Sunday, June 18, 2017

I walk 47 miles of barbed wire

While this happened around Yule, originally, it's a perfect example of "This (or something like this) happens every night":
[3:22:30 AM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: Bento forces your fingers to be splayed
[3:22:31 AM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: How...odd
[5:08:27 PM] Emilly Orr: But I do not want my finners to be splayed. I wear mesh hands so my finners will NOT be splayed.
This was before I had Bento anything, and I still don't have Bento for many things. But this seemed to be something to do with Bento rings, which...I don't understand why Bento-optimized animations would do that.
[5:08:40 PM] Emilly Orr: Also, I am full of woe and regrets. The coffee is almost gone.
[5:09:21 PM] Emilly Orr: Also also, for those that have Faceblech, and have an interest in 7 Deadly Skins, go to their page and enter and like the page for a chance to win a 10K store credit.
I'm leaving this in, because there's generally some sort of contest or hint or clue or something about their in-world store to do on their FB page.
[5:31:20 PM] Emilly Orr: So, today's gifts from Violetility are the "Kiss me" Mistletoe sign, which apparently will pair well with the "Pelvic Mistletoe".
[5:35:46 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: How odd. Like, what fingers get splayed? Non-bento rigged mesh hands?
Bento mesh hands? LL avatar? MY RL FINGERS?!?
[5:35:49 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: Worst glitch.
Probably not your RL fingers, unless things have gone very very wrong.
[5:38:56 PM] Emilly Orr: I'm thinking, system avatar hands are splayed, but does that also mean Bento-rigged mesh hands will splay, too? And what about non-Bento-rigged ones? There are so many questions.
[5:39:22 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: I don't want my RL fingers constantly splayed.
[5:40:22 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: So does 7 Deadly Skins sell just skins? I forget if that's the one Fawkes was saying sells more than just skins.
[5:42:33 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: 7 is just skins
[5:43:10 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: Alterego has a sister store that sells not skins
[5:42:50 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: Right, that was the one.
[5:43:10 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: Also, ll fingers
I forget, it's been so long--did he mean, he only has eleven fingers, or the Bento animation only splays eleven fingers??
[5:43:22 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: Were my fingers splayed last night?
[5:43:44 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: When on the animation pose stand, yes
[5:43:54 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: But also for me when I put on the tail
[5:44:49 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: Huh.
[5:44:53 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: No Bueno.
[5:46:09 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: May try again, see if others have that issue, but it is a major issue.
[5:46:19 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: Si.
Suddenly occurs to me--this was around the holidays, so...has it been fixed yet? I don't know.
[5:47:00 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: [Fxxx], you have no avatar
[5:47:18 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx:
[5:47:26 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: Where did it go?
[5:47:32 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: No idea
[5:47:38 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: Also, are we talking about Skype avatars?
[5:48:41 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: Yes
[5:48:54 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: I have one. It is a flame.
[5:49:10 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: [links picture of the avatar]
[5:49:11 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: You used to.
[5:49:19 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: Phone Skype disagrees
[5:49:29 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: Phone Skype is so broken.
Emi agrees.
[5:54:30 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx:
[6:23:39 PM] Emilly Orr: Skins, makeup layers (system and Catwa, mainly), appliers for most of the major mesh body lines, and a well-developed male line of skins in addition to the female line
I was responding to the earlier question about what 7 Deadly Skins sells.
[6:24:48 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: I feel like I came to Alice Project as the gift was being changed
[6:27:23 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: Ama. was going to have an advent, been cancelled due to illness.
[6:27:34 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: That's unfortunate.
[6:28:24 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: It 'tis.
[6:29:06 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: Thinking more upon it, it seems like more an animation issue than a Bento one possibly.
Well, I do know that unless one specifically does animation work on hands, they always upload as fingers splayed, or at least used to. But Bento offers hand bones, so...?
[6:29:49 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: I mean, isn't it a bit of both? But maybe!
[6:29:58 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: If it's *only* the tail.
[6:30:04 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: I would need to try other Bento animations.
[6:30:25 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: No, because LL finger positions are only affected by animations, not rigging. Theoretically.
So it can't be a Bento-specific issue.
[6:31:06 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: So just animation issue. It's likely, and I'm theorizing here, a problem specifically with the animations included in that one tail.
[6:31:14 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: Well, okay, let me rephrase. Bento Animations seem to, from the to be fair limited example, I didn't go in-depth to study it, auto splay the fingers, even though other animations tell them to do differently.
[6:31:41 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: But it is possible that for some reason, the hands were tagged to be animated when they shouldn't have been yes
[6:32:20 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: I suspect it's just the tail's animations, not Bento animations in general. Both of us need to do more testing to confirm either way though, yeah.
[6:32:31 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: The person that made the tail exclusively uses mesh avatars.
That's another good point. While I no longer make animations, and never really made them for sale unless I was putting that pose directly in an item of furniture that I also made, I made them using the standard system layer. Now I'm mostly mesh. Does that affect animations? Aren't animations still made using the basic system avatar rigging?
[6:33:12 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: That still means no bento for anyone who isn't.
[6:33:24 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: Because I am wondering if it's even possible to not animate the hands.
[6:34:09 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: If I'm right it doesn't mean that at all. If you're right it does.
[6:34:36 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: Well the issue is, I have a limited selection of things to test, but the ones I have tested all affect fingers.
[6:34:41 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: In different ways though!
[6:34:51 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: So it's likely, yes, just how they set the hands to be when uploading.
[6:35:10 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: Which is, perhaps, the problem, and would still, yes if I'm right, mean no Bento for non-mesh hand users.
Hmm. That could be a problem, too.
[6:35:20 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: Why?
[6:35:29 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: Because it'll make the fingers act *stupid*.
[6:36:05 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: If one is okay with their hands being stuck in whatever pose the bento animation uploaded, cool, but meh.
[6:36:27 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: If it's affecting LL hands in different ways, then it's likely the people making the animations doing something wrong. There's quite likely a way to just make the hands act normal when uploading an animation that includes Bento bones.
[6:36:42 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: Well, we will see! I'm hoping.
[6:38:28 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: So far, Aii's Tail, 10 Min tail, Fatewear's Cloak.
So a whole bunch of demos, effectively. I should follow up on this, ask him if it's still happening.
[6:38:38 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: All of them affect hand positions no matter what.
[6:39:07 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: What happens if you pull the animations out, and just play them?
[6:39:10 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: Without wearing the item.
[6:39:51 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: Same thing, it is the animation, no doubt.
[6:44:24 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: Well, there's that, at least.
Yeah. It does confirm that it's an animation issue, not a Bento-specific issue.
[6:45:22 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: I mean, I think I haven't...STOP FLASHING FIRESTORM...or didn't properly explain it. The issue is what I thought it was when I first mentioned it. I still consider that a Bento bug, if for some reason the Bento animations will override hand animations with no way to stop that.
[6:53:24 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: And since I have mesh hands for Maitreya, the only 'problem' will be purely my male avatars that don't have gloves.
[6:57:00 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: But if it's just an animation issue, and not a Bento Rigging conflict issue (which you never proposed but I had assumed at first), then I don't get why it would force hands into specific situations. It seems you could just... not animate the hands. Bingo bango. I don't get how or why that would screw up! But it's possible it did, and since it will animate the hands no matter what, Bento animation creators have to choose what hand position to put an LL avatar's hands into for their product.
[6:57:05 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: I assume most will choose neutral.
Which means splayed fingers.
[6:58:23 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: Apparently, you can't, at least, if you can, Bento may override that, due to needing higher priority, or becuse of a glitch. But it is an animation issue that does seem, at least slightly, related to Bento, or, at the very least, will become *much* more prevelant with Bento in a way it may not have been when it was a temp thing when wearing doll-huggers.
[7:02:47 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: Doll huggers forced your hands into being in a certain animation?
[7:03:04 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: I don't know!
[7:03:10 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: I never looked/cared enough to test.
[7:03:13 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: Now I sort of do.
Me too! I'll look through what I have for dolls and/or toy-hugging animations.
[7:03:25 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: I imagine it would be intentional though, with them.
[7:03:32 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: Splayed hands would look weird while hugging a doll.
[7:03:54 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: Hugs tend to make hands move in controlled fashions, so making sure they animate a specific way would be fine.
[7:07:38 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: Well, then it'd go back to "Bento animations are going to make this issue more obvious/annoying"
[7:08:07 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: But, so long as they don't use the Splayed position, it won't be *too* bad, like the Aii tail's animations did.
[7:08:50 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: Hopefully it will be fine enough until we can all upgrade to mesh avatars, anyway.
[7:08:51 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: If that ever happens.
Yeah, really.
[7:09:22 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: I'm feeling unless you can accept No-Mod or accept not great looking/supported Avs, it won't.
[7:09:41 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: Unless one of us gets really good at Modeling suddenly
[7:11:02 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: I can't accept no-mod. I teeter between not great but decent looking avatars and just uninstalling SL, on my acceptability scale.
[7:12:06 PM] Fxxxxx Axxxx: Yeah, I can't blame you, just ugh at the market.
[9:20:02 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx:
[9:20:06 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: Oh goodness, I hope not.
[9:42:38 PM] Pxxxx Nxxx: eh. after suicide squad, how much worse could Megan make things?
[9:47:06 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: Well, she won't redeem it.
[9:47:19 PM] xXxxXxX Rxxxxxxx: Also, not a redhead.
[9:47:35 PM] Pxxxx Nxxx: those don't exist
Redheads? Bite your tongue, we do too exist.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

