“TAGGED!” – 8 random facts about me

Having been tagged by Cheen Pitney, Bettina Tizzy and Cyanide Seelowe, I guess I can’t hide from the blog trend of saying 8 random facts about yourself. So here we go…but I’m going to stick with Second Life as opposed to talking about my “Real Life.” In all honesty, my Second Life is much more interesting!

  1. I have 3 “alts.” One is a purple furry…he’s my accountant. One is my work alt (yeah, I have a little RL vocational bleedover…but not as much as I’d like). The other is my “peace and quiet” alt. Why 3? Because I don’t have 4…
  2. I blew off Orientation Island when I rezzed inworld over a year ago. And I don’t regret it.
  3. I won’t even acknowledge unsolicited teleport requests with a reply. In my opinion, that’s the height of SL rudeness.
  4. Perhaps my favorite HUD is the EmoterHUD. It’s a freebie, but it can make for entire minutes of fun as the user makes his/her avatar actually have something resembling human expressions. Case in point:
  5. I feel inferior to nearly all of the SL sculpture artists, photographers and machinimists with whom I interact, making my role as a “gallery” owner kinda interesting. I mean, the artisans are the creative ones. I just own land.
  6. I read SL men’s style blogs. A lot. Like embarassingly so.
  7. Speaking of blogs, I use NetVibes to track 86 SL-related blogs at last count. And that number grows by one or two every week. Yow!
  8. I use Skype and Google Talk to talk with close friends quite a bit while I’m inworld, but I rarely use SL voice.

Whew! Made it! Now I have to choose 8 people to “tag,” so they have to offer their 8 random facts. That means you’re up, Charlot Dickins, elros Tuominen, MoShang Zhao, Daedalus Young, Sasun Steinbeck, Joeru Pugilist, PleaseWakeMeUp Idler and Finny Yates. If any of you 8 want to offer your 8 random facts on my blog, please feel free to post them as comments for this blog entry and I’ll point them out with direct links. Heck, enough people have been tagged that I’ll be happy to host anyone who needs a place to post their 8 random facts.

If you’re interested in the 8 random facts of some other friends of Oyster Bay, check out: Isolde Flamand, Sunn Thunders and Spaceman Opus. Don’t forget Bettina Tizzy and Cyanide Seelowe at the top.

The Dexter-watch begins…

Thanks to the generosity of Jordan Morgenrote (of SL jewelry fame, “Jordan*s”), we get to host Dexter Ihnen at Oyster Bay this week.Dexter Ihnen LIVE at Oyster Bay

Dexter is one of SL’s top live music performers – combining new material with incredible covers in a unique and accessible style all his own. This is from his website, and it’s not all bravado:. This piece refers to Dexter as a RL live performer in Australia, but the sentiment carries over to SL:

There’s a lot of hacks going around with an acoustic guitar and a few chords who call themselves a solo act . But Dexter is something different , something special . For a start the guy really knows his instrument. Somehow he manages to pluck, pop, and slap percussive sounds, basslines and shifting chordal patterns out of the one solitary acoustic guitar.

It’s really quite amazing to watch. And all the time he`s singing these great smooth melodies over the top. Dexter is a one-of-a-kind-. Indeed, he has that elusive element to his music, it’s called soul. As his rich warm tenor sifts through the moving bodies of the crowd, feet tap unconsciously, and fingers drum the faded table tops. Soul seeps through the jazz-inflected rhythms, the upbeat funk and then bleeds gently from the quieter, more introspective numbers. I have watched people close their eyes and get lost in the sweetness of what Dexter does, arpeggios tinkling over them like gold coins from a purse. Others stare transfixed at the skillful blur of his hands over the guitar. It is no wonder Dexter has received international acclaim for his virtuosity both as a solo artist and as a songwriter of rare depth.

For many of the reasons stated on Dexter’s site, Oyster Bay tends to shy away from the “guys with guitars.” There are just so many out there, and so many venues that play that music genre. At the same time, there are a handful that we’ve hosted over the past year who are clearly a cut above. Komuso Tokugawa. Smily Raymaker (ok, a girl with a guitar). Spaceman Opus. TallGuyKidd.

And Dexter Ihnen clearly is in that mix. I’m genuinely excited to see him perform under the lights of the Oyster Bay stage.

Arrive early! The sim will be full…