winnie’s contribution to the experiment.

Broken Ones – Winnie

The creativity of these dancers is just amazing.

Once again, if there are any flaws in the video, the fault is mine, not those of the dancer.

The dance experiment is fast drawing to a close, so if you have enjoyed these videos, please make sure you tell the dancers when you see them around the grid!

Dance Experiment – Video #4

The dance experiment continues!  This latest video is from Red Queen (queenie.acacia).

As always, any flaws in the video are my fault, not the dancer’s.  Enjoy!

Broken Ones – Red Queen

There are still a few more videos left for this experiment, so stay tuned. 🙂

Dance Experiment – Video #2

Despite the holiday busy-ness and my full schedule, I managed to find some time to finish up work on one of the dance videos for my little experiment.

This offering is from Lotta Difference (from the Paramount Playhouse – check out their blog here).  I gave all the dancer victims, erm, volunteers a song.  They were to create a routine using that song.  No other limits – they could build a set or not, use emotes or not, etc.

If there are any mistakes in the videos, they are my fault (or my computer’s, or my ISP’s), not those of any of the dancers.

I want to again say a great big Thank You! to those dancers who volunteered their time and energy for this project.

I do have another video in the works.  I will be posting it in the next few days as well.  I still have several other volunteers who are close to being finished, so once I hear from them and film their routines, those videos will be posted.

I have embedded the video, but if it doesn’t show for you, just click the link below.

Lotta Difference – Broken Ones

Enjoy!