moving like a hunter through my back door

This happened so long ago, I'd actually forgotten I still had it in drafts, but I'm still baffled by it.
[11:13] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: when I can meet most beautiful pixel girls in SL?
[11:14] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: I mean where*
That's a rather stunning way to start a conversation. All he's after is beauty, personality doesn't matter? And what are his criteria for beauty? Standards do vary after all.
[11:14] nxxxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: o.0
[11:15] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: wonders if [Axxx] will start a [group]
Oh, I do hope not. That might be terrifying.
[11:17] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: runs a talon down my hips.....I am currently available
[11:17] nxxxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: He is...
[11:17] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: at least until the restraining order from [Gxxxxx] expires
[11:36] Emilly Orr: My. Six years on the grid, and you haven't figured out how to find girls yet?
[11:36] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: mmmmm really not
[11:36] Emilly Orr: Astonishing.
It really is. Oh, but wait, he's after the 'most beautiful', not just any average pixel girl...
[11:37] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: girls are really Claver and sly
[11:37] Zxx Cxxxxxxx: try dating a guy
[11:37] Zxx Cxxxxxxx: it's easier
[11:37] Zxx Cxxxxxxx: and you get to do cool guy stuff
[11:37] Emilly Orr: There is that.
You know, that doesn't work as well the other way. Women date other women and the bathroom's busy more of the time, and then everyone in the argument gets to say "YOU know what you did!" or "If you don't know, don't expect me to tell you!"

But also, that line about girls being 'Claver and sly' makes us sound like we're feral creatures, sharp of tooth and claw, skulking under the trees. Though perhaps, to this fellow, we are.
[11:37] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: lol Hahaha I love my ass lol ))))))
[11:37] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: hahahhaha
[11:38] nxxxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: Its sometimes easier than you think.... *looks around cautiously for She Who Must Not Be Named*

[11:38] Emilly Orr: Well, see? You're set. You love asses, you're a guy, find another fellow, the magic will happen.
Isn't that the way it usually goes, I mean?
[11:38] Axxxxxxx Fxxxxxxx: Well [group] has nothing but clever beautiful WOMEN with intelligence and personalities, but if your looking for girls.. well gor's a good start ..I guess.
[11:39] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: noooo
[11:39] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: yes here really beautiful women for sure
Thank you for the compliment...I guess...
[11:39] Emilly Orr: Ohhhh, you meant no rear entry. Pity, it can be fun.
[11:40] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: but it is more hard to control woman I am young guy just 23
[11:40] Emilly Orr: Control....what, exactly, are we talking about here? You're seeking a date, you're seeking someone to collar and cage, what?
[11:41] Axxxxxxx Fxxxxxxx: Yeahh sounds like you need to look for a "gorean girl"
[11:41] Emilly Orr: Oh, be fair, some Gorean women are VERY hard to control, by intent and practice. :D
[11:42] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: mmmmmm not like anything like it ...control mean ..I talked with older woman but they always guided me like do this and don't
[11:42] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: that I don't lioe
I believe he means 'like' here, but...are we sure he's twenty-three? It sounds like he's younger and protesting about Grandma wanting to make sure his face is clean, or something.
[11:42] nxxxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: You're 23 and .... *stares and just shakes his head*
[11:42] Axxxxxxx Fxxxxxxx: there is a distinct difference between a girl and a woman.
Yes. There is.
[11:42] Emilly Orr: Very set in his ways already, yes. I'm beginning to perceive the difficulty.
[11:44] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: mmmmm yes that's problem
[11:44] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: can I date with you ?
Really? From you want a beautiful pixel girl, to you want to date me?
[11:44] Axxxxxxx Fxxxxxxx: -settles on the couch and pulls out a bag of popcorn and a large drink to watch what
[11:45] Emilly Orr: My dear, I don't think you could afford me, elsewise...maybe. I admit, I'm intrigued that you think you have no chance on the grid.
[11:45] Zxx Cxxxxxxx: yea go look in groups
[11:45] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: mmmmm affording you )))) here is no coffee shop lol
[11:46] Zxx Cxxxxxxx: there's bound to be one of ladies looking for men
[11:46] Zxx Cxxxxxxx: and if you wanna spoil someone hell, I'm here :p
[11:46] Axxxxxxx Fxxxxxxx: He is not looking for ladies - he is looking for a "girl"
True. One that's not too 'Claver and sly'.
[11:46] Emilly Orr: Oh, there are coffee shops and restaurants scattered about. But I didn't mean that. I charge.
[11:46] Zxx Cxxxxxxx: oh
[11:46] Emilly Orr: It sounds like you're looking for someone that's more interested in a relationship.
[11:46] Zxx Cxxxxxxx: ooohhh
[11:47] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: mmmm then )
[11:47] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: I give you my house keys
[11:47] Emilly Orr blinks
[11:47] Emilly Orr: I...don't understand what that means.
[11:47] nxxxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: Don't do it Emily!
[11:47] nxxxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: o.0
[11:47] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: :))) cool
[11:47] nxxxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: its a trap!
[11:47] Emilly Orr: Trust me, I have no intention to.
So far, he'd spectacularly failed in impressing any of us with intelligence, wit, or even the ability to string coherent words together into a single sentence.
[11:47] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx ragdoll
[11:47] Emilly Orr: ....wait.
[11:48] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: )))) I will send you keys soon
[11:48] Emilly Orr: You're looking for a doll?
[11:48] Emilly Orr: Oh, that's an ENTIRELY different proposition.
It really is. Dolls still come in all shapes and sizes, the community is still vast and diverse, but the ones he's likeliest to run across, he'd have to start frequenting the rubber/bondage sims to find. And for most rubber dolls, at least the serious ones, they seem mainly interested in other women...
[11:48] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: no its my house address in SL
Goodness, I don't want that. Have I given any indication that I want that?
[11:48] Axxxxxxx Fxxxxxxx leans over to whisper to [Nxxx] - "bet he has a freezer for of Female avatarts in his basement" -eats more popcorn-
[11:48] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: but wait [zxx] have you said something to me?
[11:48] Emilly Orr: I...don't make house calls, unless I know the patron fairly well.
[11:49] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: mmmm it will be your house
Nooope, no it won't.
[11:49] nxxxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: This is.... profoundly creepy. *nods slowly in agreement with [Axxx]*
[11:49] Emilly Orr: It will not be my house, but thank you for the offer.
[11:50] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: mmmmm but what you meant by affording you lol I will script you some car
I don't even know what that means. Is he offering to buy me a car? No, wait, he says 'script' here. He's offering to make me a car? But...I don't drive. Where I go, I port, I fly, I walk, or on rare occasions, I sail. I never drive, unless it's a train, and even then, no one drives a train, really...
[11:50] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: will upload some mesh jewellery
Again, not 'I will buy you pretty things', but 'I will upload something for you'. Now, let's be fair--I am not completely mercenary. I enjoy conversation and interchange, and no one's ever needed to buy me anything to make me feel desired or respected. But he's not even offering that--he's just saying "I have a template for a mesh thing, I'll upload it for you'.

