Second Life: Will We Bake Our Mesh Body Avatars?

By Nalates Urriah – Nalates’ Things & Stuff. Visit Second Life: Will We Bake Our Mesh Body Avatars? for original post.

The idea of baking mesh avatars has been a subject coming up in the Content Creators UG over the last couple of weeks. The idea is to change how mesh avatars work. If you don’t understand how a Classic body layers work now, this may be confusing. I’ll try to sort it. Starting back a … Continue reading


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Second Life: How many Avatars can you fit in a region?

By Nalates Urriah – Nalates’ Things & Stuff. Visit Second Life: How many Avatars can you fit in a region? for original post.

The Lindens have posted Improved Region Capacity and Access in the forum. They are raising the number of avatars a region can support. Not by a lot, but who can enter and when is changing a lot. I think for events this will be a big deal. If people actually kept up on Second Life … Continue reading

Photoshop 3D: How to make textures for Second Life Avatars – #1

By Nalates Urriah – Nalates’ Things & Stuff. Visit Photoshop 3D: How to make textures for Second Life Avatars – #1 for original post.

There are a number of good and really bad Photoshop 3D tutorials online. I think Michael Hoffman makes one of the better sets of tutorial videos for those starting out. Clicking his name takes you to his YouTube channel. Here is his BASIC tutorial for getting started with Photoshop 3D (#1 in series) but, it … Continue reading

Avatars Against Trump

By Prisilla S. Avro – Being Silly. Visit Avatars Against Trump for original post.

“After the election” A styling I did as a part of BOSL magazine.

Hello Readers!

Today’s post is going to be more of your traditional sort of blog post, though I might just vlog on this topic at some point. Like many of you, I have been feeling VERY strongly about the state of the government in the United States since before the recent election and even more so after it. I have been able to safely assert my view on things (mostly) from my RL/SL Facebook, and I tend to rant a lot to those closest to me in my RL and my SL. I have wanted to make a post like this for a while, but life and hesitation tend to get in the way sometimes. Thankfully I saw Strawberry’s post and was motivated to finally do it.

It is amazing to me how divided we as a nation are. I tend to avoid any political talk, I don’t enjoy conflict or arguing. I am one who will remain quiet until motivated to speak, which usually comes as a result of the insanity of statements made by others. As am American I have taken my right to vote very seriously. I am stunned every election at how many Americans do not care to vote or who think their votes don’t matter. As an educator of young children, I have done my best to instill in my students the importance of being an active citizen. I have mixed feelings about having been out of the classroom during this political season (I went from classroom teacher to instructional coach without a class of my own). For as passionate as I have felt about the issues, I wonder if I could have remained neutral as I have in past elections. I will never know.

I have become an avid listener of all kinds of political podcasts, though I have cut back quite a bit now…for my own sanity. One fact I heard on a podcast a while back was just how much of the voting population elected this man. This man whom I consider a bigot and demagogue (among other things). This man offends me on so many levels. He offends me as a woman, a Latina, and a mother. He offends me as an educator and he offends me as an American. I will never directly call him my president, because he is not. He does not represent me and he does not respect me. I try not to resent those Americans that brought this nightmare into my life. I know they all had their reasons, but he was the wrong choice for the change they were so desperate for. This man’s election is a low point in American history and American democracy. Nearly HALF of the voting population DID NOT VOTE. This man won with 25% and the electoral college. Voter turn out has been a long standing issue, I know that. I just am stunned that just 25% of the voters in this country decided this bigoted demagogue was what was best for America.

I am a Democrat (shocker, I know). I had never labeled myself anything more than that..liberal, left, whatever…just Democrat. But I am feeling more left than ever. I have never been an activist. I have never shared my political views publicly, that’s just not polite right? Well, the times have clearly changed. I am more vocal than I ever have been when it comes to politics, because people need to wake up and do something, myself included.

As an RL friend of mine likes to say on her podcast, I am WOKE. I am activated, I will take action. I will be an even more active part of the democracy I live in. I am a part of the resistance.

An image that came through the #notmypresident SL Group secondlife:///app/group/760e5970-f9b8-196b-1ad4-f3bc129cbce4/about

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Avatars Against Trump

By Strawberry Singh – StrawberrySingh.com. Visit Avatars Against Trump for original post.

For over a year I watched the vitriol. For the past two months I felt the hate. In the last week I lost much hope. Today I was told to wait for change. But instead of waiting, I will fight. I will fight for justice and negate the hatred. I am American. I’m here to […]

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Avatars Against Trump

By Strawberry Singh – StrawberrySingh.com. Visit Avatars Against Trump for original post.

For over a year I watched the vitriol. For the past two months I felt the hate. In the last week I lost much hope. Today I was told to wait for change. But instead of waiting, I will fight. I will fight for justice and negate the hatred. I am American. I’m here to […]

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Avatars Against Trump

By Cajsa Lilliehook – Its Only Fashion. Visit Avatars Against Trump for original post.

Just in Case the President Forgets What America Stands For

Due to an undemocratic constitutional defect, the person the American people did not want has assumed the presidency. While he remains in office, we must resist to limit the damage. For some fun virtual resistance, I formed a Flickr® group called Avatars Against Trump. Please consider joining and adding your contributions. It’s a brand new group, but it’s already getting some great contributions.

It is not limited to Second Life®, so people who play other online games with content generated by their users will be able to contribute their screenshots and photos. There is another virtual resistance group on Flickr, the Body Language Challenge inspired by Aria Watson’s first life series of photos.

By the way, I am so proud of Linden Lab™ standing up with integrity and humanity against the immigration ban.

There’s so many things to resist as the regime is wreaking havoc everywhere you look, but folks need to pick their battles and pick their strategies. It is okay if resistance is chaotic and unstructured. It is okay for resistance to be fun. Resistance should be fun! It is about serious threats and is serious business, but when resistance is powered by joy, it lasts longer and is more powerful. Joy is resistance.

There are many groups organizing resistance and you should choose the ones who appeal to you. There are many issues which need resistance, you should choose the ones close to your heart. When resistance is dispersed and decentralized, it is harder to attack and dismantle. Let resistance be surprising, unexpected, spontaneous.

If you want guidance for small daily acts of resistance, there are a few web sites.

The best thing is to find local organizing groups to support. You can do this at Indivisible Guide. This connects you with a new group of like-minded people who can lift you up when you are feeling despair. It will also be more fun to resist in a group. People learn a lot of skills volunteers with community groups and if you’re protesting, you will be out in the fresh air–which we need to enjoy while we have it.

Meanwhile, show some virtual resistance at Avatars Against Trump. If you do a blog post, please add it in comments. (They are working again.)

 

The New Second Life Avatars

By – Chic at Phil’s Place. Visit The New Second Life Avatars for original post.

New SL Avatars

They are impressive!

We have come a long way since texture shoes (yes, texture shoes!).

A new group of avatars can be found under Avatar > Choose and Avatar. Wear the individual avatars to have the outfits, skins et al, appear in your inventory. Pets are included and mixing and matching can be done. Many outfits work well with your own shape and adjust somewhat, but these are not universal fit garments.

Avatars are legacy with mesh outfits — some of which are exceptionally well-made. The animation overriders hiccup, but are certainly better than nothing at all!   Outfit comes with wearable pets, perfect for the teenagers.

It took me all morning to get this shot (that’s me as the guy). There are a lot of VERY rude people. I wouldn’t call them greifers really (well maybe some). But staunch photographers persevere in adverse conditions.

Poses by LAP and aDORKable.

Photo taken at ARRANMORE.

Lab releases Second Life starter avatars with a “fantasy” theme

By Inara Pey – Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World. Visit Lab releases Second Life starter avatars with a “fantasy” theme for original post.

On Thursday, September 1st, Linden Lab announced the release of a further set of ten new starter avatars. Referred to as a set of “fantasy” inspired avatars, the new collection features five male and five female avatars based on the system avatar, but include mesh accessories. Two of the avatars are vampires, providing newcomers with […]

Lab releases Second Life starter avatars with a “fantasy” theme

By Inara Pey – Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World. Visit Lab releases Second Life starter avatars with a “fantasy” theme for original post.

On Thursday, September 1st, Linden Lab announced the release of a further set of ten new starter avatars. Referred to as a set of “fantasy” inspired avatars, the new collection features five male and five female avatars based on the system avatar, but include mesh accessories. Two of the avatars are vampires, providing newcomers with […]