Throw Away

Hey folks, sorry for last week’s hiatus! You know how RL gets in the way of things, so I won’t bore you with any tedious details.

So let’s begin, huh?

Today I kind of wanted to vent (and discuss) an issue that myself, and many in the newer and free-resident community, are starting to take notice of.

SL has gone under numerous changes since its inception, most of these have provided much needed updates to SL’s central functionality. It is with the most recent planned update, however, that I personally do not see any overall benefit.

I tend to lurk in the forums, watching the discussion about the update fluctuate between unhappy residents and those more blasé . There is a portion of that lattermost personage; with its land-barons and bookkeepers; that seem completely indifferent and unopposed to the potential limitations this update imposes on free-residents. Any threads that posit even the most modest of suggestions for a turnabout that doesn’t impact free-residents so significantly are, almost immediately, getting dogged on by older community members. The white-knighting buckles down with references to“private business”; stating that LL needn’t continue catering to “lesser audiences” who can’t afford the luxuries of premium or in-world marketing/business.

There’s a further refusal to acknowledge the idea of updating many features in SL to match that available on other modern platforms. This of course includes patronizing and aggressively-worded messages to those complaining — all summing up to “shut up and enjoy what you got”.

What’s going on?

We know that SL hosts a very large community of older-generation (boomer & retirees) people who do not necessarily have the same outlook or experience with the limited wages people within the new and free-resident community face. A less affordable SL is protection for senior businesses against any fledgling competition — these financial barriers are good for them, realistically — and those who affirm the update are not necessarily concerned with factors of enjoyment or success beyond that of their own.

What’s wrong with accessibility?

It just leaves me to wonder why any discussion of change that makes the platform more accessible to free-residents and new creators is such a taboo subject? Why can’t we have a more modern UI and UX? Why can’t developers, in-world or Linden, provide practicably afforded avatar materials? Why can’t we downsize unused continents or provide cheaper sim/personal servers like what’s available on other platforms? Why can’t we separate content by ratings, or even land by commercial and non-commercial usage?

Players, users, residents, or whatever you may call them, deserve a more intuitive SL experience. There is no reason SL couldn’t provide things like pricing options for membership, land, and avatar customization that cater realistically to one’s respective budget. There is no harm in suggesting that land be separated and priced to serve between residential or consumer projects. No one is at fault for wanting preferences that separate adult and moderate content and their respective users. And, last time I checked, one of the biggest hopes (from newbie residents in particular) is a user-interface and customization options that are simple and easy-to-use.

Development obviously takes a great amount of time, labour, and resources, and thus it would be outrageous to demand free and immediate change — however, the request for change is neither illegal nor obscene. These are things people want, and they should be allowed to voice their desires for them.

The community could be kinder…

The constant derogation towards questions and suggestions that come from a place of wanting a more modern and intuitive platform is, flat-out, elitism, and does not bolster healthy community discussion. I am surprised by the “git gud or get out” mentality as it is more typical of communities surrounding MTX games. This form of discourse is uncalled for — questions about SL and its market direction deserve kind, moderated, and lay-men responses if we are to educate newcomers and maintain better conversation.

I have never regretted the investments I’ve personally made in SL, but I can fully understand how rising costs and limited interfaces erect a financial and social barrier that impede working-wage users from even basic enjoyment of SL.

There is always going to be users who abandon the Grid, and those who want to stay in SL will, of course… but I cannot fathom why putting off potential free-resident growth would at all be desired. SL provides a service and experience that can’t easily be replaced, and it’s sad to think that the community would promote long-term decline for short-term profits.

*ollies outie*

Highlight – The Outer Garden

“It looks like heaven!” – Aven

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𝙸𝚝’𝚜 𝚛𝚎𝚌𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚕𝚢 𝚐𝚛𝚘𝚠𝚗 𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚒𝚖𝚙𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚖𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚋𝚎𝚊𝚞𝚝𝚒𝚏𝚞𝚕 𝚕𝚘𝚌𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜, 𝚜𝚒𝚖𝚜 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚙𝚑𝚘𝚝𝚘𝚐𝚛𝚊𝚙𝚑𝚢 𝚜𝚙𝚘𝚝𝚜. 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚐𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚍𝚎𝚌𝚘𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜, 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚔 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚒𝚛 𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚜𝚌𝚊𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚜 𝚙𝚞𝚝 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚞𝚒𝚕𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚛𝚎𝚐𝚒𝚘𝚗… 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝙸 𝚖𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚙𝚊𝚢 𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚘, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚝𝚜 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝙸 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚊 𝚋𝚎𝚊𝚞𝚝𝚒𝚏𝚞𝚕 𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚊. 𝚃𝚑𝚎𝚜𝚎 𝚊𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚜 𝚊𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚕𝚜𝚘 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚌𝚎𝚜 𝙸 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚌𝚘𝚖𝚎 𝚋𝚊𝚌𝚔 𝚝𝚘, 𝚛𝚎𝚏𝚎𝚛 𝚖𝚢 𝚏𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚜 𝚝𝚘, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚊 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚠𝚛𝚒𝚝𝚎 𝚊𝚋𝚘𝚞𝚝 𝚠𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝙸’𝚖 𝚋𝚘𝚛𝚎𝚍 𝚘𝚗 𝚊 𝚜𝚊𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝚗𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝.
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‧̍̊˙˚˙ᵕ꒳ᵕ˙˚˙ .・。.・゜✭ About the sim

