• Perspective

    From my friend Serendipidy Haven’s blog:

    Perspective

    by Serendipidy Haven

    vangoghA brief trip to the National Gallery recently brought me face-to-face with Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’, or at least, one of his variations of this most well known of his subjects. Sunflowers was my main reason for the visit – since i’ve never seen the work in the flesh before, but it also gave me the opportunity to become re-acquainted with another of his paintings that has pretty much passed me by up until now.

    Van Gogh’s chair has never really inspired me or struck me as being particularly special. It lacks the thickly daubed, tormented brush strokes of his later pieces and the finesse displayed in his other works of the period. It’s a peculiar thing, worth getting up close to; where the warped, almost child-like perspective of the composition is offset by the painstaking attention to detail the artist gives to the most mundane of features. You’re struck by the effort that’s gone into painting the door hinges, knots in the wood and the weave of the chair seat… but, on this occasion – for the first time – i stepped back, and suddenly everything changed.

    From the middle of the room, the painting that had always struck me as rather flat and distorted resolved into something entirely different. It was almost as if i was seeing through Van Gogh’s eyes, sat at his easel, glancing over the canvas towards the chair on the other side of the room. That bizarre perspective which offends the eye when seen in close up, becomes completely natural and lifelike when viewed from a distance – the painting becomes less a flat canvas and more a three dimensional moment in time, captured in oils. It was an unexpected and somewhat humbling moment.

    paint_001How often do we see things from our own viewpoint with  a skewed perspective, failing to understand what is right in front of our eyes, and not seeing the picture as it really is? Probably quite often and, as users of sl, it’s something that we’re very used to experiencing from the ‘outside’ world. Those who’ve never had the opportunity to properly get to grips with becoming part of a virtual world tend to have a distinctly distorted picture in their minds of what sl is about. Like me peering closely at Van Gogh’s canvas, they’ll seize on the little details that make sense to them, whilst remaining utterly puzzled and bemused at the bigger picture. So the common perception of sl, from those who have no experience inworld, is that it’s an environment that’s primarily about pixellated sex, a ‘game’ played by geeks sat in their basements with curtains drawn and snacking on cheese puffs. They seize upon the bits that stand out to them and write off the larger part as irrelevant, uninteresting or incomprehensible.

    It’s a matter of perspective. And perspective works both ways.

    The perspective from which we see sl differs dramatically according to where we stand – on outside looking in or, equally, on the inside looking out – and we residents can be just as guilty of skewing the overall picture as those who have no experience of the virtual world. From the inside, we are terribly good a painting pictures of sl from a palette based entirely upon our own perceptions and experiences, rather than taking a balanced view, (this is something that ex-residents, in particular, can take to an extraordinary degree). The result is a very narrow-minded and distorted view of sl… the servers are always down, it’s full of griefers and content stealers, it suffers from nightmare lag, gacha events are corrupt, and so on. Even when we’re positive we tend to pick and choose to focus on the bits that matter to us, ignoring the fecundity of the virtual community and excluding whole swathes of SLife that we personally have no particular interest in.

    Perhaps it would do no harm to occasionally break these self-imposed rules and try to look at things from a different perspective – who knows… perhaps that aspect of sl that you never understood, never appealed and that you’d managed to convince yourself was of no worth at all, might look very different from a different angle, or when you take a step back and try to appreciate what it’s all really about.

    Or, you could just stick with the perspective you’ve got, and maybe miss out on a much bigger picture.

    If you’re not swayed then think on this a moment: Vincent Van Gogh was completely unappreciated in his lifetime, purportedly only selling one painting before his death. Now he’s one of the most recognisable artists that has ever lived, and his paintings sell for millions. Just imagine how all those people who turned him down and derided his work might have felt if they’d known how he’d now be appreciated. Sometimes, focussing on the details and the ugliness of what we perceive means that we can be blind to the potential and the beauty of what we are seeing.

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    s. x

    Now I think I know
    What you tried to say to me
    Don McLean – Starry Starry Night

    Excellent stuff well done Seren

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  • 2014

    firewworksWell I didn’t achieve that much in 2014 feel it was a bit of a nothing year. Loved my time with Storm in Second Life. Bought a new computer system , a tablet and a smart phone so technology is up to date. Feel I’m getting a bit stale as to hosting , need to up my game. Sigh. However I did stop smoking (YAY) and joined the gym.  New years resolution? Be more energetic. Have a cold at the moment and feel awful.

    Hope you all have a super New Year :)

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  • Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

    santahoHo Ho Ho Seasons Greetings to you all. Hope the New Year brings all you need. Wow its 2015! To my age group that’s science fiction territory. WOOT! Anything is possible wow great stuff!!

    On part of Siani’s Junkyard Winter Wonderland video to come

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  • Animated Gifs – Micons

    New WordPress is good. 4.1 .

    dancegifI was reminded of Hyperland : Hyperland is a 50-minute long documentary film about hypertext and surrounding technologies. It was written by Douglas Adams and produced and directed by Max Whitby for BBC Two in 1990. You can find it on YouTube and Vimeo. 1990 before the web please note. Some great interviews  and history of The Internet. great to hear Ted Nelson the inventor of hypertext in the 1960s. One important element was the prediction of Micons or moving icons I like movie icons too . Didn’t happen. Not sure why but  I like them. Leave a comment after visiting Micons.org and watching the movie, there is a relevant clip of the movie on the micons site, if you so wish.

