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  1. ...is it your responsibility to report that person to the authorities? Should Linden Lab be notified? Apologies if this is a stupid question or if this causes controversy. For context, here is the situation: I heard an SL user scream on voice (in such a way that he was in the background), possibly towards his neighbor. He mentioned something about getting out his gun amid shouting obscenities. Now, I felt compelled to do something about it since I know he lives in the same big city I live in - but I do not know any further specifics about his location such as his neighborhood or exact address. I was contemplating calling 911, but again I have no idea where to direct the responders to. I was also thinking about contacting LL and reporting him. Now, I do not know this person very well, but me and others who witnessed this have speculated he may just be trolling, but still you never know. We have tried to calm him down, but he wouldn't listen and would just ignore us. I just want to be on the safe side and not be responsible for something that could have been prevented.
  2. I do not for the most part - one of the main reasons being that I separate SL from RL. (I do have one account with my RL pic as an exception, but its coupled to an avi that is clearly not human.) I'm also concerned about this because trolls can use your real life photos against you. I've seen certain people do this in Youtube to other people and they were quite vicious with their insults about the victims' RL appearance.
  3. Hi Everyone, I would guess I'm not the first person to ask this question, but I can't find any threads or other info about this: Is it possible for an SL photographer to sell their digital photos as NFTs? Lately, selling NFTs is a hot topic. We see digital art selling at marketplaces like Nifty Gateway for obscene amounts. Obviously, that's rare. Still a number of photographers have come to me lately asking if photos taken in Second Life are saleable as an NFT for a profit -- even a small profit -- on marketplaces like Nifty Gateway or Rarible. The TOS is so confusing. I've read bunches of opinions on the TOS and ethics etc., but does anyone have a concrete verifiable answer? Thanks!
  4. I am currently running an experiment that I might decide in future to develop into a full scale system that other content creators in SL can benefit from. About half a year ago I started selling my virtual products on credit. At 1st I was setting credits manually in database for each customer upon their initial pre-payment of 30% and it was lots of unneccesary work. But recently I programmed what I call a credit vendor and now when customers pay 30% of full price of the product the remaining 70% is set as debt automatically. These remaining 70% then they pay off with 50% of their earnings from all of my systems when they withdraw them. From the 1st look it might seem that this is a bad idea and that it doesn't make sense and that as a content creator I am loosing money. But it is really not a bad idea and I ❤ the concept. And here is why: Drop rate of new signups in Second Life or Residents who stay in SL for only a month or few months is very high (like for any other free social platform - people try it out some stay lots drop out). If as a content creator I can sell my products for at least 10 - 30% of full price through credit vendor (as in case of many SL drop outs who will never pay off their debt because they stop using SL) I am still getting sales that otherwise would not happen. *The virtual goods I sell are no transfer so they can not transfer to another avatar and abandon their obligation to pay. Unlike with RL physical goods there is no material production cost and with virtual goods we can sell unlimited copies of it. Because above reasons to me selling virtual goods on credit makes a perfect sense. Another amazing reason worth pointing out is that i n this way I can get my product and brands in the hands of many more people and that makes for great marketing effect. If your product is not worn or used by anyone and for others to see it and talk about it then that is almost the same as if it doesn't even exist. (There is a scifi book author Cory Doctorow who issues his books with public copyright permissions, so books can be copied basically for free and his argument is that this way more people find out for his work and he also gets more sales). I learned great deal from reading about his rationale from a preface of one of his book. Selling something on credit is known concept already from ancient times. While for the selling of virtual goods on credit I kind of hope I am the 1st one or one of the 1st ones doing it in history. \O.. O/ Now 1 main disadvantage or risk is that a customer doesn't fulfill their obligation to pay off their debt (but at least they paid pre-payment). So if I ever build full scale credit system for other content creators to use the customers will have a credit rating / credit score that will be based on their past repayment of debts. Customers with bad or low credit rating won't be able to make any aditional credit purchases and content creators using credit vendors will be able to set minimum credit rating needed to buy on credit. I have been very happy with my credit sales little experiment. Since I've started offering my products on credit there is now a total for about 15 000 usd of customer/players debt on my books (database) for which its questionable of what % of it will be ever repaid but what is not repaid will be mainly because the SL users are no longer in SL. It has not hurt my product sales purchased paying full price. I think its actually boosting it. I've established trust with hundreds of customers. By giving them my trust first that they will respect their obligation. My goal is for the debt to grow to 21 000 000 L$ by the end of 2021 for a better proof on concept and if its recepted well by content creators community I might expand the credit system for others to be able to sell on credit through it too. We'll see \O.. O/ Some general advantages and disadvantages of selling on credit from the web: Advantages: An increase in sales may happen when you start selling on credit. Your customers are likely to buy from you as their cash flow is not disrupted and it is not necessary to pay upfront to competitors. Better customer loyalty. Offering credit to customers demonstrates trust. Disadvantages: It can lead to bad debts.There is no guarantee that the customers will pay back. Loss of income/capital. Bad debt is a loss of income as well as loss of capital you have invested in buying the goods. (Does not apply for virtual / digital goods of which there can be unlimited copies and copying has 0 cost). Strained relationship.
