October 2, 2014

Yes I'm still here but sadly an old friend is not

I have been hugely busy working in real life so I haven't any spare time to attend to my blog or login to SL much. My girlie needs a vacation. :(

Last month I was completely caught off guard by the RL death of an old SL friend, Tav Palen. We had been friends since early on in SL -- both of us hanging out at and eventually working at Blackhearts Cafe. Even dating a few times.

A few months ago, Tav told me in IM was trying to beat back cancer and I was stunned. From then on, I kept checking on him via IM but there came a point where he wasn't online any more. I found out about his passing through a mutual friend of ours who was connected to him in RL. Tav was a free spirit in SL and wore his heart on his sleeve (a silly expression but in Tav's case it fits).

Sigh. Most of the time when people disappear from SL, they've either become tired of it or have found RL alternatives that suit them better. I really wish that had been the case here.

July 2, 2014

Linden Lab building new virtual world

Per Wagner James Au's New World Notes,
"Linden Lab Confirms It's Building New Virtual World "Far Beyond What is Possible with Second Life" 

The Lab's official statement reads in part:
"Linden Lab is working on a next generation virtual world that will be in the spirit of Second Life, an open world where users have incredible power to create anything they can imagine and content creators are king. This is a significant focus for Linden Lab, and we are actively hiring to help with this ambitious effort. We believe that there is a massive opportunity ahead to carry on the spirit of Second Life while leveraging the significant technological advancements that have occurred since its creation, as well as our unparalleled experience as the provider of the most successful user-created virtual world ever.
For the complete text, go to the link at the top of this article.

I have always felt that the biggest improvements to SL from a techy standpoint would be a better avatar mesh (more detail + maybe optional realistic naughty bits that aren't "tack-ons"), smoother sim crossings, less lag and the ability to get more "stuff" into a SIM. Maybe even the concept of a SIM is just outdated. I dunno.

June 28, 2014

"Sara" - A "bratty" new mesh outfit from Inga Wind

One look at "Sara" from Inga Wind and I knew I had to take a photo with my tongue sticking out! It has a dash of snark that makes you feel like being a brat! Outfit complete as shown including sandals. Comes in 5 sizes with alphas for top, shorts, sandals or all three.

For reference, I'm wearing a size S top with S shorts.

Price is $195L with 10% off for group members. Demo available.

SLURL to Inga Wind Main Store

May 25, 2014

Great commentary on Linden Lab grid meltdown!

I think this blog post from Torric Rodas is dead on with respect to Linden Lab's recent grid problems and Landon Linden's very open and public response to what actually happened. I can seen the fingerprints of Ebbe Altberg on this and I sincerely applaud him and Landon for it!

May 2, 2014

New cuteness shorts outfit from Inga Wind

Nicki by Inga Wind
Inga keeps turning out winners week after week. This time, it's "Nicki" -- an adorkable mesh short set featuring a cropped over-jacket and peek-a-boo top. Outfit complete as shown with ballet flats. Comes in 5 sizes from XXS to L with alphas for jacket, shorts or both.

I'm wearing a size M top with XS shorts. This one is definitely going into my "wear often" folder!

Price is $220L with 10% off for group members.

SLURL to Inga Wind Main Store

April 13, 2014

Bastille at Coachella Festival

Not my usual type of blog post but I was watching Coachella streaming live on YouTube largely because of a few bands I like --- including, or maybe especially, Bastille.

I really LOVE Dan Smith as a lead singer (he cute too) -- well at least I do on their studio albums. But the Coachella performance featured wayyyy too much of his "signature" vocal styling where he breaks a single word into discrete notes. Places in songs where he would normally slide a note up or down turned into overly repetitious and at times, annoying use of vocal stepping or whatever you call it.

And what's with throwing an"H" onto the front of words that start with vowels? Like the word "almost" became "halmost" and "all" became "hall" so Pompeii turned into "Does it halmost feel like nuh-uthing's cha-hanged at ha-all." Seriously? "Bad Blood" is a great album and the vocals are really good. But a little bit of Dan Smith's normal style goes a long way. Live? Is there something that makes singers think they have to overdo everything?

Snickers Snook -- music critic for a day. :P