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  1. WANT: TWO HOMESTEADS! Looking for two homesteads to purchase immediately. Please IM Mila Edelman with your offer. You need not have both homesteads--we will be happy to buy two separate homesteads from two separate sellers.
  2. On a strange side note, this seems to be a very unorthodox request. I've actually put out an offer to pay someone to teach me, and folks keep sending me tutorials. I specifically want to pay someone to help me.
  3. Do you know how to design clothing, objects and furniture using zBrush? Well, you might just be the person I'm looking for. It's said that, when we can admit to others, and, most importantly, ourselves, that we need help, only then can we truly improve. I may make clothing quite well, but I'm admitting to you that I am utter crap when it comes to mesh and zBrush. I'd like a teacher. I want to do some magnificent clothing, and, if possible, I'd like to learn to make building facades. But, let's start at the core of my business, and do clothing first. It's important and required that you know clothing. Furniture and buildings are nice but NOT required (I know that these are very different from doing clothing, so if you don't know them, it's absolutely unimportant). My hours are extremely flexible. My Second Life business is my actual, first-life job, so I can come on to learn, working with your schedule (there are a few days during the month that I won't be able to sit for lessons, but that's rare). Weekdays or weekends, whichever is best. I prefer to learn with Skype or Google Hangout, as it's easier to work on these sorts of things when you don't have to type every thought you have. Yes, this is a paid job. You are teaching me; you should be compensated. Either you may choose to be paid in (pick one, or ask for a combintation): Lindens. Yep, just cash! Web design and hosting. I'll put together a commercial site for your business, if you have one, and I'll host it for 2 years, free of charge. I have an extensive background in design and programming, with enormous commercial websites, with clients such as Disney, Universal and Fox, so you're getting the sum of a 16-year career. And I'll throw in the hosting for 2 years, free of charge. Free stuff from my store. Anything you'd like, from vintage skins and hair, to clothing for adults and children. It can go to you or to anyone you wish, as a gift.Contact me as Mila Edelman in-world (offline message or notecard), or e-mail me at mila.edelman@oldtimeprims.com Thank you! Edit to add: I had some people reply with recommendations for tutorials, but that is not the route I'd like to take. I have over 1000 products in my store (see http://www.oldtimeprims.com). I do know how to make clothes and textures (Photoshopping since 1996, as it's part of my work), and I'm fine searching for tutorials. However, this time, I'd like to learn to use zBrush with a teacher. I could go through the tutorials, but my reason for asking for a teacher is that I'd actually like a teacher. Best, Mila Edelman Old Time Prims/Vintage Retro/1920s Berlin
  4. Still taking offers. Please IM (offline or otherwise) or send a notecard with your offer. If you have 2 to sell, I want both. If you have 1, I want that, too.
  5. Still taking offers. Please IM (offline or otherwise) or send a notecard with your offer. If you have 2 to sell, I want both. If you have 1, I want that, too.
  6. WANTED: 1-2 Homesteads to purchase. If you are selling one or two, I will buy one or both. Contact me with your price and tier date(s)!
  7. WANTED: 1-2 Homesteads to purchase. If you are selling one or two, I will buy one or both. Contact me with your price and tier date(s)!
  8. WANTED: 1-2 Homesteads to purchase. If you are selling one or two, I will buy one or both. Contact me with your price and tier date(s)!
  9. WANTED: 1-2 Homesteads to purchase. If you are selling one or two, I will buy one or both. Contact me with your price and tier date(s)!
