A Kat and A Mouse


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What Second Life Means to Me Video

Well, I’m a little late to the party, as usual, but I got inspired to make a video for ‘What Second Life Means to Me.’

It took me longer than I intended, but it’s done.

Please bear in mind, I’m no expert filmmaker, but I wanted to contribute in my own small way.

Here’s a little happiness for your Monday!

If you can’t see the embedded video, here’s the link:

What Second Life Means to Me


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LOTD Changes and #162 – Jane Eyre

I’ve been in a bit of quandary for the last several weeks regarding the LOTD posts.

When I started them, my original intention was to:

  1. document my seemingly endless inventory of costumes and clothing
  2. work on my photography skills
  3. work on my Photoshop skills

 

Since I started the LOTD posts, I’ve taken classes in both photography and Photoshop, so I hope I’m improving!

I have completed (mostly) my inventory sorting and so I have also begun using the LOTD posts to show off goodies I pick up at current events.

With those posts, I try not to edit the photos too heavily, because I want the items to appear as they do in-world.

So I’ve been playing a sort of balancing game, trying to balance my desire to show some items ‘as is’ and to also get to play around with all the fun tools in Photoshop. :-D

My lovely husband even bought me a drawing tablet in the hopes that I could improve my editing further.

I’m still learning to use it – thank goodness I have an artistic daughter who knows how!

Around LOTD #100 or so, I started writing little story snippets to go along with the photos.

Because I’m easily bored, I am feeling the need to change things up with the LOTD posts yet again.

So instead of short little stories I write, some of the posts will be based on the writing of others.

Perhaps I’m also feeling a need to distance myself from the posts because my new mesh head doesn’t feel like ‘me’ yet.

In the meantime, I hope you find something to enjoy in the LOTD posts. :-D

Without further ado, LOTD #162:

LOTD 162

“I care for myself.  The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself. ”

~ Jane Eyre, pg. 239

Jane Eyre has long been one of my favorite books – the epitome of a Romantic novel.

Written by a woman pretending to be a man in order to be taken seriously in a patriarchal society.

How far we have not come. :-/

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Details:

Hair: Exile – Full of Grace (@Collabor88)

Skin: Glam Affair – India

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Feet/Body: Maitreya – Lara

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Eyeshadow: Shaedy – Velvet

Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Pale Cerulean

Dress:  !gO! – Telemina Corset/Skirt – Garden

Parasol: Petite Mort – Horse Parasol

Pose: NanTra – Weather or Not

Location: Timeless Memories

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LOTD #161 – Loose Lips

LOTD 161

He’d caught her dancing, her portable radio blaring out that ridiculous ‘boogie woogie’ music.

The platform she was on didn’t seem very sturdy, but she was oblivious. 

To it, and him.

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Details:

Hair: Truth – Vicki – Night (@Truth discount sale)

Skin: Eye Candi – Nina – Tone 4

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Feet/Body: Maitreya – Lara

Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Pale Cerulean

Shirt: Fission – Wilima Tee – Khaki  (@Genre)

Skirt: Kastle Rock – Camo Skirt  (@Genre)

Shoes: Battle Fairy – TJ’s Muddy Boots

Bracelets: Etham – Leather Cuff Bracelets

Pose: NanTra (@Genre)

Decor:

Vintage Posters:  Paper Moon – WWI/WWII Posters  (@Genre)

Hideout:  Noctis – Renegade Army Hideout  (@Genre)

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The theme for this round of Genre (in case you hadn’t guessed), is Military.

I had a ton of fun putting everything together for this picture.

I love the hideout from Noctis – so many options, and it comes with corner and straight pieces, so you can mix and match.

I’m a sucker for anything vintage and military, and I absolutely adore these posters from Paper Moon.

There are 4 posters in each set (WWI & WWII) and they added the perfect touch.

Rosie the Riveter is an iconic wartime image, so this T-shirt from Fission was a must-buy.

I paired it with the skirt from Kastle Rock and added a pair of dirty work boots.

Truth added about 80 hairs to their current discount sale, so I picked up Vicki on my second trip (because – hair!).

If you haven’t made it over to Genre, you have until July 10th to stop by.

Don’t forget to pick up the sweet “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” pose pack from NanTra. :-)


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Another Milestone – 600 Posts!

I often (usually) schedule my posts to publish, so I am not often sitting at my computer when they do.

Which means I miss the ‘You’ve published X number of posts!’ announcement from WordPress when they publish.

And so, I realized yesterday that I have passed another milestone with my blog. :-/

600 posts!

Who knew I had that much to say?

I wanted to take a moment and thank all of you who read, lurk, like, laugh, comment, and share my blog.

THANK YOU!!!

I’d hug you all, but then it would probably get all awkward and weird, especially since I’m not really a hugger . . .

Anyway – thank you for going on this journey with me, and here’s to many more posts!

:-D


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Top 5 Animation Stores

A week or so ago I asked readers to vote for their favorite animation store.

As a dancer, I think I’ve shopped at pretty much every animation store in SL. :-D

I collect poses, because you never know which one will be the perfect one to use in a routine, and AO stores can be a treasure trove for transition animations.

