Monday, May 31, 2010

I'm Glad Modular Systems is falling apart..*

I'm late to the emerald viewer thing.. which seems like it might be a good thing. Not just because of all the commotion though.

In hunting around for more information I stumbled across a new blogger (new to me) that I want to point you to. Here she is.. Salome Strangelove ~clap, clap, clap~



*Actually, I'm not sure what to think of Modular Systems Emerald Viewer problems ("Datamine" etc.) but the most interesting post I've read about it was on Salome's blog - click on the picture above.

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7 Habits.. Chapter 2


It's been a while since the last/first post I wrote on "Seven Habits" so most everyone has probably forgotten it by now. This post has been sitting in draft form since last year and I felt I needed to just "get it out there" even though It's not all that great (and I paused my reading just after starting chapter 3). Think of this as me clearing out my cobwebs. hopefully one day I will get around to reading/reviewing the rest of the book.. we'll see.

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In the last review on this book the take-away I presented was that you have the power and freedom to choose your response. "to choose how to act" That your truest limits are really only those of imagination.

Then I briefly (very briefly) touched on applying that energy to things within your "Circle of concern".. those things you can actually effect.

Chapter two begins with the great quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." My take away of Chapter two is that it's about finding and giving purpose to our actions. Understanding your life's mission.

Begin at the end


An early exercise was to think of how I'd like to be eulogized by friends, family, and people important to me. To really turn that over in my minds eye and consider what importance I want to have left behind when all has been said and done. What achievements could I imagine enumerated, what skills or character traits would I want to see missed. Whether that funeral were to occur next week, next year, or eighty years from now.

The exercise purports to reveal what I value. What is at the inner core of what I think is most important. It doesn't make sense to effeciently make progress towards goals that don't even belong to you.

For your curiosity, and to motivate myself, here is a top ten of what I apparently value most about myself: (This is probably the most revealing post on this whole blog.. )
    1. He shows up. And tries to be "present" in all senses of the word.
    2. He has a dry sense of humor.
    3. He's honest yet diplomatic. (Works at being worthy of others trust.)
    4. He's humble, and enjoys making other people look good.
    5. He's mature, solid, and reliable. (keeping his head when everyone else has gone mad.)
    6. He's mastering the skills of a Marcom professional.
    7. He believes in competently doing whatever needs doing.
    8. He's relationship oriented. (Builds not burns bridges.)
    9. He takes people and their problems seriously.
    10. He gives of himself, of his love. (not "my brothers keeper", or conscience, but their friend)

(I'd be curious as to what others make of this list..)


Lead, manage, or get out of the way


"Management is efficiently climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall." What are you trying to improve in your life? How quickly you scratch things off your lists? Or are you scratching the right things off your list?

Re-scripting begins with a look at what is really at your inner core, then moves to changing the behaviors that don't lead to expressing those values. As learned from chapter one, one can live out of their potential.. out of their imagination. We are not limited to our past to guide who we are or what we do. We can be "MY vision of me".

So, where do you want to lead yourself?

Right now my focus is professional and personal.. Trying to develop myself and deepen my relationships with others.


Translating values into purpose


To guide yourself a "personal mission statement" is advised. And this made some sense to me. Having a fuzzy idea of what you want to do with yourself on a macro level will only result in fuzzy choices on a micro level. Drifting with whatever happens next is hardly how one leads anything.

The essence of a "personal mission statement" is to.. as simply as possible.. express what you want to be (elements of character) or do (contributions or achievements) and link them to the principles (values) that those are based on. Initially you may have a long list of things to include in your "mission statement" but once you take a look at what you've written you may see a constellation of ideas appearing. A core mission as it were. The clearer your core mission and the easier your mission statement is for you to remember, the more useful it will be in guiding you.

To help you develop your mission statement use your creative ability to imagine what accomplishments will be important to you in your life. Imagine them in great detail. Break down your life into your various roles and imagine the goals you have within each area. Then imagine all the steps leading up to those milestones.

Key to your mission statement is having your goals and your methods of achieving them in alignment with your principles (values). If for some reason they don't they may really be someone elses goals.

