April 02, 2021

OK. I'm back. Sort of...

... so get over with it. Not sure how long this'll last, but I plan on sharing some stuff and this seemed the best place for it. Though nobody will read it anyways, but oh well.

I was never gone in the first place. Just that I felt everything has been said, and there was no need for the blog anymore.  I still log in almost daily into SL, and do more or less what I always did. Enjoy friendships. Love. Do stuff.

A few remarkable things happened. In no particular order.

Gina has returned last year. For good, it seems (knock on wood). You know the kind of person you don't talk to for years, and then meet them again and pick the conversation up right where you left it off? Gina is such a person.

London has gone missing, and then returned - sort of - many years later. There is closure, which is more than I had hoped for.

Ivanova is missing since 9 months by now. I hope she is well. I miss her.

I moved my SL home two or three times since the last post worth of that name here on the blog. The latest version is on a lovely sim I share with Ivanova, Gina, Zippora, Llyria and others. It's a bit like a hippie commune, come to think of it.

Llyria is the most important person in my Second Life (and partly beyond) for almost 5 years now.

I am fully mesh by now - the Logo head was the last piece, complementing the Belleza body.

My two previous businesses - GREENEconcept with Ivanova and Babel Translations - are officially or factually dead. Babel has experienced a rather unexpected revival in an equally unexpected direction, which is mostly the reason for reviving the blog (no worries, it won't become a marketing platform).

That's about it, in a nutshell. If anyone reads this at all, I'd appreciate a small comment.

Bye for now.

Test 1-2-3 is this thing on?

 Or... still... on, as I should rather say.

September 11, 2013

Human proportions

Found a little something all shape creators, professional or personal, ought to memorize...

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Update 2021: DeviantArt embeds have changed or arn't a thing anymore. Here's the link to the graphic which still exists. You need to be logged in to see it as it shows - the horror - a naked human: https://www.deviantart.com/leadbirdie/art/HA4A-XIX-398890842

July 27, 2013

Fashion Feeds

For those of you (still) using my aggregated fashion feeds: due to the recent shutdown of Google Reader, the aggregate feeds are currently unavailable. Since I have been approached about the feeds, I am loking for an alternative at the moment. Google Reader acted as input to my feed wrangling magic - I have to evaluate a few alternatives before I switch the service back on again.

June 07, 2012

On Mesh

One of the beauties of SL was, that every clothing and every garment fitted right away.

Mesh brought us great looking, but ill fitting clothes.

One step closer to reality.

June 14, 2011

Knee jerk reactions

My friend Chav Paderborn often has some funny, dorky or eclectic ideas. Her new dabbling is taking a below-the-belt swing against the latest fashion of breedable pets. In a humorous way she built a stall selling breedable prims, along with outrageous food bills and the promise of super rare items. Everybody who has heard about breedable pets - even hardcore breeders I talked to - could not help but chuckle about this piece of art.

Except my landlord.

Less than 24 hours after I have set up the stall on my land, it got returned to me without any comment. After inquiring, I got the one-liner "breedables are not allowed on our estates" back.

Mind you, Chav's creation does not actually breed. Nor does it actually sell anything. It only includes one script at all, reacting to touch, and giving you one of the plywood cubes shown on the image.

Yet my landlord saw "breedable", and in best established shoot-first-ask-later fashion, returned the object.

Sometimes, actually LOOKING and READING first, and if in doubt, ASKING next, would do the trick.

Oh well...

May 23, 2011

Are immersionists an endangered species?

Sometimes I use the store-alt to "get away", and go exploring without the burden of a very full contact list. The store alt is a female avatar with a beautiful green skin - without being a pixie or a faery or another mythological creature. Immersionist that I am, when using the store-alt for exploring, it is easy to slip into the character, to be her, to feel like her.

Yesterday I explored a sim from the Showcase, when a 5 day old "Resident" account approached me.

Newb: Your skin is green.
Me: Well spotted.
Newb: I have to ask, why did you make your skin green?
Me: I was born that way.
Newb: rofl. You have a dryad avatar then. Or an Ent avatar?
Me: I am a human. Born with green skin. Don't tell me you have never seen a green skinned human before?
Newb: lololol

This person has probably never heard about immersionists and augmentists before. he was cracking up, thinking I was some kind of nutcase. But the conversation left me baffled. For me, it is natural to BE one with the avatar. When I take the green Lady out, I AM the green Lady. For him, it's like a clothing layer. Today I use the Dryad avatar, tomorrow the robot avatar, and for the weekend I take a bodybuilder.

I wonder hwo had the nicer experience? The green girl, walking wide eyed through a beautiful, futuristic and enchanted landscape? Or the guy who tries out this funny video game where you can meet nutters from all over.

Of course I am biased. For me, SL is about the immersion. SL is a magical country, and enchanted realm. I know it is not for many others. It's a game with lame graphics and no specific goal. Is there a right, or a wrong?

It makes me wonder if immersionists are an endangered species. In my early SL days I barely heard questions for one's age or location. These days it seems one of the first questions new contacts ask. The ASL-question defines you in the real world. Why do we need this RL anchor in a virtual environment? What benefit do I have from knowing that the person I am speaking with is 38 and from New Hampshire, when I am far more fascinated with the detailed mechanics of her android shape.

Are these the ramblings of an outdated oldbie? Or are we losing the magic?