There’s even rice balls; very nice!
There’s even rice balls; very nice!
My head’s come up some from genealogy for a while, so let’s take a look around Fashion for Life!
Photographed in FFL Milan. Freya wears a L$50 dress called Katrin from Pizzazz.
Writing from Orlando, Florida:
Meme Time again — fear and tremble, all ye mortals!
No, not really; Berry Singh actually comes up with some interesting things, and each one gives us blog fodder to keep these voracious pages filled. This week’s Monday Meme gives us a chance to look back for a time, something we should do every once in a while to remember where we came from. Simply take two pictures from your blog — one from the earliest articles you’ve written, and one from recently, and let’s see how much times have changed for you. Preferably the first and most recent photo of you, it should be noted, but, as you’ll see below, I had to be a little more flexible.
For me, finding a few early photos wasn’t difficult — it was choosing one I’d like to show you! Lord, I was rough back then, still learning the craft (of which I am by no means a perfect mistress yet). And also getting a decent face shot! So I’m including two from the early days, both of me in Ginny Talamasca gowns that were favorites for a time. I wasn’t taking closeups very often back then, until my first Hair Fair. Knowing how far we’ve come since those early days of system shirts and flexi prims and “photo-realistic” skins, well, (shudder, grin).
And so here we are today (from my OFPC “final update” gown). It looked pretty good back then; but oh, how it looks today! So many changes and improvements have come along, some of which everyone said Predicted the Imminent Death of Second Life. And yet here we are, more than ten years down the road for the Grid and approaching eight for me personally. Where’s it gonna go from here?
(Note to Berry and others: I’ll do a proper side-by-side once I get home and get a few minutes. Right now, I’m without all my tools, or the ability to use them well if I added them to this laptop.)
Written en route to Orlando, Florida:
It’s Meme Time again!!!
From Strawberry Singh, on March 2 — “Transform your avatar completely so that even your friends wouldn’t recognize you.”
For me, and my love of alien looks, this wasn’t difficult at all, at least in the gross sense. I pulled out one of the shapes I don’t often wear, which I use for my character of Keiko in my stories, and proceeded to transform her from the norm to something more…exotic. I did try to use mostly recent items, so you’ll see these (if still available) at some of the current events. I’m sorry, but I’ve quite forgotten which ones to go to; but contacting the creators should help.
WindLight: Annan Adored Light Explosion II
Photographed in MyANIMATION region
Why do I jump for joy now? Because of two things. First, I’m on my way to Florida to catch a spring training game for my Detroit Tigers next week. That will be a good thing, even though I have to go to the Phillies’ stadium in Clearwater to see the game, instead of Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland. C’est la guerre…. The second takes precedence this year, though, and is why I’m in my soccer kit instead of my Tigers jacket. I’m also on my way to Orlando, where I lived for 14 years, to catch the first game for Orlando City SC in Major League Soccer, against fellow expansion team New York City FC, on Sunday.
Normally, I like to note how difficult the judging on the year’s Oscar Fashion Photo Contest is, how many excellent photos were submitted and how many cuts I had to drive through to get to a final seven — and then how to arrange them out. This year, it wasn’t that difficult, at least in one sense. The final tally of entries was less than 40. This is a little disappointing, but I can put it down to the “fun” I experience in getting the word out every year. It’s always been a struggle for some reason, and I’ll need to rethink how I go about this in 2016.
But we did get enough entries for an actual contest, between people doing it themselves, advertising, and some pure out-and-out wheedling on my part, so here we go!
If you’re of my generation and into science fiction, you grew up with Star Trek. And one of the great cast of that show — and extremely popular with the ladies — was Leonard Nimoy, who personified the logical lifeforms of the planet Vulcan in his character of Spock. His family announced Nimoy’s passing today from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, possibly caused by smoking back in his earlier days.
Nimoy was a versatile actor, and played in roles other than that iconic one — I recall him as Paris, the master of disguise who took over from Martin Laudau’s “Rollin Hand” on Mission: Impossible. (He also had notoriety as one of the aliens in the old Republic serial, Zombies of the Stratosphere.) But he became almost indelibly associated with the Vulcan from those 79 episodes of Star Trek. The role at times felt as an albatross about his neck; however, he came back to it in the end, filming nine Star Trek movies as Spock, including both of the movies so far in the J. J. Abrams reboot of the ST Universe, and a two-part episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The strange and fantasial became something of a stock in trade for him: a part in the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers alongside Donald Sutherland; and he narrated the Alan Landsburg syndicated television series In Search Of…. for its entire run. Beyond these things, though, he was much more — Theo van Gogh in Vincent; Morris Meyerson in the miniseries A Woman Called Golda (opposite Ingrid Bergman); a director of both movies and television. His distinctive voice and cadence made him a natural choice for work as a narrator and voice actor — he appeared several times on The Simpsons as himself, did “recitations” on the computer game Civilization IV, and did recordings alongside the a capella group The Western Wind in celebration of the holy days of his Jewish background and faith. And I know of at least one exhibition of his photography, as well as his two memoirs and poetry. Truly a Renaissance man in his achievements.
He will be missed.