Friday, August 22, 2014

Dance in Defiance of Hurricane Diane in St John

The rain kept a comin down, and the reports said it would keep coming.  The water level was over a half meter higher than it was when it started raining.  But St John remained defiant in the face of Hurricane Diane.

It had become a tradition, for Holocluck Henly to host a rooftop dance.  He'd bring out his victrola and play songs of Rain and storms for us.  That tradition continued in St John:



From left to right, Miss Jilly-Moon, (in background) Aoife and Moon Reverie, (in foreground) Myself and Gabrielle Riel, Kelcyeva, Mr. Henly and Tindalla Soothsayer, and Neville Braveheart.

St John: The Witchy One's protected house.

The water was rising, about 10cm per hour.   I had received a report that one of the witches in St John Woods had the brilliant idea to lift her house in the above any flooding and protect it from any damage with a barrier of wind.  Such a witch must be very skilled.  I knew I should have taken magical studies more seriously, but no, I needed to go shopping.


There I encountered said, witch, Miss Jilly-Moon, her cat Truffle and St John Resident Mr. Grendel, purveyor of goods.  Said house was most well protected from the elements and whatever Hurricane Diane could dish out.  I commended Miss Jilly-Moon on her skill, and wished that she could have protected the entire area, but sadly she could not.


Stormy Weather in St. John (in character)

I awoke to a pounding on my door and the sound of light sprinkling rain.



Rain?  The last weather report didn't mention any rain.

I leaped out of bed and saw how gloomy it looked outside my window.  I rushed downstairs to the front shutter doors and opened it up to see slightly wet Gabi.

"Gabi...what on earth...?, I said.

Gabi interrupted me. "CC, I need you to check your weather instruments *now*! I need you to send a telegram to the U.S. Weather Bureau *now*!"

I looked at Gabi, alarmed. "You don't think....? But it's only sprinkling!"

"No, I don't think, I *know*. I can feel it.", said Gabi.

That was not a good sign, I had learned to trust Gabi's vibes over the  years.  I quickly glanced over at the barometer beside the telephone.  Mon Dieu, that was a very low reading for a light summer storm.

I actually went to the telephone first, but couldn't reach a long distance operator, though local service was still operational.  I had a small experimental Marconi wireless transmitter in the attic, but the range in bad weather for such a low powered transmitter wasn't very good.  I should have installed that transmitter power upgrade I had thought about last month, but I had to have those additional formal gowns.  In situations like this, telegraph tended to be more reliable, trust Gabi to know this instinctively, so I got on the key and we soon had an answer.


"You are right Gabi. It's a tropical storm that is turning in to a hurricane."

"CC, please watch this. Also, ", she said.

She handed me a stack of old telegrams.

"I need you to send these. Some of the addresses have changed but I know you know all the current ones. I have to go. I have to go get Emma.", she said, very quickly.

"I'm on it." said I, as I returned to the key, but before I could send any messages it started clacking away.  New report....the storm had a name...Diane and it was heading our way.

I shouted to Gabi through the window, "Gabi! It's Hurricane Diane. That's what's coming. Diane!"

I started my own keying and heard the rain pick up.  Not good at all.

STEAMLANDS UNION TELEGRAM

SELENA ANANSI WINTERFELL
MOSSEVENO TENK NEW BABBAGE
TOTALLUNAR ECLIPSE STEELHEAD
DESMOND SHANG CALEDON
LUCIEN BRENTANO MARIKESH MONDRAGO
KLAUS WULFENBACH EUROPA WULFENBACH

HURRICANE DIANE APPROACHING ST JOHN LANDFALL IN NEXT 24 HOURS REQUEST ASSISTANCE ADVISE HEAVY CAUTION

GABRIELLE RIEL

Once I was finished sending the message, I went out on the bedroom balcony and watched the sky, with an ear towards the telegraph and telephone.


Sandbags, I'm going to need them.

A few hours later, I had finagled some sandbags, and with the help of a few stout young parish-folk had a low barrier around my entrances.  My house was on somewhat higher ground and I hoped it would be enough...but the rain kept falling, harder and harder with time....depending on Diane's landfall point and strength when she landed...it might not be enough.






Sunday, June 08, 2014

Essenz Sandals at Fashion for Life

Essenz is a new shoe designer to me, and they have several pairs of nicely done sandals for Slink feet, named after various world cities, at Fashion for Life. 

