Friday, December 22, 2006

Expanding GearShift.

Hey guys!
I think its time I put GearShift out there and began expanding on my stores. I think Im doing quite well and am really proud of the progress Ive made in my time here on SL. I still remember my humble beginnings of peddling shirts for free at 'The Block' all those months ago. Zab, Keishii, DT, Noam and Posy were all really supportive and gave me a lot of great advice starting out. I believe that my small success in part is due to their guidance and their willingness to give someone new a chance.

Right now Im hoping to expand my brand. Im looking to find more stores where I could have GearShift. I was hoping that maybe you guys could maybe offer suggestions on places you think would be a good fit for my store. I really dont know alot of the best places and feel a lil embarrassed that I havent explored enough in SL. ^^;

Or even if you know good spaces for land. A mainstore has been on my mind for the longest time. I think it would be great to have a space I can call my own. I think now that Im doing well enough to support something like this its something I should follow up. XD I really have NO experience in land what-so-ever and this would be completely new to me. Im sure I'll have to be sat down and have the whole thing explained with diagrams and pie-charts.

If you guys have any advice or suggestions, please follow up with comment. And remember! - A Kitty is for life, not just for Christmas.

Peace out pretty kitties!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Cast in amber

One of my favourite bands have a limited release of their live album available. I rushed to get it when I heard about it as it comes with a sampler from their latest studio album...which I have been dying to hear for YEARS. The band is 'My Vitriol' and they hail from my home city of London. I remember seeing them on 'top of the pops' in 2001 and instantly fell in love with Som Wardners sexy good looks. I was really bummed I didn't get to see them live last month but look forward to them touring again soon and getting another glimpse at this super sexy band.

Som Wardner = the hawtness!

I just love their style. They are a really good looking band, seriously - and really technically gifted considering they are still quite young. I love their layered guitar licks, the melodies, the hard riffs. Could I be any more of a fanboy?

Photos of 'My Vitriol' at KoKo last month.

Ive been pimping them out to as many people that will listen to me. They actually have a selection of tracks that can be streamed online FOR FREE! You can catch them here where you can browse through the tracks from their 3 albums. Some of my favourite tracks are - Always your way, Deadlines, Grounded and Moodswings.

Thats it for now pretty kitties.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Audible malfunction!

Ive been feeling a little under the weather for the last couple of days. A cold isn't new to me, and I guess its expected at this time of year. But today I woke up and my throat felt itchy and irritable. When I tried to speak a squeaky collection of syllables struggled to push first thoughts were - 'FUCK!' I have been looking forward to going Karaoke next week...but it looks now with my voice out of action I wont get to. *cries* Im hoping for a speedy recovery...lets cross our fingers.

I told Rudra about me losing my voice and she replied with something funny.
Rudra Dal: That's like...awful! It's like Superman losing his powers!

*laugh* awwwww!

Damn it, wont people STOP feeding me Krytonite in liquid form? HONESTLY!

Ive managed to get out some new shoes which you can grab at my store at the block. I have yet to move the new footwear to my other stores, but I'll get round to it. I'm in serious need to update my 'Unlimited' store. Ive really got to make that a priority. The shoes however have been doing fairly well...Id like to get out MORE versions but I think its time I move onto releasing my new shirts and other wearable apparel.

Its my birthday coming up and Arbers got me the greatest gift ever! I really wanted to get a 'Nintendo Wii' but with it being like gold dust over here the idea of me getting my paws on a Wii remote seemed very unlikely. But Arbers went and made me one for my life in SL. Its really awesomely textured and built with alot of attention to detail. Arbers and I are both very big Nintendo fans, and we cry on each others shoulders about not having the console - But now, this cushions the blow. We were playing with it while I set it up at my house, I made attachable versions of the remotes and the console can actually give them out. We took things a little further after some crazed fanspeak about what else we could do for it, and after reaching the limit with the small scripts I had available I took it to my friend Tylor who has experience working with SL streaming movies. We want the console itself to play streamed videos of gameplay or trailers/commercials available from a drop down menu. As well as some other nifty things using the controller, animations and sound effects. - Watch this space. XD

Well, Im gonna go get some rest and recover as best I can.

Until next time pretty kitties!


Friday, December 15, 2006

OMG Shoes!

Ahoy hoy gang! So... yes, I have been a lil out of it for quite a few days. Catching glimpses of Don out and about have been few and far between. No I havent joined a Korean biker gang, thinking about it Im wondering why I havent. Wait, maybe the not being Korean and not owning a bike has something to do with it...just maybe. - And no I havent gotten my dirty lil paws on a Nintendo Wii...God how I wish that were the case T^T. *laugh*

Ive actually been hard at work finishing my new running shoe and sitting and being tortured by it at the same time. I have finished my new shirt templates but have yet to truly finish new designs with them... I dont think my small kitty brain can quite handle too many things going on at the same time. For a while there during my social absence I was starting to feel really guilty about not releasing new items... but I think AFTER I put out these new shoes, all will be forgiven. :D

These shoes have seriously been a pain making AND texturing.Getting prims to do what I want has been a point of pure frustration at times during this project. Im still fairly new to building...and its scary when I come to a problem and I dont automatically know the right way to solve it, so horrible amounts of time are endured going through trial and error. Thats why I tend to stick to photoshop which I have years of experience in...its comfortable and I know where I am with it. Saying that however, finishing a project like this is alot more rewarding...through all the moaning, lapses of anger and at times even the feeling of defeat - when you do reach that other end there is this real sense of accomplishment, especially when its something your new with. And you think : "Holy shit! Did I make that?"

Texturing these shoes has also been a long process. When I originally textured these shoes they actually looked quite different. It had a material texture, but one I think you usually associate with those converse sneakers. When I finished the build, looking at it and realising I had to texture all 40+ prims I just sat there and went 'blegh!'(Yes, its a designer term) I really wasnt sure what I wanted to do. Arbers luckily was there to save me (thanks sis!) and put me right on track, she said that it would probably be nicer if I had a suede texture over them. I followed her advice and am much happier for it, they started to really resemble the kind of pumas I had in mind. True to form, I scratched and stained all my textures and branded them in my own 'GearShift' style.

