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Yet another update regarding iheartsl ^_^

Yet another update regarding iheartsl ^_^

We figured we would be thrown some curveballs and that there’d be a lot of work ahead of us when we launched iheartsl, and boy, were we right!  😮

First of all, working on iheartsl has been a real learning experience.  While I wouldn’t say we are complete luddites, we aren’t tech wizards either and we’ve had a bit of a crash course in XML, RSS, and the like.  There were a handful of blogs that requested to be added but we weren’t able to fulfill those until they fixed their feed markup errors (feedvalidator.org is now our new best friend!), and we’ve spent hours searching for a site template that we could tweak to our needs.

Another unforeseen aspect of syndication we’ve recently begun grappling with is that of creating both an opt-in and opt-out feature on the site.  We want to do things in an organized manner and not haphazardly, so we spent most of Monday (read:  we busted our asses all freakin’ day long working on this) going through the list of blogs that are on the feed and organizing it by name, author, URL, and feed URL.  (No, the software we are using does not generate this automatically, unfortunately, and this project has been so wildly popular, we’ve got close to 500 blogs on here.)  We created this list so that we can methodically go through it, contact everyone on it, and personally ask if they would like to remain in the feed or opt out.  (Feel free to beat us to the punch by e-mailing us first 😀  Our e-mail is iheartslcom@gmail.com.  Just send along a simple message about how you’d like to either remain in the feed or opt out, and state your blog name and URL.)

Looks like we started working on this not a moment too soon, as we’ve already had someone question the motives behind iheartsl.  As I’ve already stated in my two previous posts, iheartsl was born out of the simple fact that requests for blogs to be added to the worldofsl feeds were, for the most part, ignored for months at a time, and we were tired of waiting.  That’s all there is to it — we love our SL and we love reading about it, and we want a feed that keeps pace with us.  Judging from the amount of people who have expressed gratitude for the new feed and even a blog posting that wryly notes that “there’s nothing like a little fire on your arse”, I think it’s safe to say the majority is in agreement with us on this matter.

Another question brought up is that of the anonymity of the domain registration.  With all due respect, I think most people would immediately see the benefit of this; this is simply a matter of common sense.  Given the ease with which Vint was able to copy and paste what she did find in her WhoIs inquiry and thus dispense it to her large army of readers only serves to underscore our conviction that we were right to do a closed registration.

Finally, there is the matter of archiving.  Just about everyone we’ve spoken with likes the idea of being able to use the Search function to find older entries, and who are we to argue with the wisdom of the crowd?  Majority has spoken and archiving shall remain.  😀

Anyways… we’ve got a new FAQ set up that includes information how to get in touch with us (Gogo and I are serving as the points of contact) if you’d like to opt in, opt out, or ask about whatevers.  Don’t be shy!  Ask us whatever you want, it’d give a us a good idea as to what else we should include on the FAQ.  😀

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January 30, 2008 Posted by | Blogging | , , , | 15 Comments

INFP

I dunno why I’m fascinated with these online blog quizzes that tell me what I’m like. Hence the new blogslut category. ^_^

I’m an INFP. That’s Introverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Perceiving.


You Are An INFP

The Idealist

You are creative with a great imagination, living in your own inner world.
Open minded and accepting, you strive for harmony in your important relationships.
It takes a long time for people to get to know you. You are hesitant to let people get close.
But once you care for someone, you do everything you can to help them grow and develop.
In love, you tend to have high (and often unrealistic) standards.
You are very sensitive. You tend to have intense feelings.
At work, you need to do something that expresses your personal values.
You would make an excellent writer, psychologist, or artist.
How you see yourself: Unselfish, empathetic, and spiritual
When other people don’t get you, they see you as: Unrealistic, naive, and weak

What’s Your Personality Type?

January 29, 2008 Posted by | Blogslut | | Leave a comment

Some updates regarding iheartsl.com

Some updates regarding iheartsl.com

Hey everyone, the response to the new feed sites we’ve set up at iheartsl has been overwhelmingly positive!  😀  Seems like we weren’t the only ones ready for a change.  There’ve been a few questions and suggestions, so I’d like to acknowledge some of those.

First of all, I’d like to make it clear that iheartsl is not “my” site or “my” feed or what have you.  Although I’d love to take credit for something like that, it was Gogo who first started kicking around the idea of a new feed back in November.  In fact, my initial dismissive reaction was, “Yeah that’s nice… ooh btw check my new ❤ Cupcakes dress?”  Fast forward to several months later, however, and the lot of us were kind of getting tired of seeing blogs being excluded from the Fashion Planet feed and we all warmed up to Gogo’s idea.

This brings me to another issue that has been raised; a few people have asked whether the fashion.iheartsl.com feed will be moderated.

