Dance

You have to get the new dance pole from Dutchie if you love dancing in SL! I threw so many parties with the Sine Wave dances that this brings back a lot of memories. I remembered that Melanie and I were always dancing when we were noobs; I just know she would be thrilled to with this updated dance pole. I was never a stripper dancer in SL, but I craved animations cos our avatars were so awkward and stiff.

I saw a video that Dutchie posted on her Flickr, and felt inspired to do my own. I haven’t made a video in a long time, so my editing is sloppy but it was a super fun project! I hope you guys like it!

Filmed at my home, if you want to see a “house tour” let me know in the comments!

What I’m Wearing:

Magika – Heartbeat
Ricielli – Julia Minitop (Off White)
Teefy – Misty Lacey Shorts (Prims)
Ingenue – Melisande Heels (Pearl)
yolk – Bunny Earrings

Gents Crate

Gents Crate

Shopping for men’s fashion in Second Life can be punishing, can’t it? Events that start out aimed at men get taken over by women’s fashions. Lack of clothing available for your favorite mesh body. It’s hard to even find a decent beard set to wear (shoutout to Wavie Haller for coming through with Valiant, though). You start to wonder if you should just switch to a female av instead.

Or maybe you’ve got an SO who doesn’t want to/is terrible at dressing himself. You’re tired of this guy looking like he crawled out of 2010; he needs to update his av asap.

Well, never fear! Gents Crate is here. (more…)

Life2 versus G&S

Life2 versus G&S

G&S shots of weaving and farming.

I love farming and fishing. When I was a kid, my father took me fishing all the time. My stepmother kept our backyard filled with plants, and taught me the importance of keeping a garden. I love both of these so much, I’m more likely now to play video games that feature these two activities.

Imagine my joy when I discovered both the Life2 and G&S systems in Second Life. Although clearly meant for different time periods, both systems feature cooking, gardening, and eating to keep your energy up. Life2 is more for the modern period, geared towards city sims with families. G&S is created with Gorean and medieval sims in mind, expanded to include mining, crafting, carpentry, fishing, and raising animals.

For the player who wants to invest and bring more entertainment to their SL experience, the task of figuring out which system is best for them can be daunting. Which one should you pick? Thankfully, I’ve shelled out the cash on both of these so you don’t have to–read on to check out my comparison of both.

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Mini-Coven

October

So some grid artists and I got together on the Art Co-op sim’s hostel area and began to build a really cool encampment. Anyone can stop by and plop down their addition; mine was this basic shipping container, which I challenged myself to fill appropriately.

How do you like the interior? Since it’s October, I decorated it like a mini-coven area, complete with these cauldrons I picked up from A.D.D. Andel at We <3 Roleplay. I LOVE these! You can change the color of the liquid so it suits whatever you’re doing. It also comes with various options, like cauldrons with steam/without steam, with/without a stirring stick, etc.

I also got this adorable free ghostie from Ohmai, and had to rez it for this picture! It’s a thank-you gift from the store’s owner, Anya Ohmai, for people tuning in to her Twitch stream to learn about 3d modeling. The turnout for classes have been great. It’s awesome to see so many people in Second Life wanting to expand their creative skillsets.

Is it just me, or does everyone think that if we all set out to make a video game and put it on Steam, it would be utterly kickass and feature a ton of female game content creators? We have a lot of women in Second Life who create amazing mesh products every day. Outside of here, the amount of female game creators isn’t so high. If we held a game jam in SL, how awesome would it be to see programmers and artists coming together to make a game? Then you can put the game on Steam or Itch.io and make some money!

October

Shoutout to one of my friends who hates spiders. Look at my glasses! Hehehe. <3

What I’m Wearing

Pink Fuel Skin
Logo Alex Mesh Head
Hair: Chemistry – Taylor
Dress: COCO – Shirt Dress (Group Gift)
Le Primitif – Grandpa’s Favorite Hat
Nylon Outfitters – Cat Ring (Porcelain)
Kibitz – Clitch ring (Peridot)
Nuville – BOO Sunglasses
LVLE – Pointed Flats
Miamai – Snail Scarf
Pose – Bang @ We <3 Roleplay

Song: Hannah Diamond – Pink And Blue

Melanie’s Memorial Shrine

Melanie's Shrine

As Casja said–we’ve lost many people in SL this summer, and many to cancer. I wanted to take this post to ease us back into blogging, as well as talk about how to erect a memorial shrine for someone you love.

These are more tips than a how-to, but I hope someone can use this to build an effective memorial. We would all like to think we would not need this information, but sometimes you do.

Location of the shrine is extremely important. For Melanie, she wouldn’t want to be too far from the water. Think about where your love one always was standing around or visiting in the grid. If you can’t put a shrine in that location, you can attempt to recreate it somehow (a skybox would help, in that case).

Style is the next important subject. Melanie was Hawaiian and Japanese-American. Her shrine is a callback to memorial shrines in Asia, as well as a mix of American style, with many reminders of Hawaii and her life there.

Candles are great, but mementos are important too. Fill your shrine until it’s almost overflowing with things your loved one would appreciate. Melanie liked different types of food, sweets, and drinks. The beer I placed on the shrine is more about her frank nature than it is about what type of beer she liked. There’s cake and sushi, and a dancing cat statue I found at the Okinawa Summer Festival going on right now. Melanie also loved What Next’s surfboards, so I rezzed them behind her shrine as a nice background.

Flowers. Melanie loved flowers that reminded her of Hawaii. We rezzed red hibiscus flowers around the shrine, with single flowers here and there as finishing touches.

Add a little tasteful humor if it’s appropriate. For Melanie, I found a small volcano from Boogers that would probably make her laugh if she saw it. When a visitor touches the volcano, it will display a tiny eruption. Humor may not always be applicable for your loved one, but if they’re a casual person who had lots of jokes, they might appreciate something funny on their shrine.

Stay away from religion unless the person is religious or made references to it a lot. Some friends in SL are religious; I would leave a prayer stand for them, in that case. I was going to do this for Melanie, but I paused in this and rezzed candles instead. If you have to give a second thought about any element to add to the shrine, don’t add it. That means it might not be a good idea and your heart is trying to tell you not to do it.

Guestbooks are a great idea. I’m using this one, which I found on Marketplace. Tell your loved one’s friends about the shrine, let them visit and make an entry. They will enjoy the shrine all the much more for it.

Your shrine can be temporary, or be functional with an ongoing purpose. Maybe build a cafe or a park around it, or turn it into a permanent art gallery. Whatever you do, remember the shrine is a part of you saying goodbye, and take your time in building it so you don’t feel rushed or pressured.

– The last option is a presence of a spirit. I rezzed a butterfly, reduced transparency of it, and set it to glow. The butterfly is Melanie herself.

You can visit Melanie’s memorial at the Juicybomb sim. Take some time for yourself, turn on sound, and enjoy the tranquility and view of the ocean.

And we hope you never have to use this entry’s information, but it’s here if you need it.

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