Happy Mother’s Day, Beautiful Mothers, and Mothers to be.

Yeah, we’re 24 hours late, but it was Mother’s Day in the UK yesterday (Sunday).

This post isn’t, however, about Mother’s Day as such, but Mothers in general, specifically those featured in Jade Beall’s ‘The Bodies of Mothers’ project and book, a project that features un-retouched photographs of pregnant women and new mothers (as reported in The Indepenent’s i100 feature).

Jade Beall’s website is here.

As is usual, we won’t feature copyrighted photographs in SLN, so simply click the links for more information.

Slightly related is the news that one of our SL friends, Doksie, who uses the Mama-Allpa fertility HUD (it effectively controls your SL capacity to conceive), is 5 weeks SL pregnant. Congratulations to her and the Dad!

It also gives us the opportunity to follow the progress of her SL pregnancy (don’t worry, we won’t be here for 40 weeks, SL pregnancies are set to reach full term within about 6 weeks).

We’ve not really covered the issue of SL pregnancy before, so it will provide us with a chance to follow her progress and also highlight the various elements involved in an SL pregnancy.

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Doksie has slightly distended her tummy, replicating pregnancy by adjusting the ‘belly’ settings in her appearance controls.

I asked her to send us a screen cap, as it shows her Mama-Allpa hud settings along the bottom, saying that she’s 34 days pregnant, in the 5th week of pregnancy.

To control fertility, both partners must use the Mama-Allpa hud, and as with real life, having sex without ‘contraceptive’ settings switched on on the hud is no guarantee of a SL pregnancy.

I’ll provide a greater explanation of how it all works in a subsequent post, as well as the first instalment of what will be Doksie’s diary throughout her SL pregnancy.



Editorial Meeting

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Ella, Pookes and Diane appear to be working terribly hard at this morning’s editorial meeting

We had one of those rare, yet delightful moments in SL this morning when more than two of us are online at the same time and the shout goes up, ‘Editorial Meeting?’

Most of our communication is undertaken via IM, via email, so it’s always fun to have SLN avi’s in the same place. The benefit of these are that we thrash a few ideas around ‘live’, rather than batting ideas back and forward, and they’re always beneficial as to what SLN is going to do next. Thus it was this morning when Diane, Ella and I all found ourselves online at the same time, we got to take some photos, and knock a few ideas around.

Despite the languid appearance of the meeting, we did come up with a couple of ideas we’re going to try and develop in the coming weeks (and maybe months). Stay tuned. We’ve got more ideas than we realistically have the RL time to realise!