Monday, 30 March 2009

I'm a wild and (un)tamed thing

I decided to do something a little different for this blog.
I'm told that I usually write too much, so this will be my weekend in pictures.
It's a picture log - A Plog.

Saturday
Bookstacks Trivia: Sci-Fi Theme, Awen

(Me - Frank - and Kghia who was, hilariously, an 'asian-inspired alien')

(Me, Kghia and Simeon with his Duck outfit (and more importantly, the ray gun!))

(I invited Huck and he put on a Dalek avatar!)

(Okay, guess which colour book is mine - Lol!)
(Everyone left after the quiz, before even the prizes! Me dancing alone...)

(I'm (not) going home ... As I'm already there)

Off The Shelf, Awen


INKsters Beach Party, Cookie

(Stosh Quartz and Sabreman Carter getting it on!)

(Power cone, given to me by the lovable DJ Jennywise)


Sunday
Bookstacks Sunday Social, Dolphin Island

(It was a quiet one, and I was the only guy, but enjoyable as ever!)

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

That was th-tweeeeet

So, I got Twitter.  I'd been avoiding it for quite some time.  One of my friends reminded me that months ago - when it was still freshly popular - we had both held our noses aloft and mocked the fawning pigeons that had flocked to it.  Now, he begs me not to show him how funny @cwalken is, or to tell him about one of his favourite authors, @neilhimself.  He does not want to be tempted with something that we both know is very addictive.

I signed it up under my Second Life name, @lukostairov, but it's a hybrid Quasimodo, sharing the tweets between Lukos of SL and Lukos of FL.  I had, of course, intended it to be singularly for my SL 'persona'*, but there's only so many tweets one avatar can do ... And it's way too addictive to skimp.

I also follow Terry Pratchett(@terryandrob).  Added to the two above, those are the three famous people I follow.  Christopher Walken is really witty and humorous.  From his tweets, I have built a mental image that he is exactly like his character in Pulp Fiction (When he tells the son of his friend and comrade about the joys (and woes) of wearing a watch up your ass for 5 years) .  I actually feel really dirty for following Neil Gaiman, but he's such a twitter-addict, so it's all cool.
Oh, I also have Jacquelyn Mitchard(@broadway007) .  She was the first author on Oprah's book club.  She just started following me from nowhere.  I have no freaking idea why, because I don't recognise a single person from her follow list (If you don't count the famous people)...  I read her son is programming for Second Life, though.  And while I don't know how true that is, maybe it offers an answer.  Perhaps she (somehow) found me and considers me a representative of Second Life.  If so, I fear I could be giving us all a bad name!  But, at any rate, it's kinda cool that I'm the first human a bestselling author has followed on Twitter!  (I still wonder if she might've 'follow'ed me by accident...)

Some cool ones that I don't follow (I'm not sure why) but check are @nasakepler (Starts working in just over a month!) and @amandapalmer (One of my favourite musicians).

The other 13 are people I know, people I like, and people I find interesting.  These can be broken down into the people I find interesting; the people I like and find interesting; and the people I know, like, and find interesting.  Most are in the second category, but all that means is that they're too cool to be friends with lil' ol' me.

Here is a picture of the Fail Whale, a graphic that appears whenever the site is overloaded with tweets.
In the American evening, it happens quite a lot:

So, I cordially invite you to pick it up if you haven't already, but warn that it's possible you will 'get into' it.  You have a history of addiction, after all.

Lukos over and out, just as soon as he tweets about this.

*I say 'persona' because Lukos is pretty much me, but they have to be differentiated somehow.

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Relay for Lukos

More than 20 years ago, one man took it upon himself to raise money to support the efforts of the American Cancer Society. Today, more than three million Americans participate in Relay events nationwide.
I pinched the above from the American Cancer Society's webpage.  It sums up what RFL is for pretty well.  The things I'm about to mention being in Second Life doesn't change that.

I know of it from being a member of Caledon (if not a grounded resident) since my earliest days in Second Life.  How that came about, I have no idea.  But last year (and I presume the one before), they made a big Caledon team and tried to raise a whole bunch of money through SL for the cause.  Same deal this year.  It is generally done by selling items made just for the occasion, charity balls, and so forth.

