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Archive for May 2010

So back for Day Two of my trek across Great Wall of SL, decide to walk for awhile since Dolly my horse is not happy with way things go yesterday for us having issues with sim crossings.

What the heck??? I cross a sim and looks like wall is just ended here. Is easy to see landscape ahead where wall is suppose to be build on but no wall.

So pull up map to check and dang sure enough wall is totally gone from view, just see the mountain ridge.

Flying outside view of end of wall, this don’t look good for further excursion huh?

So from view and from map I seen there was railroad running along side of wall so maybe i zoom over to station and catch a train north to finish the trip 🙂 I’m flexible will still be fun time riding the trains.

Looks like nice map and informations on trains, should not be a long wait huh? Ha forget to turn off interface view after map pictures and like that, oh well.

So I walk around awhile and then look at track and like Excellent a train, don’t see any car but maybe I can get ride up the tracks in engine? Anyhow I ask driver if I can get lift and like no response 😦

Maybe he is like afk or like in IM so I am patient, I spot noodle stand and some soda machine maybe get a snack and see if driver wakes up and respond in mean time.

Snack done so I take a seat at station and wait on driver to respond or maybe another train should come by before too long.

Still waiting

Still waiting …

Thinking that I am not getting train ride and journey is over 😦

So all in all was very disappointing adventure, I mean seems to me I recall years ago Great Wall was nice attraction, like some big exotic plaza and thing like that were build up to it and was hope to see those things again. All those I guess went poof 😦 is sad.

booN tsubura eyes lampblack
**Hair Influence =My Happy Ending= midnight black
Letis Tattoo CD902
AD – Vamp Eyelashes
Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
sf design chambray shirt
**MIS** Today Is Friday Panties
D2TK Kids Tan Nubuck boots
sfd ankle socks – blue Socks
BoHo HoBo bandana 3
Ecliptic bracelets by Inca Temple
Poses by Cherry Girl

One of oldest features in world, part of my try to remember why I have spend so much of my life as a second life project. Anyhow I have travel portions of the wall before with older avies on roller skates, skateboards, horseback and walking, but always get distracted or frustrated and never finish whole oddesy.
So I start at the south end of wall, TP to the base where it hits highway in the sim Minoa.  Quick inspect on a piece of the tower and i get:
Owner is Governer Linden, creator is Xenon Linden, and creation date is Mon 18 Jul 2005 12:24:44
okies, in the right place. (local estate time 3:23am)

If memory serves me correct i need to go around to left (west) side to get started. Good thing i can fly 🙂

And matter of scale before going too far huh, avie is spot inside the big portal on the wall.

Matter of scale #2, the portal can be seen in lower center.

Most of inside looks pretty much this way and so i go out and get on top of the wall for most of the journey as more to see.

So there is stairwell off on East side once you enter Tyta sim and I take that down and well is not much of access way. See those red line in picture??? they are ban lines, so no one but those on access list of property can cross.
Not much of the egress if you cannot get off stairs LOL. (actually is like space just barely big enough to get my avie at bottom of stairs so I can get outside and fly up to top of wall. (Hah and can see I don’t carry much lindens cash when out wandering around 🙂 — Interface is Cool SL Viewer 1.223.5 btw for those interest in those kind of things).

View from top of wall looking East (local estate time 8:08am, so inworld time is going by pretty fast huh? Also i only got my draw distance set at 256 so that ocean in distance is not really ocean, is land that is not rendering. More of ugly ban lines 😦

First business I come across here that is build to be reached from top of the wall is a meeting place bar on West side of the wall.

Holy Cripes, I make sim crossing into Jodis and fall through wall into crevasse here and cannot find good way out. Guess some jira bug on sim crossing is still in effect and not vehicle this time, just walking.  Okay this is kind of thing why I never complete journey with older avies …..

So following sequence is one way how to get out of such a mess. Note that is no build land here so I camera outside walls and try to build cube anywhere I can, eventually i find parcel that i can build cube on and then move it inside wall to my location.
I then change default of cube to sit on and make sure is non-physical (note i sit on it and do not take chance on leaving edit mode). So still in edit mode i drag cube with me ride through the walls.

