How the Leopard Gecko Got Its Spots

I have wanted to make a leopard gecko avatar for quite some time, and finally managed to squeeze this one out of my brain and into the computer over the course of several hours.

Leopard geckos, native to the Middle East, are a variety of “lidded” geckos.  In other words, these guys have eyelids and can blink at you.  Blinkie geckos, unlike the Staring geckos (no eyelids at all), cannot climb walls or glass because they lack those sticky pads on their fingertips.  They also tend to have tiny claws.  They are fairly long lived, with the current confirmed record standing at just over 24 years.  These insectivores come in a variety of colors including Tangerine, Bright Yellow, and Marbled.

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Of course, the Leopard Gecko is one of several fat tailed lidded geckos out there.  They are a close relative of the California desert banded gecko, and the African Fat Tail gecko.

All this precursory knowledge aside, the Leopard Gecko avatar from Avatar Bizarre is 100% original mesh and includes the full body alpha.  As it turns out, it can also wear some mesh clothing, though I can’t guarantee it can wear all of it.  I’ve tried it with hats and shirts, mainly, and so far it seems to work for the larger sized items.

Available in five color morphs (Tangerine, Normal, Carrot Tail, Snow, and High Yellow), this avatar is available inworld and on the marketplace.

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Twas the Night Before Gothmas – Feetie Pajamas for all Ages

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Avatar Bizarre has come through just in time for a snug Winter’s nap.  We all covet the warm fuzziness of our favorite feetie pajamas in the cold Winter months.  What better way to enjoy a hot mug of cocoa (with whipped cream, naturally) in front of a cozy fire during the holiday season than with your very own Santa Feetie Pajamas?  Available in Red, Green, Blue, Purple, and Black, these are 100% original mesh, and are available for men, women, and children!

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You can find all of the Feetie Pajamas in the main store location, as well as on the Marketplace.

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Each set comes complete with a Santa Claus style night cap, and two alphas (full body and foot).  Please try the free demo (transferable, should you need to send one to your alt or a friend!).

The Dickens, You Say! Ghost of Marley

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A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens, first published by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. The story tells of bitter and miserly Ebenezer Scrooge’s ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation resulting from supernatural visits from Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim.
 
The book was written and published in early Victorian Era Britain, a period when there was both strong nostalgia for old Christmas traditions and an initiation of new practices such as Christmas trees and greeting cards. Dickens’s sources for the tale appear to be many and varied but are principally the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.
 
The tale has been viewed by critics as an indictment of 19th-century industrial capitalism. It has been credited with restoring the holiday to one of merriment and festivity in Britain and America after a period of sobriety and somberness. A Christmas Carol remains popular, has never been out of print, and has been adapted to film, stage, opera, and other media multiple times. – From Wikipedia

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And now a word from the builder of the Christmas Carol sim:
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Charles’ Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

Happy holidays and welcome to Minty Entertainment’s Production of “A Christmas Carol!”  With great pride, we bring you this great classic story of greed and redemption.

Frequently, there will be live performers on the sim.  (Identified as “Minty Performer” group tags.)  They will be playing the roles of the characters from the book.  Feel free to interact with them, but please be respectful.  If you would like to perform here as well, then IM Zoltan Mint as soon as possible!

Explore!  Get out there and dig deep!  The adventure is in the details.  It helps if you are familiar with the book as well.  If you have not read it, do so!  It is available for FREE on the Internet.  (Google “Christmas Carol E-Book.”)

Can you discover how to travel through time?  Like Scrooge, you too can visit his days of Christmas Past, Present, and Future!  Here is clue:  Just like in the book, all the ghosts visit him in his apartment!

Thank you for taking the time to explore this holiday classic!  If you like it, tell your friends!  Please let us know what you like as well!  The event will run non-stop, now until January 2nd., 2014.

And from the Minty Entertainment Staff…

“MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ONE AND ALL!”

— Zoltan Mint
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Jacob Marley’s Ghost wanders the grid for the first time, in search of retribution from a bitter old miser.  Charles Dickens’ classic story, A Christmas Carol, has come to life in movies, television, song, Broadway, and now Second Life!  Inspired by a sincere plea from the builder of this year’s Dickens installation, the Ghost of Marley is a classic spectral outfit with glowing chains and a glowing cravat for that ethereal spirit appearance during the Holiday season.  This outfit is part of a growing Dickens collection available from Avatar Bizarre.  If Marley isn’t your style, there’s an outfit based on Ebenezer Scrooge, and a suit based on Bob Cratchitt, both available inworld and on the marketplace.

Marley dressed in death as he did in life:  in Victorian splendor, and draped in chains.  The Ghost of Marley suit is available in six muted colors, to represent the afterlife, and the glow on the chains and cravat can be modified as you see fit.  All pieces in this ensemble are modify and copy, including the rigged chains.  Though you cannot resize rigged mesh, it can be tinted.

Available on the Marketplace and Inworld.
Includes:
Rigged chain
Unrigged mesh attachments
– Coat collar
– Coat cuffs
– Coat tails
– Cravat
– Pants cuffs
– Shoes
System layer clothing
– Pants on two layers
– Shirt
– Waistcoat (top and bottom layer)
– Coat

Available in Silver, Patina, Violet, Copper, Green, and White

Credits:
Avatar – Sredni Eel
Hair – Wasabi Pills Dylan (with glow)
Eyes – Avatar Bizarre’s Mesh Manse Eyes (Glow), available as a Gacha prize at Gothmas by Gaslight in December
Landmark:  A Christmas Carol by Zoltan Mint

Feel free to wander this sim.  There will be shopping, Dickens folk, performances, and a vintage Christmas spirit to liven your holiday!

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Gothmas by Gaslight – More Goodies

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So.  Gothmas by Gaslight.
Like the commuter train barreling around the bend at dangerous speeds, the holidays are fast approaching.  As much as we expect them, we’re still blindsided by the speed at which they attack our sensibilities.  Christmas is one of those holidays that oozes out of the cracks sometime in August, grows exponentially like the Blob as it feeds on lesser holidays, and finally consumes everyone in a 20,000 mile radius sometime in mid-November.  Soon, you will be unable to escape its insidiously colorful and cheery clutches.  Christmas music is already dripping of the radio airwaves, and seeping into our collective brains via grocery stores and malls.  Fuzzy red hats are everywhere.

Fear not, my friends, because there’s an antidote to all the glitter, joy to the world, and awful Paul McCartney Christmas songs:  Gothmas!  Gothmas by Gaslight is an annual event held in Second Life; a shopping event that showcases all the best in Steampunk, Steamgoth, Dark Victoriana, Dieselgoth, and generally the Darker side of the Holidays.  Traditionally held in the Cursed sim (home of Gothika and things), there was so much interest that it’s been expanded to Sium sim.  Yep, two sims full of Gothic Steamy Victorian Goodness, all for the holidays, and all for the astute shopper who has everything and wants more!

Avatar Bizarre was among the roughly 75 stores eager to be in on this event, and luckily squeaked through the application process, and became a sponsor of the event.  This comes with many perks, but it also means great responsibility.  One of those responsibilities is to make sure Things Get Made.  You can’t be in an event like this and not offer new shinies for the huddled masses of Second Life.  As such, Gacha items have been prepared (the boots are in a previous post, the wings will be posted about later), a brand new outfit has been tailored, and I’ve scoured the countryside, robbed some graves, and scooped eyeballs out of sockets to bring you a new set of eyes for your viewing pleasure.

The Manse Eyes are unrigged mesh and come in three flavors:  Fullbright, Normal, and Glow.  In addition to the mesh shinies, each box of eyes also comes with a system eye base for a fuller piquant flavor, sure to please any eyeball connoisseur.  Resplendent in ten glorious colors, each eye reflects the image of a Victorian mansion for a somewhat spooky, but very effectively beautiful look.  Suitable for men and women, these eyes are modify and copy.  I’ve thrown a few color variations into this blog post for fun.  Enjoy, and I hope to see you at Gothmas by Gaslight!

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I’m not sure if I’ll have fatpacks done in time, but we’ll see.  The magic of Christmas may yet make things happen.

Vernian Process – Gothmas by Gaslight Gacha Sneak Preview

It never hurts to be prepared and, in the event of the Second Life Gacha crowd, it’s never too early to start thinking about what to put into a Christmas Gacha machine.  If you are unaware of the ubiquitous Gacha in Second Life, think of it as a sort of old-style drug store gumball prize machine.  You put in a quarter, and you get a random prize.  Sometimes, if you were a kid like me, you’d spend a good bit of your meager allowance trying to get that one prize you coveted; the one prize that never seemed to drop out of the chute, no matter how many quarters you dropped into the coin slot.  Yet, this prize would taunt you from a board in the glass face of the prize machine, urging you on, and cultivating a love of gambling that may follow you into adulthood and Las Vegas.

If you still don’t know what I’m talking about, then I’m sad, and will now crawl into the fetal position for feeling old beyond my years.

Gothmas by Gaslight is a shopping event in Second Life.  It started off as a hunt, where people would search for hours to find various hunt objects hidden in stores across the grid.  But, as hunts have become a little passe, and more than a huge nightmare for organizers, the powers that be turned Gothmas by Gaslight into something much, much better.

Every year, the Cursed sim prepares itself for this wondrous event.  Merchants sign up to have that special spot in the sim where they can hawk their wares.  Of course, those wares include the insidious Gacha.

Avatar Bizarre is happy to announce a sneak preview of ten pairs of boots in jeweled Gothic hues, to be placed in the Gacha, and sold for 25L per play.  The Vernian Boots are transfer, so if you end up with a dozen pairs of green boots, you can trade them for other things with folks, give them to a best friend, or even sell them at a Second Life yard sale.  Whatever you end up doing with your new leather SteamGoth Boots of Awesome, I hope you like them.  A lot.

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As Christmas marches inexorably at us, ready to slap us with good cheer, peace on earth, Santa, and all that other stuff, I will be unveiling more goodies to be debuted at Gothmas by Gaslight.

Meanwhile, feel free to visit Avatar Bizarre inworld for all of your fantasy, historic, Gothic, and Lovecraftian needs.

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