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Rolig Loon

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  1. I wouldn't expect clearing cache to help anything. If anything, it would just make it take longer to log in. Take a look at https://wiki.firestormviewer.org/fs_intel_issues#viewer_freezes_while_loading_world for suggestions that are more likely to make a difference.
  2. I have no idea about "back then" before 2007, when I joined, but it's always been there for the past 14+ years that I have been watching. In any case, though, it's what it says now.
  3. Actually, the wording in the TOS is "We reserve the right, but not the obligation, to monitor or become involved in disputes between you and other users." That is, "We don't have the time or manpower to go chasing down every disagreement between residents, and we don't want to be put in the the role of policemen unless people are violating the TOS. However, we'll step in if we have to." That's sort of the way my Mom dealt with squabbles between me and my sister too.
  4. Welcome aboard, Eva. Sorry about the bumpy introduction you may have had from some people, but that's pretty much the way life on line works. There are loads of really nice, helpful people and a handful of jerks. It's not just SL. Anyway ... we've all been newbies and most of us have had a mess of embarrassing moments and tangles with idiots. And most of us have survived, and we try not to be too hard on people like you who are just trying to figure out which end is up. Ignore anyone who gives you a hard time. So ... you've probably already found the Knowledge Base link at the top of every forum page. Linden Lab puts a lot of basic information there, so it's worth building a habit of looking there first. If you still have questions or if you run up against one of those "it could only happen to me" situations, try posting in the Answers section of the forums (again, use the tab at the top of this page). The regulars who respond in Answers are often not quite as snarky as they are in General Discussion, where things can go off the rails sometimes too. Then try visiting some of the support areas in world. Caledon Oxbridge University offers free courses in all sorts of basic skill topics, and they have a lot of DIY tutorials. They also often have helpers hanging around to talk with too. Firestorm's welcome area is very helpful too, as are many other spots around the grid. If all else fails .... or maybe even before you go looking for help ... just try experimenting. Click on things, especially menu options in your viewer. Most of the things you can try will be harmless or at least non-fatal. Find a nice empty region ( like a watery region, where you can sit on the seafloor and experiment without anyone watching ), and try messing with your avatar. Look for a sandbox (Search for "sandbox" with your viewer's Search function) and try rezzing things from your inventory to find out what they are and how they work. Be prepared to make a lot of mistakes and to end up with more questions than you started with. At least then, you'll know what to look for in the Knowledge Base or to ask about here.
  5. Not at all. In fact, I think we are largely agreeing. My point in bringing C.P. Snow into the discussion was to say that he and the educational system made some valid observations but came up with a poor way of addressing the imbalance between the two cultures of science and the humanities. Instead of finding a way to help humanists become more science-literate, we have found a way to create more scientists. (That was actually one of Snow's hopes, of course, but when people cite his essays they tend to focus -- as I did -- on the fact that the two cultures don't communicate with each other well .) As I hoped you would understand from my note, the real societal issue is that non-scientists have largely ceded the ground to science by remaining illiterate. It is rather common for scientists and engineers to appreciate the arts and literature and, more than that, to be accomplished artists, musicians, and novelists. It is rare for humanists to have more than a shallow familiarity with the sciences, except as consumers. The non-scientific public has a distrust and fear of scientists, and scientists have a hard time engaging in lopsided discussions. This can lead to poorly informed public debates about vital issues like climate change and pandemic vaccines, and can result in imbalances in funding to address large social issues. As I said in my final comment, I am dismayed as an educator that we have not been very successful at helping non-scientists understand what scientists are talking about, and to become equal partners in addressing the global problems we all face.
  6. I'm sure glad they don't put frills in that cheese. No sir, I never liked frills.
  7. Good luck, and have a pleasant holiday. To think about when you return ... A speed test isn't going to tell you anything that makes much of a difference to SL. Speed is not a vital factor. Reliability is, though. If your connection is showing more than about 0.1% packets dropped, or if your ping time to the SL servers is much over 150 msec, you'll start to have trouble teleporting. Much more than that and you may start to have trouble logging in, or staying logged in. You can check both of those factors near the top in your Statistics Bar (CTRL + Shift + 1). The challenge is that SL depends on sending data back and forth from your viewer to the SL servers 45 times a second, because the servers need to know exactly where you are, what is attached to you, and what you may be sitting on all the time. Without that information, they can't tell everyone around you that you are there, and they can't move you properly. You'll experience lag, rubber-banding, and other problems. So, staying in sync with the servers is way more important than having a fast connection.
