Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Does this Silhouette make me look Fat?

More photography fun with filters... 

(actually it was photography fun with depth, but that doesn't make for a good alliteration)

Some light outside makes a much better contrast than an indoor scene that turns the scene a black silhouette on a gray background.

Now more contrast. But the palm trees at the next location turn out palm-less...

I tried a mix of hairstyles and some are great looking in silhouette. Others not so much.

You can see my glasses here...

That's when I remembered to take my glasses off for the rest. 

Also... I took off my dress... naked Zoe pics!

Sunday, November 15, 2015


It's about time I posted something, so here is a sequence of photos I took of Samantha. Similar pose with different Firestorm in-Viewer, in-Camera filters... 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I Always Say Never

I always say never. I stopped blogging. I stopped for almost 2 months. But here I am!

I've also said "I'm never using mesh avatars."  But I'm here to tell you I experimented with an alt. Then recently took the plunge and went full mesh with my main account - Zoe Connolly. Thousands of Lindens later it's a done deal and you know what? I love the new look. I'll keep the old look in "storage" but the new me is now - me.

Anyway, while I was NOT blogging I took steps to make my Second Life easier.

STEP 1) I deleted the accounts to most of my Alt Army. Now I'm down to an Alt Squad.

 My intention is to upgrade all my alts to mesh and it would be ridiculously expensive and wasteful to upgrade all of them, especially when they're rarely used. It's also a little security risk to have so many accounts that could possibly get hacked. So Zoe's army is now Zoe's squad.

STEP 2) I've reorganized my inventory and have deleted old folders with items that either aren't used, cannot be used due to scripting issues, or so old I can't remember why the hell I bought them in the first place. In some instances it's a combination of the above.

I'm streamlining everything I can. I've reduced the number of alts and also reduced the inventory of "Zoe Connolly" and her alts. 

At present I have no land tier to worry about so all my SL funds can now go to Mesh Av upgrades, accessories and clothing.

I was chatting with a couple of friends via Twitter and was excited about the idea of posting about my transformation from my "stuck in 2009" look and the new 2015 Mesh look. The mesh upgrades are super intimidating at first but if I can overcome it, so can anyone. The biggest part of the change for me was the sense of loss I felt. Changing looks so drastically was upsetting at first, which is why I resisted for so long and also why I wanted to start with an Alt account I used infrequently. 

I have a few post ideas planned including Inventory management, favorite mesh items, favorite new motion capture AOs and a series about the complete transformation of my Alt Zabrina McMahon from 2007 look to 2015 Mesh.

Below is a pic of Zabrina from a few days ago. Her most recent item is her hair from 2011 and skin from 2009. The rest of her...shape as well as clothing are from 2007. Her shape by the way is what I call "classic Zoe" shape. The one I've used since January 2007 and it's official name is "Sexy Alice" from a store I'm not even sure exists now.

 More mesh-goodness to come. SLater!

Monday, June 1, 2015

New horizons and new adventures

New Life, New Sailboat

The new IF sailboat from Bandit is available for 3000L$ at the following SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dutch%20Harbor/92/37/21

Here are some notes from the Manual Notecard:

The Bandit IF is based on the real world Folkboat, a one design racing class that thanks to its unsurpassed sea going capabilities for its size acquired fame as a low budget passage maker for blue water cruising. The design may be over 70 years old, Folkboats are still being built and raced today, where the traditional wood has now been replaced by the more modern glass reinforced plastic or "GRP". The Second Life version is made in the same tradition, The focus is clearly placed on the sailing and racing aspects, but it can equally be your "home away from home" when exploring all corners of the grid.

The Bandit IF is powered by the 3rd generation BOSS Dynamic Sailing Engine. Everything about the boat is aimed at giving you a fun and realistic experience, while being both cruise friendly and accessible for beginners, yet when its manual control is fully utilized so challenging it will even inspire the most seasoned sailors to give it all they have in exciting close quarters racing!
More information on the building of the Bandit IF can be found here:

The online version of this manual can be found here:

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Combat Roleplay Region in SL: The Walking Dead (is now Dead)

Yes, Virginia. There IS a Walking Dead sim in SL. The latest re-creation of The Walking Dead features bits and pieces from each season of the show.

The Walking Dead sim at Village of Pandora uses the Grim Combat System.


UPDATE (June 3, 2015): No Virginia, it's gone! Oops! I visited recently and the whole region is transformed into a totally different and NON-Zombie theme. That didn't last long.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Thanks SL Go. You were fantastic!

Many thanks to OnLive and the kind folks at SL Go who were very generous with their time. You set a great standard in exceptional customer service.

I'm still reeling from the news about the near end of SL Go. The service lasts until April 30, 2015 and then it ends. 

When the last of my high-graphic SLGo photos are posted here, my blog will end activity. It will remain dormant until I can afford an upgrade. 

In the meantime, I'll be here and there in SL and on Twitter.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

My new Spad from Niki Wilder

For the first time over 4 years I was able to participate in a dogfight. Did I win? If by winning you mean NOT get shot down, then I won. I need lots of practice, and thanks to SLGo it's able to happen again.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spijkers & Wingtips MD 500E Helicopter (aircraft machinima by Natascha Randt)

Spijkers & Wingtips MD 500E Helicopter

(SL aircraft machinima by Natascha Randt)

Percival Vega Gull (aircraft machinima by Natascha Randt)

Percival Vega Gull (SL aircraft machinima by Natascha Randt)

A short testflight with the Vega Gull in SL. Built by bunnys fride. The Percival Vega Gull is an absolute awesome elegant aeroplane of the 1930s, designed by Edgar Wikner Percival.

Machinima Test

This is little test machinima I created at Cornelius Fanshaw's Tarington Aerodrome. He redecorated his WW2 style RAF Tarington Field to resemble a Royal Flying Corp World War 1 era aerodrome complete with trenches between his parcel and Niki Wilder's place at Rundlelawn.

 I would have planned the shot much better, but I was just winging it as an experiment - just to see if it was possible. It's been a very long time since I last created a machinima and to be honest I forgot a lot of basics. Yay Google!

This is a single shot using 3D Space Navigator.

I used music from a YouTube approved download-able list (avoiding copyright trouble this time). The track is called "Vespers" by Topher Mohr and Alex Elena.

YouTube detected a little bumpiness on the video, so I approved some smoothing, which accounts for the dreamy wave images you see here and there.

Friday, February 27, 2015

SL Aviation

If you would like me to cover your SL Aviation Group, Airport, Role-play Sim, or feature yout new airplane build, please feel free to send me a notecard and I will get to it as soon as possible.

Thank you!

When Games Trigger Empathy

When we combat role-play in games and virtual worlds, we often forget the real-world real-life consequences of death and damage in war. Much of game RP is all about racking up a kill-score. This is why I'd love to start a WW2 RP region that was mission oriented and not kill oriented. 


In RL, war-fighting is all about accomplishing a mission and winning the war for your side as quickly as possible. But even when your objective is saving your home country and pushing back a terrible enemy, as in IL-2 Cliffs of Dover, empathy can creep into your mind. 


Even though your cause may be righteous, there may also be sadness and loss.


With that in mind, this is a very thoughtful YouTube video from a regular player of IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover...


From the description:

Published on Feb 4, 2015

This moment will stay with me for some time.

As I saw this helpless, straggling bomber spiral down towards earth, its fate doomed, I was struck by the horror I was watching. I could not stop thinking about those real men who would have been trapped inside, never to see their loved ones again.

Even in a flight sim, the resemblance to reality can make me quite emotional: the joy to successfully avenge the destruction the bomber brought upon innocent people, mixed with the agonizing thought of those ordinary men no different to me, being trapped alive in a burning cage, plunging down towards their inevitable death.

Caused by my actions.

IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover - Death of a bomber crew 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday # 6, the Science Fiction edition

In honor of the current Sci-FI Convention in SL, here are a few snapshots from past Sci-Fi scenes in SL...

(Star Trek RP photographs from July 2010)


(TimeForce 10 RP photographs from August through September 2010. 
The TF10 adversarial group TimeRaiders meddle with WW2 History)

 The TimeRaiders steal an atomic bomb and place it in the old TF 10 Time Tunnel
 The Ultimate Secret Weapon. A Nazi Time Machine.
 Zabrina supervises the delivery.
  OSS Major (and TF10 operative) KC Kenaan discovers the location
 of Dr Dreamscape's gift to the Nazis.
 KC needs all hands on deck for this one.
 TimeForce 10 HQ
 Dr Dreamscape inspects her gift to the Germans
 The Germans guard their new super weapon.