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 2 Comments on iRezurrection
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After a long journey through the desert, iRez, the virtual identity salon is back! Today is iRezurrection Day!

 0 Comment on It’s Too Hot!!!
Posted in Second Life Cheerleading Squad

It’s Too Hot!!!

OMG! It’s a million degrees out! Fortunately I’ve got Kitten’s fun & chill “SLCS Butt Bikini” to keep me cool on these miserable post-apocalyptic days!

 2 Comments on Clouds
Posted in Draw It


My drawing for the word CLOUDS for MonkeySideBars was based on the artwork of A.M. Hopfmuller. An…

 1 Comment on Jane’s Walk – A Stroll Through Historic Provence
Posted in City Culture

Jane’s Walk – A Stroll Through Historic Provence

On Sunday May 3 I was lucky to get to host a Jane’s Walk through Historic Provence….

 1 Comment on Ne Me Quitte Pas by Canary Beck
Posted in SL

Ne Me Quitte Pas by Canary Beck

Long-time iRez author Canary Beck has a new photo exhibition at The Arts & Culture Community (A&CC) at Wanderstill Ode. We chatted a little about the work today. Here, with permission, is an excerpt of our conversation.

 2 Comments on Immersive Writing
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Immersive Writing

As NaNoWriMo threatens to sneak up on us, I return to iRez to share a bit of my…

Asian French Maid serving tea and tiny sandwiches to a man and a woman at a cafe table
 4 Comments on Previz #85 – Asian French Maid Avatar Worker Strike
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Previz #85 – Asian French Maid Avatar Worker Strike

It’s time to fight for Asian French Maid Avatar Worker empowerment! Join us in the streets of Virtual Paris!

illustrations of avatars / dolls in a group
 0 Comment on Avatar Hangouts
Posted in Virtual Community

Avatar Hangouts

Avatar Hangouts is a new meetup! Come visit with old friends & make new ones. 2nd Saturday of the Month: 9a California / 5p London / 2a Sydney.

 2 Comments on FORKING
Posted in Draw It


What is your favourite quote and why? Who cares, its forking Friday… Actually I do care; I…

screen cap from home page
 1 Comment on Happily Ever Avatar – New Documentary Now Casting!
Posted in Digital Ethnography

Happily Ever Avatar – New Documentary Now Casting!

Happily Ever Avatar: Back2Back Productions is now casting for a new documentary on relationships that blossom out of virtual worlds.

 2 Comments on ANGEL EYES
Posted in Draw It


Look into her angel eyes One look and you’re hypnotized. Grabbed a decent word to draw in…

Vanessa Blaylock in virtual Turkey as she adjusts her camera offset settings.
 13 Comments on Second Life Camera Offset
Posted in SL

Second Life Camera Offset

SL’s camera is too high. It’s a bad view when you enter a building, it makes you build to the wrong scale, and it makes us create avatars that are ridiculously tall. Worst of all it’s a less immersive experience than a more “on the ground” camera. The good news is, it’s so easy to fix! Here’s how…

poster for Vanessa Blaylock Company Field Trip to Minecraft
 2 Comments on Minecraft Field Trip!
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Minecraft Field Trip!

Wendz Tempest leads the VBCO Travel & Safari Company in a Minecraft Field Trip! Saturday 7-9am SLT

 8 Comments on Field Trip: Tera!
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Field Trip: Tera!

Field Trip! We’re off to the free-2-play (freemium) fantasy MMORPG of Tera! Grab your adventure gear and climb aboard.

photo of a woman, eyes closed and arms in the air, perhaps in a state of ecstatic trance, dancing in a group drum circle
 1 Comment on Previz #84 – Drum Circle
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Previz #84 – Drum Circle

I invite you to join in a drum circle with us. We’ll have drums and hula hoops or you can BYO whatever you like. Rediscover personal ecstasy in your life.

Twitter photo via SL Project viewer of Vanessa Blaylock in front of the Game Board for "Avatar Inventory Game"
 0 Comment on My Virtual Thursday
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My Virtual Thursday

The new SL Project viewer features “live” updates to Twitter, Facebook & Flickr. I thought I’d feed them through 24LiveBlog for a Live Blog of my Virtual Life.

