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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Join me in wandering all over the damn place, won't you?

*Currently listening to Groove Armada's "Soundboy Rock" while writing. Why did I tell you this? Why the hell not?*

I'm feeling like this post is gonna be long, so I'll use a tactic I use in my RL blog -- which drags readers through tales of bad dates, thought-provoking (not really) ramblings on pop culture and angst-bombs about aging pets. (EXCITING!)

I'll break this one up into subtitles for you. Feel free to skip the sections you find boring.

DO A GOOD DEED

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that SL once again is rallying for a good cause, this time to support the victims of the devastating Australia Victorian bushfires.

Moggs Oceanlane is one of several bloggers who list various ways to donate or assist in SL. Hop over to her blog for many options and other links.

Bravo to the designers who are creating fund-raiser pieces and donating all the profits to related charities. 

Here are a few of them:

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This dress is called Victoria by Moonshine Clothing and supports the Australian Red Cross' Victorian Bushfire Appeal fundraiser. (Stockings not included)

(I snuck into my friend Laleeta Xue's new store Pffiou! Poses without Cramps to take that pic and am striking the pose "La Mysterieuse" from her La Mode pose set. See my future post, "My friends are way cooler than I am" for more info.)

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This fresh-faced, pretty skin is called Timeless 2009 Bushfire Appeal Fundraiser by Ashia Tomsen at Ashia Designs. The necklace is Graduated Color-Change Pearl Necklace (comes with matching bracelet) by Nuala Shippe at Kunstkammer. Both are beautiful inventory additions that support a very important cause. What are you waiting for? Go go go.

THE FOUR-LETTER "H" WORD

I'm not going to blog a lot about those wild crazy hunts going on right now, except to make a few observations.

-- I actually made four fun new friends while participating in these hunts. While many people see hunts as a dash-and-grab fest for freebie fanatics, I think sometimes we overlook some important benefits, such as the bonding experience that comes with joining forces with strangers to find an impossible item. I also discovered some shops that I'd never heard of before -- and spent lindens there. Spoonful of Sugar (and the whole awesome Polly Jean sim, for that matter) and Sam's Secret Boutique are just two of them.

-- To the store owners who have yanked their hunt items because hunters keep sharing the locations -- and I'm a devoted customer of some of them -- I guess I'm a little sad and disappointed. A hunt is a game, meant to be taken lightly. And if your store is GIGANTIC and lag is impossible, then it's a given that hunt participants are going to help each other, particularly if the hunt is structured in such a way that we can't move forward to the next location without your (don't get me wrong, much-appreciated) gift, which has the next landmark in it.

I always wonder why some stores participate in these hunts if they get wiggy about hunters helping each other. 

One owner's scripted greeter informed me, "Any hunt participant who shouts the location of the hunt object will be banned from this sim forever!"

Hell yeah, I shouted it! (And ran.) You own a FREAKIN' ISLAND, dude! We have real lives that we eventually have to live.

I'M BANNED! RAWWWWWWK!

I feel like a bad girl now. And I like it. 

Who wants a piece of my banned, bad-girl self?

-- I was going to talk at length about two crazed chicks who have seemingly taken over the Greatest Love Hunt Group and spend their time mocking, jeering, and downright bullying people who use the group for its intended purpose -- to ask for help finding items -- but I'll refrain.

I did call one out and say, "Why are you being such a bully and who appointed you dictator of this group? I don't see an admin title by your name in the members list."

I got an "EMERALD, YOU IM ME RIGHT NOW!" in response.

Cough.

Um. No honey.

See, that's not how it works.

You gotta problem with me, you IM ME, little girl. 

I don't take orders from bullies, people who type in all caps, people who can't spell or speak in complete sentences, or bizarre people bandaging their insecurities by lording over people who ask them for help.

Several other group members and I left that group in disgust. And (slightly ironically), if you need help in the Greatest Love Hunt, the Vain group is now assisting GL group refugees and hunters.

-- I got lost in a yard sale with Moxie Polano of Moxie Polano's Haute Styles during the Greatest Love Hunt and learned that the talented designer is a kind and beautiful soul. No wonder her work is so stunning.

-- I (sorta) met the awesomely twisted artist Nimil of LuNi Designs when she IM'ed me and said "Hey, you're wearing my key!"