     

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    Hello Storm nice dancing Merry Christmas MWAH!””

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  • Help

    I use the Firestorm viewer for Second Life and it is very good. I have been using it for over a year and just upgraded to the latest release.  Yesterday had what I thought was a disaster. I couldn’t see mesh the 3D modelling of objects. There were just gaps where clothes would be. I thought my graphics card had broken, and it had. I had just updated the drivers. However I didn’t know this and I asked friends what to do. They took me through various settings nothing worked. Then it was suggested I ask the FS Support group in chat. I joined the group and typed my problem into chat. Almost immediately the answer came that I had to roll back my drivers to an earlier release. It was the new AMD drivers that were doing it. So I did a system restore. Everything went back to 4th December. And everything worked.

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    So my Firestorm does not support certain builds of AMD drivers. I went back to release 13, 14 seems to have problems in its various forms. Finding this out took a matter of seconds. What a great resource to have that Chat. Excellent stuff. I watched it yesterday and picked up some tips. It seems no problem is too small to help, from fiddling with a graphics setting to a complete install. Well done Firestorm. They also have a wiki and JIRA and forums. http://firestormviewer.org

     

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  • The University Cat

    The University Cat: A Tale for Grown Ups and Graduates

    A new book from Jessika Jenvieve

    The University Cat  Red Q

    Click on the link below to buy. A damn good read!!

    The University Cat : A Tale for Grown Ups and Graduates

    Gargoyles are said to frighten off harmful spirits and protect the buildings they guard. They nicely embodied the concept of evil, and those approaching the University’s gothic splendour at night are advised to use caution. If you think that a Gargoyle is simply made of stone, you are terribly mistaken.

    Penny, the super intelligent, well-educated Siamese cat moves into Professor Eagle’s office and sinks her claws into the soft, exquisite calfskin binding of his books. The Gargoyles have her firmly fixed in their sights.

    There are terrifying times to come in the University Museum and a wicked plot to prevent Professor Poppett and Poodle from winning the Dog Show. If you thought it was safe to go to University, you might need to think again.

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  • Second Life Cats

    One of the most popular pastimes in Second Life is caring for, feeding and breeding virtual animals. Over the years these animals have improved and developed and a whole community of Second Life breeders and traders has emerged.

    KittyCatS! ™ are highly interactive cats that can be petted and cuddled. They will follow you and play with you. There are lots of breeds and sizes, including teacup, toy, petite, normal and MegaPuss. There are also special collection cats that will breed one unique baby. It is compelling and addictive and fascinating. http://kittycats.biz.

    What is fascinating is the way in which these cats become real. When they are born an imprinting occurs and this sets the scene for reality to step in.

    They become attached. They follow you and talk in local chat. They need feeding or they get sick, they sleep a lot. You give them affection, breed them and end up with baby cats. Their lineage is recorded. They develop a personality.

    Great fun you should try it!

    The SLurl for the shop is :

    Visit the Main store: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ScratchN%20Post%20Too/22/68/22

    New Stall at: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Just%20Too%20Adorable/149/170/22




    The Book is at : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IFRFR7G/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_E9xbtb119JPH8

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  • New System and I love it!

    Yes its super. Great processor oodles of RAM and a good graphics card. Second Life flies without any jerkiness. But as i realised many years ago the front end aka monitor is one of the most important things. I bought a computer in 1994 spent over half of the total cost on the 17 inch monitor which I still have. I have a 22 inch with a blemish on the bottom but its still usable. I didn’t “need” a new monitor. BUT this was a computer upgrade so it had to be better than my last system. I was scared about spending so much money on a new 27 inch monitor. I debated whether to buy a higher resolution than 1920 x 1080 but the price doubled. And now I am glad I didn’t. As my old 22 inch runs at 1920 x 1080 I discovered I can merge the two into one without any disparity in the resolutions. There is no need to resize any window for the smaller to larger monitor and vice versa. One screen slides seamlessly into the other. In the video below you will see second life captured over two monitors seamlessly. The clarity of the new monitor is great and trust me 27 inches is far bigger than 22 inches. Having trouble with the capture but below gives you an idea. YouTube isn’t big enough LOL. Heres the capture but it doesn’t do it justice….



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  • Tails From The Cat Shop Special Offer

    TAILS FROM THE CAT SHOP
    COUNTDOWN DEAL (USA Only)
    6 to 12 June 2014
    Buy for a limited time special discount
    Follow this link:

    http://www.amazon.com/TAILS-CAT-SHOP-Jessika-Jenvieve-ebook/dp/B00IFRFR7G

     

     

    bookFantasy meets Reality in Cyberspace, in a world where our online and offline experiences, friendships and even, our identities are excitingly entangled. Avatars are extensions of us, leading lives parallel to our own dull everyday existence. Having a Virtual Life sets you free to dream and some dreams do come true.

    Meet the Divine Penny, the Italian-speaking Siamese cat, with the delicate chocolate paws, and find out if Professor Poppett’s poodle recovers from ‘indoor barking syndrome’. Go on an adventure in the alligator infested bayou to hunt for the Golden Kitten and find out why love always wins the day.

     

     

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