When the team behind iheartsl first began discussing the creation of a new feed in earnest, there was one thing that we were all definitely in agreement with:  the feed was going to be a comprehensive one.  Including the voices of designers and fashion bloggers that ought to have been heard in Fashion Planet months ago was our foremost motivation, after all.

I think the name of the site says it all, too.  We really do ❤ SL, especially SL fashion.  We love dolling up our avis, hitting various sales and hunts, squealing with delight over the latest gorgeous new sculpty boots, pretty much anything to do with enhancing our avatars’ appearances.  We also love being fully informed as to what is out there, something that’s becoming increasingly difficult as SL expands.

So yes, we want to involve all of the fashion community, in all it’s glorious and riotous variety!  😀  If you’re a designer or a fashion blogger, then we want to see and hear what you have to offer, and we want to provide you with a forum where you can be heard by the entire community.  We’re all about loving SL in it’s entirety — we’re iheartsl, not bloglines.  🙂

With that said, while we won’t be your fashion police, we definitely intend to keep things running in an orderly manner.  What does this mean?  It simply means that we want to keep the fashion feed all about… well, fashion!  If it comes to the attention of iheartsl staff that there’s been some non-fashion posts appearing, we’ll simply approach the blogger and ask that they filter their posts.

Speaking of keeping things orderly, we want the site to *look* orderly, too.  Please bear with us as we continue to listen to your feedback and tweak the appearance of the site accordingly.  Right now we’re playing with a template that has cornea-friendly colors (thanks Meara for the suggestion! 😀 ) and a left sidebar that won’t get tangled up with any large images that may appear.  The new template still sports the Search function, and we’re also very happy to finally get the Previous Posts link up and running at the bottom of the page!

We will always be open to your feedback, so please, if you have any other suggestions, let us know — this is YOUR feed, after all.  ^_^  We’ve also got what we think are some killer new ideas that we’re still hashing out before we can fully implement them, so keep an eye open for future developments.

January 27, 2008 Posted by | Blogging, Fashion | , , , | 13 Comments

Announcing the new iheartsl.com feeds!

There’s a new development in the SL Blogging World that I’m extremely excited about and happy to announce!!!

The World of SL feeds are a brilliant concept — it’s just that lately, for all we know Tao Takashi could have fallen off the face of the planet. I don’t know what’s going on with him and I hope he’s okay and all, but when literally three months pass by after a request for a blog to be added is STILL not fullfilled despite there being reassurances that it will be, then you know it’s time to (1) quit complaining and (2) take matters into your own hand.

Hence I am pleased to announce a brand spankin’ new feed website, iheartsl.com!

Get your bookmarks ready, folks; so far there are two feeds available on iheartsl:

fashion.iheartsl.com

grid.iheartsl.com

iheartsl is built around the same premise as World of SL — blogs of feather are categorized under the same feed. The Fashion feed is meant for blogs belonging to fashion blogger and designers, obviously, while the Grid feed is meant for blogs that feature SL news, issues, and resident viewpoints.

Are you a designer who has been waiting to get onto the fashion feed, or a resident who has been wanting to feature their blog on the regular feed? If so, then iheartsl.com WANTS YOU! Everyone who is currently featured on the the WorldofSL feeds have already been added. The site is still just one day old, however, so it’s possible that a few links may have inadvertently been overlooked. If you find that your link is missing, or if you’d like for your own blog to be added, simply visit fashion.iheartsl.com/?p=1 for fashion blogs or grid.iheartsl.com/?p=1 for non-fashion blogs, and leave your URL/feed address in the comments, or send that info to iheartcom@gmail.com.

And YES — you WILL be added promptly! No more waiting for months on end for results; from the time you send in your request to be added, you should see your posts on the feed within twenty-four hours.

Do you own a blog that features content that should be featured on both feeds? Filtering your posts so that the right entries go to the right feed is super easy!

Let’s use my blog as an example…

I run Grid Expectations on WordPress. Although a lot of my entries are about fashion, I do manage to bang out a few non-fashion posts every now and then. To avoid having these show up on the fashion feed, I’ve simply created a category called Fashion.

Every category created in WordPress is assigned a numeric value. You can find the value of the category you’re going to be filing your fashion posts under by hitting your Dashboard > Manage > Categories:

Announcing the new iheartsl.com feeds

In my dashboard, you can see that the Fashion category has been assigned #3737. All I have to do now is plug that number into the feed URL, which will look like this:

https://gridexpectations.wordpress.com/feed?cat=3737

For those of you that run your blogs on the Google-owned Blogger platform, Blogger offers a Labels system that you can take advantage of. Just be sure to consistently add the label of your choice to all your fashion entries, and then use the labels feed syntax to create your URL feed.

