Monday, August 29, 2016

Beyond the Best Face

There are a plethora of terms about how to meet people, like putting the best foot forward or putting on the best face. Those kinds of advice make it all the more difficult to sort through when it comes down to it though. While people put their best foot forward, it's harder to see what's going on behind the scenes.

Fast forward to virtual worlds and it's so much easier to only display a best face, since there's proofreading and no one can read the little muscle twitches when people lie. Sure, lying for an extended period of time is difficult, especially when there's hours of conversation a day, but it's not impossible. A lot of people lie about something, it is the web after all. The degree of the lie usually tells how close they're willing to let people from said virtual world get.

Photo references:
Body: Maitreya Lara Skin: Mangomoon Kensi Ears: Mandala Skeking
Eyes: Fate Makeup: Sn@tch Underworld  Hair: Magika Mint
Clothing: Sn@tch Gilda, Sn@tch Annette Heels, !TLB Witchy Hand Chains, Chop Zuey Gloriana
Sim: My home  Pose: Exposeur

Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Tic and a Toc

Not a lot of clocks actually go tic tok anymore, now they're mostly the silent digital variety. This comes out to being both good and bad. There is no more reminder of seconds going by while there's a massive project component due, while the flip side is not having a reminder during the moments humans want to mark. Of course, there's a variation of that at work to, when time flies by and when it crawls by.

Second Life draws in much the same principle. Many people set themselves bedtimes to keep up with the real world, while others pick their logoff times on the fly. Of course, everyone does violate their bedtimes, usually for someone important or because they got wrapped up in a project and forgot to look at the clock. This absence of tic tok as it were makes that so much easier.

Photo references:
Body: Maitreya Lara Skin: Mangomoon Kensi Ears: Mandala Skeking
Eyes: Fate Makeup: Sn@tch Underworld  Hair: Magika Rewind
Clothing: Alafolie Steampunk Robe
Sim: Unzipped  Pose: Elephante Poses

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Every Mile

I put in a lot of road miles in my day to day life simply due to my commute. Since it's frowned upon to do more than turn up the music while driving, there's a lot of time think. Some days it ends up being a case of every mile being a memory, rather than just a mile.

Wandering the world in a virtual world is sometimes similar, especially when wandering alone. Some sims hold good memories, some remind of another place in time, and others hold bad. There's also the ones that are no more for whatever reason. Those are the ones people always seem to remember the fondest.

Photo references:
Body: Maitreya Lara Skin: Mangomoon Kensi Ears: Mandala Skeking
Eyes: Fate Makeup: Sn@tch Underworld  Hair: Magika Love Song Feet: Slink
Clothing: Lavian&Co Ocean Drive, [hh] Allysa heels, .:Emo-tions:. The Promise
 Sim: Crestwick Island  Pose: Elephante Poses

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Too Reserved

It's difficult being different, not that being normal doesn't have hurdles too. I work in a place where the management is essentially those who've been there the longest, rather than those who actually know how to manage real people. So I get scolded for coming across as more reserved than the others, something along the lines of I need to be 'more approachable' for my coworkers, and it annoys me greatly.

Virtual worlds are so much easier if only because there is no management unless we pick it. It's more than that though, there's a freedom to communicate more of us. There are studies devoted to why people feel like that on the internet, a lot of it comes down to the anonymity and ability to find acceptance with quirks.

Photo references:
Body: Maitreya Lara Skin: Mangomoon Kensi Ears: Mandala Skeking
Eyes: Fate Makeup: Sn@tch Underworld  Hair: Magika Meadow
Clothing: ::PM:: Felicity, JCNY Aires Birthstone Necklace
Sim: My home  Prop and Pose: Exposeuer

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Be the Wall

Walls have many connotations, both in and our of literature. A lot of inspirational phrases also use them, in the manner of 'break down the wall' and 'I constructed my walls not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to climb over.' Of course, those sayings tend to cast a negative light, like walls are undesirable.

A virtual world is many things, including a playground for builders and dreamers. It's also a way to let people bare their deeper thoughts, since they fear less judgement when they're anonymous enough. In a virtual world, people become a wall to lean against, or in some cases to break down on. It's those times were it's good, sometimes though, people become the walls that cage the spirit. It's far better to be a positive though, or to learn to let people go when they push off of your support.

