Saturday, April 26, 2008

Does Bad still mean Good?

Hello Dear Reader,

Welcome back to my blogspot. This week I promised you a blog about "bad neighborhoods" and I don't mean something next to a strip mall- strip club maybe...

But to do this post, I was advised to take another meaner looking guise, maybe a bouncer or tough guy type. So I tried a few of these skins on- (I shall spare you the visuals) and let me tell you, nothing is more ridiculous that a thug named Annabelle. That just like I was asking for a beating. So I opted for an animal form, and the folks at the Werehouse provided me with a lovely wolf avatar.Chip is a bit miffed that I didn't get him something, but he's getting a big present for his birthday (Shhh! don't tell him).

So off I went, without Chip this time, into the worst of SL.

First stop- The Crack Den- a role play sim based on New Orleans- post Katrina I assume- and teaming with some not so nice peeps.

These ladies thought of kicking me in the ribs (strange, how in rp, you get a third person narrative in the chat box) but opted to flick

the cigarette at me. Nice. I opted to stay in my role as a wolf, and snarled and growled back at them. Just another exchange of
pleasantries in Crack Den. But just when you think things are really nasty, a little bit of whimsy. Who would have expected a pink flamingo in the front lawn, in this place?

Well, so long Crack Den- Hello Toxic Gardens!

Whew! I could smell this place a mile away... Just goes to show you what a little uncontrolled chemical experimentation can lead to...

Is that the Statue of Liberty, in the weeds?

Next! Toxian City- another rp sim, and this fellow had the winning name. Meet Restroom Chemistry- everyone.

Ok, la pièce de résistance- Midian. They definitely get the prize for best design. This sim is on a Blade Runner level of detail, and the avs are right in tune with it.

Here are some street shots just to show off their great work.

Thanks to Deacon for pointing me over to this one.

Whew, I'm exhausted! More next week, Dear Reader

when I show some of the hidden and surprising

places I have found-

Like this one in Avilion

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Twilight Amos- Avatar of a 1000 faces

Hello Dear Reader-

Remember Twilight Amos, the large red dragon I met just after Gynna was hatched? She is something special to show us today- her avatar collection..And although I don't have the space to show them all to you (she has over 150) we will get a good sampling of the forms she has appeared in to me over the last few weeks.

Rainbow pegasus ponies- anyone?

Here, Twilight and I are visiting
the canyons of Grendel's to hang with some friends...

And because they can- Twilight and Tcille are taking a more aquatic form, and showing off the jumps...

Later on that afternoon, joined by Dreamer, and our hyena friend
we settled down for a chat.

A few weeks later, I contacted Twilight and asked for a photo session. Here she is showing off her rainbow bubble breath. What kind of rocks do dragons eat to make that do you suppose?

Oh, and now butterflies- "Twilight, that tickles!"

And now, an elegant feathered serpent- Quezacoatl, I believe.

And here, as a snow leopard- with her "boys" the 3 drakeletsthat she has hatched. How did you get the egg holder to stay on those leopard sholders?

And in the form that she admits is her "closest to human" Twilight is a lovely leopard lady, "nice avs, Twi!"

Uh-oh, this one means business! Nasty basilisk, wouldn't want to run into her on the other side of bargain table at Loeman's.

And this one reminds me of my 5th grade teacher- Brrrr!
She still scares me!

For the literary avatar! a flying book- light reading I resume?

And the mythical Gryphon...

Whew! all that shape shifting has made me tired.
Let's settle in and watch the fireworks over the beach...

Bye for now, dear readers, next time- dangerous neighborhoods!

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Well Appointed Werewolf

Welcome dear reader- Today I am going to talk about
the lifestyle of one very well appointed Werewolf-
so pardon me while I channel my inner Robin Leech...
This is Layton's house, while still a work in progress, as you
can see it's quite well along, and quite beautiful.
Let's start in the garden and take a look around.

Dragonflies dart over ponds, swans swim, and flowers bloom.

Waterfalls splash

Quite lovely from every angle, as you can see.

And how do we get around? By wormhole of course!

Up in the tower- Bachelor Werewolf elegance!
and you though the Vampires had all the taste.

Fish tanks and fountains- lots of steampunk touches.

A player grand piano- Butterflies hovering over it.

And it doesn't take much of a
request to see Layton's avatar collection-

And as you can see, inspired by my host's environment-
I have changed my costume to the dark elegance
of the steampunk aesthetic.

First one av

Then another- an old favorite- - Bravo Layton!

Time to fly- on my new hoverboard- Chip

is not amused....

Shape shifters continued in my next post-
Hanging with some friends at Grendel's canyons, and showing off the avs.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

How to hatch a Drakelet- Part 2

When last we left our hero...well, me anyway, I had just spotted a big double nest, in the cliffs below Grendel's Children...
At last!
I zoom over, and discover that I am not alone in my cliff side search. In fact, there are 2 lovely ladies waiting around the nest. Unfortunately, our conversation was limited as their native tongue was Japanese, and the translator is somewhat ineffectual for casual small talk.

So I settle in to wait, hoping for some sign of life from these eggs- 15 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes- nothing, and it's awfully quiet around here, just the sounds of birds in the distance.

Hi ladies- How about those Red Sox? Do you like Dice-K?

One of the ladies- bails out- so it just me and Nagaru, who rocks back and forth slowly. I'm not so sure that this is for real...

I'm having my doubts.

But it must work, because Nagaru has a ghost drakelet on her shoulder,
so what am I lacking here?

What a beautiful cloud drakelet, she is showing us that their appearance reflects the location of the egg's hatching location. This ones nest is located somewhere in the clouds above.

Finally, I get some answers from Jitterbug- here on the deck of a ship she is hatching her 19th dragon, so we can assume that she is some expert on the matter. A few questions, and she tells me about where to find the egg carrier, which one must carry to the nests. Aha! now I am in business.

So off I go, back to the double nest, with my egg carrier, but not my hair as the two things don't seem to co-exist in SL.

And now, I get signs of life, and my egg starts to develop into a drakelet. It slowly disappears, and eventually the drakelet is added to my inventory- same place where Chip sleeps.

And here is a picture of the three of us, together for the first time...Chip, Gynna, and me.

Next post, dear reader I'll introduce you to 2 avatar collectors-
Layton, and Twilight- they are the shape shifters of SL- until then, happy days!