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Writing about the Virtual

Natalya here.  It’s been awhile since I have posted on this blog, mostly because I took a well-deserved break from the virtual over the latter part of the summer.  Instead, I got to read about it in the book “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline.

Cline actually spent time in Second Life, and it is definitely evident in the book.   A Second Life user actually built one of the spaces from the book on the grid a few years ago, but sadly it is no longer there. There were many times where something in the book felt very familiar, because I had done similar things in Second Life.  Check out my review over on my “RL” blog for more info about the book and its plot.

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Calling all Second Life Artists

BAF Final PosterIt’s that time of year again when the Builders Brewery hosts their third annual Art Auction!

From May 21st-28th, the Brewery will hold a festival featuring artists from all over the grid.  The week-long festivities will feature Relay for Life teams, with a silent art auction as its centerpiece.

We are looking for artists that would like to donate art to the event.  If you are interested, please fill out the form here.

If you have any questions, you can contact Blue Myanamotu in-world, or send her an email at blue.myanamotu@gmail.com

Thank you, and see you at the Art Festival!

 

Setting up your RFL Baton

The Relay For Life Baton is used to set up your Relayer page with RFL of Secondlife.  You will need to be officially on a team to setup your baton, which means the Captain must have you listed on the roster.  Blue has added most of our teammates to the roster, so you shouldn’t have to worry about that.  If you find that you are unable to setup the baton, please contact Blue or Natalya and they will make sure you on are on the roster.  

Before you go through this tutorial, please make sure you’ve set up your Convio Dashboard (The dashboard that enables you to do online donations) If you have not set it up, here is a great tutorial Blue made to walk you through it.

 

  1. To setup your baton/Relayer page, simply wear or rez your baton.  I decided to rez mine, rather than wear it, because my avatar kept moving her hands and it made it difficult to click on the baton.

 

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Me with Baton in hand and one on the floor.

2. Next you will need to click the baton, it will bring a message/link into local chat.  It should look like the picture below, but with your SL username instead of mine:

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3.  Click the link, and that will take you to your Relay page.

4. Your page should look something like this:

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Fill out the personal info listed above and select your privacy options.  You can make each detail so that only the team Captains/RFL committee can see it, if you wish.

5. Next is a section that says “My Convio Px Number:”

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Like I mentioned at the beginning of this tutorial, please make sure you’ve set up your Convio Dashboard. You cannot link your Relayer Page to your Convio page, unless you have it set up.

6.  You will need to open up your Convio Fundraising Dashboard page.   Go to http://relay.acsevents.org/ and login to your personal fundraising page. Once you have logged in, select “Personalize My Page” and that should bring you to the area you need to get your Convio Number.

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7. Once you are on your personal Convio page, you can look at the web address at the top of the page to find your Convio PX Number.  It will be a different number than the one pictured below, so please make sure you look carefully.  It will be whatever number comes after “personal&px=” in the web address.  Copy that number.

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8.  Once you have your Convio Px Number, return to your Relayer page and paste it into the box.  That will link your Convio Fundraising Dashboard donations to your Secondlife donations, on your SL of RFL totals page!

9.  Below the Convio number, there is a section to adjust how your Kiosks appear in Secondlife.  The awesome thing about going through this setup, is any basic kiosk you rez will be automatically set to you and the Builder’s Brewery team.  You may still have to set up special kiosks, but the basic ones should be good go go, once you complete this process.

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10.  Last but not least, fill in the “Why I Relay” section.  Please be aware, anything you put in this section is public.

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11. Once you’ve filled everything out and completed all the other steps, hit “SQUEE!” to save your Relayer Page details.  Viola!  You are now all connected to Relay For Life in Second Life!  And connected to your team!

 

 

 

 

Paint Secondlife Purple

It’s that time of year again, time to gear up for the Relay for Life season in Secondlife.  Each year, Secondlife residents paint their virtual world shades of purple, to celebrate the beginning of the fundraising season.  I spent some time yesterday changing the colors on my deck, home and sand.  Here’s a picture of what it looked like when I was all finished.

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Natalya’s home, Applewood, all purple-ified.

Paint SL Purple goes through March 6th.  There’s also the Lavender Affair on March 5th, from 12-2pm SLT to honor survivors of cancer and those that have been caregivers for those with cancer.  The Lavender Affair is a formal ball, so please consider that when picking out your attire.

Relay for Life’s huge kick off will be March 6-7th, so there’s also lots of partying to be done.  If you’d like to stay in touch with the events happening, you can join the Relay For Life Volunteers group in world, or join the Builder’s Brewery RFL team group.  As one of the co-captains for the Brewery’s team this year, my goal is to keep our team up-to-date on all the big events RFL has going.  It should be a very fun season!

