My Private Island Paradise

I’ve been considering a creative project for years now – making my own island paradise from scratch, as an OAR in OpenSim, in narrative format as I work through various problems and challenges in virtual survival and content creation.

The ultimate inspiration is a mixture of Hawaiian, Victorian, and Steampunk aesthetics and values.

Because that’s how I roll.

This Is Where I Came In: Second Life Thriller Optioned By Reese Witherspoon’s Production Company

Bunny Love Etopia 2010

I’ve been thinking about this for a few days, and not seeing any mention on other SL blogs:

Warner Bros. and Reese Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard are developing a film adaptation of SECOND LIFE. Written by S.J. Watson (Before I Go to Sleep), Second Life is a psychological thriller about a woman who creates an online persona to find the truth behind her sister’s violent murder. Once a devoted wife and mother, Julia starts to lose herself in the lies she creates, jeopardizing not only her marriage, but her son’s safety.

via {TB EXCLUSIVE} Psychological Thriller “Second Life” Set At Warner Bros. With Reese Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard | The Tracking Board.

It’s not clear who will star or if the project has been cast; Witherspoon might not take on the role but defer to others as to how to cast it. It’s not a good sign that the blurb on Amazon for the actual book doesn’t actually Second Life, the virtual world.

How well can you really know another person? And how far would you go to find out the truth about them?

When Julia learns that her sister has been violently killed, she knows she must get to the bottom of things. Even if it means jeopardising her relationship with her husband and risking the safety of her son. Getting involved with a stranger online. Losing control.

Perhaps losing everything.

Set in Paris and London, Second Life is about the double lives people lead – and the dark places they can end up in. Tense and unrelenting, it is another brilliant novel from S. J. Watson.

One of the other blip-blurbs just says “‘Watson has hit on something sinister and true with Second Life.’”

Oh, boy. Just when everyone was all pleasantly surprised about the recent positive coverage in the Atlas Obscura article.

It’s all so, so familiar. Just when you think it’s safe to go inworld, somebody gets murdered in a book and the flying penii (and dead smexy bronies) get all the press.

Despite promises to the contrary, I’ve barely been inworld in a couple of months, as the monkey took up cycling for fitness and to raise money for diabetes research. And she’s done very well, having lost almost 30 pounds. Still, I consider myself a Resident and keep up with SL news, even though I’m pretty inactive. I read every Blender tutorial that comes out, including the excellent ones by Aine Caoimhe geared for an OpenSim audience.

I’ve really, really, really been thinking about dipping a toe, but am held back by fear of abject frustration yet again. I feel like I’m standing at the landward end of the diving board, if only I had the time to both ride my new bike 15-20 miles of a weeknight, AND play around online before sleep. See the monkey’s blog for some idea of what she gets up to on two wheels.

Meanwhile, there’s this “thriller option.” I haven’t read the novel that this imaginitively-titled movie will be based on, but the plot as described is making me have a sad.

Because on October 24, 2007, I watched the “CSI:NY” episode that was partly set in Second Life, and that very night I logged in for the very first time. I’d been watching the hypewave a bit as a reader of BoingBoing, which had helped to spread the word about Second Life, and I’d read “Snow Crash” years before, which continues to be a favorite.

Isn’t this where I came in? The plot premise is different, but it’s still “Down The Rabbit Hole,” with murder, intrigue, and blurring of the lines between fantasy and reality.

Crossposted at my other other blog, http://chameleonicpossession.wordpress.com, because reasons.

Photo: The Bunny Army, taken at Etopia in 02/04/2010

Tweekly Digest: 09-Mar – 15-Mar

DJ St Paddy Style in Second Life

Second Life DJs for St Patrick's Day

My friend DJ Pb Recreant has a regular gig playing tunes at the Blue Booby Bar in Escanes, mostly for members of the Cafe Wellstone politics and news chat group. He always has a pretty eclectic mix and takes requests.

On a whim I sent copies of the new St Patrick’s Day mesh vest for men that I put together from a kit to him and some of the other Cafe Wellstone guys, after he sent out a group message announcing the gig. Very kindly he sent back this screencap showing off the vest! That was really nice of him.

So of course I wrapped up the stuff I was doing and headed over to relax and listen to some not-quite-Irish remixes and interesting cuts of Celtic goodness.

It was a fun evening, always is as the Blue Booby Bar, whose motto is “My Eyes Are Up Here!”

Second Life Marketplace – @LC Green Velvet Shamrock Vest and 2 Shirts – MESH

St Patrick's Day Mens Vest - MESH

Happy St Patrick’s Day! Wear your Green Velvet Shamrock Vest to celebrate the wearing of the green, wear it any time of the year as the pattern is subtle.

via Second Life Marketplace – @LC Green Velvet Shamrock Vest and 2 Shirts – MESH.

