It is always Spring in SL!
I finally got this one to the MP this weekend, but my ad pic sucks! I have to work on that…but for now, I rest.
What I’m working on now….The models I use are from VALEM. If you enjoy the 3-D version of Paint by Numbers…you will love texturing these models as much as I do! Next, on to animations…wish me luck!
I recall loving the gacha machines that lined the entrances of various stores when I was a kid. My mom had incredible patience as my brother and I fretted which machine would be fed the coins obtained from our hard earned allowance. It was fun and the thrill of the potential take was intense for two five year old kids that had studied the options with great intensity. Our allowance only afforded us one opportunity to win the coveted display prize…which we never did…lol! But like most things, you grow out of the desire to win the molded plastic spider rings or other unidentifiable cheap object….Or do you?
I thought The Arcade gacha events were interesting, novel for SL, and generally entertaining. But, I’m not a collector of things and honestly it is lost on me, this desire to obtain digital tchotchke. Most of which look like pastel colored turds with a beak and black beady eyes to me…oh, and the pastel turds with black beady eyes and some tiny wings added to make it “rare”…lol…but I suppose it is the thrill of the win as opposed to the fact that it is a useless item that will probably be used as a prop one time and eventually end up in a virtual garage sale or deleted from inventory. Like the Ebay addicts that are addicted to the “win” with no real interest in the object up for bid.
If it is not your thing, as it is not mine, it seems no big deal because you are not being held hostage by the gacha squad and forced into non-consensual vendor clicking until you have spent all of your L’s in an attempt to win the potentially useless item…because you can simply not visit such events. Easy enough. However, lately I have noticed that these damn machines are everywhere! It gets a bit irritating to visit a creators in world store see an item, shoes, hair, skin, etc., that you would be more the willing to buy outright, but no…you must attempt to win the object in the color/pattern that you want. It puts me off and I note that I have stopped visiting some of my otherwise favorite creators shops because it appears that some of the more desirable objects are no longer a simple click and buy, but instead an opportunity to throw a bunch of L’s at in an attempt to “win” the one item that you wanted to buy. At this point, it is starting to look like a greed fest and while I’m not opposed to supporting the creatives with my active consumerism, I am not interested in feeding the greedy.
I logged into the feed this afternoon and found this nugget:
After posing what are very legit questions to someone who is begging for your hard earned cash, Honehe blocked those that were not giving up the dough and asking questions or providing suggestions instead…which translates into, give me your money and STFU.
People should not be fooled by this kind of panhandling. It was only 7 days ago that Honehe was making a post about an expensive bike “he” purchased:
And…We all know that custom in SL is not cheap…but:
Don’t worry that the elderly woman is going to pass without her dignity intact…Hospices are typically privately funded by non-profits and their services are delivered at no cost to the patient or family, they only ask for donations, not payment for services rendered. You are not donating to this woman anyway if you read his feed post. You are donating to pay his bills.
Most of you feed regulars will recognize Honehe as the decade old friend and one time partner of Kinnaird…who was a long time friend of Seicher Rae. Yes, in their day of glory, it was Honehe Loudwater (HL) and Kinnaird, and Herschel Leaky (HL) and Seicher Rae…LoL. I guess it was easier for her to remember since they had the same initials, HL. Strange that Honehe did not send a private message to Kinnaird the fund raiser to beg funds…lol. It is somewhat reminiscent of Tristesse(sp) coming to the old GD forum and claiming to be SR’s dearest old friend, and an owner of a 250 employee business, while SR was crying on the feeds that because a job could not be located, she would be living under a bridge in just a matter of weeks…Yet her business owner friend was living right there in Ohio and could not offer SR a job to save her from such a terrible plight…Logic, use it.
Ah yes, Kinnaird, she recently posted that she and Honehe entered SL together, but stayed no longer than a week…lol. Kinnaird, not unlike her predecessor, Ellyn Elan a.k.a. Seicher Rae, was intent on Ima voicing her beliefs as to her actual identity when Ima noted inconsistency in Kinnaird’s early postings…She was at an event that occurred prior to her rez date and such…Then she sent me a PM:
Well, that may have been all well and good, except for the fact that at the time she sent that PM, I had not yet told a soul that I thought she was a Seicher Rae alt. Shortly afterwards, I told one person. Pep.
But the clincher that Kinnaird is an SR alt came in the same PM in this statement:
Of course you know SR in RL and “you ain’t her” lol. Subsequently, I had mentioned that I thought she was SR to others, some agreed, and some reported that Kinnaird had reported that she and SR were merely friendly on the feeds, but she did not in fact know SR in real life…oh what a tangled web we weave. All that said, Kinnaird has only been an asshole in PM, when PM was possible, but otherwise, acted as if she had some sense and not of any interest to Ima. Why can’t all of her alts be so well behaved?
I feel fairly confident that SR, Kinnaird, Honehe, and Herchel are all the same person. I can’t prove it…don’t feel like I need to prove it…we are all entitled to our opinions 🙂 Her newest incarnation, Majel, seems harmless as well…but still SR. Most recognized Majel as an SR alt without prompting from Ima, so, I don’t know, SR, might be time to give up the gig.
At any rate, it might be all fun and games with alts when life, liberty, and the Benjamin are not involved…but once the line is crossed, it is wise to pay closer attention. Do not part with your money. A real life honest, desperate, but dedicated to helping themselves, person will offer to pay you back…not just request donations to pay their bills…Be wise. Be aware. Beware.