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Natalya goes purple from head to toe for Paint SL Purple. 

Gacha Carnival – A Call For Creators

The Builder’s Brewery Relay for Life team is calling for creators to join our Gacha Festival.  The Festival will run April 9-16th, and all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Gacha Festival Call To Create

They would like each creator to contribute a complete gacha set (set of clothing, hair in various shades, living room set, etc).  These items don’t have to be unique for the Gacha Festival, though they would love it if they were.  Each creator is welcome to sell the set at their store once the Festival is over.   They will be providing the gacha machines, they just need amazing creators to supply what’s in them and a Gacha Key!

The deadline for contributing a Gacha Set is April 4th 2016.  For more information you can check out the press kit here:

http://tinyurl.com/bbrflgachapress

If you are interested in contributing, you can fill out the google form here:

http://tinyurl.com/bbrflgachasignup

Or you can send a notecard in Secondlife to Natalya Lore (freudianslipped Resident)(or email her at natalya.lore@aol.com) with the following information:

Your SL Name:

Store Name:

Gacha Theme: (for example, “Clothing: Alice in Wonderland Dresses”, or “Tattoos: Inspirational Poetry”)

Your mainstore SLURL, Marketplace Link, or blog you’d like used for promotion (if you have one, if not just leave blank):

The Builder’s Brewery Relay for Life team will be so grateful for your donation and they will do their best to promote your work!

 

Creating a fundraising page for Relay for Life of Second Life (Member’s page)

As a team co-captain for the Builder’s Brewery group in Second Life, I fundraise for the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life.  This tutorial will help Relay for Life of Second Life team members navigate the Relay for Life of Second Life website in order to make their own dashboard.

A dashboard is a very handy way of moving your fundraising beyond the Second Life world.  You can keep two dashboards – one with your avatar, and one with your real life name.  Then, you can give people the link to either dashboard to make donations, regardless of which world you encounter them in!  Plus, on the dashboard, people can make payments more easily using either their credit card or PayPal.

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This tutorial is for Relay for Life of Second Life team members.  It will guide you through setting up your dashboard.

  • It is suggested that you make one dashboard page for your avatar (using your Second Life username), and a second, separate dashboard for your real name.  That way, you can fundraise for your team, but it keeps your virtual and physical worlds separate.
  1.  Go to the Relay for Life of Second Life website.  Click the button, “Fundraise In RL

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2. It will bring you to the page below.  Click “Join a Team

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3.  Next, find your team name from the drop down menu.  If your team is not on this list, please check with your team captain to see if they have set up the dashboard for your team’s page.  If not, you can refer them to this post, which will give your captain the instructions for how to set it up.

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4. You will now be entering information to set up your personal dashboard page.  You can fill out the boxes based on your personal choices.  You will NOT have to pay a registration fee in order to relay in SL.

  • However, if you choose to donate at this point, you will be asked to put in your RL address linked to your credit card for the billing information.
  • If you chose “No, I’ll donate later,” the setup will skip the billing information stage.

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5.  Use your SL name for one of your dashboards.  If you have a newer user name, you can use “Resident’ as the last name.  If you do not wish to use your real address, use this address:

123 Virtual Ave.
Ny, NY  12345

This is the official “SL” address that Relay has provided for teams in SL.  For username, we suggest using a familiar email, or a name that you can easily remember.  Warning: When you click “Next” you will initially get an error message. See below.

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6.  You will get an error message that looks like the picture below.  Don’t worry!  Hit “Next” again, and it will go through.

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7. Review your information on the screen.  Make sure you’ve got all the spellings, and that you are using your Captains name in SL (and not your real name).  If you made a mistake, hit “Previous” to go back.  Otherwise, hit “Next”

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8. BOOM!  You’re done!  Now, start inviting your other team members to register!  You can have them use the same SL virtual address if they are not comfortable using their real address.

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A picture of your default dashboard page:

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HAPPY FUNDRAISING!!!

Until there is a cure, we Relay!

Creating a fundraising page for Relay for Life of Second Life (Captain’s page)

As a team co-captain for the Builder’s Brewery group in Second Life, I fundraise for the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life.  This tutorial is to help team captains navigate the Relay for Life of Second Life website.  For a tutorial to help your team members, refer them to here.

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Team captains, please do this after you have registered your team on the website.  To check whether you have done that, go here, and see if your team name is listed.  If it is, proceed to step 1.

