Merry Christmas 2014

Yordie Sands, Photographer

Merry Christmas to all the avatar people in Second Life.

And a Happy New Year 2015!

 

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“Whatcha Say”

I’m listening to Jason Derulo singing “Watcha Say” and it has me in the mood to race into Second Life and find some club playing hawt tunes.  Ok, tune just changed to Black Eyed Peas singing “I Gotta Feeling” and it’s making me so frisky. I really miss that about SL. I loved that whole “tonight’s gonna be a good night” feeling. That was so great for me, especially living in that tiny town in northern Idaho. But I also fear SL anymore, I go in and feel the weight of expectations. And then there was that addiction thing, I was really addicted to SL for way too long.

I think I mentioned this in the past but I’ve tried returning to SL using a couple different new avatars since declaring that I’d left SL. Both times it wasn’t the same at all, even though one of my guy friends joined me to play for awhile. Neither attempt lasted more than a few weeks. The thing is, I’m just not me unless I’m Yordie Sands. Sorry to keep bringing this up again and again, but I still find it surprising.

I’ve notice that some of my old friends have faded away. Others are doing new and exciting things. LeLe has a really nice club, and of course, Vaneeesa is organizing new and exciting events. I miss everyone I ever knew. Well, almost everyone. The thing is, the Florida weather and endless sunshine has changed my whole body rhythm.

Oh, oh! Rhianna is wailing “We Found Love”. Dang, if that doesn’t get you going then I just don’t know! Hey, “We found love in a hopeless place!” *smiles* and love to everyone.

Yordie Sands, Photographer

Just me snapping a quckie while I was in SL.

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Saturday @ SL11B

I beamed into SL11B a couple times on Saturday. I continued to explore and ended up seeing a whole lot more than I had planned.

Yordie Sands avatar

All the treats on this table cost only a handful of Mesh objects.
And all of that stuff would have taken dozens of Prims.
Mesh has truly transformed how you can broaden your SL.

Virtual Fantasy Life

That’s me atop Callie Cline’s SL11B cake…
Oh, yeah, and I’m also caught between two of her kitties. 🙂

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I saw several exhibits by SL military supporters.
I have enormous respect for our military and allies,
and I am glad to see builds that demonstrate commitment.

Star of virtual fantasy life

This is a kiosk that presents dozens of SL topics
for you to mull and cast a vote on with Facebook.
If you care about SL, I think it’s worth your while to make your opinion known.

I’m glad I attended this event. Hope you enjoyed it too.

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Walking Through SL11B

I’ve visited Second Life’s 11th Birthday celebration a couple times so far this week. This year is clearly the year when Mesh rules! The level of detail that Mesh objects provides is truly astounding. And despite the disenfranchisement of all the peeps who enjoyed working with Prim objects, there is little doubt that top Mesh content creators are changing SL forever, and for the better.

In past years I made a point of visiting virtually all the exhibits at these birthday parties, but this year I just focused on soaking in the exhibits that really drew me in. In one case, I might not have really noticed the exhibit from the outside but the builder gave me a shoutout and I was amazed at what I found (more on this below). Following you find a few of my SL11B photos and I’ve posted several more on my Flickr page.

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On opening night the entire SL11B grid was packed.
I managed to make my way to the Impressive Stage.
The music was great and I hung out with Wizzy for awhile.

 

SL11B

I KNOW THIS PHOTO SUCKS… DARN IT
I caught the tail end of the Luxe Paris fashion show.
The show was fun and it was an good example of events at SL11B.
Unfortunately, there just wasn’t enough time for everything to rez up.

 

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This is atop Wizzy Gynoid’s huge geometric structure.
I tried to fit the whole thing into a pic but it was too tall.
If you look at the top of the pic, you’ll see a little me flying.

 

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This is the entrance to one of my favorite builds so far.
Cousin Savy Sands saw me wandering around and pointed me to his build.
This is “A Little Dream of Italy” and it’s located on the Pizzazz sim.
It’s a lovely place to visit and a nice spot to take a break from all the goings on.
I posted several more photos on my Flickr page – check it yo! And check out the build inworld.

This SL birthday has been a very appealing experience for me. I’ve only seen a couple friends and acquaintances, because I’m moving around incognito (“Online” status box off). I know some people get upset when you uncheck the status box, and I’m sorry about that but I’m hoping to meet friends at the event.

I’ve learned a lot about how much SL has progressed since the last birthday. I’m very hopeful that Second Life will continue to evolve. I heard Ebbe Altberg speak about the work that is beginning on a new architecture for SL, and this would be a cause for concern but I also heard him discussing means of porting to the new platform. I hope that Linden Lab employees are taking the time to enjoy the world that there software created. And I would ask them to study the products of SL content creators.

It is amazing to consider that people of all nationalities from across this planet have come together on this electronic grid and created a virtual world and a virtual fantasy life! AMAZING!

I’m planning to make at least one more visit before it closes on Sunday. So, hopefully I’ll seen some of you there. And hopefully there are more photos that simply must be taken!

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It’s Like This…

I got an email from Microsoft’s Bing, it’s their 5th anniversary. Along with the email was a link to Bing Gallery, and I saw a pic I liked. I started browsing then I saw this picture I really, really like. It reminded me about how I feel about my second life right now.

http://www.bing.com/gallery/ It's like this, this is how my life is now.

(from http://www.bing.com/gallery/)
It’s like this, this is how my life feels now.
For more bluebells checkout this Flickr page:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/inese_ie/

Anyway, I kept on browsing through the pics and came across another great scene. And I thought to myself, Second Life is like this too. You can build your dream out on a virtual ocean, and it can be beautiful and even feel like a home for your soul, yet it is also very fragile, so fragile that a good storm will blow it away.

