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Sushi, anyone?

What wouldn’t I do for a good cause? The SL Shakespeare Company is one of the most incredible cultural institutions in SecondLife, in scale, and by the fact it is entirely benevolent work. Representations are free, but sims don’t pay themselves, neither the thousands of hours of work Ina Centaur and everyone from the SLSC put on this project. The SLSC is there for higher learning, in a place where almost everything else is cultural fast food. If there is one educative entertainment that deserves respect and support, it is the SLSC.

And who else but Ina to ask me to do something absolutely unique and to my own knowledge never done before in SL, being a maiden Nyotaimori. Yes, I will serve as a live sushi plate, and you can come and pickup a piece, until I am completely nude. All proceeds for every piece picked up will go to the SLSC.

Please read the following press release, and hope to see you there

Shakespeare, Second Life and Skin City, Second Life-In the midst of a virtual reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Elizabethan England, an avant-garde virtual sushi restaurant named Inachi unveils its first gourmet dish. Dubbed “Nyotaimori,” the platter features an artistic arrangement of finely-priced sushi adorning the nude avatar body of virtual celebrity Codebastard Redgrave. The sum of sushi prices on this Nyotaimori reaches at about L$1,000,000; its purpose is to be dismantled by its audience as every “edible piece” of this virtual culinary sculpture is sold off in a single fundraiser to benefit the SL Shakespeare Company. The presentation opens to the public at 1 PM PDT on Saturday, March 21st at the Blackfriars Theatre.

Not surprisingly, the prolific Ina Centaur is both the founder and artist of Inachi and its Nyotaimori. As with many of Centaur’s projects, Inachi began as a hobby, “Inachi started out as a somewhat offbeat-obsessive project to document and semi-immortalize in virtual-world-3D, some of the sushi I’ve tasted. And then one day a friend showed me a picture of nyotaimori, or female body sushi. It all became clear to me that day-both the name ‘Inachi’ made sense, as well as how I might turn these sushi-Lego things I’ve created into… a feast for your eyes!”

Inachi in its most literal translation to Ina Centaur’s native Mandarin Chinese means “Ina, go eat!” But, since Centaur’s discovery of “female body sushi” last May, the translation, while still retaining its homonym, became 一拿吃 or, literally, “One Take Eat.” Centaur explains its significance, “The translation sounds flip, but I think it’s cool that the translation back to English also affords a theatrical pun. My SL Shakespeare Company project has been something I’ve been trying to raise funds for since its inception in 2007, and basically everything I do in virtual worlds goes to fund it. Also, I think the translation fits how we’ll manage to present nyotaimori as a viable artform in a very material and commercial virtual world: people will simply take (pay) and eat each piece of artful virtual sushi goodness.”

To Centaur, this Nyotaimori event is both art that represents Second Life, and a social experiment, “Art is essentially an interpretive representation of an object, in the general sense; in this case, the object is the virtual world of Second Life, and Nyotaimori is kind of like a satirical symbol of it. Inachi’s Nyotaimori recasts a nude female avatar into both culinary and ethnic art via an artistic arrangement of sushi. The individual pieces of sushi are cast in a state that will soon dissipate, as each piece is taken, just as the artful sims of Second Life are dismantled due to the decree of limited resource budgets. The avatar in this avatar body sushi presentation is famous and has media appeal, just like how Second Life has it. But, the art lives in the manifestation of its sushi, just like how Second Life wouldn’t be anything without its user-created content… The social experiment would be to see if people’d bite.” Despite its novelty and representation, Centaur is uncertain but hopeful about Nyotaimori as a means to fund inworld art, “Most of my fundraising attempts in virtual worlds have failed miserably. I hope this one is different enough to meet its goal!”

On a happier note, when asked to comment on her choice of designating Codebastard Redgrave as her maiden Nyotaimori, Centaur comments, “I think Codie is incredibly sexy, and Second Life might find it interesting to undress the sushi off her-literally!”

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About Inachi (一拿吃)

Inachi is a fictional restaurant set in the virtual world of Second Life. Ina Centaur, its founder and head chef-artist, serves hand-made virtual sushi with exquisite detail and care in performance art settings. Its main store is located in the underground metros of Skin City, Second Life.

Official: Codie Avastar of the Year 2007 by public vote

I am so honored that you guys chose me as the Avastar of the Year 2007. I was already honored of sitting in that list with some of the most extraordinary newcomers, including people I admire greatly including RightAsRain Rimbeault, Ana Lutetia and Nicholaz Beresford among others. I’m still a bit under the shock that you guys chose me.

Now I’m getting more feedbacks about how that could happen because honestly I couldn’t believe it. Many people sent me emails and letters to tell me they encouraged my candidacy for that title through their mailing-lists, forums, groups, blogs, even Flickr threads. You people just proven me you can be sweet to the core. That just flatters me to an unimaginable level that I could influence your Second Life, be it just a tiny little bit. For me it’s a world of difference. It means that sometime, somewhere, I have tried my best to be good to people around, that all my efforts to contribute to the community in a positive way have been acknowledge. And acknowledged by you people.

I want to thank each and everyone of you. If I could do it personally, I would. I want to thanks the Avastar for nominating me with all those marvelous people. I want to thanks everyone that voted on that poll and that supported me through that stressful but enlightening process. I want to thank all the candidates for being such good sports. I want to congratulate Ana Lutetia as a Second winner and RightAsRain Rimbeault as the Third winner.

This has been my honor and pleasure to serving this amazing community in my first year. I will try to make my second year even better. I ♥♥♥ you all to bits.



MachinimaCam: Huge price drop and giveaways

MachinimaCam sales have been a huge success. Customers have been generous of their time suggesting new features, reporting bugs, and generally being good to deal with. I sold enough MachinimaCam HUDs to finance the future developments, so I decided it was time to make a move for the community. Since MachinimaCam 0.12 is on the way to be shipped and much of the hardest part of developing the MCAPI framework is done, I want to give an early season gift to all of those who supported the development of this device.

Here is the deal:

  1. From now on regular MachinimaCam price drops from 4000L$/4500L$ to 2000L. This is a permanent change and will be reflected inworld as well as OnRez and SLX.
  2. Current MachinimaCam owners (before 18/12/2007 3:00PM LST) that bought it through SLX, OnRez, or in one of my stores gets 1 free MachinimaCam giveaway to ANY other avatar inworld. To request your extra giveaway, please send me a notecard entitled “MachinimaCam Giveaway” and write the following information: Your complete avatar name, where did you buy the device (SLX,OnRez,inworld), and the complete name of the avatar that will recieve the giveaway camera.
  3. I am offering a FREE MachinimaCam to any educational organization that produce tutorial videos or do experimental machinima videos. To request a free unit, please send me a notecard entitled “MachinimaCam Educational” stating: Organisation name, organisation mission, website URL,email, and complete name of the avatar that should recieve the free unit.
  4. Furthermore, I am giving away 5 FREE MachinimaCam devices to 5 already established machinima artists. Send me a notecard entitled “MachinimaCamArtist” and stating: Your complete avatar name, a list of your previous works, and a short description of your work. I will select the 5 best entries on Friday, 21st and send out the free boxed cameras to the winners.

I would ♥♥♥ to thanks the hundreds of customers that supported the development efforts on this device, and to tell them those efforts have not been vain. The new system will allow dozens of new effects to be added to the device, and extensions way beyond what was previously intended. Watch this blog for more news on the next release.

New Secondlife social network Rezzed.Net

Luc Aubret, the infamous scripter and assault weapons maker, has struck again with which is in my own humble opinion his best idea yet. Rezzed.Net is new social network especially made for Secondlifers. What makes it different from SL Profiles in my own sense, is the actual ability to actually share your blog entries and photos in the main page. It’s also way cleaner than SL Profiles that looks like an evil version of MySpace. Rezzed.Net also have hooks into SL to verify if you are a real or fake users.

Rezzed.Net is very early beta of course, but improvement I could suggest is more space for pictures (only 10 megs allowed) and a URL list manager would be an excellent addition. Also the profile layout looks a bit messy when you insert long ass SLURL strings, maby Luc should replace the URL display as a label. Anyways for the rest, it’s pretty neato.

Rezzed.Net is a public beta. You can register too if you have a SLX account you an buy a 0L invite here, or if your logged in inworld you can get an invite through the Rezzed.Net terminal. You can add me from my Rezzed.Net profile.

Bubblefish Grand Sim Opening TONIGHT!

If you wondered WTF I was doing in the last days, well I was working my ass off helping great new friends. Soda and J, from Atomic Soda / Bubblefish kinda hired me for helping them organizing their brand new sim opening. They asked me to redesign their logo, do some photo work for their promotions, among other things, which is in progress.

The new sim is fantastic, classy, quite compatible with what I find to be clean design. My art is exposed in the Arcade, where you can play skeeball or whack-a-mole to win some stuff. I opened a new store there where you can buy my stuff too, it’s facing the stage. J designed an awesome stage for the upcoming events. Tonight don’t miss Nephie, AKA Stella Errans, she will spin those awesome trance tracks like only she can do it.

Waiting for you guys tonight!


Please join us in celebrating the brand new *Bubblefish* Sim!  Our WEEK LONG GRAND OPENING will be filled with PARTIES, EVENTS, the hottest DJ’s, SPECIALS, SALES, and more!  Details to follow!

As many of you know, *Bubblefish* & *Atomic Soda* has expanded.  Come celebrate in style our brand new sim and Party *BUBBLEFISH* style!  TUESDAY KICKS OFF OUR WEEK LONG GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION!  SEE YOU THERE!

                           TUESDAY OCTOBER 9th EVENT LISTING: 

3am-5am Beach Party
Hosted by Leenah Merlin
Surfing, KiteSurfing, Best in Swimwear, CASH & PRIZES!

8:30am-11:30am Open House
Tour our EXCLUSIVE  residential homes.  (Available furnished or unfurnished)

12:30 pm – 3:30pm 80’s Arcade/Dance Party
80’s Music, Prizes to High Scores in Arcade, Skeeball, Dance Revolution & More! WIN CASH & PRIZES!

3:30-7:30 Grand Opening Party with DJ Stella Errans! (Nephie Eerie)
CASH & PRIZE GIVEAWAY!  Party *Bubblefish* style with the hottest DJ in SL.

Help us welcome our new family of designers!  Featuring the hottest designs in SL!

See you there!
Soda & Jeremy

MachinimaCam HUD Beta 2 progress and Beauty is only skin deep reaches 600 hits in 4 days

I wanted my numerous requesters for the MachinimaCam Beta program to be informed that I am working very hard on the Beta 2 version of the cam before releasing it for beta testing. I have at least 20 pending requests for the new bugfixed camera. And I must say this build seems much promising. One of the new things I wanted to introduce is true space camera management. One of the best aspects of it is the ability to spatially lock a default position for your camera. Each time you finish using an effect, the camera automatically comes back to the default position. This is already implemented and working pretty well. This got rid of the bug causing the camera getting stuck in an awkward position after using Spincam, Twistercam and Spiralcam. Those now revert to the default position automatically, ready for using another effect.

Now, the hardest part, and the one I really want to get done, is for the FX requiring a startup position to take advantage of this new camera locking system. It may sound trivial, but since most FX don’t start using arbitrary positionning but rather on calculated position using rotational position algorythms, this is rather complex maths. In french, that means I want the Spincam and other rotation effects should start at the exact starting point of the default cam position. This is rather hardcore, implying even more heavy position and rot calculations, also angle calculations from 2 points of coordinates.

When this is done, you will be able to point your avie, lock the cam in a 60 degree angle, and watch it spin around from up in the air. This should allow almost infinite rotationnal effects around your avie. More details to come. If some scripter out here could help me with some of the heavy calculations on next sunday (Kisa? Mmmm? ;)that would be mucho appreciated. If not don’t worry, the Codie always manage on her own.
The actual status is 80% done. The documentations are 90% done, I need to describe the list of FX and what they do, the installation and basics are pretty covered. I plan to start working on it again on sunday morning, I hope to have a decent Beta 2 ready for sunday night, if all goes well. So gear yourself little machinima droogies, the goodie is coming and quickly! If you reeeeeally cannot wait for the Beta 2, I can provide the Beta 1 but I got all the bug feedbacks I needed on this one.


