.. 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,

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



.. another night ..

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Another night, a beautiful night
She dresses up and steps out the door
Only to find, he is not there
She hurries to the restaurant and waits
Sits alone and wine does she taste
All surrounding her, the sounds of good cheer
Of couples just meeting to those that show such love.
She smiles and remembers the feeling
When she first met him, it was just by pure chance
But both took advantage and found such mutual adoration.
She smiles… and realizes her heart is still taken.
~ Sunshine

blog 030615 Petit Chat sneak peek

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V2.1
Skin: -Glam Affair – Rose – Desert Rose 01 E
Eyes: IKON Spectral Eyes – Field
Lashes: ::BB:: Mesh Lashes V.01 (minimalist black)
Hair: ~Tableau Vivant~ Shabby hair – Naturals II (Shiny Shabby)
Hair Décor: ~Tableau Vivant~ Blossomed branch – Apricot (Shiny Shabby)
Earrings: ISON – opulent earring – (rare) (The Arcade previous round) @
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual
Bracelet: +Half-Deer+ Forest’s Tale – Petals and Pearls Bracelet – Latte (The Arcade previous round) @
Ring: -Glam Affair- Isys Gem Ring (L) Gold/Black
Watch: *PC* Lose yourself watch (Petit Chat) (Sneak Peek February round) @
Dress: *PC* Lose yourself dress (Petit Chat) (Sneak Peek February round) @
Bag: *PC* Lose yourself bag (without pose) (Petit Chat) (Sneak Peek February round) @
Shoes: Ingenue :: Louise Heels (Maitreya) :: Latte (The Arcade) @

Pose: an lár [poses] Simpli (Shiny Shabby)

Location:  Casablanca Bay


.. meaning to sing you the song ..

I had the opportunity to visit the Shiny Shabby event yesterday and I nearly bought one of everything!  I had fun meandering around the streets of the event, poking my head in to see what the creators have designed specifically for the February round. Shiny Shabby is described as “a flea market for new and weathered things”.  Those that love vintage and antique items in Second Life will be over the moon this round. So many things to choose from. But if you enjoy a more modern style, don’t despair.. there is plenty for you too!  The event opens in grand style at noon SLT today (February 20th). Take the time to visit this cool new event.

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We know so perfectly how to give birth to the monsters inside us,
but for reasons I will never figure out,
we have not the slightest clue of what to do with all the love.
~Christopher Poindexter

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You know you’re in trouble
When the spotlight is on you
When nothing can be trusted
And you don’t know what to do

Hold on to yourself
You’re just someone like me
And you’re slowly becoming
What you’re pretending to be

I’ve been meaning to sing you the song
I’ve been meaning to sing you the song for so long

And to all you good people
That were lost along the way
I have need for your smiles
And friendship today

All those magical nights
When our aim seemed so true
You of all must know the reason
I still feel like I do

I’ve been meaning to sing you the song
I’ve been meaning to sing you the song for so long

I must take to the stage
I need nerves of steel
No matter how weak
And how weightless I feel

I just wanted to come across strong
Who, really, who was I trying to fool

                           ~ From Sivert Høyem’s album “Exile”

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Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V2.1
Skin: -Glam Affair – Sia II – Jamaica tone – 01 D
Eyes: {S0NG} :: Luna~ Envi Eye (Kustom9)
Lashes: ::BB:: Mesh Lashes V.01 (minimalist black)
Hair: ~Tableau Vivant~ Shabby hair – Naturals II (Shiny Shabby)
Necklace: ::: Krystal ::: Key to My Heart Necklace – Platinum
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual
Ring: ieQED jessi.rings.silver (Shiny Shabby)
Ring: EarthStones Mother’s Ring – 2 Stone
Top: ::C’est la vie !:: jiyun tops(ivory) (Shiny Shabby)
Armwarmers: ::C’est la vie !:: jiyun armwarmer (Shiny Shabby)
Skirt: {Reverie} Honey Pie Skirt – Brown (Shiny Shabby)
Feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Feet V2.1
Shoes: Pure Poison – Le Ballet Flats – Beige (Shiny Shabby)

Pose: an lár [poses] – Simpli Series (Shiny Shabby)

*ionic* Japanese Dream from Minimal Shabby – RARE (Shiny Shabby)
[ keke ] the pea princess’s bed  (Shiny Shabby)
[ keke ] the pea princess’s DIY book stable  (Shiny Shabby)
Apt B // Shabby Chic Chair -PG- (Shiny Shabby)
[ zerkalo ] Pile of books 3 (Shiny Shabby)
[ zerkalo ] Rug  (Shiny Shabby)
[ zerkalo ] Huge pile of books RARE  (Shiny Shabby)