Couldn’t pull the plug

Not pull the plugA good Second Life (SL) friend of mine for over a decade suddenly disappeared a few weeks ago. She was the next to last person I helped get started in SL in 2005. I ask a mutual friend and she did what I almost did a year ago.

RL was getting busy so I was going to quit SL. After we got rid of all our land we were going to quit SL. So we got rid of our land but then it dawned on us. It was worth $75 a year just to keep our identity, friends, and inventory! We couldn’t pull the plug.

Over the years I’ve made too many good friends and had fun. I’ll probably be in SL till they turn the lights off.

Second Life is fun again

Cropped Willow #1In the last few years Second Life (SL) hasn’t been very as interesting as it was in 2005 through 2007. Back then I was excited to get in world and see what was happening as soon as I got up but since then it has become sort of dull. I even took a “vacation” from SL for almost two years with my activity cut back to being in world a couple hours a month. That was somewhat different than 160 hours a month.

I tried to become interested again in the middle of 2014. For about a year that worked but the interest flagged again. In my opinion SL itself was beginning to die so I started to look at alternatives. BTW I didn’t find a good one.

Then in the middle of January of 2017 I found something in SL itself. I looked at the videos of Strawberry Singh about mesh bodies and heads and saw the technology has advanced enough to be interesting. I’ve found something that makes me excited to get in world in the mornings. SL is fun again.

Chanel's Closet #2As usual I didn’t start something new in a small way. My inventory has grown by over four thousand in just a few weeks.

I tried mesh bodies and heads in 2014 but gave up on them since they were too complicated to use and I was in SL to have fun and relax. I’ve seen lots of complaints about how mesh clothing means your old inventory of non-mesh clothes is almost unusable. With some exceptions that isn’t true. It’s just that dress that looked so good in 2007 doesn’t look so good now. Replacing it is a perfect solution for a shopaholic!

Thank you Berry  ( https://strawberrysingh.com )

Evolution

DNA Pillars Combined v13During the past few weeks I have been surfing the internet looking at how Evolution is treated in the United States. I’m sickened by the stupidity, ignorance, and con jobs that are being tried to rescue a belief in a mythological mankind created God.

Something that is often said by creationist is than evolution is a theory and their “creative design theory” is just an alternative that should be has an equal chance of being true. To put it simply Evolution is no more a theory than that I know my dog will die in two week if he doesn’t get food and water. I’ve know this since I first studied evolution in the 10th grade fifty years ago. The evidence of the truth of evolution has gotten greater and expanded since then.

Hi from Willow Dion and welcome to the Metaverse 9/7/15

As a beginning blogger I took Blogging 101 in July. It was a wonderful experience both for what I learned and for the wonderful people I met. If this is your first try at the course get ready for some fun!

It surprised me in the July session I was the only person blogging about virtual worlds and people were unaware that they even existed. So some explanation is a good idea.

What virtual worlds have in common is they are done through a computer. They can range from simple traditional video games like “Wild Birds” which you play on your smart phone or non-goal driven to worlds like Second Life, Inworldz, and Kitely. There has been a debate for years whether these more advanced places and non-goal driven worlds should even be called games. As someone has put it you are playing on things like “Witcher 3” or even Facebook you are ON them but you are IN Second Life.

T W For ProfileMy husband and I live in Kitely. (Yes I have a virtual husband. )

 

 

 

Just click on the picture to see a larger version.
Just click on the picture to see a larger version.

We actually have a virtual daughter also who has to be changed, bathed, fed, plays, and sleeps in a crib.

 

 

 

 

A game has a goal like killing virtual birds. The fighting virtual monsters usually only takes a few minutes and is a way to while away some time while you are waiting to have your hair done.

Building a new earth colony as in the game “Civilization Beyond Earth” takes hours or days since you have to manage the economy, how you spend resources, where to build new cities, and dozens of other things. Putting it simply it is complicated simulation. As you can see from this picture of the “techweb” for building a new home away earth there are lots of choices even when you chose to do them is important.

Techweb

This is not just a frivolous and useless activity. Building a new beyond earth colony in a simulation that also gives you an idea of how complex government gets.

Virtual places like these are fairly simple since they take place in your computer. But they can get a lot more complicated when you add other people and have to take place online. Again they can range from games where groups of people get together to reach goals of killing virtual monsters such as “World of Warcraft” to the much more complicated and non-goal world such as Second Life and Kitely.

Thumbnail AquaCaine v3 Yes I’ve tried these “hack and slash” virtual spaces. On the left is my toon or character in “World of Warcraft”. Frankly it gets boring when basically all you do is kill kill kill virtual characters. So I was happy when “World of Warcraft” introduced garrisons. I got to build something on a barren plot of virtual land.

