Happy Holidays Everyone!

 

Love and Hugs from  Nat & Kari

Love and Hugs from
Nat & Kari

and for a little laugh I bring you (once again) our upbeat Christmas video from last year:)
“A Winter’s Trek”
Enjoy!

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The University of Western Australia (UWA) in Second Life

Nat and I are thrilled to have received 4th place,shared with our fellow machinimatographer and good friend, Spiral Silverstar, for our entry.” The Connection.”
I echo Nat’s comments in the article..so many to thank and so many more that we could not fit in a few lines.. Thank you for enjoying what we do and believing in us.. Here’s to another year .. May the connection grow stronger and stronger.
My sincerest thanks to all who organized this important Art and Machinima Challenge  with this great theme of … Transcending Borders…
Gives a big big hug to Nat and “The Team”
Here is the full article on the Final Event and winners below:

The University of Western Australia (UWA) in Second Life.

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Thanks – The Day After and The Day After

The Eye of The Universe by Selanada

The Eye of The Universe by Selenada at deviantArt.com

I’m so thankful for everything…the food that came and went,
your hand upon my head, the crowds, that new car smell or new baby breath.
Even if we prove some day this is just a Matrix play; the parts we play are pre-ordained,
I’m thankful I got to play mine, sometimes over and over until I almost got it right.

Any day is good; is good to remember that nothing should be taken for granted.
All is a gift, whether you think it dropped in like a meteorite
or had your name penciled on the wrapping.

With a plan or without, we make our small outlines that turn into a life.
We make people smile and cry and they lie to us and we to them, and the big if :
If we’ve learned some compassion, we both comfort each other.

If we didn’t interact or intersect could we say we had a life?
Nothing is not in movement..nothing..and we move forward remembering the past.

If as they say this is a great multi – player computer game,
I hope the controller falls in love
with all of us..and plays incessantly
day and night… night and day.

What seems impossible to bear is made bearable
because we’ve learned to love and
forgive, been loved and forgiven.

I’m so thankful that I travel light, no heavy resentments,
no oldie – moldy suitcase full of bitterness and envy.

Even with the bad – luck times, scraping the bottom, gasping for breath,
with all my mistakes, 10 degrees of pain, and the ones crying I left in my wake…
Giving thanks, I would do it all over again.

Karima Hoisan
November 28th 2014
Costa Ric
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I Was a Guest on Mal Burn’s Inworld Review Nov. 22nd

 With Mal Burns and Tara Yeats-on Inworld Review Photo by Dale Innis

With Mal Burns and Tara Yeats-on Inworld Review
Photo by Dale Innis

Yesterday I was invited by Mal Burns to participate in his Inworld Review on SL television. I want to thank  my friends who came to show support, and especially to Nat who stayed up way past her bedtime(in Germany) to be there until the very end. It was a long show (2 hours 30 minutes) packed with lots of information about Opensim with focus on business, social topics, and art. I will embed the whole show below, and if you have the time, check it all out, but if you are interested in seeing my part of it, I speak at the end starting at about minute: 1.47.20 (1hour 47 mins) I was flanked by Winter Silversmith, Maria Korolov,Mal Burns,Tara Yeats, and Petlove Petshop. It was lots of fun and very educational to be part of this show, and I want to express my sincere thanks once again To Mal for inviting me. Enjoy!

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Soul – Infused and Non Soul-infused

So,
on my SL profile’s first page, among other short little quotes of mine, it says,
“Hi
I’m Kari
a soul-infused avatar
Sl is a world for me and not a game.:)

I wrote that almost 7 years ago, and it was my way of saying that I saw SL not as something unreal but as an alternative reality. Even if you don’t go as far as to believe in a soul, then let’s say conscience, personality+morality, something that humans have (or should have) and we infuse all that in our avatars. They have our thoughts, our beliefs, our talents and sociability and they represent us on every level because we are the ones who breathe life into them, otherwise they are just….. an NPC ( a Non-Player-Character)
Meet “Let’s Dance my first NPC.

"Let's Dance" (her name not just an invitation)

“Let’s Dance” (her name not just an invitation)

I feel sorry for her.
She is on an endless dance-loop, an endless salsa routine at my little under- the over-pass Dance Club on my Kitely world, “The Hudson Line”   just waiting for someone  to dance with her.
She has nothing more inside and maybe it’s me, but I see her as more vapid than I could ever look. She is my clone, an NPC copied directly from me and thanks to Nara Malone’s Video and free gift at her world’s landing, I created her.
Now I am having “moral misgivings” ;) Well, I am kind of serious here, but not totally..still there is something a bit creepy about watching yourself dancing one dance into the next and never knowing the “why ” of her/your existence. I guess the why (on my end) is she is a great Greeter etc etc. but I am wondering if that is enough for her?

