May 2007


Ravishal Portrait

Well, looks like GoSpeed had an interesting week indeed. I get the impression Simone Stern is looking for useful idiots to flog her stuff. And what does she pay? Clothing? It costs her nothing, but yet she gets something from these ladies and gentlemen that they should be paid for.

KONA Radio will be changing policies next week. Not musically, but, how we obtain revenue to fund our costs (Server, Fees, Royalties, music purchase, hardware upgrades/maint.). We will be going away from conventional advertising and adopting “Sponsors”. Gone will be the days when you can advertise products and services. A sponsorship will allow your name or business name to be associated with the station. Typically the name will be something easy to remember and easy to find in SL search or via Google on the net. Look here for more informationas to when the new station launches and how to contact me for sponsorship.

Rav

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Seems round two was a big joke on all of us. Out of the 90 contestants, all 90 passed. Right. Sounds like the judges didn’t really know what they wanted in the first place. OK, fine. So as we settle in and get ourselves ready to tackle Round 3 we get this Notice from Simone Stern:

You should already be familiar with the work, and have it in your inventory. If you don’t, why are you here? If you’re not a fan of the work of me and cali and hya, why would this event be any more special to you than any OTHER modeling agency?

Again, this is NOT ANY OTHER MODELING AGENCY. You will be MORE than a walking talking landmark dispenser, or you’re in the wrong group. THanks.

Oh Great, now you tell us we have to be your clothes whores to be even worth a damn? I’m sorry you think so poorly of those who don’t purchase your clothing. I have exactly one dress outfit and one shirt from you. You see, I am a basic account and on a budget. I don’t have a lot of Lindens to spread around so I tend to buy less expensive clothing or get freebies. My primary goal in joining up was to broaden my horizons and meet new people. What better way then to join a team that included some of the most successful people in SL fashion. And FYI I do not consider myself a model nor do I go around begging designers for modelling jobs.

So I say they heck with it. I’ll just walk away from it since my intution tells me I’ll be regarded as just pixel meat with no identity of my own.

GoSpeed

GoSpeed throws in the towel

GoSpeed's new skin for 17 April 07

Went through round two today which consisted of answering questions about what I could do to help Simone promote her product. Hope I didn’t sound dumb. So by tomorrow I’ll either advance or be ejected from the group. Not much else to say. It was a bit nerve-wracking to say the least.
GoSpeed

GoSpeed's new skin for 17 April 07

Logged in and got a notecard from Mariboy that I made it to round 2 of the Simone! Supermodel! competition. Wow, someone thinks I look good! 🙂 The next round is going to be a test of personality so I imagine it will be a question and answer period to judge our temperaments and character. Got to remember to be nice, be polite, and be diplomatic :)…. Wish me luck!

GoSpeed in Gray

GoSpeed

GoSpeed's new skin for 17 April 07

Thursday night a friend told me about a competition to be a model for Simone Stern’s products. I figured what the heck and I signed up. One of the qualifying criteria is to follow instructions explicitly. That meant the entrance form had to be filled out EXACTLY as they specified or you would be disqualified. Having passed that my audition time was set for Saturday night at 6pm SLT.

I arrived at the audition place 30 minutes early and it was already filling up with ladies and a few men. Most were dressed to the nines and had jewlery and AOs attached. When the numbers climbed we were told to take them off (and all unecessary prims). I took off my shoes but darn it if I’ll go bald or use mesh hair! I ran into and old acquaintance of mine, Valena Glushenko, and we talked about how much of a “Goat Rope” this event was. Here’s a list of the stupidity we saw:

Talking when told to be quiet

arguing with the judges

not following directions

moving around, bumping into people after being told to stand still

The judges could have done a much better job in running this event. Some 30 people were scheduled for a 60 minute session. With the awful lag getting people on and off the stage was incredibly difficult. As we approached the second hour, those people started to arrive. When I left there were 90+ people in the sim. This was much bigger than Simone and Mariboy had envisioned. No doubt they’ll do it a different way next time. Oh, I did make it on stage! Exasperated, a judge put a posing stand on the stage and said the first one on the stand is next! Well, a lot of girls clicked and I won out by booting 3 other girls from the stand, sending them flying back into the crowd! They gave me the once over and I told them why I wanted to be a model. Then I got the heck out of there. Oh brother!

P.S. Thanks to Chatnoir Tangerine for loaning me a dress for the event!

Orange Dress

KONA Radio sailboats

Sucks to be me. DSL went down last night at 3pm SLT taking with it KONA Radio. My apologies to the regular listeners. I’m happy to report the DSL is back up now. Going without broadband is quite a step back after having it for nearly 6 years. My only internet connection was via my Treo 650 and then only to use Gmail to let my friends know I was offline. One good thing is that my upload speed is back to where it should be, 512 Kbps vice 320 Kbps. I may boost KONA up to 80Kbps to improve the clarity some.

Rav

GoSpeed's new skin for 17 April 07

Little did you know but I love Cocoa. Here’s a pic of me drinking some out of a Taz – Ah cup:

I love Cocoa
http://www.thorstenvanelten.com/products/?company_id=2&product_id=243

Kind of amazing when you stumble across an image that resembles your avatar.

GoSpeed

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