Recent Second Life Adventures

Date: November 26th, 2019

Previously on PZ: Stop Making Sense

Second Life inworld screenshot

"Can't Nobody Tell Me Nothin'" if they're telling me that Second Life isn't a great work of digital art.


Second Life inworld screenshot

I really want to visit this place in real life.


Second Life inworld screenshot

Even in Second Life I'm chill af & wearing a backpack.


Second Life inworld screenshot

People have created some really beautiful things on The Grid, that's why I love to go exploring in it.


All of these photos were taken inside The Grid at a location called Adagio Breeze. There's also a bunch more pictures from this place on my Second Life profile as well, but these are just some of my favorite ones.

Tags: Second Life, Places, Eye Candy

 

 

Stop Making Sense

Date: November 24th, 2019

Previously on PZ: "It Would Be A Lot Lonelier Without You" Voxel Art

dada art

I have NO explanation for this & I'm not sorry

Tags: Non Sequitur

 

 

"It Would Be A Lot Lonelier Without You" Voxel Art

Date: November 23rd, 2019

Previously on PZ: The Fantastic Universe Of Anjie Zealand: Act 3 [One Fell Into The Cuckoo's Nest]

young lesbian love voxel art

The same model but as seen in MagicaVoxel


Here we have a scene where Anjie and Lucille Marie are stuck floating in the midst of a black hole, and the only other company they have is each other. While Dr. Anzeal figures out a way to extract them safely from it, the girls talk about their hopes and dreams for the future. Lucille Marie discovers that she indeed does have feelings for Anjie, while Anjie realizes that her strong feelings for Lucille Marie are no replacement for self-love.


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Tags: Voxel Art, Art, Eye Candy, Anjie's Universe

 

 

The Fantastic Universe Of Anjie Zealand:
Act 3 [One Fell Into The Cuckoo's Nest]

Date: November 21st, 2019

Previously on PZ: Meditations: A Universe Without Love

Previously in Anjie's Universe: The Fantastic Universe Of Anjie Zealand: Act 2 [Art You Happy Now?]

Content Warning: profanity and drugs ahead.

Anjie Zealand with two of her craziest alter-egos: AK-47 and Freaky Kitty.

Anjie Zealand in the therapist's chair surrounded by two of her most prominent alter-egos: AK-47 (left) and AK-47's most prominent alter-ego, Freaky Kitty (right).

Anjie Zealand in Dimension 5612 standing next to the spaghetti lake.

Dimension 5612 represented in voxels: Anjie standing next to the spaghetti lake

ONE

Scene: 1 (IN ALLSWELL HIGHSCHOOL CLASSROOM #102A)


MRS. WHUMPUSCUTCH
*speaking dryly* "...and then they signed a peace treaty, which lasted until they went to war again three weeks later. As the death toll increased, cannibalism became an issue..."

ANJIE
*sighs deeply*

(THE ENTIRE CLASS IS BORED AND PRACTICALLY PUT TO SLEEP BY THE DRONING VOICE OF THEIR TEACHER, WHO DOESN’T SEEM TO NOTICE AT ALL. ANJIE SITS IN THE BACK PRETENDING TO READ A TEXTBOOK WITH A COMIC BOOK IN IT.)


MRS. WHUMPUSCUTCH
"...then came the royal armada... Miss Zealand, put the comic book away. I know graduation is just around the corner, but we’ve been over this dozens of times now."

ANJIE
*rolls eyes and groans as she shuts the entire textbook*

MRS. WHUMPUSCUTCH
"Thank you. Now, where were we? Oh yes, the armada... Now, when the armada came, there was a rather wide consensus that consumption of human flesh would lead to a zombie apocalypse..."

ANJIE, THINKING
'Crap in a hat, I just can’t take this anymore... graduating so soon... and yet so far away, ugh... the struggle is so real. How am I gonna get through this??'

PIKABOO
"Hi, Anjie!" *flies around the room merrily above the students’ heads* "Why not ask Dr. Anzeal for help?"

ANJIE
"...Hey, you’re right!"

SEVERAL STUDENTS
*give Anjie questioning looks*

ANJIE
*demurely* "Sorry, sorry." *pretends to take notes*

PIKABOO
"Maybe she could help you find a cure!"

ANJIE, THINKING
'That’s it! If she really wants to rid the world of disease, she’d definitely help me out! If only I knew how to contact her... I could explain everything to her, and I’m sure she’d have SOMETHING to help me... some sort of serum, or elixir, or a pill or something... a brain chip, even? Hell, I’d take a brain chip implant if it meant having a normal brain for once... I mean, she looked pretty science-y in that painting of hers, maybe she could just replace my entire brain!

Maybe it’s my destiny to meet this Dr. Anzeal lady... I bet she’s nice, and healthy, too. But... how am I gonna find her? Is Anzeal her last name, or her first name? I’ll just Google her name and see what comes up. She’s probably famous, like Dr. Zoe on tv... Well, searching for her would be a helluva lot better use of my time than rotting away in this classroom any longer. If I could just... find a way to be dismissed from class, I could actually do something worthwhile with my life.

I could find a cure and finally be a NORMAL human being, with only me in my head, just like everybody else. Yes! I can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel! I can DO THIS! I am gonna find Dr. Anzeal if it’s the last thing I do!'

ANJIE
*throws fists into the air triumphantly* "EUREKA!!"

MRS. WHUMPUSCUTCH
"Ahem! Have you something to share with the classroom, Miss Zealand?"

ANJIE
*pulls arms down and folds them into her lap* "Oh, um, no, but... I DO need to use the restroom again. Please. It’s an emergency this time."

MRS. WHUMPUSCUTCH
*sighs* "Very well, Anjie. There’s clearly no getting your attention today, and I cannot say that I blame you."

ANJIE
"Thanks, Mrs. Whumpuscutch. I’ll be back in a jiffy." *exits the classroom*

MRS. WHUMPUSCUTCH
"Uh-huh. Well, anyways, class, can anyone tell me the name of the dictator who sawed off his own head? Anyone? Anyone?"

(IN THE ALLSWELL HIGHSCHOOL HALLWAYS)


ANJIE
*opens her locker* "Senioritis sucks, but luckily I have the antidote." *pulls an eletronic tablet from the locker* "Internet! Now, let’s see what we can find on Google." *types in ’Doctor Anzeal’ and presses the search button* "Hmmmm... Oh wow, there’s NOTHING, except... except she’s speaking at Allswell University, one week before graduation. That’s it! That’s her picture right there! What’s she talking about?...Neurodiversity? Huh, that sounds weird... M.D., Ph.D., Masters... she’s got degrees like a fleet of cars, but no other background info? Hmmm..."

PRINCIPAL ANTONIA
"Just what do you think you’re doing out of class, Miss Zealand?"

ANJIE
"Oh! Principal Antonia! I was just -"

PRINCIPAL ANTONIA
*contemptuously* "Purchasing comic books again?"

ANJIE
"Uh, not this time. I was just doing some research..."

PRINCIPAL ANTONIA
"Show it to me."

ANJIE
*sheepishly hands the principal her electronic tablet*

PRINCIPAL ANTONIA
"Dr. Anzeal speaking at Allswell University... what is this about?"

ANJIE
"Uh, well, I um... was thinking of going there, after graduation, so I wanted to check it out, and maybe learn something about Neurodiversity while I’m at it."

PRINCIPAL ANTONIA
*surprised yet impressed* "Is that so?"

ANJIE
"Yeah, absolutely."

PRINCIPAL ANTONIA
"Hmmm. Well, good luck with that, Anjie." *hands her back her tablet, folds hands behind his back* "In the meantime, get back to class, before you earn yourself some detention."

ANJIE
"Yes, sir! Will do! Thank you!" *watches the principal walk away then sighs with relief* "Phew, that was close."

LUCILLE MARIE
*behind Anjie* "Hey, sorry about my dad."

ANJIE
"Uh what?" *turns around* "Oh, Lucille Marie! You heard that?"

LUCILLE MARIE
"Yeah. He’s super into Allswell University because he wants me to go there... by the way, are you really thinking of enrolling there?"

ANJIE
*in a love stupor* "Uh, where? OH! Um, yes, absolutely thinking of enrolling at A.U. I don’t know what I’ll be going for, yet, but I figure I’ll figure it out along the way."

LUCILLE MARIE
"Cool, cool. I’m really interested in their astrophysics program, but my parents... they want me to be a medical doctor."

ANJIE
"Really? Oh wow, that really is something. I’m sure no matter what you decide to do, you’ll be really successful at it. I mean... I’m no straight-A student like you are, which is why I’ve always looked up to you." *laughs nervously*

LUCILLE MARIE
*chuckles* "Thanks, Anjie. Maybe Allswell University won’t be so bad with a familiar face in the crowd."

ANJIE
*sighs dreamily as if in a trance*

LUCILLE MARIE
"Well, I’d better go before I risk getting detention... Dad feels the need to be one of THOSE principals, just to prove he’s not lenient with his own kids. Bye, Anjie." *exits*

ANJIE
"Uh, goodbye!" *whispers to herself* "You talked to me! I can’t believe it! Lucille Marie Antonia, one day I’m going to ask you to marry me." *gasps suddenly* "Hrrnghh! Errreeet! Ohhh noooo!" *twitches and becomes stupefied, drools profusely and wags tongue around* "Hngrrhhhnn... Gahh!"

(ANJIE HAS BEEN POSSESSED BY CREEPY ANJIE, AN ALTERNATE PERSONALITY WHO SNARLS AS SHE BREATHES HEAVILY AND CONSTANTLY HOLDS HER ARMS LIKE A T-REX.)


CREEPY ANJIE
"Heh heh, heh... where’s the girl’s locker room around here? Heh heh..." *walks off slowly with a limp and a lazy eye*





Next in Anjie's Universe: Act 4 [What Is This?]

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Meditations: A Universe Without Love

Date: November 21st, 2019

Previously on PZ: Time

What would a universe without love be like? We have clues based on the environment we’re inhabiting right now: a severe lack of compassion, ubiquitous disharmony, erosion of trust, hidden truths, a willingness to move forward in spite of damage being done by doing so, a disconnection from other humans, destruction of physical matter…. We see these things in our world all the time. And yet, the world continues, regardless of everything that has ever happened, and everything that has yet to happen. But we still DO find love in the universe somewhere, don’t we? Maybe the universe couldn’t exist if it weren’t for love keeping it together. Is love a fundamental force, then? And when it is missing from an area of spacetime, how do we bring it back? From where does it come from-- nothing? Where do consciousness and free will fit into all of this? Perhaps what science is truly missing is religon, and what religion is truly missing is science. How do these things combine to create the reality we know today? CAN they combine, or are they like oil and water? What is needed to promote this combination, and do we WANT this combination? If we are all inherently interconnected, how do we become disconnected from each other? How do we connect again? Some people want war, some people want peace, and some people just want consistency. How does this grand interplay of opposites all shake out in the end?? IS THERE EVEN AN END???

Tags: Meditations, Life, Philosophy

 

 

Time

Date: November 15th, 2019

Previously on PZ: Moonlight Love Voxel Diorama

We will not
   always have time

But we will
   always have now.

Tags: Poetry, Life, Philosophy

 

 

Moonlight Love Voxel Diorama

Date: November 9th, 2019

Previously on PZ: The Fantastic Universe Of Anjie Zealand: Act 2 [Art You Happy Now?]

love at first sight voxel art

Moonlight Love as seen in MagicaVoxel

I have a lot of stories, places, and many characters in my mind. Lately I'm enjoying using voxel art to give them a tangible form I can share with the world, just little bits of concept art using a digital medium completely new to me. This voxel diorama is called "Moonlight Love", and represents the first moment these two characters meet in person. Their names are LUMINA, princess of the Crescent Moon (the girl in white on the left) and MYSTERIA, princess of the Dark Side Of The Moon (the girl in red on the right).

Mysteria grows up with no idea of her royal blood or of the terrible curse prophesied by a well-respected oracle to possess her upon her 16th birthday. Lumina, on the other hand, has grown up as royalty with extensive training in the deadly arts as the princess who is destined to slay her before she destroys the physical universe with the powers granted by the sudden curse. No one knows where the curse will come from or how it will manifest, as the original oracle died one thousand years ago, but on the night of Mysteria's birth she is identified by the local sorceress as the one destined to destroy everything in the physical universe. And so she was hidden from the world, and called by another name, and forced to conceal the mandala-shaped birthmark upon her chest identifying her as a vessel for evil. When Lumina finally tracks her down a year before her 16th birthday, she is determined to assassinate Mysteria as quickly as possible without causing her pain... but somehow everything changes the moment they first make eye contact. Neither of them expected to fall in love at first sight, but that puts them both in a predicament of cosmic proportions: let the universe be destroyed or lose your one true love. Both will cause heartache to these lovely heroines, but the fate of the physical world hangs in the balance and a choice must be made. That is basically the premise of their love story.

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Tags: Voxel Art, Art, Eye Candy

 

 

The Fantastic Universe Of Anjie Zealand:
Act 2 [Art You Happy Now?]

Date: October 31st, 2019

Previously on PZ: Blue Laguna Voxel Diorama

Previously in Anjie's Universe: The Fantastic Universe Of Anjie Zealand: Act 1 [Pilot]

Anjie Zealand with two of her craziest alter-egos: AK-47 and Freaky Kitty.

