Yup… I broke it. (._.)

So, like, yeah… (._.)

The blog looks different, don’t it? (>_<)

Something went all wacky when I was trying to get my Nextgen gallery plugin to be more prominent on the front page.  Seems the best I could get out of it was everything go boom! (>_<)

Still here, though.  Just decorating my sim for no good reason. =^-^=

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The option (>.>)

So, I had a friend chime in on group chat the other day wondering where her chat-line teleport history went…

If you don’t know, it has been a feature in SL clients to leave an SLURL of where you teleported from as an aid to know where you’ve been.  It could be used to return to your prior place or even used as a time-stamp, logging when you’ve hopped over. (^_^)

But, now, it’s gone… As of SL version 3.6.10. (>_<)

I asked about it on the forum to see if anyone else knew about what was going on and eventually someone posted a reference to a maintenance Jira entry.  It followed a request to remove “long distracting messages in nearby chat”.  It was also mentioned that it was a rather small piece of code and any TPV or self compile could add it back in. (^_^)

But, that’s the thing.  It’s something that LL has been quite bad at.  The users will request something and LL delivers that something, all or nothing.  They don’t seem to take into consideration that some people still like how something works.  So, like above… What was “distracting” was probably helpful to others in one way or another. (>_<)

Remember the big blue popups of the old V1 clients?  I remember complaining about how cumbersome and distracting they were.  I remember when V2 came out, missing out on announcements and popups since they were made so small and unobtrusive that they were practically invisible. (>_<)

Here’s the thing…

When people ask for something; we’re usually asking for THE OPTION to have that something.  Now, I know that the preferences menus are already quite complex.  But, that’s not reason enough to add an option here or there.  In this case, it could have been a Chat option “Include SLURLs In Chat History” or something of the sort.  Don’t just bloody kill the thing. DX

LL almost got it right with the 3-side dockable buttons thing.  It helped my faith in their dev skills that they made something with nearly universal configurability.  But, they kinda just stopped right there.  (>_<)

Oi, Lindens… There were people who didn’t like that feature and wanted it gone, yes.  But, there were also people who liked it.  Give us the option to have one or the other without dropping the bomb on a function… (=_=)y


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Building (Or a lack of) (>_<)

First of all; Hi Reddit peeps! =^-^=

Mkay, so, not sure if you know I have a sim.  It’s a full sim.  I put my house on one quarter, I parceled off another quarter for rentals, and I have another half that I’d really like to know what I should do with. (=_=)

It’s been bare for a long time.  Some friends put some trees out, but, I want more.  I want to hit my prim limit with something really cool.  Some ideas I got are things like a city or rebuilding Slum City again, a walk-in computer, expanding on the Privateer Space rebuild, something nautical, a haunted wood, or whatever.  (>_<)

I kind of liked the giant anchor and chained down floating islands for a while, but, those islands had horrible LI.  Plus, I want my build to be more of my work than purchased things.  That, and, I really would like to make use of the ground. (^_^)

The computer idea sounds fun, but, it would have to be a skybox project.  I sort of have what I need (circuit layout software, reference computer parts)  I would just have to figure out how to make it attractive enough to get visitors. (._.)

What would be really wicked would be a haunted Victorian mansion on a hill.  Though, I’m bad with big builds.  Not sure how well I’d be able to pull it off. (>_<)

Really, a lot of this is more due to my creative slump lately.  I somehow need to find some time off to focus on making things again.  What could I do with a half sim that would be really cool and attract visitors?  I wanna build something! (>_<)


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A-holeus Amongus

**Open disclaimer; I’m ranting my own personal opinion.  Nobody else has proof-read my statements and my words are not endorsed or approved of by any Sl community.

But, anyway… Y’all know I volunteer for NCI, right?  New Citizens Inc, the volunteer help group in Second Life which provides some basic instruction, general help, and free sandboxes.  It’s a great community.  Help is practically constantly available.  Support at our sites takes care of most valid questions and griefings.  Personally, I owe the whole community a great debt for helping me get my start in SL and continuing to enjoy the service nearly every day. (^_^)

I guess, the problem being, it’s a BIG community.  With that comes a very broad cross-section of online personalities, not excluding the most entitlistic and outspoken jerkoffs ever to rest their flabby butts behind a keyboard. (=_=)

It’s more than frustrating to many people I see in the community.  We try to keep an open environment.  The community’s lands are all public access.  The groups are free to join.  But, that openness has been showing its faults quite strongly lately.  We have or hangers-about in the plaza and sandbox who just milk the environment for every drop of drama they can find.  Dare we ban them, they either come back in an alt or use the group as their soap box to go on about how their “rights” have been violated.  (>_<)

The genuine butt-nuggets are the ones who come back with some claim that we ban “everyone” or “anyone with an opinion” or worse “anyone an officer dislikes”.  Of course, this “everyone” is likely to be their small circle of drama-mongering frenemies who tolerate each other just enough to focus their collective attentions to where they’re least welcome. (=_=)

And, they’re not exactly griefers.  They seem convinced that they’re in the right.  As if it’s their entitled right to swear in a G region, mouth off about nearly everything, fuel drama with discussions about religion and/or politics, or even go so far as to chase off people validly requesting help in the area just so they could continue their drama-mongering hack’n slash at each other.  It’s all subtle enough to be within our guidelines, but, if I witnessed enough of it I’d be more than ready to cite our A-hole rule and just ban them for the cumulative strife they’ve espoused. (>_<)

It’s frustrating.  Frustrating to the point of helpful and productive members resigning.  Made all the more tough by our inability to please everyone, everywhere, and all the time.  I’m sitting here wondering what can I do.  I’m currently burdened by a number of outside situations (family, job, and such) which prevent me from being present during these dramatic peaks.  So, best I can do is rely on the community.  But, of course, the most reliable members wind up being the most derided and treated like enemies of the people. (._.)

