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Iyoba Tarantal

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  1. Professional and polished graphics does not mean good graphics. Utility and novelty count for a lot more. For example, those mesh (or sculptie) dirt paths one walks on everywhere are lovely, proficient, professionally made, but they're also mass produced. They were wonderful the first time. By the tenth time, I think: "Can't you think of something else?" Even something, home made that's less than perfect that's different from what you see everywhere earns kudos. I have a zinnia texture I hand drew years ago. There are zinnias in my yard growing on a four prim spiral. Flowers don't get old, and I know no one else has envy (lime green...There is such a thing in real life too!) zinnias, or who has tried a four prim spiral for texture plants. Utility, works in a complementary direction. Every time my avie jumps over a wall, I cheer. I've done it a million times. She may not jump as well as an avie in some other game, but she can do it, and it's fun. It will always be fun. If I still want something I built six months after I built it, I probably did a good job with the graphics. They fill a need. For example, a house on stilts built with green painted wood and with sturdy, easy-to-climb stairs made all the land on my 2048 useable at ground level and provided living space for a young, Zooby baby, and me for over a year. I liked the color. I never got tired of the house, which provided indoor space for bathing a baby and taking care of his bathroom needs. The house' inspiration was a building used on academic sims. The original that was 64 prims. My house was 35. The original structure is also an excellent, though primitive (2006) piece of work. If you want to see what can be done with simple graphics in SL, visit Studio Moya or Derpyland (Possibly Derpy Land).
  2. Keep your ten bucks For years, I paid rent to you And then you do This that makes me say "what the... Luckily the Linden Labs concierge truck Let me come to my critters' rescue. And it's a first world problem...true... Still, I feel like a hat trick hockey puck. Yes, you ran out of luck... And I'm left bruised and knocked askew... A rat forced off a stinking ship Clinging to garbage in the sea... A VERY STUPID RAT. Still we had a relationship. Why didn't you at least warn me? I deserved that.
  3. Second Life Grid Status says everything is just fine. I can't get in either. I thought I'd be the first to post the bad news.
  4. I tried squatting once on a no return sandbox. I got my stuff back in twenty-four hours. It was just an experiment. I used to find "sandboxes" on private property, built stuff, rezzed stuff, cleaned it up and took it with me. After I got my 512 n 2008, I became very anti-squatter. Finding them on academic sims made me even angrier. If I find squatters, I alert the sim owner. I've even reported one idiot who left X-rated stuff on a G-rated academic sim to Linden Labs because the sim owner, was busy dealing with floods in real life. I wrote the sim owner and explained how to set autoreturn. My attitude is I pay. You should pay too.
  5. I have been making plants i n Second Life for ages. They are easy. They are fun. They are special because they are one of three good reasons I have for keeping land. The others are breedables and a Zooby baby. I'd rather spend time in the garden than in the house any day of the week. The first picture is of borage which dates from 2009/2010. I still like it because there aren't that many blue flowers. There are jicamas (they date from around 2013). You can't grow them in Georgia or further north. They are a tropical plant and will only produce their edible roots in a very warm climate. Last, we have one of my Ozimal rabbits, Cunegonde, among the chocolate nasturtiums (Created this year!). I love the detail that goes into plants. I have more plants than I can rezz these days, but still dream of making more.
  6. Dear Vehsta, I would say leave the car at home and go down to the big SLRR Railroad Station at Tulip Trees, where you can get a free locomotive. You are free to modify the thing, which I did. Heterocera has a huge railroad and you can ride the rails. Also walking the great wall is a lot of fun too.
  7. Ah, there is a solution to the day 91 dilemma if the script allows a Boolean statement. Ban if (90<x OR member of group). Start a group with an alt or friend. This will prevent you from being banned at day 91. Newbies who want to become habitues can join the group. Seasoned players.... sorry you're out of luck. I hate the whole policy of banning anyone except for rank abuse, but that's just me.
  8. You can dream it. You can build it. At Eddesign Island, you can do it! For rent -- Three 4096 m2 parcels for 1250L/month. Flexible use. Few restrictions. Bring your dreams to life today!
  9. Please say this is not so. Sunday night http://www.gridsurvey.com announced that close to 80% of the NMC Archipelago NMC sites, East Carolina University's Islands, University of Delaware, Teaching # islands and a few others were gone. Most of them are still gone today. I hope this is not permanent. If it is, the educational world in Second Life has lost a major player.
  10. I think something else is going on. I wasn't a cloud when I logged in, but I put on long pants, socks, and a sweater in an attempt to go to a sim I thought was snowy. Long story short, the new outfit did not "take." After several encounters with a nasty security orb, I saw I was still wearing my summer shirt and shorts. When I took off all my clothes to take a bath. My legs were still pants shaped even though I removed my pants and my underpants. This is an intermittent problem. It may also be an inventory problem. I had no trouble with the viewer update last night on another machine.
  11. What I think I wanted/needed was a viewer update. LL offered one a few hours after I wrote my post above. I updated both computers where I access SL and went to some crowded clubs. No more line mesh issues, and my avie has sore feet and a sore nose. Hs5 is one of my favorite dances.