  8. You can only buy L$ on the LindeX, and your only options are to use a verified credit card, PayPal, or Skrill account. If you have one of those three and have had it verified as a payment method for SL, then all you have to do is figure out how to transfer money from your Google account to it. I don't have a clue about how to do that, but Google Play probably does.
  9. And you rebooted the router and modem as part of the process too, just in case? Thing is, disconnects are often caused by a local hardware issue, and a messed up router or modem are the first suspects. I didn't go there first because you were quitting SL in a non-standard way that I thought might have scrambled your login files, but that's probably the next thing to try if you haven't already. Just unplug the router and modem from the power for a couple of minutes, plug them back in, and restart everything. Avoid using a wifi Internet connection if you can, because there's a possibility that the culprit might also be signal interference from nearby electrical equipment.
  10. There's probably an instructional notecard with it. If not, the first thing to try is to simply rez the object on the ground (or your floor) and see what happens. My guess is that you'll get chat instructions immediately on rez, or there will be a dialog menu that appears when you click on the thing.
  11. As interesting as Darwin's musings are, they are a bit of an outlier. As C.P. Snow noted in the early 1950s, it is much more common for scientists to indulge in the arts when they step outside the lab than it is for artists/musicians/writers to turn to the sciences when they want a change of pace. Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman was perhaps one that the general public is most likely to recognize, but I have known many other physicists and chemists who are accomplished musicians. painters, and writers. Snow's observation was that Western civilization had developed two cultures (scientific and humanistic) with a one-way bridge between them. He used that as an argument that our education systems had to start doing a better job of teaching the sciences -- a popular idea in the Cold War years following WWII. Those of us who grew up during those decades remember the explosion of interest that led to everything from the Apollo moon missions to microchips and genetic engineering. There are many more people working in the STEM fields today than there were when we were young, yet it's still true that scientific types are more likely to to be accomplished artists than it is for novelists and musicians "to know a gene from a chromosome,” as the president of Harvard lamented in 2001. Increasing the emphasis on sciences in the schools did lead to a new generation of scientists and engineers, as Snow hoped, but it did not change the one-way bridge between the two cultures. Personally, I will know that we are approaching parity between them when I hear of more playwrights, composers, and sculptors with regrets like Darwin's: “If I had to live my life again I would have made a rule to read some biochemistry or astronomy at least once every week; for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied could thus have been kept active through use.” Despite a long career in academia, I have no idea how to get to that point.
  12. Hehe .... You probably recall, then, that "fetid" is a reference to an ancient forum conversation in which one of the participants harbored a Fetid Inner Child. It was a memorable line (although I have forgotten who wrote it or who it referred to).
  13. Sort of like RL. If your goal is quick acceptance in the Fetid Inner Circle, you'll probably get frustrated and see more things to complain about than if you relax, keep your eyes open, and stay ready to move on if you don't like the first few people you meet. There are good people everywhere, but you're naive if you think everyone is going to be friendly and helpful.
  14. If you've ever seen the movie, Fargo, you've had a taste of what people within about 400 miles of here can sound like. The cadence and vowel sounds of speech have an undefinable Scandinavian sound, and there are phrases like "Ya, suure" and "Ya betcha" and "uffda" that are distinct to the region.
  15. To a degree, the shift slowed a little as modern dictionaries were published and spelling became standardized in each of our languages. New words continue to appear, of course, and some older ones fall out of use or change meaning or spelling. People with economic means have been able to move around for the past century and more too, and global communication has become much easier for everyone than it once was. These have led to some mixing of dialectical boundaries and the introduction of borrowed words and ways of speaking. I hear younger people around me here in the northern Midwest of the US using some words and accents that I associate with other parts of the country, yet people on the radio and TV sound pretty much the same everywhere. There are still regional dialects and accents, but "standard" speech is more homogenized than it was once. I hear much more pronounced local accents among the elderly than among the young, too, so regionalisms that were common here a half century ago are regarded as more "quaint" or "old-fashioned" today. I remember commenting on the same thing almost 50 years ago when I was visiting friends in Sweden. Their parents (who were not yet elderly but probably in their early 60s) spoke Swedish in a way that sounded more heavy and deliberate than my friends did.