First up is the Tampa, a simple summer flat sandal, and a good addition to a capsule wardrobe. It's available in six basic colors.



Next is the Detroit, classic high heeled dress sandal. Again, a worthwhile addition to a capsule wardrobe.


There is also a limited edition of the detroit, which turns the loop part of the strap into a "Breast cancer ribbon", a nice little touch.



I'm thinking about purchasing the Geneva sandals (strappy dressy slingback sandal) and one other pair as well.

SLURLS:

Fashion for Life

Essenz booth at Fashion for Life

Essenz Main Store

Even.flow Adrift boho dress at Fashion for Life

Fashion for Life officially opened yesterday, I popped in for a bit today.  But I'd recommend holding off on visiting for when the event is less busy (try late nights and early mornings than prime-time US), that will help reduce lag times.  But please do go, and support the Relay for Life.

I'm not usually very boho, but the moment I put this Adrift dress from even.flow on, I said, "This is the sort of boho dress even I can love." I'm going to tell Salome about it too, she adores boho, if she doesn't have it already.   Now I'm not sure, it may be a template, but this dress is very well done.  Fatpack comes with 4 dress color combinations with belt color options.  Yes, you can have it all black if you want it.



It's nicely rigged and textured, the Medium fits me perfectly, moves fairly well too so it "looks" like a boho dress should when you're walking.  This dress fits my definition of a "capsule wardrobe staple".  Pair it with flat sandals, for a pretty summer look.  (There's some nicely done flat sandals at FFL that I will be showing off shortly)




SLURLS:

Fashion for Life

even.flow booth at Fashion for Life

even.flow Mainstore

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Poet's Heart Wayfarer Tunic and Solitude gown at Fashion for Life

Poet's Heart is a store I only know of in passing, IIRC via The Blogging Elf.  I was up at the Blogger platform (which is basically "press central" at FFL) and saw someone else wearing this Wayfarer tunic set.  I believe my elf-loving Squee reached the soprano register.  Basically it's a mesh tunic and legwarmers (the pants are texture).  The small size fit well on me, but the fitted mesh variants did not work well with my Slink hands.  Also available is the staff and headpiece.




Yesterday, a friend of mine was looking for a Frozen style cosplay gown for a mutual blonde friend of ours. We found a few on marketplace....but today Poet's Heart had this Solitude gown in this "Arctic" color in the FFL blogger items. Elsa eat your heart out.  This is fairly well fitting mesh and it comes in more colors.



SLURLS:

Fashion for Life

Poet's Heart at Fashion for Life

Poet's Heart Main Store

Purple Moon Time Traveller at Fashion for Life.

If you're a lady of the Steamlands, when Fashion for Life opens on June 7th you need to run right on over to the Purple Moon stand and buy this Time Traveller ensemble.  Of course every other Steamlands lady will be buying it too, but that's okay, you want it anyway. It's going to be a lemming run for sure.

It's actually not a dress but a skirt, jacket/top, shoes (which I'm not wearing, issues with the alpha) and the hat.  The jacket has a bit of ruffle at it's bottom, from what I can see it's supposed to show a touch of skin as you move.  So far I've only seen it in this brown but I do believe other colors will be available.




Except for the shoe alpha issues (which is why I'm wearing the new mesh Tesla Ziggy's which are so perfect for it), it's well done mesh, and I'm loving the texturing and shading.   If it comes in black, I will be picking that up on my own for sure.


SLURLS:

Fashion for Life

PurpleMoon at Fashion for Life

PurpleMoon Creations Main Store

Moolala at Fashion for Life

Fashion for Life started up what I think of as the press-centric pre-event today.  The regions are open for the Blogger-press, and the designers continue to feverishly work on the regions, their vendors and adding more goodies.  It cannot be said enough, that this year EVERY sale contributes to the Relay because EVERY vendor is an RFL vendor.  So you don't have to make a choice between buying a cute dress from an RFL vendor and one that wasn't like one might in years past, it's ALL good this year.

One of the first blogger pack's I received was from a designer named

"мαηđу мσσ" (amandasue.hallison) with a

store named Moolala that I hadn't heard of before.  Being a former cow-dancer, the store name made me giggle (the mascot is a cow) so I took a look inside and found this Milla Scrunch dress.  At first I thought it wasn't "me" but I changed my hair and decided it was a cute little dress well worth showing off since this sort of thing can be a versatile little beachy party dress.  The fit is good, the texturing is good, and it is well worth demo-ing once FFL is open.