In developing your mission statement, one can link those things you want to do or be to various milestones in your life.. "by the end of the month", "by the end of the year", "by my 30th birthday", etc. Do your goals mesh with your values? Do they dovetail with your skills? What steps will you have to take to make them come into being?

This isn't a "set it and forget it process." It's expected that you'll revisit the process of self-discovery and redirecting many times in your life as your life itself changes.

Frankl says we detect rather than invent our missions in life. I like that choice of words. I think each of us has an internal monitor or sense, a conscience, that gives us an awareness of our own uniqueness, and the singular contributions that we can make. In Frankl's words, "everyone has their own specific vocation or mission in life…. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone's task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it."

I'm going to omit the mission statement I created for myself as I may use it somewhere else, and I don't want to be too easy to find.


*(PS: It occurred to me when I was reading this chapter that the ideas in this book I have presented to companies trying to understand and focus their brand, to develop their brand message, or to professionalize their business operations. So the new thing for me was the idea of putting this into a personal context.. I know - "duh")


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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Parrot with a problem..

A guy decides that maybe he'd like to have a pet and goes to a pet shop.

After looking around he spots a parrot sitting on a little perch; it doesn't have any feet or legs. The guy says out loud, "Geez, I wonder what happened to this parrot?"

"I was born this way," says the parrot. "I'm a defective parrot."

"Ha, ha," the guy laughs. "It sounded like this parrot actually understood what I said and answered me."

"I understand every word," says the parrot. "I am a highly intelligent and thoroughly educated bird."

"Yeah?" the guy asks. "Then answer this: how do you hang onto your perch without any feet?"

"Well," the parrot says, "this is a little embarrassing, but since you asked, I will tell you. I wrap my little parrot penis around this wooden bar, kind of like a little hook. You can't see it because of my feathers."

"Wow," says the guy, "you really can understand and answer; can't you?"

"Of course. I speak both Spanish and English. I can converse with reasonable competence on almost any subject: politics, religion, sports, physics, philosophy. And I am especially good at ornithology. You should buy me; I am a great companion."

The guy looks at the $200.00 price tag. He says. "I can't afford that."

"Pssst," the parrot hisses, motioning the guy over with one wing. "Nobody wants me because I don't have any feet. You can get me for $20.00; just make an offer."

The guy offers twenty dollars and walks out with the parrot. Weeks go by and the parrot is sensational. He's funny; he's interesting; he's a great pal, he understands everything, sympathizes, and gives good advice. The guy is delighted.

One day the guy comes home from work and the parrot says, "Pssst," and motions him over with one wing. The guy goes up close to the cage. "I don't know if I should tell you this or not," says the parrot, "but it's about your lover and the mailman."

"What?" asks the guy.

"Well," the parrot says, "when the mailman came to the door today, your lover greeted him in a pair of briefs that showed everything and kissed him on the mouth."

"What happened then?" asks the guy.

"Then the mailman came into the house and put his hand on your lovers crotch and began petting him all over," reports the parrot.

"My God!" the guy says. "Then what?"

"Then he pulled down the briefs, got down on his knees and began to lick him, starting with his chest, slowly going down and down." The parrot pauses for a long time...

"What happened? What happened?" says the frantic guy.

"That's what pisses me off. I don't know." said the parrott. "I got a hard-on, and fell off my fucking perch."



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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Fuck me..

Damn.. I haven't been paying any attention.. not keeping up with my Second Life emails.. the blogs.. nothing. So I'm way behind. (95% of my posts are put together weeks in advance.)

Sorry everyone.. Here's your notice:

THIS IS THE WEEK OF SECOND PRIDE!!!

(May 29th - June 6th)


Stuff going on around the clock pretty much.. as you'd expect of a international event. Find time to tp over and catch one of the many fantastic DJ's, visit with all your old friends, meet new ones.. maybe even catch me around eventually.
Six sims of fun: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Rhodium/131/85/22


So, Join Second Life and visit Second Pride.. Go ahead, click on stuff, you know how the internet works.


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Love Online..


