Critical Mass

She clicked the first air interchange on, clicked the second, the third, felt them all shunt open and heard the low hum of the mechanicals gearing up. Lights flickered on, popping in sequential strings of glowing red gems across the control panel. The vents slowly opened, pushing the first breaths of fresh oxygen into the cabin where the dormant residents lay.

She checked her belt. Her carbon-blade set was available, her electro-mace charged and unlocked. While she hoped she wouldn’t have to use them, the doctor warned of disorientation upon awakening, and she wanted to be prepared.

The first resident stirred…

~ from “Critical Mass,” an unpublished and mostly unwritten science fiction novel by Harper Beresford

Critical Mass

I secretly read science fiction and fantasy. I am not an avid reader but a grazer, interested in strong characters, deep thought, interesting landscapes, new cultures. Sometimes it’s fun to think about new worlds, and the very avid RP class in SL does just that. One of the best stores for such folks is run by Bryce Randt and Eclipse Lykin.

This newest offering by them, available tomorrow, shows Bryce’s newest work in 3DMax as he bakes on the textures with shadows, skillfully building the prims and pieces in SL after his work. It’s truly a piece of wonder and if you’re waiting for someone else to get back from their afk break before you resume role playing, you will most likely spend your time camming around the outfit, fascinated by the details—the buckle on the cape, the three knives tucked in the back in the belt, the pouches on the side, the laced fly. It’s a fascinating graphic journey—each exquisite detail opening up another potential story.

Critical Mass

I really like Hart Larsson’s new line of skins with their Asian features and beautiful coloring. Hart has blessedly drawn the nose wider (rather than the unrealistic Michael Jackson pinched nose I unfortunately see on so many skins for women of color) and smoothed out the skin. Hart approaches the tattoo layer differently than other creators—rather than giving you one eye makeup on the skin with lipstick options, he gives you one lipstick on the skin and you purchase the eye makeup options separately. This allows you to customize your skins as you please, swapping out say, a cat eye with red lipstick to a smoky eye with wine lipstick. You ostensibly create your own makeup set in this manner. For example, you can purchase the wine lipstick skin as I have here and purchase several eye makeup options to create your own fat-pack.

Critical Mass

For me science fiction is a way of thinking, a way of logic that bypasses a lot of nonsense. It allows people to look directly at important subjects. – Gene Roddenberry

Hair: POISON ponytail/plum ( resizable / no rezz ) by Mirja Mills for Emo-Tions

Skin: [PXL] Kasumi SK WineLips with [PXL] Kasumi SK Smoke Eyes by Hart Larsson for [PXL]

Outfit: ED-Crucible-F by Bryce Randt and Eclipse Lykin for Eclipse Development *

Boots: Adam n Eve Boots Sleek by Damon Gorilla and sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

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My Secret Star Trek Fantasy…

OK, let me state right here, I am not a Trekkie (yeah, right). No really. I don’t watch it religiously, I can’t speak in Klingon, I can’t give you a riff on the differences between Capt. Kirk and the other guy played by Patrick Stewart, I can’t tell you squat about being a Vulcun or Volcon or whatever Spock was. Nevertheless, I always dug the outfits the women on Star Trek got to wear—and now I think I am ready. Ready to be a Star Trek babe.

My Secret Star Trek Fantasy

If I WERE a Star Trek babe, I would start with this sexy silver alien-skin swimsuit by monica outlander. Let me make something clear—doing silver in SL on system pieces is HARD. monica pulls it off and makes it sexy. Check out the asymmetry of this suit and the sexy back.

My Secret Star Trek Fantasy

I really put this look together for the hair. This hair is out of this world, literally. lat Oh makes hair worth looking at—they are science fiction marvels. Between the twirled horns on top, the locks curled around the neck, the spikes coming out the back, the medallion and the pin stuck through it all, Captain Kirk would be speechless before me.

Add to it the very beautiful skin from Minnu Palen, part of a new series she recently released. This time I went into 2.0 and wore the dark dark lipstick in this set (after I spent a half hour joyfully trying on different lipsticks.. boy that’s fun). Now how could Kirk resist?

My Secret Star Trek Fantasy

Finally, the boots. Those are the secret weapon. Remember how Kirk wore those sexy ankle boots? Well I have him beat. I have these dangerous stiletto heel silver boots from Babette Ultsch, another maker of amazing silver textures. And I CAN beat Kirk in a chase around the moon craters in these babies. It’s space and I am weightless, after all ;)

My Secret Star Trek Fantasy

“GET A LIFE, will you people? I mean, for crying out loud, it’s just a TV show!” ~ William Shatner on SNL

Hair: MIRROR C10 / Black by lat Oh for Mirror

Skin: [LeLutka]-LOLA_stan-makeup4(D Brows)hairbase with [LeLutka]-LOLA -Lipstic_Dark by Minnu Palen for LeLutka

