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  1. I like these suggestions. The underwater abodes would also work for Chicky Delicioso's suggestion for underwater Mermaid homes. I also like Sean Heavy's idea of having areas set aside for small 'Mom & Pop' shops, although my more focused ask would be for places where folks who operate nonprofit 'community organizations'* could settle without having to worry about what might be happening to their neighborhood. Right now, for example, my main alt has a tiny hobby 'business' that is on a parcel of Mainland that is as big as her/our budget can afford. The neighbors, so far, have been great, but since I've moved there a mini-mansion full of cats appeared next door, and another resident has left and put up a large parcel for sale, so who knows what the future might bring. Another suggestion - areas with 'seasons'. I know this would be difficult, but not impossible. You can already buy trees and bushes that can have seasonal change. I know it would require residents give up some choice in their landscaping - something like living in certain "Christmas Tree Lanes" in the US, but imagine if you could say "Come to ______ in Belli to see the fall color!" or "Come to _________in Belli to see the cherry blossoms!" *If you've been to fan conventions like ComiCon you'll know that there is usually an area of 'fan tables'. Most of these non-profits could live on a standard Belli plot with the exception that they be allowed to put their places in Search.
  2. I'm wondering how much of the Mainland here will be accessible by boat from Belli? Some of what looks like open water is currently private land with some underwater structures. Is there a way through? Also - the dark island that contains that Pyri Fun Fair has been chopped off on the west side for some time - I remember the Fun Fair quest* as one of my first adventures in Second Life and hope that it won't be replaced by more housing or some more 'advanced' entertainment. *Take a ride on the Tunnel of Love
  3. My two cents: - Sky domes should not be visible from the ground within normal draw distance - Privacy walls? Well, the good thing about them is that they help you form an opinion about the residents who erect them. - How about ban lines only above 4000 feet? - I do like the pod tours, though. - I would like to see right-of-ways restored for roads and rails, rivers and shorelines. There are too many places where former routes are now closed - for example, the road through The Great Wall (last time I looked) and the land owners who built in water near the shorelines so that you cannot circumnavigate most continents. - I would also like there to be a rule that you can't cut up land into little bits - - In my dreams, Mainland plots would have protective easements. Terraforming a smaller parcel of land is harder when you have to worry if you are also inadvertently terraforming your neighbor's property.
  4. My apologies if I was one of the ones who set off your security system. When I was test-driving the horse I forgot to set up "see property lines". That was the only time I ever got a warning message, and it was very polite - as I rode away it said "thank you for leaving".
  5. Aley Mart has a wearable Hobo bicycle that can be modified. Free on Marketplace or at the Museum in Mieville. There are also two off-the-rack avatars that come with horses. (You can adapt the clothing of the human part if you don't want to look as if you just came out of the 'new avatar' chute.
  6. This looked familiar, so I looked through my archives, and the building appears to be a reproduction of the Spangle Railroad Station http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Spangle/137/230/31 built by Garden Mole. The original does not have camels, but I believe there is a dead parrot in the area somewhere. Could the Moles be planning a Railroad History exhibit?
  7. I don't have a skybox in Belli, but I do have a sky platform I use to change clothes and open boxes. On Mainland, I have a small parcel where most of my prims are in skyboxes to help preserve the look of the landscape, and because I've been told that building higher helps reduce lag. Sidenote: I was putting up another skybox on my Mainland bit yesterday and I was having a hard time finding an altitude where I couldn't see one of the neighbors' skyboxes. Had to move it three times.
  8. I went to look, and I couldn't find a giant squid. There wasn't one in the region called "Giant Squid" either. I would like there to be a giant squid somewhere.
  9. I'm sorry you feel that way. I'm just speaking for myself, but even if you decide to downgrade to basic membership, you are still welcome to visit our community and participate in events. I realize it is very frustrating to be stuck in a position where you are, essentially, homeless. Perhaps you could find a temporary rental while you wait? Please let me know if there is any way I can help.
  10. Some of the Mainland Snow Regions have different winter sports areas with ski lifts, lodges, and winter sports - how about a resident village in the middle of snow-covered mountains with something similar? Instead of The Pickle we could have The Icicle.
  11. Yup - I periodically try to learn Blender. Immediately afterwards they decide to do an update of the program. A course on Blender I bought at Udemy is in the process of going from one version to another, so some classes are taught in the current version, and some in another. I will keep trying, though.
  12. I think this is a good idea. I have more than one alt, and I don't sign every one of them up for the same groups for many reasons, thus it often happens that I am 'wearing the wrong alt' when group announcements are made. Yes, there is Google Calendar, but that presupposes I am organized -- also some of my groups don't schedule things far in advance. I've recently spent several hours trying to be a 'helper' at events and at a newbie welcome center, and I'm finding that there are a large number of volunteers putting long hours into helping newcomers, but there doesn't seem to be any over-all strategy. I'm currently surveying the different newbie help centers and they vary tremendously in number of attendees, number of volunteers, information offered, and relevance of information offered. Many newcomers are wary of help when it is offered directly. I love hunts, how about a 'Welcome to Second Life" hunt with prizes awarded after new avatars complete certain tasks?. At one location, for example, a newcomer might get a prize after completing a short course on "How to open a box without getting it attached to you" - and the prize could be in the box itself. I'd also love to see the different newcomers groups come together in some fashion to share information, but that will be after cats become herdable...
