monday meme mesh, do ya, don’t ya—–DIGITS?

Meme Instructions: Share your avatar’s digits and/or answer the following questions about mesh bodies. If you decide to share your digits, feel free to add your image to the Digits Flickr Group.

You do not have to share your numbers if you don’t feel comfortable. You can just answer the following questions:

  1. Do you currently own a mesh body? If so, do you wear it all the time or just once in a while? If not, skip to the fourth question. – Nope. I’ve tried a few demos, and admire all the possibilities that the mesh bodies offer in terms of taking art shots, but it is just way too much trouble to fuss with them. I’m happy with the SL avatar.
  2. What is your preferred mesh body available on the market right now? – N/A
  3. Have you changed your shape since you started wearing the body? – N/A
  4. How do you feel about mesh bodies in general? – I think they are really a work of art. Folks that are not into art or fashion in SL can pretty much take a pass.  While I’m very interested in art, I’m not willing to get into a technology that isn’t supporting most of my SL day to day experience. It is also a tech that changes on a regular basis. Some mesh bodies are already dead based on the wonky and abusive DMCA system we live with. LL has to act immediately upon takedowns with minimal evidence that the complaint is legit.
  5. What is one thing you would request from designers when it comes to mesh bodies? – I think the designers missed the boat when they commercialized various mesh bodies as thing you PUT ON. I like the variety and the change in emphasis in the various bodies I’ve seen. Some are plush. Some are thin. Some seem to be much more real and some are more fantastic.  However, I think for myself, that the whole question of mesh bodies should have been taken back a step to the baseline avatar. Barn door is open now, but maybe this will apply to SL2? I’ll comment more below.

From my perspective, the mesh body designers took the easy and natural path, they went around LL and did the hard work and innovation that Users had been asking LL to do for years. They re-invented the humanoid avatar.

But the SL avatar is mesh. ((Word of caution here, the whole commentary is fantasy, LL is never going to implement a new avatar in the SL we have.))

To me, the mesh body you want should be a set of selections, all with slider “fitted options” and tied back to some sort of baseline humanoid that is artistically sweet and average. That’s what LL and designers should have worked on.

Instead, SL avatars are tech from prior to 2002. Is there anything on your computer that is from 2002? I didn’t think so.

I supposed that SL2 will address this in some fashion. (Perhaps badly given LL resources spends in the past as a yardstick.)

So we have a 2002 mesh body with sliders. The body is wrongly proportioned. The sliders are ergonomically wrong.

What if instead, as with gender, we could select bodies by ‘genre’ avatar library? We could be quadropedal, androids, or aliens, or titans, or orcs, or werewolves, and the rigged bones and sliders for all of these would have some clean math acting on the base av.  What if SL2 had an open set of design parameters (as with viewers) and if your avatar design qualified and passed quality checks, you could add a new avatar to the base math of the sliders and suddenly be a sleek new being?

Sure, you might find that most avatars added to the library were good ol’ Plush, or Curvy, or Zombie, or even Child, or Fashion Waif—-but you’d be working within a system. Your sliders would have ‘fitted mesh’ influence on the ‘genre av’ you had selected.

It’s only a dream folks. The diversity and complications for fashion designers could go straight to unmanageable. However, I love the idea.  Cruise the marketplace and you’ll find some Pretty Popular AVs that are doing this, and providing all the skins, clothes, weapons, and fancies that fit Only Their Genre AV.

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Double Trouble meme

Strawberry wants to double your meme threat….
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Meme instructions: Share your answers to the following suggestions. Don’t forget to link your post in the comments.

Two online screen names you’ve had: Well, gosh. I’m not that old to have a bunch. Darlingmonster Ember and EyeofSerpent are names I’ve used.

Two video games you’ve played: Rifts and Star Wars: the Old Republic

Two things you love about Second Life: Taking pictures and touring the pictures of other Second Life avatars.

Two things you’ve done in Second Life: I’ve done the Poppins Challenge and won a few keen racing events.

Two things you still want to do in Second Life: I want to build an undersea house and I also want to build an unseelie fae vehicle that is steampunk creepy.

Two things you like about your Second Life avatar: I like my ears are so distinctive and I like that I can flip skins for a mood or an event statement!

Two of your Second Life Pet Peeves: Scripting is so darn complex and no tutorials for low impact mesh building.

Two things you did as a newb that you’re embarrassed of: I’m not really that embarrassed, but early on before I discovered the nice mannered folks of Caledon, I used to hang out in sandbox sims. And that’s where I found out about cages, prim penis assaults, and folks who would seek out new avatars to humiliate us. The whole “just log off” solution never occurred to me in those days. Duh. Second most embarrassing habit was gobbling up all the free outfits I could find without regard for whether they looked nice or not.

Two of your closest friends in Second Life: Solace Fairlady and Autopilot Patty

Two of the most beloved things in your inventory: The shop I built in Caledon and my quad-ears. Chicks dig the ears.

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Fancy exploring the world of merfolk? Now’s your chance!

Miss D Ember:

And the undersea adventure that you’ve been waiting for is N O W

Originally posted on Living in the Modem World:

The welcome are for the merfolk community at Fanci's Deep, with the entrance to the Safe Water Foundation beyond The welcome area for visitors to the merfolk community at Fanci’s Deep, with the entrance to the Safe Water Foundation beyond

How many of us spend our time sailing on, or flying over the clear waters of Blake Sea, content to drive our power boats, cruisers and racing boats, or pilot our sailing boats and ships, our men’o’war and battleships, or our piston and jet-engined aircraft across and over the waves, without even giving thought to what might lie beneath?

I know I frequently do, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone; which is a shame, because the fact is that there is a vast underwater community within Second Life, many of whom use Blake Sea and provide a wealth of things to see and do if we simply put on our masks and snorkels and take a dive under the waves.

Hence why I was intrigued when Nber Medici…

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The Drax Files 28: art and SL as cathartic renewal

Miss D Ember:

Whiskey Monday as presented by Drax and commented by Inara.

Originally posted on Living in the Modem World:

“You know, when you first asked me to do the Drax Files, I said no,” Whiskey Monday states at the start of segment #28 of The Drax Files World Makers. I doubt anyone watching the show regrets her decision to actually go ahead and appear on the show.

Whiskey is well known throughout Second Life for her incredible artwork, which started with her single frame stories. Her work is thought-provoking, intelligent, evocative, mischievous, fun, pointed, and more – and all of it is certainly some of the finest expressions of art as a medium for social and general commentary I’ve ever seen. It’s also deeply personal, much of it reflecting on Whiskey’s real life; usually in a frank, honest way free from pathos while laying bare her mindset and emotions.

Whiskey Monday at work Whiskey Monday at work

It is on this latter aspect of her work that the show primarily focuses on…

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Spotlight Artist – William Weaver

Miss D Ember:

William Weaver iz da bomb! And here is the Flickr link: NSFW https://www.flickr.com/photos/61900109@N02/

Originally posted on Second Life Digital Art:

catching 1982… so come on… 

Soon after I decided to join Flickr one of the first artists I discovered was William Weaver and he totally blew my mind. I love his style. I love his eye. I just love his art.

girl in a window… 

I couldn’t believe that these works were made from SL snaps.  These photos really inspired me to experiment with different styles in my own art.

in a world where you are possible… 

William has so many pictures that it seemed impossible to pick a small set. It was hard to narrow it down. These are some of the first ones I saw when I first discovered him and some of my favorites since then.

everywhere and everywhen… 

If you appreciate what it takes to make a good photo starting with SL, then you will agree that William Weaver’s art is of the highest quality.

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