  10. OLD TIME PRIMS is currently seeking an experienced writer for product descriptions. Why don't we do our own? The answer is simple. Since we designed and created the products, we tend to write far too technically, and include talking points that are utterly irrelevant to our customers. So, we need someone to write product descriptions that will be included on our website, on the marketplace, and in our newsletter (for each product, the same is used for all three, per product). You need not be extremely familiar with fashion history--we will provide that relevant info when we send you a request for a write-up. Background: OLD TIME PRIMS is one of the largest designers of vintage clothing in Second Life, focusing primarily on the 1920's through 1959 (though, you know the creative types--we may branch further into different areas if the mood strikes). We have been in business since the spring of 2007. Our standards for both our products and the accompanying descriptions are top-notch. To view all previous writings, visit our website at http://www.oldtimeprims.com/. Compensation: L$500 per write-up, PLUS a fatpack of any product you will be doing write-ups for. If the product is for a gender you are not, we will be happy to send the fatpack to a friend. The goal in sending you the product, though, is so that you can try it on yourself (or have someone try it on for you), so that you can see what it really looks like. Of course, afterwards, they're yours to keep! Time to completion: We work at a fast pace, when we're launching, because there's a lot to do! Write-ups need to be completed within 4 days of request. We have specific times that we like to launch, so this is critical. Frequency: We tend to launch products in bigger sets, so, we may require three or four write-ups very quickly, and then none for weeks at a time. But, when we need you, we need you! Technical Requirements: E-mail and Skype--we will need to be able to communicate via e-mail and Skype, as we will need to be able to send you the completed marketing materials. We may also need to have brief chats on Skype regarding the products. I do not mind if you use an e-mail and Skype account for SL only--I don't need to have your personal accounts. Regardless, you do need to have both, however that may be. Any personal, real-life information that becomes known to us through the course of your work will remain confidential (as must ours). We have no interest in blabbing to the world about who you really are. Interested? Send a notecard (notecards ONLY) to Mila Edelman, with at least three samples of your work (they can be mock samples). See our website for samples of how we typically accept product descriptions. English need not be your first langauge, but you do need to speak it fluently. Spelling, grammar and punctuality are extremely important! Best of luck!
  11. Naughty Caramel wrote: Mila Edelman wrote: It really just seems to boil down to the need for attention. The behavior of a woman who used to come to our sim was a perfect example of that. Not only did she have that annoying thing, but she insisted on going to labor in our bar, and asked if she should put out a tip jar. LMFAO!!! I just sprayed diet pepsi through my nose. I know, right?! I think our only response was: "Seek help. Seriously."
  12. I personally hate these things passionately, because, frankly, we wouldn't know about what the baby's doing in there unless it's causing quite a visible reaction in the mother. If that were the case, I think it would be more interesting for the mother to decide her own personal reaction.They're also going to be more unique and less programmed. Let the talkers send llInstantMessages ONLY to the wearer, then let her decide whether to react, and how. Because, really, those of us in the room would not know that the baby's practicing for Riverdance on the mum's bladder. We'd only notice if she excused herself for a wee. It really just seems to boil down to the need for attention. The behavior of a woman who used to come to our sim was a perfect example of that. Not only did she have that annoying thing, but she insisted on going to labor in our bar, and asked if she should put out a tip jar. The babies aren't much better, honestly. It's nothing I have against babies, either. I love kids. I don't love parents, RL or SL, who use children as status symbols. Many parents are good, don't do that. Others, however, ugh. I was once giving a guided tour, and a woman ran up with a pram and insisted that the group's attention be on her. She knew she was doing it. Had she just shown up with a kid in arms, and properly attended the tour along with the crowd, I'd have no problem. It was the fact that she saw a group of people who would validate her choices, and insisted that they do so (they were all strangers to her, by the way). We had a strictly-timed schedule to keep, and nowhere in the tour's agenda was there listed an exhibit for this woman's infant.
  13. Having so much fun this weekend. I've NEVER been a kid in SL before (though I get accused of being a child av because my av is short like me--I stopped growing at 13!). Just had cartoons at the movie theatre. Currently having the treasure hunt. Soon going to have a happy hour (both kids and adults welcome!), and a tour of the sim for kids. This is awesome.