It wasnt until I actually had to APPLY them that problems were starting to arise. Last night SL really had me smacking my head against the monitor. My girlfriend can testify to my crazed mental state last night...Im actually still twitching. My textures kept jumping randomly when I put them on...they would suddenly twist 90 degrees out of my control. And when you have many individual prims like I have, especially the small ones in my sole - it can REALLY REALLY become a tiresome chore fixing them all.

I still have a few things I need to texture on them, the bottom of the sole and I might re-texture a bit in some areas, nothing major though. I think it might be cool to have lil flexi laces swaying from either side. I think I might add that as something extra...we'll see. Oh and dont worry girls, I havent forgotten about you. I WILL have female versions of these. Now I know how the texturing of this build works with this first version... I can size up ones for your lil footsies and pump out a few in cute girly colour combos.

I still actually have to name these shoes... I havent actively thought about what that could be yet. But Im sure it will eventually hit me. Ive been toying in my mind about price... I have been thinking about selling these for 300L, do you guys think that might be too much? I could go for the usual 250L but... I think my shoes are a lil more detailed - Im really thinking about how much time Ive been spending on these. I dont think people would mind so much about paying for quality...lemme know what you guys think in a comment. :D

Okay pretty kitties, I'll leave you with that for now!


Thursday, December 07, 2006

Hes marinating in his own ragu!

Hey guys, I come baring craziness in digitized form. Always willing to entertain... so swallow it lovingly my dear readers. :D

For the gamers in us all.

For everyone else, Joy to the world...the bitch is dead. ROFLMAO!

Seriously, if you dont watch Robot Chicken, whats wrong with you?

So onto some issues that have been on my mind. Some of you may know that I DJ every week. Ive been DJing regularly for months now and it has been something I have enjoyed. It started out as a joke because someone said I had a nice voice, Ive always wanted to try being a radio DJ... I like to think I can be witty and charismatic when I want to be. You know, when Im not suffering from Tom-Foollery-itus or being just plain stupid. What better place to realise a fantasy then SL? And praise jebuz that the fantasises Im living out arnt leather-clad or chained... I know there are many SL-ites out there just living the dream. *laugh*

I love the buzz I get from crowds, its nice to know people are digging your music and its great to find a common ground with people from playing a certain track. 'Hey, I remember that.' 'Thats a great show, I remember hearing that theme.' Im very social, I like getting out there and chatting to people, DJing has been a nice outlett for that. I dont think Ive ever actually DJed for the money, the tips can be nice but having a store has always made me comfortable money even more so. I can see why everyone and their uncle is a DJ on SL, its an easy buck if your good at it.

For a lil while now Ive been thinking seriously about quitting it. I hate sometimes when DJing can get in the middle of me creating something. There have been times when Ive made a concious decision not to make something when it gets to close to a DJ set, just because I dont like stopping when Im in a groove. Yesterday I completely forgot about my set, its been the first time Ive done that since starting. Ive always tried to be prompt and professional about it, Ive always left my shit at the door as I know people dont want to hear me whine and moan about real life. My attitude to the whole thing has been if Im going to do it, Im going to do it right. I have always been VERY loyal to the Heavenly Rose, they gave me my first set and well...Ive been there ever since.

The fun factor however I feel is being drained out of it slowly, and its seeming more like a job now. Its sort of becoming stressful and I think that has alot to do with Catrina who manages the DJs at the club. I dont think our personalities mix, try as I might...I just dont think we can be friends. Catrina and I have a lil history, way back when I started and I met her and her alt. So whenever Im doing something that includes her, thats always playing in the back of my mind. An issue occured a couple of weeks ago, I suddenly had to leave to go deal with a family crisis. It was something serious, I let her know this and she just treated me with this condescending attitude, I could just taste the venom. I know that it was very short notice, but FUCK does my loyalty and professionalism to the club not allow any leeway? That REALLY upset me, I guess its been festering since then and its seeping out now because I know she has ANOTHER problem with me.

I cant be AS serious about DJing as her, I dont need to DJ for the money and I DONT need to DJ to feel important. So I think its time I just left... JellyBean told me something a while ago that makes sense in this situation. 'If its not fun, run!'
Im sure I could get hooked up at SPE or another place if I REALLY felt the need to DJ. Theres always the Block Parties. XD We'll see how it goes, but for now... DJ Donovan is signing off.

Wow, that was a big rant! *laugh* Arnt you glad I made you watch the funny videos first?

Well, I really have been busy creating things and one of my MAIN obsessions right now is my new running shoe. Ive been promising them for a while now and I have finally started building them. They are still a work in progress, and I guess the wood texture leaves alot to be desired. But the shape is something Im quite happy with, I really didnt want something clunky...and well, I feel it looks like a shoe. XD I hope this lil snippet of info gets you a lil moist and excited for its release. *laugh*

Ooooh, Ive also been working on my new shirt template which is almost complete, be sure to expect another huge GearShift item dump soon. :D *watches the forums*

Well, until next time pretty kitties!


Saturday, December 02, 2006

BL0K-Unit Ninjas and shirt tactics.

Some of you might of seen me skulking in the shadows recently. Ive been scaling the buildings at The Block and running through the BladeRunner-esque Devils Moon, as my new alternate persona. I and a few other Block regulars formed the BL0K-Unit Ninjas and enjoyed a night of crawling over japanese rooftops, asian kung-fu speak and of course posing for pictures.

Maybe we'll be joined by other Block regulars. I sooooo want to initiate MISSION: Gor sim infiltration. With ninja deployment from our BLOK ship. *makes note, talk to Nanao about possible ships!*

Aside from the fun ninja adventures Ive been really happy that sales have been enjoying success. People seem to be taking notice, its such a strange sensation as I used to really struggle with sales before. Now things are more comfortable, Im glad people are enjoying my stuff.
Today however, I woke up and was staring at some of my shirts. Im really not feeling some of the older designs. I think my outlook on design has changed, Posy explained that we evolve as designers. Its true, that template Ive been using seems outdated when I look at it now. And the designs, well they are some of my early designs and although they still hold an interesting appeal... I want my new shirts to reflect my stance on design now. My hoodies and Jumpers are doing really well, they are fueled with my new design outlook. - Now thats not to say I hate my older designs, and it dosent mean Im going to stop selling them. I think what I will do however is place them under a season one banner and begin inflating my store inventory with my new evolved outlook. *nods*

I have a few interesting things in the pipelines. A V-neck sweater/collared shirt combo. Some pinstriped trousers and Ive been wanting to make some fitted pumas for what seems an age. And I think Im well over-due for some new jeans!
I have some unreleased inventory I still have to get out. Anthony from RHCP styled knitted gloves, new grinder cuffs and a guyver inspired hoodie called 'Bioboost'.