A week ago I was blessed with the opportunity to officiate at the renewal of vows of Franziskus Ninetails & Kenshiro Pevensey and the Second Life ceremony of Mickael Pevensey & Brian Warcliffe.. This was Mick & Brian's chance to share a celebration with their online friends and family as they had been married two days earlier in real life..

This is a little poem I have always thought of when I think of love and long term relationships, I hope it's as much an inspiration to others as it has been to me..

JC

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LOVE

~by Barb Upham~

LOVE takes time. It needs a history
of giving and receiving, laughing
and crying ...

LOVE never promises instant gratification,
only ultimate fulfillment

LOVE means believing in someone, in something.
It supposes a willingness to struggle,
to work, to suffer and to rejoice.

Satisfaction and ultimate fulfillment are
by-products of dedicated love. They
belong to only those who can reach
beyond themselves; to whom giving
is more important than receiving.

LOVE is doing everything you can to help
others build whatever dreams they have.

LOVE involves much careful and active
listening. It is doing whatever needs to
be done, and saving whatever will promote
the other's happiness, security, and
well-being. Sometimes, love hurts.

LOVE is on a constant journey to what others
need. It must be attentive, caring and open,
both to what others say and to what
others cannot say.

LOVE says "NO" with empathy and great compassion.

LOVE is firm, but when needed it must be tender.

When others have tried and failed, love is
the hand in yours in your moments of
discouragement and disappointment.

LOVE is reliable.

LOVE is a choice and commitment to others'
true and lasting happiness. It is dedicated
to growth and fulfillment. Love is not selfish.

LOVE sometimes fails for lack of wisdom
or abundance of weakness, but it forgives,
knowing the intentions are good.

LOVE does not attach conditions ... Genuine
love is always a free gift.

LOVE realizes and accepts that there will be
disagreements and disturbing emotions ...
There may be times when miles lay between,
but love is a commitment. It believes,
and endures all things.

LOVE encourages freedom of self. Love shares
positive and negative reactions to warm
and cold feelings.

LOVE, intimate love, will never reject others.
It is the first to encourage and the last
to condemn.

LOVE is a commitment to growth, happiness,
and fulfillment of one another.




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Friday, May 28, 2010

Dedications of the day.. first week of June

Seven more beautiful people with seven more dedications..


Etcher Giano

'Cuz you is sweet..

Christina Aguilera - Candyman HDWS (FuLL sNEaKY vERsioN)


Tonya Petrov

We should touch more often..

Cascada - Everytime We Touch


Gleeb Gupte

Maybe just a man snacker..

Nelly Furtado - Maneater


Rice Cohen

You flew away..

Gigi D'Agostino - I 'll fly with you - L'amour Toujours


Torley Linden

Where would any of us be if it weren’t for Torley?

Beethoven Tempest Sonata No. 17, Opus 31 No. 2 in D minor, Allegretto by Tzvi Erez


Connie Arida

Looking good naked is a great start..

Robbie Williams - Bodies : Cahill Remix


Gweneviere Gothly

Because how you feel is how you feel..

Robbie Williams - Feel (Gigi D'Agostino Remix)




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Thursday, May 27, 2010

You probably know this..

While there are plenty of people in Second life trying to pull in a profit (not that there is anything wrong with that), there are quite a few special people in for other reasons.. Here's a video by Draxtor Despres about TechSoup's Nonprofit Commons Project..



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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Shaking things up..

I would make something like this.. Except I shouldn't.



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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Want to make something of it?

I kept meaning to get into the content creation aspect of Second Life.. Specifically making some skin.. But also maybe doing some clothing.

To that end I've been collecting resources for the last three years.. Off and on.. Here are some of the links that still work..


