#SecondLifeChallenge โ€” My Seven Second Life Facts

I bookmarked this post by Strawberry Singh from 2017 โ€” before her joining Linden Lab and becoming Strawberry Linden โ€” ages ago, but never got around to doing anything about it due to… does the ‘all this’ gesture with their hands.

So, as part of my promise to myself to actually blog here regularly in 2021, here are my seven SL facts about myself:

  1. I have always had a female, or slightly female, avatar ever since I joined Second Life nearly six years ago. The thought of changing to a male appearance has never crossed my mind, and frankly I think I’d be very uncomfortable if I did, even more so than if I ever changed back to a more human appearance.
  2. I’ve owned three different types of Linden Home at various points over the years. The first two were the old style, 512 square metre homes โ€” I forget the names, I’d need to look them up on the Second Life website. I do have a soft spot for my current Linden Houseboat in Belissaria, as it has given me the opportunity to try sailing. (With mixed results, but I’m hoping that the completion of Linden Lab’s moving of all SL regions to the Cloud might improve my sailing record.) I’ve not looked at any of the newer Linden Homes, and am not tempted to switch locations.
  3. Music, both played by DJs and performed by musicians and singers in Second Life, is one of the reasons I’ve stayed in Second Life. As someone who is intensely introverted in real life, being able to listen to and enjoy music together with others in a virtual space is incredible!
  4. Related to the point above, becoming a DJ in Second Life, and then a radio DJ on Gorean Whip Radio, allowed me to overcome more of my introversion, while also giving me a chance to share myself through the music that I love. ๐Ÿ™‚
  5. I am constantly tweaking my appearance in Second Life, though often in ways that might not be immediately obvious. Part of that has been driven by the evolution of my persona in-world, but I’m also analysing other aspects like the number and weight of scripts I’m carrying on me and the complexity and load times for my avatar. Any opportunity I can find to reduce my script count and complexity is grabbed with both hands!
  6. The colour pink plays a big part in my Second Life. My hair, my clothes, even my furniture! The exact tone varies, and I have been known to turn up in multiple shades. ๐Ÿ˜€ But there is a method to my apparent madness โ€” it has probably saved me a lot of money by deterring me from buying stuff that either isn’t pink or can’t be coloured pink. (Oh, and my Firestorm viewer is pink too.)
  7. My biggest peeves in Second Life? Definitely gachas, particularly when they contain an outfit I like. Followed by performance lag, and anyone whose avatar is so ridiculously complex that my Firestorm viewer refuses to render them at all.

So, that’s my seven โ€” if you want to have a go, be sure to link to Strawberry’s original post, so she knows about it, and use the #SecondLifeChallenge tag if you’re doing this on the socials. ๐Ÿ™‚

2020 State Of The Alien

I’ve already posted a review of my real-world situation over the past year, so I won’t repeat myself here. This is going to focus on what I’ve been up to in Second Life and on Gorean Whip Radio.

Overall, this year has been… okay. While I did achieve a lot in terms of DJ sets and broadcasting, I’m acutely aware that my output has been reduced due to anxiety and depression, which resulted in my skipping shows and not applying for some events.

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Spiffy’s Pre-Christmas Warm-Up on Gorean Whip Radio โ€” today at 12pm SLT!

This is a friendly reminder that I’ll be doing a special show today, from Whip HQ in Second Life. I’ve dug out some of the weirdest and/or most cringe-worthy Christmas-related songs I could find. ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you’re logged into Second Life you can join me here, otherwise tune in to Gorean Whip Radio by plugging the stream URL into your browser!

I will post the show recording and track-list here within next day or so. ๐Ÿ™‚

Closing In On The End Of 2020…

Hey everyone, sorry for being so quiet here. Truth be told, I had to step back from Second Life and DJing for most of November to focus on my real-world health, both physical and mental.

I’ve made some changes to old ingrained habits, and as a result I’m feeling rested and more energized for the first time in ages! That has taken some getting used to.

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2020 SL Sci-Fi Expo Starts Today :)

I’ve been a very busy alien the last few days! The 2020 Sci-Fi Expo is happening from the 14th to the 28th October, and Gorean Whip Radio is the official station for the event. In previous years it has been help around November / December time, so I was caught off-guard when Irish Breen informed me that it was happening this month! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

This year they’re raising money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society.

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BURN2 “The Multiverse” Show Incoming!

Just a reminder that I’ll be DJ-ing today at BURN2 “The Multiverse” in Second Life, from 12pm to 2pm SLT (8pm to 10pm UK time).

Here is the link to the landing point if you’re in-world. Be advised that it could get very busy, so remove any scripted attachments, HUDs or other items that you don’t need before arrival.

If you can’t make it, you can tune in to my DJ stream here. I will also be streaming to Gorean Whip Radio, but as I’ll be squeezing in between two other shows there you might miss the start of my set. Never fear if you can’t listen live, I’ll be recording my show and posting it here tomorrow, along with tracklisting. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 โ€” but not this year, thanks to Covid-19 โ€” I’ll try and fit in some reggae, ska and calypso. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 โ€” 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! ๐Ÿ˜€

Photo showing my latest avatar look
Look into my eyes… you are feeling very sleepy… you need to read more of my blog! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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*

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 โ€œwell (s)he looks niceโ€ or some other third person observation? Or have you ever looked at thought โ€œwell, I look niceโ€?

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

In other wordsโ€ฆ are you observing your avatar or becoming your avatar?

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