Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Japanese Folded Bags

I spent the latter portion of the evening working on instructions for one of two Japanese folded bags for work. It would be so much easier for me to simply sketch each step of the bag, rather than laboriously create line drawings on the computer for them. However I did that once and the customers who wanted to make the project hesitated because of the sketches; they didn't consider the handout professional.

Like my handouts become professional simply because the line drawings are more semetrical and the lines are uniform. Hah!

I believe I will need to type it into a text file and find a way to transform the graphics to jpeg format to share them with you. Someone might be interested, so I'll give it a shot.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Party Bubbles

I have an acquaintance I accepted a friends invite from about 3 years ago. We talked from time to time then, but like many other friends we seldom make contact now. I receive TP invites from her for one of two reasons. She is either stalking a lucky board and my letter has come up, or she is attending a wedding and doesn't (never) wants to go alone. The last time I attended one with her, I was surprised when giant bubbles started rezzing at the reception and people hopped inside.

The bride passed me a bubble and I joined them bouncing around as we danced.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Lilac Dragon

This is one of the more unusual creatures I've seen in SL

A small mottled dragon with reindeer horns, bright green wings and a matching plaid muffler!!
Location? U&R Dogs

I can imagine a small child tugging on mom's hand and pointing "Hey mom, look at that!"

Friday, June 18, 2010

Challenge Review - BBBC # 6

Ali's Big Bad Blogger Challenge  topic for today: 
If you're a veteran.... Did you find this year to be harder or easier than previous years? Did you have fun? What did you get out of it this time around? Do you think you'd do it again?

Both I think. I asked Ali to add the other blog I post to, the Chronicles of Erebos, so I had a double dose. I've been a little late sometimes. I decided to make it easy and just post a picture and maybe a little text on the other, rather than include a large amount of edited role play every day. With this one, I've gone in depth with the question Ali put up for us to ponder each day.

Hopefully I've gotten the required kick in the tush I needed, and will blog more consistently. My RL is draining my energy level, so I'm not sure.

I'm sorry it is ending. I'm not sure I could make it through two straight weeks, but a new topic once a week, or the challenge on a semi-annual basis? Of course I will do it again, I'm glad Ali came up with the idea. This is the first year I haven't read all of the participating blogs. Oh my - almost 100 !!!

Dancing - BBBC # 5

A couple of nights ago shortly after I logged on, my friend Hevy IM'ed me out of the blue! We chatted and he asked if I had time to help him test a new product he is working on. I said yes, and he TP'ed me. We spent the evening dancing. One of my absolute favorite things to do. I also like to be able to help people, and helping a friend is even better. Now what lady could resist that request? Never me!  *smiles*

Since I am snap-happy, here are pictures of us, testing his latest brain child. I think it's a great idea, but I don't feel at liberty to tell you about it until it's ready for market. Here is his xstreet listing and his in world booth, if you are curious and would like to keep an eye out.

Hey mom, look no hands! No trampoline under us either

Hevy is the main stay and a trainer for the Funky Feats dance group that I am in. It's choreographed dance. This picture would be typical of dancing with the group. It's lots of fun.

I had a blast! Thanks for thinking of me Hevy!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Age? a Number, an Attitude - BBBC # 4

Ali's Big Bad Blogger Challenge  topic for today: 
SL Bloggers - Is your avatar more or less your current biological age? Do you portray a younger avatar, or older? Why is this?

Less - It's not that I lie about my age, however I don't tell my RL age to anyone who has no need to know such as an employer. I never have, not even at 21; it's just a quirk of mine.

When I first came into SL, I wanted my avatar to reflect everything about me including age. The person who introduced me to SL quickly convinced me that there were no skins out there that were anything but young. She was right, and I think for the most part it is still true. Here is a 2008 blogger challenge look-a-like with an RL portrait that shows my the result. I'm not young, but I don't look a thing like one of the stereotypical "old" skins. Consequently a percentage of residents unintentionally or not, portray younger simply by choosing to be a human in SL, rather than a creature of some sort.

