Gacha

I read, today, that as of August the 31st, LL is making gacha vendor machines illegal. I find this quite sad. Just about every interesting object in my home is gacha, and I use it a lot to decorate my galleries with, too…

… most of my most gorgeous furniture is gacha, and all my cutest decor is gacha…

… for whatever reason, a lot of gacha is far more unique and interesting than non-transferable objects that can be purchased in SL. Because gacha is transferable, and also unique/limited, especially ‘rares’, it feels much more like it has real value, is something special. Non-transferable objects are pretty much a rip-off, really… you can never choose to pass them on, or sell them, once you have them, that’s it, their value actually diminishes, becomes zero, really, but good gacha always have at least minimal value…

… most of my coolest potted plants are gacha, as are a lot of my most beautiful sculpture pieces…

… a lot of gacha is quirky/cute/strange, in ways the blander non-transferable objects just are not…

… people will still be able to re-sell the gacha in existence which will, I imagine, result in an ever-diminishing product pool, with constantly rising prices. There will never be any more gacha created. How sad is that?

Summer

Last evening I visited Cica Ghost’s latest installation, ‘Summer‘. The horses are probably the main attraction, here, and they are gorgeous, I think they are the finest, most elegant creatures Cica has so far created. I liked them so much I bought three of them…

… but what really attracted my attention was the foliage! I just love these cartoonish trees and grasses and flowers…

… this build has the usual, wonderful Cica Ghost sky and sea…

… as with many of her builds, I found the light to be ‘aquatic’, and these plants and grasses just add to that sense of everything being under water…

… so I spent most of my time wandering through the undergrowth, and probably missed stuff, but still, I really enjoyed my visit.

Story City

I visited Veyot’s new project, ‘Story City‘, last evening…

… there are plenty of interesting backdrops here…

… with great ‘found’ lighting to use…

… but my favourite part is this red-lit alley…

… with it’s watery reflections…

… wonderfully dramatic scenery for photography.

New Last Drop

So, it’s been a while since my last post, and longer since I was posting regularly. My human continues to recover from life-changing surgery, so I suddenly find myself back in SL, doing stuff that needs to be recorded, because, did our lives really happen if there is no record of the fact?

Anyway, I’m back, perhaps not regularly, yet, but doing my best to get back up to speed.

My lovely friends, Witchy and Veyot, have combined their resources and provided me with another Last Drop Cafe to decorate! This one is actually just across the road from the last one. I’m very pleased with how this one has come out. I went for a cyber-cafe look/feel. I’d almost finished it when Witchy came to see how I was doing…

… her friend ‘X’ dropped in, too, and we stood around and chatted. I told them I was going to zap away, because I was still looking for a final element I really wanted, but had yet to find, some kind of cyber food vendor. Witchy gave me a few possible places to try, so I zapped away to them, but no luck. While I was there, Witchy sent me an MP link, saying ‘How about this?’, and it was exactly what I’d had in mind! Ironically, it was from a store I’d already been to, and even already bought stuff for the cafe, from…

… it was awesome, a 3D food printer, that not only looks great, but actually prints the food you select, then gives it to you! It was perfect, I was delighted…

… I added a few more elements…

… the last of which was this gorgeous little dancing flower! There’s nothing ‘cyber’ about her, she’s just heart-wrendingly gorgeous… I actually saw her on the counter of one of the shops I visited, looking for a food vendor, and fell instantly in love with her…

… so now she lives in the latest iteration of the Last Drop Cafe, in Wyrd, decorated by Seraphim (:

Balcony

I am lucky enough to have an apartment in Hangars Liquides, it it one of my favourite places in SL. The door to my apartment block is up the steps, behind me…

… once in my apartment, I always go straight to the balcony…

… for one of the best views in SL…

… I stand in my little slice of Seraphimness…

… and look out into a strange and wonderful place, where strange, wonderful birds fly…

… and I listen to the music of a city from the future…

… that sounds like no other music.

Return

For my first outing for a while, I decided to return to Insilico

… where I just keep finding new stuff, lately! I found these orange corridors I’ve never seen, before, and they go for miles, until…

… you are in more spacious, blue corridors…

… filled with fast moving machinery…

… I adore these wonderful, comic book, architectural perspectives and colours…

… this is a visually stunning build…

… Moebius meets BladeRunner…

… meets William Gibson’s ‘Sprawl’…

… what I think of as a ‘comic-style’ visual aesthetic…

… spectacularly achieved.

My hair in these pictures is ‘Ainia’, by Adoness. The hairbase is from ‘Loki’, also by Adoness (:

Nocturnal Wanderings

I often wake up, in the small hours of the morning, and I’m out in my garden…

… usually near one of the two statues that actually possess power…

… they use their power to dress me the way they prefer me to be dressed…

… it’s always strangely warm, with odd wind currents that only affect certain areas, causing the autumnal leaves to constantly eddy around me…

… it’s strangely soothing…

… feeling the warmth, and the gentle caress of the wind and the leaves…

… my mind drifts, half-awake…

… back through the millenia…

… to when I first came to Earth, as a child, and found humans to be an abundant, easy source of sustenance. It would be another thousand years before I stopped feeding on humans, and learned to hide among them, in plain sight. I’m glad those days are over, but my statues don’t seem to understand that, and continue to whisper in my head, about blood and hunting.

Missing Melody

I visited Missing Melody, yesterday…

… a very pretty place…

… with a wonderful, static sky as the ‘shared environment’…

… I felt as if I was on the stage set from my own dreams…

… an unassuming gate leads into…

… a gorgeous little, Mediterranean village…

… snuggled onto a slope above the sea…

… it was hard to shake the feeling…

… I was dreaming, again.

Wision

I recently visited Wision

… I went with the ‘shared environment’, which is a sunset one with fabulous, fast-moving clouds…

… the island is a nicely landscaped, realistic, semi-wild environment…

… with various structures and objects discovered by wandering the paths, or flying…

… including…

… wonderful Skye standing stones…

… paved areas…

… old warehouses filled with interesting stuff…

… plenty of things and areas for photographic settings.