I moved...
It's done.
I will no longer post in Live Journal.
My new location is here, at Dreamwidth.
Please change your bookmarks, and I look forward to your replies in my new home  -- Thanks!

A couple weeks back, a good friend fled Live Journal after being with it for years. She linked to this http://antumbral.dreamwidth.org/164338.html to help explain why. I paid little attention to lj workings before this, but reading this, I got a bad case of the creeps. I haven't had the urge to post my progress reports since. My work is progressing nicely, but I must find an alternate place to post my stories before sharing again. *sigh*
I'll leave word of my decision when I find a better choice.

My brand new Second Life gallery!

The day following my interview with Paisley Beebe, I got a notice from LeeZu Baxter. She needed my gallery space for her shop. I had to move in 10 days. LeeZu kept my gallery with her properties for three years. Her generosity was amazing, but I knew it could not last forever. It was because my gallery was on her sim that I got that interview on Tonight Live... lots of good things happened because of my association with LeeZu. I completely support LeeZu's decision to expand her shops on her sim. We are still pals.

It seems like every time something ends, a new opportunity comes my way. This ending led to Transparent Banshee offering me a great new building to hang my art. It's Deco-esque, nice and big, and right on the water of the United Sailing Sims of Second Life. I'm currently hanging my art and placing signs. I created this exterior sign completely from scratch. Talk about a big job! I tried a few iterations before arriving at this solution. I think it works.

When the building and show are completely together, we're going to throw an opening party for all timezones.
I keep hoping my real life friends who haven't tried it yet might finally join Second Life and see what this is all about. Come to my party!
I'll post an invite here when we know the date.

How Paisley Beebe came to Second Life
Paisley Beebe explains how she came to host her popular Second Life talk show where I was a guest this last week:

My interview on Tonight Live with Paisley Beebe
I thought the interview went just fine. It was delayed because Paisley's voice wasn't activating in Second Life. Finally, it was decided that we would go ahead and start without her lipsync. Normally, her lips move with her voice, just like mine and the other guests did.

You can watch a slightly larger version at the treet tv website, or watch a smaller sized one, embedded here. In either case, click the HQ icon at the bottom right of the video to activate high definition. Click the quadrant-box icon at the far lower right to watch full screen, which only looks good if you first activate high definition. HQ will not work well at all with a slow connection, or a low-end graphics card, in which case, just stick with standard definition.

Update: due to technical issues at the treet tv website that are beyond my control, videos sometimes do not display. If you do not see a video at this time, you can try treet tv's page, or just come back later. Sorry if you don't find it on your first try. Just come back soon! Thanks.

My upcoming interview on Tonight Live with Paisley Beebe
The date is set: April 11th, 6 pm, slt. I don't yet know what focus the interview will have. It could go in several directions. I won't know until maybe three days before the show. As the day approaches, you will likely find some sort of teaser posted on Paisley Beebe's website.
Update: I just received the questions for the interview. They will focus on my painting background and my teaching, including the training dvd project. We will also discuss how Second Life intersects with my art career. It'll be fun!

Meantime, I attended the most recent show, now posted, which was quite interesting. I sat in the audience and at the same time watched live on treet tv on the Internet. There is a short delay between inworld (inside Second Life) and the Internet broadcast, so I simply turned off my inworld audio. The broadcast has better quality sound, anyway. Also, the broadcast had lip sync, which was not available inworld (the audience is asked to turn off voice during the show). I was also able to chat with other audience members at the same time. If I had registered with treet tv before the show, my name would have displayed in chat. I was able to use chat, but my identity was simply an impersonal number. If you think you might like to participate in chat, you might want to register in advance, so you have a name when you exclaim, "Woot!" or "I love that!" or beam, "Sky happens to be a very good friend of mine!"

All of the Tonight Live shows are archived on the show's treet tv page where you can also find viewing info.
I would love to see you in the Second Life audience! If you want to attend, but have never been to Second Life, let me know and I can help you get started. No fee is required, and it can be a lot of fun!

Even if you don't come to see me "in person," you can still watch me live on the Internet, so don't miss it!

This is the poster I will be sending out to my contacts inworld. It will contain details related to attending the show.

Back to work
The good news is, I'm sleeping better now, so today I started back to work on the dvd. The bad news is, doing voice over shreds the inside of my cheeks. I've been able to converse for a few days without [this kind of] trouble, but it turns out voice over moves my cheeks differently over my braces. I've been thinking about what kind of dough I could pack into the hardware that would allow my cheeks and tongue to slide around without getting scratched up. My best thought is to cook up cornmeal cereal with half as much water, and add slippery elm bark and marshmallow root powders to make it extra slick. It would taste nice, I think. After I'm done, I could push out most of the dough with my finger and knock the rest out with my waterpik.

I'm still cutting up my tongue on one evil bolt in the roof of my mouth, and it still takes 5 times longer to eat a meal. When speaking, I still sound like I've got a rock in my mouth.

But I did work today. That's a good thing.

