Sunday, October 31, 2010

Heart-Shaped Wor^H^H^HFace

Sigh... that photo makes me wonder whether I should change my face a little; it really shows that pointy-chin anime look. (I always thought someone should do an anime parody where at some crucial point the hero gets out of a tight spot by being able to open a can with his pointy chin.) Happening upon Michelle Phan's video about getting the infamous Lady Gaga "Bad Romance" look made me wonder whether I should go that way...

OK, I could do more; the nose should be barely there... but it was fun to do, and didn't require potentially dangerous contact lenses. One of the nice things about Second Life.

UPDATE: I decided I could do better; here's the result:

UPDATE: So, should I round my chin at least a little?

Friday, October 29, 2010

A Second Favorite Hair Store

Second here only means chronologically, I hasten to add.

If you are interested in wonderful updos, hurry over to Calla! I just missed a sale, darn it, but the hair was so lovely I bought it anyway. Just as an example, here's the Calla Lavender, with the optional tintable roses:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Plea for Collaboration

If you've read this blog for very long, you may have read one of my posts in praise of the amazing gowns for sale at The Crystal Queendom. Ornate, exquisitely detailed, and impossibly beautiful. I shudder to think how much you'd pay in real life for a dress with a fraction of the work that goes into a Crystal Queendom gown.

I just came back from looking around the Crystal Queendom store--it's moved a couple of times, and its latest incarnation is as glamorous as the previous ones, while keeping the attention on the dresses where it belongs--and I have a request: please, Ms. Yiyuan, consider collaborating with one of the clothiers who make lovely dresses for those of us who use prim breasts so that we might take full advantage of your exquisite work. If such a clothier (I'd suggest the folks at Nanami) could make and sell textures and appliers that work with Crystal Queendom gowns, I know that I for one would spend way too many L$ at both establishments.

UPDATE: Knowing better than to think Ms. Yiyuan reads my blog, I've sent her a notecard with my request. Time to hope. (Gosh, it's hard to type with fingers crossed...)

UPDATE: There's now an SLURL to follow; if, like me, you don't have that set up, we're talking Tranquil Dreams II (156, 179. 41). I also urge you to look at the results of searching for "Crystal Queendom" on flickr.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Must-read from Cubey Terra

"The Oldbie". Check it out.

UPDATE: Once you've read that, head over to read "Jetpack".

To Write Love on Her Arms

I signed on this morning to an ad from Thirteen. New items, among which was a T-shirt with an unfamiliar phrase on it, to my eyes at least: TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS, with "stop the bleeding" underneath.

It turns out that To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit organization that seeks to help those suffering from depression. (And from reading the Wikipedia article, my not having known that is an indicator that I'm getting old and out of touch.) A worthy cause, and I'm glad to have learned about it. Thank you, Thirteen.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Meshed Out!

If you would like to read a calm, rational discussion of the consequences of mesh in Second Life, don't miss Gwyneth Llewelyn's latest blog post, Meshed Out! I share her optimism about the results of the change.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

RIP Benoit Mandelbrot

"Mandelbrot's in heaven—at least he will be when he's dead..." --Jonathan Coulton, "Mandelbrot Set"

I hope Mr. Coulton is right. We've lost Benoit Mandelbrot to pancreatic cancer, but his insight into those "pathological monsters" that aren't n-dimensional or (n + 1)-dimensional, but are somewhere in between, will survive at least as long as we do. Thank you, professor.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Que Todos Vuelvan

As I type, eight of the miners who've been underground in Chile for months are back on the surface. It doesn't have a darn thing to do with Second Life, but I can't help admiring the courage of the miners and hoping that they all safely come back.

UPDATE: They're back, sooner than expected. Over the next hours, some few who stayed down to the end will come up, but now all the miners are out, and I'll add my small voice to all those worldwide cheering this evening.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Falling Through

I had the strangest experience this morning... I was talking with a friend on the roof of my humble abode when another friend IMed me "Hi". I offered her a TP to come meet my new friend, and she accepted...

...and when she arrived, for some strange reason, the two of us who had been there suddenly found ourselves one floor down, having somehow fallen through the roof!

Ubuntu 10.10 is here!

The new release of Ubuntu Linux, 10.10 aka "Maverick Meerkat", is official. It was released today (10/10/10, be you American or not) at 10:10:10 UTC.

I've had it on my computers (sounds more impressive than "both of them") for a while, and I'm very happy indeed, especially with the Netbook Remix. If you've been thinking about trying Linux, now's a very good time... aside from the rush being underway, so use bittorrent to grab ISO images, please!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Memory leak: it's not just Kirsten's client

Just now tried out Snowstorm, version, and watched it snarf down all available RAM and crash in minutes, just as Kirsten's client has been doing for me. The problem is, therefore, something common to them, or possibly something about my computer and what I'm running (which is now the Release Candidate of Ubuntu 10.10, using nVidia's latest beta Linux driver, 260.19.06).

UPDATE: What's the deal? When you want it to break, it doesn't! Ah, well, I think I now have two logs, one from a crash, one from a normal run. Maybe being able to compare will help.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Oops! The Countdown is Underway

I was wondering why the countdown to the release of Ubuntu 10.10, "Maverick Meerkat", wasn't showing up. Turns out it was my fault; I hadn't kept track of the change in how it's set up. So, we pick up on it near the end--just six days to go!