 10 Comments on A is for Animation
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A is for Animation

The Inventory Game begins! Post a photo of you with something “A” from your inventory, and then add a link to your post here in the comment section.

 0 Comment on Previz #83 – Dance Anywhere
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Previz #83 – Dance Anywhere

Friday at Noon PDT / 19:00 GMT Vanessa Blaylock Company will be joining dancers on 6 continents as part of the 10th annual “Dance Anywhere!”

 13 Comments on Previz #82 – A is for Animation, B is for Baby
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Previz #82 – A is for Animation, B is for Baby

George Carlin famously spoke about my stuff and your shit. In this 26-day photo / blog challenge you have the chance to leave your shame over your obscenely large inventory behind and take pride in your brilliant collecting. Share your shit stuff with the world!

 4 Comments on Paradise Lost in Second Life – An Update & Trailers
Posted in SL

Paradise Lost in Second Life – An Update & Trailers

I only recently realised that last time I posted on iRez about Paradise Lost in Second Life…

 0 Comment on BOB
Posted in Draw It


Meet Bob 1 and Bob 2 that I drew for the game Monkey Side Bars in Sketch…

 2 Comments on I LOVE TO LOLLYGAG
Posted in Draw It


The word LOLLYGAG was chosen by a member of the art game Monkey Side Bars and we…

photo of a woman eating a slice of bread on a mountaintop as she walks past a makeshift grave marker in the form of a cross
 0 Comment on Previz #81 – Valentine’s Walking Brunch!
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Previz #81 – Valentine’s Walking Brunch!

You’re invited to Valentine’s Walking Brunch at Izzy’s Gym on Sat 15 Feb! Come hit the VR treadmill: walk, websurf, and hangout with friends.

 3 Comments on Dancer #16 – Zoe Llewelyn
Posted in 365 Dancers

Dancer #16 – Zoe Llewelyn

Second Life, and any online virtual community like it, can be a social lifeline to those who may be more isolated, marginalized or cut off in real life. There is a lot said these days about how virtual life is causing us to interact with each other less…but few people talk about the flip side of that. For many of us, virtual life can help us gain connections we lack in RL.

Photo of Vanessa Blaylock walking on a treadmill desk and reading about the NH Rebellion on her large, flat-screen monitor
 4 Comments on Previz #80 – Year of the Treadmill Desk
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Previz #80 – Year of the Treadmill Desk

2014 is the year of the treadmill desk. Vanessa Blaylock Company is organizing 12 treadmill walking events in 12 months. Please join us!

Vanessa Blaylock and Merriam Galaxy walking down the street in Virtual New Hampshire and wearing "NH Rebellion" t-shirts
 3 Comments on Previz #79 – Virtual New Hampshire Rebellion
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Previz #79 – Virtual New Hampshire Rebellion

Mon 20 Jan from 8:45 – 2p SLT/PST Merriam Galaxy, Vanessa Blaylock, and perhaps YOU will walk 10.2 miles in virtual solidarity with the NH Rebellion walkers on their way from Canterbury to Concord, New Hampshire.

 0 Comment on Dancer #15 – Dr. Cranium Voom
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Dancer #15 – Dr. Cranium Voom

How others perceive me is incidental to how I want my avatar to look to me. I spend more time looking at my own av than any other. If I don’t look good, I’ll fuss with my avatar constantly, and won’t have fun.

 0 Comment on Dancer #14 – Talon Manx
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Dancer #14 – Talon Manx

I come here to escape, my job is very stressful and the music and dancing afford me an outlet to unwind.

 0 Comment on Dancer #13 – Rozoshka
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Dancer #13 – Rozoshka

Those Russian girls are dancing queens
Juchei far out in Russian jeans
They look so sweet, they talk so neat
Juchei they twist to Russian beat
— Nina Hagen

 3 Comments on Of Stories, Writers and a Virtual World
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Of Stories, Writers and a Virtual World

It’s raining. After a few months of wintry landscapes, Second Life’s snow is slowly melting away. There’s…