What Second Life Means to Nat…(and I agree 100%!)

My only excuse for not getting this posted earlier is…well there is no excuse. I have been sharing this video of Nat’s  on a one -to -one basis, until I realized , “Hey, I have a blog!:) I can share it with EVERYONE!”
In honor of Second Life’s 12th birthday (Second Life 12B) this challenge was offered to all who wanted to tell their story, about what Second Life meant for them personally in a few short minutes. I am so happy that Nat included me in hers, and it was definitely enough for me to not have to make my own, because I agree with her 100%. So, sit back and enjoy what Nat loves about our virtual world…and me too..me too:)
HD and full screen always encouraged for your viewing pleasure.

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Follow Your Road…. All The Way To Success!!

Costa Rica's Own..Home-Grown Band

Costa Rica’s Own..Home-Grown Band

(Version en Español aquí)

  This is the case of the hottest new Latin Musical group,” El Combo Style,” from my home country, Costa Rica. Really, just keep doing what you’re doing and share your talent with the world!
I love a good cause, and for me, people with artistic talent, dedication and humility are always a good cause.
The first time I heard this group, was in some studio recordings from the University of Costa Rica.
Even though the quality was not the best, I saw, felt and most importantly heard, the talent of this very tight and charismatic band.
David Mendez who plays trombone and maracas, (blind since early childhood) and David Jimenez (singer-guitarist) are part of the backbone of this band. D. Jimenez writes all the songs and lyrics and D. Mendez  along with Gerson Rodriguez on keyboard make all the musical arrangements for the music the band plays ( 100% original music) . They are focused, dedicated and just plain GOOD. I promise if there is any life left in you, even if you are 95, you will be moved to get up and DANCE when they start to play! They have put together an eight- piece band, that from the first bar, will entice you to get up, wiggle your bod and just move to the catchy and hypnotic “Ritmo Tropical” (Tropical Rhythm)
I know these musicians personally, and when I heard their first recordings, I started to get excited. It’s exciting to know that a group you know and care about, maybe now only needs a little luck to break out and become very well known not only nationally but hopefully internationally. This is their case. They need some luck, good promotions and people who believe in them. I think Nat and I fall into this last case. I put a few of their songs on my stream at Kari’s Bar and Dance, and invited Nat and Joey to dance with me
and they both fell in love with the rhythm, the tight arrangements, and the very addictive Latin beat and feel. It only took Nat and I a few minutes to realize that we WANTED to help them, by making a machinima using their brand new, first time, professional recording. When I asked them permission for their music, they gave me/us full permission to do it as we saw fit, so we chose two songs off their new CD, entitled, “Curandero”and combined them in Randt and Hoisan’s very first DANCE VIDEO (collaboration #16:)
The musicians from the Combo Style are:

David Méndez Camacho-Trombone-maracas
David Jiménez Vargas- Vocalist-Guitar
Ariel Soto -Drums
Luis Hernandez Gil- Percussion
Andrés Alas- Flute-Percussion
Antonio Echeverría-Sax
Gerson Rodriguez – Keyboard
Julian Jiménez – Bass
Thank you all for sharing your music with us personally and with the world!!