On another joyful note, my latest machinima video, Beauty is only skin deep:

  • just got 600 Views since publication, 4 days ago. Tenebrous Pau, my machinima guru, thinks it’s a good hit rate. ;)
  • 53 Views since I published on Archive.Org here:
  • Media parcel URL to stream the video in SecondLife:
  • Registered as a show on
  • Want it on your Video iPod via iTunes or DemocracyTV (now called Miro)? Here’s the vpodcast link:
  • I have recieved litteraly over a hundred comments through IM, Flickr, Youtube and by email. Thank you people, so damn much, it made that work worth it a thousand times!
  • A couple people blogged about about it: Mairead Fitzgerald, Melanie Kidd, Kimberley Mirabeau.
  • Supposed to maby get a feature in SecondLife Insider anytime soon (*waves to Moo!*)
  • Still waiting for Vint to wake up ;)
  • UPDATE: The video is on CyberSpaceBabes.Com! Thanks Mercy you are such a shweetheart! *muah!*
  • UPDATE: Awww! Izzy just posted the sweetest blogpost about meh and that machinima. TY sweetie! *muah!*

Fun facts about Beauty is only skin deep:

  • 4 hours of shooting
  • 8 hours of cut / editing
  • 1 hour for special effects and overlay text
  • 30 minutes to export
  • original format takes 89 megs, WMV format, available here
  • soundtrack by Marquez Tone, you can ask the dude for the song ;)
  • edited with Microsoft Movie Maker 2, since it’s a first quick job
  • only effects used are cross fades and B&W movie in one single place
  • movie has been built on the soundtrack directly
  • shot entirely in 800×600 originally
  • more than 4 gigs of footage to cut from
  • more than 80 pictures have been inserted in the cuts
  • all of it done in one night, Saturday 8th 2007

Secondlifers, thank you for all of your support, your are my inspiration to do all of that. Thanks to Marquez Tone for not being too much of an ass, and for keeping contact with me even if he’s not in metaverse anymore. Thanks to all my friends for being in this movie.

Also, PLEASE feel free to pass it to your friends, copy the embed link on your website, blog about it, the video’s license is Creative Common Share-Alike non-commercial. So it is free to copy, view and spread around.
<3 U


Code Red Gallery opening! 24 hour bash with live DJs on 03.08.2007 @ 5PM LST

It was hard work but I am very proud to present the Grand Gala opening of Code Red Lounge’s new Art Gallery.

Since Code Red opened, I always seen it as a place to hold memorable spontaneous gatherings. In an effort to make it a more community oriented project, and since the simple club formula was not enough to make it live, we managed the place to keep it’s fantastic club like attributes but evolve into a driver for promotion of collective arts in Second Life.

The new Art Gallery is integrated with Code Red Lounge, but also adds an additional story for more art exposition and lounging. The gallery will present works for sale from some of SecondLife’s most praised artists!

  • Marquez Tone
  • Mairead Fitzgerald
  • HolliVals Allen
  • Hiro Eldeman
  • Codie Redgrave
  • SalemNyx Lisle
  • Stephen Venkman
  • Kimberly Mirabeau
  • Collin Savon
  • Vint Falken

On this 3rd and 4th of August 2007, we will hold a monster 24h bash, with a fat DJ lineup from 5PM LST on friday. There will be 12 talented DJs playing all styles of music, you guys will never hear such a various set.

DJ Listing:

  • PunkKitty Fitzgerald
  • Cholgosh Swindlehurst
  • Metallia Stygian
  • Sabrina McGee
  • Marquez Tone
  • Wolfbringer Sixpack
  • Madam Cumming
  • Traeldor Kuhn
  • Artillo Fredericks

WHAT: 24h party with live DJ

WHERE: 30,40,121 Strata ( )

WHEN: from Friday August 3rd @ 5PM LST to Saturday August 4th @ 5PM LST