Blogging the Bloop!

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Hello, my droogs and devotchkas.  I know it’s been a dog’s age since I’ve posted.  Summer happened, and so did a fair bit of “Do I really feel like doing this” feelings.  Need more excuses?  Throw in a bit of Real Life, a head injury, and Pokemon Go, and you have a perfect storm of procrastination.

I know you’re aching to know, so I’ll tell you:  I only have to get a Porygon and a Lapras to complete the North American Pokedex.  With that out of the way, let’s get to some other points.

Sometimes, you just have to take a break, even if it’s super extended.  But Avatar Bizarre isn’t going anywhere, and neither am I.

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Avatar Bizarre is proud to be a part of the BOHO event in Second Life for the very first time.  For those who may be interested in Bohemian clothing, or even hippie duds, or you just want to raid Johnny Depp’s closet, you can head over here, starting on October 21.  The BOHO event lasts till November 4, so you have a couple of weeks to head out and get the Avatar Bizarre Bloop pants and shirts collection.

The pants (available for women, as well), are priced at roughly 50% off, and include a color HUD.  These fitted pants come in solid -or- striped (sold separately), and cost 99l for the duration of the event.  There’s a nifty matching shirt (solid colors only), also with a color HUD (fitmesh) for the same price.  For men, the pants come in fitted, and simple rigged versions (rigged is “medium”).  Women’s shirt and pants come with “regular” and “hourglass” sizes.

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The Dashiki Cthulhu is a shoulder pet that can be repositioned however you want.  It’s also modify and copy, so you can use it as decor, though with the shirt, it’s roughly 9LI.  Sizing up can make the LI jump a bit higher.  The critter sitting in the booth is 12LI.  Without the shirt, it is much less.

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So come one, come all, and fit some Bloop to your Body.  Meanwhile, I’m making a concerted effort to stop neglecting this blog thing here.  Cheers!

Super Villainous Heroes!

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Greetings, Friends.

I know it’s been a while since your faithful narrator has given you tales of epic wonder and horrific delight, but as some folks say, some things are worth the wait.  There’s also a saying that goes, “Big things come in little packages.”

Some things don’t come in packages at all. Introducing, for a very limited time, SUPER HERO CTHULHU!

BOW to their terrible visage.  TREMBLE at their baleful glare.  HOPE that they don’t lay waste to the world in which we live!  The Dork Cthulhu and Wonder’thulhu are on the rampage throughout the city, casting venomous shadows across the land, and instilling fear in the bravest heroes.

These shoulder pets are available for 50L each at the Deviled Egg Comic Con, which runs through September 30.  You can get there from here.

Head Candy!

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A Spoonful of Sugar is a festival benefiting Doctors Without Borders.  This Second Life event starts on September 9, and will feature several fantastic merchants selling items to raise money for this charity.

Avatar Bizarre is happy to be a part of this event!  There will be a couple of new exclusives with 100% of sales going to Doctors Without Borders.  Here’s a sneak preview of an Avatar Bizarre exclusive:  The Head Candy Rainbow Mohawk.  This mohawk is unisex, 100% mesh, and materials enhanced.  It is Modify and Copy, so you can resize it to fit anything from Petites mesh avatars on up to Titan avatars.

There are two packs available:  The rainbow mohawk, and a fatpack featuring six solid color mohawks in all six colors.

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Seeing the World Through Purple Tinted Glasses

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It’s time yet again for //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js” target=”_blank”>Vintage Faire in Second Life.  Avatar Bizarre’s participation in this event was purely by chance.  Well sort of.  The call went out to be a last minute fill in.  Literally last minute.  So last minute, that set up for merchant booths was supposed to be complete five minutes before I said “Yes, I’ll do it!”

But Vintage is what I do.  And lots of it.

As I scrambled to put together a few things for the booth, the Vintage Faire exclusive is this set of John Lennon-inspired glasses.  These are modify and copy, and include a color HUD with nine colors (the frames are kind of a blackie purple deal with all nine lens colors).  The glasses are materials enhanced for a bit of extra oomph.

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This pair of glasses will look good on just about anyone, and I was told I looked like Top Gun Tom Cruise when I wear them. I’m not sure about that, but hey, if you like Tom Cruise in Top Gun, then I’m okay with the comparison.

There’s nothing like the rush of getting signed up for an event that needs you to be set up three days ago. I love every minute of this stuff, though, so hopefully you folks enjoy the Vintage Faire. There’s a lot of neat stuff this year; something for everyone.

Young Girl, They Call Them the Diamond Dogs

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When I heard about a David Bowie inspired event in Second Life, my first thought was, “I hope they’re still taking applications!”. My second thought was, “Who cares? I’m applying anyway!” Then the third thought was, “Even if the event is full already, I’m still making this thing!”

It turns out I got in just under the wire for this event, and the item I had started to make while I was hoping to get into the event was coming together quickly and nicely. You see, I’m a huge fan of David Bowie, and I’ve been making Bowie inspired outfits in Second Life for years.

Only this time I had an actual excuse, other than typical fan boy stuff. Now it’s been sanctioned by an event with deadlines and everything.

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InspirationsSL is an event that uses various celebrities as inspiration for merchants. This round excites me quite a lot, because Bowie is a constant source of inspiration for my own creations.

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Diamond Dogs, inspired by Bowie’s Halloween Jack period (That short bit between Ziggy Stardust and Plastic Soul) is a fitted mesh creation, made for the SLink Physique bodies, though they do fit regular default Second Life avatars pretty well. There’s a male version, and a female/femboy version available, and both have been materials enhanced. Both come with a color HUD and an unrigged scarf.

To top things off, or maybe to bottom them off…they are boots after all, the Future Legend boots are sold separately, but were made to work with this outfit. The boots are fitted mesh and the package contains versions for both male, and female/femboy. The boots, like the outfit, have a color HUD and an alpha.

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Both of these items are available at the InspirationsSL event, opening on June 19.  A landmark will be posted in a few days.

 

Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair

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A long, long time ago, when rock music was still very young, a movement started in San Francisco. It was a time of protesting and change. War was ongoing in Vietnam. People were dodging the draft and heading to the Height in San Francisco.

As the song says, “If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.”

Hippies gathered in Golden Gate Park for sit ins, and love ins. The sound of music filtered through the air, along with the aroma of incense and peppermint (and pot, but who’s counting?)

Twisted Summer of Love is the Twisted Hunt Events inaugural Summer Event, and we chose the Summer of Love as the theme this year. With bright colors and psychedelic patterns, you can be sure there will be plenty of vintage clothing, furniture, and other nifty things for sale from the 60 or so merchants.

We are proud to be an official team member of the Relay Rockers this year.  They perform a Woodstock event for Relay for Life in Second Life every Summer, so this was a natural pairing.

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Avatar Bizarre has several brand new items being released at the event. The Relay for Life items are a male and a female Dashiki Shirt with a color HUD.  The Dashiki, inspired by the African tunic, has a brightly colored pattern over black.  These are rigged mesh, and come in the standard sizes.  The color HUD includes seven colors!  The male shirt definitely works with the SLink male body.  I can’t vouch for the female version, though I assume both bodies share the same alpha HUD.

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Avatar Bizarre is also releasing a pair of denim shorts with a peace sign on the right leg. These shorts can be worn with the Dashiki. They also include a seven color HUD, and 5 standard sizes.

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In addition to the Dashikis and the Shorts, There’s a new Twiggy-inpsired mini dress, and Go-Go Boots with a color HUD. So come support Relay for Life, and hit this amazing new event!

You can get there from here.

The Mighty RAR!!

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This month’s Genre is all about sports, and what better way to show your appreciation of a favorite team than with your very own official jersey? The Mighty RAR is the fiercest team ever to breathe fire at the other side’s goons. They’re a juggernaut of power on the ice, perfect for when Winter finally arrives in Westros.

Genre is a monthly event with a different theme each month. Each merchant provides a new item, to be priced at 100L or lower for the duration of the event. Avatar Bizarre is thrilled to bring you the latest in Hockey fashion with a jersey that includes a seven color HUD! Be the envy of the opposing team when you show up to cheer on your favorite players.

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In a World of Pure Imagination

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When you have a sweet tooth as rampantly out of control as mine, you tend to revel in all things chocolate, including Willy Wonka. When I first logged into Second Life, one of my friends was even more into the story of Willy Wonka than I am, and that’s saying quite a lot, considering I’ve been known to Cosplay Willy Wonka in real life. In fact, some folks only knew me as “M.W.Wonka” for the longest time.

When I first built Avatar Bizarre in Second Life, one of the initial outfits for sale was The Candy Man, a costume inspired by the Johnny Depp version of Willy Wonka. You know, the really creepy one, as opposed to Gene Wilder’s more frantic, chaotic, mildly sociopathic version. Love them or hate them, these men shaped how we think of the character. Naturally, Second Life needed influence from both.

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Flash forward to a bunch of years later, and Second Life’s creation process has mostly ditched the old system layer clothing to favor mesh. Since I’m still a fan of the books and movies, I decided to let them inspire me for a new outfit. Enter The Chocolatier, an ensemble that is loosely based on the Johnny Depp Wonka.

This outfit includes a fit mesh jacket/waistcoat/shirt, a shiny top hat, a peppermint candy neck pin, a cane (with a pose), system pants in six colors, Omega clothing appliers (for those with mesh bodies), and a color HUD for the jacket.

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There’s some really good news for folks who are into dressing up: This outfit is also available for women (regular and hourglass shapes), and femboys!

Don’t worry, folks. I got you covered.

Available soon for the Melting Pot event.

A Mighty Megalithic Man – Fantasy Faire Lucentia Tour

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After wandering through the dark faerie land of Otherworld, I decided to head back to Lucentia for a bit of a rest, and to collect my bearings for the next tour of this fantastic Second Life event.

Lucentia is more subdued than the other regions, but no less spectacular.  It is nestled on a quiet meadow, and is awe-inspiring in its sheer magnitude.  Greek Ionic columns tower mightily above a shimmering lake.  An electrifying giant crystal glimmers just off the water’s edge, inviting you to bask in its dazzling glory.

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As I moved away from my resting spot, I flew up to the crystal and was spotted by a Titan.  I’ve seen a couple of these giants moving across the Fairelands, but didn’t get too close…until now.  We ended up on the same walkway, but he was nice enough not to squish me under those gargantuan boots.  Thank you, Mega Man!

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It’s hard not to feel a bit tiny and insignificant around such large and grandiose buildings.  If you find yourself wandering in Lucentia, definitely hit up some of the wonderful merchants there, and help the fight against cancer!

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Now that I’ve gained my bearings, I’m off to the next sim. See you there!

The credits
Location – Lucentia at Fantasy Faire
Body – SLink Male Physique
Hands – SLink Male Relaxed
Hair – Mina Harry
Outfit – Robin Hood from Avatar Bizarre
Legs and tail – Manticore Kit from Avatar Bizarre

Otherworld – a Tour of Fantasy Faire

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Fantasy Faire, Second Life’s biggest Relay for Life Fantasy themed charity event, is currently in full swing.  It opened to the public on April 21, and as of this writing, the event has brought in over $11,000 USD for The American Cancer Society!

Avatar Bizarre, as mentioned before, has a booth at the Faire, and thank you to everyone who is buying things from me and the other merchants.  Every little bit helps.

I decided to take a little tour of all 13 sims the other day.  The first few photos were a whirlwind “If This Is Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium” tour, which resulted in one photo in every sim over the course of a night.

But it really doesn’t do the faire justice.  So I wanted to spend a little time visiting each sim, and showing off some really neat builds, while also showing off some of the things Avatar Bizarre has to offer.

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The Otherworld Sim is an incredible mix of glowing plants, spires, and natural formations.  Otherworld is nestled far from the trade routes, boats and trails, roads and civilization are unknown.  It’s a breath away from you, just beyond the shimmering mist. This is a mysterious and magical place, the world of heroes and gods of the Faerie Realm.

I wandered aimlessly, always trying to capture that fleeting glimpse in the corner of my eye.  Non-corporeal beings hid in plain site, always just out of reach; flickering lights and echoing laughter haunting the lonely traveler.

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Sponsored by Cerridwen’s  Cauldron and built by Elicio Ember, this sim is host to many fine merchants, so don’t forget to check out their booths while you explore this mystical realm of Faerie.

I flew through the crystal caves on my way to the next new adventure, but couldn’t resist the temptation to admire the glowing treasures up close.

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I’m a real fan of shiny things, as you can see.  They’re a wonderful distraction, and look spectacular in every way.

I could keep adding photos, but there’s just so much to see and so many things to do!  It’s difficult to keep from going broke in this event, but I have to say that the quality of all the merchants, the fun of the Quest (you can get your Quest HUD at all the sim landing points), and the amazing team who brought us yet another great Fantasy Faire, this is one of the reasons Second Life is such an amazing place.

Stay tuned for more adventures from the Fairelands, brought to you by little old me.

Credits:
Location:  Otherworld at Fantasy Faire
Body – SLink Male Physique
Hands – SLink male relaxed
Hair – Exile Give Away Your Secrets Natural
Head – LOGO Ethan Male
Skin – Nivaro Crow Cream
Wings, Horns and Legs are all from Avatar Bziarre, and available in the booth at Lucentia sim.