Fantasy Faire!

So I hardly ever go to Organized Events, at least not much; I’m not entirely sure why, maybe because there are so many more disorganized ones :) and I often like them better, and organized events tend to be crowded and/or laggy and/or drama-filled, and in general I have this self-image as being too eccentric and/or 133t to do anything that lots of other people are doing, or…

Whatever. :)

But v good friend Michele has been actively weblogging the 2013 Fantasy Faire this year, and I’ve now been there all of twice, and apparently it’s still going on at least for today (they are having a live auction of various parts of the Faire sims and builds, which seems really cool) and maybe for longer although I’m not sure, and I took a couple of pictures that I like, so here I am weblogging about it myself!

Lotus Valley Dream, harbor

There is the left half (depending on exactly how you’re viewing this) of a picture of me standing looking out at the dragon in the Lotus Valley Dream harbor; click through to see the whole thing, bigger sizes, usw.

And here is a closer-up of the Dragon emself:

Lotus Valley Dream, dragon

(or the left half, depending); enthusiastically friendly, no? Or maybe just hungry…

That’s just two shots from one gorgeous sim in a big collection of gorgeous sims in varying and wonderful styles. While I understand and sympathize with the tendency to use SL to make ourselves into our sort of RL ideals (90210-style, if you will), this is the kind of SL thing that really delights me: going beyond the RL-possible, into fantasy, and dream, and creativity, into worlds and realities beyond the ones that we happen to be born into. And the fact that it’s for a great cause, Relay For Life, just adds to that.

Also dragons are cool. :) Not to mention, shopping!

Here’s the group pool for the flickr group for the Faire, where you can see lots more. And assuming I post this in time, you can maybe still go yourself!

Fishing, Shopping, and Art

I have been doing lots of things, just not weblogging about them. :) I did some tiny bit of the Twisted Hunt, and Steam Hunt 8, and I’ve been building some houses for fun. Might even put some of them up on the Marketplace or in a store or something. But that’s for another post. :)

This one is about fishing while shopping! And Art!

Fishing At Sn@tch

That is me fishing! While shopping! Or actually while waiting to see if any Ds will come up on the lucky boards. As it says under the picture on Flickr, Sn@tch is one of my favorite guilty pleasures in SL. It’s a big sprawling clothing store, not high couture in the slightest, a bit punky and trashy, but a huge variety, much of which I love (I have to ration my trips to the outlet annex for the sake of my clothing budget).

AND they have this great Game Room with lucky boards and mobvends and gatches, and a 7Seas fishing pool where you can catch not only the usual 7Seas fish and stuff, but also parts of special Sn@tch outfits. A great place to just veg out in consumer mode.

And where but SL could you fish casually while waiting for your letter to come up in a clothing store?

:)

Then less rabid-consumery, here is a great short film about Gracie Kendal and her RL self and their art: A Comfortable Skin. Definitely worth watching!
 

And that is all for now, off to fiddle with houses more.

Flowing Purple Light

Flowing purple light

These gloves and boots are amazing (there’s a corset and a neckpiece also, which I don’t have); a photo can’t really show it, because the amazingest thing is that the lights you see there as sort of purple highlights are flowing, moving across the item in eye-seducing ways. (And there are menus that let you control the rate and direction and color of flow, as well as other things like I think the color of the rest of the object, that I haven’t played with yet).

Also the boots and gloves are both mesh, but fit me and I like them anyway! I am very slowly becoming more of a mesh wearer than I used to be (i.e. not at all).

Boots
Gloves
Inworld store for those and lots of similar

And purple corset set from Rag Dollz sometime a long time ago so good luck finding it. :)

Good customer service: Chop Zuey

I don’t usually talk about stores and things here, ’cause this isn’t a stores and things sort of weblog (it’s more a “scripts and pictures of amusing weird things” sort of weblog), but I thought that in this case one good turn deserves some publicity…

I got an email about three things that were incoming from the Marketplace (“Items will be found in the Objects folder”), but in fact they were not found there, or anywhere else. I looked in Recent, and in Objects, and in my entire inventory by item name, and by suspected creator, all to no avail.

I waited overnight and searched again. I cleared cache and relogged and endured the wait while all (hem hem) 75,000 or so inventory items reloaded. And still there was no sign of them.

From the web page in Marketplace I found the owner’s name, and read the instructions in her profile about what to do in case of nondelivery (including clearing cache and relogging), and (per instructions if all else fails) I wrote a notecard with a copy of the email and dropped it to her.