But then, maybe that sort of thing impresses the non-'Claver' girls he's after...
[11:51] Emilly Orr: I'm beginning to suspect English is not your language of origin. Also, I work in Lindens.
[11:52] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: nah its my first language, you work in LL??
No. English is not a learned language? Then he is really, really bad at speaking.
[11:52] Emilly Orr shakes her head.
[11:52] Emilly Orr: We are having a failure to communicate.
[11:52] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: o.0
[11:52] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: you mean at their San Fransisco Lab?
[11:52] nxxxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: *steals some of [Axxx's] popcorn*
[11:53] Axxxxxxx Fxxxxxxx hands him the bag because she has a chocolate orange too.
[11:53] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx licks the orange
[11:53] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: ahmmm what happened?
Got me. Though I'm no longer surprised that he can't figure out what he's doing, which seems to be how this conversation is going so far.
[11:53] Emilly Orr stares at the popcorn, but decides on rum instead.
[11:53] Axxxxxxx Fxxxxxxx whispers "this is downgrading slowly, fascinating to watch......"
[11:54] Emilly Orr: No, it's actually downgrading pretty fast. The odd thing is the only one who hasn't realized it is him.
[11:54] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx only upgrades
[11:54] Emilly Orr: Yes, but you're you.
[11:55] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: much to the chagrin of some hehehe
[11:55] Emilly Orr grins
See, unlike some, I like our friendly neighborhood sparkly dragon. We don't interact that often outside of group chats or occasional parties, but I like him.
[11:55] nxxxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: why is the rum gone? Emily drank it all....
[11:56] Emilly Orr: Well, don't expect me to help with that.

[11:57] Emilly Orr: And I didn't drink all of it, I only have the one bottle!
Meanwhile, Mr. [w] had contacted me by IM.
[11:55] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: are you at working at that place?
[11:55] Emilly Orr: Which place?
[11:55] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: you said you working at linden lab
[11:56] Emilly Orr: No, I didn't.
[11:56] Emilly Orr: I said I only work in Lindens. As in, L$. As in, currency. Not scripted objects, not homes, not jewelry. Gifts are nice, but not my main transaction form.
[11:57] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: :) you like coins
[11:57] Emilly Orr blinks
[11:57] Emilly Orr: Sure...let's go with that.
[11:57] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: ok I will kiss you by linden love
[11:58] Second Life: pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx paid you L$25.

[11:58] Emilly Orr: Did you want that back?
[11:58] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: huh why
[11:58] Emilly Orr: Well, why did you send it to me?
[11:58] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: its linden love
I don't understand.
[11:58] Emilly Orr: You're very odd.
[11:59] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: thank you )))) its not easy to being odd hahaha
[12:00] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: that linden love in on lips )
[12:01] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: mmmmm have you blocked me ?
Why would I block him? I block people for being offensive or hurtful, not stupid.
[12:01] Emilly Orr: No, just puzzled.
[12:02] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: why puzzled )
It was at this point I realized he was using ")" to signify ":)". I don't get him at all...
[12:03] Emilly Orr: You say you're looking for a girl, we say there's a difference between girls and women, you don't get it.
[12:03] Emilly Orr: I say I'm a courtesan, you pay me L$25.
[12:03] Emilly Orr: I don't get it.
[12:05] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: it is not like for that , just to cheer you up )) you seems good person ....being courtesan in SL in not problem
[12:06] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: :)))) you love lindens that's it
[12:06] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: I love lindens too))))
[12:07] Emilly Orr: Well, you are a DJ.
[12:07] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: yep I am :)))
[12:08] pxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: coins sound is best
I really didn't have anything to add to that, and the IM conversation sort of sputtered to a halt.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

night was dark, but the sky was blue

Something strange is afoot in Gearhaven...again.

The scattered legions gather, remnants of older, greater nations, or nations forgotten from other realms, or even nations forgotten from this one. Why are they here? What do they intend? And who built the strange dark tower in the midst of Gearhaven?

Is that platform supporting a...cannon? For what reason? Does it have any connection to the mining now excavating Gearhaven underneath, or does it have a...darker intention?

That is not a cannon. I'm not even sure it's a Gatling gun. Is it a...mining laser? I've only ever seen a few, and those have all been cavorite-powered. Still, rich deposits of cavorite have been found in Gearhaven, so...perhaps it was built locally, not...imported?

All I know is, there is a great deal happening in Gearhaven of late, and no real clue as to what it is, or what's been found. I am both intrigued...and perturbed.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

clear target in the summer when skies are blue

One must be careful how one struts, I suppose.
[14:09] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx struts his stiff
[14:09] Emilly Orr: Struts your stiff...what?
[14:09] Emilly Orr: Inquiring minds and all that.
Yes. They truly do want to know.
[14:09] hxxxx Rxxxxxxx: [Gxxxxxxx] Gorgeous!
[14:09] Txxxx Rxxxxxxxxx covers her eyes! "I don't want to know what's stiff!"
True, that's one of those unsafe-to-answer questions in SL, depending.
[14:09] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: 0.0
[14:09] Kxxxxxx Sxxxxxxxxxx: no comment!
[14:09] Emilly Orr: You started it!
[14:10] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: stuff stuff
[14:10] hxxxx Rxxxxxxx: well he IS gorgeous
[14:10] Emilly Orr: Suuuure.
Yes, I'm suuure that's what he meant to type.
[14:10] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: curse you talons and keyboard
Well, to be fair, that can be a problem also.
[14:10] Emilly Orr: You say that NOW...
[14:10] Mxxxxxxxxx Fxxx: A pencil.
[14:10] Bxxx Txxxxxx: lol
[14:10] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: heee
[14:10] Txxxx Rxxxxxxxxx peeks out between her fingers and sighs relief
That it's not stiff, or that it's not there? Or...that it's a pencil??
[14:10] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: now that I woke everyone up .... ehehe
[14:11] hxxxx Rxxxxxxx: nice dragon here is a big cookie
[14:12] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: delicately anf gratefully accepts said cookie ad proceeds to nom it grciously
Talons confirmed. Or [Gxx] can't spell. Could be 60/40, talons.
14:13] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: pfft
[14:13] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: [Gxx] showin off?
[14:14] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: nuuuuu
[14:14] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: smh
[14:14] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx never does thaaaat.
[14:14] Kxxxxxx Sxxxxxxxxxx: isnt he normally?
Since I've known him at least.
[14:14] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: You are gorgeous and yes you make all us ladies swoon lol
[14:14] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: buuuut
[14:14] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: I am shocked at such baseless and accurate comments
[14:14] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: I mean in accurte
[14:14] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: Your ego is larger than life *giggles*
Well, so is he, so...would that make it just a him-sized ego, after all?
[14:14] Sxxxx Txxxxxxx: All you people can't you see can't you see
[14:15] Sxxxx Txxxxxxx: how your love's affecting our reality...everytime we're can make it right
This sounded familiar, and I'm ashamed that my semi-secret bubblegum-pop heart didn't immediately identify this. It's Backstreet Boys, Larger than Life.
[14:15] Kxxxxxx Sxxxxxxxxxx: cant you see, what that dragon, been doing to me
[14:15] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: well to be fair as a dragon I am larger than most ... so shouldn't me ego be size appropriate?
[14:15] Sxxxx Txxxxxxx: annnnnd that makes you larger than liiiiiife yeaaaaah
[14:15] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx chuckles
[14:15] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: I suppose [Gxx] I suppose
[14:15] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: wait wut
Yeah, kind of with the freakin' big dragon-type. What?
[14:15] Sxxxx Txxxxxxx: Size is relative, that's what the Men in Black movies taught us
[14:16] Mxxxxxxxxx Fxxx: The needle may sting, but it's still just a needle.
[14:17] Sxxxx Txxxxxxx: yeah but with the right drug or combination of nanites, needles can do wonders
[14:17] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: hmmm...if only there were a way to use a throng of adoring fans to some purpose ... hmmmm
[14:17] Emilly Orr: Wait, we went from pencils to needles...are we still talking about [Gxx]?
Because to be fair, that is kind of a diameter switch...
[14:17] Sxxxx Txxxxxxx: I think someone needs to knock you down a peg
Why? He means no harm by it, the group at large plays into it willingly, no one's getting, why?
[14:18] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: well, to your purpose ..of course there is!!
[14:18] Mxxxxxxxxx Fxxx: Pegs?
[14:18] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: Selling that adorably awesome plushie you are talking about!
[14:19] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: knock me down a peg? why would anyone want to do something so inconceivable
[14:19] Sxxxx Txxxxxxx: because it's easy
Damn, the bitchy side of the Force is showing.
[14:19] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: OH [Gxx] your glorious light shines and all the girls swoon ...
Well, that's going a tad far...
[14:19] Kxxxxxx Sxxxxxxxxxx hopefully awaits her [Gxx] plushy
[14:19] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: puts a forearm to my forehead .. I am cut to the core ...wounded deep in my soul
[14:19] Kxxxxxx Sxxxxxxxxxx: um, [mxxxxxx], youre not helping
[14:20] Emilly Orr: It's likely the needles.
[14:20] Rxxx Dxxxx: or cacti
[14:20] Sxxxx Txxxxxxx: I actually have no clue who [Gxx] is, I have vague memories but nothing permanent....besides, he's still young...only a 4 year old kind of forgettable
Wait. Four years in world isn't four months; that's a bit of time expended, getting to know the way the grid operates, learning what goes and what doesn't here, figuring out who we are in this virtual space and what we want to be. Four years, that's not nothing. She seems to be so dismissive with this statement.
[14:20] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx giggles again shaking her head
[14:20] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: Its always nice once in tell someone how awesome they are.
[14:20] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: It is quality not quantity dearie
[14:20] Rxxx Dxxxx: quantity here with [hxxxxxxx]
[14:21] Rxxx Dxxxx: take that anyway you like
[14:21] Sxxxx Txxxxxxx: yeah and I've heard nothing but the circle jerk in here about your "quality" so they're obviously biased
Okay, seriously, whose bed did she fall out of this morning, and what the hell happened on the way down? She's being vile and vituperative for no cause I can understand.
[14:21] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: bwahahaha
[14:21] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: or simply espouse good taste
[14:22] Sxxxx Txxxxxxx: I didn't know train wrecks had a flavor
[14:22] Kxxxxxx Sxxxxxxxxxx: lol
Now you do. (Actually, this is the chat that I took that comment from, because that's just so on-target for this blog.)
[14:22] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: now now envy is not a pretty color on you :P
[14:23] Sxxxx Txxxxxxx: Blue is a damn good color on me
Wait, envy's not blue, though, is it? Envy's green, I thought.
[14:23] Sxxxx Txxxxxxx: Envy only counts if you have something I desire and I've gotten along just fine for this long without ever having to visit your store or message you
DAMN, girl, lock it DOWN already. Stop poking the man, it's becoming obsessive.
[14:24] Sxxxx Txxxxxxx: just another bloated ego in a sea of maniacs
[14:24] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: my someone is grumpy today
Stone-the-crows-at-home truth, there. VERY grumpy.
[14:24] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: well
[14:24] Sxxxx Txxxxxxx: I win :D
How do you figure any of your sniping is a win?
[14:24] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: [Sxxxxx] YOU ARE LOVELY AS WELL
[14:25] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: I think we all have something someone wants
[14:25] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: except for me....*sobs* jkjk
[14:25] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: you won nothing but being sad and rather unpleasant but since I do not care about you it does not affect me one one way or the other
I really can't blame him for sniping back, in all fairness.
[14:26] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: so....
[14:26] Emilly Orr: Wait, [Gxx] has a store? How did I not know this?
[14:26] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: anyone excited for next years fair
[14:26] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx clears her throat
At this point [Gxxxxxxx] sent me a store link on MP, which was kind of him. He has some fun things. But then...
[14:26] Sxxxx Txxxxxxx: no one is just "lovely" people are ugly and beautiful in unequal amounts, saying that anyone is lovely is a lie, telling them they have the potential to be beautiful if they work hard and actually TRY to do so is someone a baseless pretty lie is someone a shot at their potential using what they have on hand and what they can do...that's called hope
[14:26] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: a small one .. I am not a great content creator by any means that I admit
[14:26] Emilly Orr: So you don't believe in hope?
Yeah, I went there, because at this point I'd pulled her profile, and while she's not the worst person I've run across in SL, she's pretty out there. For a 'beacon of hope' she is a bitter, spiteful, vicious little ball of rage. I'm mystified.
[14:27] Åxxxxxxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: lol Interesting convo here and ooooo what next fair, [Mxxxxxx]?
[14:27] Sxxxx Txxxxxxx: I'm one of the last Blue Lanterns still operating in SL, I espouse hope
Which frankly, I disbelieve entirely. Not that she's a Blue Lantern; I'm quite sure she is. But that she espouses hope; with that level of bitter spitefulness and virulent jealousy, I'm not sure that she's capable of hope.
[14:27] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: The fantasy fair
[14:27] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: and i meant your look...[Sxxxxx]
[14:27] Gxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: She is already looking forward to next year
[14:27] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: I try to stay positive here on sl since it is where i try to stay positive
[14:28] sxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: and leave all the bs out in the real world
Ideally, we all should. Pity the Blue Lantern in our midst couldn't manage to do that.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

cracking the anatomy

Well, this is an interesting development. Pursuant to that, by the way, I had no idea Ozimals had changed hands--I thought Candy Cerveau and Malkavyn Eldritch were still sole owners and operators, but according to this document, it seems that's not the case.

Also, have an open letter to the Mayor of Austin, Texas, about Alamo Drafthouse's woman-only screening of Wonder Woman; a list of printers which may--or may not--display identifiable "tracking dots"; a mod that turns Fallout 4 into a gloomy, unnerving horror game; and enjoy some shots of the Museum of Failure.

Could you not just die over this? I swear, Build-a-Bear is killing it over their Pokémon line. (Except for Eevee. Eevee still looks odd.)

Also, your weekly reminder that we are, in fact, living in the future.

If you want more, how about a definitive list of essential cyberpunk fiction works? To that end, how about a list of free-to-download works of fundamental, early science fiction in the public domain? Awesomely tasty stuff.

Lastly, looking at getting a rice cooker? Look through this list.
"It has been said, 'Time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone."

~Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
There's definitely truth in that.

[00:33] Miyu Goodnight: I just spawned inside someone's torso
[00:33] Miyu Goodnight: This is fine

I feel you, Miyu. (Actually, possibly literally--I might have been the torso.) More later.

Friday, June 2, 2017

there's an SOS, I'm calling out

I've had a problem for a while with finding a solid, dependable ankle lock. I had one, from Mesh Agency*, and it worked without fail, but on the last update of Firestorm, it stopped working. So I picked up some others, intending to find one that worked consistently with the burlesque chairs we use at Sakura, which are from Henmations.

* (Technically, it was sold by [BREATHE] on the MP; I can't find it now, but that's because Mesh Agency specifically says buyers are not to sell it as an independent item, only with shoes, so...that may be why I can't track it down at this point.)

So, last night, friend of mine needed a live body to bed-test. This was over at Newcastle, so off we went, and I noticed that many of the poses really broke my ankles. And the default I'd been running with, from *BoSH*, totally didn't fix it, even after several resets. So in desperation, I started at the top of my folder of ankle locks and as it turned out, the one from Diamond worked like a charm. Yay.

But it got me thinking--why is this happening? It's far from the first time I've noticed; in fact, it's been a couple months, at least. This shouldn't be a big problem because the script for any ankle lock seems pretty simple, doesn't it?

Anyway, had a conversation with someone from Meli Imako's group about the problem. I'm not the only one to notice.
[12:38] Bxxxxxxxxx Sxxxx: ty, so i might not be failing it's the script itself. i tested the anim in world by itself and it worked... i'm sitting here thinking damn near ten years building experience and i'm being bested by this thing
[12:38] Emilly Orr: Right.
[12:38] Emilly Orr: there is something IN the script currently, and I don't know enough about scripting to find it.
[12:39] Emilly Orr: But either LL broke a facet of their programming language, or different items are now interacting with other items in non-expected ways. Maybe it's a priority setting?
[12:40] Emilly Orr: Like, last night, testing a bed for sale at Newcastle, I noticed my ankles broke, and I was wearing the BoSH ankle lock. Wouldn't work even after reset.
[12:40] Emilly Orr: Took it off and put on the Diamond ankle lock, which hasn't worked on ANYTHING else, and it worked. So I have no clue.
I didn't think to capture pics at the time, but I went back by myself for a quick before-and-after. This is without the Diamond ankle lock:

This is the before pic, with me wearing the *BoSH* ankle HUD. And this one:

is my ankle after application of the Diamond ankle HUD.
[12:42] Bxxxxxxxxx Sxxxx: i just bought his $1 to test and i noticed it was working mostly but faded and my AO started taking it over. so i thought well maybe if it's in the shoe it'll work better so i got the builder edition and then my meli hud didn't work and it wasent working iether
[12:42] Emilly Orr: See? It's a bug, somewhere, but it's elusive.
[12:42] Emilly Orr: If you figure it out, announce it somewhere, it's been a headache for a while!
[12:44] Bxxxxxxxxx Sxxxx: i was honestly thinking it was bosh, i have never fully been happy with his scripts. he was the first hud i used years ago but when he went to the 1 script version for mesh something about it i didn't like
[12:45] Bxxxxxxxxx Sxxxx: it might be easier to figure out if the scripts wernt no mod... i understand why they are but it means no one can look at them to figure it out
[12:45] Emilly Orr: Hmm.
[12:45] Emilly Orr: That's something.
[12:45] Emilly Orr: A moddable ankle lock script.
[12:46] Bxxxxxxxxx Sxxxx: i would think all it has to be is a play anim script to work
[12:48] Emilly Orr: Okay:
[12:48] Emilly Orr: They mention it was recently updated.
[12:58] Bxxxxxxxxx Sxxxx: you click on the link to the updated project and it comes up as an error. or did i miss something
Nope. It 404s (without actually 404-ing.)
[12:59] Emilly Orr: Damn.
[13:00] Emilly Orr: That may be part of the problem.
[13:00] Emilly Orr: Now it's a puzzle!
[13:03] Bxxxxxxxxx Sxxxx: i wonder if boch would be able to help. i have talked to him a few times... he tries to mansplane things though
[13:06] Emilly Orr: Ugh. But maybe, it's worth the ask, at least.
[13:12] Bxxxxxxxxx Sxxxx: well, he's online and says he's checking
[13:14] Emilly Orr: Interesting. I wonder if he's noticed anything.
[13:14] Bxxxxxxxxx Sxxxx: he says he's checking the script sorce and it'll be a few
[13:19] BBxxxxxxxxx Sxxxx: he gave me a new script to try, let you know in a few
[13:19] Emilly Orr: Keen
[13:30] Bxxxxxxxxx Sxxxx: took a while for the AO to cycle through to an animation that twists the ankle but.... still no dice
[13:30] Bxxxxxxxxx Sxxxx: [sent a picture link, picture below]

[13:33] Bxxxxxxxxx Sxxxx: said he has to look in to it deeper and refunded me
[13:44] Emilly Orr: Went afk for coffee
[13:45] Emilly Orr: I'm not going to sweat a Linden, but that he sees a problem, too, that's interesting
[13:45] Emilly Orr: Huh. Standing? I've never had problems standing. That's deeply odd.
[13:48] Bxxxxxxxxx Sxxxx: well i'm not even sweating the 99 i spent for the builder edition... i have wasted more than that on things that wont work for me lol
[13:50] Emilly Orr: So true
[13:51] Bxxxxxxxxx Sxxxx: oy i need some Tylenol now lol, i posted the result to meli's grp if anyone pays attention lol
[13:52] Emilly Orr: Maybe someone will
[13:52] Bxxxxxxxxx Sxxxx: you want me to update once he gets done with the script?
[13:53] Bxxxxxxxxx Sxxxx: he said it should be a few hours but it might be longer
[13:54] Emilly Orr: Sure!
She hasn't gotten back to me yet, I'm probably going to IM her and ask in a day or so. But something else has occurred to me--maybe it's not that the Lindens broke something, but that Firestorm broke something on their update? We're both on Firestorm, that the answer? Who do we ask then?

It's still a puzzle. The mystery abounds.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

she has hairy legs, and she eats raw meat

OH, man. This is the weirdest thing that's happened in a while. So, there's an event called Kink(y) Monthly, and usually, there's a lot of interesting Adult-themed items--common features are lingerie, collars, leashes, spanking get the idea. It's occasionally laggy, because many folks (I'm ashamed to admit, I'm among them) go in full mesh with scripted HUDS on, and y'know, that increases the lag at busy shopping events.

There are many ways to deal with this problem. The most common include lowering your graphics settings, or setting everyone but you to impostor status. Recently, there's been a couple advancements, including jellydolls (Firestorm allows you to set how complex the avatars you're trying to render are), friends only (another Firestorm setting which renders only people on your friendslist), and derendering all avatars temporarily. While some of these are less well known, they are all useful techniques for events with lots of active scripts, vendors, and people.

Now, by the time this occurred, I had left due to lag. I'd seen all the offerings, picked up a few demos for outfits to try on later, and poofed away to a far less laggier locale. But my friends stayed, and...that's when this happened:
[23:39] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: fawkes you better get the [f*ck] away from me
[23:39] Fawkes Allen: I can't even see you! I have Avatars disabled due to lag
[23:39] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: i will harass you if you keep bumping me
Keep in mind, this is not in IM. She is saying this IN OPEN CHAT.
[23:40] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: I don't giva [shh*t]
[23:40] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: poof away, nothing here for you
[23:40] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: You are here just to bother others
[23:40]Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: so just log off or tp out
[23:40] Fawkes Allen: I am here to shop, same as you.
The arrogant assumptions in her statements are galling. Mm. Allen, due to having derendered everyone, had, near as we can figure, bumped this aggressive little trash fire ONCE. After that SINGLE bump--to which all that was really required was "Hey! Don't bump me!" followed by an apology from Mm. Allen--she made it her mission in life to ruin everyones' night.
[23:40] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: Oh yeah? Shopping for female panties you idiot?
[23:41] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: you are standing in the wrong spot
Yeah,'s known that Mm. Allen--and many others in SL--are genderfluid. Sometimes he's male, sometime's she's female, sometimes it's a robot--because Mm. Allen frequently roleplays in various communities. Shopping for panties is not at all uncommon, but more than that, what's wrong with any male-identified avatar shopping for lingerie? They could have a wife, a girlfriend, a mistress. Maybe they're shopping for a friend who can't make the event. Maybe there's a birthday or anniversary coming up, and they're wondering if their partner(s) or friend(s) would like something like it. Or maybe, just maybe, they want to wear it themselves.
[23:41] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: I saw you bumping everyone here and standing on that girl's head
The phrase "standing on that girl's head" is especially telling here. I won't lie, we often shop in a clump, and when we do, we generally select one person to port us places. Which she does by standing in place and sending out ports. This often results in us arriving before the last person has moved off the port point, so it's not at all uncommon that we will--briefly--find ourselves standing on someone's head.

But--and this is key--this happens in general outside the venues, or if inside, to the side of where the most people might aggregate. This tells me that this rampaging loony was considering Mm. Allen bumping us while getting untangled from the teleport clump as "bumping everyone here".

Thanks for being offended on our behalf, you knuckle-dragging Visigoth, but really, we're fine. Ask first before assuming someone else is completely in the wrong.
[23:41] Fawkes Allen: Yes? Beyond the fact I have multiple characters, It's nice to see what might be interesting to suggest to people I know.
[23:41] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: So go [F*CK] YOURSELF
[23:41] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: You are not that clever lol
[23:41] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: leave
[23:42] Fawkes Allen: No, now stop being so rude, I'll stand still if that'll make you happier and Cam
[23:42] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: ok,
And then she did--something--which shotput Fawkes out of the building and near the edge of the sim. After Mm. Allen flew back, confused, the conversation continued. Again, IN MAIN CHAT:
[23:44] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: you want more?
[23:45] Fawkes Allen: You're the one Griefing me?
[23:45] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: Yeah so?
Open admission of griefing tactics used on another SL avatar in main chat. Abuse reports began to be filed. From IMs in a group conference we were using:
[23:46] Fawkes Allen: Assault or Harassment?
[23:47] Fawkes Allen: What's the category for Griefing?
[23:47] Axxxxxxxx Axxxxx: Hmm, I don't know actually, I've never reported anyone before, I thought Griefing was it's own thing
[23:48] Emilly Orr: Assault.
[23:48] Emilly Orr: Bumping, pushing, or shoving someone--deliberately--in a safe area
[23:49] Axxxxxxxx Axxxxx: Yah, I'm glad I walked over, this is great
[23:50] Axxxxxxxx Axxxxx: Wish I had popcorn
[23:50] Emilly Orr: It went on?
[23:50] Emilly Orr: Oh dear gods, she's saying all this in OPEN CHAT??
[23:50] Axxxxxxxx Axxxxx: It's still going, and yep
Another friend had walked over at this point, trying to keep the peace.
[23:47] Txxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: You're not making any sense, [Jxxx]. He's clearly just trying to shop like the rest of us.
[23:47] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: Shut up idiot, no one is talking to you
[23:47] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: what are you his alt?
[23:47] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: [f*ck] off
[23:47] Txxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: What a pleasant personality.
Yeah, really. And apparently she's proud of being her objectionable little self:
[23:47] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: Yeah, I am not so shut the [f*ck] up ok?
[23:47] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: No one is talking or dealing with you
[23:48] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: i am talking to fawkes not you
[23:48] Txxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: And did he get to choose to talk to you or not?
[23:48] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: You want to suck his lil [d*ck] go right ahead, but I am not talking to you at all
[23:48] Txxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: Why would you get to choose who to talk to at will, but other people don't get to choose to talk to you if they want to?
[23:48] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: He bumped me and everyone else if you have to know lol
Yeah, at this point I'm calling shenanigans on this assertion. I know I wasn't there, personally, but I have verification of three other people who were there with Mm. Allen, and they saw him bump her once, period. Once. Only.
[23:48] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: Ok you are his alt I get it
[23:48] Txxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: This is a lagfest.
[23:49] Txxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: Lotsa people will bump into people.
As is the nature of many large shopping events. Decent people apologize when we can--when we catch it--and if not, for most people, it's a momentary flare of irritation, and then, guess what, they go on with their day. Like rational adults do. Instead of spoiled children, like Ms. [Jxxx] here:
[23:49] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: fawkes, your computer is getting hot isn't it with 2 avatars?
[23:49] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: lol
[23:49] Txxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: It's not like we get physically hurt by it.
[23:49] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: at least make a real "woman" as an alt ffs
[23:49] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: not a monkey
I don't understand the "monkey" thing at all. [Txxxxxxxx] is an elemental female, with ears that are roughly cat-shaped, and a tail made of bubbles. She is alternately composed of water, earth, air or lava, depending on her mood. How does that equate to "monkey"?
[23:50] Txxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: I'm nobody's alt. I am his friend though. See, people with decent personalities get to have friends.
[23:50] Txxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: It's kind've a neat perk.
[23:51] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: blah blah blah......take ur monkey tail and your friend elsewhere then
[23:51] Txxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: No.
[23:51] Txxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: We're shopping.
[23:51] Txxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: Which I'm gonna get back to doing now.
[23:51] Txxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: Cheers!
And when this particular elemental decides to walk away from a peacekeeping effort, you have definitely done something wrong, because she's just about the calmest, most peaceful person I know.
[23:51] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: ok
[23:51] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: "sheds a tear"
Normally--or at least, these days--I try to give people the benefit of the doubt. Maybe she had a bad day. Maybe she's under a lot of work or relationship stress. But all that changed when I pulled up her profile.

Turns out she's all of five months old. This is her SL bio:
All I gotta say is play cool with me and we'll be cool! Be a [f*cking] bitch and I will be a bigger [f*cking] bitch....;)...test me! I will own you, so back the [f*ck] off unless you're willing to look stupid ;)
Ooookay. Though I'm fairly sure the only one looking stupid here is her.

Her first life bio?
Only people with a "need to know" criteria will know, otherwise all you need to know is that I don't know what to tell ya!
So she's not smart enough to come up with a bio, she's barely smart enough to spell simple words in main chat at a highly populated event, and she has no picks.

What a total waste of oxygen.

But that wasn't the end of things. She was still ranting, only now, she'd moved to IMing Mm. Allen directly:
[00:04] [00:04] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: so that's ur alt?
[00:04] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: monkey tailed chick lol
[00:04] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: that is the best you got for me?
[00:04] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: A noobish looking avatar talking big in local?
What's "talking big" in local? Seriously, I want to know how trying to mediate equates to a threatening gesture. Does she view any form of conversation as verbal assault?
[00:05] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: That is the best you got?
[00:05] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: 3713 days and that is the best you got for me huh?
[00:05] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: You do need better friends you know? Lol
[00:05] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: That [sh*t] is no help to you lol
[00:06] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: I can help her look half way decent if you need, let me know lol
[00:06] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: As of now, she looks like death lol
Given the choice between my friend's elemental structure, which is original and fascinating, and Ms. [Jxxx]'s spraddle hips, spray-tanned skin, and a thigh gap you could drive a tank through...well, I know which one I'd pick for fashion advice.
[00:06] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: I mean wtf is with the tail and the ears? Lol
[00:06] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: Is she a monkey?
[00:07] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: tell her to go get a body, a head, and a skin
[00:07] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: and get rid of that tail shit deal lol
She's never seen any neko on the grid? She's associated solely with humans her entire five months of experience?

Oh, who am I kidding, she probably has. Probably has no idea that the grid is larger than her filth-filled head.
[00:08] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: I won't tell ehr that so I won't be too rude
No, of course not, because you're respectful of other avatars' feelings. Cue my massive, nigh crushing sensation of disbelief.
[00:08] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: but you know better with all the years you got here
[00:08] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: And next time you want to come and [f*ck] around with people, make sure you look at the avatars and read their profiles ok?
[00:09] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: Some of us know a lot actually
Some people, sure. Not you, clearly. You're stone-stick stupid, and it looks like you won't be improving any time soon.
[00:14] Fawkes Allen: I do like her 'I don't want to be rude'
[00:14] Fawkes Allen:
Yeah. Because she passed rude a long time back.
[00:15] Txxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: Yeah, do not engage with toxic personalities, generally.
Yeah. Ever. It never turns out well.
[00:16] Axxxxxxxx Axxxxx: Honestly, I don't think she would care, it didn't really seem like she was reading what you were saying
[00:18] Axxxxxxxx Axxxxx: People like her are why I hate people
[00:19] Emilly Orr nodnods
[00:20] Axxxxxxxx Axxxxx: Ah well, at least her stupidity was hilarious

And saved. More than willing on this one, to give the name to anyone who asks. Just in case y'all want to ban the stupid from your lands or events. I know I'm preemptively banning her from any lands that I own.

And after that lovely bit of strangeness, have some religious nightmare fuel. I don't even. Also, I don't want to be glared at by a robot in diamond-plate armor speaking about God. Thanks, but no.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

ever wonder about what he's doing?

Rising from the deeps under the Firth...

I knew there was mining going on in Port Caledon, and Gearhaven beyond it, how could I not? I'm told there were rich deposits of both cavorite and an odd, new mineral called Aetherium. I don't know much about it, though I've heard somewhere, there's a crystal organ that uses the Aetherium ore to make music.

