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  1. I am exploring the wonders of Bakes on Mesh, and I am going as a horror version of Carmen Miranda. More details here: https://ryanschultz.com/2019/10/10/second-life-bakes-on-mesh-halloween-carmen-miranda/
  2. If you missed out on the regular Akeruka group gifts (they usually offer group gifts every 6 months or so), you can pick up a very handsome Bento mesh head from LV Designs for only L$500. The Matt head (SL Marketplace link) may not come with all the bells and whistles of the pricier Bento mesh heads from Catwa and other vendors, but it certainly does the job at one-tenth the cost, as you can see:
  3. I maintain an up-to-date blogpost with information on free and inexpensive mesh heads and bodies for male avatars here: https://ryanschultz.com/2018/10/04/second-life-steals-deals-and-freebies-free-and-inexpensive-mesh-heads-and-bodies-for-male-second-life-avatars/ I also have a separate blogpost for free and inexpensive mesh heads and bodies for female avatars here: https://ryanschultz.com/2018/09/24/second-life-steals-deals-and-freebies-free-mesh-heads-and-bodies-for-female-second-life-avatars/
  4. I am still having an absolute blast trying out all my old system skins and system layers clothing on mesh avatars. Here is my latest creation, an old system-layers-and-prims outfit from Comme Il Faut on a fully mesh avatar (Akeruka Cleo head and Altamura Juliet mesh body, both free group gifts from earlier this year): More details here: https://ryanschultz.com/2019/10/10/second-life-bakes-on-mesh-halloween-carmen-miranda/ The skin I am using on this avatar is by Atmoic Bambi, and is called Noori Noir. Unfortunately, the store is also no longer on the grid. This is an older system skin, so the area around the fingernails doesn’t quite match the Altamura mesh nails. I found that my earlier solution, the free finger and foot fixes available from League which I mentioned in this earlier blogpost, didn’t work for grey skin. To fix the area around the fingernails to match this deathly grey pallor exactly, I used nail covers by SmitCoStudios, which you can edit and tint any colour you wish (they are available for L$25 on the SL Marketplace).
  5. Also, Sonatta Morales has an excellent vintage clothing store in the 1920s Berlin sims, I think. Or maybe the Time Portal? Search for her under People in your SL viewer and there should be a SLURL to her store in her profile somewhere.
  6. And the best part is, with Bakes on Mesh, you will still be able to wear system layer clothing on your fully mesh avatar body!
  7. I predict that two things happening in the next 12 months will change social VR uptake among consumers: 1. The Oculus Quest standalone VR headset is selling as fast as Facebook can make them; and 2. Facebook is launching a social VR platform called Horizon in early 2020. As they say, a rising tide lifts all boats. Yes, some founders like Philip Rosedale were caught unexpectedly by slower-than-expected VR uptake by consumers but that is likely to change quickly now that Facebook is entering the social VR market in a big way. Facebook is likely to dominate the social VR market and crush (or buy out) competitors.
  8. Here's my take on the new Bakes on Feature support in Firestorm: https://ryanschultz.com/2019/10/02/the-firestorm-second-life-viewer-now-supports-bakes-on-mesh/ And here's another update I posted yesterday, about BoM for both Maitreya and Altamura mesh bodies: https://ryanschultz.com/2019/10/03/second-life-bakes-on-mesh-truly-a-second-life-for-your-system-avatar-skins-and-clothing/ I am very happy with how well Bakes on Mesh works. It have given a "second life" to all my old system skins and system layer clothing! In the second blogpost I tell you about a free set of finger and foot fixes for older system avatar skins available from League, which will fix issues around the fingernails and toes of these skins. I have tested the fixes and they work well too.
  9. Here's my take on the new Bakes on Feature support in Firestorm: https://ryanschultz.com/2019/10/02/the-firestorm-second-life-viewer-now-supports-bakes-on-mesh/ And another update I posted yesterday, about BoM for Maitreya and Altamura mesh bodies: https://ryanschultz.com/2019/10/03/second-life-bakes-on-mesh-truly-a-second-life-for-your-system-avatar-skins-and-clothing/ I am very happy with how well Bakes on Mesh works. In the second blogpost I tell you about a free set of finger and foot fixes for older system avatar skins available from League.
  10. Here are my reports on using Bakes on Mesh with Maitreya Lara: https://ryanschultz.com/2019/10/02/the-firestorm-second-life-viewer-now-supports-bakes-on-mesh/ https://ryanschultz.com/2019/10/03/second-life-bakes-on-mesh-truly-a-second-life-for-your-system-avatar-skins-and-clothing/ In summary, Bakes on Mesh works like a charm, and I can now wear all my old system skins on my Maitreya Lara mesh body and Catwa mesh head! In the second blogpost, I also post about a free set of finger and feet fixers for older system skin from League. I have tested them out and they word well. I'm very happy with the BoM relay for Maitreya and for Catwa.
  11. Wow! You are all an inspiration. Here is a blog post I wrote up yesterday. I'm MUCH better at writing about my inventory than organizing or weeding it 😉 https://ryanschultz.com/2019/09/07/true-second-life-confessions-how-i-deal-with-an-inventory-of-240000-items/
  12. So...I'm curious. How big is your SL inventory? Do you throw out old stuff regularly? Do you just let it accumulate? How do you organize it? *Do* you organize it? I'll start. My current inventory size is *cough*239,322*cough* and I once made a very half-hearted attempt to filter the items older than 4,000 days (see picture) and throw out some of my oldest system layer and flexiprim clothing. Then I gave up and just kept everything, forever and ever, Amen. I just tell myself that with Bakes on Mesh, I still might just need something... *sigh* I think I need to join a 12 Step group... somebody call the people over at TLC, I might just have a new reality TV show idea for them....
  13. Love it! I actually linked to your blogpost from my own, which also features this new custom avatar: https://ryanschultz.com/2019/09/07/sansar-store-spotlight-hellen-custom-avatar-by-eunicorn/ Thanks for the heads up! 🙂
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