Thursday, January 31, 2008
In this case, you can skip the boxing gloves, despite the lyrics. The fight here is figurative.
February 1st is "National Wear Red Day" in the US, when we are urged to wear red in support of women's heart health.
Heart disease is the number one killer of American women, and I hope that we'll all remember that we are at risk and do what we can to reduce that risk.
For more information, check out the "The Heart Truth" web site.
Straylight, at least in the spot I visited, is a gorgeous forest. I took to yawning quickly, thank goodness, so I didn't spend much time there, but I plan to go back for a longer visit and more exploration soon. Just to show you what it's like, a photo:
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I had barely switched from an MX400 card to MX4000, and that because nobody sold the older card any more. All I cared about was that the cute 3D screensavers ran decently: the toasters flew and the cattle bounced, and the pretty colored clouds floated and rotated. I wasn't a gamer.
(Proof SL isn't a game: I like it, and I'm not a gamer, so SL can't be a game, right?)
I wished I had a faster CPU when I used Gentoo Linux and recompiled KDE... but I switched to Ubuntu Linux, and Gentoo doesn't force you to compile everything if you don't want to anyway.
Then i got hooked on Second Life, which sucks down all the CPU cycles, RAM, and graphics hardware available, and then grumbles at you for not having more.
I upgraded to a 5500, then to the 7300 I currently run; I added RAM. Still not enough.
My upgrade plans are still just plans... I'm still limping along with Socket A and AGP. Even when I go through with them I won't be on the bleeding edge: I can't justify a four-core CPU (yet...) or spending the better part of a thousand dollars on two power-hungry SLI graphics cards. But the time is approaching, and darn it, Linden Lab, it's all your fault!
(OK, not entirely... even though Compiz makes the obscene resource hog Aero look pathetic while using vastly less resources, it still works better with better graphics.)
UPDATE: I didn't realize just how insane graphics card prices have gotten. Ignoring the $2300 cards better suited to render farms than gamers, you can spend $3000 for two SLI cards to give that ultimate (for now...) gaming experience.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
The usual caveats apply, especially that it doesn't come from the store like this. One very nice thing about the bikinis is that they come with a skin. You get the top with breasts in, I believe, all the colors of skins sold at Smashing Prims. There are several colors, and eventually I will probably get the whole set.
It is but a short step from bikinis to lingerie... please, Raven?
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Especially worth your viewing are the videos of the Drew Carey Project.
As promised, more on the new items from Smashing Prims, this time the new sweaters. Once again, I am not doing them justice; not only do still photos not show the animation, the, um, customizing I do hides the lovely decoration at waist level.
As with the other prim breast clothing from Smashing Prims, it's available in several colors; here I wear the "gold".
I hope you'll check them out.
All right, I thought, I'll look for the edges... and eventually found myself falling. The scene in which I found myself had strange, small stretches of what appeared to be volcanic rock newly emerged from the sea, a giant skeleton mostly buried in a lava pit. A path of sorts connected the regions...
...and enormous statues dominated the landscape.
Black Swan is a Rezzable product; Dusan Writer has a very good article about it.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Torley Linden shows just how easy it is in a new tutorial. I urge you to check it out; after you do, you'll wonder just what all the brouhaha was about.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I read a blog entry over on Mean Girls Guide to SL in which Orchid commented on how differently people behaved when she wore a (really quite lovely!) purple skin. I have experience with being different in SL... but I have to wonder whether I too will get a different reaction when purple, so I think I'll try it for a while, just to see what happens.
UPDATE: What do you think?
Monday, January 14, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Here, OTOH, is how I was dressed when I was asked to change my appearance in the interests of "PG":
The sim was empty this time around, so I could have gotten away with a shot of me standing next to the display, but I acted in accordance with the requests of those who run the sims. The photo was taken at Forsaken. (You can see that the snow has gone, as civilized snow does after falling and being pretty for a short time.)
I have no quarrel with Dragonfly Designs (save for their really bad font choice...); I am liable to buy clothing from them--though certainly not the outfit in the picture!
Monday, January 07, 2008
(I note in passing that one standard way to hide the "figure flaw" of a large bust, wearing a jacket and leaving it unbuttoned so the vertical lines distract the eye, can't be done in SL because of the way clothing is painted on the avatar.)
Again, the sim owners have the right to run things as they will... but they should expect to be called on hypocrisy. In RL, would they tell a potential customer to only come back after getting plastic surgery? How about an SL resident who is trying to match her RL appearance, but can't with stock avatar settings? (That's what induced Snakekiss Noir to create Prop 125 under the old Feature Proposal system, which is now VWR-1258. Please consider voting for it if you haven't already done so.)
It seemed nice enough, though one spot that had a facade that proved just to be a door in front of a wall (sort of like the old parody ad about "Great Book Spines of the Western World") was a little disappointing. Eventually I came across a couple of people.
One asked me what I was thinking. I told her I'd read about the sims in the SL Herald and thought I'd come take a look. The other asked if I could wear something "a bit more PG".
"More PG than a sweater?" I asked, having on a turtleneck sweater and jeans. I went on my way, not wanting to interrupt the conversation.
Eventually I came upon a clothing store. The clothing was OK, but the signs used a truly wretched all-caps font suggestive of the Victorian era (how is it that a time with such lovely clothing and architecture could have been the utter cesspool of typography that it was.... the worst around until the "grunge" typography of the late 20th century. Even if one doesn't share my opinion of the type of that era, it was totally wrong for the clothing they were selling).
UPDATE: The font is called "Algerian".
Shortly someone approached and told me that this was a PG sim, and asked that I remove prim body parts. I thanked her for letting me know, and teleported home.
Consulting imdb.com turned up that the series is based on a (cheesy sounding, but that's just me, perhaps) series of books for teens.
It's their sim, and they can set the rules. I don't object to that, but I wonder whether they could do such a thing in RL.
UPDATE: Actually, more vile than cheesy, judging by Naomi Wolf's article in the NY Times about the Gossip Girl books and similar series targeting teenage girls.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Tonight, as you're probably sick of hearing, are the Iowa caucuses. That's where I'll be. I wish my precinct could meet in the Lost Gardens of Apollo.
Have fun for me, everyone.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Rasputina is a wonderful, hard-rocking group mainly consisting of cellists, with a Victorian style and marvelously skewed point of view. Their original work and their covers are both phenomenal. I personally think they would fit wonderfully in the surroundings of Caledon, and I dearly hope that someday they will perform there.
Please, Guvnah? [bats eyelashes]
UPDATE: I emailed one of the addresses suggested for booking inquiries. Since I myself could in no way afford to book them, it may all come to naught, but we'll see.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Computer It wouldn't scan.
Interrogator How about 'a winter's day'? That would scan all right.
Computer Yes, but nobody wants to be compared to a winter's day.
Interrogator Would you say Mr. Pickwick reminded you of Christmas?
Computer In a way.
Interrogator Yet Christmas is a winter's day, and I do not think Mr Pickwick would mind the comparison.
Computer I don't think you're serious. By a winter's day one means a typical winter's day, rather than a special one like Christmas.We've had our special winter's day... so now I'm in cabin fever, "WHEN THE [EXPLETIVE] IS SPRING COMING?!" mode. I don't think I could live any further north than Iowa. Fortunately, there's SL, so at minimal cost I can at least feel a little like spring is here, if only in my head...
Thank goodness for Windlight, thank goodness for Apollo, and thank goodness for SL.
P.S. Sigh... antialiasing is my friend. Sorry about that.