Strawberry Singh is running a challenge about how you have changed in appearance in Second Life (SL). I’ve changed a lot in the last thirteen years.
I can’t give style credits for the older picture except to say default everything. I took the picture the second time I logged into SL and didn’t even know you could buy anything.
The 2019 picture is with a Maitreya Body, Vista Zoe head, YS&YS tone 03 skin on both head and body, YS&YS Morgana makeup.
I tried many of the other virtual worlds including the VR worlds in both VR and desktop mode. Interacting with and making new friends is why I enjoy virtual worlds and none of the other have the population to satisfy this need.
Wednesday I got a new fur baby. It’s been six months since my Dear Bogie passed. I keep telling myself I know he had a happy last seven years of his eighteen year live.
I’ve grieved but now that is not so bad and I miss not having a companion so I rescued Strawberry from Mostly Mutts. They called her “Peppermint Patty” but by accident I found out she answers to Strawberry so that is her name now.
Apparently she was abused when she was younger because she walks in circles a lot and I’ve found out she is really scared of guys. I can’t understand how anyone can hurt such an innocent and wonderful dog.
I have to leave a leash on her even in the house so I could catch her when it’s time to take her out. I sleep on a love seat I have with her beside me. I think she is calming down now and realizes this is her forever home because now she doesn’t walk in circles so much.
She needs to lose a little weight. She weighs as much as Boogie but is smaller. So do I, hopefully we can do it together. I enjoy cooking so I’ve put a bed for her in the kitchen.
To say she’s stolen my heart is an understatement. This is now my Desktop image.
I spend a lot of time in my home office. So I put a bed for my fur buddy in here so she can be comfortable. She seems happy just to stay on her bed while I work on my computer.
This is the morning for analysis of yesterday’s mid-term elections in the United States; so here is mine. First, a bit of my background.
I know some about racism and how prevalent it is in the southern US. While I am Caucasian I have also had to use a wheelchair to get around for almost fifty years so I do know what it is like to be discriminated against. Balance against this I earned a 4 year degree and had a twenty two year professional career.
What qualifies me to analyze political developments? My degree is in Political Science so one of the things I notice is political action. So here is what I believe happened in the 2018 mid-term elections.
As I thought the corporate and controlling wing of the Democratic Party had a blue trickle not a blue wave. What was surprising was their devastation in the US Senate races. I thought they would gain one seat and not be further marginalized.
While I expected the gains by the Democratic Party in the US House of Representatives they were minuscule. That many were progressives with a generous sprinkling of women of color gives me hope.
Sadly I expected the electoral defeats of Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Andrew Gillum in Florida.
Election fraud by her opponent may be part of Stacey Abrams’ defeat. With Andrew Gillum’s his campaign after his primary victory was stupid. But the reason beneath both defeats is racism. I have lived in both states and have seen how rampant racism is.
The results of the election are mainly the result of the the usual incompetence of the Democratic Party corporate leadership!
What is to be expected from the election? One thing I knew would happen has already come true. Of course Trump already is saying it is a positive mandate for his actions. It is nothing of the sort.
Of more interest will be watching Nancy Pelosi trying to shoe horn progressive who are not beholding to corporate interests into what is her version of the Democratic Party of money money money. While also watching Chuck Schumer trying to make excuses for his lack of leadership.
A few months ago I started having painful headaches during the day while I was in SL. I tried many changes in life style but nothing helped until I eliminated caffeine and coffee from my diet. Today to satisfy my coffee cravings I try to start each day by going into SL and sitting in our front yard and having a cup of coffee. It seems to work!
I tried automating my home some twelve years ago. It was a disaster so I eventually removed all of the hardware and software that never worked well.
A couple of years ago I tried home automation again. The system from Apple it wasn’t quite as bad. I do a lot of cooking so I use the timer function often. About half the time when I tried to start the timer my Apple Watch would send the message “Wait I’ll tap you when I’m ready”. The only way to get it to work was say, “Set timer to five minutes and thirty seconds you stupid piece of s***”. Then the timer would start but the full message including “you stupid piece of s***” would even show up. But the timer would start. It may seem silly but I don’t like to cuss even at a machine. It was frustrating!
I didn’t give up but I did try something different for me. In the last year I’ve seen a lot of email from Amazon about their echo system so I chose to give it a try. Late Tuesday I received the Echo Plus I ordered from Amazon. What a difference!
When I set it up after supper I was amazed how easy it was. In half an hour I had a workable home automation system going. I had to force myself to go to bed and stop playing.
In twenty-four hours I still haven’t had to cuss at Alexa. I’ve found things I don’t like hearing someone’s voice when I requested instrumental blues music. That is a minor glitch I am having a blast exploring Alexa. It is fun and easy!
Its been over a week since I lost my buddy. At least I was holding him when he died.
It really affected me. The depression didn’t really hit me until I came home and he wasn’t there to greet me. Since then all I did was wander around the house with audio novels playing on my laptop. My home is small and has a very open plan so I can hear it from anywhere in the house.
I know the last eight years of his eighteen-year life were filled with love. He was a rescue so I don’t know about his first years. But he did have a long life so I guess I did something right.
I got up each morning and cooked him breakfast. He liked bacon and soft scrambled eggs with cheese.