Here’s an example of that syntax at work:  I have a blog at iluvtiggy.blogspot.com (seriously, don’t ask about that title, lol). Let’s say I wanted to blog about SL Fashion on there — I simply affix the label “SL Fashion” to each entry as is appropriate, and here is the feed URL for all my SL Fashion posts:

http://iluvtiggy.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default/-/SL%20Fashion

Easy as pie 😀

See you all at iheartsl!

January 26, 2008 Posted by | Blogging, Fashion | , , , , , , | 24 Comments

Helena Brow Jewels from Gogo

I was browsing the net just now when I paid my regular visit to Gogo’s website, and lo and behold, she’s got a fantastic looking freebie that she’s offering right now: a set of two brow jewels, one of which is color changeable simply by touch.

Make sure you head to La Reina and grab it today, though! It’s 0L but only for today.

(Soz Gogo, I totally lifted the pic from your site but I’m sure you won’t mind :p)

January 24, 2008 Posted by | Fashion, Freebie | , , , , | Leave a comment

I’m looking forward to Another Fundraiser ^^

Hooray! I submitted two skins for the Another Fundraiser event that’s coming up. For the makeups, I decided to look at a couple of birds. 😀

The peacock skin has blue and green eyeshadow with a soft pink blush and lipcolor. The swan skin has an alabaster skintone to mimic the white swan’s feathers, black smoky eyeshadow inspired by the dark area around the swan’s eyes, as well as a sort of dark orange-ish matte lipcolor that echoes the color of a swan’s beak.

peacock (Another Fundraiser) swan (Another Fundraiser)

And, I couldn’t resist… I had to play dress-up with the skins and then take some pics. :p Oh, and check out the little machinima I did to see how the peacock feathers move, it looks really awesome — my friend Vivi is wearing them at the 3:06 mark.

Credits/SLURLs for the items used in the following (photoshopped) pics are at the end of this post:

peacock another fundraiser

swan another fundraiser

What I’m wearing:

Peacock image: Hair – ETD, Phoebe teal; Eyes – Simtropia, blue light; Peacock feathers – Reasonable Desires, from the Peacock Showgirl set; Lingerie – House of Nyla, Peacock Feather Lingerie; Body Shape – mela’s, upcoming release; Skin – mela’s, peacock skin for Another Fundraiser

Swan image: Hair – RaC Hair, Princess black; Eyes – Nomine, Orbital 4; Dress – Nicky Ree, Swan Lake Dream Black; Body Shape – mela’s, pink lady; Skin – mela’s, swan skin for Another Fundraiser

January 22, 2008 Posted by | Fashion, Photography, Skin | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Eloh’s clarification on her Another skin licensing set-up

It was bound to happen: following the release of Eloh Eliot’s .psd files for her Another skin lines, a number of people took her up on her offer to modify the skins and redistribute them as they saw fit.

This is an awesome development for a number of reasons. Consumers are now presented with yet even more skin choices in an already huge market, because people who might never have ventured into creating skins are now delving into it since Eloh’s done most of the difficult work involved in skin-making. Another group of people who have benefited are those who have always wanted the luxury of a customized skin (or even an entire line of skins) but haven’t been willing to pay someone else an astronomical amount of lindens to do it for them.

Of course, there was the inevitable bit of initial confusion and concern as our more entrepreneurially-minded residents began to release their modifications in-world at a price, which is why Eloh’s posted an informative clarification on her blog. If you’ve any interest in this matter and/or are planning on selling your own mods, then it’d behoove you to take a look at what she says: legalese/licensing: moar clarification and explanation

If you’re too lazy to click on that link and read up (seriously, just go read it, it’s not that long), then here are what I felt were the most important points:

1. Leave the original copyright and license notice with your redistributions. Honestly, there’s no excuse for this… if you’ve downloaded the .psd files, then you’ve seen the text file for this.

2. Get Eloh’s permission first before including her name in any promotional activities regarding your redistributions.

3. If you decide to ignore the stipulation to include the copyright/license, she will not go on a vengeful manhunt seeking your blood.

So yes, if you decide to sell your mods at a price that is considerably higher than what Eloh had been selling her skins for, that is well within your right (although you should probably prepare yourself for a few raised eyebrows and maybe even a negative blog posting or two, since pretty much everyone in the SL fashion community knows exactly how much of the work you didn’t do). But for crying out loud, don’t try to pass off the work as completely your own and leave out the copyright and license. You WILL be much maligned for it.

P.s. Eloh’s made a male skin .psd available. 😀

P.p.s. The Another Fundraiser event is fast approaching! You still have a few hours left to get your submissions in.

P.p.p.s. Show off your mods on flickr! Post them at the Another Skin Mod Club group.

January 21, 2008 Posted by | Intellectual Property, Skin | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Close-out sale on No Mod shapes

Non-modifiable shapes at Mela’s are soon going to be a thing of the past! I’ve decided to discontinue them.

