The Eyes Have It

Seen the lady
Seen the lake
Seen the mirror crack and break
Held her close at night
What a perfect fit
Till I saw her eyes
The eyes have it
The eyes have it – Karel Fialka The Eyes Have It

AB Eyes Dragon Spirit - with Color HUD

There comes a time when you look at your walls full of eyes, and think, “I wonder how the wall would look if I simply made eyes with a color change HUD and just put everything into tidy fat packs?”

Then that time comes, and you realize somewhere in the middle of remaking everything that this is a phenomenally huge project.  You wouldn’t think remaking over thirty sets of eyes would take that long, but apparently, it takes a lot longer than I realized when the project started.  Part of this can be attributed to finding different looks for my model (who is basically just me in different skins and shapes).  A minor issue is having to re-upload a bunch of eye textures because I stupidly made transparent eyes that could sit on a blank sclera texture.  Dumb.  Dumbedy dumb dumb dumb.  Sure, they looked nice at the time, but now I want these eyes to be mesh, and sit against an eye alpha, and one cannot have a hollow head showing behind the irises.  It just looks weird.

AB Eyes Lorelei - with Color HUD

The cool thing about this enormous project is I no longer have to remember the color names after taking pictures of individual eyeballs for vendor ads.  This is particularly nice, since I have a memory like a sieve most days.  This makes it a bit less work in the long run.

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Another wondrous side effect of this project is putting stuff on the walls and on the Marketplace takes way, way less time.  So once all thirty plus sets of eyes get made, there will be a bit more room for more new eyes (I have plenty of ideas for new eyes!).

The best part?  You, the eye-loving person looking for these glistening orbs to stick in your head, will only have to make one purchase to get up to 12 pairs of eyes (depending on the style, of course).  Each package includes the System Layer Eyes in all the colors available for that particular set of eyes, plus a set of lovely mesh eyes that are HUD controlled for changing colors.  Oh, and the alpha for the eyes, which makes things look a lot nicer, too.

AB Eyes Demon Lazarus - with Color HUD

If you’re looking for new eyes, all of the Avatar Bizarre eyes are Modify and Copy.  Prices range from 99L for six colors, up to 165L for 12 colors.

You can find these inworld (with more coming as they filter in through the upload box) and on the Marketplace.  For an easy search, look for the Avatar Bizarre store, or you can do a search on NEW 2015, and the eyes should pop up.

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Twisted Hunt – Id Creature Abides

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Psst, The semi-annual Twisted Hunt’s going to start March 1 and run through the end of the month.  I’d tell you about it, but then I would have to drive you mad.  It’s basically the hardest hunt in Second Life.  While merchants are only allowed 10 *visible* decoys with which to fool hunters, they are allowed any number of *invisible* decoys, meaning they can hide as many as they want in the walls and floors, plus rename random objects in their stores to match that of the hunt object.

The good news is the hunt object is always the same:  The Twisted “Lament” cube, your basic run of the mill puzzle box.  It spins.  It is some predetermined color.  And it is kind of small.  This incarnation’s color is called “Ectoplasm”.  Beyond that, you will have to wait and see what surprises the 13th Twisted Hunt holds.

Oh, did i forget to mention that this is the 13th Twisted Hunt?  And did you know there is a Friday the 13th in March this year?  Rumors are flying about what we have up our virtual sleeves for torturing those brave enough to tackle this hunt, but rest assured all of the merchants in the hunt create fantastic gifts for our hapless and insane hunter friends.  Plus there are gachas, side hunts, mazes, games, extra gifts, decoy gifts, sales, and various torture implements by all the various merchant critters.  They really tend to outdo themselves with every hunt.

Oh, and then there’s the traditional End Game, which can be pretty difficult, but often results in even more stuff for the hapless hunter.  Plus, you can get the coveted Survivor Tag.  If you get that, you’ve definitely earned it!

Avatar Bizarre, being one of the organizers and sponsors of this hunt, likes to uphold the high standards with an awesome gift.  This time, feast your eyes on the Id Creature Avatar, a beastie (no, I do NOT know what it is) who will be given out in male and female forms.  It’s materials enhanced, and comes with six sets of eyes, so you can choose whatever eye color strikes your fancy.  All eyes blink.  As for the rest, it’s rigged mesh, yadda yadda.

This will be exclusive for the duration of the hunt.  Once the hunt is over, Avatar Bizarre will be releasing six more colors in both genders, for your Online Pleasure.

IN the meantime, the hunt starts soon.  When the time comes, happy hunting.  And please don’t go mad.

Oh the HORROR (of Nyarlathotep)

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What horrors lurk in the demesnes of the Outer God?  Only Nyarlathotep, himself, a fearsome vision that causes abject insanity in all who behold him.  He is The Crawling Chaos.  He is a thousand different forms.  He walks among us as a human, a dark and stately man, who resembles an Egyptian Pharaoh.  Nyarlathotep oozes amongst the terrors of the Old Ones, to bring a fetid air of disquiet to even the most stalwart adventurer.

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This new avatar from Avatar Bizarre is 100% rigged mesh with a shape and an alpha.  It’s Materials enhanced to give the illusion of being a glistening scaly, elephantine-skinned monstrosity, ready to consume all who oppose him.  A HUD is included for color changes.  You can choose from seven color variations, depending on flavor and intensity of your mad desire.

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Do not be alarmed.  Be very, very frightened.

Available on the marketplace and inworld.

He’s Not So Gulli-Bull

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The Minotaur is one of those quintessential monster types.  His story is a bit weird, even for Greek mythology.  See, back in the day, King Minos of Crete wanted to sacrifice something to the God Poseidon, so he appealed to Poseidon, who then gave the king a beautiful white bull.  Minos was so enamored of the bull that he decided to trick Poseidon by sacrificing a normal bull and allowing the white bull to live.

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But you know, Poseidon is this god dude, so he inevitably found out.  And in true god form, he decided to punish King Minos by making Minos’ wife Pasiphae fall in love with the white bull.  She contracted the automaton mechanic Daedalus to build her a hollow cow, which she could fit inside, so she could mate with the bull.  Yeah, I told you this one was a particularly weird Greek myth.

Anyhow, she gave birth to the bull-headed Minotaur, who eventually turned pretty vicious, so Minos had Daedalus create the Labyrinth, where the Minotaur lived till he was killed by Thesius.  In the meantime, he ate a bunch of men, and became one of the neatest stop motion creatures Ray Harryhausen developed for the movies.

Now that you’ve got the Clifnotes on this puppy, let me introduce you to the latest avatar from Avatar Bizarre:  The Minotaur!  He’s available in seven colors, because hey, this is Second Life.  Where else will you find a purple boy moo cow man?

The avatar is fully rigged mesh and comes with detachable horn cuff, wrist guards, earrings, and nose ring.  He can probably wear mesh clothing, but honestly, naked bovines are much more fun.  Or so I hear.

He’s now available on the Marketplace and at Avatar Bizarre in Second Life.  And that’s no bull!

Say My Name

I am the one who knocks…

One of the fun things about Second Life is you can be anyone or anything you want.  As a Second Life creator, I don’t really get to play as much as I’d like; I’m always in some sort of working frenzy, whether stuck in Blender, Photoshop, or DJing at the Village of Nyght on Saturday Nights.  I generally enjoy making things, and try only to make things I want to make, as opposed to stuff I think other people will like.  It’s not an easy balance, and like most other people, I sometimes lose focus and get a little burned out.

Avatar Bizarre is taking a bit of time off for this week’s creating frenzy. Instead of showing you the latest thing I have for sale in my store, I wanted to show off an avatar I created, based on Bryan Cranston’s character in the AMC series Breaking Bad.  As this is a copyrighted character, I will not sell this avatar; I can only give you a style sheet and turn a blind eye to whatever people want to do.  I do not sell other people’s creations without permission, and other creators should keep that in mind when they put things on the market.

I don’t want to turn this blog into a diatribe or a soap box, but I have seen a lot of folks — Big Name Creators, in fact — who have been making and selling copyrighted characters without permission from the original sources, and it kind of pisses me off.  It gives the rest of the creators in Second Life a bad name.  Second Life gets a lot of bad press in mainstream media, and when I hear people make the claim that the virtual world is only about stealing other people’s creations, having virtual sex, and being a loser living in Mom’s basement, it really chaps my hide.

Guys, if you want to make stuff from your favorite movies or TV shows, do it for your own pleasure.  It is really bad if you choose to make and sell things that do not belong to you.  I’m not going to be the one to blow the whistle, but bear in mind there are a lot of people out there who would.

That said, my Walter White avatar is for me.  I am not selling it.  Nor could I, if I wanted to.

I created the shape, eyes, sunglasses, pork pie hat, and facial hair (Facial hair on a chemo patient?  Well every story has some weird hole in it).  The hair base came from KMADD as part of a freebies package.  It’s a white, tintable hairbase that I simply applied a bit of greyish brown to, to get that freshly shaven head look.  The skin is part of the Aero Maxwell avatar, available in Second Life (inworld only as far as I can tell).  The package comes with eyes, several versions of the skin, shapes, and a few odds and sods and costs around 2000L.  I only used the Gin colored BH skin in the box for this avatar.

Simply put, Breaking Bad is one of the best fictional bits of TV I have ever seen.  In spite of feeling a bit rushed in the last five or six episodes, it was very well written, and the acting was superb.  I’m inclined to agree with Sir Anthony Hopkins when he said that Bryan Cranston is one of the most amazing actors out there right now.  When someone of Sir Hopkins’ caliber says you’re good, then you’re good!

From the amazing cinematography and editing, to the excellent music, to the stubble on Mr. Cranston’s head, this was a fine bit of entertainment; gripping, tense, darkly funny at times, and…well…as addictive as the blue meth Heisenberg created.

It was time for Heisenberg to appear in Second Life.  He may only be around for a couple of weeks, but you can’t deny he’s got a powerful presence.

Normal operations will resume next week.  Till then, Walter “Heisenberg” White will be DJing at this week’s Village of Nyght “Adult” party.

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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