Oh, if you guys havent heard already. The third OFFICIAL Block party is taking place tomorrow, from 2 - 5 SL time. Be sure to come down an grab some of those Block limited items and chill with us all. I'll be there spinning the tracks at the first DJ set, so come down and say hi. :)

Well, until next time pretty kitties!

Thursday, November 30, 2006


Here are some fun videos to cheer up your day!

See, its fun AND educational! Now you know what to do when in the same situation...japanese style. "Spare me my life!" The very words that send villans running in fear!

I want to go to Korea now!

Okay, okay... now for some boring writing and stuff. I released the new jumpers yesterday. I rushed to get them out before the new patch, got the prims about done JUST before seven when SL went down. Didnt get to go back on SL hours later, thanks Lindens :). Well, apparently I had the wrong things in one of my vendors, and one of them wasnt set for sale. OOPS! Quickly amended that and gave the new items to those who bought the wrong items. >_<; Im such a tard! They are now available at my others stores...woooo! Exciting :)

SL is acting all screwy since the patch. Nothing seems to be working properly, cant see my money, cant TP anywhere, cant attach anything, cant see my avatar and a whole host of other loverly things. Lets hope things will get cleaned up.

Anyway, until next time pretty kitties!


Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Magic numbers.

I bumped into a few people the other day as I frolicked the dirty streets of the Block in my school uniform. TeHe! I think I scared Zab a tad, its okay Zabby...its alright to want me. *blows kiss* Was a funny night, testical transformers and headbanging...awesome!

Its alright, embrace the feelings...bask in the sexy. Now breath, there ya go. :D

My bestest friend Noamy seems to be taking a break from SL now. I thought Id write how I feel here rather then leaving a lengthy reply on his blog. When I first started making friends at the block, Noam and Keishii were the first two I REALLY latched on to. Noam was soooo cute, I remember we went skating together once and he gave me a parker. I had the biggest crush on him...But Im happy with how things are right now, Im glad hes part of my secondlife.
I think one of the reasons I get on with Noam so well is that we are into the same things. Our brains seem to be wired the same way, Noam says we share a reallys does feel like it at times. The last couple of weeks we havent really gotten to hang out as much as Id like. I dont know, but Ive felt like Ive been treading on thin ice with him. Im always afraid Im making him angry, or boring him...or feel hes busy. So I try and give him space...I really dont want to smother him. And now I feel really bad hes going away, But I understand why hes doing it. I know hes been stressed, so I hope this break can put him at ease. SL can really get under your skin sometimes...I guess its time for Noam to detox. I really dont think Noam quite understands how much I adore him, I care about him so much. *clasps air for an empty hug*
Noam if your reading this, I'll be here when you get back...Im missing seeing you already.
-So in closing : Noam, I love you and I want your babies! THERE, I said it! *laugh*

*coughs* Okay... *brushes mushy side off...clears throat and deepens vocal tone* So anyways, Ive been making clothes ALOT! Ive really gotten into my groove now and Im really enjoying making my clothing. Its strange, people are starting to take notice of me. Yesterday I got given a spot at Velvet, a really well designed club. Its funny because I was at the very same club when they gave an offer to Noam a couple of weeks ago. I dont think the owner knew who I was then ^^; I asked if she remembered me from that time. She said, yea... that she found my store a week or so later and went apeshit. Im really wanting to expand my stuff, I know there are alot more urban clothing stores out now. But I would really like GearShift to have its own unique flavour. Ive been experimenting more with colour, Im tired of staying in the safety of all the grey and black. Im doing a few different shades with my new winter wear that I hope people will dig.

Thats Canimal in the photos. Ive been hanging with her alot last couple of days and she is very cool. She shattered alot of what I assumed of her on our first real day of hanging out. Shes very down to earth and approachable and has a wicked sense of humour. :) And shes not american! *hugz his european sistah!* *pinches her oompa lumpas*

Ooo, I also got this jumper done yesterday. Weeee... Im loving the colours. I think I might release a few things today. No point in doing a crazy huge clothing dump on the forums. Im reeeeeeeeeeally wanting to get my new shoes done, its definately next on my list! *Runs off to make more stuff*

Until next time my pretty kitties!


Saturday, November 25, 2006

New zipped collared jumpers!

Okay, I bet some of you after reading the title are wondering - 'What the hell is a jumper?' And others are thinking - 'Yep, this guy is definately british.' Kudos to those who know what they are - but to the uninitiated its what we limeys call sweaters. Yah, I was actually chatting to Posy about these things a while back. They are in my lil black book of designs and are now officially ticked off as of today. I own some zip collared fleece tops in real life, they were initially the inspiration. But instead of using a fleece-like texture I gave it more of a knitted look. I think they've come out quite well, Im also quite pleased with the zipped prim collar. I made the lil zip I assume it moves around when your walking. - Not that its easily viewable though seeing how small it is. But Im sooooo obsessed with small details like that, as much as making things dirty - if not more.

That graffiti-ed spot outside 'Miau Haus' at the new block is definately a hawtspot for photos. While taking them I bumped into DT owner of Desert Moon, he was wearing his female shape for some new dresses hes designing. He looked hawt with boobs, as did his newly designed dresses. - I myself dont really have a female shape, I enjoy just running around in drag...I so have the bum to pull it off. XD I spent some of my morning with my friend Char, her boyfriend was huge in comparisson to lil old neko me. He looked like a schoolyard bully! - This is where the topic of school uniforms came up, and my funtime escapades at Nakama with Posy and Noam. I put it on and wiggled my lil spiked tail. - Ive decided to hang around the block tonight in my schoolgirl uniform. *laugh* Be sure to look out for me. XD

Im going to try and finish some more goodies before my next release. Im also wanting to make free goodies for members of the 'GearShift Collective'. Yay! *goes off to design.*

Thats all for now pretty kitties!


