Sunday, July 11, 2010

Operation Squeegee homes and furniture!

If you're not SLiving under a prim rock, you've probably heard--however in passing--about the Operation Squeegee fundraiser currently taking place to benefit the (U.S.) National Wildlife Federation in its initiative to help clean up the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Dozens of talented Second Life designers have made some of their wares available at Operation Squeegee headquarters with all or part of each sale to be directly donated to OpSquee and the NWF.

Many of the fabulous fashions that are available to purchase in the OpSquee vendor area have received excellent coverage in blogs. I've had trouble, however, finding much written about the homes, decor, and furniture on offer. I don't believe I've ever blogged merchandise specifically to blog merchandise (I used to take and post to Flickr photos of hunt prizes, but that was me being silly with random stuff). I may never do it again, but with four days left in Operation Squeegee (it ends July 15), I figured it wouldn't hurt to give these terrific designers a little extra shout-out.

Especially since I'd bought quite a bit of this stuff during the fundraiser already. :)

Erm, and apologies in advance for speaking in third person at times in this. Just seemed easier that way.

For a larger view of the pictures, please visit my Flickr site.



Do I really need this many homes? Mm... don't ask. Do I want them? Yeah, you bet. To the left is the Mardi Gras Bayou House from Thistle. It's only 28 prims, and you can see pretty much all of it from here. It's open in the front and has only the one room, and it would look great in New Toulouse Bayou or someplace similarly swampy and/or eccentric. To the right in the first pic is Grimalkin's 132-prim Acadian house, with several rooms and a usable attic. It comes in a rez box for convenience. I love it, but it's huge and I don't have space for it anywhere right now.

In the foreground is the houseboat from Veritas Designs. It's 53 prims including the unlinked doors. It has two rooms, an open deck in the front, and plenty of space on the roof. I've decorated with the strands of lanterns from Weather! or Not?, copy-ok and 4 prims for each strand.



Laertes is sitting in one of the 2-prim Clutter folding chairs for L$150 each; they are no-copy, but they come in varnished wood or light wood colors, and you can switch among six colors and twenty sitting poses with each. Lette's "sitting by the sea" on the 8-prim bench from A Netherworld. The bird pooping on the oil sign is 17 prims from Kattastrophe and comes in a wearable version as well.



Here's the larger of the houseboat's two rooms, with space enough for the Old Joe furniture set from Obsidian Desires and then some. The 12-prim couch seats three with four pose options, while the 10-prim armchair only seats one, but the sitter has twelve poses to choose from. Also included in the same set is the 5-prim planter by the window.



This piano from Gehenna plays nine tunes from Pirates of the Caribbean; you can sit down and be animated to play it or else click it and let it play on its own (keys are not animated). The chest on top is part of the product, but for 30 prims of space absorption, some might prefer to leave out only the 18-prim piano and the 3-prim bench. On the wall behind Laertes is a photograph by Elsbeth Writer of NT Bayou, one of several available at OpSquee HQ.

Lette is camped out in the back room with Elsa the (6-prim) Sheep from Kattastrophe. Because every houseboat needs a pet sheep. I just decided. The chaise, from Noctis, is 14 prims and contains seven animations, including a reading anim and a book to go with it. There is only room for one avatar at a time. Finally, there is Perpetually Loony's 2-prim art nouveau clock and Noctis's 5-prim leadlight chandelier. The rug in the back room is from the Obsidian Desires set.



Here is my very favorite item, the "Operation Getaway" structure, 28 prims from Noctis. It's not an airship--it can't be driven or flown--it just hangs where you put it. Living in a sim where people can wander off the street and into your living room, this seemed a good thing to put way up in the sky for the privacy. And I'm wearing the Gloop Avatar (refined version) from Weather! or Not?

So please head on over to the Operation Squeegee headquarters and buy! The fundraiser ends Thursday, July 15.

Grimalkin Acadian Cottage - L$600, 100% donated
Thistle Mardi Gras Bayou House - L$100, 100% donated
Noctis Operation Getaway hangout - L$290, 100% donated
Veritas Designs: houseboat - L$400, 100% donated
Clutter: Varnished Woods folding chair - L$150, 100% donated
Obsidian Desires: Old Joe couches - L$100, 50% donated
A Netherworld: sitting by the sea bench - L$150, 100% donated
Noctis: seaside chaise - L$100, 50% donated; leadlight chandelier - L$80, 100% donated
WorN: paper lanterns - L$180, 100% donated
Kattastrophe: bird poop sign - L$149, 100%; elsa the sheep - L$99, 100% donated
Gehenna: pirates of the caribbean piano - L$800, 50% donated
Elsbeth Writer Photography - L$100, 100% donated
Perpetually Loony: art nouveau clock - L$199, 100% donated

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Starlust Easter Hunt


HUNT ENDS: April 9
HUNT ITEM: Easter eggs of any possible size and color, but most are enormous
VISIBILITY: Just fly around the sims, you can't miss them. Use wireframe to see the ones that are inside stores if you want.
OTHER: The prizes are not all free. They range in price from L$0 to L$10.

This is not a grid-wide hunt. It takes place on seven of the ten sims that make up the Starlust area. There's no set order and no HUD. Just go and search. Most of the eggs are large, and many are simply set out on the stores' roofs. The biggest challenge relates to the fact that you may never know whether you have them all or not (if, in fact, you're as stubborn as I am about finding them all). If you do want to find all of them, note that some are tricky. There's one I found inside a mountain. I could only see it with wireframe. But if all you want to do is spend an afternoon flying around some great, funky sims, picking up free and cheap stuff, then this is a perfect hunt for you.

A good starting spot is at The Starlust Motel on Lloyd. Open the SL map to see where the other sims are in relation to Lloyd if you're not familiar with them. What follows is a list of the eggs I've found, which may or may not be complete. But having a general idea of what can be found can make a huge difference. If anyone knows if I'm missing any eggs, please contact me privately or post the info in comments. Please include the sim only, not the exact location.

Split Pea (L$1): F green cable knit socks w prim flowers

Astraia (L$1): F tank/capris outfit, sandals, necklace
Awesome Blossom (L$0): U nerdy glasses (w & w/o tape), nerd tee
Fab.Pony 3/6 (L$1): F cropped tank, baby blue
Ki2 1/7 (L$10): F one-piece swimsuit w skirt, black
Kid Asia (L$0): M & F v-neck tees, three colors
Likka*House (L$0): F cyan lingerie set
MiaSnow (L$0): F white queen skin, pale w deep green makeup
Pie Hole (L$0): U skinned elbows & knees on all layers
Second Spaces (L$0): 12pr comfy chair in light purple & green floral
Sea Hole (L$5): 139pr skybox w loft, fireplace, full kitchen, wall art
Split Pea (L$10): bunneh mask w blinking eyes (hold in front of face)
Vanitas Vesture (L$0): F pink silk skirt
WhoNose (L$1): F white & green dress w poofy skirt
WorN (L$1): U egg avatar w attaching flowers to stay hidden :D

Bliensen + MaiTai (L$9): F hair w bunny ear-like braids, nine colors
ChaosLotus (L$10): F pink bellyring, pink & purple stud earrings
Coucou (L$1): F pink lace necklace
DooDads (L$2): F brightly colored heart bracelets
Fusion (L$0): F prim nails, gray and pink options w silver ring
Ki2 6/7 (L$10): F one-piece swimsuit w skirt, green
Mixed Nuts (L$2): ten textures (two types, five colors each)
Sisters (L$0): F blue, white, black batik corset top
/ME (L$10): cadbury creme egg foil for mouth, little easter basket w pose
Strumpet (L$0): F light blue dress w prep school badge

