My First Portrait Since My Marriage   1 comment

Jem 2016 Formal Portrait

Really, this is the first time I’ve “sat” for something like this since I got married — and it was fun, getting all glammed up and finding somewhere to pose!  Working on this blog, I get to learn all sorts of fun things about how to photograph, and I’m picking up dressing tips that I might be able to use in RL too.  Although I don’t think I’d be showing up at a job interview wearing this outfit, lol.

Taking a Puff

This photo is also great, but not what I’d want for what Harper is calling a “formal sitting.”  (I think she used to study photography at some point.)  But I had the cigarette holder, and I got a chance to try a trick she’s showed me when you want to catch yourself in a certain position.  Old timers probably know this, I guess, but us young ones need those old timers to help mentor us through all the tricks there are to work within Second Life.

Anyway, this cigarette holder (a group gift from Anachron, last I knew) doesn’t stay up in your mouth long enough for you to take a puff and exhale the smoke.  But you can sort of force the issue here.  When you get into position like you want, right-click something and choose Edit.  That will freeze you into position without necessarily stopping other scripts from running.  I waited until I had the holder in my mouth, clicked Edit, then waited again the couple of seconds for a puff of smoke, and clicked the refresh on Snapshot.  And there you have it — I’m sort of taking a “double drag” on my cigarette. (Not healthy, yes, I know.  But it’s safe in Second Life.  Just don’t start up for real!)

Okay, Conan, tag; you’re it!

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I’m wearing:

  • Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5
  • Skin: Amacci Skin Tyne (Cream 01 Natural)
  • Eyes: LaBoheme Eyes Nebula (Set 1: 9)
  • Hair: Vanity Hair Goth Shine(Ombres, materials)
  • Attachments: SLink hands and feet
  • Top: PurpleMoon Tamara halter top
  • Skirt: tres blah Bella sequin skirt (Silver)
  • Accessories: Anachron bronze and black enamel cigarette holder; Lazuri Renata suite
  • Shoes: KC Couture Seattle pumps
  • Makeup: Arte Glamorous eyebrows (ash blonde); Oceane Urban eyeshadow (2); MUA All the Ways eyeliner (Pack 1 – 1); MUA Counturing Blush (Tan – Full); Zibska Blacktop lipstick (12); FATElashes v2.0

Photographed at Nouvelles Aventures, Highland Island region

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Formal Portrait, 2016   1 comment

2016 Formal Portrait, Harper full

I like to do a full-on formal portrait of myself for my wall every couple of years; this gives me a record of  how I’ve evolved since my “advent” in October 2007, beyond everything I’ve published over the years.  I’ll probably tweak this a little before I place it up on the wall in my living room, but not considerably.  And Jemmy, since she and Conan share the house with me now, has been prevailed upon to shoot a formal as well; and I’ll start arm-twisting Conan before long!  Anyway, watch on here in just a little while for Jemmy’s photo article; I told her to hold off until I get mine up.

Here’s a medium closeup, for those interested.

2016 Formal Portrait, Harper

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The details:

  • Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5
  • Skin: Glam Affair Cleo (America – Clean B)
  • Eyes: La Boheme Eyes Sidhe (6)
  • Hair: Vanity Hair Visionaire (Cerise)
  • Attachments: Slink Avatar Enhance Hands and Feet
  • Outfit: Zaara Chandni sari (olive; now with Maitreya version added into the package)
  • Shoes: Glamistry Hibiscus Heels
  • Jewelry: Kunglers Sile necklace (Cherry) and earrings (Fucsia); Finesmith Isabella Hair combs (Bronze) x 3; Logo Elegance in Chains Gold necklace (vintage, worn as a chaplet); [M.Couture Destiny rings; Mandala Takara Bangles (Inca gold)
  • Makeup: JUMO YOUnique eyeshadow (Green Yellow); MUA All the Ways Eyeliner (Pack 1 – 1); Zibska Lordes lipstick (04); Oceane Body Design Eyeconic mesh lashes

Photographed at House Marikh, Danbi region, Mainland

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Tweeting   Leave a comment

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I finished up a survey I volunteered to take on religion in Second Life today, and took some time afterward to wander around the land.  As I was walking back from the Celtic cross I have on a sub-island, look what I spotted sitting on my bridge!  He was a friendly type — didn’t move an inch when I bent closer to talk to him.  I felt like Snow White for a minute, singing to the birds in the forest….

