Posts Tagged 'ducks'



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.
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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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And the winner is….

Bill, Drake and Mallory. 🙂

Saturday Relaxation

I logged in Saturday afternoon to check for messages. I’d sent off a notecard offering to swap some land. There is a 16m2 parcel of land in the middle of MY property that is owned by someone else. Their profile states that they never ever never sell land but do swap. So that is what I offered. Otherwise I foresee some intense shrubbery going in that area.

But as it always seems to happen, once in I found it hard to leave. 🙂 Odd that, isn’t it? I began ahuva-and-hellchatting with various friends. HellspawneD and I began discussing scripting and inventions and other intriguing concepts. So I invited him to come by and enjoy the view while we chatted. I’m quite grateful to Hell. He, along with other friends, is teaching me all sorts of nuances that I never understood. How to see invisible objects, land “rules”, how scripts work. 🙂 As I’ve mentioned here before, I love the shore, the sights, the smells, the sounds. I don’t foresee having the wonderful beach smell in SL anytime soon, but thanks to Hell, I now have the sound of seagulls to accompany the sound of the waves on the shore. It is these simple pleasures that make SL such a joy to me. We sat and chatted and relaxed. I decided we needed some butterflies for company as well so I rezzed my butterfly rock, also a gift from a generous friend. I’m not sure that butterflies belong at the shore, but they were fun to watch.

So as we sat there and I looked at my empty house and basically empty land (gee, I should have enjoying-the-viewtaken a picture of the trees I planted…) it occurred to me that I am very lazy. I would say that I have spartan tastes, but I’m not sure that a house with balcony and swimming pool and spiral stair and 2 fireplaces quite fits the definition of “simple, frugal, or austere”. 🙂 I have comfy chairs for sitting, I can rez trees when I need some shade by the beach, I have my 3 big trees in the back blocking unappealing sights and, of couse, I have my ducks. I definitely need a cat, however. More on that below. I also am toying with the idea of a cow. I thought a cow or two in the “upper 40” might be a nice touch. They would have to “moo” of course. 🙂 I’d need to plant some clover (pretty sure I have that) and some meadow flowers for them. Speaking of at-least-fill-the-plantersplanting – I should at least fill my planters with flowers. Although I’m still so exhausted from all that work landscaping, I’m not sure my heart is in it. That is…. I don’t THINK that anyone can come here and tell me that my flowers use too many prims. But what if I’m wrong????? 🙂 Maybe I’ll simply take one of the pictures of my now-vanished gardens and put THAT in the planter.

After Hell went on his merry way I tp’d over to watch the Saturday afternoon trivia contest. I apologize- I didn’t take notes so I can’t tell you where it took place. Maybe someone reading this saturday-afternoon-triviacan post and tell you. Issa was competing and she brought me over. Chad was asking the questions and yes – there were prizes for correct answers! Woot! as people in SL are wont to say. 🙂 (Did I use that correctly????? Been looking at that word for months!) I, of course, was sidetracked by the white kitty in the chair. I was zooming in for a shot when, to my great surprise, it jumped down and wandered about the floor a bit, before alert-kittyreturning to the chair! Now THAT’S the kind of kitty I need! One that walks about and keeps me company! Maybe a couple of kitties. I’ll get a fishbowl to amuse them. Anyway, silly me, I did keep taking pics of the competitors, but forgot to save them!!!!! Oops. So there is only one, but I think most everyone is there plus a little of the beautiful landscape.

All in all, it was a wonderful way to spend a RL rainy afternoon. Oh yes, I DID manage to get RL tasks done as well. So my conscience can simply be quiet and go away…..

Healthy Ducks

The duck doctor has been and gone. Indeed, the ducks WERE quite healthy physically. The upside-down swimming was a ploy to attract attention, to force the subject to the surface. 🙂 This was an emotional issue, a question of transdermation. Yes, the one duck was a yellow duck trapped in white feathers. Once we all sat down and discussed matters, the solution was clear. Both ducks ended their strike. (The non-striking duck was a male duck and totally oblivious to the situation.) There is now a yellow ducky swimming quite happily in the tidal pool. Peace reigns at Ahuva’s home.
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Are the Ducks Doomed?

/me weeps. Duck Disorientation is spreading. Maybe they don’t WANT to change. Where is the support group for the directionally-challenged ducks??? /me implores: Is there no script doctor who can save my ducks???
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Fragments II

I logged in this morning to check on the ducks, see how they were adapting to their new home. Two of them seem to be just fine, but one of them appears to be severely confused. Each time I come back to visit them, that duck is upside down, completely submerged. I have rotated and reset him repeatedly, yet each time I return – Reversal!! (Did you like all that alliteration?) So I have a theory. 🙂 That duck was born in captivity in the Southern hemisphere. I have transported him to a new life in the Northern hemisphere. But the patterns of his childhood are still too strong and so he drifts back to his Southern orientation. I am hopeful that with time and encouragement and the good example of the other ducks, his behavior can be modified. Of course, that supposes that the duck WANTS to change…. 🙂 What do you think?

Why do I love SL? Because of friends. As soon as I logged on this morning for duck patrol, I got an IM chessfrom Issa, now recovered from her Rez day celebration. 🙂 There was a chess game going on at the beach. So after setting my ducks in a row, I tp’d over to check it all out. Apparently I’d already missed the heated contests between MrCHEEEEKY Lundquist and Isabelle Urqhart. Since they both claim to have won, I’m not really sure WHO walked away with the honors. But Aislinn String and Kandi Braveheart were in a ferocious set-to at that moment. If you survey the board, I believe that you will see that Kandi is ahead. I loved the red smoke that trailed the pieces as they moved. I just love SL. What can I say. I am hopelessly addicted to the place.

I really need to post about my land. I’m extremely excited about owning land. It all happened because of an incredibly generous and kind-hearted friend. And I had wonderful friends come over that night and take me in hand and they terraformed my land and took me shopping for a house and gave me all sorts of very-needed and much-appreciated help and advice. I simply don’t know where to begin. And I want to take pics to show you, but I’m always on the wrong computer when I have time to write. 🙂 Isn’t my life just one major obstacle after another? LOL. I am so fortunate in my friends and family. I love you all.

Speaking of friends…. apparently it was Guy Fawkes night last night in the UK. This is a holiday not much celebrated in the US. So I”m glad that I spend time in The Crown and Pearl where they know how to do GF night correctly. I took nearly 40 pics, so that post is going to have to wait until I sort through them all. I see a massive upload to Flickr in my future……


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