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Textures:

Texture King

FreeTextures.org

Mayang's Free Textures

SLWorld:Textures

SecondLife & Free Downloads

GRsites.com: Absolute Background textures Archive

Free Textures & Photoshop Support

Human & Animal Photo Reference - Not free

Eloh Eliot

TutorialSphere: Photoshop Tutorials

SolitaryTree: Photoshop Tutorial: Fabric Folds

cg.india: Textures


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Creating Skins:

ComputerArts: Perfect Digital Skin

CrazyDwarf: Skin Painting Tutorial

Olila's Second Life: Skin Texture Tutorial

DigitalMediaNet: Texturing Skin in Photoshop pt 1

DigitalMediaNet: Texturing Skin in Photoshop pt 2

DigitalMediaNet: Texturing Skin in Photoshop Pt 3

PhotoshopSupport: Skin Texture Tutorial

ZBrush: Skin Texture Tutorial

Custom Brushes for Skins

CG.india: Free Photoshop Brushes


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Some Tutorials:

Linden Labs Clothing Tutorials

Robin Wood's Excellent Tutorials - Really, they are the best tutorials!

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

SF in SL..

GREAT VID by Eddi..



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Second Life for tiny fingers..

Interesting clip of Second Life on a iPhone.. perhaps next on a iPad?


Second Life Running on an IPhone - Watch more amazing videos here


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Saturday, May 22, 2010

LOL



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Friday, May 21, 2010

"Dedications of the Day".. Last week of May

More of my friends and people I admire..

Nekololi Woodget

Don’t worry, just gonna blame you for the good stuff..

Gathania - Blame It On You (Bimbo Jones Remix)


Markalo String

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20071229145311AAZ2h9O

Dan Balan - Crazy Loop


Brien Beaumont

Just cuz it's fun..

Numa Numa (Dragostea din Tei by O-Zone)



Jason Feingold

Some things is not a game..

The Who - Pinball Wizard


Nevar Welles

Wonder who had more fun, the blonde or the brunette..

In My Arms (Bimbo Jones Extended Remix) - Plumb


Cindi Wyler

A memorable lady..

Lucas Prata - And She Said


Gorman Indigo

we're not the man they think we are.. sometimes we're better

Elton John - Rocket Man '03 Remix



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Thursday, May 20, 2010

My world

There was a time in my life when the whole of my world existed inside my crib, and the only people I knew where my parents. Then my world began to grow..

First it became as large as my parents home..

Then It grew to be the yard around my parents house..

Over time it expanded again and again. To the street we lived on, to the neighborhood between my school and our house, to the community we lived in, to the city nearby.

Now my world has gone not just global.

My world has expanded to inside the imaginations of other people.

I can walk around in them, and even hear what those worlds sound like.

I can't yet smell or touch those worlds..

But that day will come.

A couple places you'd never get to visit outside of virtual worlds





(Videos by Wolfie Waves Builder Reyo Neutra)


This video by Braclo Eber

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

2008 movie: Login 2 Life

I may or may not have mentioned this one before.. (just stumbled across it again over on Vint Falken's blog) ONE of these days we'll see Login 2 Life actually finished and in theaters/netflix/etc. Until then, here's the trailer..





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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Combine talent and hard work.. and guess what you get

SamLowry Hawkes is a VERY talented machinema maker.. I SO wanna be like him when I grow up.. Pop some popcorn and click on the image bellow to view his youtube channel



Perhaps if you join second life you can be in or make a movie of your own..

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Cyberspace Psychology

The Psychology of Cyberspace..

..in a easy to understand series of um.. things. (Chapters I guess, but that sounds too formal) Pretty comprehensive read I think, and in layman's language no less. Learn why your Second Life is so interesting, or not.. Full-filling, or not. Learn about relationships in Second Life (or facebook, or myspace, or whatever)

I admit I just skimmed it. But it looks like it's all there.


http://www-usr.rider.edu/~suler/psycyber/psycyber.html


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Public Idaho..

Today May 17th is International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia.. Kiss someone.



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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

"Dedications of the Day".. 3rd week of May

Another seven great songs for another seven great people..


Esmiel Posthorn

Always makes me smile..

Iyaz - Replay


Xander Zessinthal

Sometimes you learn the most in the briefest conversations

Skeeter Davis "the End of the World"


Mirto Slade

He knows what it’s like to live in paradise..

Just Like Paradise - Nick Skitz - OUT NOW


Karim Marquette

Never will be tamed..

