The Singularity of Kumiko

For a very long time I haven’t been exploring. I have spend the last month spring cleaning my inventory and before that I fiddled with Binemist. My explorer companion Gora has not been online to entice me on adventures – Gora moved country in RL and I know from experience that moving country takes a while for everything to settle. But Gora is back now, and this morning we went to the Singularity of Kumiko by Bryn Oh.

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It was very lucky that we went together, as we did encounter the killer rabbit, and I was sent home after it killed me. Gora TPed me back and we could continue – is that cheating?

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We had a great time getting scared at this amazing art installation. But we have to go back as we didn’t get all the notecard, so the poem is incomplete. Pieces are missing. Plus it was so much fun. It’s great to get out again.

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Dance Meme from Strawberry Singh

I love dancing in Second Life. Whenever my partner Michaell logs in, we always dance. We seldom go anywhere, as I have an intan on Binemist – my sim, but on the picture we went dancing at Soni and Bel’s wedding.

The video is an old piece I filmed in 2011. I think it’s so cute and it features one of my favourite dances too, and Michaell and I look different than what we normally look like. I wonder if it was Halloween…

Now for the Meme:

Meme Instructions: Share a photo and/or video of your avatar dancing in Second Life. Also answer the following questions and share your favourite dances and animation stores with us. Don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments and share your pictures in the Blog Memes Flickr Group.

  1. Which dance are you sharing in the image/video and where is it from? I am not sure what Michaell and I danced in the Photo, but the video is Two of us by Wild Moo from 3FX. I have 4 of his dances in my intan, and I love all of them
  2. Which is your favourite dance in Second Life? The slow dances from Bits and Bobs are really good, but I also like Sweet Animation. When I DJ I use a dance HUD to invite others to dance with me and my favourite single dances are from AKEYO and HUMANOID
  3. What are your favorite dance animation stores in Second Life? I think it must be AKEYO. It has been so long since I bought any couple dances, I don’t really know what is out there, but the single dances I still buy, and then I go to AKEYO.
  4. Are you a frequent dancer in Second Life?  I am. I dance whenever I get a chance. I have a couple of wonderful dance partners, and when ever we are online at the same time – me and one of my dance partners – we dance.
  5. Are you a frequent dancer in the real world? I love to dance in the real world too. I often dance a bit after dinner, and when I DJ, I tend to do it standing up, so I can dance too.

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New Design

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This has been the design of bine.se for a very long time.  It was getting a little bit tired – the background image is several years old, and the design doesn’t convert to the mobile platform at all. I have thought about a change for a while, and at the at the end of last week, I stumbled upon this site: Decorating and other stuff and I thought: Now that is the Theme I want. Unfortunately that theme has been retired by wordpress, but I found one that is fairly similar.

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The theme is called adventure and is made by Eric Schwarz and I like it very much. I will find a better snapshot for the background – also one that is not so big – I can see it takes a while to load, and that is not good. Here are some of the points I really like about this theme:

  • It converts very well to the mobile platform
  • I can display bigger snapshots – with the old theme my snapshots would be 500 pixels wide, now they can be 800!
  • I can change the background from my wordpress dashboard which is handy
  • I can edit the stylesheet and personalize the theme to my liking

Eric Schwarz has made an adventure+ theme that makes it easier for users to change things in the theme without having to look into editing stylesheets which can be daunting if you don’t know codes and that stuff.


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1 Billion Rising SL

ONE BILLION RISING began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On February 14, 2014, men and women in Second Life will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and people across the world to Rise, Dance, and Release as a show of unity, individual strength, and the need for change.

The Central Stage

The Second Life event will feature a four-region stage where 200 people can dance together, surrounded by an area of art installations, poetry events and informational exhibits. A variety of performers will play and perform over the 24-hour period, enabling people all over the world to attend this virtual event no matter their timezone. The regions will have a General maturity rating to allow all residents an opportunity to participate.

The central stage is lined on 4 SIMs by different art. I’ll try and show some of them here. They are very different, but they all focus on violence against women and girls.

Katz Jupiter

Mikati Slade

Betty Tureaud

This last piece by Betty Tureaud is really disturbing me. I am not sure why, but all these dark male figures watching a naked beaten woman in a glass cage… I think it’s one of my nightmares…

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The idea of 1 billion people rising against violence really appeals to me. I am not sure dancing is the right way, but it is a nice start and if it brings awareness to the cause, I am all for it. Like one third of the female population on this planet I have also experienced getting beaten by a man. Luckily for me it has only happened once (so far), because that is something I will not stand, and I fought for justice. I think it is important that women rise and stand for justice. I wish there was an Exit for us all.


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Black & White Portrait – Monday Meme

I join Strawberry Singh’s Monday Meme once more – B&W photos are so pretty when you tweak them a little, as I did here. The meme instruction is as follows:

Meme Instructions: Share a black & white portrait (headshot) of your Second Life avatar. You can post a raw shot or process the image as much as you like. Don’t forget to leave a link to your image in the comments and also share it in the Blog Memes flickr group.