SO… as long as you can find place you can rez cube anywhere nearby and can drag to you (in this case i had to rez from neighboring sim not even in same region huh) then you can use method to get through walls. I mean heck could have Teleported too but, dang no fun in that easy way out LOL

and back to inner passageway portions of wall and there is exit just up ahead.

So SL is magical huh, like all your inventory with you all the time wherever if you can wear or rez or like that. Anyhow I tire of walking figure I go at speed of a trot instead and so materialize my horse (is an AO model so can wear so she is available in places where there is no-rez zone.

Another sim crossing and Dolly and I get throw off the top of wall and into someones yard. I am begin to lose interest in this as is too much of the deja vu from years ago, I mean we got all the shiney new stuffs but still cannot cross from sim to sim on mainland…
Well at least this time not trapped inside the walls somewhere.

And lucky for me Dolly can fly 🙂  she is also winged horse if necessary, which from how things look that ability she got is necessary.

I kick draw distance out to 512 but still lots of distance don’t render, keep in mind that top of wall is typically 150m up, so need to crank it up to even see nearby ground areas.

Great, another sim crossing (this time into Jubata) and i am again on the ground inside rifts in the wall.

So i follow crevasse area and like seen some place where build was shoddy and leaves some openings to slip through, so in round about way poor constructions allows me to continue after inability to cross sim boundry.

So get back outside and fly awhile pass lot of for sale spaces and so on, anyhow I land here on top of bridge and make a landmark. Local estate time (10:02am) and is an hour for me RL time.
Enough for first portion of trip going to stop in Ziczac. Very frustrating in that most all sim crossing have cause me major hassles to find ways to continue my journey.  ALSO —- Who the heck thought “Glow” was a positive feature LOL. In Windlight (which is like almost all viewers now) Glow is really really nasty like can be seen in upper left of picture.

Ha and since usually I am post fashion oriented blog infos I guess I add style sheet LOL 🙂

>TRUTH< Elysium – night
booN tsubura eyes lampblack
Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
AD – Vamp Eyelashes
**MIS** Essential Tank – Tuscany
BoHo HoBo blue cutoffs
Monaco Bikini (Aqua) from Designs of Cleopatra
Ecliptic bracelets by Inca Temple
SLink Jolie Pied Barefeet Flat
SLink Jolie Pied Anklets Halfmoon

So of course I am major fan of boho ethnic style and almost by accident come up on Boho Hobo (I seen some artworks I liked at exhibit at Twilight Art Gallery and look at creator’s profile and find she has boho store so off I go). Store is really nice inworld experience huh, like being in some loft in a downtown stuffed with nice things from somewhere else.
Cannot believe how anyone rather shop xstreet than to go on excursions and visit inworld stores, the shopping sojourner experience and seeing creativity used to enhance products like this setting are one of my major attractions to SL.
Enough rant how i hate xstreet and what it looks to be do to inworld stores 😦

Anyhow is a wonderful store to poke around, owner is very nice to talk to, and also is a very wonderful charity cause behind.
All proceeds from Boho Hobo go to the Central Asia Institute and like 250L spend here equals one month of school for one girl in Afghanistan or Pakistan.

and go back to picture that had cute cutoff jeans, well i get those as well and then another teal top that matches the skirt but I like too with cutoffs. add bandana and is whole new look 🙂

Also is a good opportunity to show off my new barefeet I get at slink, which I have been debating on for months now, finally I do and will never use the system mesh barefeet again.

booN tsubura eyes lampblack
>TRUTH< Elysium – night
AD – Vamp Eyelashes
Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Letis Tattoo A909 5
BoHo HoBo afghan choli (aqua)
BoHo HoBo Banjara long skirt
BoHo HoBo blue cutoffs
BoHo HoBo-Banjara choli teal
BoHo HoBo bandana 3
SLink Jolie Pied Barefeet Flat
SLink Jolie Pied Anklets Halfmoon
BN dragon choker
BN dragon pierces (belly jewels actually is copy of an earring and repositioned)
Ecliptic bpacelet from Inca Temple

Oh and one more picture too I also get BoHo HoBo Silk Pajamas (red) while I was there (and am currently make some adjustment to the prim cuffs and ties):

So decided today to go old school mainland explorer mode, and travel from my typical hangout in Montara Sandbox to the Ross Infohub by horseback.
Ross is always been one of my favorite of the Infohubs and so when i see it on the map and note I can go from Montara to there it makes good destination.

