pssssst ….advice for Second Life newbies

Hey…. Monday Meme time again.

Meme Instructions: List 5 pieces of advice you would give to a newcomer that has just joined Second Life. Don’t forget to leave a link to your post or advice in the comments.

  1. you’ve just become virtual pixels! congratulations! Now please remember that you don’t need to spend money, get a job, rent a house, or do anything that anyone tells you is fun. Follow your own passions or invent a new one and explore it.
  2. hands on! you’ll want to ask lots of questions about the standard LL Viewer before you let someone advise you to try other viewer platforms. In fact, questions about destinations, viewers, groups and clubs, are all great kinds of exploration, but also take in a few ‘survival classes’ at friendly learning spots like Oxbridge University in Caledon.
  3. hands off! please remember manners—-or fake them! Everyone you encounter is a protagonist in their own adventure. If and when they help you, remember that this kindness can be ‘paid forward’ to others you chat with. Walking into people is not cool. Shooting people is not cool. Demanding attention for your personal drama is not cool. Asking for sex is….. right! Not Cool. You know what is very cool? Holding to a standard of friendly and helpful philosophy.
  4. stay organized! stay focused! Put things away in a folder you name, ‘new adventure’ for the first 30 days. Always buy a ‘demo’ of a product if offered. You’d be amazed what standard sizes from different designers look like on your avatar. Create a ‘demo folder’ so you can get rid of things you have not even tried on (a week or a month later). Imagine how you’d like your home closet to be organized and put that thought into your SL inventory.
  5. read the pop ups! ask questions! Please do not accept gifts, items, animations, or even handshakes from people that you do not know well (especially in sandboxes). “I’m very sorry but I’m new here. I don’t accept hugs from people I just met.” This will save you from ‘kissing’ when the animation says, ‘handshake’, or from getting spam objects, or getting neck munched by a vampire who just read your profile and wants to add a notch into their game database. On the other hand, if you are in SL to just be wild and crazy, then go ahead and create a ‘Miss Crazy’ account. Keep her separate from your own more civil explorations.  Don’t drama up your main SL experience by being a wild, crazy, irresponsible, rude, jerk full time……grab an alt.

Have fun!

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“Because You’re Still Asking That Question” – Television’s Five Best Female Characters

Miss D Ember:

And…. nothing much else to add.

Originally posted on The Popcorn Scoop:

Interviewer: So, why do you write these strong female characters?
Joss Whedon: Because you’re still asking me that question.

To be perfectly honest, as much as I love Joss Whedon, I’ve never really liked his answer to that question. Now, in fairness, if you watch the video (and you should, because Whedon is awesome and literally nothing bad will happen to your day from watching him speak), the context is that Whedon is continually and obnoxiously asked this question, and so this response is sort of his final straw after many, many attempts at being more nuanced. But it’s this line that everyone remembers, and it’s never really sat all that well with me. I mean, it’s a fine answer, and it definitely speaks to something very problematic at the way we treat women in fiction, but what bothers me is the way that it ultimately politicizes female characters…

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SL book cover meme… oh yes, I’m famous (snerks)

Meme instructions: Create a book cover to show your avatar in fiction. It does not have to be based on a real book, it can be one that you make up. Don’t forget to leave a link to your cover in the comments and share it in the Blog Memes flickr group.



A fun meme… and what I think is one of my better efforts to make art in SL…. and a darn good book.

The geometry I’m dancing on there is my current ‘sekrit nest’ in Port Caledon.

And thank you Strawberry, for continuing your monday memes.

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hope you guess my name…

DME_merwavesFrom Miss Singh comes a Monday meme you might want to ….blindfold yourself quickly:

Strawberry’s monday meme… sex confessions

You can say a lot of the memes are TMI memes. Sometimes we do end up sharing “too much information” but I believe it can be fun and entertaining to do so. I figured, since most of my memes have been relatively PG, we can get a bit more personal with this one.

Meme instructions: Answer the following sexual questions because I am a perv and want to know all about your sex lives. Don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments so I can perv all over your answers, multiple times.

Sexual Questions: (for SL)

  1. What is your sexual orientation or do you not like to label yourself? – labels are handy if you are editing Wikipedia. Otherwise, also handy if you are confused, or perhaps if you have limited idea of the range of sentient experience, or if, or if, or if it’s just easy.  I think I’m oriented to all five sexes based on my history.
  2. Name a physical attribute that you find attractive or sexy. – Physical attributes play well with me if the brain behind them is pleased to show them!  You like your legs? Show off your legs and I’ll find that sexy. In a complete absence of personality to display the attribute… I’d vote for chewable ears. I promise to return the ear mostly intact.
  3. Are you promiscuous, a prude or in between? – I’m not even sure what that means. Across the thousand cultures I’ve been exposed to, not a one agrees how much ‘promiscuous’ a promiscuous would ‘promis’ to exceed the local standards. I think I’m very rawr and dangerous when thwarted.
  4. What turns you on? – Visuals. Imagination. Exotica. Randy language. Manners. Tall. Tiny. Whimsy. The smell of leather.
  5. Are you dominant or submissive? – I am dominant. On the other hand… tell me a good story and I may change my mind for an hour.
  6. Are you into sexual roleplay? – I have been a thousand people before dinner. I have been a different thousand people after dinner. Behind closed doors… I might be things you would never think are people.
  7. Which sexual position is your favorite? – top
  8. Do you have any fetishes? – In the classic definition, you cannot have satisfying release without a fetish present. So…. no, I don’t.
  9. Have you or would you do porn, amateur or professional? – Porn is a commercial transaction where I participate in visual display of something you find entertaining and you then pay me for being entertained. Sometimes it gets recorded so you can entertain yourself all over again later. No. Not very interested. Porn is either really funny or really creepy to me.
  10. Do you consider yourself sexy? – Mmmmmm. Well. That’s so “in the eye of the beholder” I think. I think freedom to express makes me feel sexy. I think SL has unusually powerful tools for freedom of expression. So most days, I think SL provides a sexy place to be artful and positive with other sentients.

OK. You can take the blindfold off now. We’re here.

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from House of Ruin to RUE to Devae

new logo for RUE

from House of Ruin to RUE to Devae

So if you follow horns, eyes, and skins that I wear….



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Beating Heart…

Beating Heart…

Most folks in Second Life are not gaming… they are visiting from their regular lives. In this, you understand that there are tons of fun things to do in Second Life to enrich your regular life.

Enrichment by Art, fashion, events, social moments, music, discussion of literature, and general steampunk whimsy are popular in Caledon.

What is less popular in Caledon… is immersive RolePlay.  I’ve shared some with folks, but really, not for about three years now. Except… really, I hope this doesn’t unwind the wrong string… I’m almost always a Character without a regular life. I do not talk about the Typist so much. I used to make pains to demonstrate there was a difference—-but I’ve been lazy and folks who meet and deal with me over the past few years may understand or not understand at all that I am a protagonist traveling fictional dimensions.

Second Life is my vacation from regular life.

In that sense, I suppose being invisibly a protagonist is easier, smoother, and more social. Folks take me as I am, without regard to what I might be. That’s pretty healthy for all of us. Deeds rather than words. If this is the case I am content.

The link above is discussing vulnerability during RP and how it does not fit with the North American culture. Nothing to see here, move along now.


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unseelie fancy

unseelie fancy

I do not think I ever really linked to this ….and so now I have.

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Loki tours New Babbage again…

Loki tours New Babbage again…

Very fun and welcome machina.

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the myth of the wealthy Land Baron….

Some straight talk on money and sim ownership.

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Please go and wave goodbye to a fantastic sim build….

Seraph City must close.

Read this post by the owner. Truth.

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