Zero Lag Thirty ~ Blog Challenge and Part Two of Stylin’ Ain’t Easy

Hey everyone, and welcome to ‘Zero Lag Thirty,’ part two of my ‘Stylin’ Ain’t Easy’ blog series!

BLOGGERS: This is my next challenge for you! I want to see your best, least laggy outfit; help spread the word that Zero Lag can still look amazing. <3

Today we’re going to explore the challenge of trying to move around in Second Life. We’ve all fallen prey to the SL ‘Lag Monster’ and while sometimes the situation is completely out of our control, sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes we’re our own worst enemy.

So whether you’re scaling down (har har) to get ready for competitive racing like me or you’d just like to be able to cross the floor of your favourite club without rubberbanding, you might want to read on. Watch and learn, Grasshopper.

ZeroLag1 600 ( If you want to race with guys like these, you need to run lean and clean. )

Okay! So we’re going to talk about two things in this post: LAG (which we all haaate) and something called Mesh/Rendering Weight. Everyone knows about lag; it’s what happens when a sim is packed with avatars, all wearing scripty, primmy, flexi things. Sims can be laggy on their own if they’re full of vendors and scripted objects or if they haven’t been restarted in a while. So let’s make a resolution this year to dress responsibly for our own sake as well as our neighbours’.

~ SCRIPTS & LAG ~

Scripts:
In many ways, this is the easiest way to control our own contributions to sim lag. If your clothing has resizers in it or any kind of texture change option, it’s very likely there’s a script controlling this.

~ Since most clothing in SL is copy/mod now, I recommend making a copy of your favourite boots (I just typed ‘goots’ because I’m still in love with my Gos equestrian and hunter boots) and removing the resizer scripts via menu whenever possible. If something fits properly, there’s no reason to have these scripts active when you’re in-world. I employ this strategy for jewelry as well.

~ HUDs! We all use them. We all love them. We may not realize how badly they can lag us, though! Even your basic AO, something you wouldn’t dream of going without, may run upwards of 20 scripts (some of them WAY more than that). Using radar HUDS, Yus/Nuu or RLV anything, MystiTool, face animators, titlers, hug/kiss/dance/etc HUDS .. all of this contributes to script lag, even when they aren’t in use. So please, if you don’t think you’re going to use a particular HUD when you’re out and about, detach it!

I’ve been using the Firestorm AO for about a week now and I just love it! If your viewer has a big ‘AO’ button somewhere in the user interface, just try loading your favourite AO animations into it. Sure, it takes a few minutes (or longer if you’re me) but the difference is profound when you’re in a laggy environment. Try it. Love it.

~ Get a script counter scale! I have a scale (this one is free on the Marketplace) rezzed beside my default pose stand. Once I’ve made sure everything fits properly (we’ll cover this in another post, I swear!) I hop onto the scale to make sure I’m not being a scripty jerk. Anything under 3MB/3072K is excellent, but I challenge you to go lower, just to see how it feels.

Other Sources of Lag:
There are a LOT of them and some have absolutely nothing to do with your avatar. If you’d like to research this issue, I highly recommend having a look at ‘Massively’s Guide to Reducing Second Life Lag.’ It’s a fantastic article.

ZeroLag2 600 ( Even horses know that prims cause lag! )

~ MESH/RENDERING WEIGHT ~

Even when you’re running very few (or zero) scripts, your avatar can still contribute to sim lag. Your basic avatar, all your clothing and attachments, your goots (hehe) and jewelry, hair, and eyelashes may lag you up even more than your old script count!

~ To see avatar weights, open Me>Preferences… from the main menu. Under the Advanced tab, enable “Show Advanced Menu”. Back at the main menu, pick Advanced>Performance Tools>Show Draw Weight for Avatars. The number pops up over your head: green is good, red is not.

~ Every avatar on the grid has a base rendering cost of 1000. This covers your skin, hairbase, eyes, tattoo layers, and all of your system clothing. You can go ahead and call these ‘freebies.’ Use them at will; layer, play, and have loads of fun!

~ It’s too bad we all LOVE our attachments, isn’t it? The unfortunate truth is that anything you have to click to ‘wear’ or ‘add to outfit’ is going to increase your rendering weight and the primmier your attachments are, the more you’re going to lag (or your neighbours will) in a busy sim. Even your mesh items, although they tend to be lower in weight, will increase this number. Stealth Weight Offender: YOUR MESH EYELASHES!