Monday, November 20, 2006

I didnt do didnt do didnt do.

So I have been listening to this fantabulous song by boy kill boy. (How awesome is that name for a band?) Its called 'Shoot me down' and is definately my fave song of the moment, Im listening to it as I write this. *nods head to its delicious melodic twinkling*
Here for your listening and viewing pleasure is the video. Huzzah for youtube!

I love the song... but please, did anyone else laugh uncontrollably at the falling down the stairs? Poor guy... not once but three times. *laugh*

So anyway, on the SL front. I have released my hoodies - YAY! Four hoodies for guys and two for the gurlies. Hoodies definately seems the flavour of the month, I guess it must have to do with the winter season. *smiles*. I did promise glorious hoodies however all the way back in my first post. What a long wait its been 0_o. They seem to be doing well, Im glad that people seem to be enjoying them...I really wanted the design of the hoodies to be unique to GearShift. I wear hoodies alot IRL and could really picture myself donning these offerings to go hang with friends. I'll be sure to get out more variations when time permits, my time will be a little limited this week due to some RL engagements - but never fear... I shall return. :)

Oh man, while working on this post. It looks like my webserver seems to be going screwy. I'll have to have a word with my friend who owns the server tomorrow, some images I uploaded earlier arnt coming through. 0_0 Yippie, another thing for me to do. T^T

Well, yesterday morning I managed to finish a sign for my store at The Block. Im quite proud of it actually. I feel all established now, having this hefty piece of metal above my door way. I lugged it to all 4 of my store locations and put them up, including my 'Unlimited' spot. I set that store up in a hurry, it looks a lil crappy at the moment. I'll be sure to grunge it up properly when I next get a chance.

Awww. And Canimal gave me free goodies for singing on her blog. THE AWESOME! Yay for freebies, I should go busk for some more. *laugh*

Anyway, Thats all for now pretty kitties!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

PowerPuff Girls Z!

So how many of you like watching the powerpuff girls? Come on... raise those hands. :) Okay, so heres an interesting little fact. If you knew this already, who woulda thunk huh? But to those still in the ya go.

PowerPuff Girls Z! Yes, the PPG have gotten transformed into uber kawaii chibi gurls. (OMG a mixture of german and japanese buzz words.) Yep, Cartoon Network teamed up with TV Tokyo and its undergone a complete transformation. The PPG are sooo amazingingly popular in Japan, to them it seems natural. But I find it really interested that a show that was inspired heavily by anime from the outset with sprinkles of american sensibilities has in turn crossed over to Japan and then been remade. Imagine if you will, the american show crossing the sea to have sordid sex with a japanese anime show - only to find that their hijinx led to some freakish pregnancy. Its like a cross-bred bastard cartoon child. *laughs and pokes the freak show* Isnt it cute? Yay for cross pollination!

So without further a do, heres the intro to the show!

And now that I have comepletely raped your mind with this confuzzled choice of pointless information. I shall ride off, like BraveStar.

Untill next time pretty kitties.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Leave me a message!


I was reading Arbels blog and totally dug her waffle machine. Ive read willow and arbers comment about this before but I had NO idea what it was. I thought it was soooo cool that I just had to get one for myself. So why not get on it and leave me a voiced message! Click on it to the side and leave me random stuff I can hear... YAY!

*waits patiently for his first message*

Its super robot fighting time!

I bet alot of you must be tired of huge rambling posts by myself. I know, I sometimes can get into one. Seeing all that text...omg scary! So heres a short fun-filled post for you all.

I stumbled upon this a month ago and thought it was soooo great. I love the terminator and robocop. Someone with a great passion for both movies went out of their way to splice together footage from the movies to make an action filled short. Just amazing!

Wasnt that fun? Yes... I thought so too!

And now for something a lil different.

*laugh* that silly Neo!

Until next time pretty kitties!

And the superstars sucked into the 'supermassive'.

So Im sure everyone is sick and tired of hearing about the copybot. So, I'll try and make my rant on it brief before moving onto less drama filled things.

On the day that the sky started to fall, I like everyone was upset. I did my best to stray from the hysterics, I really wanted to find out more about it before booking my ticket to hell. I guess Im glad for not being in the fashion-superstar loop in situations like this, Keishii told me of what was happening in the sellers guild and I was like - 'OMG really?!?'.

I think alot of the paranoia stemmed from Robins original post on the blog. We designers really want to feel safe and protected. Robin spoke vaguely about the bot and its capabilities, and their impartial stance on copybot left us all with a sour taste in our mouths. When a big crisis like this occurs we want to look to the Lindens and feel a safe secure embrace, with a lulling voice telling us 'Everything will be okay, we'll look after you.'What we got instead was more along the lines of 'Hey, we cant do anything...we'll try. But right now I guess it sucks to be you.' For people working in the business of people in metaverse...they sure dont know how to deal with people.

This of course started the mass hysteria, avatars were running to supermarkets buying up cans of digital beans to stock in their bunkers. Children were running around soiled and naked and feathered chickens flocked to the streets...utter chaos! The amount of rumours I heard about what this bot could ACTUALLY do I would later find are in fact false. Thanks to Zab and a group of other designers we sat in with Cory and tinkered to find out exactly what it could do.

Heres a brief summary. (thanks to Chronocloud for this.)

