Enrico and Bo hunting bunnies early one morning on Isle of Dogs. I’m not sure that Bo is very good at this.
They say that axe wielding maniacs look just the same as everyone else. In Second Life, that’s probably more true than anywhere …
Lailantie Core, chops wood with her axe, but those trousers are definitely designed for maniacs.
Scary lookin’ bearded bloke with axe. Definitely a maniac.
Look out Dad! Grandad’s coming with an axe!
Day two of the Virtual Kennel Club Anniversary Celebrations and Tone Uriza was back for another gig.
Punky Solo, strutting her stuff.
Change Partners …Logan dances with Dad
Pepper adores Tone.
The Tonettes came armed with rulers and left Tone all a quiver.
Some months ago Blu and Logan and Dad got together to make the LogSpark Dog Bath for VKC(TM) Dogs. Solcar did the animations, Blu designed the baths and created the themes and Logan and I wrote the scripts.
The bath comes in Small, Medium and Large to suit the sizes of the different Virtual Kennel Club dog breeds and features two and a half minutes of looped animation for each breed. There are nine themes that can be selected from the touch control menu and there are also controls that will allow you to fine tune your avatar’s position at the bath to get the most realistic look.
If you’d like one of these, you can get them from the LogSpark Dog Bath Store at the VKC Dog Park at Turing Isle. If you need two or more baths (so that you have the right size baths for your VKC Dog breeds) you can get a discount by buying the Twin Pack or the Fat Pack which contains all three.
Nobody actually knows how old Cazaluff is, we think it’s not as old as Logan but probably too big a number to be stored in an integer in many programming languages. Apparently she was rezzed in RL on 1st March but that’s a Monday this year and Cazaluff would be in school so we had the party on the Saturday before instead. You’re probably wondering why, if Cazaluff is so old, she will be in school on her birthday, unless of course she’s the teacher. I’m not sure I understand it either, but she’s definitely not the teacher, I’ve seen her in her uniform.
So anyway, it all started like this. Logan and I Gimped up a party invite…
and then Logan and Blu called up Blu Heron for catering, decorating and instigating…
and Blu called up Tone to come and play the Blues.
So, come the morning of the party (or the evening depending on where you live), Cazaluff and Logan are in the Dog Park hanging out and helping the visitors and Blu and Blu are in the courtyard getting prepared. Logan has already blown their cover in a careless IM, but Cazaluff is blissfully unaware…
Tone sends out a Group Announcement inviting all his fans to come to Cazaluff’s party and Cazaluff is still unaware (-:
Finally Logan puts out a call on the Tannoy and Cazaluff comes down to the courtyard to see what all the fuss is about. I don’t know what “Blimey!” is in Viking, but we think she probably said it.
But it doesn’t take her long to get her bearings and soon she’s rockin’ out in front of the stage.
Not long after that the party is in full swing and people are coming in from all over to congratulate Cazaluff and dance to the blues.
Blu and Rico rockin’…
Deborah Harry Jola Catnap cruisin’…
…and Dad groovin’.
It was around this time that the Miller Phone rang. It was John Travolta. He said he was making Night Fever 2010 and wanted to know if Dad would be in it. I took his number and said I’d call him back …maybe.
Doolittle’s dog’s eye view of the dance floor.
You can see a lot of our old mates here, Niju Zarco, Stormy Moonlight, Safra Nitely, Ishtar Roux, Roe Woodford, Benno Denimore, Love Kawaguichi, Joachim Sicling, FaithHopeLove Destiny.
Not only is Tone a Master of the Telecaster, he’s a Dobro Pro too.
Doolittle: Give me weed, whites and wine!
Celestria Henly: Blimey!
Doolittle: and I’ll be Willing…
Yep, Lowell George was da man for sure.
After a bit of yelling from me, out came the stratocaster and Tone said, “I’m gonna play this song for Miller… ”
Shake Your Money Maker! – Hoooooooooo!
I thought it was all over after that, but no, Tone kept right on playing. Here’s a drunk’s eye view for those of you that were a little the worse for wear.
From left to right, those left standing at the end were: Blu Heron, Keiichi Ichtama, Celestria Henly, Tone Uriza, Diddi Cazalet, Sandry Logan, Paula Chunes, Blu Sparkle, Tanya Matahari, Solcar Amat.
