The Little Engine that Could … could not.

November 25, 2014 Leave a comment

It is that time of year, when I blog about the annual Peace on Earth Hunt, the longest running gridwide hunt in SL. And I always take time to heap praises upon the founder-organizer, Sequoia Nightfire, who devotes many months and untold amounts of energy each year to making this hunt happen.

In previous blogs, I have described Sequoia as having “nerves of steel and the patience of a saint,” and of being a “holiday magic worker.” I have even hinted that “… she must lock herself away in a closet for the rest of the year, conserving her energy for just this event.” But the one description which seems to fit best is β€œThe Little Engine that Could,” because “she just keeps right on chugging along.”

But this year, the Little Engine that Could .. just could not do it. So, without her leadership, no hunt was planned.

However, so many people expressed disappointment that, with only two weeks to go before the start date of the hunt, members of her staff from previous years joined together and sent out an announcement that if designers could help them meet the start date [December 1st], there would be a hunt this year.

POE7 Hunt texture

The seventh annual Peace on Earth Gridwide Hunt [POE7] starts December 1st, and runs through January 6th, 2015. There are approximately 150 stores participating in this year’s hunt. An official starting point will be published shortly, or you can just jump right in wherever you see the POE7 sign displayed.

For further information, visit the POE7 website.

Well done, Friends of Sequoia. The Little Engine that Could Not … can, with a little help from her friends.

Halloween Promo Shape at Ample Avi

October 23, 2014 Comments off

Halloween is creeping upon us [sneaky little, freaky little holiday]. Events have developed a Halloween theme, designers have created Halloween items, and stores are putting out Halloween specials.

THROE - Halloween PROMO Special

Ample Avi is no exception. A new shape, called THROE, is available for Halloween, at a super-low PROMO price of L$100 until after Halloween. THROE is mod-copy, and is available only at the main store in Pryeri. After Halloween, the shape will be available at the regular price.

THROE means “bad luck” and if you miss out on this Halloween special, it will be your bad luck.

Ample Avi, the Full Figured Shape Shop

Take a Walk on the Darkside — of October

October 20, 2014 Comments off

Many people say they love the month of October, when the world is decked out in leaves of the brightest colors. They love the crisp weather, snuggly nights, and wearing layers of keep-me-warm clothing.

But there is another side to October, a darker side.

The dark side of October is the scary season of Halloween, when a person’s inner self feels a bit darker, the dressing all in black, head-to-toe darkness, with a touch of otherworldness.

Vampire Hunter

The dark side of October is that first cold wind coming down from the north, that sends a shiver down your back. It tells you, with a certainty, that those chilly, cutting winter winds are on their way.

The dark side of October is nightfall arriving visibly sooner, and lasting longer each night.

Then, of course, there is the partial eclipse of the sun on Oct. 23. This partial solar eclipse will be visible in most of North America.

Now, that is a real dark side of October.

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NOTE: The above photo is from Ample Avi, the Full Figured Shape Shop, and the shape is Lilith.

WANT TO OWN YOUR OWN GALAXY?

October 13, 2014 Comments off

The Euclidia Space Planetarium will soon be going up for sale.

Euclidia Space Planetarium

The Planetarium is designed to educate and entertain SL residents about astronomy and celestial navigation. Simply follow the footsteps and visit the multiple levels for a stylized view of this vast galaxy.

The galaxy is located inside this floating sphere, which has a revolving ring around it. There is a small platform between the sphere and the ring, and you can actually step outside the galaxy onto this platform. But I must warn you, you may experience a touch of vertigo when you do this

Euclidia Planetarium 2

Owned by Hazelee Haller since 2007, the Planetarium has been run as a not-for-profit site, supported entirely by donations. It is listed in the Destination Guide and has always had good traffic, especially from newcomers to SL.

Hazelee stated that she would like to see the Planetarium continue to delight SL residents for years to come. Therefore, she would prefer to sell the property privately to someone who intends to keep the planets in their orbits.

Visit the Euclidia Space Planetarium. And if you are interested in owning your own galaxy, contact Hazelee Haller to discuss terms.

Posting a Few Thoughts [the Widget Shuffle]

September 24, 2014 Comments off

How did everything become so difficult, when all I wanted to do was just post a few thoughts?

This is what happened. I decided to update my blog, and give it a fresh new look. I started by adding a Destination Guide link with photo. At least, I tried to add the Destination Guide link.

Now, this should have been easy. I have done it before, a couple of years ago. First of all, the Destination Guide gives you the code you need. All you have to do is paste it into a simple widget, and drag it to the side bar. Easy, right?

But when I went to the widgets section, I was in for a shock. There were pages and pages of widgets available, some I had never heard of, some I knew but had never used, others I had no interest in learning about or using.

I tried deleting the widgets I did not want, and ended up deleting half the things I already had on my blog sidebar. I could not find a way to put in the new infomation I wanted or to even put back the information I had lost.

In desperation, I changed my theme back to the simple theme I had used in 2008. I thought I could make all the changes I wanted there. Well, surprise, surprise! My original theme had been updated and now had the same pages and pages of unknown and unwanted widgets.

So, I switched back to my latest theme and, thanks be to the muses of blogging, most of my missing information in the sidebar had returned. At that point, I decided to quit and just be grateful for what I still had and not worry about what I had lost.

Of course, after all this shuffling back and forth, I had no idea whether my links and feeds still worked. So, if you do not see this post, then you will know my feeds are not working. And I will have to start this whole crazy widget shuffle all over again.

But, again, I ask, “How did everything become so difficult”? Oh, how I long for those days of yesteryear, when blogging was simply a matter of connecting with a blog muse and just posting a few thoughts.

Swiss Cheese People in Second Life

August 27, 2014 Comments off

At a fairly crowded event in SL recently, I noticed that about half the people there were either naked [mesh clothing would not rez] or in pieces [mesh parts did not rez]. When I see people in pieces like that, it makes me think of Swiss Cheese, with a hole here and a hole there. Now, Swiss Cheese may look great on a sandwich but it does not look so great on an avatar.

For example, here I am strutting my stuff in all my mesh glory. My lovely little mesh dress and my gorgeous mesh feet rez beautifully in my viewer.

Swiss Cheese - mesh 1

But other people may see me like this, even those with mesh-enabled viewers.

Swiss Cheese - mesh 2

Swiss Cheese - mesh 3

Put these all together and I have become one of the Swiss Cheese people in SL. But if I am going to be a Swiss Cheese person, I much prefer a bit of uniformity in the holes in my body.

Swiss Cheese - Freme

Rubby Clip created a classy “holes-intended” avatar, the Freme Girl avatar, for the Meta Body II exhibit at Delicatessen in Porto. It is a complete avatar and it is free. However, to create the neat look in this photo, I used only the Freme Girl red and blue skin and the Freme Girl alpha with my own body shape.

I will never have to worry about mesh rezzing again. And although I may be one of the Swiss Cheese people in SL, it definitely looks great on my avatar.

New Release at Ample Avi

August 20, 2014 Comments off

Lossy - Curvy Slim

LOSSY – a new addition to the Curvy Slim line of shapely avatars at Ample Avi – smaller and slimmer, a modifiable classic avatar shape.

LOSSY – at Ample Avi, the Full Figured Shape Shop.

Also available on SL Marketplace: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/38729

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