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  1. Just a thought, but I had massively better success locating a Submissive by *not* looking here on the forums. The SL Forums involve only a small fraction of the SL population, of which only *some* are on the Scene. Checking out the BDSM venue of your choice *or* using one of the Avatar Dating Services might work better as people who are “actively looking” can be found in either locale. I’m unsure if I can actually Name the service I accessed (without getting in trouble) when I was looking for my Girl, but the results were abnormally good as their search base had lots of “possibles” to scrub through. Specific to BDSM - its handy to be able to search by the particular Kinks and Time Zones you’re interested in. There *are* unicorns out there - they just need to be hunted in the right places 😉 Big Datasets = Higher Quality Results
  2. I love San Antonio 🙂 My son attended training there and I visited to see him graduate. San Antonio has a deep and mixed cultural heritage and like you; I can see myself living there someday.
  3. Second Life is certainly influenced by Americans, but the influence is what some might call a “skewed sample”... Americans in Sl tend towards the sector of population that would have a need or propensity towards online, virtual worlds. Geeky people like me, people with life-limiting disabilities (me to some degree), gamers, people with a specific intrest in SL’s sex content or people who don’t “RL” well and prefer the digital world (also me to some degree after the Balkans). The end result is that a big chunk of America is un-represented here because “its a really big place”, like China... Generalizing about Americans based on Sl behavior might be a little off kilter, just like generalizing from popular media would be as media tends to only report the sensationally BAD to sell advertising with. My Sl Partner is a proud Canadian and I love her dearly - so I would point out that hers is a distinctly different culture than what we have in the lower 48 states. My Sl Friends encompass several Australians and Germans as well as people from the UK, EU and even California 🙂 I consider myself lucky to have such a global collection of friends and I didn’t have to work hard to find them. My personal belief is that *if* we all worked at trying to get to know each other in venues like SL, it could make small difference in how we get along outside of it. I’ve got to see personally what happens when supposedly civilized people decide that ethnic cleansing is the way to go, so I am really in favor of any platform that offers us a chance to see one another as people instead of “them”. SL is largely what you make of it, and if you’d like some help meeting a broader swath - I’d be honored. RL gave me the chance to see a big chunk of the world when I was young, my unscientific observation is that “people are people”, so how we get along iss entirely up to us.
  4. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kress/172/160/2501
  5. I'm traveling IRL at the moment, but will as soon as I get home 🙂 Thank you !!!
  6. Thats a very good question; and I have a probably so-so answer 🙂 ”Stolen Valor” is principally a USA term, so I’ll confine my answer to thatn demogeaphic. Military veterans in the USA make up a very small component of our population, relative to the number of civilians they represented while on active duty. Many Americans have no one in their extended family who has ever served in peacetime or war (and thats a good thing) and therefore have no frame of reference bout who the are, how their experiences shape them or the challenges they face. My grandfather came home from War and had a very hard time shifting from “Marine Infantry” mode back to “Cattle Rancher”, but he made it. His travails trying to find “normal” again were painful, as were his physical disabilities - which is why he has always been my personal hero (much of that for his determination to live a good life with my grandmother after the war) and he was the reason I scandalized my mother by enlisting myself when I turned eighteen. Veterans in the USA had a very hard time after Korea and Vietnam, either ignored or actively despised by some of their own countrymen. This makes the “veteran community” perhaps a litte bit sensitive to people who never served, but claim that they did and process to behave like jerks. Being badly represented by