Steampunk Sue

The whole steampunk thing.. it was a hopeful look ahead to a future where industry and invention would make our lives easier, more wonderful, more interesting. I never quite understood the aesthetic until I got to SL. Since Linden Lab has been tinkering with the innards of SL and our clients, I thought I would try tinkering myself and put on a few gears and gadgets of my own.

Steampunk Sue

I met BlakOpal Galicia and Trilobyte Zanzibar at Burning Life last year. That’s the magic of BL—you end up bumping into all sorts of cool people, and BlakOpal and Trilobyte definitely qualify as cool. Their textures and building are unparalleled for steampunk. Check out this absolutely exquisite ensemble, complete in everyway from the hat on top to the beautiful boots.

Steampunk Sue

There is so much here to look at, one doesn’t know where to start first. There’s the cute top hat leading to the eye piece (which itself has an incredible texture with light reflecting off the glass) to the choker with its ribbons, the bodice, the crazy belt with a riot of gears, and the richly textured skirts.

The most brilliant touch is the sleeve insets with rotating pieces. A photo can’t do it justice. There are little rings whirling inside rings, tortured toruses rotating around a central glowing… thing.. and little drills adding a vicious touch.

The great thing about this get-up is that it comes with everything but the hair. You even get the boots. A close up on the boots shows you how wonderful the textures are.

Steampunk Sue

yukitan Farrjones and WAKA flow have rebuilt and reopened their store, no longer a little boutique jam packed with freebies and hidden away in an obscure sim. (I am talking about a store that proceeded the one most people know.) This new store is much more luxurious and stocked with the many new designs W&Y are making, including their new model line. Shown here is non-beaded version of a hair they gave away at their opening. It’s a great shape and really well rendered. There is a reason W&Y has this new store—they do great work.

Steampunk Sue

May the dreams of your past be the reality of your future

Hair: W&Y AGATA Model  05 A by yukitan Farrjones for W&Y

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Bella (fair/br) F.Y.L.O. copper by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Ensemble: BlakOpal Mechanique Steampunk Outfit by blakopal Galicia and Trilobyte Zanzibar for BlakOpal

Jacked In

Ooo! I just watched my first episode of Caprica (do not spoil it for me!) and now I am squirming with the pleasure of this great science fiction series ahead of me, especially since I just finished Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood.

There is a whacky discussion going on in my head right now, based on an article by James Fallows in this month’s Atlantic about How America Can Rise Again. It has to do with this notion of apocalypse or rather, how Americans face the current times and the future with a feeling that we are in decline.

I think a lot of the same malaise imbues SL, (and I am not talking about RP sims like City of Lost Angels or Midian) in the forums, the blogs, and the general chat. The Mentors are gone, the Homesteads are messed up, people are closing malls and businesses… yadda yadda yadda.

But Fallows has it right in his article, and I argue the same. “One look at the comforts and abundance of American life—even during a recession, even with all the people who are suffering or left out—can make it seem silly to ask about anything except the secrets of the country’s success,” he argues. “The typical American I see in an office building or shopping mall, stout or slim, gives off countless unconscious signs—hair, skin, teeth, height—of having grown up in a society of taken-for-granted sanitation, vaccination, ample protein, and overall public health.”

I can point to the same thing in SL: higher concurrencies, better stability, more beautiful and far reaching content than we have ever had before. Even the newbies look tons better (come on now—hardly anyone runs around with that freaky helmet hair anymore). SL is pretty damn good. Fallows’ final argument is that American history has a unique tradition of “cycles of despair followed by triumphant rebirths.” We are on the brink in this country, and I think SL is in line too. (And I apologize to all my readers from other countries—I would like to hear your thoughts too.)

This crazy opener leads into today’s look, a combo of high tech, future, and fantasy. Actually, it is all about being jacked in.

Jacked In

The content in SL is better than ever. Let’s agree on that. I show this amazing “kimono” from Selos Dae as evidence. From the amazingly sculpties, combining a fur with a full leg to the truly unique sleeves, upended and lined with fur, to the great streaming ties. It’s just a very funky and cool outfit.

Jacked In

I said this blog was all about the hair, however, and really it is (and not about the weird thoughts going on in my head). This amazing cyberhair made by lat Oh made my day. Not only is it shaped well, textured amazingly, and tremendously imaginative, but it is also scripted with a HUD so you can change color of the metal, the little round “lights” on the back, and the ends of the wicks AND you can control their glow.

Jacked In

My favorite part of the hair was the USB port on the earphone!! Oh imagine that, being able to jack right in to your computer. (It’s all coming clear now, isn’t it.. Caprica.. the future of the SL.. get it? OK, probably not, but trust me, it all has to do with this little USB port.)

I wear a futuristic skin from Mea Carnell who has a line of pretty groovy goth and futuristic women’s skins. And these little eyelashes from Keri Clip are my favorite because they have a little white dot on the bottom. Something about those dots is so charming.

Jacked In

Don’t fear the cyborg in you:

Hair: MIRROR C14 / Cyber Light (Red) by lat Oh for MIRROR  ::. Cyber Bunker

Skin: Aimesi Skin Drama Silver Face1 by Mea Carnell for Aimesi *

Eyelashes: Detour – Klee Dot Lashes by Keri Clip for Detour

Kimono: [][]Trap[][] Ghost Hakama by Selos Dae for [][]Trap[][]

Future Girls

The “high fashion” content makers of SL seem to be releasing at the beginning of this year, smartly eschewing the noise of the holiday season and tempting us with their wares once all the revelry has passed.

Future Girl

It’s an interesting business model—releasing in batches amid considerable fanfare and then lying fallow for weeks or months as another collection is made. Thora Charron recently released the Ultra collection at LeLutka to much noise. I found these pants there. With their wrinkly vinyl-like texture and modern print, the texture has much to recommend it and is one of the best pieces offered in the collection, in my opinion. (In fact, the most compelling were those that relied on well-done system pieces. Sometimes using sculpties for the sake of using them does not mean good design.)

Future Girl

I paired it with this brilliant top from LeeZu Baxter. This is the first time I have ever found something to go with this top suitably. This top is almost painterly in its approach to light and detail. Gorgeous. Both pieces show the designers’ skill and thoughtfulness about system pieces. Both highlight their artistic abilities. And both are raising the bar in SL. If this is the future for SL, I am all for it.

Future Girl

I paired with a skin from Gala Phoenix. The Curio skins I purchased are growing on me. At first I was put off by their little-girlness but I think I saw them on too many anime-styled shapes. I still feel they look young but without the big eyes and little moue mouth I have seen it so often stretched over, I am admiring their best features—well blended lights and shadows, expressive eyes, full lush petulant lips, and a nose without the dirty white/gray smudge so many have.

Future Girl

Don’t Look Back:

Hair: Vermillion (salamander)M by momo46915 Runningbear for Sadistic Hacker

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Dark] June-Raccoon 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio

Top: [LeeZu!] Margo Jacket /night by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu!

Pants: [LeL.Ultra]-ENIGMA pants/red by Thora Charron for LeLutka

Boots: PM Posh Leather Boots  – Black by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode