Thursday, July 24, 2008

Insilico Tour

Originally uploaded by Zoe Connolly
The Owners of Insilico were gracious in giving me a tour of their fantastic sim. It's a work in progress and there will be changes to the mall as well as other areas.

Active RP is on the horizon.

I imagine I'll be dancing in their club as soon as it's ready.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Google Lively Zoe watches Second Life® Zoe

Lively Zoe watches SL Zoe and knows SL Zoe has way more fun.

Dancing with Zoe

Dancing with Zoe
Originally uploaded by vidaltripsa
Vidal Tripsa writes: "Doctor/Nurse relations are quite relaxed in Extropia's infirmary wards."

"Rain of Hate" 20 July 2008

Once again, my friend GoSpeed Racer invited me to the Desperado sim to witness another Eshi Otawara build. This time Eshi built a sobering and tragic look at hateful and spirit-killing speech from family and its deleterious effect on identity.

A call it "Rain of Hate" because while staring up into a cloud-like form of text for more than 15 minutes, it reminded me of standing in a cold rain.

As I raised the camera higher, the text merged into a tornado-like storm. Eventually I broke free of the hate-swarm and looked toward the sun and sky.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Hathian - Urban Street Roleplay

Hathian (also known as "The Crack Den") is an urban street roleplay sim in Second Life® The sim brought to mind the HBO series "The Wire"

The Art of Eshi Otawara 19 July 2008

My friend GoSpeed Racer invited me to the Desperado sim to witness Eshi Otawara's latest build. Eshi is creating a series of 1-hour art installation builds and this video presents one of her beautiful and amazing creations....

Timeless Goes Flying - a set on Flickr

Timeless Prototype sent me a link to his MSFSX Deluxe Edition photographs on Flickr (Facebook seems to be my link to fellow aviation enthusiasts).

Nicely done, Timeless!

Timeless Goes Flying - a set on Flickr

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Insatiable Zoe Connolly

Just some entertainment for my fellow pilots ;)

Retro-Futurism is alive and well in Extropia

Designed by Vidal Tripsa, Botgirl Questi's new Jetsons-like tower stands on Botgirl Island in Extropia, SecondLife®

Examples of Retro-Futurism in Extropia, SecondLife® with Botgirl Tower on Botgirl Island designed by Vidal Tripsa. It has a definite Jetsons touch.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Diana Rigg as Emma Peel from The Avengers

Diana Rigg as Emma of the inspirations for the "Zoe Connolly" avatar...

"Clips of Diana Rigg as Emma Peel from The Avengers. Set to Right Said Fred's 'I'm Too Sexy'..."

"Diana Rigg - Emma Peel Feature...."

Zoe on the Pole at Rouge

Zoe on the Pole at Rouge
Originally uploaded by eladrienne
Yes, visiting Codie's place is fast becoming a weekly habit. Thanks to Elle for this snapshot

The Starship Insatiable

Captain's Log Supplemental: Captain Zoe Connolly of the USS Insatiable reporting....We're in stationary orbit above the nation of Caledon. Per Prime Directive policy, we're making minimal visits in proper costume and appropriate character so as not to interfere with the planets parallel Earth historical development.

We suspect that a book or series of books was left here decades ago by the Starship Kerfuffle. Somehow the very imitative people of Caledon, New Babbage, and Antiquity have adopted a "steampunk" lifestyle based on items left behind by the Kerfuffle's crew.

As per Starfleet Orders, The Insatiable has been sent to investigate and assess any damage.

Zabrina's TARDIS

Originally uploaded by Zoe Connolly
Zabrina shows me her new TARDIS.

I must say she's taken to the future very well, indeed

Friday, July 11, 2008

BBC NEWS | UK | US shows off new Raptor jet

BBC NEWS | UK | US shows off new Raptor jet

"The US Air Force has showcased its new F-22 Raptor fighter jet at the Fairford air show.

Raptor pilot Captain Mike Trujillo talks to Daniel Boettcher about the plane...."

BBC NEWS | UK | US shows off new Raptor jet

BBC NEWS | UK | Red Arrows in RAF flypast

BBC NEWS | UK | Red Arrows in RAF flypast

"The RAF has marked its 90th anniversary with a flypast of nearly 90 aircraft in front of the Queen.

The Red Arrows also took part in the display...."

BBC NEWS | UK | Red Arrows in RAF flypast

BBC NEWS | UK | Queen marks RAF anniversary

BBC NEWS | UK | Queen marks RAF anniversary

"The Queen is attending the Royal Air Force's largest ceremony for more than 30 years...."

BBC NEWS | UK | Queen marks RAF anniversary

RCAF News for the weekend July 12-13

No formal air battles this weekend.....

However, I do encourage practice. So if any of you are free for a one on one dogfight in Caledon, Extropia, or other location, please feel free to contact each other. I'll be doing the same at some point during the weekend ;)

--- Zoe Connolly (RCAF)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Greatest Air Battles (PART 4 OF 10)

Zoe's Lively look at Lively: Virtual Worlds News: Feature: Lively - Google's Contribution to the 3D Social Web?

I've had a makeover!

