Sunday, June 28, 2009

Some summertime

So, I've been keeping non-usual hours in SL, lately. Most of it is due to planned and forced vacations - I can do a work-day with 4 hours of sleep, but I cannot survive a full-day with my children. At your expense, we're having a blast. Just thought you should know.

To compound the issue is this Dell Latitude D630 laptop: normally, I order models with the upgraded nVidia graphics chips. In these desperate times of cost-cutting, the company has decided to configure the laptops with the less-expensive intel integrated graphics chips. Herein lies the problem, as the integrated intel chips seem to have an issue with SecondLife. Just a few minutes after teleporting in, the cpu hits 50% and lag makes the entire experience unworkable. It seems to be related to sculpts and scripts, as my sandbox seems to give me adequate chat-performance (but the conversation is less-than-stimulating there).

So, anyone considering a hardware purchase, I strongly advise the ATI or nVidia adapters over the integrated intel versions - for a better SecondLife.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

For Fathers

So, tomorrow is Father's Day. Since I'm a dad, my only suggestion is to avoid the necktie and underwear gifts (and combination necktie-underwear is NOT twice-as-good, despite what the advertising might say).

I've also been working on a contest entry for one of the Gaming parlors I frequent. Unintentionally, it does have a paternal-thread in its subject matter...

I suppose every cub requires a little assistance from his elders every now and then...

As a dad, I've had every one of those lions' expressions on my own face.

I photochopped two individual paintings and layered them together. Original source material: "A Friend in Need" by C.M Coolidge and "Daniel in the Lion's Den" by Peter Paul Reubens.

Happy Father's Day, Pop.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Raw

Ohai,

Today is International Sushi Day. To commemorate this occasion, I have devised, what I believe, to be the world's first "Maya Musubi Roll"

Contents:

1 pressed square of sushi-rice
1 generous helping of
chouri├žo
(Portuguese sausage)
a dab of wasabi (she is a spicy one)
seaweed ribbon to tie it all together
coat the edges in flying-fish caviar (to appeal to her neko side)

pairs well with a cold beer or sake-on-ice.

..if she didn't hate me before...

Monday, June 15, 2009

Art

Last evening, Gattina held a re-opening of The Hotel Dare. The overall concept was to have artists circulate through the hotel on a periodic basis. This is the fourth iteration of the Hotel and it is stunning.

I would just like to say that I don't intend to take anything away from the previous three versions of the Hotel, but what
Gattina Dumpling, Daniel Luchador, Katat0nik Pidgeon, Marie Lauridsen, Allegory Malaprop, Helianthus Mesmer
, and so many others have created is an unbelievable artistic experience. Building on Trevor Brown's initial artwork, they've constructed a fully-interactive hospital piece for your surgical explorations.

...involving dolls.

It resonates on many levels with me.

You should not stop at just the Hospital exhibit, there are several other artist-rooms that you need to see.

Thank you, Gatt.

The Hotel Dare

Writeup of the Hotel Dare by Juicy


Thursday, June 11, 2009

What a Burning Man Might Listen To

First track on the playlist: "Burn it to the Ground" by Nickelback

I should also mention, I have officially tossed-my-thong into the ring for the Hard Alley Stripper Auction. I'm hoping to garner at least eighty-two linden.

To get you in the bidding mood, I've also added to my playlist "eBay" by Weird Al Yankovic

snipe me.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Fashionably late

What's a guy supposed to do with 151 stores' worth of freebies?

Make outfits and blog about them.

48 hours after posting, I finally get around to updating my own blog...to tell you about another blog. The Hard Alley personnel have taken it upon themselves to tell YOU what you should consider wearing.

http://hard-couture.blogspot.com

I've already posted an outfit comprised of the "Make Him Over" hunt, Megz has blogged about those kickass boots of hers (I think they have car speakers in them) as well as formulating the site's style, and Skat used her persuasive techniques (i.e. more lighter fluid) to actually get this project rolling.

You say you're allergic to text? Well, my friend, why have you not checked the Flickr site?

Don't make us do all the work.
Beg Skat to become an editor. It may sting at first, but you'll grow to like it.

Do it now.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Vectors and such...

Hello again.

I have a nerd friend. She sent me a link to: www.aviary.com

Now, I have an innate fear of all things ornithological (I tried desensitizing myself by marrying an Avian veterinarian - more on that some other day). I cautiously followed the link.

It turns out that it has relatively little to do with feathers, and a lot to do with online vector graphics generation. Yes, Megz, I'm lookin' at you.

Now, the site is still at toddler-two stage. It generates a b&w vector image for you, which you can then re-color. But what really intrigued me was how smooth it was to do graphics manipulation online. Can Photoshop be far behind? Just imagine being able to 'shop your textures in-world...

Also, last night I explored tag-team lapdancing for fun and profit. Zahara, we absolutely must do that again sometime.

..and there's a Make-Yo-Man hunt starting today. Perhaps I will finally discover that tasteful timepiece I've been longing for.

Thank you.