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Two nights ago I update the theme I am running on bine.se (Adventure by Eric Schwarz), and suddenly the site never opened. There was a white page – nothing else. I could log in to my WP Dashboard, so it was a bit odd.

Fortunately I know from my work that “Google Is Your Friend” (in most things really), and you can find answers and solutions to almost all of your IT issues there. So I googled “webpage turned white after wordpress update” and behold: There is such a thing called WordPress White Screen of Death!!! and on wpbeginner they run though what the cause might be, and when I read that a faulty theme might cause this I remembered that I had just updated my brand new theme.

As I had no problem logging into the WP Dashboard, I had no problem reverting back to my old theme. I do like the old theme, but there are still some issues with it, so now the search is on to find another theme. For now I shall carry on living with my old reliable theme Streamline.

 

Update: I found the Motion theme that Samantha is using on her page – Decorating and other stuff – the one I wanted in the first place when I did change the design of bine.se. I found somewhere to download it, it is now unzipped and installed on my server. I just need to do some tweeking before I will use it. But right now I need breakfast!

I Won!!? Woooot Woooot

I never win anything… But today I won a leap motion on Draxfiles (2.22 minutes into the show). It was a pretty easy win as there was 2 leap motions to be won, and one should call in and leave a message on what on thought of the Facebook Oculus Rift deal (the one where Facebook bought Oculus Rift). I am not a fan of Facebook (as can be seen here), but I do think that the deal between Oculus Rift and Facebook is a good thing. My hope is that this deal will mean that the Oculus will get more money and that it will be made available to more people cheaper and faster. And that is what I told Drax on his machine.

It’s a beautiful day – and once again Strawberry Singh has inspired me to blog one of her Memes.

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Most of us are excited about the new Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg and the fact that he seems so genuinely interested in the users of our world SecondLife. Strawberry Singh has made a flat Ebbe Linden (Ebbe Altberg’s handle in SecondLife), and made him available on Secondlife Marketplace. In her Meme instructions Berry asks bloggers can show Ebbe our favourite place in SecondLife and to share three things with him.

I took Ebbe to see my SIM Binemist, and we got caught in the rain. Where I come from there is no such thing as bad weather – just wear the appropriate outfit. I thing Ebbe was getting cold and wet, but Bine had a blast in her new poncho and old wellies.

I want to tell Ebbe that I think it’s really good that he interacts so much with the users. I’m looking forward to the full emersion with the oculus rifts and I’m really excited that Linden Lab is working so hard on that full emersion viewer. I would like to see more about SecondLife in the media, so people don’t say: “SeconLife? Is that still around?” when I tell them about my hobby.

Credits:
Skin: Glam Affair – Lilith – America 05 Red
Hair: Exile::Rain or Shine: 6. Dark Blonde
Coat: NYU – Poncho-Cape Trench Coat, Red (FLF)
Wellies: UBU Dots Rain Boots
Pose: . Infiniti . – Beautiful Day 1

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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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.