I have some “meatier” posts in the queue, but they’ll have to wait until I have time to do a better job on them. Before I head off into the unknown territory that is RL, I decided to follow Ziki↑ to Santaurio↑.
By the way, following Ziki is always a good idea – her post today↑ makes me want to ditch all of my lists and explore some more. That will have to wait.
This island is a lush tropical landscape with lots of beaches. It’s also gaining traffic quickly – a half naked man named Vittorio landed on my head as I was looking around. He was very, um, tanned.
A simple case of unfortunate timing has the design start off with a crashed plane. Think “Lost” rather than real life tragedy though.
This is a gorgeous sim and I was definitely overdressed (my new friend had some suggestions about wardrobe which I ignored).
If you can bring yourself to move away from the beach you’ll find rock cliffs, and hidden pools, and the ruins of whatever civilization used to inhabit the island.
I left the sun-worshipers to complete this travelogue and get ready for my plunge into muggle-land.
Oh … if you happen to run into Vittorio, he assures me he is very talented in a number of areas. I chose to forgo the demonstration, but the opportunity is there if you are so inclined.
Posted by honourmcmillan on April 17, 2014
I’ve surfaced after a couple of days of focused work, and have promised myself time outside puttering in the garden.
Getting the project finished feels so good that I changed the weather on Lalla↑. Although it’s really pretty, I didn’t want rain and altered it to simply overcast. The dinosaur didn’t mind.
The sim is lovely – and you’ll find board games, beautiful vistas, secluded spots, and just plain cool stuff.
Back to me – it took much longer than it should have to finish off the work I was doing. Once I looked up from the screen, and started thinking about it, I realized my GPU was state-of-the-art for about 45 seconds, 6 years ago. I went and priced some new video cards ….
and the new power pack which would be required …. and, what the hell, a new CPU/motherboard. It’ll take me a while to save enough, but I have plans. :p
I also looked around RL for a while and discovered that I’ve been neglecting a few things.
It seems the dog got lost in the backyard again. When you only weigh 5 pounds, 18 inch tall grass is a major problem.
I’ll get to the puttering, once I harvest the the lawns. Maybe if I put this stuff on my calendar I’d remember to get it done.
Posted by honourmcmillan on April 14, 2014
NorderNey↑ seemed like an appropriate backdrop for today’s musings. The region’s subtitle, “There is always hope”, is one of those sentimental truisms that make cynics scoff and keeps the desperate hanging on.
Don’t underestimate the power of this feeling – a few years back the world breathed a huge collective sigh of relief, and a Nobel Peace Prize was awarded, just on the strength of the shared sense of hope.
Yesterday Ebbe Altberg↑ gave a keynote address at the VWBPE Conference↑. There were 200 avatars present and another 150+ watching the livestream. The mood before he began was pretty neutral – he’s still an unknown quantity and judgment is being reserved.
He dove right in: the decision to remove the education discount? a big mistake; the ToS? that’s wrong and getting fixed; the policy saying Lindens can’t be inworld? changed. There was a lot more.
He spoke for over an hour, mostly answering questions, and then hung around to chat to people casually. The new CEO came across as sensible, passionate, clear-headed, and somebody who actually listens. There was even a well articulated reasoning behind the times he thinks he shouldn’t listen.
Local chat was scrolling fast and furiously – the mood was upbeat and very positive. There were lots of questions, and comments, and cheers, and the audience came away with hope.
One of the best phrases that went skittering across my screen was from somebody who said “Can we keep him?”. Try and make the time to watch the video↑, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. :)
Posted by honourmcmillan on April 12, 2014