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  1. Thanks Molly!!!! That CameraOffsetRearView setting was exactly what I needed. Exploring "through the eyes of the avatar" feels far more natural!
  2. Thanks Molly! That 2011 post described exactly what I'm trying to achieve (especially handy with low ceilings): The "shopping with a new perspective" photo is what I want. I played around with Debug settings, even copying the ones shown in that post, but the *angle of view* remains unchanged. Changing the X and Z settings sends the view up or down, but does not flatten the angle. The Y setting moves left or right. I wonder if it is no longer possible to change viewing angle in more recent SLV / Firestorm builds???
  3. Aloha everyone. I'd like to change my view angle to a flat plane, so that I can view a sim as my avatar does. The default view is something like 30-45 degrees above and behind the avatar. Using camera controls I can change that, but as soon as my avatar moves the default angle is restored. Using the "view angle" slider in preferences is nearly identical to the "distance" slider - moving either one just zooms in and out at that same default 30-45 degree angle. Is there any way to change that default to a lower angle?
  4. Thanks Nalates, this explains SO MUCH.
  5. Hi Miranda. Right-click your avatar and edit shape, just like you did with your original system avatar. You can lengthen legs, reduce leg musculature, reduce butt size, reduce hip size... all of which will increase thigh gap. Hope this helps.
  6. Thanks folks. I experimented derendering with a cooperative friend. He arrived wearing a single-piece outfit (shirt-pants-hoodie), and derendering what looked to me like just his hoodie made his entire avatar invisible to me (!), rather than just removing his hoodie or the whole one-piece outfit. I was wearing several things, and he was able to derender items I was wearing, but not items I had put on with an applier (he was using Kokua viewer; may be something to do with that???). Interesting note: body sections I happened to have hidden with my body's alpha mask remained hidden of course, so an easy way to remove the enjoyment creeps get from derendering your clothing is just to alpha mask your most delicious body parts. Then they can derender all they like, but won't see what they're after. Keep that up for a day or two and some of the more persistent ones may get frustrated and f*** off. What a pain that my creep is a neighbor and I need to do this at home, where I'm normally clothes-free. With the alpha masking I look like a magician has sawed me in thirds. Meh.
  7. Thanks folks. Chee, is that true even when I use an applier and the clothes are a HUD layer? I'd rather go without clothes any day, but I'd also like it to be MY decision, not some creeper. Yup yup yup, will do.
  8. Aloha all. I was happy to get into a Bellisseria houseboat, but recently learned that I have a peeping tom in my area. This should be harmless, right - it's only an avatar - so why do I feel violated? He has been looking in on me while my avatar is asleep overnight, and recently watched me having a little personal fun. I only know this because he comments on what he has seen. Sure he's complimentary, but nice words and propositioning me don't help me feel less violated. I've covered all the windows I usually leave open, but know that anyone can use camera controls to sweep in past window coverings or ban lines to watch whatever they like. It feels creepy, but I'm sure plenty of people are voyeurs and do this - I just don't know about it because most people don't comment on what they see. I waited a long time for a Bellisseria houseboat, but I'm tempted to abandon it and wait for another one... even though the same problem will likely exist at the next place. Am I being overly sensitive? It's probably unrealistic to have any expectation of privacy when everything is so easily visible.
  9. Agreed. Honolulu's (main) airport is built on an artificial reef, so like this one is out in the water. This keeps aircraft of all kinds as far away as possible from homes and businesses. NOISE POLLUTION IS REAL. While it may be fun to buzz houses and bystanders with your jet, prop, chopper, etc, it's a huge disturbance of the peace and quiet that we all crave - and have paid for. Please respect your neighbors everybody. Thanks! 🙂
  10. Nicely done! Beautifully built sim, looks like small town America. A Lifetime movie could be definitely be filmed there, one about a successful but clutzy woman leaving her high paid job in the city and moving to a small town to open an art gallery, where she will meet a newly widowed single father construction genius. They will hate each other, but have friends who meet in the town's tiny diner and conspire to have the two repeatedly run into each other until they awkwardly realize that they're in love.