The community can’t just shutter the works.  NCI is too much a positive influence on the grid to be allowed to cave under the load of A-holes targeting it.  But, people can only handle so much.  Every incident puts people one step closer to the edge.  Particularly in NCI staff.  Joining staff is not an easy task.  There is no application.  It’s based on a trust relationship which grows over time.   When any one member is lost, the impact can be disarming. (._.)

Best I can do is continue to have faith in the community and particularly in our volunteers.  They’re all doing what they can to make things right.  I just wish that the A-holes someday look in the mirror and see why they’re getting ejected, banned, muted, and reported.  Really, people, quit blaming others for your crap-hole of a personality disorder!  (._.)



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Frigg’n Immy’s Frigg’n Digits! =^-^=

Who else read’s Strawberry Singh’s blog?  I do! =^-^=

She been posting up a few articles about avatar proportion and height.  A subject that interests me quite a bit.  Given, I’m usually a bit short. XD

How short, you ask!?  Well… Okay, you probably didn’t ask, but I’m one to be cheesy that way. (^_^)

According to this thing I’m 5’3″. (^_^)


That don’t bug me none.  I kinda want to be 5’0″, but, recent neck adjustments have offset that. (>_<)

So, anyway… My digits.  I’ll share what SS shared. (^_^)

Height: 10
Body Fat: 12
Head size: 50
Torso Muscle: 36
Breast Size: 63
Arm length: 76
Hand size: 17
Torso length: 26
Love Handles: 20
Belly Size: 0
Leg Muscle: 30
Leg length: 36
Hip width: 39
Butt Size: 40
Saddle Bags: 33

I think those numbers are enough to make me a chunky little munky. =^-^=

Now, for the Proportions Challenge Questions~ Dun-du-da-duuuun!~ 

Do you try and keep your avatar’s body proportionate and similar to the “average” proportions pictured above? – Yes.  I simply want to look good and I think part of looking good is being some sort of believable and natural form.  I’m not saying realistic.  Just enough so that people can believe that I have some sense of reality. (^_^)

What do you dislike the most about the SL avatar mesh? – I don’t like how the tummy joins with the chest.  It could have been made far more flexible.  Instead what we get is tummy-block mates with chest-block and if they hit any offset from each other, they just shear, overlap, and split.  This ain’t so bad when standing still, but when dancing, it’s really yucky! (>_<)

Does it bother you when you see other avatars that are not proportionate at all? – Yes, it do!  I mean, to each their own.  But I don’t have to like it.  Like, when I see a 7′ tall amazonian thingamabob with legs twice as long as their torso, I totally go all judgmental on them in my head.  Like, do they even realize how crooked and wonky they are?  Or are they just trying to machismo up and be taller than everyone else because tall is power? (O.o)

Even though this is a virtual world and people can be anything they want to be, do you feel when they are in human form, they should try to keep their proportions close to average? – Naw.  People should do what they like.  It’s a matter of freedom gifted to us by our virtual reality.  At the same time, people should realize the glass house they’re in when they’ve determined that another’s shape is “wrong” and do things like ban each other or make wild and potentially criminal accusations. (>_<)

I have a particular line in my estate’s covenant.  It’s this:

This sim is to be constructed to-scale.  Meaning the meter will be honored as-is and “short” avatars will be considered proper adult height.  Avatars taller than 1.8 meters in real prim height will be considered creatures of fantasy and lore and will NOT be used as reference in order to falsely accuse properly scaled avatars of being depictions of children.

My sim, my rules.  No? =^-^=

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Mingle much? (^_^)

It started here.  I figured it would be fun to post my desktop in a thread about desktops.  But, instead of a screen shot, I opted to take a picture of my screens.  Mostly because of the odd layout I use… At work. =^-^=

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So, yeah, that’s what my desk looks like at work.  Mind you, yeah, I have tons more applications running at any given time.  But, that’s my desktop. (^_^)

It’s part of my “mingling” of RL and SL.  I do a fair job of keeping both separate.  Most of my online identity cannot be traced back to the RL me except for historic reference… Where I was, and such.  Same goes for RL people knowing what I do online.  Though, it’s not because I ain’t open about it. (^_^)

I’m not that kinda hard-line “RL and SL are exclusive!!!” type.  At the same time, I’m not the “Hey! IM me to get to know everything about me” kind either.  But, I let things mingle. (^_^)

That’s to say, a little sprinkle of Immy here and there in my RL keeps things a bit brighter.  And, I can’t quite get rid of the Me-me in my SL.  It’s just the way I function.  I may not be telling the whole truth, but, I can’t just flat-out lie.  Here I am *BWONNNG*, and stuf. =^-^=

I guess that’s my ramble of the day… week… month… Jeez, I don’t update this joint as much as I should. (>_<)


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