Miley Cyrus - Can't Be Tamed


CeNedra Revera

More than 2¢.. worth every nickel..

Kelis - Acapella


Loki Popinjay

A player in the BEST sense..

Paul Van Dyk - Time of our Lives


Ben Vanguard

Making us all look great..

DJ Tiesto - "Adagio for strings"


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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Public Service..



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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Vampire tunes.. (good ones)

Vampire stuff has been popular for a couple years now.. And while It's been more than a year since I was "gifted" and became a vampire in SL.. I've yet to bite anyone.. at least in a vampire way. Here's a variety of genres.. good tunes all (or at least I think so) hope you enjoy..













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SecondLifeBloggers.. goes nuts

Zoe Connelly established SecondLife Bloggers some time ago.. And while it hasn't always been a very active group, it has been a good resource for many of us off and on.

Recently (Yesterday?) the group was transferred from NING to GroupLy (Yahoo's version of social groups, taking over from Yahoo's version of social groups - confusing I know.) To make things easier she used the email addresses on file at NING to set up accounts for all the SecondLifeBlogger participants.

No problem. Except the stock GroupLy settings sends every message sent to every memebr of the group. And many people use their RL email addresses, so responding to one of these messages reveals their RL email to the entire group.

How to fix this: Log into Grouply using ones original sign-in email, (or yahoo, or facebook) and change your settings. Or Delete your account.


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You can update or delete your Grouply account yourself from within Grouply. Your first step is to login to Grouply at www.grouply.com . If you do not remember your Grouply ID and password, try your Yahoo ID and password first. If that does not work, you can reset your password at http://www.grouply.com/pass_reset.php.

(If you have confirmed your account want to keep it and want to change digest settings so you don't get all the damn messages.) If you want to stop receiving Smart Digests, go to Settings > Manage Email Subscriptions.

(If you have an account and want to keep it just fix things a bit.) You can update your privacy settings to limit what people see when they view your Grouply profile. For example, you can control who can see your friends list, who can send you messages, and what groups show up in your groups list. To update Privacy settings, go to Settings > Manage Your Privacy Settings.

To delete your Grouply account entirely, go to Settings > Discontinue Using Grouply.





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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010

"Dedications of the Day".. 2nd week of May

Seven tunes that I think would make great theme songs.. (Hint, Hint)


Todd19 Ashbourne

The love never ends..

R.I.O. - "After The Love" (Official Video HD)


Alexi Fromund

Dancing the night away..

Inna - Hot (Dancing in the Dark Video Edit)


Slade Pinazzo

Perfect theme song..

DJ Tiesto - Destination Sunshine


Nika Dreamscape

Another perfect theme song..

Girls Aloud - Untouchable (Bimbo Jones Club Mix)


Christopher Lefavre

This seems like it would make a good theme song..

Jason Derulo - We Could Make Love


Dusan Writer

Something mellow, relatively

Bimbo Jones - Freeze (Bimbo Jones 2009 Extended Radio)


Jonathan Schenkel

There ya go..

Alex Gaudino & Jason Rooney - "I Love Rock N Roll"



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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Photoplay.. 15

This is a very old one..




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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Messages written on the cloud..

"I have a problem i'm sure many other bloggers face: i am perfectly comfortable sharing intimate details about my emotions with complete strangers i meet online but shy away from expressing my true feelings to anyone i know in real life"
—a woman in Maine


The internet is huge.. no argument there.. and behind that apparent anonymity people are revealing things about themselves that they aren't revealing anywhere else.

I'm not sure if I've pointed this site out before. There's quite a few components to it and it's kinda fun to explore. "We feel fine" is the main site.. But if you click on the image below you'll visit a variation of the book that has recently been published to go along with the project.




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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Brokeback to the Future..

too funny..



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Literary explorations in 3d worlds..

More real creativity in virtual world of Second Life.. Thursday's Fiction - Can't say as this particular build still exists, but give it a shot: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Esperance/239/41/21

And if by chance it doesn't, plenty of other exciting creations do. Go explore!



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