Being british, it isn't especially important to me, although anything for Cancer Research in general has to be worth the thought.

See, below, the items I bought from Euterpe Luik, an obviously talented creator to manage both a rapier and necklace! 




And here, the necklace.  It's a fine little thing, although you can't see it very well in this picture.

Anyways.  If you have some spare money, or you find an object you like that was made for the cause, don't be afraid to contribute.  It's all cool.

(Still) Lukos the Labrador.

(Worst blog ever)

Friday, 20 March 2009

Lukos the Labrador

An update for my dear commentors*


I think that I look very Victorian in the above picture.  The avatar looks that snooty without the dinner jacket, too.  Really.

It's just a crying shame that I seem to have a major animation problem (with an old AO still live despite having been deleted) that is unable to be fixed by me.  The options:  Get a Premium account and hope that it can be fixed by LL, or, live with it.

I'm not prepared to live with it, as I can't even be a tiny now, but I don't know about going Premium when that may not even solve anything.  All I know that it's impossible for me to fix.

Pretty sad at the above, and the small blog,

Lukos the Lab.


*
I realise I may've explained it badly, but it's not the Tiny avatar that is the problem, per se.  It's the fact that, if I turn off my AO, then my avatar doesn't revert to default.  It reverts to an ooold AO that has been deleted for quite some time.  And, the problem seems to be that, occasionally, when sitting or flying, the old AO will break through my current one.

I've found that I can actually operate this tiny without major incident now, so that part of my post is invalid, but it still remains that this rogue scripting AO thing that is happening to me is pretty durned annoying.

Monday, 16 March 2009

Comic Relief

Oh boy. What a weekend for us.
Comic Relief ended up raising £57,000,000 on Friday Night. That's a lot of pound coins.
I hear varying cries of outrage when it comes to this subject. Some people I know think that, with our country in the state that it's in, why is only 40% coming here? Shouldn't Africa, where the other 60% is going, be pretty unaffected by this economic downturn? It's not like it has a government or economy... Does it? Don't we send more, and more, money every two years? And what is there to show for it? Some schools that we haven't seen... etc.
And, the men! They should have their willies chopped off. One baby dies and the woman is already pregnant again, and we're supporting it!


The thoughts you've read above aren't my own thoughts, of course, although some bits I can't deny are true. We waste a third of our food in the UK, or something. Imagine how much the "civilised" world wastes. A New World Order doesn't sound so bad, you know...
Maybe we can share some food with the people who kind of need it.
Anyway!

Do something funny for money.
I did like that. I think it's quite a good cause, and a good theme.

I actually didn't get to see any Comic Relief shows on the tube, except for five minutes of the Kilimanjaro Celebrity climb, but I heard about a lot of it. For example, the Let's Dance thing.

Now, I hope I'm not being ignorant to assume that anyone reading this is not ignorant of the big thing that happened on Friday. If you don't know what happened on Friday, then it was a big charity thing. In fact, I'll show you one of my favourite comedians doing something.

I've liked Jo Brand for years. I used to catch her, late at night, on Hot Potato, and I'm always happy to see her wherever she is. She's just cool.

Here is her Britney Spears impersonation.

I actually (kind of) hate youtube, but that's only a superficial "If you were asked on the street" opinion. I will acknowledge it has its uses, and I use it for some things like finding new artists, and listening to a song I like but don't have at the moment. And, it's nice to be able to "take your music library" with you wherever you go... If it has the internet, and your songs aren't so niche as to be missing from something like youtube.
But, yes. She's a good sport, right?

Here's Robert Webb doing Flashdance, which won, and is funnier, and actually really quite impressive when you consider he's known for being a geeky comedian. It's pretty impressive aside from that fact, lol.

Well, I've already done one post that didn't have SL mentioned (Repo! The Genetic Blogera), and I don't intend to do it again. If this was a real-life commentary, I'm sure that no-one at all would check.

