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SL Hallowe’en — The Sorceress

La Belle Dame sans Merci

La Belle Dame sans Merci

(The Visitor speaks:)

O WHAT can ail thee, knight-at-arms,
Alone and palely loitering?
The sedge has wither’d from the lake,
And no birds sing.

O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms!
So haggard and so woe-begone?
The squirrel’s granary is full,
And the harvest’s done.

I see a lily on thy brow
With anguish moist and fever dew,
And on thy cheeks a fading rose
Fast withereth too.

(The Knight answers:)

I met a lady in the meads,
Full beautiful—a faery’s child,
Her hair was long, her foot was light,
And her eyes were wild.

Sorceress 2

I made a garland for her head,
And bracelets too, and fragrant zone;
She look’d at me as she did love,
And made sweet moan.

I set her on my pacing steed,
And nothing else saw all day long,
For sidelong would she bend, and sing
A faery’s song.

She found me roots of relish sweet,
And honey wild, and manna dew,
And sure in language strange she said—
“I love thee true.”

She took me to her elfin grot,
And there she wept, and sigh’d full sore,
And there I shut her wild wild eyes
With kisses four.

Sorceress 7

And there she lulled me asleep,
And there I dream’d—Ah! woe betide!
The latest dream I ever dream’d
On the cold hill’s side.

I saw pale kings and princes too,
Pale warriors, death-pale were they all;
They cried—“La Belle Dame sans Merci
Hath thee in thrall!”

Sorceress 5

I saw their starved lips in the gloam,
With horrid warning gaped wide,
And I awoke and found me here,
On the cold hill’s side.

And this is why I sojourn here,
Alone and palely loitering,
Though the sedge is wither’d from the lake,
And no birds sing.

“La Belle Dame sans Merci”
John Keats


The details:

  • Skin: Chai Diabla 05 (no longer available)
  • Lashes: the oBscene Artemis
  • Hair: Tukinowaguma Storm (ebony)
  • Gown: Innovations Gothika (Amber Glow), with cape
  • Jewelry: EarthStones Karuka series (purchased a la carte)

Wizard’s staff by Damanios Thetan (may be available as a freebie)

WindLight settings by Torley Linden — Dark Came Over

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Isla Menorca

The rocky ledge runs far into the sea,
and on its outer point, some miles away,
the lighthouse lifts its massive masonry,
A pillar of fire by night, of cloud by day.

And as the evening darkens, lo! how bright,
through the deep purple of the twilight air,
Beams forth the sudden radiance of its light,
with strange, unearthly splendor in the glare!

The Lighthouse, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The lighthouse here is in Isla Menorca, and I discovered it from the opening wallpaper on Emerald Viewer.  Emerald has this nifty ability to visit the place that the wallpaper picture was taken at.  And Isla is an excellent place:  a series of islands — not the ones set up as house lots, but far more like something on the New England or Canadian east coast of North America.  A lighthouse on one of the outcroppings here would be appropriate indeed….

Fashion details:

Standard shape/skin type 1, except:  Redgrave Moon Pale 07 skin

  • Hair: Goldie Locks Regina (white/blue tips)
  • Lashes: Detour Edge
  • Shirt: SAS Bibi top (the bodice from an evening gown; not available separately)
  • Pants: SLink Skinny Leather Pants (silver)
  • Shoes: Style metallic snakeskin boots
  • Jewelry: Imagen Triangulos suite

Photographed with WindLight settings by Torley Linden, Chinese Legacy

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New Club in Morabeza

I’m not that much of a clubhopper in world (or out of world), but this one looks interesting, and I liked the music that was playing when I stopped in.  Flickr and Plurk friend Rylan Carling put up four photos of a new club called Waterside on her Flickr stream, and it looked interesting enough that I decided I’d stop in and take a look.  Nothing was going on at the time — it was early afternoon — but the layout of the place, taking a chunk of the Morabeza sim, is intersting.

Waterside club

Water is, of course, a theme here, with the club placed on a set of docks and ramps around a pool with shooting fountains.  Seating appears to be not as heavy as at some clubs; of course, dance is the big thing at clubs anyway (it being hard to have a beer or martini at a Second Life club), so seating is not quite that needed.  The music on at the time was slow pop/rock, and quite listenable.