(from http://www.bing.com/gallery/) All of the things we build reside in a virtual world.

(from http://www.bing.com/gallery/)
All of the things we build reside in a fragile virtual world.

I spent at least an hour going through Bing’s Gallery and I downloaded many photos. I’ll use them in some future posts, but this last one was like someone strumming a chords inside my spirit. Did you ever read James Joyce’s “Ulysses”? I know, it is very, very hard to read, especially if you are dyslexic, and I never actually finished it. Nonetheless, there’s a line in there somewhere that goes something like this, “Am I walking into eternity along old Sandymount Strand?” That’s what this last photo feels like.

(from http://www.bing.com/gallery/)

(from http://www.bing.com/gallery/)
“Walking into eternity along old Sandymount Strand”

Nice job Bing!

 

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My Blogging Journey

Strawberry Singh has a blogger challenge that triggered my urge to write a bit, its called “My Blogging Journey Challenge” (Check it yo!). Anyway, here’s my responses to the challenge.

1. Which electronic devices do you use to blog with?
I use my desktop computer most of the time for writing, but use my laptop from time to time. I’ve used my iPad for a couple posts but I don’t like it for writing; note keeping and journaling, yes, but not for writing.

Yordie Sands Blogger

That’s me in my Linden Home.
Yes, I’m still wearing the same clothes
I’ve worn for two weeks now.

2. Do you have a mission statement for your blog, if so, what is it?
I began my blogging with a statement of purpose. At the time I wanted to keep a daily journal of my activities in Second Life, but over time I’ve expanded the purpose.

3. How do you feel about blogs that use their platforms to spread negativity?
I can’t take a steady dose of negativity but when it comes to important issues I’ll go to any blog that has news. For example, when the Emerald Scandal was revealed, I wanted to know everything I could and I didn’t care if the language was kind or not.

4. Are you a grammar junkie?
Actually, I’m a former grammar criminal, but now I’m probably just a grammar offender. What I mean is, I generally write with a vague notion of proper grammar but my goal is to express my feelings and I use punctuation to create a logical structure to my sentences. For most of my writing life I’ve struggled with the rules of punctuation I was taught in high school, but a couple years ago I learned about “Logical Punctuation”. When I discovered logical punctuation it was a great relief and I’ve been adapting unabashedly ever since. Oh, and like Berry, I’m usually too impatient to check grammar or spelling before I publish, but sometimes I’ll go back and gussy up the stuff I’ve written.

5. If you could switch blogs with another blogger who would it be?
Wowza! That’s a tough question. I read a lot of blogs and many of those blogs have unique styles and points of view, but I think I’d prefer to switch with Strawberry Singh. Berry has made her blog into a treasure chest of photography, news and how-to advice. I admire her blog a lot.

6. Has your blog/blogging style evolved over the year(s)? How?
My blog seems to be in a state of constant evolution. It began as simple, casual journal of my life as an avatar and has expanded to include an explorer’s guide, a story of my life as a geisha, and, of course, stories of my romantic escapades. I’ve also expressed opinions on some issues with Second Life.

7. What is the most extraordinary thing that has happened to you because of blogging?
I think the most extraordinary thing that has happened to me was the night that Junkyard Blues owner Dina Petty told me, in open chat, that she enjoyed reading my blog. Her comments took my blog from being a personal journal to be a personal exploration of Second Life. Over the years as I wrote about people and places in SL, I got to know different communities and new audiences came to visit my blog. In many ways, this is how I became a blogger and how being a blogger became part of my virtual identity.

8. When it comes to Second Life blogs, there are different styles: Fashion bloggers, Lifestyle & Travel bloggers, Informative bloggers, and more. Which style do you prefer and where do you feel your blog fits in?
If I could find the time and self-discipline I’d prefer to be an adventurer and write an Adventure blog. But this is a very difficult subject for me to talk about because there are reasons I don’t go to Second Life much anymore and such. Perhaps if Linden Lab’s new CEO, Ebbe Altberg, solves some of the problems that have kept me on the sidelines, I’ll return and plunge back into the world of adventure. 🙂

9. What has blogging taught you?
Blogging has taught me that if you open up your life and feelings through writing, some people will find help and even strength in you. Some of these people will respond in comments, but others will come to you, seemingly out of nowhere, and thank you. It is difficult though. Opening yourself up in that way takes a toll. At times I’ve felt like taking down my blog because I feel so foolish in all the mistakes I’ve made in my virtual life. However, after six years of blogging, I believe writing with the intention of others reading your work is a great way to learn about who you are.

10. Share your top 3 tips for new bloggers.
Maybe this would help: 1) Decide if you are writing strictly for yourself or a possible audience; 2) If you are sure you want to write for yourself, then make your writings private; 3) Otherwise, write from your heart and soul, respect others feelings, and don’t worry how readers will view you, because as Berry said, you can’t please everyone.

((btw, check the photo of me at my laptop and you’ll see there’s a pic of me at my laptop and if you look really, really close you’ll see… ))

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Draxtor Despres On Second Life

In my self-imposed exile from Second Life I find myself spending time looking at SL through the eyes of those still trying to make the virtual world work. I’ve been especially impressed by Draxtor Despres work and especially “The Drax Files Radio Hour with Jo Yardley”. In fact, I’ve carved out time on my Saturday mornings to listen to the show and watch the assorted vids and links that relate to the show.

Ebbe Altberg & Draxtor Despres

Ebbe Altberg & Draxtor Despres

One other thing I like about Drax’s work is, he’s connecting with the Lab’s new CEO Ebbe Altberg. If you are an SL expat like myself but you haven’t given up on what virtual worlds can be, I’d like to suggest that you make time for Drax’s show each week.

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