handicaped aids, virtual reality, virtual world

How I speak without talking

Computers have made things a lot easier for me to deal with life’s challenges. One thing that has come up as I age is how to talk to people. My voice was never been good but as I’ve gotten older it is become harder to understand.

How I talk #1 low rezI found this app called Speak in Apple’s App store called Speak. Now I can let my iPad talk for me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iPad in lap lowrez

Sometimes though the technology path seems like two steps forward and one back.

 

In Oculus (1) lowrezRecently I started testing a VR world or set of experiences some people call it one thing and someone else calls it the other. I just call it Sansar. But to use it in virtual reality mode you need to talk into the headset’s microphone to communicate so opps.

If use Sansar in Desktop mode you can type chat. Problem with that is only other Desktop users and not VR users can see what you type.

Hay, Linden Labs put a user editable macro on a controller key. User editable because sometimes you have more to say than just “Hi”. I also want to say, “Hi, this is Willow. I talk like Stephen Hawking so it’s very slow and I must see my iPad and use my hands. That is not easy in a HMD and controllers. So please don’t be offended when I don’t answer back.” After all I don’t want to be rude and not answer back at all when someone say “Hello”. That wouldn’t be very sociable.

Otherwise it will mean back to passing notes like we did in school. If we can exchange attachments with other users in the September release.

Any other suggestions please leave them in a comment.

BTW you may notice I’m bald in the picture. That’s from the brain surgery and all the drugs the doctors gave me. That is my wig on the left. So, note HMD’s do not work well with wigs or glasses and I wear both.

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What Second Life Means to Willow

cropped-march-2017-profile.jpg

I am being interviewed by a reporter. In part of the interview the discussion mentioned Second Life and how I used it. While I tried to describe it in words I thought the best way was to send him a link to a video I made in 2015. So here is a link to that short video I made https://adobe.ly/2oq362a which I think will explain how I use SL. Don’t panic it takes a few seconds to load it is a full video including sound. It also automatically links to your web browser. When you see it click the right pointing arrowhead. One thing technology has not been able to do though is reproduce smells. Which I’m thankful for when I change diapers.

Things are a bit outdated but the reasons are the same. Please let me know what you think.

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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.

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Opps Brains

March 2017 Profile

Opps BeforeOK all together “OEEEW”. Somehow I ended up detaching the top of the skull of my Catwa Lilo mesh head. It is my favorite head although I beginning to like the LeLuka Cate head. Available at skin fair. Hair or a hat hides the brain from sight if they are adjusted properly. But I don’t like it. Plus its not sanitary.

 

 

 

 

Snapshot_002So I restored an original from a  backup.That was more complicated than I thought because of LL’s safety measures.

I usually don’t build more than stack a few prims when I have to. If I did I would know how to turn off all those safety measures. At least now the brain isn’t hanging out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 )

second life, virtual world

Progression of Willow 2/11/17

In almost a dozen Real World Years Willow has changedWillow Week 1.jpgWillow New Mesh #2.jpg

Willow July 2005                                                Willow Feb. 2017

I’ve changed a lot in that time.

In the fall of my first year I tried several shapes.

Willow Furry.jpg

For a while I was a furry.

Willow Dragon with warning.jpg I even tried being a dragon

But by the first part of 2006 I settled on and began to refine my “human” shape to a classic avatar shaped. (BTW if you looked closely at my ears then they were pointed.)

Willow First Mesh.jpg

In 2014 I tried to make a mesh me. Sadly I never got the face looking right.

Willow Classic #2.jpgSo I went back to my classic avatar.

I haven’t made any major changes to my shape from 2006 until now.

But after seeing how you could make extensive changes to Bento heads I got a Catwa Lilo head last week.. This is the result.

Willow New Mesh #2.jpg

I’m happy with how it turned out except my avatar complexity jumped from 19k to 42k in a bikini.