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  • Oona 23:17 on 18/06/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Its Getting Hot In Here 


    This being the last few weeks of us all being together, I know people are pulling back a little doing their own thing.  A post posted to MU Talk made recently, upset me more than a little.  It felt stabby.  I don’t think there’s a need for that.  I’m sure the person was having an off day, as we all do.

    That being said.  I think that all of us as a family can agree, we need to lift each other up as artists, instead of maybe pulling each other down.  We may not all get along or agree with each other but as Izzy has said before – treat others as you’d like to be treated.

    Hugs to those that were hurt in this whole thing and healing pixie dust sprinkles and success to us all for the future.

    xo Oona

    • Myra 23:24 on 18/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Oona. Beautifully worded.

      Let’s try to spread love, first. We’re here to help each other, make art, together, and learn from each other.

      Here’s a little love – <3. Hope it helps.

    • Elle 01:33 on 19/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Agree! Well said, Oona and Myra.

    • Paypabak Writer 03:05 on 19/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I am sorry to the MU community for the flames. I wasn’t thinking clearly or I would have been able to drop the inappropriate post sooner. (I finally realized I needed to go to my WP dashboard.)

      The post itself contained words of gratitude to the community at large and were lost because of the “stabbiness” of the front portion. The pixie dust sprinkles are appreciated.

      • Oona 07:29 on 19/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you Myra, Elle and Paypabak. 🙂

      • Elle 14:37 on 19/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you Paypabak.

    • Izzy 16:45 on 19/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi all! Thanks for sorting this out. Sorry, apologies, and sprinkles of love to all sides.

      I don’t know everything that was said, but as best as I can understand it, I think what it really comes down to is MU being a large and diverse community.

      We do have communication. But we don’t have any way to tell everybody everything. And given the number of people and activities, perhaps that’s impossible. When I have classes of 125 RL students, or even in classes of 25 RL students, it’s very hard to have everyone know everything.

      So, yes, maybe if person A had come to Crit Class and learned about or discussed a given project, or if person B had discussed their vision on MU/Talk, or etc, etc.

      In the end there are just really a lot of us with different projects, different temperaments, different ideologies, different aesthetics, and different goals. I honestly don’t know of a single person in the whole run of MU who has been a “bad actor.” Everyone I think has acted in good faith. Still, we’ve had our share of conflicts.

      Before this event even started there was a months long sequence where person D drove person C away, and then later person E drove person D away, and then later person E just decided to leave. We’ve had many issues over intellectual property: Person F taking a picture of something on campus and blogging it, and then person G demanding that it be taken down, or person H posting a class transcript and then person I demanding that that be taken down.

      One thing I have concluded is that in any future campus we’d have to have an IP policy that lets everyone be clear about what can and cannot be posted and what does and does not need permission.

      As for the case at hand, I don’t see any party as “wrong” or “mean spirited”. I think it’s the diversity of our community and the fact that we can’t all spend 24/7 on campus knowing the details and depth of what everyone else is up to. A while back we had a vaguely similar situation where person J said that newcommer K was some kind of griefer and I should eject them, only to tell me days later that that was a mistake and K was actually a great artist.

      More communication is a partial answer. We can’t always talk to everyone. We keep very different clocks. But as much as possible, maybe we should ask more questions when we see, hear, or read about someone’s project or opinion. In a way that’s is what happened here. So it’s almost all good. Except people were hurt along the way. Maybe we should try to ask more questions. Not judgmental questions, but inquisitive questions. Maybe I just don’t understand your vision. Maybe you just don’t realize there’s an easier and cheaper way to do it. Maybe I don’t understand that easy and cheap isn’t your vision. And so on.

      My thanks to all for sorting it out. My apologies to all for the stress along the way. It’s been a long and wonderful semester. For sure there have been mistakes, stress, hurt feelings, and people have left campus. My hope is that while it’s been an imperfect semester, that in balance, we’ve done more good than harm. That we’ve lifted up more people than those who have been hurt.

      Happy Solstice!
      Happy Father’s Day!
      Happy last week-and-a-half of Spring semester!