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Snow White didn’t dress like this, though, which I found at a side location while I was picking up my eyeshadow for this shoot.  Green and black leather, fitting nicely, soft and supple when I move.  I matched this dress with new rings and earrings from Modern Couture, and a bracelet from Zuri Rayna.

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And, at last, a long hairstyle I enjoy!  The Tsubasa wig from Argrace fits wonderfully, doesn’t stuff itself into my boobs, and is modifiable for color to the jelly-bean colors I choose for some of my characters.  I can see Ariel in her trademarked dark blue shade with this hair when she doesn’t have it in an updo; and as for more normal shades, look at Sharra here.  There are more shades available in both dark and light red, of course, as well as other colors.  If long hair is your preference, try this one out for sure!

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The details:

Please note, some items may not yet be available at these links, which are all to the main stores.

Most poses by Bauhaus Movement

Photographed at my home

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Woodstock x 47   Leave a comment

Jem at Woodstock

Well, I came upon a child of God
He was walking along the road
And I asked him, Tell where are you going?
This he told me
Said, I’m going down to Yasgur’s Farm,
Gonna join in a rock and roll band.
Got to get back to the land and set my soul free….

I wasn’t alive, of course, when the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair happened — I’m slightly younger than the Mother of Bloggers I work with here, LOL.  But I do understand what a watershed moment Woodstock was.  Harper was telling me about a friend from her childhood who had been invited to go with some friends…and he turned them down.  He kicked himself later, and made a trip to Max Yasgur’s Farm with a friend this year to see the site.

It’s unimaginable in some ways what went on there, when compared with what society is today.  Three days that rolled over into a fourth accidentally, with thousands of people living in pretty rugged conditions — and there were no violent incidents.  It was all about the music and the movement.  At least one baby was born on site, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a whole bunch of them were conceived there at one point or another.  It’s something that can only be imitated anymore, never duplicated, though I understand people have tried; it captured a moment of innocence that we’re probably too crabbed and jaded to seize again.

But one can hope….

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By the time we got to Woodstock,
We were half a million strong
And everywhere was a song and a celebration.
And I dreamed I saw the bomber death planes
Riding shotgun in the sky,
Turning into butterflies
Above our nation….

Woodstock Monument

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Avatar Complexity and Graphics Presets in Second Life   Leave a comment

The odds are that a lot of people will be shutting down complexity on the avatars around them to maneuver through things like the Major Shopping Fairs. They who have ears to hear….

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Avatar Complexity provides users with the adbility to Avatar Complexity is a means to help people who may suffer from performance issues in crowd areas

On Wednesday, May 18th, Linden Lab promoted the long-awaited Quick Graphics viewer to de factorelease status. This viewer includes two important new features:

  • The updated Avatar Complexity settings
  • The ability to create, save and load different groups of graphics settings quickly and easily.

Avatar Complexity

As avatars can often be the single biggest impact on the viewer in terms of rendering, particularly in crowded places, so  Avatar Complexity adds a new slider to the viewer which can be used to set a level above which avatars requiring a lot of processing will appear as a solid colour – the casual term to refer to them being “Jelly Dolls” – greatly reducing the load placed on a system compared to having to render them in detail, so improving performance.

The idea is…

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Storyboards — Breakup, and Confrontation   Leave a comment

None of us have put anything up for days, so I figured I’d add some of my storyboarding sessions from “Thief In the Night,” the story I’m working on in dribs and drabs.  It’s not moving incredibly well in the writing department, partly because of time constraints, partly because of Second Life, and partly because I’ve never written scenes where two women are arguing over a man before.  You’ll see below, in the photos for the “confrontation” section.  As I think I’ve said before, I like to use SL as a platform to work out scenes and dress my characters visually.  It makes it easier to imagine and portray what they look like in any scene when I have an actual visual reference.  So far, the dress designers of Second Life haven’t let me down, or I’ve worked something up into a more futuristic appearance (or at least more glitzy).

Warning:  From here on, it’s graphics intensive, about 15 photos.  I’ve saved them in JPG and shrunk them down, but it will probably still take a bit to load them all, and I’m not really thrilled whenever I use the gallery feature in WordPress (just because I want it all out in the open).  So if you have a slow connection, here be dragons from this point on.

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We Stand For Peace   Leave a comment

We Stand For Peace

Hope is the only good god remaining among mankind;
the others have left and gone to Olympus.
Trust, a mighty god has gone, Restraint has gone from men,
and the Graces, my friend, have abandoned the earth….

— Theognis of Megara, fl. 6th Century BCE

Hope has not yet left the world of men and women.  We too, here at Around the Grid, stand for peace.

I come of a generation from decades ago, many of whose children fought in a war that they had no knowledge or understanding of, while others protested in the streets back home to get us out of that war.  Jem’s generation was the next after, the one which inherited the fruits of our idealism.  We dreamed of a world where the artificial borders and barriers dividing rich from poor, powerful from weak, sex from sex and gender from gender, ethnicity from ethnicity and country from country, all would be gone with a wave of the hand.  Sadly, far too many in positions of power chose not to listen to the messages we offered; others co-opted the work and turned it toward their own ends.  I recall a news report back in the Eighties talking about how the generation which didn’t trust anyone over 30, now didn’t trust anyone under 50 — $50,000 a year, plus benefits.

Truthfully, we were too idealistic, those of us who did the work and those of us who merely supported.  Change on the scale we advocated does not happen overnight, or even within just two generations.  And the people doing the work can never, never, never set it aside, unless they have found another two people to pick up the work and carry it on after them.  It can never end until true justice and peace and freedom is achieved for all.  This is why the message of Barack Obama, his theme of Hope and Change, rang so deeply in the minds of so many in 2008, how he became the first black president of the United States — not because he was African American, but because he dared to dream of the greatness we sought back in the Sixties, alongside of Martin and Bobby and all the others who shared the dream.

That hope, reinspired in us by the words of Barack Obama, was quashed for a time by politics.  And since then, other matters have risen to further threaten the dream — the dragging leftovers of another war of politics, this time in Iraq, that has spiraled across the region and the world; repeated economic shocks that have made it harder for those stricken by poverty to find a way out; the continued barriers of race relations in the form of frequent shootings of black men by white police officers, and revenge shootings in return.  (All of the last exploding, ironically for me, as I was driving to attend the funeral of an African American co-worker at a “traditionally black” CME church.  I and my two white comrades from our store were the only grains of salt in the crowd, and we made to feel marvelously welcome by all there.)  These and more besides interfere with the dream of Isaiah that the lion shall live together with the lamb and the leopard shall lie down with the goat kid.

And yet none of us dare let go of the dream of peace — not just the peace of God, however each of us sees God, which passes all human understanding; but the more immediate peace between brother and sister.  If we let go of the dream, we lose Hope, and the final occupant of the Jar of Pandora will have escaped to fly away and torment humankind — by its absence.  So we, too, stand for peace.

So say we all —

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Addendum:  I just discovered that you’re supposed to tag three others to take the challenge on.  I nominate my best blogging friends for this, if they haven’t tackled it yet:  Cajsa Lilliehook, Gidge Uriza and Harper Beresford.  Have at, ladies!

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