I was stirring up pleasant memories going through photos that I have taken over the past months of Second Life people, places, and events. It has been awhile since the last Photo Mariko post. So, I selected a number of these pictures that I hope you will enjoy. Let's start with some personalities and with my sister Victoria. This picture captures a sexy side of her. Vic has been scarce lately. She has been busy in real life and spending time in Blue Mars, another virtual world. I miss her dearly; but, I'm know Vic will be back.
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My friend Mony is the publisher of AVATAR MGZ, an infrequent but entertaining online magazine featuring interviews of Second Life personalities. She is also a designer of avatar shapes for Divine Face, that are sold on Xstreet. Mony is a witty conversationalist and just a delightful person to be around.
AVATAR MGZ: http://www.avatarmgz.com/
One of the earliest calling cards that I have in my inventory belongs to Leena Ying. Leena is my oldest and dearest friend in Second Life. She lives in Beijing, China. Leena is the owner of DrLife and is one of the most successful businesswomen in Second Life. And no wonder, she creates the most artistically advanced skins and avatars in this virtual world. The scope of her creativity goes beyond her skins and avatars. There is no aspect of building in Second Life in which Leena would not rank among the best. From fashions, to architecture, to historical recreations, to aircraft, weapons and gadgets, to worlds-within-worlds, her creativity is boundless.
Leesa is another long time friend. She has tried her hand in many things Second Life. Leesa is a high fashion model, a businesswoman selling a wildly entertaining party game called Truthball, owner of a popular live music venue and coffee house also called Truthball, and a SL blogger. She does everything with an eye on quality and style. Leesa is amazing.
My friend Lulu is wearing a fabulous black peacock dress. She has a large collection of peacock fashions. One of my unfinished projects is to feature her collection in a Mariko Magic fashion post. Lulu is my main shopping partner, and we go to many live music performances together. She is a bibliophile and co-owner of Shakespeare's Sister, a bookstore in Hallelujah featuring the work of women writers.
Kaja is the face of Second Life for the virtual world's Swedish community. Over the years, she was been involved in many projects that showcase Sweden in Second Life. Kaja is also an outstanding designer of landscapes and sims, one of the best. Her sim designs are always breathtaking. To top it off, Kaja is also a talented photographer in real life and in second life.
DC5 Harbour visiting my Hallelujah townhouse.
When he first entered Second Life, DC5 Harbour was the geekiest looking noob ever. Erin, my best friend at the time. and I took DC by the arm and did an extensive makeover. Who says that men can't be changed into what women want them to be? That was over two years ago, and DC's appearance has been since frozen in time. Well, its better than when he started, and it's not too bad even now. Its also understandable because DC hasn't been around much over the past year or so, after being active in his first year. He needed to spend less time here. But DC drops by every few months or so to say hello and inquire if all is well with me. DC is such a dear friend, so I'm always delighted and thrilled when he makes an appearance.
I just took this picture of Nine Warrhol at Bumble the other day. I've been on a friendly acquaintance basis with Nine for quite a long time, through four of his incarnations. I don't know him well; but, I know of him well. He is a interesting guy that you just want to follow and know what he's up to, what is he thinking, and wonder what's coming next (so I'm a reader of his blogs).
Nine Warrhol and his Second Life: http://ninewarrhol.blogspot.com/
Nine's Photos: http://nwarrholimages.blogspot.com/
Miyamoto Musashi, my pug dog
Yep, that's me in blond hair and wearing a nekko outfit. My poor li'l pug dog was very uncomfortable with his mistress going feline. He thinks it's the same as going over to the dark side.
NYC Shhh!! Night Club
Moving from personalities to places. I went to the NYC Public Library in a meticulous Second Life recreation of the cement and steel canyons of Manhattan. But, rather than finding a quiet place to sit among books, I found a great place to party. A dance club in a public library? No wonder its called NYC Shhh!! Night Club. Great DJs and a friendly crowd and just meters away from the Statue of Liberty. Don't worry about making a lot of noise. Nobody is reading the books.
NYC Shhh!! Night Club:
Dancing with Jaysun at JudyBlues
There is no better place for dancing than JudyBlues. It's always the highlight of a delightful evening whenever Jaysun takes me there.
The Blarney Stone Irish Bar
Soy Source told me about The Blarney Stone Irish Bar in Dublin. Soy is the panda bear in the picture. He's not always a panda bear. Mainly, Soy is a very sweet guy. Blarney Stone is very Irish and very working class. The music is Celtic, and I really enjoy listening and dancing to it. Soy thought the bar might be a mite too rough for me. But I can fit in. I'm looking very blue collar, doncha think?
The Blarney Stone Irish Bar: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Dublin/80/81/25
The Albatross Coffee House
I attended a Geek Pride Week celebration at the Albatross Coffee House in CTRL Shift H. Plenty of geeks and also a smattering of non-geeks in attendance. No ... i'm not a geek. CTRL Shift H is a new sim jointly owned by Owly Indigo, catalina Mistwallow, Ariel Wingtips, and AngieBabe Perl - geeks all. It has an appealing rustic ambiance, and the Albatross Coffee House is its lively social center. Sundays are 'Theme Sunday'. Check it out.
Albatross Coffee House:
Theme Night at Truthball Cafe
I'm at Leesa's Truthball Cafe acouple of times each week for the live performances and for the theme nights with DJ Mirah (she's a fantastic DJ). This particular theme was ...leather...umm...no more comments.
Truthball Cafe: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Haven/216/38/24
I visited Syd's place. Syd lives on a cloud. It's better than his prior residence. He formerly lived on a back of a humongous pig. I never understood why Syd would want to live on pig.
See 'The Pig that Ate Hallelujah' in
There is a really cool dinosaur exhibit in the Museum of Natural History located in Forum Europe.
Forum Europe: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Forum%20Europe/63/97/31
On the terrace patio at Opar
Last stop...Opar, my country estate. This is my place of refuge where I can wander among my gardens and forests. Great place to escape LAG. Visitors are always welcomed as guests.