Saturday, May 17, 2008

Spring flowers

Handsome escort and Roslin Petion

Today I attended the Fleur-Nicky Rees spring ball. The frocks were hefty and lovely, and I once again pondered the fact that clothing creates events, and events necessitate clothing. Symbiotic, isn't it? I enjoyed dressing to the nines in CJ Carnot's new ballroom, especially as a boy. It's much, much easier to dance when you're a boy at a ball -- I found this to be true in Caledon, and it's true outside of it as well.

This is one of those things that I'd never be able to discover outside of Second Life. Drag King I am not -- but Second Life makes genderswapping so very easy. A little too easy! It's easy to take people in, if that's your desire, about who you "are." I put "are" in quotations because perhaps how you present yourself in Second Life becomes its own little world of being, complete unto itself. Perhaps boy-Achariya has his own life when I'm not around to play him, much like the noise of the tree that falls without anyone to hear it fall...

Boy Ach and Samara Barzane

Serenity Mercier interviewed me for an article in GLAM magazine. You can find the article over here on page 47. It was interesting, my first interview for anyone. I'm not used to people thinking my ideas are all that interesting, but Serenity ruthlessly prodded until I blathered all over her. Poor woman had to decipher me for the purpose of the article!

Insert scrutiny of the nature of journalism here. What were we doing while we chatted? I think we were inventing something new between us like a Platonic dialogue. Maybe everything should be a little more dialogic -- much like the way in which clothing and events speak to one another.

Boy Ach and Jaydie Sapeur

The elephant sneezed

Miss Pixie Tungl was gracious enough to model with me today

This morning, Pixie and I stumbled sleepily around the just-pre-opening Starlust sim. Remember how Starlust used to be an old motel in the middle of nowhere? Well, they've grown up and made their own awesomely decayed sim! The opening is 2PM SLT today, and shops are gearing up with lovely free items like some of the things I'm wearing in this post.

I was astounded and overjoyed to find that in the newly expanded sim, many of my favorite people were there! The little flowerpot is just perfect for Japancakes, and Japanese designers like Milcaholic and Kurotsubaki also have little outlets in the motel. Oh, there are stores and stores here. Not just a motel but a decaying boardwalk, a Jurassic Park of sorts, a big elephant...

Today's /artilleri/ skin is Emi - Porcelain - Freckles - Gemma

The elephant has a rather special pagoda on it's back. Click around some and you'll see. Anyway, I'm wearing some free things in my photos! The purse, shirt and shoes are free. (Most of) the rest of our items are finds in various stores around the sim, including the neat Amplify dress and my Twosome tights. Try your best to wait until 2PM SLT to poke around *cough* unlike myself. :D

On Pixie:
***Skin: GiGi Couture skin "True Geisha"
***Boots: Schadenfreude Pointy Buckle Boots
***Necklace: (creamshop) cock?swan? necklace
***Dress: Amplify Black Grunge'cess dress
***Tattoos: Y7 Jaguar spots by Yenta Semyorka
***Hair: ETD, Lisa in blackened copper

On Ach:
***Purse: +MimiEden+ Psychedelic flower - Bag -- store freebie at Starlust (you'll have to go hunting for the store there, because there wasn't an slurl in the folder)
***Hair with hat: *KUROTSUBAKI* Adventure Knit cap_01_hair
***Skin: /artilleri/ emi skin - Porcelain - Freckles - Gemma
***Tattoos: The Closet *TCinSHELTER* ChainHartTattoo
***Shirt: Schadenfreude worn and faded elephant tee -- Starlust opening souvenir
***Shoes: Schadenfreude Elephant Schtomper -- Starlust opening souvenir
***Shorts: *Thimbles* A Town without Pants in black
***Tights: Twosome Flower Power tights (only 10L!)
***Bracelets: DP YumYum brown brace:06(R)
***Belt: DP YumYum Romantic Belt

Friday, May 16, 2008

Road daymare

I spent 9 hours on my arse driving from Orlando back home. In hour eight, the conversation went something like this.

Husband: Hey look, roadkill armadillo. Those make good eatin'.

Me: -- What did you just say?

Husband: Pre-tenderized. Plus, you can steam them right in the shell.

Me: -- I think you just told me that roadkill armadillo is tasty.

My husband is a Georgia boy, see, but I hope it was just road-weariness.

My cat missed me. I'm supposed to be writing about how this is day two of my /artilleri/ skin blitz, and about how I'm wearing a gorgeous new riding suit from ~silentsparrow~, but it's bloody difficult with an attention-starved cat chewing off one's wrist.

Now that I've pried her off, my screen is totally covered in cat hair. *cough* anyway.

One of my first, best memories of Second Life is when hyasynth was kind enough to take a total n00b out to AKK and point me toward a horse. Then we rode around together, listening to the clomping hooves, rearing, playing. It was a lovely SL moment, just like that moment when you go -- Wait, you mean I can fly and I don't have to be a druid?.