Before I yank them from my shop space, I’m marking them down from L$200 to just L$50 each. Or, you can grab the fatpack containing eight No Modify shapes for L$200, which works out to only L$25 per shape.

sale_nomod 50L closeout

fatpack nomod closeout

I’m going to let this sale run until I’m ready to place the new batch of shapes I’ve been working on in the shop. I’ve no idea when this will happen; could be two days, could be a week, depending on what kinds of things come up during the week. 😀

You can grab these at my shop Mela’s, located in the La Reina sim.

January 18, 2008 Posted by | Fashion, Mela's | , , , , | 2 Comments

Lingerie by Carnal

Guys, if you’re hunting for a sexy Valentine’s Day gift for your girl, then here’s a shop you might want to check out.

While wandering around random sims a few days ago, I came across an empty shop that had a couple of images on the wall, pictures of female avs wearing lingerie. Long story short: turns out I was looking at the site of a future satellite shop for lingerie seller Carnal. Since I liked what I saw, I decided to take a look at Carnal’s main store in Aqua Pache.

The poster vendors throughout the store sell lingerie with copy/mod/no transfer permissions, but one of the first things you’ll notice when you arrive at the store is a small display with gift bags on it. The gift bags contain transferable versions of their lingerie; perfect for gift-giving!

Here are some of the pretties that I picked up (click on the images to view larger versions on flickr; credits and SLURLs are at the end of this post):

carnal lilac camisole

carnal moscou

carnal venise guepiere

carnal vienne

Everything I bought came on the undershirt and underpants layers only, and each set had some kind of prim adornments to go with it. My favorite item out of all my purchases is the lilac camisole set (in the first pic). The flexi-prim ribbon that rests over the torso and the lacy cups are sweet, but it’s the panties that really appealed to me; they’re sheer but they don’t give everything away since there’s a panel of lace that lays across the front of the crotch.

Turns out Carnal is actually a RL online business that has expanded into SL. If you like what your avi’s wearing and are perhaps a little jealous of her SL wardrobe, then you can treat yourself to the RL version of the lingerie by visiting Carnal Online. Other RL businesses looking to use SL as a promotional tool would do well to observe how Carnal has gone about this (*cough*ARMANI*cough*). I think a lot of RL businesses make the mistake of viewing their presences in SL as merely an advertising/promotional tool, and overlook the fact that the majority of residents in SL are looking for innovative and useful builds/products that actually involve them while they’re in-world. It looks like the folks at Carnal see their SL store as an extension of their business and as a result of their insight, they’re able to get more out of SL than some of the big name corporations we’ve seen come and go.

If you’d like to check out more of their SL offerings, visit Carnal’s store in the Aqua Pache sim.

What I’m wearing:

1st image: Lingerie – Carnal, Lilac Camisole; Skin – RaC, Trisha smoky; Eyes – Simtropia, stone deep; Lashes – RaC, Black flirty; Hair – ETD, Phoebe ebony faded; Shoes – Maitreya, Grace Pearl

2nd image: Lingerie – Carnal, Moscou Full Cup; Skin – MM Skins, Pale SkinGloss Old HollyWood; Eyes – Sin Skins, Intense Ocean/Obsidian Eyes (blue); Hair – ETD, Flapper black; Shoes – Stiletto Moody, Pump black patent

3rd image: Lingerie – Carnal, Venise Guepiere; Skin – RaC, Trisha smoky; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Lashes – RaC, Black flirty; Hair – ETD, Madeline II black; Shoes – Armidi, Dalia Pump black ; Manicure – RaC, Manicure 02

4th image: Lingerie – Carnal, Vienne Body; Skin – RaC, Trisha; Eyes – Simtropia, honey spot; Lashes – RaC, Black flirty; Hair – RaC Hair, Southfork black; Shoes – Maitreya, Slinky Stilettos Steel; Manicure – Skin Flicks, French Manicure

January 15, 2008 Posted by | Fashion, RL | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

New hair releases

RaC has some new hairstyle offerings. My favorites? Cherry, Princess, and the funky and unusual Lioness. ❤

The picture of Lioness doesn’t do it justice… when I put it on, the way it moves almost makes it look like my avi’s underwater.  Hehe :p  If you’re curious how this will look on your avi’s head, you can get a demo for 1L.

lioness cherry princess raven divine silk

Additional info: Skin – RaC, Tasha; Eyes – Simtropia, blue light; Earrings – Celestial Studios, Lulu color changing earrings; Shirt – ❤ Cupcakes, White Lacy Shirt; Body Shape – Mela’s, aurora I

January 7, 2008 Posted by | Fashion, Hair, Mela's | , , , , , , , | 5 Comments