What can the CopyBot create a copy of?
- fully textured objects attached to avatars in proximity
- fully textured objects in proximity

What can the CopyBot not copy?
- any object contents, including scripts, animations, sounds and textures
- clothing
- shapes
- textures (objects are textured but the CopyBot does not get the original textures)

- If CopyBot copies you, only your attachments can be transfered, not your shape, clothing, appearance.
- If CopyBot copies your attachments, the attachments will be simple objects without any special functionality since they will not contain scripts, animations, etc.
- If CopyBot copies your product vendor, it will only get an object that looks like your vendor. It will not contain your product or any of the vendor scripts.
- The same is true for unattached objects.
- You can turn off object creation in sims containing unattached objects you do not wish to be duplicated

On the PXP comment fiasco -
I find it funny that some people can jump on bandwagons and run around beating babies with bats with only misinformed hearsay and small balls of truth. Sometimes people are all to ready to follow the popular crowd without once questioning the reason. Of course the situation is a serious one, but I dont think punishing our customers by closing on the idea that they could potentially be a prick is right either. Id like to stay positive and believe that the huge majority of people are going to remain true to us. When it comes to music I like to support the artists I love by handing over my hard earned cash, I think this mentality is true for customers in SL. They will rally to support those designers they like because they appreciate our hardwork and time.
I really do admire the way designers have come together with a singular voice, I just think we could be using it in a better way. At the end of the day, all of us designers are in the same boat, the threat of theft is not a new one...its been around in other shapes long before November 14th. If copybot has done one thing, it has lifted the vale of the false sense of secruity we all had. We are all potentially at risk from theft, not just the big names...but us smaller stores too. Lets work together as a community to help each other, if you spot something or someone sinister...well spread the word. I know its important that LL looks after us, but I also think its important that we be united - petty squabbles arnt going to be constructive to our cause. ONE LOVE!

Okay, so I lied about it being brief...sue me! OMG!!!1 Dont do it really, copybot is stealing all my business. T^T

Sooo in the background I have been making more clothes. Ive decided to hold out on my release of my new stuff....Grrr, for obvious reasons. But yesterday I managed to sell 8 of my hoodies. AND they arnt even released, holy shit! *laugh* Friends have been wearing them and people have been asking questions. Wow! Way to build hype! So lets hope this is a sign that they will do well. *grins*

Also, on a strange note. Yesterday I met someone who lives like a 10 minute drive from my house. How awkward is that? Im so used to meeting americans on here that even meeting my european brothers is a rare treat. Meeting someone so close to home is just new to me. It really is a small world after all. XD Hes a musician, actor and is actually pretty cute. *smile* I said we could maybe collaborate on something, and seeing as Im usually into some kind of strange media project working on crazy ideas...its definately a possibility. :D

Well, I'll leave you with that pretty kitties!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Charlie and the Copy-Factory.

So I have been working on these hoodies for ages now. Distractions finally pushed aside I am now on a creative streak and am pumping them out like small asian kids stitching up Nikeys.

I am so absolutely excited about the hoodies, Ive been painstaingly zoomed in...airbrushing, aligning, uploading, re-aligning, re-uploading...rinsing and repeating. Its nice to see hardwork finally coming to fruition when your wearing it and have that warm feeling tickling you on the inside. I feel a little guilty that this feeling is being produced without the help of toys or the soft moist sensation of tongues. But *orgasmic spasm* Im enjoying it in any case. And its great timing too as for some new stores Im having to set up. The Block is being built bigger, badder, faster and stronger - much like a giant dirty-bricked 6 million dollar man. Zab and DT carefully crafting this urban mass, raising their hands collectively like the Gods of urban streets only can... they 'throw down that hawt fire shit'. Having been in its glorious gritty presence I am happy to report that it looks fantastic. This coupled with the fact that I got a spot at another new shopping spot 'Unlimited', definately has me in good spirits. *falls victim to another orgasmic spasm*

Today I came online and was greeted by Sinjun. I thought yay! I must throw hoodies at her and watch her force her well-endowed full figure into my tight little cropped offerings. After showing off some of our new inventory fodder I thought it would be cool to get some photos of us in my new hoodies. So after grabbing a quick TP down to the BladeRunner-esque 'Devil Moon' we snapped each other in various poses.

So after sitting on some girders in the park, Sinjun told me of the copybot. She showed me the link to the SL blog and I was just disgusted. It was news I couldnt get at a worse time, serious flashbacks of late nights working on clothing danced in my mind then shattered into a million tiny pieces. The copybot is an object that can copy avatars, attached objects, textures...your very uniqueness. Rather then rattle on about its actual possibilities I'll direct you to the actual blog.
I havent had a business long here in SL, but the actual idea of this copybot is seriously worrying. And from the very fury penned in the comments it looks like Im not the only one. Its really disheartening that the big guys at LindenLabs arnt taking enough of a negative stance on this. I want to feel protected and secure as an artist, as a designer. Robin Linden argues that the copybot dosent actually fall into copyright laws, they discuss briefly on ideas to make it so that your creations can be identified as your property. But if someone can just take my created items for free then wouldnt the value of my creations quickly drop to nothing? I dont think there are alot of people who realise the heartbreaking effect that this can have on us designers. Especially those reverse-engineers out there... I myself have put soooo much effort and time into my created offerings. The idea that someone can take my items, can take my time, can take my effort - for free...well thats just a kick in the fucking teeth.

Jakkal Dingo Says:

“Copying doesn’t always mean theft”.

No of course not. Copying just means you’re taking someone else’s hard work, without paying for it, and doing with it what you please. What’s the point of having “no copy”?

You know LL, artists are some of the most territorial people in existance. You’ve just told them to bend over and get ready for a massive art raping. You’ve pretty much just made it so no one is going to be willing to build anything in SL for fear it might get stolen.

There are ALOT of scary questions and points being put forward, - what will happen to the economy? What about the possible griefer attacks this tool could be used for?
It looks like a scary time is ahead for us...So what will I do you ask? Well after taking a big break earlier, sighing and contemplating I decided I can only continue what I enjoy to do here in SL and hope that things work out for the best. Im going to continue making clothing and accessories and hope that my small business does not get hurt.

Well, until next time my pretty kitties.


Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Balancing act.

*dodges thrown fruit and veg from readers as he sheepishly makes a late post*

Okay, I know I havent blogged in a while. I sowwy, I was finding it difficult to find interesting tid-bits to entertain you all with. I did however get some advice, a couple of days ago while sitting with my foot firmly lodged between the digital buttcheeks of Rosie. Jelly said that I should just write about how Im feeling...and whined why there was a lack of an entry brandishing the fact she has added my name to voiced gesture.

Oh - I cant just write small thoughts down. No... I must punish you with long-winded extracts from my very mind. Im a disturbed sentence-sadist!

