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  1. 4 hours ago, Clover Jinx said:

    Is that bambi fur in the wheel well??

    If you meant in between the tire and the wheel, then yes; it looks that way. Don't know, but comparing that to the one collision I've had with a deer I'd guess there's a decent chance the deer got away without life-threatening injury. Where I live you get to expect them in certain areas at certain times of day. People just learn to watch more carefully, and we seldom hit one.

    The one I hit was way up in my favorite part of the state (the northeast corner). I'd been camped back in the trees; it was the tail end of one of my summer road trips. After getting up and breaking camp I jounced down the couple of miles of washboard hard pan Forest Service road and reached the paved highway about six in the morning. I'd barely gotten up to speed when what I think was an elk came out of the trees on my left and started across the road. Because I saw him first I at least had time to brake safely on the highway and steer right onto the shoulder, but he stayed in front of me and got hit nonetheless, though at least not by the front of the car. A point of one of his antlers came right through the windshield (almost in my face); his shoulder knocked the side mirror off the car. The collision knocked him down, but by the time I got the car safely stopped on the unpaved shoulder and had a chance to look in my rear view mirror I saw him stand up, shake himself, and head on into the trees.

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  2. Takis, I took the liberty of looking at your profile. I believe your native tongue is Greek. If you seek Second Life places that share that language your choices are limited.

    I will recommend the same thing I always have: Ignore. Do not reply. Do not comment. Do not even admit it is happening. You are dealing with a griefer. There is only one way to do that. Pretend they don't exist for you. Ignore the person. You have not been in Second Life long enough for her to know you. Ignore.

    I hope this translates correctly. If you translated your post here yourself, your English is good enough to get by. Most of us understood. If you used a translator it is accurate enough.

    Καλή τύχη. That is supposed to be Greek for 'Good Luck'.


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  3. On ‎12‎/‎27‎/‎2017 at 9:25 PM, Dillon Levenque said:

    There is one area in which a great many written instructions fail. It happens on a regular basis in technologies subject to frequent and variable change (computers, for example). Second Life technology changes these days by leaps and bounds. Standard was the standard. For years. Then virtually overnight (yes I did that on purpose) it all blew up. Mesh. Standard sized mesh. Rigged mesh. Fitmesh. Did I get those in the right order? Often, a person writing instructions only goes "back" one generation. For someone who is starting five levels back they are pretty much useless. Now a creator can just shrug and say, "Tough. If you haven't kept up then you're somebody else's problem. I've got plenty of customers who pay attention to changing times." That's fine for SL. I didn't  have that luxury in RL. My  instructions were expected to work, period. For everybody.

    I settled on writing detailed instructions on how to get up to speed from the old levels, but I'd include that as a step. If it was Step 4, I would lead off by writing, "If you already know how to do/use this that and the other, skip to Step 5." That way even if they did decide they knew it all and skipped Step 4 they'd at least remember it was there in case they needed it. Worked pretty well. For SL, I think a person could probably just have a well organized list of links for Step 4: as in 'Go here to learn about such and such.'


    I don't know why the Forum would not let me just EDIT this post instead of QUOTING it to create a new post, but so be it. I just found that 'list of links' I mentioned. Turns out it's just a single link and from a source I should have known would provide it. Naturally I shall call it "The Missing Link".

    I am considering turning my back on the shape that has defined me for the last 8 years and switching to Mesh (trying to salvage as much of "me" as I can) but there are so many things I don't know. I see people drop these terms all the time here and all I know is that they have something to do with Mesh. I can keep my head comfortably in the sand and ignore 'em, so I do. Tonight I started poking around in earnest, and a lucky search phrase brought me to a blog post from Nalates Urriah, one of Second Life's most savvy ladies. Everything I always wanted to know about Mesh but was too embarrassed to ask. Right there. One blog post. A short read, but then good instructions always are.