someone “claiming” to be a veteran tarnishes the public reputation of those who did, and sullies the reputations of friends who never got to come home and make a life like my grandfather did. There are so many people willing to think ill of veterans, especially combat veterans, that the community doesn’t really need Posers giving them any fuel by behaving badly. I won’t say anything about the morality of war except to say as a veteran myself I passionately wish our political leaders would figure out how to stop making new ones. As an aside, I will note that *rarely* will you hear a genuine combat veteran boasting about it, telling gory stories or posturing in public. Going to “the bad part of your head” is painful and usually something that only gets unpacked in the presence of others who have seen that particular elephant. My grandfather never really opened up about his experiences until I came back from my little misadventure, and told me only a tithe of his experiences even then. All this being said, I see no reason to ban Military Posers and no way to police it if there was. Those of us who *have* served can usually identify our own with a few questions, as the military is an insular community and a Pretender just won’t know some of the answers 🙂. If someone takes too long to respond, its fair to assume they’re googling and google notoriously gets “insider” military culture wrong. The resentment of veterans against Military Posers bears great similarity to the concerned about non-minorities who play minority “blackface” avatars or RL males posing as women in SL. It treads the line between Offensive and Free Expression, and as someone whose job it once was to protect Free Expression for my nation - it would be bad for me to come down on it even when it leaves me furious. This probably was unhelpful, but I tried 🙂
  7. Firestorm 6.0.2 (56680) Feb 9 2019 18:55:39 (64bit) (Firestorm-Releasex64) with Havok support Release Notes RestrainedLove API: (disabled) libcurl Version: libcurl/7.54.1 OpenSSL/1.0.2l zlib/1.2.8 nghttp2/1.25.0 J2C Decoder Version: KDU v7.10.6 Audio Driver Version: FMOD Studio 1.10.10 Dullahan: 1.1.1080 / CEF: 3.3325.1750.gaabe4c4 / Chromium: 65.0.3325.146 LibVLC Version: 2.2.8 Voice Server Version: Not Connected Settings mode: Firestorm Viewer Skin: Firestorm (Grey) Window size: 1920x1017 px Font Used: Deja Vu (96 dpi) Font Size Adjustment: 0 pt UI Scaling: 1 Draw distance: 64 m Bandwidth: 1200 kbit/s LOD factor: 2 Render quality: High (5/7) Advanced Lighting Model: Yes Texture memory: 1024 MB (1) VFS (cache) creation time (UTC): 2018-7-26T1:30:59 Built with MSVC version 1800 March 23 2019 10:33:59 SLT
  8. I seem to be having some kind of systemic incomparability with the change. The colors on everything are off, lag has jumped to "horrible everywhere". I haven't done any photography here since the change hit. I run a Asus ROG PC with a decent GPU; at the moment I'm slightly underwhelmed with this improvement.
  9. Normally that’s not a peeve unless they also resort to #2 when the uninitiated use the wrong name for the situation....
  10. Not being snarky - but about 50% of the time when I DJ its to an all female dancefloor 🙂
  11. 01..Unreadable Fancy Fonts for Display names that are VERY different from the avatar's system name. 02..People who get angry when you call them by their system name, because their display name is unreadable. 03..People who include "Master" in their Display Name. 04..People who work in SL under one name, have a different Display Name and yet an even DIFFERENT System Name. Confuse much?
  12. Well, the usual procedure for meeting Fem avatars in SL who are looking other Fem avatars usually goes like this; #1 - Log In #2 - TP to any club #3 - Announce “here I am”. I think there are venues like the EBar that might make for better social opportunities of that type.
  13. I’ve learned the hard way that saying negative things about Social Media drops me right in the middle of a flame war 🙂. “You must be really OLD” being a common theme .. Thats cool. I am and I’m happy to have lived this long 🙂 I have a FB presence as my SL Avatar because several venues I frequent or work for communicate that way, beyond that and a few *dear* friends who share my sense of humor - FB is pretty uninteresting. Platform convergence should not be mandatory, especially as FB used to discourage “alternate” accounts that aren’t “real” people; like SL avatars.
