Post #49: Meet My Friend Challenge AND BIG REVEAL!

mal and benj finished

Here’s my friend (well he’s my RL husband) Benj Proto.  I am interviewing him for the Meet My Friend Challenge by Strawberry Singh’s Monday Meme Challenge http://strawberrysingh.com/page/2/

Malachite Bing (in bold)  interviewing Benj Proto.

1)  How long have you been a resident?

I have to look…2005…8 years.

2)  What have you done  in SL with all that time? 

Dabbled in businesses, building, scripting, and I met you.  Yeah you did! 

3)  What impresses you about SL?

Technology, sociology, connecting with people all around the world.

4)  What have you learned from being a resident?

People are people, they are the same behind the avatar or as others would say, “People is as people does”.

5)  How has that impacted your RL?

The answer to this is in my answer to #2, I met you. AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

6)  Is there anyone or any thing or place you miss in SL?

Not being logged on with you, exploring, particles, sailing, building geeky stuff.

I miss our exploring.

7)  Fondest memory, go!

Sitting at Cloud Chateau, watching particles, having a conversation with Malachite Bing

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hina/24/36/747

Yep, that’s where we met, November 4th, 2007.

8)  Is there anything you would like to add?

I love you.  I love you too.

The shopping cart:

What Benj is wearing:

All he remembers is his clothes are from Sf Designs (2007) by Swaffette Firefly

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/AnimamiA/216/242/22

I know his shoes come from Redgrave by Emilia Redgrave (2007) because I took him shopping for them!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/REDGRAVE%20Skins%20Fashion/95/176/21

Skin, eyes, hair, and shape:  unable to retrieve names.

What Malachite is wearing:

Hair:  Clawtooth by Bubbles Clawtooth (that pretty lady strawberry cream from Collabor88)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tableau/209/145/23

Skin:  Glam Affair by Aida Ewing (Amberly europa frostbite)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tableau/209/145/23

Shape:  mine (adjusted over the years)

Lashes:  Slink by Siddean Munro (Slink Mesh Lashes)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sanctum/88/105/23

Toenail polish:  Adore & Abhor by Sileny Noel (Glitter Drip Black)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/MudHoney/175/206/23

Fingernail polish:  Starry Heaven by Emirun & Angeltrip

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/AnimamiA/216/242/22

Hands and feet:  Slink mesh hands and feet by Siddean Munro

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sanctum/88/105/23

Shorts:  Sf design by Swaffette Firefly

Top:  :Paper.Doll: by Zoey Gabardini (Bow Bandeau white)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Atomic%20Island/68/89/23

Piercings:  [Atooly] by Rockstarroo Gossipgirl (pink/purple piercings)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Royal%20Island/19/98/2752

Eyes:  [LeLutka] by Minnu Palen (Ellis cobalt medium)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LeLutka/128/128/26

WE UPDATED BENJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  MAKEOVAHHHH!!!!!

benj and mal_014benj and mal_016benj and mal_027

Shopping List for Benj:

We made it simple for Benj, he hates to shop…we got it all from Redgrave and Exile.

Redgrave by Emilia Redgrave:

Boots, cargo outfit (LIQUID MESH…SELF ADJUSTING CLOTHES!), Skin/Shape Tyler Pale, Eyes Emerald (same board as skin).

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/REDGRAVE%20Skins%20Fashion/95/176/21

Hair:  Drake at Exile by Kavar Cleanslate

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Covet/122/96/29

Hair on Malachite:  All D!va by Marisa Kira

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/CalanDiva/148/157/24

POSES:  I got these all from Pose Fair 2013 (Thanks to Ruby Starlight Writer of Exposeur Poses and Animations for putting on a GREAT event!)

#1:  CoCo Poses by Indigoskye44 (Yoga Hearts)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Appalachian/91/238/25

#2:  Infiniti Poses by Brandi Monroe (Encanto)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Southfield/201/56/3201

#3:  Whump Bump!  By Lyndzay Melli of [Lyndz-Matic] Poses & Gadgets

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Southfield/201/56/3201

Last but not least:

Pose by Infiniti Poses by Brandi Monroe (Treasured)

benj and mal_013 at night222222222222222I want to acknowledge Linden Labs for creating Second Life…I would not have the life I have today if I had not met Benj in SL.

