Posts Tagged 'ducks'



The Effect of Swimming Ducks on Out-Of-The-Box Roosters

Sigh. This was to be a light-hearted post. But in one of life’s cruel ironies….. Frenis was slaughtered last night. Yes, I know by whom. Yes, we are attempting to resurrect Frenis. But we have not had any luck with the healing kit so far. 😦 So, this will have to stand as Frenis’ obituary…. Frenis – I’m going to really miss you. I was getting quite fond of you, my not-so-little roosck.

Theory: Environment, not genetics, plays the greatest role in determining species orientation.

ducksThere are those who will argue that all that we are is predetermined. That our genes make us. Our genes set the pattern of our days from birth to death. That we can make no move, no action, that has not been etched by millenia of genetic evolution. That we are born what we are and live that path until the very last moment.

Frenis and I say “Rubbish”. We are MORE than mere chemicals. More than simple genetic instructions. We are the result of every action and event that plays about us as we move through our world. In the score of our being we reflect every note once heard. In the tapestry of our life we show each thread left by passing encounters. In the flavor of our choices we signify each cook in our broth. The fault, dear Frenis, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves that we are ducklings.

chickensI was given a ROOSTER. Alright, to be accurate – I was given a sionChicken. Of the male variety. A rooster. Poultry. With thanks to Wikipedia:
I was given the sionChicken food set. The rooster came in a sionChicken transport box. It had a “chicken status” attachment. There was a sionChicken FAQ notecard to answer all my questions about my chicken. Vital questions such as:
Q: My chicken is eating too much??!?!?!!?
A: ONE chicken needs ONE food bowl per week. This is a fact.
Q: How do i feed my chickens?
A: Just put a bowl on the ground.

Or:
Q: I wanted to put my chicken into the inventory, now its dead! Why?
A: You cannot put chickens into inventories, backpacks or pockets.

A Chicken.

Except THAT is genetics. Environment has turned my chicken into a DUCK. Frenis is a duck. QUACK QUACK QUACK. Okay, the stupid bird still crows, but he tries to quack. Sigh. Yes, I admit it. This is all MY fault. It is ALWAYS the mother’s fault, is it not??? Movies show us endless scenes of patients on the therapy couch whining about how their mother did them wrong. Pffft. Fine. I TRIED. I did my BEST. I WARNED Shen that I was not a suitable parent for a chicken. /me lifts my chin defiantly.

4 DucksHow was I to know that unpacking the chicken down by the ducks would change his life forever? What could I, a liberal arts major, specializing in ancient Rome, know from filial imprinting? I thought that Frenis would be happy to be with the other poultry. Convivial companions as it were.

roosckFrenis is a duck. No matter where I place that rooster, he wanders back into the water. He NEVER wanders OUT of the water. (The ducks never leave the water.) He never eats. But he is never hungry. (The ducks don’t eat.) The ducks and Frenis now form a circle. (The ducks used to ignore him.)   Frenis has become a duck. He has overcome the mere matter of his digital genes and followed his environment. The proof is conclusive. The theory holds. Can evolution (or plastic surgery) be far behind????

When I get a dog, I’m not letting it anywhere near the water.

The Rooster Lives

the-rooster-livesMelissa – I PROMISE you – Frenis is fine. 🙂 So no crazed emails – he’s fine. I even removed the wall so if he wants to wander deeper into the water he can. Last night when I checked on him, his fatigue was 100%. So I moved him up near his food dish and told him to get some rest. This morning – right back into his little watery stance.

However…… obviously SOME fowl do NOT fare as well as Frenis. Thanks to Chadd who found this great picture on Flickr. I don’t know Lorimae Undercroft, but I do like the photo! Go check it out!!!!

In the meantime…. I am actually making hair. Oh yeah. And it LOOKS like hair. 🙂 MY hair!!!! My RL hair. LOL. Maybe by the end of the weekend I will be able to show you. But oh yeah…. if this works???? Wheeee! Then boots…. boots for OpenSim….. No stopping me now…..