Well, Ive been feeling a little lacking as a designer. My library of clothing at GearShift is pretty puny at the moment. My stack seems to crumble at the sight of some other designers inventory. Ive had this reverberating voice saying - 'Make clothes...Make clothes.' in a chilling sort of psychotic mantra. Im starting to feel guilty that I havent released in a while and Im scared people are going to give up/forget about me. - I finally got to speak to Noam yesterday which made me happy. He told me that I shouldnt let it bother me as much, that I shouldnt make it seem like work and that it should be fun. He said people wouldnt forget me. :3 That really made me feel so much better! He also called me hun, I think that was a first. *smiles*

I keep a small design book. In it I write ideas about clothing and accessories so that I wont forget about them. Usually Im talking with Posy when an idea would hit me in the face and the start of a random but magical collection of sentences would leave my lips. "Hey, you know what? Wouldnt it be cool if..." Which Posy would reply with - "That sounds cool, you should make that." And I think... Oooo idea! And Id pen it in this little black sketch book with doodles and scribbly writing. Now this book has pages of ideas that Im slowly trying to get through. One of them that Im working on right now is a new hoodie. Ive been chipping away at this template while trying to balance freelance work. Im sooooo close to actually finishing it, I can literally taste the feeling of release when I have it on a prim on a wall. Just a few things I need to fix but Im liking how its turning out.

Still a few minor things I need to fix. Im a glutton for detail, so I keep finding myself going back and adding little highlights. Tightening certain areas and generally sculpt it into a piece of clothing I feel is solid. All I can think about right now is wanting to get into Photoshop and happily airbrush away, work however is being made a priority. Im having to have a site ready for this evening so the hoodie will have to wait. *strokes Hoodie* 'My precious.'

Well, I'll leave it there pretty kitties. I'll be sure to ramble on again soon.


Sunday, October 29, 2006

Enter the Geek!

So, I havent been as active on SL lately. Last couple of days have been a little hectic leading towards my special weekend. Im literally a couple of hours away from being at London Expo which I am really excited about. It was such an awesome experience when I visited last May, and it was my first time at such an event. I had never been amongst so many cosplayers and it was so much fun walking around pointing, laughing and asking sheepishly to get our photos taken with some of the really attractive ones. Its always exciting to be amongst some industry professionals, artists, actors and even musicians. I remember sitting for a while at the manga-alley and doodling with tons of other would-be artists. Ive met so many cool people my last visit, some of whom I'll be meeting up again with today... I cant wait to see what mischief I'll get into and what new wonderful people I'll meet.

Its also a chance to catch up with some old friends. Chat, mingle and successfully flirt my way back into their hearts is what I have on the cards for today. Its also an opportunity to squander large amounts of cash on shiny things... shiny things Im sure my eyes will latch onto while sprawling through the marshlands of retailers there. Oooh, so pretty much what I do in SecondLife then. *smiles*

So - the housing issue hasnt been officially settled yet. I havent been able to spend as much time in SL and Posy has suffered problems since the last update. I feel a little bad about it - but its out of both of our hands. Im sure things will be settled soon and everything will happy- happy, joy-joy!

I still havent been able to release new clothes liked Id hoped. The whole pirate issue sucked any fun out of creating anything there for a while and some real-life freelance work took priority. *sighs* Im pinning for next week for another clothing-release dump... lets all cross our fingers shall we? - Its safer then holding our breath! *laughs*

To those of you who have been wondering where your Donnie has been, well now you know. The stories of me suffering from a pirate related death are completely untrue... Im alive and well and mewing happily. I'll return to active SL duties soon, more drama, more innuendo and more time for me to play with my balls . . . of yarn. XD

*waves excitedly from RL*

Thursday, October 26, 2006

A bridge over troubled water...

So the last couple of days have been full of drama, huzzah! Rosie told me that SL goes hand in hand with it and I have to agree. If there is one thing Ive learnt from my stay here, its that SecondLife comes infused with drama and we breathe it like polluted air. But Im more the sort thats willing to digest it in small bite-sized pieces...not king-sized buffet portions.

Ive just logged onto SL and Ive recieved a notecard from Noam. I decided to get an early night yesterday, so I must of missed out on the fun-time gathering.

The note reads:

Hi Posy and Don,
I talked to the neighbor and everything is pretty much fixed. Since you guys aren't on I can't explain everything, but basically we had a normal civil discussion and he's a normal guy. There are 3 things we came up with to settle all this crap.

1) Move the Skybox down. I actually went to his ship and honestly, the sky box is huge and it's really really noticable and looks frankly.. bad from underneath. No he didn't handle it in the best manner, but I think he felt threatened like POsy intentionally wanted to destroy his view and thus he retaliated with the wall.
If you move the sky box down to 400 ish , there isn't anyone around and it's got no clouds and neither of your views will be crappy.

2) Don needs to be civil and appologize for calling him a Nazi and a Pussy. The only reason they continued to harrass Posy last night was because of what Don said. It took A LOT to talk him out of just declaring war on you. We talked for like an hour and everything was very cool and relaxed, so he's not some insane psycho teenager being a prick for fun. He was extremely insulted, especially since he didn't call anyone names. I explained to him that his logs came off as really bad and he did not realize that. It's all a big test in empathy here. I get the impression that he is a little stubborn, but overall a nice dude. He probably got it in his head that you two were the teenagers fucking with him and the Nazi/ pussy remarks proved his theory.

3) He's going to talk to his GF and get her to calm down. She's really pissed off and that's why she has been building all the little houses. I didn't talk to her, but she's apparently all ready to do some nasty stuff. He's going to talk her out of it though.

That's it. Posy I hope you enjoy your Waterfall. I'll help you move stuff tomorrow and get it all under your ownership.
Love you guys!=^..^=Noam

P.S.- The bill for my lawyer fees is in the mail.

Noam is my best friend and I trust his judgement, if he says this Agusto is a nice guy...then Im sure he probably is. But from what Ive been made to understand its looking as if my words were the catalyst for his behaviour the previous night. Did I call him a Nazi? Yes I did. Did I call him a pussy? Yes I did...and a fucking pussy at that. - But BEFORE you all comment with the "OH teh NOES thats bad - how juvenile!" Let me justify my actions by putting to light what our dear Agusto had said to Posy.

