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francesca alva's adventures in the metaverse

More about the new CEO, aka Rodvik Linden

He’s just your average n00b with unlimited powers and a private island. 😀 He seems to be enjoying himself though, and he has posted about his experiences. It’s nice that he’s including us in this way. His av is wearing a toga, and he accidentally outed his alt, one Parmenides Resident. A Classicist no less. I think SL is in good hands.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The New CEO …

is called Rod Humble, has a background in gaming and is a Brit!!!!!!! Woohoo! Read all about him here.

I’m cautiously optimistic about this (not because he’s a fellow-Brit LOL), but because he seems to have something of the visionary about him: unlike the previous bloke whose real name came to me just as I was about to type “whose name I can’t even remember”, Mark Kingdon. I suppose I should offer some further insightful commentary, but my blogging has always been a little lacklustre and why should anything change just because the final digit of the year has changed. Does anyone really believe in a New Year; a new start once they’re out of their 20s? Apart from anything else, why do you have to wait until a particular date before trying to change your life?

Why does one always see the typos and other errors just after publishing and not before? It’s like turning on the shower just as you realize you forgot your towel. 😛

Sunday, 16 January 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

More nostalgia

One thing that hadn’t been zapped from inventory was a notecard I sent to a friend on 26 September 2006 when I was still quite new but felt as if I had been there forever. It was headed Francesca’s Travels and I’ll reproduce it in part here because it describes a rapidly vanishing SL, and because it reminds me of happier times. It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.

Hello R

I didn’t get around to writing this over the weekend. I’d like to say it was because RL was so exciting, but I was exploring in SL.

This should really have been called the ramblings of Francesca because that’s just what I’m going to do.

First of all – SIM news such as it is.

That evil land-grabbing avi Francesca Alva has bought more land. Well – it won’t up my land fees, so why not? I’m building something to go on it – it’s a secret for now. 😉

I met Bridget McKay today. She’s a 7′ 7″  tall winged humanoid all black with red eyes and a dragon on her shoulder. In RL she comes from [name removed]. She has the parcel at the end and to the left of mine looking straight down from your place. She didn’t say, but I don’t think she has a dragon in RL, LOL. She did tell me she wasn’t anywhere near 7′ tall, LOL. hehehe. She’s desperate for more prims.

I found a website that shows you what type of server your sim is on (http://neighbours.maxcase.info/), and whether you share it with anyone. Class 4 servers have 3 sims, Class 3 servers have 2 sims. Class 2 servers were supposed to have only 1 sim, but according to LL they have now been retired. Guess which Seogwipo is on? That’s right – the supposedly defunct 2 – and we share with another sim. The site relies on avis who wear a special gizmo that collects data in-world. I picked up one of them and am one of their top reporters [smiles modestly].  Ahead of me is Twiggy Lawson (ROTFLOL). You can either choose sims or click on the gizmo and be sent to a randomly-selected sim. I’ve ended up under water, embedded in walls and in private homes. I was flying through one sim when suddenly there was a shower of green sparks. A message from one Data Linden appeared at the top of the screen ordering me to stop caging and shooting. I immediately assumed it was my fault, LOL, or rather the gizmo’s fault and replied telling him I wouldn’t even know how to go about doing that. I had visions of being banned from SL. He replied that he hadn’t been talking to me, and I realised that I was the target of the shooting and caging. He had been rescuing me, LOL.

An SL lifeguard tried to pick me up, hehe. Sent me an IM asking where I was. Since I’d never met him before, I asked him why he wanted to know. He said he’d seen me in a class and wanted to get to know me, hehe. I checked out his profile, and his RL photo showed a 20 something. A very nice-looking 20 something, I have to say. But how stupid – if we’d ever spoken it might have made some sense – but to fall for a load of pixels. Good to know I’ve still got it, Teehee.

Anyway, on to my travels.

I started off in Tethys – riding the river in an inner tube for which I paid Ben Linden the enormous sum of 1 linden. I have no idea what the river is called, but as you’re from Essex and I’m from Kent, I’m going to call it the Thames – thus following in the fine tradition of British explorers in renaming exotic places that have perfectly good names with something a little less foreign, LOL

The HQ of something called the Alliance Fleet is here, and I have to say that most of the people in these wilder areas seem to be of the survivalist mentality and overly concerned with weapons of mass destruction, LOL. It’s that sort of place, because it’s so bleak you can’t plant flowers and rez fountains and gazebos (well I suppose you could since this is SL, but they’d look a bit stupid). I suspect that most of the people here don’t spend much time in their houses, or else they’re recluses.

