Thursday, July 29, 2010

Yet another wish list

It's been a while since I sat down and priced a computer for running Second Life. It's kind of fun, save for the part where I don't get to spend the money to actually put it together. :)

Case: I like not needing a huge heavy case, so it's Micro ATX for me. The Apevia Q-Pack 2 has been my choice for some time, but the package includes a power supply that isn't what one would really like: it's not modular, so you have to deal with all those extra cables, and these days graphics cards want more extra power connectors than it comes with. So, this time I pick a somewhat larger Micro ATX case that doesn't come with a power supply: the Compucase HEC 6T Series 6T18BB, $45 at newegg. (Yesterday it was a "shell shocker" and going for $25.) The Antec Neopower 650 is modular and not outrageously expensive, at $80.

Motherboard: the GIGABYTE GA-785GMT-USB3 is a step up from the motherboard I currently use, and supports USB 3. $95.

CPU: One of the Phenom six cores is awfully tempting at $200, but SL doesn't take very much advantage of multiple cores, at least not yet. The Phenom II X4 945 is just $140... or it may be better overall to get one of the dual or triple core CPUs, or a Propus quad core if you are willing to forsake the L3 cache, for about $100 and spend about $100 on an SSD to put the operating system and Second Life and its data on.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4 GB (2 x 2GB) is of a speed the motherboard supports and is about $100 at newegg. Watching the RAM usage when I fire up Kirsten's client makes me wonder whether 4 GB is enough, but maybe that's a memory leak.

The nVidia 460 is getting rave reviews for price/performance. The GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 1 GB is going for $230.

We'll get a hard drive that's "just" 750 GB: Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS, $80.

DVD/CD burners are pretty much commodity items these days: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS SATA DVD/CD goes for $24.

Not counting shipping, if you pick the six-core it comes to $854. We didn't go for cheap this time around.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Faster! Faster and Louder!

OK, not louder, but... someone named Niran has written a guide to installation and settings for KirstenLee's SL client. I will sit down soon and take its advice (mentally mapping Windows flavored paths to the appropriate ones for Linux). If you use Kirsten's client, I'd suggest you check the guide out. If you don't use Kirsten's client, I suggest you try it out... which may well be best done with the guide at hand or screen. Many thanks to Niran for posting this guide, which is clearly the result of a lot of experimentation to determine how to use Kirsten's client to best advantage.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Bearded Lady with an Attitude

Since I had on a Victorian dress to visit the wonderful Posture is Everything store and check out animation overrides, I decided to put on the beard and explore a bit. I had to take a picture; I didn't quite have it adjusted right on the first one I took. Here's the result, taken in the lovely Caledon Moors sim:

Monday, July 26, 2010

Joy of Blogging

The best thing about writing this blog is meeting or getting an IM or email from someone who reads the blog and likes it. I'm doubly happy if the reader found out about prim breasts in SL from the blog and joined SL because of it.

I've had that pleasure a few times, and it keeps me going. Thank you, Gentle Readers.

P.S. That doesn't include comment spammers like the one whose comment I just wiped.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Last night Janey Vansant asked me if I'd like a preview of a new outfit... I said something to the effect of "Yes, I'd love to see it"... and suddenly SL asked me, would I like to accept an item into my inventory? Um, yes... I wasn't expecting that! I thanked Janey, and asked if I could put up a photo. Yes, came the reply, as long as I make clear that it's not yet for sale. I agreed... so, here is something to look forward to when it becomes generally available from Ms. Vansant:

The skirt will be a bit more modest for those of you who don't share my predilection for legs as long as SL permits.

P.S. Those are bird of paradise flowers, and the photo was taken in Whimsy. (If you've not been to Whimsy, why not? It's gorgeous, and the hummingbirds aren't that dangerous...)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The next thing to drool over

The nVidia 460 graphics card. $200 for the version with 768 MB RAM, $230 for the version with 1GB of RAM. It's not a 480, but for less than half the money pretty darned respectable, and by the time I can kinda sorta justify getting one, it will be even less expensive.

UPDATE: Reviews say that there's more difference than just the amount of RAM. and that one should spring the extra $30 for the 1 GB version.

Monday, July 12, 2010

We can hope...

FuturePundit cites a report that suggests that fish oil lowers the risk of breast cancer. A study that will give us a better idea about whether this really works has been recruiting subjects since January. (They want both men and women; the study is looking at various illnesses.)

I hope it's true. The occasional fishy belch from a fish oil capsule strikes me as a small price to pay.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

After-market modification kits

I've mentioned, here or in Pectoral Virtual Fashion or both, that there are people who offer the service of creating textures that adapt existing outfits or tops to prim breasts. That approach needn't be custom; there are those who mass produce packages that let you apply a clothing texture to prim breasts to let them work with an outfit or top.

So... I finally got around to purchasing such a package. This one is one of several from EPIC Proportions that let one use certain sets of prim breasts in conjunction with various colors of the Bugshit Gloss bustier. (No, that's really the name of the store. Honest.)

I got the purple one. The applicator for eCorps prim breasts works well with Foxbean Liebknecht's Nadine 1.5 breasts; the photo shows the results exactly as applied, with no followup tweaking as I've had to do with some other outfits. I'm quite pleased with Tenyene's work, and with the bustier proper, save that I'm too modest to wear the extremely short skirt that comes with the bustier; the skirt in the photo is from another outfit. (I also wish that the bustier came with a skirt that covers all the way up to the edge of the bustier; as it is from the back it resembles the horrid practice of having underwear visible above one's skirt or pants.)

Beautifully done, Tenyene; thank you.

UPDATE: Epic Proportions now has formal outfits. Pictures ASAP!

Monday, July 05, 2010

Rings on the Runway

As of last night, this is what remains of Mammatus.

UPDATE: These elegant glowing rings are the work of Elysia Snook. Thank you, Elysia!

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Cutting loose

I decided to take a break from my usual mode of dress, starting with the hair. Off with Goldie Locks' elegant Aphrodite, on with a wonderfully outrageous mohawk from Digit Darkes, and so on. I couldn't resist half the Nanami outfit. (OTOH, my resistance for tops cropped way too short is very high indeed, so I went with a turtleneck and lace.)

I feel guilty about this photo on a couple of counts: first, it seems less than nice to take a picture in a store one hasn't bought anything from--but it was a great backdrop, and if you search for "city" or "urban", you'd be amazed at how full the results are of "dark urban roleplay", which I want to avoid, thanks... Second, I'd have sworn that I'd asked for high resolution. Are we back to those settings not being remembered? I hope not.