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Hell yeah I am, girl. Your key rocks. Thank you! I'm a fan of the dark LuNi Designs, and this Captive Heart Key is the store's prize on the Vain Kissed Hunt. It'll never be for sale in its current form (according to the notecard) so go get those lips!

That dress is from QueenKellee Kuu's Alicia series at her new store Royally and you'll read more about it in my future post, "My friends are way cooler than I am." I'm not really a ballerina type, but I gave it some edge with ripped stockings and ballet boots and, my gawd, the detailing on the dress is so gorgeous, it made me a tutu convert.

-- I like the funny things I see on hunts, like my friend Gertie, who crashed and left a ghosted AV standing on top of an exotic male dancer:

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Here's a butt shot of the guy, for you ladies:

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Sorry about the pics, Gertie, but damn, it was funny. I guess if you're gonna crash, on top of a half-naked man is the place to do it.

OK. Oops. I guess I said more about the H-word that I intended to.

FREE STUFF THAT'S WORTH THE LAG

-- A few strangers have actually IMed me during the past week and asked me about this skin:

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It's kind of a secret, but I'm gonna spill it!

This free skin is Tone 3 from the new LorAla Skins line and yes, as always, Lorac Farella's work is absolutely fabulous.

Go to the freebies section on ALADY. See that row of free jeans? Buy a pair and you'll find this skin packed inside them.

-- And perhaps you haven't heard of the upscale lingerie store MZ (I hadn't until I read about it on Karla Scorbal's blog). This store has frequent spectacular SL 2 RL "elections" -- they're spectacular in that you vote on your favorite lingerie set (most priced at around 800L) and get it for free with your vote. Every set also comes with free sexy shoes.

You can only vote once per election (and believe me, I've tried sneaking back a couple of days later and voting again -- GO AHEAD, call me a loser. I've already been banned from a sim). Fortunately they have these events often -- hit the Subscribo to get a notice when there's a new one.

This month we're voting on ostrich-feathered ensembles. It's always tough picking just one to vote for. The lingerie is gorgeous . . . but I guess I have to open my big fat mouth and say . . . WTF is going on with the models' EYES???

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**screams and runs away from this blog for awhile**

6 comments:

Green Dream said...

*Hands Emerald a 'Banned Gurls Club' button* Welcome to the gang. XD

Tymmerie Thorne said...

WOW - were the stores you mentioned really in the hunt? I promptly forgot their names as soon as I found the next hunt box. And I saved exactly zero landmarks.

And good for you for standing up to those two see-you-next-Tuesdays on the GL chat! I kept praying that they had to sleep or eat or shower or go to a job. Apparently, they do none of those things.

Laleeta Xue said...

Oh wow scary ass model! Makes me think of that woman even though she is waaaay sexier:
http://mystupidrules.info/images/Girls/lisa_edelstein_04.jpg

That's Lisa Edelstein the actress that plays Dr Cuddy in House Md :)

Tristan Micheline said...

You met the cupid guy too !!! I was loling in rl when I saw his heart shaped attire and his groovy moves.
You're posts are great and funny and inspiring as always.
Now that I've finished the cain hunt my sl is sooo much less hectic...now if only I would sort it >.> Umm yeah.. might be a while... I love your posts Em <3

Emerald Wynn said...

Hey there's a cool-looking chick named Green Dream up there!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tymm: The two see-you-next-Tuesdays actually did work in shifts. They talked about it. When I finally did have it out with the "enticing" one in private IM, she said, "We devote 18 hours a day to this group. Do you???" (Um, thankfully no.)

Laleeta: LOL! I guess I can appreciate the sense of humor. (Hopefully that's what they were going for?)

And Tristan, I stood for about 8 minutes watching that guy in fascination and giggling like some kind of a perv. I kept shouting, "GERTIE, GET OFF THAT GUY!"

Nimil said...

hai! i just wanted to say thank you :) i am just now getting a chance to see this blog cause i suck and my spam guard thing on my blog had been holding your comment and i didn't realize it was there till i looked a few minutes ago :o anyway, i am so glad you liked the key hehe and that you are a fan! it was nice to bump into you in world, i thought i'd recognized your name from somewhere but i couldn't put my finger on it XD i read your blog sometimes when i have a chance lol.

thank you kindly for the comment you left me on my blog.