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“They say misery loves company
We could start a company
And make misery, Frustrated Incorporated”

Winter is making itself felt in my part of the world. If you don’t know the country in which I live, please feel free to IM me in world 🙂

Sometimes I think that misery comes to haunt me each winter because I’m jinxed. So, this year i am determined to banish all sorts of misery from both my physical and virtual lives.

Misery Loves Company

So, I’m surrounding myself with brilliant colours, wonderful people, innovative projects. This dress from JE Republic is a good start

Misery Loves Company

A trip to Shade Throne to see the talent of Undo Hermano did wonders in lifting me from a miserable state of mind

Misery Loves Company

Perfect for edgy, quirky and innovative design of sunglasses and jewellery

Misery Loves Company

My next stop was right next door to Shade Throne in the Judith sim, JE Republic. A perfect dress, Danse Macabre in purple, and for mix and match I am wearing the glitter bodysuit in red. I have mixed this with Chiffon skirt from SMS

Misery Loves Company

And! Today’s Wonder Find, new release shoes from Zaara : Ilaida Mojri – I chose a small pack to mic with my favourite colours. These are just precious, beautifully made and textured

Misery Loves Company

Credits

Dress: Danse Macabre from JE Republic

Suit: Glitter suit in red from JE Republic

Skirt: Chiffon skirt from SMS

Sunglasses: all sunglasses from Shade Throne

Jewellery: all jewellery from Shade Throne

Shoes: from Zaara

Hair: Style 20 from W&Y

Skin: My beautiful skin is Milk 2 from Ugly Duck by the extraordinarily talented Fade Lei. She is also a *most* beautiful person too.

Poses: All poses from the delightfully imaginative Del May

Lyrics: Soul Asylum – Misery

Put me out of my misery
Suicide kings and drama queens
Forever after happily making misery

New springy summery clothes are available from Lelutka, and here’s a tiny preview:

lelutka~

Blazin dress, available in a variety of colours

lelutka~

Careah top and Chaldea pants, Marta dress and Blazin dress, all available in a myriad of colours

lelutka~

Close up of dress detail, earrings by Zaara

lelutka~

AND, some beautiful jewellery I found tonight – Aglaia Sparkle mask and earrings, and Diamond shawl with Mya earrings

lelutka~

Credits

All clothing from Lelutka

Hair: Sarah by Jade

Jewellery: All jewellery from Aglaia and Zaara

Skin: Milk by Ugly Duck

Shoes: c.edo by Truth

Poses: All poses from A Fine Line Style Warrior

Blood, Sweat & Tears is the latest skin range from Ugly Duck. I’ve used one of them to display this amazing dress from Kenzie & Co.

Redder

Combined with highly detailed Lucille boots from Hoorenbeek, and stunning jewellery from Mandala.

Redder

Front and back equally detailed

Redder

Belt also by Mandala, hair from Buried

Redder

Skin close up

Redder

Credits

Dress: Dolce Vita by Kenzie & Co

Boots: Lucile by Hoorenbeek

Jewellery and Belt: All from Mandala

Skin: Blood, Sweat & Tears from Ugly Duck

Hair: Cody from Buried

Stockings: Fishnet tights by Blowpop

Poses: Del May

Change of seasons, time to change image, at least slightly.

This time I purchased an off the shelf shape from Vliet. I was attaracted to this shaper because the shapes have real looking faces and are not all cartoony eyes and mouths. Having said that, I did my own personalised changes to the shoulder breadth and breast gravity, as I prefer them not pointing at my face, but to have a little natural sag. Gravity works you know!

