Dragon Age Inquisition

Lately, I’ve been engrossed in Dragon Age Inquisition which is the third installment of the Dragon Age series. Like Second Life you can find places to explore within this fantasy world of pixels. There’s beautiful landscapes as you go on quests to save the world from demons, bad guys, fantasy creatures and other various monsters emerging from a tear in the fabric of our realm (they call it a “rift”). Locations

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The Escape

Most people come to Second Life to take a break from first life. They use it as an escape. I totally understand this because Second Life has been a lifesaver to me personally. When my world was falling apart a few years ago, logging in was one of the few times I got relief. No, it didn’t solve all of my problems, but it certainly helped me cope. Sometimes people

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It Used To Be Cutting Edge…

In 2013, I went on a road trip in California, and when I passed through Bakersfield, I saw a motel with an interesting sign out front. “Color TV” it boasted. If that was a retro joke it was cute, but if the sign was actually serious? I’d guess it only remained hanging up because the place was run by a 95 year old hermit or something. You see, all motels

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Having a Good One on One Chat

We may spend time with groups of friends everyday in Second Life and thoroughly enjoy ourselves. We may even get to know people from that and grow to care about them over time. However, to truly know a person better, I believe a nice one on one chat is necessary. We can hang out with people for years if they turn up to the same club we go to. We can share jokes with them, share

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The Thigh Gap Avatar Trend

I saw this picture on Facebook and thought I’d share! Though I’ve not seen too many that look like the woman on the left (that’s from IMVU which I don’t use) I’ve seen loads that resemble the one on the right. It’s interesting what people choose to look like in Second Life, don’t you think? This thigh gap shape has baffled me for a while so when I saw this in

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The First Place You Visited in Second Life

When you started Second Life, where was the first place you went? I don’t mean where Linden Lab put you, but the first place you actually chose to go on your own? Where was it, and how did you get to it? What was it like, and did you stay there? When I first joined Second Life, I did not stay long where they logged me in. It was a noob place and,

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Have You Ever Rage Quit Second Life?

Recently, I was taking one of those extremely scientific and incredibly accurate (cough) facebook quizzes to see how bad of a temper I have. One question stood out to me. Have you ever rage quit a game? Rage quit? What? I actually laughed at the question. It was the first time I ever heard that term, and I had an image of one of my kids having a meltdown over his Playstation game. My friend Slate McLeod informed

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Speaking Typonese

Since I’ve been an editor, you’d think my typing would be pretty decent. Inworld, however, I can’t seem to put my fingers on the right keys at the right time. I’m fluent in typonese. It’s not that I type “there” instead of “they’re” – and you’ll never catch me abbreviating “u” for “you.” I just mean my fingers are in the wrong place at the wrong time; or rather, my mind is in the wrong

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Zach Finkler Wins Bull Riding Contest

Congratulations to Zach Finkler aka Ziret Resident for getting the high score on the bull riding contest this week. I was happy to see his name there because my own had been at the top of the scoreboard this whole week – and I’m not eligible to win! Glad someone took me down! To simplify things, I will be giving 100 lindens to the weekly winner from now on. I

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Is There Something I Should Know

I think in music. Every situation I get into, every place I visit, every word I read, and everything I see has music behind it. A melody seems to weave its way into every encounter. I’ve gotten dream interpretations in the form of music, and even written funny songs about my cat. For me, life has a soundtrack. When I woke up this morning, this was the song in my head: “I made a

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Selfies

A few years ago I needed a photo of myself for a music page, and at the time I thought it was inconvenient to have someone else take it. I preferred to do it myself because I didn’t want some photographer telling me to turn this way and that or smile pretty, etc. Getting a picture taken is stressful enough for me (no I wouldn’t make a good model, even if I were Elizabeth

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Let Them Eat Cake

Last night I went to listen to Simon Seurat DJ at The Hangout, a club owned by Janis Short. Janis is a fab DJ herself and knows loads about music. It also happened to be her birthday! Simon played some 1960’s tunes for us, and all seemed rather normal apart from it being Janis’ birthday. A cake sat in front of her, and when I entered, my friend Slate McLeod

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Noobs

Noobs. We’ve all been one, and yet we can have very different outlooks on them. I have some friends who go out of their way to help new people, deliberately seeking them out to mentor. I know others who would rather submit to Chinese torture than deal with one. I try to be nice to everyone, be it an older resident or a newbie on their first day. If it’s within my power

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Poseballs

When I joined Second Life years ago I noticed there were these little balls everywhere I went, and if I right clicked and sat on one I would dance, sit, or become involved in some kind of movement/animation. The little balls looked weird at first, but I soon grew accustomed to seeing them, so much so that I ceased to notice them after a while. We do not see poseballs too

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Connecting With Others

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” -C.S. Lewis If a new person drops in on my friends and I while we’re at The Killing Moon pub, I can usually tell if they will stay based on what they look like and what their profile says. In general, people with extremely different taste in music tend to leave soon,

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The Odd Week

It’s been an unusual week in Second Life. There’s been both happiness and sadness in it, but one thing that’s become more apparent to me is that I truly care about my friends. Though I have known many for years, I have gotten closer to some more this last year than in several other years combined. I feel blessed to know such wonderful people, both old friends and the newer

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How Some View The Virtual World

Those not part of Second Life often believe it’s a game, a place of make believe, or in some cases “a waste of time.” I can’t even count the times I’ve heard such comments. They usually come from people who have never tried it, have falsely pre-judged it, or logged in once, saw one sim and decided the entire virtual world was exactly the same. To me, that’s like seeing one webpage and thinking you know the

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5 Unwritten Second Life Rules

Linden Lab has given us some official Second Life rules. These can be found in the Terms of Service and on the Second Life website. There are, however, some unwritten rules that can help us get along better with other SL residents. No, these aren’t engraved on a virtual stone, but they’re still good to know. When teleporting to a new sim, we should move from the landing spot. That place we arrive

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