Posted on May 12, 2008 by Morris Vig
It was another crazy day in RL today, so please bear with me while I vent as I review my NetVibes collection of Second Life-related blogs:
- The Second Life blog is old news. If you really want to know what’s going on in Second Life, you need to pay close attention to the Second Life Grid Status Report blog… especially with the “now you see it, now you don’t” approach to asset server availability. (As referenced here, here, here, here, and here…among other places. And, yes, those are all unique incidences of problems.)
- If you really (REALLY) want to know what’s going on across the grid, the Second Life Herald probably has as good an ear to the ground as any place. But I won’t admit that I told you, lest some reformed griefer plants me in a Bill Cosby “jello” prim while I’m AFK.
- Speaking of the Second Life Herald, they tell us that the Feds are onto the sweatshop that is Second Life. Or at least as it relates to the larger metaverse development companies, who often look at the Linden dollar to US dollar relationship as a 1:1 ratio. Yup, Sheep, you get to pay taxes for those serfs – errrr – employees of yours.
- Goodbye, Ritchey Sealey-RL Australian Artist. I finally followed the counsel of way too many talented friends who abandoned the spam of the Art & Artist Network; Creatives, Artists & Musicians and Second Life Artists groups. And my viewer (and email, when I’m not inworld) has never been more tranquil. It’s kind of funny, all this marketing from artists…to artists…in the hopes that artists will buy another artists’ art. Don’t you think that – oh – growing the circle of art enthusiasts might be better? (Leave it for me to say that; I’m a prime ex-group spammer. Did I tell you about the Madcow Cosmos “14 Days, 14 Sculptures” show in the last hour? What about “Hidden Starax”?)
- What happened to the discussion about intellectual property and content theft? Did the Linden inaction policy wear everyone out already?
- Dusan Writer is a megaprim tease. To tell the world that there’s a patch to allow users to make megaprims on their own? And not tell us how to get the patch? D’oh! (Don’t worry, Dusan, you’re in good company. The only other tease I’ve identified was Torley Linden, who somehow remains a WindLight tease even though WindLight is part of the standard viewers. But you CAN forward that patch to morrisvig <at> sbcglobal <dot> net…)
- The idea of offering a free Iron Man avatar in Second Life is freaking genius. That avi is so choice…and works GREAT in SL. I mean, look at this Flickr group. Or this machinima contest. (Thanks to New World News for the tip on the contest.)
- Dusan Writer is a megaprim tease, but Nicholaz is The Man. His latest “eye candy” viewer has the megaprim patch. Now, Nicholaz, just include support for my 3D Space Navigator control, and I’ll abandon that official viewer faster than you can say, “My viewer crashed again.”
- Prokofy Neva is right more than wrong. But don’t tell Prok I said that, lest I get labeled as some fascio-commu-liberal noob.
- Good luck to you business-types…just don’t interrupt my recreational experience that is Second Life. Or wonder why I don’t care that you’re inworld.
- Gwyneth Llewelyn’s avi has huge eyes. Really. Look for yourself. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…
Whew. That was cathartic. Back to the walkabout!
Filed under: intellectul property, machinima, Madcow Cosmos, opinion, Second Life, Second Life art, Starax Statosky, Uncategorized, WindLight | 2 Comments »
Posted on February 14, 2008 by Morris Vig
You knew it had to happen…my spin around Second Life was bound to touch Rezzable‘s Black Swan sim, which features works by Starax Stat—errrrr—–Light Waves.
I’m finding that each space demands its own combinations of light and color. Some spaces, like the water shot I showed in an earlier post, called for a total oversaturation of light. The Svarga shot demanded a greater level of haze. Black Swan, by comparison, forced me to look at how to portray the pastel-like reflections off of many of the pieces.
We’ll start with the Ballerina – where I thought the reaching for the sun had both visual and emotional appeal.
The Lovers Rock is a tough shot to take, largely because Black Swan is too crowded with pieces all around. It’s hard to get a clean photo of this centerpiece of the sim. But I think this was a decent attempt, and the stone of the figures contrasts well with the serene water.
This one, Night Dreaming, is an interesting story. I took a bunch of “head on” shots and found that I didn’t like the surrounding activity in the photo. So, as I wound up at Black Swan, I doubled back for one last shot. I scanned around the piece and found this unique angle, which lent itself perfectly to looking into a sunset.
I’ve put a number of my new-ish WindLight shots up at Second Arts Photography in Shepherd. Four came from Black Swan, but there are some others too.
This was my last shot of the night…a tweak of scene gamma led to this Red Light shot. A little devilish, don’t you think?
