April 25, 2017

Second LIfe Fantasy Faire 2017

Well it's that time of year again for fashion weirdness at Fantasy Faire. Honestly, I'm not a fan. I used to love seeing the strange avatars that Grendel's Children put out but for the most part, my SL style is more real life oriented. That's not a knock against FF, it's just my personal taste.

ANYWHO! One designer who always comes up with appropriately strange things is Pixy Snook (notice the awesome last name) of Stix. Where she gets inspiration for skins, makeups and tattoos is beyond me. Some of them are seriously demented (in a good way). Her contributions to this year's FF are no different.

Prices range from $99L to $249L depending on options and fatpacks.

Anyway, here's your limo to Fantasy Faire 2017. Good luck and don't say I didn't warn ya!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fallen%20Sands/124/86/74


April 6, 2017

New region limits for Second Life

Some interesting things in an announcement by Linden Lab recently.
Currently, when a region is full, access to the region is simply on a first come first served basis. This leads to a sort of distributed race to enter the full region; users repeatedly try to teleport or cross into the region and fail until someone leaves. The next attempt made by anyone succeeds, which makes the region full again. Even the region owner and estate managers must compete with other Residents to get into their own region if they find themselves outside of the region when it is full.
We are introducing some improvements to how region limits and region entry work:
The Region Owner or an Estate Manager can always enter, even when the region is full
The default limit on the number of avatars in each region type is increased
Full Regions by 10% (100 to 110)
Homesteads by 25% (20 to 25)
Open Spaces by 20% (10 to 12)
This new bonus capacity is, however, available for entry purposes only to Premium users - for Basic users the occupancy limits remain the same. 
I like the Premium member only bonus. I think Linden Lab could do more along these lines to improve the benefits for Premium.

For complete article see: https://community.secondlife.com/blogs/entry/2145-improved-region-capacity-and-access/

January 8, 2017

Age, beauty, Madonna and Camille Paglia

I don't normally get political or socially analytical here but honestly, this column by Camille Paglia is one of the better reads I've come across recently. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/camille-paglia-how-age-disgracefully-hollywood-guest-column-960794

I think there's some application to how we see things in Second Life too. We can all be young or old or in-between regardless of our physical ages. But it's different in real life because, well, it's real. Paglia hits a number of points spot-on. A huge megastar like Madonna actually feels like she's been dissed over her career. Yeah right. I'd love to be dissed that way. It's like that Kelly LeBrock ad from the 80's where she says "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful."

Paglia is right, the reason Madonna's new material doesn't sell is because it's blah, bleh, ick. Not because she's being "age discriminated" against. I was a huge Mad fan growing up. But now she just comes across as a pouty bitch. The YouTube video of Mad saying she "loathes hydrangeas" after accepting them from a fan showed to me just how unreal her real world really is.

Anyway, read and decide for yourself.