Finally, I have another addition to my riding wardrobe, complete with a tophat, Calico hair and a Schadenfreude switch. -- So uh, do you prefer the term "switch"? or is it "crop"? Or are the two items completely different?

***Outfit: ~silentsparrow~ (cloud) daymare suit. Comes with 13 pieces, including a modesty belleh-button hiding shirt, longer pants, two versions of tails, gloves, a hat, and a riding crop by Schadenfreude. Eight colors, four dark, four light!
***Hair: Calico Ingmann Creations hair to match the daymare/nightmare suits. Epona (this one is in dark brown). The little flowers come with the hair. <3
***Skin: /artilleri/ Emi skin - Dark Tan - Freckles - Eden
***Shoes: -TESLA- Athena Open-Toe Stiletto Boots
***Horse: AKK 07 wr Piebald
***Necklace and earrings: -EARTHTONES- Seahorse Frolic jewelry set

Thursday, May 15, 2008

artilleri skins! the closet tattoos!

Today was a completely exciting day for me. Not only did Bambi (of The Closet) release tattoos and a saucy little hat, but Antonia released her new /artilleri/ skins! They're called the Emi skins, and I love them so much I'm not going to bother reviewing each individual skin.

I simply declare this week /artilleri/ skin week, and will wear a different Emi skin with each post. Today I'm in "Emi skin - Porcelain - Freckles - Anett." I chose the makeup because it suits my outfit, and Porcelain is my favorite of Antonia's skin colors, probably because it matches my RL skin. (Not this week, however. This week I'm freckled and burnt!)

Speaking of skin, I visited my 97 year old grandmother at her nursing home today. I stared at her, slumped but vibrant in her wheelchair, and thought: it's a damned shame that Grandma Renee can't play SL. She'd be so much fun to play with, body out of the way. She isn't of this generation, however. She can't comprehend the technology that I use, and I know in my bones that my daughter's technology will outstrip me.

We rarely see age in SL, and when we do it's a party joke. I posted a photo of my grandma to my flickr stream (in which RL and SL have begun to mix) and smiled a little at the contrast -- in a photostream full of glowingly perfect SL faces, there sat my grandma, smiling and aged. If we're lucky we'll live that long and be that lucid in our old age. However... can any of us look forward to a return to helplessness? I leave you with that depressing thought and return to a contemplation of my new, glorious skin!

***Skin: /artilleri/ Emi skin - Porcelain - Freckles - Anett
***Feather thingie: **TCinSHELTER** FeatherHeadpiece
***Tattoos: **TCinSHELTER** GoldfishTattoo (pants, shirt and socks layers, although it also comes on underpants and undershirt layers)
***Hair: /artilleri/ myst in red
***Earrings: ***Blanc*** Heart earrings
***Corset and panties: ~silentsparrow~ from the bloody mary set
***Shoes: TESLA - Natasha *Shiny Red*
***Fan: four YIPs wiggle chair dance feather fan [FREE!]

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Dolly and Dolly

You're getting another post from me tonight because I'm on vacation and because my to-be-written-about inbox is getting ridiculous. MiaSnow makes amazing skins, right? She also makes nifty clothing in a style that I've long loved, hand-drawn and whimsical.

The Broken Heart Bazaar outfit is no longer new (*cough*), but it has red and white pinstriping, a cheeky cut-out heart, poofy sleeves, and a babydoll shape! Mia's clearly slaved over this, tweaking seams and worrying over prims and making sure it looks adorable.

The outfit looks especially cute on my dolly avatar, who is pale because unlike me, she wasn't at the beach all day. Yep, my human form is currently a mottled shade of blotchy right about now, and it's because my skin burns and freckles in the sun. I used to be a healthy computer-pallor of white. Now I'm all carcinogenic, like rare meat! Sometimes the lack of physical sense in SL is a godsend. Means that our avatars can feel no pleasure, but damn, they can also get up and brush off from a 1000 foot fall!

Blogger OTD:
Note: A new blogger, Dolly Gwynneville, says she's found it tough to get herself onto the fashion feed. Anyone who's got this issue, feel free to shoot me an IM and I'll add your blog to my sidebar as well as post a small pimp. Go check out Dolly!

***Dress: MiaSnow *mia* Broken Heart Bazaar Outfit (comes with 20 pieces including several shirts in long and short sleeve, button attachments, stockings with and without garters, short and long skirts attached at various places, prim sleeves...the whole shebang)
***Shape: ~All Dolled uP~ Doll Avatar Kit (free at the store).
***Skin: Boneflower Designs :: Whispers of Night :: Deathly F [Ebon Dusk Stalker]
***Hair: Darkstar Designs ::ZoeyV2-Black-
***Necklace: -Earthtones- Boho Gypsy Necklace, Mixed Cherry Woods
***Earrings: -Earthtones- Chakra Hoop Earring, Pumpkin
***Dolly Key: Lazy Places [LP] Ach Heart Music Key - Funeral March
***Boots: J's (main store link) Goth Ribbon Boots

Rebel tux

Yesterday I searched the grid for a good tuxedo to wear for a rockabilly prom. At the last minute I decided to wear something green instead! However, this tuxedo from Rebel Hope is too nice not to write about.

It reminds me of Eton. With this new boy-Ach shape (from Lemon, and you should see the bottom on this guy :D ), I think I look like a public school boy turned vampire.

Let me extol the virtues of Lemon! This shape is so lovely that it displaced my usual boy Ach shape entirely, partly because the skull looks fabulous without hair, and the face looks excellent in makeup. My TheAbyss skin looks okay on it too, although I prefer that skin with a larger jawline.

Back to the suit. In this outfit, I'm absolutely certain that I'm about to misbehave at my older sister's nuptials. That handprint on the wedding cake? Me. The missing bridesmaid garters? Me. The groom duct-taped and bound in a closet? ...My imagination has taken off! See you at the altar, baby. ;)

***Tuxedo: !Rebel Hope Designs - Branson Tuxedo in Dark Slate
***Skin: Boneflower Designs :: Whispers of Night :: Deathly F [Lost Gloom Stalker]
***Shape: *Lemon -Track8-Parachute
***Hair: Calico Ingmann Creations Jack in Midnight
***Lipring: Synthetic Memory *SM lipring_twist steel
***Shoes: (Shiny Things) Murphy's in black

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Rockabilly prom

Miz Allegory Malaprop stars as The Girl

It was a teenage wedding and the old folks wished em well
You could see that pierre did truly love the mademoiselle
And now the young monsieur and madam have rung the chapel bell
Cest la vie say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell

They finished off an apartment with a two-room roebuck sale
The coolerator was jammed with tv dinners and ginger ale
And when pierre found work, the little money comin worked out well
Cest la vie say the old folks it goes to show you never can tell

Mr. Ach stars as The Boy

They had a hi-fi phono, boy did they let it blast
Seven hundred little records, all blues, rock, rhythm, and jazz
But when the sun went down, the volume went down as well
Cest la vie say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell

The wardrobe is a cast unto itself!

They bought a souped-up jitney, it was a cherry red 53
And drove it down to new orleans to celebrate their anniversary
It was there where pierre was wedded to the lovely mademoiselle
Cest la vie say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell

They had a teenage wedding and the old folks wished em well
You could see that pierre did truly love the mademoiselle
And now the young monsieur and madam have rung the chapel bell
-- C'est la vie, Bob Seger

Many thanks to the Retrology sim for their neato hunt

***Skirt: Thimbles Svetlana Takes the Bus, in grass.
***Shirt ~silentsparrow~ spider baby vest, lime
***Earrings- /Fuel/ Lucky Dice earrings
***Shoes: /Fuel/ Bella Courts
***Right arm bangles: These will be a Starlust opening freebie for the new sim
***Upper tattoo: Alexitimia Tattoo Live Fast Die Young
***Lower tattoo: Tuli henna tats, tinted blue
***Hair: Old Gravy Darkchyld in greeeen

***Shape: *Lemon -Track8-Parachute
***Hair: Calico Ingmann Creations Jack in Midnight
***Lipring: Synthetic Memory *SM lipring_twist steel
***Shirt: {Gisaci} Cambridge Cuffed Shirt - Popita Green (tinted darker to match Alle)
***Skin: Boneflower Designs :: Whispers of Night :: Deathly F [Lost Gloom Stalker] -- yep, a girl skin.
***Pants and vest: ~silentsparrow~ from the Coronis suit in silver
***Shoes: (Shiny Things) Murphy's in black
***Belt: Unique Needs Women's Death Stalker Belt
***Tattoo: /artilleri/ old school tattoo
***Necklace: ::69:: AX&Skull topchain

Desert rose

Second Life is rife with roleplaying communities like this one, the 1800s western RPG known as Tombstone. Isn't it lovely here? I'm not part of this game, but whenever I wander the sim I think back to my own tabletop roleplaying obsession, Deadlands.

Yep, I'm a tabletop gamer, or was, before graduate school and SL put a crimp in my social life. I especially loved the pre-D20 Deadlands with all it's weird mechanics. Whenever I hear Springsteen's version of Jesse James, I want to hop immediately into a game, slayin' zombies with my steam-powered stake-shooter.

Jesse James was a man who killed many a man
He robbed the Glendale train...

My first character in Deadlands was a big, quiet Native American nicknamed "Pronto." My husband played his short, wily kimosabe, Bill Lee. We played a closeted gay couple, and completely wierded out the rest of the poor gamers (they were such nice normal geeks before we came to the table). (And yes, my husband's a lovely guy to deal with my predilictions.)

