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.

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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:

** INKIE LOUDWATER – a Gold Star for Best Blog Title: CROSSED EYES AND LITTLE WHITE LIES

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

** MOLLYWOLLIDOODLE RESIDENT– a Gold Star for a great Blogger Name: MOLLYWOLLIDOODLE

** 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 .