First off, apologies for the radio silence (pun intended) most of last week — I wasn’t feeling well, so didn’t do my mid-week show.
Also, I’m late posting this because I forgot to do this on Monday. Bite me, I’m allowed senior moments! 😛
Anyways, here’s Sunday’s show recording plus tracklisting. Unfortunately, one song decided that it didn’t want to play, so the show is a little shorter than normal. Theme was chill-out. I hope you enjoy! 🙂
Glass Bird Movement — ISAN Ransom Notes — SOHN Sel Alterat — Boc Scadet Gniddt – Arovane Seq Changing Airborne — The Flashbulb Lit — Kiasmos Eagles Above — Teen Daze Offal Waffle — Little People Maghellen — Bola Away From — Robot Koch Nat’s Twirly Mug — Kelpe Several — Christian Kleine Blooms Eventually — Pulseprogramming New Bimple — µ-Ziq Rustdusk – Kiln Levite — Vladislav Delay Smile — kaito Second Sense — Jon Hopkins Analogue Bubblebath — Aphex Twin
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
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
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. 🙂
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! 😀
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
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
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:
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.
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.
Update 2020-08-10: sadly, the lockdown and its effects on my mental health derailed my plans for the podcast. Rather than keep throwing money at hosting, I’ve archived the one episode for posterity to a new location, and removed it from the iTunes Podcast Directory for now. I hope to restart it later in the year. —Spiffy
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. 🙂
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.