Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Egg Hunt at Monkey Cove Surf Paradise

This blog promotes the Monkey Easter Egg Hunt at Monkey Beach:

Happy Easter from Monkey Cove Island: one of Second Lifes most famous surfing spots with lots of different waves on eight sims. The Easter Bunnies will spread eggs on five of those. A detailed hunting card will be published shortly before the hunt. The hunt will start on sunday, 24th of april, 1:00 PM SLT. People putting hand on any (easter) eggs before 1 PM SLT are automatically disqualified!

It is promoted by the Monkeys - lead Monkey Syx Toshi included - & Cogito Ergo Sum - My Avatar Mind Blog:

Thanks to the sponsors, who filled more than 150 eggs with various prices like surfboards, outfits, Lindens, beach furniture, art works & more:

Druids Design (
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OSD Gallery
Pray 4 surf
SunSetz Beach 
Surf Shop 6
Valium Lavender - South Shore

and kind Resident Monkeys:

Abel Halderman
Bella Steven
counting Offcourse
River Starr

Have fun and don't forget to live, love and surf!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wrestling Coaching - Imagine The Pain

Dressed up for sports I met Nina Prater "The Face of Lace" in a lagfree skybox for an individual wrestling training.

Nina Prater: Lemme take you through, what we do in a match.
Nadja Revnik: Ok.
Nina Prater: From OUR side of things, when we walk up to the ring, we turn on every wrestling HUD we'll need: EDGE, ACPWS.
/comment The wresting HUD is available at: Kings And Queens Wrestling Gear
Nadja Revnik: Ok.
Nina Prater: I'm not sure how much detail you want, so m'gonna be a chatterbox.
Nadja Revnik: Great! ;-) I take notes ;-) and let me fall to the ground if needed. ;-)
Nina Prater: Hmmm! OK! When the wrestlers get to this point, they need to get in the ring in their own way, with some style. Some just get in...and then some of us, GET IN!
/comment Nina enters the ring spectaculous at this point of the a real wrestling star. You should visit a wrestling event to see that:
Nina Prater smiles and waves.
Nina Prater: See?
Nadja Revnik: Those animations are in another HUD?
Nina Prater: Nope, they're custom made. Some wrestlers get customized stuff all the time.
Larry102 Panthar: Nina makes them! :)
Nina Prater: It enhances their look!
Nadja Revnik: Ah, I thought a chance for a new business. ;-P
Nina Prater: When the wrestlers get in and are introduced, s'when all of the posturing really comes into play. For this part, turn off your AO, please?
Nadja Revnik: My private animation overrider, yes!?
Nina Prater: Yes, you're good now.
Nadja Revnik prepares for aches...
Nina Prater: Depending on where you're going to watch wrestling in SL, Nadja, you'll see most matches start off with a "who's gonna start stronger" move. Like this: s'a close quarters thing.
Nadja Revnik: Ui...
Nina Prater: Then you'll see one person take the initiative.

Nadja Revnik: Outsch!
Nina Prater: Or like this:...
Nadja Revnik: That hurt!

Nina Prater: Mhmm! Taking those hits early on, set the pace for the rest of the bout.
Nadja Revnik: And just one of the wrestlers controls at time?
Nina Prater: One wrestler does their moves at a time, mhmm. BUT, sometimes, accidents do happen.
Nina Prater winces...

Nadja Revnik: Ack.
Nina Prater: I want you do this for me. Hit F12. Ok, good. Now I want you to type " / clothesline", but don't hit Enter yet. Hit ENTER when I come at you.
Nina Prater: Ouch! A double clothesline! s'an accident that DOES happen.
Nadja Revnik: And now we wait for the ambuance? Call 911 Larry!
Nina Prater: No ambulances unless one of us is bleeding, Nadja! We have to get up!
Nadja Revnik: Oha!
Nina Prater: The show MUST go on! Yeah...ouch.

