Monday, March 31, 2008

Event postponed

For the few of you who read this blog, I thought I'd let you know that my Gallery Opening at Avatrait has been postponed a week, to 12 April. I'll put up a new poster when it is available.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Down to the wire

In April, I will be the featured artist at the Avatrait gallery in SL. The grand opening will be April 5th, time is 1pm SL time. Location is the Avatrait gallery: Simuality 31, 203, 35. This show will hold many pictures not seen before.

I've been working privately for months to try to come up with a new set of pictures that would be unique. If you have been watching my Flickr stream, you may have noticed fewer and fewer postings from me. Track Hax, owner/director of Avatrait, is a man with high standards and exacting tastes. It took me a long time to come up with the set he would eventually approve.

I'm really excited about this show. I've really stretched, as far as the subject matter is concerned. There will be topics on display that I've been too sensitive to touch before. Many of the pictures have a backstory. Please ask me about them. Some of the pictures are just pure whimsy. Smiles You can ask me about those, too. If you are looking for vastly post-processed pictures, this show is not for you. I am a photographer first and foremost. If I were presenting RL pictures, I'd be removing red-eye and freckles. These pictures show SecondLife in its beauty.

I must say, it has been an honor to work with Greg on this. He has pushed me harder than I have ever pushed myself. In January, I thought I had plenty of good pictures. They were pretty, but they didn't speak. I think you will be pleased with my newest offerings. Please come by in April and visit.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Dom/Domme Drinks

I had a bad day at work today and got to wishing I had a drink. Not to get drunk with, but to get that nice warm feeling of contentment and "I don't give a shit about work atm" attitude. Stephen offered me a beer in IM, which was quite kind, but on those rare occasions that I DO drink, beer isn't it. What did I want? Khalua and cream. Or better yet, Baileys on the Rocks. We got to talking, and I got to thinking.

Now, I'm taking an informal survey. What do Dom/Dommes drink when they unwind?

Drop your answer at the bottom of the blog. It will give me an idea of whether anyone is even reading this thing, but also will make an interesting and completely unscientific survey.

Drive safely.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Pedophilia in Second Life


noun a sexual attraction to children


noun a fear of children

One of the things I enjoy most about Second Life is the ability to be comfortable and safe. I can experiment with art and literature. I can experiment with building and scripting. I have control over who can come to my Second Life house. If a griefer attacks me or mine, I can withstand the storm ... and if not, I call Linden Lab and let them deal with it. What I like best about Second Life is the ability to talk to friends from all over the world, and to be expressive in my new-found art: SL photography.

I see lots of people doing various things in Second Life. Role players. People who want to experiment with a new "lifestyle". People who want to meet others with similar interests. Diversity and encouragement abound.

Except when children are mentioned.

Are children avatars allowed in Second Life? Absolutely. Is there sexual deviance related to them going on? Possibly. It's illegal in some countries to even
depict sexual activities with a child, even when the person behind the "child" is an adult. I am not here to discuss the pros and cons of such strictures. (I know that there are some cultures where "playing" with a child is encouraged, to get him or her "ready" for adulthood. I'm not here to discuss that, either.)

Is it possible for a child avatar to have a non-sexual life in Second Life? Absolutely. Just as it is possible for an adult avatar to have a non-sexual life in Second Life.

Why would someone WANT to have a child avatar? That's a tough one. Personally, I like who I am. Oh, wait. I'm 6'3", blonde, drop dead georgeous, and about 28 years old. (/me looks at herself, typing.) Well, ok, this is how I WISH I'd looked when I was younger. But why would someone want to be a child? Perhaps because that was the last good time they had, and their life since then has been unhappy? Perhaps because they want to feel loved and warm in a totally non-sexual way? Perhaps because they think they are cute?

I am sick and tired of my friends getting harassed by griefers; people who see a child avatar and automatically think that the person is there for deviant reasons. Please, don't assume the worst of people. Assume the best. You will be pleasantly surprised by how warm and wonderful (all) these people really are!


God loves everyone. Even you.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Cannery Update

It's sad to say, but I am resigning from being Curator at the Cannery. I had fun, but its just not working out.

I am pushing to have the book completed. It's only 3 months late. The voting scripts are now in place, so have fun and vote for your favorites! There doesn't appear to be sponsor this time. For that, I apologize.

Next time, better planning.

-- Sho

Maturity in Flickr?

I'll admit ... this is my own flickr account. I was taking pictures of a pair of friends and this is what happened. I have to put it into Flickr's Mature pool, but really, how mature is it, anyway!?!