      Thank you everyone for being a part of the MU community!



      • Paypabak Writer 21:51 on 19/06/2015 Permalink | Reply

        I confess, MU grew so much and had so much going on that I could not cover everything as well as I had hoped when I took on the role of Blogger-in-Residence. So perhaps I missed an earlier presentation. I did not cite a source of information (it’s there on my Tumblr now) that may have made my skeptical perspective more understandable and less “stabby.” Hey, horsies! come back to the barn!

        I’m still learning the trade and appreciate all the support I’ve received. I did not want to make everyone uncomfortable and so I apologize again for that.

        MU has been an incredible experience. You really can’t expect there to be no misunderstandings and some hurt feelings with so many people involved. We are all passionate about what we do with the precious time we spend away from our primary lives. I salute those who made this possible and thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • Oona 00:05 on 16/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    BAOC Award Day! 

    I’m passing on the torch.   Go see who I’m giving it to here.

    • Izzy 04:04 on 16/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Making us go to another website! OMG Oona and her too many websites!! 😛

      • Oona 07:17 on 16/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Art’s Creativity Magazine is soooo pretty, I had to! And I might be a little addicted. Bloggy bloggerson. 😛

        • Izzy 11:34 on 16/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

          Oona has too many blogs!

          Might be time for an intervention! O_o

          Maybe even O_o_N_a

  • Oona 07:00 on 10/05/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Feels Empty is Having An Art Show! 


    FAMILY is a series of moving images revolving around technologically-mediated human relations. In a square format alluding to social media profile pictures on social network and genealogy websites, a family unit is structured via the relationship between subjects and objects emerging throughout the series. In one half of the pictures (5 set of 5 subjects, 2 male, 3 female) the family members have stable identities and are meaningfully unified by material processes. In the other half their identities become destabilized and vague, bound together by a virtual space.

    Please try and head out to support one of our own!  🙂  Runs from May 10 til June. 🙂

    Visit the show in Meisterbastler (52, 166,34).

    • Neeva 21:36 on 11/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      It’s a really interesting show. I’m glad I took the time to go. Feels is prolific and talented And one of our own.

      • Elle 22:39 on 11/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Agree! If you haven’t visited yet, please do! 🙂

    • Oona 03:54 on 14/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Its a great exhibit, if you haven’t been, please check it out. So excited for you Feels!

  • Oona 03:10 on 07/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    6 Hours (May Numbers Challenge) 

    I’m going to buy one of those bottles and stick you in it.

    Ha! Promise?

    Yes. And I’m serious.

    Oh I know you are.

    I’ll let you out but only when it amuses me.

    You don’t have to trap me.

    I know. But I wanna be sure you don’t get away.

    You have to want to get away to actually get away.

    I’ll give you air occasionally. Every 6 hours.


    Yes I promise.


    6 Hours (May Numbers Challenge)

  • Oona 15:25 on 06/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Four A.M. Pyromaniac (May Numbers Challenge) 

    I remember when
    you took out those matches.
    Pulled the red tip over the matchbox
    and started that fire.

    It happened so fast.
    Your eyes glued to mine.
    Watching me watch you,
    as you threw the flame to the ground.

    Stunned, I watched it burn bright
    lighting up the night,
    I was mesmerized.

    Four A.M. Pyromaniac (May Numbers Challenge)

    I pulled you away.

    I moved my lips up to yours,
    looked right into your eyes,
    as I kissed you.

    Do you want me to?

    Yes… and no.

    I don’t want to.

    I know you don’t. But I warned you about fires.

    Mmmhmm I know.

    Then I reached out, took the matches from your hand, and pulled you down the path, as the fire continued to hiss and crackle behind us.

    • Myra 19:45 on 06/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I love this poem, Oona. It’s so good I was wondering if it was a lyric. I even tried googling it.

      • Elle 00:54 on 07/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Same here, it is a beautiful poem, Oona.