Nadja Revnik: So where are the hurtful get up anis?
Nina Prater: type / getuphurt. See?
Nadja Revnik: Ok, those are the gestures in the folder I guess?
Nina Prater: Yes! And so much can go wrong in a wrestling match, Nadja.
Nadja Revnik: One can crash. ;-P
Nina Prater: Oh yes! It happens, too. We go through our matches in practices numerous times and sometimes the whole pace can be offset, if a move isn't done right or is skipped. The best match we can put on for a crowd is one where they don't know we messed up!
Nadja Revnik:: Lol.
Nina Prater: M'serious! S'gotta all look natural or the crowd won't believe it. S'just like any other performance art.
Nadja Revnik: So you always know before who the winner is?
Nina Prater: Nope. Not always. There are companies in SL that don't predetermine winners. Sometimes, s'really competitive and s'for keeps. Our job's to make it so you don't know the difference.
Nadja Revnik: If it's set up...who decides, who's the winner, before?
Nina Prater: Depends on the company...The owner of the company can, but sometimes they leave it up to the wrestlers to fight it out.
Nadja Revnik: Throw a coin? ;-)
Nina Prater: Sometimes wrestlers are okay with that! Mhmm. Or throw dice. S'very popular.
Nadja Revnik: Heh.
Nina Prater: There are some matches in SL, not HUD matches, that are even driven by dice throwing!
Nadja Revnik: Oh!
Nina Prater: K, moving on. In SL, you know there's the lag monster creeping 'bout.
Nadja Revnik: Oh yes!
Nina Prater: He's a wrestler's worst enemy in a match that has to be fast paced or requires lots of moving. In this training gym, s'hardly any lag at all. But if you try doing that in a show, s'much harder. But good performers will deal with it and make it look good in spite of the monster, 'cause they've practiced for it. They know their moves inside and out and, Oh Nadja, they have to have this skill: improvisation--- if things get really laggy or messed up.
Nadja Revnik: ;-)
Nina Prater: Like this: say you and me started up doing this and when you typed in your move, nothing happened. You're staying like this. You type it again, nothing happens! What does somebody like me do in this case? We need to keep the hold going or change it up while you catch up, and outrun the lag monster.

Nadja Revnik: Outsch
Nina Prater: Gotta be careful with this move, mhmm. And when you're ready, type "/ punch" and you just broke the hold, letting me know you're ready to go on with the match. Hehe! Now we get to the match ending. Both of us are tired. One of us needs to finish off the other! We do that, most of the time, by pinfall or submission moves . Do you know what a pinfall is?
Nadja Revnik: No!
Nina Prater: Ok.
Nadja Revnik: Germans know not much about wrestling usually.
Nina Prater: S'when a person is able to keep their opponent's shoulders flat on the canvas or mat for 3 seconds.

Nadja Revnik: Ok.
Nina Prater: Those 3 seconds are counted by a referee. We NEED a referee to begin and end the match.
Nadja Revnik: Does he know, how the match is ending, when it's set before?
Nina Prater: If it's set, he'll know before or RIGHT when s'bout to end. But he knows. Oh, and submission moves: these moves are holds that get you to finally say "I give up". Like this...

Nadja Revnik: Uh!
Nina Prater: This:...Or this:...
Nadja Revnik: How nice to stickin your but. ;-P
Nina Prater: These are moves that can get you to give up and the referee is listening for you to say it. He might even ask you if you want to give up.
Nadja Revnik: Ok.
Nina Prater: K, hit F12 again. That's a submission move ending to a match. Pinfalls look like this.
Nadja Revnik: Well, I feel the pain!

Nina Prater: Mhmm! And sorry for that! S'no other way to write 'bout wrestling than to feel it. Lemme help you up.
Nadja Revnik: Heh.
Nina Prater: That's the basics of what we do!
Nina Prater smiles
Nadja Revnik: And how did you control everything? You have moves on your HUD? Or was it all gestures?
Nina Prater: I'm typing everything out, that you saw.
Nadja Revnik: And I do have to stand in the right distance to do it?
Nina Prater: Mhmm, the gestures are all activated inside of the ACPWS HUD folder. Right distance and you have to be lined up correctly for the moves to look proper.
Nadja Revnik: I did not know a gesture can influence two persons at a time.
Nina Prater: The only way they can, s'because of the sensor located beneath the ring. Remember when you saw my name come up in your HUD?
Nadja Revnik: Yes!
Nina Prater: That's me signing into the sensor of the HUD. Same with you: you signed in. And when you click on my name or anybody else's that's signed into the HUD, you can do moves on them.
Nadja Revnik: Ok. Do you know, if there are other sports using this technics?
Nina Prater: I think there are boxing and Mixed Martial Arts companies that do it this way.
Nadja Revnik: Upsi...sorry! ;-)

Nina Prater: S'okay! Now you're seeing how the moves are done. See? Gotta line up and be the right distance.
Nadja Revnik: ;-) I start liking it. ;-P
Nina Prater: When you start putting all of these moves together, you get a match!
Nadja Revnik: ;-)
Larry102 Panthar: and of course the announcers help sell the moves to the crowd :)
Nina Prater: All of the extra stuff like promotionals and voice commentary just ADD ON to the experience for the fans. Makes for a better show!
Nadja Revnik: You always need to have a ring with sensor then for trying it out!?
Nina Prater: Mhmm, or just the sensor. The sensor has a limited range and s'mostly just used for the space in and around the rings.
Nadja Revnik: Is it available for everyone?
Nina Prater: The sensor? Yes!
Nadja Revnik: You simply buy it?
Nina Prater: Mhmm. But here's how not just ANYONE can jump in the ring during a wrestling show, some companies have barriers that prevent people from going past a certain point. If a fan jumps the barricade or barrier, they will be ejected.
Nadja Revnik: How is that sensor called?
Nina Prater gave you ACPWS PE Sensor (FX).
Nina Prater: There you go!
/comment if you have any serious matters with me, youre welcome to discuss this in my ring ;-P
Nadja Revnik: Thanks a lot for the sensor, the coaching and all explanations! ;-)
Nina Prater: You're welcome!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Wrestling in SL - an interview with former Southern US champ in the OEW arena

jw and me talking in the OEW arena.

Nadja Revnik: How often do wrestling events take place?
jw Beeswing: We have 3 weekly events: monday 4slt, thursday 4slt and saturday 4slt and a sunday fpv once a month, sundays at 12slt.
Nadja Revnik: What's DCWF standing for?
jw Beeswing: DCWF is another wrestling federation.
Nadja Revnik: How many are there?
jw Beeswing: There are quite a few, but three major coed feds. DCW, OEW and VWE and a all female fed HAWX. O.E.W. is Over The Edge Wrestling. D.C.W.F. is Digital championship wrestling federation. V.W.E is Virtual Wrestling enertainment. Hawx is Hot Ass Wrestling Xtreme.
Nadja Revnik: Lol. And is there one or four wrestling leagues then?
jw Beeswing: 4 different leagues. But we all use the same basic moves.
Nadja Revnik: And you are number one in yours?
jw Beeswing: No, I am not the world champ. I am the Southern US champion. Derrick Zane is O.E.W. Champion. We also have a womens division here.
Nadja Revnikk: Um? How is the list or rating organised?
jw Beeswing: Well, here the top male is the World champion, Top Female womens Champ. Then US title and Souther US title are equal. Cruiserweight and hardcore are equal. Then We Have World Tag and Womens Tag. And tomorrow we will crown the first ever TV Champion. As we are on Metaverse.
Nadja Revnik: And how does the wrestling technically work in SL?
jw Beeswing: We use a gestured based HUD called the ACPWS.
Nadja Revnik: And the HUD recognizes the moves of the two persons in the ring?
jw Beeswing: Yes.
Nadja Revnik: I guess there is no option to try out the HUD without buying one? Just to see how it works?
jw Beeswing: The hud is free. Tomorrow, if you like, I can set you up a sparring session with a female wrestler.
/comment and that's what you read about in my next blog my bones cracked on the floor.
Nadja Revnik: Oh, cool!
/commment I said naively without imagining the pains.
Nadja Revnik: Why did you start wrestling in SL?
jw Beeswing: Because I am a huge wrestling fan of 20 years in RL.
Nadja Revnik: Ah, ok. ;-)
jw Beeswing: And I always dreamed of wrestling and I can in SL.
Nadja Revnik: For how long you are a wrestler here?
jw Beeswing: Almost 2 years!
Nadja Revnik: Long, for SL time. And how would you describe the wrestling community?
jw Beeswing: Since day two on SL I've been doing this. And for the most part it is a strong community.
Nadja Revnik: What kinda guys are in it?
jw Beeswing: We have a plethra of guys we have emo to jock to goth to geek to chic.
Nadja Revnik: I see you're a frat boy - is this connected to wrestling in some way?
jw Beeswing: Not really, I was a wrestler first. But my frat brother and sority sisters come to the matches to support me.
Nadja Revnik: Do you train a lot for the matches?
jw Beeswing: See SL wrestling is a sport that demands dedication as you do not get paid, you really have to have a love for it. And yes I train alot.
Nadja Revnik: So wrestlers are taking it really serious? I mean the competition? And not just a fun thing?
jw Beeswing: Some take it serious, but a lot do it for fun.
Nadja Revnik: Ok. And a last question for the interview: why do you think people engage in sports in SL in general?
jw Beeswing: For me it is a combonation: I take it serious from the aspect that I am here to do one thing: give the fans a good show. So I must be on top of my game as well as my opponet. But I do it for fun and the love of it. Well, to me SL is a place you can come to escape RL and do stuff you may not be able to do in RL. So any sport you can do in SL gives every one who has ever dreamed of being a sports star that ability.
Nadja Revnik: ;-) Well, thanks for your time jw!

A short time after I interviewed jw i visted a wrestling match and shoot some pics.....

Friday, April 1, 2011

It's April 1st

and what started as an april fool joke ended up in a bunch of people with broken arms and legs...not to speak about broken wood boards. After the SLSA Surfing Accosiation started an April joke of setting up a sand wave to surf on, Luscious Starship made the nightmare come real at a hidden place above Tsunami. If you always dreamed about crushing your bones, its a must to see today!

Take a ride through sand and rocks if you dare at: Don't be a chicken! ;-P