Ready to leave Montara Sandbox

hmm which way to go now, needed to check the map.

Bad bridge crossing … hmmm what was jira number again for rough sim crossings? wonder when that will ever get fixed huh?

Couple shots from the road (put whole set from ride up on flickr )

Arrived, Ross Infohub is across the road

and unmounted walking around Ross Infohub.

So, couple observations: I don’t see much new products in the stores along the road, I don’t see any other residents along the way, and seen quite a few for sale signs.
Most telling maybe is a few store that older avie buys things at in maybe 2007 and i camera around and do some inspect of prim and see there is nothing since then for new products (To me cannot in May 2010 have “NEW” banner over product from Sept 2007).

However I still love quirky parcel to parcel no zoning looks of people who were in creative frenzy building.
Stuff like riding across mainland (or roller skating length of the Great Wall which older avie did couple years ago)is so much part of SL experience to see how it use to be before exodusing to the private estates and creation of Zindra to hide adult activity.
Guess part of me inside is missing all those reminiscences how it use to be, but then again I would not trade my flexi hair, tattoo layers, prim toed shoes, and yada yada yada that I got now.

haha would be unreasonable to be like keep all changes that Nicci Chau approves of and revert everything else back how I use to like it LOL (Check forums and you see exactly that kind of attitudes though).

Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
>TRUTH< Sienna 2 – crow
booN tsubura eyes lampblack
Letis Tattoo CD902 (Belly tat is on tattoo layer)
Letis Tattoo A909 (Dragon on lower right back is underwear layers)
[MissHP] Corina Pullover Red
Tobys Ripped Jeans – blue
Cat’s Eye Safari Socks Brown
Backpack “Flower” (black leather) by InimitablyDesign (was Shoes & Accessory Hunt gift item)
Ecliptic bracelets by Inca Temple
MoonEarsGold – irkmade

and faithful steed:
Ruby Pinto Black (AO Model) by Crimson Phoenix Creations

Ha so I ignore my blog for like couple weeks and then am here with 3rd post for the day today LOL. Anyhow I have three more outfits from A Touch Of Ireland that I wanted to show that are great for Cinco De Mayo, and this time wanted good backdrop. So I so some searching and find that Visit Mexico sim is run by the Mexico Tourism Board, and is really nice to visit, has ruins, some jungle, a cantina, beach, some freebies, and bunch of other Mayan and Aztec things to see, and was perfect backdrop for more Cinco De Mayo outfits. (My friend colleen criss also points out that this location is super place for some horseback riding and lets you rez the double rider type horses, so likely when i am done with blog entry I do some riding).

first two pictures are:
ATOI-China Poblana Style Dress2

Next two are:
ATOI-China Poblana Style Dress1

Last pictures are in:
ATOI-Cinco De Mayo Ruffles Style Dress

well and very last I see nice beach spot at sunset and change the skirt out for old beat up cutoff jeans and chill out.
also this lighting shows off the jewelery that comes with the Ruffles set really nice huh?

All Outfits -set is blouse, belted skirt, bracelet, earrings and necklace.
Inca Temple – Ecliptic necklace
Dernier Cri – Raine – Black
Adam n Eve – Desire – Tone 2 – Russet
AD – Vamp Eyelashes
booN tsubura eyes lampblack
Maitreya Gold – IXkin Champagne-Duo

So rare for me to ever blog anything that is new huh, but I get notice from Silk & Satyr that there was new release called Casablanca, along classic Hollywood glamour, sexy and elegant at same time, and very pretty picture so I go and check it out.

