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I get to be Eleanor of Aquitaine!

My Eleanor of Aquitaine costume. For the upcoming Festival of King Richard, coming to Lionheart (where else?) in May.
My Eleanor of Aquitaine costume. For the upcoming Festival of King Richard, coming to Lionheart (where else?) in May.

I love “Archimides” so very much. My RL husband and life’s partner, he is often the voice of reason when I start to getting overwhelmed. Well, planning this festival in May was starting to overwhelm me and I was in full-on panic mode yesterday.

“So here’s what you do,” he said to me last night as we were retiring, “Get a handful of your very closest friends, the people you trust the most, and form a kind of committee. People you know will be there to handle things when you can’t be.”
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One float, extra awesomesauce.

Spent the afternoon NOT getting my new OSX upgrade to happen because of DVD drive problems.

So instead I spent the afternoon working on my float for the Lionheart St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Not to give a lot away, but…

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Also, I got things I made for others to build parade floats and mini-floats. Next on the agenda is horsies.

This is fun. I hope more people are as excited about this parade as I am.

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Think Flatterbots don’t listen when you talk back? Think again.

Backing the truck up, those of you who haven’t encountered them yet, a Flatterbot is a (duh) bot that IMs you randomly.  Their usual MO is to start by either accusing you of bumping them or else claiming to be catching up with you, their long lost friend.  They then compliment your avatar, give you a long sob story about an ex-boyfriend that made them log off, and their brave return to start SL all over again… and oh by the way, could you maybe “loan” me 300L to get a new avatar put together?

This is all old news for many of us by now. Many shops now have signage warning about this practice, and many blogs have covered what to look out for and not to fall for it.

But up until today, I was under the impression that any amount of reply to a Flatterbot went largely ignored or unheard by their anonymous programmer. I was wrong. And apparently I touched a nerve.

Below the cut, my complete interaction with just one such Flatterbot while I was shopping in Henmations.

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December Birthday Party TONIGHT at Toot Toot’s! 6-8PM

LOLmistletoe_my-hat-explodesLadies, gentlemen, furries, vampires, tinies, automatons, and everyone else I forgot to name… come to the birthday party for everyone with a December birthday, TONIGHT starting at 6 PM SLT at Toot Toot’s Carolina Pub in Second Life!

Do you have a birthday in December?  Do you get tired of your birthday being overshadowed by that OTHER occasion what happens in December?  Had it with people saying “Here’s your birthday-SLASH-Christmas present”? Did your mom ever make you a freakin’ Rudolph cake for your ninth birthday?

OK maybe that last one was just me.  Hello, my name is Mistletoe Ethaniel, and my birthday is December 22nd.  I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands and throw a birthday party for ALL us December Babies: with cake, and presents, dancing to great music (NONE of it Christmas music) and fireworks!  Yes, I’m returning to Toot Toot’s Carolina Pub TONIGHT, December 10th, at 6PM to bring you all these great things, because for December Babies, the best birthday present is often just acknowledging the birthday!

Don’t have a birthday in December?  Hey that’s fine, because it’s not a party without lots of friends and family along to celebrate with us!  You’re not required to bring a present (but if you do, leave the word “slash” at the door), just bring your dancing shoes and all your friends to party down with us!

Here’s how you get there, and I’ll see you TONIGHT at 6PM SLT!

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December Babies Birthday Party – Dec 10

Do you have a birthday in December?  Do you get tired of your birthday being overshadowed by that OTHER occasion what happens in December?  Had it with people saying “Here’s your birthday-SLASH-Christmas present”? Did your mom ever make you a freakin’ Rudolph cake for your ninth birthday?

OK maybe that last one was just me.  Hello, my name is Mistletoe Ethaniel, and my birthday is December 22nd.  I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands and throw a birthday party for ALL us December Babies: with cake, and presents, dancing to great music (NONE of it Christmas music) and fireworks!  Yes, I’m returning to Toot Toot’s Carolina Pub on Monday, December 10th, at 6PM to bring you all these great things, because for December Babies, the best birthday present is often just acknowledging the birthday!

