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  • Paypabak Writer 03:08 on 07/06/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    I’ve been posing naked!


  • Paypabak Writer 15:07 on 14/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

    New lecture that will shock and appall you.
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  • Paypabak Writer 18:57 on 09/05/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    New post about Forbidden City and Neeva’s chair tower.
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    • Oona 21:59 on 09/05/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I can relate Paypabak. Time gets away from me so much in here. I need a pause button. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Paypabak Writer 14:31 on 03/05/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    A lot to report! Fireworks on May Day, Spring Wreathes, and Jane’s Walk:
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  • Paypabak Writer 14:26 on 17/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Another lecture. This is about Voice and I have several bloggers to recommend:


    Comment here or at my blogsite.

  • Paypabak Writer 21:55 on 12/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Not sure where we post our Screen Tests, but here’s mine:

  • Paypabak Writer 19:57 on 10/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

    I was chatting with Myra or Neeva or someone at the author event about sailing. I was encouraged to work out a sailing date for creatives at MU and a week from this Saturday, April 17th, after 8:30 am SLT works for me. If I can get something of a consensus about time, we can plan to meet at the Royal Yacht Club, rez sailboats and have a sailing party. I can carry eight folks on my boat, but if there are other sailors among us, the more the merrier.

    • Fanny 00:09 on 11/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Yay, Pay, a great idea!

      I would love to participate and can carry folks as well. The only thing I have to check is how to prevent schedule collisions on that Friday because 10 am SLT I want to be at the University to visit the VPA 198 meeting. But if I see it right, we do not have a fix time for the sailing event yet.

    • Paypabak Writer 18:54 on 11/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      It’s not on Friday, but Saturday. Did I have the date wrong? I sure did. It’s the 18th, Saturday!

    • Oona 20:07 on 11/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’d love to go too, if I can get up that early. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Paypabak Writer 21:51 on 12/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

        I am getting a number of people interested but no times. So let’s plan on 11AM SLT. Sign up here. I’ll have an LM soon.

    • Fanny 15:21 on 13/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ok, so I am signing up here. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I would suggest, though, to correct the date in your opener post where it still says Saturday, April 17th.

    • Fanny 01:19 on 19/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I am not sure why, but I seemed having missed it as I just saw a sailing photo in Neeva’s Flickr stream. I have been on campus, though, to see if anyone would be around and thought that you may have canceled the event.

  • Paypabak Writer 02:35 on 07/04/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Fireworks and FeelsEmpty video in my ninth campus post:


    • AlexandreLois1 02:54 on 07/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi! How were you able to put gif animation in the second Life?

    • Art 05:48 on 07/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great things said here Paypa! MU really is bursting at the seams with activity and I havent seen THIS much going on anywhere else at LEA, as wonderdul as they are (and as a side note it really is fantastic to be involved with an LEA sim so up close after years of being a fan). These six months are a bit of an experimental frenzy and by June a grant would harness the results just as the active crowd have found their stride.. Loving MU in all its creative madness!

    • Oona 09:59 on 07/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      “I would love to see one of the big educational groups in SL take a look at the โ€œbusiness modelโ€ MU has set forth and adopt it. Hell, one of them ought to extend the grant. Izzy may have already made reservations for her nervous breakdown in July (I know I have!), but that shouldnโ€™t stop things from making MU a permanent fixture in SL.”

      YES! This place is amazing, and i think it should be a permanent thing as well. Perhaps we should have a letter writing campaign. ๐Ÿ™‚ I too don’t even wanna think about when this all goes away. I came here not really knowing what to think. Now I’m creating and having the best time. That’s pretty amazing for self serve education.

    • Paypabak Writer 14:11 on 07/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Alex, FeelsEmpty would know more about the GIFs. I’ve seen such things in SL for several years, but not as sophisticated as FE’s panels.

      Art and Oona, between the creativity and making new friends, MU is truly the kind of thing the LEA finds justification in its mission.

