Hello gentle reader! I have some exciting news for you today, we have reopened our in-world store! You’ll find a lot of Blue’s Fantasy products available for viewing and interaction in the new store. Stop by and try out our wonderful Newtonian Telescope or our best selling Word Scrambles game.
For the first week, all of our products will be marked 10% off, but only at the store! Stop by and have a look!
The big thing with the new version of the SL Viewer and the new release of Firestorm is Avatar Complexity. Linden Labs have an article and video on it. I thought I’d find out just how complex some of the usual items I wear are.
A naked avatar (and I mean completely naked with no hair, no nothing, gawd I look weird bald!) has a render weight of 1000.
System layer clothing, and foot shapers seem to have no effect on render weight. I added multiple layers and the render weight didn’t change. Alphas, as you would expect, drop render weight (but they seem to have to be a big alpha to much affect the number. Wearing the Slink hands and feet alpha has no effect. A full body alpha drops you to zero, but I suppose hands and feet on a standard systems avi are so simplified… *grin*).
Now, to get to my “base” naked avatar that I use to build outfits that force me to use system layers (by which I mean, I can’t use Maitreya Lara), we have:
Mayfly Deep Sky mesh eyes x 2: 2350
Slink Casual hands 2.5 x 2: 4552
WoW Skins Lashes: 3046
Alli & Ali Serafine Hair Fire: 34231
Slink High Feet 3.1 x 2: 5136
Slink Flat Feet 3.1 x 2: 4752
So, if I am wearing Slink Highs, my render weight is 50315 or 49931 for Slink Flat feet.
*Gulp* now for Maitreya Lara:
Maitreya Lara Alpha: -400
Maitreya Lara 3.5 body: 7338
Adding all this up, Lara in addition to the above, we have 57253 in Slink Highs and 56869 in Slink Flats. Whew!
So, the really big contributor is my hair. Serafine is a short bob, so let’s see what a rigged mesh short bob (very similar to Serafine) weighs.
ICONIC COCO: 44351
And let’s see what a long rigged mesh hair is:
Exile Stone Cold Seduction: 1277
This last number makes it abundantly clear that it doesn’t matter how complex the object appears to be, but in reality the software is directly measuring how well designers are making their meshes (be it prim or imported mesh via DAE).
I predict that we will see serious designers start to list the render weight on their market place listings to try and differentiate themselves from others with similar products. We sure live in interesting (Second Life) times!
As the seasons turn, our favourite club holds contests for the (dubious) honour of being the season’s queen. I was most flattered to be chosen winter queen back in 2014, and Aeon was chosen spring queen just before me!
On the weekend, we had this year’s winter queen event, and for some reason, our DJ set the contest board to shared instead of 1, 2, 3. Oh my, what if we have a draw? And that’s exactly what happened! My friends Jen and Annie tied for first place!
Blue does neko. I was just at an event and thought that my tail would work really well with what I was wearing, and sure enough I got a bunch of comments as soon as I put it on 🙂 But it made me realize I haven’t posted a neko shot on the blog yet, so here you go 🙂
The outfit is created by a whole bunch of people that I won’t detail at the moment (translation: I can’t remember where I got them and am too lazy to investigate right now!), but the tail is the Extreme Neko Tail Corset by Psychotic Neko. It’s not cheap at L$250, but if you buy this tail, you’ll never need to buy another one! It has so many texture, color, glow, and other options, it’s truly amazing!
Exhausted after a day of baking and taking her bread around the streets of Paris, Blue stops for a rest in a little café near the Arc de Triomphe.
I wore this to an event over the weekend and you guessed it, the theme was French! This top is system and was only L$1 on the marketplace, and it was literally the only thing I needed to complete my outfit, everything else coming from existing inventory!
I wanted to go as a French Resistance girl and take my machine gun 🙂 but Aeon talked me into going as a bread seller. I think she shouted “Bagaettes!” about five times 🙂
I’m an Alli and Ali fan, no doubt about it 🙂 Their Fire colour is my favourite, can you tell?
Every so often, A&A do a photo contest, generally themed on the seasons. The 10 best photos selected win a L$2000 gift card to the store.
Last contest, I was honoured to have not one but two photos selected in the top 10, one of me and one of Aeon! But even more pleasing is that the picture on A&A’s landmark at the moment is of yours truly!