Mesh/Rendering Weight Formulae:
I’m not going to list everything here because it’s ALL laid out on the Second Life Wiki (please read the article, it isn’t long) but I’m going to list some of the worst offenders in no particular order:

Flexi prims, shiny prims, glowy prims, alpha prims, particles, and light emitting prims.

If your clothes or attachments or whatever have one or more of these features, please check your rendering weight before you wail about being on a laggy sim.

I would never dream of telling you not to wear your favourite things (I certainly won’t stop wearing mine), but I think it’s important to consider your wardrobe choices when you’re visiting a high-traffic area (fashion shows, RP sims, busy clubs, SL events, etc). Count your attachments the way you might count calories:

“I can wear these beautiful goots today, but only if I wear system gloves instead of these scripty fingernails,” or

“Gee, I really love this flexi hairstyle – how about I go easy on the jewelry this time. No one can see my ears anyway.”

Dress responsibly, my dears, and I’ll have more tips to share with you very, very soon.

~ Portia ~

23933 Render Weight (orange/yellow), 0 scripts

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Mist
Miamai_XGen Makeup_Basic Lashes A Black – (Tattoo layer lashes, ftw!)
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

[LeLutka]-HAIRBASE Marilyn
[LeLutka]-BELLE pony – Marilyn

{Happy} Posh Wrap (Gray)
{Happy} Confidence Blouse (White)
jane.intrinsic.tank.wh cream [hi]
Loralai Michalski ~ Jockey Silks: Caramel & Tan Leather Pants
[Gos] Equestrian Boot – Black – (MY GOOTS!)

Loralai Michalski ~ Jockey Silks Riding Helmet: Black Rubber
Emery – Gloves #Black

Poses: Diesel Works
Horses: Awesome Breed Creations (Lipizzaner, Thoroughbred, Arabian)
Set: The Domineaux Effect ~ The Country Barn, Starmark Creations ~ Ranch V2,

100 Posts and One Year Later

Even though I’ve missed ‘Something New’s first birthday (the original post was December 31st – what the heck was I thinking?!), I’m going to take a bit of license and write my 100th post as something of a retrospective.

It’s pretty incredible how many things can change in a year. Some of them are easy to see; while I’m still using the same skin, my shape has changed to reflect a softer, more womanly personality. I’ve switched to using lighter shades of blonde hair. The Rozena ‘kiss kiss’ lip tattoo is one of my staples now (the only time I’m without it is when I’m wearing big bold lipstick instead.) I have found amazing new stores, covered events, taken up blogger challenges and issued one of my own. I wrote a quiz that received more page views in 24 hours than I usually get in a week.

100 C 600 (Okay, so maybe it looks a little like a tv weight loss commercial. HA! )

Harder to notice are the ways I’ve changed inside. If you’ve followed my blog, you may have read that I battle emotional and mental illness (and I  am ALWAYS open about this). You’ve probably inferred that I have loved and lost. I have picked up the pieces many times this year and needed to soldier on. It’s been harder than I would have imagined but I’ve made it through. I’m stronger now.

My first post ever (link is here) said the following:

So yes, this is me. (Arguably) Doing what I do best. No, it isn’t anything to do with photography.

At all.

I do love looking pretty, though, and doing it in a way that suits me. I love spending time with my family and friends looking great and being silly. I love making a space interesting and inviting and planning for the future.

I hope to cover all these things in my blog and I’d dearly love to share my journey with you this year. Buckle up, kiddos, it’s going to be good times!

Honestly, it’s been mostly good times.

My first post was a little frivolous but through the months I’ve come to realize quite a lot about myself. I believe that a positive outlook is the only way to achieve real happiness.

I share things here to help you smile and feel as though you’re a little less alone. This is why every post is a little bit different, why every outfit I put together has some sort of contextual reason to be in this blog. This isn’t a catalogue of ‘looks’ to flip through in order to find the newest trends in SL fashion – there are plenty of those already.

This is me connecting with you, sharing an outlook that isn’t always pretty but, gosh, what is? The important thing is that we try.

So here’s to the beginning of a new year: it won’t be perfect; it may not always be fun, but I promise I’ll be right here the entire time, doing my best to connect, to be open, and to help you find your reason to smile.

