02. February 2008 · Comments Off on Strike a pose, dress a chubby avatar and help me with Australian history · Categories: Second Life

Okay, I’ve been a little Second Life crazy this past week.  It’s going to stop, I promise.  I have a podcast to edit tomorrow, my citizenship test to study for – quick, name the first Prime Minister of Australia – but this is something I wish I’d known about months ago and I just HAD to share. Okay, two somethings.

I try to keep my SL avatar as closely modelled to me as possible.  Yes, I know it’s a SECOND Life and I could be thin and in my 20s there.  I just choose not to be.  So, because of my avatar’s specious shape and proportionate head – I find myself having to alter clothing, hair and jewellery to avoid skin and body parts poking through.

You cannot use the alter appearance feature to work with clothing not created in the appearance menu nor can you use it for attachments. So in the past I’ve had the frustration of trying to alter clothing with my avatar sitting down or trying to use the alt key and then quickly go in for the kill on jewllery, sunglasses and her New Year’s Eve masque.

If you’ve had this frustration – I have two words for you: posing stand!  You see them in clothing stores in SL quite often and that’s where I got my flash of brilliance.  I kew what they did, but didn’t know the name for the darned thing until I right clicked it.  Sometimes you can get the profile of the creator of an object and/or score it for free or via re-sale.  Unfortunately for the creator of the pose stand, this wasn’t the case with the one I clicked on but I did get the correct term for it.

I used the SL search to locate one — but as they aren’t a high cost product and many people seem to want posing stands for modelling and uh, other disturbing-to-bourgeiouse-me uses, it was needle in a haystack time.

I find when searching for these generic items, the best place to turn is the Second Life Exchange web site.  It’s an online store that accepts Linden dollars and while the initial business of setting up an account and having to pop over to one of their in-world ATM doohickeys to deposit Lindens takes a few minutes, you’ll save loads of time trolling through overcrowded SIMs (overcrowded with stuff, not people) to find what you’re after.

The site search leaves a bit to be desired, but I find if I type in a keyword (posing stand) and then flick to the last page and work frontward, I end up with the simple one I’m after.

The stand I got cost $L50 – I think that’s about 75 cents? – and doesn’t interfere with my groovy walk that I bought for a few dollars to replace the default newbie SL waddle.  Plus it elevates my girl so that I can work with everything from shoes to hair without having to re-position her.

Here’s the link to the one I found: http://slexchange.com/modules.php?name=Marketplace&file=item&ItemID=174284

BTW – the first Prime Minister of Australia was Edmund Barton. The Father of Federation was Sir Henry Parkes. The National Flower is Wattle. Australians all let us rejoice, for we are young and free. 14 February 1966 was when the currency went decimal. Diggers dug a lot of trenches in Africa, South Australia was the first state to give women the vote in 1894 and I’m going to bed now.

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