  12. I had the same issue and I use the latest version of Viewer 4, and rigged mesh has worked fine for over three months. I was surprised to "get my eyes poked out again," so you are not alone. So far I've only seen the issue once, and I blocked the offending avie.
  13. I can't name names, so I'll edit this song slightly. It is best to begin my adoption experience to a song, I still sometimes sing. You can sing it to the tune of Lady in Red. If you want the story in all its gory detail, it is on my blog. It was a cold winter evening. The guests were all leaving. Omatsu was closing the bar. When he turned and he said to the avie in green... GET OUT! YOU CAN'T STAY WHERE YOU ARE! Oh she wept a sad tear in her bucket of beer As she thought of the cold night ahead. Then a little, cute tiny, emerged from the rest room And these were the words that she said: She's been too long at can't say but YOU KNOW A parent she wants to be. But there is no child in Second Life who'll live with her harmony Sweet har-mon-eee.... Now she's bleary from reading those note cards... She's someone you'd like to forget... But it's parent panels that pay the tier, And don't give up hope just yet. TOMORROW WILL BE A NEW DAY. The agency made money (and used it to keep the land rented and the lights on). A fair number of us wasted our time. I went on to buy a Zooby baby on September 6.
  14. I was in your shoes until very recently. Exodus (which is two years out of date but nice and stable) will run with XP. You may or may not get your eye poked out by rigged mesh, but you'll be able to get in world.
  15. Spam groups are part of Second Life's international atmosphere. I remember learning about spam groups early in my Second Life career and wondering why would any one even put the word, Spam, in the title of a group. The answer is that among Portuguese speakers spam DOES NOT have the negative connotations it has for North Americans. People want the ads, just the way our mothers love those coupon circulars the supermarkets send out.
  16. On September 6, 2015 I became a very proud, single, Zooby parent of a baby boy. Since then I have been looking for other parents with whom to socialize. I recently joined a group and traveled to a sim that has to remain nameless. I soon found myself accused of "scaring the children," which may or may not have been true. If a child asks what a vulture says, one can after all reply, and we all know the Giant's speech in Jack in the Beanstalk. Anyway, I decided to stay away from the day care center on the unamed sim, but it was still a nice place to ride my bike and go swimming. The local sherriff asked if I "needed help" when I swam on the beach. I told him it was hard to backstroke with a narrow strip of water, but I was fine. It was after all a public beach. Saturday night, I went to bike ride on the sim, figuring that it was a good place for a mother and baby to go. I got asked several times: "Can I help you." I explained I was on a slow connection, was waiting for things to rez, and wanted to ride my bike. The bike got out of control (bad connection and rubber banding), I rode onto someone's lawn and managed to get myself banned from the sim. I suspect that I somehow did not fit in. Some of them have cars. I have a step through, safety bike. They have big suburban homes. I have a one room, apple green house on stilts (NOT on their sim). The rest you can see from the picture. I got accused of "scaring the children," when wearing this very dress, and saying I was the "broom corn girl," because this is a dress with a broom corn design on it. Now, I've been playing Second Life long enough to know that what happened on the unnamed sim was perfectly permissable. Private property rules. Enough said, but.... What is permissable is NOT ALWAYS GOOD. I wish those who run parenting/family sims realize that familes come in all different flavors, and there are all different ideas of how to be a parent. Embracing diversity would not hurt. And no, no one ever gets banned for a good reason, only for a bad reason, but do we need to go out of our way to make more bad reasons. It's up to you.
  17. First, nobody ever gets banned from a sim for a good reason. It is always a bad reason and it often hurts. Second, chances are good that you did nothing. Some property owners close their parcels after and lock everybody out. It's ugly, but it's what they do. Third, there are lots of other clubs that will welcome you. And save the landmark for this place if you have it. Most clubs ultimately fail or change hands, and someone else will have that land some day, at which point you can come back.
  18. I know this post appeared a long time ago, but I've been there and done that. First, buy standard (nonmesh) Zooby items. The playpen is only two prims so you may opt for that or you can spend your prims on a crib. I went with the crib so I could make my own bedding. This is fun. Second, find a QUIET sandbox and rezz your changing table or bath. These are copy and mod so if you make a mistake you have an original back in inventory. Do a lot of edit linked to find prim numbers. Make prims invsible or transparent so you can see inside. Eventually, (I did the changing table very late at night and messed it up and tried a second time) you will find the home prim. It is way inside. Make it larger and visible so you don't lose it. Take note of the essential prims, changing table pad, bath seat, standing mat. Leave those alone except for changing color or texture. Then hit Ctrl-alt-L to delink everything. You can then change or eliminate the extra prims. I went from 30 plus prims for a changing table down to seven. My bath went from 12 to nine. When you have the desired prims at least part way, start relinking, always remembering to hit the home prim last. If you relink in stages, hit the old group (with the home prim) last. This keeps the home prim #1. Then test your item. It should look for a baby. Zooby stuff survived my heavy hand, so it probably can survive yours. I know the original poster is long gone, but if anyone out there is preparing for a Zooby child, this is advice worth passing on.
