Friday, May 29, 2009

Bunnies and Poles and Dresses, oh my!

I mentioned earlier the person who brought me to Second Life, Rowan, and here she is, in all her fuzzy glory.

2008-09-10 Rommy and Kitten_001

Description: On the left, a faerie wearing a dark blue, latex dress. On the right, a blue haired bunny in black gothic lolita hugging an apparently naked pink bunny.

Ro introduced me to all my early store loves, like the Falln Angel Creations I'm wearing above, and the Edelweiss I'm wearing below in a recreation of the Labyrinth created by Azriel of Falln Angel Creations.

2008-09-04 Goblin King_001

Description: A woman in a black and white maid style costume with a halo sitting on the Goblin King Throne from Labyrinth. Her face is in shadow.

Obviously, this is long before I understood SL lighting.

Ro lured others to SL, including Ruevian, who is shown here.

2008-09-06 Rue CiC Queen_001

Description: Three figures, two standing on doll stands and one sitting, in the middle, in a chair. The standing figures are wearing black and white maid uniforms, and the sitting woman is wearing a gorgeous elegant gothic lolita dress and hat.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Dancing the Night Away

I rezzed in early August of 2008, at the request and encouragement of a friend I met through Gaia Online (see, it all ties together). You'll see, and hear, more about her in subsequent posts, I'm sure. She's quite the budding photographer herself! (Her photostream is here if you want to beat the rush and get in early to oogle.) She introduced me to the concept of freebies, and camping for pretty clothes; I quickly sought out discussions. And pretty clothes. And discussions at which to wear my pretty clothes.

I didn't take any pictures of those discussions. In fact, my first photo taking session set the pattern for what I do even now. A bunch of the people I met through philosophy discussions wanted to go dancing and invited me along.

Description: Two couples dancing in the foreground with a third woman watching. In the background are several more couples and individuals. They appear to be dancing outside, and you can see the sea in the distance.

As you can see, the angle is horrible; I'm in the rainbow outfit behind the guy with the fancy fingers (Bash) and I look like a backpack he's wearing. Also, my settings weren't high, and it was laggy, but I thought the image of us in motion, dancing, so amazing I felt I had to snap some pictures. (The rainbow outfit, by the way, was my first major purchase in SL after the hair (which is Sirena's Rapunzel) and comes from Silent Sparrow. I love it to this day. It's based off of the Wedding Dress of Yuna from Final Fantasy X, which happens to be my favorite Final Fantasy - EVER. Badmouth it around me at your own peril.)

Description: Badly-framed image of the same people from above dancing. Two of them appear to be jumping in the air together.

The first one I cropped just now, but here's an example of what I would take and put on my stream. Pretty funny, huh? Full screen, no cropping, and I hadn't yet mastered the means of adjusting things and laying in wait for the return to a previous dance move in order to get an awesome motion shot. That would all come later. But the pattern of photographing in the wild, so to speak, and often in motion was set.

Description: Three couples dancing in the evening, in different clothes from before.

As you can see, I had two whole dresses! Well, I actually had more than that, but this was what I changed into when I realized what a lagfest my lovely dress was. (This one was from katat0nik and was a freebie from the opening of a new Sim right around this time. My first time showing up at a new Sim just to look around for free items. /me wipes a tear from her eye.) This was long before I knew what ARC was, or knew you could know what it was, but I thought it made sense that lots of floaty, prettiness would mean more lag. As you can see, I also ditched my lovely wings (From Fancy Fairy) but not my halo, and I didn't yet have my ears (Or have ears, halo, and flight feather all in one tidy package, which came much later when I realized how much limited attachment points suck hairy monkey balls. Speaking of, can't we have extra ones for on top of the bleeding shoulders and for the shoulder blades? Come on, people, work with the winged folk!).

It was a good evening, all around; the funniest point happened later, when some people had to leave and we ran out of men to dance with, so one of the dancers switched! Complete with wardrobe change. Only on SL.

Monday, May 25, 2009

A Beginning

I've always liked fashion, playing parts, and looking at pretty things, so perhaps it's natural that one of my main relaxations would become Second Life, a game (apparently there's loads of debate about whether it is a game or something else we don't have words for in English) without obvious goals, with no ways to keep score save those found offline, and with every option possible in terms of defining you.

Plus freebies. And hunts. And freebies. Did I mention freebies?

I'm a bit of a freebie whore. Bring on Madame Guillotine!

The side effect of being in SL and being pretty is wanting people to see, so I'm sure you can understand why a flicker addiction soon followed.

And now this blog, to talk about my mad flicker habit.

Consider it an intervention.

Description: Cartoonized female figure with butterfly wings and light blue sparkly balls on her forehead and around her neck holding a light blue sword wearing a black top and light blue Japanese style pants.
To get us started, I'm going back to the very beginning of my flicker stream, which began with images of my dolly self from Gaia Online, one of the other places I like to spend my time (though I will admit SL is eating into my Gaia time). (What, oh what, would I do without tabs, as a mostly unrelated side note. I have six open right now and keep popping up extra ones to check, while keeping SL open in the background as I stalk a lucky board. See, I told you I was addicted to freebies.) Here is the set of my Gaia avatars to date.

Cartoonized female figure dressed in black, white, and red with a black and white mask on her face and scales on either side - heart on the left and feather on the right.
You can see that my addiction to shiny pretties began early (Well, given how long I've been online, late, but in my defense, pixel dolls are a relatively late occurrence, and prim dolls even later I assure you my website was shiny back when it existed, though. As soon as they appeared, though, I was there to dress them up. And yes, I spend offline money on online things. I buy my alcohol in a grocery store and spend the difference I would have spent in a bar on items which will last me a bit longer.).

I also made comics.

Lolcat Comic

Decription: Nine panel comic. In the first square, the head of a female figure says, "I need kitties." In the second square she sees someone with three kitties - white and black longcats on either side and a halo monorail cat - and thinks, "Hmmm." On the third square, she has a hammer over the back of his head. In the fourth square he's seen with an anime anger mark and depressed shaded eyes saying, "Owie." In the fifth square, she's seen with the kitties saying, "Yay, kitties!" In the sixth square he's seen, with the anime anger marks, saying, "My kitties!" In the seventh square, she's seen, wearing the kitties, saying, "I can take you, too." In the eighth square she's shown with him floating next to her, too. In the ninth square, a new female figure is seen, saying, "Hey, my Freshy!"

Oh, and the title of the blog - Prim Dolls - is a SL reference. Prims are single objects we can rez (bring into existence) and my favorite clothes have lots of them.