Turning Lag Into Something Positive

I have a friend who felt inspired to write. She had no access to a computer at the time, but was so determined, she used her mobile phone to write long, extensive articles. I can’t imagine writing articles, let alone a book, using a phone, but she was even going to try that! In spite of having more lag than most of my friends and probably more than most people in

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Second Life Goes Psychedelic

Last night I logged in to find everything had become psychedelic. A giant green prim covered most of the pub, and the Greedy gaming table looked like an overzealous hippie did a paint job on it. In spite of what you see here, it’s supposed to be plain wood, not tie dye. Apparently I was the only one to see all this. Rebaking textures, clearing cache, relogging, rebooting, lowering draw distance and

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Other Cultures in Second Life

The internet and virtual worlds have brought the people of planet earth a whole lot closer. As a child, I never dreamed I’d be sitting in a virtual reality with people from other continents – but that has become the norm. I find it interesting that nationality can play a part in how we relate to each other, but not as much as character, personal interests, taste, and the type

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Why I Prefer to Shop Inworld

Do you shop the Second Life Marketplace? Most of us do. It’s convenient and just by typing in the name of an item we can usually find what we want. We can see search results based on relevance, price, prim count, user rating, or even how new something is. There’s no denying that it’s useful, good for reference, and it makes things easier if we want something quickly. And yet I prefer to buy

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Multiple IMs

Have you ever heard someone complain about being in “IM hell” and think they’re really boasting about how popular they are? I admit it. When people whinge about such things I usually think “Boo hoo. You have so many friends. What a terrible life!” To be clear that’s not what I’m doing now when I say that last night I was in IM hell. Such a thing is unusual for me. In general

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MystiTool Hud

When I was a newbie it took a while to save up to buy my first Second Life gadget. When I finally did, I got hold of something called MystiTool. This multi-purpose HUD changed my Second Life and let me see and do things inworld that I couldn’t with my regular viewer. There may be better tools available these days, and I’m aware that some SL viewers do things you could only do with

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Miscommunication in a Virtual World

Though we have bodies, movement, and ways to express ourselves in Second Life, it’s still possible for misunderstandings to occur. If you look at my avatar, I seem to have it all together. I use a fairly dignified AO, and am usually dressed all right. In real life, however, I could be crying or running from room to room. I could be standing on my head and singing Battle Hymn of

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I Hate Linden Love

In my opinion the most annoying sentence ever uttered within the world of Second Life is this one: “Show some linden love.” The word “linden” and the word “love” should never be used side by side. This is nothing against THE Lindens (as in the employees of Linden Lab) but refers to lindens = money. Basically this phrase is saying “Show some money love.” It’s cringeworthy. It has been said

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Has Second Life Helped You?

Many people claim Second Life has been beneficial to their mental and emotional well being. Has it helped you? When I was new in 2007, my first life was a horror. The virtual world became my escape and, looking back, I am not sure how I would have coped without SL for a bit of relief. I do not claim SL is a cure-all or even inherently good, but I believe it can be

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Telling it Like it Is

We live in a world populated by flawed humans. Some people are more compassionate than others, smarter than others, or have a bigger moral compass, but none of us are perfect. When dealing with people for any length of time it’s inevitable to face situations that require us to decide if we should address a certain issue or zip our lips and overlook. I find it’s usually best to overlook. If someone behaves badly it’s

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Planet Earth is Blue: R.I.P. David Bowie

I had something else to post today, but how can I when David Bowie has just died? We’ve just lost one of the greatest rock stars of all time. How can we possibly think of anything else today? David Bowie was one of my all-time favourites. I’ve always been in awe of him and his exceptional songwriting. So original! He was the whole package with his music, flamboyant outfits, and striking beauty. I had just been

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Plans For 2016?

Do you have plan for Second Life 2016? Any goals or ideas to get creative? I removed the Christmas ride winterland on January 6th. It was fun to have up for the season, but most of us are relieved the holidays are over and look forward to getting into the new year. My plans for this year are to be more productive with my store, to make Penny Lane a happy place,

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Being on Second Life With a Bad Computer

Have you ever tried to access Second Life using a bad computer or inferior internet connection? If so, you may have experienced: 1. Being frozen, then when you can move a barrage of text floods your screen. 2. You can’t respond to the person talking to you at the worst possible moment! 3. You’re unable to move then all of a sudden you’re on the other side of the room. 4. You

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Behind Blue Eyes

No one knows what it’s like To be the bad man To be the sad man Behind blue eyes No one knows what it’s like To be hated To be fated To telling only lies -The Who   Oscar Wilde once said “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” Last night we discussed griefers, people

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Happy New Year Friends!

I posted this in a private Facebook group but thought I’d share it here too for those who are great friends but don’t do Facebook. Just want to say this has been an especially nice year… and it’s all due to having you as friends. You’re a kind hearted, warm, genuine group of people. It’s fun to laugh with you, listen to great music, and just be able to chill

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Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny

I used to get tongue tied when friends would ask certain questions. However, I have learned a thing or two from my rather quiet friend LordQuantum Velaystar. Whenever anyone asks my friend Lord a silly question he takes the CIA approach and responds with “I can neither confirm nor deny that.” People laugh, he looks clever, and best of all he manages to get out of answering the question. If you think

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Your SL Place, Your Personality

In first life we may not get to live where we want to. We may not have furniture or decor that suits us. Second Life is different. We have more choices, and how we live can reveal a lot about us. Is your place a fortress where just you and a partner have access? Do you have a club on your land? A sunny field of flowers? Or perhaps, like me, you

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The Mighty Boosh

In my early years of Second Life I, along with my closest friend, had a bit of an obsession with the comedy tv series The Mighty Boosh. We loved this show starring Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding, and due to its surreal nature it fit in quite well with our Second Life. On occasion we brought a bit of the Boosh into the virtual world. Are you familiar with the

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