 

Aquacanine's Garrison v2

While it was exciting to build something new in a game it did get old and boring fast. There are changes when the vendor makes updates to the game but the changes are fairly small and it soon become same old same old. That is the problem with virtual games like “World of Warcraft” the company that owns them is limited by what their staff has time to do at a reasonable cost.

Which brings this trip through the virtual universe to what I say are really the virtual worlds like Kitely, Second Life, and Inworldz. They are not limited to what the company that runs them can do. The users or residents actually do most of the designing, developing, and selling. All the company does is provides the virtual space where your creativity can flow.

These are the places where using the word “game” is really misleading. There is not a goal set by someone else. How you use these virtual worlds is up to YOU. I’ve been in Second Life for a decade and what I learned is to never to forget there is a real person behind that avatar with wants, desires, and feelings.

Maybe you want to honor Frank Lloyd Wright by building a virtual version of Falling Water.

Falling Water-Kitely

You can click on the picture to see a larger version

Maybe you’ve wanted to get really involved helping to run a charity. Try the Relay For Life of Second Life (RFLSL). Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a small time virtual thing. RFLSL is such a signification fund raising team it is one of the top teams in the world. In ten years Relay For Life Of Second Life has raised almost half a million United States Dollars for the American Cancer Society. Which by the way is now a worldwide charity it just started in the US.

Right now Second Life has the largest number of residents. With about 900 thousand accounts with fifty thousand online together. Those people are from anywhere in the world. So want to talk with a Frenchman or throw a few shrimp on the Barbie with an Australian. Follow this link and set up an account in Second Life Try it, it is free to try but be warned SL has a very steep learning curve.

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Maybe like Carry Beck you’re an artist that wants to produce and direct an elegant production of Paradise Lost is what you want to do.

Maybe you want to publish an artistic magazine or display your work in a gallery. There is a very active artist community in Second Life.

 

 

Maybe you always wanted to try making a music video but buying or even renting all the video equipment was just too expensive for a whim. Well I did it give it a try. So take a look at this video I made for Second Life’s 12th birthday. As you can tell from the video there is a lot to do in Second Life and the other virtual worlds scattered all over the Metaverse and lots of it is the freedom to play. It’s just limited by what you want to do and your creativity. (BTW I found out I really don’t enjoy making videos but I didn’t spend thousands of dollars on cameras that would now be gathering dust in the back of some closet.)

Maybe like me your true passion is still photography but physical injury has meant you can’t really get outside. Well those limits melt away in a virtual world.

Lifting Fog
Lifting Fog
Lighthouse Sunset
Lighthouse Sunset
Champagne Sunset
Champagne Sunset

You can see more of my work at https://www.flickr.com/photos/tarotgrove/

I hope now you learned something about the Metaverse and are ready to have fun in Blogging 101. (By the way the “whooshing” in this blog’s title is the sound you make when you teleport from one place to another in a virtual world.)

Hugs Willow!

PS. I hope you will follow my blog and leave comments I would really appreciate it.

 

 

Sometime I just want to play with some action 9/5/15

Usually I live in a non-goal virtual world like Kitely or Second Life. But there are times like this last week when I want some action and to kick some virtual buttock. So I play World of Warcraft (WOW).

Thumbnail AquaCaine v3Because of real life commitments all I could do was level my main character to 100 since the Dranor expansion was introduced. When patch 6.2 came out I thought I would have most of the quest related achievements so I could shortly get the ability to fly quickly. I generally do all the quest chains in a region.

So I was really surprised when I found out I had missed doing the Gloomshade Grove story line of the “As I Walk Through the Valley of the Shadow…” achievement. Where did the quest chain start? I looked for an exclamation sign on the region map. I even traveled around the region watching on my mini-map. But no joy!

So I decided to work on my garrison which I had not done either. That also solved the achievement problem. The Groomshade Grove story line actually starts in your garrison with a quest to find missing loggers. So now there is joy!

Microsoft blows it with Edge

I was really looking forward to using Microsoft’s new Edge web browser until I started to actually use it. If you have been browsing the internet for more than three months web browsing becomes a very personal activity so you are going to customize your web browser to fit your style.

The Internet Options menu selection becomes your best friend. But guess what Edge does not have one. Microsoft hid a few Internet options in obscure places in Edge and left others out.

I want to open a new link I find on a web page in a new tab and that the new page gets the focus. Then I can see if it is really what I want quickly Then press a hot key if it isn’t. With Edge  you can right click on a link to have it open in a new tab then you have to move your pointer up to the tab it opened in and click on it. That won’t take long unless you view several hundred web pages in a couple of hours then the time adds up. If you have physical problems moving a mouse precisely around that gets very tedious.

That is such a basic customizing function I couldn’t believe “Internet Options” wasn’t in Edge. Even Microsoft’s old Internet Explorer had it. Now I’m wondering what other important features like security features Microsoft left out of Edge.