But when the drills started excavating below the Firth, well...this popped up. I can't make heads or tails of it. There are gears, there is exposed machinery that, beyond some oxidation here and there, is seemingly unaffected by the Firth's mix of fresh and sea water, which is not how metal should react. Plus, there are glowing circles of power, one the color of Aetherium ore, one...radiating a very dark energy and an intense heat. (That, again, should have some effect on the gears beneath it, and yet...)

And what on any earth is this?? Whirlpools forming and dissipating beneath the geared structure. What on earth is going on??

There is an observation platform if you're curious about the anomaly. Myself, I don't plan on getting too close.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

you have no scars on your face, and you cannot handle pressure

Huh. So tonight's moment of brainlessness comes from a weekly event shopping group.
[22:15] cxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: where is the url for this place
[22:16] Nxxxx Bxxxxxxxx: [The sale] takes place at the mainstores of its participants. a notecard with their LMs is in the notices
[22:16] cxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: cant find the tp for the place
[22:16] cxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: anyone has it?
[22:16] cxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: lm
Are you not listening? It's not one place, it's a whole bunch of places.
[22:16] Nxxxx Bxxxxxxxx: [The sale] takes place at the mainstores of its participants. a notecard with their LMs is in the notices
[22:17] cxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: why cant someone just send the lm
[22:17] Axxxxx Cxxxxxx: Because there is not just ONE LM.
[22:17] Nxxxx Bxxxxxxxx: please read what i have said, there is not one central LM
[22:17] Axxxxx Cxxxxxx: [Nxxxx] has answered you twice.
[22:17] Emilly Orr: Serious. You gotta go to all the individual shops.
[22:17] exxxxxxxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: dense
Very. Simple question asked, sure, but simple question answered more than once, is she just ignoring people?
[22:17] cxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: ir shows [the sales] group with 33,000 members
[22:17] cxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: you must be dense
Look again, sweetheart, we're not the ones not listening.
[22:17] Emilly Orr: That's okay, she asks again, [Nxxxx] will just light her on fire.
[22:17] Nxxxx Bxxxxxxxx: i do not light people on fire
[22:18] Emilly Orr: No? Awwww.
[22:18] Axxxxx Cxxxxxx: Not often.
Aww. Does that mean she doesn't nail people to wood anymore, either? So sad.
[22:18] cxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: why are you all so bitchy
[22:18] sxxxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: [Cxxxxx], it's a store hop event.
[22:18] cxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: war nice lothes and act so stupid
[22:18] exxxxxxxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: see my point :P
[22:18] cxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: bye
[22:18] Emilly Orr: Oh, honey. This is not bitchy.
[22:18] Nxxxx Bxxxxxxxx: bye
[22:18] Cxx Sxxxxxxxxx: wow.
Yeah, really. So sorry we don't meet your high standards, even though we "war" nice "lothes"...I can't even.
[22:18] mxxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: Is Reign's item out yet?
[22:18] Emilly Orr: For some nights, this is polite.
[22:18] sxxxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: anyone have the blog to preview items? forgot what it was
[22:19] Nxxxx Bxxxxxxxx:
[22:19] sxxxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: ty
[22:19] Nxxxx Bxxxxxxxx: but their new post won't be out till after midnight slt
[22:19] Emilly Orr: Well, Seraphim previews, but usually, not until midnight
[22:19] exxxxxxxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: I went to Reign, but the items is set to 200l, I wonder if tomorrow will be 50
[22:19] sxxxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: oh i know that, i forgot to bookmark it lol
[22:20] Nxxxx Bxxxxxxxx: [cxxxxx] would like you all to know that i am a freak looking person lol
[22:20] Axxxxx Cxxxxxx: the best kind of freak. <3 b="">
[22:20] Nxxxx Bxxxxxxxx: guess she wasn't happy with the ban hammer to the face
[22:20] Axxxxx Cxxxxxx: LOL!
[22:20] Axxxxx Cxxxxxx: it's not a thursday night until someone gets banned.
[22:22] Nxxxx Bxxxxxxxx: i want another one to message my partner lol
[22:22] exxxxxxxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: to dense to read what you said twice :P

Then, not even a minute after that had happened...
[22:23] lxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: anybody looking to buy mainland 4096 1401 prim by the water
[22:23] Axxxxx Cxxxxxx: please do not advertise, [lxxxxx].
[22:23] Nxxxx Bxxxxxxxx: please don't advertise in this group
[22:23] Nxxxx Bxxxxxxxx: oops double moderated
[22:23] lxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: ok
[22:25] Nxxxx Bxxxxxxxx: there is a pretty awesome group for land sales though.. i think its still around, called land buyers and sellers.
Not sure if that's the group she meant, but that's the group I found, so that's the group I'm linking.

[22:26] pxxxx Vxxxx: Hello...Can anyone recall the name of the 7prim skybox that was sold a couple of weeks ago? :)
[22:26] Nxxxx Bxxxxxxxx: oh! i have that
[22:26] lxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: really
[22:26] pxxxx Vxxxx: I wanted to use is for something but for the life if me...forget what it was called lol
[22:27] lxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: you are selling advertising
[22:27] Nxxxx Bxxxxxxxx: do what?
Say what now?
[22:27] lxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: this is not a rent land this land that will be yours
[22:28] Nxxxx Bxxxxxxxx: i think you're chatting in the wrong box [lxxxxx]
[22:28] Sxxxxx Mxxxxxxx: [Lxxxxx].........
[22:28] Sxxxxx Mxxxxxxx: wow
[22:28] Cxx Sxxxxxxxxx: is it clueless night in [the group]?
I'm beginning to wonder.
[22:28] Nxxxx Bxxxxxxxx: nah box mixups happen
[22:28] Mxxxxx Vxxxxxx: I'm always clueless
[22:28] pxxxx Vxxxx: Im clueless also
[22:29] lxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: 7431 lindens
[22:29] Sxxxxx Mxxxxxxx: gotta wonder how some people dont constantly hurt themselves
[22:29] exxxxxxxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: ban please
[22:29] Nxxxx Bxxxxxxxx: [pxxxx] that skybox was called [TMK] skyroom
[22:29] Axxxxx Cxxxxxx: [lxxxxx], you're chatting in the wrong group.
[22:29] lxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: ok, sorry
[22:29] lxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: wrong window
[22:30] pxxxx Vxxxx: Your the best!!!! Thank-you so much, [Nxxxx] :)
[22:30] Nxxxx Bxxxxxxxx: my hoarder inventory says you're welcome
[22:30] Nxxxx Bxxxxxxxx: it also says please clean me please... she never-
[22:30] Nxxxx Bxxxxxxxx coughs
[22:30] pxxxx Vxxxx: laughs
[22:30] Pxxxxxxx Kxxxxx: lol
So what's the takeaway from all this? Don't be stupid, stupid. Basically. Or listen when people tell you things. One of those.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

heard a bump, and somebody screamed

[13:20] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: if any of you have ozimals bunnies in your inventory, get to the store now and get the free timepiece and convert it if you want to keep it. ozimals is no more because of a court order
This is addressed further in the notecard post.

