What happens when a turkey loses feathers all over the grid?

The answer to that questions: Well then you get The Jerky Turkey Hunt of course! One with 53 stops no less. I should point out that I often start writing a post about a hunt before I haven even found one item, so at this point I’m still hopeful I will find plenty of delectable goodies that will work for me, but I’m also realistic enough to know that as this is a mixed hunt, there will most probably be items I can’t… eeehm… fill out. For a full list of hints and locations for this hunt, which runs until 30th November, head over to Evil Bunny Productions website. Oh and perhaps you will want to know that this is a 1l$, meaning that each orange feather will cost you 1 L$. Here goes!

  1. Grumble: It doesn’t look like there will be anything here for me. Moving on.
  2. Uni Boutique: The landing point drops you on the beach. Head up to that lilac building, but angain there’s nothing for me here.
  3. Sevyn East: Njet.
  4. Firelight: A right click on the orange feather here tells me that the hairstyle that’s in it is one for female avatars. That’s a shame, seeing how this store carries a couple of unisex hairstyles.
  5. Little 2 Large: There’s a suit for us manly men here. The shoulders are much too Dynasty form my liking and the textures leave me underwhelmed. I like the shirt though. I would wear that under another jacket if that were possible (but it isn’t).
    Jerkey Turkey Hunt - Little 2 Large
  6. Facepalm Clothing Company: This place caters to both female and male avatars so I took the gamble and lost, the prize here is a dress.
  7. MOoH!: Another place where I thought that perhaps the prize would be a trinket of some sort but it turned out to be a dress.
  8. La Bella Boutique: The prize here consists of a couple of tattoos that are lacking in sharpness and originality.
    Jerkey Turkey Hunt - La Bella
  9. Gee: It’s supposed to be neck tattoo but the box was empty, so I notified the store owner.
  10. Clutter for Builders: A nice set of fabric textures.
  11. Tool Shed: A scattering of acorns to make that crazy saber tooth squirrel from Ice Age salivate profusely. Sure they don’t make a huge difference, but on my deck they added a nice touch to the autumn leaves the wind has been blowing under my lounger. You probably need to go over to my Flickr page to be able to see them.
    Autumn at Farnsworth I blog
  12. Epoch: A charming little framed blackboard with the word “thankful” written on it. That’s lovely… I’m European, we don’t do Thanksgiving.
  13. Palette: A collection of 12 retro (wall)paper designs in autumn colours.
  14. Marquesse: Skip.
  15. SlackGirl: Stick on nails which don’t work with any of my male mesh bodies or even my Slink Dynamic hands. I guess it’s a supply and demand kind of thing. If people aren’t asking for fancy fingernails for male avatars, creators won’t start making them out of egalitarian ideology.
  16. IT (Indulge Temptation!): I rather like this wreath necklace, especially as it comes with a hud with 10 texture choices. And if you want to get in touch with IT, just call 0118 999 881 999 119 725.
    Jerkey Turkey Hunt - Various 1
  17. Madcatcreations Boutique: Though this store has some menswear, the only prize I could find was for female avatars.
  18. The Artist Shed: A male an female pilgrim figurine. I repeat: I’m Europan, we don’t do Thanksgiving!
  19. Ink Blots: Nothing appealed to me.
  20. Lush: It takes my 1 L$ but for some reason I get the warning that the folder cannot be created in my inventory. Oh well, it’s not like this hunt has been otherwise frustrating or anything.
  21. Epicine: I’m getting the same message here: cannot create requested inventory. OK, so it’s probably an SL issue… And a sign I should go to bed, but let’s see if the SL site has something to say about it. Aha! “Some users may experience issues logging in, rezzing objects from inventory and saving objects.” No shit Sherlock!
  22. Gross Princess: Didn’t find it. This is the next day by the way and I didn’t return for the two that went wrong cause I just couldn’t be bothered.
  23. Off The Wall: It’s a turkey with a mildly amusing sign. Ah yes, Thanksgiving again. Turns out the thing is on full bright and can’t be adjusted. I’m allergic to full bright. It makes me break out in hives.
