Monday, September 28, 2015

Genre: I Lava the 5th Dimension

Born from Heat

It's damnably difficult to find a volcano in Second Life! I spend a short while in the Amazon River area, but found the volcano there impossible to easily find; to be in this area one must wear a HUD which punishes you for camming to other areas, kills you if you follow rivers, and puts you in a cage if you take it off - all of which definitely impede any attempt to find a volcano three sims away! I ended up instead on Orwood Volcano, a Linden build which is complete with occasional events - spouts of flame into the sky, flying lava rocks - as well as the even glow of flowing lava. I love the Protected Land of the grid, all of them little frozen balls of art created ages ago by Linden employees. Sadly they didn't continue their builds, updating them as the tech of Second Life improved, but they are often still lovely areas and good for photography, leaning heavily on legacy textures and Linden trees. Expect to be able to get a lot out of your windlights, and to have to angle sharply to avoid surrounding buildings - de-rezzing them can also work well.

A Dimension Per Finger

Friday, September 25, 2015

Dancing Steps

Feather Wind

I had a ball with Cila's outfit from the Fantasy Gacha Carnival - and I love her gacha style; her rares are color based, and by and large the colors all work together pretty well. I've been running into more gacha like this, a little closer to the original idea of being inexpensive, fun items one didn't need to collect all of in order to enjoy the few one got. I ended up rounding out my collection a little with some purchases and even picked up a rare! Ah, the temptation to try to catch them all~

In Movement

China is a glorious watercolor sim which can be tinted every which way, and there is nothing quite like a rainbow sunset exploding in every direction. The sim is an ink impression of bamboo, clouds, birds, and a single building. A few items are thrown in - a chair, a television - but it's easy to focus on the simple lines of an ink painting reproduced in three dimensions; you walk here among stylized China, slipping between the lines both literally and figuratively.


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday Squee: New Home

The Sunday Squee is when I can talk about things that make me happy and excited. The main focus will be on different things people created, from books to movies to television shows to podcasts, and my effort will be to highlight less commonly known things as a way to share what I love. If you want to join in the Sunday Squee, please link back to me so I can enjoy what you love!

Wax Plant

Kitchen Color

Kitchen Papers

I moved for the first time in eight years, and I had seriously forgotten the toll it can take on one's life and mind. It's occupied me for the better part of a month and a half, and I'm only now getting my sea legs again - living a life only half made up of boxes, instead of entirely. I love the color it's brought into my life, though, and all of the little things, from being in a cooler location to having more space. I'm exhausted, still a bit overwhelmed, and slowly coming back to more of a life online than the odd Facebook Game.

Livingroom and Hall Colors

Bed Light


These pictures are a poor iPhone attempt at sharing some of the colors which surround me - all of which seem much more vivid and alive in person. I ended up doing a fade from room to room, shades of blue, green and purple all interacting harmoniously with a pure white trim on every other surface. I'm slowly filling in the pieces of my personality, adding shelves for knick knacks and holes for walls and storage items. Finding out how to live in a new space is always a challenge, but I think I'm up to it!

Guest Bedroom

Taddy Belly

( More Sunday Squee here. )

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Caught Unawares

Image Description: Spiral of red shoes falls upon a surprised looking woman in a green dress.

I didn't expect exactly what an effect moving would have on my spare time, but apparently it swallows it whole in a combination of boxes and anxiety! It's been almost a month since I posted and I've missed a ton of things - so sorry to everyone for evaporating without word - and I have another week or so before I can start settling into my new place. I feel rather like the would is falling in on me; at least in Second Life, that world can be made up of gorgeous shoes!

See you on the other side!