Filed under: Light Waves, Morris Vig, Second Arts Photography, Second Life, Second Life art, Starax Statosky | 3 Comments »
Posted on December 1, 2007 by Morris Vig
Per Enniv Zarf’s collaborative effort with Cyanide Seelowe, published at Krystal Epic:
Winners after the fold…
Filed under: AldoManutio Abruzzo, Callipygian Christensen, Cheen Pitney, Gracie Kendal, Jordan Morgenrote, Juria Yoshikawa, Kronos Kirkorian, Light Waves, Madcow Cosmos, Oyster Bay, Rezago Kokorin, Sandhya2 Patel, Sasun Steinbeck, Second Life, Second Life art, Starax Statosky, Sunn Thunders, Tayzia Abattoir, Ub Yifu | 4 Comments »
Posted on November 12, 2007 by Morris Vig
Marcan Aridian (a pretty good SL sculpture artist in his own right) yesterday shared with me a heretofore unknown (to me) Starax Statosky sculpture, “Bird Scene 2005″:
Marcan told me he picked it up at a SL yard sale. Talk about dumb luck!
I love the bird designs…very creative. Marcan offered to show the piece at Oyster Bay, and we very well may take him up on that offer soon. Thanks for sharing, Marcan!
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Posted on October 30, 2007 by Morris Vig
When you have the largest private collection of SL art, you can do themed art exhibits of incredible quality. Case in point, Tayzia Abbatoir’s latest collection of sculpture art:
“Dragons” by Sabine Stonebender, Red Levitt (who used to display at Oyster Bay, but I believe now has left SL indefinitely), Starax Statosky and Daryth Kennedy. “Swords” by Androclese Antonelli, Cheen Pitney and Stormy Roentgen. Incredible collection…come take a look! (Click on the Crescent Moon logo in the side column for a SLURL, which will teleport you to the gallery)
Filed under: Cheen Pitney, Sabine Stonebender, Second Life, Second Life art, Starax Statosky, Tayzia Abattoir | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 14, 2007 by Morris Vig
Kudos to Onder Skall for such a great piece.
And now I get to show off another cool snapshot from Rezzable’s Hallucinogen sim:
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Posted on October 7, 2007 by Morris Vig
Stop whatever you are doing and check this sim out – the latest from Light Waves — errrrr — Starax and his company pals.
Incredible. Incredible. Incredible.
[UPDATE: If you don't drop everything to check out this sim, check out Isolde Flamand's blog entry where she shares a few incredible photos - and offers some great technical advice on how to set up your browser when visiting.]
Filed under: Isolde Flamand, Light Waves, Second Life, Second Life art, Starax Statosky | 1 Comment »
Posted on September 17, 2007 by Morris Vig
Yeah, Starax Statosky returned to Second Life as Light Waves.
Read more about it at Bettina Tizzy’s Not Possible in Real Life blog.
Not that it’s important, but I knew further back than our original Light Waves “ALIENS!” waterfront exhibit in February 2007 – the precursor to today’s popular “Greenies” sim and a darned fun time in the history of Oyster Bay, one deserving of a flashback photo:
Regardless of who the artist’s name is, the work speaks for itself. Starax/Light Waves makes magic happen with prims.
It’s nice not to have to keep the secret any longer!
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Posted on September 7, 2007 by Morris Vig
As we enter the closing weekend, I asked Tayzia Abattoir, owner of the Crescent Moon Museum, to share her thoughts on the Hidden Starax! showcase of the work of Starax Statosky. Here are her words, unedited:
I was delighted when you first approached me about collaborating on the “Hidden Starax” exhibit at Oyster Bay. You have shown many amazing exhibits and featured many artists, helping to bring out the creativity that can be found within SL.
Starax was one of the most talented builders in Second Life, and to have this extensive collection and to be able to exhibit his work is an honor. It was my pleasure to provide them and collaborate with Oyster Bay to help bring his amazing work out for everyone to enjoy. With the large amount of prims in most of his pieces, they have to be shown in rotating exhibits.
This exhibit was the perfect opportunity for extra exposure of his work, and to have them viewed by an even wider audience. Everyone should have the opportunity to feast their eyes upon his exquisite craftsmanship. I hope that everyone enjoyed the exhibit and played with light and camera angles to see these pieces in all their uniqueness, and observed the quality of craftsmanship that went into each piece. You can find his sculptures in the rotating exhibit at the Crescent Moon Museum. Watch for more collaboration between Tayzia Abattoir and Morris Vig in the near future!
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Posted on September 4, 2007 by Morris Vig
What better way to close out the Hidden Starax! show at Oyster Bay than with Starax Statosky’s aquatic creatures?
This collaboration between the Crescent Moon Museum and Oyster Bay winds up with an exploration of Starax’s marine life. On the featured platform is a massive aquarium with Starax’s aquarium-grade fish (see above – and thanks to Daedalus Young for the photo). All of these fish are available in copy/mod/transfer format for free through the small aquarium vendors on the platform.
In addition, visitors can teleport to another part of the Oyster sim – a special viewing pier for Starax’s shark and whale! The whale is easily viewed from the pier (that’s Daedalus’s “tail snapshot”):
The shark, on the other hand, is under the water and viewable via a ramp down to an underwater viewing platform (complete with deck chairs!). I did the platform photo, and Daedalus took the nicer one:
Click after the fold to see the “bonus” marine life, as well as the Shepherd sim free-to-copy offering!
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