  24. Emerald Couture: My gut told me that this was going to be another dress.
  25. Moolala: A sparkly pink finger nail applier inspired by autumn leaves. I applaud the idea, but I don’t think I’ll be wearing it anytime soon. When it comes to my nails I go with natural, black or something funny for Christmas.
  26. #Bye: Another example of a store that carries both male and female items but just couldn’t be bothered to offer something for both in the orange feather. Bye indeed.
  27. Tiar: This “Snow Pod” isn’t exactly the most beautiful landscaping piece I’ve ever seen, but maybe ones the rest of the land is covered in snow, it will merge into it and it does contain plenty of animations, including adult ones. The land impact is 6.
    Jerkey Turkey Hunt - Tiar
  28. Earthworkx: A charming simple signs with some pumpkins. I like this. I can use this. The land impact is 5. Hmmm… bit on the heave side for such a simple decoration.
  29. Kitty Creations: A cute but somewhat rough around the edges autumn scene complete with wheelbarrow, bunches of chrysanthemums, pumpkins and a toy turkey with a sign which unfortunately is full bright and can’t be removed. But you can always slide a slightly larger prim over it and texture that with your own sign. Land impact is 6.
  30. Latex Station: Nothing for me here.
  31. !Vamp!: The feather was acting rather coy and there was nothing here that made me believe I really wanted to find it.
  32. Personal Effects: As much as I like browsing people’s Facebook photo albums, I don’t feel the need to put them in ugly frames and slap them against my virtual walls.
  33. Cheeky: Oh look they have some menswear. Oh look, the prize requires you to have boobs to be able to wear it. Why Cheeky? WHY?
  34. Dreamscapes Art Gallery: The same sign as the one from Earthworx but with a different  Thanksgiving related text and candles on top. There’s also a separate apple basket. Altogether quite charming. Land impact is 2 each.
  35. Hopes Creations: Nothing for me here.
  36. Get Frocked: The name says it all. Mind you, perhaps one day I’ll want to go all Dame Edna and then I will have to get a frock, but for now I’ll pass.
  37. Zinner Gallery: Njet.
  38. Fairey Angel Creations: It’a cone shaped topiary with flashing lights. A bit too flashy for my liking.
    Jerkey Turkey Hunt - Various blog
    Image shows No. 18, 28, 29, 34, 38 and 40
  39. Timeless Textures: a pack of 12 brocade textures which I may or may not make use of if I do or do not create a boudoir.
  40. Simply Shelby: Wall art text all about Thanksgiving. Oh well.
  41. Applique Chic: Nothing to see. Move it along.
  42. Roro: Njet
  43. Adris King: I saw they had a nice pair of shorts here and thought that was the only male item I could see in their range, I thought I’d take a change… Doh! Applier pants for ladies. Oh well.
  44. Kingswood: First impression was women’s wear only. Ciao. Neeeext!
  45. Wiccan Wears: They could have gone with a unisex item, but they chose to give away a tiny backpack which can’t be stretched.
  46. FE Style: It’s a pare of cropped sweatpants but seeing how they were standard size only, I felt I couldn’t make them work with the Signature body without (too) much shape altering. It’s  shame. I feel FE Style needs to shake things up a bit.
  47. Midnyte Creations: Nothing for me here.
  48. EccentriciXi: Njet.
  49. EscalateD: Nope.
  50. Stitches Creations: I like the idea of this rustic cart as a place to cuddle, but the animations aren’t ideal for two man-sized avatars, the textures could be a bit sharper and perhaps the wheels a bit rounder.
    Jerkey Turkey Hunt - Stitches
  51. Season of Wonders: Bales of hay and some huge pumpkins. Meh.
  52. OMG! Inc.: Tube dresses aren’t really my thing.
  53. Chrismas Fair: No! It’s too soon.

Conclusion: Too many creators ignore their male customers in this hunt. I don’t mind if someone chooses not to create anything for male avatars, but it does piss me off just a little bit when a creator who does cater for both genders (and everything in between) neglects male avatars by offering a dress as a hunt prize.