There are proper roads here, though (with lots of advertising hoardings), and I found a railway line. All the land that isn’t occupied is protected so it won’t be developed. Most of the occupied land belongs to groups, or, I would guess, to people who’ve been in SL from the start.

I followed the river round to Arlberg. Can’t give you any landmarks because His Excellency Governor Linden won’t let you create any. But there are a couple of pics. The land here belongs to the SL Aquarium society, which explains the giant aquarium.

I then followed the Thames round to Garmisch – one of the snow sims.

I don’t know if you arrived at Braunworth info hub like me. I couldn’t wait to get out, but I’ve since discovered that if you go along the road there you come to snow sims. I was at the hub yesterday (nostalgia) and there were a couple of brand new avs shooting one another. This place is really going to the dogs, what with griefers and those greedy land grabbers [coughs].

My brain is completely  overwhelmed with all the places I’ve seen (if it’s 1.00 pm this must be Seogwipo, hehe) so I’ll just say that if you continue to follow the river you arrive in a temperate zone with boats moored at jetties, and finally at the tropical seaside sims.

I meant to ask you if you were online when all the drama was taking place over the hacking and we had to change our passwords. Unfortunately my email chose that day to misbehave, so although I requested instructions, nothing arrived. It was only after numerous requests I realised that the deluge of spam had stopped as well. The dam burst around midnight and I was finally able to get back into SL. Other people weren’t so lucky, and there were dark mutterings in the forums about lawsuits and suchlike. It was hardly LL’s fault they were hacked – even the Pentagon has suffered, but I do think they could have had staff in over the weekend to field calls. Apparently 60 people have now been banned and an entire sim, Satyr, deleted, because they were instrumental in bringing down the grid. I don’t think they had anything to do with the hack though. Apparently that was someone who was after $linden.

I think that’s all the news, except I’ve noticed that in a class the women get on with making whatever it is we’re making, and if anyone’s disrupting the group it’s always a man. There was a guy today who couldn’t get the hang of it so he criticised the instructor – said her notes were muddled – she was a bit upset. After all, they volunteer to do this – no one pays them. Of course he was the only one who had a problem. The notes were fine – it was him. I think it was probably too advanced a class.

Well, that’s about it. Went to 4 classes today and all in all it’s been busy and productive. That means that RL went on the back burner (again).

Looking forward to chatting again.

Wish you were here, LOL

Francesca

PS – it’s 4.25 am!!!

Saturday, 15 January 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Inventory Loss

I have just discovered that the bacon sammach plane was not the only thing missing from my inventory. After a long time away, I decided to make the effort and go to Amber and Abi’s regular Jazz by the Canal at Le Vieux Canal Jazz Club. I got into my flapper outfit. I have some beads that go with it but they, too, had vanished without trace. Luckily I was able to replace them and they cost only 150L, but that’s not the point. It’s not the money that bothers me: 150L is about 60 cents, but many of my things have great sentimental value and are irreplaceable.

I’ve noticed that the server on which my home sim is hosted is a release candidate. Could this have anything to do with it?  It says in the wiki that a server  has to “prove itself” as a release candidate for a week. That’s been a very long week. According to my chat log I first got that message on 6 December 2010. Or maybe it was because  when my av wouldn’t load last month I tried using 2 to force it. When I returned to it the other day in a vain attempt to find my plane I found I was wearing a completely different outfit. When I logged back in again on Phoenix I was wearing bits and pieces of both outfits. Perhaps switching between Viewer 1 ( or viewers based on it) and 2 is not a good idea.

I went on a nostalgic trip to Tethys today to ride the Tubes of Saturn. I knew I had loads of inner tubes in my inventory because they are full-perm. At least, I thought I had loads. Not a single t00b. Not even the notecard that came with them. I hadn’t deleted them because I’d customized some for use on our beach land. I couldn’t find many of the pics I’d taken that day either. It’s not that I objected to paying the Governor the paltry sum of 1L (although I think he’s being a bit cheap), it’s the vulnerability of inventory that worries me.

