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If the first half of February was slow going for Sunbeam the second half found her zigzagging from grid, back and forth, to grid, while trying to juggle up many projects with deadlines and many start ups, new opportunities and adventures.  Where to start! giggles… oh we visited Second Life a couple times too and thoroughly enjoyed being back in our legacy world.

First, after Valentines’ Sunbeam took down the hearts, flowers and chocolates from her shop ‘SunbeamS’ located on OLanatic  being true to her heart she is setting up Fantasy items for the new look!  Zigzag on to 3rg (3rd Rock Grid) to help with Robstock 2013 by setting up a booth in the venue area and posting lots of info on Facebook and Google+. This year Haven Your World grid was added to the simulcast of the event along with Second Life, long time partner.  Of course Sunbeam had to zigzag over to Haven too!  All for a great  cause, the charity ‘Doctors without Borders‘.  The event raised 850$ USA dollars to donate.  Great job VW and GH avatars around the world!

Zigzag now over to Island Oasis and Sunbeams start work on a new contest build, theme: Beach Club.  Visions in my head swirl as I fly over through the metaverse of under`the`sea colors and mermaids float across my focus.  Sunbeam did not win the contest but had a grand time playing with the prims and be part of the contestants circle.  According to one founder, Sunbeam did come in second place Woot hoo! Also visited my friends Kat and Lion and and exclaimed what a great job she is doing on her Space house.  Kat and I went to the new zombie region too and danced and explored.  The region reminded me of AAcme City quite often.

Next (usually in the wee hours of the morning when most sleep and the world outside my window is quiet elegance) Sunbeam stealthily  zigzags over to Tundra 3D where the kind owners, Lucio and Avon, (romantic Italians ladies!), have provided Sunbeam with a sim..  Thank you!  Sunbeam will  never ‘finish’ this project, she insanely doesn’t care! She is having too much fun!  We are dreaming of  a Fairytopia… a work of love, where creatures of all types can drop in for a chat and some peace.  A stroll thru colors and warmth. 

Sunbeam then spent more time in Metropolis with her dear friend Miney (Minethere Always) playing with toys, working on a Steampunk region and discussing the most wonderful and important issues of the day… Virtual Worlds, are they here to stay?  ROFL  

Sunbeam did find some time to go dancing with friends in a few different grids and at one party won $375 P’s for a Best in Beachwear contest… heck we all had on bikini’s so I think it was my pale glittery pink skin that really won 🙂 Sunbeam told them her skin was made by sunrise kisses. Giggles. A grand time with hostess Vickie Day was had by all who came.  Vickie embarrassed Sun by saying it was Sun who gave Vickie her very first DJ gig in InWorst and at a nude region too.  LOL Fun times years ago! Of course my friend and special talented artist Torben Asp played for Doctors without Borders at the Robstock event and the donation thermometer went off the charts while Torben performed his magic particle show playing his soul wrenching music in accompaniment.  A real treat for everyone!

Sunbeam took lots and lots of pictures while grid hopping and will drop the best ones for your viewing pleasure below with captions.  She is trying to be more ‘arsty’ fartsy, as she likes to call it, and took a few weirdo snapshots and insisted on posting them on her blog,   sooooooo Enjoy!   Forgive her impertinence! She gets over eXcited while fluttering from grid to grid like the bee who flutters from flower to flower takes in the fragrance of life.  What a magical secret garden sort of life Sunbeam lives!

Step in Sunshine! and if you feel like doing a quick little jigsaw puzzle, pop over to SunbeamS Jib tab on top of the blog.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Sunbeam wasn’t as active the last couple weeks at her Grid Hopping.  Plus, a technical disaster happened at WHAT virtual world and the founder decided it best to closed the grid completely after days of trying to repair the damage.  The best he could do was roll back to November 2012 and let the members know what happened.  He’s a stand up guy.  Many other grid have had ‘technical’ issues or closed  up without a word to their members.  I was proud to be part of the WHAT core crew.   We were right in the middle of making a new Welcome area and setting up Free parcels for new member when it happened.  It’s been a week now, we  miss WHAT,  but are certainly grateful for the time  spent there sharing space with the wonderful  new friends I met and my partners in crimes for a long time exploring and visiting virtual worlds of the metaverse. 

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Last time @ WHAT Welcome

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Isis’ New Spot @ Tundra 3D

Sunbeam was lucky enough to dance and laugh and  share good times with long time  her  friend Mikey McIntrye while he was spinning some of the best Blues on 3rd Rock . What a wonderful grand time reminiscing about our days together a couple years past when we planned parties on a region called Decades.  Those were the days my friend!   

When  Grid Hopping over to Metropolis to see Minethere Always’ new Steampunk project Sunbeam fell into the middle of a impromptu party.  She made a new friend,  saw a couple familiar faces and had a fun time.  The Euro feel of this grid and friendly members makes it a fun hop.  Sunbeam is now working on a Steampunk Gazebo for Miney’s next Free Theme OAR to be given away free to anyone that asks.  We’ll share pictures of that build next post. 

 

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Mikey @ Rob’s Rock n’ Blues Bar
Circle dancing with 3rg members

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Impromtu Party @ Metropolis

 

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A global community celebrating Love not war!

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A brand new world … brand new! Tundra 3D

Sunbeams’ friend form Island Oasis, Isis Ophelia invited her to come see a brand new virtual world she had just joined.  It’s called Tundra 3D and is based out of Italy.  Everyone was very welcoming and Isis offered Sun a couple parcels to set up shop at ID Designs.  Love a new start and fresh beginning.  Its like the first few weeks of an intense romance.  Smile.

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Planning project meeting with lynne and Kat

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Flying out for more VW Grid Hopping Adventures

 

Spent some quality time with a couple bff’s’ Kat Ewry and lynne lundquist at Kat’s new shop  Lady K jewelry.  She is so amazing at it! We envy her talents.  Anyhoo, the three of us are planning doing up Lion and Kat’s newest acquistion, another region making four now.   We’re thinking castles on top and a full region glorious magical merfolk and scuba diving  under the sea fantasia.  Sunbeam’s speciality.  On Second Life we have avatar Kohana Schimmer who has been a mermaid creature  since 2008.  Island Oasis is also having another building contest this one themed “Beach” so Sunbeam joined in and building a nightclub themed …. mermaids of course.  She is calling it SirenS Club and will share some pictures with you next post.   Wish her luck, she could be winner of 5000 Ps ♥

Artificial Intelligence in VW

A.L.I.C.E. Artificial Intelligence … has come to virtual worlds.   My first introduction to this phenomenon was when my friend Lion Ewry introduced me to “Mr. Ed” a beautiful black and white pinto horse who will follow you around and chat with you on just about any subject.  The more you talk the larger “Mr. Ed’s” vocabulary grows.  I was totally impressed!!!

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This wonderful experience felt magical, my goodness we’re communicating with a horse! Oh such bizzare fun!  DJTommy Seetan and Lion Ewry worked together to make this talking horse a virtual reality.  And if you just feel plain silly talking to a horse, go to Intoxicated region @ Island Oasis, at the Games Area there you can sit and chat with ‘Nadia’ the Gypsy…  ‘Nadia’ she will make you laugh and the time will fly by as the two of you get to know each other.  Daisy Coronet, Mrs. Kat Ewry,  Lion Ewry and DJTommy Seetan and Sunbeam spent a lovely time playing games and chatting with Artificial Intelligence… what’s next.. holograms??? dancing with your avatar buddies from around the world in your very own rl livingroom.  IMAGINE.

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The Gypsy ‘Nadia’ A.L.I.C.E.

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Sunbeam Shares Secrets with ‘Nadia’

               

It’s been a very busy couple weeks for me…. in my VW grids.  Sunbeam enjoyed some great Disco music and shared some laughs with Max Kling DJ @ Olantic… it brought back memories of the days when Dude and I taught Disco lessons around the Southern California area.  Dude was the DJ (killer sexy voice) and myself and our dear friends at the time (so to protect their privacy lets just call them the Furries, and myself made up our traveling troupe. We called ourselves “The Sunset Dancers”   ♫♫♪ “Those were the days my friend I’d thought they never end ♫♪♫”  Freak OUT! Funky Town!

