Win, Fail, Pause for the Blues & A Voice You Should Hear in Second Life

Insomnia Station  (moderate)

It’s been a busy couple of days – busy in the sense that housework is busy and about as annoying at times. :)  I’ve been fighting the sense for weeks that being in SL is like driving a car with the emergency brake on.  I just felt like I had to find the one button to push and things would magically improve.

I spent a lot of time on Friday and Saturday tweaking and tuning without much success. Then I spent some time just analyzing what happened and when and decided a lot of it must have to do with my video card – which is a perfectly good card but it seemed like something to at least try.  So I decided to do a clean install of the driver.
Nothing is simple.

Insomnia Station  (moderate)

I uninstalled my video driver and then cleaned the registry and rebooted.  Then I checked and uninstalled the previous version of the driver which was now operational.  After cleaning the registry I rebooted and then wound up rinsing and repeating for 90 minutes until I finally got rid of them all.
The good new is that once I had installed the most recent driver again, this time without the extras I don’t need, my fps had tripled.  Whew!  I tweaked a few more system things and did some maintenance and, although it’s still not where I’d like it, my inworld experience is much less exasperating.

Insomnia Station  (moderate)

In between bouts of techie impersonations I dropped in on some of the multitude of halloween parties and, in one case, a 4 year anniversary that friends seemed to think I should attend.  Lots of fun in spite of the fact that I’m not a big fan of the whole thing.  :)   I tried to get in the mood and wear “costumes” which in my case means either going as a pink skinned “normal” or wearing one of my more outlandish avatars.
At one point I was a mermaid and missed the window to get to a friend’s party because the sim was full.  Few things look as weird as a large fish swimming over the desert floor. It was a pity because those who love the Barbie shape would have enjoyed her and her undulating butt.  

Insomnia Station  (moderate)

Every now and then I soothed my irritated soul by ducking out to a blues concert.  Arriving a little early for one I happened to catch the end of a set by Alex Mays.  Alex is a relative newcomer (5 months old) and I was so intrigued I made sure to catch him again yesterday. He plays great blues guitar and mostly his own original music but also does covers.  
This guy is making a name for himself fast and it’s well deserved.  His calendar doesn’t show all the dates I know he’s playing yet so join his group – Alex Mays {Live Music} – that way you won’t miss an opportunity to enjoy his performances.

And, just in keeping with the music I’ve been using to keep myself semi coherent for the past few days, here (after a brief introduction) is something “loud and nasty”.

>Trying to Expand My Musical Horizons in Second Life

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I realized lately that I’ve been guilty of a huge amount of cultural arrogance. I was watching a performer inworld and thinking how terrific it is that he gets world wide exposure through Second Life – that residents from countries around the globe can hear him and enjoy him. How wonderful, I though to myself, that Second Life can do that for all these musicians.

I started to wonder, however, why I wasn’t being exposed to musicians from other cultures and decided it’s because I don’t seek them out. I don’t go past the english speaking venues that host the music I know in advance that I’ll like. How arrogant of me to expect the rest of the world to come and experience the english music scene and yet not think about exploring the music in different languages on the grid.

So I set myself a new challenge – I would go seek out the various music scenes (which I’m convinced must exist)and then I’ll report back. Sounds like fun doesn’t it? The first obstacle is discovering live music events in languages other than english. I apparently don’t have many skills in this area.

I did stumble on a portuguese performer named Gabryel Nyoki – this guy oooooooozes charm. He’s a really great ambassador for romantic Eurpoeans! He was performing at Kenzie’s and the description I got from his manager (Sher Salmson) is as follows:

Multi-instrumentalist singer, bringing 20 years of professional experience in the industry to his secondlife performances.

Music Influencies: Eric Clapton, Richard Marx, Dire Straits, Gary Moore, Jeff Scott Sotto, Firehouse, Whitesnake, Credence, Elton John, Luis Miguel, Toto, Lionel Richie, Tracy Chapman, Peter Framptom, Sting, Michael Buble etc.

Spoken Languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Extra: French and Italian.

If you want a romantic evening with your loved one then I’d check him out if I were you. He has the whole inworld performing thing mastered.

The only problem as far as my personal challenge is concerned is that he speaks in english and many of his songs were in english. So I wasn’t exactly experiencing the cultural differences I was looking for.

I’m trying various strange search methods to locate different live music scenes inworld but if you can help I’d appreciate it. Leave any hints or tips in comments or send me an im – I’ll be grateful for any assistance you can give me and I’ll report back on what I see and hear.

>The Tinies Spread Second Life Cheer

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I took a break from my ice cave (more about that at a later time) to go to the Metanomics taping today. It was a good show and you should check it out when you have time.

The highlight for me though happened before the show started. A Choir of Tinies from Raglan Shire serenaded us with carols and it was a fabulous experience. This was my first opportunity to hear them and I was totally smitten. The Choir visits sites all over the grid at this time of year to share their songs and make people smile – if you get a chance to hear them please take it. You won’t be sorry! Their special lyrics and their River Dance will brighten your life. :)

I took a crappy photo and didn’t manage to write down all of their names and I apologize for both failures. But I did find this video from last year which will give you just a taste of their magic.

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