Braces update
Last Wednesday, one week after getting those evil screws in my jaws, I went in for more gear at the orthodontist. The lower screws were still causing far too much pain, so they left those alone and installed the upper lingual arch; then connected elastics between the screw heads that protrude from my hard palate and the arch-attached molars. I was looking forward to Wednesday, because I was suffering badly from those scratching horns digging into my tongue. I wasn't sleeping, and speech and eating was unbearable. I was in major hide-under-a-rock mode and couldn't work. My hope was that the new attachments would smooth surfaces and provide some relief. Once the new gear was in place, my tongue felt around and discovered a bird cage in my mouth! OMG! I was kidding when I told people I hoped they wouldn't stick a bird cage in there, but in fact, that is the closest comparison I can make to this! The zigzaging wire is set off from the roof of my mouth keeping my tongue from rolling out a swallow. Pill taking is impossible. When I eat, food gets all hung up between the gear and the roof of my mouth. I can't swallow things like, for example, a squashed blueberry. It just gets stopped along the way. I end up having to spit something like that out. If it isn't fundamentally mush, I can't eat it. I haven't been able to chew at all for some time, so this change is not as dramatic as it would be if I actually could chew before. Before at least, I ate like I was swallowing pills. Now that isn't even possible. My speech is bizarre. Try talking with a bit in your mouth. That is sort of what this is like. The horns are now covered and smoother, but one has a minute structure that still cuts at my tongue. It is more painful to speak and eat than it was before. I just tried jamming bee's wax into the crevices to smooth it and this may provide some relief. I'm not sure yet.

I am promised that I will adjust to this. Okay. I believe that. In the meantime, I am losing sleep and unable to focus on work. I can't converse without hurting my tongue, and meals take five times longer than normal. We have an invitation to go to our friend's son's bar mitzvah next week, and I definitely can't do that. For important short duration things, like this upcoming interview, I know I can fill the space above the wire with a smooth dough, so I can sound normal for an hour or two. Perhaps in three weeks, I will have adjusted and won't even need that.

Time to get back under my rock.

This is so cool
More about my braces later, but first, I must announce...
I'm going to be interviewed on Tonight Live.
I'm pretty sure it will be April 4th.

Isn't this great?

Turns out April 4th is Easter Sunday and the show is not on that night, so the interview has been moved to April 11th.

Feeling like crap
The video project continues at a slow, steady pace. If being busy with that wasn't enough to make me asocial, the orthodontic work certainly guarantees it. In a previous post I complained about getting lingual arches. After a month with just half the system in place I can say with confidence that it cripples my speech and mood. One of its adjustment loops intrudes into my lower tongue, stabbing and painfully plucking at it when I attempt "L" sounds. On top of that, there are riggings sticking off metal collars on my rear upper teeth which scratch at my tongue. I cover these with wax which sloughs off during meals when my tongue is most active. It is so distressing that true relief only comes with a few shots of whiskey, which isn't good for me. Now there's more...

You know how Frankenstein's monster has bolts sticking out of his neck? Well, now I know why he appears so miserable. I had similar nasties inserted into my hard palate and lower jaw gum area yesterday. Four of them. Upper and lower. One for each quadrant. In the back.

It was scary. If the oral surgeon missed and hit a tooth root, either I would get a root canal or lose the tooth. And, it was very upsetting to hear and feel my bones being drilled. He said everything was safely installed. Then, the minuscule necks with round heads protruding into my mouth were fitted with tiny collars to widen the surface contact with my tongue and cheeks. Supposedly, these would keep them from scratching my tongue on the hardware. After the procedure, I was hopeful that the worst was over. I got home and took a long nap.

When I woke up, the anesthetic had worn off and I was able to drink a little food. I then began to realize what I was in for. Two pins protrude from my hard palate into my inner mouth. They feel like bull's horns scraping at my tongue when I try to swallow. Any attempt to clear the roof of my mouth is rewarded with painful scratching. When I try to yawn, the pins on the cheek side of my lower jaw hurt the mobile tissues there. Ouch, ouch, ouch! When I woke up this morning, I had a pounding headache and swollen painful cheeks around the lower pins. Speech is now even more hampered. I'm the sort of person who goes inward when I don't feel well, and I haven't felt well for a month. I lose curiosity about others and isolate myself when things aren't working. The new orthodontic work clinched the deal: I crawled under a rock last month, and now unless something improves, I'm hiding here for a year! I must, however, somehow get it together enough to do final voiceover in the next few months. I don't know how, but it must be done!

All of this torture is for a good cause, of course. The pins allow my back teeth to be hoisted into my jaws, not just laterally, which is the only possible direction with standard braces. The teeth attached to the lingual arches will be connected to and pulled toward the evil pins which are embedded in my jaw bones. Since all of the my teeth are connected via the archwire which goes through each bracket on every tooth, any movement of the teeth being hoisted by the evil pins will be carried to adjacent teeth. I'd show you a picture, but all of the examples I found were disgusting -- I didn't want to put you through that. The examples all showed extreme situations where there is a missing or severely rotated tooth to deal with. My situation involves a problem where all of my rear teeth need to move into my jaws, so my front teeth can touch and even overlap a bit.

Next week, I receive the final lingual arch which will run across the roof of my mouth, as well as more gear to attach the arch systems to the evil pins. Blah.


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