Inevitable Post about Second Life…with Pictures

I can’t resist it. Even though my time in Second Life remains limited I still find time to buy items, try on clothes, and have a grand time. I’ve taken photos and loaded them to my Flickr account, but haven’t shared them with you. Some of you may have felt very lucky about this lack of Second Life ego tripping. Well, guess what? I’m forcing my pics on you whether you like them or not.

New sweater, hair, and glasses had me out on the side deck taking pictures:

green outfit in front of sunset

The next one is me dressing up. I didn’t go anywhere, other than my photo studio to take pictures. I then had to come up with a background in GIMP. Not perfect, but I like the effect:
Black and Gold outfit

The last is a pic of two different looks. One is me in my more serious, got to get some work done mode; the other is silly party girl. I even decided to go out dancing in my red outfit and ended up at a dance advertised as “Best in Red.” Well, I was certainly wearing red. To my surprise, the dance was at a BDSM club. Let’s just say that I was out of place:

different looks

Neither look really fits into the leather and chains world do they? Yes, definitely out of place.

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Happy Leap Day

What a magical day is Leap Day, that event that happens every four years. For all of you who are born on February 29, let me wish you a splendiferous birthday today. I love the illogic of calculating birthdays for those born on this day. It makes me think of poor Frederic in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, forced to fulfill out his indenturehood as a pirate due to the issue of having a birthday that comes around every four years. Why, it’s a paradox for him:

You know what is especially amazing on this February 29? Paid every other week I average two checks a month, but every year there are two months where I receive three paychecks. My third paycheck of the month came today..in February. What are the odds?

Reading Time…

…Or is time to read? I finished up one of my two classes that I’m taking this semester. It was a seven-week class and quite intense. I still have the other class, which I have to catch up in, but it feels so nice to have some time where I can goof off. So, what am I going to do now that I don’t have to do all that class reading? Why, read of course!

Having too much fun with my Kindle, I’ve ordered some books that I would not normally pick up at the bookstore. I’ve also downloaded various old favorites from http://manybooks.net. So the other day I finished up a wonderful book called Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission by Hampton Sides. As I lay in bed yesterday suffering through the remnants of this cold/flu I opened up an old favorite: Persuasion by Jane Austen. I also purchased His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph Ellis (I enjoyed his Founding Brothers), Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything across Italy, India, and Indonesia.

With all that waiting for me to read you would think I’d be one satisfied reader. Nope. I want more! Tonight I followed up on some other books for my Kindle, and they are all free. Baen Books has free downloads of some of the books in their library. Their free library has some old books, some books that start a series, and many books I’ve never read. I did download several of the James Schmitz books. I’ve been a fan of his since I first stumbled upon a Telzey Amberdon collection. And now I have it downloaded to my Kindle to reread whenever I want. I picked up On Basilisk Station by David Weber, the first in the Honor Harrington series. My paperback copy is crumbling, so downloading to my Kindle gives me another option for reading the book. Baen also offered a short story or novella by one of my favorite writers: Lois McMaster Bujold. I picked up The Mountains of Mourning. It’s a beautiful addition to Bujold’s Miles Vorkosigan novels. I also picked up a few books that I’ve never read. What a concept.

If you’re a fan of the Firefly TV series and you like Steven Brust’s writing there is another freebie to pick up. You can read My Own Kind of Freedom: A Firefly Novel on your computer, but I sent it to Amazon to be ‘Kindle-ized’ and it’s now waiting for me to read…at my convenience.

So, how do I like my Kindle? I like it! I love the ability to carry multiple books with me, and open whatever I’m in the mood for, and it opens to wherever I left off. I’m trying to load up different types of books just because I can have this variety on hand. I can open an old favorite to read about familiar characters such as Telzey Amberdon; Anne Elliott and Captain Wentworth; Miles Vorkosigan; Honor Harrington; Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy; and Ozma of Oz. Even with all these characters and all these books the Kindle doesn’t load my book bag down at all.

I do think that I have one problem with my Kindle. My battery doesn’t seem to keep a charge as long as promised. That seems to be the one bug that some Kindles have. I’ll contact Amazon, but I’m still trying to figure out how long the charge does last depending on whether it’s on or in sleep mode or I’m reading. Other than that issue — and I just have to work with Amazon to get it fixed or replaced…or charge it all the time — I’m a happy Kindle user.

So what do I read tonight?

In the Dark

I just watched the director’s cut of Donnie Darko. I will say that it is an interesting movie. Good characters, interesting plot, confusing ending…what’s not to love? Still, I’m not sure that I’m ready to join the cult of fans who adore this film.

Whew

Just submitted the final paper in my one class. I can breathe again.

Okay, not breathe so much as goof off without guilt.

Jane Austen as Film Heroine

I’m watching Becoming Jane, a movie about Jane Austen’s romance with Tom Lefroy. It’s a pleasant film, and anything about Jane Austen catches my interest. I just wish that in romance, Jane had a “happily ever after.”

Indictment Friday

My congressman got indicted today. You know what? It’s a good day.