The Return of Last Names – Worth the Wait

April 26, 2020 Leave a comment

Last names were a part of my second life, from the day I joined Second Life. I picked out a first name and picked a last name from a list, and I was set for life.

When last names disappeared, I took it personally. I yelled long and loud. I put up signs expressing my dismay. I put out gnomes with signs, ‘bring back last names.” I joined clubs created for the sole purpose of finding ways to get last names back for Second Life. And I waited, and waited. The wait was long.

When I heard last names were coming back, I expected it to be as before – pick a first name, pick a second name from a list, and be set for life. Everything back to normal. Imagine my surprise when I found that, not only had last names been returned, but along with last names came a bonus called, “name change.”

I could pick a first name, and pick a last name from a list, and for the rest of my second life I could change my name any time I wanted. I could change my first name, or change my last name every time a new list of names was published, or change both names — any..time..I..wanted.

I have to take my hat off to Linden Lab this time. They gave us what we wanted, and then some. The wait for the return of last names was long, but it was so worth it.

13th Rez Day – Blogging Second Life

January 29, 2020 Leave a comment

13 – years in Second Life; 13, should I be worried?
13 – triskaideka; such a fearsome number, a symbol of bad luck, danger.
13 – triskaidekaphobia; fear of the number 13.
13 – Friday, the 13th; stay home, stay in bed, do not tempt the fates.

But not everything 13 is bad. For example:
13 American Colonies = 50 states; that is a good thing.
13 donuts in a Baker’s Dozen – I’ll take the extra one.
13 men on a dead man’s chest, yo, ho, ho ….
13 bottles of beer on the wall ….
13 days of Christmas – well, it sounds good.
13 hours on the clock — I can definitely use two extra hours each day.
13 Second Life activities:

(1) Flying; always, from day one, flying has been my number one favorite thing to do in Second Life.

(2) Checking out the names of people who appear on my radar screen; saying,”Wow! That is a cool name,” at least once a day.

(3) Exploring the mainland; much of it is still unaffected by sculpties and mesh. I miss the days when creation was still a part of Second Life, and you could stop and watch a genius at work, twisting prims to create an amazing finished product.

(4) Surfing the Marketplace and discovering retro and vintage items from early Second Life years, classic pieces that I loved then, and enjoy now. What a pleasure it is when I find a favorite item is still available for my later avatars to enjoy.

(5) Visiting Flickr photostreams of SL residents; starting at the earliest published photos and working forward to current date, watching the owner experiment with characters and personalities, to create an unique, one-of-a-kind avatar.

(6) Trying to walk around an avatar whose mesh parts are spread across six square feet, and not knowing which part to apologize to when you walk between the head and the body and run into the large teeth floating in the air; and pretending not to notice that the avatar is stark naked.

(7) Discovering new designers of good skins; and happily finding they have included a classic skin in their BOM packages.

(8) Fighting lag, chasing my runaway avatar [“wait, don’t go, come back”]; talk about getting away from oneself!

(9) Logging in and finding an IM from an old friend who has not been around for many months.

(10) Working on my platform in the sky; undisturbed, not noticing the minutes and hours passing, just doing my thing.

(11) Spending so much time in SL that I fall asleep in my chair with my hands still on the keyboard.

(12) Thanking Philip Rosedale’s parents for producing the child who would grow up to produce Second Life.

(13) Thinking of the Velveteen Rabbit when it said,”Real isn’t how you are made….It’s a thing that happens to you.” Second Life happened to me, to us, and First Life was made more real.

12th Rez Day and I am Green with Envy

January 29, 2019 Leave a comment

I am now 12 years old, 12 years in Second Life. What can I say about 12 years of my life being spent in a place that does not exist?

The first thing that comes to mind is, “I wish I had joined Second Life earlier than 2007.” I wish I had known about Second Life in 2003, when it was first released to the public. Everything was constantly changing during those early years, because no one knew where Second Life would go or what it would become. Linden Lab experimented. Residents experimented.

Residents became other-type beings — furries, fairies, mermaids, animals, robotic creations — yes, these beings are still in Second Life, but they are not as visible now. They have formed their own communities and moved into areas separate from the general population. When was the last time you saw a furry out and about? Any robots moved into your neighborhood lately? I saw a mermaid swim past me not long ago, but she was the first I had seen in ages.