  1.  Go to the Relay for Life of Second Life website.  Click the button, “Fundraise In RL

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2. It will bring you to the page below.  All captains (regardless of whether you have relayed in SL before) will need to click “Start a Team

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3.  Next, enter your team name, and your team’s fundraising goal.  Then click “Next

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4. You will now be entering information to set up your personal dashboard page – from this step down, your information has nothing to do with the overall team page.  You can fill out the boxes based on your personal choices.  You will NOT have to pay a registration fee in order to relay in SL.

  • However, if you choose to donate at this point, you will be asked to put in your RL address linked to your credit card for the billing information.
  • If you chose “No, I’ll donate later,” the setup will skip the billing information stage.

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5.  Use your SL name.  If you have a newer user name, you can use “Resident’ as the last name.  If you do not wish to use your real address, use the address provided in the picture below.  This is the official “SL” address that Relay has provided for teams in SL.  For username, we suggest using a familiar email, or a name that you can easily remember.  Warning: When you click “Next” you will initially get an error message. See below.

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6.  You will get an error message that looks like the picture below.  Don’t worry!  Hit “Next” again, and it will go through.

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7. Review your information on the screen.  Make sure you’ve got all the spellings, and that you are using your Captains name in SL (and not your real name).  If you made a mistake, hit “Previous” to go back.  Otherwise, hit “Next”

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8. BOOM!  You’re done!  Now, start inviting your other team members to register!  Refer them to the tutorial I created here (it will be slightly different than the one for team captains).  You can have them use the same SL virtual address if they are not comfortable using their real address.

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This is a picture of your default dashboard page.  Click “Take a tour” to learn about it.

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HAPPY FUNDRAISING!!!

Until there is a cure, we Relay!

Why I Relay: An Introduction to Relay for Life in Second Life

I am by no means an expert on Relay for Life in Second Life, but if you’re considering joining a Relay team, this post may help you know a little about what is to come.  Relay for Life raises funds for the American Cancer Society.  Last year was my first year participating in Relay for Life in Second life, and it was quite the whirlwind!  This year I am helping co-captain the Builder’s Brewery team, alongside my best friend and fellow contributor to this blog, Blue Myanamotu.

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A Pajama Party we threw at the Brewery last year!! What A blast!!

The Relay Season will officially kick off March 6th, but before that we will participate in “Paint SL Purple” February 28th through March 6th.  Once the festivities kick off, Relay teams start to sponsor many different kinds of events to raise funds for cancer research. 

Last year, I helped with many different events and activities last year, which included:

  • A week-long art auction, where all proceeds from the art went to Relay.
  • A masquerade ball and pajama party which kicked off and closed the week of the art auction.
  • A poetry slam, where participants got prizes and the price of registration for the slam contest was donated to Relay.
  • Dunk a Brewer – We dunked a few of the Brewery Staff into water tanks with silly sharks inside. (I think my favorite was Sen, she was such a good sport and it was so hard to want to dunk her!)
  • Jail and Bail – We lock someone up and people have to donate for their release, or to keep them locked up!

There are also many fun things to do outside of your own team, like attend and vote on the Castle contest.  Fly your way over to the Fantasy Faire or the Sci-Fi Convention.  If you want to keep tabs on what upcoming big Relay events on their way, check out their website.

All of these awesome events lead up to Relay Weekend, July 16-17th.  Relay Weekend last year was full of a lot of emotions for me last year.  It was so wonderful to walk the Relay track with my team, and to think of my Dad, who I lost in 2006 to Pancreatic Cancer, as I did it.

For me, that is why I Relay.  To honor my father.  By the time this Relay season passes it will have been ten years since I lost him.  People work so hard in Second Life to honor those we have lost, those that have survived and those that still struggle with Cancer.  I hope you consider participating, joining a team or just checking out the events and donating.

Keep an eye on this blog for more news about the Builder’s Brewery Relay team and our upcoming events.  If you are in Second Life and would like to join the team, there’s a sign-up form here:

Builder’s Brewery RFL Sign-up

Traveling back and forward

I returned from my journey, and found myself lost, sitting in the rain again.  It felt as if I had glass shards in my heart, and they were shredding my soul to pieces…

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When I started my blog on Virtuosity, I was looking for home, again.  The problem with virtual communities, at least the ones that I have been a part of, is that they very transient. They change over time, and if you leave and come back, depending on how long you have been away, you can lose complete touch with the people that are still there. You end up on the outside again. My Virtuosity blog was a way for me to process being an outsider to a community that had once been very much a part of me.