I chose my skin before I ever logged onto SL the first time, a Celestial Studios Vogue skin with availability limited to three months. I wore it for over two years until the lighting changes in SL caused it to gray out too much. I then spent another 10 months attempting to locate a new perfect "me" skin.

When I saw Belleza's Jesse, I was soooo excited, however it is too dark a skin tone. I really, really wanted Tricky to release it in a lighter version without freckles. It would have been perfect .....Nope. I had 178 demos of different skins (not including different tones of the same skin) from a multitude of designers by the time Tricky released Elle. My reaction to that number is GOOD GRIEF! How ridiculous! I had no idea until I counted.

I actually bought a fat pack so I could get a different lip gloss and shadow for some outfits! I'm a conservative shopper, that is unheard of for me!

If you read the above link you will realize my AV is very much me - height, build, hair color and style, custom eyes (gift). Someone I care for thought I went overboard in trying to match my AV to me. It was nice to realize both from Cen's comment to that post and others I have read yesterday, that several bloggers have done the same thing. I simply wanted to see myself having fun.

Style? Younger, but similar. For instance - I wouldn't wear a bikini in RL, but will in SL. However the style, color, and print are what I would chose in RL if I did.

I borrowed this from Ali's blog:
Aging is not 'lost youth' but a new stage of opportunity and strength.
-Betty Friedan

I also particularly like her title from yesterday: The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes. We could all take that and run with it for a post. Maybe another day.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Relationships - BBBC # 3

Ali's Big Bad Blogger Challenge  topic for today:    
SL Bloggers - How hard do you think it is to find a relationship in SL? If you have an SL relationship, have you met in the physical world? Would you meet them? Do you think it would change your SL relationship if you met?

I feel that finding someone in SL is very similar to finding them in RL. It's opportunity and chance. Were you in the right place at the right time? If a lady, where you approachable and friendly? If a gentleman, were you friendly and polite without expecting her to be a pushover who tumbled into bed with you in five minutes?

I've never tried to find someone in SL.

I met Korbin, my first boyfriend, when I had been in for six months. I plopped on a lounger on the beach, he was stretched out on the next one and struck up a conversation. We were together about a year and a half.

I met Stani, my second one, after I'd been in a little over a year. He asked a question in a shop and typically I pipped up with an answer. We went sailing, toured a museum, chatted. We were friends for a year before we began concentrating on each other a little over a year ago.

If you want to meet someone, just live your life (hop around the grid doing stuff and junk), but get out of your pretty home (and be open to chat).

The one thing my husband asked of me before I entered SL was to not tell anyone who I am. Of course. No big deal. Right? I had never participated in online chat rooms or games with a group. I had no comprehension that people you have never seen in person could come to mean so much to you.

I have one friend who was not pleased that I have not agreed to meet him in person.

Korbin lives about 3-1/2 hours away. There was, and still is a chance that we will bump into each other. We exchanged first names and snapshots and talked about how we thought we would react if it ever happened. Basically tongue-tied and then talkative.

Stani lives about 5-1/2 hours away. It is highly unlikely we will accidentally see each other and don't have snapshots to recognize each other by even if fate played that hand.

I think it's natural that meeting anyone you know online would change your relationship in some manner. Would it be awkward, absurd, friendly, disappointing, blah? Would we get past my "OMG!!! It's really him! What do I say? Do I look Okay (my best)? Will he be disappointed?" Hopefully I wouldn't blurt out something stupid and then stand there tongue-tied floundering for words. But I wouldn't be surprised if that wasn't exactly how I reacted. Getting past the initial reaction and focusing on what draws you together in SL would be vital.

I feel that if Stani and I knew each other in person through a social or work context, and did not realize we knew each other in SL, that we would be friends. Enough contact and we would be good friends.

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RL Bloggers - Would you start a relationship with someone you met online? Would you have a problem telling people that's where you met? Do you think it's easier to meet someone online rather than at work or at a club?

