Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Never Have I SLever Part 2: The Mile High Club

You guys mind if I watch?
During my explorations of SL, I stumbled upon the Wish You Were Here exhibit at LEA (Linden Endowment for the Arts) in SL. The main area of the exhibit is styled up like an airport, so when I found a portal labeled Mile High Club (MHC), I decided I had to see it.

I expected to walk through the door and see airplane seats covered with naked, writhing avatars smacking each other on their behinds with copies of SkyMall magazine. I expected this because I am disgusting. Instead, I found sky and airplane themed photo backdrops and poses with chaste kisses. I wasn't disappointed though, because you can get an actual membership certificate for the Mile High Club here. 

Since we are on the topics of adult activities in SL, this is a good place to finish up part 2 of the Never Have I SLever meme Strawberry Singh started. 

Strawberry Singh's Never Have I SLever QuestionnairePart 2 

Meme instructions: Copy and paste the following statements and answers to your post, delete my answers and input your own. Don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments on Ms. Singh's blog so others can come by and read your answers as well!

  1. Never have I ever created an ALT for secret activities, in Second Life.– Never. OMG who has the time or energy for a whole other SLife?
  2. Never have I ever had a one night stand, in Second Life. – Never. While I am shockingly bad at relationships in RL, I am amazing in SL. Amazing. 
  3. Never have I ever been part of a roleplay community, in Second Life.– Well, when I first joined SL, I had a BF who did the Gor thing and ... I really don't want to talk about it.
  4. Never have I ever discovered a new fetish, because of Second Life. – Never. If anything SL has turned me off of quite a few things that I never knew existed. 
  5. Never have I ever done things in Second Life that I wouldn’t admit to my friends or family. – I certainly would never admit to my RL friends and family that I tried to crash an air orgy. 
In conclusion, never have I ever joined the Mile High Club in SL. But that may change when my husband gets a chance to log in. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Never Have I SLever: Part 1

I'm shopping. That means that I managed to finish The Interview game that I talked about in my last post. I'd like to give a shout out to my second grade teacher Mrs. S. who drilled Roman numerals into my brain. WIthout that knowledge, I would still be stuck inside the game. Also, I would have no idea what number Superbowl we were up to. I doubt that is what she hoped I would do with this knowledge.

Now, of course, I need to find another SLactivity - besides shopping - all over again. I'll start with getting around to the Never Have I Ever meme that Strawberry Singh put out last month. Since I'm a month late in this meme anyway, I'll do part now and part in a later post. 

Strawberry Singh's Never Have I SLever Questionnaire: Part 1 

Meme instructions: Copy and paste the following statements and answers to your post, delete my answers and input your own. Don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments on Ms. Singh's blog so others can come by and read your answers as well!

  1. Never have I ever had sex, in Second Life. – Well, I *am* a married woman in SL. 
  2. Never have I ever visited a sex sim, in Second Life. – Please. Who hasn't? It's the reason we all heard about SL in the first place! 
  3. Never have I ever been an escort or stripper, in Second Life. – Never. My RL job funds my SLactivities. Plus, I don't know about you but doing something as a job in SL often takes the fun out of an activity. I like to pretend to have SLemployment sometimes, but I rather enjoy being SL jobless. 
  4. Never have I ever been in porn videos in Second Life. – Never. I don't get the idea of porn in SL at all. If you really want to see strangers having sex in SL, go to a store that sells furniture with adult animations. Invariably, a broke-a$$ couple will be there using the beds and you can just watch. Enjoy. 
  5. Never have I ever done things that may be illegal in the real world, in Second Life. I'm pretty sure it's against the law to go shopping naked, even if it's accidental. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Inappropriately Dressed for an Interview

I decided that I should probably do something in SL other than play gachas and shop, so I'm playing The Interview game from Mad Peas

I have limited patience for puzzles and brain teasers because they make me feel stupid, so I may not be the best person for this activity. But let me tell you: the game goes much more smoothly when you have alcohol. That's the kind of tip you aren't going to find on the Madpea website or the game HUD - not even if you pay for the GOLD version. 

By the way, you get an interview suit when you buy a HUD for the game, but I decided that I wasn't going to wear it because I got tired of changing in and out of it. The game is very popular right now and I've been trying to wait to play a bit at a time when it's not as busy.

You can see a few people wearing the women's suit in the picture above. The suit itself is nice, but if I were a hiring manager, and you walked into the interview wearing the boots they include as footwear with the suit skirt, I would not hire you. As you can see, the women behind me are wearing interview appropriate heels. I would question the judgement of anyone who would wear unflattering, mid-calf, flat heeled boots with a skirt. How could I trust them to get their TPS reports in on time? Not that I would trust the judgement of someone interviewing in a sundress, either.

This interview "starts" in a hotel lobby. In RL, I've only had one interview that started out in a hotel lobby and it wasn't for a legitimate job.* Of course, there weren't fabulous prizes for doing well in that interview. There are fabulous prizes for the Madpea one, so I'm willing to go along with this unconventional interview process  - no matter how many hotel rooms I have to escape to get this job.  

*It ended in the lobby, too, because I'm not that naive. It wasn't even a sex thing - it was someone trying to get me to join their Multi-Level Marketing scheme.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

How to Feel Better About Missing Inventory and Life

Tragedy has struck; my entire SKIRT folder is missing. It disappeared while I was trying to move sub-folders around inside of it. I am trying not to panic, but it's not easy since I put a lot of money into that folder. I tried every trick I could think of; which means I cleared cache and relogged a bunch of times. (I even searched inside of every object around me at the time to make sure I hadn't accidentally dragged the folder inside of it, because that odd thing has happened to me before.)