No, I will not be talking about the obviously gacha'd Truth Sakura hair and Ingenue Jolie shoes in this post, that is another long story.

There were other things, but I really want to show off this Rylee jumpsuit ...that strikes me as 70's barbecue party wear.  At first I wasn't fond of the ruffle rigging, they're static, but then I decided, that it didn't bother me as much as I thought it would.  That's because it's just a "happy" outfit.  Comes in black too, but I like this version because it's just so happy. The mesh fits well, like the Milla above.



SLURLS:

Fashion for Life event

Moolala at FFL

Moolala store

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Fashion for Life 2014, June 7th-20th

I'm known for being a crankypants about many things, but there is one thing I'm crankypants about that totally deserves it.... Cancer.

I really have it in for cancer.  My father was a prostate cancer survivor, two of my aunts were killed by it, another aunt was found to have had it during an autopsy, an uncle died from it, a cousin is a survivor, a long time family friend that was an "honorary aunt" died from it, coworkers have had it, long-time acquaintances have had it....lets just say I'm not overly fond of it.  In RL, I've been an RFL supporter for years, my mother got us started on that.  She'd zip around that relay track in her wheelchair. 

I entered SL on July 19th 2006....an RFL day but I didn't know the RFL was in SL it till after it was over.  Once I found the RFL was here, I basically had a squee moment and did my best to support RFL efforts. I'm currently a member of Team Caledon, I'm not a builder or organizer, I just give moral support and try to help where I can because.. in SL..and in Caledon ...well there are people I am very very fond of, who are survivors and some we have lost to it.

Readers also know there is one thing I'm not crankypants about most of the time and that is Shopping in General, so imagine an event where I could combine two of my favorite things: Fighting Cancer and Shopping...well that would be an event made of Total Awesome.


http:/ffl.iheartsl.com

Isn't it wonderful that such even exists in the Fashion For Life event?  Every year, fashion designers make stuff, put it in some RFL vendors in Fashion for Life regions (10 this year) and sell it to shoppers.   Shoppers get neat, and often RFL themed items, and their L$ gets donated to the cause in Very Large Amounts. Win Win for Everyone.

And every year they get some bloggers to do press for them.  They treat the bloggers like press too, it's easily one of the more blogger friendly events in SL.  For some reason, they let me in this year....oh wait, this was the first year I actually applied to do it.  (Never got around to it in previous years, mea culpa)

You might be thinking, "CC, you're not fond of location based events".  That's true, but this is a once a year thing for a cause, and it's one of the more pleasant "big" events in SL, rivaling Hair Fair in just simple shop-ability and fun.  I always have fun at FFL, last year a bunch of us Caledonians ran into each other there...we didn't know we were all there and we spent a pleasant time shopping and talking.

Fashion for Life, or FFL for short, runs from June 7th to June 20th. That means it starts this weekend.  You will go there, you will shop, and by doing so help fight cancer.  

But when it comes down to it, I'm not blogging about RFL in SL or FFL for the shopping, I'm doing it for all my SL friends who are survivors or whom we have lost to cancer, I Relay  in SL for You.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Lindens Helping Newbies? Yes!


There was a report of  Linden Sighting In-world...Lindens helping new people!  I just had to check it out.  I try to get pictures of Lindens whenever I hear of them doing things in-world...yes I'm one of THOSE people, a groupie.

Yep there they were. Kiera and Steeltoe, whom I had not seen before, answering questions, giving advice (alongside other volunteers)



I was told that they were sent out there as "First step" to see what they could do to make things better.  Yeah, Really!

Steeltoe there had a sort of Tron thing going on and Kiera was a sort of Lady Snowblood.

I was a naughty Caledonian and dropped some Caledon-centric newbie information on one new person, alongside LM's to NCI and the Shelter.




The CC List



I've added a new page to the header, The CC List.