  5. This week we are visiting the southwestern splendor of Marfa, Texas. Creator Valium Lavender, a proud Texan whose family has lived there for generations, had until now “never found the right way to capture my love for Texas in a {region} design.” That’s pretty understandable: given that its land mass is the second largest state in the U.S., there’s a lot of personality to convey. While movies might give one the impression that Texas is defined by cowboy hats, barbecues, and country music, Lavender painstakingly sculpted this region to give Residents a more three-dimensional experience of her home state. She tells us that “Marfa, Texas in RL is this obscure, funky art mecca out in the middle of nowhere. Artists like Donald Judd settled in Marfa because of the massive uncluttered land space and abundance of natural light.” One of Marfa’s crowning features here is The Empty Chair Gallery, comprising photos taken by a variety of renowned SL photographers and Lavender’s ode to the town’s artistic spirit. Lavender says she “chose photos that imparted a feeling surrounding an empty chair. I felt that the 'empty chair' in most cases created the emotion of being lonely, sad, or waiting, and wanting from the observer. At times, the chair instilled a sense of happiness, knowing perhaps, that soon someone would occupy their empty chair.” This is just the beginning, as Lavender tells us “I hope to expand Marfa by adding “Ballroom Marfa,” which is the hub of cultural activity in RL Marfa, with the showing of international artists, local artists, artisans, folklore and history.” Retro gas stations, cacti, and old school trucks add to the charm. Builder help for this project came from Fred Hamilton (frecoi), Lotus Mastroianni and Sofie Janic. Walking around this region brings a feeling of peace and a sense of curiosity. Visit the quirky and charming town of Marfa today. Video Production Credits: Draxtor Despres ValiumSL - Marfa Marfa is a close re-creation of a small West Texas town known for its international art scene and mysterious lights. A replica of Donald Judd's art is located there as well as The Empty Chair Gallery. Visit in Second Life
  6. What is Second Life to you? I have no doubt what I have to say will be very unpopular among some of you and then others will appreciate it. I pose the question; What is Second Life to you? Is SL just a game that you log into when you're bored or during free time? Is it a means by which to make a living? Is it a place to connect with friends from all over? Is it a venue to stream your art, writings, music? Who are the people in SL to you? Are they simply avatars you greet and interact with while in world and when you unplug they cease to exist until you log in again? Are they co-workers? Are they friends you met online and now have a real life connection with? Are they real life friends you introduced the game to? Are they fans of your art, writings, music? It's important that you have a solid answer to these questions in my opinion, and that those you interact with have an understanding of how you see SL because it allows them the choice of how much they choose to interact with you and how close they choose to become with you. Because if SL is simply a game to you and those in it are simply avatars, is it fair then to allow others to form an attachment to you? Likewise, if SL is a means by which you also connect with your real world work or activities; those you interact with in world should understand that you take it more seriously than some before they get involved. For instance, if you hire someone to work at your venue and you expect them to conduct themselves as a respectable employee and not show up dressed as a flying monkey; this is something they need to know from the start. How about relationships? How do you see your relationships in Second Life? I know this is a question that is often asked. I don't want to duplicate any previous articles; instead I want to point out that even though Second Life is considered a “game”, it is so much more to many. For some it's their everything. Take for example someone who is bed bound; SL becomes a means for them to have some kind of life because in SL there are no physical limitations. How about the elderly woman who lives alone; perhaps in SL she's young and beautiful again and re-living her life the way she wishes she could in her real life. Maybe there's an aspiring singer/song writer who just can't get that big break in the real world, SL allows them to be a rock star and perform for hundreds every week and even have a manager. All of these interactions form bonds and friendships and romantic interests. What happens when someone decides that SL is no longer for them? This happened to me several years ago. It interfered with my real life and through an interaction with someone in SL I was victim of an abusive relationship. Without going into details; let me just say I decided for my own mental well being, I left to tend to my body and my mind and my life. I was gone for several years. I came back when Covid19 forced many of us to remain indoors and disconnected from those around us. But I came back with caution, I told myself. My intent was to bring my real world publication into SL; which I did. I've hired a staff, created a venue and obtained land. Through all of this I have formed new friendships and connected with old ones. Some of those friendships are carried over into my real life via the connections of Facebook and Discord. Some of those friendships go even further in that we have exchanged phone numbers and even snail mail addys. If I were to leave SL again; I know that those I have created a real life connection with will at least remain in communication. Unfortunately those I only have an SL connection with will literally vanish like turning off the switch of a light. This brings me to the reason for writing this article. For those of you who are able to keep your relationships strictly in