ForMax Event opens at midnight!

Prim Perfect

The event to support Maxwell Graf and Lyyric Fei opens at midnight SLT tonight in the Apple Fall region.

The event will be running from October 3rd – October 17th, and with over 50 of the top Second Life Creators taking part, there is bound to be something to suit all tastes (probably a lot of somethings!).

ForMax event on Apple Fall ForMax event on Apple Fall

There’s also a planned raffle with even more creators taking part, and entertainment is planned too (although not yet scheduled).  But you can keep up with developing events at the special ForMax Facebook page:

We’ll see you there!

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Topless Tuesday Glytch

Topless 'tuesday 25-09-2017 without shirt

Here I am in Hartyshire, the hub for The Lab’s “Tyrah & the Curse of the Magical Glytches” game and a G-rated region where women should (?) put on a top. Access the game via the Portal Park.

At least to me, Topless Tuesday is about protesting The Lab’s ban on topless female avatars in General-rated regions. To be honest, though, I’ve never read or heard that female toplessness is fully official. Here’s what I saw on a wiki:

Is simple nudity without sex Adult?

Depending on context, nudity may not require an Adult rating. For example all of the following could be rated Moderate:

  • A nude beach without sexual activity.
  • Skin vendors showing a nude skin to display the product.
  • Nude art that is not sexual.
  • Strip clubs that do not use adult words in search or host sex furniture.

Depending on the context, exposed genitalia may not be considered Adult. For example:

  • Hanging out at a nude beach would be fine.
  • Walking around pants-less on the mainland could be inappropriate.

Non-sexualized depictions of nudity are Moderate NOT Adult.

Okay, a little vague. Could I have been penalized for the picture in this post since I was shooting it for artistic purposes? I bet I could argue the point. What about when I walk around the west side of Bay City, the G-rated regions? I’m not having sex or displaying with intent to arouse. I’m just nekkid from the bellybutton on up. Any interpretation of this section, though, is clear that any sort of nudity should be avoided in General-rated regions without addressing the differences between female and male anatomies. Should men also be required to wear shirts?

It seems to me that even the Terms of Service are vague (section 4):

(vi) Violate our Maturity Content Guidelines. A region designated General is not allowed to advertise or make available content or activity that is sexually explicit, violent, or depicts nudity;

Nudity isn’t specifically addressed in the Community Standards, but there are links to other sources such as the Content Guidelines, which only mentions “sexually explicit content” without details or clarity. The Linden Lab Official: Mainland Policies wiki doesn’t have anything not the topic.

So where do we stand? May I run topless through Linden Realms (as seen on my Flickr)? Would I be allowed to sunbathe topless outside the Bay City Arboretum (SLurl)? Pretty sure other policies would keep me from diving into Marianne McCann‘s backyard pool (as well as it is kinda shallow and no one wants to face the wrath of the pint-sized titan). I have invited an official reply to be added in the comments of this post, but if you have comments, I’d appreciate if you would add them, too.

Until then, I’m going to go about topless where I feel appropriate as sort of an empirical test of the subject. Join me?

Learn From Toady!

Not long ago the Build Bug bit me again but I thought my skills might be rusty, so I took a class with the famous Toady Nakamura, and you can, too! She put together some info for me to post:

Toady Nakamura has been teaching for ten and a half years in SL! Classes range from vehicles to lobbers, wearables, furnishings, and every class has at least one script example! She teaches three classes a week:
9am Tuesdays at Dreams East
5pm Tuesdays at Isle of Wyrms
9am Friday at Happy Hippos Building School

(All times SLT)

She announces her classes weekly on her blog.

Former classes are for sale at Grendel’s Children main store and at the birthplace of Grendel’s in Chima sim.

Toady’s goal is to share building and scripting knowlege widely because that is what makes SL different than many other “game” platforms.

Besides in SL classes, Toady helped write the “Introduction to LSL” on the SL wiki, and maintains a page of helpful scripts there.

Intro to SL

Personal wiki page

Personal quotables
As far as I know, I’ve taught more classes in SL than any other SL teacher, since March 24, 2007 when I started at “Illuminata University.” My dean back then Contessa Marquez, still attends some classes with me from time to time!!

My first SL teacher was Shadow Marlin at Mystica sim.

Hot Bay City Nights Returns For 2017

Hot Bay City Nights Poster 2017 copy

BAY CITY, SL (14 August 2017) – Bay City’s mid-century theme — and it’s large network of roads — is celebrated annually during its “Hot Bay City Nights” event. This Second Life® bassed event features vehicle makers who create virtual automobiles from the Bay City “theme era,” from 1940 to 1965.

The event is held in the the Bay City Fairgrounds (SLurl), in the North Channel region, from the 19-27th of August to present the best in vintage and retro vehicles. Each designer is hand-picked, and presents great road vehicles for use in Second Life.

Additional events will provide plenty for all to do, including the crowning of 2017s Miss Bay City on the 27th, and a series of virtual car washes in support of Child’s Play Charity, an organization that provides toys and games for children in hospitals around the world. Bay City is a silver-level sponsor of Child’s Play.

Bay City is a mainland community, developed by Linden Lab™ and home to the Bay City Alliance. The Bay City Alliance was founded in 2008 to promote the Bay City regions of Second Life™ and provide a venue for Bay City Residents and other interested parties to socialize and network. It is now the largest Bay city group, and home to most Residents of Bay City.

For more information, contact: Marianne McCann.


July 4th Topless Tuesday

Topless Tuesday 4 July 2017

Happy 4th of July Topless Tuesday, America! That’s right, this sacred event is a celebration of freedom. Women should be able to dress the same way men dress if they should choose to do so. Slacks, yes. There have been times women could not wear pants but were required to wear dresses. Shirtless, yes, but that is still limited.

There are fewer limitations on women in this respect in real life, however, than there are in Second Life. If I had wanted to attend the holiday fireworks without a shirt, I had the legal right (the fact that I was in bed, fast asleep this year not withstanding). I may window-shop downtown sans shirt should I wish (though stores are within their right to refuse admittance to anyone without a shirt),

In this picture, though, I’m breaking a Second Life law. I am in a G-rated region with my breasts exposed. This is a no-no for no good reason.

One day, when I have the time, I’m going to ask someone official at The Lab about this. Until then, I’m going to go topless wherever I wish to, risking whatever punishment is (not) merited.

It is called freedom.