Thursday, July 20, 2017

Indescribable Indie Teepee

A few weeks ago a woman I didn't know contacted me.  She had seen some of my Second Life forum posts, and had some questions about land and permissions .

And that is how I found out about "Indie Teepee".  It's an annual event, and this year it runs from July 21 through August 6.

What is it?  Well, I'm not sure I can really answer that question, even though I helped them set up the region.  I visited their official website it is:  The website was very helpful in describing what was going on when, and who was doing it!  But I went away scratching my head a bit, still wondering whether there was some sort of overall unifying  theme or goal.

Finally I got it through my head that this was because the aim of Indie Teepee isn't something concrete and specific, like, oh, Hair Fair, for example.  No, its vision is broader.  It's about virtual worlds, our virtual lives therein, art, creativity, and individual expression.

Indie Teepee has something fun for just about everyone.  There's a double handful of live performances.  There are DJs from popular SL clubs.  There's theater, and there are workshops, and a bunch of content creators are offering wares ranging from clothing to landscaping to makeup for mesh heads.  Oh, and there's something I haven't seen anywhere else in SL ever:  a Speed Dating event...with poseballs!

Visit the website, visit the event!  It's wild, it's eclectic, it's indescribable.  It's Indie Teepee 2017.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Those Bouncing Boobies

Last night, my new friend Hikari asked “How do you make your boobs jiggle?”  I explained about avatar physics.

Oh, have I lost you already?  Avatar physics have been around for quite a long time in Second Life, even longer than Mesh.  Avatar physics is a way to make your breasts, belly, and butt jiggle when you move.  The settings are controlled by a special Physics layer.  It’s worn just like any other clothing layer (although it’s invisible).  When you edit it, a set of sliders appears to let you adjust the amount of bounce.  Strawberry Singh has a very complete tutorial about it.

But then my friend asked, “Does that make my Mesh clothes jiggle too?” and I had to pause for a moment.  I knew that SOME mesh items (for example, my Maitreya Lara mesh body) were affected by physics.  But I also knew that a lot of my Mesh clothing didn’t jiggle at all.  In fact, with some close-fitting tops, I had to turn off physics or adjust my alpha mask settings, or my boobs would peep through with every step or bounce.

So I did a little research.  It turns out that Mesh clothing CAN be rigged in such a way that it responds to avatar physics…like the Maitreya body, it will jiggle when you do.  But a lot of Mesh clothing makers don’t take the time to add this rigging to their products.  Moreover, most creators don’t specify in their advertising whether their outfits offer this feature.

What’s the answer?  The only thing I can suggest is that you carefully try out the demo for any Mesh clothing, and if it’s not rigged for physics, decide whether you still want it enough to buy it.  

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Creepy People

Yesterday, I put on my Fourth of July festive outfit and was setting up fireworks displays at the Masocado Resort.  All was going well, until I got a message out of the blue.  Here's the log, with the name changed (although he doesn't deserve it) to protect his privacy.

[2017/07/03 11:23]  Creepy Resident: spanish english?
[2017/07/03 11:23]  Lindal Kidd: I speak English
[2017/07/03 11:23]  Creepy Resident: nice dress
[2017/07/03 11:24]  Lindal Kidd: thank you...but I don't see you?
[2017/07/03 11:24]  Creepy Resident: From?
[2017/07/03 11:25]  Lindal Kidd: this is creepy.  How can you see my dress?  I don't see you in my nearby list
[2017/07/03 11:28]  Creepy Resident: This is a dum game, yes but I am very far from you Nautilus MARINA
[2017/07/03 11:29]  Creepy Resident: You are a beautiful Laidy
[2017/07/03 11:30]  Second Life: Creepy Resident is offering friendship.  
 Would you be my friend?  (By default, you will be able to see each other's online status.)
[2017/07/03 11:31]  Second Life: Friendship offer declined.

The strange thing about this was that, even though my radar will show people up to several regions away, Mr. Creepy was not on the list.  When I tried to use the clue he provided and looked around the various Nautilus City regions, I couldn't find him there, either.  Yet he obviously had his camera on me.  I never did figure out where he was perving me from.

Perhaps even worse, Mr. Creepy's profile showed him to have been in SL for over five years.  You would think that after that much time, he would have developed at least a little understanding of the social mores of our virtual world.  Yet his conversation...the immediate request for Real Life personal information, the focus on my appearance, and the unsolicited Friends offer...were those of your typical newbie horndog.

After declining his offer of friendship, I blocked him and then banned him from Masocado's parcels.

Then I logged off and washed my hands.