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monday meme mesh, do ya, don’t ya—–DIGITS?

Meme Instructions: Share your avatar’s digits and/or answer the following questions about mesh bodies. If you decide to share your digits, feel free to add your image to the Digits Flickr Group.

You do not have to share your numbers if you don’t feel comfortable. You can just answer the following questions:

  1. Do you currently own a mesh body? If so, do you wear it all the time or just once in a while? If not, skip to the fourth question. – Nope. I’ve tried a few demos, and admire all the possibilities that the mesh bodies offer in terms of taking art shots, but it is just way too much trouble to fuss with them. I’m happy with the SL avatar.
  2. What is your preferred mesh body available on the market right now? – N/A
  3. Have you changed your shape since you started wearing the body? – N/A
  4. How do you feel about mesh bodies in general? – I think they are really a work of art. Folks that are not into art or fashion in SL can pretty much take a pass.  While I’m very interested in art, I’m not willing to get into a technology that isn’t supporting most of my SL day to day experience. It is also a tech that changes on a regular basis. Some mesh bodies are already dead based on the wonky and abusive DMCA system we live with. LL has to act immediately upon takedowns with minimal evidence that the complaint is legit.
  5. What is one thing you would request from designers when it comes to mesh bodies? – I think the designers missed the boat when they commercialized various mesh bodies as thing you PUT ON. I like the variety and the change in emphasis in the various bodies I’ve seen. Some are plush. Some are thin. Some seem to be much more real and some are more fantastic.  However, I think for myself, that the whole question of mesh bodies should have been taken back a step to the baseline avatar. Barn door is open now, but maybe this will apply to SL2? I’ll comment more below.

From my perspective, the mesh body designers took the easy and natural path, they went around LL and did the hard work and innovation that Users had been asking LL to do for years. They re-invented the humanoid avatar.

But the SL avatar is mesh. ((Word of caution here, the whole commentary is fantasy, LL is never going to implement a new avatar in the SL we have.))

To me, the mesh body you want should be a set of selections, all with slider “fitted options” and tied back to some sort of baseline humanoid that is artistically sweet and average. That’s what LL and designers should have worked on.

Instead, SL avatars are tech from prior to 2002. Is there anything on your computer that is from 2002? I didn’t think so.

I supposed that SL2 will address this in some fashion. (Perhaps badly given LL resources spends in the past as a yardstick.)

So we have a 2002 mesh body with sliders. The body is wrongly proportioned. The sliders are ergonomically wrong.

What if instead, as with gender, we could select bodies by ‘genre’ avatar library? We could be quadropedal, androids, or aliens, or titans, or orcs, or werewolves, and the rigged bones and sliders for all of these would have some clean math acting on the base av.  What if SL2 had an open set of design parameters (as with viewers) and if your avatar design qualified and passed quality checks, you could add a new avatar to the base math of the sliders and suddenly be a sleek new being?

Sure, you might find that most avatars added to the library were good ol’ Plush, or Curvy, or Zombie, or even Child, or Fashion Waif—-but you’d be working within a system. Your sliders would have ‘fitted mesh’ influence on the ‘genre av’ you had selected.

It’s only a dream folks. The diversity and complications for fashion designers could go straight to unmanageable. However, I love the idea.  Cruise the marketplace and you’ll find some Pretty Popular AVs that are doing this, and providing all the skins, clothes, weapons, and fancies that fit Only Their Genre AV.

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please, sir? may I have some more?

please, sir? may I have some more?

A ten percent increase in prims per region sounds good to me. Hey, LL, give it a try for 30 days!

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Let’s Pixel like it is 2013…

Meme instructions: Copy and paste the following questions and answers into your post, delete my answers and input your own. All of your answers should reflect your activity within Second Life. Remember to leave your link in this meme’s comments so others can come by and read your answers as well!

  1. Who did you speak to last inworld today?  Solace Fairlady
  2. Who has taught you most about SL?  Inara Pey
  3. Who do you turn to for help?  my first request for help would go to the Independent State of Caledon group channel.  More than a single person, I will find many who are willing to comment or cross-check my own lack of expertise. Quite often this would lead to a private IM or coaching from someone who has a better idea of who exactly I should be talking to to get answers.
  4. Who is the most entertaining person on your friend list? I’m not certain that anyone on my Friends List is regularly entertaining. I like to do my chatting at events, in the moment. In that respect I have many friends who will share chat in public, and some that really don’t.  I have friends that send me scripts to test. I have friends that send me pictures to enjoy.  I have friends that invite me to events.

    So then I have some friends that actually take efforts to draw folks together for Events!  These amazing individuals go through the pleasure and pain of regular built social moments.  You cannot have such a lovely Second Life without people like: Serra Anansi, Breezy Carver Fabre, Fogwoman Gray Volare, Magda Haiku, Patty Poppy, Tao Mistwalker, Tensai Hilra, TotalLunar Eclipse, and Rudolfo Woodget.

  5. Do you speak to your SL friends outside of SL? Wait, what does that mean? Is this one of those RL questions?  My Typist is not that social.
  6. Are you part of a community or family inworld? See No.3 above.  Community is a lot of the reason I’m still in the Pixel Steam Grid.  And what that means is that I have outlived several communities and continue to look for more. Caledon. Steelhead. Winterfell. New Babbage. New Toulouse. Witchport. Antiquity sims. Armada Breakaway. Steeltopia. Seraph City. ROMA SPQR. The 1920s Berlin Project.
  7. Are you usually around a lot of people or do you spend most of your time alone inworld? I would say I am mostly with other people.  I used to do a lot of building and design, but I have not had the time for it in a couple years now. As my time inworld has become less, I’ve decided to interact with people more.
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goodbye SLURL builder, you were the BFF

I knew this day was coming… SLURL.com is still there but references to the builder all go to maps.secondlife.com now.

But search there for Port Caledon…. and …. nothing.

Go to the upper right corner of the page, and find the new builder pop-up where you can build a map link.

So I guess SLURLs will disappear some time as well?

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/port%20caledon/80/55/25/?title=**%20DME%20GadgetsImage

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the Name is the Thing…

More thoughts on SL Names….

Most of what I’ve read of responses to Strawberry’s name meme seems to ignore Display Names. The use seems thin… and mostly pragmatic (as in, correcting typos, removing numbers, adding hypen-spouse names.)

With all the hoo-ha about name conventions according to the Linden-speak, it would seem that 2 years later (it was late 2010 that last names were disintegrated by fiat) Display Names are much ado about nothing.

True Names…. well, that is always important.

I’ve honestly never used the Display Name feature. But that isn’t to say it might not be useful. There are many options I use in my in-world visits, and many Firestorm options that I feel I could barely get by without, but cranking up my name with ASCII text or morphing my text identity every month just isn’t something important.

I think it would be a better feature if you could add content. For instance, when I run the T.E.A.W.R. in May, there could be ‘rally instructions’ floating over my head to help anyone just arriving at the start get oriented. Now I can build a ‘hovertext’ prim and wear that (I may, it sounds like a good idea now that I think on it) and folks won’t have to hear the same spiel six times as folks arrive on station for the rally to start.

Of course, my Role Play time in Caledon has fallen to zero.  Maybe I’d use Display Names if I was doing some RP character work, as that would cue folks that I might be NOT who I appear to be.  Because really, I often appear in different versions of myself and no one bats an eye at that.

Then again, maybe those who blog are not a good sampling of users to judge SL features by.

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