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Space… The Final Frontier

As I’ve mentioned before, I regularly have a couple of different styles of parcels running at once. I recently changed my parcel in Sebastian and removed the Ethan Explores offices (I didn’t have many visitors). And was deciding what to do with it. Previously it had Liberty Rising, the location for my blog stories based around Bash Quandry’s space stations.

But (as I mentioned in my blog post about Bash’s amazing work), technology in SL has moved on and now we have mesh. One of Bash’s contemporaries (and someone who works closely with him) is Janey Suen at BBI (Black Bishop Innovation).

After seeing the updated mesh version of the Calliope being discussed in the BBI chat I decided to revisit. I liked the update and did buy one (I’ll be writing about it later). But today I wanted to talk about the Epsilon. This is a decent sized livable static spaceship with auto-rez functions throughout. It’s not available in the Marketplace but it’s right next to the entrance of the mainstore inworld.

It costs L$4499 and weighs in at 532 LI (unfurnished) and 791 LI (fully furnished), and with a 64x48m footprint, you’re going to need at least a 4096m parcel. But if you have one and are looking for a good RP spaceship then I can highly recommend this one! (And don’t worry – I will be covering the uniforms that I’m wearing in a later blog post too!)

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Down The Rabbit Hole

I’m quite a fan of Alice In Wonderland. In fact, my second RL tattoo was based on American McGee’s Alice (and created by the fantastic utxg at Cock-a-Snook in Newcastle upon Tyne if you’re interested!) 
So when I noticed a destination in the SL Destination Guide called Alice Enchanted I had to visit. Although it’s quite a basic location compared with some of my recent destinations like FF2016 and the MadPea experiences, it’s still definitely worth a visit. Throughout the parcel you’ll see interpretations of the Alice story from various versions, including the Disney, Tim Burton and even American McGee’s creations. Although not quite as interactive as a story there are some beautiful twists and sections. 

So if you have 20 mins to spare then I can highly recommend popping over to see them! 

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Making a Decision at The Crossroads

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I visited The Crossroads a couple of days ago and really liked the feel, with a post-apocalyptic feel it was extremely attractive and had some really big names there. (In fact, I only found it because of the DRD (Death Row Designs) group.)

So if you’re looking for a varied shopping experience in a beautifully built post-apocalyptic setting then get yourself down to The Crossroads – you’d better be quick though as it’s only open until 28 July!Crossroads

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Gatcha Resale Room

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a fan of Gatchas – I’d rather buy what I want, when I want it. Every so often though, I give it a try. And I never seem to get what I really want. So I’ve set up a Gatcha Resale Room on the Ethan Explores Marketsquare in Sebastian. At the Moment there are a couple of pieces from Apple Fall as well as some clothes from Gabriel. But I’m sure that more will find their way there.

I’m not trying to make money, just recoup losses – so they’ll always be sold for cost.

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Settling in to my new home.

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I’m not going to bother with links at the bottom – you clearly know where the blog’s kept! But you probably don’t know where to find the Ethan Explores complex in world. It’s a Parcel designed for me to keep an in-world record of the posts and subjects that I put on the blog. It also has a small office space, comfortable meeting spaces and areas to store some of my knick-knacks.

There’s also a dedicated skybox that contains my Exposeur props to allow me to take pictures for the blog posts of clothing. If you want to visit me in world then just follow this SLURL.

If An Apple Falls

I’ve seen a huge change in the landscape of Second Life over the years. As the population fluctuates and we see swathes of Abandoned land that takes months to go up for auction I think that many of us feel sad.

Apple-Fall-Logo-JPGBut then there are the changes to the quality of things that creators are making. From the smaller stores like By Chiana Oh! to the larger builders like Dysfunctionality Designs. And every time I see what they’ve created I’m just in awe. Thinking back to the days of prim only builds, the beautiful creations made by these talented people are amazing. Especially considering the tiny prim counts.

I’ve mentioned a couple before, but one that that really deserves to be discussed is Apple Fall by Warehousefifteendesigns. Apple is a UK designer and I was rather lucky to be able to chat to him a couple of months ago. He’s really friendly as well as being super talented. He creates loads of mesh bashed decor items as well as a few prefab buildings. My only frustration with his stores is the amount of Gatchas – but I’ve never been a fan of them. I’d rather pay more initially and know what I’m getting rather than hoping that I get what I want for a cheaper price.

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I’m Not One To Skirt The Issue 

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The Future Has No Gender

I touched on my opinions on gendered clothing back when I wrote about [sYs]. I was a Goth back in the mid 90s and have been gay for most of my life. This meant that I had quite a slap-dash attitude to gendered clothing. I used to wear skirts and dresses, make up and nail varnish. But I was never trans. I didn’t want to be a woman, nor did I want to look like one. I’ve never questioned my gender (I’m a cis-male and am fine with that).

I did however like the look and feel of skirts, I liked the way that make-up could accentuate or detract from my features. I described myself as a gay man in a dress. That was all there was to it. But even in these more open times this demographic isn’t really catered for. (Male clothing in general is extremely poorly catered for in SL, looking at the Marketplace today, out of the 1,715,885 items of gendered clothing available only 262,801 are for men. That’s just 15%!)

But today I found Boys To The Bone (by Jacques Valentine) and Titzuki (by Titzuki Yuitza). These guys have designed some fantastic clothes that cross that line perfectly, allowing me to dress my avatar in the clothes I want to without changing him into a female or making me into a femboy. It’s also meant that I’m starting to get a better idea about my character for Helior Prime.

I still like all the other stuff that I buy, I just like having the choice between suits, jeans, shorts and skirts. So, after buying a bunch of stuff and feeling quite sexy, I dusted off my Exposeur (don’t worry – I’ll be writing about them soon!) pose prop – Red Light Showcase – and pulled together a few photos of some of their work!

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A Graves Situation

I’ve been a fan of Graves for quite a few years now, and I still wear their stuff. It was only while I was looking for some costumes for Helior Prime that I realised just how perfect it would be.

So I’ve dusted off my old outfits, had a bit of a play around with them (and you’ll see my new Helior Character making an appearance towards the bottom of the selection). With a definite Sci-fi and Cyber look, tied in with a slightly fetishistic feel thanks to the tight latex and leather, Jackie Graves shows just what an amazing job a great designer can do with simple default clothing and prim accessories.

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Walpurgis, *Not* Vampire…

Master Coat_001I’m in the process of designing a character for Helior Prime, a new Sci-Fi RolePlay sim. It looks interesting, the Sim is beautiful and Sid (the lead GM) has been able to introduce a vampire based character class with a slight twist.

The Sim itself is an LGBT+ but straight-friendly site. I’ll keep you up to date with how I’m doing. But in the meantime, here’s my character peeking out of a tomb!

Checking The Pulse

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I visited the Pulse Fundraiser, a pop-up mall designed to raise funds for the victims and families of the Pulse tragedy (I wrote about my reaction to it, and about gay pride in general over on the Proud Ankylosaur blog). It looked like it was a full sim dedicated to stalls raising funds for the cause. Continue reading “Checking The Pulse”