This might be a place to have a stop in for conversation, but more so for dancing with your partner/lover.  Check it out sometime, and see what you think!


Fashion details:

  • Standard shape/skin 1
  • Hair:  W & Y style 90, script type C, dyed red
  • Gown:  Prelude Ambrosia
  • Shoes:  Adam n Eve Volar pumps (silver)
  • Jewelry:  Eclectica Chevron suite (silver and pearl)

WindLight setting:  TOR Canyon Dreams (Torley Linden)

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Torley Does Tutorial on Some Interesting 1.23 Changes (Updated)

I just spotted a new tutorial by everyone’s favorite watermelon-fascinated avatar, Torley Linden.  He focuses his camera on…well, on the camera.  Or, more specifically, the camera controls, especially if you do machinima.  From his brief writeup:

Before Second Life Viewer 1.23, in Preference’s Input & Camera tab, there used to be Camera Transition Time and Camera Smoothing. They’ve been replaced by Camera View Angle (a more fluid way to adjust View menu > Zoom In and Out), and Camera Follow Distance now behaves as it’s named (not just while you fly).

I don’t use Linden 1.23 much, as I prefer Rainbow Viewer currently; but this information will be interesting for the times I do switch to the official viewer.  The controls are accessed through the Debug window in the Advanced settings.

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Great Hair from Tukinowaguma

I stumbled across Tukinowaguma hair sometime in the deep, dark past that I can’t remember, and I purchased one of her interesting wigs at that time.  But I didn’t go crazy about her hair until I got a sale ad from the Galleria at Frank’s, which drew me to her store there.  After catching sight of the other styles she had, I ran off to her main store and went crazy. KateForster Akina does lovely bobs, one of which I include in this photo essay; but her updos are fantastic as well.  If you’re looking for big hair for a ball or formal dance gown, definitely try out one of the Tukinowaguma stores, and you’ll find things there to enchant.

Most, if not all, of the styles are scripted for color change, by the way; click on the wig to bring up the menu.  You should either make a copy of the original (preferable, unless you have a huge Inventory), or choose a white shade to bring back the original base color.

I’ve placed the best of the photos I’ve taken in a set on my Flickr stream, and on Koinup as well.  If you like them, please leave comments (both here and there!).  But I’ll give you a small taste here of what I came up with, instead of drowning you in six tons of photos on this blog. As it worked out, I had a mess of Satin Sheen gowns from Nicky Ree on hand as well, and sets of opera gloves from Mimikri; and so I decided to try a themed photo shoot, changing only colors, shoes, hair and jewelry.  A few WindLight tweaks, courtesy of Torley Linden’s excellent package, are also used here.  As long as you have a good default saved to fall back on, don’t be afraid to experiment with those sliders, for both sky and water!

A few notes:

  • Nicky’s Satin Sheen gown is available at her store in most colors for L$100.  This absurdly low price for a Nicky Ree original is because she’s offering the original — it appears, from my reading of the notes I found in the packages, that someone’s copied her.  Please patronize the original designers, not the 7th Avenue knockoff “artists.”
  • Mimikri’s gloves are some of the best I’ve found on the Grid.  The cuffs are prim addons, so I did a little mixing of colors for effect, to match a few of the gowns.  Buy the whole set, and use the cuffs to show the “lining” of your gloves!

Turn the page and behold!

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What Do You Often Hear in a SL Meeting?

Torley Linden isn’t just training videos.  He also writes a blog; and one of his latest articles is on “Things you only hear in a Second Life meeting.” My favorite so far:  “My head is currently wedged up my ass while I’m thinking of this.”  As the speaker notes, this is not a vulgarity; this can be the truth at times, as most of us know to our (and our avatars’) sorrow….

Any road, if you have some favorites that aren’t already listed in the article, comment on it, or tweet Torley at…well, at “torley” in Twitter.

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FLASH! Mark Kingdon’s GMail Inbox Contents!

Our intrepid spies have pulled off a major coup in the ongoing struggle to free all information necessary for full understanding of our relationship with Linden Lab.  Read this post, and see just what goes on behind the scenes of the Lab, as reflected in the contents of M Linden’s GMail account!  Read carefully and fully….

Our spy, of course, was Prad Pravithi, who also released to us the plans for a new computer keyboard designed exclusively for Second Life last summer….

Thanks to Hamlet Au and New World Notes

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