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DJ Max Kling

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Silver Horses Pub

Sunbeam  helped set up the venue for my bffz (best friends forever)Lion Ewry and Katarina Svarovski and was Maid of Honor at the wedding and Wedding Co-ordinator.  We had a nice rehersal and all went very well.  It was the most beautiuful wedding I’ve ever been to in a VW (and let me tell you I  have been to many over the last 8 years) and the most special thing happened.  Lion asked Kat to marry him in rl too. Yeah! so romantic.  They met in InWorst virtual grid and were introduced by me, myself and alt (Evvie Silverweb) and I feel like a match.maker he he.  The are two of the nicest, most generous, most helpful, most compassionate avi’s I’ve ever met.  I made a smilebox slideshow of some wedding snaps I was able to get:

The Ewry Wedding, January 27th, 2013

On the WHAT grid: don’t you just  love that name.  Remember the old “who’s on first routine” done by Abbot and Costello? Sunbeam helped fill up the contest pods, and get avi’s entered.  The beginnings of the contest builds is already turning  Marvin Park into a magically wonderful, colorful place full of hearts, and love.  We have such awesome builders entered: AAcme Fall, jillytopaz wasp, guy quicksand, Fee Edenbaum, Anan Eebus, Shadow Ilo and mark forster.

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Progress has begun on WHAT Hearts Desires Build Contest

I set up a sim wide menu teleport system for the RP Western Town, Dry Gulch IO on Lady K & Lions Horse World region. I visited the new Welcome center at Island Oasis and spent some quality time with my friend Annallisia (she lives in Germany but is actually from the United States).  I down sized to one shop only in 3rg and helped Dude to take down his AAcme shop and box up his things.  He rarely rarely ever joins me in Virtual Worlds anymore, preferring to spend his time other ways.  Anyway I will close this post with just a bunch of random GridHopping pictures I captured while flittering about the magical metaverse.   Hope you enjoy them!

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Ps. I haven’t quite mastered inserting pictures they seem to stick whenever they want to not where I told them to.

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Sunbeam listening to Russell Eponym
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Chatting with friend Annallisia Ford

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The New Welcome @ Island Oasis

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Setting up Teleport System @ Western Town

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Wedding stage for the Ewrys

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Sunbeam claps her hands at the sunset
Look Out Point in Dry Gulch

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Sunbeam shop at WHAT

WHAT’s IN A NAME?

In Virtual Worldz you get to pick any name you want! YAY! well in the beginning when Dude and I first started (Second Life ~ 4/2005) they gave you lists and lists of last names to choose from… but your first name that was  your choice.  My very first name was ‘Sunbeam Jewell’ and Dude was ‘Pocketbook Writer’ (a die hard Beatles fan lol).  We really got into the ‘partying’ part of  SL and being mature and married forever thought we could handle it. NOT!  During our five years in SL we often decided VW was destroying our RL existence and would kill off our avatars and accounts and say”Never again!” .  HA! within a couple months we made up new rules for us to follow and would create another avatar and try again.

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Here are a few of the names I can remember just to show you how many we had:  Sunbeam Jewell, Pocketbook Writer, Mimzy Runningbear, AAcme Skytower, Ruby Glaz, Samspade Atlas, Tootsie Hirsch, Slo Pokie, Tehrina Atlas, Ijust Stand, Gidget Pick, Kohana Schimmer, Cinnamon Nightfire, AAbbee Fall, AAcme Fall, Venus Moonshadow, Virtual Builder, Evvie Silverweb, Abel Lastchance, Sunbeam Magic, Duderz Lebowski… I know there were many others lol but 22 seems quite a lot to me 🙂  We’ve been human, dragons, mermaids, tinies, fairys, dogs, and just plain odd looking avatars like AAcme’s current one:

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Some say you can tell the type of person an avatar is just by the name they choose.  And now with Open Source grids many grids allow you to choose your last name too.  The ‘Dark’ names (the ones I call Dark)  are scary like “Monster Gonnakillya” or “Nyour Face” ) often are used just for roleplay in Vampire venues or the such.  Many just want to shock you and enjoy griefing or harassing.  Then there are the ‘Sex’ names like “Pussy Wet” or “Longjohn Dong” lol.  You know what they are all about! 

With so many VW grids now available, many are using the same name in each grid.  So if you are new to Virtual Worldz my advice is choose a name you like and you feel enhances your personality.  A name says a lot more than you may think!

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Blogging

Blogging – it’s a tough nut to crack! Many times I’ve sat down at my computer to Blog, looked at the white space reserved expressly for my very own thoughts to be shared with the metaverse and then my mind goes blank! Before I sat down a 100 subjects bounced around in my brain, but the second I sat, nothing! Nothing seemed interesting enough to blog about.  Out of 101 days, I only blogged 11.  I feel so contrite.