Don’t have a birthday in December?  Hey that’s fine, because it’s not a party without lots of friends and family along to celebrate with us!  You’re not required to bring a present (but if you do, leave the word “slash” at the door), just bring your dancing shoes and all your friends to party down with us!

Here’s how you get there, and I’ll see you tomorrow night!

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Bitten By the Bug

So yesterday, just for fun, I downloaded CaptureMe. It’s a free/opensource screen-and-video capture application for the Mac. Its video capabilities are limited; it will shoot up to 60 seconds of video, but no audio.

Well, that got me thinking about a medium that used images but no audio: old-fashioned silent films.

So, to familiarize myself with the process and to try it out, I made this.

I think it’s gonna give Citizen Kane a run for its money. It’s got a little bit of something for everyone, I think: cute burlesque moves and lots of leg for those who are into women; cute clothing for those who aren’t.

Well now I’m all bitten by the bug, as it were. I want to make an honest-to-goodness movie now, with plot and characters and everything. I don’t know WHAT said plot will be, right yet. I don’t need anything too epic, I’m not looking to make Birth of a Nation here or anything. But while I’m sorting that out, I’ve been working on the rest of the day-at-the-movies experience. I’ve got a burlesque short, done, bully for me, I’m almost done with a “newsreel” about the Great Fire of Antique Square (THIS IS MY NOTE TO MYSELF: ASK LELANI IF YOU CAN USE HER PICTURES KTHX), and I’m even dabbling with a short cartoon idea.

Thaddeus is toying with the idea of re-opening his movie theater, in Steelhead. I’m thinking a film festival, or at least picture show, would be a really cool thing to share there.

I might even do a tutorial on making silent movies, using CaptureMe and iMovie. Think anyone would be interested in that?

By the way, the music came from this excellent website. He’s got a ton of royalty-free music to use, including a suprisingly large silent movie score selection, that’s free so long as you give him credit for it.

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Destruction at Antique Square

So last night was, as promised, my biggest and most explosive fireworks show ever. The opening didn’t go according to plan; I had a whole carefully programmed (pyreographed?) show to accompany Fanfare for the Common Man. And I was going to have the text spell out the well-known sentence from the Preamble to the Declaration: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,” etc. But the text launcher decided it would fire text when it wanted to, not when I wanted it to, so I finally took it back into inventory and just kinda winged it.

The downside to that was that I had way more explosives going than I wanted, that early in the program. I like to crescendo my way in with these. Start small, build up. It’s the pyrotechnician’s rule: don’t blow your load in the first two minutes. Lots of people, actually, could gain from this knowledge. I’m looking at YOU, ex-boyfriend. But I digress!

The upside to the show was, with the scope of the finale, nobody even remembers the opening number.
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Fireworks: You Simply Can Not Miss…

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I gotta say, I’m pretty freakin’ proud of how the poster came out for this Wednesday night’s boomy fun.

I used a historical example:

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I originally did the crossed firecrackers, but it made the poster seem too busy. So I went without.

But, anyway! Wednesday night. I’m drilling this into your head. Come at 8:30 PM to Antique Square. See the biggest and most explosive fireworks show I’ve done to date. Things MAY get destroyed in the process. And by “may” I mean “will”. After the fireworks, the after party, I’m DJing. Lots of genres so everybody’s guaranteed to hate at least one song.

Come to this if you don’t hate America. YOU DON’T HATE AMERICA DO YOU?!

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Burn Baby Burn

The big closing party for Antique Square is being moved to Wednesday night, the 4th. Seems a good night to light fireworks FOR SOME REASON. I mentioned blowing stuff up artfully, before. Well, inspired largely by Crap’s idea for demolishing SL9B builds, I thought, you know, we can make the ending every bit as entertaining as the opening. All good things must come to an end, but nobody said it had to be a quiet or serious end.

So, you take one pyromaniac elf, lots of pretty explosives, and a quarter-sim build ready to pack it up.

I think we can make this work.

Here’s where you can help: I’m composing a playlist for the afterparty, and am looking for ideas for songs (of any genre) with the theme of FIRE (seeings how I’m a pyromaniac elf). Post your suggestions in the comments.

And look for an invitation soon.