Now, two years later, I can say that although I still am in Second Life (SL), it is nowhere near a part of me as it was in the past. I have made many great friends and connections in SL, but my time is limited online, due to school. It is not enough time to foster the deep, meaningful connections that one needs to feel that they are a part of a community. I  miss that. However, SL has also taught me to readjust my priorities, as well. Sometimes distractions are very good at reminding you about what is most pressing – and right now, that would still be my graduate school studies, and getting through my program. The great thing though, is that I have found a lot of people in my virtual world that support me – they have been my motivation, and I don’t think I would have gotten this far without their help and support!

Where is Virtuosity, now?
Anyways, this blog isn’t completely about SL. It’s not completely about grad school, either. I think, if I averaged all my posts together, this blog is now about the intersecting spaces between worlds – the worlds of virtual and physical, fiction and non-fiction, the philosophical and the material. It’s also about those intersecting spaces between being one person, and being another – and filling the gaps with writing about the experience.   I find that writing is a very liberating activity that breaks boundaries and deconstructs what we know. It brings forth the impossible, and makes dreams a tangible reality – we dare to be bizarre, fantastic, and bigger than ourselves – and choose later whether we want to grow into it. Writing is freedom.

Why I write this blog
I write because I am mad. There are these thoughts and ideas that constantly swirl in my head begging to be freed, and they haunt me. I was born to create things – painting, drawing, sketching, writing… it’s an instinctive drive that is as automatic as breathing – and just as uncomfortable when I stop doing it.

When I was a freshman, I took an English Composition class, and my professor told me that I should be a writer. However, we are taught by society to not pursue frivolous things; and so, I became a biologist instead. Years later, I am paying penance for my career choice by serving my time in graduate school – and blogs are part of my atonement. I have not fulfilled my destiny, but I am taking the steps to do so.

My writing, all of it, is in service of changing the world. You see, all of us, every single person, is a part of this world. When I write, the act of writing changes me. It changes how I think, how I feel, and sometimes, even what I do next. See? I’ve already started changing the world by changing myself, right? Then, if someone reads my blog, and it changes them? Even a tiny bit – even if it simply gets them thinking (whether or not they agree with me isn’t the important piece), then I’ve succeeded in making an even bigger change. That’s how it starts. It is how things have always started – with the first step, followed by the next, and one after and after. Pretty soon, we find ourselves in a very different place from where we have started.

Coming home…
I started this blog to figure out where I belonged. As I’ve continued this journey, I have found that where I belong is in those gaps between spaces, where words become worlds.

Welcome to my world.  Please, make yourself comfortable.

Thank you for visiting, and I hope you stay for a while!

Winter 2015 Look Book

Hi Everyone!

Blue here.  I’ve been hunkering down at my desk, trying to be a grad student, which is why I have not been on here as much.  As I start to see a glimmer of light at the end of my very, very long tunnel, my friends have reminded me that once in a while, I must duck out and enjoy the seasons.  Since Natalya started to do it, I thought I’d continue the tradition of a Look Book!  Often, I will see someone in SL, or see a picture of them in Flickr, and I want to know where they got their beautiful outfit, or their hair, or their skin or eyes.  So, I thought I’d share some of my favorite outfits with you, along with where you might find them.

I start with the one that I wear most often during the holidays, since you just never know when you’ll be in a sim with ice!  You’ve always gotta be prepared, right?

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Hello, Winter!

This outfit (as are many of the ones I put together) is a bricolage from a lot of different sets.  My inventory is terrible, I admit – just a total mess, but when I find things I like, I tend to include them in other places – like this!

I added a little bit of a vignette (love doing that to my pictures), softened the lines, and added text using http://www.picmonkey.com

For the rest, please check out below, and enjoy!

Where this was taken:

Visit this location at Enchantment ~ Neverland ~ {Nov 14 to Dec 5} in Second Life

My outfit:
Jacket, miniskirt and thigh highs outfit: marketplace.secondlife.com/p/TS-Rachel-Xmas-Special-Editi…

Fingerless gloves clothing layer:
marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Black-Plaid-Bunny-Hoodie-Out…

Mesh Scarf:
marketplace.secondlife.com/p/NS-Uncomplicated-Outfit/5908734

Ice Skates:
marketplace.secondlife.com/p/LCN-Ice-Skating/6610390

 

My Avatar Parts:
Hair: Exile: Falling for you Fusion 2
maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Covet/134/94/29

Skin: Lumae Nima, Honey
maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Belita/174/45/32

Makeup: [mock] Stardust Shadow Peony and Blushing Contessa Lipshine
maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Business%20District%20Delt…

Shape: Dr. Life Fen (with lots of my own modifications)
maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sylvhara/75/203/22

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