In another fit of nostalgia I went to Braunworth Info Hub where I first rezzed. Time has not improved it. I decided to fly the sammach along the Linden road to the snow sims. I veered off in the wrong direction and crash landed at some parcel called Dirty Lil Secret. I then got a message saying I had been ejected and banned from said parcel. Gee, I am crushed.

Saturday, 15 January 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

bacon sammach plane

Once I was going to post about Burning Life. Once I was going to post about a lot of things. Anyway, the highlight of BL ’09 (if you don’t count the exploding toilet) was a freebie plane. Nothing can be sold at BL: it’s either a freebie or it isn’t available. Sadly the exploding toilet was in the latter category. The plane uses the basic SL controls and has the neat sound of a prop-driven plane. There all similarity to planes real or virtual ends. The name says it all, but the pics below say it even better.

I hadn’t used it for a while but the other day decided to take an aerial tour of Seogwipo, my home sim. I looked in Inventory  for the sammach and there it wasn’t. I did the usual: cleared cache, logged in at a different location, logged in on the Beta Grid; even lived dangerously and logged in with Viewer 2. Nothing, nada, zilch. A search of SL yielded nothing, so without much hope I Googled ‘bacon sammach plane”. There was a brief tussle of wills when Google insisted I meant “sammich” but I stuck to my guns. Apart from a couple of chat transcripts from November the only reference was in Emerald’s Eyes, a blog by Emerald Wynn. I IM’d her and asked her for the creator’s name. She got her plane at Burning Life ’10, now renamed Burn 2 (not a comment on the new Viewer AFAIK), and unlike mine, hers was full perm so she very kindly sent me one. I am so grateful to her: it may seem like a little thing, but I know from experience that many people ignore requests like that, so thank you once again, Emerald.

If, having read this, you realize that your life is incomplete without the sammach, please IM me and I’ll send you one. I want to spread the love (but get your own ketchup!)

And the talented creator? His name is Muttenchops Chaplin.

 

Saturday, 15 January 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Virtual Dogs: Real Rescues

When Enrico Genosse decided to create the first VKC Mutt he also decided that part of the purchase price would go to a RL animal charity. The chosen charity for January 2011, Long Island Golden Retriever Rescue, was nominated by me and is particularly dear to my heart as my dear friend Lora got her RL golden, Willow, from them. Willow went to the Rainbow Bridge on 28 September 2010.

The mutt is a virtual representation of a RL mongrel called Widget. He was chosen from a number of dogs by public vote. On the day Widget was released four dogs were given away, but not by a draw: the dogs were released and four of them chose their new owner. I was one of the lucky ones. I called him Fidget Widget. Lora decided she would buy one and called hers Bridget Widget. Below is a picture of the twins relaxing on our land. Fidget has the green collar. He was so funny when I first had him: he was jealous of the other dogs and would push them out of the way if I was petting them.

As a rule the sculpted dogs are much more expensive than the prim dogs but the Widget is an exception, so please go and check him out for yourself at the VKC Parks. You’ll get a wonderful virtual dog, and help RL animals as well.

Saturday, 15 January 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

loracenaj Ogg

My dear friend, Lora, has just been admitted to a hospice. Whether or not you know her in Second Life, if you are reading this, please pray for her and her family, or think good and kind thoughts.

Update: Lora died at 2.00 am EDT. She was my best friend.

Saturday, 18 September 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Dances at the Green-Eyed Fairy

I had a very nice IM from a fine upstanding citizen of Caledon. He told me how much he liked my bar, and asked where I got my dances. Most of them come from Ministry of Motion. That page includes TP links to each dance. I spent hours there trying them all out. They really are some of the best animations I’ve seen.

And on a related note: this coming Saturday (18th) being the third Saturday of the month means it’s time for Saturday Afternoon Blues at the Green-Eyed Fairy. Come and schmooze to the blues from 12.30 -2.00 pm SL time. Here is the streetcar: http://slurl.com/secondlife/New%20Toulouse/63/206/24.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Constantly changing the blog theme …

probably means one is either obsessive, or has little to say.

Guilty on both counts m’lud

Monday, 13 September 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Vavoom

The latest wonderful VKC toy by Chiva Vavoom is the Fuzzbee. Check out this fun video.

Saturday, 11 September 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment