.. taking the challenge ..

Blog 11.19.17 secondlifechallenge

Well, since Strawberry Singh posted her latest #SecondLifeChallenge a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been trying to create a blog and vlog in response.  Suffice to say, I’m slow but mostly as I mentioned on the previous post, I’ve been trying to figure out options so that I could do this vlog without buying any software.  I finally decided that since I have video editing tools in Photoshop and actually have access to Premiere Pro as well, I really only needed to record video/audio.  So…  for now… until I know that I might do this more often, I used FRAPS for my Second Life footage and ActivePresenter (in the video, I call this VideoPresenter, I think) to capture the browser.  I pulled it all together in Photoshop and while there were some challenges that I might still need to figure out… I’m happy with the outcome.

So what is this challenge you ask?  It is Strawberry’s “Google Your Avatar” challenge!  I kinda screwed up on the final product as I didn’t log out nor did I clear cache/cookies again. However I did that before my first attempt and actually the results have all been very similar.  You can watch the video here… or continue reading 😉

Strawberry challenged us with conducting a Google search and answering 7 questions:

  1. Google your Second Life name in “quotations” and share your results. 2,190 results.
  2. What are the first 5 links that come up?  My Flickr; my Twitter feed; 2 links for my YouTube channel and my About Me page.
  3. Click on the “Images” tab and tell us where the first 5 images are from. Profile pi;, blog/channel header; an image of a pic from an SL photo contest from 2010’ish; a logo I created for Relay For Life of Second Life in 2014; a still pic from a video interview from Relay For Life of Second Life telethon.
  4. Click on the “Videos” tab and share your results, if any.  Links to my YouTube channel and a couple of videos… plus a comment on a video on Vimeo from 2010. Beyond that, it was other older videos of mine on Vimeo which would have been 2010’ish as well.
  5. Click on the “News” tab and share your results, if any. NOTHING found!  YAY!  I am happy to announce that I am indeed NOT newsworthy!
  6. Did any of the results surprise you? I was mostly surprised that so much that I saw was from 3-7 years ago.  I find it strange that those would have had enough traffic to show up today.
  7. Are you satisfied with your results or wish they were different in any way?  I am perfectly happy with my results but if I had to say, the one thing I wish was different would to have found my blog on the first page of the initial search.

So there we have it… my first #SecondLifeChallenge in ages and the first one via vlog and blog!  I did discover something with ActivePresenter and FRAPS that I do not like when editing… and it might be something that I just need to research more – the audio and video are not separate, so I couldn’t do any editing of each. That caused some challenges in areas and required me to redo the videos a couple of times. HA!  However, that could have just been how I uploaded into Photoshop… something to research.  If I find I am doing these more, I might look further in to Camtasia as I think it would be faster!

I shot my video on my sim “Sol Existence”.  It is open to public so anytime just stop by!

Until next time,
~Sunshine

Location:
Sol Existence

I’m wearing:
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1 with DeeTalez Appliers (freckles)
Skin: DeeTaleZ *Appliers* for CATWA Heads *Heidi* NORDIC
Head: CATWA HEAD Catya [With Teeth] v2.10
Eyes: CATWA RIGGED EYES Catya v1.00
Eyes: Izzie’s – Catwa – Applier Tokyo Eyes (Pale)
Hair:   … MINA Hair – Romy
Ears:  _ver-B [MANDALA]STEKING_EARS_Season5
Earrings: Amala – The Madeline Earrings
Necklace: *PC* Seeds of Metal Necklace long and short
Bracelet: *PC* Seeds of Metal bracelet
Hands: Slink Hands – Dynamic – Female V1.3
Top:  Tee*fy Lexie Tank ( Inserts) – White – Maitreya
Top: Tee*fy Lexie Straps – White – Maitreya
Top: Tee*fy Gwen Loose Shirt – Blue Stripes – Maitreya
Pants: Addams // Lixie Ripped Super Skinny Jean // Maitreya
Feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Feet v4.1
Boots: fri. – River Boots (Earth)
Tattoo:  *CST* Tres Clair Tattoo {Fade}

Pose in Still Pic:
an lár [poses] Constant Five

 

 

.. doing a bit of vlogging ..

So I have decided to just try to do some vlogging in a way to learn something new but also as it provides a new way to display things – regions, creations, fashion, etc.  It provides the ability to showcase things in a different way.  My last blog was my first attempt and when I started the process as I wanted to show Kraftwork’s Le Plateau Loft in a more ‘real’ way.  I have also created a “intro” for my YouTube channel which you see here.

