Archive for May, 2009

Purple Day (Relay for Life)

Posted in Op/Ed on May 31, 2009 by Orchid

Actually for me, every day is purple day – but this time there’s a reason to be purple other than me being silly.

During (what I call) Relay for Life Season, I always feel like I don’t do enough – especially when the volunteers in SL start up.  I can’t make clothing, and I don’t really build now that things have gotten so complicated that it isn’t merely playing with blocks anymore.  Sure, in RL I walked a few miles to raise a few bucks this weekend on two different military bases – but as soon as I get home and see just how much work everyone in SL is doing I always feel .. well .. inferior somehow.  Then I realized – “Hey!  Buying RFL items help more than I probably realize!”  When JellyBean sent me a SLurl to check out Gala’s RFL item.

When it comes to volunteer work I always do what I can when I can.  Sure, I meant to stay home and write up a post about Gala’s purple skin – but when a friend called me to tell me they were short on people to do the walk I hopped in my car and drove over.   The post could wait.  Life could wait.  There were people that I felt I needed to remember with a candle, a few grueling miles of walking/jogging, and donations I’d collected for the past month.  The main ones being my mother and aunt, but the countless people whom I don’t know who feel just as important to me as they do.

So in honor of my mother who’s been battling stage 4 melanoma (skin cancer) for 3 years – I decided to wear the skimpiest thing I could find in SL today.  “Check your moles” my mother says to me almost weekly.  I do, almost daily it seems – and to support checking not just your moles – but your body (ladies self breast exams are the key to detecting breast cancer early!) I wore the least amount so anyone could ‘check my moles’.

Shape – The Way Things Are Lemon http://slurl.com/secondlife/Menel/99/84/23
Skin – Curio http://slurl.com/secondlife/Curio/128/130/38

Boots – F_Boots The Abyss http://slurl.com/secondlife/The%20Abyss/96/136/237
Hair – Phoebe – ETD http://slurl.com/secondlife/ETD/120/129/30
Eyes – Glamour Eyes (Purple) – Popfuzz http://slurl.com/secondlife/PopFuzz/185/127/40
Pose – LB Defiant Stand 5 – Reel Expression http://slurl.com/secondlife/Lalique/137/169/28
Corset/Thong – KK FetishDoll  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Kayliwulf%20West/219/128/64

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RFL Paint Yourself Purple – skin by Gala

Posted in Op/Ed with tags , , , on May 31, 2009 by hawksrock

I think anybody above the age of 25 has some sort of brush with cancer story they can share.   Unfortunately, although many advancements have been made in the detection and treatment of cancer, it is still an incredibly devastating disease that can strike at any of your loved ones at any point in time.  For me personally, I have now lost 3 of my 4 grandparents to lung cancer.   They all smoked, and they all died painful deaths tripped out on morphine after a long painful battle with lung cancer.   Despite whatever your personal inclinations are, I have to say that if you had lived through seeing what the three of them went through, you would not be a smoker.   I don’t wish that on anyone, and even though it is an addiction, it is still a personal choice which you have the ability to change.  *steps down off his soapbox*   My surviving Grandma, and one of the closest people in my life has survived both colon and breast cancer in her lifetime.   She is an amazing story of survival and not ever wanting to give up on living her life (even at her current age of 88.)  Without advancements in medicine, research, and treatment my Grandma would not still be with us today.

This background is what brings me to write this post today asking for your support to help make Paint SL Purple a huge event on June 1st.   Many vendors have set up items for sale with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Relay for Life.   Helping to fund research, prevention programs, and education are the most effective battle we can wage against this disease on a global scale.   One of the great designers who are supporting this cause is Gala Phoenix with a gorgeous purple skin which Jell is modeling for you today.  It is absolutely gorgeous on her, but would look a little silly on me.

This skin is available at her Curio shop for an even 1,000L’s with all the proceeds going to benefit RFL.   Quit smoking, eat a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables, lose some weight, get some exercise, wear your sunscreen, get all your checkups each year, and by all means go out and continue to support great organizations like RFL.    Your grandkids will appreciate it.

