Community Virtual Library is celebrating 15 years in the virtual world of Second Life, sharing resources as a “real library in a virtual world”. Librarians are exploring virtual environments both on desktop and in VR headset worlds as we expand library services beyond our physical walls. Come join us to share our memories of the past and exciting plans for the future.
WHEN: SUN April 18th Noon-2pm Pacific Time.
I paid an early morning visit to take the following photographs to share with you. Located just outside the main entrance is a “walk of fame” with the names of those library workers who played an noteworthy role in the provision of library service in Second Life over the past 15 years:
Here are a few more shots of the interior of the library:
UPDATE 2:23 p.m.: Here are a few more pictures of Valibrarian Gregg leading a tour group through the new library and its surrounding gardens (please click on each thumbnail for a larger version). I’m the tall one in the green suit!
If you were on the ball and picked up the free Chase and Chelsea heads from LOGO last October, boy, do I have a great deal for you! Did you know that you can pick up a new male or female LOGO Bento mesh head for only L$300, each and every month? It’s currently one of the best deals on the grid, and I wanted to alert you to it!
Click on the black sign that says Group Deal of the Month, which will give you a notecard that informs you of how the deal works:
Every month LOGO will be offering an older head as a group-only deal at a heavily reduced price. In order to purchase the discounted head you must join the LOGO Update Group and have the group active when making your purchase. The group is free to join…
There are 2 options for buying the head. If you’re an existing LOGO head owner who already had the HUDs (customization and animation HUDs) you can purchase just the head and skins for L$300. If you’re a new customer and want to be able to use appliers and animations you can buy the bundle which includes the L$999 HUDs pack for L$1,295.
And the good new is: if you picked up the free Chase and/or Chelsea heads last October, you already have the HUDs!There’s no need to spring for the full bundle! And even if you do have to buy the HUDs, you do not need to rebuy them for any subsequent heads you buy from LOGO.
Here’s what the LOGO Jace male head looks like, right out of the box, paired with the dollarbie Classic mesh body the Meshbody/The Mesh Project. I used the default brow shape and head/body shape, with zero changes to the body sliders, and I used one of the five Bakes on Mesh skins included in the package (this is the Blaze skin tone), Isn’t he handsome?
I picked up a free hairstyle and some free clothing from Fitch’s excellent menswear freebie store (more info here), fiddled with a few of the head and body sliders, and this is my final result! I am quite pleased with this look, and with the rugged masculine features of the LOGO Jace head.
Happy bargain shopping! I may just decide to pick up a new mesh head every month from LOGO for my alts!
Well, I went wandering around the Second Life 2021 Skin Fair, and I was so impressed with this skin by Pepe Skin (called Aquarius) that I bought it and the matching Maitreya body applier and achieved the look you see below! I very rarely buy a skin on impulse, but this was an exception! This is the darkest skin tone, called Goddess.
And I had so much fun putting Moesha through the brand new collection of hairstyle photos now available in the Reface mobile app (which I first wrote about here and here).
Behold, the forty faces of Moesha! (Please click on each thumbnail for a larger image.)
The package you receive when you purchase Stacy for L$1 is a bit bewildering. In the main folder is everything you would need to set up your avatar—except the body! And there appears to be a duplicate, non-Bakes-on-Mesh version of this body in the folder marked Update 2.0. And there’s a Bakes on Mesh version of the Stacy body in the Bakes on Mesh Version folder! It’s all rather confusing indeed. (I did try the skin fixes in the Update – Skin Fix folder, but they did not appear to have any effect whatsoever.)
Here is what the Stacy body looks like, straight out of the box, using a system head and the included skin and shape with zero adjustments to the sliders, along with the alpha sections HUD:
Stacy comes with the shoes you see here, plus two rather revealing dresses, two different hairstyles with HUDs, some underwear, and a separate clothing layer with a HUD to control it.
The Stacy body also comes with a Bakes on Mesh head in the BOM Mesh Head folder, but it’s nothing to write home about, and it comes with a strange built-in alpha which I assume is supposed to be covered by your hair! I would strongly recommend that you find yourself another head to use with this body (notice the neck seam as well):
I decided to try out the Bakes on Mesh version of Stacy with a few skin tones (maple and fudge) of the Elvira skin which I picked up for free last year at 7 Deadly S[k]ins, and pairing it with the recent group gift of the CATWA HDPRO Queen Bento mesh head, with rather satisfactory results (remember that you do have to remove the head and body alphas, but add an eye alpha, when switching from the non-BoM to the BoM versions of Stacy!).
One drawback is the long nails, which come in only one nail colour (there are tintable tattoo layers for the shorter finger and toe nails). One problem I noticed is the slight seam at the wrists, which you can see here with the default skin:
There’s also a slight ankle seam, which is more noticeable with some lighter Bakes on Mesh skins than on the fudge tone of the Elvira skin shown below:
So, what do I think overall? I think this is a somewhat confusing body, with a lack of documentation, that you will need to spend some time puzzling out and testing various options before you obtain a pleasing result. But you certainly can’t beat the price: one measly little Linden dollar! (Personally, the wrist and ankle seams are the deal-breaker for me.)