I thought I’d better post something to let the world know I’m still alive!
I ended up taking time out for most of March, both from broadcasting duties on Gorean Whip Radio and activity in Second Life generally, while I took care of my physical and mental health. A combination of sinus infection plus poor sleep had left me pretty frazzled, so I decided that sorting that out took priority over everything else. The time off ended up doing me a power of good, not only because my health has improved, but because I now have a lot more clarity on where I’m going and what my priorities are.
One side-effect of that is that I won’t be chasing after DJ-ing opportunities at big events like the SL Sci-Fi Con or SL18B. I will do coverage of events for Gorean Whip Radio when I’m able, and the good news is that the station is once again part of Sci-Fi Con 2021, meaning I’ll be doing a live walkabout around the event sims. 🙂
I do have one special event coming up soon — on Sunday 11th April I’ll be at BURN2 once again for their Burnal Equinox event, and that’ll be dual-streamed to Gorean Whip Radio. I’ll post the show recording plus a photo gallery afterwards.
In other news, I managed to snag myself a Catwa HDPRO Queen mesh head, which was briefly on sale for just L$1! It took me a while to get it setup to my liking, in part because my custom avatar shape caused it to break in a few places, but I’m pretty pleased with it. The best part is that the ears move by themselves, and unlike the old mesh ears from Stargazer Creations that I’ve worn in the past, they support Bakes on Mesh. 🙂
I’m also looking to reduce my monthly expenditure in Second Life, so I’m going to drop my Premium account in the autumn when it comes up for renewal. I’m now down to about 30 groups, and focussing on roleplay and events over shopping, so that won’t be a handicap for me. It does mean I’ve given up the houseboat Premium Home, which is a shame, but I can go elsewhere for sailing.
It has been a while since I updated here. Part of that has been due to recent health issues brought on by the sub-zero temperatures we experience the week before last, which greatly reduced the time I’ve been able to spend in Second Life.
Yesterday was the sixth anniversary (or ‘Rez-Day’ as it’s called by some folks) of my joining Second Life. Sadly, I wasn’t feeling up to celebrating, so it was pretty low-key this year.
I also had to contend with an extended loss of broadband access last Friday, thanks to a cock-up on the part of Virgin Media. That came at the end of a stressful few days as we worked, and waited on the phone, to haggle down the price Virgin are charging. Thankfully, the broadband returned last Saturday, but by that point I’d had to cancel my DJ set at Second Pride, which I was gutted about as I’d been looking forward to it.
But I’ve had some success, at least with my job as Advertising Production Manager for Gorean Whip Radio. With help from a few others (hi to Shaina and Volund!) several new adverts got put together and are now in rotation, making for very happy sponsors. 🙂
And I have a new home in Second Life! I’m renting a small apartment in MetroSomnia, the place where I role-play now, as well as the garage underneath. That has given me an excuse to rez and use the two hover-bikes I have in my inventory, one of which is a two-seater. As the sim is cyberpunk-themed they fit in perfectly, and I’ve taken them for a spin around the city. 🙂 I do need to work on my driving skills a bit more, so I doubt I’ll be persuading anyone to ride with me any time soon. 😛
I’ve been mulling this over for a while now, since before the New Year, but now I’m ready to go through with it.
This blog has always been self-hosted, but was subsequently linked to WordPress.com via the Jetpack plugin as a means to make my blogging life somewhat easier.
However, it turns out that WordPress.com is a Pain In The Posterior when used in this manner, both to get the integration fully working on my blog and to manage at WordPress’s end. I’m singularly unimpressed with their apps for Mac and iOS, and ended up going back to writing posts directly in my browser. And while I could use the WordPress apps to read other folk’s blogs, I already use Inoreader for that, which has the advantage of not being limited to just WordPress sites.
I am aware that I have quite a few folks who do use WordPress to subscribe to updates from my blog, and I don’t want to leave you guys behind. One option you have is to use the RSS feed for my site to stay updated — there are lots of apps and services you can use to do that, I personally use Inoreader but there’s also Feedly which is probably the best-known service. The alternative would a newsletter, but that would require some extra work to set up at my end.
So tell me, dear readers — which option do you prefer? If there’s enough interest, I’ll set up the newsletter and invite you to sign up for that.
Cutting the cord with WordPress.com will mean several fewer things for me to deal with here, and right now I’m all about simplifying my online life as much as possible.
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.
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.
This was originally posted 9th November 2017, I’ve updated it to remove some dead links.
If you’ve ever bumped into me in Second Life, you will have noticed that I look radically different from most folks. My skin is dark blue, with rainbow spots from my neck to my feet, I have enormous ears and antennae, large purple eyes, lips and facial markings, and invariably sport a pink hairdo. 🙂 I frequently get compliments on my looks, which is nice.
I’ve not always looked that way. In fact, my avatar has been through quite an evolution since I first entered the Second Life grid. A development that has reflected how my perception of myself has changed over time.
Hi! My name is Supermarine Spitfire, but you can call me Spiffy. 🙂
I’m a blue-skinned, rainbow speckled alien with pink braided hair who lives and works in Second Life.
I use this blog to talk about what I get up to there. I’m usually exploring, shopping, building stuff or chilling out. I also work in-world as a DJ, radio show host, and maker of radio adverts, promos and jingles.
I’ve been a member of Second Life since February 2015, and started DJ-ing in August of that year. In November 2017 I joined Gorean Whip Radio as a DJ. I became their advertising manager in October 2019.
In real life, I life and work in the UK, north of London. I’ve been a software developer, graphic designer, web designer and tech support in my time. I’ve also been in involved in printing, CD/DVD authoring and audio/video editing. Outside of work, I enjoy photography, writing, reading and making digital art.
I’ve been online in one way or another since 1989, and involved in a lot of online communities during all that time. I got my first home computer in 1983, and my first PC in 1992. Since 2012 I’ve been a Mac user, having used them for work since the early 2000s.
The person I am in Second Life is an expression of my creativity and also of who I am deep inside. I’m someone who’s borderline / high-functioning autistic, introverted and highly-sensitive. I find Second Life to be a great way to deal with how I perceive myself. I’ve developed a lot of close friendships within the virtual world. With support and encouragement I’ve come out of my shell and grown as a person.
Well, that’s enough wittering from me for now. Here’s to much more blogging in 2020! If you’d like to keep in touch and find out when I post something here, you can follow this blog on WordPress.com. Or you can add my blog’s RSS feed to your feed reader of choice.