Blacklisted (L$10): U purple zombie Jesus tee
Fab.Pony 5/6 (L$1): F striped summery halter/shorts/leggings outfit
Ki2 7/7 (L$10): F one-piece swimsuit w skirt, bright blue
Pig (L$1): F duotone socks w suspenders, three colors
Thimbles (L$1): F brown babydoll dress

Bryce (L$0): M/U hair, eight colors
Chaotic Symphony (L$0): F strapless tank, cyan w butterfly
Cupcakes & Poetry (L$1): F easter cupcake hat w chick & eggs
{There are also Cupcakes & Poetry 1, 2, & 3 (L$10 each): 6pr eggs in cupcake cups. These are actual products, not hunt prizes. What you see is what you get.}
Fab.Pony 1/6 (L$1): F static pose, coy backward glance {I don't think this one is still there. I couldn't find it a second time.}
Fab.Pony 2/6 (L$1): U crystal eyes
Fab.Pony 6/6 (L$1): F snakeskin shirt w ruffly sleeves
Herbalys (L$0): 16pr plant sprouting from egg
Hoot (L$5): U two pairs eyes, F three pairs tartan panties w prim bows
Ingenue (L$0): F mauve flats w understated ruffles
Ki2 2/7 (L$10): F one-piece swimsuit w skirt, sky blue
L.Fauna (L$0): F yellow bandeau & bikini undies
Mr Tentacle (L$0): U hatching easter egg w tentacles (worn on head)
Nut (L$1): F striped wool leggings, 2pr flowers & hay in a pot
Olive Juice (L$10): eight assorted static poses
Republica 1/3 (L$10): 7pr armchair w pink back & arms
Republica 2/3 (L$10): 7pr armchair w creme back & arms
Republica 3/3 (L$10): 7pr armchair w green back & arms
Separate Sack (L$0): 10pr square wooden table (no tablecloth)
Split Pea (L$10): 1pr rug w city scene
Split Pea (L$10): 1pr rug w owl in tree
Split Pea (L$1): F gold cable knit socks w prim flowers
Stinkeye (L$0): F exploding easter bonnet
Syds (L$1): F enormous hair, one color {I think this one has been picked up early. It's nowhere to be re-found.}
Whippet & Buck (L$1): F stripy frilly bikini swimsuit

Do Re Mi (L$0): U static pose, curled up on the floor
Fab.Pony 4/6 (L$1): F rose quartz glam legging
Horribaubles (L$0): U easter basket w creepy doll & bunnies
Ki2 3/7 (L$10): F one-piece swimsuit w skirt, purple
Ki2 4/7 (L$10): F one-piece swimsuit w skirt, pink
Separate Sack 2/2 (L$0): 11pr square table w faded tablecloth
Ticky Tacky 1/2 (L$1): F pastel bead earrings
Ticky Tacky 2/2 (L$1): F pastel bead necklace

Freezepoop (L$1): F tight jeans
Ki2 5/7 (L$10): F one-piece swimsuit w skirt, light beige
North West (L$0): U balloons to hold w messages
Ohmai (L$1): F/U racerback tanks, three striped color combos
Sanu (L$5): U bunneh in an egg for shoulder
Saturnine Dreams 1/2 (L$5): 5pr large basket w pose, shell cap to wear, 1pr egg w owl
Saturnine Dreams 2/2 (L$5): 2pr pastel plaid beanbag chair, 2pr mosaic eggshell rocker, 1pr egg w sheep
Schadenfreude (L$5): F light cyan & lavender dress w sculpted skirt
SD Wears (L$10): F purple & yellow polka dot dress
Sh33k Poses (L$0): U easter egg basket for arm, static holding pose
Silent Sparrow (L$5): F starbunny knitty socks, eight colors
Turnip (L$10): pink paper lanterns: 5pr single, 13pr string of three, 21pr string of five, 29pr string of seven
U&R Dogs (L$1): F dangly pearl gold star earrings

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Easter Egg Madness Hunt prize list

The SLURLs in this blog will take you to the stores but not to the prizes.

HUNT ENDS: April 10
HUNT ITEM: pale pink egg with "EEM" on it if you look closely enough
VISIBILITY: very visible in wireframe, but I've had to get pretty close before it rezzed sometimes
BLOG: but there's nothing there
HINTS: but they don't go up very high

01 III & TrashFashBlog: M "i'm with stupid" tee; F "i'm with stupid" tank dress

02 Heart & Sole: F pink & black gogo sandals w prim feet

03 Duh!: F pastel pink bow pumps

04 (OMFG) I Love It: 24pr (3pc) peeps basket w poses for two

05 AtomicBambi: F sculpted flower dress

06 Nushru: F pink plaid bustier dress

07 Alexohol Fashions: F white strapless dress w pink flowers, sculpted skirt

08 Ducknipple: F green spring tank dress

09 E.B Prims & Poses: voodoo easter egg shoulder pet

10 Vanity Shapes & Skins: F & M shapes (no mod)

11 Zahir Designs: F easter bikini w yellow chicks

12 Gems & Kisses: F dangle chain earrings

13 Icarus Video & Lighting: 5pr red leaves floor lamp

14 Iced: F easter peeps necklace; M silver cross necklace

16a Garden Oasis: 14pr welcome sign in a planter w pink flowers

16b Seasonal Creations: 28pr table candelabra w roses

17 Khargo: 4pr giant chocolate egg w eating anim

18 Z@K Chandelier & Sculpt Maps: 1pr gazebo, 4pr (2pc) version

19 Wilson's Designs for Men: U blue striped shirt, tucked only

20 Munchkin Madness: 20pr easter egg garden chair

21 Tree House Treasures: 13pr large egg w "happy easter" chick inside

22 Tranquility Frames: 3pr easter egg picture frame

23 Finishing Touches: 4pr smaller easter egg picture frame for table

24 vMotional: two-person pose

26 Gestures by Nykeria: "hottest place to party" gesture

27 DragonLady Designs: 35pr basket of easter goodies

28 Malley's Fashions: F outfit incl asscrack jeans, M hoodie

29 October Alchemy: 2pr Ostara painting

30 Ramel's Houses & Garden: 13pr ricepaper lanterns

31 Delirium: F/U glasses w carrot and peep charms

32 Hearth & Home: 12pr fireplace w Greek figures

34 Wisent Animation: two-person pose w easter basket

35 Bethany's Boutique: happy easter poofer

36 Aidoru: F multiple ring set; M piercing w chain from ear to eyebrow

37 Sinful Temptations: 35pr easter cake

38 Culture Cannibals: F faberge egg earrings

39 A Touch of Surreal: M boxers & tank; F pink wiggle dress

40 Sirens Song: 9pr bunny fountain

41 SonToria: 23pr canopy bed w easter linens (poses but not sex poses)

42 RnB Designs Furniture: 19pr spring garden w solo & couple poses

43 Kabuki Creations: couple ground sitting pose

44 dStinct Designs: 5pr cuddle rock incl solo poses

45 Orctime & Hestia's: 14pr (4pc) plank bench, 1pr log of mulch, 8pr (3pc) conservatory, 15pr (3pc) sitting room, two 9pr overstuffed chairs, 11pr bar, fourteen plants for conservatory 1pr to 6pr each, 22pr fireplace, 6pr stool, assorted full perms stuff