  14. Footnote 🙂 This thread caused me to realize something I hadn't thought about till now.... I have zero idea what the RL racial demographics of my circle of friends are. None. Zip. I can *guess* a bit based on slang; but unless someone just happens to voice-DJ (and even that can be no measure); I've never had occasion to ask. I KNOW I'm odd, but I think I just raised the bar on oddness. I'm Partnered to the same person on Amanda and on my Original since 2005 (her Main and her Alt); and I've never asked her either 🙂 This was a pleasing epiphany 🙂
  15. I would opine that SL is different from RL when it comes to meeting people of "real" RL racial groups. "Reality" based systems like Facebook or Tinder might have an advantage in this instance. SL has a large component of Residents whose typists took "your world; your imagination" seriously and feel no real constraint to have their SL mirror their Real Life. A case in point would be those of us with medical issues in RL who can be perceived as "normal" (whatever that is) in SL. I once fielded a comment from a resident who was wondering where all the handicapped people were in SL 🙂 There actually ARE handicapped avatars; but does that reflect RL? Who knows? Avatars designed for participation in Roleplay sims (literary RP, not sexplay) can also skew the perceived demographics. When I was a moderator/Admin in a roleplay sim - one of my side jobs was to play whatever Non-Player-Characters were needed to advance the plotline. Result; an Inventory that has body-components of "a little bit of everything" I see absolutely nothing wrong with people wanting to associate along "real" racial/gender/other lines; but that can be complicated by the large contingent who see what SL offers as a chance to be who they *want* to be as opposed to whomever heredity or chance made them. ..and when we encounter people who appear in SL differently than they might in RL; that's not automatically a malicious attempt to deceive... ...its just Second Life since about 2004 🙂
  16. This isn’t really a problem unique to SL; it’s an internet problem. They way I choose to deal with people who use avatars or body-shapes that fall outside what I find aesthetically-pleasing is to say nothing and let them happily do what gives them joy. When someone makes what appears to be an innocent mis-statement; I try to let it roll off or perhaps IM them with a gentle “not cool”. When I run foul of someone who makes the choice to be aggressively hateful; mute and de-render works wonders. So long as I have 100% control over who I allow into my Second Life; I can afford to be tolerant of people who are a little “different” in their social skills; I won’t have to hear from the mean ones twice 🙂
  17. Speaking as 1/2 of a long-standing Couple; my daily activities are highly influenced by “we” and I’m very happy that way 🙂 I DJ a bit, so club work can take some of my time, as does prep for the actual event and *shopping* to prep for the event.....”spend money to make money” is very true here. My other big current hobby is SL photography and feeding my narcissistic Flickr Feed 🙂. SL is so transitory and so many interesting places come and go quickly, I try to document what I can amid the usualy hailstorm Of Selfies ..... My Partner and I go dancing quite a lot, especially when we can find clubs like the recently reinvigorated Blue Note and Fogbound (we both like a wide variety of music, but Blues is special for us). Velvet Thorn is also very special to us 🙂 My photo-safaris mean that I generally explore the grid and meet people a lot. I get a lot of photo-locale referrals from people I meet as well as my scrubbing through the “SL Photogenic Locations” on the inter webs. Lastly, I’m pretty chatty....I talk to people a LOT. Thats mainly my Second Life.
  18. Taking time to take stock of the good things in life is not of itself a date, it is a philosophy. In North America, at least two countries celebrate a day of Thanksgiving, the USA just markets the one it celebrates more loudly 🙂 The official day for Thanksgiving is what you make of it; just like any other "national" holiday. My spirituality is decidedly not-Christian - but I'm not above taking a day off and reminding myself to be grateful for the good things I have managed to sneak into my life. "Many paths to the Truth"... On the flipside - our Political & Corporate Overlords are probably waiting for the day we become so polarized and fragmented that celebrating *any* holiday becomes a political and emotional dumpster-fire. Thats they day they can claim that having National Holidays is just too dangerous and corporations will be telling us that; "If you want a day off - take a vacation day." Until that day, I plan to enjoy my holiday dinner with family and then spend an uninterrupted evening with my Partner in Second Life; being thankful that I still can 🙂
  19. I think *people* have gotten somewhat limited in their expectations within SL 🙂 More and more, I hear from people who expect to come to SL and be entertained by someone else; which is a shift from ten+ years ago when higher numbers of people came to create content. SL seems to be mirroring RL in many ways; this is one.
  20. Marx went after the wrong people. He focused on Capitalists when the people really pulling the “keep them divided” strings are whatever Ruling Group holds and intends to retain power. Thats not politics or wealth; its a Power thing.
  21. As a point of fact - Slavery *violates* modern-day American Principles. We concluded a bloody civil war to end it in 1865 and the vast majority of the people who won the war to abolish that intolerable practice were not themselves of African descent.
  22. **Story told in the key of ".gif"** I started off in my family business, but quit and actually joined the military to avoid life as a mortician. Perhaps not the greatest choice. The military found something fun for me to so... After that, and STILL not wanting to hang around creepy things - I went back to school (Business Management/Organizational Development) I then began herding the cats. I work for a company that makes petfood. My job is to "develop talent"..... and "mentor the unwilling" I'm close to early-retirement now, and it can't happen fast enough. A lot of Real Life People are just evil...
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