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Geeks Shall Inherit the SLEarth!

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Ever’s Age: 30 days
L$ Balance: L$615

So this is a post that’s nearly a week overdue, but First Life has been kicking me in the buns the last few days and taking up too much of my time. Still, better late than nerdver, amirite?

(You don’t want to know how hard I laughed at that terrible wordplay!)

My lovely, luminous, laundry machine crashing soul-sister Raznay informed me that Geek Pride Day is/was celebrated on May 25th, which – as a card carrying nerdslice of the highest order – I was terribly vexed to be unaware of! I mean, if you ask me, Geek Pride Day should have been back on May 4th, but that day’s already dedicated to some Star Wars film franchise that probably no one’s ever heard of. I think it’s about space or something. ;)

So May 25th it was, and I missed it entirely. Curses! But thanks to the wonderful, frugal-minded members of the SL Frees & Offers group, I rounded up some lovely geek swag without spending a penny. I did, however, manage to fill up my inventory once more with a truly astounding number of parcels and packages. Lucky boards and their ilk are ridiculously addictive. Who knew? They’ve been around for an age-and-a-half, but I genuinely paid them no attention prior to this week, and now they haunt me in my dreams. And true to form, now I have aims on creating a frequently-updated list of all the Lucky Boards / Chairs and Midnight Mania offers on the grid, because it’s good to have goals and if I call it an official “blog project”, then my endless round-robining will be all legit for research purposes and stuff.

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!

Geeks Shall Inherit the SLEarth!
I geek, therefore I am! (Please click for a full size image.)

Skin: Curves – SL Frees & Offers Gift (L$0 Group Gift)
Hair: Taketomi – MeiLing Bento (L$0 Group Gift)
Eyes: Chus – Oyasumi Lens in Mantis (L$0 Lucky Board Gift)
Eyeshadow: XCW Freebie Eyeshadow – Turquoise, Blue, Pink (L$0 on SL Marketpace)
Mascara: Lumae – Eyelashes Normal (L$0 Group Gift)
Glasses: Sugar Button Boutique – Super Nerd Glasses (L$0 Lucky Chair Gift)
Piercing: Diamante – Limitless Facial Piercing (L$0 Midnight Mania Gift)
Necklace: Pure Poison – BowTie Swirl (L$0 Group Gift)
Dress: Nerdy Girl – Little Frock Callbox (L$0 Midnight Mania Gift)
Shoes: Vlad Blackburn – Strapped Blackburns (L$0 on SL Marketpace)
Poses: MM – Formal Photo 1 & 4 (L$0 on SL Marketplace)

Now I’m sure the folks in the public sandboxes I frequent just love watching me get nekkid on my lofty platform in the sky, but sad news for them: I’m moving on! This weekend is dedicated to finally checking out the Fab Free 30 Days list, which I may have actually aged out of at this point since the information generally states that the gifts are for avies “under 30 days” in age. Oopsie! But even if that doesn’t work out, I’ve got a nice cache of clothing and accouterments, and I feel confident in spending less time freebie-scouring (and ultimately, package-opening) and more time exploring the grid. I know, I know – I’ve said it all before! So let’s make a pact: if you see me out and about slapping Midnight Manias and Lucky Boards ad infinitum, I happily give you permission slap my ass with equal fervor. A win-win for all!

Oh! And a fancy bit of news: I got myself a domain name the other day! So now my blog is located at EverAfterrSL.com. There were initially some tricksy shenanigans with the RSS and WordPress feeds, wherein those who were subscribed to the old URL weren’t getting updates, but I think it’s all sorted out now. If you’re not getting new posts in your WordPress Reader, please un-follow and re-follow my blog and it should fix the issue. RSS feeds should be re-subscribed to http://everafterrsl.com/feed/.

May the 25th be with you, and Geeks FTW! ♥

Project Funway

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Ever’s Age – 15 days
Balance – L$615

Excelsior! I’m halfway through my first month back in Second Life, and I’ve finally managed to open, try on, sort through, and organize my first wave of group gifts and freebies – just in time to fill ‘er up again with even more amazing finds. As it happens, I still have two weeks left to check out the FabFree 30 Days List, a curated collection of free avatar clothing, accessories, and more that generous brands have on offer specifically for members whose accounts are under a month old.

