Urban Alchemy

by bronxelf

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

To read my grudging babblings about design, click the button.



And can we really measure
If we think we're any better
than that skyline that goes on and on
forever, on and on...."

- Less Than Jake: Is This Thing On?

Everybody in this world wants the same damned thing-
just not at the same time.


-Chris Orbach: Jane


I could be condemned to hell for every sin but littering."

- Soul Coughing: Idiot Kings



I am a female, carbon based lifeform.
I am a New York City Native.
I am a Design Professional.
I take photographs.
I also sculpt, paint, create mosaics, and play with weapons.

And sometimes, I even dance about Architecture.

What I see, is what you get.

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If anyone wants an MBUK tshirt inworld, email me.
24th Jun 2008, 10:40   | tags:,,,,,

OCD Sprocket says:

ha ha fantastic

24th Jun 2008, 13:10

Joe says:

I tried to sign up for second life, but after 10 failed attempts at getting the CAPTCHA correct, I gave up, evidently I am not human.

24th Jun 2008, 15:18

I have just been trying to sign up as well.

24th Jun 2008, 15:26

bronxelf says:

The grid is currently closed for emergency maintenance, so it might be a couple hours until anyone can get back in.

24th Jun 2008, 15:28

They have now closed registrations while they bang on things..

24th Jun 2008, 15:28

Joe says:

Oh I was trying several months ago, I just couldn't get the CAPTCHA right, it was the worst CAPTCHA system I've ever seen.

24th Jun 2008, 16:02

kel says:

Funnily enough I had to write an article about Second Life last week and we had a bit of a chat in our campaigns meeting today about whether we should do any more events in there...

http://www.warchild.org.uk/blog/category/supporters/dancing_the_night_away_in_second_life
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Any chance you could wear a War Child T Shirt too? :)

24th Jun 2008, 16:42

bronxelf says:

I could *make* a War Child t-shirt, but there's nothing believable about my wearing one(the smallest, tiniest investigation would make it look staged). If you know someone inworld who would want one, I'd be happy to make one up for you., and even take the photo.

24th Jun 2008, 22:21

kel says:

Thanks! If we do explore Second Life again, I'll be in touch.

We can't download it in the office (lack of server space) so it's a bit of a mystery to us all.

25th Jun 2008, 12:22

jc1000000 says:

Wow how cool is that! Is second life good then? .. sometimes i just think it Is just a super sophisticated IM client... is that really far off the mark?

25th Jun 2008, 12:29

bronxelf says:

It;s a bit more than an IM client. but some people really just never get into it and that's fine too.

25th Jun 2008, 12:30

jc1000000 says:

I watched a futurology program the other day that discussed it and what appealed to me is the fact that you can essentially just hang out and be cool, and potentially in avery real way 'be yourself'. Where actions, materials, signs and symbols are a fom of communication too, it struck me that second life kinda takes online communication to that moral/ethical/spiritual level where people can enact an idyllic form of communication, less marred by common limitations like embarrassment or prejudice, and essentially use all the features available to literally create a second life. That being, a second, radical and demonstrable reinterpretation of what they call life, and all the values that their own belief in life encapsulates.

The fundamentally different part is that where time is the great leveller of the organic universe, that tempers one's belief of what life "in reality" is, in a universe made entirely of software, who you share it with becomes more important than how you live it. And wat most perplexes me about that, is that i cant personally decide which is the more important consideration or whether they are completely equal.

Is how i live my life relevant at all if i have people who will share it with me in harmony? If i want to pet robot cats instead of real ones, does that make me somehow at odds with life, or does it in fact make me even more in touch with existence itself. And then you are left wondering who owns your life - you? or the world that you created?

This baudrillard essay is interesting. I like the opening quotation:

"The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth--it is the truth which conceals that there is none.

The simulacrum is true." - Ecclesiastes

25th Jun 2008, 12:57

jc1000000 says:

Sorry just TOTALLY RANTED!

25th Jun 2008, 12:58

bronxelf says:

JC- No worries on the ranting, I had *just* fallen asleep when you posted or I'd have replied straight on.

I think your question is totally valid. For me, it's not that philosophical. I got into SL because in the end it will increase my skill set as a designer. I can design projects virtually and people can use them in that capacity and give me feedback. It also will increase my 3d modeling skills.

Socially, I am just as awkward virtually as I am in person. I spend most of my time alone even in SL. I find really extroverted people just as annoying in SL as I do in meatspace. It's not a fantasy life- it's just a virtual extension of who I am in person.

25th Jun 2008, 22:18

jc1000000 says:

Thanks for your responding with your take on Sl - really interesting. And i LOVE your Second Life Daily Me!

3rd Jul 2008, 10:37

bronxelf says:

Of course. Anytime. and thanks!

3rd Jul 2008, 10:38