Now, many people are fashionistas, perfectly preserved beautiful dolls, standing around looking good and taking pictures of self looking good. And I guess I fall somewhere in this category myself. But I once was a mermaid. Then, I was a robot. I was even Dr. Who for a while. Now, I am a human avatar. My current avatar is the result of 12 years of my imagination, and I doubt I will ever change again.

Yes, I have been around Second Life for a while, and I have seen a lot. My Second Life years have proven more exciting than I expected. But when I meet someone with a rez date of 2002, I still feel envy. However, when I meet someone who was around in 2001, when the first Primitar crawled out of the virtual primordial soup and stood up on two prim legs, then I turn deep green with envy.


Crash and Burn! Going Down in Defeat….

December 30, 2018 Leave a comment

A few years back, at the end of December, I posted a listing of blogs which had impressed me during that year, blogs which, in my opinion, were worthy of special notation and/or praise. I called this post a “Gold Star” listing. This Gold Star listing became an annual December post, a way of closing down the old year and preparing for the new year.

Throughout the year, I would read blogs and follow blogrolls to other blogs, and then follow those blogrolls, working my way through the maze of bloggers, searching for the different and unusual, making notes along the way. The number of bloggers seemed to increase exponentially each year, and my self-appointed task began to consume my every waking hour, and often eating away at my sleep time.

The month of September of each year would find me starting to organize my massive piles of notes, to cull the very best from the rest of the good blogs. At first, this sorting process would seem insurmountable but, by November, a workable blog format would begin to emerge from the chaos.

During the month of December, this blog would be tweaked, added to, deleted from, proofed for punctuation and grammar, and rearranged for flow and readability. Finally, by the end of December, I would have a whole year’s work condensed into one blog.

This year, however, I must admit defeat, albeit reluctantly. The task is now greater than I am.

So, here ends my journey, my odyssey, my quest for the best. I have run my race. I now willingly pass the baton to anyone interested in picking it up. But I must caution you, the search for blogging treasure, those unique nuggets of golden thoughts, will become addictive and all-consuming, but well worth the effort for as long as you can carry the load.

Rez Days and Bucket Lists

January 29, 2018 Leave a comment

Today is the anniversary of my Rez Day in Second Life. In previous years, I have chosen to do one item from my Second Life Bucket List as a celebration of my special day. On my ninth anniversary, I chose the “Poppins Challenge,” commonly called the Naked Rez Day Jump, and proudly jumped off a cliff wearing only my birthday suit and carrying an umbrella.

For my tenth anniversary, I chose “Travel Through Time” from my Bucket List. This goal was accomplished by a retrospective blog, a journey through the first ten years of my SLife, from first stumbling steps to High Flight.

This year, my eleventh Rez Day anniversary, I have chosen “Be a child again” from my Bucket List. I contacted Tin Little and Nik Ninetails, owners of Junior Avi, and asked their assistance. Tin and Nik both believe that it is never too late to have a happy childhood, so they literally jumped at the chance to introduce me to my second childhood. Nik gave me an adorable little shape named Squeak and a Style Card and took me shopping for the things I needed to become a child again.

Nik then took me over to Escapades, the sim owned by legendary SL child, Loki Eliot. Loki has created a number of adventures/quests and fun-to-do things for kids in and around his sim. Nik turned me loose in Rickety Town. As instructed, I grabbed a stick and set off to explore the island of Escapades

I spent the next couple of hours bashing logs, bushes, crates and barrels, sometimes finding gifts and sometimes uncovering monsters, which I then had to bash and bash or they followed me around and harassed me.

Being a kid is tough, and tiring. So I visited Halfling Jie, who lives in a large barrel home on Escapades, and borrowed his hammock for a quick nap.

Ready to go again, I used the SL search, typed in “playground,” and found a world of things for kids to do.

Finally, the greatest test of a child’s courage, a sky-to-water slide, from nearly 500 feet up. Dare I?

Double-Dog Dare! Yeah!

It is never too late to be a child again, for all time in Second Life, or even just for one special day.

2017 Gold Star Lineup

December 31, 2017 Leave a comment

The 2017 Gold Star Judging Panel has now convened. All three judges [Me, Myself and I] have spent endless hours sifting and sorting through blogs over the past year. Reader suggestions for additional sources of blogs and feed lists have aided our efforts, and we appreciate the input.

