Category Archives: Monday Memes

Going to the Movies

… for Strawberry Singh’s Second Life Movie Poster Challenge 2016.

Going to the Movies

So many blogger challenges, so little time! But as I participated in the 2013 version of this challenge, I just knew I had to do this one.

I again decided to go with a classic, the 1972 musical film Cabaret. It’s shocking how relevant the message of this musical still is, even after all these years.

I didn’t attempt to do an exact copy of the original poster. Because there seem to have been a lot of different versions over the years. But hopefully my attempt does get the overall look right.

  • Hair – Truth (truth.hawkes)
  • Head – Lelutka (jadenart)
  • Body – Slink (siddean.munro)
  • Skin applier – the Skinnery (umazuma.metaluna)
  • Eyeshadow – Blacklace (gemini.galatea)
  • Eyes – Poetic Colors (lano.ling)
  • Eyelashes – Izzie’s (izzie.button)
  • Neko Ears – OTCR (anisa.naumova)
  • Neko tail – Jerboa tail (nadi.vemo)
  • Whiskers – Urban Dare (craven.theas)
  •  Hat – Deadwool (masa.plympton)
  • Necklace – Maxi Gossamer (maxi.gossamer)
  • Teddy – Fishy Strawberry (fae.eriksen)
  •  Stockings – Sn@tch (ivey.deschanel)—>Freebie
  • Shoes – G-Field (cerberus.noel)
  • Chair with poses – irrie’s Dollhouse (irrie.ember) —>Freebie@SLMarketplace

Never Have I Ever

… for Strawberry Singh’s Monday Meme.

Never Have I Ever

Ms Singh is attempting to bring back the Monday Memes. I figured this might be a good time for me to attempt to bring back… well, my blog in general really.

This week’s Meme is a game of Never Have I Ever. I game a have never played before!

  1. Never have I ever had sex, in Second Life. – I have. Hasn’t everyone?
  2. Never have I ever visited a sex sim, in Second Life. – My first reaction to that was no. But thinking about it I actually have, a long time ago. I don’t remember much about the place. I just remember that we didn’t get to “do” anything. We couldn’t even get our clothes off. The lag in that place was epic!
  3. Never have I ever been an escort or stripper, in Second Life. – I have never. Never even thought about it.
  4. Never have I ever been in porn videos in Second Life. – I have never, as far as I know.
  5. Never have I ever done things that may be illegal in the real world, in Second Life. – I have never. Except perhaps some public nudity in my noob days?
  6. Never have I ever created an ALT for secret activities, in Second Life. – I have. Though the activities weren’t that secret. I made an alt to try out some non-human avatars. Tried animal avatars and some furry ones. And then I tried some neko ears and tail. Once those found their way to Sama, my alt was never used again!
  7. Never have I ever had a one night stand, in Second Life. – I have. Probably had something to do with statement 1 and 2.
  8. Never have I ever been part of a roleplay community, in Second Life. – I have never. Someone dragged me to some Gorean sim once. I stayed for… 5 minutes? Maybe? RP is not my thing at all.
  9. Never have I ever discovered a new fetish, because of Second Life. – I have never.
  10. Never have I ever done things in Second Life that I wouldn’t admit to my friends or family. – I have. Adding to that, that I would never mention my Second Life at all to family and friends. I know it’s sad, but SL has such a bad reputation, that I’d be afraid to bring it up.

And with that I can now state that I have played the Never Have I Ever game.

  • Hair – Little bones (nova.faerye)
  • Head – Lelutka (minnu.palen)
  • Body – Slink (siddean.munro)
  • Skin applier – Pumec (otyebis)
  • Eyes – Poetic Colors (lano.ling)
  • Eyelashes – Izzie’s (izzie.button)
  • Neko ears – OTCR (anisa.naumova)
  • Whiskers – Urban Dare (craven.theas)
  • Shirt with kitten – !gO! (gocha.merlin)
  • Pose – Kuri Style (miu.elfan)

Portrait Mode

… for Strawberry Singh’s Monday Meme.

Portrait Mode

This week’s meme instructions were pretty simple: “Share a black & white portrait (headshot) of your Second Life avatar. You can post a raw shot or process the image as much as you like.”

But actually making that portrait was a little bit less simple. The black & white part of the meme, I was okay with. But the portrait part of it… I always find portraits a difficult thing to do. Which is why there are so little of them on this blog. I do take portrait-shots, but I always end up deleting them, because I just can’t make them work.

Anyway, I decided to start with a normal color snapshot and post-process it. Then pushed it through some filters and fiddled with some sliders. First in GIMP, then in PicMonkey.

