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Heading to Virtual Black Rock City this Sunday!

Greetings Burn2 VRC Week Performer, We are so happy to have you as a performer. I am confirming your date and time: 8/30 - NOON - Spiffy Voxel - DJ Spitfire
Screenshot from confirmation email 🙂

Sooo… last week I got confirmation from the organizers at Burn2 in Second Life that I’ve got a slot there this coming Sunday at 12pm SLT for the VRC Week event!

As with my previous performance at Burn2 last month, I’m planning on simulcasting across Second Life on Gorean Whip Radio, with the approval of station management. I’d normally be broadcasting at that time anyway, so no danger of conflict with other shows.

I’ve not yet finalised what I’ll play, but since it falls on August Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK, when the Notting Hill Carnival would usually be taking place — but not this year, thanks to Covid-19 — I’ll try and fit in some reggae, ska and calypso. 🙂

If you’re around in Second Life on Sunday, you’re welcome to drop by the Burn2 performance stage (note that they’re in the process of building currently, but feel free to have a look around.) Otherwise, you can tune in via Gorean Whip Radio (here’s the stream address), or wait until next week when I’ll upload and post the recording of my set.


In other news, I’ve been doing some more tweaking of my avatar. My search for a new deep blue skin has finally ended — the appropriately named Peacock skin from CORE, which makes my rainbow spot tattoo and makeup really pop! I also found some new mesh eyes that I’m truly happy with, the Hypno from Venge. Unlike a lot of the others I’ve tried, these can be modified, so I could add some glow to them. Perfect for staring down haters and undesirables, or perhaps enthralling the unwary… muwahahahaha! 😀

Photo showing my latest avatar look
Look into my eyes… you are feeling very sleepy… you need to read more of my blog! 😉

You might notice that a few things are missing, namely my ears and antennae. The sad fact is that neither of those items support Bakes On Mesh, meaning it’s much more hassle to texture them, and I cannot apply any shine to them. So, I’ve ditched them for now. On the plus side that reduces my avatar complexity quite a bit, as does the removal of the need for an extra tattoo layer to hide the baked in fingernails and toenails from my previous skin.


That’s all the news for now. I have a review coming up for an alternative mesh body, which I’ll get done and posted later this week. And I’ll try and take some photos from Burn2 on Sunday to share with you all.

Peace and love, stay safe, and look after yourselves and each other! *mwahs*

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Observer or Participant?

This post was prompted by a long piece that Pussycat Catnap wrote on her blog, Observer Fantasy vs Particapatory Fantasy; The role of perspective in how we shape our avatars and characters in SL and other online games.

Have you ever looked at your avatar and thought “well (s)he looks nice” or some other third person observation? Or have you ever looked at thought “well, I look nice”?

Presuming for a second that your avatar actually did look nice to you… which of those two would be the most likely way for that thought to pop into your head?

In other words… are you observing your avatar or becoming your avatar?

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This or That Challenge

I forget who brought this to my attention, but I came across this challenge that Strawberry Linden posted to the Second Life Community Forums back in April where she provided a graphic template for people to fill in showing a summary of their Second Life existence.

Since I really need to blog here more often, I thought I’d give this a go, so here’s my summary:

Spiffy’s “This or That” Second Life Challenge infographic
  • The first two don’t need too much explanation, if you’ve read some of my earlier blog posts. 🙂
  • I currently have both a Premium home and a rental parcel in Second Life. I’m not big on decorating or furnishing, but I do like somewhere to put up artwork and other eye-candy. Plus, I can rez stuff when and where I want. 🙂
  • I tend to fly when I’m travelling long distances, and walk when I’m exploring an area in more detail. I’ve also got some boats that I take out onto the waters around my Premium home, as well as a hoverbike that I sometimes use for exploring the interior of the mainland.
  • I mostly buy stuff, although I’ve done some building in the past, and I’m quite willing to modify stuff I own in order to make it more to my liking.
  • Until recently, I was a hoarder, but now I’ve started getting more ruthless in terms of removing things that I’ll never use.
  • I try not to splurge too much on shopping, and mostly I succeed these days. My insistence on a mostly-pink wardrobe does help curb some retail therapy impulses. I tend to wait for sales or clearances so I can scoop up bargains.
  • I am starting to get my inventory into shape, but it’s slow going because I get overwhelmed easily. So I do a little bit at a time, whenever I’m able to. (To be fair, my inventory is pretty minuscule by comparison to some of my Second Life friends, both because I’ve not been here as long and because I’m not a shopaholic.)

Anyway, I hope that gives some of you a chuckle. 🙂

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I’m A Podcaster!

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. 🙂

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Avatar Evolution, Continued

This post was originally written in November 2019.

—Spiffy

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.

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Second Life Avatar Challenge

This post was originally published in March 2019.

—Spiffy

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