Without further ado, the following are the Judging Panel choices for outstanding blog-related work in 2017:

** DEARRA SILBERSZTEIN [Dea] – a Gold Star for LITTLE VIRTUAL KEYHOLE, a great name for a Blog Site. Thank you for feeding the flames of our curiosity by allowing us to peep through the little keyhole.

** BRODERICK LOGAN – a Gold Star for A GENTLEMAN’S GAME. From the moment a reader opens the blog, he/she is caught up in this gentleman’s game: expressive photos, unique, often powerful, and original short stories leave the reader craving more from this storyteller.

** NADJA BAXTER – a Gold Star for Blogger-Model, NADJA BAXTER, a force in the modeling world since the early days of SL. Previously, when not blogging and modeling, Nadja designed and sold great shapes. Her shape shop is now closed but her blog posts list her current shape as still being “my own.”

** HIKARU ENIMO – a Gold Star for Photography in Blogging [for the third year in a row]. Every photo so carefully crafted, we wonder if he spends hours upon hours working out every minute detail, or if he knows instantly that it will be perfect and shoots at will. Hikaru Enimo, Male Fashionista

** NEKOTTO RESIDENT – a Gold Star for Photography in Blogging. It is virtually impossible to find a bad photo by Nekotto, and just as nearly impossible to pick a favorite, because they are all so very good. NEKOTTO

** KAI WIRSING – a Gold Star for Photograph in Blogging, for the second year in a row. Kai’s photos continue to fascinate and intrigue. BLUE. Favorite of The Judges: Atreus-02 Eye.

** KAZICLE – a Gold Star for Judges Pick for Best Photo of 2017: DAYDREAM [Did She Run Away, I Don’t Know]. This photo has been featured in IT’S ONLY FASHION, in the column of resident art expert, Cajsa Lilliehook. Kazicle’s photos were also the subject of an article in Hamlet Au’s NEW WORLD NOTES.

** JARLA CAPALINI – a Gold Star for EVEN JARLA GETS THE BLUES, a classy blog, a mixture of art and fashion, with beautifully well-lit photos. Jarla states that she likes “playing with colors, lights and shadows.” Jarla Capalini is, without reservation, the Judges’ top new find for 2017.

** DEVIN VAUGHN – a Gold Star for BISHIE STYLE SL, the second year in a row, for the original STORYLINE sections which accompany his posts. “My blog has a focus on characters and storytelling. I call my format ‘Phototelling’.”

** GIDGE URIZA – a you-go-girl Gold Star for IT’S ONLY FASHION, specifically for “You’ve Lost Your Damn Mind” – a post about “absurd requirements for bloggers.” Quote: “Veteran bloggers, we’re salty. We’ve been there done that. We got the tee shirt. We got the tee shirt when it was a system layer. It had a pants option. Never take for granted a woman who knows what glitch pants are, and how to use them.” Unquote.

** MERICAT IRELAND [ReadMeri] – a Gold Star for a thoroughly enjoyable blog site, as she bids good morning to “picture perusers and word readers alike, morning browsers, lazy day readers, lunch-time lookers….”

** DREAMER – a Gold Star for A DIARY OF MY SECOND LIFE, specifically for reminding readers that May 25th is TOWEL DAY, a celebration of Douglas Adams, creator of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, who stated, “Never go anywhere without your towel.”

** MATILDA SOON – a dare-to-be-different Gold Star for her decision to blog as a mature avatar-blogger. While others strive for the pixel barbie doll look, Matilda strolls down her own path, proudly displaying every wrinkle on her avatar skin. MATILDA SOON.

** VOLUPTURAPTOR PERL – a Chameleon Gold Star, for the second year in a row, to the one who blogs as IGOTDRESSED. The subject, style and composition of this blog are ever-changing and never stale. One never knows what to expect from IGotDressed, but always knows to expect something different.

** NANIKA SDEVAS – a Gold Star in the Red-is-Beautiful category [and everyone knows we need this category], for Carousel #483, an excellent Second Life portrait. CAROUSEL

** GUINEVERE KIRSHNER – a Gold Star for HUMP MUFFIN, for her coverage of kawaii fashion in second life, and for being oh-so-cute and adorable.

** PEEPSIDESHOW DARKWARD – a Gold Star for PICSBYPEEP. Interesting text, good photos, a blog site after our own hearts, with not only a general search, but also a search by category and a search by month. Three searches in one blog – way to go, Peep.

** TINLIZ WINTERSTORM (Liz) – a Gold Star for WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MESS. In these days of Style Card blogging, it is refreshing to meet a blogger who takes the time to let the reader know the person behind the blog. Sometimes All I Want To Do…Is Stand Here Looking Pretty.

** VIRTUAL EVANGELICAL [Evangelical Resident] – a Gold Star for SOMEONE LIKE YOU. The blog style is romantic and nostalgic, with unique photos and excellent post titles. A perfect example is TIME STEP.

** BAMBI FOXDALE – a Gold Star for telling it like it is: I Don’t Have A Title, because sometimes it is better to just state the obvious. And also because we love your Steaming Punk portrait. FASHION FADES

** EMBER ADORED [Ember Randt] – a Gold Star for PAPER DOLLS, specifically for, “Wish You Were Here.” This photo gives the appearance of an artist’s rendering of the Baja SIMS, with every detail painstakingly applied by brush, from the lighthouse on the left to the small human figure in the lower right corner.

And also for a Second Life portrait which not only captured her Real Life husband’s attention [and we all know just how hard it is to get the attention of a spouse]. but also elicited a response from him, “Humm, that’s really good, almost looks real.”

** COQUETA GEORGIA – a Gold Star for EL ÁTICO DE SL, specifically for this eloquent action photo: “I Cry, When Angels Deserve To Die.”

** CARMILLA MIRABEAU – a Gold Star for Beach Babe. The reader can almost feel the heat. Add a big floppy hat and a pair of sunglasses to keep out the sun’s glare and one might begin to question whether this is real. CARMILLA’S CORNER

** WHISPER MIZIN – a Gold Star for OH HEY ITS WHISP, an unique blog style best described as innocent sexuality, a style often reflected in the titles of her posts: A soft heart in a cruel world.

** KINNAIRD FIACHRA (Kinn) – a Gold Star for MAINLAND MATTERS, explorations of the Mainland Continents in Second Life, with excellent photos of and information about the locations. Kinn has stated that she “… spends an awful lot of time exploring the grid, including the wild frontier that is the Mainland.”

** HONOUR McMILLAN – a Gold Star for POST MENOPAUSAL VIEW (of Second Life). One of the best informative blogs about Second Life, with incredible pictures of incredible places to visit. Honour is now taking her blogging talents to real life with a new blog, THIS FUNDY MIGRANT’S TALE.

** SL BLOGGER SUPPORT – a Gold Star is awarded posthumously to a Second Life Group that specialized in support for those who blog about Second Life. SL Blogger Support has now closed its doors. It will be missed.

** TAO TAKASHI – a Gold Star is awarded posthumously to WORLD OF SL, a blog feed which is no longer active. But during the early days of SL, it was a window to the world of Second Life. In time, it became a window to the whole virtual world community.

** GORGEOUS YONGHO [GoGo] – a Gold Star to the owner of IHEARTSL, a Second Life Fashion and Community Feed, for stepping in and filling the void left after WORLD OF SL closed its doors. Established in 2008, IHEARTSL is now the longest running Second Life Fashion and Community feed.

** CAJSA LILLIEHOOK – a GIANT GOLD STAR for the “What I Like” reviews of Second Life-based photographs in IT’S ONLY FASHION, and also for her profiles of great virtual photographers in CAJSA’S CHOICES, her column on Hamlet Au’s NEW WORLD NOTES. Cajsa calls upon her background knowledge of art to explain exactly what makes a particular Second Life photo an extraordinary photo.


** GILLIAN GALICIA – a Gold Star for GILLIAN’S ISLAND, specifically for the post titled, “Creating Yourself” because that is an inevitable result of blogging. She quotes George Bernard Shaw: “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”

Further, READMERI states: “Know your own mind, be comfortable in your own skin and don’t be swayed by anybody else when you feel in your bones you’re right. You probably are.”

** The 2017 Gold Star lineup now comes to an end. Time to say goodby to 2017, a year of good deeds, bad vibes, and things which defied logic. Best wishes for the new year to Bloggers, Blog Readers, and Lovers of Virtual Worlds.

Happy New Year, 2018.