Portrait Mode 2

And this is the raw shot, in case anyone is interested 🙂

  • Hair – Magika (sabina.gully)
  • Skin – League (nena.janus)
  • Freckles – Izzie’s (izzie.button)
  • Lipstick – Fishy Strawberry (fae.eriksen)
  • Eyeliner – Tuli (tuli.asturias)
  • Eyelashes – Mon Cheri (freya.olivieri)
  • Eyes – Poetic Colors (lano.ling)
  • Neko Ears – OTCR (anisa.naumova)
  • Hands – Slink (siddean.munro)

A View to a Neko

… for Strawberry Singh’s Monday Meme

This week’s Monday Meme is all about viewer setup, helpful tools and HUDS. “Meme Instruction: Share a screenshot of your viewer setup and/or a list of tools/HUDS you guys use to make your Second Life experiences better.”

I guess I’ll start with my normal view on the world.

A View to a Neko 1

I use the Catznip viewer, because it’s the only viewer that runs stably on my computer. I tend to have quite a bit of clutter on my screen, but not a lot of HUDs. So what do I have on there?

  1. My Vista Animations AO. (bottom corner, left)The only HUD I use all the time. It has some nice features… I think. I never actually use them, so I’m not sure!
  2. The chat window. (bottom corner, left)No explanation needed I think.
  3. Camera controls. (upper corner, left)I use these so often I just leave them open permanently.
  4. Mini map. (upper corner, left) I always use this in crowded places, because you can see where people are before they’ve rezzed. That way I can avoid bumping into people.
  5. Statistics bar. (bottom corner, right)Just to make sure everything is running smoothly.

I tend to keep my graphics-setting pretty low when I’m just walking around. I definitely prefer stability over pretty shadows. Only when I’m ready to take pictures do I switch on the visual pretties. That is also the moment I dig some more tools and HUDs out of my inventory.

A View to a Neko 2

So, what extra stuff do I use when I’m taking pictures?

  1. The Edit Sky Preset Menu. Why do I use this instead of just choosing a preset? Because I never use a preset “as is”. I always fiddle around with it and I never actually save the end result.
  2. The AnyPose Expression HUD. It does what it says on the tin and it’s free. What’s not to like?
  3. A pose ball. Yes, a pose ball. Of the type that used to float above furniture. I know there are all kinds of systems around where you can pre-load poses etc., but I’m just to lazy to set those up. So I just drop my pose into my pose ball and then move the thing in edit-mode. It gets the job done.

I have more pose-tools in my inventory. But as I said, I’m just too lazy to set them up. So I can’t really tell if they’re actually any good…

And that is pretty much it. I’ll post the credits for my outfit when I actually post the look. I promise I’ll get around to it soon(ish).

New Year Meme

… for Strawberry Singh’s Monday Meme.

New Year Meme

And my blog has finally made it into the new year as well. Happy (belated) 2014 everyone!

I made this particular look while cleaning out my inventory. It is a pigsty in there and probably does take up two servers…

  1. How did you spend New Year’s Eve? As always, we spend Christmas at my hubby’s parents and New Year’s Eve at my parents. Easiest way of seeing all the family and not having either side feel left-out. Both occasions usually contain a lot of food and drink!
  2. Did you keep any new years’ resolutions? In RL I never bother. As soon as make them I forget about them. In SL: finally cleaning that inventory!
  3. What was your biggest achievement(s) of the year? I know it’s more luck then achievement, but I’m happy that the people I care about were happy and healthy this year. Me included.
  4. What was the best thing you bought? We finally got a clothes-dryer in RL! I’m so happy to not have to drape the bedding over the living room furniture to dry anymore.
    And yes, I’m easily pleased…
  5. What do you wish you’d done more of? Just enjoying the small things in life I think. Between chores and other obligations, that’s an easy thing to forget to do sometimes.
  6. What do you wish you’d done less of? In short: procrastinating. Very bad habit of mine that I really really need to do less of.
  7. What was your favorite movie you watched this year? Uhm, I hardly ever watch movies. So if I did watch a good one this year, I probably forgot!
  8. What did you do on your birthday this year? Considering it was a week-day, not much. Hubby cooked for me though 🙂
  9. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned. Not to worry so much. Some of the things I worried about this year, really weren’t worth worrying about.
  10. What does 2014 hold for you? There are no big events planned, so as far as “happy and healthy” goes, I’m just hoping for more of the same.
  • Hair – Truth (truth.hawkes)
  • Skin – Pink Fuel (mochi.milena)
  • Eyeliner – Kyoot (saeya.nyanda)
  • Eyelashes – Mon Cheri (freya.olivieri)
  • Eyes – Poetic Colors (lano.ling)
  • Hands and feet – Slink (siddean.munro)
  • Neko Ears – OTCR (anisa.naumova)
  • Neko tail – Two Cats One Cup (sei.minuet)
  • Poncho – Sakide (kinu.mayako)
  • Dress – Jane (janie.marlowe)
  • Tights – Cannibelle (annabelle.couturier)
  • Shoes – Boom (aranel.ah)
  • Pose – aDORKable (adorkable.peapod)

Winter is Coming

… for Strawberry Singh’s Winter Season meme.

