Drive a virtual giant Spider Computer on Halloween!

People send me all kinds of freebies to try out for my blog , but the latest one takes the cake: a giant driveable Spider Computer – and just in time for Halloween!

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 The sad thing is I have no idea where it came from, thus who to thank! It is called simply “Big Spider” and it turned up in my inventory this morning. I must have accepted it, but I don’t remember doing so. It was made by an avie called DJDino Oh, whose profile sadly says he has closed his SL account as well as his shop.

This thing is fantastic. It has all kinds of controls, which I’m just figuring out. The computer actually works! It gives me lag readings, elevation calculation, avatar radar, and more!

Just in time for Halloween! Lookout, Spider on the run!

Inside the control room:

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A Machinima that Makes Me Wish I Knew Polish

Believe it or not, here is a lovely machinima video enactment of the fairytale Hansel and Gretel – in Second Life! I don’t understand a word of it since it is in Polish, but I still watched all 11 minutes, 54 seconds of it. I know nothing of its maker, Borysjestem on YouTube.

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Birthday Songs, Deep Thoughts, and Free Cake from Linden Lab

Did you know you can get your own Second Life rezz day cake for free from Shopkeeper Linden on the marketplace? It will even have the right number of years you’re celebrating written on it in frosting!

Birthday Cake

My 5th rez day in Second Life passed me like a fast train this week making me think deep thoughts about time. I listened to David Bowie sing Five Years and was so glad the apocalypse hadn’t come in real life, or Second Life either.

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Playing Second Life on the iPad

The #1-coolest thing about playing Second Life on my iPad using remote access technology is that the touch interface works inworld. You can move your avatar around and do most actions just by touching and swiping the iPad screen. I’ve spent the past couple weeks playing with SL iPad-style, via the remote access app Splashtop, and I have to say it’s fun.

Here’s a video I made filming Second Life on an iPad 4, accessed from my iMac, using a digital camera to capture the iPad screen. See my avatar walk, run, dance, fly, tp, sit, take snaps, change clothes, use AOs – not to mention hug and kiss! -all on an iPad 4, just by tapping and swiping the screen (and typing IMs on an external keyboard).

How It Works

Let’s be clear upfront: This is not a Second Life app running on the iPad. Second Life currently does not run directly on the iPad. This is Second Life being accessed on the iPad remotely from a computer (in my case, an iMac), using the remote access mobile app Splashtop. This is a productivity app designed to let you access anything on your computer from your mobile device – so you can be, say, out on the patio with your iPad, and access any document, photo, video, or software on your tablet, via your wireless network.

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A Virtual Walk Through Autumn Leaves

If you’re looking for a virtual walk through autumn leaves, this is the spot. Autumn color, deer in the meadow, and open seas. Calas Galadhon Park is back! Calas is a gorgeous collection of 11 sims of natural beauty in the virtual world of Second Life built and maintained by Ty Tenk and Truck Meredith. /me waves hello and welcome back!

The thing I like best about Calas is that you can get lost in it. It’s that big. I wondered all over the woods looking for a new cabin that was supposed to be in Dimril Dale. I never found it, but I got lost over and over again in a beautiful autumn woods.

Autumn in the woods

Calas closed during the month of August for an economic consolidation. They considered reopening with a members-only policy, but decided against it. For now, the 11 beautiful sims are still open to anyone, free of charge.

The Changes

There are 11 sims (down from 13) in the park with major reworking of Dimril Dale and Grey Havens. There is a whale on Grey Havens that you and three friends can ride. There are two dolphins on Belagaer that you can ride, and riding turtles. New cabin on Dimril Dale- you have to walk through the woods to get to it. Also a new riverboat on Gulf of Lune. And new art exhibitions on Main Street.

A Cloud on the Horizon?

Only one cloud floats on the horizon – a hint in the park’s website notice suggesting the economic challenge may only be resolved through the end of the year. Hopefully, donations and other sim support can keep the park open beyond this somewhat uncertain prediction:

“Unless something unplanned comes up we should now be able to make it through the Holiday season and the end of the year.”

Scuffling Through Autumn Leaves

When the park reopened Saturday, I hurried over to visit. I love walking in the autumn woods, through falling leaves and rustling woods, and Misty Mountains is one of my favorite places. There are deer and horses and lovely crunchy leaves to scuffle through. After a rest and a cup of chai, I rezzed a sailboat and headed out on the colorful autumn sea.

Not Familiar with Calas?

For anyone not familiar with Calas, here’s how they describe themselves:

A country setting with a small town, meadows, farms, streams…one that would reflect another early American country coastal community of the early 1900s.  Whether by foot, horse, buggy, balloon or boat, we hope our visitors will find a certain sense of peace here…a bit of the  comfort we all yearn for and need…where one feels a bit  better than when they arrived. We strive to make CALAS a park where one can come, reflect and explore on their own or with friends, but we’ve also made it a place where couples can come, cuddle, dance and just spend some quiet time with each other.


 

 

All Dressed up – for Love Donna Flora

Sometimes you get all dressed up, with nowhere to go. I’m just coming back from a walk around the lake, with the owls hooting and the waves lapping up against my houseboat. It’s early, but I’m heading in for a cup of tea and an early night. But before I go, let me tell you about this dress. It’s made by Carrie Snowpaws – isn’t it beautiful? But it’s real beauty is that it will help a much-loved Second Life designer who is battling cancer.

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Castle in the Sand, a machinima for summer

My new machinima is Castle in the Sand. It’s a love story —  with a sand castle, waves crashing on the beach, a raging storm, poetry, romantic music… your basic summer flick. 🙂

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Relay for Life challenge: post your best SL pic from Fantasy Faire

I’d like to propose a Relay for Life challenge for SL photographers: Post your best pic from Fantasy Faire, one that means something to you, and blog about it to promote this wonderful event to benefit a cancer-free world.

Here’s mine. I took it during a moment of reflection at the Vale of Remembrances at Fairelands Junction.

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She Has Never Felt the Rain, a story

As I shiver this week and wonder who will blink first, America or North Korea, here is my gentle post-apocalyptic tale in which kindness endures, and even prevails.

Girl in Rain

 

She Has Never Felt the Rain

by Bay Sweetwater

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My SL Pet Saddenings

This is a response to Strawberry Singh’s My SL Pet Peeves meme challenge – for SL bloggers to write about what bothers them the most about our second world. Since I’m feeling sad on this foggy cold Saturday morning, my contribution is more about what saddens me in SL than what peeves me. But perhaps they’re pretty much the same. Continue Reading “My SL Pet Saddenings”