  11. I see that the survey is now closed. Glad that you got the number of respondents you needed.
  12. That's a great offer Wikusm1987, I hope you get lots of takers!
  13. Most conversations I hear are in English, possibly because I don't hear about get-togethers where other languages are spoken. I would love to learn Japanese, or the Chinese (Mandarin?) at it's root, but have NEVER seen the "nearby chat" window populate with a non-Western alphabet of any kind.
  14. Aloha MRSCANDIREDBONE. There are definitely nice people in SL, keep on looking! As a WOC (AOC - Avatar Of Color??) I can confirm that racism does exist in SL. SL is made of people after all, so you'll get a little of everything. Remember who you are, not who they are.
  15. Aloha autonug. I'm all for people saying hi, in whatever words or languages they like. Starting a conversation is awkward, and I don't expect everyone to be an expert at it. I'm not immediately offended by the phrase "how are you" or similar, because people can be nervous and completely genuine and maybe speaking English as a second language. BUT... there are a lot of run and gun predators out there, so when a stranger approaches I always look at their profile, specifically their groups and their picks. If there's a bunch of sexual content on there, buh bye.
  16. Aloha Dakota and everyone. Housing is really expensive in Hawaii, so like a lot of other people I moved away so that I could buy a house. It's a smart financial move, but a really terrible one in every other way. I have a nice house now, but it's just not home. I miss Hawaii and wonder about her all the time. A big shout-out to the Makiki neighborhood of Honolulu, if anyone's out there! I spend a lot of time in RL thinking about how to get home, and a lot of time in SL looking for places that remind me of home. 🙂 Once my building skills are improved I'd like to make a realistic Hawaii sim, one to help remember coastal parts of her as sea level rises. I find that a great way to make friends is to be aware of new residents around you, and offer hints and tips when they're having problems. Share SL knowledge like you share RL food. People did that for me years ago, and again when I rejoined SL a few months ago. A little kindness goes a long way!
  17. My SL avatar is just another side of me. Some that comes out in SL is hidden in RL, some that comes out in RL is hidden in SL. It seems like our avatars are who many people imagine they might be in RL if they had endured their RL struggles, but had none of their RL responsibilities. Their RL likes, dislikes, cravings, passions, desires, wants, and needs can be lived full throttle in SL, because in SL our RL roadblocks, frustrations and limitations don't exist. In SL we can do nearly anything, all the time, with little expense or consequence. Maybe SL exposes what we would all be like if we won the lottery, how we would all blow the money in that first glorious year. Beach houses and sex, beach houses and sex, beach houses and sex.
  18. Hi StelloBXO! Welcome to SL! Yeah, it's confusing and you worry you're going to break something, I know! Here are some simple ideas: First, guide your avatar to somewhere as private as possible. Mountaintop, deserted beach, etc. Look for somewhere "A" (Adult) rated if possible, because when editing your shape you'll be naked for a few minutes. At the top left of the screen find the word Avatar. Click on that and you'll get a drop down menu. Choose Appearance. In the pop-up box are three tabs: Outfit Gallery, Outfits, and Wearing. Click on Wearing. That shows everything you're wearing right now. In the bottom left of that pop-up, you'll see Save As. Click that, and give your original look a name. Anything you like... even "original look" would work 🙂 Next, right click on a clothing item, and select "detach." It will seem to disappear, but don't worry, it's in your inventory (your virtual closet). Do this and detach all your clothing, shoes, and even your hair. Now you should have what looks like a really naked doll. Once again go to the bottom left corner of the pop up box, click Save As, and give your naked self a new name... something like "original naked." OK, click the X in the upper right of that pop up box to close it. Things get fun now! Right-click on your naked avatar. You'll get a variety of options that differ slightly depending on what viewer you're using. You're looking for Appearance > Edit Shape. Your avatar will turn, then stand at attention. A new pop-up window with a selection of tabs will have all sorts of adjustments for your eyes, legs, waist, everywhere! It's a lot of fun to make things wider and thinner, taller and smaller. Each tab on this pop up window focuses on a different body area. When you're finished playing and have a body shape you like, click save as and give it a new name, like "Body Shape 2" or similar. This is saving just your new body shape. You can do this as often as you like, and make as many new body shapes as you like. Just remember to give them all unique names or it will be difficult to know which is which 🙂 Then you'll be sent back to your original clothing appearance pop-up window, the one you closed earlier. Do save as again, but now you're saving clothing appearance not shape. Call this one "New Body Naked" or something similar. Congratulations! If you open up your inventory you'll find all sorts of clothing that you didn't know you had, and it can be worn by right click > wear or right click > add. When you find outfits you like, open up that appearance window and save as. Then you can wear that outfit in future just by clicking on it. Hope this helps!