Adieu Gizza, Welcome Giz Seorn

Giz Seorn blog

Gizza was one of the first stores I got to know as a newbie, because it was a veritable treasure trove for group gifts. Many of those seemed high quality to my then still young virtual eyes, but some of them I still use occasionally now, as they are far from hopelessly outdated. The brand has been around for 9 years and it’s creator has decided to tackle a rebranding exercise, going forward under her own name, Giz Seorn. The store has been extensively refurbished, resulting in a warmer more earthy look and much of the old stock has been removed, to make way for new creations which soon shall be filling the empty spaces, I hope. To the dismay of today’s newbies that are told by unwitting well-meaning residents they should visit Gizza to pick up all those lovely freebies, I’m afraid I have to say that those too are gone with the wind. On the up side, you can join the new Giz Seorn group for just L$ 50 and get two very nice, tight fitting t-shirts and trousers which will work with the Adam, Aesthetic, Belleza, Signature, Slink and TMP mesh bodies as well as the classic avatar.

Credits

Extended Outdoorsiness

Extended Outdoorsiness blog

When I moved from not so sunny Belgium to somewhat colder Sweden, I noticed that people here are more invested in the idea of using their gardens, patios and balconies later in the season, aided by various types of outdoor heating. Slowly but surely the typical Swedish indoor cosiness has found its way to what you could call outdoor living spaces. Garden furniture has become more lush and patio heaters have been popping up everywhere, including Stockholm city where a semi-covered and heated terrace has become quite the crowd pleaser for some bars and restaurants. While I spend much of my time in Second Life at seasonal sims, I like to pretend that the climate in my virtual life is somewhat milder than what reality is serving me at this time of the year, allowing my avi to spend time outdoors in a shirtless “outfit” without freezing my tits off.

I created a cosy cuddle corner with the outdoor fireplace, chaise and basket with some extra blankets all from Shutter Field, a furniture store that constantly makes the thoughtful choice to offer a “Male/Male” version of both their PG and Adult items, making it one of the places you certainly must check out if you’re a man in the market for furniture and just happen to be attracted to other men. Who knows, maybe you’ll run into your future ex husband while you’re choosing a new bed.

Other Credits

  • Left Avatar: Body and head by Signature, skin by Stray Dog, hair by Stealthic, sweatpants by Noche.
  • Right Avatar: Body and head by TMP, skin by Clef de Peau, hair by Aeros, sweatpants by TMP, scarf by ::K::.
  • The apple cider tray, box of cookies, crate and pumpkins are all from the autumn collection at What Next.

It’s Kinky Time!

Kinky event November 2017 - 1 blog

Okay so it’s officially been kinky time for over a week now, as the current round of the Kink(y) Event started on October 28th, but the good news is that you can still submerge yourself in that monthly deliciously filthy little shopping event until November 19th, so there is still plenty of time to get down and dirty. The venue has changed from the neoclassical quasi rococo building (yes you are right, I’m made up that description on the spot) to a suitably dark exhibition hall which has been spiced up with naughty touches, to get you into that Kink(y) mood.

Kinky Event Novermber 2017 - 2 blog

I treated myself to a new pair of briefs by Dufaux in shiny metallic and rubber materials. As often is the case with Dufaux underwear, you can personalise the text on the waistband and you can get rather playful with these briefs, by lowering them in the front, in the back or on both sides, exposing all of your assets. The bulge does not react to the package slider, but I feel it’s more than apt as it is. A single is L$ 250 and the 10-texture fatpack will set you back L$ 990. These briefs can be used with the Belleza, Signature and Aesthetic male mesh bodies.

Kinky Event November - 3 blog

Noche‘s newest leather arm bands also caught the attention of my wandering eyes. There are some that would say that a pair of metallic briefs combined with a pair armbands is an unimaginative outfit to go (gay) clubbing and they would be right… But that doesn’t stop it from being criminally hot. The armbands are only available as a fatpack, but for L$ 300 you get an amazing 25 texture choices for the leather and 9 for the hardware (yes, I was smirking as I was typing the word “hardware”).