Tip: If you’re just joining Second Life, keep in mind that your account starts accumulating age from the day of your registration, not from the day of your first actual login to the grid. (So if you signup through the SL website on a Wednesday and don’t install the viewer until the weekend, for example, your account will have already accumulated a few days of age.) If you’d like to take advantage of limited time gifts like these, be sure to login and visit the locations in that list within your first 30 days!

As you can see from my balance above, I’ve still only spent L$2 but have virtually doubled my wardrobe thanks to the overwhelmingly generous group gifts that I wrote about the other day. Chapter Four has closed until the next round, but the other offers are available through at least May 20th, so if you happened to miss it, be sure to click here for the Freebie Finds post!

I’m incredibly impressed with the free gifts on offer from LaVian & Co, which is the brand from my freebies & gifts post whose VIP group normally costs several hundred L$ to join. The styles mainly run to cocktail or “smart casual” attire, which will be perfect for everyday grid-hopping and finally exploring SL’s nightlife – or daylife, as the case may be! LaVian & Co’s group gifts will give me lots of options, and one of my favorite things has been the versatility of breaking up the outfits (most of which come with HUDs offering several color choices) into their individual pieces. Pre-assembled looks are something I’ve rarely been partial to in Second Life – I don’t believe I’ve ever used the “Save Outfit” feature at all – so being able to swap out tops, skirts, pants, and so on that have been packaged together is something I’ll always give high marks to. I snapped the look below when I was doing exactly that during my opening and organizing extravaganza!

Project Funway
(Please click for a full-size image.)

Skin: Enfant – Chapter Four W2 (L$0 group gift, no longer available)
Eyeliner: Langly – Eyeliner #1 (L$0)
Lip Color: Tilly – Pink Lipstick 50% (L$0)
Eyes: Chus – Poppet Lenses in Ice (L$0)
Hair: Pr!tty – Sumi / Ombre 5 (L$0 group gift)
Top: LaVian & Co – Top of the World Outfit (L$0 group gift)
Jeans: LaVian & Co – Hey Sexy Jeans (L$0 group gift)
Shoes: Mekky’s – Laced & Buckled Ankle Boots (L$0)
Poses: SKBIO Animations – Sang (L$0 group gift, no longer available)
Wall Texture:  Dy’s Yardsale & Texture Shop Grunge Shaded Texture (L$0)
Floor Texture: DT.com Parquet Wood Floor Textures (L$0)

Speaking of exploring the grid, I had a lovely chat with my friend Bee, whom I met on Day 1 at the portal on Learning Island. She’s having an absolute blast in Second Life, having already found a community in-world that meets her interests and makes her feel welcome. I teased her that she was going to have to start showing me the ropes pretty soon! And then something may or may not have been said about one of us tying up the other, but I can’t remember how the rest of the conversation went so let’s get back to the subject at hand, hmmm? /me blushes.

Honestly though, I’m overjoyed to see someone who’s brand new to the virtual world immediately finding their unique niche. It was an apropos and welcome revelation given what’s transpired over the last week, with several noted community members expressing their beliefs that Second Life is dying, declining, or perhaps just experiencing the natural ebb and flow of its age along with lessening public awareness. None of this is troubling though: it’s just transitional and part of the evolution of the platform and its membership. I rejoined again, as many often do, and I’ve met several people in the last two weeks who were joining for the first time ever, as many still do. And sometimes it takes one of those fresh, new, clear-eyed souls to kick us in the pants and remind us to relish the time we have in this virtual world, on this unique platform.

Bee’s Second Life experiences thus far have reminded me that I don’t want to spend my time in-world doing the same thing I did for a month at a time, a week off and on, over the many years my old account existed. Namely: hanging out in a skybox or at a sandbox, sorting through and organizing my inventory, maybe having IM conversations, but otherwise remaining static. That’s a perfectly valid and enjoyable way that many people exist in Second Life, but I personally want to push outside my comfort zone. It’s like on Project Runway, when the contestants are pushed to create something extraordinary from the unconventional, or design a look that’s beyond their normal comfort zone. I’ve been tuned in and zoned out for too long, and as we’ve seen time and again over the years, the things you think will always be around in Second Life – like the long-standing and iconic builds or certain thoughtful and enigmatic creators – may be forever changed, or simply vanish completely. Seeing my friend so happily immersed in her community and interests have inspired me to try on a new style and get down to the wonderfully fun business (and “funny business”) of Second Living. :)