The Lighter Side of SL: The Key Note

Posted in Fun & Games with tags , , , on May 25, 2009 by ♥JellyBean♥

People have some serious anger issues this week, so here I am to bring you some freaking sunshine with a new segment here at the Rev – The Lighter Side of SL! *sports her sparkly smile*

Last week I was privileged to be invited to Karaoke night at the Key Note. This intimate little club (owned & operated by Cori Offcourse)  is home to karaoke, open mic, comedy, poetry, spoken word, book club and more. Since July of 2008, TKN has been doing what we all knew & hoped would happen since the introduction of voice. Cori started her baby, TKN hoping to help beginning acts in SL get their foot in the door. Cori says, “I know its nerve racking to get on stage, and I’ve tried a few other karaoke places that were big and kind of intimidating. I wanted something cozy and small where people would be comfortable.” She has definitely set out & accomplished that goal. The cozy atmosphere is exactly why I love TKN and even felt comfy enough to belt out a song or 3 of my own. I will admit Vodka was involved but hey we all get our courage somewhere.

If you’re wondering how it works, it’s simple. You just need to have voice enabled in SL. This isn’t just for those who want to sing their little hearts out but also if you plan on listening in. The whole event is handled through voice and text for those that are just spectating. Don’t have Karaoke tracks on your computer? No worries! Just play any song you have on your computer that you’d like to sing & viola you’re good to go!

Miike Mikoyan, a regular at TKN adds, “It’s totally laid back and just about fun.  If I can go from Ludacris to John Meyer to Zac Brown Band to WHAM, obviously entertainment is what we’re looking for. It’s totally just about fun.” Right now TKN only has the karaoke on schedule. Cori is working on getting a few book clubs started, and TKN always welcomes open mic acts, they just have to IM her and she’ll set it up.

The Key Note group is open enrollment… So look em up,  just click join and never miss out on the fun! Discover something new or get discovered!

KARAOKE
Fridays & Sundays 7 – 9 PM SLT

But the door is always open! C’mon in, tp some friends and throw yourself an impromptu karaoke party!

Small, intimate atmosphere
150 listener stream available
Tip jar for performers
Fun games, cuddles and dance balls in the loft!
Win lindens at Trivia and Scramble!

You can also Follow Cori on plurk: here

Hope to see ya at the Key Note!

– JellyBean –

The Death of Debate

Posted in SecondLife® with tags on May 24, 2009 by Prad

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The number of SL blogs which will take a debate and blow it out into a dramafest is exponentially growing. The number of retarded people who have access to Plurk, Flickr, Twitter and Heaven knows what else is growing too, and as a result, the chance for a reasoned discussion is dead.

There used to be a time when somebody would make a point, and others would come along and agree/disagree without having to deal with personal attacks and vendettas, but again, the vocal minority of the Second Life community is showing itself to be against progress.

In recent months, we’ve seen several people singled out for abuse and attacks, and quite frankly, it is sickening. All it does is breed an atmosphere whereby people will simply not say anything at all. We’ll be left with an SL blogging community of hardliners who won’t dare to stray from the “norm”. We’ll have designers who won’t try to push new frontiers in case they become ridiculed for doing so. We’ll have people who simply won’t want to stand out from the crowd and say “This is me and this is what I do” because some batshit crazy will hit ‘New Entry’ on their blog, and suddenly the flock move in for the kill.

How about this, for a change – before you hit the ‘New Entry’ button, or before you type in that Plurk/Twitter, or before you click “Publish”, how about you think.

It’s not hard – just think.

Am I contributing to a discussion? By submitting this to the public domain, will I be benefiting a promotion for thought? By letting the world see what I have to say, will they take something of value from it?

Or will the primary objective of it be to deface someone? Will it simply serve to stir up a drama which there was never any need for? Have I even read the original post, or did I just read what I wanted to read? Do I have the mental capacity to be worthy of sharing my opinion, or am I just that stupid that I have no clue how to make an intelligent point, so I’ll just spit on somebody else to make myself popular?

Here’s another simple idea:

Learn to fucking blog.

Here… Drink Mine Instead!

