Thursday, February 01, 2007


When I first started listening to podcasts, somehow--I don't remember the cause any more--I happened upon Jonathan Coulton's amazing "Thing a Week" podcast in mid-run.

Mr. Coulton had set himself the task of putting out a song a week. Sometimes it was a cover (but what covers! e.g. his great cover of Leonard Cohen's "Famous Blue Raincoat"), but most often it was an original song. All were, IMHO, at least good, and most are very good. In one case at least it was genius, namely the anthem of all terminally shy nerds, "Code Monkey."

I think of that artistic effort when I read Natalia's Second Life Diary. Natalia Zelmanov has, for 129 days at this writing and still going strong, come out with pretty close to an outfit a day, when she hasn't been writing tutorials so that you, too, can create clothing and shoes (and now hair). The outfits are accompanied by stories of the places in SL that inspire them. The results of her effort are available now at her store, Sirena Designs.

Seeing all that amazing work does have the drawback of reminding me that I've done close to none of the scripting and building I told myself I'd do when I first came to SL... so far, I've managed to be Mordecai's muse (if you ask him) or placebo (if you ask me). With tutorials such as Natalia writes, and that are available on the Grid, I have no excuse... so we'll see whether I actually do anything about it.


Mordecai Scaggs said...

Beloved, you are most definitely my muse, not a placebo! Some people are meant to excel, as do Natalia or Chey, some are meant to plod somewhat less flamboyantly - me - and a rare few individuals are given the task of inspiring others, as do you, my love. To me, you are at the top of the tree, a bright star set as a beacon toward which others struggle or fly, as is their wont. Never underestimate the positon you hold, darling.
However, when you do start building or scritping - watch out SL, I say, as I know your creations will knock all that has gone before into a cocked hat. So maybe don't be in too much of a rush to start, that way the rest of us still have a chance!

SLNatalia said...

Melissa, SL is there to enjoy and have fun. It sounds like you are having a wonderful time in SL with Mordecai and your friends.

I came into SL not really to socialize, but to get away from some things. I spend most of my days alone, first in Photoshop, then in my workshop in SL assemling the outfit. When I do go out to write about a sim, I mostly rush through it exploring and snapping pix...again alone. Thats why the Blue Poseball is my BF :) I really wouldnt wish this on anyone.

Enjoy the time you are having! Theres no rulebook that says you ever have to press the "Build" button in SL! :P