What’s in My Closet? A Tux!

r2 Otomo Tuxedo in Gold - Torso

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After much hemming and hawing, I bought the new Collabor88 release from r2, the r2: A/D/E Otome set (in gold, as shown, and in black). When I tried he demo with the fatback bonus color (red) it struck me as a no-go for this round. Mind you, I seldom pass up and r2 release. If I don’t get it for me, one of my characters gets it. The price is dynamite and the look really rocks.

When I saw it in black, though, I thought “Tuxedo!” and tried my various colors of skin with it. Then I thought more. And I tried the other outfit colors, consulting with friends at each step, with nearly all my skins. Everyone agreed the gold looked great with my Lumae Eirtae Yrlissa skin (shown here). Immediately I bought the black option. And thought more. After, I bought the gold, too.

Some cheap earrings, some body sparkles, a nice updo hair, added some other jewelry, wore out my fingers for 20+ minutes figuring out makeup, and then made a bow tie out of bits I had in my Inventory. In terms of actual components, this is a simple outfit, but it took me about an hour. Twice as long as I’ve spent on other outfits. So tired now.

By the way, the shadow on the bridge of my nose doesn’t appear in-world or in the snap I shot for my Profile feed.

Another Inventory Issue

Long ago when I started on the Second Life Main Grid, a terrible official book (which shall not be named) about Our World was published, but it had a couple good tips:

  1. Create an alt account in which you can store transferable items for safe keeping.
  2. Box up to 100 items in a cube then store them in a folder you never touch. Another cube can be used to consolidate 100 of these cubes, creating a cube/sub-cube system.

Since then I’ve employed such a system with each of my characters. As soon as I unpack a new purchase, I box up a copy (or move the original box) into a storage cube. This way if I accidentally delete something I can run to get a copy. In theory.

Just last Sunday I was working on boxing and storing when I found that I couldn’t rez a storage box in a place where I had full rez rights. Then there was another storage box. And another. Moving to another region didn’t help. Relogging made it worse.

Some 90% or so of my storage boxes (like the reddish one shown above) were gone. Folders were empty. Tens of thousands of $Lindens of things were gone. I followed all the standard Inventory recovery procedures, both official and unofficial. I even waited a couple days since it was a holiday weekend and you know how those are in SL.

As a Premium account member, I leaped to the Chat Support and worked with a knowlegeable Linden who didn’t just copypasta the company line (as some do) but nothing worked. So I filed a Support Ticket and waited. And waited. Well, the Labbies were coming back from holiday weekend, afterall, and I figured they’d be busy. So I checked my other characters and they had no such problems. It was just Uccie.

But I had to find something for a Bay City event and I looked inside one of the surviving storage boxes. BAM! It was filled with over 150 items according to the hover text and I remembered it should have had just six items. I keep only 100 items in each box (sub- or storage), as mentioned. When I looked, I found a large portion of missing items. Another surving storage box had more. A third was also loaded. Then it got strange.

Some of the recovered items were things from sub-boxes that were inside storage boxes I hadn’t rezzed in some time. Example: Hundreds of note cards that were in several sub-boxes were emptied into a few different storage boxes. Most of it was from boxes I haven’t opened in years, like my Isle of Lesbos items. Told you it was strange.

So I opened every single storage box that indicated it had more than 100 things inside and a few that didn’t (plus more than a few sub-boxes) just for good measure and started putting things aright. The first round took hours and I still have more to go. All the while I will be working on a letter to The Lab to again suggest that Inventory loss insurance should be available. Perhaps free to Premium members? I like that. Barring this, a very good backup system should be available. If such were in place I could spend more time exploring Our World instead of filling and moving boxes or bothering Support.

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Not that you need to, but if you click the image above you can see an embiggend verson on Flickr.

Espresso Anyone?

The Pen 037
Espresso Yourself Night, every first Tuesday starting at 6:00 p.m. SLT at The Pen, located in the heart of Bay City – Mashpee, just off Route 66!

