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  1. [citation needed] Actually, even though I *prefer* women, I can't say that I *hate* men. Quite the opposite, I often am amused by them. And sometimes I'm rather annoyed by super-submissive males, as well. Anyway. I admit I've been both genders in SL (and have never felt unwelcome as either gender), and I did have SLex with both genders, too - but I still prefer women over men.
  2. Re: "Nowaday's music is dead/lifeless" - That's only when you don't actually listen to today's music. It might be that the music seems all the same nowadays (but that was the same since the '80s even), but when you listen to the songs, to the lyrics, and to the particular music of the song - then you'll see that nowadays' music is far from lifeless or dead. Actually, I often have to actively search for videos of bands I do prefer over nowadays' top 40 of pop. And that even despite I like most music genres (except for German "Schlager", most Rammstein songs, most hip-hop, and some operas) - although which genre I prefer listening to at any moment is always depending on my current mood. That's one reason why I often listen to ultradarkradio via stream, instead of the local Hitradio FFH (which only runs half the day on my receiver because I want to hear the local and regional news instead of looking them up). But listening in on FFH also gives me some insight of what music the young people like. Me, I'm rather "meh" on most of the songs. However, some of them do stick in my ears - especially when I listen to the lyrics (which I often do). That's something I like:
  3. With my first account (created in March 05, 3008), I guess I still count as "SLoldbie". My current account though is from January 15, 2017 - so that makes me a "Benter", too. 😎
  4. Good. I really wish Linden Lab had kept the Teen Grid for those kids. In my opinion, Teenager absolutely don't belong into SL at all. Not on the main grid, and not on the Beta Grid. To be honest, until the Teen Grid was closed down (biggest mistake by LL right after getting rid of Lastnames), I would stumble over minors at least once a month - and AR them via the category "Minors on the Main Grid". I mean, when they're so stupid and openly admit a couple times that they're minors in Real Life, then it's their own fault when they got the banhammer. 😈 ETA: The youngest kid I ever AR'ed was only 13, and spent her nights as an escort. She didn't even understand why my friends and I even AR'd her. For her, it was "just a game".
  5. I stumbled over a "diary" series about SL back then in March '08. "Sponto" (the persona used [derived from SPON = Spiegel Online], I don't remember if it was the actual avatar name) reported rather irregularly about their adventures in-world in a humorous manner, so I became curious and googled Second Life. I read here, and over at SLinfo.de and SLuniverse (now VirtualVerse.One) about this virtual world, and soon created my first account.
  6. Abney Park are cool. I once saw them as supporting act at the only Qntal concert I've attended.
  7. That also happened to me. Here's an anecdote I even noted in my travel diary back then in August '94: While I was backpacking/hitchhiking westbound, I took a break at a truck stop in order to catch a ride there. And while waiting for my food, I watched the waitress making a fuss around one of the male customers. I wondered what was so special about that man, went to him, and we chatted a while. During this half hour (at most), I got the impression that he was pretty normal, like any other of the guys there at that truck stop. Anyway. When that particular guy left, I asked the waitress what all that fuss was about, why she had treated him like someone special. Surprised, she replied asking me if I didn't know who that was, if I hadn't recognized him. When I said no, she almost yelled "That was Mel Gibson!" - I only shook my head "Mel who? Never heard of him", because at that time I hadn't seen any movie with him yet, as far as I could remember. It was about a half year later when I suddenly saw his name in a TV magazine that listed a re-run of "Mad Max" parts I - III. I really somehow never had seen any of these movies before - so I had had no clue that the guy I had spoken back then was that famous. 😲
  8. I kid you not: The oldest man (in RL age) I've ever got to know in SL (back then in '10, with my first account) was just over 90! And he was a DJ, specialized in Hardrock and Heavy Metal, of all genres. 😲 The oldest woman I got to know in-world was Mid-80, and happily showed me her house, with a big gallery of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren -- all of them she would mostly see on Skype or in-world, or at certain holidays in RL. When I compare these two to my own mother though - with her 80 years, she has absolutely no interest in doing anything else on her computer than a few card games, or "Moorhuhn". Skype or other internet-related stuff? No way. She doesn't even want to hear any of that.
