Sunday, January 16, 2011

H2 Photography

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Late nights in Second Life can bring about some interesting results. The other night I was standing on my land in SL AFK and windowed out responding to something on Plurk, not terribly uncommon of me. When I looked back at Second Life there was a strange man standing next to me on my property. Like most of you, coming back to SL and finding a stranger on your land can be somewhat disconcerting. But this was not some nosy, annoying newb, this was a well-put-together male Avatar just standing there quietly next to me, respectful would be the word I would use.

Meet Homer Hanly. The photographer and graphic artist behind H2 Photography in Second Life. Homer is a real life photographer and artist practicing and expanding his techniques in SL with the world of 3D Digital Artistry. Now here is where I blush and am ever so grateful. Homer was checking old LMs in his inventory and hopping around SL looking for scenic places to take pictures when he stumbled across my Caribbean Island Oasis and me, oblivious in AFK land. He watched and seemed to like the movements of my AO and the poses it created so decided to take some pictures. What he did with them is just simply amazing. Most of ya'll know I do most of my own photography for eMOTIONS and for fun. But I would (and plan to) hire Homer for a photo session for a personal collection. Check out his blog, Homer's Place and his Flickr! He's got a fun sense of humor and sometimes a daring voyeuristic style I think most of you will enjoy thoroughly.

Thank you, Homer for the wonderful pictures and the new found friendship. Thank you for the late night phantom chasing and Photoshop circles of confusion (my confusion creating not yours, lol).

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Friday, January 14, 2011

"New Science" Versus KNOWN Astrology: ie your astrological sign really isn't changing!

This information comes from someone whom I've known for some time now, whom I trust, and who works for a major Astrology Website (The Astrologer, Inc.) What it boils down to is that "new science" has discovered what astrologers have always known and have taken into account for. Your birth sign isn't really changing! Please read:

Astrologers have known about this for millennia. Seriously, millennia. Aristarchus of Samos noticed it back in 280 BCE. What happens is that due to a wobble in the Earth’s orbit our relationship to the ...zodiacal constellations is in a constant shift. Our main point of reference here is what we call the Equinoctal Point, that is the point on the zodiac where the Sun is at the second of the spring equinox, typically on March 21, but with leap years and depending on what time zone you’re in it could be the 20th. That particular point has been sliding backwards at such a slow rate that it makes a full cycle every 26,000 years.

For the many year...s before that astrologers had been noticing planetary motion and developed the system of signs. As with any developing body of knowledge they would slowly revise their descriptions of the signs as changes became evident. And the nature of the signs would change over the years to match the shift in stellar positions. Actually some astrologers still do that. They are called “sidereal astrologers” and siderealism is practiced rather little in the West, but it’s very big in India where the system is called Jyotish, or Vedic Astrology. In the west we generally prefer the “Tropical Zodiac”

Behind the “Tropical Zodiac” is the idea that the Zodiac of Signs is different from the Zodiac of Constellations. Building on Aristarchus’ discovery of the Precession, Hellenic astrologers figured that we are dealing with a system of interacting planets, the Moon and Sun. The stars are markers that drift, but our main points of reference are not directly the stars. They are the equinoxes (both spring and vernal) and the solstices which altogether make the four cardinal points of the zodiac which in turn determine the signs. The stars help us locate those points which define the SIGNS of the Zodiac which remain constant in relation to the equinox point. The CONSTELLATIONS do move about and we take that into consideration when locating planets.

This may be a bitter disappointment to people who don’t like their signs and thought they had a chance to change them. No sign is better or worse than any other. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses. A better approach would be to find a good astrologer who can tell you what your sun sign and the rest of your chart really are good for.

Astrologers have answered this one so many times we can only suspect that the astronomers who repeat this canard are being intellectually dishonest. At the very least, if Professor Kunkle were really just discovering the precession of the equinox he should have the integrity to ask an astrologer, hey, do you know about this and how do you deal with it? Acting like you have all the answers without doing even that much research is just really bad science.

(Thank you Sean Kelley, Kelli Fox, and The Astrologer Inc website)!

~sierra

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

PersonalDNA

I want to thanks LillyAnne Crystal for sharing this on her blog and on plurk. Following her lead I took this test (takes about 30 minutes) and for the most part I think it's fairly accurate. Those of you that know me and have known me for some time now let me know what you think.



My personalDNA Report


You are a Creator

Your imagination, confidence, willingness to explore, and appreciation of beauty make you a CREATOR.

•You are independent, and you enjoy your self-sufficiency.

•Defying convention, you are very innovative, and you have a vivid imagination.

•The look of things is important to you, and you have a keen eye for aesthetic beauty in multiple arenas.

•You have a strong interest in what is new and exciting—and that includes forging ahead with new ideas, not simply discovering what is already out there.

•Your eagerness to seek new and varied experiences leads you into many different situations.

•You're not set on one way of doing things, and you are creative when it comes to finding novel solutions to complex problems.

•You trust yourself to be innovative and resourceful.

•Your confidence allows you to take your general awareness and channel it into creativity.

•You're not one to force your positions on a group, and you tend to be fair in evaluating different options.

•You're not afraid to let your emotions guide you, and you're generally considerate of others' feelings as well.

•Generally, you believe that you control your life, and that external forces only play a limited role in determining what happens to you.

If you want to be different.

•Appreciate the earthly, practical elements of things—there is beauty in form as well.

•While you are good at thinking abstractly, focusing on details a bit more may help you discover things about the world.

You are Considerate

You trust others, care about them, and are slow to judge them, making you CONSIDERATE.

•You value your close relationships very much, and are more likely to spend time in small, tightly-knit groups of friends than in large crowds.

•You enjoy exploring the world through observation, quietly watching others.

•Relating to others so well, and understanding their emotions, leads you to trust people in general, even though you're somewhat shy and reserved at times.

•Your belief that people are generally well-intentioned contributes to your sympathy regarding their problems.

•Although you may not vocalize it often, you have an awareness of how society affects individuals, and you understand complex causes of people's behavior.

•You like to look at all sides of a situation before making a judgment, particularly when that situation involves important things in other people's lives.

•Your close friends know you as a good listener.

If you want to be different.

•Because other people would benefit immensely from your understanding and insight, you should try to be more outgoing in social situations, even when they make you uncomfortable. Others will want to hear what you have to say!

Our Time


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Somethin' in your eyes, makes me wanna lose myself
Makes me wanna lose myself, in your arms
There's somethin' in your voice, makes my heart beat fast
Hope this feeling lasts, the rest of my life
It feels like home to me, it feels like home to me
It feels like I'm all the way back where I come from
It feels like home to me, it feels like home to me
It feels like I'm all the way back where I belong

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I love that song. It brings back some wonderful memories. Even though that time has passed and the person I shared it with and myself have moved on, it still is one of those songs that brings a smile to my face and warmth to my heart.

Our Time. That's what we had. And I'm hopeful somewhere down the road there will be special someone to have time with again. But for all of you out there who have that special someone, this pose is for you. For your love. For your hopes. For your dreams. For your time, alone, together, in peace and happiness. Our Time, that perfect pose to sit and talk about everything and nothing. Our Time, when it feels like home simply because you are together.

Our Time is part of the Pro Posers Hunt #3. Be sure to follow the hunt and blog here. Don't miss out on all the wonderful gifts you can find during the hunt. Join the Pro Posers group to take part in the hunt as well as get special group only gifts and discounts.

~sierra sugar