Lust & SuperPowers in Second Life

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I had way too much fun this morning, but I convinced myself that I deserved it. Ziki had blogged about some changes to the Lust sim and, since I’ve been thinking about looking for a new urban area, it seemed like fate.

I’d show you the “before” pictures I took on my last visit, however my carefully thought-out filing system has failed me (I Know! I’m shocked as well.) If you’d like to roleplay in a futuristic Tokyo, this is the spot for you. If you just want to explore and take some photos, then I’d say this is perfect for that as well.

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As for why I deserved some fun, well that’s going to take a bit of explaining. Luckily I have a few extra pics to keep you from falling asleep.

Back in my consulting days, I was known as the person who could break your new system. It wasn’t part of my job, it was more like a super-talent that Project Managers would call on when they were in the final stages of testing. For some reason, when I carried out perfectly normal tasks, impossible things would happen. I once made a Lotus Spreadsheet create a graph that the engineers said was inconceivable – there’s no way that it would draw a line that went backwards. Ha!

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With that in mind, consider my experience yesterday with Skype. I was assured, by very competent, experienced, knowledgeable individuals, that I would be able to handle multiple group calls at the same time. In theory (I say “theory” because I hadn’t attempted this before) when I joined a second call the first would be put on hold. Then, I could move back and forward between them – holding and restoring as necessary.

In practice things got very strange.

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I had one group set up, chatting amongst themselves, and went back to another. Skype did put the call I left on hold, but not for me. It put a perfectly innocent participant in a holding pattern and left me active IN TWO CALLS.

I was supposed to keep silent in the second call – the problem was, if I tried to say something in the first they could all hear me. sigh

I could hear everything going on in both “rooms”. Imagine if you were having the soundtrack of two completely different movies playing through your headphones at the same time.

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I was really nervous about adding any more people to that call that was supposed to be on hold, so I wound up juggling 5 inworld IM chats at the same time. Understand, I was working – as were the 25 or so other people – it wasn’t like I could say “screw it” and go read a book.

People kept telling me that what was happening was “impossible”. I’ve heard that before! These days my super-talent is only used to mess up MY work on MY computer. Well it was – now apparently, using tools to facilitate cooperative projects involving individuals from around the globe means that I’m messing with the lives of many.

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I’m used to creating workarounds for my usual issues – it’s not a big deal. After decades of living with glitches that my powers create I can handle it. Maybe I should come with a warning.

This power of mine manifests itself everytime I get an SL Viewer update – it’s cool, I can make it work. As a side note, on that topic, the new Materials Project Beta is a delight. Often when I update to a new one, and try to take large photos, things go wonky – today’s version didn’t slow down to a crawl or crash. In fact it seemed to be able to handle everything I tried to do. Once I got past the “things Honour has to do to make stuff work” part. :)

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