Pontificating from my New-found Expertise

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

I haven’t logged on to SL today. Yet. I’m trying to determine how addicted I’ve become. I may not be logged ON, but I’m certainly tuned IN. Been talking about it and thinking about it all day. It’s curious. I’m not sure what is more exhilarating – playing in SL or blogging about it. A mere 3 weeks ago both ideas would have seemed completely out of character. I’m laughing about that last sentence. I’ve tried to finish it 3 different ways, and each one seems like a pun or a joke. “would have seemed unrealistic” was the first attempt. That’s what SL is – unrealistic, out of character, far-fetched. That’s probably why it’s all such fun.

So what have I learned about SL that I think everyone else should know?

(1) It seems to make a difference how you logon and start the whole process. Melissa and I came into the world very differently. I think hers was better.  I liked my hair better but she had better clothes and seemed more able to modify herself.

(2) Setup an email account that you can use for SL business that is separate from your RL emails. I like to compartmentalize. My RL emails give away too much information.

(3) Do it with a friend if possible. It was much more fun to be stumbling about with Melissa on Saturday than it was trying to do things on my own.

(4) Use the best equipment you can. Although I’m getting the impression it’s never good enough. Talking with others about my rez problems, I heard from everyone that whatever they had, they wanted better.

(5) Make a copy of your hair, body, clothes, whatever before you try to change it. I didn’t know you could do that. I learned after a few days that if you are modifying your appearance, you can do a “save as” and keep many different versions.

(6) Although it’s tempting to accept everything that is offered when you are new, do take a moment to think about it and ask. Someone offered Melissa a kiss that would leave bite marks. She turned that down and then discovered in later conversation that there are vampires. That kiss would have made her “eligible” to become a vampire. That’s okay if you want it, but uncomfortable if you like daylight. Can vampires go to the beach and get tan? For sure that would cramp my style if I couldn’t!

I’m sure there are more things to say, but those are the first ones that popped into my head when I thought about it. Those were all SL lessons. But I’ve been learning a lot about RL/SL interactions and about myself as well. Melissa and I explore SL in completely different ways. We interact with others in different ways. Watching us at one remove, so to speak, I am learning a lot about who we are in RL. Our choices in appearance also have made me more aware of our personalities and foibles. Now when I look at the other avatars I find myself wondering WHY they made the choices they made. This may be fantasy, but I think a lot of it is very real indeed.

Okay, I’ll stop now.  My manager M gave me a quote today.  I don’t know where he found it and I’m going to mangle it I’m sure, so my apologies to whoever said it first.  A blog is like a shark – it needs fresh water, needs to move forward.  This kind of rumination fascinates the writer but tends to be completely boring for anyone else.  I don’t really think it can be considered “moving forward”.   But that’s the beauty of blogging – I have no editor!!!

7 Responses to “Pontificating from my New-found Expertise”

  1. 1 daleinnis July 2, 2008 at 1:17 am

    Great stories as always. 🙂 There aren’t *really* vampires; that is, SL doesn’t support the concept directly, and if someone’s made a HUD or attachment or something that keeps track of who’s a vampire and who isn’t, you can always just detach it to get out of the game. So (6) isn’t toooo much of a worry, at least from the vampire point of view. All good advice, though!

  2. 2 Petros Miklos July 2, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Ehehe, you’ve got it bad too 🙂 SL is terrible indeed. Very addictive. They didn’t said anything about THAT in the register screen… oh well…

    Interesting learned lessons, though there are much much more to be learn for sure 🙂 And I totally agree with you, albeit it might sound strange to anyone not on SL, but you can really learn a lot about yourself “playing” as an avatar in Second Life. It’s uncanny.

    And might I add a point #7 ?
    (7) Beware of the freebie monster! It can overtake your inventory and mutate it in to a endless pit of despair and wasted hours trying to re-tame… i mean, re-organize it! So… create folders, sub-folders, categorize everything you got, and don’t let stuff build up in your inventory without checking if its worthy to “carry” it around or not. 🙂

    Cheers 😉

  3. 3 ahuva18 July 2, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Thanks for the feedback! Glad to know I can’t REALLY become a vampire! And Petros you are SOOOOO right about the freebie monster. I spent a lot of time cleaning up those folders. They were starting to look a lot like my RL closet….. 🙂

  4. 5 TheWireGuy July 4, 2008 at 7:01 am

    Oops, I guess I can’t html in your comments…
    Here’s more on sharks like blogs (and yes, I said more on):


  5. 6 ahuva18 July 4, 2008 at 7:29 am

    Oh cool WireGuy. I especially like the picture that goes along with the shark quote. maybe it’s time for me to learn the next new thing – putting pictures in my blog. 🙂

  6. 7 TheWireGuy July 4, 2008 at 8:46 am

    it’s easy (but don’t tell anyone that).
    if you can look at the post I did that didn’t show, you can see the html that necessary. it’s just one tag img with one parameter src. that src is just the url to the jpg.

    could i have used any other tla-s in that description?

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