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ShardsOfBlue AvatarNice to meet you! I’m ShardsOfBlue – or Azelle, depending on what universe you may know me from. In the real world, I’m a Web designer and front-end developer. I used to write about that subject here, but have since moved my professional blog over to Ready Designs.

I used to be really active in Second Life (that’s Azelle), so a lot of the older posts on this blog are from that experience. I was a designer and builder of Tiny avatar clothing, and a sometimes activity coordinator for Raglan Shire, a group of “Tinies” which I firmly believe make up the best community on the Grid. Although it was a wonderful experience and a fantastic group of people, I don’t have the time I used to so I rarely log in anymore.

Besides SL I also play whatever computer, PS3, or Wii game strikes my fancy, when I have/make the time. On the MMO front, this has included City of Heroes/Villains, World of Warcraft, Lord of the Rings Online, Star Trek Online, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Lately I’ve been more interested in single-player games; I especially enjoy open world games such as Fallout 3 and Skyrim. I also think it’s important for a game to take its story seriously. I’m mad about taking screenshots and treat them almost like photography, thanks to the time I spent in SL where screencapturing is taken very seriously and known as “in-world photography”. The fantastic locations and fine-grained control of the world’s lighting make for some amazing shots. Mixed in with “real” photography, I’ll probably also be posting some of my favorite screenshots from these various games.

This blog is just for fun, so it’ll cover a bit of everything. Currently, I’m posting a lot of amateur photography, some new and some old, a few recipes, my travel journals, and my deeper thoughts — but who knows what it will become in the future.

I hope you enjoy my ramblings. :)

P.S. Most of the works posted here will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license; photos within a post fall under the same license as the main, featured image of that post. Feel free to use CC images for your own work by attributing them back here. If you’d like permission to use them without attribution, just ask in a comment. You can often access larger sizes from my Flickr stream.

The blue glass shards picture I use here and throughout my social networks is a crop of an image licensed Creative Commons Non-commercial from Michael Nottebrock.

Full Disclosure: Sometimes I’ll link to an Amazon item in a post. If you purchase through that link, I’ll receive a small kickback for being an affiliate. That said, I’ll never deliberately misrepresent a product for any reason. This blog doesn’t exist to make money; I just figure that if I’m recommending a product, why not get something out of it?

One Comment

  1. I am a vector artist who uses a diecut machine to cut designs out of card stock, and sell them on etsy. (its pretty empty, school sucks up all my time!) That being said, I was looking for reference material to make a tardis vector, when I came across yours – its almost exactly what I was going to end up doing. Since I do not believe in reinventing the wheel, I was wondering if you’d mind if I used yours, and if you could send me an eps file. Crediting you of course ^^. I want to use it for two things: both my etsy store (eventually, gah) and to make one of these to help geekify my home some http://www.thescrapshoppeblog.com/2012/05/backlit-canvas-art.html?m=1/

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