But you saw more
You saw my deepest part
With the light of a thousand stars
You saw them, awake in me
And through your eyes
You showed me everything
You woke me up inside
Brought back to life
I lost myself
But now I breathe again
Red – The Ever
It’s been a while again, which I’m sure given the current situation in the world makes understandable. I spent quite a bit of time invested in my last project and then all of the gears kind of started to grind. Then the virus really ramped up. It’s been chaotic for not only myself but pretty much everyone. What’s been up since we last met? Well I spent literally ALL of February working almost endlessly on the 24:8. I have zero regrets over any of it. All of it was worth every second spent. Throughout that I balanced family, RL and SL, work, and WoW. Twas fun.
Before we get into the meat of this post I do want to talk about the picture for a minute. I’ve seen a lot of pictures done with masks and various things over the last week or two. I get people are doing a lot of it to try to keep the mood light or to just deal with it themselves. I’ve also seen a lot of ones done in extremely poor taste and for those I’ve got no explanation. I sat and thought about this idea for a day or two before I decided on the right way to go forward and I do hope I did so.
Yes there’s a mask. Yes there is hand sanitizer. Yes there are little virus parasites. The point though I wanted is made with the speech bubbles added to those parasites. These aren’t negatives. My aim was to use them to point out things you SHOULD be doing. I hope that point comes across. There are so many more that I literally could not have covered but you can easily find them out there. Start here, and then here, and maybe here. You can find the live map that I have on my screen in the picture here. It’s maintained by a little place called Johns Hopkins University. You may have heard of them.
Secondly I want to hit “social distancing” a little bit. Don’t be socially distant. Physical distance yes, but talk to your friends and family, reach out in other ways. I’ve seen more people in Second Life lately than I have in quite some time. In an odd sort of way our virtual world at least gives us a way to be with one another when we probably should not be in the real world. Take advantage of that. Reach out. Hell feel free to get a hold of me even. None of us are alone in this. I’m ArchaicXIII Resident in SL.
That brings us around to where we are now. A much more serious situation than any of us would have predicted mere months ago. Many of us are under safe/stay at home orders with varying degrees to each. It’s not just here in the States either. Countries worldwide are dealing with the same thing. Some better than others but most of us obviously hope for the best for all. None of us can truly know when this will come to an end. It could be days (who am I kidding), weeks (maybe), or months (most likely). All we can do is individually do our part to follow guidelines as best as we can to hopefully prevent it from becoming a bigger beast than we face today. That’s easier said than done of course.
I had thought about writing this before more recent things but it’s even more in my mind because like most of you, I have people in my real world who are literally on the front lines. Some because of their own jobs and dedication to what they do, others because the easily deceived people don’t use their ears to listen to the truth. I know for me, I can name one family member who is a cardiac nurse, working extra hours even on a normal basis. Through WoW I’ve got one friend who is a pharmacist working multiple 10+ hour days to meet demand, and my closest WoW friend is in the National Guard which had to be deployed in his state because those people who can’t listen clearly are not.
That’s the part that really gets me. I’ve known him for years, great guy, works hard, all of the above. Has to be deployed (yes I know and he knows there is always a chance) but has to be deployed and away from his own family during this because people are stupid. He has no idea of how long, what all it entails, zilch. Just that he’s going and to top it off once they finish he gets the minimum quarantine to make sure he didn’t catch or spread it. What happens if he gets it? Hopefully he doesn’t, but if so hopefully it doesn’t win. It’s all very frustrating and I know I’m not alone on that front.
Look. Really, I know we all love our freedoms. I love mine, you love yours, etc. But please don’t be stupid. Stupid people are what are going to cause this to get worse. Stupid people think they’re bulletproof and go be social and cluster together and make it spread. If it weren’t for stupid people maybe we wouldn’t be forced into these mandated stay at home orders. Maybe we still would, but maybe they wouldn’t be so prolonged. I can’t predict the future on it of course. I can hope though. I wish we could trust that everyone was doing their part. Even with the orders out you have the same stupid people out there doing it anyway because FREEDOM. If you’re one of those please do the intelligent population a favor, sit down, stay home, and shut up. Please. This gets worse if we don’t ALL use our brains. I know it’s in there somewhere.
