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i heart fancy fairy

Violaine Villota of Fancy Fairy released three new Dia De Los Muertos skins and a Fae Witch costume.

It was love at first sight when I saw them.  ❤

fancyfairy - dia de los muertos

fancyfairy - dia de los muertos 2

The outfit came with everything you see here except for the hair, eyes, and prim lashes.  (Hair is from my store, mela’s;, eyes are from Nomine; lashes are from Laqroki.)

Go visit Fancy Fairy, where the skins are either 25L for one or 3 for 50L (yes, really!) and the costume is 100L.

October 31, 2008 Posted by | Fashion, Skin | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Increase in Openspace fees a sign of more changes to come?

Are the recent changes in Openspace sim pricing a sign of more price increases to come?

Hrm, okay… so, Linden Lab recently announced some pretty significant changes to their Openspace pricing and policies today on the Second Life blog.  Come January 2009, tier will nearly double, grandfathered class 4 Openspaces (or babysims, as my friend Gogo and I like to call them) will be a thing of the past as they will be made to upgrade to class 5 (and their tier will more than double!), and the up-front cost of a babysim will increase 50%.  Even more interesting is that effective immediately, anyone who owns a babysim can’t turn around and sell it to another sim owner.  Either keep it and accept that your fees will go up, or dump it.

Jack Linden states in the post that babysims were meant for light use, but have ended up being used for much more.  He writes, “Based on analysis performed in August and September, Openspaces are being used about twice as much as we expected, in other words being loaded with double the content/avatar load than we’d expect for a region that is supposed to be light use.”

I don’t know, there’s something kind of odd about this picture.

When the new babysim details were first revealed, it was exciting news for various reasons.  You no longer had to buy them in four-packs and the babysim prim count was being doubled from 1875 to 3750.  Then, when the new Land Store went live a month or so later, up-front costs were slashed by a considerable amount.  However — and I really think this is the most signficant detail of all — if you go back to the March 7th announcement, this crucial sentence was included:

To purchase an Openspace region you will still need to own a normal island already, however you will not have to anchor your Openspace to that region, it can be placed wherever you would normally be able to place an island.

Granted, they do state in that same post that babysims are “intended for light use countryside or ocean”.  But given all the changes in pricing, prim allocations, and rules, I have a really hard time believing that Linden Lab did not foresee people using babysims for more than just a pretty ocean.  I mean, c’mon… did Linden Lab honestly believe that people were going to obtain 65,000+ sqm for relatively cheap, with a nice huge helping of prims, and set the island all by itself on the grid detached from any ‘parent’ sim and then put all of those niceties towards an… ocean??  Really?

Anyways, does this make them wrong for wanting to rectify any misuse that they’ve seen since enacting these pricing and policy changes?  No, of course not.  If current usage habits are causing problems, then by all means take action to fix things.  We don’t want a broken grid, after all.

The thing is, accomplishing this by issuing forth a blanket policy change and price increase, as they’ve done today, seems illogical.  For all the misuse of babysims that’s going on right now, there are plenty of others that are being used exactly as Jack Linden said they were intended to be used — I immediately think of the Metabirds, for example, with their gorgeous expanses of oceans in between the full sims.  To my mind, it does not make sense to penalize sim owners who are using their babysims as was ‘intended’, along with others who are putting strains on the grid.

Tateru at Massively wrote, “The simplest explanations for all of this that fit the observed facts, is that either the March 2008 changes have progressively gutted Linden Lab’s market for regular simulators, or that they’re in need of a large cash infusion for Q1 2009 — or possibly both.”  In light of everything I’ve pondered over so far in this post, I’ve gotta say that Tateru’s conclusion makes the most sense.  Sure, maybe there are a lot of babysims being misused, but I think the real reasons behind today’s announcements are more fiscal in nature than anything else.

If this really is the case, though, that brings up more speculative questions in my mind.  If these changes that we saw today are indeed about the money, then I can’t help but think that maybe this is just the beginning of an across-the-board rise in fees.  Will private estates be next?  What about mainland tier?

