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So it's Halloween in Second Life. (Some might argue that every day is Halloween in Second Life.) Marcus Prospero ([livejournal.com profile] adjectivemarcus) was kind enough to point people in the [livejournal.com profile] second_lifers community (in this entry) to some amazing, free and full perm costumes that he had. So, last night, I used the SLURL and popped on over.

Free textures? Cool. Free DALEKS? Oh my GOD! (Yeah, I ganked just about everything . . . )

Wandering outside led me to a mist-shrouded alley with a strange little junkyard. 76 Totters Lane . . . why does that sound familiar?

What a curious little cabinet. Wonder what it's doing in a junkyard? Let's see what happens if I click on it . . .

Um . . . whoops.

(Note: yeah, I left the camera controls in the screenshot, 'cos I can't mouselook to save my life and I was too busy geeking out to think about composition.)

I was not alone in this strange place, though I took the liberty of obscuring the names of those folks, since I didn't have a chance to ask them if they'd like to be blogged.

. . . particularly since one of them was foolish enough to pull one of the levers to see what it did. (Sorry, Marcus, I swear it wasn't me!) The pair beat a hasty retreat soon after.

I took the liberty of exploring a bit. Odd flora in this little garden . . .

The corridor led to a nice little game room . . . some of those portraits look rather familiar.

Holy cow, what a library!

I'm sure I've sucked enough of your bandwidth with snapshots, so I'll leave it at that. If you have a chance, have a look (the SLURL is in the entry that Marcus posted, above) but for pete's sake, don't touch any levers!

So it being Halloween and all, I decided to make a costume for SL. Of course, it seems a bit odd to make a costume in an environment where one can change appearance at will, but I had a little little idea, and just enough texturing, building and scripting skills to pull it off. (Along with a cheap suit from China and my Blaze tuxedo shoes.)

It was based, as someone correctly guessed, on the Boss Smiley character from the "Prez" issue of The Sandman but with a bit of a different spin on it (thus the scripted tag.) I did the rounds of see-and-be-seen, first at Grizzy's Cafe, then at The Diversionarium and finally at Poseidon Isles, where DJ Lysander was spinning. (My darling Miles Montgolfier made an appearance, and when she saw the costume, she started quoting Office Space at me.) It was a grand time, and I might go out for another round with it tonight, if I have time.

Happy Halloween, everybody!

Date: 2007-11-01 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sophrosyne-sl.livejournal.com

I love it!! Happy Halloween!

Date: 2007-11-01 07:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zero-sideways.livejournal.com
This all best still be there once I grab some time to do some SL-ing or I will be one ticked off chap. Erm, zombie.

That Tardis looks better than the recent RTD one!

Date: 2007-11-01 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nox-pinion.livejournal.com
Okay, I NEED that tardis! Cercio has the fighting Daleks, their shrieking still scares the bejeezus out of me, just like when I was a child.

Date: 2007-11-01 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenshikami.livejournal.com
AH, from Sandman! When we were playing at the Div I was trying to remember, but my brain kept going to Transmetropolitan instead, and I knew that was wrong. Didn't occur to me to, you know... ASK you. :D

Date: 2007-11-06 06:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] britpoptarts.livejournal.com
Ah yes! "Prez" was another case of Neil resurrecting a little-known comic universe character and making it less lame in his Sandman universe. Next time you come down, I'll dig up the 70s-era "Prez" comic book I have floating around my piles of media detritus. Art style and complexity of plot in original was similar to that of "Archie" universe.

Also shades of Howard The Duck comics, which featured Happy Face foes. Never saw the movie, only vaguely recall the one HtD comic book I've seen (and might own, for all I know).

I feel like a big fat nerd now, so that's all I'll comment. :)

Date: 2007-11-06 03:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cyfishy.livejournal.com
I was aware that "Prez" was a Gaiman reboot of a pre-existing character (particularly when reading the letters page of the issues following, when someone asked, "So what about Eagle Free, the Native American Vice President?") However, since my only encounter with the characters was in that issue, I had no way of knowing if Boss Smiley was original to the source or a Gaiman addition, so I credited where I'd seen it.

At any rate, the costume was supposed to be Happy Corporate Drone, rather than Boss Smiley himself. I'd taken visual inspiration, but didn't particularly want to go about as THAT particular character . . .


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