I Wish … a Note to Skin Designers

November 27, 2017 Leave a comment

If I can have one wish — if the SL Genie drops in and says, “I will grant you one wish in SL” — I will ask to be taken back in time to the years when some really great skins were available. One of the best things about the skins listed below is that they did not have dirty nostrils — you know what I mean, when the shadows inside the nostrils are so dark that they look dirty. Regardless of how good a skin is, and some of the skins today are absolutely beautiful, I will not wear a skin if it makes me feel like I constantly need to wipe my nose.

Am I knocking current skin designers? No, not at all. They are doing something I cannot begin to accomplish. Even with a template, I can not make a skin. So, I applaud their creative endeavors. But I wish they would check for clean looking nostrils before releasing the skin for sale.

These are the skins of yesterday which are on my wishlist today:

Gala Phoenix [CURIO]: The Earth skin series. I loved the shading around the eyes, and the nose shape was better than any nose on Curio skins since that time.

Tuli Asturis [TULI]: The Hope skin series. Every time I got a bit of extra money, I would stop by Tuli and pick up another Hope skin; but, one day, Hope was gone.

Tricky Boucher [BELLEZA]: The Jesse skin series.  I have always been a fan of Belleza skins.  But the Jesse skin had the best mouth and the prettiest face of all the Belleza skins.  Every time I visited I would look for Jesse; but one day, Jesse was gone

AtomicSparkle Skytower [VERVE]: The Sara skin series, especially the siren-vamp tone.  This skin was created when VERVE was known as ATOMIC BAMBI.  The Sara siren-vamp skin had the most amazing lip color, and the Sara skin photographed beautifully.

Minnu Palen [LELUTKA]: The Moscow skin series. Minnu Palen created this skin for MINNU MODEL SKINS, a previous incarnation of Lelutka.  The Moscow skin had an unique look, totally unlike any other skin before or since that time, and I still miss the days when I had that look.

So, since the SL Genie does not seem to come inworld much anymore, I can only appeal directly to these skin designers. I wish you could bring back these skins — revise them, update them, keep their nostrils clean, and give us [me] a second chance with these unique skin designs.

It is time, again – well, almost.

November 22, 2017 Leave a comment

The 2017 holiday season is upon us – Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve. And right in the middle of the season is the annual Peace on Earth Hunt [POE], beginning December 1st and ending December 31st. POE is the longest running grid-wide hunt in Second Life, now in its 10th year. With 298 designers participating this year, it may also be the largest hunt.

Ample Avi is #073 in the hunt and has created a new curvy shape for POE hunters, Round Robyn.

Stop by Ample Avi and pick up a new shape for the holidays.

And for up-to-date information on the hunt, and a list of the other 297 designers, visit the Peace on Earth website.

New KidBoy Shape at Junior Avi

August 7, 2017 Leave a comment

Junior Avi has just released a new child avatar shape – maSon.  Standing 4’11” tall, maSon is a classic avatar shape and is mod-copy.

This KidBoy shape is available at Junior Avi’s  multi-color clubhouse store in Pryeri, and also on SL Marketplace

Join the child avatar community in Second Life, and reShape your Youth with a Junior Avi shape.

JUNIOR AVI – reShape your Youth

April 29, 2017 Leave a comment

Junior Avi, a new line of children’s shapes, has opened its doors in the Pryeri sim.  Owners, Tin Little and Nik Ninetails, currently offer six different classic avatar shapes, three for boys and three for girls.  All shapes are mod-copy.

The Junior Avi target market is young children and pre-teens. The photo above is tamMy, a 4’11” girl.  The boy below is diegO, also 4’11” tall.

Tin and Nik invite you to visit their multi-color clubhouse store in Pryeri.  Join the child avatar community in Second Life, and reShape your Youth with a Junior Avi shape.

Junior Avi – Inworld store.  Also available on SL Marketplace.



Celebrating the Body Electric – Rez Day Retrospect

January 29, 2017 Leave a comment

Today is my Rez Day, the tenth anniversary of my Second Life day of birth — or, my day of creation, if you will.  The tenth anniversary of anything in this fast-moving, ever-changing virtual world is an event to be celebrated.  At the very least, it is a time to look back and recall significant moments of the previous ten years.

A time to recall the first jerky steps on Day One, then running, and learning how to fly. The thrill of First Flight, soaring with the birds, and dragons, and Pegasus, and all manner of unusual winged creatures sharing the sky. And falling from the sky, hitting the ground [Ouch!], picking myself up, dusting myself off, and flying right back up into the sky again.

And to remember falling into a lake and walking across the bottom without a thought about breathing or drowning, or getting wet. And learning I could pass through concrete walls like they did not exist.

And dancing, as part of a crowd or with someone special – dancing for hours, never tiring, never missing a step — oh, the joy of dancing!

There is not a great deal of difference between my first photo and my current photo.


Kyng Johin - 2007

kyng johin - 2017

But trust me, this avi has been tweaked and polished, and molded into someone who can be anyone, who can go anywhere and do anything, someone who can kick butt, take names, and build a house, all at the same time, without getting a hair out of place or even chipping a nail.

Today, I celebrate my body electric, my virtual world avatar, my alter ego.   Ten years of my 3D existence in Second Life – ten years and counting.




2016 Blogger Gold Stars

December 31, 2016 Leave a comment

The 2016 Gold Stars Judging Panel has now convened. All three judges [Me, Myself and I] have reviewed a countless number of blogs, for an almost unaccountable number of hours over the past year.

This year’s list may be a bit shorter than usual, as one of our Panel members was felled by First Life this summer and was away for three months. And when one of us goes down, we all fall apart. So, for the many blogs reviewed during the remaining nine months, the following are our choices for outstanding blog-related work in 2016:


** JADE SAMSARA – a Gold Star for an excellent Blog Site Name: JUST A SPOONFUL OF PSYCHO


** WICCA MERLIN– a Gold Star for Model/Blogger. The Model — It is hard to have a good body balance when your legs are super long; however, Wicca manages to always look perfectly balanced from any camera shot angle. The Blogger — Wicca’s blog is refreshingly different. The text she includes with each post shows that she is much more than a fashion plate with a style card. Wicca Merlin stands out from the crowd, as a model and as a blogger.

** HIKARU ENIMO – a 24K Gold Star for Photography in Blogging [for the second year in a row]. Every time you think you have seen his best work, Hikaru raises the bar and tops himself again and again. [HIKARU ENIMO – Male Fashionista]

** ANOUK ANNA [ANOUK A.] – a Gold Star for Photography in Blogging. Her studies in black and white, shadow and light, create a blog site that is a virtual cornucopia of visual delights. Favorite of the Judging Panel: CONTEMPORARY DANCE

** NEKOTTO RESIDENT – a Gold Star for an across-the-board, unanimous, we-love-your-pictures blog [Nekotto].

** With the increased popularity of micro-mini blogs such as Plurk and Tumblr, photography in blogging has become so important that, ofttimes, it eclipses the content of the blog itself. Quoting the Ultimate Blogger, STRAWBERRY SINGH, “When it comes to fashion blogs, I rarely read what’s written and really only get drawn into the post if the picture stands out to me.”

Blog photos need not necessarily be perfect, but something in the photos should elicit an “oh, wow!” type of response. The “wow!” is the benchmark for blogger photos. And in the WOW! category for 2016:

– ** EMBER BRANDT – a Gold Star for the eye-catching closeup in BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS

** KAI WIRSING – a Gold Star in the newly-created Phascinating Photography category; Kai’s blog photos never fail to fascinate and intrigue.

** TAMARY9 RESIDENT [xxx tamary] – a Gold Star for an appealing photo blog. The soft quality of her photos conveys a warmth of spirit, giving us an insight into the person behind the blog; even the title of her blog site suggests softness: Marshmallow Day

** GABRIELLA MARSHDEVIL – a cute-as-a-button Gold Star for a blogging style that mimics her avatar look — oh-so-sweet and adorable. [Cinderella Fashionista] “I focus on kawaii/doll style … every pic is made with love.”

** VOLUPTURAPTOR PERL – a Chameleon Gold Star for versatility to the one who blogs as IGotDressed; subject, style and composition of this blog are always changing, and never stale.

** ALISA PERNE [Alisa26 Resident] – a Gold Star for good blog coverage of designer releases and events, especially fantasy and role-play. The blend of descriptive text and top-quality photos makes Sweet and Sinful Styles a blog to follow in 2017.

