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  1. 21 hours ago, Garnet Psaltery said:

    Someone asked this question in the 'September 2018 - A Conversation with Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg' topic.  I'd be interested to hear an official answer to it.

    Is there a Jira? Seems to me this is a big enough deal to warrant it. The massive infusion of gacha items on MP really is a pain. I don't want gachas; I want things from the creator/store so that I have a way to get questions answered or to know who to shop often if it's something I really like.

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  2. I just used Chrome to browse to 'Second Life Marketplace' on Google. The image below was in the informational window that opens on the right side of the page. Why it used that grab for the image I have no idea. Anyone know the methodology for those things? Does Google just browse their own Images, or what?

     

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  3. Yes, it is about time! I was getting ready to start a "Has anyone seen Sukubia?" thread. ?

    Good to see you're not gone altogether. I like your yard; I especially like your door sentinels. My yard is entirely empty atm as I just dragged my cottage across the street yesterday, but even where it was the yard was under-developed. I'm looking forward to some landscape shopping. 

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  4. On 9/3/2018 at 12:41 PM, Rolig Loon said:

    I'm with Phil.  All of SL is a RP of sorts.  I already bring my apparent age way down every time I log in.  It's not that I have anything against being old (elderly?) in RL, but SL is my vacation life.  When I log in, I get to be my imaginary friend, who has always been in her late 30s for some strange reason. 

    A lot of us do that. I certainly do, although I'm younger than you. I've always called my SL age '29 and holding'; that usually is understood to be somewhere in the early to mid thirties.

    ETA: I should have explained that "younger than you"' comment. Just to be clear, I was speaking about the presumed age of our SL avatars. Being an immersionist I tend to get a little vague with my personal pronouns.

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  5. Aviva, I'll add my agreement to what Belinda said: "It may appear to be a strong social circle and maybe in some ways it is, but we're all individuals just trying to make the best of SL and having fun."

    I first came here in 2009, after being in SL for about a year. I'm pretty sure my first post was a question, too. Yes, we are in a way a 'social circle'. But it's an open circle. Welcome.

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  6. I appear to be in a miniscule minority in this regard. I LIKE unoccupied mainland in SL. I live in a patch of it. I love empty places. Seriously. Here are some pictures of places less than an hour's drive from my RL home.

    Two pictures from Monterey: Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf (which strikes me as something that might be a fun idea for SL). The third picture is on the opposite side of the Santa Lucia Mountains, not far west of Greenfield on the edge of the Salinas Valley. If you turn left after crossing that bridge you can drive through the mountains, along the Arroyo Seco River at first then over a divide and along the Carmel River, all the way to Carmel. Do it in the early Spring if we've had a little rain and you'll think you're in Ireland.

    I like Monterey. I even like Fisherman's Wharf, tourists not-withstanding. But I spend FAR more time in places like the third picture. Am I a minority of One?

     

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  7. Dillon's Log, Stardate 55749.7

    I did all this once before. There was a rather long-lived thread about strengthening the SL Community. I finally contributed, and I showed myself as is, was, and would be. With details. This time I'll be more brief.

    I became aware of my transgender nature (and my bisexuality) much later in life than is typically the case. I was grown. An adult. With a family. I didn't have to go through any of the anguish that so many girls have done because they lived with it through puberty or even earlier. It was easy for me; I just sort of said, "Huh. Never knew that, but okay. That's who I am." 

    The trouble was that I started experimenting. It escalated. I  began stealing more time to explore myself. I crossed lines. I realized that if I continued I'd keep escalating. So I stopped. Purged. Tossed all my outfits and (costume) jewelry and the rest just the way I'd aquired it: a bit at a time. Let my online identity go dormant.

    A few years passed. I seemed to be dealing with my suppressed persona well enough, but it was always there; I was never without it. Then I happened across an article about Second Life.

    That's Dillon's story. My story. Our identities have mingled so much we use the wrong names sometimes when we check our emails. The funny thing is, I've met such wonderful people and given and received so much affection that I sometimes lose sight of the reason I'm here in the first place. Almost.

    I don't worry, though. Dillon's here to stay.

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  8. Not long after I started (going on ten years ago) I happened to meet a DJ who I've stayed in contact with ever since (even during the few years I was virtually absent inworld). Everywhere she worked, the clubs were as many have described here: the big draw was the socializing—a bunch of us all 'talking' in text. That was one of the coolest things I discovered here: you could talk right through the music without interrupting the audio in the slightest.

    The DJ in question nowadays has her own club. It's still exactly the same. The chatter in Public is almost non-stop. I won't name it here to avoid making this an advertisement, but her name's in my Picks if you're interested. She's not alone, either. There are still places like that.