Credits:
Pose: oOo Studio: Adrienne no.5
Skin: Glam Affair – Lilith – America 05
Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Emma Mesh Hair – Cinnamon
Dress: *{Junbug}* Rotkappchen in Autumn
Tattoo: Totally old and home made


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Winter Binemist

Just before I changed Binemist – when I got fed up with all the snow and lack of colour – I filmed it. Well most of it… I forgot the forrest and the ski slope, but there you go. Nothing to be done about it now. Here is the result:

The music is Portofino. You can get it on eMusic.


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Monday Meme – Helpful Tools

Here is another Meme from Strawberry Singh, I feel I can do: Helpful tools. Here are the instructions:

Meme Instruction: Share a screenshot of your viewer setup and/or a list of tools/HUDS you guys use to make your Second Life experiences better. Don’t forget to leave a comment in this post with a link so we can all come and stalk you. If you share a screenshot, feel free to share them in the Blog Memes flickr group.

This is my window. I don’t use many HUDs. I have my AO form Vista and a very old dance HUD that I use when I DJ to invite people to dance with me. I also use the AnyPose from time to time. I like the overall functionality of the Vista AO, but I have fiddled with it. I took animations out of the Akeyo AO and stuck it into the Vista AO. I also took dances and added them. I feel that I have the perfect AO now. It suits Bine very well.

My viewer is Firestorm and I use that because of the Phototools – I love the Phototools. I don’t use any other buttons than the Radar button and the reason I have that, is because I have yet to figure out how to open the radar window with keyboard shortcuts. All the other windows I use, I open with the keyboard shortcuts. I like keyboard shortcuts, I use them all the time and in all programs, and in SL I also use them because I like to have my screen as clutter free as possible. That also entails that I detach HUD when I don’t use them.

I use a double screen set-up on my desktop computer and often have my viewer spread out over both screens which is why my window is so wide.


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Utterly Beautiful – defying Jante

In my country you are not supposed to brag. You must always be modest and bow your head and say “No no that’s nothing! Really! It’s nothing!” when someone praises your work or your looks and your cooking or your photos or anything really. It’s called the Law of Jante. It is the one thing I hate the most about being Scandinavian – that and the lack of sun light in winter. I prefer to look back and associate with our ancestors the VERY PROUD vikings, but I stand very alone with that. I am trying to make a point here (I hope you can still keep up)…

I have finished (more or less) the refurbishment of Binemist, and the SIM looks stunning. I am so proud and I want to say it out loud:

BINEMIST IS UTTERLY BEAUTIFUL!!!

 

It’s flooded with only the church perching high on it’s cliff being the one dry spot on the SIM – except for out at the light house… there is still a lot of trees, two dance floors, a cafe and an under water Welt where tortoises roam and other crazy stuff happens. I am really happy with how it turned out, and you are all very welcome to go and see it for yourself.

This is your taxi.

Oh and I changed the name of the blog – it seemed a bit silly just calling it Bine, so I changed the name to something more meaningful.


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I have started the change

I got really fed up with all the snow all over the place in SL and also on my own SIM! So I decided to do something about it. The beauty of SecondLife is that if you are unhappy with something, you can change it fairly easily. I called on Smækker to help me with the final snowy picture from Binemist, and he was very forth-coming – he has a new winter’s coat that he likes to show off…

We are sort of standing in front of the house waving guests goodbye, telling them that we will be back soon, if that makes sense.

Shortly after this picture was taken, I filmed the SIM in it’s winter glory (I have yet to process the footage), and then I started taking everything down. Massive job, and I might have forgotten – or overlooked – a few things (note-to-self: Go over the SIM and look for transparent prims). I want a watersim, so I started by planning everything out to just 10 cm under water level. It was easier than I thought – terraforming was always a bit tricky, but flattening is easy.

I want a central starting point/welcome area, and I did have a beautiful platform/pergola in my inventory from legendary UrbanizeD, but it was no modify, so I couldn’t do anything with it. So that went back into my inventory. Instead I built up the welcome area of Mesh building blocks from PREFABRICA – a great resource for all sorts of stuff.

Now that is done, I have to figure out what else I want to do with Binemist – it’s very exciting and it is going faster than I thought, so I might even open up the SIM to the public on Monday 6th. Now there’s a nice target!


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Change is coming

Bine in the Tree Tunnel

When I get back to my big computer, I plan to film Binemist in all her winter glory, and when that is all done, I have a big change planned. I would like to make a water sim with a few focal points. I want to keep the Church as one of the focal point, but for the rest, I am not sure. That is what is so exciting about owning a sim – all the things you can do with it.

As I wrote in October I found great inspiration on [Imagination], Guana Cay. It’s a beautiful sim, and I want to do something similar. The downside is of course that I have to close off the sim to visitors while I work, or I fear they will be chased away. But it will be all worth it, I’m sure.

[Imagination], Guana Cay


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