Anjie Zealand in the therapist's chair surrounded by two of her most prominent alter-egos: AK-47 (left) and AK-47's most prominent alter-ego, Freaky Kitty (right).

Introducing...clickable collapsible fieldsets, thanks to Mirza Busatlic using the power of jquery. Thanks, dude!

ONE

Scene: 1 (IN ANJIE’S ROOM)


ANJIE
"What a waste." *rips a drawing in half* "Argh! Whoever would have thought drawing a picture of yourself would be so difficult, huh?" *crumples it & tosses it into a trashcan full of crumpled papers* "I’m going to lose the rest of my damn mind at this rate."

MORRIS
"Knock, knock, Jee."

ANJIE
"Door’s open, come on in."

MORRIS
*enters Anjie’s room* "Whatchya doing in here, Jee? You wildin’ again?"

ANJIE
"No, no, this is actually a project I’m working on. It’s supposed to be a self-portrait, but..."

MORRIS
*uncrumples several papers & examines them* "A self-portrait, huh? Why you making the same crazy face in all of ’em?"

ANJIE
"Well, ’cause I’m a crazy person. It fits."

MORRIS
"Yeah, but you don’t look like The Scream." *makes ’The Scream’ face* "Hiiiiiiiiii, IIII’mmm Aaaaannnnjiieeeeeeeeeee!"

ANJIE
"Haha, very funny, Edvard Munch. But seriously, this is way harder than it looks. Self-portraits aren’t supposed to look like they belong in a horror flick."

MORRIS
"I thought your life pretty much WAS a horror flick."

ANJIE
"It is, but I don’t want it to be. I want my portrait to be... different."

MORRIS
"You already different, Anjie. And there’s nothing wrong with being different." *gestures widely to his wheelchair* "OBVIOUSLY."

ANJIE
"I know that, it’s just... I wish I knew what I was like without my flaws. Like, if I was born without the crazy storm in my head... I wish I knew what that looked like, so I could draw that version of me instead."

MORRIS
"So draw that. Imagine what that would look like for you. And you just draw whatever you see."

ANJIE
"I just can’t SEE it, though. That’s the problem. I’m stuck."

MORRIS
"Nah, you not stuck, you’re just jaded. C’mon, let’s go get something to eat, we’ll get you some fresh air. This ish can sit tight ’til later. Maybe we’ll visit an art gallery, you know, for some inspiration."

ANJIE
"Yeah... inspiration! Hey, did you see the Denver Art Museum’s latest exhibit?"

MORRIS
"The one with the costumes and set pieces from the old Star Wars films?"

ANJIE
"Yeah! You wanna go check it out?"

MORRIS
"Hell yeah, that shit looked like fun! We gotta visit the other art exhibits too, though."

ANJIE
"Deal. And, Morris? Is there an ostrich in the window?"

MORRIS
"Nope, nothing there."

ANJIE
"Really, because... it’s reaching its head in and I can feel it breathing on my neck. It’s, like, super close to my ear."

MORRIS
"Nah, Jee, you trippin’."

OSTRICH
"Tripping balls!"

ANJIE
"...Huh. Well, let’s get going, shall we? Pizza first!"

MORRIS
"Good, ’cause I’m starving!" *exits the room, followed by Anjie*

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Blue Laguna Voxel Diorama

Date: October 30th, 2019

Previously on PZ: A Pearlian View Of Anarchism: So Much Love Lives In This Planet

This is the first complete voxel diorama I've ever made. I wanted to convey a sense of treasure within, and I think I nailed it, honestly. It was challenging hollowing the lake out just right and placing all those different things within it, but I'm fairly happy with the results. As usual, though, I do believe the model looked best in MagicaVoxel.

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A Pearlian View Of Anarchism: So Much Love Lives In This Planet

Date: October 30th, 2019

Previously on PZ: Final Fantasy Recreation

circle A with rainbow

Old artwork I made circa 2006.

I won’t try to change your mind about anarchism— that’s impossible. Instead, I will speak only truth, and in doing so I will speak about anarchism.

Which is… what, exactly, according to Me? Well, anarchism from My perspective is the most natural form of government that exists. It isn’t something that has to be worked for, it is something that already exists naturally. No one has to understand anarchism in order for it to exist. It requires no effort on the part of us humans to implement, it just IS. Contrary to popular belief, anarchism does not exist within a world of governments— rather, governments exist within a world of anarchy. Coming from the ancient Greek word ἀναρχία (anarchia), which translates to “no rulers” or “no authority”, anarchy refers to a stateless, cooperative society in which constituents rule themselves instead of being ruled by an authoritative governing body other than themselves. It is an obscure fact that all governments come from anarchism, and all governments eventually return to anarchism. The political process of transitioning from one to the other may be chaotic and destructive, but anarchism is not chaos, and it is not destruction— it is life itself living without bounds in its most natural way of things.

So if anarchism is natural, are governments then to be considered unnatural? Well, the answer to this question is both yes AND no. Anarchism allows EVERYTHING and ANYTHING to exist and to thrive in this universe. Anarchism is complete and ultimate freedom, something most humans can’t even reasonably fathom in this day & age where all of us have been subjected to some form of government or another for the past several thousand years. Anarchism allows everyone to arrange themselves however they so please (commonly known as self-determination), and governments are the natural results of many centuries of humans arranging and rearranging themselves as they see fit. As the old structures that once worked marvelously for some in the past become rigid in their old age, they die, and thus make room for the new structures that inevitably come along with every generation. So while all governments may paint any picture they like— anarchism will always be around to wipe the slate clean again, so to speak. Governments have tried for millennia and found it utterly impossible to rid their world of anarchy, but evidently that doesn’t stop them from trying to do so even to this day. Because anarchism IS total freedom, ALL governments are allowed to exist, even as they run headlong against the grain of the natural order of things trying to compete with other governments and plunge right into a bubble of disharmony and chaos.

Anarchism as a metaphysical truth does not require gods, money, sacrifice, recognition, perfection, understanding or even consent. Blessings still come to the faithless and the poor despite the worship of the rich and faithful; not asceticism, nor omission, nor ignorance, nor defects of any kind can affect the fundamental influence of anarchism upon our lives; and we exist in this world regardless of whether or not we’ve given our consent to exist in the first place. What, if anything, does anarchism require of us, then? The answer may surprise you: LOVE. Anarchy is the basis of the natural world, and love is the basis of anarchy. It is the perfect platform for all sentient beings to live upon. Love yourself. Love your planet. Love your friends and family. Love the things you use most often, such as machines or books. Love even your enemies, if you can manage it. Be excellent to each other, and take care of one another. While individual anarchists may become angry and bitter regarding the many horrors in the world around them, true anarchism necessarily springs forth from a deep desire to bring more joy to the world (anarchism itself is neither angry nor bitter by nature). Anarchism NEEDS love to survive and to thrive, because anarchism without love quickly becomes dangerous and unsustainable (e.g., the trump administration).

Anarchism With Love Anarchism Without Love
compassion competition
spreads love & happiness spreads hatred & fear
provides resources provides restrictions
builds hospitals & libraries,
protects the Earth
builds prisons & weapons,
poisons the Earth
is freedom is fascism
aims to make everyone’s
lives better
aims to make only a few people's
lives better
vigilance violence
calm vibes anxious vibes
flows with change forces change
believes all people are essentially
equally valuable
believes some people are essentially
superior or inferior to others
creates more than it destroys destroys more than it creates
  

A simplified binary comparative chart, meant to illustrate the differences between anarchism with and without the essential ingredient of love in the mix.

It is because everything that exists is full of potential for love that this anarchist universe allows everything that exists to exist right now. As a matter of fact there is not only one valid way to exist, there are many valid ways to exist. All roads lead to home. Now, we know that anarchism allows all sorts of arrangements within reality, but a vital piece of information must be found out… WHO is doing the arranging? Realistically, we all are. But in any given society the answer to that question marks the difference between a government (where a governing body does the arranging for a multitude of people) and a cooperative stateless society (where a multitude of people voluntarily arrange themselves as they see fit). There is only one known rule for the arrangement of existence: more similar things will move closer together, while more different things will move farther apart. That is the only law this universe knows, the rest is just arrangement details of The Great Cosmic Game we call life.

Because anything & everything is possible in a world of anarchy, many people have developed strong reactions to it: some people hate the very idea of anarchy and recoil from it in fear, while other people have found a source of hope within anarchy and embrace it with open arms. I am one of those second kind of people, because I have always known that freedom was essential for my happiness (as well as the basis of all other humans’ joy). As soon as people use their natural freedom to oppress the freedom of others, a chain reaction begins between them that continues indefinitely until: 1) the oppression stops and 2) everyone involved brings themselves to a state of inner tranquility. True anarchism is extremely zen and oppresses nothing. Ever-present change is a fundamental essence of this universe BECAUSE of anarchism, and although we cannot stop the waves from coming, we can learn how to ride them, so to speak.

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Tags: Metaphysics, Anarchism