My Second Life Inadequacies are Reflected in Real Life

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Much of my childhood was spent with my nose buried in a book – well, a series of books. One of these was a collection of fairy tales. It was a big, thick, heavy volume with (as I remember it) really dark and depressing illustrations.

I was reminded of this yesterday, and one story in particular, as I embarked on a mission. It was called “Seven At One Blow” and written by the light-hearted Brothers Grimm. Our hero, a particularly unpleasant character, achieves fame and fortune by bragging about his strength and killing prowess. Only the reader and protagonist know that those seven unfortunate victims were flies.

Reality has once again highlighted my inadequacies.

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My physical world is cursed by completely inappropriate weather. High temperatures and no precipitation is far more suited to areas that aren’t labelled rain forest.  Still, we don’t have it as badly as those enduring Pakistan’s heat waveand most of us locally aren’t suffering like those picking blueberries in full sun for a whopping 40¢/hour.

I’m lucky enough to now have 5 industrial strength fans, access to shade, and lots of cold drinks. I really shouldn’t be able to complain – too loudly.

However, there is one plague which renders me incapable of stoicism. I refer to that pointless resident of the ecosystem – the mosquito.

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Those who know me in Second Life are aware that I don’t get involved in anything related to first person shooters or war games or scenarios that involve the possibility of getting dead. I’d like to claim some high minded anti-violence Canadian principles for this, but the truth is that I’m just really bad at it. I stand there like a dork trying to figure out how the hud/attachment/thingie works and get killed – every time.

I didn’t consider this, though, when trying to devise a plan to murder the whiny bits of insect garbage feeding on me. I went out and bought a weapon – it looks like a badminton racket with metal webbing. It’s electrified. I was really good at badminton when I was younger – not the high, gentle lob over the net type badminton, but the overhead-slam-with-a-last-second-twist-of-the-wrist-to-send-the-shuttlecock-screaming-to-the-far-corner ninja version of the game.

I had visions of achieving a terminator level of mosquito destruction. sigh

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First of all I discovered that you can’t just swing it like a racket through clouds of flying pieces of extreme annoyance. They just disperse. It turns out you have to sneak up on them – seriously, have you ever tried to sneak up on something with wings, zooming through the air?

Sneaking up on them also assumes you can see the tiny buggers. For some reason I find it difficult to track something that small, that fast, and that dull in colour. These eyes are pretty old.

I seem to know they are around when I can hear them – which means they’re 4 inches from my head. I have no death wish remember? Swinging that small electric fence at my face doesn’t seem like a good idea.

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The good news is that I haven’t assaulted myself or the animals (yet). The better news is that I’ve managed to end the miserable existence of two of the little monsters. One at a time. I had to wait until they were sitting on a wall and distracted by checking their email.

The fly-killer, in the Grimm story I mentioned, bragged about his deeds by carving Seven At One Time onto his belt. It has been suggested that I display the results of my own attempts by leaving the dead bodies stuck to the metal webbing.

I prefer to knock them off. It’s less yucky that way. Besides, in such a target-rich environment, my pitiful number of kills will just make them laugh.

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The Delightful Distrito Distinto in Second Life

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If you are as ignorant as I (and few are), you might be unfamiliar with the concept of Distrito Distinto (Different District). What I think I now know is that we should imagine an artistic festival which involves travelling to various interiors, each inspired by a song, and each providing a unique expression of wit and creativity.

To celebrate (what I think is) the 5th Anniversary of MetaLES, the art sim curated by the brilliant duo Romy Nayar & Ux Hax, an inworld Distrito Distinto has opened with 9 participating artists.

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These talented individuals, and their chosen songs, are:

  • Bryn Oh –             “keep the streets empty for me” by fever ray
  • Cica Ghost –         “Lullaby” by The Cure
  • Maya Paris  –         X-Ray Spex, “Oh Bondage! Up Yours!”
  • Giovanna Cerise  –  “Innuendo” by Queen
  • Betty Tureaud  –   Rolling Stones,  “She’s a Rainbow “
  • Rebeca Bashly  –   “Chop Suey” by System of a Down
  • Eupalinos Ugajin – “Estudio, Trabajo Y Fusil! Rockingchair”
  • JadeYu Fhang   –   Massive Attack,  “What Your Soul Sings”
  • Alpha Auer  –         Alpha Auer,  “Grid Factory “
  • Romy Nayar –       Mylène Farmer, “Nuit d’hiver (Chloé)”
  • Selavy Oh –          Ryoji Ikeda, “Carsen Nicolai Titel 4 – 1″
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The landing spot is just next to a ticket booth. Grab your free pass and you’ll get a HUD which will transport you to the various interiors along the route of the travelling exhibit.

Make sure you have “Region Windlight” turned on and that you have sounds enabled. The music isn’t being streamed (which makes a lot of sense if you think about it) and you want to hear the songs.

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I loved all of it. I am a big fan of each of these artists, I’m a new fan of the concept, and I am a devotee of Romy/Ux and this sim.

You will find art, and humour, and music (seriously, who would have guessed that Maya would choose a song called “Oh Bondage! Up Yours!” – well, yes, most of us). More importantly, you will find a celebration appropriate for a location which regularly provides us with some of the best virtual art available anywhere.

Go enjoy! :)􀀁

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HuMaNoid is Reborn (temporarily) & Upcoming Goodbyes in Second Life

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The magical build called HuMaNoid, which left the grid almost a year ago, is enjoying a temporary second life (see what I did there?) on LEA6.

Wendy Xeno has lovingly rebuilt her masterpiece and given us all a chance to revisit a favourite example of landscape as art. I didn’t want to spoil the surprise for those who aren’t familiar with it, but to you who have loved HuMaNoid, be assured that the doors are still there and they still open onto very special surprises.

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This is a busy time in Second Life and in the midst of the excitement of SL12B, the public talks with key Lindens (and other SL favourites), the music performances on 4 stages and in a giant festival, there are some quieter events planned over the next few days.

June 30 marks the end of the current round of LEA Artist in Residence grants. The exhibits have been exceptional and we only have a few more days to discover or revisit these creations.

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Many of the artists are holding special events to mark the closing of their exhibits. The ones I know about are being added to the LEA Calendar, so check it frequently over the next few days. You’ll want to celebrate your favourite!!

Again, I know this is a very busy time and I don’t want you to miss any of the great things happening. You can rest for a day or so in July. :)

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To provide you with some passive entertainment while you rest, I’ll point you in the direction of two beautiful videos.

The first, by Secret Rage, captures ALL of the exhibits which were part of Round 8. We hope to produce one for each Round going forward to have some permanent record of the fabulous creations by very talented artists. The second video was made by Haveit Neox to celebrate his amazing City Inside Out, and it’s as stunning as his installation.

Enjoy the rest of the month! It’s a great time to be inworld. :)

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