Estate owner: bisou Dexler
Estate name: TheOuterGarden
Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/TheOuterGarden/148/130/2511
Limitations: No voicechat, No building, Parcel restrictions
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/groups/the_outer_garden/

‧̍̊˙˚˙ᵕ꒳ᵕ˙˚˙ .・。.・゜✭ About the owner

Name: bisou Dexler
SL Age: 8 years, 8 months
Partnered: Yes

© 2015 Bisou Dexler Digital Designs. All rights reserved.

‧̍̊˙˚˙ᵕ꒳ᵕ˙˚˙ .・。.・゜✭ Photography~

T̸̡͉̼̗̱͌̂́̇̚͝h̸̗̦̤͇̃̎̾̇e̷͓̠̳͎̯̳̭̫̙̋̐͐̐͒͑̎̊͝͠ ̴̨͇̱̬̘̟͖̇ţ̶͔̥̻̭̥̣̼̓̑ḩ̷͎͚̗̻͕̤́̂̀͐̓̐̀͜ȇ̵̱̘̲̈̓̄͝m̸̝͚̫͇̩̳͖̳͐̇̎̈́́̽̐̈́̾̚e̴̢̥͕̭̱̤̥̦̞͗̒̇̀̃̏̿͊̚͠

My first thought on the sim was “winter wonderland” as we arrived to take photos. My model Aven however saw it fit to call it “actual heaven”. Which in my opinion, is quite a compliment. Everything is in whites, pastels and beautifully magical glow.

For photography, I have visited The Outer Garden three times. Each time I have been blessed with absolutely gorgeous photos of my friends. Above are shots of what you can find on the sim. Every object has multiple poses, couple and solo, well placed and with their gorgeous backgrounds and environments. Come to think of it, I wasn’t able to get a “bad” picture from their sim. Sure, it can get laggy, due to complex ground objects and constant lights.


。°。°。°。°🅼🆈 🆂🅴🆃🆃🅸🅽🅶🆂。°。°。°。°。°。

My photography is taken on the following settings

𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘦𝘥: 𝘜𝘭𝘵𝘳𝘢
𝘚𝘩𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴: 𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘯
𝘋𝘋: 256𝘮
𝘔𝘢𝘹 𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘴: 8192
𝘔𝘢𝘹 𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘹𝘪𝘵𝘺: 350 000
𝘔𝘢𝘹 𝘕𝘰𝘯𝘐𝘮𝘱 𝘈𝘷: 16
𝘗𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴: 𝘏𝘪𝘨𝘩
𝘈𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘳 𝘗𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘴: 1.00
𝘓𝘖𝘋
𝘖𝘣𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘴&𝘚𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘱𝘵𝘴: 3.000
𝘍𝘭𝘦𝘹𝘪, 𝘛𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘴, 𝘈𝘷𝘪𝘴: 1.000
𝘛𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯: 2.000
𝘚𝘬𝘺: 128.0000
𝘈𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘳 𝘙𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨
𝘏𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨: 𝘖𝘯
𝘈𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘳 𝘊𝘭𝘰𝘵𝘩: 𝘖𝘯
𝘛𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘥𝘦𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘭: 𝘏𝘪𝘨𝘩

I do not edit my photography outside of Second Life, because in the current moment I am unable to do so.

。・:*:・゚★,。・:*:・゚☆   Ailith is out~ 。・:*:・゚★,。・:*:・゚☆

Reunion ★ Ai

In 2017 I met a dog called Avery on second life. He was playful, cute and overall adorable. The same year I became his owner.

Then I was gone for a year.

My wings will stay wrapped around you.

As bad as it feels to say that, we all take breaks from Second Life. I only recently came back, and with my empty friends list, only a selected few I allowed to stay there while I was gone. Avery was one of them. Now he is known as Aven – a name I chose him, for that matter.

Today I messaged him when I saw him pop online and, to my surprise, he was up for hanging out. After an exchange in what was going on, my eyes landed on the NS controller on his back. He’s an android too?! Ohmygaaaawd!

“Who owns you?! No one?! Mind if I just claim you for myself again kthx!”
He just laughed and handed me the controls again. From this day forward you shall have me until we mutually decide it no longer.

It feels good to have him back.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


And from this day forth, you shall have me, Aven, until we mutually decide it no longer.