I remember the first day I blogged, I had such high hopes of blogging ‘daily’.  I felt so passionate about my first blog it just rolled out from the keyboard popping on to the white space as fast as my fingers could fly.  I felt so right standing up for the community of InWorldz that was being misled by a fake death asking for money, to me this was pure and simple internet fraud.  I was shocked and amazed when the founders didn’t see it that way.   My mate had exposed the fraud with supporting facts and public links given each citizen the information to decide for themselves if a wrong had been done.

It seems most of my life when I have stood up for others (and in my mind, for a good cause) I am the one punished for my good intentions.  Once, in Junior High, an arrogant teacher was harassing and intimidating a shy quiet student in my class and I stood up for her.  Things did not go well for me then either.  Although eventually this teacher was caught on numerous occasions and finally was stopped from ever teaching again.  So in the end truth and justice won out.

I’ve heard from many friends that still play in InWorldz things have gone from bad to worse and the founders’ trigger happy ‘banning’ finger has once again pointed at a prominent honest caring citizen of this VW.  Poof, you’re gone! Once again the founders of InWorldz did not look at all sides of the situation,  they just immediately took their ‘friends’ side of the story and wielded their evil power, to hell with what’s right or wrong.  They say its like a dark cloud hangs over the InWorldz kingdom.

In most VW grids the founders DO NOT get involved with citizens squabbles.  Things happen so some VW have set up ‘grievance committees’ where the ‘drama’ is resolved by VW peers.  A majority vote, after receiving and discussing as much information as is available from all sides, will determine which side is credible and the committee will offer solutions.  I don’t see any reason to ever ban an avatar from a VW (unless child pornography or other crimes, perhaps fraud, is discovered).  As more and more VW are becoming more and more stable I hope players will gravitate to the Virtual Worlds where having ‘FUN’ is still the number #1 goal.  Words like greed and power should never be the goal, just like in real life.  Virtual Worlds and Real Life really aren’t that much different, people are people even if they pretend to be a dragon or a fae or a tiny, the same feelings come out as you play with others. So Play NICE and have some FUN!

(Well… once I got going it’s wasn’t so hard afterall lol)

Swimming through Life

While growing up in the North America States of Florida and California, my favorite thing to do was swim. It’s  my very first and forever love of life.  my Daddy taught me to how to swim and dive.   Along with hundreds of other Navy bratz, as we were called, I did benefit from  a few swim lessons offered on the Navy base. My Dad was a lifer. A Pearl Harbor survivor, but not from the nightmares and secrets he harbored,   I’ve always thought of it like a Choctaw NdN sacred spirit running through our ancient blood. Surviving and Swimming, its what we best instinctively, those skills are surely are Salvation. With Summer Solstice passed its time to swim in the cool rivers, lakes, and oceans and soak up warm to get us through the upcoming Winter.  The waterways are like the veins of our Earth snaking around the globe down to the tiniest trickle. Summer, a time to enjoy nature and the remnants Spring left us as colorful blooms bursting to mature.  For as long as I can remember the Sun and the Heart have always been like my tokens, icons of my soul.  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about swimming, and internal symbols of happiness since finish reading The Hunger Games. I saw so many layers in the storyline, reminding me of the metaverse.  Reminding me of the stories my NdN grandmother use to tell us during our visits together. Grandmothers and Family, now that’s another story! Enjoy the Summer. 

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June Gloom

Well… I guess I wasn’t as back as I thought I’d be.  Its been 3 weeks since I posted. Shame on me! Gonna blame it on the ‘June Gloom’ which I didn’t think I would experience since moving out to the Valley and getting away from the coast.  In my neck of the world, each June the clouds just seem to hang around blocking the sun all morning long.  Its down right depressing.  Can hardly get my day started!

Anyway, I’ve started slowly working my way back to playing VW games too. Had a great time building a street dance theme in Avatar Connection for the Diamond Jubilee celebration that England’s going wild over.  I’m proud to say I haven’t missed a contest yet since Oct when I joined.  I’ve got some new (old) friends joining me at Island Oasis and 3rd Rock seems to be growing with a couple new shops on the sim I share with London Core.  I’ve heard rumor InWorldz is up to its old tricks, with the founders causing dissension  among the natives and crowned dignitaries by once again ignoring the truth and issuing ultimatums.  Their nickname should be ‘As InWorldz Turns Soap Opera’.  Stay tuned for more.

