Radio Broadcasts

Spiffy’s Sunday Supplement – 28/06/2020

I had a hiccup with the broadcast, the sound cut out at my end and then the music froze while I was rerouting the audio, so I had to stop and start the streamer to get things going again. Thankfully, I didn't lose the recording, and was able to stitch the whole show together again once I was off-air. —Spiffy

I decided to go with a New Jack Swing theme for today’s show. 🙂 It was fun to put together the playlist, and I’ve not heard some of these songs in a very long time. Yes, there is some fruity language in the lyrics, just so you know. 😉


My Prerogative — Bobby Brown
Poison — Bell Biv DeVoe
Around the Way Girl — LL Cool J
Right Here (Human Nature Radio Mix) — SWV
Don’t Walk Away — Jade
I Want Her — Keith Sweat
Uhh Ahh (Remix) — Boyz II Men
Groove Me — Guy
Rumors — Timex Social Club
Casanova — Levert
Sensitivity — Ralph Tresvant
Nite and Day — Al B. Sure!
The Rain — Oran “Juice” Jones
Return of the Mack — Mark Morrison
If I Had No Loot — Tony! Toni! Toné!
This Is How We Do It — Montell Jordan
Now That We Found Love (feat. Aaron Hall) — Heavy D. & The Boyz
I Wanna Sex You Up (Single Mix) — Color Me Badd
I Love Your Smile — Shanice
Hold On — En Vogue
Freek’n You — Jodeci
Real Love — Mary J. Blige
Do the Right Thing — Redhead Kingpin

Radio Broadcasts

Spiffy Probes Your Ears! 24/06/2020

I’m going to start posting the recordings of my radio shows and DJ sets here, usually the day after they go out. This is from my mid-week show Spiffy Probes Your Ears which I broadcast from The Hold of Axe Fjord in Second Life yesterday at 12pm Pacific Time / 8pm UK time.

I decided to go with a house / techno / electronic mix this week, to keep things upbeat. 🙂 Lots of SL17B talk throughout the show too.


Rheji Burrell & The Utopia Project — Epiphany
Ben Hixon & JT Donaldson — D.I.P
Bruise — Jagged Angels
Denham Audio — Make U Move
Ciel & Ali Berger — Damn Skippy!
Sweely — I Gotta Keep On (S.R Piano Remix)
Rheji Burrell & N.Y. House’n Authority — 4th Time
Mezey & Nosho — Zeus Dub
Galcher Lustwerk — Speed (AceMoMa Remix)
Private Press — Untitled A2
Chicken Lips — Goldenlips (DJ Sotofett’s Golden Funk Mix)
Cooper Saver — Pacific Visions
Earth Boys — Got It To Work
Patrice Scott — Rain Dance
Kick.S — Amadeus
Hieroglyphic Being — Side 2 Side (Black Hands Version)
Mano Le Tough — Kind Of

Radio Broadcasts

Road Trip Iiin Spaaace!!!

Yesterday, I performed a one-hour set at the Spin-Masters Stage at SL17B, Second Life’s 17th birthday celebration. The theme for this year’s party is ‘Vacations & Road Trips’, so I decided to put my own spin on it with my playlist. 🙂

I’d performed at SL16B last year, so I knew what to expect. I had to arrive an hour before my set, do a sound check backstage with the stage organisers to make sure my streamer settings were good, get my performer lanyard, and let them know how I wanted to be announced and what style I’d be doing.

I did an hour’s warm-up on Gorean Whip Radio, then performed a simulcast at SL17B, so I was broadcasting both there and across Second Life via Gorean Whip Radio.

Sadly, I was too busy with DJ-ing and chatting in-world to take any snapshots. Not that it would have looked great, mind you, I had to dial down the appearance of everyone else there in order to keep my Alchemy viewer responsive.

However, I can show you the new profile picture I made, which is now on my Second Life profile as well as my DJ tip-jar. 🙂

DJ Spiffy – Half Alien, Half Machine, ALL FABULOUS!!!
The Broadest Beats In Second Life!