  19. And if I run.... Windows 10 (or Linux...very much plan B) I will have the same performance I have now. Actually, I'm running 9 year old software full of patches (some of them even after support got "cut off" last winter) , a variety of updated peripherals. And despite all kinds of supposedly wizz bang features, I haven't seen anything that new and novel in the way of performance in about ten to twelve years. Siri and Cortana are as close as its come. Maybe really workable touch screens would be another new and interesting feature. Face it all these operating systems do the same thing: They run browsers and games. They run word pcrocessors and spread sheets and database managing software. They run graphics software. I would like to be able to use a browser that sees rigged mesh. Remember, I get my eyes poked out. Singularity crashed all over the place. I may try Cool LV. I just hope the last gate (the one that says you can't run these older browsers) doesn't come crashing down for six to nine months.
  20. I shouldn't have to update any operating system if my computer still works just fine. I am being forced to ugrade from a perfectly good (more peripherals than machine now) nine year old, Windows XP machine to something bigger and fancier. Let's call planned obselescence what it is and scream from the rooftops that it S---ks! All that said, I find Linden Labs timing just impecable. On July 29, Microsoft comes out with Windows 10. I saw no reason to upgrade to Windows 7 (I have it at work and did not see much of an improvement in performance.) Windows 8 was a mistake, and not worth a new machine (My machine can't run Windows 7, so 8 was out of the question unless worthwhile), so you can guess what I'm waiting for. Naturally, I'd like to see Linden Labs, GIMP, and other critical software providers get on the Windows 10 bandwagon and for Microsoft to get any big bugs out of Windows 10 before I buy in. I'm used to having my online life in the hands of big corporations. Still, this means a wait of six months. So yes, I will give in to planned obselescence in December 2015/January 2016. And I will miss Maggie Mae (my computer) as I have missed few inanimate objects, but all good things come to an end. It would have been a lot better for Linden Labs to have kept supporting XP until the spring of 2016. I am just hoping I won't have to take a hiatus from Second Life due to technical issues. I can spend the fall with Exodus. (I get my eyes poked out from time to time, but not as much as you think.) I'll bow to useless technical change and corporate greed. And I'll planned obselescence one big RASPBERRY.
  21. "Democratizing content" has nothing to do with democracy as voters know it. Rather it is a way of saying that any one willing to learn a skill or pay a small fee (or not so small fee) can rezz prims. Usually democratizing content/media etc... is mentioned along with the so-called (It's really rentals and if it supports people it is a second job with no benefits) sharing economy. The haves have more. The have-nots can make a killing as Uber drivers or super Task Rabbits, or they can open their own Feastly restaurants. Anyone willing to buy in, can get their share of democratized content.
  22. OK, mesh shmesh and I mean it. You can always tweak your avatar a million times to do it over so no big deal. If you want to, Ruth is still back there in the library, fully dressable in a bathing suit and customizable with sliders. And what is the fun of something you can't fix a million times. Perfection is what is truly boring. But what is trully complicated about Second Life is the "what do I do?" factor. My answer from previous MU**ing experience (in mostly text based worlds and also in Active worlds) is find the road and start walking. Look to your right. Look to your left. Look above you. Look behind you. Try the search engine. See where you land. If you don't bounce on someone's ban lines or get booted by a security orb, try harder. Put terms in the search engine for what interests you. If you are a libertine, put some credit card info on line and go search out..... If you are conservative, put Christian in the search engine. If you want to ski....you know waht to search. If you want to swim.... same deal. Do you want music? Learning to see, walk, and find things is lesson one. After that you can think about what you want for your avie and how to make her trully your own. PS, I just stripped off Ruth's old clothes, uploaded my own textures, and dressed my avie. The texture hair was an utter disappointment (Bald spot in the back! when cut short). One of my first successful builds, though I had to chase it all over the sandbox (I did not know about posing stools) was a hair piece for a short bob. I can still wear the thing and feel good which is very weird. Beginner's luck is part of the fun.
  23. Not only have I been griefed occasionally (Once every couple of months), I've been treated rudely. I've been ill used and I've dealt with idiots of all stripes. The encroacher I've usually been able to settle with without bringing in Linden Labs. Those who litter tax payer or grant funded (educational and nonprofit) sims with innaprporpiate items earn a report for their theft and for making good institutions look bad. The person who releases so many offensive particles he/she makes a sim unuseable is a rare and spectacular creature. What happens more often is people treat me rudely, and I treat them rudely as well. Mea culpa. Yes! I've bounced on ban lines. I've played tag with security orbs (Run to the front porch and take a selfie before being sent home). Parasailed (parachutes are wonderful!) over and into no fly land guarded with an orb etc.... I think some of this is frustration with orbs, jungle walls, and ban lines. There is a fine line between, incivility and griefing. I doubt any one is wholly innocent, and some are very guilty.
  24. Actually, you can rest easy as far as the 86,400 second limit is concerned. With a second computer and an alt or a powerful computer and two logins, you can beat that time.
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