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Look #46: Strawberry’s Weird Question’s Meme

resting time over head

  1. Which was the last sim you visited? (Other than your home) SL10B
  2. Does your avatar look like the real you? Not even close!!!
  3. Do you wear underwear/panties underneath your clothing when out and about on the grid? No.  Unless I want to take a photo of something sizzling hot for the blogger challenge:  50 Shades of Sexy.  And maybe for low riding pants for sexification.
  4. If you won a million linden dollars, what would be the first thing you buy inworld? I would buy a nine block of sims, create the most fun and amazing sims, put little tiki huts on one of the sims for people to use for free, and have awesome content creators place their coolness all over these sims.  Proceeds from events, live shows, and shops would be donated to cerebral palsy charities.  Yep, I can see it now…
  5. Have you ever bought something in SL and then realized afterwards that you had already owned it from before? Often, this happens if I don’t check inventory first.
  6. Have you ever done anything in Second Life that would be considered illegal in real life? You mean like break into people’s SL homes, do unspeakable things inside of their homes, take pictures (for posterity of course), grief avatars on a race track with firebombs, indecent exposure…Nope!  NOT ME…
  7. If you could go out on a date with any other avatar, who would it be? Benj Proto (he is my RL hubby…I cannot get enough of him)
  8. Who, in your opinion, was the greatest avatar to ever slive?  I love Torley Linden, he inspired so many of us and helped many with our SL experience.  Who comes in a strong second?  Strawberry Singh for being so helpful and inspiring.  She makes me want to blog.  Thanks to you both!
  9. What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done inworld? I was snooping around (mmm maybe stalking is more accurate) and I was commenting with my friend about this one avatar…I commented in the wrong chat window and my viewpoints on this avatar was broadcasted to her group…and she was on…and I have never quite recovered.  Ok, there were some role playing scenarios that were VERY embarrassing…thank god it wasn’t recorded.  I hope.
  10. If your avatar had a mind of its own, what do you think it would say to you?   Please get an SL social life again.  You are soooo boring!!!  Stop taking so many photos!
  11. If I could say something to my avatar what would I say?  I think you had enough fun in the early days…now…sort that inventory!

Shopping Cart (all links are to content creator’s stores):

Pink floaty:  PILOT by Kaz Nayan at the Arcade (pink inflatable chair)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/MudHoney/63/155/26

Hair:  D!va by Marisa Kira at Collabor88 (mim type A brown diamond with white bow)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/CalanDiva/148/157/24

Bikini:  :::Sn@tch::: by Ivey Deschanel at the Wash (Cherry Bikini Plaid)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snatch%20City/118/191/29

Necklace:  .Olive. by NamiNaeko Resident on SL Marketplace (Deadliest of Hallows)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tableau/177/153/23

Skin and Shape:  [ROCKBERRY] by Heather Beebe at Skin Fair 2013 (Paige shape and Paige skin B CLV/BLD with freckles/natural/tan)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SandyBeach%20West/40/235/24

Eyes:  [LeLutka] by Minnu Palen (Ellis Cobalt M)

   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LeLutka/128/128/26

#46 Strawberry’s Acrostic Poem Meme

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Acrostic Poems:  Two of them that I got from help from this website:  http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/acrostic/

The first is my take on my SLife and the second is my Avatar’s name.

secondlifeblogacrosticpoemalachitebingacrosticpoem

Shopping Cart (all links are to content creator’s stores):

Pink floaty:  PILOT by Kaz Nayan at the Arcade (pink inflatable chair) 

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/MudHoney/63/155/26

Hair:  D!va by Marisa Kira at Collabor88 (mim type A brown diamond with white bow)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/CalanDiva/148/157/24

Bikini:  :::Sn@tch::: by Ivey Deschanel at the Wash (Cherry Bikini Plaid)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Snatch%20City/118/191/29

Necklace:  .Olive. by NamiNaeko Resident on SL Marketplace (Deadliest of Hallows)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tableau/177/153/23

Skin and Shape:  [ROCKBERRY] by Heather Beebe at Skin Fair 2013 (Paige shape and Paige skin B CLV/BLD with freckles/natural/tan)

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SandyBeach%20West/40/235/24

Special thanks to Strawberry Singh’s tutorials, she is helping to create better SL photography and editing.

#40 Strawberry Singh’s tutorial meme

So here I go with my FIRST tutorial!  Thanks Strawberry for the “push”!

My tutorial is on my favorite tool in Photoshop.  The spot healing brush tool.  I will show you when to use it and how.  If I can do it anyone can!

Let’s say you are out for a stroll and take a few photos to edit later in your eh em…free time (as if there is any for a content creator and or a blogger in SL).

walking down the street tutorial meme pic no1

You log off SL and check out your photos…especially your close ups and you see this!

tutorial meme_002

IT’S THE DREADED ALPHA SHOWING GRASS THROUGH YOUR AVATAR’S NECK!!!! (and the pesky hair on the shoulder and bark showing through her hair.

Could you go back into SL and reshoot?  Yes, but really…sooooo irritating.  Photoshop to the rescue!  I will show you that the bark and the grass can go bye bye very quickly.

That shoulder needs some other work or you could leave it alone.  Or crop (one of my useful tools).  But crop won’t work for grass in the neck.  So let’s get started.

pic to use to change to photoshop for tutorial meme

A and B we will use the spot healing brush tool.  C we will use the same tool but as you use it you will see you can create more problems than you started with so use the clone stamp tool (omg…go on youtube and get a tutorial there for clone tool or just use it and play with it and you will find what works for you).  The red arrow should be pointed at the spot healing brush tool but alas…I suck at this…sorry!