I’ll give you a great example from my very own state. I read it last night and said well this is why we are where we are. Here’s some examples just because I feel like it’s important to understand how much people do not get it.
So you’re going to restrict my ability to freely travel to and from anywhere I may want to go? No. You will not. I do not work for you, i do not answer to you, I am not controlled by you. You’re an elected official, not god. Horse shit, knee jerk reactions. Mindless and spineless”
“Stay at home or you will be jailed? That’s why the jails are being emptied of CRIMINALS! FU! DICTATOR EVERS!”
“We know how to be responsible, a 90% of us do, the rest still will do as they please.”
“With you as Govenor, the people of Wisconsin are more in danger in this new “rule” “stay at home order”. You Democrats are the virus.”
“This is moronic. This is why electing weak person as our leader has consequences. Isolate those at greatest risk and let everyone else go back to work. We are doing great damage to our economy when 99% of the population experiences, at worst, a bad cold. Brainless move.”
“No. We won’t listen. You don’t shut down an entire economy.”
“I’d rather take death over tyranny.”
For the record yes I left the typos in there because this is legitimately the kind of things people are saying to decisions that are not made lightly. So there is just a small sample and these are just a few. This is how people are thinking. Let me be frank and honestly if this irritates you, then so be it, but if you think in this “economic only” frame of mind, and yes you can read into that however you’d like, then please go walk into a volcano or something.. Your backwards ass thinking is how we end up making things like this worse. I for one would like to see this end sooner rather than later. I know it won’t be tomorrow. I know it won’t be next week or even next month. We’re in it for the long haul, I just hope there’s enough intelligence to go around.
Oh and before I go, let me take a few minutes to recognize the work of some amazing creators who pretty much make up 90% of this entire photo. I literally used basically the entire set from BAMSE’s Gamer gacha at this round of The Arcade which only goes until March 31 so you better get over there soon if you want to try your luck! I mixed in a few other BAMSE goodies from their Home Studio set to kind of fill the rest of the location out. I practically play every gacha that Liam puts out so I knew I would have to use this in some form or fashion. The outfit is Wazzer Works all the way. I fat-packed the pants and jacket to make sure I had the options that would best suit the photo.
Added a little flair with *RE*’s Janus rings and [Deadwool]‘s Blue Moon watch which is an everyday staple cause what [Deadwool] isn’t. I know I tend to not talk as much about the wonderful creators in our virtual world but I certainly respect and appreciate the work they do. I’d encourage you to shop not only the ones I’ve mentioned here but any of your favorites. Some rely on the money they bring in from their inworld work to live in the real life and in times like this they need us as much as we need them.
Like a poet without pain
Like a beauty without rage
Like an innocence without a life to save
Like a hope without a slave
Like your eyes without a face
Like an instinct with no other life to take
It’s beauty and rage
Red – The Ever
Head: CATWA HEAD Victor [SL Neck] v4.5 ~ Catwa Clip
