Monthly Archives: May 2011

169 of 365: What’s the point?

Note:  This was supposed to be my post for yesterday, but since Blogger was down again, the post goes up today.  Also, I forgot to send my photo before I left home this morning, so I’ll add that later.


So, I have this friend who kind of gets on my nerves.  I mentioned her before in this post.  She’s the wife of my husbands best friend and sometimes business partner, and while there are some things that I do like about her, she really gets on my nerves most of the time, and she knows it.

On the other hand, she is always available when I need a babysitter at the last minute, or for example when my daughter got sick at school and I couldn’t pick her up right away, when I need help with something, or anything really.  She does have some redeeming qualities in that she is very funny and usually has some good practical parenting advice – her kids are older than mine, so I appreciate any wisdom anyone has to offer me.  She also loves my children and is like an auntie to them. 

Still, I get annoyed when she pesters me on Saturday night to go out on the town with her and I have to say “No” over and over again.  No means no, not maybe, or I’ll think about it.  So she resorts to saying things like “why, is it because you’d rather stay home and play that game, Second Life?”  

Me:  “We’re probably going to watch a movie, but yes, I will most likely log into Second Life at some point in the evening”

Her:  “I just don’t get what you like so much about that game, what’s the point of it?”

Now I won’t bore you with the rest of our conversation, but let’s just say that at this point, I don’t try to explain to her anymore what I get out of Second Life, or what the point of it is.  I figure if you are in my life and you don’t know by now, or if you can’t just accept that SL is a part of my Life, well, that’s not my problem to worry about.  So just STFU about it already. 

It still does bother me though the odd time she brings this up and I wonder why is everyone so demanding of finding THE POINT to something or anything really?

I enjoy Second Life for the same reasons anyone else would sit down in front of the television to watch a movie, or read a good book in the park on a warm sunny day and be whisked away in some magical story, or spend time in their studio making music, or working on a creative project, or perhaps going out dancing on a Saturday night with friends.  Because for just a little while, I can temporarily slow down, relax and immerse myself in something that makes me feel good, and maybe even create something beautiful.

(photo taken at Milvus, see previous post for slurl)

Why must this be reduced to a single point?

So now I’m just complaining, I know.  I also had a particularly bad week at work, today I am sore and stiff as a board from a 4 hour bike ride yesterday, and this particular little annoyance about finding “the point” is an easy target for my frustrations.  

Well, now I got it out, end of story.  I do feel a little better now. 

Thanks for listening.


168 of 365: Koinup, and a place called Milvus

Not that long ago I signed with Koinup, which is basically social network dedicated to virtual worlds where you can share your photos, videos and machinima of your virtual life.  I’m still finding my way around the site, but I have started uploading some photos, making some contacts,  and so far I like it. 

Not only is it a great way to share your virtual world photos/machinima, it is an amazing resource for finding new places to explore in Second Life and other virtual worlds. 

My username over there is is SheBear, if you would like to come check it out, or if you are already a member, please add me to your contacts. :))

It was through Koinup that I learned about Milvus, a dark yet strangely beautiful place in Second Life.  It is a private home, however the owners welcome visitors to come and enjoy the landscape.  

I think I may have went a little overboard on Photoshop with the photos, but hey, I like it, so there.

166 of 365: 1000 Avatars Book

I had the real pleasure of chatting with Gracie Kendal tonight when I popped by her 1000 Avatars Project in-world.  

1000 Avatars will be available as a 160 page softcover book and if you are interested, you can pre-order your autographed copy before May 31, 2011 – a few days left.

I’m so happy to have participated in this exciting project that illustrates online anonymity and the creative expressions of ourselves as avatars in the virtual world.  

I tried finding my portrait on the wall, but I was way too busy chatting and having a good time to cam through all the portraits.

I’ll wait I have my copy in my hands to enjoy all the portraits. :))

164 of 365

Not much to say today.  It’s the first back at work after a three day weekend.  Tired all day, which is my own fault because i got used to sleeping in for the last three days.  

I was bummed out because I thought it was Monday, but then I remembered that it’s Tuesday, which means tomorrow is hump day and the countdown to Friday begins.  

Gotta love four day work weeks.