Now listen folks! I know it's a bit klunky in spots, some places are laggy, half the avatars are ugly, activities are limited, there's no gridwide Google Lively (GL) and there's alot to be desired as far as avatar and camera movements, but hey...they had to start somewhere.

There will be changes coming... you can count on it.

I've also redecorated an older blog... I'm now having a go with Zoe's Lively look at Lively. I describe it this way: "A Second Life® Avatar walks through the looking glass into the parallel dimension known as.... Google Lively."

I consider myself to be downright evangelical about virtual worlds. I'll use this revamped blog to gather posts about GL and share my inworld videos and snapshots.

You may be asking: "Zoe, are you leaving SL?"

Oh hell no! I'm not leaving SL, nor do I think GL will replace SL. What I do see is some potential for introducing virtual worlds (VW) to a wider audience. I think this is good for all of us who are advocates for 3D VWs. Think of GL as a free training ground for those curious social networkers out there. Where the user goes next is the big question. Do they leave VWs forever? Do they stay happily and mingle within GL and never venture further? Do they "graduate" and join us in SL? I can't answer these questions, but I feel it in my pixelated bones.... There will be many who will come to SL and they are another key to our growth.

Google has impact on VWs! It struck me today... my Google Earth and Lively videos on YouTube get more views than my SL videos. My latest Lively video received 617 views in less than 24 hours as of this post. It took my SL video 7 months to reach slightly more than half that number at 318! Holy Nekos!

Zoe's Lively look at Lively: Virtual Worlds News: Feature: Lively - Google's Contribution to the 3D Social Web?

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Linden Lab Room in Google Lively

(GoogleLively) alternate Zoe meets others!

I wanted to interact with other avatars, so I found a coffeehouse within the GoogleLively room directory and decided to pay a visit. Right away I received hugs and started a short chat with a gentleman who later picked fights with other males. I gave them a shrug and left, looking for the nearest gunstore. Wait! No guns or airplanes! D'oh!

Lively by Google

The folks at Google wrote the following: "Lively by Google is a new product available in Google Labs. Create an avatar and chat with your friends in rooms you design...."

Aviation News Today: Headlines 07.04.08

(GoogleLively) alternate metaverse Zoe

One thing I noticed about Lively I really like: Even though the avatars are far more "cartoonish" looking than some in SecondLife, the standard avatar gestures in GoogleLively seem more natural. I hope to have some video illustrating this soon.

(GoogleLively) Zoe Connolly

My first test video inside the virtual world of Google Lively. This is my favorite female avatar of the 3 offered.

The Lively versions of Zoe Connolly

Tuesday evening I played with Google's Lively 3D Virtual World, using 3 of the female avatars currently available. I may switch between two favorites here...

This one I like! It's a variation on the Lively Vanessa Avatar....

I like this one too! Here I am in the Lively Heather Avatar...

Meh...The Jane Doe Avatar doesn't do it for me...

Okay! Back to the Vanessa Avatar!

Monday, July 7, 2008

RCAF Physical Training

There are many mad scientists, super villains, and assorted minions in and around Caledon, her allies as well as her enemies.

One must always be ready for action and in top physical condition for any developing crisis. I intend to lead my pilots by setting a good example of such conditioning.

(The animations are from the "Hero" set of 19 at Sine Wave. Each animation is L$100, the full pack of 19 is L$1520. When I returned to the aerodrome I placed all 19 into the free Sine Wave HUD and renamed it "Hero" so I could do a quick search of it in my ever-growing and disorganized inventory.)

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Zoe on the Pole

Zoe on the Pole
Originally uploaded by vidaltripsa
From Vidal Tripsa: "From a series of photographs taken in Rouge the day ahead of its opening party. Codie's sim oozes sexiness, and is sure to become an enviable hotspot.

My date for this evening was the divine Miss Zoe Connolly, and I owe her thanks for getting me down there. ^_^..."

And another new Vidal Tripsa Video: "Code Red Launch"

Vidal wrote this description: "I grabbed what footage I could from this wonderful, if laggy, official launch party for Codie Redgrave's Rouge sim. Once again my heart goes out to my date here, Zoe. I'm fairly sure we still managed to draw a lot of attention to ourselves, however the whole place simply oozes sex appeal. I'd defy anyone not to look and feel great on that dance floor with such a crowd...."

Code Red Launch from Vidal Tripsa on Vimeo.

A new Vidal Tripsa Video: "Zoe & Vidal at Code Red"

Vidal wrote the following description: "Zoe Connolly and myself, Vidal Tripsa, during a wee pre-launch party gathering at Codebastard Redgrave's Rouge sim. Believe me when I say CodeRed isn't just about dance poles, please! A lot of sexy fun is still there to be had, and the grand opening is sure to be a hoot. Head on over to for further information...."

Dancing With Vidal

Originally uploaded by Zoe Connolly
I attended a press opening for Codie's new Rouge sim (amazing build!), where a few of us danced and flirted ;)

Here I dance with the lovely and amazing Vidal Tripsa.

Air Combat News..... Saturday July 5th - Royal Caledon Air Force

Air Combat News..... Saturday July 5th - Royal Caledon Air Force

Our usual dogfight will take place on Saturday 05 July at 10:00 AM SL time.

Location: Meet at "Skies of Tomorrow" in Extropia.

It's another free-for-all Anything-Goes battle. Fly your favorite aircraft!

The official dogfight for Sunday the 6th is cancelled due to some RL activities. If you'd like to organize one, please do so ;)

Pilots from the Extropia Defense Force are welcome to participate.

Air Combat News..... Saturday July 5th - Royal Caledon Air Force

Thursday, July 3, 2008

New Airplane in SL :: Patty Wagstaff's EXTRA 300 (part 2)

These snapshots show the details of the latest airplane from Bancos Milestone. Patty Wagstaff's EXTRA 300 Aerobatics Plane...

New Airplane in SL :: Patty Wagstaff's EXTRA 300

The latest airplane from Bancos Milestone is Patty Wagstaff's EXTRA 300...

Bancos offers this highly detailed plane for L$1200 at his store in the Balsa Airport sim.

A few videos about Patty Wagstaff below...

Patty Wagstaff - Champion Aerobatic Pilot

Patty Wagstaff Interview and Flight

Patty Wagstaff Air Shows : The Official Patty Wagstaff Website

Patty Wagstaff - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Patty Wagstaff - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Patty Wagstaff (née Patricia Rosalie Kearns Combs) (born September 11, 1951 in St. Louis, Missouri) is an aerobatic pilot from the United States. Wagstaff traveled all over the world as a child: her father was a pilot for Japan Airlines, and Wagstaff would travel to Southeast Asia, Australia and Alaska to prepare for her own career as a pilot. Her first lesson was on a Cessna 185; since then, she has earned licenses to fly multiple aircraft, including helicopters. Her sister, Toni, is a pilot for Continental Airlines.

In 1985, Wagstaff qualified for the US Aerobatic Team and competed until 1996. She was the top U.S. medal winner, winning gold, silver and bronze medals in international competition for several years. In 1987, she earned the Rolly Cole memorial award for her contributions to the aerobatic sports, and in 1991, she won her first of three US National Aerobatic Championships. In 1991, Western Flyer's Magazine readers chose her as their favorite pilot. She was the International aerobatic champion in 1993. 1994, the year in which her Goodrich-sponsored Extra 260 airplane was put on display next to Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.

From 1988 to 1994, she won the Betty Skelton First Lady of Aerobatics award six times in a row...."

Patty Wagstaff - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2008 Al Ain - Svetlana Kapanina

"2008 Al Ain Aerobatics show - Svetlana Kapanina main competition and freestyle..."

Valerie Bertinelli portrays Florence "Pancho" Barnes

"A 1988 made for TV movie in which Valerie Bertinelli portrays Florence Pancho Barnes, a bored socialite who decides to learn to fly. After receiving her pilot's license, even though her ambitions get in the way of her love life, she becomes a stunt pilot, barnstormer, and even forced Howard Hughes to change his mind about unions.

Her career spanned such varied activities as racing against Amelia Earhart and training army pilots. Fine portrayal of one of the more interesting of the independent women from the 1920s. ~ Tana Hobart, All Movie Guide."

1536m / 702 prim parcel available in Caledon Morgaine

Taking another step at downsizing my current number of parcels and moving toward that void-sim goal ;)

The Caledon Forums :: View topic - 1536m /702 prim parcel available in Morgaine

Spectacular views of the Caledon Firth and Penzance Airfield!!

Perfect location for pilots!!

I am selling the land-rights to my parcel (also known as RCAF Cape Messmer) in Caledon Morgaine. The lot offers lovely views of both the Firth and the floating mountain above Morgaine. An added bonus is airship and aeroplane spotting of various lighter-than-air and fixed-wing aircraft to and from Connolly Aerodrome in Caledon Penzance.

Details: 1536 sq.m. -- 702 prims (double-prim lot) West of Connolly Aerodrome -- rental to Desmond Shang L$1425 weekly -- asking L$17500 with remaining rental included.

The Caledon Forums :: View topic - 1536m /702 prim parcel available in Morgaine

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag

Red Flag (USAF) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag (2004)

Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"At Red Flag, the international training exercise for air forces of allied countries, many of the world's best pilots meet for the most challenging flying of their careers...."

The Ford TriMotor

Ford Trimotor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


"This video shows various steps in the manufacture of the Ford Tri-motor in Dearborn, Michigan. 199 of these great ships were built in the late 1920's and early 1930's. They were the worlds first all-metal airliners...."

"This is a vintage video of a 1930s flyover of the Ford Airport. Henry and Edsel Ford built the world's first concrete runway. After standing in the rain watching the muddy landings upon the return for the 1925 National Air Tour they concluded adding a little automotive technology would help -- pave a strip on the grass field!..."

"...the Ford Tri-motor is also capable of landing and taking off on water. This video shows a water flying test..."

"Here is a color film of Harold Johnson performing aerobatics in the Ford Tri-motor. He reportedly performed 17 consecutive loops during one demonstration...."

"A ride in the EAA AirVenture's Ford 4-AT Trimotor, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, April 20 2006. Stills and movie footage...."