46 SteamBound: F & M tapestry tux jacket & corset outfit

47 Never You Mind: 12pr egg & balloon that floats around

48 Sunshine Design: 6pr cracked easter egg w poses

49 Vamp Equip: 8pr tray of spring-colored candles

50 Brass in Pocket: 1pr Dora art; U turtle backpack

51 L&H Design Collection: F bunny necklace

52 Ruth's Creations: 12pr easter egg basket

53 FD Decor: 15pr painting eggs tray, 4pr paint bowl, 2pr broken egg, two 3pr potted plants, one easter-themed, one regular

54 One Eyed Cupcake: huggable bunny

55 Euphoria: F very small top and miniskirt, legwarmers

56 Phoebe: F bangles, seven colors

57 Naive: F blue & gray dress; M brown electricity tee

58 Copper Sun Designs: 17pr pot of lilies in an eggshell

59 Pestique: 5pr bathroom towel basket, 4pr towel rail

60 Ignition: 3pr white bench w cuddle; 32pr basket w egg & salt

61 Delight: U soft knit hat w hair

62 Pretty Lady: F skin w nice detail, deep bronze tan, tangerine lips

63 Joes Ink Tatto Shop: U butterfly face tattoo

64 Kitten Caboodle: 1pr cat bed, easter tail & egg antennae, 66pr easter basket w poses

65 Cheeky Pea: 1pr gummi bear lounger for two

66 Aster's Builts: 4pr (2pc) cherry blossom tree w cuddle stump, 11pr champagne basket

67 D&V Creations: 21pr fountain

68 Michigans Shack: 8pr (5pc) outdoor easter egg sitting area

69 Before Sleep: F pink bunny dress, M bunny shirt & brown pants

70 Belle's Birthday Store: 28pr bunny in an egg decor

71 Belle's Wedding Store: 8pr faberge egg that plays "Dancing Queen"

73 Wild Talender: U belt w eggs, paints, & brushes attached

74 Touch of Sun: M short-sleeved print shirt, F small tank & little shorts

75 AR Designs: U three-band diamond ring; F bead necklace w diamond cross

76 Mustang Trading Post: M silver & carved wood cuff; F colorful bangles

77 Love Tattoos: 1pr & wearable happy easter poofers

78 Spiders Design: wearable easter bear, U tophat w chick

79 Bound & Bitten: 8pr pink rose cuddle/sex rug

80 Jairis: F pink satiny nighty; M brown hoodie jacket

81 Varriale Designs: 8pr planter w lilies

82 Felicia's Fashions: M "peep'n tom" boxer set; F purple & green springy outfit

83 Sun Made Fashions: U color change sneakers

84 2SweetNeko: 34pr easter basket to sit in

85 Liquified: 121pr life size easter egg basket w cuddles

86 Blackbart Designs: 11pr bookshelf w picture frames

87 Trashtastic: U egg backpacks

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Knock Your Socks Off Hunt prize list

The info card for this hunt says explicitly that the organizer does not approve of sharing the SLURLs to the stores, so I won't be including those publicly.

HUNT ENDS: March 31
HUNT ITEM: green prim sock
VISIBILITY: wireframe works well

Start spot: Consequence

01 Consequence: F black & brown striped thigh-highs w green cuffs

02 Ill Will Kids: F six pairs striped & argyle knee-highs w prim cuffs

03 Bunny Creek: F pink slipper socks

04 Playland Kids Mall: U skate outfit *prims are sized for child avs but are resize

05 Serenity Island Gift Shop: U toe socks, sized for kids (prim feet, not bare)

06 KDee's Designs: F mesh black outfit w hunter's kilt & accessories

08 Ali Couture: F white socks w bunchy ankles

09 Rusty Rhode: F purple leg warmers w safety pins & bows

10 Deviant Designs: F six pairs flower & fishnet stockings

11 Robbish: sock puppets for the hands, U sock puppet tee

12 Never Ever: U sock hunt-themed pocketwatch

13 Rotten Defiance: U static cling footie jammies, one w bare-butt pants

14 Aidoru: F gold & ruby garter belt; M sock charm bracelet

15 Soul Distraction: M & F casual outfits, each incl sneakers

16 LilyPads: 13 pairs of F above-the-knee socks w fun textures

17 The Darks': F fishnet camisole, black & peach acid wash leggings & gloves

18 Abundantia: 41pr sock bed; 4pr sock valentine

19 Skat Cat Neko: F torn shirts (shows nipple)

20 Cortes'n'Rossini: U rock my socks tee

22 Darkfold: F green skimpy outfit & neko parts

23 Liquified: F white thigh-high socks w Irish flag color stripes

24 The Punk Shack: F brown & black rock & roll fantasy stockings

26 Tea Monster: F purple thigh-highs, U green tee w footprints

27 Bella's Boutique: nine pairs F half sock fishnets; M grey v-neck tee

28 Razorblade Jacket: F purple bikini top; U brown "fail" tee

29 Eden Freese Fashion: F white flowery halter dress & stockings

30 So Berry Licious Boutique: F purple polo w sock pattern

31 Bound & Bitten: 1pr "straps & suds" erotic photo art

32 Wildz Creations: F pink jammies, thigh-highs, bunny slippers

33 Spiritweaver: F shamrock earrings & necklace

34 Shameless Bits: 26pr purple daisy hammock w cuddle anims

35 Grumble Grumble: M black & F pink plaid slippers

36 BojanaFashion: F jeans, snakey necklace, white thong, tattoo top

37 Rozza's Roze: F black pants, black & red flower blouse

38 Kayfo: two 1pr pillows, 3pr floor futon w cute faces

39 Luna Eclipse Design: F pink plaid outfit

40 Gestures by Nykeria: "i snagged my stocking" gesture

41 Trixxy's Shop: three pairs F thigh-high socks

42 Abia Capalini Design: F black dress w colorful flower print, shiny dark pumps

43 Dead Bunny: U sock monkey avatar

44 Yes Oui Si Fashion: U cowboy hat, scarf, belt

45 Diamond Jules Art Gallery: 1pr wall art nude woman w green around her

47 Kiwi: U ladybug chucks

48 Favorite Things: 16pr miniature barrel organ

49 Pussy Deluxe Goes Emo: 3pr candle; 3pr animated star wall art

50 The U-neek: eight pairs F thigh-high socks, various patterns

51 Vextra Messing: three pairs F fishnet pantyhose

52 SB Wear: F filmy red dress; M black pants & green shirt

53 Mastery's Wonderland: F pink platform boots

56 Elisabeth's Store: F silver pumps

57 Eclecticat: eight pairs F thigh-highs, gun w "bullet to the head" sound, 5pr foot stool, two 2pr stools shaped like feet, foot-in-mouth attachment

58 Compassion Project Store: M & F outfits incl shoes & accessories

59 Frosting Ink: F sock earrings w cream & cherries

60 K2K Headquarters: F top, skirt, & sneakers outfit

62 Dogstar Men's Casuals: gray tee w cassette tape

63 Soffy Skins & Shapes: F black footless stockings

64 Amaya's Music Gestures: three random sound gestures

65 Simply: five gestures, four pairs F knee-high animal print socks

66a DID Safe Haven: 1pr temp rez flower field, basket to wear w picking anim

66b Free2Be"We" Store: wearable doll pram, sized for kid avi

67 Angel's Haven: 1pr ornament of dog named sox in shoe

68 Wanda's: F striped sock earrings

69 Malizz Yiyuan Creation: rainbow sock for mouth w attacked anim on click

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Twisted Hunt Spring 2010 prize list

The SLURLs in this blog are the exact LMs given in the hunt. They will not take you straight to the prize. The purpose of this list is to help those who don't have the time to spend on the entire hunt and would prefer to prioritize which hunt stops they focus on.

HUNT ENDS: March 31
HUNT ITEM: small black & green rotating cube
VISIBILITY: you can see it in wireframe, but the colors don't stand out; it's often more visible in regular view
HINTS: I haven't found a list anywhere.
WHERE I'M AT: all done (updated 12:40pm 23 March)

001 DV8: F skirt/little top outfit in three colors; M hazmat outfit in three colors; U biotox mask

002 Stringer Mausoleum: U demon horns for back & head

003 Blue Blood: U gothic trenchcoat

004 Dilly Dolls: F bright green lingerie & boots; 3pr absinthe glass w poses

005 Nocturna Gothic Designs: 12pr deep green armchair w many anims

006 Flavor Designs: M & F jewelry

007 Dare Designs: 32pr (2pc) martini glass w tentacles & poses

008 Burning Chrome: M & F green hair & many accessories; F body spiral & skins

009 Yellow Jester: cannibal's kitchen skybox, in 255pr, 200pr, & 64pr versions; recipes, attaching objects

010 Unique Needs: M & F purple catsuit, boots, & fetish accessories

011 Jeaniesing's Things: 6pr cauldron; wearable floating balloon

012 Weather! or Not?: U umbrella w black rain; F tanktop

013 Sn@tch: F absinthe fairy outfit, wings/ears, & skin

014 Secrets of Gaia: F green dress, M & F poison dagger necklaces

015 Lolapop: M & F biohazard waste necklace

016 ImmateriA: M & F prim mad scientist jacket, boots, hat; 1-3pr test tubes and such

017 Deviant Designs: F black & green ballet flats w twisted box

018 XIII: 86-ish pr sacrificial alter & cauldron

019 PeeBox: U anti-racism tees

020 Virtual Alchemy: 36pr (2pc) photo cauldron; 2pr rl photo framed

021 A-Bomb: F green ankle boots; U thermal shirt

022 Nibby-licious Boutique: U cyber belt, camo pants & vest, collar

023 Bloodmyst: 12pr skull cauldron tip jar

024 Hearth & Home: 25pr witch hut w fireplace/cauldron

025 Del May: three sets of 2-person poses, 2M, 2F, & 1M/1F

026 Heart & Sole: F green ankle boots

027 Retox: U two pairs bone wings

028 Sable Rose Jewelry: F charm bracelet; M upper arm cuff w dagger

029 Madness & Mayhem: 63pr genie bottle

030 A Netherworld: F short black casual dress; M black tee

031 Pop Tart & Urban Assault: M & F hair, w & w/o cat ears, 10 colors each (40 in all)

032 Oddment: 1pr copy-ok field of bewitching grass

033 Nightshade Designs: U black jacket w green detail

034 Cyber Midgets: M & F green spiked belt w neon, chains, & syringes

035 Snow Bound: 71pr (9pc) witch cave furniture set incl single bed & seats

036 DemotiK: M & F bright green ankle boots

037 D's: U mouth accessory twisted box on chain w bloodied bag

038 Rasetsukoku: U strange brew belt; M & F green shirts

039 The Secret Shelf 1/4: F silks in Japanese style w twisted texture

039 The Secret Shelf 2/4: 9pr Japanese-inspired bench w green cushions

039 The Secret Shelf 3/4: F Isis avatar incl hair shape eyes har, 3 skins

039 The Secret Shelf 4/4: 13pr slave hitching post

040 Dreams in Digital Art Gallery: 1pr digital pic of woman & cauldron w tentacles

041 Jazmyn D: F black & deep red dress w layered skirt

042 Tree House Treasures: 22pr twisted dead tree

043 Lantian: 3pr round hanging cage

044 Damned Good Design: 42pr (2pc) blue marble bathtub w green water

045 Sommerfeld Furniture: 32pr stack of teacups avatars can sit in

046 Sa-eela: U belt w potions etc all around it

047 Brat: F salmon & silver dress

048 Wild Style Fashions 1/2: U eyebrow piercings & cyber scan bracelet; F nose chain & lip stud

048 Wild Style Fashions 2/2: F shamrock necklace

049 Likka*House: U mechanical arm w eyeball coming out of av eye

050 Avatar Bizarre: M/U blue riding outfit

051 Goth1c0: M & F poison bottle necklaces on chains

052 Adoration Home: 53pr (10pc) furniture & tabletop absinthe set

053 Sangre Noir: F top/skirt set w blood splatter options

054 Gilded: M & F expiredMech AO w skeleton arm

055 Kastle Rock Couture: F wedding gown w blood; M outfit w blood

056 Death's Rose Designs: F/U cloak; 17pr wall sculpture

057 Claw'd: 117pr (14pc) furniture & absinthe serving set in rez box

058 Malfean Visions: 24pr green fairy sculpture

059 DragonFyre Designs: U RLV-enabled zigzag collar w ahnk

060 Altya's Dream Creations: 13pr alien in flying saucer

061 Urban Forge Virtuatecture: 114pr green & purple witch house

062 Show Me On the Doll: F green micro-minidress & ponyboots

063 Moonlight Shapes: M & F shapes (c/m/nt)

064 Illuminated Imp: U shibari ropes; 52pr (3pc) teahouse

065 Obsidian Desires: 9pr pile of brightly colored skulls w poses

066 Wonderland by PQD: 16pr (4pc) table & chairs set w tea

067 Cheeky Pea: 46pr dead tree w swing set

068 SexySyns Clothing: 7pr holding tank

070 GL Designs: F clothing incl pasties, eensy skirt, torn fishnets

071 Cherry Candy / cu*t: 16pr demon throne, M & F silver demon wings, hooves, etc; 2pr green lamp; 16pr purple octopus; U unicorn tail, unicorn parts for furries

072 House of RFyre: M & F store logo tees

073 Virtual Insanity: U deadly cocktail leg strap; hand & face piercings, tattoo

074 Razz-a-Matazz: 61pr grunge sewer cake

076 Dark Water Designs: F green corset dress; M green fairy tee; 182pr (23pc) furnished key-shaped house (all unlinked, item breakdown listed at bottom)