  9. Actually, from *my* point of view there are no "SL players": They're SL residents. Just like you can't play Real Life itself, but in Real Life, you can't play Second Life either (you can play in Second Life, though). SL is not an MMO, but a Virtual World. An MMO has optimized company-created content, given goals, levels, even a given story in most cases -- all things which SL itself does not have.
  10. To be honest I absolutely couldn't care less about a mobile client for SL. I mean, what use is a mobile client anyway? You can't see a thing, because those 5" screens of average smartphones are way too small for anything more than some text - which makes that whole concept moot. And using such a client on a tablet? From my point of view, even the 15" screen of my laptop is rather small for such a rich virtual world like SL. In my opinion, LL shouldn't even waste one working hour on developing a mobile client, at all. 👿
  11. I think I would go Premium again just in order to change my firstname to Thorine and add a last name to it. My first account (from '08, long inactive now) did have a last name, so I want one for this account, too. I don't know if either of those name suggestions already exist in the legacy lastnames database, but here's a short list of suggestions I'd happily chose from: Haeckel (from Ernst Haeckel, biologist) Tesla (from Nikola Tesla) Humboldt (from Alexander von Humboldt) Curie (from Marie Curie, chemist and physicist) Grimm (from the Brothers Jakob & Wilhelm Grimm) Hauff (from Wilhelm Hauff, poet and novelist) Hoffmann (from E.T.A. Hoffmann) Lovecraft (from H. P. Lovecraft) However, I'll see what that name change will cost, and if the price will be worth it - to me.
  12. There are (or were?) a few shops I frequented back then several years ago which offered their products for free, but also had tip jars near their vendors with a titler, reading "Pay what you think it's worth". I always donated a few 100L$ whenever I "bought" something there, because these products were truly worth it.
  13. @Marut72's post reminded me of my aforementioned Grandpa again. My grandpa actually was a 100% communist, "taken over" when back then in '46 the Communist party and Social Democrats in East Germany united and became the SED ("Socialist Unity Party of Germany"), which then ruled over East Germany like a dictator. And he did believe in the idea of actual communism, a truly egalitarian society without private property of production means or land, where money would be obsolete. However, with this strong creed of his, he was way too left-wing for the party line, even was short of being thrown out of the party several times (which would have given him troubles, making him a pariah of sorts). Anyway, one of the mottoes he lived by was "What ever you got for free, give away for free" - and that he lived by indeed: Whenever he shared his knowledge and skills with others (no matter if it was us grandchildren or other folks), he would refuse any offer of money or other reward, instead he used to say "I got it for free, so I give it for free." He never even thought of making a profit from what he learned: the entire concept of profit seemed to be foreign to him. But not only that: Whenever one of his acquaintances took some written-off stuff home from the steel company they worked at, he would even accuse them of theft: In his eyes, there was no such thing as depreciation of things within just a few years. Heck, he even used tools that he had bought when he was like 18y old, and which were still good because of the care he gave them.When I later tried to tell him that electronic things are considered worth half their price as soon as they left the shop and arrived at the buyer's home, he declared that concept as absolutely crazy. That said, I mentioned before that he taught and encouraged me to think for myself, to form my own opinions, to question everything instead of just accept given answers. This though became both a blessing and a curse, because it led to things I never would have envisioned myself: When I had a look at my Stasi files in mid-1992, I had to learn that I not only was under surveillance by several IM's since my teenage years for being "politically inconvenient" - I even was destined to be sent to an internment camp if the GDR had existed a few years longer. But still I never even thought of leaving the country for good: I even demonstrated for a "better GDR" back then at the Monday demonstrations in Leipzig for a while, when the motto there still was "WE are the people!" (I stopped attending these demonstrations when the motto became "We are ONE people!")
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