Sunny Sunday Afternoon

I’ve deliberately left the eyelashes off, and a simpler style of makeup to show the features of the shape face

Sunny Sunday Afternoon

I really abhor over stuffed breasts that I see so often, and especially the ill fitting shaders to pretend there is no gravity (breast enhancers). Most breast enhancers look more like a bum poking out the top of the dress, quite silly really. My new shape has naturally sized breasts, smallish but shapely

Sunny Sunday Afternoon

Really nice movement too. No clunky body parts drifting, legs proportionate to the body

Sunny Sunday Afternoon

Credits

Ivi by Vliet

Skin: Laura Rose by Ugly Duck

Hair: Cody by Buried

Boots: Lucille from Hoorenbeek

Pants: Leather pants from Deviance

Shirt: Knot shirt from Baiastice – follow tp to anniversary store

Jewellery: All jewellery and belt from Mandala

Poses by Del May and Amacci

[Emerald] 1626 Release Candidate

In recent weeks, there has been an ever increasing level of hysteria deliberately generated to instill worry and concern into the day to day lives of SL residents. This has involved a concerted effort to confuse the various applications undergoing development, namely the Emerald viewer and Modular Systems projects.

The purposes for this seething hysteria have also been deliberately clouded, however it is my conclusion that all purposes lead to only one eventuality, namely clearing the decks once again for open slather on content theft. You see, Modular Systems is in the process of developing and testing a tool capabale of identifying stolen content – to combat rampant theft and prevent the wholesale copying of creations that has gone on for such a long time. So, to quote directly from Modular Systems:

There has been confusion and questions recently about a new initiative some of us are taking part in, that is, the appearance of bots named “Onyx” with the ModularSystems last name.
We’ve been silent up until now about these bots, their function, and our goals, because they are still in the development and beta testing stages; however with the flurry of misinformation circulating, we feel it is important to explain what they are for.
The purpose of these “OnyxBots” as people like to call them is to identify stolen content much in the same way that users do via the inspect tool. When stolen content is spotted, the time and location, as well an identifier for the content is stored. These are then provided to the content creator who’s work has been copied by email or through a convenient web interface.
If no stolen content is identified, absolutely no information is stored. These bots do not record any avatar information, except the avatar key if the copied content in question happens to be an attachment.
To clarify some important points:
* The bots would only be comparing content to items that had already been opted in by their creators.
* In the event of a detection the creator is notified.
* If content was somehow incorrectly detected it would be obvious to the creator who submitted it.
* To reiterate: contrary to some rumors, there would not be any ban lists at all, much less global ones.
Should you need to contact someone regarding the Onyx project, the three avatars below are in-world points of contact:

Fractured Crystal
Phox ModularSystems
Skills Hak
Do not contact any other Emerald developers about the bots or any other portion of the Onyx project, as they will likely be unable to answer your questions. All inquiries should be directed at the three avatars above or to onyx@modularsystems.sl

There has also been a series of discussions in forums and blogs, again making wild accusations as to the capabilities, history and intentions of various projects linked to both Modular Systems and Emerald. Quoting again from the Modular Systems website:
“This post is to address recent blog posts and articles that have appeared concerning the illegal theft and subsequent leak of a database containing some information about Second Life users.

In early April, our web server was compromised by a (now banned) malicious viewer developer and several of our server’s databases were stolen. The server in question has been secured and the data loss was for the most part not important. However, there was one database that contained information that these malicious individuals felt it was necessary to distribute, despite privacy concerns.

“Datamine” (named such in humor) was a database that was initially created to correlate the IP addresses of visitors to the Emerald Point simulator after several instances of chain-alt griefing.

These correlations were created through the use of the standard land media functionality in any viewer. The database allowed administrators to quickly determine if a new account was an alt account of a griefer that had previously attacked the sim.

This was originally conceived as a prototype to a now defunct system named ModLink; this system would have allowed Estate Owners greater flexibility in dealing with repeat griefers, most importantly by allowing them to IP ban offenders.

After it was demonstrated that this was a effective solution to the problem, several nodes were placed in a few other sims at the request of the owner during a short beta testing period. These nodes were eventually removed, with the last node in Emerald Point removed over a month ago and the database deleted entirely.