The CC List is a list of "approved brands", but not meant to be an exhaustive list. This doesn't mean they are perfect,  in general it means that I like their items, consider them of acceptable quality and that their prices are fair.  I may sometime in the future, do a list or HUD of specific items that I believe are worth pointing out in specific categories or use cases.  An example of that would be something like:

Hair, Long, Wavy, Dressy: Emo-tions Pria, though Emo-tions isn't on the list...yet, they'd be considered a "runner-up"  (My Attic might be closed, so check Emo-tions main store)

Shoes, Slink medium feet, Dressy/evening, Ankle strap closed toe Pump, 100mm heel equivalent: Fri.day Diana

Dress, Mesh, Daytime, classic, sheath, sleeveless, jewel-neck,: Style Edit Sloane

Jewelry, Classic, Pearls, Single-strand, White: Yummy Michelle set

I want the CC List to be sort of "capsule wardrobe" oriented.  A list of simple, pretty, versatile and affordable items that will serve you well as go-to items in your inventory that will give you a good bang for the buck.  That doesn't mean it would be entirely modern items, since there's fantasy/steampunk/retro flavored items that have the same sort of "capsule" vibe to them as well.

This is an experiment, so it might not go anywhere, but it might prove useful even if only to me.





Thursday, May 15, 2014

Event Fail, and a TOS Violation by Philip Rosedale...Really.

There was a "Future of the Metaverse" event today and I showed up to add a common sense practical perspective of one who doesn't fall all over for VR hype.

Now, I know how these sorts of things work so I showed up 2 hours early to make sure I could get in..and I stayed in.  Yes, I took pictures, it's what I do. I got a picture of Philip's non-Linden avatar.


More after the break

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Strawberry Singh Friends List Meme





Yep, another Strawberry Singh meme, this one pertains to the Friends list:

  1. What is the number of contacts on your Second Life Friends List? (visible in firestorm viewer or your web profile) :  304
  2. Are you picky about who you add to your list or do you usually add most people?   With new folks I always accept out of sheer politeness and wanting them to have at least "someone" to IM if they have a problem.  I'm often shy about offering it, not because I'm snooty or anything, I just don't want to bother others.  There are people I probably should friend, but haven't yet.
  3. Who is your oldest contact? (check your calling cards) Cleon Goff.  I think I met him at the SL event I attended upon first login.  (I joined SL to take part in a "GeekBrief" vodcast meetup in SL.) 
  4. Who is your newest contact? (check your calling cards) Robie Shan
  5. Do you know every single person on your list? No.
  6. How many do you speak to on a daily (weekly) basis? Daily I would say about 2 to 3 and weekly maybe about 6 - 8.  Mostly because I don't want to bother others.  Now that doesn't count group chats, because there's plenty of  people in my friends list whom I see in various group chats very often.
  7. How many do you see/get together with in-world on a daily (weekly) basis? Not many.  Maybe a half dozen or so weekly.  I could be underestimating, I see a LOT of people.
  8. Who on your list do you have the closest relationship with?  Gabi, every steamlander knows who that is.  It's a part of our "Caledon Legendarium" that we're cousins.
  9. Who do you wish you knew better?  Salome.
  10. Who on your list is the funniest/most entertaining?  Easily, Salome. Who is made of pure awesome.  We have similar interests.
  11. How did you meet most of the people on your list? (work, parties, etc…) I haven’t actually “met” MOST of the people on my list.   Group Chats, other fashionistas, random encounters shopping, socialization.
  12. Do you ever clean out your list? No.
  13. Do you have a crush on someone in your list? Yes.  There are a few, and one very special one.
  14. Is there anyone on your list that you would trust with your password? Yes, if need be, there are a couple. 

And now for a couple of entries of my own:

  1. Do you have any FIC in the friends list?  Yes.
  2. Are there any friends that have left SL that you wish would return?  Yes. Sabrina Doolittle is one of them, of course.  As is Kit Meredith.   And Swirly Cyclone.  The CC misses the Swirly and her humor very very much. There are some others that haven't exactly left SL but don't log in often.
  3. Has anyone in your friends list passed away in RL:   Yes.
  4. Okay CC, how many in your friends list are designers?  Actually not many designers are in the friends list.  I've met many as acquaintances, but friended/been friended by relatively few.
  5. Who were you tickled pink to have accepted your friendship?  Several people, including most of the fashionistas and Caledon notables in my list.

As for what I'm  wearing, basically only the hair is new and it's the Truth Lunara.

Location:  Cody & Billy's Stompin Ground