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Berry’s Monday Memes — Never Have I Ever

Finally, once again, it’s MEME TIME!!!!  Strawberry Singh is trying to reactivate her popular Monday Memes as of last week, though she can’t promise she’ll keep them up constantly.  I can’t blame her for that lack of promise — coming up with meme ideas is a lot of work, week after week!

This challenge is called “Never Have I Ever.”  It’s simple:  copy and answer the questions below, and remember to link back to Berry’s article, so she knows you’re playing along.

See the questions, and my answers, on the next page!

Challenge: What Did You Look Like When You Were Born?

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Source: New Classic Avatars released by Linden Lab, by Daniel Voyager

You have to say, as does Daniel, that these new default avatars look a whole lot classier than what I entered Second Life with in October 2007.  It almost makes me want to start up a new “walking” alt and see what folks have to say.  To demonstrate:

Oh, you want to see more? Turn the page!

Berry’s Monday Meme — Then and Now

Writing from Orlando, Florida:

Meme Time again — fear and tremble, all ye mortals!

No, not really; Berry Singh actually comes up with some interesting things, and each one gives us blog fodder to keep these voracious pages filled.  This week’s Monday Meme gives us a chance to look back for a time, something we should do every once in a while to remember where we came from.  Simply take two pictures from your blog — one from the earliest articles you’ve written, and one from recently, and let’s see how much times have changed for you.  Preferably the first and most recent photo of you, it should be noted, but, as you’ll see below, I had to be a little more flexible.

Nadirra, by Ginny Talamasca

Milena by Ginny Talamasca

For me, finding a few early photos wasn’t difficult — it was choosing one I’d like to show you!  Lord, I was rough back then, still learning the craft (of which I am by no means a perfect mistress yet).  And also getting a decent face shot!  So I’m including two from the early days, both of me in Ginny Talamasca gowns that were favorites for a time.  I wasn’t taking closeups very often back then, until my first Hair Fair.  Knowing how far we’ve come since those early days of system shirts and flexi prims and “photo-realistic” skins, well, (shudder, grin).

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And so here we are today (from my OFPC “final update” gown).  It looked pretty good back then; but oh, how it looks today!  So many changes and improvements have come along, some of which everyone said Predicted the Imminent Death of Second Life.  And yet here we are, more than ten years down the road for the Grid and approaching eight for me personally.  Where’s it gonna go from here?

(Note to Berry and others:  I’ll do a proper side-by-side once I get home and get a few minutes.  Right now, I’m without all my tools, or the ability to use them well if I added them to this laptop.)

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Berry’s Monday Memes — Avatar Transformation

Written en route to Orlando, Florida:

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It’s Meme Time again!!!

From Strawberry Singh, on March 2 — “Transform your avatar completely so that even your friends wouldn’t recognize you.”

For me, and my love of alien looks, this wasn’t difficult at all, at least in the gross sense.  I pulled out one of the shapes I don’t often wear, which I use for my character of Keiko in my stories, and proceeded to transform her from the norm to something more…exotic.  I did try to use mostly recent items, so you’ll see these (if still available) at some of the current events.  I’m sorry, but I’ve quite forgotten which ones to go to; but contacting the creators should help.

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The details:

  • Skin: Fallen Gods Hybrid (GOLD egyptian)
  • Eyes: Less is More CyberEye v. 3.0
  • Hair: Tableau Vivant Healy
  • Attachments: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2 (Casual)
  • Outfit: United Colors leather shorts and vest (Navy)
  • Shoes: celoe snare ankle boots (biscay)
  • Jewelry (all by Maxi Gossamer): Bangle – San Remo (Silver Aged); earrings and necklace – Esra’s Giant Teardrops (silver); Ring – Khaleesi’s Ring Of Power (Small)
  • Makeup: Mystic Canvass Pouty Gloss lipstick (Goth Red); *BOOM* Liquid Glaze (lashed Yellow); Oceane Boho eyeshadow (Harira)

WindLight: Annan Adored Light Explosion II
Photographed in MyANIMATION region

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Berry’s Monday Memes — Yearbook Daze

Yearbook

Singing Radiohead at the top of our lungs
With the boom box blaring as we’re falling in love
Got a bottle of whatever, but it’s getting us drunk
Singing here’s to never growing up

— Avril Lavigne

For Berry Singh’s new Monday Meme — the Yearbook Photo Challenge.  No, this is not how I looked back in the day; my parents would have utterly destroyed me, no matter how much they loved me.  (Anyway, I graduated in 1976, and we were very red, white and blue that year.)  But I haven’t seen the punk rebel in the challenge yet, so I figured someone needed to do it!

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Z is for — Zibska

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There was only one real choice for Z, wasn’t there?  Zibska is one of the avant-garde leaders on the Grid right now, with dresses, hair and makeups that stretch the bounds — sometimes to the breaking point.  Take this sea-urchin-like confection, called Natralia, and the matching hair (Octavia).  Anybody who gets too close to me here will definitely get the point!

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Accessorizing this was tricky, as I chose to wear the collar along with the dress.  I settled for a pair of gloves from Miamai, and rings and earrings from EarthStones.

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The eye makeup is from Zibska as well, to finish the theme here.

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The details:

  • Skin:  PXL Faith (SK NE LEB)
  • Eyes:  Poetic Colors gold flakes (sapphire)
  • Hair:  Zibska Octavia (white, tinted in editor)
  • Makeup:  Glamorize Dirty Babe Lips (Purple Panic); Zibska Didiane (Purple); BOOM Liquid Glaze (lashed) Purple
  • Outfit:  Zibska Natralia (Berries)
  • Shoes:  Blackburns Gaga No-heel Punks (purple)
  • Accessories:  Miamai Rilla gloves (satin blue; mesh); EarthStones Karuka earrings and rings (Gold/Lapis)

Photographed in Star Journey region

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Y is for — Yellow

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“Okay, what the heck begins with Y in my Inventory?”

(Sounds of clawing through the barely organized pile of sh– uh, crap)

“Pile of Yuck…?  No.”  (Tossing over shoulder with a splat)  “An inflatable Boris Yeltsin…?”  (Smacking her face)  “Why the hell did I buy that thing??”  (POP!)  “A yellow sign?  Hmmm….”  (She turns pensive and stares strangely, wildly, off into the distance at a place no human was meant to see.)  “Is it fated for me to be Queen in lost Carcosa beside the dead lake of Hali, the consort of the dread King in Yellow?–  Wait a minute….  THAT’S IT!!!”

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I’m pretty sure I’ve worn this before, but it fits the theme:  Baiastice’s Kasia top of studded straps, with the matching shorts below.  This outfit would be even more spectacular if it was in latex or vinyl, to go with the BAX boots I’m wearing on my feet and legs!  (The listing calls the boots patent leather; but we all know better, don’t we…?)

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The details:

  • Skin:  PXL Faith (SK NE LEB)
  • Eyes:  Poetic Couture gold flakes (sapphire)
  • Hair:  KMADD Hair Ava (Disco Dark Purple)
  • Nails:  Love Soul Python (Purple)
  • Makeup:  Glamorize Dirty Babe Lips (Aubergine Sheen); Defenestration Yellow Eyeshadow; *BOOM* Liquid Glaze (lashed yellow)
  • Outfit:  Baiastice Kasia studded top and shorts (yellow; mesh)
  • Boots:  BAX Coen Regency Boots (violet-black patent leather; mesh)
  • Jewelry:  EarthStones Gemstone Palette Watch (Spectrum/Gold); Beguiled curved horn hoop earrings (purple stone/silver)

Photographed at the Mayo Clinic Conference Center in Second Life

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