This situation was the result of a failure on our part to take into consideration that there are really malicious individuals out there, and while the fault is on them for the distribution of semi-sensitive information about other residents without taking into account the effect it could have on those people, the fault is also on us for allowing our security to be compromised.

To clarify: All of the data gathered was acquired through the use of land media, there is no relation whatsoever to the Emerald Viewer. Passwords are never sent to our server, they go directly to Linden Lab, and therefore there is no chance that any user passwords could have been compromised.

To reiterate:
The database contained only avatar names, IPs, UUIDs, and timestamps
The data was recorded through land media in Emerald Point etc and on our registration portal.
The database and associated nodes were removed in April.
This system was specific to the sim management by our server’s owner and was not related to Emerald, Onyx, or any other project.
This system was created and maintained by a single person.
Our copy of the database has been deleted; we unfortunately have no control over the leaked copies, the data was illegally stolen and is being distributed by malicious individuals.”

Please, read this at the source here before believing sensationalised articles put about by dunderheaded buffoons.

With the spring season in full swing, there are numerous finds to brighten your virtual wardrobe and put spring into your day. With a little effort, you can find springy dresses such as these, generally by joining a group and receiving a gift:

Spring Fling for Free

White Chiffon dress – group gift from Zenith

Spring Fling for Free

Pink Orchid Gift bag – group gift from Purple Moon

Spring Fling for Free

Rose Princess dress – group gift from Towa

Spring Fling for Free

My dresses are beautifully complimented by Juliette hair from Exile and Milk 2 skin from Ugly Duck, earrings from EarthStones – please note, none of these are free

Spring Fling for Free

Credits

Dress credits described aboce

Skin: Milk 2 from Ugly Duck

Hair: Juliette from Exile

Earrings: Basket of Spring from EarthStones

Shoes in final photo: Ballerina Swarovski in green by Baiastice

Poses from Doll

Also part of the 3rd Generation skins from Ugly Duck are the Laura Milk selections. Available seperately as Milk and Milk 2:

Laura Milk 2

Laura Milk 2

Laura Milk 2

Milk 2 makeup variations

Laura Milk

Laura Milk

Laura Milk

Laura Milk makeup variations

Laura Milk 2

Credits

All skins from Ugly Duck

Hair: Diva from Sixty Nine

Jewellery: Stacie from Dark Mouse

Clothing: Jourdain from Attitudes

Poses: combination from AMH, Doll, Fine Line

The 3rd Generation skins from Ugly Duck continue the exquisite work from Fade Lei. A huge new release gives something for all tastes!

Laura Rose

Laura in Rose

Laura Rose

Makeup variations in Laura Rose

Lily Red

Lily in Red

Lily Red

Lily in Red makeup variations

Lily in Red

Credits

All skins from Ugly Duck

Hair: All hair from fri.day except form last, which is from Maitreya

Jewellery: Stacie from Dark Mouse

Underwear: Jourdain from Attitudes

Poses: Combination of poses from AMH, Doll, Fine Line

Fade Lei has released her 3rd Generation of skins: these truly have to be seen to be believed.

Painstakingly hand painted, exceptional attention to detail and delicate touch gives us beautifully crafted work, at probably the most reasonable pricing across the grid. Below is part of the Laura – Milk 2 series.

Ugly Duck 3rd Generation

Hair by Clawtooth

Ugly Duck 3rd Generation

Beautifully offset by Lismore dress from W & B

Ugly Duck 3rd Generation

Accessorised by Tomoto

Ugly Duck 3rd Generation

Bra and knickers by W & B

Ugly Duck 3rd Generation

Credits

Skin: Laura Milk 2 series from Ugly Duck

Hair: The Seas Melt in Blinding by Clawtooth

Dress: Lismore dress in white from W & B

Undies: Frilly Little Bra and knickers from W & B

Hair and dress accessories: part of pas fillette deux and trois by Tomoto

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