Release the Kraken!

April 22, 2014 Leave a comment

Ebbe Linden, CEO of Linden Lab, has stated that Linden Lab employees are being encouraged to spend time in SL. He is, in essence, releasing the Kraken* [the Lindens] upon the residents of Second Life.

But before he throws the gates wide open, it might be wise to become familiar with just exactly what image these employees are showing to the world, and what the employees are saying about Linden Lab by their appearance

Previously, when the Lindens did roam Second Life, one Linden, in particular, would appear in a dominatrix outfit, leather, chains and all. What does this say about the kind of company Linden Lab is? Now, this Linden was a very nice, helpful person, but the outfit was a bit beyond the pale when that employee represented Linden Lab in business matters.

Business 101 – Dress for Success: Appearance is Everything.
Ebbe Linden seems to dress politically correct – casual or business wear – as the occasion requires. So, I have faith that he has already checked out the SL profiles of his employees, their groups and their picks, to see who they are when they are in SL.

Most of us have alts to do the wild and crazy things we want to do. The Lindens have alts. In their off hours, the Lindens are not Lindens, per se. They are just regular residents, like all of us. They have a right to be whoever or whatever they wish. But special interest groups and hobbies should be restricted to the alts, and not carried over to the Linden avatar.

Because when you are a Kraken, you need to look like a Kraken and behave like a Kraken.

So, go ahead, Mr. CEO, relea-s-s-s-s-e the Kraken!

*Kraken – mythical creature, esp. Norse mythology

Ample Avi – Moving Gift

March 21, 2014 Comments off

Warning! Commercial blog coming up. Feel free to skim right past this blog or check it out for the information it contains.

AMPLE AVI has moved to the Pryeri sim. Xme Xue, owner, stated that after six years at the last location, she is ready for a new view out of the shop windows. And the new view is a lighthouse and lots of water. Nice!

As a moving-in gift [FREE], Ample Avi has set out a new, as yet, unreleased shape in the curvy slim line. This one is aptly called, “Curvy Slim.”

Curvy Slim - Ample Avi

So, stop by and check out Ample Avi’s new location, and pick up your FREE gift shape, located by the counter downstairs.

Note: If anyone is interested, the looks-like-cotton-candy hair in the photo is from TRUTH Hair [London w/Roots - barbie].
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Outlet Shops – Quality and Affordability

March 19, 2014 Comments off

It seems everywhere I go now, outlet shops are appearing next to or behind main stores. Top designers of skin, hair and eyes are offering their older designs in outlet shops, at a reduced price.

Newcomers to SL are most interested in these three things, and these outlet shops are an excellent source of affordable, good quality items for noobies. Also, it makes the items available to oldbies, when they want to pick up an extra copy of an old favorite.

The fashion industry in SL is king, with new items appearing daily. It is this fashion industry that keeps the economy of Second Life healthy and strong. But for the many who are not interested in following the latest trend, but just want to look good, the outlet shops are the answer.

As Martha Stewart would say, “It is a good thing.”

A Hunting We Will Go … or Not.

February 22, 2014 Comments off

Remember this? Remember the big red lips? This photo was taken in February 2009. It was the first big grid-wide hunt, the Vain, Inc. Kiss Hunt.

Mick Jagger

This is the one that started the hunt madness in SL. And it was a lot of fun. Apparently, other people agreed, because an avalanche of hunts followed thereafter.

Back then, I liked going on hunts. I never finished any of them, but I enjoyed them just the same. Later on, I changed my mind completely. I lost my patience with those who felt a hunter should have to work hard to get the gift, those who went out of their way to hide them in impossible-to-find locations. There are stores I have not visited in years because of the tearing-my-hair-out frustration I experienced on one of their hunts.

I recently finished the sixth annual Peace on Earth Hunt in January. And after all the loose ends were tied up and the hunt put away for another year, I still support this grid-wide hunt. No HUDs are required for this hunt, and there has never been a charge for the gifts, not even one cent. I like it when people keep things simple.

So, I have not changed my thoughts on all hunts, just the majority of them. Maybe, there are just too many hunts. Or, maybe, I have become jaded. After all, I started hunting five years ago.

But one never knows the future. This new year may bring a hunt which attracts me like a moth to a flame, and a hunting I will go … or not.

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Why Do I Blog – My First and Last Meme

January 12, 2014 1 comment

I have never done a meme before and do not, at this time, plan to do another one. But this meme by Strawberry Singh struck a chord within me and made me want to play along.

1. How long have you been blogging? July 2008. I created my blog in 2008 but did not actually post on it until a few months later.

2. Why did you start blogging? A friend opened a new shop, and she asked if I would blog her new releases. While doing so, I found I liked expressing my viewpoint in print.

3. How many times a week do you post an entry? I am, at best, a sporadic blogger, not a weekly blogger, but average 1-3 posts per month.

