Post-apocalyptic Noir, Ironwood Hills in Second Life

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It is dark in Ironwood Hills – captivating, but dark. So much so that a flashlight is provided and I’ve had to lighten these images so you can see anything.

Ironwood Hills (moderate)

The build is based loosely on Silent Hill, which has one of those creepy story lines so many people enjoy. I’m not a fan of the horror genre, but there are some really cool images for those of us who like to take pics.

Ironwood Hills (moderate)

If you’re into post-apocalyptic noir roleplay, you’ll get a kick out of creating stories in this moody city. I ran into a “departed” individual – in fact, the lost soul made sure I had my flashlight. I suspect she’s the missing wife from one of the Silent Hill installments.

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For those who need a break from sun & sand, or pretty & sweet, this is a great place to explore. You might want to bring a friend though. I don’t know that you can trust all of the inhabitants.

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Second Life, Windows 10, & Me

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I’ve mentioned before that there are a few regions where I really haven’t been able to take any photos. My FPS sinks to 1 and I just crash. My assumption has been that this was due to the ATI video card I got in my new machine.

My wish list contains a brand new, high end, Nvidia replacement – someday.

I mention this because yesterday I did the omgscary Windows 10 upgrade. I had watched my brother’s attempt and it wasn’t much fun.

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The difference between us is that he went for all the bells & whistles. I was much more timid.

I had to do a clean install of Second Life, but apart from that I have had no issues. In fact, my FPS has gone up and for the first time (after many attempts) I could photograph Flux Sur Mer.

I doubt my experience is relevant to anybody else, still just in case I’ll pass on what I’ve learned.

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  • Unless you want the fancy new stuff (writing on web pages, Cortana, etc.,), or synch all of your various devices (yes it works on iPhone), don’t use a Microsoft Account. You can still install and utilize Win10 with what they call a local account. If it asks you to create one of their accounts, go through the process until you see a window with a tiny box at the bottom saying Sign in without a Microsoft account (not recommended). The downside, again, is that “You won’t be logged in to OneDrive, Mail, Metro Music, or any of the other online accoutrement”. I won’t miss them.
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  • I was concerned about the privacy aspects of Win10 and so chose custom installation. The first thing it does is allow you to turn off all the data sharing where it’s optional.
  • I also told it that I didn’t want any of its apps.
  • I knew that I would need to update my video driver, and had already downloaded the ATI Win10 version, so I installed that as soon as I was up and running.

It could be Windows 10, it could be the new ATI driver, or a combination of the two – for whatever reason, my SL has improved. May you have the same experience!

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A Summer Storm in Second Life

Sommergewitter (moderate)

I visited a really pretty German sim this morning – Sommergewitter (A Summer Storm). I couldn’t get a good shot of the lightning, but it’s dramatic and cool.

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Their notecard invites everyone to enjoy the build, and includes the fact that they have a discussion group on their sister sim Stuttgart every tuesday. So, if you speak German, and want to meet some new people, they say Don’t be alone out there, come join us and feel sincerely welcome.

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I don’t share ALL of the truly weird stuff that happens in my physical world. You’d just write me off as a complete loser.

Lately, though, something strange (even for me) has occurred. My ear has been plugged for weeks and my sense of smell is almost non-existent. That doesn’t sound too bad right?

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The new twist is that everything I eat now tastes like vinegar (turns out that’s a real thing). It could be worse – it could have been okra.

I spend a lot of time cooking these days – for other people. It’s really hard to know what I’m serving them. Also, there’s nothing like starting the day with a hot cup of pickled coffee. sigh

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