Happy thoughts on a lousy day

So I’m sitting here in a hotel room in Southern California, supposedly on vacation but having worked pretty much non-stop since I got here (web email is both a blessing and a curse).  And then, probably in part thanks to the crappy air quality from the smog combined with the smoke from the many wildfires, I’ve gone and developed a painful sinus infection.  So, yeah, RL pretty much stinks right now.

And SL comes to the rescue.  I just got this IM over my email, and it really made my day:

[7:47] Laci Snowdrop: I love OYster Bay! You’ve done a beautiful job! What inspired U to build sucha beautiful place? How long did it take U to make this? It’s awesome!!

Doesn’t get much better than that.  Thanks, Laci.

It also reminds me of something that used to come naturally to me – the recognition that Second Life’s population is constantly being infused with new residents…who have no idea what this little corner of the grid is all about.  I think it’s time to start writing a (very) brief history of Oyster Bay.  Perhaps, while I convalesce, I’ll put some thoughts down.  It really has been a great ride, and perhaps some of you might be interested in reading it.

In the interim, anyone interested in the history of Oyster Bay should look no further than the 2nd Floor of Second Arts Photography, where I’ve posted a few photos of Oyster Bay over the months.  It’s a good start, and probably something I’ll build upon.

As a teaser, here’s a shot from the grand opening party (DJ’d by Doubledown Tandino, no less…the beginning of a beautiful friendship!) back in January 2007. Enjoy!

Happy Rez Day – Rezago Kokorin!

One of SL’s truly great kinetic sculptors (and collaborator with Sunn Thunders on The Abyss) celebrates another trip around the sun….errr….grid today.  While I sadly couldn’t locate a SL snapshot of Rez on short notice, I DID find these examples of his SL sculpture art…so enjoy that, and wish him the best!

15,000 page views

Yup – Second Arts hit that milestone yesterday. Candidly, the Lauk’s Nest issue took off and readership on the blog has been substantially up since that point.

Thanks to all who read this humble little blog – I hope you find it worth your time!

Taking a couple of days

I’m about an hour and a half away from stepping on a plane for a brief vacation…so I thought I’d leave all of you with a warm memory – a nice shot of the Oyster Bay waterfront:

I’m taking a laptop and hope to jump inworld for a few minutes here and there, but RL comes first. I’ll see you all when I get back (late Sunday night)!

Madcow Cosmos’ latest

“Mechanical Atlas” – out on the waterfront stage at Oyster Bay:

It’s a really sharp piece – one that has Madcow showing off his skill in building an actual humanoid form!   Come check it out.

Great SL sculpture at Fort Stygian

Photo courtesy of Second Arts Photography‘s Isolde Flamand:

Shades of Madcow Cosmos in this piece!

[UPDATE: Even better than this picture is Isolde’s examination of the different editing techniques using the open source GIMP program…and then applying those techniques to the picture.  GREAT stuff – very eye-opening as to the potential of graphics/photo editing software.]

Duchess Voom with the Multicolor Twist

I received a very kind IM from Duchess Voom, who recently purchased my Multicolor Twist sculpture from Oyster Bay. I’m always interested in seeing how pieces are put to use at the customer’s place. Is it a residence? A business? Something else?

Duchess was considerate enough to offer a landmark…in this case, to her new residence. So I swung by and took a photo. Looks nice!

It makes me feel so great to know that my creative whimsy brings joy to people. Thanks for sharing your home with me!