Invitation To A Very Unique Opening~Thursday Feb.13th 2pmslt

I will probably be on a train during this, and my #$(*& computer will probably still be broken, but you can go! :) (Maybe I will try Lumiya from the train; what could go wrong?)

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Poster and Photo by Natascha RandtPoster and Photo by Natascha Randt

Last November Nat and I were invited to participate with other machinima makers in an opening at the Artemis Gallery by Duna Gantentitled, “Regaining Freedom-The Opening” Our video,Window on a Train, was chosen as one to highlight the theme of violence against women.
Now, Thursday, February 13th at 2pmslt, there will be a new opening, something very different, and both Nat and I are extremely honored, excited, and very curious too, as we will not peek before it opens.

Poster by Natascha RandtPoster by Natascha Randt

Artemis Gallery (GALERIE ARTEMIS) will present a 3D Art Installation by the French artist, Jadeyu Fhang, inspired by our machinima, Drink Me With Your Eyes
( INSTALATION de JADEYU FHANG inspirée à la machinima “DRINK ME WITH YOUR EYES” realisée par KARIMA HOISAN & NATASCHA RANDT)

Sooo, I invite you all to join us and see this…

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Second Life is the only reason I need a computer

That may be a slight exaggeration. :)

But my fancy Alienware laptop, which has had various power problems for some time, has been ignoring its power cord for a few days now, either to operate or to charge its battery, and the local convincing-sounding person that I found on Craigslist to fix it says it’ll probably be next weekend.

And the only thing I find myself missing (aside from a few media files trapped on its hard drive because they were too big to keep conveniently in the cloud), is Second Life.

For work and general keyboard-typing, I have this worked-owned Chromebook Pixel, which arguably counts as a netbook rather than a laptop computer. To do work-related stuff I use that to talk to a computer under my desk at work (it’s running a Linux variant, and I don’t even know what brand of hardware it is), and use that to talk to hundreds of other computers out in the cloud somewhere, but those aren’t really mine.

For music and some games and things I have an iPad. But even that I haven’t been using all that much lately, because I finally got my first smartphone, and it takes care of a surprisingly large fraction (near 100%) of the things that I can’t conveniently do on the Pixel.

Which fits in with this whole bizarre thing about how PC sales are down by more than 10%, due almost certainly to how everyone else is also buying netbooks and tablets and phones and things instead.

This suggests that things like Second Life (and for that matter WoW and so on) do need to figure out how to get onto netbooks / tablets / phones, if they want to be relevant to anyone but hardcore gamers with needs for more muscular PCs.

One way to do this is with server-side rendering, but not much seems to be happening with that. (Whatever happened to that server-side version of the SL viewer? Is that still a thing?)

Another way would be to have some lower-resolution world with a lightweight client that could fit onto an iPad, say; maybe something like a more Linden-flavored Minecraft with cute little — ohhhhh, I get it.

And a third way would be to have netbook / tablet / phone viewers that did actual client-side rendering of the usual SL world, and let you interact with it. Hm, anyone tried out Lumiya lately?

Maybe someday I will say “the only thing I need a computer for is taking high-res pictures in SL”… :)

Live Poetry by Karima – Tom Waits on Music…A Magical Mix! Sat. Feb.1st 2pmslt

(I get to help change the background images1 :) )

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I want to extend a very special invitation to my readers, neighbors, friends and those who love their poetry mixed up with an open-ended 100% (Dj’d by the poet) Set of Tom Waits tunes. If that sounds like a good idea to you, then please join me on:
When: Saturday Feb. 1st
Time: Karima is on stream from 2pmslt-2:30 ( give or take a few minutes)
            Tom Waits marathon begins right afterwards.
I will be taking requests, dedications, and reading some interesting quotes from Tom in between the music. Anyone who says stuff like this, needs to be periodically quoted:

“Most people don’t care if you’re telling them the truth or if you’re telling them a lie, as long as they’re entertained by it.” Tom Waits

All this will be taking place at my new-old Bar:
Kari’s Bar and Dance in New Toulouse Second Life.

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