Other Credits

I’m afraid of no ghosts

MadPea Halloween Hunt V - goodies blog

It’s hard to believe that this is already the second weekend I’ve been hunting MadPea ghosts. The hunt will be over soon! We only have until November 2nd to hunt to our hearts content… our bloody ripped out hearts content. I still haven’t chosen any prizes, because it is my habit to leave that till the very end. However, I have picked up some more instant prizes along the way, like an elaborated church yard scene from Come Soon, a little shoulder pet ghost and a cherry to wear on my head both from MadPea and slime splattered tank top from Razor.

MadPea Halloween Hunt V - goodies 2 blog

I think it is still worth picking up the hud for the MadPea Halloween Hunt at the time that I’m writing this. If you have some free time on your hands in the coming four days, for L$100 you can have a lot of fun, discover sims you haven’t seen before and get social in the MadPea group chat. You should be able to get enough points to choose some smaller prizes or one bigger prize and you are bound to find some of the direct prizes too while you are at it. You can get the hud at Mad City. Happy hunting!

Other credits

  • Mesh head Mike by Akeruka
  • Deluxe mesh body by TMP
  • Skin by Akeruka: standard skin for the Mike head + applier for the TMP body which is supplied with the head.
  • Hair by Stealthic
  • Jeans by TMP
  • Ascendant Wings
  • Coat wrapped around waist: gacha item at Gabriel

P.S.: At this point I wouldn’t advise anyone to get the Deluxe mesh body from TMP, not until they have actually updated it to the bento skeleton, but that doesn’t mean I will stop using mine. It still looks pretty damn fine, even if the hands don’t move and it has limited skin choices.

Ciao Giorgio

Exmachina Giorgio blog

If you liked the initial look of Egoisme’s “Exmachina” full avatar but thought it could do with some extras, like something skimpy to wear and maybe a skin with a bit more oomph, then perhaps you need to go take another look. There now is, as shown in a previous blog post, a nice fitting pair of gym shorts and a tank top, but you can also get a new skin named Giorgio with stronger muscle definition and lighter eyebrows. The difference with the standard skin isn’t enormous but certainly noticeable. The Giorgio skin is only available in 4 skin tones, which is somewhat on the anaemic side where choice is concerned, but luckily for me I personally rather fancy the medium skin tone. I hope Egoisme will carry over some of their old Evian skin range to this new mesh body. Naturally I also hope that other skin developers will turn their attention to this body, because although there already are some choices out there, I think we all prefer it if the nipples in the skin line up with the nipples in the mesh. The biggest advantage this body has going for it at the moment, is that with a one-stop shopping trip you can get yourself a mesh body with its own mesh head and an extra skin. In an increasingly complex Second Life, there is something to be said for this simplicity.

  • The Giorgio skin is L$ 500 for one skin tone, including a shape and brow shape (wearing my own shape in the picture)
  • The shorts are L$ 350, including a texture change hud with 10 colour options
  • The body is L$ 3.990
  • I’m using Vermeer eyes, Burley hair with a hat and Mandala ears.
  • Make sure to put on the body’s hud when you apply the skin, as I found that when I didn’t do this, I was unable to apply it.

More goodies from the ghosties

The fun continues with  Madpea’s Halloween Ghost Hunt, as I frantically zip across the grid from one beautiful sim to another not quite so enticing one, hunting down those glowing orbs and signs of poltergeist activity like an exorcist on speed. I’m far from being a top scorer, but it’s great fun and I’m sure to end up with some really nice prizes with the points I’ll manage to earn. Meanwhile the little friendliest ghosts of the bunch have been tossing me some little direct prizes again.

MadPea Halloween Hunt III blog

I won’t tell you were exactly you can get any of the goodies shown in this picture, because I’m too busy hunting! It’s so easy to get carried away with this kind of thing. The bleep bleep of the hud you need to join this hunt, keeps encouraging me to go find those ghosts and silence them.  Naturally I feel obliged to obey. Join in and head over to Mad City now to pick up your hud. It’s only 100 L$ and the hunt lasts till November 2nd. Happy Halloween hunting!

 

Give the man some shorts!