SL; why do you do it? More importantly; HOW do you do it? How are you able to disconnect your heart and mind from making a human connection? Some would say this is narcissism. I can think of but a few reasons why someone would want to keep their SL connections strictly in SL. Perhaps, someone's SL life is complete fantasy. And I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that. It is after all a gaming platform. But, perhaps everything about their SL life is fiction. Perhaps, someone is married in their real life yet having a completely alternate relationship in SL. Perhaps, someone is a real life celebrity just wanting to hang out with regular folks. Yes, it happens. Then there is the person who doesn't have anything to hide, isn't married, isn't famous, they just simply don't care to let anyone in. They keep SL relationships in SL because when they decide to “ghost” them or disappear or block; the person they've abandoned will have no recourse and no way to connect again. Yes, they could create an alt and I know many do this, but the original relationship is lost forever. This is what I have trouble understanding. Why would anyone want to do this? It's hurtful, it's rude, it's insensitive and it's selfish. If this is your intent, then you have no right to form any kind of bond or relationship that causes the other to care about you because you aren't giving them the choice of allowing themselves to connect or not. So again, I ask you; What is Second Life to YOU? What do you get out of it? What do you put into it? Second Life is unique in that it is nearly entirely user created content. WE; avatar by avatar, create the virtual world we live in and it is as big if not much bigger than the actual world we live in as it is only limited by our imaginations. The places we can go, the things we can do; it's all so wonderful. There are very dark sides to SL as well and to each his own for wanting to explore that. But again, I ask; what is Second Life to YOU? What do you think it is to those you are connected to? Do you think they see it as you do? Have you asked them? What happens when someone unintentionally crosses that boundary you have set up and they go from an SL only acquaintance to a somewhat if not wholly real life friend. How about those who start out as Second Life romantic partners and end up real life married? Still... what about those who's real life marriages end because of a Second Life relationship? It's all so complicated isn't it? Those lines get blurred. Is it ok if they get blurred? If it's not ok, why is it not ok? As I said I was in SL for many years and left and only came back when Covid forced me to shut down my real life business. Will I stay? For how long? What happens to the relationships I've formed when I'm gone? Let's talk briefly about those who pass away. A couple of times this year I received notice of someone I knew passing away. I only knew them by their avatar yet they still impacted my life and their passing impacted my emotions, perhaps not on the same scale; but it still did. I mean no disrespect by what I am about to say, but have you ever wondered how many avatars pass away yet the real life person that was behind them still lives? Maybe they wanted a fresh start and created a new avatar. Maybe like real life their SL became so complicated and busy that they wanted out. It's much easier to “kill off” a fake life than it is a real one. I am not saying the folks I knew did that, nor am I saying everyone does that; but does it ever cross your mind that it happens? That maybe, just MAYBE the person you hear of that passed away that never had any real life contact with anyone; that just maybe they never really died and yet here you are having a whole memorial for them and they may be standing in your midst observing it all. Morbid to think of, I realize; but I bet it happens. What about those who really die? The only connection YOU had with them was through SL? So you can only grieve in world and not with their real life family and friends because to those folks you probably don't exist. Yet, you experience a real loss. Real or not, when an avatar passes away you experience loss. Their presence in your world real and imaginary is no longer. You log in, you can no longer see them online. Their IM's go unanswered. Their notices forever capped. You no longer see them dancing at events or hanging out in the clubs or favorite hot spots. Real or not their presence is definitely missed, no matter how you think of Second Life. Each avatar has a real live human behind it. Whether you want to admit that or not, whether that's something you accept or not. Each avatar has a real live human being with a heart beat creating all the interactions that you have with them in world. Our avatars have brains now and I swear they look as though they breathe. My hope is that this reminds you that although you may be looking at a cartoon version of someone or a completely fictional creation, the one controlling it is very real. Your actions, your words have a real impact on everyone that you touch in SL whether you like it or not. If you are not mature enough to accept that and the responsibility that comes with that; then you should not allow yourself to connect with anyone in a game as complicated and immersed as Second Life. Through Second Life we have the ability to touch the lives of people we may never meet in real life, folks from all walks of life and from far away. It's amazing, but it's also an awesome responsibility that I think too many take far too lightly. At the very least, choose your words and your interactions with caution and with kindness. You truly never know who it is that you are really interacting with. Perhaps you are befriending a true celebrity or maybe it's just a girl/guy from your own neighborhood. It shouldn't matter. Be kind. Don't intentionally set out to do harm and never ever demean someone's existence by thinking of them as “just an avatar”.
  7. I mean, under my "Gopi" account I am almost always an alien. I have a slightly different personality from my real life personality and may roleplay as that (as Gopi I try to be more fun loving than I am in real life) but I wouldn't consider what I do "hard roleplay." I try not to act too "weird" (unlike how aliens in sci-fi are usually perceived) and may discuss real life stuff (but not all the time though), however I also mix that with some of my avi's "lore". some aspects of my real life I keep private of course. Basically I do have a persona in Second Life that is somewhat different than my real life, yet I don't do "strict" roleplay. The same is true for most of my other usernames (human or not).
  8. When I choose my avatar for SL, I found one that "closes-in" on my RL-appearance, and is slightly different from my own. Is there a way to imprint a RL-configuration on a (classic avatar) using textures or a selfie?
  9. Are you currently at school? Or do you have a school-aged child? I'm currently studying a Certificate IV in Education Support (Teacher Aide/Assistant), and assist students in the classroom once a week for placement. I am happy to help you, or your child, with any work you may have so as to help me gain my experience. The subjects I excel in are Literacy, English, Inquiry and Bounce Back lessons.But I am also happy to help where I can in Maths and other subjects(just be sure to let me know what subjects). The age groups I am currently working with in schools is Grade Foundation(before Grade 1),1, 2,3,4 and 5. However, I did complete every year of my schooling so will do my best to aide in any higher grades. The lessons will be held isl at a library, my place, or if you have your own land, or would rather elsewhere, I am happy to tp over to you. For the younger ones, e.g. your child, I am more than happy to move it to Discord or elsewhere, with your supervision. Because this is intended to be a little business as well, there will be a charge. But fear not, because you do not even need to pay me straight away! The first lesson will be free, and then I will only charge 20L a lesson. That's right, a lesson! Not by the hour! (I crash a lot which is why I'm not charging by the hour) If you don't like my tutoring in the free lesson, you don't need to keep organising lessons with me. This also applies to those of you who are roleplaying school or children in school isl, because any experience is experience for me, especially if your teachers are teaching you things they would teach in actual school! So if you feel like you'd like to hire me, reply to this post or send me an IM and I will give you a notecard with my availabilities!
  10. I have received a troubling IM from a dear friend of mine in Second Life, where she describes the following. Someone is harassing her to potentially stalk her in real life and god knows what he would do else. I have made a screenshot in-world of my conversation with my friend, where she also copied her conversation with the harasser, by using the Report Abuse tool and then reported him under disclosure>real life information. It has occurred before, but at the time I did not think heavily about the situation. I now worry about her well-being, what are the necessary steps to execute to have this situation dealt with? Kurenai Jun. p.s. In essence of terms of service, i am unsure if i should include screenshots of my conversation with my friend, the victim in this post, so I have not included them.
  11. HELLO. Hope you r all still reading these lines. whem im threw, i would like an honest opinion from oldtimers, at least as me or close. still got my old avi. single + get hit alot: RL and SL. used to it. always always profile perving. respect others, say sorry, explain myself (not from an english native speaking country but yes from parents at home). simple in my ways. act as if SL is RL, cause i believe in being me. much less complicated. even my RL name is like SL -ily-. i try never to lie (my avi's breast size is smaller then my RL cause i dont wanna stop traffic:) . born blond till 30s RL but change offen SL like i do RL now days. got it?! tryin not to lie?!). very very picky: just like RL. SL shy, braty, *****, learned at BB, building, dancing, talking, sexin - almost as in RL: my RLbio containung RL facts. first: begining of a relationship SL: in my early days SL when i was a newbie and with old timer SL. many things in common, builtup to falling in love. lots of emotions SL+RL. had a breakup/brokenheart, when i foundout he didnt write in profile that he is partnered. She made him change that the min she foundout about me. my SL life changed. i became more guarded, then *****y-experimental, then learned to stay just like RL me happy. at times i became more demanding that men i am with SL be upfront, even brutal about SL+RL. just to be sure i'm not hurtin any one and no one hurts me. made things easy when were, harder when were, and always kept true SL to my RL moto: not lie, care, keep parallels. had a good relationships with vets and others more then my SL age. even once or twice very good friendships with newbies i helped/met. had a long "seperation" from SL cause of RL reasons. came back (same avi, same name, same scars, same smile, same cloths). had FUN ... now: met someone. got seriouse SL and RL. SL, phone... almost every way of communication. had a missunderstanding. cleared that up. things r penetrating RL more and more. we care about eachother. NOW: we thought of meeting in RL. No details . i think as myself as an inteligent person. what will come next? -i dont know. his been givven the rains. now. would love to hear yor thoughts. pls. mesured, pls. im sure my mind is hungup like a string as it is. pls speak softly, cause my heart is wide open to hearing you. ty ily~ not proofed by translator/outocorrect.
  12. Come join our little part of washington state, we have homes, apartments and other things, people who live her gets benefits, contact me and schedule an appointment to see the homes the we have ^^
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