Swimsuit: Miamai_Bo Swimsuit Silver by monica Outlander for Miamai

Boots: *KL* Boots Florence 4.4 Silver Sequined by Babette Ultsch for Kitties Lair

Nano

I am still reading William Gibson. I know I should be finished by now, but I have been reading other things, doing other things, being other things. This look reminded me of the book, especially the discussion about nanotechnology. This whole look could easily be nano-created. Follow along with me as I spin up this future fantasy…

Fluff

Take the nano-created suit from LeeZu Baxter. With its microfiber fashionability, this suit provides years of biohazard protection and durability against the elements. Covered from head to toe (except fingertips to insure small motor control), this skin-tight suit of environmentally comfortable nano-material includes well sculpted shoulder pads and elbow pads (in case you stumble while being chased through the apocalyptic bridge community and might skin your elbows—and it looks cool).

Nano

The hair, also nano-created and a marvel of lightness and biodegradability, is the brainchild of Serenite Stransky. Purely white, a color rarely seen in this polluted and scavenged environment, this hair will make you glow. Implanted through a revolutionary cosmetic surgery, this hair is exchangeable with other hairstyles so you can swap out as needed—all of them biodegradable. Wear it once, throw it out.

Nano

Boots are vintage McQueen, made by Megg Demina for this environment. With their kitschy hardware, they are actually worth quite a bit on the black market because of the hardware and the rubber soles, which can be reused in a number of applications having nothing to do with footwear.

Nano

Future tense:

Hair: [!SyDS! Hair] Bizzare by Serenite Stransky for !SyDS!

Skin: harper-LionSkins by Lion Jonesford for LionSkins (custom)

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

Outfit: [LeeZu!] NOiR Bon Voyage by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu!

Collar:!.M – Heavy Thorn Collar by Liao Manga (no longer available)

Boots: McQueen Goth Boots by Megg Demina for Chapeau tres Mignon

Astrofiction

Rezzable is holding a science-fiction based show and sale on their Greenies’ sim, featuring a number of notable designers.

Astrofiction

Tekelili Tantalus was asked to participate, and he was a brilliant choice for this show. With his otherworldly designs and incredible building skills, few will be able to surpass his fantastic ensembles. This one, one of a set of six colors, is featured at the show. In typical fashion, Tek has combined prim armor and boots with a seductive silks belt and beautifully rendered system pieces.

Astrofiction

The beauty of this outfit, however, is that the system pieces can be removed and you still have a great outfit, especially if you want to make your avatar show a little more skin…

Astrofiction

The skin I am showing, in this case, is one of a series of more fantastic skins from Mea Carnell. With it’s hand-drawn features, it is more illustrative rather than realistic, but it suits the graphic fantasy of Tek’s outfit. I accompany it with one of my favorite fun hair pieces from Helyanwe Vindaloo (fairy dust particles turned to off).

Astrofiction

From another world:

Hair: Petite – Dark Purple by Helyanwe Vindaloo for Deviant Kitties

Skin: Aimesi Skin Drama Sugar Face3 by Mea Carnell for Aimesi *

Outfit: Vega by Tekeli-li – Purple by Tekelili Tantalus for Tek-lili! *

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[][]

Out of This World

Once in a while I like to leave my studio where I am usually squirreled away, packing and unpacking prims, reviewing outfits, sorting through notecards, and gazing lovingly at my hundreds—nay, thousands!—of pairs of shoes. I become an intrepid explorer, clicking happily away on landmarks and flying around the grid.

Out of This World

So I was pretty amazed when I arrived at Heaven 4D Ultra Dome. There were a lot of rotating glowing things, which seems the order of the day when there is some sort of spectacle going on. It was like a big amusement part in some post-apocalyptic abandoned city. Terrace Orman makes an incredible, otherworldly sim with grungy cartoon textures. And the few things she has on sale follow that style.

Out of This World

Take for example this Cyber Vampire suit with the tentacles that fly all over the place (high numbers on the flexis—they really could hurt someone). Could we mix more genres here? We have the tentacles from hentai and some electronic stuff and uh.. some stuff that looks alien. Not sure where the vampire comes in, but it sure looks cool. And it comes with many options—most of them a bit more sexual than I am willing to show here. (This is a family blog here, folks.)

Out of This World

It even comes with these kick butt boots. Now, I highly doubt I will ever wear any of these components on their own. Heck, not sure WHEN I will wear this whole outfit, but it feels good to have something otherworldly in my inventory. I mean, when we come here, we want to be able to stretch our minds and ideas a little. Grab the adventure ;)

Out of This World

In another dimension:

Hair: CriCri-gShort02-B by Aska Watler for CriCri

Skin: TBP Infinity Custom Skin – Harper Beresford by Maximillion Grant for Body Politik

Outfit: H4D Plug in WIRE Cyber Vampire Suit by Terrace Orman for ! !Heaven4D

Listening to Joga sung by Sonos.