Monday, September 29, 2008

ColourLovers Loves SL

Have I ever mentioned how much I love the site ColourLovers?

Its one of those color palette community sites, like Adobe's Kuler, where you can create and share colors and palettes, and get community feedback and such. These people really do love color! Consider the following:

"Nothing says love like the green surgical gloves of a doctor going inside you body holding a very sharp tool."


"It’s close to a mix of Aurora Red and Burnt Orange but maybe with a little Barry White, a fireplace and a chilly fall evening thrown in."

These people really do love colors!

But what I love most about ColourLovers is their blog, which has such fascinating and inspiring articles as:

The Colors Of Salt Evaporation Ponds

The Colors Of Corrosion: Rusty Palettes

and, my favorite:
More Than Black & Blue: The Color Of Bruises

So as if I didn't already love the ColourLovers already, their latest post is all about Second Life!

Color Inspiration from the Virtual Worlds of Second Life

Anyway, give it a read. There's tons of great stuff on it!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

From the Illustrators Partnership of America: Orphan Works Act News

Spreading this post from the Illustrators Partnership of America. If youre a creator, the Orphan Works Act affects you and your creations, and its about to pass through Congress. Read about the implications here and email your congressman before our copyrights are sold down the river.

SEPT 27 Yesterday, in a cynical move, the sponsors of the Senate Orphan Works Act passed their controversial bill by a controversial practice known as hotlining.

With lawmakers scrambling to raise 700 billion dollars to bail out businesses that are “too big to fail,” the Senate passed a bill that would force small copyright holders to subsidize big internet interests such as Google, which has already said it plans to use millions of the images this bill will orphan.

With the meltdown on Wall Street, this is no time for Congress to concentrate our nation’s copyright wealth in the hands of a few privately owned corporate databases. The contents of these databases would be more valuable than secure banking information. Yet this bill would compel creators to risk their own intellectual property to supply content to these corporate business models. That means it would be our assets at risk in the event of their failure or mismanagement.

As David Rhodes, President of the School of Visual Arts has said, the Orphan Works bill would socialize the expense of copyright protection while privatizing the profit of creative endeavors. Copyright owners neither want nor need this legislation. It will do great harm to small businesses. We already have a banking crisis. Congress should not lay the groundwork for a copyright crisis.

– Brad Holland and Cynthia Turner, for the Illustrators’ Partnership


We MUST try to stop the House Judiciary Committee from folding their bill (HR5889) and adopting the Senate version.

If you’ve done it before, do it again!

It takes only a minute to use our new special letter.
Click on the link below, enter your zip code, and take the next steps.
Thanks to all of you who heeded the call to action yesterday.

Over 70 organizations oppose this bill, representing over half a million creators.
Illustrators, photographers, fine artists, songwriters, musicians, and countless licensing firms all believe this bill will harm their small businesses. The Illustrators Partnership Capwiz site is open to professional creators and any member of the image-making public.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

New Makeups at Blowpop!!!

The Vivid Collection in Honey

I know, its been very quiet on the Blowpop front. But I'm making up for it by releasing 18! colorful new makeups for my Tuesday skins.

Part of the reason its taken me so long to release them is there was no room in my shop, so I needed to build a new, bigger store to fit them all. It started as a gorgeously grungy warehouse prefab by Kai Sion of 5th dimension, but I did some heavy modding fit my needs. Now I've finally got the space to hang the pictures from the August Flickr contest!


p.s. if you happen to be in the Blowpop Update Group, be sure not to miss the exclusive free goodie I just sent out in the notices!

OceanSize - Cream

Grouplove gift. Tuesday - Ocean Size, in Cream and Caramel