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Bitsy Buccaneer

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  1. This sounds like it could be a really interesting community to be a part of, at least if there's anything going on during conventional UK hours. (Well, it would still be interesting for other people if it was going on while we're asleep )
  2. I'm nearly done with a hunt prize and would like to make it work with Thor's Oak Swim Hud (free on marketplace). I was able to get it to work sort of, for a while, but only if I flung my avatar at the pool surround. Then it stopped altogether. A friend who's really good with getting scripts to work can't figure it out either. We've tried various linkage-not linked-physics permutations, reset the script, reinstalled a fresh script, and so on. I did a forum search for previous discussion and all I found was a few posts saying it didn't always work. So I'm just throwing this out to see if anyone has any advice or suggestions. The swimming bit isn't required, it just makes the building more versatile and gives something else to do.
  3. Bradford, is empathy not your strong suit or are you so wedded to your ideas about Valentine's Day that you can't muster any for a tiny five year old child who received a crystal clear message that she was being rejected by pretty much her entire class? Can you not understand how devastating an experience that was? If you're going to stick to Just the facts maam, at least get them right. There weren't any rules or "plan" for everyone to get one in my class then. I didn't "waste" my time by putting thought and effort into it. And why are you giving that such a negative slant? Showing people they're special is what it's all about in your eyes, right? I was just doing it for each person, because each person was unique and mattered. It was important to me that my classmates received cards which suited their personalities. I kept putting in the care and effort as long as I was in a class which did some sort of card exchange, long after it became clear it wasn't going to be reciprocated. It was a small kindness and it mattered to me. I guess maybe I learned early that it's nice to give. There's still room in all of that for special cards and gifts. Both ways of giving cards can sit side by side without any problems. It's not like classrooms of kids giving each other cards has led to adults doing the same thing in their workplaces, has it? But maybe a few more kids who had kind teachers like Pamela learned a little something about seeing what's good in each other. That's got to be worth doing.
  4. Whenever I've had these sorts of problems which persisted more than a couple of days, it's turned out to be a problem on my end with either my computer or my internet. There was a long while when my internet wasn't great and I had a lot of these sorts of problems, basically due to living in the wrong neighbourhood and too far from the junction. Thankfully some repairs on my connection specifically and upgrades to the local infrastructure have helped immensely. Logging in at a quiet place and letting my inventory repopulate while I left everything alone tended to get things on track. Earlier this month, I had to start using my not-so-good-for-SL computer again while the better-for-SL one was in the shop. I had problems with body parts going missing and other odd glitches. That was just on my main though, who has a significantly larger inventory than my building alt. Going to a quiet sim was very helpful when things weren't working properly. It seemed like the amount of texture and mesh data coming through in a more crowded place was overwhelming my older computer. Of course there have been times when there was a problem on SL's end, but when it's been persistent, it's turned out to be on mine. Sometimes it helps to reboot the computer and router and reconnect all the physical connections to make sure nothing's come loose. Those are all easy to do.
  5. Nobody's ever asked me that. The closest is when I'm trying to explain it to someone and I say "It's sort of like a video game, except it's not a game and everything is made by the users. I make stuff for it." There isn't anything I do in SL which is a game. Play, like freeform child's play, but not a game. The open-endedness of that sort of play is important to me. Which reminds me, I really need to get my hunt prize finished before the end of the month and stop playing with the prims . End goals are really over-rated
  6. I have my own unique "test" for what is gambling and what isn't. I can't stand gambling, like the opposite of an addiction. I feel ill when I lose the money. I don't feel ill if I win, but I also don't risk it further for the sake of more. For awhile when I was living hand to mouth, I had a post office box in a place where vouchers for free lottery tickets came in the bulk advertising envelopes. A lot of those envelopes were thrown away unopened, which meant there were vouchers to be had if you were there on the right day Using a voucher to get a free lottery ticket didn't constitute gambling for me. Risking any money won did. When a group of RL friends played poker on our game nights, they'd offer to all chip in with a small stake for me. It still made me queasy, so I'd just socialise and see to the snacks. That's how my test works. Can I stand it? The only way I can stand a gacha is if it's a good price and I'd be happy with pretty much any of the commons. Even then, I'd much rather buy it on special. The rest of the time, gachas are gambling according to the Bitsy Test. Case closed
  7. Ouch. My SL is basically the online equivalent of chatting with friends over the knitting except one of them likes to blow up prims. She's herself whatever av she's on, like I'm myself whatever av I'm on (though we keep up a humourous running story line about the relationship between my main and building alt, they are currently sisters because they both bought the same hair on special but Bitsy is a time traveller so sometimes she's Paisley's mum which all makes complete sense, and when she's mum she thinks Paisley and the boy av would make a darling couple but Paisley just shoulders up her bazooka and looks at her sideways), and George is so very much George whatever av he's using. Same with the majority in our extended circles. The lines aren't blurred, they don't exist. It's not really a choice for me, I don't have the skills needed to be anyone other than myself. My experience is that drama is more likely to happen when people insist on boundaries between "real" and av because things have this way of leaking through. I'll still hang out with them if they're interesting though. I find it harder to build real trust though, the kind I have with my closest and realest friends. But some of us are very capable of being ourselves inworld quite peaceably and sensibly. Maybe give us more of a chance?
  8. Avatars have always been an extension of RL people for me. The RL people continue to exist whether they're logged in or not. There's someone I was friends with while she was ill and in and out of hospital who's still on my friends list. When I see her name, I send her a good thought. I don't know if she's still alive or how she's doing if she is. There's another friend with mental health issues and, last I heard from her, dreadful internet. She'd come and go, and then LL imposed a mandatory viewer upgrade and she had to stop logging in. I wonder how she's doing too. Another friend I met in SL, I stay in touch with over Skype. His mum is in hospice so I think about them every day and check in regularly to see if he's around and needs a virtual hug. I still remember what their avatars look like. If I'm not seen inworld for awhile, two dear friends worry about me. One will sometimes send my avatars small gifts to brighten my day. Well, my main mostly. If my building alt gets something, I know he's really worried. These are the people who've stayed by me through the worst of my own illnesses. Their avatars might blink out but the friendship doesn't. Maybe this is why I can become completely immersed in a conversation in SL. It's no less real for me because it's typed.
  9. Good work, Doc. That conveys the wonder and magic of SL so well Thank you for sharing it with us.
  10. If everyone who makes content for SL thought of it as "just a game", it would be a barren world indeed. Thank goodness for all who put their hearts and time into using it as a truly creative platform.
  11. Can you spot the error in thinking in this? It's in the last clause.
  12. You've really rather missed the entire point of what I was saying, Bradford. If that was a competition, you'd have won it by miles.
  13. I don't know. I tried to use minecraft, but the download wouldn't work. I think it may have been something to use minecraft with but I never got back to it. I should look into it again.
  14. Does this mean you've abandoned this secondary position then? Look back at my first reply to you. It's what I quoted.
  15. My sentiment was that it was humiliating and devastating to know with complete certainty - at the very young age of five - that I was being rejected by my classmates. I was far too young to have anything remotely like the coping strategies needed to deal with it effectively. I didn't know how to talk about it with anyone. I was a tiny, lost, hurting child. When schools and teachers do their best to avoid putting a child in that position, it gives the child a chance to grow up a bit more normally. I didn't have that. I got stuck in a crippling shyness which became self-perpetuating. Because I was bullied and isolated early, I didn't develop the social skills needed to avoid being a target for further bullying and isolation. Thank heavens we've learned some things over the years. If it spares one tiny child from going through that kind of hell, it's worth it. In other words, your position isn't just wrong. It is cruel.
  16. Not at all. That's YOUR line. Why are you reading your sentiment into my words?
  17. And change them regularly. So they don't get smelly. Like old socks 👍
  18. Runway. Check. Box OVER head. Check. Have I got it this time? 🤔
  19. Suit yourself. When I was, couldn't've been more than 5, may have been younger, I very carefully went through the box of wee cards I'd very carefully selected from the shop and decided on one for each member of my class, trying to choose one I thought they'd like. I was a serious child and took the whole thing seriously. It mattered to me that they had a card they'd liked, whether they were funny or flowery or loud or quiet. On the day itself a few classmates went racing round the bags, dropping one in each. Others had also written names on theirs, they took longer. I was slow and I had cards for everyone, but I managed alright. When we were given leave to get our bags, everyone gleefully dumped theirs on the floor. They all had lots. It was a big class. I found a small handful inside my bag. One from our neighbour Steven. A couple more with my name on the envelope. A few more from the kids who gave one to everyone randomly. I was five years old and I knew without any shadow of a doubt what I was already starting to figure out. It was humiliating and it was devastating.
  20. Landed on, Rey. Landed on. Being a passive conduit for the take-off, and successful landing, of a long, rounded tube full of squirming passengers is quite a metaphor for Valentine's day. No wonder I'm supposed to hide my head in an empty box 😢😢
  21. Fashion rules are SOOOOO complicated 😢
  22. Am I doing this right or should I stick to wearing furniture for my fashion statements?
  23. I got a box with a box in it for Valentine's today. As a metaphor for my love life, it is really quite apt.
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