About Willow (This is going on a page but I’m putting on a post also.)

Square Phillida with Tripod Large

I’m what some people call a “super-wheeler” or if you’re a member of the physically challenged community you could call me a “super-crip”. Since I earned a university degree and had a successful career as a professional staff member of an investigative organization. Then after I took early retirement and designed my own house. All while being in a wheelchair.

Now that I have time for myself I am a learning gourmet cook, an accomplished photographer, and spend a lot of time in a virtual world called Second Life.

Pizza Just out of the ovenI started seriously cooking in February of 2017. I may be just learning but I think I’ve prepared some interesting dishes. All those years watching the food channel haven’t been wasted. On the left is my Asparagus and Arugula Pesto Pizza with Pink Lemon Ricotta. I also designed an accommodating kitchen for myself. I’ll add a page later about that later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ferris Dawn from Flickr

Lately except food photography of my own dishes most of my work takes place in Second Life. If you look at my Flickr site at https://www.flickr.com/photos/tarotgrove you can see some of my work. If you look far enough in the site you’ll find some of my real-life images also.  I’ve also branched out into making video or machinima of Second Life. While a few of those videos are on Flickr here is one of my early efforts at making a music video with a Second Life theme. https://adobe.ly/2oJvxqv No copyright infringement was intended but I think  the lyrics need to be shown from a Second Life perspective. The photography on the left is a still image I made in Second Life.

Willow and Partner for blogI spend a lot of time in the virtual world of Second Life. Some may call it just a trivial and inconsequential game but it is a lot more than that. Here is a link to a video I made in 2015. https://adobe.ly/2oq362a Our appearance is out of date but most of the reasons haven’t changed. What you get out of Second Life is depends on how much you put into it and a lot of people including me put a lot into this virtual world. As you can see from my video there a lot to do in this virtual world. A lot of people including me put a lot of effort into this virtual world.

I know it is considered bad literary form to repeat the words or phrases in writing but it is deliberate because a lot describes many things in Second Life. Most people don’t realize it the but the population of Second Life is approximately nine hundred thousand. That is a lot. That is larger than some countries. In mid-2017 the number of concurrent user’s peaks at over fifty thousand people a day. And those people are from around the world. Want to get to know someone from India well this is a place. BTW that is couple more of a lots.

Charity is a big activity in this virtual world since 2005 the Relay for Life of Second Life has raised over three million US dollars for cancer research and patient care. That is another a lot.

I mentioned in the video that some people make their real-life living in Second Life. It’s estimated that they take around sixty million dollars out of this “trivial game”. That is another a lot. 

The picture is how my partner and I looked in 2017. Second Life keeps developing. This virtual world is mostly user designed and build so a lot is going on.

 

Second Life is fun again

Cropped Willow #1In the last few years Second Life (SL) hasn’t been very as interesting as it was in 2005 through 2007. Back then I was excited to get in world and see what was happening as soon as I got up but since then it has become sort of dull. I even took a “vacation” from SL for almost two years with my activity cut back to being in world a couple hours a month. That was somewhat different than 160 hours a month.

I tried to become interested again in the middle of 2014. For about a year that worked but the interest flagged again. In my opinion SL itself was beginning to die so I started to look at alternatives. BTW I didn’t find a good one.

Then in the middle of January of 2017 I found something in SL itself. I looked at the videos of Strawberry Singh about mesh bodies and heads and saw the technology has advanced enough to be interesting. I’ve found something that makes me excited to get in world in the mornings. SL is fun again.

Chanel's Closet #2As usual I didn’t start something new in a small way. My inventory has grown by over four thousand in just a few weeks.

I tried mesh bodies and heads in 2014 but gave up on them since they were too complicated to use and I was in SL to have fun and relax. I’ve seen lots of complaints about how mesh clothing means your old inventory of non-mesh clothes is almost unusable. With some exceptions that isn’t true. It’s just that dress that looked so good in 2007 doesn’t look so good now. Replacing it is a perfect solution for a shopaholic!

Thank you Berry  ( https://strawberrysingh.com )