So, I knew it was going on in the real world, but I didn't have any idea that it was coming into Second Life. Salamander Maroon is a pretty funny woman. I mean, pretty damn funny. And she has that crazy woody woodpecker laugh that's just fantastic. I found out on Wednesday, at Predicate, that all her tips would be going to Comic Relief. She also showed us her mini-Comic Relief merchandise range (all proceeds to the charity, of course). She had organised a Comic Relief weekend, with all her performance tips going to the charity, and there was even a special Predicate in the honour. So, that was Comic Relief weekend, thanks to Jo Brand, and Salamander Maroon. Two very funny gals.

And now for some pictures:


(At the Drunken Money, as part of the Comic Relief weekend)

(When I finally got the Vendor to work - Looking Red.
Notice the larger woman in the background - made quite a
(humorous) noise about being too large for the stool.)
(Salamander Maroon - The One and Only)
(Lukos, the next night, at the Blue Angel.
Notice the red nose marilyn monroe pop art shirt.
Awesome.)
(
Selene Freenote, expertly reading us the Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity.
It gets kinda disgusting at times. Those chinese...)
(After the weekend, in a new shirt.
The shopping addict.)

I'd also like to make a final mention regarding the Comic Relief event at the drunken money.
Elron Priestman actually gave up his regular spot so Sal could host her event, and when he came on (saying that his tips should also go to the fund), he was actually quite funny. He did joke a lot about the Queen, but it was funny. Even if you want to get out the club a little and show him some national pride ;) (It's his Queen, too; he's Canadian).

Drunken Monkey Pub, Mieto

Lukos.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Repo! The Genetic Blogera

Half-way through this advert, it says "An instant cult classic." and that is totally the truth.

Repo! The Genetic Opera is, perhaps, my favourite film at the moment.  I love this the same way I do the Rocky Horror Picture Show; and why not?  They are both rock operas.  The only difference being that Rocky Horror had been released for around 30 years before I got a chance to see it, and I'd been waiting for Repo! since I first heard about it last year.

I can only recommend and recommend it.  It has Anthony Stewart-Head, who was Giles in Buffy (as if you didn't know that), Alexa Vega (The girl from Spy Kids - I didn't realise this until I googled her, although I knew she seemed familiar), Sarah Brightman (My google for this one actually failed miserably.  I read, somehow, 'Sarah Silverman' so I spent the hour remaining of the film thinking Damn, that's some amazing make-up work, there.  I can't believe that's her.  And I didn't know she could sing so well!!  If you click on their respective names and compare them each to the character 'Blind Mag', you'll see why it's so funny!) and some other cool people.  Oh, it has Paris Hilton, too, but don't worry!  She's actually really awesome in it.  I read that the director (Who brought us several of the  SAW films, so expect gore) absolutely refused to screen her for the part, but she had the script smuggled in to her during her prison break, and ended up being perfect for the role he'd made.  I think she fits very well.

Joan Jett even has a cameo (and one of the greatest, most catchiest guitar ditties ever)!

I'm not going to spoil / tell the story, because that'd be unkind and because I want you to see it yourself.  And, I want you to want to see it yourself.  

Small plug post for today, but you really should see it.  I don't think you can regret it.  Unless some gore / rock opera isn't your thing.  But I like it, so you should.

Lukos.

Monday, 9 March 2009

Writing before work; a wonder.

Busy Lukos plays all day,
and has no time to blog.
Although it's been days since his BIS went away
He was still too busy playing all day to slog out a blog for our nog'.

Yarr.

So, mid-week, I decided to leave the B.I.S. (It was voluntary, after all) and come back to the real internet.  As a consequence, I didn't write any blogs!  I figured that, without the internet, a blog would be the only thing I could do; then I go and don't do it.  I finished the third Dark Tower volume (The Wastelands).  It's amazing how long it took me to read that book.  Don't get me wrong, it's a very good book - I happen to think Steven King is a very good author - and it was kinda big, too, but it took me so long.  I used to be able to read a huge book in an afternoon.
Where did this speed and stamina go to?  Surely, it didn't disappear in half a decade?  I feel old.