RL vs. Metaverse

HELLLLLLLLLLLLO! I’m back …. sorry folks, my computer died a month ago (registry issues) and trying for two weeks to fix it myself I about gave up! ugh!!! I did have access to the Dude’s computer, but his is sooooooooooo different I felt like a foreigner who didn’t know the language struggling just to survive each moment and hoping I won’t fatally break something by hitting the wrong key.  Talk about trepidation! 

For the last six to seven years I have been a Metraverse Junkie! Its the first thing I do each morning with coffee. Email, FB, Poker, Games and Grids… and to believe this all started with ‘Pong’ LMAO!  Anyway after getting hooked on grid games, starting with Second Life, and then when ‘open sim’ became available and you got free photo uploads, and imports, and could virtually ‘build and rezz for free’ I signed up with at least a dozen or more new worlds to explore. I must admit I was probably hopping these grids and sitting upright for 10+ hours per day. Yaaaa! A total genuine bona fide additive grid junkie!  Sometimes working on a special project, such as the InWorldz Home and Residences Exposition 2011 I found myself staying up all night to work in the quiet wonder of the pixelated colors and objects glowing likes ghosts of the past and future escaping from my 22″ LED screen into my living room.  My imagination went wild changing my avatar from being a mermaid one week and a pixie the next, or a Steampunk Lady, moving through the regions fluttering around like a butterfly ~ free.

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With a broken wing, one can not fly so I learned to fill my real time with good old fashioned techniques of times past.  Of course the first activity I drove into was reading (Recommend: Eragon series by Chritopher Paolini, four book series! Excellent!).  I found myself staying up to 4 am in the morning (reminiscence of Grid Games) with my books.  Still lost in the  ‘fantasy’ escape, cheering on the Dragon and running through the fields in a different time zone.  My mind interlinked with the characters and enjoying the moment.

Then came jigsaw puzzle working out in the sunbeams and sunshine, Vitamin D and warm feelings .  A real rl mind game, jigsaw puzzles.  A challenge with many benefits. And as I’m outside in the sunlight my neighbors come strolling bye and say “Hello”… real live people, no bubbles, no awkward stances or poses yep its the real thing.   Your virtual friends of pixies, and mermaids, and Lady and Lords are just as real live too surrounded by imaginative creations built with virtual wood cubes… amazing!

I must say I’m happy to have my computer back, but at the same time I hope my self control will allow me to enjoy the metaverse in moderation. It was there when needed to fill time as the wait began for retirement days. I know I’ll always be a daily fix kind of gal who must turn on the love lights of the www basking a beautiful pale sheen on my cheek bones as I fly from site to site, soaking up knowledge and learning something everything.  Then I remember, I must soak up the Sunbeams too to survive both worlds. 

Blown to Smithereens

Yep… my computer exploded, died, kapoot…. its gone gone gone! AS I was “gridhopping” and exploring new worlds I saw a new one advertised called “Virtual Cities”.  I thought this is perfect for us, since we do prim cities.  I went to download the program (it redirected me to Alpha Towne, which we had been active players in a couple years ago so was really excited to see it was being revived) and then after the download and restart,  it had eaten one of my vital .dll files AND I could not even get into ‘safe mode’ to ‘restore’ to previous date.  After numerous tries and having to turn the tower off manually, now my computer won’t come on at all.   Dratz!

I  am able to use my hubby’s computer some what but it sooooooooooooooo different than mine (he has Vista, I had XP, he uses IE I use Firefox).  It just isn’t the same at all! I feel lost and isolated without my computer.  Who would of dreamed a computer would become such an important element to the quality of life in the ‘home’? I paid my bills on it, kept in touch with childhood friends, looked up receipes, searched medical info, chatted with family and of course played ‘games’ and wiled away my leisure hours having loads of fun.   Don’t know when I will get a new one.  I’m now doing jigsaw puzzles by hand, oh lordy! Anyway, to look on the bright side, when I do get a new computer the inner workings should be higher quality and with more advanced technology than my five year old custom built one.  Smiles. 

Needless to say my blog posts will be limited.  Dratz again!