Calling Tech Support (or the Duck Doctor Saves the Day Yet Again)

I don’t do hardware. *grin* I barely do software, but I REALLY don’t do hardware. My family thinks I’m technical, but techies know I am clueless. So when things go “wrong” on my computer, I am as likely to blame gremlins as I am to figure out what is happening.

Friday I was invited to see a friend’s project. It required that I have streaming video. The video was not working on either of my computers. So we talked about it and I realized that I did not have Quicktime installed. I downloaded it to my gaming computer, installed it and yay! I could see the really cool project. I switched back to my work laptop and continued working in SL and OS there. (Hmmph. Trying to find a viable world in which to work on Friday was an adventure in itself.) Everything was fine. I really wasn’t on much during Saturday – spent the day in REAL sunshine in my REAL garden getting a REAL sunburn. 🙂 When I stopped inworld briefly Saturday night – everything seemed fine.

Sunday morning I was catching up on electronic matters. I thought – hmm, may as well put Quicktime on this machine also, in case I want to have video. Deed followed thought. Later in the day I logged into SL. I went to check on Frenis and the ducks. They had all turned black. I remember that a friend had had this issue with my ducks awhile ago – that I saw them as white and yellow, but she saw them as black. I thought maybe it was the computer. I’m going to make this short: I switched computers, I cleared cache, I logged in and out multiple times. Black ducks, black rooster, black clocks, black poseballs. I IM’d some friends to see if SL was being weird or if it was me. 🙂 Always a dangerous question. One friend came back and suggested that it was a texture issue with SL and maybe I could get my region restarted. I live on the mainland. I can’t restart my own sim. But that made me think. I tp’d to my office. I rezzed a new duck. Yellow. Went home, rezzed a duck. Black. Went back to my office, rezzed the duck, WORE it home. Tp’d in yellow, turned black. I had a friend rez in. SHE saw yellow and white ducks. She took a picture to prove it.
black-ducks

In the interest of trying to keep this shorter rather than longer… I started a chat with customer support. They restarted the region. When I tp’d in – I saw yellow and white ducks. Which then turned black. CS mentioned JIRAs and such. But being a dumb user I thought – WHAT has changed since my ducks were yellow and white? I added Quicktime. So I uninstalled Quicktime. Yellow and white ducks. Rooster, clocks and poseballs all returned to normal as well. I uninstalled Quicktime from both machines. No more black ducks.

Why????? I don’t understand this at all. Dale to the rescue! He suggested that while we were playing around with the HTML-via-media-URL stuff a few days ago, we may have set the media texture on my land to the default blank texture. He suggested that QuickTime was trying to play some non-existent media on the land for some reason and may have been replacing all of the blank-textured things with a blank black (lack of) video. So I reinstalled Quicktime this morning. Black ducks. I went to my media options. The default media texture had been changed to a black texture. ?????? Okay – *I* did NOT do that. I know I did not do that because I have been running parcel media tests and I have been passing my settings to other people for them to try my test routine. So Quicktime changed it. I changed it back to default media texture and bingo!!! Everything is back to normal.

*hugs* Dale!!! You are wonderful. Yet again you have restored my duckies to good health!

The aviary grows

bill-mallory-and-drakeI love my ducks. You KNOW that I love my ducks. I had to stage a commando raid to bring them out from behind the firewall into the liberated land of McIntyre. When one of the ducks had problems adjusting, immediately I brought the doctor in for consultation. My ducks never cause me any trouble. They are excellent companions, quiet, friendly, supportive, cheerful. They are the upside of pet ownership.