  9. 3 minutes ago, chaosninja7 said:

    wasn't casting asperations, literally saying the thing called "Experiencing it"

     

    4 minutes ago, Garnet Psaltery said:

    always Middle Eastern or Eastern type people, oh AND ALWAYS at least 40 or older.... Like come on.... 

    That is casting aspersions whether you think so or not. And I quite agree with Garnet: it's not needed.

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  10. 58 minutes ago, Alyona Su said:

    How do i do it? I do not come in-world actively seeking anything at all. I go and find my own fun (sailing, train-riding, flying, diving, sim-hopping, ogling at nudie bea... er... I do stuff.) But here's the funny thing: I am way too shy to initiate an IM to anyone, but I always get compliments on this Pick, which I've had in my Picks for years:

    Am I Wallflower?

    The Leviathan Skeleton, Ahab's Haunt (116.317,142.511,22.833)

    Myths about Introverts:

    Introverts don’t like to talk. 
    Untrue.
    Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. Small talk isn't their thing. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in and they won’t shut up for days.

    Introverts are shy. 
    Yes, sometimes they are shy. But moreso they need a reason. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking, they'll open right up. 

    Introverts are rude. 
    Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not appreciated in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

    Introverts don’t like people. 
    Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you likely have a loyal ally for life.

    I might have exhibited such behavior in RL (infrequently, I'm sure). I seem to recall hearing it mentioned once or twice.

  11. 6 minutes ago, Madelaine McMasters said:

    Nooooo! I struggle each and every day to make sense of all the things you people say and do. And, just when I think I know what you're talking about, someone like you says I've "misinterpreted".

    I feel like Sisyphus, dammit.

    Stop griping and get back to work. That rock ain't gonna move itself, ya know.

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  12. What the heck IS an introvert, anyway?

    Seeking a precise definition I googled and found a definition from a website called "Psychology Today". The woman who wrote it is a PhD, in what I don't know. Now I'm even more confused than I was. I started out grading high for introvert but finished at the other side of the scale.

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201403/nine-signs-you-re-really-introvert

    1. True without a shadow of a doubt. As written it's an understatement.

    2. True, and even more of an understatement. I can't count the number of times I've resolved work problems during the solitary drive home from work; I started taking the long way home as a matter of course probably because of that.

    3. Not sure, but sounds about right given that I expect people to be "self-starters".

    4. Quite true. In class I would just sit and review answers to tests often, waiting for someone else to be the first to finish.

    5. Not sure, but my belief is that the opposite applies for me. I LIKE stating my opinion, usually unbidden.

    6. Absolutely not; this is as far from something I'd do as it's possible to be.

    7. I've never considered this aspect. It may very well be true for me; I just am not introspective enough to know.

    8. Probably true; the opposite would certainly be false.

    9. False, as I understand it. I very much enjoy talking to the people from whom I buy my groceries and other things, and with anyone else in line who wants to join in.

     

  13. 1 hour ago, Madelaine McMasters said:

    During the decade I had a husband, he made his own coffee. He also usually got up and left the house before I got out of bed... because he's smart.

    While I like the aroma of roasted coffee beans, I can't stand the smell of the stuff once brewed, or the breath of anyone who drinks it. I have no idea why I tolerate the lot of you constantly rhapsodizing about coffee every day.

    Well okay, the idea of a devil achieving sainthood via coffee induced martyrdom does have its appeal.

    Carry on.

     

    Happy Pique of the Week, Kids!!!

    More root beer, dear?

     

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  14. I love this idea, and I hope other people toss in some samples in the way of pictures. Can you allow movie characters at a Comicon? This is my favorite costume by far. It was way pre-mesh and the gadgets were scripted within an inch of their lives (lights on the Proton Pack blinked on and off, etc) but I had so-o-o much fun with it.

     

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  15. 3 hours ago, Skell Dagger said:

    Did you... actually just suggest that Lil must be a man because she's too clever to be a woman?

    Seriously?

    Might want to take a look at this list before you go suggesting that women are incapable of being clever: https://www.wonderslist.com/top-10-famous-women-scientists-in-history/

    ETA: And while you're at it, have you ever seen this famous image?

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    That's Margaret Hamilton. Might want to read about her, too.

    A long, long time ago....

    Someone noticed that an edible plant was growing profusely in a region the band passed through every whew-gasp (their word for Summer) on their annual trek following the mammoth herds. That person had the idea to gather and save some seeds from the plant and then scatter them in an area closer to where they spent the shiver-brrr (their word for Winter).

    I'm pretty sure that person was a woman, since the women were probably tasked with gathering plant food while the guys were out chasing the mammoth and lying to each other.

    That's how Agriculture got started. That seems pretty clever to me.

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