Philip Seymour Hoffman Wins Big

I’m watching the DVD for Owning Mahowny, a story about a bank VP who embezzles millions of dollars to maintain his gambling addiction. The movie is hard to watch as our “hero” ruins himself. It doesn’t help that it is played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. His ability to nail the character makes it harder to watch. He’s wonderful. Watching him gamble big and sometimes win and more often lose is intense.

See the movie if you love great acting and can handle watching a man wreck his own life and hurt others. See it if only for Hoffman’s performance.


Salsa and Stripping

Remember my experience with stripping down to a bathing suit at Saturday night salsa? It happened again. But this time I didn’t stop at my bathing suit. Oh no. I stripped down to my skin. The shame of it all.

It started innocently enough. It was a Halloween themed dance tonight. Brace Coral wanted us to dress up. Now I don’t really get into the whole Halloween costume thing, but I had picked up a freebie t-shirt from SYD: Style Your Destiny that had a pumpkin with the pi symbol. Get it? Yeah! Pumpkin pi! I’d also picked up some freebie shoes from ZHAO that had pumpkins, spiders, bats, and other fun stuff on them (the Fabulously Free in Second Life blog is amazing — I found out about these freebies from reading the blog). With my orange bangles I had my bracelets and earrings. I was ready to go and I do have to say I looked mighty sexy:
Sexy Halloween Outfit

It does look nice with that black background, doesn’t it? Here’s a better look, along with a closer look at the shoes:

Sexy Halloween outfit

Halloween shoes

The hair is from Analog Dog and is called Madison. Very nice and curly.

So, I get to Brace’s salsa party (Brace Coral throws the best salsa dances) and everyone is in costume. I took a picture, but you know, if it weren’t for the pumpkin theme it really looks like any other salsa night. Face it, people wear pretty flashy costumes all the time in Second Life.

Salsa night with Halloween theme

Well, it got all hot and heated and I did it. I took off my skirt and shirt! I was running around in my nudie-bears! It certainly looked fun when dancing the steps to “Thriller” — except we were dancing to hot salsa music. Hey, those Thriller dance steps can work with all kinds of music:

Me dancing naked at salsa night

Hey, my chest looks pretty nice, heh? I can’t help but flaunt it. And you do have to admire my avatar — she’s got a great bone structure. Oh, the skin and eyes I’m wearing are from Boing Fromage. It really offers a nice look. I don’t even feel the need to wear prim eyelashes.

Halloween skin

Dan in Real Life is a Real Treat

Just got back from seeing Dan in Real Life. Now that’s how to do a comedy. Take a trite premise — Dan is in love with his brother’s girl friend — and make it a special movie with lots of laughs and some incredibly touching moments. Steve Carell and his co-stars make it all very funny and touching. I’ve got to write my review tomorrow and I sense an A grade for this one.

Posed for Greatness

It’s 1:00 in the morning. I meant to go to bed hours ago. But what do I do? I re-read Natalia’s post on creating poses. So, here I am creating poses like crazy and having way too much fun.

Natalia Zelmanov’s Diary offers a slew of tutorials. When she showed us how to create a pose with us holding something in front of us like a candle I thought I could do that. So tonight I did!

Natalia gives us all kinds of guidance and pictures to help us see what we’re trying to do. The software she uses and I tried is a freebie called QAvimator. My first attempt using QAvimator didn’t come out right. Sure my pose looks like I’m holding something but it ain’t a candle:

Incorrect pose

Of course it’s perfect as a pose to hold up something bigger like I am demonstrating something. So I kept it. I tweaked the candle pose and played with the settings some more and this is what I got:

Candle-holding pose

Isn’t that great? Well, that wasn’t all. Once I did that I was hooked. So my late night work found me creating my first standing pose of my own design:

Standing pose

Aha! My avatar is clay in my hands! Well, sort of…it takes lots of tweaking and it’s not so much clay as movable body parts. Still, I feel quite godlike tonight…er…this morning.

I wasn’t done. I created a sitting pose:

Sitting Pose

It needs some tweaking. The right arm doesn’t meet the leg and the right hand should be under the left. Once again though, I’m pleased as punch at what I can do with free software and some late night obsessing.

I s’pose I should go to bed now. I can do more tomorrow and I’ll keep you “pose”ted. Yeah, go ahead and groan. I do need to get some sleep!

Hallelujah and Let’s Shift Control the Night Away!

My poor laptop was damaged by some spilled hot sauce. The hot sauce from Burritos Fiesta is mighty powerful and it took out my left Shift and Control keys. Do you know how hard it is to change your typing patterns to capitalize the letters that I normally do with the left Shift key? Even worse, do you know how much you are used to using the Control key with the C, V, and Z keys to copy, paste, and undo? I certainly found out.

The good news is that my keyboard has just been replaced by the tech folks and it now works oh-so-nicely. Whoo hoo! I’m ready to use those keys tonight and tomorrow and the next day and…well, you get the idea.

Purple Mood

It must be fall or it must be all that time hanging out with my niece. Whatever it is I seem to be in a purple mood.

I went shopping in Second Life today and picked up a few items that certainly qualify as purple. First I went to Amaretto and picked up the Delia outfit. It’s a fuscia dress with low, puffy sleeves and I couldn’t resist. So, when I ended up at Tesla looking for her Diva shoes, what should I do but buy a pair in violet? Needless to say, when I was at Cotton Candy looking at some shops my eye found this lovely knit sweater with a cowl neck at MG.

Purple clothes

On the left:

  • Sweater: MG – Gwyn knitted sweater in purple
  • Skirt: Nyte ‘n’ Day – mini-skirt in black
  • Shoes: Tesla – Diva in violet
  • Hair: ETD- Lisa II in black
  • Skin: Celestial Studios – Vogue Champagne tone with Smoky Plum makeup

On the right:

  • Dress: Amaretto – Delia
  • Shoes: Tesla – Diva in violet
  • Tights: Tete a Pied – black tights
  • Hair: Analog Dog – Ayla in black
  • Skin: RaC – Drew
  • Bracelets: my own making

Sure I bought stuff that wasn’t purple, in fact I went crazy with the snake look and ended up as a bad character in a B movie. Just call me Tondalea – Wild Woman of the Jungle.

Wild Woman

  • Dress: Amaretto – Hear Me Rawr
  • Shoes: Boing Fromage – Ankle Wrap sandals in brown
  • Hair: Analog Dog – Madison in black
  • Skin: RaC – Drew

Okay, I’ll stick with purple. It’s a good color for fall and I don’t look so silly. A purple mood is much better for my fashion taste than a snake mood. Still, if I find purple snake skin clothes I may just have to buy them! 😉

Good Luck Chuck review

I enjoyed Good Luck Chuck. It was not an A+ film, or much less a B+ film, but there was enough crass fun to keep me smiling. Here’s my review of the movie.