  16. Yeah, on my first day in world I went to a few random places (a Japanese bus station sticks in my mind, for some reason) and then did what I usually do when I find myself in a new RL city. I went looking for a book store. When I couldn't find one, I decided to look for a library. I found one with some really friendly people and ended up hanging around for years. Some of those people are still my closest friends in SL today, even though many of us have moved on to do other things.
  17. Thank you, @MoiraKathleen. That interpretation makes sense. Yes, I think we all tend to be drawn by different sorts of regions. I don't RP or spend time in shopping malls, and it's been years since I bothered going to a club, so I really have no idea what may be going on in that huge chunk of SL. I do enjoy wandering in well-landscaped parts of the world, though, especially places that have lots of hilly parks and forests. I like to see thematic areas (culturally, architecturally, ... ) and places that have an imaginative concept. When I get away from my own region, then, I tend to go to places like Caledon or Bellisseria and just cruise the roads or head off cross-country. Parts of Bay City are fun to explore. I've found some lovely Asian-themed regions too.
  18. Don't be silly. I put sticky notes on my screen sometimes to remind me that I need to go get milk at the grocery. They clearly present data, and I put them there so that I don't have to look away to be reminded. Does that make them HUDs? How about the reflection of stuff that's behind me while I am looking at the screen? You're focusing on a relatively unimportant part of a wiki definition and ignoring important distinctions about how information is triggered and displayed.
  19. Quite reasonable. There are two parts to the investigation of any natural phenomenon. First, make careful observations repeatedly to verify that you are really seeing what you think you are seeing. Second, try to explain what you see by making a hypothesis ( an educated guess) and then test the guess to see whether you understood things correctly. In both parts of the investigation, you have to be very careful that you haven't inadvertently done something else that could give you confusing (or incorrect) results. Sadly, all sorts of things can go wrong. You might be distracted by something else happening at the same time (a trick used deliberately by magicians and by lots of animals and plants for camouflage) or by simply hoping that you saw something new and exciting. You might be using equipment or methods that are wrong for the job (not sensitive enough, or actually looking at the wrong thing). Or, of course, you might be right but you're testing something that doesn't happen very often at all ( like a giant meteorite that kills off the dinosaurs ), so the best you can do is look for other things that should have happened at the same time, if your guess was right. This is why the sciences move forward in careful baby steps, sometimes going down blind alleys and having to back up to figure out where they went wrong. It's hard to prove that you got anything right. The task is to keep eliminating the guesses that you got wrong along the way, revealing a little more of the puzzle at each step.
  20. Yes. "The cake is all." (Pennsylvania "Dutch") "The cake is all gone" (US standard English) My grandmother used phrases like that, transplanted from German into local dialect, all the time.
  21. Yup. That's the process. Test a conclusion by seeing whether you can replicate it under the same conditions repeatedly. If you can't, you must have reached a flawed conclusion. If you can replicate it, you might still have reached a flawed or incomplete conclusion, but you won't know unless you test under different conditions or find contradictory observations. When that happens, you dust yourself off, make a better guess about what's going on, test it, and try to replicate the new result. And so it goes, baby steps.
  22. That's troublesome. It sounds like your viewer may be corrupted in some way. Have you tried doing a clean install ?
  23. To each, his own small triumphs. 😉
  24. I detest the clunky camera control widget, which takes up space unnecessarily on the screen. I find it much faster to use the mouse and Ctrl - Shift - Alt keys for camera control. And I can see the whole screen , without having to peer around an intrusive widget. I use the standard LL viewer most of the time, but I manage the camera in FS the same way.
  25. This is fascinating. On one side of my family, I am descended from families that went to the Dutch Antilles in the late 1700s and the early part of the 19th Century and eventually migrated north into the United States. My uncle, long deceased, was the family genealogist in his generation. He spent many vacations in the Antilles and on trips to the archives in the Hague, copying documents which were, of course, in old Dutch. Somewhat a linguist, he taught himself enough Dutch to translate all but the hardest parts. He always said that he was helped more by cognates from German than by those from English, although he was fluent in both languages.
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