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LOTD #112 – Chalkboard Musings

LOTD 112As he posed, he mused that it was appropriate they were standing in front of a chalkboard.

Lately that’s how her voice sounded to him – nails on a chalkboard. 

Oh, he loved her, of course.

He just hated listening to her. 

She’s Wearing:

Hair:  Truth – Dasha

Skin: Eye Candi – Nina – Tone 4

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Body/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Pale Cerulean

Eyelashes: MC – Falsies

Makeup: Shine – Teeth Tattoo

Top:  ColdLogic – Paul – Blush

Skirt: Somnia – Snakeskin Mini Skirt – Hot Pink

Shoes: Essenz – Mumbai (@ Wayward Hunt)

He’s Wearing:

Hair:  Redgrave – Chris

Skin: Redgrave – Craig

Shape: Original

Eyes: Argrace – Shiny Eyes – Oval – Lime Green

Pants/Shirt: LaVian & Co – Friday Afternoon

Shoes:  Redgrave – Boots Walkers

Decor Items:

Chalkboard: Blueberry Hill – Schooled In Love Set (@ Pose Fair)

Poses: Blueberry Hill – Schooled In Love

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Trying Other TPVs – Alchemy

A week or so ago, there was a conversation in one of my groups about using different viewers.

Someone was having problems with one and was forced to use another viewer to finish their work.

Everyone has their favorite viewer – depending on their own personal preferences.

I have been a Firestorm user forever.

The official Linden viewer just always felt – wrong.

The organization of things (buttons, options, etc.) just didn’t make sense to me.

I found another viewer (it was Emerald at the time), and I loved it.

I’ve never really been interested in trying other viewers.

And given all the options in Firestorm, like the phototools, I’ve never had a reason to switch.

The Official Viewer

Recently, I was helping someone new to SL set up an account.

They, of course, downloaded the official viewer.

Ack!

Trying to help them find things was horrendous.

It was as terrible as I remembered.

The whole process was an experience in itself, which I will probably write about later.

Suffice it to say, I don’t recommend the official viewer.

I know there are people who love it.

I’m not one of them.  -.-

However, the experience of helping someone new and being forced to deal with the official viewer made me curious.

What are other viewers like?

Would I find one I like better than Firestorm?

Please remember, these are my opinions of the tpvs – your opinion might be completely different.

I didn’t spend huge amounts of time using each viewer, but I looked to see what items I use regularly that were or were not present.

I will break these up into a series of posts, since some of them are getting long.  :-)

Ok, caveats done – here we go!

Alchemy

I knew of a couple of different viewers, but I went to find a list.

Luckily, LL keeps a list of approved TPV’s, so I had a starting point.

The list is in alphabetical order, so I decided to just try the viewers by going down the list.

alchemy logoFirst on the list was the Alchemy viewer.

I had heard of Alchemy, but that’s about it.

According to their website, ‘Alchemy Viewer is a SecondLife™ Protocol compatible viewer targeted at stability, performance, and having a well thought out skin and feature set.’

The last update was in December 2014, so I’m not sure what the customer support is like.

It was a straightforward download, and I was logged in to SL in about 10 minutes.

My first thought was ugh – it’s too much like the official viewer.

I checked for phototools – nope.

I checked for pre-loaded windlights – there were some, but nowhere near the amount you get in Firestorm.

Looking at the preferences panel, there just aren’t as many options as I get with Firestorm, especially in the Graphics tab.

I did like that there was a FPS displayed in numbers, rather than having to open my stats to see it.

After a few group chats popped up, I was confused by the chat window.

It was showing people available nearby for chat.

Ok – except I was on my build platform and no one was around but me.

So my name was in the list.

Do I really need to know that I’m available for chatting with myself?

The other thing I did not like was that there was no built-in AO.

I have used Firestorm’s built-in AO for so long that I don’t even have an AO in inventory anymore.

They’re in boxes and stashed at my home.

The duck walk is as terrible as I remembered.

Next up: CtrlAltStudio

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LOTD #111 – Memories

LOTD 111The circus was always a magical place.

The pungent smells, the bold colors, the beautiful girls – but his favorite was always the carousel.

A circular delight – picking out his favorite horse, his father lifting him up into the seat, the blurred sea of faces whizzing past.

He smiled down at his own small son as they waited their turn.

Wearing:

Hair:  Truth – Nayeli

Skin: Eye Candi – Nina – Tone 4

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Body/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Pale Cerulean

Eyelashes: Gaeline – Divina

Corset/Panties/Choker:  Enfant Terrible – Showstopper – Black (@ TAG! Gacha)

Shoes: KC – Bella

Decor Items:

Carousel Horse: !deviousMind – Carnival Ride – Apfelschimmel (@ TAG! Gacha)

Tent: Mole End – Fedelma’s Snug Arbor

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Feeling Wayward

I had been in SL for about 4 years before I ever went on a hunt.

It was fun collecting items for free (or close to it) – a quick way to score some fabulous items.

