I have a cold, but today I was working from home in RL, so I didn't bother calling in sick. This is sort of what I looked like (minus the whiskey) through conference call after conference call.
By the way, do you know what second life needs more of? Illness animations - feeling your forehead for a fever, sneezing, dabbing a runny nose, fainting, coughing, blowing one's nose. But they need to be 'pretty' animations - as in vomiting like a lady, hacking up a lung like a debutante, sniffling like a prima ballerina. You know what I mean?
Today, I was looking for a drugstore or pharmacy so that I could buy some cold medicine, when I found myself in a wondrous place. You know, the place where all of our missing socks have escaped to? It exists! And it is right here on the SL grid. Imagine my joy at running through a whole sim full of clean, mismatched socks! The sun shone and the air was April Fresh!
I would have stayed longer, but the static was starting to build up and I didn't have any dryer sheets with me.
I was shopping yesterday in RL when I saw a really nice leather chair. And I thought to myself, I should get that for Jerremy's office! It's perfect!
Duh! I am losing it. I am sharing this with you because I am sure you have done this before yourself. In fact, someone Plurked (Add me!) about looking for a pixel sweater in their RL closet this morning. I also remember telling you all about a time Jerremy started looking at barbecue grills in RL until he remembered we only needed one in-world.
Is our 3D world truly that immersive? Or all we all slowly going bonkers?
That is why I made an appointment with my "psychiatrist", Runestar Twine. (SL is the only place I can think of where you can get therapy from an elf.) He tells me that it all stems from my childhood. This makes sense since as a kid, I expected to arrive at my Dreamhouse when I came home from school. But I was always disappointed to arrive at our elevator-less suburban home.
I woke up to a very pleasant surprise. A blogger I admire greatly, Josue Habana of Pixel Scoop, made a list of 10 blogs he recommends reading - and he included mine on the list. I am flattered and humbled. It also makes me think "Oh crapola! I need to write something good now!" (If you look really closely at the picture, you can see that I am reading Pixel Scoop. See? That is the attention to detail that I like to bring to YOU!)
Like Josue, I read a ton of blogs - especially the ones over there in my sidebar. It's how I found my way around SL in the very beginning, and it is how I manage to find ways to spend ungodly amounts of money in-world now. I discovered a couple of new ones to add from Josue's list.
Want to know why I own 7,576 different sofas? Because I cannot decide on a ding dang thing. I found a sofa that might look good in Jerremy's office but I am not sure about it. It doesn't have any still-hot-for-each-other-after-over-two-years-of-wedded-bliss making out poses in it. But it goes with a rug I like.
I have lots of stuff in his office right now but I am busy switching things out and buying new stuff until I get just the look I want. I'm not sure if I am getting to the cigars and brandy/cozy look yet. From certain angles, I think I have a yard-sale-psychiatrist look going. (To clarify - not a psychiatrist who does therapy at yard sales. I mean one who gets his office furniture from antique stores.)
I'll probably do some sort of Cribs episode for you when I get done. I told Jerremy that he doesn't have to wait to see it. He can look at any time and I promise that it will still be a surprise for him at the end.
I am home and back in-world. This is a very good thing because I need to work on our flower beds. Many SL people who reside in the Northern Hemisphere are preparing for Fall and starting to wear clothing for cooler temperatures. But, since Jerremy and I live on a tropical beach, it is always Spring and Summer for us. (I would go really wild and break the no-white-shoes-after-Labor-Day thing, but that is deeply ingrained in my atomic being and feels uncomfortable.) Can you imagine how sweaty I would get trying to garden in a sweater? It is all I can do to keep the potting soil out of my stilettos.
So, coming home was good today. Having new hairs from the legendary Elikapeka Tiramisu out under her new brand Elikatira was good today. Wondering what would cause someone to think that joining the SL Press Corp meant "compromising my journalistic principles"? That was not so good.
But that still leaves more good than not so good, so I am up for the day. Yay me!!!
I'm in Iowa. (Per Wikipedia, the state slogan is "Life changing.") But I am SL-less.
My personal lap top is in the repair shop. I only have my work laptop until I get home from this business trip and of course I can't download SL onto a work PC. This means that I can't get in-world to do anything or to take pictures. And sadly, I can't get in-world to go to the Blogger Spoken Word event tonight, either.
I am having SL withdrawal tonight. (Well, mostly Jerremy withdrawal.) The closest I can get is talking with SL peeps on Plurk. (Add me!)
It's an evening of awful chicken wings at the fanciest restaurant in town and Comedy Central. This is frighteningly close to what my life would be like without SL. *shudder*
I have never played 7 Seas fishing or fished in the Linden oceans (which I am doing in this picture) so I have no idea what I can catch in SL. It turns out that I had no idea what I could catch with RL fishing either. I took my 5 year old niece fishing today in RL. It was just a pond in a park with a homemade fishing rod. We used a cut up turkey hot dog as bait. She kept telling me that she wanted to catch a crawfish. I sort of dismissed her insistence that there was anything living in the teeny, tiny, filthy pond to her imagination. But then, she pulled the rod up from the water and hanging from the end was what looked like an angry lobster. Of course, I screamed, grabbed the rod and tried to shake it loose. It was bigger than any crawfish I have ever seen in my life. I got called a scaredy cat all the way home. But, at least I was able to convince her that we couldn't take it home and eat it.
I have been AFK a lot this weekend, enjoying the last bits of summer/first bits of fall. When Jerremy have been in together (very precious time) we have been plotting out details for a Halloween party. (We are starting to build the party space in our back yard and I really hope the neighbors don't panic and think it will be permanent. Just turn down your draw distance for a month or so, neighbors!) I had to sneak in here and post something so you wouldn't forget about me!
SLURLS have not been working for me. So I can't easily shop from blogs like I like to. I miss that little thump sound when the landmark appeared in the viewer after I clicked on 'teleport now'.
It started around the time I tried to download Viewer 2. I have a workaround for this but it is as annoying as all get out: I cut and paste the SLURL into open chat and teleport from there. Why did this happen and how can I fix it without having to call on the Geek Squad?? Or worse - Live Chat. (I am just kidding! This post needed some levity.)
Want to ask me something? Go ahead here. (Or really, you can always ask me stuff in the comments, or by IM or email. Or you can Plurk me.
What I am trying to say here is that it is insanely easy to get in touch with me. That is the kind of service you want from your bank or doctor, yes? But I give it to you here for free and without ATM pin numbers needed or funny exams where you have to turn your head and cough.
I am sitting in a RL hotel waiting for room service, so ask me something and help me kill time until my hot wings arrive.
My Saturday and Sunday have been really fun and since I'd like to extend my relaxation for as long as possible, I went to see comic Lauren Weyland perform. It was a good way to fit in some additional fun for the weekend. The place was full (although you can't tell from the picture since I had trouble finding a good angle to take the picture) and the audience always ends up being a part of the show somehow. I love live comedy in both worlds and I need to find more of it in world -- well, all types of live performances, really.
Even if you don't plan to read a blog post on Voice - come listen!! I will definitely be there -- although, I haven't decided if I will read a post or not. (I have no clue which post I would read if I did.)
See? There are good uses for Voice outside of SLex.
Today while other, more cerebral people were out trying to analyze LL's second quarter numbers, I was getting my game on with a bit of tennis. I found a very nice court that has free tennis rackets and even lets you practice. I am getting ready to serve in the picture. It is tailor made for pixel tennis novices like me, as you can tell by the big red arrow that points to the ball at all times. This is a snippet of how my practice session went:
[17:53] MystiTool HUD 1.3.1: Collision with "tennis ball", Owner: J***** M***** [17:53] tennis scorekeeper: Player A gets the point. [17:53] tennis scorekeeper: Player A gets the point. [17:58] MystiTool HUD 1.3.1: Collision with "tennis ball", Owner: J***** M***** [17:58] MystiTool HUD 1.3.1: Collision with "tennis ball", Owner: J***** M***** [17:59] MystiTool HUD 1.3.1: Collision with "tennis ball", Owner: J***** M*****
In other words, I got hit in the head with the ball, scored two points and then got hit in the head three more times.
I'm going to go lay down now since I am a bit dizzy. Love always makes me dizzy.
In RL, I live in a place with 300 days of sunshine a year. In SL, I live in a place with 365 days of sunshine. But since it will soon be cold in RL even if the sun is shining, I thought I would get some extra rays. Gawd knows our avatars do not get enough vitamin D. (My sunning has to be virtual though because I was at the office all day today.) Let's see if I can entice Jerremy out here with me when he logs in later.
I am still on the hunt for properly macho furniture tonight. But, while I was logging in and setting things right -- my preferred Windlight setting, the rendervolumeLOD thing-a-ma-bob that makes sculpts rez, graphics for a good picture, etc. -- it struck me just how technical SL is. It never really hit me like this before. What they hey is a rendervolumeLOD? Why can't it be called "Improve Sculpts" or something and why do I have to touch it at all? Why isn't that always on and just a given? Why must I fiddle with it? I'm not sure what the answer is (and I don't want to lose any of the options we have) since I am sure all the oddly named adjustment tools have some impact on each users' computer performance. I never got Viewer 2.X to let me log in so I am not sure if the labeling was improved or not.
So what's in a name? That which we call a Cheezy Beacon by any other name would still... do something but I can't for the life of me guess what.
Rich leather, brandy, cigars, romance -- those are inspirations for the mood I am trying to create in Jerremy's office. He gave me the OK to decorate in there. Jerremy is a fascinating man with lots of interests, so his office should reflect that.
Today, I was on the hunt for a great leather couch or some chairs to arrange in front of the fireplace. It isn't easy to find furniture in SL that isn't too feminine. SL has so much shabby chic! But to me, shabby chic looks too girly for what I want to design. I found some non-shabby chic things but, while lovely, they weren't quite what I was looking for. The hunt continues!
I have absolutely no business going to any hair festivals or whatnot until I clear out the 36, yes - 36, new hairs in my "to be adjusted and filed" hair folder. It isn't even that I buy so many - it's that I have let it build up for too long. I get all excited about a hair and buy it, but not so excited about the process of fitting it and filing it in the proper style folder. I need to make judgement calls sometimes and that can be exhausting. For example, if I have an updo that has the hair swept off the face, should it go in UPDOS or OFF THE FACE? Or if I have a curly shoulder length bob, should it go in SHORT or LOOSE WAVY/CURLY? Sigh. It is soooooo hard to be a girl.
Today, I chillaxed with one of my favorite magazines, Mental Floss. I love reading back issues and their website, too. It put me in a really good mood - mostly because their writing is so upbeat and it makes you feel smarter, IMHO. I know I feel smarter having spent time doing this today. They need a place in SL. Really. I was always sad that WIRED left SL (Although I have no idea what they did here. They had a cute office though.)Mental Floss could take their place!