  19. I had similar problems for my avatar. Check out DrLifeGen3, Tokyo Girl, Nix Club, and Insatiable. All focus mainly on women (like everywhere on SL), but you will find men's options from time to time. The staff in each place are very helpful too, so can help you find options that may not be obvious or displayed. Good luck! 🙂
  20. I'm usually 80K-120K. Biggest offenders are hair and eyes. Eyes surprised me, but it's really difficult to find even remotely realistic dark brown eyes. POC know what I'm talking about. I finally found some (thanks Used Abused) but they are monsters at 23,292 EACH. Just my eyes add 46,584 to my avatar! Like Catrie said above my count can vary a lot depending on what I'm wearing for photos, so I put stuff on then duck in and out of sims quickly.
  21. Agreed cheesecurd. I assumed immediately that SL would not translate to mobile; the load would be far too intense for most devices. The few handheld devices that could handle the load are gaming devices, so we're back to scrub and rebuild. We've enjoyed SL for sixteen years, and I'm hoping that the pc industry allows us to continue to do so for another sixteen. Makes me wonder what the #SL20B, #SL25B, and #SL30B events will look like, and on what devices we will experience them.
  22. I recognize that this is a genuine obstacle. It wasn't as big a problem in 2003, but if you were to take the sexual content out of SL now you'd wipe away a huge chunk of the user base too. Sony is strict about sexual content, so PlayStation's parental controls may not be enough to convince them to allow it. Several options... SL could allow only General, or General and Moderate content to port across to a PS platform (but if SL vendors assign those keywords, then they would have the power to bring down SL on PS). Or... SL could create new continents, on new servers, with strictly General material, for PS, porting over just a few hundred carefully selected sims to make the first experiences interesting. That's likely the way to go.
  23. Hey Cheesecurd, thanks for the reminder of the word "necrobump." :-) I bring this up because - unless we're already gamers - SL is more demanding of our pcs than most other tasks. This is especially true as pc sales decline while people use mobile devices for usual distractions like texting, browsing, music streaming, and email. What it boils down to is that how people interact with tech has evolved in the RL, pc sales are declining, but SL is still focused only on desktop software even as pc sales slide. This isn't new, it's been happening for years, and it's death knocking at the door. I love SL, want it to thrive, and even as an outsider recognize that to ensure its survival SL has to make itself available in new ways to an evolving audience. Harsh reality? Unpopular opinion?
  24. I'll reply to this old topic too. I'd LOVE to see a PlayStation version of SL. A PS has enormous processing power compared to most home computers, so paired with an ethernet connection would mean less - maybe even zero - SL lag time, even with quality set highest. Everything could render quickly. Parties, dances, and other crowded events would no longer crash your pc. The photos you could take in SL would be amazing. From a builder perspective, imagine the objects and environments you could create for PS knowing that lag isn't a factor for those residents. Although PS has internet connectivity, it controls what programs can be downloaded (similarly to iPhone and the app store). This means that until Second Life viewer, Firestorm, Kokua, or your viewer of choice appear in the PS store they cannot be downloaded onto a PS4. An external keyboard can be plugged in for search, shopping, etc - so much cheaper and easier than a controller. And yeah, it would open up SL to an enormous worldwide market of tens of millions. The alternative of course is that I could spend several thousand dollars on a gaming pc. But why do that, when for $399 I can get a PS4 with 8-core processor and 1.84 TFLOPS GPU. My suspicion is that Linden Labs is a highly dedicated team but a very small one. They have enough to deal with already just building homes, and little time for crazy ideas like this. But yeah, I'd love to see an SL client on PS too. Who knows? Maybe that'll be a surprise on the PS5 this time next year. Fingers crossed...
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