Photo references:
Body: Maitreya Lara Skin: Mangomoon Kensi Ears: Mandala Skeking
Eyes: Fate Makeup: Sn@tch Underworld  Hair: .Olive. Shiny
Clothing: Lolita Diabolique, COTW Clan Pendent
Sim: My home  Prop and Pose: Exposeuer

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Fantasy One

I read a lot, mostly fiction, frequently fantasy. There are a lot of different varieties associated with the genre, from alternate history to dragons. That's part of the attraction, the available variety to sample from. That kind of variety also makes it difficult to pick just one at a time to read.

The virtual world has its upsides, one of them being the types of fashion that can be picked that would not fly in the real life. Of course that opens up a lot more options in the clothes department. While there's way too much to pick and choose from, it's comforting to have the variety. In some ways, it's even amusing to have the randomness in what is and is not available.

Photo references:
Body: Maitreya Lara Skin: Mangomoon Kensi Ears: Mandala Skeking
Eyes: Fate Makeup: Sn@tch Underworld  Hair: Magika Love Song
Clothing: !Devious Mind Namika, .::Supernatural::.Genevieve Headpiece, Cureless&Disorderly Talaria, [Fetch] Wayward Necklace
Sim: Qoheleth  Pose: Elephante Poses Ember

Saturday, August 6, 2016

She's Always the Woman to Me

There are a lot of components to gender, in the real world more so since we have stereotypical roles to fill.  Breaking down gender roles has been a fight for women, especially over the last century or so. That's ongoing, with things like the wage gap and the glass ceiling, never mind the treatment of those who want to start families. Gender became a different creature, and it's eye opening to read the items that are out there by those who've transitioned genders and gone back into the same work space.

When we step into a virtual space, gender takes a different meaning. The only body people have to judge is the one that the individual builds, there's no requirements it be the same as the physical gender of the participant. I stick to my biological gender because that's who I want to be, and who I know how to be. It makes sense to me in the same way that being gender fluid does to some, and being the opposite does to others.

Photo references:
Body: Maitreya Lara Skin: .:Soul:. Emma Twilight Ears: Mandala Skeking
Eyes: Fate Makeup: Sn@tch Underworld  Hair: Magika Awkward
Clothing: Brii Bastis, Kisetsu Omamori Necklace
Sim: The Trace

Friday, August 5, 2016

Waiting on an Angel

There's a lot of waiting involved with people, especially the more attached you are. It's not the sit around because someone is late kind of waiting either. It's wanting to talk to them in the middle of your work day but knowing you can't. It's desiring to call while they're asleep because your time zones or job hours don't match. Just because you're working a desk or out to dinner doesn't mean you can't also be waiting.

When we add in the virtual world, there's an extra twist. See, it's not just the time lining up, it's the free time too. People don't always login to virtual worlds like SL, and most people certainly don't hand out ways they can be reached in real time to people they're just getting to know. Some people don't even do that with the people the do know really well. For many, it's logging in and waiting to see if that one or two people login as well, and hoping you're right all along and not just killing time.

Photo references:
Body: Maitreya Lara Skin: Mangomoon Kensi Ears: Mandala Skeking
Eyes: Fate Makeup: Sn@tch Underworld  Hair: Magika Meadow Feet: Slink
Clothing: [Liv Glam] Wish I Could Fly, Sn@tch Annette Heels
Sim: Serenity Gardens

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Idea of Schedules

In the real world, schedules dictate anything and everything from when we brush our teeth to what we grab for dinner. At least in the US, it's progressed to the point where not being early for things is considered late in some circles, but especially for business. People use a lot of different methods to handle it. For some people, its a shift schedule. For others, it's giving themselves project deadlines to stick to.

The main schedule in SL is social. Whether its SL live music, DJ sets, weddings, or activities put on by groups, the scheduling is a lot less tight, and promptness is only a plus, not a requirement. Sets wander into overtime, and activities wander for as long as there's interest. It's a difference from the real world, that's for sure, and that's not even mentioning all the things one avatar can get into without anyone else.

Photo references:
Body: Maitreya Lara Skin: Mangomoon Kensi Ears: Mandala Skeking
Eyes: Fate Makeup: Sn@tch Underworld  Hair: Oleander Oz
Clothing: [Liv Glam] Dance Moon, JCNY Aires Birthstone Necklace
Sim: My home  Prop and Pose: Exposeur