    The Missing Link: http://blog.nalates.net/2017/04/10/second-life-mesh-vs-classic-bodies/#comment-173439

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  4. 6 hours ago, LittleMe Jewell said:

    Lima beans are best slightly steamed, so they don't get mushy, and then a bit of butter, garlic, and pepper added.  Or skip the butter and toss in some sliced fresno peppers to add a bit of spice.

    Mushy lima beans reminds me of my youth when someone tried to serve me asparagus out a can, which was also way overcooked.  I hated asparagus until someone convinced me to try it freshly steamed, but not so much that it got mushy.

    I'm glad I added that 'preparation' caveat, then. I figured that was probably the issue. As for asparagus....we're almost there! By late February the farms in the Imperial Valley will be producing (and they're not half bad); by March the San Juaquin Delta will be going strong and we'll have the finest asparagus this state produces. In the midst of this I'll get the local crop from some farms in the north end of the Salinas Valley. Once upon a time I was introduced to asparagus  by the canned version, just as you were. Then I learned. I do steam it now and then but normally just cut it up and blanch it, just long enough to get that bright green color. Drain, toss in a dish with a pat of butter or two and we're good to go. Lacks elegance but still doesn't lack flavor.

    Thank you for reminding me that Asparagus Season is almost here. From start to finish every important meal (including Sunday Dinner if we don't have anything else to get cleaned up for) will have asparagus as the vegetable side. Once the good stuff is done I stop and wait for next year's crop.

  5. 6 hours ago, Maureen Boccaccio said:

    Hippiestock 2018!  (bummed that the one fella's arms were invisible, but...)

    http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lagrange Point/166/194/22

    And look!  I see Rhonda and Clover on the left hand side of the photo! <3


    Well, if the Pyramid formed that at least means Maddy was there; it was her creation. I really meant to make it this year; did the first three and have missed all the rest. Hippie does such a good job with it, it's a shame I didn't show up. Was Dres there? I don't see him; there aren't any naked guys and that was his usual costume :-).

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  6. 8 hours ago, Rolig Loon said:

    Rocket Propelled Grenades need map tables?  It's getting hard to keep up with high tech. O.o

    Backs slowly away from Rolig, wondering if first guesses at acronyms equal preconceived ideas.

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  7. 2 hours ago, LittleMe Jewell said:

    They look a lot like lima beans, which I grew up eating and love.   I might have to find some of these and give them a try.

    They do look similar to lima beans, with a slightly different shape and a brighter green color. The taste is not very lima-like, though. I prefer favas, but I almost use them as an addition to a sauté or a quick sauce; lima beans have always been served to me as a vegetable side. Well boiled, I might add. That could have a lot to do with why I wasn't impressed with the flavor.

  8. On ‎1‎/‎25‎/‎2018 at 8:10 PM, Tex Monday said:

    Sorry...country music makes my ears bleed. 

    Well, get out the cotton balls, then! Actually none of the clips I dropped is comparable to the Nashville formulas that tend to make mainstream country a bit too theme-repetitive for many people's taste. I do have one of those, though.  Dig it.


  9. On ‎1‎/‎25‎/‎2018 at 1:38 PM, Rhonda Huntress said:

    From Maddy in another thread


    When I was younger (much much younger) my favorite cartoon character was the Tasmanian Devil.   I was ... a strange young woman ...

    By my 30's I was solidly in the Daffy Duck camp.  He always had the funniest skits!  And then in Babylon 5 (a sci-fi show) a human described a poster* of Daffy to an alien as the  Greek  Egyptian God of Frustration.



    *it wasn't a poster, really, but a framed towel.  I want one of those towels!  And a matching toothbrush.  Because mega-geektress!!

    Daffy is not quite my favorite; he is second only to Bugs. A whole lot of attitude, or maybe insouciance, in a character is something I can't resist.  Daffy's got a bit of that, but Bugs just drips with it. Like a lot of people, my favorite individual cartoon is "Duck Season" which of course has both of them.