I have met a few couples in person who began their relationships by meeting online, and talked with a few in SL. Yes, I would be open to getting to know someone online and letting it develop into a relationship through SL or something similar where the beginnings would be friendship.

Whether or not I would have a problem telling someone that is how we met would depend upon who it was - yes and no.

I tried going to a bar with the idea of meeting someone exactly once, I was very uncomfortable with that goal. Meeting at college and at work have both happened in my life. I don't think it is any easier or any harder to meet someone online.

Socialized - BBBC # 2

Ali's Big Bad Blogger Challenge  topic for today:   
Write about three positive things going on in your Second Life.

I am a very social person. My RL job brings me into contact with people constantly. I am a department manager and buyer for one of largest fabric shops in the U.S. I give to customers, fellow employees, employers a wide variety of things - time, knowledge, encouragement, occasionally friendship. Some of the customers give back to me - enthusiasm, occasionally knowledge or a little gift. And compliments, must not forget the kind words. We share in their excitement in the wonder of a new world of sewing/quilting/smocking opening up to them and sometimes they bring in their show and tell. There are amazingly talented people in our world.

Don't get me wrong, I love to give, I am oriented toward helping others. My life is stressful, my job is stressful - not what I have mentioned here, but there are aspects of my job that are highly stressful.

Exercise, reading and SL are my relaxation. A neighbor asked me yesterday, what my day consisted of. I reeled off my typical Sunday list and he said, when do you rest? You have to rest. I told him I start relaxing about 9pm. To SL'ers that would be 6pm when I usually log on.

While my job is a draining social contact, SL gives me a positive social outlet. My three SL Positives: are social, social and social. I did say I was a social person, right?

1) The social aspects are important to me. The people of SL are hugely talented, widely diverse scattered all around the world. SL has introduced me to some amazing people.

Most importantly for me, I can log on and say hi in open chat or friends group chat, go to events, role play, or just relax and let SL flow around me with no demands.

2) Growing closer to my RL/SL friend Emy. I introduced her to SL. Okay she scoffed at me, but a few weeks later told me she was in! Our friendship has deepened because we see each other in SL. We role played together as fae for three years through three kingdoms! She is a highly talented choreographer, who has weekly events and is the member of a modern ballet dance troupe.

3) I start almost every morning in gmail chat with Stani, my SL boyfriend. It's a great way to start the day. He is a wonderful person with a warm and generous personality, whom I would never have met if not for SL.We've known each other for two years and been together for a year now. He enriches my life.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Why oh Why??? BBBC # 1

Greetings my readers,

I signed up for Ali's Big Bad Blogger Challenge again this year. I must be crazy, because I asked her to include both of the blogs. But I desperately need a kick start into blogging again, I've been remiss.

Sooo.....the first suggested topic is....drum roll please....
Why did you become a blogger? How has it enriched your life?

I had the silliest reason ever for opening a account. I started reading Second Life blogs before I joined SL. It didn't take me long to add my two cents via comments. Many of the commenters had thumbnails. I wanted one too. Yes, that's right, I created Elphinstone's blog simply to have a thumbnail for commenting! I picked blogger.com simply because I liked the way Ana's blog looked and functioned and she was using it

That was in August 2007 I wrote my first post, one whole paragraph! In September came my second one, all of one line and a picture! Whoot! Another in September and then nothing until June 2008! By that time I was role playing, and in a post Creag linked to my blog. I thought, oh my, I'd better write something. So I did, and started blogging.

Although I am not a consistent blogger and do many happenings never make it to a post, my blog is my SL (and sometimes RL) easy reference to fun times and pictures that make me smile. 

One of the reasons I enjoy reading blogs is because I learn a bit more about the people I know in SL. Some of the friends who read mine, have probably learned a bit more about me through mine. The rare comments are great - look someone wrote something!! lol

Blogging myself even the small amount I do, has given me an appreciation for the amount of time and effort that goes into each post I read. It has also encouraged me to look at things in a slightly different light. I feel anything I write about, post pictures of, has been focused upon. Posting it keeps it from quietly slipping away.