Winter is Coming

The last couple of weeks have been rather weird for me. It started with a cousin having her first baby, followed two days later with the death of my husband’s grandfather, followed a couple of days later by my sister-in-law’s wedding, followed by grandfather’s funeral.

Oh and followed by my birthday. I actually had a very intelligent “huh, what?” reaction when someone mentioned that, because I had completely forgotten about my own birthday.

But anyway, I finally found some time and energy to do some blogging. Time for another meme:

  1. What is the December/Winter season like where you live? I live in the Netherlands. This means there may be some snow, but usually we only get rain, wind or fog. This time of year is often referred to as “the dark days before Christmas”. This post describes it much better then I ever could.
  2. When you think of winter, what’s the first thing that pops into your head? – I know this probably sounds stupid, but what it makes me think of is: cold. Cold hands, cold feet, cold… you get the idea.
  3. Have you ever played any extreme winter sports? – *falls over laughing* Ahum, sorry… I don’t like sports. I especially don’t like them in the cold and I’m way to much of a coward to do anything extreme. So that would be a no.
  4. What do you like most about this season? – I like that the cold weather gives me the perfect excuse to fire up the wood burner, wrap myself in a blanket and snuggle up on the couch. Basically “warm and cozy”. Yes, those furry feline parts on my avatar do represent a certain part of my RL personality. 😉
  5. Do you celebrate Christmas, Hannukkah, Kwanzaa or another holiday during this time of year? – I’m not in any way religious, but we do celebrate Christmas. For me it’s not December if there isn’t a tree in the living room. And I mean a tree, not one of those green, plastic things they tell me looks just like a tree. I don’t care if I still find needles in the carpet next July, I want a real Christmas tree.
  • Hair – Lamb (lamb.bellic)
  • Skin – Glam Affair (aida.ewing)
  • Eyelashes – Maxi Gossamer (maxi.gossamer)
  • Eyes – Poetic Colors (lano.ling)
  • Hands and feet – Slink (siddean.munro)
  • Neko Ears – OTCR (anisa.naumova)
  • Neko tail – c( Two Cats ) (sei.minuet)
  • Sweater – Somnia (sanura.snowpaw)
  • Pants – Fishy Strawberry (fae.eriksen)
  • Shoes – League (nena.janus)
  • Pose – Kirin (carolina.sautereau)

The Geeky Meme

… for Strawberry Singh’s Monday Meme

The Geeky Meme

Time for another round of Berry’s questions. This time inspired by the Geeks’n’Nerds Fair.

  1. What do you consider yourself to be? Geek? Nerd? Dork? None of the above? All of the above? – I don’t think I’m smart enough to qualify as a nerd, so that one’s out. I enjoy video games, comic books (of the Franco-Belgian type) and being on the internet, so that would make me a geek. But I’m also socially awkward like a dork. So I guess that makes me… a deek… a gork? Hmm…
  2. What was the first computer you ever owned? – The first computer I ever touched was probably my dad’s. That was a commodore 64 or something similar. The first computer that was actually mine used Windows 95, so I must have been 14-15 years old. I know it was faster then my parent’s 486, but I’ve forgotten what it was exactly.
  3. When and how did you first get on the internet? – Probably when I first got one of those free dial-up internet trial discs. I mainly remember that lovely modem sound and that you needed lots and lots of patience.
  4. Which geek fandom do you subscribe to? – To none really. It’s not that I don’t like Harry Potter, Star Trek, Star Wars, etc. I do actually. But I’m not obsessed enough about it to be truly part of any fandom.
  5. Star Trek or Star Wars? – Star Trek, because that’s what I remember watching while growing up. I only saw the old Star Wars movies when I was about 20 years old, so it doesn’t feel quite as nostalgic.
  6. How Geeky Are You? – I took the test and got 39%. My husband also took the test and got 93%. What can I say? Apparently we complement each other.
  • Hair – Wasabi Pills (missallsunday.lemon) –>@Geeks’n’Nerds Fair
  • Skin – Birdy (nina.helix) –>VIP groupgift.
  • Lipstick – Fishy Strawberry (fae.eriksen)
  • Eyelashes – Maxi Gossamer (maxi.gossamer)
  • Eyes – Poetic Colors (lano.ling)
  • Hands and feet – Slink (siddean.munro)
  • Neko Ears – OTCR (anisa.naumova)
  • Neko tail – c( Two Cats ) (sei.minuet)
  • Shirt – Deadwool (masa.plympton)
  • Pants – Maitreya (onyx.leshelle)
  • Shoes – (darling.monday)
  • Glasses – Lemon Tea (sei.minuet)
  • Bracelet – Boom (aranel.ah)
  • Pose – (empty.inkpen)