100 L 600

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Pond
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 04 Audrey
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

::Exile:: Sway My Way:Stefani

Maitreya Silk Neck-Tie Blouse S * Pure
JANE – wide leg pant.zooey.truffle
[Gos] Hunter Ankle Boot – Hazel -

Donna Flora ~ MARIA Set 1&2
[PM]Sculpted Nails V2

Pose: Diesel Works

There’s only one possible song to share here. Measure in love, honey.

We Remember

Wherever you live, whatever you believe, we are all connected by our respect and reverence for our fallen soldiers and the veterans that carry their legacy into the future. We honour them every day but every country has a tradition; in Canada, we have a minute of silence on November 11th, at 11:11. We wear poppies on our jackets. We remember.

( A larger version of this picture is on my flickr stream. <3 )

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
      Between the crosses, row on row,
   That mark our place; and in the sky
   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Eternal Eyes – Dew ~ NEW AND GORGEOUS!
Miamai_Catwalk Lashes_Evergreen 01 Femme
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce

Amacci Hair Karen ~ Wheat Blond ~ Womenstuff Gridwide Hunt GIFT (until December 2nd)
Amacci Hairbase Tattoo – Wheat Blond ~ Womenstuff Gridwide Hunt GIFT (until December 2nd)

shine by [ZD] MESH MILITARY JACKET khaki ~ BRAND NEW!
jane.intrinsic.tank.rd cherry [full]
[ZD] MESH Leather Pants black
Miamai_Daisy AgeofArmy

Chop Zuey ~ A Noble Heart Wht Earrings
Chop Zuey ~ A Noble Heart Wht Necklace
Emery – Gloves #Black

Pose: !bang
Rocks, Flowers, Grass, and Trees: Heart, Botanical

Portia’s Closet ~ Take Flight

You know? It’s funny .. these closet posts are supposed to be quick and easy. The location isn’t going to change. I have a fully loaded pose stand beneath the floor. I use my default windlight (*Starley* settings 2, ftw) and regular grapics without shadows or lighting or anything. In reality, I should spend more time putting outfits together than taking the shot itself, right?

Maybe it’s just late and I need to get this knocked out and SLEEP!

Want to see the right-hand side of my closet? Check it out!

~ Portia ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Utopia Eyes – Light Forest Green
Eyelashes -31- ExtraLong *REDGRAVE*
ROZENA/ Kiss Kiss ~ dolce
cheLLe – (eyeliner) Eyeliner Basics (Top)

::Exile:: Silent Wings:Stefani
::Exile:: Feathers

JANE – needful things.romper.yw pale gold
:::Sn@tch Striped Lyric Jeans (Brown-P):::
Emery - Gloves #Black
{mon tissu} Heathrow Boots / *Wear* Rigged Mesh ~ Chocolat

: Amorous : Requiem Earrings
Maitreya Long Scarf * Sepia
{mon tissu} Take Flight Necklace ~ Gold
{mon tissu} Seneca Threaded Leather Belt ~ Worn
[MANDALA] Takara Bangles Dark wood

Pose: Olive Juice

Steve Rogers: RSVP

Dear Steve,

I know it’s been a while since my last letter but I just wanted to say great job with that alien invasion; it looked pretty rough for a while but I knew you and the rest of the Avengers would pull through with another win for us. Busy month, right?

I hope this letter finds you well and (more or less) enjoying a bit of a breather before it’s time to save the world again.

Reply when you can,

~ Portia

P.S – Don’t listen to those rumours about me dating one of those Lantern Corps guys. You and I both know you’re the only hero for me. xoxo

So. I was online this morning, minding my own business and tackling my New Release Day wardrobe additions (OMG there are a bunch of them but I’ll get to those in another post) when, out of the blue, my MHOH chat window pops open with an invitation to pick up FREE SUPERHERO T-SHIRTS! I tried to stay calm (“breathe in, breathe out”) but it wasn’t very long before I dropped what I was doing to race over to check out this shop.

Parcel name: Sheldonopolis. I was in love.

