Posting a Few Thoughts [the Widget Shuffle]

September 24, 2014 Comments off

How did everything become so difficult, when all I wanted to do was just post a few thoughts?

This is what happened. I decided to update my blog, and give it a fresh new look. I started by adding a Destination Guide link with photo. At least, I tried to add the Destination Guide link.

Now, this should have been easy. I have done it before, a couple of years ago. First of all, the Destination Guide gives you the code you need. All you have to do is paste it into a simple widget, and drag it to the side bar. Easy, right?

But when I went to the widgets section, I was in for a shock. There were pages and pages of widgets available, some I had never heard of, some I knew but had never used, others I had no interest in learning about or using.

I tried deleting the widgets I did not want, and ended up deleting half the things I already had on my blog sidebar. I could not find a way to put in the new infomation I wanted or to even put back the information I had lost.

In desperation, I changed my theme back to the simple theme I had used in 2008. I thought I could make all the changes I wanted there. Well, surprise, surprise! My original theme had been updated and now had the same pages and pages of unknown and unwanted widgets.

So, I switched back to my latest theme and, thanks be to the muses of blogging, most of my missing information in the sidebar had returned. At that point, I decided to quit and just be grateful for what I still had and not worry about what I had lost.

Of course, after all this shuffling back and forth, I had no idea whether my links and feeds still worked. So, if you do not see this post, then you will know my feeds are not working. And I will have to start this whole crazy widget shuffle all over again.

But, again, I ask, “How did everything become so difficult”? Oh, how I long for those days of yesteryear, when blogging was simply a matter of connecting with a blog muse and just posting a few thoughts.

Swiss Cheese People in Second Life

August 27, 2014 Comments off

At a fairly crowded event in SL recently, I noticed that about half the people there were either naked [mesh clothing would not rez] or in pieces [mesh parts did not rez]. When I see people in pieces like that, it makes me think of Swiss Cheese, with a hole here and a hole there. Now, Swiss Cheese may look great on a sandwich but it does not look so great on an avatar.

For example, here I am strutting my stuff in all my mesh glory. My lovely little mesh dress and my gorgeous mesh feet rez beautifully in my viewer.

Swiss Cheese - mesh 1

But other people may see me like this, even those with mesh-enabled viewers.

Swiss Cheese - mesh 2

Swiss Cheese - mesh 3

Put these all together and I have become one of the Swiss Cheese people in SL. But if I am going to be a Swiss Cheese person, I much prefer a bit of uniformity in the holes in my body.

Swiss Cheese - Freme

Rubby Clip created a classy “holes-intended” avatar, the Freme Girl avatar, for the Meta Body II exhibit at Delicatessen in Porto. It is a complete avatar and it is free. However, to create the neat look in this photo, I used only the Freme Girl red and blue skin and the Freme Girl alpha with my own body shape.

I will never have to worry about mesh rezzing again. And although I may be one of the Swiss Cheese people in SL, it definitely looks great on my avatar.

New Release at Ample Avi

August 20, 2014 Comments off

Lossy - Curvy Slim

LOSSY – a new addition to the Curvy Slim line of shapely avatars at Ample Avi – smaller and slimmer, a modifiable classic avatar shape.

LOSSY – at Ample Avi, the Full Figured Shape Shop.

Also available on SL Marketplace: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/38729

Lost in Second Life

August 12, 2014 Comments off

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I have just finished a marathon viewing of the series “Lost” [which will soon be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the show's broadcast premiere on September 22, 2004]. I had checked out the pilot episode, for old times’ sake. But like before, I found myself watching episode after episode, all the way to the end.

What, you may ask, has this got to do with Second Life, or any virtual world?

When I discovered Second Life, in 2007, the SL mainland was like an island, and I had crash landed there. I did not know where to go, what to do, or how to do it. I was quite literally “Lost” in Second Life.

A couple of Mentor greeters found me. They welcomed me, answered my questions, and taught me basic survival skills. More importantly, they gave me their calling cards and said I could contact them any time I needed assistance. Armed with that lifeline, I began to explore my new island home.

I discovered a number of smaller islands adjacent to my home island. Living on these islands were people who had crashed there before my time, and others whose origins were vague.

When wild island beasts [griefers] invaded my beach encampment in the middle of the night, I reached out to those Mentor helpers. Without hesitation, they gave assistance. After all, that is what Mentors do, regardless of whether it is your first day or your seventh year.

Now, a lot has been written about resident retention and the best way to assist with the new resident experience. In my experience, nothing works better that the one-on-one, person-to-person method.

It is time to bring back the Second Life Mentors. They are experienced castaways who have helped many new arrivals discover the island mystery which is Second Life. SL Mentors are the first line of defense when new residents are in danger of becoming permanently lost in Second Life.

CURVY AVVIE at Ample Avi

June 12, 2014 Comments off

CURVY AVVIE, a new lush shape at Ample Avi.

Curvy Avvie at Ample Avi Shapes

Originally released in December 2013, as the Peace on Earth Hunt gift, and now available in a mod-copy version.

CURVY AVVIE, at Ample Avi, the Full Figured Shape Shop.

A Giant Step Backward

May 16, 2014 Comments off

Like everyone else, I have been anxiously awaiting the new avatars. Because every time new avatars have been released, they have been better than the ones before them. But not this time. Avatar shape creation in SL has just taken a giant step backward.

The female avatars are interesting, fascinating to watch, just like with any new toy. The hands are much prettier than previous avatars – that is a plus – they just look too big for the body.

But these mesh avatars are not attractive in face or form. Their skin and eyes are much like the starter avatar back in 2007, when I joined SL [remember Ruth?]. That was before residents started creating beautiful eyes and skin. And these shapes remind me of female steroid jocks. There is nothing soft or curvy about them. Worst of all, you cannot modify them. That is right, NO MOD.

The single most important thing we want in our avatars is the ability to modify our shapes. We want to make them look like us, or some idealized version of ourselves. So, we tweak our shapes for years, until we are satisfied with the shape, then we periodically tweak them a bit more.

Now, the guys usually get the short end of the stick when it comes to new avatar shapes. But, this time, they actually came out ahead. A couple of the male avatars are not bad at all. But, again, no mod?

The creature avatars are the best use of mesh for shapes. They do not need to be modified. Photographers will enjoy shooting them. But other than for photographs and role playing, I do not see these new mesh avatars as any type of improvement in our daily SL lives.

It is a good thing the classic avatars are still available. We need to always have a choice between the no mod mesh avatars and the modifiable classic avatars. Even though Linden Lab may have taken a giant step backward in avatar evolution, we will not.

For All The Mothers

May 9, 2014 Comments off

Sunday, May 11th, is Mother’s Day in the USA. Children all across the states are trying to keep secret plans for special gifts and events to celebrate the day [with a little help from Dad, of course].

In the spirit of the day, Ample Avi has created a new mature looking shape [MAMA MIA] for women in SL. It will be sent out as a group gift on Sunday. So, be sure you have your notices turned on.

MAMA MIA

If you are not yet a member of Ample Avi Updates, you still have time to join before the group is temporarily closed for distribution of the gift [it will re-open in two weeks]. You can join at the Ample Avi shop, or find the group through search.

For all the mothers, those still with us and those who will never be forgotten, in First Life or in Second Life — Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.
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