“Curandero”
by El Combo Style

We put out a “cattle call” for gorgeous dancing extras and old friends and new alike showed up to Salsa/Lindy Hop/ Bar-tend.. whatever we needed:)
I want to thank each and every one for their patience and willingness to dance for hours until we got the shots we needed! Big hugs and sincere thank-yous to all!
Actors:
Dale Innis : New York, USA
Joey (joeytwoshoes) : Germany
Amira Kevoli (amirakevoli) : Florida, USA
Anje Aichi: Boston, USA
Odracir Wrigglesworth: Boston, USA
Henri Godenot: Alaska, USA
Amiata: Costa Rica
Shepp (shepphard.galbraith) New Zealand
Maria Vought : UK
DzinWiz Babii-Avro: Nebraska, USA
Gamma Infinity : Arizona, USA
Shesa Quandry: New York City, USA
Soto Hax : Canada
Jeykob Moyet : Puerto Rico
Feanor DeCuir : Germany
Natascha Randt : Germany
Karima Hoisan : Costa Rica
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*A special thanks to Poett for letting us use her RL footage of the band at a live show.
For Nat and I, this is another labor of love; done because we wanted to, in the hopes of maybe helping a bit to get the word out about this great up and coming group. This might be a Virtual World First, where a Real Life group entrusts their brand new CD to a couple of Machinima makers from Second Life to see what they can do with it. Thank you so much to all the members of the group for doing this and for believing in us. We believe in you and hope we can get thousands of views for you too!
So dear friends and readers, if you enjoy the film and the music, please share it on all your social media connections. Best viewed full screen in HD (1080p)

Let’s help “The Combo Style” take off…. all the way to SUCCESS!!

Hechos en Costa Rica!

Hechos en Costa Rica!


 

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ReCap of The Raglan Shire Reading – Art Walk 2015

Well..what can I say? I LOVED performing for all the tinies, biggies, petites, quads and all who assembled on Raglan Shire this last Saturday afternoon. The crowd was big, welcoming and wonderful! Nat counted 46 and all were so enthusiastic and seemed to appreciate my reading with big “Appaws!” I want to thank all the organizers of this fantastic Art Walk (and it is not over yet!) especially karmagirl and my dear friend Kage Stratten who extended this invitation to me to read. I will include an .mp3 right below here. If you would like to hear the reading, feel free to download or stream it from this link: Raglan Shire Reading-Karima-May 16th 2015.mp3
Thanks to Nat and “The Gecko” for the photos below
I hope you all will invite me again next year:) *hint hint

Now it begins

Right before showtime-Photo by Natascha Randt

Siz Diz and The Gecko

Siz Diz and The Gecko -Photo by Natascha Randt

The  tiny audience was fun, attentive appreciative and so generous. - Photo by The Gecko

The tiny audience was fun, attentive appreciative and
so generous. – Photo by The Gecko

Great photo - Photo by Gecko

I see some biggies from New Toulouse – Photo by The Gecko

I want to include some great photos from Joey, that appear on her very nice pingback (click and take a look; it’s the first comment) The last one is Joey herself as an alter-ego giraffe riding the fabulous hedgiepillar:)

warming up

Winding down..Whale Song-my last poem – Photo by Joey

Fun group

Joey’s great view of the event

Best transport you can find at the Art Walk -Photo by Joey Giraffe :)

Best transport you can find at the Art Walk -Photo by Joey Giraffe :)

 

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Karima Gets Tiny For A Great Big Event: Art Walk 2015 on Raglan Shire!

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Ta Da! I love being a Tiny…especially for such a great event:
The amazing Art Walk on Raglan Shire
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I want to invite all my readers, friends, and passerbys to come to my reading, Saturday, May 16th at 12noon slt. I have been working hard to prepare something very special for all my tiny friends and biggie friends too.
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There is so much to see there, on various sims, full of Art, Sculptures, Dancing, Waffles (of course) and Fun activities.
Just to show you what you would miss, if you decided to come as a biggie:
The Hedgiepillar Tour at the main entrance!

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Reaches over and pinches Kage and giggles..

Main Entrance and Hedgiepillar Tour
As the notecard says:”We also have a Hedgiepillar ride for you to ride around all the beautiful 2D art in the Raglan Shire sim. *They are great to ride with friends :-) Just click on the stand and one will rez or jump on one for a ride.
This is reason enough to brush off your tiny avatar in the bottom of your inventory, or rush out and get a new adorable one before Saturday! (PS if you just can’t.. Biggies are welcome too)
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Here is where you go to see my poetry performance: Art Walk Stage
Here you can find a whole calendar of all the events : Calendar of Events
Waves and giggles..Hope to see you all there this Saturday! Lots of Fun!

