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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Vivian Kendall - January 1991

This self-portrait hangs in my house. I look at Vivian Kendall / Osprey Therian every day, and miss her.
Test Pattern by Vivian Kendall (self-portrait)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

In Memoriam: Vivian Kendall / Osprey Therian, 1953 - 2013

Osprey/Vivian with friends December 7, 2013.

Osprey Therian /Vivian Kendall was my friend and collaborator for nearly ten years. I will miss her more than words can express, and I am one of many friends who benefited from associating with her in Second Life.

Osprey was an amazing creative force in a number of groups on Second Life, designing costumes, designing and building sword-fighting arenas, a theatre; making videos; learning to do all the different methods of making objects; collaborating with me and others to design books.

She created a photography studio with backdrops where anyone could pose and take their own photo. She organized a photo contest with a different theme every month, building backdrops for them that everyone could use. She organized gallery shows inworld. She did her own photography and worked with Photoshop to create a deck of various sword fighters in their costumes and personae, with poses that reflected their special attack or defense moves, with differing backgrounds to show them off to their best advantage. I have a deck of those cards they had printed, and they are in use in Second Life in virtual form.

She was always courageous and bold, and was kind to everyone. She was firm and strict with us in The Show Must Go On, the variety show she organized in Second Life, or we would never have gotten it done. She had a great sense of humor and could express it in many different ways. She and I would get a dialogue going to brainstorm for some project and end up laughing till we cried, not once but many many times.

Before she came to Second Life, a period which began with her illness, she was very active in Real Life: she taught art at Wa He Lut, a Native American school; she was a painter and printmaker; she had horses and I have seen a photo of her on a horse jumping a barrier. She was athletic and creative and missed all that when she began to lose the use of her limbs. She seldom complained and did not mention her disability unless it was necessary to explain why she could not do some activity.

She was fiercely independent and solitary, spending many hours working on projects at her computer overlooking Summit Lake, surrounded by quirky and fun objects she had collected, and some of her paintings.

All in all, I feel privileged to have known Vivian Kendall / Osprey Therian. She will live in my heart forever.

Ellen McCormick Martens  /Enjah Mysterio

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

Consciousness of Unity

i-Want an i-Road!

This little vehicle is very exciting. I want an enclosed tricycle, either motorized or electric, so that I can do errands without pooping out tons of CO2 on the trip. According to my research, where I live, electricity is produced by coal, so electric does not save much in the way of emissions, but it is an improvement.

I would not want to drive this thing on the freeway, but for most errands I would not have to.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

My First Book ... heh

Potion #38 Paradigm Shifter!
I visited Osprey last week, and she kindlly sent me a thank-you bottle of Calilfornia Merlot (which I love), with a BIZARRE label. The card says Enjah
happy halloween Osprey

First of all, the picture is a shot I took of us in Photobooth, a resident photo app on iPad. It is turned sideways, and squished, besides. we look insanely witchy.

The type tell the ingredients is probably too small for you to read here, so I quote:

Ingredients: Eye of newt, fingernail clippings, chupacabra bristles, toad warts, radioactive cesium, sauerkraut essence. Contains less than .01% of the following: Souls of the Damned, hfcs, black dye #666.
WARNING: Bottled in facility that processes nuts.
GLUTEN FREE - FAT FREE. I am so reassured that it is gluten free! I can now get drunk without worrying!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Long exposure photo of fireflies in the forest by Yume Cyan, Nagoya City, Japan
To see more of these wonderful photos, visit My Modern Met.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Open Letter to Amtrak

I really wanted to love taking the train from Seattle to L.A. and I would have enjoyed it except for one major problem. There is not enough room for two people to sleep on the lower berth, and the upper berth is a metal pan with a 2" pad on it. It is less comfy than sleeping on the ground.

If Amtrak seriously wants my business, they need to up the comfort factor by a lot!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Hacking Into My Own Computer

Since I got Windows 8, I have had to go through a lot of hoohah to stop it from forcing me into a Temporary User profile. I figured it out with the help of other users of Microsoft. Microsoft itself seems to be making ease of use their last priority. The screenshots are of getting the command prompt and adding an administrator profile. 

In the past, administrative privileges were automatically part of the default user profile, but now they are hidden. It is crazy, because for a home computer, very few of us need to hide the administrative profile, and when we need to download and install new software, we are told we do not have the right to do that, which is insane.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

The Next Lifetime!

My sisters and brothers and I will live in a big rambling house with:

Secret passageways

Tunnels with railroad tracks to take us to the neighbors' houses

Dumbwaiters, some of which go to the roof, where there is a huge garden full of hydroponic vegetables and espaliered fruit trees

Laundry chutes to slide down, next to Dumbwaiters which facilitate easy return to upper floors

Parents who are generous relaxed souls who encourage creative experimentation

A chemical lab in the basement

A labyrinth in the garden

An attic full of hidden panels and old stuff no one knows how it got there like old musical instruments and books full of archaic symbols

A dirigible tethered to the roof

A library full of all sorts of books

Art supplies and carpentry bench and tools

lots of LOVE

Interesting Controversy

Friday, February 01, 2013

Can't We Standardize?

I would like to see all auto makers put the gas cap on the same side on every brand of car, PLEASE. It just makes sense.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

My hair is growing out so the roots are very light and seem to be part of my skin. This is my proposed "BEFORE" set of photos for my project of this year, to work on bodily alignment, flexibility and strength, with Iyengar Yoga.

Love and Death ...

Friday, January 25, 2013

Low Sodium Lifestyle

Because The Husband was severely ill with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) last week, we have had to change our way of eating to eliminate as much sodium as we can. I have given away or thrown out a lot of high-sodium foods this past week! Because of my lipedema I need to eat that way as well; my lower carb intake helps eliminate fluids so I have not reduced sodium to the point we are now. TH eats more carbs so I am working hard on purchasing and preparing sodium bargains. One site that is helpful is Healthy Heart Market.

He no longer has the diagnosis of CHF. Now his diagnosis is cardiomyopathy (enlarged heart). The doctors hope that with medications, his heart will have a chance to strengthen and recover over the next few months.

Goal Again ...

Before and After
I read on forum about a site named True Weight. I did their calculation and found I am at my true weight now! 163 is what they recommend given my age, size, history, and bone structure. So now I can work on maintenance. Not sure why I was trying to get to 155. It is the middle of the healthy weight range for my height on Weight Watchers, but I look and feel good at my current weight, and have been maintaining it for a few weeks. When I weigh in at WW, I of course have clothing on, so my goal there is 164, to compensate for very light clothing.

I appreciate all the support I have received from my friends and family.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Damaged Goods :(

 I wanted a KitchenAid stand mixer, but did not want to pay full price. Well, I guess you DO get what you pay for! This mixer is very heavy, but the sender packaged it in one layer of small bubble wrap and surrounded it with brown paper packing in one layer of cardboard box. Either it was leaking oil originally or it got damaged in transit. Most likely in transit.

I really would rather have had the mixer than have to return the blasted thing.