Posted in Op/Ed, Satire with tags on May 22, 2009 by Rosie Shark

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I love Hawksrock Gunawan.   He is sort of like my personal idol at the moment.   Who else could take an event he knew next to nothing about, be annoyed with it even though he’s so over SL in general, show no regard for people he admittedly has on his ‘friend’s’ list, spout off some propaganda about hypocrisy (oh the irony!), lure people to his post through that ever-useful plurk as a marketing tool, get them to read, and then get like 30 days, tops, worth of free publicity from it with everybody singing his praises. I think this represents the best in megalomaniacal (I might have made that word up) self-aggrandizing (I might have made that word up too!) soapboxing  genius I have seen in a while.

I have no doubt that hawks is a super nice sweet individual who wanted to do something for the blog-reading community.   I am proud to have him on my friends list, though I’d be shocked to actually get an IM from him.   I also am pretty sure that he knew that giving the people out there who read stuff something to go :O at was going to score him some great clicks.   I hope he doesn’t expect there to be a Hawksrock Gunawan is the awesomest person in the universe day, but I do think he expected this gesture to gain some negative feedback, because I am of the opinion that whatever faults you wanna throw at Hawks he has proven time and again that he has big smarts and an even bigger spoon.

I am however just a little bit shocked and dismayed at how quickly our band of blog readers out there are ready to line up like ducks at the shooting gallery.   They realized that if they tried to express a little involvement and levity and let’s say admitted they liked something everyone else did (HEAVEN FORBID) that they would quickly be banned from commenting on the Rev and miss out on all the free dramz.  Hawks says dance, they dance like mofo’s.   The same can be said of the quick rapid rise of Hawksrock Gunawan to take up Hawksrock Gunawan is the supreme god of the we’re-not-sheep-looket-satirez-i-has-it philanthropic association day, all because he took time to share his uninformed opinion? To my knowledge Hawks was pretty cool before this whole venture, but now that they scored drama he is EVERYWHERE!   Lord knows we wanna make sure this becomes an annual event, and maybe even other people will take up the cause of appreciating our band of hard working-hound-your-gf-to-edit-your-vid-for-you, overuse flowery adjectives and hopefully remmy the little people bloggers out there.  Isn’t it ironic, dontcha think?

SL’s Indie Scene

Posted in SecondLife® on May 22, 2009 by Daila Holder

When I blog, I try to give the reader a peek into my Second Life viewer and sometimes even a quick glimpse into the inner workings of Daila Holder. My Second Life, like most of yours, is made up of fashion, friendship and fun, but a key element of my time spent in world is music. I always have my stream on, and have been known to be snobby enough to not shop in a store if the music stream is unappealing.

Though unlike most musically motivated avatars, I am not a D.J. I am a connoisseur of others’ hand picked musical selections. I lean toward indie music, and two years ago I discovered my Second Life home away from home: The Velvet

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In an environment where clubs can close as quickly as they open, The Velvet has endured. So what is the key to starting and ensuring success of a club in Second Life, and why in a virtual world where fashion, drama and relationships rule, do so many take the time to focus on music? I asked Jed Brimm, Second Life DJ and Jasper Haifisch, Manager and DJ at The Velvet to help me answer those questions.

First a little history about The Velvet from Jasper:

Jasper Haifisch: The Velvet opened its fake doors on October 18, 2006. The club was conceptualized and brought to life by Pushbutton Skolnick. You’ll see her there from time to time socializing and DJing on occasion. About a year after the Velvet opened, she handed the keys over to me so we could keep it going.

And his thoughts on why the club has been successful:

Jasper Haifisch: Pushbutton Skolnick and I joke (I think we’re joking, maybe we’re just kidding ourselves) that we refuse to die. When the club first started, we used a lot of contests and themes to bring people in. That can take a lot of time and work and it eventually fell by the wayside, along with patrons. It took a while, but we’ve built a following back up and it’s all because of the community here. The Velvet exists because of the patrons.

Jed Brimm currently DJs at The Velvet, The Evening Room and others, and his sets are always worth catching. Check his SL profile for more details.

Some Evening Room DJs (Jed is top row, 3rd from left)

Some Evening Room DJs (Jed is top row, 3rd from left)

One of the questions I posed to Jed is:

In a virtual world where fashion, drama and relationships rule, why should someone take the time to focus on music?