  14. Mesh experience will be considered if you can meet our needs with it.
  15. Old Time Prims has a very special position open: Sculpter! See our advert for details: http://www.oldtimeprims.com/news/jobs/old-time-prims-needs-a-sculpter.php That’s right, if you can sculpt clothing and fabric, your place may just be at our shop. We’ve got a sometimes-hectic release schedule, and cannot always do sculpts ourselves. We are looking for someone to help lighten the load. Your job will be to make exclusive (for Old Time Prims) high-quality sculpts, with shade maps, full perm, based on photographs. Could be shoes, could be dress pieces, could be hats–we’ve got a big list. Our main stipulation is that you cannot sell or give these sculpts away to anyone, but us. In copyright terms, this will be a “work for hire.” We will pay you for work to be done, for us, and we will own the copyright. This does not mean that we will ever say “we made this sculpt you did.” It means that we are the owners of it, and have sole rights to use it as we see fit. In fact, we’d like to add you to our website’s staff page, so you may have credit, and point other clients to it, as credit for your work. Prior to start of work, we will need to negotiate payment. First ever project will receive pay upon completion (please understand, you are unknown to us, and we need to be sure you're not scamming to get a partial payment, only to disappear--it has happened to us before). All subsequent projects will be paid as half up-front, and half on completion. Requirements: Ability to sculptAbility to do shade mapsWillingness to correct or rework things as neededAcceptance of your works as “Work for Hire,” owned by Old Time PrimsWillingness to use e-mail. Some images we will send need to be bigger than what SL allows. You can use an SL-named e-mail. That's fine. We do, too.Willingness to not create sculpts for competing businesses, as part of your contract with us. This does not mean “all clothing businesses” (we don’t compete with, say, modern or goth clothing stores). It means “all vintage clothing businesses.” Final determination of what constitutes a competing business will be made by us. Feel free to ask! If this sounds like you, please send us (to Mila Edelman) a notecard in-world. We will require samples. To learn more about the sorts of products we sell, click here start at our homepage. You do not need to be into vintage at all to work with us (it won't count against you if you're not). You need to be a good sculpter who can take direction.  PS: One past employee purchased sculpts in SL, and tried to pass them off as her own work, exclusive for OTP. It must be very clear: these sculpts must be made by you, exclusively for OTP. 
  16. MoiselleErin Teardrop wrote: OK you know what I imagine about the SL ghettos and slums? I imagine the creators of them are probably some younger spoiled suburbanite kids who know not poverty, who think the ghetto and the hood are cool places. They have no clue. I think you're largely correct. Honestly, you can usually tell which folks actually know where the hood is. It's something that mirrors real life for me, in an amusing way. I was born and raised in East LA. In spite of popular opinion, some Anglo-Saxon families do live there. Mine was one. We were largely integrated with the community. Us kids spoke the language, knew how to get along in the area. My sister didn't even know we weren't latino until she was older. I now live on the East Coast now, in the rural suburbs. I laugh like crazy whenever I see the kids in our area trying to be "gangsta." They look kind of hurt when they try to look tough, and I walk by, completely unphased. It rattles them even more when I switch to speaking peasant Spanish (a dialect common where I come from). Not one of them knows poverty. Not one of them knows what it's like to have to have big dogs for actual protection in their own homes. Maybe, maybe, the first time they see a guy shooting heroin under his nails on a city bus, they'll realize how good they have it. Before the condition I was born with became too severe to allow travel to 3rd world countries (my immune system is now too compromised), I did do that. We fed people. We built them homes (my condition never allowed me to build the homes directly--I worked in the food tents, making meals to support those who were building). We did lice treatments all over the countryside. If these kids would consider going on trips like that, maybe they'd realize how good they have it. Personally, having experienced a lot of hardship in my early life, and having helped others in worse situations, I'm thankful when my biggest problem is money being a little tight. It's no secret that the other owner of 1920's Berlin also actually knows the ghetto, in real life. I think that, along with the fact that both of us are highly educated in the historical ghettos in Western society, helps us to be very even-tempered in presenting them in Berlin. There isn't the extreme, overdone presentation of it, like I see in a lot of sims. The people are poor, sure, but not everyone was a criminal. There are many families, just trying to get by, as it is in real life. Quite a lot of the people are heavily religious and highly moral. The criminals make the news, though, so they end up representing the ghetto far more than the normal people. So, what you see in many of the "ghetto" sims is largely a reflection of what suburban kids see on the news, as opposed to real life. Sad, really.
  17. On a related note, every time I have hired a person to greet customers, sales went down. Customers noted being kind of creeped out by it for some reason. My greeters were never weirdos. I don't personally understand why customers were creeped out. They just were. I try it again now and then to see if the perception has changed, and a human greeter would be helpful. So far, not.
  18. Overall, my shop has done better WITH the brief greeter, than without it. We also must remember the thing they teach all programmers: most people who use our stuff are NOT tech-savvy! It's not a shame to them, really. It's not. Not everyone needs to be a programmer. There's this silly idea that's been floating around for over a decade that every man should know how to use a computer at an engineer's level. I don't know why that is. While we, as experienced users, know how to make LM's, many users don't. I've actually had customers comment later that they were glad, when they were new, that OTP gives LM's, because they didn't know how to make them at the time, and wanted to be able to find the store again. That said, I try not to be intrusive. I programmed my current greeter myself, so that I can edit it via a single text file on my http://www.oldtimeprims.com server. My main store and satellites have a slightly different greeting, and I can change all of that in one place (my web server), without having to run all over to update config files at all the satellite shops. All it does is send a private message (which appears in main chat for the specific user, since a script is messaging them, rather than an actual avatar), letting them know, in brief, of the latest stuff (right now, it's skins with vintage make-up, and realistic, classic shapes), how to contact for help (the mailbox by the door), how to sign up for the mailing list, and what the website address is. OTP's website is meant to be used, not just as a company fluff piece. It also provides style guides for all products on the individual product pages, gives more detail, options for buying, etc. Customers have made a point of thanking me for doing that. I had contemplated providing style guides inside the product boxes, however, the better option was to include that in product pages on my website (for an example, see: http://www.oldtimeprims.com/1950s/1950s-ladies/1950s-ladies-dresses/marlene.php). That way, if I change something, I can simply change the website, instead of having to update tons of boxes and sales posters all over the grid. Customers really appreciated being made aware of this upon entering the store, so that, if they were going for a specific look, it was easy to do. I can't stand greeters that feel the need to read me the equivalent of an entire novel, however, those that give information that's important to customers, I do like, and so do my customers.
  19. I used to put all prices on the adverts. It was a standard part of my template. However, after the first round of having to alter 150 product photos when I wanted to change prices, I stopped doing it. The only exception is the always-free items. I do have a special area in my product templates for marking when something is free. THAT does help it move. Sales didn't increase or decrease when I removed prices. I do know that a few of my REALLY old original products (6 or so), which haven't yet been updated, are floating around with prices on them, but everything else, no. It's too much time to spend updating and reboxing if I want to change anything. Sometimes, I like to test out different price points when I launch a new type of item. It's just easier to not include it in the photo.
  20. This is so sweet. I'm dying to know! Don't think this would work in my store, however. I've overheard customers (new to SL) complain, on occasion, and even to my face sometimes, that my store doesn't give away everything for free. It is their feeling that everything in SL should be free, and it's their RIGHT to have it. I wonder if they also walk into Saks and tell the clerks that everything there should be free. I get the impression that they don't understand that us shopkeepers don't work for SL. We make our money by selling the goods we make. They don't get that this world is almost entirely user-created. And there's the uphill battle against folks who perceive that, if it's on the internet, it should be free. Information is almost always free; entertainment, however, will cost ya.
  21. I'm actually rather horrified right now. Don't worry, I already contacted the customer to start sorting her issue. But I thought I'd share. I received an e-mail yesterday with an IM-to-email. Of course, we all get those. This one, however, was special. It appears to have been sent over two months ago. There's no way to tell whether it just hung in my e-mail server for that long, or what. The customer bought something from my store, and apparently not everything was in the box. I always ALWAYS doublecheck boxes and sales boards, to make sure they contain everything they're meant to, however, SL sometimes drops product in transactions, or plain just loses stuff on opening. It's happened to me, too. To all customers who need to contact merchants, please do realize that most of us are good folks. Few of us are intentionally ignoring you if we don't answer. I, personally, respond as promptly as I get the notification of contact. If you don't hear back within two days, and there's no notice of vacation or anything like that, please do feel free to politely contact us again! I feel terrible that this nice lady was expecting a reply, and I had no way of knowing that she'd sent a message of any kind.
  22. Totally agree. I have personally been floating several ideas for products that absolutely would not fit under the Old Time Prims label, so they require a new business. Since I can't run more than one "business" from one avatar, it requires a second. Guess I'm thankful that I have a few alts in reserve from my earliest days in SL. At least they're "aged." However, I don't shy away from using new ones. Either way, if I do get the other product lines off the ground, I have no problem marking in each profile (and confirming in this avatar's profile) that they are my alts. Jo Yardley and I do something similar in our respective profiles (in spite of popular opinion, we are two different people, who do business together, who live on two different continents; in spite of all evidence to the contrary, we are not one person). We've clearly noted that, in the case in which one of us should go missing (it's happened before--power outages in my region), the other has permission to act in our stead. This became invaluable when my entire region lost power for days due to a storm. Jo can (and has) simply contact my landlords, make sure that they confirm our proxy arrangement by checking both profiles, and handle any urgent business that can't wait until I have power. Most landlords are happy to wait for me to return, if they know why I can't get online to pay them, however, they do appreciate being made aware, to know that I didn't simply just neglect to pay them. Having someone "legally" appointed to this position, when you have a bigger business, is important. My biggest client for over 7 years was the most well-known lawyer in the US. I tend to be particular about these sorts of things. Additionally, even in-world, the whole system is geared to really only enable one business per avatar. If you want any satellite shops or stalls (the majority of which require group membership to rez products), each "business" needs its own account. As well, it really confuses customers when a single avatar's profile isn't clearly geared for a single business. I don't think, however, that I would ever attempt to run one business with more than one avatar, unless my count of satellite shops exceeded the room I have for group slots, because I definitely do want "Mila Edelman" to be the only avatar associated with "Old Time Prims." It's not that I care that much about people knowing who I am. It's mildly amusing when folks who shop a lot at my store run into me in public, and don't know that I made everything they're wearing. It's more of a customer service issue. I always want folks who shop in my stores to know exactly who to contact, if they ever have a problem. I know what it's like to not be able to determine which employee to contact, and I'd hate for my customers to experience that.
