26 August 2011

Across Sansara on Foot Photo Exhibition

One of the reasons to start my blog back in March (!) - my god, time flies! - was a chat I had with a guy called Ikarus Fallen at Inspire Space Park. He told me he is exploring the Second Life mainland by foot and showed me his blog about his adventures.

Something definitely clicked in me on that day. I was doing a bike tour and exploration in general long before, made tons of photos already but never had the idea to blog about it or publish them in any other way.

Well, that day changed that and in the meanwhile Ikarus (or his alter ego Jago Costantine) has reached the mark of 500 visited sims! Ok, with biking I was much faster than he though and literally raced trough some areas.^^

Anyway, I am very happy this little meeting back then took place. In SL things can change quickly. Its inspirational, anarchic and full of surprises if you give it the chance.

Ikarus... errr Jago's place. the gallery is on the ground level. Upstairs he has a store.

No, its not a wanted-poster. This picture is showing a brave explorer!

Having one or five glasses of Cognac while enjoying the snapshots from his looooong journey.

Thanks for the inspiration, Ikarus!


23 August 2011

Some Drow Fashion III

Lets start the 3rd part of my Drow fashion series with something daring. Isnt it amazing how well gray suits to... gray? ;-)

Another freebie by Mesmerize. I appreciate the material-saving approach

Another piece of my reddish-collection. Something formal...

...but sexy nevertheless.

This one I use for space-exploration.

Another spectacular back side view, isn't it?

Yet sooo prude from the front

A casual but cool street-outfit. For what reason ever its called Dark Watcher.

My mad Drow aviatrix-outfit. Steampunky coat and boots and classical mad scientist welding glasses.

Thats a bit victorian, isn't it? Well, its from the same store as the aviatrix outfit (BlakOpal)

Let's play metal! Leather, straps and spikes make pretty clear this is not an outfit for relaxed lounge music.

Dressed in black and straight from hell: A pretty cool outfit if you want to look sexy without showing too much skin. Also perfect for dominating poor little submissives.

22 August 2011

Some Drow Fashion II

Welcome to part 2 of my Drow fashion series with more bits and pieces of modern dark-elvish-attire. Oh, and I noticed with delight that my blog passed the 5000 clicks these days! yay!!!!

Something different: An orange cyberpunk-outfit. Also very good for parties. A freebie from House Nishi btw.

Also orange but not quite made for going out. Rather for staying inside longer: A classical orange prisoner suit. Btw: the backprint reads "To be kept in restraints".

Modest and simple and just made for stainless steel handcuffs. Only the high heels are a fashionable concession though.

The sexy side of jail: ok, this one is definitely for going out!

Again the orange side of life

Also great for clubbing. If its on Mars, Saturn or just some freaked out terrestrial club.

This robe I found at my explorations of the ancient Nautilus. Good if you want to look important and serious.

This one is called Lab Subject - for reasons beyong my comprehension - but the back side looks good...

...and of course the front side!

If there's a lab subject there has to be a mad scientist too. Obviously I am fiddling at some tomato sauce recipes...
oh and has anyone said Dr. Steel

One of my daring hunting-outfits. It gives me the nice look of a primeval Drow-warrior queen.

Safari-style! Since Second Life is a lot about exploring this attire just seems to be right.

One of the less-daring hunting outfits. Looking that professional gives a significant intimidation bonus.

21 August 2011

Some Drow Fashion I

If you have followed my blog a little you may have noticed I like to put on lots of different outfits. From daring and weird to classy and sexy - basically suitable for every situation you may encounter in SL. So I had the idea to come up with an overview of my favorite outfits. All shots are taken at the flying landing stripe at my airship, isn't it a beauty?

Tarantino lost a big opportunity not featuring a Drow as main character in Kill Bill.

  Bow and arrow are at least as sexy as a katana, don't you think? Btw: the suit is a freebie by Mesmerize Dungeon.

Teasing: some stylish black dress for going out. Kept together just by a few shiny hearts.

Another clubbing outfit. Definitely less formal and more rockish oriented.

A little slave-style but its not what you're wearing, its how you wear it. Fill your outfits with pride!

And yes: I have an affinity for red...

...quite a big one even. Gray just looks great to red.

Also from behind!

7 August 2011

Aircraft Cemetery

We all know the more or less (rather less) credible stories about the Bermuda Triangle and the vast amounts of ships and aircraft which disappeared there. Well, it seems SL doesn't wants to stand behind RL in this regard.

While doing a little hunting (yeah, that takes quite a bit of my SL-time these days) I received an IM by Ronin McGinnis of the SL Coast Guard that one of my planes - my faithful Albatros to be precise - was found stuck midair at Villeneuve. Since I'm a kind and tidy Drow I of course TPed there to remove my little plane from its calamity.

As I showed up there I was quite surprised to find a whole bunch of airplanes stuck like mine. A little chat with Ronin revealed he has IMed so far about 24 people (!) which planes were stuck here - OMG!

The SL-Verions of air pollution: countless aircrafts sticking in the skies

Perhaps the pilot just fell out of his seat?

Of course with some ideas you can get great photo opportunities here...

Actually it looks pretty funny to see all kinds of air-vehicles from all ages gathered in the sky like frozen in time. The downside of such a airplane cemetery however is a constant consume of prims and computing power of the sims because of the many flight scripts still running. This way the region became a deadly trap for every plane which dares to enter as Ronin explained to me.

Thats however not the whole story: While checking out where I got actually TPed to I found out that I already blogged about this place before during my Bike Tour. Back then I classified the whole island as highly polluted with banlines and as almost impossible to explore at all...

One of the rather unpleasant parts of my travels so far: the Islands east of Nautilus (with the sim Villeneuve marked with red) are excellent in catching airplanes in full flight.

No wonder so many planes got trapped there. Im really surprised I did not give up exploring it at all...

Bad, bad idea for flying: Best to avoid that whole island and keeping nicely out at the open sea.

Its for sure an unpleasant situation. Not only for aviators like me who like to enter a sim without worrying about crashes. The Landowners don't do themselves a favor with putting up banlines too because of the increased sim-load each plane creates as I have mentioned above.

So how should a solution of this problem look like? Its pretty easy actually. Don't put up banlines!
They are pretty pointless. And especially at mainland sims they simply ruin any joy exploring a place. There is nothing against security orbs though as long they give you a fair amount of time to leave that area. 30 Seconds are absolutely fine. Its way enough to walk, drive or fly through without doing any harm to anyone.
 And if the people really want privacy why not renting some space at a private, isolated sim? Thats way more sane and fair towards other residents instead of just putting up a banline.
Tear down the walls and let the skies be free!