        • Oona 01:54 on 07/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

          Thank you Elle, I appreciate it so much. 🙂

      • Oona 01:53 on 07/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you so much Myra. I’m gonna actually try to do some writing this go around. hehe

  • Oona 03:10 on 03/05/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Two Dice (May Numbers Challenge) 

    After much grumbling here’s what I came up with…


  • Oona 06:02 on 02/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Thank You Veyot 

    Veyot took the time to pull together a lovely wreath incorporating flowers she sent us all to decorate. What a lovely project and idea to showcase unity here at MU! Thank you Veyot! <3


  • Oona 06:49 on 01/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Z is for Zebra and Ze End 

    Dear Ryan,

    Z is for Zebra

    I wasn’t a fan of blogging before I started this challenge. I might have been kinda negative about them, cause everyone and their cat has a blog. Some people have many more, not that I know any of those people. o_O

    I’m glad you asked me to blog with you. It was fun, hard, time consuming and rewarding. Thank you.

    And although I was prepared to go another round with you in May, you need a break, so I’ll be grateful I can relax for a bit, until you decide to stop being a wuss and do another one with me. 😛

    xo Oona

  • Oona 17:14 on 25/04/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Little Lost Prims :( 

    Did you know that sometimes objects go floating away?  Get lost, missing etc?  I walk around campus a lot cause its my job and cause its great here.  And I notice a lot of art debris that maybe you don’t know is there!  Its amusing really when you find a couch where it clearly was never meant to be.  😉

    So since I’m walking around anyway I thought I’d call you all up and let you know I found some of  your little lost prims so you can come find them.  Poor little prims.  😛

    Alternatively if you have Firestorm, you can do an Area Search.  If thats all too complicated the basics are this: click on World, then Area Search, then the Find tab.  Enter your sign in name in the Owner box and hit Search.  Some stuff you may need to walk around to find, because sometimes it takes longer to find stray things far far away.  But the basics are, it will list ALL your stuff on the sim (if you give it long enough and its behaving.)

    This is a great way to find out how many sims you are using, without manually adding on fingers.  Just select all those listed items in the List window, right click and choose edit and it will tabulate how many collected prims that is.

    Be sure not to do any editing in that window if you do that, just close it and go on your way.

    By anyway.  The poor little lost prims I’ve noticed I’ll list by nearest location.  And I’m not prim shaming!  This is just environmental clean up!  If the stuff I list is actually art, just disregard, what do I know anyway.  😛

    xo Oona

    Neeva: A purple slab above Harmony’s plot (Aurelia 7)

  • Oona 10:26 on 24/04/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Accordion Tower of Doom a.k.a. These Are Just Things We Do 

    • Oona 10:28 on 24/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I personally love the part where Elle, Muse and Feels have this sudden falling action, like they didn’t see it was coming, and also the crazy Neeva rotating fall near the end. <3 <3

      • Elle 12:25 on 24/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Oona, that’s great!!
        “I was just standing around on the ATOD, when suddenly….”

    • Neeva 16:46 on 24/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome Oona! I’m so glad you captured some of that magic. These are some of my happiest SL moments! Credits at the end of your documentary video were the best

  • Oona 02:02 on 23/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    HELP! Pretty Please Save Our University! 

    If the Help Desk Thinks...


    As talked in proposals and acquisitions or whatever with Vanessa,  I’ve decided to throw together a proposal to do Medici University 2.  I’m sure anyone could do a better job, but my idea was to canvas everyone and compile all the greatness and show them why this place is such a great gem.

    Worse they can do is laugh but the best that could happen, and the scariest, is they could agree with me.

    Anyway.  I need all of you to please pretty pretty please answer these questions for me and I’ll compile them up into one thing.  Along with our Flickr pics that show how much fun we have, and just general guilt tripping, maybe it will happen!

    Notecards would be best (msbluerasp resident), but contact me in whatever way is easiest for you.

    1.  Is Medici University important to you and why?

    2. How did you come to be here?

    3. If you think back on the first day to now, do you see growth in yourself?

    4. Has being amongst like minded creators, improved the amount of time you work on your creative side?

    5. What specifically do you enjoy about Medici U?

    6. Honestly, what specifically do you not enjoy about Medici U?

    7. What would you like to see here at Medici U that isn’t already here?

    8. What would encourage you to spend more time here at Medici U?

    9. Do you think its a good idea to extend or renew Medici University for a second go around?

    Please answer these, and notecard, IM or even answer below.  I’ll likely try to get the proposal all squished together first week of May so please get them in soon.  🙂

    Thank you fellow student/party animals!  <3 <3 xoxo

    P.S. If you only have time for fast and dirty answers, that helps too.

    Thank you to Kyle James at Flickr for his CC photo.

  • Oona 00:26 on 22/04/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    CYBERart Tour On Now – Go Vote! 

    Two of our own are participating in LEA 12’s contest.  Please be sure to go over and support them!

    Elle http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA12/212/79/21

    Feels Empty http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA12/212/79/21


    🙂 Oona

    • Astrid Rimbaud 12:28 on 22/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hurray and things! Good luck Feels and Elle 🙂

    • Neeva 18:11 on 22/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome. Thanks for posting this!

    • Elle 19:08 on 22/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you all. 🙂 Make sure you check out the amazing sim by Asmita and Sable.

    • Myra 19:21 on 22/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Voted. Feel’s installed is here:

    • F33L5 3MPTY 12:48 on 23/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’m upset, they restarted my votes because I was getting too many! Said I was getting my friends to come vote (which is only partially true). Help vote again guys 🙁

    • F33L5 3MPTY 13:09 on 23/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well don’t just vote for mine there are other good works too, explore and make your decision 🙂

  • Oona 10:26 on 21/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    T is for Torture 

    T is for Torture

    Rippin’ my heart was so easy, so easy
    Launch your assault now, take it easy
    Raise your weapon, raise your weapon,
    One word and it’s over… (More …)

  • Oona 09:07 on 19/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    R is for Regrets 

    I’ve gotten the go ahead to post individual posts for A to Z challenges since there aren’t a lot of us doing it.  I find it easier to keep track of new stuff on MU Talk anyway to be able to know I haven’t missed anything.  So feel free to do the same.  Read about my letter R at Flickr or on the blog I share with Ryan.

    R is for Regrets

    xo Oona

  • Oona 03:07 on 09/04/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Alexandre's Class Moved To Sundays 

    Hi all,

    Alexandre asked me to let you know that his class on history will be held on Sundays instead of Thursday.  1PM SLT at Tullia-3.

    Way historical figure
    offers classes
    1. How to make history
    2. How to manage history
    3. How to create a history

    (More …)

  • Oona 22:34 on 07/04/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Wondering how to add something to Calendar 🙂

    • rmarie 23:11 on 07/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Oona, While logged into the blog, head for http://mediciuniveristy.co.uk and go to Schedule > Calendar. At the top, look for “New” and you should see “Event” under that menu. If you don’t, you may need to be added to alist of users with the ability to update the calendar. Just let me know if you can’t do that. I can help you in a few hours otherwise.

    • Newton 23:16 on 07/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Actually that’s http://mediciuniversity.co.uk

      Then Schedule > Calendar

      You’re welcome dear sister.

  • Oona 17:13 on 07/04/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Anyone Wanna Bug The LEA with Me? 

    I’m a student at Medici University. I don’t know much about the way things work in the Linden world, but I do know the great things happening at MU. I’ve been there for about 2 months, and I know personally the rewards I’ve reaped.


    When I first came to Medici U I didn’t know what to expect. But the draw of what it offered, intrigued me. Now 2 months later, I’m creating more than I did in the first place, am constantly inspired to create more and actually have made amazing friends.

    Why I’m writing. (More …)

  • Oona 00:44 on 03/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Oona Made an Edie Screentest Video 

    I didn’t procrastinate this time.. score!

    • Paypabak Writer 14:12 on 03/04/2015 Permalink | Reply


      • Edie 18:19 on 03/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

        How great Oona!

        Who needs me! Yes! It should just be a self-service screen test station! I’ll try to make a couple more “stand” animations for peeps and perhaps add a few more props. You’ve done a stellar job!

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