Happy Birthday Cazaluff!!!
Later on when Cazaluff was opening her presents, we spotted Doolittle trying out his telekinesis skills on a left over glass of beer. As far as we know, he still needs more practice.
So… if you don’t know any girls that live upon hills and you need an introduction to one, or maybe to her sister… call Tone Uriza. He knows all of them.
Leastways, go see him play. He’s the greatest (-:
So today was Widget’s Launch Party
Widget was wondering what all the fuss was about
and wondering why there were so many people there
There being a lot of people there, some of them were all grey…
everything was going slowly and Dad got stuck in a yay.
Rico got stuck in a smile. But that’s OK, if I could make those dogs I’d be grinning from ear to ear too.
And Dad got abducted by aliens who examined him erm… thoroughly and sent him back with a new shape and a new grey suit.
Me and Logan didn’t stay long, we left so that other people could come into the sim. Even though it was very crowded, it sounds like everyone had a good time.
You know that place that I said I wasn’t allowed to talk about and take pictures of? (Not the one with the dancing girls and the poles, the other one, you know… the secret one?) Well, now it is not a secret.
First came the announcement from Enrico…
…me and Logan then made another one for the people on Turing Isle in the Dog Park so they would know to come too. (Actually we made that one just because we can. Logan likes sending messages to the estate and she likes hollering. Simple pleasures, eh?)
So then you press OK and you go out through the Vavoom! store and get onto the bridge, and go slowly so that you don’t fall into the water between the sims.
and oh… who’s this? It’s Dad wandering around aimlessly. He looks like a bloody tourist.
Meanwhile up in the new Plaza…
Rico is waiting for the people to come and looking apprehensive…
…Blu is busy making a few last minute adjustments…
and on the little deck by the waterside, the gulls are waiting for someone to come and feed them. But, it won’t be me I can tell you, the last time I got near the gulls, one of them stole my chips. I’m not having that happen again, chips I can bear but I don’t wanna lose a Frankenbabyburger to them. They just gobble up anything in sight, so they wouldn’t appreciate good quality fare like that. Continue reading
23rd December is Logan’s birthday. Estimates vary as to her real age from 46 years old to 152 years old. We all know that she lies about her age, but that’s ridiculous. But, totally unperturbed by the age anomaly, Blu Sparkle and Blu Heron organised a party for her and a load of our mates* came over to dance in the park.
Solcar Amat (Dad)
(…who really knows how to rock out…)
Me, rocking out with Logan and Rico
Everyone rocking out and kicking the balloons around
This one is our mate Pell Smith who is the very talented bassoon player in the Fontana Orchestra,
…but look again at how he is not in the snow… that’s not because he is in Japan and there wasn’t any snow (there might have been, I don’t know) but Pell was here in Second Life with us. So what happened? Well… Blu just happened to make a new island appear from beneath the waves… like magic. Look!
…but she named the island wrong, it should have been Isle of Miller.
Oh, if you are wondering what that little symbol means, it says:
No pushing anyone over so that they fall down and bruise their arse.
…so anyway we just moved the party to the new island and carried right on with more dancing…
…and Rosanna’s aeroplane (but everyone was too scared to go in that)…
…and then we ate cake.. me and Logan ate lots of cake…
…and did the Onigokko…
…and generally made a mess…
*None of the people that I invited could come, they all said that they were dancing elsewhere and needed the money from the tips. Everyone that could come thought that this was probably a blessing.
**Photo by Ebi Ebi.
Logan and Blu and Ebi and Dad and Cazaluff and Rico and me entered in the 48 Hour Film Project Machinima Contest. This was COOL… but it seems that forty-eight hours is a long time for humans to stay up and there was not much rest and it was all I could do to keep Logan awake until the end.
First we went to the “Kick Off” Event at the “Fly In Cinema” (where the space ships park so the people in them can watch films) and we hung out with some weird looking people and some normal looking people and a girl who could not stop dancing and we waited to find out what we had to have in our film.
