Monday, August 30, 2010

Virtual Publishing Old School

There's a new SL™ Magazine out. See if you can guess what it's called *winks*
It proports to be about SLs "Nightspots" and glancing through it, I guess this is so. Three articles on clubs, a DJ of the month, a Dancer of the month, and a cover story on (yay!) a live performer.  There's also a couple of editoral/columns (one on wearing clothing in SL -- Why would someone what to do that?) one article on shopping and another on fashion.  Just glancing through I'd say the articles are well written. I'm sure the information is well worth the price.

Okay, according to the website, the magazine is not really new. What is new is the sim they've built. I've known an SL publisher or two. It's a thankless job that they claim makes money for them, but knowing the SL economy and the amount of work it takes just to edit 8 features together (assuming you didn't have to write them too) I have never been convinced there is a profit to be made there. And yet, they have a whole sim to their headquarters.

So while I reflect on how wrong I must be, I'll play in their fountain a while.  Actually it's a very pretty sim. To celebrate their grand opening they had a sim-wide hunt and when i was looking around, several of the prizes still seemed to be lying around, so it's not entirely too late. The website is much more geared to *gasps* fashion, but I'm sure you can find good points there too.
Awe, aren't they cute?  Just gotta love the orcas. From reporting for CMNF Naughty News, I'm Zimmi Warwick

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Showing Some Skin

When I first joined Second Life™ I knew that I wanted to stand out. Everyone here is (or can be) beautiful. You don't even need to have a lot of cash invested in your avatar, if you're patient and work hard to find the right freebies. (See my posting on Hunts). As a newbie, I looked for the right bikini, the hottest clothing, great hair. But what I found that got the most attention was a skin with tan lines. As in real life, tan lines seem to strike a cord with some people. It "draws my eyes.....over her body," said one beach comber. On-line research lead me to quotes like "their sexy as hell" and "they're fun to find." Now I haven't worn that skin in a long time, or really even thought about it. But he recent advent of a tattoo layer in some of the SL viewers prompted a friend of mine to create a layer of tan lines that would work with most any skin.

No one in SL really needs to have tan lines. Since the virtual sun never really caresses the melanin of your pixel skin, the modesty that forms those lighter shades across your private parts isn't really an issue, even if you're not a Naughty Reporter. Going to a tanning bed is a totally absurd concept, unless you are doing it for role play purposes.

In fact, that same modesty in SL would probably lead you away from tan lines, simply because they do attract attention to those areas. If members of the opposite sex needed any other reason to examine your bits, having them just a little bit lighter, just subtly highlighted may be all that's needed to set them over the edge.  Or in the words of someone I interviewed for this piece: tan lines "can be quite sexy. because in a way they are negative clothing." I thought that quote was particularly interesting as it came from a nudist.

Still tan lines are not universally loved. A pornographer I hope to interview soon told me he wouldn't use someone with tan lines in his movies. " I prefer no, to avoid can looks sexy or not depends of the girl." "I think NO lines and no 'white Bunny tail' looks the HOTTEST," said another forum respondent. Personally, I still think they look hot in the right circumstances. What's your opinion? hit the comment button and leave my your thoughts.  For CMNF Naughty News, I'm Zimmi Warwick

Monday, August 9, 2010

In Search of Themed Bargans

I may have misinterpreted this grid wide hunt, but it wouldn't be the first time. Hunts are a great way to see more stores in SL™ than you would normally find. Some of them will be really nice. Others you wouldn't buy stuff from on a dare. Once you sort through all the stuff you picked up, I highly recommend trashing the boxes extra land marks and prizes you just can't use, (assuming that they are no trans).

Here's a little trick for Imprudence viewer users. In the Advanced Menu there is something called Area Object Search. This is a very handy device for finding any object, but they work great for Grid-wide Hunts. You just need to know what the object is named and your on your way.

Of course, there are some store owners who anticipate that and put out objects to mimic the prize or disguise the actual prize by renaming it. In that case you're one your own, this tool won't help you. Personally, I think that the store owners risk more by angering their customers than be getting them to actually look through the store, but that's just me.

There are lots of resources on the grid and on the web to help you keep up with the various hunts. Enough to keep you in serious hunt overload.

Reporting on the Hunt for free stuff, I'm Zimmi Warwick