Now. Not ONLY are there gifts for joining the .:sHaZaM!:.HeRoEs:. in-world group (FREE to join) but they’re actually pretty cool! I may very well live in my new Avengers track suit until the next movie installment. Well, that isn’t true but it’s still super great! :D

Shazam Heroes (no way I’m typing that out again) has a TON of great superhero-themed gear (tees, jerseys, boxers, hoodies, and even a few options for the ladies) and also a section lovingly dedicated to the shirts of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. Want a ‘Wesley Crushers’ top of your very own? You can totally go get one! Prices are great and all the clothing layers and prim attachments seem to be modifiable! Awesome, awesome little shop.

 ~ Portia ~

.:sHaZaM:. AVENGERS shirt
.:sHaZaM:. AVENGERS sweat pants
[PM]Roxy Roller Socks – Red

[e] Listen – Blonde 01

*~*Illusions*~* Sleep Mask

~

.:sHaZaM:. C. America Hoody
coldLogic capri – may.white
Slink Barefeet Mesh Medium

[e] Return – Blonde 01 (NEW!)

~

.:sHaZaM:.C. America
Emery – Short On E #Black
[PM]Roxy Roller Socks – Red
[Gos] GTFO Boot in Black

[e] Never – Blonde 01 (NEW!)

~

.:sHaZaM:. My BF is Steve
Maitreya Zipper-Skinny Jeans #5
[Gos] Pimp Your Pumps V2 – Point Court

[LeLutka]-APHRODITE hair – Sweeden (NEW!)

~

.:sHaZaM:. Wesley Crushers T-Shirt
:: YaYo :: – Game Day – Face Tattoo
Maitreya Zipper-Skinny Jeans  #5
W&B Enough of That Ring CREAM

[e] Play – Blonde 01

~ In Every Pic ~

Fairy Skin -Avie- /*natural *REDGRAVE*
IKON Horizon Eyes v2 – Deep Blue
Eyelashes -31- ExtraLong *REDGRAVE*
cheLLe – (eyeliner) Eyeliner Basics (Full)
*BOOM* Pale Pucker Red

jane.intrinsic.tank.rd cherry

Poses: AAA, !bang

BirthWEEKEND!

Since Thursday was my birthday and I could do whatever I wanted (Portia’s Birthday Rule #1) I went and declared a four-day holiday weekend! WOOOOO!! PARTAAAAY!!!

Now that things are (relatively) quiet around here I’m excited to put a post together to share some of my super-happy birthweekend finds. :D

Gosh, where do I even begin? First of all, my blog-slacker of a brother Lucky is WONDERFUL! Knowing me as well as he does, he sent me clothes for my birthday. Smart man, right? This adorable top, courtesy of coldLogic and my broface, might just be the cutest thing I’ve worn in weeks! Recognize the necklace? I can’t take it off! I was also amazed by Exile’s Secret Summer hair; I expected it to be yet another style that doesn’t work with my face but looooook! It’s so pretty.

Okay, so this is the outfit I put together for my ill-fated first-time trip to a SL strip club (hush, don’t judge – it was my birthday and I could do what I wanted) where I spent two hours crashing, letting my computer cool down, booting up, and signing back in again. Rinse. Repeat. Sigh. I love this dress, though, especially with mesh stockings, gorgeous heels, and yet another of the Lamb. new releases I canNOT live without. Is there time to gush about the new(ish) refreshed blonde shades? No? Shoot, next blog.

Ahh, Magika and Mon Tissu – my two favourite M-shops in all of SL! If I could buy their inventories in one fell swoop I would but for now, I am quite happy to add this adorable tank (boobtastic without a clothing layer beneath) and wicked-cute hair to my collection. Speaking of clothing layers beneath, I’d like to add that if you haven’t seen the intrinsic tank packs from JANE, you really should consider picking them up. They’re one of my wardrobe staples: hairbase, mesh feet, eyelashes, intrinsic tank. That is my list. Wear them. Love them. Give your rack the night off. ;)

Look up .. waaayyyyy up! More clothing from JANE and coldLogic. And Magika. And Gos shoes (just say “Espadrilles;” it’s almost as much fun as wearing them!). Does anybody see a pattern here? Phew, me neither.

In all seriousness, I am a huge fan of simple and fun clothing with bright colours and an overall lack of fuss – thanks to these designers, it’s easier than ever to be a fun-loving (and less-obviously free-wheeling) gal on the grid. <3

(Style cards and SLURLs are attached to the main post, whee!)

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