Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Something in the Air

Tis the season for lots of red and hearts in retail. Advertising in particular really overdoes the holidays, to the point where many have no desire at all to do anything for the holiday. Of course, many hold that if Valentine's day is the only romantic day of the year, then someone has their priorities wrong. That often sparks debates on emotional labor and context too.

Everything is bigger in Second Life, including the number of hearts showing up everywhere. Most clubs elect to go with it, though a small number go anti-Valentine with zombie and black themes. Stores put all the red things on sale. Sims make suggestions for romantic dates. It's odd to look at when not in a committed relationship, and pressure ridden in one. It comes down to when is a virtual date day is not a date, but a formula.

Photo references:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Skin: Mangomoon Kensi
Ears: Mandala Skeking
Eyes: Fate
Makeup: Sn@tch Underworld
Hair: Moon. Hair. Chelsea Dagger
Clothing: Beez Kneez Sophia Dress, +Cyrious+ Tessa Necklace
Pose: Elephante Poses Losing My Balance
Sim: One Upon A Fairytale

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Power of Timing

Timing is everything, at least for a good many things. Time a phrase wrong, and people think you're weird. Time an announcement wrong, and the whole thing goes downhill. Time a photo wrong, and it comes out to a blur. Time things right though, and no one notices.

In Second Life, timing makes all the difference too. From pictures where the lighting isn't just right to working in clubs with strict time constraints on notices, people take note. Then there's the stuff with people. Breakups are a particular subject where timing makes the difference between being cast out of a group of friends wholly and keeping the relationships that matter.

Photo references:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Skin: Mangomoon Kensi
Ears: Mandala Skeking
Eyes: Fate
Makeup: Sn@tch Underworld
Hair: Lamb. Only You
Clothing: Emerald Couture Traditional Words Dress, Roped Passion Nalani Rune Hand Jewelry
Pose: Exposeur Classic Elegance
Sim: Astralia

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Light and Life

There's a precedent for wishing people good life and light, positive things that help later. There's more to it of course, and there's a certain amount of competition among humans. On the whole, humanity wishes other humans well even in the parting of ways though.

This differs in virtual worlds a bit. Since there's anonymity, people tend to polarize. There's the people who just lose touch, the folks who come to mutual agreements, and the folks who are outright hostile about it. While there's more of the first, and definitely some of the second, it's the third type that make people want to quit permanently. The pain would be less with a little more light and life.

Photo references:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Skin: Mangomoon Kensi
Ears: Mandala Skeking
Eyes: Fate
Makeup: Sn@tch Underworld
Hair: Truth Henya
Clothing: Sn@tch We Will Rise
Sim: Corlevoli Cove

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Over the Moon

It's the first full moon of the new year. Two weeks in is when people start rethinking their resolutions, and picking new ones. Of course, the full moon has other connotations. Magick tends to associate it with cleansing. Pop culture tends to believe that the full moon drives people crazy and causes a violent crime spike. Though in honesty, it's more or less just pretty to look at.

Second Life is programmed with as many moons as the user desires. With windlight settings, there's an almost infinite combination of moon rises to watch and play under. Add in some creative builders, and it might even come out romantic.

Photo references:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Skin: Mangomoon Kensi
Ears: Mandala Skeking
Eyes: Fate
Makeup: Sn@tch Underworld
Hair: Magika Rewind
Clothing: Day Dreamer Witch, Blueberry Cake Leggings, Harambee-Gwassi Triskel Celtic Earrings
Sim: Tonal
Pose: Exposeur Spring Singles

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Resolutions

The end of the year and the start of a new one is always marked by public resolutions to do this or that better next year. There's quite a few common ones, like eat better, exercise more, get back in touch with people. Thing is, there's research saying resolutions made at new year's are less likely to be followed through than those made any other time of year. That may just be the sheer number made though.

New Year's in Second Life is a bit different. The focus tends to be more on the party than the resolutions. Sure, people decide they're going to move their homes or terminate partnership, but there really isn't the same level of 'resolution fever' that happens in real life.

Photo references (Left avi):
Body: Maitreya Lara
Skin: 7 Deadly S{k}ins Evie Chestnut
Ears: Mandala Skeking
Eyes: Fate
Makeup: Sn@tch City Lights Metallic Lipstick
Hair: Truth Ami
Clothing: ::PM:: Solaris Dress, ::PM:: Formal Set, :KC: Brazilia Heels

Photo references (Middle avi):
Body: Maitreya Lara
Skin: alterego | Aaisling - Sunkissed
Ears: Mandala Skeking
Eyes: Fate
Hair: Magika Stay the Night
Clothing: [[Masoom]] Hannah Dress, Prism Designs Holiday Tree Jewelry, Bewitched: Moon, Maitreya Gold Indigo High

Photo references (Right avi):
Body: Maitreya Lara
Skin: Mangomoon Kensi
Ears: Mandala Skeking
Eyes: Fate
Makeup: Sn@tch Underworld
Hair: Truth Deja
Clothing:-tres blah- Luxe Party Dress, ::PM:: Formal Set, #Empire Honesty

Sim: My home
Prop/Poses: Exposeur

Friday, December 23, 2016

Looking in the Window

It's the time of year where the weather outside is frightful, but the romanticized activities are everywhere. Every year it feels like an odd time to be single with all the activities, pictures, and fun family questions. There's so much stuff, but not many know how to navigate it gracefully when not fitting the couple stereotype.

The virtual world is both easier and harder. On the one hand, there's all kinds of things just to show up at without any invitation at all, no company required. On the other, there always seems to be a couple fawning over each other n public chat. There's a psychology study out there that says when humans are single, they notice more happy couples, while the reverse is also true. It's odd, especially when sometimes all it takes to banish the lonely is for someone else to send the first instant message.

Photo references:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Skin: Mangomoon Kensi
Ears: Mandala Skeking
Eyes: Fate
Makeup: Sn@tch Underworld
Hair: Truth Solace
Clothing: Grumble Strapless Zipper Dress, .*.CPD.*.Triquerta Necklace
Sim: My home
Prop/Pose: Exposeur

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Holiday Togetherness

The holiday season is in full swing, no matter which of the thirty odd holidays that fall in or near December happens in the house. Holidays also bring out the family and friends, who in turn bring up the conflicts buried the rest of the year. While not everyone ends up with a crazy conflict, organizers usually breath a sigh of relief when the holidays are done no matter how much they enjoy their family.

Skip into a virtual world and the holidays get complicated. The decoration is always spot on or over the top, that's just how people are when they don't have to worry about falling off a ladder. The family and friends line blurs a bit though, since most families in Second Life are not blood related. While this means grandma can't just bully everyone to family dinner for conflict resolution, it also means there are more moving parts that may break off on their own. In a way, it's a cycle that the holidays accelerate for many.

Photo references:
Body: Maitreya Lara
Skin: [NM] Deamonica
Ears: Mandala Skeking
Eyes: Fate
Makeup: Sn@tch Underworld
Hair: Truth Hair Focus
Clothing: Sn@tch Althea Crop Top and Angel Ragged Skirt
Pose: Exposeur
Sim: Junktown