Monday, August 3, 2015

Flower in the Carribean

Watercolor Steps

It's been a hectic month already, but I pulled this outfit together towards the end of the Fashiontropic event and I loved the effect - as did a handful of people in the dance and activity sim I found myself in. You can't tell due to my angle, but the Caribbean Resort has dance clubs, boats and helicopters to travel around in, and is clearly one of the destination places of a bunch of new avatars. There are a ton of couples dance balls floating around all over, and also some cuddle spots. You can also, with some judicious angling and a touch of derendering, snap some clean pictures. One feature the ism has which I wish more seaside ones did - the land slopes gently under the water so there is a wide area one can stand in before it bottoms out. This makes using reflections a breeze - one can use the hover to fine tune it and catch some lovely shots. I'm a big believer in using Second Life's natural water to augment pictures - the effect can be really amazing and add a lot of life to your pictures. The trick is a windlight that isn't too misty, and the right reflection on the water and you, too, can look like your avatar is melting into swirls of brilliant color.

Dancing on the Beach


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sunday Squee: "Where's My Cut?" Thread on MetaFilter

The Sunday Squee is when I can talk about things that make me happy and excited. The main focus will be on different things people created, from books to movies to television shows to podcasts, and my effort will be to highlight less commonly known things as a way to share what I love. If you want to join in the Sunday Squee, please link back to me so I can enjoy what you love!

River Dance

I'm diving down deep for this one, not just a website but an individual thread on a website, but the "Where's My Cut?" thread on MetaFilter, centering around emotional labor, has gone beyond the initial article which sprouted it and become it's own field of wisdom and wit. Alternatively infuriating and enlightening, it's become one long howl of recognition among a slew of women and attracted more to compare notes and exclaim about the many ways this will change their lives. And because these women have strong relationships with men, and because other men have a vested interest in listening to women, this thread has had a ripple effect through the lives of everyone who has read it and those who they have interacted with after reading it. I'm going to share some of my favorite excerpts, but I really recommend a thorough read. It is long, it is intense, and it is so very worth it. I'm front-loading the howls of joy and examples of good work well recognized, but the mix is the real strength of the thread itself.

Children of the Flowers
Not just yes but HOLY SHIT YES. I try to spend my life enacting or at least preparing for war against every facet of patriarchy, but if there was one archetype in particular I could choose to destroy first, it would be the one that says sensitivity and nurturing and saintly levels of understanding and boundless, ceaseless patience aren't just women's work, but the fundamental tenets of womanhood itself. It feels like I've swallowed poison every time someone says "feminine" when what they really mean is "acquiescent, submissive, and willing to put up with infinite shit in exchange for absolutely nothing at all." --divined by radio
I live in a GREAT neighborhood. As I speak, my daughter is out playing kick the can with the other neighborhood kids in the street. There's a treehouse in the tree in my front yard, built entirely by children ages 7-12. When my daughter had a medical emergency and my four year old son ran out the front door that the paramedics left open, one of the neighborhood 12 year olds scooped him up and told me "Don't worry about it -- I've got him. Attend to Lily, he is safe with me, if he has to spend the night at our house, that's fine." We have a block party every labor day and memorial day, we have a neighborhood easter egg hunt. In the summers, one family has an outdoor movie projector and they show movies for all the neighborhood kids while the adults hang out drinking beer and jawing.

You know who does the labor to keep all that together? The women. The kids can all be out in the street playing because there are a lot of stay at home moms, and the older kids (10-14) are OK being left home alone because there are moms on the street during the afternoon. The women plan the block parties. The women rent the movies. The women arrange the dinners to people who just had a new baby, or whose spouse just died. The men show up, and they enjoy it, and they benefit hugely from the close-knit nature of our neighborhood -- but it's the women who make it happen." --KathrynT

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Month of the Blog: July 2015

This month was a mixed bag - especially offline - so my posting output was significantly lower than typical - 20 posts in total. I got neck deep in an awesome hunt, and started putting some time through a friends' project which should be announced some time in August. The standout from this month was definitely the RIN-NE Story Hunt, which I put significant time into exploring and posting about.


I'll be watching you!