I try to keep a (somewhat) updated spreadsheet of some of the dance/pose stores I frequent here.

The spreadsheet has the more current information, because many of the store blogs are not updated frequently.

Poses and AO’s aside, I wanted to stick with dance animation stores.

I have my own personal favorites, of course, but I wanted to see what stores others liked.

Results

There was a 3-way tie for 3, 4, and 5.

Akeyo, Henmations, and Humanoid all tied with 9% of the votes.

I actually thought Humanoid would score higher, because their animations are very popular with club dancers.

Akeyo is more of an AO store, but they do have a nice selection of dance animations.

(Side note: If you are going to purchase animations, I highly suggest buying copy versions.  All too often SL will ‘eat’ inventory and then you are just out of luck – and $L.)

Henmations used to be one of my favorite stores, but it has been quite some time since they put out new dances.

However, they do have a bulk discount, so if you use their ‘shopping cart’ HUD, you can get a discount on your purchase, depending on how much you spend.

Coming in at #2 (18%) was perennial favorite A&M Mocap.

A&M has long had some of the best mocap dance animations in SL.

They have a huge selection of various styles of dance, including couples dances and chair/pole dances.

A&M also puts out ‘fad’ dances, like the Cupid Shuffle, Gangnam Style, and the like.

They do put out new dances, but not nearly as often as I want.

Also, dances at A&M are a bit pricier than other dance stores – a copy version of a dance generally runs around $400L.

The #1 dance animation store, with 54% of the votes, was . . .

Abranimations!

Personally, I love Abranimations.

They have a pretty large selection of dances, and they are very reasonably priced.

Single copy dances at Abranimations generally cost around $150L.

They are also one of the only dance stores to put out new content on a fairly regular basis.

One of the other nice things at Abranimations is that when you buy dances in packs, you receive ‘mirrored’ versions of the dances.

These are very nice to use when doing a routine where you have multiple dancers.

If you are looking for inexpensive dances, Abranimations offers a ‘Daily Dance Special’ where one of the dances in the store is available for a day at only $45L.

A pretty good deal if you’re short on L$!

Observations

I wasn’t really surprised that Abranimations  was the #1 choice – they are inexpensive, good quality, and fairly regularly put out new stuff.

That said, I have to wonder what’s going on with dance makers.

As I said above, I keep a spreadsheet of animation stores that I try to keep updated, both for my own benefit and yours. :-D

After spending a couple of hours tp’ing around SL a few days ago, I found that none of the dance makers have put out any new dances.

It’s been months since Abranimations or A&M put out anything, and more like years since there has been anything new from places like Sine Wave or Animazoo.

What gives?

Have we finally hit the wall for new dance animations?

Are dance makers waiting to see what happens with Project Sansar?

Or am I just missing out on new stores/dances?


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LOTD #160 – Love and Loss

 

LOTD 160

He thumbed through the stack of photos, searching for it.

There it was – snapped right as she realized she’d lost her earring. 

Her mother had given them to her, and she was inconsolable at the loss.

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Details:

Hair: Truth – Froukje – Auburn (@Truth discount sale)

Skin: Eye Candi – Nina – Tone 4

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Feet/Body: Maitreya – Lara

Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Pale Cerulean

Bikini:  Valentina E – Hedonist Bikini – Chilli (@Summerfest)

Shoes: Reign – Summer Flip Flops – Shark Attack (@Summerfest)

Earring: ProMagic – Kundan – Gold

Hat:  Elysium – Audrey Hat

Pose: Verocity

Location: Aloha Beach

 

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Since I’ve Been Gone

Time-Flies

Image Source: empower-u-academy.com

Due to that pesky RL, I missed being in-world for about 3 days.

Wow, does time fly in virtual reality!

I missed the opening of the SL12B celebrations and 21 Shoe. :-(

I also missed ‘No Panties Day,’ which was yesterday, according to my calendar.

I missed 50L Friday and a 60L Weekend, darn it.

I can usually find some pretty great steals during those.

I’m still trying to find time to put together some LOTD posts with all of the goodies I collected from various events.

Genre opened their new round – the theme is Military and I picked up some nice items, including a set of cool poses I can’t wait to try out.

I stopped by The Instruments yesterday, but since the theme is Game of Thrones and I don’t watch, I ended up not purchasing anything.

I tried to go to SummerFest, because I want to pick up some of the cute summery items, but it was very crowded, so I’ll have to try again when I’m not trying to multi-task. :-)

Due to my recent windfall, I stopped by Lelutka and bought one of their mesh heads.

I can’t wait to try it out when I have time to take some photos.

And I just realized I haven’t made it to Collabor88 yet either.

Yikes!

I’ve got some serious shopping to do.

The LOGO Alex head is still on my want list; I’m hoping to pick that up this week as well.

So I may look a little different in the coming LOTD posts. :-D

I’ve got so much stuff and it’s driving me crazy – I need to spend some time organizing everything!

And since I will be blogging this next round of A Tattered Page, I have to re-read the novel.

I’d better get busy.

Enjoy your Tuesday, folks!

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