Ailith, 15.5.2019
For reasons this post is not going up on the day of writing. Sawwy!

Prismatic Helix

A semi-formal introduction

I go by many names on SL; Prismatic, Raucous, Aero, Kirin, Helix.
Whatever name you find me under, or whatever form I take, know that I’m open to the casual and leisurely of conversation and exploration.

Say “Hi” to my Main Boi — Takuya

What’s up everybody?

I’m the second-writer to this blog. I’m a novice in terms of the SL landscape, having only about 2-years of experience under my belt — nonetheless it is my hope to share with you beautiful people (whomever you may be) my passion for fashion and marvelous misadventures through the virtual world.

I’m a dirty memer, and don’t find myself taking things too seriously in my forays around the grid. I inhabit a variety of appearances that suit my general mood, but you’ll more likely find me gallivanting in humanoid guise. My penchants include gacha, knick-knacks, gestures, events, and fashion — and I’ve also recently taken on photo-editing as a hobby.

“I think dogs should vote!”

The Boy Mayor of Second Life

My real-life as a student is rather dry, but I’ve double majored in ENG/FRN and am now pursuing a Fine Arts degree. I also have a boyfriend and a minor career in freelance, digital illustration. I love cats, pastels, and vintage aesthetics.

My posts should appear Thursdays and Sundays about every week or so.

Welp, it’s been real!
*ollies outie*

Slaying the look – K/DA

(This post is a repost from our old page over in blog-spot!)

What am I wearing?
Violent Seduction – Akali Hair (Prestige Cap) 1
Violent Seduction – Akali Mask (Prestige)
Violent Seduction – Akali Pants (Black Latex)
Violent Seduction – Akali Top (Purple)
krankhaus – Maitreya/V-Tech – K-Pop Jacket
Ri.cielli – SASHA High Heels [Black]
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
LAQ Bento Head – Leia

About the outfit
The K/DA Akali outfit is based on a videogame character called Akali from League of Legends

She is one of my favourites. This outfit is a tribute to her recent skin “K/DA”. A music video was released with Akali and 3 other girls who got matching skins- as a League fan I of course wanted to look like them.

VIOLENT SEDUCTION
The painfully expensive – but worth it – Gacha shopping trip to the marketplace. The difficulty level of finding their items in the right colours was quite a job indeed, but with everything I have from them in this outfit, I’m very pleased about it as a finished look. The whole outfit is fairly low complexity and the mask is scripted to animate to the known K/DA look when you type. All in all, the auto-alpha in the pants is slightly “off” because if you look straight down at your butt, some of the alpha hides something the pants don’t. I also didn’t go for their jacket due to it being so difficult to obtain as all the items are gachas and either ridiculously expensive, compromises had to be made. I hope in the future I can buy some more VS items, perhaps for a bit cheaper. It’s understandable that with gachas the marketplace prices are high due to them being sold by individual users though.


THE SKIN MOD
Oh yes, skin mods, the bane of every fucking outfit on Second Life. This particular skin was made by
::Locked:: (senumiko), under the name Illusion of Proxy. The skin-mod applied well to both my body and head and the only problem I had was personally the whiteness of her hands. Overall it works to the original Akali concept and is high quality in way where you can look at it without cringing even without using filters. 

Love, Death and Ailith

Hah! A hilarious start. I’m not sure if any of you have seen the netflix original “Love death and robots” but it is quite fantastically animated futuristic short-film collection.

The pink-haired companion unit is a robot designed by me, Ailith. Having the same name as I do, she runs with a Nanite Systems Dax/3 core on Second Life.

Introduction to Ailith

As the founding author for this blog, I think it’s somewhat fit to introduce myself! My name is Ailith, and I write thingies and snap photos of other thingies.

Read below to get to know me!


Me me me!!!

I’ve been roaming Second Life for over 2 years now. My interests on the platform are photography, avatar creation, meeting people and roaming through hunts and group gifties! I’ve a massive need to keep my inventory organized, and I take too many photos per session.

In real life, I love kitties, tea and writing stories and poems! Also singing. And I love my friends ;-;

I’ve always been a motherly person, and even to those who don’t know me I try to poke my care at them. Be it by reminding them to drink, or by telling them to go to sleep early – I do care!

As our social media manager, author, photographer and founder, I will do my best in keeping my co-authors well, and the health of our growing community at its best!

Ailith

Psst…. I can also be spotted in-world on Second Life, or hired for my honestly honest honesty-reviews. (Don’t question it.)

(not me, a friend.)

I specialize in character photography, and I’ve grown a very sharp eye to what matches in colours, outfits and different meshes. My work has tremendously improved through the years, and every day I am still learning.


Ih! Still learning to use this software, but come say hi in the comment section, or find me in any of my social media platforms!