Agusto Aquitaine: hmmmm, i was gonna say omg! whats up with putting this ugly house up next to my boat??? and then thanks for ruining my view :-( and then call u a a teenager or inconsiderate..... i figured u would take offence to that so i built my wall, in conjunction with what i thought u found attractive considering the monstrosity that you put up now that we have a dialog, we can discuss what we are willing to do with our beautiful pieces of art :) have a gread day :D (Let me remind you that this is coming from someone who dresses like hes in a YMCA video - lets not discuss art with him)

*By this point Posy had extended a housing wall to cover the brick wall he'd produced*

Agusto Aquitaine: see, now i think you might want to fix your transgression of extending that wall.....if you look carefully, you will notice that I also own the land on the other side of yours, and am VERY willing to clone my ugly wall on that side also and if need be, extend both sides to the ground, and above your building capability....
(All the messages he sent here were offline IMs)

Those look like bully tactics to me. Regardless IF our house was in his view, you DO NOT stamp your feet and carry yourself in the way he did. Agusto's first words to me were argumentative, I retaliated in how I thought was best at the time - ANGER. He might not have called me names, but conducting himself in such a manner - despite his vocabulary does not defuse the fact that his actions were that of a wanker. (for definition please see previous post)

If the situation were to happen again, I would of done exactly the same thing. I dont mince my words, I usually say what I think... If someone is going to act like a 'fucking pussy' I will tell them so. But I will apologise if just to put this whole matter behind us, I dont want any more stress to befall Posy and I would be much happier to continue making clothes and watching movies in the sky.

Well, thats all for now pretty kitties. Until next post!


Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Ye' Pirate wankers!

There are just some people whos sole purpose in life is to create drama, to disturb the peaceful balance, to do the one thing they have the talent for - be a complete wanker.

wank‧er Pronunciation [wang-ker]
–noun Chiefly British Slang (vulgar).

1. a contemptible person; jerk.
2. a male masturbator.

Our dramatic tale begins with Posy recently buying new land. It seemed a perfect time to build on the momentum of her successful skins, and take that plunge with a boost to her prim count. Now Posy is someone who loves challenging herself with projects, I was with her throughout the 'tasty skin' endeavour. I watched on as she carefully crafted this skin from start to finish and I was so proud of her when she finally released them. Well, a new home is a project that she has decided to undertake upon the rencent purchase of this land. I was happy to go with the flow, and so for the last couple of days Posy has chiselled and fashioned prims to her will.
However, it was made apparent to me yesterday that devious acts were taking place at the new household. Noam showed me the transcript of what had transpired and I was sickened at the very idea. Agusto Aquitaine is the owner of the neighbouring land just beside us, he owns a huge floating pirate ship.

To him our new skybox was an eyesore, it apparently ruined the view from his pirate ship. His soloution? Create a big prim wall to cover us. Now this errected monstrosity was placed RIGHT next to our home, destroying our view and blocking us from seeing anything from the left side. He had done this without openning a civilized dialogue to maybe discuss something we could all be happy with. He had done this to instigate a responce, to create friction and just continue his lifes work of being...yes you've guessed it - A WANKER!

The logic there just dosent add up to me, why would you cover something you thought was ugly with something just downright horrific? If we were to translate this decision process into something more everyday for pimples for example. Pimples, spots, zits however you want to call them ARE the bane of the face. Using his logic, to cover these eye-sores we'd grab a big handful of shit and lovingly smear it on the area of disgust. Sounds crazy right? I know - I totally couldnt get into his mind...until later that day when I saw him.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Agusto Aquitaine. Things were beginning to make sense, I mean - c'mon! did the village people lose a member? Pirates, yum...we all love us a bit of delicious Captain Jack Sparrow. Agusto however, reminds me of a gimped version of Sinbad the sailor, and he has sinned VERY badly.

Posy was already upset about the events that had happened, Noam and myself had done our part to reassure her that everything would be okay. That it didnt matter what these people thought and we would enjoy our new home regardless. So as Posy went to dine stress free, Noamy and I went driving around in his new nissan. Our kitty adventure took us all the way to the Nissan sim, where I would purchase my own from the comedically HUGE car vending machine. But as Posy returned to continue work on the house, so did our fashion-challenged pirate. This time however with his first-mate Teresa Mullen to errect another monstrosity by the OTHER side of us. He owns the land either side of the one Posy purchased and started to fulfill his threatened promises by taking away our view from the other side.

By this time, Agusto had already blocked me from IMing him. Apparently my use of the words pussy and fucking werent to his liking. BUT, he continued to IM Posy... she was distraught and he continued his bully tactics to get what he wanted - which Im sure was for us to move. Posy was shattered and was ready to give in... But Noam came to her rescue. We both told her it would be okay, that you shouldnt give them the satisfaction of leaving. Noam - a true friend, began building a wonderous lake and waterfall to help complete a new beautiful retreat for Posy. And as soon as Posy was able to relax and remove the control of these pathetic bullies there was NOTHING they could do.

Oooooh, on a side note however. Noamy DID actually create this really sexy tracktop! Im so in love with it!

Well, drama drama drama... Everything seems to be easing into a state of normality again. There isnt anything Agusto can do to upset/bully Posy anymore and Posy is back to her adorable self! *laughs*

Until next time pretty kitties!


Monday, October 23, 2006

The butler did it!

Yesterday was an interesting evening in SL. It was my friend Thorns birthday and to celebrate his boyfriend had rented out this murder mystery event at Beyond the Prim. Ive not been to many different areas in SL just yet, most of my experiences stem from either chilling at the block, DJing at a club or just being unsocial at my house. So it was definately a welcomed change, and an enjoyable one at that. The party begun by getting acquainted with some of the other guests at the destination and waiting agonisingly for the place to load. I dont know what it is, but SL has definately been more sluggish for me on the rezzing end. When filled in however the buildings were well-crafted and equally deliciously textured. The event started by getting our photographs taken, it didnt go without its small hiccups however as my girlfriend struggled to not crash. But like the others, we too eventually got our photograph taken. Look at the scary ghost of David, trying to touch up Posy - What the fuck dude!