  23. I understand why people would want "families." I, myself, have been pondering adopting older children. I like the idea of mentoring and nurturing children. It's a comforting thought. If the full family experience (meaning "from conception and beyond") is what folks want, I sort of get that. What I don't understand are two things: 1) The desire to rope some poor guy into fatherhood, who had no interest in this "game." Why would you do that to someone? If two people agree ahead of time, I understand. But trying to force someone? What? 2) The "pregnancy" and "prim baby" tools that rope everyone around you into noticing your state. How is it even realistic that the internal need to pee is announced to an entire room? I remember one ball I went to. This woman's belly was announcing, constantly, that she had to pee, or that she had gas. Lady, if, realistically, it's bad enough that everyone in the room knows it, you probably should have stayed home! If folks want to have entire sims or areas where they do this, awesome. Go for it. But please don't attempt to rope entire rooms of strangers (who did NOT sign up for your pregnancy) into paying attention to you. It doesn't stop when the prim babies are born, either. They parade them around like little status symbols, and get very angry when you ignore the thing, refuse to interact with it and decline demands to buy it things (I am NOT buying presents for your little prim larvae!). That said, I see a lot of pregnant women in my shop. I guess my stuff alters well for pregnancies. I genuinely don't mind the quiet tummies. Not my thing, but hey, it's your Second Life. Please, just don't insist that it also be a part of my Second Life.
  24. Old Time Prims has a very special position open: Sculpter! See our advert for details: http://www.oldtimeprims.com/news/jobs/old-time-prims-needs-a-sculpter.php That’s right, if you can sculpt clothing and fabric, your place may just be at our shop. We’ve got a sometimes-hectic release schedule, and cannot always do sculpts ourselves. We are looking for someone to help lighten the load. Your job will be to make exclusive (for Old Time Prims) high-quality sculpts, with shade maps, full perm, based on photographs. Could be shoes, could be dress pieces, could be hats–we’ve got a big list. Our main stipulation is that you cannot sell or give these sculpts away to anyone, but us. In copyright terms, this will be a “work for hire.” We will pay you for work to be done, for us, and we will own the copyright. This does not mean that we will ever say “we made this sculpt you did.” It means that we are the owners of it, and have sole rights to use it as we see fit. In fact, we’d like to add you to our website’s staff page, so you may have credit! Prior to start of work, we will need to negotiate payment. First ever project will receive pay upon completion. All subsequent projects will be paid as half up-front, and half on completion. Requirements: Ability to sculptAbility to do shade mapsWillingness to correct or rework things as neededAcceptance of your works as “Work for Hire,” owned by Old Time PrimsWillingness to not create sculpts for competing businesses, as part of your contract with us. This does not mean “all clothing businesses” (we don’t compete with, say, modern or goth clothing stores). It means “all vintage clothing businesses.” Final determination of what constitutes a competing business will be made by us. Feel free to ask! If this sounds like you, please send us (to Mila Edelman) a notecard in-world. We will require samples. To learn more about the sorts of products we sell, click here start at our homepage. You do not need to be into vintage at all to work with us (it won't count against you if you're not). You need to be a good sculpter who can take direction.  PS: One past employee purchased sculpts in SL, and tried to pass them off as her own work, exclusive for OTP. It must be very clear: these sculpts must be made by you, exclusively for OTP. 
  25. I think you're quite right. I, for my own personal skin, don't want the defined tone (few women of the 30's and 40's did 150 situps a day). But I had to make one that didn't have the abs, and was slightly "flabby." For those I sell in my shop, they all have the abs and are very toned, because that's what folks have asked for.
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