  • Paypabak Writer 14:25 on 01/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Thought I’d share something of a consciousness-raising post and how one can take a meme challenge in a different direction:


    The expectation is to use the very thoughtful questions Strawberry Singh provided and answer them. I was working on a response without the questions when I came upon the video. It’s powerful enough on its own but I dislike merely reblogging something without an added value, so it was serendipitous.

    • Oona 15:43 on 01/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      “We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. Itโ€™s not just in some of us, itโ€™s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.โ€ โ€”Marianne Williamson (often credited to Nelson Mandella)”

      Great quote. If only we would concentrate on shining our light every day instead of squashing the light of others.

    • Pearl Grey 17:25 on 01/04/2015 Permalink | Reply


  • Paypabak Writer 02:43 on 31/03/2015 Permalink | Reply
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    My post on the Anthea Sharp talk last Sunday (3-29-2015):


    • Oona 15:17 on 31/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great article Pay. :)There was a fabulous turnout, and Myra and all involved did great organizing. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Oona 16:01 on 31/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Neeva doesn’t deserve to be lumped into ‘all involved’. I just had to clarify that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ She deserves equal billing. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Myra 19:06 on 31/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Good article, Pay. Thank you for doing that.

    • Neeva 19:34 on 31/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Nice distillation of Anthea’s event Paypaback! You really captured the essence. I’m pretty sure Anthea Sharp will end up linking to it from her social media.

      If she does, do you really want to amplify Michael’s newb quote about how creepy and pervy all avatars are as the lead in your post? There is a good chance this post ends up getting read by more non-SLers than SLers. Anyway, worth thinking about.

      Thanks again for the link.

    • Paypabak Writer 14:08 on 01/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t usually change a post so radically, Neeva, but I’ll make an exception because I may have more to say about that guy anyway. His website is execrable in terms of usability/readability. Or I may just let it go. I just posted about making mean comments, so best to keep quiet. Anyway, thanks for the heads up.

      • Paypabak Writer 14:18 on 01/04/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Now that I’ve fixed it … all done in less than two minutes … I like it much better anyway.

        BTW, I am thinking about a sailing party for the 18th of April and will work out some kind of invite for MU writers.

  • Paypabak Writer 13:17 on 27/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Another “lecture” on social networking and blogging:


    Comments welcome here or on the Tumblr site: see two links for making comments at bottom of thbe page or us Disqus.

    • Tiffany Mosienko 15:02 on 27/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi neighbor! I do have a question for you, Paypabak. How do you manage identity across all these modalities? Is that important to you? I used to think SL was great because it had many media all together, kind of all-in-one. I’ve not done as much blogging over the years as you have (and now playing catch-up). But I’m interested to know how platform-hopping affects your sense of self. From an archival standpoint as well (clearly you’ve done some reflection with this post), how do you consider the multiplicity of self and place in virtual space?

    • Neeva 16:10 on 27/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the blog post. I always enjoy reading your thoughts. It is also really convenient and appreciated when our bloggers post a link to their writing on MU talk.

      @Tiffany. really thought provoking comment. For me, just this year has seen Neeva-self leaping beyond SL with my own email. Then MU enticed me to add Flickr and visit Pearl and paypabak and your blogs, then avatar friends have got me on Gtalk and Slack. SL used to seem like the entire world to Neeva-self. Now it seems like one (beloved) dimension in Neeva’s wider multiverse.
      im still sorting out what that means to identity and the experience of being multiple.

      I have heard of a novel where the premise is the person’s avatar shows up at her front door in RL with suitcases and moves in. How would your avatar be as a housemate? Would he or she get along with your real life self? How would they be the same or different?

      PS: I do read italics paypabak. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Pearl Grey 17:06 on 27/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, I read the italics too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Paypabak Writer 18:32 on 27/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, I’m in trouble now!! (Italics is not a safe haven!)

      Great question, Tiffany, and I love your response, Pearl! I definitely have this sense of digiphrenia (I am fearfully attracted to this: http://www.rushkoff.com/present-shock/) managing these identities but that’s part of what I meant by it keeps one honest. Managing fantasy identities over all of these platforms either cracks you up or it forces you into a wholeness that sustains you.