Just a funny – When I signed on this morning, these two pictures appeared in this order on my Feed homepage and it made me laugh as it appears that Venus is looking up Ian’s skir…I mean kilt. Looks can be deceiving 😛
Speaking of deceiving looks, NWN presented the following:
Besides the fact that a representative sample, nor a guarantee of unique participants can be determined, the question that is being asked is not the question being answered. As there is no LL new world as of the writing of this post and at the time of the above survey, the question that was probably answered was more on the order of “How is the knowledge that Linden Lab is developing a new virtual world changing your current usage of SL.” Extrapolating this information into anything meaningful is impossible. Just more fear mongering or someone comfortable with reporting stats with a less than 2% confidence interval? Either way, an unnecessary attempt to suggest something based on nothing. Poor form.
I followed the SLF discussion for a while before I finally had to turn off email notifications to keep my tablet from whistling all night long. I remain surprised at some of the upset over this most excellent news. I have seen a fair amount announcing that they will be quitting this bitch before the bitch can quit them, which is hilarious. I’m surprised that they make it through RL since there has been no official document signed by the promulgated deities and notarized by Jesus stating that the sun will rise and set tomorrow and forevermore.
I don’t understand the proclivity of individuals to demand better performance and utility in the pending new world when both are virtual unknowns at this point. There is speculation that FBX models will be the new standard, and maybe so, as there are some utilities like Simplygon that can make the mesh incredibly efficient and will play nicely with the asset servers, engines, etc., …all speculation, hell let’s just spread the rumor that LL is developing the first of their kind virtual world engines…It has just has much merit as the rest of the speculative rumors.
I remain optimistic that a majority of the creators are excited about this new venture and are staying the course until such time as it no longer makes sense to do so…and that time will come for SL or the new virtual world. There is no guarantee that the new world will be a smashing success and if it is not, SL may live on until there simply is no more support for the antiquated technology upon which it is built. Alternatively, the new world will be amazing and the ultimate mecca for the creatives and users alike, making SL look like an unwanted old pair of running shoes.
I have noted that there are the following groups posting about the new world:
Creators demanding better tools despite the fact that they have no idea what tools will be available.
Creators that lament the notion of having to create even a fraction of their current digital offerings due to the amount of work involved. They are here for the money, not the vast creativity, friends, or as a means in which to socialize…They are strictly “show me the money,” types. Not a problem, the ToS does not say you must have a love and passion for creativity and the platform in order to be allowed to use it to garner an income or bring to life your capitalist dreams in your self-made digital empire.
Users that just want to keep their name and will squat wherever the virtual winds blow.
Users irate over the inability to use TPVs in the new world…even though they don’t know if the new world will require a viewer client.
Users who have no idea that a new world is in development, or what most refer to as the “majority.”
In all that I have read, the only concern that seems to have any degree of validity to it is the notion that the ability to make the most efficient mesh for the new world will require the use of Maya or other very pricey software. For those creators that are making ends meet with their digital offerings made exclusively in Blender, a free program, that could be an initial set back, but on the other hand…you have what appears to me a few years to save up. Save up. For people such as myself, that like to create but just do not have the time to dedicate to it due to career and family, such an expenditure would never make sense. I suspect my type are the minority user and that really will not be a huge issue. Business owners have always known that at some point you must spend money in order to make money.
Until later, happy speculating!
There really is no point in linking a bunch of posts about the recent news regarding the LL plan to develop a new VW platform that will be in the “Spirit of SL,” but on steroids. They have probably all been read 100 times, and linked twice as many times. If you have a strong constitution, you probably made it through the SLUniverse thread that banked a good bit of bandwidth with a huge mix of woots, woes, and wtf’s!
Personally, I don’t understand how one single user of SL can not be completely excited about this news. I have seen many people state that they will no longer buy content, rent land, or pay for a premium membership. Great, when profits will no longer sustain the SL of today or allow for the investment into a brand new shiny world, you can thank yourself for showing them who was boss! I have seen others cry that they are devastated at the thought of losing their current SL inventory because they have sentimental ties to it…ummm…go ye now and get Sim On a Stick, back up your precious inventory and upload it to your stick Sim and visit away…Geezus, should LL simply cease any thoughts of moving into a state of current technology in order for you to hang on to your digital memories? Selfish. I have seen people post that LL is using profits that they made off of the creativity of the users to fund this new world…Oh what a cunning plan LL…re-investing profits into your brand…lol…Eye roll.
I have seen creators ask how they should manage their current SL business because they are concerned that LL running two platforms in parallel will cause server strain and prevent business activities from taking place in either world…running two platforms in parallel does not meaning running on the same servers…hell, it sounds like it will be a whole new game engine capable of magic…but you “business” owners really should already know how to plan for business interruptions, transitions, or…worst case scenario, the complete shutdown of the vehicle that currently supports your digi biz. Unless of course you are just RP’ing a business operator and you don’t have any real business acumen. Well, at least there is plenty of time for you USA’ers to LLC your biz to protect your RL assets.
At any rate, I’m very excited about this news, although I admit that the waiting is going to be painful. People are wondering if Ebbe screwed the pooch by letting the cat out of the bag..heheh…but I think it is going to build up a good bit of excited anticipation and time for the news to spread inworld…It would, however be wonderful if Ebbe/or Communications Director would stop saying that “the creators in the new world will be King.” I doubt very much that the extraordinarily talented population of female creators care to grow a penis for the crowning. Put a tiara on it LL.
I can hardly wait to see what they name this new world, keeping my fingers crossed that the best gaming engine available today is going to be used (subjective so I won’t name my fav 🙂 ), and otherwise, continuing to enjoy my SL!