However it did get finished, as I said, and it left on a nice little drama-precipice.  Does ###### the #### #### everyone, or do they ### to ###### #### and #####?  I thought it was very dramatic, hee.

So, what do people think of LL taking over XStreet?
Personally, I think I like it.  For now.
LL having such a big hand in it (obviously, considering they own it) might bring about new features that wouldn't be allowed from a third-party.  Not sure what, but I'm sure they can think of something...
However, it is also exploitable.  Taking out the competition.  If they decide to hike the prices / rules in the Marketplace to buy lindens or whatnot, it's an attempt to force you to buy lindens straight from the source!  Or something.  I'm sure they could be very evil if they tried.

In a -4FPS world, xstreetsl.com is a big help to me, though.  I have to admit, I like being in SL stores.  I think they're usually well-built, and well-arranged, and I just like browsing through them.  However, when faced with something like ... Simone, or Discord, my computer just says "Hahahaha, No." and just can't manage.  The time it'd take for all that stuff to rez?  No.  We're talking up to an hour to find a piece of clothing that I saw on a fashion blog, here.  That's horrible.  I really need to buy / make an object finder; something I can type the name of the article into that will then find it for me, sonar-style.  I was actually very surprised to see there weren't any free ones available (that I could find).  Oh well, potential project.

I think a reason that a lot of designers aren't on XStreet is because it could, possibly, render their expensive store obsolete(Ignoring the fact that the sales on Xstreet may outstrip their in-world efforts, and that such sales would pay for the store and if the store isn't doing anything, then you're throwing away profit by keeping it).  Who would come late to an event because they had to run around a store when they could've got it from Xstreet in two ticks and been there, a-shining and on time.

It just came to me what LL could do!  They could allow you to charge* your XStreet account from within Second Life.  Like, a little button near the charge linden thingermabob.  That'd be kinda cool.  Finding a terminal can be a b####.  And it's a hassle for me too, what, with the lag and all.

One designer I'm liking at the moment is Maruko Sakigake, the creator behind Weird Monkey Design (WMD).  If I were at my laptop, which is in my bag but I'm not getting it out, I'd give you a slurl (say it as a word and my choice of the article 'a' makes sense grammatically**).  But, like I said, it's staying in the bag, so I shall have to add it in at another time!  I like him for his jeans.  He looks so good in them...  I mean, he makes such good ones!  They are probably the most realistic jeans I have, and they're decorated very neatly.  I bought both his Japanese and United-Kingdom (Read: London) themed ones.

And, speaking of buying, I've done so much buying lately.  Unsure whether to replenish my emptying S(L)wallet...  the big spiral of doom and destitution.  Damn those clothes-makers for being so valuable.  I hate seeing the "Credit Crunch" (Or, as I believe it is known across the globe, "Global Financial Crisis") used in marketing and the world at large, but how about some sales?  Handouts?  Spring shopping?  I assume that, like in Real Life, people in SL will be stocking up for Summer items soon.  So, get some sales on.  You know.  Even if it's only a few choice items, that can really endear a person to your clothing range.  The illusion that you'd be so kind as to reduce the price, because you want them to have it, because they'd look so good in it, and you couldn't bear to see them go without because it's so*** expensive.

Well, time to get some work done.  Lukos out.


* A term from my last crack-online-addiction, which I don't plan to name.  But it basically means "the exchanging of hard-earned mulah into worthless online monies for your game habit".
** Bought a great grammar book! 
*** Subjective.

Sunday, 1 March 2009

The B.I.S.

To whomsoever should read this and remain unconcerned by and/or uncaring of my current circumstance.

I have officially decided to spend a week at the B.I.S.*
Anyone who has any idea of "severe packet loss" will know why I won't be able to stay on Second Life long, or do much whilst on it for those oft brief periods of time.

That means I, probably, won't be able to blog about much, but I'm considering the resources for Second Life on the web at large, which I should be able to talk about (if blogger doesn't fail to publish this).

So, to any friends, and my one follower - Wildstar you rock, who read this, this ought explain any absence you do or do not notice.

Finally with the oppurtunity to read through his "waiting to be read stack",
Lukos.


*Bad Internet Source