Face-punchingly adorable Alicia Chenaux busts out her Bento-based angel wings for her Second Life avatar, and shows you how customizable they are. Available (if you're lucky) at the Gacha Garden: Click here to teleport there.
"Avatars Against Trump", as the title suggests, is a new Flickr group open to users of Minecraft, Blocksworld, The Sims, Second Life, High Fidelity, IMVU, Tilt Brush, and any other game/online world/VR platform who want to express their opposition to Trump and his policies in screenshots and machinima. Managed by SL bloggers Cajsa Lilliehook and Strawberry Singh and launched this week, it already has a dozen images -- go here to see them all, and if you're interested in contributing your own image or video, go here for guidelines.
Among the first submissions is this one above from Ms. Singh, a Muslim-American in real life who's experienced first-hand the rising hate provoked by Trump and his anti-American supporters, and accompanies her image with a short but passionate poem:
"A lot of people are scared right now," she tells me, "and I just wanted to encourage a way to express our feelings in a creative way." She created one of her own, inspired by a horrific personal memory which was dredged up shortly after Trump's election:
We've seen a lot of examples of how Second Life's new Bento skeleton has improved avatar expressiveness and form options (as here and also here), now here's a uniquely cool application integrated with a nifty and elegant heads-up display: the Catya Animations HUD, from Catwa, which uses well-known emojis to select different expressions. So yes, if you click the poop emoji, your avatar's face twists up into a "I smell something stank" rictus. Really smart UX design and an impressive range of avatar expressions.
I guess I assumed the new Bento avatar skeleton technology would only work well with humanoid avatars, but I guess I thought wrong: Behold a Bento-borne cobra from Medhue Animations, who also brought us the Bento-borne elephant avatar. If Medhue keeps it up, someone could recreate whole damn Jungle Book scenes.
Nalates has an in-depth tutorial for creating customized hand and toenails for Second Life avatars -- so in-depth, she gets into the 13 year+ history of SL avatars, a timeline of retrofits and workarounds, as the user community created solutions (and additional complexity) to Linden Lab's avatar forms. For instance:
I'm utterly besotted by the mesh avatar head of Ms. Mika Whitesong and I'll tell you why: While most SLers create their avatars to seem like ultra-realistic supermodels, Mika's face seems sculpted, elongated, like a modern painting come to life.
"I see 3D animation as sculpture or 3D art, so I can see how it can be perceived that way," Mika tells me when I point that out to her. "After I made it, some people said it reminded them of a painter's work. I cant recall his name now, though."