Apart from a sim crash nearing the end of the event, it all went rather smoothly. Aside from the party guests the murder mystery was populated with character actors who each had their own motive for the possible murder of David (the deseased in this mystery). We would find out a little from each character through various different set-ups, the initial introduction of each person, a game of charades and conversations through dinner. The actors kept strictly in character and it was really interesting watching their interactions with each other, their snide little remarks and comments. It was up to us guests to keep track of what was going on until we'd all have to guess who the actual culprit was. Even after successfully winning four special clues (you'd recieve them for answering questions correctly and winning games) I was the ONLY one to guess incorrectly. *sighs* Guess Im not as smart as Id like to think, but at least my girlfriend got it right. So YAY!

Oooo... also, I saw a new updated version of Zabitans new skin. And I have to say it is looking rather tasty, us boys are in for a treat. I remember having a conversation with Noam about how almost every guy was running around in that Dante ND skin, he said it would probably be easier to name those that havent got it. And you know what - thats SO true. I think we are all getting a little tired of these ND skins... it might be a perfect time for Zabby to release to the rejoicing of many Im sure.

On the GearShift front, Im going to try and have a few things released again this week. Ive been working on a new hoodie and I have some ideas also for some buttoned-up club shirts that I think could be fun. On the side, I have been experimenting with skins as I thought it might be a nice challenge. Im going to completely paint mine from the ground up, I have quite a bit of experience with actual life-drawing and digital painting. So Im sure I could get something rather nice done, its just finding the time for this mammoth project. Id really like to have more items of clothing out before I really commit to this. I have a growing to-do list for GearShift and Im trying to attack it one at a time. *laughs*

Well - until next time my pretty kitties.


Saturday, October 21, 2006

Aesthetics of boredom

Yesterday my new friend Kir showed me some of his videos on Now Ive always had fun just randomly browsing the endless videos and strange web-cam rants that plague this portal like a sexual transmitted disease. But - Id never really thought of actually posting my own videos until yesterday. I wanted to show something Id made, but I didnt really want to go through the whole business of - 'Hey, do you have MSN messeger or anything like that?' then have to wait ages for this 27mb movie to transfer JUST so he could see it. So, I uploaded some of my movies and yay Im totally addicted. Im finding myself looking for other strange movies Ive made just so I can upload them.

Its a little known fact - especially to most of my SL friends...But I actually have dreams of becoming a director. I bet those who know me are right now thinking - 'Hell, I could of taken a guess you wanted to shoot porn.' or 'Hey, can I be in your pornos?' Well no, not that kind of director I mean a REAL director... no offence to any porn directors, Im sure your whole gonzo dp scenes are made with the upmost artistic intergrity.

I used to make movies every summer with friends, we'd grab a camera and shoot random things we'd think up on the spot. They'd all be inside houses and we'd be in our socks performing badly acted fight scenes with plastic gun props...It was great! As we got older we began to actually come up with scripts so that there was more form to what we were doing. We'd involve other friends and some of our projects got really complicated - with cars, blood etc. Ooooh, the editting was torture! We'd edit from camera straight to VHS, it was a sort of guessing/timing game to get ALL of a scene in as there was a short delay every time you pushed record and didnt want to bleed in seconds of another scene in. There was none of this digital editting we have now - back then it was hardcore cheap ass entertainment. - WOW, I just had a whole reminisce-type moment... I wonder what they are all doing now. *sighs*

Well - I uploaded this movie I did in my third year of university. It was an introduction for a verbal presentation I was giving about the Aesthetics of The Matrix. It was a whole scripted affair, my partners waited outside of the lecture theatre and I would stand there alone - apologising for my partners absence. I would then proceed to call up on the phone and ask where they are - at the same time as the movie was playing. He would answer and then we would watch the rest of the movie - following my partners journey to the lecture theatre in matrix fashion. The movie runs a tad over 2 minutes and contains some early experimentation with 3D - YES... cheap bullet time! *laughs*

Weeeee... fun, no? Well with that I shall leave you all to ponder my transition to the adult film industry.

Until next time!


Thursday, October 19, 2006

Monkey see, monkey do!

So alot of my cool friends seem to be into this new fangled inter-webby thingy called blogging. Not wanting to seem out of touch I thought Id follow suit and make my own.

*waits for internet rejoicing to commence*


*notices no such thing will happen for yet ANOTHER ego-fuelled 20-somethinger and their delirious net ramblings*

So, I guess I'll start by introducing myself. Im one of the many square eyed copper-tops fuelling this huge virtual world called SecondLife. My name is Donovan Brennen and I, my wonderful reader(s) am a neko. *gasp* Yes, I have ears and a tail and prance around beguiling fellow inhabitants with my cuteness.
My SL experience although short has been such a rewarding one, Ive met so many wonderful people and found all new creative outlets for me to tinker with. One of my main obsessions in SL is creating nice things for people to wear at my GearShift stores. Although my library of wearable attire and accessories is small right now, I plan to keep expanding it and hopefully branch out to other things as I develop my skills.

So, Id like to use this blog to hopefully show what things I MAY be working on and releasing. Aswell as maybe throwing random artwork in and occassional rants. So hurrah for another addition to the already VAST blogging universe.

Hmm... so what to talk about? Well... I did bump into Fallingwater yesterday while hanging with the other 'alley kids' at the block. She owns this wonderful store called Shiny Things and I am completely head-over-heals in love with her shoes. I confess to geeking out a tad in front of her, Im always in awe of great designers. . .and Fallingwater is definately one of the best. She was visiting to research what other designers had done with messenger bags (she plans on making one). She was insistent on calling them 'manbags' which we all took great amusement in. She even had time to comment on my 'man-tail' *laughs* what fun! And in case you were wondering - yes, we did indeed throw in the obvious 'manbag' jokes. Har Har!

Im so excited that my new releases are doing well, my 'Versus' hoodie/jacket is selling nicely. I love hanging at the block and just chatting with potential customers, Ive met some really nice shoppers the last week or so and they've had such nice things to say about my work. Im still fairly new as a designer but hearing things like that really fills you with confidence.

So right now Im busy working on some new hoodies, I myself wear them alot in real life, so it only makes sense for me to give them a right seeing to in SL. So expect dirty textured hoodies to be hitting the shelfs of your nearest GearShift store soon. :)

Until next time.