      I absolutely adore Vaneeesa Blaylock! Talk about your Mistress of Multiple Identities! Every week she has a different name, and that is the unscratched surface. I keep telling myself, “I must resist, I must resist!” She’s like the effing Borg with her invitations to this or that shiny new social platform! (Pearl mentions Slack, so help me, God!) If I met that woman in first life and she is anything like her avatar, she would dazzle and wear me out in ten minutes. On a good day, reinforced with coffee and properly dressed. I blame her for this present predicament of being Blogger-in-Residence at MU. (The use of “blame” in the previous sentence is equivalent to “thank, or to give credit.”)

      As I try to relate in my post, with Flickr, Plurk, Second Life and Tumblr, I manage well enough fairly well-defined avenues for expressing myself with media with which I feel comfortable and which fulfill my desire to share my aesthetics and Slife. Medici U is certainly another platform within the Second Life platform where my play/work as an avatar is challenged. It’s another metagame within what I feel is the ultimate in metagames.

      Is it worth it? As we say on Tumblr, Fuck Yeah! How have I been writing so long and not had such wonderful responses in quantity and quality as I have experienced in the short time MU has been open? I am drinking of other amazing bloggers’ nectar and finding sustenance to overflowing. MU may disappear after June 30, but it will resonate in the depths of my heart for a long, long time.

  • Paypabak Writer 01:37 on 19/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

    I’m giving tours of the campus!


    • Neeva 17:41 on 19/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Loved your blog post. Where do I sign up for a tour? I have been riding around campus on the bikes you can get at the coffe place. That’s a fun fast way to see the changes that happen every day around here.

      The dojo is really a nice quiet spot in campus. I go there to slack and hide from izzy when she starts assigning work :D.

      • Izzy 13:21 on 20/03/2015 Permalink | Reply


      • rmarie beedit 19:24 on 20/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

        The bikes are amazing. You can get out of ANY pinch. Stuck in a mobius strip? Just pedal harder and you’ll fly out of there! Stuck in a prim maze? Ride faster! I haven’t checked to see if you can fly, but you can definitely make Y turns!

        • Paypabak Writer 02:12 on 21/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

          Handier than motorcycles, which is how I started out and there weren’t as many obstacles.

  • Paypabak Writer 12:46 on 11/03/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Another post, instead of a lecture, something to talk about: what is your consuming passion in blogging/writing?


    Discuss here or there.

    • Neeva 16:09 on 11/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the link to your blog post. What you said about your blog not being read by many of the people you know resonates for me. I have found that when I’m making art or writing or producing other creative work, I don’t need a huge audience. Just a few is ok. Most of the joy is in the act of creation itself + the magic ingredient of a friend or two who sees the work. With my studio at MU I know my neighbors will see

    • Pearl Grey 19:21 on 11/03/2015 Permalink | Reply

      My writing passion changes like a river flowing at times. With blogging, whatever I’ve done has to be good enough as it is. I’ve gone back and deleted or hidden posts but I never edit them. Even when I write stories, they tend to be very narrative without much of a direction at all. With chronic pain, fatigue and varying degrees of brain fog, my writing is affected, of course. And that’s where habit and momentum come into play. When I can manage to do something I usually enjoy, why wait and wait until I feel at the top of my game to do it again? I don’t want to regret missing my life. I honestly feel benefits from just writing about whatever sparks my interest at the time, (or maybe what I need to get out). And who really can deal with interacting with a huge amount of readers in a blogging environment? It’s wonderful to come across writing by someone who has a clear and authentic sounding voice. And when I discover their writing, I’m pleased they have stuff to read from their past, that they didn’t give up along the way.

  • Paypabak Writer 02:48 on 06/03/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Another post on my campus wanderings:


  • Paypabak Writer 14:53 on 27/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

    New lecture on Tools of the Trade:


    Read there, discuss here!