I don’t do them much anymore, since I’m always trying to watch my inventory count. :-)

However, I love it when a hunt (or event) has a gallery of items somewhere online.

I can browse the items without fighting through a laggy sim and decide if I want any of them.

Ok, it’s usually more like, “how many can I afford to buy before I start feeling guilty,” but still. :-D

So when I saw a couple of posts about the Wayward Hunt, I had to go check it out.

I headed over to their website and found a gallery of pics with the prizes.

Exposeur PropI saw a few cute items I could use and then I saw the shoes . . .

I picked up several items from the hunt, including several different poses, because, much like shoes, you can never have too many poses!

One of the items I picked up was this awesome pose prop from Exposeur.

Called “Girl at the Window,” it’s a photo prop with 8 built-in poses.

I love it, and I know I’ll be using it again and again.

I also picked up this amazing jewelry set from League.

League Floral Rocks SetCalled the Floral Rocks Jewelry Set – Darkness, it comes with a color-change HUD.

The necklace and earrings are fabulous.

I poked around in my inventory for something to wear and found this outfit from Pure Poison.

Add one of my favorite Truth hairstyles and done. :-)

Last, but not least, SHOES!

Essenz - MumbaiI headed over to Essenz (a store I will be revisiting!) and picked up these amazing shoes.

Called Mumbai, I love, love, love them. :-)

There are tons of items in the hunt, including home and decor as well as clothing.

I will be heading back out in the next few days to pick up a few more things.

I can always use decor items for sets – especially when they’re free!!

And did I mention – SHOES!!!

Happy Hunting!

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LOTD #110 – Hope

LOTD 110As she posed playfully for him, he paused.

She was never afraid to be herself.

Maybe he could learn from that.

It was nice to think his scarred psyche could be whole again.

Wearing:

Hair:  Truth – Vixen

Skin: Eye Candi – Nina – Tone 4

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Body/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Pale Cerulean

Eyelashes: Gaeline – Divina

Dress/Collar:  MV – She – Emerald

Shoes: KC – Bella

Pose: Aerial Poses (@ Pose Fair)

Decor Items:

Dining Set:  Never Totally Dead – Bistrot Table

Sign: Fetch – Be Bright Sign

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New Shoes and Viewers

Image Source: www.21shoe.net

Image Source: http://www.21shoe.net

Tuesday was one of my favorite events – 21 Shoe!

I am a shoe-aholic in SL.

I can never have too many shoes.

And since 21 Shoe is a two-fer event, it’s even better!

RapalloWhite

YS&YS – Rapallo – White

I love high-heeled shoes, and with my Maitreya body, I love them even more.

After doing some shoe shopping, I decided to try out something else – a new viewer.

I’ve been a Firestorm user for a long time, back when it was Phoenix, and before that, when it was Emerald.

I have just never been comfortable with the official viewer – it makes my head hurt.

But after a group chat conversation in a blogging group, I decided to try out some other TPV’s for comparison.

I’ll have a write-up on my opinions in a later post. :-)

But I will say that I am in LOOOOOOOOOVE with the Black Dragon viewer at the moment.

Essenz LA Peach

Essenz – Los Angeles – Peach

I can take hi-res photos and it refreshes instantly.

With Firestorm, there’s always those few seconds of, “Am I crashing? Please don’t crash! Please!” when I take hi-res photos.

So, I logged in this morning with the Black Dragon viewer and snapped some pics of these gorgeous shoes.

I’m still trying to figure out the UI and where all the settings are, but there are a few features I love.

I also tried out Alchemy, Singularity, and CtrlAltStudio.

Anyway, back to shoes!!

I have begun phasing out any shoes but ones for Slink and Maitreya feet.

Iris Wine

MyADDICTION – Iris – Wine

I run ALM all the time, and invisiprim shoes look horrible with it. :-(

Even some mesh shoes can look odd.

But shoes like these?

A – MAZING!!

Some of the designers were new to me, but I will definitely be revisiting them in the future.

Do you have a favorite shoe designer?

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LOTD #109 – Damaged Dreams

LOTD 109He cradled the delicate picture carefully in his hands.

He’d tried to forget about her.

The picture was faded and water-damaged, yet he could close his eyes and see it as if it was yesterday.

Her smile, her lilting voice, her acrobat’s body . . .

A solitary tear slid down his lined and weathered cheek.

Wearing:

Hair:  Dura – Girl 51 – Wood Bark

Skin: Eye Candi – Nina – Tone 4

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Body/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Pale Cerulean

Eyelashes: Gaeline – Divina

Corset:  Fawny – Lady of the Show – Black (@ TAG! Gacha)

Shoes: Glamistry – Trillium (@ Kustom9)

Decor Items:

TAG! Gacha –

  • ISON – pillow set 2
  • DRD – Organ Wagon (RARE)
  • Exposeur – Metal Chair – Yellow

Magician’s Hat/Wand/Gloves (@Create Your Own Tarot)

Pose: !bang poses

Original Photo:

LOTD 109 Original