077 Stone Misery: 36pr monster cave

079 Corbin Coage Creations: 50pr grave area w badger

080 MH Creations: 13pr photo box; 7pr stump w pose; twisted lanterns w poses; U tattoo

081 Neko Wonderland: U large black wings w skulls, guitars & tattoo needles

082 Snugglicious: 11pr teddy bear w sitting poses; knife

083 Tonya's Restraint Works: 12pr cauldron w pose for sitting in it

084 H&H Kreations: F corset outfit & neko parts; U barbed baggies set

085 Castle Calypso: 22pr biohazard spill w cans & bones

086 Frankenlust Holiday Shoppe: 69pr (2pc) twisted vines swing (also 33pr version)

087 ChaosSun Creations: U kilt, gi; F kimono & two dresses, all in Twisted texture

088 X-Factory: 22pr (2pc) teacup carousel

089 Campalicious: U collar, armband, & boots; M thong; F bra & panties

090 KK's Design: F micro-miniskirt & fishnet top

091 Luscious Art & Photography: two 1pr works of digital art

092 Bubble: F/U green glassy cuff bracelets & necklace

093 Phoebe's Piercings & More: U skull mouth piercing

094 Firefly Fashions 1/2: M green biohazard open shirt, jeans; F green & purple prim dress w skulls

094 Firefly Fashions 2/2: 35pr abandoned toxic house

095 Sugar.Snap.Me: 39pr skybox w tentacles & mushrooms

096 Orage Creations: F black booties w silver swirly heels

097 AR Designs: F choker w cross & double band ring

098 Divalicious: F bangles & pink & black pants outfit

099 Sick With Lust: U zombie parts in a bottle necklace

100 RnB Designs Furniture: 20pr (2pc) twisted tree 2 swing & mushrooms

101 Bound & Bitten 1/2: 8pr sex & cuddle rug

101 Bound & Bitten 2/2: 1pr tramp stamp bondage art photo

102 Dead Designs: F coffin hair ribbon, hair roses, skull spider; U tophat

103 Cat's Cradle: M & F outfits incl shoes

104 Lennox Hill Design: 7pr cocktail table, 13pr chaise, 1pr rug

105 DV8: U armband w large injection gun

=> Items in prize #76:
the house itself: 27pr (4pc); 6pr dining table; four 9pr dining chairs; 18pr couch
7pr coffeetable; 5pr green fairy standing art; two 13pr armchairs; 2pr sidetable; 8pr table lamp; two 1pr rugs (one green, one white fur); 2pr wall TV; 15pr kitchen combo incl counter/cabinets, woodstove, rug, produce shelves; 19pr fireplace; 7pr round bed; 1pr dresser

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

OmNomHunt prize list

HUNT ENDS: March 30
HUNT ITEM: cheeseburger (I call them veggieburgers in my brain so that I still want them ;) )
VISIBILITY: visible in wireframe, but they vary widely in size
HINTS: haven't found any yet
WHERE I'M AT: done, it's a very short hunt

00 Start: mouth toast, both human and furry versions

01 Endless Dreams: wearable hovering food

02 Cutie Honey: F ice cream outfit & U enormous ice cream cone w synched anim for all wearing it

03 3rd Wing: F chocolate bunny skin & shape, U chocolate bunny ears & tail

04 LCKY: 18pr donut boat

05 Sanu: F cheeseburger dress

06 Concrete Flowers: donut plate attachments w funny lines if people try to touch them

07 Accessories by Eolande: U sushi bracelet; 1pr sushi meditation pad

09 Izumiya: U edamame backpacks & edamame for mouth

10 December 1/2: F red round glasses w candy chain, choco bags for mouth & pelvis
10 December 2/2: same glasses as in 1/2, jelly bean bags instead of choco

11 Love Soul 1/2: mouth accessory car key w corndog charms
11 Love Soul 2/2: wearable burger trays w poses

12 Last Ride: 6pr (2pc) fortune cookie giver; wearable fortune cookie giver

13 WhoNose: F sausage dress, hair, shoes; F/U sausage necklace & wearable floating sausages

14 KUE!: 7pr plate of muffins; head bunny w muffin; mini-backpack w bunnies

15 Creative Insanity: five lg attaching foods & AO for riding them

16 Senries: U chocolate monkey cube avatar

17 Likka*House: custard pudding a la mode costume w wearable & rezzable (16pr) bowls

18 mocorin: F cookie necklace

19 D-Lab: U fish necklace

20 Milestone Creations: 4pr cheeseburger w poses for three

21 Lantern Evolution: panda chef shoulder pet

22 Feather: 8pr candy bowl, F candy lei

23 Grimalkin Workshop: 25pr flying cakeship, seats driver +3

24 Mixed Nuts: mouth heart pretzel, pretzel bag for hand

25 Cat Crap: misfortune cookie for mouth

26 Lo*momo: F diner waitress outfit & tray

27 Littlegirl: little girl shoulder pet w bunny in her arms

28 DownDownDown: cake for mouth

29 Prettiful: U burger & soda ring w hug anim

30 Boxed Heroes: 81pr robocat sushi dispenser

31 This is a Fawn: U burger tee

32 BareRose: F shoulder bag w candy faces

Monday, March 15, 2010

Accessory Fair Hunt prize list


A number of the stores at the Accessory Fair are participating in a hunt, but there are a few things to know about it.
* Not all of the hunt items are free; most are L$0 or L$1, but I have found bags priced as high as L$50. The hunt items are black bags with the accessory fair logos.
* Even many of the stores that do not have items in the hunt still have freebies and cheapies available. And some have them mixed in with their other items so that you can only find them by checking each one individually. I got all that I could find and listed them here, too. My personal cap for cheapies was L$10. Everything at the fair that price or lower is here.
* Most of the hunt bags are in the stores, but a couple of them are around other parts of the fair area.

@ House of Windsor Collection
=> L$0 AF2010: F brightly colored feather hand bag

@ Cri-Cri
=> L$0 AF2010: F light brown hair w cat ears

@ Haunted Zuzu
=> L$1 each, non-hunt: F black & white short lace scarves

@ Faceted
=> L$0 non-hunt: F color-change jewelry set (earrings, anklets, necklace, bracelet)

@ Adore & Abhor
=> L$5 non-hunt: F ring set
=> L$1 each, non-hunt: F logo belt; leafy hair accessory; neon rainbow bangles & necklace

@ Jewelry by Jake
=> L$1 non-hunt: 24pr Phantom of the Opera music box

@ Wanda's
=> L$0 AF2010: F three-mini-hat accessory
=> L$0 non-hunt: F blingy pumpkin earrings
=> L$0 non-hunt: F zebra print clutch, yellow & black

@ Atomic Bambi
=> L$1 AF2010: F dress corsage red heart & roses

@ Bliensen + MaiTai
=> L$33 AF2010: F hat w & w/o hair (7 hair colors, even though the pic below says 6)
=> L$10 non-hunt: F broadway to hollywood dangle earrings

@ G Sloane Couture
=> L$1 F bangle set
=> L$1 F gem choker & golden mesh scarf w chain

@ Ganked
=> L$0 AF2010: F broadway lights jewelry set
=> L$0 non-hunt: F jewelry, two sets (mermaid & petal in peacock)

@ Callie Cline
=> L$1 non-hunt: purple daisy mouth accessory

@ U&R Dogs
=> L$10 AF2010: F purple heart earrings

@ Dahlinks
=> L$0 AF2010: U brass & amber bracelet

@ Split Pea
=> L$1 AF2010: F red headband w multi feathers (not hidden inside store)
=> L$10 each, non-hunt: F three pairs of sunglasses

@ Rezlpsa Loc
=> L$0 AF2010: F black hair w white streak ponytail & headphones
=> L$10 each, non-hunt: two F hairs w St Pat's hats; one hair w flower

@ Spica
=> L$0 AF2010: F gold circles earrings

@ (OMFG) I Love It
=> L$0 AF2010: F large-lensed sunglasses, bobbypin for mouth

@ Sigma
=> L$0 AF2010: F silver & sapphire rings

@ Gems & Kisses
=> L$49 AF2010: F chokers & bracelets, four color sets

@ IrEn
=> L$0 AF2010: F chin-length hair w band & feathers

@ Skream
=> L$0 AF2010: F lego earrings
=> L$0 non-hunt: U lip ring

@ Kumaki
=> L$0 non-hunt: U single-lens sunglasses

@ Stitch By Stitch
=> L$0 AF2010: F golden teapot earrings

@ December
=> L$0 AF2010: F rose & gems hand mirror, mirror poses
=> L$0 non-hunt: F rose rings
=> L$0 non-hunt: U glasses