This is where my RL mom would say something like, "Keep looking. It didn't just grow legs and walk off." But my mom has no idea what SL is like; my skirt folder actually could have grown legs and walked off! 

I gave in and submitted a support ticket to Linden Lab for help. I predict that they'll message me back in a few days weeks to tell me to clear cache and relog. 

After all these years, you'd think LL would have designed a non-sadistic asset server. The Lab might think that the world economy is based on land fees. But, as it often is, LL is wrong. SL is based on inventory: buying, paying for, organizing, and using stuff! To many users, myself included, SL is a game where you shop and shop and shop until you win by being the most devastatingly good-looking avatar on the grid. 

Luckily, I have a brilliant idea for outsmarting the asset server. It's a solution to losing items* that will also help you keep your inventory small. Here it is:

  1. Buy stuff. 
  2. Unpack it and try everything on and make a note of which sizes fit (if applicable).
  3. Give the item's folder a really descriptive name, including the store name and which sizes fit you, etc. 
  4. Delete everything inside the folder except for vendor pictures of the item.
  5. File the folder in the appropriate inventory folder (clothing, furniture, etc.). 
  6. Empty your trash. 
  7. When you want to wear or use the item, go back to the store and use the re-delivery terminal to get it back! (OMG! I know! I'm brilliant!) 
  8. When you are done with it, delete the item again.
  9. Enjoy. 
There are some potential downsides to this idea. For example, not every store has a re-delivery terminal. Also, not having clothing/hair/shoes sitting in your inventory makes it hard to use the Outfits function of inventory. I'm not sure if it would be annoying to creators to have people clicking their redelivery terminals all the time or not. However, I believe having to work around these issues is a small price to pay for not having the asset server callously destroy everything you own and then having LL support taunt you by telling you they are working on the issue when they are really sitting in the break room microwaving a Hot Pocket** while laughing at you and speculating that you live in your mother's basement.***

Let me know if you give my idea a try. I'll be too busy trying to get this skirt hanger untangled from my hair. 

*Unless the asset server eats the creator's items, and then we are back to weeping softly while sitting on our closet floors in a pile of empty hangers.   

**By the way, that's not even their Hot Pocket. Janice in accounting brought it in and she's going to be so pissed if she finds out who's been stealing her lunches. 

***Due to San Francisco's high priced real estate market, they wish they could live rent free in their mother's basement instead of in a studio apartment they share with some chick who used to work at Yelp, Janice in accounting, and a drifter they found on Craigslist who pays his share of the rent in nickles.  

Monday, February 22, 2016

Rainbow Freckles

In RL, I have an 11 year old niece who has the prettiest freckles I've ever seen. They are over her nose and the top of her cheeks. I'm very jealous of her. Complete strangers have been coming up to her to tell her how pretty they are since she was a toddler. Like most kids with a unique feature, she doesn't like them. So, I always share with her things I find in the media about how cool freckles are. 

I ran across a couple of articles recently about some freckle trends: people who want some so much that they are stenciling them on and a fashion trend for RAINBOW FRECKLES!  

Now, in RL, I would look silly going into the office with rainbow freckles. But in SL, I can get away with a lot - dancing for hours in sky-high hooker heels and never wearing a bra, for example. I went to Plurk and asked if anyone would be inspired to make some rainbow freckles in SL. Happily, Lexi Morgan of Stellar liked the idea and made some! 

I have to say, I love the way they turned out. They are very delicate and pretty. I may never take them off - especially since I really want to conjure Spring up as soon as possible. They are very Spring-like, no?

These might even inspire me to wear some in RL. Not to the office though, unless I go to work for the Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

My Strange SLaddiction: Textures

What have I done for you lately? Not much. But, I'm making up for it with this post. 

One of my favorite freebies is the monthly $1 texture pack from Fabric Lab. The picture at the top of this post is the pack for February. Isn't it delicious? It's so Spring-ish! 

Fabric Lab also puts out a "password prize" that you can pick up if you get the password from Fabric Lab's web site. This is a picture of this month's prize: 
It's even more delicious, no? It's very ROY G. BIV. There is a new Password Prize every three months. 

I have no idea what I will do with these textures, but I love them. I want to take them out and rub them all over my eyeballs! That's how much I love them. I get so excited about the potential of good textures. It's a darn good thing I am so organized or my texture habit would become a serious inventory problem. It's a real SLobsession.  

I have similar problems in RL with things like lipsticks. I have a million lipsticks and glosses and tints and stains, but 99.9% of the time I just wear one sheer rose gloss. But despite never using them, I love buying new lipsticks. Just to look at apparently. If only there were lipstick freebies in real life. 

By the way, don't forget that tonight we are playing Hollywood Prims at 5 pm SLT at Hooligan's! We need more people to come watch and play! It's worth your while because you can win fabulous cash prizes! If you win cash prizes, you can start your own texture SLaddiction! 

Monday, February 1, 2016

A Week in Blue & Orange

My hometown team is headed to the Big Game next weekend and because of that I'm wearing my blue and orange cheer outfit from Stellar. I played search roulette so that I could find something Denver-ish or Bronco-like in-world. I had hopes of finding fellow Denverites and having a place to practice my cheers. What I found was a really detailed stadium with a locker room that looks just like the locker room where they interview players after the RL games. (It was so detailed, in fact, that I had to Photoshop out some of the realism.) It even smells like virtual man-sweat in here!

I worked quickly to get these pictures because I was afraid that someone - like Papa John - might appear suddenly and throw me out. I'll be back though because I am very curious to see how SL football games are played. 

Now if you will excuse me, I need to find a virtual equivalent of the Puppy Bowl


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