Head Applier: Stray Dog – Thomas (Catwa) – Tone 04 ~ Gac Akina
Hair: Stealthic – Baron (Brown) ~ Stealthic Resident
Hairbase: Stealthic – Male Hairbase ~ Stealthic Resident
Brows: Clef de Peau.Eyebrows v.32 Brown Omega [CATWA] Applier ~ Marcopol Oh
Ears: ^^Swallow^^ Pyramid Ears ~ Luciayes Magic
Eyes: Avi-Glam. Royalty Eyes Gacha – Reef ~ Kendra Parfort ~ NEW @ Skin Fair 2020 (Mar 13-Mar 29)
Beard: [MF] Victor Bento Hipster Stache & Beard Medium – Sun ~ Stefandetoifrench75 Janus
Body: [LEGACY] Meshbody (m) (1.2) ~ MeshBody Resident
Tattoo: IDTTY Body Shop – The Prophecy ~ Melissa Hindrabar
Top: [WAZ] Bomber Jacket ~ Waterfall Farshore ~ NEW @ The Mens Dept (Mar 5-Mar 29)
Pants: [WAZ] Operator Pants ~ Waterfall Farshore
Shoes: [ VERSOV ] KURTOV_LOW ~ Versov Resident
Rings: **RE** janus Rings ~ Crashnoww Resident
Watch: [Deadwool] Blue moon watch ~ Masa Plympton
Beer: 220ML – Guinnirish Beer [Beer Open] ~ Jonas Acanthus
Mask: [ VERSOV ]PROTECTOV_MASK ~ Versov Resident ~ NEW @ Main Store
Chair: BAMSE : Gamer – Chair RARE ~ LiamZander Resident ~ NEW @ The Arcade (Mar 1-Mar 31)
Desk: BAMSE : Gamer – Desk/Desk Extension RARE ~ LiamZander Resident ~ NEW @ The Arcade (Mar 1-Mar 31)
Acoustic Panels: BAMSE : Gamer – Acoustic Panel ~ LiamZander Resident ~ NEW @ The Arcade (Mar 1-Mar 31)
Headphones: BAMSE : Gamer – Headphones ~ LiamZander Resident ~ NEW @ The Arcade (Mar 1-Mar 31)
Headphone Stand: BAMSE : Gamer – Headphone Stand ~ LiamZander Resident ~ NEW @ The Arcade (Mar 1-Mar 31)
Lamp: BAMSE : Gamer – Lamp ~ LiamZander Resident ~ NEW @ The Arcade (Mar 1-Mar 31)
Amp/Cables: BAMSE : Gamer – Amp/Headphone cable/Microphone cable ~ LiamZander Resident ~ NEW @ The Arcade (Mar 1-Mar 31)
Microphone: BAMSE : Gamer – Microphone ~ LiamZander Resident ~ NEW @ The Arcade (Mar 1-Mar 31)
Jar: BAMSE : Gamer – Enemy Tears ~ LiamZander Resident ~ NEW @ The Arcade (Mar 1-Mar 31)
Mouse Pad: BAMSE : Gamer – Mouse pad ~ LiamZander Resident ~ NEW @ The Arcade (Mar 1-Mar 31)
Keyboard/Wrist Rest: BAMSE : Gamer – Keyboard/BAMSE : Gamer – Wrist rest ~ LiamZander Resident ~ NEW @ The Arcade (Mar 1-Mar 31)
Mouse: BAMSE : Gamer – Mouse ~ LiamZander Resident ~ NEW @ The Arcade (Mar 1-Mar 31)
Monitor: BAMSE : Gamer – Monitor ~ LiamZander Resident ~ NEW @ The Arcade (Mar 1-Mar 31)
Speakers: BAMSE : Gamer – Speaker R/Speaker L/Speaker Central ~ NEW @ The Arcade (Mar 1-Mar 31)
Headset: BAMSE : Gamer – VR Headset ~ LiamZander Resident ~ NEW @ The Arcade (Mar 1-Mar 31)
PC: BAMSE : Gamer – PC ~ LiamZander Resident ~ NEW @ The Arcade (Mar 1-Mar 31)
Fridge: BAMSE : Gamer – Fridge ~ LiamZander Resident ~ NEW @ The Arcade (Mar 1-Mar 31)
Cans: BAMSE : Gamer – ReCharge Cans ~ LiamZander Resident ~ NEW @ The Arcade (Mar 1-Mar 31)
Ring Lamp: BAMSE : Home Studio – Ring Lamp ~ LiamZander Resident ~ GACHA
Camera: BAMSE : Home Studio – Camera RARE ~ LiamZander Resident ~ GACHA
Drone Controller: BAMSE : Home Studio – Controller ~ LiamZander Resident ~ GACHA
Drone: BAMSE : Home Studio – Drone ~ LiamZander Resident ~ GACHA
Kleenex: [Commoner] Break-Up Survival Kit / Box of Tissues (Blue) ~ Emery Milneaux ~ GACHA
Meds: [Commoner] Break-Up Survival Kit / Zanax RARE ~ Emery Milneaux ~ GACHA
Trashcan: * SORGO – N* TrashCan ~ Arscene Dubrovna ~ GACHA
Hand Sanitizer: -RC- Hand Sanitizer ~ Redd Columbia
Virus: Covid 19 – 1 LI – FULL PERMS Mesh ~ Watsoon Steampunk
Speech Bubbles: CLUTTER – MESH KIT SPEECH BUBBLE 01 & 02 ~ Kat Alderson