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Still alive :-)

I am buuuusy, but I’ve downgraded a bit my study expectations, so there is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel; even if, with my luck, it will be the Shinkansen. But, if everything goes right, I should be free, really free, in a pair of months.

Gosh, I can’t remember what “being free” means.

If you are wondering what I’ve done at SL in this, ouch, 3 months since my last post, it’s easy: went homeless for a while, then rented a small cottage at Zippora’s land and had a lot of fun trying to furnish it while keeping a low prim count.

Then Nat got a Linden House, and now I have two homes, and two  landladies, and still have to furnish the second one! (I mean the home, not the landlady).

The shop also changed places (yep, again). By now Peter and Ivanova have kindly let me set a vendor at GREENE Concept and, with a bit of luck, it will stay there forever… even if one of the first things I did was break the shop’s entrace *sighs*. I’ve been giving a try at making a kiosk, and the one in the picture (most of it based on Faerie’s suggestions) is my best effort up to the moment; I am sure I can do something better… but not today! :-)


So I’ve done a bit of moving, and put all the freebie animation packs in a single box to save prims, but I doubt there will be real news about the shop until I have time to get back and work seriously on it… maybe September?

And what about me? This long rest, and the fun of extreme furnituring, have brought back some of SL’s Joie de vivre… and knowing how many good friends do I have at SL helps a lot, too. So let’s see what happens :-)

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Na’Vi

I agree with the general opinion: while Avatar’s plot isn’t new at all (I browsed for “Avatar” plus “Dances with wolves” as soon as I got out of the cinema), Pandora’s night enviroment is incredible beautiful, and its inhabitants savagely attractive.

Btw, isn’t it fun how Avatar’s world name matches my shop, even if it doesn’t have anything to do with my awesome products? *wink, wink, nudge, nudge*.

Anyway, soon after the film’s release Avatar has reached Second Life, and here you have Faerie Hax’s new Na’Vi avatar, which captures the alien mixture of stance and expresivity we have seen in the film.

As the promo says, for only 250L$ you get four skins variants (with or without a yellow streak, and in standard or PG flawours), a tail, a mod/copy shape, and also a style card with landmarks to places where you can find suitable suits of clothes or hair, including my favorite panther outfit from Zion Creations, that she is wearing in the promo.

Of course this post wouldn’t be complete without a personalized picture, and after trying some outfits I  found that BareRose’s Enthraller, while not too matching with the film’s look, absolutely fitted the original shape (I also found that Photoshop had stopped working, probably after I updated to Windows 7; that is why the picture only got a touch of Windlight :-p)

Remember, you can find this avatar at Faerie’s shop “FH skins” (and yes, I know this is the third time I’ve used this skin’s picture in a post, but it is soooo lovely).

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I’ve been too lazy to work on a post, so instead I’ll point you into some interesting things I’ve seen this week, all of them with a touch of controversy.

There had been a pair of posts at Juicy Bomb (BeReal, get real and Ricko Dagostino, what’s your problem) denouncing shark-like market practices. The problem is, to be objective we will need more testimonials so… did you had an experience like that? Write about it!

There is also another post by Lillie. I am partial in so many ways, positive and negative, that I’ll refrain from giving my opinion. Still, I believe it is very interesting to read… cum grano salis.

Also, I’ve got a review! Thank you, LisaMun, not only for your nice post, but also for donating one of your pictures for this post…

Do you think that has nothing to do with controversy? Maybe you will think different if I tell you she had no idea she was donating it? (Crosses fingers and hopes she will not mind ;-p)

It is assumed that it isn’t too bad to get a pic or two if you link to the origin, but where we should draw the line? To a scenary where everything in the Internet is consider as free, unless you defend it? Or to an extreme zeal that means nothing is safe from deletion?

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Go and read Pearls of wisdom for Second Life, it is worth a smile :-)

(lazy, lazy me, stole the image from here).

 

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New, and hopefully final (touches wood), version of Pandora POSE.

What are the changes?

As the promo shows I’ve upgraded the interface, taking most functions outside. I’ve also added an improved hide system, that will move the hud out of the screen, so you don’t stumble into invisible prims.

But the huge change is that now the hud comes with 121 freebie animations, categorized in 11 menus.

Yes, I’ve sorted my huge collection of freebie poses (including some I’ve made myself), deleting the ones I didn’t like, and arranging the rest in 16 packs of roughly 11 anims each; 163 in total. The problem is that my hud can only hold 121 (which isn’t a small number, I believe), so 42 had been left out, but I’ve set 0L$ vendors with the packs, so you can go to my shop and get the rest.

Also, I’ve set three more vendors. Two of them holds huds with around 80 anims each, so you can get the whole collection if you don’t mind to spend a bit more. The other one is an empty hud, so you can just add the animations (yours or from the packs) that you want. Since the anims are free, all of them cost the same, 195L$

Remember, POSE plays over yourself or other avatars (up to 10 can be arranged at the same time), stores permissions to avoid annoying pauses when your model goes AFK… I don’t dare to say it is the best pose holder than exist, but I am sure it is worth your money :-)

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Da Vinci Gardens

One of the items I got at my Xstreet freebie spree was the Eye of Horus, because it would fit my oooooold gold ribbon outfit from Kya Eliot, combined with Saga’s jewelry in hands, feet and nose, and the incredible Bob IV hair from Detour.

To my surprise, the charm gave me a landmark, hinting it would protect me through an adventure. So I followed it, finding a mildly amusing Indiana Jones’ temple that we (Peter and I) explored later.

I could tell you the place is one of those points of interest of SL, worth visiting once to have a bit of fun, if it wasn’t for the teleporter at the end, which showed us the temple was only one of the attractions of the sim; there where beautiful submarine scenes (Jules Verne) with spaceship included,  strange travels through the blood stream (Asimov’s Fanstastic Voyage), volcanoes, paradisiacal beaches, and even Han solo in Carbonite!

So please, find some time and visit Da Vinci Gardens sim, I’m sure you will enjoy it :-)

 

 

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Get it while it is free

There had been a lot of talk about the new Xstreet policy; it seems LL has decided freebies are bad for Xstreet economy, and are trying to make them impractical. This means they will lose the casual buyer sales, that sees something he likes while looking for free items; but also it will make hard for people to find free options, forcing them to buy what they need, and improving sales.

I have no idea of what will be the outcome; by now I’ll clutter my inventory with every interesting freebie that appears at places like Free*Style or Fabulously Free in SL, and wait to see what happens.

Another thing I’ve done is check the thousand freebie pages at Xstreet before the axe falls, and I’ve found some surprises, one of the best edge grafica, which has some awesome freebies; have a look at some samples:

At the end I got around 40 boxes at Xstreet, quickly checking and deleting half of them, which isn’t bad; I  managed to keep my inventory under 6k items *winks*.

I could give you the links to them, but that would only show my personal preferences; instead I’d like to suggest you to have a peek by yourself, it is a fun way to spend an afternoon…

…at least the first two hundred pages :-p.

 

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