March 27, 2015

Haru to you too! New fashion from Inga Wind

Inga Wind is a demoness and keeps turning out outfit after outfit. Today's featured item is "Haru". I wasn't sure what to call the styling and then it hit me -- office prom chic! Sort of what you might wear to a senior prom if you were fabulously toney, wealthy and committed to becoming the CEO of Yahoo in 7 years.

What makes Haru interesting are the peplum sides and single halter made of flowers which folds into the sash top. Very creative.

As usual, matching shoes (peep toe slingbacks) come with the outfit and are designed to fit Slink high feet.

Now for the amazing news. Haru is only $110L AND if you are a member of the Wind group, it's 10% off that when you wear your tag.

Haru comes in royal blue/purple (shown), black, brown and salmon.

SLURL to Inga Wind Clothing

March 19, 2015

The dangers of fashion names

OK did the tease headline get you?

It's really nothing serious other than finding a buried treasure within Inga Wind's fashions.

So I was cleaning up my inventory, moving things around, renaming stuff when I came across an outfit from Inga called "Maisy" that I didn't think I had unboxed. But then I checked and hmmm I unboxed it. Or so I thought.

The foldered "Maisy" looks like this. Kind of an all purpose, pleated mesh cocktail dress. OK fine. I picked up cocktail Maisy in April of 2014.

But then I noticed that the acquire date on the Maisy copy (or so I thought) that I still hadn't unboxed looked like it was from late 2014. OMG. What? OK hmm. Inga names ALL of her clothes with real life first names and I've never known her to repeat a name. Until now! (Hah! I caught you!)

So I unboxed the later Maisy and yep, completely different outfit. Not even remotely similar.

Anyway, newer Maisy is super awesome! OMG look at those details! I mean seriously, it makes me want to jump on some biker dude's Harley and ride off into the sunset. And the "effme" heels (for Slink high feet) are perfect.

So how did I miss reporting on this when it first came out? Well you got it -- the dangers of fashion names. Maisy & Maisy. They must be twin sisters -- one good and one very bad. I like bad Maisy lol.

I have no idea what the price is but I assume it's still available in world here:

SLURL to Inga Wind Clothing

March 15, 2015

A sexxii mesh outfit from Inga Wind

Kendall in Silver by Inga Wind
A slight departure from Inga's usual fare, "Kendall" (as she continues naming outfits with first names) has a sort of latex / metallic look to it. The details are stunning, the alphas are perfect-o and it looks flat out hawt!

The included platform stilettos are designed for Slink "high" feet so you'll have to own a pair for them to fit. (Maybe I should get some Slink hands too? Those wrist cankles are awful!)

Kendall comes in 5 sizes from XXS - L and the proportions are about perfect across the whole size run. Available in 4 color ways -- Black, Silver (shown), Green and Red.

Price is $180L -- Wind group members get 10% off.

Hair: Svety by Damselfly
Jewelry: Circle Charm *MM*
Skin/Shape - Snickers
Outfit & Shoes - Inga Wind

SLURL to Inga Wind Clothing

March 6, 2015

Virtual Reality: Still Goofy

Short piece from Information Week. Doesn't really say much except what most people already know -- the reality part of virtual has a long ways to go. Personally, I'm holding out for when I can buy a cheap holodeck at Best Buy.

http://www.informationweek.com/mobile/virtual-reality-still-goofy-after-all-these-years/d/d-id/1319350

March 5, 2015

Second Life's Radegast Viewer needs a developer - UPDATE

I guess I've been living in a pixel cave or something. I hadn't realized that Latif Kalifa, the developer of the excellent "lightweight metaverse client" Radegast was in failing health and had announced his retirement from further work on his open source projects. He will be missed since much of the libopenmetaverse library code that enables other non-Linden dependent viewers (like Metabolt) was his.

I use Radegast all the time when playing HUD games where I need to log in an alt or two OR when working in some resource heavy program like Photoshop. Radegast doesn't bring my computer to a crawl and it's light touch on graphics is hugely appreciated. It has a few issues but most of them can be worked-around.

Here's what appears to be Latif's final post: http://radegast.org/wp/blog/2014/11/roads-end/

Radegast is definitely worth saving. Hopefully someone will pick it up.

UPDATE: A number of people have responded to my blog post on Twitter including @vrhax who has now duplicated the current code repository, @SignpostMarv (love that handle) who was originally listed as a contributor on Radgeast but hasn't been on SL for awhile and @RobinCornelius, also listed as a contributor to Radegast. There is talk of a fork for Radegast to continue it. Yay!

March 4, 2015

Innsmouth: An Adventure in Horror

Honestly I haven't really been out exploring much in Second Life due to RL busy-ness. But, when I went in-world the other day, I got to chatting with my good friend and very awesome SL DJ, Speelo Snook (no relation but we both have that alliteration thing going on with our old school SL names). We were talking about some of the old and new SL places we'd been too and he was like "oh by the way, have you ever been to Innsmouth?"

I confessed I hadn't. Speelo explained it was a sim to replicate the town of Innsmouth which was featured in a couple of H. P. Lovecraft novels. Now I am a voracious reader but I'd honestly never read anything by Lovecraft. Speelo was semi-incredulous (I don't think he ever truly gets fully incredulous) and explained the premise. I won't bore you with the backstory but you can read it all here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Innsmouth And yes, that's actually a photo from the Innsmouth sim on Wikipedia! Wow cool! Suffice it to say, it's sort of the zombie apocalypse meets Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl with a Roaring 20's theme thrown in.

Entry portal to Innsmouth
Since Speelo 'splained it was 20's - 30's time frame, I dashed on a flapper outfit and joined him at the entrance to the sim. It's basically a teleport door that, once everything has rezzed, you "sit" on. Took us both awhile to figger it out.

Once you TP to the sim itself, you enter a world one can only describe as depressing, grungy, decrepit but incredibly well done. The details on the building exteriors are absolutely stunning.

Of course there's a zombie policeman to greet you. And all the run-down, abandoned buildings are so detailed you really feel like you are in sci-fi town only a twisted imagination could create.

Other than looking at the rest of my photos (Speelo is the dude in the white suit), I will mention that I got adventurous, opened a door and allowed myself to get molested by a tentacled beastie.

I say allowed because it's pose-ball driven so you don't have to do it but it is part of the story line so ,OK, I ventured it.

Speelo and I tried RP'ing husband & wife lost and looking for directions with another avatar hanging out but she was either seriously AFK or thinking we were st00pid. I think AFK.

Here are the rest of the shots. Enjoy and if you've ever been to Innsmouth in Second Life, let me know what you think! Oh and here's the SLURL. But don't say I didn't warn you!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Innsmouth/86/213/24

Spoooooky scene looking toward church

Main Street
Me looking very flapper-ish

Uh-oh, we found a monster behind a door

And that hurts.

I don't think this is normal physical therapy.

February 28, 2015

How dangerous are inventory backups?

Interesting article by Maria Korolov over at Hypergrid Business. It's a discussion about copybotting, making personal backups of inventory items and open grids. Worth a read. I learned some new things including a grid system I'd never heard -- Kitely.