Exmachina shorts blog

There has been another release of the Exmachina full avatar by Egoisme and several small issues were resolved, but to be fair I wasn’t really aware of them. Apparently with the previous version there still were some problems with Omega appliers, but the skins I tried on the body so far applied nicely to it. The nipples are somewhat displaced but apart from that I think the body looks positively eatable with for example the Ivar skin from 7 Deadly S[k]ins. Also the hand poses were not working as they should, but this has now been resolved. Other fixes are of such a technical nature I really can’t be bothered to mention them but I do welcome continuous improvements and see these as a positive sign that the creator is taking his project seriously.

More importantly, there now is a nice pair of shorts available just for this body, which you can wear with or without the new tank top also made for the Exmachina avatar. The shorts and tank top are L$ 350 each and for that you get both of these items in 10 different colours. Spicy detail: the shorts react to the shape slider for the so-called “package” (#duffelbag!). Meanwhile the body is still the same price as it was at its initial launch, which is L$ 3.990.

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Holy Halloween Hunts!

MadPea Halloween Hunt Goodies I blog

The cray cray game creators  at MadPea have been at it again and I mean that in the best possible way of course. They have put together another hunt that’s going to be legend… wait for it… ary. This time you can hunt for mysteriously glowing orbs, evil looking shadows, whirling objects suggesting poltergeist activity and possibly some other things I haven’t come across yet because I only just got started. You need a hud to play, which costs L$ 100 and can be picked up at Mad City. The mayhem runs from October 19th until November 2nd 2017 and to add to the sense of fun and friendly competition, you are randomly assigned to a colour coded team. You can find more detailed information on the MadPea website. Perhaps what I enjoy the most about these hunts is how the MadPea group chat tends to go a little bit, well, mad. There is also a sense of adventure as anybody with a bit land can purchase the hunt objects and put them out for people to find, so naturally this hunt will take you to the four corners of the grid. From dainty to seedy and from classy to trashy, you will have seen it all. At the end you can exchange your points for some excellent prizes and though I haven’t actually checked them out yet, because I’m fixated on earning those points, if the previous hunts are anything to go by, the goodies are going to be pretty fine, like your great great great-granddaughter in the year 3000. Damn it, Busted! Get out of my head! Don’t you just hate it when an early 2000’s pop song gets stuck in your head because a radio station decided to play a “classic”. Anyway, great prizes shall soon be joining my ever growing inventory and meanwhile the hunt has already coughed up some small direct prizes, such as a bale of straw to sit on, a creepy skull with a candle to mount on your wall, a set of tealight holders in the shape of leaves, wooden cat profiles and a funny owl sign. The next couple of weeks are going to be so much fun!

Credits

  • Head: Mike mesh head by Akeruka
  • Body: Deluxe mesh body by TMP
  • Skin: Akeruka (original skin for Mike head + TMP body applier that comes with the head)
  • Hair: Hysteria by Stealthic
  • Overalls by Gild
  • Sneakers by Not So Bad

Akeruka Group Gift Head Follow Up

Just a quick reminder that you only have a couple of days left to get the new male “Keiji” head as a group gift at Akeruka’s main store. This action ends on 21st October and I’m not exactly sure at which time precisely, but I do hope there won’t be the same winging and bitching as last time from people that got there too late. Once the action has ended, this new head  will be sold at the normal price, which usually is L$ 2,999. The group joining fee is only L$ 150. The head comes with a basic shape, an eyebrow shape, separate teeth as well Omega, Slink and TMP body appliers that match up with the standard skin tones of the head. Here’s a look I put together with a skin from Stray Dog.

Akeruka Keiji - Stray Dog Kenichi blog

Credits

  • Shape: Own work
  • Mesh head: Keiji by Akeruka
  • Skin: Kenichi by Stray Dog in tone #3 + matching body skin applier. Get the version made for the Logo head, because Catwa appliers will not work on an Akeruka head.
  • Mesh body: Jake by Belleza
  • Hair: Hysteria by Stealthic
  • Mesh ears: Steaking Ears – Season 5 by Mandala
  • Eyes: System eyes from Ikon
  • Jockstrap: Noche Halloween Jockstrap

See my previous post about this mesh head for two more looks.