So00, I am now pursuing the training of a Chatbot on Pandora’s website  at least to give her the gift of gab and maybe who knows, meet someone who likes to text a soft spoken salsa dancer and anything could happen from there:)
If you have an Opensim world and are interested in causing yourself this great “dilemma” or if you are not as prone to looking at life as melodramatically as I do, you might find the idea of NPC’s to be very interesting(albeit weird) and functional on your worlds.
Thank you Nara for making this video I will embed below and also  for offering us the free gift to make our  own, You too can be a Dr Frankenstein in only minutes…
“Its ALIVE and it looks just like Me!!” The NPC!

Here is how to get to Nara’s World (from Opensim) and find your
NPC poseball located in a gift box by the landing zone at world.narasnook.com:8900

Keep exploring, learning, having fun. That’s what virtuality is all about!

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HG Safari Dances Cosmic Salsa On Vector’s Vortex

Nina Camplin-Fuschia is Over The Moon on Vector's Vortex

Nina Camplin-Fuschia is Over The Moon on Vector’s Vortex (Fuschia Nightfire)

Isn’t that a gorgeous picture!! (points up)
Yesterday I had the opportunity to host the HG (Hypergrid) Safari and it was an amazing experience for me in many ways.

First I had never maxed out a dance ball on Kitely (25 dancers) and second I never had so many visitors all at once (between 28 and 30) but the world was incredibly stable and not laggy and the tour kept sending people up smoothly. I was honored to have such a great group of explorers, artists, creators of all kinds, and just very good people on Vector. Everyone it seemed had a great time, and it was a good stress test for Kitely as a grid. We passed with flying colors. I will include a few more pictures from Nat and myself and Thirza’s blog post url to read our local chat when we said “Adios.”
Thirza has more information on her blog post about how to join the Safari in future weeks. I can’t wait for next week’s destinations!

Vector's Airarium was a very popular attraction

Vector’s Airarium was a very popular attraction Photo by Nat

Yours Truly...Photo by Nat

Yours Truly…Photo by Nat

Elevator-Going Down...

Elevator-Going Down…

Cosmic Salsa

Cosmic Salsa

I hope to host the HG Safari again..on one of my other worlds, but the Vortex was a great place to host such a multivirtual  group of travelers… Was a true honor to do so.
Here is a  great piece on the whole Safari (all three destinations) by Thirza:
Safari Spanks The Vortex
and another post by Nat in German with some  artistic photos (post Gimp):
Die Hypergrid Safari
Enjoy!

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My First Hypergrid Safar!

Another monumental day for me in my 7 year history of virtuality…I joined the very cool Hypergrid Safari conceived and promoted by avatar Wizard Gynoid and populated with so many artists and creative people that I have admired through out those 7 years in Second Life…but we are moving beyond the separations of individual Opensim grids as we watch it transform into a virtual multiverse, a very cozy-friendly, wild,artistic and neighborly extended barrio we can all explore and visit.

sosso

We started showing up at 12PST and by the end I counted 30 plus participants

We landed at Futurelab Sandbox where we visited “Insanity” by Cherry Manga and Art Blue on the Metropolis Grid. The picture below says it well..and there was a play presented, sounds, music, speaking, chat lines..It was surprising for me and wonderful and I just sat in a chair, riding a beam of light and tried to take it all in. It was sitting room only and some had to play musical chairs. This was week 25 and it was obvious how popular these Safaris have become. Where had I been the last 6 months??

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A wild set, perfect for a highly surreal theatrical experience of “Insanity”

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I even saw a helicopter that flew..I felt like a 10 year old girl at her first World’s Fair

Because of some crashing and time restraints I did not get to go to the other planned destinations… but I am hooked:) Thank you Thirza for inviting me and Wizard for planning these Safari Adventures. Next Wednesday I am honored to host the Safari for part of their travels on my own Vector’s Vortex on Kitely – Virtual Worlds on Demand. I hope you all will come and take the ride up through “endless dark space” to Vector’s secret poetic/scientific platform. For my SL readers (most of you) take a chance and see how much bigger our virtual continents have become..
This address will get you there if you are coming from another Opensim:
grid.kitely.com:8002:Vector’s Vortex
or on the web:http://www.kitely.com/virtual-world/Karima-Hoisan/Vectors-Vortex

Vector's Vortex on Kitely

Vector’s Vortex on Kitely – Virtual Worlds on Demand

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