  10. 10 hours ago, Love Zhaoying said:

    They are large dried split skinned yellow fava (broad) beans. The smaller variety look completely different. I actually had to look pretty hard to find these. With skin on, I assume they are not yellow. The smaller ones are Brown with skin on, White/Grey cooked without skin.

    Interesting. I had never heard of yellow fava beans, but Googling that phrase did show them. They are quite different from the ones I see in stores here (California, where they are quite popular with our long-established residents of Portuguese ancestry); if I type 'fava beans' on Google I get taken to articles about the ones I'm familiar with: dull green main pods, bright green beans inside. After blanching and chilling, you squeeze the beans to pop them out of their snug outer skin (which is discarded) to reveal the light green and quite flavorful bean you actually eat.

    A couple of links, if you're interested:



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  11. Still clinging to the current derail....in a networking class (as in LAN/WAN networks, not establishing personal relationships) we each made up companies and then designed the overall world-wide network and the various departmental subnets. I was so proud of my choice of 'company' I even took time to make a logo with a clever motto.



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  12. On ‎1‎/‎24‎/‎2018 at 11:54 PM, Skell Dagger said:

    Who knew that SL was a haven for thousands of closeted gay men who are so frightened of their sexuality that they hide behind avatars of a gender they're not remotely sexually attracted to? 9_9

    (All the Genuine Straight Dudes of SL must be living in sheer terror of accidentally boinking another dude, by that nutjob's way of thinking.)

    I assume you're well aware that last sentence is (regrettably) accurate, but others may not be so I'll back it up. I have seen more than one blog post that says with conviction to straight males that should they have virtual avatar sex with a female avatar operated by a male then guess what? They're now gay! That is about as deep in the nutjob zone as one can go, I believe.

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  13. 20 hours ago, Pamela Galli said:

    Those are great, thanks for posting them! :D Some strong Austin flavor there.

    Rodney Crowell is another great Tx singer songwriter:


    That was very nice; I'd never heard it. Rodney Crowell's another keeper; I think I first heard him with Johnny Cash in "The First Time I Heard Johnny Cash Sing 'I Walk the Line'." There are just so many of them. One of Crowell's very cool song was one he co-wrote with his then mentor Guy Clark (She's Crazy For Leavin'). And that brings up the late Guy Clark, who may have been the greatest singer-songwriter of them all. I had just heard one of his songs for the first time recently and sent it to a friend of mine. He wrote back that he didn't like Country (a friend on these very forums has that same opinion). I'm trying to lead them to the light. The forum friend didn't even like DYLAN! I named myself after him! I was crushed, but I persevered and I actually got her to admit she was starting to like him. Country's next.  This is the song I sent to my friend; it's really what we used to call "Folk Music" (which we loved) but all I got was "Don't like Country". Sheesh. Guy Clark (another Texan), "Desperados Waiting For A Train."


  14. 8 hours ago, Hippie Bowman said:

    Rosie the Riveter" poster, a California waitress named Naomi Parker Fraley, has died at 96. R.I.P. Rosie.




    She will be missed by many, Maddy included. Ages ago someone decided to create a WWII swing dancing group. It didn't last, but I went to the first event and was Lindy-hopping with Maddy as Rosie. She had the red scarf but as I recall she did get all cleaned up and wore a dress.

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  15. 15 hours ago, Elora Lunasea said:

    For those who knew him, Phoenix Psaltry has lost the good fight.  His wife in SL and RL, Sammie, announced he passed earlier this morning.

    P2, as he was known, had battled for many years more health issues than anyone else I know and somehow managed to keep a positive outlook throughout.  I mean, he literally beat down deaths door several times in recent years. 

    Musician, writer, SL pioneer.  One of the first people I knew that found his true love in SL. A huge presence in so many ways. He will be sorely missed by many.




    I did not know him, regrettably. I wish I had. Condolences to all who did, and hang on to the inspiration he must have been with that positive outlook.

