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.
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.)
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
Spots—Rainbow Cheetah tattoo by Catseye
Hair—Kelia by EMO-tion
Ears, eyes, antennae, make-up—all from Stargazer Creations
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.