 

Now to figure out what the best video capture software is for me.  I am not quite ready to spend the cash for the widely suggested Camtasia, so I’ve been playing around with other options for capturing browsers or other applications.  Trying to stay on the “free” route so far… we shall see!

~ Sunshine

 

 

Credits:

Location:
Sol Existence

I’m wearing:
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1 with DeeTalez Appliers (freckles)
Skin: DeeTaleZ *Appliers* for CATWA Heads *Heidi* NORDIC
Head: CATWA HEAD Catya [With Teeth] v2.10
Eyes: CATWA RIGGED EYES Catya v1.00
Eyes: Izzie’s – Catwa – Applier Tokyo Eyes (Pale)
Hair:  [monso] My Hair – Jieun
Ears:  _ver-B [MANDALA]STEKING_EARS_Season5
Hands: Slink Hands – Dynamic – Female V1.3
Top:  ISON – Anne Fall Sweater
Pants: Just Because – Jeans
Feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Feet v4.1
Shoes:  INGENUE – Olive Heels
Tattoo:  *CST* Tres Clair Tattoo {Fade}

.. an autumn house ..

I want my home to be that kind of place–
a place of sustenance, a place of invitation, a place of welcome.
                                                 ~ Mary DeMuth

KraftWork Loft Blog 10.29.17

It has been a while since I’ve had a home to call mine in Second Life.  I designed my region and there are spaces that are homelike but it is open to the public so it isn’t really “my space”.  When NODNOL Jameson shared her creation for the semi-annual 6° Republic event that opens on November 4th, I opened it with great interest.  I have really been enjoying so many of the items that NOD has created for KraftWork and was ready to see another very cool build.  I wasn’t disappointed… the Le Plateau Loft is no exception.

I was actually inspired to try something that I’ve not done before  – a video blog or er..  vlog.  The last time I edited any video was years ago so it took me some time to get this together and while not awesome, I’m happy that I got it finished and I’m actually even happy with it.  I learned a few things and I think I’ll be better prepared next time!

As you can see from the video, the Le Plateau Loft from KraftWork is awesome!  The textures are spot-on and the amazing clerestory style windows are so inviting!  I stood inside and imagined the warm and cozy atmosphere that could be created here and then I got to work.  As I set up my new home in the sky, I focused on an autumn theme in much of my decor.  Using various items from so many different creators, I was able to create a space that I feel might just be inviting.

The skybox is a build within a box so when you peer through the windows, you see a residential street scene out of one and a wooded area from the other.  There is a window seat that includes single/couple animations, a built-in book shelf, a cool fireplace (fire is included separately) and a great loft area as well.  The build feels spacious and is scaled very realistically.  Since we are talking about a loft, NOD didn’t skimp on metal, wood and brick. She threw in the exposed duct work as well as great skylights to let more light inside.  And this Loft is set up to carry you year-round as NOD includes a HUD which allows you to select sunny or snowy scenes from the windows:

KraftWork Loft Blog 10.29.17 b

The 6° Republic event opens on November 6th.  This event is a decor and landscaping event that runs in May and November annually.  It started in 2015 and is widely anticipated.  The designers create some of the most innovative items for this event, so be prepared to be wow’d by not only this amazing Le Plateau Loft from KraftWork, but by all the other creations too!

Featuring:
KraftWork Le Plateau Loft (6° Republic – November 2017) @
KraftWork Home Sundry Memories Book (group gift) @
I’m wearing:
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1 with DeeTalez Appliers (freckles)
Skin: DeeTaleZ *Appliers* for CATWA Heads *Heidi* NORDIC
Head: CATWA HEAD Catya [With Teeth] v2.10
Eyes: CATWA RIGGED EYES Catya v1.00
Eyes: Izzie’s – Catwa – Applier Tokyo Eyes (Pale)
Hair:  [monso] My Hair – Jieun
Ears:  _ver-B [MANDALA]STEKING_EARS_Season5
Hands: Slink Hands – Dynamic – Female V1.3
Top:  RIOT / Sansa Sweater – Maitreya
Pants: RIOT / Sophie Leggings – Maitreya
Feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Feet v4.1
Tattoo:  *CST* Tres Clair Tattoo {Fade}
Various Décor Items from:
1992
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ARIA
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DIGS
DRD
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floorplan
hive
JIAN
Kalopsia
LePrimitif
MudHoney
NOMAD
PILOT
Pixel Mode
Scarlet creative
Schadenfreude
Second Spaces
Soy.
Stormwood
Sway’s
Sweet Thing
tarte.
Tentacio
The Secret Store
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Trompe Loeil

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