4. How many different blogs do you read on a regular basis? I check two blog feeds daily, one fashion blogs feed and one community blogs feed. In that way, I am able to pick up bits and pieces of many blogs and fully read the ones which catch my attention that day.

5. Do you comment on other people’s blogs? Rarely.

6. Do you keep track of how many visitors you have? No. I blog because I have something to say. If I tracked my lack of visitors, I would go into a deep funk and never say anything again.

7. Did you ever regret a post that you wrote? No. I may change my mind completely the very next day, based on new information. If so, I will re-post my new opinion. But, at the time I wrote the post, I sincerely believed what I said, so I would not regret it.

8. Do you think your readers have a true sense of who you are based on your blog? Oh, yes. Blog readers are very sharp. They form an opinion after reading just one of your posts, and usually have it confirmed by the second post.

9. Do you blog under your real name? I use my SL name.

10. Are there topics that you would never blog about? I honestly do not know. A lot of subjects catch my attention, but unless one really rocks my boat, I will not jump in and blog about it. So, I cannot say if I will encounter a subject that I would refuse to blog about.

11. What is the theme/topic of your blog? General, everyday things in Second Life, with occasional bits of pretty things thrown in to brighten up that life.

12. Do you have more than one blog? If so, why? I had several. I have an addictive personality so, when I start a new interest, I go way overboard with it. But I found that each blog suffered from my divided attention, so I closed all except this one.

13. What have you found to be the benefits of blogging? Being able to say what is on my mind and then moving on. Occasionally, I find I have been on-target with readers, and it is good to know there are others who think the same.

14. So, why do you continue to blog? My head gets so full of words that it is either blog or burst.

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Waiting, Watching and Wishing

December 24, 2013 Comments off

Standing here, waiting and watching, and putting the final items on my Wish List. The cookies and coconut milk are set out by the tree, and I will leave this list on the table with them.

tinsel christmas

WISH LIST:

1. I wish skin designers would sell the skins they create for special events, after the event is over. I have missed a number of fantastic skins because I could not get to the event, or simply did not have enough money at the time.

Belleza has a wall in their shop for skins they create for events. I can go to Belleza afterwards and pick up the skin I missed. And Pink Fuel is good about putting up special event skins in the shop.

Glam Affair makes really good fantasy skins for events, and I have missed some that I would like to have had. I am perfectly willing to pay a bit more to buy these skins later, if only I could find them in the store.

2. I wish stores would not discontinue items. I recently discovered the folder containing my favorite older skin was no longer in my inventory. I went to buy another copy and found that it is no longer being sold. [Yes, I know, the new skins are ten times better than the old skin. But the old skin helped create my best "me" look. It is the one I want.]

A number of stores have addressed this issue by creating “outlet” or “discount” stores behind their main stores, where they sell older items at a lower price. Or if they don’t want to use the prims on their land for this, they put the older items on Marketplace. Either way works for me.

3. I wish all designers would label their items as liquid mesh, mesh, sculpty or prim.
Not all of us are looking for mesh all the time. Many times, I want another specific type. I especially wish Marketplace would require all items to be labeled as such and would limit search to the type of item I request.

4. I wish Second Life would start giving out last names again, either a names list, like before, or a last name which I choose.

5. I wish Philip Rosedale was still a Linden. When I think of all the times we made life hard for him at inworld meetings, I wish I could go back and tell him how much I appreciated the fact that he took the time to show up for those meetings.

6. I wish I had joined Second Life a couple of years before I did. I joined in 2007, but just think what memories I would have if I had joined in 2003 or 2004, when everything was new and full of promise.

Most of all, I wish I had been good enough this past year that some of the above-listed wishes would be granted. Still, one must never give up hope. So, I stand here, waiting and watching, and wishing.

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PEACE ON EARTH Hunt – again.

November 30, 2013 Comments off

Sometimes, an event is so big that it brings bloggers out of the woodworks. You can count me as one of those bloggers who spends a lot of time hiding in the woodworks. But I cannot let this event go by without helping to spread the word.

The event I am talking about is the Peace on Earth Hunt (POE). This is the sixth year for this annual holiday tradition.

POE6

Producing the biggest and best grid-wide hunt of the year is a monumental task, and Sequoia Nightfire’s willingness to tackle it never ceases to amaze me. [I think she must lock herself away in a closet for the rest of the year, conserving her energy for just this event.]

The POE6 hunt begins in a few hours [December 1st]. So, if you are a die-heart hunter, or simply in the mood for unique gifts from 200 generous designers, then you do not want to miss this hunt.

This is the starting point. Go forth, my hunter friends. And while you are unwrapping all your new gifts, say a special “thank you” to Sequoia Nightfire for making it all possible, again.

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You can read all the hints, and get updated information during the hunt, on the POE blog.

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