This past week – people have been pushing other pets at me. Now I like animals. I really do. I have 3 cats and a dog in RL plus family members. *grin* So I have a lot of experience in the care and feeding of pets. But I DON’T want to spend my time in SL feeding and cleaning and all that stuff. So when Oura gave me a pug puppy, I started thinking of finding it a better home than with me and Mallory, Drake and Bill. Lucky for me – Darcey wanted a puppy and had room and time to care for the pug. Yay!! Mission accomplished, pet unloaded. Oops – that sounds a tad cold, doesn’t it?

frenisShenlei has been raising chickens. (Hey Shen – I much prefer it when you and I are raising hell. *grin*) There I was, exhausted from Jaymin’s Beyond Blogging conference, still trying to catch up from all the work pushed aside from being a dancing fairy, buried alive in RL with holiday preparations (everything went WONDERFULLY – thank you very much for asking), and Shen gives me a chicken. With the warning: it needs to be unboxed by tomorrow or it dies. Wow. Talk about pressure. Little chicklets are cute, but a grown chicken? Chicken fricassee, chicken paprikash, chicken salad. This chicken requires that I feed it. That I tend to it. It is NOT self-sufficient like the ducks. It needs attention.

So we argued back and forth. Shen claimed the chick didn’t need a lot of attention. freniss-food-dishI said that “lot” is relative. She warned me that if it got hungry, it would send me screaming IMs telling me that it was starving. I need this????? I offered to find it a good home. I protested that I had already raised as many infants as I cared to raise (I love you my darling son, not that you read my blog, thank goodness). Shen pointed out that she’d given me all the food for free, the chick for free, that it wasn’t much trouble AND added that she’d done a favor that I had requested. Oh. And she was beginning to get a bit miffed, I thought. Then she added the coup de grace.

frenis-makes-himself-at-homeThis wasn’t just a chicken. It was a male chicken. That is, it was a ROOSTER, also known as a. (family blog) Well. Now is the time to stop reading if you are easily offended. I mean it. You have been warned. All I can say in self-defense is that I was very very very tired. Somewhat punchy. What – you are still reading? Go away now. You can stop.

So, I accepted the rooster. After all, it was free and male. Males are hard to find in SL, we all know that. So meet my new pet – Frenis. *grin* And just as you would expect, Frenis is nothing but trouble!!!! He continues to walk into the water to be with the ducks. making-friendsI have SPOKEN FIRMLY with Mallory about this, and she just smiles a little inscrutable duck smile. Three times now I have had to go and rescue Frenis from the water. Finally last night I built walls. They are invisible and fairly low so they shouldn’t bother the rest of us, but it does seem to keep Frenis out of the water. He is incredibly noisy. I used to be able to hangout with the ducks, and listen to the water and wind (and the sound of my neighbor’s horse first-sign-of-troubles-to-comeneighing in the far distance). Now – non-stop rooster sounds. I have to keep a food dish handy for him. So there are ants and other bugs near my beach blankets. Sigh. But I have to admit – sometimes the little guy is amusing. So we shall see what happens. Frenis gets too annoying – he’s a goner. But if he stays on dry land and behaves, well, this may work out. Frenis may prove to be worth keeping.

Duckshine

Last week was still winter. It was winter in the weather – gray and gloomy. My spirits were much the same. As ever, I turned to my family and friends for support. They came through as always. All that love and support did the trick. You are wonderful! My thanks to you all for all the chats.

yellow-duckiesNot everyone, however, has time to chat. Some friends resort to other tactics. Now is the winter of my discontent turned to glorious summer by my Yellow Hemisphere o’ Fantasticness!. 🙂 Perhaps Dale is of the house of York, I don’t really know. In any case, it was neither a red rose nor a white rose that Dale passed to me the other day. It was a Yellow Hemisphere o’ Fantasticness! What, you may ask, is a Yellow Hemisphere o’ Fantasticness!? It is a yellow hemisphere. *grin* It produces an endless stream of yellow duckies!!!!! My own never ending sunshine of yellow duckies! I defy anyone to look at all those silly yellow duckies and NOT smile!!! Mallory, Bill, Drake and I had a wonderful time watching all those duckies rez and rez and rez!!! (By the way – those duckies couldn’t rez without scripting!! That is a relevant comment… stay tuned for my thoughts on building and scripting.)