That’s http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bay%20City%20-%20Mashpee/77/52/26

What is “Espresso Yourself?” It’s a chance to take your spot on the stage and share. Tell a joke, share your poetry, read a chapter from your favorite book, sing a song. Just share! Voice or Text. Talent not required, but passion is mandatory. Also, no mimes.

The key here is to participate.
How can you participate?
Just choose an item off our menu!

Our main stock in trade: Read a poem. Poetry is always encouraged at the pen. Share one of your own or one by someone else. Read it on voice or type it out. You can even pre-record some sound files if you want to get really inventive.

Share a favorite story. Could be something you’ve experienced that you want to share. Could be a story out of a book that makes you think or that you just enjoy. Maybe it’s a story of your own, too, that you wish to share. All are encouraged.

Share a picture of something you’ve built recently – or something you’ve built in the past – tell us about it, what were the challenges? What was fun? Share the experience.

Free Advice. Tell Linden Lab how to fix Second Life, or tell us how to use it! This is soapbox time! Rant, rave, share.

I read the news today: tell us something you read in the newspaper/saw on the telly/spotted online that caught your eye. Tell us what’s going on!

Random beauty! Show us a photo of something that caught your eye. Share something of beauty and tell us about it. Maybe it’s a pretty thing from your first life, or maybe it’s a gorgeous place in here.

Surprise us: hand puppets,. juggling, wacky gags, etc.! Do something different, weird, and wild. Delight the audience by going outside the box.

Just want to hang out? We’ll let you can do that too: but you can still talk, still interact, and still be a part of the show. Everyone is a participant, even if you might not realize it.

Also, why not toss a few bones in the ol’ tip jar, too, or buy a fresh cuppa? It helps keep the lights on.

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A press release from Marianne McCann.

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What’s in My Closet – BiB

For a Not A Fashion blog, I tend to post more than a few fashion items, such as this “Back In Black” set. This one of those outfits that started out completely different but wound up to be mostly the same. For example, the leggings started as bikini-style denim shorts. The cuffs were pewter bangles. The skin was my other blue Lumae skin, “Nyx.”

Back In Black 01 - Kit Back In Black 02a - Top

Back In Black 03 - Middle Back In Black 04 - Shoes

Click any image above to see it embiggened on Flickr. I tried to frame the shots so the issued wouldn’t show, such as the leg harness cutting into my thigh in certain poses, the leggings fighting with the boots, and etc. Below is the list of clothes you can use to make a similar outfit. Obviously, you can’t clearly see the nipples listed, the alphas aren’t listed at all, and I’m just too plain lazy to type in links for each item for your shopping convenience. Little tweaks such as a special shadow “tattoo” on my face and changing the lenses on the sunglasses shant be mentioned so stop reading now,


Christmas on the ZZR

ZZR Christmas 2017 A

My sister Zen, owner and operator of the Zany Zen Railway (ZZR) on Second Life’s mainland, has reason to throttle me. I promised weeks ago to write about the ZZR for Christmas. She’s worked for days and days decorating, creating snow, and preparing gifts for Santa to give out all along the four region route. There’s a lovely pub at one end, by the way, so stop in for a pint!

ZZR Christmas 2017 B

ZZR Christmas 2017 C

Santa gives out presents, 13 in all, and each is a treasure, especially the snowglobes! A must for railroad fans across the Grid. Be sure to visit the pub, the museum, and the gift shop, too. A great way to spend some time this Christmas season.

Click any picture to see it embiggened on Flickr.
Seogyeo Station (and Santa!) is here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Seogyeo/224/210/40

What’s In My Closet: Elleria Witch

Without spending a single $L, I think I made a fabulous avatar for Halloween 2017. Most of the costume is from the Elleria avatar found in the Linden Library at the bottom of your Inventory window, but here’s the details:


Note the pet bat. It is from a different Linden avatar. The Lumae skin is as important to the ensemble as the Linden avatar pieces as this close-up GIF shows:


Someone saw me hovering last night and commented “You scared me up there!” so, kudos to the Linden AO. Halloween hasn’t impressed me much the last few years. I just can’t get into it any more. But this avatar impresses me. Many thanks to Pico Mole, River Mole, and Exotic Mole for a great starter avatar. And thanks to Lumae for the upgrade.