Monday, December 24, 2007

Happy 2008!

May you dance beneath the mistletoe, jump for joy and make new friends.
Here's to happiness in both your worlds!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Wintry scenes...

Cranky night. Frustrated by rl/sl communications, frequent crashes, and slow-motion collaborations on projects. I suspect some of my cohorts are getting distracted, as Achariya says, "by the shiny". /me snaps her fingers and mutters "let's go let's go".

Thursday, December 13, 2007



Colleen working the ruth...

The first ruth I ever encountered (notice the bod? this is a male to ruth transformation)

Getting ruthed is at first a right of passage, and then a slight annoyance. It’s a Second Life phenomena which happens to your avatar now and then. It means that, upon arriving at a destination in sl, your avi will suddenly appear - not in its customized design, but as a homely matron with a lumpen face, a large bottom, a warm wide bosom and an auburn mullet-cum-comb-over. This can feel either unsettling – or freeing. It’s very annoying when it happens after having taken time to doll up for an event. The other nuisance is that you may be ruthed and you can’t see it yourself but others will. So you could be playing it cool, trying to talk business, get romantic, or dance in all your fineries and have no clue that you look like you’ve been twirled through the wash. Evidently Ruth was the first version of a Linden Lab avatar, back in the earliest days of Second Life. She’s a bit of a ghost, haunting the grid.

Here are some photos of me and other friends being ruthed. Send me yours!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

You're Either In...or You're Out

I found myself trying to justify SL to my mom this morning…”seems like a big waste of time” she said “I’d rather see you knitting”. I tried describing the sense of community, the madcap adventures, the creativity. She paused for a moment and said “Hmm, sounds addicting. I might like it”.
I still find myself feeling a bit sheepish when trying to explain what I’m doing in-world. Maybe I shouldn’t even try to explain it to others. But then it feels like some big secret club. Which isn’t such a bad thing. As Heidi Klum says, “You’re either in, or you’re out!”

Friday, December 7, 2007

Blog tag...

Welcomed into a game of blog tag by Achariya (
here are 8 random facts about self:

I was born on an army base
I’ve studied ancient slingshot techniques in Mallorca, Spain
As a kid I spent a lot of time hanging around funeral homes
I prefer boots but welcome an excuse to dress up
I’m a printmaker and illustrator who hasn’t done either in four years
My first computer game was Adventure (Colossal Cave)
I’m more shy in SL than I am in RL
If it weren’t for Caledon, I would have quit SL in a matter of days…

Extending the charge to the following, if they’re willing to accept:
Project Q
Iason Hassanov
Soleil Snook
Abigail Raymaker
Emily Orr
Tinsel Silvera
Eggberta Echegaray