Hanging out at the Kick Off
- Prop: Beach Ball
- Character: Pat Mitchell, a painter
- Line of Dialogue: “I need a drink”
- Our Movie Genre: Holiday Film
Me and Logan and Rico and Dad at the Kick Off
When the Kick Off was done we all went to Rico’s island to brainstorm for ideas. Well, that’s what they said they were doing, but I saw a lot of people lying around on the floor and stuff. Oh and I saw this…
I’m still not quite sure what this was all about, but I don’t think we were allowed to make that sort of a movie anyway, in case some other people’s kids saw it or something.
Anyway, we made up this story about a boy who wanted a bear for Christmas, but he got the wrong one and he was grumpy about it, like forever and had a big row with Santa Claus.
Blu built some cool sets with Diddi…
Diddi and Dad played the Elves that worked in Santa’s Warehouse
But Dad also had to play the part of Pat Mitchell and he was changing his costume but he screwed up and took most of his kit off without putting any more on. He was standing there almost naked and everyone was cheering and laughing.
Back on the set with the little village, there was this snowman who kept talking to anyone that came near. He wasn’t like good AI or anything and he talked crap mostly, but he thought he was too good to talk to me and when I spoke to him he ignored me.
Of course he may have been ignoring me because I was shouting at him because he was talking rubbish and distracting the crew who were supposed to be working. So anyway, I got a bit wound up and things got a bit heated and I erm…… well, I flamed him. And then he looked like this:
I don’t recall there ever being a scene written where Santa Claus steals Pat Mitchell’s truck and races off in it and crashes into some trees. But, here is Santa, in the truck, crashed into the trees and… taking a picture of himself.
In one scene Dad had to be Pat Mitchell and sit at the table in his house looking very, very glum. But he was having a bit of a fit and he ended up sitting in the drawer of the table looking very, very stupid. So I took a photo of that too.
You’re probably wondering what the hell Logan was doing, right? (Apart from carrying me of course) You’re probably thinking “where is that lazy goodfernuthin Logan?” Well although it would be quite natural for you to think that, on this occasion she was actually making herself useful and she made a set too. She made the set for the warehouse scene. Actually, it was just a building that she made really, and a conveyor belt, it only became a set when everyone got in there and put all the toys and all the gifts in. Then it looked really good.
Elves in the warehouse
Decorating the warehouse
I had to send Logan to wikipedia to look up about Kris Kringle so that she would understand about how it is a corruption of ChristKindl or Christ kindel (the Christ Child) which is what they call the Christmas time gift bringer in various parts of the world. Anyway, once she had got it into her head, I could make her make the sign for the warehouse.
Global Distribution, geddit?
Here is a picture of Santa reading Pat’s letter, Pat says he wants a live bear for Christmas.
If you look carefully in the top of this photo, you can see Blu. She is lying on an invisible physical box. She has to hold it up so that it does not fall to the ground and Ebi (Santa) has to move it and Logan has to film. It was part of the special effects, you can see the result in the film.
Blu and Logan were relieved when they realised that there was only one more scene to shoot…
…but wait, WHERE is Dad?
Everyone had been working for a long time and everyone was tired, so Dad just went to lie on the bed “for a moment” and listen for when it was his scene again. But, he must have gone to sleep because no one could make him hear…
Santa with a machine gun is standing on Pat’s head whilst Blu and Logan do the Onigokko and everyone is making as much noise as they can, shooting and playing sounds and music and doing Hooooooo and Yayyyyy*…
…oooops Blu and Logan crash into eachother. And look at Cazaluff… she was just standing there pretending that she is not a lunatic or anything. Ha!
Dad woke up again after about fifteen minutes and we got him back to do the last scene. After that me and Logan had to stay up for hours more to edit the film and put in the music and make the titles and upload it, which takes like FOREVER!
Of course, there were LOADS of photos that I didn’t think to take and a lot of stuff that I have missed out of the story because I can’t remember so please send me links to where your photos are… or send me more photos!
A few days later we were back with the weird looking people and the normal looking people at the screenings in the Fly In Cinema, to watch all the cool 48 Hour films.
You can see our film at the 48 Hour Film project site, look for the link to Machinima and our film is called “A Very Bear-y Christmas”
And this is the Director’s Cut, which if you don’t know, is where I have to stand over Logan and make her do it again properly.
And if you’re really keen, you can download the full fat version from Logan’s account on blip.tv.
*I hate Yayyy, I get Logan’s hair up my nose.