Sunday, February 9, 2014

When Real Life overwhelms you... crushes you...



You think...

"If only I could crawl through this little screen and live my life in Second Life."


And then...
You hear a favorite song on your playlist, 
Or a great new song on Pandora,
A career success,
The purr of your cat,
Morning coffee with friends at a charming cafe, 
The smile from your husband,
The laughter from your playful children.

What keeps you in SL?

What keeps you sane and grounded in RL?


Monday, July 8, 2013

What's next?


Hello everyone! 

After a period of RL craziness, I found my way back to Second Life over the weekend. As seen above, I met with Cornelius in New Babbage, where we made tentative plans for a new roleplay adventure.

I can best sum up my next phase of SL and blog posts this way...

Rogues and Revolutionaries!
Walker Hunters!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Today marks the end of my Machinima Career

Sorry folks, no more Machinima from me and no more past Machinimas are available for viewing from my Zoetrope Productions YouTube Channel. I've made them all private.

A) I have too many RL Projects that demand my attention, and...

B) I don't want to get into any more trouble with copyright infringements with YouTube and have my account deleted. Some tracks I use are okay to use and then over time they're not. Instead, the videos I post here will be OTHER violators of copyrights ;)

Other than that, I'm having an okay 2013. How about you?


Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Girl from Ipanema

I recently discovered (or re-discovered) The Girl from Ipanema while listening to Pandora.

According to Wikipedia...
"Garota de Ipanema" ("The Girl from Ipanema") is a well-known bossa nova song, a worldwide hit in the mid-1960s that won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1965. It was written in 1962, with music by Antônio Carlos Jobim and Portuguese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes. English lyrics were written later by Norman Gimbel.[1]
The first commercial recording was in 1962, by Pery Ribeiro. The version performed by Astrud Gilberto, along with João Gilberto and Stan Getz, from the 1964 album Getz/Gilberto, became an international hit, reaching number five in the United States pop chart, number 29 in the United Kingdom, and charting highly throughout the world. Numerous recordings have been used in films, sometimes as an elevator music cliché (for example, near the end of The Blues Brothers). It is believed to be the second-most recorded pop song in history, after Yesterday by The Beatles.[2] In 2004, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.

 Continuing from Wikipedia...
The song was inspired by Heloísa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto (now Helô Pinheiro), a nineteen-year-old girl living on Montenegro Street in the fashionable Ipanema district in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[5] Daily, she would stroll past the popular Veloso bar-café, not just to the beach ("each day when she walks to the sea"), but in the everyday course of her life. She would sometimes enter the bar to buy cigarettes for her mother and leave to the sound of wolf-whistles.[6] In the winter of 1962, the composers watched the girl pass by the bar, and it is easy to imagine why they noticed her—Helô was a 173-cm (five-foot eight-inch) brunette, and she attracted the attention of many of the bar patrons.

When I hear this song I sometimes think of Second Life. Each of us girls lock ourselves into our ageless avatars of perfect skin and shapes. We are "The Girl from Ipanema" every day we login.




"...and I feel fine"

The chorus for R.E.M.s song "It's the end of the world" is...

It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it.
It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine.

I hear this chorus in my head as I think about my present state in Second Life.

It's the end of my Second Life as I've known it and I feel fine.

As I thought, the decreasing land holdings and prim count haven't been painful at all. In fact, I'm loving it. I love it! I love having more money in Real Life! I'm thinking it may not be that painful to lose that final land parcel after all.  

My land tier for my last land parcel is paid through the first week of February 2013. I'll decide what to do by then.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Major Downsizing to come.

In Second Life (SL) we've all heard the expression "RL comes first"

For those not in SL, RL refers to Real Life, the main life we live in the real world that pays the bills.

In our Real Life Post-Election Lives, my family is re-evaluating everything we do and every expense we make. We're cutting back on a few non-essential items in RL and I need to do the same in SL.

So within Second Life, I've decided to downsize my land holdings from 6 to 1. I'll lose the first of my parcels next week Saturday. Others will follow until I'm down to my final Caledon Mayfair parcel. In January 2013, I may decide to lose that final parcel as well, but it will mean placing my beloved Time Tunnel back in inventory.

The good news is the real money I'll save!

My final thought in this post: If this had happened a few years ago I'd have been deeply hurt, even harboring a sense of loss. Now I feel... indifferent.

Back in January 2007 when I started in SL, logging-in used to mean fun and excitement. Now it's become more of a chore. An expensive time-sucking chore.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Erika Drake searches for Dr Zoetrope Dreamscape

Emerging from the Canals of New Babbage, TimeForce 10 Agent Erika Drake searches for Dr Zoetrope Dreamscape... 


Meanwhile, at the Time Tunnel, Zoe Connolly is ready for TimePort...




12 seconds to TimePort!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

All 6 Fringe Intros at Once

The New Adventures of Zoe Connolly



I arrived home late Saturday evening. A little bit tired, but still feeling the pleasant buzz from several glasses of wine and delightful dances.



The perfect night on the town before my little trek. I really need this vacation and I'm going to make the most of it.



 Of course, having a time machine is the only way to travel. Everything else is secondary.

One more night's sleep and my new adventure begins!

Blog Changes

This is a WARNING to readers...

My blog is about to get very interesting... and adult in nature.

These are the new adventures of Zoe Connolly.


Sunday, January 22, 2012

TimeForce 10 - "We're getting ready for Season 4"

This is a test video, rendered using Corel VideoStudio Pro X4 Ultimate.



I've previously used Windows Movie Maker and Sony Vegas. To use a Goldilocks Analogy, Windows Movie Maker was too simple (and crashed often). Sony Vegas was too complex. Corel's VideoStudio Pro seems to be just right!

So here's the plan! More adventures and more videos!

With the start of TF10 - Season 4, we're planning comics and also comic-style videos.

I'm in SecondLife to have fun, but I'm also a believer in the use of Second Life and Video to tell a story. In my case, my intention is to present our favorite genre elements from the 1960s and 70s into a serial style format, much like the serial films of the silent era through the 1950s.

Many thanks to my father, brother, and sisters who all shared  adventure stories and movies with me. And many thanks to my good friend in Second Life, Mr Cornelius Fanshaw who co-created TimeForce 10 and shares this little passion for spy-fi fun with me.

We would love to have you join us and add your own adventures to this little part of the SL roleplay universe.