Sunday, February 28, 2010

NEW Regular Feature! (Not really.)

I was struggling with what to tell you about today when I got some inspiration from Friday's post. I am going to start a regular feature on my blog called "Things I Can Hold In My Cleavage."  

I have a feeling that cleavage accessories are going to be the new "things hanging out of one's mouth" in SL. While these days you'll see anything from juice boxes to tiny faeries to Polaroid pictures in mouths, the craze started with yummy toast. (I didn't want to get butter all over my shirt today so, obviously, I'm just using a serving spoon.) 

To keep this feature extra interesting, I am going to occasionally use bottom and toe cleavage as well. (Not really.)

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Blinded by the light...

Fun fact: Sometimes I just give up trying to set up a decent picture. In my mind, this one was going to be adorable. But, I didn't count on the spotlight moving around so much. (That is a flashlight in my mouth. Just in case you can't tell.)

In this photo, I am trying to illustrate the mini-solar systems of facelights I see people using. To me, you look so gorgeous without them. With them, when I look at you I assume that your head has caught fire.

Facelights are not necessary anymore. I do understand - I used to be a facelight addict. Even after Windlight came along, I was a bit petrified of using special presets (I am so not a technical person). But, I stumbled upon this quick lesson and adapted it for my needs.

The very basic setting I made is the one I use nearly all of the time including for almost all of my pictures. (But, of course I don't take fancy pics.) Many of you have your own favorite settings, but I'll share mine anyway, especially for people who might be new to SL: 
(NOTE: I have no idea how to do this in 2.0 - I am still using the regular viewer.)
  1. Go to WORLD > ENVIRONMENT SETTINGS > ENVIRONMENT EDITOR > Advanced Sky
  2. Set sun/moon position to zero.
  3. Set Ambient (all colors) to .51
  4. Set Gamma to 1. (You can fiddle with this to make things brighter or darker if you want.)
ETA: Don't forget to save this setting! Click "new" and then give it a name so you can select it when you want it. 


There. Remember - you are quite stunning on my PC. You're welcome!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Where do you keep the white out?

Today there were significant developments in the area of Stuff I Didn't know I Needed! I was just browsing around the grid today when I ran across a free breast- and bottom-held writing instrument set at BOOM. I don't know about you, but I have always wondered what to do with the spaces created by all kinds of cleavage. BOOM has filled a need, so to speak. I am trying out the boobie pencil, but I refuse to take a photo with the pen. Please someone make a little flag or some flowers that I can wear back there. Meantime, has anyone seen my stapler?

*The clipboard and hand-held pencil are from RC Cluster and are not free.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

But if we got a bigger pond...

Today I tried to fingure out how to upgrade the geese we have. Jerremy bought them ages ago at Animania. He recently got an upgrade notice and I promised I'd go there and see what we needed to do. While I was there, I saw some Killer Whales swimming and I took a ride on one of them -- something I'd never get the chance to do in RL. Ain't SL grand? These won't fit into our pond though, so we'll just settle for the "new and improved" geese.


In case you did not know about a very sad, recent RL event involving a whale and a trainer, here is a link. My thoughts go out to everyone involved.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

She has an awfully deep voice.

Today, I took in one of SL comedy stand-up performer Lauren Weyland's open mic show. I had never been to show but had heard good things about it. You need to be on voice to hear the show, so the first comedy of the evening was me fumbling to get voice turned on properly. There was a big, lively crowd. Looks like this is a regular show, every Wednesday at 4:30 PM SLT.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

We just hung around.

Jerremy and I trekked through the Mysterious Pyramid of Death.  It is a maze with puzzles and clues and tools to collect along the way. (This is a picture of us trying to figure out a way out of one of the rooms.) ZOMG it is so much fun and so well done. You need to go through it if you haven't done it yet.

We had started the Pyramid once before, but had to leave early without finishing it. A long, long time ago I went through it by myself. But at that time, I didn't collect all of the tools I needed, so I did it incorrectly and didn't win the prize. This time was like doing it for the very first time for me since I didn't remember much of my earlier visit. As they say, two heads are better than one - we got through the whole thing, collected all of the tools and won the prize!

I am happy to share with you that the prize is unisex! Yes! There is something for the guys! This fact thrilled me because, usually, guys get shafted as far as prizes go. I have gone with Jerremy to do more than one activity/game/prize hunt where the only prize ended up being a frilly pink blouse. Jerremy is very manly - but even he can't rock the "puff sleeves and a Peter Pan collar" look.

NOTE: If you are able to, when you go, please make a donation to support the place - this is the kind of thing I'd love to see even more of in SL.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Dirty Laundry

 My typist had to buy a new washer and dryer in RL ... so today, in solidarity, I went to a SL laundromat.

Sigh. I don't like SL laundromats.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Small Spaces

I noticed that a lot of you are getting Linden Homes. This means that you have the challenge of decorating with only 117 prims. How will you ever do it?

As someone whose first apartment in SL only allowed 100 prims, I think I know a few things about decorating on a prim budget. However, just to fill in some of the gaps, I browsed the interwebs for advice on decorating a small space.

Here are a few tips:

Let there be light!  One thing I saw over and over was the recommendation to add lots of light to a space that feels cramped. But every light, lamp, etc. uses up precious prims. What should you do? Turn a fashion faux pas into a spacious home by wearing facelights! And insist that all guests wear them, too. Voilà - illumination from prims that don't count against your total! 

Save space - and prims - by choosing furniture that serves more than one purpose. So easy to do in SL! Think 'sex toaster'.

Use furniture that is scaled appropriately to the room. Avoid having oversized furniture that takes up too much space in a small room. Look how packed in I am in this photo taken with normal sized furniture. I can barely move:
This normal sized couch makes the room seem tiny and cramped. 
Why, I don't even have room for a cold drink and a magazine!

Re-texture all of your mismatched furniture to one matching color. Strongly contrasting elements in a room chop up the space. Unified elements make it seem more expansive. Don't believe me? Look at yourself in a full body mirror. OK - now take off all of your clothes. See that? Because your skin is the same basic shade all over, you look much fatter naked!

Use mirrors to make a room seem bigger. Stop! I know what you are going to say. "But Tym, there are no working mirrors in SL." But you can easily create the illusion of a mirror! Just take a picture of the room, apply it to a flat prim, hang it from the wall and tell everyone you are a vampire. Tah dah! Instant "mirror". You're welcome!

This smaller couch is guaranteed to make your new Linden Home seem hugantic!

    Saturday, February 20, 2010

    Plurky Party People

    There was a Plurk party today - and like any good SL party guest, I got there right as it started. Good thing, too or I never would have been able to take photos. The sim had over 70 people on it at one point. Now, no one could move or see anyone else, but we were all there in chat. It was really nice to see people that you have only talked to in Plurk. Or at least to see their balls of mist or the gray outlines of their avatars. I eventually crashed and tried multiple times to go back, but I could not get into the sim again. This picture was taken relatively early in the party so it doesn't look that crowded yet. But, later we were all dancing on top of each other. 

    And hey - if you are in Plurk, add me if you'd like. It is a very good way of getting to know people in SL.

    Friday, February 19, 2010

    Fifty Linden Fast

     I didn't get to check out any of the one-day sales today until late in the day. Luckily, a few people had posted pictures of the items on blogs and in Flickr, so I could make my whirlwind tour of the grid efficient. This is me, at Kyoot, sitting on a stack of drawers watching everyone come buy. I was this close to buying the stack of drawers until I realized that I already owned it. Whew! I did buy the lights on the sign behind me and - this is so cool - it looks like they will be opening Kyoot Home. Apparently, I will soon be able to buy a few things that match my stacked drawers and hanging lights...and it promises to be stuff I haven't already bought.  (Remind me to check though, OK?)

     

    Thursday, February 18, 2010

    Safety Gurrrrrrrlll

    This is my Port-A-Potty. I bought it for the Mardi Gras party room. It added gritty realism! I swear! I am not sure if anyone used it though. So, I am going to get some use out of it in a blog picture. As you can see, it is roughly the same size as a Linden Home.

    Now, some people may scoff at the idea of taking pictures with port-a-potties. But, I say those people a) are wet blankets and b) did not pay for this port-a-potty with their own hard earned $Ls. 

    I bought it at one of my favorite little shops on the grid: Safety Girl. This picture is me standing outside the shop doors...right before I started tapping on the glass with my fingers and chanting, "Open, open, open." I discovered it back when I built my first home. I keep going back to it for little odds and ends. You can get a free set of safety goggles and a hard hat there. They sell flares, fire extinguishers, danger signs, power tools, ladders and more. Cute, cute, cute. 

    Wednesday, February 17, 2010

    By the Same Guys Who Built Linden Homes

    Jerremy and I felt like exploring - so I grabbed my folder of "Places to Explore" and we TPd to  The Leviathan Skeleton. This is a really interesting Linden build I had seen on the feeds a while back.

    While I was looking around on land, Jerremy, although not dressed for it, was exploring underwater. Then, he sent me some pictures of himself. When they rezzed I LOLd - he had changed into a scuba outfit complete with a snorkel and fins.That is why a adore him so much.

      
    Well, that and his thong from the other night.

    ETA: Jerremy took the two photos of himself.

    Tuesday, February 16, 2010

    Mardi GREAT!

    Ok, ok...all of the Mardi Gras purists are groaning about that title. But I needed something with pizazz! And yes, I am still wearing my costume from last night. (Why couldn't I find those gloves in my inventory yesterday? Grrr!).

    It was such in incredibly fun party!! Thank you to everyone who attended and MADE it such a blast!

    I tried my best to take party pictures. Jerremy took some also - I will go through those as soon as possible and post more tomorrow. Toward the middle of the party, clothes started coming off of nearly everyone - but by that time SLissues prevented me from taking more pics. 

    For your on the job safety, I added a cut.  Everyone looked so good!! The party area is still up if you want to see it or take pictures of yourself there. The party pictures are after the jump!

    Monday, February 15, 2010

    You know me by now...

    ....so of course there is a nice spread of food for the Mardi Gras party tonight (8-10 PM SLT). Here is the crayfish (It's a gift from Jerremy!), red beans & rice and jambalaya. We also have Hurricanes to drink and King Cake for dessert. For some reason I have 3 King Cakes in my inventory, all from different shops. I need to pay more attention when shopping. By the way, if you find feathers in the food...ummmm...they are clean.

    It is a day early for the real Mardi Gras - so consider this practice for the real thing. People have been asking for costume ideas so I went to XStreetSL to see what was available -- especially for men. While browsing, I found the most hilarious etoufeé costume. I hope you will consider coming!

    In other news..zomg....this is my 100th/365 photos in a row ! Yay, me!(/me knocks on wood so as not to jinx it.)

    Sunday, February 14, 2010

    Valentine Rewind

    This is what I imagine Cupid looks like this morning - exhausted from shooting arrows at peeps.  Happy Day. Mwah. This is the Valentine post I did last year for those who missed it: Less Than Three Times a Lady. I like it because Jerremy and I collaborated on it. Enjoy. 

    ETA: This post is not quite as lazy as it seems - I need to remind you of that older post since I am writing an update to it - so we can see what has happened since.  

    Saturday, February 13, 2010

    SLafety First

    I am just testing the safety of the Mardi Gras parade float I am building for the party. I want to make sure guests aren't going to go flying out of it and careen down onto the asphalt below. Not only do I care about your safety...but we have no insurance.

    I need to take everything into account when I check for safety - how much virtual alcohol revelers have consumed, how fast the float will be traveling (0 miles per hour), wind speed (again, 0 miles per hour), and how top heavy various avatars might be. This last issue is a serious one. Moving your sliders too far to the right raises your center of gravity and can lead to: toppling over sim borders, falling through phantom prims and having SLex with noobs.

    By the way, there is news about the party. We have moved the celebration to Monday, Feb. 15th at 8 PM SLT Everyone is invited! Alicia Chenaux is still DJing (YAY!!!) There will be beads and masks for you, too. OMG! I will also have a King Cake that has a baby inside for one  lucky party guest! (Nobody choke on it, ok?) 

    Mardi Gras-wear (purple, green, and gold) is highly encouraged. Helmets and safety goggles are optional.

    ETA: There is Info about some free Mardi Gras items: bangles and a unisex necklace here

    Friday, February 12, 2010

    Future Fat Tuesday Festivities

    Today, I am starting to build a new party area on the water next to Starting Point.   

    While I was there, I turned around and thought the lighting looked so pretty - so I snapped a picture of the building. Did I tell you yet? Starting Point will be closing. But, Jerremy and I are going to start some new projects soon so we are very excited! I didn't think I'd ba sad about it closing, but when I went to take down application boxes and some little things like that, I got a twinge of, "Aaawwwwwwww!" Jerremy and I have met some really incredible people through SP. Maybe we will bring it back sometime in the future. You never know!

    Anyhoo, yes - up in that fist line I did say "party." Squeeeeeeeee!  It will be a Mardi Gras party on Tuesday Feb. 16 and Alicia Chenaux has agreed to DJ! We are just working out the best time. Most likely it will be at 7 or 8 PM SLT because of work schedules. (Have I mentioned that I hate time zones?) Pencil it into your calendars and get some Mardi Gras outfits put together! I will post the details here in my blog as we get them sorted out.

    Thursday, February 11, 2010

    Don't spill me in your lap!!

    Psssst! I have a plan for sneaking to work with Jerremy in the mornings. I'll put on a coffee cup sleeve (You know -- the kind that warns you about the hot contents inside.) and hide in his car's cup holder. It's the perfect disguise! And then, when he brings me to his lips...SURPRISE!

    I am such a sucker for pop culture kitsch SL! So, when Marx Dudek of the shop Marx Mode* mentioned on Plurk that there was a new coffee cup sleeve shirt in the store, I squeeeeee'd and bought one. Then, I plopped myself on the counter of the nearest coffee shop for a picture.

    At the time I snapped the picture, the package only contained the sleeve tube top. But since then, Marx has added a shirt to wear under it that looks like the paper cup. Is is infinitely more modest and twice as cute with the shirt. But, being a terribly lazy blogger, I didn't have it in me to take more pics.

    I did have a brainstorm that I could make a little coffee cup lid hat and add a particle effect to it that makes it look like steam was coming out of it - but then I realized I was taking the whole thing a bit too far.

    * Marx Mode is in Zindra so you need to be adult verified to visit it.

    Wednesday, February 10, 2010

    Together for Trivia

    Alicia Chenaux hosted a group of friends at her place for a Pajama & Trivia Party. Jerremy and I cuddled together while we tried desperately to beat the faster typists in the group. (Look! Squeee! He is wearing his cow pajamas! That man is so incredible - he can make udders look macho.) Anyway, the night seemed to go to the folks who followed golf religiously in the 80's. Good times.

    Tuesday, February 9, 2010

    Philip Squared

    Shhhhhh! I really wanted to hang out with Philip Linden/Rosedale at his home on P Squared today, but he wasn't there! And all of the doors were locked! But, luckily for me, the sit exploit still works even if you are a SL big wig. And anyway, he can trust me. I didn't do anything except stand in his living room.

    OK I lied. I also sat in the desk chair in his office. But that's it.

    Monday, February 8, 2010

    These pretzels are making me thirsty!

    OK. Today, for my 93rd of 365 pictures challenge post, you get to see what a dork I am. I forgot to un-check "show UI" on snapshots. Sigh. And here I just wanted to show a simple picture of me snacking and building - a typical early evening in SL. (I'm redoing our back stairs.) The pretzels* are empty calories, but building is hard work and I needed some energy. I just need to find a little jar of prim Miracle Whip to dip them into. (What? Like you don't have any odd food preferences.) Now, if you'll excuse me, I need some water.



    *The pretzels are a Cupid's Heart hunt prize I stumbled upon while shopping at MIU

    Lovey-Dovey?


    This is a graphic representation of how I lured Jerremy into my clutches. See how powerless he was to resist me? I so wish I could shoot hearts and kisses from my fingers in RL. I would use them at the DMV and if ever got pulled over for speeding. Oh, and on my boss. And IRS agents.

    (Our friend Arminasx Saiman took this photo. He asked Jerremy and I to demonstrate one of the Valentine's particle effects that he makes and sells in his shop Electric Pixels. The pic is on his blog along with pictures of some other V-Day products.)

    Sunday, February 7, 2010

    Hue-mongous!

    I made an early visit to the I <3 Originals fair that will start tomorrow (Monday, February 8th through February 14th).  There are a lot of gifts and free items for visitors, so be sure to check it out.

    While there, I stumbled onto a new-to-me shop called Hue Are You (main store here). There are some pajamas, art, lights, pillows and giant crayons to buy there. Truth be told I am a sucker for giant crayons. (I am a sucker for any types of crayons and my typist would probably astonish you with her collection. Luckily, she has small nieces to use a a cover for her addiction to them.)
    Anyhoo, I just have to decide which ones I am going to buy and then where in the hay I am going to put them. Probably my office. If I do that, I'll get a bunch of colors so that it looks purposeful and artsy, rather than random.

    ZOMG - and see this couch? Cute, huh? But it wasn't for sale and I can't locate a shop, if the creator has one. If I had my druthers, every single thing in SL shops would be for sale -- furniture, art, lighting, rugs, etc. It would save me so much time. I noticed that you can buy the furniture in Fri.day and at ETD (And hey now! It looks suspiciously similar. But I digress.) 

    Of course, if more shop owners made it easier for me to make impulse purchases, my inventory would be....humongous!

    ETA: I talked to Hue Are You designer, Zinnia Zauber, who specializes in color theory - so cool! She said those particular couches were not for sale, but that she was going to soon be making her own to sell. I'll be keeping an eye out! 

    Saturday, February 6, 2010

    This is very convenient...

    Today, I stopped by the Avatrait Gallery to see a brand new exhibit. It was awfully convenient to go since the gallery is right next to our backyard! Jerremy and I are excited to have such a cool place in the neighborhood. It is a gorgeous building that is filled with beautiful art.

    My friend Looker Lumet is the curator and he sent this announcement about the exhibit:

    "Four Artists Four Styles at the Avatrat Gallery

    After the successful show of Nessy Shepherd in January, the Avatrait Gallery has now invited four artists who make interesting works.

    Nevery Lorakeet, Meilo Minotaur, Theoretical Afterthought and J. Blüü have made each four works in their very own style. The combination of these different styles makes this show so special.

    After having the gallery on different places for the past year, we hope that we now found a place where we can stay for a long time. It was Tymmerie Thorne and Jerremy Darwin who were so kind to make some space on their sim Ghambt. We could build the whole gallery back again in all his pride, so the work of Prad Prathivi, who built the gallery, and which is a unique building inworld, is still intact.

    The gallery will be open on Saturday, February 6th at 1 PM SLT.

    Looker Lumet
    Avatrait Curator"


    When you stop by, be sure to wave!

    Thursday, February 4, 2010

    Chillaxin' and relaxin'

    It has been a busy week for us so I am afraid I can only share you get a picture of us snuggling today. 
    By the way, it is my 900th day of being in SL! How did I know that without using the Emerald viewer? Well, if you get the SL Blips plug in for Avatars United it will tell you. Just a tip. Also here is another tip just in case you didn't already know this: you can turn on fly in no fly areas by turning on the Advanced menu (Ctrl-Alt-D) then scrolling down and checking View Administrative Options. 
    See? It is my 900th birthday and you get a present. Sort of.

    Wednesday, February 3, 2010

    Ch-ch-ch-chia!

    Finally! This is my (first?) response to Luna Jubilee's blog challenge to show surprising things we find. I was going to show you one of my vintage 2007 schoolgirl outfits, but I was feeling lazy, so I put on some favorite shorts and got out some fun stuff that I have no idea why I haven't boxed up. These were all things I bought for various blog pictures - my unicorn, my lab rat and my chia pet.  Sigh. There is more ridiculousness where these items came from, too.

    Now, I have never claimed to be a fashionista, so you probably won't be surprised to hear that I got my outfit ages ago and have no plans to delete it. This is an overall set I bought from G.L.A.M. in October of 2007. G.L.A.M. was one of my favorite shops at one time. There is no reason to throw this out - I still like it just as much as I did when I first bought it. (So, suck it, impossible-to-fit sculpted attachments!)

    Fascinating I know! LOL! I love the memories that some of these things bring back -- which belies my normally unsentimental self.

    Tuesday, February 2, 2010

    What if my monkey sees his shadow today?

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I have always been proud of the high monkey-to-post ratio that this blog enjoys. My supremacy in this category has never been in danger until now. Talented and popular blogger, Emerald Wynn, has thrown down the gauntlet (possibly, without even realizing it) with her post "You Never Know When You'll Need a Good Monkey." Therefore, I have no choice but to trot out one of my mine for this post.

    All of my monkeys, including this one, have appeared in posts before and are integral members of the writing staff here. Monkeys have been, in fact, a key selling point of this blog as reflected in the following ad that I created a long while ago for a humor magazine that never went to publication:

     
    In conclusion, I have always prided myself on the large variety of primates on my blog and will rush to defend my status.To Ms. Wynn, I have only one thing to say:

    Go bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S
    Go bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S
    You lean to the left!
    You lean to the right!
    You peel your banana
    and UNNGGHHH! Take a bite! 

    Monday, February 1, 2010

    Victoire!!!

    Ah ha! I did it! I won all of the pieces to the super sexy Mardi Gras outfit I was trying to win at Chanimations' Lucky Chairs. This is just one of about a bazillion permutations of the pieces in the whole set. There are tassels, hair flowers, masks, pasties, fans, etc. For some reason this top hat really appealed to me. Was it worth stalking the chairs? OMG Yes. In fact, this outfit may tip the balance toward Jerremy's and my decision to have a Mardi Gras party of some sort. Who doesn't want an occasion to wear such a fun outfit? Squeeeeeee!
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