[13:21] Dxxxxx Fxxxxxxx: :0
[13:21] Rxxxxx Sxxxxxxxxx: :O
[13:21] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: pufflings too
[13:21] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: i dont know exactly who the beef was with but they sent a notecard sayng they have a cease and desist order they cant fight
[13:22] Rxxxxx Sxxxxxxxxx: wow
[13:22] Rxxxxx Sxxxxxxxxx: theyve been here forever seems like
[13:22] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: 7 years
[13:24] Zxxxx Hxxx: Amaretto i believe had the case against them
[13:25] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: they have been fightng with amaretto for years yes, but at one point they won against them
[13:26] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: im not sure if its them or someone else
[13:26] Zxxxxx Hxxx: I could be wrong but remember hearing of something between them a while back
[13:26] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: the notecard names the people but rl names
[13:26] axxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: name and shame i say
[13:27] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: "At 8:00 am on Monday, May 15, 2017, I received a Cease and Desist letter from legal counsel representing [Exxxxx Dxxxxxxxxxx] and Akimeta Ltd. This letter demands that I cease all use of Ozimals intellectual property."
[13:27] Kxx Hxxxxxxxx: Lm to Ozimals, please [Pxxxxx]
[13:27] Rxxxxx Sxxxxxxxxx: did they sound like dutch names?
[13:27] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: Magic of Oz
[13:29] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: they do, dont they?
[13:29] Rxxxxx Sxxxxxxxxx: wonder if its sion chickens
[13:33] Axxxxxxxxxxxx Sxxxxxxx: hiya evyerone
[13:33] Axxxxxxxxxxxx Sxxxxxxx: posting breedables is not allowed in group chat
[13:33] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: hi [Axxxx]
[13:33] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: if its sion, i'd expect all the breedables to vanish.
[13:34] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: sorry [Axxxx]. this isnt exactly posting breedables. its announcing the death of one
[13:34] Axxxxxxxxxxxx Sxxxxxxx: oh I see
[13:34] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: Eh what happened? I just logged on
[13:34] Zxxxxx Hxxx: Feel like posting the lm was more of the issue
[13:34] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: although i DID post the link to the store for the timepieces to save your favorites
[13:34] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: mea culpa
[13:35] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: Which ones?
[13:35] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: [Jxxxxxxx], Ozimals got a cease and desist order from the court, theyre shutting down
[13:35] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: but there is a box full of copyable treats, grow potion, time pieces etc in the store
[13:35] Dxxxxx Fxxxxxxx: wonder if it would work on the babies
[13:35] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: it will
[13:35] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: you can also make any of them big or tiny
[13:36] Kxx Hxxxxxxxx: So how does this timepiece work [Pxxxxx]?
[13:36] axxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: i found there address :P shall i get the heavys in? lol
[13:36] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: Ah. Only ones I marginally care about are Kittycats xD I am curious about this legal issue though
[13:36] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: ill send you the notecard i got
[13:37] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: if its someone like sion chickens behind it, they can shut down all the breedables if they shut down ozimals
[13:38] Rxxxxx Sxxxxxxxxx: yeah and thats bad ...
[13:39] Rxxxxx Sxxxxxxxxx: reason i wondered if its them is because i thought back to the oldest breeder, and something rings a bell but i cant remember..
[13:39] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: i think they were. or maybe turtles before them?
[13:40] Rxxxxx Sxxxxxxxxx: turtles came after
[13:42] kxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: so the idea is that someone says breedables are their own copyright idea and no one else should be able to do it, [Pxxxxx]?
[13:43] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: well, someone says ozimals was their own at any rate
[13:43] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: i don't know if other breedables are effected,I was just speculating there
[13:44] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: im just going to take and convert all my special ones so i can keep them. i have. LOTS
[13:44] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: I think someone would have a really difficult idea arguing that in court against a business with some actual backing, such as Kittycats or that other large one I can't recall the name of
[13:45] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: you think ozimals didnt have backing? lol
[13:45] axxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: i found a post about akimeta saying about ozimals but that was back in 2009
[13:45] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: they were the first really big one. amaretto came next and they fought in court for a couple years
[13:45] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: theyve been here 7 years, id been breeding them since the first week
[13:46] Kxx Hxxxxxxxx: How does this time peice work, [Pxxxxx]. No instructions came with it
[13:46] Jxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: They're not the most widespread though. The other one is that horses group. Regardless it's still an interesting issue. *goes off to google the briefs*
[13:46] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: first, make sure the bunny isnt hibernating. the sun in the folder will fix that. then just rez it beside the bunny you want and youll get a popup
[13:47] Kxx Hxxxxxxxx: They are all in hibernation lol
[13:47] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: mine too! first rez a sun beside each one
[13:47] Kxx Hxxxxxxxx: Ok
[13:48] kxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: hmmm, I just saw a new store go up with tons of breedables, not kittycats at good prices today, lol
[13:48] kxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: maybe will not be such good prices later, then, huh
[13:49] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: if you see a 'collectable' bunny someplace, id buy it
[13:49] kxxxxxxxx Rxxxxxxx: maybe plenty of "bargains" people hedging their bets then
[13:49] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: if i were you
[13:50] Pxxxxx Pxxxxxxxx: a mutant or an elite
So...that seems to be that.

Now, it's well known I have issues with the very concept of breedables, but they've gotten much better in both script usage and prim counts over the years. It's still a case where I land on a sim that has a significant amount of breedables rezzed out, or even shelves full of the boxes of breedable animals to buy, that I experience pretty significant lag. That's a common issue, not just something I experience.

But this goes a bit deeper for me. I first met Malkavyn when he had a tiny shop for eyes, eyes I instantly fell in love with. He and I talked a bit over the next few months, when I stopped by his store, and when he bought his own sim, Magic of Oz, he told me and others about it. I thought it was an amazing venture, but admittedly, he had a bit of a problem funding it.

Then, a few years after sim launch, he and his partner invented Ozimals. And they were massively popular. The problems of owning a sim disappeared, so much so that they bought another sim just for the Ozimals line.

With Ozimals now shut down, what's going to happen to Magic of Oz?

tombstone hand and a graveyard mine

Well, this is upsetting.
ello, friends.

At 8:00 am on Monday, May 15, 2017, I received a Cease and Desist letter from legal counsel representing [Exxxxx Dxxxxxxxxxx and Akimeta Ltd. This letter demands that I cease all use of Ozimals intellectual property.

I don’t personally agree with this claim, but I do not have the means to fight this in court, therefore I have no choice but to comply.

As of the morning of Wednesday, May 17, 2017, my products and their associated games will cease to function.

This means:
All databases supporting the bunnies and Pufflings will be offline.
Support, both inworld and through the ticket portal, will cease.
All Ozimals inworld groups will be closed.
Pufflings will cease to function.
Any bunny who is Everlasting will continue to function, as he or she does now: without cost.
Any bunny who is not Everlasting will be unable to eat and will hibernate within 72 hours.

This really [fxxking] sucks, and I’m sorry. It was never my intention for the time we’ve all spent with the bunnies and the Pufflings to end like this. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the support this community has given me over the last seven years. I wish there was more I could say.

Malkavyn Eldritch
In the meantime, there's coverage of Steelhead Bay by the SL Newser, and by New World Notes. I'm proud that Gearhaven has their small mooring station there to support the cause. May Steelhead Bay thrive.

Friday, May 5, 2017

a tale of several mesh heads (part one)

Heard from a friend about a steampunk coffeshop in Cape Town, South Africa. It's called Truth. They use an Edwardian-era coffee roaster in a Victorian-era warehouse, with much of the original pipe work for the business preserved. They roast their own coffee beans daily. If anyone's near Cape Town, or plans to be, do check them out. They sound wonderful.

In the meantime, the rest of this entry is the story of my ongoing, (mostly) fruitless search for a mesh head to go with the Maitreya mesh body. The Maitreya is mostly functional (there are still some alpha cuts that could be divided further for better adaptability), and in general, I've been happy with it.

The same cannot be said for mesh heads, from anyone.

So, this is my basic look these days. The lipstick changes, but in general, the skin, eyes, hair and face doesn't. (This is weird for me, I'm still getting used to it.) But there is a pretty clear demarcation line between where my system head ends, and where the Maitreya mesh begins. I have a couple chokers I like that I wear, but most of the time I just grit my teeth and accept there's going to be a line.

Still, friends of mine were talking about Lightstar mesh heads. I was, as with any mesh head, dubious, but I picked the one with the fullest lips (Lin, their so-called 'Asian' head), and spent many hours tweaking it into useability.

I don't think it worked. But at least, doing all that work may have given me a baseline on what to change, to make things look like "me". Ish.

Though I still don't think I look like me in any mesh head.

Then I tried the same head, untweaked, on my normal shape. Oh.

Catwa's "Catya" head is undiluted nightmare fuel.

This is Kathy.

This is Kimberly. I had high hopes for Kimberly.

This is Lilo. She looks like she's in mid-sneeze.

And this is Lona, their newest release. It's like the attack of the fish-lipped women.

All right, so...wearing the LightStar modified shape for me won't work for Catwa. Maybe that was irrational of me, to think it would, but however it goes, it doesn't work.

So later, I pore over the face changes, setting by setting, and see if I can get past the fish lips and into a mesh head, yeah?


(continued in part two)