  • Paypabak Writer 15:27 on 23/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Serendipidy Haven noticed a disturbance in the Force, wrote about it, and I caught it and wrote about it since I was part of that disturbance!


    We can’t blog in a vacuum. We read other writers for sustenance and against whom we measure ourselves whether consciously or subconsciously. What do you think?

    • Pearl Grey 18:56 on 23/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

      So this is what I think:

      This is totally my approach too. (I’m not on Tumblr and can’t like or comment over there.)

      I read other blogs, and my time is indeed valuable to me, so I consider doing so worthy of my attention. I do measure myself against other bloggers, mostly on a spectrum or map of opinion, and to where my beliefs are in relation to theirs at the moment. I can easily identify what I agree with, disagree with, what I don’t have a clue about and what makes me think or rethink something.

      I barely register how I compare to how many followers, reblogs or likes other bloggers have. I make it a priority to respond to comments that I understand and which are relevant to what I’ve blogged about. And to be clear, I’m writing about the blog I’ve written since June 2012.

      I’m thrilled when I get a comment that indicates a kind person has actually read what I’ve written, not a “Great job!!! Check out my stuff!!!”

      No matter how much of a genius a blogger is, if they walk and talk like a narcissist, I’m not interested for long. We’re all busy but if there’s no connection, community or reciprocity ever, then I’m out.

      I wouldn’t dream of changing who I am and how I blog based on the feedback, or lack thereof, that I get. We don’t have to all agree on things or be in cliques.

      But really, writers who attempt blogging in a vacuum tend to quit, don’t they?

      • Izzy 03:31 on 25/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Paypabak! Thanks Pearl!

        We do need to read widely enough to not be lost in our own echo chamber – or maybe being lost is fine???

        But either way, I’ve read plenty of stuff on The Guardian or Huffington Post or insert-name-of-favorite-corporate-site-here, had a response, and then spent 20 minutes formulating my articulate response.

        I refuse to do that any longer. Nobody cares about your insightful comment on TheGuardian.com. I think ideally focusing on a community of peeps is the most fruitful. It might be The Community of MU Bloggers, and it might be some other community that’s meaningful to you. But whatever it is, I think consistently interacting with that group represents the best chance of creating something powerful, exciting, and rewarding.

  • Paypabak Writer 14:25 on 20/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

    Another stroll through the campus post:

    • Izzy 08:41 on 21/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Yet more awesome work from MU Blogger-in-residence Paypabak!!!

  • Paypabak Writer 21:10 on 17/02/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Jumping the gun on starting classes? Sorry, I’m just going on ahead and putting this out there:


    Read if you care to and then return here to discuss if you don’t want the attention on the blog. Or do it there. It’s a free country.

    • Pearl Grey 04:22 on 18/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the first lecture and also for the blogging discussion we had a few days ago. It’s good to learn about the approach other bloggers have.

      Like I told you then, a few of us change our minds about our approach more often than others.

    • Veyot 13:37 on 18/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Those are great tips, Paypabak. I often neglect to get the notecard when I arrive at a place, so I am missing a good source of “words” to help in writing. I also want to mention that your blog looks so cool that I didn’t realize it was Tumblr—and for a beginning blogger, Tumblr is easy to use

    • Paypabak Writer 13:52 on 18/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Veyot: Tumblr is very easy to get started and yet rich in features, allowing me to add pages that are more or less static. I don’t care to spend a lot of time tweaking the platform, although I do try to update my static pages (blogroll, bio, even my Moonletters Index). I want to write not tweak.

      Pearl, I know what you mean in terms of changing approaches to expressing myself. First Life throws curves at us that do affect our virtual selves and we do well not to resist them.In that way the platform we choose does need to match up with the use to which we put it. But this is getting ahead of the game! Next “lecture” will address the tools of the trade!

    • Izzy 14:39 on 18/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great Lecture Paypabak! I especially liked your advice Get it all, and log off! (exclamation point, mine) I too feel so torn between wanting to be present in IMs, but also needing to prepare content and post it.

