Relay For Life - All-Stars Team - 3rd annual “Back to the 50’s Weekend”

Ben Vanguard | - Non classé | Saturday, April 18th, 2009

… plus a chance to dunk Ben Vanguard for charity!

The All-Stars Relay for Life Team, of which I’m a proud member, cordially invite YOU to the 3rd Annual Back to the 50’s Week to benefit the RELAY FOR LIFE

Get out those poodle skirts, bobby socks and saddle shoes or the leather jackets, cuffed jeans and don those ducktails, we’re headed back to the 50’s! It’s time for the 3rd Annual Back to the 50’s Weekend for RELAY FOR LIFE! It’s all happening April 17th, 18th and 19th at Iridium (164/191/94).

I will be in a dunk booth on Saturday, April 18th, 10AM SLT. Here’s your chance to get back at BEN VANGUARD for all those times he didn’t see your chat in the room because he claimed he was WORKING, or gave you a 3.5 instead of a 4.0 for ORIGINALITY ;-)

More info after the jump!

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SL Easter Egg Hunt, new grid wide freebie hunt to come!

Ben Vanguard | - Non classé | Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Wow, a new grid wide hunt! It was about time! Plus it’s soooo original!
Seriously, for me freebie hunts are just marketing tricks to game the ranking system of LL based on traffic on search > Place. With all the freebie hunter roaming around the shops, the traffic raised and so the position in the search result. It’s like camping or fleets or bots, but I have to admit it can be more fun!


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Victoria Bushfire Relief Appeal: Charity sale for the Red Cross at “Philotic Energy” & “Studio Sidhe”

Ben Vanguard | - Non classé | Monday, February 9th, 2009

This is a message from Aemilia Case, designer behind “Philotic Energy

“Hi guys,

I live in Victoria, Australia. Around 20 minutes away from where the burning is out of control still after the weekend. If you havent heard about these fires, there is some information here.
The death toll is still rising and sitting at 126 at this point in time, 4000 people have no homes, 22 towns have been totally devastated from this.
I have 2 hairs in 3 special textures with 100% of proceeds going to the Red Cross to help these people. I also have a donation booth in the store if you wish to donate to help out.
Thanks for reading

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@ Philotic Energy [Designer, Address & SLURL]

This is another message from Faery Sola, designer behing “Studio Sidhe

“Hi Everyone,
As I write this, the death toll in Australia’s worst bushfire is 173… and rising as more bodies are found. Whole towns have been wiped off the map… they’re just gone. There are still 24 fires raging…
As a nation we are in pain & shock at this devastation. The SL community has gotten behind this course & a number of people across the grid have put out donation kiosks & are donating proceeds from chosen items in their stores.
Many many people have already given to the fund… as it stands at the moment 145 000L has been donated, all money will be going to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Relief fund:
You can donate directly to the Australian Red Cross [link above] or you can flip some L’s into the Kiosks you’ll find around the grid, or you can purchase some of the items being donated to the cause. I’ve put out my Anti Valentines day pendants.
100% of the proceeds with be going to the relief fund.
I haven’t made any new items for this, because I just can’t get my head together enough to create anything atm… if we could bottle the amount of tears we’re all shedding, we’d have this wire whipped.
Anyways, enough from me, please help as much as you can.
Thank you,

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@ Studio Sidhe [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Slmen a deux ans! / Slmen turns two!

Ben Vanguard | - Free Expression, - Non classé | Monday, January 5th, 2009

Two years ago, the first post was published on Slmen.

So much has happened since then! I’m almost ashamed to look at those early posts. I had no idea of the subtleties of SL lighting and wasn’t really aware of all the features available in the snapshot function.

I started Slmen to help men find cool clothing and accessories, show them put-together outfits, and to give homage to the designers who were adventurous enough to create men’s apparel. I say adventurous, because due to the male avatar specifications, creating for men is quite a challenge (tell me about the wide feet, a mesh done initially for female avatars, not really convincing when applied on male shapes). Plus, lets face it, the market for men’s fashions is way narrower than women’s, which isn’t really an incentive to design male apparel! All these facts led to the point where it was quite challenging for male avatars to look good at the end of 2006. Things have dramatically improved since then with many more designers on the scene and an amazing improvement of the quality of clothing and accessories. We at Slmen are proud to have played our little part in this expansion, promoting the work of more skilled established designers and helping emerging new talents.

We’ve done it our way, being as objective as possible, avoiding an excess of praise and reverence that often makes paying customers cringe, but still being respectful of the hard work designers do, standing by our beliefs about perms and quality, daring evaluation on items because not everything is worth everything and paying customers have the right to know that. We’ve done it honestly, spending all the time needed to make clothing and accessories look their best, without hiding flaws or retouching pictures in any way. We’ve done it trying to show a palette of styles (not wide enough, I know!), putting aside our own preferences and personal taste to focus on what is interesting to show. We never forget we stand at the customers’ side when we are doing our work. It seems our average 98,000+ readers/month (generating 390,000+ page views/month) feel that way and appreciate it!

Thanks to the wonderful fashion, skin and accessory creators who make our avatars look so good, to the pose creators who make them so expressive (and hell, how could attire look gorgeous on avatars without proper poses to make them come alive?). Thanks to those who were patient enough to work for Slmen during year 2008: Nuno McCullough; Domch Raymaker, who always brings a dash of fantasy; and Perry Proudhon, whose constant help and support are so precious to me. Most of all, thanks to you who stick with us so faithfully and spend a bit of time reading Slmen. We wouldn’t keep it running without you guys!

After the cut, you will get Slmen’s stats for 2008 and an FAQ attempting to summarize the most frequently asked questions we received in world, in comments or by e-mail.

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Slmen is back and running after some technical issues!

Ben Vanguard | - Non classé | Sunday, December 21st, 2008

The server where slmen is hosted has been hacked. It didn’t show in the beginning, but the WordPress install was being more and more slow durng the past week, with more and more errors, until Friday when the website was totally down almost all day.

After a full Friday to Saturday night spent investigating the causes and fixing the website, Slmen is back, up and running YAY!!!

Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks to those who warned me of the problems they met and supported me during this very, very hard time!

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SF Design Safari Weekend Info

Ben Vanguard | - Non classé | Friday, August 8th, 2008

The new collection of clothes from sf design are yours for free! On Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th of August only, just come and search for the 6 animals hidden at the mens and womens depts on Innisfree (132,49,537) or at Lotus (242, 182, 142) , buy them for 0 and get the free items. One outfit in each animal. 6 to collect for men and 6 for women!

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JCS a changé d’adresse! / JCS has moved!

Ben Vanguard | - Non classé | Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Eponymous Trenchmouth, the master builder and texturer behind JCS, had to move his main shop to another sim very quickly.
He got notified in the last moment that the sim where he had his main store was being sold!
He didn’t even have the possibility to settle a landmark giver in his former location, so update your landmarks here or using the search in world!

JCS Shoes New Location @ La Fortuna 1 (56,47,22)

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