And the next day I had an email saying that I had had three items redelivered from the Marketplace (“Items will be found in the Objects folder”), and lo and behold there they were, and there was also a now copy of my notecard with a brief note from the store owner saying that they had been redelivered and I should let her know if there was any problem.

And that was good!

The store in question is Chop Zuey, who makes Couture Jewelry, as in say:

(That is, needless to say, not me there.)

So if you are looking for some nice couture jewelry, especially of the big festive sparkling type, and you want to frequent a place that is nicely responsive to its customers’ problems when they have them, this is a place to put on your list.

(And as to why the Marketplace messes up deliveries so often that store owners have instructions on what to do prominently displayed in their profiles, well, that’s a whole nother thing…)

Limited Time Only: Dale 60% Off!

So the other month there was an upgrade to SL that allowed people to rig meshes to the AV’s virtual (and invisible) “bones” so that they would move as the AV moves, just like the mesh of the AV itself does. This theoretically allows clothing that moves better with the wearer, and would also allow replacing the normal AV entirely, if only there were some way to make the normal AV invisible.

It turns out that another upgrade somewhat before or after that one allowed making arbitrary parts of the AV invisible, including the whole thing.

So one or more geniuses put two and two together, and now we have entirely replacement AVs! And since even us neophilic Residents tend to stick with the familiar alot of the time, we have entirely replacement AVs that are just like our normal AVs, except they are much bigger than usual!

And, because it’s hard to get through doors and things when you’re gigantic, even more ones that are just like our normal AVs, except for being cute and tiny!

Dale now 60% off!  :)

That is me in the free 0.4 “minikin” AV from Caverna Obscura, wearing a nice white dress (specially for 0.4 minikins) from Carriage Trade Miniatures, and some ancient ETD hair that I sized down myself, and hoping no one steps on me.

There are 0.4 minikins (about 40% the size of the usual AV, it says here), and 0.3 minikins, and also “petites”, which I gather are also about 40%, but in some way that isn’t compatible with the 0.4 minikins. Or whatever. :)

Here is proof of smallness:

Minidale, Measured

That is a to-scale meter-prim, so I am a little under 1m tall.

The free CO minikins come with a very modern and realistic skin:

Minidale in the buff

and are flexible in various ways, the most obvious being skin color:

Minidale in Magenta

Minidale dark blue

Note the background being the bottom shelf of the bookshelves in my skybox; very Borrowers.

Note also that I don’t look all that much like Dale. (A bit more like Chestnut Rau, really, now that I think of it.) Unlike with the normal AV, there are no sliders to change details of face and body shape or anything.

(I don’t know if anyone’s started a business of selling customized minikins with faces based on a set of SL face slider settings provided by the buyer, but I would pay some nonzero number of Lindens for such a service!)

On the other hand there are lots of different clothing sets to wear, and jewelry, and Carriage Trade even has minikin-sized ridable (rideable?) horses.

Many copy-mod hairs for normal AVs can be relatively easily shrunk down to 40%, like that ETD one above, and this nice pink mohawk:

Minidale Mohawk

and some stores sell their own minikin hairs, and hair-including outfits:

Minigown

(Those from Carriage Trade again.)

And then of course there’s these. :)

Mini demons!

Sexy little 0.3 minikins called “Lil Demonia”, also from Caverna Obscura. Wear them to your local danceclub and raise some eyebrows! :)

4 July 2012

Happy fire an’ explosions an’ general celebrating to all!

4 July 2012

Um, soooo….

Is there an Official Name for this general AV and clothing style in SL:

Um, sooo...

This is a random picture from a vendor board at Zombiepopcorn, but if you’ve been out and about in the fashion-caring parts of SL lately you’ve probably seen the style. On people, even!

It’s characterized by a sort of pouty-frowning mouth-shape, a smallish and widish body shape, and (um) an unusually wide space between the thighs.

I first saw something vaguely like this shape on someone who was I think doing it out of creativity, and generally paired it with an animal head or frog feet rather than fashion accessories. But now it seems to have Caught On enough that various people have been expressing reservations about it. (To say the least.)

I don’t find it especially attractive, myself. On the other hand I am deciding that I like the fact that it exists. It’s a rather NPIRL fashion trend, after all, something that’s possible only because we can fiddle so extensively with our bodies. And it doesn’t cater to or reinforce the usual beauty clichés, and that’s a plus. Of course in that it’s a new beauty cliché itself, it may be that it’s similarly being used mostly sell product. :) But that’s okay, really, as long as it doesn’t lead people who look other ways to feel inferior.

But anyway, what’s it called? And I don’t mean what amusing epithets does Alicia have for it. :) What do the people who actually design for it / wear it / not run screaming away from it call it? If anything?

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