Honestly, I’ve never paid much attention to these things before, so I’ve no idea when’s the last time mainland tier fees changed.  For a long time I was just a dumb noob who went dancing at clubs with friends, spent way too much money at Last Call and Ivalde, and would occasionally fuck up her Mod/No Copy prefabs by accidentally dropping a snapshot on the floor prim (oops!).

And you know what?  Being a dumb noob was fun.  Back then, these sorts of announcements from Linden Lab didn’t feel quite so much like we’re being yanked around with little to no warning, or not being told the entire story… well, because frankly, things like tier fees didn’t mean anything to me, anyways.  I kind of miss that.  Don’t get me wrong, I do love working in SL and while I might one day slow down on the amount of work that I do in here, I don’t know that I could ever really completely stop logging in and give up running a virtual business.  It’s just that the way Linden Lab handles things sometimes?  Cools off my ardor for all things SL just a smidgen and makes me question why I invest myself in here as much as I currently do.

Anyways, I guess all we can do now is wait and see whether more prices and fees will go up.

October 28, 2008 Posted by | Real Estate, SL Grid Issues | , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

evie’s closet Lucky Chair has been relocated — thanks, Gogo!

The response to the lucky chair at Evie’s Closet has been so overwhelming, that Evie posted this in her group not too long ago:

So.. I just woke up, and  it seems the response to the Lucky Chair Gown was so overwhelming, it wreaked some havoc with the Sim.

Not something I anticipated… and the Sim Owner had to return the Chair to my Inventory.

Please give me a day or two to find a solution, and I will make the chair available for as many days AFTER October 31st to compensate.

Frustrating, but I thank you for your patience and understanding. :/

I was like, oh noes 😦  But then good news followed that rather quickly!

The lovely, and generous Gorgeous Yongho has offered the Lucky Chair a place on the Juicy Sims!  *If you see her, PLEASE thank her effusively*

Attached is a LM…. It will bring you right here. Please pass it on to those people NOT in the Group, who might need to know, and thank you SO much again, for your patience! xoxo

Yay, thank you Evie and thank you Gogo!  <333  Now my altie can get a crack at getting the gown too :p

In case you haven’t seen the gown yet, here it is again:

gown from Evie's Closet

Here is the LM to the new chair location:

Evie’s Closet exclusive Lucky Chair @ Juicy (Juicy 89, 52, 23)

October 15, 2008 Posted by | Fashion, Freebie | , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

lucky chair wins

Wow, Evie’s Closet has a special lucky chair out just for Halloween. It’s the Honor gown in Halloween colors! She sent notice to her update group tonight; I TP’d over a mere twenty seconds after receiving it and by the time I arrived there were *already* a handful of avs present. The group grew in size rather quickly:

Of course, there’s good reason why people flocked there so quickly.  Here is the gown:

gown from Evie's Closet

Another LC exclusive that I *had* to have after reading about it on the feed is the Butcher jeans from Fishy Strawberry. How awesome are these jeans??  They are spattered with a generous helping of blood:

different lighting

I overheard in the chatter at Evie’s that the chair will be out until October 31st.  The letters rotate every five minutes, so your letter is sure to come up sooner rather than later.  ^^  I don’t know how long the Fishy Strawberry chair will have the bloody butcher jeans and the letters rotate every ten minutes.

I *really* like these jeans.  I think I’m going to have to get them for my altie, too.  Oh, just a side note:  if your av is built anything like mines, then you will probably have to edit the leg prims to fit a little better, but it’s a minor edit and really elementary stuff.