I recorded the full audio of the two hours, and made it available to listen to below. Please note that this is for personal use only, and not for distribution. There are a few advert breaks in the first hour, plus lots of me gabbing on the mic! 😀

Spiffy @ SL17B – 23/06/2020

Warm-up Session:

Babylon Zoo — Spaceman
The Byrds — Mr Spaceman
Chris de Burgh — A Spaceman Came Travelling By
Styx — Mr Roboto
Dee D Jackson — Automatic Lover
Die Alten Maschinen — Blitz
Newcleus — Jam on It
Galaxy 2 Galaxy — Jupiter Jazz
Drexciya — Davey Jones Locker
X-101 — Rave New World
Aphex Twin — #20

Main Show:

Richard Strauss — Also Sprach Zarathustra
William Shatner — Rocket Man
Lemon Jelly — Space Walk
Jean Jacques Perry — E.V.A
The Daniel Caine Orchestra — Theme from “Buck Rogers In the 25th Century”
Weird Al Yankovic — The Saga Begins
Sam Tsui — Call Me Maybe
The Firm — Star Trekkin’
Leonard Nimoy — Twinkle Twinkle Little Earth
Stu Phillips — Theme from “Battlestar Galactica”
Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip — I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper
The Imagined Village — Space Girl
Apollo 440 — Theme from “Lost In Space”
The RAH Band — Clouds Across The Moon
The Carpenters — Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft


A Little Bit of Alchemy

For most of my time in Second Life, I’ve been using the Firestorm Viewer, and it has served me pretty well. But even with a more powerful Mac, there’s no getting away from the fact that Firestorm struggles at times in busy areas.

So I was intrigued when I saw a recent video from Luca Grabacr where she did a performance comparison between Firestorm and another viewer, Alchemy, within the same sim:


Spiffy’s ‘Alienifesto’

I recently came across this blog post by Meri via the Second Life Community Blogs forum. In it, Meri explained why she hasn’t been blogging much lately, and included a ‘womanifesto’ that she’s going to follow. She included a YouTube video taken in Second Life, that I’ll link to below.


What’s In A Name?

There has been one thing that has always niggled me in Second Life, ever since I first joined in 2015. It’s something that I’ve been stuck with for as long as I can remember.


The Other Me

First of all, my apologies for not posting here in a while. As you might have noticed from the news channels, there’s a pandemic going around the world, and I’ve had to make some adjustments to my life as a result. I’m OK now, but it has been a bit stressful the last few weeks due to concerns over shopping for food and getting medication. I’m in an at-risk group because I need to take medication that suppresses my immune system, so I need to stay at home for the foreseeable future and avoid contact with others.

So now I have no more excuses for putting off writing this post, which I’ve been meaning to do for several months now.

Today, I’m not going to speak to you as Supermarine Spitfire, the blue rainbow-speckled alien, but as Alan, the real-world person behind the avatar.


I’m A Podcaster!

Sooo… yesterday, I went and made a thing…

It just so happened that 18th February is my rez-day, and the fifth anniversary of my first entering Second Life. So it felt like the right time to take this step. 🙂


Avatar Evolution, Continued

This post was originally written in November 2019.


Since I last updated this blog, there have been a few changes in Second Life. One has been the release of a new feature into the Second Life Viewer (and now the Firestorm Viewer that I use) called Bakes On Mesh. Yes, I know, not very self-explanatory, especially if you don’t know much about Second Life or other virtual worlds. In a nutshell, it’s a new way of dressing up your avatar, or rather an old way that can now be used with newer mesh-based avatars as well as traditional SL ‘system’ avatars.


Second Life Avatar Challenge

This post was originally published in March 2019.


The other day, Strawberry Singh, whose blog I read regularly, posted one of her occasional challenges to get people to show off their Second Life avatars. It has been a while since I talked in detail about mine (if you’re interested in reading my previous post on my avatar’s evolution, you can find it here.)

Spiffy relaxing at home in Second Life
Spiffy relaxing at home in Second Life

I took the picture above at my private home. The chair I’m sat in is the appropriately-named Hypno Throne made by Dictatorshop. 🙂

I’m wearing the following:

  • Mesh body—Maitreya Lara
  • Mesh head—GA.EG Barbera 2.0
  • Shape—customised by myself, designed to be androgynous-to-fem
  • Skin—Lumae Eiirtae
  • Spots—Rainbow Cheetah tattoo by Catseye
  • Hair—Kelia by EMO-tion
  • Ears, eyes, antennae, make-up—all from Stargazer Creations
  • Clothing—all from r2 Fashion