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Lancewae Barrowstone

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  1. re: mentors, Yeah see, mentors should have no power, only their own eagerness and love of helping others because it's fun to them. It's fulfilling and sparks a raw energy every time, as if bringing sight to the blind. I know some, who will try to mentor newbies every time they meet one, because SL is too valuable to waste and a noob is feeling around to perceive the imperceptible potentialities they've heard, or intuited, are out there. It's not land that draws them, it's not even the avatar yet that holds them, it's a sense of some connection that must await them, somewhere, some reason to stay another 5 minutes and another 10 that turns into a decade. That's what mentoring is for. Not just some info bot, but an inspirational force. There are only a few such. Give them no power; give them a stipend if you wish, that would make sense. And they probably won't even care about that, but it's one reason for someone to agree to a schedule. But the coolest, most curious oddity of all is that one good mentor can bring you others. One could write a dissertation on the newbie phenomenon in Second Life, because noobs all fall within a basket of certain potentialities -- some are only curious and of varying patience, some just want to mess around an hour and bug people, others are willing to perceive a depth of possible richer experiences, of fantasy dramas, and yet don't know quite how to get there yet, and so on. If you compiled a basic list of human interests that can work inside virtual worlds, food is not one of them so you go down to the next item, SEX, and that works. And then you go down to say, motorcycles, oh yeah that works too, and then dancing and music and chatting, and flirting and romance and living in a city with civic responsibilities or immersing into a fantasy combat roleplay with a family to fight for and protect, and worlds upon worlds open up. That is what mentoring can do. Open some windows onto alien scenes all to be found inside this single entity called "Second Life." Such mentoring is valuable. It should not be left unharvested.
  2. C'mon people. There are cultural differences in the use of the word "house" in other languages as pertains to a man and his house, meaning his family. Posts here become jibberish so quickly and you give an honest OP gets jibberish for help.
  3. The poster was patient through a lot of jibberish. If she returns I want to suggest that you can download a vpn service in less than a minute, and for a few bucks a month secure your traffic from your computer to the vpn server of your choice somewhere in the world, then on to SL and back. This answers your concerns and thwarts the nosy guys around a university who are not criminal minded seeking bank accounts but are interested in the private lives of girls and how to snoop on them thru fun hacking. Only subscribe to a vpn that allows you to see the server list and the percentages of load on each server, so you can choose one in a good location and under light load each time you log in. I know of one such service and I won't mention it's name but I think it starts with "N" and ends with "n." Just choose one of their servers on their list that is close the the SL servers in San Francisco or else close to your own location so that traffic is most direct. You know there is no total security on the internet and don't need to be preached to and told snarkily to alter your behaviour. To answer your initial concern, this should ease your mind about local snoops on the university network. Best of luck, lass.
  4. Yes, the Gor Hub. And find the Gorean University, it has libraries you can use and offers classes that will teach you your role. Don't worry being a newbie. All Sl rps seek newbies and they are valued and needed. All will help you, because all have been newbies.
  5. My thought would be to enlarge the rp storyline shared by both these competing sims into one common roleplay encompassing both. You're sharing players anyway, and now all players can stay where they are yet enlarge their individual storylines and experiences to include people on both lands. Hard to see a downside to that. I once visited Gor where there were over 200 sims involved in the same roleplay, and you "traveled" from one land (sim) over to another land (sim) via roleplay departing by "ship" from a dock (teleporting) over to the other the dock (landing point) of a distant Gorean land. And the story continues on. You bring your creds and your history and your interests and your plots right along with you.
  6. If you have the original purchase then rezz the package again and Open, and copy to inventory as usual. Pull the screwed-up hair into Trash. Now wear your new one. I liked the redelivery idea too. That is so handy. As for your current conundrum, it sounds like when you clicked to Edit your hair for repositioning you might have inadvertently selected something else along with it that you didn't know. Say, an eyelash or a prime object many meters away it. This is common problem in cluttered areas, say in your home. That alone could prevent you from repositioning the hair if that unseen object has no permissions. One clue is where the positioning arrows are when you've clicked to Edit the hair. If they are a meter a way then you can suspect you might have snagged something unintentionally in your selection beam.
  7. I don't know if anyone mentioned these: 1. I suspect you can wear any skin. Have you tried going into your SL library in inventory and throwing one of those freebie skins to see if it works? It may be as simple as that and becomes of matter of just finding the skin you like. SL is full of skins, freebies and otherwise. 2. Omega has special applier HUDs for the different mesh bodies. You will need that. They have a centralized store in SL (I don't have the LM) and there you will find a huge array of HUDs for the different bodies. Maybe you'll find your body's Omega HUD there. There's a small purchase price I don't remember what it is.... maybe $200L? So, there is an impetus for Omega to build these applier HUDS. This may solve your issues with good fortune. If not now, maybe soon.
  8. You make a keen point, and my observation has been that Sansar seems built heavily upon the idea of group play. That is direly limiting. Philosophically, a game must catch and HOLD the new player. If those first few minutes are confusing, difficult, even overwhelming and unpromising, then you lose some new people who never come back. Thus, the second aspect , holding the new visitor, is THE most important one. Catching new visitors from Steam is a fine idea, but that's only the baby step. That second one is the killer. >> Edit: To elaborate an unspoken point. A third of the population is introverted, meaning 2/3s are extroverts. Marketing only to 2/3's is a mistake. Oddly, the introvert thrives in Second Life, because it's not limited nor specialized -- it's a broad open canvas with ample tools. Introverts make friends in SL easily and quickly because you aren't overwhelmed by the jabbering extroversion you see at the SafeHubs or that I watched in the early Sansar introductory Youtubes. That doesn't attract; it in fact, detracts. The PR message must never be: "Come join the mindless jabber of new friends, because it's FUN, and we know that's what you want." No. You gotta do better than that.
  9. One place to learn about this is to talk to some DJs. They've experienced it all. There are many in world right now if you can get one to give you a little advice. Good luck.
  10. You might as well uninstall Firestorm and delete it's folder, and delete the download file too. Go get a new one and start again. That's what I would try. Good luck.
  11. Heard on Twittershpere it was DDOS attack. Lindens is being quiet, and that's fine; they are working at it, whatever it is. Also, saw an article on _Zero Hedge_ about massive Chinese hacking campaign let loose on USA right now. Not saying these two are linked or even true. But the first seems credibly apparent, and the second, a rather obvious and ongoing fact. No, I would give Lindens some slack at this point, like every other corporation under going attacks.
  12. On the plus side, the firefighter throttling has thrown net neutrality back into public debate with calls for it's renewal, and yet too, we have a chance to see deeper, franker discussions now and new revelations, such is seen today at Tech Dirt website with a piece called "That Time Telco Lobbyists Sent Me All Their Talking Points About Trying To Shift The Blame To Internet Companies." [I don't post links -- just an observer, not an advocate]. The article and the following comments are rather eye-opening form many angles. The ISPs right now are clearly trying to frame the debate to spin any further actions in their favor. We're not against Federal action where needed, just please take the time to get it right.
  13. Update: We see Verizon was caught throttling data to firefighters who have "unlimited" plans. They were called to task for this by government now looking into it. Excellent. And few things to note here: 1. The ISP has been EXPOSED to the world for being non-transparent and misleading. A correction will occur and will influence other ISPs in the country. A positive outcome. 2. It now brings to light the whole throttling issue, a key that we all need to rationally understand: why does throttling happen? 3. It makes no sense in that we know it is near-axiomatic and reasonably so, that capitalist marketers WANT to supply their products to as many customers as possible. So, why throttle? Were they just cheating so as to steal what was promised to some and just sell off some of it to others? I frankly hope it is this simple, and that they will now pay for this cheat. Yet, we still have far less understanding about their throttling than we need to know, and we must get it now that this barn door is thrown open. And HERE is where real progress can happen, as opposed to bland unknowing legislative fiddling going on. Let's now get to some court suits and criminal investigations. 4. Was the throttling of Netflix and other big content hogs in some way protective of ISP limited bandwidth supply (whatever that limit is) so that we small consumers were protected at our little internet usages without it being drained away by the big megolithic content gobblers? 5. OR, was it just a negotiating squeeze to force those giant hogs into different rate terms? I suspect this later and we don't really know about the former. Capitalist industry has always formulated different price/cost rates with high volume wholesalers and users, and other rates for average small retail customers where delivery cost is higher. That's free marketing, and it has reason behind it or it would not exist, since competitors always undercut each other at every opportunity. SO, we need the LIGHT of publicity to shine in on these ISP practices, and we need REAL competition allowed to flower in this marketplace. We should never have enabled the few BIG ISP corporations to snatch up the marketing of internet where now they are seen by that Obama era "banks too big to fail" mentality, all done in the name of just fast-track expediency over short term at the expense of real and longer term benefits of true and open competition. If only we can get that. What we have is not what is optimal. Instead of a nutrition-rich ear of corn on our plates, we have been tossed a nutrtionless bag of "candy corn." That's what BigGov/BigCorp bedfellows too often produce. That's what "Net Neutrailty" was. Another lame bag of candy corn. IMHO.
  14. But if building components of mesh you're making things that must be "built to," right? I mean a nice mesh door unit is something you must shrink your building's opening down to meet, and not the other way around of stretching the mesh unit out to meet the existing opening. This can lead to some creative junctures that must be hatched, but it's surely doable but maybe not always. For instance, if you want to put a 3rd party mesh window unit into a wall of a mesh prefab house, you can set the window against the house but not into that wall so that it functions as a window. It won't be a see-thru window or show on both sides as a full product window (unless you build it that way), but still it can work as a faux window seen on one side but not the other and never seen thru. I've done that when I just had to. It seems to me a mesh building component is a dream for setting into standard prim construction because of the easy of editing prim shapes, but becomes limited and even problematic in prefab mesh homes. Unless you want to also consider building your own mesh home blanks that your kit products can fit to. Hmm.. now it turns into a whole different product and different market, and well.... you make of that what you can.
  15. Textures inside purchased products are almost always protected. So start building your own library of textures and there are tons of free ones that are still usable and pertinent as you'll see. Search MP for Texture Organizer and such. I used to find free textures at sandboxes long ago. You'll get in the habit of finding and collecting. As for your porch you could blank that base prim and tint it solid black and then put your own lattice over it to make it seem the porch is built on posts and lattice with dark shadow behind it where the porch rests over air. That's really the construction of that porch anyway, and it would be fun on that. Or just shrink that base prim back a bit, again blanked and blackened and raise it up into that void under the actual porch. Then apply transparency so that it becomes deep dark shadow, and then actually set corner posts of your own making and run lattice of your own devise between them. That would be hardest since the lattice works won't exactly match but would be a fun experiment and you might actually surprise yourself. Or just put your posts and no new lattice and leave the blank space open (the faux shadow) and see that that works. Or finally, give up trying to match old things (which is what I would do) and simply work toward accentuating such difference as is often seen in porches that are added onto to older houses, such as running a brick underpinning or stucco... or other creative ideas that you hatch. Since you are the builder of this creative approach you can (and certainly will) alter it, add to it, touch it up every day that you log on and see it anew. Soon you get it to what you really like.
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