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Karima Brings Some Poetry Home to Araxes ~ Saturday May 9th @ 12 Noon SLT

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In the days when I was the Poet Laureate of Al Raqis….such memories!

I would love to invite my readers to join me in Araxes (formerly Al Raqis) this Saturday, May 9th at 12 noon slt. I will be giving a small reading of about 30 minutes (more or less) to those who might enjoy listening to a poetic performance. The theme is “Reflections of Home,” and  just returning to this world, that was my home for more than two years, puts me in theme.
As always I will be doing a whiplash eclectic mix of poems, to carefully chosen music and imagery behind. I include below the official idea and invitation for this Art event, of which my reading is but a small part:

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Legate Calina Tereshchenko is pleased to announce the second annual Art Show. The theme as suggested by His Grace, Margrave Princely Count Sardar Kumar Sri Rai Sahib Khanzadeh – Reflections on Home.

So many of those who call Araxes home are from other worlds. For this show, please submit pieces that are representative of your home world or culture of origin.

Dates:
May 4-17
Displays are located in the Imperial Square near Water’s End and the Central Plaza :
Imperial Square
Central Plaza

Former Al Raqis Poet Laureate, Karima Hoisan, will give a reading on Saturday May 9, 12pm SLT in the Arena.
Here is your tame Sandworm to take you to the entrance for my reading:
Arena on Mount Jofar
I hope to see you all there!
P.S  Sci-fi theme is always fun and the clothes are amazing, but not mandatory for this event:)

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Life Without Rain

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Irisb477 – taken on Oct. 5,  2009

Grey clouds moving forward into the clear night sky,
the shadows blowing over darkened fields of waves,
while some black birds circle the moon, the water becomes a lens
and they swim against the silvery depths before it all goes dark.

Everyone knows how the weather changes here;
in a moment when you are asleep, the sun just disappears
and everyone seems surprised, but if they could have really seen,
it would not have caught them so off -guard, that storm approaching.

Sometimes the breeze seems to get stuffed up and fail.
We lose our sense of energy, a lack of oxygen, then lightning.
All goes stagnant before a storm, like the world is waiting,
then it blows down upon us, not very unexpected, but still amazing.

Can we be mad at the weather for raining?
Can we be hurt if the sun won’t shine?
Can we expect the climate to be more humane?
Can it stay sunny forever and nurture life without rain?

Karima Hoisan
May 2,2015
Costa Rica

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The Voice of Annihilation

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The Voice of Annihilation
For the innocents

Not really like Bird Man..
but the voice is one we all know and fear.
The whisperer of deadly-bad advice, the coaxer to oblivion.
It’s so far in the background weave, we are unsure what we perceive, but we think it.
It’s we who think it and then, for our survival, we fight it.

“Who’s talking? Is it talking to me?
It’s not a chat, a monologue or a soliloquy, not a request,
a
favor nor a memory.
Not really like Bird Man, but it calls to us.
It flaps like a shadow in our shadow
,
tells us to open windows in skyscrapers,
walk like a zombie to the edge of the cliff,
put our feet on the tiles of the roof, while it coaxes,
“Just slide down.”

It has no tone or timber, nothing we even recognize as speech and yet,
if we know it, we fight it,
and stay away from all those places it keeps sending us to.

It’s a black hole of our own universe reclaiming from whence we came.
It’s a stop watch to madness: Times up, and we all are prone to hear it someday.
It’s why I crawl, not walk, over suspension bridges, close the windows on all hotel rooms,
stay off of high balconies with low verandas..
“Oh, jump why don’t you?” It really says things like that!

It’s the anti life..calling you to your guaranteed death.
Acute-collective built-in bad programming, we all know it;
we came with it.
The voice of annihilation, one maybe heard in a locked cockpit, over the alps.
“Oh just get it over with!” Take it down”

Karima Hoisan
March 27,2015
Costa R
ica

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