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  16. 12 minutes ago, Pamela Galli said:

    Oh do it! 

    I am pretty sure Billy Joe wrote Fast Train. 

    Well, since you asked, I will. And yes, I'd thought it was Shaver's song as well, but Google and Wikipedia suggest otherwise. I think I'd need to see a BMI reference to be positive; they can't afford to get it wrong.

    I'll start with what might be every Texan's favorite; it's certainly one of mine and I'm a Californian!

    The girl in the green plaid shirt right at the end is having such a good time.

    Gary mentioned Amarillo.....

    And armadillos

    I can't leave out Lyle Lovett; he's been a favorite of mine since I first heard his music many years ago. He and Robert Earl Keen are doing shows together these days.

    Pretty sure this the first of his I heard.

    And just for fun, Ray Wiley Hubbard.


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  17. You've missed entire episodes of trauma and strife, Akasha. Threads locked. People warned off by moderators. Flouncing like you can't believe (mostly you can't believe because nobody ACTUALLY flounced, they just announced it).

    A few of us managed to survive, clinging desperately to the wreckage. We've mostly been engaged in our usual frivolity, spiced with occasional sprinkles of wisdom.

    In other words, all you've missed is just typical day-to-day Second Life Forum conversation. Welcome back, and keep your head on a swivel. ;-)

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  18. Ha! It is on YouTube. I dinna ken what "Georgia" has to do with it; the song was apparently written by Willie Nelson (Texan) and first recorded by Billy Joe Shaver (also Texan). Funnily enough, I was thinking of doing a musical derail of Texas songs; Texas has produced a hell of a lot of really good singer-songwriters.


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  19. 7 hours ago, Rolig Loon said:

    It takes one to know one. 9_9 After all, everyone is a mutant >>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutation .  Specifically, "Nonlethal mutations accumulate within the gene pool and increase the amount of genetic variation. The abundance of some genetic changes within the gene pool can be reduced by natural selection, while other "more favorable" mutations may accumulate and result in adaptive changes."  I remember hearing something like that in 8th grade biology class about  (um ... um ... years) -- a long time ago.  Some mutants like cilantro. Others prefer --- chocolate?

    Well, yes I did actually know that, having managed to stumble through the eighth grade (perfect song derail just came to mind; hope it's on YouTube). But it's still fun to call people out with that term and maybe get others to join me, pointing at people and mindlessly yelling, "Mutant! Mutant! Mutant!".

    And a bit of chocolate never goes amiss with me, as it happens.

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  20. I don't know if it's vanity or something else. Why anyone would be part of such a publicly open place as SL and then still try to shield themselves is odd. That's like the people you see who have stuff like "My Groups are hidden, Bitches!" in their profile.


  21. All is right with the world. I was thinking about this thread earlier today but logged just before it picked up again about 7 hours ago. At the time I left it was still on Page 1 and Prokofy was being, it seemed to me, calm and almost at human normal. I thought, "Has Prok rehabilitated herself?" I do apologize for speaking of Prok in the gender of the operator rather than the avatar, something I would normally never do (being transgender myself stuff like that matters to me), but it's just that she puts herself so publicly 'out there' that it's quite a stretch to speak to and/or of her in the male gender.  I'm assuming the avatar is still male, of course. Haven't been keeping track. 

    Anyway the good news is that the rest of Page 1 and all of Page 2 so far, have featured the Prok I remember. There's been no self-rehabilitation. You'll never change, will you, Prok? I feel so much better about not having to revise my opinion of you after all. Why in Hell can't you just be satisfied enough making money from SL and knowing that seemingly the bulk of your rental tenants all are quite happy with your product? I've never heard any complaints about you as a landlord and have heard plenty of praise. Why is that not enough for you? Why do you always have to claim that you know more about everything?

    You can ignore me altogether. I am not now nor have I ever been a business owner/merchant/creator in Second Life. That should make my opinion without merit in the Court of Prokofy.

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