Typically I find designs that are sexy tend to be kind of promiscuous. And gowns especially seem very much cookie cutter with tops that would never stay up IRL and just big poofs on flexi prim for the lower parts. This outfit does not suffer from those issue.

Well that is a delicate balance huh to be elegant and alluring, but this design follows basic design principles of Coco Chanel “Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.”
I mean like very well thought out balancing act as well. Long flowing gown hides all the legs so that allows showing lots of torso skin with plunge neckline and is backless, and enhance the focus with the detail work.
And the diamonds that come with, notice the brooch, cuffs and the earrings, they work with gown and add focus and big enhancement to the elegance. All I add from my jewelry collection was a necklace and some hairsticks and pronounce the outfit complete.

Some picture at Twilight Blues & Jazz Club:

and one in motion at Opium Jazz & Blues Club:

Flounce & Faun Casablanca
-gown, earrings, diamond cuffs and brooch
!!Calico Ingmann Creations!! Kimiko- Midnight (Hair & Hairsticks)
Inca Temple – Ecliptic necklace
Adam n Eve – Desire – Tone 2 – Russet
AD – Vamp Eyelashes
booN tsubura eyes lampblack

I always like holiday festival things in SL, lots of theme costume party and so on, is good excuse to splurge on some new outfits. Anyhow lot of the time my first stop is A Touch Of Ireland, so don’t let name confuse you, they always have great costume for occasions and this year don’t let me down. After looking over all I end up deciding with the Peach Roses Flamenco Dress, and could not resist try out doing some salsa steps in showroom LOL anyhow it has some other choices in backgrounds too but notice how sweet it looks in motion huh?

A Touch Of Ireland – Peach Roses Flamenco Dress
Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
AD – Vamp Eyelashes
>TRUTH< Elysium – night
booN tsubura eyes lampblack
N-core SOUL XtremeHeel II "Galaxy"
Abranimations – Salsa 2

World Wide Interactive 24/7 Soap Opera Character

I'm just a supporting cast member to world wide interactive 24/7 soap opera called "Second Life". It's a just a game or time-waster to some, and more important than real life to some, and everyone else is in between the extremes.

I'm not a primary character in anyone else's personal soap opera story, just supporting cast. I stopped taking it serious like that years ago with older avies that had romances, ran businesses, were entertainers, were designers and builders. Now I am just wanderer vagabonding around and try to spend the inheritance my older avies left me. Lots of the time is frustratation on missing how things use to be in SL when the magic was still there for me, now is my hobby and try as i try, i cannot keep from logging in for hours and hours at a time, but I do resist temptations to let it take over my real life once again.

What I'm blogging:
Is in the end in style of a fashion blog but is not like a real "I'm a fashion blogger" nonesense thing.
I'm not all so much about finding new designer things that are out so much as finding things I like i never seen, or better track down something I saw before and didn't get and now want to get, and playing with what I got in inventory in addition to things I see when I'm out getting new things.
I'm not real fashion blogger type that like has designers drop things into inventory and say "blog this" huh, nothing like that, mostly is to go through the thousands of things I have and at least get some use out of them and maybe a few stories and like my observation on things.

May 2010

Personal Pet Peeve in SL fashion trends

So, my avie is short and wide by SL standards, consequently most all prim parts need some adjustments. I hate resizer scripts (that as far as I read in blogs don't work to stop copybot anyhow), since they do all directions, and typically i need to make shorter and wider, not bigger which you cannot do with those scripts. Some designers are really cool and will send or upsell me a modify set of prims or will adjust if i send them my shape if they insist on not selling a mod version; and others tell me pound sand and say that I need to change my shape. Most designers ignore me if I make requests or they ask for a bunch extra lindens to do a fitting. The second two sets I'll never buy from again nor do I recommend, hope they are happy with the one sale.

Unless Otherwise Noted

I realize some of stuff I don't change much so unless otherwise noted the following should be presumed:

Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack