Marina is Also Short and Sassy

And That’s My Favorite Kind

Not only because I’m also short and sassy, but because I look best in shorter styles. Besides, as a busy journalist on the go, I don’t have a lot of time to waste  spend on caring for long hair.

What? You think it’s easy writing these posts? Between modeling each new style, taking pictures, editing them, and then writing each entry, I spend close to an hour every time. And I do it all out of my sense of public duty.

Well, that, and the fact that I love getting new hair every week!

Marina Hair, Variety Colors

See? Marina. Short and sassy. With its low display weight and affordable price, It’s right for just about any budget.

$L250 gets you the full set of 16 colors, or you can grab it in Blueberry completely free in front of the voting board.

An as always, if you wear your A&A group tag and buy the complete set from the New Releases Action Wall, 50% of your purchase price will be refunded upon purchase. So for this week only, that’s 16 colors for $L150! That should give you enough combinations to mix & match with any outfits you might ever wear.

 

 

Marina, this week’s latest special at Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore. Check it out!

Hey There! Katie Here!

Howdy! I hope you’ll bear with me as I get my feet under me. I’m brand-new to blogging, but writing is one of my strengths, so I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

All About Me

Or rather, all you need to know about me.

Second Life

I’m young and open-minded. I’m always open to new friends, new experiences, and new ideas. All I ask is that you be kind.

Wine me, dine me, sixty-nine me. Take me exploring with you. Open my mind to fresh experiences. I love to dance, the slower the better. And sometimes cuddling can be even more intimate than sex.

“God willing, may your tea be steeped in serenity, sweetened by sharing, and surrounded by the warmth of your love.”

Real Life

25-year-old bisexual polyamorous woman living in upstate Noo Yawk. (SLT +3)

No pics
No chat
No RL anything
I live at home with my parents, so I don’t have a whole lot of privacy

Back To The Topic

I know Aisling has already written a lot about Life, the Universe, and Everything (as Douglas Adams put it), and I might touch on some of the same subjects myself. But since I’m a different person, my views are going to be different. Besides, you (the reader) might not have been with Aisling from the start, and thus have missed a lot of it.

Friendships in Second Life

I met someone new last night. Have you ever met someone and you knew right from the start that they were a kindred spirit? And to really understand what I mean when I say “kindred spirit,” I suggest that, if you haven’t already done so, you read the book “Anne of Green Gables.” And even if you have read it, you know it’s one of those books that never gets old.

Well, I met a kindred spirit. We are so much in tune with each other that it was almost like carrying on a conversation with myself. And we both know we’re going to be BFFs!

But if there’s one thing I’ve already learned—quite painfully, I might add—is that you need to guard your heart in SL.

Still, in this particular case and with this particular person, I’m reasonably certain we’ll neither of us hurt the other one. At least not deliberately.

Another problem I’ve experienced is the people in SL who seem to have forgotten—assuming they even realized in the first place—that every avatar, far from being a mere collection of pixels on a screen—represents a flesh-and-blood person behind that avatar. A lot of that can be attributed to the anonymity of the web in general and SL in particular:

People feel safe in mistreating or insulting others when they know that no one knows who they are. Hence,  no repercussions.

Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. Catch you later!

 

 

 

 

 

A Beginner’s Guide to a Virtual World

That’s the premise of this blog, and the entire reason I created it. But lately I’ve realized that’s not what it is any longer: now it seems to be little more than a series of reviews of hairstyles and other fashions.

Well, that stops today.

Meet Kate Hannigan

I met Kate—or Katie, as she prefers to be called—when she first joined SL about 3 months ago. I forget where we met, but she IM’d me asking for some information about something or other. I was able to answer her questions, and since then we’ve been fast friends, BFFs.

She recently said that she’d like to write about her adventures in SL, but didn’t know how to go about it. Eureka! The lightbulb lit up, the dime dropped, and I realized I had found a solution to getting the blog back on track. I’m going to continue to write about fashion and styles, while Katie will join me as a co-author, and writing about everything else in SL. That way, she won’t have to worry about setting up and maintaining her own blog on WordPress or anywhere else.

So don’t be surprised when you see her name as the author on stories, or as a Category.

Meet Raissa, a New Standard of Elegance

The new, classier styles coming out from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore make me glad that I’m a woman, and have so many fine elegant new styles to choose from.

Raissa is one of those styles. It’s a beautiful up-do, with a few stray tendrils that just beg your lover to undo your hair and set it floating free. The complete set, with all the colors you see above, is only $L1200. But as they say on television, “But wait! There’s more!”

As always, individual color sub-sets can be had for $L250, and you can find Raissa in Sahara free at the front desk.
Pearl is also on special for $50, and you can find it in Blackberry, free at the voting booth.

And also as always, I’m modelling Raissa in red:

 

 

Raissa, yet another fine style from Alli&Ali Designs Mainstore. And even though Valentine’s Day has come and gone, why not pamper yourself with a new ‘do?

Which Viewer Do You Use?

When you created your Second Life account, you were prompted to download the SL Viewer. And I’m sure most of you did—which is perfectly fine. That’s what I used myself for a long time before I discovered there are alternatives. Many people have opted to use one of more of these alternative.

I myself use Firestorm, but more on that later.

Why Use the Official SL Viewer?

Most, if not all, tutorials, help files, and FAQs in SL are designed for the official viewer. They assume that’s what you’re using, since it is the de facto viewer. Rather than having to have separate version of their information for every possible viewer—pretty much an impossibility—they have designed everything around that standard. Less confusion, greater efficiency.

And that’s all right: Linden Labs (the brilliant minds behind SL) knows their product better than anyone else, and are therefor the best people to design and maintain their viewer. And most people are perfectly happy with that.

But just as not every user of Microsoft Windows uses MS Word as their word processor, and as not every iPhone owner uses Pages, so too do SL users sometimes use an alternative viewer.

There are many reasons for this, but I’m going to cover the most popular alternative SL viewer.

Firestorm

Firestorm is a creation of The Phoenix Project. The sole purpose of the project is, in its own words,

The Phoenix Firestorm Project Inc. is a non-profit, incorporated organization whose mandate is to improve the user experience in Second Life and other virtual worlds by providing an advanced open source viewer with greater features, options and interface flexibility than the standard offering by Linden Lab.

It’s the viewer that I have been using almost exclusively since I discovered it, and I’ve been in SL in various guises for over 13 years.

Why Do I Use It?

Simply put, I find it easier and more efficient. Inventory maintenance is a breeze, as is avatar design and customization. And on my laptop, it loads faster.

Worried about support? There are over 40 support groups for Firestorm in SL, including many run by the Phoenix Project. And at last count, there were 15 official Firestorm locations, including the main social gathering area right here.

In Conclusion

So yes, use the official viewer when you first start making your way around SL.

But once you’re comfortable using it, and are looking for another experience, give Firestorm a try.

 

 

 

 

 

(NOTE: Second Life, Linden Labs, Firestorm, The Phoenix Project,
Microsoft, Windows, MS Word, Apple, iPhone, and Pages are
trademarks or copyrights of their respective owners.)

Time Zones and Relationships in Second Life

You know what really sucks? Meeting someone in SL and finding a kindred soul, only to discover that they’re in Australia while you’re on the East Coast of the United States. Not that there’s anything wrong with Aussies—it’s just that it’s awfully hard to maintain a friendship, much less a relationship, because of the time difference.

I had something similar happen to me recently. I made several new friends, but I haven’t seen any of them since then. And that, my friends, is why I urge you to put a note in your profile. In my 1st Life tab, it simply says  EST (SLT +3). EST is Eastern Standard Time, and SLT +3  means that I’m 3 hours ahead of Second Life Time (which is either Pacific Standard or Pacific Daylight Time, depending on the time of year). As Linden Labs are located in California, that’s the default time for the entire SL world.

Some Notes On Your Profile

Your profile is there for a reason. It lets people know a little bit about you. It doesn’t have to be detailed, but at least put something in there! I generally make it a practice to ignore people with empty profiles—especially when they’ve been in SL longer than 6 months.

I’ve even seen empty profiles for people who have been in SL for 7 or 8 years! What that tells me is you’re boring or perhaps too secretive for me to waste any time on you.

As an example, here’s my profile:

It’s pronounced “ash-LEEN.” Yes, it’s Irish. Yes I am…if you go back 4 or 5 generations. And before that, we wuz Scouses.

Harbour Grace, Newfoundland is the ancestral home. See my Picks for more about me.

I am ceann cine (clan chief) of Clan Aisling O’Connor. It’s pronounced “kian kineh.”

And under my Picks:

I’m kinda shy around new people, but I’m happy to join any conversation to which I’m invited. I always answer IMs…so long as they’re not of the “Hi, baby! Wanna fuck?” variety. R and U are letters, not words.

I appreciate people who can form complete sentences and who use proper grammar. What can I say? I’m an English professor in real life.

Those words are accompanied by this picture:

 

And that’s me in a nutshell. But my profile is a living document: I keep it updated to reflect where I am in SL, in relation to friendships, servitude, relationships, and the like.

Don’t be boring! And if you’re too shy to put anything in your profile, you might want to ask yourself just what the hell you’re in SL for in the first place.

It’s Not Always About Hair (redux)

I know. Big surprise, right? After all, SL isn’t limited to buying hair. In your search for a unique appearance, en route to becoming you, you need a lot more than hair!

There’s skins, for example. And a great place to find one is at Lara Hurley Skin, in Magic Valley. Besides a huge variety of skins, there’s also a fairly large selection of quality free skins.

NCI Kuula (New Citizens Incorporated – Help/Classes/Freebies) also offers tons of freebies, including a huge selection of eyes of various colors. Clothes, skins, shapes, hair—if you need it, they’ve got it!

New to SL? Need to learn things quickly? Then either NCI Kuula or Caledon Oxbridge Gateway is for you. In fact, I’ll be there later today to take a class in scripting. Maybe I’ll see you there!

And after all that hard studying, I’m going to head on over to The Blarney Stone, an authentic Irish pub, and toss back a few Guinness’s or Harps. After all, woman shall not live by bread alone!

Are you female? Want a great place to hang out with other women? Then look no further than Girltown at Sansara Annex. It’s an extremely safe place to make your home, since men are not only forbidden, but are actually automagically ejected if they do show up.

These are just a few of the places I like to visit. In my next post, I’ll give you links to a few NSFW places.

Until then,