TP to Evie’s Closet:  Madison Place 60, 108, 468

TP to Fishy Strawberry:  Star Beach Island 182, 171, 22

I also got a couple of LC items from Little Heaven (my friend Vivi TP’d me in when two chairs showed my letter) and I had to rez the boxes at my place, to unpack later… otherwise, I will forget about them and they will remain untouched in the abyss that is my Objects folder for several months.  And you can’t really see in the pic, but I’m wearing my new favorite t-shirt from Kesseret of KessKreations:  a prison-orange freebie that says ‘will fuck for smokes’, which totally appeals to my juvenile sense of humor ❤  Gimme a t-shirt that says ‘shit’ or ‘fuck’ and I’m totally tickled by it :p

October 15, 2008 Posted by | Fashion, Freebie | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Pleiades from Eloh Eliot

These days, my SL is so busy that it takes something pretty special and significant for me to bother with blogging.  Well, here we are with such an event!  Heads up, everyone:  Eloh Eliot has finally released her new Pleiades skin.  They sure are cute ❤ and she sure did a lot of uploading o.o  lol

Okay, vital skin info:  these skins are mod/copy/no trans.  They’re also 0L.  Yup, these beauties are freeeeee!

I’m mainly focusing on the face and won’t be going into detail about the body in this post; I encourage you to pick up these skins for yourself to take a look.  I will say this, though:  as always, Eloh’s work on the body is gorgeous.

There are four skintones available:  dark, fair, tan, and pale.  For each skintone, there are seven makeups available, all named after the Pleiades (of course).  This time around, Eloh has the hair color details painted on instead of being adjustable via the sliders (as the case is with her previous skins), and they have hair painted onto the skullcap as well.

You know, I’ve never been a big fan of the whole painted skullcap thing, except for at events where everyone will wish death upon you and your immediate family for not deprimming.  I liked that Eloh’s painted skullcap has a hairline that is pretty far up, and the hairline is drawn in such a way that it blends nicely with prim hair.

I am loving the lips on these, especially the makeups with the lighter and more natural coloring.  They have a delicious dewy and soft look to them — immediate favorites were the Maea and Merope makeups.  ❤

Anyways, enough of my yammering, right?  On to the pics!

There is no way I would have enough time to take a pic of every single skintone/makeup/freckle combination… so all I shall present here is a sample.  Besides, you’re going to want to see how it looks on your own shape anyways and at 0L you’d be pretty silly to not go and treat yourself (and your alties, hehe) to these.

Clicking on the images will take you to their respective flickr pages, where you can view full sized images (roughly 1000×1450) if you are on my list of flickr contacts.  Not on my contact list?  Add me, and I will reciprocate! All images have had no postproduction done on them, other than cropping.

tan body alcyone dark - brown hair alcyone fair - brown hair alcyone fair - brown hair freckles electra pale - brown hair maea tan - brown hair

Okay, I took a few more images but I just remembered I’m on the feed and some people get pretty bent when they see too many pics. o.o I’ll have these arranged in a flickr set later tonight 🙂

Okay, now that you’ve seen the pics, you’ve probably already TP’d your precious avi over to Lippert and won’t even bother reading the rest of this post 😛  But in case you are still here, there’s a bit more info on Eloh’s blog that I found interesting.  Yes, the skins are going to be open source.  She wrote,

I won’t be offering the same PSDs I work with–that’d just be sadistic. Instead, I plan on distilling my currently leviathan-esque PSDs into something more usable and intuitive–in both PSD and XCF (Gimp) formats in the very near future.

In the unlikely scenario that you’re still reading this, miffed at my reckless audacity to not actually offer the PSDs with which I work–fear not, in the following weeks I’ll post exactly (in excruciating detail) how you can produce those very PSDs from the AI files that are currently available on my repository (2) (3).

Eloh, you effin’ RAWK, do you know that?  ❤  Just had to tell you this in case you didn’t already know 🙂  I’ve personally played with Illustrator in a sort of scratch-the-surface manner and I’ve got a lot to learn, but this just might be the motivation I need to take a new crack at it.

To read more discussion on Eloh’s views on open-source skins, her experiences with creating/sharing them with the SL community, as well as updates on her latest, check out her blog at eloheliot.blogspot.com.

As for the skins?  You can pick them up, for free, at her modest little Lippert parcel as always!  Here’s the SLURL:  Eloh’s at Lippert (74, 190, 169)

October 13, 2008 Posted by | Fashion, Freebie, Skin | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments