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Lancewae Barrowstone

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  1. ...exactly. And that suggests that, like with online banks, if you log in from a "different" IP address you may have to jump through identity hoops.
  2. There were merfolk in Ravenscraig (gone now) and I was a sturdy fae warrior who sometimes posed as the tavern barkeep to sneak free drinks and make some loose change until I got outed and vamoosed in the night. Anyway, the Mer Queen of Ravenscraig was a delicious thing and she loved to cast her charms on passing men along the banks as her entertainment and would seek to lure them down to the depths of her watery world and to their own demise. This was a warring land in those days so you could never be sure what any creature might do and that queen could fight. Anyway, one day I spied her from the air far below me and on a whim I decided to drop down and snatch this queen up like an eagle with his delicious wiggling trout lifted out the rainbow waters, and yet she was not so tiny as a trout and a skillful diva with spear as well as her spells, and she possessed slashing blades of deadly sharp conch shards too, and so she grabbed onto me just as quickly as I onto her, and she would have disemboweled me in an instant and taken me down for fish food, I believe, if she could. Or else, surely have enslaved me for her amusement. Well, so suddenly I appreciated the gravity of this situation -- here we were, each locked upon each in a sudden unexpected death-match, as between some Duke of the Airs and the Queen of the Waters, both met suddenly in a seemingly explosion of mist at the wave tops where bordering the two realms we struggled now, half in water, half in the air. Oh, her tail whipped up the turgid waves as she sought to pull me under as HER prize, and I beat my wings half wet now against the thin air to lift us both, and yet neither could happen, And so here we remained, struggling tightly and her lips were so tauntingly close, but I held her so she could make no stabs with her shells nor bite me. Oh how she hated me for the nerve of thinking I could boldly steal her from her queendom, as my own daisy to toy with, and how she hissed her sea curses at me through luscious lips and angry sparklingly, fascinating eyes. But fae have their own magics and though struggling for my life as hard as she for hers, I smiled at her in all gentlemanly grace I could manage, to tease her about our predicament, though my face tightened with the struggle of wings unable yet to prevail against the under-powers of her beautiful curvy tail. Still, I taunted her with saucy sweet musings while trying to calculate if I might conquer this queen, or else, better make a quick extrication lest I find my tired muscles drawing down into the depths of her shadowy world where who knows what awaits me there. Seelie pride could not allow that! So, I laughed suddenly like a sneering lusty pirate to enrage her and feigned a kiss against her lovely neck being sure to keep away from her teeth, and this so diverted her concentration for just an instant that I used my stronger arms to push us apart and grabbed the air with my hardy wings and lifted just above her where I smiled down at her for the neatness of that trick. It freed us both and yes I was safe a few meters above to taunt the beauty if I chose, yet I did not. I paid her the respect she was due for her skills and her reign of charms in her own magical world, and like equals of different realms I saluted her and lifted away with tired wings. That experiment was over, and I'm sure if she were to read this today, even though It was a single chance encounter, she remembers. All should visit the mer world, while they seem quietly satisfied in their temporary and sassy peace.
  3. Theresa posted the LL language: "We quickly opened a ticket with the network provider and started engaging with them. That’s never a fun thing to do because these are times when we’re waiting on hold on the phone with a vendor while Second Life isn’t running as well as it usually does." Thank you, that is clear. However I can see how it is curious an ISP is referred to as "provider in one breath and "vendor" thereafter. It only suggests to me that the communication came from the business side rather than the technical. In contracts and accounting an ISP can indeed be a "vendor." But, I quite like this keen little comment, that went unnoticed: Hah! That was like Lecter saying, "Oh, agent Starling, do you really think you can dissect me with this blunt little tool?" And it's such a keen point with all the ToS being thrown in OP's face. Adhesion contracts are broad and one-sided and while reasonable, they have holes precisely because they are broad. Purchasing an airline ticket is agreeing to an adhesion contract and yet airlines are sued all the time. There are many, many other reasonable expectations. The weakness of adhesion contracts ( TOS, or "General Conditions") is that they are ultimately challengeable in court since they can be found unfair, especially since they are also the blunt-force bargaining chip leveraged against consumers wishing to partake, or already invested in, the provision of a service. In a discussion amongst squabbling vendors on a development or a construction site you might be laughed at for bringing up the boilerplate general conditions when it is the “special conditions” that holds relevance to most arguments of interest, such as reasonable expectations of service. Nice point, hit like an uppercut nobody saw. Just because something is in TOS does not mean one should not be able to ask questions.
  4. Also, beware of your expectations. In general, running SL "fast and with no lag" does not equate with "$200." Realize that most players on older laptops and desktops tend to have to adjust down their ingame SL graphics settings, those settings are found in the "Preferences" tab. A $200 lappy doesn't usually run on "Ultra" performance setting, or even "High" or even "Mid." Often their owners run them on "Low" graphics just so the lag is at least tolerable. This is a choice you will surely face no matter what laptop you get in that low price range. In fact, in that range you are likely going to face buying something that either won't run SL hardly at all, or will run SL but slow as molasses, even when you crank down all your graphics settings to the lowest. You hope to hit somewhere in the middle of that spectrum and well hopefully be acceptable to you. It's a gamble. But if you are somehow lucky in what you find, you still won't be using Ultra setting, but something below it. How far below, no one can tell until you plug it in and log it on. I tell you so you won't be disappointed no mater how hard you work finding a good $200 machine. You're gonna crank down your ingame graphics. And frankly that's not a tragic thing. We do that in all games. We adjust the game graphics to our individual computer. We trade between running the game fast, OR taking some loss in speed for better graphics. So, your's is not a simple equation, but a sliding scale between those two factors. That's how it is. My first years in SL were spent in the lower/mid graphics settings. Good luck.
  5. Great Heavens, where did my statement "assume that extroverts aren't introspective?" Houston we have a problem. Try reading slower. Heavens again... who said that introverts never are "exchanging particular outward energies..." in a group scenario, or ANY scenario for that matter?? And based on your slant you then cast the mould to suggest it "...is not likely to lead to riveting RP." That's actually funny given you already demonstrate you have no base for it. Oh well, moving on. Funny how you twist things to meet your presumptions. Actually though, it's not funny. You've twice proclaimed your "fed up" with this particular personality trait discussion that is being advanced in recent years by new research. Maybe you are struggling with it for personal reasons. Sorry I triggered something in you. But i do have to point out that your bias interferes with your understanding. You might want to take a look at that. And actually, just gaining a little knowledge is one cure to a life built on uninformed opinion. Good luck. choose files... Click to choose files
  6. Let me rephrase. Why would you assume introverts do NOT do that? Seems to be your implication, unless i'm reading your wrong.
  7. Why would you assume that occurs in roleplaying? You haven't thought that one through.
  8. Well, to my thinking, introversion is linked with introspection. This could explain the draw to roleplay as that is inherently experimental and you learn things by experiment. True, not all human beings -- introvert or extrovert -- operate with the same mental facilities. I wasn't trying to draw that type of distinction. But it's also true that in group gatherings where extroverts are enjoying exchanging their particular outward energies, that introverts are quietly absorbing and synthesizing. I guess that's exactly what I did in making that post.
  9. Fascinating discussion from start to finish. This displays the depth and appeal of roleplay as found here in SL. You know, Prof. Jordan Peterson in one of his classes on personality and creativity remarked that introverts were highly drawn to roleplay as a creative outlet and he wasn't sure why. We know why, and probably a lot of introverts are found here in this thread. That is usually where the deep water runs.
  10. Any update? What I envisioned in reading your ideas (which I've just now seen here) was Christopher Alexander's, A Pattern Language. You are starting out at the "towns and communities" level and here the patterns are beginning to be laid, such as say, a rigid, grid-like conception coming from doing it all in once with a godlike overview, or as organic and free-form morphing over time and by necessity of collaborations with the life and the buildings occurring around you and how to fit with that evolution in form of patterns and uses. This is as any growing community will do over time and necessity. I found myself thinking oh, I would want to build Miss Pitty Pat's house on PeachTree Street. It was of course only a dirt lane at that time in Atlanta when the defeated Confederates straggled tragically back into the city past that house wherein Scarlett O'Hara lived with her aunt and stoodon the porch that day to watch in horror. Oh, how Peachtree Street is different today than when Miss Pitty's bungalow sat and horse buggies passed by. But too, A Pattern Language is filled with stunning micro examples of how people, doing just as you envision in your experiment except extended over a span of history, tended to create organic structures to fit with organic needs and expediencies of any particular time in both for external and internally linked utility and as integrated aesthetically. Such a uniqueness of living found in that study of Alexander's and the patterns he isolated out of it. Its a new world today, different ideas and technologies and different organics. Would be fun to see what you have done so far.
  11. Please. This does not convey the full risks alluded to by the poster. Today's cities all over the USA are being locked down by ransomware intruders with remarkable persistence. Risks today are broad, and to believe LL is immune because of your perception some DDoS preventions is to be living in a dream world. As for Goggle, you choose your own poison.
  12. Relax and get used to it. I have a friend who keeps her hover slider open on her screen (well, minimized up to one corner) so she can make adjustments on the fly. Some shoes require a slight adjustment, some floors are different, etc. plus she is picky and loves to sit right in all occasions. Hah. Works for her.
  13. I will say that from my observation, the options are so many and the great results you encounter among others in world are so complicatedly constructed -- even if by done by haphazard accident, the arrangements themselves are complex because the ability to customize is wide, the sliders are sensitive, the combinations so broad, and that means even if you bought all the things that went in to making that ONE avatar you saw in world, you might find you can't seem to ever duplicate it. You would almost need a list of some 20 or 40 exact factors and minute adjustments or MORE to duplicate in minute detail that which you saw, if you could even get such a list. That is a high bar. Mesh body components can look very similar in world or they can look highly individualistic because of the attentions different people apply to them in different ways. That brings a final point. Creating avatars is essentially the work of art, and art is never just duplicating a mental vision you hold because creativity always entails exploration and discovery, and that opens attractive unexpected pathways you hadn't foreseen and that catch your attention and your wonder. So while trying to make a face look exactly one particular ideal way you might accidentally discover real surprises that marvel and attract you in different ways. If you then turned your attention to that and pursue it and build upon it and then use it a while, you will likely in time look back at that one ideal you held in such esteem and realize you like what you have put together even better. To my mind, this is how art works -- yes it's conception and approach but it is also about discovery and snatching that little golden ring from the dragon's lair when you stumble upon it. And, thanking the goddess as you dash away with it.
  14. Re: Mackbook. Have you tried installing Windows on your Pro via bootcamp in order to play SL? I did that on an iMac a few years back and it brought a marvelous boost to using SL. I didn't bother to quantify it, i just enjoyed it until later I built a strong PC for gaming. They way I run macs is like... a 3 year old Mackbook Pro would be still super. Don't know what performance you are getting in SL with it, but I would certainly love to hear how installing Windows as above suggest would boost your performance.
  15. ... and maybe clearing Inventory cache? Also, I would get a redelivery on the mesh body, delete the old one and just start again. I suspect something upstream like your connection and settings might be involved, but only a guess. Also, I must say the one responder above with the snide attitude clearly has personal issues and has polluted 5 hours of this post. Surprised s/he has taken those useless responses down yet. Fully an embarrassment.
  16. And this IS the issue. LL needs to hire a skilled writer with IQ enough to synthesize complexities into thorough simplicities. Yes, I am available.
  17. Well yes. Because isn't the only way to transfer your lindens into your Tilia account a process step done on the cash out page, or whatever that page is called? And say, you transfer some lindens into this holding Tilia account, but later decide to pull them back out. What then? Is there a fee applied? Is it even possible to pull them back? Has a tax liability occurred once they reach the Tilia account? No big questions, but is this explained somewhere?
  18. The Gatcha trick, exposed. Number 1, is very cool and appealing graphics. You gotta hand it to 'em, they do that very well, and it makes you want what you see. That's good work! 2, is that the machine gamble is a clever way of increasing volume, not steady lackadaisical sales in the normal sense, but whirlwinds of purchases in gusts and bursts of $Lindens pouring in. Than all goes quiet for a while. Yes, the uncertainty of this kind of purchasing from a consumer standpoint is rather unsavory to me and many others, but.... there it is. Take it or leave it. 3, is that those who decide to gamble their way through and achieve that rare item depicted so enticingly, take their product along with a chestfull of all the unwanted parts and pieces, and off they go. Now that's HIGH sales volume per point sales! Sure those customers can go resell those unneeded items, and believe the Gatcha folks are wayyy cool with that, since you are doing sales for them (as alluded to, above). Now, that's technique! Unsavory still, to me. But... it is what it is. This goes back to the Old Arabian Markets, and Kipling's Kim and ancient Rome. 4, is that I always thought some of the clothes didn't actually fit that well. You now can find fitted mesh for your avatar but still, is it really all that well fitted? That's real potential downside since there are no Demos to try on. 5, I forget ..if there is a 5th... just fill it in for me here >>..... SO, the appeal of gatcha marketing is the appeal of the carnival, the lights and spinning wheels, the cotton candy and the chili dogs. You spend a little more than you intended. You fall immersed in the unique visuals. It's a thing! But hell... it's the Carnival! That's gatcha! Almost short for gotcha.
  19. Don't forget the mermaids beneath Blake Sea (I think it was). They are down there, avatars, a whole culture, and they are beautiful, especially in those last moments before you drown.
  20. The great threat to human generated passwords, of course, is when the hosting site is breached and their database of hashed passwords stolen. Then, it’s a matter of minutes before it can be subjected to any variety of offline cracking techniques and myriad dictionaries, and 70% of passwords likely cracked within minutes. The mention of MD5 here is not a comforting thought. So, either our personal passwords are exceedingly, exceptionally and cleverly tough strings of pure jibberish, or our host site is using the top current strongest hashing technique to front line shield us, or else, we are just going to get pwned. That's probably the best way to think about this when considering your password regime. You would expect robust cracking attempts on sties where banking and currency are involved, including Second Life. Under such attacks only a tiny percentage of hashes (in the single digits) will be unresolved.
  21. Regarding your personal vulnerability via your IP address, he can see where you live down to the neighborhood. With Google streetview he can traverse up and down those streets viewing what the Google cam recorded and look at all the houses around you, even your own, and will not know which it is. He can learn quite a bit such as nearest supermarkets, gas stations, routes into town. I do not wish to alarm, just telling you the obvious. What I find curious is how he might get your IP address by having access to your account? Any help on that from anyone? Edit: You see there is a very good chance this man is a liar and a bully. It would be helpful to the OP if we can shoot holes thru that IP claim. But can we?
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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