Outfit Outlay: Ninjas in Sansar!

ninja (忍者) or shinobi (忍び) was a covert agent or mercenary in feudal Japan. The functions of the ninja included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, assassination and guerrilla warfare (Wikipedia). Three talented Sansar creators have made beautiful outfits for sale, for those days when you feel like channeling your inner ninja.

For women, there are two options for ninja wear. First up is the basic black Ninja Outfit – Female by Debi Baskerville, for S$99:

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You can pair it with the Katana for Sansar Female by Ralph Vintorix (S$50) and you’re good to go!

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Another option for women is the wonderfully detailed Onna-bugeisha / Ninja Top – Female and matching Onna-bugeisha / Ninja Pants -Female by Nya Alchemi (S$100 each). Add Nya’s Ninja Star Hat – Female to the outfit for S$75 and you’re all set!

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Here’s Vanity Fair in Nya Alchemi’s ninja outfit:

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For men, Ralph Vintorix has created a Classic Authentic Ninja Suit, which sells for S$450 and includes:

Igabakama (pants)
Kyahan (leg wrap)
Tekko (hand protection)
Uwagi (jacket)
Zukin (hood)
Tabi boots are available as a separate item (S$100) and is not included.
Katana and Pouch are free items.

Here’s my avatar in full ninja mode (click each image to see it larger):

So, whether you’re male or female, you are now ready to carry out espionage and other stealthy duties of the ninja!

(All pictures were taken in Genocyber Constantine’s Feudal Japan experience.)

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Cartoon: How I Spend Money in Real Life Versus Second Life

A woman named Lunna R. Soledad shared the following (edited) cartoon in the Second Life Friends group on Facebook, and I had to laugh because it was so true:

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Having just shelled out over thirty dollars to upgrade my Victorian/steampunk roleplay avatar to a Bento mesh head, body, and several new outfits, I can so relate to this! After all, it’s only Linden dollars, right? Right?!??

The original cartoonist is Sarah Andersen of Sarah’s Scribbles. So go over there and throw some dollars at her 😉

What Are the Most Popular Sansar Experiences?

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Gindipple’s Bowling Alley

Gindipple, who is very talented with his scripting abilities, has created a program which regularly scrapes data from this webpage (which sorts Sansar experiences in descending order by how many avatars are currently in them, i.e. a measure of popularity), and he sometimes shares his data with us. I don’t have his permission to share the actual image of data from a table he shared on the official Sansar Discord server (I’m not his favourite person, and he’s not mine), but I can tell you which Sansar experiences seem to have been the most popular since Feb. 18th, when Linden Lab fixed a serious bug in the user concurrency figures used in their Most Popular sorted list of experiences.

So, what Sansar experiences have been the most visited over the past month or so?

All of these have been my Sansar Pick of the Day in the past, and all are well worth a visit. So, get out there and explore!

Atlas Hopping, Episode 31

Well, there was really no Atlas Hopping this week, due to technical difficulties on Drax’s end (Strawberry was unavailable as well). But I did get a great piece of news which I wanted to share with you! This picture from 114 Harvest is a hint:

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Riz Bazar (a well-known Second Life furniture maker and the builder of most of the wonderful content at 114 Harvest) and Loz Hyde (another well-known content creator in Second Life, who is also in Sansar) went and got married! Congratulations to Ria and Loz! Best wishes for a happy future together!

Both Loz and Ria have only just started putting content up for sale in the Sansar Store. If you want to support the happy couple, go and buy some of their products in Second Life or in Sansar!

 

Pet Peeves in Second Life

I find myself blogging a lot more about Second Life lately than I anticipated. It wasn’t planned, it just sort of happened! As I have already said, there are at least a thousand bloggers out there who cover SL in detail, and do a much, much better job than I ever could! But there have been a few announcements from Linden Lab lately that I wanted to highlight, plus a few avatar fashion looks I wanted to share.

So, I wanted to ask: what are your pet peeves about Second Life? I have one in particular that absolutely irks me. It’s the wacky way that avatar ankles bend backwards when using certain animations, poses, and shoes. I see other avatars’ deformed ankles all the time in SL photos and it just makes me crazy! Dear God, people, it’s called ANKLE LOCK. Use it! There are a bunch of fixes on the SL Marketplace (Strawberry Singh sells a good one for L$1), or you can pick up one for FREE from the reception desk at Baby Monkey:

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Buy the blue bag at the front of the group of five on the desk (it’s called “BM Ankle Lock”) and then simply wear the attachment. Easy fix!

What are some of my other pet peeves about Second Life? Well, I’m so glad you asked! (I am feeling rather bitchy today, so be forewarned…)

  • Avatars who are still wearing old system shoes that used to use invisiprims, which are now broken, WITHOUT adding a proper shoe alpha to cover up the foot deformation. I still have many older, still-fashionable, invisiprim-based shoes (like the classic pumps from Shiny Things, remember that store?) that I can wear with the proper shoe alpha. There’s a free set of shoe alphas on the SL Marketplace (I haven’t tried them, so I don’t know how well they work). Or better yet, buy some new shoes! You don’t need to upgrade to Slink feet to get nice shoes. Lindy still has lots of fashionable styles which fit SL system avatar feet (in-world store, SL Marketplace).
  • Avatars with too-short arms. I see this a lot. Strawberry Singh recently blogged about proper avatar proportions in Second Life. Go over there and read it.
  • Bling. Dear God, whoever invented bling on jewelry and shoes needs to be shot, drawn and quartered, and then shot again. If you have a favourite piece of jewelry that you can’t bear to part with that is afflicted with bling, use Handy’s free Prim Scrubber.
  • Pregnant stomach talkers. Thank God that this is a fad that has died down. I don’t give a rat’s ass how your virtual fetus feels. Instant mute!
  • Horrible, horrible freebie stores that are unloading floor after floor of ancient system layer clothing. Freebie Galaxy is a 15-story crime against humanity and should be burned to the ground! The two best freebie stores on the grid are The Free Dove and the one at Ajuda SL Brasil. They update their selections regularly, and almost all the stuff you can get there looks great on your avatar. And I firmly support those vendors who do provide high-quality freebies to these places, by shopping at their stores and buying their products.
  • Related to this last point: stores that give out poor-quality versions of their merchandise as freebies/gifts.
  • “Gifts” (especially those at shopping events) that cost more than L$1. It’s a gift, people. Gifts aren’t supposed to cost L$5, or L$10, or even more. Every so often, still, I accidentally buy something in a gift box that I thought was free. Drives me crazy.
  • Stores that constantly spam you with landmarks and requests to join their group. Once when I arrive is fine. More than that is just annoying.
  • Being limited to 60 groups if you’re Premium (and 42 if you’re not). That’s not nearly enough for any SL fashionista! I am constantly leaving and rejoining groups to take advantage of offers and promotions. I say, bump it up to at least a hundred!

Well, I’m so glad I got that off my chest! I feel so much better!! What are your pet peeves with Second Life? What drives you crazy? Leave me a comment on this blogpost, thanks!

Sansar Pick of the Day: Coffee with Dinosaurs

The whimsically-named Coffee with Dinosaurs by Zenpoly Baker is today’s Pick of the Day.

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This is a collection of extremely well-done dinosaur models. Uh oh, I think I’m about to become a T. Rex’s dinner!

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Deviant Art Offers an Exclusive Sneak Peek at the Drew Struzan Hollywood Movie Art Gallery and Studio in Sansar

You can’t visit the Drew Struzan virtual movie art gallery in Sansar until the official opening tomorrow, but you can (courtesy of Deviant Art) get a sneak peek!

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Here’s the link to the 50-minute livestream (please skip ahead to the 1 minute 40 second mark to start). There’s an interview portion with Drew, followed by a virtual reality tour conducted by Jason Gholston, head of Sansar Studios at Linden Lab. Of particular note is Struzan’s studio, captured using a combination of laser scanning and photogrammetry.