Jed Brimm: I don’t think focusing on music excludes any of those things. In fact I would suggest that it complements them. Of course for many people, any or all of those things might be their sole focus. But in my experience music is a great catalyst for bringing people with similar tastes together. In many cases if you share an interest in particular music with someone, you might share other interests as well.
I also think, without getting too psychological, that it’s fair to say that virtual worlds are attractive to people who might be considered introverts. I have friends in SL who are shy even online. They just don’t wander up to people and start conversing. Musical venues are good places for people to come together. They hear something they like, maybe something they know about, they may want to share a story about a concert or a band or whetever. So in that sense, as a social medium, I think it is a good starting off point. Is that its sole purpose? I think most people who play music in SL love the music for its own sake. There might be others, I doubt many, who do it solely for the Lindens. I think there is also a bit of ego gratification involved. You like something, you want others to like it as well. But speaking for myself, the social interaction is the lure. Otherwise I could as easily play the music on my stereo.

Searching For Just the Right Song at Evening Room

Searching For Just the Right Song at Evening Room

So why do clubs like The Velvet and The Evening Room remain my favorite places to teleport into? The music baby, it’s all about the music. With 23 regular DJs, who, according to Jasper, “are given carte blanche for the most part”, you are sure to hear a set you enjoy. You can check out a current Velvet schedule here

I want to thank Jasper and Jed for sharing their opinion and expertise with me. I’ll leave you with three songs that Jasper recommends that you listen to now:

(1) “Angela” – Jarvis Cocker
This song drew me in with how much it rocks, which is strange considering we’re talking about the guy who wrote “Common People” with Pulp. He’s really putting himself out there and taking a risk with this change of pace. While hardcore fans may not like it, take a listen and see for yourself.

(2) “Two Weeks (Fred Falke Remix)” –  Grizzly Bear

Fred Falke is a name you might have seen on a remix or two lately. His remix of “Two Weeks” completely reinvents one of the top tracks from Veckatimest. It’s interesting to listen to both tracks and compare them. I would almost tab this a reimagining, not a remix.

(3) “Time For Us All To Love” – Bullion
Bullion, who hails from London, has basically created a mashup of J Dilla and The Beach Boys, and it turned out incredibly well. While Pet Sounds is a good album, this mashup makes it fun to listen to all over again. The album is called Pet Sounds: In the Key of Dee if you want to hear the whole thing.

Don’t drink the kool-aid!!

Posted in Op/Ed with tags , , , on May 21, 2009 by hawksrock

I love caLLie cLine.   She is sort of like my personal idol at the moment.   Who else could take a group that has been leading public opinion against freebies, offer them freebies, lure them all to an isolated location, dress them up like clones, get them to dance around like ducks on acid, and then get a years worth of free publicity from it with everybody singing her praises.   I think this represents the best in megalomaniacal (I might have made that word up) marketing genius I have seen in a while.

I have no doubt that caLLie is a super nice sweet individual who wanted to do something for the blogging community.   I am proud to have her on my friends list, and am always curious when I get an IM rapidly followed by hahahahaha or “you know I was kidding right?”   I also am pretty sure that she knew that giving the people out there who talk directly to the consumers free stuff was going to score her some great coverage.   I do not think she expected there to be a caLLie cLine is the awesomest person in the universe day, but I do think she expected this gesture to gain some positive feedback, because I am of the opinion that whatever faults you wanna throw at caLLie she has proven time and again that she is a marketing genius.

I am however just a little bit shocked and dismayed at how quickly our band of fashion bloggers out there are ready to line up like ducks at the shooting gallery.   They realized that if they tried to express a little individuality and let’s say wore a red tank top (HEAVEN FORBID) that they would quickly be ejected from the sim, and miss out on the free loot.    CaLLie says dance, they dance like mofo’s.   The same can be said of the quick rapid rise of the blogging world to take up caLLie cLine is the supreme goddess of the fashion philanthropic association day, all because she took time to give em free stuff?   To my knowledge caLLie was pretty cool before this whole venture, but now that they scored loot she is EVERYWHERE!   Lord knows we wanna make sure this becomes an annual event, and maybe even other people will take up the cause of appreciating our band of hard working slap an outfit on, take some pics, and hopefully remmy the slurls masses out there.  Isn’t it ironic, dontcha think?