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Michael Blackwood

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  1. I have recently returned to SL after a very long and necessary break. Unfortunately I often find myself rather lonely now, because most friends left SL or have moved on. So I decided, that instead of renting a skybox or a house of my own (and ending up lonely in there, as well) why not find a friendly person to live with as roomate. Therefor I am looking for you to share your home with me! I want to be your roomate! I am fairly easy-going, low maintenance, and I don't have too high expectations. We can become friends and hang out together, or just live side by side and come & go - either is fine. We can share every room or each have our own room(s) / area - either is fine, too. I also don't care much if it is an apartment or a house, small or huge. It would be awsome if it was on a developed sim or an urban RP sim, but it's by no means necessary to me. At first, I will most likely spend quite some time at the new home, given that I don't really have many reasons to go elsewhere, yet and currently work from home in SL, as well. Needless to say that as your roomate, I will pay my part of the rent! If you're up to the challenge, send me a PM or an IM inworld! Looking forward to hear from y'all! πŸ™‚
  2. And my story goes on! Some things changed by now. I got the job I had applied for the other day! While I'm happy about the upcoming job, I am also still homeless and super lonely. So I decided to slap on my best "vacation suit" and check out some five star hotels, to get a few days of vacation while I can reflect upon things. The photo was taken by a staff member, while I was typing out this post.
  3. Prepare for a huge ass *****storm from all the gay people in SL and RL. πŸ˜„ πŸ˜„ 3....2....1....go!
  4. Honestly? In which case I find that a good shop owner would just do it anyway. I am a entrepreneur and business owner myself. If I had no copy items for sale and the feeling someone is contacting me to try and cheat him/herself into a 2nd item, I would just pretend to believe the sh*t and give them the item. It's not worth the hassle, because I didn't pay anything for the production of the 2nd item. But it's also not worth losing a customer, because pleasing my customers is the absolutely highest priority for me. Heck, I probably would have even returned his/her money as compensation for the "troubles" and given them the 2nd item anyway.
  5. Hey you! To "hang out" usually doesn't have any romantic or sexual meaning behind it. Friends can meet over the phone to hang out, you can hang out with your family. "Hanging out" is just a casual term for spending quality time with somebody else. Then again if a guy/girl asks you to hang out he/she could also just want to spend some time with you to get to know you, while not yet wanting to ask you out on a proper first Date. "To make out" with someone is essentially just another term for hot kissing and fondling with someone in a romantic way. Not necessarily but often with a sexual intention. So for instance if we'd sit on a couch, touching, stroking and heavily kissing each other, we'd be making out. So making out is kind of the opposite of just some shy kisses on the cheek. πŸ™‚
  6. Woah. This is almost the best day of my life... I can't believe I managed to kick of a new "meme". Okay not really a meme and just a small one, but still! Yaaaay! πŸ˜„
  7. Henlooo your amazuuuuun deliberi is here but you aaaain't gettin iiit cuz ish miiiine nowz! Can I return my cat Gina to Amazon as a customer complaint claim?
  8. Me today - lonely and homeless, standing around at a sandbox and contemplating on whether to fully return to SL or not. I just returned from an interview for a job to my "sandbox shelter home", hence the formal attire.
  9. So... is this thread and the school project still active? I messaged the AreteUniversity avatar ingame a few days ago and still haven't received any reply. I am potentially, possibly interested, as I have taught subjects before. I will, however, need more information before I am ready to hit the actual "Apply" button. So if you're interested, please get in touch with me inworld. Thank you! πŸ™‚
  10. Hi Alex! let me start with: I do feel you! Because I was like you when I began. I started my journey in Second Life almost 15 years ago, in 2006. And I joined with the exact same ideas. I have been battling depressions in RL for over 20 years now, which led to some forms of social anxieties. So I had and still have some of the same problems IRL that you wrote about, as well. So I, too, came to SL literally to extend my RL into SL and do all the things, fulfill all the dreams I would and could never fulfill in RL, while actually being ME in SL. Not just my actual emotions and feelings - everything. I look like me, I act like me, I do and say in SL exactly what "I" would do or say in RL. I, too, share any RL info people ask for - Mikey Shu in SL is essentially a "live streamed clone of myself in a parallel universe" (help!). πŸ˜„ I mean... I nonetheless loved RPing in SL, too - but I always just RPed in "realistic, contemporary urban RP" settings and I was actually ME in my role - just in a different life. Usually I was a Police Officer, a dream I have had ever since I was young. I have always been wanting to emigrate to the U.S. from Germany, find a loving wife and start a career as Cop. But well, as life plays - that's sadly not quite realistic, so I tried to be the real me with that dream in SL that I won't ever reach in RL. The problem: Like you already figured out as well, we are a rare species. I, too, wouldn't go down the road and say that you or I are playing SL the "wrong" way. But yes it is true, indeed, that - in 2006 just like today - most people seem to treat SL just as a casual video game or a "social chatroom game", where they aren't really interested in sharing much RL information or make actual new, meaningful RL friends. And that's fine! Or then there are those, like some posters here, who were once open to RL but got stalked and HAD to start separating both worlds. Sadly that sh*t happens more often in SL than most can imagine. I could fill an entire wall with names of people I've met in my 15 years in SL, who told me they have at least once been harassed in RL, through SL. Sorry for my huge text. My point is: It's just that people like you and I are using the open sandbox world of SL in a different way, than many others. Does that make it hard for us to play "our" way and find like-minded people? Absolutely. Is that often frustrating? Heck yeah! But that doesn't mean that anyone, neither you or me or the others are playing this "game" right or wrong. They are just playing it differently from you. πŸ™‚ I promise you, there ARE more people like us out there, it just needs more time and patience to come across them. And in the meantime I can only recommend to simply continue playing SL your way and just stay away from people that don't have the same mindset. Might make you lonely at times, but will save you a lot of drama. Or being perceived as being drama yourself. Or just take a break from SL! SL is lovely but it is also stress. Sometimes one just needs a break from it. I have happily and strictly abandoned SL entirely from my life for over 2 years now. And it has actually improved my mental health - realizing that by thinking like you in a world where most people don't, it made me even sicker, not healthier.
  11. I joined back in the old "legacy last name" days. Picked "Shu" from the list as it sounded Asian and back then, young me was a huge fan of Asia (travelled there a lot). With my RL first name being Michael, I thought about an alternate version of Michael for the first name - and ended up using Mikey. Annoyingly. Regretting this ever since lol. And pissed at LL that the promised legacy name change option, they announced like almost 2 yeas ago, will probably never come. 😞
  12. Okay, and now in English. What is this thread about? lol.
  13. As a business owner myself I can only shake my head at this. My groups would always be free and if I would spread gifts, they would be free as well and actual gifts, with no "hidden" join-group-and-pay-then-get-free-gift catches. In my opinion, the store of that group you called out is going to have a hard time doing business with such an attitude.
  14. I heard my name! Someone wants to practise Fung Shu? Gimme call! πŸ˜„
  15. Even if a little late to the party, gonna share my story. This (above) is exactly what happened to me today. I am one of those people who run profitable businesses in SL and thus frequently used to cash out big numbers. But due to RL I was absent for some weeks until now. Came back today to cash out a good amount from my bank avatar again. Only to find out AFTER converting my money to USD, that after accepting ridiculous ToS, I now also have to basically "strip naked" with ID photos, RL selfie photo of myself, address, phone number, what not, only to be able to cash out my money. As a European, needless to say I noped out faster than you can write "nope". We worked our asses off for decades to achieve very high data protection law standards and I ain't going to screw on all that, shoving all my sensitive information into some random, small, U.S. based company with ToS so ridiculous, that it's a matter of time until ***** hits the fan. At least, after a vicious and expensive call with the LL hotline, they expained to me how I could put by USD tilia balance back into L$, so it wouldn't be entirely useless and even make me pay those inactivity fees in a few months. It's sad to say, but after talking with my friend / business partner, we decided that we are now suspending our businesses within SL for as long as this tilia crap stays the way it is, for cashing out. So I guess after more than 12 years in SL, the day has come where it's time to look for other worlds to do business in. LL isn't reliable anymore, they've showed that enough over the last months. Congrats, Linden Lab!
  16. Was going to ask, I assume 150USD per project, yes? Because 150L$ is.. πŸ€£πŸ˜…πŸ˜­
  17. I'm sorry but to be frank and honest... LightNina is quite right. From my perspective as a successful Entrepreneur and Investor I have to strongly question your post. You start your thread by stating a few conditions: - You're looking to earn L$, but you're new and have 0 SL skills - You'd prefer a job where you can work with no set hours, just "here and there" - You're wanting to become a business partner with someone but ask for them to come up with 100% funds on their own risk, all the way until the business is running well I can't help wondering, as LightNina said so well, what YOU actually bring to the table. Because so far you have only stated information that limit yourself. And in fact, each of these statements above in itself already pretty much rule you personally out as a business partner for a serious business. How do you want to be someone's business partner, if you have 0 SL skills to bring to the table? An idea alone doesn't mean much if you have 0 skills to help bringing it to life. You want to bring up a successful business with all strings attached, but demand to "work your desired hours, just here and there"? A successful business is a "24/7" job. And last but not least, you want to become a business partner but can't even come up with any funds. Funding a new business over a few months time until it picks up and makes revenue is a highly risky thing. Why on earth should any sane person give you 100% funding for just an idea, where you said yourself, other than that you have 0 skills to bring to the table? A business partnership is always a mutual thing with shared risk, work and revenue, but you have nothing to offer. I'm sorry, beat me up for this, but being just blunt, you sound like you literally have 0 clue about business. You ask for a lot but want to give nothing, and expect somebody else to do the entire work, fund the entire thing, hold the entire risk until it is all smooth and running and you can scoop off the cash for nothing in return. Here is my advise for you: Start small, search this "Employment" board here and work at businesses as intern, then get yourself into a small paid position. Learn the ropes, then maybe climb up to a Manager position, become someone's Personal Assistant or the likes and save the money you're making. While doing these things, start to learn some useful stuff for SL, like scripting, meshing, graphic design, etc. Just anything you'll need to successful start any business. THEN you can come back and find a business partner, because then you have something to offer yourself.
  18. TBH non fantasy / gorean medieval RP in general seems super low in SL. Years back I had a rp alt for that kind of RP and I tried hard for a long time to find a proper sim without any fantasy elements. It was almost impossible and I didn't have the funds or found right partners to start an own project with, so I dropped out. I would be surprised if it was any different now.
  19. If she is, then she just proved the worst advertising ever. πŸ˜„ No seriously, I will never understand people like this. People who want to sell a product or service and then give 0 effort in Marketing. It doesn't take a degree to figure that threads such as the one here won't push your business...
  20. Not entirely correct, you also have to eat if you want to produce anything. Whether harvesting something, crafting something, you need energy for that as well. @Kylerra Nayar: Another system, similar to G&S but with a realistic and non Gorean approach is DFS. Then of course, but expensive and more into the Lifestyle corner like LIFE2, there is BeYou (or something like that), as well.
  21. Hey there, as a little bit of an OCD guy, I am wondering why my main avie has 2 sub folders in his calling cards folder, which I can not delete. Which means that consequently I can't delete the entire calling card folder, either. And that is really bothering the OCD me. Main avie: Because it seems related to my main only, as my alt avatar has all calling cards directly in the main folder and thus doesn't even have these sub folders at all. So I can easily delete the entire calling card folder on him. Alt avie: Anyone any idea what to do, do remove these old subfolders from my main avie's inventory once and for all?
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