Doc Eldritch's clothing is, hrm. Star Wars gothic -- o hey, maybe this genre is rightly called Firefly-esque. It's the ripped-up epic leather that would be in place in Van Helsing's cinematic past or Star Wars' apocalyptic future.

I bet you 10L that my leather vest is made out of skinned Ewoks.

***Hair: Calico Ingmann Creations Reba in frosted midnight (comes with the lovely hat!)
***Skin: MiaSnow *MIA* DAHLIA - the tearful
***Necklace: -EARTHTONES- Escape Necklace, Black/Gold (F)
***Outfit: DoC Eldritch Desigs DE Catrina (7 pieces with three shirt options)
***Belt: **DP** yumyum ::belt::D-brown
***Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui Laudanum in oxblood

Monday, May 12, 2008

Pointy shirt

Allegory laughed when she told me about this shirt. "All that bare flesh will send your avatar into conniptions."

She was right, it's more revealing than the usual stuff I put on my avatar. Then, I noticed the cut of such a neat shirt, and I absolutely had to cosplay up. I'm clearly Frankenstein's Bride, all decked out for my first date. These shirts come in three-packs, and you can see all the colors here.

Glad I dressed last night, I tell yah. SL sure was a b@#$@ this morning. For a little while I wondered how I'd pose, given that my Huddles wouldn't attach. Then I thought I'd teleport to a free pose garden, and couldn't. Then I figured, sure, I'll sit on the happy stump, but it wouldn't rez from inventory...

Anyway. Somehow we all muddle through in this weird fake world. The glitches remind us that people are constantly fiddling with the Matrix, right? Sigh. (Just glad I'm not a clothing designer trying to upload textures today.)

***Hair: Elaborate Mercury Hair with Bird [From a shop long ago and far away]
***Skin: Boneflower Designs :: Whispers of Night :: Deathly F [Ebon Dusk Stalker]
***Tattoo: Garden of Ku My secret lotus
***Shirt: Schadenfreude batwing tank in noir
***Gloves: Magika Electrical Tape Gloves
***Skirt: caLLie cLine from the ugly duckling set

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Short awkward poses that end in SPLAT

Long Awkward Pose Aerial Assault set, Free Fallin'

I always ask designers about their source of inspiration, and they say that it comes from lots of stuff. Usually my own posts come from whatever neat cool thing I stumble upon blindly or drunkenly or in the feeds. Usually I wear something, and it spawns some kind of internal narrative: Once upon a time a mechanical octopus met and consumed a young cyber-sailor, resulting in a strange hybrid creature that loves swimming through space and eating raw squid...

Long Awkward Pose Aerial Assault set, The Dive

Once the narration is in my head, I feel like my avatar has become something, and then I can write my post. In this case, I was entirely motivated by poses! Poses are half the fun of Second Life. I mean, if you can't move and dance and sit and stand and fly the way you want to, why bother moving around? I rarely give props to the visionaries who make our lifeless clay breathe, but in this case, how can I help it?

Long Awkward Pose Aerial Assault set, Fly Away

The poses by Dove Swanson (Long Awkward Pose) were the inspiration, and the clothing came second. I needed something that would look comfortable in all of these byzantine positions, so clearly pants (sorry Pip, no feminine clothes while walking on my hands!), and clearly cybernetics. You can't really DO that unless you've got mechanical knees, you know? That's just me, though. I bet some truly bendy Second Life gymnasts can pull these off, and they'd be a blast in an orgy. ...Just seein' if you guys were awake. :D

Long Awkward Pose Aerial Assault set, Ascent

I found the Bad Kitty outfit by Battered Boudoir while fruitlessly poking at the Retrology hunt. Boy do I completely suck at hunts! But then they suck me in, and I'm shopping! These poses remind me of a song. Hm.

Cyberoctopus girl, Cyberoctopus girl,
Does whatever will make her whirl
Spins a web, any size,
Catches thieves just like flies
Is she flexy? Listen bud,
She's got radioactive blood.
Can she swing from a thread
Take a look overhead
Hey, there
There goes the Cyberoctopus girl.

With apologies to the original, of course.

Long Awkward Pose Aerial Assault set, Spider

***Hair: Philotic Energy Wyuna in black
***Cute and frilly bonnet: Le Petit Prince *LPP* Doll Octopus Plugs
***Skin: Boneflower Designs :: Whispers of Night :: Deathly F [Ebon Dusk Stalker]
***Bad knee: Le Petit Prince *LPP* Cyber leg
***Outfit: Battered Boudoir Bad Kitty Outfit
***Boots: ::69:: moccasin boot rouge
***Tattoo: /artilleri/ maggie tattoo
***Belt: [OMFG] Balanced Gear Belt