Who knew?

With all of the “transformative changes” going on in my RL, it took an IM from Isolde Flamand to remind me that my rez day was 2 days ago.  Guess I’m already into another trip around the pixellated sun.  Incredible…

The first Oyster Bay book has arrived

Former Oyster Bay manager Isolde Flamand received her copy of the Oyster Bay book this past week.  She remarked that it covered a LOT of ground and brought back many, many memories.  Comments like that do a guy’s heart good.

If UPS is correct, mine should arrive this week.  CAN’T WAIT!

That’s right. Spot on!

That Isolde’s at it again…

Spot On!  AvaStar 2008-04-18

That’s right, pixel peeps. Totally hot. Take notes.

</me can’t stop laughing…>

The Best Second Life Arts Event Ever

Major league congratulations to Isolde Flamand, who hosted the perfect storm of an event last night with the closing party for her Spring 2008 “Mosaic in SLiving Color” show. It was, in my humble opinion, The Best Second Life Arts Event Ever. And I’ve hosted a couple events and attended a couple more, so I’ll suggest that my opinion is pretty well informed.

What made the “Mosaic” show so great? A number of factors, which I will detail:

  • A creative concept: The idea of individuals purchasing prim “tiles” and placing their unique inworld photos representing the coming of Spring on the tiles was something I’d never seen before.
  • Engagement of the larger grid community in something bigger than any one person: L$1 per tile! L$10 per photo upload! For L$11 per tile, anyone had a chance to share a little personally-generated creativity.
  • A great performer: For my money, MoShang Zhao is one of SL’s top performers (and talented enough to match up as equals with SL blues god Komuso Tokugawa in an ambient experience like few others). He plays an accessible brand of music and engages the crowd like few others do. Special props to MoShang for open sourcing his Asian Variations CD, which I know many have used as their means to check out MoShang’s music before purchasing other music from this talented, prolific artist. MoShang also said he’s busy producing a few other artists right now, but he will be focusing his next efforts on deep house music. I am SO pumped to learn this.
  • Lots of friends: Gosh, Isolde has a lot of them. And they turn out when Isolde sends out the call. Life lesson to all SLers: Be a friend to others, and they will be there for you.
  • Lots of newcomers: This is less expected but no less welcome. I saw a LOT of new names at the party. The great music, enticing art display and witty banter amongst the pixel peeps clearly was an attractive combination for the uninitiated.
  • A sim crash: Here is where this event truly rises above the other great art-music-fellowship events. Many fine programs attract a bunch of dancing queens and kings with sufficient capacity to crash a sim. (And no event qualifies as a great event in Second Life unless you crash the sim.) This time, however, the style points won out. We didn’t just crash the sim. We crashed it with pillows. That’s right kids, we used temp-rezzing pillow launchers to pummel each other and the Havok 4 sim senseless. It may have been the best sim crash that I’ve ever been a part of.

Hats off to the new master. It was a genuine joy to be a part of last night’s event.

[UPDATE: Just to show that we’re not 100% virtual-centric, Isolde suggested that I pass along this YouTube video of MoShang playing in RL. Apparently his avatar and his humanoid have the same mad skillz…and moves!]

My WhiteOut by Vig photos

As promised, here’s the background on my new WhiteOut by Vig WindLight sky preset along with some examples.

It started toward the beginning of March, when Isolde Flamand and I were watching a classical violinist. The pavilion was filled, so we parked ourselves up on a hillside to watch the performance. Because she had a prim skirt on, Isolde didn’t want to sit…her avi looked particularly striking standing on top of the hill, so we started an impromptu photo shoot.

I started playing with WindLight settings as I am wont to do, and my last tweak resulted in the image you see below this . I don’t believe I saved this exact setting, but it clearly was the precursor for the WhiteOut preset.  I really like that shot.  Note that the only post-snapshot editing done on the photo was to square it off.

Isolde Flamand - Early WhiteOut photo

Over the next couple days,  I kept playing with this concept of a “White Out” in the background with very soft foreground.  It resulted in the WhiteOut by Vig setting.  Here are a few of my photos from the shoot that I took using my avatar as the model.  A couple of the shots were taken at Sabine Stonebender’s Zero Point – a seasoned SL explorer will notice the glowing colors in the background.

I hope you enjoy playing with the WhiteOut by Vig setting!  If you happen to install it, IM me in-world and let me know how the photos work out for you.

“A Madcow Madhouse!”

Callipygian Christensen follows up on her sim-wide AM Radio exhibit with an exposition of Madcow Cosmos. I’ve seen a lot of his work from his repeated showings at Oyster Bay, but Madcow’s clearly been busy in addition to what I’ve seen….TONS of new works mixing his bones, steampunk and many, many more designs. Even some human figures (who knew?). Definitely worth seeing. Madcow is one of the true geniuses of Second Life art and sculpture; you’ll never see a vision like his from anyone else.
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[UPDATE: Charlot Dickins (whose blog is quickly becoming a must-read) has an excellent visual recap of the Madcow Cosmos show.  …   And Isolde Flamand’s photos from the Madcow Madhouse are just incredible!]

Look who made The AvaStar

From this week’s edition:

AvaStar 2008-02-22 - Morris Vig