Samedi Gras Parade Saturday in New Toulouse Second Life

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Mermaids by Nat and Karima-photo by Nat

Mardi Gras is alive and swimming in New Toulouse this year!!
Nat and I, as part of the Krewe des Zombies, will be delectable and delightful mermaids for…

Samedi Gras ’17, Saturday, February 25.
Come join the fun! Festivities begin in the New Toulouse Square
The celebration begins at 11 am SLT, and the parade begins at 12 noon!

Music! Beads! and Colorful Floats!! (One with Mermaids!!)
How can you miss this?? Don’t let that happen!
Hope to see you in the Square:)

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Party with Winston Ackland Saturday @ Kari’s Bar and Dance, New Toulouse, SL

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Poster by Natascha Randt

(I feel like Mrs. Dalloway; always throwing parties!)

Krewe des Zombies Invites You to Party Once Again!!

@Kari’s Bar and Dance Saturday Feb 18th 12:30-2:00pm

12:30 -1:00PM: I will be spinning some Zydeco Classics to
get you warmed up.

1:00pmslt-2pmslt The fabulous Winston Ackland.

For those of you who have never heard him, here is a short bio and a YouTube link for listening. He is Bruce Lash in RL , accomplished musician for over 20 years. December of 2008, RL and SL merged when Winston’s cover of “Lithium” hit the big screen in 20th Century Fox Films blockbuster hit, “Marley and Me”; and again in the summer of 2012, when Winston’s cover of “Psycho Killer” was featured in Oliver Stone’s “Savages”.

Here’s your Taxi

Don’t Miss This One!

Adding some great pictures thanks to Dale and Nat!

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Photo by Natascha Randt

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Photo by Natascha Randt

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Photo by Dale

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Photo by Dale

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Photo by Dale

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Photo by Dale

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Women’s Digital Cinema Talks to Natascha Randt

Glasz Decuirs is featuring various women machinima-makers in her video series. She asks a few questions, in order to discuss each ones’ individual process, and discover their approaches, techniques, examples and anecdotes. It’s fascinating and I want to reblog the one she made for my film partner, Natascha. Congratulations Nat! You deserve this recognition and honor. Nat speaks in German, but the English translations are well done and easy to read. Enjoy!! https://aetherisavidi.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/womens-digital-cinema-teil-2/

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“The Changes Changes” A Randt & Hoisan Production

This is our 20th collaboration!! It’s something we want to celebrate with all of you too!
(Clinks her glass against Natascha’s
..Here’s to many more, my creative partner!!)

Only 5  years after we started thinking about  doing “The Changes Changes”  and 8 months spent in production (only;) we can finally say it’s finished and  send it out to the world today:) As I said to Natascha a few times during this process, “What were we thinking?  This poem was a very complicated,  and visually very hard, to turn into a film..We had to make sure we had the same vision, to even attempt it, and  as luck and  more than luck would have it,we did have the same vision.. for almost every scene. I guess that is why this one is #20!!. We have and are still garnering experience as collaborators and have many videos behind us now, to draw from. What we didn’t have was a life size lottery wheel, lottery balls that could spin or dice dropping from the sky, or a big city set, moving traffic etc etc. We also had very few prims to work with, so when Mainland got their extra prims first, we asked our favorite scripter and part of  our repertory cast, Dale Innis, if he would like to lend us a few… he said, “Sure!” So we started building a Casino set high above his land on Hughes Rise and actually invented the first working lottery ball spinner..(after almost crashing the whole sim with a super uncontrolled spin that sent physical balls raining down over his lands below. (giggle) Nat built a great Casino building, while I worked on the intricacies of trying to spin balls around (on roulette wheels and in big lottery ball machine) Just right after we filmed there, LL announced that Private Regions were getting their bonus prims, and we decided to migrate the Casino and its interior to our home island, LINC Island, this time we were 3500 prims richer.. and in just a few months we upped the prim count again so, we decided to build a permanent working city above our public sim below and  share it with anyone who enjoys photography or making machinima. Nat has poured her heart out on this set..It came alive right before our eyes and with the help of Dale’s moving traffic, sounds, and city sights, this is not just a set, it’s a place to visit, explore and enjoy. LINC City above LINC Island can be reached Here: Ground Level Landing Point and choose, “Linc City” as your TP option. So here it is, our healthy baby (almost took the full 9 months:) and we present it to you happily..The proud parents of their 20th!!! bouncing baby machinima ..made by us without interest in contests or  festivals, rewards or awards..We do this because we love to and we hope you love it too:) To all our wonderful friends, our cast,and all who have showed interest in our other productions, this one is for you!! We hope you will be entertained, and feel the beat and the message..,because, “Hey, the changes changes everything..” Full screen, HD and Turn up the soundtrack!! Dancing is encouraged:) Likes and comments here or  on YouTube, as always, are very welcome.
Thanks to Dale Innis, we have a few pictures of our little screening for cast and crew.

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The Changes Changes everything…

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A small welcome in voice

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3-2-1 Roll it!

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Screening for the Cast at LINC City Cinema

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“Hugs Nat! Here’s to # 21!”

Here is the poem, if anyone did not understand all the words or wants to translate it:
“The Changes Changes”
The changes changes, jingling change in my back pocket,

so shuffle the cards.
Sometimes it seems I was a co-star in this movie before,
when I had my suitcase, and a big bruised ego blocking the door
and each day was a lottery that I didn’t play,
and each minute they never called out my number.
If I had a two, they called out three, and it went on that way.
To state the obvious, I sometimes stand on red and sometimes black
and the little ball goes round,  goes round,
and everyone says I’m playing it fine
but I see it stopping… I just see it ending… my bad.
Am I the only one who sees it stopping?..who sees it ending?
Then one and one makes three, and the game is over and I call a cab.

I think the changes changes the billboards and the play,
and along the vacant highway walls, workmen glue a new one up
before they take the other one away.
It begins to look like a collage of some pasted posters present- past,
and the artist wasn’t that good anyway.
Then the shuffle’s in and I’m on the bottom again.
And the Director leaves and no one gives me my lines.
So this show is doomed to play out of town, sporadic, every off -Tuesdays,
and I lost top billing a few weeks back,
and could be out of work and in the streets tomorrow
crouching on the sidewalk gambling with my time.
Because the changes changes everything… I guess it’s all my fault… my bad.
Then one plus one makes three that’s how it adds,
and the game is over and I call a cab.

 The changes changes how I see it all,
and what we think is relative, depends upon the flipping of a coin.
Contrary to what we were led to believe, humanity inside a burlap sack?
It makes the sack worth less and I agree,
because  that’s an old wise Spanish saying,
but I will take it home with me… every time.
I will nurture scorpions and snakes until my nose is bleeding and my tongue goes numb.
“I’m a fool for love,” I shout it out, while I ride the karma wheel and the little ball goes round, goes round and I think it’s stopping,
but everyone says I’m playing it fine.
Then the changes changes my attitude,  
so that it’s hard for me to clearly see.
I don’t see the point.
I don’t see the joke.
I don’t see much hope.
And I don’t see that spirit running around that everyone says
 they all see, the one that’s very much a part of me.
Then one day,
when I am looking the other way, at dismal sepia-toned memories,
all of a sudden the changes changes everything.
I’m standing on black and and they call out “Black!”
Without buying a lottery ticket, I win. I win anyway.
I inherit a hope chest and it’s filled with hope.
Seems to be my good luck nowadays… so long…goodbye, my bad.
Then one plus one makes two, and I smile your way,
while you open the door for me, in the pouring rain,  
and the driver says “Where to? and we share a cab.
The changes changes everything… It changes everything

Karima Hoisan
May 16, 2012
LINC Island SL

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Krewe des Zombies Mardi Gras Party!

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Fabulous Party Poster by Natascha Randt

Come one …come all! It’s that time of the year again
in virtual 1920’s New Orleans!!

We have a great  Live Music line-up for everyone,
a week from today:

When: Friday, February 3, 2017
What Time: 6pm-8pm
Who’s playing:  Mamaa Saiz and Hogman ( back by popular demand)
6pm slt: Mamaa Saiz
7pm slt Hogman
Where: (Where else??) Kari’s Bar and Dance, New Toulouse, Second Life
Wear your Mardi Gras finest and Join us .
Take this link to get to the front door
Don’t you dare miss this one!!

 

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The Deep Way

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A composite of two images: “The Well” by J. Capela and “Chalice Well” by Arwen Grace. Deviant Art.com

The Deep Way
For U.

Down Down Down…not sure I know which way is up…
everything that gives me joy can stab me in the back,
if my eyes don’t stay open..then the fear creeps and crawls inside.
Always expecting the other shoe to drop…
Always imagining your first hello with someone new…
and then the rapid downhill slide to, “ Sorry but I think we’re through.”

When you share your vital organs with the one you love,
It isn’t just a metaphysical fling,
 the truth is, how painful to tear and separate,  after years
of growing it all together…
Voices in the ears, disbelief and tears …
Call 911! I am hemorrhaging.

Yet, we chose our path: danger and risk at every lap,
and here we are today.. still loving in our own way.
If I had to do it over again..I would not  change a heartbeat
Deep is how we played it, with all our risks, so bittersweet.
Love has metastasized in the well of our years…
So be it…when you go down down down until each one disappears.

Karima Hoisan
November 24th 2004
Karak, Jordan

 

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The Happy Ball

Does anyone remember the bag randomly flying, soaring and dancing in a very touching scene of the movie, “American Beauty”?
Well, I was luckily a witness to something in that category, of things just reacting spontaneously to Nature’s forces: Air, Water, Fire…etc. In this case, it was water that somehow “trapped” a ball in my pool and tickled it into a spontaneous, hypnotic and graceful dance. I knew immediately I was witnessing something so randomly wonderful, that I grabbed my iPhone and took a few shots. It is a simple movie, the ball is the star, and the only “special effects” added was  using some slow motion and near the end a few seconds of reverse…outside of that, how it looks is how it looked…and it did not go on for a few minutes..it went on for over an hour!
I hope my happy ball will relax, hypnotize and make you smile.. I found some great, creative commons music on Jamendo to go with it..and now it’s on YouTube. A new star is born…an inanimate one…such a happy ball who came as a sign to wish us a very Happy New Years..balanced, graceful and full of the good kind of kinetic energy.
A special thanks to Nat who hid the narrow iPhone look by adding two more:) Thanks Nat for that!

ENJOY!

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