  13. http://thesecondlifetourist.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2019-03-31T23:06:00-07:00&max-results=7 - my article from, I think, November 2016 on hunting for Linden Bears. There is also a Wiki page showing known Linden bears, although it is not updated. I also have a notecard with information about hunting Linden bears in my Tourist Information Center. And while I'm tooting my own horn I would like to note that I have added "LDPW Mole Fan Club T-shirt " dispensers to my "Art Gallery" in Echo Cove (look for the water dragon).
  14. Thank you very much. I've made this into a notecard for my own use as Greeter, and I sent a copy to one of the boss greeters to see if this could be available to all the greeters. If I do the greeter thing next year (God willing) I will try to get this (and other things) done sooner. The offshore shopping area seems to be very popular, but the few times I've been there the lag has been a bit daunting.
  15. I managed to track down a dispenser for the LDPW Fan Club t-shirts. They can be found outside the Arboretum in Bay City. Here's the slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bay City - Dennis/244/166/24 The signs may take a few moments to come in focus. I would like to add that Bay City is a wonderful place to explore. Like Bellisseria, their landscape was molded by the Moles, so every year they celebrate Mole Day in February. Unlike Bellisseria, the parcels are in private hands, and they are rather expensive. I think that Bellisserians could learn a lot from the folks in Bay City and perhaps some day we could make them a "Sister City".
  16. I'm helping out in the Welcome Area at SL16B, and I get frequent questions about where different merchant's shops are. Perhaps you could send out your SL16B slurl in group notices? (just an idea).
  17. Thank you Moles. Some of the things I love about Mole-builds are the small, hidden touches that are added in obscure places - like "Easter Eggs" but I suppose they are better called "Mole Eggs". Many of them have already been found in Bellisseria, but you will find them all over Second Life. Don't know if anyone has mentioned it, but there is an LDPW Fan Club Group that you can join for free. Also, I believe some of the Moles are scheduled to be interviewed at the Second Life Birthday party tomorrow. I won't be able to attend 'in avatar' because of a previous committment, but the interviews will probably be filmed and available on YouTube. Thank you, Moles!
  18. Please don't give anyone ideas. I can see it now - people breeding special armchairs, for example.
  19. I visited the area, and your layout is wonderful. I especially like the bulletin board that fits very well with the Route next to you. Mainland CAN be beautiful!
  20. http://thesecondlifetourist.blogspot.com/2019/ http://thesecondlifetourist.blogspot.com/2019/
  21. I would like to recommend Lindal Kidd's class at Oxbridge University at 12pm on Saturdays on "How to Buy Land". Also, my blog article on "How Not to Buy Land in Second Life" goes into detail on all the mistakes I have made (and continue to make) when buying land in Second Life.
  22. https://secondlife.fandom.com/wiki/Arcadia_Asylum Arcadia (or Aley, or any of her other names) was an early and prolific creator in prims and sculpts, and you can see her work in many places. I would recommend a visit to the Library in Mieville to get more information about her history and see some of the things she made. It is estimated she made over 3000 objects, some of them very complex. ALL of them are free.
  23. I believe the jackets were given out by one of the Bellisseria groups - anyone can join!
  24. Just visited the new area. At first it was pretty laggy, but as I got further from the crowd near the entrance it rezzed nicely. Now, as a survivor of many family camping trips I would like to suggest a few additions that the Moles might want to add to the campgrounds to lend verisimilitude: - Showers and sanitary facilities. It was luxurious camping when there were facilities with hot water and other amenities. Maybe just one per region, with the paths leading to them covered with gravel that crunches when you walk on it (especially in the middle of the night). -If there is going to be fishing there needs to be a place to clean fish. -I saw there were electrical outlets, but don't remember seeing any water faucets. Maybe a few old-fashioned hand pumps? -I've visited the campfire sites near SL Tahoe that have marshmellow roasting options, so I know the Moles have got that, but what about smoke? There needs to be a way to have campfire smoke that goes past the parcel edges and annoys your neighbors. -Wildlife: bears, skunks, and raccoons that root in the garbage (oh, I didn't see any garbage cans or waste water outlets), scrub jays and squirrels that grab things off the picnic tables, mosquitos that buzz in your ear, deer.... (Maybe 'campground pests' could be a part for role-players?). -Some different terrain options like redwood forest, high desert, beach sanddunes? -Darkness. I noticed that there were small lights near the side of the road, and I didn't think to change my viewer to nighttime to see how much light they cast. Don't forget that part of the joy of camping for some people is lying on your back at night and looking up at the stars. I realize that the realities of camping are a lot different than the 'romance of camping', but I wanted to put all my quibbles in one basket before actual residents started complaining. On the plus side, I think the camping area is MAGNIFICENT! Any time we could have scored any one of those sites when we were camping we would have considered ourselves very lucky indeed. They aren't crowded together, and each site is different. The landscaping is wonderful. I especially liked the little touches like the coffeepots. The camping units themselves are very nicely constructed, with attention to detail. I'm not tempted to trade in my current place, but when everyone who wants one has a Bellisserian home, one of 'us' might move there. We already have a pink flamingo...
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