      Some people use the SL “Busy” message, which seems like a decent idea, but I do want to be available and don’t want a sense that I’m too busy. Perhaps you’re right that writing time could go faster logged off. Even if you have to spend a minute or two of logging in to grab some detail, it might be worth it.

    • Izzy 14:45 on 18/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

      In your post you stated,

      my first โ€œlectureโ€ on blogging. (It may be the only one. We shall see.)

      You might post more “lectures”. And someone else might also post 1 or more. So Blogging Class might consist of several posts on multiple websites. Each post or lecture might be valuable by itself, but it also might be nice, for Blogging Class or any other class: VR Photo 1 etc, to have a Class Home page where students can see everything available, with links to go Read-Watch-Do, and discussion space.

      How might these Class Home Pages look? A page here on MU/Talk with a collection of resources? Or should we collect elements here and put out an official page on the MU website for the course? The MU site is kind of like our University Catalog, so materials might go there. Or the speed & spontaneity of here. Or…

    • rmarie 16:42 on 18/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Paypabak, this is great and I also will be watching for more “lectures.” The underlying message I got from your first post was to be organized and to be disciplined! Thank you for sharing your blogging methodology and recipe for blogging success!

    • Paypabak Writer 21:18 on 18/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

      I am a mere blogger-in-residence and will leave the Big Brain concepts to my betters. I like posting to my blog–my count is my blife (sic), after all. It calls attention to MU to my myriad follows and allows for discussions either there or here. All this feedback has been wonderful. I am working on the next lecture, to be sure.

  • Paypabak Writer 03:17 on 09/02/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    New post, mostly just a response to Veyot’s reblog of my previous post:


    • Veyot 11:15 on 09/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

      And I have reblogged again, hoping to uncover all the MU community members on Tumblr. Next, I will run over to the copy machine in Tiffany Mosienko’s studio at Camilla 15 and make some copies to pass out on campus.

    • Izzy 13:07 on 10/02/2015 Permalink | Reply

      That’s so great that you guys used the Kiosks for a game of Hide ‘n Seek! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Paypabak Writer 02:31 on 06/02/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    New post: http://paywriter.tumblr.com/post/110213272967/medici-4

  • Paypabak Writer 19:34 on 28/01/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Just in time to preface the upcoming Torch Bridge Motocross event at MU:


    • Vanessa 20:06 on 28/01/2015 Permalink | Reply

      MU is so lucky to have a *Blogger-in-Residence! Lovely work Paypa!

      You almost remind me of Gabrielle from the good ‘ol Xena days. (in the beginning, when she was actually a Bard and defeated peeps with her mind, before they turned her into Xena Jr.)

      • Paypabak Writer 17:42 on 29/01/2015 Permalink | Reply

        I never had much success as a Bard in games! Thanks! I do wish I could attend the event but I am off the grid visiting my younger son in Florida. Nice to get away from the dropping temps but sad to miss what I propogated. I do hope they’ve set up ramps though!

        • Vanessa 02:32 on 30/01/2015 Permalink | Reply

          OMG, we can’t have the inventor of Torch Bridge Motocross miss the event!!! Does it work better for you the following Saturday?

    • rmarie 07:03 on 30/01/2015 Permalink | Reply


  • Paypabak Writer 19:25 on 26/01/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Blogger-in-Residence, checking in with two posts so far:

    • Izzy 22:20 on 26/01/2015 Permalink | Reply

      Fantastic BiR! Or is it BIR? In any case, you’re off to a great start. Thank you so much for your participation.

      Have you met Ananda, btw? We’ve got about 3 Bloggers and about 3 Creative Writing students so far. The 6 of you make quite a nice cohort. And actually, while MU/Talk is absolutely for everyone, you guys were the impetus to launch MU/Talk! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Paypabak Writer 21:26 on 25/01/2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Is there an MU Flickr account for posting pics? I am enjoying the island so far.

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