My first foray into mesh clothing kits – I redid the textures on the outer and inner vest (the outer green velvet is my texture, the inner one is a beautifully detailed velvet pattern that was given out full perm).

There are TWO mesh shirts, alphas for all, and the alpha textures if you need to tweak for your shape (especially on the bottom layer.

I’ve also included an alpha so that the vest can be worn with bare arms or system shirts.

Tweekly Digest: 23-Feb – 01-Mar

Blowing The Dust Off for Mardi Gras, and a Lenten Vow

Mardi Gras in St John Parish

After a long time away from my inworld home and friends, I made it back in time for bon temps in St John Parish. The party was held in the Maison Bleu club, hosted by the inimitable DJ Holocluck.

The music was terrific and the typist got up and danced.

I will be working on some new projects – sadly, I won’t be participating in STEAM X as a merchant, but happily I will be a hunter! I just felt I needed to improve my building skills, and I’ve taken a vow during Lent to try to do something toward learning Blender or creating products with mesh every day for these long 40 days (and yes, including Sundays, so even more).

I’ll be adding some new fun Grid Explorer hats for Dinkies avatars – currently the ones I have out aren’t sized or rotated for the small li’l big-headed kitties so I’ll be doing some rework.

However, starting with a fun mesh kit from Meli Imako, I’m working on some nice men’s vests and a women’s outfit.

Here’s a preview of one I’m working up with a pretty shamrock pattern in velvet. This will probably change a bit as the base color on the outer vest will probably end up a dark bottle green. There’s a shirt that goes along with it that needs some texturing work. Standard sizes will be available along with the usual alpha mask.

ShamrockVestPreview

Dhughan will also come out of hibernation earlier than usual, and he’ll be working on some new walking sticks, also in mesh.

Baby steps, but we’re feeling more optimistic that it’s just a question of hard work and practice, practice, practice. This means that I’ll be reviving my little OpenSim workspace so that uploads don’t break the bank, but if you happen to see me online, give me a shout.

Tweekly Digest: 29-Dec – 04-Jan

My Big Fat Geek Suggestion for Second Life – Group Pages with RSS Feeds!

What’s the one thing Linden Lab could do that would have the biggest impact on further improving your Second Life experience?

Many Second Life users have thoughts on this – from different approaches for the way things are done today, to brand new features that could dramatically improve their experiences, to seemingly small things that could have a big impact. Today, we’re launching an easier way to share your ideas with us, a new “Feedback & Suggestions” page on SecondLife.com. You can also find this page by going to Help and finding New Feature Suggestions in the drop down.

via A New Way to Share Your Suggestions for Second Lif… – Second Life.

I admit, I haven’t been very active lately, and haven’t been logging in. Yet I stay more or less current by reading blogs, Twitter feeds, and checking in on Facebook with Second Life friends (including some Steelhead denizens).

However, my mailboxen get totally crammed full of group notices, marketing notices, and stuff that I pretty much delete en masse. I’d like to stay current and maybe hear about a new class I could take (classes are always a good way for me to get recharged about things like building, creating, and trying something new).

Indigo Mertel recently blogged about some suggestions she would like that are specific to groups, and then she added a few more. She is founder of the East River Community, so improvements to group communication are clearly her motivation.

My motivations are less lofty; I just want to remove all the excess chaff from my (multiple) inboxes.

Second Life Suggestion, Group Page RSS

I’ve submitted my suggestion, but of course there’s no upvote capability so I’d apprecate if readers could also add a similar suggestion if they find the idea helpful! Let’s reduce the crap from our inboxen and free ourselves from the tyranny of email!

Time Lord Walking Sticks – For Time Travelers And Country Gentlemen

Huzzah and such! A new product (actually, a pair of them):

Time Lord Walking Stick at Second Life Marketplace

Time Lord Walking Stick - Dark Ram's Horn

In honor of the newest Doctor, the walking stick of the First Doctor. This is a common country-gentleman style, so it’s not limited to SF roleplay.

via Second Life Marketplace – @DF@ Timelord Walking Stick – Light Ram's Horn.

I’m very happy to get this done, it’s been a hard slog of prim-twisting, image-wrangling, and animation-tweaking (not to mention script-monkeying).

Good Lord, is that the time? Doesn’t matter, just hop in the old TARDIS and arrive just in time for breakfast, well rested!

The sticks are in honor of The First Doctor, who carried a similar walking stick and apparently fended off something called the Zarbi with it.

This new Doctor Who feller may well end up with a cane, too, if his rabid fan based have anything to say about it. There might be bunnies.