Happy Rez Day, Chadd!

rezday-duckChaddington Boomhauer turned 1 today!!! Yay Chadd! My fellow Insilico-explorer, my fellow art-show attendee, the gallant duck who always flaps to my rescue. I love his Indiana Duck persona. Or Maybe that is Sheriff Duck? I can see the movie now: Raiders of the Lost Feathers.

His partner, the lovely Shale Nightfire, threw a great party at Zoo La La. She turned the dance floor into a pond complete with reeds and water lilies. Chadd knew that there was a party, but Shale had a wonderful surprise planned. She created duck avatars for everyone who wanted one. Okay, so I didn’t wear a duck avatar. Does that REALLY surprise you? But I DID supply a duck! a-duck-dance-floor-is-a-pond Yes, my gift to Chadd was his very own auto-righting duck. A duck cousin to Bill, Drake and Mallory. 🙂 They are VERY partial to Chadd. They approve of his choice of avatar.

Happy Rez Day Chadd! You are one of the many bright spots in SL!
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Who Do YOU Believe???

build-lesson-deteriorated-into-helicoptersI must defend myself. HellspawneD has posted pictures up on Flickr, accusing me of – sob – doing away with one of my ducks!! I ask you – Would *I* harm my ducks???? I stole them away from the evil empire work sim. I blog about them. I named them. I put them on my holiday card. Would I HARM my ducks??

On the other hand, WHO is it who he-started-by-flipping-the-duckshas a history of taking aim at those poor defenseless creatures? I can see now – I should have reported him to the authorities the very first time he took aim. But no, kind-hearted that I am, I thought a mere warning would suffice.

But tonight, there I was, in despair over my build assignment. Unable to make the correct prim be the root prim. I had the hair made. I changed the texture. 🙂 My son’s hair makes a scooping-ducksgreat texture. So there was this hair, all ready to be turned over to the client. But I did not have the correct root prim. What to do? I called to my teacher for help. Ah yes, naive, trusting soul that I am – I asked HellspawneD for help. Perhaps his name should have been a clue……

I confess that he DID help me with boxed-duckthe hair. And made me laugh with his new helicopter. But. Then he took aim at my ducks. Yes – he set his sights on Mallory, Bill and Drake. When you see these photos, who do YOU think would have harmed the duck? Which of us looks most likely to de-construct a duck?

It started gently enough, I suppose. He started flipping the ducks. Slipped a board under them, lifted them up, tossed them in the air. take-evasive-action-ducksThey actually didn’t mind that. They thought it was rather fun. 🙂

But then Hell built a box for scooping them. 10 points for catching the yellow duck, 5 points for a white duck, minus 10 points if you scooped two ducks at once. Oh, for shame!!!

When duck-scooping paled, dark-clouds-of-gunfireHell brought out the artillery. I didn’t even realize that weapons were ALLOWED on my property! (I’m going to have to check my rules.) Good thing that he is such a poor shot and that the ducks are so good at evasive action. It was almost like watching James Bond in action – not one of those shots struck a duck.

When his first sniper attack failed, Hell switched to a laser-gunsrepeater. Good thing I had my MystiTool protecting me, since pellets were spraying EVERYWHERE!!!
MystiTool HUD 1.3.0: Collision with “pellet/2”, Owner: HellSpawneD Xingjian
So tragic.

Next he brought out a laser gun. He had no more success with lasers than with pellets. Mallory, Drake and Bill remain unscathed. (So did I, on this duck-flambego-round. ) Undeterred, HellspawneD unleashed his native element: FIRE. That is right – he set my little tidal pool aflame.

But my ducks are made of stronger stuff. It will take more than fire and gunshot to sink them!!! In a last-ditch effort, Hell resorted to brute strength – sheer massive over-load to finally-the-anviltry to destroy the Intrepid Swimmers. And still they survive!!

So when you see his photos on Flickr, when you read his accusations, remember what I have shown you here. WHO spent thirty minutes tormenting and endangering my ducks???? Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, I rest my case.
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