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.

 

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A Tattered Page – The Martian Chronicles – a Sneak Preview

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A Tattered Page is an event, an experiment, an inspiration based on a book, and a thing that happens to novels that you read, re-read, and read again.  I have a copy of Bradley Denton’s Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede that is probably held together with love and dreams at this point.  Pages are not only tattered, but falling out.  A Tattered Page: [Citation Needed] is based on a love of books, coupled with the need for inspiration, and metered out with a smidgen of “Oh Hey, A Cool Event!”.

The first round has come and gone.  The next round, based on Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, begins on January 7.  It will be held in a central location, rather than in individual stores, this time – for a ton of reasons.  Not least of which is the ability to control the amount of images people need to load when they visit, and suchlike.  The other part of that original experiment (appropriately drawn from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein) was to have some of the merchants put their items on the Marketplace.  This went down like a lead balloon, exactly as we all thought.  The good news is the stuff was already on the site when the event closed, so it was one less thing for me to do later.

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So along comes our buddy Ray Bradbury, and suddenly we’re all off and running to create for this brand new event!  I’ve read The Martian Chronicles many, many times, but definitely needed a refresher course.  Unlike my absolutely stunning model here, I don’t have an eidetic memory.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  So I headed to the library and borrowed a copy.  Besides, the [Citation Needed] part of the event name means one must quote the part of the book that inspired whatever it is you’ve made.

Bradbury is a master of descriptive prose, so getting inspired to make a few things wasn’t too difficult.

This round, held in that aforementioned central location, will also allow merchants to release the items in their respective stores.  The idea is to relieve some of the laggy pressure on a sim, should it end up full of avatars.  There are a few things in Second Life that people have trouble with, and one of those is an event in which you are unable to move, let alone buy the things you like, because of lag.

In any case, the location’s SLurl has yet to be released; we have, in fact, not even set up for it yet.  So the location will be forthcoming soon.  Stay tuned!

You can find relevant information >>here<<.

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“Martian Colonist Blue”

This sneak preview brought to you by Avatar Bizarre, Literacy, and a nose stuck in Photoshop and Blender for several days.