Thursday, July 5, 2007

Mavericks Fan For Life

I am now working some for the Electric Sheep. I am a greeter at the NBA Orientation Island. Here is a picture of me in my Mavericks jersey and a cheer leading skirt I made. My dad and I go to at least 4 or 5 Mavericks game a year. He says I spend most of my time checking out the crowd instead of watching the game, but, I love the Mavs games.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

She's Back - Tanned, Rested and Ready to Go

Hi everyone. Dixie Starr's real life avatar is back from her 3 week Mediterranean Vacation. Just like Paris and Nicky Hilton, Mary Kate and Ashley Olson, or Jessica and Ashley Simpson it was time for a celebrity, star studded trip to the Riviera, Costa del Sol and Tuscany for Dixie and her sister. Well sort of anyway. My sister and I were lucky enough to be invited by our parents to tour Portugal, Spain, France , Monte Carlo and Italy on a family vacation. The trip was a cross between Audery Hepburn's Summertime and Chevy Chase's European Vacation.

The first thing is that my sister and I did get a lot of sun and fun in, as well as, a lot of sight seeing with the Mom and Dad. Sis and I explored the south of France on a scooter and soaked up the rays in Nice, Cannes and Barcelona. We were in Cannes for the opening weekend of the Film Festival though I have no star sightings to report. I visited a lot of art museums (what a surprise). I was specially taken by the Modern Art Museum in Barcelona. We bought a lot of art from street artists. I feel the best way to get a feel for an area is not take the sponsored tour's (although we did take a lot with our parents), but, instead talk to the street artists and ask what to see and where to go. We saw Michelangelo's David at Academia, I am still stunned by it. It was amazing.

Rather, than give a blow by blow account, I thought I would just post a few pictures in the blog to let everybody know what a tough life I live in real life :) Dixie is back in Second Life, tanned, rested and already missing Med.

Scooting around Europe.

I actually made money gambling. Big jackpot on this machine in Monte Carlo.

Dressed for dinner with my sister having happy hour.

Sunset on the Med.

It was basically an Art Trip for me.

My Dad at Pisa. I couldn't get him to pose like he was holding up the tower :(

The Roman Forum.

Wonderful sculpture at the Cathedral in Barcelona.

Mom at the Colosseum.

At St. Peter's Square and the Vatican.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Challenge #13 - Revealing ....

As usual I am late and don't get at things until near the end of the week. This weeks challenge #13 was posted, courtesy of Vint Falken. I have read both Dolmere and Mera's postings, so hear goes.

What big secret does nobody know about my Second Life? Well as you all know, I am always willing to share my thoughts about me and what I am doing. In fact, I often wonder if my blogs were the inspiration for Dol's idea of having a Not-a-Me-Me Blog. The biggest thing I think I have to reveal is that I maybe a little too much of a social gadfly. I find myself jumping between the Shelter, Bali Hai, Paradise, Mystery, the Art Community, SLNN staff and on and on it goes. I am so damn needy it is sickening. So, pleeeeaaassseeee be my friend :) I am sure there is a social disease associated with this, but, I don't know it's name.

The biggest secret I have in real life, is well, brace yourself....... I am in love. It is fairly recent and has happened very quickly. His name is Sean. He is the Golf Pro I have told some of you about. I have known him for over a year, but, have been dating for less than 6 months (I know it is fast). He has been in Second Life, found it boring, but he wasn't like my former boyfriend who hated it. He actually works late at the club on weeknights (past 10), but, is free on weekend nights, so that is why you hardly ever see me on weekend nights. If he asks me, I think I will say yes, but, I would like to keep my last name Starr in Second Life. And yes that is pink in my hair....

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Not A Me Me #11 - Voice and Second Life

My turn again. Everybody who knows me has heard by now about my being lucky enough to win the radio promo contest for Relay for Life. Many of you have heard the promos over the Melodies 2 Memories (M2M) Jukebox network of Dolmere's. The fact that my voice will soon be plastered throughout Second Life in these radio spots along with the fact that Oz Spade is a semi-regular Shelter visitor got me to thinking about the voice coming to Second Life. Will I like it or will I hate it? Will I use it or will I not? So that is the topic de jour for this Not A Me Me Challenge. How will voice effect Second Life and will you use it?

I think voice in Second Life will at least at first be a major distraction and very annoying. Most events I go to now if there is anymore than one or two active people is full of multiple conversations going on at the same time in the chat window. How can that work when people are talking? Talking versus chatting in a chat window are inherently two different types of communication. While I often jump in with a random remark in the chat window, I would not be comfortable interrupting people that are talking.

Also how do you know who is saying what with the new voice chat? I understand the spatial 3D kind of hype they are talking about, but, I just don't know. Another great tool for a griefer.... I wonder what W-hat already has planned? It just seems that the Linden's could be spending more time with other stuff like stability. I think voice is just one of those things that is more likely to ruin the experience than enhance it for me. Unfortunately, like most people I like to hear my voice. I can't shut up and as has been pointed out in more than one occasion in my life, don't think before I speak. The chat window has helped moderate that somewhat for me in Second Life (with the exception of the times I may have been consuming liquor while in world).

So, is Voice good for Second Life? My opinion is that is more of that Second Life expanding the boundaries of the Metaverse crap we have all suffered through on top of a pretty good game. So, it won't completely ruin the game, just be another irritation on top of the many others. It is a personal decision on whether you use it and quite frankly, I don't think it is a good option for me. So, it is best that I stay mute in terms of voice in Second Life. What do you think?

Friday, March 23, 2007

Not a Me Me Challenge # 10 Response

This one comes from Rose Farina. Yaay, Rose for getting in the Blog Free For All. The Challenge is "Is Second Life like your Original Expectations or different"?

As Dol said in his response, it s a pretty challenging question. When I got in Second Life I thought it would much more like building web pages and the programming I do for a living. I thought I would explore all the builds, do a lot of building, script a lot cool things, write stuff like Mera and Dol have to connect SL and the web and really treat it like the facinating new metaverse that it was advertised to be. Instead for me, it has turned out to be like a much more interesting "mySpace".

I have made a lot of friends and gotten involved way more socially than I ever thought I would. Much to my suprise, it has become my Second Life. Do I sound like an add for Linden Labs? :) I go with friends to listen to music, I have art shows, I report on the art and entertainment scene for Second Life News Network, I am a Lovely Assistant doling out prizes on Trivial Obsession, I make and sell clothes, I am on a Relay for Life Team and on and on it goes. But, suprising enough none of it is the stuff that I had any intention of doing when I first got in.

So in many ways it has not been has not lived up to my expectations in being the metaverse of interesting new technology I thought it would be, but, has far exceeded my initial impressions in that it is FUN. Yes, there it is ..... Second Life is the most fun I have ever had playing a COMPUTER GAME. It is a game and I am not embarrased to say I like playing it!

To prove it is a fun game, I have included one my latest AVIS. It is Alice from my Dilbert series of characters I have done. Being Alice at a strip club ..... now that is what I call really living it up in the metaverse.

Not a Meme #9 - What has Second Life done for your Real Life

I was late as usual on the Not-A-MeMes. Had a busy week. I will catch up on the blog posts in one blogathon evening. This is from Coal Nelson. It is What Second Life Done for your Real Life.

Like Mera's Response, I am going to blame something that may not be Second Life's fault, but, I would rather blame Second Life than blame my lack of control. I gained 12 pounds in Second Life from last Summer to the end of January! Now 12 pounds may not sound like the end of the world, but, when that represents 10% of your body weight it is HORRIBLE.

I blame SL for all that sitting in front of the computer. I may be dancing at the Shelter, but, I am eating Cookies and Cream Ice Cream in front of the monitor. I have gone from a normal, relatively active young person, to a full fledged SLUG as evidenced by a recent picture of me painting that I have enclosed in the blog.

Actually, things have not completely gone to pot. In February, my sister and I started a diet together. Also, I started jogging again which also helps me mentally as well as physically. As of this week, I had lost 7 of those 12 pounds. So at this point I can only blame roughly a 5 pound fiasco on Second Life. Do you know what 5 pounds of fat looks like in a butcher store ..... Ewwww, it is not a pretty site there or on a little Texan gal.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Not a Me Me # 7 - Somewhere New

Mera challenged us to go somewhere new and blog about it. Great idea. I took the opportunity to go visit an artist friend of mine, Amythe Moonlight's sim. Amy has shown in a couple of my art shows and I was always fascinated by her 2D art that appears 3D and has moving prims and textures in them. She also is a builder who is most famous for her Christmas builds. So, I went and visited Love Harbor and Mystery to see the building that she and her partner, Ay6jay Carpenter have done.

The first thing you see when you hit the island is that is "Under Construction" and that is evidenced by the big crane in this otherwise rural English countryside. I have talked to Amy on a number of occasions and I know that she actually lives in Great Britain very near Stonehenge, so I was not suprised by the traditional English gardens and the Stonehenge monument in the distance.

The main portion of the sim is dominated by the Castle which has an animated dragon guarding it. The castle was still being finished up when I visited but peeking in the door you could see a beautiful statue that Amy had done.

From the castle, I went over to look at the Cafe that looks to be a place that will be a popular gathering spot in Mystery. Looking in the front door, from the beautiful patio you can see some of her art and her toy pig. Walking in the cafe, I noticed a hole in the floor with a ladder. So, of course, I went exploring.

The ladder led to a basement which had a glass wall that looked out into the Sea. The view into the Sea included schooling fish and a former civilization's ruins. Had I found the fabled Atlantis :) What a great imagination and considerable amount of talent Amy and Ay6jay have.

I left the Cafe and wandered over to the traditional English Square that had a Pub called the Red Bull which I found to be a great name. To think that there is a pub named after the drink that makes it possible for me to make it through most mornings.

Looking north in the square you can see the main house. So, I took a stroll up there to take a look. I took a peek into the library through the window and decided I had to explore.

Amy's attention to detail is amazing. The living room, dining room, bedrooms and libraries were all looking great. I could almost smell the heather in the air.

Lastly, I went and visited the actual Love Harbor itself. It is a club that is an old fashioned Paddle Boat. I noticed that there was a planned St Patrick's day party, so, I showed up and danced with the Mystery group. They were a great crowd and I really enjoyed myself.

Thanks for the Challenge. It really turned out to be a lot of fun!