Use the tool by selecting it with your left click mouse then left click over the area you want to heal (A, B, and C)…it will grey out (make sure your brush is big enough…use this key to make the brush size smaller [ and use this key to make the brush size bigger ]  ).

You will see that as you take the hair wisps out of her shoulder, you will have more problems.  That’s because this spot healing brush tool is only good for an area that the computer has enough image to derive at what the image should look like.  In other words, there isn’t enough skin on the should for the computer to figure out that the lasting image should only be shoulder and not hair.  Some people would crop or use the clone tool or leave it.  I used the spot healer to get the bulk work done, I used the clone tool to clean it up and finished with the burn tool to warm up the area and the blur tool to correct my flaws.  Here’s the finished photo.

tutorial meme pic finished product

Not perfect but it will do.  It’s a quick fix to a real hassle and in the end saves you time from a reshoot or trashing your time in SL photo shoots.

If you want to invest a bit of time in learning the key tools to use for quick fixes for 90% of your photos in SL go watch this video.  I learned about how to make a watermark, how to make your own tools for quick fixes…all sorts of quick fixes.  Spend more time in SL having fun or blogging…not editing for hours!

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/indepth/photography/tips-solutions/top-15-features-photoshop-every-photographer-should-know?cm_mmc=EML-_-Newsletter_Newsletter-_-130513-_-Body_Indepth_Top-15-Features-Photoshop

I know it’s 2 hrs long but worth it!  This guy edits 2000 pictures in a day.  He knows his stuff.

Credits:

Skin:  Eye Candi Adrina Light Charmed by Georgia Schechter

Eyes:  Dirty.Little.Secret Starry eyed emerald by Tash Porthos

Shape:  Curio Breeze Shape 1 by Gala Phoenix

Hair:  D!VA hair “Asami” Type A Onyx by Marisa Kira

Hands:  Slink mesh hands casual by Siddean Munro

Skirt and Top (mesh skirt and arms):  Envious You Oughtaknow Ensemble (marketplace) by Sayanicole Cuttita

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Look #39: Strawberry’s Guilty Meme

guilty meme

Here’s the rules for Strawberry Singh’s newest meme:  Meme instructions: Share 1 to 10 of your top second life guilty confessions.

1)  I did have an alt at one point while I was dating three different avatars in SL.  It got CRAZY.  I think that only lasted a month.

2)  I had 90K in my inventory but after reading Strawberry’s guilty confession meme, I boxed up my pictures, my textures, my sounds and gestures since I am not using them much now.  I am proud to say I am now in the low 50k range.  PHEW!  I do have the same problem of wearing something usually only once since I am a clothes shop a holic.  Is there a 12 step program for us avatars?  I mean, I can’t leave SL…because my avatar costs so much!  I would lose THOUSANDS of dollars if this game stopped.  I pray to whatever Linden is listening to keep this game going (I will be seven next month so hopefully it keeps going…feed my addiction).

3)  I have to confess that I have disappointed a few avatars in SL.  I would not venture to say I broke their hearts but I didn’t play completely fair in the dating game.  This is the one thing I am most embarrassed and displeased about my behavior (all in the past now…one thing SL taught me was the real meaning of integrity and commitment).  I know I did break someone’s heart as well as mine in here.  Nuff said.

4)  I started to work on a business in here a couple times but never really put the effort in so it’s on my guilty list.

5)  I use photoshop often instead of getting my skin colors to match (or hide it enough) with my mesh hands or feet.  Seems I can get it right easier there than here.  My picture above shows my hands pre tinted before photoshop.

6)  I don’t really socialize much in SL.  I will spend more time on plurk.  I come in here to unwind, listen to music, sort inventory, and make photos.  Oh….and shop….

The shopping cart:

Place:  Parvana which is owned by Jen Noel “the Dealer” DJ:  She does a show Mondays 4pm SLT and Thursdays 6pm SLT here.  If you love to belly dance, this is the place (STRAWBERRY)

Pose: Pics n Poses-F-I Dunno by Sue Hunniton

Hair:  Elikatira Only Black

Eyes:  Dirty.Little.Secret Starry Eyed Emerald by Tash Porthos

Skin:  Cupcakes Emilia Whisper by Mimi Coral

Shape:  Breeze Shape 1 Curio by Gala Phoenix

Jacket:  Foppish pleated leather jacket by Foppish

Tank top:  Loose Mesh Butterfly Magenta Redgrave by Emilia Redgrave (marketplace)

Mesh hands:  Slink hands casual by Siddean Munro

Jeans and tennis shoes:  Envious Hands off jeans and Hands off shoes by Sayanicole Cuttita

Panties:  Lace and Bows panties by Janae Ferraris