My Favorite Posts:



Tori Mountain


Most Views from July:
  1. Origami Hunt Guide: 鱗廻RIN-NE - Start
  2. Genre: Dragon General
  3. Origami Hunt Guide: 鱗廻RIN-NE - Dairo's Quest
  4. Origami Hunt Guide: 鱗廻RIN-NE - Nikichi's Quest
  5. Monday Meme: Flat Draxor
  6. Origami Hunt Guide: 鱗廻RIN-NE - Seishichi's Quest
  7. Relay For Life: The Body is a Fortress Hunt
  8. A Tattered Page: Living Blade
  9. Origami Hunt Guide: 鱗廻RIN-NE - Ichitaro's Quest
  10. Origami Hunt Guide: 鱗廻RIN-NE - Eiki


An indefinable aura of hatred and menace


I covered several events:
  1. Second Life's Birthday
  2. Origami Hunt Guide (across many posts)
  3. One Monday Meme
  4. Genre: Dragon General
  5. A Tattered Page
  6. Sou by creation.jp: Pretty as Sunshine


Military Intelligence


I did four Sunday Squees:
Next month is going to be very busy offline, but I'll do my best to be up and active here! Life has become incredibly complicated but really amazing.


It's a sekrit

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Squee: Civilization IV: Fall from Heaven II

The Sunday Squee is when I can talk about things that make me happy and excited. The main focus will be on different things people created, from books to movies to television shows to podcasts, and my effort will be to highlight less commonly known things as a way to share what I love. If you want to join in the Sunday Squee, please link back to me so I can enjoy what you love!


I have a shameful confession to make: when I feel powerless in the world, I shamelessly cheat at video games - specifically computer based strategy games. There are other games I do it with, but by far the primary one is Civilization IV with the Fall from Heaven II mod added in. The wonderful thing is that it takes Civ IV and remakes it not only with skins of amazing fantasy races fitting a whole other universe of history but also completely unique races which all have widely variable strengths and weaknesses. Currently, I'm focused on playing as Elohim with the Nature religion Fellowship of the Leaves, the only true neutral religion. I've created a world where every race is represented, good and evil, and I exist at the heart of it on my island of excess in the perfection of a world I shape through god-modding. The extra bonus the Elohim carry is something called "Tolerance", which means that every city I conquer or which transfers to me through the influence of culture maintains it's ability to continue to make the troops associated with the culture it left. In every other case, the cities convert completely. With Tolerance, they don't. Meaning I can build the things and units of bunches of different civilizations.


So far, I've gotten half my enemy cities through conquest (with them attacking first) and half through conversion. I'm steadily setting each up with a wide variety of buildings in each city, spreading out the troops who converted to my cause across the empire. It is an Empire which would make Queen Elizabeth blush and the President of the United States jealous - land on each of three continents and one large island, culture which spreads out in every direction, and happiness that tops the charts in almost all cities. From free carnivals to endless world events to every single religion in the world, I have it all. You might argue that this isn't really playing the game - there is no competition - but I'm not in it for the struggle against other equals. I'm in it for the sense of power; the unequal world where I am the surveyor of others. I don't - and won't - ever go for this sort of power fantasy in any sort of realistic setting, but in Civ IV I can let my control issues fly free, micromanage thousands, make an Empire so prosperous that the sages within that world would sing hosannas about it, and scratch an utterly inappropriate itch.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Spirit in the Haunted Summertime

Ablutions

I've been wandering around in this outfit with a few additions for a brace of days, now, and I finally got around to credits and pictures. Making a full representation of the recent RIN-NE Story was a massive undertaking, but it was also an enormous amount of fun! There is only a few days left, so make sure to swing by and click coins everywhere you see for the prizes associated with the event! You pick up the prizes at coin baskets in the shopping area, so you can even pick and chose that end of things.

Between Two Shrines

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Origami Hunt Guide: 鱗廻RIN-NE - Final Quest


鱗廻RIN-NE is the Hunt associated with the Origami Event, ending on the 25th of July. It's a combination story, quest, and hunt all done via a HUD, and you can do any part of it or all of it in pretty much every order. You can find a variety of helpful guides on their Help Page, but I'll cover the basics in these posts. Like all of my Hunt Guides, my commentary is in italics while the plain text is quoting from the storyline. This story is enormous, so I'll be breaking it up into parts for easy of posting and reading - see the menu below.
  
- FINAL QUEST -


Once you've finished all of the quests, head up to talk to Matsunosuke again and he'll direct you to the Priest.
MATSUNOSUKE: At last we have only one to reseal. The priest is waiting for you. Please go to see him.

PRIEST: All the other places have been resealed. ... I never thought you would make it. Really I do appreciate you... Well, but I have to refrain [from saying] thank you. From now you will face the hardest moment. Have you heard the Orochi's story before? Yes, little Sayo is alive for sure. 
PRIEST: Yamata-no-Orochi, it's planning to get Sayo forever. A human life is much shorter than that of Specters and Gods. What the snakes [were] collecting at each place was the energy to recover the Orochi. Fortunately, you prevented them from getting the energy to it. You can take it down now. Please take this, it definitely will help you.
PRIEST: Now, go to the storehouse. Go to the pot.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Origami Hunt Guide: 鱗廻RIN-NE - Eikichi's Quest


鱗廻RIN-NE is the Hunt associated with the Origami Event, ending on the 25th of July. It's a combination story, quest, and hunt all done via a HUD, and you can do any part of it or all of it in pretty much every order. You can find a variety of helpful guides on their Help Page, but I'll cover the basics in these posts. Like all of my Hunt Guides, my commentary is in italics while the plain text is quoting from the storyline. This story is enormous, so I'll be breaking it up into parts for easy of posting and reading - see the menu below.
  

Eikichi's Quest - Kappa

EIKICHI: I think you know Kappa. It's so famous. Kappa lives in a river, challenges passerby to sumo wrestling matches, and steal his Shirikodama. A Shirikodama is a kind of mythical ball said to contain the soul, which is located inside the anus.
Yes, he said anus. Yes, many of us are surprised, too. Watch out for kappa, yo!
EIKICHI: Without it, a human loses energy. If someone takes back his Shirikodama, I guess he will be alive again... What he says makes no sense. And now no one goes close to the river. Of course, we have had Kappa here for a long time, but they attack humans more now than they used to. The problem is, we can't get close to the river. How can we make Kappa to behave well? 

Origami Hunt Guide: 鱗廻RIN-NE - Toubee's Quest


鱗廻RIN-NE is the Hunt associated with the Origami Event, ending on the 25th of July. It's a combination story, quest, and hunt all done via a HUD, and you can do any part of it or all of it in pretty much every order. You can find a variety of helpful guides on their Help Page, but I'll cover the basics in these posts. Like all of my Hunt Guides, my commentary is in italics while the plain text is quoting from the storyline. This story is enormous, so I'll be breaking it up into parts for easy of posting and reading - see the menu below.
  

Toubee's Quest - Gashadokuro
TOUBEE: Gashadokuro means a giant skeleton. It's made up with grudges of [the] dead who were not buried. Yes, it's originally a human. But someone says he saw it around the mountain these days. 
TOUBEE: We have no wars nor fights for now, so I can't find any reason for it becoming active. Anyway, it's so huge. No one can stand against it. He must have seen what he saw. Thus, please make sure [that] there is the Gashadokuro there. Well, if that's the case, it's us, yin-yang masters, to take charge to purify it. We'll prepare as well... please take this Shikigami, a paper manikin ghost, with you. It will connect you and us.


Origami Hunt Guide: 鱗廻RIN-NE - Dairo's Quest


鱗廻RIN-NE is the Hunt associated with the Origami Event, ending on the 25th of July. It's a combination story, quest, and hunt all done via a HUD, and you can do any part of it or all of it in pretty much every order. You can find a variety of helpful guides on their Help Page, but I'll cover the basics in these posts. Like all of my Hunt Guides, my commentary is in italics while the plain text is quoting from the storyline. This story is enormous, so I'll be breaking it up into parts for easy of posting and reading - see the menu below.
  

Dairo's Quest - Peony Lamp

Origami Hunt Guide: 鱗廻RIN-NE - Seishichi's Quest


鱗廻RIN-NE is the Hunt associated with the Origami Event, ending on the 25th of July. It's a combination story, quest, and hunt all done via a HUD, and you can do any part of it or all of it in pretty much every order. You can find a variety of helpful guides on their Help Page, but I'll cover the basics in these posts. Like all of my Hunt Guides, my commentary is in italics while the plain text is quoting from the storyline. This story is enormous, so I'll be breaking it up into parts for easy of posting and reading - see the menu below.
  

Seishichi's Quest - Yako
SEISHICHI: Have you heard of Yako? It's like a wild fox. It enters into a human, and the man is said to be possessed by a fox, which means Yako. Such man has evil eyes, gets like having a disease, and does a lot of bad things... Those who got Yako inside them around here likely goes to a certain place. 
SEISHICHI: Yes, it's a grave. Nothing happens there when we go, but they seem to do something there, at the grave. In other words, they run away when they know we're there. Yako does nothing more than be Yako, but I think someone is using it. 
SEISHICHI:The grave is located further within woods. Please visit the woods first. Oh, wait a second. Yako appears and disappears, but if you see it, it must look like a fox smaller than a cat. Now, you may go and be careful.