My plane arrived late. I wanted to text at a red light but I kept making all the greens while the GPS made me drive through the worst part of town. ZOMG, my parent’s generation never had problems like this. It’s funny that technology never really fixes anything, just replaces old problems with new problems. Even when the new problems seem trivial in comparison to the old ones, they remain annoying as all hell. Problems change, humans remain the same.
*** written from my hotel room where I am having trouble sleeping because one pillow is too low and two pillows is too high ***
You will have to aggressively project a hater stereotype on me to make that work. People that know me will never believe you. That being said; how did I go from fan to contestant to correspondent to executive to someone who cringes in distaste and embarrassment at the mere mention of MVW? Three things…
Arrogance: If you don’t believe this contest is the pinnacle of fashion and taste in SL, then you don’t know anything.
Hypocrisy: The more the event is hyped, the more appalling it is when it fails to live up to any of its own standards.
Exploitation: Finally, there is the unspeakable emotional damage inflicted on many of its participants. It could be said that being a contestant is voluntary and they only have themselves to blame. It is true that embarrassment, humiliation, mortification are inescapable. They are part of the human condition. My complaint is with a contest which lies in wait to profit from those whose only fault was to dare to hope, to dream.
Chouchou’s next live show and first concept album “theme01 Nirakanai” will be out 17 Dec. Chouchou is an SL only J-Pop music collaboration by Juliet Heberle and arabesque Choche. Islamey, the Chouchou sim, will re-open with the live concert at 5:00 SLT. Sneak peek:
See you there!
Happy Holidays! If you are like me, second living under a second rock for the last couple months, maybe you missed Linden Lab’s launch of Realms; the “only substantive first-party game” within the SL game. What has this to do with fashion and modeling? Nothing. I haven’t blogged in two months. Gimme a break.
The object of Realms is to collect crystals, avoid hazards like rocks, fireballs, toxic water, complete quests and earn $L. Since a premium account was no longer necessary to play Realms, I had all the incentive this intrepid adventurer needed to check the portal out.
The minute I walked into the game area… I was stunned. I felt like Alice through the looking glass. I was transported into a completely different environment that challenged my very assumptions about virtual worlds. My head reeled with the abstract, primitive shaped strangeness. Tall ovoids I am sure were supposed to represent trees, but with the green at the bottom and the brown trunk on the top. I was chased by nightmares right out of a cubist, impressionist painting. I died (teleported back to starting point) for random and inexplicable reasons. There were signs but they were illegibile or nearly so or if I looked at them from a distance and squinted they sort of made words with some letters inverted, some not, maybe entire words backwards. The Realms HUD went wonky on me. I wandered the game area for a couple hours in a complete daze, not knowing what to expect, surprises and amazements around every corner.
The next morning (I am usually much smarter in the morning for some reason) it occurred to me maybe using Viewer 2 might improve that wonky HUD. I set aside my beloved Phoenix Viewer 1, loaded up Second Life’s Viewer 2 and went back through the Realms portal.
Oh… everything looks rather ordinary now. All those weird shapes must have been mesh objects. Suddenly everything makes sense. The signs were legible. There were easy and obvious paths and directions to follow. The HUD worked. In less than a half hour I completed the quests and was done with the game. Hmmmm, I rather liked the way rock monsters looked before.
My post-apocalyptic, nihlist friend Alter has pronounced Realms “LL’s pathetic attempt to make SL interesting and compelling again”. That’s one point of view. I found it a diversion. It reminded me of my first days in SL. It was free. I had fun. I made $23L. OK, there’s your fashion tie-in… that’s more fun and money than I have made modeling over the last two months.
First opened on June 1, 2009, my favorite reflector for SL fashion blogs, ShopaholicFeed.com is now offline. Thank you, Luna Jubilee and Express Zenovka, for two great years. Your sense of style and support for bloggers, new and established, will be greatly missed. I wish for the best of luck and laughs in whatever SL/RL ventures your future holds for you.
To whom it may concern,
You’ve been deleted from my friends list. You are probably asking yourself “why?” Usually it happens after I receive a series of blind teleports or spam. Friends don’t do that to friends. On the other hand, you may have recently developed or revealed an addictive personality, detached reality, lack of life planning, suspect judgement, pernicious depression, delusions of grandeur, divatude, avarice, purveyor of vile gossip; any of a host of ailments that make a person generally un-fun to be around. Or you may actually be a fun person to be around; but you know that little personality quirk of yours? The one I thought was so cute when I first met you? Now every time you do it makes me feel crazy. You may be a horse person. I am so done with horses. I may have just looked at your name by chance and asked myself… who is this person?
I just finished marching diligently through over 100 stores on four sims that make up this year’s Hair Fair. Why do I do this, put up with the lag and crashes and slow rezzing? It’s about charity. It’s about new hair styles. And, well, my friend Nemi said it best, “It’s an institution, like the Macy’s Day Parade.” In order to give an overall feel to this year’s event for my lag-averse friends, I picked a personal favorite hair at each sim. None of the hair is demo. I voted for each hair with my pocketbook and I am happy that some portion of the sale will go to this year’s charity of choice, Wigs for Kids.
My favorite here was Dara from Pocket Mirrors, created by Alair Cortes whose designs represent the kind of classic hair styling that never fades away.
My pick is Meena from Hairoin. Designer Elke Banting creates a a wide variety of styles, everything from everyday to punk, goth, vampire and cyber. I’m not sure which style this one is.
It’s my pleasure to welcome back a blast from the past, Sparkle Skye. Designer Dominus Skye is a Second Life institution; from games to clothes to hair. Moira cleverly incorporates little delicate jewels formed into flowers in the hair and won over my heart.
Another pleasant surprise was the Wendy hair design from Diorsis Rossini. This style house takes inspiration from the latest in real life european salons and brings it to second life. Every once in a while I get feedback that my styling is conservative. I dare someone to call this hair conservative!
Best in Show
In typical Kate fashion, my favorite hair at this year’s Hair Fair was not in a shop. It was on the head of another shopper. The hair, simply called “A”, caught my eye immediately. Right after the Hair Fair, I went to Magika Island to get this latest creation from Sabina Gully. After a long search, I eventually wandered into the discounts section at the back of Magika and there was; “A” for 49L! Most styles at Hair Fair listed for 250L. I took the 201L I saved, went back to Hair Fair and donated it. There are donation kiosks at each Hair Fair sim landing point.