** PARADOX MESSMER – a Gold Star for his tribute to David Bowie: ZIGGY REALLY SANG. “… there’s a little Bowie in all of us, if we just dare to be true to our real selves and let it come out.”

** DEVIN VAUGHN – a Gold Star for the original STORYLINE sections which accompany his blogs — with special reference to the three-part Shadow of the Reaper, beginning 10-29-2016; Rocky Horror 2065; and Somewhere Over the Rainbow

** MERICAT IRELAND [ReadMeri] – A you-go-girl Gold Star for WINNING THE RACE: “If life is a race and I’m in it alone, am I winning?” Having been in Second Life since early 2008, Meri likes “to share her thoughts and infinite wisdom with anyone who is daft enough to read it.”

** ROMAN GODDE – a you-go-guy Gold Star for TOP 5 WAYS TO GET OUT OF HOUSEWORK, a handy reference guide for the times a man is unable to “… stick to the manly things like hanging a picture or setting up any electronic item in the house ….”

** BLISS WINDLOW [aka Aria E. Appleford] – a Gold Star for EVERYONE IS SOMEONES IMAGINARY FRIEND. A totally original blogger, “they” are one of a kind, with an unique viewpoint on First Life and Second Life.

** A GIANT GOLD STAR each, for two bloggers who actually blog information, who provide text to read and information to absorb, about Second Life and other virtual worlds — how to find, how to fix, what to look for, what to ignore.

– ** NALATES URRIAHNalates’ Things & Stuff – Nalates has been know to [figuratively] descend into the belly of the beast to dig up the latest and best inside information to help us navigate through the maze of virtual worlds. “In general I write posts because I like to write and think some of the information will help out friends.”

– ** INARA PEYLiving in a Modem World – If you are looking for information on the best in Second Life [who, what, when, where, why and how], this is the blog to follow. The blog is, as described in Inara’s own words, a “collection of writings on virtual worlds … a mix of news, reviews, commentary and opinion ….”

** WENDZ TEMPEST – a thank-you Gold Star for her thoughts on the spirit of blogging and bloggers: YOUR BLOG IS YOUR BABY. “… a blogger’s responsibility foremost is to his or her own blog…. Your blog is your baby. Not your Flickr, not your Facebook, not your Twitter, your B-L-O-G.”

“At its core, [my blog] is a representation of all that I hold near and dear to my heart. And you, fair reader, fellow lurker, and friendly scroller, you are always welcomed.”

And with those kind words, we close up 2016.

Best wishes for the new year, Bloggers and Readers, and Lovers of Virtual Worlds.

Happy New Year 2017

September’s New Release at Ample Avi

October 1, 2016 Leave a comment

Yes, I know, it is now October.  I seem to be running a wee bit late.  But this shape is well worth the wait.  Presenting, Plum Ripe.


Plum Ripe at Ample Avi

Plum Ripe is just about plum perfect. She is classified as a Curvy Lush shape, which means she has a nice full body, while still retaining the natural-looking curves of her hourglass shape.

Plum Ripe - Full Body at Ample Avi

Plum Ripe, at Ample Avi, the Full Figured Shape Shop, in-world and online at the SL Marketplace .

SLIM CHANCE – a New Release at Ample Avi

August 10, 2016 Leave a comment

SLIM CHANCE, a new release this week at Ample Avi.

Slim Chance - Classic Avatar Shape

Take a chance on a slimmer shape.  All the curves you expect on an Ample Avi shape are yours on a slimmer torso.

Stop by the Ample Avi’s in-world store and check out SLIM CHANCE.  And while you are there, pick up RITA, the Free Promo Shape, located just to the left of the New Release vendor.

RITA - Promo Shape - Free


Ample Avi, the Full Figured Shape Shop, in-world and online at the SL Marketplace .

Memories, like Mental Snapshots

July 14, 2016 Leave a comment



I have been away for a few months, visiting coastal land-based folks in an area where I once lived.  Though I have now settled back in my comfort level daily grind, my mind keeps returning to these lazy times spent by the big water, wearing a super sized floppy hat and dark shades to filter the hazy glare of the summer sun; and

BRAVELY defying the noonday heat, with flip flops melting in the burning sands, a cool bottle of Coke in one hand and a dripping ice cream cone in the other hand.

These memories, like mental snapshots, will keep me warm during the cold months ahead.