Here are my results from the #SecondLifeChallenge – Google Your Second Life Avatar.   I’m a bit disappointed. Wallflower in real life, wallflower in virtual life. Big Sigh.

  1. Google your Second Life name in “quotations” and share your results. About 3,740 results
  2. What are the first 5 links that come up?Blog, Flickr, LinkedIn, Twitter, Snapzilla
  3. Click on the “Images” tab and tell us where the first 5 images are from. LinkedIn, Twitter, Hiveminer (?), PicsSr (?), my blog
  4. Click on the “Videos” tab and share your results, if any. Well, my channel was listed, but I don’t post videos.
  5. Click on the “News” tab and share your results, if any.  A post I made on “The Splendid Table” about Green Soup. Forgot about that. It’s good soup. I need to make a pot.
  6. Did any of the results surprise you?I thought I was a bit more visible, but I lost out to a 100+ year old Rose. What H**L is Hiveminer or PicsSr?
  7. Are you satisfied with your results or wish they were different in any way? I wish my more current activities showed up.
Green soup

Basic Green Soup


May followup with review.

Linden Home - Quad - Private EntranceIn November 2016 I moved from the Linden Home I’d lived in since they were introduced. It was time for a change. I chose the Quad, a grouping of four much smaller residences. Each features a private entrance with patio and personalized landscaping. I added a few giant bamboo trees and a patio set.

Most of the furnishing come from The Mansion A.E. 2.0 purchased from Fabrizio Gigamon in the summer of 2010. At the time it was too modern for my taste.

The four units open to a shared atrium with a welcoming fire pit. It was a bit disappointing that one is not able to place personal decor or seating in this area.

Linden Home - Quad - Shared Atrium

Linden Home – Quad – Shared Atrium

Although the space is much smaller the open floor plan offers great decorating options. I chose to make the area to the right of the private entrance my living area. Surrounded on 2 sides by picture windows the view is lovely although not private.

Because I was looking for something completely different, I went with dark walls and light flooring and ceiling for a more modern look. I keep pretty much to the same palette of black, white, grey, and blue throughout.

The portrait over the fireplace is a very early nude study, from March 2007. You can see that I had not yet created a more realistically proportioned avatar. But I really like this picture of an early Rose.

The portrait on the left was created for a contest Linden Labs ran in 2013 (I think) as part of a marketing ploy

From the private entrance looking right

From the private entrance looking right

I created the waterfall window treatment in the study area to increase privacy. The side facing the atrium matches the stone exterior wall. The ability to have one way transparency is the single item I most wish existed in the material world.

The furnishing are the Toronto Study by Bazar purchased in 2013. Note the footstool under the desk. One of the drawbacks of a “normal” sized avatar is that designers still do not design for normal proportions. The sleek lines of this set do really well here. On the desk is a typewriter from floorplan, one of the few gatchas I’ve played (I really dislike hate dislike the whole gatcha thing). There is also the Bird Nerd coffee cup from Lark.



The sleeping area was a challenge. I ended up creating a low stone wall for privacy. The curve matches the lines of the fireplace and I’ve kept it simple.

Sleeping Area

This view of the entrance also show the alcove I use for changing. I couldn’t resist adding a touch of whimsy with Challis’ delightful Tree Owls Living Wall Stencil from 2014.

Entrance and Alcove



The deadline for the 9th annual Elf Circle Bardic Competition has been extended through Dec 6th. See full details here.

Source: Bardic Competition Deadline Extended


Meeko, Karto, Strawberry Girl, and Merilwyn

Meeko, Kharjo, Strawberry Girl, and Merilwyn

I’ve been playing Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, through Steam, pretty seriously since sometime in July. I know, I know … I’m a step or two or three behind the times. This is the first game of it’s type I’ve played and I really enjoy it because of the storyline.

Remaining true to myself, I created a boring female red-headed Norn warrior named Merylwin (Rose in Sindarin).

During the first several weeks I completed the intro quest lines, got used to the UI, and learned to use things. Lots of online research. Also I’ve done ALOT of just exploring, getting the symbols on my map.

I’ve joined the Thieves’ Guild, the Companions, and the Stormcloaks. I’m considering doing the Dark Brotherhood quest line next so that I can get Shadowmere, whom some consider the best horse in Skyrim. I think I can make him essential using the setessential <base ID> <1/0> console command. On the other hand, I’m pretty happy with the horse I first bought in Whiterun, whom I call Strawberry Girl.

My dog Meeko, is a big help, even if he barks a lot and dies often. Because he’s a good dog, I just reset and redo.

I love having Kharjo, a male Khajiit Warrior, as a follower. Marrying him would involve some console finagling.

Thanks to some online video tips I got my home and furnishing (except for one room because I was hurried) in Whiterun and Windhelm for free. It really was easier to use the “Slow Time Shout,” even though the process is boring and time consuming overall.

Main Quest Line – Act I is proceeding okay but I’ve got to figure out how to use the Whirlwind Sprint more effectively.

After joining the Stormcloaks I completed the Civil War quest line for Ulfric Stormcloak. He reminds me of Thorin Oakenshield and is voiced by the actor who played  Buliwyf in the film The 13th Warrior, Vladimir Kulich. I wanted to stab him in the back myself by the end of the war.

On a side note,  buy and furnish Breezehome before the Battle for Whiterun.

I haven’t figured out how to take good pictures in Skyrim yet, but I’m working on it.


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