To get to the other side of the fair, there's an underground passageway (I recommend taking it at least once ;) ) or you can tp here:

@ Syds
=> L$0 AF2010: F aqua tear face accessory
=> L$1 non-hunt: F green gem ring w leaf detail

@ Mstyle
=> L$0 non-hunt: credit card mouth accessory

@ Ticky Tacky
=> L$1 AF2010: F chorus girl headpiece

@ Aluinn
=> L$0 AF2010: F tennis bracelets w RFL ribbons

@ Preturb/ation
=> L$0 AF2010: F choker & earrings w coins

@ PrimOptic
=> L$0 non-hunt: F '50s-style color-change glasses

@ A La Folie
=> L$1 AF2010: F cuff bracelet, gold w purple gem flower

@ Baubles Boho Jewelry
=> L$1 AF2010: U zig zag cuff (not hidden inside store)
=> L$1 non-hunt: F pewter bangles

@ AlexanderHunter's Couture
=> L$0 AF2010: F clog shoes, denim texture & pink laces

@ Donna Flora
=> L$20 AF2010: F apple tree pin

@ alaMood
=> L$0 AF2010: F cuff bracelets

@ Crystal line
=> L$1 non-hunt: F grey heart necklace & earrings set

@ CentoPallini
=> L$1 non-hunt: F pearl flower & heart earrings
=> L$1 non-hunt: M bracelets, skull & granite
=> L$1 non-hunt: F pair of hair bows w brooch accent
=> L$0 non-hunt: F Japanese hair pin

@ Illusions
=> L$0 AF2010: F black choker w amber charm

@ Phobia
=> L$1 AF2010: U facial piercing set

@ Magpie
=> L$1 AF2010: F black & white square ring w star & checks

Three more places have items that are marked "AF2010" but aren't in the Accessory Fair gift bags. None are super-cheap except in relation to the other items in their respective stores, but they appear to be exclusive to the fair, if you'd like to check them out.

@ alaMood
=> L$50: F necklace w round links & cut stone charm

@ Fairy Tail
=> L$50: F necklace of white bow & pink roses w thorns & stems

@ RFyre
=> L$99 each: five hats (two M and three F), mostly tophats but of smaller sizes and more interesting shapes than most
=> L$200: gold M amulet

Sunday, March 7, 2010

STEAM Hunt prize list

(updated 5:05pm 13 Mar)

HUNT ENDS: March 31
HUNT ITEM: rotating gear
WHERE I'M AT: done (except for #125, which had technical problems)

M=male, F=female, U=unisex
pr=number of prims in a rezzable object
pc=number of pieces in a soft-linked rezzable set of objects (the kind you need to rez in edit mode)

001 Anakron Antique Furniture: 22pr steampunk talon chair

* #104 from the previous Steam Hunt is still here. Take that too if you want, but keep looking for #38.

* prize and next LM delivered separately and not in the same box or folder

070 Sassy Brass: F beige dress sorta '30s style, belt w rose clock attached (the belt is mod ok & can be worn apart from the dress... I'd even call it unisex for some guys, as long as you'd wear something w a brass flower on it)

* prize is numbered #75 incorrectly but LM is numbered #75 correctly

* gift, LM, & texture delivered separately, not in a box or folder

20pr gazebo w spinning gears (Tea & Strychnine); 3pr jewelry box (D&M Furniture); U chain link belt (SR Leatherworks); 10pr chest (Camellia's Sanctuary); 2pr steam light sculpture (MollyWorld Dwellings); 31pr plane, the same one you picked up in the hunt but w fewer perms (Punky Pugilist)

Gridwide Hunt Prize Lists - Why and Wherefore

Continuing to use this blog for anything I feel like saying or posting, whether or not it has anything to do with what came before or after, I'm going to start posting verbal descriptions of gridwide hunt items and SLURLs here. I have been doing this for friends on notecards for quite some time, but I had a conversation with someone earlier tonight that inspired me to begin posting them publicly.

It seems there is a blogger who posts pictures of gridwide hunt prizes and the SLURLs of the stores where they can be found (more or less what I've been doing by notecard on a small scale, only pictorial rather than verbal) who recently came into conflict with a hunt organizer who felt that the practice is antithetical to the goals of the hunt: it encourages hunters to go only to certain stores, which keeps them from viewing new sims and new stores that the hunt chain is meant to give them a tour of.

The vendor I was talking to didn't actually have a problem with the SLURLs being posted; her concern was that while the blogger in question used to take and post pictures of every prize in each hunt, she had instead begun to shoot and post only a portion of the hunt prizes. Since her blog is linked from a number of others, the people viewing her selections add up, and hunters end up going to the stores whose prizes are featured and skipping those whose prizes are not. The vendor has a prize in each of two hunts, and although one is a high-profile, heavily advertised hunt, she says that approximately 85% of the prizes that have been picked up have been the other one, which was profiled on the blog. Not only is she dismayed that people are not picking up the one that she considers by far the better product in the same numbers, but she feels bad for the non-profiled vendors on the hunt for which she was profiled.

My feeling is that identifying hunt prizes and making SLURLs for them available, first, is beneficial to vendors participating in the hunts because although some might get skipped, they are most likely to get skipped by people who otherwise wouldn't be hunting at all. Or to put it another way, more people will go to stores they otherwise would not have gone to than there will be people skipping stores they otherwise would not have skipped. Second, I'd like to step in where the other blogger has left off, in my own, less visual way, so that for some hunts, at least, people can view the full range of what the hunt offers.

I asked a general question in my plurkstream, to make sure my gut feeling was correct. The people I distribute my hunt cards to approach hunts in very different ways, but the two biggest groups consist of: those who never used to hunt but who use the cards to skip around and hit the stores that suit them, and those who are diehard hunters who go to every stop regardless of what the prizes are but then use my cards while unpacking later.

Like the latter folks, I'm a pretty hardcore hunter: I begin every stop without wireframe, without hints, without any other nifty tools (though I'll eventually use anything at my disposal if I'm there long enough), and I have been known to bitch people out when they've given away exact locations in open chat or group IMs. I finish every hunt I've started and unpack relatively quickly, in day-by-day batches. But that's what a hardcore hunter does. And the average SL resident is not a hardcore hunter. Those who are interested in hunting on this level will voluntarily recognize and respect the kinds of hunting ideals the organizer prefers. We do it because that's what makes the hunt a hunt. And I do believe that prizes need to be hunted for: I won't be giving hints or posting exact locations here. There are others who do the former, and the latter is plain cheating.

Realistically speaking, most people are simply not going to hunt that way. Instead, they're not going to hunt at all. They don't want to spend ages looking for things they won't want anyway, whether it's because the prizes aren't suitable for their gender, their "age," their species, or because they are homeless and have no use for anything that doesn't go on their bodies. Also, those who hunt the most are often prone to hunting the fastest. There are a lot of tricks you pick up through experience. Asking an occasional or beginning hunter to do every stop on a 150-store hunt is more likely to result in more people deciding hunting isn't for them than to suck them into the habit.

That's my justification, and I'm sticking to it. :) So now just a few words about what I'm posting here. I'm not interested in making this a massive undertaking. I plan to do pretty much what I've been doing, which is to do the hunts I want to do, write up brief descriptions of the items to be found at each stop, and include a SLURL to the store. I currently hunt and unpack at a pace of 20 prizes per day. I won't be going any faster than that, which means there will be more hunts I don't get to than hunts that I do. I won't be taking pictures. I used to take pictures after unpacking hunt prizes and post them on Flickr, but I find it time-consuming, and I'm not interested in glutting the blogosphere with the same-old-same-old that lots of people already do.

Finally, the one change I will be making to my previous hunt card routine will be the elimination of favorites. Those who have been using my hunt cards are used to me starring the items that I think are the best in the hunt, but I'm uncomfortable doing that in a space where people I don't know could use my ratings without being familiar with me and my taste, and then it's right back to the drawing board where some stores being favored over others is concerned.

Depending on my schedule, I might post a whole hunt at once or do it bit by bit as I work my way through it. I'm making no promises there.

Oh. And. This won't be the only purpose for this blog. I might stop doing it at any time. I'm just doing it now because I feel like it and I think some people will appreciate it. I'll still post any other old random thing here I want to. I'm not trying to gain maximum blog exposure... I'm just doing it for fun. So if I seem to do anything that doesn't conform to standard blogging conventions, oh well. I think that's it. Happy hunting!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Inventory Overhaul: Landmarks

Warning: What you're about to read is LONG. Feel free to skim. I'm a loquacious person, and some of the tips are broken way down because I won't take for granted what people do and don't know. The only problem with so much detail is if it allows important stuff to get lost, so I've played around with the typeface to make those things easier to find or re-find.

Oh, and: Please approach my suggestions as you would a cookbook, not a user's manual. Improvisation is welcome. Alternative ingredients might be tasty. Enjoy!

Handling Landmarks

Reproductively speaking, landmarks are the bunnies of the inventory. You get them from friends, you get them when you land someplace, you get them in store packages, and you make them yourself. They multiply before you know it, in every folder of your inventory. You end up with duplicates of duplicates of quintuplicates from the same location, and because SL's landscape changes constantly, there's about a 50/50 chance that the one for the hair store you went to once a year ago will drop you in a vampire BDSM dungeon. Which might be cool if you're a kinky vampire, but you still haven't found the hair place.

Because they multiply so easily, LMs can bloat your inventory. I use the word "bloat" on purpose because it's unnecessary excess that you can lose pretty painlessly. Linden Lab considers an inventory of over 10,000 items to be "extremely large" and cautions that bulk can slow down performance.

I'll start with the radical proposition that for the most part, you don't need LMs at all. They don't do anything that you can't do by hand, using the grid map, if you know where you're going. Many (though not all) locations can be looked up via Search (in "All" or in "Places"). You can reach locations by using SLURLs on the web, in a notecard, or stored elsewhere on your computer. Don't worry -- I'm not advising a full-scale mega-mass deletion -- but LMs are not commodities or creations, they're infinitely replaceable shortcuts. This makes them the perfect place to start in your inventory overhaul not only because they make up so much bloat for so many inventories but because it will get you into the habit of deleting without guilt.

To put it another way, LMs have no intrinsic value, they have only use value. Those you don't use -- or might potentially use before they become extinct -- simply have no value. You can't use those you can't find, and you can't use two for the same place simultaneously. Let's get rid of this useless junk, shall we?

I. Quarantine

Consider resolving to quarantine all landmarks to your landmark folder. We'll get into subfolders a little later, but the important thing is to have them all in one place so that you can easily see if you're breeding LMs of the same location. Maybe you keep LMs along with purchased products so that they're easy to locate when you want to shop for something from the same place. If so, here are a couple of quick suggestions. If not, skip to the next paragraph.

  • => Keeping one store LM with the products from that store is not going to lead to bloat. Keeping an LM in every folder from the same store absolutely will. I would strongly recommend organizing your inventory by store/designer if that is the case. Then you can have all of the product subfolders in one store folder along with one LM and get rid of the multiple copies.
  • => Alternatively, get out of that habit. If you keep the LMs with the items because the items do not have useful names (e.g., a skin called "Lisa skin - tan"), and they cannot be renamed because they are set to no mod, then rename the folder to include the name of the store.
  • => In either case, here's a quick tip for users of the Emerald viewer: you can filter your inventory by creator. Select Search >> By Creator in the Inventory menu, and type the creator name in the search field. Anything that the person was the sole creator of will appear in the window. Similarly, you can find out who an object's creator is (in any viewer) by opening that item's Properties or, if it is a prim object, rezzing or wearing it and opening the Edit window. Ultimately, there are several ways to match inventory items with their sources without stapling an LM to them.

If you're all set to move your LMs into your LM folder, here is the fastest way I know to do it. This is going to be a "For Dummies" version of the instructions. If you already know how to use these steps, I trust you know what to skim, but nearly all of these steps were tools I figured out over the past two years I've been in SL, including those that later made me slap my forehead for not realizing they were there this whole time.

  • 1. Open your inventory and then create another inventory window by selecting File >> New Window from the Inventory Menu.

  • 2. In one window, right-click on the Landmark folder and select "New Folder." Label it something like "Temp LM folder" or "LMs to sort." If you already have a large number of unsorted LMs in your Landmark folder, you might want to put them into that folder for starters.

  • 3. In the other window, filter the LMs so that they are all visible and easy to find.
  • 3a. Official viewer: Select File >> Show Filters in your inventory menu. Uncheck all of the boxes except for Landmarks (or click on "None" and recheck Landmarks).
  • 3b. Emerald viewer: Simply use the drop-down menu in between the search field and the item tabs and select Landmarks.

Soon enough, all of the LMs in your inventory will be visible and accessible.

  • 4. You might spot right away a lot of multiple LMs for the same location or single LMs that you already know are obsolete. Feel free to delete what you don't want at any time. If unwanted LMs aren't jumping out at you, then move into that new folder everything that isn't already someplace in the Landmarks system folder.

Whether you're moving or deleting, do it in bulk. As I said, these are the "For Dummies" instructions, so this is a part a lot of people can skip, but it actually took me a long time to figure out how to do this, so I won't embarrass anyone by assuming they already know.

  • Selecting consecutive items: You can select a batch of items that are listed consecutively by left-clicking an item at one end and holding down the Shift key while left-clicking the item at the opposite end of the list. Everything in between the two items will be highlighted. Be careful of selecting items in different folders in this way; just because only the landmarks are filtered at this time, it doesn't mean only the landmarks will be moved or deleted if you select in this fashion.

  • Selecting non-consecutive items: To choose more than one inventory item when they are not listed consecutively, left-click on one and then hold down the Control key on your keyboard while you left-click each of the items you want to move or delete together.

Here I've selected the LMs from the Invitation Only Hunt folders by holding Ctrl down as I click each one. They'll soon be moved into a temporary folder before getting sorted.

Once you have a number of items selected, you can left-click on any one of them and drag them to the temporary folder you made earlier (or right-click on one and select Delete, which will move all of them to the Trash). Although there is no maximum number of items you can select at once, larger numbers of items will take longer to move into the new folder once you've dropped them there.

You might not feel like quarantining is important for you, and it might not be. But if you move all those LMs into one place and get into the habit of either moving or deleting LMs as soon as they enter your inventory, then 1) you'll know where they are; 2) you'll more easily see when you're accumulating multiples of the same LM; 3) the inside of your other folders will have less distracting clutter... even if you're just moving them into one big, massive clusterfuck folder. If you do something with them once they're there, then that's even better.

The text is small here, but this is what the folders look like after I've moved them from individual folders (right) into one large folder (left). Duplicates become visible immediately and I'll be able to start making some major deletions.

Overall, I'd advise having at least one folder, or possibly one folder per system folder, designated for unsorted items so that even when you don't have time to be pristine, you can at least keep the mess from invading the parts of your inventory that you have already organized.

II. Chucking expired LMs

Once you've moved all of the LMs into one part of your inventory (and likely deleted a lot of them in the process), you can see more easily whether you've been breeding unnecessary ones. The "Temp LM folder" in these pictures contains almost 1200 LMs that I culled out of the general mass of inventory items. None of them came from the LM system folder. If I simply chose to delete them, I'd be reducing my item count by nearly 5%. And honestly, I'd probably never miss them. But while we have them available, let's see what else we can do with them.

As you can see, I've been to Fire Good a few times because it shows up in gridwide hunts a lot. I accumulated several of the same LM without realizing it because they were all hiding in their respective item folders. Just skimming through the list, sorted by name at the moment, I could find five in a row. Tossing "fire good" into the search field found me one more that was out of place because it had its hunt label (TTLG=Through the Looking Glass) taking it out of alphabetical order. I have one LM from this store already where it belongs, so now I can just delete the rest.

Take a look at what is in the name of the LM if you never have before. When you create an LM, it includes the name of the parcel, the name of the sim, and the x/y/z coordinates where the LM was created. Sometimes people change or delete parts because there is a character maximum, because it might look cleaner without the coordinates or sim name, or because there is a more specific name for the destination than the parcel.

In any case, the info is still there, and you can view it if necessary by right-clicking the LM in inventory and opening up the "About Landmark" window. So in the Fire Good example, I can make sure that the LM that does not have the sim included in the LM name is the same store location as all of the other duplicates. Since it is, there's no need to keep it, and it will get deleted with the rest.

Some other useful stuff you can check on by opening up an LM's About window concerns whether it still exists or not. This LM is for the Blackstar store on what used to be Ducknipple sim. But LMs don't follow stores, or even sims, when they move. They stick to the precise point on the grid they were created on, and changes take place around them. And although there is still currently a Ducknipple sim on the grid, it's not in the same place.

When you open the About window, you see the same Description that has been there since the LM was made, plus information that is updated by the server when the LM is opened. While the description might be out of date, the Name above the Description and the Location information at the bottom are current, and if we used this LM, we'd land at some guy Chrlie's place on a sim that is now called Sleeping Bear. And most likely get ejected. So I run Blackstar through my inventory search to make sure I don't have any duplicates of that outdated LM and delete any I find.

Sometimes you open the About window and find that the location doesn't exist anymore at all. Easy deletion there.

Above is an expired LM when I first open it up. The old location is still visible until the server has had a chance to send me the message that there is no longer a sim in that spot on the grid (below).

Opening them one by one is actually somewhat time-consuming -- it can sometimes take longer than just teleporting to the spot -- but it's an easy inventory maintenance task to do when you're otherwise occupied in SL, whereas you can't really zip around from place to place while multi-tasking. Many LMs you can simply delete on sight, of course, for whatever reasons you might have. Others you might know exactly where to put them immediately. I check the accuracy of old LMs in this way while standing around at trivia.

What you do with all this info is up to you; I'm just throwing it out there for those who never thought of paring down the stockpile in this way or even looking at their About windows for any reason. Even if these very detailed instructions would be of no use to you, it will hopefully make you think of practices that suit your needs.

III. Sorting

I bet at least a few people reading this piece thought that sorting would take up a large part of the article, but really, that's going to be the most personal part of the process, and though I can share a few tips, it's the most important aspect for you to develop on your own.

Here's the main level of subfolders in my Landmarks system folder. I have most of the subfolders in my entire inventory numbered so that they'll be in the order I want them to be in. Just because "Clubs" comes before "Trivia" in the alphabet doesn't mean it should come first in my inventory. Numbering is only one way to do it, but I do recommend ordering your subfolders in a way that makes sense to you. Trivia is at the top for me because those are, by far, the LMs I use the most. I probably use Stores more often than People's Houses, but when I need to find an LM to someone's home, I like it to be close at hand.

My trivia LMs are broken down by potential frequency of use, too. The top folder contains the trivia LMs I'm most likely to use. "Occasional" means irregular or unpredictable events. "Old Trivia" is for defunct games whose LMs I've held onto out of sheer hopefulness and/or nostalgia.

One other thing you might notice about my LMs is that I've changed their name format to be consistent down the line. As I mentioned above, sometimes between the time an LM is made and the time it reaches your inventory -- for stores and clubs and other establishments especially -- the name will be edited for various reasons. I'm just kind of anal about wanting my LMs to follow a consistent format. I know most people aren't going to go this far in their organizing, but I'll quickly explain why I do it in case it gives anyone ideas for themselves.

Most importantly, I slice off any kind of punctuation from the beginning of an LM because it screws with alphabetical order, and it's easier to do so than to memorize where brackets or tildes or spaces register in SL's version of the alphabet. There's no reason this store needs to have exclamation points at the beginning of its name... except to make it appear closer to the top of lists. I'll be able to find it more easily if it's located under "R." Second, I put the sim name back in because stores sometimes have multiple locations, and it's useful to know if you're collecting LMs of different spots or the same one. I include the xyz coordinates because I actually do use them, though I'd be surprised if that's common. As for the lower case, I just feel it makes the list look cleaner. Personal preference is all.

IV. Maintenance

Once you have your LMs' bloat somewhat reduced and your subfolders organized by frequency of use, the tricky part is keeping it that way. Other types of inventory items, be they objects, clothing, or body parts, will still exist if you forget they're there and then relocate them months or years later. But as I said at the beginning, LMs have no value except for if and when you actually use them. In addition, even their potential use value can disappear at any moment. It's thus worthwhile to be aware of what you have in there and to open up those About Landmark windows every so often to see if they're even there anymore.

Here are some things to consider doing in the name of LM maintenance:

  • 1. For every LM that shows up in your inventory, either delete or file it immediately, even if you're just tossing it into a "sort this later" folder. At the very least, doing so will reduce the clutter in whatever folder you're moving it out of, and if you continue doing it, duplicate LMs will become more visible in that folder.

  • 2. Change the LM names to whatever is most useful to you. One of the reasons why inventory contents in general -- not just LMs but everything -- are so hard to organize is that the labels attached to items before they reach you are all determined by the various creators' divergent preferences and priorities. They aren't going to line up unless you do it yourself. Even if you've never had a problem with the creators' LM descriptions before, renaming is a form of engagement that can help you remember what-all you've got in there.

  • 3. Get into the habit of using SL down-time to peek at your LMs and see if they can use some pruning. By "down-time," I just mean when you're doing anything in SL that isn't so engaging that you can't open up your LM folder and give it a skim. If you maintain your subfolders according to frequency of use, you'll be able to see easily enough which LMs are up for review. If you see a location with a name you don't recognize or that you haven't been to in a very long time, just open it up real quick and see if the correct info appears. (Even if the LM is still usable, a location you no longer recall is probably a good candidate for trimming the stock.)

Okay, phew, I think I'm done. This was lengthy, in part, because a lot of my more general sorting strategies come into play in organizing LMs. You'll see them come up in future entries. Suggestions for future posts are welcome!